Best yoga ashrams in India – Why the anonymity sometimes?!
If you’re someone who’s already into meditation and/or yoga and would like to learn more about the both in India, finding the best yoga ashrams in India can prove to be a very daunting process sometimes. The same goes for people who’re new to both these disciplines.
“Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.” – The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Should you carry out detailed online research and finalize the institute before booking your tickets? Or wait until visiting many of them personally and then finalizing the best upon your arrival in India? What is it that makes meditation/yoga teacher good? When exactly does an ashram assume the status of a cult?
The questions can be many and the process of answering them all can put prospective students off, often completely driving them away from the idea itself.
If you visit reputed online travel portals, you might find many yoga ashrams listed in India. However, as mentioned above, it can be very difficult to pinpoint where to go. In the same way, even though you may find many people sharing their ashram experiences in forums on the Internet, a large majority of them avoid mentioning the names of places where they had stayed – without any explanation!
Why such anonymity?!
It can be interpreted as their way of not inadvertently misleading others or attracting the wrong types of people to such places of spiritualism. Furthermore, if we talk specifically about meditation and yoga, everyone has a different experience to share. So an institute that might have worked perfectly well for one individual may not have been the ideal one for another.
Most people when they go online looking for a yoga ashram have the picture of the popular book and movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ in their minds! Imagine what would have been that ashram’s fate had Elizabeth Gilbert chosen to mention it in her book! It would’ve gotten flooded with tourists who would’ve probably altered the entire experience of that place.
We believe that there is still plenty of secrecy and mystery surrounding the concept of spirituality, meditation and ashrams. Many people have an opinion that when you start looking for the right spiritual and/or meditation teacher, the right one would find you, or you’d mystically stumble upon him/her! Hence, you won’t normally see them advertising themselves excessively on every possible platform. Although this idea might sound pleasing, we are still clueless about why someone wouldn’t want to share his/her ashram experiences with others, who could tremendously benefit from the information. All that you need to do is simply add a disclaimer that it’s your personal experience and let others make up their minds!
There are plenty of yoga learners and aspiring teachers who arrive at AyurYoga Eco-Ashram each year and go back to their countries raving about the place and its teachers. Thereafter many more arrive here through referrals. If you’re looking for the right yoga school with the right teachers and the right natural location, you must definitely check us out! Everyone here is well versed in English and we cater to both starting-out as well as advanced level yoga practitioners. You can even opt for Ayurveda retreats to perfectly complement the yoga learning!
So, if you’ve been clutching at straws and are desperately looking for an ideal Yoga ashram in India, AyurYoga would probably be your best bet!