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Learning Yoga in Mcleodganj and Dharmshala

Yoga holidays in Mcleodganj and Dharmsala

With great views and extreme peace, Dharmasala, and mcleodganj are great destinations to spend some quiet time in Mother Nature’s lap, being one with yourself. A great place to meditate, learn Yoga or Tibetan Buddhism. Tourists from over the world are seen here. The Yoga techniques have options to choose from, simpler ones like the sehaj Yoga or complex ones like the Hatha Yoga. It depends also on what kind of instructors are available at that time. Minimum sightseeing is done, but it can be increased if you wish to do so. Chose your own yoga type and meditation and that is how the duration of each tour can be adjusted. Look at the suggested schedule, and if you want some modifications, that can be arranged.

  • TRANSPORT: In bus, private or shared car with driver.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Hotels, guest houses, home stays.
  • ENDURANCE LEVEL: Anyone to Expert. Depends upon destinations and activities chosen.
  • ACTIVITIES: Meditation, Yoga, Volunteer activities, Bird watching, Cultural activities, Hiking
  • DURATION: 4 days or more
  • MEALS: By choice
  • COST: From USD 700 onwards

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Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: Welcome to Mcleodganj
From Delhi, Chadigarh or Amritsar, welcome to Mcleodganj. Today is the day we spend resting, and exploring Mcleodganj.
DAY 2: Yoga Introduction
We begin the day with a lovely yoga session early in the morning as we hear the birds chirping. This session explains the basics of Yoga, its requirements and multiple benefits. The guests are taught some basic simple Yoga postures, known as Yogasanas., by a trained instructor. Post some rest, and some light lunch, we spend the rest of the day discovering the beauties of Mcleodganj and Dharmsala, and visiting popular tourist sightseeing spots. One of them is Tsuglagkhang monastery. It contains three major idols of Sakyamuni Buddha, Avalokitesvara and Padmasambhava which are made of gilded bronze. Spiritually famous, it is a place not only important for Tibetan Buddhists but people the world over, as they come here to meditate or pray. Monks will be found debating and meditating here. We go to Norbulingka from there. This is also known as Jewel Garden and is famous for Tibetan culture and arts. A good place to do some small shopping of books and art. Then, we go to Dip Thekchen Choeling Monastery with it’s museum. It has a golden roof.
DAY 3: Beginning Yoga Asanas
On day 3, early in the morning, we start the yoga session in the park or in the ashram. These classes today will take up a more advanced form and Yoga postures will be slightly difficult and complex. These Assanas help to give a stretching to the entire body and in healing deep seated injuries and pain. A long session today, upto lunch, after which we take a walk to Bhagsu Naag temple and the Bhagsu waterfall. You may want to swim here in the pool besides the temple. If we have enough time, and there is still daylight, we can also go to St. John’s Church in the Wilderness.
DAY 4: Yoga for the soul
Soul Yoga or Meditation will be taught to you today as you will learn to control your sense, mind and body with various meditation exercises. Today’s class will help you relax and unwind and remove your focus from the stress of everyday life. Lunch will be served and after that a massage will be given to you. Hot shower may or may not follow. Sightseeing can be done or a pleasing walk to Dharmkot maybe undertaken.
DAY 5: Living like a Yogi
Today is the day you put all of the things so far learnt about meditation and Yoga to use and as you practice them and test the efficacy of the asanas, exercises in meditation, tips will be given to you to you to progress further. This session is important for utilizing all the information gathered to complete usage. Lunch and some rest and come for some sightseeing. We may go to Dal Lake, which is very picturesque and have a look at the grandeur of the sunset and Dhauladhar mountains.
DAY 6: Be a Yogi for life
Spend the morning meditating on all that you have gained in the 4 days of the meditation trip, giving more detail to the asanas. Learn a few more relatively difficult postures if you want. The instructor will be guiding you at each and every step. Interact with the instructor, fellow mates and spend the rest of the day sightseeing or exploring.
DAY 7: Return Home
Today we go homeward bound after your breakfast in a bus ride or car ride, as preferable, back to Chandigarh, or Delhi.

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Learning Yoga in Rishikesh

Rishikesh Yoga Tour

Situated on the banks of the river Ganga, Rishiskesh is one of the chosen destinations for tourists all over the world. Here you get to do a variety of activities like high energy river fating and kayaking, to adventurous hiking , trekking or camping or to go for the deeper meditation and yoga. The river Ganga marks its entry into Rishikesh from the northern terrain of India, The following travel schedule is meant for spiritual aspirants, but is only a sample and can be modified to suit your needs.

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TRANSPORT: In private or shared car with driver, bike, bus or foot.
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel, Guest house, Ashram.
ACTIVITIES: Yoga, Meditation, Hiking, sightseeing, Bird watching, bike rides;
DURATION: 4 days or more
MEALS: Breakfast, dinner.

COST: From  US $ 500 onwards

Tour Itinerary
DAY 1: Your first day in Rishikesh
Leaving Delhi by car or bus, we enter Rishikesh via a 5 to 6 hour journey. We have a lunch or dinner, as suited into our hotels, and spend the day in sightseeing.
DAY 2: Basics of Yoga
We begin today with an early morning yoga session that explains to you the basic underlying principles, benefits and the requirements of the science of yoga. This small training session will also help you to learn a few basic yoga postures meant for beginners. The yoga instructor will help you to learn them. We rest a little, take a light lunch and spend the rest of the day sight seeing in the city of Rishikesh. We can also opt to visit the Ram Jhula and the Laxman Jhula, two suspension bridges, an hour’s drive from Rishikesh. Alternatively, you may opt to do some sight seeing or rest at the hotel.
DAY3: Yoga and breathing
Today is dedicated to learning the various types of yoga postures. Along with these yoga postures, the instructor will also help you understand some basic breathing techniques that are the foundation of any yoga school. They are vital to help your mind rest and relax and get rid of the worries and tensions of daily life. An early lunch and now it is time to go to the Neer Gadu and Gadu Chatti waterfalls and explore the scenic beauty of nature at its best.
Day 4: Learning Yoga Asanas
In the yoga class of day 4, the instructor will be teaching you some more yogasanas and will focus on your way of breathing in such a way that the entire focus may bring maximum benefit to your health and well being. Many yogasanas are meant for simply stretching the body, some others have various underlying benefits like weight loss, healing and providing body harmony. Some of these asanas need to be done only under watchful eyes of the instructor. For beginners, this day may be a little exhausting and so some relaxation will be arranged in the form of an ayurvedic massage to ease away your aches and pains.
Day 5: See the Sunrise
What a better way to start the day then watching the sun rise over the scenic landscape of Rishikesh. We get up early in the morning, preferably before dawn, and start our journey to the Kunjapuri temple. Her we observe the sun rising over the clouds in its majesty. After breakfast, we ride back to Rishikesh in the car or trek back to Rishikesh if you love hiking. We will spend the evening revising all the yoga asanas and practicing them with the instructor for guidance.
Day 6: River Rafting in Ganga
Another morning session going into the details of the asanas that we have learnt and learning some more of them. Today is also the time to go through the meditation techniques. The yoga instructor may choose to teach you some more yoga postures depending upon your capacity. Reward yourself with the river rafting session on the river Ganga. It is a thrilling experience for most people. The duration of the rafting can be adjusted from anything between 2 to 5 hours. For people who love adventure sports, we have arrangements for multi-day rafting and kayaking adventures.
Day 7: Life with Yoga
Take whatever you have learnt back with you and incorporate it into your daily lives to ease out your tensions and your worries. As you become more proficient in making use of the breathing techniques and following the yoga practices regularly, it will make a big difference in your life. In the afternoon, we go to visit the Vashishtha cave. This is located a few kilometers form Rishikesh on the bank of the river Ganga. This is a good site for sight seeing and also for meditation.
Day 8: End of the trip
This day marks the end of this spiritual trip as we head back to Delhi or any other destination.