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Yoga-Mitra for Harmony, Health and Happiness

May 05, 2016 08:56AM

Gurukul Yoga Holistic Center (GYHC) is a Science of Living Institution offering authentic holistic services including yoga, nutrition and reiki with locations in Austin as well as Bridgewater, New Jersey. To spring forward this season, GYHC is accepting enrollments for its therapeutic yoga teacher-training program, G Y-TT, which begins in May. Recognized by the Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists (supporting member school), the training program runs from nine months to over a year.

The teacher-training program includes authentic classical yoga practice with the master coaches; theory/instruction including study of ancient and modern texts on yoga; ayurveda and anatomy/physiology; and karma yoga—selfless service—offering time and skills promoting personal growth. Classes meet on weekends for practice and on some weeknights for online audio/video instruction.

According to GYHC co-founder Manju Joshi, the class teams are kept small and are held in a friendly, warm atmosphere where authenticity, originality and simplicity are some of the special attributes. Program participants also complete a research paper, thesis and presentation. The advanced program contains more research components, a deeper focus on practices and trials for various ailments and audiences.

Master Coaches Manju and Prashant Joshi, co-founders of GYHC, have been serving the community since 1991 in New York City, New Jersey and in Texas. GYHC opened its doors in Bridgewater in 2006 and in Austin in 2013. The training program program began in 2009 and is in its seventh year. Graduates of the program are from all walks of life— doctors, nurses, high school seniors—ages 18 to 60-plus. GYHC also offers authentic holistic services including private and group yoga therapy, laughter therapy, aromatherapy, reiki and nutrition for all age groups.

Cost: Tuition starts at $2,250; a monthly payment plan is available. Location: 156 Archipelago Tr., Austin. For more information, visit

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