Rishikesh: A Yogi's Paradise
Nov 04, 2019
Rishikesh, India: The Birthplace of Yoga
“Travel is more than just a seeing of sites. It’s a change that happens, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard
Rishikesh is now a cacauphony of yogis, healers, musicians, backpackers, outdoor enthusiasts, and everything in between. Occasionally I hear people say that Rishikesh is commercialized, but after 12 years of traveling there, the mystique and charm still abounds. Literally around every corner is something spiritual – a satsang here, a yoga class there, music class over yonder, special yogi bread made fresh each morning, nightly Aarti ceremony to come together in gratitude, a deep conversation with a stranger. There's a palpable vibration that's infectious – a high vibe vortex! Music plays 24/7 – Snataum Kaur has surely been on repeat since 2007. People wear white. Bright colors. Never black (the reason you'll never find black offered at SoulJour). Rishikesh rocks because everything is within walking distance. Life is laid back. "Hari Om" is the way to greet people (unlike "Namaste" elsewhere) which is a mantra used to remove all suffering...It's no surprise that the ancient sages, sadhus (holymen), and swamis went there, to the banks of Ganga, at the base of the Himalayas in search of Truth...
On our upcoming Ultimate Spiritual Adventure in North India, we'll attend the world renowned, International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, visit the abandoned Maharishi’s ashram, enjoy early morning classes and satsang with our favorite Indian teacher, Yogrishi Vishvaketu at the lovely Anand Prakash Ashram in Tapovan. We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at Ramana’s Garden prepared onsite by the children at Ramana’s Orphanage, and visit with the children at Ganga Valley School. We'll explore the vast bookstores filled to the brim with every spiritual book on the planet, visit a village of women who make mala beads, and take a refreshing dip in the sacred Ganges River. We’ll even head upriver for incredible ayurvedic massages, food, and hiking in the Himalayan foothills.
Rishikesh is clearly a "must do" pilgrimage for anyone on the path of yoga. It’s one of our favorite places on earth and is our hOMe away from hOMe. We hope you'll join us!
Ultimate Spiritual Adventure in North India
February 29-March 13
Varanasi, Rishikesh, Dharamsala with an optional Taj Mahal overnight
with Nicki Doane & Ashley Melin
Revered Swamis at the International Yoga Festival
A dip in the sacred Ganges River
Kundalini Yoga with Gurmukh on the banks of the Ganges River
Shopping in the Marketplace
Hiking Upriver to a Small Village and Temple
A visit with the children at Ganga Valley School
Impromptu Kundalini Class with Gurmukh at Anand Prakash Ashram
View from Ramana's Garden, the best lunch in India!
Aarti Ceremony Parmarth Niketan Ashram
Post Ayurvedic Massage
A Peace Blessing with Swamiji
*All photos by Ashley Melin & DJ Pierce