COVID-19 Updates

Updated September 15, 2021

Our Shared Responsibilities in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Himalayan Institute holds the wellbeing and safety of our guests, staff and community as our top most priority. We invite you to come and enjoy our vibrant, friendly environment with the understanding that we all have a shared responsibility to follow best practices at the Institute and in our personal lives, for everyone’s health and peace of mind.

Our Promise to You. We will:

  • Require guests and visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Require masks in all public places indoors.
  • Require Wellness Check questions for all staff and guests on campus (see below).
  • Adhere to COVID-19 best practices protocols based on CDC and State and Federal government guidelines.
  • Maintain thorough cleaning and ventilation throughout our buildings.
  • Provide hand sanitizer stations.
  • Strive to provide you with what you need to make your experience with us outstanding.

Your Promise to Us. You will:

  • Follow our guidance on keeping our campus safe and healthy for all.
  • Agree to be fully vaccinated before visiting. 
  • Provide proof of vaccination (website below).
  • Wear a mask indoors in all public areas.
  • Incorporate best practices for a COVID-19 safer lifestyle and travel, at least for the 14 days before you visit the Institute. (see below)
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer as needed.
  • Choose another time to visit the Institute if you:
    • are ill
    • have been exposed in the last 14 days to anyone with COVID-19,
    • have been exposed to an area with high COVID-19 cases where you are not able to maintain Covid-safe practices.
    • have travelled internationally in the last 14 days
    • are not able or willing to abide by our protocols.

Vaccination Requirements

  • We require guests and visitors at the Himalayan Institute to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You are fully vaccinated when:
    • A full 2 weeks have passed since your second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
    • A full 2 weeks have passed after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Acceptable vaccines are those authorized or approved by the World Health Organization. Follow this link for the acceptable vaccines list. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccines/advice 

  • If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Please choose another time to visit the Himalayan Institute.
  • Overnight Guests are required to provide proof of vaccination prior to arrival. Email a photo of your vaccination card to: covidvaccine@himalayaninstitute.org  Please bring your proof of vaccination with you when you visit.
  • Day visitors are required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival

Masks

  • Masks are required in all indoor public spaces throughout the Institute including indoor yoga classes and lectures. 
  • You may remove your mask when actively eating or drinking in dining areas, but please put it back on immediately after.
  • Masks are required in the Sri Vidya Shrine; recitations are done silently 
  • Masks are not required in outdoor settings unless gathered in a group close together

Wellness Questions

  • We will ask you these COVID-19 related wellness questions on arrival. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of them, you will need to choose another time to visit.
    1. Do you have any COVID-19 symptoms not related to a pre-existing condition?
    2. Have you been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
    3. Have you traveled Internationally in the last 14 days?

Best Practices for a Covid-safer Lifestyle for People who are Vaccinated

Please Incorporate best practices for a COVID-19 safer lifestyle and travel, at least for the 14 days before you visit the Institute. If you are not able to follow these COVID-safer guidelines, please choose another time to come.

  • Wear a mask at indoor locations outside of your home where you do not know if everyone is vaccinated. Practice physical distancing in these settings.
  • Avoid indoor gatherings where COVID-19 has a greater chance of spreading, such as:
  • Wear a mask when using public transportation like planes, trains and buses. 
  • Avoid large crowded indoor and outdoor gatherings, unless everyone is required to be vaccinated. Wear a mask. Practice physical distancing.
  • Avoid close proximity to people who have COVID-19 during the first 14 days after their symptoms start, or they test positive.
  • Monitor yourself and people you live with for COVID-19 symptoms, and test if you have symptoms. 

International Travel Guests

If you have traveled internationally (anywhere outside the United States) in the 14 days prior to your visit, you will need to choose another time to join us. Guests who have travelled internationally need to monitor their health for a full 14 days after they return to the U.S. before visiting the Institute. 

General Information for Guests

  • The Himalayan Institute community adheres to COVID-19 best practices protocols based on CDC and State and Federal government guidelines, including requiring face masks for all staff and guests. 
  • Our campus community is over 90% vaccinated. 
  • We will not pair guests in shared rooms. Shared rooms are only for those guests who choose to room together.
  • We will maintain at least a 24″ physical distancing space between chairs and mats in classrooms.
  • Hand washing/hand sanitizing is required before entering the dining hall buffet line. Wear your mask through the buffet line, and any time you get up from your dining seat.
  • Our COVID-19 policies may change as the situation changes and new information becomes available.
  • Staff and guests agree to use COVID-19 safety strategies when traveling. Check those out here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html 
  • Guests agree to notify our Guest Services desk if they become ill while staying on campus so we can assist you.
  • We are prepared to quarantine and/or isolate guests and staff who test positive.
  • If you are ill, or have been exposed to COVID-19, stay home.

If You Get Sick While Staying at the Himalayan Institute:

  • If you have an emergency, call 911.
  • Contact our Guest Services team at the front desk or call 570-253-5551 #1 and let them know. After hours call 973-283-4100 answering service.
  • Isolate yourself.
  • Contact your healthcare practitioner or local urgent care provider, and follow their guidance.
  • Have a plan in place to get home as soon as possible.

COVID-19 Waiver of Liability:

The Himalayan Institute has in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, COVID-19 is contagious, and traveling outside your home and gathering with others has risks. We cannot guarantee that you will not become infected. The waiver agreement found here needs to be understood and signed by our guests before they come to our campus.

In Service,

Greg Capitolo, Mission Programs Director

Brian Fulp, Retreat Center Director

COVID-19 Care Package

Our care package to you—meditations, classes, and inspirational messages for building mental, emotional, and physical resilience in these unprecedented times. Free for everyone—share with your loved ones.

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COVID-19 Support / Inner Connection
Steering Through Chaos
This is not the first time that socio-political and economic forces have challenged humanity’s resilience. Now is the time to further nourish our trust in ourselves, and reflect on the deeper causes of chaos within and without. To restore our inner peace, safety and security in the world, we must learn the art of collecting the scattered pieces of our mind, and train it to hear and heed the voice of our heart. A thousand year old experience confirms that as soon as we conquer our inner enemies, the enemies in the outside world vanish. We are no longer victims of fear and insecurity. Confusion and chaos becomes history. Tune in as Pandit Tigunait explains how to steer through chaos by befriending your mind—becoming the sole creator of your destiny.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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COVID-19 Support / Inner Connection
Thriving in the Age of Kali Yuga
We are deeply steeped in the Kali Yuga, the dark age—it demands no proof. So much fear, anger, confusion, divisiveness, mistrust, lying, bullying—in one word, madness! Is this why we were born? Is this what we take with us? What a waste of the priceless gift that is this human life. Something has definitely gone wrong, both inside and outside us. The suffering caused by this “wrong” must be stopped. But how? Running away from the reality at hand is not a solution. The solution lies in the time-tested wisdom of Buddha and Patanjali, and with this livestream, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait shares with us how to put that wisdom into practice.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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COVID-19 Support / Spiritual Community
Year Long Meditation Closing Ceremony
Join us in celebrating the conclusion of the Year Long Meditation! Our global group practice has inspired nearly 9,000 meditators from 136 countries to come together with one common intention—to heal and nourish our connection to collective consciousness. This intention is more important than ever before and is the key to bringing forward the best of ourselves so that we can be a force for positive change. In this celebratory closing ceremony, Pandit Tigunait shares his reflections about what we can take away from the Year Long Meditation as we move forward in our personal practice and in our quest to create a bright and peaceful future. The closing ceremony features a guided group meditation followed by a special prayer by Panditji to officially conclude the Year Long Meditation.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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COVID-19 Support / Spiritual Community
The Power of Spiritual Community
Life is a journey to find the fulfillment our soul has been eternally seeking. As we progress on our path, we discover numerous sources of spiritual nourishment, yet often feel there is a deeper hunger that remains unsatisfied. The yoga tradition clearly tells us that spiritual community (sangha) can fulfill this longing. In this livestream we explore the role of inner connection, satsanga, service, and wisdom in creating spiritual community, and how this can nourish and protect us on deeper levels. Learn the art of using your personal practice to awaken a living experience of spiritual community, regardless of whether you are physically close to other seekers or able to practice together and share wisdom. The livestream concludes with a guided practice of shvasa-prashvasa pravahi pranayama. This unique preparatory practice for Vishoka Meditation brings a potent experience—the awareness of underlying pranic energy—that is the shared essence of spiritual community.
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Ishan Tigunait
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COVID-19 Support / Inner Connection
Tantric Techniques for Unleashing Pranic Elixir
We are in the midst of an unprecedented storm of fear and grief. It is time that we override this storm and attain freedom from worry, anger, anxiety, helplessness, uncertainty, political bickering, and self-righteousness. It is time to discover our pranic elixir, nourish our body and mind, and extend that elixir to nourish the larger world we are a part of. Ancient masters have given us the tools. In this livestream, Pandit Tigunait shares with you what these tools are and how to use them wisely and constructively. Tune in to learn the tantric techniques for recovering and upholding our collective and individual well-being.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Wisdom
Unconditional Gratitude: Finding Our Way in an Era of Fear
How do we retain our feeling of gratitude in the midst of a pandemic? How do we keep our gratitude and sense of interconnectedness from being swallowed up by fear, anger, selfishness, and isolation? Shiva Tigunait shares a Vedic mantra to remind us that we are guided and protected on every level by the divine forces, a mantra that calms our mind and fills us with hope.
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Shiva Tigunait, PhD
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COVID-19 Support / Spiritual Community
Buddha & Patanjali’s Solution to a Pandemic
Drawing upon the time-tested wisdom of the Yoga Sutra and the Lotus Sutra, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait offers a yogic solution to the COVID-19 pandemic, which began as a health crisis and has grown into a humanitarian and economic crisis. This livestream offers us an opportunity to see this pandemic through the eyes of Buddha and Patanjali. Find out how their wisdom can help us to discover and utilize the spiritual resources inherent in all of us to overcome this crisis. Join us to find inspiration and support from the perennial wisdom of ancient masters.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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COVID-19 Support / Spiritual Community
Living Without Fear in the Era of COVID-19: Unleashing the Power of Healing and Service
COVID-19 is here. All of us have valid reasons to be concerned about the virus and its ramifications on many levels—health and well-being, social, and economic. The ethical and spiritual implications of this pandemic are beyond anyone’s comprehension. And yet, yoga gives us tools that will help us on every level. Now is the time to turn to the 5,000-year-old tradition of yogic wisdom and to put that wisdom into practice. By tapping into the pool of our inner healing force, we can eliminate fear and mobilize the time-honored power of service. Join Pandit Rajmani Tigunait for this timely livestream, and become a force of global healing and positive change in these troubled times.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Articles / Meditation
The Real Meaning of Meditation
What is meditation? How does it work? Can meditation help us achieve genuine peace and happiness in today’s hectic, often chaotic world? Swami Rama explains the various aspects of meditation: how to turn inward, how to cultivate stillness, how to pay attention, and how to tell that we are making progress.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Pranayama and the Autonomic Nervous System
Can we consciously change our heart rate and other automatic, or involuntary, functions of our body? Swami Rama explains how pranayama—controlling the breath—enables us to bring all the processes regulated by our autonomic nervous system under our voluntary control.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Wisdom
The Yamas: Creating Harmony in Daily Life
It can be hard to change unproductive habit patterns. Yoga’s yamas (restraints) and niyamas (observances) help us to do just that. Learn how the five yamas alert us when our actions are out of sync with our spiritual aspirations and how they help us understand and manage the emotions driving our actions—allowing us to relate to ourselves and others in a more harmonious and balanced way.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Classes / Meditation
Foundations of Meditation
When our body is comfortable and stable, our mind can flow peacefully inward toward a deep state of meditation. In this workshop, Luke Ketterhagen shares ways that we can refine our posture and breath to increase the length and quality of our meditative practice. Move through an exploration of sitting styles, a sequence of supportive asanas, and techniques of yogic breathing.Then tie it all together with a guided meditation, and experience the difference. Format: Multiple videos with audio download Length: 1 hr 8 mins
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Luke Ketterhagen