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