Yoga Niketan Ashram in RishikeshYoga Niketan Ashram was foundecd by Swami yogeshwaranand Paramahans. He was the master of Raj Yoga and he is the only Indian so far who had been granted Honorary Presidentship of International League of Yoga under the Auspicious of UNESCO, he had practically performed and demonstrated the power of yoga by stopping his heart and again restarting the same, when he demonstrated at Japan and he was closely supervised ay the medical fraternity, who confirmed the power of yoga when all the machines attached to his body stopped, (when he stopped his heartbeat) and revive after sometime. Impressed by the power of Yoga Mr. K. Kimura a Billionaire in Japan became his disciple who at present is running 30 branches in the whole of Japan under the name of Japan Yoga Niketan. In Holland there is an independent branch of Yoga Niketan, run by Mertens Luciew popularly known as Atma Muni.The education is based totally in Patanjali yoga shastra. The main activity of the Ashram is to train and provide guidance in the practice of Patanjali’s eight fold paths. This includes physical, mental and spiritual training. The admission to the courses is open to all without any discrimination of caste, creed or Nationality. Minimum stay required is 15 days, aspirants (students) having shorter period can stay in the Ashram guest house and avail the facility of attending classes in the ashram. On holidays, when there is no class, all the inmates/ Sadhaks may visit our Radha-Krishna Temple at Ganga Ghat at the time of Aarti, if so desired, and clean Yoga Hall and Meditation Hall. Majority of the students are from the different parts of the world and different nationality. The mode of education is English and Hindi.Meditation at Yog Niketan AshramSadhna Hall or the meditation hall has got room cooler as well as air conditioner for the comfort of the students, to enable them to practice meditation quite comfortably. It can accommodate up to 100 students. Cushions are provided to sit upon. Meditation and sadhana class are held early morning before yoga class and in the evening after yoga class and followed by dinner.Yoga at Yog Niketan AshramYoga Hall cum Samadhi hall is exclusively used morning and evening for Asanas and Pranayams, Kriyas are done once a week and there is a big platform outside the hall for the same. Inside yoga hall room coolers are provided for comfortable practice during all seasons. There are two classes in a day, one the morning as well as in the evening, classes are taken by experienced teachers under the guidance of Yoga Acharya and one of the trustees Swami Vigayanand ji. Ashram has got a publication named “First Step to Higher Yoga” which depicts all the asana (nearly 300), freely illustrated and details of benefits to specific part of the body. In the side of the yoga hall Tomb of Founder President whose body was laid to rest in meditation position and buried there after his death. There is a marble statue of the founder at that spot.Yog Niketan Ashram LibraryLibrary is well stocked of spiritual Literature of well known writers in different language, some of the publication have been translated to foreign languages as well.Food at Yog Niketan AshramAshram has a community Kitchen where food is prepared free from all type of spices and chilies. Different variety of breakfast is prepared mainly of porridge and tea. In food, Indian Chappati (bread), Rice, One type of pulse one type of green vegetable and green salad is served. Every student is provided with proper dishes which they have to clean themselves, during their stay in the ashram. At times seasonal fruit is also served.Yoga Niketan Ashram Guest HouseOn the main Badrinath Road, Ashram has got one temple, which anybody can visit. By the side of the temple on the bank of Ganges, 20 room guest house is run commercially i.e. donation, it is equal to three star hotel having facilities of canteen and telephone in each room. Person staying in the guest house can go downstairs, have a dip in the Holy Ganga and come back in his/her room. There is enough parking spaces available in the guest house. Round the clock security system is there in the Guest House as well as in the temple. 24 Hrs electricity and water supply is also available.Places to Visit Near Yog Niketan AshramYoga niketan ashram is situated good location in rishikesh. Ashram also has a beautiful view of hills and River on the back side of ashram. Swarg ashram, Geeta Bhavan, Sivananda Asharm, Parmarth Niketan, Ram jhula 500mts from yog Niketan Ashram. Lakahman Jhula 03km from the ashram. Triveni Ghat 09 kms from Ashram. Vashisht Cave 30 Kms from Ashram.
The Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh is one of the first ashrams in India that introduced the science of yoga to the Western world. The ashram is the spiritual manifestation of the divine mission of the founder, Swami Sivananda. Dating back to 1936, the ashram was started as a yoga retreat. It is blessed with ambiance of divine feel. Sivananda Ashram (The Divine Life society)Sivananda Ashram is located near Ram Jhula Rishikesh. Organization is also known as Divine Life Society. Swami Sivananda was physician in early life. He came to Rishikesh at the age of 37 years and started this ashram in small cowshed. Sivananda Ashram (Devine life society) has also everyday yoga classes except Sunday. Ashram has separate timings for men and women. Morning classes are for men and evening classes are for women.. Ashram is specialized in Iyengar Yoga.It is a remarkable achievement of the Founder, His Holiness Sri Swami Sivananda, who from the year 1936, has built up the wonderful mansion of ‘Divine Life’ brick by brick, on the firm foundations of purity, integrity, nobility and magnanimity. The ideals of the Society are lofty, most practicable and within the reach of every human being, irrespective of position, caste, colour, country and creed. The Institution caters to the cultural needs of all ranks of people, to whatever class they may belong. Each one can tap whatever suits him the best according to his stature and intellectual or spiritual attainments. The holy river Ganga flows by the side of the Ashram, coming down from the icy regions of the Himalayas, carrying with her the message of seers and sages of the past and the present, thus in a way keeping intact the connection between the ancient and the modern and nourishing the body and the mind of the wearied soul in its earthly sojourn. There is also available a Jnana Ganga (river of knowledge) emanating from the prolific pen of the Great Master Sri Swami Sivananda and his direct disciples, whom the Master has chiseled and mounded into his own pattern with the laudable idea of enabling them to continue and further the cause of his lofty mission.The Divine Life Society carries out its object of a world-wide revival of spirituality through publication of books, pamphlets and magazines dealing scientifically with all the aspects of Yoga and Vedanta, universal religion and philosophy, and ancient medicine; holding and arranging cultural and spiritual conferences and discourses; establishing training centers for the practice of Yoga and the revival of true culture; and taking such other steps from time to time as may be necessary for bringing about a quick moral and spiritual regeneration in the world.Sivananda Ashram is performing the famous Ganga Arti at his own Ghat in early morning and evening.History of Sivananda AshramSivanand ashram founded in 1936 by Swami Sivananda, one of the great yogis of the last century, was the first to open its doors to the West in the 1930s and the introduction to the science of yoga.Swami Sivananda is a Brahmin born in Tamil Nadu. Its reputation for excellence, kindness and generosity earned him many disciples and students who are themselves become leaders in the world of yoga. Among the most famous are found Swamis Vishnu Devananda, Chidananda, Sivananda Radha and Andre Van Lysbeth to name a few. Abdul Kalam, the current President of India, said in his autobiography that his meeting with Swami Sivananda was a defining moment of his life, he was entered in the contest to become a pilot in the Air Force, and was readjusted. He visited Swami Sivananda in Rishikesh, and this encouraged him to continue on his way without despair and cultivate a positive mental attitude, to find his own way.Swami Sivananda taught that to become a member of his ashram, he had to join the first three principles of the yamas (moral principles of the Yoga Sutras of Sage Patanjali). Non-violence, integrity and purity are the foundations that lead to the mastery of the body, breath and mind to go beyond the mind to self-realization. He encouraged many yoga practice and often repeated a bit of practice is better than tons of theory.To those who visited his ashram he taught the practice of the four main branches of yoga: Raja, Bhakta, Jnana and Karma. He wrote more than three hundred books on various aspects of Yoga, Hinduism, and Vedanta. But with great simplicity, he summed up the essence of his teaching in these words “Serve, love, give, purify, meditate and realize. Be good, do good, Be sweet, be compassionate. Adapt yourself, adjust yourself to every situation! “After death of Swami Sivananda his death his successor Swami Chidananda took over, and has traveled the world to spread the teachings of Yoga and Vedanta. Under his leadership, the ashram became a center of spiritual influence. Modern India celebrated its spiritual fulfillment in 1999-2000 in a national magazine and named the wise years. Today, the ashram has a great reputation of a yogi, Swami Yogaswarupananda who with great kindness answers questions from students in yoga. Daily classes are led by trained instructors to learn the benefits of yoga..In this relaxing setting opposite the Ganges and the green hills of the valley of the Himalayas, Yoga lovers can indulge their passion for yoga. In this paradise on earth, they will find harmony in the heart of life.