10 Top Ashrams in Rishikesh for Yoga and Meditation

India is long since been famous for yoga and meditation. Large number of people from around the world throng here for yoga recreations and meditation in the country.

 

In fact, there are a lot of yoga centres in India, the most famous of which are in Mysore and Rishikesh. But it all goes down which one is the best for you.

 

Therefore, I have listed here the top yoga centres in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand where you should be heading if you’re on a recreational journey to India.

 

Ashrams in Rishikesh for peaceful Yoga and Meditation

Parmarth Niketan

Located in the banks of the Ganges river, this is considered one of the best yoga centres in Rishikesh. Also, the serene Ganges makes it a beautiful experience to try yoga.

 

Set in the lap of Mother Nature, this Rishikesh Ashram for Yoga attracts multitudes of pilgrims world-wide. Moreover, it has 1,000 rooms on eight acre campus, with various rates (on a “donation” basis from₹ 300 per person, per day). Also, it depends on the standard of accommodations and view. Two yoga classes and three meals daily are included in the price.

 

Furthermore, the ashram runs an extensive program of beginner yoga, Vedic heritage and spirituality, and teacher training courses. Outsider visitors are welcome to attend daily classes by giving a donation.

Sivananda Ashram

Another one of top yoga centres in India is Sivananda Ashram. Swami Sivananda found it and Divine Life Society runs it.

 

Based upon the four paths namely Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga, this Ashram shows potent of human healing.

 

Moreover, it is renowned for teaching discipline through the methods of yoga and cleansing away the brutal side of the human nature.

 

In addition, free yoga and meditation classes are offered daily. However, accommodations are only available to serious spiritual seekers who need to apply at least a month in advance.

Omkarananda Ganga Sadan

The beautiful Omkarananda Ganga Sadan is home to the Patanjala Yoga Kendra yoga centre. It is located near Sivnanda Arch.

 

Iyengar yoga classes are the specialty there. The center is located at the Muni-ki-Reti area of Rishikesh, on the banks of the Ganges river.

 

It has its own ghat, and a daily aarti is performed. Daily (except Sundays) yoga classes are open to everyone but reservations need to be made months in advance for the intensive yoga courses. Along with yoga classes, you can visit the pious ghat where daily aarti is performed and satsang is held in order to keep the atmosphere sacred and soothing.

 

The guest house is priced reasonably, so you don’t have to worry much about the accommodation, however prior reservation for the yoga classes is required to be made.

SadhanaMandir and Swami Rama SadhakaGrama Ashram

With the popularity of yoga tourism, destinations like Rishikesh are emerging as leaders. Along with many new mushrooming yoga training centres in Rishikesh, there are few old ashrams including Sadhna Mandir that are attaining fame.

 

It has a serene garden setting on the banks of the Ganges river, but away from the hustle and bustle of Rishikesh. Amazing value for money and the chance to learn about yogic mediation attracts many visitors to this place. However, it is better if you reserve yoga classes in advance in order to avoid inconvenience.

 

In addition to offering meditation instruction in the Himalayan Tradition, the Swami Rama Sadhaka Ashram is a highly regarded centre for scientific research into yogic meditation. Accommodations, limited to 100 guests at a time, are provided in very comfortable self contained bungalows.

 

There’s a daily schedule of activities, as well as personalized instruction and individualized spiritual retreats. Accommodation rates vary according to nationality, and include meals and daily classes.

SanskritiYogpeeth

This ‘Yoga Hotel’ as it likes to call itself is located in the Swarg Ashram vicinity. Slightly overpriced, this hotel offers premium quality services to its guests along with daily classes of Hatha Yoga.

 

However, it has not restricted itself on the norms of teaching yoga and offers classes for different Indian dance forms, classical music and Ayurvedic massages. All in all, the hotel is worthy of each penny you spend here.

Yoga Niketan

Swami Yogeshwaranand Paramahans Yoga Niketan, a renowned master of Raj Yoga found this ashram. The teachings of this ashram, which is located in the Muni-Ki-Reti area of Rishikesh, are based solely on eight fold path as per the Patanjali yoga shastra.

 

Sprawling of 7 acres of land, the ashram is surrounded by lush greenery and picturesque landscape. The pollution free and noiseless environment creates perfect ambiance for the practice of yoga.

 

One may feel surprised with the amount of foreign students and international visitors eager to learn yoga. Visitors have the facility of accommodation at the adjacent guest house and yoga classes in the ashram, whereas yoga aspirants or students are required to stay at least 15 days for a standard yoga course.

Swami Dayananda Ashram

Swami Dayanand Ashram is an ideal centre for learning about yoga and Vedanta and Sanskrit. It is located in picturesque surroundings, around 10 minutes walk from the Ram Jhula area.

 

Regular residential courses are conduced there, with focus on Bhagavad Gita and the ten principal Upanishads.

 

Along with many residential teachers, Swami Dayanand himself conducts regular classes here. Classes are conducted in English and that is what attracts foreign aspirants to come here. The ashram has a small accommodation for visitors; therefore it is necessary to make reservations in advance.

PhoolChatti

Meaning “Land of Flowers”, PhoolChattiis renowned for its frequent seven day yoga and meditation program.The teachings are different from many others as they focus on the full spectrum of the yogic path and ashram life, not just asanas (postures).

 

Besides the serene and scenic surroundings, clean rooms, modern amenities and healthy meals facilities makes PhoolChatti a popular yoga training institute. You can enjoy sessions of effective yoga in the midst of ethnic environment and clutter of modern amenities.

AnandPrakash Ashram

This Ashram offers their own style of yoga called Akhanda Yoga, which has holistic, non-sectarian teachings. It offers 18 spic and span rooms with 3 meals a day. Like many other yoga institutes in Rishikesh, this ashram also offers different course including Akhanda yoga, classical Kundalini and Hatha-Raja yoga.

 

Stays at the ashram including yoga, accommodations, and meals are from 700 rupees ($15) per person, per night. There are 18 rooms, and a minimum three nights stay is required.

 

Yoga classes for non-residents are 150 rupees for afternoon classes and 200 rupees for morning classes. The ashram also runs 200 hour and 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training programs.

Himalayan Yog Ashram

Situated at a short walk up the hill from AnandPrakesh, the compact Himalayan Yoga Ashram teaches the practice of Himalayan Yoga. They are based on the Vedic tradition, which forms the base for all different paths of yoga.

 

The programs consists of a combination of yoga postures, breathing, meditation, and spiritual teachings. Various Ayurvedic healing programs are offered as well.

 

The minimum stay at the ashram is a week, but two weeks are recommended to obtain maximum benefit. As well as the teachings, guests praise this ashram for its great food, beautiful environment, and welcoming hosts.

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