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India Yoga Teacher Training

This training is a great way to get to know insights into Hatha Vinyasa yoga and Ayurveda in Rishikesh, India, one of the world's yoga capitals. Study the basics of Ayurveda, yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, kriya, and yogic nutrition in a two-week intensive immersion. Be guided by genuinely experienced teachers who create a safe space to let your exciting journey of yoga begin! Pratham Yoga India is one of the few genuine schools in Rishikesh which focuses on training in small groups and offers a broad variety of Indian and international teachers.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Certificate of Yoga Alliance
  • Free introduction to prenatal yoga
  • Once a week trip to a spiritual destination
  • Free Ayurvedic consultation with the Ayurvedic doctor
  • 3 vegetarian organic meals a day
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Airport pick up

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


14 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Hindi
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • ATM / banking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Wireless internet

The accommodation at Pratham Yoga is meant to give you a comfortable stay but still have a great yogic experience.

Program

Pratham is another name for Lord Ganesha, who is a very well known representation of God in India. The power and energy of Lord Ganesha are one of the new beginnings and a remover of obstacles on your path of life materially, mentally, and spiritually.

The divine energy of Lord Ganesha is the one which empowers you to get rid of whatever is holding you back on your path and reach your highest purpose of your being to live your full potential.

Pratham Yoga India is not only guiding you towards the perfect way of practicing asana, pranayama, and meditation, it also puts high importance on a strong philosophical approach with Swami Ekin Ji, which will help you understand and integrate whatever you learn into your daily life in a modern society.

The anatomy teacher, Christine Bhist, is a trained and certified physiotherapist from Austria, who gives a great medical and scientific addition to the genuine traditional teachings.

Learn the art of sequencing with Yogi Vijay Ji, who is a dedicated and high experienced, enthusiastic master of asana, pranayama, and kriya. Through his guidance, you may deepen your understanding of body and breath awareness which is essential on the path of yoga and realization of your true self.

Yogi Vijay Ji will teach you a series of safe variations for all levels of practitioners from beginner to advanced in his daily unique alignment and adjustment classes. He will also share his vast knowledge of the proper use of Yoga belt, pillow, blocks, and blankets.

Ayurveda lessons with the Ayurveda doctor and free consultation will help to make your stay at Pratham Yoga center a holistic and memorable transformation. The yogic diet of sattvic food throughout the course supports your system to be gently cleansed and energized throughout the course.

Every single meal leaves you energized and amazed by its delicious taste with simple, local, and seasonal ingredients. Pratham Yoga India's approach focuses on YTTC in smaller groups of maximum 10 people for maximum benefits of students and teachers which makes it possible to make all participants feel like family members.

Pratham Yoga educates professional and spiritual teachers with full of love and dedication to create a safe and inspiring space for your transformation. A team of devoted professional teachers is awaiting you.

2 weeks of life-changing experience with highly experienced teachers

  • Health and lifestyle improvement
  • Healing
  • Self-love
  • Stepping closer to know who you truly are
  • Heart connection
  • Compassion
  • Realising oneness and union

At Pratham Yoga, they are providing students with life-changing experiences and highly experienced teachers in all the subjects, located in a beautiful and laid back surrounding. In their asana practice, students will learn the traditional approach of Hatha yoga combined with flowing Vinyasas, the art of harmonious sequencing and save adjustments for different levels.

More than asanas - the true meaning of yoga

Pratham Yoga is all about awakening a deeper understanding of yoga, so the students are not only diving into a strong asana practice, but also they will study philosophy to understand the true meaning of yoga, kriya (yogic cleansing), Dhyan (meditation), pranayama (yogic breathing technique), anatomy, Ayurveda and yogic nutrition, yoga Nidra, and mantra chanting on a daily basis.

Who is this course for?

The course is an intense program, designed to prepare students for teaching yoga with confidence in their own way, but also for those who want to join Pratham Yoga for self-experience, this is a wonderful opportunity to step out of your common life`s routine and open the door for a full self-transformation.

Pratham Yoga is based in the heart of Rishikesh, Laxmanjhula, not far from the holy river mother Ganga. A lovely center surrounded by greenery is awaiting you. This location is what makes Pratham Yoga special - it is in the center but away, so that you can be sure of a relaxed atmosphere while your journey of daily practice.

Syllabus at Pratham Yoga

Kriya

Yogic cleansing techniques

The students will learn different types of classical kriyas both for beginners and advanced. Practice will be in the morning directly after wake up. After receiving instructions practice has to be done by oneself.

  • Jal Neti
  • Rubber Neti
  • Kunjal
  • Nauli
  • Kapalabhati
  • Tratak
  • Aganisara
  • Uddiyana
  • What is concentration?
  • What is meditation?
  • AUM meditation
  • Benefits and contraindications
  • Introduction of method
  • Group meditation

Meditation

Guru Ji Dhyan Ankur and Guru Hari Krishna Ji are both highly experienced meditation teachers and teach various methods at Pratham Yoga. The students will go step by step from concentration practices to deeper methods of meditation.

Asanas / alignment

Daily morning practice of asanas to strengthen the body, tone muscles and improve flexibility with step by step guide to safe practice. Learn how to sequence your class harmoniously including many variations, so that the students will be able to teach beginners, intermediate, and advanced practitioners.

Daily afternoon practice of alignment introduces various adjustment techniques of all the asanas practiced in the morning classes. The students will learn how to adjust beginners, intermediates, and advanced practitioners safely and learn how to protect the body with asana practice.

  • What is Hatha?
  • What is Vinyasa?
  • Standing series of asana
  • Sitting series of asana
  • Kneeling series of asana
  • Lying on back / stomach series of asana
  • Inversions
  • Surya Namaskar plus variations
  • Surya Namaskar mantra flow
  • Breath and asana
  • How to use props correctly
  • Benefits of asana and contraindications
  • Harmonious and creative sequencing
  • How to adjust practitioners safely
  • Variations of adjustments (beginner - intermediate - advanced)
  • Mantra and asana - a deep connection
  • Mudra

Yogic breathing techniques; pranayama

  • What is pranayama?
  • What is prana?
  • What are the Nadis?
  • Which are the main pranayama techniques?
  • Seven main pranayama practices

Body locks; bandha

  • What is bandha and why to use it?
  • How use bandha?
  • Benefits of bandha
  • Integration of bandha in asana practice
  • What is yoga?
  • Introduction to Hatha yoga
  • Origin and history of Hatha yoga
  • Introduction to teachings of Bhagavad Gita (with emphasis on Karma, Bhakti, and Jnana)
  • Readings from Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • Ethics and modern living
  • Consciousness and awareness, the evolution of awareness
  • Panch kosha (five covering of sheaths over consciousness)
  • Annamaya kosha (physical sheath)

Gross body - conscious state

  • Panch Tatva (five elements)
  • Sapt-dhatu (seven tissues)
  • Pranamaya Kosha (energy sheaths)

Subtle body - subconscious state

  • Panch Prana (five vital airs)
  • Karmendriya (five organs of action)
  • Nadi (subtle energy channels)
  • Tri-Shakti (tried energy)
  • Shat chakra (six centers of energy transformations)
  • Kundalini and Granthis
  • Manomaya Kosha (mental sheath)
  • Manas (mind) Buddi (lower intellect) Chitta (memory) Ahamkar (ego) Jnanedriya (five senses)
  • Jnanamaya Kosha (intuitive sheath)
  • Buddhi (highter intellect)
  • Ananadmaya Kosha (bliss sheath)

Casual body - unconscious state

  • Turiya - pure consciousness
  • Introduction to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and 8 Limbs of yoga
  • Panch-Klesha (five causes of pain and miseries)
  • Raja yoga
  • Pranic body, five major / minor pranas, five sheaths (panch kosha)

Philosophy

The following topics will be introduced to the students to deepen and awaken their understanding of yoga.

Recitation of sacred sound; mantra

Following mantras will be taught and practiced with the students on a regular basis. The recitation of those sacred Sanskrit syllables creates a certain vibration within your subtle energy system that connects you with divine consciousness.

  • Ganesh mantra
  • Gayatri mantra
  • Guru mantra
  • Om Purnamada
  • Om sahana vavatu
  • Yogena Chittasya
  • Devi strotam
  • Om tryambakam
  • Om Asato Maa sadgamaya
  • What is yogic nutrition?
  • Benefits of yogic nutrition
  • Which food to favor?
  • Qualities of food
  • What is Ayurveda?
  • The 3 doshas
  • Basics of Ayurveda
  • Mindful eating
  • Prayer and food
  • Ayurvedic recipes

Anatomy / yogic nutrition / Ayurveda

  • Basic knowledge about human anatomy is transmitted through a qualified teacher to understand the connection of asanas and body functioning
  • A basic guide to yogic nutrition
  • Introduction of Ayurveda through a qualified ayurvedic health counselor

These three classes will be taught alternately throughout the course

Methodology

  • How to set up a class
  • Time management and harmonious sequencing, creativity inflows
  • Qualities of an authentic teacher, instruction
  • Alignment and adjustment including variations
  • Body protection, dealing with injuries, and safe practice
  • Introduction to Sanskrit terminology
  • Awareness for physical limitations of students
  • Mindful speaking - how to use voice at a class

Mantra chanting / evening program

The students will be chanting various Vedic mantras in the evenings. Alternatively, there will be a few movie screens related to yoga.

Exams

There will be a philosophy exam, anatomy / Ayurveda exam, and one practical exam at the end of the course. All exams must be passed in order to receive the certificate of 200 hours RYT Yoga Alliance.

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 Wake up
  • 06:30 Tea
  • 06:45 Kriya
  • 07:00 Asana / pranayama
  • 09:15 Breakfast
  • 10:15 Philosophy
  • 11:45 Anatomy / Ayurveda
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Rest
  • 15:00 Yogic nutrition / mantra
  • 16:00 Asana / alignment / adjustment
  • 18:00 Meditation
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 Self-study
  • 21:30 Rest

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Through Pratham Yoga, the aim is to share and spread yoga understanding with best of intention in order to connect people on a heart level, improve self-love, and stepping closer towards knowing who you truly are. Through yoga, all beings may develop compassion and finally realize oneness and union within everything.

Further, the health benefits of yoga are inevitable and will little by little change one´s life into a more fulfilling, meaningful, and grateful experience. In the matter of asanas, the aim is to guide you through a stable health conscious practice which protects your body, yet helps you to build strength, stability, flexibility, concentration, awareness. Through the training one should develop a sense of harmonious sequencing, confidence, and discipline in order to build a profound base to grow as a yoga teacher.

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This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Free healthy welcome snacks and juice upon arrival
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 3 full vegetarian organic sattvic meals a day
  • 1 smoothie / juice per day
  • Unlimited herbal tea infusion
  • Filter water and fresh lemon water
  • All lessons according to schedule
  • Neti pots and rubber neti
  • Yoga asana and philosophy study books
  • Notebooks and pens
  • Mats, belts, pillows, blocks are provided
  • Flower and Rudraksha mala as a gift in opening an closing ceremony
  • Certificate of Yoga Alliance which enables you to make your dream come true and teach all over the world
  • Once a week trip to a spiritual destination
  • Free yogic cooking class with the nutritionist and chef
  • Free Ayurvedic consultation with the Ayurvedic doctor
  • Free introduction to prenatal yoga to understand the basic knowledge of the do's and dont's during pregnancy
  • Airport pick up

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Taxi drop off for your further travel
  • Special requests for accommodation (such as any specific view)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.

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