Rishikesh India

The Great Awakening

WHY RISHIKESH?

Rishikesh is a must for yoga teachers and practitioners everywhere. It is known as the yoga capitol of the world, is purely a vegetarian city and acts as a gateway to the Himalayas. It resonates with the vibrations of mantras that have been chanted since the beginning of time, sacred fires that never seem to go out, and a sacred river calling all walks of life to bath in her holiness. It is magic.
Our time in India will include temple excursions, meditations on the Ganga, day trips to surrounding sacred sites, yoga, mantra, and meditation. This journey is meant for anyone curious about the deeper spiritual practices of yoga. You will have the opportunity to meet with Indian Yoga masters, Vedic priests, Astrologers , and Ayurvedic consultants while exploring the sights and sounds of this holy city.
Rishikesh is a powerful place that can open many doorways on the path of transformation. Prepare to fully immerse yourself in the culture of sacred India by setting an intention of receptivity. Come with an open heart and willingness to let Mother India teach you all that she knows.
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For Yoga Teachers

If you are a teacher of yoga, Rishikesh is a must for developing a deeper understanding of how to bring spirituality back to yoga. Most teachers that shy away from such a journey tend to lack the confidence and centeredness that a soulful and spiritual practice creates. It is also the yoga capitol of the world and much to be discovered and discussed with the varying traditions and techniques only to be found on the banks of the upper Ganga.
The vibrations of Rishikesh can challenge anyone trapped in the illusion of their own ego. Unfortunately, this is where many western teachers are most comfortable. Rishikesh, based on the vibrations alone, will help you to create a path where yoga can be taught as both a physical and spiritual practice beyond the limitations of your own ego.
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About Your Guide

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Amanda has been traveling to India since 2011. She knows that the higher teachings of yoga are deeply hidden within the hills of the himalayan mountains. Amanda believes that everyone is capable of developing a practice that will help to bring balance, light and wisdom to an everyday existence. Her mission is awaken the practitioner to the depth and possibility of ones own soul.

“When I first came to India it felt like a divine scrubbing of my ego. Mother India was insisting I drop the story of of who I thought I was, my job title, my place in the world, how much money I made, where I live, all of it. The story of me, mine, and self slowly pealed away, layer by layer. It was terrifying but it was necessary.

Throughout my travels and concluding my journey at the Holy Ganges in Rishikesh I was able to wash away years of tightness, anger and struggle. By simply connecting with the people of India and giving myself permission to be somewhere completely different from anything I had ever known, I began to blossom and transform into the strengthened and loving woman I am today.

It is an honor and a privilege to hold peoples hands as they pilgrimage to India for their very first time. I know that after this journey they will most likely return on their own as more confident and soulfully developed beings of this spiritual tradition. ” – Amanda

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TESTIMONIALS

 

“Amanda has been a teacher and leader for me and my various communities for almost a decade.

Her knowledge of healing/yoga/Ayurveda/Vedic culture is intimidatingly vast but she uses her wide experience to give to her students doses that are specialized and consumable. If you want the challenging path, it’s there for you. However, she won’t drown in you in things for which you are not ready. I’ve seen students of divergent paths and speeds all benefit from her teachings.

I also have experience with Amanda as a retreat leader and was impressed with her immersion techniques and leadership. Her detailed planning allowed every fellow retreater as much or as little as they wanted/were ready for, include two unique yoga classes every single day as well as excursions and lessons all designed to heighten and broaden everyone’s individual experience. That experience will stand out for me forever and I am grateful for all the attention she put into doing what she does so well.” – Stephen, NYC 

“Amanda’s knowledge seeking approach to her life allows her to share learnings throughout your entire retreat experience, not just on the yoga mat. Her practice of yoga goes beyond her beautifully creative sequences to include even more than the 8 limbs, reaching into realms like Ayurveda, sacred song and lunar cycles, and the relationship they have to yoga. It brings a unique depth to the practice and to her immersion training’s for teachers. Her extensive time and study in India shines through in her comfort and ease in navigating the sometimes chaotic and unexpected challenges in moving through India. Many of those times turn out to be the richest and most authentic life experience in India, as she encourages you to flow and find flexibility in aligning with the culture and way of India. When retreating with Amanda, you will undoubtedly receive more than you signed up for. ” – Mandee, Portland OR. 

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