The Yoga Institute-Keeping Mumbai healthy, since 1918

by tybmmjourno

The Yoga Institute, Mumbai

The Yoga Institute, located in Santacruz (E), is perhaps the most peaceful space in Mumbai city. Located at 2 minutes from the Santacruz railway station, the space is away from all the city chaos. Founded in 1918, it is the oldest Yoga Institute in the world, standing strong amidst all the gyms and health clubs mushrooming all over the city.

Founded by Shri. Yogendraji, the institute today is run by his son Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra and daughter-in-law Smt. Hansaji. Smt. Hansaji is also the President of the International Board of Yoga. The Yoga Institute was founded in the home of Mr. Dadabhai Naoroji in Versova. Only in 1948, 30 years after it was founded did The Yoga Institute form its permanent base in Santacruz. Shri. Yogendraji founded the first Yoga centre abroad in 1919 in the United States of America. Today, the Yoga Centre has institutes established in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, South America, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Germany and Austria.

The institute, till date, has improved the lives of tens of thousands by the means of Yoga and meditation. Apart from teaching Yoga, the institute organizes guest lectures, camps, workshops, health checkups, book readings, publishes a monthly magazine (named YOGA) etc. all priced at extremely nominal rates. The institute offers separate courses for people of different age groups; separate workshops for children and senior citizens, women, pregnant women, corporates, diabetics, patients of respiratory disorders, joint pain, menopause, obesity etc. The institute offers a course in teachers training and also an on campus residential course. These courses are a favorite among students. Students from all over the world take up these courses and spread, across the world, the benefits of Yoga.

Perhaps the most attractive feature of the institute lies in its simplicity and its non commercial approach. The institute offers the students an extremely competent and friendly staff and a beautiful premises. The Yoga Institute building and the beautifully maintained garden around it make it a perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and freshen up. The institute attracts students from all over the world. Hostel facilities are provided to these students at an extremely reasonable rate.

At any point of time, all year round, one can see innumerable students from across the world studying Yoga, meditation, The Yogic Lifestyle and The Vedanta. Italian resident Stefano Notarbartolo, also a Yoga teacher in Italy quoted, “I have been there three months in 2010. Best experience ever, I highly recommend it to anyone willing to learn real Yoga and not just acrobatics.” For all its students, the institute is like a second home. On entering the institute premises, one will see the students all over the premises: walking, reading, interacting with each other and sharing experiences. The institute offers all its students’ facilities like a Yoga museum and a library with a rich collection of books and articles related to Yoga and good health; probably the only one in Mumbai. With facilities like these, all over the premises, the institute encourages its students to spend more time in the premises. Also optional meals are offered to the students. These meals are hygienic, nutritious, healthy, low in oil and spice and yet unbelievably delicious. The institute endorses a healthy, peaceful lifestyle. It encourages socialization, knowledge and a better living.

The institute uses social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to spread the word, not just about Yoga, but also about spirituality, Karma and positivity. Many students who have learned Yoga at the institute or have attended their lectures and camps or for that matter, even visited the place have publicized it using social media or the word of mouth. I just did my bit. 🙂


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-Shruti Shenoy