Maestros in their respective fields of Yoga, all our teachers are extensively trained and have a lifetime of experience to share with you. They go above and beyond to train each student on a professional and personal level.
Hatha Yoga Ashtanga Vinyasa
Born in the lap of the Holy Ganga, at the feet of the Bhootnath Shiva Temple, amidst the forests of the Himalayas, Dhirendra reveals himself as a nature lover and spiritual seeker. Having started his schooling at the tender age of 5, from one of the oldest, most iconic and traditional schools of Rishikesh, Dhirendra believes he was drawn to Yoga by a mystical force as he practiced asanas during the physical education lessons in school. He began to live the yogic way of life from that early age and embraced spirituality as his routines began with worshipping Lord Shiva and the Holy Ganga and continued with practising asanas, eating satvik food and attending music lessons. It was under the able guidance of his Guru Narender Gusain that he was able to leave all his vices and practice Yoga religiously. His dedication was such that there were times that he would practice till his body was sore, and it was around this time that he realized that the external appreciation and praise were pointless and the true meaning of Yoga was the alignment of the body, mind and soul, being able to appreciate himself from within. The next part of his training came under Guru Nalin Sharma, under whom he learned Yogic Philosophy and spiritual growth and finally under Guru Roshan Singh, Dhirendra underwent lessons on personal growth. When his three Gurus thought he was ready, Dhirendra started the Yoga school with one goal - helping other seekers on their yogic journey to explore their full potential.
Yoga Anatomy Yoga Physiology Teaching Methodology
Amit Payal, the founder of Rishikesh Yogkulam, is an E-RYT 500-Hour Yoga instructor with a Master's degree in Yoga Science. He is a well-known, appreciated and celebrated Yoga master in Rishikesh, India. With several specialisations like Alignment, Adjustment, Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga philosophy, Anatomy and Pranayama, Amit ensures that his pupils , whether teachers or students, push their limits, test their boundaries and achieve their goals. As warm as he is passionate about Yoga, he makes sure each and every person that comes through his school leaves there, confident about their capabilities and with a feeling of oneness and family. He has been conducting teacher training courses regularly for more than five years and has taught more than 100 YTTC's to seekers from across the globe. His experience, skill and warmth help all his students journey into their minds and bodies as he adeptly schools them in breath control and movement - the pillars of a Yoga practice. Amit believes it vital that his teachings convey the profound, authentic and ancient knowledge of Yoga and it's millennia-old traditions.
Yin Yoga Meditation
Ella is an ex marketing manager who has always been very curios about the human mind and the holistic approaches, which led her to study Neuro Linguistic Programming and Aromatherapy. Her journey into yoga begun in a period were she was experiencing a deep depression and she couldn't find a purpose to live. Moved by an inner call, she decided to go to India and enroll in a yoga course and that's when her life had a turn point. After short, she healed completely from depression, and inspired by the incredible change yoga brought into her life she decided to continue to deepen her studies by taking teacher training courses, retreats and workshop specializing herself in Yin Yoga, meditation techniques (especially Buddhist, Osho, yoga nidra), Pranayama, and Reiki. For her Yin Yoga practice she takes inspiration from Sarah Powers, with whom she did a course in London; and Paul Grilley. Her classes are focused to release the blockages from the body, both mental and physical. In her cueing, you can find many anatomical as psychological and spiritual aspects. She always puts great emphasis on breathing techniques during the class and meditation, both before and after the practice. Since her passion for music and naturopathy, she also likes to add mantra chanting, sound healing and aromatherapy in her classes. Her favourite motto is "Change is hardest at the beginning, messiest in the middle and best at the end."
Hatha Yoga Ashtanga Vinyasa Alignment & Adjustment
Pankaj Sharma was born and brought up in the foothills of Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh. After the completion of B.A in Sanskrit, he moved to Rishikesh and spent 8 years of his life in an ashram, learning yoga in the age-old Gurukul style leading a disciplined and yogic life. To Satiate his urge for knowledge Pankaj went on to pursue a Masters's degree in Yoga simultaneously teaching in various ashrams and Yoga schools. Due to his early induction to ashram life, Pankaj at a very young age has carved a niche for himself in yoga with his teaching skills and knowledge in Vedas, Upanishads, and philosophy.
Hatha Yoga Ashtanga Vinyasa Alignment & Adjustment
A distinguished and time-honoured individual, Jitu ji embodies traditionalism. He completed his Bachelor's in Sanskrit from Parmarth Niketan Ashram here in Rishikesh itself and went on to pursue his Master's in Yoga from the prestigious Uttarakhand Sanskrit University. He has spent over 10 years of his life in various ashrams like Bhagirathi Dham Ashram and Anand Dham Ashram. While he teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa at our school, his classical method of teaching brings students in, leaving them with a sense of gratitude and fulfilment.
Yog Nidra Meditation
As a teacher, Deepa Negi Mira focuses largely on Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Mantra Chanting, and Laughing Yoga. She has fondly been teaching 200 hours and 300 hours of Yoga teacher training courses at various prestigious yoga schools for more than 12 years. For many, spirituality may have a definition differentiating from one another, but for Deepa ‘spirituality’ is all about peace of mind, being consistent within striking a perfect balance with yourself. After having gained tremendous support and respect from all those who value her deep inside, she thinks that spirituality is something that can be found in nature. Other than imparting various aspects of yoga, Deepa Ji is fond of capturing shots and taking a pleasant walk in nature. Traveling is something that has always fascinated her and she does not think twice when it comes to giving a touch of discovery.
Ritu is a professionally qualified and experienced teacher who has completed a BSC. in yoga therapy from Svyasa University and 500 hours TTC from yoga alliance and 300 hours of Yoga Instructor course from a well-reputed Bangalore university. Believe in sharing knowledge clearly and concisely with real-life examples and stories.
Yoga Philosophy Mantra Chanting
Mandeepji came to Rishikesh in 2002 and wrapped himself in the practise of Yoga by the banks of the holy river Ganga for years. Having completed his early education from the renowned Parmarth Niketan Ashram, he has been expounding his knowledge of Mantra Chanting, Yoga Philosophy and Meditation unto other seekers for more than 10 years now. Besides this, he is a learned astrologer and has been practising the same for more than 9 years. Not stopping there, Mandeepji also possesses a deep interest in music and is also a sound healing expert. Indeed a maestro in his field, Mandeepji, with a staggering 18 years of experience in Yoga practice, goes above and beyond to motivate his students to explore and realize their full potential!
Yoga Philosophy Meditation
Sadhu Shri Ji has a deep knowledge in philosophy owing to his specialization in Indian Philosophy. He has studied Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Upanishads, and Buddhist literature in depth which has contributed immensely to his knowledge of philosophy and history. Now, for many years, the Yoga Guru has been sharing his valuable experience of philosophy with his students along with teaching his students on how to use the knowledge in day-to-day routine life with the help of practical approach backed by reasoning. He has been helping hundreds of students every year to explore the deeper layers of yoga and become proficient tutors. He began his journey of learning from the Divine Life Society, Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh. Later on, he added several feathers to his caps.
Sound Healing Reiki
Siddha Ji brings a wealth of knowledge from his diverse experience and background, he has been formally educated with a master of business administration in marketing management and a postgraduate in retail management and also has a degree in geography. He has experience in working with Multinational companies in Dubai and India. Teaching yoga classes quickly took over and he has begun to share his passion for it. His yoga classes blend his love of creative ways of sharing this traditional knowledge with a modern aspect that connects the students deeply. With his continuous studies of different breathing practices (Pranayama), Safe alignment, and yoga as a modality to heal. There is a major focus on mindfulness, body and breathing awareness, Yoga Nidra, and various techniques of meditation as well as dipping into the more subtle aspects of yoga. Both his versatile background and his studies on yoga opened up his intuition towards the unity in the universe, Jehir draws his inspiration from various areas of life and spread this creatively and inspires generously.
Yoga Therapy Yoga Philosophy
Yogacharya Mahesh, born and brought up in the foothills of the Himalayas in Rishikesh, has a strong educational background and extensive experience in the field of yoga. He completed his B.Sc. in Science from HNB Garhwal University. Afterward, he pursued his passion for yoga by obtaining a P.G. Diploma in Yoga from Uttarakhand Sanskrit University, where he achieved the prestigious gold medal. Continuing his academic journey, he earned an M.Sc. in Yoga from the same university, once again receiving a gold medal for his exceptional performance. In his pursuit of knowledge, Yogacharya Mahesh also pursued a Master's degree in Philosophy from Sri Dev Suman University. To further specialize in the field of yoga therapy, he completed a Diploma in Yoga Therapy. Currently, he is a Ph.D. scholar at Uttarakhand Sanskrit University, furthering his research in the field of yoga. With over 12 years of teaching experience, Yogacharya Mahesh has been imparting his knowledge of yoga philosophy and yoga therapy in Rishikesh. His expertise has taken him beyond the borders of India, as he has conducted workshops at California Fitness and Yoga in Vietnam, as well as at AFFA International in Taiwan. Previously, he served as an Assistant Professor in UIPC Yoga Academy and held the position of Head of the Department (H.O.D) at RYDS Rishikesh.
Dr. Hemlata ji
Yoga Therapy Yoga Anatomy
Dr. Hemlata ji stands as a symbol of profound knowledge and dedication in the realm of yoga anatomy and physiotherapy. Her educational accomplishments, extensive work experience, and unwavering commitment to sharing the transformative power of yoga make her an inspiring figure in the field. For many years, she has been teaching yoga anatomy and yoga therapy in the spiritual haven of Rishikesh, inspiring and guiding countless individuals on their yogic journeys. Her teachings have garnered her a reputation as a respected teacher and mentor. With an impressive educational background and amazing work experience, Hemlata ji has dedicated her life to the pursuit of yogic knowledge and its benefits through teaching. She's been a part of many prestigious medical colleges from Dehradun and Delhi such as CIMSR, CMI, Yashoda hospital and Shri Krishna Institute of Bio-medical Science & Research. Throughout her illustrious career, Hemlata ji has made significant contributions to the field of Yoga therapy. Her commitment to spreading knowledge is evident through her previous works from more than last 8 years as a yoga therapy, anatomy and physiotherapy teacher.
Rishikesh Yogakulam's Reviews
200 Hour YTTC
Yogkulam means family. They have been my family during this month of September. I have to say that this school is run from the heart, with highly qualified teachers, where I have learned from their experience and wisdom. With love and affection they have been aware of all our concerns and have taken great care of us. They are serious and professional, wanting to transmit yoga in the best way. And the views from the school are amazing. Al the best 😘
200 Hour YTTC
Yogkulam truly is a yoga family. Very quickly we became like a family, sharing thoughts, ideas, dreams and cultural exchange. It was such a humbling experience, the teachers were great, overall the course syllabus is very complete. I learned so much about the lifelong journey that yoga represents. It was challenging everyday but there Is nothing that I regret coming to yogkulam. The food everyday was so delicious and nutritious, Sunil really took care of us. It was such a fresh and fun training because the teachers are young and very knowledgeable. Special thanks to Amitji and Jituji, our asana and theory teachers, and my dear friends!
200 Hour Online YTTC
I recently completed my 200 hour online teacher training with Rishikesh yogkulam and would highly recommend them to anyone looking to undertake a teacher training course. Don't look any further! The teachers are incredibly knowledgeable, and are always available to answer any question. I loved the holistic approach to the curriculum with Hatha Asana, Ayurveda, Philosophy, Pranayama, and Meditation training. This holistic approach to teacher training helped me develop a wider perspective and learn how each is interconnected. Thank you Rishikesh yogkulam :)
200 Hour YTTC
What a phenomenal month-long journey to the self with these guys! Rishikesh Yogkulam went above and beyond my expectations for a TTC. All of the teachers are very relatable and extremely passionate and knowledgeable about their craft. Going into the experience, I wanted to be able to take away as much information as I could to pass along to my future yoga students. This program really prepares you with all the tools you need and gives you the confidence you need to be an amazing yoga teacher. Thank you for sharing your culture and love of yoga with me. Rishikesh Yogkulam is an unforgettable experience. Thank you.
200 Hour YTTC
Wow!!! Having completed many courses in my life I left Yogkulam feeling inspired and wanting to learn more. The passion of ancient yogic knowledge oozes from the teachers who with love, respect and dignity hold true to what they believe and what they have been taught. They looked after my inflexible body and on my journey have knowingly or unknowingly taught me to respect and expand on the limitations which I have put on myself throughout my life. The 200Hr TTC is well thought out with great teachings on all levels of the Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual aspects of life. Be inspired, feel whole and let go. We create our own walls so when you are ready free yourself. There’s only one place I can recommend in Rishikesh to study yoga and that is Yogkulam. Join the family.
500 Hour YTTC
If you do care more for the content than the famous name, then go for this school. Led by experienced teachers Dee and Amit in a professional way, yet very friendly atmosphere. I felt at home from the very first moment. We were a small group and thanks to it received all the attention from our teachers and got answers to all our questions. Many new inputs and inspiration for yoga practice. Premises are beautiful and the food is delicious prepared by the smiling chef :). Thank you for the unforgettable and beautiful experience!
200 Hour YTTC
I will highly recommend this school, with an extremely professional team of teachers. Because it's a small structure you will benefit from the best attention which is a really important point to choose a school and to progress I think. I took my training course with Amit and I can affirm he is a very good teacher, extremely knowledgeable, and overachiever. Him and all the team will take you high in your practice, your knowledge and will give you the confidence to teach your turn. Rishikesh yogkulam is a good choice!
300 Hour YTTC
I followed my previous teacher Dee for my 300 hour yoga teacher training course to his new school which he runs with Amit, both exceptional teachers. My knowledge of asana and alignment has improved especially but all the classes were brilliant. The course is intense but well worth it. The food is delicious and cooked with love every single day. The rooms are light, bright, clean and spacious. The teachers took us on excursions around rishikesh on our day off, invited us to an Indian wedding and threw a lovely birthday celebration for one of the girls on the course. My group was small and we had a very special bond with each other by the end. Can’t thank the teachers enough. I highly recommend this school.
500 Hour YTTC
I did a lot of research for the perfect school and I am so glad I found it! The teachers are amazing, full of knowledge, willing to help you grow, always an ear for your questions, assistance if you have any problem or health issues, respect full and always in a good mood to share wonderful experiences and memories with you. I can't say enough thank you for all your kindness and knowledge I got from all the teachers of Rishikesh Yogkulam. I definitely will be back to keep studying with all of them. And a big hug to my colleagues there was one of a kind and so happy to have shared all this experience with them too. Definitely this school is the best you can find in Rishikesh. Dhanyawad
200 Hour YTTC
Dhi and Amit gurujis will teach you to be both flexible and strong at the same time. I am so grateful I was able to learn from the best. They have the knowledge and passion to train you to be a better yogi and improve your practice. I have so much respect for both, and am so excited to see that they have teamed up to start a school that will optimally train your body, mind and spirit to be “healthy and happy”. I would highly recommend it to any yogi to learn from Dhi and Amit. You will gain lifelong friends, not just teachers.
Reason Students Choose Our School
Based on 226 Reviews
Nov 4, 2022
Highly recommended... I'm a beginner, just practicing yoga from last month. Here, i learn 60+ asanas within a month and gain knowledge of pranayama, meditation and so on... Trainers are good... Here, i am getting good and healthy foods everyday.. Rishikesh is the best place to practice yoga.. If I step out of the room in school, always i can hear ganga sound and beautiful view... It's a good experience...
Nov 12, 2022
Experiencing the subtler realities of Yoga
A once in a lifetime experience, very well crafted and packaged with a lot of love and affection. The team is motivated towards helping everyone achieve the collective goal. 360 degree perspective on the entire circle of Indian philosophy which gives a deeper understanding of what you are doing and why you are doing.Even after the course ends you may leave physically but mentally you are still in Yogkulam."You can check out anytime you like but you may never leave"Highly recommended school.
Nov 6, 2022
I have just finished 180 hours TTC
I have just finished 180 hours TTC. Yogakulam structured the path of Yoga for me.It was more than a course, was a life changing experience. Thank you so much.
Aug 31, 2021
It was very wonderful journey for me .I…
It was very wonderful journey for me .I have completed 200 Hours . My life has been changed after taking daily sessions . Now it will a lifelong learning for me . Thanks to my teacher .
Nov 6, 2022
Calm and peaceful centre
I have completed my 2 month yoga practices, the yogkulam is best in my opinion, trainer is also humble . My mind has calm after these session. Thank you so much...