Adi Yogi: The Abode of Yoga

    [Adi Yogi: The Abode of Yoga]

    The Abode of Yoga is a powerful energy source designed for anyone to enhance their wellbeing on all aspects of life. Simply sitting within the Abode allows one to reach an elevated state of consciousness and know yoga as an inner experience beyond mere knowledge, philosophy, or technique.

    “Adiyogi is a reminder that you can be involved with everything in the universe and still be absolutely above it. That’s the message he is. That is his message; absolutely engaged in life but never in it. I don’t want you to ever see him as a god. I want you to see him as a human being, who achieved a state that everybody should aspire for.”
    – Sadhguru


    The Abode of Yoga is a powerful energy source designed for anyone to enhance their wellbeing on all aspects of life. Simply sitting within the Abode allows one to reach an elevated state of consciousness and know yoga as an inner experience beyond mere knowledge, philosophy, or technique.

    Sadhguru, a realized yogi and mystic, consecrated the Abode through a powerful yogic process – Prana Pratishtha (consecrating using life energies) – on September 23rd, 2015.

    The Abode is also an expression of gratitude to Adi Yogi, the first yogi, who offered the yogic sciences to the world over 15,000 years ago. The profound methods offered at the Abode are in consonance with Adi Yogi’s work.

    The Abode is available – beyond race, religion, or culture – to bring fulfillment and wellbeing to all. Visitors may become receptive to the energies and grace of the Abode through various offerings, processes and spending time meditating within the space.

    Open year round from 8 AM – 8 PM, the Abode is the main feature of the Isha Institute, a leading center for inner exploration and complete wellbeing for the past 20 years.

    About Adi Yogi

    “Adiyogi has been brought into your life to see that a dimension which has no boundaries becomes a living reality in your life.” – Sadhguru

    The Abode is also an expression of gratitude to Adi Yogi, the first yogi, who offered the yogic sciences to the world over 15,000 years ago. He brought technology and methods, not as a philosophy or teaching, as to how one can raise their energies and transform their lives into a great possibility. The profound methods offered at the Abode are in consonance with Adi Yogi’s work.

    Originator of Yoga
    Sadhguru: In the yogic culture, Adi Yogi is the originator of yoga. He was the one who first put this seed into the human mind. According to the yogic lore, over 15,000 years ago, Adi Yogi attained to his full enlightenment and abandoned himself in an intense ecstatic dance upon the Himalayas. When his ecstasy allowed him some movement, he danced wildly. When it became beyond movement, he became utterly still.

    People saw that he was experiencing something that nobody had known before, something that they were unable to fathom. Interest developed and people came wanting to know what this was. They came, they waited and they left because the man was oblivious to other people’s presence. He was either in intense dance or absolute stillness, completely uncaring of what was happening around him. Soon, everyone left, except for seven men.

    These seven people were insistent that they must learn what this man had in him, but Adi Yogi ignored them. They pleaded and begged him, “Please, we want to know what you know.” Adi Yogi dismissed them and said, “You fools. The way you are, you are not going to know in a million years. There is a tremendous amount of preparation needed for this. This is not entertainment.”

    So they started preparing. Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, they prepared. Adi Yogi just chose to ignore them. On a full moon day, after eighty-four years of sadhana, when the solstice had shifted from the summer solstice to the winter solstice – which is known as Dakshinayana –Adi Yogi looked at these seven people and saw that they had become shining receptacles of knowing. They were absolutely ripe to receive. He could not ignore them anymore. They grabbed his attention.

    He watched them closely for the next few days and when the next full moon rose, he decided to become a Guru. The Adi Yogi transformed himself into the Adi Guru. The first Guru was born on that day which is today known as Guru Pournami. On the banks of Kanti Sarovar, a lake that lies a few kilometers above Kedarnath, he turned South to shed his grace upon these seven people and shared the yogic science. The yogic science is not about a yoga class that you go through about how to bend your body – which every new-born infant knows – or how to hold your breath – which every unborn infant knows. This is the science of understanding the mechanics of the entire human system.

    After many years, when the transmission was complete, it produced seven fully enlightened beings – the seven celebrated sages who are today known as the Saptarishis. Adi Yogi shared different aspects of yoga with each of these seven people, and these aspects became the seven basic forms of yoga. Even today, yoga has maintained these seven distinct forms.

    The Saptarishis were sent in seven different directions to different parts of the world to carry this yoga with which a human being can evolve beyond his present limitations and compulsions. They became the limbs of Adi Yogi, taking the knowing and technology of yogic sciences to the world. Time has ravaged many things, but when the cultures of those lands are carefully looked at, small strands of these people’s work can be seen, still alive. It has taken on various colors and forms, and has changed its complexion in a million different ways, but these strands can still be seen.

    Adi Yogi brought this possibility that a human being need not be contained in the defined limitations of our species. There is a way to be contained in physicality, but not to belong to it. There is a way to inhabit the body, but never become the body. There is a way to use your mind in the highest possible way, but still never know the miseries of the mind. Whatever dimension of existence you are in right now, you can go beyond that – there is another way to live.

    He said, “You can evolve beyond your present limitations if you do the necessary work upon yourself.” That is the significance of Adi Yogi.

    How to Get There

    Accessible within a few hours via international airports in Atlanta, Nashville and Chattanooga, and a few hours drive from major cities in the South.

    Hours and General Information

    Main Office Open 8:30 AM – 9 PM daily.

    All visitors are welcome including families.

    Accommodation and Meals

    Two wholesome vegetarian meals are served daily at the Isha Institute: 10 AM (brunch) and 7 PM (dinner). Those visiting the Abode are welcome to make a donation and join for the meals.
    Those wishing to spend more time at the Abode can book an overnight stay by calling the office at 931-668-1900 For more information visit:

    Visitor Information

    Abode of Yoga is open from 8 AM – 8 PM daily.

    Throughout the day visitors can make an offering of water to the linga and join Guru Pooja at 11:50 AM and 6:20 PM. On weekends, there is a special aarti at 6pm. There is no prayer or worship required at The Abode. Visitors may instead make various offerings to connect with the energies of the space and benefit from it. More details…

    Special processes are also established to bring wellbeing to all aspects of life, including klesha nashana kriya, purifying the 5 elements, anniversaries, weddings and for children.More details…


    Anyone can benefit from the energies of the Abode regardless of race, religion, age or physical ability.

    Upon entering, one can simply sit silently with palms facing upward to connect with the energy of the Abode.

    Processes and Offerings

    ▵ Water Offering
    Visitors to the Abode may offer water to the linga and make contact with it as a way to connect more deeply with the powerful energies the form radiates. This process is open to anyone for free. (en)


    ▵ Trigun Offering
    Trigun Offering – Vibhuti, turmeric and vilva or neem leaf are offered to the linga.

    Pournami Pooja – Receive offerings by mail throughout the year
    You can be in touch with the Grace of Adi Yogi no matter where you live by receiving prasadam from the arathi offered to Adi Yogi on full moon days. Shipped to your home monthly, the Pournami Pooja prasadam package.

    ▵ Klesha Nashana Kriya
    Periodic cleansing of the energy body wards off negativity and provides one with a protective aura supporting physical health and mental wellbeing. Klesha Nashana Kriya includes a powerful process with neem leaves, which are a great cleanser and energizer of the system.

    ▵ Ayush Kriya – An Offering for a Long and Good Life
    Ayush Kriya supports overall health and wellbeing. The process includes Klesha Nashana Kriya, a cleansing process for the energy body, and Loha Arpanam, an offering of precious metal in your choice of gold ($2100), silver ($333), or copper ($150). Ayush Kriya is often conducted to celebrate a birthday, wedding anniversary, or other significant milestone in the Grace of Adiyogi.

    ▵ Vijaya Arpanam – An Offering for Success & Prosperity
    Prosperity and wellbeing pave the way for a seeker to pursue deeper dimensions of life. Vijaya Arpanam supports new endeavors, existing businesses and careers. The process involves an elaborate offering of the five elements to the Abode.

    ▵ Bhuta Shuddhi Vivaha Wedding Process
    This is a special opportunity to be married in the presence of Adi Yogi. Along with those who wish to be married, this is a process is also available for those who are previously married.

    ▵ Vidyarambham – A Process to Enhance Learning & Support Knowing
    This age-old tradition introduces young children into the world of knowledge and learning. It is a supportive process for children enrolling in school or for the start of a new school year. The fee for Vidhyarambham is $250.

    ▵ Anna Prasanam – A Process to Nourish a ​Child’s Health
    This ceremony enhances a child’s health, longevity, strength, and vitality. Anna Prasanam supports the transition of a baby from mother’s milk to solid foods. It is a celebratory occasion where family members and friends can participate in the first feeding of your child. The fee for Anna Prasannam is $250.

    Science & Mysticism

    Science of Yoga

    It is estimated close to two billion people are using some kind of yogic system today in different forms that are not necessarily referred to as ‘yoga.’ The beauty of yoga is that it is an elaborate expression of human mechanics – whichever way you sit, stand, breathe, think or feel, for every aspect of your life, there is a type of yoga. Knowingly or unknowingly, millions of people across the planet are practicing some form of yoga because the process is simple, empowering, and effective.

    Channelizing Modern Science and Technology

    “This yogic science is of utmost importance now, like never before, because today we have tremendous power in our hands. With modern science and technology, tomorrow if we want, we can flatten a mountain or city. When we have this much power in our hands, it is very, very important that we have an inner sense, an awareness of life, and that we experience life and everyone as part of ourselves. Otherwise, we can create a calamity for ourselves and the world around us—which right now we are doing to some extent. This has happened only because we have attended only to the external science. We have never looked at the inner science within us. Just as there is an external science to create external wellbeing, there is an inner science to create inner wellbeing.” – Sadhguru

    Transcend Life’s Struggles

    Today many people perceive yoga as challenging postures, a trend for weight loss or merely a stress reliever, without realizing its depth and dimension. Sadhguru’s vision is to revive this ancient science in its purity and profoundness, and offer it to every individual.

    He says, “If you are willing to strive, you can transcend all your limitations. We want this one message, which is over 15,000 years old, to reverberate across the planet. Whether everybody actually gets there or not, they should at least know that if they have the necessary focus, they can. I want this one message to reach every human being. No matter what they are going through in their lives – their struggles, frustrations, madness, longing – that if they are willing to strive, they can transcend all of this.” – Sadhguru


    A visually striking 30,000 square foot space, the Abode is a two-level structure housing a 21-foot statue depicting the meditative image of the Adi Yogi alongside a consecrated linga.

    ▵ Adi Yogi 21-foot Statue
    A breathtaking 21’ metal artwork depicts the meditative image of Adi Yogi, the first yogi, who offered the methods and science of Yoga as practiced by millions around the world today.


    ▵ Energized Copper Form (Linga)
    Every form and shape has its own vibrance and quality about it. This ellipsoid or linga can be energized in various ways to bring different types of wellbeing to humanity. At the Abode, the linga is submerged in water and all visitors have the opportunity to touch the form and connect with the energy that it radiates.

    ▵ Five Elements Yantra
    The most fundamental aspect of yoga is Bhuta Shuddhi – that means cleansing of the five elements that make up our physical existence and the planet we live on: Earth, Water, Wind, Fire and Space. Visitors to the Abode can make use of this deeply purifying science for their well-being. At the Abode, experience the one-of-a-kind artisan copper-work that depicts the five elements and fundamental mantras, which surround the energy form.

    ▵ Murals
    View exquisite and unique paintings depicting stories from the life of Adi Yogi — one as a man, another as a yogi, an ascetic and a Guru. Spanning the length of the walls inside the Abode, these stories offer inspiration for all and celebrate the significance of the Adi Yogi.

    ▵ Becoming Receptive
    Experiencing the benefits of the Abode does not require any prayer or worship. Visitors can connect with the energies of the space by simply sitting, doing yogic practices, or through several offerings and processes.

    Contact Us

    Open 8 AM – 8 PM year-round
    951 Isha Lane,
    McMinnville, TN 37110

    Welcome Center: 931-668-1900



    I closed my eyes and immediately felt myself radiating with a different kind of energy. The beauty and aesthetics of the space is remarkable too!”– Bill Frosty

    “This is an amazing space. I was never into religion but when I went there they were patiently explained to me how it was not religious but there was a scientific explanation of why everything is created and maintained the way it is. I felt very calm and meditative in this space.”– Evan Stevens

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