Why Yoga/Meditation Retreat

Rishikesh is the world's capital of yoga and is situated by the sacred river Ganga, surrounded by majestic mountains. With its ancient temples and holy caves, sadhus and gurus, it is the perfect place to experience daily spiritual ceremonies and rituals; it also offers the ideal environment to deepen your personal awareness and immerse yourself in yoga, on and off the mat.

Experience the beauty of holy Rishikesh and delve into a yoga and meditation retreat created exclusively for you.

Are you under stress or in need of relaxation?
Would you like to feel energized or more connected to your divine true nature? Do you wish to learn various yogic techniques to improve your daily life? Are you ready to take your practice up a notch? Would you rather meditate and sightsee? Perhaps just sit by the Ganga and watch the sun set?
Whether you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner our retreats are customizable and designed to meet your needs and schedule. You can choose among a variety of styles we offer and join any time.

Meet Our Yogis

Yogi Vimal

Born and raised in Rishikesh, Vimal’s journey as a yogi began years ago with his studies at the Bihar School of Yoga - founded by Swami Satyananda Saraswati - and continued at the Sivananda Vedanda Academy in Rishikesh. Following his Guruji’s advice and as part of his sadhana (spiritual practice) Vimal lived alone for a year in a cave on the banks of the Ganga. Just a cloth to cover him, he bathed in and drank the sacred water from the river, eating only a potato brought to him every day. This unique life’s transforming experience has permitted him to deeply understand the real meaning of living a yogic lifestyle. For the past ten years Vimal has been teaching yoga and meditation in India and other parts of Asia to improve one’s physical health as well as one’s spiritual life. He now shares his experience through daily classes, workshops, and retreats in Rishikesh and abroad. His energetic yet approachable teachings reflect a genuine understanding of the classical path of yoga with a modern outlook. His authentic classes are spiritually charged with life changing teachings; these can be incorporated into daily routines to ultimately live a more joyful and purposeful life.


Yogini Elena

Elena is a compassionate yogini and a spiritual counselor. She holds a B.A. in creative writing and is passionate about merging her love for the traditions of Eastern Philosophies with Western practice of yoga. Elena inspires students by sharing her devotion throughout the world and offers classes, retreats, and workshops in English, Italian, and French. She believes everything is always in Divine order and that the best approach to life is to be fully present at any moment.

Find out more about Elena here: moveyourspirityoga.com

Our Styles

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Hatha Yoga / Ashtanga / Vinyasa / Kriya

Based on the teachings from Bihar school of Yoga and Sivananda Vedanta Academy we share a multi-style dynamic Hatha yoga/Vinyasa flow with attention to proper alignment and connection to breath. Kriya yoga is a comprehensive spiritual practice, which - through mudra, pranayama, mantra, and postures- helps create a state of tranquility and a deeper connection to oneSelf. Ashtanga is also available. Experienced students as well as beginners benefit from these practices, as each individual is encouraged to participate at his/her own level of comfort.

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Yin Yoga

A slow paced meditative asana practice, in which postures are held for a longer period of time. The aim of this style of yoga is to improve flexibility by placing moderate stress to the body’s connective tissues and to appreciate inner silence for a deeper state of relaxation. This is a great practice to balance the more vigorous approach to yoga postures. It is available to all levels of practitioners and does not require any previous experience.

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Restorative Yoga

In restorative yoga, poses - usually supine or seated- are held with the support of props - such as blankets and bolsters - so the body is invited to open through passive stretching. The focus is directed to one’s breath and inner connection for a complete relaxation of mind, body, and spirit. All levels of students are welcome to this slow-paced, regenerating practice.

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Meditation simply means following the rhythm of one’s breath and allow the thoughts to move without any particular attachment. Chakra, one pointed, guided, fire, natural cave meditation, and other techniques are offered. All students benefit from this mind calming experience.

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Yoga Nidra

Sometimes called “yogic sleep” yoga nidra is an ancient antidote to stress and a form of deep meditation that works by triggering the relaxation response in our parasympathetic nervous system. In a particular session students rest in savasana – corpse pose- for approximately 45 minutes and are guided to a deep letting go to create a peaceful mind-body connection. Suitable to all levels of students and highly recommended for those leading a stressful lifestyle.

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Or “breathing techniques” are at the core of any yoga practice. Different options and examples are offered in each class as students are invited to explore their own connection to prana, life force energy. This practice is recommended to all levels of students as it improves one’s focus and relieves stress.