Welcome to the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre India
Founded in 1985 by our teacher Yoga Master Sharat Arora, the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre was the first Yoga School in both North Goa and Himachal Pradesh. Since that time Sharat Arora has taught and helped over 40,000 students.
At the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre we practise and teach an evolution of Classical Iyengar Yoga, as developed by our teacher who was a long term student and assistant teacher for his Guruji BKS Iyengar.
Guruji B. K. S. Iyengar
BKS Iyengar was a genius of the body and full of compassion for his students. His teachings live on and Iyengar Yoga is perhaps the most popular style practised in the world today. His extensive research into the human body, therapeutics and healing led to the invention and use of yoga props: bricks, straps, chairs, etc to help everybody stay in the pose and achieve alignment regardless of age or physical condition.
Yoga Master Sharat Arora
Yoga Master Sharat Arora spent 7 years in full time study with BKS Iyengar. He assisted in all general Iyengar Yoga Classes and worked alongside him in the therapy sessions at the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune. There he learned not only Iyengar Yoga Asanas but also how to practise, how to teach & how to heal.
“What did Guruji teach me? Everything. He taught me to feel, to explore, to try. He never gave an answer to a question but would push us to find it out ourselves, through the practice. He taught subtlety of awareness, this was his greatest gift.”
About Iyengar Yoga Practice
His dedicated 7 years with Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar led him to explore and develop his own yoga practice in line with Guruji's teachings of alignment & healing. The Yoga we practise and teach at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre is therefore an EVOLUTION of the Traditional Iyengar Yoga.
Master Sharat Arora's relentless exploration led him to discover the importance of the foundations in Yoga Practice. From there the Yoga Asanas grow and alignment is found. The revelation about footwork and handwork is integral and specific to Master Sharat Arora's style of teaching. This uniqueness and authenticity makes the HIYC one of the best Iyengar Yoga Schools in India.
Learn Iyengar Yoga - Iyengar Yoga Courses & Training
We run a range of Iyengar Yoga Courses, Yoga Teacher Training, Intensive Courses and Silent Retreats at our Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centres and Yoga Ashram. All students starts with an introduction to the yoga method regardless of previous Iyengar Yoga Training or other Yoga Practices experience because of the subtle differences between these styles and what we teach. For students who wish to learn the method properly and take away a full Hatha Yoga Self-Practice, we recommend 3 weeks of classes at one of our Top Iyengar Yoga Studios or an equivalent 9-Day Intensive Yoga Course.
Students who are inspired to go deeper still are encouraged to visit our Yoga Ashram and complete an Intensive Courses or Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) Course. We also offer shorter Intensive Courses, Silent Meditation Retreats, Yoga Therapy Courses, Yoga Workshop for Back Pain, Yoga for Vipassana Meditators, Yoga for Women and more.
Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre locations in India
We have three locations: 2 Iyengar Yoga Schools, in Arambol in North Goa and Dharamkot in Himachal Pradesh, and a space for Iyengar Yoga Retreats at our Ashram in the hills near Dharamshala, also in Himachal Pradesh.
At the Iyengar Yoga Centres in Dharamshala and Goa, we run weekly 5-Day Yoga Courses in the method as well as a range of longer and Special Yoga Courses and Workshops.
The Himalayan Yoga Ashram is where we hold our residential courses such as the 3-week Yoga Intensives, the Yoga Teacher Trainings and Silent Meditation Retreats. We also have there an organic permaculture farm which provides food for the students on the courses.