5 Reasons You Need to Come to a Mahatma Rishikesh Yoga Retreat

You've made an excellent decision in coming to Rishikesh India for your yoga retreat. Rishikesh is the home of yoga! Mother Nature is the heartbeat and very soul of our spiritual city! And you will find supportive and understanding friends here to share your thoughts, feelings and transformation with. Along with the highest expert tuition and care, and an atmosphere and community which allows you the breathing space you need, a Rishikesh ashram is THE place to be.

Are you overwhelmed with choices however? Which ashram should you choose to immerse yourself in? There are so many options but here at Mahatma Rishikesh Yoga Retreat, we believe we have a very special experience waiting to be discovered. Here are 5 reasons why Mahatma Yoga Retreat is the Rishikesh Yoga Ashram you've been looking for.

1.Our ashram yoga location is bliss

As you make your way through the energetic 'toot toot' of our local tuk-tuks, and brush past our sunbathing cows and swinging monkeys, you'll feel the energy of Mother Ganges rushing beneath your feet. As your fingertips glide along the sides of our infamous Laxmann Jhula bridge, the foothills of the Himalayas are gently welcoming you. You make it to the other side of the bridge and the beautiful smell of incense and Indian treats immediately waft beneath your nose.

You turn to descend down our path, past cafes offering bubbling cups of coffee and generous plates stacked full of fresh veggies. The hubbub of our lively streets slowly begins to fade away. Mother Ganges accompanies you as you make your way further along the stony path at her water's edge. Before you, Mahatma Yoga Retreat emerges. Tucked away, our own little slice of calm and restorative energy is here ready and waiting for you.

2.Your yoga retreat is a home away from home

At Mahatma Yoga, we are a community and care very much about you feeling comfortable and welcome during your stay. Our Rishikesh ashram accommodation allows you to have your own private room and bathroom. Your room will look directly out onto Mother Ganges; guaranteed to infuse you with a dose of calming, restorative energy every morning.

As you breathe in the goddesses' healing properties, whilst holding a frothy cup of hot chai, your mornings are off to a great start! The beach is literally on our doorstep too, and we encourage you to take a step out into the sand and cooling waters to refresh and revive your senses. Please be reassured that our staff are on hand whenever you need us too. We will help you with whatever you need. And Yogi Ji, head of Mahatma Yoga Ashram and your expert yoga teacher, will be available for a cup of tea and a chat during your yoga meditation retreat.

Guests come to a Mahatma Rishikesh Yoga Retreat for many reasons. Some arrive as complete beginners open to learning about how yoga can benefit their lives. Others are returning every year for more knowledge and classes. Maybe you would like to spend time with us to re-adjust your life goals. Or maybe you just need a break from the stress you're experiencing. We can certainly offer a space to rest, relax and rejuvenate. We welcome you to spend your time here, be yourself, and leave refreshed and restored.

3.Our yoga schedule is just the right pace

Your stay at Mahatma Yoga Retreat is a chance to start your day in the best way possible. You'll be eating fresh healthy food and following a yoga schedule which is fun, fulfilling and unforgettable! Our yoga retreats for beginners will ease you into a yoga lifestyle step-by-step, with expert tuition and care. And for those of you who wish to build upon your yoga experience so far, we will be able to help you get to that next level!

Chanting
You will start your mornings chanting with Yogi Ji, learning beautiful mantras that will gradually become familiar to you throughout your stay with us. This is the perfect time to prepare your mind and body for the day ahead, build your power from within and gently awaken your mind to yoga. After warming your energy up, you will have the time and space to take a few deep breaths and clear your mind.

Purification and Pranayama Techniques
Twice a week in your Rishikesh retreat, we will show you how to cleanse and refresh your body to fight off colds, allergies and infection. We do this by using a neti pot. If you have never used one before, do not fret. We will supply you with your own pot and guide you on how to cleanse your sinuses with this simple technique. This will in turn help you with your pranayama (breathing body) exercises.

Tea Time
We love tea! Our staff make an excellent hot cup of frothy milky chai for you every morning. If you'd prefer, we are happy to give you hot water to make your own beverage or offer a healthy juice!

Morning and Afternoon Hatha Yoga Classes
Our 1.5 hour Hatha yoga classes in Rishikesh, are taught by our expert teachers, including Yogi Ji. Yogi Ji, your Indian yoga teacher, is dedicated and both skilled and wise beyond his years. His knowledge is enriched with innocent humour, which will surely inspire you. Our classes are small, encouraging and detailed. You will be encouraged to progress in your yoga positions at just the right pace, and will receive one-on-one help with your practice to ensure you are getting the most out of every asana (position).

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Our food is fresh, healthy and ayurvedic! Our staff cook breakfast, lunch and dinner for you everyday with love. You will be able to taste a variety of delicious Indian dishes throughout your stay with us.

Free Time
After breakfast and lunch, you will have free time throughout the day, to spend how you wish. Many of our guests enjoy exploring Rishikesh: venturing into The Beatles Ashram, delving into the bazaars for various wares and gifts, taking a walk along the Ganges or popping into one of the many bustling coffee shops. Others choose to relax at our ashram, enjoying our wonderful view of the Ganges and sitting on the beach to practice their own meditation.

Meditation
In the evenings, relax and open your mind with us during meditation. Regardless of whether you are completely new to meditation or looking for different techniques, we will guide you. Meditation in Rishikesh is a wonderful time to quieten the mind, be present in this moment and open your mind in the here and now.

Yoga Philosophy
Twice a week, we will also share with you how yoga is so much more than just physical positions. We will discuss the 8 different 'threads' of yoga, and offer guidance on how yoga can help you lead a more meaningful and purposeful life.

4.Take part in exciting outdoor activities with us

Our yoga vacations allow you the chance to experience a wealth of wonderful activities outside the ashram.

Ganga Aarti
As dusk descends, it is time for a truly uplifting and powerful spiritual ritual to be performed throughout our holy city. Ganga Aarti is your chance to receive purification and a blessing from Mother Ganges. We will sing songs in praise of Mother Ganga, acquiring her power through the fires and lamps we light. You will then be able to make your own offering to her, floating your own flowers and candle down the holy river. It is a beautiful moment and one you will truly remember.

Rafting
There's nothing quite like flowing along with Mother Ganges by enjoying her magnificent energy in a whitewater raft boat! If you wish, we can go together out of Rishikesh, deeper into the Himalayas. We will then ride Mother Ganges all of the way back to our ashram. It's an exhilarating and uplifting experience, that will certainly infuse you with extra energy!

Day trekking to magical waterfalls and caves
We love exploring Mother Nature in and around Rishikesh. Every week in your Mahatma Ashram Yoga Retreat, you will have the opportunity to venture further out with us into sacred, spiritual caves and rejuvenate yourself below breathtaking waterfalls. There are many hikes to be enjoyed here, leading towards temples we can enjoy together too. Come and see Rishikesh with us!

5.Take care of yourself with our treatments

Massage
As part of your Rishikesh yoga retreat, you will receive one complimentary yoga massage every week from our caring, trained masseuses. We match women with women and men with men. Make sure to book yourself in, to relax, unwind and take care of your body as it transforms through yoga.

Reiki and Ayurveda
Our lovely Yogi Ji is also a qualified Reiki master and offers Ayurvedic consultations and treatments at Mahatma Yoga Ashram. You are welcome to enquire about our treatments, available to you at an extra cost at your Rishikesh Yoga Retreat.

Come to Mahatma for your Rishikesh Yoga Retreat
With our unique location, loving community, expert tuition and patience and care, we believe we are the best ashram in Rishikesh for you. We warmly welcome you to join us for some beautiful yoga and meditation in Rishikesh. We look forward to being a part of your yoga journey very soon. Namaste!