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Youth Yoga Retreat

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - Sunday, July 22, 2018

Youth Yoga Retreat at The Sivananda Yoga Ranch


Tara Rachel Jones (Omkari)
Edya Kalev (Eka Jyoti
Marta Gil (Gauri Devi)

$675 all inclusive
Limited space: 9 students ONLY

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Here is a real coming of age experience that ignites the golden star from within: Youth Yoga Retreat. ” This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine… ” How do we get there?
Yoga lights the way.

Experienced Sivananda Youth Yoga instructors Omkari, Eka Jyoti, and Gauri Devi will guide young teens through the beginning steps of Yoga with an engaging, structured and activity-filled program. The program is open to young people ages 11-14 for 8 days of growth, connection, communion with nature and creativity.

Our Campers learn to polish their inner light with the 5 Points of Yoga as taught by Swami Vishnudevananda:

  1. Proper Exercise: outdoor asana classes, bending the spine in 6 directions.
  2. Proper Breathing: Taking in the fresh mountain air and experiencing the calm mind and body that deep breathing creates, running around in games, hiking, basic pranayama techniques.
  3. Proper Relaxation: The art and practice of guided imagery and yoga sleep (yoga Nidra). Learning simple self-massage techniques with balls and rollers to go into deep relaxation.
  4. Proper Diet: Following a vegetarian diet for 10 days! Creating a rainbow plate everyday! Rejoicing in the earth’s bounty and learning how we are comprised of the elements themselves.
  5. Meditation and Positive Thinking: Sitting with big questions, finding inner confidence, wisdom and delight. Positive Thinking: Serving the community, connecting with friends, chanting and singing, honoring world cultures, living with and respecting one another’s similarities and differences, unplugging from the modern conveniences, creating beautiful artwork and tuning into nature. Culminating our time together with a Talent Show!

Daily Schedule

7:00amWake up, dress for class
8:00amYouth Satsang: meditation or silent walk, learning about the 5 Points of Yoga.
9:00amYouth Asana Class
10:00amOrganic Brunch
11:00amKarma Yoga: learning the art of selfless giving
11:30amVisit the boutique
12:00pmArts and Crafts: special workshops
1:00pmLunch preparation
2:00pmOrganic Lunch
2:30pmLunch cleanup
3:00pmNature walk / Hiking / Mind-Body Class
5:00pmGuided Relaxation
5:30pmFree time
6:00pmOrganic Dinner
7:45pmGuided Meditation
10:00pmStudents settling in their own rooms for the night
10:30pmLights out

Day Events

•   Opening Circle
•   Inauguration
•   Graduation
•   Temple Tour
•   Kirtan Class
•   Waterfall Hike / Swim

Evening Events

•   Bonfire
•   Stargazing
•   Talent Show

Youth Yoga Retreat Arrival & Departure Information

Day 1: Arrival

•   Arrival time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
•   Opening circle: 4:00pm (Parents & siblings welcome)
•   Dinner: 6:00pm (Families welcome at an additional cost; please contact the reception in advance to reserve)

Day 7: Night before Last Day: Youth Yoga Retreat Talent Show

Parents, siblings, family and friends are welcome to join this celebratory evening! The Talent show begins at 8:00pm. Anyone planning to join for dinner or to spend the night must make individual reservations with the Yoga Ranch Reception. All fees for family attendance are charged separately.

Day 8: Departure

•   Graduation: 12:00pm (Parents & Siblings welcome)
•   Departure time: 1:00pm

Registration Instructions (PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY)

•   Limited space: 9 students! WE FILL UP!
•   Cost: $675 (all inclusive, including accommodations & meals
•   Registration OPENS no sooner than March 1, 2018 and CLOSES May 1, 2018 or as soon as the Retreat is full.
•   After we are full, your child can be placed on our waiting list.


A. Call and PAY in full with Reception staff at the Sivananda Yoga Ranch.

B. IMMEDIATELY following the payment part, contact Omkari, Youth Yoga Retreat Director omrachel@icloud.com by FORWARDING YOUR PAYMENT RECEIPT in order to receive a
Youth Retreat Registration packet.

Youth Yoga Retreat packet includes:
1. Youth Yoga Retreat Application
2. A Medical form to be filled out by your child’s Primary Care Doctor
3. A request to obtain a copy of the front and back of your child’s Health Insurance Card
ALL OF THIS PAPERWORK IS DUE completed and scanned via email to omrachel@icloud.com ON OR BEFORE JUNE 1, 2018.
4. A Youth Retreat Handbook

  You MUST do steps A&B to be fully registered. Any family whom has not completed both steps will be placed on the waiting list.

If Your Child is Wait-Listed:
1. Contact Eka Jyoti at youthretreatwaitlist@gmail.com
2. You will be sent a wait-list application packet which will include all the items listed above.
3. ONLY UPON RECEIPT OF your child’s completed paperwork, will your child be assigned a slot and number on the waitlist.
4. Please send your waitlist paperwork completed and scanned via email to youthretreatwaitlist@gmail.com

Registration Rules

1. All registered students must arrive on Day 1 of the Retreat. No late arrivals.

2. Absolutely NO PAPERWORK is accepted upon arrival.

3. If your child has prescription and or over the counter medications, it must be clearly labeled, in a plastic bag along with typed up instructions along with parent signature.

4. Children whom take any type of regular medications MUST NOT temporarily stop the medication plan during the retreat unless otherwise indicated in writing and signed by your child’s prescribing doctor.


6. You and your child will be able to contact one another via the main telephone at the Ashram. We invite you to try to encourage yourself and your child to wait until Day 3 for calls. This gives the student an opportunity to adjust to the Retreat routine. You may always have direct contact with the instructors to check up on your children until day 3 and throughout the Retreat.

7. Parents may not bring special food to their students that require either refrigeration or food preparation in the kitchen. This is a time and safety issue for the kitchen staff and the camp staff. Students should remain encouraged to try the food that is served.

8. While the Ashram follows a Lacto- Vegetarian diet, the kitchen is neither nut, gluten, dairy, sugar free, nor, allergen free. The Ashram does its best to offer vegan and allergen-free alternatives with advanced notice, but will not exclusively follow a particular regime for the duration of your child’s visit. PARENTS MUST ADVISE YOUTH RETREAT STAFF OF ANY SERIOUS ALLERGIES IMMEDIATELY UPON ARRIVAL. Students with allergies should always ask what is in the food choices before they eat. STUDENTS SHOULD BRING BRING THEIR OWN STOCK OF PREPARATION-FREE and ALLERGEN-FREE foods.

ANY Needs Consideration

For the safety and wellbeing of your child, the whole retreat and most significantly, to best serve your child, it is required to inform Youth Yoga Retreat Director- Omkari, if your child has any special needs considerations. The Retreat is not designed specifically for these students, but a high value is place on inclusion, when possible. We care greatly for our students, their families and make every effort to plan ahead for a positive experience for all.

Here is the planning process, should your child have any specific needs:
a. Send an email directly to Youth Yoga Retreat Director, Omkari at omrachel@icloud.com
b. Phone call discussion about the retreat and find out if it is a good fit.
c. Co-create a plan that will ensure a successful retreat experience
d. We do not have 1-1 aides available for students who need one. Parents are required to stay for 3-5 days and re-evaluate how it is going with Youth Yoga Retreat Director, Omkari at that point. parent may be required to stay for the duration of retreat if necessary.

What to Bring

  • Pocket Money: $20-30 (avoid giving more)
  • Clothing: Enough to last 7 days (see below)
  • 4 pairs of pants, 6 pairs of shorts
  • 2 Sweatshirts, 8 T-shirts
  • 12 pairs of underwear, 6 pairs of socks
  • Sandals, 1 pair of sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes
  • Swimsuit, sun hat, rain jacket
  • Laundry bag
  • Day pack, water bottle or canteen (very important)
  • Toiletries and toiletry bag
  • Washcloth
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and soap dish
  • Shampoo, brush or comb
  • Sunscreen, insect repellant
  • Tissues, flashlight & spare batteries
  • Good book
  • Notebook, envelopes, pen & pencil
  • Please do not bring: candy, junk food, walkman, electronic games, cell phones, ipods or computer
  • Please DO send your love and support.

Travel Information

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Tara Rachel Jones (Omkari)

Tara Rachel Jones (Omkari), M.Ed, is an experienced Waldorf, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Mainstream educator, and Sivananda Yoga teacher and has been working professionally with families and children since 1989. Her approach to sharing yoga for children, youth, teens and adult children’s yoga teacher training is a synthesis of education, developmental movement, and yogic teachings that she created under the guidance of her teacher Sarabess Forster (Yashoda), a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda. She is the director of both Family Week at The Sivananda Yoga Ranch, and Family programs at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat. Omkari is the founding teacher and director of the Youth Yoga Camp at the Sivananda Yoga Ranch and the author of It’s Time for Yoga. www.littlebounderbooks.com

Edya Kalav (Eka Joyti)

Edya Kalav (Eka Joyti) is a Sivananda Yoga Teacher (RYT-500) who has been working with children and families in a variety of educational settings since 1992. She has been to India twice to study yoga at the Sivananda yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Kerala, and in Chennai. Edya’s focus has always been to welcome young people into learning by engaging both body and mind fully. She has been assisting Omkari with Youth Camp since 2006, and now co-leads both the Youth Camp and Family Week with her.

Marta Gil (Gauri Devi)

Marta Gil (Gauri Devi) RYT-200, RCYT is a Sivananda Yoga Teacher She is a skilled teacher for beginner yoga classes for adults. Gauri Devi is also a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher for young people, ages 2-17 through the Nation Yoga Alliance as a certified Flower Yoga Teacher with Tara Rachel Jones (Omkari). She currently teaches yoga in various elementary schools in Westchester County NY and runs her own her own yoga programs for children, families and teens. Since 2016, she assists at the Youth Yoga Retreat at the Sivananda Yoga Ranch and the Family Yoga Vacations at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat. www.youngfloweryoga.com

The Ranch's Daily Schedule

5:30amWake Up
6:00amSatsang or Silent Walk
8:00amHatha Yoga Class
11:00amKarma Yoga
12:00pmAfternoon Program
& Free Time
4:00pmHatha Yoga Class
10:30pmLights Out

Satsang & Yoga Classes

Satsang consists of a 30-minute silent meditation, followed by 30 minutes of spiritual chanting (kirtan), and finishes with 30 minutes of spiritual lecture.
Daily attendance at both Satsangs and Hatha Yoga Classes is encouraged for your health and well-being and to maintain the proper rhythm and atmosphere of the ashram community.

Sivananda Yoga Ranch


Saturday, July 14, 2018
Sunday, July 22, 2018


Sivananda Yoga Ranch
500 Budd Rd
Woodbourne, NY 12788 United States


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