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General Questions about Retreat

1. What is a difference between yoga retreat and yoga teacher training?

Yoga retreat is less challengeable practice,that has less amount of classes. You will focus on supportive therapy of different diseases and not how to teach yoga to others. Yoga Teacher training has more detailed learning on cancer diseases and yoga approach with it from medical, ayurvedic point of view.

2. What is yoga retreat ?

Combination of yoga, Ayurveda, sound healing relaxation, purification program. This program has aim to balance your body and mind, as well as increase stamina and reduce symptoms of diseases.

3. Who can participate in Yoga and Ayurveda retreat program for cancer disease?

Any cancer patient with primary disease or relapsewho has ability to travel to Rishikesh. We kindly request you to consult about abilities of treatment in your case that we can provide exact information under vedanshayoga@gmail.com If you can not reach Rishikesh we can arrange on line classes and coaching.

4. What to do if my disease ?

We offer variety of programs that focused on particular points. Ayurveda & yoga retreat, detox retreat, female retreat, kundalini retreat, budget retreat, Christmas yoga retreat, vipassanaretreat ,reiki retreat
You can send inquiry to our consultant and get detailed explanation about every program (vedanshayoga@gmail.com)

5. What is main difference between all these retreat programs?

The main difference in package. In some programs you will have specific classes like yoga therapy or special treatment like Hydrocolontherapy.

6. Do your program safe?

We are choosing optimal package for you according to information that you provide. We assess risks and benefits and share with you best option. The therapy concept is official proven and recognised by authorities. The specialists who provide you treatment are high qualified. The program is adapted and changed according patient requirements. That make our program safe & secure.

7. Is it safe to travel alone to yoga retreat?

Yes, generally it’s safe. Rishikesh is a quite and relative secure place. If you will wear modest clothes and behave yourself politely without aggressively intention nothing bad can be happened.

8. Do I need a yoga experience to participate in retreat?

You no need to have any yoga experience to participate in yoga retreat. We teach yoga from very basic level that beginners can follow without problems

9. Do I have enough free time during the retreat?

Yes you will have time for taking massage, walk in the city or just relax.

10. Do I will get special meal during the retreat?

The meal during yoga retreat is pure vegetarian or vegan. We take care about food quality and offer only fresh cooked menu. In some programs like detox retreat , Ayurveda & yoga retreat we add supplemental herbal treatment, medicated juices according to doctor prescription. We can provide all kind of meal according dietary requirements like gluten free, diabetic friendly, non-spicy etc.

11. Do you have any program for non cancer healthy people?

Yes, you can join General Rejuvenation Detox Yoga Therapy Retreatto increase the vital force in the body , balance mind and reduce toxins. We have also variety of retreat for non cancer patients on our sister site www.vedansha.com

12. Does your training 100 Hours yoga for cancer teacher training yoga alliance certified?

If you already did 200 hrs yoga teacher training before, after completion of our program you will get 100 hrs certificate of continuing education YACEP that certified by Yoga Alliance USA. If you never did before yoga alliance course you will get certificate of yoga teacher in cancer Therapy of Vedansha.

13. When is a best time to visit Rishikesh?

You can join us whole year around, if you do not like some weather conditions like rain, cold etc kindly consult us that we help you to choose best time for your visit. vedanshayoga@gmail.com

14. What is a benefit of 100 hrs yoga teacher training for cancer?

This course is based on supportive aspect of yoga and Ayurveda in cancer disease. It means you will learn information about diseases, symptoms, yogic approach of supporting of these diseases with help of asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra and Ayurveda

15. How many participants attend the course ?

We have 5-10 people in every class

16. Is there any dress code for the Yoga class?

White & bright colored modest clothes is recommended to wear during the class.

17. Do I need to have experience if I would like to participate in course?

We teach yoga from basic level, prior experience is not required.

Accomodation facilities

1. What are the accommodation conditions during the course?

You will stay in Vedansha Retreat Center or Vedansha retreat Hotel. You will get the clean room with WC/Shower warm water, towels, toilet paper, bed sheets, pillow cover ,neti kit. It’s basic room facilities. We request our guests to be polite and don’t make harm to the furniture, garden and nature, don’t drink alcohol, smoke and be loud after 22:00.

2. How does elecrticity works in Rishikesh?

Electricity works most of the time properly in Rishikesh, sometimes some disturbances are coming but we also provide electricity that you will never miss it in your room. Electrical system is very simple in Rishikesh and is not so much powerful as in many west countries. Note that in Rishikesh at the day time light sometimes goes off. Don’t worry; it comes back relatively quickly in switch on mode. By any problems just ask about assistance.

3. Is it safe to drink water in Rishikesh?

We provide filtered water free of charge during the course in Vedansha. If you plan to go outside please take bottled water with you. Drink water from open areas is not safe.

4. Does internet provided in Vedansha free of charge?

Yes we provide free of charge Wi-Fi in the whole area of the Institute.

5. Can I change accommodation from shared room to private?

Yes you can change the accommodation according availability.

6. Do air condition included in accommodation price?

We have air conditioned rooms, but it’s limited so it is better to reserve in advance and request about ac room.

7. Can I stay with my partner/family member or friend even if does not participate in the course?

Yes you can stay together with your partner of friend even if they do not participate in the course. The price for accomodation& food only we will provide by request. I can come with my little child, is any baby sitting available there? Yes, you will stay in this case in comfortable conditions, price in this case will be little bit higher. We can also provide baby sitter for 1000 rupies per day.

Health & medications:

1. What will be happened if I get sick in Rishikesh?

By any kind of sickness or injuries we are ready to assist you. We kindly recommend you to have an insurance for India, if you will need any medical care and treatment in the hospital the costs could be less otherwise you have to pay yourself for it.

2. If I take medications in my country can I find them in Rishikesh also?

If you can need medications that you take regularly in your country kindly arrange them with you. If it's not possible most of medications are also possible to find here but you will have to pay for that. If you need some particular medications please ask us about availability before arriving in Rishikesh.

3. Do I need any vaccination before arriving in Rishikesh?

Hepatitis A vaccination can be recommended if you plan to take food and water outside Vedansha. In Vedansha all food is prepared in proper conditions and served always fresh. If you are not sure about vaccination ask your generalist about it.

4. Is it safe to eat outside the school?

Generally it safe, but we can not 100% be sure about it. Most Indian restaurants use more spices as in other countries. If you have any problems with stomach or sensitive to changes of food behavior we could recommend you where you can eat the food outside the school and what to say about spices.
Is it possible to get special meal if I have a particular sickness?

5. Can I smoke & drink alcohol during the course?

Smoking, drinking alcohol is not permitted during the courses.

Health & medications:

1. What airport better to choose to reach Rishikesh?

Take a flight till New Delhi airport, from your country. You can take also from Dehli domestic flight to Jolly Airport in Dehradun. Dehradun Jolly Airport is around 18 kilometers from Rishikesh. We can also arrange the taxi from the Jolly Airport or from Dehli airport

2. How I can come from Rishikesh to Dehli?

You can take a Taxi from Delhi airport. We can organize safe taxi till Rishikesh, it takes six to seven hours drive from Delhi airport and costs 70 USD.
You can also take Bus Service Delhi ISBT. Another best option is railways. Take train for Haridwar from New Delhi Railway Station and from Haridwar there are many transport facilities available to reach Rishikesh.

3. How I can come to Rishikesh from Dehradun?

YOu can come with taxi that costs 25 USD and takes 40 min.

4. Is it safe to travel alone?

Generally it’s not dangerous especially for females to travel in India. We offer safe and female friendly taxi. By travelling in buses, trains try to wear modest clothes and do not abuse the local people.

Payment

1. What should I do to secure my place in the course?

In order to confirm your participation we request about depost of 50 USD via werstern union or 62 USD via credit card, paypal or bank transfer. The rest of the payment you can do on place in Rishikesh.

2. How I can register in the course?

You can send us inquiry &50 USD via werstern union or 62 USD via credit card, paypal or bank transfer. Let us know what is suitable for you that we provide you details.
The deposit is non-refundalbe. In case of death of relatives or other reasonable emergency we can give money back, let us know about your problem. Otherwise you can come & participate during next 12 month without extra charges.

3. What are the pre-requisites and refund policy?

-You have to have interest to learn Vedic science, personal work on body and mind and not only to spend vacation as on all inclusive resort. -We are spiritual Ashram and do not allow following activity: eating non-vegetarian meal, smoking, drinking alcohol, abuse our Staff, show any type of sexual misconduct, manipulating, annoying other clients, damage the property, study material, interrupt teaching process. -Any client who performs such type of activity will be dismissed from the course without deposit refund.
-Individuals with disabilities or ailments, people who have any disease or unfit before the course are advised to refrain from applying. If you join course, and feel worse after this, we will help you to arrange all required medical help, but we will not allow you to continue the course and your payment will be not refunded.
Minimum age at the time of admission is 18 years. Applicants aged over 70 years could apply after consultation on vedanshayoga@gmail.com -Pregnant women need a medical authorization permitting them to practice yoga from their own country with translation in English
-Any candidate found unfit after the commencement of the course will not be permitted to continue the training and a refund of fees and other charges will not be admissible. -Any candidate who decided to change the program after arriving have to apply for it in written form. If you decide to cancel the course after arriving we will have to charge amount that covered our costs of 30 % of the course days as we reserve teacher, accommodation, meal prior to your arriving.
-This teacher training course requires educational abilities and the desire to study the program according to the standards of Yoga Alliance USA. Students are reminded to remain aware and respectful of cultural differences among the participants and teachers. Any disruptions to the teaching process or behavior deemed harmful to other students, teachers, or the institute’s property is in violation of the rules and policies of Vedansha Institute. Violation of the school’s policies may result in dismissal from the program without any refund of the course fees.
The teachers are not fitness instructors, most of them are spiritual yoga masters who have a completely different way of life and devotion to their practice. Some of them are monks, pandits in temples or swamis. They request you to please be polite and respect their work. If you find something that not suitable for you or for your faith or mentality, please do not put the blame on them. Let them know at the front desk, online or just discuss with Founder DrPandeyJi directly if you want any changes and what you find not suitable for you. In 99% misunderstanding will be solved in a good way.
-The course language is English. Any other mentioned language is used for online communication and in some cases can be used in communication during the course on the place. If you wish to get a translator for any other language kindly request to ask about availability before booking. If a booking is done without the request of translation Vedansha have right to cancel the booking and refund the deposit. If translation will be requested on place Vedansha has right to dismiss the client from the course and do not refund the deposit. If a client request to arrange another school with appropriate language ability it can be done upon request if the school with this language is available in Rishikesh for extra costs.
-The booking should be performed by the person who is going to participate in the course. If a booking is done by the third person (relatives, friends, parents etc) the direct participant should send Vedansha an email or scanned copy of confirmation that he/she acknowledge the program, rules and regulations of the organizer.

4. How should I pay rest amount?

Please note that it's better to pay cash by arriving because by paying with card you will have to pay extra fees that could increase your price to 22,5 %. We accept USD, Euro, british pounds, rupies, You can also take money from ATM.
The remaining balance is better to pay on arrival in USD. In case of payment in a currency other than USD, the amount will be calculated based on the exchange rate listed on xe.com on the day of the payment.

5. What is a local currency in Rishikesh&India ?

Local currency Indian rupees are necessary for payments. US Dollars, Euro can be also accepted in the market, but not everywhere. You can change some money 50-100 USD/Euro in Airport that you have pocket money. It will be also possible to change money in Rishikesh or withdraw from credit card in ATM (however after money change from 11/2016 there are some difficulties in little cities, means you can have the situation when you have to visit some exchange points to change desired amount). Don’t worry we will help if you will need any assistance.

Foreigners traveling in India are allowed to take any amount of foreign currency, there is absolutely no restriction on the amount of money you can take into India however, where the value of foreign currency notes exceed US $ 5000 or equivalent or when the aggregate value of foreign exchange including currency exceeds US $ 10,000 or equivalent. Then a currency declaration must be made on arrival.