6-20 APRIL 2020 | $4850AUD

If you are already a yogi and are interested in the broader teachings of yoga. If you’re vegan/vegetarian and are ready to take your tastebuds on the culinary adventure of a lifetime. If you want to be immersed in the art and music of a truly ancient, yet vibrant spiritual culture. If you have always dreamt of INDIA…

ITINERARY

Our days begin with extended Jivamukti Yoga and end with evening satsang, led meditation or a restorative class. We meet in DELHI (1 night) and then head to VARANASI (2 nights). VARANASI is Shiva’s city. It is filled with a particularly elevated mood and the atmosphere is somewhere between this life and the next. Here we will witness aarti (light ceremony) by Ganga Ma (the Ganges); enjoy a traditional music/dance performance and… at dawn, the point where the vibrations are at their absolute highest – we sail the waters of Ganga Ma Herself. This is THE place to LET GO and LET GOD.

From Varanasi we head to HARIDWAR (3 nights), the gateway to Rishikesh. We stay at the Johari family compound made up of two large 5-storey houses connected by a sunny courtyard. The Johari home was built specifically as a home-away-from-home for the students of Harish Johari, one of the foremost spiritual teachers of India in the modern age. It is just a few steps away from Ganga Ma (the Ganges) which you will have access to at any time. Here the waters of Ganga are at their purest. In Haridwar you can also have mala (meditation beads) designed in line with your Vedic astrological chart at Om Prakash, who, for three generations, have been India’s foremost mala makers. Day activities will vary from Ayurvedic cooking classes, yantra painting, lunch at the Johari rose farm just outside of town, gemology and numerology classes and visits to Santosh Puri Ashram and the former home of legendary saint, Sri Anandamayi Ma. There may even be a ‘teaser’ trip to Rishikesh just one hour away.

We then spend two nights in MUSSOORIE (2 nights) way up in the Himalayas. This is a former hill station and a place of significance to the story of Shiva and Sati (an incarnation of Kali/Durgha). The air here is incredibly pure and the vibration is SOMETHING ELSE. Here we will hike to an important site in this story (though I don’t want to give too much away).

We will then head to RISHIKESH (2 nights); the ‘city of yogis’ which is also built on Ganga. We visit ‘Beatles Ashram’, enjoy a private concert of Hindi and Sufi music at my favourite classical Indian music school and explore the narrow and ancient streets and teeny tiny shops by foot.

Then back to Haridwar (2 nights) because I simply love that feeling of coming home. From here, we head to AGRA (1 night) for the Taj Mahal. And WHAT a monument! We meet the descendants of the Taj Mahal’s mosaic artists and also plan to visit Sheroes Hangout Cafe before heading back to Delhi (1 night) to say goodbye. 

ABOUT YOUR TEACHERS AND HOSTS

Keith Kempis completed the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training program in 2007, under the direct tutelage of co-founders Sharon Gannon and David Life, and the Jivamukti Yoga Apprenticeship under Jessica Stickler in 2011. Keith has assisted Sharon and David in Hong Kong, Bali, New York, Sydney and Byron Bay. He became an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher in 2012. Keith was a foundation teacher at Jivamukti Yoga Sydney where he remained for almost a decade; mentoring several teachers in the apprenticeship program. Keith opened BIJA Yoga at the former site of LILA Yoga in Penrith. He continues to teach Music 3 days a week at Xavier College.

Seema and Anushree are the daughter and grand-daughter respectively of Harish Johari. For half the year they host pilgrims in their home in Haridwar and throughout India and for the other half, they continue the yantra, chakra, meditation, Ayurveda, numerology and storytelling teachings of Harish Johari all over Europe, North America and now Australia.

INVESTMENT

$900AUD initial deposit to secure your place. $4850 full payment AUD/$3320 USD by 9/March (this is INCLUSIVE of your $900AUD deposit).

Price is inclusive of all accommodation*, gourmet meals, entry to sites, concerts, daily yoga and meditation classes, yantra painting, ALL activities, and internal travel (private car and bus, one train trip and domestic flights). Does not include international flights to/from Delhi.

*Accommodation ranges from a business hotel for our overnight stay/s in Delhi, to the Johari home-stay, to some of the most luxurious hotels I’ve ever stayed in. Folks seem to love the Johari house the most! Seema can organise additional accommodation if you plan to arrive early/leave late.

FYI You need to apply for a visa to India. This is a relatively easy process and takes less than a fortnight (in Australia). It’s best you secure your spot early for a number of reasons, one being the cost of internal flights tends to spike dramatically a few months before the date of flying. I am more than happy to answer any and all enquiries at keith@bijayoga.com.au.

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