“yoga is the journey of the self, through the self and to the self” -Bhagwat Geeta
Rishikesh is one bottled piece of heaven, that tops the list for retiring to peace. Over time, it has acquired the title of ‘yoga capital’ of the country and doesn’t seem to fail at standing up to the expectations. The lush greenery topped with Himalayas and holy Ganga makes it perfect destination to meditate and perform Yoga, a practise to counter your spiritual being is one of the many fruitful activities that Rishikesh provides.
There are several Yoga schools that provide customize workshops and are budget friendly. But If you ask me, my answer would probably be; once you have been there, at the core of your inner self, you had always come for more. But Here are some of the references you could look at before stepping into the realms of your soul.
Anand Prakash Ashram
They provide a 300 hour yoga teacher training, you will find Yogrishi Vishvketu who teaches and inspires to celebrate life. The ashram is located in Tapovan, about 250km north of delhi. It offers Akhanda Yoga and have residential settings for their programs. Three Freshly prepared meals are provived through out the day. They charge Rs 1000 per day/ per person. www.anandprakashyogaashram.com
Shiva yoga Niketan
The ashram is a true spiritual heaven, located within the magnificient beauty of Ram Jhula. Shiva yoga niketan gives an opportunity to experience the meditation retreat in the time frame of 15 days with includes different yoga Asanas throughout the day. Booking amount with application is around USD 200 and the course fee is USD 600. They have special discounts for groups. www.shivayoganiketan.com
An intensive yoga workshop along with yoga philosophy, lectures, techniques and meditation postures accommodates in the Ashram’s 7-day Ashtanga workshop. It is a rewarding and highly challenging training but, by the end of session, you come out more alive than ever. Meditation and chanting will flood you with a piece you never thought was possible. The fee for this program is about USD 200. www.tattvaayoga.com
A place like no other, you will experience a deep connection to divine with the statue of Lord Shiva sitting in a yoga posture, located in the front of the Ashram. The special satvik food is given that helps in maintaining a healthy body and improves asana skills. They provide a 200 hour yoga teacher training course for Indian citizens, certified by Yoga alliance USA. The course demands commitment and dedication to live through the ideals of yoga. www.parmarth.org
Rishikesh yogpeeth Abhayaranya
The Ashram offers solace and a first step towards enriching life. It helps to unravel your true authentic self with its 7 day yoga retreat along the banks of the Ganges and serene surroundings. The course provides detoxification from technology and the schedule revolves around various asanas and pranayamas. They charge USD 350 for shared room and USD 550 for private room. www.rishikeshyogpeeth.com