About us


Sivananda Himalaya

We offer traditional yoga retreats amidst scenic locations in the Himalaya -and elsewhere- led by experienced teachers. We believe in the transformative power of yoga and we are passionate about sharing the yogic way of living. Whether you are a beginner, or you want to deepen your practice, or just take a break from city life, our team will make sure you get the most out your stay and feel rejuvenated by the healing power of yoga and nature. Our team’s main teachers are Pooja and Camilo.

After teaching yoga and meditation in city studio set-ups for many years, we have been pondering on taking our teaching closer to nature, in retreat-based environments, where the benefits of the practices can be more easily appreciated. So, last year we decided to tap into the spiritual treasures hidden in the Himalaya and settled down there, where an ancient tradition of yogis and sages have blessed these mountains, valleys and rivers with their uplifting presence.

We would like to invite you to join us in one of our Upcoming Retreats or if you want us to conduct a retreat near your area, get in touch with us!

Camilo de la Fuente

Camilo is an experienced and encouraging teacher of yoga and meditation. Growing up in Chile, South America, he pondered on the fundamental aspects of life from a young age. After two years of pursuing a degree in physics, his spiritual inclination led him to Yoga and Vedanta at the age of 19. In 2008 he traveled to Canada to the Sivananda Ashram to take part on a Yoga Teachers Training Course. Initially planned as a short visit, the trip turned into a 3-year stay. This period of full immersion into the yogic lifestyle proved to be instrumental in igniting the spiritual flame and provided a strong foundation for his sadhana (spiritual practice)

For over 12 years, he has traveled and taught in different ashrams and yoga centers in Canada, India and South America where he has deepened the yogic way of living and gained valuable experience meeting with teachers, students, and fellow yogis.

He has visited India regularly since 2012, cultivating an affinity and love for the country and its spiritual tradition.

Camilo also holds a B. Ed. in English Language. His background as an educator inspires him to always seek for more effective and meaningful ways to transmit the ancient knowledge of yoga.

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Pooja Chaturvedi

Pooja is a cheerful and dedicated teacher of yoga and yoga therapy. Born and raised in Delhi, India she has been practising yoga for over 10 years. After travelling half the world, working in the aviation industry, her eagerness for sharing the yogic lifestyle encouraged her to pursue teaching and practising yoga on a full-time basis.

Pooja also has a TTC and ATTC diploma from the Sivananda ashrams in India and is a graduate of the S-VYASA Yoga University of Bangalore. In addition, she has certifications in Yoga Therapy and Acupressure Therapy.

Her teaching and practice are greatly informed by her training as a Master in Psychology and also as by her keen interest in ayurveda.

Swami Sivananda is a great saint of modern India. After a successful career as a medical doctor, he renounced the world, practised intense meditation and attained self-realisation. Through over 200 books, he made the timeless wisdom of yoga and vedanta known to the whole world.
— Swami Sivananda (1887-1963)