Spiritual Lifestyle Immersion

Kripalu Samadhi Mandir, Malav (Feb 2nd – Feb 8th)

15-Day Package

Registrations close December 1st. Don't miss the deadline!

  • The Spiritual Lifestyle Immersion at the Kripalu Samadhi Mandir, Malav (Feb 2 - Feb 8)
  • Sacred Lineage Tour: Kayavarohan Temple, Krishna Cow Sanctuary where Gurudev first met Bapuji & Gurudev's childhood village of Pratappura (Select Days Feb 2 - Feb 8)
  • Tour through Rajasthan (Feb 8 -16)

 *Program begins Feb 2nd in Malav, Gujarat and ends in New Delhi Feb 16th at 11am.

A Yogic & Spiritual Lifestyle Retreat

Philosophical, mystical teachings are made practical and readily available to initiate a self-healing and transformational impact in your life.

It is a rare opportunity to travel on a pilgrimage here for sadhana, devotional practices, and energetic gatherings.

Together, we will initiate a powerful paradigm shift that will alter the course of your spiritual journey forever.

What you can expect:

  • Satsang with Gurudev
  • Sessions with Kamini, Nirali and Hasu
  • Daily I AM Yoga® and I AM Yoga Nidra™
  • Daily chanting & prayers at Kripalu Samadhi Mandir, Bapuji’s Temple
  • Kirtan (high energy music and chanting) with local musicians
  • Three delicious meals a day with afternoon tea (chai) breaks
  • Tour of our sacred lineage sites, including: Kayavarohan Temple, Krishna Cow Sanctuary where Gurudev first met Bapuji & Gurudev’s childhood village of Pratappura
  • Personal reflection & connection with like minded community

About The Asram

The ashram provides a natural, peaceful setting permeated by the powerful vibrations and felt energetic presence of Bapuji and Dadaji, the masters of our lineage. The morning and evening devotional ceremonies of puja and aarti open your heart and connect you directly and energetically. Nestled in the rural countryside surrounded by flowers, farmland and local wildlife, you will feel drawn back in time into ancient India.

About The Kripalu Samadhi Mandir

Swami Kripalu’s body is buried beneath this incredible temple. It is a powerful energy vortex and the epicenter of our Lineage. Nearby, Bapuji spent many years in sadhana. At this sacred place, Gurudev Shri Amritji was invited by Bapuji to study the secrets of Kundalini yoga. This is recorded in the book Letters from Swami Kripalu to Yogi Amrit Desai, 1966-1973. Since Bapuji’s passing in 1981, the Patel family has played a significant role in carrying forward the legacy of our lineage by building and maintaining the Kripalu Samadhi Mandir.

The Roots of Our Linage


Gurudev Shri Amritji

Amritji is the first to bring the unique aspect of the inner, meditative dimension of yoga to the West and seamlessly incorporate it into a popular hatha yoga practice. He is one of the first arrivals and the last living guru from this initial wave, and a pioneer in bringing the authentic practices of Yoga to the West.

Join us on a rare opportunity to learn from him and experience first-hand the very places and sites that impacted him the deepest while studying with his guru and on his lifelong spiritual path. 


Kamini Desai, PHD

Kamini was not just born in a spiritual family. Her entire life was steeped in the teachings and company of spiritual community. She was directly connected to Bapuji from the age of 8 and was in his presence and teachings for more than 4 years when he stayed close to her family.

For the past 30 years, Kamini has carried the teachings in her own unique way, professionally training practitioners across the globe. 


Malay Desai

As a heart-forward visionary and yogi, Malay has dedicated his life to collecting and preserving the teachings, historical footage and traditions of the Lakulish-Kripalu-Amrit lineage. Malay not only lived with Bapuji for four years in America, he also lived in India for four years during his childhood. These chapters ignited his passion for the vibrance and arts of Indian culture and to begin regularly leading tours through India more than 20 years ago.

Traveling with Malay, you’ll not only have the opportunity to visit lesser known sites, shops and villages, you’ll experience a rare glimpse of true India.

Registration Options

Registrations close December 1st. Join today!

Learn from our world-class training faculty

All of our instructors have been practicing and teaching for over 20 years.

Chandrakant John Hiester

Gurudev Shri Amritji

Founder, Living Yoga Master

Kamini Desai PhD


Curriculum Developer, Yogeshwari


Mahacharya, Executive Director

Nirali Lauren McCrea, Integrative Amrit Method, I AM Yoga, Yoga Teacher Training Instructor

Nirali Lauren McCrea

Senior Training Faculty, Yogacharya

Nirali Lauren McCrea, Integrative Amrit Method, I AM Yoga, Yoga Teacher Training Instructor

Hasu Marney Coulter

Program Director, Senior Faculty & Acharya

Frequent Questions | FAQs

Everything you need to know as you prepare.

Do I need a Passport and/or Visa to go India? How do I get them?

You need both to enter India.

Your passport must be valid for up to 6 months following your return to the United States (or country of origin) from India and have at least 2 blank passport pages. If you need to acquire or renew a passport, it may take 6 weeks to 3 months to process passport renewal. Start soon by visiting U.S. Passports and International Travel.

There are multiple Visas to select from. Consider the length of your stay in India and then select one of the two options listed below:

If your stay in India is less than 60 days, we recommend applying for an Electronic Tourist Visa (eTV) here: The process is faster it is less expensive than a traditional Visa. Note: You cannot subsequently convert this type of visa to extend your stay; if you feel that is a possibility for you, please apply for the Multiple entry Visa directly below.

If your stay in India is more than 60 days, you will need a Multiple Entry Visa:



Visa applications often request a local address:

The Kripalu Samadhi Mandir
GJ SH 193
Malav, Taluka, Kalol
District: Panchamahals
State: Gujarat
Code: 389340
Country: India


Please visit: for more information, noting that addresses in India may not necessarily appear as you are accustomed to.

What airports should I fly in and out of in India?

The Power of Scripture in Practice (Kripalu Samadhi Mandir, Malav):
Fly into/out of Vadodara (Vadodara International Airport) or Ahmedabad (Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport). Program starts at 10am on Jan 21st. Arrive by Jan 20th or Jan 19th for early check in ($50 extra).

Pack Light and save room for purchases. At the Kripalu Samadhi Mandir, you can support the local community by having your clothes inexpensively laundered daily.

Golden Triangle Tour:
We will be leaving Malav on the evening of Jan 27th to fly to Jaipur. If you plan to meet us for the trip starting with the tour, plan to arrive in Jaipur by the evening of Jan 27th. The tour ends in Delhi on Feb 3rd. There is an option to stay at Malav from Jan 28-Feb 2 for $50/night.

Awaken the Power of Prana Shakti
We will be taking a train from Delhi to Jim Corbett National Park on the morning of Feb 3rd. If you are planning on joining us for this portion of the trip only, please plan to arrive in New Delhi by the night of Feb 2nd.

What vaccinations do I need?

Visit the CDC website for recommended vaccinations. Consult and arrange for vaccinations with your physician. We suggest having at least the MMR, Hep A, Typhoid vaccinations administered. You may inquire about weekly Malaria tablets as well (Mefloqine/Larium or Chloroquine).

Please consult your physician regarding medical history, vaccination recommendations, and dosage.

Will my cell phone work in India? Will I have internet access?

In Malav: WiFi is available at Kripalu Samadhi Mandir. You can utilize WiFi calling at all locations where WiFi is available; however, to use a phone without interruption and in areas without WiFi, you may need to get an international sim card or talk service provided in advance. Please contact your cell phone service provider for more information.

Golden Triangle Tour/Jim Corbett National Park: WiFi will be available on-site and in some local eateries and sites. You may need to get an international sim card or talk service in advance if you wish to make phone calls. There are also several applications available for compatible phones that permit free messaging such as “WhatsApp”.

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