10-Day Kriya and Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh, India

The 10-day Kriya and Kundalini Yoga Retreat program offered by Rishikesh Yogis is one of the most intensive and insightful programs currently taught in Rishikesh, India. It is a very progressive program consisting of modules to deepen one’s awareness, experience and understanding of Kriya and Kundalini Yoga traditions in systematic fashion.

Course Highlights

  • Our teaching is rooted in the traditional scriptures such as Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Yoga Upanishads, and Tantric scriptures.
  • Everyday itinerary consists of a balanced blend of in-depth discussion on the nuances of Kundalini yoga philosophy and practical techniques on Chakras and Nadi Systems.
  • This is ideal program for yoga teachers, practitioners of meditation and Kundalini Yoga.
  • There are 3 practical sessions and 3 theory workshops each day on the system of Tantra philosophy, Kundalini Yoga, Chakra system and techniques of Kriya, Kundalini and Chakra meditations.
  • Teachers of Rishikesh Yogis participating/teaching in Kundalini yoga teacher training course carry a vast experience of living and teaching the system of Kriya and Kundalini Yoga in ashram environment.
  • We will provide useful and informative handouts on chakras, various kriya and Kundalini Yoga techniques and practices for each chakra.
  • On request our centre will also organize dedicated additional complementary sessions for those who are new to this tradition of Kriya and Kundalini Yoga.
  • Modules created in 200 hour kundalini yoga teacher training course incorporate innovative workshops sessions on Yantra meditation and visualization, Chakras and their psychotherapeutic significance, learning how to create different yoga programs to influence the energies of the chakras, intensive training workshop sessions on chakra activation, integrated chakra meditation session, Chakra Yoga Nidra and Tantric Dharana meditations.
  • Dedicated workshops sessions on each chakra; discussing psychotherapeutic, spiritual and Pranic dimensions of chakra system.
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Features Of Kriya And Kundalini Yoga Retreat In Rishikesh, India

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  • Teaching in 10 day Kriya and Kundalini Yoga retreat program is rooted in the traditional scriptures, such as Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, and Yoga Upanishads.
  • Everyday itinerary consists of a balanced blend of in-depth discussion on the nuances of Kundalini Yoga Philosophy and practical techniques.
  • This is ideal program for yoga teachers, practitioners of meditation and Kundalini Yoga .
  • There are three practical sessions and three theory workshops each day on the system of Tantra philosophy, Kundalini Yoga, Chakra system and techniques of Kriya, Kundalini and Chakra meditations .
  • Teachers of Rishikesh Yogis participating/teaching in this retreat carry a vast experience of living and teaching the system of Kriya and Kundalini Yoga in a peaceful Ashram environment.
  • We will provide useful and informative handouts on chakras, various kriya techniques and practices for each chakra.
  • On request, our centre will also organize dedicated additional complementary sessions for those who are new to the tradition of Kriya and Kundalini Yoga.
  • Modules created in retreat program incorporate innovative workshops sessions onT​antra​ Meditation and Visualization, Chakras and their psychotherapeutic significance, intensive chakra activation workshop, Chakra Yoga Nidra and, many other authentic Kundalini Yoga Meditation practices.
  • Dedicated workshops sessions on each Chakra; discussing psychotherapeutic, spiritual and Pranic dimensions of chakra system.
  • There is option of attending the program for 7 days, especially for those who have experience time constraint and, are unable to attend full 10-day retreat.

Aim Of Kriya And Kundalini Yoga Retreat

Kundalini And Kriya Yoga Retreat Curriculum

Paper-1 Techniques, Training and Practice

Paper-1 (Technique, Training and Practice) lays a strong foundation of traditional Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa yoga and meditation techniques sourced from authentic and time proven systems of Yoga traditions.

Purpose of these classes is to equip the practitioners with understanding and knowledge of the fundamental techniques of Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha and Hatha yoga cleansing techniques used in Kundalini and Kriya Yoga tradition.

Techniques taught

Practical (Hatha Yoga)

Asana : PM Series 1, 2, 3 (Preliminary Hatha yoga movements), Standing and Balancing Asana Series, Backward Bending Series, Forward Bending Series, Vajrasana Series, Meditation Asana Series, Introduction to Sun Salutation, Astanga-Vinyasa flow

Pranayama: Pre-Pranayama techniques, Nadishodhana, Kapalbhati, Bhramari, Ujjayi and Bhastrika- Preparatory

Mudra and Bandha: Hand Mudras, Head Mudra, Prana Mudra with Full Yogic Breath (Awareness on physical level), Jalandhara Bandha, Shambavi Mudra, Nasikagra Dhristi

Shatkriya: Neti and Vaman Dhauti (Kunjal Kriya)

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Practical (Meditation)

Meditation techniques covered during Kundalini Yoga retreat program; systematically train the participants into process of meditation. The techniques taught during the session gradually familiarize one with the aspects of Kundalini Yoga Meditation process.

Techniques taught

Kaya-Sthairyam (Technique on Body-Awareness and Mental steadiness)

Antar Mouna (A technique on Mindfulness of Thoughts): Stages: 1, 2

Ajapa Japa: Stages: 1, 2 (Awareness of spontaneous repetition of mantra in energy passage)

Yoga Nidra (A technique of guided yogic relaxation) Stage: Beginner

Chakra Shuddhi (A technique of chakra cleansing) Ajna Chakra Activation Session-

Trataka (intense concetration) on Dot

Yantra (archetypal symbol) Meditation

Nose tip gazing technique

Shambhavi Mudra with Om mantra chanting

Ajna Space Visualization Technique

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Paper-2 Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers

This session introduces one to founding principles of yoga philosophy, its branches, various approaches and affiliated metaphysical background. There is in-depth discussion on Classical system of Patanjali Raja Yoga and traditional Hatha Yoga. Understanding of both systems is essential in order to grasp the concept of Kundalini Yoga.

Topics taught

Foundation of Yoga Philosophy

Definition, Historical sketch and branches of Yoga, brief outline of Classical System of Patanjali Yoga, Samkhya Philosophy and, History and​Origin​​ of ​R​aja ​Y​oga​

Tradition of Hatha Yoga

Historical and philosophical background of Hatha Yoga, Purpose and literatures, Aspects of Hatha Yoga with reference to Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gherand Samhita, Aspects and purposes of Asana (Posture), Pranayama (Breath-work), Mudra (psycho-physiological gestures), Bandha (energy-locks) and Shatkriyas (Cleansing) in light of Kundalini yoga tradition.

Paper-3 Kundalini, Nadi and Chakra Systems

In this section, we first lay the foundation of Yogic Physiology. This helps to familiarize one with the understanding of Nadi system, Chakras, concept of Prana (energy principle), Prana Vayu (Pranic current), Tattvas (Elements) and their role in human energies, etc.

Topics taught

Yogic Physiology

Structure of Pranic system: Concept of Prana, importance of Prana, Meaning and Concept of Nadi; classification of major Nadis, Nature of three major Nadis, functions of Nadis in Pranic system.

Meaning of Kundalini, Location and role in pranic system and spiritual evolution.

Chakras: Meaning, Location, Types and their various aspects, Role of Chakras, Nadis and Prana Vayus in health and disease.

Prana Vayu: Classification of major and minor Vayu, their functions and location in the body

Tattvas and Pancha Kosha: Their Role in Pranic system.

Kundalini Yoga Retreat Itinerary

06:00-06:30 am: Herbal Infusion

Every morning before the session herbal infusions are prepared. These infusions are highly healing and rejuvenating in nature which is 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.

0630-0800 a.m. Practical Traditional Hatha and Kriya Yoga session

This session focuses on teaching traditional Hatha Yoga and Kriya Yoga techniques chosen from traditional scriptures of Kundalini and Kriya Yoga systems. This session intends to prepare the body and mind through physical, mental and psychic purification for intense practices of Kundalini and Kriya Yoga. Tools employed in the session are Traditional Asanas (Hatha Yoga postures), Pranayama (breath-work), Mudra (energy channeling tools), Bandha (psychic/energy locks) and Shatkriyas (physical cleansing) chosen from Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gherand Samhita and Kriya Yoga manuals

0800-0930 a.m. Breakfast

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.

0930-1030 a.m. Theory workshops on Foundation of Kundalini and Hatha Yoga Tradition

In this Theory Workshop session, we will take you through the various aspects and dimensions of Yoga Traditions and systems. In three components, the topics will change from basic foundation to advanced system of Kriya, Kundalini and Tantra Yoga. The synopsis of curriculum is mentioned below to grasp the idea as how deep and intense your study will be.

Foundation of Yoga philosophy

Historical sketch and branches of Yoga, brief outline of Classical System of Patanjali Yoga, Samkhya Philosophy and, History and origin of raja yoga.

Tradition of Hatha Yoga

Historical and Philosophical background of Hatha Yoga, Purpose and literatures, Aspects of Hatha Yoga with reference to Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gherand Samhita, Aspects and purposes of Asana (Posture), Pranayama (Breath-work), Mudra (psycho-physiological gestures), Bandha (energy-locks) and Shatkriyas (Cleansing) in light of Kundalini Yoga tradition.

1045-1145 a.m. Practical Workshop

This session entails teachings and practices of practical tools and techniques of Kriya and Kundalini Yoga. Divided in three components, there will be intensive dedicated sessions on each Chakra using Tantric visualization techniques, Hatha and Kundalini Kriyas, Asanas, Mudras and Bandhas used in tradition to activate the chakras. ​

12:00-01:00 pm Lunch

Lunch

01:00-03:00 pm: Leisure and Self study
Leisure and Self study
03:00-03:15 pm: Herbal Tea
3:15-4:00 p.m. Theory Workshop

During​ ​this ​afternoon theory workshop session, a diverse range of topics will be discussed. This session will be dedicated to Yog​a​ Anatomy and Physiology. This session intends to polish the teaching skills and deepen the understanding of yogic anatomy and physiology.

Physiology​

Structure of Pranic system: Concept of Prana, Nadis, Chakras, Prana Vayu, Pancha Tattvas and Pancha Kosha, Classification of Prana Vayu: their functions and location in the body, Role of Pranic system in life, Importance of Prana, Nadis, Vayu, Chakras, etc. in health and disease.

Anatomy

Human Anatomy with reference to Yogic Science, Understanding how to Avoid Injury during Asana practice, How to Perform Enhanced Yoga Poses with detailed study of the Human Body. ​

4:15-5:45 p.m. 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. Purpose of this session is to enhance the awareness of emphasis areas of the body, organs and muscles during an asana and, further teaches how to avoid injuries during yoga practice. Body assisting helps you to settle deeper into the pose and experience the final position of the pose with enhanced awareness.

6:00-7:00 p.m. 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. Most of these meditation techniques taught in our classes are sourced from most authentic traditions of Kriya and Kundalini yoga. The following techniques will be taught in the evening session.

Kaya-Sthairyam (Technique on Body-Awareness and Mental steadiness)

Antar Mouna (A technique on Mindfulness of Thoughts): Stages: 1, 2

Ajapa Japa: Stages: 1, 2 (Awareness of spontaneous repetition of mantra)

Yoga Nidra (A technique of guided yogic relaxation) Stage: Beginner

Chakra Shuddhi (A technique of chakra cleansing)

Ajna (third eye chakra) Chakra Activation Session- Trataka (intense concentration) on Dot, Yantra (archetypal symbol), Nose tip gazing technique, Shambhavi Mudra (process of channeling awareness to Ajna Chakra) with Om mantra chanting, Ajna Space Visualization Technique.

07:00-08:00 pm: Dinner
07:00-08:00 pm: Dinner
08:00-10:00 pm: 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.

10:00 pm: Lights out
10:00 pm: Lights out

Additional Activities & Excursions


Walk to the Holy Ganges for Outdoor Meditation. Rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit in blessed water of the river.


Attending Ganga Aarti (beautiful and uplifting fire ceremony) at the bank of the river.


Guided excursions to sites of historical and yogic significance in the town (Rishikesh walks!)


Visiting ancient meditation cave to experience its uplifting vibes!

Outcomes Of Kriya And Kundalini Yoga Retreat

  • A deeper understanding and experience of the system of Tantra Philosophy, Kundalini Yoga tradition and Chakra system.
  • Broader understanding of a wide range of Kundalini Kriyas techniques and Meditation Types addressing the issues of different chakras.
  • Enriching one’s repertoire of practical Kundalini or Chakra Meditation techniques and Kriyas.
  • Ability to incorporate knowledge of Kundalini Yoga and Kriyas in one’s Hatha Yoga Training program to make it more intense and transformative.
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