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10 Days Traditional, Plant Based Meditation and Yoga Retreat in India with European Teachers

Relaxation and Yoga Retreat Rishikesh

Practice yoga at the foothills of the Himalayas in Rishikesh, the yoga center of the world with internationally renowned Europe based yoga teachers Will Fisher and Malene Vedel. Complete Unity Yoga has created a unique program for this incredible India retreat featuring daily empowering pranayama and holistic asana practice. Create peace, harmony, freedom, and space. Learn yoga philosophy, history, and techniques, discover India’s famous locations and relax and restore in the stunning landscape with traditional Ayurvedic massage and nourishing Ayurvedic food.

Retreat highlights

  • Multiple excursions
  • Pranayama and asana sessions
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Lectures on yoga philosophy, yoga history, and Ayurveda
  • Authentic Indian cooking workshop with Indian chefs
  • 3 organic vegan meals per day
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Airport pick-up

Yoga styles


9 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Danish, English

Airport transfer included: Dehradun Airport

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Accommodation

You will be staying in the soothing and comforting space of the Akhanda Yoga Ashram that lies hidden in the narrow streets of Tapovan, a village area on the outskirts of busy Rishikesh. Here, you will be tugged into a world that offers a secure and inspiring environment to delve into the depth of yoga and meditation.

The rooms are clean and simple, kept in a pure Sattvic style to soothe your stay. Each of the rooms are laid out for two persons to share and with a bathroom attached. Ashram life has the essence of community and living to share. Though if you do prefer a private room, please let Complete Unity Yoga know and they will arrange this for you.

Anand Prakash has 18 rooms for yoga practitioners to stay onsite. There are three single rooms, 11 double rooms, and four triple rooms. All of the rooms have single beds with bedding appropriate to each season and an adjoining bathroom with a western toilet.

The ashram has two practice halls, the Patanjali Sadhana Hall on the lower level and the Nataraj Yoga Hall on the third floor with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The Nataraj Yoga Hall has a wood laminate floor and a vaulted bamboo ceiling creating a clean, authentic, and natural space for yoga practice. Each hall has pillows, bolsters, and yoga mats available.

The ashram also has a library and a sitting room for you to enjoy during your stay. There is a budding selection of English, Japanese, and Hindi books on yoga and spiritual fiction which you may borrow from the library to read in the sitting room or in your own room. The library is open for one hour most days after lunch and most evenings after dinner.

Complete Unity Yoga and Meditation Retreat India Program

Schedule

  • 06:00 Morning yoga class including philosophy, asana, pranayama, relaxation, and meditation
  • 08:00 Agni hotra or fire puja
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:15 Retreat program and excursions (this is also when you can schedule your free massage at the spa center around the corner)
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:00 Library open and free time
  • 16:00 Afternoon yoga class or lecture on yoga philosophy
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Kirtan and transformative experiences
  • 21:00 Lights out and silent time

Mauna or silent time

In the ashram life, you will value the individual as well as the community and you will make space for those two aspects both to work well. Learning to be with yourself allows you to be safe and comfortable in the space of others and from being confident with the people around you, a new aspect of yourself shines forth.

During the day there is plenty of space and time for you to connect. In the evenings and early mornings, you will observe silence. Take this valuable time for yourself.

Included excursions

Visit to Kunjapuri temple

With picnic breakfast on the hills, this is one of the must-visit places of the Tehri district not just because of its story related to gods and goddesses but also for the panoramic view of Garhwal Himalayan peaks like Swarga Rohini, Gangotri, Banderpunch, and Chaukhamba to the north and Rishikesh.

Visit to the famous Beatles Ashram

The Beatles visited Rishikesh in 1968 for meditation. After this visit, Rishikesh suddenly came into the limelight throughout the world. The Beatles came here to learn transcendental meditation at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram.

Visit to Vashistha Cave in Rishikesh

Vashistha cave is cave of great sage Vashistha. This cave is located 25 kilometers from Rishikesh and it is believed that Vashistha Rishi meditated here. This cave is a beautiful place for meditation.

Instructors

Malene Vedel
Malene Vedel is a compassionate yoga teacher with a professional attitude to her teachings and students. Yoga and meditation are her life. From her eyes, shine forth love and interest for the practice. Her work, teachings, and writings show a deep and consistent dedication. In her voice, you will be sure to feel inspired by her humbleness, gratitude, and joy. It is with a deep respect to her teachers that she shares with her students her vast knowledge and understanding of the teachings of yoga. Malene has a strong foundation in Akhanda yoga with more than 600 hours of training behind her.
Will Fisher
Will’s devotion and dedication to the yoga practice vibrate through his voice. His presence in every moment creates feelings of openness, care, and comfort. One year of intense sadhana with his yoga master in India has helped him reach high levels of joy, clarity, knowledge, and wisdom that his students now can all receive and take part in. He is a passionate trekker, skier, climber, and creative cook with an eye for natural beauty. Will has developed impressive skills in traditional yogic kriyas (cleansing techniques).

Retreat location

The ashram, Anand Prakash, is located in the dynamic international village of spiritual seekers in an area of Rishikesh called Tapovan, about 250 kilometers north of Delhi. The Ganges river valley here is surrounded by mountains on three sides and it is considered the gateway to the Himalayas. Tapovan is an ideal location for yoga sadhana; it is named for its heritage as a site for spiritual disciplines.

Tap, represents tapas, the practice of spiritual disciplines. Van means forest. So, Tapovan is the forest of the yogis. Anand Prakash is on a headland above the banks of the Ganges, one of the first open spaces down river from the source of the Ganges. The wind and all the prana carried from the Himalayas whistle down the river valley and blow out over this headland invigorating the ashram area.

Nearby places

  • Dehadrun - 30 minutes
  • Delhi, 250 kilometers

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

A waft of freshly baked traditional Indian flatbread spreads across the ashram as the kitchen staff gets ready to serve you a delicious nourishing meal, cooked with organic local ingredients. In an instant there’s a feeling of home and belonging. Three Sattvic vegan meals will be served in the ashram, cooked in a well equipped and clean kitchen by the chefs. They will ensure you get full power for the daily adventures.

If you have special meal preference or allergies, just let Complete Unity Yoga know. Everything is possible and they will cater with a smile for you!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Ayurvedic
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)

  • Explore the grounds
  • Interact with the locals
  • Read books in the library
  • See the stunning views
  • Visit the neighboring villages

Spa treatments

A one hour Ayurvedic massage is included in the price. Apart from that, you can book spa treatments at the spa center nearby, during your free time and at an additional cost.

What's included

  • 1 hour Ayurvedic massage
  • 1 lecture on Ayurveda
  • 1 lecture on yoga history
  • 1 lecture on yoga philosophy
  • 3 organic vegan meals per day
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Authentic Indian cooking workshop with Indian chefs
  • Airport pick-up
  • A meal in one of Rishikesh's best restaurants
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Guided daily morning meditation session
  • Transport to Rishikesh
  • Visit to Kunjapuri temple
  • Visit to the famous Beatles ashram
  • Visit to Vashistha Cave in Rishikesh

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Return transfer to Jolly Grant Airport (DED)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Transfer from the airport tot the ashram is included. Complete Unity Yoga will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Dehradun Airport Airport transfer included: Dehradun Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Friday September 14, 2018
Departure: Sunday September 23, 2018

Special discount

There is a special discount of 88 GBP for two people booking together.

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