Summer Residential Programme
Residential Weekend Programme
Residential stay is £150 per person payable upon booking with form below to:
UCYL Trust, Sortcode 40-46-07, Account Number: 8116 5038
This does not include dakshina for teachings which should be offered separately.
This amount is the minimum that enable the Trust to maintain a programme, but is not sufficient to maintain the facilities. This amount is kept low so that all could benefit from the teachings. Larger donations are always welcomed and this would help maintain the programmes and facilities for the upliftment of all.
Gurupurnima is traditionally an opportunity to offer dakshina/monetary support for the teacher. It's an expression of a student's appreciation, respect and gratitude for the teachers and the teachings given which supports the teacher for the whole year. Please place the dakshina in an envelope and place in the dakshina basket by the teacher's seat.
Rules for Programme
While on programmes at the Ashram, we should endeavour to follow at least the first five of the Eight Limbs of Yoga as expounded by Patanjali.
These 5 limbs are as follows:
1. The Yama (Restraints) which control the senses and help withdrawing the mind from the sense objects.
- Ahimsa – Non-Hurting
Refrain from hurting others mentally and physically, including ourselves.
- Satya- Truth
By dwelling in the truth. ie. Restraint of speech and not indulging bluntness.
- Asteya- Non-Stealing
Not taking what is not given or offered.
- Brahmachraya- Celibacy
Seeing the spirit in others, not the body of others.
- Aparigraha- Non-Receipt of Gifts
Not looking for reward in terms of remuneration, social appreciation and praise from others.
2. The Niyamas (Vows)
- Sauca- The internal and external cleanliness of the body and purity of mind.
- Santosa- Satisfaction and contentment.
- Tapas- Controlling the body, mind and senses.
- Svadhyaya- Studying The Sutras, Upanishads and Gita.
- Ishvara Pranidhana- Complete surrender to God.
3. Asana (Sitting)
Creating the spiritual habit of sitting for meditation. So this can be developed naturally and at length.
4. Pranayama (Control of Prana)
Control of the Prana within the body and mind which leads to the natural and deep state of Pratyahara.
5. Pratyahara (Introspection)
The complete withdrawal of the mind and senses from the body during the practice of meditation, which leads us to the state of concentration, contemplation and Samadhi.
In addition to the above, we also expect the following mode of conducts for all programmes or events held by the Ashram as follows:
Everyone is allocated Seva slots. Seva gives you a chance to practise and perform your duties for the Ashram with detachment and without expectation. We encourage you to maintain silence and contemplation of Atman as you go about your assigned duties.
For comfort and convenience in meditation and the rest of the programme, please wear loose fitting clothing. Shirts must cover the upper arms and the midriff and wear full length trousers. Please, no see-through or low cut tops, tights or leotards. We also ask that your clothes be neat and clean. It is also unnecessary to wear jewellery, make-up, perfume or other forms of adornment during your stay.
White clothes are normally worn for all programmes.
You may bring a shawl to use while sitting for meditation.
All persons attending are expected to take a shower each morning before meditation; even if a shower has been taken the previous evening.
As part of our Satya practise, please try to observe as much silence as possible during the programmes. Try not to indulge in chit-chat or gossip. With the exception of practical and organisational matters and spiritual question and answer sessions.
The programs and Satsangas should not to be viewed as a social gathering, or opportunity to meet and make new friends. These programmes are for our and others spiritual upliftment and growth.
Strict vegetarian meals are served in the programme. Vegan options are also available.
Please be respectful by not bringing any non-vegetarian products onto the premises.
No cigarettes, alcohol or drugs are to be consumed inside or outside the premises as part of the Sauca observances.
Following the Schedule
We ask that you follow and take part in the whole schedule. There is sufficient free time provided in the schedule to rest, relax and reflect on the teachings.
Please see Hatha Yoga section on what to bring for Hatha Yoga practice.