What is Yoga Therapy?

“Yoga Therapy is the art of bringing positive awareness towards yourself and learning the techniques to heal your body on all levels. Significant improvement of any condition can be achieved through the proper practice of Yoga Asanas and Pranayama. Regular disciplined continuation of the prescribed program will lead eventual eradication of ailment”

-Master Teacher Sharat Arora

Yoga Therapy is the use of Yoga Practice to treat any ailment from physical issues such backache or knee pain, chronic disorders like malfunctioning thyroid, allergies to mental and emotional problems such as depression, anxiety and stress, as well as many other ailments. Specific Yoga Asanas and Yoga sequence will be taught to each participant along with other prescriptions as necessary such as meditation, affirmations, dietary recommendations and Pranayama.

Who Can Benefit from the Yoga Therapy

The Yoga Therapy Course at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre is for anyone with any kind of ailment seeking an alternative way of healing themselves. Our Master Teacher Sharat Arora spent 7 years studying with his Guruji BKS Iyengar during which time he assisted Guruji in the daily therapeutic sessions.

This course is not a training in general Iyengar Yoga Therapy but rather an applied and specific course for people suffering with physical or mental health and who wish to cure themselves holistically with the help of a Therapeutic Yoga Practice.

What health conditions can I improve on a Yoga Therapy Course with the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre?

Yoga Therapy is suitable as a treatment for people of any age and with a range of illnesses and conditions both acute and chronic.

Healing with Iyengar Yoga for…

  • Aches and pains arising from misalignment such as knee, back and hip pain
  • Chronic disorders such as arthritis, thyroid malfunction – hyper-thyroidand hypo-thyroid, allergies, chronic fatigue, neurological and hormonal disorders, menstrual issues, prostatitis, insomnia
  • Mental health issues like depression, anxiety and stress
  • Yoga as a Therapy to promote overall health and wellness

Yoga can help to improve and cure all these ailments and more…

Please note this Yoga Therapy Course IS NOT a teacher training in Therapeutic Yoga but is designed for people suffering an illness or ailment who wish to learn to heal themselves or manage their condition in a holistic way using Yoga Practice, meditation and Pranayama.

Benefits of Yoga Therapy Course

  • A personal diagnosis during which Master Teacher Sharat Arora and his team will assess your condition
  • Focused afternoon Yoga Therapy Classes with Master Teacher Sharat Arora and his team
  • Small classes in the afternoon Therapeutic Yoga Classes. Not more than 15 students
  • Receiving a specially created personalised Therapeutic Yoga Asanas program and course of healing which you follow in the last week of afternoon classes
  • Hands-on, personalised corrections by Master Teacher and his team of teachers to give you the best assistance possible
  • 2 delicious vegetarian meals per day and herbal tea during the second part of the course

Yoga Therapy Program

The Yoga Therapy course lasts 4 weeks. During the first two weeks of the course you will attend the regular 5-Day Courses in the morning and a meditation or Yoga Relaxation session in the afternoons. After the first two weeks there are 1-2 days of diagnosis by Master Teacher Sharat Arora and the senior teacher team.

Following the diagnoses, the second two weeks is the full Yoga Therapy program during which time you will attend special Yoga Therapy sessions with Master Teacher Sharat Arora and his team in the afternoons. The practitioners will get all the tools to maintain a high level of practice away from the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre, whilst travelling or at home, receive in-depth corrections and personal supervision, as well as more subtle indications so as to be able to use the Yoga Asanas to heal themselves more effectively and completely. The participants will be closely monitored and the programs adjusted accordingly.

Participants are expected to be committed during the 4 weeks of the Yoga Therapy Course. Participants may not partake in other therapies during this course such as osteopathy or extreme Ayurvedic treatments like Panchakarma.

Yoga Therapy Course Schedule

Week 1: Wednesday to Sunday
10 – 1: Preparatory 5-Day Course (Introductory),
4 – 4.30: Afternoon Meditation,
Monday-Tuesday: 2 days of Self-Practice

Week 2: Wednesday to Sunday
7 – 10: 5-Day Course (Continuing Students)
4.30 – 6: Afternoon Relaxation Class
Monday-Tuesday: 2 days of Self-Practice

Weeks 3 – 4: Wednesday to Sunday
7 – 10: 5-Day Course* (Continuing Students)
3.30 – 6.30: 5-Day Yoga Therapy Course*
Monday-Tuesday: 2 days of Self-Practice

Healthy Vegetarian food and tea will be provided during the second two weeks of the Therapy Course.

*Courses conducted by Master Teacher Sharat Arora, assisted by his team of teachers

Please note: Classes conducted by Master Teacher Sharat Arora may be recorded by audio, video and photography for the purpose of archiving the teachings as well as the students’ support.

Yoga Therapy is not a quick-fix solution to health problems, in order to succeed in curing oneself it is expected that participants continue their prescribed Iyengar Yoga self-practice at home after the course finishes. Changes in diet and lifestyle may also be suggested and should be followed long-term.



This course takes place at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre in Village Dharamkot, Dharamshala. Dharamkot is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas and is within walking distance of the cultural sites of Bhagsu and McLeodganj.

Yoga Therapy Course Booking & Deposit

If you haven’t already, please share with us your health condition, so that we may assess the level of help you require.

An ailment can take root and develop into a seemingly chronic issue over years of misalignment or ill treatment of the body. It then requires time and correct actions before it can be removed from the body. Therefore it is to be understood that only those willing to take up a Healing Self Yoga Practice seriously may apply for the Yoga Therapy Course.

To ensure a place in the Yoga Therapy Course, you should book in advance. For booking and deposit please fill up the Enrolment form to check availability and make the online payment using Debit card / Credit card / Internet banking.

Please read Yoga Therapy Course Requirements for Participation, Code of Conduct, Terms and Conditions of Payment.


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Ramon Castillo
Ramon Castillo
When I came to HIYC for the first time I suffered from severe backpain, due to a minor birth defect in my lumbar and the hard mattrasses one encounters in most of the Indian guest houses. So I got myself a nice piece of foam to find rest in my sleep and started the training in HIYC. Things got better day by day and I was pretty happy. Back home, I continued to practice the Yoga method I was taught. Around a year later I decided to go back to India on a long term basis. I planned to buy a mattrass, beeing aware of the anomaly in my spine. But as I arrived in Dharamkot a little late in the evening, there was no point to go to a mattrass shop. I thought, 'fine, no problem for one night'. But it turned out that there was never a need for an expensive, orthopaedic thing! I've now stayed in India for about 9 months, and the mattrasses in India are still quite often hard as hell. But I am fine, got no backpain at all. Sharat Arora is a real expert in how to build up alignment in any posture, no matter what one's preconditions are.
jack mahones
jack mahones
I did a five day introductory course. It was an excellent investment of time. Our young ( well young to me anyways) I’m 66. Vishna was wise beyond his years. He was patient, attentive and knowledgeable. I learned a great deal and will return in January trainings. I strongly recommend this training to anyone seriously interested in competent instruction
Anna Polak
Anna Polak
The best teacher, the best yoga centre, the best place on the earth❤️
Sourav Jena
Sourav Jena
A stream full of priceless wisdom was shared in this Intensive Teachers Training course which I attended for 6 weeks under the guidance of Sharat Ji, Maria and all the assistant teachers. As a pre requisite to the TTC you have to do a 9 day intensive, to get a familiarity with the style of yoga we would be practicing. It is followed by a 3-week Intensive "Pranic Healing" course which is also a Silent course where you commit to yourself to be with silence (except for asking any questions to the teachers and ofcourse anything important). The silent course is held in the 'Himalaya Shanti Ashram' which is located at the foothill of a pristine mountain range in Dharamshala without any distractions. It is sort of a paradise if you love being in the wild and nature. You will learn all the amazing poses with the tiniest of details involved, which is what makes this course so unique. As Sharat, with all his passion and commitment toward yoga will guide you into discovering your body. The silent course is followed by a 3 week Teachers Training at the center in Dharamkot which is again at an amazing location where you are taught on how to impart this knowledge to other people. Having practiced yoga before, I found Sharat's approach very scientific, where you learn as you practice. There is immense focus on awareness, which is a learning for life as the true essence of yoga is to live in a state which is in sync with our true innate nature. I highly recommend this for anyone who is committed in self-development and finding balance in their lives overall. I have so much I can write but i'll perhaps leave it for a blog as this has become too long for a Google review already.
Marcus Streichert
Marcus Streichert
I’ve done a teacher training at the HIYC. This TTC ist not the typical teacher training, it’s much more: It consists of a 9 day immersion course to learn Sharat’s yoga method (which is an evolvement of classic Iyengar yoga), a three weeks intensive course at a mountain ashram and a three weeks teacher training at the centre in Dharamkot. This Yoga Course might be a game changer for your life and your health. Sharat’s yoga is a quite profound approach to yoga, everything is about the correct alignment of the body. If you are already a yoga teacher and want to deepen your knowledge about correct asanas, alignment and prana flowing, this course is for you. If you want to help your yoga students that have problems with their health or have body issues, this course is for you (the course is titled „pranic healing“). If you feel your own body getting older and want to know how to keep it young and healthy, this course is for you. If you want to get motivation to implement a daily yoga routine into your life, this course is for you. To sum it up: I had a profound experience at the HIYC and I soon will be back. (Marcus, Munich)
Amer G
Amer G
Sharat, Maria, and all the other assistants/teachers have a strong passion for doing the asana's correctly. I can only recommend this (alternative) Yoga method which is the best to go internal (mentally) and re-align your body as well. I hope to be back soon.
נבו פרץ
נבו פרץ
I studied last month with a different kind of teacher, different from anything I knew. For more than 5 years I have been studying movement and therapy, qi gong, shiatsu, yoga... and in the last few months here I have been on a long course with him and went through processes of understanding that could have taken years. למדתי בחודש שעבר אצל מורה מסוג אחר, שונה מכל מה שהכרתי. למעלה מ-5 שנים אני לומד תנועה וטיפול, צ'י גונג, שיאצו, יוגה... ובחודשים האחרונים כאן אני בקורס ארוך איתו ועברתי תהליכי הבנה שיכולים היו לקחת שנים.
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