Mission and Purpose
The mission of Yog Sadhan Ashram of Chicago is to selflessly and skillfully offer all individuals, regardless of background, the traditional and 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, our 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).
However, 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.
Today Guru Ji continues to teach yoga at Yog Sadhan Ashram in Hoshiarpur, Punjab. He has written countless books on the Yogic scriptures as well as the techniques of asana, pranayama and meditation. Today millions of people across the world have been blessed to learn Yoga in its entirety by our Guru Ji.
Location 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 to cleaning and cooking, everything at the Ashram is done by volunteers who want to give their service and build a strong yoga community.
The Ashram teaches daily practice of all aspects of yoga to achieve improved health, emotional well-being, mental clarity, unconditional compassion for others, and joy of living. We do not charge fees for our services as we believe Yoga should be available to everyone, regardless of income. Donations are appreciated and needed to support the Ashram’s expenses. The Ashram is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, and all donations are tax deductible.