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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Swami Omkarananda grew up around the great lady saint of India, Ma Anandamayi. He studied and lived with six enlightened masters: Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Chidananda Saraswati, Dalai Lama, Lung Chu, and the master of masters, Kalyan Babaji of Himalayas. Academically, Swami Omkarananda holds a degree in Electronic Engineering, along with five master's degrees and a Ph.D. in Metaphysics. A seeker of truth with an engineering background, Swamiji correlates science with ancient wisdom to create and inspire applied spirituality and transformation in everyday lives.
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 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 United States, 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 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, 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, 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, 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 Great Britain, 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 United States, 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, 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, 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, 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 Great Britain, 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, 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 Great Britain, 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, 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, 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 Great Britain, 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 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, 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 Great Britain, 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, 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, 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 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 United States, 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 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 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 Great Britain, March 2018
"Great experience! "
A welcoming, friendly retreat in lovely surroundings.
from Denmark, February 2018
"Great week in Rishikesh "
I loved my week here!! Great people, teachers, accommodation, classes and food. Also the groups aren’t very big which is a perfect way to learn the most. Everyone should go here
from India, January 2018
"Perfect 3 days of peace"
Got to learn so much about what I was doing wrong all this time and why I could not concentrate while meditating.
from India, January 2018
"They are very amazing. It felt me that I am with my family. "
Teachers are very knowledgeful and supportive. Teachers are always ready to help in any situation. And method of teaching is awesome here. Even the staff here who cock foods is also very kind hearted. I spent here a nice time.
from France, December 2017
"Best in rishikesh"
Small course (less than 15 as a rule, we were 5) with a very human feel. Amazing teachers and people helped making this course a great experience in yoga and beyond. Everybody was always willing to help whether the matter was trivial, practical, or spiritual. I felt among friends and even though I learned a lot and improved greatly in my practice, the impact on my life is what I’ll remember. Get involved as the more you interact with the team the more you’ll get out of it. Cost also includes excursions. I would go back here to further my training. Highly recommended.
Anna Abildtrup Jensen
from Denmark, December 2017
The time in vidya Mandi ram was absolutely amazing the teachers are so knowledgeable and all so compassionate about yoga and the yogic lifestyle and just want to share. You really learn a lot and they are always there to help if anything is wrong. Amazing. Highly recommend.
from Norway, December 2017
"Nice place, Enjoy"
Very good instructors, nice place, healthy vegetarian food, short distance to everything, excellent program, learned much, feels like "home"
from France, October 2017
"My experience at Yoga Vidya Mandiram "
There is a lot to share.
They were very welcoming and made us feel at home from day one. The overall feeling was respectful and relaxed. organiser was very flexible and was willing to help in any situation. We were able to discuss as a group to decide on a daily planner, we had this arranged to our needs.
I was sick a few days , and management were there to help on request.
After feeling weak I missed some days of yoga practice. My teacher allowed me to sit in and write notes. This helped a lot. I was able to ask questions and comment on things I would have missed.
We were able to go on trips and discover the locations little. Less then I had hoped, it was exciting to have a lesson somewhere else and discover the land the same time
We were learning. We went on two trips all together.
The grounds of the hotel were nice. There was a small garden to enjoy outside yoga sometimes. We were able to eat breakfast outside before it got too hot.
The hotel it's self is well maintained, with beautiful gardens . You were able to pick your own herbal tea from the garden which I did everyday. Tulsi , lemon grass and mint. It was lovely.
I liked that we were close to everything. It wasn't a long walk to all the nearest shops and great picture perfect views of the Ganga. It was a little loud at night but I got used to it.
Overall my stay was fine and it learnt a lot. It was very overweight all the information. It was a lot to squeeze into 25 days. Would do it again.
from United Arab Emirates, October 2017
"Nice, but I would not advise this school to anyone"
Teachers are well educated and experienced.
Food is ok, not too spicy.
Dina Al Jafari
from Belgium, October 2017
"My spiritual journey in Rishikesh"
I loved the philosophy, meditation and chanting classes. The excruciations were very enriching for the overall experience.
from United Arab Emirates, October 2017
"If you really want to learn go as a student and open mind "
The teachers are experts in their fields. The yoga teacher Mr Ravinder is excellent. So are all the teachers. Each one knows his subject
from India, September 2017
The teachers were very good and were very well versed with their subject knowledge which was imparted to me with out any inhabitants.
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 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, 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, 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, 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 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, 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.
from Netherlands, January 2018
"A very special place!"
I really enjoyed the lectures and learned so much. My room was nice and the food delicious. Its a very special place with lovely people who are working so hard to made it special for me. Definitely recommandable!
from Germany, November 2017
"50 hours Yoga Teacher Training"
I had a great first experience during the 50 hours YTT at Yoga Vidya Mandiram including both the 50 hours Yoga Teacher Training and my first time living in India.
Director Sudhir always assured that all students had everything they needed including both Yoga Teacher Training, accommodation, food and any other needs that might arise during the stay. Onit, part of the team& a yoga teacher in the near future was supporting us the students in everything we could think of, from a safe airport pick up to advises where to buy what at a reasonable prize.
The Yoga teachers had an amazing in-depth knowledge about Yoga and were willing to share all information with us students. I have learned amazing and surprising facts about Yoga and I would have wished to learn more. The training is intense, so if you expect holidays you might rather opt for a Yoga retreat which is also offered by this school. The training starts at 6 am and ends mostly at 9 am. So you have a full day of learning.
As I was sick during the stay (respiratory infection) everyone took so very well care of me. Even a colleague had to go to hospital once and we did not have to worry about anything, the Director and the team managed everything that we needed to get better as soon as possible.
Sundays the school organises very nice and interesting trips. We had the opportunity to visit an evening ceremony in Haridwar at the Ganga, which I really enjoyed.
I felt very safe and very well taken care of thoughout my stay.
from Germany, October 2017
"What an amazing experience!"
We had much more than expected in matter of love, wisdom, knowledge, serenity, yummy food, friendships, ...
Arriving in India, Onit was extremely helpful and arranged transportation from Delhi airport to Rishkesh and he kept on calling the driver to ensure I was okay. I was greeted by him and my Guru Sudhir Agasti upon arrival. The course was excellent, the instructors were extremely professional and with great knowledge. I felt in love with yoga philosophy and will keep on studying more and more. Mr Agasti was always there for us and brought so much light to my life. I can't wait to go back and continue this beautiful life journey. Thank you so much Onit and Sudhir Namaste Fernanda Lima from Brazil