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Non-Refundable Deposit for "Yoga as a Path of Healing" with Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

Sunday, October 25, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020

Yoga as a Path of Healing: An In-Depth Understanding of the Benefits of Yoga

October 24th - 30th, 2020

With Doctor Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

Enchanted Mountain Yoga Center, Garopaba, Brazil


In this unique five-day experience, Doctor Ananda will provide a thorough understanding of Yoga as a path of healing, both at physical and subtle levels. This will be accompanied by experiences of the Yoga techniques from the Gitananda tradition presented by Dr. Ananda and some of his leading students to awaken these benefits. The course will be presented in English with translation into Portuguese. Please note that the pace of a translated program is, by its nature, slower that one that is presented in just one language. 

Focus of the Course

  • Understanding the systems of the body from both the Western and Yoga perspective and how Yoga cultivates optimal health. Specific practices from the Gitananda tradition will be given for each system.
  • The special importance of the autonomic nervous system in regulating states of relaxation and how this occurs at a physiological level along with the specific Yoga tools for regulating the nervous system.
  • The special importance of the breath and pranayama for balancing all of the systems of the physical body and purifying the energy channels of the subtle body. 
  • Understanding how the subtle systems of the body, including the chakras and pranavayus, function as vehicles for health and healing including specific practices from the Gitananda tradition for each subtle system.
  • Understanding the essence of spirituality within Yoga and its relationship to health and healing along with specific meditations for awakening the spiritual dimension.
  • The importance of sound and music in healing through Indian classical Carnatic vocal music. Doctor Ananda is a master of this art and will present a concert of Carnatic vocal singing.
  • The importance of sacred ritual for health, healing and awakening. Doctor Ananda will perform a fire ceremony for the health and healing of the participants.

Our Honored Teacher

Doctor Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani is unique among Yoga masters in India today in that he is one of India’s best-known authorities in the field of Yoga therapy and Yoga research as director of CYTER, the Center of Yoga Therapy for Education and Research of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (housing the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College) in Pondicherry, India. Dr. Ananda is also a lineage holder for one of India’s oldest and mostly respected traditions of Yoga, the Gitananda tradition. Gitananda Yoga is a unique synthesis of ancient wisdom and modern science, following a tradition of eight Yoga masters reaching back into the 19th century. At the same time, Doctor Ananda’s father, Swami Gitananda Giri, a medical doctor, developed one of India’s most in-depth approaches to all of the Hatha and Raja Yoga sciences including asana, pranayama, mudra and meditation which he brought to the West starting in the 1950’s.

Dr. Ananda has authored 19 DVDs and 23 books on Yoga as well as published more than two hundred and fifty papers, compilations and abstracts on Yoga and Yoga research in National and International Journals. In addition, he is a Classical Indian Vocalist, Percussionist, Music Composer and Choreographer of Indian Classical Dance. He is a Member of the National Board for Yoga in the Ministry of AYUSH (ministry of traditional healing methodologies) of the Government of India and Consultant Yoga Expert for the WHO.

What is Included

  • 6 nights of accommodations at Enchanted Mountain
  • 3 vegetarian meals daily (gluten-free and dairy-free options available)
  • Daily Yoga and meditation practice with Dr. Ananda or his senior students
  • Morning and afternoon lecture and practice with Dr. Ananda
  • Evening activities with Dr. Ananda, including Indian classical music
  • Round trip transportation from Florianopolis International Airport to Enchanted Mountain and back
  • Tour of the local area and beaches on Sunday October 25th

Please note that as of this publishing, no Brazilian visa is needed for US or Canadian citizens.  Participants are fully responsible for obtaining proper paperwork and vaccinations to enter the country. No refunds will be given for participants' failure to meet these requirements.


The course will be held at Enchanted Mountain Yoga Center.

Typical weather in late October is in the low 70's fahrenheit, with some rain possible. You will receive suggestions for What to Bring to prepare for your trip.

Each room has its own bathroom with shower. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, although it is unlikely that it will be needed at this time of year.

Program activities will largely be held indoors. 

Enchanted Mountain has a full Ayurvedic spa. You will be able to book appointments with the spa once your registration is completed.

Course Fee (including accommodations and meals) Per Person

Triple room - $ 895.00

Double room - $ 995.00

Single room - $1095.00

We recommend that students arrive in Florianopolis on Saturday, October 24th in order to rest before the program begins on the evening of the 25th. A tour of the beautiful coastal village of Garopaba during the day on Sunday the 25th is included in your package.

Your $100 deposit for the program is non-refundable. No exceptions can be made. After making the deposit, you will receive a registration form via email that will also include instructions for selecting the accomodations and paying the remaining balance.


OPTIONAL ADD ON: Enchanted Mountain Yoga Festival

Friday, October 30th to Monday, November 2nd

Following Dr. Ananda's program, there will be a three-day Yoga Festival at Enchanted Mountain during which Dr. Ananda will be the keynote speaker and guest of honor. Dr. Ananda's presentations will be in English with translation in Portuguese. The other presentations and Yoga classes will be in Portuguese with no English translation. 

Festival fee (including accommodations and meals) Per Person

Triple room - $395.00

Double room - $495.00