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The Yoga Institute is one of the oldest and most awarded Yoga Schools, located in the heart of Mumbai, India. The founder Yogendraji, who studied under his guru Madhavdasji, a Siddha Yogi, passed on the lineage of Classical Hatha Yoga practices and their application as a way of life for a householder yogi. Now entering its 103rd year, The Yoga Insititute is renowned for spreading authentic teachings of hatha yoga techniques and philosophy through its’ teacher-training courses worldwide.
The course is accredited by Yoga Alliance, Govt. of India, AYUSH India, and the International Federation of Yoga.
A dynamic and charismatic personality, Smt. Hansaji, wife of Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra and present Director of The Yoga Institute, has dedicated her life to the running of the Institute and to teaching yoga as a way of life in a completely practical way. She is perhaps best known throughout the nation due to her involvement in the popular television series ’Yoga for Better Living’, first aired in 1980.
She was recognized for her contribution to Women’s Health through the award presented by SPARC. She has conducted several seminars and lecture tours in India and in Europe, Australia, Canada, Pakistan, Hong Kong and United States of America. She has also authored many Yoga books and articles. She was invited by the National Council for Education Research and Training along with Dr. Jayadeva to advise on formulating a Yoga education syllabus for schools nationwide.
Bharat Gaurav award honors given to Dr. Hansaji Yogendra (Director- The Yoga Institute) for extraordinary contribution and excellence in the field of yoga. The honours were conferred at the UK House of Commons in British Parliament in London on July 19th, 2019 by Sanskriti Yuva Sanstha which was graced by many luminaries from the UK government and Yoga fraternity worldwide.
Sneha started her journey as a yoga practitioner 15 years ago at the oldest school of yoga, The Yoga Institute, India with a year-long Teachers Training course. She then became the course co-ordinator and taught at The Yoga Institute for four years after her training and also accompanied the Dean Hansaji Yogendra for workshops in Hongkong and France. She has also trained at Hatha-based Yoga Schools in India in methods including Sivananda and Iyengar yoga. Bhakti Yoga, Meditation and Therapeutics were an extended part of the learning and teaching.
Having an international career as a Yoga Practitioner and Kirtaneer, in countries including Turkey, Bali, Hong Kong, North America and Dubai, she is now an affiliate to THE YOGA INSTITUTE, India and Yoga Alliance registered teacher as well.
With more than seven years of teaching experience behind her, she is grateful to be on the yogic journey. When teaching a class her intention is to give students space where they feel loved, protected, and nurtured. She feels it is their time to bring into union body, mind, and breath.
Harinaam is a well-known Kirtan singer who has been practicing Bhakti Yoga for the past 19 years. Harinaam currently performs kirtans in yoga festivals, yoga studio concerts educating the audience on the power of mantra chanting. He has deep knowledge about the Bhagavad Gita and overall yoga philosophy.
Vipin is a passionate Sadhaka (practitioner) and considers blessed to be growing up learning from all the Guru’s imparting the profound teachings since the early days of his life. This has been his inspiration to interpret all the ancient texts and apply this in various fields of life including Yoga and develop simple ways to take students on a journey far and deep into the secrets of Yoga and its philosophy. He is an ERYT 500 Hatha & Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher as well as a Reiki and Pranic healing practitioner.
Kavita has grown up in a household soaked in Yoga and Ayurveda.
Her formal education in Yoga began at The Yoga Institute, Mumbai 17 years back. After a year of training, she got absorbed in working on various projects and workshops at the Institute itself. She followed it up with the Advanced Diploma in Yoga from the University of Mumbai.
Kavita traveled across India and the globe to explore various styles of Yoga till she found her own practice and beat.
She also went on to specialize in kids yoga from Yoga kids International, Michigan city, USA, and Therapeutic Yoga from the Patanjali Yogapeeth, Hardwar, India.
Kavita is certified in Reflexology, Acupressure, and Ayurvedic cooking from the oldest holistic healing institution, the Art of Living.
She is certified in Personal Counseling from the Institute of Human Technology, Mumbai, India.
She is also trained in Indian Classical Vocal music and the field of Filmmaking and has worked to keep the art of Natural dyes alive in India and Bangladesh.
Kavita has been teaching Yoga for almost 15 years now; in Abu Dhabi for the last 8 yrs at various YTT, NYU, and Sorbonne University. Corporates, schools, and Yoga studios.
Yoga is a “Way of Life” for kavita. Her teachings pour out straight from her heart and her life’s experience.