HIYA is the first yoga retreat and academy in Nepal. It is operated by highly trained professional Yoga and Naturopathic Physicians.

Yoga Teacher Training (2)

26 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Kathamandu, Nepal

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    from US$1,500
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    Instructors (2)

    Dr. Subodh Simkhada

    Dr. Subodh is the resident expert. He is a certified yoga teacher and a bona fide naturopathic physician. His other notable accomplishments include advanced training on different types of massage like Ayurvedic, Shiatsu, Thai traditional, and foot reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, and Ayurvedic panchakarma training in Kerala, India. He also holds a Reiki master degree in Nepal.

    Rajkumar Karki

    Rajkumar got his master in human consciousness and yogic science from Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India. He participated in a national workshop on yoga and alternative therapies in 2014 and 2015. He also participated in a national workshop on neuropathy in Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya.

    Reviews (34)

    Katja Veen

    from Netherlands, November 2017

    "Start of a spiritual journey"

    For me the most important was to have found a place to do my yoga teacher training where the spiritual aspect was highlighted. In this month I have build a firm foundation from where to continue my spiritual journey. I will forever be grateful to this experience and the wonderful people that have been part of it! The entire team at HIYA is very friendly and the atmosphere is great. From the very first day I felt at home :) And of course, I need to mention the GREAT food! I can definitely recommend this place in every sense :) (unless you want to practice yoga as a form of athletics. In that case this is maybe not the best place to go)

    Dyonne Mulders

    from United States, June 2018

    "Het was een fantastische ervaring "

    Ik heb zo ontzettend veel geleerd de maand dat ik daar was. 200 uur teacher

    Training yoga was heel erg leerzaam

    Hélène Guignard

    from France, December 2017

    How can we describe one month in only a few words..! It was more than amazing, I am still feeling the energy and good vibes that everyone spreads there. That was definitely more than an incredible expérience, this is now the beginning and Dr Subodh and Raj are master to support you in that direction. The direction of a new way of living, a yogic way of life. Your life. And thank you To everyone, for your friendship, knowledges, trust and love. Namaste ! And see you soon.

    Chloe Huriez

    from France, December 2017

    "Merveilleuse expérience pour le yoga teacher training "

    Le lieu dégage une énergie de paix et de bonheur, l’equipe est fantastique, les cours passionnants faits par des gens passionnés avec une ouverture d’esprit et des connaissances impressionnantes, beaucoup de gentillesse , de compétence et d’humour . La cuisine et la nourriture sont fantastiques, les plats sont variés et cuisinés avec amour. Beaucoup de belles rencontres en plus de l’equipe des personnes de passage et des autres élèves , expérience enrichissante et inoubliable , je recommande à tous :D

    Mariska Kornet

    from Indonesia, April 2017

    "Great experience"

    Dr Subodh is a very knowledgeable teacher with a big dedication to yoga. The theorie in classes is very comprehensive and indepth. The other staff at the retreat works very well together as a team and all of them very helpfull and friendly. I also brought my partner and they accomodated a 200 hr ayurveda massage therapy course for him, which we definitely recommend.

    Franciele Da Silva

    from South Korea, October 2018

    "Excellent, well-balanced retreat "

    I spent 8 lovely days in this yoga retreat. The experience for me was very well balanced. We had yoga classes, treatments, social interaction, and free/personal time all in good measure. The staff are caring and professional and the other participants were such great people!

    I highly recommend HYA! It’s amazing!

    Miguel Santos

    from Nepal, September 2018

    "Simply superb!"

    Loved the atmosphereand the team! I felt like I was at home and the team like a little family. I was there with very few other guests and that made it even more special.

    Alice Wong

    from Hong Kong, September 2018

    The staff are friendly and the veg food was delicious!

    Rach Ouali

    from Sri Lanka, May 2018

    "Great experience ! "

    I really enjoyed my stay. I felt very welcome and it was a great experience. I did't know much about Yoga and Meditation but everyone made me feel very confortable. The teachers and the staff are so friendly and nice. I would like to know more about yoga and meditation. I would love to go back to Kathmandu and i'll definitely go back to this place. The location was great and the food was amazing !

    Thank you so much for everything. It was great.

    Meena Gabeena Khan

    from Pakistan, May 2018

    "Towards light "

    Himalayan International Yoga Academy is a serene home like commune with very neat and clean rooms, amazingly kind and sweet staff and highly experienced teachers who Share the knowledge and practices in a very friendly way. I was here for a 4 days retreat and loved the yog asans, the meditations, the chantings. I made wonderful new friends that I will never forget and was getting a daily massage giving me so much relaxation. These few days made me become a lighter person, I learnt so much about myself and felt a beautiful vibe where I felt so connected with the lovely gardens , people , birds & everything around. I would recommend it to everyone. They guide you towards yourself in the most loving manner.

    Camilla Brudin Borg

    from Sweden, March 2018

    "A wonderful oasis a short ride from the central town. "

    The teachers were very engaged, the food beautiful and the garden relaxing. The HIYA is also close to for ex. the monkey temple for afternoon excursions. It is simply a fantastic place to hide for a couple of days from the dusty and noisy Thamel.


    from Italy, February 2018


    It was really good!!!

    I will be back

    Ana Souza

    from India, January 2018

    "I loved it "

    Everything was wonderful. The people that work there are super helpful and kind. I loved the schedule. I had a great time!

    Carola Menendez

    from Italy, January 2018

    "Fantastic experience! "

    I was received with a smile, with a lot of kindness. I like that Raj and a Mohan respect the tradition and gave me a lot of their knowledge. Its a place of quiet near by the confusion of katmandu thamel.

    The food was great and everyone in the center were very gentle.

    In the practice there is a lot of meditation.

    I hope to return soon!


    from Malaysia, December 2017

    It was a very good experience. The food was very delicous. It was healthy and organic and fresh cooked. I loved it! The place is peaceful and relaxing. It' s familiar and the people were friendly and helpful. I felt like home. My room was great with hot water and much space. The therapy was a good additional thing. I enjoyed this time very much.

    Simona Mihaela Chiriacescu

    from Romania, November 2017

    I liked the accomodation in the cottage tent, very clean and they provide us warm pillow for the night. The food was good but very specific portion for each person. The full body massage was really good. The center is clean and they have lockers to keep your poket. I liked the jala neti practice and tratak.

    Jessie Colombani

    from Australia, June 2017

    "Amazing experience in Nepal!"

    Everything about this retreat was amazing, the yoga, the general atmosphere, the friendliness of the people, especially Harry who was always around to help out, I can't speak more highly of this retreat. I will be returning when I am able to return to Nepal, and would like to stay for a little longer next time.

    Katharina Ollendorff

    from Germany, October 2017

    "Yoga, Retreat and Food good, but bad Hotel"

    Food (amazing), Retreat (Massage, Steam bath), Yoga classes 2 times (but they DONT correct you in your asanas, only show how. And also it's not explained how the asanas work and what the mantras mean. Have to ask always afterwards if interested)

    Tour around Nepal with privat driver and yoga teacher (but I expected a group, and at the end I was the only one and a bit lonely)

    Leslie Van De Vijver

    from India, July 2017

    Heel leuk om de neus cleaning te ervaren, de wijsheid mee te krijgen, heerlijke welnessbehandelingen te krijgen en de achterliggende gedachtes van Yoga mee te krijgen.

    Beate Mikosch

    from Germany, May 2017

    "Ich habe mich sehr wohl gefühlt"

    eine sehr entspannte Atmosphäre,

    die Yogastunden

    Testimonials (2)

    K. Ananand United States

    March 27

    After a trek around the Annapurna region and few days in heavily polluted Thamel, I was ready for a change of scenerary. I wasn't sure what to do with my last three days in Kathmandu that is when I found the HIYA brochure.Arriving at the HIYA ground was like stepping into an Oasis in the middle of desolate desert. Further the brochure was not lying when it said they treat you like GOD in field the great service is one of the unique highlights.The magnificent garden well maintained, the food is temtic and the cook extremely accommodating and friendly. The bed and bathrooms were very clean and fresh which was welcome surprise after trekking.I wish HIYA and all its partners all the best and hope more westerners discover the benefits of eastern philosophy / medicines through HIYA and Dr. Subodh.

    Julie Bulst

    HIYA website

    The detox and yoga retreat has been excellent. The accommodation I upgraded for most of my stay to a bungalow room in which I have been very comfortable. Great internet access which was unexpected. I have found all the staff generous and friendly. The therapy is relaxing and varied: massages, reflexology, and steam bath. The yoga has been a wonderful balance of stretches, breathing, postures and meditation. The position slightly out of town has beautiful views particularly if you make the short climb further up the hill behind the Yoga Academy. The grounds are green and it is very easy to just relax and enjoy your visit resting in the garden.

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