Our Activities

If you want peace upon earth first establish peace in your heart. If you want union in the world, first unify the different parts of your own being. Change yourself and the circumstances will change.

The Mother

01. School (Sri Matri Aurobindo Vidyalaya)

Nestled within the serene Kathmandu Ashram, Sri Matri Aurobindo Vidyalaya stands as a beacon of educational excellence. Founded by the Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir, our school embodies the transformative power of holistic education. We are dedicated to fostering an environment where students excel academically while flourishing intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

Our distinctive peer learning approach encourages students to learn from their elder peers, fostering empathy, leadership, and community. Guided by Veda and our passionate teaching staff, many of whom have deep roots in the Ashram, we nurture each student’s potential. From our humble beginnings with 12 students in a mud hut, we have grown into a thriving institution serving over 150 students in a three-story building. Join us in empowering students to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and compassionate individuals committed to making meaningful contributions to society.

02. Cow Farm

At Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir, our cowshed is a sanctuary where our beloved bovine companions are cherished for their gentle presence and the nourishment they provide. Nestled within the serene Ashram surroundings, our cowshed is home to over 50 cows. Each day, these cows yield a generous 300 liters of milk, forming the foundation of our diverse dairy products. From wholesome milk to nutritious ghee, creamy yogurt, succulent paneer, and delectable sweets, our dairy offerings nourish the body and soul of our community.

We deeply value hands-on learning and self-sufficiency. The students of the Ashram play a vital role in maintaining the cowshed, learning the art of cow care as part of our familial ethos. This instills a sense of responsibility, compassion, and connection to nature. We cultivate the grass for feeding our cows within the Ashram, promoting sustainability and eco-friendliness. The cow compost produced is used as natural fertilizer for our organic farm, creating a cycle of sustainability. Additionally, surplus milk is sold in Kathmandu, benefiting the local economy and extending our dairy goodness beyond the Ashram. Our cowshed embodies our commitment to sustainable living, holistic education, and community harmony, celebrating the sacred bond between humans and animals.

03. Incense Department

In our Ashram, the incense department is the oldest department which produces handmade natural and herbal incense. This department has been a cornerstone of our community, crafting incense that is both pure and natural. Each stick is meticulously made using traditional methods passed down through generations, ensuring the highest quality and authenticity. These incense sticks are commonly used for worship, filling our sacred spaces with soothing and spiritual aromas. Additionally, their therapeutic properties are widely recognized, making them a favorite for meditation and relaxation practices.

We offer a diverse range of incense flavors, each with its unique fragrance and benefits. Our collection includes Sandalwood, known for its calming and grounding effects; Jatamansi, which promotes relaxation and mental clarity; Pine, offering a refreshing and revitalizing scent; Austha Suganda Incense, famous for its rich and earthy aroma; Himalayan Cedar Incense, which provides a deep, woody fragrance that enhances spiritual ambiance; and Citronella Incense, celebrated for its fresh, citrusy scent that also acts as a natural insect repellent. These varieties ensure that there is an incense type for every preference and purpose, enhancing both spiritual and everyday experiences.

04. Shampoo Bar & Soap

Welcome to Shampoo Bar Kathmandu, where we blend the art of hair care with the essence of natural living. Nestled in the heart of Kathmandu, our shampoo bars are meticulously crafted using only the finest organic ingredients. We believe in providing an eco-friendly alternative to traditional liquid shampoos, ensuring that your hair receives the best care without harming the environment. Each bar is enriched with essential oils and natural extracts, designed to nourish your hair, promote scalp health, and leave you with a radiant, lasting shine.

At Shampoo Bar Kathmandu, sustainability is at the core of our mission. Our packaging is minimal and biodegradable, reflecting our commitment to reducing plastic waste. Whether you have curly, straight, dry, or oily hair, our diverse range of shampoo bars caters to all hair types, making it easy to find the perfect match for your unique hair needs.

At Shampoo Bar Kathmandu, we offer a range of natural and sustainable products to enhance your personal care routine:

Shampoo Bars:

  1. Nettle and Clay: Perfect for soothing the scalp and adding volume to your hair.
  2. Neem and Lemongrass: Known for its antibacterial properties, it helps keep your scalp healthy and refreshed.
  3. Mint and Charcoal: Ideal for deep cleansing, removing impurities, and invigorating your hair.

Body Soap:
Experience the luxury of our handcrafted body soaps, designed to cleanse and moisturize your skin naturally.

Face and Body Butter:

  1. Palmarosa Flavor: Provides intense hydration with a delicate, floral scent.
  2. Sweet Basil: Enriched with the refreshing aroma of basil, it soothes and revitalizes the skin.
  3. Spirulina: Packed with nutrients, this butter nourishes and rejuvenates your skin.

Deodorant Cream:
Stay fresh naturally with our effective and eco-friendly deodorant cream, designed to keep you feeling confident all day long.

05. Pashmina

05. Pashmina Department

Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, is dedicated to the craft of handmade textile products, including 100% Pashmina shawls, a blend of 70% Pashmina with 30% silk shawls, yak shawls, and cotton towels. Each product is meticulously crafted by skilled artisans, ensuring high quality and the preservation of traditional techniques.

Pure Pashmina shawls are crafted entirely from the fine cashmere wool of Himalayan goats. These shawls are known for their unmatched softness, warmth, and lightweight nature. The creation process involves:

70% Pashmina and 30% Silk Shawls

The blend of 70% Pashmina and 30% silk combines the softness of Pashmina with the sheen and durability of silk. The production process includes:

Sourcing and Blending: Combining high-quality cashmere wool with fine silk fibers.

Spinning: Hand-spinning the blended fibers into smooth yarn.

Weaving: Using handlooms to weave the yarn, integrating silk for added sheen and drape.

Dyeing and Embellishment: Dyeing with vibrant natural colors and optional intricate embroidery.

 

Yak Shawls

 Yak shawls are made from the wool of yaks, offering a unique blend of warmth and durability. The process involves:

Sourcing: Collecting yak wool from local herders.

Spinning: Hand-spinning the wool into robust yarn.

Weaving: Weaving on handlooms to produce thick, warm shawls.

Dyeing: Using natural dyes for rich, earthy tones.

 

yak shawl

Cotton Towels

Cotton towels produced at the Mandir are valued for their softness, absorbency, and durability. The process includes:

Sourcing : Procuring high-quality cotton.

Spinning: Hand-spinning cotton into fine yarn.

Weaving: Weaving on handlooms to ensure a tight, absorbent weave.

Finishing: Finishing the towels with natural dyes and optional hand-embroidered designs.

100% Handmade Process

The Mandir’s commitment to handmade processes reflects its dedication to quality and tradition. Each step, from sourcing raw materials to spinning, weaving, dyeing, and finishing, is performed by hand, involving:


Significance and Impact

The handmade textile production at Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir is not merely a craft but a vital part of the community’s economic and social fabric. The revenue from these products supports various educational and social projects, including schools and orphanages. This activity also provides valuable employment, preserves traditional skills, and promotes a sustainable, holistic lifestyle.