Breath for Life: The Basics & Beyond

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 4-Day Pranayama Immersion

Join Devarshi Steven Hartman and Yogi Amrit Desai for this unique and unforgettable combination of teachings, experiential guidance and knowledge.   These two remarkable teachers, join their skill and lifetime commitments to yoga practice to draw you into the deepest experiences of yoga through an immersion into breath as the doorway to the beyond.  Patanjali, in his eight-limbed path, describes Pranayama as the gateway to the deeper states of concentration (Dharana), meditation (Dhyana) and bliss (Samadhi). During this pranayama immersion you will be supported and guided into extended practice creating profound experiences that shift your awareness with ease to states of presence and contentment.  The keys to states of prolonged quiet, inner obstacles being unlocked and released, new energy and vitality, all lay dormant in our sacred breath.

Devarshi was initiated by Yogi Amrit Desai as a student of yoga, almost four decades ago, and through Yogi Desai’s guidance and longtime residential ashram lifestyle, Devarshi has trained thousands of students to become yoga teachers around the country.  Yogi Amrit Desai holds the place in history of being one of the most influential teachers bringing yoga to the west with his unique understanding, style, depth skill, and illumination.  At 86, Yogi Desai’s life experience and yoga dedication is unparalleled.  He is a masterful teacher who embodies and transmits the energy of his potent loving presence and intuitive wisdom – the true product of yoga.

Together these two outstanding teachers will blend their rare experience and education, humor, story-telling, and extraordinary relationship while creating an unparalleled yoga environment for you to transform in.

You will invigorate, rejuvenate, and energize your cells and consciousness in this five-day immersion program where you will learn and practice ancient purifying pranayama techniques. Come ready to raise the roof on your prana and have your body vibrating with powerful healing energy and oxygen.  Also come ready to release emotional stagnation and reduce the effects of stress and tension, culminating in the deepest meditation experiences you have encountered so far. The clarity gained from these simple, time-proven techniques will shift the way you experience yourself and the world, and will have you break up habitual, indoctrinated, unconscious patterns that may be holding you back.

The practice of pranayama is the heart of all yoga practice.  Pranayama is the doorway to meditation, and the anchor to true presence in your body or asana practice. Through conscious breathing techniques, you form new pathways in the brain that place your Highest Self in charge of your attention able to direct your full energy into the experiences you desire.  The goal of experiencing “ATHA” (NOW) fully, without distortion, is what Patanjali says is the aim of all yoga – union with what is.  Pranayama practice is the safest, quickest way to recover the lifeforce that lies dormant or suppressed.

Yogi Desai and Devarshi will guide you through many experiences that will catapult you to the next level of yoga knowledge and experience, creating more peace, love and wisdom within.

In this training you will:

Learn and practice the six basic pranayama techniques that yogis have been using for centuries.

Learn how to combine these pranayama tools to move personal energy towards the desired result; increased energy, release, balance or calm.

Immerse yourself in experiencing Yoga’s ancient map of The Koshas as the pathway to personal transformation and authenticity.

Learn new tools for training and directing your attention to experience what you desire

Experience going beyond the “common” mind and ALL your belief systems to a realm of being “beyond belief”

Recommended text: Prana and Pranayama by Swami Niranjanananda – Bijar School of Yoga

Venue Highlights

We are located in Salt Springs, Florida, amid the tranquil beauty of the Ocala National Forest on Lake Kerr, a spring-fed lake of nearly 3,000 acres. Beneath a canopy of towering Live Oaks, the six-acre campus features lush tropical gardens, stone decks and walkway, and a peaceful sand beach. The property includes a main house, lodge, main office, guest cabin, and brand new Healing Arts Center. We run programs year-long in service of our mission to bring authentic yogic wisdom to the world. If you’re not sure about taking a program yet, we also welcome guests for R&R.


We offer dorm-style housing as well as private/shared accomodations for an additional charge.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


All our programs include 3-vegetarian meals daily. Meals are prepared fresh and served buffet-style with a fresh salad bar included during lunch and dinner.

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  • Kelly Thompson   May 21, 2019


    Enjoyed a retreat two weeks ago on the Sadhana of Prana with Chandrakant and then returned this past weekend for a short Rest & Relaxation. Was hoping for Darshan with Gurudev, but though we missed out on that, we were grateful for Nirali’s Sunday morning presentation on the foundation for I AM Yoga. She is a wonderful teacher full of grace and embodied spirit. It was a gift to sit on the dock and watch the sunset and the full moon rise. We look forward to our next visit!

  • Joe DiScala   February 12, 2019


    Started in my mind (while feeling what was and not being able to quite my mind) seeing what's not there, over my stay I realized what was there was so much more I was a close friend to the Kripalu Ashram I had many friends, I consider myself very sensitive, so when Guru Dev was ousted I withdrew! My whole attraction was to practice non-judgment and here the institution that introduced me to the concept was being judgemental Kripalu since and the experience was wonderful just not the same spiritually but to the general, public the commercial customer it's got all the bells and whistles extremely well managed or was the last time typical of the corporate retreats around the world with a little less spirituality Amrit Yoga is for me the exception in a world that is attracted to bling I have revisited all the various methods I've tried and from this day forward become a devote I can't say enough words won't provide the essence of the feeling which is what it's all about God Bless and keep you in this world Amrit Yoga

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