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Come and experience a rich, varied and holistic experience of yoga of yoga while enjoying the exotic surroundings that Rishikesh has to offer in this beginner yoga course. This is guaranteed to give you an ideal experience of what India is like.
Shiva Yoga Valley yoga ashram in Rishikesh, India offers a 10 days yoga course for beginners. Its a perfect opportunity to establish a strong foundation, deepen your practice, or experience yoga for the first time, with a group of like-minded people. Shiva Yoga Valley yoga ashram invites you to explore your inner potential by practicing yoga in a disciplined manner under the guidance of yogis in an environment which will develop a sense of your own space and help lead you to the essence of your soul. This yoga beginners course is designed for those who have already been practicing yoga, as well as for those who just started or who would like to start, and who are perhaps missing the feeling of spiritual growth or feeling centered within the self.
The aim of this course is to give an authentic understanding of yoga so the student can build a strong foundation for him/herself by understanding the main aspects of yoga teaching, how to use different tools of yoga principles properly to gain maximum benefits and enhance the yogic journey in life.
Some of the classes of the beginners course are held in conjunction with our yoga teacher training and graduate program. This course provides a perfect opportunity to expand your yoga practice in a relaxed and tranquil environment. If a beginners course student would like to take his practice forward, and go deeper to get more experience, he could join the yoga teacher training course (200, 300 or 500 hours).
The yoga festivals in Rishikesh are one of the most popular in the country of India. Lectures and yoga lessons are conducted by experts in this field during which yoga teachers from different parts of the country participate and many people come from different parts of the country to attend this. Attending satsangs and meditation sessions also form a major part of the yoga festival in the city of Rishikesh.Ganga Aarti is another religious ceremony celebrated during the yoga festival in Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is located in the northern part of Uttarakhand. Rishikesh has been the center of spiritual and religious activities since ancient times. This place situated on the right bank of the river Ganga is surrounded on all sides by beautiful hills. Rishikesh is the gateway for pilgrimage to Badrinath and Kedarnath.Rishikesh is also referred as the yoga capital of the world and it houses a number of ashrams offering yoga and meditation courses. This famous pilgrimage spot is also noted for its traditional and cultural performances, exotic cuisine and many other enriching unique factors which fascinates the tourists coming here giving them a wonderful experience. Its serene and holy atmosphere inspires the pilgrims with pious thoughts. It is around Rishikesh where sages, seers or the rishis and munis in ancient times practiced severe penance and meditation. Rishikesh is also an interesting places for those who adventure as passion for in recent times, it is developing as a place of adventure tourism like white water rafting.
With Shiva Yoga Valley Ashrams teaching team on site, you can be assured of a rich, varied and holistic experience of yoga while at the same time enjoying the exotic surroundings that Rishikesh has to offer - the holy Ganga river, rice fields, temples and local markets. It is the ideal place to adjust to the Indian way of life and the perfect launch pad for travelling around Rishikesh or the Himalayas after the retreat, if your schedule permits it.
The ashram is ideally situated in a stunningly beautiful, quiet and peaceful environment, whilst still being within walking distance of the center of Rishikesh.
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Delicious, vegetarian, sattvic meals made with natural foods (local fresh vegetables, pulses, salads, fruits, fresh buffalo milk, herbal teas etc.) will be served for daily breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This is a well-known bathing ghat on the bank of the Ganga in the city of Rishikesh. In the evening, devotees sing song in adoration to the Gnaga and float in the river with hands full of flowers with lighted eastern lamps. This presents a very enchanting scene of the tourists and devotees. According to the legend, in ancient times, this place was the confluence of three mountain streams and it came to be known as Triveni Ghat.
It is close to Triveni Ghat, a grand temple of Lord Vishnu. As it was the place of penance of God Ram's younger brother Bharat, it came to be known as Bharat temple. The presiding deity of this temple is Lored Narayana and inscriptions say that this temple was renovated by Shankaracharya, the great theologian of the 8th century.
This Jhula is built over Ganga en-route from Rishikesh to Devprayag, at a distance of 4 kilometers from Rishikesh. This bridge connects the borders of the areas of Tehri and Pauri. The legend is that Ram Chandraji's younger brother Lakshman performed penance here. After his name this hanging bridge came to be known as Lakshman Jhoola. A grand temple of Lakshman is situated in the vicinity of the bridge. There are many temples nearby which are worth seeing. It is made over river Ganges to cross the river and is a landmark of Rishikesh. A similar bridge near Lakshman Jhula is Ram Jhula It is said that Lakshman crossed Ganges on jute ropes between the place where this bridge is built.
There is also another suspension bridge across the Ganga, which is known as Ram or Sivananda Jhula. Ram Jhula is located 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) north of Rishikesh at Muni Ki Reti. There are some of the Hindu ashrams and religious centers like "The Gita Bhawan", and "Swarg Ashram" located here. It is also a connecting bridge between Swargadham, Gita Bhawan and other temples with Sivananda ashram. Though similar in design, this bridge is bigger than Lakshman Jhula. This bridge constructed with the span of 450 feet (140 m) and above 59 feet (18 m) from summer water level.
This place is 12 kilometers away from Rishikesh on foot but by road it is at a distance of 38 kilometers. The legend is that after taking poison found as a result of churning of the ocean, God Shankar's throat turned blue and that is why the God Neelkanth was installed here. The devotees visit this place throughout the year but during the whole month of Shravan the temple is thronged by tourist and devotees.
Crossing Lakshman Jhula, the main temple you will see is Kailash Niketan temple. It is a 13-storey structure slightly different from regular temples. The temple has sculptures of all the gods and goddesses.
This temple of Goddess Durga is situated on a hill at a distance of 25 kilometers. On foot it is 5 kilometers away from Narendranagar township and at a distance 3 kilometers from the Hindolakhal bus stand. There is a road for jeep and taxi to reach the temple from this place. Panoramic views of the Rishikesh valley and the snow clad Himalayan peaks can be seen.
The Rajaji national park sprawls over an area of 820.42 sq. km along the foothills of Shivalik ranges. The Rajaji national park was established in the year 1983 by amalgamating three wildlife sanctuaries namely Rajaji, Motichur and Chilla. The Rajaji national park is rich in fossils, which include both its flora and fauna thus giving a lot of opportunities to wildlife and nature lovers.
People coming here apart from pilgrimage can also indulge in activities like trekking, rafting and yoga. Yoga is primarily a philosophical science, born out of man's need to fathom the meaning of existence. Patanjali, the father of yoga, states in the second sutra "Yoga is the cessation of consciousness." The ultimate aim of yoga is self-evolution. In ancient times, when people lived the yogic way, good health was the natural result of their lifestyle. But, as health deteriorated with man's changing values, yoga gained ground in its use as therapy. Rishikesh, being the yoga capital of the country there are number of yoga centers teaching yoga. All most all the tourist coming here benefit by these yoga training centers.
It is quite interesting to shop in Rishikesh for its uniqueness. Rishikesh is noted for its Shekhawati paintings and miniatures, which are available in the "Open Air Art Gallery. The other items in the shopping list includes carved wooden furniture, semi-precious stones, astrological stones, Ayurvedic medicine, medicinal plants, woolens, and junk jewelery. Some of the few reliable shops in Rishikesh are government approved handloom shop, khadi bhandar, Garhwal wool and craft shop.
To commute within Rishikesh there are tongas, taxis and rickshaws available. Whereas from other cities and states buses are operated by state transport corporations and private operators (deluxe, semi deluxe coaches) are available for Rishikesh. Apart from that one can also hire private vehicles to get there.