28 Days Divine Ganga Meditation and Yoga Retreat Rishikesh, India

Spiritual Yoga Retreat India

Enjoy Om Sampoorn Yoga’s retreat that is full of immersion in yoga, practicing different styles of asana, pranayama (breathing techniques), and meditation, surrounded by the healing energy of the holy river Ganga in Rishikesh, India. During the retreat, you will have a chance to also visit sacred caves and temples, meet sadhus, watch the sunrise in the Himalayas, and participate in holy ceremonies. It’s not something you want to miss!

Meet the instructors

Vimal & Elena
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • 3 Ayurvedic massages
  • Practicing by the sacred river Ganga
  • Visits to temples and sacred ceremonies
  • Trekking and sunrise watching in the Himalayas
  • Personal studies at the library
  • 27 nights' accommodation
  • 3 daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


27 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer available:
Dehradun Airport (US$1 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$1 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
8:00
Check-out Time:
14:00

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 your retreat, you will be accommodated at the Yoga Niketan Ashram. You will stay in an Ashram style single, clean, and safe room with private bathroom. Double room is available upon request. During the hot season A/C rooms are offered. You will also find a desk, chair, and an armoire, a little porch or balcony to relax or read your favourite book. Towels, soap, and toilet paper are provided. All rooms are simple, yet quaint and immersed in a lush greenery. The yoga studio is fully equipped with mats, block, straps, and bolsters. The studio is walking distance from each accommodation.

Afternoon Ayurvedic tea is offered daily at 4:00 p.m and the library, open most of the day and evening, offers a wide selection of yogic texts also in English. Wi-Fi available at the library during specific hours.

Program

Daily schedule

  • 05:15 Wake up call by morning bell
  • 06:30 90 minutes yoga (Hatha, Vinyasa, Bhakti, Kriya) pranayama and a short meditation
  • 08:15 Yogic breakfast
  • 09:00 Library time/self-study
  • 12:00 Yogic lunch
  • 13:00 Kirtan/mantra chanting
  • 16:00 Ayurvedic tea served in the dining hall
  • 16:30 90 minutes class Yin, Restorative yoga, yogic philosophy, longer meditation (yoga Nidra)
  • 19:15 Yogic 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.

Silence will be observed on the Ashram premises every Thursday.

Included excursions

During this retreat, get the chance to visit sacred caves, meets sadhus and babas, meditate by the sacred river Ganga, attend Indian holy ceremonies, participate in kirtan, Enjoy personal studies at the Ashram's library, and make your own puja (offering).

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

Om Sampoorn Yoga is centrally located at the Yoga Niketan Ashram, one of the most renowned in Rishikesh, the world's capital of yoga. Strategically situated on a little hill, with a breathtaking view of the river Ganga which is away formed crowds and noises. Since the samadhi (tomb) of Guru Yogeshwarananda right by the yoga hall fills the space with sacred energy, the atmosphere is particularly peaceful and conducive to meditation, yoga, and self-discovery.

Food

All meals are lovingly prepared in the Ashram's kitchen. They are organic, yogic, and vegetarian. Enjoy a variety of Indian meals that will leave you feeling nourished and ready for your practice. Afternoon Ayurvedic tea offered daily.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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)

During your free time, you can visit Haridwar and Devprayag (nearby towns about 40 minutes from Rishikesh), join cooking classes or shopping.

Spa treatments

Three Ayurvedic massages are included in the price.

What's included

  • 2 daily 90-minute yoga classes
  • 3 Ayurvedic massages
  • Personal studies at the ashram library
  • 3 daily yogi/vegetarian meals
  • Afternoon tea
  • 27 nights' accommodation
  • Sunrise meditation in the Himalayas
  • Visits to Shiva and Shakti temples and ancient caves
  • Meditation by the sacred river Ganga
  • Participation in holy Indian ceremonies and kirtan and your own puja (offering)

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Donation to temples
  • Events
  • Tips

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dehradun's Jolly Grant airport (DED). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Please let Om Sampoorn Yoga if you need their help with the transfer. They 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. You can then take a taxi from Haridwar to Rishikesh (1 hour). Om Sampoorn Yoga will meet you at the Ashram.

Airport: Dehradun Airport Airport transfer available: Dehradun Airport (US$1 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer available: Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$1 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

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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