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9 Days Sound Yoga Retreat in India

  • Aurovalley Ashram, Rishidwar-Raiwala, District Dehradun, Uttrakhand, India

Yoga Retreat India

Connect your voice with your heart and create long-lasting health through breathing and the use of sacred sounds of Nada yoga, which includes opening the voice to sound, song, mantra, and healing with sound; infused with the complementary practices of pranayama, asana, Nidra yoga, and meditation. Your sound holds the possibility of freedom and self-empowerment. If you wish to tap into this power and tune into subtle vibrations both inside and out, this retreat is for you.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • 2 lectures on sound healing
  • Variation of vocal play, toning, and healing with sound
  • 3 daily organic vegetarian meals
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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All guests will be staying at Aurovalley Ashram. Accommodation for one to four people can be organised either in rooms or apartments. The rooms are simple and clean, all with private bathrooms, and solar water heating system. All rooms have mattresses, bed sheets, pillows, and quilts for the wintertime.

Held in the quietude of nature, this retreat is a unique opportunity to experience the blending of Sequoia and Sparrow’s combined years of expertise in the world of sound medicine and yoga alongside the magical Ganga river in the foothills of the Himalayas. Study yoga in a traditional ashram at the base of the Himalayan mountains. Be surrounded by the healing power of mother nature, near the holy river Ganga in the yoga heartland of India.

Here, you will be able to accelerate your personal growth and self-empowerment as you boost your confidence and self-esteem. Emerge into a journey of self-discovery through the ancient teachings of yoga. This retreat adopts the traditional teachings of yoga, based on the combined practice of Hatha and Vinyasa. The course allows extra time to explore breath (pranayama) and sound (Nada yoga).

You will practice the sound of yoga through the use of mantras, practicing the Indian musical scale, vocal play, singing, and learning to listen with more awareness. These practices are a gift of freedom to the voice, allowing you to open and express whilst igniting more prana into the body. This retreat offers life long tools to live with more passion, confidence, and consciousness. Your experienced teachers are filled with an infinite sea of wisdom, inspiration, and fun.

Sample daily itinerary

  • 07:30 - 10:00 Begin each morning with sacred mantras and songs, breathing practices, asana, and meditation; yoga class led by Sequoia with live music, and chanting by Sparrow
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Buffet brunch
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Two lectures offered in this retreat: Nada yoga and a mix of theory and sounding
  • 13:00 - 16:00 Relax, let go, reflect, explore, and enjoy
  • 16:00 - 18:30 Evening practice include a variation of vocal play, toning, healing with sound, and meditation
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Buffet dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:00 There will be three night of evening events, that include - sound journey, meditation, and yoga Nidra
  • Sequoia Henning

    Sequoia’s yogic journey began with the very disciplined practice of the Iyengar tradition. After years of practicing the Iyengar lineage, she cultivated her own personal practice and discipline, which organically transformed her asana practice into a mixture of the Ashtanga and Hatha schools. Now, she teaches the traditional practice of Hatha yoga incorporating space for inner awareness and witnessing, which allows one to deepen inner connection beyond the physical body.

  • Tiffany Brulotte

    Also known as "Sparrow Grace", Tiffany is a Canadian based singer-songwriter, kirtan artist, and healer. Her performances include her original songs and select cover tunes woven creatively with traditional Eastern mantras and call and response kirtan chants. The mantras access a deep vibrational wisdom that is beyond words and the songs speak truth that can be understood by the head and heart. The end result is a musical experience that is heartfelt, uplifting, and inspiring.

This retreat will take place at Aurovalley Ashram, a peaceful, quiet, and pristine international center for inner ecology with spiritual needs. The ashram is immersed in nature surrounded by birds, animals, and greenery in its quiet rural setting located between the sacred cities of Hardwar and Rishikesh in Northern India. As a place open to everyone in search of inner peace and inner growth, some of the facilities at Aurovalley include a meditation mandir, large yoga hall, library, bookstore as well as the Harmony Health Center for ayurvedic treatments.

In addition to being a space for spiritual development, Aurovalley runs free health and education programmes for people from the surrounding communities who have very low economic income including nursery and primary schools, a young mothers vocational training, and de-addiction programming. Founded in 1985 by Swami Brahmdev, Aurovalley is a non-profit charitable organization registered as a Yoga Educational Institution by the Government of India.

Activities
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • River
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Conference room
  • Free bottled water
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Meeting room

Included in the price of the retreat are three organic vegetarian meals a day, much of which is grown right on the premises and unlimited drinking water. Food is not spicy and includes milk products.

  • The Saviti Library counts with a great collection of books on spirituality and yoga. It has the complete works of Sri Aurobindo, "The Mother", as well as other spiritual masters.
  • Art exhibitions, workshops, and cultural programs.
  • Watch movies and musical sessions at the media room.

Harmony Health Center offers treatments, massages, and health promoting techniques for an additional cost.

  • 2 daily devotional sound and yoga practices
  • 2 lectures on sound healing
  • 3 organic, vegetarian meals a day
  • 8 nights accommodation hosted at the peaceful Aurovalley Ashram
  • A complimentary giftbag
  • Quality time in nature, on the banks of the sacred Ganga river
  • Unlimited drinking water
  • Unlimited herbal or masala chai
  • Yoga mats, straps or bolster
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Extra activities
  • Visa costs
  • Spa treatments

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). The nearest domestic airport it Jolly Grant Airport (DED) in Dehradun, 40 minutes away from Aurovalley. Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Arrival by bus

The cheapest way to reach Aurovalley Ashram is by bus. If you are coming from Delhi, you can get a bus to Rishikesh or to Dehradun (via Hardwar) and stop in Raiwala. You can either walk three kilometers or hire an express auto-rickshaw.

Arrival by train

There are many trains coming from Delhi, the best one is called Shatabdi - Dehradun Express. It leaves twice daily from New Delhi Train Station and the journey takes four hours and fifteen minutes up to Hardwar.

Arrival by taxi

Please contact Aurovalley Ashram if you wish to be picked up in a taxi at Hardwar Train Station. You can also have the option of hiring a taxi at the train station. The journey takes around 40 minutes.

You can also hire an express auto-rickshaw at half the price of a taxi, or take a public auto-rickshaw to Raiwala, and from Raiwala you can walk or hire an express auto-rickshaw to cover the last three kilometers.

Please contact Aurovalley Ashram if you wish to be picked up at Delhi Airport or at your hotel in New Delhi for an additional 80 USD. It takes about seven hours, 212 kilometers, to drive from Delhi to Aurovalley Ashram.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Feeling Soul Good an inquiry.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • C
    Review by Christiane Koch from Germany

    Learned more than I expected

    CONS Cons: There is nothing to say about the training itself. Just the housekeeping cleaned up the room in different times a day and often during breaks of the training when I liked to study.

    PROS Pros: I booked this training because of it's description. It seemed to me getting more out of it as of other teacher trainings. And it was a great decision! I learned so much more than just asanas. I learned for life! Sequoia and her team are great teachers and also great supporter all the time. The food was good and the staff of the hotel did everything to make our stay perfect. The place near Ubud is a perfect place to do a Yoga Teacher Training! All in all I would do it again. I highly recommend to learn with Sequoia and her team!

    10 Value for money
    7.5 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jun-24 09:12:06

  • B
    Review by Birgitta Nielsen from United States

    The best yoga teacher training around!

    CONS Cons: The food was ok but it was getting very old eating the same thing over and over again.

    PROS Pros: Sequoia is an amazing woman and teacher. Her two assistant teachers were also terrific! I couldn't have had a better education. The live music was a big bonus but everything was very well planned and we learned so much more than I had thought possible! I'm truly grateful and feel very confident as I am going out there being a teacher!

    10 Value for money
    7.5 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    Organizer response: Because of the lack of understanding regarding the food, and a few other situations. We won't be working with Aurovalley again. Our new venue owner has a huge heart and understanding to the importance of good food, and hospitality. It was nice to have you join us, Birgitta, as it would not have been the same without your presence. :-)

    2017-Apr-06 13:04:05

  • Review by Chris and Anne from USA
    10 out of 10

    "After reviewing scores of RYT programs offered in some of the coolest locations on the planet, Anne and I decided on the Feeling Soul Good program in Bali in April. People attend these programs for so many different reasons - some because they know they want to teach yoga, others to deepen their own yoga practice and still others are looking to find a unique life experience or perhaps even looking to find themselves. We had just started our own business integrating performance and wellness for others and wanted to incorporate our passion for yoga into our services. As martial arts instructors and considering Anne’s background in personal training and mine in SCUBA instruction, we were counting on a school that would provide excellent learning that we could bring back to others, personally and professionally. As small business owners, we were counting on value for the cost and time commitment. As yoga practitioners, we were counting on greatly increasing our knowledge and competence in all aspects of yoga. We are so pleased to say that Feeling Soul Good delivered on these expectations - and more. The month-long program with Feeling Soul Good provided an amazingly comprehensive experience for both of us that was well beyond what we had hoped! Sequoia Henning and team covered the necessary fundamentals very well, of course, and managed to do so including a focus on the importance of “sound” in a yoga practice. In this program, we were able to explore not just yoga but ourselves in ways we never imagined. We learned far beyond what we had hoped - and the way they taught has inspired how we aspire to teach going forward. We recommend Feeling Soul Good to any yoga practitioner regardless of their intent to teach or simply deepen their practice. As teacher preparation, we found the Feeling Soul Good RYT program as effective as what we experienced in certification programs of personal training, SCUBA and martial arts teacher training."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Shermeen Pradeep Kumar from India
    10 out of 10

    "I am Feeling Soul Good! Looking back at the month I spent here I had no clue what I was in for. I was just hoping to be certified to teach yoga. Sequoia is a Goddess, she and the team was extremely loving, supportive and knowledgeable. I have learnt so much not only about Yoga but also about myself then I have ever learnt in my entire life. I would definitely recommend this course too everyone as a once in a lifetime opportunity for change. I can not wait for the next one."

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  • Review by Birgitta Nielsen from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "Feeling Soul Good was an amazing experience! Way over my expectations. I had no idea I was going to learn so much about no only yoga and the fundamentals but also about myself. I am truly grateful for sequoia and her team, Pablo and Shir, they all were very committed, knowledgeable and supportive. Thank you for the bottom of my heart."

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  • Review by Cindy from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Student of Feeling Soul Good teacher training, Bali, Indonesia 2016. As I approach the one year anniversary of when I completed my yoga teacher training with Feeling Soul Good, I am thinking a lot about all of the ways it has positively impacted my life both daily and also on a very deep level. Feeling Soul Good provided me with a well-rounded understanding of yogic principles, and how we can apply these in our daily lives. Prior to completing this training, I was looking for a “quick fix” to happiness. I thought to myself if I could just do “x, y, and z,” then I can be happy and coast through the rest of my life in blissful unawareness. But that’s not how life works. “Sthira-sukham asanam,” roughly translated as finding the balance of “effortless effort in our postures,” is one of the yoga sutras by Patanjali that our teacher, Stephan, often quoted in training. Life is a balance: a balance of discipline and letting go, a balance of day and night, of darkness and light, of feminine and masculine. Yoga means “union,” and teaches us to bring balance into all areas of our lives, through the practices of the asanas (yoga postures) but also through the other yogic principles. Yoga has transformed my relationship with myself, with my friends and family, and with nature. I have learned to integrate myself more in my physical environment, to connect with nature in order to connect to my true self. My relationship with food has transformed, and I am now able to eat more with mindfulness and appreciation of food, rather than being disconnected from the substance that provides me with life and energy. I could go on and on, but the bottom line is this: yoga has transformed my life for the better in every way. Even if you are not planning on teaching yoga yourself, Feeling Soul Good will provide you with the tools you need to live a happier, more fulfilling life. Sequoia spent most of her adult life studying yoga in India, and truly lives what she teaches. She is passionate and very knowledgeable, and passes her teachings on in ways that are easy to digest. The teachers that Sequoia had co-teaching with us at our training in Bali were equally knowledgeable and passionate, and the three teachers’ styles and backgrounds complemented and balanced each other out very well. I would absolutely train with Feeling Soul Good again, and I would highly recommend this teacher training for anyone who is looking to connect deeper with him - or herself and with the world around us."

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  • Review by Amber from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "My experience with Feeling Soul Good was much more then a Yoga training. It was a journey, I loved everything about the training and would highly recommend the training to everybody. It changed my life with such a positive impact."

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  • Review by Jennifer Dean from Vancouver Island, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Sequoia Henning is a unique and boundless healer who has the infinite ability to change your life forever. She captures your mind, spirit, and body from the timeless moments you spend with her. As a professional from the corporate world of 15 years, I have been transformed by her special influence and profound insight into spirituality, pranayama, chanting, sound healing, meditation, and the chakras. I found a tremendous wealth of compassion, warmth, kindness, and respect from Sequoia, and highly recommend her. She is a beautiful force of nature, light, and replenishment for the soul. Thank you Sequoia for being a treasure of many talents to help guide us all to higher ground in our lives."

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  • Review by Rogier from The Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "The feeling soul good teacher training is a life changing experience and truly transformational. I have learned so much in such a short space of time. On many different levels seeds are planted from wich I can harvest and learn the rest of my life. Sequoia is an inspirational teacher with an enormous amount of experience. A true blessing to get teachings from which will impact you in every way of youre life. She surrounded hereself with two great complementary teachers (Mela and Stefan) who made this amazing experience, complete. I highly recommend this training iff you are ready to follow your hearth and want to grow physically, spiritually and mentaly"

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  • Review by Amy Victoria from New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "I have learnt so much. Mainly I have learnt how to listen to myself. I loved everything I have learnt as there is really so much content covered."

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  • Review by Daniella Cavazos from Mexico
    10 out of 10

    "I would totally recommend this training for everyone because you will not regret it. I learnt so much about myself. I learnt yoga is not a sport - it is a way of life. I am so happy that I now know how to properly get in and out of each posture."

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  • Review by Neil Anderson from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I first met Sequoia in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, in 2005. She is an encouraging workshop facilitator, a talented masseuse, sound healer, and an inspirational, wise woman. I am thankful for her teachings in my first official lessons on the subtle body of the Chakras. Her presentation of the profound materials and interactive teaching methods allowed me to become more aware of the connections within and around myself. Sequoia’s understanding of vibrational sound and healing touch has allowed me to walk away from her treatments feeling happy to be me. She is a positively unique human being and I am thankful to have been impacted by her."

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  • Review by Naya from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I have learnt more about myself, more confidence, staying centered, and to find more confidence with myself. I have deepened my practice and realized how deep the yoga philosophy really is."

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  • Review by Victoria Guidi from US
    10 out of 10

    "Sequoia gives abundance of wisdom and knowledge, passion, and love which effected me deeply in all my relationships in my life through her words, teaching, and sound. I didn’t truly realize this until a few months after returning home from Bali. It’s been a blessing."

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  • Review by Margaret
    10 out of 10

    "It was an amazing life experience - so growing and interesting. You meet wonderful people and the teachers are really good - their beliefs, and lifestyle teaches you a lot. I definitely recommend this training. I learned so much of myself, yoga, and different ways of life. It was a wonderful month!"

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  • Review by Amy Fitzell from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I am forever grateful to have met Sequoia. She has such incredible knowledge, teachings, and energy. Sequoia was one of my teachers on a one month yoga teacher training course in India, and from the very first pranayama class we had with her, I felt I had encountered a very unique and powerful teacher. During my time in India, I was lucky to experience Sequoia’s yoga classes, sound healings, and ceremonies. Her understanding and insight into yoga and spiritual exploration are matched by her passion for sharing them with others. And her sense of humour is infectious! I have not stopped telling people about the “things I learned from Sequoia”, and I look forward to the day I can see this incredible teacher again."

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  • Review by Paola Alford
    10 out of 10

    "I loved every aspect of this TTC. We were very lucky to have had such a harmonious group. My life has changed for the better as a result."

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  • Review by Colette Bosch from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Sequoia is the physical embodiment of light and joy. She lives her passion and shares her gifts with incredible generosity. Wise beyond her years, she exudes confidence and a peacefulness that is magnetic and inspirational. Events featuring Sequoia are never to be missed. Give yourself the gift of love."

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  • Review by Julie Saadeh
    10 out of 10

    "I learned a lot there, and enjoyed the time I spent during the training and feel as though I have made invaluable friendships. This course was holistic - incorporating different themes in one month; which made it very rich and very helpful.I would highly recommend this course to others."

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  • Review by Yun Ng from Singapore
    10 out of 10

    "My experience with Sequoia goes beyond the weeks during teacher training in Goa, India. A people person with a huge heart, Sequoia is always inspirational and loving. Her sound healing sessions brought me beyond what I knew and was absolutely life changing for myself and many others. Every lesson with Sequoia is an ‘awareness adventure’ , beyond the five senses and deep into the oceans of our souls. Through chanting and pranayama sessions, I’ve attained a better knowledge of my inner body and started to believe in the amazing effects pranayama has on my body."

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  • Review by Vassoulla Demetrioo from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "It’s very hard to put into words the impact meeting Sequoia has had on my life. It was a big one though, and offered me guidance and support through a time of challenging transformation in my life. She opened my eyes, my mind, and my heart. I see things so differently now and have a fresh perspective on life and our entire being. I feel empowered, grateful, and as if my awareness of this incredible universe is slowly growing bit by bit every day; allowing more moments of clarity, presence and joy. I will always be grateful for our meeting and hope very much that our paths cross again so I can continue to learn from and be inspired by this wonderful lady."

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  • Review by Keith Erikson from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I knew my asana, I knew my pranayama, I have had amazing meditations, my prana was accessible, but I lacked the tools to understand it. Sequoia provided the parameters and gave me the perspective. It’s been almost two years since then and the benefits continue to surface. Life presents precious few opportunities to study with un-corrupted masters. There are countless yoga teacher training out there. Why not make yours meaningful with Sequoia?"

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  • Review by Nia Ceidiog
    10 out of 10

    "I am so grateful for the teachings that Sequoia shared with me. I have enough tools to use for the rest of my life. I am more peaceful after this retreat. I appreciate the wealth of knowledge Sequoia shares."

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