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Retreats - Fast Track to Freedom - A Guide for Leaders and Practitioners (AYP Enlightenment Series Book 10) by [Yogani]
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Since Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP) was started in 2003, the number of people utilizing this open source system of full-scope yoga practices has grown steadily around the world. It has evolved from being primarily an internet resource to a shelf-full of books, and now to increasing “real-world” activities including meditation groups, hands-on training, and retreats organized and run by those who choose to share the knowledge and experiences that come with the effective application of the practices.

This small volume called “Retreats” has been written to provide guidelines for assisting those who wish to organize and implement AYP retreats. It is also for those interested in attending retreats for personal benefit and for benefiting the world through the systematic cultivation of Abiding Inner Silence, and its practical applications in daily living. The experience with AYP retreats has been very good, and this book is offered in the hope that many more retreats will be conducted around the world.

“Retreats” is the tenth book in the AYP Enlightenment Series by Yogani, preceded by “Eight Limbs of Yoga,” “Bhakti and Karma Yoga,” “Self-Inquiry,” “Diet, Shatkarmas and Amaroli,” “Samyama,” “Asanas, Mudras and Bandhas,” “Tantra,” “Spinal Breathing Pranayama,” and “Deep Meditation.”

Yogani is also the author of two highly-regarded user-friendly textbooks providing detailed instructions on full-scope yoga practices, “Advanced Yoga Practice – Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living, Volumes 1 & 2," and a spiritual adventure novel, “The Secrets of Wilder – A Story of Inner Silence, Ecstasy and Enlightenment.”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 110 pages
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  • Publisher: AYP Publishing (23 May 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085WZEL0
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5.0 out of 5 stars An easy entry for newcomers and a leap-off point for seasoned practitioners 12 July 2012
By Albert - Published on
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Retreats: Fast Track to Freedom by Yogani covers the foundation of what is needed for organizing and running a successful retreat, and what can be expected by those who have never attended one. It does so in a clear and easy to read way so that the groundwork for them can lift off with minimal effort in order to arrive at their benefits quickly, and in ways that can be recreated and passed on to others.

An AYP retreat does not have to involve financing, a remote location outside of home, or time off from weekly activities, and can still be part of a time-synchronized group setting, or even solo. Surprisingly, the adaptability of AYP in retreat mode is taken as far as intentional communities, even if only as a casual comment. That is the level of integrity that can be expected when AYP is applied in a group setting and when following the guidelines, be it with the lessons, or learning for the very first time under the supervision of experienced retreat leaders.

Beyond the structure and its flexible, relatively open-format implementation, is also the idea that whatever level individual sitting practices have evolved to, greater potential can be found in group retreats. Even if not yet doing any form of retreat, the effects of group practice will still have an influence, one that can be harnessed and shared with the information provided in this latest addition to the Enlightenment Series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for retreat participants, leaders, organizers 18 June 2012
By grim - Published on
As someone who has attended an AYP retreat, I can attest to the accuracy of Yogani's "Retreats: Fast Track to Freedom". It is written clearly, and gives the reader a good idea of what to expect when attending an AYP retreat.

I didn't think I'd get much out of the book, since experience is often the greatest teacher. However, "Retreats" articulates the causes behind the common experiences that retreat participants have reported. It brings to light the inner dynamics of group practice, how retreats differ from personal practice, as well as the benefits one can expect from a yoga retreat. It also details precautionary measures to ensure balanced progress, and how one can integrate the heightened bliss and ecstasy into home life after the retreat ends.

There is also solid information for retreat organizers and leaders. The book mentions many of the considerations that a retreat organizer must account for: retreat structure, food, lodgings, pricing agreements, advertising, challenges that may arise, etc.

I highly recommend this book for anyone considering participating, in any capacity, in an AYP retreat. It provides an accurate snapshot for anyone who has never attended such a retreat. It's also great for anyone interested in the dynamics of interpersonal spiritual practice, whether in a formal retreat setting or an informal gathering of 2 or more meditators.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have if you are planning on attending, organizing, leading retreats 22 June 2012
By Shanti - Published on
A very helpful little handbook and a must have if you are planning on attending, organizing, leading an AYP retreat. And if you have never considered attending an AYP retreat, just read this book, it will change your mind and you will have a good idea on how much a retreat can boost your practices.

Yogani covers the beauty of being in a group setting for the duration of a few days and how every individual in the group adds to the field of silence that enhances the experience of silence for every other individual in the room. I love the way he chalks out the experiences of a person who is attending the retreat for the first time. Having lead a few retreats I can attest to the fact that he has the experience down very accurately. It starts off with "not sure" and by the second day leaves people wondering, "How can I be feeling what I am feeling on the inside and toward all these people in the room? I don't even know them and yet I feel a bond, feel closer to them than many people I have known all my life." The best part is, after leaving the retreat we take this unusual feeling of unconditional loving with us... every retreat changes us a little more from the inside and makes us more open and living from inner silence. He covers the kinds of purification experiences we may have and how to handle them, how to talk about them with leaders, and when to self-pace at retreats.

He also has very clear instructions on what needs to happen if we want to organize a retreat. The kind of place, location, rooming, meals, pricing, advertising and how to get help from the AYP support forum.

He has really good advice for the retreat leaders as well on how to have a balanced retreat and what kind of questions normally come up and how to reply to them utilizing the AYP knowledge. He also has instructions on how a leader can guide anyone else interested in becoming a leader so we have more leaders and more retreats can be held.

He has very clear instructions on the retreat schedule, managing the schedule, different kinds of retreats that can be organized beginning with solo retreats that we can do at home, to weekend retreats, to advanced retreats and how the scheduling of these will change and also talks about specialized retreats for advanced practitioners where self-inquiry or samyama or additional kundalini directed practices or kirtans(singing, dancing, chanting to devotional songs) can be introduced.

He talks about how to transition back to normal life after retreats. This can be a challenge for some, but knowing what to do in advance helps get us ready for the real world smoothly after retreats.

All in all, I would say it is amazing how once again, in about 100 pages, Yogani has managed to give us so much that may take many books and years of trial and error to figure out.