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Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training India

Om Shanti Om Yoga School has designed this course to involve students deeply in the spiritual teaching and practice of traditional Hatha and Ashtanga yoga, breathing techniques, awareness, meditation and practical philosophy to utilize your body and soul in the world of yoga. You will learn proper adjustment of each posture how to practice and teach for beginner level to advance level.


  • Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga sessions
  • Do meditation, pranayama, and mantra chanting
  • Take Ayurveda and teaching methodology classes
  • Yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, and yoga therapy classes
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Attend an Indian classical music concert
  • Enjoy a complimentary massage
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • 25 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

25 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport
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The accommodation at Om Shanti Om Yoga Ashram includes spacious rooms with stunning mountain views. The ashram-based rooms, which are furnished with comfortable beds and cupboards, hot water bathrooms, and Wi-Fi facilities, are in close proximity to shopping outlets for your personal needs as well as to shopping centers, grocery stores, and restaurants.

An ashram is a peaceful place close to nature at in the foot of the surrounding hills. All rooms are fully ventilated and comfortable winter blankets are provided.

Ashrams usually represent a return to a simpler way of living, which is very different to a hotel. Generally there is a more communal atmosphere and often an expectation that guests will pitch in with whatever needs doing.



Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

The course is inclusive of relevant subjects to the yoga path of life such as yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, yoga therapy, teaching methodology, Ayurveda class with nutrition and yogic diet, meditation, pranayama, Satsang class, and mantra chanting.

The class starts at 6 a.m. and finishes at 7 p.m. There will be three breaks for food, refreshment, and self-study. Each day you should attend all six classes, which comprise eight hours a day without fail. Attendance is taken seriously in this course. Classes will be from Monday to Saturday, Sunday is the rest day. You will have a retreat on Sundays.

You will be given one assignment test, one theory test, and finally one practical test in order to prepare you to be qualified as a yoga teacher in all the areas.

Sample schedule

  • 05:00 Wake-up and light tea
  • 06:00 - 07:00 Meditation and pranayama
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Hatha yoga asanas
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Theory class or lecture (satsang/ mantra chanting/ teaching methodology)
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Lunch and rest
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Yoga philosophy/ Yoga therapy/ Yoga anatomy/ Ayurveda
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Students practicum
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Hatha flow Vinyasa or Ashtanga yoga
  • 17:30 - 18:00 Tea break
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Meditation
  • 20:00 Dinner and rest
  • 21:00 Self-study and homework
  • 22:00 Lights off

Course syllabus


Asanas are yoga postures and the physical movements of yoga practice and, in combination with pranayama or breathing techniques constitute the style of yoga referred to as Hatha yoga. Traditionally asanas are positions, which make us fit and healthy all the way. In the yoga sutra, Patanjali describes asana as a "firm, comfortable posture", referring specifically to the seated posture, most basic of all the asanas.

Normally asanas will be held for an average of two or three minutes. Besides being held steadily they should also be held comfortably. No pain should be experienced while holding the posture or in the hours or days that follow. Hindu Shastras tell us of 84 lakhs asanas. A lakh being equal to 100,000, this brings the number of yoga postures to 8,400,000.

There are three types of asanas:

  • Meditative
  • Relaxing
  • Cultural posture


Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning "extension of the praa or breath" or "extension of the life force". The word is composed of two Sanskrit words: prana, life force, or oted particularly as the breath), and ayma, to extend or draw out. (Not "restrain, or control" as is often translated from yam instead of ayama). It is a yogic discipline with origins in ancient India.

Pranayama is traditionally viewed as a practice involving a lot more than just breathing for relaxation. It is a term having a broad range of meanings and connotations Pranayama is the foundation for our body because it refreshes our breathing system and makes fit our respiratory system. It is a term having a broad range of meanings and connotations. The sage Patanjali, in yoga sutras, defines pranayama as regulation of incoming and outgoing breath coupled with retention.

  • Nadi shodhana
  • Anuloma viloma
  • Bhastrika
  • Kapalbhati
  • Shitali
  • Shitkari
  • Surya bedhi
  • Chandra bedhi


Despite all its popularity, today very few of us truly know what meditation is. Some regard meditation as the mental concentration on something; others consider that they meditate when they imagine something that gives them peace or satisfaction. All these methods have one goal: to slow down and, eventually, completely stop the incessant activity of our minds. These exercises are not really meditation; they are substitutes for meditation because it is normally very difficult to stop your mind altogether.

In reality, meditation is a state of thoughtless awareness. The real meaning of meditation is transforming your mind. By engaging with a particular meditation practice, you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being. With regular work and patience, these nourishing, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly, peaceful and energized states of mind.

  • Om meditation
  • Mantra chanting meditation
  • Soham meditation
  • Shiva meditation
  • Yoga Nidra meditation
  • Tratak (candle) meditation
  • Chakra meditation

Mantra chanting

The word mantra has two parts; man, which is the root of the Sanskrit word for mind; and tra, which is the root of the word instrument. A mantra is, therefore, an instrument of the mind, a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation. A combination of certain codified sounds is a mantra. The correct chanting of mantras under the guidance of the Siddha (Guru) brings about the manifestation of thoughts and desires, and even of devs and devis.

It is originated from Ved, which was written by Lord Brahma. The teachings of the Vedas consist of various mantric chants or hymns cognized by different seers or rishis from the cosmic mind. The body gets effect from mantra chanting in a good way. It removes all the diseases from your body and keeps away your body from other negative energy.

  • Ganesha mantra: it stays prosperous at your home
  • Guru mantra: by chanting this mantra you can enhance your knowledge
  • Mritunjaya mantra: this mantra keeps you fit and healthy
  • Santhi mantra: shanti mantra keeps your mind cool and tension-free
  • Gayatri mantra: it improves immunity and grows your learning and concentration skills
  • Santhosham Santhi mantra: it keeps your mind calm and helps to grow up
  • Yoga mantra: yoga mantra helps to reduce anxiety and depression and releases neuroses
  • Vedika santi mantra: this mantra is related to the welfare of humanity and helps in spreading peace all over the world
  • Surya mantra: this removes carbon dioxide from the lungs and replaces it with fresh oxygen
  • Surya namaskarar: it stimulates and balances all the systems of the body, including the endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems

Yoga philosophy

The main philosophy of yoga is simple: mind, body, and spirit are all one and cannot be clearly separated. Yet there is a multitude of philosophical ideas developed by looking into the deeper dimensions of the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is a set of spiritual practices but in itself is not an institutionalized religion, per se.

Hinduism is related to yoga through a common recognition of the Vedas as an authoritative source, and both Buddhism and Jainism share many of the core values of the yoga tradition. But classical yoga is best understood as a system of spiritual practice, rather than a particular religion.

  • Yogic philosophy I
  • Description of nadis
  • Chakras
  • Yogic philosophy II
  • Pancha (five) pranas
  • Five sheaths of bodies
  • Effect of the yogi practice
  • Yoga sutra
  • Introduction of yoga
  • Ashtanga yoga
  • Chitta vrtitti
  • FIive klesha
  • Hatha yoga pradipika
  • Seven folds systems of yoga introduction
  • Qualification of a yogis
  • Place, time, food and lifestyle for yoga shadana
  • Nada anusamdhana

Mudhra bandha

Bandha is a term for the body locks in Hatha yoga, treated under the heading of mudra. Specific bandhas are mula bandha, contraction of the perineum, uddiyana bandha, contraction of the abdomen into the rib cage, jalandhara bandha, tucking the chin close to the chest, maha bandha, combining all three of the above bandhas.

From these, you will learn a short description of the few important ones. You can select that which suits you well and practice regularly. Cough, asthma, enlargement of spleen and liver, sex-sublimation, venereal diseases, consumption, chronic constipation, leprosy, and all sorts of incurable diseases are also cured.

  • Moola bandha
  • Uddiyana bandha
  • Jalandhar bandha
  • Maha bandha
  • Nasagra mudhra
  • Gyana mudhra
  • Hridaya mudhra


Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional Hindu medicine native to the Indian subcontinent. Contemporary practices derived from Ayurvedic traditions are a type of alternative medicine. Ayurveda is a discipline of the upaveda or "auxiliary knowledge" in Vedic tradition.

The origins of Ayurveda are also found in the Atharvaveda, which contains 114 hymns and incantations described as magical cures for disease. Since then Ayurveda has stood for the wholesome physical, mental and spiritual growth of humanity around the world. Today, it's a unique, indispensable branch of medicine, a complete naturalistic system that depends on the diagnosis of your body's humors - vata, pitta and kapha - to achieve the right balance.

  • Basic of Ayurveda and definition of health
  • The three doshas and prikriti (part 1)
  • The three doshas and prikriti (part 2)
  • The prikriti analysis
  • The daily routine and seasonal routine in Ayurveda

Anatomy and physiology of yogic practice

Yoga physiology is the description of the human body, its layers, and the energy channels running through it used in various yoga systems.

  • Respiratory Systems
  • Anatomy and respiratory of physiology system
  • Effect of yoga practices and physiology of pranayama
  • Skeleton systems (part 1)
  • Anatomy and biomechanics of joints
  • Skeleton systems (part 2)
  • Safe way of adjustments and modifications of asanas
  • Cardiovascular systems
  • Structure and physiology of heart and blood vessels
  • Blood pressured and effect of yoga practices


Kriya most commonly refers to a "completed action", technique or practice within a yoga discipline meant to achieve a specific result. Another meaning of Kriya is an outward physical manifestation of awakened Kundalini, such as a spontaneous body movement related to Kundalini energy flow. Kriya Shakti is "a power of thought," said to be greatly studied by yogis.

Purity of body encourages purity of the mind. Yoga has developed six cleansing techniques or shat kriyas for the purification of the physical body. Through these simple exercises, nature is assisted in the elimination of waste products and mucus. Many mental and physical ailments may be alleviated through the practice of kriyas.

  • Jala neti
  • Sutra neti
  • Bahya kumbha
  • Agnisara

Retreat location

The yoga teacher training will take place in Om Shanti Om Yoga Ashram. The school is located in Ram Jhula Rishikesh at Hotel Surya Palace.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Three daily Indian vegetarian meals are served during the course. Meals are included in the price of this teacher training course. Participants will enjoy various kinds of Indian Vegetarian Cuisine and Yogic Diet as well as authentic Ayurvedic Herbal Tea.. All the food is cooked and served in sattvic ways, as food is essential for the practice of yoga and a healthy way of life. The menus are always varied, so you won't get tired of eating the same food. You will also have 24-hour access to filtered water, hot water or ice water.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

Rishikesh is the place of sages. It is a celebrated spiritual town on the banks of river Ganga, located at an altitude of 365 meters above sea level; it is surrounded by Shivalik range of the Himalayas on three sides. Rishikesh is an ideal destination for those who want to dwell deeper in meditation, yoga, and other aspect of Hinduism. Rishikesh, has numerous yoga centers that also attract tourists. It is believed that meditation in Rishikesh brings one closer to attainment of moksha, as does a dip in the holy river that flows through it. International yoga week, which attracts participation from across the world, is held here, every year, in February on the banks of the holy Ganga.

Rishikesh is world famous for rafting and adventure. Rafting season starts from the month of March and ends in July. Rishikesh is also home to the 120-year old Kailas Ashram Brahmavidyapeetham, an institution dedicated to preserve and promote the traditional Vedantic studies.

There is an International Yoga Festival at Parmath Niketan Ashram every year. It is world famous gathering of many yoga learners from all over the world who came here to obtain more knowledge in yoga. Dont be surprised that in Rishikesh the world famous yogi, the great Himalayan yogi, Swami Yogananda Maharaj Ji, is in Rishikesh too, in who is currently residing in Himalaya and also world traveler.

Spa treatments

One free Ayurvedic body massage is provided to pamper yourself in this retreat.

What's included

  • 1 free Ayurveda massage
  • 1 Ganga river pooja ceremony
  • 1 Indian classical music concert
  • 1 yoga retreat
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 25 nights accommodation
  • All classes and workshops
  • All teaching material and modules
  • Authentic Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
  • Ayurveda classes with nutrition and yogic diet
  • Certificate of completion to register with Yoga Alliance
  • Classes on yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, and yoga therapy
  • Classes on teaching methodology
  • Laughter yoga therapy
  • Meditation, pranayama, and mantra chanting
  • Pick up from Jolly Grant Airport (DED)
  • Osho dynamic dance meditation
  • Outdoor yoga and meditation practices
  • Yoga training course fee
  • Yoga t-shirts and yoga mats

What's not included

  • Return transfer to Jolly Grant Airport (DED) Airport

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Om Shanti Om Yoga School will send you personal taxi directly to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to pick up you from the arrival gate. The charges of the taxi are on your own and approximately 3000 INR to 3500 INR for one way. The nearest domestic airport to the venue is Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Organizer offer to pick you up from this airport the return transfer is by your own self.

Arrival by bus

Take a bus from Kashmiri Gate bus station to go to Om Shanti Om Yoga School.

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 14% 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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