Come and join this retreat that includes twice daily group yoga sessions and one daily meditation session for all guests. For you who would like to delve deeper into the ancient spiritual tradition of yoga, this yoga Nidra retreat is structured carefully to allow you to experience not just the physical aspects of yoga but also yoga, various yogic kriyas, and yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) besides some rejuvenating massages, community service, and much more!
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.
This one-week intensive retreat aims to guide you to establish a harmonious lifestyle for yourself and be able to share your experiences with others for the better life.
The practice of Yoga nidra has been secret and imparted to those few yogis who have mastered their sleep. In Indian Mythology, there occurs a unique concept of sleep. You often find even the trinity of the universe lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva under the domination of sleep. Nidra is viewed in ancient Indian culture as a Goddess. Texts describe yoga Nidra as a manifestation of transcendental reality whom is called Maha-maya, Tripura-sundari, etc.
The course will explore the concept of yoga Nidra in details at theoretical and practical levels. This is designed assist students of yoga to understand and experience the deeper layers of their personality. The course mainly includes breathing practices, tension, and relaxation practices of yoga Nidra. You will be guided through a very basic level of yoga Nidra practice and to the advance practices of yoga Nidra as well.
Apart from the yoga Nidra sessions, students will have sessions on pranayama (understanding and regulating of your breath), Pratyahara (internalisation of sensory inputs), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) processes drawn from the Patanjali Yoga Sutras - ancient yogic doctrine that aims to integrate your body, mind, heart, and souls for complete living.
Note: It is advised that you arrive at the yoga school one day before the course starts.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
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.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200
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'.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500
Yogacharya Sandeep Pandey was born in a traditional Brahamna Family and was sent to Gurukul at the age of 8. At the Gurukul he studied the Yajurveda and mastered all the 16 Samskaras along with Yogasana, Pranayama, Shat Kriyas etc. He participated in many National level Yoga championship in India and won prizes. However, his quest for knowing the inner self through yoga lead him to Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama where under the direct guidance of H.H. Swami Veda Bharati, he studied and practiced the deeper and subtler aspect of Raja Yoga.
Yoga Alliance RYT 500
Yogacharya Lalitji is a qualified experienced Hatha-Yoga and Pranayama instructor at Yoga Vidya Mandiram. He was born in the spiritual family in Yamuna Nagar, Haryana. He began his yoga journey in the lap of the Himalayan yogi Swami Veda Bharatiji who initiated him into the path of Yoga and Meditation. In his academic education, he holds his E-RYT 200 and 500 RYT from Yoga Alliance, USA. He brings sincere love for students in his classes he holds. He sees yoga a way of inspiring lives and a meaning of discovering one’s self. He keeps looking for new opportunities to enhance his knowledge.
Priya Poojaji is a qualified experienced yoga anatomy and physiology instructor at Yoga Vidya Mandiram. She was born in the spiritual family of Swami Rama of the Himalayas. She began her yoga journey in the lap of the Himalayan yogis since her early age. Her spiritual master, Swami Veda Bharatiji initiated her into the path of Yoga and Meditation when she was 15 years old. Since then she has been untiredly dedicated herself to the learning of yogic knowledge and it’s different sciences, yoga anatomy and physiology. She holds her E-RYT 200 and 500 RYT from Yoga Alliance, USA.
This yoga 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. It is the perfect location for your activities.
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During this yoga training, you will be served with three daily delicious and healthy vegetarian meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 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.
Mountain hiking, walking, or trekking
Riding boat in the Ganges
Visit nearby temples and shrines
Transfer available for additional US$15 per person
Indira Gandhi International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$75 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
Yoga Vidya Mandiram can pick you up if you send your flight details in advance. From the airport, you can take a domestic flight to Dehradun Airport (DED). Another option is to book your flight directly to arrive at Dehradun Airport (DED).
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.
The best option is to reach Haridwar Junction railway station, which is about 45 minutes away from Rishikesh, is 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.
Taxis are always available anywhere in India. The drive from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to Rishikesh will take around six hours depending on the traffic conditions.
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