Discover the light within - a one day darkness retreat
Discover the light within – Yoga in the dark – 2:nd edition
After an amazing experience last year, upon request, we will organize this extraordinary experience again, in total darkness, where you get a unique chance to explore the depths of your being in order to create an ecstatic leap of consciousness.
During this day, we will spend around 15 hours in total physical darkness, whilst exploring the profound peaceful space within and expanding the vast mysteriousness of our consciousness.
Practically, the day will start with an introduction (with the lights on) and then we will dive together into this mysterious journey in the dark that will be fully guided with yoga practice, meditations, profound relaxation – yoga nidra and other exercises.
♥ Why would we want to do all this in total darkness?
There are many reasons to why the ancient yogis and wise men around the world recommended periodical retreats in total darkness. It has among other things, multiple benefits for mind, body, soul and spirit that even modern science has now confirmed.
Our unconscious perceptions are what binds us to the outside world, and keeps us trapped in the cosmic illusion, maya. When we stay in darkness for longer periods of time, one of our most vividly used senses, the sense of sight, is cancelled, and the normal agitations of the mind silence very fast. Thus when the mind becomes silent, the presence of the heart emerges, together with euphoric serenity, peace, contentment, gratitude, love and spiritual aspiration.
During the dark room experience we are presented with the unique possibility to easily access our soul, and awaken the godliness within.
♥ Eliminating the fear of darkness
Many people are afraid of darkness. We can learn to let go of this fear by consciously embracing the darkness and discover the light within. Even a tiny source of light can eliminate the darkness in a room. In the same way, when we awaken the light of consciousness within we can eliminate the so called darkness we carry inside.
The Tao says: “When you go into the dark and this becomes total, the darkness soon turns into light.”
♥ Soma – The Regenerative Energy of Darkness
The old yogis associated the fluid of eternal life, soma, with the energy of the moon, an essential vital energy that charges the human being during the night. This vital energy is “burned” by the inner sun (this burning provides the energy manifested during wakefulness) in order to carry on our daily actions. In this case, daytime is the symbol of all dualism, and of the personal domain of action, of the dispersant energy, while night is the symbol of eternity, contemplation, regeneration and centeredness.
♥ The darkness regenerates the brain and balances the hormones
Studies made in this area show the extraordinary beneficial effects that experiences such as these in darkness generate both in our brain and the hormonal system.
Mantak Chia writes the following in his book Darkness Technology:
“The darkness actualizes successively higher states of divine consciousness, correlating with the synthesis and accumulation of psychedelic chemicals in the brain. Melatonin, a regulatory hormone, quiets the body and mind in preparation for the finer and subtler realities of higher consciousness (Days 1 to 3). Pinoline, affecting the neuro-transmitters of the brain, permits visions and dream-states to emerge in our conscious awareness (Days 3 to 5). Eventually, the brain synthesizes the ‘spirit molecules’ 5-methoxy-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) and dimethyltryptamine (DMT), facilitating the transcendental experiences of universal love and compassion (Days 6 to 12)
Melatonin, the ‘sleep molecule,’ is produced in the pineal gland, in response to the darkness of night, and to the circadian rhythms of light and dark that are programmed into the hypothalamus, an endocrine gland located deep within the brain. Melatonin affects major organ systems, quieting the sympathetic nervous system and allowing daily rejuvenation of mind and body. In the Dark Room, melatonin gradually accumulates in the brain.”
♥ The group synergy effect
Darkness retreats can be done for various lengths of time, alone or together with other people. For beginners, we do not recommend long retreats without prior experience, since this experience could be risky. Therefore this shorter, guided workshop is a wonderful way to get accustomed to this special practice in a safe space.
To share such a special experience with other people is a way to increase the efficiency of the practice, since the spiritual traditions say that when many people practice the same technique together, it amplifies the effects of that practice, for all of them.
“It doesn’t matter if a cave has been in darkness for 10,000 years or half an hour, once you light a match it is illuminated. ”
♥ Benefits of intense practice and retreats
Living in a modern hectic world doesn’t always allow us to give enough time to spiritual practice. Periodical retreats with intense, hourlong practice is a wonderful tool for resetting our system, for breaking out from the mental prison of daily life agaitations, a chance to reconnect to our heart and restore health, balance and wellbeing.
During this workshop we will practice long hatha yoga sessions, do extended meditions and deep, long yoga nidra practices. This will create conditions for cleaning up our inner space and allowing the inheret light of our soul to shine through.
♥ Practical details:
The retreat will start early morning 8.00-9.30 approximately, with an introduction.
Then from around 10.00-00.00 We will have the dark room experience, where all lights will be turned off completely.
During this time there will be guided meditations, yoga practice, relaxation, contemplation time and few inspiring talks and other practices.
You will have access to toilets but only in darkness.
You are recommended to rest very well one week before this experience, and to also prepare as much you can beforehand by eating healthy foods, avoiding coffe, alcohol, smoking etc. Aim, if possible, to take a week before the workshop to practice as much you can different spiritual techniques, yoga, meditation and especially techniques for mental concentration as we will have hourlong meditations in this workshop in order to create possibility to make extraordinary leaps of consciousness. This is why it is important to be well prepared and to be in a great vital shape.
During this workshop we will not eat, only water and milk (organic and vegan) will be provided.
♥ Price & sign up:
850 kr (after 17th of nov)
750 kr (before 17th of nov)
Choose one of these options:
– Swish 123 395 95 90, write your name and darkness-retreat in the message
– PG 403 08 65-2, write your name and arkness-retreat in the message
– Cash at the reception in the yoga center
We only have 22 places for this retreat and a place is only guaranteed through payment! Be aware that last year the event was sold out, so if you wish to attend, make sure to do the reservation by payment in time. ♥
This workshop is only open for students who are in the Intensive Yoga or Tantra course who have reached at least the Laya Yoga intiation.
Until 17th of november the ticket will be refunded with 70% of the fee, after that there will be no refunds.
This special workshop will be guided by Aurora Georgijevic, with over 15 years of experience in both yoga and tantra. The practice of kaya kalpa (dark room experience) is a practice that fascinated her very much and she has done several longer retreats (up to 17 days) in solitude with an intense practice of meditation, yoga and other techniques. This led to profound transformations and realizations in her being that she would like to share with others, helping people to discover the light within.