Rishikesh Yoga Valley is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance, located in Rishikesh, India, organizing Teacher Trainings, Retreats and Ethno Yoga Travels in India, Thailand and Italy as well as online trainings and courses.
Following and teaching the traditional way of Yoga, especially Hatha, Sivananda, Ashtanga and 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 (see our Ethno Yoga Program) and to guide and motivate each and every one of our Students to step into his/her unique and true full Potential.
We are happily looking forward to meet you!
Your Rishikesh Yoga Valley Team
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 NATURE
YOU ARE THE UNIVERSE
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, Nature and your Self.
PEACE JOY AND HAPPINESS START WITH-IN US! YOGA SHOWS US THE WAY!
IN THAT SENSE LET'S SPREAD THE LIGHT OF YOGA AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE!
Rishikesh – World capital valley of YOGA
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.
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.
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 (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
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.
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
Ayurveda and Yogic Nutrition
A Yoga practice class looks like this:
Chanting in the beginning and end of the class
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
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, 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)