3-Day Spiritual Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India

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Suitable for beginner practitioners
Daily yoga and meditation sessions
An introductory study of Indian philosophies
Daily pranayama and breath awareness practices
Daily vegetarian meals with snacks
Daily mantra recitations and relaxation
Opportunity to explore the Himalayan shrines and temples
Exploring the holy town of Rishikesh
Instruction in English
Max. 25 participants
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 forms of asana and pranayama practices, and yoga Nidra, yogic cleansing processes, and many contemporary meditation practices. At the same time, the aspirants will have the opportunity to explore the Himalayas shrines and temples.
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Program

Yoga Vidya Mandiram Yoga School is a registered yoga school centred in Rishikesh, India. The centre is dedicated to restoring, exploring and imparting 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 forms to the 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 on a journey of self-discovery and inspires them to practise yoga holistically. Yoga is a process of integrating the body, breath, and the mind and focus is 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 
  • The sequence of relaxation practices 
  • What is meditation and what is not 
  • Two to five minutes of meditation 

The 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.

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

Optional activities
  • Shopping
  • Mountain hiking
Day 1
10.30am
Opening fire ceremony
11am
Yoga Foundation class
12.30pm
Lunch
1.30pm
Self-Study & Free time
3pm
Yoga Philosophy
4pm
Tea break
4.30pm
Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
6pm
Relaxation & Meditation
7pm
Dinner
8pm
Free Time/VDO Lecture by Swami Rama/Swami Veda Bharati (Optional)
9pm
Go to sleep!
Day 2
5am
Wake Up!
6.15am
Mantra Chanting
6.30am
Pranayama
7.30am
Hatha yoga (Classical)
9am
Breakfast
10am
Excursion time
1pm
Lunch
2pm
Self-Study & Free time
4pm
Tea break
4.30pm
Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
6pm
Relaxation & Meditation
7pm
Dinner
8pm
Free time
9pm
Go to sleep!
Day 3
5am
Wake up!
6.15am
Mantra Chanting
6.30am
Pranayama
7.30am
Hatha yoga (classical)
9am
Breakfast
10am
Basic Yoga Anatomy
11am
Closing/Check-out time
12.30pm
Lunch

Accommodation

Caters for vegetarian and vegan diets
Smoke-free property
Free Wi-Fi
Parking
Yoga studio
Library

Check-in

12:00

Check-out

12:00

The accommodation is facilitated with a 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 a double shared room. The rooms are equipped with double beds, air-conditioning, and a 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.

Single bed icon
Single Room
Private room | Private bathroom | $120
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Twin Room
Shared room | Private bathroom | $99
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Double Room
Private room | Private bathroom | $198

Food

During this yoga training, you will be served daily three delicious and healthy vegetarian meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner. 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 a fast on any day, please inform Yoga Vidya Mandiram for avoiding food waste.

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

What's 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's not included?

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

Location

This yoga teacher training will be held at Yoga Vidya Mandiram Yoga School, Rishikesh, India. Nearby there is Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport (DED) which is 15 kilometres from the centre. 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, it is the perfect location for your activities.

Nearby Towns

Narendranagar
5 km
Rishikesh
7 km
Dehra Dun
Dehra Dun
35 km

How to get there

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.

Nearest airports
DED Jolly Grant Airport
Transfer available for additional € 14 per person
14 km
DEL Indira Gandhi International Airport
Transfer available for additional € 71 per person
209 km
Nearest train stations
Rishikesh
4km
Yog Nagari Rishikesh
4km
Virbhadra
9km

Instructors

Subhash Petwal
Subhash
Subhash Petwal is an asana yoga instructor who is experienced teaching internationally and locally in the styles of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and Hatha yoga. He has undergone his training in Mysore and Kaivalyadhama Lonavala and has been undergoing continuous practices for several extended years at Kishore Yoga Kendra Bangalore. Subhash is passionate about sharing his knowledge of Hatha and Ashtanga yoga and takes great care in layout a strong foundation for his students to further their practices.
Saurabh Mishra
Saurabh
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.
Sukhmit Singh
Sukhmit
adhak Sukhmit ji has been a disciple of His Holiness Swami Veda Bharati for since 2006 and have since practiced his sadhana on a daily basis until today. However, before he became Swami Veda ji’s disciple, he was already familiar with spiritual practices. He met Swami Veda Bharati ji and became initiated into the Himalayan Tradition of Yoga and Meditation. He spent years as a sadhaka studying the yoga practices, mainly meditation, and yoga texts including Yoga Sutra, Bhagavad Gita and Vedant Darshan, and serving the ashram through teaching and ashram duties as his sadhana.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a 70% refund

Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

Contact host for terms 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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