Welcome to AyurYoga Eco-Ashram India
AyurYoga Eco-Ashram in India is a traditional Hatha Yoga and Ayurveda retreat centre located on the banks of River Kabini in the peaceful countryside of Mysore, Karnataka. We are one-hour driving distance from the ancient mountains and forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala and Tamil Nadu in South India.
Located in 18 acres of organic farm, AyurYoga Eco-Ashram is run by 30+ Indian staff. We have 4 yoga spaces in nature and a traditional Ayurveda Hospital with medically qualified doctors and therapists from Kerala. With 40 eco-friendly rooms and healthy vegetarian food, the ashram is an ideal place for spiritual seekers to explore the traditional Ayurveda and Yoga in India. Unlike the seasonal yoga studios in touristy towns of Rishikesh, Goa, Dharamsala etc., the yoga courses and Ayurveda retreats offered here are meant for people who are seeking long term lifestyle changes in body and mind, to lead a life of fulfillment. The ashram is often ranked in media among the top 10 places to study Ayurveda and to learn yoga in India.
Other than love for Mother Nature and Spiritual Healing of Body-Mind, we are equally passionate about spiritual and cultural exchange between East and West, as envisioned by Swami Vivekananda. Though we are non-religious, we are humble to invite and to learn from the traditional monks / teachers from various spiritual traditions within India, including Buddhism, Sufism and Christian Mysticism. We show our respect and take inspiration from the ancient yogis of India, to modern spiritual mystics, such as Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, Sri Ramana Maharshi, Swami Sivananda, HH Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa, Amma Amritanandamayi, Swami Satyananda, Swami Rama etc. Nevertheless, the main purpose of the ashram is to create a suitable environment to practice spiritual sadhana, irrespective of the personal beliefs or teachings students may follow.
Yoga Teacher Training Retreats at our ashram are very unique as we give equal importance to philosophical and spiritual aspects of yoga, along with intense practice of Asanas and Pranayamas of Hatha Yoga. We have an experience of teaching 60+ Yoga Teacher Training courses, graduating more than 1100+ graduates from 40+ countries. Our Yoga Retreats for Beginners and Intensive Yoga Retreat for advanced yogis are rated among best yoga retreats in India, and limited to 10 students per each group. The Ayurveda Hospital in the ashram offers traditional Ayurveda Treatments throughout the year, but limited to only 10 clients at one time. We also offer Ayurveda Courses taught by traditional Ayurveda vaidyas and planning to offer more educational Ayurveda seminars to the public.
The charitable Trust of the Ashram is working towards educating the local farmers about the benefits of Organic Farming and also distributes the organic vegetable seeds for free of cost. We organize medical camps for the local villagers to receive free Ayurveda consultations and medication. We also offer help with improving basic drinking water, sanitation in our neighboring villages and schools. Every year we donate the books, uniforms or basic needs for the school children in nearby villages.
What We Offer
Authentic Experience of Ayurveda & Yoga in India
About AyurYoga Eco-Ashram
AyurYoga Eco-Ashram is a unique green project in India, where the love for Mother Nature goes along with the passion to improve the internal environment within our body-mind through Yoga, Ayurveda and Spirituality. We believe that the environmental damages we see around are the reflections of our own messed up minds, not knowing what to do with life or having no control on our body-mind. However, we don’t want to scare the people with the future of humanity with all statistics and sadness around. Nor do we want to simplify the complexities of modern economics by asking people to give up their basic right to enjoy the simple joys of human life. Instead, we want to give a positive experience of living in harmony with nature and an opportunity to reflect on nature of Self and our purpose in Life. We believe that the guests coming to our ashram are wise enough to connect with Nature, both internal and external, and choose an eco-friendly lifestyle naturally.
As one of the first Eco-Ashrams in India, we are a non-religious and non-sectarian retreat place run by simple but open-minded yogis. Though we are rooted in the ancient traditions, we feel the need to innovate and evolve age old practices of Yoga and Ayurveda to the practical needs of modern times, instead of asking modern people live by the standards of our old good times some centuries ago! AyurYoga Eco-Ashram is a safe place to explore Indian spirituality and healing traditions without being brain-washed by any religious or sectarian ideas about Life. At the same time, we are not New-Age gurus wanting to please westerners with a make-believe spiritual bubble where life seems too good to be true! We want to share the hard facts about life and also the tools to deal with the struggles we have to pass through!
We do not impose any fixed manuals, lifestyles, books, traditions, rules, etc. We do not promise Nirvana (enlightenment) or deep spiritual experiences nor do we bang you with some abstract spiritual philosophies that are difficult to practice in the real life. What we teach is simple yoga and meditation practices that can be of practical use in your daily life, to improve our connections with Food, Sleep, Relationships, Families and make us efficient with our work.
We encourage our students to lead ‘a dynamic life with a peaceful heart,’ not a lazy escapism from the society in search of eternity in Himalayas! We don’t like to brand or label what we teach as philosophy, or associate with any religion, culture, or books! Because this wisdom is always present within us! What we do is just to remind you of all the beauty, grace and wisdom you have been holding within all the time.
We are not really any big organization with a lot of visionary ideas to transform anybody. In fact, we don’t accept any donations from corporate sector nor grants from any religious or government organizations, so that the freedom of spirit is not hijacked by the economic compulsions of modern times. We don’t expect any free service from volunteers but actually pay salaries to our staff as per the industry standards. We prefer to be a small hidden place for few committed practitioners and have no ambition to expand into bigger organization. We are simple yoga seekers who are trying to live in peace with Nature and walking the path of Unknown. We are happy to share this space with similar minded people who are also on the path of exploring the purpose of life and trying to lead a life of fulfillment.