The Yoga Institute

Mumbai Maharashtra City Center
Type
 Yoga School
Programs
 Yoga Teacher Training
Offerings
 Yoga

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ABOUT US

The Yoga Institute, Santacruz (East), Mumbai, India was founded in 1918 by Shri Yogendraji and is the oldest organized centre of yoga in the world. With a broader vision of becoming a householder to propagate the message of yoga, Shri Yogendraji believed that the benefits of yoga should be shared to all instead of keeping it as a secret for very few. Thus Shri Yogendra became known as the Father of Modern Yoga Renaissance.

 

Since many people came to learn yoga only as a solution for their health problems, the founder emphasized on teaching yoga as a way of life and to remove obstacles in one’s personality for a better way of living. The Yoga Institute was thus designed more as a ‘Life School’ where one learnt to live. The simplicity, sincerity and non-commercial angle of The Yoga Institute caters to householders and offers guidelines of how to manage self and keep up one’s sanity as well as balance in today’s competitive, tension ridden world.

 

Spearheading the “Yoga for the Householder” movement in the world, the Institute serves thousand people daily for training, health benefits and consultations. It also offers Yoga teacher-training courses as well as publishes books on yoga therapy, asanas, pranayam, couples counseling, traditional scriptures, ethics for everyday life, and a variety of other subjects on yoga education.

 

Shri Yogendraji’s son, Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra, who is the President of The Yoga Institute, continues to carry on the Founder’s legacy in a sincere way. World famous Yog Guru, Smt. Hansaji Jayadeva Yogendra is the Director of The Yoga Institute and also serves as President of The International Board of Yoga.

 

LIFE-SCHOOL

Is there a life-school where one learns how to live? The objective of such a life-school of course will not be in helping acquire money, power, or pleasure, but rather in sharing and teaching the art of a healthy way of life at physical, mental and spiritual levels. Caring, mindfulness and discipline will be its hallmark rather than it possessing tall buildings and expansive campus.

 

All activities that go on here including interpersonal relationships in classrooms and administrative offices will lead to a spiritual awareness. Emotional tensions will get resolved against a larger understanding of the incomprehensible and irresistible twists and turns of life. Whether it is learning of Asanas or learning of yoga sutras, the learning will go on adding to the Satvik experience. The need for specific techniques will diminish in face of a change in values, motivations, attitudes and habits. Yogic living will re-establish the homeostatic balance and treatment of diseases will be a by-product of a yogic life.

 

The faith in a higher reality will instil a positive approach of life and will definitely lead to a reduction in floating states of anxiety responsible for many psychosomatic and neurotic conditions. One would learn to participate fully in any and all day. This would lead to a joy in living and meaningfulness of life. The life school would prepare men and women to live well in the world again. They will not only learn this but will be able teach it to others as well, through sharing. Can we dream of such centers of learning in the country? It does not matter if we call this life-school “The Yoga Institute” or we call it by other names. There is an overwhelming need today for such life-schools in the society. What we seem to be lacking is not various skills involved in our work or massive information related to it but actual living models and living experiences for the fullness of life.

The Yoga Institute was founded on 25th December, 1918 by the Founder Shri Yogendraji. It found a permanent base in Santacruz, Mumbai, in 1948. Spread over one acre of land amidst nature, with three buildings dedicated to Yogic activities, this non-profit organization has been running on its own strength for 9 decades now. About 2000 persons visit the Institute every day for training, and health consultations.

 

PARAMHAMSA MADHAVADASJI (FOUNDER’S GURU)

His Holiness Paramhamsa Madhavadasji was born in 1798 to a Mukhopadhyaya family in Bengal. His childhood surroundings and parental influences inspired in him a devotional attitude and faith. At the tender age of 23 he left his home in search of higher pursuits whilst working as a lawyer in the courts during the British rule. His early association with Bhakti rituals could not satisfy the reformist concepts he was looking for so he learnt different traditions and after going around Assam, Tibet, Himalayas etc. he got an opportunity to get first-hand knowledge of technical yoga.

 

In 1916, at the age of 118, Paramhamsa Madhavadasji was in Mumbai at Madhavbaug for a discourse where he met Yogendraji (then known as Mani). Since then, a strong bond developed between the teacher and student and he personally guided and trained Mani on the path of yoga.

 

FOUNDER SHRI YOGENDRAJI

Shri Yogendraji was born as Mani Haribhai Desai in 1897 in Gujarat. Through a chance meeting, he found his Guru, Shri Paramhamsa Madhavadasji and learnt all about yoga from him. With the blessings of his Guru, Yogendraji went on to spread the then secret knowledge of yoga among the masses as he felt yoga could help improve the lives of householders.

 

He founded The Yoga Institute at ‘The Sands’, the residence of Dadabhai Naoroji in Versova in 1918. There, he cured many people from various ailments through therapeutic yoga. Following this, he travelled to America and founded a Yoga Institute in Harriman, New York in 1920. Much research work was done on the subtle physiological and psychological effects of yoga along with scientists and doctors.

 

Shri Yogendraji then returned to India and following the wishes of his father, married and remained a Householder Yogi. He has written many authoritative texts on yoga based on ancient scriptures. Some of his books are even preserved in the Crypt of Civilization for posterity, to be opened after 6000 years. Along with his wife, Sitadevi Yogendra, he continued to teach and spread the awareness of authentic classical yoga at The Yoga Institute, Santacruz until his death in 1989.

 

SMT. SITADEVI YOGENDRA (FOUNDER’S WIFE)

Smt. Sitadevi Yogendra, fondly known as Mother, married Shri Yogendraji in 1927 and joined him in his mission of spreading the knowledge of yoga in the world. She began teaching women and children at The Yoga Institute and has written many articles and books on the subject. Her book Yoga Physical Education for Women is also preserved in the Crypt of Civilization, to be opened 6000 years later. Mother Sitadevi passed away in 2008 at the age of 97.

 

DR. JAYADEVA YOGENDRA (PRESIDENT OF THE YOGA INSTITUTE)

Born in 1929, Shri Yogendraji’s son, Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra, is a simple man and a true Yogi. Having seen his complete dedication to a life of discipline and simplicity, the Sadhakas of the Institute consider him as their true Guru. Being born in a family of Yogis, he had a spiritual inclination since childhood. Today, as the President of The Yoga Institute, he continues to carry on the Founder’s legacy in his silent and sincere way. He is also the Editor of the Institute’s monthly Journal, “Yoga & Total Health” published since 1933. Dr. Jayadeva completed his Masters in Samkhya and Yoga at the Bombay University in 1952. In 1955, he was awarded the Hargobindas scholarship for a Ph.D (Dr. of Philosophy) for his thesis on Moksha Parvan. At the Institute, he has introduced several courses, pioneering work in Yoga Education and Therapeutics. Students at the Institute continue to draw constant inspiration from his wisdom, compassion, wit and unflinching commitment to truth.

 

SMT. HANSAJI JAYADEVA YOGENDRA (DIRECTOR OF THE YOGA INSTITUTE)

A dynamic and charismatic personality, Smt. Hansaji, wife of Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra and present Director of The Yoga Institute, has dedicated her life to the running of the Institute and to teaching yoga as a way of life in a completely practical way. Smt. Hansaji Jayadeva has been selected as “Woman of the Year 2000” by the American Biographical Institute, U.S.A. for her outstanding accomplishment and the noble example she has set for her peers and entire community. She is perhaps best known throughout the nation due to her involvement in the popular television series ’Yoga for Better Living’, first aired in 1980.

 

She was recognized for her contribution to Women’s Health through the award presented by SPARC. She has conducted several seminars and lecture tours in India and in Europe, Australia, Canada, Pakistan, Hong Kong and United States of America. She has also authored many Yoga books and articles. She was invited by the National Council for Education Research and Training along with Dr. Jayadeva to advise on formulating a Yoga education syllabus for schools nationwide.

 



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How to Reach

Airway Connectivity
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai?
Railway Connectivity
Santacruz Railway Station
Roadway Connectivity
The yoga Institute is 350 Mt away from Santa cruz railway station.

1. Code of conduct Dress Code Students/Participants are required to be decently and appropriately dressed in the premises of Yoga Institute. Tight body hugging clothes, short tops, shorts, revealing clothes, tank tops, low cut shirts, short T-shirts, etc. are strictly prohibited inside the premises. Ideally dress code of Students/Participants are expected to be attired in trousers, track pants, sleeved T shirts, shirts, salwar kameez, kurta pyjama. In case any Students/Participants is inappropriately dressed, The Yoga Institute reserves its right to prohibit entry of such Students/Participants in its premises. The decision of the institute in such case shall be final and binding on the Students/Participants. Demeanour Students/Participants shall treat all (Staff and Volunteers at the Yoga Institute) with due courtesy at all times. Service of the Staff and Volunteers shall NOT be utilized for private or personal work. No tips in cash or kind should be given to the Staff and Volunteers of the Institute. Food Apart from the food served in the Institute, no outside food is allowed to be brought in the premises, except fruits and home cooked vegetarian meals. Food shall be consumed in the designated area only and not anywhere else. Eating in class is strictly prohibited Acts which are Strictly Prohibited Loitering outside during class timings, Smoking, Drinking of Alcohol or use of illicit drugs is strictly prohibited in the premises of Institute. 2. General Health Condition Any health related advice and suggestions given at the Yoga Institute should not be used for diagnosing purposes or be substituted for medical advice. Always consult your doctor or qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health. Consult your physician before changing your diet, starting an exercise (yoga) program. It is the sole responsibility of the Students/Participants to consult a physician prior to and regarding their participation in the programmes offered by The Yoga Institute. Students/Participants are responsible for their own well-being during the class and are advised to practice at their own pace, understanding their limitations. Students/Participants are required to inform their teacher if there have been any changes in their medical / health condition which might affect their participation. 3. Pregnant Students/Participants Our classes, by default, are not suitable for pregnant Students/Participants, except the Pregnancy Camp. If any Student/Participant is pregnant, and wish to participate in any other programme they are necessarily required to discuss their options. 4. Indemnity The Yoga Institute does not provide liability insurance for the protection of children, parents, visitors, or others who may participate in any of our programmes. In consideration for their participation in any programme, the participants does hereby release and forever discharge the Yoga Institute and its directors, teachers, office bearers, and employees, jointly and severally from any and all actions, causes of actions, claims and demands for, upon or by reason of any damage, loss or injury, which hereafter may be sustained by participating in any of our programmes. This release extends and applies to, and also covers and includes, all unknown, unforeseen, unanticipated and unsuspected injuries, damages, loss and liability and the consequences thereof, as well as those now disclosed and known to exist. 5. Reference and Reading Material Students/Participants may be given hand outs, notes and reading material during their participation in our programmes. These are for personal use of the Students/Participants only and cannot be circulated, distributed, printed, exploited, exhibited, transmitted, reproduced, broadcasted, adapted or posted in any public domain. Any such use shall amount to infringement of copy right and shall be dealt strictly.

The Yoga Institute has a NO-REFUND policy for all its programmes.



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