I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Mahatma Yoga. I felt at peace from the moment I arrived at the ashram. Being in such a wonderful location – close to nature and away from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city of Rishikesh – turned my stay into a calming and profound experience. I was very impressed and inspired by all the staff who worked hard to maintain the ashram each day and always had a smile on their face. The retreat program was ideal for me, allowing plenty of time to unwind and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The cherry on top of the cake was the relaxing Ayurvedic massage I was receiving each day! Last but certainly not least, I was captivated by the calm and easy-going nature of Yogi Ji, his words of advice and many useful teachings which I took back home with me. I would recommend this experience to anyone looking to empty their mind, reconnect with nature and get away from the busyness of city life. Though the Wi-Fi connection was excellent I didn’t feel I needed it. I am already contemplating of going back! A BIG THANK YOU to everyone at Mahatma yoga ashram
I fell in love with this place the moment we got out of the cab. To reach this beautiful ashram you have to take a short walk over a stream next to the beautiful Ganges. Everyone, there was incredibly helpful and welcomed me and my sister in with open arms. We only stayed for three days and one of them was a Sunday. I was told they normally do not do massages ect on Sundays but Yogi Qi gave me a reiki massage that helped me release soooo many negative emotions. Later I found out that not only was it his day off, but he and Anika who helped with our sound therapy (wonderful) were married on that day and still took time to take care of us, then invited us to the reception! The marma massage from Pankaj was increadible. My body still feels great. I also had three members of the ashram wish me a happy birthday after I had left. I am so thankful to have gained a new family in such a short time. If you are looking for a beautiful ashram with great teachers, yoga, tasty meals and the best view in Rishikesh, this is the one. The pictures do not do it justice. Ps. When you go, give the two dogs that live there a little love, they are fantastic pups
While doing a yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, a friend and I came across Mahatma Yoga Foundation's Reiki course. We received our attunements in Reiki I and II. It was an amazing experience due in large part to our amazing teacher and guide, Yogiji.Here are the highlights: Yogiji, put together a Reiki course just for the two of us. He met our schedule and gave us so much individual attention. He took us through a very deliberate, well thought out process, answering all of our questions and providing us with clear materials for use during and after the course. His approach was honest and direct. He encouraged us to work together as we moved through our course and to branch out and work on others. I've found that most of the energy work is about not just connection but confidence. Because Yogiji was so hands-on and practical, we both completed our 1st and 2nd level attunements with the connection and confidence to really build a Reiki practice. Yogiji even took time to help me with my yoga and coaching practice in some of our wonderful chats. I highly recommend the course and the teacher.
My India experience was excellent, from the taxi service to the yoga retreat at Mahatma Yoga Ashram. My two weeks stay at Mahatma Yoga was a personally fulfilling and enlightening experience. I enjoyed every aspect of the program, from the home-cooked vegetarian meals to deep conversations on yoga philosophy to various meditation and yoga asana practices. It's also a huge bonus that Mahatma Yoga Ashram sits on top of the Ganges River bank - the sound of the gushing water in the mornings was breathtakingly refreshing. Yet the thing I missed most about my experience is the wonderful students and teachers who became my friends. Mahatma Yoga Ashram is the ideal place for a yoga retreat - very magnetic!
I recently spent 3.5 weeks staying in this Ashram for a yoga retreat and I loved every second of it. It is set back away from everything, with a quiet beach and the Ganges right outback! 5 minute walk to town if you need anything. The private rooms were very comfortable. The food was absolutely AMAZING!!! Yogi and Matt are wonderful teachers and I learned so much during my time there. If it weren't for my expiring visa I would more than likely still be there I highly recommend this retreat for anyone, whether you are new to yoga or experienced- they find a way to make it work for everyone! This is the one place I have traveled that truly feels like and became my second home. The schedule was set up great, leaving us free time in the afternoon to explore the city if we wanted. One free massage a week, given right in the ashram. I also did a group rafting trip in the Ganges and saw the sunrise from the top of a mountain on a group trekking trip which was included with the retreat and organized by the staff. Yogi is an amazing spiritual teacher, he has so much wisdom to offer anyone who comes to Mahatma. I look forward to my next visit to Mahatma Yoga Ashram!
I came to Mahatma Yoga Foundation to do a yoga teacher training in September 2012 and was pleasantly surprised to find this amazing ashram in the surroundings of the Himalayas on the holy river Ganga. It was breathtaking to wake up every morning to the view of the mountains. It was a surreal experience to stay there for a month and to absorb the beauty and peace of this place. I am very grateful to have met the Yogi Ji. I enjoyed all his teachings and was blown away by his powers in Reiki. What an amazing feeling! My stay at the ashram was filled with new experiences every single day. From yoga to delicious food and to meet so many people from all over the world. I miss everyone there and hope to see them all again! Regina