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Gateway to the Himalayan Yoga Tradition

Introduction to AHYMSIN and SRSG -- Our Community in Rishikesh, India

The Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International (AHYMSIN) is a world-wide affiliation of centers and initiates.  Mahamandaleshwara Swami Veda Bharati, a disciple of H. H. Sri Swami Rama, provided the impetus for founding AHYMSIN and serves as the Spiritual Guide.  Initiates from around the world met at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh, India, in 2007 to officially form AHYMSIN. Click HERE to see a video introducing you to AHYMSIN.  Here are some photos of SRSG:


Our purpose is to teach and make available the knowledge of yoga meditation within the Tradition of the Himalayan Masters, as interpreted by Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Activities include teaching the science of yoga, carrying out research and publication in the field of yoga and related branches of knowledge, and performing acts of charity for the benefit of humanity.  AHYMSIN is registered as a non-profit society with the government of India.

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Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India, serves as AHYMSIN world headquarters and as a spiritual retreat center for AHYMSIN members and others.  Also located at SRSG are the Dhyana Gurukulam, the Meditation Research Institute, and AHYMSIN Publishing.  The Dhyana Gurukulam is an intensive, long term (3 to 5 years) study program to prepare people for service as spiritual guides.  The Meditation Research Institute is a lab which was opened for the purpose of documenting the various meditative techniques of the Himalayan Tradition and to test their effectiveness with scientific tools and methods as well as with the aim of understanding the neural correlates of consciousness and especially brain dynamics during meditation.


AHYMSIN has an international teacher training program called HYT-TTP, the Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program, , which offers a 200 Hour Program and a 600 Hour Program for certification as a yoga teacher. For more about this program: http://www.himalayanyogatradition.com/


Swami Rama’s Ashram of the Sadhana Mandir Trust, is the spiritual seat of AHYMSIN for all inspiration. Founded in 1966 on the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh, India, Sadhana Mandir Trust was established by Swami Rama as an international retreat center for sincere aspirants to practice meditation in a spiritually elevating environment. Sadhana is the word for a student's sincere efforts along a particular path of practice toward self-realization. The word mandir simply means "house." So Sadhana Mandir means the abode of spiritual practice. Please visit: http://www.sadhanamandir.org/


To view the AHYMSIN logo and to learn its meaning: http://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Himalayan-Tradition/the-meaning-behind-the-ahymsin-logo.html

For a report of the Gathering of the Sangha in 2010, please visit: http://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Ityukta-2010/gathering-of-the-sangha-report.html The 2010-2013 Executive Committee was elected and the 2010-2013 Spiritual Practices were given at this gathering.

 

Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International (AHYMSIN)
Spiritual Director: Swami Veda Bharati
C/o Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama
Virbhadra Road, P.O. Pashulok
Uttarakhand, India 249 203
Tel: 0135-2455091 Fax: 0135-2450831
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Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama 


Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh, India, serves as AHYMSIN world headquarters and houses the AHYMSIN Office, which can be contacted at http://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Contact-Us/AHYMSIN-Office.html

 

The Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (Village of Spiritual Seekers) is a spiritual retreat centre located in the Rishikesh, India, area.  It is at a comfortable walking distance to the river Ganges and the nearby famous sacred shrine of Virbhadra  The Little Kali River flows alongside the campus, and the scenic Shivalik Hills surround the area.  Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) was founded in 2002 by Swami Veda Bharati.

 

Mission of SRSG

 

Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) is dedicated to restoring yoga and meditation to their ancient and traditional purity, yet retaining the same in a modern scientific framework, exploring their application to the modern world, and fulfilling these purposes by training spiritual guides and teachers of international stature.

 

Facilities

 

Fully furnished cottages are provided. Most cottages feature two or three bedrooms, kitchenette, dining area, and bathroom with hot water, showers, and western style toilet.  A small number of single occupancy units are also available.  Accommodations are available for up to 100 guests.

Guests are provided with balanced vegetarian meals which are cooked and served in a common dining hall. A reverse osmosis water filter is in the dining hall where guests may fill their water bottles for drinking water. Mandala Office has a purified water dispenser. The tap water at the ashram is untainted, being drawn by our own deep well, but you may use the filtered water for drinking. 

Additional facilities include a large meditation hall, guest library, a video room, bookstore, sound recording room, and the Meditation Research Institute.  Internet access is available to guests.

 

For accomodations and reservations: http://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Contact-Us/Accomodations-and-Reservations.html

Travel Services

 

“When you experience a beautiful sport as the abode of the sacred spirit, and the process of experiencing it the sacred enters your soul, it is called insight-seeing.” – Swami Veda Bharati


Staff at SRSG will happily assist you in your travel needs.  Taxi, train or flight bookings can be made for your journey to SRSG from Delhi airport. 

  
Travel and touring in and around the region, including the higher mountain shrines of the Himalayas can also be arranged.  Please see Himalayan Insight-Seeing Tours and Travel at: http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/miscellaneous/srsgtravel/

 

Contact: http://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Contact-Us/SRSG-Travels.html


Regular Ashram Programmes

SRSG, through its many really unique aspects, offers programmes that are not available elsewhere...


Spiritual Retreats

Individualized Retreat: Come anytime during the year. Stay for a few days or a few months; come alone or with family or friends. Individual study programmes of hatha yoga, relaxation, breathing, meditation, yoga philosophy and karma yoga as taught by the Himalayan Tradition, are developed for participants.

Silence Retreat: With the approval of the spiritual director, guided silence periods of 3 days, 10 days or for those with prior silence experience a 40 days retreat. A systematic series of practices is given under the guidance of Swami Veda. For those who are ready, a three month practice of silence and solitude may be given.

Intensive Sadhana Retreat: Longer and more intensive periods of sadhana may be assigned for prepared seekers by the spiritual director.

Special Seminars

From time to time special seminars are organized for visiting groups. See website or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and/ or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for dates and topics of upcoming seminars.


In-Sight Seeing Tours

Conducted in conjunction with one of the above programmes, excursions to sacred sites can be planned. Please see http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/miscellaneous/srsgtravel/.

Who may enroll

The variety of programmes listed below makes it possible for seekers to find the one that best suits their spiritual interests, time constraints and resources. Persons from all spiritual traditions and all walks of life are welcome.

Schedule

Participants in all the programmes follow the daily ashram schedule which begins at 5:00 AM and runs until 9:30 PM. Time for reading, journaling, and reflection is always available.


Classes on the basic yoga practices are regularly scheduled as well as lecture courses for gurukulam which guests may attend as appropriate. Guests also attend Swami Veda's classes when he is in residence.

Gurukulam Programme

Swami Rama Institute of Meditation and Interfaith Studies: 3 to 5 years

" ... the goal is to produce graduates who excel in both scholarship and the practical disciplines."

The purpose of the Gurukulam programme is to prepare aspirants as teachers, spiritual guides and citizens able to speak to different cultures and guide them in meditation in its totality, in the context of all cultures. It envisions personal spiritual experience to be the foundation of education in all academic areas. Hence the goal is to produce graduates who excel in both scholarship and the practical disciplines.

Ancient texts and their languages are taught not merely as works of philosophical theory. They are explained in the light of the spiritual experiences from which they have originated. They are taught so that students who are being led through those levels of spiritual experience may understand. At the same time, students develop scholarly understanding of a text by accessing it through the language in which it was written-Sanskrit, for example.

Students :

 

This programme is suitable for persons who are interested in long¬ term intense study while carrying out spiritual practices given by the Spiritual Director. Students commit to a 3 to 5 year (and up to 10 years) of study and training on campus.

 

Schedule of Classes, Study and Practice :

 

The class schedule includes daily classes in Sanskrit, hatha yoga, and texts such as the Yoga Sutras, Sankhya-Karika, Bhagavad-Gita etc. Other courses in areas of philosophy, yoga psychology, Ayurveda, religions and yoga anatomy are taught at intervals throughout the year.

In addition to coursework, students have practices in inner awareness, chanting, self-purification and individual practice. The physical aspects of yoga are taught in their meditational context-having meditation as the true experience. Karma yoga or service to the ashram is a regular part of the programme.

The daily routine runs from 5:00 AM to 9:30 PM. Classes are held six days a week.

The academic term is from September through May with a summer break from June to August. Students may stay in residence during the summer.

 

Faculty :

 

Full and part-time faculty members are international. They have integrated the profound teaching of meditation with their academic and scientific learning.

 

Prerequisites :

 

English language is the medium of communication, so it is highly recommended that prospective students prepare themselves prior to enrolment. Academic prerequisite is a minimum of a high school diploma although some enrolees already have a college degree.

 

Inquiries:

To inquire: http://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Contact-Us/Gurukulam-School.html

 

Ideally the admission process starts at least three months in advance of the fall term. New students are admitted for the fall term.

 

Meditation Research Institute 

In 2005, Swami Veda Bharati decided to establish a research laboratory at the Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama. His teacher Swami Rama had interacted on numerous occasions with scientists all over the world, most famously in his encounter with Elmer Green at the Menninger Foundation in 1970 where he demonstrated exceptional abilities to self-regulate his brain and body, research later used as an important contribution to Green's book Beyond Biofeedback.  Swami Veda, through the AHYMSIN, began operating a research laboratory at the Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama.

At the Meditation Research Institute, we aim at understanding the neural correlates of consciousness and especially brain dynamics during meditation. It seems natural that meditation and science should interact when it comes to studying consciousness. Meditation is the study of consciousness from an internal, subjective perspective and science is the study of phenomena, including consciousness, from an external, objective perspective.  We believe that through the interaction of meditation and science a more thorough understanding of consciousness will emerge.

We have several articles about the lab  here http://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Meditation-Research-Institute/ , or please see their website http://www.meditationresearchinstitute.org/  for more information.

HYT-TTP, the Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program 

AHYMSIN has a teacher training program called HYT-TTP, the Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program, , which offers  an integrated program of self-transformation leading  in the authentic tradition of Swami Rama of the Himalayas.  Certification Options in the Teacher Training and Continuing Studies Program in the Himalayan Yoga Tradition include a 200 Hour and a 600 Hour program.  For more information, please visit our website: http://www.himalayanyogatradition.com/


Our program is a systematic, sadhana-based program. "Sadhana" is a Sanskrit word which means undertaking a practice so as to cultivate and refine one's character. The main goal of our program is to deepen the students' sadhana so that they can transmit authentic yoga teachings to others, not only from a storehouse of academic knowledge, but also from a depth of personal experience.

AHYMSIN Publishers

 

The prime purpose of establishing Ahymsin Publishers is to spread the teachings of Himalayan Yoga Tradition through printed and other study materials. New titles and re-prints are published. Our Book Store at SRSG has a stock of various titles which has been appreciated and used by visitors and ashramites.  We distribute Swami Veda’s books all over the world and are the authorized distributor of Himalayan Institute Publication books in India.The CD editing and production team has edited more than 250 lectures and has digitized 85 percent of recorded audios of Swami Veda Bharati which already runs into more than 4000 hours of audio recordings and which is ever on the increase. The SWARANGAN, our Sound Recording Studio was created with the prime objective to produce quality audible audios of Swamiji and other teachers from the Himalayan Tradition.

 

To contact AHYMSIN Publishers: http://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Contact-Us/Book-and-DVD-Orders.html