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28 Days 200 Hr Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

  • Ojashvi Yoga Shala, Gayatri Kunja Swargashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India


Ashtanga-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training India

This 200-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher training program in stunning Rishikesh, India employs a comprehensive training methodology for your personal transformation based on the Ashtanga yoga philosophy of Maharshi Patanjali. It is physically intense, scientifically designed yoga training program focused on the structured sequences of the primary series postures of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. This teacher training is registered with Yoga Alliance, USA and meets the international certification standards of 200-hour yoga teacher training courses.


  • Daily yoga classes and techniques
  • Daily meditation and mantra chanting
  • Daily asana and pranayama practices
  • Lectures on teaching methodology, the art of adjustments, and teaching practice
  • Certificate upon completion of the program
  • Theory classes on yoga philosophy
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 27 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be accommodated in the pleasant budget hotel located in the spiritual ambience of the Swargashram area of Rishikesh. You can choose from private and double rooms with an attached bathroom with the facility of both hot and cold water. The rooms are neat and clean, with fine antiques, carpets and paintings with proper ventilation. They are also equipped with a study table and wardrobe, quality beddings and mattress, along with mosquito nets. The spacious balconies are a wonderful space for the students to enjoy the beautiful view of the Himalayan mountains. There also is an internet caf as well as Wi-Fi connection in the living room at nominal charges.

The training is an opportunity to learn the high standards of yoga asana practice as taught in the Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga tradition of Mysore, along with developing teaching skills, the art of adjustments and safety practices which are necessary to promote the safe and effective learning environment for yoga practices. This is also useful in finding the strong foundation of asana practice of the Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga tradition.

This course is suitable for you if you:

  • Love health, happiness, and harmony through yoga
  • Want to gain the comprehensive knowledge of the traditional basis of yoga philosophy and practices with a contemporary approach
  • Want to adopt yoga as the right path to health and wellness
  • Have a strong desire to share the benefits of the science and art of yoga
  • Are looking to develop the skills of yoga teaching with a safe and well-structured sequencing of practice

This yoga teacher training program will help you get:

  • A strong foundation of the self-asana practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga tradition
  • A Mysore-style of teaching asanas and the art of adjustments
  • The anatomy and physiology of yoga practices with respect to the asanas of primary series and practical training of course curriculum
  • A comprehensive knowledge of the Ashtanga yoga philosophy of Patanjali
  • A deep understanding of the principles, physiology, and mechanisms of different pranayama techniques and their benefits
  • Deep relaxation techniques and meditation practices
  • The nomenclature of yoga practices in Sanskrit language
  • Basic knowledge of concepts of health in Ayurveda and yoga
  • Chanting of mantras
  • An internationally-valid RYT 200 certification with Yoga Alliance, USA

Training outline

The modules of the yoga training program have been selected carefully to develop sufficient practice in all the aspects of yoga practice in addition to the philosophical aspects of the study of yoga. The curriculum of practical training in yoga will be primarily focused of personal asana practice and the methods of teaching asanas in the primary series of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga.

The primary series consists of more than 56 asanas with variations which are linked with the pattern of Vinaysa based on the combination of breath and movement. During the course time in the teaching methodology and practicum sessions, students will be taught to give adjustments and to assist other students in deepening their postures and practice.

The practical classes on asana will be both in Mysore style and as well as in the led class system which provide sufficient space for individual practice along with detailed instruction on each of the postures in the series, including their names in Sanskrit language.

The basic principles of the Vinyasa system, such as Nava Drishti (The Nine Points of Gazing), the concept of shwasa in Ujjayee pranayama and the practice and applications of bandhs (three type locks) in the practice of asana and pranayama (breathing techniques) are included as the essential elements of the practical system.

The course curriculum also includes the basic study of health concepts in Ayurveda and yoga as therapy, meditation, and relaxation techniques and principles of healthy living in yoga for a healthy lifestyle. The philosophy of yoga and Bhagavad Gita and the applied anatomy and physiology which are relevant to yoga practices are introduced to the students during the course time.

The main objective of the teacher training program is to make you a confident and effective yoga teacher. At the end of the course, you will gain sufficient proficiency in the practice of teaching yoga classes with confidence. The trainees have the opportunity to teach, assist and give adjustments.

The ample teaching opportunities of the yoga class teaching practice will help students to deepen the art of teaching and practice. Participants will dive deep into the depth of the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice by understanding the principles and practice of its teaching techniques.

Sample daily schedule

An intensive daily schedule is designed to fulfill the objectives of the 200-hours curriculum of the yoga teacher training program over a period of four weeks. A typical day during this yoga training program is as follows:

06:00 - 08:00 Asana practice: Ashtanga Vinyasa primary series (Mysore style / led class)

08:00 - 08:15 Tea break

08:15 - 09:15 Training and practice of pranayama

09:15 - 11:00 Breakfast and self-study / personal time

11:00 - 12:00 Theory class on yoga philosophy

12:00 - 13:00 Practice of meditation / yoga Nidra / mantra chanting

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 - 16:00 Anatomy and physiology or Ayurveda

16:00 - 16:15 Evening tea break

16:15 - 17:15 Applied yoga / lectures / class discussion

17:30 - 18:30 Teaching methodology, art of adjustments, practicum, teaching practice

19:00 Dinner

Course curriculum

The educational categories covered under the training program are:

Techniques, training, and practice

The practical training in yoga in this category focus on two important aspects of training: the structured teaching approach in which the students learn how teach and practice the techniques and the practice of the techniques of yoga under the guidance of the ERYTS of the course.

The topics of this section includes the following:

The practice of the postures of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga primary series

Ashtanga Vinyasa principles and techniques such as Drishti, bandhas, Ujjayee breathing

Arts of adjustments and mechanisms and safety techniques

Skills of assisting and teaching under the supervision of the lead teacher

Shat kriyas (yoga cleansing techniques)

Practices of pranayama and its principles including applications

Practice of bandhas (energy locks) and mudras / gestures and their role in asana and pranayama

Principles and practice of meditative relaxation (yoga Nidra)

Meditation practice and principles

Mantra chanting

Teaching methods in yoga

The topics of this section are:

Principles of demonstration

Skills of observation and assistance and correction

Communication skills and time management

Teaching methods and demonstration

Class management and its practical training

Role and responsibilities of the teacher and qualities

Lesson planning essentials and planning for teaching of yoga

Business aspects yoga teaching and its principles

Anatomy and physiology

The topics of the study are:

Different systems of human anatomy

Anatomy and physiology of yogic practices

Effects of yoga practices on different systems of the human body

Energetic anatomy and physiology, the concept of chakras, prana, and nadis

Health and yoga, applications of yoga as therapy

Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers

The topics of included in this section are:

Traditional basis of yoga

Ashtanga yoga philosophy of Patanjalai

Study of classical texts and Hatha yoga curriculum

Philosophy of Bhagavad Gita and its importance to the modern life

Ethical preparation and yogic life style

Concept of diet and nutrition in yoga

The teacher-student relationship and its importance

Philosophy of Ayurveda and its importance for the health


The training in this section includes:

Practice teaching

Receiving feedback

Observing others teaching and hearing and giving feedback

Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching

Group discussions and presentations

The remaining hours and electives including non-contact hours are distributed based on the emphasis of the teaching curriculum of the Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher training course

On Sundays, students will have the opportunity to explore the tourist attractions in and around the Rishikesh area and enjoy their holiday with activities such as river rafting, mountain trekking, and sightseeing.

Nagesh Hiregoudar (Lead teacher)

Lead teacher Nagesh Hiregoudar is an Yoga Alliance registered 500-hour yoga teacher trainer (registry ID: 67820). He is a deeply experienced and extensively qualified yoga practitioner who embodies and imparts the highest standards and ethics of training to his students. Nagesh leads Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher training courses at Ojashvi Yoga Shala, a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliance in Rishikesh.

He has enriched his teaching experience through the most rigorous courses for yoga teacher training that of the Ashram style training at the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger, Bihar and Vedanta through a yoga Vedanta course at the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy, Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, popularly referred to as Sivananda yoga. In these trainings, he learnt the deep philosophies and practices of these world-famous traditional schools.

Nagesh has been passionate about understanding the scientific basis for the yoga practices. Accordingly, he studied for and successfully completed his Masters Degree in Yogic Sciences from the University of Mangalore, India besides a certificate course in yogic studies from Karnataka University, India.

His deepened interest in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga fuelled his hunger to experience the authentic tradition and the teaching methodologies of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in Mysore. Accordingly, he also studied Asthanga Vinyasa yoga in Patanjala Asthanga Vinyasa Yoga Academy of Mysore, Karnataka.

With this rich background of learning, Nagesh has been determined to impart these rich teachings to modern society. With this in mind, he has participated in several national seminars and conferences on yoga and presented papers on the applications of yogic techniques in the management of psychosomatic diseases.

He has also conducted several corporate training sessions and workshops both in India and overseas with diverse workforces of companies in various industries to increase the productivity of the employees and to improve the lifestyle of the workforce through yoga training programs.

Swami Atmajananand ji

Swami Atmajananand ji is a humanitarian and spiritual leader, an ambassador of peace and human values. Through his life and work, Swamiji has inspired many lives around the world with a vision of a stress-free, violence-free world.

He knowledge of yoga provides techniques and tools to live a deeper, more joyous life and he has established a mindset in his disciples that recognizes a common human identity above the boundaries of race, nationality, and religion.

Born in Kerala, Southern India. Swami ji was a gifted child. Swami Atma at the age of five used to hear the guru mantra and this would make him feel that he was connected to some master in a previous life, Swami Atma Jnanananda Giri, homeopathic doctor by profession.

The materialistic world was missing spirituality and his lifes resolution was to experience the ultimate truth. That led him to the yogic quest. He studied Vedic literature and practiced yoga under many enlightened beings: the great Himalayan master Swami Veda Bharati, Acharya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Swami Sudhi Chaitanya, Swami Adyatamanandaji and many others.

The knowledge that he carries along is immense and just a single conversation with him is a gateway to self-realization. Swamiji is the intuition of the teacher training. Everyone is very fortunate to have his presence master. He will have very insightful discourses on many varied subjects related to spirituality, the practice and philosophy.

Ganesh Prasad

Ganesh Prasad got his postgraduate diploma in yoga from Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, which further deepened his interest in yoga to get a Masters degree in Yogic Science and Holistic Health from Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Yoga from Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar.

Ganesh Prasad has had the opportunity of being the guest of honor at a conference at the Italian Yoga Federation, Assisi, where he also conducted workshops. He has held yoga workshops in Cagliari, Italy as well. He has also participated as a yoga expert in the Indian festival in Bangkok.

Dr. Sumit Sharma

Dr. Sumit Sharma is an expert in the field of physiotherapy. His passion in life is to uncover the applications of medical mysteries that exist in the practice of yoga and Vedic rituals. Sumit is a native of Rishikesh; since childhood, he has been inclined to the practice of spirituality. His nature of serving society motivated him to pursue this noble profession. He realized that his area of interest is orthopedics. He studied in a medical university and secured a Masters degree in Physical Therapy. To make his therapies affective, he started reconciling the techniques of Pilates, yoga and other established sciences.

The residential 200-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher training program is being conducted in Rishikesh. This small city is located at the foot hills of the majestic Himalayas, surrounded by the greenery of the tranquil forests on the bank of the Ganges river in the northern Indian province of Uttarakhand. Rishikesh known for its many spiritual pilgrimages and is revered as the world capital of yoga. The study and practice of yoga in Rishikesh is ever-growing, with various ashrams, spiritual centers, and yoga institutions.

The Ojashvi campus for the residential Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher training program is one of the best infrastructures in Rishikesh, providing all the required facilities of a yoga school. In a single-building pleasant budget hotel, the students can experience their yoga training, food, accommodations, and other essential facilities required to dedicatedly study and practice yoga for the entire period of their course time in Rishikesh.

  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking / trekking
  • Balcony
  • Caf nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
  • Free bottled water
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Mosquito net
  • Tour assistance

Yoga practice recommends a person to inculcate healthy food habits and nutrition is a very important aspect during the intense courses of yoga training. Ojashvi Yoga Shala takes care to provide proper food for the yoga practice based on nutritional values. The cooks at the restaurant are wonderful and will delight you with their delicious specialties.

The training program includes three daily meals. The food is vegetarian, with varieties of menus based on the concepts and yogic principles of diet. There is a dining hall and sometimes food is enjoyed in the garden during the day time.

Food is freshly prepared in hygienic conditions and the menu will consist of different types of vegetables and seasonal fruits which are locally produced and bought on a daily basis to maintain their freshness.

  • 28 nights accommodation in rooms with attached bathrooms
  • Access to the mini library
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga classes and techniques every day
  • Certificate of completion
  • Complex asana and pranayama practices
  • Courses and lectures on teaching methodology, the art of adjustments, and teaching practice
  • Daily meditation and mantra chanting sessions
  • Daily wholesome vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Extra-curricular activities such as visits to popular tourist attractions, river rafting, mountain trekking
  • Welcome kit with course study materials
  • Yoga philosophy theory classes and discussions
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in the program
  • Other personal expenses
  • Return transfer (can be arranged on request at extra cost)

Arrival by airplane

You will be flying either into Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) or into Jolly Grant Airport (DED) (also known as Dehradun Airport).

Arrival by train

  • The nearest railway station is in the city of Haridwar, located at a distance of 25 kilometers from Rishikesh.
For information about the booking conditions, please send Ojashvi Yoga Shala an inquiry.
  • Review by Susan from United Arab Emirates
    10 out of 10

    "Naveen, Pranayama expert, taught me so much about this and meditation, I will use his teachings. Nagesh was so professional at all times. Mallika is passionate about yoga therapy and I learned a lot from her about this."

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  • Review by Hana from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Great Knowledge regarding yoga therapy. Excellent program and meditation sessions."

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  • Review by Nabanita, Deb from India
    10 out of 10

    "Teachers were helpful while teaching,They really took interest to give their time, Thank you."

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  • Review by Grainne O Flynn from USA

    "Nagesh and Naveen are very learned teachers with a pure intent towards the practice of Yoga and Pranayama. Their passion and honesty enhanced the course vibe and instilled in me good understanding of why yoga and Pranayama are valuable practices to be implemented into my daily life. This is the start of a journey for me and they have given me good basis of learning to which I can develop in time. The location and room were very good."

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  • Review by Chad Petzer from South Africa

    "Nagesh and Naveen were incredible! Sumit was one of the best guys I have met. Bagavad geeta teacher was awesome. I loved everything about the last four week; I have had the best time ever. My first time leaving my home country and I have had the best time."

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  • Review by Victoria Krushenick from USA

    "This program has been absolutely wonderful .I am so thankful to have this opportunity. Nagesh was an admiring and amazing teacher .Thank you."

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  • Review by Visvanath Ratnaveera from Switzerland

    "The Lead Teacher is young, dynamic and humanly a great personality"

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  • Review by Leslie Snow from USA

    "Although I was almost 20 years older than the other students, Nagesh's teaching was always aimed at my own level of strength and flexibility. His thoughtful adjustments and encouragement kept me progressing through the various asanas. His broad understanding of all aspect of the yogic life gave me the skills to make yoga more than just a physical practice. Nagesh truly lives what he preaches and he continues to be an source of inspiration to me. I am grateful for the opportunity to have studied with him in Rishikesh."

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  • Review by Javier Rozo and Sonia Rozo from Colombia

    "The Places visits are good, in General I liked the course and we had a great experience with Ojashvi Yoga Shala."

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  • Review by Sunder Pratap Singh from UAE

    "The teachers Nagesh and Naveen are very warm and friendly people with clear intention to help us . They paid attention to our questions and concerns and tried to help wherever required. They are very knowledgeable and sincere. The location is amazing, the place of yoga practice is fresh, bright and energetic. This retreat helped in relaxing and rejuvenating. We enjoyed the rafting activity."

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  • Review by Cyril Voci from France

    "I very much liked the organization before arriving and Nagesh’s reactivity regarding the accommodation arrangements , Also I would like to thank you very much for the Scholarship you gave because , I would not have been able to do the program other wise. Namaste!"

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  • Review by Jasmin Sonja Schöni from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "This has been an amazing experience, I thank everyone for their kindness, patience and that they shared their Knowledge with us. Nagesh is an amazing teacher and a very inspirational and humble person. I can’t wait to come back and do the 300 Hours TTC with Nagesh. Also, Swamiji was amazing and I am very grateful that he took his time to teach us meditation, his chanting is beautiful."

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  • Review by Michelle Mauroff, from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Ojashvi Yoga Shala is the place to go for students seeking a solid foundation in Yoga. The teachers go above and beyond to ensure proper understanding and your needs are met. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable. Nagesh is incredibly humble and has lots of experience he is happy to share. I leave the training feeling like I have had an authentic training and a great understanding of the true nature of Yoga .This training has left me with the confidence to continue on my path growing and sharing .The training with Yoga Shala has exceeded my expectations."

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  • Review by Sally Jane Crane from UK
    10 out of 10

    "Nagesh is a truly knowledgeable teacher and I would recommend studying yoga with him. He is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and is highly professional."

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  • Review by Vera Villanueva from Chile
    10 out of 10

    "I am Vera from Chile, South America 30 years old and I was in the teacher training 200 Hours learning the Yoga with Nagesh for one month in Rishikesh. The experience for me, changed my life in all the senses including my life style, I learned with Nagesh the Indian philosophy, yoga anatomy, asanas postures, meditation, ways to eat, different methods to teach yoga and the most important the Asana series and adjustments teaching in an environment of respect and confidence.My teacher Nagesh, was always very correct, always punctual in the lessons, friendly, patient, kindly, responsible and easy going person, he teaches the method of demonstration. All the knowledge that he knows and sharing all with us, most of the time he clarified our doubts and understand my limitations about yoga. I really enjoyed the 8 limbs of Patanjala Yoga. Nagesh's English was always clear and easy to understand, he was very caring about that all the classes and the students for the welfare and development.I am very grateful about benefits of each asana because my teacher always showing us the mind, digestive, back pain benefits of each posture. I really recommend Nagesh because the way he teaches and all the knowledge he get is very important for others, I really would to get in the future another yoga training course with Nagesh."

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  • Review by Michal Gluszek from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I did my RYT-200 course in Rishikesh with Nagesh, and I can sincerely recommend him. He is a calm and patient teacher with an individual approach to every student. Trained by Nagesh, I felt very comfortable and well-prepared when I attended my RYT-300 course at another school (Nagesh didn't have RYT-300 courses at that time). Do not hesitate, if you have a chance to be taught by Nagesh. You can surely count on his plaesant personality, knowledge and vast experience."

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  • Review by Robert Mayer from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Nagesh as the director of any yoga school brings both professionalism and deep knowledge of yoga. I am certified under his direction for my 200-hour course in 2012, and found the program well suited for the western education style bringing both the deep rooted and authentic teachings of yoga and mixing them with modern teaching methods using power point well thought out teaching manuals and the use of highly trained and educated staff. I would highly recommend Nagesh's school to anyone looking for an outstanding yogic experience on there way to attaining the certification in teaching yoga."

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  • Review by Ryan Pedley from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I highly recommend Nagesh as a yoga teacher - a kind, wise, knowledgeable and incredibly humble person. Nagesh was a joy to be around for the 200-hour RYT, and was always clear on the skills I needed to develop in order to teach. Now, I have opened my own yoga school and Nagesh has been a large part of this process. Thank you Nagesh!"

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  • Review by Jessica Watson from U.S.A
    10 out of 10

    "Nagesh's presentations were very thorough and provided a lot of valuable information. I especially appreciated how much he knew about the sutras and how open he was to answering questions and explaining things in more detail if needed. I found Nagesh's teaching style to be gentle which is is really good for those new to yoga and he was always open to suggestions on how to best improve the program for the students. It was a great experience and I would highly recommend Nagesh as a teacher."

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Rishikesh, India

Ojashvi Yoga Shala is a registered yoga teacher training school with Yoga Alliance USA, engaged in the programs of yoga teacher training.

from US$1,500

28 days / 27 nights


Arrival: Monday November 14, 2016
Departure: Sunday December 11, 2016

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