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7 Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh

Yoga Vidya Mandiram, Bhandari Swiss Cottage, Tapovan Bypass, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Invigorating Yoga Retreat India

Join this meditation and yoga retreat in Rishikesh, India! Yoga and meditation restore balance into your lives, resolve your inner conflicts, enables total excellence, and allows you to fulfill your potential to become complete human beings. Often misunderstood to be simply a set of physical exercises, yoga philosophy transcends all ritualistic religion and can be practiced by anyone.

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Sandeep, Archarya, Dr. Sumit, & 4 More…
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga asanas classes
  • Karma-yoga and daily mantra recitations
  • Daily shat-kriyas, breath, and pranayama practices
  • Daily guided instructions into relaxation and meditation practices
  • Introductory study of Indian philosophies including Sankhya and Vedanta
  • Visit nearby holy shrines and temples and tracking in the Himalayas
  • Healthy nutritious vegetarian meals
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 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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Accommodation

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

Facilities

  • 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 a shared twin room. The rooms are provided with a 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 a hot shower.

Program

Yoga posture classes at Yoga Vidya Mandiram yoga school are based on both classical Hatha yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. The teachers are unique, being steeped in ancient knowledge, and also trained in modern teaching methods. All classes are adapted for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Apart from the yoga asana classes, you can participate in sessions on pranayama (understanding and regulating your breath), Pratyahara (internalisation of sensory inputs), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) processes drawn from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - ancient yogic doctrine that aims to integrate your body, mind, heart, and souls for complete living.

Twice daily group yoga sessions and one daily meditation session are included in the stay for you. For you who would like to delve deeper into the ancient spiritual tradition of yoga, a yoga retreat is structured carefully to allow you to experience not just the physical aspects of yoga but also Karma yoga (selfless work), various yogic kriyas, and Nidra yoga (deep relaxation) besides some rejuvenating massages, community service, and more.

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 are placed on other limbs of the practice beyond the physical yoga asanas.

Mantra chanting

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

Hatha yoga asanas

  • 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

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, shitkari, and brahmari
  • Benefits or pranayama practices

Satkarma or cleansing exercises

  • Jala-neti
  • Sutra-neti

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

Meditation

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

Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and yoga ethics

  • Introduction to Indian philosophy
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Astanga-yoga: yama, niyam, asana, pranayam, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi
  • Yoga ethics: yamas and niyamas

Typical Daily Schedule

  • 05:00 Wake Up
  • 06:00-06:15 Karma yoga and mantra chanting
  • 06:15-07:00 Shat-kriyas and pranayama practices
  • 07:00-08:30 Warm-up exercises, joints, and glands following Hatha yoga asanas
  • 08:30-10:00 Breakfast and free time
  • 10:00-11:15 Yoga philosophy
  • 11:15-12:30 Yoga anatomy and physiology workshops
  • 13:00-14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30-15:45 Teaching methodology / Ayurveda / practice teaching
  • 16:00-16:15 Tea break
  • 16:15-18:00 Astanga Vinyasa sessions
  • 18:30-19:30 Dinner and free time
  • 19:30-20:30 Guest lectures / satsanga / meditation / audios and videos / self-study / inner dialogue
  • 21:00 Go to sleep

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

Included excursions

  • Trekking in the Himalayas
  • Visit nearby holy shrines and temples

Instructors

Sandeep Pandey

Archarya Chandramani

Dr. Sumit Sharma

Priya Pooja

Karamjit Singh

Piyush Saxena

Saurabh Mishra

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.

Distances

  • Dehradun Airport (DED), 15 kilometers

Unique features

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During this yoga training, you will be served with 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

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)

  • Community service
  • Massages treatments
  • Mountain hiking, walking, or trekking
  • Riding boat in the Ganges
  • Shopping
  • Trekking in the Himalayas
  • Visit nearby temples and shrines

What's included

  • Daily yoga asanas classes
  • Karma-yoga and daily mantra recitations
  • Daily shat-kriyas, breath, and pranayama practices
  • Daily guided instructions into relaxation and meditation practices
  • An introductory study of Indian philosophies including Sankhya and Vedanta
  • Participation certification from Yoga Vidya Mandiram
  • Free use of yoga tools during the course
  • Neti pot and sutra neti
  • Local sightseeing exploration
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Filtered water, herbal tea, and snacks
  • 6 nights' non-AC accommodation
  • Wi-Fi connection

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 the school
  • Air conditioner / heater (available at additional charges)
  • Travel & 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 traveling from outside of India. Transfer from and to this airport takes 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 traveling 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 tuk-tuks. 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 the 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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