14-Day Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama Retreat in Dharamshala, India

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Overview

Suitable for intermediate, beginner, and advanced practitioners
Daily yoga practices
Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa yoga practices
6 kriya and mudra techniques lessons
Daily meals, snacks, and drinks
Asana and pranayama practices
Yoga philosophy, anatomy, and methodology classes
Evening meditation and arati session
Instruction in English
Max. 20 participants
At Shree Hari Yoga School, you will experience holistic training in all aspects of yoga, from yoga asana to philosophy. Shree Hari Yoga aims to guide you as you deepen your practice, develop your confidence, and feel the transforming effects the yogic lifestyle can bring. Shree Hari Yoga offers teacher training courses, yoga retreats, and drop-in classes. For teacher training courses, students should be prepared to be mentally and physically challenged during the intense course. For those looking for a more relaxed exploration of yoga, Shree Hari Yoga offers yoga retreats, and this is a complete retreat for you. 
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Program

Pranayama
In the classical understanding of Pranayama from the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, it is taught that prana is the life force while Yama is the practice to control. Therefore, pranayama can be understood as ‘to control the life force’. The various techniques of breathing exercises and regulatory methods performed by the yogi can allow access to deep levels of healing, psychic expansions, and vital energy which can both support the overall yogic practise (sadhana) as well as the health and strength of the practitioner. During the practice of pranayama, the stimulation of the system of Nadis in the body is activated, in time giving through experience perception realms beyond the physical such as the emotional, the pain, the pranic, and the bliss bodies. 

Eventually, this leads the practitioners through a process both of self-healing and spiritual advancement. Several interpretations and understandings of what pranayama is and does have been stated by advanced and realized yogis as well as have been written in sacred texts of India. Some prominent examples of this come from the well-known spiritual teacher Shankaracharya who expressed in his profound teachings on the spiritual thought that the practice of pranayama is to retain nothing but the experience, though, and perception of Brahman (pure consciousness). 

While in the sacred scripture The Gita, it has been written that there are two aspects of the breath which are; the outgoing (Apana) and the incoming (prana). In this manner when these two parts merge together there is the experience of pure Brahman (pure consciousness). In this state of Brahman, it is beyond the mind, the ego, and duality. In deeper states of pranayama practice, you have purified the mind, body, and the nadis to such a degree that true meditation is accessed.

Meditation
Beyond the body and mind, you are Atman (soul). Meditation is the act of observing, realizing, and merging the body and mind with the Atman. Ultimately the yogi wishes to merge the Atman (individual soul) with the Paramatma (universal consciousness). An essential principle of yoga is to utilize asanas and pranayama practices to prepare the body and mind for meditation, which is the path of Raja yoga (king yoga). Dhyana (meditation) is about immersing your consciousness into one of the infinite aspects of the divine; which are bliss, truth, joy, compassion, love, peace, forgiveness, and humbleness among the other virtuous moral values.

Through an authentic meditative practice, you will cultivate a clear relationship with your true self. Additionally, meditation helps you not only to calm your mind but also to boost your immune system with continued practice meditation improves all aspects of your life, and your relationship to the world. Through meditation, you can learn to elevate your energy beyond the destructive patterns of stress, depression, anxiety, or addictions. Ultimately, leaving you feeling completely content and complete within yourself.

Ashtanga yoga
Ashtanga style of yoga is taught in the Mysore manner by K. Pattabhi Jois. This method of practice is more associated with toning the body and expanding your physical strength. It is more grounding and helps in digesting thoughts. It also helps in activating the nadis, the energy channels, through the structure of the practice. The resulting effects of Ashtanga yoga practice will be experienced immediately. This particular practice involves a more potent experience of bodily and mental release. This can produce swift healing and strengthening experiences, leaving the practitioner more energized.

Optional activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Dalai Lama lectures (according to his holiness schedule)
  • Indian music classes
  • Kirtan and Satsang
  • Macrame classes
  • Organized trips to nearby attractions
  • Paragliding
  • Sightseeing
  • Singing bowl classes
  • Skill exchanging
  • Tibetan treatments
  • Triund hill trekking
  • Visit Dalai Lama Temple

Accommodation

Caters for vegetarian diets
Café
Kitchen
Smoke-free property
Currency exchange
Bar
Convenience / grocery store
Garden
Restaurant
Yoga shala
Free Wi-Fi
Terrace
Tour assistance

Check-in

11:00

Check-out

14:00

The accommodation offered is simple but comfortable and clean, and close to the school. The accommodation offers double and single rooms with attached bathrooms including the Indian or Western-style toilet, as well as a hot water shower. Some of the accommodations provided at the school are going to have shared bathrooms, but most of the accommodations provided have private bathrooms. There is also Wi-Fi access available.

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Single Room
Private room | Shared bathroom | $995

Food

Shree Hari Yoga provides three healthy, energy-boosting meals per day, from Monday to Saturday. Sunday is a holiday for staff and students and they encourage you to try some of the delicious food on offer in the surrounding area. The kitchen staff pride themselves on their local, fresh, seasonally-appropriate ingredients. They aim to give you all the energy you need for this intensive time. Let them nourish your soul and fill your body with prana-supporting meals!

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

Location

Dharamshala, nestled in the tranquillity of the Himalayan mountains, is the home of the world-famous spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. In the lush green mountains surrounding the school, you will find Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas. A short walk up the mountain will take you to secluded meditation spots with breathtaking views of the valley.

Nearby Towns

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dharamshala Gaggal Airport (DHM), which is about 12 kilometers south from Dharamshala and about 10 kilometers north of Kangra, Himachal Pradesh town.

Arrival by bus

Buses of all classes (deluxe, air-conditioned and regular) travel daily between Dharamshala and major Indian cities (Dehli, Chandigarh, Shimla).

Arrival by train

The nearest train stations to Shree Hari Yoga school are Chamunda Marg (25 kilometers) and Patankhot (94 kilometers), from which you can take a taxi to the school.

Nearest airports
DHM Kangra Airport
11 km
IXP Pathankot Airport
66 km
Nearest train stations
Nagrota
16km
Kangra Mandir
17km
Samloti
17km

Instructor

Shree Hari Singh Pawali (Shree Hari)
Shree
Guru Hari was raised by a Nepalese father and Indian mother in a cross-cultural context near Rishikesh. From an early age, Hari rejoiced in and sung mantra. Presently, Guru Hari teaches a traditional Hatha yoga combined with classical knowledge, experiential understanding, and wisdom, as well as a modern outlook. This style of yoga teaching by Guru Hari is essentially a Nath lineage tradition. Guru Hari is also a chef of Ayurvedic food which is known in yogi terminology as sattvic food.

What's included?

  • Teaching material
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals, healthy snacks, and drinks
  • Official T-shirts, bags, notepads, and pens
  • Course and certification fees
  • Wireless internet connection
  • 13 nights' accommodation

What's not included?

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals or nights
  • Personal expenses

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a 70% 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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