Yoga Education

Gordhandas Seksaria College of
Yoga and Cultural Synthesis

We take pride in being the World’s first Yoga College
Our students from 60+ countries now teach across continents

The Kaivalyadhama college is the world’s first college of Yoga to extend theoretical and practical knowledge in Yoga and Yoga-related fields.

We ensure that the curriculum integrates Yogic spirituality and science, by inculcating the essence of Yoga in everyday routine and life.


Graduated as Yoga Teachers


Medical and other Professionals
Trained in Yoga


Graduated as Yoga Teachers


School Teachers Trained in Yoga


Medical and other Professionals Trained in Yoga


School Students Trained in Yoga

The Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis was established in 1951 by Swami Kuvalyananda, with the purpose of imparting secular and scientific training and education in traditional Yoga.

The Kaivalyadhama college conducts both short-term and long-term programs with options that include full-time, residential, day-learning, and online courses across Doctorate, Masters , Degree, Post Graduate Diploma, and Certificate levels.

We also offer several specially curated programs for police officers, judicial personnel, medical professionals, business executives, and in service school teachers. Our courses are now also offered globally in different formats on virtual platforms for ease and convenience

Why be a Student at Kaivalyadhama?

Laying a strong foundation in Patanjali’s Yogic principles, our students find the most appropriate entry point into the world of Yoga learning and teaching. In the serene ambience of Kaivalyadhama and under the guidance of the best Yoga masters, learners are exposed to Yoga training and philosophy in its purest form.

We help our students truly understand and adapt equanimity of mind and body to become a better version of themselves. Through Yogic teachings and texts, we facilitate a learner’s inner journey for self-discovery and for a peaceful life.

Today a community by itself, our students and alumni help communicate this undiluted Yogic wisdom globally.

Living the Yoga Life at Kaivalyadhama

Our learners have easy access to most experienced and knowledgeable masters in the field of Yoga who live on the same campus as our students. With direction from globally accomplished teachers, the students are holistically trained in finer aspects of traditional Yoga theory, practice, and chanting.

With first-hand exposure to our comprehensive research departments, students learn that scientific and philosophical explorations in Yoga are integral to the Yoga learning experience. Yoga Mimamsa, the oldest scientific research journal published by Kaivalyadhama is used as reference material by the students. The quarterly publication is recognised by the University Grants Commission - Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics (UGC-CARE-I), for its quality standards.

The positive vibrations at Kaivalyadhama offer a safe, tranquil, and spacious surrounding to absorb and exercise Yogic learnings. The campus, mess, and hostel facilities are designed for the comfort of the students. Our students from across the globe interact with each other, ensuring a natural exchange of experiences and information.

In its hundred years, Kaivalyadhama has inspired and touched the lives of students from across 60+ countries. Our students today globally teach, consult, and research at reputed organisations. Several students are academically inclined, while many work with wellness retreats, national & international sports teams, hospitals, and Yoga studios. Our alumni also include successful entrepreneurs engaged in different areas of Yoga.

Kaivalyadhama has an extensive Yoga research library with a collection of over 30,000 books and 240 Yoga manuscripts dealing with Yoga and Yoga-related subjects, including sciences, psychology, therapy and so on. Students are taught the traditional principles of Yoga based on ancient texts and scholarly writings.

Equal importance is given to the pragmatic approach of Yoga learning by way of applied training in diverse areas of Yoga wellness and Yoga research at Kaivalyadhama. The Kaivalyadhama college’s core residential courses emphasise on making learning a way of life, by leading a distinct yoga routine on campus. We focus on having ample effective hours for yoga teaching and practice.

Students are given the opportunity to intern at the Kaivalyadhama for practical hands-on guidance. Annual scholarships are offered to four Indian students, who are rewarded a fee waiver by fifty percent. Our students are also welcome to apply for internships and volunteer for other posts after their completion of their courses.


The college was acclaimed by the Government of India as an Institute of Higher Learning in 1962. It is affiliated to the Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek.

The Kaivalyadhama college has been recognised as a Leading Yoga Institute under the Yoga Certification Board (YCB), Ministry of Ayush, Government of India. An added advantage, students of the college become directly eligible to register for the YCB Certification Examination and the Diploma earned is accepted by the National Council for Teacher Education, New Delhi, Government of India.

Courses (Short Term)

From 3 Weeks – 3 Months

Certificate Course in Yoga

This course is accredited as Certificate Course from Indian Yoga Association (IYA) and the Syllabus is equivalent to Level 2 – (Yoga Wellness Instructor) of Yoga Certification Board (YCB)

Immersive Course in Yoga

Foundation Course in Yoga

Foundation Course in Ayurveda

In-Service Teachers Training 

Continuing Medical Education

Foundation Course in Ayurveda

In-Service Teachers Training 

Courses (Long Term)

From 1 – 3 Years

PG Diploma in Yoga Education

This course is accredited as Advanced Certificate Course from Indian Yoga Association (IYA) and the Syllabus is equivalent to Level 3 – (Yoga Teacher and Evaluator) of Yoga Certification Board (YCB)

Diploma in Yoga Therapy

Bachelor of Arts in Yogashastra

This course is affiliated to Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek, Distt – Nagpur

Master of Arts in Yogashastra

This course is affiliated to Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek, Distt – Nagpur

Ph.D. in Yogashastra

Customized Courses

Kaivalyadhama also conducts curated training programs for groups as per their needs

Meet Our Teachers

Dr. Sharad Bhalekar Asst. Professor

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Dr. Sharadchandra Bhalekar is an ayurvedacharya and has done his masters in counselling and Psychotherapy (M.S. con-psy). He has been working as an Asst. Professor at Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga & Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala. Author of books, “Pranayama-mudra and meditation” and “Anatomy-Physiology of Yoga”,
Dr. Bhalekar has a unique blend of modern as well as traditional approaches to yoga in his teachings and writings. He has conducted profligate workshops at National and International conferences.

Dr. Rajeshwar Mukherjee Asst. Director of Research and Registrar

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Dr. Rajeshwar Mukherjee is the Assistant Director of Research at the Kaivalyadhama Institute. He holds double master’s degree, M.Sc. and M.A., in the subjects Physics and Sanskrit respectively. He has earned a Ph.D. degree in the interdisciplinary areas interfacing Physics and Indian Philosophy. He is also concurrently working as the Registrar (I/C) of the GS College. Dr. Rajeshwar travels to different universities and premier institutes delivering discourses and lectures. He has represented in the meet organized by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India on Quantum Reality and Theory of Shunya. Having invited to the prestigious Copenhagen Business School at Denmark, he delivered a lecture series. He has authored six books and more than fifteen research articles.

Shri. R. K. Bodhe Asst. Professor

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Shri. R. K. Bodhe is a M.A. (Philosophy & Sanskrit), M. Phil. (Philosophy) Worked as Research Officer, Philosophico-Literary Research Department, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, for 30 years. He is invited for delivering talks, workshops at several universities and institutions. In his career of 30 years, Prof. Bodhe has authored several research papers in Traditional Yoga and co-authored several Volumes. Prof. Bodhe is also working as the Associate Editor of Yoga Mimamsa. His areas of interest include Yoga Philosophy, Applied aspects of Traditional Yoga, Value Education and Philosophical bases of esoteric sciences

Prof. R. S. Bhogal Associate Professor

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Prof. R. S. Bhogal is a post graduate in psychology and has many years of research and teaching experience. He is the author of i) Psychophysiology of Traditional Yoga (in Korean) ii) Yoga and Modern Psychology (in English and German) ii) Yoga and Mental Health and Beyond (English). Prof.R. S. Bhogal is credited with a large number of scientific papers and is a recipient of Shivram Apte award of the Fergusson College, Pune, and Bharat Jyoti award by IIFS, New Delhi. He is also a meditation expert with a calm poised temperament.

Dr. Rajani Pradhan Asst. Professor

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Dr. Rajani Pradhan, working as an Assistant Professor, is a sincere student of Yoga and Vedanta. After completing MA in Yogashastra, she has done her Doctorate in Yogashastra from Kavi Kulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit University Ramtek, Nagpur. She has cleared NET in January, 2018. She is studying Vedanta with Swami Advayananda, Head of Chinmaya International Foundation, Velianad, Kerala and learning Indian ancient Music, Dhrupad with Ustad Shree Bahauddin Dagar. Her prior experience includes teaching at renowned institutes likeSwami Vivekananda Yoga Kendra, Navi Mumbai, Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula (Chinmaya University) etc.

Dr. Ganesh Rao Chief Advisor – Academics and Training,

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Dr. N. Ganesh Rao is a highly acclaimed and inspiring name in the field of Yoga in India having conducted till date more than 19000 sessions of Yoga covering all its aspects, theoretical and practical. He has to his credit a Doctorate in Philosophy and is a Professor and Ph. D. Guide in Yoga and Philosophy. His other qualifications include Master of Commerce (M.Com.), Master of Arts (M.A. in Philosophy), Diploma in Management Studies (D.M.S.), Diploma in Naturopathy (D.N.), Diploma in Yoga Education (D.Y. Ed)., Madhyama Yoga Siksha Certificate and Specialist Instructor in First Aid and Home Nursing.
Dr. Rao is an Advisor to and Member of Board of Studies of Kaivalyadhama, a Member of Board of Studies of Sri Sri University, Bubhaneshwar, a Visiting Faculty in K. J. Somaiya Institute, Mumbai University, Yoga alliance (USA) and ITM (for Western Philosophy). He has served as Secretary of Certification Committee and Technical Expert (Yoga) with QCI, a Member of Selection Panel with ICCR.

Dr. Neeta Gade
Dr. Neeta Gade Asst. Professor

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Dr. Neeta Gade, Ph.D., did her graduation in Chemistry, in Pune University and BNMS (Naturopathy), has worked as Yoga Teacher and Naturo-therapist in Institute of Nature Cure and Yogic Science, Bhosari one year. She has completed Diploma in Yoga Education (D.Y.Ed.) in 2001 in Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavla. She has completed Masters in Sanskrit, in 2008 from University of Pune and submitted (PhD in Meditation) in 2018. She has been working as Yoga Teacher, B.A. Yoga coordinator since 4 years in G. S. College, Kaivalyadhama. She is conducting lectures of Schools of Yoga and practical for B.A. Yogashastra.

Dr. Bandita Satapathy Asst. Professor

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Dr. Bandita Satapathy is working as a Research Officer, in the Philosophico Literary Research Department of Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala apart from being engaged as a Lecturer in G. S. College, Kaivalyadhama. After completing her M. A, M. Phil, Ph. D in Sanskrit, she is involved in doing researches in the areas of Yoga. Dr. Bandita has undergone courses on Manuscriptology from Pune University and short term Courses in Computational Linguistics, from the Department of Linguistics, Deccan College Pune. She has published Research papers in National Journals ‘Aranyakam’ Araa, Bihar, in Yoga Mimamsa of Kaivalyadhama and in annual Magazine, Central Library, BHU. She has also presented papers in National and International Conferences.

Shri. Vivek Tiwari Sr. Yoga Teacher

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Shri. Vivek Tiwari is experienced Yog Acharya of Kaivalyadham. He has completed his Master Degree in Yog; PG DYED from Kaivalyadhama; DNYS. He is Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor in Mat and Reformer too. He is having 24 years practicing and 21 years teaching experience. He conducted workshops on Pranayama, Meditation, Tratak, Therapy Asana, Stress Management, Back pain, Cancer, Chronic cure and so on. He worked in many different parts of India and abroad. Recently deputed in the Consulate General of India, Saint Petersburg, Russia Government of India. He was appreciated for his outstanding work in the field of Yoga and Indian Culture in Theraputic, Anatomical, Scientific aspect. He is always trying to spread Traditonal Yoga Culture of Kaivalyadham in a scientific way.

Dr. Praseeda Menon Principal In-charge

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Dr. Praseeda Menon has been working with the Scientific Research Department, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, as a Research Officer in Psychology since 2013. She is also Assistant Professor and Principal In-charge, G. S. College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, is a member of its Board of Studies and its Board of Examinations. She completed her Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from Savitribai Phule Pune University. Currently, she conducts collaborative scientific research on the efficacy of yogic practices on overall health and well-being. She is also an Integral Member of the Kaivalyadhama Ashram. She is very passionate about unearthing the scientific treasure in Indian Traditional Knowledge Systems, and unravelling this timeless knowledge to the world.

Mrs. Akshata Badave
Mrs. Akshata Faculty - Psychology

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Mrs. Akshata S. Badave has completed her Masters in Psychology from SNDT Women’s University, Pune. Currently, she is working as a Scientific Assistant in the Scientific Research Department at Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala, and has four years of experience in yoga research. She also teaches yoga and mental health at the G. S. College of Yoga & Cultural Synthesis. Her areas of research include hypertension and other lifestyle disorders with yoga therapy as the intervention. She is also engaged in two AYUSH funded projects on the effect of yoga on pre-diabetics and the effect of Trataka on anxiety. She used to work with school students as a counsellor before joining Kaivalyadhama.

Mr. Ankur Pandey
Shri . Ankur Pandey Yoga Teacher

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Shri. Ankur Pandey, (M.A. Yoga) from Uttarakhand Open University, working as a Yoga Teacher. Completed Diploma in Yoga Education (D.Y.Ed.) in 2013 in Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavla. Having experience of working as a Yoga Teacher at Jawahar Navoday Vidyalayas in Gandhinagar and Kinnaur for 3 months each and worked in Kendriya Vidyalaya (INS Shivaji), Lonavla for 1 academic year . Also worked as a Warden in G.S.College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis for one and half year. Now working in G.S.College of Yoga as a Yoga Teacher since Feb’2016.

Shri. C. G. Shinde Sr. Yoga Teacher

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Shri C.G.Shinde is Sr. Yoga Teacher at Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama . He is a Yoga Visharad, postgraduate in Yoga and Education (M.Edn). Since, fourteen years he has been teaching philosophical, applied, as well as, practical aspects of Yoga and Education at Kaivalyadhama. Co-author of Yoga, Healthy way of Living, (Upper Primary) and Yoga, Healthy Way of Living, (Secondary) Published by NCERT New Delhi, (2015). Yoga Education for School Children,(Kaivalyadhama-2019). He is reputed as a resource person-faculty of Yoga at Shanghai, Wuxi and Busan (South Korea) thought Govt. of India. Prepared Yoga Modules for the KVS, NCERT, Yoga for Middle Age, and Yoga for Adolescence. He has attended National and International Conferences and won the best paper award in the International Conference at Kaivalyadhama

Ms. Dipali Patnaik Yoga Teacher

Presently in the role of Yoga Teacher at Kaivalyadhama Institute, holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and PG Diploma in Yoga Education. Prior to actively engaging herself in the field of Yoga, she had a career stint of 14 years, in Architecture and Construction Industry. The transition to Yoga came very naturally to her as a response to a pursuit for self discovery and self actualization. Her area of interest is in exploring how Yoga as a philosophy and practice can be a tool for self transformation and rooting oneself more to simplify present day life challenges.

    Meet our Guest Faculties

    Dr. Ganesh Rao Chief Advisor – Academics and Training,

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    Dr. N. Ganesh Rao is a highly acclaimed and inspiring name in the field of Yoga in India having conducted till date more than 19000 sessions of Yoga covering all its aspects, theoretical and practical. He has to his credit a Doctorate in Philosophy and is a Professor and Ph. D. Guide in Yoga and Philosophy. His other qualifications include Master of Commerce (M.Com.), Master of Arts (M.A. in Philosophy), Diploma in Management Studies (D.M.S.), Diploma in Naturopathy (D.N.), Diploma in Yoga Education (D.Y. Ed)., Madhyama Yoga Siksha Certificate and Specialist Instructor in First Aid and Home Nursing.
    Dr. Rao is an Advisor to and Member of Board of Studies of Kaivalyadhama, a Member of Board of Studies of Sri Sri University, Bubhaneshwar, a Visiting Faculty in K. J. Somaiya Institute, Mumbai University, Yoga alliance (USA) and ITM (for Western Philosophy). He has served as Secretary of Certification Committee and Technical Expert (Yoga) with QCI, a Member of Selection Panel with ICCR.

    Swami Anubhavananda Spiritual Master

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    Swami Anubhavanandaji is a spiritual leader and the direct disciple of Swami Chinmayananda. A scholar in the field of Vedanta and a prolific speaker, Swamiji is revered for his lively discourses on the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Srimad Bhagvatam, Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Panchadasi, Amrutanubhav, Vidyan Bhairav, Vedanta Bhupali, and the Tripura Rahasya. He is the author of many books related to the field of Vedanta and has produced over 2,000 hours worth of discourses for his audio cassettes sold world wide.
    Swamiji is the founder of the Sat Bhavana Trust, whose logo reflects his approach to life: Be Happy or "Mauj Mein Raho.” Swamiji is known for his ability to communicate philosophically complex ideas in a simple and direct manner, he addresses his audience from the heart and transports them to an atmosphere of joy.

    Swami Parmatmananda Founder Acharya of Arsha Vidya Mandir

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    Pujya Swami Parmatmananda Saraswati is a Senior disciple of Param Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, who is an embodiment of knowledge and boundless compassion. Pujya Swami Parmatmanadaji, founder Acharya of Arsha Vidya Mandir, has fervour & commitment towards Vedic view and way of life. Pujya Swamiji’s personal life reflects simplicity and love for everyone.
    Swamiji’s talks reveal clarity about the vision of Shashtras and deep understanding of modern life. His talks are enriched with systematic and rational but lucid presentations with relevant examples. His talks harmonizes his subtle appreciation of contemporary individual, social cultural, and political problems with profound knowledge of Vedanta. His discourses are very lively and one of a kind. Pujya Swamiji has deep sense of concern for the society which gets reflected in his works. Pujya Swamiji’s teaching activities are not confined to spiritual seekers only.

    Shri Sudhir Tiwari Yoga Experts

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    Shri Sudhir Tiwariji received his primary and advanced Yogic and Ayurvedic training under the guidance of Swami Digambar ji, a disciple of Swami Kuvalayananda and his father Shri Om Prakash Tiwari. Sudhir also learnt pranayama and Hathapradipika from his father.
    Brought up at Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, India amidst rich traditional yogic heritage of Swami Madhavdasji Maharaj, Swami Kuvalyanandaji and Swami Digambarji, a tradition kept alive by his father and a well known Pranayama master, Shri O. P. Tiwari. Sudhir’s calling came in early 2012 when his father expressed his desire for him to become an instrument to further the message of Swami Kuvalyananda and Swami Digambarji’s by spreading in theory and practice the fundamentals of undiluted yoga. So now he travels all around the world conducting workshops in theory and practice of Yoga as an experiential practice (Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Chanting) and Ayurveda and with his familiarity of alternative western medicine he also correlates these disciplines. His Mantra, Breathe Positive, Breathe Yoga.


      Common Questions

      Please register online through the respective course pages.

      Selection is based on merit and timely registration.

      For more details, please email kdhamcollege@gmail.com

      We accept day scholars in B.A. and M.A. Yoga Philosophy courses, besides residential intake. Rest of the courses are residential only. 

      We are located in Lonavala. The nearest international airport is Mumbai - about 2.5 hours drive. 


      The other nearest domestic airport is Pune - about 1.5 hours drive. 

      Students coming for the courses are given shared accommodation in separate hostels for ladies and gents, with community bath.

      Yes, we offer scholarship based on certain criteria and merit. 


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      Yes, internships are offered at the end of certain courses. Selection is based on candidate's academic performance and requirement, which are determined  in a due process. 

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      We have a library with over 30,000 titles on yoga. Students are given free access during the tenure of their course. 


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      I don’t know how to put my experience in words. I started my journey at Kaivalyadhama with a CCY course, later to complete the PG Diploma course (9 months duration) in Yoga education. I can surely say, I came out a very different person. To start with, the faculty here are truly practitioners, you can see they’ve adopted Yoga as a lifestyle and are not just preaching it. This is what motivates you to bring change in your own life. Kaivalyadhama’s approach in teaching Asanas and Pranayama is traditional and most importantly backed up with scientific and philosophical evidence. I could go on and on about the greatness of this institution but to sum up in a few words, I would say, you will not only get a degree but also come out a wiser person at the end of the course. Forever grateful!

      Pooja Bhosale PGDYED 2017-18

      A perfect place where, I not only learnt but even witnessed the conference of Spirituality and Science.... I came to Kaivalyadhama with a view to do a professional course, which opened many doors not only in the context of my career but also in that of Spirituality.
      Some features I loved about courses at Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala are:
      1) No competitive rat-race (Yoga is/was never for competing with others but to win ourselves daily)
      2) Experienced, Knowledgeable and student-friendly teaching faculty and other staff.
      3) Lovely Campus, Saatvik diet, Peaceful environment.
      I had an overall great experience of my life in these 9 months at Kaivalyadhama Lonavala attending the "PG DIPLOMA Yoga course" which changed for me to "Life Changing Yoga course". Thank you, Kaivalyadhama!

      Deval Chauhan PGDYED 2020-21

      Kaivalyadhama is that spiritual abode where a student can experience the true message of yoga as described in the scriptures. The G.S College of Yoga & Cultural Synthesis is an excellent choice to begin or go deeper into the philosophy and practice of yoga and integrate all the dimensions of it into one’s own life. Yoga is holistic and the environment at Lonavala envisioned by the founder, Swami Kuvalyanandaji is ideal for spiritual inquiry, evolution and the development of personality at all levels. My experience here has been transformational and I am grateful to everyone who has been a part of it.

      Harshvardhan Jhaveri PGDYED 2015-16

      I am Shweta Shelke from Solapur. I have completed my PG diploma in yoga education from Kaivalyadhama. My yoga journey started from Kaivalyadhama. I have learnt lot more things here....I came in this field for my physical and mental health, But after coming to Kaivalyadhama my interest towards yoga increased, Here I got practical and theoretical knowledge about yoga, Helping hands of all teachers, beautiful and very disciplined environment of Kaivalyadhama positively changed me a lot. I would like to tell that the havan at Kuti in the evening has had an impact on me. Overall, my experience was excellent. Also, I got the best student award and a 6-month paid internship. Lastly, I will tell you all, yoga is not only for physical health but also for mental and spiritual health. And I will try to spread awareness about yoga, and how it is important in life.

      Sweta Shelke PGDYED 2020-21

      I am certified yoga therapist from Kaivalyadham Lonavla. I have done Diploma in Yoga Therapy in 2016- 18. I am fortunate enough to share my reviews regarding course and my experience about same. I am totally from non-medical background with bachelors of degree in engineering. My journey of yoga starts with this course and my relationship with Kaivalyadham family.
      Diploma in yoga therapy has been designed in such a way that anyone from any background can do this course.
      Well experienced teachers not only pay attention to minute details they make it so easy to understand all contents of course. The evergreen environment of the Kaivalyadham in lap of nature encouraged me to give my best all time.

      Sanjeev Dwivedi PGDYT 2016-18