Hatha Intensive in Rishikesh India
If you are looking to delve further into your yoga practice and experience the yogic lifestyle for yourself, our Intensive Course strikes the perfect balance between developing your personal practice and still having time to yourself outside of classes.
During the week long course, students rise early and begin each day with energising pranayama and Hatha asana practices before enjoying free time to take brunch and relax. Afternoons are made up of a rejuvenating yoga nidra class followed by a philosophy lecture. Finally the day closes with an evening meditation/mantra session perfect for quieting the mind before getting a good nights sleep ready for the next mornings classes!
During the course, students experience the benefits and progress of being able to dedicate themselves to their practice without distractions, leaving with a balanced body and mind as well as inspiration and energy to continue taking the practices with them.
Courses open to all level of practitioner whether beginner, intermediate or advanced, and are 6 full days of classes. There may be one rest day in between so please plan your stay here for one full week. Courses do not run for 3 days consecutive days in each calendar month so please enquire when making your booking about whether the course will run during the dates of your stay.
Course includes (5 classes a day):
- 6:30am – 8:00am Pranayama
- 8:30am -10:30am Asana
- 1:00pm – 2:00pm Yoga Nidra
- 2:00pm – 3.30pm Lecture
8.00pm – 8.30pm Meditation/Mantra
*This schedule is an example of the daily timetable. Classes and times are subject to change according to the course, season and any improvements we have made.
Outline of material covered in Jivan Chakra Hatha Intensive Course:
- Hatha yoga asana practice
- Theory and practice of Pranayama (breathing techniques)
- Yoga Nidra practice (Yogic Sleep)
- Yoga Philosophy (classes cover various areas including Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika)
- Practice of various meditation techniques
Hatha yoga classes are practiced in order to bring balance and unity to the physical and energetic bodies. Classes integrate a sequence from the traditional Hatha system ranging from standing postures, forward folds, twists and inversions. The class is a great way to gain strength, flexibility and bring steadiness to the mind and body.
Pranayama is the practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our vital energy. This practice works on the gross physical body, mind, intellect and deeper states of consciousness. Through pranayama, we tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for activities that occur when the body is at rest. Pranayama is a means of attaining higher states of awareness and quieting the mind.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient technique of self exploration and inner growth. During the practice, you lie down in a restorative relaxed position and are guided through visualisation exercises and techniques to increase body awareness. This powerful practice moves you deeper into the subconscious and works to process unresolved negative thoughts, habits and emotions. The practice is suitable for practitioners of all levels and leaves you feeling rejuvenated and emotionally balanced.
Meditation is practiced to increase self awareness and quiet the mind. All yogic practices are preparation for meditation, which is seen as the way to self realisation. At Jivan Chakra, students are exposed to several techniques, ranging from mindful, guided, cleansing and concentrative practices. Mantra chanting is also practiced during these sessions. Combining breath, sound and rhythm, students channel the flow of energy through the mind-body and restore common nervous system imbalances.
Yogic philosophy asserts that life constantly challenges us and that we should confront, accept and learn from these challenges. Philosophy teachers at Jivan Chakra are known for their unique approach to teaching philosophy and applying the ancient theory to everyday life. One will learn more about the psychological and physical results of yogic practices and gain a deeper knowledge on the ancient texts, such as; Hatha Yoga Pradipika, The Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.