New for summer 2019, the award winning Ananda in the Himalayas is launching a series of group yoga retreats, running between May and August. The six-night Ananda Yoga Retreat provides an opportunity to understand and practice the traditional yogic methods of Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation in a scenic and natural environment.
All the sessions will be conducted as group activities, with individual attention and time with the teachers for each participant factored in. Each morning opens with a two-hour yoga practice, including Asana, Pranayama and Mantra chanting. Daily theory sessions will address Yogic philosophy and concepts, while meditation sessions will assist in the relaxation of body and mind.
The retreat also includes an Ayurvedic wellness consultation, orientation and yoga consultation, a Neti cleansing, two spiritual ‘Kirtan’ sessions, one signature Ayurvedic therapy and all meals. In addition, participants will enjoy a trip to the holy town of Rishikesh – the birthplace of yoga – to attend the atmospheric Ganga Aarti Ceremony and visit the Sivananda Ashram.*
Each of the four group retreats, capped at a maximum of 15 people, will run over six nights on the following dates.
- 26 May – 01 June
- 23 – 29 June
- 07 – 13 Jul
- 25 – 31 August
The Yoga at Ananda is rooted to the Satyananda Yoga Tradition, also known as Bihar School of Yoga, and is one of the purest and authentic forms of yoga. It integrates many different branches including Hatha, Raja, Karma, Gyana and Bhakti.
Head of Yoga at Ananda, Sandeep Agarwalla, said, “Yoga is an ancient system to find harmony of body, mind and spirit. We are all trying to find this balance in our busy lives through many ways. We need these powerful tools of yoga to make our body healthy, our minds more balanced and to find a higher purpose of living. These new group retreats will enable participants to return home with a structured self-practice of Asana, Pranayama and Meditation.”
The new Group Yoga Retreats cost from USD 2,000pp, based on two sharing.
Ananda in the Himalayas is a world-renowned wellness retreat, located at the foot of the Himalayas in India. Set among 100 acres of virgin forest, Ananda enjoys views of the mountains, the valley of the holy town of Rishikesh and the river Ganges. The 24,000 square foot Ananda Spa is a complete wellness experience offering over 80 treatments.
Ananda’s spa concept is based around four key pillars – yoga, meditation, Ayurveda and vedanta. Focused programmes (Ayurveda, Detox, Weight Management, Yoga etc) are overseen by the consultants, nutritionists and experienced therapists to create a personalised therapy and activities programme, designed to meet individual needs and health goals. Yogi enthusiasts can enhance their practice with personalised yoga sessions, yoga nidra and Pranayama. The delicious Ayurvedic cuisine (with menus personalised according to your dosha or body type) ensures successful weight loss or healing and rejuvenation. Beyond the destination spa itself, explore the Himalayan foothills with mountains treks, guided nature walks and white water rafting.
For enquiries and bookings, visit www.anandaspa.com