The first ashram I stayed in was an akhanga yoga ashram. Based in Tapovan, Rishikesh. Found it on a blog website…it had good reviews and lots of people mentioned the yummy food so I booked in for seven days.
5am – get up bell rings
5.20 am – meditation
6am – yoga (1hr 45 mins)
8am – fire puja
8.30am – breakfast
9am – free time
12.30pm – lunch
4.30pm – yoga (1hr 45 mins)
6pm – dinner
7pm – kirtan (chanting and singing (1hr)
9.30pm – bed time
This was a pretty relaxed ashram and we didn’t have to attend everything, it was expected but if you decided to skip something it was all good.
There was a mix ability of yogis too. So it felt really comfortable and easy going.
Akhanda includes all aspects of yoga, including: satkarma, asana, pranayama, Vedic mantra, kirtan, and meditation, as well as various traditions in yoga philosophy: Vedanta, Tantra, Samkhya and Classical Yoga.
Costs 1000 rupees a day ($20) for all food, water, room, all activities.
Full info on ashram
RISHIKESH – THINGS TO DO
As well as ashrams, Rishikesh is known for bridges, white water rafting, trekking, access to The Himalayas, the Ganga river, religious culture and really bad weekend traffic.
I took a two day trip to The Himalayas. It was AWESOME…correct use of the word for once.
The Kanatal area isn’t in the thick of the Himalayas which is good because that meant I got a front row view of the awe inspiring, colossal mountains.