69 Days 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

  • Badrinath Highway Yoga, Street Tapovan Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand-249201, India

Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh

Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul is situated in the pious city of Rishikesh also known as the world yoga capital, which hosts one of the world’s most spectacular and serene rivers - Ganga, and is blessed with the presence of mighty Himalayas, which has been an abode for yogis and seekers from all over the world since ages. Joining this yoga teacher training will be an experience of a lifetime where you will be able to master the skills of yoga teaching and also to establish deeper into your own practice and sadhana.


  • Mantra chants and kirtans
  • In-depth lessons on yoga philosophy
  • Study of human anatomy and physiology
  • Asanas, pranayama, shatkarmas, and meditation
  • Active group discussion, presentations, and question answer sessions
  • Daily healthy vegetarian breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Yoga Alliance USA certification
  • 68 nights’ accommodation
  • 69 days with instruction
  • English
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Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul Ashram in Rishikesh, India offers its students a very clean and natural design of accommodation. The location gives a serene impression of being in the nature with a lot of natural ambiance in the backdrop of the campus so as to keep the stay conducive for yoga training. Students are provided with rooms with attached facility of bathrooms.

Each room is equipped with a double sized bed, hot water facility, and an open terrace in front to spend those free hours while contemplating on Himalayas, or on your subjects of practice without any distractions from around. Linen and bedding are changed and washed regularly in order to maintain the hygiene of stay and rooms are also cleaned on a regular basis. At the same time all the students are expected to maintain the conduct of keeping the area clean by not letting any wastes to be dropped or left around and using bins which are provided.


Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive certificate affiliated with Yoga Alliance. Registration with Yoga Alliance provides a globally recognized credential.

The 500 hours yoga teacher training at Jeevmoksha has been designed to strengthen the yogic conditioning in students while letting them merge into the classical system of learning and practice. The course includes detailed study of concepts of yoga and learning correct methodology of teaching asanas, pranayama, dharana, and dhyaan. You will explore the new dimensions within your existing level of practice of these aspects of yoga while learning others, and will be encouraged to transform into an experienced yoga teacher along with earning your credentials at 500 hours level with Yoga Alliance USA.

During this teacher training you will have regular interaction with masters from the discipline of yoga, Ayurveda, astrology, Vedanta, and life sciences to know more about the integral approach of yoga and allied sciences, broadening perception about these holistic ways of living and growing.

Yagya or holy fire ceremony will give you the opportunity to learn sacrificing the false ego and cultivating samskaras of compassion and harmony with the whole universe.

Satsang, silent meditation, chanting, and a talk or reading on the philosophy of yoga and Vedanta helps to develop a strong and steady state of mind very useful in practical life situations of arousal and aggression.

Yoga teacher training syllabus

  • Active group discussion, presentations, and question answer sessions.
  • Human anatomy and physiology explained in correlation to the practices of yoga vis-a-vis asanas, pranayama, shatkarmas, and meditation.
  • Identification of individual personality types and modifications in yoga according to the same so as to procure maximum benefits out of the practice.
  • Importance of diet and inclusions of a yogic diet suitable from physiological, mental, and spiritual perspective.
  • Mantra chants and kirtans will be an integral part of the routine.
  • Teaching methodology and concepts of class design and conduction. Principles of adjustments and modifications on anatomical plains in asanas so as to initiate the yoga vritti while practicing. Students will be conducting their own classes from the fourth week of the course.
  • Understanding of the Vedanta system and its evolution of personality.
  • In depth study of yoga philosophy. Study of Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Hatha yoga Pradeepika, Swar yoga, and Bhagwad Geeta to bring alive the philosophy of yoga in your lives and classes.

Daily schedule

The program follows a routine which involves around seven hours each day of training under the presence of a teacher. Apart from that, extra hours are utilized for self-study and completing homework which is an essential part of learning system to make the knowledge more integrated into your minds. The day begins at 5:30 a.m. which is the wake up time. Morning practice of mantras, asanas, and pranayama will be followed by breakfast and then lectures on various aspects of yoga including philosophy and anatomy. Lunch is followed by some rest hours where students can engage in self study and completing the assignments. After the evening routine of practice dinner commences from 7:30 p.m. and students are encouraged to sleep early as it is needed to get proper rest in the hectic schedule.

Monday to Friday

  • 05:30 Good morning
  • 06:00 Herbal tea
  • 06:30 Yoga asana
  • 08: 30 Shatkarma or pranayama
  • 09:15 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Yoga philosophy
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 16:00 Yoga anatomy
  • 17:00 Yoga asana
  • 18:30 Yoga Nidra, meditation, and satsang
  • 19:15 Dinner
  • 22:45 Good night


  • 05:30 Good morning
  • 06:00 Herbal tea
  • 06:30 Yoga asana
  • 08: 30 Shatkarma or pranayama
  • 09:15 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Outing / spiritual documentary
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 16:00 Live group discussions on topics of the week
  • 19:15 Dinner
  • 22:45 Good night

Daily guidelines

  • Admission to the course can be cancelled any time on non-conduct of required academic and ethical behavior.
  • Evaluation procedure involves homework, weekly assignments, and final exam.
  • Moments of silence for three times a week from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.
  • Outings are not permitted except other than the scheduled and any else on your day off.
  • Students are required to attend all classes other than any health reasons.
  • Students must be spending enough time in introversion and self-contemplation in order to gain maximum out of the course.
  • The schedule is subject to change based upon local and whether conditions. The sole right is reserved with the course director.

You will visit the ancient Vashishta Guha (cave) as a part of the curriculum to experience a real contemplative awareness and meditation. This place is a calm and extremely energetic abode for all seekers who want to spend time in solitude looking into themselves. A small ashram located in the midst of Himalayas along the river Ganga.

Nature walks and treks are a regular feature of program where students are exposed to nearby places of serenity and peace. Guided tours are organized to the places like Kunjapuri and Kaudiyala to get a glimpse of Himalayan natural landscape and beauty.

  • Acharya Vinay

    Acharya Vinay was born into a Brahmin family where yoga was a household virtue and his grandfather passed his legacy to his father in form of traditional values of yoga, astrology, and dharma. He started studying the scriptures on Veda, Upanishads, and yoga under his father at the early age of 12. He was driven onto this sacred path of acquiring the yogic knowledge under his father. By family lines acharya is a disciple of the ancient Sri Vidya tradition of Tantra. It’s the oldest followed sect in India which is established on the principles of Shakti and her attributes.

  • Umesh

    Umesh Ji conducts the Vinyasa sessions at Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul. He started practicing yoga 10 years ago and since then, he has tried to incorporate the core values into his lifestyle and not just keeping it limited to the physical practices. He is a simple in heart person who loves to share his knowledge and experience with everyone willing. His style of teaching is gentle but strong and he enjoys his lessons while trying to involve each and every student in the stream. He has taught on a multitude of platforms from resorts in India to yoga studios in Russia and has considerable experience.

  • Margurite

    Margurite is a fellow Yogini from United States of America with her medical degree in clinical psychology and a huge practice experience in the field. She is providing her valuable guidance and knowledge in terms of designing and delivering the anatomical and physiological concepts while maintaining the authenticity of the information therefore being forwarded to the students yoga teacher training course India. She has devoted his entire life to study the literary aspect of yoga and impart the teachings of traditional yoga and Indian philosophy to younger generation in a very simple way.

  • Divya

    Divya is a post graduate of Yogic Sciences from Sanskrit University of Uttarakhand. She focuses on women’s health by incorporating the techniques of asanas, pranayama, mantras, and light meditations. She conducts yoga classes for prenatal and postnatal conditions for women with a very gentle and simple approach, and most of her lessons are a direct outcome of her own personal experience of the stages of pregnancy and the later recovery periods. She also conducts live cooking classes and demos on yogic cuisine.

  • Kalpendra

    Kalpendra is a senior pranayama and meditation teacher sharing his experience at Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul. He did his post graduation in Yogic Sciences from Yoga University of Haridwar and specializes in teaching the breath work techniques and meditation. Kalpendra had the opportunity of being in company with some experts on pranayama from the Himalayan tradition and drink the nectar of this beautiful art. He has been teaching since last seven years in different parts of the country. Currently he is teaching external and internal breathing techniques of Hatha yoga teacher training course

Based in Tapovan, Jeevmoksha institute of yoga studies s located at a natural and cozy ambiance in the foothills of Himalayas. The ravine, and the lap of mighty Himalayan Mountains makes this place a perfect abode for spiritual seekers to spend time contemplating and studying the discipline. It bears the advantage of being close to the town yet away from the chaos and noises of the city traffic. It is open round the year for students to come and stay even without being on any specific course routine. Attendants will take care of every need of yours and will do their best efforts to make you feel really at home. With this warmness they have won the hearts of all the people coming for an experience to Jeevmoksha and have made their journey fruitful in all the terms.

You will be served three vegetarian meals a day as part of the package price. Meals are prepared in a very natural and yogic manner while promoting the use of seasonal legumes, vegetables, and fruits and avoiding all the artificially prepared edibles. As the local conditions might be different from other places, students might find a couple of dishes on the menu unfamiliar. Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul does its best to prepare the food with utmost devotion and love which could cater the needs of nourishment of all the layers of your personality.

As the Upanishads declare, food is god, “Annam Brahma”, Jeevmoksha also tries to follow the same principle of a diet which is comprehensive in terms of nutrition. The diet routine is fixed in order to keep the food healthy, naturally cleansing, and detoxifying, nutritive and providing strength at the same time to keep up with the rigorous routine of training and practice.

You can provide Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul with information on your allergies and they can make arrangements on not to serve you the contraindicated meals.

  • Do white water rafting in Ganga, depending on whether conditions
  • Enjoy the majestic landscapes of the Himalayas
  • Relax and contemplate your inner self
  • Visit the surroundings
  • 68 nights’ accommodation
  • Active group discussion, presentations, and question answer sessions
  • Asanas, pranayama, shatkarmas, and meditation
  • Course tuition fee
  • Daily healthy vegetarian breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • In-depth lessons on yoga philosophy
  • Mantra chants and kirtans
  • Study of human anatomy and physiology
  • Visit to the ancient Vashishta Guha
  • Yoga Alliance USA certification

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Send an inquiry to Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul if you need help in planning your airport transfers.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by Sophie Belanger from Canada

    "I am a businesswoman simultaneously running a business and raising two daughters with my utmost dedication.I went to India last November wishing to deepen my yoga practice and I felt going to the roots of yoga: India was all indicated. Vinay was my personal yoga guru for 10 days."

    "As a north American fast-paced citizen, I arrived to Vinay, ready to ‘perform’ yoga, challenge my body to the utmost pretzel postures! Vinay ‘read’ me in a minute. We sat down and he talked to me about the real purpose and meaning of yoga. We looked at old Sanskrit yoga books. Vinay taught me to breath. His warm presence made me feel welcome right away. Vinay is fully present. Vinay is very knowledgeable, he lives yoga. His authentic smile, care, and devotion to give me the best teachings have given me not only yoga knowledge but life tools and awareness. I highly recommend Vinay to you. If I had to choose, I would choose him again without hesitation. He is gifted for happiness and I think he is simply an incredible human being. he saw the light in me and brought clarity to my life. I now cannot live without yoga. I will go back to India just to practice with him. I haven’t lost touch with him since I’m back, he inquires about how my practice has evolved, chat about our families, and life challenges."

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  • Review by Margurite from United States

    "Greatful is the best way to express my experience at Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul. What a great opportunity to get to study yoga in Rishikesh and specifically at Jeevmoksha. The class size allowed each of us to work on some of our own interests and difficulties. Also small class size allowed each of to teach a full 90 minute class as well as micro lessons. You think you know what you’re going to say and do, but its more challenging than it seems. We had the opportunity to get to know the teachers and learn about modern Indian culture in addition to studying the historic. It gave us a chance to live a simple yogic lifestyle with good food and time for reflection. Even though it was a quiet life, it seems something exciting happens everyday. The monkeys provided entertainment by interrupting our asana class, stealing my breakfast one morning and using my fresh laundry as a washcloth. Another, sitting in lecture and seeing a baby monkey peeking in, is one of the sights i won’t forget. Visiting temples where Hare Krishna Hare Rama has been chanted continuously for decades gives a new insight into the meaning of devotion. Asana pracitce on the Ganga beach was a beautiful setting. All in all a month at Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul was a magical part of the journey that is yoga. Namaste"

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  • Review by Ben Gadd from United Kingdom

    "It’s so peaceful here, I feel blessed to be in nature. When I walk up the stairs to the yoga studio before morning practice, the view takes my breath away. I like to meditate on the sounds the birds make. I’m really learning something of the way my mind is - sometimes it’s all over the place. With no TV, radio, work, or other distractions, and all that practice, I get to see all the crazy thoughts I have, all the mental projections. And very occasional micro-glimpses of stillness. I guess the first thing is awareness. I don’t have to make any decisions, don’t have to work, don’t have to decide what to eat. All I have to do is turn up for practice and practice with awareness. Everything else is taken care of. No distractions. It feels far away from the real world. Maybe I don’t want to be in the real world?"

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  • Review by Zuzana Fajkusova

    "Trying to write yoga teacher training reviews, I would like to say that Jeevmoksha is more then postures, it’s about the true meaning of yoga. No matter where you are in your journey, this will give you a foundation in the deep roots of yoga. The possibilities are endless, are you ready to learn? If all you are looking for is fashion - either look elsewhere or come here and change your mind. This is not just a place to burn incense, talk about healing chakras, and compare notes on how The Secret is your favorite book. This is deep yogic psychology, philosophy, history, and practice."

    "Mr. Vinay, your teacher and guide, will take you the through profound personal experience through the practice of ancient Sanskrit texts and wisdom and teach you practical skills that you can take away not only for yourself, but to expand the consciousness of your future students. I will not say the training will change your life - as life is cyclical - rather it will fundamentally change how you view and deal with life on daily basis."

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  • Review by Maria Rosario Spano from Switzerland

    "Vinay is a very experienced yoga teacher and can really let you feel the true meaning of the yoga practice. He has a big spiritual knowing, he is rooted in the ancient tradition but he lives in the modern world, so he can easily be understood by western people. We especially loved his social and environmental sensibility which is also rooted in a yogic point of view."

    "Our experience with him has been very stimulating for our individual practice and also for our yoga classes. We can say that he has permitted us to go deeply and forward in all practices we did know and introduced on some others we didn’t know with a lot of skill and about all aspects: practical, anatomic, physiologic, and philosophical. At the end of our two weeks intensive stage we would just plan the come back. We also found in Vinay a friendly, positive, and generous person, we just hope he can continue to flourish and diffuse yoga to motivated people."

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  • Review by Sabine Barone from Netherlands

    "The yoga intensive course at Jeevmoksha has been life changing for me. Vinay is a very inspirational teacher. He has a good sense for the group dynamics and everybody’s individual needs. I like it that he is true to the roots of yoga and that he is very thorough in his lessons. Step by step he is adding something when the group is ready to go the next level. In that way it is not just 4 great weeks but something that is more profound. I still feel very connected to Jeevmoksha and Vinay and I am very grateful for the time I spend with him. In my practice here back in Holland I can connect to Vinays teachings; in the asana’s, the pranayama and during the mantras I am chanting. And that is exactly the intention of Vinay; to support people in the realization of themselves. A caring, inspiring, warmhearted guru!"

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  • Review by Hanneke K from Netherlands
    8 out of 10

    "I'm practicing yoga for a few years now. And I learned about Hinduism in university. I went to India to deepen my knowledge about yoga and to experience what it really is about. The teacher training at jeevmoksha was an experience I can carry along on my path. The combination of practice and lecture/study worked very well for me. Such an intense experience to learn yoga from teachers who grew up with this. Even if your ambition is not to be a yoga teacher I can really recommend this program and place."

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  • Review by Ben from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Studying with Vinay at Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul was a life enhancing experience for me. Vinay is a teacher with a lineage that allows students to tap into an authentic, intense and in-depth yoga training. The course isnt a production line classes are small enough so that students receive teaching that is tailored to their individual needs. I made friendships with other students that I still cherish. And the setting is perfect. It was so good, I went back. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by Davide De Lillis
    10 out of 10

    "My 200 hour teacher training at Jeevmoksha was a profoundly transformative experience. Vinay, the main facilitator, is extremely knowledgeable, and was always respectful, thoughtful and available to dig deeper into my areas of interest. Ashish, as asanas teacher, had always a nice energy. He is really skilled physically, and really good at transferring his knowledge. The course was comprehensive of yoga theory as well as philosophy and anatomy. It connected really thoroughly the traditional aspects to the more scientific ones. The practice included asanas, pranayamas, shatkarmas, meditation and chanting. All people involved in the course, from the teachers to the cooks, were extremely sincere, caring and loving. They helped me found my "home", and created the right circumstances for me to start a wonderful spiritual journey. Once back in the West, I started teaching: I still have to learn a lot, but the course gave me a strong base to support people on the start of their self-discovery process."

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  • Review by Gopal Singh Aswal from Russia
    10 out of 10

    "It was my biggest desire to have a yoga course with highly educated teachers with lots of knowledge and in very natural place to receive the best of it. So I went to Rishikesh(India) and spend few weeks with Jeevmoksha Yoga Centre, and I found it was the right place what I was looking for. Acharya Vinay is a great teacher with tons of knowledge. His sessions are full of energy, he not only focuses on physical level but also on a mental level. One can surely feel a positive vibration during his sessions. Personally I like his simplicity and the way of life he follow. Another good thing is Jeevmoksha Yoga Center is situated in so beautiful place with the view of mountain and forest with holy river Ganga. However I found my duration was not enough to receive the maximum benefits. Therefor I decided to go again, and finally with blessing of God I received the opportunity to join again Jeevmoksha this month, and I am very happy to do that."

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  • Review by Nath Z
    10 out of 10

    "We can know yoga very well and it is philosophy but not be able to teach. We can know very well how to teach but have no knowledge about yoga. With Achharya Vinay and his school Jeevmoksha, I found everything I was looking for. He has the perfect knowledge about the spirit and the body as the patience and passion for teaching which he can transmit very well. I also had a beautiful and peaceful place to stay, right in front of the mystical stream and mountains of Rishikesh where I now felt like at home and enjoy every moments."

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Rishikesh, India

Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul offers 200 and 500-hour yoga teacher training, soulful yoga retreats, and yoga therapy programs amidst ashram environment.

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69 days / 68 nights


Arrival: Friday September 1, 2017
Departure: Wednesday November 8, 2017

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