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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training: Vinyasa, Ashtanga in Rishikesh

If you are considering being a yoga teacher, congratulation on making a wise decision! This 200-hour yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh - Hatha and Ashtanga yoga is what you dreamt of.

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Swami Mahendra Ji, Swami, Kushal, & 2 More…
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  • 27 days of practice
  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • Shat kriya, mantra, and anatomy
  • Meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Cooking workshop and excursions
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

27 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport
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  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi

During the course, you will be staying at the Mimamsa Yogshala and Guru Ganga Guest House. The school is situated in the heart of touristic Rishikesh next to the famous hanging bridge and Holy Ganga River, yet away from all the hustle and bustle of the main street. The Yogshala and Guest House are nestled high on the mountain, surrounded by nature and beautiful gardens and forest. There is one yoga shala, a restaurant area, and a beautiful green garden with a terrace.

Cafés, restaurants, shops, ATMs, healthcare, and organic stores are in the neighborhood, making Mimamsa Yogshala the perfect place to host retreats and teacher training courses in Rishikesh. Mimamsa Yogshala has single and double room accommodation for the students and guests, all with their own private bathroom. Some of the rooms have a balcony with a garden and Ganga view, where you can relax during break time.

Rooms at the guest house are well maintained and clean, and guests are provided bed sheets, pillows, bath towels, toilet paper, blanket, and welcome amenities upon arrival. Wi-Fi and free filtered water are available at the restaurant area, and laundry service can be arranged for an additional fee.


The 200-hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh is the basic foundation for yoga teacher training course and this program has been designed for professional teacher training who has already completed their first level of 100-hour yoga teacher training course or want to get a deeper understanding of yoga. It is not as easy as a 100-hour yoga teacher training course. This 200-hour yoga teacher training needed more practice and deep knowledge of yoga philosophy and yogic diet, you also need to know more about mind, body, and soul.

This is more advanced as compared to the 100-hour yoga teacher training course but no worries, Mimamsa Yogshala is here to teach you to answer all your queries and whatever problem you will face during this course, they will surely help you. Their belief is that whatever situation maybe but with a peaceful mind and good patience you will overcome all the difficulties and hurdles. Mimamsa Yogshala is one of the first yoga teacher training schools in Rishikesh to combine yoga and music.

What to expect

A 200-hour yoga teacher training can be attempted by any kind of yoga lover. It does not matter if you already know yoga or not you can always learn and adapt. It is an intermediate-level yoga course but that does not mean that you will have to learn the basics yourself. Instead, you start and teach your course in such a way that anyone can do it. Just be focused enjoy the ride and complete your yoga teacher training in Rishikesh.

What will you learn in

Students will learn 138 poses of asanas and their benefits. To adjust to the pose. To deal with people with injuries. To deal with stiff people. The first week is always been very interesting as students all over the world meet each other become friends and start their wonderful journey of becoming professional yoga teachers together. Now in this course, it is necessary and important to follow the rules and regulations and maintain discipline, then only you can utilize your 200 hours more effectively and efficiently.

The specialty is chakras meditation

Anyone can apply for this course, even those who have never practiced yoga before. After completing this course, a strong foundation will develop within you, upon which teaching and practice will be based. Surely, after completing this level which is 200-hour yoga teacher training or a 28-day course, you would curiously like to move towards your second level which is 300-hour yoga teacher training.

You will receive a certificate when your 200-hour yoga teacher training course will be completed successfully which proves that now you are ready for the second level. The best part of the yoga school is its friendly and family atmosphere. Their experienced and qualified yoga teachers will help you in all the ways and prepare you with confidence.

Bhakti yoga

Bhakti yoga, also called Bhakti marga, is a spiritual path or spiritual practice within Hinduism focused on loving devotion towards a personal god. It is one of the paths in the spiritual practices of Hindus, others being Jnana yoga and Karma yoga. The tradition has ancient roots. Bhakti is mentioned in the Shvetashvatara Upanishad where it simply means participation, devotion, and love for any endeavor. Bhakti yoga as one of three spiritual paths for salvation is discussed in depth by the Bhagavad Gita. The personal god varies with the devotee.

It may include a god or goddess such as Ganesha, Krishna, Radha, Rama, Sita, Vishnu, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Shiva, Parvati, and Durga among others. The Bhakti marga involving these deities grew with the Bhakti Movement, starting about the mid-first millennium CE, from Tamil Nadu in South India. The movement was led by the Saiva Nayanars and the Vaisnava Alvars. Their ideas and practices inspired bhakti poetry and devotion throughout India over the 12th and 18th centuries CE. Bhakti marga is a part of the religious practice in Vaishnavism, Shaivism, and Shaktism.

Practical and theoretical class of yoga

You begin the class with warm-up exercises then sun salutation or Surya Namaskar in all the 12 poses in sequence, and then the practice of asanas. They teach you how to comfortably hold the pose for a longer period. The syllabus is almost the same as of 100-hour yoga teacher training course but with more practice and deep theory.

In this course, they also teach the business part of yoga. In theory class, they teach some part in Sanskrit and translate its meaning in English because Sanskrit is an ancient language in India and yoga is the origin of India and speaking Sanskrit feels energizing and full of positivity, feel like good vibes all around.


1. Introduction to yoga

  • Origin of yoga
  • History of yoga
  • Benefit of yoga
  • Indian traditional yoga
  • Great yoga masters
  • Yoga simple and advanced techniques
  • Connection of body and mind
  • Guidelines of yoga class
  • Yoga as exercise
  • Yoga etymology
  • About Vedic ascetic practices
  • Yoga as Karma and Bhakti

2. Shatkarma (Yogic cleansing)

  • About Shatkarma
  • History of Shatkarma
  • Benefits of Shatkarma
  • Jal Neti (nasal cleansing with water)
  • Sutra neti (nasal cleansing with rubber)
  • Kunjal Kriya (Vaman)
  • Nauli (abdominal breathing)
  • Vastra Dhauti Kriya
  • Danda Dhauti Kriya
  • Agnisar Kriya Trataka (concentrated gazing)

3. Mantra chanting (recitation of sacred utterance)

  • Ganesh Mantra
  • Gayatri Mantra
  • Shanti Mantra
  • Guru Mantra
  • Aum Mantra
  • Mangala Mantra
  • Om Asato Ma Sadgamaya
  • Maha Mantra

4. Pranayama (breath control)

  • What is Prana?
  • Benefits of pranayama
  • History of pranayama
  • Kapala-Bhati (frontal brain cleansing)
  • Nadi-sodhanam (psychic purification)
  • Bhastrika (bellows breath)
  • Ujjayi (the psychic breath)
  • Sheetatli (cooling breath)
  • Sheetkari (hissing breath)
  • Bhramari (humming bee breath)
  • Surya-bheda (vitality stimulating breath)
  • Introduction of Kumbhaka

5. Mudras (yoga gestures)

  • About Mudras
  • Benefits of Mudras
  • Bhairava Mudra
  • Chin Mudra
  • Hridaya Mudra
  • Jnan Mudra
  • Vishnu Mudra

6. Bandhas (energy locks)

  • What is Bandha?
  • Benefits and effects
  • Procedure of locks
  • Mula bandha (anal lock)
  • Jalandhar Bandha (chin lock)
  • Uddiyana Bandha (abdominal lock)
  • Maha bandha (all locks at the same time)

7. Yoga asanas (yoga postures)

  • Surya Namaskar A (three times)
  • Surya Namaskar B (three times)
  • Padangusthasana
  • Padahasthasana
  • Utthita Trikonasana
  • Parivrtta Trikonasana
  • Utthita Parsvakonasana
  • Parivrtta Parsvakonasana
  • Prasarita Padottanasana (A, B, C, D - Parsvottanasana)
  • Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (A, B, C, and D)
  • Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana
  • Utkatasana
  • Virabhadrasana A and B
  • Dandasana
  • Paschimottanasana A B C and D
  • Purvattanasana
  • Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana
  • Triang Mukhaikapada Paschimottanasana
  • Janu Sirsasana A B and C
  • Marichyasana A B C and D
  • Naukasana
  • Bhujapidasana
  • Kurmasana
  • Supta Kurmasana
  • Garbha Pindasana
  • Kukkutasana
  • Baddha Konasana A and B
  • Upavishta Konasana (A and B)
  • Supta Konasana
  • Supta Padangusthasana A and B
  • Ubhaya Padanghusthasana
  • Urdhva Mukha Pashimottanasana
  • Setu Bandhasana
  • Urdhva Dhanurasana
  • Sarvangasana
  • Halasana
  • Karnapidasana
  • Urdhva Pindasana
  • Matsyasana
  • Urdhva Padmasana
  • Sirsasana
  • Urdhva Dandasana
  • Baddha Padmasana
  • Yogimudra
  • Utplutih
  • Tolasana
  • Savasana

8. Sequence of Hatha yoga practice

  • Start with Sukhasana
  • Joint movements (starts from neck, joint to toes)
  • Marjariasana series - Table-top position
  • Adhomukha Svanasana series
  • Urdhva Mukha Svanasana series
  • Surya Namaskar with mantra chanting
  • Balancing postures series
  • Standing postures series
  • Kneeling postures series
  • Prone positions series
  • Supine positions series
  • Savasana

9. Yoga anatomy

You will learn anatomy and physiology relevant to yoga to strengthen the classroom explanations, cues, and corrections of asanas. The class will cover the digestives system, skeletal system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, muscular system, anatomical names of the body, planes of the body, major joints of the body, anatomical terms of movements, yoga asana alignment based on applied anatomy.

10. Yoga philosophy

This class will focus on introducing you to the basic philosophy, concepts, and history of yoga. It will cover the various traditional philosophies and viewpoints, insights from modern research, and how the essence of this holistic life-view can be integrated into a modern lifestyle.

  • Patanjali's eight limbs of yoga
  • Hatha yoga pradipika
  • Bhagwat Gita philosophy
  • Yoga sutras of Patanjali
  • Panch koshas
  • Mudras and chakras

11. Teaching methodology

  • Techniques of teaching yoga
  • Adjustment and alignment techniques
  • Basic class plans
  • Student and teacher guidelines

Rules or tapas which you have to follow in the whole process of the training

  • Do not lie in the whole process of learning
  • No negative communication or speech
  • No consumption of non-vegan food
  • No alcohol

Final exams

In order to qualify for the final exam, you should

  • Attend 100 percent of the course
  • Pass yoga theory oral and written exams
  • Pass anatomy physiology and philosophy
  • Pass all the practical exam teaching including all the poses and asana
  • Complete all the given assignments

Daily schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

  • 06:00 - 06:15 Morning tea
  • 06:15 - 07:45 Hatha yoga
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Pranayama
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:45 - 11:45 Yoga philosophy
  • 11:45 - 12:00 Tea break
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Mantra
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and rest
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Yoga anatomy
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Self-study
  • 16:00 - 16:15 Tea break
  • 16:15 - 17:45 Ashtanga yoga
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Meditation


  • 06:00 - 06:15 Morning tea
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Shat kriya
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:45 - 13:00 Self-study
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and rest
  • 14:00 - 19:00 Ganga Aarti


  • 06:00 - 06:15 Morning tea
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Shat kriya
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:45 - 13:00 Self-study
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and rest
  • 14:00 - 19:00 Rest

The course ends with the graduation ceremony.

Included excursions

There will be weekly excursions with Nirvana Yoga Sthal that includes activities such as river rafting, temple treks, trekking, Ganga Aarti, river meditation, heritage visits to Beatle ashram, trips to beautiful waterfalls, and beach outings.


Swami Mahendra Ji

Swami Aatma Ji

Kushal Bisht

Manoj Rawat

Rupam Pundir Ji

Retreat location

This course will take place in Rishikesh, India. Popular all around as the yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh is a perfect place to learn and study yoga. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, lush green surroundings, the holy and mighty Ganges River, Himalayan foothills, and tranquility, one can instantly get a natural feeling of contentment and happiness. You have a unique opportunity to experience nature and the animals around the guest house.

It is not uncommon to see different types of monkeys, peacocks, squirrels, birds, and cows. This location provides an extraordinary feeling to all who are dedicated to spiritual transformation, internal development, and environmental sustainability. The staff will overwhelm you with their hospitality and desire to make your stay the best.

Unique features


  • Cooking classes


  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala


  • Free Wi-Fi

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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You will be served three fresh organic vegetarian meals a day, herbal teas, and healthy juices included in the price. The food is fully prepared hygienically using filtered water and the fruits and vegetables are organic and locally grown. What you eat influences your physical well-being, your thoughts, and emotions. Yoga and Ayurveda classify food according to the effect provoked in the body and mind, and it can be of three types - Satva, Rajas, and Tamas. Tamasic food is the kind of food that makes you lethargic or sluggish.

Rajasic food is that which brings about activity or restlessness. Whereas, Sattvic food is the kind that makes you feel light, energetic, and enthusiastic. Eating the right food is an essential part of living a yogic life. Sattvic foods are those which purify the body and calm the mind. They stimulate the body and mind into action. Cooked food that is consumed within three to four hours can be considered sattvic. All food served at Mimamsa Yogshala is Sattvic and prepared with love from the master cook and kitchen staff.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Yogic
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)

There is so much to do and see around Rishikesh, and upon request, Mimamsa Yogshala can assist in arranging a local excursion.

  • Ayurvedic massage and therapies
  • Bungee jumping
  • Camping
  • Cliff jumping
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Rappelling and rock climbing
  • Parasailing and paragliding
  • Trekking

What's included

  • All classes as stated in this program
  • 1 Indian cooking workshop
  • 1 Himalayan village tour
  • 1 Aarti guided session
  • 1 Muni Baba or Vashistha cave guided tour
  • 1 Rishikesh market guided tour
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • 1 extra night (before day 1 of the course)
  • 3 fresh organic vegetarian meals a day
  • Herbal teas and healthy juices
  • Pick-up from the airport to school (on the afternoon of the previous day to the starting date)
  • Certificate of completion
  • 1 yoga kit (yoga book, yoga mats for use, textbook and pen, yoga shirt, and bag)
  • 1 rudraksha mala (Indian Mantra neckless)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), from where you can take a domestic flight to Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun (DED). Taxi transfer from the DED airport to Mimamsa Yogshala is included free of charge.

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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.

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