- Yoga & Ayurveda Reisen
- Yoga Reisen
- Ayurveda Retreats
For ten days we will take part in the everyday life of a rural little ashram in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. In addition, there is a varied offer consisting of yoga classes, yoga and Ayurveda 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 take a trip to the holy city of Pushkar with its temples and holy lake and to the so-called “Blue City” Of Jodhpur. Here we visit the mighty fort, stroll through the narrow streets between the blue-washed houses and experience the lively market. A cooking class will be organised.
The yoga Retreat is accompanied by the yoga teacher Sarah, who herself has lived in India for many years and likes to return to the little Shri Jasanth 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 teach classes and workshops.
You can also participate in the retreat for only one week or organize a subsequent Rajasthan or Kerala tour with or without yoga classes.
Day 1 Self organised arrival to Delhi
Participants will be picked up at the airport and taken to the nearby hotel. (-/-/-)
Day 2 Journey to the 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 ashram inhabitants.
We move into our accommodations and take our first meal in the ashram before going to the evening fire ceremony in the temple. (B/-/D)
Day 3 – Day 11 Yoga Retreat
Over the next few days, we will slowly get used to the regular ashram routine, which begins with a morning yoga class. Every day we will be able to enjoy an Ayurveda treatments and massages in addition to the two yoga classes and have the opportunity to participate in different yoga and Ayurveda workshops. We can also visit the surrounding families in the village and do karma yoga, such as helping with cooking in the kitchen etc. (B/L/D)
Day 12 Excursion to the holy city of Pushkar
After the last yoga class and breakfast at the ashram we set off for a three-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 time 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. (B/-/-)
Day 13 Pushkar and drive to Jodhpur
We have half a day left in Pushkar for some free time. Then we drive to Jodhpur for 4 hours. (B/-/-)
Day 14 Jodhpur
We experience a whole day in the blue city of Jodhpur with fort visit, city walk and cooking class with an Indian family in the evening. Of course, a yoga class takes place in the morning on the roof terrace with a great view of the Fort high above the blue city. In the evening we take the night train to Agra- also an experience worth. (B/-/D)
Day 15 Agra and Departure
In the morning we reach Agra. Here we have rooms for the day near the Taj Mahal. After a refreshment and a small breakfast we visit the Taj Mahal. In the afternoon we take a train to Delhi and then a transfer to the airport. (-/-/-)
Daily program at the Ashram:
|6:00 am||Wake Up and Tea|
|6:30 am – 8:00 am||Yoga classes on the yoga terrace or in the garden|
|9:00 am-12:30 pm||Ayurvedic Treatments and massages, Rest and Karma Yoga, Cooking Classes, Workshops|
|1:00 pm- 3:00 pm||Rest and time for additional Ayurveda treatments, yoga workshops|
|4:30 pm – 6:00 pm||Yoga Asanas/Pranayama/ Meditation in the Yoga Hall or in the Garden|
|6:30 pm||Fire Ceremony|
|8 pm||Satsang or Special Program, Leisure|
- German-speaking Retreat Leader and private Yoga teacher Sarah Appelt (as well as other yoga instructors in the ashram)
- 10 days/10 nights in the ashram in a double room with full board
- two yoga classes daily
- 1 Ayurveda wellness treatment or massage (30- 60 min)
- Ayurveda Consultation
- Daily workshops, Puja and Kirtan
- Surprise evening at the Ashram
- Delhi-Jodhpur Flight
- Hotel rooms for Delhi on arrival and departure if required
- total transportation within India by taxi or minibus and 2 train journeys
- Excursion to Pushkar (one night), Jodhpur (1 night) with sightseeing and cooking class and breakfast and Agra (day room) with Taj Mahal visit
- Entrance fees for Mehrangar Fort and Taj Mahal included
International Flight Visa Meals and drinks outside the ashram, except breakfast
Prices and Dates
from 4 to 16 participants 1850 €
Single room surcharge: 150 €
For a private Retreat please make an enquiry
Of course, a yoga and Ayurveda retreat can also be booked individually on your own dates.
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 classes are taught in different styles and tailored to the needs of the participants and offer a beautiful combination of bodywork, relaxation and meditation.
Yoga classes in the morning and afternoon
Twice a day for 1 1/2 to 2 hours there are Yoga Classes which are combinations of different yoga styles (Traditional Hatha Yoga, Asthanga Yoga, Yoga Flow, Yin, Shivanda Yoga). The classes are harmoniously structured and contain not only the Asana practice but also pranayama, mudras and mediation. The classes are suitable for all levels and a combination of physical bodywork, deep Inner work 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 is selfless and the mind becomes quite calm and free!
During the Karma Yoga work here in the ashram you can get closer to the local 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 and treatments in the Ayurveda wellness oasis
Everyday you will have a free Ayurveda treatment of choice in the Ayurveda Center included.
Bhakti Yoga, The 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 chant 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 a lot around to visit his diciples 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 Rajasthani dishes. The meals are freshly prepared, sattvic (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 their 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.
At the end of the Retreat is a 4 days Trip to Rishikesh, Jodhpur and Agra included.
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 small performance of their arts!
Retreat Leader and yoga teacher
Sarah Appelt, RYT 1200
Sarah Appelt has been living in India since 2009.
More about her here.
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.
The Shri Jasnath Ashram
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 work 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 the 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 energy, practice yoga, get Ayurvedic treats and eat delicious vegetarian dishes, but can also immerse themselves deeply in the traditional culture of the Rajasthani life.
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 people here 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 shrine and the tombs of the Gurus incorporated into 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 attached 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!