Yoga Gurus

Your Yoga Gurus


The highly qualified instructors at the VYA have a passion for sharing their unique knowledge with our students. Their extensive background experience in various yogic topics, allow our facility to fully support each student with a well rounded curriculum that enables a complete education throughout their course. Instructors are available to assist our students on an intimate level whenever there is a need for further examination of a topic.


Yogi Vishnu Panigrahi

Yogi Vishnu Panigrahi

Our Master, Founder, Meditation...

After practicing yoga from very early age of 12, he decided to leave his family and friends behind to pursue the yogic path and meet his first Yoga Master - Narayan Muni at Jharsuguda Muni Samaj Yoga Ashram. It was here he took his first steps into the Himayalan Tradition. In 1988 he met his second Yoga Master - Swami Niranjan ji to learn the wisdom of the Vedas. There he came across the Jnana Yoga (knowledge), which taught him the important lessons in the path to self-realization. After joining Sri Satya Sai Baba's ashram to learn the spiritual beauty and value of the Karma Yoga (charity work), his life changed completely. There he learned that he had to undergo a heart surgery. That experience made him realise the importance of charity. In the year of 2001 he left home for the last time. The decision to become a monk had been made and his wonderings eventually led to the holy city of Rishikesh. Here once again he met the Himalayan Yoga Tradition, but this time to never leave it again. After studying and practicing yoga under Swami Veda's motherly heart, his greatest guru, and becoming a master in the Himalayan Tradition, he opened his first Yoga School, where we welcome students and seekers from all around the world to carry on India's most important heritage, Yoga.


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Anjali Krishna

Director, ERYT 200, RYT 500

Anjali was introduced to yoga by her family to stay healthy and fit while she was a teenage girl. At first, she kept on practicing yoga as a daily routine but a random encounter with one of the teachers from Rishikesh while traveling changed her whole perspective of yoga. She understood that yoga can offer much more to life when you follow it as a lifestyle. Then, she landed in Rishikesh to learn this ancient science in its true form. After years of study, she understood the responsibility to spread this knowledge across.


Swami-Atma

Swami Atma

Letting go the stress, strain

From his childhood, Swami Atma had an inclination to learn about meditation. Then, his yoga teacher Swami Veda Bharati helped him understand the subtleness of the practice. He traveled to South India, Tamil Nadu, and Arsha Vidya gurukulam run by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati to learn Vedic chanting and Indian scriptures. Swami Atma also studied homeopathy from Kerala, Yoga Vedanta course from Shivananda Ashram, and yoga teachers course from Ahmedabad (Shivananda Ashram). Since the last ten years, he has been living according to the ancient yogic tradition.


Mahesh-Bhatt

Mahesh Bhatt

Yoga Therapy and Yoga Anatomy Teacher .

Mahesh Graduated at the top of his class as a Gold Medalist in both P.G.D and Ms. C degrees in Yogic Science. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Yogic Science, and Teaches Yogic Therapy, Philosophy and Ayurveda at Sri Jai Ram Sanskrit College. Outside of his Academia, he founded the Yoga Therapy Centre, where he treats people through Acupressure, Marma Therapy, and Yoga Therapy. He has a wonderful charming personality, as well as a vast knowledge in his field of practise that draws interested minds to learn from him. Vinyasa Yoga Academy in Rishikesh


Ravinder-Singh-Padiyar

Ravinder Singh Padiyar

Ashtanga Vinyasa, Alignment Teacher

Yogi Ravinder has a Masters Degree in Yoga from Jain University, Rajasthan, and achieved his P.G Diploma in Yoga from Garhwal University. He is a very inspiring Astanga Vinyasa Teacher in Rishikesh. He is a highly qualified and experienced yogi. He specialises in teaching yoga through mental and physical strength, using a variety of training techniques to teach his student how to achieve new levels of practice. He has taught all types of students young and old, new and advanced, and helps every student reach beyond their own individual goals. He also took 1st place in the state Yoga Championship in Nov 2009, hosted by the Indian Yoga Federation. It is a pleasure and an honour to have Ravinder ji as a teacher, instructor and a friend


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Yogi-Vijay-Dutt

Astanga Vinyasa and hath a Yoga Teacher

Yogi Vijay Dutt has a Masters Degree in Yoga. He is a very inspiring Astanga Vinyasa and hath a Yoga Teacher in Rishikesh. He is a highly qualified and experienced yogi. He specialises in teaching yoga through mental and physical strength, using a variety of training techniques to teach his student how to achieve new levels of practice. He has taught all types of students young and old, new and advanced, and helps every student reach beyond their own individual goals.