Yogic Studies Bali Immersion 2020

The Texts & Traditions of Yoga

June 28 - July 5, 2020



A week-long immersion into the deeper dimensions of Yoga's history, philosophy, and practice. 



Engage in formal study of India's great wisdom texts.

Together we will study and contemplate selections of the Vedas + Upaniṣads, Buddhist Pāli Canon, Indian Epics, Yogasūtra, Tantras + Āgamas, and Medieval Haṭhayoga texts. 



Alongside a daily practice of Āsana and Meditation.



Hosted at
the exquisite
Chalina Estate 
on Bali’s
south-west coast. 


Tentative Daily Schedule*

7-7:30 — tea + coffee

7:30-9 — yoga practice

9-10:30 — breakfast

10:30-12:30 — class 1 (history + philosophy)

12:30-2 — lunch 

2-4:30 — class 2 (textual study)

4:30-4:45 —  tea break

4:45-5:30 — meditation 


*Finalized schedule will be provided prior to retreat. 

Cultural + Religious Excursions

Experience the unique living traditions of Balinese Hinduism.

Tanah Lot Temple

We'll visit this gorgeous 16th-century temple built out of the coastal rock formation, whose fascinating history, and story of snakes, is uniquely tied to the establishing of Hinduism on the island of Bali. 

Kecak Performance

Pronounced "kay-chak." Experience this powerful traditional Balinese dance, and reenactment of the Rāmāyaṇa by night, after studying and reading selections of the Sanskrit by day. Think of the opening scene from the film Baraka

Tirta Empul Temple

tīrtha in Sanskrit means a sacred ford or river crossing; a holy bathing-place, often for pilgrimage. We will conclude our retreat at this famous 10th-century water temple, dedicated to Viṣṇu. The temple hosts a pond with natural spring waters—a sacred crossing, where Balinese Hindus and guests bathe for ritual purification. 

Your Teachers


Seth Powell

History + Philosophy

Seth is a longtime practitioner of yoga and a scholar of Indian religions, Sanskrit, and yoga traditions, and is the founder of Yogic Studies. He is currently a PhD Candidate in South Asian Religions at Harvard University, where he is writing his dissertation on the history, theory, and practice of premodern yoga texts and traditions in India. 

As a scholar-practitioner, Seth is gifted in his ability to present the ancient teachings of yoga clearly in an accessible, light-hearted, and inspiring manner—while maintaining a rigor and sensitivity to traditional Indian knowledge systems. 


Nikki Costello

Āsana + Prāṇāyāma

Nikki is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) and a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). For 26 years, her teaching has been inspired by annual trips to India including RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute) the study of scriptural and philosophical texts and a daily practice of meditation. In 2013-2014, she was a contributing editor at Yoga Journal, writing the magazine’s “Basics Column,” and in 2016, Nikki was named one of the 100 Most Influential Teachers in America. She is currently completing her MA in Yoga Traditions at SOAS, University of London.

Nikki will be offering our morning āsana + prāṇāyāma practice. She has led yoga and meditation retreats for over two decades and seamlessly integrates philosophical study and inquiry with embodied practice. 


Program Tuition Includes: 

  • Daily morning yoga practice* w/ Nikki
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast + lunch
  • Optional shared accommodation on site at Chalina (rooms limited**)
  • 2 daily classes w/ Seth
  • Evening meditations w/ Seth
  • Transportation for excursion trips
  • Yogic Studies Immersion Readings + Translations Book  (printout + PDF)
  • Recommended Bibliography (PDF)

Not included: roundtrip airfare to Bali, airport pickup, dinner, or personal spending.

* Yoga practice will consist of easeful Āsana, functional movement, light breath work, and relaxation. 

** Limited on-site shared accommodation will be available for up to 14 participants. Those who wish to find private rooms will be directed to recommended villas and guesthouses nearby. 

Retreat Accommodation

Limited accommodation (14 beds) on-site at Chalina will be available on a first-register basis.

Please note this is luxury accommodation, however, it will be SHARED with one other assigned person.

Those wishing for private or other rooms will have no trouble finding off site accommodations within short walking distance. We can provide recommendations. 

ALL participants, regardless of stay, will have access to Chalina, its pool, yoga shala, and facilities during the retreat program — as well as breakfast + lunch meals. 


Questions about the trip?

For all questions or trip inquiries, please contact Kory at [email protected]


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