Rishikesh is considered as the world’s Yoga Capital because of its serene atmosphere and the sacred history of this place. Every year, thousands of visitors come to Rishikesh in the search of peace and purity of mind and soul. Rishikesh has also attracted a number of celebrities, socialites and other famed names, including the Beatles. Rishikesh is world famous as a river rafting destination. It has a lot of adventure activities in store. Apart from the adventure activities done here, this place is also very famous for its yoga and meditation centres. Given below is a list of the top ten yoga and meditation ashrams in the Rishikesh city.
Parmarth Niketan Ashram
The Parmarth Niketan Ashram is set in a perfect location surrounded by the foot of the Himalayas on one side and the banks of the holy River Ganga on the other. Situated in the Swargashram, this is the largest ashram in Rishikesh. Every year, Parmarth Niketan Ashram serves thousands of meditators from all parts of the world. The ashram has well-built accommodation facilities for the pilgrims. The ashram has 1,000 residential rooms, beautiful gardens in the campus to make the atmosphere calm and peaceful. Many guest rooms have attached western-seated washrooms with 24×7 hot and cold water supply. The ashram tries to cater to the basic needs of the visitors by providing modern facilities, maintaining the simplicity of the place at the same time.
The Parmarth Niketan Ashram, currently headed by H. H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, has served for humanity since years. The ashram offers teachings and sessions on several meditation techniques. The visitors have to follow a fixed daily schedule here, which includes morning universal prayers, daily yoga and meditation classes, daily satsang and lectures, kirtan, the evening Ganga Aarti and Nature Cure and Ayurvedic treatment. On special occasions or festivals, the ashram offers special spiritual programs or camps including sessions on Reiki, stress management, acupuncture and some other ancient Indian practices.
Address – Parmarth Niketan Ashram,
P.O. Swargashram, Rishikesh,
Uttarakhand – 249304, India.
Phone no. – (0135)2434301/2434302
Fax – (0135)2440066
Patanjali International Yoga Foundation
The PIYF is an educational yoga learning and yoga promoting institution. The ashram is residential type. The ashram was established in 2001 and since then, it has been teaching students from all over the world. The school follows the most ancient yoga techniques from the texts of the noble sage Patanjali, who was the one to devise the several yoga techniques that the world practices today. The institute provides courses like 200 hours Yoga TTC, 300 hours Yoga TTC, Yoga and Meditation Retreats, Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda Courses.
The PIYF provides residential facilities to its guests for a comfortable as well as a memorable stay at the ashram. The ashram offers semi-deluxe rooms with an attached balcony in each. Each room has an attached washroom with running hot water available. The cleanliness and hygiene of this place is well maintained.
Address – Patanjali International Yoga Foundation, Badrinath Road, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh-249192, Uttarakhand.
The Tattvaa Yogashala is a certified center in Rishikesh for providing training and retreats in yoga and different kinds of meditation practices. It is the first and the oldest institute to provide Ashtanga Yoga courses in Rishikesh. Founded by Yogi Kamal Singh, the ashram has become a shelter for yoga seekers from all across the globe. The ashram provides a whole lot of yoga courses including 100 hours, 200 hours, 300 hours and 500 hours Yoga TTC, Hatha Yoga courses, Ashtanga Intensive, Hatha Intensive, The Art of Adjustment and Yoga and Meditation Retreats. The founder Yogi Kamal Singh is the head of the teaching staff and is himself expertised in Ashtanga Yoga.
The ashram does not provide residential facilities in its campus. But the students can have their stay at the Hari Palace Residency and some other guest houses near the Ram Jhula, during their courses. The rooms are allotted on double sharing basis. Each room has a private bathroom, hot water facility and an attached balcony. A single room can be provided to one student only upon request. The stay here is of a relaxing and comforting type. Free Wi-Fi is available in all the guest houses, though laundry service is not provided. The food served in the ashram is typical Indian cuisine which has to be fresh and nutritious. Snacks and tea, brunch and two full course meals are offered in the ashram.
Address – Tattvaa Yogashala, Swarg Ashram, Ram Jhula, Rishikesh-249304, Uttarakhand
Om Shanti Om Yoga School
The Om Shanti Om Yoga School was founded by Swami Yogananda Maharaj Ji. It is a registered yoga school with around 1000 yoga students, 12 yoga teachers, 7 different courses in yoga and 2 yoga halls. The institute provides teacher training courses in yoga and also gives meditation retreats. The courses that this institute provides are Yoga Retreat (1 week), 100 hours Yoga TTC (beginner), 200 hours Yoga TTC (professional), 300 hours Yoga TTC (advanced), 500 hours Yoga TTC (master). It is currently supervised by Yogi Dinesh Chander. The teachers here are specialised in fields like Hatha and Shatkarmas yoga, philosophy, Osho meditation, Pranayama, yoga anatomy and many more.
The accommodation and dining facilities provided here are excellent. The rooms have comfortable beds and mattresses with blankets provided. The view from each room has the river and the mountains, making it a tranquilising atmosphere for the visitors. The campus is a free Wi-Fi zone. Hot water and 24×7 power supply is provided. The food here is completely vegetarian, healthy and Sattvik. North Indian, South Indian, Western and Chinese cuisines are offered here. The dining area as well as the kitchen are spick and span to maintain the hygiene of the place.
Address – Sakshi Gopal Paying Guest House near Police Station, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand-249302.
The Art of Living Ashram
Founded by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in 1981, the Art of Living is a movement working on themes like stress management and social service. The ashram of the Art of Living in Rishikesh is an NGO that organises programmes including meditation, yoga and breathing techniques. The ashram has helped several minds to attain peace by releasing their stress and getting rid of depression, anxiety and other stress related disorders. The ashram’s international headquarters is situated in Bangalore, India. The ashram provides sessions and programmes for all age groups. Some of the programs offered here are –
- For beginners – The Art of Living Happiness Program, Sahaj Samadhi Meditation, Sri Sri Yoga.
- For Parents/Guardians – Stress Free Teaching Seminar, ‘Know Your Child’ Program.
- For Adolescents – Prajna Yoga, Utkarsh Yoga, Medha Yoga Level 1.
- For Regular Practitioners – Art of Living Part 2, Advanced Programs, Sudarshan Kriya.
Address – Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth, Sheesham Jhadi, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.
International Yoga and Meditation Society (IYMS)
IYMS Rishikesh aims to provide great learning, hospitality and peace of mind for the students. The IYMS is an approved institute which provides lessons on yoga and several other meditation techniques that can give peace to the mind, body and soul. The IYMS offers many programs like 200 hours Ashtanga Yoga, 200 hours Hatha Yoga, 300 hours Advanced Yoga, 28 hours Yoga and Meditation Retreat, 14 days Yoga and Meditation Retreat and 7 days Yoga and Meditation Retreat.
At IYMS Rishikesh, an equal emphasis is given on yogic living, yogic diet and a planned schedule of yoga and meditation. The ashram is located in a very quiet place which provides peace and tranquility to the visitors. Due to the large number of western people visiting the ashram, there is a separate block for the western students to match their requirements. Each room has an attached washroom with 24×7 running hot water. Separate rooms are given to each student. The ashram constitutes of 30 rooms for western guests and 200 rooms for the Indian guests. The dining area and the kitchen have a maintained hygiene. The cuisines are served here with great love. Apart from the yoga and meditation classes, the institute also organises sightseeing or river rafting trips for its visitors, as Rishikesh is famous for river rafting and camping. The bookings can done from its official website.
Contact Details :
Address – IYMS Rishikesh, Avdhoot Ashram Railway Road, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand-249201.
Contact No. – (+91)9971955457
Himalayan Yoga Retreat
The Himalayan Retreat, supervised under Swami Prakash, is a hub for spiritual seekers who want to learn and practice the ancient techniques of yoga and meditation. The best thing about this place is its wonderful location amidst the Himalayas which will leave you amazed. The surroundings of the ashram are so peaceful and serene. The ashram has a lot in its platter. It provides 200 hours, 300 hours and 500 hours Yoga Alliance certified Yoga TTC, certificate courses on Reiki Level 1, 2 and 3, and 5 to 15 days Yoga and Meditation Retreats. The ashram also provides some additional treats like ayurvedic treatments, emotional blockage treatments and Reiki healings. The teachers here are specialised in Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Neuropathy, Ayurveda, Reiki, Pranayama and other sorts of meditation techniques.
Address – Himalayan Yoga Retreat, Little Buddha Cafe, near Laxman Jhula Police Station, Rishikesh-249302, Uttarakhand.
Phone – (+91)8859523172
Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul
Jeevmoksha Yoga Ashram is an institute that focuses on yoga education, yoga health and yoga training. The courses provided in the gurukul are well-suited for beginners, intermediates as well as advanced yoga practitioners. The courses here include various subjects like Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar Yoga, Hatha Vinyasa, Restorative, Yoga Therapy and many more. The courses also deal with the knowledge of the human anatomy and Indian philosophy of yogic life. The courses offered here are 200 hours, 300 hours and 500 hours Yoga TTC, 4 weeks Intensive Yoga Program, Yoga Course for Beginners and Yoga Retreats.
The ashram is a residential type, providing accommodation facilities. The infrastructure of the ashram includes 15 guest rooms providing the basic amenities to the students with a simple, sophisticated design. Each room has attached toilets, clear views of the mountains from the window and hot water is available always. The prices here are very cheap which makes the stay affordable for the students. The ashram also provides some additional facilities like a 24×7 help desk, laundry service, a local store available in the campus and 24×7 transport facility.
Address – Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul, Badrinath Highway, Yoga Street Tapovan, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh-249201, Uttarakhand.
The Samatva Yogalaya in Rishikesh was founded by Krishna Sikhwal and stands strong as one of the best yoga schools today in India. This center offers various types of yoga programs like yoga for beginners, yoga retreats and yoga teacher training programs. The school offers residential yoga programmes based on traditional Hatha Yoga, Hatha Yoga in Iyengar style and Hatha Yoga in Ashtanga style. The yoga courses include the knowledge of yoga texts like Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Hatha Pradipika etc., practice sessions of asanas, pranayama and many meditation techniques and also the learning of cleansing techniques. The yoga teacher training courses include 200 hours, 300 hours and 500 hours Yoga TTC and some other Yoga and Meditation Retreats. The ashram is residential, so it provides accommodation facilities. For accommodation details, you can visit its official site.
Address – Samatva Yogalaya-Rishikesh LLP, Premvarni Ashram near Geeta Ashram Hospital, Swarg Ashram, Rishikesh-249304, Uttarakhand.
Swami Vivekananda Yoga and Meditation School
Swami Vivekananda Yoga and Meditation School was established in 2009 and since then, this institute has played a vital role in spreading this ancient technique of Yoga all across the world. This leading yoga school was founded by Yogi Mohan Badhani. The school provides high quality yogic asana practices, breathing control techniques, short term and long term yoga sessions and many more. The courses provided by this school are 200 hours Yoga TTC, 15 days Intensive Yoga Course, 3,5 and 7 days Intensive Yoga Courses, Yoga Courses for Beginners, Reiki Courses and Daily Drop-in Classes.
The ashram has world class accommodation facilities. The ashram has neat and clean rooms with attached washrooms. The aura of the ashram provides the best Indian yogic life experience. The dining area and kitchen are well maintained and are kept spick and span. The ashram provides 3-4 Sattvik and hygienic food each day. The ashram also offers Rishikesh sightseeing trip, the Beatles Ashram tour and a visit to the Ganga Aarti.
Address – Swami Vivekananda Yoga and Meditation School, near Dharam Raj Mandir, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.