(Last Updated on : 24/06/2013)
Ashramas in India are scattered throughout the country to enrich people with knowledge of various types of yoga
. Yoga indeed echoes the rich legacy of an age-old civilization while unfolding the wise ancient culture of India. From the remote past yoga has played a great role in shaping life and, above all, in offering a rather spiritual meaning to "life". In the recent era Yoga therapy has even gained the status of an alternative medicine. A number of Yoga Ashramas have also been set up to carry Yoga to the next level of mellowness.
Amritapuri ashram is the ashram of Amma. It is located at Amritapuri of Kollam district
. Amma worked for the betterment of poor souls. The ashram is situated near the backwater in a serene and calm environment. The ashramites devote their valuable hours to serve for the ashram and visitors.
Art of Living
The founder of Art of Living is Ravi Shankarji
. The ashram is located amidst lush green near Bangalore
. The ashram offers various courses for the improvement of the quality of our daily life by reducing the effects of stress. Presently, the Art of Living training is very popular in the corporate world.
Astanga Yoga Research Institute
Astanga Yoga Research Institute was established by K. Pattabhi Jois, the master of Hatha Yoga
. The ashram is located at the Lakshipuram near Mysore
. People from all over India as well as from abroad come to the ashram to get a stress free life through Yoga.
Auroville was established with the ideologies and teachings of Sri Aurovindo
and the Mother and is located near Puducherry
in Viluppuram district
of Tamil Nadu
. Auroville provides accommodation to the visitors. It has many activities like organic farming, research in food, agriculture
, alternate energy source, education, language etc.
Bihar School of Yoga
Bihar School of Yoga, located in Munger
), is renowned internationally for its unique Yoga techniques which have developed in favour of various aspects of personal development. It was established by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati.
Isha Yoga Center Foundation
Isha Yoga Center was founded by Sadhguru Yaggi Vasudev, an enlightened master, who changed the lives of thousands of people, trapped in struggle and disappointment; and guided them towards spirituality
. Isha Yoga Center is located against the majestic backdrop of Velliangiri Mountains at Semmedi, Coimbatore
, Tamil Nadu.
ISKCON or International Studies for Krishna Consciousness is a huge foundation, established by Srila Prabhupada
, whose work spans all over the globe. In India the main centre of ISKCON is located at the Vrindavan
, Uttar Pradesh
. It teaches the Vedantic literature and Vaishnava
to expand the Krishna
Consciousness all over the world.
Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram
Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram is situated in Chennai
and offers lessons on a branch of Yoga known as viniyoga. T.K.V. Desikachar
is the guru of the ashram. Different courses and programs of varying duration are organized in the ashram for imparting spiritual knowledge to the practitioners.
Osho Dham was established by Bhagwan Sree Rajneesh
at Koregaon Park of Pune
. It propagates preachings and ideologies of Bhagavan Rajneesh. Most of the followers of Osho Dham are foreigners, especially Americans.
Parmarth Niketan is located in Himalayas
, on the bank of Ganga River
. Apart from country people, it also caters many foreigners who come to Rishikesh
in search of spirituality, by offering Yoga lessons in English. It brings together various streams of Yoga and healing arts. Swami Chidanand Saraswati
is the President of Parmarth Niketan.
Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute
Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute is run by B.K.S. Iyengar
and his family. It's an ideal place for Yoga lovers where elaborate and detailed knowledge of Yoga Asanas
is offered. The ashram teaches modification of postures and exercises in accordance with the changing environment.
Shri Kali Ashram
Shri Kali Ashram is situated in South Goa at Galgibaga beach, also known as Turtle Beach. It mainly offers lessons on Tantra Yoga and focuses on living and celebrating life to the fullest. Tantra Yoga, a traditional spiritual science, has been well preserved by them and their teaching is based on traditional texts to avoid any subjective misinterpretations.
Sai Baba Ashram
Sai Baba Ashram is known as Prashanti Nilayam, located at the Anantapur
district of Andhra Pradesh
. The ashram includes temples, meditation tree, 'KalpaVriksha' and a Darshan Hall. A hospital is also established in the ashram that renders free services to the poor people.
Sivananda Ashram is located at Sivanandanagar, Tehri Garhwal district
. Swami Sivananda
founded this ashram. Divine Life Society
and Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy are associated with the ashram. Sivananda ashram has a pharmacy where Ayurvedic
treatment is done. An eye hospital is also attached to the Sivananda Ashram.
Sadhu Vaswani Ashram
This ashram is located at Pune, Maharashtra
. Sadhu Vaswani at Sindh established the ashram with the 'Mira movement of education'. Later, after partition, the ashram shifted to Pune and was involved with education and other social-welfare related tasks.
The Yoga Institute
The Yoga Institute is the earliest yoga centre of the world. It is situated in Santa Cruz, Mumbai. Founded by Sri Yogendra, this yoga centre played a crucial role in developing medical Hatha Yoga which later laid the foundation of Yoga Therapy.
The Ramakrishna Ashram
The Ramakrishna Mission and Math was established by Swami Vivekananda
with the ideology of his Guru Ramakrishna Paramhansa
. Ramakrishna ashram has several wings including the cultural centre at Golpark. The mission has several branches all over the India and abroad. The ashram works to seek God in Man.
Transcendental Meditation Center
This is located at Noida, Uttar Pradesh and was founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
. The center offers various courses starting from basic to advanced that enable the students to learn the art of transcendental meditation
, which settles down all the consciousness and keeps the mind in a constant restful alertness.
Vipassana International Academy
This academy is located at Dhammaagiri, IgatPuri in the Nashik district
of Maharashtra. The ashram was founded according to the last wish of U Ba Khin, the master of Vipassana Yoga of Rangoon. The ashram provides accommodation to the students and the monk, who come to adapt the art of vipassana meditation