The Patanjala Yoga Kendra was established in 1993 on the
banks of the Holy River Ganges in Rishikesh, the world capital of Yoga.
The method of Yoga that is taught is Iyengar Yoga, as developed and taught by Shri Guruji, B.K.S. Iyengar, the world-famous Yoga Teacher. Guruji's method
is firmly based in the ancient Indian tradition of Yoga as defined in
the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Usha Devi is
the resident Yoga Instructor.
Iyengar Yoga teaches strength and stamina,
flexibility and balance, concentration and meditation. Iyengar Yoga
begins with physical awareness, but goes beyond to embrace emotional and
spiritual growth. As students learn to extend consciousness to each part
of their bodies, they experience a concentrated focus on the moment. In
time, this concentrated focus (Pratyahara) becomes an integral part not
just of a yoga practice, but of daily life.
In February 1994 Guruji with his daughter Gitaji visited Patanjali
Yoga Kendra where he talked on Yoga Sadhana.
Guruji being received with a special Pooja
Distribution of Prasadam
In March 1998, different Pujas were performed for the
purification of the new, enlarged Yoga Hall and for the installation of
The Yoga Studio is beautiful, fully-appointed with all
of the necessary props and other equipment. These
props play a central role in the method of Iyengar Yoga; they help each
student to execute the poses correctly and to understand the mechanics of
The guest house's
gift store offers a selection of books on Yoga and Philosophy, Yoga
props like mats, bags, bolsters, Pranayama pillows, sand bags, belts,
wall ropes, wooden blocks, slanting planks, wedges, Yoga t-shirts with
different designs, bloomers, as well as handmade non-toxic incense with
different fragrancs and many other items of interest.