Pandey Ji hatha yoga and kundalini teacher in RishikeshWhen exploring yoga schools in India, often we get requests from yoga students to interview particular yoga teachers.

When you are visiting India for the first time, it might come to you as a surprise that the rules for using the toilet are a little bit different there.
In many places, you will realize that there is no actual toilet to sit on. Instead, you will see an opening in the floor which will require mastering the squatting position.

Getting in the right posture is one thing, calibrating it to make sure it is in the right place at the right time is another skill worth practicing ahead of time since the accuracy of our positioning is vital.

Minimalist Yogi - traveling to India with very little and yet not missing anything.

Minimalist traveling - minimalist packing for teacher training course and retreat in Rishikesh India
This is how we went to India in 2017

This is by no means a list that could fit everyone's needs.

Rishikesh the world capital of yoga teacher training courses
Finding YOUR CUP OF TEA (masala chai) in Rishikesh

You might have heard of Rishikesh being the world capital of yoga. It is a great place to visit if you are interested in yoga, however choosing the right place for you is not going to be so easy.

Surinder Singh yoga teacher in Rishikesh IndiaIf you were in Rishikesh at least once, you definitely must have heard about Surinder Singh. He is one of the best-known hatha yoga teachers here who is particularly reputed for his heart-centered approach to students, brilliant adjustments, kind nature and philosophical touch.

Yoga has been intriguing me for a long time. Over the years I got involved with other body-mind disciplines but yoga was something I always had in the back of my mind. Some of its aspects I practiced on and off and others I wanted to learn more about. 

Like many of us interested in yoga, I thought it would be nice to learn it at the very source - in India! 

Jitendra Das, teacher of hatha yoga in RishikeshJitendra Das is one of the well-known teachers in Rishikesh who teaches a traditional approach to yoga based on ancient scriptures and sources.

Many of you might think of going to India, experiencing a different culture, and perhaps, getting your certification as a yoga teacher. If you’ve never traveled to Asia before, you could be a little surprised (shocked) upon your arrival, by how different, from your home country, India can be.

There are many amazing experiences to be had while visiting Indian continent but it is probably not a bad idea to make some mental and physical preparations ahead of time.

Yoga teacher Naveen Joshi Rishikesh IndiaNaveen Joshi is a teacher of traditional yoga in Rishikesh. Let his young age not fool you. Naveen has been practicing yoga for about 18 years, learning from some outstanding teachers.

Merriam-Webster defines Ashram as

1:  a secluded dwelling of a Hindu sage; also :  the group of disciples instructed there

2:  a religious retreat

Rajendra Pandey teacher of holistic yoga RishikeshRajendra Pandey is a teacher of traditional hatha yoga in Rishikesh. This teacher is not extremely well-known in Rishikesh, as he seems not to be very interested in self-promotion.

Yogi Vishvaketu Akhanda and hatha yoga teacher in Rishikesh and CanadaIf you're looking for a unique yoga style, check out this interview with Yogrishi Vishvketu, the founder of Akhanda yoga style. Akhanda yoga cultivates many hatha yoga practices that are rarely present in contemporary yoga studios.

Sunil Sharma yogic healing system Yoganga rishikeshSunil Sharma is a teacher of yoga, meditation and particularly yoga nidra in Rishikesh. But most yogis know him as the author of Yoganga healing system, a therapeutic approach that uses yogic methods and techniques to help people get rid of their psychological and emotional problems.

ParveenParveen Nair Iyengar yoga teacher in Rishikesh Nair is Iyengar yoga teacher from Malaysia who currently teaches in Rishikesh. Although he has started giving classes in Rishikesh quite recently, he has already become one of the favorite yoga teachers among local people and international students.

So many come to India to find answers to life's persistent questions.

Who am I? What is my purpose in life? How to find happiness?

We look into the wisdom of the Vedas.

We try the yogic practices.

We cleanse with Ayurvedic panchakarmas.

We quiet our minds with meditation and energize our beings with chanting and mudras.

Is it helping us in our quest?

The fundamental realities of our stay in India can be quite overwhelmingly intense.

Usha Devi Iyengar yoga teacher in RishikeshUsha Devi is a living legend in Rishikesh. A Swiss woman who has lived in India for 40 years, she has suffered two terrible accidents in 1998 and 2003 that crashed her legs.

Slava Gutsaluk hatha yoga instructor in KievSlava Gutsaluk is one of the most positive-minded and friendly yoga instructors in Kiev, Ukraine. His classes are well-structured, safe, moderately intense, and always inspiring.

Joshua Craig martial arts teacher New YorkYoga is frequently perceived as a way of practice that seeks the most optimal ways of combining both body and mind into one, efficient, seamlessly working unit. There are many other traditions and methods that have similar if not identical goals. One of them is I Liq Chuan.

Natasha Poperechnaya Vajra Yoga TeacherNatalia Poperechnaya, a yoga teacher in Kiev school of yoga, has shared with TopYogis some insights on why practices of Vajra yoga are safe from the point of view of biomechanics and common sense, why easi

Marek Wajsman martial arts tai chi chi gong and standing meditation instructor in IsraelWhile traveling and visiting different yoga teachers around the world, we realized that many of them complement their personal yoga practice with other arts and traditions like Qigong, Tai Chi, meditation, etc.

 

Vadim Tsivan a yoga teacher in Novyi Viek yoga studio KievVadim Tsivan, a yoga teacher in Kiev, a poet and a developer of Soft yoga approach, has told TopYogis why yoga should be adapted to present-day circumstances, how to practice Soft yoga, and how yoga can help us live up to 150 years. 

Anatoliy Zenchenko Ishvara yoga teacher in Kiev UkraineAnatoliy Zenchenko, the founder of Ishvara yoga style, has shared with TopYogis his thoughts on Ishvara yoga, headstands, signs of progress in yoga, and reasons why we try to put the leg behind the head. 

Today we have a conversation with Yaroslav Tokarev, an instructor of yoga in Kiev with great experience of personal and teaching practice. Yaroslav combines techniques of Universal yoga with principles of ayurveda and individualized approach to every student. 

Journalists of TopYogis are traveling in different countries around the world to discover outstanding yoga teachers and unique styles of yoga. We had the chance to talk with some of these teachers.

Do you know what yoga is? 

If you’re only a beginner in this practice, you may be in a sort of fortunate situation, because for you, yoga is clear as a day. You probably started classes with some teacher, and as you keep practicing, you imagine that yoga is a well-rounded practice that combines physical exercises, some breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. The physical exercises may be more static (asanas), or more dynamic (sequences of asanas and vinyasas) and sometimes contain kriyas - a combination of breath and physical movement practiced repetitively.