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So, You're Thinking About a 5 Day Vedic Science & Silent Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh

At the starting of last month, I quit my job. And thinking to go on a break. I googled and found Rishikesh School of Yoga is the oldest center in Rishikesh, India. They are also giving 100hr, 200hr & 300hr Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India.

Something you’ll learn in such a situation after you quit your job: you have lots of time on your hands. Combine that with a deficiency of responsibility — and I recalled what the hell. Let’s try a silent meditation retreat at Rishikesh today!

With not much more knowledge than that, I embarked upon five days of silence at Rishikesh School of Yoga’s Vedic culture center, India.

I thought it was five days of unplugging and zenning out. It didn’t need long before I understood that’s not quite what I had just signed up for. Connect with the pleasure that exists in the present moment. That is unchanged by gain or loss… that frees your mind.

When a yoga retreat packs is a fantastic combination of yoga, travel, people, culture, nature, food, and healing… then it sets your soul on fire. By joining a yoga retreat in India, you can sink into the environment of yoga, examine the beauty of regular calmness of mind, and experience even more intensely your true self. It’s more than a traditional Himalayan yoga retreat in Uttarakhand.

If you ever determine to do something similar, you’ll arrive at the center in the afternoon of “Day Zero.” at RSY. Everyone gathers, and some ground rules are laid out. The members are separated; the timetable is shared (wake up at 5 am, upwards of 10 hours of meditation; lights out at 10 pm), and the idea of “noble silence” is added. Despite it remaining a silent meditation course, there is talking that takes place — you receive instruction over the five days, and if you have queries or questions, you are free to both ask the instructors or the followers. Beyond this, however, it’s not merely that you’re not expected to talk.

The first few days aren’t spent learning Vedanta at all, but rather a different meditation technique. This has you center on the breath and the emotions that arise from breathing in and breathing out. The purpose is two-fold: to prepare you to adjust your mind for an extensive period, but also to focus your mind on detecting emotions on the body in a concise area.

After each day, a discussion is given (via video recording) by a Vedic Guru of the name Swami Umesh Yogi. I won’t lie — the discussions after each day were something that I started to look ahead to immensely. It wasn’t just that they separated the successful conclusion of another day (you made it!), but to put it plainly, Swami Umesh Yogi Ji is one hell of a teacher.

Following these discussions, it soon becomes clear that he knows the material behind. His ability to cross nested lists of difficult concepts with ease was breath-taking. He combines a clear interest for the well-being of those he’s teaching, with a Vedic presence that shines through even over video.

Swami Ji’s own story only adds confidence to what you learn. In some of the discussions, he’ll share parts of the path he took to Vedanta — being born into a prosperous business family and a very complex spiritual tradition to Hinduism. His background also informs how he explains the course. It’s intended to be available to us folks that he terms “householders,”, as he already was. Everything that’s taught is useful for those who haven’t chosen to focus our days entirely on meditation.

More than this, though, what I soon came to appreciate about the teaching was how practical it is, and the degree to which you’re responsible for your success or failure. Supporting many religions is the idea that the interest in doing the right thing will accrue to you in heaven. And if you’re fighting, don’t worry, there’s a higher power you can call upon to give you a hand. This isn’t how Vedanta works. The advantage you get isn’t for next; it’s essential, here, for right now. It’s also earned clear in the training that there are no precise cuts to be had in times of the rigid obligation that you want to do: you’re there to learn how to follow the technique. Once you have the system, it’s on you to put in the work to get the results you want. No one other can do it for you. And it’s not going to be easy.

You soon discover that Vedanta is downright hard — especially to begin with.

It’s on Day 5 that this realization will strike when you switch away from meditation. While you’re still being (hopefully), when you start Vedic Study, the breath is no longer the meditation object. Away from the characters, away from the negativity, away from the hustle and bustle, and away from every tension and worry. RSY’s yoga retreats are intended to give you a lovely holiday while helping you encounter real yoga, which is the joy of combining body, mind, and soul.

Demonstrating why this shift takes place requires a little bit of context. These upper levels of the brain — the ones that trade with the understanding of the reasons or reasoning and interpretation — are undoubtedly necessary. But to get at the heart of need and dislike, you need to go down below. You require to go all the way forward into the mind: the part of the reason that’s always on. Guruji won’t get you beyond, because this part of the brain is centered entirely on what’s transpiring inside the body. So, what does this internally-focused section of the mind reacts to?

Trains out, there are two people, and they’re relatively self-obvious: pleasant emotions on the body. And disagreeable sensations on the body. Throughout our records, we have expertly trained ourselves to be moved to pleasurable feelings and recoil from the obnoxious ones. We fixate on what we want. We get annoyed if we don’t get it. And we get anxious if it looks like we’re going to get what we don’t want.
It’s reached the point where we’ve almost become slaves to these sensations for many of us.

Despite the expense of energy we spend trying to plan situations to turn out the way we want, unescapably, there’s a lot of life that’s elsewhere our power. There’s petty we can do to overcome those slings and bolts of outrageous fortune. Similarly, pleasure and pain on the body will always be… well, pleasurable, or painful. You’re not going to change that.

Here I suggest going a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in India and Spiritual Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh to explore your yoga practice to the next level. A yoga retreat is a break from the hectic and busy schedule of everyday life.

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