Our Centre in Dharamkot, Dharamsala

The Dharamkot Centre operates from April until the end of October.

Iyengar Yoga Dharamsala"Join our open jam sessions, drumming and bhajan singing on Fridays from 8 to 10 pm"

Established in 1985, the Centre in Dharamkot was built with the desire to give visitors a feeling of inspiration and devotion. The Yoga Hall provides all the practical needs for students, as well as unique artistic beauty. The land surrounding the structure is given as much care and significance as the Yoga Hall itself. Being just a bare piece of land when we started, our Centre is now home to 150 trees, and several varieties of flowers, roses and shrubs. In order to attract as much wildlife as possible, four ponds have been introduced into the gardens.

Iyengar Yoga DharamsalaAt the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre, we not only wish to encourage an awareness of the body, mind and spirit, but also sensitivity and gratitude for our natural environment, which in itself is devotion and respect to the highest principle of nature - Prakruti.
In Dharamkot, we also plan to have a library covering all aspects of Yoga and spiritual philosophy. Accommodation for students is available on campus and a variety of housing options are found very close to the outskirts of the Centre.

Iyengar CentreThe Centre is located in Village Dharamkot, just above McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala and operates during the Spring, Summer and Autmn Seasons, from early April until the end of October. For bookings and information the centre office is opened 9:00am-6:00pm from Thursday to Tuesday.

 

 

Our Centre in Arambol, Goa

The Goa Centre operates from early November until the end of March.

Nestled in the shade of palm, elephant fruit and mango trees, just a few minutes’ walk away from the sea, our Centre in North Goa offers a peaceful and natural environment for Yoga practice. Although located in the heart of Arambol, the Yoga Centre provides a serene retreat. The practice space, constructed of natural materials, offers a great sense of openness and oneness with the surroundings. Basic huts with built-in lockers are provided for students. To secure your accommodation inside the Yoga Centre, please book your hut in advance emailing us at info@hiyogacentre.

The Centre in Goa operates during the winter, from early November until the end of March. For bookings and information the centre office is opened 9:00am-6:00pm from Thursday to Tuesday.

Yoga Goa classes
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Himalaya Shanti Ashram, Dharamsala Eco Retreat for Yoga, Meditation and Healing

Himalaya Shanti Ashram is a mountain retreat specializing in the healing power of Yoga and Meditation as well as sustaining our environmental awareness. Located on the banks of a sparkling clear river, receiving its water from the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, all surrounded by forests and tucked away from the industrial development. It is a true paradise, bringing about quietness and peacefulness unknown in most of the world. Natural dwelling facilities and accommodations provide all that is needed for intensive Yoga and Meditation practice as well permaculture and organic farming.

Iyengar Yoga Dharamsala
Himalaya Shanti Ashram, Dharamshala

All our Intensive Courses and Teachers Trainings for the students with a deep interest in a serious practice – once held at the Himalyan Iyengar Yoga Centre in Dharamkot located one hour away – are now offered at the Ashram to better fulfil the need for quietness and inspire the practice of truly going within.

We are looking to work with others also dedicated to protecting, preserving and enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds us. Those who are looking to learn or teach on the principles of Ayurvedic healing, Organic Farming, Permaculture and other environmental and social projects that are strongly linked to our spiritual journey are invited to contact the ashram for future projects.

 

Our Team

Sharat Arora (Anand Sagar)
Yoga Master Teacher and Founder of the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre and the Himalaya Shanti Ashram
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Shivani (Beata)
Yoga & Meditation Teacher and Director of the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre and the Himalaya Shanti Ashram
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Shyam Sundar Karunakar
Yoga Centre Office Manager and Accounts Executor

As The Office Manager and the Accounts Executor of the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre since the Spring of 2011, I am the first person you will meet when coming to register for classes and move into your accommodation at our Dharamkot and Arambol Yoga Centres.  We have quite likely corresponded via email and I am very quick to put a face to a name. I take great pleasure in welcoming students to the Centre and put my full heart into making everyone feel at home at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre.

 

Magda
Yoga Teacher and Written Content Manager // Yoga Centre's Volunteers In-Charge

 

Daniel
Yoga Teacher and Video Editor // Video Content Manager

 

Maria
Assistant Teacher and Facebook/Instagram Manager

 

Pappu
External Affairs

I am the Head Manager of the External Operations of the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre and the Himalaya Shanti Ashram, and have been with the Centre since its inception. My responsibilities span from acquiring props or anything needed for the the Yoga Centre and Ashram to managing construction projects large and small, serving as a liaison between the head Yoga Master Teacher Sharat Arora and the employees as well as dealing with various official matters in the local bureaucratic system.

Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre: Pappu remains calm in any situation, and is very helpful, thorough and consistent.

 

Pramod Sahu
Internet Presence Manager, Server Maintenance and Technical Support for IT Programming

 

Murali
Web Master

 

Jaydev
Camera Man, Office Support and Ashram In-Charge

 

Balkrishan (Dharamkot)
Gardener & Maintenance In-charge

I have been working on grounds maintenance at the Dharamkot Yoga Centre since the beginning of its operation. I do my job in the spirit of Bhakti, or devotion to God, and take great joy in doing my duties, especially when working in the gorgeous flower gardens.  

Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre: Balah began his work with HIYC as a painter. Showing pride in his work, he was asked to stay and take on more responsibilities, like gardening, premises maintenance as well as take care of the security at the Dharamkot Yoga Centre. Balah is always sincerely kind and friendly, and you will rarely see him without a smile upon his face.  He takes his duties seriously, and does wonderful work in the gorgeous flower gardens as well as in maintaining the Yoga hall and the Yoga Centre house and students rooms. When asked how he can work so hard and be so joyful (you will often head him sing while working) he said, “When I work, I work for God.”

 

Subhash (Mistri)
Construction & Technical Foreman

I work at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram as well as at the Yoga Centres in Dharamkot and Arambol. I take great care in doing the highest possible quality of work. I believe in Guruji’s work and am doing my best to support him. I am with the Himalaya Shanti Ashram from the beginning and participated hand in hand with Guruji in creating this space for the Yoga, Meditation and Healing.  

Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre: Subhashji – our Mistri – is an Angel of the Ashram, with such heart and dedication for taking care of this space. He fixes anything from construction, electricity, plumbing to tailoring or any other problem that comes up. He is so dedicated that often he stays on for night and works until going to sleep – without showing a sign of tiredness. Whenever he is needed – he is available. Always positive, smiling and with great passion for his work, which is very contaminating – whichever other employees are around him they seem to move faster. His duties seem to be his hobbies. With an eye for detail and excellent problem solving skills, Subhashji is affectionately referred to as the “Amazing Guy” or “Golden Hand”. He is responsible for all technical matters of repair, construction and design from creating samples and sewing props to building houses. He takes great pride in always doing the highest possible quality of work. We are lucky to have him involved in all three of our locations.

 

Durgo (Dharamkot Yoga Centre)
Cook and Maintenance Help

I am responsible for cooking and cleaning at the Dharamkot Yoga Centre. I live in the same village. I mainly get involved with the works in the Yoga Centre House. I am with the Yoga Centre since 2013. Although I don’t speak much English, I appreciate exchanging smiles and Namaskars with you.

 

 

 

Surekha (Dharamkot Yoga Centre)
Cook and Maintenance Help

 

Rajesh (Arambol Yoga Centre)
Maintenance In-charge

 

Sunita (Arambol Yoga Centre)
Cook and Maintenance Help

 

Surekha (Arambol Yoga Centre)
Cook and Maintenance Help

 

Anil (Himalaya Shanti Ashram)
Maintenance Help and Subhashji First Assistant

 

Juginder (Himalaya Shanti Ashram)
Cook

 

Pandet (Himalaya Shanti Ashram)
Cook and Maintenance Help

 

Dinesh (Himalaya Shanti Ashram)
Maintenance Help

 

Sanju (Himalaya Shanti Ashram)
Cook, Farming and Maintenance Help

 

Jaufi (Himalaya Shanti Ashram)
Maintenance Help and Farming In-Charge

 

Ravi (Himalaya Shanti Ashram)
Maintenance & Construction Help

 

Karnel (Himalaya Shanti Ashram)
Carpenter

Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre: Karnelji has a very angelic energy, is very honest. He has a child-like spirit and is a very pleasant company to be around with. He is really passionate about his carpentry work. He does everything related to wood for our Ashram and the Yoga Centre in Dharamkot – from finishing in any kinds of wooden finishing in the building to the very artistic pieces of furniture.

 

 

Guddu (Himalaya Shanti Ashram)
Welder

 

Upcoming Trainings & Events

Yoga and Permaculture Course
Venue: Himalaya Shanti Ashram
Date: 5 - 17 September 2017
Price: ₹ 48,000 | 38,000 | 28,000
(Includes Tax 18%)
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Yoga & Meditation Silent Retreat
Venue: Himalaya Shanti Ashram
Date: 18 - 29 September 2017
Price: ₹ 39,530 (Includes Tax 18%)
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Yoga and Ayurveda Intensive Course
Venue: Himalaya Shanti Ashram
Date: 2 - 21 October 2017
Price: Consult
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Yoga Teachers Training Course
Venue: Himalaya Shanti Ashram
Date: 2 October - 11 November 2017
Price: Consult
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Chakras and Evolution of Consciousness Special Yoga Course
Venue: Goa
Date: 22 January - 10 February 2018
Price: Consult
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Pranic Healing Intensive Yoga Course
Venue: Himalaya Shanti Ashram
Date: 19 March - 7 April 2018
Price: Consult
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Yoga Teachers Training Course
Venue: Himalaya Shanti Ashram
Date: 19 March - 28 April 2018
Price: Consult
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Yoga & Meditation Silent Retreat
Venue: Himalaya Shanti Ashram
Date: 30 April - 11 May 2018
Price: ₹ 39,530 (Includes Tax 18%)
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Yoga Therapy Course
Venue: Dharamkot Centre
Date: 30 April - 25 May 2018
Price: Consult
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Special Yoga Course for Vipassana Meditators
Venue: Dharamkot
Date: 28 May - 1 June 2018
Price: ₹ 8,260 (Includes Tax 18%)
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16th Anniversary of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Hall
Venue: Dharamkot
Date: 2 June 2018
Price: Free