In the first of its kind at the Isha Yoga Center, in November, an Inner Engineering Retreat program was conducted exclusively for a group of Russian participants. Inner Engineering is a unique program that provides tools and solutions to empower you to create life the way you want it. It imparts practical wisdom to manage the body, mind, emotions, and the fundamental life energy within.

The program spanned over four days and was held right after the Russian participants returned from the Southern Sojourn, a 5-day yatra of some of the most magnificent temples of Southern India. The Center had never before hosted such a large group of people from Russia, but with three Russian-speaking volunteers providing translation support, the Inner Engineering program happened smoothly.

The Russians were enthusiastic and willing to absorb all that is offered by the consecrated space of the Isha Yoga Center. Some of the participants found the surroundings conducive to creating an atmosphere of inner peace, awareness, joy, and goodness.


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The large-heartedness of the Russians could not be missed. One of the most touching personalities in the program was Dima, a blind participant and practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga, who travelled by himself to the Center to participate in Inner Engineering. Throughout the program, his enthusiasm was infectious. His eyesight never prevented him from giving his one hundred percent involvement during the entire program. He was full of life and intensity! Even the other participants were willing to help with open hearts and smiles and took care of Dima like their own family member.

The beauty of the participants’ receptivity became more apparent when some participants stayed back as volunteers right after the program’s conclusion. Some had even rescheduled their flights! A few of them stayed back for more than a month in the ashram volunteering at Dhyanalinga, Linga Bhairavi, Biksha Hall, the tree nursery and other places.

Participants’ Expressions… “Sadhguru is unique because he provides us with ancient true knowledge in such a fashion that it meets our logical level. In this program, in addition to yoga for health, sound, and movement, Sadhguru offers five thought forms that trigger major transformations in our consciousness. Looking forward to the Russian translation of other programs.” - Yakimova Evgenia

“Practicing Shambhavi Mahamudra works wonders with my life now. I would like to thank this organization for creating the program. It has been thought out to the minutest detail with the participation of a large number of volunteers. Due to their care and attention, our involvement in the process was colossal. Therefore, I would like to express my gratitude to the organizers, teachers, and my fellow participants.” – Dima Avenarius

“Sadhguru in a fun and relaxed manner ‘updates the software’ and gives a powerful tool to fill everyday life with a significant amount of awareness, inner peace, and bliss.” – Mikhail Barsegov

“For the first time in many years, I felt inner peace and gratitude. It's so valuable. A practice that is accessible to everyone and that works wonders.... I can already feel its results. The inner connection within me, which I thought was irrevocably lost, has returned.” – Yulya Budanova