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3 Day Himalayan Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh

  • location Yoga Vidya Mandiram, Bhandari Swiss Cottage, Tapovan Bypass, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Meditation and Yoga Retreat India

This yoga retreat by Yoga Vidya Mandiram Yoga School is a unique and powerful program to experience deep relaxation, healing, and transformation through both traditional and modern form of asana and pranayama practices, yoga Nidra, yogic cleansing processes, and many contemporary meditation practices. At the same time, the aspirants will have opportunity to explore the Himalayas shrines and temple.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Daily mantra recitations and relaxation
  • Introductory study of Indian philosophies
  • Opportunity to explore the Himalayas shrines and temples
  • Daily pranayama and breath awareness practices
  • Exploring the holy town of Rishikesh
  • Daily vegetarian meals with snacks
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction

The maximum participants in the group is 25

Airport transfer available:
Jolly Grant Airport (US$15 per person)

Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$75 per person)

3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English; English; Hindi;
The maximum participants in the group is 25

Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Daily mantra recitations and relaxation
  • An introductory study of Indian philosophies
  • Opportunity to explore the Himalayan shrines and temples
  • Daily pranayama and breath awareness practices
  • Exploring the holy town of Rishikesh
  • Daily vegetarian meals with snacks
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Retreat Style

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Ashtanga Yoga
  • Nidra Yoga
  • Karma
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Program

Yoga Vidya Mandiram Yoga School is a registered yoga school centered in Rishikesh, India. The center is dedicated to restore, explore and impart the purest form of knowledge of yogic studies and its practices with their scientific verification. It intends to maintain the yogic teachings to their ancient and traditional purity as taught by the yogis of the Himalayan masters. Thus it is a bridge between pure and traditional form to contemporary format of teaching yoga.

Yoga is a science and art of living blissfully. Knowingly or unknowingly, you are continuously looking for the solution of body, mind, and soul issues. Yoga retreat at Yoga Vidya Mandiram provides a solid platform to explore the yogic spiritual roots in the Himalayas through yogic practices along with visiting shrines, temples, and ashrams.

Retreat curriculum

Yoga Vidya Mandiram guides its students of yoga to a journey of self-discovery and inspires to practice yoga holistically. Yoga is a process of integrating the body, breath, and the mind and focus are placed on other limbs of the practice beyond the physical yoga asanas.

Yoga Foundation

  • Introduction to meditation
  • Introduction breathing practice
  • Introduction to the concept and basic practice of relaxation

Pranayama

  • Introduction to Pranayama practice
  • Sitting posture for pranayama practice
  • Basic pranayama practice: Nadi Shodhana

Basic Yoga Philosophy

  • Introduction to Yoga Philosophy
  • What is Yoga?
  • Why Yoga?

Basic Yoga Anatomy

  • Health & Yoga

Relaxation & Meditation

  • Practice basic relaxation techniques
  • Sequence of relaxation practices
  • What is meditation and what is not
  • Two to five minutes meditation

1st Day Schedule:

  • 10:30 - 11:00 Opening fire ceremony
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Yoga Foundation class
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Self-Study & Free time
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Yoga Philosophy
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Tea break
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Relaxation & Meditation
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 21:00 Free Time / VDO Lecture by Swami Rama / Swami Veda Bharati (Optional)
  • 21:00 Go to sleep!

2nd Day Schedule:

  • 05:00 Wake Up!
  • 06:15 - 06:30 Mantra Chanting
  • 06:30 - 07:30 Pranayama
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Hatha yoga (Classical)
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Excursion time
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Self-Study & Free time
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Tea break
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Relaxation & Meditation
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Free Time
  • 21:00 Go to sleep!

3rd Day Schedule:

  • 05:00 Wake Up!
  • 06:15 - 06:30 Mantra Chanting
  • 06:30 - 07:30 Pranayama
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Hatha yoga (Classical)
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Basic Yoga Anatomy
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Closing / Check-Out Time
  • 12:30 - 14:30 Lunch

Schedule is subject to changes without prior notice.

Please note that the first day of the retreat will start with an opening fire ceremony at 10.30 a.m. Yoga Vidya Mandiram advises that you arrive at least 1-2 hours early to settle into your room and take your time before the retreat starts.

What is included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Filtered water, herbal tea, and snacks
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation practice
  • Daily pranayama and breath awareness practice
  • Daily mantra recitations
  • Wi-Fi connection
  • Free use of yoga tools during the course
  • Local sightseeing exploration
  • Neti pot and sutra neti
  • Participation certification from Yoga Vidya Mandiram

What is not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional meals and activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Air conditioned room charge

Additional Details

Accommodation

  • Check-in Time: 12:00
  • Check-out Time: 12:00

Facilities

  •  Smoke-free property
  •  Yoga studio
  •  Free Wi-Fi
  •  Library

 

The accommodation is facilitated with Wi-Fi connection and with air-conditioning available (on request only). However, please note that Yoga Vidya Mandiram School provides accommodation for a student who joins yoga classes. Any friends or relatives will not be included in the accommodation.

There are two room options available for this course: a single private room and double shared room. The rooms are equipped with double beds, air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi connection. All rooms are shared with the same gender. Mother and daughter, wife and husband can share their rooms. The bathrooms are equipped with hot showers and towels.

 

 

Included excursions

You will explore the holy town of Rishikesh situated on the river Ganges and you will also go on a tour to visit Himalaya's shrines and temples at either one of the locations:

  • Kunjapuri Himalayan Temple
  • Vasishtha Cave
  • Experience trekking up to Neergaddu Waterfall

 

Retreat location

This yoga and meditation retreat will be held at Yoga Vidya Mandiram Yoga School, Rishikesh, India. 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, and it is the perfect location for your activities.

Distances

  • Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport (DED), 15 kilometers

 

Unique features

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Concierge desk
  • River
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Room cleaning

Things to Do

  • Shopping
  • Mountain hiking

Food

During this yoga training, you will be served daily three delicious and healthy vegetarian meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinners. Filtered water, herbal tea, and snacks are also available. The menu is creative and balanced with proteins so you feel full and satisfied. If you are planning to have fast in any day, please inform Yoga Vidya Mandiram for avoiding food waste.

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

Meet The Instructors

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Manish Kumar Prajapati

In Manish’s eyes, Yoga is the gateway to learning and understanding your true-self, to see beyond the physical and discover the subtilities of your authentic character. He believes that the beauty of yoga for him, is that it always gives satisfaction and joy, in every form. On his unique path, he has developed qualities allowing him to enjoy each moment within society, and these qualities he carries with him into his teaching. Manish feels that to practice yoga is to practice conscious living, and this is a view he integrates into his classes.

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Sandeep Pandey

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.

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Yogacharya Lalit

Yogacharya Lalitji is a qualified experienced Hatha-Yoga and Pranayama instructor at Yoga Vidya Mandiram. He was born in the spiritual family in Yamuna Nagar, Haryana. He began his yoga journey in the lap of the Himalayan yogi Swami Veda Bharatiji who initiated him into the path of Yoga and Meditation. In his academic education, he holds his E-RYT 200 and 500 RYT from Yoga Alliance, USA. He brings sincere love for students in his classes he holds. He sees yoga a way of inspiring lives and a meaning of discovering one’s self. He keeps looking for new opportunities to enhance his knowledge.

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Priya Pooja

Priya Poojaji is a qualified experienced yoga anatomy and physiology instructor at Yoga Vidya Mandiram. She was born in the spiritual family of Swami Rama of the Himalayas. She began her yoga journey in the lap of the Himalayan yogis since her early age. Her spiritual master, Swami Veda Bharatiji, initiated her into the path of yoga and meditation when she was 15 years old. Since then, she has been untiredly dedicated herself to the learning of yogic knowledge and it’s different sciences, yoga anatomy, and physiology. She holds her E-RYT 200 and 500-RYT from Yoga Alliance, USA.

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Karamjit Singh

Yogacharya Karamjit was born and brought up in a Hindu and Yogic family, whose roots are deeply emerged with Yogi’s lineage. He learned basics of yoga from a wandering monk, since childhood, he stayed and practiced yoga under the revered Monks and Yogis in monasteries. Yogacharya Karamjit did 300 hours Yoga Instructor course and Post Graduation Degree in Yoga from Swami Vivekananda Yoga University and earned his Master in Yoga Science (M.Sc) Degree. He did Yoga and Vedanta certificate course from Swami Shivanada Ashram (Divine life Society) at Rishikesh, India.

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Piyush Saxena

Piyush Saxena has been a sadhaka of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition as taught by Swami Rama and Swami Veda Bharati for several years. He has a great passion for the philosophy and practices of yoga Nidra and meditation, as well as practice Hatha yoga as a meditative process to support his meditation practices. Piyush wants to inspire people and teach yogic practices that can help them in their daily life, business life, student life, family life, corporate life, and more importantly guide them to become an enlightened human being.

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Saurabh Mishra

Saurabh developed a keen interest in yoga since childhood. He was born and educated in Rishikesh, the world’s capital of yoga. He began his yoga journey in the holy city of Rishikesh. He is an experienced teacher of Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for the past 3 years and is in pursuit of his master’s degree in Yoga, as well as continuously undergoing self-practices and self-studies of yoga.

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Location Yoga Vidya Mandiram, Bhandari Swiss Cottage, Tapovan Bypass, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Recommended Airports

  • (DED) Jolly Grant Airport 14 km Transfer available for additional US$15 per person
  • (DEL) Indira Gandhi International Airport: 209 km Transfer available for additional US$75 per person

 

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), from where you can take a domestic flight to Jolly Grant Airport Dheradun (DED). Another option is to book your flight directly to arrive at Jolly Grant Airport (DED).

Arrival by taxi

Taxis are always available anywhere in India. The drive from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to Rishikesh will take around six hours depending on traffic conditions.

Arrival by bus

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.

Arrival by train

The best option is to reach Haridwar train station, about 45 minutes away from Rishikesh, by road on a driven taxi or the so called tuktuks. From Delhi, the train ride takes approximately eight hours, depending on the train. Haridwar is serviced by many trains from and to Delhi, Varanasi, Rajasthan, Amritsar, and many others.

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer available: Jolly Grant Airport (US$15  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$75 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

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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.

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