12 Days Shiva Shakti Meditation and Yoga Retreat Rishikesh, India

Spiritual India Yoga Retreat

Spend your days reconnecting with your inner wisdom and the divine nature. Rediscover your natural state of joy and peace while you deepen your yoga practice both on and off the mat. Besides that, you will awaken your inner knowing of being a part of Shiva / Shakti energy. This is your opportunity to relax and nourish the deepest part of who you are as a manifestation of the divine nature in the human body.

Meet the instructors

Vimal & Elena
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Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Kirtan and Indian holy ceremony by the Ganges
  • Trekking and sunrise watching in the Himalayas
  • Visits to sacred caves, temples, and ashrams
  • 2 complimentary Ayurvedic massages
  • 3 daily yogic and vegetarian meals
  • 11 nights of lodging

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


11 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Hindi, Sanskrit, Spanish, English
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Parking lot

During this retreat, you will be accommodated at Yoga Niketan Ashram. You will stay in an ashram-style, clean and safe room. Double occupancy rooms are available upon request.

Program

On this retreat, you will join the healing practice of kirtan. You will practice Yin and Restorative poses, as well as different types of meditation and rebalance with yoga Nidra. You will explore the ancient town of Rishikesh, visit sacred caves and temples, meet sadhus and gurus, watch the sun rises in the Himalayas, and breathe together the holy energy of Ma Ganga while you've been nourished with organic, vegetarian, yogic meals. You will journal your experiences and delve into open discussions and yogic studies.

Daily schedule

  • 06:30 90 minutes yoga/meditation class
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Library/ self-study
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Kirtan/mantra chanting
  • 16:00 Afternoon tea
  • 16:30 90 minutes class yoga/meditation class
  • 19:15 Dinner
  • 21:00 Goodnight

Please note that on days of excursions the schedule will change. Omsampoornyoga will inform you of such changes the day before.

Included excursions

Enjoy excursions in the Himalayas such as sunrise meditation and visits to temples and sacred caves. You will also join Indian traditional ceremonies such as puja and artee by the holy Ganges River, as well as participating in Kirtan.

Instructors

Vimal Barthwal
Born and raised in Rishikesh, Vimal’s journey as a yogi began years ago with his studies at the Bihar School of Yoga and continued at the Sivananda Vedanta Academy. As part of his sadhana (spiritual practice) Vimal lived alone in a cave for 1 year. This unique life’s transforming experience permitted him to deeply understand the real meaning of living a yogic lifestyle. For the past 13 years Vimal has been teaching yoga and meditation in India and other parts of Asia to improve one’s physical health as well as one’s spiritual life.
Elena
Elena is an Italian/American certified Yoga instructor who teaches Atma Yoga, a holistic healing style created by Saul David Raye - Elena’s classes, open to all levels of students, include a dynamic flow of asana, pranayama, ayurvedic tips, and meditation. Eclectic energy work together with teachings from Bhakti, Tantra, and Shamanism are at the core of her classes. Elena is passionate about yogic philosophy and Hindu mythology. Her enthusiasm in sharing her love for the sacred practice yoga is contagious.

Retreat location

This retreat will be held at Yoga Niketan Ashram, centrally located in the heart of Rishikesh, India. Rishikesh is the world's capital of yoga. Situated by the sacred Ganges River with its majestic mountains, ancient temples, sadhus, and sacred ceremonies make it the perfect environment to allow you to deeply immerse in yoga on and off the mat.

Food

Three daily meals are included in the package. Meals are nourishing, organic, yogic, and vegetarian.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Yogic
  • 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)

  • Reading in the ashram's library
  • Shopping during your visit to Rishikesh

What's included

  • 2 daily 90-minute yoga classes
  • Pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Walk / meditation by the Ganges River
  • Kirtan and Indian sacred ceremony
  • Trekking and sunrise watching in the Himalayas
  • Visits to sacred caves, temples, and ashrams
  • 2 Ayurvedic massages
  • Personal studies at the ashram's library
  • 3 daily yogic and vegetarian meals
  • 11 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Pick up and drop off at the airport
  • Tipping and donation to temples and / or events

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dehradun Airport (DED). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

The transportation will be at your own expense. Please let Om Sampoorn Yoga know if you will be needing one. Om Sampoorn Yoga will meet you at the ashram.

Arrival by train

It is a five-hour trip on Shatabdi Express from New Delhi railway station to Haridwar Junction railway station. You can then take a taxi from Haridwar to Rishikesh (one hour). Om Sampoorn Yoga will meet you at the ashram.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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