- Yoga & Ayurveda Reisen
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- Ayurveda Retreats
For nine days we will participate in the daily life of a small rural ashram in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. In addition, there is a varied offer consisting of yoga lessons, workshops, meditation, relaxation exercises and massages. The program is framed by healthy meals, lots of relaxation and time for yourself, as well as the evening fire ceremony in the temple complex.
At the end of the trip we will have a small mini tour of Rajasthan with Taj Mahal. The program includes the blue city of Jodhpur with a cooking class with Rekha, the holy city of Pushkar with a ceremony at the lake, the pink city of Jaipur with a bicycle sightseeing tour, and the Taj Mahal.
The yoga journey is accompanied by the yoga teacher Sarah, who herself has lived in India for many years and likes to return to the little ashram again and again in order to gather new strength and intensify her yoga practice. In addition, there will be other yoga teachers who will take over individual lessons.
You can also take part in the retreat for only one week or organize a subsequent Rajasthan or Kerala tour with or without yoga lessons.
Day 1 Self-employed arrival from Germany to Delhi
Participants will be picked up at the airport and taken to the nearby hotel. If you arrive early, you can take a small organized tour of Delhi (extra charge). -/-/-
Day 2 Journey to ashram
Together we take the 1 1/2 hour flight to Jodhpur. From here, a two-hour transfer takes us deep into the Rajasthan desert to our ashram, where we are welcomed by the few inhabitants.
We move into our accommodations and take our first meal in the ashram before going to the evening fire ceremony in the temple. (F/-/A)
Day 3 – Day 10 Yoga in the Ashram
Over the next few days, we will slowly get used to the regular ashram routine, which begins with a morning yoga session. Besides the two yoga classes we will enjoy an ayurvedic treatment and have the possibility to participate in a changing yoga and ayurveda workshop offer. We can also visit the surrounding families in the village and do karma yoga, such as helping with cooking in the kitchen etc. (F/M/A)
Day 11 Drive to Jodhpur, 2 hours
After the last yoga class and breakfast at the ashram, we set out for the drive to the blue city of Jodhpur. We will visit the fort, take a city walk and enjoy a cooking class with Rekha in the evening. (F/-/A)
Day 12 Drive to Pushkar
A four-hour drive to Pushkar. The small tranquil place on the holy Pushkar Lake houses over 400 temples and it is said that a Hindu must make a pilgrimage to Pushkar at least once in his life to visit the holy Brahma temple and take a cleansing bath in the lake. We will also visit the temple and attend a ceremony at Pushkar Lake. (F/-/-)
Day 13 Drive to Jaipur
Continue for three hours to Jaipur. We explore the pink city, take a walk to the Tiger Fort, visit the Amber Fort and marvel at the Water Palace and Wind Palace. (F/-/-)
Day 14 Bicycle Sightseeing Tour and Agra
After a morning bike sightseeing tour of Jaipur, we continue to Agra. In the evening we marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunset and let our hostess spoil us with culinary delights. (F/-/A)
Day 15 Taj Mahal visit and departure from Delhi
We will visit the Taj Mahal in the morning. Towards afternoon we reach Delhi. Depending on your travel plans, we can organize your transfer to the airport, book an overnight hotel stay in Delhi or plan a connecting trip for you.
Preliminary daily program at the ashram:
|6:30 – 8:00||Yoga classes on the yoga terrace or in the garden|
|9:00 -12:30||Ayurvedic treatments or massages, rest time and karma yoga, cooking classes, workshops.|
|13:00 – 15:00||Rest and time for additional Ayurveda treatments, yoga workshops|
|16:30 – 18:00||Yoga Asanas/Pranayama/ Meditation in the yoga hall or in the garden|
|6:30 p.m.||Fire Ceremony|
|8 p.m.||Satsang or Special Program, Leisure|
- Complete support by German speaking tour guide and private yoga teacher Sarah Appelt, as well as other yoga teachers in the ashram)
- 9 days/9 nights in ashram in double room with full board
- two yoga classes a day
- an Ayurveda consultation
- daily one (ayurvedic) wellness treatment (30- 60 min)
- daily workshops, puja and khirtan
- Surprise evening at the ashram
- Delhi-Jodhpur Flight
- If required 1 x hotel room for Delhi on arrival or departure
- all transportation within India by cab
- 5 days mini round trip including accommodation, activities and entrance fees
international flight Visa Meals and drinks outside the ashram, except breakfast
Prices and dates
11.03.2023 – 25.03.2023
10.02.2024 – 24.02.2024
from 4 to 16 participants: 1850 €
Single room supplement: 250 €
As a private trip please make an enquiry
Of course, a yoga and Ayurveda retreat can also be booked individually on your own date.
You are a yoga teacher and have a group or would you like to book a private retreat with your own friends? No problem at all! Just get in touch with me!
The retreat is suitable for everyone, whether yoga beginner or advanced! The lessons are very different and tailored to the needs of the participants and offer a beautiful combination of bodywork, relaxation and meditation.
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Yoga classes in the morning and afternoon
Twice a day for 1 1/2 to 2 hours there is yoga lessons that includes a combination of different yoga directions (Traditional Hatha Yoga, Asthanga Yoga, Yoga Flow, Shivanda Yoga). The hours are harmoniously structured and contain not only the Asana practice but also pranayama, mudras and mediation. The lessons are suitable for all levels and a combination of physical bodywork and mental relaxation.
If you feel like it, you are welcome to join the Ashram family and share work with them voluntarily. Karma Yoga is a wonderful way of yoga, in which the activity becomes independent after some time and the mind becomes quite calm and free!
At the Karma Yoga work here in the ashram you can get closer to people and immerse yourself in their culture!
Possible karma yoga activities include cooking, sweeping, gardening, repairing or cleaning. But also the contribution of personal talents, such as photography or teaching languages or arts is welcome here!
Ayurvedic massages in the Ayurveda wellness oasis
Daily ayurvedic treatment in the Ayurveda Oasis of your choice is included. At the beginning of the retreat there is a consultation with the Ayurvedic doctor.
Bhakti Yoga, Yoga of the Heart and Devotion, is also a wonderful way to practice yoga and is especially important to followers of the Shri Jasnath community. Full of passion and fervour, after dark, we sit down together in the temple complex to sing and sing sacred texts and prayers with drum accompaniment!
Satsang with Guru ji
Satsang means “Common Truth” . After the puja we sit together in the garden and have conversations about things that move us or questions we ask ourselves. A casual round of conversations about God and the world with Guru ji! Guru ji, is traveling on some days and it may be that he is not in the ashram for the entire time.
There will be two main meals a day, along with a small breakfast with fruit in the morning and tea twice.
The main meals consist of daily changing Rajasthan dishes. The meals are freshly prepared, satirical (healthy diet for body, mind and soul) and of course vegetarian. The vegetables come directly from the organic garden, the dairy products are prepared by themselves from the milk of the own ashram cows.
A typical meal consists of kichidi (rice lentil porridge), ghee, Volkorn chapathi (bread), dhal, salad, yogurt and one or two vegetable dishes.
In the afternoon, smaller workshops on yoga, Ayurveda, cooking, music, mantra and meditation are offered.
After our retreat, we will take a short four-day trip to Pushkar, Jodhpur and Agra.
The Jasnath tradition is known for its great chants and passionate and impressive fire dances! One evening the singers and dancers will give us a very special pleasure and give us a small performance of their arts!
Travel organizer, accompaniment and yoga teacher
Sarah Appelt, RYT 1200
Sarah Appelt has been living in India since 2009.
Originally, she came to Delhi as a volunteer for only one year at the age of nineteen. But she fell in love with the diverse country with its fascinating people, deep culture and enchanting landscapes. So she decided to have her center of gravity in India, more precisely in the Indian Manali, from where she organizes adventure trips and yoga trips through India.
She accompanies her groups herself and as a German-speaking tour guide can give her guests very special insights into her very personal India!
She has a 100 hour certification from Yoga Alliance in Hatha Yoga and Traditional Yoga and Yoga Therapy. In addition, she took courses in Shivananda, Ashtanga, Yin, Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga and continues to further her education. For several years she has been leading yoga retreats in Indian yoga ashrams, conducting yoga trips in India and giving workshops in children’s yoga.
She designs her lessons according to the needs of her students. She combines strengthening asanas with soothing pranayama and deep meditation.
Yogeshwar Surajnath Siddh, RYT 500
Surajnath, head of the Shri Jasnath Ashram and president of the Shridev Trust, is the host of the yoga program. With his Master in Yoga Psychology from the Bihar School of Yoga in India, he specializes in traditional Hatha and Tantra Yoga.
Little Shri Jasnath Asan (Ashram) is located in the heart of Rajasthan in the small village of Panchla Siddha (Deep Meditation Square) 100 km from Jodhpur. It is one of the oldest Asans in the Malwar region. The great Saint Shri Boyat ji Maharaj, the direct disciple of Shridev Jasnath ji’s, founded the ashram more than 500 years ago. The Shri Jasnath sect is a splinter that can be traced directly back to the yoga god Shiva. Shri Jasnath himself, a great saint who in his only 24 years did much positive for the area in western Rajasthan, was a direct disciple of Saint Gorkhnak.
The ashram is well known among The Indian followers of the Shri Jasnath community. During large festivities on certain holidays and events, thousands of followers make pilgrimages to the Holy Place to honor the place of their Holy Leaders.
But it is often very peaceful here in the ashram and especially for Western yogis and yoginis who want some authenticity, spirituality and peace, an insider tip.
Many saints have carried out their Sadhana (Spiritual Practice) here, which makes this place highly spiritually charged. The saints spread knowledge and wisdom in the villages and were able to help many people through their yogic power.
As the popularity of shri Jasnath Ashram grew, the king of Udaipur Shri Jagat Singh sponsored the construction of the castle for the Ashram building and donated land to the ashram for growing vegetables and grazing the animals. Today, the ashram has beautiful gardens and plantations where organic fruit and vegetables are grown.
Shri Jasnath Asan is very unique in its architecture. It has been lovingly restored and refurnished by the current guru Surajnath Siddh to maintain the ancient charm and traditions of his ancestors. And in fact, as soon as you walk through the first wooden gate of the ashram, you experience a peaceful and spiritual atmosphere.
Culture of Rajasthan
Visitors to the ashram not only have the opportunity to recharge their batteries, practice yoga, get Ayurvedic treats and eat delicious vegetarian dishes, but can also immerse themselves deeply in the traditional culture of the Rajasthan ian alike.
The Ashram is the perfect place to experience nature and live stress-free. By the way, you can get to know the simple village life and get in touch with the inhabitants. Here in the ashram, an attempt is made to improve the quality of life of each individual and to establish education, health, non-violence and humanity.
And it is especially the great humanity in this ashram that makes the stay here something very special. Here you will find a lot of love, openness and great community. Close friendships with the small Ashram family are quickly established.
The spiritual factor in this little ashram is of course something very special. In the ashram itself, there is a powerful meditation temple and the tombs of the Holy Jasnath Gurus incorporated in the temple complex. Pujas (community prayers) are held here twice a day. In the evening you meet for the Arti (fire ceremony) and sing prayers and khirtans accompanied by drums and bells.
The day ends with a satsang with the guru Surajnath ji. Here you sit together and learn more about the ashram, Indian culture and yoga.
In Rajasthan, the desert state, it is hot and dry almost all year round. Only the winter months from November to February are a little more pleasant. In any case, take a headgear with you to protect against the strong sunlight.
Rajasthan attracts the most tourists, so tourism is the livelihood of many locals. Sometimes this can get uncomfortable. Especially in the big cities and tourist strongholds, people are under a lot of pressure to buy something. Often beggars or children come to ask for money, sweets or pens. Here, it should be well thought out who to give something to. In the ashram itself, however, this problem will not be encountered.
Wide, airy and comfortable yoga clothes are recommended. We are in a very traditional region, so the clothes should be body covering. If you like, you can get a yoga uniform in the ashram yourself. Please specify this in advance.
The rooms are clean, large and have some bathrooms, some with clean shared bathrooms.
What to bring
- Loose and light clothing (knee and shoulder covered, preferably white or bright colours)
- a scarf
- thick socks
- Toiletries (sunscreen) and small medical equipment (in Rishikesh you can get everything)
- Passport (copy), credit or debit card, some cash in your currency (approx. € 50-100),
- Mobile phone, camera, charger (no adapter), maybe laptop
- notebook, writing material
- a lot of curiosity and excitement
Finding Peace in the Ashram
Dear Sarah It was really great and I would like to be back as soon as possible. You did it really well, I particularly liked the closeness to the people we got through you. The photos will probably take some time..... everything takes its time :-) On Monday, the seriousness of life begins again. Loved everything and see you soon. Tom
From A for Ashram to Z for Zipline
Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat in Rajasthan Now our holiday is already a few weeks back, but I would like to describe here some impressions of our wonderful trip to India. This time the holiday was primarily for relaxation and I also wanted to deepen my yoga practice. That's why the ashram in Rajasthan was just the right choice. After traveling through Kerala with Sarah in 2013, it was clear for me, that she was eligible for the organization of the trip. A decision I don't regret, it was all exactly as I had hoped. The ashram has very nice guest rooms and we had really nice personal caregivers. A planned schedule structured the days. The very early yoga class (6.00 am) may seem inappropriate for a holiday, but it wasn't a problem for me. The air was so clear and it was just great to welcome the rising sun from the yoga terrace. If you like Indian food, you could visit the Ashram only for the food. The ashram vegetable garden offers unsurpassed freshness, from which the chef conjures up absolutely delicious food. The yoga classes were very varied and suitable for the time of day in the morning more sporty and in the afternoon a little more meditative. Different yoga teachers and styles provided many new experiences. We were also lucky enough to experience the Holi festival, it was a fun and colorful affair. At the weekend Sarah took us to the desert. After the camel ride a beautiful evening followed with music and dances by the fire. The camp had tents with luxury baths, I haven't experienced anything like this before. Sunday offered a special highlight in Jodhpur: After some doubt whether we will survive this, we decided on the zipline tour... and it was a crazy experience so high in the air only hanging on a wire rope to fly over the gorges. After another week of wonderful Ayurvedic treatments and yoga classes, we were able to start back home fully charged. But before we sat down in Mumbai on the plane, we took another day to marvel at this gigantic metropolis. Due to the heat, however, a city tour with short stops at the main sights and a short shopping for a few gifts were enough for us. For our Indian farewell dinner, Sarah took us back to a great restaurant. Travelling is also so nice with her, because she knows the country and its people and you really don't travel as touristically, but individually and adapt the trip to your own interests. Thank you dear Sarah, it was great with you again!