29 Days 200-Hour Hatha and Astanga Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

Providing a holistic program to relax and rejuvenate thoroughly, Akshi Yogashala is a heavenly abode for the yoga lovers and enthusiasts. Living up to its name, where Akshi means existence, the school enables the students to enrich their existence with the profoundness of yoga. Mingling the study of yoga with the richness of Indian philosophy, history of yoga and traditional Hatha yoga, the school is offering a yoga teacher training program at its center in Rishikesh.

Retreat highlights

  • A detailed theoretical focus on yoga philosophy
  • Mantra chanting classes and their meanings explained
  • Daily Ashtanga Vinyasa and Hatha yoga practices and guided meditation
  • Deep understanding of human anatomy and the effects of asanas on the body
  • Deep breathing practices and pranayama for relaxation and focus
  • Ayurvedic cleansing practices for complete detoxification
  • 28 nights of accommodation
  • Pure vegetarian meals

Yoga styles


28 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 20

Airport transfer available:
Dehradun Airport (US$20 per person)

Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$80 per person)

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Garden
  • Yoga shala
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

Program

Asana

  • Ashatanga Vinyasa series 1
  • Core principles of Hatha yoga practice
  • Meditative pose
  • Structuring and sequencing the postures
  • Forward bending pose
  • Full health assessment on asana
  • Backward Bending pose
  • Traditional sun salutation series
  • Twisting pose
  • Sun salutation with root mantra series
  • Relaxation pose
  • Sequences / steps of doing asana confidently
  • Inverted pose
  • Moon salutation series
  • Kneeling pose
  • Joints and glands exercise
  • Standing pose
  • Balancing pose

Relaxation techniques

  • Point to point full body relaxation technique
  • Yoga Nidra for insomnia
  • Emotional body relaxation
  • Minor and major chakra relaxation
  • Deep causal body relaxation

Science of breath (pranayama)

  • Four qualities of yogic breathing
  • What is pranic healing?
  • Importance of diaphragmatic breathing
  • Kapalbati
  • Stress and stress less related breathing techniques
  • Bhastrika
  • Psychological effect of yogic breathing
  • Brahmari
  • What is pranayama?
  • Ujjai
  • What are the five sub prana in yogic science?
  • Shetali and shetkari
  • What is ida, pingala and sushumna?
  • Nadi shodhanam
  • What is nadi?
  • 1:1, 1:2 and 1:4 breathing for emotional purification

Mudras and bandhas

  • Yogic gesture for stress related problems
  • Internal mudra
  • Healing gestures for physical blockages
  • Bandha for energy leakage
  • Pranic gestures for awakening energy
  • Importance of root lock
  • Eye mudra
  • Types of locks in yogic science
  • Finger mudra

Yoga philosophy

  • History and origin of yoga
  • Why we have disturbed mind, distracted mind, and stupefied mind in yogic science?
  • What is yoga?
  • What is celibacy and sex in yogic science?
  • What is Hatha yoga?
  • Why we suffer?
  • What is Ashtanga yoga?( eight limbs of yoga)
  • Why do people get diseases according to yogic science?
  • What is Raja yoga?
  • How to bend body to bend mind?
  • What is ignorance?
  • Three states of consciousness in yogic science
  • What is mind?
  • Four foundational pillars of life
  • Four faculties of mind field in yogic science
  • What is practice in yogic science?
  • Five layers of body in yogic science
  • What is Ekagrah?
  • What is knowledge and wisdom in yoga?
  • What is Kundalini?
  • What is Karma?
  • What is chakra?
  • What is sleep in yoga?
  • What is nadi?
  • Introduction to Ayurvedic science
  • What is Nirodhah in yoga?
  • What is "Fear" and "Love" in yogic science?
  • What is enlightenment and liberation in yoga?

Meditation and concentration

  • Breath awareness meditation
  • Inner light meditation
  • Chakra awareness meditation
  • Body less meditation
  • Mantra awareness meditation
  • Walking meditation
  • Full moon meditation
  • Third eye meditation

Art of alignment and adjustment workshops

  • Workshop on hip opening
  • Workshop on back bending
  • Workshop on forward bending
  • Workshop in twisting postures

Mantra yoga and its importance

  • What is Om?
  • Mantra for fearless living
  • What is mantra?
  • Mantra for wisdom
  • What is tantra?
  • Mantra for universal master
  • How to create positive vibration or energy with mantra yoga?

Yoga anatomy

  • Yogic skeletal and joints system
  • Yogic physiology
  • Yogic respiratory system
  • Yoga safety while doing asana and pranyama practices
  • Muscular system and usage of some important muscles in yogic exercise
  • Nature of lunar energy, solar energy and neutral flow energy
  • Yogic anatomy of spinal cord and its importance
  • Yogic counseling for therapy
  • Yogic therapy like back problems, slip disk problems, and diabetes
  • Usage of yogic techniques as therapy
  • Spinal deformation, thyroid and obesity
  • Yoga therapies on common disease like - head ache, cold, sinus, migraine

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 Hatha yoga
  • 07:45 Pranayama - breathing practices
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Yoga anatomy
  • 12:00 Yoga practicum / mantra chanting
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Yoga philosophy / Ayurveda
  • 16:15 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
  • 18:00 Meditation and relaxation
  • 19:30 Dinner

Please note that mantra chanting is for the first week. Yoga practicum includes alignment and adjustments, and teaching mythology.

Instructors

Vivek Arya
As a young boy, Sri Vivek’s passion for yoga was quickly obvious to father, who started him on the path to understanding. His thirst for knowledge led him to 15 years of living in an ashram, and into the Himalayas to study yoga and philosophy. Inspired by his burning desire to learn, the sages welcomed him, and taught him mystic ways unknown to many. Today, Sri Vivek is pursuing his PhD in yoga, with a goal to never stop learning and dedicate himself to humanity.
Sanjeev Pandey Ji
Yogacharya Sanjeev Pandey Ji is a very popular Pranayama teacher in Rishikesh whose teaching style is enough to attract people to learn pranayama. The techniques he uses to teach pranayama are so impactful that no student is left without becoming a perfect master of this breathing form. His love for yoga was so intense that he even left his running business and started a life of a true yogi. He adopts the basic tenets of Hathayogapradipika, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Gheranda Samhita in his teaching methodologies which make them so unique and interesting.
Sandeep Pandey Ji
Yogacharya Sandeep Pandey Ji is a master of meditation and pranayama. He had learned meditation and relaxation techniques from the different ashrams of Rishikesh which made him have a deeper insight into the many aspects of this art. He started his yogic journey as a disciple of Guru Swami Veda Bharti Ji in the Rama Sadhaka Ashram when he was only 11 years old. He is now pursuing Ph.D. in Yoga and is also now teaching the meditation and pranayama to the aspiring yogis.
Rahul Bhatt
Rahul Bhatt is a master practitioner of yoga, particularly skilled in asanas of Ashtanga. Through a combination of curiosity, talent, and tireless hard work, Yogi Rahul Bhatt has developed a deep understanding of the asanas, and a crystal-clear way of communicating difficult and nuanced postures to aspiring students. Rahul-ji believes in yoga as an ancient art based on a harmonizing system of developing the body, mind, and spirit, and seeks to help his students learn and grow in each of these areas.
Rahul Katariya
Rahul Ji is a passionately committed teacher of Yoga, having diligently internalised all aspects of yogic knowledge. After growing up in a small village on the outskirts of Delhi in an encouraging yogic family, he pursued a career as a concept designer in Delhi. Outside of work he continued his spiritual growth through his own studies of ancient texts and scriptures. Soon, a series of experiences illuminated to him transcendental truths that inspired him to leave his job and immerse himself in the sacred yogic world.
Karamjit Sihag
Karamjit was born into yoga. His ancestors built a monastery for wandering monks and yogis to stay and practice yoga, and he was immersed in the teachings of yoga from childhood by his mother and father. Since then, his curiosity to go deeper has led him to Rishikesh, Mysore, the Himalayas, and even China, and he was determined to absorb the spiritual truth from each of these stages of life. Today, Yogi Karamjit is among the most respected practitioners of yoga and meditation, and he brings both intense willpower and a gentle touch to his teachings.

Retreat location

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

The school offers pure vegetarian meals. Spilling the richness of nutrients and vitamins, each and every meal is nourishing and refines the entire being. It also offers the required strength for performing various forms of yoga during the stay.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Raw food
  • Fruitarian
  • Yogic
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Attend the famous Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Niketan Ashram

Camp at the River Ganges for a night or more

Get rejuvenated at the local spas

Go for excursions at the nearby sites

Go for river rafting at the Ganges

Go mountain biking

Learn to cook Indian delicacies

Meet and make new friends from around the world

Take a dip in the Holy Ganges

Visit Indian temples and observe the Indian prayers

Witness the Indian heritage closely

What's included

  • 29 days of accommodation
  • 1 book by Swami Satyananda Saraswati (“Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha”)
  • 1 book by k. Pattabhi Jois ("Yoga Mala")
  • 1 notebook and Pen
  • All yoga topics mention under program
  • Full study material
  • Himalayas sightseeing trip
  • Pure vegetarian meals
  • Satkarma cleansing items (neti pot and tongue cleaner)
  • Visit to aarti
  • Yoga Alliance Certification
  • Yoga bag
  • Yoga mat for pratice
  • Yoga t-shirt

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 23% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Early bird discount

The first 5 students booking this retreats are eligible for an early bird discount of 100 USD per person. This offer is not valid for courses starts in August!

Departure dates information

The departure day will be on 4th for the months with 31 days and 3rd for the month with 30 days.

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