Himalayan Yoga Academy is a team of 9 highly-regarded yoga teachers of Rishikesh (India) who joined forces to create the ultimate yoga training program that meets the highest standards of teaching yoga.

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Ashish Sharma, the top structural alignment yoga teacher in India
Ashish Sharma is young and yet very experienced teacher of hatha yoga. He was born, grew up and received his training in Rishikesh located in the foothills of the eternal Himalayas. Ashish’s... Continue reading
Dr. Usha Vaishnava, Ayurveda teacher at Himalayan Yoga Academy (Rishikehs, India
Usha Vaishnava has been working in ayurvedic environment since she was 12 years old. After long years of assisting a doctor Usha enters the Ayurvedic University with 150 year old history, well-known... Continue reading
Оксана Глаголь, преподаватель методологии йоги в Гималайской Академии Йоги (Инди
A Yoga Methodology teacher, Oksana leads Methodology and Practice of Teaching Yoga along with Level I & II Applied Yoga Anatomy at Himalayan Yoga Academy. Her lectures on Methodology of Yoga are... Continue reading
Emily Hewitt, kundalini yoga / yin yoga / acro yoga expertat HImalayan Yoga Acad
Emily Hewitt teaches Kundalini yoga and Yin yoga at Himalayan Yoga Academy. Emily is a long-timer in Rishikesh, one of the first expats who settled in the world's capital of yoga, for whom Rishikesh... Continue reading
Swami Prem Adeh is a known Zen teacher in India with a strong energy and charm. Once an Christian hermit and ascetic. Prem Adeh about thirty years ago, received initiation from Swami Maha Vishnu and... Continue reading
Yogacharya Sanjeev Pandey Ji, top pranayama teacher in Rishikesh, India
Yogacharya Sanjeev Pandey Ji is the most popular Pranayama teacher in Rishikesh, India. His inspirational classes won't leave anyone indifferent to the art of pranayama. Pandey Ji is artistical, yet... Continue reading
Йоги Вишну, преподаватель Гималайской Академии Йоги в Ришикеше (Индия)
Yogi Vishnu Panigrahi is an extremely experienced teacher of meditation, follower of Swami Rama, an influential guru of the XX century. Studied meditation at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram under... Continue reading

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Reviews by graduates

I attended Himilayan Yoga Academy from October to December in 2014. I chose this institution due to positive reviews that I found on the internet and because of its location in the infamous destination of Swarg Ashram in Rishikesh, India. I can give nothing but further positive review for this wonderful group of professionals who have put together a program that so far exceeded my expectations, I can easily say that it reoriented the foundation of how I live.

The teachers and organizers of the program are trained, educated, spiritually in-tune people. They are full of life and give all of their efforts to following the tenants of yoga and living with awareness to the inter workings of the mind and the society around them. I met and came to respect numerous people as figures who could teach me many things I had never discovered about myself. Himalayan Yoga Academy is a place of humor and calm, study and meditation, relaxed and focused conversation. In my opinion, they have developed a perfect atmosphere for learning yoga.

The program itself is diverse in subject matter and well-organized. It is a complete foundation for teaching yoga.

The 200-hour certification I went through was actually 240 grueling (difficult yet rewarding) hours of classes, with primary focus on Hatha Yoga. Structural alignment is one of the most important classes in the program, teaching the ins and outs of how to align the muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons in order to perfect each posture. Immensely helpful. Asana (asana practice with less focus on theory of alignment) classes with Yogacharya Ashish are also integral to the program, and they are also demanding in nature, with verbal and physical adjustments given throughout each session. Meditation is another key course and becomes part of day to day life. We were encouraged to meditate before meals, before sleep, as much as we could. And of course we were given an assortment of meditative techniques during meditation instruction, along with many lengthy stints of group meditation.

Two other primary subjects are Pranayama (science of breathing) with Pandeyji and Shatkarma (health practices of yogic lifestyle) with Kamal. Both of these subjects are wonderful and taught with expertise. We also had courses in teaching theory, philosophy, and anatomy.

The program also offered many elective courses such as Kundalini, Zazen meditation, Zen massage, and Acro Yoga. We had the chance to receive instruction from many masters. For instance, meditation class went through four well-known and respected masters.

Excursions on Sundays are delightful and the destinations are breathtaking. It is incredible to spend a full week studying diligently and then reach Sunday and know that the experience is going to be one of a kind. Cannot express how awesome Sundays are. Waterfalls, rafting, sacred caves, time with friends.

I can go on and on about Himalayan Yoga Academy. I still haven't mentioned how good the food is, the many concerts to attend for free, or the unique setting that is Swarg Ashram. You can research the city itself to find out why it has become the Yoga capital of India.

I'll end with saying that going to Himalayan Yoga Academy brought me into the most positive, inspiring friendships of my life. People from all different nations coming together to be dedicated to studying the eight limbs of Yoga. Every other student attending was kind, open, modest, and ready to learn. Journey of a lifetime...

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Traditional yoga teacher training courses in Rishikesh, India

Why learn yoga in Rishikesh with us? There are many reasons to learn yoga specifically in Rishikesh, India. And, there are solid reasons to do it with our school.

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Rishikesh is the world's capital of yoga.
It is a common fact that Rishikesh (India) holds the title of the world's yoga capital. And it is rightfully so.
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According to old scriptures, Rishikesh is the place to attain higher states of mind through yoga.
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We preserve the tradition of Yoga.
One of our principles has always been to keep the tradition of Yoga uninterrupted. In our teaching, we strongly abide by the classical vision of yoga clearly described by the great work on yoga, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and old scriptures of hatha yoga – Gheranda Samhita, Shiv Samhita and Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Our deep commitment towards the great works of the past does not contradict with the modern approach to yoga. On the contrary, we highly honor modern authors, researchers, scholars, masters who move the understanding of traditional hatha yoga even further through their extensive studies, and encourage our students to be creative in their practice of yoga as long as the correct understanding of its genuine goals is preserved.
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Most our yoga teachers hold Master's in Yoga.
We are proud to be the only yoga school in Rishikesh, India to have so many highly-educated yoga teachers. Teachers in our school are holders of Master's degree in Yoga and Applied Ayurveda, or have been living and studying in ashrams or with the best yoga, meditation and ayurveda teachers in India. Moreover, we are proud to have Masters who have developed their own style and methodologies in yoga and meditation, as our honored teachers.
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Our yoga school is one of the most experienced schools in Rishikesh.
Since our start in 1997, we did a tremendous number of yoga trainings which brought us drastic experience and understanding of how a yoga program should really be built. Today, we are proud to claim that our yoga training program is the most advanced training course program in the world's yoga capital and, maybe, in the whole India. See our programs for more details and read students' testimonials.
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Rishikesh is probably the most affordable destination for yoga teacher training courses.
Funny to say, Rishikesh today is, perhaps, the cheapest place in the world to undergo yoga training program. Keep in mind, our training program is not of the lowest rate in Rishikesh. Yet, considering the value, it's probably way below average cost at the global scale.
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We are located in the oldest ashram of Rishikesh, Swargashram.
Swargashram is the oldest ashram in Rishikesh, the precedent of such popular ashrams as Shivananda ashram, Yog Niketan, Parmarth and others. Swargashram is the ashram from where the whole Hrishikesh started. And, we are sitting in the very center of this holy place.
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Every course, we invite renowned yoga masters to teach their styles of yoga.
See our list of invited teachers that participate in our yoga courses. Among our guests are the 105-year-old yogi Swami Yogananda Ji, the renowned master of hatha yoga Sri Surinder Singh Ji, the famous speaker and philosopher Jivasu, the honored philosophy professor Buddhi Prakash Ji and many more recognized yogis of the Northern India.
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Our hall is fully-equipped with everything a yoga practitioner needs.
Yoga mats, cushions, bricks, bolsters, whiteboards, big screen for visual presentations, sound system, 4 modes of lighting, shatkarma props, water filter, meditation props, etc.
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We are founders of the annual Free Yoga & Music Festival.
We know all yoga in Rishikesh, we know perfectly every yoga teacher in Rishikesh. We surely can tell who teaches best at any specific style of yoga in the world capital of yoga. For our festival and for our yoga courses, we chose only the best yoga teachers of Rishikesh so that you don't have to.

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