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Experience the authentic Indian culture first-hand from a family-run ashram. Keep yourself flexible by practicing yoga on a daily basis and detoxify yourself with daily Ayurvedic massages and treatments. You will also get the chance to get to know how yoga is implemented into your daily life. Join this retreat to gain insights in Indian life you couldn't get anywhere else.
In 1995, Swami Ji founded an ashram in his hometown Vrindavan. On this land he built an underground cave, which he entered in 1997 to spend the following three years and 108 days in meditation.
Today, the ashram is home not only to him and his family, but also to a number of students between the age of 8 and 20. They come from poor families who cannot afford their living or education and they thus become part of the ashram family.
The ashram is very open, friendly, and hospitable. The rooms are simple, air-conditioned, and have Western bathrooms. There is also a beautiful lawn and patio. Someone of the ashram family is available 24 / 7 for all questions or help. Any interested visitor to India is welcome to visit and stay at the ashram. Usually, Jaisiyaram offers single rooms with queen-size beds, but of course you are welcome to stay as a couple or in family together, too.
For some people, the answer to this question can be the relaxing atmosphere of the ashram and for others, it can be the unique combination of Ayurvedic massages, Ayurveda treatments, yoga, and relaxation that only Jaisiyaram offers. However, the most important factor is that 100% of the profit for this holiday will support children charity projects. By doing something good for yourself you are doing good for poor children.
This retreat is not a course filled with hours of classes, a tight schedule, and teachings which will result in a certificate but it is a time of treatments, cleansing, and getting to know yourself.
You will experience yoga and Ayurveda on different levels and will have time to simply lay back and let your body and mind let go of the stress and pressure of your usual life. Relax, enjoy, and feel well in the loving surrounding of the ashram.
Yashendu Goswami will be leading your retreat. Yoga classes will be given by yoga teachers trained by him. Swami Balendu will also always be present for any counseling or questions. The yoga style is basic, original, Indian Hatha yoga as it has been passed on in yogic families for centuries.
You will have daily yoga practice at the ashram. One hour daily will be dedicated to stretching, bending, and strengthening your body. Due to the limited number of participants, your yoga teacher will be able to personalize the workshops to everybody's needs.
Depending on the group, the teacher will not only include gentle yoga positions for beginners, basic yoga poses, yoga for back pain and other areas of the body, but also advanced yoga positions if you are already a yoga instructor or long time practitioner. Whatever your level of practice is, these yoga classes will be designed for you.
Additionally, you can join the children of Jaisiyaram's school in their daily yoga class in the morning. Whenever they have school, they do yoga and you can just grab a mat and sit in between them.
You will additionally be able to meditate on your own in the beautiful garden, on the roof while watching sunset or in the cave in which Swami Ji spent three years and 108 days in meditation. Combine the yoga practice and Ayurveda treatments with your own meditation practice for a complete relaxation on this Ayurveda retreat in India.
The word Ayurveda means science of life and one of the main principles in Ayurveda is that your body is the temple of your soul. Take care of it, keep it clean, and nourish it. It will make you happier and give you a more satisfied feeling from inside.
Each body type has different needs and with Ayurvedic treatments, massages, and food, your body will be purified and strengthened so that it can regain its balance in the doshas.
The day usually starts with the 1-hour yoga class and a delicious breakfast after it. Depending on your individual schedule and treatments, you will have your Ayurvedic massage and oil treatment at this point or after a light lunch in the afternoon.
In the remaining time of the day, you can visit the charity school, to which all profits go, play with the ashram children, relax with a good book in the garden, or talk with the other guests and ashram family. On Sunday, you are free from yoga and Ayurveda for shopping, visiting Vrindavan, and the neighboring towns, or on for a trip to Agra to see the famous Taj Mahal.
This retreat will be held in Shree Bindu Sewa Sansthan, an ashram which is located in Jaisiyaram, Vrindavan. Vrindavana is a pilgrimage town 150 kilometers south of Delhi and just one hour away from Agra where you find the Taj Mahal. The town is the place where Lord Krishna spent his early childhood and with its 5000 temples and Indian ashrams, Vrindavana is one of India’s main pilgrim cities.
The major temples in Vrindavan are Bankey Bihari Temple, Govind Dev Temple, Radha Raman Ji Temple, Rang Ji Temple, Radha Vallabh Temple, Madan Mohan Ji Temple, and Pagal Baba Temple.
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You will be served 3 Ayurvedic vegetarian meals per day at Ammaji's Ayurvedic Restaurant Vrindavan. You can choose to have Indian traditional food, continental pizza and pasta, or Chinese snacks. You can also choose to eat dishes that will suit your body type best with the help of Jaisiyaram's staff.
Jaisiyaram also offers the option for you to book this retreat without meals. If you prefer this option, kindly send Jaisiyaram an inquiry for further information.
On this retreat, you will have the chance to pamper yourself with Ayurvedic full body massage, shirodhara, kati basti, janu basti, nasya, vaman, and whatever else you might enjoy.
Ayurveda recommends massages with certain oils and Ayurvedic herbs as a support for a cleansing process. When stimulated with herbs, the right oils, and massage technique, the body releases toxins via the skin. For your well-being and relaxation, you will daily get Ayurvedic massages with oil and with well smelling and purifying herbs.
Trained Ayurvedic massage therapists will make sure that your massage is completely in line with the needs of your body. After only a few days of massage, you will feel rejuvenated, your skin will shine, and your body will thank you for this extra attention.
Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi is the closest international airport and the airport is located approximately 150 kilometers from Vrindavan. Transfer from and to airport is available on request. Jaisiyaram can also pick you up in Delhi or Agra. Pick up and drop off each cost 60 EUR, so for only 120 EUR, Jaisiyaram will have you picked up when you arrive and dropped off when your retreat is completed.