Yoga meetings: The adventure of the discovery of the Self guided by the Siddha yogis.

Here at Vettaveli we also offer an open summer program for children, i.e. there are not pre-established groups. However if any school or parents group wishes it, they could also apply for a 6 day retreat.

Purpose

These retreats are intended to offer a space both physical and internal to carry out the happiness-based exploration of the Self and their purpose is to serve as a complement to the education imparted to our children in the schools. The true education is that which liberates; other than this, i.e. the different types of education imparted to us throughout our student life can be qualified as worldly as far as their goals and effects are concerned, for they allow us to get on well in this material world but do not help us to find the pathway to the Absolute Bliss or, in other words, the Happiness, Joy or Bliss that do not depend on external events or internal states of mind.

A true education is a pathway to the search and return back to the Self. The true education is a pathway to the pure consciousness. Our work is focused on helping families to see this way from the point of view of the Vasi Yoga.

Also, as the Siddha yogis say, we should not wait to grow older to direct our life to the Self knowledge and to search for the Happiness –with a capital H.

This Yoga contributes to the development of a balanced, autonomous and happy individual, apart from the fact that it influences the development of the concentration, the attention, the emotional and thought management, the care and growth of the body’s consciousness. The Vasi Yoga helps the development of every potentiality of the human being.

Objectives and reason why you should come

These meetings have the purpose to complement the path already started down, either because people come to attend the family group, or because of the attendance at the children group of Yoga, or because the school has started the introduction to a program of Yoga or meditation.

These meetings are also addressed to those coming here for the first time. As there is more time available, the possibilities to see and experiment many of the contents more in depth are higher.

It is also a place for the children to find out peer groups with whom to share certain aspects related to the life of the Self. It is a place for joy and delight, to celebrate and honor life, to live fully with nothing to limit us. It is a place for the development of the Self.

This is the time when children may engage in activities which bear no relation to their cognitive development and which are also absolutely different from the learning about the operation of the external world.

It is a space to research and explore the inner world, the world of the Self. Here children become explorers of the Self guided by the discoveries of the Siddhas on body, mind and consciousness.

Contents

Our work tools will be those discoveries made by the Siddhas about the Self and we will learn and experience with the help of the keys appropriate to reach the same state of profound Happiness and Bliss attained by them.

  • Who are the Siddhas? The thread of tradition. The Siddha family.
  • The Siddha masters. What were they looking for? The pursuit of the treasure (the hidden gem). The cosmic wedding.
  • Our body: what we see and what we see not. The nadis. The cakras. The breath.
  • Our mind: how does it work and how to be in control of it.
  • Our emotions: how do they work and how to transcend them.
  • How to keep the body as sound and healthy as an apple.
  • The pathway: its elements: mantra, pranayama, concentration, asanas; their practice.
  • The kundalini
  • Who is Shiva? The path of love.
  • Our endeavour, what the right action is: yamas and niyamas, service, love and mercy as the guides of our actions.
  • Creating a lexicon: karma, soul, sakti, Shiva, siddhis, vairagya, nada, bindu, guru-master, jnana, jiva.

Methodology

Practical, experiential. Self knowledge is not a matter of speech but rather of practices that lead to experience our true Self. For this purpose we will use pranayamas, asanas, meditations, nature walks, dance, stories and games, songs and Arts. All these integrated in the yogic tradition of the Siddhas.

It is about learning by enjoying to finally attaining the True Enjoyment not dependent on the external events and on our internal states.

The persons who guide the process have the function of accompanying the group of children, aiming to give their support through the practice and to share the experiences.

The learning of the Transcendence does not make use of words; it is an understanding of the Reality and as such it implies to face situations that would allow us to enter the experiences. It is a matter of catching and accessing the deeper structures of the Self.

Who we are, our origin

The school Vettaveli is under the management of Ramón Ruedas. Ramón has been researching and experiencing this tradition of the Siddhas for many years and he has put into practice the Vasi Yoga, comprehensive of the techniques that mark the road to arrive at a harmonic development of the potentialities of the human being. Ramón was the first person who brought the Yoga into Andalucía, where he established several Yoga centers.

Raquel Castillo studied Teaching and Psycho-pedagogy, Classical Ballet, doctoral studies at the University of Cádiz; she has been trained in the methodology of non-directive teaching: Montessori approach and Rebeca and Mauricio Wild experiences in Ecuador. She has worked as a teacher in schools where the non-directive pedagogy is practised. She is Yoga instructor for children and adults. At present she is developing a Vasi Yoga program adapted for children. Researcher on experiences of integration of the meditation into school contexts of an international character: Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, educational experiences in the city of Auroville (India), Kriyananda experiences…

Direction of Yoga meetings

Raquel Castillo Prieto, teacher, Educational Psychologist, she holds a degree in Classic Ballet from Sevilla Higher Conservatory of Music; she is Vasi Yoga instructor and non-directive and active education trainer. Accompaniment of children groups in their development and of fathers and mothers as well.

 

Who can come?

  • Children aged between 7 and 14 years.
  • Those willing to enjoy themselves and seeking happiness.

Activities format

  • 6 day summer retreat program.
  • A weekend summer program.

Dates

18th to 23rd July, 2017.

4th to 6th July, 2017.

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