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About Us


Gheranda Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that aims to spread authentic yoga teachings.

Gheranda is named in honor of an unique sage who is the composer of the Gheranda Samhita, one of the 3 main Hatha yoga texts along with the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Shiva Samhita. The name Gheranda is also unique in that this is the only time it appears in Sanskrit literature.


​We conduct spiritual tours, yoga retreats and teacher trainings exclusively in India.

Our founder JK (Karthik) was born and brought up in India and has travelled all around India teaching yoga and conducting yoga tours. He lives in the US and India and is an E-RYT 200.  JK's tours are enhanced by his in-depth knowledge of India and yoga, his experience as a current docent at the Seattle Art Museum, his extensive network of family and friends in India and his fluency in Indian languages including Tamil, Hindi and Sanskrit.

JK  worked at Microsoft as a manager and has a Master's in Computer Science from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Washington.


He was initiated in the Saiva Siddhanta school at an early age while growing up in India by his guru.

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