Surrounded by fascinating landscape and natural beauty in the mountain range of Sahyadri, Yoga Vidya Gurukul is about 4 hours drive from Mumbai, near Nashik. It was founded in 1978 by Yogacharya Dr Vishwas Mandlik as a non-profit organization. It is inspired and guided by the vision of Swami Satyananda of Bihar School of Yoga. It is a well respected Ashram, teaching Yoga teacher training, Ayurveda, Yoga therapy, Post Natal yoga plus many other courses and holds International Conferences each year. It is also a yoga therapy centre, which makes it the perfect place to relax.
If travelling with the group from Mumbai and onward to Nashik, your transfers to and from the Ashram are included within the holiday, but you must arrive before . If you need a taxi to make your own way to or from the airport, the Ashram can organise this for you. It will cost approximately £30 to make the one-way trip, but there will often be other people to share the cost of the fare with you.
Accommodation is in the recently built, spacious Swastik Campus. Rooms are shared with 3 or 4 beds. Generous curtains allow you to draw an enclosed space around your own ‘bedroom’ compartment for privacy. Beds have mosquito nets as well as bedding. Rooms have en suite facilities with Western style toilet, shower and basin. 24 hour hot water is available in the Indian style of bucket showers. There are plenty of electric plugs in the rooms which can be used with UK plugs, and each bed has its own light. Rooms contain lockable wardrobes for each guest.
The food is all ashram cooked, pure, organic, vegetarian and just amazing! Water is available around the ashram which has been purified by the kitchen’s filtering system. Bring your own bottle to fill or use the stainless steel cups provided. Herbal and lime teas are available between meals.
A shop is available for half an hour after lunch and dinner. Here you can buy yoga clothes, mats, jewellery, stationery, books as well as a wide- range of essentials that you may have left behind. Wi-Fi is available in the comfortable seating area outside the shop during its opening times.
The Ashram is a peaceful place; silence is requested first and last thing as well as at meal times. Respect of the Ashram rules is necessary so that all at the Ashram can enjoy the peace, a time to relax, unwind and have the opportunity for contemplation.
7 nights at the Ashram costs £350 per person, not including flights or extensions to the stay. Those not exploring Mumbai before the trip must arrive at the airport (being picked up at terminal 1) before midday on the 2nd March to access the free transfer to the Ashram.