AN UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY
INTO THE HEART OF INDIA
A week of yoga and cultural immersion with Senior Iyengar teacher Alan Goode.
October 6 - 13 2019 | Varanasi, India
We are absolutely delighted to bring you this special event in 2019!
This is a unique opportunity to be taught by one of Australia’s most senior yoga teachers in a purpose built and beautiful ashram on the banks of the Ganges river.
$1500.00 for twin share and $1600 for a private room (limited number so please check availability first)
$200.00 Deposit by 1 March with full payment required by August
Price includes yoga, accommodation, airport transfers and organised daily activities, as well as daily brunch, welcome dinner and some other meals as per the program. Flights are not included. We can assist you with all travel arrangements, online visas and all India domestic flight bookings on request.
We are so very happy to present this collaboration to you and do hope you can join us in making this a truly unforgettable event.
Alan Goode is the Director of Yoga Mandir, an Iyengar Institute situated in Canberra Australia. Alan has been inspiring students and teachers with his classes, retreats and many publications for over thirty five years.
Through dedicated practice and study of the subject Alan brings his unique perspective on the practical understanding of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali guided by the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar.
The teaching program for this week will include twice daily classes on most days, asana, pranayama and restorative sessions along with discussion and reflections on the Yogic path.
On our first day, Alan will present a talk to underpin the framework, or field of inquiry, for the week ahead. Readings and discussion points will be sent following full registration for a philosophy talk and group discussion later in the week.
In collaboration with
Our host, Katrina, from NPYR, who has almost forty years of experience travelling to and living in India, speaks passable Hindi and has a deep cultural understanding. NPYR has taken care of all the details to ensure that your stay with us in Varanasi is rich and rewarding. Step beyond the tourist layer to discover the delights and complexities that make up the colourful tapestry of life in Varanasi, India.
Varanasi is steeped in tradition. Yoga is taught across the city in shallas both big and small. Mornings practices are a common site with a larger public practice held each day at Assi Ghat.
Ayurveda, Sanskrit, classical music and dance are all taught and practiced here. Sounds of chanting, temple bells and the cacophony of everyday life are never far away. Varanasi is home to the Benares Hindu University and has a long association with the study of Indic thought and Buddhist studies. The Ganges River, most sacred of Indian rivers, and a goddess in her own right, has been a place of worship, and pilgrimage for millennia.
Varanasi holds the hopes dreams, tears and prayers of the countless who have made pilgrimages here over the the ages. It’s palpable .
Pilgrims come from all over India to Varanasi to worship and bath in the Ganga. For many this is the trip of a life time. India has a long tradition of pilgrimage, the atmosphere is festive and the ghats remain vehicle and shop free allowing peaceful walks as well as larger public prayers and ritual ceremonies.
Your week includes organised trips on the river to evening and morning prayers as well as private or small group use of the boats, and boatman, at any time throughout the week. The wide bodied sturdy wooden boats are a part of life on the ghats, the river runs slowly and the pace is never more than a meander.
You will be met at Varanasi Airport and transferred to the Ashram and returned.
We will stay together in a peaceful, humble Ashram on the banks of the Ganges. The Ashram is light and spacious with common sitting and dining areas. A small library, for your use, explores many schools of thought on Yoga. The rooms, each with a bathroom, are basic, fresh and comfortable. The Ashram is beautifully maintained throughout.
Daily brunch, includes delicious home made yogurt, all the usual favourites and a few new ones too. Fresh fruit and herbal teas available across the day. Some other meals and light refreshments will also be included. There is a cook in the ashram and there are several restaurant options close by.
There will be a welcome dinner with special guests from a local music academy. Also from the academy, an evening performance in our ashram of classical music and dance, later in the week.
The week will formally commence with blessings and chants led by Brahmin priests. We will also participate in a traditional fire ceremony at our ashram temple.
Small group tours of the busy main ghat area and temples, at a very small additional cost paid to our guides and friends, Sandip and Vishnu, are available daily. By moving in a small group, and with our local friends, you will be taken into twisting laneways deeper and deeper within the city, places of legends (that will be told ), temples high above the Ganges and tiny cave like shrines below.
Ayurveda consultations, remedies and massages are also available on request at an extra cost to the practitioner.