About the Himalayan Institute
A leader in the field of yoga, meditation, spirituality, and holistic health, the Himalayan Institute is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to serving humanity through educational, spiritual, and humanitarian programs. The Institute and its varied activities and programs exemplify the spiritual heritage of mankind that unites East and West, spirituality and science, and ancient wisdom and modern technology.
Founded in 1971 by Swami Rama of the Himalayas, the Institute draws on its roots in the yoga tradition to offer programs in self-transformation, yoga, meditation, and holistic health at its headquarters in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Its services include global humanitarian projects, publishing books, a holistic health center (Total Health Center), and the internationally acclaimed magazine, Yoga International (formerly Yoga + Joyful Living).
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Educational programs and services include immersive residential and self-transformation programs, yoga teachers certification programs, seminars and workshops, spiritual excursions, and correspondence courses. We offer comprehensive systematic training and certification for yoga teachers and yoga therapists. Practitioners of all levels deepen their knowledge of hatha yoga, meditation, ayurveda, spirituality and yoga philosophy in over 100 seminars and workshops every year.
The Himalayan Institute’s peaceful wooded 400-acre campus in the rolling hills of the Poconos in northeastern Pennsylvania is a refuge from the stress of today’s hectic world and offers a place to rest, reflect, and renew. The art of joyful living lies at the core of the Institute’s teachings. All of our programs lead to this common goal – living a peaceful and happy life.
The trusted voice of classical yoga for 18 years, Yoga International magazine gives its 100,000+ readers tools and techniques to help them find meaning and purpose in their lives; cultivate a joyful mind; deepen their sense of compassion; nurture the natural world; and find practical ways to bring peace to their families, communities, nations, and the world at large.
The Himalayan Institute Press has published over 60 titles on yoga, spirituality, and holistic health.
TOTAL HEALTH PRODUCTS
Himalayan Institute Botanicals offers a line of high quality health products to enhance physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Many of the herbs used in our formulas are grown in our own certified organic garden using BioVedic farming methods. The Total Health line of products also include the original Neti Pot.
TOTAL HEALTH CENTER
Based on ayurvedic principles, the Total Health Center offers a Pancha Karma and personally tailored in-house rejuvenation programs, therapeutic body treatments, biofeedback, and yoga therapy in a serene atmosphere conducive to peace of mind and healing.
GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN PROJECTS
Humanitarian projects have been a major focus of the Himalayan Institute for over 30 years. Rural empowerment is at the core of the Institute’s humanitarian mission, aimed at stimulating lasting social regeneration at the grassroots level. The Institute’s flagship rural empowerment project is the first HI Community Center in Kumbo, Cameroon (West Africa), launched in the spring of 2007. The Community Center’s current projects include vocational training and a community tree plantation. Preparations to launch BioVedic Farming initiatives in Cameroon are underway.
In rural northern India, the Institute supports a traditional Sanskrit college and schools that provide education for over 2,000 children.
The Institute’s biodiesel energy farming projects in India and Africa, undertaken in joint effort with private supporters and local and national governments afford social and environmental regeneration in impoverished communities.
The newest project in the rural mountain town of Jonotla, Mexico offers programs similar to its sister project in Cameroon, West Africa, with a focus on rural empowerment through vocational training, healthcare, and education.
Many other projects are in development. Follow the progress of the humanitarian projects via the HI Humanitarian blog.