These modern yoga ashrams offer retreats to provide a break from their daily monotonous schedule. The experiences gained, and the skills learned in meditation and yoga have proven to be life to change.
1. The Art of Living Ashram, Montreal
Since its inception in 1991, the Canadian International Art of Living Center has been a home away from home for thousands of visitors. Nestled among 250 acres of land dotted by five pristine lakes and numerous nature trails, the Centre offers an opportunity to experience vacation and is the ideal location for deep meditation, re-energizing massage, and complete rest. Offering a wide variety of activities and programs, including Art of Living Courses, Yoga Programs, annual youth summer camps, and family retreats, the International Art of Living Center is your sanctuary for self-growth and uplift throughout the year.
Around 150 countries, The Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) is a non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization founded in 1981 by the world-renown philanthropist and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, whose main headquarters is in Bangalore, India.
2. Geeta Ashram, Malaysia
Geeta Ashram Malaysia was founded in 1972 by Swami Hariharji Maharaj with a vision to impart the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita of the Hindu Dharma in Malaysia. He envisioned establishing an ashram in Malaysia after visiting the country for the first time in 1966 for a Bhagwat Geeta recitation program organized privately.
The ashram conducts activities like religious gatherings, recitation of bhajans, and religious texts like Bhagwat Geeta and Hanuman Chalisa, classes on Hindi, Sanskrit, and religious texts, trekking around Gasing Hills, and so on.
3. Osho Tapoban, Nepal
Founded by Bodhisattva Swami Anand Arun, the ashram offers special packages to the guests, including features like meditation, yoga, massage, dietary consultation, steam/sauna bath, and so on. Located in the pristine Nagarjuna forest, the place is truly rejuvenating. Every year, around 800 guests from 90 countries visit the ashram.
The infrastructure includes Rajnish Meditation Temple, Osho Enlightenment Centre, Sculpture Garden, Shivapuri Baba Silence Temple, Devatirtha Books, and Nagarjuna Gift Centre.
4. Adinath Yoga Ashram, Thailand
Adinath Yoga Ashram, Thailand, was founded by Guru Dharm and Kru Ananya Singh. They have acquired immense knowledge of Human Consciousness and Yogic Science through the study and regular practice of yoga and meditation. They seek to share their knowledge with the rest of the world.
Having been named after Shiva (Adinath), the ashram was influenced by his living. Situated in Chiang Rai, the ashram offers retreats and courses in yoga, meditation, acupuncture, massage therapy, organic farming,
5. Yasodhara Ashram, Canada
Yashodhara Ashram is located, in the gorgeous mountains of British Columbia, in Kootenay Bay. It was established in 1963 by Swami Shivananda Radha. A German by birth, Radha was trained by Swami Shivananda Saraswati in India in philosophy and yoga techniques.
Currently, there are Radha Centers across Canada, the US, and Europe to meet the needs of yoga learners in their respective places. The ashram offers guided retreat packages and various courses related to yoga, spirituality, and nature.
6. Arhanta Yoga Ashram, Netherlands
Arhanta Yoga Ashrams are across India and Europe. This one is in Gelderland, in the East of the Netherlands. Like others ashrams, it also focuses on simple living and spiritual growth in a secluded environment away from the comforts.
The ashram offers numerous internationally accredited courses in yoga, whether you want to learn it as a regular practitioner or even as a teacher.
7. Mandala Yoga Ashram, Wales
With a mission to educate people about yogic science, including yoga and different types of meditation techniques, Mandala Yoga Ashram has been operating since 1986 in Carmarthenshire, Wales, and was founded by Swami Nischalananda. Having lived in India for 14 years (from 1971 to 1985), he came across and learned from various spiritual leaders and yogic gurus.
The ashram offers retreat packages and courses in yoga to enhance mindfulness and mental health.
8. Siddha Yoga Ashram, Sydney
Due to the collaboration between Gurumayi Chidvilasananda and Swami Muktananda, Siddha Yoga Ashram was founded. Apart from offering courses and retreats related to yoga and meditation, the ashram also conducts sessions where learners can chant mantras and study sacred texts and scripts.
People belonging to all faiths are also welcome to volunteer in the ashram. Apart from Sydney, Siddha Yoga Ashram has centers in Melbourne and Perth.
9. Ramakrishna Centre, South Africa
Ramakrishna Centre was established 75 years ago by Mr. Dhanagopal Naidoo later became a monk and took the name Swami Nischalananda. The center advocates peace and prosperity. It helps underprivileged people by uplifting their condition through education, medical service, and economic assistance.
The center conducts various workshops and classes. Based on spirituality, sacred texts, and scriptures. Spiritual retreats are also available for those interested. It organizes deity worship and meditation sessions throughout the year.
10. Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Argentina
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers are around the world. They're named after Swami Sivananda and founded by his disciple Swami Vishnudevananda. The organization aims to help people achieve a healthy body and mind through the knowledge and practice of yoga, spirituality, and yogic science. One such center is in Argentina.
The center offers retreats, as well as courses in yoga and meditation. Occasionally, festivities are celebrated in the center premises. The closest one is Mahashivratri.
So, if you're in any of these countries/ cities or somewhere near, you must visit to practice meditation and yoga. Who knows might add that dimension to your life that you always felt was missing!