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Travel to India – A Sacred Journey

“ The mountain peaks that haunted me from infancy
At their feet now I set you down
Many a seeker’s deep longing
Impelled me to set a part of me
At the foothills of these sacred mountains
These mountains where seers and sages walked
The most glorious one, my light and liberation
Chose these magnificent peaks to dissolve

Now at their feet a sturdy band
Of seekers are pursuing the timeless, immortal path
Their seeking and longing
Their struggle and joy
Their pain and love
I bear in my heart
These wondrous creatures, these Ishas
Sure shall bring light to the world ”

- Sadhguru

Greetings!

We look forward to welcoming you at the Isha Yoga Center! India is a country rich in spiritual heritage and cultural tradition. Over thousands of years, this culture has seen an exploration, unmatched in depth and understanding, of the inner sciences. Mukti, or liberation, has been seen as the highest goal for every human being, and every aspect of life has been tailored to create the right situation for a human being to reach his fullest potential.

The Isha Yoga Center, created by Sadhguru under the aegis of the Isha Foundation, is very much a part of this glorious tradition. The foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains, forty kilometers from the city of Coimbatore in southern India, serve as home for the Isha Yoga Center. Over the millennia, these mountains have been witness to the lives of countless siddhas, seers, sages, and enlightened beings, who have enriched the place with their boundless life energies.Sadhguru was intuitively drawn here to establish a powerful space for spiritual unfoldment. Unique in its offering of all the four major paths of yoga – gnana (knowledge), karma (action), kriya (energy), and bhakti (devotion) – the Yoga Center provides a supportive atmosphere in which you can explore and pursue your spiritual practices and establish yourself in a way that affirms wholeness and vitality.

During your stay, you will be in the presence of the Dhyanalinga and Sadhguru, and will be sharing space with brahmacharies (monks) and ashram residents, all of whom have dedicated their lives to spiritual pursuit.

This guide will introduce you to the ashram and its way of life and provide detailed information about the Isha Yoga Center. It will serve as a starting point for you to explore and be enriched by the wonderful possibility that the Yoga Center is.

Please read through and let us know if you have any questions about any aspect of your visit.

Best Regards,

Swami Kallola

Overseas Coordination Office

Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore, India

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“A powerful space consecrated for inner unfoldment, having a deeply dedicated community which is an embodiment of love and commitment to all.”

- Sadhguru

Visitor Information

  • Travel Tips
  • What to Bring
  • Accommodation
  • Currency & Money Exchange
  • Communication
  • Medical
  • General Guidelines
  • Daily Ashram Schedule
  • Volunteering
  • For More info
    • Passport:   Citizens of all countries (except Nepalese, Bhutanese and Maldivian) require a passport to enter India. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of intended departure from India.
    • Visa: If you do not already have a valid Indian visa, you can apply for a tourist visa to India at the Indian Embassy/High Commission or Indian visa processing center in your country. In order to ensure that your visa is granted prior to travel, be sure to submit the application well in advance.

    • Transfer to Isha Yoga Center:
      • At the Coimbatore Airport, a pre-paid taxi counter is located in the Arrival terminal. ‘Isha’ is a standard destination; a basic, non-A/C taxi will cost about Rs.800 (as of March 2012). The drive to the Isha Yoga Center will take about 1.5 hours.
      • At the railway station, there will be many taxis available. The standard price (as of March 2012) is about Rs.600 for a basic, non-A/C vehicle; but you may have to negotiate. The drive will take about 1 hour.
    • Passport with valid Indian visa / PIO / OCI card (NRI’s should carry their Indian passport)
    • Footwear that is easily removable to enter interior spaces (waterproof is best)
    • Umbrella or raincoat
    • Comfortable walking shoes or sandals in case of any walks/treks
    • Yoga mat
    • Comfortable clothing for doing yogic practices
    • Light sweater
    • Toiletries
    • Towel
    • Alarm clock
    • Regular medication (if any)
    • Mosquito repellant
    • Ear plugs
    • Flash light
    • Plug adaptor
    • Accommodation:
      • A range of accommodation is available at the Isha Yoga Center, from standard non-air-conditioned rooms to suites. Visit:http://www.ishafoundation.org/Isha-Yoga-Center/Accommodation.isa
      • Please book your accommodation at least one month in advance by contacting your Regional Coordinator. Contacts are available at the above link.
      • The accommodation includes two wholesome vegetarian meals per day.

    • Items required at check-in:
      1. Passport for all members in your group (including NRIs).
      2. Xerox copy of passport/Indian visa for all members in your group.
      3. Print-out of your Confirmation Letter from the Isha Yoga Center.
    • Cash:Only Indian rupees are accepted at the Isha Yoga Center. Exchange of foreign currency to Indian rupees is not available at the Yoga Center. Please change money prior to arrival, either at an international airport in India or in town. Be sure to request some smaller denominations also (Rs. 50, 20 or 10) for daily expenses like bottled water or snacks.
    • Credit Cards: We accept all major credit cards (except American Express).
    • Internet Access, Telephone Facility, and International Calling Cards will be available at your place of stay. However, we encourage all guests to keep communication to a minimum and focus on their sadhana and activity to make the most out of their stay here.
    • Incoming Urgent Emails: In case you are not able to check emails regularly, the Overseas Coordination Office contact details can be used to receive urgent mails or calls from anyone who wishes to contact you. The contacts are: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and 94425 04647. Please inform anyone sending an inbound e-mail to place your name in the "RE:" or "subject" space.
    • Basic First-Aid & Medical Assistance is provided at the Isha Yoga Center.
    • Medical Insurance/ further Medical Care:
      1. Beyond any basic care provided by the Isha Yoga Center clinic, the cost for any and all further medical care is the responsibility of the guest/volunteer/program participant, and appropriate insurance coverage is required.
      2. Secondary and tertiary care medical facilities are available in the city of Coimbatore, an hour’s drive from the Isha Yoga Center.
    • Medical Conditions:
      1. Please communicate information on any serious medical conditions such as asthma, chronic ailments, allergies, heart conditions, physical disabilities, and history of mental imbalances/disorders, well in advance.
    • Immunizations:
      1. Isha Yoga Center advises that you get all necessary immunizations prior to your visit. Please consult your health care provider or the national health service in your respective country for advice on recommended immunizations for travel to South India.
    • Greetings: The traditional greeting in South India is “Namaskaram” with palms joined. Indian culture also tends towards modesty while expressing physical affection. Please avoid displays of physical affection such as hugging and holding hands.
    • Dress Code: Indian clothing style is modest, so please bring clothing that covers shoulders, knees and midriff at all times for both men and women. Proper attire includes: ankle length pants for both men and women (no capris or shorts) and long shirts that cover upper arms and thighs. Please avoid tight clothes – both for your own comfort and as a sign of respect for the local culture.
    • Footwear: Removing footwear before entering interior spaces is a part of the Indian cultural ethos. For your convenience, please bring footwear that can be easily removed.
    • Food: Two wholesome vegetarian meals are served per day (participants in residential programs are served meals as per the program schedule). The food is of South Indian cuisine. Meals are taken in silence and are served in the Biksha Hall (dining hall), seated on the floor. Please attend the meals at the given times. Food is eaten in traditional Indian style with the right hand, but spoons are available on request.
      The ashram kitchen will not be able to cater to any special diet requests. However, non-spicy food is available. Items beyond the regular menu (i.e. bottled water, fruits, fresh juices, ashram-made snacks, and bakery items) are available at the Pepper Vine Eatery, located within the Yoga Center, and open from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm every day.
    • Laundry: Laundry can be done in the designated wash areas. Clothes-lines are available. Alternatively, a laundry facility is available in your place of stay at a minimal cost.
    • Drinking Water: Water purifiers with safe drinking water are located at each stay area. One liter bottles and twenty liter “bubble top” water bottles may also be purchased at your place of stay.
    • Weather: Weather at the Isha Yoga Center is quite warm from April through September with temperatures touching a maximum of 95°F (35°C). Light clothing is recommended. From October through February, the climate cools and the days are pleasant but temperatures can touch a minimum of 60°F (15°C) at night. A light sweater or jacket may be useful. Situated as it is next to the Velliangiri Mountains, the ashram and surrounding areas receive regular rainfall from June to November. It is best to carry light rain gear during this period.
    • Bedtime: 10 pm is bedtime at the ashram. Please maintain silence after 10 pm.
    • Valuables and Safe Deposit: Please be sure to keep your valuables in the safe in your respective stay area. The Yoga Center is not responsible for any loss of items which have not been kept in the safe. We recommend that no valuables be kept in the room.
    • Consumption of liquor, tobacco, cigarettes, hallucinogens, and non-vegetarian food in and around the Yoga Center premises is strictly prohibited.
    • Walking in the Forest: Government regulations do not permit entry into the forest adjacent to the ashram.
    • Photography: Please note that photography is permitted only in front of the Dhyanalinga complex, near the Nandi. Kindly refrain from taking photographs anywhere else within the Yoga Center.
    • Make Use of This Space: Guests are not encouraged to move in and out of the Yoga Center premises during the period of their stay.
    • The ashram is a sacred space that has been created for one’s spiritual growth. The daily schedule in the ashram has been created such that every aspect of the day can be utilized as a sadhana, as a tool towards one’s growth.

      Note: schedule for program participants may vary

    • 5.30 to 7.30 am – Guru Pooja and practices in Sadhana Hall, for Isha Yoga practitioners.
    • 8 to 9.30 am – Volunteering (optional) *Contact the Overseas Coordination Office for volunteering opportunities
    • 10 am – Brunch at Biksha Hall
    • 11.45 am to 12.10 pm – Nadha Aradhana in the Dhyanalinga Temple
      • Nadha Aradhana is an offering of sound to the Dhyanalinga with an etheric blend of vocals, singing bowls, drums and various other instruments, which transports one into the timeless space of the Dhyanalinga.
    • 12.30 to 1.30 pm – Aumkar Diksha
      • Aumkar meditation is a daily introduction to the timeless and powerful mantra "AUM." This meditation is known to have transcendental qualities. It can bring peace and balance to the meditator's system, and is known to relieve people from numerous physical and mental ailments when practiced regularly.
    • 2.30 to 4.30 pm – Volunteering (optional)
    • 4.30 to 5.45 pm – Evening practices (optional)
    • 4.45 to 5.45 pm – Games (on the grounds opposite the Cottages)
    • 5.45 to 6.10 pm – Nadha Aradhana in the Dhyanalinga Temple
    • 6.10 to 6.45 pm – Sadhguru Darshan
      • The word “Darshan” means “to behold.” Darshan is a special opportunity to receive the love and Grace of Sadhguru.
    • 7 pm – Dinner at Biksha Hall
    • 8 pmLinga Seva (Temple cleaning) in Dhyanalinga and Linga Bhairavi Temples
    • 10 pm – Bedtime (Lights out)
  • “Volunteering is a way of learning to make ourselves into a process of just giving.
    ‘Volunteer’ means one who is willing.
    Volunteering is a tremendous possibility in that direction that you can give yourself,
    you can really offer yourself through your work.
    The whole process of Yoga is just to give yourself.”
    – Sadhguru

    Guests to the Isha Yoga Center are encouraged to volunteer for a minimum of 2 to 3 hours daily. Volunteer activities include volunteering in the Dhyanalinga or Linga Bhairavi Temples, program volunteering, dining setup/serving, gardening, and much more. The Overseas Coordination Office can guide you as to where you can volunteer.

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