WELCOME TO PHOOL CHATTI ASHRAM IN RISHIKESH INDIA!
Phool Chatti Ashram is situated in the north of India along the banks of the Ganges River in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Set in stunning gardens and surrounded by mountains, the name “Phool Chatti” means “Land of Flowers”.
Phool Chatti Ashram has been welcoming spiritual seekers for
meditation, renewal, and spiritual growth for over 120 years.
People come to Phool Chatti Ashram for different reasons. Many come to experience the 7-day Yoga/Meditation Program and experience ashram life in its full expression; while others come for the quiet tranquility available here to do their own personal practices.
Just above Rishikesh, Phool Chatti Ashram is a little slice of paradise! Located on the banks of the Ganga River (Ganges) in the Himalayan foothills, we are surrounded by mountain forests, hiking trails, swimming beaches, and nature in abundance. The Hem River also joins the Ganga at our doorstep, so we are twice lucky!
Once an ancient pilgrimage route, the site was thought to be ideal to provide rest for spiritual travelers. So in the late 1800’s, Phool Chatti Ashram was founded by the spiritually awakened sadhu, Sri Devi Dayal ji Maharaj, to serve his fellow sadhus and other pilgrims venturing into sacred territory.
WHAT MAKES PHOOL CHATTI UNIQUE?
Many yoga courses are offered by ashrams in the urban atmosphere of Rishikesh. Two things make Phool Chatti’s yoga/meditation program especially unique:
1) We teach a full spectrum of the yogic (spiritual) path and ashram life---not just asanas (postures). Our aim is to give students a comprehensive experience including yoga (asanas), chanting, pranayama (breathing), lecture, meditation, neti pot cleansing, Pooja (prayer ritual) and more. We offer our students practical tools they can continue to use in their lives after the program ends.
2) We are a remote ashram located in a stunning, natural environment along the banks of the Ganga River in the Himalayan foothills. It is tranquil and quiet, so this environment lends itself to a deep, inner experience where the mind can relax and meditation is naturally supported.
For more course information, please click The Yoga Program link.
DEEP TRADITION ALONGSIDE MODERN FACILITIES
Phool Chatti’s tradition of service continued and expanded over the decades to welcome people from all walks of life and many regions of the world.
Since 1977, Phool Chatti Ashram has been under the able care and guidance of its present Swami ji, Swami Dev Swarup Nanda ji.
The ashram has preserved its character and ‘feel’ of its long 120-year (plus) history, yet it has modernized its infra-structure to provide comfort and convenience to its residents and guests. Electricity, western toilets, hot and cold water, as well as the ashram now managing its communications by phone and internet are all parts of the way that Phool Chatti has kept the balance of tradition alive alongside the conveniences of modern life.
COURSE ELEMENTS FOR 7 DAY YOGA COURSES
• Meditation: Any of a number of practices or techniques to quiet the mind and “be aware” in this moment.
• Yoga Exercises (Asana Practice): Coordinating movement, balance, stretching and postures to obtain physical vitality, mental clarity and subtle body awareness. Hatha yoga is practiced in the morning, Astanga in the afternoon.
• Breathing Techniques (Pranayama): Linking of the mind, body, and breath through respiration control.
• Neti Pot Cleansing: Technique for clearing the nasal and sinus passages with warm, lightly salted water.
• Meditative Walks: Walking meditation is practiced with mindful awareness to nature and the present moment.
• Mantra Chanting: Repetition of sacred Sanskrit sounds to enter into clearer states of consciousness.
• Silence (Mauna): Participants will observe silence each day from morning up to 1 pm and at all meals.
• Lecture and Discussion: Teaching and group discussion on ancient Yoga principles from Patanjali’s Yoga sutras. Questions from participants encouraged.
• Guided Mediation: Use of different mediums (spoken, music, chanting) to assist students in relaxation and stilling the mind for meditative states.
• Prayer (Pooja) and Bhajans: Evening temple Pooja (worship) welcoming all faiths and religions followed by bhajans (sacred singing) around a fire with drums and percussion instruments.
• Fire Ceremony (Havan): Sacred purification ceremony on final day of course where mantra is chanted 108 times.
1. …I discovered an amazing ashram just north of town. Phool Chatti Ashram is incredible...a paradise on earth nestled where a powerful bend in the Ganges meets a small Himalayan tributary. They have an excellent, very full program that will give you a truly authentic ashram experience. Phool Chatti is the real deal and the teacher is excellent!
Posted by yogitroy, 26-Aug-2008
ThornTree (blog site for Lonely Planet)
2. I feel very fortunate to have landed here . . . It’s such a simple life with a very spiritual focus. No one here has many possessions, but people are very happy, and I find that I feel so happy and free with the few things that I have. Everyone works, but there is an easiness and a sincerity to life. The Ashram feels sane. Every day, people spend time giving thanks to the gods for the bounty we enjoy and recognizing the previous generations of teachers who helped build this place and carry down the teachings. The food is delicious, healthy and lovingly prepared. People treat one another with a deep respect – like family. The pace is consistent, but relaxed, and people are here to give, to serve and to become more loving human beings.
Posted by Brandon Smith, SailingSmitty blog – March 2011
3. …On the final day we did a Fire Ceremony which involved reciting a chant 108 times and throwing a special wood into the flames. It was a perfect end to the week especially as it was carried out in a small room with arched windows overlooking the crystal clean azure Ganges. At the end of the week I felt the healthiest, strongest and clearest in mind that I have for a long time.
Posted by Anitas, Walkabout, December 1 2007