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28 Days 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in India

  • 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 register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT 200. The yoga learner who comes here to be trained professionally as a yoga teacher will be able to learn from the vast knowledge and experience of the many awakened teachers at Rishikesh Yog Dham whose aim is to preserve the traditional values of yogic discipline.


  • Daily yoga asana classes
  • Daily restorative meditation sessions
  • Daily pranayama and mantra chanting sessions
  • Yoga Alliance RYT 200 certification
  • Daily healthy sattvic meals
  • 27 nights’ accommodation
  • Sunday excursions

Skill level

  • Beginner

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 27 days with instruction
  • English, Sanskrit
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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 a separate standard double room with attached bath. Neat and clean accommodation is provided in a budget hotel.

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

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.

Nearby places

  • Ganga River - 5 minutes
  • Jolly Grant Airport (DED), 15 kilometers - 45 minutes
  • 3 healthy vegetarian meals daily
  • 27 nights' accommodation
  • Daily pranayama and meditation classes
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Herbal tea
  • Rishikesh Yog Dham's yoga manual and other course materials
  • Sunday excursions
  • Yoga Alliance certification on successful completion of the course

Rishikesh Yog Dham is registered with Yoga Alliance USA as RYS 200. The vision is to create an environment that caters to the spiritual seeker as well as someone who envisions a yoga journey that can be traveled with the guidance of knowledgeable and awakened teachers.

The aim is to preserve the traditional values of yogic discipline and so Rishikesh Yog Dham provide a residential experience, which is in keeping with the best Indian traditions and where safety, cleanliness, and simplicity are the hallmark. It’s a residential Hatha yoga course ideal for beginners and intermediate level yoga students.

Rishikesh Yog Dham undertakes a strict disciplined training so you will develop the correct idea about genuine yogic practice. An understanding of yogic philosophy and practices will also enhance your personal awakening and lead you to a place of self-discovery. 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 that will lead 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 self-inquiry, dream, and kriyas. Rishikesh Yog Dham also offer a variety of alternative yoga practices like Ashtanga yoga, Sivananda yoga, and many more.

You will undergo yoga practices that ancient yogis undertook on their path to self-discovery and which are mentioned in the yoga sutras of Patanjali. Unless you undergo the traditional yoga practice that is offered by a yoga school like Rishikesh Yog Dham, your understanding of yoga will remain limited to just knowledge of asanas.


Introduction to yoga

  • 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)

Mantra chanting

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


  • 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)

Yoga asanas

  • 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

Yoga anatomy

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 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.

Yoga philosophy

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.

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

Teaching methodology

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

Sample daily schedule

  • 05:30 Wake up time
  • 06:00 Herbal tea
  • 06:15 Shat karma (yogic cleansing)
  • 06:30 Mantra chanting
  • 07:00 Morning asana practice
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Yoga anatomy and physiology lecture
  • 12:30 Lunch time
  • 15:00 Yogic philosophy lecture
  • 16:30 Yoga asana and teaching methodology
  • 18:00 Evening meditation class
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 21:30 Lights off

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.

Electricity information

Two pin plugs are commonly used in India. In case you have three pin electronics, please carry a connector along with it.

Dressing information

Modest dressing is a must. Transparent, revealing, or tight fitting clothing is best avoided.

What to bring

Please bring yoga mat if you wish to have a personal mat for yourself. Rishikesh Yog Dham also recommend it as energy of one follow onto his or her mat (you can also buy decent yoga mats at a store nearby). Please also bring loose clothing which is not transparent of revealing or above knee level, mosquito repellent, toiletries like towels and napkins.

Passport / visa

A visa is must to enter India. Applicants need to check with their own country and embassy for Indian tourist visa requirements. VOA (visa on arrival) is applicable for citizens of more than 43 countries. VOA is only valid for 30 days. This option is strictly for 30 days and not beyond. To stay longer a standard Indian tourist visa should be applied for.

You should ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your arrival date in India.

Local expenses / money information

Card payment is not available everywhere, so do carry a little cash for emergency purposes.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Rishikesh Yog Dham, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send inquiry button to send a message.

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

  • Arvind Sharma

    Arvind is the founder of Rishikesh Yog Dham, a 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.

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.

  • Bungee jumping
  • River rafting
  • Temple visits
  • Trekking
  • River
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
For information about the booking conditions, please send Rishikesh Yog Dham an inquiry.
  • Review by Magaletchumi

    "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."

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  • Review by Erin

    "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."

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  • Review by Swashna

    "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"

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  • Review by Linette (Grace) Low

    "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!"

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  • Review by Bianca Wagner

    "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."

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  • Review by Souza Adi

    "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!"

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  • Review by Barry Strzelczyk

    "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!"

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  • Review by Nicole Dreyfuss

    "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."

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  • Review by Istvan

    "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. "

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  • Review by Christine Malek

    "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!"

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  • Review by Kathryn

    "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."

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  • Review by Viola

    "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!"

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  • Review by Maya L. Echeverria

    "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!" website, edited

  • Review by Julia Druzhkina

    "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."

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  • Review by Tara Stubbs

    "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.."

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  • Review by Christopher Ekelund

    "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!"

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  • Review by Geetha Ganapathy

    "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."

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  • Review by Antoniya Miteva

    "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."

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Rishikesh Yog Dham is a yoga school in Rishikesh registered with Yoga Alliance, offering traditional Hatha yoga teacher training and beginner course.

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