Deepening your practise

About us

Namaste! It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us for a special Advanced Training--Deepening Your Practice. This event will be a comprehensive practice and learning experience designed to move your Yoga and your insight into yoga to new levels. It is a continuing yoga education and training for teachers and experienced students as well as a time of ceremony, networking and personal rejuvenation.

Context, like the word yoga, means that which joins together. The context in which we hold our Yoga (where we’re coming from, the philosophical underpinnings and beliefs) have as much effect on our practice as the content (the practices, techniques, forms). We will explore shifting to an open and evolving context that allows you to tune your Yoga to the moment and constant change of life.

What is advancing in Yoga? Is it merely doing more complicated and difficult postures? We feel that progress in Yoga goes far beyond this and must include the awakening of deeper levels of seeing and insight as well as the attunement to the subtler messages of the body’s intelligence. Our theme will be to share this perception and free each other from the many myths and misconceptions about advanced Yoga. Each gathering will include asana practice, pranayama practice, discussions, discourses in Yoga and opportunity for questions and dialogue in areas of interest to the group.

The most important purpose of Yoga is to bring about a deep transformation of the individual, an awakening of intelligence that is free of dependencies and romantic beliefs and ready to meet the accelerating challenges of the 21st century. Ganga White

Event Highlights

  • Twice Daily Asana and Pranayama practice
  • - isoYOGA® a major breakthrough that increases strength, flexibility, endurance and benefit within a much shorter period of time. Ganga’s isoYOGA is a new, dynamic system that simultaneously uses opposing muscle sets as well as torque and counter torque, rotation and counter rotation.
  • Using seven classes of asana (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, Inversions, twists, balancing poses, moving sequences)
  • Flow Yoga–the dance of control and surrender
  • Advanced Teaching Techniques
  • 3D Yoga®—Multi-dynamic, Yoga Multi-disciplinary, Multi-dimensional Yoga
  • Sequencing
  • Esoteric Yoga—Entheogens and Sacraments
  • Shamanic meditation practices to open doors and corridors
  • Creative Use of Sun Salutations
  • Working with subtle energies
  • Potentiating your practice with internal levers and locks
  • 30 dynamic torque-counter torque, rotation-counter rotation isoYOGA Sequences
  • Lion Yoga--combining strength and flexibility in asana
  • Protecting and healing your joints
  • Using energy flow as guide in adjusting postures
  • Developing a lifelong personal yoga practice

Venue Highlights

Our other facilities include:
A large Yoga-meeting room,
A kitchen and dining room serving gourmet vegetarian meals,
An underground Hopi style "Kiva" temple
A Library-Media center designed and crafted by Santa Barbara artists.


7:00 AM Morning Sitting and Pranayama Practice
8:00 AM Light Breakfast
9:00 AM Asana Practice
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Free Time (Massage, Hikes, Outings, etc.)
4:00 PM Asana Class & Pranayama Practice
6:30 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Evening Program (Discussions, Meditation, Council, Dancing, Fire Circle)

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free


Enjoy renowned, gourmet vegetarian cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals are predominately organic, vegan, and gluten free.


Yurts: Lovely dome-shaped structures with canvas and lattice wood walls, hardwood floors, skylights, heat and electricity. The yurts are furnished with beautiful balinese daybeads, comfortable bedding, custom lamps, and a short walking distance to bathrooms and showers.

Loft: We have 3 spaces in a loft overlooking the community great room in the main building.

Tents: Peppered around our retreat in the forest and nearthe waterfall are several large tents set up on platforms and furnished with futons and linen. You are also welcome to use your own tent.

Privates: We have a few privates available upon request. Private accommodations are uniquely decorated, have heat and electricity and are a short walking distance to the bathrooms and showers. During weekend retreats they are initially reserved for couples attending, but are often available, first come, first serve, to individuals.


Directions from the South:

Take Hwy. 101 North, to and through Santa Barbara, to the State Street/Lake Cachuma/Hwy 154 exit.
Go North on Hwy 154, San Marcos Pass, (sign says West) winding up the mountain for 5.8 miles to a yellow "Slow Trucks" sign on the right and our mailbox with the lotus, on the left, numbered 2500.
Turn left onto the small road at the mailboxes.
Go straight and then curve around to the Center.
Please turn around and park facing out in the parking area. You may also park along the entry road, on the right side only.
Please do not park in the driveway or in resident staff area.
Directions from the North:

Take Hwy 101 South, approximately 30 miles past Santa Maria, and take the Hwy 154 exit.
Drive approximately 26 miles, passing Cachuma Lake on the left & then up a long grade to the top of the San Marcos Pass.
From the summit of the Pass, when you start your descent down towards Santa Barbara and the ocean, the small entry road is 2 miles down from the summit, on the right.
Watch for a highway symbol sign that indicates a right turn coming up. Then watch for a group of mailboxes including our large mailbox marked 2500 on the right hand side and turn right onto the small road just before the mailboxes. If you cross the Painted Cave, San Marcos Road intersection, you've gone too far.
Follow the small road and curve right, around to the Center.
Please turn around and park facing out in the small parking area. You may also park along the entry road, but on the right side facing out only.
Please do not park in the driveway or in resident staff area.

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