3 Days Himalayan Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh, India

Meditation and Yoga Retreat India

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in India.

This yoga retreat by Yoga Vidya Mandiram Yoga School is a unique and powerful program to experience deep relaxation, healing, and transformation through both traditional and modern form of asana and pranayama practices, yoga Nidra, yogic cleansing processes, and many contemporary meditation practices. At the same time, the aspirants will have opportunity to explore the Himalayas shrines and temple.

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Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Daily mantra recitations and relaxation
  • Introductory study of Indian philosophies
  • Opportunity to explore the Himalayas shrines and temples
  • Daily pranayama and breath awareness practices
  • Exploring the holy town of Rishikesh
  • Daily vegetarian meals with snacks
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 25
Airport transfer available:
Dehradun Airport (US$15 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$75 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
10:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

The accommodation is facilitated with air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi connection. However, please note that Yoga Vidya Mandiram School provides the accommodation for a student who joins yoga classes. Any friends or relatives will not be included in the accommodation.

There are two room options available for this course: a single private room and double shared room. The rooms are equipped with double beds, air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi connection. All rooms are shared with the same gender. Mother and daughter, wife and husband can share their rooms. The bathrooms are equipped with hot showers and towels.

Program

Yoga Vidya Mandiram Yoga School is a registered yoga school centered in Rishikesh, India. The center is dedicated to restore, explore and impart the purest form of knowledge of yogic studies and its practices with their scientific verification. It intends to maintain the yogic teachings to their ancient and traditional purity as taught by the yogis of the Himalayan masters. Thus it is a bridge between pure and traditional form to contemporary format of teaching yoga.

Yoga is a science and art of living blissfully. Knowingly or unknowingly, you are continuously looking for the solution of body, mind, and soul issues. Yoga retreat at Yoga Vidya Mandiram provides a solid platform to explore the yogic spiritual roots in the Himalayas through yogic practices along with visiting shrines, temples, and ashrams.

Retreat curriculum

Yoga Vidya Mandiram guides its students of yoga to a journey of self discovery and inspires to practice yoga holistically; yoga for you is a process of integrating the body, breath, and the mind and focus is placed on other limbs of the practice beyond the physical yoga asanas.

  • Practice relaxation and preparation for yogic sleep
  • Introduction to the concept and practices of relaxation
  • Relaxation in daily life
  • Sequence of relaxation practices
  • Tension and relaxation exercises
  • Meditation
  • What is meditation and what is not
  • Meditation in daily life
  • Two to five minutes meditation
  • Yoga philosophy, life-style, and yoga ethics
  • Introduction to Indian philosophy
  • The yoga sutras of Patanjali
  • Ashtanga yoga, Yama, Niyam, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi

Typical daily schedule

  • 05:00 Wake up
  • 06:00 Karma yoga and mantra chanting
  • 06:15 Shat kriyas and pranayama practices
  • 07:00 Warm-up exercises, joints, and glands following Hatha yoga asanas
  • 08:30 Breakfast and free time
  • 10:00 Yoga philosophy
  • 11:15 Yoga anatomy and physiology workshops
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 Teaching methodology / ayurveda / practice teaching
  • 16:00 Tea break
  • 16:15 Ashtanga Vinyasa sessions
  • 18:30 Dinner and free time
  • 19:30 Guest lectures / satsanga / meditation / audios and videos / self-study / inner dialogue
  • 21:00 Sleep

It is advised that you arrive at the yoga school one day before the course starts.

Included excursions

You will explore the holy town of Rishikesh situated on the river Ganges and you will also go on a tour to visit Himalaya's shrines and temples including Kunjapuri Himalayan Temple, Vasishtha Cave and experience trekking to Neergaddu Waterfall.

Instructors

Acharya Jagjeet Singh
Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Yoga)
Yogi Acharya Jagjeet is a saintly personality by birth. He was blessed to have taken birth in a spiritual family. He has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 11 years. He feels fortunate to have Acharya Karamveerji (Swami Ramadeva’s guru brother) as his yoga guru. Even after acquiring skills in yogic therapies and doing meditation in the Himalayas, he had an urge to go deeper, in order to gain more awareness of yoga therapies; as a result, he opted to learn and work enthusiastically on Shatkarma.
Swami Omkarananda
Swami Omkarananda grew up around the great lady saint of India, Ma Anandamayi. He studied and lived with six enlightened masters: Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Chidananda Saraswati, Dalai Lama, Lung Chu, and the master of masters, Kalyan Babaji of Himalayas. Academically, Swami Omkarananda holds a degree in Electronic Engineering, along with five master's degrees and a Ph.D. in Metaphysics. A seeker of truth with an engineering background, Swamiji correlates science with ancient wisdom to create and inspire applied spirituality and transformation in everyday lives.
Swami Atma Jnanananda
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Yoga)
Swami Atma Jnanananda Giri is a sadhaka from Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh, who by profession is a homeopathic doctor. He learned meditation techniques from his guide and teacher, Swami Veda Bharatiji. Now, he delivers his lectures and classes on meditation, mantra chanting, Nidra yoga, and philosophical texts such as Bhagavad-gita and Patanjali Yoga-sutras. According to Swami Atma, 'finding happiness and peace within oneself is the greatest achievement in life'.
Onit Kumar
Onit Kumar is a well qualified and experienced instructor of Hatha yoga. He is regarded as one of the very inspiring Hatha yoga teachers in Rishikesh. He has in-depth knowledge and has been practicing yoga therapy, marma therapy, alternative therapy, Hatha yoga, and yoga philosophy. He owes this to his yoga practice and the blessings of all the masters he learned from. He is also specialized in teaching physical, breathing and mental training techniques to students of different sex and age from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Retreat location

This yoga and meditation retreat will be held at Yoga Vidya Mandiram Yoga School, Rishikesh, India. The yoga school is located in the heart of the sacred township of Rishikesh, on the bank of the holy river Ganges and at the foothills of the Himalayas, the abode of yogis. The school is in a wonderful magical place, only a short walk from the main town and the bank of the river, and it is the perfect location for your activities.

Nearby places

  • Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport (DED), 15 kilometers

Unique features

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Concierge desk
  • River
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Room cleaning

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During this yoga training, you will be served daily three delicious and healthy vegetarian meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinners. Filtered water, herbal tea, and snacks are also available. The menu is creative and balanced with proteins so you feel full and satisfied. If you are planning to have fast in any day, please inform Yoga Vidya Mandiram for avoiding food waste.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • 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)

  • Shopping
  • Mountain hiking

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Filtered water, herbal tea, and snacks
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation practice
  • Daily pranayama and breath awareness practice
  • Daily mantra recitations
  • Wi-Fi connection
  • Free use of yoga tools during the course
  • Local sightseeing exploration
  • Neti pot and sutra neti
  • Participation certification from Yoga Vidya Mandiram

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional meals and activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Air conditioned room charge

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), from where you can take a domestic flight to Jolly Grant Airport Dheradun (DED). Another option is to book your flight directly to arrive at Jolly Grant Airport (DED).

Arrival by taxi

Taxis are always available anywhere in India. The drive from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to Rishikesh will take around six hours depending on traffic conditions.

Arrival by bus

Buses to Rishikesh leave New Delhi from the Kashmiri Gate national bus stand approximately every hour. The bus ride takes about eight hours and costs around 450 INR for air conditioned buses and 250 INR for buses without air conditioning.

Arrival by train

The best option is to reach Haridwar train station, about 45 minutes away from Rishikesh, by road on a driven taxi or the so called tuktuks. From Delhi, the train ride takes approximately eight hours, depending on the train. Haridwar is serviced by many trains from and to Delhi, Varanasi, Rajasthan, Amritsar, and many others.

Airport: Dehradun Airport Airport transfer available: Dehradun Airport (US$15 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer available: Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$75 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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