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15 Day Spiritual Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh

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

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!

Meet the instructors

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Sanjeev, Ashish, Awdhesh, & 11 More…
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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

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


14 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Hindi, Russian, Sanskrit
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Jolly Grant Airport (US$25 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$70 per person)
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Accommodation

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

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Baby sitting
  • Car rental
  • Child care
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical assistance
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

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.

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

Included excursions

During the course, according to weather, road conditions, and amount of students, Vedansha will offer different types of excursions in Himalaya & Rishikesh including visit a spiritual temple in Himalaya, meditation in a cave under the guidance of an experienced teacher, visit Ganga Aarti, waterfalls, and Bealtes Ashram. Sometimes excursion can be changed or replaced with an equal offer if the conditions of weather or any other issue took place.

Instructors

Sanjeev Pandey

Ashish Rawat

Awdhesh Semwal

Usha Vaishnava

Jyotish Acharya

Sandeep Semwal

Hemlata Bahuguna

Sonu Badoni

Lakhiram

Deepak Aggrawal

Vedansh Pandey

Jyoti Sharma

Dr. Dipak Saklani

Bipin Bartwal

Location

This training will take place at the Ashram and Vedansha retreat center in Rishikesh, India.

Nearby places

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

Food

We offer only vegan and vegetarian meal. Gluten free, special dietary requirements are also available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Naturopathic
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you can book a detailed aura check-up with a written report about the aura statement, disturbances in aura if they are present, supporting methods, and treatment advices of a naturopathic specialist. You can receive an individual plan of asana postures, pranayama, herbs, and meditative practice.

Spa treatments

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

What's included

  • Theoretical and practical skills
  • Mala (a string of beads) energized by Guru Ji Yogachariya Dr. S.K.Pandey, Ph.D. (Yoga & Naturopathy)
  • 14 nights accomodation
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3 times of yogic nutrition, beverages
  • Study materials
  • Cleansing Kit
  • T-shirts (1) with symbolic of the school
  • 1 excursion in Himalaya
  • 1 short aura check up
  • 1 Ayurvedic massage
  • Accompanying and supporting during the time of staying in the institute and help provided 24 hours

What's not included

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

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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

Arrival by bus

You can also opt for Volvo service from Delhi, however bus travelling could cause inconvenience for the first time travellers.

Arrival by train

Take train for Haridwar from New Delhi Railway Station and from Haridwar there are many transport facilities available to reach Rishikesh. Transfer from and to this train station is available upon request. Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine

Arrival by taxi

Upon arrival to Dehradun Airport (DED) you can hire a taxi. Alternatively, you can hire a taxi from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) or you can avail the Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine transport package which covers the cost from Delhi Airport to Rishikesh by taxi and back, after the completion of the course. Rishikesh is a six-hours drive away from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer available: Jolly Grant Airport (US$25 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer available: Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$70 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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