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7 Day Exhilarating Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh

Om Shanti Om Yoga Ashram, Hotel Surya Palace, Ram Jhula, Pauri Garhwal, Rishikesh.

Meditation and Yoga Retreat India

The exhilarating yoga retreat at the foothills of the Himalayas is designed and programmed for those who are interested in both yoga and leisure. It is organized as a two-under-one session in which students will enjoy learning yoga for the purpose of maintaining health, a beautiful body, and a healthy mind while pampering themselves with spa and massage. Rest assured that you will bring back home a meaningful and memorable experience in your heart.

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  • Daily Hatha yoga lessons
  • Daily Ayurveda yoga sessions
  • Outdoor and Osho dynamic dance meditation
  • Meditation, pranayama, satsang class, and mantra chanting
  • Laughter yoga therapy and Ayurvedic body massage
  • Indian classical music concert
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport
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  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi

The accommodation at Om Shanti Om Yoga School includes spacious rooms with stunning mountain or river views. The ashram-based rooms, which are furnished with comfortable beds, study tables and cupboards, hot water bathrooms, and Wi-Fi facilities, are in close proximity to shopping outlets for your personal needs as well as to shopping centers, grocery stores, and restaurants. The ashram is a peaceful place close to nature at in the foot of the surrounding hills. All rooms are fully ventilated and comfortable winter blankets are provided.

Ashrams usually represent a return to a simpler way of living, which is very different to a hotel. Generally there is a more communal atmosphere and often an expectation that guests will pitch in with whatever needs doing.


Yoga is the science of proper living and as such is intended to be incorporated in daily life. Yoga is the conventional culture of the Hindu religion. The word 'yoga' originates from the Sanskrit word 'Yuj', which means the union of the individual consciousness and soul with the universal consciousness or spirit. Some people choose yoga because it helps them in their career or profession.

For others, yoga is just an exercise, a way of keeping the body fit, leading a healthy life, doing sports, or even a holiday or vacation but some may even search yoga with a lot of questions in mind. The real learners are those who research the divinity of yoga, encounter self-finding liberation, and change the destination of their life. Yoga works on all personal levels: physical, vital, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It is a 5000-year-old technique used to take care of your body, mind, and soul.

Many things said about yoga portray that it is only as a physical exercise where people twist, turn, stretch, and breathe in the most complex ways. Actually, there is a lot of very common knowledge about the impact of yoga on the human mind and soul. The science of yoga expresses its essence and its impact on your way of life through Gyan yoga or philosophy, Bhakti yoga or the path of devotional bliss, Karma yoga or the path of blissful action, and Raja yoga or the path of controlling the mind.

Those that will truly embrace yoga will never again waste their time and money on trivial things. Yoga is a lifelong journey and commitment. The retreat will explore the technical details of asana, pranayama, and meditation in the tradition of Hatha and Sukshumavyayam yoga. Throughout the day, you will be engaged in different sessions of asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, audio video shows of Hatha and Sukshumavyayam classes, discussions on yoga philosophy, music, and bhajans.

A unique Indian experience

First of all, your breath is the main source of life and you should be aware that, for each second, you are breathing to keep you alive. Breath control gives tremendous benefits to your body, mind, and emotions as well as prolonging your life. Apart from the yoga practices, breathing exercise, and meditation practice, students will be given health tips by the way of asanas that can have specific healing effects for certain sickness. All tips are very beneficial for students.

Learning by practical and experimental means is best. However, if you have some theatrical knowledge to add to the experiment, you will get better results. In this retreat, priority will be given to lectures and classes on the subject of pranayama, the breathing control, meditation, and theory regarding how to do a successful meditation apart from knowing the objective, problem, solution, and benefit.

Both pranayama and meditation are very helpful for body and mind healing. They are the best therapies. Students will also learn about the proper yogic diet from an Ayurveda class taught by the best Ayurvedic doctor in the area. Participants will benefit from yoga therapy classes as well as from yoga philosophy, and they will have the chance to accumulate knowledge about everyday yoga applications and what are the life benefits of these applications.

The chance will not be missed to give students a special pooja (prayer) during the flower offering for their good blessing, the removal of the bad energies, to give peace of mind, to remove sorrows, and to always remain happy and healthy. Being happy and healthy is the most important treasure in your life. The prayer will last for an hour and will comprise of meditating, mantra chanting, and flower offerings to the holy river.

During the retreat, students are taught some important mantras chants which can give them happiness and also remove sickness. At the end of the retreat, students will be entertained with an amazing Indian classical music concert. On the last day, a closing ceremony prayer (pooja) will be performed and certificates will be given to all participants.

The schedule will change on a daily base including all the indoor and outdoor yoga activities, meditation practices, breathing exercises early in the morning, and the wonderful sightseeing and visits to local cultural sites.

Benefits of yoga

Physical and mental cleansing and cultivating inner and physical strength are one of the most important achievements of yoga. What makes it so powerful and effective is the fact that it works based on the holistic principles of harmony and unification. Yoga promotes your well-being almost every day. It increases endurance, strength, and springiness.

Mental and bodily endurance are tested for holding postures for enhanced breathe. It also tones your body, face, and skin so those that want to look smart and neat can also accomplish their dreams by joining the yoga retreat in Rishikesh, India. Yoga maintains your body. Yoga frees your body from intoxicating pollution. It strengthens your arms, legs, and muscles. Yoga helps you boost your self-confidence.

In contemporary times, the physical postures of yoga are used to alleviate health problems, reduce stress, and make the spine supple. Yoga is also used as a complete exercise program and physical therapy routine. The system of Hatha yoga believes 'life energy' is absorbed into the body through breath and can treat a wide variety of illness and problems including back pain, stress, and depression.

Sample schedule

  • 06:00 Wake up and body cleansing with light tea
  • 07:00 Hatha yoga and asanas
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Theory class, lecture of satsang, mantra chanting, or teaching methodology, and Laughter yoga
  • 11:00 Lunch and rest
  • 13:00 Yoga philosophy, yoga therapy, yoga anatomy, and Ayurveda
  • 15:00 Yoga Nidra, sleeping meditation, or massage and foot reflexology
  • 16:00 Hatha, flow Vinyasa, evening walk, Ganga Arti in ashram temple, or outing
  • 17:30 Tea break
  • 18:00 Silence meditation, Indian classical music concert, or dancing Osho meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner and rest
  • 21:00 Own leisure time
  • 22:00 Lights off


Dinesh Chandra Shastri

Retreat location

Rishikesh, often named the place of sages, is a celebrated spiritual town on the banks of the river Ganga, located at an altitude of 365 meters above sea level. It is surrounded by the Shivalik range of the Himalayas on three sides. Rishikesh is an ideal destination for those who want to dwell deeper in meditation, yoga, and another aspect of Hinduism.

Sometimes nicknamed "the world capital of yoga", it has numerous yoga centers that also attract tourists. It is believed that meditation in Rishikesh brings one closer to the attainment of moksha, as does a dip in the holy river that flows through it. The international yoga festival at Parmath Niketan ashram, which attracts participation from across the world, is held here every year in February on the banks of the holy Ganga.

Rishikesh is world famous for rafting and mountain adventures. Rafting season starts from March and ends in July. Rishikesh is also home to the 120-year-old Kailas Ashram Brahmavidyapeetham, an institution dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional Vedantic studies. Prominent personalities, such as Swami Vivekananda, Swami Rama Tirtha, and Swami Shivananda, have studied in this institution.

In February 1968, The Beatles visited the now-closed Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh. After this experience, John Lennon recorded the song titled The Happy Rishikesh Song. The Beatles composed nearly 48 songs during their time at the Maharishi's ashram, many of which appear on the White album.

Unique features


  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking
  • Rock climbing
  • Shopping
  • Swimming


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Restaurant
  • River
  • Yoga shala


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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You will be provided pure vegetarian food. All the food is cooked and served in sattvic ways, as food is essential for the practice of yoga and a healthy way of life. The menus are always varied so you will not get tired of eating the same food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

You will experience two traditional Ayurvedic body massage that will bring complete inner and outer peace by physically, mentally, and emotionally detuning from the world with one traditional foot reflexology. Enjoy the traditional massage while pampering yourself with a special mix of traditional herbs that will caress your skin and soothe your soul.

What's included

  • 1 complimentary night
  • 2 Ayurvedic body massage
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals with nutrition and yogic diet
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Ayurveda style foot reflexology
  • Certificate of participation
  • Daily Hatha yoga practices
  • Ganga river pooja ceremony
  • Indian classical music concert
  • Laughter yoga therapy
  • One yoga retreat to hilltop and trekking down the hill
  • Pick up from Jolly Grant Airport (DED)
  • Waterfall trekking
  • Outdoors yoga practice (depends on weather)
  • Visiting ancient Beatle ashram and temples

What's not included

  • Additional food
  • Airfare to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
  • Personal shopping expenses
  • Return transfer to Jolly Grant Airport (DED) Airport
  • Transport from and to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
  • Visa fee

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Om Shanti Om Yoga School will send you personal taxi directly to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to pick up you from the arrival gate. The charges of the taxi are on your own and approximately 3000 INR to 3500 INR for one way. The nearest domestic airport to the venue is Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Organizer offer to pick you up from this airport the return transfer is by your own self.

Arrival by bus

Take a bus from Kashmiri Gate bus station to go to Om Shanti Om Yoga School.

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 55% 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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