Yoga Essence Rishikesh is a non-profit registered organization dedicated to spreading awareness understanding of yoga, meditation in its true contemporary form.

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Instructors (8)

Swami Dhyan Samarth

Francesca Chiodi

Amritesh Prasad

Swami Dhyan Samarth

Amritesh Prasad

Yogi Anoop

Joy Dhyanam

Dr. Hemlata

Reviews (5)

Adelina Magnea

from Croatia, September 2018

"My life has transformed"

What I experienced @ Yoga Essence, cannot be described in words. You need to feel it, to manifest it, to express it, to dance, to cry, to laugh, to scream, to jump, to understand what Swami is trying to bring with his course.

I am fortunate that I have been one of his student. Was a magical experience about life, mind, body and soul. About how to go deeper and deeper into meditation, and how to let go.

Because if you want to be a teacher, how you can stabilize others, if you dont stabilize yourself? You need to help yourself first, in order to help others.

Love is the way!



Kseniia Buranova

from Mauritius, May 2018

"Great experience of real meditation "

It was more than I expected! Samarth is a Teacher whose main purpose is to share his knowledge. He kindly gives you all the experience he's learnt. I discovered so many things to myself. So many wonderful insights.. The yoga essence team became my family for two weeks I spent there. There’s not enough words to express all my gratitude! And I hope I’ll come back again for a longer practice. Namaste 🙏

Kris Knoblauch

from United States, March 2019

"Eine tiefgehende Erfahrung "

Vielen Dank an das wundervolle Team um Swamiji und yoga Essence für eine tiefe und berührende Erfahrung. Ich habe an dem Yoga Nidra TTC teilgenommen und bin überwältigt von der tiefen Erfahrung die ich hätte ich gern den gesamten 200h Meditations TTC besucht. Die Yoga Nidra Praxis ging wesentlich tiefer als erwartet und als ich es vorher kannte, eine unglaublich heilsame, tief entspannende und wunderbare Praxis. Der gesamte Unterricht war sehr abwechslungsreich, ich habe so viele verschiedene neue Meditationsübungen kennengelernt über die ich sehr dankbar bin.

Die Lehrer sind absolut hinreißend. Ein großes Geschenk ist auch Joy der mit soviel Freude und Hingabe die Asana Stunden leitet. Swamiji steht jedem seiner Schüler beratend zur Seite, nimmt sich Zeit für jeden einzelnen für persönliche Gespräche.

Das Essen ist hervorragend, die Betten gemütlich und das gesamte Team hilfsbereit und hinreißend.


from India, August 2018




from Netherlands, April 2018


Together with my daughter I did the 15 day’s life transformation-course with yoga and meditations. We choose for this course because we want to go deeper than just a yoga-vacation. And we did go deeper: swami is very good in to coordinate the different types of meditation and music. We learned a lot, about yoga- and meditation technics and about ourselves. Most of the meditations are with music, which I found very nice. The place in Rishikesh is very nice: a very beautiful garden with three small buildings (hotel, yoga-hall, restaurant). It was very handy to sleep en eat at the same place as the course. And, the lively and colorful city is only 100 meters away. Swami explains about the meaning of silence and sounds, it was the red dread through the course. Every day we had two lessons yoga – assana’s. My body is more flexible than I came! The two teachers did their best.

We grateful thank the whole team for the two very special weeks in Yoga Essence!


Testimonials (5)

Regina United States

Yoga Essence Rishikesh Website

We often understand the significance of something or someone through its/their name. "Yoga Essence" is a great example of the beauty & the expression of truthfulness within words. The teaching family at this school brings the very essence of yoga with them in their hearts and through their transformational yoga and meditation practices. Prior to choosing this school, I had done tons of research on yoga schools in the area and many of them seemed like money-making factory machines, simply pumping out yoga instructors based on supply and demand. They were all so far from the heart of what yoga means to me so I kept looking and I followed my intuition to Yoga Essence. I immediately could feel and see why my journey led me to them. Authentic, kind-hearted and incredibly supportive, this family of instructors will help you evolve. You simply need to come with an open heart. I recommend this school to anyone who wishes to feel at home while learning / growing further on their journey in True Yoga - in all of its gorgeous essence.

Mario Belgium

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As a Yoga Teacher, I chose to follow the 200 hours meditation teacher training in Yoga Essence Rishikesh because I wanted to learn and experience different meditation techniques that the training offers different techniques than other schools. Not only I experienced and learned a lot different meditation practices but also it became my life changing process. I found joy and calmness in myself; it deepened my inner journey to experience who I really am? The small group of the program allowed us to become intimate with classmates and made it possible for the excellent teachers to give personal guidance. The teachers are living what they teach and now I understand more what it means to be a yogi. Now I know how I want to teach yoga in my home country with a lot of joy, singing and dancing. I truly recommend this course and school. I'm thankful that I followed it. Namaste! Mario.

Manu Hari Czechia

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The insights I got while staying and learning at Yoga Essence is life changing. After seeking around the world for a right school/Ashram/academy for development of my inner journey I am very glad I found Yoga Essence. The school’s environment is amazing, very clean, and full of positive energy. The best part is the team and the management of the school, which is always ready to help. The techniques taught at Yoga Essence are multi-dimensional and very transformational. Swami Samarth I have to say that you are an amazing teacher and the best part is what you teach, you live. Your experience and insights are enlightening and I sincerely believe that Yoga Essence will do amazing work in the coming future. I have to add that your team consisting of Joy, Prasad, and Ranjan are amazing and all these guys are full of love, peace and harmony. The 200 hours Meditation teacher training course fulfills all my expectations what I was searching for. The contents of the course are touching various aspects of the meditation techniques which are quite refreshing and it fulfills expectations of a seeker.

Sharada India

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Yoga Capital of India , Rishikesh I could experience essence of yoga by enrolling in 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course at Yoga Essence, Rishikesh under loving guidance of Swami Samarth. The ever friendly and supportive team of Joy, Anoop, Dhiraj, Ranjan, Prasad could made 200 hour yoga teacher training flow smoothly same as the flow of our gorgeous divine Ganga. I feel privileged as the course itself was beyond my expectations. Behind the tightly packed schedule without weekly off was the intention of keeping the group energy intact to achieve the transformational frequency at individual level and I felt it was the motto of the school. At the end of the completion of the course along with Certificate ,we could have the 'transcend experience' of inner growth through varied meditation practices as real take away Gift. In my view "After first-hand experience only, a participant can be an Ideal Teacher" is the foundation of Holistic Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Essence Rishikesh. My earnest prayer for a Holistic Healthy Growth those who are joining the course and of the school. I am truly indebted to the entire team for their love and support during my entire stay. Pranam, Love.

Elena Russia

Yoga Essence Rishikesh Website

Yoga Nidra Teacher Training was quite challenging for me in the beginning due to my accumulated stress and anxiety to go deeper relaxation and let-go. But as days passed, I understood the root causes of my issues and moved into the practices, I could able to release them due to Yoga Nidra sessions and expressive active meditation practices. It was fantastic experience to understand, learn and feel the step by step methods of Yoga Nidra practices as per traditional Yogic science and modern medical science point of view from Swami Samarth. It was a nice balance between passive and active practices of yoga and meditation. The teachings were very useful and helped to go deeper into practice at the same time learning the skill to teach them. Lot of kindness and softness in teaching by both meditation & yoga teachers that were much appreciated. The food and the staff were very nice and friendly. Very tasty and lovely food, really enjoyed.