Song of the Morning, a Yoga Retreat of Excellence, offers an opportunity to become immersed in the simplicity, serenity and sustenance of a balanced yogic lifestyle. We offer a place of spiritual refreshment and relaxation to those on a conscious spiritual journey toward union with the Divine, to those hoping to discover their own highest potential – and to all who seek respite from the worries and cares of the world. Whether you’re looking for a personal retreat or an opportunity to learn spiritual tools from our own daily practices and those offered in programs year-round, Song of the Morning awaits you.

"Learn to still your restless mind." 

~  Yogacharya Oliver

Golden Lotus, Inc., a Michigan non-profit organization which owns and operates Song of the Morning, was founded in 1970 by J. Oliver Black. Song of the Morning Ranch is the result of Mr. Black’s desire to carry out the wishes of his Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, to establish a yoga retreat where the timeless science of yoga could be taught as a full and practical way of life. Click here to learn more...

Correspondence from the Mother Center; hopeful for a visit from the SRF Monks in 2018

Song of the Morning Board President, Linda Gabby was delighted to receive correspondence from the Self-Realization Fellowship Mother Center this past February. The letter was in response to our Christmas greeting sent to Sri Mrinalini Mata the current president and spiritual head of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India.  Sri Mrinalini Mata's secretary, Sister Preeti, replied with sincere genuineness. Song of the Morning Board of Directors, Staff and Community Members were most excited to see the potential for a visit by SRF Monastics in the Spring of 2018. Though the letter is addressed to Linda, the friendship expressed is for all Song of the Morning friends, members and dear ones. 

200 Hour Golden Lotus Yoga Teacher Training

Applications for 2017 GLYTA Yoga Teacher Training are now being accepted! This is an opportunity to become certified to share yoga with your community. This training can also serve as a means to develop and deepen your own personal practice. 

The immersive training consists of twelve weekend-long sessions spread out over ten months, beginning with the weekend of March 31-April 2. The application, fees and all session dates can be found on the GLYTA website, goldenlotusyoga.org.

Yogacharya J. Oliver Black, founder of Song of the Morning and direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, founded what would become Golden Lotus Yoga Teachers Association (GLYTA) in 1966. Since then, the association has been providing Hatha yoga classes, meditation and teacher certification training. 

GLYTA's style is gentle, meditative hatha yoga. Before graduating, teachers are required to receive initiation into Kriya Yoga, a sacred pranayama and meditation practice, brought to the United States by Paramahansa Yogananda.

Many of the teachers who will be leading the training have over 30 years of teaching experience and were personally trained by Yogacharya. If you have questions, please contact Kaye at 989-348-1722. 


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