7 DAYS YOGA & MEDITATION RETREAT

Rishikesh, India

7 Days | Beginner

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The 7 days Yoga and Meditation Retreat at Yoga Vidya Mandiram in Rishikesh, India centre is held over a duration of 7 days and 6 nights. This retreat explores the practices of meditation with relaxation techniques introduced as an essential part of preparing and moving into meditation. While meditation is the highlight of the retreat, the curriculum also integrates yoga asana, pranayama and relaxation practices on a daily basis to bring balance into the practice and to make way for the body and mind to be ready for meditation sessions. For asana practices, our school focus on Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga styles of asana.

Students will go through 6 days of training with 1 rest day per week. On this rest day, our school organizes a half-day excursion for students 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. The excursion would be a visit to either Vashishtha Cave, or Kunjapuri Temple. Excursion may shift to a different destination in specific circumstances. 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

7 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat is suitable for those who….

  • Are either fresh beginners or beginners with basic knowledge of yoga
  • Wants a short break from a busy and fast lifestyle to refresh and balance the body and mind
  • Are interested in learning meditation techniques to practice in daily life
  • Are looking for a balanced lifestyle through yogic wisdom, science and practices
  • Are yoga teachers who wants further guidance or deepen their practice in meditation
  • 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.

7 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India: Course Curriculum

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      • Intro to mantra science
      • Morning prayers & Evening prayers
      • Surya-namaskara 12 mantras along with bija mantras

      • Meditative steps of performing the hatha yoga; centering, entering, refining, holding, coming out, and reflection
      • Surya namaskar (sun salutations)
      • Types of yoga asanas – standing, sitting, backward bending, forward bending, spinal twisting, fire series, inversion, shavasana etc.
      • Yoga asanas benefits

      • Establishment of diaphragmatic breath
      • 1:1, 1:2 and 1:4 breathing practices
      • Different practices of pranayama: nadi shodhana, ujjayee, kapalabhati, bhastrika, shitali, shitkari and brahmari
      • Benefits or pranayama practices

      • Jala-neti
      • Sutra-neti

      • Introduction to the concept and practices of relaxation
      • Relaxation in daily life
      • Sequence of relaxation practices
      • Tension & relaxation exercises
      • Systematic relaxation exercises
      • 31 points relaxation exercise

      • What is meditation & what is not?
      • Meditation in daily life
      • 2-5 minutes meditations
      • So-ham mediation

      • Introduction to Indian philosophy
      • The Yoga-sutras of Patanjali
      • Astanga-yoga: yama, niyam, asana, pranayam, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi
      • Yoga Ethics
      • Yamas and Niyamas
      • More on the ethics of a teacher

7 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India : Daily Schedule

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This 7 Days Yoga and Meditation Retreat is one of our 7 day yoga retreats with a half-day visit to a sacred site. During this yoga teacher training, 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 7 Days Yoga and Meditation 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 – Meditation Theory & Practice
12:30 – 13:00 : Karma Yoga (Seva)
13:00 – 14:30 : Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 : Self-Study / Self-Practice
16:00 – 16:15 : Tea break
16:30 – 18:00 : Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
18:00 – 19:00 : Session II – Relaxation & Meditation Practice
19:00 – 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).

7 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India : Course Dates

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This Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India starts on the 2nd and 24th 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–8th & 24nd–30th January 7 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India
2nd–8th February 7 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India
2nd–8th & 24nd–30th March 7 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India
2nd–8th & 24nd–30th April 7 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India
2nd–8th & 24nd–30th May 7 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India
2nd–8th & 24nd–30th June 7 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India
2nd–8th & 24nd–30th July 7 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India
2nd–8th & 24nd–30th August 7 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India
2nd–8th & 24nd–30th September 7 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India
2nd–8th & 24nd–30th October 7 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India
2nd–8th & 24nd–30th November 7 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India
2nd–8th & 24nd–30th December 7 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India

 

7 Days Breath & Pranayama Retreat in Rishikesh, India: Course Fee

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Accommodation Type Price Per Person
Shared Twin Room US$ 450
Private Single Room US$ 500

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:
  • 6 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 🙂