Yoga & Meditation Retreat
Yoga & Meditation Retreat is a chance to learn how to meditate while you are away from everyone but close to your own self. Meditation is the real aim of yoga. Meditation in its strict sense is an intense and deeper state of consciousness. In this state the stillness of mind is achieved through rigorous mental training and this calmness is rewarding in itself. This calm mind alone can experience the bliss, joy and inner peace which are quite different from any known pleasure. Meditation is a proven science and is very different from any religion. In the meditation mind is fully awake, relaxed and yet fully focussed. In deep meditation subject attains a mental state of pure awareness where only he remains and nothing else.
The essence of meditation is to see the things in their true nature or as they really are. Meditation allows the practitioner to see the world without any judgement or any opinion about it. It is the training of mind to be silent but still remain fully aware of its surrounding. This meditation technique is practiced with subtle differences in many part of the world. The technique taught by Lord Buddha himself is almost the same even after 2500 years. This non religious technique slowly but surely removes various mental patterns and takes the subject towards the liberation. meditation-retreat-in-rishikesh
Sri Yoga Peeth provides Best Meditation Retreats in Rishikesh.
A Meditation Retreat is a place for silent meditation that leads to transformation through an uninhibited observation of self. A strong connection is created between body and mind by intense meditation and a disciplined life style. Here the joyful journey of self exploration begins by the continuous witnessing of mind without any desire to really stopping it or interfering it. The mind comes in control effortlessly. Here effortlessness is the key feature for success.
Silent meditation in its traditional form or Vipassana for many people can be too difficult as in its strict form it is too much demanding. It is the experience of the most of the people going through the traditional form of Vipassana that initially they simply wanted to run away. Many a people do really run away. For these reasons we at Sri Yoga Peeth offer a less strict kind of Meditation Retreat without compromising with its key features for the practitioners of the modern time.
Sri Yoga Peeth invites the spiritual seekers in one and two weeks intense guided meditation course. The course involves rigorous practice of eight hours per day including four hours of meditation and four hours of light Hatha yoga, pranayama and spiritual discussion. The practitioners are expected to follow the definite code of conduct and take part in all the sessions to have desired benefits.
What Meditation Retreat is:
• A meditation retreat is a place for self exploration. If you have a spiritual quest and are ready for going through some tough mental training then it is ideal place for you.
• It is based on sound technique to provide results and not on blind faith. So even if you don’t believe, you are still welcome.
• Meditation retreat is place for mental purification and mental training which allows one to face life's tensions and problems in a calm, balanced way.
• Meditation retreat is a place for hide away from the crowd and in the midst of nature exploring the solutions of various complex questions of life.
Life Style in a Meditation Retreat
The meditation is basically the training of mind which is as difficult or easy as training of the body. The practitioners have to work at this tirelessly. It is very peaceful for the most of the people but at times can ignite the repressed feelings of anger, emotions and frustrations. But still it is good for them to get rid of repressed emotions. Meditation retreat works on the following dimensions simultaneously:
• Physical: The practitioners go through some physical transformations as he monitors a different diet plan followed by intense meditations. This way various physical benefits are like these take place.
• Mental: The modern researches have noted various mental/psychological benefits of meditation in last decades. These include lower stress level, decreased anxiety and healed memories of the past. The meditation retreats help in a cognitive restructuring in such a way that subjects can look at the life in more adaptive manner. The minimum period one should spend in meditation retreat for seeing some benefits is two weeks.
• Emotional: The emotional benefits of meditation retreat are immense. The subject going through meditation retreat can see the mal-adaptive nature of his emotional responses and can decrease the intensity of them by further delaying the emotional responses. Only a calm mind can have balanced and harmonious emotional relationships and meditation brings only that.
• Social: A society is as good as the members of it. Meditation is the name of looking inwards and purifying yourself carefully. The society thus created by the good people also becomes more prosperous and growing. This way the subject too gains better confidence and self esteem.
• Spiritual: Finally the spiritual awakening comes. The subject when he gets the success on the above planes then he transcends them i.e. these things become less important for him. Slowly-slowly the spiritual progress is there to see. The higher experience like chakra awakening and kundalini rising become available.
Two weeks is certainly a very short time to achieve all the above benefits but in our personal experience if utilized exclusively for practice with discipline then within two weeks people had tremendous benefits. Many people developed great insights and wisdom and found new ways of life. Some rules are laid down for deriving the utmost benefits for our students. Rules and regulations have been developed keeping this practical aspect in mind. They are based on the practical experience of thousands of meditators over the years and are both scientific and rational.
The Code of Discipline
All who attend a meditation course must conscientiously undertake the following five precepts for the duration of the course:
1. to abstain from killing any being;
2. to abstain from stealing;
3. to abstain from all sexual activity;
4. to abstain from telling lies;
5. to abstain from all intoxicants.
6. To avoid eating more than three meals served in the centre.
Acceptance of the Teacher and the Technique
Students must declare themselves willing to comply fully and for the duration of the course with the teacher's guidance and instructions; that is, to observe the discipline and to meditate exactly as the teacher asks, without ignoring any part of the instructions, nor adding anything to them. This acceptance should be one of discrimination and understanding, not blind submission. Only with an attitude of trust can a student work diligently and thoroughly. Such confidence in the teacher and the technique is essential for success in meditation.
The a heavy weight boxer needs different diet plan than from a gymnast and swimmer. If you go through different physical activities then all the time we have to change our diet plan to meet those needs. The same thing applies with the mental activities and here even more important. The food is the most important external factor that affects the progress in meditation. The food that is heavy to digest or Rajasik or tamasik brings various mental disturbances. Only the Satwik diet can be useful or meditation practice for a guaranteed success. This has been verified by all the saints and monks. It is not possible to satisfy the special food preferences and requirements of all the meditators. Students are therefore kindly requested to make do with the simple vegetarian meals provided. The course management endeavors to prepare a balanced, wholesome menu suitable for meditation. If any students have been prescribed a special diet because of ill-health, they should inform the management at the time of application. Fasting is not permitted.
Dress should be simple, modest, and comfortable. Tight, transparent, revealing, or otherwise striking clothing (such as shorts, short skirts, tights and leggings, sleeveless or skimpy tops) should not be worn. Sunbathing and partial nudity are not permitted. This is important in order to minimize distraction to others. Ideally the loose Kurta Payjamas or similar can be worn by both men and women.