10 DAYS SUN SALUTATION RETREAT

Rishikesh, India

10 Days | Beginner

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The 10 days Sun Salutation Retreat at Yoga Vidya Mandiram in Rishikesh, India centre is held over a duration of 10 days and 9 nights. This retreat will introduce Surya Namaskar which is the most ancient form of activating and worshiping yourself. This retreat will also guide one to fall into Yoga Nidra just after doing Surya Kriya. Every posture in Surya Namaskar has its anatomical and philosophical benefits for one’s mind and body. This retreat will discuss how to transform oneself in systematic eight steps given by the prestigious, Guru Swami Rama, in the book ‘Path of Fire and Light’. There will be an introduction to Raja yoga philosophy which is the eight steps ladder of the systematic process of achieving the highest form of wisdom ‘samadhi’.

Students will go through 9 days of classes with 1 rest day. On this rest day, our school organizes a half-day excursion for students on the rest day that may involve visits to one of the sacred sites in Rishikesh. The rest day usually falls on a Sunday, but may be shifted to a weekday to avoid tourists and traffic during high season in Rishikesh. Excursion organized by school is inclusive in the course fee and the destination would be selected by school.

Accommodations, meals and excursion during the retreat are inclusive in the course fee as mentioned in more detail below.

Course Level

  • Beginner

Language of Instruction:

  • English

10 Days Sun Salutation Retreat is suitable for those who….

  • Are either fresh beginners or beginners with basic knowledge of yoga
  • Want a short break from a busy and fast lifestyle to refresh and balance the body and mind
  • Are interested in learning sun salutation in-depth philosophy and practices
  • Are looking for a balanced lifestyle through Yogic wisdom, science and practices
  • Are yoga teachers who want to deepen their practice in Sun Salution
  • Are registered RYT and wants to collect Continuing Education (CE) training hours

Course Certification

Upon course completion, you will receive certificate of completion. All retreat courses are valid as Continuing Education (CE) training hours for those registered as RYT under Yoga Alliance (USA). Yoga retreats does not count towards yoga teacher training hours, nor does it certify you as a yoga teacher.

10 Days Sun Salutation Retreat in Rishikesh, India: Course Curriculum

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1. Breathing & Pranayama: Controlling the breath and thus calming the nerves, is prerequisite to controlling the mind and the body’ by Swami Rama. This retreat will discuss three different types of breathing which are chest or thoracic, abdominal or belly breathing, and diaphragmatic breathing. Which type of breathing is harmful and beneficial for the body will be thoroughly discussed. How breathing affects moods and emotions. How one can just eliminate stress and negativity just by being aware of the flow of breath. There will be the practice of pranayama which means the control of the flow of energy by giving direction to one’s breath. There will be guided practicum of pranayama and kriyas such as Kapalabhati, Bhastrika, Brahmari, and Nadi Shodanam. Their benefits and importance will also be discussed.

2. Relaxation and meditation: Meditation is a self-effort, a probe into inner life, and will reveal all the secrets to you in time to come’ by Swami Rama. Meditation is a word and a process which has been highly misused and yet there is a good deal of confusion what meditation is and how it is practiced. Meditation is not contemplation or thinking, it is not hypnosis or autosuggestion, it is not a religion. Meditation is simply a mediation in the inner world by being aware of the flow of the breath.
It is a specific technique for completely resting the mind. There will be guided meditation and how to prepare oneself for meditation every day at the same time and same place to create a new groove in your mind. Relaxation of mind and body has become very important in your hectic life schedule. This retreat will make one get rid of stress and negativity by different kind of relaxation techniques such as systematic progressive relaxation, point to point relaxation, and tension relaxation. They will be discussed on anatomy and physiology of relaxation.

3. Joints and glands: All the disciplines of yoga are intended for one purpose – to awaken in you a renewed sense of balance and harmony that will gradually reintroduce you to yourself’. Joints and glands are not just the movements to warm up the body. It is a very important practice to keep your joints and glands activated and healthy throughout one’s life. It re-coordinates the system and makes one feel more alive. Awareness is brought to the areas that have been frozen or forgotten.
This retreat will introduce a different kind of doing of joints and glands which is done in synchronized synergy meaning with the flow of the breath and in the nonstop free flow. It brings one’s attention to detail to the movement and its effect on breath and body.

4. Surya Namaskar (Hatha yoga): When one begins to understand from where that gentle part of the forcing comes, the meaning of Hatha (‘ha’ is sun and ‘tha’ is moon) shifts and then one is thinking not the physical body alone but of subtler truths, cosmic truths, the universal energy fields, the sun and the moon.’ by Swami Ved Bharati. There are three approaches to Hatha yoga which are tapas (ascetic practice), worship, and the evolution of mind. Surya Namaskar is a very ancient form of worshipping and activation the inner sun and moon.
This is a myth that Surya Namaskar can only be done with the sun rising. Surya Namaskar has got nothing to the outer sun, the sun is a representation of a type of energy within your yogic body. In this retreat, one will be guided in the worshipping, flowing, and spiritual part of Surya Namaskar, not just a mere exercise. Every posture activates different psychological and anatomical effects which will be thoroughly discussed.
Every posture activates different justifys of consciousness and what effects does it have in your mind and body will be discussed. By the end of the retreat, one would have already learned to do one Surya Namaskar in one hour.

5. 61 points and introduction to yoga Nidra: The word yoga means ‘union’. When your individual soul unites with the cosmic soul, when you are one with the absolute, that is yoga.’ by Swami Rama. Just like the word ‘meditation’, the word ‘yoga Nidra’ is also very misused and there is much confusion about it. Yoga Nidra is not something that can be done, it occurs. One can just only initiate the process of going into yogic sleep. Yoga Nidra is half-sleep and half-walking state: it is not waking state and it is not really a sleep state.
It is a state where one can gain complete rest and a little bit of sleep, but remain fully awake. In this retreat, one will be taught to achieve breathlessness after only which yoga Nidra can be initiated in the corpse posture. One will be taught how to make tissue memory of 61 points of Shava Yatra which is the journey of the consciousness to the pilgrimage sites inside the yogic body.

6. Path of fire and light: eight steps to self-transformation: You have the capacity and strength to expand your conscious mind with the help of a method that is called ‘interior research’ the internal journey. This instruction is leading you on the path called ‘the path of the keyless door’.’ by Swami Rama. This will include the reading and discussion of the book ‘Path of Fire and Light’ by the prestigious, Guru Swami Rama. In this book, your main emphasis will be on eight steps of self-transformation. Usually, the door is locked and there is no key, but you are learning to open it.
You have to open it and you have the power to do so. Your mind is yours; know your mind. To open the door and start your inner journey, you need to learn several points and apply them systematically.

7. Philosophy of Raja yoga: Yoga is a systematic science; its teachings are an integral part of most religions, but yoga itself is not a religion. Most religions teach what to do, but yoga teaches how to be.’ by Swami Rama. Raja yoga, the royal path. This highly scientific path was systematized by the codifier of yoga, Patanjali. By following it, one learns to control his desires, emotions, and thoughts as well as the subtle impressions that lie dormant in the unconscious.
It unites the individual to the cosmic reality by means of the eight rungs in the ladder of yoga, which are systematically explained and described. The aspirant finally gains the eight-rung called ‘samadhi’.

8. Cleansing practices: Neti cleanses the cranium and bestows clairvoyance. It also destroys all diseases that manifest above the throat’ by Hatha yoga Pradipika. This retreat will also teach one how to do nasal wash so that nose is free of extra mucus and bacteria which allows the breath to flow freely in both the nostrils. There will be some additional cleansing exercises taught such as bowel movement and digestive breathing which is very important for a yogic life.

10 Days Sun Salutation Retreat in Rishikesh, India : Daily Schedule

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This 10 Days Sun Salutation Retreat is one of our longer yoga retreats with half-day excursions on rest day. During this retreat, you will be provided with three vegetarian meals, including afternoon masala tea. We encourage the students to go sleep early before 10pm as that is conducive to the yoga retreat. Here is the typical daily schedule for 10 Days Sun Salution Retreat in Rishikesh, India at our School Yoga Vidya Mandiram:

Typical Daily Schedule

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Time Activity
05:00 – 6:00 : Wake Up!
06:15 – 06:30 : Mantra chanting
06:30 – 07:30 : Shat-kriyas & Pranayama practices
07:30 – 09:00 : Hatha-Yoga (Classical)
09:00 – 10:00 : Breakfast and free time
10:00 – 12:00 : Session I – Sun Salutation Theory & Practice
12:30 – 13:00 : Karma Yoga (Seva)
13:00 – 14:30 : Lunch
14:30 – 15:30 : Self-Study / Self-Practice
15:30 – 15:45 : Tea break
16:00 – 17:30 : Session II  – Integrated Sun Salutation Session (with Pranayrama, Yoga Nidra, Meditation)
18:30 – 20:00 : Dinner
20:00 – 21:00 : Self-Study / Free Time
21:00 – 22:00 : Go to Sleep!
* Schedule is subject to changes without prior notice.

Note: The first day of the course will start at 10.30am and last day ends before 12pm noon (Check-out time).

10 Days Sun Salutation Retreat in Rishikesh, India : Course Dates

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This Sun Salutation Retreat in Rishikesh, India starts on the 2nd of every month throughout the year. So you can apply for any month in advance. Our upcoming course dates are on the following dates:

Course Date Course Name Book Now
2nd – 11th January, 2020 10 Days Self Transformational Sun Salutation Retreat
2nd – 11th February, 2020 10 Days Self Transformational Sun Salutation Retreat
2nd – 11th March, 2020 10 Days Self Transformational Sun Salutation Retreat
2nd – 11th April, 2020 10 Days Self Transformational Sun Salutation Retreat
2nd – 11th May, 2020 10 Days Self Transformational Sun Salutation Retreat
2nd – 11th June, 2020 10 Days Self Transformational Sun Salutation Retreat
2nd – 11th July, 2020 10 Days Self Transformational Sun Salutation Retreat
2nd – 11th August, 2020 10 Days Self Transformational Sun Salutation Retreat
2nd – 11th September, 2020 10 Days Self Transformational Sun Salutation Retreat
2nd – 11th October, 2020 10 Days Self Transformational Sun Salutation Retreat
2nd – 11th November, 2020 10 Days Self Transformational Sun Salutation Retreat
2nd – 11th December, 2020 10 Days Self Transformational Sun Salutation Retreat

10 Days Sun Salutation Retreat in Rishikesh, India: Course Fee

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Accommodation Type Price Per Person
Shared Twin Room US$ 850
Private Single Room US$ 1000

Book Your Seat: A minimum of US$ 100 advance deposit is required to secure your seat for the course. The remaining course fee is due on arrival at our school reception.

Course Fees INCLUDE:
  • 9 nights non-AC Accommodation (AC available at additional cost)
  • Three vegetarian meals per day
  • Afternoon Tea (Masala Chai)
  • Half-day excursion
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Yoga materials during class (i.e. yoga mat, block, belt, etc.)
  • Printed study handouts
  • Course Certification
Course Fees DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • Airport Transfer (available at additional charges)
  • Travel expenses (i.e. airfare, train, bus, taxi, etc.)
  • Laundry services (available at additional charges)
  • Extra nights beyond course dates (available at additional charges)
  • Extra excursion not organized by school
  • Air Conditioning / Heater (available at additional charges)
  • Travel & Medical Insurance
  • Other Personal Expenses

Refund Policy

Advance deposit is strictly non-refundable. However, your advance deposit amount can be retained for rescheduling, only if applicant makes a request 7 days before the program start date. Please read details under Refund Policy.

School Policy & Code of Conduct

By signing and booking for your course at Yoga Vidya Mandiram, you are acknowledging that you have read, agree and accept our School Policy and Code of Conduct. Please go through our School Policy and Code of Conduct thoroughly.

Yukari Yoritomi / March 20197 Days Yoga & meditation in Rishikesh, India
I loved the stay here for 7 days yoga and meditation retreat. Although Rishikesh could be a quite touristy city, the school is in a quiet area where I could focus on the course. The teachers are knowledgeable enough to answer to the questions, I enjoyed doing not only physical training but also learning proper breathing techniques, philosophy behind yoga and so on.  The schedule also worked for me, I learned a lot in a whole day but at the same time I had enough time for self-study for almost 3 hours per day.  The students were from all over the world and we were quick to be connected with, the atmosphere was peaceful and friendly. You’ll never feel lonely here! Also the manager Lalit who takes care of the school is absolutely fantastic being always ready to help you.   The accommodation is near to school and was very cozy as well. To sum up, I recommend you to be a student in this school, hopefully for a longer period of time than me, you won’t regret it 🙂