Enter the path of Meditation as taught by the Himalayan Sages
Our ashram, through its many really unique aspects, offers programs that are not available elsewhere. Both total beginners and advanced practitioners may join the ashram immersion program that is available throughout the year. Everyone receives personalized guidance during their stay.
All practitioners get the opportunity to experience the introspective and peaceful nature of the ashram environment and ashram life. One may come anytime during the year; come alone or with family and friends.
This ongoing program is designed as a 3-14 days long individual and group study programs, where a practitioner may immerse oneself in all aspects of the teachings of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition, as taught by Swami Rama and Swami Veda Bharati.
Each individual arriving at the ashram starts with a foundation course, a series of classes that introduces and shares the foundational practices and philosophy of the Himalayan Tradition. One would be given a daily schedule of instruction in preparation for meditation, pranayama, relaxation, joints & glands exercise, hatha yoga, and yoga philosophy. The daily ashram schedule runs from 5:30 am to 9:30 pm each day. Time for self-study and reflection is always available.
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Preparation for Meditation:
The systematic point-to-point steps in the method of starting meditation practice as taught by the Himalayan Sages are:
Diaphragmatic and uniform breathing.
Correct posture, with a straight spine, and no feeling of discomfort in the legs, back or the neck. One should be able to maintain such correct and straight position of the spine without encountering discomfort.
Shithili-karana, or systematic relaxation. One should maintain total relaxation of the neuro-muscular system throughout a meditation session.
Awareness of breathing. It has some subtler modes that one learns gradually.
Using a mantra or a sacred word from whichever spiritual tradition: (a) Initially a sound that flows easily with the breath, such as the word Soham. (b) After such a step has been mastered, a mantra-diksha (initiation into mantra) is given and more advanced methods of refined japa (mental remembrance of the mantra) are gradually introduced.
Anyone at any age can begin; the younger the better. On the other hand, it is never too late in life to start. The practice should be done at least once a day, for whatever length of time is available.