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14 Days Meditation and Wellness Yoga Retreat in India

  • Sidhharth House, Shivam Marg, below Yongling school, McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh 176219, India

Overview

Wellness Yoga Retreats in Dharamsala, India

Dharamsala is a perfect place for yoga. It is located in a peaceful, serene and away from the sounds of traffic. On top floor with magnificent views of the surrounding Kangra Valley will be held morning meditation morning morning asana, philosophy, and anatomy classes. Students will aslo have an opportunity to breathe in the fresh mountain air and be really connected with the nature while attending afternoon asana classes which will be held outside of the terrace.

Objectives

Have you been having a difficult time finding meaning in your everyday life? Tired of your job, your environment, and the constant demands of your lifestyle? Always wanted to visit India, but thought it never to be possible due to lack of funds? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, than a yoga retreat at Chandra Yoga International is exactly what you need. Chandra Yoga International welcomes you to the sacred land of India, the source of health and wellness. For a phenomenal price, we offer a chance to escape the everyday and embark on a journey of self-discovery in a land filled with ancient wisdom and peace.

Highlights

  • Asana classes
  • Daily meditation session
  • Basic of yoga and philosophy classes
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 14 days accomodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 14 days with instruction
  • Hindi, Japanese, English
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Chandra Yoga International will be providing private rooms with en-suite bathrooms. There are also shared twin rooms available.

Many illnesses today are caused by increased stress, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and inability to breathe properly. Because of these conditions, along with other poor lifestyle choices, we have created a system of terrible health throughout much of the world. By incorporating a few lifestyle changes and ancient yoga techniques into your daily life, you will learn to improve your overall health physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Asana and philosophy classes

Through our mediation classes, you will learn to calm the worries of your mind, decreasing stress and increasing overall satisfaction with life. By participating in our asana classes (yoga postures flow) class, you will begin to feel a renewed sense of energy, more positive emotions, and increased overall health. Our philosophy classes will address those deep questions that have been plaguing your mind and help you to find your way into the answers you have been looking for.

Yoga and cleanse

Our 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 your retreat, and it is our hope that you will continue your own personal practice and bring the teaching of yoga home with you into your everyday life.

Objectives

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. Please contact us today for more information about our yoga retreats. We look forward to assisting you on your yoga journey.

  • Dr Sushil Yogi

    Dr. Sushil Yogi was born in Haridwar, in the foothills of the Himalayas on the holy banks of the Ganges. The founder of this organization, he is a highly qualified yoga teacher. His credentials include a Ph.D. (Doctrate) in yoga, two years masters degree in human consciousness and yoga science (M.Sc.), a one year post graduate diploma in yoga, a one year diploma in Vedic Karmkand, and a three year B.Sc. degree from Gurukul Kangri University, in Haridwar, India.

  • Dr. Vineet

    Dr. Vineet is a highly qualified Ayurvedic medical therapist. He received his Ayurved acharya (B.A.M.S.) degree in medical science from Gurukul Medical College in Haridwar, India. Additionally, he has a certificate in yoga and has participated in the International Ayurveda and Panchkarma Congress held in New Delhi last 2006. He has experience in creating formulas of Ayurvedic herbal drugs and medicine, and knowledge for the treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes, joint pains, obesity, and skin disorders.

  • Miyuki

    Miyuki was born in Chiba, Japan. She is a registered Yoga Alliance Sivananda yoga teacher, having completed the 200 hour course at the Neyyar Dharm Asham in Kerala, India. Additionally, she has a three month yoga certification from Kaivalyadham in Lonavala, India, and a 200 hour Advanced Meditation certificate from Thailand. Since 2007, Miyuki has been teaching yoga and organizing retreats in Japan, as well as guiding spiritual tours in India and Hawaii. She joined MaharishiYoga Vihar Foundation in 2009. She teaches Hatha and Sivananda yoga in our yoga teacher training courses.

  • Dr. Shobha

    Gurukul Kangri University (Yoga)

    Dr. Shobha was born in Haridwar, India into a noble Hindu family. Her parents have been a great source of inspiration to her since her early childhood. They followed and practiced the teaching of ARYA SAMAJ, which helped Shobha to understand the ancient Vedic wisdom. Dr. Shobha did her Ph.D. in Yoga Philosophy on Neuroses and Yogic Treatment with specific reference to Patanjali Yoga Philosophy from Gurukul Kangri University, which is one of the most well-known universities in India; for yoga, philosophy, Sanskrit, and Veda etc. Dr. Shobha knows many yogic techniques to overcome anxiety, stress,

  • Acharya Vimal

    Vimal holds good command on classical Hath Yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa with strong focus on adjusting and improving alignment. Vimal holds a bachelors degree in Sanskrit Literatures (from Sampurnananda University Varanasi), a masters degree in Philosophy (from Gurukul Kangri University Haridwar), and a one year PG diploma in Yogic Science (from Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar). Now, he is pursuing his PhD in Yoga-Nidra (the yogic or the conscious sleep).

From April through August, Chandra Yoga International courses are run in the beautiful location of McLeod Ganj, or upper Dharamsala, which is nestled into the foothills of the Dhauladhars, which rise to 4546 meters. A hill station from the days of the British Raj, it is now often referred to as "The Little Lhasa" and offers travelers a unique opportunity to experience vibrant Tibetan culture. McLeod Ganj is largely populated by Tibetans and it is surrounded by pine, Himalayan oak, rhododendron, and deodar forests, with a magnificent view of the Kangra Valley.

Today, streams of Tibetan refugees from Tibet and other parts of the world converge at McLeod Ganj to receive blessings and teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Western and Indian tourists, academics and spiritual seekers, come here in large numbers to see the rebirth of an ancient and profound civilization. The high altitude and cool weather contribute physically to this recreation of original Tibetan environment.

Distances

  • Dalai Lamas Temple, 500 m
  • Kotwali Bazar or lower Dharamsala, 4 - 9 km
Services
  • Free! Wifi

The food in the ashram is vegetarian. We serve unlimited fruit and porridge for breakfast and healthy Indian cuisine for lunch and dinner. To experience the good effects of a yogic lifestyle, we request that you do not eat unhealthy/non-vegetarian food from the market. Smoking and drinking alcohol are strictly prohibited.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Ayurvedic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Yogic
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

Discover Hindu and Buddhist temples

Explore the historic Kangra Fort

Hiking in the Dhauladhara Mountains

See the Bhagsu waterfall

Visit the church of St. John in the Wilderness

  • 14 days accomodation
  • Asana classes
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Daily meditation session
  • Learning on basic of yoga
  • Sightseeing
  • Yoga philosophy class

Arrival by airplane

It is recommended to fly into Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi, and then to Gaggal Airport (DHM), also known as Kangra Airport or Dharamsala-Kangra Airport.

Arrival by taxi

Traveling to and from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to Dharamsala is your financial responsibility, however Chandra Yoga International are happy to book a taxi for you. If you'd like for them to do so, please forward your flight info to them and we they confirm with you that a driver will be sent to pick you up. Look for your name on a sign at the airport. If you prefer to travel another way, it is your responsibility to arrange and pay for the travel separately. If you prefer to travel another way (train or bus), it is your responsibility to arrange and pay for the travel separately.

The taxi fare from Gaggal Airport (DHM) to McLeod Ganj is 13-18 USD, and the ride takes about 40 minutes.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookMeditationRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Dora Rebelo from Greece

    Not really a retreat. Definitely not for beginners

    CONS Cons: I did not get what I paid for. I was included in an ongoing teacher training course, where most of the classes were not appropriate (designed for teachers). I ended up doing only 2 asana classes per day, which I could more or less follow due to previously acquired knowledge. Otherwise it would have been completely frustrating. I had to practice patience and contentment, though, which is great for meditation :) The school is simple, the facilities and accommodation are bellow standard for what the schools charges ( considering Indian prices). Cleaningness is a problem in both school and accommodation ( students are expected to do their own bit which is not easy when you have a big group and no formal rules or organisation). In general the school lacks a bit more care and using the student fees to improve their comfort. And of course it is oriented for TTC, so I do not recommended anyone to come for a retreat and "immersion" into yoga.

    PROS Pros: Staff was very friendly, teachers were good. Cook was good.

    2.5 Value for money
    5 Accommodation & facilities
    5 Food
    5 Location
    2.5 Quality of activity
    2.5 Overall impression

    Organizer response: Thank you for bringing this situation to our attention. First and foremost we would like to apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused you in the entire tenure of your yoga stay here in the teacher training course, as well as any miscommunication from our end that had let to your distrust in our yoga school. Despite all the accommodation inconvenience, you were entreated with welcome, love, and softness from our friendly staff and the environment was much focused, inward, and peaceful, as you had practiced patience and contentment, which was a significant component of yoga and great for meditation. We offer optimum yoga classes with cost effective way of yoga sessions location-wise. You must have found a lot of variety within instructors who are extremely encouraging and friendly as you attended combined meditation and yoga sequence for a very calming session from class to class, as they make the practice authentic giving quite a good workout. We are very sorry you were disappointed with our services. We completely agree you were bothered out of the cleanliness but the comfortable atmosphere suits the needs of the yoga practitioner. If you have any suggestions for us to improve please let us know, you can call our customer service line if you'd like to talk about the specifics of your situation.

    2017-Apr-24 00:44:07

  • Review by Lana from Australia

    "Not to be afraid of teaching; sometimes we can be our own worst enemy and let fear and personal doubts get in the way of an amazingly uplifting experience. It was a absolute pleasure to be surrounded by such an incredible support group for our first practicums."

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  • Review by Quinn from Australia

    "The group of yogis and teachers in the class have supported each other along our journeys. I have learned throughout the past two weeks to open up to strangers in Chandras nurturing environment and continue to allow myself to grow. We had our 30-minute practicum this week and to watch the other students come alive in their practices with this supporting environment was inspiring. This has made me become a stronger person knowing that I have open-minded and loving people surrounding me."

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  • Review by Andras from Hungary

    "Cleaning the body and mind makes a big difference. I have learnt how to live a heathy lifestyle. With the knowledge and encouragement from peers and training, I learned that yoga is not just a practice but is a way of living."

    BookYogaRetreats Website, edited

Testimonials

  • Review by Katy Merlet from USA

    "Chandra Yoga was one of the best experiences in my life. I was already a Bikram Yoga instructor before I went to the course and thought I already knew quite a bit about yoga. I was wrong, and I learned more than I could of ever even imaged! The instructors were so knowledgeable, especially Dr. Sushil. I made friends for life and loved every second of it! I would go back in a heartbeat! Thank you, Chandra Yoga!"

    Chandra Yoga International website, edited

  • Review by Evgeniya Zotova from Russia

    "The month that I spend with Chandra Yoga doing my YTTC was the best time in my life. And it is totally true. Everything was just how it is supposed to be. This school helped me understand that everything is possible. With them I grew as yoga teacher. Super professional instructors, who were very kind and had a passion for what they do. There I met some of the best people, who became not just friends, they became my family. I just can say big big thanks to Chandra and all of the people who were teaching us. Big love to all of you. Namaste"

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  • Review by Carolina Granger from USA

    "It was a privilege to travel to Dharamsala and take classes with such gifted teachers at Chandra Yoga! Their focus on teaching diverse styles of yoga made it easier for me to choose the style that best suited my personal practice. They taught us to reach our maximum potential as far as our own body awareness, which facilitated the ultimate goal which is to connect with students' physical and spiritual needs. Most teachers had a different background and nationality, which added a unique element to each class. Before I started my training I had doubts that I could become a teacher myself, but only a couple of weeks upon returning home I taught a few classes and my students were completely satisfied and wanting more! One of the greatest experiences at Chandra was the connections I made with other fellow Yogis and the satisfaction that my teacher certification came from an organization filled with love and integrity."

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  • Review by Cathy from Australia

    "Chandra Yoga International changes my perception about Yoga. I came to the course with the thought of learning “a gentle balancing exercise called yoga.” But now I open my eyes with a new knowledge and deep understanding of what yoga means. It’s a trip, an adventure to come back to your home, your inner-self. Thank you Chandra Yoga to bring me home. Much love and see you back soon."

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  • Review by Jennifer from Canada

    "Coming to Chandra Yoga international I began my journey new to the yoga world and left a confident yoga teacher. The teachers at the school are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. It is truly a life changing experience. You get more out of a teachers training than just yoga, it has brought together people from various parts of the world and they become family."

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  • Review by Tanya from Russia

    "I came to Chandra yoga school on May 2015 and stayed almost until the end of July 2015. It was truly unforgettable and life-changing time. I came to learn yoga and complete 300 hours teacher training course and I left being a confident and professional teacher with two months experience practicing yoga and teaching every day. This school has a unique quality: it can bring together truly amazing and wonderful people that will change your life and become your good friends. I highly recommend this school for yoga and meditation course, as well as Dr. Sushil a mediation, pranayama and yoga philosophy professional."

    Chandra Yoga International website, edited

  • Review by Jamie Lee Reid from India

    "I studied my 500 hour teacher training at Chandra. I travelled to India to understand yoga in more depth and Dr Sushil's teaching methods of philosophy, pranayama and meditation exceeded my expectations. I completed the course fully equipped to start my career in yoga. For those of you who would like a life changing experience, this is the place."

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  • Review by Mikey S from Taunton, Massachusetts, USA

    "I completed my RYT-200 with Dr. Sushil at his Dharamsala location in June 2015. The asana and anatomy workshops were done by Emily Young, a talented instructor who really brought the principles of Yoga into her everyday interactions. The philosophic, pranayama practices, and meditative aspects of the course were done by Dr. Sushil, the head teacher of this school. Dr. Sushil is a knowledgeable and helpful teacher. The staff is tremendously friendly and the experience I had was practically flawless. I enjoyed it thoroughly and intend to visit Dr. Sushil and his team when I go back to India. Highly recommend for RYT-200 TTC."

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  • Review by Devin K

    "I participated at the Dharamsala location and it was an amazing experience. I loved the location and the Tibetan culture. We were a walking distant from the Dali llama temple which was spectacular. Besides the location the teachers were inspiring, welcoming, and fun! I learned so much from the teachers and the classes we took, I am a new-improved me! The only downside was the water would randomly turn off and the side note that I don't like Indian food but there is plenty of cute places to eat in town that is tourist recommended. I say if you're thinking about joining, do it. You won't regret it! Thank you to Dr. Sushil and the team!"

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  • Review by Anna Sugarman from USA

    "At Chandra Yoga, I received traditional Indian philosophy-based education - kriyas, mantras, the history of yoga, and more. The opportunity to learn and practice in the Himalayas is extraordinary."

    August 2015. Chandra Yoga International website, edited

  • Review by Devin Hogan from USA

    "It was an amazing experience I would not trade for the world. I grew as a person in every way possible. I knew when I signed up that it would be a chance to grow and learn but I had no idea it would be such a positive life changing experience -- I am so happy to be certified through Chandra Yoga International! My gratitude for the teachers and fellow yogis cannot be put in words."

    July 2015. Chandra Yoga International website, edited

  • Review by Tanya from Russia

    "I came to Chandra yoga school on May 2015 and stayed almost until the end of July 2015. It was truly unforgettable and life-changing time. I came to learn yoga and complete 300 hours teacher training course and I left being a confident and professional teacher with two months experience practicing yoga and teaching every day. This school has a unique quality: it can bring together truly amazing and wonderful people that will change your life and become your good friends. I highly recommend this school for yoga and meditation course, as well as Dr. Sushil a mediation, pranayama and yoga philosophy professional."

    July 2015. Chandra Yoga International website, edited

  • Review by Benjamin Hicks from USA

    "I personally loved the structure of the program because I was immersed in the training from 6 am till 6:30 pm. Being in a group of like-minded individuals living with one another is an amazing experience and teaches you so much about yourself on another level than going to a weekend workshop or monthly program. The staff knowledge and experience was beyond my expectations and they were extremely genuine in their concern for your learning. Every aspect and every moment of that experience changed my connection to yoga at a high frequency, I am so grateful."

    May 2015. Chandra Yoga International website, edited

  • Review by Jennifer Freeman from Canada

    "Coming to Chandra Yoga international I began my journey new to the yoga world and left a confident yoga teacher. The teachers at the school are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. It is truly a life changing experience. You get more out of a teachers training than just yoga, it has brought together people from various parts of the world and they become family."

    May 2015. Chandra Yoga International website, edited

  • Review by Shaimaa Haroun from Egypt

    "My experience was transformed internally and spirituality made me stronger more conscious and lost many of my past fears. I felt reborn."

    January 2015. Chandra Yoga International website, edited

  • Review by Monica from Montova, Italy

    "I am so happy I have chosen this yoga teacher training course! I was a real beginner. I was so stiff and I knew very few asanas at the beginning. Now, I have improved my flexibility and I have learnt a lot of things, not only asanas, but also about philosophy, Ayurveda, and anatomy. And I found a new family as well. Thanks Sushil!"

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  • Review by Elisabeth from Lofoten, Norway

    "Before the course started, I had expectations of learning a lot of yoga. I was not disappointed. For one month, we have been meditating, doing breathing exercises, asanas, philosophy, anatomy, and eating healthy. Its been one month of detoxifying the body, mind, and soul. Thank you Dr. Sushil Yogi for everything you taught us. Hopefully, Ill see you for the 500 hour course."

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  • Review by Matthew from Toronto, Canada

    "I was not sure what exactly to expect from this course. I simply came with an open mind and willingness to learn. While I have learned much about yoga, asanas, philosophy, pranayama, Ayurveda, anatomy, and meditation, I have also learned that there is so much I do not know about yoga. This insight will motivate me to further my study and practice. I have Sushil and his wealth of knowledge to thank for this inspiration. I am definitely considering taking the 500 hour course. Hope to see you again soon!"

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  • Review by Nina from Sweden

    "I joined the TTC in Rishikesh without many expectations and with an open mind and heart to learn more about yoga. I feel that I now know more about the different parts of yoga such as asanas, pranayamas, philosophy, meditation, anatomy, and ayurveda and that I am inspired to further my practice. Thank you for sharing your knowledge."

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Rishikesh, India

We provide yoga teacher training courses to yoga lovers and our training has two levels for beginners. We provide 200 hours and 300 hours for advanced students.

Speaks English

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