Vishwa Yoga Journey

Schedule / Itinerary

Please Note:

The daily schedule of the VYJ is still being a bit re-constructed (post pandemic) for the upcoming Journey; as each year we like to refine it.  As for the venue itinerary (Goa, Hampi, Pyramid Valley, Mysore, Auroville, Pondichery) it is basically complete. However, there is always some chance that the dates for each location could vary by 1 or 2 days between now (Winter 2021) and when the journey actually begins.

Arrivals should be on Dec 10th or preferably before noon on the 11th.

Training will begin (gently) in the evening of Dec 11th

Goa:

10 Friday,

First Arrivals - no program 

11 Saturday:

Final arrivals, Rest, group dinner, gentle evening practice with Meridian Meditation

12 Sunday:

7AM: Morning Practice (Optional; sleep in if you need to, but most students traveling from the far west find they wake up super early before they get accustomed to the time change.)

9AM: Showers, Breakfast, etc.

11AM: Class

1PM: Lunch, Siesta (advised) or Free Time

3:30PM: Class

6PM: Dinner, Free Time

8PM: Class

9:30PM: Free Time ~ Be in bed by 10:30

13 Monday:

7AM: Morning Practice (still optional to sleep in) 

The rest of the day is the same as Sunday

14 Tuesday:

7AM: Morning Practice (still optional to sleep in) 

9AM: Showers, Breakfast, etc.

11AM: Class

3:30PM: River boat, bird sanctuary ride

6PM: Dinner

8PM: Class

15 Wednesday:

Same schedule as Sunday the 12th

16 Thursday:

6AM: Depart for Dudh Sagar Water Fall (Optional: This is the waterfall you see on our homepage with the train going in front of it, but at the foot of it you can actually swim. Yes, it's pretty awesome! However, besides the 2 hour drive to the Jungle, to get to the waterfall you will need to go "Four Wheelin'" in a Jeep for 45min thru the jungle, and then 45min back. And this is real 'four wheelin' too; tires spin in the creek and rocks as big as Ganesh statues that you will plow right over; meaning that you are likely to bounce way up out of your seat, again and again, and again. It's a lot of fun for the first 20 minutes, but like i said, it's 45 minutes; both their and back. In other words, for some people it's more fun than their bodies can handle.  Therefore, students have the option of skipping this adventure and just having free time at Palolem Beach. Or...

Alternate Excursion: If enough students are interested, we can arrange a trip to "Old Goa" to see an old Basilica (Yes, a Basilica, Goa actually has an big Christian population). There, besides the ancient church, are the ruins of Francis in a glass casket, that they declare has decayed very little (although it looked pretty far gone and dusty to me)

4:00: Class

6:PM: Dinner

7:30 Class

17 Friday:

Same schedule as Sunday the 12th; but no option to sleep in.

18 Saturday:

Same schedule as Sunday the 12th, but at 3PM we will visit a special little "Tulsi Temple" for our 3:30 class  

19 Sunday: Free Day

20 Monday: Depart Goa by train at 6AM for Hampi (this is the train that goes by Dudh Sagar Waterfall)

Hampi:

20 Monday: Arrive Hampi around 4:30 in the afternoon

5:30PM: Hike up and onto the boulders to watch an amazing sunset

7PM: Dinner at Mowgli

21 Tuesday:

7AM: Morning Practice

9AM: Showers, Breakfast, etc.

10:30AM: Ferry across the river

11AM: Class in one of the stone temples

1PM: Lunch at Chill Out

3:30PM: Class in the stone temple

5:30PM: Ferry back to Mowgli

6PM: Dinner, Free Time

8PM: Class

22 Wednesday:

5:30AM: Take Tuk Tuks to Sunrise Temple

9AM: Breakfast at Chill Out

11PM: Class among the ruins

1PM: Lunch at Chill Out

2:30PM: Ferry back to Mowgli

Free Time

5PM: Class

7PM: Dinner

Free Time

23 Thursday:

7AM: Bouldering (Rock) Climbing (Optional). The climbing guides begin with a short yoga practice.

(You can sleep in or practice asana on your own if you prefer)

10AM: Breakfast, showers, etc

11:30AM: Class

1PM: Lunch

2:30PM: Depart for Hanuman Temple / "birthplace" of Hanuman (be prepared to climb like 570 stairs)

4:00PM: Class at Hanuman Temple

5:00PM: Return to Mowgli

6:00PM: Dinner

Free Time

24 Friday: 

7AM: Morning Practice

9AM: Showers, Breakfast, etc.

10:30AM: Ferry across the river

11AM: Class in one of the stone temples

12:30PM: Lunch at Chill Out

2:30PM: "The big sunset hike" (The best hike in Hampi!)

5:15PM: Ferry back to Mowgli

6:30PM: Dinner, Free Time

8PM: Class

25 Saturday:

7AM Morning Class

9AM Free Day

4:30PM: Ferry across river

6:00PM Depart Hampi by "sleeper train"

26 Sunday:

Arrive in Bangalore early in the morning, then take a pre-arranged mini-bus to Pyramid Valley; along the way we will stop for breakfast in Bangalore.

Pyramid Valley:  

(Most of our time here is spent in silence and meditation)

26 Sunday: Arrive at Pyramid Valley before noon

5PM Orientation

27 Monday: 

7AM: Morning Practice

9AM: Showers, Breakfast, etc.

10:30AM: Meditation Instruction & practice

1PM: Lunch

3:30PM: Meditation Instruction & practice

6PM: Dinner, Free Time

28 Tuesday: Mysore excursion (optional) to see the Mysore Palace. Those who come will leave early in the morning and arrive back at the Pyramid that same evening.  (Those who remain at the pyramid should continue their practice of silence and meditation). 

29 Wednesday: Depart Pyramid Valley in the evening for Bangalore where we catch a "Sleeper Train" to Auroville (via Pondichery)  (...though sometimes we find it better to opt for the "Sleeper Bus")  

30 Thursday: Arrive in Pondichery around 7AM and take 30 min drive in "Tuk-Tuks" to...

Auroville:

30 Thursday:

Morning is free to settle into rooms and rest

1pm: Lunch

2:30: Orientation to Auroville

TBD

31 Friday 

TBD

New Years Eve Party!

 

01 Saturday:

TBD

02 Sunday:  

Pondichery (just a 30min drive from Auroville) is where we will  see the French influenced town where Sri Aurobindo built his Ashram;. We will spend the day here, but return to Auroville before dusk.

03 Monday:  

Around 8AM  we will meditate in the Matrimandir (Mother Temple)

5PM: Depart Auroville for Chennai Airport

Fly from Chennai to Bali through the night

Bali: 

04 Tuesday:

Arrive Bali early morning / Arrive at Ubud lodging before noon

Noon: Lunch and Orientation to Ubud

 

05 Wednesday:

TBD

 

06 Thursday:

TBD

 

07 Friday:

TBD

 

08 Saturday:                     The Bali schedule is being re-worked. Please check back again later.

TBD

 

09 Sunday:

TBD

 

10 Monday:

TBD

 

11 Tuesday:

Graduation!

Our program ends at 6pm on this day but your lodging will be paid thru the night of Jan 11th until noon (check out) on Jan 12th. True, In many ways the 6 days we have in Bali are almost a cruel teaser for more. So do yourself a favor, don't plan on checking out a dar or even a minute early. And, if at all possible, see if you can stay a few days extra; or better yet, opt for the 12 day Yoga and Spa Retreat or 12 day Thai Yoga Massage training (see below).  Nevertheless, our graduation ceremony will be at 3pm on the 11th; thus, if needed, students can depart on the 11th. On the other hand, though students may need to check out of their rooms by noon on the 12th, we have a place where we can hold their luggage if their departure flight aren't until later that day or evening; or until they can move to other lodging if they opt to stay longer.

12 Wednesday:

Most Departures

Those who want to stay for our 12 day Yoga Retreat or to continue their Thai Yoga Massage training (also for 12 days), will have 3 days to rest before those events commence on Jan 15th.