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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.
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.
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 (internalization 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.
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 is placed on other limbs of the practice beyond the physical yoga asanas.
Note: It is advised that you arrive at the yoga school one day before the course starts.
One day of the 7 days retreat will be a rest day, on which school arranges a half-day sightseeing trip for students. The destination will be selected by the school which would be a visit to one of the following locations:
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, and Shat Kriyas. He participated in many national-level yoga championships 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.
Acharya Chandramani was born in a traditional spiritual family. When he was 8 years old, he became a serious practitioner of the yogic principles of Swetambara Jaina tradition. Later, he was initiated into the Vedic Sanskrit tradition by Swami Vivekananda at the age of 10 in Prabhat Ashram, UP, India. He was fully dedicated to the teachings and daily discipline of the traditional Sanskrit gurukulam from childhood to adulthood. He has been guiding worldwide yoga students into the Vedic Sanskrit literature and its philosophy and holding yoga retreats and teacher trainings for over 25 years.
Subhash Petwal is an asana yoga instructor who is experienced teaching internationally and locally in the styles of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and Hatha yoga. He has undergone his training in Mysore and Kaivalyadhama Lonavala and has been undergoing continuous practices for several extended years at Kishore Yoga Kendra Bangalore. Subhash is passionate about sharing his knowledge of Hatha and Ashtanga yoga and takes great care in layout a strong foundation for his students to further their practices.
Sadhak Sukhmit ji has been a disciple of His Holiness Swami Veda Bharati for since 2006 and have since practiced his sadhana on a daily basis until today. However, before he became Swami Veda ji’s disciple, he was already familiar with spiritual practices. He met Swami Veda Bharati ji and became initiated into the Himalayan Tradition of Yoga and Meditation. He spent years as a sadhaka studying the yoga practices, mainly meditation, and yoga texts including Yoga Sutra, Bhagavad Gita and Vedant Darshan, and serving the ashram through teaching and ashram duties as his sadhana.
Dipendra Tripathi was born at Sri Swami Rama ji’s ashram, Sadhana Mandir Trust, in Rishikesh, India. His time in the ashram has naturally brought him into yoga, meditation, its philosophy, and its practices under his father’s close guidance. Yoga and its practices have been his main source that brings physical, mental, and spiritual stability in his daily life. He pursued his education and completed a Masters in Yoga (M.A. Yoga) and started sharing his knowledge mainly in yoga anatomy, relaxation, and meditation theory and practices.
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.
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.
Jolly Grant Airport
Transfer available for additional US$15 per person
Indira Gandhi International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$75 per person
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.
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, 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.
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.
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