The practices we offer present a holistic approach to the concept of yogic, Tantric and Vedic practices and understandings, which encompass one’s total well-being through a range of different systems, and are collectively known as Vedic Yoga – yoga in its traditional, pure form, without any dilution. Its essential focus is how students can redirect their awareness back to its source – to the soul, so that they can experience what it means to be complete. It is a traditional science based on the teachings of the Vedas which were written approximately 1500 to 1000 BC. The Vedas show us how to return to our true nature through various methods and techniques which have been tested throughout the ages.
Our Centre offers different sets of yogic practices which include kundalini kriyas (also known as samyak kriya, or Tantric kriya), hatha yoga (asana, pranayama, bandha, mudra and yoga nidra), and Vedic dhyana – the ancient Himalayan approach to systematically developing your concentration (dharana) so that you can to experience the higher state of meditation (dhyana).
We specifically offer the Himalayan traditional teachings – the Himalayan Living Wisdom, and the art of conscious living. The various methods are delivered in a way that help students to learn to live without fear, and become spontaneous with life so that they can experience that their life does not need to be a struggle, but can become one of joy and bliss.
The Ayurvedic experiences that we offer, show alternative methods for participants to detoxify their body and mind, as well as provide an understanding of both the theory of Ayurveda and its practical application in day-to-day life. It also shows how these can be combined with the yoga practices that we offer, for overall health and well-being.
The presence of the Himalayas is a centre of non-verbal teachings – from the ages spiritual seekers, practitioners have come to the Himalayas for solitude, and to develop and raise their inner consciousness. For thousands of years these mountains have been recharged with the spiritual vibrations of these yogis, masters and sages. The Himalayas welcome all people. Receiving the teachings of the Himalayas does not require any intellectual understanding about the Himalayas themselves or these teachings – it requires only the sincerity and presence of mind of the seeker.
The Centre offers these Sacred Walks as an opportunity for all students to receive the grace of the Himalayas.
All of our different programs offer a systematic and holistic approach for students to work with the different layers of their existence. They guide students from the gross (the physical) to their subtlest level of existence, allowing them to realise and experience that they are deeper than their physical body.
In addition, students learn that all of the practices have one and the same purpose: to holistically integrate the mind, body and spirit, which awakens in them the ability to live their yoga in all dimensions of life, on a moment-to-moment basis, and gives them an attitude that will help them to serve, love and surrender – these three attributes incorporate the fundamental philosophy and vision of our Centre.
At the Vedic Yoga Centre our fundamental philosophy and vision is based on how you can maintain your awareness from moment-to-moment so that you can experience your union through the different circumstances of life. Then your own genuine experiences will awaken your faith from within, which will transcend your understanding of the philosophy into your experiences so that you don’t simply understand or just believe them.
We aim to make students aware that the Truth resides within themselves, and by integrating the body, breath, mind, senses, energy and emotions through systematic training, discipline and determination, they can experience equanimity which can help them to redirect their awareness from outward to inward – back to its Source.
We are not simply offering academic lessons on the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Patanjali Yoga Sutras or other philosophical scriptures. Our aim is to enable students to learn how all these different aspects of the philosophies can help them to access their inner nature. All of these philosophies have come from the rishis, yogis and sages who were the spiritual scientists, and whatever they have been given has come from their genuine experiences. All we need to learn how to tune our consciousness so that we can connect with these teachings at a deeper level.
The Vedas are the wisdom, and the practices are the tools which help to awaken this wisdom within you. The result will bring harmony between your thoughts, emotions and actions, which helps you experience a life without fear, and one of peace, happiness and contentment. It helps you to live in harmony with nature and your surrounding environment, and helps you to experience oneness in all of your relationships.
Yoga is the underlying thread of all different spiritual traditions which unites them all as One. This One is not a numerical one – it is the Infinite One.
Our Vision – An ancient yogic vision for modern times
The vision of the Vedic Yoga Centre is to connect the ancient yogic teachings to the present times by becoming aware of the difference between your understanding and your experience. This experience can be realised through the integration of all the different aspects of yoga into one thread, which has one essential purpose: to experience one’s total well-being. Instead of just passing information on to students, it offers a systematic approach for dealing with the complexities of modern life, and focuses on how they can transform their lives as their yoga becomes their living experience. The teachings do not ask you to believe anything; they are simply focused on initially understanding the practices, and then applying them to themselves so that their belief comes from their own experience. Understanding is the initial step which inspires and motivates you, so that you can continue and become consistent in your practice and experience the teachings; then they become a part of your actions, and begin to transform your life.
Come and join us for one of our programs to experience this vision.
Where can you find us?
The Vedic Yoga Centre is located on the banks of the holy river Ganga in the small town of Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Rishikesh is regarded as the Yoga Capital of the World and is just six hours by car, train or bus from Delhi. The Centre is a peaceful oasis for learning and practicing the ancient science of yoga, specifically Vedic Yoga and Ayurveda. For full details of where to find us, see