مراکز یوگای جهان

با توجه به گسترش یوگا در جهان و علاقه روزافزون مشتاقان یوگا در سراسر جهان مراکز متعددی وجود دارد که در حال گسترش این فرهنگ خوب زیستن د‌ر سراسر جهان هستند. از جمله مراکز یوگايي که قدمت آن به دهه های قبل می رسد و اساتید بزرگی در ایجاد آن نقش داشته اند می توان به مراکز ذیل اشاره کرد.

مرکز یوگای شیواناندا
واقع در منطقه ریشی کش هندوستان که توسط دکتر سوامی شیواناندا در دهه 40 میلادی ایجاد شد این مرکز که هم اکنون هم فعال است محل شکوفایی و رشد صدها مربی بوده که پس از فراگیری علم یوگا به نقاط مختلف جهان عزیمت کرده تا یوگا را به جهانیان بشناسانند. مرکز یوگای شیواناندا که در مجموعه ای تحت نام Divine life society (انجمن زندگی الهی) و در کنار رود گنگ که از ارتفاعات هیمالیا سرچشمه می گیرد واقع شده است.
در دهه 40-50 و 60 میلادی سوامی ریشنودواتاترا سوامی سات چیداناندا و... را به غرب اعزام کرده تا یوگا را به جهانیان بشناسانند.

این شاگردان طی سالهای متمادی هزاران نفر را با یوگا آشنا ساخته که برخی از آنان به آشرام یوگای شیواناندا در حال حاضر همه ساله هزاران از نقاط مختلف جهان است که برای انجام تمرینات یوگا و برای آرامش برای مکان رشد می کنند.
رئیس آشرام یوگای شیواناندا در حال حاضر سوامی ماناندا می باشد.

مدرسه یوگای بیهار
از دیگر مراکز بزرگ یوگا می توان به مدرسه یوگای بیهار Bihar school of yoga اشاره کرد که توسط یکی از شاگردان سوامی شیواناندا به نام سوامی ساتیاناندا در دهه 60میلادی راه اندازی شد در این مرکز که ایالت بیهار واقع در شرق هند واقع شده است دوره های مختلف از جمله یوگا برگزار می شود. این مرکز نیز مانند دیگر مراکز یوگا همه ساله برای تعداد زیادی از علاقمندان است که از نقاط مختلف جهان به این مکان رفت و آمد می کنند. ریاست این مرکز در حال حاضر با سوامی نيرانجان است.

 

Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune

This renowned Institute attracts serious students of yoga from all over the world. It conducts regular classes in Iyengar Yoga (a form of Hatha Yoga which focuses on postures) for all levels. Special classes are also held for women, children, and those with medical problems. Unfortunately there can be a two year wait to get a place at the Institute. As the Institute emphasizes the in-depth study of yoga, students are also required to have substantial prior experience in practicing Iyengar Yoga.

  • Address: 1107 B/1, Hare Krishna Mandir Road, Model Colony, Shivaji Nagar, Pune. Ph: (91 20) 2565-6134.
  • Course Duration: One month. A maximum of six classes can be attended per week.
  • Cost: $450. Accommodation is not provided.

Ashtanga Institute, Mysore

Located in Mysore and run by descendents of the revered guru Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, who'd been teaching yoga there since the 1930's before his death in 2009, the Ashtanga Institute offers ongoing intensive ashtanga yoga classes throughout the year. The classes are for serious students only, and places are much sought after. It's necessary to apply at least two months in advance. Accommodation isn't provided but there's plenty to be found close by.

  • Address: #235 8th Cross, 3rd Stage, Gokulam, Mysore Ph: (91 821) 2516-756.
  • Course Duration: Minimum of one month, no more than six months.
  • Cost: $650 for the first month, then $415 for each additional month.

Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh

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Parmarth Niketan, with its stunning mountain setting in the holy town of Rishikesh, is a wonderfully spiritual place to study yoga. The ashram is equipped with 1,000 rooms on its eight acre campus. It runs an extensive program of beginner yoga, Vedic heritage and spirituality, and teacher training courses. Daily classes are also open to visitors. A popular attraction is the week long international Yoga Festival that's held at the ashram every March. The ashram also performs sacred Indian wedding ceremonies, and a Ganga aarti every evening.

  • Address: P.O. Swargashram, Rishikesh (Himalayas), Uttarakhand. Ph: (91 135) 2440088.
  • Course Duration: From two weeks to one month.
  • Cost: Rooms from $10 to $20 per night, depending on the view and standard of accommodation.

Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai

The Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram is run by the son of the "grandfather" of modern yoga -- T. Krishnamacharya. Krishnamacharya taught yoga to both BKS Iyengar and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The style of yoga practiced at the ashram is viniyoga, which involves utilizing the tools of yoga, such as postures and breath, to suit different needs. Non-residential Pilgrimage of Sound Vedic Chanting, Heart of Yoga, and Pranayama (breathing) courses are offered for international students twice a year. Teacher training is only open to Indian students.

  • Address: New No.31 (Old #13) Fourth Cross Street, R K Nagar, Chennai. Ph: (91 44) 2493-7998.
  • Course Duration: Two to four weeks.
  • Cost: $1,200 for Heart of Yoga. $900 for Pranayama. $500 for Vedic Chanting.

Bihar School of Yoga, Munger

The Bihar School of Yoga ashram was founded in 1964 by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. It's a very old-school place that teaches a full yogic lifestyle. Satyananda Yoga incorporates traditional postures, breathing, and meditation. However, if you attend the school, you'll find that postures are rarely practiced there. Instead, the emphasis is on work (service) and meditation. Those more interested in attending a yoga course would be better off enrolling at the offshoot Bihar Yoga Bharati institute, which is more open to foreigners.

  • Address: Bihar Yoga Bharati, Ganga Darshan, Fort, Munger, Bihar. Ph: (91 6344)222430.
  • Course Duration: Four month residential course in Yogic Studies, from October to January each year.
  • Cost: $1,500 fully inclusive.

Sivananda Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum

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Located in the state of Kerala, in the tropical south, teachings at the Sivananda Ashram are based around the five points of yoga -- postures, breathing, relaxation, meditation, and diet. The ashram offers drop-in classes, as well as courses in yoga and meditation. The beginner's yoga and meditation courses are very popular. Yoga Vacations and Teacher Training, staying at the ashram, are also offered. This ashram is also based in Rishikesh.

  • Address: House 18, Subash Nagar, Vallakkadavu PO, Airport Road, Perunthanni, Trivandrum. Ph: (91 471)245-1398.
  • Course Duration: Ranges from two to three weeks, or more.
  • Cost: 100 rupees ($2.50) for a drop-in class. 1,500 rupees ($35) for the beginner's yoga course and 1,300 rupees for meditation. Yoga vacations from 350 rupees ($8) per night.

Yoga Institute, Mumbai

The Yoga Institute is the oldest organized center of yoga in the world. It was founded in 1918 by Shri Yogendraji. The Institute, while not being as well known as some of India's other yoga centers, offers a range of excellent courses, workshops, and camps. The therapeutic health camps are of particular interest. These aim to overcome specific ailments including heart and respiratory problems, hypertension, diabetes, orthopedic conditions, and stress related issues. There are also special programs for children and pregnant women.

  • Address: Shri Yogendra Marg, Prabhat Colony, Santacruz East, Mumbai. Ph: (91 22) 2611-0506.
  • Course Duration: From two to 21 days. Regular yoga classes are also held.
  • Cost: 800 rupees ($20) to 2,500 rupees ($60).

 

 

Rishikesh Ashrams

ishikesh ashrams what they offer in this article.

1. Parmarth Niketen

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Parmarth Niketen, on the banks of the holy Ganges river in Rishikesh, is one of the top yoga centers in India and the biggest ashram in the area. It has 1,000 rooms on its sprawling eight acre campus, with various rates (on a "donation" basis from 300 rupees per person, per day) depending on the standard of accommodations and view. Two yoga classes and three meals daily are included in the price. The ashram runs an extensive program of beginner yoga, Vedic heritage and spirituality, and teacher training courses. Outsider visitors are welcome to attend daily classes by giving a donation. The ashram's evening Ganga aarti is popular.

2. Sivananda Ashram

Sivananda Ashram
Another of India's top yoga centers, Sivananda Ashram was founded by Swami Sivananda and is run by the Divine Life Society. Teachings are based around the five points of yoga -- postures, breathing, relaxation, meditation, and diet. Free yoga and meditation classes are offered daily. However, accommodations (which are also provided free of charge, along with food) are only available to serious spiritual seekers who need to apply at least a month in advance. The ashram is located 3 kilometers from Rishikesh, on the way to Badrinath.

3. Omkarananda Ganga Sadan

Omkarananda Ganga Sadan
Omkarananda Ganga Sadan, the guesthouse of the Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas, is home to the Patanjala Yoga Kendra yoga center. Iyengar yoga classes are the specialty there. The center is located at the Muni-ki-Reti area of Rishikesh, on the banks of the Ganges river. It has its own ghat, and a daily aarti is performed. Daily (except Sundays) yoga classes are open to everyone but reservations need to be made months in advance for the intensive yoga courses. Lectures on the Bhagavad Gita are also offered. Accommodations are reasonably priced and clean, and many rooms have river views.

4. Sadhana Mandir and Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram

Sadhana Mandir

Sadhana Mandir was founded in 1966 by Swami Rama, author of Living with the Himalayan Masters, and many other renowned spiritual books. Meditation, in the Himalayan Tradition, is the focus of the teachings at this ashram. It has a serene garden setting on the banks of the Ganges river, but away from the hustle and bustle of Rishikesh. Various residential programs are offered and require reservations at least two weeks in advance.

Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama was founded by Swami Veda Bharati, a disciple of Swami Rama. In addition to offering meditation instruction in the Himalayan Tradition, the ashram is a highly regarded center for scientific research into yogic meditation. Accommodations, limited to 100 guests at a time, are provided in very comfortable self contained bungalows. There's a daily schedule of activities, as well as personalized instruction and individualized spiritual retreats. Accommodation rates vary according to nationality, and include meals and daily classes.

5. Sanskriti Yogpeeth

Sanskriti Yogpeeth
Sanskriti Yogpeeth is relatively new and modern -- it was founded in 2010 -- and is located in the happening Swarg Ashram area. Rather than being a typical ashram, it markets itself as a "yoga hotel". There are 21 rooms with attached bathrooms, hot water, and even room service! Expect to pay $400 per person for one week, single occupancy, with all meals provided. On offer are daily Hatha yoga classes (morning and evening), seven or 15 day yoga retreats, Indian dance and classical music, philosophy of Yoga, and Ayurvedic massage.

6. Yoga Niketen

Yoga Niketen
Yoga Niketan was foundecd by Swami Yogeshwaranand Paramahans. The teachings of this ashram, which is located in the Muni-Ki-Reti area of Rishikesh, are based solely on eight fold path as per the Patanjali yoga shastra. The ashram requires a minimum stay of 15 days for any of its courses. However, it also has a commercially run guesthouse that's available for shorter stays, and guests can attend daily classes at the ashram. Room rates start from 500 rupees a day, per person, for Indians and 900 rupees a day for foreigners.

7. Swami Dayananda Ashram

Swami Dayananda Ashram
This ashram was established during the 1960s by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, an internationally recognized teacher of Vedanta and scholar of Sanskrit. It's located in picturesque surroundings, around 10 minutes walk from the Ram Jhula area. Regular residential courses are conduced there, with focus on Bhagavad Gita and the ten principal Upanishads. Vedic chanting is also taught during the courses. In addition, visiting teachers conduct Iyengar yoga retreats (suitable for beginners and intermediate students) at the ashram. The ashram has more than 150 rooms with attached bathrooms. However, accommodations are provided for course students only. The ashram doesn't run a guesthouse.

8. Phool Chatti

Phool Chatti
Meaning "Land of Flowers", Phool Chatti ashram was founded in the late 1800s (yes, it's more than 120 years old) and is located a peaceful 5 kilometers upriver from Laxman Jhula. The ashram is renowned for its frequent seven day yoga and meditation program. The teachings are different from many others as they focus on the full spectrum of the yogic path and ashram life, not just asanas (postures). Students will get to experience meditation, breathing (pranayama), cleansing, chanting, mauna (silence), pooja (worship), kirtan (sacred singing), and other important aspects of the yogic path. There are opportunities for meditative walks amongst nature as well.

9. Anand Prakash Ashram

Anand Prakash Ashram
Anand Prakash Ashram was founded in 2007 by husband and wife team Chetana Panwar (a Canadian woman) and Yogirishi Vishvketu (who's studied Hatha and Raja yoga, and the Vedic healing arts, in northern India since childhood). They offer their own style of yoga called Akhanda Yoga, which has holistic, non-sectarian teachings. Emphasis is on balanced sequencing of asana, pranayama, relaxation, mantra and meditation, as well as discussions and readings on the yogic lifestyle and yoga philosophy. Stays at the ashram including yoga, accommodations, and meals are from 700 rupees ($15) per person, per night. There are 18 rooms, and a minimum three nights stay is required. Yoga classes for non-residents are 150 rupees for afternoon classes and 200 rupees for morning classes. The ashram also runs 200 hour and 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training programs. It's located in the Tapovan area.

10. Osho GangaDham Ashram

Osho GangaDham Ashram
The Osho GangaDham ashram is situated on the Ganges river at Brahampuri, around 10 minutes drive from the Laxman Jhula area on Badrinath Road. Various types of Osho Active Meditation practices are taught at the ashram, and meditation camps are offered throughout the year. Alternatively, you can simply listen to discourses, or do nothing but relax there.











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