Yogacharya Sonu Yadav

Yogacharya Sonu Yadav, Resident Principal Teacher at Himalayan Yoga Academy
Resident Teacher

Sonu Yadav is one of the youngest instructors at the Academy. Sonu Ji is an academically trained Yoga instructor. He holds a Master’s degree in Yoga Science from Sanskrit University and a complete postgraduate and graduate work in Yoga and Psychology. Before moving to Rishikesh he taught yoga in Chandigarh in his studio. He received a scholarship for his studies at the University of Patanjali in Haridwar. Today's Patanjali University founded by Ram Dev is an exemplary educational institution that holds integrity of the traditions of classical yoga, as described in the UpAneeshads, the Yogasutra, Hathayoga Pradipika and other classical works on Yoga.

At the Himalayan Yoga Academy Sonu Ji specializes in Shatkarmas and traditional practices of Hatha yoga Pradipika.

In 2015, Sonu completed a 4-month internship at Himalayan Yoga Academy. He is a modest, charismatic, intelligent, and focused student in the science of Yoga. Sonu’s yogic philosophy is followed in the tradition found in the Advaita Vedanta philosophy and as his main meditation practice being the Buddhist Vipassana. Sonu sees asana practice as fine art or art of dance, but he does not reduce the system of yoga as asana practice only, and is deeply immersed the entire holistic system of yoga.

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Testimonials for Yogacharya Sonu Yadav

My experience with Himalayan Yoga Academy definitely changed me.

The 12 teachers from different nationalities, ages and backgrounds, following different Yoga perspectives helped me to open my horizon and change my own interpretation of Yoga.

All the classes were interesting and covered a lot of subjects, focused in giving you the basic tools to start teaching yoga. You learn about asana alignment, body anatomy, philosophy, pranayama, teaching methodology, meditation, yoganidra, shatkarmas, etc.

Classes are intense, start at 6AM and finish at 6/7PM with breaks for meals. You'll probably sweat and feel pain in muscles you didn’t knew you had, gaining strength through the course, flexibility and a better understanding of your body mechanics. You can still manage to get to know the mystical Rishikesh, her temples and shrines, food and clothing tents, see the sunset in a beautiful Ganges beach, drink some awesome fruit juices, meet interesting people from all over the world and get back to the ashram before the gate close at 10PM.

Teaching classes to your colleagues is part of the program and was my biggest challenge. Got my tongue-tied a lot of times, mixed words, but after 5 weeks I realize a big evolution and understood better that teaching Yoga is a never-stop-learning life. Made some good friends that I’m sure they will be forever.

The Ashram is a typical Indian building with a big dome and an awesome view over Tapovan. The shared rooms had bathroom and having a toilet was a good surprise. The food was good and from different countries, the staff very friendly but sometimes I ate out of the Ashram to eat some eggs, cheese and try different local things.

I feel very grateful for having the opportunity to learn in the holy city of Rishikesh bathed by the Ganges in a traditional Yoga Ashram. The HYA teachers, my colleagues and the rest of the crew made the difference.

I recommend it to any friend or anyone who is already a practitioner, wants to deepen his knowledge and gain teaching skills.

Hari OM

Reviews by graduates

I was here in March 2016 and I'm so happy about my choice.

I was actually at another school before I met Stevie from Himalayan YA. He took time to answer all my questions and explained to me in depth about what HYA had to offer. I was looking for traditional yoga with Western teachings. Himalayan gave me just that, the best of both worlds which was really important to me as I was returning to the West to teach.

I had enjoyed yoga for many years but I had the knowledge lacking from my practice. I now can say that my eyes are more open to yoga than I ever imagined plus there are many bonuses to this course.

Many courses don't give much teaching time but HYA gives an extra 40 hours to concentrate on just that. Classes such as vocal training to lean how to fill the room with a calm but assertive voice which is forgotten about on other courses. I felt confident to lead a class because of this practice. I have met many other students who had completed their YTT who didn't have the confidence to teach months after graduating. I am truly grateful for this. Be warned this course is intensive but you have a good support system around you plus fun trips to help you relax and enjoy it for what it is :)

Loved the team and grateful for all that I have taken away with me :)

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