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About The Ashram

For over 35 years yoga has been practiced as a way of life here at the Ashram, by a community of dedicated practitioners under the guidance of an authentic yoga master. This has created a deeply-rooted culture of spirituality and charged the atmosphere with vibrant transformative energy.
This powerful energetic container is enhanced by the natural beauty and tranquility of the Ashram's surroundings, creating an environment which is wonderfully conducive to genuine spiritual growth.
Our Teachings
Our Ethos
The Place
Our People
Visiting Us
Our Background

Our Teachings

The colourful Indian wisdom tradition is rich in profound teachings and powerful practices that can effectively help us to overcome our limitations and develop direct insight into the sacred reality underlying and pervading the manifest dance of life. Our aim is to make these teachings and practices accessible to those sincere seekers drawn to explore them, in a way that is grounded, free of dogma, and understandable in modern terms.

We teach a wide range of courses on yogic, advaitic and tantric subjects. Our teachings do include asana and pranayama, but go far beyond these into the more subtle paths, practices and understandings that the ancient traditions of yoga, advaita and tantra have to offer, tending to emphasise a more meditative approach than is common to much of modern yoga.

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Our Ethos

The spiritual traditions of yoga, advaita and tantra all encourage and support us to move through our current limitations of perception, understanding and action in order to develop and eventually realise our full spiritual potential. This journey, while full of meaning, is not always comfortable, as we are brought face-to-face with our physical, mental and emotional blocks.

Recognising this, our approach here at the Ashram is as gentle and humane as possible, emphasising the importance of care, kindness and compassion for self and others every step of the way. Our logo embodies this emphasis, being the traditional symbol of anahata chakra, the heart-centre, which represents the core quality of spacious compassion.

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The Place

Located on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, set amidst 25 acres of lush gardens and grounds, and surrounded by green hills and beautiful views over the countryside, the Ashram is a natural sanctuary. This setting provides a peaceful, uplifting environment in which to go deep into the teachings and practices of yoga.

Originally a Welsh hill-farm, the Ashram has grown organically over the past 35 years to provide simple, comfortable accommodation and facilities for a resident team and groups of up to 20 students at a time.

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Our People

The Ashram is staffed by a resident team of teachers and students working in the spirit of service. This has been the way here in all the 35 years since the Ashram's founding.

Our founder, Swami Nishchalananda Saraswati, is a rare gem in the world of yoga, a true yoga acharya - 'Master of Yoga'. In addition to Swamiji's yoga mastery the Ashram benefits from the presence of several highly experienced senior teachers. Many of the other members of our team are also yoga teachers or teachers-in-training.

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Visiting The Ashram

A visit to the Ashram is always a valuable experience, offering an opportunity to step out of the fast pace of the world into a peaceful environment focused on core spiritual values and teachings. Many people have found such visits to be catalysts for deep personal healing and growth.

There are many ways to visit the Ashram and benefit from its unique, transformative energy:

  • Take part in one of our residential retreats
  • Attend our annual open day
  • Visit as a guest for a few days or weeks
  • Join our team for an extended stay of one month to a year or more
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Our Background

As an authentic yoga ashram we are proud to be part of a living spiritual tradition stretching back thousands of years.

Our particular little branch of the great tree of yoga started growing 35 years ago, when Swami Nishchalananda returned from 14 years in India studying with his guru Swami Satyananda Saraswati, founder of the world-renowned Bihar School of Yoga. Swami Satyananda was himself a close disciple of the famous Swami Shivananda Saraswati of Rishikesh, teacher of many prominent yogis of the 20th Century. And so the lineage goes back and back to into the mists of time to the mystical origins of what later became India's profound wisdom tradition.

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Mandala Yoga Ashram | Online Satsang

Online Satsang

Join Swami Nishchalananda on Zoom for one-hour satsang sessions. These free sessions usually take place twice per month. Register below to receive invites.

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Friends Of The Ashram

Friends Of The Ashram is our new online community, a hub for all those who feel a connection with the Ashram, its teachings, and its vibrant yoga sangha.

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Mandala Yoga Ashram | Online Shop

Ashram Shop

In our online shop you can find books and yoga booklets written by Swami Nishchalananda, as well as beautiful malas strung here at the Ashram.

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Our Founder

Mandala Yoga Ashram was founded in 1986 by Swami Nishchalananda on his return from India after spending 14 years with his Guru, Swami Satyananda, studying all aspects of yoga and imbibing the true essence of this ancient tradition. Swami Nishchalanda ('Swamiji') is recognised as a genuine Yoga Acharya - a Master of Yoga.
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Charitable Status

The Ashram is a registered charity whose mission is to uplift humanity through the teachings of yoga, advaita and tantra. As an independent institution not affiliated to any set of religious beliefs, the purpose of the Ashram is simply to help people to remember their own sacredness and the sacredness of all that exists.
Registered Charity No. 1195209
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Our Address

Mandala Yoga Ashram
Pantypistyll, Llansadwrn, Llanwrda,
Carmarthenshire,
Wales, UK, 
SA19 8NR
Tel: +44 (0)1558 685358
Email: [email protected]
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