On the banks of the holy river Ganga, we’ll dive deep into the Heart of Sound!
In the ancient village of Rishikesh, where yogīs throughout history have passed on their way to the high Himalayas, we’ll immerse ourselves into the study of Sanskrit, mantra, kīrtan, bhakti and nāda yoga in the Hindustani vocal tradition.
See the main 200-hour RYT Course page for curriculum details, dates, and to register…
Anandra has spent a lot of time in Rishikesh over the years. Here are her images of some of the sights and sounds you may encounter during your stay…
One of the best things about Rishikesh is that you never know when you’ll run into holy people from around the world! Here is Anandra with two monks from Kauai’s Hindu Monastery.
You get to see hundreds of orange-robed swamis living their daily lives, meditating and doing their pujas by the river. It’s charming, so long as you are aware of the many clever beggars dressed as swamis! (Let’s have empathy. Everyone’s just trying to get their needs met…!)
The color of the Ganga water is a heavenly greenish blue, and the sand sparkles like diamonds. I’m simply in love with the grandeur of nature in Rishikesh!
The cows unquestionably rule this place. Here is one queen sitting nonchalantly on her throne in front of Ram Jhula. So regal! So graceful! 🙂
Though busy with yoga courses of all types in recent years, Rishikesh is still a small town where people from all over India come for pilgrimage or pass through on their way to the greater Himalayan regions. Here’s a typical street scene. (Though we’ll be staying on the other side of the river, where cars are not allowed, only foot and bike traffic.)
On one of our off days, we’ll visit Neelakanth Mahadev temple to pay homage, get a glimpse of the snowy Himalayan peaks, and take a dip in a cool waterfall and natural lingam/yoni cave.
If you want to come early, arrive in time for the March 1-7 International Yoga Festival! Here (from left) Tommy Rosen, Akira Watamoto, Kia Miller, Yuva Dalayan, Mooji, Pujya Swami Chidananda Saraswati, the Governor of Uttarakand and I are lighting the ghee lamp in 2014… It’s a fantastic celebration of the spirit of yoga!