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Himalayan/Rishikesh Yoga Retreat

Melissa Scagliarini // Rishikesh/ Himalayas, Northern India

In short

Our Northern India retreat is perfect for those wanting to deepen their yoga practice, explore the yoga capital of the world, connect with mother nature and awaken the spirit of adventure.

You will see a diverse overview of this magical land as we travel to different locations. Starting in Rishikesh and moving to guest houses and tents among remote villages in the Himalayas.

We will immerse ourselves in this beautiful country rich in culture, nature and religion. Visit some of the holiest places on earth and trek through the breathtaking Himalayas.

We will take adventures both on and off the mat, feed our tummies with fresh local ayurvedic foods and live on the edge of our comfort zone.

This retreat will provide every component you need to reset, reconnect and nourish your soul.

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Highlights

  • Daily yoga
  • Aarti fire ceremony
  • Guided shopping tour
  • Visiting traditional Hindu Village
  • White water rafting on the Ganges
  • Ayurvedic massage
  • 5 nights camping & glamping
  • 7km Trek to Lake Deoria Tal
  • 6km Trek to the highest Lord Shiva Temple in India (Tungnath temple)
  • 2-3 meals per day
  • 4 nights in Rishikesh hotel

In depth

Let the Journey Start

 
 

Hi, I am Melissa Scagliarini, your retreat host.

Day 1

Welcome to Rishikesh the Yoga capital of the world. As you arrive in the foothills of the Himalayas you will be greeted by the mother Ganges and a cup of chai. Relax, unwind and put your bags down and feet up as we prepare you for the next 10 days of retreating. Yoga and group dinner.

Day 2

Let our practice begin Morning yoga followed by a healthy breakfast. Now let's hit the incredible town of Rishikesh, walking tour through Lax Manjula followed by a tour through the ruins of the Beatles Ashram with lunch along the way. Evening yoga and group dinner together.

Day 3

Awaken with the sun. After breakfast we set off by bus to the foot hills of the Himalayas. First, stop the famous Vashishtha cave for an early morning meditation followed by a 6-hour drive to a traditional Hindu village. On arrival we will trek to this magical location. Evening yoga, dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 4

Welcome to village life. Enjoy your morning yoga practice with sounds of mother nature, followed by breakfast. Learn how the villagers live off the land, collect cattle food and prepare their own meals. Village lunch and rest followed by evening yoga and dinner.

Day 5

Welcome to village life. Enjoy your morning yoga practice with sounds of mother nature, followed by breakfast. Learn how the villagers live off the land, collect cattle food and prepare their own meals. Village lunch and rest followed by evening yoga and dinner.

Day 6

Can we get much higher. Morning yoga, breakfast and pack-up, ready to leave the village and the villagers. This morning we depart for Chopta Valley on a 2 - 3 hour drive. Lunch along the way, and later we check in to glamping-style tents. Dinner and overnight stay in camp

Day 7

As our mind starts to open our body will follow. After breakfast today is an optional 7km trek to Lake Deoria Tal situated at 2,500m. After returning back to our camp we enjoy yoga, a campfire and group dinner. Over night stay in glamping sytle tents.

Day 8

A place of worship. After breakfast today, an optional trek to the Highest Lord Shiva temple in India, 4000mts. After we reach the summit, we will stop at Tungnath temple for a chai and some time to reflect. Later we will enjoy our final night in the Himalayas under the stars with yoga, campfire and group dinner. Overnight stay in glamping-style tents.

Day 9

Rafting on the river Ganges. Today we depart from the Himalayas and drive back to Rishikesh. After lunch, we will arrive at the rafting starting point and raft the final 10mks back to Rishikesh. Check-in to our hotel, final yoga and group dinner.

Day 10

It's time to say goodbye. Enjoy our last breakfast as a group, and according to your flight schedules, we chauffeur you back to the airport. Fly to your future destination with the sweet memories of the Himalayas and Rishikesh.
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The Host

Melissa Scagliarini

Melissa been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching for more than a decade. She is the founder and owner of Satya Yoga Studio. Alongside extensive experience, formal training, and an in depth understanding of human physiology, Melissa brings humor and warmth to each of the classes she teaches. She has been trained in multiple traditions by some of the leading teachers in yoga. In 2017, Melissa became a certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute. In 2010, Melissa traveled to India to participate in a month long Advanced Yoga Training, also through The Himalayan Institute. Traveling to the geographical heart of yoga was a personal and professional milestone for Melissa—a true lesson in Yoga off the mat. Melissa learned to look at herself with a bit more softness and love and was able to truly practice letting go of attachments.

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