10 day Intensive Chakra Sadhana Retreat In Rishikesh, India

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.

Course Highlights

  • One of the most intense retreats on Chakra, being offered in Rishikesh.
  • Entire course is conducted in traditional yogic environment.
  • Intellectual understanding of Kundalini Yoga Tradition, chakra and energy anatomy.
  • Divided into two main modules - Foundation of Chakra Sadhana and Integrated Chakra Awareness.
  • Consists of Kundalini Kriyas, chakra breath-work, mudra and traditional Hatha Yoga.
  • The approach in the entire course is vey meditative, parctical and integrative.
  • Sessions on Kundalini Yoga Philosphy, traditional Tantra philosophy, Chakras, Psycho-spiritual qualities.
  • Meditation Techniques, Energy rotation , Yoga Nidra with Chakra Awareness etc.
  • Kundalini Kriyas , Nada Chakra meditation, Transcendental breath-work, chakra yoga Nidra, Unmani Muda, Seed mantra rotation etc.
  • Daily sessions of traditional Hatha Yoga , Chakra and Kriya practices and meditations on Chakras.
  • Fee includes accommodation, guided excursions to places of spiritual significance, three meals and teaching supplements.
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Aim Of The Retreat Program

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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.

This Chakra Sadhana Course is for seasoned Kundalini Yoga practitioners, teachers and aspirants who want to enhance and deepen their understanding and experiences of chakra activation.

Those who are applying for this course must have background knowledge of Hatha and Kundalini Yoga. Chakra Sadhana Course is an intensive retreat program which aims to supplement the knowledge of Chakras and Kundalini and, develop more awareness of the Chakras, thereby bringing balance and harmony to the energy system.

Approach

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The entire Chakra Sadhana Retreat in Rishikesh, India is divided into two main sections of modules. The first module is the Foundation of Chakra Sadhana and, second is Integrated Chakra Awareness Module. Sessions in both of these modules consist of Kundalini Kriyas, Chakra Breath-Work, Mudra (Energy Channeling Tool) and relevant traditional Hatha Yoga posture to direct the awareness and energy to specific chakra. The approach in the entire course is very meditative, practical and integrative.

Apart from these dedicated modules, there will be Morning Hatha Yoga and Pranayama (Breath-Work) sessions every day to activate and open the Nadi-System (energy system). There will be equal focus on theory workshops on Kundalini Yoga Philosophy, Principles, Chakras and their psycho-spiritual qualities and significance. These theory workshops will equip you with the intellectual understanding of Kundalini Yoga Tradition, Chakra and Energy, Anatomy and, their effects on physical, mental and spiritual levels.

This entire Chakra Sadhana Retreat Program is based on yogic life style. A very systematic yogic regimen is followed during the entire period of the course in a serene ashram environment.

Course Curriculum & Details

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

Yoga Nidra (Yogic Trance)

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.

Ajapa Japa (Guiding of consciousness and energy through psychic channels)

‘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 (Chakra Cleansing)

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.

Integrated Chakra Awareness 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 Awareness 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 Module

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 (subtle sound) Chakra Meditation

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.

Chaturtha Pranayama (Transcendental Breath-work)

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.

Chakra Yoga Nidra

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 (the gesture of thoughtlessness)

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.

Bija Mantra Sanchalana (Seed Mantra Rotation)

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.

Daily Schedule

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.
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 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.

06:30-08:00 am: 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.

08:00-09:30 am: 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.

09:30-10:30 a.m. 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.

10:45-11:45 a.m. 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
  • Shambhavi Mudra
  • Vazroli and Sahjoli Mudra
  • Nasikagra Drishti
  • Jalandhara Bandha
  • Mula Bandha
  • Chaturtha Pranayama (Transcendental Breath-work)
  • Unmani Mudra (the gesture of thoughtlessness)
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch

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.

01:00-03:30 p.m. Leisure and Self study
03:30-04:00 p.m. Herbal Tea
04:00-05:30 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.

06:00-07:00 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. 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)
0700-08:00 p.m. Dinner
08:00-10:00 p.m. 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 The Intensive Chakra Sadahna Retreat In India

  • Reinstate balance and harmony in the mind, body and spirit.
  • Integrate the entire body system into an ideal complex.
  • Learn to channelize your energies towards complete upheaval and contentment
  • Activate your chakras and lead towards mental, physical and spiritual awakening.
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