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Intensive Yoga Retreat India

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in India.

This retreat is a perfect opportunity to take a break, escape the daily routine, and refresh your body and mind by practicing various asana, pranayama, and meditation techniques. It is suitable for all levels. During these two weeks, you will experience traditional Hatha yoga - Patanjali yoga, get insight into yoga philosophy, and get all benefits from various meditation techniques.

Meet the instructors

Dr Jitendra
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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Daily theory class on yogic philosophy
  • Daily practice of mantra, kriya, and mudra
  • Certificate issued upon completion
  • Excursion and sightseeing tours
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Daily yogic meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

14 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 30 participants
Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$35 per person)
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  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Yoga studio
  • Laundry
  • Library

During this retreat, you will stay in an ashram at Patanjali International Yoga Foundation. You will stay in single or shared rooms with attached bathrooms with hot water. Please keep in mind that this is not a hotel. Upon your arrival, you will be provided with soap and toilet paper. The rest of the time, you need to buy it.

For your personal safety, please bring a padlock for your room. The ashram provides clean bed sheets and towels once a week, shared kettle, iron, and hairdryer on each floor, and a blanket.

Patanjali International Yoga Foundation ashram rules

  • The ashram gates are opened from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. By 10:00 p.m. everyone should be in their rooms
  • The outside guests are allowed to visit you from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the reception sitting place only and they are not allowed in the rooms
  • Please keep your rooms neat and clean with self-service
  • Please make a general cleaning before checking out or pay 500 INR for the general room’s cleaning
  • Please clean and dry your plates and cups after food
  • In case of using fat creams and skin oils, please use your own bed linens
  • Please save water
  • Put used toilet paper and sanitary items into the rubbish bin
  • Stick posters or other items on the walls are strictly prohibited
  • Use of electric heaters is strictly prohibited
  • Every guest is responsible for self-belongings
  • Any damage of the property is under your own responsibility and expenses should be refunded
  • Please through the rubbish from your rooms to the rubbish can near the main gates


Aim, objective, and requirements

During this retreat at Patanjali International Yoga Foundation, each day will start with chanting mantras, breathing exercises, and traditional Hatha yoga classes. During the day, you will have enough time to explore and enjoy the Rishikesh lifestyle, deepen your asana practice in the afternoon yoga class, and end the day with meditation. All classes will be taught by Dr. Jitendra Das and his assistant yoga teachers.

To be eligible to attend this yoga and meditation retreat, Patanjali International Yoga Foundation has established prerequisites to help create the groups, that are able to work together for two weeks of intensive toga journey.

This is a journey of personal and professional development that builds on the practitioner's previous experience. It is easier and more comfortable to guide trainees if they have previous experience. Patanjali International Yoga Foundation recommends that all applicants have at least one year of regular yoga practice.

The requirements of this retreat program follows a tight schedule where almost each of the five to six training hours in the day is assigned to some aspects of yoga. You could find the training intensive but enlightening. Depending on the yoga school, the mornings can begin as early as 06:00 a.m. with meditation followed by some yoga postures and maybe some classes or lectures in philosophy or anatomy.

Course syllabus


You will learn about basic asanas (postures), including their different levels and variations, from beginner to advanced level. In each asana, you will learn proper adjustments, alignments, techniques, corrections, contra-indications, physical and psychic awareness, and benefits.

Surya Namaskar (sun salutations)

Learn the 12 positions of sun salutations, their variations, points of concentration, breathing, and mantras.


Learn the main types of pranayama breathing techniques: Anuloma - Viloma, Nadishodhana, Ujjai, Bhramari, Shitali, Bhastrika, and Khapalbhati.


Learn the practice of the three bandhas (energy locks in the body): Mula bandha, Jalandhara bandha, Uddiyana bandha, and Maha bandha.


Learn the practice Shatkriya ("six body cleansing methods"): Dhauti, Basti, Neti, Nauli, Tratak, and Kapalbhati.


Learn and practice the main yogic mudras (gestures) according to Shatchakra and energy channels.


Learn and practice the main meditation techniques.


Learn to chant and present the main Vedic mantras.

Philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics

Patanjali International Yoga Foundation will explain and discuss the history and philosophy of yoga, according to Patanjali Yoga Sutras and Gheranda Samhita. Learn about the 8 limbs of yoga and their use in modern yogic lifestyle.

Code of conduct

  • Discipline is an integral part of the training and so the course routine must be strictly followed
  • Disrespect of rules and regulations may result in course termination with no refund of the fee
  • Restricted dress code is white yoga trousers, T-shirt, socks, jacket, jumper, and shawl
  • Absenting from the scheduled program without prior permission of the teacher would be construed as a gross breach of discipline
  • A student must inform the staff in advance if they intend to skip a meal so there is no waste of food
  • Any activity that is not related to the course is not permitted
  • Do not be late for class, the door of the yoga hall would be closed and you will no longer be allowed to enter
  • Smoking and consumption of any drugs, alcohol, and meat are strictly prohibited during the training
  • Animals and children under 12 years old are not allowed in the ashram.

Course schedule

  • 06:00 Wake up and self-practice
  • 07:30 - 10:30 Morning yoga practice (mantra, kriya, pranayama, asana, relaxation)
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Lunch break (yogic meal)
  • 11:00 - 13:30 Non - contact hours (self - study)
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Herbal tea
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Theory class (philosophy, anatomy, art of teaching)
  • 17:00 - 19:00 Evening yoga practice (asana, adjustments, and Ashtanga Vinyasa)
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner break (yogic meal)
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Meditation and kirtan
  • 22:00 Lights off

Included excursions

Excursions and sightseeing tours are included in the retreat package.


Dr Jitendra Das

Retreat location

This yoga retreat will take place at Patanjali International Yoga Foundation in Rishikesh, India, situated on the banks of the holy Ganga River, at the foothills of the Himalayas. Rishikesh is a very relaxed and spiritual place, enabling you to get into the very peaceful atmosphere. It is believed that meditation in Rishikesh brings people closer to the attainment of moksha, as does a dip in the holy river that flows through it.


  • Dehradun Airport (DED) - 30 kilometers
  • Haridwar - 25 kilometers
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) - 250 kilometers
  • Lakshman Jhula Bridge - 500 meters
  • Rishikesh town - 4 kilometers

Unique features


  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Yoga studio


  • Laundry
  • Library

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Patanjali International Yoga Foundation will provide five to six dishes in one meal with proper nutrition and freshly cooked. Food is yogic Ayurvedic vegetarian. Foods are suitable for both western and eastern students. There are different menus for each day.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • 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)

  • Bungee jumping
  • Cycling
  • Flying fox
  • Kayaking
  • Motorcycle tours
  • Rafting
  • Sightseeing
  • Trekking
  • Tubing

What's included

  • Patanjali International Yoga Foundation certificate of completion
  • Daily intensive practice of mantra, asana, pranayama, kriya, mudra, and meditation
  • Daily theory class on yogic philosophy, anatomy, and the art of teaching
  • 2 daily healthy vegetarian meals and herbal tea
  • Excursions and sightseeing tours
  • 14 days accommodation
  • Printed materials of course
  • Tools for neti kriya pot
  • Yoga mats available in the hall

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Train station transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) or Dehradun Airport (DED). Transfer from and to those airports is available upon request.

Arrival by bus

Take a bus from Kashmiri Gate bus station in New Delhi. The bus ride takes about seven to nine hours.

Arrival by train

Take the train to arrive at Haridwar train station. Transfer from and to Haridwar is available upon request.

Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer available: Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$35 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% 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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