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Ashtanga Yoga Retreats in India

Ashtanga Yoga practiced at "Real Happiness India" offers a 1-week, 2-week and 4-week Ashtanga Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh. Get ready to start your holistic practice of the Ashtanga style of yoga with our Meditation School in Rishikesh. Ashtanga Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh let you learn the traditional and pristine knowledge of Ashtanga Yoga and makes you able to self-practice the pristine form of yoga after the completion of the program.

If you are searching for the best Ashtanga Yoga Retreat this year, then here we will get you covered. Amidst the magical beauty of Rishikesh, we teach and share the true knowledge of Ashtanga with the people rooting for it. The Retreat is more than a holiday and when it amalgams with the spiritual practice, then there will be nothing more beautiful.

The Ashtanga Yoga Retreat doesn't demand your prior experience or knowledge in this field. You can join the program even if you are a novice. People who are already teaching yoga somewhere can also join the course as it will enhance their teaching skills and professional development.

What is Ashtanga Yoga?

"Ashta" means "Eight" and "Anga" means "Limbs" forming the meaning of "Ashtanga Yoga" as the "Eight Limb Approached Yoga". These Eight Limbs described by Patanjali Yoga Sutras are:

1. Yama:

Yama refers to Abstinences. It teaches us sobriety and ethical standards. The five Yamas are

  • Ahimsa: Non-violence
  • Satya: Truth
  • Asteya: Non-stealing
  • Brahmacharya: Celibacy
  • Aparigraha: Non-covetousness

2. Niyamas:

Personal rules. The rules you follow for yourself like self-discipline and self-observances is the second limbs of yoga.

Sutra 32 of Chapter 2 of Patanjali Yoga Sutras defines the five niyamas, we should practice.

शौचसंतोषतपःस्वाध्यायेश्वरप्रणिधानानि नियमाः॥

Meaning:

The five niyamas (observances) are

  • Shaucha - Internal and External Purification
  • Santosha - Contentment
  • Tapah - Austerity
  • Svadhyay - Self Study
  • Ishvara Pranidhanani - Devotion to God

3. Asanas :

Asanas refers to Physical Postures. Not all physical postures are asanas, as per Patanjali Yoga Sutras 46 of Chapter 2

स्थिरसुखमासनम् ॥

Meaning:

Asanas are those physical postures which are steady and Comfortable

Asanas prepare the body for yoga practice, meditation, pranayama, dhyana and other spiritual aspects. It is the beginning of learning yoga.

4. Pranayama:

Pranayama refers to Breath Control. It is the combination of two words, "Prana" means "Life Force, i.e. Breath" and "Yama" means "Control". As per the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Retention and Splitting of breath in the proper way is termed as Pranayama.

5. Pratyahara :

Pratyahara refers to the withdrawal of senses. The stage when your mind or the senses stop engaging with the external environment, indeed, turned it towards the inner consciousness. With this, it becomes easier to control the senses.

The human body has "Pancha Kosha" or five layers building the inner consciousness, these are

  • Annamaya Kosha - the food layer
  • Pranamaya Kosha - the breath layer
  • Manomaya Kosha - the mind layer
  • Vijnyanmaya Kosha - the intellect layer
  • Anandamaya Kosha - the bliss layer

6. Dharana :

Dharana refers to Concentration. Our mind is fickle, it changes frequently. With the practice of Dharana, one becomes able to pay attention to one particular thing or aspect. This can be done with the practice of Mantra Chanting or Meditation.

7. Dhyana :

Dhyana refers to Meditation. In this, your mind remains still and you achieve deep rest and relaxation.

8. Samadhi :

Samadhi refers to Contemplation. The last or the ultimate stage of Consciousness, where you will only be aware of your thoughts and powers. You connect to your true nature, true nature of love, joy and strength.

When a person connected the four external limbs, the other four spontaneously evolves.

The benefits of Ashtanga Yoga are physical, mental and spiritual focussing completely on your body, mind and soul.

Benefits of Ashtanga Yoga

  • Increases the concentration.
  • Calms your mind.
  • Controls heart rate & blood pressure.
  • Reduced Anxiety and Depression.
  • Strengthens Muscles and Thinking Power.
  • Promotes Healthy Well Being.
  • Eases Pain.
  • Relaxes Completely.
  • Reduces stiff body fat.
  • Enhanced Flexibility.

Why Join Ashtanga Yoga Retreat?

by Real Happiness India

Real Happiness India is a Meditation School located in the beautiful location of Rishikesh. The city is also known as "Yoga Capital of the World" and the splendid mountains, pious river, calm greenery are enough to attract your body, mind and soul. Being one of the most famous cities in the world, Rishikesh marks the visit of many tourists and travelers all year round.

Yoga and Meditation need peace and silence, Keeping in mind, we have our school located away from the rush and crowd of the city. The school is surrounded by greenery all over and the sound you observe from the location is not of honking horns, crowd, or traffic but of birds. You can feel your true self at our institute. Feel relaxed and calm by staying at Real Happiness India.

We understand that location can never be the only factor to choose a school for your next spiritual practice but we can present many reasons to join our school. Moreover, the best thing can be experienced rather than just read.

  • All the asanas sessions are taught under the teachings and preachings of experienced yoga teachers of our school.
  • Students are free to ask any question and at any time regarding their program.
  • A comfortable stay in between the majestic mountains and lush greenery along with delicious Sattvic food is included in the course pricing.
  • Outdoor yoga sessions are given to students to let them learn in between the scenic beauty of Rishikesh.
  • Morning Detox and Pranayama Sessions are included in the course.
  • We offer the right practice of Ashtanga Yoga. With the correct practice and knowledge of Ashtanga Yoga, one gain control and a deep awareness of one's thoughts and disciplines.
  • We curate the schedule in such a way that learning doesn't become a burden on you, indeed you enjoy every bit of it.
  • The classes are never done in the same place in a single day, we let you enjoy every aspect of practice with indoor yoga sessions, outdoor yoga sessions and garden yoga sessions.
Price USD 400 INR 33000 Duration 7 days

Course Inclusion

  • Accommodation
  • Daily Sattvic/Yogic Food
  • Herbal Tea/Juices
  • Meditation Techniques Study
  • Yoga Stretching Class
  • Pranayama Class
  • Mantra Chanting Session
  • Outdoor Yoga Sessions
  • Satsang Once in a Week
  • Daily Detox Session

Ashtanga Retreat Dates 2023 - 2024

Tapovan
04 - 10 March 2024 Fully Booked 11 - 17 March 2024 Fully Booked 18 - 24 March 2024 Fully Booked
25 - 31 March 2024 Fully Booked 01 - 07 April 2024 Fully Booked 08 - 14 April 2024 Fully Booked
15 - 21 April 2024 Fully Booked 22 - 28 April 2024 Fully Booked 01 - 07 May 2024 Fully Booked
08 - 14 May 2024 Fully Booked 15 - 21 May 2024 Fully Booked 22 - 28 May 2024 Fully Booked

Key Points

  • Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga
  • Outdoor Session 
  • 1 Meditation Class Daily
  • Daily 2 Classes of Ashtanga Yoga
  • Mantra Chanting Class
  • Evening Class in Garden or Terrace
  • Morning Pranayama Session
  • Theoretical Class to Ashtanga Yoga
  • Daily Detox Session
  • Introduction to Eight Limbs
  • Ashtanga Yoga Practice

Ashtanga Yoga Retreat Program

07:00 AM - 08:00 AM Morning Detox and Pranayama Session

The Ashtanga Yoga Retreat at Real Happiness India starts with a mandatory detox and pranayama session. This will be the first step that will prepare you for further yoga sessions.

08:00 AM - 10:00 AM Outdoor Class

The Ashtanga practice starts with an outdoor session at one of the beautiful locations of Rishikesh. A teacher is present with you during that and teach you the basic rules and aspects of Ashtanga Yoga. You will practice this style of yoga amidst the scenic beauty of the city.

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM Indoor Yoga Class

The afternoon class will be held in our yoga school. Keeping in mind the temperature at noon, we decided to keep it indoor. The windows are opened to offer you complete ventilation and fresh air.

06:00 PM - 07:00 PM Evening Class at Garden

Learning around the greenery is certainly the best. For this reason, we conduct the evening class of Ashtanga Style of Yoga at the lush green garden of our school, Real Happiness India.