About Rishikesh Yogis Yogshala

At Rishikesh Yogis, we believe yoga is a life-style. It is not a technique or a mere practice; it is how one can lead their life towards its betterment. Our yoga retreats and training sessions lead you to immerse yourself into the yogic lifestyle while dwelling in an ashram style setting, alongside experienced and dedicated yogis.

Our yoga teachers are world-class yoga certified trainers, while our courses are certified from the very prestigious Yoga Alliance, USA. The course structure at Rishikesh Yogis is an excellent blend of philosophical traditions of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Samkhya Yoga, Kriya Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga with practical approach of Traditional Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga.

The goal of our yoga classes is not only to teach various techniques, but to facilitate an environment where aspirants can unlock their spiritual potential and walk towards the path of self-awakening and mindfulness.

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We also feature customized yoga retreats for various groups of yogis. We have specialized yoga retreats for all kinds of yogis – from a yoga amateur to an experienced yoga practitioner looking to expand their skills.

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Our Instructors

UTTAM
Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga

Uttam Ghosh was born in Rishikesh, India. His fascination for yoga developed in childhood when he experienced the ‘bhakti’ form of yoga with his grandfather. His curiosity for yoga led him to explore and study the mystic invisible life force energy of yoga. It was because of this hunger to search the depth of mystic life forces that Uttam started his spiritual journey which led him to learn and practice Kundalini, Yantra, Mantra & Tantra. Through hard work, dedication and experience, he was initiated onto the Kundalini Yoga Path by Swami Vidyananda. Swami Vidyananda also honored him with a spiritual name as “Rishi Raj”. Uttam teaches a wide range of Transformational Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga in Rishikesh. He also conducts various workshops around the globe concerning meditation and yoga therapy.

Yogi Sushant
Yoga Philosophy, Meditation

Sushant Pandey is a born yogi in every sense of the word. He was born, brought up and educated in the state of Bihar, India. He commenced his yogic journey as a post graduate student of Yoga Psychology from an eminent deemed university – the Bihar Yoga Bharati. He further worked as lecturer in the same department at the very university for four years.
Yoga has always been a part of Sushant’s life. Along with being a spontaneous and a highly skilled teacher of Hatha Yoga, Meditation and Relaxation, he has profound understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of the yogic traditions. Since 2000, he has been teaching yoga professionally along with conducting workshops with companies like De-Addiction Centre (Muktangan, Pune), prisons, Army training cantonment, and in various other organizations such as Indian oil (Barauni, Bihar), Railways Training Center(Jamalpur, Bihar), Border Security Forces Training Centre (Hazaribagh, Jharkhand), etc. In 2006, he was appointed the Head of Yoga for Anandas – in the Himalayas. He played a vital role in developing yoga curriculum offered in Anandas. Sushant was awarded professional of the year award in 2010, by Spa finder. He has conducted extensive workshops in countries like Finland, UK, Serbia and France – enlightened people with his knowledge on the traditional teachings of Hatha, Raja and Kundalini Yoga.
Sushant is married to a teacher in a public school in Rishikesh. They both have a daughter together. He is currently designated as Head of Yoga Department at the Reforma Heath Centre in Russia.

Abhishek
Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Philosophy

Abhishek was born and brought up in the capital of India, New Delhi, in a family with roots from Kerala, the home of Ayurveda. He finished his schooling from Varanasi where he also met Swami Anil. The teaching on Ashtanga Yoga Philosophy inspired him to utilize the benefits of yoga for much deeper personal transformation than a mere tool of physical improvement and mediation. From here, he began to teach yoga in Varanasi and other parts of the country.
In 2010, Abhishek moved to U.S where he taught yoga for 5 years before coming back to India in order to follow his dream of dwelling in the Himalayas. Now, he teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yoga History, and Yoga Philosophy in Rishikesh. He also does traditional walking tours of the city. Abhishek, along with his wife Sapna, also a Yoga Instructor, work with several organizations in India to create specialized yoga therapy programs for various Trauma and Human trafficking survivors.

Deepti Bhandari
Hatha Yoga, Meditation

Deepti is a gifted yoga teacher with an experience of over 10 years. She is known for her exclusive class presentations and for making the students discover peace with yoga during her sessions.
She was born and raised in the yoga capital, Rishikesh. She has studied Masters in Yoga and has been an expert in the field of Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga and Kriya Yoga. Deepti brings with her a rich and diverse experience of teaching yoga across several institutes and ashrams. She has been associated with Ananda in the Himalyas from 2007 – 2014, as a Yoga Instructor and was instrumental in taking the resort to a much coveted No. 1 Spa property in the world. She is married, lives in Delhi with her husband and, actively conducts corporate workshops and visits in Rishikesh on Yoga.

Dorelal Singh Thakur

Dorelal Singh Thakur is a professional Yoga Teacher and the Global Head of Yoga at Six Senses Spa worldwide. He was born in the year 1977 and has been a yogi since last 20 years. During these 20 years of his career as a yoga guru, he has offered his services to several renowned organizations ranging from Bihar School of Yoga, fitness and health spas to holistic healing centers around the globe. He has also served as an Assistant Professor at WDU University in South Korea.
He has never limited himself to one place. From working as a Traditional Yoga Teacher and as a Yoga professor in Russia to providing knowledge about yoga and meditation in South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, etc, he has not left any stone unmarked. He completed his Master’s Degree in Applied Yoga Science from the Bihar Yoga Bharati, Bihar and, received another Master’s Degree in Yoga Philosophy from there. He is a well competent and a highly experienced yoga teacher who makes a positive change in the lives of all that he comes across. He is an expert in various areas ranging from Therapeutic Yoga, Charka Meditation and Hatha yoga to Kriya Yoga.

Donna Metz
Deep Tissue Massage & Meditation

Donna is a professional masseuse with 20 years of experience. With a combined practice of silent meditation, Donna has integrated her understanding of healing into her massage treatments, to create an 'induced' experience of meditation for her clients. Trained in remedial massage, she is able to support healing from injury and trauma. Donna offers an approach in massage that investigates the physical, psychological, and emotional facets of muscular pain and joint dysfunction in the body. She is gifted in empowering people, helping them understand and embrace the process of physical and mental transformation.

Testimonials

Celeste Fourie

Celeste Fourie

Wow where do I begin. This was one of the most authentic and life enhancing experiences I have ever had. In a very short month I learned more than I could ever imagine, and I owe it all the the incredible teachers. They truly are the absolute best in their field. I gained so much knowledge just from being in the teachers’ presence and by observing their lifestyles it is very clear that they truly practice what they preach. They are extremely dedicated to their students and put a lot of time and consideration into each and every lesson and practice. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to study with such incredible teachers in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

Josefin Thelander

Josefin Thelander

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I recently did the 200h TTC at this amazing school and I could not be happier with the experience! Uttam is such a nice person and he tries really hard to make sure his students are happy. The teachers and staff are all great and work their hardest to give you the best possible stay. The teachers are experienced and really live the way they teach, which makes it so much more authentic. Sometimes Rishikesh can feel like a yoga factory, but these guys really made me feel that they were more concerned about my learning than the money I payed. They focus on the true core of yoga as a spiritual practice, rather than just the physical aspect of it, and try their best to give you the whole picture in just a short month (prepare yourself for some intense days!). Fortunately the classes are also filled with a lot of laughter. I felt that the curriculum was well-planned and I learned so much in this short time, probably the most well spent money in my life! The stay is great in the beautiful ashram Ved Niketan, with simple nice rooms and great yogic food served thrice daily. The energy is so calm and peaceful which really helps to deepen the whole experience. I hope to be able to return one day and keep learning from all of you amazing people who helped me set off on this new journey of mine. Thank you and see you soon!

Amie Henriksson

Amie Henriksson

Great yoga school that will for sure leave you with a once in a lifetime experience. Uttam is a great teacher that will guide you very proffessionaly through the training. He’s also one of the kindest and warmest people I’ve ever met. It’s an intense training but it’s all worth it! Thank you for a fantastic experience!