I will be traveling to India in October this year and I am really most interested in staying in a Ashram for a few weeks and practice meditation. However, they are so many of them that I don't know which one to select. I do practice meditation daily but I am not a member of any particular meditation center at the moment so I am looking for a retreat center that would be accessible to most people independently of their spiritual "background". Any idea? - South India would be my preference. Thanks!!! V.
Ashram South India
I have only started a couple of months ago with yoga and its philosophy and I spent this March 5 days in the ashram of www.sivananda.at in Kitzbuehel/Austria. I decided to go for the teacher intense 4 weeks training in Austria this upcoming July. And from End of August until October I will stay for 6 weeks in South India and will most probably visit the Sivananda Center in Trivandrum and the Sivananda Ashram in Madurai for my first time. Maybe this information helped you.
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Hi vavril, I went to the Sivananda Ashram at Neyyar Dam (sp?) for 3 weeks, and the peak season finishes in May. Which means there will be far less people and much quieter. But also even when I left (last week) a lot of the good teachers were leaving meaning the Asnana classes weren't nearly as good as they could be. There is limited meditation there, roughly half and hour in the morning and half an hour in the evening, although you can do it any other time i spose. I found that overall it didn't have a particularly good feel to it. Apparently theres a Vipassana ashram near Bangalore which i've heard good things about and have been advised to check out. Maybe you could have a look at that. And of course if you're willing to go North then Varinassi is the place to go i think. Hope thats of any help.