Sadhana is a focused spiritual endeavor to achieve internal, as well external purification and harmony. We, at Rishikesh Yogis Yogshala, offer Intensive Chakra Sadhana Retreat in the holy town of Rishikesh, India. Truly one of a kind, the retreat is designed to take the participants on a life’s journey of mental and spiritual awakening.
Our 10-day Chakra Sadhana Program at Rishikesh Yogis Yogshala intends to achieve internal and external harmony and purification through the path and processes laid down in the tradition of Kundalini Yoga tradition.
Day by day, specific practices for awakening of each chakra will be taught systematically. In the Foundation module, focus of Sadhana will be to release the physical and psychic rigidity of the body and, opening the energy channels through practices of Hatha Yoga postures, Pranayama (breath-work) and Meditation techniques such as Yoga Nidra (Psychic/Trance Sleep), Ajapa Japa (Rotation of Consciousness in Psychic/Energy Channels) and Chakra Shuddhi (Chakra Purification).
Foundation of Chakra Sadhana Module
Integrated Chakra Awareness Module
Integrated Chakra Meditation Module
Yoga Nidra is known as psychic and trance sleep. It is traditional meditation technique taught in a series of eight steps. Teachers at Rishikesh Yogis Yogshala are trained in the teaching of Yoga Nidra from the very root where it originated. It is highly relaxing and invigorating meditation practice. Yoga Nidra helps you to release the tension stored at physical, mental, emotional and psychic planes. It helps to harmonize the energy system in the body and, infuses in a deeper level of calm and serenity.
‘Japa’ is repetition of a ‘Mantra’ and ‘Ajapa’ is a process of spontaneous repetition. When a practitioner gets fully immersed and absorbed in the practice of Japa, then it transforms into Ajapa Meditation. Ajapa Japa Meditation is one of the oldest practices in India. In Kundalini and Kriya Yoga tradition, Ajapa Japa is exercised in the psychic passages. Incorporating the processes of inner visualization, one is guided to channelize mantra consciousness and psychic breath in psychic or energy passages. This is a very powerful tool to internalize the mind and experience deeper state of meditation and harmony.
Chakra Shuddhi Meditation is one of the foremost techniques in Kriya and Kundalini Yoga System. Before attempting to activate the chakras, it is important that one cleanses the chakras. In this entire process, steps like Awareness of Chakra, Bija (seed) Mantra of the Chakra and Psychic Breath Rotation through chakras are incorporated. This entire process of Chakra Cleansing is highly healing, internalizing and rejuvenating. It lays a solid foundation for next stage of chakra activation module.
These sessions on integrated chakra awareness module will incorporate Kundalini Kriyas, Mudras and various Bandha techniques from tantric and traditional Kundalini and Hatha yoga traditions. Techniques involve Tantric Visualization and Advanced Dharana (Intensive Concentration) practices to deepen the awareness and experiences of each chakra.
In this module, you shall practice those techniques which are concerned with overall awakening of the chakras. Of course, the awakening of one chakra cannot take place in isolation; it must have repercussions on all the chakras to a greater or lesser extent. In this respect, it can be said that the techniques for specific chakras will also influence all the chakras. But there will be certain techniques applied that shall systematically help to activate all the chakras together and bring balance into the whole Mind-Body-Chakra Axis.
Integrated Chakra Meditation instigates various Hatha Yogic Mudras, Chakra Visualization and Kundalini Kriyas into Chakra Meditation practice. Incorporating these techniques in meditation process with chakra consciousness intensifies the awareness of the different chakras.
Nada yoga (yoga of sound vibration and music) is a powerful and enjoyable way to develop the awareness and sensitivity of the chakras. Seven notes of the musical scale correspond to the vibrations of seven chakras. This session of nada yoga gives you a glimpse of nada yoga technique and its significance in chakra awakening.
This is a technique which combines, breath, mantra and chakra awareness. It is a powerful technique very rarely taught widely and, is a combination of Pranayama and Meditation. It develops awareness of both psychic spinal passage and chakras. It is used as preparatory Kriya Yoga technique as well.
Yoga Nidra can be used very effectively to develop your awareness of the chakras. An example of a Yoga Nidra/Relaxation session includes visualization and rotation of awareness through the psychic centers. Teachers and practitioners of Kundalini Yoga can adopt this practice directly for their classes and personal practice.
Unmani Mudra, used widely in Kundalini Yoga tradition is an excellent technique to develop awareness of the chakra in the spine from Bindu to Muladhara (Root Chakra). It is integral part of Kriya Yoga practices as well.
The word Bija means ‘Seed’. Each chakra has a seed sound. In this Kundalini Kriya psychic awareness of the seed, mantra is guided through corresponding chakra and its trigger point in the body.
Every day, you will get the opportunity to immerse in three practice sessions and three theory workshops. Each of these sessions will equip you with the knowledge and understanding of various facets of yoga and meditation.
Every morning before the session, herbal infusions are prepared. These infusions are highly healing and rejuvenating in nature and, are based on timeless wisdom of ancient Indian traditions of Ayurveda and Yoga. Purpose of taking these herbal infusions is to detoxify the body-mind complex and balance the doshas.
Practical Traditional Hatha Session
This session focuses on traditional Hatha Yoga practices chosen from traditional Hatha Yoga scriptures such as Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gherand Samhita. Practices taught in the session will focus on opening the joints and deepening the experiences of the asanas (postures) with breath, mantra and chakra consciousness on energetic plane and, understanding of correct body alignment on physical level. Purpose of these practical classes is to awaken natural body intuition and mindfulness in the practitioners.
We provide nourishing and balanced breakfast every day. Breakfast prepared in our kitchen is nutritious, tasty, balanced and prepared from fresh nuts, vegetables, fruits and grains. During your stay with us, you would have an opportunity to taste traditional Indian breakfast, such as different kinds of porridges, Idli (savoury cake), Poha (made from beaten rice), Upma (Wheat Rava (Semolina) or coarse rice flour dish), Sprout salads and many more. In case you are on vegan diet, we can prepare breakfast separately for you upon request.
Theory Workshop on Kundalini Yoga Philosophy
In this Theory Workshop session, we will take you through the various aspects and dimensions of Yoga Traditions and systems. In these sessions, we will take you through the tradition of Tantras and Kundalini Yoga systematically.
Practical Workshops on Pranayama, Kundalini Kriyas and Chakra Modules
In these practical workshop sessions, a diverse range of topics will be discussed. The sessions will be dedicated to teaching various Pranayama, Mudras, Bandhas and Meditation Techniques from Chakra modules. Techniques taught in these sessions are as following: Ashvini Mudra
Vazroli and Sahjoli Mudra
Chaturtha Pranayama (Transcendental Breath-work)
Unmani Mudra (the gesture of thoughtlessness)
Food served at lunch is pure vegetarian, sattvik, vitalizing, wholesome and nutritious. The food prepared in our kitchen includes most vegetables, ghee (clarified butter), fruits, legumes, and whole grains. These are ingredients that enhance clarity and lightness, keeping the body light and nourished and, the mind clear. Time to time during the course, we change the nature of the food according to the yoga practices you perform.
Leisure and Self study
Practical Hatha Yoga Session on Alignment and Body Adjustment
This class is a potent alignment-oriented class that emphasizes the forms and actions within yoga postures. Traditional postures (asanas) are held in accurate alignment. Emphasis is placed on core strength, flexibility and balance as well as concentration and breath control. This class is based on physical postures (asanas), deep breathing, mindfulness and listening to the body.
Meditation and Mantra Chanting Session
Our evening Meditation and Mantra Chanting session intends to conclude the day with techniques to assimilate and absorb the vital energies activated through various techniques and practices of Hatha and Kundalini Yoga tools. Meditation techniques taught in our classes are sourced from most authentic traditions of Kriya Yoga, Kundalini Yoga and Tantra Yoga. Listed below are the important meditation techniques taught in this session. Yoga Nidra (Yogic Trance) and Chakra Yoga Nidra
Ajapa Japa (Guiding of consciousness and energy through psychic channels)
Chakra Shuddhi (chakra cleansing)
Integrated Chakra Meditation
Nada (subtle sound) Chakra Meditation
Bija Mantra Sanchalana (Seed Mantra Rotation)
Swadhyaya (Self-Study and Contemplation)
During your stay with us at our Ashram, we encourage you to maintain a spiritual journal/ diary. During intensive yoga study, which is based on following complete yogic regimen; an inner transformation ensues. Maintaining a record of each and every change you go through, helps to make this journey more mindful, insightful and transformative.
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what people say
Beautiful souls teaching with such patience and in depth knowledge. I was fortunate enough to meet these amazing humans in India last year. Uttam helped find me a yoga school to do my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at and then I had the pleasure of learning from him, Abhi & Sushant at the 10 day Spiritual retreat in Rishikesh. I speak so highly of them all as they deserve all the recognition in the world. I had some really big break throughs and believe this was the cherry on top of an amazing trip. If you are looking for kind & caring souls to take you on a journey of growth these gentlemen are who you need to spend time with. 🙌 I will forever cherish our time together and cannot wait to come back in the near future.
My opportunity to meet Sushant, Abhi and Uttam has opened my eyes to the scope to which the term Yoga really means. These humble and gracious men taught me about the ancient philosophies, meditation techniques , pranayama, asanas, chanting and in general we’re true examples of how to live a Yogic life. Beyond the organised classes I learnt many life lessons, had many many laughs and enjoyed the stories I was told. So many of the things I have learnt from these men have helped me move forward in my life and I will always be grateful. Thank you Rishikesh Yogis. See you when I return.
Thank you Uttam for this beautiful experience and helping and allowing me to further my personal yoga pratice,for teaching me different breathing techniques and welcoming me so warmly into your space. I feel so happy, energized and healthy since I left India and look forward to my next visit.
I had the most wonderful opportunity recently to spend time with Yogis Uttam, Abhi and Sushant of Rishikesh Yogis during a 10 day spiritual retreat in Rishikesh in April 2017. These beautiful souls exude such in-depth knowledge, patience, understanding and a passion for sharing and imparting what they know for the benefit of others. They live and embody the essence of true yoga and it clearly radiates from their very being. I was in awe of their teachings and by simply spending time with them, and being in their presence, I felt deep inspiration within myself to continue to grow and expand on my own personal and spiritual journey keeping their words of wisdom very close to my heart. I have met and worked with many yoga and spiritual teachers but I could not recommend these dear souls highly enough. I look forward to the day that I return to Rishikesh to reunite with my friends again. Feeling blessed. In love and light. Namaste
I had the pleasure of being taught by Uttam, Abhi and Sushant at a retreat I attended in Rishikesh. I had absolutely no experience with yoga or meditation before the retreat and these 3 amazing men managed to teach me so much in that time that my life will be changed forever. Like many westerners I was under the belief that yoga consisted of doing poses for an hour or so a day and meditation is sitting quietly trying to stop all your thoughts. I was so wrong! I was introduced to so many aspects of yoga and meditation I didn’t know existed, the intriguing indepth history, how yoga and meditation blend perfectly and how to incorporate it a into every part of my life to get endless benefits and break throughs in my personal life. The retreat had all levels of experience in it, but the teaching is so well done that I never felt like I was left behind. I cannot recommend these teachers high enough as their always happy, loving personalities match their 5 star knowledge and teaching.
I was blessed with the opportunity of learning yoga and meditation with Abhi, Uttam and Sushant in Rishikesh, India in April 2017 during a 10-day spiritual retreat. These three spiritual leaders are the epitome of what a Yogi should be; they have the warmth, compassion, humbleness, generosity, patience, understanding, enlightenment, embodiment and lived experience that is truly inspirational! They live and breathe (literally) their words of yoga philosophy by incorporating it into their daily practice with such ease. Just being in their presence is a tranquil pleasure as they bring such peace and joy in every interaction. Participating in their classes is a soul enriching experience, not only by being immersed in their depth of knowledge, powerful storytelling and incredible use of metaphors; but also as a witness to see these beautiful souls live their life’s calling in such an authentic and effortless way. They truly have a magical gift that they share without hesitation to everyone they come across. I can’t wait to see Abhi, Uttam and Sushant and learn from them again!
Well… It has taken some time to share my feelings & thoughts of what we experienced last month with these amazing teachers & healers, a connection I felt so deeply, the whole experience & how to put it in to words and express my gratitude has been a quandary. Uttam, Abhi & Sushant, the powerful impact you had on me and everyone in our group was amazing. However, I can only speak for myself and say what an incredible experience I had, fulfilled with your teachings, knowledge, wisdom, compassion and amazing insight to the world of yoga, meditation & spirituality. Your generosity of time, patience, wisdom, experience & knowledge shared is beyond what I imagined this retreat would bring. I speak with gratitude & love for the experience of having the daily teachings with you guys & cannot wait to return to Rishikesh…
To train yoga with Rishikesh Yogis is utterly fantastic. It’s great experience I ever had. I had 10 days yoga retreat which i learnt how to be detached and be balanced. Not only the asanas practice, yoga nidra and mantra but also warm welcome from everyone at Ashram Samanraya. I’m really grateful to be there, to join yoga retreat class. Particularly, guru Uttam, thank you to conduct the best class. Namaste
My time at RYY surpassed all expectations. It’s like Harvard or UCL for Yoga. The theoretical knowledge and practical learning ratio is as balanced and traditional as the teachers. With over 30 academic years of philosophical study at some of the worlds most renowned schools of yogic thought shared between the directors / teachers, you will be awakened to what the true essence of yoga really, noth theoretically and practically. You will also be equipped enough to deliver all you’ve learned back home with CONFIDENCE. This is the beginning of my journey with RYY, and the ancient traditions of yoga. Here’s to the future.
My 10 day retreat was a last minute decision to join my best friend Oil. It was the best decision I made as it was THE most beautiful, humbling experience I’ve ever had.Guru Uttam was so helpful from the very beginning, helping with visas, transportation, accommodation and excursions.From the moment I landed I had this overwhelming feeling of pure joy combined with excitement. Our days consisted of intense yoga (I say intense as I don’t practice very often), yoga Nidra, meditating, chanting, pranayama, reflection & silence, sunrise on a mountain and a walk to a beautiful waterfalls. Our hosts at the Ashram were so welcoming and friendly and made our stay so enjoyable. Being a catholic myself (who hasn’t been to church in a very long time-don’t tell my mum) it was heart warming to sit in the chapel every evening for either mass, prayers or chanting with these wonderful souls.The food was definitely a highlight during the stay. Home cooked vegetarian meals straight from the garden; it can’t get better than that.Our sweet host Guru Uttam is one of the most happy, positive people I’ve ever met. Never without a smile on his face, being in his presence was so calming for me. He was very informative and helpful and caring. A wonderful soul.I am forever grateful for this most wonderful experience and I will absolutely be returning for part 2. Namaste
Great yoga school that will for sure leave you with a once in a lifetime experience. Uttam is a great teacher that will guide you very proffessionaly through the training. He’s also one of the kindest and warmest people I’ve ever met. It’s an intense training but it’s all worth it! Thank you for a fantastic experience!
Wow where do I begin. This was one of the most authentic and life enhancing experiences I have ever had. In a very short month I learned more than I could ever imagine, and I owe it all the the incredible teachers. They truly are the absolute best in their field. I gained so much knowledge just from being in the teachers’ presence and by observing their lifestyles it is very clear that they truly practice what they preach. They are extremely dedicated to their students and put a lot of time and consideration into each and every lesson and practice. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to study with such incredible teachers in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!