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This seven days intensive retreat is specially designed for seekers who have embarked on a transformation journey through Yoga and Meditation and also those who have been looking for the right platform to start living a more meaningful and healthy life. Yoga is an art and science of attaining true, lasting happiness. It is a science because it offers specific, practical methods.
It is an art because its highest benefits come only through sensitive and intuitive practice. The emphasis of yoga is not belief, but direct experience. Asanas, postures, offer physical, psychological and spiritual benefits. Yet asanas are merely a tiny sliver of yoga. Yoga is a complete way of life, with practices and insights enhancing everything we do.
Tapasyalayam Ashram is situated in the Himalayan Valley, Tapasyalayam Ashram, Uttarkashi is situated by the majestic river Ganga, making it the ideal place to live in communion with nature and other like-minded individuals. Witness glorious pastel-colored sunsets at the end of each day on the terrace balcony where you would get a chance to turn inwards and reflect on life.
Sleep soundly in a quiet, serene atmosphere without disruption. The rooms are clean, ventilated, spacious, hygienic and are equipped with basic amenities like beds, blankets, mattresses, charging points etc.
There is natural energy flow in the place which is conducive to spiritual learning and growth. It is like entering right into the heart of Hinduism. There are ample of things to do and visit nearby.
This program is structured in a way that allows you to transit naturally in a healthier and happier space and brings your awareness to a larger life that surrounds you. This includes an introduction to the basics of yoga - not just the physical aspect but particularly the subtler faculties, pranayama, performing basic Yogic Kriyas for purification of body and mind, turning inward through meditation, active awareness-building activities, hiking, laughing, dancing, chanting and simply being present.
The participants will get introduced to the Yogic lifestyle and get a chance to fully immerse themselves in this powerful experience.
As a part of the program, you will also get an opportunity to meet monks and sages who have done penance in the Himalayas, for years. There's an immense possibility of learning and growing through their timeless stories for those who are receptive.
The goal is to open a broader portal of life through yoga which allows you to understand yourself better, bring you in a relaxed and peaceful state. At the end of the program, your mind will be embedded with a tranquil experience and you will be equipped with new tools to face life’s challenges constructively.
As an extended module, Yoga Surya International gives the participants an exclusive option to join us further to a sacred journey till 'Gaumukh', the origin place of mystical Ganga. The cost for this 'additional' and 'optional' four-day program is 'not' included in the original price. If you're interested, you can write to the facilitator and make a request to join.
The total duration to reach Gaumukh from Gangotri is two days, with a one-night halt. The trek level is moderate. The only way to reach there is by foot or on ponies (available only till halfway, Bhojbasa). Hence, the participants should be responsible to assess their own physical capacity and be aware of any limitations caused by injuries.
Exclusive visits to monks (Proficient yogis who have renunciate the world and spend most of the time in their hidden abodes in the Himalayas). Extremely smart, aware and intelligent people who are in an awesome pursuit of self-discovery. They live there on their own, even through the winters, surviving temperatures minus 30 degrees, and that is without taking into account the windchill! Some of them travel down once in a while.
He lives in the Pandav Gufa about 2 kilometers before Gangotri. This cave is where the Pandavas performed tapas on the way to heaven, after relinquishing their kingdom. He has been living there for over 12 years now. The cave is dark and isolated and there is always a fear of being attacked by wild animals. Baba Ramdev has lived with him for a few days during his earlier Himalayan visits. He loves drinking and offering coffee as Prasāda!
She lives in Hanu Kutiram, a cave about 1,000 feet above Gangotri. She is an extremely proficient yogini, considers Hanuman her younger brother, and has long conversations with him! She lovingly calls him Lalla. She has a collection of 66 Hanuman Murtis (the last one gifted by me) and has taken a Sankalpa to take her collection to 108.
She is originally from Namma Bengaluru and graduated from the University of Chicago. She lives in her cave about 3 kilometers ahead of Gangotri towards Gaumukh. She has been roaming in the Himalayas for over 18 years! Before becoming a monk she served as the head administrator for a children’s NGO. She is planning to spend this winter in Badrinath. She lives an extremely content and fulfilled life. Exploring and recognizing the divinity within is her life lesson for everyone!
He lives in Ram Mandir that his Guruji built about 2kms ahead of Gangotri. He left home when he was just 9 years old and has been there for over 35 years! During summer, he loves to have guests over and no one can leave his abode without enjoying a delicious meal or at least some black tea! During winter, he sits in meditation for days together! He has a sprawling rose garden an apple orchard.
He lives in Tapovan (16,500 feet) above Gaumukh. While the above four Sadhus live in close proximity to human inhabitation, Mauni Baba would need to walk for at least two days to see another human or to get to Gangotri! He remains isolated for about 8 months in a year as all routes for commute are closed in winters.
He just loves to receive trekkers who venture up to Tapovan in the season. Otherwise, he is by himself and also self cures himself of any kind of ailment he may experience! After spending 12 years in silence, now, he speaks in an extremely low voice and one has to strain to understand what he is saying.
Self-inspired saints with the ability to make anyone who visits them love life and be filled with immense joy! It is natural for us to think of their lives as tough and full of struggles. On the contrary, they find the lives of city-dwellers, extremely hard!
Nidhi is a certified yoga instructor and her teaching is rooted in the traditional method of yoga. She has a dynamic and optimistic approach towards life which reflects in her practice and presence. Her classes are a combination of traditional asanas, pranayama, kriyas with a blend of various modern techniques as well, to support better understanding of the subject. Although the understanding of yoga, still remain rooted in the traditional form, not that as an exercise, but as a holistic system. She emphasizes on the importance of breath and actively synchronizing it with movements.
You will be staying in our ashram Tapasyalayam, Netala in Uttarkashi. During the stay, you will get to visit Gangotri. It is among the most significant sacred places in India. To wallow in tranquility, breathtaking natural beauty and exciting activity come to the beautiful city - "Gangotri". It is positioned at a height of 11,204 feet above sea level in the charming state of Uttarakhand, Gangotri is flocked by thousands of pilgrims from every nook and corner of the world.
It offers you an opportunity to come closer to nature. Its calm aura, spiritual ambience and emerald beauty leave the visitors flabbergasted and astonished. Gangotri is one of the four Char Dham Sites (Hindu Pilgrimages) of Uttarakhand. Also dubbed as an abode of Goddess Ganga, one would feel connected to god in the high elevation of Gangotri.
The existence of the snow-clad mountains and the magical water of the river Ganges add to the purity of the destination. It is certainly a fantastic spot that brings happiness to all faces.
All your meals would be Sattvic and freshly prepared with organic fruits and vegetables. Numerous factors like intake of addictives elements and unhealthy lifestyles have made people prone to chronic diseases and other health issues that are weakening them from inside. To be sustainable in life one needs to focus on all the potentialities for improvement. Detoxification is one of the best ways to bring about that change. During this retreat, Yoga Surya International will introduce you to the Purification Detox Program that helps you rejuvenate your mind and body. The program not only focuses on cleansing you from inside out but the idea is to nourish the immune system and strengthen the spirit against a polluted environment.
What is Sattvic Diet? In Ayurveda, the emphasis is on a Sattvic diet for healthy living, particularly for keeping our minds clear, happy and at peace. The original Sattvic diet was devised for the development of higher consciousness.
Sattvic foods are foods that are abundant in Prana - the universal life-force that gives life to all sentient beings in both plant and animal kingdoms. A Sattvic diet means not only vegetarian food but food rich in Prana - 'life-force' like organic fresh fruits and vegetables. It requires avoiding canned and processed food, and foods prepared with chemical fertilizers or sprays. It also means properly prepared fresh foods. Foods prepared with lots of love will add to their Sattvic quality.
The ancient Ayurvedic criteria for foods to be considered Sattvic were quite simple: foods were grown organically on good, rich, fertile soil; foods were to be attractive in appearance and harvested at the correct time of year. Foods were whole foods, full of life-force and enzymes, and as close as possible to their natural fresh state.
Today, we need to add to these criteria for a Sattvic diet several other modern concerns. Sattvic foods should be grown without pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, hormones, irradiation or anything unnatural. The modern use of refinement processes and chemical additives, besides actually adding substances to our foods, depletes foods of their Prana 'life-force' and hence renders them heavy, impotent and lifeless.
Sattvic foods are nutritive vegetarian foods like organic nuts, seeds, whole grains, and oily fruits and vegetables that help build the brain tissue and develop Ojas.
One of the prominent shrines in Gangotri, Gangotri temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga and is positioned near the sacred stone known as Bhagirath Shila, where it is said that the king Bhagirath paid his homage to Lord Shiva. The height of the shrine is about 20 feet and white granite has been used to build it. It was erected by Amar Singh Thapa, a Gorkha Commander in the early 18th century and later it was reconstructed in the 20th century by the Maharaja of Jaipur.
The temple is nestled amid the beautiful surroundings of deoder and pine trees. The lush-green environment and the chants of 'Mantras and Slokas' provide a very peaceful feeling and transport you to another world.
A transparent lake nestled at an altitude 15,600 feet in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, Kedar Tal is a wonderful creation of god and is the idyllic place for a long trek of 17 kilometers. The trek starts from Gangotri and leads you through a variety of wonders that will make you rapt and spellbound. Make sure that you get your health check up done well in advance and pack all the necessary items to have a pleasing trekking expedition.
Within a walking distance from the bus stand in Uttarkashi, Vishwanath Temple is one of the most legendary temples of this region. The temple is addressed to Lord Shiva and folks from all across the globe pay a visit to this very old temple.
A camping base situated at an elevation of 4460mts above sea level, Tapovan is a perfect trekking route that lets you experience a real adventure along with the sight of the Shivling peaks and rich vegetation.
It is a temple of Bhairon that is just 10km away from the Gangotri. It is amongst the most popular tourist attractions in Gangotri because it is believed that Lord Shiva appointed Bhairon to protect the picturesque region.
It is essentially a natural rock Shivling that according to the legends, where Lord Shiva sat to hold the Ganga in his hair locks.
It is popular for its enchanting thermal springs and the mesmerizing view of the snow-clad Himalayas. During the months of winter, it remains crowded with locals and tourists who come here to have a glimpse of beautiful Mother Nature from wide and far.
It is an awe-inspiring place from where the divine river Ganga originates. The devotees are fascinated by the tranquil environment that makes it a most sought after place to pay a visit while on a trip to Gangotri.
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