Yoga Teacher Training School in Rishikesh - India
The teachers at Rishikesh Yog Dham have a vast experience nationally and internationally and all are masters in yogic practices.
Arvind Sharma is a Hath yogi who began learning yoga in his mid-twenties. He was influenced by the Brahman Vedic pundits his family consisted of. His spirituality was further ignited by watching his grandfather perform the havan along with chanting of Vedic mantras. He wanted to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and lead a life of spirituality but he found that he could not sit in a meditative posture for more than an hour on a hungry stomach chanting mantras which he was required to do till the worship was completed.
His grandfather showed him how a sant-sadhu (saint-ascetic) lives and enrolled him into a Yog and Vedanta program. The program enlightened him and he realized that it was through yoga that he would be able to find his true identity. He joined morning yoga classes at Shivananda with Shri Swamiji. The more he practiced yoga the more positive he became and he soon discovered an inner bliss.
He took to learning yoga professionally by doing the one year basic yoga course followed by three months yog sadhana course and then took up the yoga teacher training course at Devbhoomi International Spiritual Yoga and Naturopathy Education and Research Centre and also at Rishikesh Yog Peeth. He has taught yoga at ashrams, yoga centers and to tourist groups at Rishikesh and in Mumbai. His spiritual journey also took him to Shanghai (China) where he imparted knowledge of traditional Hatha yoga and shared his yogic experience. He returned to India and became a teacher at Rishikesh Yog Peeth but now runs Rishikesh Yog Dham his own yoga centre.
Yogacharya Sanjay is a visiting faculty at Rishikesh Yog Dham. He is the founder president of Shree Narayan Yoga Peeth. From an early age he was inspired by his grandfather who initiated him into a yogic lifestyle. Later he honed his yogic practice at Sivananda Ashram & Bihar School of Yoga and got an initiation into the Udaseen Sampraday tradition. He has also studied Iyengar yoga style and incorporates its attention to postural alignment into his classes. His systematic approach to asana practice, deep knowledge of yoga therapy and loving yet firm style of delivery makes him an invaluable asset for any yoga school.
Shekhar teaches kriya and mantra chanting and has been a Hath yoga practitioner since 2000. He has completed the 3 months yog sadhana and teacher training course from Devbhoomi International Spiritual and Naturopathy Education and Research Centre and the one month teacher training course from Rishikesh Yog Peeth. He also has to his credit the one year diploma in yogic science from Jai Ram Ashram, Rishikesh.
Olesya was awakened to the positive spirit of yoga six years ago after her friend brought her to a yoga class when she was undergoing emotional turmoil. Her life is so completely changed with yoga that she has decided to pass on the benefits of continued practice in yoga to others. Aslanova has received her 200 hour certificate from ‘Body and Soul’ in Shanghai- China and from Rishikesh Yog Peeth. She has yoga teaching experience in Russia, China and India.
Dominique discovered yoga in 1975 after a severe motorcycle accident and began teaching yoga in 1991 in Nepal. He practiced different styles of yoga but finally adopted Vinyasa Yoga and has since developed his own style based on the teachings of Krishnamacharya. This style is eclectic and incorporates the best elements of other schools. Though his style of yoga is open he remains faithful to the ancient yoga traditions and his continued study of yoga tradition gives him a sound grounding which he communicates to his students.
Dominique has run many intensive yoga retreats and teacher training courses. His study of Western anatomy, Chinese Medicine, Japanese Shiatsu, Reiki, and Indian Ayurveda complements his yoga. He knows non-tantric as well as tantric forms of meditation and now follows Dzogchen teaching. He is an experienced and registered yoga teacher (500E-RYT) with Yoga Alliance USA and owns ‘Yogayantra’ a registered yoga school.
Yoko relationship with India started in 1995. Since then she has traveled to India many times and explored the multidimensional Indian cultures and philosophies. Those experiences naturally brought her to the path of Yoga, and she decided to take the physical and spiritual journey of life as Yoga practitioner. She started teaching Yoga in Shanghai just after coming back from her spiritual trip, which helped her improve her knowledge of Yoga, and during the trip, she also got teaching experience in Rishikesh, India. Now, teaching Yoga has become an important part of her life, and she loves to share the physical, spiritual and practical elements of Hatha Yoga in her classes.