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.


Educational programs and services can be found at YogaInternational.com and include immersive residential and self-transformation programsyoga teachers certification programsseminars 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 Himalayan Institute Press has published over 60 titles on yoga, spirituality, and holistic health.


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.


Based on ayurvedic principles, the Total Health Center offers a Pancha Karma and personally tailored in-house rejuvenation programstherapeutic body treatments, biofeedback, and yoga therapy in a serene atmosphere conducive to peace of mind and healing.


Humanitarian projects have been a major focus of the Himalayan Institute for over 30 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.