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.”

Swami Rama

Retreats

Sadhana Mandir Ashram offers a variety of retreats for both beginners and experienced practitioners. There are weekend retreats exploring the art of living and being, focusing on meditation and well-being. Guided meditation and silence retreats are also available. Longer 10-day retreats are offered on Basic Practices of the Himalayan Tradition, Science of Joyful Living, and Self-Transformation.  These individualized residential retreats lead the participants to experience 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.”

Swami Rama

News

Yoga in Daily Life: An Integrated Approach

Dates: Feb 16-18, 2018 “Raja Yoga, also known as ashtanga yoga or the eightfold path, outlines the practical means of achieving the state of self-realization.” Swami Rama This weekend retreat is designed to explore the practical methods of integrating the...

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Kirtan with Ragani & Kaita!

Sadhana Mandir Ashram is pleased to host a kirtan event with Ragani & Kaita. 7:30-9:00 p.m. October 26, 2018 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...

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Retreats

Meditation and Its Practice

Dates: February 1-4, March 13-18, April 26-29, May 17-20, July 12-15, August 16-19, September 6-9, 2018 “Meditation annihilates time and then you are free, and you can be here and now.” Swami Rama This 4-day guided meditation retreat is based on Swami Rama’s book,...

Self-Transformation

The Self Transformation Program is a 10-day highly individualized residential program leading the participant to explore the nature of his being on the level of the five koshas: physical, pranic, mental, intellectual, blissful, and finally to the center of consciousness. The participant engages in daily yoga classes, breathing and relaxation practicums, guided meditation practice, and individualized instruction in yoga science.

Practices for the Subtle Body

Dates: March 8-11, 2018 “There are many kinds of physical exercises in yoga; these have varying effects on mind and body. One collection of exercises is considered to be the most subtle. [For example, the exercises without movement] are practiced internally, without...

Basic Practices of the Himalayan Tradition as Taught by Swami Rama

Dates: October 31 – November 10, 2017 & 2018   This 10-day residential program is experiential, and designed to introduce the participant to the basic practices of the Himalayan tradition as taught by Swami Rama. The emphasis will be on the first 4 rungs of Ashtanga...

Deepening Breath, Deepening Meditation

Dates: February 9-11, 2018 “The breathing process is a powerful variable, which has an enormous impact on the tension level of your body, as well as on the calmness and clarity of your mind.” “…without breath awareness a deep state of meditation is impossible.”...

Science of Joyful Living

The Science of Joyful Living is a 10-day residential program based on the teachings of H.H. Dr. Swami Rama of the Himalayas, a great yogi, scientist, author, teacher and humanitarian. His pioneering experiments with American scientists in the early seventies laid the foundation for a holistic approach to health and healing.

Inner Peace in a Troubled World

Dates: March 23-25, 2018 This program is designed as a weekend seminar for people to explore the rich and profound philosophy of living and being as explained by Swami Rama. Though the method is simple and direct, the teachings are deep and profound. Swami Rama...

Guided Silence Retreat with Basic Practices of the Himalayan Tradition

Guided Silence Retreats are now being offered for serious sadhakas to experience silence, personal renewal, and deepening of meditation practices. Self-reliance is essential for this program.

Outer Stillness & Inner Silence

Dates: July 1-7, 2018 Yogash chitta-vritti-nirodhah “When the body is still, you will find great joy and confidence. Learn to enjoy that stillness. No matter what joys you have experienced so far, the highest of all joys is stillness.” “The best of all knowledge, the...

Stressless Living

Dates: February 23-25, 2018 “In this procession of life which is very much crowded, how an individual can go ahead peacefully without any stress? This is the point. This is the question before everyone today. Are we going to live the way we live, all the time tossed...

Stillness in Motion

Dates: September 21-23, 2018  “True stillness does not merely mean the absence of movement: it means having equanimity, and then performing your actions responsibly; it means attending effortlessly to your duties without being unduly affected by external...

Guru Purnima Guru Gita Path

Shri Gurave Namah Shri Gurupurnim Shri Gurugita Path (24 hours chanting) and Fire offerings (Fire offerings 2 hours morning and 2 hours evening daily) Date - TBA  First Day Program Guru vandana, at 7:00 am Panchang puja, at 7:15 am Shri Guru puja, at 8:15 am Fire...

Yoga in Daily Life: An Integrated Approach

Dates: Feb 16-18, 2018 “Raja Yoga, also known as ashtanga yoga or the eightfold path, outlines the practical means of achieving the state of self-realization.” Swami Rama This weekend retreat is designed to explore the practical methods of integrating the...

5-Day Winter Yoga Retreat

Dates: December 18-22, 2017 & December 29-January 2, 2018 A great way to bring in the New Year. This 5-day Winter Yoga Retreat offered in the tranquil, mild winter season of Rishikesh, is a perfect time to enjoy a peaceful retreat with daily yoga classes and...

Self-Guided Meditation Retreat

Self-Guided Meditation Retreat The self-guided meditation retreat is offered to those visitors who have already attended one of the ashram programs, and want to practice what they have learned. Visitors are encouraged to avail themselves of the quiet ashram...

Introduction to Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep)

Dates: April 13-15, 2018 “There is a method called yoga nidra in which you can have conscious sleep. Yoga nidra is a state between sleep and samadhi.”   Swami Rama Yoga nidra is a simple method consisting of a few breathing and mental exercises. This weekend program...

5-Day Monsoon Yoga Retreat

Dates: July 23-27, 2018 This 5-day Yoga Retreat offered in the gentle, rainy, breezy monsoon season of Rishikesh, is a perfect time to enjoy a peaceful retreat with daily yoga classes and delicious, fresh vegetarian food in a spiritual and uplifting environment....

Holistic Health

Dates: June 22-24, 2018   “The yoga approach to health is very simple, logical, and practical. It lays stress on the words yuktahar viharasya—eating and living as they should be done. By simply studying your own capacity and learning how to regulate your dietary...

Kriya Yoga

Dates: May 4-6, 2018 “Kriya yoga, or preliminary yoga, is practical yoga. Since it is not possible to immediately gain control of the mind and its thinking process, your emotional life, and all your desires and appetites of the primitive fountains, you will have to...