Real Happiness
Real Happiness
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Real Happiness (Meditation Ashram India) - Meditation Teacher Training in India - Meditation and Yoga Retreats in Rishikesh - Beginner and Advance Courses. Vedic Meditation School: Intensive Study of Meditation in India - Meditation Teacher Training & Retreats - Beginner & Advance Meditation Courses India
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Emzag13
Saint Louis, MO10 contributions
Serious safety incident
Dec 2023 • Solo
Sanjay the owner preys on vulnerable young women who come to this retreat for healing. He waits until you trust him and then he will cross your boundaries and take advantage of you sexually. I am not the first person he has done this to and probably wont be the last. My last night, December 10th 2023 we went up to the roof for some "energy healing work" which I had never done before. We had done some earlier that night in the yoga room public place but this time we were on the roof. The energy work was intense and good until it wasn't. I was crying and weak and tired. That was when he started getting sexual. He eventually locked the door to the roof as well saying it was just so that we wouldn't be disturbed. He told me to be quiet. He had his hands in my shirt and in my pants. He said that he could tell I had some bad sexual energy there and "wanted to heal it." I did not put his hands there, he put his hands there. He took full advantage of my emotional open heart and mind and left me feeling completely used and abused. He also told me to be quiet going downstairs so as to not wake the dogs he had at the time but of course it was to keep his secret.

Up until that moment the retreat was nice. But he ruined it all.
He is taking advantage also of the trust of the wonderful people that work at the retreat. He is also taking advantage of his wife's trust. She also runs the center.

Please see the review from Seaside64673745397 from May 2023 and Guillermo Toro L from Nov 2022. @Seaside64673745397 I believe you. @Guillermo Toro L I believe you.

THIS HAS HAPPENED BEFORE AND WILL HAPPEN AGAIN.

Women beware.

He will ask for proof. He will challenge this review. He will say it is a fake review. But he can only hide for so long. He knows he is a predator. Eventually karma will get him.

Here is proof that I went to Real Happiness. In the photo the certificate says my last day was the 13th but that was my original last day but I actually left the 11th, the morning after the sexual abuse incident occurred. I left early in the morning and didn't see Sanjay or his wife Shruti who also runs the school.
Written 13 February 2024
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paulinerodary
Lyon, France2 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
I am doing the one month meditation course in Real Happiness Ashram. I am really happy about the content of classes, the peaceful atmosphere,the lovely green garden and view on mountains.
I learn a lot on theory and practice about mediation, yoga philosophy, mantras, chakras. Course give you an overview on so many topics which wil be useful for your life.
Above all this, a special thanks for the best cooker and singer in Rishikesh, thanks to Sanjay for sharing his knowledge, thanks to all the beautiful family members and the lovely dogs ❤️.
Anyone who want to feel home, want to relax, want to heal, never hesitate as here you can start a new journey 🙏
Written 7 February 2024
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Ingrid Carolina B
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Solo
I completed the MTT 300h course in November 2023. Overall, my experience was positive. I had no expectations and undertook the course for personal growth.

-Food: Excellent!
-Location: Perfect for a retreat and connecting with nature. A great place to meet wonderful souls.
-Yoga class: Really good, thanks to the instructor Muki.
-Course structure: Good.
-Meditation class: Okay. The first two weeks were great. However, with new arrivals, we had to repeat, and I didn't see progress in the last two weeks.
-Administrative/management: Unfortunately, this is the weakest point. Activities and communication were a bit messy.

My recommendation: If you already have some meditation experience or have completed a YTT, you might consider a different course, as mentioned by other participants. For those seeking a short-term retreat or course (1-2 weeks), Real Happiness could be the ideal choice.
Written 3 February 2024
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TravelonTrend
Wellington, New Zealand71 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
The 15-day Meditation Teacher Training at Real Happiness provided me a transformative experience. The environment, incredibly skilled instructors, and daily practices were amazing! One of the best parts was getting to know my fellow participants who will now be friends for life :) I also enjoyed spending time with Rio and Alex, the beautiful dogs. The variety of meditation techniques offered a well-rounded approach, catering to both beginners and seasoned practitioners. I particularly enjoyed the daily Indian Philosophy classes. The food was also incredible, honestly restaurant quality! Overall, it was a rejuvenating journey towards inner peace and self-discovery. I can’t wait to integrate this into my daily practice and share my knowledge with others. Thank you to the Real Happiness team!
Written 18 January 2024
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daniel r
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Couples
I recently completed the 28 day meditation teacher training with my partner in rishikesh at real happiness.
My experience was exceptional to say the very least. Everyone involved with the real happiness team will forever hold a special place inside my heart.
The knowledge and wisdom that was not only taught but understood,
The deep connections made and the deep meditations felt,
The taste of the food was the taste cooked from love,
And the experiences made with friends turned into the memories made with family, forever.
I am truly grateful and blessed to be apart of such an amazing experience. I have relished every moment spent here and cherished the unfolding of my own inner world and transformation. If you want to experience real happiness and a loving environment to help you grow in then this is the right place!

A special Thankyou to Sanjay!
I feel honoured and blessed to have had the privilege and opportunity to learn, grow and share the same space as you! ❤️
Mukhi! For teaching so much of your wisdom to us all, and for being patient especially with the asanas! 😅
Shrutti! For being such a loving and caring person for all of us that attended, always making sure we were always fed and looked after!
To Neeraj the cook! For cooking the most divine meals I have had the pleasure of tasting in a long while. Gaurav and Neeraj! For maintaining and assisting us, and for wearing a smile more then I wore my shoes. And a huge shout out to everyone else I had the privilege, I’m so humbled to have met you all and hopefully we can cross paths again in the future. We came as friends but leave as family! Much love ❤️
Written 3 January 2024
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Tobias G
2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
Amazing stay at real happiness! Came for some meditation for a couple of days. Ended up staying much longer, diving into kundalini and tantric meditation and finding new friends (family-like) and a place far away who feels like home💜. Location is very nice: close to the vibrant tapovan and the ganga, but also surrounded by nature. On top: food was amazing. Blessings to Sanjay, and everybody else from Real Happiness
Written 31 December 2023
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Bhavin P
2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
After searching for a while, I ended up picking Real Happiness in Rishikesh for my two weeks Meditation/Yoga retreat. Overall, I was pleased and happy that I picked this place for my first ever retreat.
Sanjayji, the owner of Real Happiness promptly responded to all my questions and never once pushed me to book the retreat with them. He answered all my questions patiently and helped me with a change in schedule when I couldn’t make on my original dates of retreat. Highly appreciated!!!
The Ashram is located on a hill, in Tapovan area of Rishikesh and away from hustle and bustle, allowing one to focus on learnings. All teachers were not only skilled and knowledgeable with their subjects, but made learning easy to follow. Yogi RAmdAs was top notch for meditation and Philosophy, Swami Sachhidananji made learning Kundalini Chakras and Asanas fun. Sanjayji taught meditation and mantra chanting; Muki Mam’s yoga and herbal teachings were simply Superb. We even had one class at river front on Ganga ghat and that was unique experience. Muki Mam’s sound healing was new and interesting experience for me.
The food was prepared fresh on site and simply delicious and was very good quality. In addition, Shruti mam helped with sightseeing and shopping (she knows the places and people).
Last but not the least, I had pleasure to meet other students, who came from all over the world, who made the whole retreat experience very memorable. We visited Bhutnath Temple, Vasishth Cave and rafting adventure on River Ganga. One evening we went to see Ganga Arti in Rishikesh. Some of us visited Yogic Juice bar who served very yummie and fresh herbal juices and smoothies.
The yoga/meditation/Kundljni chakra training I received would be very helpful to deal with stress/anxiety and overall craziness that daily life brings.
Before I left, I signed up for two more weeks and I am looking forward to my further learnings with Yoga/Meditation at Real Happiness Rishikesh in near future.

Thanks again to Team Real Happiness 🙏🙏
Written 30 December 2023
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Seaside64673745397
2 contributions
Serious safety incident
May 2023 • Solo
Though the place gives awesome first impression however women please stay away from this place, the owner Sanjay who calls himself guru is a dangerous man, he will win your trust first and when you will reach out to him in your most vulnerable time, he will try to cross all boundaries sexually in the name of healing you! It's unforgivable and unacceptable!!

It took me time and courage to write this review, however truth need to be out loud and clear, women please stay away!
Written 29 December 2023
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We have some questions for you, What is your REAL name? and if you attended any of our courses, please upload your name, date, and certificate photo along with our official stamp and signature here. We DO NOT offer the healing course or Therapy, if you were offered, please upload the payment screenshot for healing therapies. If something like that happened why did you not share it with the people or staff members there? There is female staff, and we have every month female students and head teachers. We are ready to go with any LEGAL actions or any type of investigation but please make sure that May 2023 courses and classes were conducted by 67 years old meditation teacher and a female yoga teacher. As everyone is recommending the place for women's safety, people using keywords like the family feel, I can understand some reviews like this will be coming for making fake impressions. The owner of the school is also a female and stays with their mother and father in the school. Please remove your review or answer all our questions. Sending love to your lost soul Team Real Happiness
Written 8 January 2024
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Juozas B
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Solo
Honestly, i spend the two most amazing weeks there. I did meditation training and it was just super. The information that i got and the motivation from people was top-notch. The people who work there are just wonderful and so helpful. I did not wanted to leave that place. It was so peaceful there. The only mistake i made is that i did not stay there for the whole month.
Written 26 December 2023
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Sara
6 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
I went to Real Happiness for a break from the crazy life of travelling India and what I got was so much more. I did a week Kundalini course which gave me the tools to start my meditation journey. The staff were so friendly & attentive and I felt right at home. My Swami was super knowledgeable and made the whole learning journey very fun
Written 19 December 2023
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