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Yoga Retreat to India
A Pilgrimage to the Himalayas

A journey home to your humanity.

Reignite your spiritual connection on this yoga retreat to India

India – a place of magic, mystery, and awe.

Everywhere in India, and especially the Himalayas, you will find the origins of yoga. For this reason, many people, hoping to catch a glimpse of this ancient mystery, make this journey.

The Divine is said to dwell here. This is why so many pilgrims have journeyed to the heart of the Himalayan Mountains in hopes of receiving their blessings.

Many travelers consider the Himalayas to be the most beautiful place in the world.

The Himalayas are rich with spiritual history and natural beauty as the very birthplace of meditation and yoga. For millennia, heartfelt spiritual seekers have taken refuge here because the Himalayas offer them a sacred space to connect to their innermost selves.

We invite you to journey with Yogi Aaron into the heart of yoga on this sacred journey into the Himalayas.

Join us in this fantastic adventure to profoundly transform and align yourself more closely with the person you want to be.

Reserve Now:

September 8 – 21, 2020

Double Occupancy – $3590

Single Occupancy- $4590

$50 Deposit to Reserve Your Spot

Want to get certified?

We will be offering a yoga teacher training before the India Retreat. If you would like to either become a certified yoga teacher, or do a combo trip, please contact us.

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What's Included

Yoga

Yoga practices and satsang led by Yogi Aaron, John + Brittany.

Accommodations & Travel

roundtrip flights from Delhi to Rishikesh

lodging

airport shuttle service

all applicable taxes

Meals

A special welcome dinner

Vegetarian or non-vegetarian options available

Breakfast and Dinner every day

A farewell dinner

Rituals + Learning

Supervised morning sadhna practice, including ancient purification rituals

Special lectures and talks with local Masters

Ceremonies and Puja in Rishikesh

Your Retreat Leaders

Yogi Aaron, Lead Trainer

Yogi Aaron is a Master Yoga Teacher and the yoga director of Blue Osa. Aaron has made pilgrimages seeking to understand the Vedic tradition and Tantric path and studied closely with numerous spiritual masters during his treks throughout the Himalaya Mountains. His experience leading workshops around the world inspired him to open a retreat and cultivate an intimate yoga community in Costa Rica — and so the Blue Osa was born.... more

blue osa yoga teacher John Thurman

John Thurman, Yoga Trainer

John Thurman, is a Washington, DC based yoga instructor who teaches vinyasa flow power yoga classes. He teaches in a style that focuses on providing a challenging and fun environment for all levels of students to learn and practice their yoga asana. John believes in encouraging students to find their boundaries and mindfully push their limits. ... more

Brittany, Yoga Trainer

Brittany Smith is a Texas girl, based out of Boulder, Colorado. She is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500), and holds several supplementary yoga certificates including yoga therapy, yoga for Veterans, yoga for PTSD, and yoga for eating disorders. Brittany is also a certified Personal trainer, and Reiki practitioner. She has studied under many world renowned teacher's in the industry including Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rae, and Yogi Aaron.... more

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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.
Click here to begin your personal practice.

 

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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.

What should I pack and bring to India?

You are welcome to bring whatever items you deem necessary, but less is always more. We will also be staying in many different hotels along the way, so packing light will make your journey easier.

  • Two pairs of shorts
  • 1 pair of long pants
  • 3 tank tops
  • 2 – 3 t-shirts
  • 3 underwear
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • One pair of shoes for walking / hiking. Remember we will be doing some hiking in the Himalayan mountains. Do NOT buy brand new shoes and wait to wear them for this journey.
  • Sandles / Tevas
  • Two pairs of long sleeves warm shirts.
  • It will be cool in Kedarnath and the higher altitudes at night time. It is advisable to bring something warm. A long sleeve shirt alone will not suffice. Maybe a hoodie?
  • A backpack. You will need a pack pack when we go up to Kedarnath for three days and two nights. For this three day trip, you will need to bring what you are wearing plus an extra tank top, t-shirts, extra pair of socks, your warm clothes.

Optional:

  • Camera
  • Protein bars
  • Personal snacks
  • Personal wipes
  • dry bag
  • anything else not mentioned here.

Supplement suggestions:

Who is trip not for?

This trip is not for you if:

  • If you get car sick. We will be doing a fair amount of travel by car.
  • If you like to or need to complain. The number rule on any Blue Osa Retreat is: Don’t complain, don’t explain. Travel is a gift. Travel is about exploring the limits of who you think you are in the real world.
  • If you have strict, rigid and uncompromising dietary needs, please do not join us for this retreat. Food is an adventure in India.
  • If you need consistent internet access. Many isolated areas in the Himalayas does not have internet access.
  • If you do not adapt easily to changes in the itinerary. Travel in India is unlike anywhere else in the world and requires spontaneity.

Who is this Retreat to India for?

This journey to India is for you if:

  • You want to experience India with a person who knows it well.
  • If you are the kind of person who feels more safe traveling with a group of people.
  • You are craving adventure.
  • You have always dreamed of seeing the Himalayas.
  • You love food and like to taste different kinds of cuisines.
  • You want to ignite your yoga practice.
  • You want Yogi Aaron to guide you on a profound inner journey.
  • You want to deepen your awareness of and connection to humanity.
  • You want to crack wide-open all of your ideas about yoga, spirituality and many you have about yourself.

What kind of food is served?

Blue Osa will be hosting this retreat in Delhi, Rishikesh, and in the Himalayas.

Rishikesh does not allow for alcohol or meat. There will be an option to have eggs.

You will love the cuisine served!

If you feel that your diet requires more protein, then you should bring some protein supplements with you.

I need help booking flights!

There are many ways to book flights. Still, we strongly suggest you use Cheri, Blue Osa’s international travel agent. She is not only the best but will help you find the best possible rates and route. Save your valuable time and use Cheri. 

What is the detailed itinerary

Sept 8 – Day 1: Delhi

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be picked up by the driver of The Imperial Hotel, who will meet you upon exiting immigration and customs. He will then take you directly to The Imperial Hotel.

The Imperial Hotel is an oasis of calm and comfort sums up the understated luxury of this Lutyen’s masterpiece. Bestowed with the prestigious title of the ‘Best Heritage Hotel’ by the Jury- Outlook Traveller Awards 2018 and also by Travel + leisure India’s Best Awards 2017. It is the only hotel amongst 7 hotels in India to be listed in Conde Nast Gold List for 2018. An iconic and the most distinguished address situated in the heart of the capital, it is reminiscent of the halcyon days of the Raj.

 

Yoga Retreat To India with Yogi Aaron

Sept 10 – Day 2: A day in New Delhi

Have a delicious and healthy breakfast before a day of touring and relaxation.

To do in Delhi:
Gandhi Memorial Museum
India Gate and the great monuments of the British Raj.
Qutub Minar Mosque
Haus Khas Shopping area
Old Delhi walking tour
Spa Treatments at the Imperial Hotel

Important arrival information: If you need to adjust your schedule and are not able to arrive on Day 1, you may join the group on Day 2. Unless you plan otherwise, your flight will arrive late in the day, and you will miss the main Welcome Dinner. Please kindly remember if you are delayed and do not arrive on Day 2, you will miss the group departure. The following morning and will need to make arrangements on your own to Rishikesh.

In the evening, you will experience a food tasting sensation in one of the most renowned restaurants in all of South East Asia at the Indian Accent Restaurant. You will be taken a journey in their signature Chef Tasting Menu.

“Awarded the best restaurant all India by time out, Indian accent showcases Indian food for the 21st century with a path-breaking contemporary menu with a unique marriage of global ingredients and techniques with the flavors and traditions of India that is sure to excite the adventurous, yet satisfy traditional palates.”

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Sept 10 – Day 3: Delhi to Rishikesh

After breakfast, we will depart for the local airport and fly to Rishikesh, where we will be on retreat for the next six days.

Rishikesh is said to be the gateway to the Himalayas.

“Scenically located where the Holy Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas, Rishikesh is also a gateway to the World Heritage Site Valley of Flowers National Park – The 8th Wonder of the World and Kedarnath.”

Yoga Retreat To India with Yogi Aaron

All of Rishikesh is considered to be sacred. Spiritual seekers believed that meditation in this place leads to the attainment of salvation. There are many temples–some ancient, some new–along the River Ganges. The ashrams of Sadhus and Sages dot the river bank.

Every day you will be lead in morning ritual and yoga practice with Yogi Aaron. After breakfast, the rest of the day will be left for you to explore the sights and culture of Rishikesh.

Some activities in Rishikesh will be prearranged for you to join if you wish. These activities will be announced once we arrive in Rishikesh.

Please remember that by law, Rishikesh is a vegetarian as well as an alcohol-free city. Rishikesh has also banned the use of plastics bags by shopkeepers and vendors.

Once we have finished our time in Rishikesh, we will journey to Kedarnath.

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Sept 16 – Day 9: Journey to Kedarnath

We will have a very early start in the morning as we begin our drive into the Himalayas and spend the night in Kalimath, at the base of Kedarnath. We will be in the car traversing through the Himalayas for approximately 7-8 hours. (We will drive for a few hours, and then stop for breakfast along the way.

Kalimath lies at an altitude of 6,000 feet (1,800 m) on the Saraswati river in the Himalayas, surrounded by the peaks of Kedarnath.

Kalimath is the only place where the goddess Kali is worshipped along with her sisters Laxmi and Saraswati.No idol is worshipped in the temple. Instead, the Sri Yantra is the object of devotion. On one day each year, the goddess is taken out, and Puja is performed at midnight, with only the chief priest present.

Get ready to take some stunning photos along the way.

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Sept 17 – Day 10: Kalimath to Kedarnath

After breakfast and a very short drive through breath-taking mountain passes, we will arrive at Gaurikund, the base of the mountain.

From Gaurikund, you will have a few options on who you decide to get to Kedarnath.

1. Hike

The hike is approximately 5 hours or 15 km up. The path is user-friendly. You will need to be in decent shape to participate in this climb, exercising before the trip, and have a determined and focused mind.

2. Take a donkey or horse up the mountain. Please be warned that pilgrims have been known to fall off them.

3. Ascend the mountain by helicopter. If it is still available at this time of year, which is weather dependent, we will set this up the day before our climb.

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Sept 18 – Day 11: Spend the day in Kedarnath

Spend the day exploring, praying, meditating, or hiking. There are numerous hikes from this point.

Kedarnath: Located 14 km above an uphill trek from Gaurikund, Kedarnath is one of the Chota Char Dhams in Northern India of Hinduism. The temple, which houses a Jyotirlinga, was constructed by the Pandavas and was rebuilt by Adi Shankaracharya.

According to legends, the Pandavas were supposed to have pleased Shiva with their penance here. Here are some interesting facts related to the temple-

As per Hindu mythology, the Pandavas killed their relatives during the Mahabharata war. To absolve themselves from the sin, they went on a pilgrimage. But Shiva was away to Kailasa in the Himalayas.

When the Pandavas came to know about this, they left Kashi and reached the Himalayas through Haridwar. They saw Shiva from a distance, but he hid. But the Pandavas were determined to meet him so that their sins were washed away.

The place where Shiva hid is now a famous shrine called Guptakashi(Rudraprayag).

From Guptakashi, the Pandavas went to Gaurikund in the Himalayas to look for Shiva. There, Nakul and Sahadev came across a buffalo with a unique look. Bhima followed the buffalo with his mace. But he could not catch the buffalo though he was able to hit it with his mace. The buffalo hid its face in a crevice.

Bhima started pulling it by its tail. During the tug of war, the buffalo’s face went to Nepal, while its rear part remained in Kedar. The place where the face fell is now called Doleshwar Mahadev in Sipadol, Bhaktapur, Nepal. From the hind part, a Jyotirlinga appeared. Shiva appeared from the light, and by seeing him, the Pandavas were absolved from all their sins.

According to another legend, Nara and Narayana, two incarnations of Vishnu performed severe penance in Badrikashraya of Bharat Khand in front of a Shivalingam made from earth. Satisfied with their devotion, Shiva appeared before them and told them to ask for a boon. Both Nar and Narayan requested Shiva to make Kedarnath a permanent abode to ensure that people worshipping him gain freedom from all their miseries.

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Sept 20 – Day 12: Hike down from Kedarnath and Drive to Rudra Prayag

We will have an early start to our day and begin hiking down to Gaurikund. (Breakfast will not be included this morning. Please have some snacks ready.)

Once we have regrouped, we will have a short drive to Rudra Prayag where will have the afternoon to enjoy a special surprise and delicious dinner. We will be staying at the fabulous Monal Resort. There is a beautiful pilgrim walk we will do once we have arrived at the hotel.

 

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Sept 20 – Day 13: Rudra Prayag to New Delhi

We will depart in the early morning from Rudra Prayag, drive to Rishikesh to catch our flights, and then back to the Imperial Hotel. Once we arrive at the hotel in Delhi, we will have a final farewell dinner.

For those people who are on a tighter schedule and prefer to leave this day, you will be able to catch a flight out of Delhi if it is 11 PM or later. Any earlier and you may run the risk of missing your trip in the event we are delayed getting to Delhi. We are expecting to arrive in Delhi by 6:00 PM.

 

Sept 21 – Day 14: Go home

You may leave when you would like. A list of suggested activities will be made available for you. The fees for these activities are NOT apart of your package.

If your flight leaves later this day, then you will be able to take advantage of all that Delhi has to offer. We might suggest using this day to visit the Taj Mahal. If you need help making plans, let us know. The Imperial Hotel will also be able to help plan any activities.

 

 

What is not included on this retreat to India?

    Prices do NOT include incidentals, such as the cost of international flights, lunches, incidentals, laundry, gratuities, and anything else that is not on this list. The fee also does not cover the cost of any missed flights or travel delays. We strongly suggest you arrive a day or two early so that you will be on time for your flights and training. If you are late arriving and miss your local flight, you will be responsible for joining the group in Rishikesh. Wifi is also very limited in Kedarnath.
    Our Cancelation Refund Policy for this Retreat: The deposits and payments made for this retreat to India are non-transferable and non-refundable. Please pay in full 90 days before the trip begins. In paying for a retreat with Blue Osa, you agree to these terms.