10 Day Christmas & New Year Yoga Retreat Rishikesh, India

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Join us for a 10-day authentic yoga & meditation Christmas & New Year retreat in Rishikesh, India! 

Immerse in yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, kriya & yoga philosophy.

Increase your vital energy and prolong your life.

Enjoy the yoga during the Christmas & New Year. Feel yourself balanced, join the Himalayas during your vacation!

I had an amazing time with the Vedansha team. I came here for my 300h YTTC and I really believe that I found the perfect place where I could’ve done my course. What I received here was more than a training on how to improve my knowledge and teaching skills. It was a real training for how to have the best life and a profound experience of connecting with myself.

Event Highlights

  • Asana & Workshops Ayurveda in daily life Concentration and meditation Deep study of breathing & mantra techniques 3 daily vegetarian meals and drinks Excursions & Ayurvedic massage 9 nights accommodation

Venue Highlights

Yoga Philosophical Aspects: *Human Life: Meaning & Aim of Life *Yoga - Introduction / its origin & development *Introduction of Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutra *Panch-Klesha (Five Causes Of Pain & Miseries) / causes of success and failure in Yoga *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) *9 Disturbances of Mind, cause of pain, possibilities of control the mind -Yoga and purification techniques *Concept of 3 Dosha (vata, pitta, kapha), how to balance dosha and reduce the weight *Concept of yogic, ayurvedic and vegetarian nutrition *Explanation of taste, how to correct your nutrition plan according to season and daily regime *Digestive fire and their role in correct nutrition *Purvakarma and their role in detox therapy *Weight reduction and Panchakarma (how, for whom, when?) -Yoga Physiological Aspects: *Digestive system , their physiology and problems *Weight reduction programs from medical point of view -Yoga-Practical Aspects: -Asana (advanced level) *Natural Relaxation Asana *Natural standing Asana with External Rotations *Forward bending Asana *Backward Extensions *Spinal Twisting Asana *Inverted Asana *Balancing Asana *Surya-Namaskara *Meditation Asana *Thunder-Bolt (vajrasana) Group Asana *Lotus (Padmasana) Group Asana -Pranayama & Mudras *Pranayama and their detox effect on weight reduce *Special Pranayama Techniques to reduce weight *Mudras and bandas *Prana in daily life, how to reach new level and hold the weight *Guided meditative pranayama for reduce weight *Mantra and pranayama advanced level in reduction of weight *Kriyas (Body Cleansing Methods) -Meditation *Standard Meditation Practice, meditative practice for weight reduction and purification of the body -Mantra *Advanced Mantras, Hindu Gods, mantras related with them, mantra for pooja -Yoga therapy/Ayurveda *Using of number of yogic/ayurvedic methods in supporting and treatment of weight problems, detailed knowledge about ayurvedic herbs and their supplying techniques, panchakarma therapy, basic skills for purification and weight control -Astrology: *Role of Astrology in our life problems, how to recognize and correct weight problems with knowledge of Astrology -Special events: *Once pro week – mantra concert performed by students of TTC with the help of teachers and Stuff, *Once per two week - movie Yoga/ Meditation/Ayurveda & other vedic sciences *Once per two week - silent walk meditation *Once per two week - cooking hands-on workshop (Ayurvedic/Yogic/Indian/International) *Once per month - magic night & candle meditation -Sample daily schedule *05:00 - 06:00 Wake up & shower *06:00 - 07:00 Shatkriya: yogic cleansing with Jala neti (special techniques of nose cleansing), pooja (mantra recitation for meditation & fire ceremony purification) *07:00 - 08:00 Asanas Hatha style: learning the postures related with meditative practice *08:00 - 08:15 Pause and herbal tea: detox hot beverage with special Himalayan herbs *08:30 - 09:30 Pranayama & relaxation: breathing exercises with meditative practice according to study program *09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast: special yogic menu according to needs of body during physical and mental practice *10:30 - 11:30 Workshop (developing of concentration, deep meditative state, applied meditation) *12:00 - 13:00 Lunch: special developed according to season and nourishing need of the body *13:00 - 15:00 Free time *15:00 - 16:00 Ayurveda massage/free time: relax in ayurveda SPA or take a rest *16:00 - 17:00 Asana Hatha Style: physical postures according to the program *17:00 - 18:00 Guided meditation: guided relaxation practice, meditation, and concentration *19:00 Dinner: specially developed according to season and nourishment of the body *20:00 Special event/Free time *22:00 Sleep %The aim of this meditation practice is to encourage a deep state of concentration, that can be reached by everyone at a different pace, from 7 days even up to several years. It depends on the student's possibility of concentration, brain activity, dominance of nervous system, desire to reach the goal and fear of obstacles. If you have any troubles related to the things mentioned, please let us know and we will help to you go forward and overcome the troubles. Every student is different and sometimes it requires more time and effort, we are ready to offer our help anytime. -PRE-REQUISITES *Successful pre-payment *In their own interest, individuals with disabilities or ailments are advised to refrain from applying. *Minimum age at the time of admission is 18 years. Applicants aged over 60 years could apply after the e-mail/phone/Skype/Facebook consultation. *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 retreat program is held at Vedansha Institute of Vedic Sciences; in an educational environment, with ongoing teaching programs. Participants are reminded to be respectful of the learning process of other students.Students are reminded to remain aware and respectful of cultural differences among the participants and teachers. Violation of the institute's policies may result in dismissal from the program without any refund of the fees.


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 & fire ceremony purification).
07:00 – 08:30 Asanas practical class Hatha/Ashtanga style (depending on the week schedule): learning the asana postures under the guiding of experienced Yoga teacher.
08:30 – 09:30 Pranayama: breathing exercises.
09:30 – 10:30 Breakfast: special yogic menu.
10:30 – 11:30 Yoga philosophy/ayurveda.
11:30 – 12:30 Free time/therapy time.
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch.
14:00 – 16:00 Free time/therapy time.
16:00 – 17:30 Ashtanga Vinyasa/Hatha Yoga (theory & practice): number of physical postures according to study program.
17:30 – 18:30 Yoga Nidra/ guided Meditation: guided relaxation practice, meditation and concentration.
18:30 – 19:30 Dinner.
19:30 – 22:00 Free time.
22:00 – 06:00 Sleep.
Note:- Time table can be changed during to teaching process


During this retreat, you will enjoy a daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus drinks. Every meal will consist of a special nutritious Ayurvedic and yogic menu developed according to the season. For the morning, you will enjoy a detox hot tea with special Himalayan herbs to make you stronger and improve your digestion. Other drinks will include herbal tea, black tea, masala tea, water, milk, and juice. One celebration dinner is included in price. %Please be aware that the meal & beverages that are included during the course program and package are special yogic & ayurvedic. If you wish to try other meals from the Indian or Italian Menu in our Vedansha restaurant, extra costs will be charged.


%During this holiday, you will stay in a shared, private or double room at the Kriya Ashram or at the Vedansha Retreat Center. The rooms offer hot water, a clean toilet, warm conditions during cold seasons, and security in the area. Rooms have fan and good ventilated. You may opt for an air-conditioned room, offered upon availability, at an additional charge of 8 USD per night. %If you would like to stay in a single or double hotel room, Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine offers you a private accommodation, with air-conditioning, either in a deluxe room or an apartment, for an additional cost. Please send an inquiry and the institute will be pleased to offer you a quotation, for the hotel accommodation option. %Please note that sometimes the power goes off in the whole Rishikesh. During these moments, you will have light in your rooms, but the Internet may stop working for a while. In such cases, you should not worry, as it usually comes back in a few minutes. Otherwise, please ask Vedansha Institute's manager to assist you and provide the internet stick.


This retreat will take place at the Moksha Ashram and the Kriya Ashram in Rishikesh, India. -Nearby places *Dehradun Airport (DED), 15 kilometers *Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) - 6 hours

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