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Our Founding

The Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Center was founded to teach yoga and meditation based on the principles and methodology presented by Swami Rama of the Himalayas, one of the greatest masters and yogis to come to the West.

A Self Realized master, teacher, humanitarian, scientist, poet, and master of many arts, Swami Rama taught the principles and teachings of Himalayan Tradition, a lineage of sages going back to ancient times, including sages like Vyasa, Patanjali, and Shankaracharya.

Swami Rama gave up the prestigious seat of a Shankaracharya to bring the message and techniques from ancient scriptures to the people of the modern world, to help them deal with challenges of living in today's time.

The path of Himalayan Tradition taught by Swami Rama enables one to encounter life positively on its own terms and simultaneously, to grow spiritually within. Today, his work is carried out by a number of his disciples in a variety of places and spheres.

The Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Center was formed by followers of Swami Rama of the Himalayas, to teach yoga and meditation within the Himalayan Tradition.

The Center was inaugurated by Swami Veda Bharati, the spiritual Head of Sadhana Mandir in Rishikesh, India, and a leading disciple of Swami Rama. Swami Veda Bharati is the spiritual guide of The Center.

Our Mission

Our MISSION is to help individuals realize their full potential, lead a healthy balanced life, with mindfulness, through teaching of yoga, meditation, and philosophy as taught by Himalayan masters. Our VISION is to alleviate human suffering.

Yoga asanas are taught with emphasis on mindfulness and self-observation. Yoga performed with mindfulness allows one to refine the body and its movements, while learning to live in the present. Scientific research is now echoing what sages have maintained for millennia--- living mindfully and in the present is the finest way to live. The art and practice of meditation is taught to individuals as the central means of growing both in the interior and exterior worlds.

Classes and Programs


We offer programs that are designed to teach yoga to persons of all ages, offering classes for both individuals and families. Yoga classes are specifically designed and offered for beginners, intermediate, advanced students, and families. Yoga classes are also offered for physically challenged or mature adults with physical limitations. The Center offers classes in meditation for all levels. Personal consultation and instructions are also offered for individual needs and interests.

We have a Wellness Center which offers programs in healing and wellness therapies. The therapies include a full range of massage and aroma therapies. These programs allow individuals to achieve a balance of energies and to undo the emotional, mental, and physical wear and tear caused by daily living.

Teacher Training

Through its HYMC Yoga Teachers Association, The Center offers teacher training programs at 200 and 300 hour levels. Comprehensive trainings rooted in the Himalayan Tradition. A life friendly format, these programs will inspire self reflection as well as ready you to share your passion.

The Center offers special classes on spiritual, holistic and wellness subjects. The Center offers retreats within the Chicago area with traveling spiritualists and teachers. The teacher training programs are Yoga Alliance accredited.

HYMC Community Programs are open events that give people an opportunity to come together and celebrate the Spirit of Life. These are Free programs but a donation is always appreciated in support of HYMC as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Yoga for Cancer Survivors

Come and unwind with Jenny for complimentary yoga classes for cancer survivors.  This gentle class will increase lymphatic movement, help move toxins from organs, move fluids through joints, and aid in calming the nervous system. 

Community Yoga

Come and be part of this special class that celebrates our new teachers.

Full Moon Global Meditation

Meditate with Swami Ritavan and others around the globe, all sitting at the same time.

Monthly Study Group

Join Anil Saigal and fellow aspirants in a discussion of the leading scriptures of yoga philosophy and spirituality.  Each session ends with a brief guided meditation.

Introduction to Tai Chi

Join Lon Johnson and learn the art of Tai Chi. Tai Chi is an ancient are of gentle meditative movements which aid in attaining a relaxed body and still mind.


The Center has a book store which provides publications on a variety of topics concerning yoga, meditation and living.

Bookstore also carries personal/spiritual jewelry and aids for yoga and meditation


Contact Us

109 W Slade St.
Palatine, IL 60067 #200

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