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7 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in India

  • OM Blessed Cottage, Badrinath Road, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Overview

Spiritual Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh

Most of the diseases today are due to the excess stress, poor concentrations, unhealthy food habits, lack of exercise, and improper breathing practice. This yoga retreat is a wonderful journey for detoxifying your mind and cleansing your body. Treat your body and soul with yoga, massages, and vegetarian food near the Ganges, the gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas and yoga capital of the world.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Meditation sessions
  • Yogic cleansing practices
  • Introduction to various form of yoga
  • Daily nutritious vegetarian meals
  • Himalayan sightseeing trip
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 1 Ayurvedic massage

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 20.

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Full care is taken to amalgamate luxury with tradition at Vyasa Yoga Peeth. The rooms were built in ashram style equipped with Wi-Fi which is on daily and all basic and modern amenities are allotted to the students. Both private as well as double rooms with attached washrooms are available. Sharing the purest location, the accommodation is situated amid lush green surroundings.

Pyramid bungalows

Vyasa Yoga Peeth has very limited pyramid type bungalows which are nicely furnished with modern facilities in it. It is said that pyramid power is a supernatural. It has the power to receive cosmic energy and the rooms remain always fresh and natural. To live here is to feel calm and improve health function.

Standard rooms

All standard rooms are in the new building blocks with beautiful and peaceful environment as well as a nice garden view. All rooms are bright, fresh, clean, big, comfortable, and well-furnished. It is open which features mountain views. Each rooms has a bathroom with shower, basin, and western toilet. There are also writing and coffee tables.

Vyasa Yoga Peeth provides private rooms with attached bathrooms and free internet (Wi-Fi). The yoga school has wide area space for gardens, a cafeteria, and Wi-Fi facilities. It is surrounded by huge Himalayan mountains and lush green valley in the foot hills of Himalayas in Laxman Jula, Rishikesh. A place of calm, students can immerse themselves in beauty and silence while offering to their mind a rich source for inspiration

The special yogic diet will allow you to cleanse the toxins from your body while getting the proper nutrition that your body needs. You will leave the program with a renewed sense of self and a clearer mind. You will learn the basics of yoga during this retreat and it is Vyasa Yoga Peeth's hope that you will continue your own personal practice and bring the teaching of yoga home with you into your everyday life.

The special yogic diet will allow you to cleanse the toxins from your body while getting the proper nutrition that your body needs. You will leave the program with a renewed sense of self and a clearer mind.

This retreat is also good for anyone who is considering becoming a yoga teacher, as you will be exposed to the yoga lifestyle and be able to see if it is a career path you may want to pursue.

Curriculum

Ashtanga Vinyasa primary series

Classical Hatha yoga

Pranayama or yogic breathing practices

  • Nadisodhanam
  • Kapal bhati
  • Bhramari
  • Yogic breathing
  • Ujjayi breathing

Yogic cleansing practices

  • Jala Neti
  • Catheter

Meditation

  • Mantra meditation
  • So ham meditation
  • Chakra meditation

Yoga philosophy

  • Introduction to yoga sutra
  • Introduction to Indian philosophy
  • Introduction to Ashtanga yoga
  • The pain body
  • Yoga anatomy
  • Muscular system and yogic effect on it
  • Skeletal system and yogic effect on it
  • Digestive system and yogic effect on it

You will have a Himalayan sightseeing trip during this retreat.

  • Tuna Khatua

    Founder of Vyasa Yoga Peeth, Tuna Khatua, is one of the renowned yogis in Rishikesh who have spent their life in this field. A strong believer of Ayurveda and its form, he has been preaching and practicing the same ever since he entered this field.

  • Swami Nityananda Giri

    A child prodigy, Swami Ji was a compassionate soul since his birth. With a Ph D in Cytogenetic, he has been teaching at many pioneer institutes but his love for Kriya yoga to which he was introduced in 1994, led him to deeper aspects of this science. An author of the well proclaimed book, Kriya Yoga - The science of life force, Swami Ji teaches students of Vyasa Yoga Peeth to give initiation to Kriya yoga. Due to his immense busy schedule, it is advised that his presence be confirmed before arriving.

  • Yogiji Yogendra Mishra

    Yogendra Mishra, commonly known as Yogiji, is a very experienced yoga and meditation master. He is mostly teaching in America, Germany, Russia, Japan, and Canada. Yogiji has been a yoga teacher for more than 36 years. He has also taken part in several yoga research projects determining the association of mental-physical well being and yoga.

  • Swami Omkaranada

    Believing in sharing his knowledge and with a view to serve humanity, Acharya Ravindra Singh started his yogic journey. On learning the special techniques of Iyengar yoga and Hatha yoga, he is now one of the finest faculties available at the ashram. On gaining experience under many yogis and learned gurus, he is now teaching at Vyasa Yoga Peeth.

  • Brahamchari Siddhanta

    Practicing the art form for more than a decade and a half, Brahamchari has been attached to the yogic kriyas since long. Departing from family life at a vulnerable age of 16, he has been guided into the field with a self motivated mindset. Joining Anandamurti Gurumaa at the age of 22, he has lived, taught, practiced, and learnt at her ashram for eight years.

  • Manual Fernandes

    Drinking from various ports, Manual Fernandes is not just a Ph D in the field but a Lama too. Living and working at Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreats (Drikung Kagyu order) in Pithoragarh and Almora, Kumaon Himalayas, he has learned spiritual ways like no other. After completing his retreat and learning process, he kept the ball rolling as he started to help them in their next retreat.

  • Dr. Usha Vaishnava

    Dr. Usha completed her Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) in 1997, which was internationally recognized. She studied Ayurveda and herbal medicine at the famous 150-year-old Gurukul Kangri in Kanpur (renamed Kanpur University in 1966).

Rishikesh is the yoga capital of the world and Vyasa Yoga Peeth stands erect close to the Laxman Jula near the Ganges River. The lush green surroundings and rushing river possess the capability to purify and heal your soul completely.

Nearby places

  • Delhi - 250 kilometers
  • Haridwara - 30 kilometers
Activities
  • Cycling
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Swimming
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • CafĂ© nearby
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • River
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Local market
  • Medical assistance
  • Tour assistance

Healthy and nutritious food will be served three times a day. The menu keeps on changing every day but the focus on health and nutrition is followed uninterruptedly. Food is prepared with the soul motive of serving health rather than taste (restaurants are easily available for latter choice). As a yoga student, Vyasa Yoga Peeth encourages that the food should be prepared with most natural methods.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

Around Rishikesh you can do the following:

  • Air safari
  • Beach volleyball
  • Bungee jumping
  • Camping
  • Cliff jumping
  • Flying fox
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Rappelling
  • River rafting
  • Rock climbing
  • Swing
  • Trekking
  • Waterfall trekking
  • Zip line
  • 1 Ayurvedic massage
  • 3 freshly prepared meals per day
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Course materials (course books and yoga cleansing material)
  • Himalayan sightseeing trip
  • Meditation sessions
  • Yoga classes
  • Yoga mat
  • Yoga teacher training certificate
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Ayurvedic treatments

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jolly Grant Airport (DED), the nearest airport from OM Blessed Cottage. You can also come to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to these airports are available upon request. Vyasa Yoga Peeth can arrange the airport transfers for 80 USD from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and for 20 USD Jolly Grant Airport (DED).

  • Review by Julia from Australia

    "My course was cancelled less than a week before it was due to start without a reason being given upfront other than "a small problem". I was told that my only option was to transfer to another school they had organized, no refund, no other alternative other than "change your flights". The new course dates didn't line up with the original course dates so I ended up missing a week of classes at the end and having to fork out additional expenses to wait around in Nepal for an extra week in the beginning waiting to start lessons. They didn't answer their phones when I tried to call. Their emails were in very basic, poor English which made trying to decipher what was actually going on very difficult. As an additional treat, I commented on a negative FB review for the school and someone from Vyasa Yoga Peeth then added me on Facebook and had a go at me via Facebook messenger. I'm not really sure if they don't care about their business or they are just a scam? One other girl at the new school had also been transferred from Vyasa Yoga Peeth. my assumption being that as they only had two enrollments they decided to pull the plug at the last minute. Not an ideal situation to be dealing with only via internet in Tibet en route to the course."

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  • Review by Jayne Mahoney from UK
    10 out of 10

    "Training at Vyassa yoga Peeth was an incredible journey for me. It opened up my heart and mind to begin to understand the true meaning of yoga. There is so much more to this spiritual pathway then I could have ever imagined. Every single teacher there was so supportive and inspiring, helping us every single step of the way. We got to experience the local culture, meditate by the Ganges and be immersed into the world of yoga. I would recommend this course to anyone who is thinking about beginning or continuing their own journey. Thank you Vyassa yoga Peeth I will always treasure the time I spent training at your school and I definetley plan to return in the future. Namaste"

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  • Review by Yves Gaillard from France
    10 out of 10

    "A great 7 days crafted program for 2 yoga and meditation beginners. We are yoga and meditation beginners and we wanted a 7 days program to improve our practices."

    "We were eally happy with the full program crafted for us : we had a teacher for pranayama/breathing, a teacher for hatha yoga, a teacher for philosophy and a teacher for meditation. "

    "We enjoyed the teachings of everyone. Every teacher was really dedicated to us and we learnt everything that was possible in a week, so that we could practice and improve back home. The room were fine, cleaned very often and we had AC at night! "Always smiling" Tuna, the manager of the school, was always here to make sure our teachings went well and even welcomed us at his home to enjoy a great meal with the other students and the teachers!"

    "We also had the surprise to visit Vasistha cave and to assist a fire ceremony with a swami and other students. We fully enjoyed each day spent and we would be glad to be back to enjoy the teachings and of course Tuna's smile and humor!"

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  • Review by Mark Bucher from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I attended the 15 days yoga course at Vedic meditation yoga school and found it very helpful. It was advanced course and covered almost all aspects of yoga. I found the teachers very helpful, the food was good, and the accommodation was awesome. They also offered certificate after I completed the course in two weeks. "

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  • Review by Allen Harris from Vegas, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Frankly speaking the course offered by the center is one of the best and believe me they taught almost everything in just two weeks. The 15-day advanced course was economical too."

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  • Review by Mobilio Florence from Essex, England
    10 out of 10

    "Loved the teaching style of teachers at the Vyasa Yoga Peeth. I learned yoga for 75 hours there. I found the course is doing benefits to my life. It is now helping me staying fit and disciplined. I loved their food too. It was really different and wonderful. The teachers were very friendly and accommodation was good too with attached bath. As a whole I also liked Rishikesh very much. It is a beautiful place in India. People should visit it at least once in a lifetime."

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  • Review by Mariam from Florida, USA
    10 out of 10

    "In summer time I took yoga training classes at Vyasa Yoga Peeth. The center is in Rishikesh and their teaching was wonderful. I liked the place very much. It is located amid beautiful place on the hills and beside a river. The teachers were really very experienced and very good. They were perfect in teaching and very caring too. They paid attention to every student to make sure the yoga practices were done correctly. I liked their accommodation too. The food was awesome. Herbal tea was really great. The co-learners were helpful too, though no one from my region enrolled in the particular session. However, I met learners from Colorado, Caribbean, Poland and more. Would love to go there again and learn advanced courses."

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  • Review by Mark Francis from Spain
    10 out of 10

    "I was really excited to learn yoga from Vyasa Yoga Peeth after learning about the center from a friend of mine. I opted for the 300-hour course and found it too much helpful. The teaching staff who guided us to practice yoga correctly were very helpful. I opted for the accommodation provided by the center and found it okay. It had attached bath. Food offered here were also good."

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  • Review by Fahnem J. from New Delhi, India
    10 out of 10

    "I can truly say that I valued my experienced learning yoga with Vyasa Yoga Peeth. All the teachers are very experienced and interesting. They have a broad knowledge of the subjects as well as the experience that they could share with the students for the course. It is a complete mental, physical and spiritual journey. Well done and I definitely will come back to sought for more knowledge."

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  • Review by Kat Herbert from North Carolina, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I have recently completed the 200-hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh. My overall experience has been a fantastic one that I will never forget.The teachers are all very well educated and knowledgeable in a variety of areas. Each class has been very informative and I feel like I have gained a lot of important and necessary information to start practicing as a beginners yoga teacher.The accommodation was excellent; a private room with a private bathroom is exactly what I needed here in India. All the staff are very friendly and helpful at the hotel and they make you feel welcomed.All meals were provided and were very good. Each day was more or less the same food but if you want to eat out its very easy to find a restaurant close by. I would highly recommend this school and I am looking forward to study with Tuna Khatua again in the future.If you want to have a real yoga and Indian culture experience, this is the school to come to.Thank you for everything, my Indian experience has been wonderful because of all of you at Vyasa Yoga Peeth."

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  • Review by Omnia from Texas, USA
    10 out of 10

    "The 200-hour yoga teacher training had been a really good experience. I learnt a lot of different things. It is an interesting course, because they dont teach just practice, they teach you much more. I didnt know anything about the philosophy of yoga and now I think is the most important. The Teachers are great, each of them. They had been our family in those days. I have to do a special mention about Tuna ji - he is now more than a teacher, he is a good friend. He has shown us about Indian culture. We had a really fun time. I am very happy with everything. The food is very good but they did not change the menu frequently ."

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  • Review by Rossy Ji from Bogota, Colombia
    10 out of 10

    "After 4 weeks doing the 200-hour yoga teacher training I feel so happy because I have had the opportunity to do this course in this magic place, which is Rishikesh. I could meet with wonderful people, lovely classmates and really nice teachers. I have learned a lot of things about yoga. Furthermore, I have had very good experiences outside the school too."

    "I am so grateful to my special teacher, Tuna ji. He has been more than a teacher, now I can feel that he is a great friend of us."

    "All the staff has been very helpful in every moment when I needed of them. The food was very good at first, but after one week I started to feel very bored because it was always the same."

    "In conclusion, it has been a wonderful experience and I recommend it to everyone because I have enjoyed it a lot and I have learnt so many things that are very important for life."

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Rishikesh, India

Vyasa Yoga Peeth is a Yoga Alliance registered international yoga school in Rishikesh, the capital city of yoga in India.

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