• Rishikesh
  • India

Cost -  $1,945 USD


*An ashram is a retreat center with buildings for eating, sleeping, studying, meditating and yoga.

Join Janice Varuna (owner and founder of Yoga Travels) and Peggy Prarena Gillies (500 EYT yoga teacher) on this life experience of being in India, with like minded people as we learn about the Ashram way of life together.  Each ashram we visit is unique however all of them follow the same basic daily schedule (see below).  This is an opportunity to find some stillness in your mind and your life as we slow things down, and have the opportunity to practice being in the present moment.

Are you ready for this Ashram “experience/vacation”?
Are you ready to take your yoga practice to the next level? Are you ready to possibly be outside of your comfort zone and be humbled by your surroundings? Are you ready to stretch yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually? Are you ready for teachings from Indian swamis answering your BIG questions? This tour is for you if you answered yes to these questions and you are comfortable with at times, basic accommodation, a vegetarian diet, a daily schedule, some periods of silence and learning new levels of patience and tolerance for others and especially for yourself.

However, if you expect to have five star accommodation, with boutique hotel rooms, international cuisine and to be comfortable at all times, then this tour is not for you. Ashram life is not glamorous nor are the ashrams luxurious – they are very simple and basic.
Yoga Travels strives to bring you real experiences and our Ashram tour has been designed to offer our clients an authentic Indian Ashram experience.

Does this sound intriguing?  Every year we experience Ashram life in different ashrams in India.  We will be there with you from start to finish, to answer your questions and pave the way for a unique and special experience.  

Join us on this exciting tour which will provide you with an authentic Indian Ashram experience. Ashrams have been a place of worship, peace, learning and most importantly inner transformation and experience for centuries. Through various practices such as yoga and meditation as well as participation in ancient rituals and traditions, you will be fully immersed in the Ashram lifestyle. Here you will have the opportunity to join traditional fire poojas ceremonies, ayurvedic cooking courses, receive ancient ayurvedic massages and treatments to suit all aliments and help balance the body's energy points (chakras). With so many ashrams to choose from with varied quality and authenticity, Yoga Travels, with longtime experience in India, provides a tailored trip to bring you to ashrams that will ensure a diverse, streamlined and real Indian ashram experience.  During our tour we will stay at 3 Ashrams being privledged to receive the teachings of three devoted Indian teachers.

Typical Daily Schedule

6:00 Collective meditation

7:00 Yoga Asanas

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Karma Yoga / Study Period

11:30 Satsang (questions and answers)

1:00 Lunch

3:30 Tea

4:00 Individual study or practice / Karma Yoga

5:00 Yoga Asanas (optional)

6:00 Meditation / Kirtan

7:00 Dinner

8:00 Cultural programs: reading, video, talks


contact info@yogatravels.ca for further information