Rishikesh Spiritual Yoga Retreat

Discover hidden part of yoga with true and pure knowledge of Yoga Philosophy, experience Yoga and meditation beyond the asana. Join this retreat and change your life for harmony and balance!

15 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English; French; German; Hindi; Russian; Sanskrit;
The maximum participants in the group is 10

Highlights

  • Meditation and Pranayama
  • Fire ceremony & ancient rituals
  • Deep learning of Bhagavad Gita
  • Aura check up and mala string of beads
  • Upanishad Detailed Vedanta Mandala & Yantra workshop
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion of this Yoga Alliance Registered School program
  • Daily vegetarian meals and drinks
  • 14 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Retreat Style

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Ashtanga Yoga
  • Nidra Yoga
  • Kriya Yoga
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Program

The institute

The Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine was founded by Yogacharya Dr. Sanjeev Pandey Ji. It was established to provide education in Vedic science, holistic treatment, and support programs with yogic and Ayurvedic methods in common and non-curative diseases and help humans control emotions, remove fears, improve their lives, find themselves in a society of modern technology, and open their power in order to feel harmony and happiness.

The institute is accredited by International Yoga Alliance and followed its policy on sexual misconduct towards the client that makes all their programs safe and secure for female students. The institute keeps the ancient yogic tradition of Himalayan masters adapted to contemporary service requirements according to international standards of yoga education. Its teachers were born in yogic families and have scientific degrees in yoga, astrology, and Ayurveda. Its yoga masters have spent more than 90,000 hours on improving their practice of yoga postures and meditation.

Its founder, Dr. Sanjeev Pandey, has spent more than 20,000 hours in the deep meditation in the Himalayan mountains. Vedansha collaborates with medical doctors and performs research in yoga and cancer in Germany. It also performs special healing programs for people with different diseases to support their health. Its programs are based on centuries-old traditions and adapted to contemporary conditions that make its clients 99 per cent satisfied.

 

Curriculum

SANSKRIT

  • Introduction to sanskrit letters, writing, reading and correct pronunciation
  • Hidden sense of Sanskrit
  • Power of Sanskrit Texts
  • DNA and Sanskrit letters

BHAGAVAD GITA

  • I Chapter Visada Yoga - The Yoga of Dejection of Arjuna
  • II Chapter Sankhya Yoga - The Yoga of Knowledge
  • III Chapter Karma Yoga - The Yoga of action
  • IV Chapter Jnana Yoga
  • The Yoga of knowledge as well as disciplines of action and knowledge
  • V Chapter Karma Vairagya Yoga - The Yoga of discipline and knowledge
  • VI Abhyasa Yoga - The Yoga of self control
  • VII Paramahamsa Vijnana Yoga - Knowledge of Nirguna Brahma & Manifest Divinity
  • VII Aksara Parabrahman Yoga - The yoga of indestructible Brahma
  • IX Raja Vidya Guhya Yoga - The Yoga of sovereign science and sovereign secret
  • X Vibhuti Vistara Yoga - The Yoga of divine Glories
  • XI Visvarupa Darsana Yoga - The yoga of vision of the universal form
  • XII Bhakti Yoga - The Yoga of devotion
  • XIII Ksetra-ksetrajna Vibhaga Yoga - The yoga between discrimination of the field and knower of the field
  • XIV Gunatraya Vibhaga Yoga - The Yoga of division of 3 Gunas
  • XVIII Moksa Opadesa Yoga - The Yoga of liberation through the pass of knowledge and self-surrender
  • XV Purusottama Yoga - The Yoga of the supreme person
  • XVI Daivasura Sampad Vibhaga Yoga - The Yoga of division between the device and demoniacal properties
  • XVII Sraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - The Yoga of division of threefold faith

UPANISHAD

  • Meaning, sense and application
  • 13 mainUpanishads
  • Brihadaranyaka
  • Chandogya
  • Kena
  • Aitareya
  • Kaushitaki
  • Katha
  • Mundaka
  • Taittriyaka
  • Brihadaranyaka
  • Svetasvatara
  • Isa
  • Prasna
  • Mandukya
  • Maitri
  • Vedanta
  • Main and sub-traditions of Vedanta
  • Vedanta Orthodox & Heterodox
  • Advaita (non-dualism), Vishishtadvaita (qualified non-dualism), and Dvaita
  • Bhedabheda
  • Dvaitadvaita
  • Achintya Bheda Abheda
  • Shuddhadvaita

PHILOSOPHICAL ASPECTS

  • Human Life: Meaning & Aim of Life
  • Yoga, meditation - introduction / its origin & development
  • Introduction of Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutra, relation to meditation
  • Panch-Klesha (Five Causes Of Pain & Miseries)
  • Yama, Niyama (social and personal rules and regulations) Asana (physical posture), Pranayama (breathing techniques), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the mind from the senses), Dharna (concentration), Dhayan (meditation), Samadhi (self-realization)
  • Classification of meditation
  • Different types of yoga meditation & how to choose the suitable one
  • Obstacles in meditative practice & how to overcome them
  • Stages of the Yogic experiences and its achievements by birth or through training
  • Samadhi Philosophical and practical aspect. Is it possible to achieve?
  • Philosophical aspects of Mudra & Bandha

PRANAYMA & MUDRA

  • Basic Pranayama Techniques & Benefits for Meditation (Neti, Kapalabhati, Nadi Shodana with retention and without retention, bastrika, surya bheda)
  • Practical aspects of mudra and bandha*Nadi and their role in Meditation
  • Prana and Lifestyle
  • Breathing and life span
  • Kriyas (Body Cleansing Methods): (Neti, Kapalabhati, kunjali)

MEDITATION

  • Basic Meditation Practice (OM Meditation, Breath awareness Meditation, Trataka, Yoga Nidra, Sound Meditation, Sakshi Meditation, Nadi meditation, 5 elements meditation)

MANDALA & YANTRA

  • Meaning, types, application
  • What is a purpose of Madala & Yantra
  • How to make Mandala & Yantra Yourself

POOJA & FIRE CEREMONY

  • Purpose, types
  • How to perform the fire ceremony
  • Pooja for well being, health, wedding, childbirth, success in business
  • How to achieve success in meditation, how to overcome difficulties in meditation

MANTRA

  • Basic Mantras, correct pronunciation, understanding and chanting of mantra

PRE-REQUISITES

  • You have to have interest to learn Vedic science, personal work on body and mind and not only to spend vacation as on all inclusive resort. Vedansha are spiritual Ashram and do not allow following activity: eating non-vegetarian meal, smoking, drinking alcohol, abuse their staff, show any type of sexual misconduct, manipulating, annoying other clients, damage the vedansha property, study material, interrupt teaching process.
  • Individuals with disabilities or ailments, people who have any disease or unfit before the course are advised to refrain from applying. If you join course, and feel worse after this, Vedansha will help you to arrange all required medical help, but they will not allow you to continue the course and your payment will be not refunded.
  • Minimum age at the time of admission is 18 years. Applicants aged over 60 years could apply after consultation with Vedansha via email.
  • Pregnant women need a medical authorization permitting them to practice yoga from their own country with translation in English
  • Any candidate found unfit after the commencement of the course will not be permitted to continue the training and a refund of fees and other charges will not be admissible
  • This teacher training course requires educational abilities and the desire to study the program according to the standards of Yoga Alliance USA. Students are reminded to remain aware and respectful of cultural differences among the participants and teachers. Any disruptions to the teaching process or behavior deemed harmful to other students, teachers, or the institute's property is in violation of the rules and policies of Vedansha Institute. Violation of the school's policies may result in dismissal from the program without any refund of the course fees.
  • The teachers are not fitness instructors, most of them are spiritual yoga masters who have a completely different way of life and devotion to their practice. Some of them are monks, pandits in temples or swamis. They request you to please be polite and respect their work. If you find something that not suitable for you or for your faith or mentality, please do not put the blame on them. Let them know at the front desk, online or just discuss with Founder Dr Pandey Ji directly if you want any changes and what you find not suitable for you. In 99% misunderstanding will be solved in a good way.
  • The course language is English. Any other mentioned language is used for online communication and in some cases can be used in communication during the course on the place. If you wish to get a translator for any other language kindly request to ask about availability before booking. If a booking is done without the request of translation Vedansha have right to cancel the booking and refund the deposit. If translation will be requested on place Vedansha has right to dismiss the client from the course and do not refund the deposit. If a client request to arrange another school with appropriate language ability it can be done upon request if the school with this language is available in Rishikesh for extra costs.
  • The booking should be performed by the person who is going to participate in the course. If a booking is done by the third person (relatives, friends, parents etc) the direct participant should send Vedansha an email or scanned copy of confirmation that he/she acknowledge the program, rules and regulations of the organizer.
  • Any candidate who decided to change the program after arriving have to apply for it in written form. If you decide to cancel the course after arriving, Vedansha will have to charge amount that covered our costs of 30% of the course days as Vedansha reserve teacher, accommodation, meal prior to your arriving.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 06:30 Wake up and cleansing
  • 06:30 - 07:00 Shatkriya and herbal tea (yogic cleansing with Jala neti - special techniques of nose cleansing, pooja - mantra recitation and fire ceremony purification)
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Pranayama; breathing exercises
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast; special yogic menu
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Yoga philosophy
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Mantra chanting & Sanskrit
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Free time
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Free time or visit spiritual temple/ceremony
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Spiritual yoga practical class
  • 17:30 - 18:15 Yoga Nidra or guided meditation; guided relaxation practice, meditation, and concentration
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Free time
  • 22:00 - 06:00 Sleep

What is included

  • 1 t-shirt with the school symbol
  • 1 excursion
  • 1 Ayurvedic massage
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals plus herbal teas
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Cleansing kit and a daily detox tea
  • Full support during your stay at the institute and help provided 24 hours
  • Herbs suggestions for well being
  • Mala string of beads energized by Ji Yogacharya and Dr. S.K.Pandey
  • Short Aura check up
  • Study materials
  • Theoretical and practical skills
  • Certificate of completion
  • Wi-Fi

What is not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Detailed aura check-up
  • Detailed Vedic horoscope assessment
  • Naturopathic consultation
  • Other Ayurvedic procedures and consultation

Additional Details

Accommodation

  • Check-in Time:13:00
  • Check-out Time:12:00

Starting from January 1st, 2019, Vedansha are happy to offer absolutely great accommodation at reasonable price. Located in Tapovan, far from noisy streets and crowd in a newly built building, they offer single, shared twin, shared double, family suite and comfortable dormitory rooms. This type of accommodation will help you to relax and concentrate on your priorities of training.

There are a total of 12 air-conditioned and 4 non-air-conditioned rooms. Most of the rooms have a wonderful view on Himalayan Mountains. Each room has a big private bathroom and equipped with the following facilities:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot water
  • Heater during the cold season
  • Air conditioned
  • TV
  • Security
  • Clean towels, bed sheets, pillow & bed covers and blankets
  • Toilet paper
  • Free filtered water
  • Inverter and generator in case of light off

Vedansha also provide car parking and restaurant area.

Please note that sometimes the power goes off in the whole Rishikesh city area. During these moments, you will have light, air condition, Wi-Fi in your rooms because of the special electricity generator.

Guests will have the choice to stay at Vedansha's retreat center or the hotel. If guests book in the hotel, the classes will be held in Ashram (500 metres from Hotel). Vedansha provides free transportation till there and back. If you book a stay in retreat center, your classes will take place at the same place and Ashram nearby.

Facilities

  •  Health Club
  •  Spa
  •  Steam room
  •  Air-conditioned public areas
  •  Air-conditioned rooms
  •  Dining area

Retreat location

This training will be held at the Moksha Ashram and the Kriya Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, India.

Nearby places

  • Dehradun Airport (DED), 15 kilometers
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) - 6 hours

 

Things to Do

Optional 

During your free time, you may go to the venue's library and relax reading a book or visit the spa center for a treatment. You may also book a private consultation for Ayurvedic or Naturopathic treatment.

Food

Food is provided in this price .

The following meals are included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:
  • Ayurvedic
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Yogic

Spa Treatment

During this training, one Ayurvedic massage session are included in the price package. Other spa treatments are available, on request, for an additional cost.

Meet The Instructors

Sanjeev, Ashish, Awdhesh, & 10 Other

Sanjeev Pandey

Yogachariya Dr. Sanjeev Pandey Ji is the founder of the Vedansha. He has a PhD in yoga therapy and naturopathy, and he is a Himalayan yogi from the seventh generation. 1990 -1995 University of Lucknow with the diploma of bachelor of science (ZBC) in biology. 2008 - 2011 Master degree in yogic science and human consciousness and become a Yogachariya. Since 1999, he began his teaching career in yoga in Rishikesh. Since 2016, PhD in yoga therapy and naturopathy. E-RYT 500 and member of IAYT (International Alliance of yoga therapy).

Ashish Rawat

Ashish is a yoga master with a uniqueness that attracts the learners with his dynamic teaching style. He was born in a Vedic family and is a certified yoga teacher that has been teaching during six years. In this period of time, he had shown exceptional qualities of a yoga teacher in Hatha and Ashtanga style. He undertook the yogic training from the international school of yoga, Ved Niketan Dham in Rishikesh and gained the master degree in yogic sciences from the Sanskrit University in Uttarakhand.

Awdhesh Semwal

Awdhesh is an asana teacher for Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. He was born in Rishikesh, the capital of yoga. His yogic practice started from 2011 after he met various yoga masters who inspired him and encouraged him to come to yoga path. He began to study in Uttarakhand Sanskrit University yoga philosophy and started his own practice as well. He obtained positiveness, peace in mind, and physical health. Awdesh Semwal completed his diploma in yoga and other degrees in 2014.

Usha Vaishnava

Having studied Ayurveda and herbal medicine at Kanpur in the Kanpur University in 1966, Dr. Usha completed her internationally recognized bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery in 1997. Her competence is evident in her extensive and varied experience during the past 20 years, has shared her expertise as a lecturer of Kaya Chikitsa at Himalaya Ayurvedic College (Bareilly, U.P.), as a trainee physician in Arya Vaidya Sala (Kottakkal, Kerala), and Panchkarma specialist.

Jyotish Acharya

Pandit Shiva Ji or Jyotish Acharya is a famous traditional Vedic astrologer in Rishikesh. He is well qualified in astrology and Vedic science, he completed his Jyotish Acharya (master degree in astrological science) and Ved Acharya (master degree in Vedic science and Vastu Shastra) from Sampoorna Nanda Sanskrit University, Kashi (Varanasi), India. He worked with great Himalayan Astro Masters and he lives and teaches in Rishikesh, sharing his knowledge of Vedanta, astrology, and Vedic karma kand.

Sandeep Semwal

He is a master of yoga in traditional Hatha, Ashtanga, pranayama, and meditation styles. He lived in different ashrams during his childhood in north India and learned yoga from Himalayan masters. After he completes his master degree (Yogacharya) in Sanskrit University of Uttarakhand, he started to share his knowledge with his students. In free time Sandeep used to go to a spiritual place in Kedarnath and Badrinath to balance his energy and develop more in his practice. He is very polite and passionate teacher. He can teach either beginners or advanced students as well.

Hemlata Bahuguna

Hemlata Bahaguna (Yoga anatomy, and physiology teacher, physiotherapist). She was born in New Tehri, located in the Indian state of Uttrakhand. After school Hemlata entered in combined (P.G.) Institute of Medical Science and Research (CIMSR), Dehradun where she is graduated in Bachelor of Physiotherapy, during graduation she started working in the field of ‘Effect of physiotherapy on Rib-Fracture & Spinal-Cord Injuries. She is an expert in the field of yoga anatomy & physiotherapy. Hemlata Bahaguna was working in 2009-2010 CMI Hospital, Dehradun (Physiotherapy department & faculty of anatomy).

Sonu Badoni

was born in Holy place and origin of Yoga – Rishikesh . He is practicing yoga since 2008. He is certified yoga teacher with Diplom from Sanskrit University of Haridwar. In 2013 he completed certification of 200 Hours of yoga alliance USA. He practicing Hatha, Karma, Bhakti, Mantra, Gyan, YIN yoga . These experience changed his life. Being a young boy he was learning yoga in Ashram from traditional yoga masters and implemented that knowledge in his teaching as well. Sonu follows yogic life style and 8 limbs of Ashtanga yoga. He is teaching beginners, intermediate & advanced classes.

Lakhiram

Lakhiram is one of the best and talanted meditation teacher in Rishikesh. He was born in Himalayan Village and was dedicated for yoga. He completed his education in Himalayan Yoga Institute in Haridwar and choose meditation as main subject. Since 7 years he is teaching in different schools in Rishikesh meditation, mantra, kirtan.

Deepak Aggrawal

Experienced spiritual master, yoga instructor. He born in Hariyana state in India. He completed the secondary education in HBSE in Bhiwani. His excellent notes in maths and physics gave him good opportunity to become a teacher of these subject, however the destiny offered another opportunity to him. After revealed of some health issues, where the medical science was not able to help, he started to search the holistic way of healing. Anth his path lead him in Rishikesh to Dr Pandey ji. He completed Bsc in 2015 and currently study yoga subject as additional subject. He is RYS 500, YIN Yoga

Vedansh Pandey

Vedansh Pandey (yoga teacher) is a son of fonder and yogi in 8-th genertion. He is dedicated to continue the vedic tradition of Pandey Ji’s family and be a yogi. He is practicing yoga since childhood, knows very well all types of fire ceremonies, kriyas, shatkarmas. He is RYT 200. He is follower of Bharadwaj Gotra line, keeps bramacharya and doing self practice daily. He masters asana, pranayama, meditation techniques under father’s control and integrate them in his teaching. He is permanent student of spiritual Anandam Gurkul and learns there from himalayan masters secrets of hatha yoga.

Jyoti Sharma

Jyoti is a professional female massage therapist. She completed her education in ayurveda therapy and massage in 1995 and performs massage to our female clients as well as shirodhara and other detox procedures as panchakarma.

Dr Dipak Saklani

Ayurveda doctor and teacher Dr Saklani practicing ayurveda and responsible for theoretical as well as practical classes in ayurveda therapy, cooking, massage. High qualified and experienced with practical exprience Ayurveda doctor and teacher is practicing ayurveda and responsible for theoretical as well as practical classes in ayurveda therapy, cooking, massages, Dr. Saklani complited Government Ayurvedic College, Gurukul Kangari Haridwar in 2010 (BAMS in Ayurveda, Panchakarma, SPA, Ayurvedic Medicines).

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Location Moksha Ashram, 140 Badrinath Road, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249192, India

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Alternatively, you may book your flight to arrive at Dehradun Airport (DED). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Arrival by bus

You may choose the Volvo service from Delhi, however bus traveling could cause inconveniences to first-time travelers.

Arrival by train

Please take a train to Haridwar from New Delhi Railway Station. From Haridwar, there are many transport facilities available that will bring you to Rishikesh. Transfer from and to this train station is available upon request.

Arrival by taxi

Upon your arrival to either the Dehradun Airport (DED) or the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), you may hire a taxi. Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine has a transport package which covers the cost from Delhi Airport to Rishikesh by taxi and back for an additional cost.

Booking And Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 5 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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