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26 Days 200-Hour Ayur Yoga Teacher Training in India

  • PDI Resorts, National Highway 58, Raiwala, Rishikesh, India


Ayur Yoga Teacher Training in India

This 200-hour Ayur Yoga Teacher Training Program is a harmonious blend of two ancient sciences of Health Yoga and Ayurveda. Students are prepared to not only to teach Classical Hatha yoga in group settings but also to use yoga as medicine and therapy in one-on-one sessions. In this course, you will learn how to apply yoga in an intelligent and customized way prescribing specific breathing, postures and styles of yoga to your clients based on their unique constitution or Dosha.


  • Instructions on dharana and mudra
  • Registered Yoga Alliance Certificate
  • Instructions on asana and pranayama
  • One Ayurvedic consultation and massage session
  • 25 nights accommodation
  • One sightseeing tour
  • Daily meals

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 25 days with instruction
  • English
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PDI Ayuryoga provides hostel with basic facilities.

This course is based on personal knowledge and experience of the teachers and the following books:

  • A Systematic Course in Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya: Swami Satyananda Saraswati (a copy of this book will be emailed to students for free).
  • Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy: Mukunda Stiles
  • Four Chapters on Freedom: Commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  • Yoga Nidra: Swami Satyananda Saraswati


  • Principles and importance of alignment
  • Basic asanas: Tadasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana;
  • Neutral standing asanas and standing asanas with external rotation: Virabhadrasana II, Utthita Parsvakonasana, Utthita Trikonasana, Vrkasana, Virabhadrasana III, Ardha Chandrasana, Utthita hasta Padangusthasana, Garudasana.
  • Forward bending asanas: Uttanasana, Parsvottanasana, Prasarita Padottanasana, Upavista Konasana, Dandasana, Navasana, Pashimottanasana, Adho Mukha Virasana, Pavanmuktasana
  • Seated asanas with external rotation: Janu Sirshasana, Baddha Konasana, Gomukhasana, Brahmasana, Siddhasana, Padmasana.
  • Asanas with backward extension: Alanasana, Virabhadrasana I, Utkatasana, Bhujangasana, Salambasana, Setu Banda Sarvangasana, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, Purvottanasana, Dhanurasana.
  • Asanas executed in Vinyasa: Marjariasana, Ardha Chatarnga Dandasana, Chataranga Dandasana, different versions of Surya Namaskar;
  • Inverted asanas: Viparita Karani mudra, Sirshasana , Sarvangasana, Halasana;
  • Laying-down and twisting asanas: Parivritta Parsvakonasana, Jathara Parivartanasana, Parivritta trikonasana, Parivritta Ardha Chandrasana, Ardha Mtsyendrasana, Savasana
  • Every Asana will be examined through these aspects:
  • Alignment points, most common errors, possible variations that simplify or intensify the asana, physical benefits, contraindications, effects on the mind and spirit, effects on the Chakras, and effects on the Doshas.
  • Various sequences based on the three main Doshas will be taught and examined
  • Explanations will be given on the internal logic of the positions and possible variations will be expounded upon that can modify or substitute the asana while leaving its structure intact.
  • Therapeutic application of asana for special situations and health conditions will be taught throughout the course.


During the 200 hours of the teacher training program organized by our school, Pranayama plays an important role. The concept of Prana is explained by describing the five main types of Prana (Prana, Apana, Vyana, Samana, Udana), and what Pranayama, the bandhas, and the breath cycle mean.

The program is divided into three units, including a practical part in which the participants are guided to experiment the different pranayama techniques, and a theoretical part where the techniques are explained together, with the effects, benefits, and how they work by an anatomic and physiological point of view.

As for the asanas, pranayama techniques will be explained by studying various approaches and teaching methods

Physical benefits


Effects of the mind and the spirit

Effects on the Chakras

Effects on the Doshas

Pranayama 1

Prana – The 5 main types, Prana, Apana, Vyana, Samana, Udana – Pranayama – Bandhas – the breath cycle. After an initial practical approach where the teacher will lead the participants to practice some simple pranayama techniques, the first unit focuses on the concepts of pranayama and prana.

Pranayama 2

Nadi Sodhana, Ujjay, Anuloma, Viloma, Sitali and Sitkari. The second unit dives further into the analysis and explanation of other techniques, always through a practical part first to experiment, and a second theoretical part to understand what happens in the physical and energetic bodies.

Pranayama 3

Kapalabhati, Bhastrika, Agni Sari, Samavritti and Asamavritti Pranayama. The third unit is part of the second year program. First, there will be a review of the program of the first year to refresh and then to aid in explaining more complex and advanced techniques, always through a practical part first, to experiment, and a second theoretical part to understand what happens in the physical and energetic bodies.

Dharana (meditation techniques)

Prakash Deep Institute of Ayurvedic Sciences will look at the practice of meditation, its meaning, and the effects of meditation techniques as seen from scientific and physiologic perspectives; Students will practice and learn to teach meditation techniques utilizing breath, mantra, yantra, concentration on the Chakras and the principal Nadis (Ida, Pingala, Shushmna, Arohan, Awarohan). The majority of the meditation techniques that will be taught in the course of 3 years of study will have their origin in Tantra, Kriya and Raja yoga.


  • Introduction to mudras and their various meanings
  • Mudra e Prana;
  • The 5 mudra groups (hasta, mana, kaya, bandha, adhara);
  • Experience and use of mudra belonging to the five different groups accompanied by theoretical explanations of their meaning, benefits and eventual contraindications.

Mantra, Yantra and Mandala

  • Mantra as the power of sound and shape, their meaning and how they affect the subtle energy;Mantras: How they work; How they are to be used;
  • How they influence karma.
  • Seed mantras.
  • Kirtan practice.
  • Introduction to Nada Yoga, the Yoga of sound.

Subtle physiology

  • The three bodies (sharira).
  • The five sheathes (kosha).
  • The seven progressive chakras.
  • Kundalini: progress by way of Kundalini/ shakti, techniques and methods for reawakening kundalini, obstacles in its ascent.
  • The subtle channels (nadi) and the prana blocks (granthi).


  • What is Yoga? Yogic lifestyle;
  • Analysis of different Yoga systems and information on their origins.
  • Introduction to Samkhya: purusha / prakriti, evolution/involution, and the path of liberation.
  • Ashtanga: the eight stages of yoga.
  • Readings and commentary on abstracts of Pantanjali’s “Yoga Sutra”.
  • Karma yoga: the path of action.
  • Bhakti yoga: the path of devotion.
  • Jnana yoga: the path of knowledge.
  • Introduction to Tantra, Tantra and sexuality, the divinities and their nature.

Further techniques

  • Vinyasa.
  • Introduction to the principles behind the various asana sequences.
  • Introduction to yoga therapy.
  • Introduction to yoga for expecting mothers.
  • The art of teaching: student and teaching approaches, ethics, yoga as “job”, organization suggestions.


  • What is Ayurveda?
  • The five elements (earth, wind, fire, water, ether).
  • The concept of Dosha (Vata, Pitta e Kapha).
  • The concept of Prakriti and the diagnosis of the Dosha and their imbalances.
  • Ideal daily routine according to Ayurveda: correct diet and yoga practice in relation to Dosha imbalances and personal constitution (Prakriti).
  • Introduction to the concepts of Prana, Ojas and Agni.


In the course of the 4 weeks of 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training, the multiple aspects of Anatomy and Physiology are treated throughout a detailed program, starting from the simple cell’s form and function to the most complex and vital processes of the human body.

The program emphasizes the study of the muscular bundles, the behavior in relation to the static and dynamic phases, and the various typologies of reaction to stimuli. The referring textbooks will be completed by handbooks that will help the student to deepen their knowledge of the joints and their functions, with the specific purpose of expanding the capacity of the future teacher in the prevention of possible injuries.

During the four weeks of the Teacher Training of our Yoga School, will be also treated the physiological and biomechanical processes activated by the practice of the asanas, pranayama and dharana.

Yoga therapy

  • The concept of health in western and eastern traditions.
  • Philosophy and psychology of yoga therapy.
  • Yoga Therapy in its spiritual aspects.
  • One example of therapeutic program with asana, pranayama, mudra, meditation and yoga Ndra.

Code of conduct

  • Yoga teacher training require much attention, to run training program smoothly each student should be disciplined.
  • Absence from class with prior notice to Teacher or Manager would be considered ignorance of discipline.
  • Activities which are not related to routine program will not be permitted.
  • Ignorance of rules and regulations may cancel the student registration with no refund of fee.
  • More details will be given when arrival
  • Smoking and Alcohol are strictly not allowed during training program.
  • Timing guideline given to students must be followed to keep course on routine.

This teacher training course includes one sightseeing tour.

Instructors will be available throughout the training to answer questions and to support students to overcome difficulties they may encounter as well as to facilitate the development of each student as a competent yoga teacher.

Antonina Ramsey

Antonina is the master minder behind the creation of AyurYoga Institute to combine two life sciences in one. She is a certified yoga therapy instructor, wellness coach, ayurvedic, jin shin iyutsu and bio-feedback practitioner, shamanic healer, hypnotherapist, entrepreneur, eco-fashion designer, linguist, and a former Microsoft marketing manager with an MBA. She is passionate about what she does because she has found her calling in teaching and healing.In her own words “What I do never tires me as I do it from my heart. I give and receive LOVE. I am happy because through my creative abilities I am able to provide inspiration and insight to others as they travel their individual paths in life.” She speaks and teaches in English, Spanish and Russian languages.

Dr Vivek Mohindra

Dr Vivek Mohindra is a professional and teacher of ayurveda and yoga philosophy. His teachings on ayurveda and Indian philosophy are easy to digest for westerners as he has a good experience of teaching westerners in India and Europe. Dr Vivek holds a strong knowledge of ayurveda and is excellent in creating a natural cohesion between the individual and the world by the virtue of his postgraduate studies in Human Resource Management. By using practical aspects of ayurvedic psychology and use of basic ayurvedic tools, treatments and herbs in daily routine, he will make you feel better grounded within weeks after his teachings.

Dr Latika Verma

Dr Latika Verma is a professionally trained ayurvedic doctor. Her areas of Interest are teaching basic principles of ayurveda, diet and feminine disorders. She has a good and long experience of teaching students from around the world on these subjects. Learning from her is a very smooth and enriching experience. As yogic practices are slightly based on ayurveda, she is an ideal person for teaching the importance of anatomy in yoga.

Prakash Deep Institute of Ayurvedic Sciences is beautifully situated on the holy land of Vedas, Saints, Ganges, and spiritual divine power in Uttarakhand, in between Devbhumi Hardwar and Rishikesh, near the pride of Uttarakhand Rajaji National Park. This resort is situated at the foot of the Himalayas, 12 kilometers from Haridwar to Rishikesh. It is surrounded by forests and mountains.

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Free WiFi
  • Library
  • A private room with attached bathroom
  • Food and accommodation at PDI Resorts
  • One Ayurvedic consultation and massage session
  • One sightseeing tour
  • Registered Yoga Alliance Certificate
  • Study material and books
  • Wi-Fi enabled cyber zone
  • Airport tax on departure
  • Visa on arrival
For information about the booking conditions, please send PDI Ayuryoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Dafina Tanase from Holland

    "During my stay at PDI I had the wonderful opportunity to follow the Tantra Yoga classes given by Yonatan Saar. These classes as well as the discussions we had were great eye-openers to me. He has lots of knowledge and expertise which he shares in his own detached manner. Yonatan has advised me on health aspects and suggested the asanas that would help me most. As such I have experienced instantaneous pain relief, understanding the importance of regular practice.Thanks to his teachings and his encouragement I continue to practice yoga daily and as such my life is constantly improving. For all those who wish to deepen their understanding on yoga, but more important to experience its benefits, I heartily recommend Yonatan's classes"

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  • Review by Ewa Panas from The Hague, Netherlands

    "I practice yoga myself for already 6 years now, and I met a lot of different yoga teachers during different yoga classes. When I heard the news that Yonatan was going to teach us yoga for a week I was curious about a new form of yoga to me (tantra yoga). I started the classes with no other specific expectations. During the classes of Yonatan I started to loosen up more. Everyday I got more knowledge about the spiritual aspect of yoga what turned out to be a great influence on my own yoga practice. When I got back home and continued my own yoga practice I noticed that I felt more conscious, wiser and happier. It almost seems like one week of classes with Yonatan pushed my consciousness to a higher level. His classes were simple, very clear and deep at the same time. His great guidance made the next stages of yoga more clear and he made me experience and realize more than ever that the asanas are just the beginning of the beautiful journey."

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  • Review by Rebecca Jackson, MA CANTAB, student 2014

    "Yonathan is an incredibly knowledgeable, gentle and sincere teacher. His caring approach and continual support allow you as a student to really take your practice to a deeper, more meditative level. I feel confident to explore myself and am sure I have found not just a teacher for a class but a wise friend for life. Thank you."

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Rishikesh, India

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Arrival: Monday March 6, 2017
Departure: Friday March 31, 2017

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There is a special discount for 5 or more group students. Contact PDI Ayuryoga for information on this special discount.

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