The Practices of Hatha Yoga: A Retreat with Tara Lemerise

December 3-5, 2021
Blue Mountain Retreat Center
Knoxville, Maryland (Near Harper’s Ferry)

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Are you ready for an immersive yoga get-away? Join us at Blue Mountain Retreat Center for a deep dive into the philosophy, theory, and experience of the foundational practices of yoga: asana (posture work), pranayama (breathwork), and meditation (mind work.) You are welcome to participate in as much or as little as you like. Some yoga experience is recommended but you do not have to be able to do fancy poses to attend this retreat. The main prerequisite is an interest in learning more about yoga.

The weekend schedule includes lectures and experiential sessions. In addition, you have the time and space for hiking or leisurely walks, massage, knitting, reading, napping, and socializing with good company.

Please note, some sessions are for the LYC Hatha Yoga Teachers-in-Training only, noted on the schedule below. The Saturday and Sunday morning sun salutations are taught by the teachers-in-training under the observation of Tara Lemerise. All other sessions are taught by Tara Lemerise and include:

A Good Seat and an Introduction to Pranayama &Yoga Nidra Meditation
The Sanskrit word asana literally means “seat” but has evolved to become the word we use to describe the postures of yoga practice. In this session, we discuss and explore what it means to take a good seat that will prepare you for an introduction to breathwork practices and we conclude with a deeply restful “yogic sleep” meditation practice.

Pranayama 101 – Rowing a Boat in the Sea
Pranayama is one of the most deeply powerful but often underused and misunderstood practices of yoga. This session will help you to understand the purpose of breathwork and introduce you to four of the foundational techniques. There will be some moving and lots of time to practice breathing.

Welcome to the Asana Clinic
What’s your favorite pose? Which poses make you cringe? Which pose do you really want to figure out? In this class we’ll help you make your least favorite poses more fun and help you get closer to understanding why there are some poses you just can’t seem to do.

Meditation 101 – Mindfulness to Mantras
Meditation comes in all forms. The key to success in meditation is choosing the right technique. This session will begin with some asana to prepare you to sit well and then introduce you to several meditation practices including their origins, benefits, and resources for your continued practice.


The Location: Blue Mountain Retreat Center

Blue Mountain is convenient to both Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD – about 75 minutes driving time – yet after you arrive and settle in, you feel like you have been transported to the midst of a forest. The secret is the 27 acres of mostly wooded land, just a mile downhill to the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and the C & O Canal. The surrounding woods and water make for a peaceful winter getaway.

If the weather cooperates, you can take a hike on the nearby Appalachian Trail or go next door for a horseback ride. Inclement days? Cozy up to one of the fireplaces, or connect with Blue Mountain owner Beth Ehrhardt, a licensed massage therapist, for some relaxing body work.

The retreat center shares 27 acres of property with Ehrhardt Organic Farm, which has been selling high quality, organic berries, vegetables, herbs and flowers to restaurants, at farmer’s markets and thru their CSA since 1981. Beth prepares delicious, organic home-cooked meals, sourced from her farm as much as possible, to retreat participants. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.

Massage appointments are available on-site. Massage cost is $80/hour.


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For the safety of everyone, Covid vaccinations and masking while indoors will be required to attend.


The Schedule

Friday, December 3
3 pm-6:30 pm: Arrival & Settling In
4-6 pm: YTT Only – Teaching the Warm Up & Sun Salutations
6:30 pm: Dinner
7:30-9 pm: A Good Seat and an Introduction to Pranayama & Yoga Nidra Meditation

Saturday, December 4
Please note: breakfast is self-serve and available at any time
7:15 am-8 am: Sun Salutations (taught by the teachers-in-training)
8-10 am: YTT Only Session – Teaching Debrief; The Language to Teach Movement
10:30-12 pm: Pranayama 101 – Rowing a Boat in the Sea
12:30 pm: lunch & free time
2-4 pm: YTT Only Session – Pose Families and the Posture Sheets
4:30-6 pm: Welcome to the Asana Clinic
6:30 pm: dinner & free time

Sunday, December 5
Please note: breakfast is self-serve and available at any time
7:15 am-8 am: Sun Salutations (taught by the teachers-in-training)
8-10 am: YTT Only Session – Teaching Debrief; More Posture Sheets
10:30-12 pm: Meditation 101 – Mindfulness to Mantras
12:30 pm: lunch & departure
1:30-3 pm: YTT Only Session – The Dance Between Dharma and Posture Practice

The Cost

Price includes two nights lodging, all meals and classes. Bedding and towels are provided.

  • $408 for triple room and shared bathroom.
  • $448 for double room and shared bathroom.
  • $598 for single room and shared bathroom.

If you want to share a room with a specific person, please let us know when you register.

Lighthouse Yoga Center members receive $50 off the prices above.

Refund Policy

Full refunds are available until November 12th less a $25 cancellation administrative fee.

After November 12, refunds are granted only to individuals who submit proof of a positive Covid test or other illness. Paid registrations are transferable to another individual at any time and are not subject to administrative fees.