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Do you want to lose weight without torturing yourself? Jaisiyaram can help you with this special weight loss yoga retreat. The food plan and exercise are tailored especially in accordance with Ayurveda tradition. You will have daily walk, yoga practice, tasty Ayurvedic diet, and Ayurvedic massages for detoxification. Feel the difference in your body after this retreat!
During this retreat, you will be staying at Shree Bindu Sewa Sansthan Ashram. Today, the ashram is home not only to Swami and his family, but also to a number of students between the age of eight and 20. They come from poor families who cannot afford their living or education and they thus become part of the ashram's family.
They live in the ashram, which means that their families are free of this financial pressure. Additionally, the students learn and grow in a positive, loving, and spiritual environment. They go to the Swami Balendu e.V. kindergarten and primary school right next to the building of the cave in the ashram.
The school and the kindergarten were opened to provide education to children of poor families of Vrindavan. You can help the ashram helping these children if you sponsor a child or the food for a day.
If you stick to the food plan and exercise presented in this retreat, you will see a result and have the knowledge and practical experience on how you can continue losing weight or maintain your dream figure. You don't have to endure weeks of torture and you will not get anywhere near starving. You will be in a beautiful place, enjoying the exercises and tasty food.
You will not have a grumbling, hungry stomach, and although you may feel a little bit of sore muscles, you will feel great about it. Instead of feeling weak, you will feel stronger than before. Losing weight fun with this yoga and Ayurveda weight loss retreat.
While you are at the ashram, you will start every day with a beautiful morning walk around the town. The ashram is directly situated at the Parikrama Marg, a popular pilgrimage way of approximately ten kilometers, which leads around the whole town.
Even if you now think that ten kilometers is far too much and you won't be able to do that for weeks, don't worry! You won't even notice that you are walking this distance while you are passing by Vrindavans' many different areas. Ancient temples and modern housing areas, the mansions of the rich and straw houses of the poor, crossing busy roads and walking by the river Yamuna - so much to see and to experience that you won't even have time to get exhausted!
You will daily get two hours of intensive yoga for weight loss, which will especially focus on all your problem areas. You want to reduce belly fat? Tone your thighs? Shape your hips or get slimmer upper arms? In these workout hours, you will get to know which exercises are a massive attack on your extra fat and which ones bring out the muscles exactly where you want to have them.
The best thing about yoga is that it is a fun, wholesome exercise, and you will enjoy feeling and seeing the effect of what you are doing!
Swami Balendu gave his first spiritual lectures at the age of nine. He traveled throughout India, giving lectures in front of many followers and disciples. Swami spent time a lot of time practicing maun (silence), sometimes retreated in a forest and sometimes in normal daily life. In 1996, Swami Balendu founded an ashram at Vrindavan. An underground cave was built there which he entered a year later. He spent the following three years and 108 days in isolation doing Mantra meditation and connecting with God.
This retreat will take place in Vrindravan, India.
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Apart from exercising, the second focus when wanting to lose weight is always on nutrition. While many diets still recommend reducing the food intake to a minimum, it has even reached the mainstream dieter that it is better to change your nutrition completely than starving yourself for a few weeks until you are thin, and then enjoy your regular food and watch the yo-yo effect set in.
During this retreat, you will get daily healthy Ayurvedic meals prepared in the ashram kitchen, with the focus on using little to no fat and sugar. This means that you will get to experience an authentic Ayurvedic diet, which serves its original purpose to feed the body with everything it needs without overfeeding it. The best thing is, it tastes great!
Your are free to spend your free time as you please. You may wish to sit in the peace and tranquility of the ashram and enjoy the wonderful energy. You can also visit Swami Ji's cave, where he spent over three and half years in mantra meditation. You can experience a very high loving vibration and absorb its healing qualities. You might also like to visit some of Vrindavans many temples, other Indian ashrams, or local markets.
You will receive an Ayurvedic massage every second day of your stay with Jaisiyaram. This may seem to you just like a special treat and it definitely is nice to get massaged, especially after a good yoga workout. There is more benefit to get from it though.
With the help of herbs, the oil that is being used causes heat in the tissues of your skin and stimulates the burning of fat. Additionally, the massage helps cleaning the body. When you lose weight, toxins are set free and they leave the body through the skin. With the help of herbal oils and the rubbing massage, you are freed of these toxins. On top of that, you will also receive an Ayurvedic steam treatment after your massage, if your body type allows, to further support the burning of fat.
Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport by taxi is available upon request. 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.
"I was so disillusioned with this ashram. If they live the same experience, I would like other customers to share it with me, in a very factual manner. What I will try to do now."
"First, I had to wait three hours and a half before the driver for my transfer arrives to the airport. I had no notification to advise me of the delay and had to call the ashram several times to have information. When I was in the car, I didn’t know if I would arrive alive to the ashram. The driver was so tired, he was almost sleeping at the same time he was driving and the car went from one side to the other on the road. The same happened when we decided to go to Agra and see the Taj Mahal. But I will talk about this later. I don’t know why he was so tired, but the people who manage him should be more attentive because he has our lives into his hands."
"The next bad experience I had was when a young man of the staff shaked my hand at my arrival. After a moment he was still holding it, looking at me with a mocking smile. I had to release my hand by force so he exploded with laughter. It made me feel very bad."
"For this stay, the program I chose was the weight loss program. I was supposed to have a 10 km walk in the morning at 7 am, before breakfast, but nobody seemed to be informed. I finally could obtain two walks during my stay, but after lunch."
"The program also included a massage every second day. What a surprise when I saw the room was in fact a kind of garage, not heated, full of dust and of all kind of bazaar, with a wood table in the middle. The lady put a little heater at the end of the table and I had to take care not to have my feet burnt. I was very far from a treatment in a warm and peaceful atmosphere. I had no steam treatment at all and even could not see any installation like SPA, sauna or hammam."
"The restaurant where I had to take my meals was good (no family meals as shown on the photos…), but once again, nobody of the staff was informed about my weight loss program and I had French fries and sandwich for my first breakfast! I had to ask the owner (who is German) to intervene: the communication with the staff in English is impossible."
"What I don’t understand is how they can speak about weight loss program when there’s no physician, no dietitian or nutritionist to have a consultation the first day, to measure the weight at the beginning, to follow the progresses and adapt the program if necessary all along the stay? When I talked about this to the owner, he answered me the objective was not to lose weight but feel good with yoga. I just want to specify that you have more than half a dozen references to weight loss in the text of the offer!"
"The manager of the ashram also mentioned facilities to organize a tour to Taj Mahal. We decided to accept, the two other guests and I. But in fact, we had a driver to go there and bring us back, no guide. Before leaving the ashram, we told the manager that we’ll stay for one night. He promised the driver would help us to find a hotel and then will show us different things in Agra. But it seemed like he was coming there for the first time, and could not help us: we had to find a hotel by ourselves and we made the visit of Taj Mahal on our own."
"The yoga classes were great and the teacher, a very good man, always trying to explain the benefits of each position. But the specificities of each guest program were not taken into account."
"Another guest and I finally left the ashram after only one week (my program was two weeks, and the other guest’s four weeks), with an important extra cost to change my flight. I could not obtain any goodwill gesture from the ashram for this big scam."
"First of all thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience – which I also appreciated when you wrote to me while you were in our Ashram. In that time, I got to know that after settling the primary issues, you had found your rhythm in the Ashram and were enjoying."
"That’s how I was so surprised when you decided to leave early."
"First of all, I want to express that I am sorry that you left my home with such a feeling. My family was not able to be there in the time you were, however I can assure you that it is the first time we get such a feedback. During our absence, we left our Ashram in the hands of our capable manager who speaks English and with whom you did have conversations as well. He was informed about your retreat and its inclusions as well."
"Obviously we will talk to him about the management of the driver, as this is a very important point which we cannot accept. The safety of our guests is our very first priority!"
"I am very surprised that you had such feelings about our massage room. It is a nice Ayurveda setup – the wood table is traditional – with the equipment for all treatments in it. As you mention a heater, the room is heated and for extra comfort, we add a heater on the table – it would have been nice of you to tell when it got too warm for you."
"What you are telling about your program, I want to once more express that the focus of our retreat is for our guests to feel good with their bodies, to get a positive body feeling and not be obsessed with counting calories or kilograms. This is why we intentionally do NOT weigh our guests at the beginning of their stay."
"We will however reconsider this offer of a ‘weight loss retreat’, as it seems people come with an idea which does not fit with our overall approach on life and feelings in life."
"We are happy however that you enjoyed your meal as well as the yoga classes. And I can assure you that you and all our guests have our goodwill and wish for the best – which is why I gave you the offer for extra facilities when I heard of your issues."
"Finally, I would like to add that India is sometimes a shocking experience, that there are a lot of differences in culture and surrounding and that not everybody feels comfortable there, either, especially considering the big gap in between rich and poor. Each of our participants however contributes to helping those who need it the most because our work with Yoga and Ayurveda supports our charity school for unprivileged children, which you have surely seen during your stay as well!"
"Yours faithfully, Jaisiyaram Team"
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"From the Minute I entered the gate of the beautiful Ashram, it stole my heart! The family and friends that I've met there will forever be in my heart. I truly cannot wait until I can return! The most amazing experience ever. (The food was Spot on delish as well as the daily Massage!) Oh, I dream of my return!!"
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"First time to India can be scary, especially if you are a woman traveling on your own. But when you arrive in the ashram and are welcomed, you feel immediately that you are part of a family. Everyone is really nice and loving. I stayed at the ashram for 1 week in 2013. Since then I have stayed in contact and feel that they are never far away. When I can I will visit again. The food in the ashram was amazing. Not to speak about the daily ayurvedic massages ; heaven !!! I've incorporated most of the advises being given when I left in my life and feel much healthier."
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"I had a wonderful week at the ashram celebrating Holi. I felt like an immediate part of the family. It was my first experience in India and after finishing a two-month stay in the country, I'm convinced it was the best introduction possible. Fun, relaxing and an excellent learning experience."
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"Beautiful place and beautiful people. This haven of tranquility sits amidst the bustling, noisy and intriguing village of Vrindavan. The kids at the school are a joy to meet, the family are wonderful people and bonus....... monkeys!!!!!!!!!!"
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"When I saw the Ashram, I already knew that its a safe and nice place. I felt like a member of your family and is sad that I did not have time to stay longer, one day was not enough. I reached very tired and it was the perfect place to recharge my energy, I tried ayurvedic massage for the first time and it was an amazing experience. The city is very nice, I spent 3 hours walking around the city saw beautiful temples and had a really great time."
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"Thank you so much for taking care of me and my little Leo. We received so much love and care here from all of you especially the kids, we left this place knowing that we found our second home here! Everything was great, the food, the ayurvedic massage, your kindness and patience with Leos wishes. I will never forget my stay here, I have really learned a lot from this experience. I love you all, and I want to give a special mention to my yoga teacher Pawan, you will be in my heart forever and I know one day, you will be the number one yoga teacher in the world!"
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"Thank you for a wonderful week here at the Ashram! Your place is lovely and feels like a little paradise! I loved the food and the peaceful environment, I certainly will come back and is looking forward to it."
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