Relax – Refocus – Replenish
Join our journey into an exotic country including a relaxing Yoga Retreat. Get to know the traditional yoga in its country of origin, explore a beautiful and rich culture and enjoy time just for you. Do something good for yourself and your health and don’t worry if English isn’t your mother tongue – a multilingual team (English / German / Hindi) will accompany you from the moment you arrive in Delhi at the airport until the end of the program. You do not have to worry about anything, you can completely immerse yourself in this fantastic, colorful country of India.
What exactly is Yoga & Explore?
Yoga & Explore is a program that we designed out of our personal experience. Many people are coming to India and especially to Rishikesh for a Yoga retreat or Yoga Teacher Training. But because of the limited time they have for their holidays, there are not much possibilities to explore India in a deep way and experience the culture besides Yoga. In our Yoga & Explore Program, we exactly want to make this possible: you will stay with us for two weeks. In those two weeks, we will explore one part of India for one week and in the second week we will stay in Rishikesh for a Yoga Retreat. In this way, we can teach you our true and traditional Yoga style and at the same time show you the beauty of India.
How often does Yoga & Explore take place?
We designed Yoga & Explore as a yearly program. Every year, we will travel to a different place in India that is somehow connected with Yoga or the rich culture that India has to offer. We started with exploring Delhi and Agra (Taj Mahal) in our first Yoga & Explore Program and our minds are full of ideas for the next years. So make sure you stay up to date – we will offer every year something different to address different preferences.
Who is organizing the program?
The program is organized by us, the “Satyam Vedic Yoga School” in Rishikesh. Our school focuses on true (satyam) and traditional (vedic) yoga and would like to share this knowledge with you. Our teachers have many years of practical experience combined with scientific knowledge of yoga. To make the course easier to understand and overcome linguistic barriers for German speaking participants, a simultaneous translation is offered on demand. This German translation is being offered by a student of the Satyam Vedic Yoga School, who herself is a yoga teacher in Germany, but did her yoga teacher degree in India with our school. So the mutual understanding – language wise as well as cultural – is guaranteed.
How can I book a seat?
Please contact us via email to book your seat for the program.
How much are the fees and how do I have to pay?
Please find the fees for the current program on the corresponding post. The fees may vary every year, because of the different costs we have for our explore parts.
To reserve your space in the program, we kindly ask you to pay 250 USD upfront. This money can not be refunded, as we need it for the reservation of our hotel rooms, etc. You can transfer the money via Western Union or transferwise. The remaining fee can be paid on the first day of the program in cash (USD, EUR, INR) based on the exchange rate of transferwise.com.
What is included in the package?
The price includes
- Pick-up and drop-off Delhi airport
- Any transportation during the program according to the itinerary (bus, taxi, rikshaw, etc.)
- Accommodation during the whole program
- Sattvic food 3x per day
- Chai breaks according to the itinerary
- Entry fees if applicable
- Tour guides if applicable
- All Yoga classes during the program (for details please check the schedule of the current program)
- Usage of Yoga mats, blocks, cushions, straps, blankets
- Welcome package on arrival including
- T-shirt from Satyam Vedic Yoga School, edition “Yoga & Explore”
- Notebook and pen for your notes during the program
- Material for Yogic cleansing exercises
- Manual including important information about the program, Rishikesh and Yoga
What is the accommodation & the food like?
During our programs, we stay in basic accommodations, so that we can focus on ourselves and the retreat. We will choose clean but simple hotels / resorts, where we will offer you sattvic food. Sattvic food is vegetarian food without eggs but including dairy products like ghee or curd. It’s the traditional food for Yogis and we want to make sure to offer you the full experience. Throughout our explore part, we might eat in restaurants that also offer non-sattvic food or alcohol. Of course, you are free to decide what you want to eat and not to stick on our offered food. But in that case please keep in mind that this is not included in the price of the program and you will have to pay extra.
What level of Yoga do I need to join the program?
Yoga beginners are as welcome as practitioners – this program is about relaxation from our daily life, about focusing on ourselves and about the possibility to do “something different” for our holiday. So we design our classes in a way that everyone can join and everyone will benefit. It doesn’t matter if you just want to try Yoga for the first time or if you’re looking for a retreat to deepen your practice – we won’t disappoint you. That’s our promise. How is this possible? Our teachers have a broad experience and we are carefully designing the schedule together, planning each day according to the group.
What do I need to bring with me?
We recommend that you bring clothes that you feel comfortable with and that are respecting the Indian culture. That means your clothes should cover your shoulders and knees and they should not be too tight. The weather in Rishikesh can be pretty hot and humid during summer (May – August), it’s warm and dry in spring and autumn (February – April; September – October) and pretty cold and sometimes rainy in winter (November – January). Make sure you bring clothes according the weather – if you’re unsure what to bring, don’t hesitate to send us an email. In general, it’s recommended that you dress with layers, as the nights are much colder than the days. We also recommend one pair of good shoes for walking on uneven paths as well as one pair of sandals / flip flops / thongs. It’s also useful to pack mosquito spray and sun screen if you’re coming in spring or summer. Regarding money, we suggest you to bring your credit card, as we have ATMs almost everywhere. But to be save, please also pack some extra money in cash with you, that you could exchange, in case the ATMs are not working or running out of money.
How big is the group?
Our main experience and knowledge is Yoga and we want to provide you a personal experience throughout the whole program. That’s why we are allowing a maximum of 10 people in our group. This is a personal group that we can take care of in a good way and we can make sure to address all personal needs. According our experience, small groups like that get to know each other in a better way and it’s feeling more familiar compared to a big traveling group.
I have never been to India and I wonder if it’s safe enough to travel there!?
In general, India is a safe country to visit if you stick to some basic rules. For example it’s helpful to respect the culture and dress accordingly. But there’s no need to worry for you anyhow – we will be with you from the moment you arrive in Delhi. We will pick you up from the airport and at the end, our taxi driver will take you back to the airport in Delhi. In the time during the program, we will be with you and make sure, you’re always feeling safe. If there’s any doubt, please feel free to contact us any time. We also have one of our students from Germany with us, who traveled to India many times before. She knows both cultures very well and is available for all your questions or problems that may arise culture-wise during the program. Rishikesh itself is known as the capital of Yoga, therefore many foreigners are coming here during their holidays or for their Yoga Teacher Training. It’s a nice and peaceful town on the holy river of Ganga, where you will surely feel comfortable.
I still have questions left – who can I ask?
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions you may have. Questions can be answered in English, German and Hindi, so feel free to contact us in your preferred language.