AHYMSIN newsletter, issue - June 2011  

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International Yoga Youth and Children's Retreat

December 22-31, 2011
Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama
Rishikesh, India
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Dear Family,

This upcoming International Family Yoga Meditation retreat is dedicated to guiding and encouraging our younger generation to grow and flourish on the path of yoga and to gain self-confidence, spiritual awareness and self-discipline so they are able to conduct their lives peacefully and healthfully.

Our program for the children and youth will include practical age specific teachings from the Himalayan Yoga Tradition. Children and youth will develop a basic yoga practice on site which they will carry with them in the future. Fun activities including arts and crafts, dance, music, drama, games, journaling, storytelling etc. will be utilized as means to study the yamas and niyamas and as tools for observing a healthy lifestyle in action. There will also be programming especially for adults and older youth as well as optional opportunities to participate in scientific research on the beneficial effects of meditation in the family setting, etc. We will be celebrating holidays and traditions from various cultures, so bring your party spirit along and any traditional activities you wish to share with others!

Many of you have inquired about how much to budget for this retreat. Since Swami Veda has invited you as his family, there is no fixed monetary contribution. Your donation would be based on the Guru-Shishya relationship basis of love offerings. This being said, we are estimating that we will need about $30 per day per person to cover the expenses to the SRSG ashram. A breakdown of our estimated costs is available upon request. If you are able to make a payment upfront and perhaps give extra so that others can also benefit, please let us know and we will send you the details of how to do that through your regional center. It is vital that we start collecting some funds now in preparation, so as not to put too much strain on the ashram and other parts of Swami Veda's mission at this time.

We are hoping to accommodate nearly everyone here at the SRSG ashram. Swami Veda says, "We are overwhelmed with gratitude to Divine Mother that She is sending so many of her children to this retreat. We wish to welcome them all." Since we are expecting a large number of participants, we are hoping you will be open to sharing space with others and flexible regarding the facilities and accommodations. If we exceed capacity, alternative accommodations may be necessary so please be flexible.

We are strongly encouraging group travel. Please contact your local center and/or let us know if you would like more information about is traveling to this retreat from your regional area.
Please get in touch with Lela Pierce at and/or write to ASAP to let us know your current plans... We are looking forward to welcoming you all to SRSG!

Lela Pierce, Nalini Behari, and your family at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama

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