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15 Days Kriya Yoga Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh, India

Rishikesh Nath Yogshala, Mahananda Complex, Badrinath Road, Tapovan, Rishikesh, 249192, Uttarakhand, India

Transformational Yoga Retreat India

Take initiative, and learn Kriya yoga and meditation techniques for self-realization. Rishikesh Nath Yogshala invites you to their yoga and meditation retreat led by His Holiness Swāmī Nityānanda Giri. Kriya yoga is one of the most powerful methods of meditation and the awakening of the spiritual consciousness in man. At the end of the retreat, a practitioner learns to live a tension-free life with knowledge, development, peace, and bliss.

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Ajay, Swāmī Nityānanda, Swami, & 2 More…
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Pranayama and introduction to Kriya yoga
  • Austerities, self-study, and knowing the Ishwara
  • Prana Vidya, principles, and practical lessons
  • Daily pure Satvik vegetarian meals
  • 14 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


15 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
The maximum participants in the group is 15
Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:00
Check-out Time:
17:00

Retreat participants will stay at the Leisure Palace Hotel in Rishikesh. The rooms are equipped with basic and luxury services. Along with those, there are facilities like television, air-conditioners, geysers, free Wi-Fi, and other activities to make your stay comfortable. The institute has all the modern amenities. The fully furnished campus and rooms provide an ambient atmosphere to the participants, cutting themselves from the stresses of the outer world

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Being a leading yoga learning center, the institute serves to provide proper care, quality of food, learning conditions, practices, as well as world-class faculty. It chooses the organic way of living and uses organic food for cooking.

Some of the facilities include yoga halls, cycle stands, chill-out areas, hammocks, comfort areas, eco-friendly huts and rooms, free internet and Wi-Fi, laundry services, library, pure drinking water, running space, kitchen, restaurant, reception, dining area, spa, and travel desk.

Kindly note that Rishikesh Nath Yogshala is pleased to offer up to three days and two nights of complimentary accommodation for those who wish to come prior to the commencement of the retreat (every first of every month), with the aim of getting adjusted to the weather, the surroundings, and the timezone and being more relaxed and focused once the retreat starts. Should you wish to benefit from this special offer, please send them an inquiry.

Program

Kriya yoga and its importance

Kriya yoga is a meditation technique based on pranic energy (life force) and chakras (energy centers in the central nervous system), beginning with the breath. This is a technique of self-realization. Kriya yoga is one of the most powerful methods of meditation and the awakening of spiritual consciousness in man. This is to know the life force that controls your physical, subtle, and causal bodies. This is to have mastery over your mind.

In addition to these, it develops concentration, sharpens the intellect, increases discriminating ability, increases work potential leading to success in business and job, and hence increases material prosperity. This also brings harmony in the family and social life, removes ill effects of planets on your life, reduces worries and stress, removes psychosomatic ailments, and increases life span.

Everyone tries to live a happy life with peace and bliss, and for that, with all your efforts to achieve prosperity, development, happiness, and peace, you end up in misery and are ever unsatisfied. You are unhappy either due to poverty, physical illness, or mental stress and are forced to look into society with negative characteristics. Even in societies where exists material saturation, the members of the societies are not satisfied.

Even with all the perfections in science and technology and with the exaltations in philosophical knowledge, you fail to satisfy your inner need because you do not have mastery of your life. You need to have mastery over your mind. You need to sublimate your ego by the practice of meditation with proper devotion. You need to overcome your cravings and aversions.

In the present-day world, you all have become slaves to your mind. Whatever you do, you do simply because of being swayed away by your emotions, influenced by your thoughts and desires, or being attracted by allurements. You do not follow your discriminating intellect. But this should not be like this. You have to be the master of your mind.

If you go according to the wrong ideas of your mind, you will commit mistakes. Since all your activities are first done in the mind and then are expressed as speech or actions, you have to clear your mind so that you are not cheated. You can do this by practicing Kriya yoga and meditation.

The Sanskrit word “yoga” comes from the root “yuj” which means "union" and "samadhi." This is the union of the individual self with the cosmic self (God). Kriya yoga is the practice part of the yoga. This is a method to attain the union with the self in each inhalation and exhalation. Since the practice is based on breath, everybody can practice this.

In this technique, one concentrates at chakras or energy centers in the brain and in the spinal cord. Your mind is in constant motion, and this is reflected by your breath. When you are angry, afraid, and greedy or have a sexual urge, your breath is agitated. When the breath is calm, the mind is also calm.

You learn to calm your breath to calm your mind through Kriya yoga. In this way, after a long and uninterrupted practice, you gain control over your mind and attain the state of samadhi.

Kriya yoga is a union of wise combinations of bandhas, mudras, pranayama, asanas, and awareness. The teaching and learning of Kriya yoga are done gradually. A beginner starts with the first Kriya. Then she or he proceeds into the second Kriya, and so on. In the first Kriya, she or he learns the techniques, namely, Nabhi Kriya, Khechari Mudra, Guru Pranam, Om technique, Hamsa Sadhana, Mahamudra, Kriya-1, Paravastha, Jyoti Mudra, Sambhavi Mudra, and more.

Traditions

The teachings of Kriya yoga are found in Vedas, Upanishads, yoga sutras, and Bhagavad-Gita. In the course of time, the practical aspect of this ancient knowledge was forgotten. In the 19th century, this was again made popular by Yogiraj Shri Shyamacharana Lahiri when he learned it from a Himalayan yogi known as Mahavatara Babaji. Lahiri Mahasaya obtained the highest knowledge by the practice of this Kriya yoga.

One of his best disciples was a great yogi, Swami Shriyukteswara Giri Maharaj, whose world-famous disciple and author of the book, Autobiography of a yogi, Paramahamsa Yogananda, had an important role in spreading Kriya yoga in the Western countries at the beginning of the 20th century.

The transmission of this teaching has been continuing in India. Pujya Swami Nityananda Giri Maharaj is a Kriya yoga master who has learned these techniques from his master Swami Shankarananda Giri Maharaj who in turn had learned it from Prabhujee Swami Narayana Giri. Prabhujee was a disciple of Swami Shriyukteswara Giri Maharaj.

This 15-day course on the first Kriya includes the following:

  • Introduction to Kriya yoga
  • Initiation
  • Prana Vidya (the knowledge of life force)
  • Austerities, self-study, and knowing the Ishwara
  • Righteousness and observances
  • Pranayama
  • Body principle
  • Practical lessons on Nabhi Kriya, Khechari Mudra, Guru Pranam, Om technique, Hamsa Sadhana, Mahamudra, Proper Kriya-1, Paravastha, Jyoti Mudra, and Sambhavi Mudra
  • Guided meditation

Daily Schedule

  • 05:00 Wake up and herbal tea
  • 06:00 - 07:00 Pranayama, shatkarma
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Hatha/Vinyasa flow yoga
  • 08;30 - 09:00 Mantra Chanting
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Yoga philosophy and Anatomy
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Karma Yoga
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Rest
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Self Study
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Ashtanga Yoga with Alignment
  • 18:00 - 18:45 Tea
  • 18:45 - 19:30 Meditation
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 22:00 Lights off

Included excursions

During this retreat, you will enjoy a tour of nearby beaches, temples, caves, and yoga ashrams.

Instructors

Ajay Uniyal

Swāmī Nityānanda Giri

Swami Muktananda

Ganesh Negi

Harmindra Singh

Retreat location

This retreat will take place at Rishikesh Nath Yogshala in Rishikesh, India. Rishikesh is located in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand and is surrounded by the Himalayan Hills. The place is intersected by the holy River Ganges, and thus, it is known as the land of yoga and spirituality.

Rishikesh is claimed to be the "yoga capital of the world," and people from different countries visit this divine city to enjoy the nature and learn yoga and other forms of spirituality. The place is full of spiritual ashrams and yoga shalas. If you seek spiritual pleasure and peace of inner self, then Rishikesh Nath Yogshala can help you.

The ashram is surrounded by beautiful sceneries and green surroundings, rushing and flowing rivers, and tranquil nature. These views have the power to purify and heal your soul completely.

Nearby places

  • Dehradun, 35 kilometers
  • Delhi, 250 kilometers
  • Haridwar, 30 kilometers

Unique features

Activities

  • Shopping
  • Spa

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

You will be served delicious Satvik vegetarian meals three times daily. . If you wish to try something else, several restaurants and local hotels are located nearby. It is suggested that the students only consume natural and pure meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Yogic
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)

Concerts

Music holds an incredible power to rule over your heart. In Rishikesh Nath Yogashala, a jam session is organized to make you relax and calm. It also adds a memorable moment during your trip. The music session brings tranquility of mind.

Healing therapies

A plethora of healing therapies will play a wide role to bring you peace of mind. Taking part in these therapies means knowing yourself. At this platform, you will experience a wide variety of spiritual treatment to understand your own spirituality.

Movie nights

You can add a spark to your visit by watching a Bollywood or Hollywood film. Apart from serving you the facility of a mini theater, you will be provided with some popcorn to jazz up the mood.

Peace projects

The motto behind laying the platform of Rishikesh Nath Yogshala is spreading messages of love and peace. Here, you can join in a number of programs designed to train the students how to keep yourself calm and peaceful.

Satsang

Satsang is a kind of lecture that introduces you to the story that belongs to the glorious past. These stories let us know how to deal with problems. Yogi Ajay Uniyal’s Satsang is quite unique, which gives you a refreshing and peaceful experience at Rishikesh Nath Yogshala.

Shopping

for the shopaholics, shopping adds a wonderful experience. There, you can go for a memorable shopping experience at the variety of shops, stalls, and stores. You can get a sizeable collection of clothing like scarves, shawls, shirts, and pants. Apart from that, Ayurvedic beauty and personal care products are also available in the abundance. People who love eating will get a plethora of options to choose from.

What's included

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Course fee
  • Daily meals
  • Kriya yoga and meditation practice

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Additional meals
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

ARRIVAL BY AIRPLANE

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). You may rent a car or catch a taxi from the airport. You may book another flight to the nearest domestic airport near Rishikesh, which is the Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Transfer from and to this airport is included. Rishikesh Nath Yogshala will pick you up from the airport.

ARRIVAL BY BUS

From Delhi, the city of Rishikesh is about 230 kilometers away and is well connected by buses. A bus journey may take about five to seven hours depending on the traffic and it costs you about 130 to 350 INR. A bus with air conditioning will cost about 250 700 INR. In Rishikesh, there are several travel agencies scattered around Swarg Ashram and Lakshman Jhula that can book luxury buses to common destinations like Delhi, Jaipur, Pushkar, and Varanasi.

ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

A quiet branch line connects Rishikesh to Haridwar, but there are only about three slow trains daily. It is better to take the train to Haridwar and continue by bus from there which will take 45 minutes and costs 30 INR, by taxi it will take 30 minutes and costs 800 INR or by auto-rickshaw taking 40 minutes and 500 INR. However, traveling by train is recommended in peak seasons or during a ‘mela’ (fair) when bus routes are diverted in Haridwar whereas trains often run empty and the fares are low at just 4 INR for a passenger train service.

You can take share rickshaws (vehicle brand name Vikram) towards Lakshman Jhula for 15 INR from Rishikesh station. You will have to cross Ram Jhula to reach Swarg Ashram on the other side of River Ganga. There are many trains from Delhi to Haridwar. Some of the better options are Shatabadi Express, Jan Shatabdi, AC Special Express, and Mussoorie Express.

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 30% 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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