You have to keep your wits about you in Delhi. The Main Bazaar near New Delhi train station is noisy and busy at the best of times. Currently it is Festival Season, so train seats are scarce and everyone is going somewhere to celebrate harvest in their home villages. I look forward to catching the train to Haridwar tomorrow. I got the last remaining ticket for the afternoon train!
Successes of the day include: finding the General Reservations office, a 10 minute walk outside the train station, to advance book 5 return train tickets for the group; and getting a 3 hour nap to catch up on jet lag!
October 3rd to October 12th, 2019: After bathing in the sacred Ganga at Haridwar, Ali will head up to Badrinath and Valley of Flowers high up in the Himalayas
October 13th: Ali will then return to Delhi and pick up her new India group and return to Haridwar to start the new trip.
October 14th – 19th: After 2 nights in Haridwar, we will visit Rishikesh, and stay at the beautiful Parmarth Niketan Ashram
October 19th – 22nd: After returning to Delhi, we will visit Guruji’s ashram in the rural area of Barsana. The village of Lodhauli is in the middle of wheat fields and Ali has taught yoga to local children.
At Guruji’s ashram, we will engage in a special lingam installation ceremony to honour Guruji’s mahasamadhi(passing)
October 22nd to 26th: After immersing ourselves in the country life of Barsana, the group will travel to the amazing city of Jaipur. We will do yoga in some extraordinary locations!
October 26th-28th: The group will return to Delhi for Diwali celebrations!
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WEEK 1 – Ali will be here teaching
Milan has been practicing yoga for 17 years and has been coming to Ali’s classes since 2008. Like Ali, he has a Masters in Religious Studies and has travelled India extensively. He attained his certification as a hatha yoga instructor at Yoga Darshanam in Mysore, India. His classes are always tailored towards the students present in each class, but in general he focuses on strong, dynamic and aware practice.
A normal timetable of classes will resume throughout November
A guided yoga adventure is a wonderful way to travel somewhere you wouldn’t normally go alone. Our yoga journeys allow you to take part in yoga, meditation and adventure in extraordinary locations.
The philosophy of each trip is about finding yourself in locations that are inspiring and transformational. Each tour is tailored around specific destinations, so they are fresh and evolving. This leaves plenty of time for fun and adventure!
It was an amazing trip. Love it and loved our group. We all shared something pretty special and I’ll remember it forever. – Steve
We both loved the group and thank you to all of you who made it such an amazing and memorable adventure. Special thanks to you Ali, who without, we wouldn’t have had the experiences that we did – Kim
I thought we were a good group to travel together and experience so much. Thanks, Ali, for all your efforts and for sharing a small part of your India life with us. We are very lucky! — Liz
The tour groups are small, made up of 5-8 adventurous people. This style of travelling is not for the faint-hearted. Typically we visit holy towns, such as Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Devprayag, in Northern India. We travel by train, bus, auto rickshaw and taxis.
Ali’s most recent guided tour left Wellington to India at the end of 2017. Our itinerary took in 4 cities over a two week period. We visited the holy town of Haridwar, and experienced deeper dimensions of yoga traditions.
We shopped for jewelry, pashminas, hand knitted wool and yoga gear in the stunning town Rishikesh.
We traveled into the stunning countryside of northern India and enjoyed the serene Himalayas.
We then traveled across India and experienced the vibrant holy city of Varanasi/ Benares.
This contrasting experience allows you to be both deeply reflective and fully enriched by an authentic yoga experience.
A typical day will include:
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Some locations in India are a carnival of colour and wild experiences, whilst others will provide a quiet journey for nourishment and relaxation. En route there will be regular opportunities to see different cultures, and live in the moment. This journey is about developing self awareness and embracing the dynamic world of far off places.
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Day 1: Delhi – Arrive and acclimatize to the hectic vibrancy of the capital city!
Stay in the heart of Delhi and visit the Main Bazaar. Shop for pashmina scarves, silver jewellery and hand-made sandles. Eat at one of the famous ‘pure vege’ restaurants: cheap, cheerful and delicious!
Day 2: Haridwar – The relaxing morning trip by train to Haridwar takes about 5 hours. This journey gives us the opportunity to see the rural beauty of Northern India. Arriving in Haridwar, we will check into my favourite guest house. The en suite rooms in Haridwar and Rishikesh are spacious yet basic compared to Western standards. This yogic austerity helps us detach from home comforts and overcome our dependence on luxury.
After lunch, we will visit Birla Ghat and put a leaf boat offering in the river. We will then visit Ali’s favourite wish-fulfilling temple ‘Maya Devi’ to make blessings for a great trip! By the way, ‘real’ yoga incorporates Bhakti Yoga, the act of compassion and devotion. This journey allows us to experience real yoga.
DAY 3: Mansa Devi Mandir – Haridwar We will do yoga in the morning then head up to Mansa Devi temple by foot. This famous temple overlooks the whole of Haridwar and the views are amazing. This temple sells heavenly perfumes and beautiful jewelled malas. We will come down by cable car which gives great views on the way down. Then, we will explore the main bazaar for pearl and crystal necklaces, sacred bling, and music cds etc. Followed by a visit to Maya Devi Mandir – a wish-fulfilling temple. In the evening we will visit Harkipuri Ghat.
Day 4: Rishikesh After morning yoga we will explore the wonderful town of Rishikesh! On this visit we will shop for yoga gear, catch up on emails, buy exquisite jewellery, get a massage, or eat great food. Then we will wander down to Ram Jula, sit by the Ganga on the white-silver sands and absorb the divine setting.
Day 5 – Adventure! We will go on a day’s adventure up to the stunning wilderness beyond Rishikesh. This is a day to be remembered, such a beautiful adventure!
Day 6: Your choice – relax in Haridwar or come on another amazing adventure! Ali’ teacher will be our intrepid guide on another wild adventure. We will visit the stunning Kali Caves and stop into the local temple of Neelkund.
Day 7: Haridwar – Morning yoga and a visit to the river will be followed by a day to finalise shopping, packing, looking around and saying farewell to some warm generous people. In the evening will take part in the aarti at the temple, or visit Harikipuri Ghat, a vibrant place of international pilgrimage.
Day 8: Varanasi – join us on the next leg of the journey to Mathura and Barsana. Then onward again to Varanasi.
Guided Yoga Adventure
The director of Sadhana Yoga, Ali Hale Tilley, is a highly experienced yoga teacher and tour guide who will lead you on yogic adventures that nourish mind and body, deepening your life experience.