Yoga Vidya Mandiram is located in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India. They offer registered yoga teacher training programs (YTTP) affiliated with Yoga Alliance.
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In Manish’s eyes, Yoga is the gateway to learning and understanding your true-self, to see beyond the physical and discover the subtilities of your authentic character. He believes that the beauty of yoga for him, is that it always gives satisfaction and joy, in every form. On his unique path, he has developed qualities allowing him to enjoy each moment within society, and these qualities he carries with him into his teaching. Manish feels that to practice yoga is to practice conscious living, and this is a view he integrates into his classes.
I born in Rishikesh ! Which is situated in himalayas ! I started yoga when I was 13 year old ! I went to saraswati Vidya Mandir where I started Hatha yoga ! As I grow old. I thought I should keep practicing yoga for my health .. so I start practicing of astanga vinyasa yoga ! Where I start to feel and learn how to keep patience ! And how we can take care of body ! So I got interest about human body and disease ..about vinayasa flow ! Astanga yoga ! Hatha yoga ! Iyengar as well ! I have finished my bachelor degree in science from hnb university ! Now I’m pursuing master of yoga !
Yogacharya Sandeep Pandey was born in a traditional Brahamna family and was sent to Gurukul at the age of 8. At the Gurukul, he studied the Yajurveda and mastered all the 16 Samskaras along with Yogasana, pranayama, and Shat Kriyas. He participated in many national-level yoga championships in India and won prizes. However, his quest for knowing the inner self through yoga lead him to Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama where under the direct guidance of H.H. Swami Veda Bharati, he studied and practiced the deeper and subtler aspect of Raja yoga.
Acharya Chandramani was born in a traditional spiritual family. When he was 8 years old, he became a serious practitioner of the yogic principles of Swetambara Jaina tradition. Later, he was initiated into the Vedic Sanskrit tradition by Swami Vivekananda at the age of 10 in Prabhat Ashram, UP, India. He was fully dedicated to the teachings and daily discipline of the traditional Sanskrit gurukulam from childhood to adulthood. He has been guiding worldwide yoga students into the Vedic Sanskrit literature and its philosophy and holding yoga retreats and teacher trainings for over 25 years.
Yogacharya Lalitji is a qualified experienced Hatha-Yoga and Pranayama instructor at Yoga Vidya Mandiram. He was born in the spiritual family in Yamuna Nagar, Haryana. He began his yoga journey in the lap of the Himalayan yogi Swami Veda Bharatiji who initiated him into the path of Yoga and Meditation. In his academic education, he holds his E-RYT 200 and 500 RYT from Yoga Alliance, USA. He brings sincere love for students in his classes he holds. He sees yoga a way of inspiring lives and a meaning of discovering one’s self. He keeps looking for new opportunities to enhance his knowledge.
Dr. Sumit is an expert in the field of physical therapy and posture imbalance and sedentary life disorders. He did his Masters of Physical Therapy in Musculoskeletal Disorders in Orthopedic Branch and a diploma in Sports Medicine from West Bengal. He is also a certified Pilate’s trainer from Indian Academy of Fitness Training Mangalore. His simple and contemporary style of delivering deep and practical knowledge of anatomy and physiology endear him to his students. He has taught a few hundred students from more than 35 countries and he mainly focuses on the therapeutic aspects of yoga.
Priya Poojaji is a qualified experienced yoga anatomy and physiology instructor at Yoga Vidya Mandiram. She was born in the spiritual family of Swami Rama of the Himalayas. She began her yoga journey in the lap of the Himalayan yogis since her early age. Her spiritual master, Swami Veda Bharatiji, initiated her into the path of yoga and meditation when she was 15 years old. Since then, she has been untiredly dedicated herself to the learning of yogic knowledge and it’s different sciences, yoga anatomy, and physiology. She holds her E-RYT 200 and 500-RYT from Yoga Alliance, USA.
Yogacharya Karamjit was born and brought up in a Hindu and Yogic family, whose roots are deeply emerged with Yogi’s lineage. He learned basics of yoga from a wandering monk, since childhood, he stayed and practiced yoga under the revered Monks and Yogis in monasteries. Yogacharya Karamjit did 300 hours Yoga Instructor course and Post Graduation Degree in Yoga from Swami Vivekananda Yoga University and earned his Master in Yoga Science (M.Sc) Degree. He did Yoga and Vedanta certificate course from Swami Shivanada Ashram (Divine life Society) at Rishikesh, India.
Subhash Petwal is an asana yoga instructor who is experienced teaching internationally and locally in the styles of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and Hatha yoga. He has undergone his training in Mysore and Kaivalyadhama Lonavala and has been undergoing continuous practices for several extended years at Kishore Yoga Kendra Bangalore. Subhash is passionate about sharing his knowledge of Hatha and Ashtanga yoga and takes great care in layout a strong foundation for his students to further their practices.
Piyush Saxena has been a sadhaka of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition as taught by Swami Rama and Swami Veda Bharati for several years. He has a great passion for the philosophy and practices of yoga Nidra and meditation, as well as practice Hatha yoga as a meditative process to support his meditation practices. Piyush wants to inspire people and teach yogic practices that can help them in their daily life, business life, student life, family life, corporate life, and more importantly guide them to become an enlightened human being.
Saurabh developed a keen interest in yoga since childhood. He was born and educated in Rishikesh, the world’s capital of yoga. He began his yoga journey in the holy city of Rishikesh. He is an experienced teacher of Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for the past 3 years and is in pursuit of his master’s degree in Yoga, as well as continuously undergoing self-practices and self-studies of yoga.
Praful specializes in anatomy, pranayama, meditation, and sound healing with a focus on yoga therapy. He studies the power of rehabilitation of Hatha yoga and pranayama on health and uses scientific application of yoga to create physical and mental awareness in preparation for asana practice and meditation. Praful is passionate about guiding students to overcome physical injury, pain, mental stress, and emotional trauma through yogic techniques. He also specializes using ancient Himalayan singing bowls as vibrational medicine to remove energy blockages and stimulate the restoration of health.
from Romania, March 2020
"Wonderful 500hr TTC"
I liked everything about this school, all the staff is very spiritual, the founder was educated in a Gurukul, so they have the seeking of the higher Self. The teachers are amazing, full of love and understanding, they are always available whenever you need them. The volunteers who work at the center did everything in their power to adjust everyone. The accomodation was very good and the food was always abundant.
The knowledge you get here is amazing, the teachings of Pranayama, philosophy, anatomy apart from the hard asana practice. The course is amazing really and a very good value for my money.
Carlos Alberto Sánchez Boado
from Montenegro, January 2020
"The best place with the best teachers ...!!! Now, my new fam"
The humility, knowledge and love of the teachers. The beautiful place.
from Norway, December 2019
"Good quality Yoga Teacher Training"
- Skillful teachers with lots of in-depth knowledge
- Very accommodating management. They did go beyond their responsibilities to assist us with whatever problems/issues we had
- OK Accommodation
- Great food!
- Location: Very close to town, but still far enough away to escape from the major noise coming from town. Restaurant/Cafe, Massage centres and Ayurvedic Doctor is in the immediate proximity to the School
- In general a very good Atmosphere during all the whole 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training
from Portugal, November 2019
"Magnificent from beginning to end !"
Hellooo! I made the 500hours.
Honestly I have nothing to complain about..
Everything was perfect, I really had the greatest time and experience! From all the staff, to the classes, the excursions and the accommodation! The food was amazing every single day !!! The school is very well located! A very peaceful place surrounded by animals but close to the market.
I remember reading those reviews myself to try to figure it out if it was the right choice for me.. so let me tell you, you won’t regret going there and you’ll probably have an amazing experience!
Love and light
from Vietnam, November 2019
"There is very nice place "
Garden, philosophy teacher, accommodation
from Saudi Arabia, November 2019
It was a good experience to learn about Yoga.
Thanks for all teachers, staff and administration.
Everything was great. i learned a lot of good things. I met good and special people. And I had unforgettable memories.
I’m coming back soon...Rishikesh! :))
Namaste 🙏 💐
from United States of America, November 2019
"Yoga Vidya Mandiram exceeded my expectations by far"
The school offers an amazing yoga Programm and I didn’t expect such a diverse and intense( in a good way) training. You get the chance to learn about yoga and yourself while feeling welcome and safe. You make huge progress in your practice and feel well prepared to slowly start teaching. Lalit and all the other people make sure that your stay is as pleasant as possible and go above and beyond. I had to go to the hospital once and Lalit helped me clean out my wound with his own hands and two of the guys from the school drove me there and were by my side, even bought me food on our way back. I can’t even put into words how giving and full of love everyone who works at the school is. I’m extremely grateful as I felt like being with family. The room is very spacious and VERY clean, the food and kitchen have restaurant quality and the campus is nicely located near the mountains but in walking distance to the tourist spots in town. Even on sundays, special events were organised for us like visiting beautiful temples or going on a rafting adventure on the Ganges. To be honest, I don’t even know how it’s possible to have experienced so much quality stuff and paying such little money for the course. The teachers really live what they are teaching so it’s actually more sharing experience than teaching. You can ask them anything and they will have had experience with it. The training is extremely good value and I want to come back for my 300 hour course.
Thank you so much. Namaste.
from United States of America, June 2019
"Love & Light"
Everything was communicated clearly from the moment that I booked! Lalit is so helpful and willing to answer any and all questions that I had prior to arriving and made me feel right at home when I got to Yoga Vidya Mandiram. Chandramani made the first day relaxed for me to get settled in. I am thoroughly pleased with all of the knowledge that was attained through the 500 hour course and I would reccomend it to anyone seeking to share the same amazing experiences!
from India, July 2018
"Amazing course experience but bad quality food and hotel"
The teachers are really good. The classes are magical. At the end Onit was my angel and he try to do your best for solve all problems
from Indonesia, June 2018
This experience changed, improved, and cleansed my life.
Thank you Yoga Vidya Mandiram for everything you have gifted me.
from Norway, June 2018
I loved everything about my training and stay with Yoga Vidya Mandiram. It was the people, the teachers, the coordinators, the workers, the kitchen staff that really impressed me. Everyone was doing their job with extreme passion, they went over and beyond to ensure we had the best experience, and I appreciate everything they have done for us.
The teaching was impeccable. I couldn't have imagined it any bette than this. The teachers were so dedicated and knowledgable.
Larissa Jane Kessler
from Switzerland, May 2018
"Had an amazing time - thank xou so much!"
The whole schedule/programme was fantastic. Starting with chanting and pranayama in the morning and ending the day with relaxation and meditation is amazing. The teachers are really professional and they are open for all questions. Furthermore when you get sick, they take care of you and will try to do everything to get over your sickness. Classes are small and the longer you stay the smaller the classes will get which is amazing. At the end we were only 3 people left for the 500h YTT which was amazing. The facility is beautiful too and even you are close to everything it is quiet and doing yoga in that huge garden in the morning is adorable. I had the feeling that other schools didn't have that. The food is really delicious and it changes all the time.
I really recommend yoga vidya mandira! Namaste!
from Netherlands, April 2019
The last 2 months that i spend here were a really valuable gift that i take for the rest of my life. it is really amazing to go home with all this new knowledge and friendships that i gained and made here. I thank lalit for the fact that he is always ready to help where ever he can and always with a smile. Dr praveen, who is an amazing doctor and friend and always in for a joke. Both are welcome in my county! Thanks to all the amazing teachers, sandeep for his wise knowledge. Vivek, I still dont understand how all this knowledge about asanas fits in his head! The food was really good. Jashpal and his staff were always helpfull with special requests. The room was good. Building clean and well maintained. Bahut danyewat!!!
Melanie Cadavid Nieto
from United States of America, March 2019
Estudiar las 500h YTT en Vidya Mandiram fue una experiencia muy enrequecidora, en la que aprendi mucho, cada dia.
Todo el equipo es excelente, siemper muy bien atendida y pendientes de todo. Todos los profesores son muy profesionales y transmiten mucho.
from United States of America, January 2021
"My second time, and hopefully not my last"
I attended last year with my sister and returned this year with my husband.. The instructors and staff are excellent. The classes are helpful and they cater to every ability level. The relaxation and meditation is so amazing, it's the reason that I came back again this year. Even one of those classes is worth the entire course fee, in my opinion! The outing on day 2 is a great way to see amazing parts of Rishikesh.
from India, December 2020
"Amazing yoga and meditation "
I was truly mesmerized and elated with the dedication, perseverance and calmness of our yoga instructors. Learned a lot from then. I will be going back for 200 hours yoga training again in the month of March.
from Australia, March 2020
"3 day course - Excellent for Beginners"
I did the 3 day yoga course. It was a great introduction to yoga. I knew a few things but not many at all. What I did know, this course made me understand more about what I already knew plus much more. It was quite intense but very enjoyable. I'd recommend traveling a day before and staying in Rishikesh another day if possible. It's a lovely town and the Ganges river is just magic. The place is walking distance to the river and town where you go shopping and try local food. I'd recommend this course, I really enjoyed it all and miss it so much. It has inspired me to start yoga at home.
If you are flying, Air India will sting you with excess baggage if you have more then 15kg. You can certainly bargin them down but its pretty expensive (5000 rupees for 10kg or about $100 Australian dollars. It's okay but just be aware because I called Air India and they told me the flight I had was 25kg and didn't mention anything about a 15kg weight restriction.
from Turks and Caicos Islands, March 2020
"Highly recommend "
Yoga Vidya Mandiram has the best teachers in an awesome location. The school is a little out of the main town, but still in easy walking distance.
Food was brilliant. And the staff were quick and happy to help if I had any problems (which included organising flights and taxis).
I can’t recommend this place enough- wish I could have stayed longer!
from United Kingdom, March 2020
"3 day yoga retreat"
Everyone was extremely welcoming.
The retreat was organised and well timed.
Loved the assanas and the meditation.
Lalit and his colleagues went out of their way to supply Jane Ji with a hair dryer and she is most impressed!
It was a fun enjoyable experience.
from Japan, March 2020
"caring staff:even 66yr old with health problems learned "
Individualized altho short intro to yoga for me (a complete beginner).
Many different levels and rigorous programs. Friendly community of mostly Europeans.
Garden. Lively Holi dancing. Good veg food.
Sonja Van Oers
from Netherlands, March 2020
"3 day yoga retreat and meditation"
For me as a beginner that knows some yoga this was a very learnful experience! Very much recommended if you do not have a lot of time and want to learn more. The practices and breathing exercises where quit challenging!
from United Kingdom, February 2020
"3 Day Yoga Retreat "
The retreat provided a beautiful uplifting energy from the moment we arrived. The staff and instructors were friendly, knowledgable, kind and always on hand to ensure we had everything we needed. We felt very contained and held. The retreat was just what was needed and our knowledge if yoga has deepened greatly in such a short time. We feel blessed to have experienced some time with these wonderful people.
from Japan, February 2020
"CHANGED MY LIFE, highly recommended to anyone."
I loved every second of the experience. First of all, even before arriving in India teachers made sure that we are comfortably by replying any kinds of questions very fast. When I got there I immoderately knew it was gonna be the best decision I’ve ever made. Food is FANTASTIC. I hardly had food that I didn’t like, it was so tasty that I enjoyed every single meal. Even chefs are very very kind and nice. The best part was yoga students from all over the world. They made this experience very special as everyone had different personalities and culture. We started opening our hearts and became life time friends. We got to learn a lot of things that only the teacher from this school can teach us, something that we cannot learn from books.
I loved the structure of the classes as I had a bit of language barrier so I had enough time for myself to prepare and relax.
Teachers were always so kind that I am definetly go back to this school for longer study. Thank you for everything.
from United Kingdom, February 2020
the way our 3 days were planned was amazing and we learnt and experience so much too. There was enough time to get to know the group at the same time there was enough time to learn yoga with explanation and understanding of culture. i wish we stayed there bit longer.
every single staff was very friendly , helpful and couldn't do enough for us.
Tzu Yao Lee
from Taiwan, February 2020
"Feeling like home"
I did a 50-hour teacher training here. All the people (manager, teachers and kitchen staffs) are so friendly and supportive.
The room I stayed is big, clean and comfortable.
The environment is cozy.
I definitely will come back.
from France, January 2020
"Feeling Peaceful "
The place close to the mountains. The learning process.
from United States of America, January 2020
I had a wonderful experience. I enjoyed the teachers; they made themselves available to talk and discuss after classes; taught from embodied experience; treated all students with respect; were knowledgeable, passionate and experienced. The course had a strong focus on philosophy, anatomy and meditation which was perfect for me. To get the most out of the training I would consider having a regular asana practice, curiosity and a desire to deepening your personal practice. The food was very good. They planned trips to temples on our days off. Many students came with strong expectations, but it's important to keep an open mind and allow yourself to surrender to the schedule, classes, format, etc. You will gain valuable information and grow from the experience. There is always room for improvements, but I was VERY happy during my 300-Hour training. I would recommend this school. Lastly, a plus was that the school was located in a quiet area in Rishikesh, so it's peaceful at nights and mornings.
from Turkey, January 2020
It was a truly memorable experience. The teachers are completely competent and the employees have done everything they can to our satisfaction. Conditions of stay were excellent. I really felt like at home. Endless thanks for everything.. Namaste
from Spain, December 2019
"One of the best experiences of my life"
Everything here was absolutely phenomenal. From the second I arrived, Lalit and Nandan made sure that all my bags and room were taken care of immediately and I got a little tour of the sanctuary that I would call home for the next three weeks. They were always there to greet us with smiles and warmth throughout the day and went above and beyond to make us feel at home and help if we had any problems. I only wish my real home has as good of food as I had there! I think most of us wanted recipes and a cookbook at the end because the food was so delicious.
Although the schedule was busy, there was still enough time to rest and enjoy the nice garden, do some laundry, run into town, or get additional guidance from Saurabh. His extra availability, warmth, and humor were reassuring during sometimes challenging classes and he is a fantastic teacher. In hindsight, I think I knew nearly nothing about the philosophy, anatomy, pranayma, and meditation prior to this course and I definitely left with a wealth of knowledge and a great foundation to build upon. I only wish I could have stayed longer. It was truly a paradise and I hope to return one day.
from Switzerland, December 2019
At first I wasn’t sure about going to India and to be there for 3 weeks for the 200hr YTT.
At the end of the course, I can only say that I loved the place and the people there. It fell like home away from home. The location is perfect for yoga courses and retreats, surrounded by the nature and a walking distance to the centre. Everyone was super friendly and very helpful.
YVM exceeded all my expectations. I highly recommended the place to anyone who wants to have some time off from the hustle life.
from Portugal, December 2019
I loved everything in this school. 1) location: perfect integrated in nature, surrounded by mountain and trees but also a 5min walking from the main center of Tapovan, so it feels like a little oasis where you can relax. 2) facilities: very nice comfortable rooms, nice big yoga rooms. 3) Staff: they are just such a good people that takes the experience to another level of love. always there for everything you need. 4) food: very conducive 5) teaching: good professionals that will go deep on the roots of yoga taking you to another level of spirituality
Kim Sew Law
from Malaysia, December 2019
"My first yoga experience."
People are very friendly and helpful.
from United Kingdom, December 2019
"Excellent. I learned far more than I expected."
Even though it’s only 2 nights long, this is an intense & serious course & the teaching is of a very high standard. They worked us hard but I very much appreciated the opportunity to learn a great deal not only some yoga asanas but also about meditation, chanting, relaxation & health. It was also very helpful to meet so many different instructors. Unfortunately I cannot remember all their names - without exception, they were all excellent. I enjoyed the breath control classes & the trip to Vashistha the most I think. The Centre is in a peaceful location with very little traffic noise. Just birds singing, monkeys chattering & cows mooing ! The standard of accommodation is very good indeed. I had a huge en-suite room to myself with a massive double bed. Everything was spotlessly clean & there was lots of hot water for showering. There were ample quantities of freshly cooked & raw vegetarian food including watermelon & pineapple for breakfast. We served ourselves using stainless steel trays, cutlery & beakers which we washed up ourselves. There was hot & cold water, milk, chai marsala and lemon & ginger tea to drink. I also enjoyed a couple of wonderful massages at Vedanta just a few metres away. There were a number of other much longer courses going on at the same time - yoga teacher training. The students come from all over the world & there is a very friendly atmosphere. World peace reigns here at the Vidya Mandiram. 🙏
from Pakistan, December 2019
"A Life changing experience"
I and my friend did a 50 hours YTTC at Chiang Mai in Nov 2019. From the moment I signed up, everything went smooth - thanks to Hope for her proactiveness in communication and looking after everything.
Since we arrived at the beautiful venue, the hospitality and warmth of our Hosts made us feel we were part of a bigger family and felt home away from home.
Best Thai vegan food was served every day with choices of fresh local fruits. I still miss the delicious food and those waffles and banana bread from breakfast thanks Pe Bee. Kitchen staff were always happy to help and cater to different food preferences.
The teachers - each of them were a gem. Very knowledgeable and committed. The course content was carefully selected with the right mix of theory and practice. The timetable kept us busy from 6 am until 8 pm. But despite the intense schedule - I thoroughly enjoyed every class. As every class had something interesting to offer. It felt like the teachers were there for a cause rather than a job.
Everyone at the school was committed to make our stay perfect.
We were ready to extend our stay but had non-refundable flights booked for further travel.
I highly recommend that you take YTTC here. It's intense but every moment spent at the training will be memorable. You will come back with a whole new perspective about life. Namaste 🙏
from Spain, November 2019
I did my 200-hour YTT in November and I would honestly do it all over again tomorrow. I remember the first day, they asked us what we expected from the course, and everyone had different reasons for being there, but I think YVM exceeded all of them. We were a small family and YVM was our second home (and still is). Everyone there went out of their way to make sure that we felt that way, especially Lalit and Nandan. Need an ATM? They’ll drive you anytime. Want a haircut? They’ll take you to their favourite barber. Fancy some sweets at night? They’ll happily go with you to buy some. Want a traditional Indian dress? They’ll find a tailor and will help you, even if that means going to the tailors 4 times. When I say that they go out of their way, I really mean it. We could count on them 24/7 for anything and they took care of us, always with a smile on their face.
Accommodation was great, the rooms were clean and they changed the sheets and towels every 3-4 days. Food was delicious and the kitchen staff is also very helpful. The school is outside of Tapovan, so you are not in the middle of the town, which we appreciated. It has a very nice garden and a peaceful atmosphere, but still a short walk from the town. There’s also a little shop in the complex in case you need anything, from toiletries to chocolate bars.
The classes and teachers were also great. They were open to questions and tried to solve our doubts as best as they could, especially considering that... CONTINUES
from Bulgaria, November 2019
My whole experience in the school was amazing! The guys taking care of the school and all the teachers are great! They are caring, understanding and loving! They will always try to help you with any request you might have! I learned a lot and experienced great moments in this school! Namaste!
from Laos, November 2019
"Home away from home"
The school is located in a quieter and more peaceful part of Tapovan, Rishikesh and surrounded by trees, nature and mountain views making it the perfect setting for a yoga teachers training course. I completed my 200hr ytt here and found that the teachers were very knowledgeable and experienced and I have learnt so much over these past few weeks. The food was delicious and there was always a variety. The rooms are spacious and clean and you have the option of sharing room or a private. The staff always went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable in every way they could and the weekly group outings were also always fun and informative. I am very happy that I chose YVM for my 200hr training and I wouldn't go anywhere else to complete the 300hrs in the future.
from Philippines, November 2019
"Excellent Yoga Teacher Training Course at Yoga Vidya Mandira"
Excellent place and atmosphere to do Yoga Teacher Training 200 hours. Lalit ji here at the course made our admission and the whole process very straight forward. He and the rest of staff are excellent.
from Malaysia, November 2019
"Insightful,authentic course/retreat for genuine learners"
For anyone TRULY seeking to know yoga or know yoga better, this course provides very authentic and insightful knowledge, taught by teachers who are not only experienced but who actually live and know the culture, heritage and roots of yoga. A very traditional approach to knowing yoga that is not rigid but proper, which I appreciate most. No added un-yoga elements. Yoga knowledge as it is. For this itself, the value for money is unmatched. Anymore authentic- you'll need to head to India..haha..
no dislikes! =) The overall experience is very good and it's as expected! TIPS: one must be prepared mentally and understand that you will be up in the mountains, away from the city, staying in a very simple, friendly guesthouse surrounded by nature- do manage expectations and be ready to embrace bare necessities. If facilities, accommodation, and luxury services are a top priority to you- you'll need to reconsider. =)
Enya Powell Taylor
from Vietnam, November 2019
"Truly fortunate to have chosen this school"
This school went above and beyond any expectations I held. I come from Scotland (currently living in Vietnam) and found that it was of the same standard as back home. The training itself took me on a journey of knowledge and understanding about yoga and how it relates to me and my current situation. I learned so much in all of the topics that I never expected to learn. The teachers are all really inspiring and genuinely lovely people and I really couldn't have asked for better teachers.
The accommodation is very quaint and lovely, its clean, comfortable and just what you need. It's in the most beautiful location, outside Chiangmai in the rolling hills among the rice paddies. So beware of a friendly spider (or gecko) or 2 :-)
The food is amazing!!! Its vegetarian and you have a buffet style dinner every night and the most amazing waffles in the morning! Peebee and her team looked after everyone's various dietary equirements without a hesitation. I'm not a vegetarian but it was definitely my kind of food. Some people struggled (energy wise) without eating meat so I'd suggest to others who feel this may be problem to them, just bring some protein powder or tinned tuna or something.
Hope was amazing from the moment I booked until the moment I left. She is so organised and professional but everyone felt as though she valued us and she had a great relationship with everyone.
Highly highly reccomend this training!
from Belgium, November 2019
"I’m going back there!"
The school gives a holistic experience on yoga and it’s philosophy, breaking the western stereotype that yoga is a “stretching” form of exercise. It provides you with the basic fundamentals of how to establish a blissful life, from proper breathing rituals, Ayurvedic diets, and asanas to establish a healthy body, and various types of yoga and meditation to establish a mind body balance and proper flow of prana. The group was quite international and the teachers exceptional. They have a true understanding of the west and are able to bridge the west-east divide through their philosophies. Plus the food was amazing! Great excursions, musical night bonfires, and the cutest dogs roaming around. It has the perfect pace for a program aiming to provide a holistic and basic understanding of the various aspects of yoga in such a short period of time.
from Finland, November 2019
"300h hour teacher training September-October "
I liked our anatomy classes, they were clear and detailled and very professional, unfortunately we just didn’t have enough time to do all subjects. Ashtanga yoga teacher was funny and professional too.
from Canada, November 2019
Rooms were good. Food was good
from Thailand, November 2019
"Felt welcome from the moment we booked!"
Wow, what an incredible team of staff Yoga Vidya Mandiram have!
My girlfriend and I honestly felt welcome from the moment we received our confirmation email. Communication with Lalit was seamless. Due to some transport issues, we had to board an earlier flight which meant arriving a couple of days before the start of our retreat. Lalit’s immediate responses made the situation so much easier to deal with, allowing us to check in early and arranging a taxi from the airport quite late at night. Thank you Lalit!
The retreat itself was amazing. It’s not like others that your hear about where it’s more of a holiday with a bit of yoga. The three day course is the real deal, structured very similarly to the 100, 200 and 500 hour teacher training schedules, meaning that you get the full experience!
All of our instructors were knowledgeable, friendly and most importantly, patient, with our entire group of novice yogis.
The food was delicious and plentiful with the kitchen staff always polite and happy to say Namaste.
Whilst the accommodation will vary depending on what you book, my girlfriend and I had a private double room and I can honestly say it’s the best accommodation we’ve had in our India travels thus far. Comfortable, modern and clean.
All in all, we would and likely will take another course at Yoga Vidya Mandiram and would recommend it to anyone.
from India, November 2019
This was a well run retreat and all the teachers made this a highlight of our trip. Thank you so much Yoga Vidya Manduram.
from United States of America, November 2019
"Life Changing Experience in Thailand"
This yoga teacher training was truly life-changing. The teachers and my fellow students were absolutely wonderful. I came for physical healing/knowledge which I got but I also received so much more on an emotional and a spiritual level as well. Really enjoyed all of my teachers and appreciated the time we spent with them both inside and outside the classroom. I highly recommend Yoga Vidya Nidram!
from India, November 2019
Great teachers, balanced schedule
from India, November 2019
"Nice short treat for mind&body"
I liked many things about the retreat, the location first of all because it's in a nice area bit away from the crowded places. The accommodation because we got a nice private room. The fire ritual and most of our teachers gave us an unique experience and made themselves sure we get the proper information. The excursion we made during our second day was something I maybe wouldn't have experienced without them.
from France, October 2019
These three weeks of intense yoga training were absolutely amazing : our teachers are excellent (experienced, listening and very inspiring), all the staff members are always available (and above all, always smiling and helpful), the food is delicious and generally, every effort has been made to allow us to have a beautiful experience in this ashram. I met people from all around the world, with beautiful souls and hearts, and I'm very grateful for all I have experienced there. I highly recommended this yoga retreat if you are looking for a quiet place/challenging classes/a break in your busy life. I wish to be back in India as soon as possible to experience that once again at least. Thank you for everything & Namaste.
from Taiwan, October 2019
"Not "advanced" at all teacher training"
I want to thank Sundeep Ji, our philosophy teacher, for his knowledge and passion to share. Lalit Ji for great and patiente administrative day-to-day care.
from Australia, October 2019
"A truly amazing experience "
I entered into the YTT with the expectation to grow my understanding of traditional yoga from authentic indian yoga teachers with the intention to share my learning back home and I recieved exactly that and more!
Each teacher brought there own perspective, personality and were dedicated to our learning. Always happy to answer additional questions and further discussion outside the classroom!
I am truly appreciative of this experience and feel I have received so much that I feel inspired to share my experience back home and continue my yoga journey.
I was personally challenged by the large group number of students around ?22-25 as I had read there would be smaller number around 12-15 and therefore was surprised when I realised how many students there were with all different intentions for completing the YTT. However this was a learning experience for me as it led me to open up to so many amazing people I never would usually meet in everyday life and get outside my comfort zone! And in the end I came away with not a great yoga experience but with fantastic friendships too!
I was not vegetarian prior to starting this training and found eating vegetarian with no eggs challenging to in the beginning. I would recommend for all those meat eaters at home to start switching to vegetarian protein options prior to the course to get your body and mind used to it! Haha. Otherwise the variety of vegetables was fantastic and very tasty!
from Australia, October 2019
"Exceeded expectations! "
The instructors went above and beyond in their teaching practices and they sincerely wanted their students to further their knowledge, the food was incredible and the accomodation was very comfortable! The whole journey was amazing, I’m going to bring my mum next year! Defiantly recommend 🙏🏼❤️
from Singapore, October 2019
"Rejuvenating retreat "
Thoroughly enjoyed this retreat at YVM which was definitely a breath of fresh air for the soul. The school is located away from the hustle and bustle of town with so much greenery and its little garden. Accommodation was comfortable with delicious vegetarian meals, friendly staff and knowledgeable teachers. Would recommend this if you’re looking to recharge or just to take a step back from your hectic lifestyle ❤️
from India, October 2019
Meditation and yoga theory classes were great. Communication was clear.
from Sweden, October 2019
"Peaceful and enlightening"
Me and my partner had an amazing time at the 3 day reatreat. Even before the retreat started I had a nice feeling after e-mailing with Lalit at Yoga Vidya Mandiram, he was very fast at answering my questions and both helpful and flexible with my wishes.
The physical yoga classes were very good and other the yoga philosophy classes as well, we learnd a lot but most importantly we got motivated to learn more. The breathing and meditation classes were definitely the best thing of all and especially the relaxation at the end of the day with the best teacher!
But none of this would matter if we didn't have the company of the other students from all over the world (we were 8 in total in the group) wich made the retreat a lovely memory we will always carry with us!
We highly recommend this retreat when visiting magnificent India!
from India, September 2019
"I didn't know how to breathe properly till I visited them. "
The school has a perfect yoga foundation course. We took a 3 day package even in that learned a lot about how to merge yoga in our daily hectic city lives. Would definitely recommend a longer course.
from South Korea, September 2019
"Nice 3 day retreat!"
Nice people and good first yoga retreat experience
from Israel, September 2019
"A Truly Transformative Experience "
I just got back home yesterday, and I don't even think there are words to describe the experience I had.
Every teacher, every staff member, every person involved with running the school is a true believer, there to spread love and light in the world. It's so rare to have a school like this, and it made you want to work harder and do more.
I felt like I had to be in every class and do my best, not just because I had traveled a long way to get there, not just because it took a lot of planning for my family for me to get there, but also because all of my teachers and everyone I was around wanted me to succeed, and I wanted to make them proud.
My class was also very supportive of each other, we were an eclectic group that ranged from a South Korean Travel Blogger to a nearly 70 army retiree, to me, a mother of two young kids, and we all really bonded with each other and supported each other to do our best.
Also, I want to mention something about the curriculum because no one on here seems to mention their school's curriculum. A good friend of mine's parents live in Dehradun, and I went to visit them for the weekend after my program. They both have taken many many Yoga classes over the years and are pretty intellectual (engineers from fancy schools)
They were very pleasantly surprised with the depth of my teaching, and impressed by how much the school taught me. I wasn't surprised by their reaction, because I could tell that I was getting a good education while in the program.
from South Africa, September 2019
"Amazing experience "
Everyone at the school went the extra mile. Overall an amazing experience and proper value for money.
Would highly recommend.
from India, September 2019
Overall fabulous experience
from Italy, August 2019
"Amazing experience at Yoga Vidya Mandiram"
One of the most important experience I’ve ever had, teachers and staff are very polite and nice person. Anything you need just ask them and they will provide the best solution for your needs or anything you ask.
Teachers are really prepared with so much knowledge and experience behind, are really focused on what they teach and follow what they teach. Any question or doubt they will reply and give you so much more. If you need time to talk with them, they give you time, all the time you need.
Schedule of the classes prepared in a really great way, with time to study and rest between lunch and afternoon.
Kitchen: food great, staff always present to help you if you need some other things. They prepare something that I don’t know if I will find somewhere else. Just in love with their way to prepare food for us and food obviously.
I like also they organize so many trip during our journey and free time, I’ve been visiting Water fall, temples, during the 200 hours was a special time in India where every evening they were celebrating on the Ganga River so they let us see even this.
The area around here is peaceful and perfect for relaxing, study, practice asanas, meditation, Pranayama and all the practice about Yoga, everything is green around in the middle of nature, in the silence of nature, here there is everything you need. In few minutes you are in the city close to Laxman Jhula bridge. Here I’ve decide to stay 300 hours more so I recommend you this school 100%!!
from India, August 2019
"Low value schooling"
The food was probably the best part of the school. It was varied and made fresh every meal.
The pranayama class was probably the best run class. We covered many types of pranayama and practiced a lot. The yoga classes were good too but the teacher wasn't inspiring which made it hard to perform in difficult flows and poses.
from Japan, August 2019
"Super good experience! "
Environment, people, teacher, food, culture and class.
It was sooo happy life and experience all day yoga. Precious experience!!!!
from United States of America, August 2019
"The single greatest experience of my life"
Coming to Yoga Vidya Mandiram was the best thing I've ever done for myself. It has become a second home to me, full of the most wonderful and kind people I have ever met. If you're looking for your tribe, look no further. The teachers, the kitchen staff, the office, the students - everyone is absolutely amazing. It's quite hard to break down into parts the best things about this place. Yes, the food is fantastic, the classes are amazing, and the people are kind - but those are just the sum of it's parts. There's an ineffable quality to this place that cannot be captured in words. It is truly exceptional. Thank you YVM for one of the greatest experiences of my life ️
from Switzerland, August 2019
"Humbled by genuine traditional yoga teachings"
I enjoyed the entire experience and especially to learn more about the yoga philosophy and traditions from skilled teachers from Indian yogic backgrounds
from India, August 2019
"3 days Yoga retreat in Rishikesh"
I had booked 3 days Yoga retreat session and had an amazing experience..the sessions were led by well qualified instructors like Pooja hi, Manish ji, Nan Danji and Piyush ji. The manager Lalit ji was quite helpful. Would definitely recommend the place..to everyone to destress and connect to your roots.
from Taiwan, August 2019
"Yoga Vidya Mandiram, a beautiful exerience!"
The location is absolutely gorgeous. Nestled in the mountains just above Rishikesh, you are away from the hustle and bustle, but you also have convenient access to the city.
The instructors and staff are all highly professional, friendly, and helpful.
from India, August 2019
I loved how simple and organized this retreat was. One more day would’ve been ideal, you are just getting into the routine and then it’s over! I’d come back here in a heartbeat. Everyone knows what they are doing and I’ve never felt more relaxed. Learned a little about myself too.
from United States of America, August 2019
"Yoga Vidya Mandiram Review"
I enjoyed all aspects of the retreat:
-The classes and teachings (yoga asana, meditation, philosophy,)
- The high quality and experiential nature of the instruction
- the attentiveness of the instructors (especially the asana instruction: the teacher was attuned to the class and the individual needs of the students for adjustments or for being hands off).
- the community of other students in the program (it was a very international crowd)
- the food, which was delicious, fresh, light, and trustworthy.
- the staff were so genuine, kind, and intelligent. The quality of the teaching was very high.
from India, August 2019
"Need to come back again"
Learnt the foundations of yoga, the connection between body and mind. How we are collectively doing so many things wrong and need to start living in a way that is in resonance with nature.
from United States of America, July 2019
"Amazing and grounding Experience"
The 3-day program was designed to give a quick capsule of Yoga Retreat Experience and YogaMandirm did the best. I wish I had more time to spend. I will definitely go back.
I went with my parents and 2 aunts, near 60 years, Yoga Mandiram team was so supportive and understanding regarding the needs of my family.
There were a variety of classes and each class brought a new experience which we all thoroughly enjoyed. Teachers were empathetic to the needs of different students, giving variations in asanas and adjusting as needed. Teachers were so humble, patient and polite.
Regarding location, it is in the lap of greenery which was a real treat to my soul and eyes.
Regarding facilities, they provided very pure and clean food. It was apt for the setting. Cottages for 3 days retreat were also great. They have different accommodation settings for different programs, so can't comment on all.
Simply put, I loved the experience. Would highly recommend. cheers!
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from Australia, July 2019
"Magical experience with expert training in great location"
I instantly felt at ease and at home at YVM. The teaching was incredible, in particular Sandeep who taught us Yoga Philosophy. Lalit and the team went out of their way to make every day valuable and packed full of learning, and a sprinkle of truly memorable experiences that were fantastic. The food is also so delicious and varied, with great . I had a complete detox and loved the vegetarian diet.
from India, July 2019
"Value for money and time!"
I really liked the place and its vibes.
All instructors were really friendly and helpful. I enjoyed my stay.
Location of ashram is lovely! Away from traffic but near to center.
Lush green campus was apple of eye. Overall it was a really great experience and eye opener of me!
from India, July 2019
The place ,food ,teacher every thing was awesome
from India, July 2019
"Amazing 3 day journey "
How well everything was explained. The structure of days was perfect and feel like I have come away with a wider and better knowledge of yoga and meditation.
from Mexico, July 2019
One of the best experiences I've ever had. My goal was to improve my personal practice, and to have the possibility of teaching later with the certificate. But I take much much more, the place allows you to internalize, to know through philosophy what yoga really is. Teachers and owners are coherent with their teachings and their lifestyle. The staff delivers the heart, especially Lalit Ji. The food is delicious and highly variated. I recommend Yoga Vidya Mandiram for a life time experience, the location is also amazing because you get a very peaceful environment but nearby Tapovan to experience Indian culture.
from United Kingdom, June 2019
"Amazing experience at YVM."
Lalit Kumar was a fantastic host that catered for every need. The school is warm, friendly and nothing is too much trouble. They really are dedicated to making your experience a wonderful one. The teaching staff were incredible. They not only teach the curriculum but also go beyond to share their own interests when appropriate. The tutors are also always available for additional teaching if required, they really go the extra mile and it is clear they are very passionate about their subjects. The school is also perfectly located, a short walk from busy Rishekesh in a calm and peaceful area. The food is nutricious, tasty and fresh. The accommodation is basic but clean and there is always someone available to assist with any problems if they arrive. All in all I was delighted to stay here and learn. I would recommend to anyone and will return!
from India, June 2019
"Find solace through Yoga practice and meditation "
The most important aspect is the courteousness and helpful attitude of the entire staff including the instructors. Secondly, the environment for learning is just perfect. Thirdly, the mix of the participants, which includes both foreign and Indian participants is highly enriching and beneficial for all to learn new facets of life.
The patience and professionalism displayed by the instructors specially Guru Sukhmeet ji (for Pranayama and Relaxation/Meditation) and Rahul ji (for hatha Yoga/Ashtanga Yoga) was outstanding. It created the spark to continue the practice of yoga.
l Having vegan meals was most nourishing and a great experience for me - which was the first time ever. The availability of instructors during meal times and their openness to initiate informal discussions was extremely helpful.
Overall an enriching and a great experience.
from India, June 2019
"ALL IS WELL"
EXCELLENT AND WARM PEOPLE.
Sabri Nurhan Sabri
from India, June 2019
"What an amazing and lovely experience"
We really enjoyed our stay from beginning to end. Everything was fantastic, organised, calm, relaxing, clean, professional and so positive. Wished we stayed many more days and hopefully some day we will! Thank you to all the teachers whose names we haven't mentioned and to Lalit Ji! Namaste!
from India, June 2019
"Peaceful place to have a retreat "
I did the 7 day yoga / meditation retreat at the end of May.
YVM is set in a beautiful area just above the main throng so is peaceful and must be one of the best locations in Rishikesh to do yoga.
I really like the schools approach to yoga which is a holistic one - its not about the ‘perfect ‘ pose and it’s not all about the asanas but I also enjoyed the pranayama and meditation sessions. Even neti was surprisingly fun!
Although I was officially the only one on the yoga retreat I did most classes with someone on the 50 hour course and the meals and trip were with people on the teacher training so that made it fun.
The teachers were great and Lalit was super responsive and helpful.
from Kuwait, May 2019
"All our instructors were absolutely great"
I loved every minute of my stay from my pick up at Dehradun Airport till my drop off. It was such a great experience; friendly and helpful staff, all very knowledgeable instructors, great location, peaceful and very spritual place to stay ❤️
from India, May 2019
"Strong, but no stretch!"
I very much enjoyed the welcome fire ceremony and the food was amazing! It was lovely to sit and eat together with all the participants and discuss what everyone had been doing.
The staff were very knowledgable and friendly, and they modified sessions to suit abilities - but there were a few too many sessions per day for me as a newbie.
from Sri Lanka, April 2019
"New found love"
I am a beginner to Yoga and this place gave me so much perspective. All lecturers including guest lectures were amazing, Highly recommended
from Portugal, April 2019
"Amazing experience in Vidya Mandiram!"
We had an amazing experience during the 3 day retreat. The room was clean and spacious. The Yoga teachers (hatha/ashtanga/ meditation) had been exceptional and very professional.
And the food is SUPERB!
I wish I had scheduled more time!
Thanks for the amazing experience. We will definitely come back!
from Australia, April 2019
I loved the simple humble life offered at this retreat.
from India, April 2019
"Was okay, depends if you do the short 3-day retreat or not"
Lalit is lovely, the kitchen staff are lovely, the instructors are lovely. The food is awesome. The rooms are very clean, super comfortable (some of the cleanest I’ve seen in India). No complaints there. The location is awesome, slightly away from the Main Street but still very close to Tapovan.
from Nepal, April 2019
"Great 3 day mini retreat"
I met wonderful people while on the 3 day mini retreat. I really enjoyed the yoga and learning the philosophy and Ayurveda. Could have stayed longer.
The accomadation was some of the best I had in india over the 5 weeks I was travelling!
from Israel, April 2019
I did here 50-hour TTC. It's a lovely place, very peaceful and green. The staff was kind and helpful. The teachers were professional. The food was very tasty and healthy. I didn't feel that I miss something.
It's a perfect place to detach from all the thoughts and devote some time to yourself.
from Indonesia, April 2019
"Relaxing few days with amazing food!"
Everything was absolutely amazing! Everyone was super welcoming. I only did a 3 day retreat as opposed to teacher training and I really enjoyed my time and felt pampered and focused. The classes were good, the space is lovely with lots of green around and is quiet, away from the main busy bit of the town. The food was incredible, always different and more than filling and healthy! Definitely not too spicy, so also good for newcomers to India. I shared a twin room with another girl and it was lovely, clean and the hot shower was perfect!
from United States of America, March 2019
"Super cool spot "
I loved the food, location and variety of classes. Close to town and good communication from staff
from Vietnam, March 2019
"A very positive experience"
Beautiful location, quiet and peaceful and felt like a retreat from the busy noisy town.
The staff were ALL kind, helpful, generous and welcoming. Lalit in particular was tirelessly available for everybody all the time and nothing was any trouble for him. Lalit and Chandra (guru-ji) made the place feel like home. Amazing food from Yashpal and his lovely team in the kitchen. I learnt so much from the yoga, philosophy, anatomy, pranayama classes. I was really happy with my room and the accommodation in general. I would love to come back. As a final note, the compassion of the staff here towards animals is something that resonated with me and made the experience all the more special.
from United States of America, March 2019
"Amazing experiences "
Nice quite location.
The food was amazing
All the teachers are so kind and professional
I would like to come again definitely!!
Lalit ji is so kind and nice 👍🏻
from United Kingdom, March 2019
"AMAZING EXPERIENCE HIGHLY RECOMMEND "
the locations is amazing. You get a sense of freedom straight away being in the mountains surrounded by animals. The teachers go above and beyond to help you with anything you need. Food was amazing and accommodation was fab. No words would do this place justice how peaceful and calm you feel. I have learned loads not only about yoga but about myself too.
from Poland, March 2019
"Excelent place to learn yoga"
I like fact, that they teach you postures, how to breath, how to meditate, also they provide knowledge about yoga philosophy and anatomy. Really I got more then I expected :) And I think the best recomendation will be that after my 50h course I want back for 200h course ;)
from Germany, March 2019
from India, February 2019
"Wish I signed up for longer than 3 days..."
I really enjoyed this holistic immersion into "yoga" which goes beyond just the exercise western cultures have come to know. The importance of breath work, healthy eating, and getting to know oneself. Great instructors and great food. Hope to come back again soon!
from United States of America, February 2019
"Wonderfully intense yoga training "
It is an experience difficult to place in words. I would encourage anyone looking at Rishikesh to stay with this brilliant group of individuals. They were accommodating at every turn, overly kind and warm hearted and ensured the safety, health and happiness of each person who was there. The food was unbelievablely good, all vegetarian and always changing, such great variety and flavor. The teacher quality was beyond what I expected and the knowledge gained was well worth the overall cost. I studied the 200 hour course and am grateful for all the dedication and hard work from the whole staff.
from United Kingdom, February 2019
"All I could have wished for!"
The teachers are warm generous and very knowledgeable Vivek-Ji our asana instructor was good humoured and made every class challenging yet so informative. Sandeepji’s Philosophy was inspiring his meditation sessions had depth and emotion ,Pooja’s patiently taught us Pranayama. The course is intense the days long and you must be ready to work hard.Lalit Ji as site manager was always supportive and immediately responded to any needs we called him superman! The compassion of this team made all 16 of us feel safe and cared for- a home from home. The kitchen crew made fanatastic vegetarian and vegan meals and adapted to all needs there were also 3 cafes/restaurants on site. Several spas in 5 minutes distance and cheap laundry service 7p per piece! The Gardens are tranquil set away from the busy town yet just 10-15 minutes walk to markets banks and pharmacies-also when one of our group fell ill Lalit personally took to her to the hospital, he arranged safe money exchanges taxis etc. It says much that we were all tearful on our final day. YVM is wonderful Lalitji is the pin that holds it all together he also arranged excursions on are Sundays off-and we all are grateful to everyone for making our yoga teacher training such a great experience.
from United States of America, January 2019
The whole experience at Yoga Vidya Mandiram was wonderful! Location is perfect surrounded by the mountains. I learnt a lot more about yoga and meditation through the teachers and at yoga classes here. Food was amazing and everyone is really very responsive, helpful and friendly to talk to! I will be definitely going back here for learning more and highly recommend this yoga retreat to everyone :)
Yoga with Shakira
from Malaysia, January 2019
"Great and humbling learning journey"
Yoga Vidya Mandiram was (probably still is) undergoing changes in management when I was there (December 2018). The teachers that my batch had was different than the ones stated in the website. We had Vivek Kalura for our yoga postures and asana (he is very knowledgeable in his field and very hands on on his teaching methods), Priya Pooja for our pranayama (she is average in this field) and for our yoga anatomy (she is not knowledgeable enough and I find her teaching methods and sequencing unsatisfactory. For example, she kept from teaching us musculoskeletal until the very last week, and started with respiratory and digestive systems in the first 2 weeks. I think we could grasp our yoga postures and asana classes more had we have been introduced to musculoskeletal in the beginning).
We had Onit ji who has already left the school for our meditation and mantra recitation (he is the absolute best) and Sandeep ji for our yoga philosophy. Lalit ji was our caretaker, and he really went above and beyond to help make things easier for us. For example, Jet Airways lost my baggage and I only got it on my 7th day being in Rishikesh, Lalit was the one who was contacting the airline and he would update me every day. He has such a kind heart.
Location and food : average, but do be prepared with warm clothing if you come during winter (December). Winter in Indian mountains comes without indoor heating and 24/7 running hot water.
from United States of America, January 2019
It was a really great experience! The food was delicious and I liked eating communally with the more advanced students so we could all get to know each other and I could learn things from them as well. The location is gorgeous and very relaxing. I was a bit nervous, because I was not very experienced in yoga, and I'm not very stong yet, but the teachers were very good with providing challenges to more advanced students and modifications for beginners like me.
I'd recommend this school for any level of student, and for people who are interested in learning more about meditation and traditional aspects of yoga that are sometimes overlooked by other schools. The teachers are very knowledgeable and kind and the staff is so friendly and caring. A truly unforgettable experience. ♥️
from South Africa, January 2019
"Life changing and beyond expectations "
from India, January 2019
I loved everything about it🤗
from Australia, December 2018
Yoga Vidya Mandiram was an incredible place to complete the 200 hr YTT. It has soul and authenticity and if you’re open to it, it has all the accessibility to deepen your practice and understanding of yoga and of self. Onit and Lalit went above and beyond to assist with any requests and were generous with their time and knowledge. The surroundings were sensational and provided a great base to explore Rishikesh or the villages around. The food was delicious and abundant. There was little left to be desired and an enormous amount to be thankful for during my time here.
Maria Koonek Rodriguez
from Australia, December 2018
"The best Yoga experience"
The best yoga experience I could have imagined. The location it’s perfect; a bit hidden (which I loved) tranquil little neighbourhood quiet and peaceful enough to let you enjoy the program but very close to the Center.
The views are breathtaking and the playful monkeys are just another part of the charm.
The instructors are very professional and friendly. The program is complete and well organised, covering different areas including practice and theory. You are constantly learning and feel the improvements every day.
The food is so delicious, I’d say the best I had in India after travelling a month :)
We met very nice people, the atmosphere is so peaceful and inviting.
We even had a group trip to the holy cave , it was awesome.
Lalit is the best, such a lovely person, always with a smile , he was in every little detail to make our experience even better. He also took us to Trayambakeshwar temple and gave us a little tour , fantastic.
Thanks so much Lalit 🙏
Overall I had the best experience and I would happy recommend this Ashram.
from United Kingdom, November 2018
"I had the most wonderful time. I didn’t want to leave. "
The place, the people made it very very special. The atmosphere of relax and happiness. The training was amazing and I learnt so much in such a short time. I will take away the things I have learnt.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
from France, November 2018
"Lovely people, would do it all over again! "
I did the 200 hour TTC in Chiangmai in October 2018. Things I like: Dedicated and knowledgeable teachers, well designed and holistic course, thorough materials, care into every aspect of our stay, thank you!
from Poland, November 2018
Everything was amazing: instructors, classes, place and food. Also additional sight seeing trips. Exceptional engagement of staff. Wonderful experience.
from India, November 2018
Great start of my Yoga-journey. Very friendly trainers, leaders and staff. Good atmosphere and nice people. The 3 day course was a nice introduction to the yoga universe, I wish I had time to stay longer. My partner (who also joined) is gluten intolerant and the school staff had no problem in accommodating to this when preparing all meals for us.
from United States of America, November 2018
This place was absolutely incredible. You have access to amazing instruction, wonderful food, and the beautiful Himalayas. Would recommend to anyone.
from Australia, October 2018
"Excellent teaching and location, great experience"
Very knowledgeable teachers, great staff kitchen and management team with nice location and garden. I feel a really good well rounded course was offered that comprehensively covered the different components of yoga
from South Africa, October 2018
"3 day meditation "
The instructors were knowledgeable and went out of their way to make you feel at home. They were professional and intuitively pitched the course material and class to accommodate both beginner and advance yogi alike. The opening ceremony was beautiful and interactive, sadly I missed the closing ceremony due to an early train I was booked on. I enjoyed my stay and missed the serenity instantly once I arrived in Delhi. The trip to the Aarti will be a lifelong memory that I will cherish. The food was amazing and the people I encountered were delightful! There was sufficient time to plan activities which I loved. I cannot wait to experience another workshop here hopefully soon, soon as I definitely will be back. PS I booked a private room.
from Germany, October 2018
"Short Stay in a very magical Place"
staying at Yoga Vidya Mandiram is so magical and calming and earthing and everything that you'd be looking for. I really enjoyed the warm welcome and the purity and honesty of the place and the people.
from Thailand, October 2018
"AWESOME EXPERIENCE !"
The location is good , the trip is excellent! the teaching is very good, the food is delicious, everything is good, i love it so much! hope there will be another chance to be joined it .
from United Kingdom, September 2018
"Very high standard of teaching and delicious food"
The quality of the teaching really stood out... Patient and catering to all levels. The food was varied and delicious and the location was beautiful.
from United States of America, September 2018
My entire experience was far better than I could have ever expected. The teachers were all dedicated, smart, approachable and I learned a lot in the three weeks that I was there. The food was amazing! Onit is a very kind special person who quietly looked after each and every one of us - he took us on fabulous excursions in our free time and made sure that we got to know the local culture. They took care of everyone’s needs. In a relatively short time In addition to an education and a certificate I’ve gained a second family. Thank you Yoga Vidyam Mandiram!
from United States of America, September 2018
"Excellent beginning to the journey of finding yourself"
I liked the Hatha yoga and ashtanga vinaya teacher very much ( Mr Manish and his wife), very patient and professional. Mr. Piyush, took the much needed session of relaxation Meditation after the long challenging day each time giving us a beautiful ending to the class.I am impressed with knowledge Mr Onit had about his field, Miss Pooja was too helpful in delivering the knowledge about body anatomy and Mr. Chandramani explanation about yoga philosophy was too helpful. The kitchen staff was also very friendly.Overall it was a life changing experience and one must go for it. It is something you would like go deeper and deeper each day.
from India, August 2018
"Wonderful reflective time in secluded retreat center"
i) The staff was so friendly. Made sure my cab was on time, saw me off at 4:30am, checked on me when I was sick. REALLY really incredible.
ii) I've done some yoga, but I also absolutely loved the mantras, breathing practice, and intro to meditation - things I'm less familiar with.
iii) The food was really delicious. Our group had one night where we (self prompted) practiced mindful eating and the flavors are so delicious.
iv) There are monkeys. Everywhere. They are such daredevils and so fun to watch!
from United States of America, July 2018
The instructors were friendly, knowledgeable and tried to help when you had an issue. The food was mostly tasty and there were lots of activities provided.
from India, April 2018
Yoga Teacher Sudhirji and his team is full of energy, and share knowledge in interesting manner.
Nice and clean accomodation with great view of mountains.
Meals and service provided by the Cooks is very balanced,nutritious and tasty. Also, they provide variety in the meals on everyday basis.Tourist can access organic store in walking distance if they require anything particular.
Overall it's a great place.
Dhanyawad to all
from India, March 2018
Understanding the psychology of yoga and more on the “why” as opposed to just knowing it’s good and learning the practical side.
from Germany, March 2018
Since I came to yoga vidra mandiram i felt so comfortable and welcome at this place...it felt like 'coming home' (after my travelling)with the familiar atmosphere and wonderful energy there. Onit was so awesome helpful with everything and took care that everyone is alright. The food was wonderful and the teachers and all staff just awesome. I had a one week training and can just recommend that place and bet you dont wanna leave anymore since you came here :) enjoy and youll have a wonderful time here.
from France, November 2019
"Une très belle expérience humaine et d'apprentissage !"
La formation de 200 heures à correspondu à mes attentes: à la fois intensive et complète. Quand on a déjà quelques bases en yoga c'est une excellente formation pour se lancer dans la voie de l'enseignement du yoga.
Le cadre est super, on se sent coupé du monde, et on a à proximité tout ce dont on a besoin pour la durée de la formation. La cohésion de groupe a parfaitement fonctionné.
J'ai particulièrement apprécié les cours de Hatha, de philosophie.
Le personnel, dont Lalit a été tout au long du séjour extrêmement dévoué pour que tout se passe au mieux. Ce qui a été le cas. Merci !
from Netherlands, September 2019
"Des cours de qualité et une grande bienveillance de tous"
La qualité des interventions pédagogiques, la bienveillance et la très grande disponibilité des enseignants, de l'équipe d'accueil et de service, la qualité et la variété des repas, l'énergie très positive de cette école. L'école est située en retrait de la circulation dans un hameau paisible et proche de tous services (petits commerces et massages).
from Germany, August 2019
I did the 200h yttc at the yvm school. As especially positiv aspects I would put in two things:
Especially great was the dedication that Lalit (who does basically all the bookingmanagement, trip and class organisation, teaching, up to checking your room, getting you towels, taxis ...) puts into his work. I honestly believe that this place would fall apart if he wouldn’t be there. He is the most loving guy, who will take care of every need you have in an instance. Thank you again Lalit Ji.
Secondly our yoga anatomy teacher Praful Upadhyay. He is by far the best teacher I have ever had. And I know that most people in my course feel that way. The only downside was that we didn’t have him in more subjects. (Let him do Meditation!!!!!)
from Guadeloupe, July 2019
"Un enseignement avec du cœur "
Un cadre hors de l’agitation, une équipe qui fait tout pour répondre à vos attentes, un enseignement de qualité qui s’inspire de la tradition des yogis de l’Himalaya. On ne se contente pas de faire du yoga mais on apprend toute la philosophie qui va avec.
from India, July 2019
"Worth to experience!"
High qualifications of all staff, interesting classes, delicious food and good location were enough to make our experience in India memorable.
100% recommended 3 days yoga retreat!
from Spain, June 2019
"La mejor experiencia de mi vida"
Vine a hacer un curso de yoga (TTC 200) y me llevo un curso de vida. Ha sido una de las mejores experiencias de mi vida. El staff es increíble, te ayudan en todo lo que necesites, absolutamente todo, desde Lalit, que es como dios (allá donde vas está él, allá donde necesitas algo está él, siempre atento y ayudando), hasta los profesores, el staff de la cocina, Hope y Chandramani (y Roni y Chapati, claro, parte de la familia también). Son una familia y así te hacen sentir parte de ella. Las clases han sido de una calidad excelente, con una profundidad enorme, que va más allá de ponerte sobre tu mat a hacer asanas. Una recomendación: llega con la mente y el corazón abiertos.
from Germany, May 2019
"Perfect Yoga Time in Rishikesh"
- so incredible friendly, warm-hearted people
- loved the Sunday activities that brought all course members even more together as a team
- the location of the yoga studio and the hotel is amazing - fresh air, wonderful atmosphere
- food was always fresh, really yummy and vegetarian and the cook even prepared always a vegan alternative, you could really taste that the cook prepared the food with loads of love
- for me it was the perfect time in India, if I did not have to return back to Germany I would have stayed longer in Rishikesh at Yoga Vidya Mandiram :-)
from Spain, April 2019
"Life changing experience"
I loved the training itselft, I thought it was really complete and the teachers were great.
The place is nice because it is not too noisy as it is further in the mountain. The food was great which is important. I liked all activities we also did. All the staff is amazingly nice and helpful.
from United States of America, February 2019
I did the 200 hr trc. Everything was perfect, couldn't ask for any better school. The teachers were amazing all of them, they absolutely knew what they were teaching. The staff amazing as well, whenever you needed something or have any questions they were available 24/7 for you. The accommodation were clean and comfortable, the people in the kitchen are amazing! If you need any special diet they will do it for you. The school is away from all the noise so it was good for meditation and concentration. The overall experience was really beautiful, will definitely come back for my 500 hs
from United States of America, February 2019
"La retraite de 3 jours dure 2 jours... "
L'endroit est sympathique, plutôt calme car en retrait (bien que des travaux un peu partout...) et l'équipe a à cœur de vous faire passer un bon moment pendant les repas, surtout Lalit.
J'ai eu la chance de loger dans le bâtiment principal, qui est très confortable.
from Switzerland, January 2019
"Best place and teachers to start my Yoga Journey with!"
Flexibility and helpfulness of the teachers and variety of yoga and meditation lessons. As well the cultural program around the lessons.
from India, December 2018
"Magical experience "
Couldn't have been any better!
from United States of America, October 2018
"IF SEEKING INWARD AND REAL AWAKENING TOOLS...THIS IS FOR YOU"
I especially like the knowledge distributed with love and respect.
the instructors were humble in there teaching and were giving away information, knowledge, tips, and much more else, with so much love and care.
The location is exceptional and calls to look inward, it is dense and the staff there are lovely and really caring.
The difference class was rich in knowledge and deep, I learn a lot from the history of yoga in a Vedic point of view and took all the supplement information and book references the teacher gave to us.
Thank you All for a great soul experience.
from France, September 2018
"Explorer le yogi qui est en vous "
Les qualités des cours était au top, Rishikesh est une ville pleine de surprises, allez a la découverte des temple et des ashram. La cuisine servie était délicieuse. L'équipe sur place est très attentionnée, extrêmement gentille, en cas de soucis vous pouvez compter sur eux!!
from Spain, August 2018
Me ha encantado todo! La experiencia ha sido inolvidable! Tome el curso de 3 durante mi viaje de 15 dias por India Norte y desde luego fue la
mejor decision. Me permitió introducirme aun mas en su cultura, practicar y aprender mas sobre el yoga y la meditacion, conocer a gente super interesante de todo el mundo y comer platos DELICIOSOS. Desde luego me hubiera gustado quedarme algun dia mas. Me ayudaron desde el principio con todo y cuidaron cada detalles. 100% recomendable!
from United States of America, April 2018
I've been so lucky to have two (in four teachers) really extraordinary teachers that learnt me a lot and shared a very complete training.
The place where the school is in rishikesh is really great and peaceful and the hostel and kitchen's staff are totally amazing.
from Brazil, March 2018
Realicé esta experiencia con mi pareja.. principalmente por curiosidad, nunca habíamos practicado yoga antes y ahora estamos muy entusiasmados con seguir aprendiendo. Las lecciones son muy buenas y Onit, el coordinador es un gran ser. Estuvo abierto a responder todas nuestras dudas, incluso algunas sobre su cultura. Fue una experiencia muy enriquecedora, ojalá podamos volver y quedarnos más días.