What is an Ashram?

An Ashram is a peaceful place of spiritual retreat, where students can learn and practice yoga directly from a Guru. The focus of an Ashram is on teaching Yoga in its entirety, from asanas and pranayama to meditation and knowledge of the scriptures. Ashrams are also typically located in a peaceful and quiet setting surrounded by nature.

What type of yoga is taught at Yog Sadhan Ashram?

We teach yoga in its entirety. That is, we teach and practice all aspects of yoga. While many people believe yoga is limited to physical exercise, the path of a yogi includes the development of the body and mind with the goal of spiritual liberation (samadhi). To help those on this path, the Ashram teaches postures (asanas), cleansings (kriyas), breath control (pranayama), meditation (dhyana), study of scriptures (gyana), selfless action (karma) and devotion (bhakti).

Do I need to be a Hindu to participate in Ashram programs?

No. Although yoga’s origins are in the Hindu religion, it can be practiced by anyone of any faith. The philosophy and practice of yoga are consistent with all religions and people of many religious backgrounds attend Ashram programs.

Why don’t you charge fees for classes? How does the Ashram support itself?

Since its inception in 1916, the Ashram has not charged fees because our founder, Prabhu Ram Lal Ji, believed yoga should be available to everyone, regardless of income. We continue this practice to maintain an atmosphere of service and to ensure that yoga stays in the hands of all of humanity, not just a small portion of society. The Ashram is supported by generous donations from participants and countless volunteers who teach, clean, cook and organize the Ashram’s activities. A no-fee practice is also possible because we believe in running a simple facility that is aligned with the principles of Yoga.

Are there programs for children?

Yes, the Ashram offers programs for children throughout the year. From weekly hatha yoga, meditation and ethics classes to our annual summer camp, we strive to provide the teachings of yoga to children in a manner that is easy to understand and apply to their lives.

Does the Ashram conduct ceremonies for birthdays, weddings, etc?

Yes, Hersh Khetarpal (Acharya) is available to conduct religious ceremonies and Hindu rituals for special occasions. Please call 630-293-9554 for more information.

Who teaches your classes?

Hersh Khetarpal is the Acharya (Director) of Yog Sadhan Ashram of Chicago. She teaches all philosophy classes and conducts Havan ceremonies, Satsang and other programs. Hatha Yoga classes are taught by volunteer teachers at the Ashram who have shown competence and skill at teaching asanas, pranayama and meditation.

Do you offer any classes in the city of Chicago?

Yes, the Ashram offers a weekly Hatha Yoga class in the South Loop. It is every Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St, 2nd floor. Parking meters are easily available and the red line (Harrison), blue line (LaSalle) and Brown/Purple/Orange/Green lines (Library) stops are within a 5 minute walk. No registration necessary.

Is the Ashram accessible by train?

Yes. The Metra Union Pacific West line stops at Winfield and West Chicago, both 3 miles from the Ashram. From there, the Ashram can usually arrange for someone to pick you up, but if not then it is a short bike or cab ride away. Please call in advance to arrange a ride from the train, 630-293-9554.