About

Rishikesh Yoga Valley

Rishikesh Yoga Valley is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance, located in Rishikesh, India, organizing Teacher Trainings, Workshops, Retreats and Travel Journeys as well as One on One coaching … offline, around the world, and online.

Following and teaching the traditional authentic way of YOGA, especially Hatha, Sivananda, Asthanga, Iyengar. Rishikesh Yoga Valley’s goal is to spread the Light of YOGA in an authentic and powerful way to raise the awareness of JOY, PEACE and LOVE, support a sustainable, peaceful and harmonious way of living and to guide and motivate each and every one of our Students to step into his/her unique and true full Potential.

We offer 100, 200 and 300 hours Teacher Trainings offline and online as well as Yoga Retreats, Ethno Yoga Travels within our Ethno School Program and our special program called Soulcreation.YOGA., to support you in shining your true essence.

Further we provide Online LIVE Yoga Classes, one on one and in groups as well as our individual YOGA Coaching program, which includes personalized Yoga practice classes and unique guidance to bring a yogic way of life into your everyday life and/or to work on special topics, like nutrition, detox and cleansing.

While we are committed to the traditional way of YOGA in the meaning of uniting body, mind and soul and seeing YOGA as a holistic way of living WITH Life we are open to modern science and ancient wisdom concepts regarding our true human Potential, the power of our Heart Mind connection and living in a sustainable and peaceful way with Mother Nature. We are convinced that we are here for shining our unique Light and living our true unique Potential.

Located in Rishikesh, the holy city of the early origin of YOGA, we are feeling blessed and happy to provide our courses and trainings in this wonderful and special place of planet Earth.

AND because we love travelling, exploring different cultures and ways of living and experiencing the beautiful Nature of Mother Earth … and we want to reach as many people as possible … we are organizing our courses and trainings also in Italy, Thailand … at the moment … always open to continue growing with a fully motivated, nature aligned YOGA Team …

We especially invite you to check out and join our

Ethno School Membership Program … to experience and support the Power of YOGA and ETHNOLOGY!

It is all about living in alignment with our INNER AND OUTER NATURE and supporting meaningful, authentic projects regarding a sustainable and peaceful life!

WITH OUR PROGRAM WE WANT TO REMIND YOU OF THE TRUE ESSENCE OF YOGA AND SHOW YOU HOW TO IMPLEMENT IT IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE SO THAT YOU CAN FULLY EXPRESS AND LIVE IT.

 

Stay updated for our actual program and course dates here, with our Newsletter and on our Facebook page Rishikesh Yoga Valley or contact us directly for any questions and inquires at info@rishikeshyogavalley.com.

We are happily looking forward to meet YOU!

NAMASTE

YOUR Rishikesh Yoga Valley Team


 

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What is YOGA all about – our view on YOGA

"seek the sun within you … become one with your breath …
you are eternal life … you are the universe
the larger body of who you are is the solar system
that is why it is called hatha yoga"
(sanskrit      ha ... sun     tha ... moon)

The ancient tradition of YOGA is all about connecting body, mind and soul (the Sanskrit word yug means "to unite") with the goal to experience oneness … an experience where the body is relaxed, the mind is calm and the shattering of the ego is almost silent. It goes along with the realization, that we are a part of Nature, that we are one with the Universe, that all the creation power is right inside of us. When our body, mind and soul are connected, we are able to listen to our inner voice and are so guided to live our true Potential and experience Joy, Happiness and pure Love.

YOGA is about Life itself and it shows us how to live with Life, means how to live in union with our Inner Self and Mother Nature.

Practicing YOGA in the ancient tradition means not only the physical practice on the mat yet a whole system, which combines body movement and postures asanas, breathing techniques pranayama,

meditation, positive thinking, a vegetarian/vegan nutrition and a joy- and peaceful sustainable way of living.

Living YOGA in its wholeness in implementing it in your everyday life cleanses your whole system, means your body and mind and opens up your heart-thought, so that you can realize the true essence of Life and Nature.

Traditional Yoga Styles

As we teach Yoga in its traditional way, we want to give you a very short overview here of the styles we are practicing and teaching with further recommended readings … if you are interested in it … otherwise just join us in our course program to experience for yourself and of course get all theoretical background and knowledge combined with your guided practical experience.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha (sanskrit) means “sun and moon” and refers to a balanced energy level of female and masculine in our system. Therefore it is the aim and focus of this traditional style of YOGA to balance body and mind, which can be done with smooth, stretching holding postures and tranquil as well as rhythmic breath work.

We recommend you to read the following classical works regarding Hatha Yoga:

  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • Gheranda Samhita
  • Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

If you are interested in the Philosophy of traditional Hatha Yoga read the classical work of  Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra.

Sivananda Yoga

A traditional form of Hatha YOGA, going back to Swami Sivananda and his disciple Swami Vishnudevananda.

YOGA is seen as an holistic approach to Life with giving importance to spread the message of World Peace so that the ancient yogic knowledge is thought for health, peace, unity in diversity and self-realization.

The teaching concepts and methods are summarized as the 5 points of YOGA

  • Asanas
  • Pranayamas
  • Meditation
  • Ayurveda and Yogic Nutrition
  • Positive Thinking

A Yoga practice class looks like this:

  • Chanting in the beginning and end of the class
  • Short meditation
  • Pranayama in the beginning or end of the class
  • The Asana Practice follows a sequence to activate the 7 main chakras in a proper way
  • Sun Salutation
  • 12 basic asanas and variations as well as adjustments for beginner, intermediate and advanced
  • (the postures are mostly hold for min. 30 sec. to max. 3 minutes to assure the positive effects of each asana)
  • Savasana and visualization

Check out the many books, written by Swami Sivananda, Swami Vishnudevananda and the todays Swamis and Teachers around the world.

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga, goes back to K. Pattabhi Jois and refers to the 8 limbs of Yoga. (sanskrit ashta: “eight”, anga: “limb”)

The practice contains of fast-paced, dynamic series of sequential asanas. Flowing sequences of movements vinyasa connect each asana with the next.

Core concept is the three places of attention or action:

  • Pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • Asana (body postures)
  • Drishti (looking focus place)

A class opens usually with the Sanskrit invocation to Patanjali. And closes with the mangala mantra.

We suggest you to read the classical work of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois:  Yoga Mala. The teachings of Ashtanga Yoga

   

Iyengar Yoga

Developed by B.K.S. Iyengar is a traditional form of YOGA with the focus on detail, precision and alignment in each asana. Its unique concept and teaching method is the usage of blocks, belts and pillows to allow the proper adjustment, safety and full relaxation.

Enjoy reading the bestselling books by. B.K.S. Iyengar itself Light on YOGA - The path to holistic health

 


 

Our Team

Yogi Kamal - Founder of Rishikesh Yoga Valley

  • Hatha and Iyengar Yoga
  • Alignment and Adjustment

Growing up in a mountain village near the holy city of Rishikesh, India, I got access to the ancient Yoga tradition from a very young age on. Starting with living in Jai Ram Ashram for 6 months where I got certificated in traditional Hatha Yoga. Motivated and inspired to learn more I attended a 200 hours Teacher Training for multi-style Yoga certificated from Yoga Alliance.

Further I was blessed to get trained in my everyday practice from Ravi Ji in Hatha Yoga and Pravin Nair in Iyengar style for several years.

Finally I just finished my study at Uttarakhand Open University in MA Yoga (Master of Yoga).

Convinced that YOGA is for Everyone it is my vision to spread the knowledge, wisdom and methods of the traditional Yoga styles and make it accessible and exciting to learn for people worldwide.

Whether you are just starting your yoga practice or you are an experienced student, I can assure you that this journey of Yoga learning will be fun and very rewarding for your body, mind and spirit!

With an holistic approach you will learn more than you ever thought possible about your own body and mind as well as the possibilities of your practice.

 

Julia - Program Manager of Rishikesh Yoga Valley

  • Founder of Ethno School
  • Soulcreation.Yoga.Program
  • Sivananda Yoga

I found Yoga while I was studying Ethnology and it immediately ‘got’ me, so that I not only started to practice mostly traditional Hatha Yoga and Sivananda Yoga regularly, yet also focused on its ancient wisdom and concepts in a scientific and theoretical way within my study.

After studying I attained a 200 hours Teacher Training focusing on traditional Hatha Yoga and Sivananda Yoga in an Eco Ashram in the South of India. Since that I am teaching in India, Thailand and Italy and deepening my knowledge, understanding and practice in joining workshops, trainings and individual coaching classes.

Studying Ethnology and Yoga, travelling in Asia for many years, living mostly within beautiful local communities, as well as exploring and expressing my creativity with drawing and painting has brought me close to Mother Nature and my Inner Self and has let me realize, that a Nature aligned life is the only way for a happy, fulfilled and responsible way of living.

Yoga and Ethnology taught me about Life itself, about living WITH our Inner and Outer Nature.

That is why I created Soulcreation.YOGA and Ethno School and what my motivation is all about …

… to raise the awareness of the importance and beauty of a sustainable, peaceful and joyous life

and to support others going the way towards it.

 

Yogi Simon

  • Yogic Philosophy and Science
  • Ayurveda and Yogic Diet

Since childhood, my personal interest was to know the truth about “The Universe”, "The supreme power” and Nature itself. I had a constant whole hearted desire to study thoroughly the ancient Indian Scriptures like VedasUpnishedasPuranas and many other holy writings, as scriptures provide us knowledge.

On 10th August 1988 I arrived in Rishikesh for spiritual study.

At that time I was working in a multinational company as an assistant manager in Delhi with a very attractive salary package. My intention was to complete the spiritual study which was only for one year and then return to Delhi to rejoin my profession. After one year I could not go back and it has been now over 30 years since I left.

And I’m still in Rishikesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas, practicing, experiencing, teaching & still studying Spirituality and Yogic Science.

Presently, my goal is to spread the real authentic knowledge of Yoga throughout the world. In these modern times yoga and meditation are typically marketed for fitness, health and stress reduction.

Yet it would have a more profound effect if we all would understand

Yoga as a practice into Bliss and Eternal Peace.

I want to share this Truth.

I have been practicing Yoga, Meditation and its Philosophy for the last 16 years, intending to follow the spiritual path in quest of finding the real Self with the help of the ancient Indian knowledge and my own realization.

I have been following a Yogic Way of Life since my childhood and stayed at renowned spiritual places like Himalaya, Haridwar and Rishikesh where I was deeply involved in practicing Yoga and Meditation and studying Indian Philosophy. Through my Yoga Teacher Training courses in Rishikesh and my practice under renowned spiritual Gurus like Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Dayananda and Yogi Buddhi Prakashji I gained profound knowledge and understanding in theory and practice.

Yoga is the simple yet profound process of consciously directing the outward flow of energy towards the source of existence within us … to experience peace, joy and calmness and finally become capable to know the “Truth”.

In that sense I am keenly sharing my teachings with spiritual seekers and Yoga students to enrich them with the secrets of Yoga.

 

Yogi Shankar

  • Hatha/Sivananda Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Pranayama

Born and raised in a traditional Brahmin Family in the holy city of Rishikesh, India, I was introduced to Yoga and ancient scriptures in my early childhood by my father, a Sanskrit Scholar.

When grown up I decided to pursue his studies further and travelled to the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger to complete a certificated training course.

After that I stayed at the Yoga Vedanta forest academy at Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh to study Vedanta and surrender myself to perfect my teaching and yogic discipline under the guidance of my Guru.

Since then I am teaching Hatha/Sivananda Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama as well as Yoga Nidra and Mantra Yoga.

I am very motivated to share my knowledge with all Yoga Enthusiasts.

My goal is to support them to become calm and centered and to understand how to connect their mind, body and spirit.

 


 

Our WHY

As we see YOGA as a Way of Living in Joy, Happiness and Peace with our Inner and Outer Nature we know that this Way of Living is able to make the world a better place and therefore it is most precious to share.

The positive effects of YOGA are not only on the physical level: as the word ‘yoga’ (Sanskrit) means ‘unite’ it is about the connection of our body, mind and soul and therefore also the harmonious connection to our Inner Self, our Inner Nature and its presence in our Outer Nature.

It is about being and living in a vibration of Happiness, Love and Peace.

Being in touch with our Inner Being, means knowing why we are here for, what is our true purpose and potential. All this effect and positive change in our thinking, doing and therefore in our everyday Life what further leads to a joyous and sustainable Life on purpose.

We know and believe in this magical power of YOGA and are eager to share the traditional authentic yogic teachings with as many people as possible.

That is WHY WE at Rishikesh Yoga Valley will teach you how to calm your mind, heighten your concentration and live a balanced yogic Way of Life in Joy and Happiness through the correct practice of Asana, Meditation, Pranayama, Mudras and Bandhas and equip you with a practical philosophical and anatomical understanding from the authentic origins of YOGA and take you through the traditional healing methods of Ayurveda and the ancient knowledge and modern insights regarding on how to unleash our True Potential.


 

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WHY Rishikesh Yoga Valley

YOGA SCHOOL FOR JOY, PEACE AND SUSTAINABILITY

  • authentic Teaching regarding the traditional yogic knowledge, concepts and practices
  • authentic Masters from India and well trained and experienced Teachers from Europe
  • individual Guidance because of limited space of max. 12 students
  • unique combination of traditional, ancient knowledge and modern science insights regarding our true potential to support our students to life their Life fully expressed in their own unique way
  • focus on how to live a Life aligned with our Inner and outer Nature to experience and spread Joy, Happiness and Peace
  • 15% discount for our Teacher Training Students on bookings of All our program

 

 


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School. Accommodation. Food

Our School

Rishikesh is the holy city and world capital valley of YOGA and gifted with the pure energy of the surrounding Himalayas and the holy river Ganga. Its special sacred energy invites Yoga practitioners and Truth Seekers from around the world. 

Our School is located in the heart of Rishikesh surrounded from beautiful green mountains and with the view on the holy river Ganga. We enjoy our classes either on the rooftop, on the banks of river Ganga and of course in our light and clear yoga sala.

Our Accommodation

For your accommodation we provide you either a shared two bed or a private room, each with attached bath room and hot shower, WIFI connection and fan/air condition. The rooms are simple yet quiet spacious and light. Our rooftop and beautiful garden invite to take the breath-taking view on the forest mountains and the holy river Ganga and relax in between or after the classes in this quiet and calm atmosphere.

Amenities

  • Quiet and calm natural surrounding
  • Free Wifi access 24/7
  • Filtered water 24/7
  • Hot shower water 24/7
  • Clean, hygienic rooms with attached bathroom
  • Bed sheets, blankets, pillows and towels
  • Laundry service available
  • Heating, air condition available on extra charges

Our Food - Ayurvedic. Organic. Plant based.

What you put into your body … you become
Food is energy … use it wisely

As we follow a Yogic Way of Life we will provide you only sattvic, organic and mostly plant based food (exception are traditional organic Indian milk tea and cheese) and juices and teas, following the principles of Ayurveda, the Science of Life and a balanced nutritional diet. On demand of our students we serve also gluten free and raw meals.

All our fruits, vegetables, cereals and teas are fresh and from local farmers. We strictly don’t use meat, eggs, much spices, black tea and coffee and we ask our students to follow these requirements during their stay with us in our school.

Breakfast

Indian breakfast, porridge, fruits, juices and smoothies, Indian milk tea, herbal tea, lemon ginger water

Lunch and Dinner

Ayurvedic, plant based organic meals, fruits, herbal tea


 

 

Rishikesh –  World capital valley of YOGA

Himalayas. Holy River Ganga. Hinduism. YOGA. Meditation.

Incense sticks smell. Mantra chanting and Temple bells sound. Bright colors. Spices. Green Forest Mountains view.  Sacred and pure Himalaya and Ganga Energy. Quest and Answers for Truth and Enlightenment. Spiritual knowledge and practices.

Traditional ashrams and schools. Modern Yoga Studios. Hindu Temples. Meditation centers. Local markets. Vegan Restaurants. Organic shops. Traditional Indian chai shops.

Peaceful natural calmness. Noisy traffic.

Birds songs. Monkeys jumping. Cows on the street.

Yoga Practitioners, Truth Seekers, Backpacker, Tourists from around the world.  Local Indians. Indian Tourists and Pilgrims. Sadhus, Yoga Masters.

Yoga Teacher Training. Meditation and Yoga on the banks of river Ganga. Rafting on the River Ganga. Hiking in the forests. Different types of energy healing. Sacred spiritual ceremonies.

If there is any dream destination for Yogis, Truth Seekers and Hindu pilgrims … it is Rishikesh.

Rishikesh is world famous as a cultural and spiritual and especially YOGA destination.

Since many celebrated and honored Masters and Gurus in search of Higher Knowledge have found their spiritual answers here, especially through the art of YOGA, it is important not only for Indian Hindu people, but for Truth Seekers and Yoga Practitioners from all around the world.

Located as a valley at the foothills of the Himalayan in Northern India (Uttarakhand) it is surrounded from green forest hills and gifted with the holy river Ganga.

The presence of Maa Ganga and the pristine setting of Himalayas play a vital role in shaping Rishikesh’s yogic importance, since it is said per Hinduism the Ganga river has supernatural properties to cleanse off negativity.

Rishikesh attained international attention and fame in the late 60’s when the English rock band BEATLES came here to attend a Transcendental Meditation course with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It is said, that at that time they produced their most popular album. Until today you can visit the so called BEATLES Ashram, where the training took place and although it is derelict and overrun by jungle it is a famous tourist destination.

Today Rishikesh is called the “World capital valley of Yoga”, with lots of ashrams and all styles of traditional and “modern” Yoga and Meditation schools.

As more and more foreigners came the more “touristic” it became, so that today you can find also adventurous activities like river rafting, mountain hiking or bungee jumping.

Yet YOGA. MEDITATION. Spiritual practices. Calmness and Peacefulness. are still on overhand and on a place like this … will always be.

Come and see … Rishikesh will touch your Heart, Mind and Soul with its air of positivity and truth.as well as its natural pure sacred energy …

Experiencing how precious Life is … it will definitely change not only your VIEW on Life yet also your Way of living.


 

 

Spiritual Guru Narayan Giri

Narayan Giri is famous as a Spiritual Guru of Rishikesh.

He was born on 7th of July in 1974 in a village in Patiyala, Punjab, India.

At the age of 12 he left home and went to the Himalayas to learn and live under his Guru.

Today he is seen as one of those honored Masters who have reached such a peak of transcendental consciousness, that they feel united with the Supreme. After teaching selflessly his insights and deep knowledge and wisdom to spiritual Truth Seekers he decided to life in Silence. Until 2022 you can find him living in a small hut in the Himalayas, communicating only writing.

Kamal, the founder of Rishikesh Yoga Valley, has a close connection to him as got spiritual guidance from him before he went into silence.

During our Teacher Trainings we give our students the possibility to meet and see Guru Narayan Giri in the Himalayans in a day trip on one of our days OFF.