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Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training India

This yoga teacher training course provided by Rishikesh Yoga Home is a course for both beginners and intermediate students interested in yoga and meditation. Their yogis have designed the course to make the students capable to understand the depth of yoga experience. The elaborate course structure helps students to learn and practice several relaxation techniques defined in the ancient yogic philosophy.

Meet the instructors

Vikas , Yogi Mohan, Shailendra, & 2 More…
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  • Yoga Philosophy classes
  • Daily Meditation and Pranayama
  • 1 Indian cooking class and local sightseeing on Sundays
  • 1 Ayurvedic massage plus 1 traditional Indian Mehandi class
  • 24 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Airport transfer

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

25 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport
Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$100 per person)
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  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Car rental
  • Conference room
  • Currency exchange
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Newspapers
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

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Yoga teacher training syllabus

  • Techniques, training, and practice
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Yoga Philosophy / Lifestyle Ethics
  • Practicum

What you will learn

History and Philosophy of Hatha Yoga (Asana)

This theoretical session will cover the history and philosophy of yoga and development of yoga from ancient times with analysis of most important books on yoga, until the present days.

Such a perspective will offer you an understanding of the main goals of yoga and how the variety of practices that sprung from original discipline aims to fulfill those goals. This will give you an understanding of the purpose of every yoga practice so that you could apply this understanding in your own personal practice and class.

Connecting one’s yoga practice to roots makes it more meaningful and gives you better instruments to evaluate progress.

Ashtanga Vinyasa

The Ashtanga and Vinyasa styles of yoga have a few likenesses, however, they are, truth be told, unmistakable styles of yoga with some plausible contrasts.


Though you will have Pranayama practices on each daily practice classes, you will specially have some classes dedicated to Pranayama in which you will learn the following breathing techniques - anulome-vilome pranayama, nadi sodhan pranayama, sitkari, ujjayi, kapalbhati, etc. You will also have lectures on the philosophy of Pranayama, philosophy of panch prana, etc.

Yogic Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body

While gaining an understanding of goals and philosophy of yoga and having overviewed the practices that ancient yogic used to meet these goals, we will look at the same practices from the perspective of modern science.

You will see how the effectiveness of yogic practices is explained in traditional, anatomical and physiological terms. This topic will also give you an understanding of safety during practice.

Being aware of how the body works, what are the most vulnerable points, how diseases originate, and how they affect systems of body, you will learn how to build the practice safely for all students and adapt it for specific needs.

Mantra chanting

Chanting has been an integral part of all religions through the ages. As you sit together with other participants in one place, you will have different thoughts. But when you start chanting, there is one thought and one rhythm in all your minds. All minds become one. This oneness creates profound energy that enlivens all.

Yoga Philosophy (basic)

The main philosophy of yoga is simple: mind, body and spirit are all one and cannot be clearly separated. Yet there is a multitude of philosophical ideas developed by looking into the deeper dimensions of the body, mind, and spirit.

Bandha (Yogic Locks)

Bandha or a yogic lock enables a yogi to block and direct the flow of pranic energy in certain way to change the energy pattern in the body. Bandhas not only modifies the flow of pranic energy through the nadis (energy meridians), but also modifies the flow of nerve currents in the nervous system and blood flow through the blood vessels.

Mudra (gesture or attitude)

The Sanskrit word, Mudra,is translated as gesture or attitude Mudras can be described as psychic, emotional, devotional and aesthetic gestures or attitudes. They are a combination of subtle physical movements which alter mood, attitude and perception which deepen awareness and concentration.

In scientific terms, mudras provide a means to access and influence the unconscious reflexes and primal, instinctive habit patterns that originate in the primitive areas of the brain and around the brain stem. Mudras establish a subtle connection with these areas.

Shatkarma (cleansing techniques)

Those shatkarma which effect purification of the body are secret. They have manifold, wondrous results, and are held in high esteem by eminent yogis. (Hatha Yoga Pradipika 2:23) Yogic science gives as much importance to certain cleansing processes as it does to asana or pranayama.

Without regular cleansing of the system one cannot gain maximum benefit from yoga practices. Without purification of the body one will not be ready for the higher practices of yoga.

Ayurveda concepts

Ayurveda means ‘Science of Life’. It deals with each and every aspect of human life. It’s first objective is to maintain the health and happiness while the next is to manage and restore the status of health and productive state of mind.

Ayurveda offers wonderful tools for better life style. It gives equal importance to our body, mind and soul ; therefore works with holistic approach.

Lifestyle management with yoga

The most appropriate method to attain optimum health naturally is the system and science of yoga. Yoga is not only a series of physical postures or meditative practices. It is a lifestyle which can be lived by everyone, not necessarily those who are sannyasins, sadhus or renunciates.

It is a form of understanding, of realizing our interactions in life, trying to improve them, trying to understand the needs of the body, the needs of the mind and also the needs of the spirit. This is the concept of a yogic lifestyle: living according to the laws of the body and the laws of nature.

Vocal / Music / Yoga classes

Along with all the yoga practices, you will also get the opportunity to learn vocal (bhajan, kirtans, mantra chanting), nada yoga and Indian music lessons from the top musicians and nada yoga masters of Rishikesh, India.

Topics of discussion

Foundation of yoga

  • Introduction to meditation
  • Introduction breathing practice
  • Introduction to the concept and basic practices of relaxation


  • Introduction to Pranayama practice
  • Sitting posture for Pranayama practice
  • Basic Pranayama practice: Nadi Shodhana

Basic yoga philosophy

  • Introduction to yoga philosophy
  • What is yoga?
  • Why yoga?

Basic Yoga Anatomy

  • Health and yoga
  • Relaxation and meditation
  • Practice basic relaxation techniques
  • Sequence of relaxation practices
  • What is meditation and what is not?
  • Two to five minutes meditation

Typical daily schedule

  • 05:30 Morning bell
  • 06:00 - 07:00 Pranayama or Shatkarma
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Warm-up exercises / asanas
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Anatomy and Physiology
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Art of teaching (workshop)
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Yoga Philosophy
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Yoga Asanas
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Meditation
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Dinner
  • 21:30 Lights off

Note: The schedule is subject to change.

Principle and guidelines to be followed

  • Respect the rules and regulations of Rishikesh Yoga home
  • Non-vegetarian food, smoking, or drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited during the course period at Rishikesh Yoga Home
  • Noise is strictly prohibited after lights off at 9 p.m.
  • It is mandatory to attend all the yoga classes unless the candidate is ill.
  • Leave electronic gadgets and jewelries at your room under your guidance.
  • Be punctual for yoga classes and do follow the rules.
  • Be polite and humble to your batchmates and the management team for a better experience of yoga classes.
  • Rishikesh Yoga Home Serves the authority to cancel the registration of any student for misconduct at the premises.
  • Kindly return all the books / magazines before check out from Rishikesh Yoga Home.

Included excursions

During this training, you will have one Indian cooking class, one Mehandi class, local sightseeing on Sundays and many adventurous tours across Rishikesh including the following:

  • Outdoor yoga classes
  • Holy Ganga Bath
  • Visit the Holistic Ganga Aarti


Vikas Bisht

Yogi Mohan Jee

Shailendra Rana

Yogini Richa Mishra

Sankalp Sadh

Retreat location

Rishikesh, a most tranquil place in northern Uttar Pradesh, surrounded by hills and bisected by the wide and sluggish Ganges, is often claimed as the "Yoga Capital of the World". Back in the 1960's, Rishikesh gained instant fame as the site where The Beatles came to stay with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

It is an excellent place to meditate and study yoga. Rishikesh is also a good starting Laxman Jhula point for treks to Himalayan pilgrimage centers such as Badrinath, Kedarnath , Gangotri, Yamnotri.

It is rightly called the gateway to the Himalayan Shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The seven storey temple situated 24 kilometers upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga, Rishikesh has long been a spiritual center.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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You will be provided three vegetarian meals, two herbal teas and a vegetable or fruit drinks daily to keep you under Sattvic state.

Sattvic food is the purest diet, the most suitable one for any serious yoga student. It nourishes the body and maintains a peaceful state. This, in turn, calms and purifies the mind, enabling it to function at its maximum potential.

A Sattvic diet will ultimately lead to true health; a peaceful mind in control of a fit body, with a balanced flow of energy between them. Sattvic foods include:

  • Wholemeal bread
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Pure fruit juices
  • Milk
  • Butter and cheese
  • Legumes
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Sprouted seeds
  • Honey and herb teas

Some points on food lifestyle of a yogi

  • A yogic diet should be complete vegetarian and sattvic
  • A yogic diet should be free from chemicals and stimulants
  • A yogic diet should contain fresh food
  • A yogic diet should be at regular intervals, two hours before asanas, practices, and sleep
  • Take time to fast

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • White river rafting

Spa treatments

During this training, you will be treated to one free Ayurvedic massage. You can also book the following treatments for a fee:

  • Karma massage
  • Marma massage
  • Ayurvedic treatment
  • Anti aging treatment
  • Physiotherapy
  • Stress management therapy
  • Neurotherapy

What's included

  • Course study material and brochures
  • Books and magazines on yoga practices
  • Local sightseeing on Sundays
  • Adventurous Excursions
  • 1 Ayurvedic massage
  • 1 Indian cooking class
  • 1 Mehandi class
  • 24 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily organic vegetarian meals
  • 2 daily herbal tea
  • Free pick up / drop from Jolly Grant Airport (DED)
  • Gift kit (cleansing kit, T-shirt, and Indian traditional dress)
  • Yoga mat
  • Rudraksha mala
  • Water bottle

What's not included

  • Air tickets
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jolly Grant Airport (DED) which is the nearest airport to Rishikesh which is approximately 35 kilometers away. Popular carriers like Air India, Spice Jet, and Jet Airways often have daily flights from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Apart from Delhi, there is a flight from Lucknow to Dehradun as well.

Once you reach the airport, you can opt for a regular taxi or bus service which is easily available from Dehradun to Rishikesh. The second nearest international airport for Rishikesh is in New Delhi which is well-connected with different cities across the globe.

Arrival by bus

Being a popular tourist destination, Rishikesh has a good network of buses connecting it with important places such as Haridwar, Dehradun, and New Delhi. Buses depart in the morning and late evening from the Kashmere Gate ISBT, New Delhi for Rishikesh every day. You can choose from a regular, deluxe or a luxurious coach.

Arrival by train

The nearest railhead to Rishikesh is in Haridwar which is approximately 25 kilometers away. Haridwar, in turn, is linked to major Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, and Varanasi. Some of the popular trains are Shatabadi Express, Jan Shatabdi, AC Special Express, and Mussoorie Express.

For those making the journey to Rishikesh, it is advisable to take the train till Haridwar and then either take a bus or hire a taxi to Rishikesh. While the bus would take about 45 minutes, the taxi will take you to Rishikesh in about half an hour.

Arrival by car / self drive

Driving up to Rishikesh is worth considering, as it is connected to other cities via the National Highway 58, which is in good condition for most of the year. The short stretch of hilly terrain may be a little rutted, but tourists prefer to take a taxi or drive up to Rishikesh. The drive from Delhi to Rishikesh would take approximately six to seven hours.

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer available: Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$100 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

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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