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Spiritual Yoga Retreat Rishikesh

Have you ever woken up in the morning with a feeling of not being grounded, of being somewhere you do not belong, feeling restless with constant worries and frustration? Do you look at the future with anxiety and back to the past with regret? These feelings arise from the need to be efficient and functional machines even at the cost of your mental and physical health. Fear, guilt, shame, grief, lies, illusion, and attachment, these are the demons of your souls. You need to eradicate them to be balanced, centered and present in your bodies, receptive, and aware of your nature.

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Yogacharya Dhirendra, Amit, Yogacharya Mandeep , & 1 More…
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Highlights

  • 8 days of practice
  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • Daily guided meditation session
  • Pranayama and mantra chanting lessons
  • Excursions, evening Satsang, and other lectures
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport pick up

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi, Italian, Swedish
Group size: 3-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport
Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$55 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

During the retreat, you will be staying at Rishikesh Yogkulam in Hotel Laxmi Palace. The school has two yoga studios, a dining area, and a lift facility. Rishikesh Yogkulam offers single and double rooms based on the student's requirements. Every room has an attached bathroom with a western toilet and hot shower and a balcony with a mountain view. The rooms for the yogis are well maintained and clean. They offer bed sheets, pillows, bath towels, toilet paper, a blanket, and welcome amenities upon arrival. Good Wi-Fi is included on every floor. Water and laundry service are also available.

Program

This eight-day retreat is a journey through the seven chakras to restore the balance in your systems, to learn how to deal with the negative feelings, and to increase awareness of the body and release the blockages. Together, you will work on building a firm and steady resolve. Just like a sequoia needs a strong and deep ground, you will work on your foundations, making your roots steady and strong. This retreat has been specially designed to give you space and time to discover yourself and your nature in a unique dimension. It helps you to become aware and effectively use the tools to heal yourself.

This retreat is designed to be beneficial to everyone. Neither do you need to have a background in yoga to participate nor is there any restriction on age. You do not need the flexibility or strength to do this retreat. It is ideal for anyone looking to recharge their battery, take a break from the stress of daily life, and learn more about yourself. The only requirement is a keen interest in learning and a determination to work on your body and mind.

Daily schedule

  • 06:30 Morning bell
  • 07:00 - 08:15 Hatha yoga
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Pranayama
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 13:30 Excursion
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:30 Free time
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Discussion group (writing assignment or topic of the day)
  • 16:45 - 18:00 Yin yoga
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Meditation
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Satsang

Included excursions

During this retreat, you will be enjoying some of the trips as below:

  • Beatles ashram
  • Cave visit
  • Famous Parthmarth Niketan Aarti
  • Himalayan sunrise
  • Temple and village visit
  • Waterfall trekking
  • White river rafting

Instructors

Yogacharya Dhirendra Bisht

Amit Payal

Yogacharya Mandeep Ji

Ella Amato

Retreat location

The school is situated in the heart of Rishikesh, next to the famous hanging bridge and the holy Ganga (the holy river). The school is peaceful and surrounded by beautiful green mountains. Everything is close by the school such as shops, cafes, restaurants, ATMs, healthcare, organic stores.

Food

Daily freshly made vegetarian meals are included in the price. The food is fully prepared hygienically and the vegetables are organic. Rishikesh Yogkulam food is well known all around the world for its taste and verities. When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need - Ayurvedic proverb. Many people wonder if it is enough just to practice yoga. In itself, practicing yoga is not just a healthy life but at Rishikesh Yogkulam, they believe that it is also a way of living. But when complemented with healthy food habits, it can really create wonders.

In fact, eating the right food is an essential part of living a yogic life. What you eat not only influences your physical well being but also your emotions and thoughts. Yoga does not dissect food into proteins, carbohydrates, or fats, instead, it classifies them according to the effect they have on the body and mind into three types - Satva, Rajas, and Tamas. Tamasic food is the kind of food that makes you lethargic or sluggish while Rajasic food is that which brings about activity or restlessness. Whereas, Sattvic food is the kind that makes you feel light, energetic, and enthusiastic.

Sattvic foods are those which purify the body and calm the mind. They stimulate the body and mind into action. Cooked food that is consumed within three to four hours can be considered Sattvic. Menus at the center are created by their master chef, Sandeep Semwal, who had worked with some of the best five-star hotels around the world and carries great knowledge about the Sattvic diet. Along with this, he focuses on hygiene practices at the institution to ensure the food is safe and carries great nutritional values which is much needed for a healthy life.

Not just the right kind of food is important, it is vital to eat the proper quantity of food at the right time. Overindulging leads to lethargy while under eating will not provide enough nourishment. Most of the time you know that your stomach is full but tempted by the taste buds, you tend to indulge. The right amount of food cannot be quantified into cups or grams. When you listen to your body attentively, you will know when exactly to stop. You might eat the right kind of food in the right quantity but if you are irregular with your timings, the whole system goes for a toss and the natural rhythm of the body is hampered.

Therefore, it is of prime importance to eat food at the same time every day and eat it at regular intervals. It is said that the state of the mind of the person cooking or eating also affects the food. The energy in the food cooked by someone while he or she was angry will definitely be lower than that of someone who cooked it with a feeling of love, contentment, and gratitude.

Listening to some soothing music or chanting while cooking and eating can help retain the prana (life force energy) in the food. It is definitely worthwhile to pay some attention to the food that you eat as the ancient Indian texts say that you are what you eat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • 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)

Below are some of the amazing things to do in Rishikesh. These activities are not included in the package but Rishikesh yoga teacher training center can arrange upon request.

  • Attend Ganga Arti
  • Enjoy kayaking
  • Experience the traditional Indian culture
  • Experience rappelling and rock climbing
  • Join camping and bonfire
  • Learn cliff jumping
  • Relax with Ayurvedic massage and therapies
  • Take part in parasailing and paragliding
  • Try bungee jumping
  • Try mountain biking
  • Watch flying fox

What's included

  • 2 yoga classes daily (one morning, one evening)
  • Daily pranayama class (breath awareness practice)
  • Daily mantra recitations and relaxations
  • Daily meditation class (active and passive meditations)
  • Daily outdoor excursions (caves, temples, waterfalls, or local mountain villages)
  • Daily discussion group and journaling sessions
  • Daily evening Satsang (yogic philosophy and lifestyle)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 organic vegetarian or vegan delicious meals per day, plus morning herbal tea
  • Pick up from Jolly Grant Airport (DED)
  • Filtered water
  • Use of campus facilities such as free Wi-Fi
  • School notebook and pen
  • 1 mala (Indian mantra necklace)
  • Yogic cleansing kit

What's not included

  • Flight tickets
  • Visa
  • Drop off from the school to the airport
  • Private accommodation (100 USD additional)
  • Air-conditioner (50 USD additional)
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) or Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Transfer from and to Jolly Grant Airport (DED) is included. Rishikesh Yogkulam will pick you up from the airport. From Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), you can take a domestic flight to Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Upon your arrival, there is a complimentary taxi waiting for you, which will bring you from the airport to the yoga school at Laxman Jhula.

Arrival by bus

From Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), you can get a taxi to bring you to Delhi ISBT bus station. From there, you can find many governments and private means of transportation to bring you to Rishikesh. Once you arrive at Rishikesh bus station, your complimentary pick up will be waiting for you to bring you to the yoga school at Laxman Jhula.

Arrival by train

The nearest railway station is the Haridwar train station. From there, you will find many buses, taxis, and other transportation services that will bring you to Rishikesh. If you want Rishikesh Yogkulam to help you arrange transportation from Haridwar, kindly let them know.

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer available: Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$55 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% 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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