Women’s Journey to Rishikesh, India: Detox & Transformation Retreat by women for women to connect with one another and with themselves at a much deeper level.
Rishikesh, situated on the banks of the Ganges river in the foothills of the Himalaya, is the place of ancient spiritual practices. It is a place that holds the vibration of thousands of years of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda and as such is the perfect environment for deep transformational work.
The retreat home is an ashram walking distance from the famous Laxman Jhula Bridge and the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Ganges river. Your home for 7 nights is just a stone’s throw from numbers temples and nature walks int he foothills of the Himalayan mountains. You will have your own private ensuite bedroom with a king size bed with simple white linen.
While yoga is a useful tool for exercising and stretching our physical body as well as nourishing and tonifying our organs and assisting with the detoxification process, our yoga practice is for the mind. It helps to calm and balance our mind utilising the breath as our primary focus. You do not need to have practiced yoga before, our classical Indian yoga is suitable for beginners as well as intermediate practitioners.
We use a method of guided meditation called Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep as it is commonly known. Yoga Nidra is an immensely powerful meditation technique, and one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain making it suitable for beginners but it is also highly beneficial for regular meditators. The practitioner rests comfortably in savasana (lying down on their back), and is systematically taken through the layers of self, leaving us with a sense of wholeness. During the practice of Yoga Nidra, we are able to develop communication with our body and mind and become more integrated. Some of the many benefits include stress and anxiety reduction, the promotion of emotional wellness, the development of self awareness and greater consciousness, increase in concentration span, improved sleep and with regular practice can lower blood pressure along with a healthy lifestyle.
This meditation is full of energy and vibrance. It allows us to bring to the surface old patterns of behaviour that drive us to behave unconsciously and that keep us trapped in our own mind. It allows us to shake off unwanted habitual behaviour and to see ourselves clearly with honesty in order to make lasting changes in our lives that move us forward.
Our bodies hold memories of all our experiences including all kinds of traumas. So we may be aware of certain events in our lives and we may have dealt with them at the emotional and psychological levels, but we haven’t necessarily dealt with them at the physical level. We will learn how to release these emotions that are stuck in our bodies which ultimately and powerfully hold us back from truly changing the way we see, think and feel about ourselves. When we release these old emotions, we develop new neural pathways that lead us to deeply caring about and loving ourselves which brings about a fresh energy to live our lives the way we want.
This is a deep cleansing transformational retreat which promises not only to cleanse your physical body, but your emotional body and mind also as well as the deepest levels of your being. You will experience India at Her most gentle and loving. Rishikesh is one of the ancient places in India where you will still encounter real yogis. These are people who have dedicated their lives to the practice of yoga which can but does not always include asanas or physical postures as they are practiced in the west. Many of these people practice devotional yoga, raja yoga, karma yoga etc. Many of these people still live in the foothills of the great Himalayas which surround the town and who still come down from the mountains for meetings with other devotees or to get supplies. You will also encounter the ancient rituals of aarti which include mantra chanting, music, singing, lighting candles and offerings of incense. These practices have been practiced for thousands of years and continue to be practiced in the same way with the same heart. The place itself is filled with spiritual energy and you are likely to have a deep experience on our retreat. Spirituality is different for everyone, so it is best to come with an open mind and heart and the heart of a child who is experiencing the world for the first time. Just being in Rishikesh you will imbibe it’s energy. You will come away from this retreat with clarity of mind, clean, clear and strong and you will have a way to move forward in your life.
All the processes are designed to support your transformation in this magnificent environment. Run by women for women so that we can soften into our feminine qualities and tune into who we really are. You will be held and cared for by Annie and Veechi who are your facilitators for the duration of the retreat.