Amrita Yoga was initiated by Mata Amritanandamayi, also known as Amma, one of the world’s most respected humanitarians and spiritual leaders. Amma’s entire life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain of the poor and those suffering physically and emotionally.
Amma inspires, uplifts and transforms through her physical embrace, her spiritual wisdom and her humanitarian activities, known collectively worldwide as embracing the world®. Her boundless love and compassion crosses all barriers of nationality, race and religion.
Amrita Yoga is the broad yoga program, offering classes and retreats in hatha yoga. Amma’s spiritual teachings provide the foundation for Amrita Yoga. Amrita Yoga is a system of hatha yoga that can be integrated into the other daily spiritual practices that Amma teaches or as a practice unto itself to enrich our experience of the present moment.
Amma frequently speaks about the importance of practicing hatha yoga every day. Amrita Yoga provides the highest standard of technical training in hatha yoga with a skillful attention to physical alignment, mindful breathing and the use of mantras. Our holistic yoga program that not only focuses on the physical aspects of asana practice but also aims at introducing the ancient spiritual principles that serve as the origin and foundation of Yoga.
Each asana class is taught with a central theme like love, compassion, concentration, equanimity, patience and enthusiasm, self-confidence, grace and self-effort, joy etc. These themes are woven into the asana practice, supported with stories, poems, examples, and quotes. Our international team of instructors and speakers serve on a voluntary basis and share their experience in the holistic science and practice of yoga.
Amrita Yoga Intensives and Immersions are currently offered in Amritapuri, the ashram (spiritual center) of Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) in Kerala, South India. Here, asana is taught as a devotional practice inspired by and focused on the spiritual teachings of Amma.
The ashram serves as a sanctuary, where one can contemplate, reflect and recharge, while broadening one’s experience of yoga.
The intensives and immersions offer a complete experience of ashram life and fully integrate all four paths of yoga. The daily schedule includes two asana classes, chanting of mantras and devotional songs, spiritual talks and seva (selfless service). There is also a Sanskrit Retreat Intensive, a Gateway to Sanskrit, Indian Culture and Philosophy Immersion program offered through Amrita University. Information and application is available on our web site.
When Amma is in the ashram, all participants will have the opportunity to meet her personally through her darshan (embrace). The course structure allows one to attend Amma’s spiritual discourses, meditation sessions, and bhajans (singing of devotional songs).
Studying yoga in the presence of a living master is a precious, rare opportunity and an immense blessing. Every movement and breath at Amritapuri is happening under Amma’s watchful eyes. Her love is with each student at every step of the way.
The community at Amritapuri consists of international visitors and around 3000 Indian and Non-Indian residents. Please keep in mind that the ashram is located in a very traditional part of India and home to many monastic residents. In accordance with the local customs modest dress (i.e. no shorts, sleeveless tops and transparent clothes) is required.
Guests are accommodated in basic, shared rooms, with attached bathrooms. Couples can usually stay in private rooms.
There are different food options, Continental and Indian, and organic food products are also available.
There is free filtered drinking water, a coffee bar, juice bar, convenience store, library, swimming pool, Internet café and an Ayurveda clinic that offers consultations and health products.
Planning a visit? International visitors are kindly requested to register online. You may also order a taxi to pick you up.