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25 Day 200-Hour Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh

Om Shanti Om Yoga Ashram, Hotel Surya Palace, Ram Jhula, Pauri Garhwal, Rishikesh.

Yoga Teacher Training India

Om Shanti Om has designed this course to involve students deeply in the spiritual teaching and practice of Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa. You will learn proper adjustment of each posture and how to practice and teach Ashtanga yoga for beginner levels to advance levels. Come with determination and leave with fulfillment!

Meet the instructors

Dinesh, Vivek, Prakash, & 3 More…
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  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Meditation and pranayama theory and therapy
  • Experience a pooja ceremony and mantra chanting
  • Certificate to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Teaching methodology, anatomy, therapy, and Ayurveda notions
  • 1 Ayurvedic massage and an Indian traditional music concert
  • 24 nights plus 2 nights complimentary accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals per day

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

25 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport
Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$60 per person)
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The accommodation options are on a private and double room basis. The rooms are ashram based with a comfortable bed, study table, hot water bathroom, views close to nature, and just a walking distance away to any shopping center, grocery, or restaurants. The ashram is kept in a silent place close to nature at the foot of the hills. All rooms are fully ventilated to the open air and atmosphere.

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


The course is inclusive of relevant subjects to the yogic path of life such as yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, yoga therapy, teaching methodology, Ayurveda with nutrition and yogic diet classes, meditation, pranayama, Satsang class, and mantra chanting. The classes start at 06:00 and finish at 18:00. There will be three breaks for food, refreshment, and self-study.

Each day you should attend all six classes, which comprises of eight hours per day without fail. Attendance is taken seriously in this course. Classes will be from Monday to Saturday and Sunday is the rest day. You will have a retreat on Sundays on your own. 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 areas.

Course syllabus


Asanas are yoga postures and physical movements of yoga practice, which, in combination with pranayama or breathing techniques, constitute the style of yoga referred to as Ashtanga yoga. The teaching of Ashtanga yoga will follow the series from beginner to advance level.

Traditionally asanas are positions, which make you fit and healthy in all ways. 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 of 84 lakhs asanas. A lakh being equal to 100,000, brings the number of yoga postures to 8,400,000. There are three types of asanas, namely meditative, relaxing, and cultural posture.


Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional Hindu medicines native to the Indian subcontinent. Contemporary practices derived from Ayurvedic traditions are a type of alternative medicine. Ayurveda is a discipline of the unpaved 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 diseases. Since then, Ayurveda has stood for the wholesome physical, mental, and spiritual growth of humanity around the world.

Today, it is 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.

  • Basics 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


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 the body encourages purity of the mind. Yoga has developed six cleansing techniques or shat kriyas for 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.

  • Agnisara
  • Bahya kumbha
  • Jala neti
  • Sutra neti

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 or guru brings about the manifestation of thoughts and desires, and even of devs and devis. It originated from Ved, which was written by Lord Brahma. The teachings of the Vedas consist of various mantric chants or hymns recognized by different seers or rishis from the cosmic mind.

The body gets effects 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 is for the prosperity of your home
  • Gayatri mantra improves immunity and improves your learning and concentration skill
  • Guru mantra can enhance your knowledge
  • Mritunjaya mantra will keep you fit and healthy
  • Santhi mantra keeps your mind cool and tension free
  • Santhosham santhi mantra keeps your mind calm and helps you grow up
  • Surya mantra removes carbon dioxide from the lungs and replaces it with fresh oxygen
  • Surya namaskarar stimulates and balances all the systems of the body including the endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems
  • Vedika santi mantra is related to the welfare of humanity and helps in spreading peace all over the world
  • Yoga mantra helps to reduce anxiety and depression and releases neuroses


Despite its popularity, very few people truly know what meditation is. Some regard meditation as the mental concentration on something, others consider that people meditate when they imagine something that gives them peace or satisfaction. All these methods are being with one goal, to slow down and eventually, completely stop the incessant activity of 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 and 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.

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

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, and combining all three of the above bandhas.

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

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


Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning extension of the praṇa 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 ayāma, 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 your body because it refreshes your breathing system and makes your respiratory system fit.

It is a term having a broad range of meanings and connotations. The sage Patanjali, in yoga sutras, defines pranayama as a regulation of incoming and outgoing breath coupled with retention.

  • Chandra bedhi
  • Bhastrika
  • Brahmmari
  • Kapalbhati
  • Nadi shodhana
  • Shitali
  • Shitkari
  • Surya bedhi

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.

  • What is Yoga?
  • Introduction of yoga
  • The school of yoga (Hatha yoga, Raja yoga, Jnana yoga, Karma yoga, and mantra)
  • The five elements and the body
  • Description of Nadis and chakras
  • Mudras and bandhas
  • Chitta vrittis (the effect of mind and how to control it)
  • The five koshas (the five layers of the body to find real happiness)
  • The five kleshas (the causes of suffering in life)
  • The practice of Ashtanga yoga and the eight limbs for enlightenment and self-realization
  • How to find real happiness and inner happiness
  • How to discover yourselves
  • The pancha pranas (the five breathes in the body)

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 Wake-up and light tea
  • 07:00 Pranayama theory and practice
  • 08:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Theory class or lecture (Satsang, mantra chanting, and teaching methodology)
  • 12:00 Lunch and rest
  • 13:00 Theory class (yoga philosophy, yoga therapy, yoga anatomy, and Ayurveda)
  • 15:00 Students’ practicum or self-practice
  • 16:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
  • 17:30 Tea break
  • 18:00 Meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner and rest
  • 21:00 Self-study and homework
  • 22:00 Lights off

Included excursions

During two different Sundays, students will be taken to trips to specific places in Rishikesh and to historical, spiritual, and knowledgeable locations.


Dinesh Chandra Shastri

Vivek Arya

Prakash Ji

Mishra Ji

Usha Vaishnava

Amarna Anand

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 vegetarian meals daily will be served for every student. All the food is cooked and served in a Satvic way, as food is very essential for the body and mind for the practice of yoga and healthy way of life. The menu is always in variety so you will not have any problem with food. Aside from the three meals provided each day, there will be two tea breaks.

If students have any allergies for a specific kind of food, you may let the school know upon registration so that they can assist your diet accordingly.

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)

In Rishikesh and the areas around the school, there are varieties of groceries, shops selling daily needs, imported foods, clothing shops, all kinds of delicacies from the nearby restaurants providing Western food, European food, Russian food, Israeli food, Chinese food, Mexican food, and pure Indian food.

If you are a food lover, this place is a food paradise. Apart from that, for the spirituality of the holy city of Rishikesh, it is the center of many temples, ashrams, religious schools and some welfare trusts. It was the city where former saints, sages, and yogis lived during the past and ancient time. There are still some historical and spiritual places remaining.

One of the ashrams is the Beatle Ashram which is more than 100 years old, it still remains attractive to tourists, and is overlapped by bushes and forest trees. There are more uncountable miracle places in Rishikesh, all where the great yogis in the past centuries have remained.

Spa treatments

One Ayurvedic massage is included in the package.

What's included

  • 1 Ayurvedic massage and one music concert
  • 2 trips to Rishikesh and the surrounding touristic area
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 25 nights plus 2 nights complimentary accommodation
  • All classes and workshops
  • All teaching materials and modules
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary to LED series
  • Certificate of completion
  • Pick up from Jolly Grant Airport (DED)
  • Yoga training course fee

What's not included

  • Additional food
  • Airport transfers
  • Flight tickets
  • Return transfer to Jolly Grant Airport (DED) Airport
  • Shopping expenses
  • Visa fee

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The price would approximately range from 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

From Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), you can take a bus from the Kashmiri Gate bus station.

Arrival by train

The railway station is a direct service from Delhi to the Rishikesh Railway Station.

Arrival by taxi

From Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), you may take a taxi directly from the airport which is faster and safer.

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer available: Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$60 per person) Additional charges may apply. 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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