Monday, October 29, 2012

Indian Ashrams Directory: 30+ yoga ashrams in India

This is the Indian Ashrams Directory, a table with links to the websites of more than 30 ashrams in India that offer different kind of yoga retreats, yoga holiday programs, yoga teacher training courses, meditation courses, meditation retreats and more.

In the left column you'll find a link to the ashrams websites and on the right column you'll find a link to the blog articles where I have shared my experiences while visiting some of these ashrams. You can find there plenty of information about the ashrams and about the courses they offer. I have also included links to other blogs or forums where you can find more information about the ashrams and their courses. The table is organized by city. You can bookmark this page so you can easily return at anytime.

YTTC: Yoga Teachers Training Course

Indian Ashrams Directory
Link to ashram websiteLink to Posts or forums
Amma's Ashram, Amritapuri About Amma's ashram
The Art of Living, Bangalore
Atma Darsham Yogashram - Branch of Bihar School of Yoga, Bangalore
About Atma Darshan Yogashram
SVYASA, Bangalore
About the Yoga Instructors Course
The Root Institute, Bodhgaya
A Tibetan Buddhism institute that offers meditation retreats.
About the Root Institute
Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai
Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Coimbatore
Three years residential program for Vedanta studies.
About Arsha Vidya Gurukulam
Visit also Discover Vedanta for intense Vedenta retreats
The Yogoda Satsanga Sakha (Kriya Yoga) Ashram, Dwarahat
About the Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Ashram
Shri Santosh Puri Ashram, Haridwar
About the Shri Santosh Puri Ashram
Sivananda Ashram, Madurai
About the ashram and the ATTC.
About the Sadhana Intensive course.
Tureya Ashram, Madurai
Central Chinmaya Mission Trust - Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai Vedanta Institutes that offers two year residential courses
The Yoga Institute, Mumbai
Yoga Vidya Niketan, Mumbai
Offers YTTC
Bihar School of Yoga (Bihar Yoga Bharati), Munger
About the 4 Months Yogic Studies Course
Forum on 4 months Course
More info on 4 months course
KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore
Yoga Vidya Dham, Nasik
Offers YTTC
Sivananda Ashram, Neyyar Dam
About the ashram and the TTC.
BKS Iyengar Yoga, Pune
Siddhanath Forest Ashram, Pune,
Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath ashram, a Kriya Yoga guru
Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla (Pune)
Anandprakashashram, Rishikesh  
Dayananda Ashram, Rishikesh Vedanta studies. Visit also Discover Vedanta for information about intense vedenta retreats
Indian Yoga Association, RishikeshOffers YTTC
Forum discussion
Rishikesh Yog Peeth, RishikeshOffers YTTC
Forum discussion, Forum discussion, External Blog, External Blog, External Blog.
TattvaaYoga, Rishikesh
Offers ashtanga yoga TTC
External Blog.
Parmath Niketan, Rishikesh
About the Parmarth Niketan Ashram.
External Blog.
External Blog.
Omkarananda Ashram, Rishikesh
Sadhana Mandir Trust (Swami Rama Ashram), Rishikesh The Sadhana Mandir Yoga Ashram
Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh
About the SRSG.
About the Himalayan Yoga Tradition Teacher Training Program
Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvanamalai
About the Sri Bhagavan Ramana Ashram

And here you can find a lot more information about ashrams and about preparing for your next trip to India:

I hope you'll find this information useful for planning your next yoga retreat in India. You can bookmark this page so you can easily return if you need more information. If you know about any other ashrams or yoga retreats in India please don't hesitate to share them in the comment section below.


  1. Wow - thank you SO much for this awesome list. I am so glad to find this wealth of information. I have a few questions. Did you write up anything from your experience in the Ashram in Ecuador? I plan to go to India in the next few years, but will likely be in Ecuador in the next 6 months and would love more information, such as cost, schedule, rules, etc.

    Also, I am traveling with my husband and two young children. From your experience, would ashrams be open to having kids? I noticed Amma's website mentions a children's library. Most other websites don't seem to say anything about kids. Our little ones wake us up early ever day, so the schedule would work fine. I'd love to find a place where the kids could play with some other kids while we meditate, and where they would be seen as part of the community rather than a nuisance. I mean, we have to raise the next generation to be mindful... :) Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

  2. Hi there, thank you so much for your positive feedback. I haven't written more about the ashram in Ecuador, Asociacion Escuela de Autorealizacion (AEA), but you can find more information in this other blog It's a wonderful place. Normally they offer only long term courses that includes one day of theory and another day of hatha practice a week so I'm not sure if that would suit you but you can certainly join the group meditation, they are amazing, I really miss that vibe.

    I'm sure you can bring your children to Amma's ashram. Another place where you could bring your children is the Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama. I know at least one couple from Spain that is living there with their children, it's a very comfortable and safe place but a lot more expensive compare to Amma's ashram. I have never seen children at a Sivananda's ashram but I guess is possible. I suggest you write an e-mail to whichever ashram you are planning to visit to find that out.

  3. Hello there is another beautiful and reputed yoga ashram which should be added to this wonderful list: Arhanta Yoga Ashram, it is in central India. Authentic and traditional, thank you.

  4. very good information DIVYA certifed yoga teacher by YOGA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL giving yoga teacher training course in goa 1 November TILL 30 November and 15 DECEMBER TILL 14 January 2014 in GOA 200 hours @ 800 DOLLARS or 600 EUROES

  5. "for a sincere spiritual aspirant i can surely point out only one ashram to visit in this list - the one of shri bhagavan ramana maharshi, get out from every one else >> advice to beginers"_advice from an indian brother..

  6. It's a great list of yoga ashrams in India. Here, I would like to add another yoga teacher training center which is - "Satya Yoga Peeth - Neo Yoga Center". It's a yoga teacher training school in Goa, Dharamshala.

    To know more details you may visit our site:

  7. Please note new URL for Atma Darshan in Bengaluru

  8. you have done a great job by listing these ashrams. I would like to add one more yoga teacher training center to your list which is - "ANAAHAT YOG" providing yoga trainings at Gos, Dharamshal and Rishikesh in India.

    For more details visit -

  9. Yogavini is one of the renowned yoga schools in the beautiful seneric view of the hills of Rishikesh in Uttarakhand state. Yoganivi is a registered Yoga school providing the yoga knowledge and training under the guidance of yoga experts.
    Yogavini Rishikesh is situated at Laxmanjhula in Trimbakeshwar Temple on the bank of river Holy Ganga in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. The campus of Yogavini Ashram provides the accommodation and meal also to the yoga aspirants.
    Yogavini is offering the 200 hour training session in Yoga Teachers Training Certificate (TTC) to generate the teachers as per the guidelines of Yoga Alliance Association (YAA). After completion this training, one can open the own Yoga Academy anywhere in the world. This training will include the awareness, knowledge, tool & technique of yoga, philosophy and culture of yoga.

  10. Hello Marco,
    Which Teacher Training Course you found most beneficial for you teaching practices?

  11. Hello Marco,
    While deciding on Yoga institute to pursue first TTC, what are the factors to consider?
    Which accredit ion body to follow? OR

  12. Kindly also add Isalayam Ashram - home of His Holiness Swami Isa, in Kerala, South India. One could not choose a better place to learn the real system of yoga from a realised Master. Thank you!

  13. hi ... I live in out side of INDIA .... I would love to live Ashram for 1 year .... is there any asharam have one-year meditation course with accommodation facility .... as I m single women so I need a secure place for these .....

    1. For meditation I can suggest Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh. They have a three years Gurukulam program. Check it out, I think you will like it there.

  14. Hi Marco, how are you? We met two years ago in Sri Lanka (Arugam Bay). My name is Simonette (from Holland) and I had some lessons in the morning with Ari (also from South America), while you where teaching yoga in the green room house (if I remember well). I'm visiting India soon for a holiday and yoga lessons. Thanks for the great list and Ashram information!!

    1. Hi Simonette. I hope you are doing well. Oh I didn't know there was another latin american teaching yoga while I was there. Well, enjoy India and I'm happy to know that you find my blog helpful to plan your trip :-)

  15. One more leading yoga school or ashram in Rishikesh, India i.e. Sattva Yoga Academy to provide 200-hour, 300-hour yoga teacher training and Yoga Alliance approved 85-hour prenatal yoga teacher training, Ayurveda therapist and lifestyle consultant training, Jyotish training, retreats, and more.

  16. Hello Marco, could you pls advise ashrams that teach meditation and yoga and fasting program.It is my first time I plan to visit India so pls advise somewhere save and not very hot weather between October-January. Thank you in advance.Rina

  17. Hello, can you or anyone tell me where I can attend and stay for less than a year in order to gain my physical health as well as mental and spiritual alignment for overall health and wellness? I'm looking for a safe and comfortable and affordable experience. I live in the USA, but don't see these kinds of options here. Kindest blessings, Thank you.

  18. Hi Marco Pino,
    Thank you for this pack of information! :-)
    I wanted to ask you if you have been or heard of Ma Sharanam Ashrams in Maheshwar and Dharamsala, as I could not find them in your list. I have heard very good about them and their founder Swami Gurusharanananda. They run yoga retreats and TTC, as well as offering education to poor children who live in the ashram.
    Thank you for giving us your feedback if you do know them! :)

  19. can you please tell the total no. of ashrams in india and which regions have the most no. of them??

  20. amazing information - thanks alot Marco

  21. The OM YOGA ASHRAM is surrounded by magnificent beauty of nature with green rolling hills, majestic trees and a river running behind the ashram. This setting offers a peaceful and inspiring place to learn and practice yoga. The sound of the river and birds singing, with the sun shining through green leaves allows one to retreat from worldly cares and go deeper into one's study and practice of Yoga & meditation.
    Although OM YOGA ASHRAM offers and opportunity to retreat, it also provides all modern amenities including wi-fi.
    The next retreat at OM YOGA ASHRAM will take place. There will be many daily asanas practice times including study of pranayama, chanting of mantras and meditation. All meals will be provided of delicious pure vegetarian cuisine.
    After productive, full days immersed in all aspects of comprehensive, spiritual yoga ~ evenings will be relaxing, fun and enriching. Together, everyone will enjoy kirtan, singing Bhajans around the natural wood fire sipping hot masala chai. Stories of the Hindu Deities. will be shared for a deeper understanding of Yoga. There will be a chance for open discussion of yoga and it's beneficial influence around the world.
    In addition to the Yoga,meditation Retreat at the Ashram, there will be interesting and fun outings to other places of interest including temples, trekking and shopping.

  22. Dear Marco,

    That’s a lovely and informative blog you are writing.
    I am considering to take YTTC in India.
    I’ve seen your recommendation on Sivananda Madurai. Wanted to ask if you familiar with Sivananda Kutir, as their dates are more suitable for me.
    Have read in your blog about TTC at Swami Rama Sadhaka ashram, which made me interested as well.
    Wanted to ask you, overall within your experience which place you would recommend for TTC over others.

    Will appreciate your opinion on this matter.

    Best Regards,

    My email is:

    1. Hello Elena, sorry for the late reply. I think I have already answered all your questions in How to Find a Yoga Teacher Training Course in India. Check it out and thanks for taking the time to read my blog.

  23. Hello Macro,
    Thanks for this pack of information