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The Maun Van ashram – translation (Silent Forest) is spread over twelve acres of private land in the Himalayas. The land gets its shape as a forest due to this vegetation developed to create an atmosphere of ancient Gurukul (resident school) in the forest. This focus has created a truly beautiful sanctuary living in pure peace and harmony with nature. It is the ideal space to explore inner and outer truth. In a stunning environment amidst an abundance of wildlife, trees, flowers and Ayurvedic herbs and plants, peace is everywhere for everyone from across the globe interested to practice Yog and Naturopathy or just want to experience Yogic way of life style.
There are a lot of Ayurvedic herbs planted in our Maun Van ashram which are used for various treatments. There are numerous varieties of fruits and vegetables grown in the Silent Forest making it almost self sustainable in terms of Yogic meal. Maun Van Yog village is located in the buffer zone of the Chilla Range of the Rajaji National Park – A Tiger Reserve Forest. It is on the way to the very famous Neelkanth Mahadev Temple of Lord Shiva and falls 16 kilometers beyond (a fourty minutes drive) Laxman Jhulla taxi-stand in Rishikesh. Maun Van is also host to varieties of Himalayan and migratory birds and one can see and hear them chirping loud early mornings and late evenings. Following the ancient teaching traditions where students would stay in the forest and gain knowledge in the fields be it Yoga, Naturopathy, Ayurveda, Tantra or just spend Yogic life style away from the crowds of cities, Maun Van is a complete experience wherein you are at peace and in positive energy of Nature. Here you can feel the silence of your body , feel the silence of your breath, feel the silence of your mind, feel the silence of the forest.

Dr.Yogi Vijay Rayal was born on Nov 22nd 1977 in the well known village of Dhunaar, situated at the confluence of the Ganga and Hevel rivers near Phool-chatti Ashram, beyond Rishikesh in Pauri district of Uttarakhand. He was born into a Brahmin family and according to family traditions of Hindu Priest, at the early age of 8 years Yogi Vijay was taught and initiated into Vedic Mantra and Tantric yoga from his Grandfather – his first Guru. In 1999 he graduated in commerce from the Garhwal University of Srinagar. Throughout this time Vijay continually practiced Hatha and Tantric Yoga, inspired by his Guru, in the year 2000, travelled to many yoga schools in India to understand different ways and methods of teaching Yog and gaining more knowledge. 

To continue and further develop a scientific/therapeutic understanding of Yoga, in the year 2002 Yogi Vijay joined G.S. College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis, Kavalyadhama Lonavala, Pune. Where he Graduated with a first class Diploma. In 2003 he received his Doctorate in Yoga and Naturopathy from Gorakhpur School of Naturopathy and thereafter was initiated by Baba Bharu Nath of Himachal Pradesh to attain the higher practice of Yoga and Tantra, here he decided after travelling across India to follow “Kayakalp Hatha Yog Tradition (transformation of body and mind) From here Doctor Yogi Vijay returned to Rishikesh, Pauri district where he felt inspired by his Grandfather, his “Guru Ji” to continue, preserve and develop the age old practices of Hatha Yoga and also uphold the ancient tradition of Garhwal in the esoteric practices of Tantra-Mantra. He laid foundation of Maun Van Yog Village – The Silent Forest Yog Retreat to teach and promote “Kayakalpa” Hatha Yoga as in the ancient times by the way of Gurukul. (resident school).

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