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, kiirtan, 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.
Sansar Gyaan Pathshala meaning ‘World Knowledge Lessons’ is the name given to the free school providing education for over two hundred and fifty underserved children in rural Uttar Pradesh, India. Sansar Gyaan Pathshala was founded in 2013 by Yogrishi Vishvketu and Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram with the support of Helping Hands for India.
Children excel when families participate in their education and growth. We at Helping Hands for India are working with the community to help parents learn creative, educational games that are fun for the whole family. We encourage parents to learn more about nutrition and to share time being active with their kids outdoors.
Our eco-friendly school is located in the village of Pritamgarh, about 2 hours from Rishikesh in northern India. The school’s land is located beside a river and has its own Bikesnatural spring. It’s the perfect location to grow organic herbs and vegetables.
With your help we have made tremendous progress and now we need ongoing support for operations, maintenance and to pay teachers’ salaries. We also rely on donations to purchase much needed items to help a child achieve, such as books, food and clothing.
To donate to our ongoing operations, please visit Helping Hands for India.
Helping Hands for India is a charitable organization managed by a dedicated team of Akhanda Yoga volunteers who has an interest in helping people with less fortunate circumstances to better their lives. Helping Hands for India is a non-denominational group committed to providing educational opportunities and to promoting well being of children in India. Donations raised funds to help with the construction of Sansar Gyaan Pathshala and continue to help provide for ongoing operations such as teachers’ salaries, uniforms, books and more! For more information or to make a donation please visit Helping Hands for India
The ashram performs Agni Hotra (fire puja) daily at 8am in the Vedic tradition. We have handbooks with Vedic mantras in Romanized Sanskrit and the English translation. Residents and others wanting to join can experience and learn this valuable, ancient Indian ritual.
On special holidays, such as Shiv-ratri, the ashram invites 21 sannyasis from Swarg Ashram area to a feast. The bandhara serves nutritious sattvic food in the ashram dining hall. After the meal, the sannyasis are given wares according to the season, such as blankets, tiffins, slippers, etc.
On special occasions, the ashram hosts a feast for orphaned children. The feast offers sattvic vegetarian meals, homemade sweets, and gifts of notebooks and pens.
The ashram regularly hosts free yoga camps, including specific camps for teen girls, local women and men, and a retirees camp. Scheduled camps are advertised in local newspapers and on posters around the ashram area.