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Breathe in Life Health and Wellness Travel invites you to experience a journey into India full of yoga and meditation where every blink of the eye will bring you something new. They have taken the time to get to know the perfect places around Northern India so they can offer you a unique access to hidden gems and the most incredible experiences with a renowned teacher and knowledgeable guides.
During this retreat, you will stay either in a shared or a private room. Breathe in Life Health have taken a lot of pride in selecting accommodations which are well run, comfortable, clean, quiet, and with good food and friendly, helpful staff.
You will stay in above back-packer standard inns and bed and breakfasts rather than hostels and guesthouses. Most of the stays will include air conditioning. During your travel adventures, your room will be a place where you can get good rest and be ready to make the most of your days.
If you are interested in exploring the roots of yoga as a way of life, there is truly no alternative to exploring this sacred practice than in India. The practice has been a part of the very fabric of Indian society for as many as 10,000 years.
For this journey, you will be partnering with senior Sattva yoga teacher; Andrew Misle. Sattva yoga is the merging of two ancient paths within the yoga tradition; that of Hatha yoga and Raja yoga, a practice steeped in tradition and brought forth for the modern practitioner.
The explosion of yoga in the western world has been a beautiful thing, as the spread of this positive practice only makes the world a better place. But some key elements have been lost in translation and going to the source of this magic with Sattva yoga can completely transform and elevate your path as a yogi.
Through this 20-day journey you will uncover great wisdom and tradition from the motherland of India. You will experience a rich culture and an unwavering warmth among a nation of chaos, diversity, and growth. The vastness of India sets the stage for a once in a lifetime journey of spirituality, devotion, and purpose.
Prepare for a wild ride when you enter the bustling city of New Delhi. India's capital city offers an amazing combination of the new and old world, from exotic markets and age-old temples to opulent high rise towers and magnificent malls. This city will surely leave you impressed and excited for the journey ahead. You will only spend a short time in Delhi so you can maximize your time in the breathtaking northern region of India.
After spending your first night in Delhi, the following morning you will travel to Agra to see India's most famous monument, The Taj Mahal. Taking in this magnificent palace makes for the perfect end to an amazing journey. Also known as "The Ode To Love", the Taj Mahal was built over a 19 year period by a 17th century emperor in memory of his late wife. One of man's greatest features, exploring this massive structure is like nothing else on earth and is sure to leave you feeling inspired.
With hundreds of schools, massage centers, and shops stacked on top of each other all along the Ganges River, this town will keep you busy. Rishikesh also has a growing adventure sports scene where you can practice whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, ride an 83-meter swing, or spend a couple of days hiking the rolling green Himalayan Mountains that surround the town.
Dharamsala is home of the Tibetan government in exile and his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. This little group of villages are an amazing blend of both Indian and Tibetan shrines, education, hospitality, and food where you can connect with a Tibetan monk over some chai, learn about their amazing history, and their fight to preserve it.
You may also visit the home of the Dalai Lama, experience the beautiful museum, and see hundreds of young monks in training. If you are feeling adventurous, you can go paragliding above the serene rolling landscape or check out the many beautiful waterfalls around town.
After spending the week exploring the town and experiencing the many beauties of Dharamsala, you will enjoy an epic hike to the top of Triund Hill. The walk takes about four hours and you will take it at a leisurely pace stopping for chai and snacks at the cafes that are in the path to the top. Along the way, you will get a beautiful bird's eye view of Dharamsala and meet many goats and other small animals
Varanasi is one of world's oldest living cities and rightly called the religious capital of India. Also known as Banaras or Benaras, the holy city is located in the southeastern part of the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India. It rests on the left bank of the holy river Ganga and is one of the seven sacred spots for Hindus.
Every devout Hindu hopes to visit the city at least once in a lifetime, take a holy dip at the famous "ghats" of the Ganga, walk the pious Panchakosi road that bounds the city, and, if God wills, die there in old age.
After travelling back to Delhi from Dharamsala, you will spend your last night along with the group where it all started. You will also have the opportunity to make some last minute shopping excursions and have a dinner together before traveling back home.
During this festival, everyone comes out into the streets to cover each other in bright and beautiful colors. Some throwing powder, some with colored water balloons, buckets, or water guns. Holi is a festival which is meant to usher in spring as well as symbolize the triumph of good over evil. It is one of those experiences that breaks down barriers, brings everyone together, and opens up whole cities into fields of color, play and laughter.
Guided excursions around Mumbai, Delhi, Rishikesh, Dharamsala, Varanasi, and Agra along with one visit to the The Taj Mahal are included in this retreat.
After first discovering her love for traveling when visiting Thailand 10 years ago, sh set out on a life path of exploration to further her development as an individual while incorporating a passion for yoga and a fire for improving herself and the world she lives in. This love for travel organically turned into a job opportunity as an international tour guide and manager, which was well suited after completing school for tourism and business management.
Although health and wellness has always be an important part of his life, travel didn’t come into the picture until he finished university. After graduating from the University of Ottawa with a degree in criminology and Seneca College with a degree in firefighter education, the path to a “normal” life and career seemed imminent. A trip to Thailand in 2008 created a new spark and from that point on, he developed a love for travel.
When she was 19, travelling alone on a rickety old bus somewhere in Cambodia, she looked out the window and was in awe of the lush jungle and endless rice fields and the fact that she was actually seeing this incredible part of the world. Her love of travelling and nourishing others has lead her to a career in holistic health. Once she discovered the human body has powers beyond imagination, through body-mind-spirit work, she began her own self-study in the field of health and wellness.
His journey started at Shambhala Music Festival in 2011. It was an experience that totally blew him away on how much love, expression, and acceptance could exist in the world. He went from being a lifelong firefighter to a world exploring yoga teacher. He became a massage and Reiki healer, nutritional therapist, and a permaculture and health enthusiast with huge passion for dancing and also now, a guide with Breathe in Life.
Andrew Misle is a skillful, honest, and dedicated Sattva yoga teacher committed to sharing a practice that moves people to connect with a deeper and more authentic experience of self. He brings a gentle nature and humor to a dynamic and blissful practice that combines the workings of the body, the breath, and the mind that will leave you feeling present and grounded. He leads retreats near and far and when not on the road, Andrew can be found teaching at the Sattva School of Yoga in Edmonton.
This holiday will be held in five places around North India; Delhi, Agra, Rishikesh, Dharamsala, and Varanasi. India is well known in the world for its mystifying cultural diversity. They are some of the most interesting and spiritual people you will ever encounter and their kindness is second to none.
The faces, idols, philosophies, and Gods change with each city you go to but the generosity and willingness to help stays the same. In India, the common belief is that everything is karmically perfect just as it is. Whatever situation you were born into and whatever experiences you are having is just as it should be. This contentment, or "santosha", of the nation has a beautiful impact on the experience of its visitors.
New Delhi has an incredible history by being a major city of India for over 2,600 years. There are many museums, temples, and shrines to explore along with some of the biggest and best markets in Asia.
With the growth of tourism in the area, the adventure sports and outdoor activities scene has been growing rapidly. The city now offers a wide variety of things to do from white water rafting and bungee jumping to overnight and day hikes in the foothills of the Himalayas surrounding town.
Dharamsala is mainly composed of three quiet little mountain towns only about 10 minutes from each other through lush green forest and rolling hills. Each offers something unique, with Dharamkot sitting quietly at the top of the valley overlooking the Himalayan mountains growing into the horizon.
Both Hindus and non-Hindus from around the world visit Varanasi for different reasons. Although Varanasi is popularly called the city of Shiva and Ganga, it is at once the city of temples, the city of "ghats", the city of music, and the center for moksha or nirvana.
During this holiday, you will be served one delicious welcome dinner in Delhi. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy other meal services around different places in India for an additional cost. The amazing spectrum of flavors and food options in India make eating one of the best parts of any stay. The idea that the food in India is super spicy is not true; there are always sweet, savory, and spicy options on the menus.
Even if Indian food isn't your thing, being a popular tourist destination, India has evolved to accommodate a wide variety of tastes. Most menus offer continental foods like pizza, pasta and salads, Chinese options, Thai food, and Israeli foods among the Indian choices. Vegetarianism is very common in India but in most locations meat is also available.
During this retreat, Ayurvedic consultations, massage oil therapies, Tibetan massages, and yoga massages among many other treatments will be available for an additional cost.