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Yoga Ashrams in India

Bihar School of Yoga. Photo Credit: Coni Horler

Ashrams have been a big part of spiritual and religious life in India for hundreds of years. When the Beatles went to India in 1968 and were refreshed and inspired by the time they spent at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram, the rest of the world realised that there was something of great spiritual value to be explored in India.

Unlike many modern yoga retreats, ashrams remain true to their traditional roots. Ashram life is different from everyday life; distractions are minimised, and everyone on site shares a common purpose. They are incredible places to delve deep into the mind and concentrate on self-inquiry and profound internal work.

If you’re looking for an ashram to experience authentic yoga and meditation practices, and guidance from highly experienced practitioners and teachers, it can be difficult to know where to start. This article is a small guide to Ashram life in India.

Click here to read our full guide to Ashrams in India. 

Ashram Guidelines and Etiquette

All ashrams will have their own guidelines and etiquette which residents and visitors are expected to follow. In general, though, you might expect the following:

• A modest dress code. Usually, shoes are not permitted within meditation and yoga rooms. Clothing is expected to cover shoulders and knees. Some ashrams may provide clothing. Loose, cotton garments are much better and more appropriate than the tight lycra yoga gear that’s often worn in the West.

• Simple vegetarian or vegan food — ashrams provide a nourishing and balanced diet and work on principles of ahimsa (non-violence), so do not bring animal products on site without permission.

For a more detailed guideline to ashram etiquette, click here.

Ashrams to Explore in India

Bihar School of Yoga, Munger

Founded by Swami Satyananda Saraswati in 1964, the Bihar School of Yoga is an ashram dedicated to yoga practitioners serious about learning traditional Hatha Yoga. Located in Ganga Darshan, Munger, Bihar, this gurukul ashram provides a yogic seeker with the right tools and knowledge that is steeped in Vedic, Tantric and Yogic traditions. The Ganga Darshan Yogashram at Bihar School of Yoga follows a specific timetable, where you’re required to wake up at 4:00 am for your personal Sadhana. This ashram is the perfect spiritual oasis for the seekers and yoga practitioners.

Click here to read more about this Ashram.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, Trivandrum

In the foothills of Kerala’s the Western Ghats, this area is set within incredible natural beauty — forests, mountains and colourful flowers are everywhere you look. It’s a warm, friendly place and offers instruction in classical yoga techniques and meditation, all rooted in the teachings of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda. The daily schedule is simple but well structured and designed to guide you deep into an immersive yoga experience.

Click here to read more about this Ashram.

Phool Chatti Ashram

Phool Chatti Ashram is situated in the north of India along the banks of the Ganges River in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Set in stunning gardens and surrounded by mountains, the name “Phool Chatti” means “Land of Flowers”.

Phool Chatti Ashram has been welcoming spiritual seekers for meditation, renewal, and spiritual growth for over 120 years.

More information on this ashram can be found here.

Swami Dayananda Ashram

The Ashram is headed by the Swami Dayananda Saraswati, who is a teacher of contemporary Vedanta and a scholar in the ancient script of Sanskrit in the Sankara tradition. He has been teaching for more than five decades in India and began spreading his teachings abroad in 1976. Swami is also well-known for his humanitarian efforts in India and his participation as a speaker for many international forums.

Click here to read the Ashram’s full profile. 

If you’re looking for an authentic ashram experience in India, then do click here to explore all the Yoga ashrams that are registered in our Yoga directory.


Golden Jubilee of Ananda Ashram at ICYER, Pondicherry



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“Science and spirituality are met at Ananda Ashram, convincing even the most difficult mind that yoga is a complete mind science.” – Yogacharini Korina-Anandhi Kontaxaki one of the eminent Yoga teachers of Cyprus.

Very few Yoga schools are able to marry tradition and modernity in a seamless manner. One of the few is Ananda Ashram at ICYER, Pondicherry that is celebrating its 50th anniversary on 5 August 2018. Classical Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga (Gitananda Yoga) as expounded by Swamiji Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj is taught in this tradition that balances the ancient tantric and yoga wisdom with modern medical scientific knowledge. It is truly a Modern Yoga Gurukula in nature, spirit and manifestation as students live with the gurus and learn to live and love yoga as a 24-hour Sadhana of life itself. (more…)

Studying yoga in an Ashram in India: What You Need to Know

Ayur Yoga Eco Ashram. Photo Courtesy:


I often get approached by people, who ask for recommendations of ashrams in India where they can study yoga. At some point in time, both beginners in yoga and experienced yoga practitioners long to come closer to the source of knowledge.

Before suggesting a concrete place to go, I always ask, what is the real motivation for them to undertake such a journey. Is it the desire to advance their physical yoga practice, is it the search for spiritual growth, a way to heal from a trauma to detox body and mind, or maybe just an idea to spend a holiday in a useful way? For many, a yoga retreat in a beautiful set up in Goa or a residential stay in a yoga school can be just a much better option.

When you do decide to go to a real ashram to study yoga, there are a few things to consider, that will help you understand if it is the right place for you to stay. (more…)

Remembering the life and times of Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra

Gary J. McKenzie-McHarg

Early February, the Yoga community in India lost a legend who contributed tirelessly to the world of Yoga. Dr Jayadeva Yogendra, was President of The Yoga Institute and an exemplary guru to all the Yogis who were fortunate enough to learn from him. pays a tribute to him with this remembrance in the words of Gary J. McKenzie-McHarg

Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra taking a stroll in The Yoga Institute.


International Yoga Festival 2018

It is that time of the year when the Yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh gets ready to host an event that celebrates Yoga in its truest sense. The International Yoga Festival 2018, organised by Parmarth Niketan Ashram in association with the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board & GMVN, will be held from 1-7th March at the Parmarth Rishikesh Ashram, Rishikesh. (more…)

Well Known Spiritual Gurus of India

Paramahansa Yogananda. Photo Source –


Religion and spirituality hold a significant place in Indian culture and the nation is almost brimming with mystics, sages and ascetics. Some are fraudulent but some have been known to benefit humanity in their unique way of imparting spiritual wisdom. Through these gurus, people all over the world connect with the supreme power within which leads to a healthier and happier life. Below is a list of 6 prominent Indian spiritualists who have contributed to the well-being of people and society as a whole. (more…)

Teaching Authentic Yoga : Rishikesh Yogis Yogshala

Main Lecture Hall of the Yogshala


Set in the Yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh Yogis Yogshala has it’s heart set on spreading the message of authentic Yoga. The founders of the shala, Uttam and Sushant met while teaching Yoga at Ananda in the Himalayas. After a few conversations about the lack of authentic Yoga schools in India, the duo decided to open their own Yogshala in their hometown Rishikesh. (more…)

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