NARMADE HAR ! sacred river ༺ 🔥 ༻ sacred fire ༺ 🔥 ༻ sacred stones ༺ 🔥 ༻ sacred movement ༺ 🔥 ༻ sacred chant ༺ 🔥 ༻ sacred activism
༺ 🔥 ༻ You have found your way here for a reason. Here is a portal to a mystical place, Maheshwar – a major vortex of Shiva energy that flows along with life on the Secret Sacred River Narmada, where Nature is Omniscient and Omniscience is within each and every sentient and insentient being. The primitive ways are often the most esoterically advanced. Here, we intuit and explore, here we gather to remember what we were born to know, that every breathe of fresh air, every stone and handful of dirt, every drop and rivulet of water, every flicker of a flame is sacred and all-knowing. At birth, we are intimately connected to other beings, our Mother, our beloved animal companions, in a way that becomes hidden in the world of Maya. Life on the holy river Narmada is closer to that innocence that lies just beneath thickened skin. When you gaze into this Sacred River, if you take a dip, all outer manifestations of pretense disappear. It is a passive purification, evoked by the gentle electromagnetic forces and natural piezoelectric crystals present here, at the center of the most sacred Narmada River. As you align your steps with the rhythm where being-ness meets another dimension, gradually it dissolves the calcified deposits of worldly life, opening the human vehicle to a New Paradigm.
༺ 🔥 ༻ Meet me, today, wherever you are. We are a global community! I am a master of Ayurvedic Healing Fire Ritual & Vedic lifestyle in addition to Hatha Yoga, Pranayama breathwork, Meditation, esoteric Advaitc Yoga philosophy, and chanting Sanskrit mantra. I am not a “Therapist”. Don’t “hire” me, I don’t wish to be “employed”. You can always Contact me for private sessions or group modules. I am a Swamini, a Yogini and a Certified Education Provider. I am available at your convenience. You may engage me wherever you are in the world to access these practices in person or teleconference by Skype for suggested donations. I show you how to give yourself and your loved ones these therapeutic kriyas & sadhanas. I have an exceptional experiential background of over 44 years of personal sadhana and 17 years of residential work at Ashrams and in the wellness field that spans the globe. I am properly trained, accredited and registered. I will provide you with YACEP credits if you are a Yoga Teacher, with a beautiful official certificate to frame and submit a copy to your registrant. I also produce extra-ordinary Yoga Retreats at my Ashram, a partially restored primitive ruin, and love to profit share with other Yoga Teachers.
༺ 🔥 ༻ Welcome! Narmade Har! If you contact me for an e-visit, or are planning to visit me in India, i am here to assist you on your path to my hOMe, SwAr Ashram, enter the blue door in this photo. Here I offer Yoga Immersion Retreats and Private Yoga Experiences. (scroll down for more). I gratefully Manage & Direct this Ashram as a sevaka because it was bequeathed to my care by Swami Anant Ram, a Siddhi Guru, my Guru, who invited me to be in residence with him in January 2009. He departed his body in Mahasamadhi in November 2012 but is still an active presence here spiritually. I am the Mother (Amma) of this Gurukula Ashram & Vedantic Library, with a riverview Yoga Shala, where i share the Yogic Arts & Sciences with you. The joy of opening this location to adepts, seekers and heritage loving tourists is my most cherished dharma. I am at the service of those who wish to visit us. We are now listed on tripadvisor.com. It is my joy to share with you the experiencial authentic technology of Yoga, from its esoteric roots. We form a relationship of support as you become part of our Ashram family. Since SwAr Ashram doesn’t have amenities for overnighters, we have an exclusive arrangement with our Fort’s Royal Family to lodge our guests in the 6 rooms of the Gatehouse to the Maheshwar Palace, Labboo’z Lodge & Cafe where all the modern comforts are availed in a masterful heritage restoration. It is just a 3 minute riverside walk along the Fort wall.
༺ 🔥 ༻ With a Yoga Immersion Retreat or Private Experiencial package, i provide you with authentic Yogic practices & tours around ancient temples & heritage sites. but the real immersion is about YOU. There is always a focus on your well-being, whether it be PTSD, grief, daily stress or emotional release, special needs diet, etc. So that you may relax and enjoy India without the usual hassles of traveling, we provide safe lodging, healthy food and pickup at the Indore airport or train station. Our costs are covered as you book in advance, the final part of your payment is the Ashram dakshina – payable on arrival in rupees. You will find more info & pictures scrolling through this site. You may always contact me with queries. You can call me Amma (Spiritual Mother) or by my name, Niradhara.
༺ 🔥 ༻ If you are just starting out on the Path of Yoga, or if you have been (like me) on the Path for decades, no matter where we are, the Source is the same. Yoga is Mother India’s national treasure, India ignited the world’s passion for Yoga. This Ancient India Yogic Experience starts with the origins of ancient Yogis, in union where it meets your Inner Fire. As an amazing Yogic art, science and technology for transformation, i offer full instruction and tools to the foundational Vedic Fire Ceremony. Here is a link to my page here which details Agnihotra, and my fb page for Agnihotra – a small daily fire ritual, yet a powerful pivotal point of focus that enables you to relax and enter an alpha state easily, supporting a private introspection time each day. Agnihotra Sadhana is an internal practice supporting the ignition of personal power – Shakti Kundalini Energy, the key to realizing Pure Consciousness. You will be immersed in the experience of this practicum.
༺ 🔥 Enter Maheshwar, the Gupta Kashi (Secret Varanasi). In November 2007, I entered life on this Sacred River in India. With immense joy and gratitude I have come to the place where I may now offer to share the magnificence of this secret gem, the power of its auspicious placement on both geographical and astronomical leylines, the gentle Grace of Mother Narmada, with you – as well as Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, Ashram, Temples, Agnihotra, Sanskrit, Vedic Philosophy, Heritage, Culture, Healthy Meals, Tours by boat, car & foot, Spirituality, Chanting the Holy Names on the Narmada ghat in front of the sacred River at SwAr Ashram and its surrounding major Temples.
(SwAr Ashram can be seen here – its entrance is the blue door in this photo)
༺ 🔥 ༻ At the moment, i am forming 10 day Yoga Immersion Experiences in the months of November – January & possibly February. email me to Book Your Spot Now, receive updates, co-host as a Teacher, or book a Private Experience.
༺ 🔥 ༻ ♥ great care has been taken to produce retreats with a foundation of safety. ♥ the Yoga instruction takes place at SwAr Ashram, my hOMe, and offers awareness for trauma care and special needs. ♥ SwArA is partially restored, lovingly, in an ancient Fort Ruin overlooking the magnificent, karma-purifying Narmada River. The lodging is by special permission in the beautifully restored Heritage Gatehouse to the Maheshwar Palace and is gated and guarded. ♥ Food from the Lodge’s beautiful garden cafe is prepared with hygenic water which is also provided for drinking. This Lodge is a 3 minute walk along the Fort Wall from SwAr Ashram where the Teachings are based. ♥ The tours by car, foot and boat are carefully arranged through my trusted Ashram family. Yogic teaching, ancient esoteric disciplines from classical Yoga: Meditation, Pranayama, Hatha Yoga, Mantra, Mudra, Vedantic scriptures, Vedic Fire Rituals, & more. In addition to a Yogic daily routine, we will visit sacred sites, Temples & Ashrams, meet locals, witness SwArA charity work in action, eat traditional Indian cuisine & shop in the local markets, take boat trips on the Narmada River, including to a Stargate Temple in the center of the River, thousands of years old, where we will perform authentic Vedic ceremonies as well as Shabdha Snan (sound bath with singing bowls and Sanskrit chants). My spiral bound support book, my 3-part Agnihotra e-book, a deluxe boxed Agnihotra kit, lodging, tours, pujas and all meals are included. (vegan and vegetarian) ♥ Ready to Book?
A Yoga Immersion Retreat can be an introduction for the curious novice, any seeker of self-improvement, health and wellness, or a review of your entire life’s practice as an experienced Yogi/ni. This journey meets each of us where we are, the private or small group atmosphere is designed to allow me to know and serve each of you personally.
༺ 🔥 ༻ if you are travelling through India: You may join a Scheduled Retreat by pre-booking or book a Private Yogic Experience & Tour by sending me a message with your details. ༺ 🔥 ༻ Each Private Yogic Event is custom planned along with you. A deposit is required to secure your dates & donation to SwAr Ashram (in rupees on arrival) would be expected for Amma’s guidance and instruction as well as for use of the Yoga and Library spaces in the Ashram. Custom tailor your Experience with ancient esoteric disciplines from classical Yoga: Meditation, Pranayama, Hatha Yoga, Mantra, Mudra, Vedantic scriptures, Vedic Fire Rituals, & more. In addition to a Yogic daily routine, we can visit sacred sites, temples & ashrams, meet locals, witness SwArA charity work in action, eat traditional Indian cuisine & shop in the local markets, take a boat trip on the Narmada River to a Stargate Temple in the center of the River, thousands of years old, where we will perform authentic Vedic ceremonies as well as Shabdha Snan (sound bath with singing bowls and Sanskrit chants).
༺ 🔥 ༻ Be in warm and wonderful India this winter, Give yourself the gift of a mystical spiritual journey – an incredible chance to have an authentic Indian experience, off the beaten track and into the heart of Indian culture, heritage and spirituality. i have lived here 11 years, am the Amma of this micro ashram on this sacred river and am your guide on this journey. ༺ 🔥 ༻ the Yogic offerings will take place at my hOMe SwAr Ashram in Maheshwar on the banks of the Narmada river, one of the seven sacred holy places of pilgrimage in India, based at heritage lodging & Ashram both part of the ancient Fort. Book or Enquire here now.
༺ 🔥 ༻ These retreats are limited to the 6 rooms in the above Lodge for maximum security. Please book early to ensure one of these magnificent Heritage rooms (see below) adjoining the cafe with wifi, air con, hot showers & western commodes. Your booking will be for 10 nights /11 days – all-inclusive except air fare – from shared group pick up at the Indore Airport to drop off at same – you are in good hands. Any shared room is discounted $100.
༺ 🔥 ༻ Partial work exchange opportunities are open for discussion. Inquire for rates.
༺ 🔥 ༻ In addition to a Yogic daily routine, we will visit sacred sites, temples and ashrams, meet locals, witness SwArA charity work in action, eat traditional Indian cuisine and shop in the local markets. We will take boat trips on the Narmada River to an Ashram and Stargate Temple in the center of the River, thousands of years old, where we will perform authentic Vedic ceremonies as well as Shabdha Snan (sound bath with singing bowls and Sanskrit chants).
༺ 🔥 ༻ If you are a Yoga Teacher ༺ 🔥 ༻ please inquire now about bringing your students here in the months between October & February for a 7 – 10 day retreat. ♥ 6 – 12 months advance planning is recommended. ♥ Niradhara Amma and SwAr Ashram are available to partner with Yoga or other related instructors to create the Retreat of your dreams & vision – and can provide YA Yoga Teachers with Continuing Education Credits. ♥ Booking 5 students with yourself will earn a free retreat. ♥ You can also earn by teaching the morning Hatha Yoga. The best season is October through January, and your students often prefer to book a year in advance, so please don’t hesitate!
༺ 🔥 ༻ Agnihotra and Homa fire ceremonies are learned and practiced hands-on at SwAr Ashram ever day and are something unique that my Guru Lineage brings to the Yogic Experience. You will receive the fire kit as shown here, (and up close near the bottom of this page) in a steel box for travelling. You will receive my 3 part ebook PRAYING WITH FIRE and free instruction and practice time every day to attune with your own Inner Yajna and entrain yourself to circadium rhythm, as well as participate in a global sadhana to heal our atmosphere. This website gives full information on the Agnihotra page.
༺ 🔥 ༻ Click each picture below for an e-tour of this marvelous Ten Day Yoga Immersion Pilgrimage Retreat, designed to give you the tools and experiences of ancient Yogis while giving something back to our local community. Take this unique opportunity to experience ancient India as it merges with my youth initiatives, young people who have one foot in the future of India, while supporting SwArAshram’s Local Charity Initiatives , with a focus on women & girl’s upliftment.
Practicals of the Ancient India Yoga Experiences
Please see the individual Retreat Dates Links. Notice the retreats vary slightly in pricing due to the slight variation in program and inclusions such as co-hosts. In some cases, lower deposit incentives are announced on the event pages. You will get a newsletter breaking down the pricing and logistics with your deposit or on request.)
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Where: Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, India – nearest airport: Devi Ahilyabai Airport, Indore connects flights from all major cities in India. There is also a train station at Indore. Seasoned travelers to India may get a ‘tatkal’ train ticket from Mumbai or Delhi. All of my guests will be picked up together by car from Indore. If you arrive at a different time frame than specified, you will be charged additionally for a private car. Email me, a newsletter with all the details about travel in India will be forwarded to you.
What will be included: Group pick-up and drop-off at whichever Indore terminal you choose (train station, bus station or airport). From here you will experience joy & wonder in every moment: opening and closing ceremonies, Yoga Nidra, car tours to group destinations, group Boat excursions, walking tours, daily Yoga programs & lifestyle, Aarti & Agnihotra daily, (you get a deluxe Vedic Fire Rituals Kit, ebooks and spiral bound support materials), all Meals (Vegan by default, Vegetarian on request), lodging 10 nights at Labboo’z Gatehouse in front of Ahilya Fort’s Maheshwar Palace. Sanskrit Naming Ceremony may be included on request. (below is pictured the view you will experience from SwAr Ashram’s Yoga Shala.)
How much daana: all-inclusive package (excluding of airfare) varies depending on which of the Retreats and which room you choose. INQUIRE FOR EXACT PRICE .
༺ 🔥 ༻ These Yoga Retreats support the local Maheshwar economy and SwAr Ashram charity initiatives. The profit after retreat expenses goes as a dakshina (donation) to SwAr Ashram for hosting the Yoga, Meditation, Vedantic Study, Lifestyle and Ethics, etc, as well as organizing all the tours and accommodations, food, etc, which are integral parts of the experience. This donation, in turn, goes to SwAr Ashram’s charity programs. For International Women’s Day 2018, Amma Niradhara was honored by the Devi Ahilyabai local chapter of the Lions Club for her charity work in Maheshwar.
༺ 🔥 ༻ SwAr Ashram’s NGO charities include welfare programs which provide advancement in the local community’s educational interests – particularly focused on empowerment of women & girls. For the upliftment of the lower castes, SwAr Ashram supports local Arts, provides Free Yoga & English classes, books and Computer & Internet Access as well as its Vedantic Interfaith Theosophical Library.
༺ 🔥 ༻ Specifically, my girl’s charity initiatives (linked above) include production and free distribution of cloth designer non-toxic reusable feminine pads for girls in school. It is common in India for girls to miss a week of school per month because of not having the products and education to care for their body’s normal function. Along with the set of 10 pads & wet-bag for carrying in their backpacks, i give an empowering hygiene lesson, including a film, demo of the pads and Yoga for alleviating discomfort during Moon Cycle and each girl gets an ingenious comic book from menstrupedia.com – all this is done in a party format at SwAr Ashram 4 times per year. Of course, Yoga for girls in the community is also a part of my educational initiative. ༺ 🔥 ༻
༺ 🔥 ༻ For the teen to college and young professional community, for both genders, i offer free English Coaching with computer access and wifi in our Library. these coaching classes draw in anywhere from 80 to over 100 students per year, i teach at no charge and also provide a book prasad program. Within the educational context, a major goal is to encourage the small percentage of girls who are career oriented by providing female mentors in the same or similar fields of interest. Over the next year, we are securing the infrastructure to provide the cost of specialty colleges for these girls.
The Lodging is in the Royal Heritage Gatehouse to Ahilya Fort, Labboo’z Lodge – the actual Gatehouse of the actual working living heritage Maheshwar Palace Fort, a 3 minute walk to SwAr Ashram along the Fort wall. This space is very limited (6 rooms/ 7 beds) and assigned on the basis of first deposits to secure those rooms. They have A/C, wifi and beautiful stone bathrooms, all towels and fine bedding are there for your use, antiques from the Maharaja’s family collection furnish the rooms, and some rooms have various types of large terraces attached. ༺ 🔥 ༻
(Basic Singles Package) – Four rooms each have 1 queen bed. Can accommodate one person per room with private bath – Booking this way will assure you a private room. ༺ 🔥 ༻
(Basic Couples Package) – The same 4 rooms each can accommodate 2 in a shared queen bed, the same as above private room with private bath, but for couples or friends sharing the bed, $100 discounts per person apply based on double occupancy. ༺ 🔥 ༻
(Dormer Package) – Only one of the rooms has a pair of twin beds which can accommodate 2 friends traveling together, parent and child or anyone looking for the best price and willing to have a roommate. They are gorgeous antique beds in a ground level room with original fort bricks in the room. ༺ 🔥 ༻
(Deluxe Package) – 1 room has a king bed. the room has 2 private decks and a rooftop overlooking the whole town. perfect for a couple who want a bit more privacy. it is on top of the Gatehouse to Maheshwar Palace, over the actual gate, with unique bath chambers. it feels like a honeymoon suite. There is also enough space to put our extra mattresses on the floor, for children traveling with you. ༺ 🔥 ༻
༺ 🔥 ༻ As you can see, the space in this exclusive lodging is very limited – book early to assure your spot. for groups larger than 7, up to 21, there is also an over-flow hotel – it is a newer hotel done in heritage style, (double beds only). This hotel will be considered only after the authentic Gatehouse is full, please email me for details and pricing. ༺ 🔥 ༻
- What is the first step? Inquire about the package for the accommodation that suits your requirements.
- On the same day, inquire with your favorite travel agent about flights. I recommend Suma Travels in NY . They will do your booking securely by phone and email. They are not affiliated with this Yoga Pilgrimage and you are free to book your flight anywhere you like. Do a quick search on line from your home city to Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport in Indore (IATA: IDR, ICAO: VAID), prices change constantly, but generally, If you book well in advance – now – you will get the best rate.
- Book both of the above, preferably on the same day so availability doesnt change.
- Work out a payment schedule with me for the balance. Monthly is surprisingly easy when done well in advance. Of course you may pay in full at any time, except for the final amount- which is due on arrival converted to rupees only.
- Then, when you are less than a month from traveling, click and fill out the forms for the super expedited e-visa page for the new streamlined visa .
Your inquiry and deposit is required to hold your spot. It is non-refundable unless i re-book the room, so please have your details worked out before committing. i will email you a set of my ebooks which are support material. Space in the Lodge is limited to 7 singles, up to 12 people accounting for possible couples in shared beds. Your children may accompany you on these Retreats, however, they are priced the same as adults. (we provide childcare but we have found that parents miss out on alot when they bring children since they require alot of extra attention in a foreign country). These small numbers are intentional and ensure safety and individual attention. The first booked get first choice of rooms above, please indicate which retreat date & which room is your first & second preference. ༺ 🔥 ༻
Use the currency converter for rupees to dollars, euros or other currencies, so you know how much rupees converts to your currency. ༺ 🔥 ༻
༺ 🔥 ༻ This package also includes a deluxe Agnihotra Travel Kit in a steel box. if you do not want the kit or already have your own to bring, email me to let me know so that i may adjust your package price. Extra kits may be available as well. Please inform me at the time of booking. ༺ 🔥 ༻
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༺ 🔥 ༻ Since hosting my first yoga pilgrimage retreat, a continuing stream of requests have been coming in. Photos can be seen above and by clicking the links below, as well as on the SwArAshram instagram and facebook pages. the following are links to past events so that you may view the action before booking 2018/19. i am offer to profit share with other Yoga Teachers on these retreats so that you may bring your students. Ask me!
- Love and abundance of gratitude from Amma Niradhara, E-RYT , YACEP (click for Yoga Teachers CE credits) ༺ 🔥 ༻
Yoga Centers Directory – Global guide to yoga instructors, studios, ashrams and retreat centers! ༺ 🔥 ༻