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18 Days Self-Discovery Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India

18 Days Self-Discovery Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India

Soothing India Yoga Retreat

Join Om Sampoorn Yoga for 18 days of full immersion in the sacredness of yoga. Practice asana, pranayama, and meditation. Relax with yoga Nidra and long Shavasana. Visit sacred caves and temples, meet sadhus and gurus, watch the sunrise in the Himalayas, sit by the sacred river Ganga, and participate in holy ceremonies and kirtan. Enjoy an open discussion with like-minded people from different countries. You will come out of this life-changing experience feeling more connected to yourself.

18 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English; English; French; Hindi; Italian; Sanskrit; Spanish;
The maximum participants in the group is 10

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Kirtan and daily meditation classes
  • 3 complimentary Ayurvedic massage
  • Trekking and watching sunrise in the Himalayas
  • Indian holy ceremonies by the sacred river Ganga
  • Visits to sacred caves, temples, and ashrams
  • 3 daily organic, vegetarian, yogic meals
  • 17 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Retreat Style

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Nidra Yoga
  • Kriya Yoga
  • Bhakti Yoga
  • Yin Yoga
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Program

Your 90-minute morning yoga practice will include Hatha, Kriya, Vinyasa, and Bhakti yoga as well as pranayama, and meditation. Meanwhile, the afternoon yoga practice will include Yin / Restorative yoga, pranayama, and meditation as well as yoga Nidra for 90 minutes as well.

Daily schedule

  • 06:30 90 minutes yoga/meditation class
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Library/ self-study
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Kirtan/mantra chanting
  • 16:00 Afternoon tea
  • 16:30 90 minutes class yoga/meditation class
  • 19:15 Dinner
  • 21:00 Goodnight

Please note that on days of excursions the schedule will change. Omsampoornyoga will inform you of such changes the day before.

What is included

  • 2 daily 90-minutes yoga/meditation sessions
  • 3 Ayurvedic massages
  • Personal studies at the ashram library
  • 3 daily yogi/vegetarian meals
  • Afternoon tea
  • 17 nights accommodation
  • Sunrise meditation in the Himalayas
  • Visits to temples and ancient caves
  • Meditation by the sacred river Ganga
  • Participation in holy Indian ceremonies and kirtan, your own puja (offering)

What is not included

  • Pick up / drop off at Dehradun airport (DED)
  • Tipping and donation to temples and / or events

Additional Details

Accommodation

During your retreat, you will be accommodated at the Yoga Niketan Ashram. You will stay in an Ashram style single, clean, and safe room with private bathroom. Ashrams represent a return to a simpler way of living, which is very different from a hotel. Generally, there is a more communal atmosphere and an appreciation for the true meaning of the yogic lifestyle.

Double room available upon request. During the hot season, A/C rooms are offered. You will also find a desk, chair, and an armoire, a little porch or balcony to relax or read your favorite book. Towels, soap, and toilet paper are provided.

All rooms are simple, yet quaint and immersed in lush greenery. The yoga studio is fully equipped with mats, block, straps, and bolsters. This studio is within walking distance of each accommodation. Afternoon Ayurvedic tea is offered daily at 4:00 p.m and the library, open most of the day and evening, offers a wide selection of yogic texts also in English. Wi-Fi available at the library during specific hours.

Facilities

  •  Air-conditioned rooms
  •  Dining area
  •  Environmentally friendly
  •  Kitchen
  •  Luggage room / storage
  •  Meditation garden
  •  Terrace

 Retreat location

Om Sampoorn Yoga is centrally located at the Yoga Niketan Ashram, one of the most renowned in Rishikesh, the world's capital of yoga. Strategically situated on a little hill, with a breathtaking view of the river Ganga which is away from crowds and noises. Since the samadhi (tomb) of Guru Yogeshwarananda right by the yoga hall fills the space with sacred energy, the atmosphere is particularly peaceful and conducive to meditation, yoga, and self-discovery.

Things to Do

Optional

You can join cooking classes or visit Haridwar and Devpriyag. Shopping is always an option during your free time.

Food

All meals are lovingly prepared in the Ashram's kitchen. They are organic, yogic, and vegetarian. Enjoy a variety of Indian meals that will leave you feeling nourished and ready for your practice. Afternoon Ayurvedic tea offered daily.

The following meals are included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:
  • Vegetarian
  • Yogic
The following drinks are included:
  • Tea
  • Water

Spa Treatment

Three Ayurvedic massages are included in the price.

Meet The Instructors

Vimal & Elena

Vimal Barthwal

Born and raised in Rishikesh, Vimal’s journey as a yogi began years ago with his studies at the Bihar School of Yoga and continued at the Sivananda Vedanta Academy. As part of his sadhana (spiritual practice), Vimal lived alone in a cave for one year. This unique life’s transforming experience permitted him to deeply understand the real meaning of living a yogic lifestyle. For the past 13 years, Vimal has been teaching yoga and meditation in India and other parts of Asia to improve one’s physical health as well as one’s spiritual life.

Elena

Elena is an Italian/American certified yoga instructor who teaches Atma yoga, a holistic healing style created by Saul David Raye - Elena’s classes, open to all levels of students, including a dynamic flow of asana, pranayama, Ayurvedic tips, and meditation. Eclectic energy work together with teachings from Bhakti, Tantra, and Shamanism are at the core of her classes. Elena is passionate about yogic philosophy and Hindu mythology. Her enthusiasm in sharing her love for the sacred practice yoga is contagious.

 

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Location Yoga Niketan Ashram, Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 249192, India

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dehradun's Jolly Grant airport (DED). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Please let Om Sampoorn Yoga if you need their help with the transfer. They will meet you at the ashram.

Arrival by train

It is a five hour trip on Shatabdi Express from New Delhi railway station to Haridwar. You can then take a taxi from Haridwar to Rishikesh (1 hour). Om Sampoorn Yoga will meet you at the Ashram.

Booking And Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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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