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    Christmas yoga retreat report

    Christmas yoga retreat 2011

    Full details on New Year 2012 yoga retreat at Christmas 2011 Yoga retreat

    This course will run from 27th December 2011 until 2nd January 2012

    Reports from previous Christmas Retreats

    Please note these previous retreats were not Satyananda yoga.

    In December 2011 our Christmas yoga retreat will be Satyananda yoga which is reasonably gentle with a lot of awareness, relaxation, letting go of thoughts, meditation, as well as the usual yoga postures practiced in a heart felt way.

    Report on Iyengar Christmas retreat course 27th December 2005 to 3rd January 2006. Christmas 2005 yoga course

    Report from one of Sotantar’s previous retreats here Kundalini yoga and Gong Bath with Sotantar

    Christmas 2009 yoga retreat

    Sotantar is teaching a similar Kundalini yoga and Ging bath retreat this December 2 days after Chrsitmas.

    So you can still enjoy your Chrsitmas at home…. and also Boxing day, and then escape from all the usual stuff to spend time in one of the most beautiful places in Ireland, with a very inspirational yoga teacher.

    Kundalini Yoga and Gong bath for Self Rejuvenation, Joy and Healing


    December 27th 2009 – January 2nd 2010


    Description of course

    This Christmas yoga retreat is a lovely way to spend 7 days just after Christmas with refreshing and energising yoga classes, relaxing gong baths and outdoor walks in the beautiful Burren. Not to mention the delicious vegetarian food.

    What is Kundalini yoga

    Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga, is the ancient science of Yoga.

    It incorporates exercise, breath, meditation and sound current to help relax, strengthen and heal your body, mind and spirit. Kundalini Yoga is the “Yoga of awareness” for families and people who deal with the stress and struggles of every day life.

    It gives you a clear mind, vitality and a healthy life through the self discovery of your infinite creative potential or Kundalini Energy.

    Benefits of Kundalini Yoga on this Christmas yoga retreat:

    • Increase energy and vitality, relaxing mind and body
    • Relief from stress, addiction, depression and insomnia
    • Helps heal back pain, sexual dysfunction and neurosis
    • Strengthens immune and nervous systems
    • Balances metabolism, digestion (weight Control)
    • Increases circulation and purifies the blood
    • Promotes muscle strength and flexibility
    • Anti-aging both mentally and physically

    Kundalini yoga class

    Regardless of your age or fitness level, you can feel and assimilate the benefits of this sacred science. From your very first class, you will experience a feeling of well being and happiness. With practice you will become more aware, radiant, youthful, Healthy, Happy, Holy.

    The goal of the course is to introduce you to Kundalini Yoga practice so that you may continue at home after the course.

    And also to experience the healing vibrations of a gong bath by Gong Master Sotantar.

    There will also be an outdoor trip into the Burren each day and some classes outdoors.

    Cost of the course

    The cost of the Christmas yoga course is €730 and includes accommodation and vegetarian meals.

    The food is cooked by Paddi the gourmet vegetarian chef who ran Seventh Heaven the well known restuarant in Galway city.

    A single room costs €120 extra.

    Additional nights stay at the centre

    To avail of a cheaper flight you may like to stay an extra night or two. Cost is €35 per night. No meals included.

    Who is the Chrsitmas retreat course suitable for

    Suitable for complete beginners to intermediate.


    Salvador Sotantar Sotantar has practiced and studied yoga, meditation and sound since his childhood in Spain. The Patanjali Sutras, the Hermes Kybalion and the words of Carlos Castaneda became important influences in his life.


    By his early twenties he moved to the United States where he continued his study in yoga and meditation. Later he found his connection with the Planet Gongs and he devoted himself to learning the ways of the Gong and Kundalini Yoga. He was privileged to meet and receive teachings from the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan, by whom he received his spiritual name to meditate on his life path and destiny – Sotantar – meaning beyond the boundaries of time and space and one who lives for the light.


    Sotantar is now a widely recognized Gong Master and Kundalini Yoga teacher in his home base of Los Angeles and Orange County, as well as in Europe. He has worked with and had the opportunity to learn from world-renowned Gong Master Don Conreaux.


    In addition to his regular classes, Sotantar brings his knowledge and energy of the Planet Gongs to workshops and retreats around the globe. He frequently visits Ireland, as he considers it home, and offers workshops throughout the country. The Burren is a special place of magical beauty, and some of the workshops take place outdoors in Nature.

    Sotantar has taught a Christmas yoga retreat at Burren Yoga for the past two years and many people come back to his retreats time after time.


    Sotantar’s commitment to bringing awareness, peace, balance and joy to the universal community led him to create the Planet Gong Peace Project Meditation which takes place monthly. The Planet Gongs’ sacred sound creates a space for all the participants to experience joy and their true selves. The Gong’s vibrations carry throughout the world the intentions to expand global awareness, raising the frequency of the planet to a higher level of peace. The Project has simultaneous meditations occurring in various places in the world: North America, South America, Europe and growing.


    His passion is teaching Kundalini Yoga and bringing the transforming sounds of the Gong to the world. He enjoys giving Gong Baths and meditation and concerts to celebrate the peace, love and joy which is our natural state. He has recorded a series of CDs including the sacred sounds of the Planet Gongs and Tibetan Singing Bowls for meditation, awareness, and healing.

    Photos and report from Kundalini course in 2006 with Sotantar

    Tell me more about the Gong Bath


    Timetable for the post Christmas week


    Sunday 27th December arrival

    5:30 – 7:00pmArrival & Registration
    7:00pmDinner by Paddi
    8:00 – 8:30pmKarma yoga
    9:00 – 10:00Introduction about Kundalini and this week

    Typical day timetable

    8:00 – 9:45amKundalini Yoga class
    10:30Karma yoga
    11:45 – 4:30pmOutdoor trip into the Burren
    2:00pmLunch at local cafe
    7:30 – 8:00pmKarma yoga
    8:30 – 9:30pmGong bath Meditation

    Themes for the Kundalini yoga classes for the post Christmas week

    • Balance chakras
    • Open Heart Center
    • Strengthen the nervous system
    • Strengthen the physical body
    • Increase Intuition
    • Balance and Healing Emotions
    • Master your Domain
    • Self Mastery
    • Mantra Yoga
    • Balance Mind and Heart
    • Partner Yoga/ Venus Kriyas (optional) and Healing Techniques
    • Joy and Ones
    • Healing Circle

    Some of these classes will be held outdoors in the Burren.

    Alternate days

    Every second day, as well as the usual classes listed on the typical day’s timetable above, we have an additional afternoon class.

    3:30 – 4:30pmOptional individual counselling
    4:30 – 6:00pmExtra Kundalini Yoga class

    Saturday 2nd January 2008 departure

    7:30 – 9:00amKundalini Yoga class
    10:15Karma yoga
    11:00 – 12:00 noonFarewells
    12:00 noonDepart