Frequently Asked Questions

About the Yoga Centre in DHARAMKOT, DHARAMSALA

How do I travel from Delhi to McLeod Ganj & back?

For travel from Delhi to McLeod Ganj & back, one can choose between rail & road. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. The closest railway station is Pathankot from where you could get local taxis and buses for McLeodganj. You could also hire a private taxi if you prefer one. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in.

There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Dharamsala/McLeodganj that cost about Rs. 1000-1400 per person. They take about 13 hrs to cover the distance. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.

Where exactly is the Yoga Centre in Dharamkot, Dharamsala located?

The Centre is located in Dharamkot Village, just above McLeod Ganj (also known as 'Upper Dharamsala'). It is possible to take a bus directly to McLeod Ganj or Dharamsala from several major cities in Northern India. If you arrive to Dharamsala, then take a bus (~10 Rupees) or shared jeep (~15 Rupees) up to McLeod Ganj. From there, you can come by foot (~20 minutes) via the TIPA (Tibertan Institute for Performing Arts) Road to our Centre, located on the footpath between Dharamkot and Bhagsunath (Bhagsu), just 50 meters directly below the Vipassana Meditation Centre.

From Mcleodganj, rickshaws charge ~60 Rupees, and taxis charge ~100 Rupees. Ask the driver to take the trail down on the right side to the Yoga Centre. This turn is short distance before the Dharamkot rickshaw stand by the chai-shop touching the Vipassana Meditation Centre. Look for the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre's bright yellow-orange sign just above this right hand trail, which is also going towards the ‘Dev Cottages’.

Alternatively, you can take a rickshaw from Mcleod Ganj to Village Bhagsunag (~50 Rupees) and walk up the trail to the Centre (10 minutes). The Yoga Centre consists of two large semi circular buildings and smaller yellow houses with students’ rooms. 'Dev Cottages' is a good landmark to use, if coming by rickshaw or taxi.

How do I get to Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj?

There are two main ways of getting to Dharamsala, or more specifically, McLeod Ganj (which is closer to our Yoga Centre). The first way is to take a direct government or private bus to Dharamsala and/or McLeod Ganj from many major cities in Northern India such as Kulu, Mandi, Dheradun, Rishikesh, Agra or Delhi. Another way to travel to McLeod Ganj is to take a night sleeper train from Delhi to Pathankot and then take a bus from Pathankot to McLeod Ganj. Train reservations can easily be made at the Foreigners Reservation Office at the railway stations in Mumbai, Madras, Calcutta and Delhi. Payments can be made in English Pounds, Euros or U.S. Dollars. If you are paying in Indian Rupees, you may be required to show an encashment certificate (like ATM withdrawal bill or currency exchange bill).

You can also check on the Internet for the availabilities of flights to Dharamsala (Kangra) airport, from Delhi or Amritsar, from the local Indian air companies like Air India, Kingfisher or Indigo at any travel agency in India.

The booking of the flights as well as the trains can be possibly made online on www.makemytrip.com or other similar ticket booking websites.

When is the Dharamkot Yoga Centre open?

The Dharamkot Yoga Centre operates during the Spring and Summer seasons, from early April until the end of October. Then we move to the Arambol Yoga Centre in North Goa for the Winter season, from early November until the end of March.

Is accommodation available at the Dharamkot Yoga Centre?

At our Yoga Centre in Dharamkot we have 11 rooms / rate per day as below:

  • Jasmine: Room with common toilet and hot shower outside / 250 INR for single occupancy & 350 for double occupancy.
  • Marigold: Room with washbasin inside, common toilet and hot shower outside / 275 INR for single occupancy & 375 for double occupancy.
  • Wild Rose: Room with attached toilet and hot shower / 450 INR for single occupancy & 550 for double occupancy.
  • Water Lily: Room with attached toilet, hot shower, and kitchen / 600 INR for single occupancy.
  • Rustic: Large room with attached toilet, hot shower, bathroom, and kitchen / 800 INR for single, 950 for double, & 1100 for triple occupancy.
  • Solarium: Large room with attached toilet, hot shower, bathroom, and kitchen / 800 INR for single, 950 for double, 1100 for triple & 1250 for quadruple occupancy.
  • Bird of Paradise: Large room with attic, balcony and good view, attached toilet, hot shower, bathroom, and kitchen / 900 INR for single, 1100 for double, 1300 for triple and 1500 for quadruple occupancy.
  • Honey Suckle: Large room with balcony and views of snow peaks, attached toilet, hot shower, bathroom and kitchen / 2500 INR for single & 2700 for double occupancy.
  • Daisy: Large room with balcony and views of snow peaks, attached toilet, hot shower, bathroom and kitchen / 2500 INR for single & 2700 for double occupancy.
  • Poppy: Large high placed room with balcony and views of snow peaks, attached toilet, hot shower, bathroom and kitchen / 2800 INR for single & 3000 for double occupancy.
  • Violet: Large high placed room with balcony and views of snow peaks, attached toilet, hot shower, bathroom and kitchen / 2800 INR for single & 3000 for double occupancy.
  • The minimum occupancy is 2 nights Friday to Sunday or 5 nights from Sunday to Friday.
  • Towels are not provided.
  • Kitchen facilities are available at 500 INR a week.
  • Booking is possible at place, however to ensure your accommodation at the Dharamkot Yoga Centre, you can make the online booking by following this link Book Now or contact us in advance by email at info@hiyogacentre.com to send the booking fee deposit.

In the vicinity to the Yoga Centre you can order drinks and food at restaurants offering great variety of fresh vegetarian Indian as well as Western cuisine.

To reduce the amount of plastic bottles in the area, which are extremely harmful to the local environment, we provide safe filtered drinking water free of cost to all our Yoga students at the Yoga Centre.

  • Payment modes: PayPal / Credit cards.
  • Minimum 2 nights and Maximum 30 nights.
  • Check-in: Sunday or Friday 2.30pm and Check-out Sunday or Friday 9.30am (before class).
  • Optional: While booking accommodation also can be included 5-Day Yoga Course. 5-Day Yoga Course starts every Monday 9.30am

To reserve your place on the course and room of your choice, you have to book in advance by clicking on the link, using your credit card. Book Now

Is food available at the Dharamkot Yoga Centre?

At the Dharamkot Yoga Centre there is a restaurant where you can have a home-made vegetarian thali with brown rice as well as other dishes from an international menu. The food is always cooked fresh.

To reduce the amount of plastic bottles in the area, which are extremely harmful to the local environment, we provide safe filtered drinking water free of cost to all our Yoga students at the Centre.

What are the weather conditions?

During March and the beginning of April as well as the late October it can be quite cold, so warm winter clothing and footwear are essential. Although guest houses usually provide extra blankets, a sleeping bag is useful. In May and June as well as September the nights are often cold and the days are usually hot. It is a very pleasant time to be in Dharamkot, as the always cool mornings and evenings offer refreshing relief from the heat of the Indian plains. A waterproof jacket and umbrella are useful during this time and necessary during July and August. You can purchase Western, Tibetan and Indian style clothing and footwear for all weather conditions at reasonable rates in the surrounding local markets of Bhagsu and McLeod Ganj.

About the Yoga Centre in ARAMBOL, NORTH GOA

How to get to the Yoga Centre in Arambol?

From Delhi and Mumbai several trains go to Goa. The destination station is either Pernem (from which there is a direct bus connection to Arambol) or Madgaon (Margao).

From Madgaon or other places in Goa there are government and private buses to Panjim or Mapusa.

From Panjim or Mapusa you can take a taxi or bus to Arambol. From Goa Airport the easiest is a taxi, the cost of the pre-paid government taxi to Arambol is 1,400 INR Rupees, whereas outside the airport you may possibly bargain the taxi for a little less than 1,200 INR. In any case, ask your co-travellers from the aeroplane if someone is also going to Arambol (or Mandrem, which is a neighbouring village) and is willing to share the taxi.

The Yoga Centre is located in Madhlo Vaddo about 10 minutes walk from the Church in Arambol (which is on the road turning left from the main road, with bus station, coming from Mapusa or Mandrem), then left and after 1 minute walk again left.

It is right next to Piya’s guest house and Arcan bar & restaurant. You can see the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre's banners both from the beach and from the road.

When is the Arambol Yoga Centre in Goa open?

The Centre in Arambol, North Goa, operates during the Winter season, from early November until the end of March. Then we move to the Dharamkot Yoga Centre in Dharamsala for the Spring and Summer seasons, from early April until the end of October.

Is accommodation and food available at the Arambol Yoga Centre in Goa?

At the Arambol Yoga Centre we offer comfortable hut-tents with toilet and shower attached, 650 INR per day for single occupancy and 800 INR per day for double occupancy.

(Between 15th December & 15th January 750 INR per day for single occupancy, and 900 per day, for double occupancy).

  • Lockers for valuables, mosquito net, an Indian socket (you will need a converter for plugs from other countries) in the huts-tents are provided.
  • At check-in, we provide fresh bed-sheets.
  • Towels are not provided.
  • Our Yoga Center does not have Wi-Fi in order for students to go inwards.
  • At present, no facility for food is available, but there is a variety of dining options just outside the Yoga Centre.
  • The minimum occupancy is 2 nights Friday to Sunday or 5 nights from Sunday to Friday.
  • Booking is possible at the Centre.

Booking is possible at place, however to ensure your accommodation at the Arambol Yoga Centre, you can make the online booking by following this link Book Now or contact us in advance by email at info@hiyogacentre.com to send the booking fee deposit.

In the vicinity to the Yoga Centre you can order drinks and food at the Arcan bar & restaurant offering great variety of fresh vegetarian Indian as well as Western cuisine.

To reduce the amount of plastic bottles in the area, which are extremely harmful to the local environment, we provide safe filtered drinking water free of cost to all our Yoga students at the Yoga Centre.

  • Payment modes: PayPal / Credit cards.
  • Minimum 2 nights and Maximum 30 nights.
  • Check-in: Sunday or Friday 2.30pm and Check-out Sunday or Friday 9.30am (before class).
  • Optional: While booking accommodation also can be included 5-Day Yoga Course. 5-Day Yoga Course starts every Monday 9.30am

To reserve your place on the course and room of your choice, you have to book in advance by clicking on the link, using your credit card. Book Now

What is the weather like in Arambol from November to March?

The weather is very pleasant and warm during these months. Light summer clothing and beach wear are essential during the days. However the early mornings and evenings can be cool, so it’s good to have long trousers, long sleeve shirt, pullover, etc, as well.

About our 5-Day COURSES

Can I register for a 5-Day Yoga Course and other Courses at the HIYC by Internet?

Yes, it is possible to register for all HIYC courses by internet.

To secure a place for the : 5-Day Yoga Courses, Yoga Therapy Courses, Special Yoga Course for Vipassana Meditation as well as Yoga and Meditation Silent Retreat, the booking deposit can be done via PayPal on our website. Book Now

To secure your place and obtain the booking and fees details for the : Intensive Yoga Course and Yoga Teachers Training Course, please contact us many months in advance by email at : info@hiyogacentre.com to check for availability and send the booking fee deposit.

How do I register at the Centre for the 5-Day Yoga Courses?

In both the Centres – in Arambol, Goa as well as in Dharamkot, Dharamsala – there is an Orientation meeting / Introductory talk for new students, to learn more about the content and structure of the Course, discuss any personal or health issues you may have and register for the Course.

Meeting times at the Arambol Yoga Centre in Goa and at the Dharamkot Yoga Centre in Dharamsala is on every Friday at 2:30pm. It is also possible to book the place for the 5-Day Yoga Course as well as the Accommodation at the Yoga Centre online in the Booking Section Book Now

If you are unable to book your participation in the Course beforehand, please come to our Centre 1 hour prior to the start of the Course to check for availability and register. Classes are generally full; therefore, we cannot guarantee a place until the registration form and full payment are submitted. It is important that all students come to the classes on an empty stomach.

How much are the 5-Day Yoga Courses?

5-Day Course Fee is 4,000 INR. In order to support long-term study at our Centre, the weekly fee decreases by 200 IN after the second week and continues to decrease with each following week until it reaches 3000 INR.

I have practiced Iyengar Yoga for the last ten years and I am a qualified Yoga teacher; do I still have to do the Introductory 5-Day Course for Beginners?

Everyone - and this really means everyone - who comes to the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre for the first time must start with the Introductory 5-Day Course for Beginners, regardless of how much Yoga experience they have or how advanced their practice is. This applies even if you are a qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher. This Course is also a pre-requisite for many other Courses offered at HIYC. During the Course, we work on the foundations of Yoga in a unique way - which has been, and continues to be, personally researched and designed by Sharat Arora. These foundations are often overlooked in other types of Yoga. After successfully completing the Beginners Course, students are able to continue with the 5-Day Courses for Continuing Students, which are taught early in the morning. In order to encourage long-term Yoga training at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre, there is a different theme and focus each week on our 5-Day Courses for Continuing Students.

Can you tell me a few details about the 5-Day Course for Beginners?

These Courses are designed to introduce the Iyengar Yoga to the beginner student and to provide a working knowledge of how to continue one's daily practice after the Course is completed.

They are taught in such a way that experienced Yoga students will also benefit. Corrective, rejuvenating/energizing and relaxing/meditative postures are the focus.

Those with health conditions are given specific therapeutic attention and guidelines.

The 5-Day Courses provide a fundamental framework and inspires one to explore deeper within. Students who continue after the first Introductory 5-Day Course for beginners, join the 5-Day Courses for the Continuing Students conducted by Sharat Arora or one of his trained teachers, where they learn additional postures and go into more subtle details of yoga practice, according to the pace at which they develop.

Will I be able to learn Pranayama during the 5-Day Yoga Courses?

No, Pranayama is not taught during the 5-Day Courses. It is only taught during the Intensive, Special and Teachers Training Courses.

Can I get a certificate at the end of the 5-Day Yoga Course?

Only a certificate of attendance is provided on request (at the beginning of the week).

Are there any prerequisites to join the 5-Day Yoga Courses at the HIYC?

Everyone, regardless of age or previous Yoga experience can join the Introductory 5-Day Yoga Course at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre. If a person has serious health problems it can be communicated before hand with the teacher via email: info@hiyogacentre.com

To join the 5-Day Yoga Course for the Continuing Students, everyone regardless of previous experience in Yoga must have firstly completed one Introductory 5-Day Yoga Course in the past or directly preceding the 5-Day Yoga Course for the Continuing Students. If the Introductory 5-Day Yoga Course was completed more than 1 year ago it is recommended to repeat it, unless the student was practicing the master teacher Sharat Arora method diligently during that time.

We reserve right to direct the person - who booked the 5-Day Course for Continuing Students online and did not complete Introductory course - to join the Introductory 5-Day Course instead.

Intensive, Special and Teachers Training Courses (TTC)

What is the schedule for the TTC, Special Courses and Intensive Courses over the next year?

In the Yoga Trainings section on our website, you will find the descriptions, as well as the schedule with exact dates of all the HIYC trainings and courses offered throughout the upcoming year.

How can I apply for a place in one of these courses?

There are special requirements for these courses. The requirements are as follows:

  • For the Intensive Courses, you need to complete 3 rounds of 5-Day Courses;
  • For the Special Intensive Courses, you need to complete one 5-Day Course;
  • For the Teachers Training Course, you need to complete an Intensive Course directly preceding the TTC. If an Intensive Course was completed in the past, then a personal request to Sharat Arora to attend only the TTC component has to be made.

In addition to the above requirements, there is an interview with Sharat Arora, which can also mean a few questions by email. The only possibility to book these courses via email is, to make a deposit with our offered paying options. If you decide to do one of the Intensive, Special or Teachers Training Courses, payment of an advanced deposit is required to secure a place. Participation in these Courses is only allowed once the above requirements are met and approval from Sharat Arora is obtained.

Can you tell me a little more about the Intensive Yoga Course?

The Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre Intensive Yoga Course with Sharat Arora - spanning two to three weeks, six days per week - is designed for those students who have taken a strong interest in furthering their Yoga practice and who wish to undertake an extensive exploration of this science. A requirement of 3 Five-Day Courses at HIYC is an essential prerequisite. The daily program includes four hours of Asanas, two hours of Meditation and Relaxation, one hour of Pranayama, two hours of early morning Self-Practice as well as one hour of Karma Yoga. In addition to these Yoga practices, the Course also features 2 lectures or question & answer sessions per week. In the Yoga and Ayurveda Intensive Course program there are additionally 8 sessions (16 hours) of 2 hours Ayurvedic lectures conducted by an Ayurvedic doctor. Two healthy vegetarian meals, along with afternoon tea, are provided daily to all course participants.

The Intensive Course should be considered a retreat, where a student can devote oneself entirely to self-exploration, change and transformation. The course is rigorous and the daily program very thorough - beginning in the early morning and continuing until sunset - leaving very little or no time for other activities. We, therefore, advise participants to come prepared with all their personal needs prior to the commencement of the Course. All aspects of Yoga are learned on an experiential level, and dramatic changes are often felt by students.

Can you tell me a little more about the Special Yoga Course?

Our Special Courses usually last for 2 weeks and focus on a specific topic within Yoga practice.

Can you tell me a little more about the Yoga Teachers Training Course (TTC)?

The Teacher's Training Course offered at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre is a six-week long, rigorous training (including three weeks of the Intensive Course, focusing on a specific theme). It is designed for motivated practitioners who wish to make the spiritual path of Yoga a way of their life and who eventually want to teach others how to walk the same path. Students participating in the Teacher‘s Training Course will be provided with two healthy vegetarian meals, along with afternoon tea on a daily basis. The daily schedule, course structure and retreat atmosphere is the same as the Intensive Courses. It is expected that self practice is completed each day before the morning class begins.

The first three weeks consists of a regular Intensive Course, which is a prerequisite to the Teacher‘s Training Course. The Intensive Course forms our own practice, whereas the following three weeks focus on the pedagogical aspects of Yoga, including: teaching/instruction, motivating, correcting, as well as diagnosing and treating ailments with yoga therapy.

Teacher trainees learn how to assess the students' individual needs in order to provide them with a helpful practice. The details of each pose are thoroughly explored, making them work for each of our students. Every Trainee has the chance to teach the positions and gain confidence in their instruction and understanding. Completion of the Teachers Training Course (TTC) does not certify one to teach Yoga - it is only the beginning of a longer program to obtain teaching qualifications.

For more details about the Yoga Teachers Training Course at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre, please visit Yoga Trainings' Yoga Teachers Training Course section on our website.

How do I obtain a teaching certification at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre?

Once the initial TTC (Level 1) has been completed, the Teachers Training Program takes three years to finish. This period involves keeping in regular contact with Sharat Arora, practicing in at least four additional 5-Day Courses, and assisting in 5-Day Courses for a minimum 1 year. It is strongly recommended that Teacher Trainees complete the assisting requirements in the first year, immediately following completion of the TTC. During the third and final year, one must complete a second TTC (Level 2). In addition to the practical training classes, the Teacher

Trainee is required to complete creative research papers on each of the following subjects, in consultation with Sharat Arora:

  • Anatomy / Physiology of an Asana or Pranayama;
  • Patanjali's Yoga Sutras;
  • Hatha Pradipika;
  • Comparison of a religion with Yoga;
  • Ayurvedic Medicine.

For more details about obtaining the Yoga Teacher Certificate, please visit Yoga Trainings Yoga Teacher Certificate section on our website.

What kind of certificate will I get at the end of the Program?

At the end of the three-years training, students who have completed their five creative research papers & their practical training successfully (as described in detail on our website), will be awarded a certificate by the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre. It is possible to teach internationally with this certificate. To date, the official Iyengar certification in India can be awarded only by our mother Institute in Pune, the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Instite.

About the Himalaya Shanti Ashram, DHARAMSALA

How do I get to the Himalaya Shanti Ashram, Dharamsala?

The Ashram is located in a small village Manyana, half an hour walking from a bigger village Charri (Chaddi). From Dharamsala bus station there is a direct bus to Charri, from which you can take a taxi to Manyana and look out for the Himalaya Shanti Ashram bright red sign on the road. The Ashram is down the river, so you need to descend a stone path which takes about 15 minutes.

You can call a taxi driver living in Charri : +91980534115, who already was taking our students and knows the way to the Himalaya Shanti Ashram (Yoga Ashram), his name is Gupta, and he charges reasonable prices. You can arrange with him to pick you up from some typical spots like Dharamsala bus station or Dharamsala (Kangra) airport.

If you have further questions about your arrival to the Ashram, please email us at : info@hiyogacentre.com

How do I get to Dharamsala?

There are two main ways of getting to Dharamsala. The first way is to take a direct government or private bus to Dharamsala from many major cities in Northern India such as Kulu, Mandi, Dheradun, Rishikesh, Agra or Delhi. Another way is to take a night sleeper train from Delhi to Pathankot and then take a bus from Pathankot to Dharamsala. Train reservations can easily be made at the Foreigners Reservation Office at the railway stations in Mumbai, Madras, Calcutta and Delhi. Payments can be made in English Pounds, Euros or U.S. Dollars. If you are paying in Indian Rupees, you may be required to show an encashment certificate.

You can also check on the Internet for the availabilities of flights to Dharamsala (Kangra) airport, from Delhi or Amritsar, from the local Indian air companies like Air India, Kingfisher or Indigo at any travel agency in India.

The booking of the flights as well as the trains can be possibly made online on www.makemytrip.com or other similar ticket booking websites.

What is the weather like in the Ashram?

The Ashram is located only 1 hour away from our Dharamkot Yoga Centre, however being hidden in the walls of the mountain valley and geographically 1000 meters lower, the climate is much warmer and less rainy.

In March and late October it can be quite cold, so warm winter clothing and footwear are essential. In May and June as well as September the nights are often cold and the days are usually hot. It is a very pleasant time, as the cool mornings and evenings are giving a relief from the heat of the Indian plains. A waterproof jacket and umbrella are useful during this time and necessary during July and August.

As during the Intensive and Teachers Training Courses we request our students to remain in the Ashram for the whole duration of the Courses, to avoid distractions of going out, we strongly recommend that you bring from home or purchase all the necessary clothes and items before arriving to the Ashram. You can purchase Western, Tibetan and Indian style clothing and footwear for all weather conditions at reasonable rates in the local markets of Dharamsala (around 40 minutes away by taxi), Bhagsu and McLeod Ganj (around 1 hour away by taxi).

What other things will I need during my stay in the Ashram?

The Ashram is located in the Himalayas, and like in any mountains, the weather is likely to vary from really hot to very cold and from a very dry day to heavy rain... For which you need to be prepared for different conditions. Proper rain jacket or umbrella is a must. It’s necessary to have a good footwear, like trekking half boots (for the cold or cool early mornings & evenings) and good walking sandals (for the warm or hot afternoons) with stripes to close around the ankles as the paths of the Ashram have much slopes.

For the cold weather conditions in early March and late October, you will need warm clothing, socks, gloves and head cap. For the early morning practice during this time you will possibly need to keep a sweater on as well as some warm underpants. For the night time, you will be provided sleeping cover blankets, however it is a good idea to have a proper warm pyjama or a thick cotton trekking suit. Having your own sleeping bag can be useful in the Ashram as well as during your travel on train or bus to Dharamsala.

You will also need a good torch, preferably a head torch for the convenience of use while walking, as well as notebooks & pens, towels and all the necessary toiletries you usually have like shampoo, soap, cream, lip balm etc.

As you come to the Ashram to do yoga, remember to bring comfortable clothes for the asana, pranayama and meditation practice, like flexible cotton t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, blouses, long stretchable pants and trousers.

OTHER Questions

While I am studying at HIYC, I wish to become more involved with the Centre. Is there any way I may contribute?

Yes! "Helping out" or the path of Karma Yoga, is an essential aspect of the life and culture at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre. Any contribution is much appreciated and much needed. When you arrive at the Centre, please let us know if you are interested in volunteering and mention any special talents or capacities you possess. In addition to the help needed to maintain the Centre, we have ongoing community and environmental projects that need your energy and loving care.

What should you bring?

Bring your personal items, towels, linens, mosquito net & lotions, something for cold evenings, notebooks, pens and a torch. You can bring comfortable fitting tops and stretchable pants for yoga practice.

Are there any Volunteering options at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre or at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram?

Yes! We at HIYC strive to create human well-being in all its aspects. You can help us reach out to a growing number of people. HIYC offers a variety of fulfilling Volunteer Opportunities. Join our dedicated team in the following capacities for at least 6 months :

Writing :

  • Articles related to Spiritual Life & Healing
  • Preparing, reviewing and editing text about Yoga Centre, our People and Courses
  • Book of Sharat Arora teachings
  • Editing HIYC Yoga Booklets

Graphics & Multi-media:

  • Audio Recording Equipment/Video Camera Operator
  • Audio and Video Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Photographer

IT/Web/Social Media Sites:

  • Facebook/Twitter Content Manager
  • Youtube/ Vimeo /Google+ Content Manager
  • Writer (articles, descriptions, reviewing written contents, transcriptions)
  • DTP Operator

Environmental Projects (Himalaya Shanti Ashram):

  • Organic Farming
  • Permaculture
  • Water management (River water mill for electricity, Irrigation channels for the camps, Water filters in the ground, Natural sewage systems etc.)
  • Other environmental projects

Candidates with previous experience are preferred.

Please contact us at info@hiyogacentre.com attaching your CV with picture and writing a short personal info about yourself; when would you like to come and for how long, what kind of activity would you like to take upon and a brief description of your vision.

Terms for Volunteer Opportunities at HIYC:

You can pay for the Intensive/Teachers Training Courses (TTC) by volunteering to do work in exchange under the following conditions:

  • For the Intensive a minimum of 3 and a half months and for the TTC a minimum of 6 months work @ 5 hours a day 6 days a week.
  • The work has to be completed before the course starts as during the intensive/TTC no work is possible as the course program is full time.
  • All 5-Day Yoga Courses can be attended during your stay.
  • If you wish to only attend weekly 5-Day Yoga Courses (with 2 days break for Self-Practice) for a longer period of time without doing an Intensive/TTC you can commit yourself to do 2,5 hours a day 6 days a week only.
  • If you wish to only attend weekly 5-Day Yoga Courses (with 2 days break for Self-Practice) for a longer period of time without doing an Intensive/TTC you can commit yourself to do 2,5 hours a day 6 days a week or 3 hours a day 5 days a week only.

*Accommodation and food is not included during this period.......... If you choose to stay at the Yoga Centre a discounted room/hut tent rate can be negotiated beforehand.

It is wonderful that you are looking to be part of our team and give 100% to working, to learning Yoga, do a lot of Yoga practice, meditate, walk and be happy :)

This is exactly what we are looking for too!

Do the Indian and SAARC Citizens get discounts at the HIYC?

The Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre is happy to offer a special discount on all our course fees for Indian citizens as well as citizens of other SAARC countries (Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Afghanistan). We aim to make our courses as accessible as possible and encourage citizens of the South Asia region to study with us. The details are as follows:

•    Students from Himachal Pradesh (born and brought up in HP) receive a 50% discount on all course fees.
•    Students from all other states in India and from other SAARC countries receive a 20% discount on all course fees.

We are currently updating our payment options on our website so that Indian citizens and citizens of other SAARC countries can book and pay for courses at the discounted price online. If you book online and are directed to pay the full price, we will refund you the difference when you arrive at the centre.

Please note that this discount is not applicable to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs).