Retreat to India with Yogiraj’s Mona Anand and Tamara Graham

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10 Mar

Retreat to India with Yogiraj’s Mona Anand and Tamara Graham

March 10, 2019 - March 24, 2019

• Pre-Retreat Sightseeing Trip to the Taj Mahal: March 10–12th
• 7 Day / 6 Night Palace Retreat – Delhi / Jaipur: March 15-21st
• 10 Day Yoga Retreat to Rajasthan, India: March 12–March 21st
• Post-Retreat New Delhi Sightseeing Trip: March 21–March 23

Join ISHTA Yogiraj’s Mona Anand and Tamara Graham  in India, March 2019. The retreat will be held in Rajasthan, often referred to as the jewel in India’s crown. We have picked Jaisalmer, on the edge of the Thar Desert, and Samode, outside of Jaipur “The Pink City”. In Jaisalmer we will be staying at Suryagarh , a 5-star boutique fort hotel, which is a destination in itself. We will then be visiting Jaipur, famous for it’s forts, palaces, and old temples – every part of this walled-city is worth exploring. Our stay will be at the Samode Palace , a 475-year-old palace that is a celebration of the senses, underlined by contemporary luxury and magical hospitality. There are several options you can choose from to experience your retreat and India! You can come for the full retreat to Suryagarh and Samode, or join us for a shorter stay at the Samode Palace retreat. There is also a pre-retreat to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal (one of the seven wonders of the world), or stay after the retreat to tour New Delhi! Or do them all! There’s pricing for each leg of the journey and three different choices of rooms.

For more information and pricing EMAIL DONNA

Prices include: Luxury accommodations, all intra-India flights, airport transfers for retreat scheduled flights, scheduled sightseeing trips, daily brunch + dinner, full yoga program, and more.

Download retreat  itineraries here:

Taj Mahal Pre Retreat Sightseeing Trip

“I was always intrigued by India but overwhelmed at the thought of traveling there. When Mona announced her retreat one day in class I knew that was the only way to go. And I went, not once …but 3 times!

Having grown up in Mumbai, Mona offers first hand insight into this kaleidoscopic country while helping us deepen our practice in the place where it all started. The travel was expertly organized, the accommodations luxuriously authentic, and the schedule beautifully balanced between yoga sessions, cultural excursions and leisure. I highly recommend any of Mona’s retreat.

Just be prepared to fall in love with India.”

Elaine Caswell

Pre-Retreat Sightseeing Trip to the Taj Mahal: March 10– 12th

Welcome to Agra! The city that created the most extravagant monument ever built for love.
Agra city is a virtual gateway to a world of discovery. It has witnessed the rise of the pomp and pageantry of three great Mughal monarchs – Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan, all of whom lavished on this fabled city, their love and riches to transform the land into one of the greatest centres of art, culture, learning and commerce. Much of the city’s impressive past lives in evidence even today, in the haunting presence inside the monuments and in the majesty of the buildings. Prices start at $525 and up. Please email Donna to reserve or for more details.

“Mona’s India retreat was pure magic. Warm sunshine, delicious food (a LOT!), fresh daily afternoon chai, and gorgeous views while yoga’ing. This was such an incredible way to reconnect back to myself but also to my husband because this was our belated honeymoon.  Mona went out of her way to make it extra special and I could not recommend this retreat more. It’s worth every penny and the sense of peace you come home with will make you return, again and again.”

Cyndie Spiegel


10 Day Yoga Retreat to Rajasthan, India: March 12 – March 21st

Delhi – Suryagarh – Samode Palace


Rajasthan is the jewel in India’s crown. From fairy-tale palaces and epic forts to colourful festivals and wildlife encounters, this is India at its vibrant best.

The Golden Triangle
The famous Golden Triangle is a traveler’s survey of Indian icons with Rajasthan’s capital, Jaipur, at one of the apices. It kicks off at the daunting megametropolis of Delhi, with its majestic Mughal heritage, and then angles to Agra, where one of the world’s most famous tombs, the Taj Mahal, defines the city. The triangle is completed at Jaipur – a city painted pink with some of the most colourful bazaars in India. Moreover, Jaipur is the gateway to Rajasthan, and once you’ve slept in a palace, entered a medieval fort or swayed on a camel, you’ll want to experience more.

Fortified Opulence
In Rajasthan, it’s the forts and palaces that grab your attention. Massive forts emerge from mountain tops, their battle-scarred ramparts still defying long-dead enemies. Spiked doors that once held war elephants at bay open onto the twisting approaches to the palaces within. Austere and practical gives way to fantasy and opulence once safely inside. Carved marble and stone, fountains and coloured glass decorate the halls of business and rooms of pleasure. All across Rajasthan there are numerous forgotten forts and lovingly restored palaces, including Jaisalmer’s fairy-tale desert outpost.

This full retreat includes 5-Star accommodations in addition to:

  • Three Intra India Flights: Delhi – Jaisalmer (Suryagarh) / Jaisalmer – Jaipur (Samode Palace)/ Jaipur – Delhi
  • Scheduled sight seeing trips on Itinerary
  • Brunch and dinner every day
  • Airport transfers to and from airports by coach
  • Yoga Program (during the retreat)

Yoga Program

  • 18-two hour yoga sessions taught by Mona  and Tamara
  • Four specialized workshops taught by teachers on the retreat – include a beginners’ workshop, meditation workshop, inversion workshop and injury management workshop
  • Four scheduled lectures and discussion led by Mona and Tamara – including yoga nidra, mantra, chakras, philosophy
  • Book club led by Mona and Tamara

Suryagarh, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer – The Desert Citadel. A place that perhaps epitomizes the lonely, awesome beauty of Rajasthan is the “Golden City” of Jaisalmer, perched atop a hill and surrounded by miles of soft, fine, gleaming sand. This magical and incomparably romantic desert fortress is straight out of the Tales of the Arabian Nights. Because of its strategic location on the route between India and Central Asia, Jaisalmer was once a very wealthy place. The merchants and townspeople built magnificent houses and mansions all exquisitely carved from wood and sandstone. Jaisalmer is an unmissable stop on any journey to India.

Suryagarh: The hotel represents a unique way of life, carefully preserving the traditions of the past yet framing them in a modern idiom. The hotel takes the path less traveled and discovers with you, secrets of a land that have been long shrouded in myth and legend. You will enjoy grand dinners on the dunes, while being serenaded by house musicians and dancers who still practice the music and craft of their ancestors

Samode Palace

A splendid example of regal Indo-Saracenic architecture, the Palace combines the best of Indian and Mughal styles. The 475-year-old palace is a celebration of the senses, underlined at all times by contemporary luxury and the signature service of Samode hotels – a magical hospitality and rare courtesy.

The accommodations in Samode Palace redefine the word comfort. Each elegantly and luxuriously furnished room has its own unique personality. Four poster-beds draped with sheer, delicate fabric and exquisitely carved couches invite you to relax. The flowers follow you everywhere – in the courtyards, the painted lounges, the charming prints on the flowing curtains, on the linen that softly brushes against you, with the rose petals that float in your bathtub in the beautiful intricate patterns on the rich carpets beneath your feet.

7 Day /6 Night Palace Yoga Retreat: March 15–March 21st

The package for this 7 day stay includes:
  • One day at Le Meridien in Delhi, six days in Samode Palace
  • Round Trip Flight – Delhi – Jaipur – Delhi
  • Brunch and dinner every day
  • Scheduled tour of Jaipur with lunch included
  • Airport Transfers – bus will meet scheduled retreat flight
  • Yoga Program
Yoga Program
  • Ten two hour yoga sessions taught by Mona and Tamara
  • 3 specialty afternoon workshops taught by senior teachers on the retreat
  • 4 chats / lectures with Mona and Tamara on different Yoga Topics

For more information and pricing EMAIL DONNA

“We harmoniously settled into a daily yoga practice with plenty of time to leisurely explore breathtaking retreat grounds, take an Ayurvedic massage, and rest well.

Mona took us on a journey through Yoga Nidra to a magical deep place within to adventuring out into Indian culture. She arranged awe-inspiring excursions to museums, ashrams, and local shops. We embraced elephants, took tuk tuk rides, and went on an overnight river boat ride where lotuses bloomed at sunrise. We sat on the beach in silent meditation and watched the sun set.

Our group came from all backgrounds and cultures, and I made new friends as we shared our yoga and life experiences. It had been a long time since I laughed so hard I cried! The takeaway for me: cherished memories and new friends.”

Susan Ingraham


Post-Retreat New Delhi Sightseeing Trip: March 21–March 23


Delhi: The British created their own Delhi with large well planned avenues and planted 10,000 trees with a 112 kms of hedges that it would be green round the year abundant with flowers a botanical paradise. The seat of the British Empire, Delhi of 1911 was planned to resemble ‘an Englishman dressed for the climate’. Its planners and main architects decided that it would be neither Hindu, nor Muslim, nor Buddhist, nor English nor Roman but IMPERIAL – a house for the Viceroy that resembled a “giant Indian bungalow, embattled Rajput fortress and Mughal tomb with shades of Buckingham Palace with English country house comforts”.
Delhi is perhaps the only city in the world that fuses its past present and evokes its future without losing an iota of its identity. 1300 monuments speak of her antiquity, of the ambitions of men who thought they could hold on to her but history proved otherwise. A popular superstition is that it is also known as the ‘graveyard of dynasties’ with every one of its cities built there heralding the death the dynasty that built it. Thus, Delhi is a Melting Pot of cultures, politics and religions of India’s colorful past in its monuments, its palaces, and in the faces of its people that themselves narrate the story of their glorious past. Please email Donna to reserve, prices start at $525.
Your stay during the post retreat will at be Le Meridien in New Delhi. Over the last three decades, Le Meridien New Delhi has transformed itself into a masterpiece. The 5-star hotel is an epitome of world-class architecture, cuisine, design and fashion. Located in the heart of the city, the iconic glass building of Le Meridien New Delhi has been recognized as one of the 100 Icons of Delhi. The hotel is readily accessible to city’s important facilities and institutions. The glass building is surrounded by ministries, government institutions, Media Centre and historical monuments. The shopping hubs Connaught Place and Janpath Market are within walking distance from the hotel.

For more information and pricing EMAIL DONNA

“Mona’s India retreat was extraordinary. In New York I take a class at Ishta most days, often Mona’s class. An hour or so of respite shoehorned into an active life. More than a quick fix for sure, but not suited to deep reflection and insight. In Kerala one was always aware of being freed from one’s typical responsibilities and routines. The unscheduled expanses of time were a true luxury. Everything about the environment — the food, the accommodations, the natural beauty—made it easy to be both unfettered and focused. The long asana sessions, restorative, yoga nidra and sunset quiet time each contributed to a deep relaxation, profound inspiration and active introspection. And the people were amazing — accomplished, confident, varied in age, life situation, temperament, and nationality. The atmosphere created an uncommon openness among heretofore strangers — sparked and nurtured by Mona’s sense of humor and wisdom.”

Kitty Jacobs