5-Day Holistic Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh

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Expect a magical week of meditation, mantra recitations and mouth-watering Sattvik food on this wellness retreat in Rishikesh. A sanctuary for the mind, spiritual seekers can escape the city life and immerse themselves in the traditional yogic lifestyle at a school beside the holy river Ganga. From nourishing Hatha practice to sunset meditation, there are plenty of soul-nourishing activities to enjoy. During the retreat, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore the region’s rich natural landscapes. 
Suitable for beginner, advanced, and intermediate practitioners
Yogic philosophy and lifestyle
Two yoga classes daily (one morning, one evening)
Daily meditation class (active and passive meditations)
One or two excursions in a place of attraction
Daily mantra recitations and relaxations
Daily pranayama class (breath awareness practice)
3 times delicious organic vegetarian/vegan Yogic food
Retreat, as the word goes, is the withdrawal from certain activities to a secluded place in search of peace, and hence, originates the concept of a yoga retreat. Holistic addresses the person as a whole in this quest of aligning the mind, body, and soul where Rishikesh Yogkulam offers you a five-day getaway surrounded by the Himalayas in Rishikesh. The retreat program is an opportunity for all those who are seeking a connection to their inner selves and Rishikesh Yogkulam assures that on this journey of self-discovery, one will take away with them an experience of a lifetime from the holy land of Rishikesh.

Accommodation

Caters for gluten-free, organic, vegetarian, and vegan diets
Shopping
Café
Kitchen
Restaurant
Yoga shala
ATM / banking
Car rental
Free parking
Laundry and ironing/ironing board
Medical assistance
Air-conditioned rooms
Dining area
Lobby
Special menu request
Yoga studio
Baby sitting
Dry cleaning
Free Wi-Fi
Library
Tour assistance
The school is situated in the heart of Rishikesh, next to the famous hanging bridge and the holy Ganga (the holy river). The school is peaceful and surrounded by beautiful green mountains. Everything is close to the school, such as shops, cafes, restaurants, ATMs, healthcare, and organic stores.

The venue
During the course, you will be staying at Rishikesh Yogkulam. The school is situated in the heart of Rishikesh, next to the famous hanging bridge and the holy Ganga River. The school is peaceful and surrounded by beautiful green mountains.

Rishikesh Yogkulam offers private and shared rooms based on the student’s requirements. Every room has an attached bathroom with a western toilet and hot shower, and a balcony with a mountain view. The rooms for the yogis are well maintained and clean. They offer bed sheets, pillows, bath towels, toilet paper, a blanket, and welcome amenities upon arrival. Good Wi-Fi is included on every floor. Water and laundry service is also available.

Food
Daily freshly made vegetarian meals are included in the price. The food is fully prepared hygienically and the vegetables are organic. Rishikesh Yogkulam food is well known all around the world for its taste and verities. When diet is wrong medicine is of no use. When diet is correct medicine is of no need - Ayurvedic proverb. 

Many people wonder if it is enough just to practice yoga. In itself, practising yoga is not just a healthy life but at Rishikesh Yogkulam, they believe that it is also a way of living. But when complemented with healthy food habits, it can really create wonders. In fact, eating the right food is an essential part of living a yogic life.

What you eat not only influences your physical well being but also your emotions and thoughts. Yoga does not dissect food into proteins, carbohydrates or fats, instead, it classifies them according to the effect they have on the body and mind, into three types - Satva, Rajas, and Tamas. 

Tamasic food is the kind of food that makes you lethargic or sluggish, while Rajasic food is that which brings about activity or restlessness. Whereas, Sattvic food is the kind that makes you feel light, energetic, and enthusiastic.

Sattvic foods are those which purify the body and calm the mind. They stimulate the body and mind into action. Cooked food that is consumed within 3 - 4 hours can be considered Sattvic. Menus at the centre are created by their master chef Sandeep Semwal who had worked with some of the best five-star hotels around the world and carries great knowledge about the Sattvic diet. 

Along with this, he focuses on hygiene practices at the institution to ensure the food is safe and carries great nutritional values which is much needed for a healthy life. Not just the right kind of food is important, it is vital to eat the proper quantity of food at the right time. 

Overindulging leads to lethargy while undereating will not provide enough nourishment. Most of the time you know that your stomach is full but tempted by the taste buds, and you tend to indulge. The right amount of food cannot be quantified into cups or grams. When you listen to your body attentively, you will know when exactly to stop!

You might eat the right kind of food in the right quantity but if you are irregular with your timings, then the whole system goes for a toss and the natural rhythm of the body is hampered. Therefore, it is of prime importance to eat food at the same time every day and eat it at regular intervals.

It is said that the state of the mind of the person cooking/eating also affects the food. The energy in the food cooked by someone while he/she was angry will definitely be lower than that of someone who cooked it with a feeling of love, contentment, and gratitude. 

Listening to some soothing music or chanting while cooking and eating can help retain the prana (life force energy) in the food. It is definitely worthwhile to pay some attention to the food that you eat as the ancient Indian texts say that you are what you eat!

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

India has always practiced the concept of spiritual holiday wherein along with breaking the monotony of regular life, one also finds themselves close to the divine power. Retreat, as the word goes, is the withdrawal from certain activities to a secluded place in search of peace, and hence, originates the concept of the yoga retreat. Thereby in this quest of aligning your mind, body, and soul, Rishikesh Yogkulam offers you a five-day getaway here to the laps of the Himalayas in Rishikesh.

Whether you are a beginner or a regular practitioner, the precisely articulated retreat programs are an elixir for all. Find yourself surrounded by nothing but nature as the chirping of birds, sound of gushing waters and the aroma of flora take away the stress off you.

Experience the yogic lifestyle by living in school in Rishikesh, surrounded by beautiful mountain, detoxify your body with the special satvik food and attend regularly scheduled yoga classes under the guidance of well-versed yoga teachers. It is worth mentioning that the teachers here are an ocean of traditional knowledge while simultaneously being proficient in modern communication so as to make the learning a gliding experience for all.

Daily schedule
  • 06:00 Wake up 
  • 06:30 Detox tea 
  • 07:00 - 08:00 Hatha yoga
  • 08:15 - 09:15 Pranayama 
  • 09:30 Breakfast 
  • 11:00 Yoga Philosophy or excursion
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa or Yin Yoga
  • 17:15 - 18:15 Meditation 
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 21:00 Lights off

Note
  • Sundays are always dedicated to excursions, no other activity will be done on that day.

Code of conduct
  • Discipline is an integral part of the training program and so the course routine must be strictly observed
  • Disrespect for rules and regulations could result in termination of studentship with no refund of fee
  • A student must intimate in advance if they intend to forget a meal so that there is no wastage of food
  • Rishikesh Yogkulam does not make arrangements for guests or students. Any activity that is not related to the course is not permitted
  • Ensure you are on time for class or you will not be permitted to enter any class once it has commenced
  • Smoking and alcohol are not permitted during the training

Excursions
During this retreat, you will be enjoying two of the trips below:

  • Famous Parthmarth Niketan Aarti
  • White river rafting
  • Local market tour in Rishikesh
  • Waterfall trekking
  • Sightseeing of the famous ghats (riversides)
  • Cave visit
  • Himalayan sunrise 

Optional activities
Apart from being the epicentre of Yoga, Rishikesh also happens to be a popular white water river rafting destination in India so for a holistic experience of the place, a daily excursion trip is organized for students to indulge in various activities like forest walks, rafting, trekking, cliff jumping and local sightseeing, along with some socializing sessions to gel up with fellow learners from around the globe.

The retreat program is an opportunity for all those who are seeking a connection to their inner selves and Rishikesh Yogkulam assures that on this journey of self-discovery, one will take away with them an experience of a lifetime from the holy land of Rishikesh. Below are some of the amazing things to do in Rishikesh. These activities are not included in the package but Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center can arrange them upon request.

  • Bungee jumping
  • Camping and bonfire
  • Mountain biking
  • Flying fox
  • Cliff jumping
  • Rappelling and rock climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Ayurvedic massage and therapies
  • Parasailing and paragliding
  • Attend Ganga Arti
  • Experience the traditional Indian culture

Instructors

Yogacharya Dhirendra Bisht
Yogacharya
Yogacharya Dhirendra Bisht is one of the co-founders of Rishikesh Yogkulam and is a master of teaching yoga teacher courses, retreats, and allied techniques. Dhirendra was born in the lap of Mother Ganga and grown up in the shadows of Bhoothnath Shiva Temple amidst the forests of Himalayas. Dhirendra has spent many years in the field of yoga. He has been teaching a large group of students from around the globe, helping them on their journey to become learned and compassionate humans through the holistic study of yoga science.
Amit Payal
Amit
Born and brought up in Rishikesh, popularly known as the world capital of yoga. Amit is a young yoga practitioner and a learned yoga guru. His first formal training was at Jay Ram Ashram, Rishikesh, where he did an in-depth study on subjects like Hatha yoga, yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology, yoga therapy, shathkarma, yogic diet, and nutrition, along with other aspects of art. Since then, Amit has dedicated himself to the path of yoga to gain proficiency in his work.
Anant Jethuri
Anant
Anant Jethuri is a young and dynamic teacher who is always curious about all these spiritual aspects of yoga and their connection with human anatomy. He always wants to help people to be healthy and always motivate them for healthy, wealthy lifestyle by the knowledge which he got on the university about health, anatomy, and physiology. He has done masters in biology and taught it for different schools in Rishikesh.
Yogacharya Mandeep Ji
Yogacharya
Mandeep Ji is one of the popular yogis in Rishikesh. With his 10 years of yoga practice and teaching mantra chanting, yoga philosophy, and meditation, he has become an expert trainer of yoga. He has also worked as an astrologer for nine years. Mandeep Ji’s heart and soul lies in music and he says that music is life for him. He has practiced yoga and spirituality in Rishikesh for 18 years. Mandeep Ji is a yoga guru who has given a valuable part of his life to yoga and the preaching of meditation, sound healing, and the practice of yoga philosophy. 
Yogacharya Yashpal Kaintura
Yogacharya
Yogacharya Yashpal Kaintura has two years of experience in yoga, psychology, and management at the Dev Sanskriti University, Haridwar. He is authorized by Dev Sanskriti University to teach and heal society. He is known for his authenticity and non-judgmental teaching styles with compassion centred yoga. Yogacharya Yashpal Kaintura has three years of experience in teaching and conducting workshops, seminars, and retreats. His main objective is to provide results with different yoga practices integrated with alternative therapies like Marma therapy and naturopathy.
Yogacharya Sonu Ji
Yogacharya
Yogi Sonu Ji is a traditional yoga teacher. He started doing yoga at the age of 10 years. He offers his students a clear vision about yoga and it's practiced. He helps his students to understand the basic principles of yoga so they can prepare the base to understand or begin their journey which leads them towards becoming aware of the real self.
Yogini Prem Varsha Ji
Yogini
Varsha Ji’s qualifications include a degree in Master in the Arts of Yoga along with an experience of 11 years behind her. Her experience speaks volumes about her effectiveness which is regularly displayed in her classes at Rishikesh Yogkulam. Prem Varsha’s life and teachings are inspired by compassion for self and others, gratitude and Surrender towards existence. A certified yoga teacher from Yoga Alliance, USA, she has been guiding foreign nationals towards leading a life full of abundance and inner richness. The students appreciate and love her Humour, calm demeanor, open heart.

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