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Yamas and Niyamas

A Blueprint for Lasting Happiness

Year Long Meditation
Thursday, April 16, 2020 @ 7:30 pmSunday, April 19, 2020 @ 12:30 pm
This event is part of Year Long Meditation (YLM).
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  • Why do we think or say hurtful things about others sometimes?
  • What internal patterns prevent us from understanding or accepting the truth?
  • How can we settle into the understanding our inner brilliance and recognize that we already have everything we need?
  • From the ancient yogic perspective, what is the best way to practice self-study?

We will explore these and many more questions through lecture, discussion, and specific practices in this Year Long Meditation Retreat. Join Luke for a three-day program that will take a unique, comprehensive look at the first two limbs of Raja yoga—yamas and niyamas, the “10 commitments” of yoga.

Explore a rich and thorough framework for approaching the five high-minded ideals for interacting with the world (yamas) and the five methods for cultivating a dynamic personality (niyamas). Learn the philosophical backdrop for these foundational yogic principles.

Find out how we can constantly use the world around us—and our interactions with others—to refine our habits. With the proper framework, we will not only improve our everyday awareness, but also apply the practices that move us to a deeper understanding of who we really are and why we are here. Learn how to apply those refinements to your life and your own inner environment—and discover your ability to transform and blossom into your best self.

Year Long Meditation is the best time to experience this foundational workshop in the immersive environment of the Himalayan Institute community, and the newly consecrated Sri Vidya Shrine is the best place to apply your newfound inner vision.

This program will:
  • Solidify the philosophical foundation for why you do yoga
  • Bolster your desire to keep deepening your personal practice
  • Give perspective and rational for how to change unhealthy and unhelpful habits
  • Teach practices related to each of the 5 yamas
  • Teach practices related to each of the 5 niyamas
  • Experience the integration of philosophy and practice—to the ultimate goal of fulfillment and freedom

All in all, I am a much calmer, happier, and clearer human being and I am so grateful to you for these tools to facilitate my own healing process as well as for my clients/patients. It has been challenging at times and it has taken a lot of commitment on my part, but it has been so rewarding! I feel that I still have a long way to go but I look forward to experiencing the effects and seeing the changes in my life.

Thank you, Luke, for being such a wonderful presence in our lives and for guiding me through this journey to making me the best version of myself more of the time until hopefully all of the time.

Jen, Grand Cayman, May 2019

I attended one of your yoga weekend retreats at the Himalayan Institute with my family about two years ago. I just wanted to tell you that this weekend really changed my life and I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You had a huge influence on me over the span of those three days.

Leon M., NYC, April 2019

Luke Ketterhagen

As a young boy, Luke had a very strong desire to help others and live a healthy lifestyle. After graduating magna cum laude from Marquette University with a degree in biomedical sciences, Luke immersed ...


Thursday, April 16, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 19, 2020 @ 12:30 pm


Himalayan Institute Retreat Center
952 Bethany Tpke
Honesdale, PA 18431 United States
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(570) 253-5551

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