When life gets tough, many people seek answers to various unknown questions especially during tragic and chaotic times. For those who enjoy traveling to foreign places and want to seek their inner-self may find those answers in an ashram in India. Meditating, yoga and peaceful surroundings enlightens people to find answers that are not able to be recognized in a disconnected society of technology and keeping up with the rat race. So get spiritual and take time for yourself. These yoga ashrams are unique to themselves and offer something for every-body and mind.
Isha Foundation Ashram
The Isha Foundation is located at the base of the Velliangiri Mountains in Tamil Nadu. This is a “non-religious, not-for-profit, public service organization, which addresses all aspects of human well-being. From its powerful programs for inner transformation to its inspiring projects for society and environment, Isha activities are designed to create an inclusive culture that is the basis for global harmony and progress.” The ashram offers introductory Isha Yoga and advanced meditation courses. Also, this ashram gives over 250,000 volunteers the opportunity to grow through selfless action.
Osho International Meditation Retreat
Located in Pune, this was known as one of the most controversial ashrams in India due to the guru’s lack of acceptance of organized religion. But this lush 28-acre campus welcomes visitors to swim, meditate or relax. Stay stress free through various medtation through Osho Active Meditations that integrate various modalities such as Kundalini, Mandala and Nataraj – the dancing meditation.
Sri Aurobindo Society
Founded in 1960 by a french woman, “The Mother,” this ashram is, “A society is a not-for-profit NGO, working throughout the world for individual perfection, social transformation, and human unity in diversity. It invites participation from all who want to work together for a better tomorrow, with no distinction of nationality, religion, caste or gender.” The ashram holds various focus areas with the main being Integral Education for skill and self development. The ashram is located in Pondicherry, India.
Parmath Niketan Ashram
Rishikesh is a place where spiritual-seekers flock for guidance and release from modern day society. Parmath Niketan is the largest ashram in Rishikesh and is situated amongst beautiful gardens along the holy banks of Mother Ganga. There are over 1,000 rooms available at the ashram and features modern living in a traditional, spiritual atmosphere. Thousands of pilgrims come to clean the ashram while enjoying morning universal prayers, yoga, meditation, pranayama, sacred chants and seminars. The daily schedule runs from 5:30am to 9:00pm.
Located in the foothills of Kerala’s Western Ghats, this ashram is set amongst 12 acres of tropical paradise. Beyond learning the Swami Sivananda teachings, travelers may also enjoy Ayurveda wellness programs and other internal detoxification cleanses. The teacher training and yoga vacation are ideal for those seeking advanced knowledge, radiant health and inner peace.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.