Rishikul Yogshala ist eine von der Yoga Alliance akkreditierte Yoga Schule in Rishikesh mit weiteren Zentren in Indien und in Pokhara, Nepal.
Yoga Urlaube (9)
Yogi Bipin Baloni ist Meister des Ashtanga, Hatha und Vinyasa Yoga und ist seit dem zarten Alter von 17 Jahren auf dem Weg zur Selbstfindung als Yogi. Er hat sein Leben der Yoga-Hauptstadt Rishikesh gewidmet und lebt jetzt in dieser spirituellen Stadt als gewürdigter Yogalehrer.
Swami Atmanananda Giri
Swami Atmaji wurde im Schoß von Kerala geboren und widmete sein Leben seit seiner Kindheit Yoga und Spiritualität. Von Natur aus mitfühlend, studierte er Homöopathie in Kerala und praktizierte Naturheilkunde mit dem Ziel, Menschen zu helfen, gesünder zu werden. Als religiöser Anhänger von Vedas und Upanishaden folgte Swamiji seiner Leidenschaft, die Essenz der Spiritualität mit verschiedenen Meditationspraktiken als vagabundierender Asket seit über vier Jahren auszugraben. Er absolvierte seine Ausbildung am Shivananda Ashram unter der Leitung seines Gurus Swami Adyatamanandaji.
Als ehemaliger Naga-Guru besitzt Gangesha Chaitanya das Wissen und die Weisheit jener yogischen Mystiker, die nur einige Yogis erlangen können. Als E-RYT-zertifizierter Yogalehrer erhielt er einen Großteil seiner spirituellen Ausbildung vom großen Heiligen Swami Rama. Er ist ein Meister der Meditation, Kundalini Yoga und Pranayama. (Hauptfächer: Meditation, inspirierende und spirituelle Führung)
Kavithaji wuchs in einer spirituellen Umgebung in einer angesehenen Familie in Karnataka auf und wurde mit den Lehren Basavannas, einem der größten Heiligen des zwölften Jahrhunderts und angesehenem Hindu Philosophen, großgezogen. Sie hat Pranayama unter der Leitung von Sri Ganeshwer Avadhut in Srisailam studiert, bevor sie dem Guru Swami Veda Bharthi folgte und Meditation und yogische Philosophie studierte. Kernfächer: Hatha Yoga, Pranayama.
Annnamalai Prana Ji (Swami Thiyagaranjan)
Annamalai Pranaji spezialisiert sich auf Pranayama und Yoga Philosophie. Er lernte nach den Prinzipien von Swami Sivananda und Swami Vignananda die Tradition von Tamil Nadu. Er verbindet seinen Unterricht mit traditioneller Authentizität und modernen Ansichten. Meditation, Kundalini Yoga und Ayurveda sind einige seiner weiteren Wissensgebiete. Fokus: Pranayama, Yoga Philosophie, Meditation, Kundalini Yoga und Ayurveda.
Deepa Ji folgt Lord Krishna, Yoga und der spirituellen Botschaft der Liebe. Sie ist Feministin und eine der wenigen Frauen, die im Berufsfeld Yoga sehr erfolgreich sind. In Ihrer Freizeit reist sie gern und fotografiert.
Gurmeet Ji ist in Rishikesh aufgewachsen und ist ein Experte in Hatha Yoga, Yoga Anatomie und Physiologie. Er ist ein von der Yoga Alliance als RYT 500 ausgezeichneter Yogalehrer und hat einen Masterabschluss in Yoga von der Uttarakhand Sanskrit University. Gurmeet Ji hat von Swami Dharma Nanda im Ved Niketan Ashram gelernt. Als Yoga-Profi hat er mit anerkannten Physiotherapeuten in Deutschland zusammengearbeitet bevor er nach Indien zurückgekehrt ist, um die Wissenschaft des Yoga mit anderen zu teilen.
Vimalji hat einen Bachelorabschluss in Sanskrit, einen Masterabschluss in Philosophie und ein Master-Diplom in Yogischer Wissenschaft. Er wurde in eine konventionelle indische Familie hineingeboren, und widmet sich yogischen Praktiken seit er 11 Jahre alt war. Er hat auch unter Mahamandaleshwar Sri Swami Veda Bharati gelernt. Seine Ausbildung und Erfahrung in verschiedenen Aspekten des Yoga beinhalten Mantragesang und er hat den Status eines Acharya Vimal erreicht.
Kushal glaubt daran, dass Yoga und Wissenschaft eng miteinander verbunden sind. Er widmet sein Leben der Erkundung von komplexen Aspekten des Yoga von einem wissenschaftlichen Standpunkt aus. Kushal hat einen Masterabschluss in Yogischer Wissenschaft und viel Erfahrung als Yogalehrer bei der indischen Armee. Er ist auch ein leidenschaftlicher Karma Yogi, der oft als Freiwilliger bei verschiedenen Yoga Camps arbeitet.
Suraj Ji ist ein von der Yoga Alliance zertifizierter RYT 500 Lehrer und hat einen Masterabschluss in Yogischer Wissenschaft. Er wurde in der Hauptstadt des Yoga, Rishikesh, geboren und praktiziert Yoga seit seiner Kindheit. Er lernte auch unter Guru Narendra Gussain, einem angesehenen Yogalehrern für traditionelle und moderne Yogastile. Eines der exklusivsten Elemente in Suraj Jis Kurse ist die Mischung aus traditionellem Yoga und zeitgenössischen Stilen.
aus Vietnam, Juni 2019
Teachers are very good, kind, knowledgeable. Food is really really good. And I had a good time with my new interesting friends!
aus Spanien, September 2018
"Great introduction to yoga philosophy and practices"
In general everything was very good, the teachers had a lot of knowledge and the classes were great. The staff is very nice and helpful and the school tries it’s best to give the students the best experience. It is a one month course but very intense and well organized. If you don’t have some years of yoga practice before, you will not be ready to teach after finishingit, but you’ll leave knowing all the basics to start practicing yoga in the proper way.
The surroundings are lovely, there is a good view for the mountains.
The overall experience was great and would totally do it again :)
aus Ägypten, September 2018
"Amazing experience "
When I arrived, I never imagined that I would not only get my certification as a yoga teacher but also an experience that would change my life totally.
From divine facilities surrounded by Himalayas mountains and just a few minutes walk from the Ganges River and delicious vegetarian food,,, Rishikul Yogshala took my heart. I enjoyed every moment. It is definitely a good option to do introspection and connect with yourself. Notice the changes in my body simply by standing. They helped me overcome the self-imposed limits on me and stay in each asana and breathe. Teachers pass on their knowledge and give themselves completely to the teaching of traditional Yoga, always attentive to the needs of each of the students as a member of their family. This unforgettable memory stayed with me always ,,,
I highly recommend Rishikul Yogshala to obtain your yoga certification ,,,
aus USA, September 2018
"This was the perfect yoga school for me!"
I decided to book this yoga teacher training in Kerala because I wanted a more in-depth education that would enable me to better myself holistically during this transition period in my life. I am pleased to report that I found exactly what I was looking for. I found the food to be extremely healthy. I never felt concerned about my nutrient intake or worried about having enough to eat. The instructors were excellent. Every instructor had a strong relationship with their yoga practice, so they had nothing but authentic insight into how we could improve our practice as students and teachers when we returned to our home countries. The location was wonderful, I went back and forth for a while trying to decide between where I wanted this experience to happen and I think I picked the perfect location. Varkala Beach is quite gorgeous.
aus Belgien, Juni 2018
I loved the teachers, the classes. I've learned so much from them! The people that I've met are friends for life now. Also Rishikesh is a magical city. I'm definitely coming back.
aus Nepal, Juni 2018
"Scholarship at Rishikul "
I have to say the food was AMAZING! The building where I stayed was very nice, with a great view, very confortable and we had the hall to practise just top floor (they have 3 buildings, not sure how the others room look like)
The training was intense as I expected and the quality of the teachers very very good. Each of them is specialised in an specific subject so the classes where well focused.
I got the scholarship, and for that amount of money I have to say the TTC was perfect. A good beginning for the yogic path. If you are looking to learn more about yoga and start your way, this is a course I would recommend.
All rishikul team (teachers included) are very friendly and kind
aus Nigeria, Juni 2019
"First big step towards being a Yoga teacher "
The classes were structured very well and the intensity increased over time. Some of the content was immediately understood. 4 weeks later at home some of it is still working which I´m very grateful for. What I´ve internalised now is that experience matters more than learning theory. And that it´s extremely important how I spent my life energy. This course gives you a great overview of (maybe) all there is and a strong basis for a daily routine.
The teachers and the whole group I spent this 4 weeks with were incredibly nice people.
We had 5 teachers: 1 for Ashtanga, 1 for Hatha & Pranayama, 1 for Meditation & Mantra, 1 for Anatomy and 1 for Philosophy. They were always very open for questions and gave support to each individual. All classes were intense, in a good way, I learnt a lot about Yoga and myself.
Being back home, I´m not very keen on eating Indian or Nepalese dishes at the moment, but that´s not something I didn´t like. Just raised my awareness about how we are used to this crazy variety at our globalised homes.
The food is very good. The staff of the Infinity Resort is great, helped all of us very much to feel good and at home. The location of the Infinity Resort is perfect. You can easily walk into town, but you are in a calm spot close the nature.
aus Österreich, Februar 2019
"Gesamtheitliche Erfahrung - wirklich Life-Changig"
Die Lehrer haben sehr professionell komplexe Bereiche erklärt; sehr umfangreiche Ausbildung, die tief in Yoga, der viel mehr als nur Asanas ist, eintaucht. Und ja, die bereits oft erwähnte Life-Changing-Experience trifft zu.
gute Lage, sehr nettes Personal in der Unterkunft, Varkala ist eine geniale Location
aus Deutschland, Juli 2018
Rishikesh is a beautiful, living City with a lot of People! You can geht everything what you want in the Shops.
I Loved going to all the Nice coffe places and Restaurants. There are Almost everywhere vegan options. I went there almost Everyday to study, Talk to People and eat good and Healthy Food.
The School has a very Good Location. It is Not Directly in the City, so you can Enjoy the silence. However, After a two Minute walk you Reach the First Shops and Restaurants. It is Not very far to visit the Ganges and the sightseeing Spots of Rishikesh.
Most of the Teachers are nice. I learned a lot in Rishikeh. Not only About yoga, also about myself, about being Alone in a completely different Culture. It is hard in the beginning to get used to the Climate, the Noises, the smells, the People and the Food. But After a While, you learn to take it easy and just Smile about the circumstances which usually annoy you. The electricity for Example didn‘t work very offen. Believe me, it`s not easy to sleep without a Fan if it`s 40 degrees outside..
The light in my room also didn`t work for more than 10 days. So Don`t forget to bring a flashlight.
The Food in the School was different from what I excepted. They Advertise it to be ayuvedic and very Healthy. But Most of the Time it is Not. There is Too much Oli in the Food. My Body was Totally confused. I felt so heavy After eating and my digestion was Never that Bad before. That`s why I ate outside very offen.
aus Südafrika, November 2017
Pokhara is a lovely place to stay. The yoga lessons were very good and the food was delicious. Everyone was super friendly and helpful.
Massages and day trips were included as well.
i stayed at a hotel so it was mixed and changing guest. I was the only one joining the retreat all others joined a teacher training
aus Deutschland, November 2019
"It’s all about the money"
The staff at the hotel is really helpful and friendly.
Valérie (éléonore) Royet
aus Frankreich, August 2019
Le lieu était super, les repas excellents.
Les professeurs ainsi que les modules étaient intéressants, ainsi que l'ensemble de la formation.
Nous avons tous réussi à finir cette formation et avoir notre diplôme.
aus Singapur, Januar 2019
"Everything was PERFECT for me!"
I was able to re-discover my ability to gaze upon a stranger with love--something I had known unerringly as a child but lost after adolescence. The sattvic food was a great relief, because my experience in the two years leading up to my visit was that I couldn't find commercially available or prepared food that worked perfectly with my digestion, here in Singapore. Except for the slight amounts of red chili powder used in the curries, I was able to eat foods that interacted well with my highly Pitta energy.
aus Dänemark, Dezember 2018
"A yogic treat in God’s Own country"
This 200 hour yoga teacher training was an amazing experience - a physical as well as a mental journey to new territories of my body and my mind guided and instructed by highly qualified teachers in whom I had trust. I can only recommend everybody to do this.
Tiffanie Van Koevering
aus USA, Dezember 2018
I found the teachers to be very knowledgeable, and I really enjoyed hearing about their experiences on their yoga journeys. The teachers were so attentive to our needs and inclusive with all the lessons that they provided. I only found one of the instructors on this review, but all of them were wonderful to work with!
The resort was lovely and located up in the mountainside, just a short walk from the lakeside town which was also a really cool place. Everyone who works at the resort was so friendly and did a great job keeping us all very comfortable throughout our stay.
Our group activities outside of the yoga curriculum were so worthwhile. I was so grateful to be able to stay in such a beautiful place with so many things to do and see!
aus Indien, November 2018
"Best experience and the Best month of my life"
I liked the overall vibe of the course and the place. It felt more like a home. It was really informative and systematically planned.
aus Thailand, März 2018
"Prakash u Nicky Ji are the best!!! "
Good food friendly staff strict teacher very good teachings
Lesley Van Der Woude
aus Niederlande, März 2018
"Yoga Teacher Training in (hot) Paradise "
The Ashtanga classes of Nicky Ji were really intense.. a lot of sweating was involved, but he is such a dedicated and good teacher. I still hear is voice in my head when I practise. The same goes for Pankesh, amazing hatha teacher. I loved the Anatomy classes as well, and the allignement classes. The location was great. And loved the bamboo houses, make sure to get one! Mr. Binu is nice and the best.
aus Österreich, März 2018
"Loved everything about this experience!"
I came with an open mind and open heart. And they both got filled more than over the top with holistic, experienced knowledge! I loved the disciplined energy that all the teachers emanated. It reflected onto us students and made me ambitious to give as much as my own 100% into this course. The in-depth knowledge paired with the teachers personal experience and understanding made me get a really profound “first glance” into the depth of the holistic Yoga Practice, with all that comes with it. I came to understand and remember even more that Yoga is a lifestyle to be practiced. I loved the way we were taken care of. I felt so much care and love from the staff. Just overall perfect, for perfect is what you make it!
aus Italien, Februar 2018
I learned a lot from the teachers and from this experience. I have found kindness and open mind in almost every teacher\people and this is so important when you are so far away from home, so thank you all the teacher.Also staff were kind.
aus Vereinigte Arabische Emirate, Februar 2018
People of the group and teachers!
aus Vereinigtes Königreich, Februar 2018
"Mary Kavanagh "
I stayed in Savitri - the accommodation was so fantastic and the location couldn’t have been better.
The staff at both Savitri and Rishikal couldn’t have been more accommodating.
The teaching was fantastic.
aus Kasachstan, Januar 2018
"Good experience "
I liked asana classes, it was perfect. Food was good. Location in varkala - beatiful place, clean and cozy rooms. Teachers were great. I recommend this school.
aus Niederlande, Januar 2018
she was very good educated and a nice person
Charlotte Von Bülow
aus Dänemark, Januar 2018
aus Australien, Dezember 2017
most of the teachers were excellent, knowledgeable and inspiring. the philosophy and history of yoga is the focus of this particular course and was very informative and interesting. yoga asana classes were very intense (not really beginner level) but enjoyable. our fellow students in the course were truly wonderful i made some lifelong friends. the location is great (though often noisy- take earplugs) near the ganges river in the bustling and welcoming town of rishikesh.
aus Schweden, Dezember 2017
"A course that helpt me learn and grow alot!"
I really liked the course, I learned alot about myself and it was so fun to meet so many people from all around the World. I liked that we were Close to the city, it was easy to go and have a coffee break when you felt you needed, but I Think the course would have been much better close to nature. I Think the philosopfy classes was the best, but the other ones was also very intresting. I would recommend this course for beginners and also people that been doing yoga for a while and want to learn more about what yoga really is. We did not do any Writing test in the end of the course but every one had to hold 1 hour own class for the others, it was very fun and you learned alot from it!
aus Saudi-Arabien, November 2017
"Ideal location and great school"
I liked how much information was provided for each subject. Your brain will feel overloaded but once you have had time to digest the information you will feel amazing because of all of the information you have absorbed.
The location is great. The little village has some lovely shops and cafes and the locals are very friendly. I highly recommend the french bakery if you want to study somewhere different.
The food in the school was very good. I personally struggled at times but they are catering for over 50 people so they did an amazing job of making sure everyone had something to eat.
All the teachers are good but a special mention to my Ashtanga and Alignment teacher - Sachin. He is very knowledgeable and inspirational... He always made me push harder in the class and go away and research more. Without question I learnt the most from him during my time at the school.
aus Singapur, November 2017
"Good for Yoga not so good to stay around"
Yoga schedule and very personal attention given to us
Joaquin Gómez Picca
aus Spanien, November 2017
"Wonderful experience at Rishikul Yogshala Pokhara, Nepal"
I came to this course with no expectations, not knowing what was this all about. Once I arrived, I founded great experienced teachers (and wonderful humans), magestic place (I would recommend every yogi to go to Nepal and experience Pokhara), and incredible people (we became a big family not only with the other students but also with the teachers).
The course is quite intense and it challenges you in a physical, mental and spiritual level, but what you learn from it, is totally worth it.
The hotel is beautiful and the rooms are abobe the Asian quality standards (I found). The food is very good and healthy, sometimes a bit repetitive, but understandable variable as it’s all Ayurvedic food with the intention of creating a regular healthy process on your digestive system, providing you the needed vitamins for such an intense course.
Overall, I’m extremely happy with the experience and already planning to follow my path in the yogic lifestyle.
aus Vereinigtes Königreich, Oktober 2017
"Teacher training experience :) "
200hr Teacher training experience
It's pretty hard to put into words my month at Rishikul Yogshala but I'll give it a go. People told me before I went it would be a life changing experience and they weren't wrong.
It was an intense month mentally and physically but such a rewarding experience. With about 40 students our group was split into 2. With people from all over the world and different personalities/ stories to tell I found it fascinating to meet such beautiful souls.
Let me start with the food. ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. Honestly credit to the cooks because every meal was lovely. Sure towards the end of 4 weeks it gets a tiny bit repetitive but there are many places outside of the school to mix it up a little on days off (you get wed and sun off). if you eat meat expect to maybe find the experience a little different/ harder,
The teachers make the yogshala what it is. You can really see their passion and enthusiasm to keep the real tradition of Yoga alive.
The rooms are pretty basic so please just keep your expectations low. Please apply this attitude to many aspects during your time there if you go. Nothing gets done in a hurry. It's India. You have to ask for things a few times.
aus Deutschland, Oktober 2017
"Life changing experience!"
My primary purpose to travel to Nepal and participate on the 200 hrs yoga teacher training at Rishikul Yogshala was to improve my overall health as I have back problems since young age. However, this course was so inspiring and I learnt so much that I received a different impression of what yoga actually is. I loved all the classes and the teachers have such a great knowledge! I met people from all over the world and I got inspired so much. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to make a change, to live a better life, to become more happy and balanced and just everyone who loves yoga.
This course really exceeded my expectations and I found myself as more than just a yoga practitioner. I am a student, at the same time I became a teacher and I am ready to share my knowledge with the world to make it a better place.
I thank the universe for an experience that I won´t ever forget. Before, I was lost, but I learnt about who I am and where I want to go. Where the focus goes, energy flows. So mind you focus!
aus Kambodscha, September 2017
"Learning From The Source"
Where do I begin! I've just completed the 200hr TTC course and it totally exceeded my expectations. The quality and knowledge of the teachers is priceless. You really get to learn all about Yoga- not just the physical aspects of it. You're fully immersed in the culture too with activities on the days off. The school itself is in a beautiful area surrounded by nature and also close to shops and cafes when you need a break or a coffee to go with your study. The food is amazing and has real selection- you'll never go hungry thats for sure!
aus USA, Juli 2017
"Absolutely the best school in Rishikesh"
There were so many things that I liked.... So, lets start with the food. (I felt on a culinary journey there as well!) Breakfast, lunch and dinner takes place in a cosy garden (its the best to eat in an open space!) Its a buffet style dining and even though I am vegan, always had plenty of different dishes to choose from. Different stews with lentils, chickpeas, beans, vegetables.... Sometimes pasta or sandwiches, or amazing desserts too.. Food full of flavor, spices and so delicious! For breakfast I loved papaya and porridge! BIG thanks to the chefs, kitchen staff and everyone else involved in food preparation.
Secondly, teachers were absolutely amazing. I felt as if I am attending some magical school like Hogwarts, as we had nine different teachers that had so much knowledge in their field. I learnt a lot during that month and in particular really deepened my understanding about yoga philosophy and alignment.
My favorite classes were with Yoga teacher Manoj. I feel its very important for everyone to understand how important is a proper technique and body alignment while doing yoga poses in order to prevent injuries and Manoj explained that perfectly.
The school is located a little bit further from Laxman Jhula vibrancy and noise. It is tucked in a little alley, in a quiet neighborhood where you will always encounter cows wandering around.
Every room has a balcony. I had a beautiful view to the little mountains. There is even hot water in the room! GREAT!
aus USA, Juli 2017
Food, hatha classes, yoga philosophy, clean accommodation, massage, yoga nidra
aus Usbekistan, Juli 2017
"It's great experience. "
System of training
aus Thailand, Juni 2017
"A fantastic experience"
Loved meeting so many interesting people from around the world, pure food, excellent training and awesome teachers.
aus Irland, Juni 2017
"Life Changing Experience"
Liked everything, food was great, people and co yogis were awesome. I liked the quality of the teachers the most, and have noticed massive internal changes after my TTC.
aus Ungarn, Mai 2017
I loved the enthusiasm of the teachers, the activities, food, curriculum, so basically everything.
aus Dänemark, April 2017
"Loved it "
Such a great school with amazing teachers. I'll recommend doing this to anyone no matter their experience with yoga. This experience has definetly changed my body and mind to the better!
aus USA, April 2017
"March 2017 300hr"
The teachers were amazing!!
aus USA, April 2017
"everything went well"
the staff was very accommodating and available 24/7.
aus Jordanien, April 2017
"Real yoga in pokhara (Nepal)"
I have been really taken by the combination of Hatha practice in the early morning and Ashtanga in the afternoon. It was the perfect insight to allow u to decide wich style u want to deepen. Pranayama and philosophy lessons have been so interesting and well explained. Anatomy was a deep discovery about how our body works.
aus Niederlande, April 2017
"Best way to learn what you need"
World class teachers and a detailed but yet smartly compressed curriculum. This professionalism was beyond my expectations and beyond anything i have experienced in my 3 years of intense yoga practice. Chapeau!
My experience with Rishikul Yogshala in Nepal for my 200 hr YTT was everything I was looking for and more. I came into this course with a desire to acquire tools/training experience for applying out in the working world of yoga. And here I am coming out of it gaining a family, deeper insight into myself and therefore others, teaching tools and techniques, shanti (peace), and a whole new perspective on yoga and what it truly is.
The teachers and coordinator are incredible people with so much love, humor, wisdom, and knowledge to share - whether in the yoga hall or out, you can't help but feel their passion and knowledge trying to seep into you. The location is wonderful - surrounded by mountains, across the street from Fewa Lake, and in a quaint hotel with a lovely staff and owner.
I am incredibly thankful for the past month I've spent here. It has truly been a life changing experience that I will forever carry with me and continue. I look forward to the 300 hour course in India!
a life changing experience
This 1 month training program has been just incredible!! Everyone was amazing! Truly! The teachers, the staff, the cooks, the teaching is just another level! I can only highly recommend this school for their professional knowledge and their kindness! Do not hesitate too long!! Register now! You will definitely love this experience too!
A few days ago I completed a 200 hour TTC at Rishikul Yogshala in Kerala. Although I learned a ton, improved many aspects of my yoga practice and feel inspired to go home and share, I can’t shake the feeling of frustration. To give you some context, I’m a 30 year old male from Europe, who values science, reason, logic, evidence, conversation and asking questions. I’ve been studying yoga and meditation for years and enjoy using these wisdoms to explore who and what I am. Among other things, I also despise dogmatism and faith based religion. What bothered me was that teachings of the esoteric and mystical metaphysics of yoga, for example chakran, nadis and panic energy, were taught like if it was scientifically and undoubtedly true. There were no or very little room for discussions and many of the groups questions were left unanswered. Some teachers, rather than earning respect, demanded it, and time after time had a very derogatory tone towards us students. Basically we were asked to leave all of our critical thinking out the door and radically lower our standards for evidence and truth. Some of these classes felt more like an attempt to indoctrinate or brainwash.
With that said, there were also many great thing about the course. Most teachers were very knowledgeable and inspiring. The group of 17 students felt very warm and close after just a few days, and I really felt comfortable with everyone during the course. All the meals were surprisingly good and diverse, though it got a bit repetitive during the last week. Despite the things I struggled with I leave the course feeling happy and inspired, and feel grateful for the effort all the teachers and the staff put in to make this a great and knowledgeable experience for all the students. Thank you!
If you are like me, don’t go to this school. If you don’t mind being told what to think and believe about reality, maybe you would enjoy this course. Many of my peer students did.
Either way, remember to be doubtful, ask questions and think for yourself.
Management Response from Rishikul Yogshala:
Hope you are doing well.
First of all, we would like to thank you for taking time out and provide us with your valuable feedback. Every feedback and suggestion is important to us as they help us improve our courses and services. We appreciate and respect your thoughts and viewpoints.
As you know, our TTC program is limited to a month’s time and our primary focus is teaching the aspects of yoga that has been followed and observed since the beginning of yoga. We agree a lot of these teachings and logics may not apply to every aspect of the modern day world and there are indefinite possibilities of science not agreeing with the facts stated in the study of yoga philosophy. After all, philosophy has seldom walked hand in hand with the factuality of science. We are certain that over time with more development in the two fields, there will be a common ground where one agrees with the other in most if not all aspects.
We really apologize for the way you felt about our teachers and discussions. Please believe us when we say that all these suggestions and feedback have been discussed with the teachers who taught your program. Our teachers have been practicing and training these subjects for as long as we know and we say it on behalf of all of them that nobody’s intention was to defy anybody’s values or principles in any way. At the same time, we also have to understand that you and we are from different schools of religion and culture and it is only fair that we give each other that benefit of doubt and a fair chance.
You would agree when we say that the origins of yogic science is deep rooted in our culture since its birth here and we try and do our best to ensure that the knowledge and wisdom is shared equally amongst students who put their trust in us enough to come train with us. There are a lot of such matters that yoga is still trying to explore and likewise, there are many theories that science is still trying to prove.
In no way any of us intended to brainwash or manipulate any student to forget or disrespect their own beliefs to value ours but at the very beginning of the training, we mentioned that there will be differences – culturally and otherwise that all of you would feel and see from time to time. Also, nobody can ever truly define reality, can we? But, what we can do is accept that there will be differences everywhere we go and that it is entirely on us to take what we like and leave what we don’t with from a place we visit or people we meet. In no way, any of it can be forced on one another or else the whole process of learning through exploring different cultures will be defeated.
We have been training students for many years and when we say this we say it with utmost honesty that we have never been told that any of our students felt their knowledge or viewpoints were disrespected. Also, we understand that with so many students and so little time, it may have been difficult for the teachers to answer all questions at all times but if in any way you felt that it was done deliberately, we sincerely apologize for the same.
Last but not least, we really appreciate all the kind words you shared with us about our teachers and arrangements and they only inspire us to keep improving and do better.
Once again, we thank you from the deepest corner of our heart and wish you all the best for the journey that lay ahead of you and we hope you will stay in touch.
Best wishes, Team Rishikul Yogshala
I had a wonderful experience there. It was honestly everything I could have hoped for in a 300 hour YTT and more. The teachers and the staff in general were AWESOME- so knowledgeable, so kind and caring, so informative and helpful. All around amazing people that I hope to meet again one day. The class size was perfect- 10 students is a great size. Many more than that would be too much, as I know was the consensus for the 200 hour students with 40+ in their class! Also, I'm really happy we got manuals for our training, but we had to continually ask to have them printed in order to receive them. That should not happen. A manual for a 200 or 300 hour course should be handed to us on the day of our orientation before the program begins. They are easy and cheap to print in India and it is a staple for a course to have a manual, no questions. We had amazing classes, especially our Hatha and Ashtanga classes! I loved our mudra and mantra classes, yoga nidra, philosophy, and anatomy! Honestly I loved them all - each teacher was unique and had his or her own style. I would have liked to have some yoga therapy incorporated in the course, as we were told that we would study that and I was really looking forward to it. But even though we were told it would be, for whatever reason it was not part of our program. I think it's important to keep us a bit more up to date on what is included in each course specifically since the trainings are all a bit different each month and it seems like what is listed as being included on the website is more of a general listing and not so specific to the month. The excursions and field trips were wonderful. Super fun and worthwhile. I loved the white water rafting and the yoga at sunrise on the top of the mountain! Absolutely beautiful. The food was at Rishikul was incredible. So sattvic and healthy and nourishing. I loved that it was vegan; it was my favorite style of food and if I could continue to eat in this way throughout my life, I would. I have never felt so healthy and happy as I did when I was at Rishikul- now the key is to bring this feeling to the world outside rishikesh! The studio we practiced in at the top of our hotel was gorgeous- new and had great 360 degree views of the city and mountains. The apartments in my building (I can't remember the name of the building but it was the one where the 300 hour students stayed) were a nice size and I loved the balconies and mattress was fantastic!! But they really have to get new sheets and WASH the bedding!! The bedding needs to be washed in between each guest, especially if they are not going to make the bed with a top sheet. The comforter had dirt and hair on it which was quite appalling. And the laundry prices in that building need to be posted as well OR they should be the same as in the main building where reception is. Lastly, I love the idea of silence during meals. I love eating in silence But the technique needs to be a bit different for it actually to work for the students. I think the students need to be told right in the beginning that meals are silent, what the reason is for meals to be silent, and that this practice will be enforced. And maybe there is one or two tables or some inside seating where meals are not silent if people really need to talk. But the passive aggressive way in which it was enforced did not seem to work so well. Again, I love and appreciate the concept, I just think it needs to be discussed with the students ( and it was not for the 300 hour students) for it to work and be appreciated. I am very happy with the overall experience at Rishikul and would go back and study or work there in a heartbeat. I would give them a 9.3. Thank you thank thank you for such an amazing and fulfilling experience.
My 200 hrs YTT experience has been awesome and transformative, spiritually enriching, just like it has been for all my fellow students, one by one for different reasons. All 42 of us, yes it was a big group, felt filled up with gratitude and joy at the end of this intense month. But having said this, I want to say something different as well: I feel grown in my knowledge and confident to go out there and teach others safely and comprehensively now. I was already a teacher (not in yoga), but I got given the tools, the deeper knowledge behind it all. And that it worth a lot. The "technical/practical" knowledge from anatomy, alignment & adjustment, pranayama, the root principles of the "how & why" as well as the philosophical, meditative and spiritual aspects of yoga as a way of life, have been explained to us with a patience and thoroughness than can only come from passion. The focus on safety and the immense background yoga stems from, could only be taught so intrinsically in Rishikesh, where it all originated. Rishikesh is a magical place, worth visiting regardless and we took a few trips to nature and temples that were in one word breath taking, by the way. Like I mentioned before our group was big, but the school split the group in two for the practical sessions, so we could still get the needed attention. And I am glad the group was so big, because I met 42 seriously amazing people, and the input and questions everyone brings into the group are only enriching. Never was there any animosity, or clickiness, the atmosphere was always great, everyone was helpful and fun, ohhh we laughed so much as well! Thank you teachers, no actually gurus, for being there for us, with all of your heart, with a true love for yoga - and I am sure I speak for at least a few of us when I say we will try and come back to Yogshala for more.