Narendra Nagar, Rishikesh, India
7 days, 6 nights
Think Calm
Raja Yoga & Breathwork

Yogvedh Shala

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About the experience

What will I experience?

At YogVedh Shala, you will immerse in a transformative experience that includes traditional yoga practices, pranayama (breath work), meditation, and satkarma (cleansing techniques). The retreat, nestled in nature, aims to foster mental clarity, physical wellness, and spiritual growth. Participants will enjoy nutritious meals, participate in guided treks for physical and mental rejuvenation, and engage in personalized sessions addressing individual needs. The retreat offers a sanctuary for deep reflection, learning, and connection with the inner self, facilitated by the expertise of Rakesh Kumar, a seasoned yoga practitioner.

Benefits of this experience

Participating in YogVedh Shala retreat introduces you to a yogic way of life that integrates traditional yoga practices, meditation, and breathwork into daily routines, fostering an environment for inner peace and mindfulness. This holistic approach encourages you to live in the present, cultivate a deep connection with your inner self, and manage stress effectively. Embracing these practices in a serene, natural setting amplifies the experience, leading to a profound sense of peacefulness that extends beyond the retreat.

Incorporation in daily life

Start each day with a brief session of meditation to foster mindfulness and end with pranayama exercises to maintain inner balance. These simple practices can seamlessly integrate into your routine, offering a continuous connection to the peace and clarity experienced during the retreat.

About the Destination

In the heart of a lush jungle, My New Life in Jungle hosts the YogVedh Shala experience, offering you an unparalleled escape into tranquility and wellness. Surrounded by nature's unspoiled beauty, you'll immerse in the yogic way of life, learning ancient yoga practices, meditation, and breathwork. This serene setting amplifies your connection to the earth and yourself, facilitating deep inner peace and mindfulness. Participating in this retreat, you'll cultivate a harmonious balance of mind, body, and spirit, empowering you to carry the essence of peace and wellbeing into your daily life.

About the Specialist

Guru Rakesh, with a humble beginning as a farmer in the serene outskirts of Sonipat, Haryana, has transformed his life through the power and discipline of Yoga. Drawing from 25 years of rich farming experience, Rakesh brings a grounded and practical approach to his teachings. He ventured into the realm of Yoga to combat personal health issues, making his practice a blend of ancient wisdom and personal healing journey. His unique teaching style, deeply rooted in authenticity and simplicity, reflects his belief in Yoga as a transformative power. Specializing in pranayama, meditation, and customized Yoga therapies, Rakesh's retreats offer a sanctuary for profound personal growth and wellbeing.


Place of experience

Rishikesh, often referred to as the 'Yoga Capital of the World', is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas along the banks of the sacred Ganges River in northern India. This serene town is renowned for its tranquil environment and spiritual atmosphere, making it an ideal destination for wellness retreats. Visitors can engage in yoga, meditation, and Ayurvedic treatments, all while surrounded by lush forests and the soothing sounds of the river, fostering both mental and physical healing.

Most suitable time to visit

The most suitable time to experience the YogVedh Shala retreat is during the cooler months of September to November and March to May, when Narendra Nagar offers a pleasant climate ideal for yoga and outdoor activities.

Ancient & modern provenance

Ancient texts and treatises:

Ancient text name: Bhagavad Gita (Approx. year: Around 500 BCE to 200 BCE)

  • Context: A dialogue between Prince Arjuna and Lord Krishna, part of the Mahabharata
  • Mention of Yoga: It advocates for the practice of yoga as a means of establishing peace by calming the mind. Krishna's discourse on various paths of yoga, including Karma Yoga (path of action), Bhakti Yoga (path of devotion), and Jnana Yoga (path of knowledge), elucidates how yoga leads to peace by transcending the ego and aligning with the divine

Ancient text name: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Between 500 BCE and 400 CE)

  • Context: Foundational text on Yoga philosophy and practice, outlining the path of Raja Yoga or the "royal path" of yoga
  • Mention of Yoga: Patanjali's sutras outline the practice of the eight limbs of yoga (Ashtanga Yoga) leading to samadhi, or a state of deep peace and oneness with the universe. The text specifically mentions the practice of asanas (postures) and pranayama (breath control) as methods for calming the mind and achieving inner peace

Ancient text name: Hatha Yoga Pradipika (15th century CE)

  • Context: A key manual on Hatha Yoga focusing on physical postures, purification procedures, gestures, breath control, and meditation
  • Mention of Yoga: Emphasizes the physical practices of yoga as a doorway to stabilizing the mind and achieving a state of inner peace. It advocates that through the purification of the body, one can calm the mind, control the senses, and ultimately achieve a tranquil state of being

Modern Scientific Researches:

Title: A Brief Review of Beneficial Effects of Yoga on Physical and Mental Health

  • Main Author: Sadatullah Syed
  • Date of Publishing: 2022
  • Abstract: This review discusses yoga as a form of exercise that promotes mental calmness by alleviating anxiety, depression, and stress, and enhancing overall wellbeing and quality of life
  • Link to the paper

Title: Global Mental Health, Peace and Sustainability: Does Yoga Show the Way?

  • Main Author: S. Das
  • Date of Publishing: 2017
  • Abstract: The paper highlights how yoga contributes to a healthy life and wellbeing, promoting peace and sustainability by fostering inner calm and a better balance with the world around us
  • Link to the paper

Full plan of experience

The following schedule provides a general outline of the duration and activities aimed at facilitating the integration of the retreat's teachings into your daily life.

At the place
Narendra Nagar, Rishikesh, India
7 days, 6 nights
$240 / person

Experience Schedule

Day 1: Introduction and Detox

  • Trekking in nearby nature trails
  • Pranayama session to enhance breathing techniques
  • Shatkarma session for detoxification (e.g., Jala Neti and Kunjal)
  • Afternoon rest and personal reflection time
  • Asana practice session for physical postures and flexibility
  • Group discussion on health and wellbeing.
  • Flute meditation session incorporating mantra chanting

Day 2 & 3: Deepening Practice and Continuing Detox

  • Similar activities as Day 1
  • Continued focus on Pranayama, Asanas, and meditation
  • Shatkarma detox practice continues for these days

Day 4: Intensive Trekking and Spiritual Visit

  • Intensive trekking to a local temple for a spiritual visit
  • Pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Evening asana practice
  • Group discussions to share insights and experiences

Day 5: Nature Immersion

  • Trek to a nearby waterfall, integrating natural elements into practice
  • Regular sessions of Pranayama and Asanas
  • Evening meditation and group interactions

Day 6: Consolidation of Learning

  • Standard morning routines of trekking and Pranayama
  • Focus on mastering learned techniques in Asanas and meditation
  • Evening session to discuss personal progress and experiences

Day 7: Closing Sessions and Reflection

  • Usual morning activities
  • Special closing sessions in the afternoon to reflect on the retreat experience
  • Final group session to celebrate achievements and discuss future wellness goals

Rakesh Vats

A farmer turned Yoga guru with over a decade of experience in traditional yogic practices

7 days, 6 nights
$240 / person
Upcoming next:
1st week of June, July & August 2024
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