Sadhana Mandir Ashram
Founded in 1966 on the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh, India, Sadhana Mandir Trust was established by Swami Rama as an international retreat center for sincere aspirants to practice meditation in a spiritually elevating environment. Away from the hustle and bustle of Rishikesh, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Sadhana Mandir is located on the banks of the holy river Ganges. Surrounded by beautiful flowering gardens, mango trees and a lotus pond, a quiet and serene atmosphere permeates the ashram making it ideal for sadhana.
The Himalayan Tradition
Swami Rama’s tradition is an unbroken chain of Himalayan sages that is more than 5,000 years old. The tradition was formally established by Shankaracharya 1,200 years ago. The scriptures of his tradition are the Vedas, the oldest spiritual scriptures in the library of humanity. The teachings have been passed on primarily orally, each sage transmitting knowledge directly to prepared students. According to his tradition, yoga encompasses all the philosophies and practices that have ever been followed by the great sages, not only of the Himalayas, but also of Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Zen, and Sufism as well.
Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times
“You have the capacity and strength to expand your conscious mind with the help of a method that is called ‘interior research,’ the internal journey. . . . This instruction is leading you on the path called ‘the path of the keyless door.’ . . . To open the door and start your inner journey you need to learn several points and to apply them systematically.”
Sadhana Mandir Ashram offers a variety of programs for both beginners and experienced practitioners. There are weekend programs exploring the art of living and being, focusing on meditation and well-being. Guided meditation and silence retreats are also available. Longer 10-day programs are offered on Basic Practices of the Himalayan Tradition, Science of Joyful Living, and Self-Transformation. These individualized residential programs lead the participants to explore the nature of their beings on the physical, pranic, mental and spiritual levels. The participants engage in daily gentle yoga classes, breathing and relaxation practicums, guided meditation practice, and individualized instruction in yoga science.
“Meditation will give you a tranquil mind. Meditation will make you aware of the Reality deep within. Meditation will make you fearless; meditation will make you calm; meditation will make you gentle; meditation will make you loving; meditation will give you freedom from fear —those are the results of meditation.”
Sadhana Mandir Ashram is pleased to host a kirtan event with Ragani. 7:30-9:00 p.m. February 17 & 18, 2017 Ragani, award-winning artist and producer with over 25 years of live kirtan, learned meditation and music from Swami Rama (among others). She has released...
6:00 p.m., puja archana 7:00 p.m., abhishek and rudrapath 8:00 p.m., arati and pushpanjali 8:15 p.m., prasad distribution
Susan Craig and Dr. Brian Bustard were guest lecturers at Sadhana Mandir and present a weekend program on Yoga & Self-Exploration.
In this lecture Swami Rama systematically explains the eight limbs (astanga) or stages in the practice of Raja Yoga. He says that when we start practicing our awareness expands and we become conscious of the many obstacles on the path to realizing our goal. When these...
In this lecture Swami Rama discusses Kriya Yoga. He explains that the three basic practices of Kriya Yoga--tapas, svadhyaya and ishwara pranidhana (self-discipline, self-study and surrender of the ego)--should be practiced by all students of yoga meditation, and that...
Register for a Program
To register for a program, please fill out the online application form on the “Registration” page.
Complete program details are available on their individual pages found under the “Programs” page. Just click on the title of the program you are interested in.
You could also visit the “Calendar” page to see programs and dates at a glance.
First time visitors to the ashram are required to enroll in a program, as the ashram does not offer daily classes, only scheduled programs.
Sadhana Mandir Ashram