Yoga and meditation at Ananda

Yoga at Ananda acquires a special meaning in the exquisite setting of the lush Himalayan Sal forest. Located in the picturesque and historic birthplace of the ancient Indian sciences of Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation, Ananda overlooks the holy river Ganga and the spiritual town of Rishikesh.

Ananda Yoga enhances the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual qualities of guests utilizing three branches of Yoga: Hatha, Kriya and Raja. Beginners and experienced participants are encouraged to experience a higher level of personal contentment through individualized practice incorporating devotion, dedication and discipline to one's lifestyle.

The principal Yoga instructor begins your visit with a personal consultation session to focus your Ananda Yoga experience. The physiological, philosophical and theoretical yogic goals are explored with the recommended activities.

Ananda offers stunning panoramic locales for Yoga sessions, be it one-to-one or a group session. With breathtaking view of the Himalayan foothills and the heady fragrance of the mountain air as your constant companions, Yoga at Ananda becomes a unique experience to rejuvenate your soul. Some of the most preferred locations for Yoga are as follows:

Ma Anandamayi Abode - Renowned spiritual figure around the world, Ma Anandamayi was respected for her propagation of universal love. The Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal made a very special abode for Ma Anandamayi and being a highly spiritual person, invited her to bless his Palace with her presence. The Abode is a preferred venue for personal meditation.

The Music Pavilion - A majestic open-air marbled floor shelter with gold leaf ceiling fresco, surrounded by a still and peaceful water pool at the south end of the expansive Palace Lawn, the intimate setting receives the best sunset views and is ideal for individual instruction or private meditation.

Viceregal Hall - Once the recreation hall for the guests of the Maharaja, this impressive wood floored room with a 15-foot tall ceiling, is the largest in the spa. Nestled atop a Sal Tree valley, this space is ideal for the more active forms of Yoga.

Board Room II - Glassed on four sides, this intimate indoor setting commands impressive panoramic views atop the Viceregal Palace roof.

Winter Garden - Adjacent to the Ma Anandamayi Abode, this outdoors area overlooks a dense grove of Sal Trees. The tranquil presence of the spiritual leader enhances the experience.

Ayurveda at Ananda Resort

Panchakarma - (The full program takes minimum 14 days)
Pancha means five, Karma means therapy. This five-fold purification therapy aims at correcting the imbalance of the body's bio energies (the Doshas: Vata, Pitta, Kapha) in order to maintain their inherent equilibrium. Like the earth these bio-energies also have their own seasons. When one of the doshas accumulates, the body becomes imbalanced and prone to illness.

Ayurveda recommends a thorough internal cleansing therapy to clear and balance the bio-energies. The clusters of five cleansing procedures or shodhanakarmas, comprise of emesis (therapeutic vomiting), laxatives, enemas, nasal cleansing and blood purification.

This therapy also combats neurological ailments like paralysis, arthritis, rheumatism, dermatological problems and mental disorders.

Abhyanga (45 minutes)
A synchronized whole body massage performed by two therapists using a specific herbal oil selected according to the body type. The massage is followed by a steam bath and a hot shower. The treatment brings about improved physical consistency, induces deep relaxation and is very beneficial for vigor and vitality. In Ayurvedic classical texts, massage is mentioned as a preparatory measure, which stimulates various body systems, thus increasing the efficacy of any other treatment undertaken as part of an overall program. It has been known to greatly assist in improving the symptoms of rheumatism, improving eyesight, promoting sleep and creating a glowing appearance to the skin. Abhyanga has a rejuvenating effect on the whole body.

Udwarthana (30 minutes)
This is a typical deep and dry massage using herbal powders. This massage is done in a proper manner so as to stimulate hair follicles and subcutaneous fat tissue to break down subcutaneous fat storage. The dry powder massage reduces blood cholesterol, obesity, skin problems, imparts mobility to the joints, strengthens muscles and refreshes the body. The most promising effect is the slimming of the body.

Choornaswedan (30 minutes)
This therapy begins with the application of a Dosha specific massage oil to the entire body. The entire body is then subjected to exude profusely after a thorough massage of herbal powders made into a bundle. This relieves neurological disorders, rheumatism, arthritis and sports injuries.

Njavarakizhi (45 minutes)
A massage to the body with small linen bags filled with cooked Njavara rice after a liberal application of medicated oil over the whole body. The rice is cooked in cow's milk mixed with a herbal decoction. The bags are dipped in the same mixture and applied all over the body to induce sudation (sweat). This procedure is highly rejuvenating, nourishing and prepares the individual to bear the stresses and strains of a busy lifestyle. It enhances physical consistency, strengthens the nervous system and improves the overall appearance of the skin. This is a strengthening fomentation employed in neurological disorders, rheumatism, arthritis and malnutrition of limbs.

Pizhichil (60 minutes)
This therapy is a beautiful combination of two classical Ayurvedic treatments, Snehana (oleation) and Swedana (sudation). In this highly sought after rejuvenation treatment, lukewarm herbal oils are applied all over the body by two Ayurvedic therapists in a special rhythmic movement. The massage is very slow and light without exerting much pressure. Pizhichil is considered as the most natural way to purify different body systems. This massage protects the body from illnesses and builds up immunity for a healthy life. It is very useful for rheumatic diseases, sexual weakness, blood pressure, nervous weakness and helps to arrest the aging process.

Sirodhara (45 minutes)
Luke warm herbal oil is poured in a continuous stream onto the forehead, while receiving a gentle massage on the forehead. Sirodhara rejuvenates and revitalizes the body and mind. This therapy relieves stress and strain related problems, slows the aging process, improves memory and is known to have a curative effect for paralysis and other neurological malfunctions. Sirodhara ultimately strengthens the physical constitution of the individual.

Takradahara (45minutes)
Takra means buttermilk and Dhara means pouring. This therapy calms the individual down by using medicated buttermilk, which is poured onto the forehead to relieve insomnia, depression and other stress related problems. It prevents greying of the hair, reduces headaches, increases digestive power and alleviates anorexia. In cases of psoriasis, Dhara is performed on the affected area to have a curative effect.

Tarpana (30 minutes)
Medicated ghee is retained in a reservoir made over the eyes with black gram powder. This therapy will have a cooling effect on irritated and stressed eyes. This relieves eyestrain, improves eyesight and other eye related problems.

Gandusa (20 minutes)
This therapy involves the retention of medicated oil or decoction in the mouth for several minutes. The benefits of this therapy will bring a glow to the face, improve lines and wrinkles, tone the skin and assist with any kind of mouth, voice or teeth disorders while cleansing the ear, nose and throat pathways.

Kaval (20 minutes)
This therapy requires the retention, movement and gargling of medicated oil or decoction in the mouth. This process is highly beneficial for ear, nose, throat disorders and improving the voice while bringing a glow to the face.

Vamana (30 minutes)
Ananda's gentle version of Vamana, is performed by administering herbal decoction. This process will induce therapeutic vomiting. This is a very beneficial therapy for Kapha predominating disorders such as asthma, cough, psoriasis and skin disorders.

Virechana (30 minutes)
This therapy alleviates excess Pitta from the body. Ananda's version of Virechana is performed by administering Virechak Aushdhi (purgative medicine) in milk or warm water preparation. This therapy alleviates excess Pitta in the body and is extremely beneficial in Pitta disorders such as dermatitis, chronic fever, heartburn and jaundice.

Sneha Vasti (30 minutes)
The main seat of the Vata Dosha is Pakwashaya (large intestine); therefore Vasti, an oil enema, is the main therapy for all Vata disorders such as constipation, neurological ailments, paralysis, flatulence, lower backache, gout and rheumatism.

Kashaya Vasti (30 minutes)
This therapy is normally done after a course of Sneha Vasti. This is a cleansing enema where honey, oil and an herbal decoction are administered. The results nourish and rebuild the Dhatus (body tissues), strengthen their activities, restore and strengthen the body's immunity. This is very nutritive while removing accumulated Malas (toxins) from the colon.

Nasya (30 minutes)
The face, shoulders and chest are massaged with a specific herbal oil and made to perspire. The medicine in exact doze is measured and poured into the nostrils, while inhaling. After this process, the area around the nose, chest, palms and foot are massaged vigorously. This treatment is highly effective for headaches, sinusitis, migraine and rhinitis.

Ananda Spa Resort

The 21,000 square foot spa offers an extensive menu of over 79 body and beauty treatments, integrating the traditional Indian systems of Ayurveda with the more contemporary Western spa approach. The spa experience strives to achieve the ultimate harmony between the physical and the mental realms of the individual.

With unique focuses on the traditional Indian sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda, Ananda Spa creates the skillful synthesis between age-old therapies and modern spa technology. The personalized therapy and activities programs is designed to meet individual needs and health goals – de-stress, detoxification and cleansing, deep relaxation, anti-aging, weight and inch loss, while also offering guidance in the areas of nutrition and exercise.

20 treatment rooms with specialised areas for Ayurveda, Oriental and European systems of holistic health, a team of qualified nutritionists, Western and Ayurvedic physicians, spa therapists with knowledge of ancient Indian sciences and modern western treatments - all gently guide you towards a better lifestyle.

Ananda Spa also houses the only ‘Aveda’ Beauty Institute in India, an international beauty line now part of Estee Lauder. With extensive recreational facilities as the outdoor lap pool; the 16-station life-cycle gymnasium; Squash court; 6 hole golf course; opportunities for outdoor adventure activities like rafting, trekking, wildlife safari and the art and culture programs, the spa rests on the multiple pillars of physical, mental and emotional well being.

At Ananda-In the Himalayas, the calming integration of lush greenery, fresh mountain air, Himalayan spring water, the luxurious therapy rooms overlooking the holy River Ganges and the mystifying Himalayas, provides the ideal environment for rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul.

Location of Ananda Rishikesh
265 kms from New Delhi, 55 kms from Jolly Grant (Dehradun) Airport, 45 kms from Haridwar Railway Station, 25 kms from Shivpuri river rafting camps on the Ganges.

Facilities in Ananda Rishikesh
The preferred destination for the discerning traveller, Ananda offers 70 deluxe rooms and 5 suites, each with unparalleled views of the river Ganges, the town of Rishikesh or the Palace. Adhering to the concept of holistic health and well-being, is the tempting cuisine at the Restaurant, carefully prepared to rejuvenate, revitalise and renew you.

The gastronomic experience at the Restaurant offers a delectable Spa Cuisine menu, in addition to an unbeatable fare of India, European, Oriental and World cuisine.The menu highlights the philosophy of better living, by providing food enriched with the vivid flavour of organic vegetables and herbs. The Restaurant is built in a grove of old Sal trees, overlooking the valley of Rishikesh, thereby enhancing your sensual journey.

Amenities in Ananda Rishikesh
Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, Fitness, Cooking demonstrations, Excursions, Foot Bath, Heated Lap Pool, Indoor and Outdoor Jacuzzi, Steam, Sauna, Chill Plunge Pool, Kneipp Hydrotherapy.

Accomodation of Ananda Rishikesh
76 Rooms, The rooms at Ananda are infused with natural Himalayan light, designed to imbibe the feel of the mountains. Built on a mountain ridge, the guest rooms offer breathtaking view of the valley and the city of Rishikesh or the Palace. The rooms have been designed in a minimalist and holistic fashion with wooden floors offset by essential furniture, walk- in closet and well-lit marble bathrooms with sunken bathtub facing bay windows offering exquisite views. One of the main features of the rooms is the independent patio balcony with breath taking view of the Himalayas, where one can relax or even practice Yoga.

Ananda Activities
An array of outdoor adventure activities and thrilling explorations into the Himalayas, Ganges and surrounding National Parks thrills you as you explore the unbridled wilderness through wind, water and trekking encounters. Experience the elements as you discover the thrilling powers of the waters, winds and terrain.

Ananda Adventure is the perfect foil to a day filled with relaxing treatments at the spa. While the spa experience is designed to calm your nerves, the adventure explorations are geared to set your adrenaline flowing.Choose from a wide range of activities that range from the sublime to the absolute daring, and become one with the pristine powers of Nature.

Meditation at Ananda Rishikesh
Gautam Jain, a disciple of Swami Parthasarathy shares his thoughts on holistic lifestyle, stress management and maintenance of optimum health. Gautam ji completed a brilliant academic career in the United States. He has received numerous awards and scholarships including the Albert Bell prize for Academic excellence and the Charles Dana Foundation award for outstanding contribution to college life. He has completed a decade of full time study and research of Vedanta. Having dedicated his life to further research and propagation, he actively propagates the knowledge through public discourses and seminars.

Cuisine at Ananda Rishikesh
Food is an integral part of rejuvenation and forms a quintessential element of Ananda philosophy. The spa's basic guiding principle says - A spa should not necessarily be looked at as a place to diet and lose weight but should instead be a 'Way of Life'.

Our approach and philosophy on spa-food is a healthier alternative to regular meals consumed while on leisure travel without having to go hungry. The basic foundation is: low-calorie, high nutrition meals, exotically flavoured and aesthetic in presentation for the guest to fully enjoy. Each menu has been devised by crea.