Yoga of Synthesis Retreat: Location & Read Me

 In the mind there are three defects—impurity, tossing, and the veil of ignorance. The impurity should be removed through the practice of Karma Yoga. The tossing should be removed by the means of worship. The veil of ignorance should be removed by the practice of Jnana Yoga. The Yoga of Synthesis supplies the method by which the Self can be seen, loved, and served.
H.H. Sri Swami Sivananda


The Yoga of Synthesis retreat will be held at Aalia Resort right on the banks of the Ganga, away from the bustle of Haridwar. “Aalia offers an unparalled intimate experience while providing an impeccable level of service, discreet and unobtrusive. Unique in concept and execution, Aalia has the distinction of being the only luxury hotel situated right on the banks of the majestic Ganges in an area steeped in culture, spirituality and sacred legend. It offers world-class accommodation and top notch facilities to make your stay a memorable one.” Aalia Website

Our Retreat will begin at New Delhi Railway Station where we will meet on October 2 at 6:00 AM to catch Train #12017 Dehradun Shatabdi departing at 6.45 AM for Haridwar Station. From there it is a short distance by bus to Aalia. Although in a secluded location Aalia is well situated to many temples and places of interest in and around Haridwar and Kankhal.

At the conclusion of the retreat on October 10, we will take you to Haridwar railway station for the included train ride back. Train #12056 New Delhi Janshatabdi Express departing Haridwar at 6.15 AM to New Delhi Station arriving there at 11:15 AM. It is a short ride to Rishikesh if you are joining the Ashtanga Yoga Yatra 2018 .

Included in the cost for Non-Indians and NRI’s: A/C chair car coach by train, round trip from New Delhi Railway Station to Haridwar Station. Transfer by bus from Haridwar Station to Aalia Resort and return.
Note: Resident Indians please arrange your own train tickets – if you need help please contact us
Included for everyone: Good accommodation, two pure vegetarian meals daily, tea twice a day. All the classes, talks, and discussions. A day trip excursion.
Not Included in The Cost Airfare to and from India (contact us for recommended flights), visa costs, airport taxes, tips, temple fees and offerings. Additional collections will be made for tipping bus drivers and assistants, and to engage local priests or guides. Bottled water, laundry, and all personal requirements during the retreat are not included.

Reservations: To secure a place on the retreat we require a non-refundable deposit along with your registration form and a signed Travel Waiver as well as a copy of your passport or AADAR card. Non-Indians and NRI’s please GO HERE to register and send a deposit. Resident Indians please GO HERE. Once these are received, we will assist you with further information regarding international flights, visas, suggestions for on-going travel should you stay for a longer period, suggestions for accommodation in New Delhi, and other travel requirements. We also send a suggested reading list, a packing list, and good information about temple visits and travel in India.

Full payment will be due no later than June 1, 2018 Only by check, money order, or wire. Banks charge fees will be added to your payment if you pay by wire.  A 50% refund, excluding deposit, will be made up to August 1, 2018. No refunds thereafter. Since the cost is based on group participation, no refunds can be made for any features not taken. No refund if cancellation occurs while the yatra is in progress.

Visas You are responsible for your visa if required. Tourist visas (or eVisas) are required.
NOTE: US Citizens START HERE: You begin the process on CKGS Website and then are transferred to the Indian Government Website to fill in the forms and are then sent back to CKGS to submit your application. Citizens of other countries please check with your Indian Embassy or for more information see

Health Concerns: You may be subject to jet lag, varied climatic conditions, train and bus rides, dust and air pollution, very different food, crowds of people, unfamiliar sites and sounds. These all take their toll. On a subtler level, daily yoga practice, darshan in the temples and sacred baths are often powerfully moving experiences and hidden feelings and emotions can be brought to the surface. These can be overwhelming for the first-time visitor to India, but Her incredible hospitality, warm humanity, and abundant spirituality always come through and touch everyone in a deep and mysterious manner. Bring what comforts you in the way of any health needs or medications: anti-diarrhea tablets, mosquito repellent, sun block, basic first-aid items, etc. In case of emergencies, doctors and pharmacies can be found. If you have any medications that you need, you must bring them with you. Bottled water is always available for you to purchase. Contact us if you have any special health concerns.

Immunizations and Travel Waiver No immunizations are required but several are recommended by the Atlanta CDC. Please read, sign, and return the travel waiver.

What to Bring Bring only one check-in bag and one small carry-on backpack for day/overnight trips. We will send you a detailed packing list once you sign up. Passport and money must be kept secure in a neck pouch or money belt. Have a copy of the info and visa page of your passport. Call your bank to tell them that you are traveling in India. There are ATMs everywhere. Carry about $200 US cash.

Nāmarūpa Categories of Indian Thought An important aspect of the yatra will be to gather audio-visual and literary material that may appear in future issues of Nāmarūpa.  Your ideas and input are very welcome.