Who are the best Yoga teachers ever in India?


Acharya Vinay was born  into a Brahmin family where yoga was a household virtue and his grandfather passed his legacy to his father in form of traditional values of yoga, astrology and dharma. He started studying the scriptures on Veda, Upanishads and Yoga under his father at the early age of 12. It is still a tradition in India, that such disciplines are passed on from generation to generation. The seeds were sown very early, but as like every seed, it took time to ripe out. It got ripe with the initiation by his Guru Yogi Rudranath of Himalayas and acharya was inclined towards a spiritual outlook of life.
While being a child, he was blessed with the opportunity of being in the satsang of several saints and spiritual teachers from different walks of life. Among those were karma yogis and swamis who provided a healthy fertilizer for the seed which was sown earlier.  He was driven onto this sacred path of acquiring the yogic knowledge under his father whom he considers to be his first guru who gave all the foundational values. And later he was initiated by Guru Rudranath of nath tradition consolidating the resolve and providing him further guidance. Acharya ascribes Jeevmoksha as a vision transferred from Rudranth ji for promoting yoga and allied systems all over.
By family lines acharya is also a disciple of the ancient Sri Vidya tradition of Tantra. It’s the oldest followed sect in India which is established on the principles of Shakti and her attributes. Adi Shakti is the name for goddess and she is considered to be the divine mother from which this whole existence emerges. Shakti is worshipped in her nine forms each being responsible for one aspect of the universe.
Academically:

  1. He completed his teacher’s training at Yoga Vidya Gurkul in Nasik under the guidance of Acharya Vishwas Mandlik.
  2. Completed his academic education at the University of Sanskrit by obtaining a master’s degree in Yogic Sciences while studying in Rishikesh.
  3. He also obtained Masters in Ecology and Environmental sciences and strongly feels the need for awareness in masses about deteriorating balance of environment.

He has worked with various organizations and individuals from all walks of life and attended workshops on developing the yogic traditions with elements from tradition as well and modern learning methodology. Working tirelessly since last 14 years towards teaching and spreading awareness on yoga, Acharya Vinay has been firm on his path and mission.
His teaching pattern is based on mastering the alignment and accuracy in every element of yoga practice. He has a simple and soft way of communication and believes in understanding each and every individual before commencing the training program without which the process of learning cannot be completed.
In 2012 he established Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul and Jeevmoksha institute of Yoga Studies in Rishikesh for imparting the yoga education to people from all across the globe in the holy city of Rishikesh which has its own spiritual history. His vision in the next upcoming year is to establish a Yoga Ashram in the surroundings of Rishikesh, which will serve as a learning institution as well as hermitage for seekers of yogic knowledge.
As he says often, “for me teaching yoga in not just holding classes at fixed times, rather it is something which requires a connection to be established between people through which they can communicate easily irrespective of linguistic or psychic barriers.”
Also he says, “It has been a fascinating experience up till now, recognizing my dharma as a human being while connecting with people from so many different areas and fields of life and helping them understand the true meaning of Yoga.
There is so much for all of us to know and derive out of this system called Yog, and its not a journey of one lifetime. These are very positive and sacred impressions that we develop and carry with us to many other lives, which certainly is a true phenomenon, until we are completely free from all impressions and liberated.

16 Replies to “Who are the best Yoga teachers ever in India?”

  1. As you may have already figured by now, there are truckloads of places that train you in Yoga, but since you asked for the best, I am going to give you the best.

    So if you want to learn yoga, start your 200 hour teacher training course in Rishikeshat Rishikul Yogshala. Rishikesh is the head branch for Rishikul Yogshala, and it has branches all over India and in some places abroad too.

    Also, Rishikul Yogshala is also organising the International Yoga Festival in Mysore, India, where people come in from all over the world to attend. It’s a yoga, food and entertainment festival. I’ve added links for both. Check it out.

  2. About Yoga:

    The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Yuj' which means to join or unite.

    Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west,following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century.

    Best Yoga Gurus in India are

    1. Dr.M.A. Rama Murthy (29 Years Experience)
    2. K.J. Johnson (25 Years Experience)
    3. Dr. Geetanjali S.Bothe (22 Years Experience)
    4. Dr.H.K. Gurudatta (21 Years Experience)
    5. S.P. Singh (14 Years Experience)

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  3. Yogi Kamal Singh is known for his energetic and motivating Ashtanga classes at Tattvaa Yogashala Rishikesh, an inspired yoga hall overlooking the Ganges River in Rishikesh, India. A class with Yogi Kamal includes powerful adjustments which safely teach students the depths of each asana. Students come from all over the world to take his classes and commonly practice with him for one or more months at a time. The results are oftentimes profound, students have returned home with straighter backs and clearer minds. He is also a Senior Yoga Teacher Trainer, conducting teacher training and workshops internationally during the Indian off-season months.

    Yogi Kamal is a native of Rishikesh, born and raised in the Yoga Capital of the World. Following the strict instructions from his Guru, he traveled the country for 5 years, studying with yoga masters all over India. He holds numerous yoga certificates from organizations such as Bihar School of Yoga, Sivananda, and Satananda Academies. He also earned a Masters Degree in Yoga Studies from Garhwal University.

    Yogi Kamal is a founding member of Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Welfare Association.

  4. Hello i would like to suggest you the best yoga teacher ever in India is none other then Yogi Kamal Singh.

    Yogi Kamal Singh, one of the best Ashtanga yoga teachers in India, is known for his motivating yoga classes at Tattvaa Yogashala – Rishikesh. A yoga class with Yogi Kamal includes powerful adjustments which safely teach students the depths of each asana. Yoga students come from all over the world to take his classes and commonly practice with him for one or more months at a time. The results are oftentimes profound, students have returned home with straighter backs and clearer minds. He is also a senior yoga teacher trainer conducting yoga teacher trainings and workshops internationally during the Indian off-season months. Yogi Kamal Singh is a native of Rishikesh, born and raised in the Yoga Capital of the World. Following the strict instructions from his Guru, he travelled the country for five years, studying with yoga masters all over India. He holds numerous yoga certificates from organisations such as Bihar School of Yoga, Sivananda, Satyananda Academies etc. He also earned a Masters Degree in Yoga Studies from Garhwal University.

  5. Siva. But he wasn't Indian, he wasn't even human, not even of this world, so we can rule him out.


    The greatest Yoga teacher in India (net impact, inspiration and influence) is undoubtedly T Krishnamacharya.
    The father of modern yoga, the man who codified packaged and transmitted yoga for the modern age, the towering teacher and mentor of legends BKS Iyengar AND Pattabhi Jois.
    More information, worth your read Tirumalai Krishnamacharya

  6. It's depends upon the school from which one comes out. I can't say about particular names. But I could speak about yoga schools.

    Bihar School of Yoga, Munger

    Kevalya Dham Pune

    Divine Life Society

    Besides these you can find out more in yoga capital of India, Rishikesh.

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    Our curriculum has been designed for both beginners and advanced students. You will receive comprehensive training to prepare you to teach yoga students from all walks of life. We will introduce you to physiological, philosophical and cultural roots of yoga in India and the benefits they hold for us in the modern world. While participating in our course you will be immersed in an ashram environment. You will live among your fellow students in a community, practicing a holistic yogic lifestyle. We will explore good nutrition and the benefits of incorporating meditation and mantras into your yoga practice while taking active steps in learning more about nutrition, holistic lifestyle, life philosophy & music through discourses and live performances.
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  8. Here you go with the list of best yoga teachers in India -Best yoga teachers in Rishikesh, India – Nada Yoga School, India.

    P.S. If you are looking for the best yoga center where you can learn yoga asana, meditation, yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, ayurveda, pranayama, shatkarma, teaching methodology, indian music, bhajans, kirtans, etc. then the best choice would be – Nada Yoga School (http://www.nadyoga.org/)

  9. Hi,

    Today’s Many yoga school running for yoga teacher training courses in Rishikesh I would like suggest to Yogasutra Foundation Rishikesh for RESIDENTIAL YOGA TEACHER training certification course in RISHIKESH

    Yogasutra Rishikesh founded by Yogi Deepak. Yogi Deepak is known for his authentic Yoga Teaching Style.

  10. Yogi kamal singh is the best yoga teacher for ashtanga yoga in India.Yogi Kamal Singh is known for his energetic and motivating Ashtanga classes at Tattvaa Yoga Shala.

  11. HI,

    1. Tirumalai Krishnamacharya
    2. Swami Sivananda
    3. B K S Iyengar
    4. K Pattabhi Jois
    5. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
    6. Paramahansa Yogananda
    7. Jaggi Vasudev
    8. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
    9. Baba Ram Dev
    10. Bikram Choudhury
  12. In my mind the greatest living teacher is BKS Iyengar for he brought it to the World after Vivekananda first introduced Westerners to the idea. His book "Light on Yoga" became a bible in the 60's and led to the global Yoga revolution we have today. In terms of great Yogis there are many but Iyengar was the best teacher followed by Desikacharya, Shivananda and then all the modern ones. Yogananda's Kriya Yoga was the most spiritual form taught to the world. See this new short film Yoga: Aligning to the Source –
    on the History of Yoga

  13. True greatness does not require a competitive assessment and award. Similarly a great yoga guru does not seek a title and neither should we be rating or ranking them. At least this is my view. Every teacher true to their profession brings a unique value to their students. Let us just leave it at that.

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