Co-founded by Yogrishi Vishvketu in 2007, the vision for Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram is to create a comfortable, nurturing sanctuary for spiritual seekers from around the world, where they will have safe food, clean water, and guidance for their yogic journey.
The ashram is the home of Akhanda Yoga®; holistic, non-sectarian teachings that do not teach the wisdom of only one lineage, but draw on multiple sources and voices. All aspects of yoga are included: satkarma, asana, pranayama, Vedic mantra, kirtan, and meditation, as well as various traditions in yoga philosophy: Vedanta, Tantra, Samkhya and Classical Yoga. The yoga ashram is also a charitable trust, supporting the local community.
The yoga ashram is located in Tapovan, a dynamic international village of spiritual seekers in Rishikesh, about 250 km north of Delhi. The Ganga (Ganges) River valley here is surrounded by mountains on three sides, and is considered the gateway to the Himalayas.
Tapovan (“forest of the yogis”) is an ideal location for your sadhana. Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram is on a headland above the banks of the Ganga, where the wind and all the prana carried from the Himalayas invigorate the area.
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.
Two yoga halls allow visitors to practice during scheduled special events; the Patanjali Sadhana Hall (1300 square feet) on the lower level, and the main, Nataraj Yoga Hall (1900 square feet) on the third floor. The main hall has a wooden floor and a vaulted bamboo ceiling, creating a clean, authentic and natural space for yoga practice. Each hall is supplied with pillows, bolsters and yoga mats.
Ashram fee includes two yoga classes (except Sunday), three vegetarian meals per day and participation in all daily ashram activities.
The day rate is:
Live Out Pass:
700 rupees per person per day + tax: includes twice daily yoga classes (except Sunday), daily Fire Puja, morning meditation, Kirtan on Tues. and Thurs. and all meals.
No charge for children under age 10 if parents have a Live Out Pass. Parents are encouraged to make a donation for food based on what they think is reasonable.
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 for women. Men, please wear a shirt. Please avoid tight sportswear such as leggings and vests.
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 puja) 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 ritual.
Kirtan is the chanting of names, or archetypes. It is a melodious, uplifting practice that encourages the surrender of the ego, and letting go of constructs which hold us back from free-flowing energy and opening the heart. There is no need to be a good singer, or to know a lot of information about the ‘names’. Whether the kitran be related to Krishna and unconditional love, or Shiva, and welfare or transformation, by chanting kirtan you will experience on your own what this practice has to reveal to you.
Kirtan is usually 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. It is beneficial for spiritual growth, mental purification and inner peace. If guests wish, they may be of service around the ashram helping at any time in the kitchen, garden, library, cleaning, DIY etc. Please advise the office of your wishes.
Group karma yoga for all ashram residents is scheduled at 9:15am on Sundays.
Every year the ashram offers scholarships to students with Indian Resident status 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.
To date, seven local students have graduated from the 200-hour Akhanda Yoga® Teacher Training course on scholarship. Many 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.