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9. Ayurveda for the Mind, Body and Soul - Rishikesh
Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
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Introduction to Ayurveda


Ayurveda is the oldest and most comprehensive healing modality on our planet. It originated in India thousands of years ago (evidence reveals it could be almost 6000 years old) and is considered more than just a medical system. It is a science of life (Ayur=life and Veda=science). Just as animals and plants live in harmony with nature, the healing system of Ayurveda helps to bring us back into equilibrium with our true selves, by using the inherent principles of nature.

Our programme is designed to give beginners a complete and comprehensive introduction to the principles of Ayurveda in a setting that could only pamper your every sense. Our accompanying Ayurveda expert will teach the theory of Ayurveda as well as diagnose your body type and explain the relevant emotional issues that go with it. He will recommend appropriate treatments which you can enjoy in the elegant spa rooms. We are confident you will return with a comprehensive knowledge of how to balance your daily living the Ayurvedic way. Alongside, our accompanying Yoga and Meditation expert will lead sessions on various kinds of meditations and yoga asanas, adding an element of composure in your lives. This is a great experience of learning about yourself and your health as well as how to live a balanced life going forward.

The teachings will be supported by a series of Ayurvedic massages, Yoga sessions and calming Meditations amidst the tranquil surrounds of Ananda in the Himalayas.


Introduction of Our Accompanying Professional Experts


Ayurveda Expert: Coming from a third generation of a well known family of Ayurvedic practioners and Vedic traditions in Rishikesh, our Ayurveda Expert is an Ayurvedacharya (Ayurvedic physician) with distinctions from Maharishi Dayanand University, one of the oldest Ayurvedic Institutions in India.

He constantly travels to teach and visit patients in 27 different countries. He has been initiated in the lineage of great Himalayan Masters from the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation tradition founded by Swami Rama and Swami Ved Bharati. He is the Vice-President, International Coordination of Association of Himalayan Yoga Societies.

Yoga & Meditation Expert:  Our Yoga & Meditation Expert is a teacher of Inner Silence Meditation. She also teaches Dhyan (Mindful Yoga) and Tai Chi which she learnt during her years in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Dedicated to bringing the rich spiritual heritage of her beloved country to the modern world she combines luxury travel with wellness and holistic teachings to enhance the travellers outer journey with inner wisdom.
Her own journey is under the guidance of Swami Anubhavananda, a teacher of Vedanta. She is also a freelance travel writer for Vogue India, Travel+Leisure, Asiaspa and Condenast Traveller.

Day 1

Arrive Rishikesh


Upon your arrival at Haridwar railway station, embark on a short drive (45 mins) to Ananda in the Himalayas.

You could enjoy the facilities of this beautiful spa resort during the afternoon.

07:00 pm This evening, participate in a short brief on the tour programme and orientation on tour logistics, led by professional experts accompanying the tour. Our accompanying Ayurveda expert hails from a traditional Ayurvedic teaching family from Rishikesh (called Ayurvedacharyas). He will give us a beautiful daily discourse on the philosophy of Ayurveda, the 3000 year old healing module.

08:00pm Dinner

After dinner, retire to your rooms for a relaxing deep sleep.

Day 2

Day in Ananda


07:30am Start your day with a refreshing Yoga session, followed by breakfast.

10:00am – 12:00 noon After breakfast, spend time contemplating on “WHY WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT”. You will be in the company of professional experts on the subject, ready for an open discussion to share your thoughts and impart learnings from their life.

01:00 – 04:30pm This afternoon, enjoy lunch followed by relaxing siesta time.

05:00 – 07:00pm In the evening, do what makes you feel best. The choice ranges from swimming, spa treatments, nature walks, discussion and talks with other group members or a silent and reflective stroll amidst nature. Diagnosis of your body type will be done on this first day.

07:00 pm In the evening, participate in Yoga Nidra Meditation, followed by dinner.

Day 3

Day in Ananda


07:30am Start your day with your morning Yoga ritual, followed by breakfast.

10:00am – 12:00 noon After breakfast, spend time learning from professional experts on todays subject “UNDERSTANDING YOUR BODY TYPE”.

01:00 – 04:30pm This afternoon, enjoy lunch followed by relaxing siesta time.

05:00 – 07:00pm In the evening, do what makes you feel best. The choice ranges from swimming, spa treatments, nature walks, discussion and talks with other group members or a silent and reflective stroll amidst nature

07:00 pm In the evening, participate in Chanting / Meditation, followed by dinner.

Day 4

Day in Ananda


07:30am Start your day with your morning Yoga ritual, followed by breakfast.

10:00am – 12:00 noon After breakfast, spend time learning from professional experts on todays subject “THE RIGHT FOOD FOR YOUR BODY TYPE”

01:00 – 04:30pm This afternoon, enjoy lunch followed by relaxing siesta time.

05:00 – 07:00pm This evening enjoy a short excursion to see the evening prayers held at the banks of holy River Ganges.

07:00 pm In the evening, participate in Sacred Sound Meditation, followed by dinner

Day 5

Day in Ananda


07:30am Start your day with your morning Yoga ritual, followed by breakfast.

10:00am – 12:00 noon After breakfast, spend time learning from professional experts on todays subject “BECOMING YOUR OWN MASTER”

01:00 – 04:30pm This afternoon, enjoy lunch followed by relaxing siesta time.

05:00 – 07:00pm In the evening, do what makes you feel best. The choice ranges from swimming in the open ocean, spa treatments, nature walks, boat rides, discussion and talks with other group members or a silent and reflective stroll along the beach.

07:00 pm In the evening, participate in a session of ‘breaking silence through chanting’, followed by dinner

Day 6

Ananda Departure


07:30am Start your day with your morning Yoga ritual, followed by breakfast.

After breakfast, pack up and bid farewell to your group members.

The Venue: Ananda in the Himalayas

Swirled in the sacred mists of time, nestled in the Himalayas is Ananda, a world class Destination Spa. Once the residence of Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal, it is dedicated to today’s traveller , who is looking for innovative ways to restore and rejuvenate his energies. Grounded in Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta combined with contemporary international therapies which enhance and augment the original, Ananda is the ultimate escape from the mundane to the spiritual, where every corner spells harmony and every colour soothes the senses.

Located in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, close to the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, surrounded by graceful Sal forests, overlooking the peaceful Ganga as it meanders into the distance, Ananda is the spiritual pathway to the ultimate, discovered through the union of body, mind and soul. It is not just a retreat that will leave you breathless with the enchantment of its surroundings, but assists in redefining lifestyles to include the well-known traditional Indian wellness regimes of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta combined with best of International Wellness Experiences to bring about the union of mind, body and soul.

IN-ROOM FACILITIES

KURTA PYJAMAS: Fresh cotton Kurta Pyjamas are provided in your room for your convenience on a daily basis and can be worn on the premises or for traveling to Rishikesh for the Ganga Aarati.

AROMATIC BATHS: An exotic selection of aromatic baths are offered in the ensuite bathrooms. Call housekeeping and enjoy a stress relieving soak in the private luxury of your room, listen to music while you bathe, enjoy a cooling drink or simply allow your eyes to drink in panoramic views while you luxuriate in your bath-tub.

GINGER HONEY LEMON TEA: Ananda’s special elixir eliminates toxins, clears the palate, soothes the stomach and activates the endocrine system. Just select your preference on the card before you retire for the night.

PILLOW COMFORT: We offer you a wide choice ranging from the Classic Pillow to the Exclusive Neck Support Pillow. Call housekeeping for the one you want.

GETTING THERE

Ananda is located in the Himalayan foothills, 260 kms north of New Delhi in the state of Uttaranchal. A 45 minute flight to Jolly Grant airport (and 35kms drive), or a 4 hour train journey from Delhi to Haridwar station (and 42kms drive) or a 5 hour drive from New Delhi will get you to tranquil Ananda.

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