This year’s theme is Yoga Nidra – Gateway to Samadhi. Yoga Nidra (or yogic sleep) is a state of deep relaxation in which an individual is in a deep sleep state s/he is totally aware. Yoga Nidra was first demonstrated in the West by Swami Rama in a scientific experiment witnessed by scientists at Menninger Foundation in 1972. His brain wave pattern showed delta waves (which are associated with deep steep state), but he was aware of his surroundings and he successfully recounted activities in the room. This state is an entry way to the fourth state of consciousness known as Turiya. Yoga Nidra is a deeply meditative state. It is a very creative state during which one is in a state of super learning. Swami Veda used Yoga Nidra to learn foreign languages in preparation for his discourses which he wished to give in the local language his audience during his global travels. Within Himalayan Tradition, we are very fortunate to have excellent teachers for Yoga Nidra training. Please join us and experience Yoga Nidra as well as learn the technique and art of practicing it.
We are excited to invite you to join us at Techny Retreat & Conf Center in Northbrook, IL on October 5th, 6th & 7th for our 2018 HYMTA Retreat.
Our guest speaker and retreat host will be Dr. Stephen “Stoma” Parker. Dr. Parker is a Sanskrit scholar and an advanced teacher in Himalayan Tradition. He is an initiate of Swami Rama and a disciple of Swami Veda. Dr Parker is an expert practitioner and teacher of Yoga Nidra. He is also a practicing psychologist and an expert on neuro-biology of meditation. He is author of numerous papers and he recently published a book titled “Clearing the Pathway” which offers unique insights blending the teachings of Himalayan masters and findings of modern research on meditation. The retreat will feature an Ashram style daily schedule.
The space is limited, please reserve your space now and take advantage of Early Bird registration savings for non-HYMTA members.
(per person – includes meals)
HYMTA Members & Non-Members Early Bird until Aug 31, 2018
Registration for Non-Membersafter Aug 31, 2018
For your convenience you may register online using the above links, call in with your credit card info, or mail in the registration form below to: HYMC, 109 W. Slade St., Palatine, Il 60067. Whichever method of registration you choose, please include fee/payment.
Charlotte Mogensen Retreat Director
Stephen (Stoma) Parker Psy.D. was initiated in the Himalayan Yoga tradition by Swami Veda Bharati and was given the initiate name Stoma in 1971. Among the first teachers certified by the Himalayan International Teachers’ Association, H.I.T.A., he began teaching hatha-yoga in 1974. During that time he also studied Sanskrit with Swami Veda and South Asian languages and literature for his B.A. at the University of Minnesota.
Stoma-ji is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level of the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Yoga
Accreditation International (www.cyai.com). A member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, he was grandparented as a certified yoga therapist in August 2017 and he serves on the faculties of the Meditation Center in Minneapolis and the Swami Rama Sadhaka Gram ashram in Rishikesh, India. He is also a senior faculty member of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition Teachers’ Training Program. He has lectured on yoga, meditation, yoga psychology, spiritual practice, management and the science of yoga in the U.S. and Canada as well as in Caribbean countries, Holland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Lithuania, South Africa, Korea, Hong Kong and India.
In 2004 he helped originate and teach the first course on yoga in an American medical school at the University of Minnesota Academic Medical Center. In 2007 he received preliminary vows of renunciation from Swami Veda and the Shankaracharya of Karvirapitha. Stoma-ji has been a licensed psychologist in private practice in St. Paul, MN since 1985. He also serves as Adjunct Assistant School Professor of Counseling and Psychological Services at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. He teaches on the faculty of the Introductory Workshops of the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
In addition to authoring journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Parker edited volume two of Swami Veda’s definitive scholarly work on the Yoga-sutras of Patanjali. He has also recently published a book on the process of spiritual purification in yoga titled “Clearing the Path, the yoga way to a clear and pleasant mind: Patañjali, neuroscience and emotion”. He has been a peer review editor for the Journal of Men’s Studies, the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, the International Journal of Health and Applied Sciences, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy and Yoga-Mimamsa.
Stoma-ji studied and practiced yoga-nidra with Swami Veda’s mentorship. He has taught Swami Veda’s yoga-nidra workshops in many countries around the world. Stoma-ji has participated in scientific neurological studies on yoga-nidra as an accomplished practitioner of yoga-nidra.
All discounts are reflected in fees listed on front page.
If, after registering you determine you are unable to attend, please let a member of the Retreat Committee know. Prior to September 15th, a refund will be provided less a $25 reservation fee. Cancellations September 15th thru October 1st will be less a $100 reservation fee. Any cancellations after October 1st, early departure
or non-attendance without notification, no refund will be available.
On Friday, registration will begin at 4:00 pm. After which there will be a supper at
6:00 pm. On Sunday check out at 9:30 am and departure by 2:00 pm.
For your comfort, we would like to recommend that you bring your yoga mat, meditation pillow or blanket, comfortable clothes, walking shoes, a water resistant jacket, a robe, slippers, toiletries, alarm clock, and sun screen (just in case out- doors.) Casual dress is suggested. You may also want to bring bottled water and snacks for between meals.
Our bookstore will be open to provide books, CD’s, etc. Hours will be posted.
From O’Hare Airport on Interstate 190-East. Take 190-East to Exit 1C, Interstate 90 onto Interstate 294 North (Tri-State Tollway). Exit tollway at Willow Rd East toward Northbrook/ Glenview. Take Willow Rd To Waukegan Rd (Route 43). Turn left (north) on Waukegan Rd to Techny Towers.
From the North via Tri-State Tollway 294/ Interstate 94 East: Stay on 94 East/Edens Express- way to Chicago. Exit at Waukegan Rd (Route 43). Continue two miles South on Waukegan Road to Techny Towers.
From the South via Interstate 94 West/Edens Expressway exit at Willow Rd West. Take Willow Rd two miles to Waukegan Rd (Route 43). Turn right (north) on Waukegan Rd to Techny Towers. Via Interstate 294/Tri-State Tollway exit at
Willow Rd East. Take Willow Rd for three miles to Waukegan Rd. Turn left (north) on Waukegan
Rd to Techny Towers.
Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Teachers Association is a private association for yoga instructors. As a member you will receive the following benefits:
Certified members of the Association lead these half-day events. Here you will have the opportunity to
Maintain and build connections with fellow yoga teachers
Learn new ideas in practical teaching and yoga techniques
Showcase your skills for you colleagues
Find answers to your current questions and challenges
There is an annual retreat at discount to members. The retreat lasts from Friday evening to noon on Sunday. It is located at a site convenient to Northwest Chicago. We will feature guest speakers within our Himalayan Tradition, as well as professionals in the Yoga Community. Take advantage of a chance to reflect on your own growth as a yoga teacher and network with you colleagues.
HYMTA wants you to support you in your new profession by listing you on the Association’s page on our new website HYMC.org.
You will receive a 10% discount on all publications available in our bookstore.
Diane McDonald, Director, was certified to teach Hatha Yoga in 1992, and is presently teaching classes in Palatine and Park Ridge. She is the center’s director as well as director of the Teachers Training Programs.
Chenoa Lorenzo, Hospitality, has been taking classes for over 11 years. She is currently enrolled in our Teachers Training Program and will be graduating in October 2009.
OUR TEACHERS ASSOCIATION OFFERS CONTINUING EDUCATION, RESOURCE FOR CLASSES OR TEACHERS, QUARTERLY SEMINARS AND ANNUAL RETREAT.
The Himalayan Tradition is a lineage that comes from the ancient teachings of Yoga and Meditation directly from the Himalayan mountains. Our Himalayan certified teachers are passionate about sharing the purity of these teachings. We hope you find this resource helpful in finding the authentic teachings near you.
Himalayan Yoga & Meditation Center109 W Slade St, Palatine, IL 60067 Tel: 847.221.5250
Our MISSION is to help individuals realize their full potential, lead a healthy and balanced life with mindfulness through teaching of yoga, meditation, and philosophy as taught by Himalayan masters.
Our VISION is to alleviate human suffering.