Our Vision

Our vision is a world of healthy, energized people, caring about each other, and especially the children — having food, growing intellectually, and achieving their educational goals, leading fulfilling lives, and being able to offer the same opportunities to others who are less fortunate

Our Mission

Support educational opportunities to underprivileged children so they can live fulfilling lives and, in turn, continue to support others who are financially unable to pursue their educational goals.

Achieve our Vision through donations from members of our yoga community and the community at large.

Inspire people of all ages of the numerous benefits of yoga that lead to a healthy, spiritual life.

Promote wellbeing and mindfulness by guiding yoga practitioners in performing asanas (poses) correctly and safely, and in learning the proper techniques of meditation.

About Us

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and the ‘lockdown’ that followed, Naraindra Prashad decided to take his yoga classes online. He had been teaching yoga at Canada’s largest health club for ten years, until all the facilities were forced to close because of the global pandemic. At the time, Naraindra had recently completed a yoga pilgrimage to Rishikesh, North India where he was introduced to philanthropist and yoga teacher, Kapil Dev Bist who is also the principal of Khushi Charitable Society, a school for underprivileged children in Rishikesh. Naraindra encouraged Kapil Dev to join him in conducting online classes that he had started for his yoga students who were eager to continue their yoga practice during the lockdown. Demand for more classes increased and classes grew from twice per week to daily, with the addition of four more yoga teachers. To date, through the charitable activities led by Naraindra Prashad, East Meets West Yog continues to thrive in its philanthropic work as set out in its ‘Mission.’

Our Yoga Classes

We offer a variety of virtual classes to individuals from every corner of the globe, accommodating for various time zones. Classes are offered in a variety of styles described below, all of which include yogic warm-ups and pranayama (breathing exercises).

Class Schedule

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Class Type Class Discription
Monday 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Monday 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Hatha w/Yogic Warmup & Parnayam Warmup exercises to activate joints, stretch muscles, and stimulate blood flow; followed by more energetic movements; concluding with breathing exercises (pranayama)
Tuesday 7:45 – 9:00 a.m. Tuesday 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Yogic Warmup & Pranayama A gentler class that activates joints, stretches muscles, and stimulates blood flow; followed by pranayama (breathing exercises).
Wednesday 8:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. Thursday 6:00 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. Ashtanga Inspired / Dynamic/Energetic Class begins with warmup exercises to activate muscles and joints, gradually increasing to more challenging movements and postures that incorporates pranayama (breathing exercises) providing cardiovascular stimulation. Open to all levels of practitioners wishing to take on the challenge, allowing for modifications as needed.
Thursday 8:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. Friday 6:00 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. Yogic Warmup, Pranayama, Meditation & Nidra A gentler class that activates joints, stretches muscles, and stimulates blood flow; includes pranayama (breathing exercises) and yoga nidra (yogic sleep).
Friday 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Friday 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Yogic Warmup & Pranayama Warmup exercises to activate joints, stretch muscles, and stimulate blood flow; followed by more energetic movements; concluding with breathing exercises (pranayama).
Saturday 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Saturday 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Hatha w/Yogic Warmup & Pranayama Yoga warmup exercises to activate joints, stretch muscles and stimulate blood flow, followed by more energetic movements incorporating pranayama (breathing exercises).
Sunday 8:00 – 9:15 a.m. Sunday 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Ashtanga Inspired / Dynamic / Energetic : Warmup exercises to activate joints, stretch muscles, and stimulate blood flow, pranayama (breathing exercises) followed by more energetic movements.
Yoga Teachers

Our instructors are highly trained in all branches of yoga.


Kapil Dev holds a Master’s Degree in Yogic Science from Uttarakhand Sanskrit University, Haridwar. He learnt Yogic sciences and traditions under the guidance of spiritual masters in Rishikesh, staying in ashrams, and gurukuls, completing intensive yoga philosophy, Vedanta, and Tantra studies. He is a graduate in English Literature, Economics and History from H.N.B. Garhwal University, Rishikesh, and also completed a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Uttarakhand Open University. In 2008, Kapil started teaching yoga and meditation at yoga schools in India and Europe. Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, he has been teaching virtual yoga/meditation internationally. Kapil also serves as Principal for Khushi Charitable Organization, a school for underprivileged children in Rishikesh.


Sunil is a certified yoga instructor with training in Hatha, Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga. After completing his teacher training certification in 2016, he taught yoga in Mumbai for one year. He also taught for eight months in China and led yoga workshops in Indonesia. He currently teaches privately, and at yoga schools and ashrams in Rishikesh. Sunil has a B.A. in Sanskrit Grammar, and an M.A. in Yoga Science, both from Haridwar Sanskrit University. He is also an Astrologer and Vedic Priest and his hobbies are spiritual discussions, football and reading.


Paul completed his 200-hour teacher training through Rishikesh Yog Van school, registered with Yoga Alliance, USA. As a team member Paul currently provides advice, input and support for the general operations of East Meets West Yog. Paul is also a Certified Financial Planner.


Ankit leads our Bhakti Yoga sessions with kirtan and mantra chanting. At the tender age of 12 (seventh grade) Ankit joined the Gayatri Ved Vidyalaya Gurukul. A gurukul is an ancient Indian residential education system where the students live with or near the guru. Ankit then moved on to the Swami Narayana Ashram in the ninth grade where he had the opportunity to study music. He completed his Grade 12 at Punjab Sindh Kshetra Sadhu Mahavidyala Sanskrit University Rishikesh. Ankit is very enthusiastic about music and singing, his greatest hobby. He is known in Rishikesh for leading and participating in the Aarti ceremony at Triveni wharf and Swami Narayana jetty; both popular places for visitors to Rishikesh.


Sagar was born is Rishikesh—the world capital of yoga. After completing 12th grade at S.P.N. Inter College, he began his yoga journey. At age 18, Sagar went to PSKSD Sanskrit University, where he learnt yogic lifestyle and completed his yoga certification. He further deepened his knowledge of yoga through connecting with an ashram in Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh. Sagar learnt yogasana and pranayama, before starting to teach at the Ashram, as well as other yoga studios in Rishikesh. He continued to further his education at an NGO, Khushi Charitable Society where he studied since the age of seven. He now enjoys volunteering and giving back to Khushi by sharing his knowledge and expertise with the younger children of Khushi. Sagar completed his Masters in Yogic Science from Uttarakhand Sanskrit University, Haridwar in 2023.


Naraindra Prashad is a Chartered Professional Accountant and seasoned university administrator with a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto. His career arc has been diverse, spanning initial years in the corporate world followed by a significant 25-year leadership tenure at his alma mater. He has also served as President of the Alumni Association at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus and currently sits on the University’s College of Electors.
A champion for education and community service, Naraindra has volunteered for causes aiding children and seniors, driven by his conviction in education’s role in advancing society. His personal triumph over health challenges as a youth has fueled his commitment to helping the underprivileged, particularly in providing equitable opportunities for children.
Naraindra’s dedication to wellness extends to his role as a Registered Yoga Teacher, educated in Mindful Meditation and Pilates. He has taught at Canada’s largest health club and various studios in Toronto. An enthusiastic gardener, he leverages this skill to fundraise for charity, blending his love for nature with his philanthropic spirit. Naraindra’s life reflects a blend of professional achievement, personal resilience, and a deep commitment to social progress.


Rajkumar Sharma was born in Rishikesh, North India. In 2023 he completed hi Masters in Yogic Science from Uttarkhand Sanskrit University, Haridwar. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna (H.N.B.) Garhwal University, and completed a naturopathy program as well as a yoga program, both from Khushi Charitable Society. Rajkumar is a Dance Instructor at the Khushi Charitable Society and choreographs and trains the children for dance competitions where they have always placed in the top three. Rajkumar is enthusiastic about all styles of dance.


Megha Dabral was born and raised in Rishikesh, North India, where the Holy Ganges flows at the foot of the Himalaya mountains. She obtained her 200-hours teacher’s training certification from AATM Yogashala in 2018 and in 2020 she completed her masters in Yogic Science from Uttarkhand Sanskrit Uniiversity in Haridwar. Megha has been learning yogasana from her guru for many years; this is her passion, and she continues to keep herself up-to-date since she feels yoga is an infinite journey and learning is endless. She started teaching asanas in government schools in 2017, and after seeing her passion for yoga, her guru offered her an opportunity to teach at his yoga school where she is now one of the faculty members, leading yoga classes on a daily basis. During the Covid-19 pandemic and due to the lockdown, Megha was unemployed, however EMWY (East Meets West Yog) provided her with an opportunity to teach virtually. She continues to teach with EMWY and has also returned to ‘in-person’ teaching at her guru’s yoga school.

Karma Yoga

As part of our mission to provide educational opportunities for underprivileged children, we have chosen to support Jyotir Gyan Bhavan, Khushi Charitable Society, and the Oaks of Righteousness. These organizations support our mission of helping underprivileged children in other parts of the globe, achieve an academic education to help them lead more fulfilling lives that will enable them to offer the same opportunity to others in the future.”

To: “Click on the links below to these two charities”

When we think only of sincerely helping all othrs, not ourselves, we will find that we receive all that we wish for, - Heart Of A Budha


If we fail to look after others when thry need help, who will look after us? - Heart Of A Budha


EMWY Board of directors

Effective January 2024 : Quarterly contribution for classes is $75 (Canadian or US currency), $60 or 50 Euros. This allows you to participate in all classes that we offer per week. For contribution in other currencies please email us.

Contact Details

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