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28 Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Tapovan, Rishikesh

Behind Green Hills Cottage, Off Badrinath Road, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249192, India

Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh

This 200-hour yoga certification course qualifies yoga teachers to get certified and allows you to teach yoga anywhere in the world. This is a foundational YTT course based on the traditional concepts and teachings of Hatha Yoga. The intensive 28 days training renders knowledge, practice, and hands-on daily teaching experience which makes the students into confident and inspiring yoga teachers. This yoga teacher course is best suited to all students who would like to become yoga teachers world wide or deepen their knowledge of yoga.

Meet the instructors

Arvind, Manoj, & Mahesh Ji
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  • Yoga therapy session every week
  • Daily restorative meditation sessions
  • Daily Hatha flow and yoga asana classes
  • Daily pranayama and mantra chanting sessions
  • Sunday excursions amidst the majestic Himalayas
  • Three daily healthy sattvic meals
  • 27 nights’ accommodation
  • Certificate of completion

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

28 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Sanskrit
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

The venue of the Rishikesh Yog Dham has been carefully chosen so that the natural surroundings make your training even more inspiring. Just as the ancient yogis lived in nature so you will too. The accommodation offered is comfortable which will give you a glimpse of simplicity in life that can be informational. All students are provided with a separate standard double room with attached bath.

Room amenities

  • Bed sheets, blankets and pillows
  • Clean and hygienic
  • Western-style rooms with attached bath
  • Filtered water 24 hours
  • Hot water
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Welcome kit


Rishikesh Yog Dham works towards creating a blissful environment for the spiritual seeker and offers carefully curated courses to inspire and support your journey of yoga. Rishikesh Yog Dham was established in 2013 to provide quality and world-class training in Hatha yoga inspiring aspiring yogis and transforming them into innovative yoga teachers while preserving the traditional values of yogic discipline and therefore, they provide a residential experience with Indian traditions, where safety, cleanliness, and simplicity are a hallmark. It’s a residential Hatha yoga course ideal for beginners and intermediate level and highly recommended for advanced yoga students who wish to dive further into the path of yoga.

Rishikesh Yog Dham undertakes a strict disciplined training so you will develop the correct knowledge about genuine yogic practice. You will learn to become an informational yoga teacher as you inspire your students to adopt a life of simplicity, integrity, and generosity that will open out a path for them leading to personal awakening.

As a teacher, the course will give you insights about how to find within you the ability to be a good teacher. Besides asana, pranayama, meditation, and mantra chanting, there will be learning that includes kriyas, Bhakti yoga, and self-development.

While the courses are suited for all, the seats are very limited as the focus and emphasis are laid more on the quality of teaching and learning process, nurturing you during your personal yoga practise and help transform your skills and confidence as yoga teachers.


A certificate of completion is awarded upon satisfactory completion of all contact and non-contact hours.

Techniques training and practice (T) consists of learning asana, pranayama, chanting, mantra, meditation, Kriyas, Mudras and Bandhas and learning how to teach & practice traditional yoga techniques.


Upon completion of the course, you will be able to perform the below mentioned Pranayam, bandhas, mudras, guide, teach and describe its benefits and contra-indications

  • Kapala-bhati (frontal brain cleansing)
  • Nadi-sodhanam (psychic network purification)
  • Bhastrika (bellows breath)
  • Ujjayi (the psychic breath)
  • Sheetatli (cooling breath)
  • Sheetkari (hissing breath)
  • Bhramari (humming bee breath)
  • Surya-bheda (vitality stimulating breath)


  • Bhairava mudra
  • Chin mudra
  • Hridaya mudra
  • Jnan mudra
  • Vishnu mudra


  • Jalandhar bandha (chin lock)
  • Maha bandha
  • Mula bandha (root lock)
  • Uddiyana bandha (abdominal lock)

Introduction to yoga

You will be taught about Yoga, its origin, importance, the role of the ancient texts in today’s times, student-teacher ethic guidelines, etc.

  • Origin of yoga
  • What is yoga?
  • Practice guidelines
  • Etiquettes of a yoga class

Shatkarma (yogic cleansing)

  • Jal neti (nasal cleansing with water)
  • Sutra neti (nasal cleansing with water)
  • Shankprakshanlana (cleansing of the git)
  • Nauli (abdominal breathing)
  • Trataka (concentrated gazing)

Meditation and mantra chanting

Upon completion of the program the student will be able to engage in seated meditation practice, describe the benefits, learn the meaning of the following mantras and its role in meditation.

  • Ganesh mantra
  • Gayatri mantra
  • Shanti mantra
  • Guru mantra
  • Aum mantra

Yoga asanas

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to perform the following asanas. You will be able to describe how to enter and exit the posture; the benefits, contraindications, proper alignment, guide other students into the asana by giving proper instructions and perform hands-on adjustments. The asanas mentioned below are just a glimpse and not the entire list that will be taught and practised during the course. *Meditative postures: sukhasana, sidhasana, padamasana, vajrasana

  • Dynamic postures: pawanmuktasana series, marjariasana, vyaghrasana, surya namaskar, chandra namaskar
  • Standing postures: tadasana, utkatasana, trikonasana, parshwakonasana, veerbhadrasana
  • Balancing postures: vrikshasana, bakdhyanasana, natrajasana, mayurasana
  • Inverted postures: sirsasana, pinchamayurasana, halasana, sarvangasana
  • Twisting postures: merubakrasana, ardha matsyendrasana
  • Back-bend postures: shalabhasana, dhanurasana, ushtrasana, kandhrasana, chakrasana, rajkapotasana
  • Forward-bend postures: janusirasana, paschimotanasana, padprasar paschimotanasana
  • Relaxation postures: balasana, makarasana, savasana

Teaching Methodology (TM) Consists of the principles of demonstration, observation, assisting, correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, time management, group dynamics, the student’s process of learning and business aspects of teaching yoga.

Upon completion of the program the student will be able to properly sequence, construct, and instruct a safe class, assist other teachers and give proper feedback to students. You will cover the following:

  • Techniques of teaching yoga
  • Adjustment and alignment techniques
  • Basic class plans
  • Student and teacher guidelines

Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) Consists of human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and includes energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). It includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).

You will learn anatomy and physiology relevant to yoga in order to strengthen the classroom explanations, cues, and corrections of asanas. The class will cover the digestives system, skeletal system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, muscular system, anatomical names of the body, planes of the body, major joints of the body, anatomical terms of movements, yoga asana alignment based on applied anatomy. Upon completion, you will be able to identify the muscles and bones of the body along with joint movements in asana poses, learn and understand the energy systems of the body, the primary system of the human body and its relevance with Yoga and will also acquire knowledge of basic concepts of Ayurveda and nutrition.

Yoga Philosophy/Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers (PLE) Consists of the study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts, yogic lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers. It also includes Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others. Students are encouraged to put into practise the above learnings into their practice in class and explore the application of the same in their own personal lives.

This class will focus on introducing you to the basic philosophy, concepts, and history of yoga. It will cover the various traditional philosophies and viewpoints, insights from modern research, and ways in which the essence of this holistic life-view can be integrated into a modern lifestyle.

Upon completion, you will be able to identify the basic limbs of yoga and other classic texts of yoga mentioned below

  • Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga
  • Hatha yoga pradipika
  • Bhagwat Gita philosophy
  • Yoga sutras of Patanjali
  • Panch koshas
  • Mudras and chakras

Practicum (PR) consists of practice teaching as a lead instructor, receiving feedback, observing others teaching and hearing/giving feedback and assisting other students as assistant teachers

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 07:30 Shatkarma, pranayama, meditation
  • 07:30 - 08:45 Yoga class
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Healing practise with mantras and mindful meditation
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Applied anatomy
  • 13:00 - 13:30 Lunch break
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Yoga Philosophy
  • 16:00 - 17:30 TM lecture; study of asana in depth, alignment, adjustment, teaching
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 21:30 Gates close

Included excursions

There will be weekly excursions with Rishikesh Yog Dham that includes activities such as river rafting, temple treks, trekking, Ganga Aarti, river meditation, trips to beautiful waterfalls, and beach outings.


Arvind Sharma

Manoj Ji

Mahesh Ji

Retreat location

Rishikesh Yog Dham is located in pristine surroundings that offer a view of the mighty Himalayas and intervening forests with the Holy Ganges River flowing nearby. In this land of the great yogis, Rishikesh Yog Dham endeavor to bring to the true learner an effective Hatha yoga practice.

Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, is located on the foothills of the Himalayas. It is famously known as the “world capital of yoga”. Snuggled by the Himalayas, it’s famously seen as the gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas amongst the locals. One of the holiest places of India, Rishikesh is a famous pilgrim town for Indians.

The most beautiful attraction that makes Rishikesh well known to the Western world besides yoga is the tranquil sacred river Ganga. Ganga beach is just five minutes away from the ashram. Famous points of Rishikesh are the Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, the Beatles Ashram, and some famous cafes around the Ganga River, making it one of the most sought after destinations for people of all age groups.


  • Ganga River - 5 minutes
  • Jolly Grant Airport (DED), 15 kilometers - 45 minutes

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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You will be serve three meals daily. All meals served in Rishikesh Yog Dham is very basic Indian sattvic food. The meals are Indian and vegetarian food only. Vegan and gluten-free is served on need basis. You will also be provided with delicious local grown farm vegetables and fruits.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Bungee jumping
  • River rafting
  • Temple visits
  • Trekking

What's included

  • 27 nights' accommodation
  • 3 healthy vegetarian meals daily
  • Daily Hatha yoga asana sessions
  • Daily pranayama and meditation classes
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free airport pick up from Dehradun Airport
  • Herbal tea
  • In-house Ayurvedic massage at a discounted rate
  • Rishikesh Yog Dham's yoga manual and other course materials
  • Sunday excursions
  • Certification on successful completion

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional meals or activities
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jolly Grant Airport (DED).

Arrival by train

The closest railway station is Haridwar. It’s around one hour from Rishikesh by road. It takes about six hours to get to Haridwar from Delhi.

Arrival by taxi

You can hire a cab from Delhi or Dehradun. Prior booking is recommended for cab service.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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