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.
༺ 🔥 ༻ Starting in September 2018 – Yoga Immersion Retreat or Private Experiencial Yogic Package, you experience a healthy offering of the authentic science & art of Yoga & Meditation as it is being practiced in a living lineage for millenia here in Maheshwar, the dwelling place of Shiva. This is The Spiritual Heart of India, the Motherland of Yoga. If you are new to Yoga, just curious, or a seasoned Yogi/ni, SwAr Ashram meets you where you are and guides your spiritual path as Shiva & Parvati taught the first Yoga Tribe, the Saptarishis. Seekers, Sadhus & Saints have walked this Ghat, worshipped in this River and chanted mantras in these Temples for more than ten thousand years in quest of Union / Yog of the Higher Self with the Unified Source.
༺ 🔥 ༻ Within a daily program of Classical Hatha Yoga, Pranayam, Yoga Nidra, Nada Yoga, Meditation techniques, Vedic Fire Rituals, Kundalini Kriyas, Shabdha Snan, Tantrik Dance, Mantra, Mudra and more…. you will experience the blissful peace of the most sacred Narmada, while in the privacy of a Heritage Trust property, SwAr Ashram’s Yoga Shala, Gurukula & Library – a partly restored charming ancient ruins site added nearly 300 years ago to the 1100 year old Fort as a sanctuary for the pious and heroic Queen Ahilyabai. It now houses Swami Anantram’s private collection of esoteric books which are availed to you as our guest. Because of the primitive nature of SwAr Ashram, your lodging is by exclusive arrangement at the beautifully fully restored Gatehouse to the Maheshwar Palace with garden cafe attached, all meals included. After the AM sadhana and breakfast, each day we guide you through Yogic Philosophy and Authentic Esoteric Teachings of Yoga, as well as on tours by boat, car and foot, where you experience rituals in ancient temples & the heritage of historical sites that are still alive with a continuous stream of pilgrims. You will see firsthand, the many philanthropic, cultural, spiritual and community activities in SwAr Ashram and around its Fort. Use your designated rest hours per day to ensure time to integrate & assimilate. We can book an Ayurvedic massage for you with one of our local Massage Therapists. You will get a complimentary SwAr Library Pass for the duration of your stay. You get a balanced and varied approach to Holistic Yoga when you are here with us with personal attention to your particular needs. Our main focus is on YOU. The groups are intentionally kept small, there is always attention on your well-being, whether it be life stress, grief, trauma or emotional release, special diet, health concerns, etc. You may relax & enjoy India without the usual hassles of traveling. We provide secure lodging, healthy hygienic food & safe pickup at the Indore airport or train station.
༺ 🔥 ༻ 1 – 10 November 2018 – Diwali Experience Yoga Immersion Retreat -will be 9 nights and 10 days. all inclusive same as all the retreats, plus you will experience the Diwali ceremonies during the 5 days of this Festival of Lights.
the following as well as the above dated retreats are fb event links
what you get: 10 night/ 11 day Retreat: prices depending on room choice (see below):
- Group (large vehicle) pick-up and drop-off at the Indore Airport at designated time
- AM & PM daily Hatha Yoga & Meditation Programs in & outside SwAr Ashram on the banks of Narmada
- Yoga Nidra grounding on your first evening
- Agni Hotra full steel boxed copper kunda 11 pc kit with education about this pyrodynamic biochemistry of healing the atmosphere & inhabitants – practicum, each sunrise & sunset daily
- 2 Boat yatras on Narmada to Baneshwar 5000+ yrs old Stargate Temple, first in the daylight and in closing, at sunset/evening with ceremonies and /or Shabdha Snan (sound bath)
- Kirtan on the boat, in Ashram & Temples
- Aarti and Puja including education on how and why
- Circle Satsang gatherings on the Ghat in front of SwAr Ashram
- Boat on Narmada to Shalivan Ashram 5000+ yrs old
- Boat on Narmada to Saptamatrika (Pleaidean Mothers) Temple 1500+yrs old
- Car journey to Omkareshwar, east on Narmada, & the Jyotir Lingams, shopping for spiritual, altar and gift items
- Car journey to Sahastradhara, (rapids) with Special Kundalini Kriya Experience
- Hygienic RO water, refill bottles
- Tasty, Vegan or Vegetarian meals prepared with love, local mostly organic food, special needs inquire
- 2 traditional Indian cooking (and eating) classes
- Satsangs with Amma incl. Mandukyopanishad, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, secrets of Vedic herbs, plants & stones, Menstruating in a New Paradigm, Gauraksha (cow protection) & Agnihotra as a Vegan
- Sanskrit Naming Ceremony for those who wish it
- Walking tour of the Ghats, Fort, Temples and charitable works
- Attend a Pad Party for Amma’s girls to educate about their bodies & give them an important tool – Amma’s students get her a designer stitched pad set with comic book, to encourage them to stay in school during their Moon Cycles.
- Mehndi & Rangoli Party! Amma’s girl students are masterful at henna designs and the amazing kolams that are drawn on the floor with colored sands pinched between tiny fingers, these artistic young ladies are always excited to share their art with you.
- Access Pass to SwAr Ashram Library
- Drop in and teach a class of English (optional)
- Experience Local Veg Market day
- Very Special Metta Meditation
- Opening and Closing ceremonies
- Shabda Snan (sound bath) in amazing sacred locations
- Spiral Bound support materials book by Amma
- Optional very low cost Ayurvedic massage
- YACEP credits with certificate for existing Yoga Teachers.
- Profit sharing for Yoga Teachers who bring their students
- 10 nights exclusive accommodation Labboo’z Lodge in the actual beautifully restored Gatehouse to the Maheshwar Palace. With wifi and amenities.
- Surprises, Love, Deep Caring, Sat Cit Anand!
- Basically, everything is incl except airfare and shopping cash.
• You will also receive a private newsletter and a set of e-books which are Agni Hotra support material when you book. You may always contact me with queries. You can call me Amma (Spiritual Mother) or by my name, Niradhara.
༺ 🔥 ༻ Meet me, today, wherever you are. We are a global community! ༺ 🔥 ༻ Meet me, Amma Niradhara, a Swamini, Yogini and a Certified Education Provider, a master of Ayurvedic Healing Fire Ritual, in addition to Hatha Yoga, Pranayama breathwork, Meditation, esoteric Advaitc Yoga philosophy & lifestyle, and chanting Sanskrit mantra. You can always Contact me for private sessions or group modules. 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 a donation. 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, teaching the Yogic Arts 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 YA. I also produce extra-ordinary Yoga Immersion Experiences at SwAr Ashram, a partially restored primitive ruin, provide all lodging amenities and meals at a Heritage Fort Lodging and love to profit-share with other visiting Yoga Teachers.
༺ 🔥 ༻ A mantra has its own psychic space.
AGNAYE SVAHA * AGNAYE IDAM NA MAMA.
I am a point of sacrificial fire held in the firey will of God.
༺ 🔥 ༻ India ignited the world’s passion for Yoga. This Ancient India Yogic Experience starts with the origins of ancient Yogis, and the first word in the Rg (1st) Veda – AGNI = IGNITION / FIRE. it culminates in union where your Inner Fire meets its Source. As an amazing Yogic art, science and technology for ecology and biochemical transformation, I offer full instruction and tools to the foundational Vedic Fire Ceremony. and my fb page for Agnihotra for continuous support. Agni Hotra is – a small daily fire ritual, done at sunrise and sunset, a powerful pivotal point of focus that enables you to relax and enter an Theta state easily, supporting a private introspection time each day. Agni Hotra 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 and receive all the tools to practice with and take home.
༺ 🔥 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) (photo with gratitude to Pavel Chakraborty)
༺ 🔥 ༻ 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 hygienic RO remineralized 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 well in advance, or book a Private Yogic Experience & Tour by sending me a message with your details. ༺ 🔥 ༻ stay a day or up to a month! Each Private Yogic Event is custom planned along with you. A deposit is required to secure your dates & donation to SwAr Ashram is payable in rupees on arrival. 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. 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 100% of the proceeds go 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.)
༺ 🔥 ༻ Where: Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, India – this town was the capitol of the ancient Malwa District ruled under the auspicious Queen whom the nearest airport is named for. 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 will be forwarded.
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 numerous rituals including daily Aarti, Yoga Nidra on the first night, car tours to group destinations, group Boat excursions to important spiritual sites, 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. Trust me, you will not want to leave. (scroll above for complete list of what’s included)
(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. She has also been awarded several times from the AVBP Student’s Union.
༺ 🔥 ༻ 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. ༺ 🔥 ༻
earlybirds: $1854 (Nov-Dec 2018) with apologies for inflation: $1889 (Jan-Mar 2019)
༺ 🔥 ༻ 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 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. ༺ 🔥 ༻
if you want more of the ‘free tour’ click the GALLERY:
༺ 🔥 ༻ 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! ༺ 🔥 ༻