Stay at an Ashram in Rishikesh, the Birthplace of Yoga

While in Rishikesh, of course I followed in the Beatles footsteps like every other traveler in India, and stayed at an ashram.

There are SO many to choose from.  We across Ram Jhula to Swarg Ashram (an area, not the actual ashram). You could waste days searching for the perfect one so instead, we just went for it with the first one we could afford.

ashram beatles in rishikesh birthplace of yoga tips

ashram beatles in rishikesh birthplace of yoga tips

ashram beatles in rishikesh birthplace of yoga tips

When you cross the bridge and turn right, and walk all the way down, you’ll come to Sri Ved Niketan, a hugely popular ashram near Parmath (another popular ashram where the Ganga Aarti takes place).

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ashram beatles in rishikesh birthplace of yoga tips

ashram beatles in rishikesh birthplace of yoga tips

Sri Ved Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh

  • 200 rs per night, we only stayed here 2 nights
  • 100 rs per class because under minimum stay
  • If we had stayed the minimum of 3 days we could have gotten FREE classes
  • Large empty courtyard, huge meditation center, kitchen
  • Yoga was two times a day, as were meditation classes
  • Class attendance was not mandatory
  • Curfew was 10 (typical at ashrams)
  • No mingling with the other sex allowed
  • Chakra and mantra teaching available
  • No Wi-Fi, A/C, or hot water
  • Basic room, hard beds, not clean
  • Front desk was fairly rude & that has been noted on other reviews as well
  • Was a little run-down & wasn’t really relaxing like I’d hoped
  • Contact: viedniketan@gmail.com, +91 135 2430279

ashram beatles in rishikesh birthplace of yoga tips there are different room variations, this is the cheapest option

ashram beatles in rishikesh birthplace of yoga tips

ashram beatles in rishikesh birthplace of yoga tips

The Daily Yoga

I had been in India about two months at this point, and was starting to be very frustrated with Indian men. The waiter would fart as he served me dinner, the salesman would burp in my face, they were peeing in the streets in front of everyone. I would see men doing nothing but squatting on the street chit-chatting with chai, well women were hard at work. Better yet, the fifth guy that day would cut me in line and I’d have to hold back from losing my cool. I always talk about my love/hate relationship with India and as always I fluctuate. The LAST thing I wanted was an patience-testing little Indian man who hadn’t figured out his plurals to yell at me at 5 a.m. (now, I will say at least he can speak English- I can allow speak a few words of Hindi).

Our yoga teacher was as funny as he was annoying.

“point your feeeeeeeets”

“suck it in .. your belllllllly”

As he grabs my wrists to pull them tighter behind me to a position that is killing my arms, I almost want to walk out of class.

meme ashram yoga

ashram beatles in rishikesh birthplace of yoga tips

ashram beatles in rishikesh birthplace of yoga tips location was IDEAL with a nice courtyard that was empty and prime spot on the river

ashram beatles in rishikesh birthplace of yoga tips

It’s not your typical yoga, but it was repeated positions, over and over and over and over… holding them for 3 minutes at a time, then repeat. Throught two hours, we would have done maybe six moves. Then it was hand stand time. I did get damn good at those in Pushkar. On the website the yoga style is called “similar to Bihar School of Yoga” with asanas and pranayama. Now sure what that is, but we didn’t do any warm up or sun salutations here. I have to say, the yoga was strange and very advanced. I do pranayamas at yoga now, which I love, and it wasn’t like this class, so not sure what it’s all about.

My Final Thoughts

All in all, the ashram experience was okay for a couple days, and is good for those on a budget. If I go back, I will try somewhere else, unless of course I become more broke than I was then, in which case I’ll be right back here.

Whether you pick this ashram or another, it’s an experience you don’t want to miss.

meme ashram yoga

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16 Comments
  1. 3 months ago
    Empty Rucksack

    Considering this yoga session, our yoga teachers in the TTC we did were fabulous? Leave alone touching the students, they never encouraged going beyond 70% of your ability to ensure you were injury free.

    Ashram looks nice but somehow whenver we get to rishikesh it is always too crowded

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    • 3 months ago
      Rachel Jones

      that’s the way it should be, with good yoga teachers like that! I am taking it from a friend in goa now and love it!

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  2. 3 months ago
    Myriam @OffToWanderland

    Hahaha I can totally picture the teacher “suck it in..your belllly” :D
    Even if it was not perfect like in movies, you did it!

    I hope I will have the chance to try it as well. * Saving money for trip to India* :)

    Cheers from Sweden!
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  3. 3 months ago
    Reno

    Haha, I imagine the belly query. :D May I ask what are your plans after India? If traveling, which direction?
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    • 3 months ago
      Rachel Jones

      well I think i’ll be here a couple years maybe, it’s really up in the air! I have to consider where my BF works and right now that is india!

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  4. 3 months ago
    Justine

    I’m semi-new here so I’m fascinated with your experiences with Indian men. What’s up with men peeing in public places? I’m in Colombia and I’ve seen more men peeing on the beach or in the street, and they’re totally unconcerned with the idea that everyone can see. It’s kind of hilarious!
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  5. 3 months ago
    Yara Coelho

    Experiences with India men…. oh well, we could write a whole book about that, isn’t it?

    I’ve heard Rishikesh was to commercial, that’s why I decided to avoid it. But I’ve stayed at Amma’s ashram and gt a hug from her, lolol
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    • 3 months ago
      Rachel Jones

      lol a BIG book!!! haha .. it is a little commercial, and i’m so jeally you got a hug!! I’m dying to get down there!!!

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  6. 3 months ago
    Karyn @ Not Done Travelling

    Had you planned to only stay 2 nights? Or did you leave early out of frustration? lol
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    • 3 months ago
      Rachel Jones

      I had only planned 2 nights as we didn’t have a lot of time, but if I had loved it I would have rearranged and stayed longer.. I didn’t love it that much lol

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  7. 3 months ago
    Rika | Cubicle Throwdown

    This sounds like something I would probably not enjoy :) But I bet there are others (I’m guessing with a higher price tag) that I might be into!
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  8. 3 months ago
    Olivia @ Olivia Explores

    ooh looks like it was pretty intense- I’d love to go to an ashram but I think it would be a huge challenge, and I think I’d find it hard to deal with the ‘not clean’ stuff, but that’s travel really. Still, it looks like you had an incredible experience :)
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    • 3 months ago
      Rachel Jones

      yes, I didn’t stay long and I don’t think I would have enjoyed staying too long!

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