DIY: Empowerment

August 8-11 2019

Retreat Weekend

Downingtown Yoga & Meditation Center, Downingtown PA

You can do anything you want to do it, but how do you get there?  You think, “It’s OK, I'm fine without it.”  Yogis can fall into the trap of thinking,  “I don't depend on externals for my happiness anyway.  I’m happy, even peaceful, especially because of yoga.”  But yoga is not a "turn the other cheek" tradition.  Yoga is a warrior tradition.  From a place of inner freedom, peace and joy, you can choose to make your mark in the world. 

You came here to do something.  Is it finished?  The answer is no; the proof is that you’re still alive, so you have work to do.  Out of joy, out of clarity and peaceful power, you can get things done in a whole new way.  Learn how in this amazing yoga weekend, designed to change your life by changing your inner state.  Return home with tools to continue your mission in life.

DIY usually means “Do It Yourself,” but in yoga it’s about how you “Deepen It Yourself.”  Each long weekend cultivates your mastery of the practices that make the biggest difference. You study poses related to the weekend’s theme, with detailed pose handouts on each.  Partner pairing increases the benefit you get from the poses while it deepens your experience.  Once you've helped your partner find and feel these moves in their body, it's easier to find in your body - plus they help you.

Every pose is customized to meet your needs, so you get the most results in the shortest time. You’ll feel incredibly different by the end of the weekend and take practices home that empower you to continue there. 

Under Swami Nirmalananda's guidance, your other practices also deepen.  Each DIY includes the breadth and depth of the Svaroopa® yoga practices:

   ▼ poses            ▼ yogic breathing practices       ▼ chanting        ▼ meditation     

   ▼ vichara          ▼ practical anatomy lessons      ▼ sutra study    ▼ and more.

These many dimensions of Svaroopa® yoga reveal new depths within you.  You gain profound openings on every level: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

DIY Weekend Package:

Come to all three DIY weekends in 2019 for the most comprehensive deepening of your personal practice and yogic skills, and get a big discount plus free coaching calls.  Click here to learn more.


Cathy (Vidyadevi) Stillman and Swami Nirmalananda



Prerequisites: none

Course Confirmation Date:  July 8 2019  [We confirm the course on or before this date, when we have enough enrollments to confirm. Early rates are available until this date.]

Time: first day 7:00 - 9:30 pm, middle days 6:30 am - 9:30 pm (less meals and recesses), last day 6:30 am - 12:30 pm (less meals and recesses).

Location:  Downingtown Yoga & Meditation Center – this is the Lokananda campus of Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram.  Your accommodations are in a shared room with another yogi, and include 3 special yogi-meals daily plus an afternoon snack. 

Enrollment Fees include course tuition, materials fees and your housing and meals, with details on each below.

Tuition Rates:

Early Tuition: (on or before July 8 2019): Members*  $421.00; Non-member $461.00

Standard Tuition $511.00

Housing & Meals:  $324.00 (3 nights) 

Materials Fee: $10.00

Total Enrollment Fees:

Early Totals: (on or before July 8 2019): Members*  $755.00; Non-member $795.00

Standard Total:  $845.00

*Memberships that qualify for the discounted early rate:  SATYA & Monthly donor. Vowed Member discount applicable: contact Enrollment by Turn on Javascript! or call 610.806.2119.

Postponed H&M:  Take advantage of the early tuition or standard rate while postponing your Housing & Meals until just before your arrival.  Pay for your tuition & materials now, and your Housing & Meals 1 week before your program begins.  Contact the Enrollment Team at 610.806.2119 or Turn on Javascript!.

Course Fee on enrollment:  Member early $431.00 / Non-member early $471.00 /  Standard $521.00

Housing and Meals:  1 week before you arrive:  $324.00

Monthly Payment Plan: First payment on enrollment $191.000 plus 5 monthly payments of $148.00, on your preauthorized credit card or bank account. Payment plan total $931.00.


When events beyond our control cause unavoidable changes, locations and fees are subject to change without notice.

Svaroopa® Yoga

Beyond your Limitations 

The quality of life is not based on how much you do but on how much you let go; not on how far you go, but on how open and easy you are. Svaroopa® yoga dissolves physical limitations as well as mental, emotional and spiritual blocks, to open up the way you live inside your own skin.