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72 Days 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh, India

  • Himalayan Yoga Retreat, Near Laxman Jhula Police Station, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249302, India


Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training India

This training program is perfect for those of you who want to make yoga a way of life and spread the knowledge. Join Himalayan Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh, a small town in the northern state of Uttarakhand in India and get various classes from meditation to mantra chanting. Aside from classes, you will also get the chance to shop at the local market and do many more activities if you join this program.


  • Daily meditation session
  • Daily morning asana yoga class
  • Daily asana and adjustments classes
  • Daily philosophy, physiology, and methodology classes
  • Daily shatkarma, meditation, and mantra chanting classes
  • One free day every week to explore
  • Daily Indian style vegetarian meals
  • 71 nights’ accommodation
  • 70 days with instruction
  • English
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Basic accommodation is provided with a private bedroom for single occupancy that has an in-room private bathroom. You will also have kitchen facilities available during your stay with Himalayan Yoga Retreat.

Himalayan Yoga Retreat offers a comprehensive 500-hour yoga teacher training program that provides thorough training all aspects of yoga. It is designed for motivated practitioners who wish to make yoga a way of life and wish to spread the knowledge. The 500-hour training focuses on the progression of asanas, allowing students to become more advanced in their practice.

Swami Prakash believes in the holistic growth of the practitioner and includes therapies and training in breathing techniques to aid in meditation, pressure points to remove emotional blockages, and Ayurvedic knowledge. Himalayan Yoga Retreat’s students are trained in these disciplines as a part of their teacher training and can use this knowledge to further their practice.

The course content of this program is based upon Yoga Alliance’s standards. Daily practice includes eight hours of thorough training, covering topics of mudras, dhyana, pranayama, asana, philosophy of yoga, insights into human anatomy, physiology, naturopathic medicine, and self-healing techniques. Frequent question and answer sessions will help clarify any doubts along the way.

Course curriculum


To give the purest thoughts to your mind like a positive virus. You will be taught about the correct pronunciation of Vedic mantras in Sanskrit and also japa. The pronunciation is essential in creating a vibration working on your different bodies. You will also be taught the purpose of the mantra as the teacher needs to know the effect and give the right mantra according to the specific subject like better concentration, self love, more devotion, and more strength.

Basics of a yogic life

There will be a class on regularity and punctuality in the practical and theory session, emotional stability or maturity, and character.

Yogic texts

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the philosophical and historical background of yoga and the comparative study of different yoga schools with the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Hatha pradipika

  • Asanas and pranayamas by Swami Kuvalyananda, introduction of Hatha yoga
  • Definition of the term "sthir sukharn asanam" and ”sthiryam arogymchangalaghavam”
  • Classification of asanas, the aim of meditative asanas, cultural asanas, and relaxing asanas
  • Pranayama, general features of pranayama and technical aspects of pranayama
  • Kriyas, general features, classification, and technique of each
  • Kundalani and chakra


  • Three doshas
  • Three gunas
  • Ayurvedic yogic food
  • Pancha koshas

Special training

  • Bliss of breath (breath, movement, and sound)
  • Emotional blockage treatment (massage)
  • Mud treatments (naturopathy)

Anatomy and physiology of yogic practices

  • Basic human anatomy and physiology of different systems
  • Skeletal system
  • Muscular system
  • Blood and circulatory system
  • Respiratory system
  • Digestive system
  • Excretory system
  • Nervous system
  • Exocrine and endocrine glands

Physical effects of asanas

  • How to practice asanas
  • Precautions for the practitioner
  • Importance of place, seat, time, and sequence
  • combination with other exercises
  • Variations for females

Psychological effects of pranayama, bandhas, mudras, and kriyas

  • Mental health (meaning and application)
  • Six systems of Indian philosophy
  • Samkhya philosophy: purush, prakriti, prakriti samyoga
  • Yoga philosophy: definition of yoga, Iswar, Ashtanga yoga
  • Advaita Vedanta philosophy: Brahma, Maya, Jeev, and Mukti
  • Mimamsa, theory of six parmans
  • Nyaya, Vaisheshika, introduction of valid source of knowledge
  • Bhagavad Gita, Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Gyan yoga, Charvaka philosophy metaphysics, and ethics
  • Jaina philosophy, Kaivalya, and Syadvada
  • Buddha philosophy, four noble truths, Nirvana Ksanikavada
  • General introduction of Islam, Sufism, and Christianity
  • Yoga as the basis of culture and humanitarianism

Project report

The participants have to write a report on yoga practice, teaching practice, and their personal experience about any yoga topic.

Training daily schedule

  • 06:30 Wake up
  • 07:00 Satkarma, meditation, and mantra chanting
  • 08:00 Yoga asana
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Anatomy
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Philosophy, physiology, and methodology
  • 16:00 Asana and adjustments
  • 17:30 Tea break
  • 18:00 Meditation
  • 20:00 Dinner, self-study, or kirtan
  • 21:30 Lights out

Every Sunday students will have a day off to do other activities which will include local market shopping, waterfall retreat, Ayurvedic cooking class, and Kunjapuri Devi Temple visit.

  • Swami Prakesh

    Swami Prakash, founder of Himalayan Yoga Retreat, is an experienced yoga trainer at the E-RYT 500 level, registered through Yoga Alliance U.S.A. and Yoga Alliance International India. He has been practicing passionately since 1997. He has been teaching since 2002 and adds his inner intuition and years of independent research into his teaching methodology.

The yoga teacher training will be held at Himalayan Yoga Retreat’s center located in Rishikesh. This town is known as the world capital of yoga, located where the Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas, Rishikesh catapulted to Western fame when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh yogi's ashram.

  • Cooking classes
  • Kitchen
  • Local market

You will be served three fresh Indian style vegetarian meals every day. Refreshments are also provided between breaks during the training.

  • 71 nights’ private room accommodation
  • Afternoon meditation session every day
  • Asana and adjustments classes
  • Books and study materials
  • Local Indian style vegetarian meals every day
  • Morning asana yoga class every day
  • One free day on every Sunday to explore
  • Philosophy, physiology, and methodology classes every day
  • Shatkarma, meditation, and mantra chanting classes every day
For information about the booking conditions, please send HimalayanYogaRetreat an inquiry.
  • Review by Rama Shakti

    "Swami Prakash gave wonderful yoga classes with much personal attention. I learnt a lot on all levels. My body became more flexible, strong, and relaxed. My mind became clear and my heart opened. I love his therapeutic approach, giving every student exactly what he or she needs. He is very knowledgeable and does a great service sharing his profound knowledge on yoga. He is a very cheerful person and he awakened the actual birthright in his students, which is to be happy! Thank you so much."

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  • Review by Helena Ederer

    "Thank you so much. I learnt a lot and started to release. It was a very deep experience of trust with Swami Prakash. I will attend HimalayanYogaRetreat (HYR) again!"

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  • Review by Joey Ngalimoertomo

    "Swami Prakash is really inspiring and a very special person. I felt good and comfortable attending his guided meditation. He is a good instructor and a wise man."

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Rishikesh, India

Himalayan Yoga Retreat offers yoga teacher training courses in a systemic schedule which fits your body and mind completely. They also offer various yoga retreats around India.

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from US$3,800

72 days / 71 nights


Arrival: Sunday January 15, 2017
Departure: Monday March 27, 2017

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