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42 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in India

200-Hour YTT in Rishikesh, India

Mahatma Yoga offers course for 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training at yoga school Rishikesh Yog Peeth-RYS 200, RYS 300. The training is recognized by Yoga Alliance-USA. This six weeks intensive teacher training certificate course is well suitable for beginners as well as advanced practitioners covering all the aspects of Yoga including benefits, alignments, adjustments, modifications and counter indications of each pose (asana), pranayama, meditation, yogic philosophy and anatomy and physiology of body and mind in a systematic way.

Broad topics covered

With our comprehensive syllabus, students can strengthen their own yoga practice through self-discipline and awareness and build experience and confidence to teach others the path of harmony by yogic life. The teachings at Mahatma Yoga are based on Indian ancient philosophy with an aim to bridge the gap of knowledge between the traditional and modern worlds of yoga. We focus on helping our students from all backgrounds and levels to apply the yogic philosophy and knowledge into their daily lifestyles.


  • Daily meditation class
  • Yoga teacher training manual
  • Self study, discussion and sharing session
  • Topics including anatomy, physiology and philosophy
  • Mahatma Teacher Association membership
  • 41 nights cozy accommodation
  • Kriya cleansing kit included
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Yoga styles

36 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Students who have enrolled in the residential yoga teacher training will be accommodated either at Krishna Cottage or at Surya Palace. The batch 1 students are accommodated at Krishna Cottage and batch 2 students are accommodated at Surya Palace. Asana classes for both the batches are conducted separately and yoga anatomy/philosophy classes are conducted in one group at Krishna Cottage. Both the hotels i.e. Krishna Cottage and Surya Palace are located nearby (less than 100 meters).

Room option:

  • Private room with attached bath


In keeping with the requirements of Yoga Alliance - USA, 200-hour YTT program follows a tight schedule where almost each of the 6 to 7 training hours in the day are assigned to some aspect of yoga. You could find the training intensive but enlightening. Depending on the yoga school the mornings can begin as early as 5:30 a.m. with meditation followed by some yoga postures and maybe some classes or lectures in philosophy or anatomy. Chanting and pranayama are also part of the schedule. During training you are provided with two to three yoga meals, fruit refreshments and green tea. Daily written homework is also the norm as that is how you will gain in-depth knowledge of the subject. Sleeping early is encouraged as that is part of yogic practice. The duration of this course is 6 weeks.

Sample schedule

Techniques and practice make the bulk of the training as 100 hours is allotted to that. Methodology takes up 25 hours while 20 hours go to learning anatomy and physiology. You need to devote 30 hours to philosophy and ethical conduct. For electives there are 15 hours and 10 hours for practicum.

Yoga teacher training syllabus

  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Yoga Introduction
  • Origin of yoga
  • Different paths of yoga -Karma, Bhakti and Jnana
  • Consciousness and awareness
  • Evolution of awareness
  • Evolution of elements (according Sankhya darshan)

Panch kosha (five covering or sheaths over consciousness)

  • Annamaya kosha (physical sheath) Gross body Conscious state
  • Panch-tatva (Five-elements), Sapt-dhatu (Seven-tissues)
  • Pranamaya kosha (energy sheath) Subtle body Subconscious state
  • Panch-prana (five vital airs)
  • Karmendriya (five organ of action)
  • Nadi (subtle energy channels), Tri-shakti (tried energy)
  • Shat-Chakra (six centre of energy-transformation)
  • Kundalini and Granthis
  • Manomaya kosha (mental sheath) Subtle body Subconscious state
  • Manas (mind), Buddhi (lower intellect), Chitta (memory), Ahamkar (ego)
  • Jnanedriya (five senses)
  • Jnanamaya kosha (intuitive sheath) Subtle body Subconscious state
  • Buddhi (higher intellect)
  • Ananadmaya kosha (bliss sheath) Causal body Unconscious state
  • Turiya Pure consciousness

Other topics to be covered:

  • Four-sutra (preface of Patanjalis Yog sutra)
  • Panch-klesha (five causes of pain and miseries)
  • Raja yoga and hatha yoga
  • Yama, Niyama (social and personal rules and regulations)
  • Asana (physical posture)
  • Pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • Pratyahara (withdrawal of the mind from the senses)
  • Dharna (concentration), Dhayan (meditation), Samadhi (self-realization)
  • Asana / Pranayama / Shatkarma / Bandha

Evaluation & certification

  • Assessments will be based on written as well as practical evaluation.
  • Student conduct will be a part of the assessment criterion.
  • Evaluation will be carried out only for those students who have a minimum of 90% attendance in first 5 weeks of training.

Yoga teacher training India - ethical guidelines

Rishikesh Yoga Peeth adopts the ancient approach to yoga to inculcate in each student the wisdom that yoga manifests. Teaching and learning is therefore designed in such a way that ethical practices are ingrained automatically in the students at the Yog Peeth.

The day begins with the daily regimen (Dincharya) and ancient code of conduct. Activities are planned according to seasonal code of conduct (Ritucharya). The concept of behavior chemistry (Achar- rasayan) is the concept that students are expected to imbibe.

Maharishi Patanjali prescribed certain rules of how a person is expected to act in society (Yama) and how personal code and conduct (Niyama) is the expected and essential behavior for individuals to follow. We at the Yog Peeth expect this behavior terminology to be understood and practiced sincerely and honestly by all students to the best extent possible.

Before students register for the yoga teacher training they must be aware that this traditional teaching will differ from that of the west. There could even be a fundamental difference in the understanding of the yogic path as that which is taught in the yoga schools in the west.

Modified exercises that go by the name of yoga are frowned upon by Rishikesh Yog Peeth and so only those students must apply for the course who are willing to commit to the strict regimen of the Peeth.

Yoga teacher training - code of conduct

  • Discipline is an integral part of the training program and so the course routine must be strictly observed.
  • Disrespect to rules and regulations could result in termination of studentship with no refund of fee.
  • Absenting oneself from the scheduled program without prior permission of the teacher or manager concerned would be construed as a gross breach of discipline.
  • A student must intimate in advance if they intend to forgo a meal so that there is no wastage of food.
  • The Yoga Peeth does not make arrangements for guests of students. Any activity that is not related to the course is not permitted.
  • Ensure you are on time for class or you will not be permitted to enter any class once it has commenced.
  • Before departure from the Peeth students must all dues and return all library books.
  • Smoking and alcohol are not permitted during the training.

Retreat location

Rishikesh is the most ancient pilgrimage location in India. The place is known as the Tapo Bhumi; meaning the place for yoga meditation of the Gods. Rishikesh is a peaceful, temple town on the banks of the holy Ganges River, which is clear and flows full of spiritual energy. Rishikesh is a holy place that acts as an entry point leading to the sacred places deep in the Himalayas. Rishikesh is the perfect abode for people who have a spiritual inclination. Spiritual people will find total peace in Rishikesh and will feel at home. Rishikesh translated means the city of saints.

According to mythology, the sage Rishi Raibhya sat on the banks of the Ganga and performed severe penance in the form of extremely autere yoga practices. He was rewarded when lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Rishikesh, thus giving the place its present name. Over the ages, saints have meditated at this peaceful spot with the soaring mountains looking down and the sacred Ganga flowing beside. One of the most prominent religious leaders in modern times, Adi Shankaracharya, traversed this land in the 9th century AD. Shankaracharyas pilgrimage to Rishikesh was later codified into the great pilgrim circuit, and gave a heightened sense of sacredness to this land of the gods. Ever since, Rishikesh has been the stepping stone and the first destination on a list of holy shrines and sites stretching across the lofty Himalayan Range.

There are innumerable Yoga Centers in Rishikesh as well, as such Rishikesh is known as The World Capital of Yoga. An annual International Yoga Festival is held by the Uttarakkand Tourism Board in March 1 until March 7. In 2011, world well-known teachers and hundreds of practitioners from over 40 different countries converged to celebrate the universal spirit of Yoga Rishikesh.

In the 1960s, Rishikesh came in to the Western worlds limelight as the place where the pop group Beatles met their guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.The blessed city of Rishikesh attracts millions of tourists, people every year come here to practice yoga, meditate, rejuvenate and gain peace of mind. The place is also very famous with foreigners who come to India as part of a spiritual journey. Whether its washing away karma in the Ganga, offering pujas, or watching the arty ceremonies on the Ghats of Rishikesh, people find that Rishikesh can touch their hearts and change their souls for the better.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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The dining room serves pure vegetarian meals. All the ingredients, vegetables and wheat used in our kitchen are products of organic farms only; garlic and onion are not used in our kitchen. A total of two meals daily are provided: lunch, and dinner. Fresh fruit juice or milk is provided for breakfast. Tea is served twice daily.

What's included

  • Accommodation and meals
  • Yoga teacher training manual
  • Kriya cleansing kit
  • Pick up and drop in service to nearest airport(jolly grant) and railway station (Haridwar)
  • Membership to mahatma teacher association for lifelong mentoring

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The nearest international airport is New-Delhis Indira Gandhi International Airport. For those who choose to continue their way by air, there are currently domestic flights to nearby Dehradun, operated by Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher. From there it is less than an hour drive by taxi to LaxmanJhula. The best way to leave the airport is by the Delhi Traffic Police Pre-Paid Taxi Service which is located at the left side after you pass customs on the way out to the arrivals hall.

Arrival by bus

Buses to Rishikesh leave New-Delhi from the Kashmiri Gate National Bus Stand approximately every hour. The bus ride takes about 7-8 hours and costs around IRs.250 for A\C buses, IRs.150 for Non-aircon.

Arrival by taxi

Taxis are widely available anywhere in India. The drive from/to Delhi lasts around 5 to 6 hours, depending on traffic conditions. Should our students require, and upon advance notice, we can arrange all sorts of transportation, with no additional fees or commissions over normal charges.

Arrival by train

The best option is to reach Haridwar Train Station, about 45 minutes away from Rishikesh by road on a driven taxi or the so called tuktuks. From Delhi, the train ride takes mostly between 5 to 8 hours, depending on the train. Haridwar is serviced by many trains from/to Delhi, Varanasi, Rajasthan, Amritsar, etc.

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