Frequently Asked Questions

Seminars & Events

What is included in the price of accommodations?

Accommodations include vegetarian meals, hatha yoga classes, and full use of guest facilities.


Where are you located?

Our headquarters are located in northeastern Pennsylvania. The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of the USA® is situated in a serene wooded setting on a 400-acre campus near Honesdale in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Directions are posted here or can be obtained through Google Maps or similar services.

I’m new to yoga. Are any of your seminars appropriate for me?

Many of our seminars are appropriate for the beginner who’s interested in finding out about yoga as well as for the more experienced yoga practitioner who would like to enrich and inspire their yoga practices. For details on seminars, see our calendar.

When are your seminars held?

Our seminars are generally held on weekends. They begin Friday evening and end with Sunday lunch. You may arrive anytime after 2:00 p.m. on Friday; check-out is 2:00 p.m. Sunday. See our calendar for seminars and additional details.

What is a typical weekend seminar schedule?

Friday P.M.
4:45 Hatha yoga class
6:15 Supper (light meal)
7:30 Lecture
10:00 Silence observed until 8:00 a.m.

6:30 Hatha yoga class
8:00 Breakfast
10:00 Lecture
12:30 Lunch (main meal)
3:30 Practicum
6:15 Supper
7:30 Lecture
9:00 Chanting
10:00 Silence observed until 8:00 a.m.

Sunday A.M.
6:30 Hatha yoga class
8:00 Breakfast
10:00 Lecture
12:30 Lunch (main meal)

What are your rooms like? Do they have a private bathroom?

Our typical guest rooms are simply furnished with two twin beds, sink, desk, closet, and medicine cabinet. Toilets and showers are down the hall. We have a few rooms available with a private bathroom for an extra charge.

Is it possible to stay for an extra day or two before or after a seminar?

Yes, the extra days would be your own private retreat rather than a structured program. The cost would be that of accommodations which include a private room, three vegetarian meals a day, and hatha yoga classes daily at 6:30 a.m. and Monday through Friday at 5 p.m.

Can I bring my young children along?

The Institute’s programs are designed for adults, and our guests generally are looking for an atmosphere conducive to a quiet retreat. However, we do have a limited number of spaces in our Guest House (located on our campus outside the main building) which can accommodate families. Call (800) 822-4547 for availability and charges. Please note that the Institute does not provide childcare.

Can I bring my pet(s)?

The Institute does not have the facilities to care for your pet, but click here for a list of nearby kennels.

What credit cards do you accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

Is there a “required” mantra for this practice, or will any mantra do?

If you have started a special practice, such as Gayatri, Maha Mrityunjaya, or Navarna Mantra, this is the perfect place and time to take your practice to the next level. Otherwise an initiation mantra or breath meditation, like So-Ham, is fine.

When is the year-long group meditation?

November 11,2011 – November 11, 2012

How can one best participate from a distance?

Please see our “How to Participate” page for details.

How long will it take for one of the YLGM 12 core seminars to be online after it is presented live?

We aim to post seminar content within one month of the live event. We will email our Premium Members at that time with access information.

In what format will the online content be presented?

Content from our live events will be presented online in engaging and accessible ways, like streaming video and audio, written material, and interactive exercises. We’ll make select content downloadable because we know you’ll want to take it with you and share it with your friends.

What are the technical requirements for accessing online content?

Most modern systems capable of viewing video from popular media sites such as YouTube or should be able to display media content on this site. To test your systems ability to display content on this site browse through one of our free mini eCourses “Quick Tips for Balanced Living”.

Browser Compatibility
All media should display in any current browser. We test and support the following browsers in their most current version: Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, and Chrome.

Adobe Flash Player
Our media delivery server requires as a minimum Adobe Flash Player v9.0.124.0. You can download the latest version of Adobe Flashplayer at

Mobile & Handheld Devices
The Himalayan Institute website ( is 100% iOS (iPhone / iPad) compatible and should be viewable on many other mobile and handheld platforms. The Living Tantra website ( was developed before the iOS platform was released and is not supported for mobile and handheld devices.

How much of the live seminars will be posted online?

We will evaluate each seminar to determine the best format to share it with you online. We promise to deliver all the essential content so that your home study is effective, successful, and enjoyable, and that your efforts realize the goals and objectives set out by the seminar presenter.

Which programs are included in Premium Membership?

Complete list of Premium Member Seminars

* Space is limited. Some restrictions apply. Accommodations not included.
Go to YLGM core programs page

Does the Himalayan Institute offer Scholarships or Financial Aid?

We are committed to making our teachings accessible to anyone seeking to study yoga, meditation, and holistic health. Scholarships help to serve The Himalayan Institute’s mission and reflect our desire to be accessible. When funding is available, we will consider individuals who would not be able to participate due to financial restraints. The Himalayan Institute offers thousands of dollars in scholarships and Financial Aid annually.

Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of the Himalayan Institute’s patrons and donors.

  • To apply for a scholarship, please follow this link.
  • To contribute to our scholarship fund, please follow this link.

Practice Related

What style of yoga do you teach?

The Himalayan Institute tradition is rooted in raja yoga. Raja yoga (often called ashtanga or the royal path) incorporates eight separate steps into its practice. The first two steps are the yamas and niyamas (moral restraints and constructive observances). Asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises) are the third and fourth rungs on the ladder of raja yoga. Pratyahara (sense withdrawal) and dharana (concentration) are the fifth and sixth steps in this path. The final two steps are dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (higher consciousness.) Raja yoga is the understanding, control, and mastery of your mind. It is a science and a way of life, not a religion.