These experiences are for yoga practitioners and teachers alike to go deeper into their yoga practices, within a safe and supportive environment.

Note: These are separate from our certification programs. Some may provide CEUs for Yoga Alliance where applicable, please verify beforehand.

CAPPA Labor Doula Certification Course (

Director: Abby Bordner

This is an 18-hour course that is required to become certified with the international Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association.  CAPPA Faculty member and Pranakriya Director, Abby Bordner, teaches an intensive workshop to learn to support women and families in late pregnancy, birth and early postpartum.  A certified labor doula is a birth professional with a focus on educating and supporting women physically, emotionally and spiritually through the process of birth. In this training you’ll learn: end of pregnancy health and wellness, anatomy and physiology of birth and the stages of labor, positional support and coping skills to manage pain and fear, hospital procedures, early postpartum recovery for mom and baby, supporting bonding, newborn procedures, the process to become certified with CAPPA.

CAPPA Postpartum Doula Certification Course (

Director: Abby Bordner

This is an 18-hour course that is required to become certified with the international Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association.  CAPPA Faculty member and Pranakriya Director Abby Bordner teaches an intensive workshop to learn to support women and families with home visits in the postpartum time period.  A certified postpartum doula is a family professional with a focus on educating and supporting new mothers, newborns and families during the postpartum time. In this training you’ll learn: postpartum recovery for mom emotional changes after birth, mom’s mental health, newborn behavior, care and characteristics, breastfeeding and feeding options, household management and support nutrition to support postpartum recovery and the process to become certified with CAPPA.

The Deep Roots of Yoga with Yoganand

Director: Yoganand Michael Carroll

“Yoga is 6,000 years old, right?”  We will explore the historical beginnings of yoga, the early yogis and their Upanishadic philosophy, influences of Samkhya and Buddhism, and the medieval development and decline of Tantra Yoga and its ultimate reformation into Hatha Yoga.  While the yogic practices have changed dramatically over the millennia, the goals of the practitioners have remained remarkably stable; and so we find these philosophies rich and fertile areas for the development of a meaningful and dynamic context and personal intention for practice today.  Practice sessions will be interspersed with lecture and discussion sessions.  Practices will introduce and include pranayama, khumbaks, the bandhas and incorporate these into the asana practices where appropriate.  Those already familiar with the practices will be encouraged to move and practice at a depth that supports them, while those new to the practices will be led in a guided and structured experience.

Illuminating Your Yoga Practice With the Wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita

Director: Yoganand Michael Carroll

Many yoga practitioners respect the Bhagavad Gita as a source of inspiration. It offers the metaphor of the “spiritual battle,” and presents the yoga path as having three aspects that must be balanced: action, knowledge, and devotion.

But the Gita has much more to offer. Swami Kripalu believed that it detailed both the willful and surrender paths of hatha yoga. He wrote that every sincere practitioner would someday need to ask a teacher the same questions Arjuna asks Krishna on the mythological battlefield.

Each session of this immersion begins with a teaching from the Bhagavad Gita that adds insight to the practice of asana and pranayama. This discussion will be followed with an in-depth practice of asana and pranayama.  We’ll close each day with an integration exercise to support digesting the experience and material so students will leave grounded and inspired for further practice.

Mystical Path of Yoga with Yoganand

Director: Yoganand Michael Carroll

For students with min. 6 months yoga or meditation experience.

We practice yoga for many reasons: health, vitality, a sense of well-being, strength, flexibility. In its earliest stages of development, however, yoga was created as a path to the soul. It was designed to lead us to the direct experience of spirit. In this retreat for experienced practitioners, we look at applications of asana, pranayama, and meditation that have been lost from many traditions — techniques that were once central to yoga practice as a path to the mystery within. We focus on techniques that can easily be taken home and incorporated into a daily practice.

This program includes:

  • Morning practice just for our group
  • The study of ancient yoga symbols and stories that hold meaningful secrets
  • Esoteric asana and pranayama techniques.

Come practice in a safe community with like-minded seekers as together we explore the mystical path of yoga.

Dialogue with Death, The Yoga of the Katha Upanishad

The Katha Upanishad is an early Indian text and one of the first that calls its teachings ‘yoga.’ Many concepts are presented that were incorporated by later authors who developed Yoga practice, including the authors of the Yoga Sutra and Bhagavad Gita. The text tells the story of the precocious boy Nachiketa who has the privilege of asking Yama, the Hindu god of death, questions on the meaning of life. In response, Yama, teaches Nachiketa an early form of Vedanta and encourages him to seek his own deepest self. Draw inspiration and increase your understanding of Yoga philosophy as we study this sacred text and incorporate its teachings into our group practices.

Exhale and Become the Sky: A Tantic Hatha Yoga Retreat

From the Vedas to the Tantras, the sky is a symbol for spirit, the True Self and the expanded state of consciousness that deep practice brings. Yogis were instructed to become the sky or the wind, to expand beyond all limitations and to experience the free Self. To ‘become the sky’ is to leave all problems behind and experience the expanded Self. This journey of expansion gives us the perspective to come back down into our lives and become the person we most want to be.

Yoga and the Path of No Regret

Director: Yoganand Michael Carroll

Deepen your yoga practice through an understanding of the concept of spanda (pulsation) from Kashmir Shaivism, in which consciousness is seen as pulsating through time and space. When you tune into that pulsation, you act from a natural place inside yourself so your actions do not bind or cause suffering. Aligned with this inner flow, you live each moment fully, and when you leave it behind, you give yourself completely to the next moment without fear or regret.

Learn how asana and pranayama practice can attune you to spanda and how meditation can be an act of surrender to spanda as your deepest nature. This program includes early-morning practice led by Yoganand, study of ancient yogic texts, and discussions about applying what you learn here to everyday life.

Igniting the Fire of Yoga: A Transformational Retreat

Director: Yoganand Michael Carroll

In the company of supportive community, experience a life-changing retreat skillfully guided by longtime practitioner and teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll. Ancient yoga texts speak of two lights within the body: the moon in the crown of the head, symbolizing the rational self, and the sun in the pelvis, representing the emotions. The conflict between these two forces causes all of life’s pain and suffering. Through postures and pranayama, the yogi converts sun energy into yogagni, the fire of yoga. This fire rises up and dissolves the moon back into the witness, the seed of the self. When the sun and moon disappear, the yogi becomes the whole universe.      

This transformational retreat includes

•   Plenty of asana and pranayama practice
•   Esoteric teachings that make a lot of sense
•   Information and techniques to deepen your practice when you return home
•   Hope and inspiration for your spiritual journey.