14-Day Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh, India

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Suitable for intermediate, beginner, and advanced practitioners
Daily yoga classes
Daily theory class on yogic philosophy
Certificate issued upon completion
Daily yogic meals
Meditation and pranayama sessions
Daily practice of mantra, kriya, and mudra
Excursion and sightseeing tours
This retreat is a perfect opportunity to take a break, escape the daily routine, and refresh your body and mind by practising various asana, pranayama, and meditation techniques. It is suitable for all levels. During these two weeks, you will experience traditional Hatha yoga - Patanjali yoga, get insight into yoga philosophy and get all benefits from various meditation techniques. 

Accommodation

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This yoga retreat will take place at Patanjali International Yoga Foundation in Rishikesh, India, situated on the banks of the holy Ganga River, at the foothills of the Himalayas. Rishikesh is a very relaxed and spiritual place, enabling you to get into a very peaceful atmosphere. It is believed that meditation in Rishikesh brings people closer to the attainment of moksha, as does a dip in the holy river that flows through it. 

The venue
During this retreat, you will stay in an ashram at Patanjali International Yoga Foundation. You will stay in single or shared rooms with attached bathrooms with hot water. Please keep in mind that this is not a hotel. Upon your arrival, you will be provided with soap and toilet paper. The rest of the time, you need to buy it. 

For your personal safety, please bring a padlock to your room. The ashram provides clean bed sheets and towels once a week, a shared kettle, iron, and hairdryer on each floor, and a blanket. 

Patanjali International Yoga Foundation ashram rules
  • The ashram gates are opened from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. By 10:00 p.m. everyone should be in their rooms
  • The outside guests are allowed to visit you from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the reception sitting place only and they are not allowed in the rooms
  • Please keep your rooms neat and clean with self-service
  • Please make a general cleaning before checking out or pay 500 INR for the general room’s cleaning
  • Please clean and dry your plates and cups after food
  • In case of using fat creams and skin oils, please use your own bed linens
  • Please save water
  • Put used toilet paper and sanitary items into the rubbish bin
  • Stick posters or other items on the walls are strictly prohibited
  • The use of electric heaters is strictly prohibited
  • Every guest is responsible for self-belongings
  • Any damage to the property is under your own responsibility and expenses should be refunded
  • Please through the rubbish from your rooms to the rubbish can near the main gates

Food
Patanjali International Yoga Foundation will provide five to six dishes in one meal with proper nutrition and freshly cooked. Food is yogic Ayurvedic vegetarian. Foods are suitable for both western and eastern students. There are different menus for each day.

If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 
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Program

Aim, objective, and requirements
During this retreat at Patanjali International Yoga Foundation, each day will start with chanting mantras, breathing exercises, and traditional Hatha yoga classes. During the day, you will have enough time to explore and enjoy the Rishikesh lifestyle, deepen your asana practice in the afternoon yoga class, and end the day with meditation. All classes will be taught by Dr Jitendra Das and his assistant yoga teachers. 

To be eligible to attend this yoga and meditation retreat, Patanjali International Yoga Foundation has established prerequisites to help create the groups, that are able to work together for two weeks of intensive toga journey. 

This is a journey of personal and professional development that builds on the practitioner's previous experience. It is easier and more comfortable to guide trainees if they have previous experience. Patanjali International Yoga Foundation recommends that all applicants have at least one year of regular yoga practice. 

The requirements of this retreat program follow a tight schedule where almost each of the five to six training hours in the day is assigned to some aspects of yoga. You could find the training intensive but enlightening. Depending on the yoga school, the mornings can begin as early as 06:00 a.m. with meditation followed by some yoga postures and maybe some classes or lectures in philosophy or anatomy. 


Course syllabus
Asana
You will learn about basic asanas (postures), including their different levels and variations, from beginner to advanced levels. In each asana, you will learn proper adjustments, alignments, techniques, corrections, contra-indications, physical and psychic awareness, and benefits.

Surya Namaskar (sun salutations)
Learn the 12 positions of sun salutations, their variations, points of concentration, breathing, and mantras. 

Pranayama
Learn the main types of pranayama breathing techniques: Anuloma - Viloma, Nadishodhana, Ujjai, Bhramari, Shitali, Bhastrika, and Khapalbhati.

Bandha
Learn the practice of the three bandhas (energy locks in the body): Mula bandha, Jalandhara bandha, Uddiyana bandha, and Maha bandha.

Kriya
Learn the practice Shatkriya ("six body cleansing methods"): Dhauti, Basti, Neti, Nauli, Tratak, and Kapalbhati.

Mudras
Learn and practice the main yogic mudras (gestures) according to Shatchakra and energy channels.

Meditation 
Learn and practice the main meditation techniques.

Mantra
Learn to chant and present the main Vedic mantras. 

Philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics
Patanjali International Yoga Foundation will explain and discuss the history and philosophy of yoga, according to Patanjali Yoga Sutras and Gheranda Samhita. Learn about the 8 limbs of yoga and their use in the modern yogic lifestyle.

Code of conduct
  • Discipline is an integral part of the training and so the course routine must be strictly followed
  • Disrespect of rules and regulations may result in course termination with no refund of the fee
  • The restricted dress code is white yoga trousers, T-shirt, socks, jacket, jumper, and shawl
  • Absenting from the scheduled program without prior permission from the teacher would be construed as a gross breach of discipline
  • A student must inform the staff in advance if they intend to skip a meal so there is no waste of food
  • Any activity that is not related to the course is not permitted
  • Do not be late for class, the door of the yoga hall would be closed and you will no longer be allowed to enter
  • Smoking and consumption of any drugs, alcohol, and meat are strictly prohibited during the training 
  • Animals and children under 12 years old are not allowed in the ashram. 

Course schedule
  • 06:00 Wake up and self-practice
  • 07:30 - 10:30 Morning yoga practice (mantra, kriya, pranayama, asana, relaxation)
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Lunch break (yogic meal)
  • 11:00 - 13:30 Non - contact hours (self - study)
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Herbal tea
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Theory class (philosophy, anatomy, art of teaching)
  • 17:00 - 19:00 Evening yoga practise (asana, adjustments, and Ashtanga Vinyasa) 
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner break (yogic meal)
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Meditation and kirtan
  • 22:00 Lights off

Excursions
Excursions and sightseeing tours are included in the retreat package. 

Optional activities
  • Bungee jumping
  • Cycling
  • Flying fox
  • Kayaking 
  • Motorcycle tours
  • Rafting
  • Sightseeing
  • Trekking
  • Tubing 

Instructor

Dr Jitendra Das
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Dr Jitendra Das has studied and practised yoga, Ayurveda, and Vedic scripture at school and university, as well as with senior Indian masters. He studied yoga, Ayurveda, Sanskrit, Veda, and related subjects in Haridwar. He teaches and practices yoga asana, pranayama, bandha, mantra, mudra, meditation, cleansing kriyas, Ayurveda, and Vedic chanting at Rishikesh, and gives conferences, workshops, and seminars worldwide.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a 85% refund

Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

No refund if you test positive for Covid
Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
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