Northern California Yoga Retreats – Wilbur Hot Springs
Please join us for a weekend of breathing, chanting, meditation, asana and soaking in the healing mineral waters of Wilbur. Come strengthen your practice while relaxing and rejuvenating your body and mind. We’ll step back from our daily routines and retreat to this sacred land, home to healing waters that have been used for renewal for centuries. Students will practice yoga on Wilbur’s beautiful yoga deck, cradled in nature with the sounds of the breeze and the creek. We will begin each day with chanting and pranayama, followed by breakfast and then an active morning session. In the afternoon there will be time for bathing, hiking, massage and personal reflection time. We will gather in the late afternoon for a restorative yoga session followed by a delicious dinner.
Weekend Yoga Vacation Packages Include:
5 organic catered meals
4 yoga sessions
2 nights’ accommodations (including use of baths, sauna and grounds)
Born and raised at Wilbur Hot Springs, Sarana currently lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sarana is trained in the Iyengar and Forrest Yoga traditions. She is a graduate of the Piedmont Yoga Advanced Studies Program and the Forrest Yoga Teacher training program. She is a Faculty Instructor at Yoga Journal and teaches at The Claremont Hotel and her own home studio. Her love of yoga was born at the Esalen Institute in 1997, where she continues to assist and teach with Thomas Fortel, her mentor and dear friend. Sarana loves to sing. She has studied kirtan with Jai Uttal and classical indian voice in India. She leads kirtans in the bay area and is so very thankful to be able to share this practice with others.
Sarana Miller at Wilbur Hot Springs
Slow Yoga In a Fast World – by Aaron Davidman
…Get me to the yoga mat. It’s the 3 x 6 foot space where I live beyond the reach of time. Here I can retreat from the race. After years of practicing yoga, I’m finally learning that, on the mat, time is on my side. I came to yoga as an actor in need of a routine that would ground me in my body and focus my mind. …Slow yoga is my practice. On the mat I feel vast. My mind relaxes, my body is grounded and the world racing at breakneck speed doesn’t even faze me. Read Aaron’s full blog here. Aaron Davidman is a playwright, director, yoga enthusiast and manager of SaranaYoga.
Taking the Waters: Hot Springs in California
“…My personal favorite is Wilbur. My friend and rocking yoga teacher, Sarana Miller was born on the property itself and her father still owns it. On a recent getaway to Wilbur, I quickly remembered how to relax and forget my stresses (or perhaps boiled them away in hot water!?). The special sauce was the combination of country sun and warm, healing water. Their motto, “In all the World, No Waters Like These,” holds true for me. Not only does that environment relax my body nearly immediately, but it relaxes my knotted mind.” – Amy | http://www.internationalorange.com/blog/taking-the-waters-hot-springs-in-california/
“Sarana is an amazing teacher, and is appropriate for both beginners and advanced yogis/yoginis. She also leads kirtans during the Yoga retreat. I was introduced to kirtans from her as well as to the music of Jai Uttal- her kirtan teacher. During the yoga sessions, I always looked forward to mealtime. I found that the hot springs, yoga, and the food is a great way to nourish my body.
Nicole M., Hayward, Ca, 5 Star Yelp Review,
“A key teaching that Sarana voiced was the need to connect with our core – at the belly – especially with the supportive muscles beneath, which can carry us through life, and the heart with love, and to avoid mental clouds of the mind, which we end up sitting in for too much in our life. During the yogic exercises I found a deeper connection to the belly – and the heart, the belly’s presence espousing not thoughts but basic needs of nurture, care and connectedness, and my heart, which enlightened me to it’s breadth of love for all beings and nature, and it’s open-ness to the universe. Giving me a deep sense of calm and connectedness.”
“Loved being at your Wilbur yoga retreat this past weekend. It was my first retreat and went way beyond any expectations I might have had. I came away a little bit taller and with a lot more love in my heart. Thank you. Can’t wait to do it again next year. You do an amazing job in sharing your knowledge, teaching and inspiring one’s yoga practice. You have a gift. Namaste.”