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Mystic Living Program – Yoga Retreat – December
From Monday, 24. December 2018
To Saturday, 29. December 2018
Location : Stupa Garden of Compassion

This retreat will be lead by Mystic Yoga trainers.

The special feature of doing this retreat in Bodhgaya is that some of the sessions will be held in the private garden at the Mahabodhi Temple (where doing yoga is allowed), receiving special blessings and inspiration.

The retreat will cover seven essential aspects of yogic living: 

  • Yoga asana practice
  • Pranayam & pratyahara
  • Yoga theory & philosophy
  • Understanding benefits and usage of yoga
  • Ayurveda nutrition
  • Medicine Buddha practice
  • Vipassana meditation. 

The purpose of this Mystic Living Retreat is to bring body and mind into balance. If there is a harmonious flow of energy through the body it improves general well-being. Mystic Living attempts to teach yoga asana, meditation, ayurveda and related philosophies in its purest form. A fit, strong body, and an alert, cheerful mind is the result of right yoga practice. The retreat is designed to help you live a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life and raise awareness through yoga and meditation in a fresh and spontaneous way. The friendly and relaxed manner of the retreat makes everyone feel at home, and even those who are new to yoga will feel comfortable. By integrating these practices into one's life one can start a process of self-transformation.

To enhance a focused and contemplative atmosphere, this retreat will be held at our nearby retreat place – Stupa Garden of Compassion.

Please arrive to Root Institute Sunday 23rd December, as retreat will begin on Monday 24th at 6.00am.


Mon 24 to Fri 28 Dec  
6.00am Yoga abhyasa
7.30am Breakfast
10.00 to 11.30 am Theory session & meditation
12.00noon Lunch
2.30 to 4pm Svadhyaya/ self study
4.30 to 6pm Yoga abhyasa
6.00pm Dinner
7.00 to 8.30pm Theory session & meditation
Sat 29 Dec  
6.00am Yoga abhyasa
7.30am Breakfast
10.00am Contemplation
12.00noon Lunch


Note: This schedule is subject to change.


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Course/retreat discipline

Students are most welcome to apply for individual or groups retreats here. To make the most of this special time, we would like to suggest the following:

  • It is good to settle all outside communication before you begin your retreat. Telling friends and family that you will be out of contact for the duration will significantly help to reduce distractions. Likewise, settling your travel arrangements, etc. before you come to Root Institute is highly advisable.

  • To maintain a healthy, calm, clear mind, observing silence will also bring you the mental space most conducive to retreat.

  • Practicing Dharma is a source of happiness, so rejoice in your efforts!

  • Thank you for thinking of Root Institute as your place for retreat. We will do our best to support you!

Guidelines of behaviour in a Dharma environment

Root Institute is a delightful, semi-monastic meditation centre.

To maintain a conducive, spiritually harmonious atmosphere for inner reflection and meditation, we kindly ask all our students, guests and visitors to observe the following guidelines:

  • Respect all life: do not intentionally kill any living being, even small insects.

  • Respect others' property: do not steal or take anything not freely given.

  • Be honest and straightforward: do not lie or intentionally deceive others.

  • Be celibate: no sexual activity; this also includes no romantic holding hands, hugging, massages and other physical displays of affection.

  • Be alert and mindful*: avoid intoxicants such as alcohol, drugs and cigarettes; we encourage you to stop smoking while here, but if this is impossible, you can smoke outside the gates.

  • Be considerate of others' silence: keep silence in the appropriate areas and at all times during residential courses, especially in the meditation hall (gompa) and dormitories; no singing or playing music and, in general, maintain a quiet demeanour while on the property.

  • Be considerate of the monks and nuns: dress respectfully; please no shorts above the knee, tank-top shirts, or tight and revealing clothing.

  • Couples: can stay in the same room for two weeks or less under the celibacy policy.

Please be aware:

  • * The Bihar state government has passed laws totally prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol in the state, with very severe penalties! Please ensure that you do not carry any alcohol with you in Bihar.

  • Also, please note that those in service or teaching in FPMT centers and projects do not engage in the practice of Shugden.