Mission and Purpose

The mission of Yog Sadhan Ashram of Chicago is to selflessly and skillfully offer all individuals, regardless of background, theĀ  complete teachings of Yoga philosophy and practices. The ultimate purpose of the Ashram is to help others understand that the true nature of the Self, revealed through the practice of Yoga, is of the same nature as God.

History of the Ashram

In 1992, Guru Shri Chaman Lal Kapur Ji established in Chicago the first U.S. branch of Yog Sadhan Ashram and appointed Hersh Khetarpal as its Acharya (Director).

IMG_0423However, the origin of the Ashram goes back to 1916 in the holy cities of Amritsar and Rishikesh, India. Shri Prabhu Ram Lal Ji founded the Ashram after his return from the Himalayas, where he stayed at the holy feet of his guru, Shri Maha Prabhu Ji. The foremost disciple of Shri Prabhu Ram Lal Ji was Swami Mulkh Raj Ji, who was the guru for Yogeshwar Chaman Lal Kapur Ji, our guru today. GurujiĀ has written countless books on the Yogic scriptures as well as the techniques of asana, pranayama and meditation. Millions of people across the world have been blessed to learn Yoga by our Guru Ji.

IMG_0396Location and Atmosphere

Nestled in the outskirts of West Chicago, the Ashram is situated on a serene property surrounded by six acres of rolling hills and majestic trees. This quiet setting filled with fresh air provides the ideal atmosphere to learn and practice yoga.

Community and Culture

The Ashram offers an intimate and supportive community to facilitate spiritual growth. A culture of seva (service or volunteership) pervades the Ashram and helps sustain a community focused on supporting one another. From teaching Ashram20010to cleaning and cooking, everything at the Ashram is done by volunteers who want to give their service and build a strong yoga community.


A local filmmaker made a short documentary about the Ashram – its history, mission and teachings. Not only is it a short introduction to the Ashram’s philosophy of teaching yoga in its entirety, as opposed to just asanas, but it’s also serves to inspire and encourage anyone on the yoga path. Please let us know what you think!

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