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. Click here to learn more about our yoga training classes. 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. Check out the various retreat options here.

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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Dorelal Singh Thakur

Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Philosophy

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.

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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.

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Amit

Ashtanga viniyasa, hatha yoga, alignment & adjustment

Amit is a certified yoga teacher. He studied engineering course after completing his course he studied Yoga and completed his yoga certification from Uttarakhand Sanskrit ‎ University.

He studied both philosophy and practical sides of Yoga science in depth. He is teaching Ashtanga viniyasa, hatha yoga since 2 years after completing his RYT 200 certification. He is a profound teacher of Ashtanga and Hatha yoga and has taught all types of students young and old, beginners and advanced. Amit is passionate about sharing his knowledge of yoga and always motivates student on and off the mat.

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.

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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.

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Francisco Zatarain 'Paco'

Ashtanga Yoga Vinyasa

After many years working at the vacation property industry, went to India in 2008, that trip changed my life, I went back the year after for a longer time, fascinating by the culture and the way of life, Yoga and Meditation become my path to transformation and personal grow, giving me the chance to meet great teachers and different styles of practice.

Since them I been going back every year to keep learning from the source. Teaching for me is creating the space and conditions for students to find and develop their own connection with the practice.

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Studies Hatha Yoga and Integral Yoga Auroville, Tamil Nadul India 2009 Vipassana Meditation Insight meditation center, Wat Ram Poh Chiang Mai, Thailand 2009 - 2013 Sivananda Yoga training 30 days Rishikesh, India 2009 Ashtanga Yoga First teacher Monica Marinoni, Ashtanga Auroville India, 2009 Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training 200 hrs Yoga Alliance register teacher Mysore, India 2013 KPJAY Ashtanga Yoga Institute Mysore, India, since 2014 Been there three times practicing with Jois family Sarasvathi and Sharath. Other authorized ashtanga yoga teachers Michael Gold, Kirsten Berg, Rolf Neuyokat, Mark Robberds, Laruga Glasse, Wayne Kressner, Aline Fernandes, among others great teachers taking workshops and retreats. May all.beings be free from suffering, Love, Peace and Wisdom to all Namaste

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