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Jitendra Das, traditional yoga teacher in Rishikesh


Jitendra Das is a teacher who has been on the yoga teaching scene in Rishikesh for quite a long time. I received a recommendation about his classes the first time I got to Rishikesh, in 2006 or 2007. I did not get to his class then as he required signup for the entire course, drop-ins were not allowed at that time at his school, Patanjali International Yoga Foundation.

He had the reputation of a strict teacher who can teach simple and advance yoga poses and who takes methodical approach towards practicing progressively more advanced poses. That was very intriguing, and a few years later I visited his classes during Rishikesh yoga festival.

That was indeed an interesting class, and it had an asana-centered approach. He would present one advanced asana and break it down into elements that are required to perform it, for example pelvic flexibility, shoulder strength, etc. And then he would show what asanas develop those necessary elements – pelvic strength or shoulder flexibility, so that a person could prepare better for a pose.

I wrote a review about Jitendra Das on his TopYogis page. There you can also read other reviews, check his pictures, school that he is teaching at, and contact him for any questions.

Last year we were in Rishikesh with the purpose of exploring and interviewing interesting teachers in Rishikesh, and we interviewed Dr. Jitendra as well. You can read his interview or watch the video of it here.

If you have practiced with this teacher, I would appreciate your comments about this experience here or directly on his page, so that other people could easily find it!