How can I prepare for this retreat to India?

There are three things you can do to prepare for this journey:

1. Have a personal practice. If you do not have a personal practice, consider starting one with Yogi Aaron.
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Yoga Retreat To India with Yogi Aaron

 

2. Have an exercise program.
We will be doing some trekking in the Himalayas. We suggest that you prepare for this journey by doing some conditioning exercises and have a cardiovascular program.

3. Here is some suggested reading.

LIVING WITH THE HIMALAYAN MASTERS by Swami Rama
The late Sri Swami Rama recalls his spiritual journey in this memoir. Using specific incidents to illustrate spiritual truths, he presents a practical guide for those embarking on the Hindu path of enlightenment. “I will tell you how I grew up and how I was trained, about the great sages with whom I lived and what they taught me, not through lectures and books but through experiences,” writes Sri Swami Rama in the opening pages of this timeless saga.

These stories record his quest for truth and enlightenment. Inspiring, illuminating, entertaining, mystifying, and frequently humorous, they bring you face-to-face with the great Himalayan Masters.

SACRED WATERS by Stephen Alter
Sacred Waters: A Pilgrimage up the Ganges River to the Source of Hindu Culture
This is an account of a journey taken in India. The destination is the source of the Ganges, the holy and most famous of Indian rivers. It is a physical journey, involving train rides across the vast plains and passages on foot far into snow-covered valleys and mountains. It is also a spiritual journey, taking a man deep into the heart and soul of the ancient religious culture of India.

Stephen Alter, who was born in the Himalayan foothills, crosses many miles, and several millennia, to search for the source of Indian religion. Along the way, as he reaches one holy spot after another, meeting grounds for pilgrims, remote towns, and forgotten temples, he delves into the myths and traditions of an antique land. He explores the tales of heroic derring-do, evil and good. He recounts the great stories of death, warfare, passions, and sacred wisdom that animate the vibrant history and religious traditions of India. As every pilgrim learns, a spiritual search involves travel but ultimately returns to the inner self. Sacred Waters is a richly told narrative of beautiful land and a man’s interior journey, and is for readers everywhere who seek to plumb their own spiritual sources.