Ganga Devi is a spiritual teacher and the founder/director of the Himalayan Yoga Institute. She has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for nearly 30 years and has been the prime disciple of a Himalayan yoga master. who passed away in 2009. As the successor of her teacher, a highly advanced yogi, she was given the task to continue his work and legacy at the ashram, which he had started in the 1990's in a small, traditional village of Kullu Valley, tucked away in the Himalayan mountains of India. The Himalayan Yoga Institute is dedicated to the life and work of Ganga's yoga master with the purpose of serving the many people who are flocking to the practices of yoga and meditation in order to find peace, health, fulfillment and a deep sense of joy.
She discovered yoga in 1988 while writing her final thesis at university and preparing for a career as an interpreter and a high school professor of German language and literature. Her life was to take a different direction after she came in touch with the ancient yogic science.
After receiving initiation into the spiritual path of yogic meditation in the year 1988, she decided to spend time in India and deepen her practice. There she discovered that Indian Classical Dance and Music is a complementary pursuit and actually a yoga in itself. Her background in various other styles of dance, ballet and contemporary styles, have provided a vast background and strong basis to embark on the path of two parallel careers: that of a yoga and meditation teacher as well as a performing dance artist. While in India she devoted herself to the in depth study of a variety of subjects, including Eastern metaphysics, philosophy, Sanskrit, several living Indian languages, vocal music, percussion, the art of abhinaya (mimic or expressive dance), Indian classical dance and yoga.
Today she devotes her time to serious seekers and also teaches yoga for beginners, to people who want to learn more about the time-tested practice of yoga. She has worked as the director of a yoga centre in Northern California, USA, for five years and has taught yoga to youth, adults and children. She was actively involved in community service as well, teaching yoga to inmates, university students and at various health and women's centres. For 7 years she led the life of formal renunciation or sannyas, as a yogic nun. She has furthermore taught classes, workshops and seminars on yoga, diet and lifestyle in India, Germany, Croatia and the UK. She is a senior yoga instructor of the highest level registered with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) and is the principal teacher of the Himalayan Yoga Institute.
As a yoga therapist she has helped hundreds of people to overcome their emotional, mental and physical issues and illnesses. She is an IAYT certified yoga therapist.
She is very well respected and sought after as a teacher and has developed a unique style of teaching which is a result of a wealth of knowledge and experience gained throughout many years of practice and teaching yoga to a variety of people with different needs and levels of ability.
Master of Humanities
Yoga Acharya - Meditation, philosophy, yoga and yogic lifestyle teacher training at Seva Dharma Mission, Bangalore, India
Yoga Master Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Training at the "Himalayan Institute of Integrated Therapies", Himachal Pradesh, India
Director and master teacher at the 'Ananda Dhiira' yoga & meditation centre in Northern California, USA
Experienced Certified Yoga Instructor E-RYT 500
IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP®)
Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher
Registered Children's Yoga Teacher
Study and training in the techniques of Yoga, Indian classical dance, Vocal music, Nattuvangam, Mridangam, Sanskrit in Chennai, India (dance gurus: Muttuswami Pillai and Kalanidhi Narayanan)
State School of Classical Dance, Zagreb, Croatia
Indian Classical Dance performances in theatres and cultural centres across India, Germany, UK, Netherlands, Spain, Croatia.
Lifelong study of the science of Yoga, Meditation and Tantra