2019 Parmarth Yoga Courses

Please Note – For the Courses Listed Below: The first date listed is the orientation meeting, which is held in the evening either before or after dinner. Students should try to be at the Ashram by 1 pm. Please check at the Reception Office for the exact timing of the orientation.

with guest instructor Elise Hockley, UK

Instructions in English

Winter 2019: Sunday December 15th – Friday December 27th, 2019

This 2 week Foundation Yoga program for individuals with no yoga experience includes prayers, pranayama, Surya Namaskar, traditional hatha yoga basic asana, Vedic Chanting, Karma Yoga and satsang [question / answer session].  Each day concludes with Ganga Havan & Aarti at sunset; followed by Satsang when Pujya Sadhviji is in the Ashram.

Naada Yoga with Vedic Chanting I

Instructions in English

Winter 2019: Sunday December 1st – Saturday December 21st, 2019

“Yujyate anena iti yogah”  – that which helps our union with the Divine is Yoga. Nada Yoga means Yoga of Sacred Sound. Mantras, Vedic Chants, Kirtan/Bhajan, Suktas, shlokas, stotras and singing the glory of the Divine in any form ultimately take us to this divine union, called Nada Yoga.

In this Nada Yoga with Vedic Chanting Course you will have the opportunity to learn the Vedic chants for the morning universal prayers; and, the Hanuman Chalisa, Shiva Mahimna Stotra, mantras and bhajans / kirtan for the enchanting experience of the Divine Ganga Aarti on the holy banks of Ma Ganga at sunset. Additionally you will learn the Durga Sukta in worship of the Divine Mother and the Sarva Devta Gayatri to honour all the manifestations of the Divine Creator.

This 3 week program will also include hatha yoga, meditation, mantra yoga, bhakti yoga, karma yoga; and, daily bhajan/satsang after dinner as a wonderful way to end the day.

If you want to connect with the Divine through sound, then this Nada Yoga with Vedic Chanting Course is for you.

Certificate: Commitment to the practice, punctuality and attendance, and honouring the yogic principles must be demonstrated to qualify for the certificate.

Special New Year Spiritual Retreat

Instructions in English

2020 New Year Spiritual Retreat: Sunday December 29th, 2019 – Wednesday January 1st, 2020

A New Year, a New You!  Come celebrate New Year’s on the holy banks of Ma Ganga in the lap of the majestic and sacred Himalayas. Rejuvenate and re-energize yourself to live the New Year truly as the best YOU possible! This 3-day Special New Year’s Spiritual Retreat with our resident yogacharyas, Sadhvi Abhaji [Mataji] and Induji Sharma, includes pranayama, yogasanas including surya namaskar and basic stretching yoga asana, spiritual question & answer sessions, silent and guided meditations, silence, self-reflection, mantra chanting, karma yoga, Himalayan walks and much more. Many sessions will be led by Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji. Each day concludes with Ganga havan and aarti at sunset followed by darshan/satsang with Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagwatiji. Experience a transformative special New Year’s yagna/havan ceremony on the morning of January 1st, to transform and / or release all that no longer serves you. 

Come, be in the presence of the living spiritual master and begin the New Year as a New You!

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Yoga Retreat Week

Instructions in English

Winter 2019: Sunday November 17th – Friday November 22nd, 2019

This 5-day Spiritual Retreat includes prayers, pranayama, Mauna Dhyana Sadhana, Surya Namaskar and basic stretching yoga asana, question / answer session, Mantra Chanting,  silent & guided Meditations, Gita recitation,  Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga.   Each day concludes with Ganga Havan & Aarti at sunset; followed by Satsang when Pujya Sadhviji is in the Ashram; and kirtan at 8:30pm with the Rishikumars of the Parmarth Gurukul.

Optional classes available in this program:

  • 1 additional chanting class per day
  • Conversational Hindi 1 class per day

Yoga Teacher Training Course

Instructions in English

Autumn 2019: Sunday October 13th – Friday November 8th, 2019

Becoming a yoga teacher takes commitment, dedication and willingness to live the yogic principles. The yoga teacher is the disciple as well as the example.

This 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course is eligible to register with Yoga Alliance USA and includes prayers, pranayama, Surya / Chandra Namaskar, traditional hatha yoga basic asana, in-depth practice of yoga asana, Yoga in the Bhagvad Gita and Paatanjali Yoga Sutras, Teaching Methodology / Teaching Practice and opportunities for self practice to deepen your understanding, discipline and teaching abilities, Vedic Chanting, question / answer sessions, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Havan [Sacred Fire ceremony] and cultural aspects of Indian Festivals [whichever occurs during the course]. Each day concludes with Ganga Havan & Aarti at sunset; followed by Satsang when Pujya Sadhviji is in the Ashram.

Pre-requisite:  Currently a yoga teacher; or, completion of Intensive Yoga; or, 2 years of regular yoga asana practice; and, a desire to live the principles of yoga.

Certificate of Attendance: Commitment to the practice, punctuality and attendance, and honouring the yogic principles must be demonstrated to qualify for the certificate. With successful completion of this program you can teach yoga with Yoga Alliance USA credentials.

Important Course Information

  • It is necessary to understand, read and write English to be able to participate in the yoga courses which are offered in English.
  • Certificates for Intensive and YTTC will be issued only on completion of the entire course.
  • Attendance and punctuality are important factors for self discipline and to receive the certificate for certificate courses.
  • Men and women should wear clothing that covers shoulders (no sleeveless shirts), midriff, and calves (no capris, shorts, or short dresses). Ladies should be careful to cover their cleavage. Yoga Students are expected to wear white, a balance of the seven colors and the color of purity. Please avoid wearing tight clothing both for your own comfort and as a sign of respect for the local culture. Additionally, it is customary to remove your shoes before entering buildings or sacred places. If you are not dressed appropriately you may not be allowed to participate in yoga classes or other Ashram activities.  Dress code to be maintained during yoga classes, at meal times, in the Ashram grounds, and at Parmarth ghat.
  • Make sure to bring your receipt of full payments to the first class that begins early in the morning.
  • No classes on Sundays and major Indian/Hindu Holidays.
  • The first day is for check in and orientation. Please arrive at the Ashram by 4:00 pm and check with the reception desk for the location and time of the orientation.
  • Yoga students are welcome to stay additional days to integrate and deepen their discipline and practice. This is only possible when rooms are available.


Our Yoga Team

Sadhvi Abha Saraswatiji


 Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji

Resident Yoga Teachers


Indu Sharma


Nandini Tripathi

Visiting Teachers

Tara Maniar (Canada)

Sue Melbourne (USA)

Anandra George (USA)

Elise Hockley (UK)


Nour Kawa (USA)

Mukti Devi (USA)

Dr. Mandar Akkalkotkar,
Ayurvedacharya (BAMS), MD, Pune

Octavia Nasr, USA