Travel number: 80
Yoga Retreat in an Ashram in Rishikesh with trip to Varanasi
15 days Yoga and Ayurveda
Number of participants: from 4 participants
Requirements: 3 von 10
The yoga classes are suitable for all levels and ages, but can sometimes be a little bit demanding both physically and mentally.
Please always listen to your body and yourself and if needed, get out of the practice earlier.
The spiritual place Rishikesh is located on the holy Ganges at the foot of the Himalayas. Framed by forest and mountains, the village consists of a colourful collection of temples, ashrams and yoga schools. Every day pilgrims come from all over India to take a holy bath in the Ganges and take part in the ceremonial ceremonies. Baba ji’s (holy men) sit in deep meditation on small rocks on the banks of the aisle, shining candles float on the river every evening for the fire ceremony, and Hindu prayers and mantras ring everywhere.
The lived spirituality is contagious and very quickly one becomes a part of it and develops an intensive yoga practice in a structured everyday life.
In this wonderful place is the equally beautiful little Anand Prakash Ashram located.
Here all aspects of yoga are brought together into one unit and the two yoga classes a day are a wonderful combination of asanas, pranayama and meditation, in which the focus is brought to the inside and often magical moments arise.
The ashram provides a good setting for a healthy yogic lifestyle with a regular daily routine, delicious and vegetarian food, yoga classes and ashram events, such as the morning fire puja (prayer) and kirtan chants.
At the end of the trip we will visit the holy Hindu city of Varanasi for two days.
This retreat is suitable for those who want to delve deeper into their own yoga practice, experience Indian yoga and the daily life of a yogi in an ashram for two weeks.
Day 1 (Sat)Independent arrival from home
Day 2 (Sun)Arrival in Delhi and transfer to the hotel/onward journey to Rishikesh and entry to the Ashram.
You will be received by us at the airport and taken to the hotel. After some rest and relaxation, our trip to Rishikesh continues with the private mini-bus (6 hours). In the evening we arrive for dinner at the Ashram. (Overnight in Hotel/Ashram B/L/D)
Day 3 (Mon) to 13 (Do) Yoga Retreat at Ashram
We enjoy the next 11 days in the ashram with daily morning meditation, two yoga classes, the fire ceremony, three healthy yogic meals and the evening ashram program. (Kirtan, Satsang, Singing Bowl Concerto)
For the morning and afternoon there is a varied, daily changing program consisting of Ayurvedic massages, yoga workshops or excursions. (Overnight in Ashram B/L/D)
- 5:20-5:50 am – guided and individual meditation
- 6:00-7:45 am -Yoga Class: Asana, Pranayama, Mantra and Meditation
- 8:00 am – Fire Ceremony
- 8:30-9:00 am – Breakfast
- 9:00 – 12:00 am– Leisure/Excursions/Workshops/Massages
- 12:30 pm- Lunch
- 12:30-4:00 pm – Leisure/Excursions/Workshops/Massages
- 4:00-5:45 pm – Yoga Class
- 6:00 pm – Dinner
- 7:00-8:00 pm– Kirtan / Satasang/Singing Bowls Concert
Day 14 (Fri)Flight to Varanasi
In the morning we take the flight to Varanasi, the holiest city in India for Hindus. Here we will take a guided walk to the bathing and burning ghats at the Ganges with a guide and watch the fire ceremony from the boat in the evening. (Overnight in Hotel -/-/-)
Day 15 (Sat)Varanasi and flight to Delhi/onward flight home
Early in the morning we get back on the boat. This time it’s a little further up river to watch another fire ceremony.
Afterwards we can participate in a public yoga class.
Until the evening, the day remains free for further sightseeing and shopping. In the evening, the flight goes to Delhi with a connecting flight to your home country. (-/-/-)
- (Early arrival or late departure) 1 x hotel room with breakfast in Delhi (double room/twin sharing room)
- Tour Guide/Yoga Teacher
- 1 night in Varanasi with sightseeing without meals
- Total transport with 2 domestic flights
- Ashram in Rishikesh:
- 12 x overnight stays in a double or three-man room with attached bathroom
- 3 x daily healthy, vegetarian meals
- 2 x daily yoga classes
- Participation in ashram activities (Kirtan, Chanting, Fire Ceremony, Meditation)
- daily changing offer of workshops, Ayurvedic massages (4 x total) and excursions in Rishikesh
- filtered water
- International flight
- unmentioned meals
(also possible as a one-week retreat with a previous five-day yoga trek in the Himalayas and a visit to the mountain town of Daramshalas or a seven-day yoga trek around Manali. Please make a request.)
Price per person (4-16 Participants) : 1450 € in twin sharing room. few single rooms are available. Please make a request.
All year round also possible as a private retreat without Varanasi, please make request by email.
The ashram was founded by Yogirishi Vishvketu in 2007 and offers a protected space for an intense spiritual yoga practice. It is located in Rishikesh, within walking distance of the sacred Ganges River.
In total there are 21 simple rooms with attached bathroom and balcony, if desired also air-conditioned. The large yoga hall is flooded with light and covered with wood and bamboo, providing a very bright and clean, sheltered space for practice. There is also another yoga hall and a roof terrace for workshops and meditation.
The ashram has a prayer area where the sacred fire ritual takes place every morning. There is also a library, a reception, as well as a dining room.
Wi-Fi and filtered water are available.
Please note the dress code: Knee and shoulder-covered clothing are required, preferably in white.
From 9:00 pm until after breakfast, the period of silence must be observed.
The Yoga Classes
Vishvketu has developed its own yoga style, which is complete and balanced in itself. In addition to the asanas, pranayama and meditation, he also includes contents of the yogi-life style and yoga philosophy. He combines various yoga styles from Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Traditional Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga. Vishvketu encourages you to practice yoga with an inner joy.
When he is not in the ashram himself, his highly qualified long-time students teach from all over the world.
The Retreat Leader and Yoga Teacher
The Retreat is accompanied by Sarah Appelt. She herself has been living in India for several years and is a trained and 1000-hour certified yoga teacher and experienced guide. She knows India very well and will help you to understand and get to know Indian culture.
She will also give some yoga classes and lead workshops and accompany you on the excursions.
Several times during the retreat, workshops with different themes are offered: “Yoga for a strong back”, “Be your own yoga teacher”, “Sun Salutations”, “Right yoga with shoulder and neck problems”, “Meditation techniques”, “Mudras- not only simple hand gestures” and “Yoga and breathing” and many more.
The journey begins and ends in Delhi at the international airport.