what to expect

  • casual and fun retreat experience
  • yoga classes for all levels
  • meditation
  • practical yogi wisdom
  • kirtan
  • vegan meal served

Syama Masla was raised in a family of Bhakti yogis and now serves as the director of Yoga at The Bhakti Center. She teaches weekly yoga and meditation classes as well as 200 hr yoga teacher trainings 3-5x per year. She was given formal initiation in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition by Radhanath Swami in 2014. Syama is a life long vegetarian and lover of animals. In her classes she places a strong emphasis on tapping into the rhythm of breath as it guides movement. With over 1000 hours of certification in both Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, she keeps the practice rooted in its tradition and uses creative sequencing, inviting her love of dance and rhythm.

Jai Giridhari is married to Syama. Raised in the U.P. of Michigan. It wasn’t until I lived in the U.P. (Utter Pradesh) of India that I understood my calling. A Yoga teacher and a preacher! My whole life I’d been looking for a cause, something to believe in. Years of collegiate sports tuned my body but left my heart feeling empty. Years of Theater Trained my mind, but made me wonder who I really was. Years of Healing Arts stabilized my lifestyle but my heart still yearned for more. So I decided to become a monk! Enter my trip to The U.P. of India. Staying in the monasteries my heart was satisfied, my mind at peace, my body lost some weight, but my purpose was clear. Share these wonderful teachings! Blessed by so many wonderful teachers such as HH Radhanath Swami and a few close mentors, I aspire to live a simple life with high thinking. I’m grateful to share their wisdom in a most accessible way.

Doyal is a lover of music and kirtan who finds his deepest spiritual connections through melodic prayer.  Having spent 10 years living in ashrams on both the west and east coast, he lives now in Brooklyn with his wife Rasika Gopi and serves as the Program Director at the Bhakti Center.  In 2017 he completed his 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training from Supersoul Yoga.  He also studies Social Work and Mental Health Counseling at CUNY Hunter.  


Yoga. Meditation. Kirtan. Community

date – saturday, october 7

time – 2:00-7:00pm

location – the bhakti center / 2w

admission – sliding scale $45 –  $75

register here

We all need to get out of the city sometimes, but it’s not always easy to do.  It can be expensive and time consuming.  Our Inner City Day Retreat is designed for you to have a nourishing, relaxing, and fun experience at an affordable cost, without having to leave the city.  It will be a half-day event filled with yoga asana, meditation, kirtan and wisdom talks, plus lots of community connection.  Whether you consider the Bhakti center your second home or you’ve never visited before, this retreat can be for you.  Please join us for a nourishing, fun and love filled day at the Bhakti Center.  


  • 2:00 pm – Meditation with Jai . We will start the day with meditation and drop our busy minds down into our hearts. During this hour you will learn skills to access your heart and quiet your mind through alignment, breath and chanting.
  • 3:00 pm – Welcome and Yoga with Syama – Intention setting, flowing, sweating and singing. This will be an All Levels Vinyasa class with a lot of heart.
  • 5:00 pm –  Kirtan with Doyal – ‘what is Kirtan’. Learn and experience the beauty of live music meditation during this 30 minute session
  • 5:30 pm-  Talk & Discussion with Jai as he speaks on the topic,  ‘How to make spiritual life practical in every day life’.
  • 6:30 pm – Closing Kirtan with Doyal and circle.
  • 7:00 pm – Dinner vegan, healthy and delightful meal made with love!