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15 Days Life-Transforming Yoga and Meditation Retreat Rishikesh, India

Experiential Yoga Retreat India

Yoga is a process of integrating and feeling the oneness of your body-mind-spirit. The practice of yoga touches you at many levels of your existence and helps you to bring into your daily life what you experience on the mats. This ancient practice gives you deeper insights, awareness, stillness, support, encouragement and makes you in tune with life to live peacefully, joyfully and harmoniously. Regular practice of yoga becomes a light on your path and encourages you to follow your heart and inner voice to fully manifest your potential.

Meet the instructors

Swami Dhyan, Francesca, & Amritesh
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Highlights

  • A release of deep-rooted stress, strain, an anxiety of body-mind
  • Deep relaxation, rejuvenation, healing and harmony of body-mind-emotion
  • The practice of contemporary meditation and mindfulness techniques, yoga Nidra
  • The practice of Hatha yoga postures, its variations with Iyengar style of alignment
  • Meditative excursion and mediation in nature and sacred places with the teacher
  • Transform negative emotions into more creative and nourishing energies
  • 3 daily yogic vegetarian meals and tea
  • 14 nights' accommodation

Styles


14 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Yoga Essence's venue has a garden and surrounded by many huge lush green trees with beautiful Himalayan mountain view. Each room features an en-suite bathroom with western toilet, shower with hot/cold water, and AC (available at an extra price in loco).

Program

This retreat provides a solid platform to understand the root cause of those issues along with their solutions. It is a unique and powerful program to experience deep relaxation, healing, and transformation through both traditional and modern form of asana and pranayama practices and many contemporary meditation practices. This program has been developed and designed scientifically and systematically to help the participants:

  • How to release their deeper layers of energy blocks, physical, mental, emotional tensions and stresses and experience deep relaxation.
  • How to transform the misery and painful emotions into more creative and nourishing energies.
  • To take responsibility of their own healing and happiness in everyday life.
  • To get clarity to take decisions even in complex and stressful situations.
  • To experience the joy of liberated energy, the joy of living a whole life; a life of totality.
  • To increase the ability to deepen self-awareness, strengthen Intuition.
  • To connect the inner wisdom and life purpose.

All the methods are done in a light and joy full way so that you can enjoy and celebrate the whole day activities of the retreat.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 08:00 Asana, pranayama, mantra practice
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:40 Meditation practice (yoga/shiva)
  • 11:40 - 13:00 Active meditation practice (osho)
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:30 Self study
  • 15:15 - 16:00 Karma yoga, tea time
  • 16:00 - 17:15 Meditation practice (yoga/Buddha/sufi)
  • 17:15 - 18:00 Yoga Nidra/guided relaxation
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Yoga philosophy/yogic lifestyle/ethics
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:15 - 21:00 Kirtan/group mantra chanting/celebration
  • 21:00 Rest

Notes:

  • 09:30- 13:00 Meditative excursions and mediation in nature, sacred places including cave and mountain (only on selected days)
  • The above daily course schedule may change as per need.

Included excursions

MEDITATIVE EXCURSIONS AND MEDITATION IN SACRED PLACE, CAVE, MOUNTAIN AND NATURE UNDER THE INSTRUCTIONS & GUIDANCE OF THE TEACHER

Rishikesh is an entry to Deep Himalayas and a gateway to those seeking to go deep into their inner journey. It is known as “Tapo-Bhumi” meaning the practicing land of yoga and meditation of Sages and Saints since ancient times. Thousands of sages and saints have visited Rishikesh to meditate in search of higher knowledge and Self-realization. The yogic energy fields and its vibration, the spiritual power of Rishikesh makes our inner journey easier and faster like going with the flow of a river, not against it. It can be felt easily by every seeker on the path.

During the course, the participants will get the opportunity to visit and meditate in nearby sacred places, on the bank of river Ganga, cave, mountain, and nature to experience the true yogic energy field and vibration of Rishikesh under the instructions and guidance of the teacher.

Instructors

Swami Dhyan Samarth
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
Swami Dhyan Samarth is an experienced yoga and meditation teacher having many years of practice and teaching experience. He integrates yoga and meditation with a contemporary scientific approach and core insights from various spiritual paths into his teaching. His teaching mainly focuses on the experiential aspect of yoga and transformation of life. Samarth helps his students to get the knack of yoga and encourage them to explore and experience the whole spectrum of yoga along with its implementation into everyday life.
Francesca Chiodi
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)
Francesca is a registered Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher (RYT 500), constantly practicing and studying yoga and meditation. She loves the physical aspect of yoga but she believes you have to go beyond it to find stillness and awareness not only on the mat but in the whole life journey. With a working sports background and specialization in Shiatsu, Francesca has been full-time alternative health care practitioner for many years before totally dedicate herself to yoga. Merging the power of the Ashtanga Vinyasa style with the precision of the Iyengar alignments and the awareness of breath, she creates a perfect fusion of body, mind, and spirit in her classes.
Amritesh Prasad
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
Amritesh is a uniquely inspiring and experienced yoga teacher. His teaching mainly focuses on the connection of body-breath-mind and the subtle effects of yoga on them. He encourages students to be open to all aspects of yoga. His relaxed style of teaching is soothing and uplifting. He takes good care to provide a welcoming and light-hearted environment in his classes where students can feel comfortable in learning along with experiencing the essence of yoga. He is also very passionate to share his experiences and practices of yoga to students.

Location

Yoga Essence Rishikesh is a quiet, clean, and safe resort, located ten minutes' walking to the main touristic area of Rishikesh but still served from local shops, cafes, and organic stores. Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, is a popular place to come and meditate, do yoga, and learn about other aspects rich yogic culture. It’s situated on the banks of the Ganges River, surrounded by hills on three sides.

Rishikesh lures those seeking knowledge and peace with its numerous ashrams, yoga institutes, ancient and new temples, meditation caves, samadhi places of yogis (temples of the final resting place of yogis after death). It's particularly popular with spiritual seeking foreigners. The evening Ganga aarti holds a special appeal.

Food

During this yoga retreat, you will be served daily Indian yogic vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Filtered drinking water and afternoon tea break will also be available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

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

What's included

  • Daily yoga session
  • Classical hatha yoga postures with variations
  • Iyengar style alignment with modifications by using props
  • Contemporary and Active meditation techniques
  • Breathing exercises and pranayama practices
  • Experiential and transformational approach to all yogic practices
  • Meditative excursion in nature and sacred places under guide of teacher
  • Kriyas (the yogic purification process), yoga Nidra, and mantra chanting
  • Yoga bag and book, yogic purification kits and other useful materials for the retreat
  • Daily Indian yogic vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Filtered drinking water and afternoon tea break
  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Wi-Fi internet
  • 1 yoga bag

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). From there, you can book a domestic flight to arrive at Dehradun Airport (DED). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Alternatively, upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) or Dehradun Airport (DED), you can hire a taxi. Rishikesh is a six-hour drive away from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Known taxi is available on request.

Arrival by bus

You can also opt for Volvo service from Delhi, however, traveling by bus could cause inconvenience for the first time travelers.

Arrival by train

You can take a train to Haridwar from New Delhi Railway Station. From Haridwar, there are many transport facilities available to reach Rishikesh. Transfer from and to this train station is available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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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