Resources of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition

2014 International Yoga Youth and Children's Retreat

"So that the grace and the practices and teachings of Meditation in our lineage may continue into next generations and meditation may become a family-centered experience." - Swami Veda Bharati

Dear Ahymsin Sangha,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you and your family to attend the next International Yoga Youth and Children's Retreat December 22-31, 2014 at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram in Rishikesh India.

As you may already be aware, in December 2011 we held the first international gathering of children and families here at SRSG. Over 100 children ages 0-35 yrs + travelled to Rishikesh with their families, from over 30 different countries, to learn age appropriate practices of hatha yoga, meditation, relaxation, pranayama etc. 

Swami Veda, as well as HH Swami Rama of the Himalayas, have greatly emphasized the importance of integrating the principles of yoga practice into the family householder lifestyle. Both Swami Rama and Swami Veda have maintained and encouraged a legacy of annual family yoga retreats in several different countries around the world for decades. The 2011 retreat was the first international gathering and not only did it challenge and encourage the integration of the practices into a family centered environment, it also expanded many sadhakas' notion of "family" to a global level. 

As you can imagine bringing hundreds of children together from all over the world to study and practice the basics of yoga has great potential to bring humanity toward the direction of "World Peace" by strengthening inner quietude as well as global understandings and relationships. Prior to Swami Veda entering into silence he expressed quite clearly the importance of encouraging the younger generation along the path. We hope that you can find the resources to join us again in 2014 for this unique gathering as we continue to create and observe spaces for children and families in our spiritual community. Please save for your travels and plan from now. We are waiting to hear from you regarding your intentions so that we can prepare for your arrival in the future. Please write to Nalini and Lela at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

In service,
Lela Pierce (on behalf of the children's retreat planning committee)

PS. Those experienced in working with children, youths and families as well as those who are interested in learning more about teaching the younger generation in the future, should also contact us regarding the children and families' yoga curriculum project. This group will plan to meet approximately 1 week prior to the 2014 children's retreat starting on December 15 - 22, 2014. Please write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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