Anandavan Yog Peeth was set up to help people benefit from the practice of yoga to achieve physical and mental well-being. We want to apply the science of yoga by adapting the traditional knowledge of Indian Masters to suit our times, while taking care to preserve the essence of their teachings.
We offer a 200-hour Yoga Teachers Training Course in association with Rishikesh Yog Peeth (RYP) of Rishikesh, India. They have been conducting 200, 300 and 500-hour Yoga Alliance certified Yoga Teacher Training programs for the last 10 years, and are considered to be one of the best Yoga Teacher Training schools in India.
Anandavan Yog Peeth opened in 2016. In that sense we are relatively new, but we’re not new to Yoga and teaching. Our trainers have years of experience of teaching yoga and teacher training courses. We also strengthen this by inviting teachers from Rishikesh. We are grateful to our students who took a chance and came to us last year and helped us take root. They have generously shared their experience about the 200-hour TTC here.
Our teaching philosophy
If you want to become a yoga teacher or you’re looking to deepen your practice and understanding of yoga, it is our intention to make the trainings that we offer fully immersive and unique.
Yoga is about experience. We want to give you a sense of a yogic lifestyle during this course that complements all the usual yoga activities with traditional Indian sattvic food, in a peaceful environment.
We want to provide a transforming experience and focus on the subtler aspects of Yoga, not only covering the asanas, but going beyond to enhance your understanding of what yoga is. Our Yoga does not end at the yoga hall. At one level, Yoga is fearless expression of yourself. We believe our teacher training programs will help you discover this.
We have made a promise to ourselves: that we will work to provide the best yoga teacher training experience to you.
Yoga Tradition and what it means to us
No one really knows how old this science of Yoga is, but that’s irrelevant. What is important is that it can teach us how to live in this world in a meaningful, balanced and a fulfilling way. These principles hold true even in this modern age. They must be re-interpreted for our times to be understood and applied, while keeping the original spirit intact.
There are as many traditions of yoga as there are definitions of yoga. But that is fine if the fundamental principles are understood. This “tradition” of having many traditions has been happily accepted around the world and this has given rise to many “styles” of yoga like Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin yoga, etc.
We respect all styles of contemporary yoga. Our approach in Anandavan Yog Peeth is to include the key aspects of yoga that have been accepted as “traditional” in India in the past. Just as the many schools of Indian philosophy which differ among themselves, but have a common set of principles that everyone accepts.
In the end, Yoga is about discovering your true nature through your own personal experience – no matter which path you take or tradition you adopt, if they take you to your goal. Our effort will be to introduce you to the basics so that you can confidently explore this science further.
For example, we emphasise the principles of Yama (self-restraint) and Niyama (fixed observance) which form the first two limbs of Patanjali’s eight-limbs of Yoga. They teach you how to live in this world in a balanced way. Tradition says that if these are not practiced, there is no chance of success in the other limbs of yoga – even Asana and Pranayama. We believe that Yama and Niyama are the essence of Yoga in today’s world. They need to be understood and followed to experience the real yoga. Practicing asanas only will bring limited results.
Inspiration behind the school
When we decided to set up a Yoga school, it was a step closer to achieve a dream. A dream to live life simply and to share what we love doing. Yes, it is mainly about Yoga - but it is also about attempting to live sustainably and harmoniously. It is about trying to live the teachings of Yoga ourselves.
We took a leap of faith and committed ourselves to the way we wanted to live. This led to the setting up of Anandavan Yog Peeth, a place where people can come together to practice, explore, share and learn Yoga in a friendly environment. Something like an inn of old times that provided a place for weary travellers to rest, seek company and swap stories with fellow travellers on the same path.
Our approach to Yoga
- We believe Yoga is a gift to entire humanity and its practice is an antidote to the stress and suffering of our lives. We want to bring the benefits of this science to many people.
- We also believe that India, the birth place of Yoga, has a special responsibility to continue to spread this message of Yoga to the world in its original essence.
- We are conscious of this responsibility. We will make sincere efforts to follow the path of Yoga in its spirit, with compassion, in the right way, and with right expectations.
- Where possible, we will use the insights of science to deepen our understanding of yogic practices. Otherwise we keep an open heart and mind and trust our instincts. Yoga was never meant to be followed blindly. Questioning everything is also yoga.
Yoga in the Himalayas
It is well-known that yogis and seekers of India sought the solitude of the Himalayas to deepen and perfect their practice. They believed there was a special energy in these mountains that aided their efforts.
And so we took this as a hint to locate our Yoga school in one of the most beautiful parts of eastern Himalayas in India. We need all the help we can get, right? And like good innkeepers, we do have a story behind this, but we'll save it for when we meet.
Meaning of "Anandavan Yog Peeth"
"Anandavan*" is the forest of bliss. It is the place of Lord Shiva, who is the original yogi and the first teacher of Yoga. He taught this science to his consort, Parvati - the first student - and then to the ancient Rishis for the good of mankind. Our school is called Anandavan in honour of the first Teacher and Student. We seek the essence of Yoga with their blessings.
Anandavan* (pronounced Aa-nand-a-van). "Yog"is the original Sanskrit term for “Yoga” ("Yog" has been modified to "Yoga" by English speakers), and "Peeth" literally means "Seat" - used in this context as "a seat or center of learning". Hence : "Yog Peeth" = a place for learning Yog(a).