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Pranayama & Yoga Retreat in India

The Breath and Pranayama Retreat at Yoga Vidya Mandiram in Rishikesh, India centre is held over a duration of 7 days and 6 nights. While this retreat explores the practices of pranayama as the highlight of the program, the curriculum also integrates yoga asana, relaxation and meditation practices on a daily basis to bring balance into students’ practice. For asana practices, our school focus on Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga styles of asana.

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Sandeep, Dr. Sumit, & Subhash
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  • Daily yoga asanas classes
  • Karma-yoga and daily mantra recitations
  • Daily shat-kryiya and pranayama practices followed by pranayama theory
  • An excursion on a rest day at the foot of the Himalayas (nearby Rishikesh)
  • Daily guided instructions into relaxation and meditation practices
  • Three daily healthy nutritious vegetarian meals
  • 6 nights' non-AC accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer available:
Jolly Grant Airport (US$15 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$75 per person)
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  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

The accommodation is facilitated with Wi-Fi connection and with air-conditioning available on request (at additional charges). However, please note that Yoga Vidya Mandiram School reserves accommodation for participating students who booked for yoga courses. Any friends or relatives will not be included in the accommodation.

There are two room options available for this course: a private single room and shared twin room. The rooms are provided with towel, basic toiletry set, bed sheets and Wi-Fi connection. All rooms are shared with the same gender, unless students arrive as a family or friends. There is an attached bathroom in each room with hot shower.



The course/hours count as Continuing Education hours for Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®) only.

This retreat is suitable for those who

  • Are either fresh beginners or beginners with basic knowledge of yoga
  • Wants a short break from a busy and fast lifestyle to refresh and balance the body and mind
  • Are interested in learning breathing and pranayama techniques to practice in daily life
  • Are looking for a balanced lifestyle through yogic wisdom, science, and practices
  • Are yoga teachers who want further guidance or deepen their pranayama practices
  • Are registered RYT and wants to collect Continuing Education (CE) training hours

The 7 days Breath and Pranayama Retreat at Yoga Vidya Mandiram in Rishikesh, India center is held over a duration of 7 days and 6 nights. While this retreat explores the practices of pranayama as the highlight of the program, the curriculum also integrates yoga asana, relaxation, and meditation practices on a daily basis to bring balance into students’ practice. For asana practices, the school focus on Hatha yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga styles of asana.

Students will go through 6 days of training with 1 rest day per week. On this rest day, the school organizes a half-day excursion for students that may involve visits to one of the sacred sites in Rishikesh. The rest day usually falls on a Sunday but may be shifted to a weekday to avoid tourists and traffic during high season in Rishikesh. The excursion would be a visit to either Vashishtha Cave or Kunjapuri Temple. The excursion may shift to a different destination in specific circumstances. Excursion organized by the school is inclusive in the course fee and the destination would be selected by the school.

Retreat curriculum

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

Breathing and pranayama practices

  • Establishment of diaphragmatic breath
  • 1:1, 1:2, and 1:4 breathing practices
  • Different practices of pranayama: nadi shodhana, ujjayee, kapalabhati, bhastrika, shitali, shikari, and brahmari
  • Benefits or pranayama practices

Satkarma or cleansing exercises

  • Jala-neti
  • Sutra-neti (Introduction)

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
  • Systematic relaxation exercises
  • 31 points relaxation exercise


  • What is meditation and what is not?
  • Meditation in daily life
  • Two to five minutes meditations
  • So-ham mediation
  • Meditation with sushumna breath

Mantra chanting

  • Intro to mantra science
  • Morning prayers and evening prayers
  • Suryanamaskara 12 mantras along with bija mantras

Hatha yoga and Ashtanga yoga asana

  • Meditative steps of performing the Hatha yoga: centering, entering, refining, holding, coming out, and reflection
  • Suryanamaskar (sun salutations)
  • Types of yoga asanas: standing, sitting, backward bending, forward bending, spinal twisting, fire series, inversion, Shavasana, and others
  • Yoga asanas benefits

Typical Daily Schedule

  • 05:00 Wake up!
  • 06:15 - 06:30 Mantra Chanting
  • 06:30 - 07:30 Session I - Shat-Kriya and Pranayama Practice
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Hatha Yoga (classical)
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast and Free Time
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Session II - Pranayama Theory and Practice
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Karma Yoga (Seva)
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Self-study / self-practice
  • 16:00 - 16:15 Tea break
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Relaxation (Yoga Nidra) and meditation practice
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Self-study / free time
  • 21:00 Go to sleep!

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

Included excursions

Excursion is half-day sightseeing on the rest day, usually on Sunday but may change depending on the weather or the time of the year to avoid traffic from the annual pilgrimage. The destination of the excursion is selected by the school and may be different each week.

Visit includes a selection of the below:

  • Kunjapuri Temple
  • Neer Gaddu Waterfall
  • Vashishtha Cave


Sandeep Pandey

Dr. Sumit Sharma

Subhash Petwal

Retreat location

This yoga teacher training will be held at Yoga Vidya Mandiram yoga school in Rishikesh, India. In nearby places, there is Dehradun Airport (DED) which is 15 kilometers from the center. 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. It is the perfect location for your activities.


  • Dehradun Airport (DED), 15 kilometers

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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You will be served three daily delicious and healthy vegetarian meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as Chai (Masala tea) for after tea time. Filtered water is always available. The menu is creative and balanced with proteins so you feel full and satisfied. If you are planning to have a fast or skip our meal, please inform Yoga Vidya Mandiram to avoid food waste.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

  • Hiking
  • Rafting
  • Safari tour
  • City sightseeing
  • Ayurvedic massage/treatment

What's included

  • 6 nights non-AC accommodation (AC available at additional cost)
  • Three vegetarian meals per day
  • Afternoon tea (Masala Chai)
  • Half-day excursion
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Yoga materials during class (i.e. yoga mat, block, belt, etc.)
  • Printed study handouts
  • Course certification

What's not included

  • Airport transfer (available at additional charges)
  • Travel expenses (i.e. airfare, train, bus, taxi, etc.)
  • Laundry services (available at additional charges)
  • Extra nights beyond course dates (available at additional charges)
  • Extra excursion not organized by school
  • Air conditioning / heater (available at additional charges)
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Other personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) is the nearest international airport, where you would most likely enter India from if you are travelling from outside of India. Transfer from and to this airport take 6-7 hours on average or longer with traffic and is available upon advance request.

From DEL airport, you can take a domestic 1-hr flight to Dehradun Airport (DED). Another option is to book your flight directly to arrive at Dehradun Airport (DED), if you are only travelling from within India.

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 Junction railway station, which is about 45 minutes away from Rishikesh, by road on a driven taxi or the so called tuktuks. From Delhi, the train ride takes approximately 8 hours, depending on the train. Haridwar is serviced by many trains from and to Delhi, Varanasi, Rajasthan, Amritsar, and many others.

Arrival by taxi

Taxis are always available anywhere in India. The drive from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to Rishikesh will take around 6-7 hours depending on the traffic conditions. The drive from Jolly Grant, Dehradun Airport (DED) to our school in Rishikesh takes around 35-35 minutes.

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer available: Jolly Grant 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 30% 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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