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Join Punyah Yoga for a 200-hour Hatha yoga teacher training in the sacred city of Rishikesh, India - known for being the yoga capital of the world! The training is dynamic, engaging, and authentic. You can expect to come out of the course as a better yoga practitioner and a better person.
Staying and studying with Punyah Yoga is already a unique experience due to its location: set in close proximity to nature, being near the magnificent Himalayan Mountains, and close to the banks of Holy Ganga (or otherwise known as the Ganges). To improve it even more and to allow the students to enjoy the full benefits of the course at every level, Punyah Yoga takes particular care to arrange a cozy, comfortable and peaceful stay for every participant.
Located in a tranquil surrounding, yet still, in the heart of Rishikesh (lively Tapovan), your neat and clean rooms offer a perfect base for good-night sleep and regeneration after an eventful day of practice and learning.
The rooms are equipped with all necessary modern facilities: en-suites with hot water 24/7, and a reliable fast internet connection.
The accommodation is on a single or sharing basis - according to preference - inside the same building is your yoga shala and training hall.
Please let Punyah Yoga know if you would like to come earlier or stay longer - they are happy to help you with all the arrangements. If you are taking a course along with your partner or friend and wish to stay together, please let Punyah Yoga know in advance. They will do their best to accommodate you.
Punyah Yoga offers Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga residential Teachers Training Courses (TTC) located in the valleys of the Himalayan Mountains in the district of Tapovan, Rishikesh in India. The school follows the ancient Gurukala system, a traditional Indian practice where the teachers and students will live in the same place for the duration of the course. This way, students can closely interact with dedicated teachers and staff that have immersed themselves in the yogic lifestyle.
The curriculum of your program is extensive enough to cover both theory and practice. The curriculum stems from an ancient teaching principle (Guru Parampara) where knowledge and theory are passed down from a Guru to a disciple through thousands of years. Devotional practices, genuine to the tradition of India, constitute an integral part of the course.
Punyah Yoga have prepared and carefully structured the school and course to be optimal and conducive for reflective learning. They have set the school around stunning natural beauty - away from the distractions of city living. The school offers vegetarian/vegan food, prepares a fitting space for learning, and encourages daily yoga and meditation.
A sincere desire to learn and openness to yogic techniques is required – basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is helpful, but not essential. Upon completion of the course, graduates will be given an internationally-recognized certificate.
Hemant Singh is Punyah Yoga founder. Ashtanga yoga and asana teacher with nearly 10 years experience. After obtaining his BA in Information Technology at Middlesex University in London 2011, Hemant decided to switch life trajectories and start his yoga journey. In 2013, he got his 200-hours Hatha yoga TTC from Sivananda Ashram, Uttarkashi. He continued practicing and teaching yoga in Sivananda Ashram under the guidance of Yogi Vijay Mehra, director of Sivananda Dwarka center, New Delhi. To further his knowledge, he completed his 200-hours Ashtanga Yoga TTC from Tattvaa Yoga Shala in 2015.
Sandeep is a Hatha yoga and pranayama teacher with more than 10 years experience. From a very young age, he already was keen on yoga from and has been more and more interested in developing his skills. He studied yoga from the International Sivananda Vedanta Ashram in Uttarkashi and Rishikesh. Thereafter, from 2010, he spent most of his time practicing and teaching. Sandeep has always been very passionate about his work. He loves to work with various pranayama techniques and believes that pranayama itself is a great tool for people who are busy in their life and get little time to practice.
Rishikesh is a busy and buzzing town: one could expect to see many temples, yoga schools, daily drop-in yoga classes, loitering cows and dogs, hotels, motels, guest houses, chai corners, coffee shops, a German bakery, multi-cuisine restaurants, yoga massage places, fruits stalls, trekking tour guides, scooter, and taxi rentals - you name it. Also, one could also expect to meet local tourists from various parts of India and travelers from all around the globe.
There are many popular ashrams here: Parmarth Ashram, Gita Ashram, and Sachidanand Ashram - all of which offer yogic food at a very minimal price. There is also the Ganges Aarti: a ritual that uses fire as an offering. This proves to be a very popular event for anyone who is in Rishikesh. Parmarth aarti and Triveni ghat aarti is also known to draw in crowds.
Rishikesh becomes quieter as soon as evening arrives and the sun settles down. Shops shut down by 8 p.m. There are a number of good cafes to explore around the area which is mostly open until 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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Punyah Yoga focus on providing healthy and organic living in their teacher training programs. Proper exercise and good food are interrelated in the yogic life. Thus, at Punyah Yoga, the food that they serve are mostly grown in their organic and sustainable land.
Organic farming is a method of crop and livestock production that involves much more than avoiding the use of pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics, and growth hormones.
Punyah Yoga believe that human should always try to give back what they have taken from the nature. Thus, their goal in organic farming is to develop a way of food production that benefits human health and at the same time, live harmoniously with the environment.
By the end of 2019, they hope to have their organic garden up and running to provide food to both students and teachers. Before the farm is fully functional, they strive to provide students with healthy, yogic food that is as organically sourced as possible. Meals are always vegan or vegetarian.
They are preparing themselves to be fully equipped with organic resources of food and reduce the consumption of any chemicals substances to a great extent. They are also aiming to reduce carbon footprint as much as possible and create a space for sustainable and chemical-free lifestyle.
Rishikesh is a busy and buzzing town: one could expect to see many temples, yoga schools, daily drop-in yoga classes, loitering cows and dogs, hotels, motels, guest houses, chai corners, coffee shops, a German bakery, multi-cuisine restaurants, yoga massage places, fruits stalls, trekking tour guides, scooter and taxi rentals, you name it. Also, one could also expect to meet local tourists from various parts of India and travelers from all around the globe.
There are many popular ashrams here: Parmarth Ashram, Gita Ashram, and Sachidanand Ashram – all of which offer yogic food at a very minimal price. There is also the Ganges Aarti: a ritual that uses fire as an offering. This proves to be a very popular event for anyone who is in Rishikesh. Parmarth aarti and Triveni ghat aarti is also known to draw in crowds.
There is no spa treatments available at Punyah Yoga. However, their shala is surrounded by many incredible Ayurvedic Spas and Treatments Centers. They are happy to recommend spas to students.
Jolly Grant Airport
Transfer available for additional US$12 per person
Indira Gandhi International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$90 per person
Punyah Yoga advises students to fly from New Delhi (DEL) to Dehradun (DED) Airport. Rishikesh is just 20 kilometers away from Dehradun Airport, which takes about 45 minutes and costs approximately 900 INR by taxi. Jolly Grant Airport/Dehradun Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights.
Rishikesh is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand and northern states of India. Luxury and normal buses to Rishikesh are easily available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate and Meerut. Buses and taxis to Rishikesh are available from major destinations of Uttarakhand like Dehradun, Haridwar, Srinagar, Tehri, Uttarkashi, etc. Rishikesh is situated on national highway 58 which connects Badrinath.
Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh Railway station are frequent. Taxis and buses are easily available from Rishikesh to Muni-ki-reti and Swargashram.
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