SHIVOHAM ... A JOURNEY INTO BLISS
and SILENCE THROUGH SIMPLE WISDOM
AND ANCIENT TECHNIQUES FROM INDIA
a different kind of program, based on simple, authentic techniques: working gracefully on different vibrations, from the body to the most subtle - through asana, pranayam, meditation, relaxation and other powerful tools including sound and music.
immerse yourself into a few days surrounded by sacred healing music, learning the mystery of sound, listening to enriching mystical stories from india, learning about the power of breath and doing pranayam with music, waking up with meditation and light yoga, relaxing into uplifting and balancing meditation techniques...
...then you are in the right hands, under the conduction of manish vyas who is originally from gujarat, india, and has learnt from his two spiritual gurus and then shared these techniques during many years in india along meditation camps and retreats.
"only after 20 years of following my master, he told me 'you are ready to conduct retreats and share what you learnt' - this is how the tradition is in India - we learn patiently during many years and only when our Teacher says we are ready, we start teaching openly." Manish
Manish is from India and he speaks in English.
"EVERY PLANE OF MAN'S BEING IS DEPENDENT UPON THE OTHER PLANES. FOR INSTANCE, IF THE BODY HAS LOST ITS RHYTHM, SOMETHING GOES WRONG WITH THE MIND; IF THE MIND HAS LOST ITS RHYTHM, THE BODY GOES WRONG; IF THE HEART HAS LOST ITS RHYTHM, THE MIND IS PUZZLED; AND IF THE RHYTHM OF THE SOUL IS LOST, THEN ALL IS WRONG." H. I. Khan
Manish is a professional musician of the heart - composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist from Gujarat, India who has focused all his life on Indian music and on devotional music like mantras and other types of higher music expressions. Beyond the spiritual value behind this music, his main focus is on the intrinsic power of sounds, which, combined with the right music, can be an incredible powerful tool to be used for the wellbeing and balance of the physical and subtle bodies - body, mind, soul - and their equilibrium.
Manish has gone through a long path as a spiritual seeker as well. He has been with Osho since he was a child until Osho left the body. Later and still today, he has been closely connected to Gurudev, with whom he has coordinated retreats and meditations in India under his wise guidance and inspiration. Manish himself has done many 40 days retreats and prolongued silence periods during all these years, in different breathtaking places in India.
Music is always the strongest presence in his retreats - he teaches and explains the power behind the sound, the sacred music, the texts and the melodies - with beautiful and interesting stories from mystical ancient India. He currently lives in Switzerland, and he teaches, does concerts and workshops, and organizes retreats which his wife Sa (who is certified yoga teacher). Manish himself is also a hatha yoga certified instructor and he incorporates some of the yogic techniques in the way of naad yoga (yoga of sound) and pranayam (breath) as well as meditations and other deep relaxation practices like yoga nidra. You can find more about Manish in his biography and you can meet him in a video in youtube where he introduces himself here.
Sā is a Asana teacher (certified USA and India) as well as children Asana teacher. She is also a Reiki practitioner and she learnt and got certified in macrobiotic lifestyle, cooking and shiatsu at the Kushi Institute in Boston, US in 1999. She spent a lot of time in India, where she has participated in 40-days meditation retreats and Yoga courses. She is passionate about visiting temples and listen to the prayers, rituals and (true) kirtans happening spontaneously in these incredible mystical places that inspire meditative moments, that inspire to go within. She has two children and is currently teaching in Gossau and in St. Gallen. Manish and Sā share the same spiritual masters, enlightened souls living in South India and in Gujarat.
Manish, musician, seeker and yoga-path teacher
Manish means in Sanskrit 'master of the mind' and when i got initiated by Osho he didn't change it, so it is also my sannyas name.
Sã, assistant + āsan
Sã is my Indian name and it means a musical note in the Raga, to which the melody always comes back to. It was given to me by Manish.
YOGA IS NOT EXERCISE.
YOGA IS A LIFESTYLE OF EXCELLENCE.
YOGA IS AN ETHICAL AND HEALTHY WAY OF LIVING.
IN THE WEST, PEOPLE MISUNDERSTAND YOGA WITH FITNESS - IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT.
IN OUR RETREATS, WE FOCUS ON THE REAL YOGA, AS IT WAS CONCEIVED, WE FOCUS ON GIVING THE RIGHT UNDERSTANDING.
ALTHOUGH WE DON'T DO SILENT RETREATS, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND PARTICIPANTS TO REMAIN AS SILENT AS POSSIBLE DURING ALL THE RETREAT. THIS WILL HELP ENORMOUSLY THE OUTCOME AND THE PROCESS.
naad means sound in sanskrit and shakti, power or energy.
rhythm is a law of nature and harmony is a manifestation of a right rhythm, just as inharmony is a manifestation of a disorder in rhythm.
if you like music and down-to-earth activities designed to uplift the body and spirit, you will love to join this retreats - it will gift you something new to treasure as a soul-touching experience.
it will open a light.
the music and the approach to music of manish is truly magic and he is known for having the ability to bring people into relaxation, meditation and an uplifting space of silence.
these events usually are organized in very carefully chosen places, where nature and tranquil beautiful surroundings enhance the experience gained from these techniques and contributes to the wonder of these ancient practices.
Our style is the style of authenticity. We only teach what we learnt from a truthful source, practice and believe in. We are relaxed. We don't impose rules, we rather believe and trust each one's consciousness... where what to do, how to do and when to do, comes from the inner wisdom and awareness.
Our purpose is to share treasures that we found useful and that have worked well for us. So we are just a 'messenger' passing wise secrets of techniques from India that are useful for a better life quality, in body and soul.
Our main religion is trust, silence and respect for the other. We believe each of us is in a different situation, had different experiences and come with diverse karmas and backgrounds. For this reason, for us, yogic practices are personal, private and silent - a space in which each person relates to her/his own experience, without any judgement and free of rules and expectations. It's a place 'to be.'
My master told me to teach, only then i started teaching these ancient techniques with total humbelness and respect to the teachers and enlightened beings who left this amazing heritage. Jai Gurudev!
if you go to india with the right approach, the right understanding and to the right places and people, you will be able to absorb the wisdom : this is the value of this land...
otherwise you will be just a tourist.
The word “kriya” means “internal action”. Sound (or naad) is largely an external action. Largely for most human beings, sound or expression of sound is a karma, not a kriya: it is an external action, not an internal action.
Right now you are uttering sounds as 'karma', which means 'external manifestation.' The same thing can become an internal manifestation, creating an inner format for your own liberation.
The quality of the music is not just with the musician. It is mainly in the audience – how keenly one can listen. You must understand this – if your listening becomes very keen, then listening is not just in your ears – every cell in your body will reverberate.
If your whole body can listen, what is just entertainment can become kriya-yoga for sure. (Sadhguru)
"I usually listen to your music for meditation, relax and peace. That level of music can only be created when one is at deeper spirituality level and you are one of them." (mohit)
what some participants have shared...
"His presence is already relaxing... you just have to tune into his calm being and you'll be relaxed just by his voice and tranquil energy." Carol, Bahamas
"With all the commercial selling of India and all the fake mantra singers, you can see that he brings the real thing - that's his value." Andrew, UK
"His music and his being are one - he sings what he is." Shivalik, Holland
"It's a beautiful retreat with good energy, they are both very cool and relaxed... and i learnt a lot of interesting things from the mystical culture from India." Ana, Switzerland
"Authentic people. Great yoga for anyone at any level... and wonderful music." Irene, Spain
"Manish's music has such a beautiful flow and soulfulness to it that it inspires me to dance, inside and out." Shawma, India
"The pranayam they teach is absolutly amazing, you are totally renewed after its practice and it's really fun and easier to do at the rhythm of the music - all of a sudden a whole hour of pranayam is over!" Thomas, Germany
"Thank you Sa for all the interesting comments and explanations shared during the yoga classes... it really makes a difference to receive the information about the asana or the tradition and why we do certain things" Jane, St. Gallen CH
"It was such a great and deep weekend with you. I’m so grateful to be with you these days, it was amazing, all we sang, all I heard are in my heart and my memories. My yoga class of tonight are accompanied of manish’s music." A participant in Ticino retreat 10.2018
"Those three days were so beautyfull,the nature around us ... to explore my inner space,so quiet..you inspired me to start a daily Pranayama praxis after my yoga Sequenz to move forward on my Yoga" A participant in Ticino retreat 10.2018
"Thanks so much for this wonderful 3 days - being - meditating - yoga - singing - enjoying life with you! I appreciate so much your quality, understanding, truth, respect and depth... and more which goes beyond words." A participant in Ticino retreat 10.2018
"Thank you so much... it was such a magic weekend with the two of you! For me, ir felt like drinking pure water from the source - cleaning body, mind and soul! thank you, thank you, thank you." A participant in Ticino retreat 10.2018
"Thank you very much for the pictures which bring me back to our wonderful retreat and I feel the joy and vibration of the wonderful music we have been given so wonderfully." A participant in the Bern summer retreat, 2019
"I am still humming with the work and inspiration that filled my body and soul these last 5 days. As soon as i came home i downloaded the pranayam tracks and put them to good use. It was lovely to do the pranayam practice in my own private space... in my home life. I am filled with gratitude for the care and passion you brought to this retreat and look forward to meeting again inshallah..." A participant in the Bern summer retreat, 2019
"A big thank you from the bottom of my heart for these wonderful days. I feel so