Usha Veda Yoga is a neighborhood yoga studio committed to its belief that yoga is for everyone. Here we aim to be receptive to the needs of the community and to make yoga accessible. Whether you are an advanced practitioner, brand new to yoga, or recovering from an illness or injury, there is a class here that is right for you.
Usha Veda also serves as a sanctuary in this busy city — an escape from the bustle and flow of our daily lives, providing us with the opportunity to connect with our higher self. Usha Veda literally translates as “the beauty in truth and knowledge.” We believe that yoga is both a search for one’s own truth and the knowledge to help us find it.
In the Rig Veda, one of the oldest known works of literature in the world, the goddess Usha is the goddess of dawn. She brings forth light, is praised for driving away oppressive darkness and is asked to chase away evil demons. As the dawn she is said to rouse all life, to set all things in motion and to send people off to do their duties. She is that which impels life and is associated with the breath and life of all living creatures. She is associated with, or moves with cosmic, social and moral order. As the regularly recurring dawn she reveals and participates in cosmic order and is the foe of chaotic forces that threaten the world. The ancient Vedic tradition has viewed Usha as the harbinger of light, awareness, and activity. The transformation which takes place from night to day is known to be the attribute of Usha, the awareness that stirs up the activity of creation, the light that gives sight to the eyes, that gives power to the senses, that gives power to the mind and intellect, Usha has been regarded as the light, or the dawn of human consciousness.
At the center of Yogic Philosophy is the belief that our consciousness is our own ultimate reality. Through the yogic processes self-realization develops and instills an inner sense of balanced calm and tranquility. With yoga we begin to peel away the layers of our existence and unite with our deepest, truest self. Yoga practices are in fact designed to release us from the bondage of illusions and return us to the freedom of our natural state.
Come join us on the journey!
This is an experience that goes beyond the typical yoga vacation: have the time of your life in San Blas, Panama, sailing the crystal blue waters from island to island. Practice yoga on tropical islands, snorkel the clear waters, swim, play, chill out, meditate, live on a boat! • Yoga is a discipline intended to establish harmony and introspection, which will be the intention of our journey together this winter. We’ll offer two (optional) yoga sessions daily along with morning guided meditation sessions. We welcome everyone from total beginners to experienced yogis and our retreat is a way to explore the healing benefits of yoga in nature, deepening your practice from the inside out. • The trip is all inclusive with the exception of airfare ($250-$360 RT) and travel from the airport to a central meeting location in Panama City. Three vegetarian or pescatarian meals will be served daily with vegan options available, including dinner in a local Kuna restaurant. Accommodation consists of small double occupancy rooms aboard two sailboats. Our trip is open to 14 students. January 15th is the final deadline and the discounted price of $1,700 is offered only until 1/1/16.