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24 Days Yoga Teacher Training Himalayas India

  • Uttarkashi, Uttarkhand, Himalayas, India

24 Days Yoga Teacher Training Himalayas India

  • Uttarkashi, Uttarkhand, Himalayas, India

Himalaya 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in India

Namah Shivaya invites you to the majestic Himalayas on an inner journey of self-transformation and providing the skills to become a successful yoga teaching professional. The school has its foundation in classical Hatha yoga practices. You will gain a deep understanding of how to teach an asana, pranayama, and meditation class to all levels of students. This teacher training explores the connection between asana practice and the subtle energies of the body and the healing practices of opening and balancing the chakras, Ayurveda, yoga therapy, mantra, and purification practices.


  • 200-hour yoga teacher training
  • Teaching methodology learning
  • Hatha, Nidra, and Ayurveda yoga practices
  • Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics learning
  • Asana, pranayama, kriya, and meditation practices
  • Anatomy and physiology learning
  • 23 nights' accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 20 days with instruction
  • Japanese, English
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Your accommodation is well-ventilated and very spacious with a gorgeous view of the Himalayas to integrate the union of body, mind, and soul. The environment is kept sattvic for the practitioner to advance further in their respective sadhana. Adherence to cleanliness and discipline is most important in the place of spiritual practice.

You can choose which room you will stay in. There are 2 furnished dormitory style rooms suitable for 4 students with private bathrooms. There are also 2 double rooms suitable for 2 students. Each room has a private bathroom. Solar water heater provides hot water throughout the day.


The 230-hour program trains the student in the essence of classical Hatha yoga practices: sun salutations, asana, pranayama, meditation, and yoga philosophy. The program is structured in accordance to Yoga Alliance standards of training.

On this teacher training course, you will practice techniques training which includes asana, pranayama, kriya, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques. The training also includes analytical training in the techniques and guided practice of the techniques themselves. You will also learn the teaching methodology of yoga which includes sequencing a class, developing a teaching voice, analytical training in teaching techniques, guided practice of the techniques, principles of demonstration, observation, assisting, and correcting a student.

Anatomy and physiology training includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.).

The training also includes both of the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc).

You will get the chance to learn yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teacher.

Practicum will be, as well, a part of this yoga teacher training course. The practicum includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, as well as observing and giving feedback.

Typical daily schedule

  • 06:00 Wake up
  • 06:30-07:15 Meditation, pranayama, or nature walks
  • 07:15-07:45 Tea
  • 08:00-09:00 Morning asana class
  • 09:00-10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00-11:00 Karma yoga
  • 11:00-13:00 Yoga science or anatomy and physiology
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-15:30 Rest and self-study
  • 15:30-16:30 Science of yoga or anatomy and physiology
  • 16:30-18:00 Teaching asana practice
  • 18:00-19:00 Dinner
  • 19:30-20:30 Meditation and satsang
  • 20:30-21:30 Self-study
  • 21:30-06:00 Lights out

Note: Daily schedule is applicable Monday through Friday. On Saturdays, there will be classes till lunch time and afternoon will be free for self-study. Sundays will be free for self-study and excursions are optional.

  • Acharya Tej

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Acharya Tej has compiled the authentic teachings of yoga as practiced in India. Acharya Tej has been studying and practicing yoga for more than 25 years and received his training with the Sivananda yoga tradition in Rishikesh and Uttarkashi, India. He has served on the Yoga Alliance Advisory Committee for Best Practices of Yoga Schools. Acharya Tej formed the Namah Shivaya yoga teacher training in 2008, combining the authentic practices of Hatha yoga and the school has graduated more than 700 students in the US, India, and Mexico.

  • Acharya Aya Manabe

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Acharya Aya Manabe is the lead trainer and director of Namah Shivaya teacher training in India and Japan. She was initiated to yogic path through Sivananda yoga tradition in California and completed her 200 and 500-hour teacher training certification in 2012. She is a Yoga Alliance registered teacher (E-RYT 200 and RYT 500) and also certified Prenatal yoga teacher. Aya has a lot of international teaching experience in different countries including US, Vietnam, India, and Japan.

  • Melissa Satya Saraswati

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Melissa is the lead trainer for the Namah Shivaya's 200-hour yoga teacher training. Melissa has been a long-time student of master Ashtanga instructor, Andrew Eppler. Melissa balances her practice between the disciplined tradition of Sri K. Pattabi Jois and mindful ahimsa. After graduating from high school at the American School of Paris, she attended University of North Texas and got her bachelor degree in French, minoring in English. In addition to yoga, she is drawn to other natural healing techniques, gardening, and playing the flute.

Uttarkashi is a sacred town in the state of Uttarakhand in the Himalayas in India, 110 miles (179 kilometers) north of the city of Rishikesh. Himachal Pradesh is located on the north and it is the district of Chamoli along with the territory of Tibet lied to the east of Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi district offers a Himalayan panorama of natural delights, perhaps unmatched elsewhere.

Uttarkashi is a treasure trove of lush valleys, soaring peaks, crashing waterfalls, hot water springs, and other bounties of Mother Nature. Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of river Ganga (Bhagirathi) at an altitude of 1158 meters above sea level. The beauty and tranquility of the Himalayas makes Uttarkashi a very sacred and popular destination for the yoga practitioner.

In Uttarkashi, you can feel the fresh mountain air, majestic, and scenic landscape. The confluence of rivers makes a practice of yoga joyful and memorable. It is a blessing to be able to practice yoga in Himalayas, where the ancient sages and yogis have been practicing for centuries.

Uttarkashi has about 32 temples which attract a large number of devotees every year. It is also home to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering founded in 1965. It is located at a spur at Ladari overlooking the entire valley. The institute imparts mountaineering training to inculcate the spirit of mountaineering.

There are some popular treks which are Nachiketa Tal, Dodi Tal, Sat Tal, Gangotri-Gaumukh which is the source of the river Ganges, and Yumonotri which is the source of the river Yamuna. The Gangotri shrine is a featured destination for trekkers from all over the world and a trek to Gaumukh offers panoramic views of Mount Shivling peak and Kedardome peak.

You will be offered three meals a day in accordance with the vegetarian yogic diet. Based on the ancient science of Ayurveda and yogic culture, this diet is inclusive of fresh fruits, vegetables, milk products, whole grains, legumes with nuts, and seeds in raw and cooked form.

The yogic diet is non spicy consisting of fresh, wholesome, and nourishing diet prepared by yoga shala cooks with spices and herbs for enhancing the health of the students. Each dish is prepared with an intention to support the high demands of the extensive program.

Indian spices also play an important role in the preparation of your food as their use are both medicinal and for taste purpose. Used in the form of seasoning, the spices add flavor to the cooked food and they are healthy.

Such a diet is wholly conducive to the practice of yoga, spiritual progress, and psychic advancement. At the shala, the staffs also grow few basic spices according to the climate, seasonal vegetables and green leafs to incorporate an organic and healthy lifestyle.

Holy Ganges River

The holy Ganges River begins its journey from its source in Gomukh - Gangotri and flows through the city of Uttarkashi. Namah Shivaya organizes an excursion to the river where students can sit and meditate along the banks or just enjoy the pure gushing waters and the fresh mountain air.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Namah Shivaya has some excursions planned to the sacred temples in Uttarkashi where visitors are greeted by the ringing of bells and chanting of the prayers inside the temples set amidst the tranquil backdrop of the Himalayas.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the oldest and most sacred temples in Uttarkashi. The temple offers a spectacular view of the Bhagirathi River and the surrounding mountains. A legend says that Lord Shiva protected Sage Markandeya when Yama came to take him at the time of death. The temple was erected by Sage Parshuram at the spot where the incident took place in ancient times.

Lord Shiva is manifest inside the temple, immersed in deep meditation showering his blessings to all devotees. Inside the sanctum sanctorum, Parvati and Lord Ganesha are also present. The image of Sakshi Gopal and Markandeya are shown in a state of meditation and Nandi is present in the outer chamber of the temple.

Shakti Temple

Shakti Temple is located just opposite of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Mother Shakti is represented by a giant Trident or Trishul which is estimated to be over 1500 years old and she is one of the oldest relics in the state of Uttarakhand. The details of the Naga dynasty are found inscribed on the trident, which is over 26-feet high.

Other activities

  • Nature walks
  • Silent meditation walks
  • 2 Namah Shivaya T-shirts
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • 23 nights' accommodation
  • Comprehensive and detailed curriculum
  • Course tuition
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Detailed teaching on meditation, pranayama, asanas, mudras, and mantras
  • Weekly group discussion aimed to develop your teaching skills
  • Yoga Alliance certification upon graduation
  • Yoga teacher training manual
  • Airfare
  • Hotel in New Delhi
  • Transfer from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to the hotel in New Delhi
  • Transport from New Delhi to Uttarkashi
  • Transport from Uttarkashi to New Delhi (on completion of course)

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight and arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi on April 29, 2017. Namah Shivaya can arrange for accommodation for overnight stay in New Delhi based on individual requirements. In the following day, you will depart to Dehradun by train and to Uttarkashi by shared taxi. Cost of train tickets and shared taxi will be a total of 70 USD.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.


  • Review by Rose Reveley
    10 out of 10

    "I initially wanted to take this course to deepen my practice. The knowledge I have gained in the past 30 days has helped me to heal many wounds, it has in fact transformed me. Because of this transformation, I see my future in a different way. I am excited about the endless possibilities and what the Universe has designed for me. You have shown me how to have a spiritual practice. Thank you for this eternal gift!"

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  • Review by Lynn Woodard
    10 out of 10

    "I chose Namah Shivaya teacher training school because of the strong spiritual aspect of the program and Tej’s energy, deep wisdom, and flexibility in allowing each student to follow his or her own spiritual path while proviiding sage guidance along the way. I fully opened myself to the teachings presented and the journey has been life changing. I have found peace and a connection with the universe that has eluded me for years. I highly recommend this course for anyone that wants to teach yoga or simply deepen their practice and connection with source."

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  • Review by Michelle Shanti
    10 out of 10

    "I feel incredibly blessed to have earned my yoga training through Namah Shivaya. The intuitive nature and deep understanding of all things yoga, made it a joy to learn and grow through their program. Too often in life we detour from our paths and our direction becomes uncertain. Under Tej and Sheri’s guidance and complete immersion into the 200 hour intensive, I feel that I am finally back on my “true” path."

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  • Review by Candace Davis
    10 out of 10

    "I am enormously grateful that the universe allowed for me to meet Tej and become a student of Namah Shivaya! Since the beginning of my training life has brought me more joy and spiritual fulfillment than I ever could have imagined. It has been a journey toward realizing individual purpose and unification with the cosmic consciousness. The course is vastly transformative and has helped me become aligned with the natural order of the universe and embracing the path of least resistance. This course teaches self-discipline as a physical, mental, and spiritual practice. I am excited to continue the work of spreading yoga to those who are willing to learn and would recommend this training to anyone who loves yoga!"

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  • Review by Bryan Zatopek
    10 out of 10

    "Tej lives and breathes every nuance of the lifestyle, he is vastly knowledgeable about its rich history, philosophies and traditions, and is absolutely passionate about sharing every detail. Without question, you will be expertly prepared to lead your own asana practice, market yourself, open your own studio, and all of the other commercialization of the business of yoga, but few others can prepare you to teach yoga through your every thought, word, and action. If you’re looking to indulge in an authentic yoga training, Namah Shivaya is the program for you."

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  • Review by Dan Havrilak
    10 out of 10

    "Everyone in my Namah Shivaya yoga training class was ready to teach yoga at the end of the course. Tej and the staff are a great resource as we learned how to teach a variety of classes from gentle yoga to vinyasa flow. I am pleased to have improved my technique in postures, and the ability to have a complete yoga practice at home. I learned how to help people (and myself) stay fit, concentrate better, relax through meditation, and develop better habits. I highly recommend the certified teachers training to better yourself, and to be able to teach a variety of yoga classes."

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  • Review by Brittany Stroud
    10 out of 10

    "Being immersed in the teachings of Namah Shivaya during the past month has been nothing short of blissful. Tej has a beautiful way of educating students in the ancient science of asanas, meditation techniques, healthy lifestyle choices and simply the art of bettering oneself. He has planted seeds which continue to grow in both my personal practice and my relationship with the world. I knew little about yoga, especially the spiritual side, when I enrolled in the intensive course. But I leave feeling confident in my abilities and an inner peace within my Soul. I have a firm understanding of the person I am meant to be."

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  • Review by Lydia Mackay
    10 out of 10

    "When you walk into the Namah Shivaya yoga studio, you realize that you are exactly where you are meant to be. Tej provides a safe space filled with friendship, growth, enlightenment, peace, and love. Admittedly, any grand new endeavor (like a training program) where you invest your time, your money, and all of yourself, can be a little scary, but this program erases fear. You will learn things about yourself and the world around you that you either didn’t know were there, or you’ve forgotten. I’m so grateful for, and to, Namah Shivaya."

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  • Review by Kevin Lewis from Texas, USA
    10 out of 10

    "With a subject as extensive as yoga, a student needs a teacher who can spark a fire for knowledge and give them a solid foundation for a lifetime (or lifetimes) of continuing education. Tej is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge and Sheri’s passion for yoga is infectious. They practice a yogic lifestyle 24 hours a day, and best of all they’re fantastic people with the student’s best interests at heart. I’ll never forget my experience with them and hope to continue my relationship with Tej and Sheri for a long time. I highly recommend their program for those who just want to learn more about this amazing subject."

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  • Review by Paige Mayeux
    10 out of 10

    "The Namah Shivaya experience was a mind-opening journey. The wisdom and energy of Tej and his stellar teaching staff was incomparable. Experiences included yoga classes on the shores of White Rock Lake, meditation practices and philosophy classes that were truly awe inspiring. I joined hoping to strengthen my asana practice and left empowered with a much greater understanding of the many facets of yoga, and the spiritual impact that living like a true yogi can have on one’s life. The yoga training at Namah Shivaya was priceless, how can one put a price tag on the invaluable concept of a healthy mind, body, and spirit?"

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