Rishikesh Yog Dham yoga school is registered with Yoga Alliance USA, offering traditional Hatha Vinyasa yoga teacher training courses of all levels.
Yoga Retreats (3)
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.
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 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.
from United Kingdom, November 2018
I don't think I can convey into words the experience I had at Rishikesh Yog Dham. It might not have been perfect but the staff and teachers went out of their way to make sure we had the best experience possible. The location of the school is near enough the city centre and slightly out to enjoy a more quiet environment. The teachers, all of them, were excellent, knowledgeable and friendly. Yogesh,the anatomy teacher, is not on the list above but I want to pay him credit for his amazing teaching skills. The school staff was extremely kind and helpful. The Sundays activities were breathtaking. I was also lucky to be part of a great group where the other students were an inspiration. Many thanks to Ira and Arvind to make this TTC so wonderful.
from United Kingdom, January 2018
I have just finished my 200YTT at YogDham and couldn’t be more happier, the teachers were all professional and with a vast and deep knowledge on Yoga, I can’t really tell who was my favourite has they all were great, always responded to our questions and doubts, a big thank you for all the patience U guys (specially during mahesh, Ajay, Manoj classes )had with us during our classes 🙏🏽 we weren’t easy sometimes😅 I have learnt a lot with you guys!! The yogDham team were Super, the boys where always available to help us, I had a broken window in my room when I arrived, it was very cold, but the boys fixed as quickly I complained with Fatima (who was the manager)and it was all good ( oh and I got a few extra blankets as well, it was like Sahara in the end LOL) the meals was too yummy, I even forgot I am not a vegetarian, food was served 3times a day, since I’m not used to eat a lot of savoury meals for breakfast, I’ve asked the chef to make me extra porridge everyday and they were happy with that, so I was sorted 👌🏽 I just wished we had a few extra lead classes with Arvind, he was our main asana teacher, amazing instructor and observer ( he wouldn’t miss any of our mistakes on our classes 🙈) and for that reason I wish we had had more classes with him. I truly recommend this school, if you are a mature, open minded person and a hatha Yoga practitioner you will love it more. Yes I’m returning for the 300YTT soon 😊
from France, September 2017
"Very good school and teachers"
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.
from Belgium, September 2017
"Time out to study."
The friendly caring staff at all levels. The interesting course content and open approach to subjects. All aspects of the course where fascinating.
from Czechia, July 2017
"Awesome experience "
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.
from Canada, June 2017
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.
from Thailand, February 2020
"Incredibly fun, interesting and challenging "
The teachers are really experienced and share their knowledge with excitement. They want the best out of every student and pushed us in a positive and encouraging way.
The food served was delicious. Every meal contained of salad, soup, curry and rice (additionally chapati in evenings). It was very healthy and delicious.
Sundays are study time and time for exploring and it was a good time to connect a bit more with the teachers.
I can't emphasize the greatness of the teachers though, they all have so much experience and their own personalities, give different perspective and knowledge about yoga and at the same time they are really nice and want to connect with the students.
I came here without years of practice behind, I've done yoga for 1-2 years and usually shorter practices so I had to learn many new poses during the first week but for me that was a fun challenge. This moth is more about what you want to become and how motivated you are rather than how much you know or how flexible you are before coming here.
I definitely recommend Yog Dham as a great teacher training <3
from Malaysia, November 2019
"Experienced teachers with cares and love"
The food served was extremely good with Ira's own recipes.
They did a very good job in serving Sattvic meals every day to ensure the taste was good for everyone.
For accommodation, basic amenities given and everything was properly set up. Due to road conditions in the neighbourhood, dust was everywhere but the compound was all-time clean and tidy with the help of the cleaner.
The location is good, away from the main road and about 15 min walk to Laxman Jhula. Convenience stores, bakery shop and restaurants are just within walking distance which I miss them so much.
For the teaching, I love Arvind's class especially when he taught about alignment correction. Every push he gave in Asana made me feel more confident to go further and beyond myself. He gave me a great insight of the importance of yoga alignments where all the sweet pains help :)
MJ's class was superb as the way he talks, he acts and he moves is so calm in his yogic way. I learned a lot from him not only for asanas, but the essence in life.
Mahesh is very knowledge in philosophy and I love to listen to his lessons all the time. There are too many things to learn from him, regardless is the yoga history, philosophy or attitudes.
Teachers are friendly and caring. It's all about Karm Yog, treat people in the way of how you want to be treated in return but with no expectations. It's the place where I grow and leap on the yoga journey.
I will come back for 300hr for sure:)
from United States, May 2019
"Amazing experience amazing people "
I loved the school, the classes, the homemade food ( delicious with so many recipes, healthy,tasty and light) and the overall vibe. Everyone was so kind and made me feel like I was home. Ira, Sunil, Machech, Mj, Arvin, Vikas, chef and all the staff were amazing.
Every time I needed something they would be there.
Seriously best experience ever!
I learned so much and had so much fun!
Going back next year for my 300h
from Japan, January 2019
"I feel very happy and satisfied for all this experience! "
I like all my clasmates and teachers. They were very nice and friendly. All stay brought me new knowledges and great vision for the future.
from United States, January 2019
"Wish I had gone to an authentic YTT"
I liked being in India. I liked having a schedule for myself, though the school did not follow any real class schedule; it changed a lot, and often without notice. I liked Rishikesh, a lot. I liked the people in the city. Unfortunately, the people at this school are not from Rishikesh—they are “foreign” indians from different states. The yoga market is quite saturated in Rishikesh, and Indians from other places are moving there in literal flocks to open businesses like this one to turn a profit. Many people from my retreat were afraid to leave the gates of the school—so they never met locals, and never realized that Yog Dham is really just one of these many businesses, and is in no way authentic to the “yoga capital” of the world (Rishikesh). I can’t recommend Rishikesh as a city enough. If you want to study yoga, GO TO RISHIKESH. But make sure the school is run by locals. This school is not. Had I known before, I would have made a different choice. Luckily, after meeting people and doing research, I was able to take my final YTT testing, and received certificate from a much more highly esteemed establishment.
from Poland, January 2019
"Very very satisfied. Couldn't be happier with the experience"
What did I like? Everything. Food was great, something unique and different everyday. The Dham staff were all positive, and helpful (Thank you Chef, Beem, Shyam, Sunil, and team). The rooms were comfy, with a neat balcony. The top yoga hall felt modern-sacred and a comfy place to learn and practice daily. The whole complex is in a very accessible location with many extra shops nearby.
The instructors were excellent, if we willed to give our full attention, effort, and respect, they all gave back extra. Arvinji was an absolute wonderful main instructor, very kind and respectful, thorough with his knowledge and able to direct you in a honest manner towards your asana practice goals. Maheshji's philosophy classes were very informative and interesting, plus the daily satsangs were nothing short of a blessing. Manoji's graceful morning teaching along with his peace-emitting presence may have been the greatest treat my body/mind has ever received in the morning times. Prafulji's anatomy classes were well instructed and well informative, however, at times ending the class, experiencing him deliver genuine universal life lessons and guidance from his own path of wisdom is something I will cherish - for life. Iraji was very helpful throughout the month in being open to any question and helping us students succeed, kind-hearted and downright good human. Lastly, Barfy and Hero, no words can express the importance and value of their little furry roles with Yog Dham.
from Sri Lanka, October 2018
"An unforgettable experience "
The entire school - including the teachers, accomodation, food and other students - was really incredible. I enjoyed every moment of the course and loved the diversity of the classes and how we were free to ask as many questions as we liked.
The small class sizes were so great as it allowed you one on one time with teachers and also were perfect for fostering really close relationships between students (I made some great lifelong friends).
Fatima and Arvin are incredible people and were so very caring when I became sick - they very kindly took me to a special doctor and made sure I had the correct treatment.
I loved the classes with Manoj who is both an amazing teacher and person. He encouraged us to explore and made sure we saw the importance in not just asana but also pranayama.
I would recommend the course to anyone thinking of joining! The actual school is also in a fantastic location overlooking the beauitful Himalayan hillside.
from United States, October 2018
"Life changing. Totally surpassed my expectations."
I came to Yog Dahm because i was interested in hiring a yoga instructor for a future business but felt i did not have deep enough personal knowlege of yoga to chose wisely. i thought i would take a yrt course, learn the basics and do it in Rishikesh. there were a ton of schools. i picked yog dahm based on the price and didnt really have much expectations for what it should be.
that said i was shocked by the quality of instruction by Arvind, and all of the knowlege that my class gained from all of the teachers. i now know all the bones in the body and most muscles and understand much better exactly whats going on inside durring my yoga practice. It was so much more than just a yoga course, one month here has permanently changed my posture, my daily diet, enhanced my personal yoga practice, my life outlook and most importantly, i really feel confident to teach others yoga , want to do it, and know i am giving them good instruction! i didnt even know i wanted to teach until after this wonderful experience.
last note the view was awesome from my room waking up to the mountains amazing and never got old.
Ester De La Fuente
from Spain, February 2019
"The best: location and food"
The best thing was the food, really tasty and made with love by the cooks who work very hard all day.
The location is good too, close to Laxman Jhula bridge and all the shops, cafés... apart from the main road, so is not very noisy. And the rooms are comfortable, with hot water and enough blankets.
The teachers are nice, but don't expect a high level in any of the subjects. The best teacher was Sunil (meditation), who is always smiling, happy, humble, content and tried to teach us different meditation techniques, including a meditation by the river, so nice!
The school planned the extra activities for us (visit to a temple and nature arround, river rafting, Aarti ceremony by the river, cooking class), which was very nice.
from United States, January 2019
"Amazing experience - happy with the choice of this school"
Yoga teacher training at the Yog Dham school in Rishikesh was a really great experience for me.
At the beginning I was a bit afraid that I’m not experienced enough for this course, my English is not good enough, my body is too stiff and so on. But after a few days my fears disappeared because all these points are not so important as our teachers explained and I enjoyed it more than I ever expected.
The food was really very good. Of course you need to like to eat rice, curry and vegetarian food. All the meals are very healty and fresh prepared – perfect for cleaning your body from inside by eating no processed food at all.
You should not expect rooms like in a 5 star hotel. The rooms are not very big but completely sufficient. Attached to the room is a bathroom. The room itself, the bathroom and the beds are nice clean and this is the most important thing.
The group size with max. 15 students is in my opinion perfect. Not too many so that the teacher has still enough time to pay attention to everybody and not too small that you still have the possibility to get to know many people from different countries.
For Sundays outings were organised for half a day– like Rafting on Ganges or sunrise in the Himalaya and the rest of the day was for your own disposal. All the outings were included in the price – really great.
From the theoretical lessons I liked anatomy most because you learn so much about your body. I was always looking forward to this lesson. Philosophy was for me more..
Agostina Calvo Deiber
from United States, November 2018
Since the beginning I was very well welcome, after 12 hours travelling they waited for me with tea and fruit.
The location is perfect, only 7 minutes walking to the main shops.
The building is very comfortable, each room has their own bathroom, with hot water.
Food was Indian style, super yummy!
Teachers are incredible and staff from reception and kitchen too. I was sick and they all took care of me, teachers and stafr, which made me feel like home.
I had such a perfect experience in RYD that I'm already thinking about doing the 300hs course.
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.