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27 Days 200-Hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in India

  • Om Shanti Om Yoga Teacher Training School, Varkala Beach, North Cliff, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Overview

India Yoga Teacher Training

  • 24 days with instruction
  • Become one of the many students who have involved themselves deeply in the spiritual iteaching and practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa. During this retreat, you will learn the proper adjustment for each posture and how to practice and teach Ashtanga yoga, both for beginner and advanced levels. Discover a life-changing experience that will transform how you live yoga!

    Highlights

    • Daily yoga and meditation classes
    • Pranayama, satsang class, and mantra chanting
    • Receive a certificate by the Yoga Alliance upon completion
    • Learn about teaching methodology, anatomy, therapy, and more
    • Learn Ayurveda notions and enjoy an Ayurvedic massage
    • Experience a unique pooja ceremony
    • Delicious daily vegetarian meals
    • 26 nights accommodation

      Languages

      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English

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    During this teacher training, the accommodation options are on private and double room basis. The rooms are ashram based with a comfortable bed, study table, bathroom with hot water, views close to nature, and within a walking distance from any shopping center, grocery store, or restaurant. The ashram is kept in a silent place close to nature, full greens, and plenty of coconut trees. The Varkala Beach is also close by. All rooms are fully ventilated to the open air and atmosphere.

    The course includes relevant subjects to the yogic path of life, such as yoga philosophy, yoga therapy, teaching methodology, Ayurveda with nutrition and yogic diet classes, meditation, pranayama, satsang classes, and mantra chanting.

    The classes will start at every morning at 06:00 and finish at 18:00. There will be three breaks for food, refreshment, and self-study. Each day, you will attend all six classes, which comprise eight hours per day without fail. Attendance is taken seriously in this course. Classes will be from Monday to Saturday, while Sunday is the day when you can rest; you will also have a retreat on Sundays on your own.

    You will be given an assignment test, a theory test, and, finally, a practical test, in order to prepare you to be qualified as a yoga teacher in all areas. At the end of the course, you will be awarded with a 200-hour Yoga Alliance USA certificate.

    Curriculum

    Asana

    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 advanced 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, the 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 and days that follow.

    Hindu shastras tell of 84 lakhs asanas. A lakh equals 100,000, which brings the number of yoga postures to 8,400,000. There are three types of asanas: meditative, relaxing, and cultural posture.

    Ayurveda

    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. It 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 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. The program includes:

    • Basics of Ayurveda and the definition of health
    • The three doshas and prikriti in two parts
    • The prikriti analysis
    • The daily routine and seasonal routine in Ayurveda

    Kriyas

    Kriya most commonly refers to a completed action technique or practice within a yoga discipline, which is 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. Regarding this topic, you will learn about:

    • 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 negative energy away. There are many types of mantras:

    • Ganesha mantra is for 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 neurosis

    Meditation

    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 have 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. 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. You will learn about different types of meditation:

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

    Mudra 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; and maha bandha, 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 it regularly. Cough, asthma, enlargement of the spleen and liver, sex-sublimation, venereal diseases, consumption, chronic constipation, leprosy, and all sorts of incurable diseases can also be cured. During this course, you will learn about:

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

    Pranayama

    Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning the extension of the praṇa or breath or extension of the life force. It is composed of two Sanskrit words: prana, life force or 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.

    The term has 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. In this module, you will cover:

    • 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.

    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. In this module, you will cover the following topics:

    • What is Yoga?
    • Introduction to 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 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 are turned off
    • Dinesh Chandra Shastri

      Dinesh began yoga at a very young age and has 15 years of learning and teaching yoga experience in India and other countries. He has studied all yoga practices, mantras, Vedas, Sanskrit, Bhagavath Gita in deep Hindu tradition, yogi life, and culture. He has a bachelor's degree in Sanskrit and obtained the title of Sashtri and a master's degree and successfully obtained the title of Ashariya. Dinesh is well versed in Hatha yoga, Astanga yoga, Sivananda yoga, Sukshambyayam yoga, and Laughter yoga.

    • Vivek Arya

      Having spent his life in the field of yoga, Yogi Vivek is considered the best teacher of Hatha yoga, Raja yoga, Swara yoga, and human anatomy. He has done his masters in yoga and psychology and is currently pursuing a doctorate in yoga itself. Naturopathy, pranic healing methods, and acupressure are some of the other methods on which he has received his education. His thirst for wisdom has made him quite knowledgeable in the philosophies of many religions and beliefs. In 2002, he went to the Himalayas to find meaning in his practice.

    • Prakash Ji

      Prakash is a master's degree holder in Hindi literature and yoga philosophy. He got the first experience of Samadhi at the age of seven, when he had a clear vision of his past life in the Himalayas. He completed his higher education in Agra and Haridwar Universities. He was initiated in Shansaracharya tradition through his master, Maharishi Mahesh, and spent many years with his guru, with whom he practiced the transcendental meditation. Yogi Budhi Prakash has 40 years of teaching experience of yoga all over the world and an extensive knowledge of Indian philosophy.

    • Mishra Ji

      Mishra holds a master's degree in philosophy from Agra University, a diploma in yoga education, and a bachelor's degree in physical education from Amaravathi University. He is a yogi with more than 25 years of experience in yoga and meditation. He has taught yoga in many countries around the world and founded the International Yoga and Meditation Academy. He also acts as an adviser for many institutions around the world.

    • Usha Vaishnava

      Dr. Usha Vaishnava, a guest Ayurveda doctor, has studied disciplines in Ayurveda and herbal medicine. She completed her five years and six months bachelor's degree in Ayurveda, medicine, and surgery, an internationally recognized degree in Ayurveda, from the famed 150-year old Ayurveda University in India. She then specialized in Panchakarma therapy at the world recognized Arya Vaidhya Sala, Kottakkal. For the last 14 years, she has been engaged in Ayurveda treatment, teaching, and training.

    • Amarna Anand

      Amarna, a guest meditation teacher, has done Osho meditation training courses in Osho International Meditation Resort in Pune, Maharashtra, India. He has well versed experiences in different levels of Osho meditation and has been teaching for many years all over India. Amarna goes on facilitating and sharing Osho meditations and visions. Currently, he is residing in Rishikesh and continues serving and sharing his knowledge from his Guruji Osho or Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh to students from all over the world. Students really enjoy his class and his dynamic way of teaching and performing.

    This yoga teacher training will take place in Kerala, India. The school is near the Papanasam Beach or Varkala Beach. Varkala is a well-known city of yoga and Ayurveda in the state of Kerala.

    This place is the best choice for the sun lovers, as it offers fresh air and a tranquilizing atmosphere. In Varkala and the areas around the school, there are varieties of grocery stores, shops selling daily needs, stores with imported foods, clothing shops, and all kinds of delicacies from the nearby restaurants. As for the spirituality of Kerala, there are still some historical and spiritual places remaining.

    Nearby places

    • Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 35 kilometers - 60 minutes
    Activities
    • Massage
    • Shopping nearby
    General
    • Beach nearby
    • Café nearby
    • Dining area
    • Kitchen
    • Restaurant nearby
    Services
    • Convenience / grocery store nearby
    • Wireless internet

    During this teacher training, three vegetarian meals will be served daily. All the food is cooked and served in a Satvic way, as food is essential for the body and mind, for the practice of yoga, and to achieve a healthy lifestyle. There is always variety on the menu, so you will not have any problem with food.

    Aside from the three meals provided each day, there will be two tea breaks. If you are allergic to a specific kind of food, you may let Om Shanti Om Yoga School know upon registration so that they can assist your diet accordingly.

    You will find all kinds of delicacies from the nearby restaurants, which offer Western, European, Russian, Israeli, Chinese, Mexican, and pure Indian food, as well as most popular seafoods. If you are a food lover, this place will feel like paradise to you.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    The following dietary requirements 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)

    One Ayurvedic massage is included during this yoga teacher training.

    • 1 Ayurvedic massage
    • 1 music concert
    • 3 daily vegetarian meals, except on Sundays
    • 26 nights accommodation
    • 200-hour certificate from Yoga Alliance USA
    • Airport transfer from Trivandrum International Airport (TRV)
    • All classes and workshops
    • All teaching materials and modules
    • Ashtanga Vinyasa primary to LED series
    • Yoga training course fee
    • Additional meals
    • Airfare
    • Personal expenses
    • Visa fee

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Om Shanti Om Yoga School will pick you up from the airport.

    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

    Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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      Review by Mark Brown from United Kingdom

      Practice in paradise

      CONS Cons: Only a few minor inconveniences of the Indian life style. But not even worth mentioning!!!

      PROS Pros: Everything, it completely changed my life!!!

      10 Value for money
      5 Accommodation & facilities
      7.5 Food
      10 Location
      10 Quality of activity
      10 Overall impression

      2017-May-02 14:41:48

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      Review by Mia Hoejsgaard from Denmark

      Keep a open mind

      CONS Cons: The school booked to many people to attend the course, so it was very crowed - people on retreat, 100h, 200h and 300h, everyone at the same time. The schedule was very confusing. Almost everything during the day changed, and i didn't get all my classes as promised on the website!!!!! The pic they have on the website is not correct, nothing looked like on the pic.

      PROS Pros: The teachers was excellent and very dedicated! I was lucky whit my "hotel" room.

      5 Value for money
      7.5 Accommodation & facilities
      2.5 Food
      7.5 Location
      5 Quality of activity
      5 Overall impression

      2017-May-02 13:33:50

    • B
      Review by Brent Stirling from Australia
      7.5 Value for money
      7.5 Accommodation & facilities
      5 Food
      7.5 Location
      7.5 Quality of activity
      7.5 Overall impression

      2017-Apr-23 05:19:26

    • M
      Review by Malene Palm from Denmark
      5 Value for money
      5 Accommodation & facilities
      7.5 Food
      10 Location
      5 Quality of activity
      5 Overall impression

      2017-Apr-07 14:52:14

    • Review by Kaisa K from Finland

      "My husband and I went to Om Shanti Om to for a 7 day-retreat from Finland. The retreat was my husband's birthday present for my 40th birthday, and the yoga school took the occasion very beautifully into account! The contact with Om Shanti Om was very easy and friendly starting from the moment we inquired about the retreat. It was our first time in India and we felt very safe receiving the needed information right from the beginning."

      "For most days we had daily program including yoga (mantras, asana, pranayama, meditation and philosophy). In addition, we had very nice excursions to temples, the sacred Ganga seremony, sunrise at Himalaya, waterfalls (one of the starting points of Ganga river). Even if our days were filled with programme, we experienced quite a lot of Rishikesh and around! The resting time after lunch gave us additional opportunities to wander on the streets, sit on the benches of Ganga and look at the numerous shops and cafes. Also we often went to get the massages that the retreat included, very relaxing! "

      "The yoga practice was at the same time challenging and joyful! We practiced partly together with the yoga teacher trainees and partly on separate classes. I am a yoga teacher myself, but my husband had practiced yoga irregularly for a couple of years. We both loved Yogi Dinesh Chandler's spirit, ability to be fully present to his students, his profound knowledge of yoga and flexibility to take into account different student's needs, abilities and challenges. We especially cherished the way in which he managed to combine the seriousness of yoga practice to a great sense of humor and laughter. I even now smile recalling his classes :)! The first days I had pain in piriformis-muscle and could not do all the dynamic poses. He was very considerate always reminding students not to push too hard respecting their limitations. "

      "We learned new, fruitful aspects of pranayama (the breathing excercises), yoga philosophy and the meditation (taught by Priya, the "mother" of the yoga school). We loved the morning mantras and rituals by Yogi Dinesh that are not so common in Europe. They really brought us to the roots and ancient spirituality of yoga. For us, it was very beautiful to experience yoga in Rishikesh where its roots are and where yoga is not about "feeling good" at the moment, but practicing good life long-term. It is sometimes laborous, but will give you the deep, inner experience calmness, contentment and smile accompanied with the energized body and mind. "

      "Om Shanti Om is located very near the Ganga river, walking distance from many shops, restaurants and cafes. Our accommodation (included in the retreat) was about 5-minute walk away in a small hotel that was very suitable for our needs and on the way we would experience the richness of India that we loved (all kinds of people, animals, vehicles, foods, fabrics etc.). The food was served at a small organic restaurant called The Soul Kitchen that was right above the yoga school. The food was very clean and tasty vegetarian food! Although not in other places, at the Soul Kitchen we also ate the fresh fruits and vegetables without a slightest issue. "

      "In all, the week at Om Shanti Om was transformative for both of us. Yogi Dinesh and Priya are a charming, soulful couple for whom yoga is not just a practice, but life. They run their school as a family business which adds personal warmth to the experience. Hemu and Kapil, the two men working at the school were wonderful guides for us in some of the excursions. The whole week we felt very well taken care of. Now a week after our departure, we talk about our experiences at Om Shanti Om every day and have taken some of the little rituals and practices as part of our life here in Finland. We will definitely go back, I think about it every day. This was the best trip we have ever done (and we travel quite a lot :)! We warmly recommend the retreat for anyone interesting in deepening their knowledge and practice in yoga. As a yoga teacher, I can fully recommend the quality and the spirit of training teachers. Yogi Dinesh is a great teacher."

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    • Review by Taylor Simmons from Los Angeles, CA

      "Om Shanti Om was a truly amazing. Dinesh and Priya are lovely. The energy at the place is so welcoming and all of the participants are so nice. I would recommend this place to everyone. They really make you feel like family. Thank you! "

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    • Review by Michael Bradshaw from Bangkok, Thailand

      "The class and staff were top notch. The classes were professional, fun, and challenging. Yogi Dinesh has a fantastic reputation throughout Rishikesh and once you take one of his classes you will quickly find out why. He can teach beginners, intermediates, and advanced students in same class and everyone is kept busy and intrigued. Priya is incredibly helpful with bookings and making sure everything runs smoothly. The hotel is very nice, as well, and pricing is very good for the experience you get."

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    • Review by Vanda Gallova from Slovakia

      "My YTTC in Om Shanti Om Yoga school in Rishikesh was amazing from first day to the last! The place is very nice and has good energy. The teachers are all great very qualified speaking good English and take care so one can clearly understand everything! They take great care to teach you real yoga! Yogi Dinesh is an amazing person with very high yoga skills and I believe that everybody will be 100% satisfied with his teaching methods! "

      "Food is amazing too! I love the chef in Soul Kitchen he is truly an amazing chef and prepare healthy and tasty meals. "

      "I'm very thankful to be able to experience this amazing place! "

      "I'm giving Om Shanti Om Yoga -0 from 10 stars without any doubts!"

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    • Review by Gaurav

      "I will write the review according to different areas :"

      "1. School and Teachers"

      "According to information from your website, it stated that we will be taught by very much experienced teachers, but when we started the course, we had teachers having 4-5 years of experience - this was not as given on website neither conveyed to us earlier. It was told that yogi Dinesh had some personal problems so the course is taken by Akshi yoga school which is his brother's school. This was told only when we asked him as we could not see any transparency."

      "But the teachers were really good, had knowledge, but there was no coordination in between teachers, so we are taught the same thing multiple times by different teachers, so we learnt same things again and again. As teachers were absent we missed many classes. We did proper yoga learning only for 15 days, so it was waste of money. It was teaching for the last 15 days and we didn't learn anything new."

      "2. Study material"

      "After asking for 4-5 times, we finally got the study material one day before the end of course."

      "3. Accommodation and Food"

      "It was away from the crowd noise, so it was pleasant to stay and do yoga. But, the rooms had no mirror, I had to ask 5 times to the manager to give me mirror and then got one, there was problem with flush which was not resolved at all. There was no generator / inverter and there were many times when electricity was not there. It was very difficult to sleep without fans, even after getting tired doing yoga. Food was really good for the first 2 weeks with lots of variety but the last 2 weeks of course, it was spicy, no variety, no quality unlike it was in first 2 weeks."

      "4. WiFi"

      "We had WiFi problems throughout the course. First, because the monkeys broke the wire and secondly, the internet never worked properly even if the WiFi was connected."

      "5. Transport from airport to school"

      "Many people got free transport from Delhi airport to the school, but it was not conveyed to me, nor did they agree after i asked them about it. After asking other students, it was understood that there was free service."

      "6. Environment"

      "It was really positive environment in our school and all teachers had enough knowledge about yoga and were positive."

      "But finally, it was not worth for paying so much money and you get to learn only for 15 days because the last 15 days were for student teaching."

      "Organizer Response:"

      "Thanks for joining us and providing a review. We always do our best in organising this teacher training course however we will try to clear this point of view from the customer."

      "Teachers are knowledgeable according to their understanding and maturity but never judge teacher with their years of experience. Presentations to students is more important than the years of experience."

      "The accommodation is well equipped however some technical problem cannot be avoided and it commonly occur during the usage, so customer please give time to resettle the matter. "

      "Foods are prepared according to different cuisine and seasonally."

      "The airport transfer is stated clearly that it is chargeable and not free."

      "According to the schedule, students teaching was given only 7 days so that all students should participate in the teaching in order to build their self confidence when completed the course."

      "I am sure students get deep knowledge in end of this course , apart from this minor problems. However those issues are highlighted will be upgraded. Thank you."

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    Testimonials

    • Review by Natalie Holmes

      "The course is thorough and all-encompassing, prioritizing students’ needs and positive experiences. The teachers are extremely passionate and knowledgeable, and their joy at sharing their wisdom is infectious. Whether you want to teach yoga or deepen your practice, Om Shanti Om is the school, Rishikesh is the place, and self-knowledge is the destination."

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    • Review by Prince Hemu Masant

      "Om Shanti Om is a nice school of yoga in Rishikesh, India. I am learning yoga here with guru ji Yogi Dinesh, who is a good teacher with 18 years yoga experience."

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    • Review by Yuqin from Redwood City, California

      "A journey that I had always wanted, a peaceful and meaningful one. Rishikesh surprised me with its crowds and abundant choices in yoga schools. I booked with Om Shanti school for a seven-day retreat and loved it. Everyone in the studio is very very nice, helpful and sweet. Yogi Dinesh is absolutely a master in his field, his wife Priya is a gentle spirit, and always smiling, Hemu and his humble friends... above all that, I had a room overlooking the Ganga river and Himalaya, couldn't ask for more. Thank you Om Shanti for a wonderful beginning of 2017."

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    • Review by Eryn Johnson

      "I have done my 200-hour training here at Om Shanti Om Yoga School. Yogi Dinesh and Priya are fantastic teachers and leaders and the course is a great blend of many different classes- asana, pranayama, philosophy, alignment, ayurveda, satsang, anatomy, meditation, etc. You can also come drop in for a yoga class in the morning and afternoon or a meditation in the evening!! Lovely place."

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    • Review by Vanda Dita Gallo

      "My 200h TTC was amazing! One of the BEST experiences of my life. Teachers are very nice, kind, have a lot of knowledge and good English skills, so everything is clear. There are different lessons like philosophy, Ayurveda, anatomy, different types of meditation techniques and of course Prana Yama. Yogi Dinesh is a true yogi with all the right life principles and high yoga skills that he's ready to share witch each and every student! There are many schools in Rishikesh, but I highly recommend this school if you are interested in learning the best that yoga teacher training offers. I'm very thankful to have been there."

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    • Review by Gitte Grove Poulsen

      "I will never be able to properly express how much I loved my time at Om Shanti Om, so consider this my best try. Becoming a yoga teacher has truly changed my life and it will change yours too. Priya and Dinesh are the loveliest people, who genuinely care about the well-being of their students. They are wonderful teachers and great role models. I wouldn't have wanted my teacher training anywhere else. Thank you so much to Om Shanti Om for the experience of a lifetime."

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    • Review by Mihaela Constantin

      "Om Shanti Om! Was for me the Gateway to a real Yogy experience! I found here amazing and dedicated people that are a living example of what a Yogi should be. I expanded my knowledge and I refined my yoga practice . Thank you Dinesh and Priya for this wonderful experience and looking forward to see you for 300 TTC. Namaste!"

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    • Review by Sandra Woznicki from Putnam, Connecticut, USA

      "I practiced here for two weeks, last year, and had an amazing experience. I hope I can come back some day!"

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    • Review by Julian from Cambridge, UK

      "I had a truly wonderful time at Akshi Yogashala courtesy of Om Shanti Om. This week followed a wonderful experience with another yoga school the week before which left me with high expectations. I was not disappointed in any respect and Priya, Dinesh and Vivek from Akshi took extremely good care of me and made me feel so welcome. The 7 day retreat was a perfect balance of fantastic yoga from varied instructors, really good food in a very friendly setting and wonderful company from all of the other guests and completed everything I was looking for from my second experience in India. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting an impactful and deeply relaxing retreat."

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    • Review by Brittney Betzer from New York City, USA

      "I loved this beautiful little space and the massively talented and knowledgeable Dinesh. The classes were so well paced, thoughtful, fun, challenging and energizing. It was really fun to practice alongside the current YTT students, was so excited for them and also envious of their experience. Can't wait to visit Om Shanti Om again soon and would love to see Dinesh in NYC!"

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    • Review by John Lee

      "Very cool Asana sequences. Dinesh you are so creative and joyful in your lessons :-) Thank you for letting my own creativeness explore so many varieties."

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    • Review by Ethel Saul

      "From the moment I walked in, I knew I made the right choice for yoga teacher training school. Yogi Dinesh and Priya took us into their home and treated us like family. Soul kitchen added to that family atmosphere with heart warming delicious meals. Learning yoga philosophy helped me to understand not only yoga on a deeper level, but a better understanding of the purpose of life. Yogi Dinesh's dynamic classes are sought out by visitors outside the school who comment that it is the best class in town. Because of the constant attention with each student and emphasis on meditation, alignment, safety, breath and beautiful chanting, the Union of body and mind through breath is easily achieved. The location of the school is on the holy Ganges River where we spent time doing ceremonies, yoga, studying and just being. Bring pants to cover the knees and shirts that cover the shoulders when in class. Also, it gets cold in November. Anything that is needed is within a five-minute walk along the river. Namaste!"

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    • Review by Crispian Jackson

      "Loved the experience of improving my yoga with Dinesh. The classes where fantastic, challenging, informative, educational and most importantly fun, with plenty of laughter. Thank you so much, I will be back!"

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    • Review by Carlus Taga from Girona, Spain

      "It was a great experience in Rishikesh doing yoga with Dinesh. The classes are very funny and adaptable to everybody from beginners to advanced-level guests."

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    • Review by Tomomi Seo from Yokote, Akita, Japan

      "This is an amazing school for yoga teacher training course! I am a typical asana loving girl who has been enjoying Dinesh's hatha yoga classes! He is very funny, friendly and good at teaching in details. You can drop in his class and you will definitely love it! Thanks to YTTC curriculum, I like other classes, such as pranayama, anatomy, ayurveda, mantra and meditation as well now. I strongly recommend this school to those who are interested in yoga and YTTC."

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    • Review by Joelle Haddad from Abu Dhabi, UAE

      "I really enjoyed my 200 hour TTC course in Om Shanti Om! The teachers are all very knowledgeable and kind, the syllabus is very comprehensive and the food is amazing! Priya and Dinesh really go out of their way to make sure everyone is comfortable and taken care of. The most comfortable home away from home."

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    • Review by Eryn Nicole from Seaford, Delaware, USA

      "Such an incredible experience. I'm so happy I came here for my 200-hour training!! Dinesh and Priya are the loveliest people and do a great job with the course. And the food is so good!! Definitely recommend!!"

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    • Review by Yotham Hakol Tov

      "Without a doubt - the best school in Rishikesh! Try it!"

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    • Review by Maria Dela Cruz from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

      "Fantastic teacher, fantastic staff! Gurus Dinesh and Priya are the best! Come and experience true traditional Hatha Yoga, philosophy and much more!"

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    • Review by Maria Malakhova from Moscow, Russia

      "Wonderful yoga school! Here, I got the best yoga experience I have ever had before! Good asanas practice, as well as spiritual practice. Dinesh Ji is an amazing teacher, very good, skilled, and with a splendid personality! And Dinesh's Guru Swami Yogananda Maharaj Ji is a really divine soul! I practiced yoga at Om Shanti Om in 2014 and hope to come again this winter!"

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    • Review by Kristen Thiess

      "Doing my 200-hour teacher training course at Om Shanti Om was such a great experience! Dinesh is an amazing teacher, informative and fun! He changed my life. Rishikesh is the place to come. I will definitely come back to Om Shanti Om to complete my 300-hour teacher training course!"

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    • Review by Lynsey Smith

      "I did my 200-hour yoga teacher training here, it was a challenging but amazing and rewarding experience. It was a professionally-run course with wonderful teachers. Thank you, Dinesh and Priya, for everything I learned from you."

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    • Review by Tytti Nurmikolu

      "What a lovely place! The three yoga classes are amazingly good and the atmosphere is warm. Everybody is welcome! I give it five stars!"

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    • Review by Cassie J. Richards

      "I really enjoyed this course and got so much out of it! I highly recommend it and I am already trying to plan a way to come back to do my 300 hours. The yoga is well taught and pushes you to levels where you can only improve. Thanks to Pria and Dinesh for the amazing experience!"

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    • Review by Candace Adachi from Chigasaki, Japan

      "Wonderful school and warm generous couple. Priya and Dinesh made my stay in Rishikesh very enjoyable and rewarding. The course was more than I expected and the quality of the yoga was excellent. I will be forever grateful for this experience. I highly recommend this school for an authentic learning experience."

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    • Review by Elizaveta Keleynova

      "Everything was great. It was the best experience ever!"

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    • Review by Angela Holzer

      "This was a fabulous yoga teacher training program. You will not be disappointed!"

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    • Review by Astrid Elkin

      "Excellent location, fantastic teachers, and very good and creative organic food. I was looking for a true Hatha yoga school and this is what you will find here. The yoga classes conducted by Yogi Dinesh are truly inspiring and have a very professional approach. The teacher training course is packed, diversified and keeps you busy during the long day. I find I have been extremely lucky to have chosen to take my teacher training course here! I warmly recommend this place."

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    • Review by Isabelle Basoni

      "I did my 300-hour training course in six weeks in February and March 2016 with Om Shanti Om. I had already done the first 200 hours in France, and the teachings I have received with Om Shanti Om and the different teachers have really helped me to improve my practice and knowledge on yoga and philosophy. Dinesh and his lovely wife Priya teach with love and professionalism, they do their best to give the students a very good yoga training and knowledge about India. On Sunday, they took us to visit Rishikesh. I spent six very beautiful weeks with them and I plan to come back to Rishikesh very soon. Lots of thanks to them. Om Namah Shiva."

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    • Review by Yogi Lalit

      "The best yoga teacher training school in Rishikesh, India. I did the yoga training here, it was so awesome. I love it!"

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    • Review by Ariel Talts

      "Loved my teacher training experience! Such a lovely family, from the restaurant to the guesthouse to the yoga studio itself!"

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    • Review by Himanshu Masant

      "I only want to say it is the best school for yoga students in Rishikesh. They have good teachers."

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    • Review by a traveler

      "I did my teacher training at Om Shanti Om school and it was a really great experience! It is the best place in Rishikesh to learn yoga. I loved the mantra, adjustment, meditation, and practice classes. A good place to do your training. Thank you, Dinesh and Priya."

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    • Review by Fendor Dorka

      "Om Shanti Om Yoga School is a very professional place to study yoga. Their teacher training is great. Dinesh and Priya are taking such good care of everyone and are so helpful with everything you may need during your stay. The food from Soulkitchen, where you eat if you book everything included, is vegan, different every day, and delicious. All the teachers are real professionals, each one in their subject. The meditations with Priya are wonderful. I can only recommend Om Shanti Om for a teacher training. Rishikesh is the best place to do this, anyway. Thank you!"

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    • Review by Pankaj Rana

      "A professional yoga teacher training school in Rishikesh: I just heard this after joining Om Shanti Om's yoga teacher training course, which I really loved a lot. Thank you, Om Shanti Om Yoga School, for changing my life by yoga!"

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    • Review by Pravesh Jakhmola

      "Professional yoga teacher training school in Rishikesh. A real yoga guru I have really met. Thanks, Om Shanti Om Yoga School, Rishikesh."

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    • Review by Virginia from California, USA

      "Very beautiful classes with precise and gentle adjustments from a very dedicated yogi, Yogi Dinesh. I wish you all the best."

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    • Review by Luke from Australia

      "Om Shanti Om has fantastic teachers. I feel like flying like an eagle after two weeks here. I wish you peace, light, and love."

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    • Review by Saurabh Awasthi

      "A professional yoga teacher school in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand."

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    • Review by Amit Ghildiyal

      "The best yoga school in Rishikesh. I loved the way you teach. Thanks, Om Shanti Om Yoga School!"

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    • Review by Rahul Chauhan

      "I can tell from my own experience that this is the best yoga training school. It is lovely!"

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    • Review by Christopher from Germany

      "Thank you so much, Dinesh and Priya! Eight weeks ago, I came here with so little flexibility and very basic knowledge. Now, after five weeks of teacher training course, I will go home with so much more. More silence inside my mind and body, more flexibility, and much more detailed knowledge about yoga philosophy. The Ayurveda lessons were very helpful and I also have so much more experience in asanas, meditation, and breathing techniques."

      "I was not planning to teach, I started this course just as an intensive one for myself, but I wish to thank you for your love, your confidence, and your funny and authentic techniques. I will really continue for myself and I have already invited some friends for free classes to practice teaching and keep in yog, union, with myself."

      "Thanks again so much!"

      "Namaste!"

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    • Review by Inge from Switzerland

      "Dearest Dinesh and Priya,"

      "I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for your patience, wisdom, kindness, knowledge, love, and compassion. I feel truly grateful and blessed for being able to receive your knowledge and being your student at Om Shanti Om. You are both beautiful souls, stay that way."

      "Much love and light."

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    • Review by Yarden from Israel

      "Thank you for the amazing five weeks in this teacher training course. I learned so much, I cannot explain it in words. This place is made with love and I could feel it in my first yoga lesson with Yogi Dinesh. I now have a lot of tools to help me continue my practice in my country and to share this knowledge with other people. I will be grateful to you forever for the peace and real happiness that I found here at Om Shanti Om."

      "You say that we are not supposed to get attached but I did! I cannot wait for my next visit here!"

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    • Review by Barbara from Belgium

      "Om Shanti Om Yoga School is the best choice I could have made! Yogi Dinesh, Priya, and the whole team of gurujis not only shared their knowledge with us, but they took care of our personal needs as well! You will feel welcome here and take home a heart full of health, happiness, and peace!"

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    • Review by Danielle from Spain

      "Dinesh Ji, the yoga class was awesome. Doing this made me very happy. I hope to do this again, you are the best."

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    • Review by Anastasya Cherevko from Kiev, Ukraine

      "Amazing place, for sure made with love. Two weeks of training passed with one breath, but left deep impression. And I will be always grateful to the most inspiring teacher I've ever met-Yogi Dinesh- for this unforgettable adventure and for leading in love-full and peaceful way. Special thanks to Priya for warm heart and best example of true femininity, and to Amarna Anand for opening hearts in amazing Osho's meditations. Namaste! All the blessings to your school!"

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    • Review by Esra

      "I had an absolutely amazing time during the 200-hour yoga teacher training at Om Shanti Om registered yoga school in Rishikesh, January 2016. Traveling to India to learn yoga was one of best decisions in my life. Many thanks to Yogi Ji Dinesh Shastri for the meditation classes, to Mrs. Priya for the yoga philosophy classes, to Guru Buddhi Prakesh Ji, who was a student of Maharshi Mahesh yogi's ashram for 20 years, known as The Beatles ashram, and to Swami Yogi Yogendra Mishra for the Ayurveda classes. Thanks to Dr. Ushs Vaishnava for all your support. They are all Indian and were raised with the philosophies that they teach at the school. I also had the chance to meet people from all around the world who came here to join the yoga teacher training course. There is no need to mention the delicious food and comfortable accommodation provided by the school. I will definitely come back. Namaste."

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    • Review by Suresh Nautiyal

      "Doing yoga with Yogi Dinesh is not like doing an exercise class. He takes your body and soul on a whole new journey every time, where you get to experience yourself on a different level. You always leave his class with sadness that it has ended but also with a smile of the inner joy it has produced. Thank you, Yogi Dinesh and your whole team, for the best support. I want to give a title name for your school: professional yoga teacher training in Rishikesh."

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    • Review by Ayush Thapliyal

      "Professional yoga teacher training school in Rishikesh; I heard this term from all the students from here and I really knew it was true when I came here. Thanks, Om Shanti Om Yoga School!"

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    • Review by Louise Roy

      "Such friendly people and really great classes!"

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    • Review by Anusuya Juyal

      "The best yoga teacher training school in Rishikesh. Join here now, hurry up!"

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    • Review by Olga Shumakova from Russia

      "The teachers are great! The subjects are interesting, there are Ayurveda classes, where you can find your type of dosha; pranayama to explore your breath; meditation, you should try the best one, yoga Nidra; mantra chanting; and yoga philosophy. Thanks to the teachers for the interesting presentations and anatomical yoga therapy. There is yoga practice every day, we had three hours of yoga and special subject yoga teaching methodology. Big thanks to Yogi Dinesh Chander for Sunday pranayama. Thanks a lot to Om Shanti Om!"

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    • Review by Charlie from United Kingdom

      "When I came, I was a student. Today, I am leaving as a teacher but I will always be a student of Om Shanti Om. Thank you for everything!"

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    • Review by Jessica Todd from London, UK

      "After weeks of research, I finally decided to do my 200-hour teacher training course at Om Shanti Om Yoga. I arrived at Om Shanti Om's idyllic yoga village with a warm welcome and a cup of chai. The course started the next morning at dawn; it was a day filled with intense yoga practice, insightful lectures, and self-discovery within your own practice and others. The relaxed atmosphere at the shala and vast knowledge and experience of the teachers were truly inspiring."

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    • Review by Julia from Europe

      "What an amazing experience! I completed the 200-hour yoga teacher training course in December and absolutely loved every minute of it. My practice has never been so good and I left the course much stronger than before. The teachers had me working harder than ever and I achieved so much during the four weeks. I completed the course and stayed in Putnem to teach drop-in classes at Om Shanti Om Yoga. I cannot wait to return!"

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    • Review by Lauren Pitts from USA

      "I came to Om Shanti Om yoga teacher training course for one month and underwent a life-changing experience. I saw my physical practice improve greatly over the four-week course, as well as my attitude and understanding of yoga and the philosophy behind it. Om Shanti Om has a unique style of teaching, which encourages you to push yourself to your personal maximum using their knowledge and support."

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    • Review by Kay

      "I did the three-week intensive course at Om Shanti Om Yoga like a yoga holiday in India. Having been practicing yoga for less than a year, my intention was to practice more intensively so that I would become more flexible on my tight hamstrings and back. What l have learned was much more profound than just loosening my tight hamstrings. Thank you very much and I hope to see you again on the mat!"

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    • Review by Niva Sharabi from Israel

      "Five weeks passed so quickly for me because every day was so interesting. I enjoyed learning new things in my yoga teacher training course. Om Shanti Om is a warm place that gives their students as much help as possible. The course was professional with important classes for me. I learned a lot and have many things to take with me for my life and for my teaching experience."

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    • Review by Eugeniu Gurduza from Israel

      "My experience at Om Shanti Om was wonderful. I studied in a very calm and peaceful environment and with excellent teachers. We started with yoga asanas and satsangs with Yogi Dinesh, then, we went through yoga Nidra meditation with Sarah, and, finally, we took Ayurveda classes with the best doctor around here. I have improved a lot physically and spiritually and got a lot of practical knowledge to take with me back home. I recommend this school to everyone who is looking for deep yogic knowledge or just wants to feel nice with their body to come, study, and enjoy your stay at Om Shanti Om."

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    • Review by Swetlana Vorobeva from Russia

      "Great thanks to all the teachers from Om Shanti Om Yoga School and especially to Dinesh for wonderful, unforgettable yoga classes and all the knowledge I got during my study! Om Shanti Om is gorgeous, filled with skilled teachers, high-level yoga practice, and a real magical atmosphere. I sincerely wish all people who have begun to study yoga, both beginners on the great yoga path and those who are already in love with yoga, meet Dinesh and his Om Shanti Om Yoga School. Once you come to Om Shanti Om, you will always love this school. We love you, Dinesh!"

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    • Review by Pavel Sysoev from Russia

      "I have known Dinesh for a long time and my dream about the perfect yoga course came true when I visited Rishikesh again. My teacher training course of five weeks was an incredible experience in my yoga life. Each day was unrepeatable. The course helped me to improve my asanas, to get more knowledge about philosophy, to meet a lot of new friends, and to understand more about Indian culture and lifestyle. Great thanks to all the teachers at Om Shanti Om, who know the best way to learn yoga and everything about that. And special thanks to Sarah; without you, Om Shanti Om would never be what it is, you make Om Shanti Om have peace. I wish Dinesh and Om Shanti Om keep being the best yoga school in Rishikesh forever."

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    • Review by Sebastian Goldsmith from Australia

      "From my first few classes at Om Shanti Om, I already felt as if I was a member of the family. I will cherish the memories of the three months I spent with this family for the rest of my life. I look forward to returning to Om Shanti Om over the years to harvest the valuable and vast knowledge that Yogi Dinesh has to offer. I feel that after my three months of learning under the guidance of Yogi Dinesh, I have learned not only the practice of asanas, meditation, and mantra, but I even learned a way of life that brings me closer to God with each moment."

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