Learning at the Yoga InstituteThe Yoga Institute
Spearheading the “Yoga for the Householder” movement in the world, the Institute interacts with over a thousand people everyday for training, health benefits and consultations. It also offers Yoga teacher-training courses, and brings out books on yoga therapy, asanas, pranayam, couples counseling, traditional scriptures, ethics for everyday life, and a variety of other subjects on yoga education.
Walkway near EntranceThe Yoga Institute
The Yoga Institute, with its greenery and its flowering plants, is the perfect place to escape the city without leaving the city. A simple walk on the premises can become an opportunity to learn from Mother Nature, a healthy way to exercise, and an escape from the pollution outside. Step in to the gated premises to discover the walking track which is well-lit and even-surfaced, fringed by a variety of flowering and other plants. Designed to allow easy access to all the other areas of the institute, the path is surrounded by greenery all around, enhancing the positive vibe of this peaceful little island.
The green heaven has over 80 varieties of fruit bearing trees, medicinal plants, herbs, and ornamental plants. Plants and trees are labeled for identification. You can download your own map and hand-out, to get acquainted with the treasure trove of nature, or request for a guided trail at the reception. The trail takes approximately ½ hour.
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Kailashpati TreeThe Yoga Institute
The family of squirrels that live here occasionally add a jingle to this peaceful environment. It’s a joy to watch them as they run around, chase each other, bicker, and help themselves to the food the Institute lays out for them.
The jewel in the crown is the Kailashpati tree, which is considered to be a sacred tree in India. It is named `Kailashpati’ due to the resemblance of its inner flower with the Shiva linga. It is also known as the Cannonball tree as the fruit it bears resembles a cannonball. This rare tree possesses antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and analgesic qualities, and is used for medical purposes.
Nestled in a corner of The Yoga Institute premises is a gazebo. Lined with greenery and tucked near the famous Kailashpati tree, this garden shelter is an ideal place to meditate, practice asanas, and conduct satsang practices as well as group discussions.
The gazebo is a great place to spend time on hot summer days as the open layout allows the breeze to flow through and the roof provides cooling shade. The natural, calming environment makes the gazebo the most sought-after corner of the Institute.
HostelsThe Yoga Institute
The Yoga Institute, one of the oldest yoga schools in the world, provides hostel accommodation that can be best described as a home away from home. The renovated rooms are spacious, ventilated, well lit and adequately furnished.
The Institute ensures that the sadhakas, (students) yogis are comfortable and are provided with a congenial environment to pursue their yogic interests.
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LibraryThe Yoga Institute
The Shri Yogendra Library was inaugurated on 18th November, 1978, at The Yoga Institute.
The Shri Yogendra Library contains more than 6,000 books in various languages and on various subjects related to the study of yoga and spirituality. Besides several scriptures and their commentaries, there are books on Samkhya philosophy, Ashtanga Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, Tantra Yoga, etc.
LibraryThe Yoga Institute
The collections on philosophy, human physiology, psychology, history, and culture, etc. are enough to satisfy the needs of the keen students and teachers of yoga.
Dining HallThe Yoga Institute
You are what you eat. As the food, so is the mind; as the mind, so is the man. Yet, as the pace of life changes, as our lifestyles transform, we adopt new foods, not necessarily healthy, and discard beneficial foods from our diet. We create an imbalance in our overall well-being due to our callous attitude to our diet as well as our confusion over what to eat, when to eat, and how to eat.
The Yoga Institute is home to a well-planned kitchen where the students and campers are assured of freshly cooked, wholesome food. Only Sattvic food is prepared, under supervision, in a hygienic process in an open kitchen. There is an equal emphasis on nutrition as well as taste. Simple eating is the mantra of yoga, and Sattvic recipes are prepared with minimum oil, without onion, garlic, and spice. The herbal tea served at the Dinning Hall is popular among visitors and a healthier alternative to the usual coffee and tea.
Dining HallThe Yoga Institute
Adjoining the kitchen is the Dining Hall which is designed to promote eating with a Sattvic state of mind. As it is not advisable to eat food in a disturbed state of mind, diners are advised to eat their meals in silence. The Institute also keeps a check on its environmental footprint by serving meals only in reusable, stainless steel utensils; we also refrain from using paper napkins and paper towels.
The diners sit on the floor to eat their meals in the Dining Hall. This is an ancient Indian tradition and has its roots in yoga. It requires the diners to sit cross-legged in the Sukhasana posture. Some of the health benefits of eating in this manner include better digestion, improved posture, feeling calm, and also weight management. However, those with physical health limitations have access to chairs too.
The indoor asana halls span over 14,000 square feet, the Institute is spacious enough to accommodate large numbers of yoga practitioners at the same time. These well-ventilated and well-lit spaces are designed for the convenience of all, young and old. Fitted with the latest audio-video equipment, the halls are ideal for conducting lectures as well as interactive events and camps.
Whether it’s a large-scale practice session, a mid-level class, or just a small meeting of people with shared interests, The Yoga Institute welcomes all to indulge in the inspirational, peaceful, and joyous energies of the space.
Though sufficient Yoga mats are available for the duration of the class, sadhaks can use their own mats too. The Yoga halls are open from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm every day.
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RooftopThe Yoga Institute
The huge, open-to-sky rooftop space is ideal for practicing Yoga in the open. Offering stunning views of the city’s skyline, the 4000 sq. feet terrace is a favourite outpost to greet the sunrise and gaze at the sunset.
Enjoy the skyline from our rooftops in this view.
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