Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine offers yoga classes, methods of asana, pranayama, meditation, Ayurveda, and retreats.
Yoga Teacher Training (23)
Yogachariya Dr. Sanjeev Pandey Ji is the founder of the Vedansha. He has a PhD in yoga therapy and naturopathy, and he is a Himalayan yogi from the seventh generation. 1990 -1995 University of Lucknow with the diploma of bachelor of science (ZBC) in biology. 2008 - 2011 Master degree in yogic science and human consciousness and become a Yogachariya. Since 1999, he began his teaching career in yoga in Rishikesh. Since 2016, PhD in yoga therapy and naturopathy. E-RYT 500 and member of IAYT (International Alliance of yoga therapy).
Ashish is a yoga master with a uniqueness that attracts the learners with his dynamic teaching style. He was born in a Vedic family and is a certified yoga teacher that has been teaching during six years. In this period of time, he had shown exceptional qualities of a yoga teacher in Hatha and Ashtanga style. He undertook the yogic training from the international school of yoga, Ved Niketan Dham in Rishikesh and gained the master degree in yogic sciences from the Sanskrit University in Uttarakhand.
Awdhesh is an asana teacher for Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. He was born in Rishikesh, the capital of yoga. His yogic practice started from 2011 after he met various yoga masters who inspired him and encouraged him to come to yoga path. He began to study in Uttarakhand Sanskrit University yoga philosophy and started his own practice as well. He obtained positiveness, peace in mind, and physical health. Awdesh Semwal completed his diploma in yoga and other degrees in 2014.
Having studied Ayurveda and herbal medicine at Kanpur in the Kanpur University in 1966, Dr. Usha completed her internationally recognized bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery in 1997. Her competence is evident in her extensive and varied experience during the past 20 years, has shared her expertise as a lecturer of Kaya Chikitsa at Himalaya Ayurvedic College (Bareilly, U.P.), as a trainee physician in Arya Vaidya Sala (Kottakkal, Kerala), and Panchkarma specialist.
Pandit Shiva Ji or Jyotish Acharya is a famous traditional Vedic astrologer in Rishikesh. He is well qualified in astrology and Vedic science, he completed his Jyotish Acharya (master degree in astrological science) and Ved Acharya (master degree in Vedic science and Vastu Shastra) from Sampoorna Nanda Sanskrit University, Kashi (Varanasi), India. He worked with great Himalayan Astro Masters and he lives and teaches in Rishikesh, sharing his knowledge of Vedanta, astrology, and Vedic karma kand.
He is a master of yoga in traditional Hatha, Ashtanga, pranayama, and meditation styles. He lived in different ashrams during his childhood in north India and learned yoga from Himalayan masters. After he completes his master degree (Yogacharya) in Sanskrit University of Uttarakhand, he started to share his knowledge with his students. In free time Sandeep used to go to a spiritual place in Kedarnath and Badrinath to balance his energy and develop more in his practice. He is very polite and passionate teacher. He can teach either beginners or advanced students as well.
Hemlata Bahaguna (Yoga anatomy, and physiology teacher, physiotherapist). She was born in New Tehri, located in the Indian state of Uttrakhand. After school Hemlata entered in combined (P.G.) Institute of Medical Science and Research (CIMSR), Dehradun where she is graduated in Bachelor of Physiotherapy, during graduation she started working in the field of ‘Effect of physiotherapy on Rib-Fracture & Spinal-Cord Injuries. She is an expert in the field of yoga anatomy & physiotherapy. Hemlata Bahaguna was working in 2009-2010 CMI Hospital, Dehradun (Physiotherapy department & faculty of anatomy).
was born in Holy place and origin of Yoga – Rishikesh . He is practicing yoga since 2008. He is certified yoga teacher with Diplom from Sanskrit University of Haridwar. In 2013 he completed certification of 200 Hours of yoga alliance USA. He practicing Hatha, Karma, Bhakti, Mantra, Gyan, YIN yoga . These experience changed his life. Being a young boy he was learning yoga in Ashram from traditional yoga masters and implemented that knowledge in his teaching as well. Sonu follows yogic life style and 8 limbs of Ashtanga yoga. He is teaching beginners, intermediate & advanced classes.
Lakhiram is one of the best and talanted meditation teacher in Rishikesh. He was born in Himalayan Village and was dedicated for yoga. He completed his education in Himalayan Yoga Institute in Haridwar and choose meditation as main subject. Since 7 years he is teaching in different schools in Rishikesh meditation, mantra, kirtan.
Experienced spiritual master, yoga instructor. He born in Hariyana state in India. He completed the secondary education in HBSE in Bhiwani. His excellent notes in maths and physics gave him good opportunity to become a teacher of these subject, however the destiny offered another opportunity to him. After revealed of some health issues, where the medical science was not able to help, he started to search the holistic way of healing. Anth his path lead him in Rishikesh to Dr Pandey ji. He completed Bsc in 2015 and currently study yoga subject as additional subject. He is RYS 500, YIN Yoga
Vedansh Pandey (yoga teacher) is a son of fonder and yogi in 8-th genertion. He is dedicated to continue the vedic tradition of Pandey Ji’s family and be a yogi. He is practicing yoga since childhood, knows very well all types of fire ceremonies, kriyas, shatkarmas. He is RYT 200. He is follower of Bharadwaj Gotra line, keeps bramacharya and doing self practice daily. He masters asana, pranayama, meditation techniques under father’s control and integrate them in his teaching. He is permanent student of spiritual Anandam Gurkul and learns there from himalayan masters secrets of hatha yoga.
Jyoti is a professional female massage therapist. She completed her education in ayurveda therapy and massage in 1995 and performs massage to our female clients as well as shirodhara and other detox procedures as panchakarma.
Dr Shri Jeet
Ayurveda doctor and teacher Dr Sri Jit is practicing ayurveda and responsible for theoretical as well as practical classes in ayurveda therapy, cooking, massage.
from New Zealand, November 2018
"It's good, if you only do the program for your self-practice"
The Yoga and meditation teachers were very knowledgeable. I've improved a lot which is why I think, the program is good, if you do it for yourself (and not for teaching (I'll explain below)).
A big plus is the group size. We were only about 6-7 which gave the instructors more time to correct everyone! Other schools have 20+. That's definitely way too many people.
The food was sooo delicious! It varied every day. I think some people commented that it did not but in my opinion it was absolutely fine. I mean, we're in India. If you get rice every day, that's normal, right?
The staff was simply amazing!!! So friendly and always there to help and assist you. Some people got sick and they checked on them every half an hour or so, brought them some tea, etc.
The guesthouse had a garden which was actually really nice. I saw some Yoga schools in Rishikesh which were surrounded by only concrete...The single rooms are spacious and clean (Indian standards). If you have the extra money, definitely book a single room. It's not that much more. The shared rooms looked alright but for my taste, there isn't enough space for two.
from United States, September 2018
"Amazing course and Material"
The staff and course content here is amazing. Food is prepared with care with detox in mind and always sanitary.
Peer students did not like the accommodations but I thought they were fine but the attentiveness of the staff more then made up for any inconvenience because they fixed any problems ASAP. Sometimes within minutes. No hot water? They will show you how to fix it or give you a bucket with hot water right away. Sick? They have solutions and will double check you are okay everytime they see you.
One day we didn’t have cinnamon for breakfast and they literally ran down the street and purchased more cinnamon for us for our meal.
from United Kingdom, August 2018
"A great place to study for the 200hr teacher training"
Vedansha is a great place to study for the 200hr teacher training. Set in a little oasis just far enough away from India’s notorious chaotic roads, the school provides a good environment to focus on learning the foundations and philosophy of yoga. Class sizes were personable, questions were encouraged and learning from Pandey Ji was a humbling experience. He is a true master.
from United States, August 2018
"Profound and wonderful experience"
What a special place! Really enjoyed being part of the Vedansha family. Great classes, delicious food and the best people.
from United States, March 2018
"Life changing experience!"
Vedansha is a cosy place in the beautiful mountains of Rishikesh, away from the noisy city traffic; yet very close to all the excitment if you need some! Its comfortable, relaxing and the people are really nice. The classes are super good, very interesting and yet relaxed. You are not forced to do anything you don’t feel comfortable with. Food is fresh and healthy. I personally did connect with myself and improved my life a lot after my 1 month stay. Thank you a lot Vedansha <3
from Germany, February 2019
Pandejji‘s unterricht, Ashstanga Yoga, Hatha Yoga
from Réunion, June 2018
Repas au top! L’équipe du personel aussi! Et professeurs bien à l’écoute, pour bien approfondir dans ce nouveau monde pour moi.
from Germany, April 2019
"Amazing Yoga Detox"
I found yoga and ayurveda detox course suddenly as my plans were changed. I could not pay on line and I asked the school to assist me. Since my first communication i felt very comfortable feeling in communication. They explained me clearly how I can proceed with payment, how to arrange pick up, what I need for the course. As I came late on place at night, I was a bit worried if I can have a room. But Alok manager was there waiting for me and arranged all the things very quickly. My next day started with doctor consultation, I got prescribed different juices, ayurvedic herbs, therapies. Then I attended classes, it was 5 different yoga classes daily. As my meal was different I got 6 times a day smoothies and juices, it was very nice and always on time. Thanks for Deepak!! Pandey ji is extremly good teacher, his knowledge is amazing, I could listen to his lectures hours long))) All teachers are very pure and share knowledge of traditional yoga that is not possible to find in west country, My favorite class was pranayama and Ashtanga. Accommodation I liked as its not far from main places but at the same time green ayurveda garden and other facilities make wonderful impression.
Meal is very very tasty, especially Bindi ! I love it!
I would recommend this course for everyone who is searching detox yoga and ayurveda treatment. Next time I wish to try panchakarma.!!!!
from Norway, April 2019
"Is not what the pictures look like"
Food was okay
from India, April 2019
"Experience yourself here"
from New Zealand, March 2019
"You get what you pay for- Website is beautiful- watch out!"
Our group of students were awesome!
Had a couple good teachers
Adorable cows and dogs in street
Got to see India where yoga was born and experience the culture - bucket list checked! ✔
from United Arab Emirates, March 2019
"Good School for Learning"
The courses along with the instructors were good. People taking care of the facilities are friendly specially Manouj
from Canada, February 2019
Quelle belle expérience! J'ai tout aimé de ce séjour: les enseignements sont de grande qualité, la nourriture est excellente, les lieux sont confortable et tout le personnel est si gentil. Un merci spécial à Deepak toujours attentif au confort de chacun.
from Ukraine, February 2019
"First time in India"
Atmosphere in school is very friendly. All teachers are very kind and high professional. All staff did all possible to make accommodation comfortable!
from Armenia, February 2019
Food and tea staff excellent, good communicators and response to individuals.
Hatha Yoga instructor first rate, meditation very good, breathing good
from Sweden, December 2018
"Not a real detox"
Yoga philosophy and pranayama very good.
from South Africa, December 2018
I really enjoyed all the yoga classes. Especially yoga therapy with Lata. She's honestly one of the best teachers. The service and meals were excellent. The pranayama was amazing as well as the hatha. They really made you feel part of the family.
from Thailand, November 2018
It was a life changing experience for me! I learned so many things and practices that I am really applying in my daily life now. The teachers are all great! My favorite classes were pranayama and ashtanga, as well as yoga philosophy. I only stayed for a week, but I felt like I've been there for a long time as they made me feel like a member of their family. They really care about your safety and welfare. I got sick on my first day and they made sure I was okay and even offered to bring my food in my room, despite my ashram being outside of the school.
Food - it was really good! I love the morning teas as well!
Location - superb! the street gets busy during the day, but it doesn't really bother the classes. I love the organic shops and restaurants around xx
I will definitely be back and take the 200hr course next time when I have a longer break :)
from United Kingdom, November 2018
I had a wonderful time at this retreat. The staff were excellent and very helpful, the food delicious and there was an extremely high standard of instruction throughout all the yoga practices. I arrived tired and sluggish and left revitalised and full of energy. I hope to come back in the future for the teacher training course. A big thanks to all the staff for making my time at Vendasha such a pleasure ❤️
from Canada, November 2018
This is the best decision I’ve ever made in my life... I wish all my loved ones and anyone really could do this course. It is highly intelligent course for inner work and for strengthening your practice. I would do it a million times again with no thought. India is also very underrated and an incredible experience to have... loved every single moment of my journey, warmest staff and teachers... clean, affordable and comfortable facilities, amazing food. Wish I could be there again soon...🧘♀️🙏❤️
from India, October 2018
"Good for me never having done Yoga before "
- Food was good, tasty, and I never got sick. Very filling
- staff Deepak and Sandeep were very good and assisted me with anything I had an issue with, the important thing is if you have an issue you must speak up and tell them. My detox included massages etc and if you didn’t asked for them you wouldn’t necessarily get them all.
- I had a good quality and variety of lessons
Overall I had a good experience and lost 3kg in 3 weeks and feel I now know what yoga is about and I’m ready to start my journey.
from Armenia, October 2018
Well,I’ll start from highlight, it’s if you don’t like anything they will settle at once,they do all to make you feel comfortable and they never say no!
When I went to Vedansha the next day it was my birthday. And they had prepared very nice party with cakes,balloons,recorded birthday song with my name,and cake also with my name.The founders wife was also there,put flower crown on my head,the dinner was special dinner,and I had a great birthday party in Vedansha.
Accommodation was simple as in all ashrams but clean,and there was everything whatever is required for staying.If u don’t like something ask and they will change or clean. The food was very good,the detox tea after nostrils kriya,depending on what retreat you are,they give a special tea for each one.
The teachers were good teachers.
Because I had missed some classes for some reasons,they gave me meditation book and organized private meditation class and training with the founder who is doing classes also and a very good teacher and nice person.We had full body massage,nice sunrise trip to Himalayas top. I’m also grateful to Mr. Alok he was the manager or maybe the director there,and taking care of each one,always kind,patient and organized everything at once whatever u ask. I had booked a transfer from Rishikesh to Delhi,even he came by himself to check if the car is there and everything is ok,and wished us good luck. Thank you Vedansha,I look forward to meet you again. 😊🙏🏻
from United States, September 2018
"Amazing staff! "
The staff at Vedansha went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable. I felt like they treated me like family.
from United States, September 2018
Place, Nature, Staff
from France, September 2018
"One week yoga course"
What I like most in this place is the yoga programme and the teachers. I really appreaciate Mr. Sandy's lessons which were very practical and profound.
The food was good. The people of the center were friendly and helpful.
There, we have met with many interesting yogis during our stay.
The excursion was good. We got to see the sunrise on one of the mountain tops of Himalayas. Wonderful view and pure atmosphere from there.
from Germany, September 2018
We really enjoyed our detox programm in Vedansha institute. Everything was just amazing. The classes, staff, food, location and especialy philosofie and pranayama.👌I wish I could spend more time with Pandey Ji, because he is incredible guru! Def. recommend it. :)
from Norway, August 2018
"Eight wonderful energizing days!!"
The straff was extremely helpful and kind. Made you feel welcome and at home from the moment you arrived. The program I attended had Hatha yoga in the morning, then Pranayama. After breakfast, Philosophy. In the afternoon was Ashtanga yoga and finally Meditation. You were free to join all classes everyday or choose based on what your body told you. This is a good approach I think. Overfall, the stay was excellent. Very nice and peacefull atmosphere, and wonderful to meet other yoga souls from all over the world! And finally: Rishikesh really does have a special, peaceful and strong energy. And all the local people we met during our exploration of Rishikesh were all so very, very nice, polite, kind, smiling and helpful. Hope to come back again!!!
from Poland, July 2018
"Very good yoga classes, delicious food"
Yoga classes (ashtanga, pranayama, philosophy, mantra & meditation) are definetely worth the money. If you came here to learn yoga from scratch and you keep an open mind, you won't be dissapointed. Food is delicious and there's always more than enough for everyone to fullfill their needs. Trips were also nice. All in all, I've enjoyed my two weeks course at Vedansha and will continue using the yoga knowledge and experience gained here in my daily practice.
from Switzerland, June 2018
"sono arrivata senza aspettative non conoscendo nulla sullo y"
from United States, June 2018
"The perfect way to go deeper in what really yoga means."
The pranayama and yoga philosophy teaching.
from United States, June 2018
"Excellent Course for beginners "
Entire environment was filled with positive energy. People , location., instructors and natural food. Pandey Ji is a great instructor. He is well knowledgeable and equipped with great resources of Yoga science. I felt blessed to be his student. I wish I was there for more days. But I will plan to revisit soon. All instructors were awesome. Great hospitality.
Few words like this is not enough to express their greatness , one has to really experience it.
from India, May 2018
"Would not recommend "
I liked the pranayama and yoga philosophy classes. The rooms are simple but nice and clean. The massages are really nice!
from Nepal, May 2018
"Excellent detox yoga retreat. "
The overall quality of the course was fantastic value for money. The yoga teaching standard was impeccable and really pushed me to be better, despite only being there for a week. The staff are extremely friendly and welcoming and the added extras of the massages and health checkups were amazing. The location and actual set up of the retreat I really loved as well as it’s so nice having the accommodation separately to the classes as a communal space to eat, study and relax with fellow students.
from Italy, May 2018
"Vedansha: not just a school but a peace of heaven on earth<3"
I did my yoga teacher training in beginning of May and it was not just a course. I found the peace I needed after long months with my mom's cancer treatment at home. And somehow Vedansha had everything to bring back my peace and happiness. And of course I learned a lot of new things. The staff, the teachers, the accomodations, the garden, the food, the excursion, the two little puppies: everything was amazing and full of positive energy. And was all I needed.
I recomend Vedansha to everybody, cause it is a piece of paradise in northern India where you can learn a lot about yoga and regenerate your soul and chakras.
Namaste and grazie to all staff,
from Italy, May 2018
Al Vedansha Institute ci siamo trovati come a casa.Tutte le persone della scuola si sono dimostrate gentili e accoglienti.I maestri sono molto preparati e accompagnano gli allievi nel loro percorso personale con gioia e dedizione.
Le camere sono semplici ma non manca niente e l'acqua calda e' sempre disponibile.
Il cibo ottimo e l'acqua filtrata sempre a disposizione.
Grazie per questa meravigliosa esperienza!
Speriamo di tornare da voi al piu' presto!
from Canada, May 2018
"Detox retreat/50hrTTC "
This really was a true detox retreat. Not for the faint of heart or yoga snobs. I set out to discover the spiritual connection within yoga practice and that’s what I and learned. This experience provided me with a really solid foundation for daily Asana practice in the form of Hatha and Ashtanga, as well as Pranayama and meditation. In fact at the end of 22 days detox, I decided to stay an additional week and completed the 50hrTTC program for even more in-depth learning. You have to put in the work, but the rewards will be priceless. I even lost 18lbs in 4 weeks, and losing excess weight wasn’t even my primary goal when I chose to join this program. A great way to begin a new healthy lifestyle and spiritual practice.
from United States, May 2018
"Competência e cordialidade"
Aulas de filosofia
from United States, April 2018
I had an amazing experience at Vedansha.
This is a great school with high level yoga teachers, with a lot of experience and knowledge, who are also very warm and caring, as well as the rest of the school´s staff, very good people.
The location is ideal and accommodations are very clean and comfortable.
The food is delicious and plentiful.
I definitely want to go back to do the 200 hr yoga teacher training there.
from India, April 2018
The most important thing after travelling so far to an unknown place is to access whether the journey was worth or not.
In my case it definitely was.
Excellent team of teachers and management. Never felt away from home for one moment.
The teachers are very professional which is the main point of visiting the place.
The trip has not only helped me physically but also on the mental level which we especially as an Indian always ignore till we reach the point of no return.
Concluding a must visit place atleast once in your lifetime if not more.
Looking forward for another visit soon.
from Canada, March 2018
"A challenging yet fun experience"
The teachers' and staff's efforts to make sure participants enjoyed the entire Rishikesh/Yoga experience.
Very knowledgeable, passionate instructors.
from United Kingdom, March 2018
The teachers and very good, they do their best to meet student’s expectations. I did really enjoy my morning and afternoon yoga, meditation and yoga philosophy talks. Thanks for sharing your wise and energy with me, my dear teachers! I will remember you for a long long time.
from France, March 2018
- The instructors are very knowledgeable and passionate in their practice
- Great hospitality
- Helpful Instructors
- The food is delicious
- Amazing location
- Eventful Village Activities
from United Kingdom, March 2018
It was amazing really good courses the people are so nice helpful the food was nice a great place to stay I recommend this
from United Kingdom, March 2018
"8 days Ayurveda course"
Great location, markets, the Ganga, the temples all within a short walking distance. Pandey Ji was a motivational instructor sharing expert knowledge and experience of pranayama and explored philosophy in a very engaging way. Yoga teachers were knowledgable and taught alignments and the true meaning of what yoga is.
from Spain, March 2018
"I loved the whole experienze. Amazing teachers and place"
Teachers location food and all the propone Who shared the experience with me.
from Finland, January 2018
"2 Weeks Detox Retreat"
The place is super nice, and I felt myself immediately comfortable there.
All the teachers are very good and very proffesional of what they do.
And the food is super good, clean and nutritious.
Definetly I felt better after two weeks.
Will be back there!
from Saudi Arabia, January 2018
The food and the Instructors were really good, and the location was a nice escape from the crowded and loud streets of Rishikesh.
Deborah J Kensler
from United States, January 2018
Location. Accommodations. Classes. Flexibility with our schedules. Very helpful staff
from United Kingdom, January 2018
"An reputable centre which I may not have caught at its best "
I loved the staff, fellow students, meditation and pranayama and the food was great and plentiful.
The aura and chakra assessment was also great.
from United States, November 2017
"An intimate and personal yoga program that is a value"
I appreciated the intimate and personal nature of the yoga teacher training. I was a beginner and the teachers patiently provided additional support while also encouraging me to reach past my perceived limitations. All the instructors were passionate and knowledgable about their subject matters. I walked away from the 100 hour teacher training getting an intensive and invaluable introduction to yoga, pranayama and mantras, helping me to discover my love for these ancient yogic traditions of India. The location of the accommodations were a nice sanctuary within Rishikesh with the option to buy surprisingly good wood oven cooked pizzas as an addition to their delicious ayurvedic menu. The excursions provided were fun and a great way to experience the surrounding Rishikesh areas. The included massages were also amazing. The accommodations are modest as should be expected in an ashram setting and should be considered a part of the yogic experience. Overall, I would recommend getting your yoga teacher training here if you're looking to experience yoga in it's traditional form with emphasis on the breath, meditation, and mantras within an intimate environment with support from personable and passionate staff.
from United States, October 2017
" 31 days retreat review "
the instructors, the class content, the gardens, the daily schedule, the staff, the location, and the relaxed environment. i felt completely comfortable during the retreat and even though i was learning a lot and taking a lot of physical activity, i was able to get the rest i needed.
from Russia, October 2017
"Amazing yoga experience"
I did my yoga education in vedansha and i can say it was really great experience in yoga. I practice yoga 9 years myself but this experience helped me to improve my pranayama and Meditation practice. Great thanks to wounderful Teacher and yoga master Dr Pandey JI. His Team is very professional and nice. Asana classes are very interesting and diverse. I can advice this school to someone who search real yoga education with advanced quality and good price. I felt myself like in Family, all are very Kind and helpful, take care about every Student with attention. Rahul Ji, I am very grateful for your advices in head Standing pose. Wounderful excursion to waterfalls. I defenetely come back in winter.
from Germany, September 2017
"amazing experience in yoga"
Everything was good organised, even i had to change my plans and book other program all was well arranged. Program was structured. Abhichek helped me to by train tickets late evening that was very nice, great thanks. Internet was available everywhere in center (was for me big problem in my hotel in Dehli). Yoga classes with Rahul, other asana teacher and Pandey Ji were very interesting and exiting, some asana were new for me. I never knew before that in yoga nidra I could get experience of body awareness. I did yoga retreat in Goa last year but never I felt it before. Pandey Ji is really great master. Accomodation is simple but all is clean and safe. Excursion was also very funny even in rainy day. Meal and drinks were included in price and were very tasty. I am a fun of asian kitchen, so I appreciate it. Maybe will come next year for teacher training))
from United States, September 2017
"Thoughtful teaching and welcoming staff!"
I truly loved my time with Vedansha. This is a great school to go and learn from teachers who are warm, caring, and accepting. All students were welcomed, from all backgrounds and levels. Teaching is wonderful and I will never forget my connection with them all.
Accommodations are basic, so please select this center as an option if you are looking for thoughtful teaching over luxury or western comforts.
from United States, July 2017
Vedansha yoga center aided in my progress as a budding yogini with one-on-one Hatha training, daily pranayama, meditation and Vedic philosophy discourse along with delicious 100% Ayurvedic and sattvic meals. I'm forever grateful to the immensely knowledgeable Pandey Ji and his team for their careful guidance and support and am already looking forward to my return.
from Canada, July 2017
"This is why I came to India for my Teacher Training"
I came to India for my teacher training because I wanted to find the mind body spiritual connection that seems to be missing from the dominantly physical western approach to Yoga. I found my answers at Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine. This balanced program focused on ALL the areas needed to reconnect with oneself. The classes were small allowing opportunity for personalized growth . I learned so much from Guru Pandey-Ji. He was my philosophy, pranayama, concentration and meditation instructor. Philosophy class was the best part of my day! His classes were thorough and very meaningful. His passion for yoga and personal stories helped me to understand much more than I could have hoped. Pranayama class was amazing! Such a small part of our practice in Canada. I've learned here what an integral part it is for connection to oneself and will continue this unique program that I learned from him. Yogi Raj was my asana instructor and friend. I am grateful for the opportunity to practice asana with him twice a day. He adjusted the program to meet the needs of each of his students. He challenged us to attempt postures we had never tried before and made us hold posses longer than we wanted. I grew a lot in my physical practice because of his instruction. I loved how he ended each class and will continue that in my own practice at home. The rest of the staff were wonderful. They are a family and the guests are made to feel part of that.
from India, June 2017
from Spain, May 2019
"It was ok, but pretty obvious that is all about money"
All the teachers except one were all amazing, experienced and professionals. They make the place the real yoga experience. Loved every class with them
from India, May 2019
from France, April 2019
les cours de yoga
from United States, April 2019
"Wouldn't recommend the YIN teacher training"
The place is beautiful ( if you're staying at the resort - they have multiple buildings), with a lovely garden and outdoor sitting area, it felt really peaceful. The food was absolutely beautiful, the best I have had in any of the schools I've been to.
The Yoga Detox/retreat seemed to be very nice and a good option for anyone wanting to dive a little bit into Yoga. The location is alright, a bit noisy due to the main road being close, but everything is reachable (shops, the bridge etc.) within 10 min.
from France, April 2019
"C'est une expérience unique"
Le lieu.et la.gentillesse.des gens qui s'occupaient.de nous . Les cours.de.yoga...
from France, February 2019
L'extrême gentillesse et coopération de tout le personnel sur place, le professionalisme des profs de Yoga . Une bonne ambiance dans le petit groupe que nous formions comme une petite famille disparate ...de 28 à 61 ans !
La nourriture, faite sur place était très bonne même si au bout de 15 jours on s'en lasse un peu ! tout était savoureux et frais
from United States, February 2019
My first few days in India was very uncomfortable because I had very bad experience with my first Ashram in Vridavan. I booked this retreat without any preparation, for example reading recommendations. From the first moment I was most welcomed and everyone was very helpful with any requests. The teacher were amazing and I improved my practice enormously. I booked 12 days detox and yoga retreat and I didn’t want to leave - so I booked another 100 h ttc at Vedansha. If you looking for knowledge in yoga philosophy and improving practice this is your place. Wasn’t the last time I will stay here.
from Canada, January 2019
"Meet your new family!"
Everyone is treated like family; with lots of care, help and respect. Vedansha team are very friendly and welcoming. The quality of the teachings is beyond expectations. I spent a month there and left very light, happy and more connected with myself. I strongly recommend Vedansha!
from Netherlands, December 2018
We've had a great time at the retreat center. Vibe was great. Food was good. Things were well taken care of. Excursion was cool. Yoga teacher was capable. The schedule was good.
from Czechia, November 2018
"Prana batteries fully charged"
We were completely satisfied. In this Ashram there is a great personal atmosphere.
The program is well balanced, the teachers extremely competent. Especially energetic and spiritual aspects were explained in an excellent and handy way. The staff were always friendly, helpful and had the patience of an angel. The Ayurveda cuisine was super tasty and was individually adjusted where necessary. We came home with fully charged Prana batteries and would definitely go there again.
from Mexico, November 2018
"No recuerdo el nombre profesor de mantras encantador"
El ambiente...la atención de deepak y el resto del personal muy atentos..preocupados Siempre...
Lasihmi la chica de los masajes también muy competente excelentes manos...
El Dr de ayurveda maravilloso con mucha paciencia..
from United States, November 2018
The lessons were great. Learned a lot off the instructors.
from Thailand, October 2018
"Ayurvedic cooking class and yoga was fantastic"
We as a couple stayed 4 days at Vedansha. We booked the ayurvedic cooking class in combination with yoga and ayurveda theory lessons.
It was very nice!
We loved to learn about indian and ayurvedic food and how to do typical meals. The cook is awesome, he has a lot of experience and it's so nice to see how all these indian ingredients and spices get mixed together, to delicious meals. He and his team were very helpful and they were taking much time to explain us the details. We liked the nice atmosphere at the kitchen and that it's always time for a tea between cooking.
We slept at the ashram, which was ok. Do not expect too much, it is not luxurious but there is everything you need.
Yoga lessons were in the morning (asthanga) and afternoon (hatha). It was traditionally good and tough.
In theory class we learned about the basics of ayurveda, very interesting!
We also liked the meditation in the evening and the ayurvedic massage!
All in all a very nice stay for us.
Thanks to the team!
Laura & Luis
from Belgium, October 2018
"A huge bad surprise "
It is only because of the people attending the courses like me that I stayed there, without them I would have left. I had the chance to meet great people!
from Italy, October 2018
"Achtung Betrug, geringe Qualität, geringe Kundenorientierung"
Sandeep war der Ansprechpartner für alle Belange im Ashram und war sehr aufmerksam, freundlich und hilfsbereit.
from United States, October 2018
"11 jours detox"
Les cours étaient super et le programme complet. Je serai bien restée plus longtemps pour apprendre plus sur la philosophie, l’ayurveda. J’aurai aimé suivre les cours de mantra également. L’équipe etait vraiment très bien, ainsi qu’en la nourriture.
J’ai beaucoup aimé Rishikesh et les excursions du samedi.
from Belgium, September 2018
"22 days detox program in a Business Ashram"
The food was delicious and healthy.
The yoga classes were nice but everyday (almost) exactly the same, so it was a little bit boring. However, teachers were helpful and corrected each.
Philosophy class was interesting but not structured at all and not everything was really clear.
Pranayama wasn’t adapted for beginners, and in 3 weeks we just got one day explanation about it. Other days we just practiced the whole same sequence. Actually it seemed like he was doing is own practice during the class.
Most of the time teachers were late.
Aura check-up is funny and included massages (5 times 45min) are good.
Rooms were super moistering (after few days, all my clothes in the wardrobe were humid and smelly), dirty and noisy (main road close and dogs barking at night).
The classes took place in different places than where we were sleeping and eating, so it was quite boring to have to cross the crowded and noisy road each time.
from Switzerland, August 2018
"Most beautiful experience!"
I came to Vedansha for 3 weeks to do the detox-program.
It has truly been a life-changing experience and I am so thankful for it!
I already can't wait to come back!
I have met so many Wonderful people during my stay!
I loved Tapovan, Rishikesh and I loved that the Ganges is situated so close! There is so much to see!
As I have never practiced Yoga before I was a bit worried, but from the first day on both Teachers Sandeep and Avdesh were wonderful. The Yoga-teachers really take time for each student and were very professional!
And it encouraged me to continue Yoga in my hometown, now that I am so fond of it! And I truly believe that after three weeks I made a little Progress. Thank you Sandeep and Avdesh you are truly two Wonderful Yoga Teachers!
Furthermore I really enjoyed the Meditation with the Beautiful Tanu. I have learned a lot with her and she always encouraged me, when I had a hard time doing Meditation. She really takes time for her students and I felt I could ask her anything!
She is absolutely Wonderful and very Beautiful! (hihihi)
And of course I especially want to thank Pandey Ji for the Philosophy and Pranayama classes. I have learned so much! The philosophie classes were my favorite! It was so interesting to listen to Pandey Ji, I was Always sad, when the lesson came to an end! Thank you Pandey Ji, that you share your Knowledge with us. It has been a life changing experience!
I want to thank the Staff as well, that have made my stay unforgettable!
from Germany, August 2018
"Habe mich jederzeit sehr wohl gefühlt"
Das zuvorkommende Personal, die familiäre Atmosphäre, das Essen und die geduldigen Lehrer
from Germany, July 2018
"Wonderful Yoga Retreat"
At Vedansha everybody is welcomed from all levels and background. All teachers and staff are kind and helpful in any way. I was really enjoying the profound knowledge at all different classes, like pranayama, philosophy, mantra chanting, meditation and of course hatha and ashtangha yoga. Especially Dr. Pandey Ji is an inspiration. He is really a passionate instructor. I am grateful for all his teaching and encouragement. The aura and chakra assessment were impressive. Furthermore, the excursions were a great way to explore the surroundings of Rishikesh. Not to forget the delicious food, I was really enjoing.
Thanks to everybody for sharing their wisdom and for the kind hospitality.
from India, July 2018
Los profesores, en especial Sandeep. Sabe transmitir sus enseñanzas, es dulce y encantador, y sus clases aún que son duras son adictivas porqué cada día da un consejo no sólo para mejorar en su disciplina sino para aplicarlo en nuestras vidas y nuestra rutina.
Maria Castro Couce
from Hong Kong, June 2018
"Very nice experience, it opened many doors for me"
Pranayama class was an amazing discovery, teachers are very professional and the Master is incredible.
from France, May 2018
La convivialité des participants Et du personnel
from United States, April 2018
"Unglaublich tolle Erfahrung! Immer wieder gerne!"
Unterricht war einfach super! Besonders beeindruckend war Interricht bei Pandey Ji!
from France, March 2018
"Amazing yoga retreat ❤️"
Every teacher was so qualified and loving and sharing so much. I couldn’t be more happy of my week ! Thank you to everyone for sharing all their knowledge !
Everybody is so caring and loving was feeling great !
from France, March 2018
les rencontres avec les autres participant(e)s
from Switzerland, January 2018
"Spiritual Journey to connect with yourself"
It was very spiritual, in-depth Yoga experience.
Very good traditional Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga teachers! Philosophy of Yoga and Pranayama classes are exceptional and breathtaking!
You will understand what is actually Yoga, why do you do asanas, pranayama exercises and will experience on your own body all the positive effects of practicing.
The food and water have very good quality, never had any problems. People care a lot about your personal needs and try to do their best for you to feel good.
Definitely recommend to anyone with or without yoga experience!
from Germany, December 2017
I like the complete programm, place and people!
from Germany, November 2017
Vedansha is a Great Place to Stay, with comfortable rooms and a Great View. The staff is awesome; truly I love Indian People. They are so nice, managed everything very Well! The food: Delicious!!!
Teacher: well Honestly, I thought: Ok you will practise a bit yoga for 2 weeks and thats it. But the teacher (Deepeka,Sonu and Rahul)are taking their Job extremly serious. And It's not just a job for them, they love what they do. So in the end, they teached us a lot. Especially I as a Beginner can say: wow I am so fit! The Guru Panji Ji is a great teacher aswell, the way he spoke was just amazing, you had no Chance to escape with ur mind. I learned a lot from these guys. I am pretty sure it is really hard to find a school, where people teach you What they Love, What they are practicing on their own every day before teaching students. So many Friendly People all over the Place, like a small family! Natalia, you See Great! I can recommend this place 100%! You will be more Wise & more fit after a Stay at the Vedansha Institute. Much love 💋
from United States, October 2017
"Wonderfull Retreat "
Good programm with wonderfull teachers. The learnign simply does not stop and the group of people teaching you are experienced and knowledgable in their respective fields.
from France, October 2017
"Highly recommended by my heart, my body and my soul!!!"
More than I could expect
Everybody ( staff included) consider each your desire , they treat u like a member of their family, what else !!!!
from Canada, September 2017
Courses are good, especially those from Rahul and Pandey Ji.
Excursions were fun.
from Austria, September 2017
Pandeyji was a great teacher
Marèn Van Duuren
from Netherlands, August 2017
I loved the instructors. They were extremely nice and professional. I really improved my yoga skills. The food was well prepared. Everything was freshly made. Dr pandey was an inspiration. I was all ears when he was talking, he is such a wise man.
Vedansha is a place of peace surrounded by nature, a simple but extraordinarily welcoming structure managed by wonderful people.
It is not just a hotel, it is an opportunity to live Yoga with people who really know it, practice it, and teach it with true love (the center offers besides personalized study opportunities, high quality certified Yoga and Ayurvedic medicine).
I've been searching the ways of meditation for many years, and the quality and the balance of what I have found here are rare and precious. I was helped in every way possible (in India a support for the logistic misadventures is really important), and thank you from the deepest of the heart all:
Pandey Ji, Rahul, Abhishek, Deepika, Jagdish, Pradeep and Viren.
They make a great pizza and you can trust my judgment ... I'm Italian ;)
I attended a five day detox & yoga plus meditation course at Vedansha from June/23/2017 to June 27/2017. The yoga practice & specially the guided meditation provided to me by Dr. Pandey immensely help me rejuvenate. The ayurvedic oil specially prepared by Pndey ji greatly helped me relax. I feel more relaxed both physically & mentally. Also,the Satvik food & diet that was provided to me greatly helm me detox. I cannot thank enough Dr. Pandey & his team. Look forward to visit here again for a longer time!
My name is Elena, I participated in detox retreat in vedansha from 1 to 10 June. I was satisfied with classes, food, accommodation and wanted leave some words. I know Mr Pandey-Ji from another school and since 3 years come continuously to learn from him meditation and Pranayama. As a yoga teacher I find he is one of the Best teachers in Rishikesh and I would definitely recommend him to others. His authentic way of teaching is suitable for beginner and advanced. This time I did retreat and now feel myself better, that Proves also aura check up that we did there. I was very surprised that effect of yoga could be possible to make evident.
Let me say grateful words to Mr Pandey-Ji and his professional Team. I did retreat in yoga 2 weeks. It was super experience. I find excursion in kujapuri temple unforgettable. Never have I done meditation in the Himalayan mountains before. Pandey-Ji guided us very gently. The course itself was interesting, exiting and I could recommend it to all. Pranayama, Philosophy and Ayurveda were my favorite subjects.
Being a part of the group of yoga teacher training 100 hours in June, at Vedansha I would like to write some words about it. I was positively surprised of quality /money value. I got so much good things during 2 weeks. Classes were great, especially pranayama from Mr Pandey-Ji, food was excellent especially ayurvedic cuisine, clean accommodation and herbal beverages were very good. I want to finish my 100 hours more in November there!
I did detox retreat Program 8 days in Vedansha. I feel it was helpful and very interesting. Teachers are well qualified. Meal is tasty, accommodation is also nice. So i can recommend it. My body is lighter than before.
I was participant of development female nature retreat in Vedansha in June 2017. My opinion is that it's good school and people do their job great! I had so much problems after my friend left me, but now i feel much better and have confidence. I saw how changed my aura before & after course so effect is evident. Pandey-Ji and Shiva Ji are GREAT teachers. Pandey-Ji Thanks for all, now i don't cry anymore!
Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine's website
I was doing my yoga teacher course in Vedansha in June and I was very impressed with authentic yoga knowledge in breathing excersiese, asana & meditation. Food & accommodation were very good as well . So I can definitely make recommend it to my friends.
Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine's Facebook page
Beautiful energy in a beautiful place. Pandey Ji has a truly unique and inspirational style of teaching that is passed down authentically from his lineage of yogis.