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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.
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.
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.
During this retreat, you will be enjoying some of the trips as below:
Yogacharya Dhirendra Bisht is one of the co-founders of Rishikesh Yogkulam and is a master of teaching yoga teacher courses, retreats, and allied techniques. Dhirendra was born in the lap of Mother Ganga and grown up in the shadows of Bhoothnath Shiva Temple amidst the forests of Himalayas. Dhirendra has spent many years in the field of yoga. He has been teaching a large group of students from around the globe, helping them on their journey to become learned and compassionate humans through the holistic study of yoga science.
Born and brought up in Rishikesh, popularly known as the world capital of yoga. Amit is a young yoga practitioner and a learned yoga guru. His first formal training was at Jay Ram Ashram, Rishikesh, where he did an in-depth study on subjects like Hatha yoga, yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology, yoga therapy, shathkarma, yogic diet, and nutrition, along with other aspects of art. Since then, Amit has dedicated himself to the path of yoga to gain proficiency in his work.
Mandeep Ji is one of the popular yogis in Rishikesh. with his 10 years of yoga practice and teaching mantra chanting, yoga philosophy, and meditation, he has become an expert trainer of yoga. He has also worked as an astrologer for nine years. Mandeep Ji’s heart and soul lies in music and he says that music is life for him. He has practiced yoga and spirituality in Rishikesh for 18 years. Mandeep Ji is a yoga guru who has given a valuable part of his life to yoga and the preaching of meditation, sound healing, and the practice of yoga philosophy.
Ella is specialized in Yin Yoga, meditation techniques (especially Buddhist and Osho), pranayama, and Reiki. Her classes are focused to release the blockages from the body, both mental and physical. In her cueing, you can find many anatomical as psychological and spiritual aspects. She always puts great emphasis on breathing and meditation, both before and after the practice. She also likes to add some mantra chanting and aromatherapy. Her motto is to embrace the discomfort and allow changes to happen.
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.
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.
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.
Jolly Grant Airport
Indira Gandhi International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$55 per person
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.
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.
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.
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