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

Programs

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.”

Swami Rama

Programs

Guru Purnima Guru Gita Path, June 30-July 9, 2017

Guru Purnima Guru Gita Path, June 30-July 9, 2017

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 - June 30, 2017   First Day Program Guru vandana, at 7:00 am Panchang puja, at 7:15 am Shri Guru puja, at 8:15...

5-Day Yoga Retreat

5-Day Yoga Retreat

Dates: July 27-31 & August 1-5, 2017 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...

Meditation and Its Practice

Meditation and Its Practice

Dates: April 21-24, July 20-23, August 31-September 3, November 23-26, December 7-10, 2017; February 1-4, March 13-18, 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...

Practices for the Subtle Body

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...

Self-Guided Meditation Retreat

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...

News

Kirtan with Ragani!

Kirtan with Ragani!

Sadhana Mandir Ashram is pleased to host a kirtan event with Ragani. 7:30-9:00 p.m. February 17, 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 several...

New Release! Lectures on Yoga Sutras: Raja Yoga

New Release! Lectures on Yoga Sutras: Raja Yoga

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...

New Release! Lectures on Yoga Sutras: Kriya Yoga, by Swami Rama

New Release! Lectures on Yoga Sutras: Kriya Yoga, by Swami Rama

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...

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