About the Himalayan Institute
The mission of the Himalayan Institute is to offer knowledge, training, and the environment to realize one’s full potential and bring a qualitative transformation in ourselves and in the
larger world of which we are an integral part.
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, Yoga International website and educational platform.
PROGRAMS & SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Practitioners of all levels and backgrounds turn to our programs and services to deepen their knowledge of hatha yoga, meditation, yoga philosophy, and ayurveda. We are pleased to offer:
- Residential and service programs
- 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher certification immersions
- Ayurvedic yoga specialist certification
- Seminars on a variety of relevant topics
- Spiritual excursions
- Holistic health rejuvenation programs
The Himalayan Institute’s wooded 400-acre campus in the rolling hills of the Pocono mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania is a peaceful refuge from the stress of today’s hectic world and offers a place to study and deepen personal practice, or to rest and renew. The path to freedom and fulfillment lies at the core of the Institute’s teachings. All of our programs and services support this common goal: living a harmonious and happy life.
For more than 37 years, the Himalayan Institute has offered diverse pilgrimages to India—home of saints and sages and the holy river Ganges. Our journeys bring insights into the ancient traditions, culture, and natural beauty of this land of contrasts. Participants experience traditional pilgrimage routes where adepts of the Himalayas, including Swami Rama, lived and practiced. During our spiritual excursions you will learn more about these masters and how they became one with the spirit of the Himalayas—retracing their footsteps, and those of Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, while being immersed in the beauty and joy that radiates from this remarkable region of the world.
Opportunities to visit other sacred sites in Asia or other regions of the world, and eco-service excursions are also offered from time to time. An eco-service excursion to Cameroon, Africa includes opportunities to volunteer in humanitarian projects undertaken by the Himalayan Institute Community Center in Kumbo. Yoga in action, cultural immersion, self-study, adventure, and small group travel are highlights of an eco-service excursion to Cameroon.
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 40 years. Our humanitarian mission is Yoga in Action—offering spiritually-grounded healing and transformation to the world. Our humanitarian projects serve impoverished communities through rural empowerment and environmental regeneration.
Our flagship humanitarian project is the HI Community Center in Kumbo, Cameroon (West Africa), launched in 2007. Its major programs include the Total Health Center, School of Carpentry & Construction, Kumbo Public Library, and clean water projects.
HI humanitarian projects also include support for village schools and a traditional Sanskrit college in rural North India; large-scale tree plantation and energy farming training centers for Tibetan refugees; and an organic farming training center in the rural mountain village of Jonotla, Mexico.
Follow the progress of these humanitarian projects via the HI Humanitarian blog.
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. The Total Health line of products also include the original Neti Pot.