Study in India

The Pune Guide, newly updated for 2017 by Bobby Clennell

The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India, is the mother institute of Iyengar Yoga worldwide. Here Mr. Iyengar, and his daughter and son, Geeta and Prashant Iyengar, teach and refine the constantly evolving method that is one of the world’s most widely practiced yogas. Here, too, teachers from around the world come to practice and hone the skills they will take back to their own Iyengar Yoga communities.

Foreign Nationals: About 15-20 foreign students, who are already practitioners of Iyengar Yoga, are permitted to attend the general and ladies classes every month. Please note that the classes are generally booked a year or two in advance.

Pre-requisites: The student should be practicing "Iyengar Yoga" for at least 8 years. This should include regular practice of inverted postures such as Sirsasana, Sarvangasana for 8-10 minutes.

All students should have read, at the minimum, the introductory chapter to Light on Yoga and be familiar with the terms and principles covered in that chapter. Women should know what is to be practiced during menstruation.

Applications and Admissions

To Apply to RIMYI, print and complete the application form and mail (e-mailed applications will not be accepted), together with an endorsement from your teacher. The fee for attending one month of general classes at RIMYI is $500US. Please follow directions for payment of fees from your acceptance letter.

Please include in the application and relevent health issues.

Following Acceptance of Application:

  • An acceptance letter and schedule will be mailed to those admitted to study
  • Students must reconfirm their attendance at least 2 months in advance
  • Students will need to make their own arrangements for lodging and boarding

Additional questions may be directed to:
Mr. Pandurang Rao
Secretary, RIMYI
1107 B/1 Hare Krishna Mandir Road
Shivaji Nagar, Pune 411 016
Phone: +91-20-2565-6134

Office Hours (Indian Standard Time: +5.30 GMT)
9am to 11am: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday
4pm to 6pm: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday

Geetaji will NOT be conducting classes at RIMYI in the following months:

  • March
  • April
  • September

RIMYI Location Map

photo of B.K.S. Iyengar by Jake Clennell