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Vedansha School, Rishikesh

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Vipassana Silent Meditation Retreat

Vipassana  silent meditation retreat is one of the popular part of spiritual practice and realization. If we look in the past we can see that Vipassana belongs to the tradition of Buddha meditation. Nowadays Vipassana is modified and optimized according S.N. Goenka. In our center we offer payable and free of charge Vipassana Silent Meditation retreat in Tradition of Goenka.

What is vipassana silent meditation retreat?


The main practice of Vipassana consists of mentally scanning one by one of each body part and feeling the sensations in each of these body parts. Practitioners are instructed to move their attention down from the top of the head to the tips of the toes and then in the opposite direction in a repetitive pattern, paying attention to somatic sensations.

The instruction for the subject is to keep your attention moving and to observe, objectively and with equanimity, the sensations that you experience. Given the explicit focus on tomato sensory sensations, this particular tradition of Vipassana is a good example of meditation practice where focused attention and open monitoring are combined.

Please note that Vipassana is have some guided and some instructed practice. Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine will explain and show how to do the practice that you will perform yourself. Only by this way you can concentrate more on your own emotions, sensations, and feeling without external influence. Don’t worry, we will support you in this way.

How you will do your practice?


After check in and taking lunch you will have talk with master to understand better your goals, background and discuss focus points, communication channels. You become silent and will follow the daily schedule.


``Vipassana meditation is an ongoing creative purification process. Observation of the moment-to-moment experience cleanses the mental layers, one after another.`` - Dr. S.K Pandey
Our Program


Ayurvedic Massage
Free Day
8 Days/7 Nights11Sunday32997 INR (400 USD) Shared Twin Room 37122 INR (450 USD) Private Room
8 Days/7 Nights12Sunday41247 INR (500 USD) Shared Twin Room 46197 INR (560 USD) Single Private Room

Does Vipassana Silent Meditation exact what I need?

Yes, if you wish take time for yourself and connect with your inner world
Yes, if you wish to unplug and start new page of your life
Yes, if you need to recover after stress
Yes, if you wish to find answers on unclear questions
Yes, if you wish to come out from stress and burn out
Yes, if you have interest to learn ancient meditation techniques
Yes, if you wish to know how to balance yourself in future and help others

Benefits of Vipassana Silent Meditation Retreat

Decreases stress level
Makes your mind clear
Increases your mental ability
Creates inner stability and harmony
Removes anger, fear and worries
Let you feel inner peace

Does Vipassana Silent Meditation Retreat suitable for?

Beginner, intermediate, advanced practitioner
For people who have desire to learn meditation
For already yoga & meditation teachers
For medical and educational staff

What included in my program?

Daily meditation and sessions
Consultation and individual issued plan of retreat with guided recommendations
1 short aura check-up
Excursion(s) to the Himalaya
3 daily vegetarian meals
all nights of accommodation
Mala string of beads energized by a Yogacharya, Dr. S.K.Pandey-Ji.
Study materials
Meditation cleansing kit
1 t-shirt with the school symbol

When I can start my program?

Arriving is possible every day except weekends.

Optional for extra payment

Airport transfer
Extra ayurveda procedures
Ayurveda doctor consulation
Extra excursions
Detailed Aura check-up with providing of written report about Aura statement, disturbances in Aura if they are present, supporting methods and treatment advises of naturopathic specialist (individual plan of asana postures, pranayama, herbs, meditative practice).
Deatiled Horoscope Asessment
Extra Nights accommodation



12:00Check in
13:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:00Introduction to course, consultation
15:00 – 16:30 Asana class
16:30 – 17:30Vipassana practice group
17:30 – 18:30Vipassana practice temple wth instructions
19:00 – 20:00Dinner
20:00 – 22:00Free time
22:00 – 06:00Sleep



06:00 – 06:30Wake up and shower
06:30 – 07:00Shatkriya And Herbal Tea (Yogic Cleansing With Jala Neti (Special Techniques Of Nose Cleansing), Pooja (Mantra Recitation & Fire Ceremony Purification).
07:00 – 08:30Morning guided meditation in Hall
08:30 – 09:30Pranayama: breathing exercises.
09:30 – 10:30Breakfast: Special Yogic Menu.
10:30 – 11:30Walking meditation to Holy Ganga River audio guided by master
11:30 – 12:30Guided Meditation
13:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:00Instructed self practice in Temple
15:00 – 16:00Mandala drawing or Mantra recitation and meditation with Master
16:00– 17:00Yoga Asana for improvement of Meditation posture
17:30 – 18:30Yoga Nidra/ guided Meditation: guided relaxation practice, meditation and concentration
18:30- 19:30Dinner
20:00 – 21:00Audio guided Meditation in Ashram with Aromatherapy
21:00 – 22:00Sleep preparation

Last day

Classes till 12 PM, check out 1 PM.


Vipassana Silent Meditation Retreat Teaching Plan

Meditation Practice


  • Origin of Vipassana?
  • Meaning of Vipassana
  • How to reach concentration state?
  • Vipassana and other meditation styles?
  • Requirements for Meditation practice
  • Meditation and Concentration in Vipassana
  • Role of silence in Vipassana?
  • Vipassana diary
  • Asana for Vipassana Silent Meditation
  • Pain during practice in Vipassana Silent Meditation
  • Mindfulness during Vipassana
  • How to create inner peace?
  • Simple guided Concentration
  • Breath awareness Meditation
  • OM Meditation
  • AUM Meditation
  • Yoga Nidra and Body scanning
  • Aura cleansing Meditation
  • Body stillness and silence
  • Trataka Meditation
  • Sound Meditation
  • 5 Prana Meditation
  • 5 elements meditation
  • Akasha Meditation
  • Agni Meditation
  • Nadis meditation
  • Object bound meditation
  • General chakra Meditation
  • Walking Meditation
  • Mantra Japa Ajapa Meditation
  • Postures for meditation practice


Breathing Practice


  • Pranayama, main principles
  • Pranayama Techniques required for vipassana
  • (Abdominal breathing, Preparational breathing, Kapalabhati, Nadi Shodana with/without retention Level I, II, Ujjayi breathing).
  • The pranic body
  • Parana energy and human’s lifestyle
  • Breathe exercise, health and pranayama
  • Preparational breath
  • Breath and increase life span. Hidden ancient techniques
  • Kriyas (Body Cleansing Methods): (Jala Neti, Netra Shuddhi, Sutra Neti, Kapalabhati, Trataka Shanka Prakshalana)
  • Advanced Kriyas (Netra Shuddi, Sutra neti,Shanka Prakshalana)
  • Levels of Kapalabhati. Use of Mudra and Bandha
  • Levels of Nadi Shodhana. Use of Mudra and Bandha
  • Nadi Shodhana. Level of retention.
  • Ujjayi breathing. How to do, effect.
  • Bramari pranayama. How to do, effect.
  • Bhastrika Pranyama. How to do, effect. Precautions.
  • Surya Bheda. How to do, effect. Precautions.
  • Sheetali pranayama. How to do, effect. Time for practice
  • Shetkari pranayama. How to do, effect. Time for practice
  • Chandra Bheda pranayama. How to do, effect. Time for practice contraindcations
  • Safety techniques and precautions in Pranayama techniques
  • Pranic body and 3 main Nadis
  • Is it possible to feel Pranic body?
  • Concept of mudra and bandha
  • Moola, Uddyana Bandha, Jalandra Bandha
  • Ashwani Mudra
  • Dyana, Ajali, Prithvi, Varuna, Shakti, Gyana, Chin, Shambhavi, Khechari Mudra, Hansi mudra, Vayu mudra, akash Mudra, Shunya Mudra,
  • Surya mudra,
  • Jalodarnashak mudra, Apan mudra,
  • Pran Mudra, shankh mudra, Apan Vayu Mudra,
  • Ling Mudra, Dhyan Mudra,
  • Lotus Mudra
  • Shatkarma (concept, aim, safety, performance)
  • How to add pranayama in yoga class of 30, 60, 90 min
  • What is border between pranayama and meditation
  • 5 Pranana concept. Prana, Apana, Udana, Samana, Vyana
  • Role of 5 prana in spiritual practice and healing
  • Contemporary research on pranayama techniques
  • Kevala kumhaka. How to reach. Benefits.
  • Gas changes in blood during the performance of kevala kumhaka.
  • Role of ayurveda on pranayama practice
  • Feeling of prana in daily life
  • How to create place for successful pranayama practice
  • Pranayama practice at home andhigh vibrative spiritual place
  • Where to practice Pranayama after Rishikesh


Vipassana According to Goenka


  • Experience of body sensations, joy & pain
  • Concept of systematic attention to sensations
  • Concept of anicca (impermanence, change) dukkha (unsatisfactoriness/suffering) and anatta (non-self, impersonal)
  • Purification and way of removing of old samskharas
  • State of Kalapas
  • Limitations of Goenka Method
  • Samma Vaca
  • Sama Kammanta
  • Samma Ajiva
  • Samma Vayama
  • Samma Sati
  • Samma Samadhi
  • Samma Sankappa
  • Bhavana Maya Panna Concept
  • Concept of 10 Parami to dissolve the EGO
  • Nekkhamma – renunciation
  • Sila – morality
  • Viriya – effort
  • Panna – wisdom
  • Khanti-tolerance
  • Sacca-truth
  • Adhitthana – strong determination
  • Metta – pure
  • Upekkha-equanimity
  • Dana-charity


Vipassana and Asana practice


  • Importance of Asana for successful meditation
  • Natural Relaxation Asana
  • Natural standing Asana with External Rotations
  • Forward bending Asana
  • Backward Extensions
  • Spinal Twisting Asana
  • Inverted Asana
  • Balancing Asana


Vipassana and Mantra practice


  • What is Mantra?
  • Shiva Mantra
  • So Ham Ham So
  • Gayatri mantra
  • Maha Mritunjaya mantra
  • Surya mantra
  • Surya namaskar mantra
  • Shakti mantra
  • Role of Mantra in Vipassana
  • AUM Mantra
  • Mantra for health