Parmarth Niketan is a true, spiritual haven, lying on the holy banks of Mother Ganga, in the lap of the lush Himalayas. It is also the largest ashram in Rishikesh. Parmarth Niketan provides its thousands of pilgrims - who come from all corners of the Earth - with a clean, pure and sacred atmosphere as well as abundant, beautiful gardens. With over 1000 rooms, the facilities are a perfect blend of modern amenities and traditional, spiritual simplicity.
Rishikesh - known as the "City of the Divine"- is a spiritual center to which sages, rishis, saints and pilgrims have flocked for millennia.
The roads of the city are lined with bustling market places of ethnic arts and handicrafts, fresh produce markets, holy shrines and orange -robed sadhus. Then, the road narrows, the markets become more sparse and you come upon a foot bridge, suspended high over the sacred Ganga river. As you cross this bridge, the sun streaming through the sacred Himalayas to warm your being, you will feel as if you have truly come home.
It is no surprise that pilgrims are drawn here from all over the world. The awe-inspiring beauty of the ashram, the clear, flowing Ganga, the majestic mountains, and the lush green forests will embrace and rejuvenate your entire being. Parmarth Niketan offers comfort, inspiration and upliftment for your body, mind and spirit as well as a deeper connection with the Divine. As you stay in the ashram, you will feel your soul bathing in the peace of sacred energies, including those that emanate from nature and those that linger from the timeless healing powers of saints, sages and holy ones. Parmarth Niketan contains within it the voice and the spirit of divine communion.
The daily activities at Parmarth Niketan include morning universal prayers, daily yoga and meditation classes, daily satsang and lecture programs, kirtan, world renowned Ganga aarti at sunset, as well as Additionally, there are frequent camps in which pilgrims come from across the world to partake in intensive courses on yoga, meditation, pranayama, stress management, acupressure, Reiki and other Indian, ancient sciences.
Parmarth Niketan is open to all, with no discrimination on the basis of race, nationality, religion, caste or creed.
Above Ashram is well connected by Delhi and trip can easily be organized from Delhi and one can do the weekly, weekdays courses organized in Ashram.
SWAMI ANANDANADJI ASHRAM
Founded in 1969 by Swami Anandanadji, the ashram nestles amidst groves of trees. It is associated with the treatment of heart diseases, blood pressure, psychic disorders and spondalytis. It conducts a three-month certificate course in yoga and a year-long diploma course in yoga and naturopathy. Regular yoga classes are held every morning and evening.
Also known as the Prakritik Chiktsalaya, the nature cure health centre built on a sprawling garden of three acres, its centre is walled on all sides to keep out the hustle-bustle of the outside world. Inside are wards for indoor patients, and treatment rooms, relieved by patches of beautifully maintained gardens and lawns. Although all types of ailments are treated at the centre, it has made impressive progress in the cure of arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, calitis, diabetes, heart problems, obesity, acidity, jaundice, respiratory ailments and lumber spondalytis.
The treatment is based on the five elements, i.e., earth, water, sound, air and ether. It includes fasting, sun bathing, mud baths, wet sheet packing, steam baths and full tub bath (water therapy), and electrotherapy. A juice centre, dairy farm, acupressure pathway and physiotherapy centre add lo its facilities
Vipassana, an ancient meditation technique, was first propounded by Gautam Buddha. The Dhammathali, Jaipur, is one of the vipassana centres associated with the research institute. The campus is located on a four-acre estate set in the Aravallis. It has a meditation hall for 150 students, a pagoda and a cell complex. The centre organises 10-day courses of meditation for new students as well as 20, 30 and 45 day courses for experienced learners. Refresher courses for old students are also held here.Just 22 kms from Jaipur, on the Agra highway No. 15, the Dham has become known for yoga and naturopathy. Managed by an NGO called Navneet Chikitsa Anusandhan Trust, it is spread over an area of 69 bighas in complete wilderness. The Institute has raised new hope for dispirited persons suffering from a very wide range of diseases.
A canteen provides the food requirements for natural cures, e.g. sprouted cereals, pulses, honey, seasonal fruits, juice, dalia etc. A specialty is a herbal tea called Sukhras.
To propagate and establish yoga centres, the Rajasthan Swasthya Yoga Parishad provides training to men, women and students. The Parishad, founded in 1974, runs 10 centres in that develop the body, pranayams or breathing exercises, concentration and breathing techniques.
The management committee of the Jain temple in Sri Mahaveerji is sustaining health services through the Sri Mahaveer Yoga Nature Cure and Research Sansthan. It has its own building, treatment wards and laboratory.
Those who believe in nature cure, come here round the year to be looked after by experienced naturopathic physicians.
These are a few centres in Rajasthan instrumental in guiding one through natural healing processes and a healthier way of life.
THE SIVANANDA ASHRAMS
This is a list of the Ashrams of the Sivananda Yoga Organization around the world. These Ashrams, except the Gangotri location which is a cave, are open all year round. They are located in the countryside and equipped so that one can stay for any amount of days, weeks, months or more if desired. Each Ashram follows the same basic Ashram schedule with 2 daily Yoga classes, 2 daily meditation/satsangs and 2 daily vegetarian meals.
Swami Vishnu-devananda developed a training program for yoga teachers with the vision to develop messengers of peace.
The Ideal Vacation
The different Sivananda Ashrams are open all year round and always offer the Yoga vacation schedule
Upon the instruction of his guru, Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, India, Swami Vishnu-devananda headed to the West and began travelling and teaching throughout the world.
Yoga Means Union
Although many people think this term refers to union between body and mind or body, mind and spirit, the traditional acceptance is union between the Jivatman and Paramatman that is between one's individual consciousness and the Universal Consciousness.
Therefore Yoga refers to a certain state of consciousness as well as to methods that individual consciousness and the Universal Consciousness.
Therefore Yoga refers to a certain state of consciousness as well as to methods that help one reach that goal or state of union with the divine
Karma Yoga is acknowledged as a means to inner purification, ego removal and spiritual growth.
Programs and activities offered at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers
Ashrams & Centers
- Daily Yoga Classes for all levels of students
- Japa (repetition of Mantras) Meditation.
- Vegetarian meals
- Karma Yoga (selfless service) opportunities
- Yoga & Fasting Retreats
- Residential, Work-study and full-time staff programs
- Sivananda "boutique" with clothes, books, incense, pillows, devotional articles and a wealth of other items designed to enhance your Yoga practice
- Retreats, yoga Vacations- The Ashrams are open all-year-round and you can stay for any number of days, weeks, months or longer
- Yoga Teacher traing course.
- Special Weekends
- Artistic Programs
Sivananda Yoga Centers
- Beginners & all levels Yoga courses - systematic training
- Beginners & all levels meditation & Mantras courses - systematic training
- Vegetarian cooking workshops
- Kriya workshops
- Philosophy courses
P.O. Netala, Uttara Kashi Dt,
(near Siror Bridge)
Himalayas, U.P. 249 193 INDIA
Sivananda Kutir is located in the small Himalayan village of Netala, 8km north of Uttar Kashi on the Gangotri Road. The Ashram is welcoming guest for Yoga Vacations from April 1st to November 30th each year. The high altitude and majestic snowclad Himalayan peaks provide the natural elevating atmosphere for yoga practice. Located on the banks of the Ganga, Sivananda Kutir is the ideal retreat from all worldly cares.
SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA DHANWANTHARI ASHRAM
P.O. Neyyar Dam
Kerala, 695 576
Programs and Training Courses Offered In SIVANANDA
A two week Yoga intensive vacation from your day-to-day life, with meditation, chanting and twice daily Asana classes, plus lectures on philosophy, and health guidance. You will enjoy our beautiful ashram gardens, South Indian vegetarian diet, silent walks around the Dam, and have a chance to relax and focus on your own inner spiritual growth. We offer medical consultations with the resident ayurvedic doctor, ayurvedic oil massage and other treatments to all guests. Visitors are welcome to attend two weeks if they can, if travel arrangements don't allow for the full two weeks we ask that you stay at least 3 days to ensure you get some benefit
Yoga Teachers Training Course (TTC)
This one-month course is a profound experience that helps to establish a firm foundation of inner discipline.
The course based on the traditional gurukula system ("guru's house") in which students live and study with the teacher. The TTC is an intensive and transformative experience and is taught by senior disciples of Swami Vishnu-devananda. The curriculum includes instruction in Asanas (yoga postures) and Pranayama (breathing exercises), Meditation, Chanting, Mantras, Yoga Philosophy, Diet, Kriyas (cleansing exercises) and the Bhagavad Gita.
Students will improve their own personal practices as well as develop the skills to teach Yoga. The TTC is a challenging experience, and successful students receive an internationally recognized Certificate.
A sincere desire to learn and openness to Yogic techniques is required - a basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is helpful, but not essential.