India Yoga Yatra with Jared, Siri Om, Tony & HargobindMarch 12th - 25th, 2018
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About the Retreat
Join us for 13 nights as we travel to the spiritual heart of India. We will explore yoga practices, religious traditions, martial arts, kirtan, history, food and culture of North India. Classes will be taught by Jared, Siri Om, Tony & Hargobind along with various masters we encounter on the way We will start in Rishikesh, a beacon of yoga in the north. We will then fly to Amritsar to visit the Golden Temple and visit where Hargobind went to high school, Miri Piri Academy. From there we will travel north to the home of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. We will then head to Delhi and on to the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Be ready for the journey of a lifetime as we explore Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist communities. You will leave india with the spiritual cup full and a lifetime of stories to tell.
PLEASE NOTE THIS RETREAT IS A TRIP TO INDIA, AND WILL NOT BE HOSTED AT CASA OM IN MEXICO.
Retreat Schedule (subject to change)
Day 1 Monday March 12 – Arrive Dehradun and get picked up – Go to hotel in rishikesh – have class in the evening, – Dinner
Day 2 Tuesday March 13(recover from jetlag) – Yoga – Breakfast – Tour of Rishikesh or recover from jetlag – Do arti at Parmarth ashram – Dinner – Evening class with local sadhus
Day 3 Wednesday March 14 – Yoga – Breakfast – Spend the day on the ganges
Day 4 Thursday March 15 – Breakfast – Do class with Gurmukh’s friend at the ashram – Go to orphanage and teach a class for the kids, have a meal there. Learn about their seva. – Special class with Gurmukh – Dinner
Day 5 Friday March 16 – Breakfast – Yoga – Fly to Amritsar – Go to hotel. – Dinner
Day 6 Saturday March 17 – Breakfast – Yoga – Go to Golden Temple – Do seva / Eat at langar hall – Music, Mantra and Gurbani class with Ustad at hotel – Go to MPA, my old high school and teach a class – Dinner
Day 7 Sunday March 18 – Early morning parkarma seva at Golden Temple – Breakfast – Gatka class – Take the bus to Dharamsala – Check in to hotel
Day 8 Monday March 19 – Yoga – Dharamsala city tour – Meditation class with local monks (if Dalai Lama is in town we might be able to take his open public class)
Day 9 Tuesday March 20 – Breakfast – Do class – Himalayan Hiking – Dinner
Day 10 Wednesday March 21 – Yoga – Tibetan Chanting Class with local monks – Yoga
Day 11 Thursday March 22 – Yoga – Fly to Delhi – Check in to hotel
Day 12 Friday March 23 -Yoga -Breakfast -Delhi Tour, Red Fort, India Gate
Day 13 Saturday March 24 – Yoga – Shopping – Evening train to Agra – Check in to hotel in Agra
Day 14 Sunday March 25 – Morning class – Take tour of Taj Mahal – Take evening train back to Delhi – Depart evening
About the retreat leaders
Siri Om Khalsa
Siri Om was born into a family of yoginis and her teaching style is expressive of the depth of her knowledge and lifelong experience in the principles and practices of yoga. She studied with Bikram Choudhury extensively since 1995 in Los Angeles at the Yoga College of India and is photo featured several times in “Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class” instructional book. She practices daily and has consistently taught Bikram Yoga since 2002, worldwide! She is also qualified to teach the advanced series of Bikram Yoga. “My deepest wish is to serve people through teaching yoga; to help relieve others of some of their pain and suffering; to bring a healthy glow to their faces; to bring strength and flexibility to their bodies and minds; to help others connect to their joyful essence through the magical beauty of Bikram Yoga.”
Hargobind Khalsa was born in an ashram and grew up in India. After breaking a vertebrae in his back, he began practicing yoga with regularity. He completed Kundalini yoga training in India in 2000 and again in the USA in 2001. He completed Sterling Hot Yoga training in 2014 and Jared McCann’s Vinyasa training in 2015. He has done additional training in yin, satnam rasayan, and yoga with weights. He is the co founder of Pure Om Hot Yoga, Casa Om and the One Fire Hot Yoga Festival.
Jared McCann is an international yoga teacher and holds an advanced E-RYT 500 designation. He is the two time national and 2013 world asana champion. Jared has studied yoga extensively with Dharma Mittra, Anna Forrest, and Mary Jarvis. He has decades of practice in Ashtanga, Bikram, Dharma, Forrest, and Iyengar yoga combining all disciplines together in his vinyasa series. He continually studies new and old traditions and implements them to both his practice and teachings.
Tony is the Executive Director of Lighthouse Yoga School. He is the general manager and runs the school’s operations and business development department. He has had over a decade of business development experience in beauty and fashion, managing and directing teams for some of the most recognized luxury brands in the world. Tony is a successful entrepreneur and has been managing Jared McCann Yoga since its inception. He is proud to lead the team at Lighthouse.Tony has had over 400 hours of teacher training and has spent nearly a decade studying with Jared. He is passionate about teaching the family of students and teachers at Lighthouse. His classes are fun, dynamic, and uplifting.
Your purchase includes 5 nights stay at the Dewa Hotel in Rishikesh. 2 nights stay in Amritsar. 3 nights stay at the Fortune Park in Dharamsala. 2 nights stay in New Delhi and 1 night stay in Agra. The trip is 13 nights and 14 days.
Dinner on arrival and vegetarian Breakfast and Dinner is included each day thereafter.
Transport in India by bus and train is included though you will need to purchase 2 plane tickets, from Dehradun to Amritsar and from Dharamsala to New Delhi.
We are so excited to take this journey with you!
Things you need:
- Indian Visa
Please plan to arrive into Dehradun Airport DED on Monday March 12th. We will arrange for your pick up and take you to Rishikesh.
We will stay in Rishikesh 5 nights. You will need to purchase flight from Rishikesh to Amritsar. Please check in with us prior to purchasing this flight.
We will then travel by bus from Amritsar to Dharamsala.
You will then purchase a flight from Dharamsala to Delhi. We will then travel by train from Delhi to Agra to see the Taj Mahal.
We are so excited to take this journey with you.
Optional Excursions (additional fee applies):
The Mexican Riviera is flush with these beautiful underground pools and a trip here isn’t complete without a dip in these refreshing waters. There are multiple cenotes to visit that are much less crowded than those in the Tulum area and only about 30min away by car. Find tranquility below ground or liven you experience with a cenote/zip line combination. Both options are available and booking at least a day in advance is recommended.
Snorkeling & Snuba
The biodiversity on the protect reef in the Mexican Riviera is stunning. Take off for an afternoon when the sun lights up the corals, tropical fish and sponges and search for turtles or reef sharks. Snorkelers can float above it all while scuba divers (no certification needed) can swim down into the tropical traffic. Either option will highlight why this area is protected and turned into a National Marine Park. Yogis can walk to the beach and take a 5 minute stroll to reach the operator. This natural oasis is literally steps from our retreat center.
If you’re a diver there’s twice the opportunity here, you can dive in the coral reefs or, for something a little different, take a cavern or cenote dive. Seasonally the more adventurous (crazy?) yogis can also try a bull shark dive…eek! Tons of diving options await the intrepid.
Akumal Sea Turtle Snorkel
The warm Caribbean waters off of the Mexican Riviera boast sea turtle populations year-round. You can outfit with a dive shop to snorkel with these lovelies or head out with your own gear and see if you get lucky.
The Mayan ruins at Coba is one of the few sites in the Yucatan that is still relatively unrestored. Many of these ancient buildings are the same as when they were rediscovered in 1890. The beautiful location is less hectic and touristy than other Mayan sites and is certainly worth the day trip.
Playa Del Carmen Take a shopping trip, have a great meal, or just enjoy people watching on a trip to Playa del Carmen. This is a fun tourist spot where you can shop for anything from cheap souvenirs to boutique items.
Pricing Double Occupancy Rooms – $3,499
$3,499 ($1,000 deposit option available). Prices are per person and do not include flights to and from India. You will also need to purchase your flight from Dehradun to Amritsar and Dharamsala to Delhi.
Pay your remaining balance of $1,499.50 if you paid your $1,499.50 deposit before Dec 1, 2017!
Save your spot by paying a deposit of half the amount due! Remaining balance due Dec 30, 2017
Buy your flights in India here! The first is from Dehradun to Amritsar on March 16, 2018. The cost is $80 USD. On March 22, 2018 there is a flight from Dharamsala to Delhi. It is $135.
Refund policy Refunds before January 1, 2018, will be done minus $1,000 as we have to reserve rooms in advance.