#NamasteWithYou | Andie Ibanez


Daniel and I celebrated 4 years of marriage a few days ago (you can read my cheesy love story post here.) So to celebrate, we wanted to unplug, unwind and get away for a few days. Well, we found the perfect place!
We spent the weekend at the Satchidinanda Ashram-Yogaville. It is located in Virginia near the Blue Ridge Mountains and James River. It really is a beautiful place.

Yogaville is a spiritual community built on the precepts of Integral Yoga as taught by Sri Swami Satchidananda. Yoga, meaning Integral Yoga combines the 6 branches of yoga into a comprehensive life style.
6 branches of Yoga

Hatha Yoga: Focuses on the physical aspects through asanas (postures), pranayama (breath control), mudras, kriyas, yogic diet and deep relaxation.

Raja Yoga: Balance and control of the mind through ethical practices, concentration and meditation.

Bhakti Yoga: The path of devotion, by constant love, thought and service of the Divine. Bhakti Yoga can be practiced by everyone.

Karma Yoga: The path of action and selfless service. Serving without attachment to the fruits (or results) of the action.

Jnana Yoga: The intellectual approach. Through the knowledge of what really exists, that is, what is not changeable, one who engages in the Path of Wisdom realizes Oneness with the entire Universe.

Japa Yoga: Japa means repetition of a mantra - a sound structure of one or more syllable which represents a particular aspect of the Divine Vibration.

Here are a few of the activities that were offered during the weekend:
Guided mediations
Hatha Yoga (different levels, different classes)
Daily Puja
Yoga Nidra
Laugha Yoga
Deep Relaxation Class
Joint Free Yoga
Saturday evening Satsang
Ashram Tour

I will admit that I am terrible and meditating! Sitting still and trying to clear your thoughts is a lot harder than it seems. We had many opportunities to meditate both guided and on our own. One of the coolest experiences was noon meditation at the LOTUS Temple.

The LOTUS temple or the Light Of Truth Universal Shrine is a temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the light within all faiths.
**Note: All information including definitions come directly from Yogaville's website**

So why Yoga? Well the word "Yoga" actually means union. What better way to celebrate 4 blissful years of marriage?

If you have an opportunity to visit Yogaville, I would totally recommend it! They have deals on Groupon and Travel Zoo from time to time. You can check out the details here.

As for gear? All you need is comfortable, moveable clothes and an open mind! Buuuut if you're looking for gear, here are few things I have my eye on.

I hope you all had a great Valentines weekend!
Xo - Andie

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