Welcome to Yoga Travels!

We are a Canadian company established in 2008 as a personalized yoga and cultural tour company touring Bhutan.  Our partner Club Adventure a travel agency of Ottawa, Canada is a TICO member, who coordinates all travel arrangements for our tours along with our Bhutanese partners who ensure that the tours give first hand insight into the culture and history of Bhutan. We now also offer tours to India.  Our yoga, taught by Janice Varuna, includes Hatha, Raja, Yoga Nidra, Restorative, Yin and Classic Kundalini for all levels. The scenery will move you, the people will lighten your heart and travelling with us will energize you.

We are pleased to announce that Janice Varuna the owner and founder of Yoga Travels, a TICO recognized travel agent, is now available for private travel consultations.  With travel to over 120 countries, Janice Varuna has a wealth of real life travel experiences and knowledge, from the best airports to travel through, to the small restaurants and markets to shop in, she has the ability to take your trip and truly personalize it to meet your expectations.  Please contact Janice Varuna to discuss the services she offers and to set up a consultation.  

“It was such a pleasure to be nurtured for 2 weeks. We had no worries! Janice and Chimi were sensative to participantsʼ requirements and flexible. What a well thought out trip. Thank you so much.”  

-  Dee Dee, Val-Des-Monts Canada

About the Travel to Bhutan 

Where is Bhutan?

Located in southern Asia, between China and India, Bhutan is a landlocked country that is mostly mountainous with some valleys and savanna. The name Bhutan originates from the storms that come down the Himalayas, and translates as “Land of the Thunder Dragon”.

Why Bhutan for Yoga?

Bhutan is truly a place of incredible beauty, spirituality and joy. Buddhism is a part of the daily live of the Bhutanese. This spirituality and joy creates an extraordinary atmosphere which will touch you and expand your yoga practice on many levels.  Yoga is also always optional on our tours, you are welcome to come and enjoy the cultural experience of Bhutan.

How do I get to Bhutan?

You will enter Bhutan by air from Bangkok or Delhi. Further details can be found in the booking conditions.

How many people in the group?

We cater to small groups, max 12. These small groups allow you to get to experience Bhutan up close and are easier on the environment. You get to meet your fellow travellers quickly and share this unique experience together.

Do we get picked up at the airport?

Yes, all transportation once you land in Bhutan until you leave is included in the price.

How much money will I need?

Keeping in mind that most costs are included, youʼll need some extra cash for drinks, shopping, souvenirs, and tips for the guide and driver. This varies for each individual but as a general guideline $200 to $600USD depending on types of goods purchased is a reasonable amount. Better to go home with some cash than not have funds when you would like to have them.

Can Credit Cards and ATM Cards be used?

Do not depend on these cards to be accepted often or easily. It is highly recommended that you bring a minimum of $300 cash in the event that your cards do not work or there is no ATM available. For Credit and ATM Cards you must contact your credit card company and ATM bank before leaving home to inform them of your travel plans so they will not freeze your card activity (ie. allowing you to use your credit card for purchases and your ATM card for withdrawls (when available)).

What kind of electrical outlets does Bhutan have?

The electricity for Bhutan is the same as India at 240 volts. An adaptor to plug into the wall sockets is required. They can be purchased at any travel store.

Tiger's Nest, Paro Bhutan

Tiger's Nest, Paro Bhutan

 

About The Travel To India

What is an Ashram?

An ashram is a place for like minded people to come together to practice yoga and meditation in a retreat enviroment.  Usually the ashram is a secluded, self contained collection of buildings for spiritual retreat from daily living allowing for personal rest and study.

Where are the Ashrams located in India?

In the Uttarakhand State of India.

How many people in the group?

We cater to small groups, max 12. These small groups allow you to get to experience India and the ashram life as you get to meet your fellow travellers quickly and share this unique experience together.

How much money will I need?

Keeping in mind that most costs are included, youʼll need some extra cash for drinks, shopping and souvenirs. This varies for each individual depending on types of goods purchased.  Meals in Rishikesh for the 3 days will cost approximately $40USD. Better to go home with some cash than not have funds when you would like to have them.

Can Credit Cards and ATM Cards be used?

Do not depend on these cards to be accepted often or easily. It is highly recommended that you bring cash in the event that your cards do not work or there is no ATM available. For Credit and ATM Cards you must contact your credit card company and ATM bank before leaving home to inform them of your travel plans so they will not freeze your card activity (allowing you to use your credit card for purchases and your ATM card for withdrawls (when available)).

What if I am travelling alone?

Travelling alone is a great way to do a yoga tour as you will find friendships are quick to develop in a safe and caring environment of an ashram.

  About Our Yoga The yoga on our tours is suitable for anyone with a desire to learn the basics and expand their knowledge. Our approach is that everyone can do yoga regardless of your age or physical abilities - yoga truly is a merging of the body, mind and spirit. The yoga taught on Yoga Travels tours is an overall holistic approach including a balanced sequence of physical poses, breathing techniques, relaxation, mantras and meditation. What if Yoga is new to me? No worries. Yoga is for everyone, beginners as well as more experienced yogis can participate in the same classes as they are taught with modifications for all levels. What if my traveling companion does do yoga, can they come on the tour? If you practice yoga and your traveling companion doesn't practice yoga - no problem, this is an incredible journey for both yogis and non-yogis. What are the benefits of Yoga? The benefits of yoga are vast, touching on all aspects of our body, mind and spirit. Physically yoga is extremely effective in increasing flexibility, increasing the lubrication of the joints, ligament and tendons and massaging all of the body organs to increase digestion and the flow of blood and oxygen to our vital organs. Do I need to bring a yoga mat? Yoga mats are available for the tour and you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. What type of yoga will we be practicing? We will be practicing many types of yoga including; Hatha, Yin, Yoga Nidra, Classic Kundalini and Restorative. Following is a description of each type. Hatha Yoga, is a non-competitive, integrated and holistic yoga with an emphasis on the balanced sequences of poses, breathing, relaxation, mantra and meditation. Yin Yoga uses Hatha yoga asanas (poses) to stretch the connective tissues rather than condition the muscles. Working with the bodyʼs energy (qi) the asanas are deep and passive and held for several minutes to allow for the improvement of energy flow and range of motion throughout the body. Restorative Yoga is a gentle, therapeutic style of Yoga that uses props to support the body to deepen the benefits of the poses. It is a soothing and nurturing practice that promotes the effects of conscious relaxation. Yoga Nidra is and ancient yogic practice designed to cultivate utter relaxation and meditative awareness. The phrase literally means “yoga sleep.” While it does not involve actually sleeping, the practice emphasizes long periods in Savasana or Corpse Pose. It is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. Classic Kundalini is a yoga style integrating the initiation of the chakras along with poses to help stimulate the energy within the body. How long are the classes? Classes will be either one or one and a half hours, depending on the travel day. Where will we be practicing yoga? We will have the unique opportunity to practice yoga both in and outdoors, in places of exceptional beauty.

 

About Our Yoga

The yoga on our tours is suitable for anyone with a desire to learn the basics and expand their knowledge. Our approach is that everyone can do yoga regardless of your age or physical abilities - yoga truly is a merging of the body, mind and spirit. The yoga taught on Yoga Travels tours is an overall holistic approach including a balanced sequence of physical poses, breathing techniques, relaxation, mantras and meditation.

What if Yoga is new to me?

No worries. Yoga is for everyone, beginners as well as more experienced yogis can participate in the same classes as they are taught with modifications for all levels.

What if my traveling companion does do yoga, can they come on the tour?

If you practice yoga and your traveling companion doesn't practice yoga - no problem, this is an incredible journey for both yogis and non-yogis.

What are the benefits of Yoga?

The benefits of yoga are vast, touching on all aspects of our body, mind and spirit. Physically yoga is extremely effective in increasing flexibility, increasing the lubrication of the joints, ligament and tendons and massaging all of the body organs to increase digestion and the flow of blood and oxygen to our vital organs.

Do I need to bring a yoga mat?

Yoga mats are available for the tour and you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.

What type of yoga will we be practicing?

We will be practicing many types of yoga including; Hatha, Yin, Yoga Nidra, Classic Kundalini and Restorative. Following is a description of each type.

Hatha Yoga, is a non-competitive, integrated and holistic yoga with an emphasis on the balanced sequences of poses, breathing, relaxation, mantra and meditation.

Yin Yoga uses Hatha yoga asanas (poses) to stretch the connective tissues rather than condition the muscles. Working with the bodyʼs energy (qi) the asanas are deep and passive and held for several minutes to allow for the improvement of energy flow and range of motion throughout the body.

Restorative Yoga is a gentle, therapeutic style of Yoga that uses props to support the body to deepen the benefits of the poses. It is a soothing and nurturing practice that promotes the effects of conscious relaxation.

Yoga Nidra is and ancient yogic practice designed to cultivate utter relaxation and meditative awareness. The phrase literally means “yoga sleep.” While it does not involve actually sleeping, the practice emphasizes long periods in Savasana or Corpse Pose. It is a state of conscious Deep Sleep.

Classic Kundalini is a yoga style integrating the initiation of the chakras along with poses to help stimulate the energy within the body.

How long are the classes?

Classes will be either one or one and a half hours, depending on the travel day.

Where will we be practicing yoga?

We will have the unique opportunity to practice yoga both in and outdoors, in places of exceptional beauty.

2015 Tour Dates

13 Day Bhutan - hiking tour
September 18 to 30, 2015   Price $3,990 USD

 9 Day Bhutan - cultural tour
October 1 to 9, 2015   Price $2,750 USD

14 Day India - Ashrams tour
October 10 to 23, 2015   Price $1,299 USD

 

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Gloria, Santiago Chile

 

What kind of electrical outlets does India have?

The electricity for India is 240 volts. An adaptor to plug into the wall sockets is required. They can be purchased at any travel store.

Is there access to the internet?

Ashrams are a place of retreat so accordingly internet access is limited.  At the hotel in Rishikesh there is internet service.

What is included in the cost?

All yoga and mediatation classes, transportation,  all accommodation on a twin share basis, meals at ashrams + 3 breakfasts at hotel, guided tour of Tapovan(Rishikesh) area, jungle walk with guide along the Ganges river and 7 day course in various aspects of the yoga lifestyle.

What is not included in the cost?

All flights to India, India visa, personal travel and health insurance, all other items of a personal nature.

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What vaccinations should I have?

This is a discussion which you must have with a Travel Doctor specialist to ensure your health requirements are met.

Do I need travel insurance?

Travel Insurance is a compulsory requirements for all bookings with Yoga Travels. Your insurance policy must show you are the named policy holder, that it is valid for your period of travel and that you are covered for all medical expenses and repatriation. The policy must also have a 24 hour contact telephone number for your insurance company in case of emergency.