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Join this retreat to experience the pure ecstasy of breathing beautifully in a Himalayan paradise. Learn to breathe over 50% of your lung capacity and absorb universal energy to energize, magnetize, and integrate body, mind, and self-consciousness to experience a state of well-being. This intensive yoga and nature rejuvenation program led by Guru Yogacharini Amrita, will give you remarkable wisdom and knowledge about the science of yoga.
During this retreat, you will stay in a shared twin room. The West Wood private cottages have views of the majestic grandeur of the Himalayas on one side, river Beas cutting across the town, verdant valleys, and grazing herds dotting the hillsides, apple orchards, and the folk music adding romance to the ambiance.
During this yoga holiday, the aim will be to get your mind, body, and spirit in rhythm with your existence. You will experience walking in the foothills of Himalayas and camp at beautiful locations where you will practice yoga and meditation under the guidance of an experienced yoga and spiritual master.
Your body and mind will be opened through yoga, meditation, and stretching. This combination develops a more fulfilling physical exercise while strengthening and opening the mind for greater relaxation and awareness. You will enjoy a yoga and meditation tour while relaxing and healing your body, mind, and spirit.
The options are endless with yoga, unique breathing practices, meditation, therapeutic yoga, green yoga, catharsis yoga, Sufi whirling meditation, nature meditation, walking meditation, dancing meditation, laughing meditation, catharsis meditation, gibberish meditation, stress management, outdoor team building, yoga treks, and nature meditation. All put together to give you an uplifting experience of a lifetime.
Yoga is not merely a form of exercise for the body but it is also an ancient wisdom for a healthier, happier, and more peaceful way of living which ultimately leads to union with the self. Yoga is not just performing some acrobatic poses or huffing and puffing some pranayama or “sleeping” your way through the so-called meditation. It is an integrated way of life in which awareness and consciousness must be cultivated systematically.
In ancient India, yoga was traditionally imparted in the Guru-Kula in Ashrams or in forest hermitages set in a natural environment and the life style was perfectly in harmony with nature. The entire personality, character, and attitudes of the student were observed by the Guru in close personal contact who then subtly led the student step by step to higher yogic modes of thought, feeling, and action.
This lifestyle was an integral part of their training and allowed the natural power of yoga to grow within them as part of their daily lives. However, yoga’s connection with nature and its concern for the environment is easily obscured, if not lost, in the modern yoga movement and its urban and commercial orientation. True yoga works with nature and is able to awaken the higher powers of nature within us.
Daily nature walks and half-day mountain hikes on two days are included in this retreat.
Yogacharini Amrita is a writer, author, spiritual teacher, and educator. Apart from being a keen trekker, she is also a qualified yoga and meditation master in the tradition of Rishiculture Ashtanga yoga taught by Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj of Pondicherry, South India. This makes her the marketing, teaching, and preaching guru of yoga and meditation at Mountain Monk Yoga Retreats. She strives to empower others through her many workshops, programs, seminars, and articles.
This retreat will be held at West Wood cottages in Manali, India. The cottages are situated in the hills of Manali in Himachal Pradesh State.
Manali, at 6,500 feet above sea level, stands high in the clouds. Manali’s charm is legendary and enchanting where one holiday is just the beginning for many more to come.
Located beyond forbidding heights of the greater Himalayas and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lies the fabled "silver valley" or Kullu also known as the “valley of the living Gods”. Small villages and hamlets occupy a large part of the valley, which is a rich blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage. Passing through these villages, you will feel as if you have stepped into an altogether new world. The surroundings, the people, their customs and traditions will leave you completely awestruck. The snow covered peaks, sparkling rivers, dense forests, terraced fields, and apple orchards have a magical effect on a tired soul.
A landscape tinted by golden sunsets and silvery snow with rolling meadows dotted with wild flowers, it is truly a place to lift your spirit and discover your divinity within. Nestling in the lap of the Himalaya, Himachal Pradesh holds an enviable diversity of mountain landscapes, a rich culture, and several entertainment opportunities. Its snow covered peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, thick woods, fast flowing rivers, enchanting lakes, and flower filled meadows make it a traveler's paradise.
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During this retreat, you will be served three daily healthy and detoxifying meals. The food is vegetarian which will include fruits, herbal tea, green tea, coconut water, juices, smoothies, salads, fresh vegetables, rice, lentils, and sprouts.
During your free time, you may enjoy activities like guided mountain treks, motorbike tours, ski on the snow slopes, or rafting down the Beas river. You may also take just time to relax and enjoy the wonderful views.
Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). From there, you can flight to Bhuntar Airport (KUU) in Manali.
From Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), you may take a bus to Manali’s bus station. Mountain Monk Yoga Retreats will pick you up from the station. The pick-up is included in the price.
Taxis from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to Manali are also available.