This unique yoga retreat will leave you asking for more! A week designed to cleanse your body and spirit, to rejuvenate yourself with love and meditation and come out a with positive outlook towards yourself and life. We start the week with a 'havan', a sacred fire ceremony that brings high energies into our minds and body. As you start this new and exciting journey with us the ‘havan’ ceremony will help make the body more receptive; filling it with positive and divine energy, almost like a cleansing of the slate. We will then leave for a view of the Taj Mahal, on a full moon night. By legend, those who visit Taj Mahal on a full moon night connect to the source of the love inside and create a divine union between inner man and woman. The next days are filled with meditation practices and yoga, couple with a rife to the local market for 'sarees' and we end the week with walking the gardens of Delhi and a Bollywoood night of dance and fun to celebrate ourselves. A truly fantastic week to 'make your life dance'! Dynamic Yoga We will be practicing dynamic yoga everyday, to activate our chakra system as well as deepen the breath. The morning practice will help us soak in all that we are being offered. It is imperative to remember that through the week, we will be in a state of yoga, practicing not just on the mat but also off it.
Oh yes it is ! This holiday is for anyone and everyone. A week of de-stressing, meditation and yoga. It will only help you come out with a more positive, refreshed and optimistic of life and yourself. In this age of work and fast paced life, we especially recommend this to couples who will get a whole week to reconnect with themselves and each other. The Yoga guru and the team will take care of your requirements and with the combination of meditation, yoga, good company and exploring the markets of New Delhi and the Taj Mahal in Agra, it will be an experience to remember.
Land at New Delhi. Morning transfers for the group will be provided from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi at 8.00 am. We check into our retreat and after a rest get ready for our first activity. A 'havan' is a sacred fire ceremony that brings high energies into our minds and body. As you start this new and exciting journey with us the ‘havan’ ceremony will help make the body more receptive; filling it with positive and divine energy, almost like a cleansing of the slate. We will then enjoy a scrumptious lunch prepared by our in-house chefs. Post lunch we will practice a restorative yoga session with the focus on pranayam: a yogic discipline where you will be guided through a set of breathing techniques. You will then have some time to unpack/rest and orient yourselves to your new home! After an early dinner we will retire for the night to prepare for the next day.
After a restful sleep, we wake up to blessings of the day and lemon water and get ready for a vinyasa flow yoga session at the lake. On our return a smoothie of seasonal fruits and a nutritious breakfast await us! After a quick shower and prep for the day we drive to Taj Mahal! Situated on the banks of River Yamuna, Agra is an ancient city finds mention in the Hindu epic of 'Mahabharatha' and achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. We will spend a considerable amount of time walking the gardens and admiring the rhythmic combination of light and shadow, arches and domes that will undoubtedly leave you spell bound. After soaking in spectacular views of the Taj Mahal, we will have a packed lunch enroute the Agra Fort. The fort not unlike Taj Mahal is an architectural marvel. Also known as the “red sandstone fortress,” it is significant of the strength and strategy of the Mughal dynasty during their time in India. This 94 acre UNESCO World Heritage site, is a prime example of Mughal and Persian architecture in India. We will catch a nap as we drive back to group retreat still mesmerized by the experience of a lifetime. After a delicious meal, we will close this day with healing chanting, aromatherapy and an array of teas to induce a restful sleep.
Wake up to blessings of the day and lemon water, and get ready for a mantra led Surya Namaskar yogathon at the nearby
lake. A unique session, where we will practice sun salutations which help to
activate our energy centers. What better start to the day than a cold pressed
juice, followed by a nutritious breakfast, as we will take some time to prepare
for the day. We will then make our way to the local market to buy the most
perfect traditional Indian outfit for ourselves. A ‘saree’ for the girls and
‘kurta pyjama’ for the boys! We will then visit the tailor to have our outfits
altered and prepped for our last night of the retreat! Back at the house after
lunch we will leave for the ISKCON
Temple and witness the spectacle of the evening Aarti. Aarti is derived from the Sanskrit word Aratrika, which means something that
removes darkness (Ratri). We will partake in the Iskcon temple aarti that takes
place at 7PM daily. It is a vibrant environment where throngs of devotees sing
and dance in the main temple complex as the Brahamanical priests perform their
rituals. We will also have supper in the restaurant run by the ISKCON temple,
Govinda’s, which serves wholesome and hearty vegetarian meals. After which we
will drive back to group retreat hotel.
Wake up to blessings of the day and lemon water and prepare for
Acroyoga, a partner yoga session combined with acrobatics. Today you will also
learn some basic techniques of thai massage that you will practise on your
partner. After a cold pressed juice, and a nutritious breakfast, we will
prepare to leave for an adventure into Old Delhi. A visit to Delhi is incomplete without a
visit to Old Delhi, where the 17th and the 21st century
walk hand in hand as if time is of no consequence. As we take a rickshaw ride
through the narrow and busy streets, its chaotic, crumbling and congested charm
is sure to captivate you. We will explore the bustling bazaar and narrow lanes
as we end our walk at Jama Masjid; India’s largest mosque, with a courtyard
that can hold an astounding 25,000 people. We will head back to the retreat and
practice Dakini gymnastic meditation, followed by supper. We will have the option
of indulging in a typical Indian head and shoulder massage as well as foot
reflexology, a perfect end to a memorable but intense day.
Wake up to blessings of the day and lemon water, we prepare for a dynamic shiva & shakti yoga session, to honor the divinity in each one of us. After a cold pressed juice and a nutritious breakfast, we will have an Indian cooking class and learn to make some simple Indian dishes that are not only delicious but also help bring the physical body into a state of equilibrium. We will feast on what we cook! We will then drive to group retreat hotel’s organic farm. We will walk around at leisure, meeting with the caretaker and his family, spotting the resident spotted owlet family and enjoying the rustic farm experience. This is a great place to see first hand the life of the people in a typical Indian village. We will then be guided through a meditation to soak in the peace and energy of this space. The food here is prepared on open clay ovens and has a delicious smoky aroma that will keep you coming back for more! We will help make muddled fruit cocktails while we wait for dinner to be served after which we will drive back to the retreat.
Wake up to blessings of the day and lemon water, and practice Dakini gymnastic meditation, followed by breakfast, taking time to prepare for the day ahead. We will then have an organic skincare master class where you will learn to make your own face and body scrubs. After which we will do individual consultations for your skin type, basic do’s and don’ts for your skin to be the best it can be!
After lunch and some down time we get dressed in Indian clothes, we pick matching bangles from the bangles basket and put on our dancing shoes. We will have Henna artists create intricate patterns on the hands. As the Henna dries off, prepare to dance your life away as you let go of your inhibitions, with the Bollywood dance teacher who will teach us dance moves till you cant stand anymore! After dinner, we will end the evening with hordes of laughter and good vibes, that’s a guarantee.
As we wake up to the last day of the Retreat, blessings of the day and lemon water, we prepare for a rejuvenating Kundilini yoga session, to bring in the essence of all that we have seen, felt, experienced and honored within and without. After a cold pressed juice, and a nutritious breakfast, we take some time to pack before our final day. After lunch, we will come together in the Sacred Closing Circle to share and express, laugh and cry in celebration as we shed the old and embrace the new. With wildness and depth and joy and abandon. To hold the vision for each other as we stretch and grow. To listen and hold and pray together. Taking time, we will get dressed in our traditional Indian wear that we had picked earlier in the week. We will spend the evening relishing a traditional Indian dinner while seated on the floor and celebrating the essence of the divine in each one of us. Knowing that we will not be the same people who came into this week.
After a nutritious breakfast, we bid adieu and leave for the airport at 10.00 am. Please contact the UFO office if you want to extend your stay in India.