Yoga & Ayurveda Retreats in Rishikesh
Allow yourself a beautiful transformation with Ayurveda and Yoga retreat in Rishikesh, India. Deep within the lush green foothills of the magical Himalayas our beautiful Rishikesh Ashram will be your home for the one or two week retreat. Here you will find the much-needed breathing space, a caring and loving support team, superlative tuition and high-quality treatments for your well-being. Our Ayurveda and Yoga retreat program is comprehensive, focused on purification, detoxification and learning the principles of a Yogic and Ayurvedic lifestyle that will lead you to a more healthy, harmonious and balanced life.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is one of the most remarkable holistic mind-body health systems in the world and is believed to be over 5000 years old. Ayurveda is a combination of two words: AYUR and VEDA. In Sanskrit AYUR means life and VEDA means knowledge or science. Literally AYURVEDA means “The Science or Knowledge of Life”.
Ayurveda is a Vedic science of right living, diet and exercise. Ayurveda, the beautiful ancient natural healing method is based on harmonizing the body and the mind by restoring the balance of the TRIDOSHAS or three elements - VATA, PITA and KAPHA (Air, Fire & Water) - of which the body is made of. The balance of these three doshas is seen as an individual constitution (Prakriti) in terms of Ayurveda and is used as a basis for Ayurvedic healing. It covers all aspects of health and well-being – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. With its unique understanding of individual constitution, Ayurveda provides each person with the knowledge of living in harmony with both nature and our higher consciousness.
Following in the footsteps of yoga, which already has a worldwide presence, Ayurveda is emerging today as one of the most important natural healing systems in the world.
Ayurveda and Yoga - The Sister Sciences
Yoga and Ayurveda are two closely related sacred sciences rooted in the Vedic tradition of India. Together, Ayurveda and Yoga create a complete discipline that can transform our whole being, from optimal physical and mental health to the deepest spiritual awareness of the soul. Both Yoga and Ayurveda share the same goal - Self-Realization, the highest form of Self-Healing. Ayurveda is the natural detoxifying and healing method of body and mind that shows us how to attain optimal health and sufficient energy. This in turn will provide a wholesome, strong and balanced foundation for yogic practice. The two sister sciences work together, complement each other and have always been used together throughout history. They are integral parts of the Vedic knowledge, guiding us towards harmony within us and with the whole Universe. Adding Yoga and Ayurveda to your daily life can award you with extraordinary vitality, well-being on all levels and thus immense inner joy and balance in life.
Ayurveda and Yoga Retreats - Overview
Yoga and Ayurveda are far more than just wellness and physical exercises as they are commonly perceived in the western world today. Both classical Yoga and Ayurveda include a complete understanding of a human being, that is not only body, but also mind and soul. Both consider all our needs – from physical well-being to spiritual awareness.
At Mahatma we believe in the comprehensive approach and have created a special Yoga and Ayurveda retreat in India that allows you to experience Ayurveda and Yoga together in their Motherland. While combining Ayurvedic treatments with Yoga practice you will learn and experience the aspects of a healthy and mindful living. At Mahatma Yoga Retreat we offer you a relaxing and nurturing space with high-quality tuition and care where you can learn how simple changes in your everyday life – in diet, physical exercises, thinking patterns and routines, will promote energy and create other positive changes in your life.
Ayurvedic - Treatment
Our Yoga and Ayurveda retreats in Rishikesh are tailor made for achieving individual health goals. Your treatment starts with an Ayurvedic doctor consultation; our doctors help you understand your Ayurvedic constitutional type after which you will be given a holistic, all-natural treatment plan (Ayurvedic treatments, diet and herbal medicine) based on your personal constitution and health condition. Your daily Ayurvedic treatments consist of Panchakarma (literally The five actions or treatments) treatments that purify your body from toxic materials left by disease or/and unhealthy lifestyle choices. With a doctor you will decide which detoxification treatments suit you best.
The program of our Ayurveda and Yoga retreat will support your Ayurvedic detoxification process in the best possible way with light yoga practice, that will make your body fit and stronger, as well as offering you spiritual experience in the form of mantra chanting, meditation and yoga philosophy lectures. All this will offer you an immensely beautiful and rejuvenating experience, which can transform your whole life. You will not only clean your body, but also clear your mind and open your heart. We offer you spiritual and philosophical insight into mindful and Ayurvedic way of living.
Your Day on Ayurveda & Yoga Retreats
Mornings in our Rishikesh Ashram start with herbal tea and a cosy group chanting, that our students find challenging at first, but really start loving during their stay here. Chanting and especially group chanting creates strong uplifting and healing vibrations in and around us that will touch everyone’s soul.
After the chanting you will have a pranayama session. It consists of yogic breathing exercises or sinus cleansing procedure using a neti pot (depending on the day).
In the daytime you will have your detoxifying Ayurvedic treatments and time to rest or walk in the nature.
In the afternoon, after your nurturing treatments and spending quality time in our Rishikesh Yoga School’s beautiful surroundings, it’s time to attend yoga classes in order to support your body in the cleansing process. Our teachers will make sure that you have the right peace and supportive practice according to your treatment plan and energy levels. We have special sequence of asanas (yoga postures) for balancing different doshas (Vata, Pita and Kapha). In that way the yoga practice will immensely support your body in the purifying and balancing process. Our yoga classes are suitable for beginners as well as more advanced students. The classes are small and encouraging, with much adjusting and explanation of correct alignment.
After yoga practice it’s time to quiet the mind and relax the body with a meditation. It’s a perfect way to finish off the day as it makes your whole being lighter and more balanced.
At Mahatma Yoga, we are a community and care very much about you feeling comfortable and welcome during your stay. Our Rishikesh Ashram accommodation provides you with your own private room and bathroom. Your room has a direct view to the Mother Ganges; guaranteed to infuse you with a dose of calming, restorative energy every morning. Situated next to the healing river Ganges makes your Ayurveda and Yoga retreat in India really special. It offers you the perfect atmosphere for your detox program - walking, meditating and taking a dip in the holy river will support your purification process and nurture your whole being on all levels.
What Makes The Yoga and Ayurveda Retreats Special?
Yoga and Ayurveda will work their magic on balancing and harmonizing your whole being and will lead you to a healthier and more meaningful life. You will leave fully refreshed and balanced and ready to embrace the new way of living back home. Our Yoga and Ayurveda retreats in Rishikesh are specifically designed for students to learn the Ayurvedic art of self-healing together with different aspects of yogic practice applicable in everyday life.
Mahatma Yoga has been offering yoga retreats and Ayurvedic treatments in India with qualified teachers and therapists for nearly 10 years. Along with the highest expert tuition and care we offer you a safe atmosphere, loving community and the breathing space you need to fully benefit from Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat. Learn more about what to expect of your stay at Mahatma Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, India
Yoga and Ayurveda Retreats - Daily Schedule
» 05:30 a.m. :: Wake Up
» 06:00 a.m. to 06:30 a.m. :: Mantra Chanting
» 07:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m :: Yogic Purification and breathing Body Movement (Mon, Thur, Sat )
» 07:00 a.m. to 07:30 a.m :: Pranayama (Breathing Exercise on Tue, Wed, Fri)
» 07:30 a.m. :: Herbal Tea or Juices
» 08:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. :: Hatha Yoga Classes (Beginners and Intermediate)
» 09:30 a.m :: Breakfast
» 10:30 am – 12:30 am :: Ayurveda treatment.
» 01:00 p.m :: Lunch
» 04:30 p.m. to 06:00 p.m. :: Hatha Yoga Classes (Beginners and Intermediate)
» 06:00 p.m :: Ganga Aarti
» 06:30 p.m. to 07:30 p.m :: Meditation
» 08:00 p.m :: Dinner with Group Discussion (Bonfire)
» 09:30 p.m :: Lights Out
Note :- Morning yoga class is optional.
Price for one week Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat: $ 440
What is Included in Yoga and Ayurveda Retreats
» Ayurvedic Doctor consultation
» 6 Ayurveda (Panchakarma) treatment per week
» Yoga classes (Mon ~ Sat)
» Morning Chanting
» Discussions about Ayurveda, Yoga Philosophy, Mindfulness
» Private room with attached bathroom and free WIFI
» Three healthy vegetarian meals (according to you doctor recommendations)
» Information, guidance and escort services for local sight seeing.
» River rafting (depending on availability) or day trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas
» Loving and caring support team
» Non-refundable booking amount is $ 35 USD for 3 Days, $ 60 USD for 5 Days, $ 85 USD for 7 Days Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat. Balance fee needs to be paid upon arrival.
» We have merged Yoga and Ayurveda retreat with Yoga Retreat into one program.
» One can join the Yoga and Ayurveda Retreats for 3 Days, 5 Days, one week or two weeks. For longer duration, please send us a message prior to submitting your application.
» Couples can receive 10% discount by sharing a room.
» Duration of daily yoga classes or Ayurveda treatments can be increased, if required.
» Daily schedule is subject to change depending on weather conditions.
The fastest and easiest way to reach Rishikesh is a flight from Delhi to Dehradun.
» Taxi from Dehradun, Jolly Grant Airport - $25
» Delhi Airport to Rishikesh by taxi - US$ 70
» Delhi Airport to Rishikesh and Rishikesh to Delhi airport by car - US$ 130
The deposit submitted with the application is not refundable. However, in case of emergencies and other unavoidable circumstances the management at its discretion permits participants to go for any other scheduled course/retreat within a one-year period. We therefore, recommend that all applicants carefully examine their upcoming obligations so that they may be able to devote their full attention to our offered programs.
Code of Conduct
» Discipline is an integral part of the Ayurveda and Yoga Retreats routine must be strictly observed.
» Disrespect of rules and regulations could result in termination of studentship with no refund of fee.
» Absenting oneself from the scheduled program without prior permission of the teacher would be considered a serious breach of discipline.
» A student must inform staff in advance if they intend to be absent for a meal so that there is no wastage of food.
» Mahatma Yoga does not make arrangements for guests of students.
» Ensure you are on time for class or you will not be permitted to enter any class once it has commenced.
» Smoking and drinking are not permitted during retreats
» Be mindful of local customs and traditions and wear modest clothing.