Abundant WellBeing

Yoga and Kayaking


August 11-13, 2017

Join Bhaskar Deva for a fun weekend of kayaking down the James River. The day begins with early morning meditation, hatha yoga and of course, a hearty breakfast. After an instructional orientation, we launch our individual sit-upon kayaks (tandem kayak and canoes are also available) and — our adventure down the river begins!

We will experience the art of navigating the river by listening and observing the currents. The magical sound of the water flowing will invite us to meditate on the banks. Allowing us to connect with the undisturbed nature as she reveals her wonders, and if we are lucky, we might spot a soaring eagle!

  • Friday: Evening introductions and special tour of the Lotus Shrine.
  • Saturday: Meditation, Hatha Yoga, and then Kayaking on the James River. Evening program with Ashram. (Satsang).
  • Sunday: Meditation, Hatha Yoga, and half day Kayaking (finishes after lunch at the Ashram)

  • Staff: Skilled staff will guide us in safety and proper paddling each day throughout the trip.
    Levels: Beginners to Intermediate kayakers are most welcome.
    Back up plan: If the river is in floods (very rare) kayaking will be on a lake.
    Pre-requisite: ability to swim and to have fun.

    Bhaskar Deva’s love of nature has drawn him to experience and lead groups in hiking, boating and kayaking whether it is in mountains, lakes, rivers, or even in the ocean. Bhaskar was a swami (monk) for many years at Yogaville, where he served as Development Coordinator, as an Ashram board member and as Sri Swami Satchidanandaji’s pilot. Bhaskar, with his wife, Nischala Devi, founded the Abundant WellBeing Temple, a non-profit organization dedicated to embracing the loving spirit and one light in all. Gathering friends to share the flow of river, and the serenity of the nature, is one of his great joys.

    “I just love kayaking and being on the water, listening to the sounds of the river and the nature as I float along. It is very meditative to hear the river lapping upon the kayak’s hull and the whooshing of the water as the paddle glides along. The rhythm of paddling allows my body to sing. Harmonizing with the flow as I pull the paddle with one arm and push with the other. At the same time engaging my core muscles and watching my breath. It all becomes effortless like walking, except now on water! And the river always brings something interesting around the next bend. Join me and let’s discover what is waiting for us, together on the river…”Bhaskar Deva

    What to Bring:
    (Kayaks, life jackets, meals and water will be provided).
    1. Swimsuit
    2. T-shirt
    3. Sun Hat
    4. Sunglasses
    5. Sunscreen
    6. Lip balm
    7. Water shoes (such as Tevas)
    8. Gloves (to prevent blisters)
    9. Lightweight rain jacket
    10. Water bottle
    11. Small towel
    12. A sense of fun and adventure

    Contact: Yogaville.org
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