Yogada - In the Himalayas is a unique ashram located on the banks of holy Ganga River in Himalayas. They provide yoga and meditation courses and trainings in Rishikesh, India.
Yoga Retreats (8)
Born and brought up in the villages of foot hills of Himalayas, Seema has inherited great wisdom from his Grand father who was a freedom fighter of India and traveled in different parts of India & other countries while fighting the world war. Seema has great Knowledge about the Indian Mythology takes care of Indian Mythology in sessions at Yogada.
Born in a Brahmin Family in Himalayas Yogi Raj Jeev is has started his career as research Scientist after his post-graduation in Organic Chemistry & PgD in Himalayan Tourism. He is still heading the pioneer & Leading Adventure Tours & Travel company the - Garhwal Himalyan Explorations Pvt. Ltd with its base in Rishikesh. Certified Yoga Alliance International – 500 hours Teacher | Certified Senior Yoga Instructor – Yoga Alliance Professionals | Certified Therapist – International Association of Yoga Therapist
from Indonesia, September 2019
This was a beautiful Yoga teacher training that I really enjoyed being part of. I did my 300 hours and I learn so much. I had previously done my 200 hour course through another school, and I have it say the depth of knowledge that this course went into was truely amazing. I felt like I was constantly learning. I was part of a 200 hours 28 day course and then for the final 12 days I got private classes and tutoring or meet the rest of my certifications requirements.
The food was incredible, the staff were friendly and accommodating always, and the accommodation was lovely. Being in the mountains was peaceful and quiet and arguably one of the best places to learn. All the people attracted to Yogada are incredibly, kind, fun and gentle. My favourite part is the small intimate class sizes. Each group having no more than 9 people most of the time, it really set up the space for deep learning. Thank you Rajee and Seema
from Mexico, April 2020
"The best recomendation "
I Reserve this TTC many months before arrival; I choose for 3 reasons: the location (away from the city, with sight and sound of the Ganges), small group capacity and additional activities on offer. Without a doubt my choice was the right one, as I found a cheerful staff, who cooked deliciously and always had the best attention and disposition; With an atmosphere of companionship and brotherhood among the new friends I made; With a series of teachers full of experience but above all with desire and willingness to share and answer any questions; And I found myself in a situation of change for the world that made me know Rajee and Seema in a different way, therefore I can say that they are teachers not only in classes but in life, that they are really good people and what they preach they practice. They taught me many things, among them to practice this science, you can continue with your obligations, with your life, because what they teach you are tools to be better humans in different scales and that you can do it from anywhere or with whatever lives brings. I am infinitely grateful to them and to all those who were part of this great experience in my life, so that I recommend this TTC or any activity organized by Rajee and Seema because I know that comes from pure hearts. Now I understand more why I chose them! Thank you for sharing your knowledge, your toughness, your love and your humanity. I hope to see you soon :)
from Sweden, March 2020
"Had an amazing time at Yogada!"
I really enjoyed doing the YTTC at Yogada! I loved the location and facilities, beautiful and quiet a bit away from Rishikesh. The food was amazing. Rajee, Seema and their staff really made me feel very welcome. All groups were small (only five in mine) which created a familiar atmosphere were we all looked after each other. Had such a fun time with my fellow students and all your teachers. I highly recommend this place!
from Germany, February 2020
"Best time of my life in this magical place"
I still don’t know why I did this YTTC at this specific time but I believe it was destiny. The last 2 years I suffered from depression and something forced me to do something about it. I had this idea to become a yoga teacher just for knowledge a long time but I was more ore les just a dream.
Long story short, I found myself spontaneous looking for a YTTC at the birthplace of yog but it was like the needle in the hay stack. There a so many YTTC in Rishikesh.
After 2 weeks of comparing I choose yogada because it’s offered so many optional things like the morning hikes the Cooking classes, excursion, etc.
Well it was the right choice:
The place is a big and quit area outside of Rishikesh. In town the most yoga schools are only a building with no garden and it can be really noisy and dusty. So if you liked a quiet place in the nature that’s the right place.
You can walk every morning to the mountains ore to the Ganga und and watch a magical sunrise.
The food was amazing you got 3 warm meals pear day and between the main meals some snacks and sometimes a goody like a cake etc.
The courses were all good. I liked that we were a small group.
On Sunday you do the optional excursion like visiting a temple, rafting etc. and after that they drop u in town.
The group, I meet amazing people who taught me a lot about life.
Conclusion: I’m happy again.
From the bottom of my heart thanks Rajee& Seema, all other teachers and the people of my group for everything.
from United States, January 2020
"Wonderful on the surface, ultimately disappointing"
The food was excellent and there was always plenty to go around. The rooms were nice, and the grounds were beautiful. My fellow students were also wonderful, and I am grateful for the friendships that I made during my time at Yogada. My favorite teacher was our Yoga Anatomy & Physiology teacher. He brought an energy to the classroom that was palpable, and he shared interesting insights on Yoga through his knowledge of sports science.
from Germany, January 2020
"Deep awakening, great learnings, a wonderful experience!"
The overall experience at Yogada was great for me, I felt like every aspect met or exceeded my expectations and I really appreciated every moment spent there :-)
Teachers: All teachers were very professional and kind. The theoretical and practical classes were very insightful and detailed, I liked very much the Ashtanga/Hath/Alignment/Anatomy classes and method: A special thanks to Ajee, Sachin, Himanshu, and Dheeraj! I have learned so much with you!
Location: I was looking for a place nearby nature and Yogada was between the mountains and the Ganges, the morning walks were beautiful and very relaxing.
Food: I loved absolutely everything, food was cooked with so much love and care and even If I am not vegetarian/vegan, I did not missed either eggs or meat, actually after this month I am one step closer to being vegetarian! Dhanyawaad Daulat and Deewan!
People: Everyone in the Ashram was really nice and helpful, there was a very familiar and friendly atmosphere. It was a big pleasure to meet these people and I already miss them :)
The group size was perfect, we were 12 and also lucky to be such a nice group of people!
Tours: I liked all the excursions and I specially enjoyed the rafting and Kunjapuri temple! We also had enough freedom to decide whether to do or not these and Sundays off were a great opportunity to visit the town!
*The ceremonies were beautiful and we had so much fun, thanks Yogada for the dancing classes ;)
from Hungary, December 2019
Great experience! The location is beautiful. I’m really grateful I chose this place. A beautiful way to learn traditional yoga.
Speacial thanks to Guru Rajeev and Guru Seema! They make this place magic!
All teachers have wide experience and knowledge, they have a professional and at the same time, nice and comforting, way of teaching. All teachers are dedicated and passioned, yoga is their lifestyle.
Many thanks to staff and chef, for the smile and pozitive way they made me feel like home.
The lessons I learned bere went beyond my expectations and I am sure this kind of teachings you cannot find everywhere.
If you are looking for an authenting yoga experience, here is the place!
All my love and respect to Yogada team! ❤️
from Canada, December 2019
"Beautiful place, great for beginners "
Location, facilities and staff was great.
Unsure of where I was going, someone was at the airport to pick me up, from then on, I knew I was going to be taken care of, and my anxieties were slowly disappearing. The owners take care of their students and treat them like family, always there on the property to make sure everything was going as planned. The teachers are all friendly and happy, spoke English well. Our anatomy teacher is fantastic, well educated and most importantly, was able to present the knowledge to his students well. The best teacher there.
Alignment was my second favourite class, slowing things down, breaking down poses and making sure our form is correct and taught us how to spot and correct others. Wished we practice poses more then once. Meditation was magical, a real emotional experience.
I am a beginner of yoga, and I felt like I was placed in the right school. It was challenging but most certainly achievable. I learned so much, and I finally feel I now have a starting point and I can focus on what subjects to continue to learn. And how to teach .
Jean Saint Upery
from France, December 2019
"Nice stay in Yogada"
Excellent teachers. Very nice food. Nice place.
Shathi Sultana Razia
from Bangladesh, December 2019
Everything I like and I love Yogada .
from Germany, November 2019
"Deeply grateful for this time "
I really loved this yoga teacher training and I had a great time in this ashram.
Incredible food, highly professional teachers, a friendly team,
a cozy accommodation and the wonderful nature made this time perfect for me.
Thank you for making this experience possible. I got so much more from what I expected and I learned a lot. Miss this time already.
from France, November 2019
"Best time of my life"
I learned SO much during my stay in Yogada. The location is perfect, in the mountains where you can really be in touch with nature and feel the place’s energy. Food is delicious, staff really attentive and classes are amazing.
Rajee taught us many pranayamas and meditation techniques I’ll carry for the rest of my life, and during his classes I’ve experienced a deep connection with myself. Seema is surely passionate about yoga’s philosophy and she personally helped me to buy some clothes I needed for an upcoming wedding, that was really thoughtful from her. The asanas teachers - Ajji and Sachin - are so knowledgeable and lovely, their classes are really challenging and they helped me to improve a lot. Himanshu is also very experienced and corrected many postures alignments I thought I knew before. Dhiraaj is an inspiration, full of knowledge, passion and has amazing teaching skills - he made me enjoy anatomy classes.
Finally, people I met here will stay forever in my heart. I feel completely blessed.
from Spain, November 2019
"Wellness and construction do not go together."
The location was stunning. Close to the river ganges and the beach.
Nice simple but comfortable accommodation.
The food which was vegetarian was excellent and plentiful.
Some really fantastic teachers especially, Dhiraj for anatomy and Himanchu for alignment.
The yoga asana teachers were knowledgable in their content but too inexperienced for my personal tastes.
I especially liked the pranayama and meditation classes with the Director of the school Mr Rajee Ba.
The musicians that are invited to play at the graduation ceremonies are spectacular and felt very honoured to listen to them play.
from Ireland, November 2019
"Active holiday "
Accomodation has everything u require and it's well built. All the necessity comes along with it. Surrounding area,garden,hills,mountains,river etc...are in close proximity so if u would like to isolate your self for a brief moment that's totally possible. Also u can find some nearby shops but I would recommend to buy all the necessary stuff in Tapovan/Rishikesh.
Food is well prepared and adapted for Western belly. There youll Also have opportunity to learn how to prepare Indian food on your own.
Staff members will offer you drop off to Tapovan/Rishikesh once or twice a week depending on schedule but if u require to go there on your own there is always local bus that drives from 5am until 7pm in both directions or you can always hitch hike.
Classes are well structured and you'll be overwhelmed with information ull receive.
Teachers are Wise and patient.
You Will definitely enjoy..now go for it!!!
from Great Britain, November 2019
"Very good but not exactly intensive"
The food is delicious and varied and served at the perfect time. The accommodation is excellent with a great shower and comfortable bed. The staff is very friendly and useful and will find a way to help you with anything. The hatha and ashtanga classes with Himanchu were highly demanding but great - we felt a difference in what we could do within just a couple of days. The anatomy / physio class was very instructive and Dirhaj gave us plenty of advice and tips on how to integrate this knowledge into real life yoga teaching. Massages were also very nice.
from Sweden, September 2019
"The oasis in the world of chaos"
Everything about my coming to India was stressful (traveling alone, finding a good school out of thousands of offers, visa, vaccination etc), but coming to Yogada, made me feel like home. And after a month spent there, people I met, it became home indeed!
The entire place is warm-hearted! Location is amazing - sort of hidden from the world, what makes it so valuable in times when you want to withdraw to your inner self. Every morning was waking up in the clouds and listening to nature speaking.
Everything was dedicated to our growth. Teachers smoothly lead our way to knowledge and gave us the best introduction of such vast ancient knowledge. I loved this as it was authentic and coming from people who really live what they teach. It was the best decision I made!
from Great Britain, September 2019
Asana teachers (Sachin, Ajee, Hemanshu) were absolutely amazing and the course was worth it just for that. I would definitely come back for the teaching of Ashtanga and Hatha.
from Portugal, June 2019
"The Perfect Location and YTT 200 hours Trainning"
The Teachers and Team from Yogoda are Amazing!! The location in Shivpuri allows you to live in the perfect conditions your Yoga Teachers Training. To enjoy your training on the banks of Mother Ganga, in Himalayan foothills, is a true blessing!! So Grateful for the Experience!!! Om Sãntih Sãntih Sãntih
Brenda La Grotteria
from Australia, June 2019
"Best ashram I could've ever chosen"
Teachers are very passionate and knowledgable. They know a lot and arrange the classes mindfully and make them fun and easy to understand. Squeeze every drop of knowledge out of them! Morning walks to the Ganga or the Himalayas are a very nice way to start the day. Food is awesome, so many different dishes! Awesome local cuisine, wholesome and key for the amount of training we did. Staff will go out of their way to help you, very respectful and kind, loveliest smiles you'll ever see. If you get sick you'll be taken care of.
The ashram is a big piece of land, green, full of flowers and plants...and mango trees!♡ far away from the buzz of Rishikesh. At night you can sleep with the sound of Mother the Ganga and you have the Himalayas all around. Every inch of the ashram is clean, tidy and well-kept. Days are long and weeks are short, enjoy your time here. You'll miss it afterwards.
The swimming pool is a big plus in hot days.
from Netherlands, June 2019
"Am excellent experience and perfect location to study yog"
The teachers teach you with passion and enthusiasm
from Great Britain, May 2019
"Little piece of heaven in the Himalayan Foothills "
The retreat has a family feel. It is set in a peaceful location away from the hustle and bustle of Rishikesh. All teachers are extremely knowledgable and have a passion for what they do. The graduation ceremony was a lovey event, with food music and dancing. Yogada, Seema and Rajeev’s daughter gave a wonderful display of Indian dance.
from United States, April 2019
"Yoga and so much more "
Not only did I get certified to teach yoga, I have a stronger body, and confidence. All of the instructors and classmates were so encouraging, food was fabulous! Walks on the beach every morning set a relaxed atmosphere for the day. I truly felt like I mattered . Staff accommodated every request to make this experience a life changer
from United States, March 2019
Wow! I can't believe myself i did this! Been away for a month but it seemed like i lived longer than that! My heart is full and i have great memories about India and my life at the ashram. Feeling grateful for the whole experience, meeting and making new friends and learning a lot. From the bottom of my heart i want to thank Seema and Rajee, for being extremely caring and supportive while i stayed in that area. I had their whole kitchen to myself to come and eat whenever i wanted and Seema was like a mom to me giving me food before i left, giving snacks so i don't have to buy food on my way. It really felt special, thank you so much! Thank you for Himanshu, Ajee and Dheeraj for being a wonderful teachers! Grateful for the kitchen staff and people who served us the whole time! I will definitely come back to India!! Love you all and miss you already!😙 ~Nazgul Zhumagulova, Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
from Denmark, February 2019
"Amazing staff and teachers"
I’d like to start with India itself, as if you’ve never been, it can be quite overwhelming. From an western eye, things can seem a bit disorganised, but if you keep an open mind and give it a day or two, you’ll soon start to appreciate all that India has to offer. It is hard not to fall in love with this country. Despite non perfect surroundings or situations, things always somehow work out and falls into place.
India’s biggest asset is it’s people. They are genuinely so friendly and helpful and the staff at the Yogada ashram are no exception. From making us delicious food and cups of tea, bringing us on walks, answering all our questions and helping us with whatever they could, they genuinely put their best into making sure we were well looked after from beginning to end.
The teachers at the ashram is a real credit to Seema and Rajee. These young men have so much knowledge and experience and it clearly comes from their own dedication to what they do. They are such nice people and it’s been a real treat to have been taught by them. 100 hours is not enough, but we are forever grateful for all the knowledge we take with us from these amazing teachers. /Tess & Petra
from Philippines, February 2019
Ideal location close to the river and mountains and animals, and a few shops nearby. Away from the crowds. Excellent teachers who push you to your limits and want you to improve, unlike "commercial" ones who treat you like a customer and just say what you want to hear. Unlike in regular schools, time schedules are more like indication than rules to follow which I get used to. The staff were very helpful and look after you.
from United States, January 2019
In yogada we have all the facilities for any yoga practitioner, those who are beginning and those who already practice. They care about each person, all the time. the practical and theoretical classes complement each other in such a way that it is possible to practice yoga and take it to everyday life anywhere. I want to attend another retreat and we keep in touch with all teachers even after the retreat. the ceremony was beautiful and I had a lot of knowledge and learning in just one month. they are teachers and gurus, they practice everything they teach and the place is fantastic for walking, rafting and hiking.
from United Arab Emirates, January 2019
"Great Experience "
I’m so thankful for my experience here. I learned a lot about life, the deeper meanings of yoga, and have a new sense of appreciation which I gained after completing the course. Seema’s philosophy classes really touched my heart and I will remember them and her positive spirit forever and I really enjoyed Rajee’s sense of humor and pranayama classes as well. The food was amazing and I loved being able to relax among the mountains every day. Always keep an open mind and heart you will thoroughly enjoy the course and everything it has to offer. (:
from India, December 2018
"An incredible journey "
I don't know where to begin. I recently completed my course at Yogada and can't express what an incredible journey it has been. The love that the teachers have for sharing, comes shining through. All they want is for their students to get the most out of the experience.
From them you get a real introduction to the complete lifestyle of yoga. The impecibly taught lessons in classical hatha, ashtanga, anatomy, philosophy, meditation techniques and teaching methodology give you the firm foundation to continue learning for the rest of your life.
I can't thank Rajee and Seema enough for the knowledge they have shared with me or praise them highly enough for the beautiful place they have created.
from Germany, November 2018
"All teachers were competent and very friendly, great place."
Very good teachers, daily schedules was very good, beautiful place, clean facilities. Simply.... I'll come again there. 🙂🙂🙂🙂
Oscar Velarde Leautaud
from United States, November 2018
My time at Yogada Ashram was exceptional, we were treated like family by everyone there. Our teachers helped us and really showed us how each position was to be done and showed us how to adjust. While we were there we went rafting, and visited 2 historical places. we also had an Ayurvedic Doctor tell us our dosha and how to improve our diets by giving us cooking classes.
This experience changed me mentally, physically, and spiritually. It was all truly life changing and nothing like I’ve ever experienced before and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
RAJEE and his wife did everything they could to make sure we had the best time there. I am eternally grateful for their hospitality and for teaching me their powerful wisdom.
from United States, November 2018
Thanks to the program I have gained profound knowledge about the philosophy of yoga, asanas, pranayama, alignment and anatomy. Throughout 28 days of YTT my personal practice has grown significantly and I have learned to control my body, breath and thoughts, as well as teach others how to do so.The Ashram is a very nice place to visit. The staff were attentive and made us feel at home. All the teachers were great. I wish I could have taken them home with me. I'm excited about my future as a yoga teacher. Overall, well worth the trip. Thank you so much!!!
from Egypt, August 2018
"amazing life changing 200 hours yoga teachers training "
I did my 200 hours yoga teachers training there and this was an unforgettable life changing experience for me.
Rajee and Seema are the owners and were two of my teachers and I must say I am forever indebted to their knowledge, their support, and their generosity. I had three more teachers, which were equally brilliant; each teacher was very knowledgeable and passionate about their subject, not to mention that they were all amazing caring people and very helpful teachers. The course was very informative.
The location was so beautiful, the room was perfect, the food was very delicious, I felt completely at home and as much as I enjoyed the peaceful relaxing comfortable atmosphere as much as I learnt a lot about all aspects of yoga, and I’d love to come back for more.
Alice De Bree
from Netherlands, December 2019
"De mooiste 200- YTTC die ik me kan wensen!"
De locatie en omgeving, in de bergen, ver weg van het drukke Rishikesh, aan de Ganges is een absoluut pluspunt. De ontzettend goede en aardige (asana) docenten hebben ervoor gezorgd dat ik een zulke mooie en leerzame tijd heb gehad.
from Italy, August 2019
Die Qualität der Kurse war sehr gut. Die Lehrer sind sehr gut ausgebildet.
from Switzerland, July 2019
that it‘s away from the city, calm and quiet. very good teachers, nice staff and a very good experience for ourselves, as well as the little classes. they take care that you will move forward also as an individual
from France, June 2019
La qualité de l'enseignement, le lieux de résidence est simplement superbe, la nourriture est délicieuse, les groupes ne sont pas composés d un trop grand nombre de personnes ce qui est très appréciable, merci yogada merci ❤️
from Argentina, May 2019
"Una experiencia transformadora "
Para empezar Yogada no se parece a nada de lo que puedas encontrar en rishikesh. Alejado de la Cuidad bulliciosa, es un refugio increíble para aprender yoga. Las clases de meditación son increíbles. Ashtanga y hatta tienen grandes profesores que se entregaron en cada clase enseñando el yoga tradicional. Súper predispuestos a responder nuestras dudas, ayudarnos con los movimientos y el entrenamiento diario.
Las clases de anatomía fueron fundamentales para entender el cuerpo humano y como impacta cada asana en nuestro día a día. Quiero remarcar el desempeño de este profesor que nos tuvo mucha paciencia. En cuanto a la comida, en particular tuve un problema con lo picante, por lo que necesitaba una dieta especial de frutas y verduras sin condimentar. Me cocinaron como lo necesitaba cada día.
Las instalaciones son tranquilas y alejadas del
Ruido. Es un gran lugar para encontrar paz y aprender.
Tuvimos una excursión increíble en rafting, y todos los días caminatas por el ganges.
El personal de cocina y los cuidadores son súper atentos.
Seema es una gran maestra, que se entrega 100% a la Enseñanza de mantras y filosofía del
Yoga. Me gustaría remarcar que una de mis compañeras tuvo un pequeño problema de salud en el
Que necesito asistencia médica. Los dueños nos acompañaron todo el tiempo durante la ida al
Hospital, nos brindaron ayuda y hasta su propia cada para pasar la noche.
Realmente es una gran escuela y la recomiendo :)
from Philippines, May 2019
Kursleiter haben uns mit Elan und fachkompetent unterrichtet.
from Germany, May 2019
"Great Place between Ganges and Himalaja"
Der Kurs ist sehr gut zusammengestellt! Guter mix aus Praxis, Philosophie, Anatomie und Meditation!!!
Der Ort ist nahe Rishikesh aber dennoch etwas auserhalb mitten der Natur!
Besonders gut sind die Yoga und Anatomie Lehrer.
Besonders für Yoga Einsteiger geeignet die zum ersten Mal in Indien sind.
from United States, April 2019
"A fantastic journey"
First of all, people should be aware that this course is not a retreat but a proper course, the days are exhausting, you need to be open to new approaches, ideas and rules, otherwise you won't be getting everything these 4 weeks have to offer.
I did not have that much experience in yoga and had no problems with the classes. It starts out with asanas most people will be able to do. Towards the end of the course the asanas were getting quite intense and most of us were still able to do them, so you can actually see your own progress day after day.
The teaching methods might be different from what we have experienced before and I have to admit that sometimes I did not understand them or see the point, but in retrospect I feel like I have learned incredibly much, so the teaching methods must have worked for me.
I learned how to meditate, I can sit with crossed legs for quite a while, I can shout ashtanga instructions at people in sanskrit, I am quite good at yoga now, I know a lot about muscles and joints, I learned about ayurveda, I basically stopped eating meat, I became friends with a dog for the first time, I have become a Masala tea addict, I fell in love with all the cows in the streets, I have a calmer mind.
The whole experience was fantastic, the people in the groups were the best, the yoga was excellent, the food was absolutely delicious, the teachers are really great, the people working at the ashram are lovely. I wish I could go for the 300 hour course right away.