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Prana Vidya Retreat and Festival of Lights Celebration


“You are invited to join us on a unique fully guided journey to India, to discover traditional yoga through authentic yoga practices whilst experiencing a taste of ashram life.”

You will be led by Swami Karma Karuna and Anahata representatives on this spiritual immersion that will start in Kolkata and move onto Rikhiapeeth Ashram.

Travelling to India with Anahata you have the opportunity to experience the true essence of Yoga in an environment rich in culture and diversity, taking your practice to a much deeper level with the guided support of a highly experienced teacher.

The advantage of travelling with us is all your hotel accommodation and travel arrangements in India are taken care of, giving you the space to allow your journey to unfold.

This year, there are three retreat stay options which means depending on your time commitments.  you are able to join us from minimum of 10 or up to 20 days. Outside of these retreat stays, there is also the opportunity to participate fully in ashram life through Seva stay during the Yajnas.

Dates: 24 October – 8 November 14 Nights

Includes: Prana Vidya Retreat and Diwali celebration.


Your journey begins in Kolkata, where you will be greeted by an Anahata representative. After a day of resting, we travel together to Rikhia in time for Diwali the Festival of Light, (27 October). Diwali is an opportunity to connect with the inner luminosity and experience the joy of India aglow with thousands of flickering lights. Here you will participate in the festival alongside guests and ashram residents.

Prior to the start of the Prana Vidya retreat, you will have the chance to integrate into the daily ashram activities which includes Karma Yoga and may include kirtan, chanting or other programs alongside the ashram residents.

Take your practice and understanding of the Pranic body deeper by participating in the Prana Vidya Retreat (1-7th November). Prana (energy) Vidya (knowledge) is an ancient and powerful meditation that deals with the system of prana for healing and spiritual awakening. Knowledge of Prana is knowledge of the universe. Everything moves because of Prana, it is source, means and destination.

During this 7-day course you will be introduced to the pranic system through daily asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha and Prana Vidya meditation sessions, including practical techniques for awakening the fields of energy present in the human structure.

Throughout your daily theory sessions, you will deepen your knowledge of this vital life force, discovering how the aspects of prana within the physical body and through regular sadhana can help you to develop the sensitivity required to feel and experience the nature of prana as a living flow of energy within one self. And how it can be directed to improve health and vitality.

Please enquire if interested to stay on for seva or the yajnas.

Evolving through the Chakras and Tools of Tantra Retreat

If these dates are not suitable for your schedule, we are also running an earlier retreat to India and the Rikhiapeeth ashram. The retreat is titled Evolving through the Chakras and Tools of Tantra Retreat, which starts on Wednesday 18th September – 28th October.

Full details of this retreat can be found by following the link below:

Evolving through the Chakras and Tools of Tantra Retreat


Swami Karma Karuna, founding member and director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, NZ, is an engaging, intuitive yoga teacher with more than 25 years of training and experience. She specialises in therapeutic applications of yoga, yoga nidra relaxation and pranic practices and shares in a simple and practical way, inspiring people to access and apply yogic practices in their own lives.

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Prana Vidya Retreat and Festival of Lights Celebration

Thursday 24 October, 2019 - Friday 08 November, 2019

The Retreat Programme Includes

  • Asana, Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha practices – theme based
  • Yoga Nidra or Prana Nidra
  • Kirtan (singing and chanting of mantra)
  • Karma yoga (working with meditative awareness)
  • Support pack
  • Live in an authentic Indian ashram integrating with the culture during the program
  • Possibility of Satsang (spiritual truth talk) with Swami Satyasangananda
  • Experience esoteric practices such as havan (fire ceremony) and chanting of ancient texts
  • Expand your experience, be inspired and live a yogic lifestyle in a sacred environment

Prana Vidya Retreat and Festival of Lights Celebration

Thursday 24 October, 2019 - Friday 08 November, 2019

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