Top 8 Ashrams In India

Are you one of those whose people whose bank account is full; stomach is overloaded; the closet is completely packed, but still heart is empty and mind is tired? If yes, then you might need just more than a vacation trip. Actually, a complete revitalizing retreat should be on your cards. Throughout the centuries, Yoga has helped an individual to form a bond or an association between his mind and body whereas meditation helps us to connect our psyche i.e. our soul, mind, and spirit with our surroundings. The following article is a comprehensive guide about some of the yoga and meditation centers spread across the country.

 

 

1. Kaivalyadham Health and Yoga Research Centre (KDHAM), Lonavla, Maharashtra

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The KDHAM Center has been a pioneer in the field of yoga research and was established way back in 1924 by Swami Kuvalayananda. KDHAM is a spiritual and therapeutic research center of ancient yogic arts with modern application. Spread over a lush area of 180 acres, the center is renowned for designing specific treatment programs for each individual. Once the medical check-ups are completed, a ‘prescription’ of asana, pranayama and kriya practice is given to the individual. In addition to all this, the science of Naturopathy is also utilized for treating any kind of ailment. All this equipped with walks, exercise, meditation and special diet are able to deliver ground-breaking results.

2. OSHO Meditation Resort, Pune

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The OSHO Meditation Resort is famous for providing a myriad of meditation courses and programs. Seated pretty close to the forest, the resort is spread over a healthy area of 28 acres and offers plenty of peaceful open space. They go by the ideology of providing a traditional ashram experience while being a luxury getaway destination. In another way you can say, it is spiritual healing coupled with all the modern amenities, in the outskirts of Pune.

 

 

3. Pramarth Niketan, Rishikesh

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Photo by Sadhvibhagwati,  CC BY-SA 3.0

Pramarth Niketan is the largest ashram in Rishikesh which is the international yoga capital of the world. Situated on the banks of holy Ganges, the ashram contains over 1000 rooms for accommodation purposes and is spread over a rather generous area of 8 acres. The entrance on the river side has an arch bearing the chariot of Arjun from the epic Mahabharata, the chariot is being driven by Lord Krishna i.e. one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The ashram is renowned for its beautiful gardens containing idols of various deities and Hindu Gods situated in the inner courtyard. Let your soul bathe in the peace of sacred energy which is all around this majestic place.

 

4. Bihar School of Yoga, Mungar, Bihar

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From the lands of Nalanda & Vikramshila, where renowned people such as Chanakya, Aryabhatta, Mahavira Tirthankara, Valmiki took birth; where Lord Buddha himself walked; where the great Asoka formed the first republic in the world. On these lands, the famous Bihar School of Yoga is situated. Where Yoga is not just for practice but is rather a lifestyle. Sticking to the traditional practices this old school of yoga believes in leaving all luxury for the gain of enlightenment & peace or simply a loss in comfort brings a gain in authenticity.

 

5. Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar

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Photo by Alokprasad, CC BY-SA 3.0

One of the largest yoga centre in India, Patanjali Yogpeeth is situated on the sacred lands of Haridwar besides the Delhi-Haridwar National Highway. Named after the 2nd century BC Rishi Patanjali, the centre provides a myriad of yogic & ayurvedic treatments and is also equipped with a host of clinic centres and research labs. The institute was founded by Baba Ramdev, a renowned yoga guru who also founded the FMCG, Patanjalai Ayurved along with Acharya Balkrishna.

 

6. Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamkot, Himachal Pradesh

 

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Photo by Jaypee, CC BY-SA 4.0

Are you up for some meditation amidst the Himachal Mountains? If yes, then the small town of Dharamkot should be your destination. The Tushita Centre of Meditation is a Buddhist meditation centre which studies and practices the Tibetan Mahayana Tradition. The centre focuses on silence as a major part of its teachings. The ambience of the centre is clean & hygienic and the floors are adorned by beautiful intricate rangolis.

 

7. Art of Living Centre, Bangalore

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Photo by Akshatha Inamdar, CC BY-SA 4.0

Art of Living is a volunteer based humanitarian and educational NGO which goes by the motto of ‘one world family’. Established in 1981, today Art of Living has its centres in over 156 countries. Experience the true bliss of Yoga and Meditation in its Bangalore Centre where they even have a special happiness program which teaches us that life is a constant celebration.

 

8. Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala

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A non-profit organization which is named after Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, one of the great yoga masters of twentieth century. The centre goes by the motto ‘serve, love, give, purify, meditate, realize’ and uses this motto as technique behind gaining spiritual strength at all the Sivananda Yoga Centres. It teaches us the principle and importance fraternity and spiritual bonding amongst all, which are in a way the embodiment of happiness.

 

 

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