Dayanand Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
Join this Iyengar yoga retreat in Rishikesh, India! Yoga and meditation restore balance in your life, resolve your inner conflicts, enables total excellence, and allow you to fulfill your potential to become a complete human being. Often misunderstood to be simply a set of physical exercises, yoga philosophy transcends all ritualistic religions and can be practiced by anyone.
The accommodation is facilitated with a Wi-Fi connection and with air-conditioning available on request (at additional charges). However, please note that Dayanand Ashram in reserves accommodation for participating students who are booked into yoga courses. Any friends or relatives will not be included in the accommodation.
There are two room options available for this course: a private single room and a shared twin room. The rooms are provided with a towel, basic toiletry set, bed sheets, and Wi-Fi connection. All rooms are shared with the same gender unless students arrive as family or friends. There is an attached bathroom in each room with a hot shower.
Apart from the yoga asana classes, you can participate in sessions on pranayama (understanding and regulating your breath), Pratyahara (internalization of sensory inputs), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) processes drawn from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – ancient yogic doctrine that aims to integrate your body, mind, heart, and souls for complete living.
Twice daily group yoga sessions and one daily meditation session are included in the stay for you. For you who would like to delve deeper into the ancient spiritual tradition of yoga, a yoga retreat is structured carefully to allow you to experience not just the physical aspects of yoga but also Karma yoga (selfless work), various yogic kriyas, and Nidra yoga (deep relaxation) besides some rejuvenating massages, community service, and more.
Note: It is advised that you arrive at the yoga school one day before the course starts.
This yoga teacher training will be held at Dayanand Ashram in Rishikesh, India. In nearby places, there is Dehradun Airport (DED) which is 15 kilometers from the center. 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.
Dehradun Airport (DED), 15 kilometers
During this yoga training, you will be served three daily delicious and healthy vegetarian meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as chai (Masala tea) after tea time. Filtered water is always available. The menu is creative and balanced with proteins so you feel full and satisfied. If you are planning to have a fast or skip our meal, please inform Yoga Vidya Mandiram to avoid food waste.
Arrival by airplane
Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) is the nearest international airport, where you would most likely enter India if you are traveling from outside of India. Transfer from and to this airport takes 6-7 hours on average or longer with traffic and is available upon advance request.
From DEL airport, you can take a domestic 1-hr flight to Dehradun Airport (DED). Another option is to book your flight directly to arrive at Dehradun Airport (DED), if you are only traveling from within India.
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 Junction railway station, which is about 45 minutes away from Rishikesh, by road on a driven taxi or the so-called tuk-tuks. From Delhi, the train ride takes approximately 8 hours, depending on the train. Haridwar is serviced by many trains from and to Delhi, Varanasi, Rajasthan, Amritsar, and many others.
Arrival by taxi
Taxis are always available anywhere in India. The drive from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to Rishikesh will take around 6-7 hours depending on the traffic conditions. The drive from Jolly Grant, Dehradun Airport (DED) to the school in Rishikesh takes around 35-35 minutes.
Need to cancel your trip due to COVID-19? Cancel up to 7 days prior to the arrival date and you can reschedule your booking free of charge, or receive store credit for your non-refundable deposit to use at another time.