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a one-of-kind experience and insight

It is a wonderful and unique experience. There are so many yoga teacher training and retreats in Rishikesh, but I truly feel that this course provides a one-of-kind experience and insight, with teachings which are often rushed, glossed over, or ignored by larger schools.

Robert Webb

Everything was beyond expectations

Thank you so much Swami for the journey you took me on to discover my spiritual self and transform my life. Everything was beyond expectations. I felt cared for, guided and deeply loved unconditionally. I’m grateful for your teachings but also for your kindness, for the joy and laughter we shared together with all the others from the group who became like a family for me. Thank you also to all the other warm hearted people of your team. This was definitely an unforgettable experience for me which changed my whole view about life. Wishing you all the best and looking forward to meeting you again soon.

Mirela Raula

Thanks for becoming my family for 15 days

It was a great experience! I discover a lot of things of my life through this Life Transformational Meditation Retreat at Yoga Essence Rishikesh. Thanks to all Yoga Essence team. The retreat brings lots of changes to my life. I am just in the beginning of the inner journey but that’s a great start! I found the way to be with myself and find the joy inside, not outside. I am not really good in expressing myself with words so I just say that I’m very grateful and appreciate too much what you’re doing. Keep up ! you’re doing great! Thanks for becoming my family for 15 days. Thanks for all your care, I really appreciate this and will never forget! Namaste !

Xenia Bouranova

felt more and more vibration in different chakra areas


A very great experience! Profound techniques were taught by Bodhi Sattva, both in liberation and going deep into the self. I felt more and more vibration in different chakra areas, and I went deeper into the layers inside. I discovered some very great techniques that intent to continue practice, Thank you Bodhi Sattva ji very much for the sharing those techniques. Teaching was really good. Clam explanation and deep knowledge, It was not always easy for me to understand, due to the language. But I got more of the technique and the meditation teacher was really patient about that, repeated when needed. Food was very good. Different Dal each day and always delicious. A good mix of fresh and cooked food. Personnel in the kitchen were nice and joyful. Accommodation was good.


learning is not from books but from own practical experience

Just finished my Chakra Meditation Teacher Training course and I wanted to share my gratitude to Swami Bodhi Sattva ji and the whole team of Yoga Essence Rishikesh. I am really happy with my choice to enter this meditation training course. Very good atmosphere and energy, yoga place is super clean, very well organized, lessons always on time, adjustment according to group energy and very experienced teacher Bodhi Sattva who lives what he teaches. I have felt very calming, blessing, loving and relaxing atmosphere during learning and practicing meditation during this meditation course. If you are open and ready to move ahead, you will have an amazing soul journey and experience. The learning is not from books but from own practical experience, so get ready to go deep inside.


A piece of my heart will always be here

Testimonial - Derya-Germany

I recommend this course to anyone who is searching for different kinds of meditation practices and along with deep self-transformation. A piece of my heart will always be here with the beautiful people and the lessons I shared and learned. Thank you so much for everything. Namaste!

Derya Sarikaya

learn and experience deeper aspects of meditation


I have just completed the meditation teacher training with Bodhi Sattva and absolutely loved every minute of it. The atmosphere created during course allowed me to learn and experience deeper aspects of meditation. Through the process I could able see many layers of my mental and emotional issues of life and also learnt the skill how to overcome them through wide range of meditation practices. I have received many deep yogic insights on most important topics of life. This course is managing to bridge the gap between the traditional yogic mind and manner and the western modern world, in a way which honors tradition, gives deep insight and amazing practical teachings whilst maintaining the wonderful Indian charm, but also allows a western student to go home with all the tools and techniques as a teacher for a western market and much more!


Yoga Essence introduced me to the Spiritual journey and Yogic way of living

TESTIMONIAL-Arianna, Italy

I have completed my 200 hour Holistic Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Essence at Rishikesh, the Yoga capital of the world. It was a great experience. Yoga Essence introduced me to the Spiritual journey and Yogic way of living. The course covered all aspects of Yoga including theory and practice. Instructor Joy has a deep and thorough knowledge of Yoga. I enjoyed a lot practical and life oriented teaching of Bodhi Sattva on Meditation, Yoga Nidra and Applied Yoga Philosophy that gave insights how to implement them in our everyday life. During the course, I also made friends with like-minded people from around the world, who were on the same journey. I would recommend anyone to take this journey with Yoga Essence for personal enrichment and inner peace.


amazing combination of theory and practical classes


The journey during my 200 hour Holistic Yoga Teacher Training Course at Yoga Essence was wonderful and life changing event that fostered great relationships and learning! I loved everything about this course and I am still feeling the ripple effect of the transformation in my life. The amazing combination of theory and practical classes, the way they are conducted have turned my whole period of stay and learning into joyful and peaceful. In this course, I received teachings and practical experience in many areas of Yoga like Asanas, Pranayama, traditional and contemporary Meditation practices, Yoga Nidra Practice, Mantras and many deep insights of yogic life & the true spirit of Yoga. My teachers were extremely knowledgeable, loving, and supportive. They’re extremely dedicated and passionate about yoga and appreciated their attention to details. I learnt more than I thought possible and really grateful to whole team of Yoga Essence for sharing so much.

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