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Vishwa Yoga Journey

Schedule / Itinerary

Please Note:

This schedule is basically complete. However, there is always a chance that some things change due to the general unpredictability of India.

Most will arrive on Dec 11th, but you may want to arrive a day or two earlier if it saves you a great deal on your flight cost. However, you will need to arrange an earlier arrival with Bhakti Kutir (which can also set up airport pick-up for you). However, there is no need to arrive earlier if it is just to recover from your long flight as we have travel recovery time built into our program. Nevertheless, the training will officially begin (gently) in the evening of Dec 11th. Prior to this, from the early morning hours and throughout the day, we will have drivers ready to meet those arriving at the airport on the 11th. (They will be holding a name placard for you that you will see as you exit the airport doors.) Thus, we prefer you arrive on the 11th. 

Goa:

Dec 10 Saturday: Early Arrivals - no program 

Dec 11, 2022 ~ Sunday:

Majority of arrivals come today

Rest 

6:30PM Group Dinner 

8PM Gentle evening practice: Meridian Tracing to help with jet lag and reset the bodies clock.

12 Monday:

7AM: Morning Practice (option to sleep in; although most westerners find they are already very awake very early in the morning)  

9AM: Showers, Breakfast, etc.

11AM: Class

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

3:30PM: Class

6:30PM: Dinner, Free Time

8PM: Class

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

13 Tuesday:

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

The rest of the day is the same as Monday

14 Wednesday:

7AM: Morning Practice

9AM: Showers, Breakfast, etc.

11AM: Class

1PM Lunch, Siesta (advised) or Free Time

3:30PM: Riverboat thru a bird sanctuary

6:30PM: Dinner

8PM: Class

15 Thursday:

7AM: Morning Practice

9AM: Showers, Breakfast, etc.

11AM: Class

1PM: Lunch, Siesta, Free Time

3:30PM: Class

6:30PM: Dinner, Free Time

8PM: Class

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

16 Friday:

6AM: Depart for swimming at Dudh Sagar Water Fall (Optional: This is the waterfall you see on our VYJ webpage with the train going in front of it. Yes, it's pretty awesome (although the water is very cold)! 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 after swimming. And this is REAL ¨four wheelin¨, tires spinnin in the creek as you plough over rocks as big as Ganeshś head; meaning that you are likely to bounce way up out of your seat, again and 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 to the falls 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 of us are interested, we can arrange a trip to "Old Goa" to see an amazing old Basilica (Goa has a big Christian population). There, besides the ancient church, are the ruins of Saint Francis (yes, that St Francis) in a glass casket so that you can still see him slowly rotting away (they declare he has decayed very little, but looks pretty dusty to me).

5:00: Class

6:30PM: Dinner

8PM Class

17 Saturday:

Same schedule as Monday the 13th

18 Sunday:

Same schedule as Monday the 13th, but at 2:45 we will travel to a special little "Tulsi Temple" for our 3:30 class.  

19 Monday: Free Day (Don't shop much! You will have to carry your stuff all the way to Bali)

(Get some snacks for Tuesday morning! We will leave before breakfast.)

20 Tuesday:

5AM Wake and Depart by 5:30 (Sharp!) for the train that leaves at 7:50AM for Hampi

(This is the train that goes by Dudh Sagar Waterfall)

Lunch will be on the train / Be careful! or just keep eating whatever you brought along for the ride)

Enjoy the beautiful ride thru the rainforest!  (..or just sleep :)

​Hampi:

Still Tuesday:

3:00:Arrive Hospet (the train station near Hampi) around 3PM and take Tuk tuks to Hampi

3:30: Arrive at Rocky´s guest house in Hampi and settle in

4:30: Grab a snack 

5:00 Hike up into and onto the giant boulders to watch an amazing sunset!

6:30PM: Dinner at Chill out

Free time

21 Wednesday:

7AM: Morning Practice

9AM: Showers, Breakfast, etc.

11AM: Class in one of the stone temples

1PM: Lunch at Chill Out

3:30PM: Class in a stone temple

6:30: Dinner

Free Time

8PM Class

22 Thursday:

5:30AM: Take Tuk Tuks to Sunrise Temple

9AM: Breakfast at Chill Out

11AM: Class among the ruins

1PM: Lunch

Free Time

3:30: Class

6:30: Dinner 

Free Time

8PM Class

23 Friday:

6:AM: Gather to go ¨Bouldering¨ (Optional). The climbing guides begin with a short yoga practice.

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

10AM: (late) Breakfast, showers, etc

11:30: Class

1PM: Lunch

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

3:30: Class at Hanuman Temple

6:30: Dinner

Free Time

24 Saturday: 

7AM: Morning Practice

9AM: Showers, Breakfast, etc.

10AM: Class in one of the stone temples

1PM: Lunch at Mango or Mowgli restaurant

2:30 Class

4:00: "The big sunset hike" (The best hike in Hampi!)

6:45: Dinner

Free Time

25 Sunday:

7AM Morning Class

9AM Breakfast

Free Day! Merry Xmas!

(You might want to Zoom with your family; however, it is just Xmas eve for them.)

5:30 Dinner

6:30 Head to Train station

9:PM Depart on Hampi Express  ("sleeper train") for Mysore 

26 Monday:

8:45AM Arrive Mysore

9AM Long Breakfast (because we cannot check into the hotel in Noon): (However, this is also Xmas day for family back home; so you may want to use this time to video chat. -We will seek out a brunch spot with good WiFii ;) 

12:00 Check into hotel

1PM Lunch (unless your still full of brunch)

1:30 Learn yogic history of Mysore Palace

2PM Visit Mysore Palace

4PM Visit Bird Sanctuary (This is a tentative plan)

6:30 Dinner

Return to hotel

27 Tuesday 

8AM Breakfast

9AM Visit Chimundi Hill (This is a tentative plan, but if it works, there is a special surprise ;)

12:ish: Lunch

1PM Depart for Pyramid Valley by Van (about 2.5 hours)

Pyramid Valley:  

Still Tuesday 

About 3:30 Arrive Pyramid Valley, settle into rooms 

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

5PM  Orientation to PV

6:30 Dinner

7:30 First meditation session in the Pyramid

Take advantage of this special opportunity; meditate as long as you can in the Pyramid before bed!

28 Wednesday 

7AM: Morning Practice

9AM: Showers, Breakfast, etc.

10:30AM: Meditation Instruction & practice

1PM: Lunch

3:30PM: Meditation Instruction & practice

6:30 Dinner

7:30 Pyramid Meditation

Take advantage of this special opportunity; meditate as long as you can in the Pyramid before bed!

29 Thursday:

7AM: Morning Practice

8:30: Showers

9AM: Breakfast

10AM: Pyramid Meditation

11:30: Move out of rooms; pack your things into van

1PM Lunch

2:30 Meditation Instruction (Review of Process)

3:00 Final Pyramid Practice

4:30 Conclude practice (pls don't leave early ;)

5PM Board Van

5:15 Depart for Bangalore

6:30 Stop for Dinner

8:PM Head for Bus Station

10PM Board "Sleeper Bus"  

Auroville:

30 Friday:

6AM Arrive in Pondichery

6:15 Load "Tuk-Tuks"  and head to Auroville

6:45 Arrive at Atithi Griha Guest House / drop off our stuff; but we probably cannot enter our rooms until noon. Therefore... 

7AM walk over to an awesome Auroville coffee / pastry shop :)

8AM continue to drink coffee and practice patience; maybe nap in the morning sun

10:00 Register for meditation in the Matrimandir

10:45 Go for required initial viewing of Matrimandir

11:30 Rest (...finally!) (provided they let us go ahead and check into our rooms even though it is not noon yet).

1:30 Lunch at Auroville Guest Center

2:30 Orientation to Auroville

3:00 Class: Who was Sri Aurobindo and ¨The Mother¨

5PM Free Time

6:30 Dinner at Visitor Center (it will probably take 30 min to receive our orders)

 

31 Saturday 

7AM Asana practice on the roof of Atithi Griha

9AM  Breakfast at the Auro Cafe

10AM Video and Discussion on Auroville: City of the Dawn

1PM Lunch

2PM Tour of main campus

3:30 Class / Visit Aurobindo Archives building

Free Time

6:30 Dinner

Evening: New Years Eve Party!

Jan 2023, Happy New Year!

01 Sunday:

7AM Asana practice on the roof of Atithi Griha

9AM  Breakfast at the Auro Cafe

TBD

1PM Lunch at Solar Kitchen

Free (Explore Auroville) Day

02 Monday:  

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 Tuesday:  

Probably Between 9AM and Noon we will meditate in the Matrimandir (Mother Temple)

but first we have to view a required video before entering the temple. This will probably be between 7:00 and 9:00AM. We won't know until they tell us.

1PM Lunch

3PM Class

5:30 Dinner

6:30 Depart Auroville for Chennai Airport

8:30 Arrive Chennai Airport

Around Midnight: Board flight from Chennai to Bali via Banglok (a flight through the night)

​(Sorry, there are no direct flights to Bali from Chennai; unless paying about $700 more!)

 

Bali: 

04 Wednesday:

6:30AM Transfer to Bali Flight in Bangkok 

2:15 Arrive in Bali / go thru immigration

3:30 Head for our Ubud headquarters 

4:ish Stop along the way to Ubud for ¨real food¨

5:30 Arrive and settle into guest houses

7:ish Dinner at CasaLuna

8:ish Visit Saraswati Temple 

Rest / Free time

The remainder of our studies will depend on what hasn't been covered thus far. Although most of our remaining study time will be in Ubud, specific times for a variety of excursions are still being finalized. Nevertheless, the following should give you a good idea of what to expect:

05 Thursday:

8AM Asana practice at our yoga shala in Casa Luna

9AM: Showers, Breakfast, etc.

11AM: Class

1PM: Lunch, Siesta, Free Time

2:30: Class

4:PM Visit nearby Monkey Forest

6:30PM: Dinner, Free Time

8PM: Class

 

​06 Friday:

7AM Morning Practice

9AM Showers, Breakfast, etc.

11AM Class

1PM Lunch, Siesta, Free Time

2:30 Class

4:00 Depart for Pyramids of Chi (sound healing pyramids)

5PM Sound healing experience in a pyramid

6:15 Dinner at the amazing Pyramid cafe

7:45 Return to Casa Luna / Free Time

07 Saturday:

7AM Morning Practice

9AM Showers, Breakfast, etc.

11AM Class

1PM Lunch, Siesta, Free Time

2:30 Depart for Rice Terraces & Luwak Coffee Forest

Class at either the terraces or forest

6:30 Dinner, Free Time

8PM: Class

08 Sunday:

7AM Asana practice

8:30 Walk the magic path to Dragonfly Village

9:30 Breakfast at Dragonfly

Free Day!

 

09 Monday:

7AM Morning Practice

9AM Showers, Breakfast, etc.

11AM Class

1PM Lunch, Siesta, Free Time

2:30 Depart for Green School

3:45 Gate opens to guests at Green School

4PM Tour of Green School

6:00 Dinner on the water (on the way back from Green School)

8PM Class

10 Tuesday:

7AM Morning Practice

9AM Showers, Breakfast, etc.

11AM Class

1PM Lunch, Siesta, Free Time

3:30 Travel to Uluwatu Temple (90min)

5PM See temple and get tickets for…

6:PM Kecak dance performance (w/ sunset over the ocean as the background)

7PM Stop for our last dinner together on the way back to Ubud. 

11 Wednesday

7AM Morning Practice

9AM Showers, Breakfast, etc

The rest of the afternoon is TBD including…

Graduation!

Although the training ends with graduation in the afternoon on this day, 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. (i.e there won't be time for Tukad Cepung Waterfall!) So do yourself a favor, don't plan on checking out a day -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. 

 

12 Thursday:

Departures and Lingerers…

Those who want to stay for our 12 day Yoga Retreat or to continue their Thai Yoga Massage training (14 days), will have a few days of free time before those events commence on the 16th and 14th respectively. We will not be providing any programming for those days, but your guest house can assuredly set something up for you. (Personally, I will just be resting in a secluded area of Ubud :)

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