Yes. It helps us to plan, and helps make your check-in process faster! For day visits, please call ahead 24 hours in advance so we can inform you of any changes in the daily schedule. For overnight stays, please call ahead to check availability of accommodations. Drop-ins are also welcome to visit, but accommodations will be subject to availability.
Isha Institute of Inner-Sciences
Isha Institute of Inner-Sciences
Aumkar Meditation is an opportunity for visitors to be initiated into the timeless Aum meditation. When practiced daily, this simple meditation can strengthen one’s physical and mental constitution and bring about tremendous balance and wellbeing.
Isha means that which is the source of creation. Kriya means an inward action towards that. Isha Kriya is a simple, but powerful, guided meditation designed by Sadhguru that you can do at home.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for Isha Kriya.
At the Abode, visitors can learn a very powerful system of yoga called Yoga Namaskar, and offer it by practicing within the Abode to become more receptive to the energies there.
It has all-around benefits for the entire body, including activating the lumbar region of the spine in a tremendous way to regenerate and protect the spine as one ages. Yoga Namaskar is a very simple and complete process by itself, which visitors can continue to practice when they return home.
Weekends: 9:15am, 1:30pm & 4pm
As a commitment to bring well-being to the surrounding communities, Isha Institute will be offering free yoga classes and lessons on vegetarian cooking every month.
Isha Institute offers two types of accommodation: private studios, and Deluxe Suites for visitors to the center. Accommodations include two vegetarian meals and a snack per day.
Private Studios are each like a one-room apartment with its own bathroom; a couple or a family can stay together. Studios tend to book up on weekends so advance notice is needed from visitors planning to rent a studio.
Deluxe Rooms & Suites are larger private bedroom or suites perched on a forested bluff overlooking the picturesque mountain valley below. Retreat in the quiet of the surrounding forest; relax on the back terrace and take-in a breathtaking sunset, or close your eyes and enjoy the cool rush of the nearby waterfall. With more amenities, for individuals, couples, or families with children 14 yrs or older, some Deluxe Rooms & Suites feature a fireplace and/or a balcony, and each has a private bath.
Please check the Isha Stay website at https://ishastay.herokuapp.com/search for more on availability and pricing options for Studios and Suites.
Any number of days, as a guest, with accommodation charges. If you wish to stay for more than 7 days, please contact Isha Institute for an application form.
Check in time is 3pm. If you arrive earlier than scheduled, we cannot guarantee that your room will be available until 3pm. Check out time is 12pm.
Brunch: 10 am-11 am
Dinner: 7 pm-8 pm
Support the spiritual focus of the ashram by not wearing tight-fitting or revealing clothing, including short-shorts, tank tops, etc. Simple, loose-fitting clothes, in good condition, are appropriate. Women: Full-length pants or capris are appropriate. Men: Pants or long shorts (knee-length) are appropriate. Shoes are removed when entering all buildings and rooms including sleeping areas. Many paths are gravel or earth – comfortable shoes with a rugged sole are recommended.
Weather on the mountain where Isha Institute is situated can fluctuate. Please be prepared for wet weather and cool nights. Click here for local weather updates on the mountain. Below are some suggested items to pack :
- Towel (if staying in the semi-private lodges)
- Hiking or Tennis Shoes
- Comfortable Clothing
- Rain Jacket or Umbrella
- Bug Spray (during the warmer months)
- Warm jacket or coat (even through the summer months, evenings may be quite cool).
Cash, checks and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) are all accepted at the Isha Institute.
There is a 10% cancellation fee for stays, and no fee for transferring. The cancellation policy for a program fee will vary depending on the program.
Due to limited bandwidth at the Isha Institute, Wi-Fi is only available to guests who absolutely require it for work purposes. In such situations, the Wi-Fi fee is $5/day. For those who simply wish to check email or stay in touch with family, there are 3 public computers available on the campus.
Cellular service is often inconsistent on the campus, except for those with Verizon as their provider. Isha’s landline phone is available to update your family about arrival and travel, but long conversations may not be possible.
The Isha Institute offers a variety of programs, activities and energized spaces that provide opportunities and methods to increase and attain physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. It is a unique space created for the purpose of allowing human beings to deepen their life experience and to reach their ultimate potential.
Two powerful meditation spaces are the main features for most visitors to the Isha Institute.
- Mahima, which means grace, is an awe-inspiring 39,000 sq ft domed meditation hall and home to many of the programs offered at the Institute.
- The Adi Yogi: Abode of Yoga, is a powerfully energized space that anyone can make use of towards his or her wellbeing.
Visitors can also enjoy many nearby attractions:
There is no fee for a day visit. Day visitors are asked to pay for meals, $10 per adult and $5 per child (age 7-13), payable at the Welcome Center desk when you check in. Learn more about day visits here.
Isha Institute offers a variety of activities for children. Yoga Sessions include:
Each year Isha Institute offers the Isha Summer Program for Children which offers a unique possibility for every child to experience a joyful blossoming of his or her natural potential.
Children are always welcome to sit quietly in meditation spaces like Adiyogi: The Abode of Yoga. Children may also explore the gardens and hiking trails when accompanied by an adult.
Note: Children under age 14 need to be accompanied by an adult at all times while on campus
Pets are not allowed on the premises.
Isha Institute is located on Isha Lane, which intersects with Tennessee Highway 8. The Institute is approximately 16 miles from the center of the town of McMinnville, Tennessee. There is a large “Isha Institute of Inner Sciences” sign at the front of the entrance to the property on route 8.
Here is a map with directions from major cities to Isha Institute. Please look up your directions online and bring them with you, as many GPS systems give incorrect or outdated directions to our location.
Programs at Isha Institute are categorized by beginner and advanced.
Advanced Programs Please note that advanced programs require certain prerequisites.
Isha Foundation USA offers yoga and meditation programs in many major cities throughout the US and Canada. A list of scheduled programs is here, and a list of city centers where programs are offered is here. For those who wish to take a program in any of Isha’s other city centers around the globe, please visit our global website, www.IshaYoga.org.
Smoking or oral tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and other similar devices of any kind are not allowed on the campus.