Tattvaa Yoga Shala is the first and oldest Ashtanga yoga school in Rishikesh and the only yoga school located on the banks of the Ganges. Founded in 2007 by senior teacher Yogi Kamal Singh in the Yoga Capital of the World, it has since expanded and become a haven for study and practice for yogis from all around the world.
It all began in our Small Shala on the banks of the sacred Ganges. Previous to being a yoga space, the Small Shala functioned as a shelter for pilgrims that would come from across India to spend time with the Ganga and in the holy city of Rishikesh. Our Small Shala continues to carry the vibrance of all those who have come to Rishikesh as seekers, as it is now the home for the yoga practices of our students, who have also come from far away on pilgrimages of their own. Every year the Ganga comes to bless the shala with a flood, taking away all the exhausted energy and refreshing it with her divine energy. The Small Shala is both a vibrant and inspiring place to practice with its history and its location overlooking the water of the Ganga.
Tattvaa Yoga Shala began simply in the Small Shala with only a few students. As more and more students have come every year to practice, the school has since expanded and grown from its humble roots at the Small Shala to other locations in Ram Jula, including the expansive yoga hall at Gita Ashram. All of our yoga shala spaces overlook the scenic Himalayas or the Ganges river, continuing to allow students to practice surrounded by inspiring views and energy.
Tattvaa Yoga Shala has several locations in Ram Jula for both study and practice of yoga. This includes our Small Shala on the banks of the Ganga, the vast yoga hall at Gita Ashram, and our shala spaces at Hari Palace Tattvaa Yoga Residency and various other guesthouses in the area. Tattvaa Yoga Shala and its spaces are located in Ram Jula, a very peaceful part of Rishikesh that is dotted with gardens, villages, wandering cows, cheeky monkeys, chai stands, ayurvedic cafes, and little local shops. It is a short walk to the holy banks of the Ganga, where students can wander down to relax, explore, sip chai and watch the sunset over the water.
While staying at Tattvaa Yoga Shala during courses, students live together at Hari Palace Residency and surrounding guesthouses in Ram Jula. During the teacher training courses two students are paired to live in a room with two twin beds, closet space, private bathroom with hot water and shower facilities, and a balcony. Single rooms cost extra but are available upon request. Bedding is provided and towels are available upon request. Laundry facilities are not provided but students are able to wash their own clothes in their room and laundry services can be arranged and inquired about at reception. Internet is available at all of our residencies. Students are ensured a comfortable space in their rooms to relax and rest during the course, but will spending most of their time in the shala! The rooftops and shalas have a stunning view of the Himalayas and Ganges and provide a beautiful space for students to enjoy.
On days off from the course there are many local cafes, shops, and restaurants to enjoy. day off there are many local cafes, shops and restaurants to enjoy. Traditional masala chai tea and herbal teas are available everywhere. There are many friendly animals and locals on the streets, which makes every walk through town interesting and enjoyable! Little shops with nice inexpensive Indian clothes and tailors, books in many languages, ayurvedic products and traditional items line the streets, so no need to bring too much! Everything you may want is in short walking distance from the school. Rishikesh has a vibrant Indian culture and deep spiritual tradition that makes it a wonderful community and environment in which to enjoy your yoga journey.
The food at Tattvaa Yoga Shala is all delicious and homemade traditional Indian food prepared fresh daily in our kitchen. All the ingredients are high quality and sourced locally and fresh from the markets. Brunch begins in the late morning and includes fresh local and seasonal fruits like papaya, mango, pineapple, apples, and lots of bananas. Brunch also offers porridge, homemade bread, homemade nuts and butters, muesli, yogurt, honey ginger lemon tea, and more. Dinner offers a wide array of Indian options with the occasional western touch for a taste of home. Our dinner menu always changes to keep it interesting, but often includes favourites like lentils, dal, chickpeas, chapati and naan bread, a vegetable dish, tofu, salad, soup rice, and a tasty dessert. In order to have the full yogic experience, all of our meals are designed to keep the body light but strong and nourished during yoga training courses. Two full meals and one snack with tea are served a day for students enrolled in the training courses.