Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas – Rishikesh
Heading north into the foothills of the Himalayas, we’ll reach Rishikesh in starlight and get some well-earned rest. In the morning, we’ll be treated to this holy city, where the mighty river Ganga emerges from the mountains. We’ll cap off our orientation by joining the crowds for Arti – a ceremony that has been performed at sunrise and sunset every day for the last several thousand years – to wake, and later put to rest, the goddess of the river Ganga.
Over the next few days in Rishikesh, we’ll delve even deeper into our exploration of yoga’s ancient roots and how it connects to practice in modern day India. We’ll work with Raju, Sonu’s husband from Thrive Seed, and his team who will introduce us to meditation, yoga, and their philosophical backgrounds. We’ll also spend time in an ashram to experience the traditional way these practices have been preserved and developed throughout India. Finally, we’ll visit our partners at Ramana’s Garden to hear about the true story of how yoga and meditation practice inspired a community organization that has now been running for 24 years.