HERE IS THE LIST OF INDIA’S MOST FAMOUS ASHRAMS :
1. Art of Living Ashram
The Art of Living as a voluntary organization also undertakes various initiatives aimed at uplifting humanity and enhancing the quality of life. The foundation course at the ashram is the three days Art of Living Part I residential workshop.
Where: In the Panchagiri hills, 36 kilometres southwest of Bangalore, near Udipalya village.
Phone No.: 9686578654
2. Osho International Meditation Resort
The ashram, which is more like a resort, aims to provide a luxurious environment where people can be at ease with themselves. Despite the compulsory wearing of maroon robes, it's commercial and far removed from Indian culture. Courses are mostly directed at healing from traumatic experiences, rather than personal development.
Where: Pune, Maharashtra (4 hours from Mumbai).
Phone No.: 020 6601 9999
3. Isha Foundation Ashram
Its purpose is to foster people's spiritual and physical wellbeing through yoga and outreach programs, such as environmental rejuvenation. The 3-7 day introductory program, known as Inner Engineering, introduces guided meditations and a powerful inner energy process for deep inner transformation.
Where: Isha Yoga Center, at the base of the Velliangiri Mountains in Tamil Nadu.
Phone No. : 91-422-2515345
4. Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram
Fondly known as the "Hugging Mother" or "Amma, the Mother of All", Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi envelopes devotees with her love. She focuses her attention on trying to overcome the lack of love and compassion in the world, and devotees are particularly attracted to her for her comforting embraces. Free public darshans (audiences) are held with Amma at around 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Where: The Amritapuri Ashram is in Kollam, Kerala. 110 kilometres north of Trivandrum.
Phone No.: +91-476-289-7578
5. Sri Ramana Maharshi Ashram
The teachings of modern sage Ramana Maharshi are based on a process of self-inquiry, which he initiated at the age of 16 in 1886. The core of his teachings can be found in a booklet called, "Who Am I?" It contains instructions that come from his direct experience of self-realization. Free accommodations and food are provided to devotees who wish to practice his teachings at the ashram.
Where: Tiruvannamalai, 200 kilometres southwest of Chennai, in Tamil Nadu.
Phone No.: 011 2462 6997
6. Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo and a French woman known as The Mother. The ashram sees itself as working towards the creation of a new world, a new humanity. It's "a vibrant centre of life in a modern urban setting". There's no renunciation of the world there. Everyone spends time each day in one or another of the Ashram's 80 departments.
Where: Pondicherry, 160 kilometres south of Chennai.
Phone No. :+91-413-2336396
Website : http://www.sriaurobindoashram.org/
7. Ramakrishna Mission
Founded by his chief apostle, Swami Vivekananda, in 1897. The teachings follow the system of Vedanta, which combines both Hindu religion and philosophy. The belief is that every soul is potentially divine, and this divinity can be manifested through work, meditation, knowledge and devotion to God (the four Yogas).
Where: Ramakrishna Ashram Marg, Paharganj, New Delhi.
Phone No. : 011 2358 7110
8. Parmarth Niketan
One of the top yoga centres in India and the biggest ashram in the area. Two yoga classes and three meals daily are included in the price. The ashram also runs an extensive program of yoga, Vedic heritage and spirituality, and teacher training courses. Outsider visitors are welcome to attend daily classes by giving a donation.
Where: P.O. Swargashram, Rishikesh (Himalayas), Uttarakhand.
Phone No. : (91 135) 2440088.
9. Bihar School of Yoga, Munger
The Bihar School of Yoga ashram was founded in 1964 by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, a student of Swami Sivananda Saraswati (one of the greatest yoga masters of the 20th century, who founded the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh). It's a very old-school place that teaches a full yogic lifestyle. Satyananda Yoga incorporates traditional postures, breathing, and meditation. However, if you attend the school, you'll find that postures are rarely practised there. Instead, the emphasis is on work (service) and meditation. Those more interested in attending a yoga course would be better off enrolling at the offshoot Bihar Yoga Bharati, which is more open to foreigners.
Where : Bihar Yoga Bharati, Ganga Darshan, Fort, Munger, Bihar.
Phone No.: (91 6344)222430.
10. Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers & Ashrams, Kerala and Tamil Nadu
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers and Ashrams were founded in 1959 by Swami Vishnudevananda, another disciple of Swami Sivananda Saraswati. Teachings are based on the five points of yoga—postures, breathing, relaxation, meditation, and diet. The beginner's yoga and meditation courses are very popular. Yoga Vacations and Teacher Training, staying at the ashrams, are also offered.
Where: Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, 3/655, Kaveri Nagar Beach Road, Kottivakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Phone No.: +91.44.24511626 | +91.44.24512546
11. Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune
This renowned Institute attracts serious students of yoga from all over the world. It conducts regular classes in Iyengar Yoga (a form of Hatha Yoga which focuses on postures) for all levels. Special classes are also held for women, children, and those with medical problems. Unfortunately, there can be a two-year wait to get a place at the Institute. As the Institute emphasizes the in-depth study of yoga, students are also required to have substantial prior experience in practising Iyengar Yoga.
Where: 1107 B/1, Hare Krishna Mandir Road, Model Colony, Shivaji Nagar, Pune.
Phone No. : (91 20) 2565-6134.
12.Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai
Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram was founded by -- T. Krishnamacharya. He developed an individualized style of yoga known as viniyoga, based on Hatha Yoga adapted to suit different needs. It's a 120 hour, four-week non-residential intensive covering key aspects of asana, pranayama, philosophy, meditation, and chanting. Vedic chanting and pranayama (breathing) courses are also offered, along with a special 500 hour+ International Teacher Training Program.
Where: New No.31 (Old #13) Fourth Cross Street, R K Nagar, Chennai.
Phone No. : (91 44) 2493-7998.
13. Ashtanga Institute, Mysore
Run by descendants of the revered guru Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, who taught yoga there from the 1930s up until his death in 2009, the Ashtanga Institute offers ongoing intensive ashtanga yoga classes throughout the year. It's necessary to apply at least two months in advance. Accommodation isn't provided but there's plenty to be found close by.
Address: #235 8th Cross, 3rd Stage, Gokulam, Mysore
Phone No. : (91 821) 2516-756.
14. Yoga Institute, Mumbai
The Yoga Institute is the oldest organized centre of yoga in the world. It was founded in 1918 by Shri Yogendraji, a disciple of Shri Paramhamsa Madhavadasji (a renowned yoga master from Bengal). The Institute, while not being as well known as some of India's other yoga centres, offers a range of excellent courses, workshops, and camps. These aim to overcome specific ailments including heart and respiratory problems, hypertension, diabetes, orthopaedic conditions, and stress-related issues. There are also special programs for children and pregnant women.
Where: Shri Yogendra Marg, Prabhat Colony, Santa Cruz East, Mumbai.
Phone No. : (91 22) 2611-0506.
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