7 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh, India
LIfe-Changing India Yoga Retreat
Join this seven days of immersion in yoga on and off the mat. Enjoy a wide array of different styles; Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bhakti, Kriya, Yin, and Restorative. Practice pranayama (breathing techniques), and familiarize yourself with different methods of meditation. Explore sacred caves and ancient temples known only by the locals; meet sadhus (holy men), visit local ashram and participate in kirtan, watch the sunrise in the Himalayas, dip your feet (or your whole body) in the sacred river, Ganga, take part in traditional holy ceremonies. Experience the totality of yoga in the world's capital of this ancient practice!
- Daily meditation
- Daily yoga classes
- Attend Indian holy ceremonies by the holy Ganga
- Explore sacred caves and ancient temples known only by the locals
- Three daily yogic vegetarian meals
- Enjoy an Ayurvedic massage
- 6 nights accommodation
- Visit local ashrams
- Hatha Yoga
- Vinyasa Yoga
- Ashtanga Yoga
- Restorative Yoga
- Nidra Yoga
- Yin Yoga
TYPICAL DAY SCHEDULE
- 05:15 Wake up call by morning bell
- 06:30 90 Yoga/ pranayama/meditation
- 08:15 Yogic breakfast
- 09:00 Library time/ self-study
- 12:00 Yogic lunch
- 13:00 Mantra chant/Excursion
- 16:00 Ayurvedic tea served in the dining hall
- 16:30 Yoga/ yogic philosophy/ meditation
- 19:15 Yogic dinner
- 21:00 Goodnight
Please note that on excursion days the schedule will change. Om Sampoorn Yoga will inform you of such changes the day before.
Silence will be observed on the Ashram premises every Thursday.
What is included
- 2 daily yoga/meditation sessions
- 1 Ayurvedic massage
- Personal studies at the ashram library
- 3 daily yogic/vegetarian meals
- Ayurvedic afternoon tea
- 6 nights accommodation
- Sunrise meditation in the breathtaking Himalayas
- Visits to temples and ancient caves
- Meditation by the sacred river Ganga
- Participation in holy Indian ceremonies
What is not included
- Airport transfer - available with extra charge
- Donation you wish to give to ashrams and temples
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.
- Dining area
- Environmentally friendly
- Luggage room / storage
- Meditation garden
Enjoy excursions in the Himalayas such as sunrise meditation, visits to temples, and sacred caves. Meet babas and sadhus who live in the forest. Participate in Indian traditional ceremonies such as puja and aarti by the holy river Ganga. Enjoy mantra chant and if you come during a festival Om Sampoorn Yoga will make sure you are part of it.
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
- Visit the nearby towns of Haridwar or Depryag
- Visit the waterfall
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.
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation
The following meals are included:
The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:
The following drinks are included:
- Herbal Tea
One Ayurvedic massage is included in the price.
Meet The Instructors
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 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.
Location Om Sampoorn Yoga, Yoga Niketan Ashram, Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
- DED Jolly Grant Airport: 14 km Transfer available for additional US$20 per person
- DEL Indira Gandhi International Airport: 208 km Transfer available for additional US$100 per person
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.
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer available: Jolly Grant Airport (US$20 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer available: Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$100 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Booking And Cancellation Policy
- A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
- The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
- The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.