Rishikesh Yog Dham

Rishikesh, India

Rishikesh Yog Dham is a yoga school in Rishikesh registered with Yoga Alliance USA, offering traditional Hatha yoga teacher training courses of all levels.

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28 Days 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in India

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Instruction language: English

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Instructors 5

Arvind Sharma - Lead Instructor

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

Arvind is the lead Instructor at the leading yoga teacher training school in Rishikesh, the world capital of yoga. He is an E-RYT 500 and has an experience of teaching yoga since 2009. He has been teaching for his own school since its inception in 2013 and has hosted multiple yoga teacher training courses all year round. Having taught in China, Russia, and India, Arvind has gained a lot of experience in the field of yoga.

Ajay Dhasmana - Main Teacher (Anatomy)

Ajay ji has been sharing his yoga anatomy (Sarir Vigyan) knowledge at Rishikesh Yoga Dham. Being a good yoga anatomy teacher, he also helps his students improve their lifestyle and inspires them to live a yogic life. Ajay has a Master degree in human biology, yogic treatment, and physiology. He is a simple-hearted but unique teacher who is appreciated for his genius mind, straightforward attitude, and joyous face with positive energy.

Vikal Sajwan

Vikal Sajwan graduated from Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in the Uttarakhand province of India, getting good marks in subjects like history, political science and sociology. He has been teaching meditation in Rishikesh for the last three years. Vikal also taught meditation in Delhi, India, and has a diploma in Hotel Management where he learned about yogic food, nutrition and a balanced diet. He has a six-month diploma in yogic science from Dev Sanskriti University in Uttarakhand and also an ​18-month ​​diploma in yoga naturopathy from Bhopal University, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Manoj Ji

Manoj is a traditional Indian Hatha yoga teacher. Manoj began his study of yoga at the age of 15 in the holy city of Rishikesh, India, and began teaching yoga at age 19. Manoj is a very systematic yoga teacher teaching morning asana, pranayama, and Shatkarma classes at Rishikesh Yoga Dham.

Mahesh Ji

Mahesh Ji did his masters in Yogic Science (Gold Medalist) and Philosophy at Uttarakhand Sanskrit University. He has attended many national and international seminars related to yoga therapy, yogic science and philosophy. Mahesh Ji works as a teacher of yoga therapy, acupressure therapy, prana healing therapy, and marma therapy.

Reviews 9

  • Johanna Bruet France

    September 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    I really enjoyed the place, it is calm and the view is amazing! The yoga studio is great. The teachers are really good, passionate and experienced.

    Sometimes the kitchen was not so clean and the organization of sunday's activities was not always perfect but it is ok.

  • Anonymous

    September 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    The friendly caring staff at all levels. The interesting course content and open approach to subjects. All aspects of the course where fascinating.

    Nothing.

  • Chris Vasquez Czechia

    July 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    Arvind and Manoj were exceptional teachers. Very fun positive vibes and an amazing staff. Course was challenging but not too extreme. You will walk away knowing how to properly teach yoga classes to a variety of skill levels. Food was exceptional--Im a huge meat eater and I was still enjoying the veggie dishes the whole time. Awesome decision to come here.

  • Anonymous

    June 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    1. The people I met there, including fellow students, the staff and most teachers

    2. The food

    3. The school is a little away from the main road which makes it a bit more relaxing. It's still a very busy/noisy town.

    Overall good experience although quite expensive for what you get. In our group, the majority of the students did not feel ready to teach a class after the 200hrs.

    1. While most of the reviews are based on Arvin, it seems like he is no longer teaching full time at Yoga Dham. Instead we got Monaj as a teacher. Although he is clearly less experimented and his english is not totally on point, he was extremely nice. Our group asked for Arvin and we met him for afternoon classes from the third week on. As a result our education was quite fragmented and incomplete.

    2. Rishikesh is a busy city, especially during June. We expected some noise, but we didn't expect construction work on the building next door. Very noisy.

    3. There are 5 classes a day and teachers will begin late and end early every class. Do not expect punctuality.

    4. It says on the advertisement discount on in-house massages. This service was not available while we were there.

    5. The bathroom was not clean when we arrived. My sheets were stained in something that looked like a mix of blood and diarrhea.

  • Anonymous

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    On a scale 1-10 I'd give a 3. The management was poor. Provided us very late with bank transfer details and later wrote rude emails about us not paying on time. Schedule was due to change many times with almost no notification. The schedule online did not match the schedule we got in real life at all. The anatomy and philosophy teachers were great, but the asana teachers, course director Arvind included, were not.

    Arvind seemed sick of teaching yoga. Entered the hall with no enthusiasm whatsoever. Hardly even said "hello". Gave almost no feedback on our own practice or on our classes that we taught. During some of the classes we taught he didn't even look, but did his own core exercises in the meantime. Felt very arrogant.

    The other asana teacher didn't speak English too good and did not understand questions. None of them provided modifications of difficult poses so that to provide alternatives for beginners and tired/stiff bodies. I think that yog dham has potential to be a great school. Staff was friendly, Arvind had his bright moments. If classes were taught with enthusiasm and joy, and with more wish to communicate with the students, I think it would be great. The skill is there, but the spirit is not.You can do better, yog dham. But as of today I cannot recommend it.

  • Frederic Guitard Canada

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    I really didn't know what to expect before I went to Rishikesh Yog Dham. Yoga was a new path for me as I started 8 months before the teacher training course. And that month ended to be the best month of my life. Seriously! For me, everything was perfect. The school is not too big. Small group of students make you feel like you were a big family. Staff from the school are really nice, food is really good. And on top of this, Arvind, the main yoga teacher, is just amazing. He is the best teacher I have seen so far and I'm pretty sure he will stay on the top of my best teachers list for many and many years. On the first class, after an hour, he knew everybody's strengths and weaknesses and what we had to work on during the next month. He brought us into the teaching perfectly. He is firm and kind at the same time, which is the perfect balance. And all the other teachers of anatomy, meditation and philosophy were awesome! I was excited to go to every class and every single day of that month. If English is not your first language don t be scared. I had always took French classes before that training and now it has been 6 weeks I'm back to Canada and still have a hard time to figure how to give a yoga class in French. When I think of sequences now, I find it easier to say it in English. And another positive thing about Yog Dham is the location. Seriously! Away from Rishikesh center! In a quiet place, a 15-minute walk from Luxman Jula and the best area from Rishiksh. Everything is in place here to make the beginning of your yoga teacher journey perfect.

  • Maya L. Echeverria

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    I finished my yoga teacher training a couple of weeks ago and I want to start off by saying that this is one of the best decisions I made so far in my life. I've had yoga in my heart for many years and wanted to do a yoga teacher training but never really seemed to find "the right school" and get it done until now! And Rishikesh Yog Dham met all of my expectations and ended up being just the right school. Although I tried not to have any expectations, this school really proved to be a great one. The teachers are very good and they build your body and mind up in a very smooth way. You will leave this place with raised awareness, feeling gathered, centered, open, strong, and ready. You will get to learn authentic, real yoga, and this will forever be with you. The view from the yoga hall is amazing! Rishikesh is such a beautiful and powerful place, the rooms are big and clean, the staff is super kind, every meal is the best meal and the school is located in a quiet area, not a lot of distraction although it's walking distance to everything. There's a very good vibe over this school, I felt at home immediately and that says a lot. Yog Dham has my very best wishes!

Testimonials 60

  • Roxxi

    Google reviews

    Absolutely the right place to start your yoga journey! The staff, accommodation, food, the entire program was very good for me. I highly recommend them, they are doing an extraordinary job!

  • Valerie Bentson

    Google reviews

    I am so happy to have attended the 200-hour yoga teacher training at Yog Dham! It really deepened my experience, knowledge of and love for yoga. When I completed the program i felt prepared in teaching yoga at a professional level.

    It is a nicely balanced program and I loved every minute of it; from waking up early before the sun and partaking in Jalanetti, to eating their home cooked healthy meals, to learning anatomy and philosophy of yoga, and of course the two asana classes (morning and evening).

    The teachers were very friendly, good looking, and professional. I felt very much at home and when the program came to an end I just wanted to keep going.

    Oh, it was also so amazing to have a small group size, which ended up being the best thing for me. Since it was low season when I went, the class was only 5 students (as opposed to 30 at some other yoga schools). I loved how small the class was because it really allowed me the space and attention that I wanted. The maximum size of the class is 12 I believe, so don't worry about there being too many people!

    Thank you Yog Dham for the opportunity to learn more about this wonderful practice. Namaste!

  • Caroline Moss

    Google reviews

    I was looking for somewhere that offered traditional hatha yoga and small groups, and I definitely came to the right place. Being January and out of season, we were a really small group (just six of us) and we bonded like a family during the month we were at Yog Dham. It truly felt like being at home. The teaching was great, the theoretical classes really interesting and while we learned so much, we had a lot of fun doing so. The staff, right from Arvind through to the guys in the kitchen, looked after us so well and were really kind and thoughtful. They arranged a few amazing excursions for us and we got to know them like friends. It was also lovely getting a friendly greeting from the dogs each time you came downstairs.

    I had been practicing yoga for more than 20 years when I did the TTC, and it built on what I already knew, giving me strength and flexibility I'd never attained before. Attending Yog Dham has done wonders for my own practice, and left me with the confidence to teach a class.

    One word of caution if you are planning to go in December/January - pack warm clothes as those early morning classes are freezing! Though it does warm up as the day progresses.

    Thanks to all at Yog Dham, I miss you guys... .

  • Erika Lepe

    Google reviews

    What an amazing experience! I just finished my Yoga TTC in Rishikesh Yog Dham and definitely one of the best decisions of my life. If you are really interested to become a good Yoga teacher and develop yourself in many aspect of your life, this is a perfect place... . Forget everything that you know, empty your mind and open it to new knowledge, open your heart to new feelings and experiences.You will not learn only about Hatha Yoga, also you will learn about Indian Philosophy, anatomy, Ayurveda, life style, etc. Also, with very good teacher willing to help you and answer all your questions.

    The dorms are very comfortable and perfect for study and have time for yourself, the place is really close to all the stores and restaurants if you need it and the best thing it is really quiet with a beautiful view to the mountains.

    Don't miss the sunrise!!!

    The food is very good too, you will have your 3 meals-a-day made with a lot of love from kind cooks.

    I will really miss this place. I am so grateful to had this opportunity and met such amazing people.

    Thank so much for everything! Special thanks to Arvin for being a great teacher and beautiful soul, and Fatima (a pity that couldn't personally meet you) for all your help from the beginning.

    Much love! Namaste! Om Shanti!

  • Catherin Sophie

    Google reviews

    Traditional but open minded, professional but always time for jokes

    Very competent and sympathetic teachers, they love what they do and they do it well. Groups in Yog Dham are much smaller than in other schools, there is always time for questions and teachers are really interested in everyone’s well being. I had many drop-in classes in Rishikesh, Asana classes in Yog Dham were some of the very best. Their focus on a straight back, simple instructions, everyone can follow, challenging, but in easy going and positive atmosphere… There is no competition between teachers and students, they are authentically interested in everyone’s growth.... Each position they show advanced variations, explain common mistakes, how to correct professionally and incidentally you learn Asana names in Sanskrit. It is a well organized schedule, in anatomy classes you receive basic knowledge of the human body in yogic context, also ayurveda, nourishment and chakras are topics. Within pranayama, meditation, mantra chanting and philosophy classes, you do not only learn specific techniques or Sanskrit concepts, but receive an insight in the whole spectrum of yoga. The building is simple, clean and quiet. The food is very good, healthy, they respect vegans. Filtered water available 24 hours, balcony with a view on the stars, hot showers, wifi and two lovely dogs make you feel very safe and comfortable in there!

    If you have been to Yog Dham, you can't get lost in the big labyrinth of yoga. You get a very good base in there, a positive attitude towards it and a lot of inspiration. Of course India is kind of you never know exactly what you'll get, but this school is a definitely a nice surprise. :)

  • Priyanka Gupta

    Google reviews

    A wonderful and unforgettable experience! Grateful to Yog Dham for the 200 hours TTC.

  • Magaletchumi

    Rishikesh Yog Dham website

    If you are new to yoga or a yoga wannabe Rishikesh Yogdham is an ideal place. Tucked in between the mountains and away from the hustle and bustle of the yoga capital, in a a very serene and scenic setting lays Rishikeshyogdham. The group is small and one can be assured of a more personal attention class. The teachers are excellent they know exactly the strength and weakness of their students and they work according to that. They have a good support team available on a 24/7 basis to assist one who is new to the place and whatever the needs are, mostly are met. Most definitely one would not want to leave the place after the yoga course or would want to return for more. Whether you are zero or a hero in yoga you will definitely go back polished and rejuvenated.

  • Erin

    Rishikesh Yog Dham website

    I completed my training in November, and constantly refer to it as “the best month of my life.” I had a hard time leaving Rishikesh Yog Dham when the program was over and I joked that I wanted to make the school an ashram and live there forever. Not only were the teachers professional, but they also made you feel as though you were part of their family. The small classes ensure you are given one-on-one time and help with alignment, and you are able to bond with those in your program. I cannot recommend Rishikesh Yog Dham enough.

  • Swashna

    Rishikesh Yog Dham website

    Thank you and humble pranams to my Gurus Arvind Sharma , Satver Rana from Rishikesh Yog Dham for 200 hours Hatha Yoga and Dominique Renucci for 300 hours Vinyasa , Anatomy Kelly and Pre-post natal yoga, Ram .Good food, accommodation and hospitality is assured along with beautiful environment. Teaching of yoga here emphasizes union between the body, mind and spirit. All teachings are based on well thought syllabus and teaching methodology introduced here is one of the best .My stay in Rishikesh Yog Dham made me a better person and brought me closer to the Guru within, thank you again for inspiring my yoga journey

  • Evelina Gadzhova

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    I completed my 200hours Yoga teacher training course in April 2016. As all of you who read this I was extremely confused with so many yoga schools in Rishikesh and spent weeks doing researches. But as it usually happens my sixth sense helped with my choice and was it not for the best!!

    Initially I was worried that the school didn’t offer the Vinyasa style which I have been passionately following for the last three years. However I decided to give Hatha yoga a go thinking that I should let go of all predisposition and stiffness in thinking and try to explore what destiny was offering me. And I was not disappointed.

    The school is located in Tapovan, which is just outside the busy tourist area of Rishikesh. It takes around 15 minutes to walk down to Lakshman Jhula (the suspension bridge over the Ganges) and you find yourself in the area with full of ashrams, meditation centres, yoga schools and westerners carrying yoga mats, dressed in baggy clothes. The place is like magic! Small winding streets, glittering jewellery shops, beckoning merchants, cows, monkeys (beware of them, they steal bags, phones, ice-creams!), hundreds of cute little cafes, eateries, and our favourite pizza place ‘Roma’ which serves the best vegan pizza you can imagine. Highly recommended! The Aloha beach is also a 15min walk in the other direction and we loved visiting it for sunbathing and splashing about in the Ganges. The beach is the perfect place for self-practice in the early mornings.

    The rooms in the school are lovely – simple but clean. They have access to joint front and back balconies which give you wonderful views of the Himalayas – the perfect setting for meditation. I enjoyed watching the wheat filed at the back of the school being harvested. The yoga studio on the top floor gives you the same views. It is light and spacious and with the windows open I almost felt I was practicing outdoors.

    The school staff was very helpful and made sure we all felt at home. Awi and Asha became part of our daily lives. The kitchen staff surprised us by managing to cook vegetarian food in such varied and delicious ways.

    I was unfortunate enough to fall ill during the first week of my stay and missed a couple of days of studies and asana classes. Arvind, the school director, was really kind and took me to the hospital himself, spending a few hours of his time waiting in the queue with me. Shekar, the morning asana teacher, would knock on my door to ask me if I needed anything and even offered to bring the meals in my room… I really appreciated all of the support and care, thank you!

    I loved both the morning and the evening asana practices but be prepared – your bodies will ache most of the time! The morning session with Shekar was breaking sweat on all of our foreheads. Strong, controlled, demanding, working on strength and flexibility. Shekar is an inspirational teacher – calm, composed and focused who rarely said much but whenever he spoke I wanted to hear more of it – wise words, no pretence.

    The evening classes with Arvind were equally intense, a lot of focus on strength and opening up the areas of stiffness. Our abdominal muscles were worked to their maximum! We learned how to teach with Arvind, everyone was given the opportunity to lead a 30min class and then a 1 hour class. After the class we received feedback and suggestions. We learnt about the structure of a Hatha yoga class, about timing, counter poses, breaks, and adjustments. I can say that after this intense month of training I feel confident enough to lead a class. Of course yoga is a life-long study so excuse my arrogance. I have a lot more to learn. But Arvind’s course gave me a good, steady base.

    The anatomy lessons were a pleasure to attend. Ajay is an energetic, young and very knowledgeable teacher. He gave practical examples, told us stories and fables and made the muscles and bones less painful to learn. It was great to gain an insight in Aurveda, we talked about food habits, water drinking, cleansing techniques and a lot more. It always felt more as a discussion rather than a lesson.

    Buddhi Prakarsti, the philosophy teacher is another very imposing and knowledgeable figure. Initially I found it hard to tune into his lessons but ‘slowly slowly’ (our favourite group expression) he grew on me. He has knowledge in abundance and years of experience. I could feel the warmth in his words towards us, a real compassion from a real yogi. His classes were like travelling through another dimension with him.

    Rishikesh is a place that puts a spell on you. I feel strongly connected to it now and I have the feeling I will return one day. Rishikesh Yog Dham is a great school to begin your yoga journey and I wouldn’t hesitate to do my future training there too.

    Good luck to all of you future yogis!

    Thanks Arvind, Shekar, Ajay, Buddhi Prakash, Meenakshi and all the school staff! I had an unforgettable month in Rishikesh Yog Dham. Namaste!

  • Magaletchumi Perumal

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    If you are new to yoga or a yoga wannabe Rishikesh Yogdham is an ideal place. Tucked in between the mountains and away from the hustle and bustle of the yoga capital, in a a very serene and scenic setting lays Rishikeshyogdham. The group is small and one can be assured of a

    more personal attention class. The teachers are excellent they know exactly the strength and weakness of their students and they work according to that. They have a good support team available on a 24/7 basis to assist one who is new to the place and whatever the needs are, mostly are met. Most definitely one would not want to leave the place after the yoga course or would want to return for more. Whether you are zero or a hero in yoga you will definitely go back polished and rejuvenated.

  • Erin Marie Musich

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    I completed my training in November, and constantly refer to it as “the best month of my life.” I had a hard time leaving Rishikesh Yog Dham when the program was over and I joked that I wanted to make the school an ashram and live there forever. Not only were the teachers professional, but they also made you feel as though you were part of their family. The small classes ensure you are given one-on-one time and help with alignment, and you are able to bond with those in your program. I cannot recommend Rishikesh Yog Dham enough!

  • Swashna Arora

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    Thank you and humble pranams to my Gurus Arvind Sharma , Satver Rana from Rishikesh Yog Dham for 200 hours Hatha Yoga and Dominique Renucci for 300 hours Vinyasa , Anatomy Kelly and Pre-post natal yoga, Ram. Good food, accommodation and hospitality is assured along with beautiful environment. Teaching of yoga here emphasizes union between the body, mind and spirit. All teachings are based on well thought syllabus and teaching methodology introduced here is one of the best. My stay in Rishikesh Yog Dham made me a better person and brought me closer to the Guru within, thank you again for inspiring my yoga journey… .

  • Kamal Trivedi

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    Whether planning to teach or trying to improve self practice, Rishikesh Yog Dham offered the most amazing 200 hour TT program! It’s always a bit intimidating to search and make sure you are finding the right school, especially when it’s in a different country! After months of research, I can truly say that Rishikesh Yog Dham was the best choice I made! The living accommodations were very comfortable and safe. I had a nice sized room and bathroom to myself. The food was cooked daily with fresh fruits and vegetables and was absolutely delicious! The staff was also heartfelt and warm! Everyone was so caring and always there if you needed anything or had any questions. The teachers seemed very in tune with understanding each student individually and helping them fine tune their yoga practice. Not only did they help break our physical barriers and accomplish amazing poses, but they also helped us understand that yoga is not only a series of asanas, but instead, a way of life. Each teacher was extremely knowledgeable and available for any questions or concerns we had throughout the course. They made it a priority to help the students get a feel for Indian culture every day as well, which helped the overall experience. I truly miss my gurus from Rishikesh Yog Dham every day! Rishikesh itself was one of the most beautiful, calming, and peaceful places I have ever stayed. The atmosphere was perfect for practicing yoga, meditation, and pranayama with a clear mind. The daily classes of anatomy and philosophy were incredible. Rishikesh Yog Dham is in a great location in Rishikesh as well, as it was only a short walk to the Luxman Jhula Bridge and market, which we explored on our days off. You should strongly consider this school for your Yoga Teacher Training program! You cannot go wrong!! If you have any further questions for me, please feel free to contact the school and ask for my email address. You are more than welcome to contact me!

  • Amy Baldwin

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    I just completed the 200 hour YTT, and all I can say is WOW! This training was amazing, far exceeding my expectations. Arvind’s teaching style is efficient and precise, all while conveyed with heart and humility. I left feeling 100% confident in my ability to teach a Hatha yoga class. Aside from the teaching, the accommodations are clean and comfortable, the location is perfect, the food is delicious, and Rishikesh, oh how I love you! All in all, I highly recommend getting your 200 YTT at Yog Dham. You will not be disappointed.

  • Patrick and Lisa Janes

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    I wish to pass on my salutations and congratulations to all the team at Yog Dham yoga teacher training centre in Rishikesh for a well structured and well executed 200 hour course. For those looking for an authentic Hatha yoga course which is facilitated by exacting but patient practitioners, this is the course of choice. The instructors were all highly knowledgeable and always willing to pass on this knowledge to their students.

    The course nourishes both mentally and physically, expanding into all aspects of Patanjalis yoga sutras. Pranayama, meditation, philosophy, anatomy and asanas are all skilfully taught so that both experienced and novices, like my wife and I can gain insight into the deeper meanings of yoga.

    The course is experiential, allowing you to live and breath yoga for 28 days, with the opportunity to develop your own personal practice and become a safe and effective yoga instructor.

    As a physiotherapist I have seen the many benefits to be had from yoga and this course will help to facilitate your ability to pass on this valuable knowledge.

    From research and conversations had whilst in Rishikesh, I personally feel that this course is the most balanced and structured available and we can not recommend the team at Yog Dham enough.

  • Linette (Grace) Low

    Rishikesh Yog Dham website

    As a complete novice (with only a months prior experience with Hatha yoga), the initial hurdle was challenging. But I might add here, the struggles of persevering through are worth it. In all respects, this pain is sweet. As you twist your body through a myriad of poses, your mind morphs into a machine driven by determination, discipline, and an awareness of your own limitations. You listen, you watch, you learn, and re-learn. The ethos is simple: with proper technique, one prevents injury. Teachers are always there to make sure you're safe. Never be afraid that you're not good enough, or that you don't have the capacity to succeed in performing certain asanas or sequence of movements. Let it go, give it time to digest, and inch your way forward because you will progress. The course is there to equip you with these skills. There is an element of self-practice involved. Do what you need to do (embrace all teachings in your own way) just don't give up. The atmosphere is serene; the diet, clean and organic. The philosophy a blessing in insight. Daily breath is a gift of clarity (through which). Meditation comes naturally. In addition to this, anatomy heightens your understanding of form and function as morning and evening classes build strength whilst sharpening alignment. Overall, I've had the best experience! There is a peace that envelops my mind, body, and soul like a warm blanket on a cold night. This evolution (from former work-stress to a state of tranquility) makes one utterly renewed and happy. Thank you all at Rishikesh Yog Dham, Arvind Sharma Ji, Yashpal Ji, Dr. Gaurav Ji, Ajay Ji, and everyone. What you've imbued in me is priceless. I leave without regret; only the verve and conviction of continuing on this new-found journey all the days of my life. NB: To anyone ambivalent about taking the leap, I say: Jump!

  • Bianca Wagner

    Rishikesh Yog Dham website

    After days of looking for the right school, I found the perfect match! This is the place, where you find passionate teacher, who really love their jobs. And they try to pass this passion to you.Beginners and Intermediates, both alike, learn a lot of new aspects of yoga. Not only in asanas, but in philosophy, anatomy, pranayama, mantra chanting and cleansing as well. In four weeks you get a profound foundation from where you can improve yourself even after the training. Ive just wanted to do a four-weeks-yoga-experience, but after those four weeks Im confident to hold classes on my own.Besides the Yoga teacher training I met amazing people, who had their unique stories. I really enjoyed their lovely company and I miss our after-dinner-chats on the balcony.The rooms are spacious and clean, with your own bathroom. You can definitely live there for four weeks without anything missing. Back home Im not only missing yoga, but also the healthy and delicious food, which was prepared gluten-free especially for me. Thank you so much, I had an awesome time and I would like to come again, maybe for the 300 hours YTT.

  • Victoria Zhu

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    I felt like at home. Team of Yog Dham created the atmosphere of coziness, care. Good rooms, everything clean. And the food is something special. Everybody wanted to take the Chef home :). The intensive learning process was supported by amazing environment. Thank you to all Yog Dham team.

  • Sonya Lagare

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    The team at Yog Dham is well balanced and highly knowledgeable in their fields. On completion I have a strong sense of confidence in not only practical yoga but the concept of a yoga life, this is irreplaceable and I could not of asked for a better place to take this certification. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to expand their mind on yoga life and knowledge to teach. Thank you Yog Dham!

  • Anna Steinberger

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    It’s really hard to choose a school for the Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh – there are so many. I was completely lost a times, but somehow I made the right decision. RishikeshYog Dham was the best school I could imagine!

    It’s not just that they offer really good Hatha Yoga classes. We learned everything about the Asanas and how to create a good Yoga sequence. Besides we also learned a lot about the Yoga philosophy and anatomy – things you definitely need as a good teacher. Rishikesh Yog Dham always creates just very small groups, so you get individual help and advice.

    I had a really good time there, they cared about us so much. Yog Dham is such a pleasant place that I didn’t want to leave. And not just because of the delicious and healthy food. The most special thing about Rishikesh Yog Dham are the people – you will love all of them! Whatever hard times you are going through at the moment, they are always there to help you and to make you smile. I already miss them so much and hope to come back soon. Thank you all for the great time and everything I was able to learn there.

  • Z Watt

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    I had an amazing time at Yog Dham, the staff are very knowledgeable and experienced so you will be in good hands. One of the best decisions I ever made to impulsively book my learning there, don’t hesitate – do it now! You will never regret it. :)

  • Sarka

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    TTC 200h course in Rishikesh Yog Dham is definitely one of the life amazing experience. I feel deeply grateful for all the knowledge the teachers shared with us. It was very professional and beneficial. I loved all the program, morning chanting, cleansing procedures, yoga classes, philosophy, meditation, anatomy. The rooms are very clean, with perfect views – one balcony for the sunrise, the other for the sunset. The meals are absolutely delicious – contributing in a lot to this intensive program. I came home more aware of my strengths and weaknesses, of my body and soul, I feel lighter and closer to my inner self. The only thing I´d prefer would be to have more rest after cleansing activities like shankaprakshalana. Otherwise, please, keep going, you are doing a great job! Thanks to all Yog Dham team! I loved it all!

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's response:

    Dear Sarka,

    Thank you so much for your feedback and the suggestion. You will be glad to know, since April 2015 we brought in a few changes in our course schedule. One of them being total rest after a kriya..So we have Shankprakshalana and then no classes for that day.. just rest. And yes this change was brought in keeping in mind your suggestion given back then.. We really appreciate and welcome your suggestions… thank you :)

  • Souza Adi

    Rishikesh Yog Dham website

    I can only say positive things about Rishikesh Yog Dham. Classes are up to 15 people. This is perfect to get individual focus on learnings throughout the course. Arvind (who was accredited at Yog Peeth) is an inspiring teacher. He is so passionate about yoga. It shows through his willingness to teach and there's no judgement. Course is suited for any level of experience. The schedule of this course is perfect: yoga in the morning and afternoon. Food was fantastic! It was a challenge doing yoga teacher training. It tests you physically and emotionally. But the reward at the end is incredible. There are a lot of places to choose from in Rishikesh. Yogdham stood out to me with its location being out of town (only a 15 minutes walk), this is great during savasana as there's minimal noise and traffic heard outside!

  • Adi de Souza

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    I can only say positive things about Rishikesh Yogdham. Classes are up to 15 people. This is perfect to get individual focus on learnings throughout the course. Arvind (who was accredited at Yog Peeth) is an inspiring teacher. He is so passionate about yoga, it shows through his willingness to teach and there’s no judgement.

    Course is suited for any level of experience. The schedule of this course is perfect – yoga in the morning and afternoon. Food was fantastic! It was a challenge doing yoga teacher training. It tests you physically and emotionally. But the reward at the end is incredible.

    There are a lot of places to choose from in Rishikesh. Yog Dham stood out to me with its location being out of town (only a 15-minute walk), this is great during savasana as there’s minimal noise and traffic heard outside!

  • Barry Strzelczyk

    Rishikesh Yog Dham website

    I am so happy to choose this school! I had mixed feelings before coming here because I found the school on the internet, I wasnt sure whether Im god enough and I just didnt know what to expect. It turned out to be the best decision ever! Rishkesh Yog Dam is a great school with amazing people. Im really bad at writing reviews but if you have any questions dont hesitate to e-mail me. The people running the school are wonderful and made the course an unforgettable experience! Ive learned so much about myself, grew as a person, made wonderful friends and became much more confident! Its priceless! The teachers took the time and explained the advanced asanas like Ive never heard before. Ive done my first headstand in my life during the first class (there has been a countless amount of attempts before). Words cant describe what an amazing journey it was. No wonder people keep coming back. I surely will!

  • Kasia Strzelczyk

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    I am so happy to choose this school! I had mixed feelings before coming here because I found the school on the internet, I wasn’t sure whether I’m god enough and I just didn’t know what to expect. It turned out to be the best decision ever! Rishkesh Yog Dam is a great school with amazing people. I’m really bad at writing reviews but if you have any questions don’t hesitate to e-mail me. The people running the school are wonderful and made the course an unforgettable experience! I’ve learned so much abut myself, grew as a person, made wonderful friends and became much more confident! It’s priceless! The teachers took the time and explained the advanced asanas like I’ve never heard before. I’ve done my first headstand in my life during the first class (there has been a countless amount of attempts before). Words can’t describe what an amazing journey it was. No wonder people keep coming back. I surely will!

  • Juvena Huang

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    It was serendipity that I arrived at Rishikesh Yog Dham. I am currently travelling solo from Singapore to Europe on my Vespa scooter. Seeing that Rishikesh was along my route and that it is the “World Capital of Yoga”, I might as well do my Yoga Teacher Training there. After riding through Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Northeast India, Nepal and into India again, I arrived in Rishikesh. It was a good long respite from the past two months of travelling, packing and unpacking my luggage almost everyday. Here, I have a decent room and toilet to myself so I could give my gears a good washing. Food was delicious.

    My class is like a mini United Nations, comprising of students from many different countries. There were 11 of us, so our teachers, Arvind, Yashpal were able to give attention to everyone during our asana classes. For the first time, with assistance and guidance from Yashpal, I was able to put my leg behind my head – a goal that I set when I started yoga one and half years ago.

    I was also very blessed to be spending my birthday there with the company of wonderful classmates and teachers. They had a birthday surprise with cakes (a nice treat after eating “clean” for two weeks), balloon and my favourite paneer dish after evening asana class. We also had candlelight dinner for our classmates’ one year dating anniversary. The staff here really makes an effort to make the students feel home away from home.

    With twice a day asana practice, I could feel myself getting stronger. Philosophy class has been really thought provoking and questions many of my long held perspective. I learnt that yoga is much more than just fanciful poses. It is a practice and lifestyle to better one’s life not just physically but also mentally and spiritually.

    All the students were given opportunities to teach yoga to the entire class towards the end of the course. Feedback-s were given so we can improve ourselves. This is really important in preparing us to deliver a good yoga class.

    I would recommend my friends to come here for their YTT if they are contemplating on doing one.

  • Praj Rai

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    A month ago when I arrived here I was not very sure of what to expect from a yoga teacher training course. All I knew, that it will change me and so it has in more ways that I can speak of here. “Yoga chit vratti nirodha” as great Patanjali said. I have broken existing patterns and all my wonderful gurus Arvind, Fatima, Yashpal and Dr. Agarwal have helped me through this spiritual journey. This has been a life changing experience. Thank you for everything I will miss your guidance and of course the food prepared with so much love by our wonderful chef Naveen. :)

  • Nicole Dreyfuss

    Rishikesh Yog Dham website

    I was nervous about coming all the way from the United States to India for a month to do a yoga teacher training program. I wasn't sure if I would like the experience, what the other students would be like, if I'd be yogi enough. But as soon as I arrived for the opening ceremony, I began to feel right at home. As I looked around the room at the teachers, and what would become my family for 28 days, I began to think: maybe this was a good idea. The course itself was challenging: physically, intellectually, and emotionally. Many of the asanas were unfamiliar and sometimes difficult, and yoga twice a day can be tiring! And doing so much yoga and eating and living in such a healthy way released emotions (in a good way). But I was amazed by how my body adjusted and became stronger more flexible and better able to push through mental blocks. Intellectually, I was stimulated by the excellent philosophy course, which focused in depth on yogic philosophy as it relates to real life. Although I came with a fair amount of knowledge about yogic philosophy, I learned so much more. Most importantly, my perspective towards myself, others, spirituality, and life shifted tremendously. I learned that yoga is really about doing ones best in yoga and everything I do, as well as how to lead a balanced yogic lifestyle. I became tougher, but softer and gentler, too. I became more accepting of myself and others, and rediscovered positive aspects of myself I had forgotten. Truly, this course was a life-changing experience. And I know from the many friends I made during the course that I am not alone in feeling this way. This is not just a plain old yoga teacher training course. This is a welcoming, kind, and talented group of teachers that can (if you want it and work for it) guide and support you to deepen your personal practice and provide excellent preparation for you to teach others. The instructors all give lots of personal attention and feedback. Arvind, the director and main yoga teacher, was incredible. A kind, a skillful teacher, and someone who naturally commands respect without asking for it. The anatomy class was useful and helped us to better understand how to protect our future students from injuries and what to focus on in various asanas. The accommodations were nice and the food was varied, healthy vegetarian and delicious every single day! I'd be happy to answer any questions for anyone considering this amazing yoga teacher training program. I feel blessed to have been a part of it.

  • Istvan

    Rishikesh Yog Dham website

    I chose Rishikesh Yog Dham after a thorough internet research and it was a good choice. I can recommend this training to everyone who prefers small groups, with the opportunity to have more time and focus on individual needs and requests. During the 4 weeks we had a family atmosphere both with my classmates, teachers and staff, the room and the facility was excellent, not to mention the amazing food. Each student had enough opportunity to prepare and conduct demo classes based on clear instructions, guide a meditation, and demonstrate the knowledge gained both in philosophy and anatomy. Overall, I left with heavy heart but well prepared to run yoga classes with confidence, enhanced my theoretical knowledge and skills and made new friends. Thank you and Namaste.

  • Christine Malek

    Rishikesh Yog Dham website

    Yog Dham, what can I say? I miss everything from it! I just loved every single part of my experience! I did my 200-hours teacher training in February 2015, after almost six months of reflection, internet research, hesitation, fear. If you are reading this review and thinking about doing a teacher training in India, I would say, just do it. Stop hesitating, follow your heart and go. Yog Dham is really a great school. The food is delicious, the rooms are comfortable and clean. You have a private room with your own bathroom, a nice balcony facing a rice field were you have sun all afternoon. Teachers are professionals and kind. The yoga hall is beautiful, big, clean, and located on the rooftop. Groups are small so you have a lot of opportunities to ask questions and you get a very personalized training. The training is very complete. You will be guided through a thorough program, slowly but surely. You will push your limits and without noticing, you will be teaching a one hour 15 minutes yoga class. It will be will be hard, yes, it won't be always easy, but you will learn so much, laugh so much, and come back with head full of memories and the heart full of happiness.Thank you Arvind, Satver, Ram Ji, Sarvottam, and Naveen, you guys really made this teacher training an unforgettable experience. Namaste!

  • Kathryn

    Rishikesh Yog Dham website

    I am very happy I decide to do the training. It had been almost two years since I had practiced this intensely. Prior I had completed a YTT 200 and teaching but then was hit by a truck and couldnt practice for a while due to injuries. This was a great program to get back in touch with my own personal practice which had been neglected and regained confidence as a teacher. If you dont like cold weather I strongly encourage coming during the warmer months.

  • Viola

    Rishikesh Yog Dham website

    Taking the opportunity to apply for the course at Yog Dham was one of the best decisions that I've ever made in my life. Great opportunity to discover more about sacred practice of yoga, myself, and amazing India at the same time. My sincere thanks to my teachers Ram Ji, Satvar, and Kapil that taught me to be humble and fearless. The routine of the course gave me the chance to take the deep look inside of me and realize what I actually want to do in future. And yes, I've made the head stand! And from me, there is a big special thanks to chef Naveel who made so many-many tasty things for us, that I'm really going to miss his cuisine and big sincere smile at home. All the team is very helpful and extra nice, so I'm really hope to have a chance to practice together one more time. Thanks and namaste!

  • Marylene

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    I really recommend this school. It was a very good experience. It was pleasant to learn with a small group. The program was varied and the teacher try to give a lot information in a short time. The staff was very kind and helpful. The food delicious. Everyone works at their rhythm and according to their possibility.

  • Julie Roa

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    Short answer: DO IT. This is a high quality program. The teaching, the location, the structure of what you’re learning – it’s all excellent. You’ll leave here with the skills and confidence to teach yoga – and you’ll improve your personal practice!

    The longer answer is that I was very impressed by how much relevant material was covered during such a short time period. The teachers are kind and patient but they know just how to push you beyond what you thought your limit was. The program builds up your strength, flexibility and endurance while teaching you about proper diet, cleansing, breathing, meditation, chanting, teaching and more. It’s a very well structured program with periods of rest and excellent meals provided. I learned experimentally that yoga is not about poses but instead about living with joy. In addition, I made fantastic friends through this program – it draws great people from all over the world – and the team here is very caring and accommodating. The group size is small and so each class is highly intimate and meaningful.

    I absolutely plan to return someday and I recommend Yog Dham very highly.

  • Fatima

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    I recently completed my 200 Hour YTTC at Rishikesh Yog Dham and I must admit, it was one of the finest decisions I have ever made so far. I had no clue this course, Yoga would transform my life so much. Its like a 360 degree change in my perspective towards life today.

    With months of research. endless mails, endless inquiries, and postponing my course plans time and again, it now seems like a message from God helping me to choose the right school

    What outshines Rishikesh Yog Dham, is its amazingly talented faculty. The teachers are so dedicated towards making us great teachers in return.

    Arvind… has his own unique way of teaching. He is a completely different person as he enters the class. What I noticed bout him was, like one touches the entrance step in a temple in India in respect to the God, so does Arvind, while entering his Yoga hall. It gives us a loud message that its not just a school he is running but that he actually worships his work and his students like he worships his God. I am glad I chose this school, because what he teaches us in his class is definitely not taught anywhere else without a shadow of a doubt.

    The entire course training is of high standards..and worthwhile.

    The admin and the kitchen staff are very humble and polite. always ready to help and serve the best. Accommodation was actually way better than what I had expected.

    For me, it was just so different and so beautiful to wake up at 5 am and eat dinner by 7 pm. Have never had dinner meals that early ever before. And what should I say, I never imagined a city girl like me working more than 18 hours a day, running to complete all chores, carrying work home and working until I fall asleep..Here I would go off to bed by 9 30 pm max.. I cant believe it was me ..

    A course and school I will recommend to everyone I cross paths with, who are interested in Yoga.

    Rishikesh Yog Dham… you rock!!!! my best decision. Thank you so much for teaching me to live life again…

    To all the folks out there looking forward for YTTC in India… Choose Rishikesh Yog Dham, you will never regret it.

    Wishing Rishikesh Yog Dham great success in all its endeavors :)

  • Lyndal

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    I would highly recommend and encourage anyone to use yoga dham for their 200 hour teacher training. From the first email sent to the last day ordering a taxi, everything was organized and straight forward. All the staff really care and make it a rewarding experience, as a solo female woman, I felt so safe and secure in Yog Dham, it was a rewarding and challenging month, it’s amazing what you can accomplish with the right teachers who encourage you and let you find your own unique way! I hope to one day go back and do my 300 hour. I’m grateful that my Indian experience turned out so well.

    Namaste!

  • Selena Garrahan

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    With so many yoga teacher training schools to choose from in Rishikesh, it was really difficult to make the final choice on which one to attend but I truly don’t think I could have chosen a better school than Yog Dham. I really loved every minute of my time at Yog Dham.

    Most of all, each member of staff and every teacher makes you feel at home.. they are so caring, knowledgeable and each have their own unique personality and I feel that I made some friends for life with both the teachers and other students I was on the course with – you really become like a little family during the month :)

    The accommodation and location were perfect. There are balconies on either side of the rooms overlooking beautiful mountains and the location is central in Rishikesh and within 15 minutes walking distance to all the little shops, cafes and restaurants (you have to go to Honey Hut…best milkshakes and desserts ever!). That being said, the food offered at Rishikesh is so good! I’d never been a vegetarian before coming to Yog Dham but they are very creative with their dishes so being a vegetarian wasn’t boring and I felt healthy everyday with all the fruit and vegetables we were eating as well as the yummy teas we had after every meal.

    What I think is really unique about Yog Dham is that they keep their classes to a limited amount of people in comparison to the other larger and more industrial schools, which allows them to spend more time on each individual student and to really follow your progress and develop a relationship. They make every lesson a challenge, exciting and fun and every day you feel that you’re accumulating so much new knowledge!!

    I feel really lucky to have been on this journey at Yog Dham…I developed a new found appreciation for yoga and since leaving have tried to keep practicing almost everyday and hope to teach soon :) I miss the whole team there and wish them all the best of luck! Thank you again for this unforgettable experience! Big hug to you all!

  • Marianne Viftrup

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    I am very grateful that I had the chance to practice yoga at Yog Dham. Not only did I learn so much about yogic practices and lifestyle but I also developed some warm relationsship with the teachers and the other people in the course. I was feeling at home at Yog Dham and I would love to come back again for more yoga or just to stay and chill in the nice atmosphere they have created there. For me the best thing about their yoga program is that they only take about 10 students so every student gets a lot of attention and corrections and whenever you have questions you can always get advice from the teachers. I never thought that I would feel like an “upcoming” yoga teacher after just a month but Sattu and Arvind really did a great job preparing us to teach other people. They are patient, encouraging and firm at the same time. I really improved a lot especially considering alignment in the postures. Thanks also to Kelly and Guruji for their bright and positive energy and teachings. And a million thanks to Amit for his lovely food. I would recommend this place to everyone who is looking for a full yoga experience. Thank you.

  • Jillian Rose

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    Here is a little story…

    Last summer, working in my stressful Architecture job, I decided to leave and that I was going to change my life path. I found Yoga. I wanted to become a yoga teacher and I wanted to do it in India. Through a friend of a friend I found a course in Goa with a man who did not have a website and took 3 days to respond to my email. I was promised and ensured that this was going to be the best experience of my life. Wrong! I arrived in Goa late at night and started my training the next morning with this ‘yogi’. After 4 days in this course I ended up hopping on a plane to Yog Dham as fast as my Canadian legs could take me and let me tell you, this was the smartest intuitive decision I have ever made in my life.

    First off, I feel completely confident to go out and teach after my 1 month teacher training. I think this is the most important thing (and all the teachers and program being the MOST amazing!). Everyone who works here and teaches here is wonderful. They are so caring, nice and very knowledgeable about what they are teaching or doing. The course content, food, accommodations, activities, people, environment… everything, I could not have asked for better.

    Thank you Guruji, Arvind, Sattu, Kelly, Amit, Sarvottam, Moorly and Rakesh!!!

  • Heather Hayes

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    The staff at Rishikesh Yog Dham are all very kind and caring people. The Yoga teachers Arvind And Satver are very professional and attentive. I would say from the other travellers I met when out socializing that this is what makes Yog Dham one of the better Schools in Rishikesh. I believe it’s important to have individual attention from your teachers and to have your asanas corrected. When classes are too large this is just not possible for each student, Yog Dham maintain smaller groups of students. I was a beginner when I joined the school and felt nervous at first as some of the other students were more advanced but this was never a problem as I was always given variations or assistance. I felt that Arvind and Satver taught with the right balance of authority and friendliness and were very knowledgeable with great sense of humors! Kelly the Anatomy teacher is also a beautiful, warm person with a fun teaching style. The accommodation is basic; you will have your own room with a double bed and a bathroom. You will get three meals per day and the food is very tasty even for non-vegetarians like me! I would recommend Yog Dham to anyone wanting to go to Rishikesh to do their teacher training.

  • Ghee-Hee Yang

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    My time spent at Rishikesh Yog Dham was an experience I will surely never forget. Although I was set on enrolling into a teacher training program, I was quite nervous and worried regarding both my young age and beginning level of experience. I was near certain I would be one of the younger members and I became self-conscious about my own knowledge about yoga. Searching online there was an overwhelming number of 200-hr YTT courses, but every question I e-mailed to Yog Dham was promptly, thoroughly, and (most importantly) kindly and genuinely answered. Even from the emails I felt a sense of warmth and understanding.

    After completing the program, I honestly could not be happier with the experience I had. I would recommend Rishikesh Yog Dham to anyone considering a YTT course. Coming into the course I had quite high expectations, and I can say without doubt that they were exceeded. The program itself was all-encompassing: extremely enjoyable, rewarding, and challenging. I am so grateful to have connected so well with the other students, instructors, and staff. I truly feel blessed to have had such a wonderful experience. Watching every single student grow in their own limits, past their own expectations, was something truly rewarding. The teaching staff at the school never ceased to amaze me in their devotion to us, the students. Individually, each and every instructor was understanding and willing to help us and answer our questions– to push us beyond what we thought we could do. Though perhaps in different lights, their hard work and care for us truly shined through in every class they taught.

    I especially enjoyed the different perspectives and teaching styles of the asana teachers. Both Arvind and Sattu possess teaching styles in which I greatly admire. They are both extremely kind and loving teachers, but challenge their students and push them in such different ways– albeit, both ways will truly help you come closer and closer to your true potential. They aren’t afraid to work intimately with every student– often adjusting themselves to meet the needs of each particular student. This is something I found very special and worthwhile about Rishikesh Yog Dham– the willingness of the teachers to work on such an individual level with each student. Everybody and every body is different– one size doesn’t fit all– and having teachers that genuinely understand that is something priceless. Learning from two teachers with such different styles, but with a common goal, care, and understanding made my time and learning experience in Rishikesh truly worthwhile.

    Now back in university, I look back and feel so blessed to have learned from such great instructors and to have had such a great experience. I look forward to the day I am fortunate enough to attend another class and learn from Arvind, Sattu, or any of the other teachers I met at Rishikesh Yog Dham.

  • Susan Pryor

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    Namaste…

    My Yoga Teacher Training 200 hours has been the most wonderful experience I have had recently. I was so lucky to be in a small intimate group of beautiful souls who all love yoga. We supported each other through the entire program…aside from the deeply felt friendships we made…the teaching was the best I have ever had.

    I have lived abroad and traveled experiencing yoga from many different teachers and Arvind is sublime. Arvind is a dedicated teacher, he is caring and gentle but a powerful strong and motivating teacher…more than this Arvind has continued to support me in my training since I returned to New Zealand… his integrity is without equal.

    The accommodation was perfect…simple with views out to the Himalayas… which drew me to their beauty day in and day out…the rooms had good en-suites and comfortable beds….

    Everything I needed was provided… water… internet… lovely food…Thank You!

    I tried to find people who had studied at Rishikesh Yog Dham…and did through these pages… I was taken on magical journeys through their blogs and facebook pages and once we became pals…through emails!

    The entire program is very thorough… anatomy is really interesting and the philosophy classes have really inspired me to deepen my knowledge of the foundations on which yoga is built… the yoga sutras…

    I am more than happy to help out anyone prepare for their trip to Rishikesh India to study with Arvind….

    Since back in New Zealand I am teaching in my own studio… and this year I am offering a scholarship to some lucky student who shows an interest in living the yogic lifestyle and training to be a teacher….

    By all means contact me I fully recommend Arvind..Yog Dham…and the whole Rishikesh environment..even the monkeys :)

    Blessings,

    Sat Nam….

    Om Shanti Shanti Shanti…

  • Ditte Maria

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    Doing yoga teacher training with Arvind and Sanjay was an amazing experience, and i would recommend it to anyone and everyone. You learn so much, not only about yoga, but about yourself too. You should choose Rishikesh Yog Dham!

  • Dominique

    Rishikesh Yog Dham

    Hi, I made the TTC in December 2013. It was a really great and unforgettable experience. Before starting i was a little bit nervous cause i didn't have so much experience in yoga so I wasn't very sure If it was a good idea to make that kind of course, but since I arrived in the school I felt like at Home and very relaxed. The entire course is awesome, how it s designed, yoga classes, great, with two great teachers, a little bit hard for me at the beginning, but after every single class it feels really good. Then we also have philosophy, where we learned about yoga history and also a lot of the Indian culture, then anatomy with a great teacher and at night, some meditation. Between classes we had really good meals, all, made with lot of love, all the staff is really great, helpful, really nice people…so to finish i really recommend anybody to make this course even If your interest is to teach or not it s a really good experience for life… so thanks a lot to Yog Dham and the great people there.

  • Jennifer Chamberod

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    Just finished an amazing experience! The yoga teacher training at Yoga School Rishikesh Yog Dham, India, RYS 200 was so rich in knowledge and such a great challenge! I definitely recommend it for anyone interested in improving their yoga practice or/and for teaching. Perfect way to learn more about the Indian culture at the same time. Thanks so much to the super staff they created an unforgettable experience for me and the 4 other students. At first I wasn’t sure whether or not I should come all the way here, I didn’t know much about Rishikesh or the yoga center but it turned out to be so worth it! I learned and discovered way more than I expected. Hope to be able to come back for the 300h at some point!

  • Rie Yasumoto

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    I had one of life-changing experience in Teacher training course of Rishikesh Yog Dham. It is a pleasure to know good teacher like Arvind who is willing to share his knowledge and experience with his students. I could say Arvind is a best teacher in my life.

    Course was quite intensive and I made a big progress even though I was totally beginner and slowest student. I learned not only how to teach yoga but also much more than I expected-Best thing I learned was that I can do more than I think-the moment will come if keep trying if it looks like a long way. I feel much more healthier, stronger and positive!

    In addition, other trainees and all the staffs became my great family who always made me feel at home.

    I would highly recommend Rishikesh Yog Dham. If you’re interested, you should go!

  • Paulina

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    I have just finished my 200 hr YTT at Rishikesh Yog Dham, and am already dreaming about going back. I would recommend this school to anyone! Every aspect, from the instruction to the accommodations, was perfect. This program is for everyone; whether you are a beginner or advanced practitioner, if you plan to teach or not. The journey was peaceful, inspirational, and calming. You will come away more balanced, and with a stronger passion for life. I cannot say enough good things about my experience, and highly suggest you book your spot at Rishikesh Yog Dham immediately!The instructors are always ensuring the comfort and safety of the students. The class size is small, so everyone is given more than enough attention. The teaching is tailored to each student; pushing you more when needed, and easing up when necessary. The asana instructors are knowledgeable and experienced. They not only show you the proper body positioning, but also explain the pose’s benefits. You will learn everything from basic joint movements to more advanced postures, and will come away with a well rounded arsenal of teachable poses. The teachers know exactly what the students need, and are great at assessing any difficulties in your personal practice. They are friendly, and approachable. You will look forward to seeing their faces everyday, and will miss them when you’re gone!This program focuses not only on asanas and anatomy, but also philosophy, mediation, and pranayama. You will learn about the foundation of yoga, and will gain a deep insight into the practice. You will learn about the body, but also about traditional Indian arurvedic methods. You will come away with a love for mediation, and will carry that into your life when you return home. The anatomy, philosophy, mediation, and pranayama instructors are superb! They really know what they are talking about, and they love what they do. Rishikesh Yog Dham is not a business. To the staff it is a passion to pass their love and knowledge onto their students. You cannot find a better teaching team anywhere!The guys running the program are the sweetest and most caring, going above and beyond any expectations you have. The food is always delicious, and is different everyday. The curries use fresh seasonal vegetables, and the peanut rice is to die for! Every meal is the best meal ever. After eating all over India, I can safely say this is the best Indian food. They are extremely accommodating, and want to make you as comfortable as possible. The rooms are very clean, and you have your own personal bathroom. I have high expectations for my living standards, and they did not disappoint. Again they are extremely accommodating, and will do everything they can to make sure that you have an enjoyable stay. The boys will help you get situated in India, getting you towels, medication, and anything else you may need!

    You will get to know the amazing staff outside of the classes, on the extra special events they plan. The staff go above and beyond to give you a real taste of India. On one of our days off, a trip to a temple in the mountains was arranged. It was an amazing day where we all formed memories we would never forget. One evening a traditional Indian musician came in, and we danced for hours. The graduation ceremony is beautiful, and the perfect end to your adventure. You will not want to leave after your four weeks are up! Rishikesh Yog Dham will become your home.

    Signing up for this experience was the best decision I have ever made. It was such a transformational journey which has changed my life for the better. I am stronger both physically and emotionally, and have such a positive outlook on life. I cannot recommend this school enough!

  • Julia Druzhkina

    Rishikesh Yog Dham website

    I would like to thank you for what you are! In my heart I have only the warmest and the brightest memories after your course. I wish you prosperity and success. Thank you everybody. Hare Om Tat Sat.

  • Katia Morozova

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    We were happy to get our yoga teacher training in RYD course with Arvind and Sanjay. Don’t know if it was life-changing or any kind of crucial for us, time will show. What we can say for sure – we really loved it! Enjoyed every minute of our unforgettable time there! Enjoyed our challenging and rewarding classes, enjoyed constant sensation of involvement, and atmosphere of respect and dedication!

    Words can hardly describe how thankful we are to our teachers for their professional guidance and encouragement. For their demanding but delicate push towards our inner potential and encouragement to proceed.

    For the unexpectedly new understanding of the nature of teaching and valuable practical teaching skills and experience. Our deep and thorough work on asana and pranayama techniques and sequences, numerous tips, hints, and cautions we got are sure to be valuable in both our personal and teaching practice.

    Sincere thanks for those who organized and helped to organize the course, to those who taught us and shared their knowledge. And special thanks to the magic of Rishikesh which involuntarily taught us something new every minute we spent there) Thank you and Namaste.

  • Tara Stubbs

    Rishikesh Yog Dham website

    It was such a blessing to have Arvind guide me through the Yoga Teacher Training. I gained skills and confidence through his wisdom. Arvind lives yoga. He not only teaches the asanas, but embodies the eight limbs. I can whole-heartedly say that receiving training from Arvind was invaluable. I recommend his training to anyone interested in expanding their practice and learning to fundamentals of how to teach yoga..

  • Christopher Ekelund

    Rishikesh Yog Dham website

    Did my first teacher training course with Arvind and he is an amazing teacher. He teaches a tough and inspiring class and his love of yoga shines through his practice. He is attentive both in the way he teaches and how he corrects! I would really recommend everyone to learn from him! For me it was a life-changing event!

  • Geetha Ganapathy

    Rishikesh Yog Dham website

    Arvind is young, dedicated, energetic and yet very peaceful in nature. He is generous in sharing his knowledge and skills. I experienced fast and effective results of nicely toned up muscles, improved flexibility and greater strength just within couple of weeks. His classes are dynamic and at the same time fun. It was worth it.

  • Ryan

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    Arvind is a fantastic teacher who taught me all the basics as well as some of the more advanced postures for those willing. We learned many aspects related to breathing, movement, correction and the effects that the different postures have on the mind, body and the different systems within the body. Overall, I went home very happy with what I had learned.

  • Jay McBain

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    Yoga Teacher Training in India was one of the most transformative events in my life. Arvind is a wonderfully gifted teacher that will challenge your perception of possibility, while demonstrating compassion, kindness and love. I can highly recommend training with Arvind. No matter what experience level your current practice, he will help you to open your body and your mind. Teacher Training in India with Arvind helped open me to learning Yoga, and not just asana. I completed training in 2011, and have been teaching yoga in the United States for a year and half; this style of teaching has been very well received. Arvind continues to support my growth as a student and a teacher, and I look forward to returning to India to study with him in the future.

  • Mark Aumoine

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    I was very lucky to receive instruction from Arvind and Shekhar who have a very wide knowledge of asana practice and have the ability to construct their course so that pupils progress in strength, stamina and flexibility and experiment with their stronger bodies. They are able to push and help to gain confidence and knowledge about the capabilities of the body and demonstrate how to make real progress without risking injury. With regards to yoga as a whole, they are both accomplished practitioners and are a true inspiration. I can only highly recommend to receive instruction from Arvind and Shekhar.

  • Gabriela Díaz

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    I received my first formal yoga instruction with Arvind as one of my teachers in Rishikesh, India more than two years ago. He was a wonderful teacher, firm but very kind and concerned with transferring his knowledge and experience of yoga to all of his students, he could see the possibilities in every one of us and pushed us so that we could be our best selves. One day he sat on my back and then, for the first time in my life, I touched my toes in paschimottanasana, I will never forget this. Because of his vision and wonderful instruction, as well as the rest of the team at Rishikesh Yog Peeth, I was inspired to stay on the yogic path and since then, have become a devoted practitioner of ashtanga yoga. I feel grateful beyond words for my experience at Rishikesh. Namaste.

  • Antoniya Miteva

    Rishikesh Yog Dham website

    Yoga Teacher Training in India was may be the most exciting and life changeable thing ever happend to me! Since that experience everything in my life had a different meaning to me Arvind was one of my teachers who I can honestly say became an inspiration for me! dedicated yogi, great teacher who always find the way to work with the particular student and adjust the practice to his/her individuality, possibility and give a light push to show you that you can much more just have to believe in yourself.

  • Neus Margart

    Rishikesh Yog Dham's website

    Llegue por primera vez a la dia hace un mes. Estaba asustada y no sabia muy bien que encntraria aqui. Ahora un mes despues, puedo asegurar que ha sido la mejor decision que he tomado nunca. El curso esta perfectamente disenyado y no le falta de nada. Los profesores son magnficos y la comida…increible!!!! He apredido muchisimo, he mejorado mis asanas, me han ensenyado a ensenyar, y he aprendido de la vida. He tenido la suerte de coincidir con otros 10 yogis fabulosos y juntos hemos creado una familia en Rishikesh. No tengo palabras para agradecer lo mucho que ha hecho esta escuela por mi.

    La recomiendo totamente. It has been a great experience and I’ve learned a lot. Thank you very much, Rishikesh Yog Dham.

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