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Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine

Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine offers yoga classes, methods of asana, pranayama, meditation, Ayurveda, and retreats.

Instructors 9

Sanjeev Pandey

Yogachariya Dr. Sanjeev Pandey Ji is the founder of the Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine. He has a PhD in Yogatherapy and Naturopathy, and he is a Himalayan yogi from the seventh generation. He has kept the family and university tradition of yoga during his teaching and personal practice. Since January 2017, he provides education and supplementary treatment according to the high level of ancient and modern standard of Vedic science at his own Institute to share yoga knowledge.

Rahul Singh

Rahul Singh, known as yogi Raj, was born in 1986 in Meerut City and graduated from school there. At the age of 16, he went to a monastery, where he lived for five years. While there, he learned the philosophy of yoga, asana, and pranayama from his holiness guru Ji Swami Karshni Guru Sharnanand Ji at his Udaseen Karshni Ashram, the Raman Reti Ashram. At the monastery, he also learned Bhakti yoga, mantra chanting, and ancient meditation techniques through traditional Hatha yoga practice.

Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga, Bhakti Yoga)

Natalia Vdovichenko

Dr. Natalia Vdovichenko was born in physicians family in Kazakhstan. After graduating from Lyceum in Chelyabinsk, Russia, she decided to follow the footsteps of her parents and be a physician. In 2008, she graduated from Chelyabinsk State Medical Academy and continued her education in gynecology and obstetrics specialty. In 2015, she decided to participate in a yoga teacher training in Rishikesh where she met dr. Pandey Ji. and developed her meditation and pranayama techniques.

Ashish Rawat

Ashish is a yoga master with a uniqueness that attracts the learners with his dynamic teaching style. He was born in Vedic family and is a certified yoga teacher that has been teaching during six years. In this period of time, he had shown exceptional qualities of a yoga teacher in Hatha and Ashtanga style. He undertook the yogic training from the international school of yoga, Ved Niketan Dham in Rishikesh and gained the master degree in yogic sciences from the Sanskrit University in Uttarakhand.

(Ashtanga Yoga, Hatha Yoga)

Awdhesh Semwal

Awdhesh is an asana teacher for Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. He was born in Rishikesh, the capital of yoga. His yogic practice started from 2011 after he met various yoga masters who inspired him and encouraged him to come to yoga path. He began to study in Uttarakhand Sanskrit University yoga philosophy and started his own practice as well. He obtained positiveness, peace in mind, and physical heath. Awdesh Semwal completed his diploma in yoga and other degrees in 2014.

Usha Vaishnava

Having studied Ayurveda and herbal medicine at Kanpur in the Kanpur University in 1966, Dr. Usha completed her internationally recognized bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery in 1997. Her competence is evident in her extensive and varied experience during the past 20 years, having shared her expertise as a lecturer of Kaya Chikitsa at Himalaya Ayurvedic College (Bareilly, U.P.), as a trainee physician in Arya Vaidya Sala (Kottakkal, Kerala), and Panchkarma specialist.

Jyotish Acharya

Pandit Shiva Ji or Jyotish Acharya is a famous traditional Vedic astrologer in Rishikesh. He is well qualified in astrology and Vedic science, he completed his Jyotish Acharya (master degree in astrological science) and Ved Acharya (master degree in Vedic science and Vastu Shastra) from Sampoorna Nanda Sanskrit University, Kashi (Varanasi), India. He worked with great Himalayan Astro Masters and he lives and teaches in Rishikesh, sharing his knowledge of Vedanta, astrology, and Vedic karma kand.

Maksim Vdovichenko

Dr. Vdovichenko was born in Kazakhstan. He graduated from the Chelyabinsk Medical Academy in Russia and began his work as a general surgeon. Then, he decided to continue his career in Germany and has worked since 2014 as a vascular surgeon in Thüringen. In order to complete his specialization in emergency medicine, he now works as an anesthesiologist. Dr. Vdovichenko is responsible for the programs that include human anatomy, physiology, and yoga therapy in the Vedansha Institute.

Loseva Galina

Dr. Loseva Galina was born in Kazakhstan. She is a physician and a specialist in radiology medicine. Over the last 30 years, she has been practicing in Russia and Kazakhstan. Dr. Loseva is interested in alternative medicine and began to learn bioresonance medicine according to the method of Dr. Puchko in 2011. In 2015, she started to practice yoga and did a yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, where she met Dr. Pandey Ji and experienced a different way of Kundalini yoga and an awakening of deep concentration.

Reviews 29

Mika Jokela

from Finland, January 2018

"2 Weeks Detox Retreat"

The place is super nice, and I felt myself immediately comfortable there.

All the teachers are very good and very proffesional of what they do.

And the food is super good, clean and nutritious.

Definetly I felt better after two weeks.

Will be back there!



from Saudi Arabia, January 2018

"Yoga Retreat"

The food and the Instructors were really good, and the location was a nice escape from the crowded and loud streets of Rishikesh.

Deborah J Kensler

from United States, January 2018


Location. Accommodations. Classes. Flexibility with our schedules. Very helpful staff

Sam Hill

from Great Britain, January 2018

"An reputable centre which I may not have caught at its best "

I loved the staff, fellow students, meditation and pranayama and the food was great and plentiful.

The aura and chakra assessment was also great.


from United States, November 2017

"An intimate and personal yoga program that is a value"

I appreciated the intimate and personal nature of the yoga teacher training. I was a beginner and the teachers patiently provided additional support while also encouraging me to reach past my perceived limitations. All the instructors were passionate and knowledgable about their subject matters. I walked away from the 100 hour teacher training getting an intensive and invaluable introduction to yoga, pranayama and mantras, helping me to discover my love for these ancient yogic traditions of India. The location of the accommodations were a nice sanctuary within Rishikesh with the option to buy surprisingly good wood oven cooked pizzas as an addition to their delicious ayurvedic menu. The excursions provided were fun and a great way to experience the surrounding Rishikesh areas. The included massages were also amazing. The accommodations are modest as should be expected in an ashram setting and should be considered a part of the yogic experience. Overall, I would recommend getting your yoga teacher training here if you're looking to experience yoga in it's traditional form with emphasis on the breath, meditation, and mantras within an intimate environment with support from personable and passionate staff.

Alexa Horoshak

from United States, October 2017

" 31 days retreat review "

the instructors, the class content, the gardens, the daily schedule, the staff, the location, and the relaxed environment. i felt completely comfortable during the retreat and even though i was learning a lot and taking a lot of physical activity, i was able to get the rest i needed.

Kardapolov Vasiliy

from Russia, October 2017

"Amazing yoga experience"

I did my yoga education in vedansha and i can say it was really great experience in yoga. I practice yoga 9 years myself but this experience helped me to improve my pranayama and Meditation practice. Great thanks to wounderful Teacher and yoga master Dr Pandey JI. His Team is very professional and nice. Asana classes are very interesting and diverse. I can advice this school to someone who search real yoga education with advanced quality and good price. I felt myself like in Family, all are very Kind and helpful, take care about every Student with attention. Rahul Ji, I am very grateful for your advices in head Standing pose. Wounderful excursion to waterfalls. I defenetely come back in winter.

Elizaveta Trushkinoff

from Germany, September 2017

"amazing experience in yoga"

Everything was good organised, even i had to change my plans and book other program all was well arranged. Program was structured. Abhichek helped me to by train tickets late evening that was very nice, great thanks. Internet was available everywhere in center (was for me big problem in my hotel in Dehli). Yoga classes with Rahul, other asana teacher and Pandey Ji were very interesting and exiting, some asana were new for me. I never knew before that in yoga nidra I could get experience of body awareness. I did yoga retreat in Goa last year but never I felt it before. Pandey Ji is really great master. Accomodation is simple but all is clean and safe. Excursion was also very funny even in rainy day. Meal and drinks were included in price and were very tasty. I am a fun of asian kitchen, so I appreciate it. Maybe will come next year for teacher training))

Stephanie Sawyer

from United States, September 2017

"Thoughtful teaching and welcoming staff!"

I truly loved my time with Vedansha. This is a great school to go and learn from teachers who are warm, caring, and accepting. All students were welcomed, from all backgrounds and levels. Teaching is wonderful and I will never forget my connection with them all.

Accommodations are basic, so please select this center as an option if you are looking for thoughtful teaching over luxury or western comforts.


from United States, July 2017

Vedansha yoga center aided in my progress as a budding yogini with one-on-one Hatha training, daily pranayama, meditation and Vedic philosophy discourse along with delicious 100% Ayurvedic and sattvic meals. I'm forever grateful to the immensely knowledgeable Pandey Ji and his team for their careful guidance and support and am already looking forward to my return.

Michelle Campbell

from Canada, July 2017

"This is why I came to India for my Teacher Training"

I came to India for my teacher training because I wanted to find the mind body spiritual connection that seems to be missing from the dominantly physical western approach to Yoga. I found my answers at Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine. This balanced program focused on ALL the areas needed to reconnect with oneself. The classes were small allowing opportunity for personalized growth . I learned so much from Guru Pandey-Ji. He was my philosophy, pranayama, concentration and meditation instructor. Philosophy class was the best part of my day! His classes were thorough and very meaningful. His passion for yoga and personal stories helped me to understand much more than I could have hoped. Pranayama class was amazing! Such a small part of our practice in Canada. I've learned here what an integral part it is for connection to oneself and will continue this unique program that I learned from him. Yogi Raj was my asana instructor and friend. I am grateful for the opportunity to practice asana with him twice a day. He adjusted the program to meet the needs of each of his students. He challenged us to attempt postures we had never tried before and made us hold posses longer than we wanted. I grew a lot in my physical practice because of his instruction. I loved how he ended each class and will continue that in my own practice at home. The rest of the staff were wonderful. They are a family and the guests are made to feel part of that.

Ada Komani

from Norway, July 2017

"The perfect place those that want to learn yoga "

Everything is amazing! The location, the accommodation, the people working there, the service, the food, and expecially the instructors! have never in my life met so wonderful people like the people i meet in Vedansha.

Upon arrival I was under the belief that asana was nothing for me, but Rahul made me se the benefits of the physical part of yoga and made me fall in love with asana! I started with the statement of not wanting to do any yoga, and did not leave Rishikesh before buying a yoga mat. And i am happy to say that i have not stopped my poractice since then

Last but not least my dear Guru Ji....well i would not know where to start describing this amazing Guru and Yogi. He is probably the most charismatic person i have met in my life... even saying charismatic does not cover half of what this human being is like and is capable of.

When i started i thought i could meditate... i discovered that i was barely concentrating... And thanks to my Guru Ji I had the most amazing experiences... and above all i experienced meditation in the real sense of the word and an energy that i did not know was possible.

Some might say that it is the holy place i was in... and for sure that has something to do with it. But i am quite sure that the main reason is the energy and the teachings of this amazing and holy man.

R Sridhar

from India, June 2017

"Yogic retreat"



from Switzerland, January 2018

"Spiritual Journey to connect with yourself"

It was very spiritual, in-depth Yoga experience.

Very good traditional Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga teachers! Philosophy of Yoga and Pranayama classes are exceptional and breathtaking!

You will understand what is actually Yoga, why do you do asanas, pranayama exercises and will experience on your own body all the positive effects of practicing.

The food and water have very good quality, never had any problems. People care a lot about your personal needs and try to do their best for you to feel good.

Definitely recommend to anyone with or without yoga experience!

Sarah Stabel

from Germany, December 2017

I like the complete programm, place and people!

Tatjana Felde

from Germany, November 2017

"Tripple Great"

Vedansha is a Great Place to Stay, with comfortable rooms and a Great View. The staff is awesome; truly I love Indian People. They are so nice, managed everything very Well! The food: Delicious!!!

Teacher: well Honestly, I thought: Ok you will practise a bit yoga for 2 weeks and thats it. But the teacher (Deepeka,Sonu and Rahul)are taking their Job extremly serious. And It's not just a job for them, they love what they do. So in the end, they teached us a lot. Especially I as a Beginner can say: wow I am so fit! The Guru Panji Ji is a great teacher aswell, the way he spoke was just amazing, you had no Chance to escape with ur mind. I learned a lot from these guys. I am pretty sure it is really hard to find a school, where people teach you What they Love, What they are practicing on their own every day before teaching students. So many Friendly People all over the Place, like a small family! Natalia, you See Great! I can recommend this place 100%! You will be more Wise & more fit after a Stay at the Vedansha Institute. Much love 💋

Konstantin Furrer

from United States, October 2017

"Wonderfull Retreat "

Good programm with wonderfull teachers. The learnign simply does not stop and the group of people teaching you are experienced and knowledgable in their respective fields.

Gerald Michaud

from France, October 2017

"Highly recommended by my heart, my body and my soul!!!"

More than I could expect

Everybody ( staff included) consider each your desire , they treat u like a member of their family, what else !!!!


from Canada, September 2017

Courses are good, especially those from Rahul and Pandey Ji.

Excursions were fun.

Julia Leutgeb

from Austria, September 2017

Pandeyji was a great teacher

Marèn Van Duuren

from Netherlands, August 2017

"Yoga retreat"

I loved the instructors. They were extremely nice and professional. I really improved my yoga skills. The food was well prepared. Everything was freshly made. Dr pandey was an inspiration. I was all ears when he was talking, he is such a wise man.

Testimonials 5

Tatiana Lentz

Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine's website

I was doing my yoga teacher course in Vedansha in June and I was very impressed with authentic yoga knowledge in breathing excersiese, asana & meditation. Food & accommodation were very good as well . So I can definitely make recommend it to my friends.

Thanusan Gunabalasingham

Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine's Facebook page

Beautiful energy in a beautiful place. Pandey Ji has a truly unique and inspirational style of teaching that is passed down authentically from his lineage of yogis.


Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine's Facebook page

Dr. Pandey Ji is my beloved and respected Philosophy and Pranayama Hatha Yogi teacher. I highly recommend his classes.

A traveler

Google reviews

Dear Vedansha & Mr Pandey Ji, thanks for wonderful classes and my Kalsharp pooja. I did not learn yoga before, but all what I learned from you was really great and unforgettable. I am so happy to get real himalayan yoga knowledge from You. Thanks for super pranayama class and your suggestions in meal. Now I feel better. Also wish you nice weekend, I will prepare new programs!!

Antonella Milo

Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine's website

Dear Teacher Pandey Ji, Miss you and the classes. Thank you so much for the teachings. hare Om

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