About Chandra Yoga International
The root of origin of Chandra Yoga hails from the Maharishi Yoga Vihar Foundation, duly established by Dr. Sushil Yogi. After successfully carrying out many yoga workshops, retreats, and intensive yoga courses worldwide, Dr. Sushil returned to Rishikesh to establish and lay the foundation of Chandra Yoga International, as a certified yoga TTC in India, offering prominent yoga courses. With the unique combination of his in-depth knowledge of the roots of yoga with enriching international yoga exposure and expertise, this gave him the directional approach to start off with a well designed traditional and modern teacher training course and curriculum.
Yoga students and practitioners are fascinated with his outstanding intellectual understanding and ability to clearly and thoroughly explain yoga sequences with broad yoga topics, which is approachable and easily put into practice. Innovative yoga sessions and engaging lectures provoke your inner mind and instill a desire for introspection and self-discipline. The newly completed Chandra Yoga Center in Rishikesh is a step forward in continuation towards Dr. Sushil’s vision mission and yoga fruition towards yoga teacher training in Rishikesh. The new yoga center building offers exclusive panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains complete with a large, open and comfortable spacious yoga hall for serious yoga practice facilitating dining, studying, and relaxing with other students in between classes. The yoga courses in Rishikesh are now being held at Yoga Niketan Ashram.
The pleasure of optimum and comprehensive yoga health regimen is multiplied with a broad sequence of yoga practicum, held at spacious Yoga Niketan Sadhana Hall or the meditation room which is completely air conditioned providing ultimate comfort to the students, to enable them to practice meditation in all the seasons. The yoga room is spacious enough to accommodate up to 20 students. The comfort level is enhanced with the provision of cushions which are provided to sit upon with ease. Meditation classes are held early morning before yoga class and in the evening after yoga class. The Ashram is equipped with a neat and clean community kitchen, offering palatable food prepared in a hygienic environment, serving nutritious, pure vegetarian sattvic and yogic food to the yoga practitioners. Also, in the tradition of karma yoga performed in ashrams our students are required to clean their own dishes after completion of their meals.
Authentic Yoga Teacher Training programs with Chandra Yoga International are designed to produce confident yoga teachers trained in traditional Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Yoga practitioners and students are accentuated with additional qualities of self-discipline, respect, and awareness by emphasizing the significance of following the yamas (social code) and niyamas (personal code), meditation, asana, and the practices of pranayama, with the in-depth study of philosophy.
A significant segment of the student’s fees goes directly towards Dr. Sushil’s vision of building the Chandra Yoga International Ashram. Therefore, the collected fees are divided into two yoga missionary approaches: one in the form of authentic delivery of unique, innovative and transformative international yoga training experience to enthusiastic students, and the other for paving the way for the future spiritual practice and exploration of deeper consciousness of humanity by building the Chandra Yoga International Ashram. The photos below were taken at the site of the future Chandra Yoga International Ashram.
What we believe…
Chandra Yoga is home to students seeking spiritual unification of mind, body, and soul. We duly respect the diverse backgrounds of each of our individual students, amazed by the magic of yoga in having a unique belief system influenced by their country, culture, family, or perhaps even their personal journey of seeking the truth.
The traditional origin of Yoga roots back to an ancient system of Vedic rituals and beliefs; forcing any student to do anything that they are uncomfortable with is against our yoga ethics. We begin our yoga sessions in Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) program with the explanation and philosophy of “mantra” which is synonymous with the prayer or verse that is chanted in the mornings. Chanting mantras facilitate effective connection with the sense of the Universe, the Great Power Source, or however you may define a higher power in your way. We never ask you to pray to certain Gods or Goddesses although we will brief you on who they are and how they are related to the study of yoga. We respect each and every individual and their beliefs as we move together in the journey of yoga exploration with conversations and inquiring deeper into finding the truth. Yoga opens a wonderful opportunity to bring us all together as in reality we are all one, as the inner significance of yoga is complete union and not tear us apart by our “differences”. We focus on explaining the different concepts of Vedic scriptures and Indian culture which has widely supported and influenced yoga (such as Hanumanasana- the splits pose- being named after the monkey God Hanuman). We are here to practice yoga, the art of union which resonates with your close examination of the benefits that fit into your own belief system. If it is something that you feel does not match up with what you believe to be true at this point of your journey, then that’s okay too. During the entire course, we respect each and every individual and their beliefs.