Yogendra Mishra, Yogiji, is a senior Yoga and Meditation Master in Rishikesh, a place of pilgrimage, positioned on the banks of the holy River Ganges. Born into a traditional Brahmin family, in North India and brought up with the Vedic knowledge, he has been surrounded by the spiritual atmosphere of Jnana and Bhakti since his earliest years. Later on in his life he was initiated by his Uncle into the spiritual line of Sankaracharya.
He holds a masters degree in philosophy from Agra University, and degree in physical education, having studied in Vrindavan, the home of Bhakti Yoga and the Lord Krishna.
Yogiji has his spiritual headquarters in Rishikesh, where he is in residence at his center, Tapovan Yoga Ashram, when he is not teaching and travelling abroad. Yogi Yogendra teaches in Russia, Germany, Japan, Canada and US. He has been teaching yoga for over thirty years, and has taken part in several Yoga research projects determining the association of yoga and well-being. He studied at the ancient and world famous Kaivalyadhama Institute for science and philosophical research, founded by Swami Kuvalayananda.
In his younger days Yogiji spent several years traveling as a renunciant in the Himalayas studying yoga and spirituality from many enlightened masters. Due to this rich experience he is able to answer most questions and to guide sincere seekers of truth.
Yogiji is an authentic Himalayan Yogi, who brings to his classes a unique wealth of spiritual knowledge and insight. To meet him is a life changing, warm and rich experience.
Yogi Yogendra is the embodiment of what Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, verse 69:
“ What is night for all beings is the time of awakening for the self-controlled; and the time of awakening for all beings is night for the introspective sage.”
One needs to spend a certain amount of time with Yogiji to understand this, as we generally bring to our experiences our past conditioning, which is contrary to the essence of this verse.
What one student, Manorama devi dasi (Maggie Levien) has to say:
“I spent two months living at the Tapovan Yoga Ashram in its early days, when there were just Yogiji, his Uncle, Cha Cha, and myself. It was a life changing experience for me. All my pre-conceptions of what my time there would give me, were removed, and instead came a quality of living in the here and now. What I learned on a subtle level I was never able to put into words, yet the simplicity of day to day ashram life, with Yogiji and Cha Cha, had a timeless quality that came from living with a Yogi who actually epitomised a true yogic lifestyle. That experience has helped make me who I am now and I cannot imagine my life without it.”
Yogiji is available most of the year round for Yoga retreats, yoga classes, meditation and yoga philosophy.
For very sincere seekers it is possible to stay at Tapovan Yoga Ashram for a limited amount of time, as one of the family, taking part in the daily life there. Other accommodation is available close by.