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8 Days Beginner Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

Om Yoga International, Kailashanand Mission Trust, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh 249137, India

India Traditional Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga is a sacred knowledge practiced through centuries. The beginner's course offered at Om Yoga International is designed in a well-elaborated and systematical manner that includes the practice of asanas, pranayama, meditation, and yogic philosophy so beginners can accomplish and explore the full benefits of yoga. Proper guidance is provided to the students at each and every step by defining the dos and don'ts of yoga. Come and learn real Indian traditional yoga with them!

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  • Daily yoga practices
  • Various classes to deepen your knowledge
  • Anatomy, physiology, and yoga philosophy classes
  • Pranayama, meditation, and mantra chanting sessions
  • Plenty of time for self-study and self-practice
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi, Japanese, Sanskrit
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Lobby
  • Lounge

During this training, you will stay in a shared, private, or double room at the ashram in Om Yoga International. The rooms offer hot water, a clean toilet, toiletries, warm conditions during cold seasons, and security in the area. The rooms have a fan and are well ventilated.

If you would like to stay in a single or double hotel room, Om Yoga International also offers you a private accommodation, with air-conditioning, either in a deluxe room or an apartment, for an additional cost. Please send an inquiry and the institute will be pleased to offer you a quotation, for the hotel accommodation option.

Please note that sometimes the power goes off in the whole Rishikesh. During these moments, you will have light in your rooms, but the Internet may stop working for a while. In such cases, you should not worry, as it usually comes back in a few minutes. Otherwise, please ask the ashram manager to assist you and provide the Internet stick.

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.


Learn the meaning of yoga

You might have seen frequently or listened that not all people can do yoga. Why? Because they cannot touch their toes or foot. Then, let Om Yoga International clear this up; yoga is not about touching the toes or foot, yoga is something different. It is about reaching somewhere deep within you. It is about knowing you: who are you?

Ofcourse, there might be a lot of people whose bodies are flexible and can touch any part of their body from anywhere. Don't worry, you can also. But it doesn't mean that if you cannot touch toes or foot, you cannot do yoga. Yoga is meant for all the age groups. As yoga is not merely doing asanas or Pranayama, so a person of any age group can go for yoga.

  • Wake up early in the morning: It is best advisable to practice yoga at the time of sunrise. So, one should develop a habit of getting up early in the morning to achieve its better results.
  • Develop a daily habit of practice: Before going for yoga, one should make a mind for the regular practice. There should not be any excuses for the delay. One must be consistent with the practice of yoga daily.
  • Should not let down the motivation: You might have heard frequently from the people practicing yoga that you cannot do asanas very well as others can do as your body doesn't allow you. And to do yoga, one should not have this negative thinking. You should say that you can do it. If not today then tomorrow.
  • Focus on the breath: While practicing yoga, focus your attention on the ingoing and outgoing breath. And don't play with the asanas or pranayama.
  • Learn under the guidance of a teacher: It is advisable for beginners to start practicing yoga under the guidance of a teacher. As practicing yoga postures or pranayama without having any knowledge can be dangerous for you.
  • Consult a doctor: Before starting your yoga practices, it is better to consult a doctor if you suffer from any diseases. Also, you should inform your yoga consultant about your medication sufferings so that the teacher can take care of your yoga poses.
  • Light stomach: Before starting yoga, your stomach should be empty. It's better to have your meals three to four hours prior to practice.
  • Keep smiling: Notice the changes in you. Practicing yoga with a smile and without a smile. Smile relaxes your whole body and mind even your body is paining while doing any yoga pose. So, remember your one smile takes you miles away from stress.
  • Don't be in a hurry to complete: Never be in a hurry to complete yoga. Do as much as you can but in a proper way and always, in the end, relax for a while and lie down for a few minutes to relax your entire body. With regular and consistent practice, you will be able to feel the subtler change within you.

8 days activities

  • Daily Vedic mantras chanting
  • Daily Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Hatha style asanas instruction session
  • Daily pranayama and guided meditation session
  • Shatkriyas practice
  • Introductory study of ancient yogic philosophy: Bhavana yoga (Jnana yoga, Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga, and Raja yoga)
  • Introductory study of Indian traditional yoga philosophy: Pranasamyamana yoga (Ashtanga and Hatha yoga)
  • Practical and theoretical sessions for stress relief
  • Practical and theoretical sessions for living life happily (happiness session)
  • Practical and theoretical session for ”Art of Living” (way to live a life)
  • Some special sessions to guide to practice yoga in daily life (teach yourself yoga)
  • Anatomy and physiology session

Curriculum of yoga course

Center guides its students to change their way of thinking and lifestyle with the help of yoga. Also, to understand the art of living in this stressful society and can adapt the yoga practices in their daily life to explore the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga and can leave a stress free life.

Ashtanga and Hatha yoga asanas

Coverage: alignment, adjustment, anatomy, and Drishti

  • Sun salutation: Hatha style
  • Meditative asanas: Sukhasana, Ardhpadmasana, Padmasana, Siddhasana, Swastikasana, and Vajrasana
  • Relaxative Asanas: Relaxed Taadasana, Dandasana, Makrasana, and Savasana

Practice of asanas for beginners

  • Moon salutation
  • Sun salutation: Ashtanga style

Standing asanas

  • Tadasana
  • Vrksasana
  • Padhastasana
  • Chakrasana
  • Ardhchakrasana
  • Parivritta Trikonasana
  • Parsv Chakrasana
  • Veerbhadrasana 2 and 3
  • Trikonasana
  • Parsvkonasana
  • Veerbhadrasana - 1
  • Parsvottanasana
  • Ardh Chandrasana
  • Natrajasana
  • Ek Pad Prasarnasana
  • Utkatasana
  • Side sit-ups
  • Samakonasana
  • Hanumanasana
  • Adhomukhsvanasana

Seated asanas

  • Janushirshasana
  • Yoga Mudra
  • Paschimottanasana
  • Butterfly pose
  • Purvottanasana
  • Baddha Konasana
  • Vakrasana
  • Ustrasana
  • SuptVajrasana
  • Bakasana
  • Ardh Matsyendrasana
  • Upavistha Konasana
  • Urdhav Mukh Paschimottanasana
  • Nauka Sanchalan
  • Ankle Rotation
  • Chakki Sanchalan
  • Simhasana
  • Marjarasana
  • Moolbandhasana
  • Gomukhasana

Prone series

  • Bhujangasana
  • Bhujangasana A and B
  • Salabhasana
  • Ek Padh Salabhasana
  • Navasana
  • Dhanurasana

Supine series

  • Pawanmuktasana
  • Lumbar stretch
  • Suptpadangusthasana
  • Ardh Halasana
  • Sarvangasana
  • Ek Padh Sarvangasana
  • Matsyasana
  • Halaasana
  • Naukaasana

This is the list of some of the asanas that will be taught along with their variations depending upon the individual's body and their flexibility.

Pranayama and different types of meditation (primary level)

  • Bhastrika
  • Nadi Shodhan
  • Surya Bhedan
  • Chandra Bhedan
  • Anulom Viloma
  • Ujjai
  • Sitkari
  • Sitali
  • Bhramri
  • Tips for developing concentration
  • Cyclic meditation
  • Breath awareness

Kriyas - cleansing process

  • Kapalbhati
  • Jal Neti
  • Rubber Neti
  • Trataka

Other practices

  • Laughing yoga
  • Outdoor yoga at the bank of Ganges (depending on weather)
  • Video session explaining the secret of meditation

Anatomy and physiology of yogic practice

  • Formation of body
  • Respiratory system
  • Spinal cord anatomy and physiology
  • Different muscles and body parts required while doing the asanas

Traditional yoga philosophy

  • Vedic mantras chanting
  • What is yoga?
  • History of yoga
  • Types of yoga (Bhavana yoga, Pranasamyamana yoga)
  • Principles and necessity of yoga
  • Yogic diet (Sattvic, rajasic, and Tamasic)
  • Sattvic, Rajasic and Tamasic yoga
  • Concept of thinking and happiness
  • Asanas: Definition, types, category
  • Anatomy of each category of asanas
  • Detailed study and adjustment practice of asanas
  • Role of asanas in yoga
  • Difference between asana and exercise
  • What is pranayama, its features
  • Different types of pranayama: Study and practice
  • Role of pranayama in yoga


Last part of training criteria is an evaluation which will be evaluated based on the behavior of a student. Each student’s social behavior is of great importance. Students will be assessed on their behavior and these behavioral observations will be considered in their yoga teacher training certificate. Along with this their dedication in theoretical and practical sessions will also be taken into account.

Daily schedule

Course schedule is subject to change depending on the situation. Some classes may vary but hours per day and class content class will remain the same. There are no class schedules for Sundays, you may opt it for outings or relaxation as per your desire.

  • 05:15 - 06:00 Wake up, freshen up, and relax
  • 06:00 - 06:30 Cleansing action
  • 06:30 - 06:45 Herbal tea
  • 07:00 - 08:00 Ashtanga yoga and Vinyasa style asanas session
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Pranyama, meditation, and mantras chanting session
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Freshen up and breakfast
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Leisure time
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Traditonal yoga philosophy session
  • 11:30 - 12:15 Anatomy and physiology session
  • 12:30 - 13:15 Lunch time
  • 13:15 - 14:45 Reset time
  • 14:45 - 15:05 Freshen up and ready for next session
  • 15:15 - 16:00 Asanas alignment and adjustment session
  • 16:15 - 18:15 Hatha yoga style asanas session
  • 18:15 - 19:00 Self-practice / QnA session
  • 19:00 - 19:15 Freshen up
  • 19:15 - 20:00 Dinner time
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Personal time
  • 21:00 - 22:30 Self-study
  • 22:30 - 05:15 Sleeping time


Radhika Sharan

Retreat location

Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh is located at Laxman Jhula. The place is an ancient spiritual place located on the banks of Ganga River. One can enjoy a beautiful view of Ganga Ji from the yoga hall as well as the roof of the building.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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During this yoga training, you will be served with three daily delicious and healthy vegetarian meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Filtered water, herbal tea, and snacks are also available. The menu is creative and balanced with proteins so you feel full and satisfied.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • 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)

  • Full body massage
  • Steam bath, hip bath
  • Panch karma
  • Shirodhara
  • Shopping
  • Visit nearby temples and shrines

What's included

  • Course fee
  • Certificate fee
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Snacks and drinks (filtered water, herbal tea)
  • Yoga textbook, 1 notebook, 1 pen
  • Yoga mat
  • Cleansing action kit
  • Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional meals and activities
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Om Yoga International can pick you up if you send your flight details in advance.

Arrival by bus

Buses to Haridwar-Rishikesh leave New Delhi from the Kashmiri Gate national bus stand approximately every hour. The bus ride takes about six to eight hours and costs around 450 - 650 INR for air-conditioned buses and 250 - 350 INR for buses without air conditioning.

Arrival by train

The best option is to reach Haridwar Junction railway station is by road on a driven taxi or the so-called tuk-tuks. From Delhi, the train ride takes approximately five to seven hours, depending on the train. Haridwar is serviced by many trains from and to Delhi.

Arrival by Taxi

Taxis are always available anywhere in India. The drive from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to Haridwar-Rishikesh will take around six hours depending on the traffic conditions.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% 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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