Visit us in Rishikesh, India, at Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram, an uplifting East-meets-West retreat for yoga enthusiasts from around the world. Yogrishi Vishvketu co-founded the Ashram in 2007 as a hub for Akhanda Yoga and a residential setting for our YTT programs. The Ashram is also a charitable trust and supports the local community through full moon feasts, educational scholarships and a School!
The Ashram is located in Tapovan – Rishikesh, a dynamic international village of spiritual seekers about 250 km north of Delhi. It is on a headland above the banks of the Ganga (Ganges River), surrounded by mountains on three sides. Tapovan, forest of the yogis, is considered the gateway to the Himalayas and is an ideal place for deepening your practice of Yoga.
Yoga classes take place twice daily (except Sundays) at 6:00 am and 4:00 pm and are open to the public as well as ashram residents.
The Patanjali Sadhana Hall (1300 square feet) is a cool marble space on the lower level. The Nataraj Yoga Hall (1900 square feet) on the third floor has a wooden floor and a vaulted bamboo ceiling, creating a clean, authentic and natural space for Yoga practice. Each hall is supplied with cushions, bolsters, blocks and yoga mats.
Ashram fee includes two yoga classes (except Sunday), three vegetarian meals per day and participation in all daily activities.
Live Out Pass:
Inquire about our Day Pass including Yoga, Fire Puja, Kirtan twice a week and all meals.
Yoga classes are open to the public on a drop-in basis:
Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram Rishikesh hosts 200-hour and 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training programs taught by Yogi Vishvketu. The programs are registered with the Yoga Alliance. For those who would like to deepen their insights into the science of yoga and Ayurveda, as well as pursue teaching certification, this is an ideal opportunity.
Summer Time changes to evening class and dinnertime (April 15 – September 15)
Note that meal times may be subject to change.
There are 14 double rooms and 7 triple rooms. All of the rooms have single beds with bedding appropriate to each season, and an adjoining bathroom with hot water and a Western toilet.
The ashram has a Library and Sitting Room for you to enjoy during your stay. There is a selection of English, Japanese and Hindi books on yoga and spiritual fiction that you may borrow from the library to read in the sitting room, or in your own room. The library is open for one hour daily after lunch. The sitting room is available for you to enjoy during the day until lights-out.
In order to respect the local culture and minimize distraction from sadhana, we ask that you respect the dress code, even on balconies and in the gardens.
Generally, shoulders and legs should be covered – no tank tops or singlets. Please avoid tight leggings.
We observe silence (mauna) from 9PM until after breakfast. This ensures the maximum peace for spiritual practices and rest in the ashram community.
We welcome you for an inspiring stay in this spiritual community.
The ashram performs Agni Hotra (fire ritual) daily at 8:00am in the Vedic tradition. We have handbooks with Vedic mantras in Romanized Sanskrit and the English translation. Residents and guests are welcome to experience and learn this ancient Indian ceremony.
Kirtan is the chanting of names or praise. It is a melodious, uplifting practice that encourages surrender and open heart. It is experiential and there is no need to be a good singer or to know a lot about the icons. Some days we have Vedic and Upanishadic universal mantra evenings that do not include ‘names’.
Kirtan is held twice a week: Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7 – 8PM or 8:30PM.
Karma Yoga is the Yoga of action. This is an opportunity to joyfully perform duties selflessly without attachment to the fruits. If guests wish, they may be of service around the ashram helping at any time in the kitchen, garden or library.
Group Karma Yoga for all ashram residents is scheduled at 9:15am on Sundays.
Every year, the Ashram offers scholarships to local students who are in need of financial assistance and wish to continue their Yoga education. Some of these scholarships are given for Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training, and some are given for study at Gurukul Kangri University for study in the Yoga Department.
Many graduates of this program have been offered jobs teaching Yoga overseas; others have become full-time yoga teachers in their communities in India.
Three meals a day of freshly cooked Sattvic vegetarian food are provided in the dining hall overlooking the mountains to the north of the ashram. The menu varies daily, and typically includes the following:
Ayurvedic herbal tea, fresh milk, soy milk, homemade muesli, porridge (with dates and raisins or coconut) or chickpeas and fruits such as bananas and papaya. Other breakfast offerings may include samosas, parantha and uppama.
Dal (pulses), vegetables (pumpkin, carrot, cauliflower, peas, spinach etc.), rice and chapatti.
Learn how to cook happy, healthy, sattvic vegetarian food using fresh local ingredients. In convenient hour and a half sessions, you will learn to cook two different dishes. Classes are available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2PM (2:30 during the Summer) for 500 rupees per person. Please register at the Reception (Dishes can be requested at registration).
The ashram strives to provide nourishing, clean and tasty yogic food and to offer options such as sugar free and milk free porridge and tea. The ashram gets about 75% of its food (depending on the season) directly from the organic farm next door to the Helping Hands for India school project, including wheat, rice, carrots and turnips.