History About Us

Established in 2005, Shanti Yoga Academy is Nepal’s pioneering Yoga Center dedicated to promoting spiritual and yoga tourism. About us , We were originally known as the Himalayan Yoga Association Nepal, it evolved into the Himalayan Yoga Academy and Research Center before adopting its current name. Registered with Yoga Alliance US since 2023, the academy, situated in the serene surroundings of Shivapuri Nagarjun Jungle in Kathmandu, is led by qualified yoga masters and experienced teachers. Specializing in the Best Yoga Teacher Training in Nepal.

At Shanti Yoga Academy

We offer intensive training courses in Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) of 200 hours and 300 hours, rooted in the traditional practices of Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga. Our courses encompass a comprehensive blend of theoretical and practical elements, guiding trainees towards optimal health, profound knowledge, practical experiences, mastery, and spiritual awareness. Under expert guidance, participants embark on a journey towards profound happiness and self-realization. Our curriculum includes teachings in Hatha Yoga (Harmony of Body), Mantra Yoga (Yoga of sacred words), Laya Yoga (Yoga of Rhythm), Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga (Yoga of Action), Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of Devotion), Jnana Yoga (Yoga of Knowledge), Dhyana Yoga (Yoga of Meditation), Kundalini Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga (Eight Limbs of Yoga), all approached with an innovative perspective rooted in the science of yoga.

Create a premier yoga teacher training center in Nepal offering residential packages in a serene atmosphere. Provide courses for all levels, including advanced training and workshops. Include diverse offerings such as yoga, Reiki, music, and special meditation courses. Develop an international yoga commune with happiness programs. Focus on holistic well-being with yoga, Ayurveda, Panchakarma, and nature care. Ensure certified instructors, comfortable accommodations, and recognition from relevant organizations. Engage with the local community and offer a transformative experience for participants.

Promote spiritual tourism through a researched laboratory, unveiling the spiritual, historical, cultural, and ritual-based aspects of yoga tours, treks, camps, workshops, and shamanism studies. Our mission is to play a key role in cultivating the hidden potency and beauty of human beings, helping them realize the profound aspects of life gifted by the supreme power. Engage in research works to deepen the understanding of spirituality, contributing to personal growth and the global exploration of ancient practices. Join us on a transformative journey to unlock the extraordinary potential within and embrace the wonders of life.

About us

Madhav Adhikari, also known as Atma Swami, is the visionary founder and chairman of Shanti Yoga Academy. His journey into yoga began at the age of 10, overcoming initial disapproval from his parents by trading vegetables from the family garden for early morning classes. Undeterred, Madhav’s determination won his family’s support, leading him to India and Nepal for a teacher training certificate at the Himalayan Yoga Academy, guided by Swami Yogsubod.

Returning to Nepal, the land of the Himalayas, Madhav delved deeper into Kundalini and Hatha yoga, honing his skills under Swamiji’s guidance. In 2017, he realized his childhood vision by establishing Shanti Yoga Academy, a spiritual haven.

For a decade, Madhav financially supported the Ashram by teaching yoga at Manaslu Public School in Kathmandu. His reputation as an exceptional yoga teacher earned him opportunities to teach in Nepal, India, Bangkok, Thailand, and Malaysia, including conducting yoga teacher training courses.

Shanti Yoga Academy, under Madhav’s leadership, stands out as Nepal’s top yoga teacher training program and retreat center. The institute boasts a legacy of training and certifying yoga instructors, drawing experts and instructors from around the globe.

As the pioneer of yoga and spiritual learning centers in Nepal, Shanti Yoga Academy introduced the country to yoga teacher training programs. The institute specializes in imparting classical, traditional, and fundamental yoga systems. With the best 200-hour yoga teacher training programs lasting just 21 days, Shanti Yoga Academy offers a short yet profound path to a fulfilling career in yoga. Considered the best in Nepal, the institute recommends seeking feedback from its students to experience the excellence it offers

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