The Power of Breath: A Five-Day Pranayama Immersion


Devarshi Steven Hartman and Gurudev Shri Amritji
Beginning April 7 - 12, 2019


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Join Yogi Amrit Desai and Devarshi Steven Hartman for this unique and unforgettable event. During this immersion training we will explore and dive deep into practice of pranayama, breathing and energy techniques that create profound shifts. These two remarkable teachers will join their efforts, wisdom, and experience to share with you the power of transformational breathwork.  Gurudev and Devarshi’s prana kriya (purification) exercises will invigorate, rejuvenate, and energize your cells and consciousness in this five-day submersion into the deepest recesses of your being.   

These masterful teachers will blend their rare experiences, humor, story-telling and guidance with you.  We will steep ourselves in the purification, release and vitality that pranayama practice initiates. Come ready to raise the roof on your prana and vibrate with powerful healing energy and oxygen. Pranayama practice holds the keys to deep meditation. The insight you gain from these simple, profound techniques will inspire you.

The practice of pranayama is the heart of all yoga practice.

Yogi Amrit Desai holds a place in history as being one of the most influential yoga masters living on the planet today.    His unique understanding, style, depth, skill, and illumination are not to be missed. At 85, Yogi Desai’s life experience and yoga dedication is unparalleled.  He is a masterful teacher who embodies and transmits the energy of his potent loving presence and intuitive wisdom - the true product of yoga.

Devarshi, initiated by Yogi Amrit Desai as a student of yoga, almost four decades ago, and through Yogi Desai’s guidance and longtime residential ashram lifestyle, has trained thousands of yoga teachers around the country.  He is the Founder of the Pranotthan School of Yoga and leads yoga and mindfulness workshops around the world.

Yogi Desai and Devarshi will guide you through many experiences that will catapult you to the next level of yoga knowledge and experience, creating more peace, love and wisdom within. 

In this training you will:

  • Learn and practice the six basic pranayama techniques that yogis have been using for centuries.

  • Learn how to combine these pranayama tools to move personal energy towards the desired result; increased energy, release, balance or calm.

  • Immerse yourself in experiencing Yoga’s ancient map of The Koshas as the pathway to personal transformation and authenticity. 

  • Learn new tools for training and directing your attention to experience what you desire

  • Experience going beyond the “common” mind and ALL your belief systems to a realm of being “beyond belief”

  • Release habitual, indoctrinated patterning held deep in the subconscious.  

Recommended text: Prana and Pranayama by Swami Niranjanananda – Bijar School of Yoga

The Essence of The Bhagavad Gita

Devarshi Steven Hartman and Yogi Gurudev Shri Amritji
Beginning April 5 - 7, 2019


Join Devarshi Steven Hartman and Yogi Amrit Desai - in this lively, transformational weekend experiencing the timeless wisdom of one of the greatest pieces of spiritual literature on the planet and the quintessential text on yoga. 

Come join us and absorb life-changing knowledge divinely imbued in this ancient epic poem - a conversation between Krishna (God) and Arjuna (the spiritual warrior) while being a part of the dynamic and spirited interactions and exercises led by Yogi Amrit Desai (Gurudev) and Devarshi as they unveil the teachings of the Gita together, with you.  Learn how the enduring truths, held in this ageless text, have withstood the test of time, offering guidance and peace to so much of the world. 

These two outstanding and teachers will blend their rare experience and share their extraordinary relationship with you while creating an unparalleled yoga environment for personal transformation. The philosophies and principles embedded in the Gita and revealed by these masterful teachers will offer you shifts in awareness and an integrating understanding of the nature of being and the purpose of life. 

The teachings of this weekend Bhagavad Gita program will be continued into the five-day pranayama immersion intensive that follows. Consider combining these two programs for a comprehensive renewal to the deepest states of your being.

Devarshi is Author of the best-selling audio series The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, and an inspiring storyteller who makes the Gita come alive and reveals how it is applicable to your modern life.  Devarshi has been a disciple and friend of Yogi Amrit Desai’s since 1983, was a former longtime Kripalu Ashram resident, and the Dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga from 2004 to 2014. Devarshi is the Founder of the Pranotthan School of Yoga that leads 200-Hour and 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings at All That Matters Studio in Rhode Island.

Yogi Amrit Desai (Gurudev) needs little introduction. Founder of Kripalu Ashram and Amrit Yoga Institute, Gurudev has dedicated his whole life to the practice and teaching of yoga at every level.  His role in bringing and transmitting yoga knowledge to the west is unparalleled. Through his leadership, love, and devotion to yoga he has inspired thousands of students who have lived and learned in the spiritual communities he has created.  Yogi Desai and the many teachers that he has initiated into yoga have been one of the largest influences on the face of modern yoga in the world today.  Gurudev’s presence, innate wisdom, and life experience are a rare gift not to be missed. At the beautiful age of 86, Gurudev is a model of vitality, aliveness, authenticity, insight, compassion, humor and more.

All are welcome.  You do not need to have any prior knowledge about the Gita, or have any interest in physical yoga practice to attend. 

In this training you will:

  • Become familiar with foundational principles laid out in the Gita that contain the potential to change the way you view life and the way you live, teach and practice yoga.

  • Clarify and commit to your individual dharma (life purpose) with new vigor and inspiration.

  • Come to terms with some of life’s most perplexing dilemmas once and for all, freeing up endless energy and gathering unprecedented courage for your future.

  • Learn to use the powerful practices and philosophy of yoga, meditation and pranayama to integrate the teachings of the Gita enhancing the depth from which you exist.

  • Learn what it means to be an Acharya (spiritual teacher) who embodies more than simple movement, exercise and asana, but shares millennia-old, time-tested sutras (threads) that illumine life’s path for yourself and others.

Recommended Translation: The Bhagavad Gita – by Stephen Mitchell