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3 Day Weekend Philosophy and Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh

Atharv Yogshala, 89-90 Lakkad Ghat Rd Nirmal Block C, Birpur Khurd Lakkad Ghat, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249204, India

Meditation and Yoga Retreat in India

Join Atharv Yogshala on this three-day spiritual retreat. You don't need any yoga experience to join this retreat. Make time for yourself and enjoy a wonderful time with Atharv Yogshala's guidance. In three days you will be able to take a step back out of your busy life to focus on yourself; your body and your mind.

Meet the instructors

Kuldeep & Leonie
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Daily mantra recitation and relaxation
  • Introductory studies of Indian philosophies
  • Daily Pranayama and breath awareness practices
  • Opportunity to explore the Himalayan shrines and temples
  • Nutritious Sattvic meals and herbal teas
  • Exploring the holy town Rishikesh
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, Hindi
Group size: 6-10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Jolly Grant Airport (US$10 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$75 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
10:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

The rooms are cozy, comfortable, and will suit your needs during your retreat. Single rooms, twin rooms, and three-person shared rooms are available. The rooms have air conditioning and have ensuite bathrooms. Wi-Fi is available and you can use the laundry facility if you need to.

Program

On this retreat Atharv Yogshala will introduce you to the basics of yoga. Asana, pranayama, mantra, meditation, and philosophy. This retreat takes place in the perfect town to start or continue your yoga journey. Rishikesh is known as the yoga capital of the world.

Atharv Yogshala has beautiful accommodation, where you can relax and enjoy the wonderful way in which yoga can change your life. The accommodation has a lovely yoga shala where you will practice and have daily classes.

The retreat is suited for beginners. You can join with either no experience or if you have been practicing for some time, but want to deepen your practice. Next to the daily classes, you will have time to explore Rishikesh and the spiritual places in the area.

Day 1

  • 11:00 Opening fire ceremony
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Yoga foundation class
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Relaxation and self-study
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Yoga philosophy
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Tea break
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Introduction to Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Meditation and relaxation
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Relaxation and bedtime

Please make sure your arrival time is scheduled at least one hour before the opening ceremony (11:00 AM)

Day 2

  • 05:30 Wakeup
  • 06:00 Morning walk
  • 06:30 - 07:00 Mantra chanting
  • 07:00 - 07:30 Pranayama
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Traditional Hatha yoga class
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Excursion
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Relaxation and self-study
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Tea break
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Yin yoga
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Meditation
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Relaxation and bedtime

Day 3

  • 05:30 Wakeup
  • 06:00 Morning walk
  • 06:30 - 07:00 Mantra chanting
  • 07:00 - 07:30 Pranayama
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Traditional Hatha yoga class
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Introduction to Alignment
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Check out

Included excursions

  • Visit Rishikesh
  • Kunjapuri Himalayan temple visit
  • Evening Aarti

Instructors

Kuldeep Singh Bisht

Leonie van Haren

Retreat location

The accommodation is situated in a beautiful quiet place, just outside of Rishikesh. You will be surrounded by nature and you will feel a calmness come over you as soon as you enter the accommodation.

Food

Atharv Yogshala will provide you with three delicious Sattvic meals a day. Herbal teas are also available during the day.

Sattvic food

Yoga and Ayurveda have gained increasing importance in the last couple of years. Although these practices and disciplines originated in India, they have gained a lot of popularity outside the country, specifically due to the amazing benefits they offer.

Specialists from these disciplines have always believed that the approach to health should not only be physical but also mental, emotional, and spiritual. Their methods of practice also support this approach. And the same holistic approach comes into play in their diets as well.

Yoga and Ayurveda emphasize the Satvik diet for healthy eating. The Satvik diet is found to be abundant in Prana, a universal force that gives life to the plant and animal kingdoms. A Satvik diet is based on foods that are high in ‘sattva guna’ (goodness), according to yoga and Ayurvedic sciences.

These systems believe that the diet leads to a clear mind and calm demeanor, while simultaneously benefiting the body. Experts say that a Satvik diet has all the five natural elements and this helps maintain overall balance.

Elements of a Sattvic diet

A Sattvic diet includes water, fruits (all varieties), most of the vegetables, cereals, bread, pulses, nuts, oilseeds, dairy foods, and honey. Cow’s milk is considered the most Sattvic of all foods in this category. Goat’s milk is treated as a good substitute for cow’s milk but buffalo milk doesn’t come under the Sattvic food group.

The Sattvic diet does not include onions, garlic, red chilis, black pepper, and other pungent spices because they are believed to be stimulants. On the contrary, spices like turmeric, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, and anis seed are recommended because these spices help the digestive system.

Sattvic foods are simple and easy to digest. They also require minimal cooking. Since there’s not much processing before these foods come to the dining table, they are closer to nature than other foods. Ideally, Sattvic foods are to be eaten fresh and immediately after cooking. Barring fruits, not many raw foods come under the Sattvic diet because raw foods are considered to be carriers of infectious agents.

Experts believe that a person who eats Sattvic food can achieve a great combination of physical, mental, and emotional harmony. It goes without saying that such a person would be well focused in life and work as well. Additionally, the Sattvic diet improves immunity that allows its follower to remain disease-free, or even if he/she falls ill, the recovery would be quick.

Positive pranic foods uplift and enhance your energy levels, fulfill your health needs, and actually help the body retain positive energy, which can help heal so many problems and issues. They are also usually high on nutritional value and can also help cure ailments and fulfill goals.

What exactly is a Sattvic diet?

A Sattvic diet, simply, means light and healthy food. It does not go to any extremes of taste, neither too sweet, nor too salty or spicy, just moderate. Plainly put, Sattvic food is that which purifies the body and calms the mind. A Sattvic diet consists of pure food (not processed) that is light in potency, and rich in prana (life force). It energizes the body and mind. Cooked food, consumed within three to four hours of preparation, can be considered Sattvic.

Why adopt a Sattvic diet?

The intake of Sattvic food helps improve mental health and energy, thereby improving the state of our consciousness. It helps restore the harmony and balance of the body and mind. Having a Sattvic diet on a regular basis can help in the formation and rebuilding of high-quality body tissues.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Enhance your holiday experience by booking interesting activities and trips in Rishikesh, such as rafting, at an extra cost.

What's included

  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Daily mantra recitation and relaxation
  • Introductory studies of Indian philosophies
  • Daily Pranayama and breath awareness practices
  • Exploring the holy town Rishikesh
  • Explore the Himalayan shrines and temples
  • Nutritious Sattvic meals and herbal teas
  • 2 nights accommodation included
  • Nature excursions

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Extra trips
  • Transfer from the airport on arrival
  • Transfer on departure

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) or Jolly Grant Airport (DED). You can reach Atharv Yogshala by flying to New Delhi or by taking a connecting flight to Dehradun. Atharv Yogshala is able to arrange an airport pickup from both those airports, for an additional cost.

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer available: Jolly Grant Airport (US$10 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer available: Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$75 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

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