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Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center

Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center is a Rishikesh, India based yoga training center, offering traditional and professional yoga teachers course.

Instructors 7

Sanjeev Semwal

Yogi Sanjeev is the founder and director of Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center (formerly known as Shiv Shakti Yoga School) and is a master of teaching yoga teachers courses, retreats, and allied techniques. A holistic and dedicated soul Yogi Sanjeev is born in Brahmin family. He has grown up under the guidance of Swami L.R Bhatt. Yogi Sanjeev has spent his many years in the field of yoga and Ayurveda.

Yoga Alliance USA (Ashtanga Yoga)

Yogi Rohit

Yogi Rohit is a young and dynamic teacher. He is certified Yoga Teacher. He teaches. Ashtanga and Vinyasa. His passion for teaching always inspires him to gain in-depth knowledge of his subject. His teaching is based on theory, discussion, and demonstration. His students love him for his perfection in correcting the postures and for his deep knowledge too.

Swami Shivabrahmananda Saraswati

Swami Shivabrahmananda Saraswati is a Sanyasi who left his home at the age of 19 in quest of spiritual knowledge. He talks on Yoga Philosophy based on Vedanta, Patanjali Yoga Sutra, and Bhagwad Gita. He spent three years on the banks of Narmada River doing penance.Following that he joined Arsha vidya peetham, Rishikesh where he completed the three year Vedanta course conducted by Dayananda ashram from 2003 to 2006. After the course, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati sent him to the tribal belt in Madya Pradesh to start a free student home. He spent three years managing the student home.

Yogini Christine

Christine was born and raised in Austria and since childhood, she has been fascinated by spirituality and drawn to Eastern philosophy. She completed a 500 hours yoga teacher training with yoga alliance and has been teaching yoga and anatomy in different countries. Besides physiotherapy and yoga, she is also certified in trigger point therapy and craniosacral therapy. Currently, she is studying Ayurveda to broaden her skills and understanding of life. She teaches with integrity and her students benefit from her rich background in yoga, therapy, and healing.

Swami Tilak

Swami Tilak is one of the very senior & well-known yoga teachers of Rishikesh city of Yoga, India. A very clear & good English experience in teaching westerners from all around the world. He has done Master in Yoga from “Kaivalya institute, Pune, Mumbai. Experience of teaching from 1994 onwards. Soft & intensive both styles of Yoga teaching skills.

Dr. Sumit Sharma

Dr. Sumit (Anatomy Teacher) Sumit has learned yoga and an expert in the fields of physical therapy, posture imbalance, and sedentary life disorders. He teaches yoga in combination with therapy and human physiological. He has a Master’s degree from the orthopedic branch, in Physical therapy, and a diploma course in sports medicines from West Bengal. He has also done training as a Pilate’s instructor from Mangalore based Indian Academy of Fitness Training. Students like him for his style of teaching by which he conveys in-depth practical knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology to his students.

Yogini Julia Høvik

Guest relation manager, Hatha Yoga, and Meditation teacher in RishikeshYTTC Yogini Julia was born and raised in beautiful Norway, in Europe. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher. She has done her Yoga Teacher Training course from RishikeshYTTC. She has her education in Sport & Event Management and World Religions. She has traveled around the world; however the lifelong dream to go deeper into the philosophy of Yoga and Meditation, and the thought of living a more meaningful life lead her to Rishikesh in India.

Reviews 39

Christina Stalnaker

from United States, April 2018

"Work hard, play hard!"

In life, we get back what we put in. If you decide to dedicate yourself in this course, you will receive everything you need from it. Expect to work hard, starting early each morning. Time is a precious resource and it is not wasted here. There is a demanding schedule consisting of many long days packed with asana, meditations, lectures, and study. You will be challenged by an incredibly knowledgeable set of teachers pushing you to the limits of your body and your mind. Every subject has it's own instructor, and all of them are experts in their respective fields of study (M.D., PhD, and Masters of yoga/philosophy) providing their own diverse perspectives on yoga. Most importantly, I now have the qualification, knowledge, confidence and skillset to share yoga practice in my own classes. Thank you, Sanjeev, for orchestrating an all-star team of students, teachers, and staff.

Lisa Richard

from United States, April 2018

"Exceeded my expectations!"

The management team was very caring and completely involved in all aspects of the experience. The teachers were knowledgable and competent. Accomodations were simple, but clean and adequate. The entire experience was simply fabulous and unforgettable.

Stacey Mann

from Great Britain, April 2018

"Exceeded my expectations"

I went with no expectations and was so blown away with a few of the teachers. Pranayama became my favourite because the teacher was so inspiring and I went from dreading Ashtanga to loving it. The team really do care and look after you well, they do really want everyone to be one big family.


from Russia, April 2018

"Very good experience and nice location"

The school located near the mountains, in very silent and beautiful place. Nice views from yoga halls.

The teachers were professional and supportive. Nice and healthy food.

The atmosphere was very positive, the stuff really care about students and their satisfaction. Great meditation class.

Jesse Irene Callahan

from United States, April 2018

"Excellent experience!"

Everyone is a gentle soul

Very humbling

Simona Hörstgen

from Vietnam, April 2018

"Best Place to Stay :)"

The atmosphere was incredible , I really loved it from the first second I arrived. The Rishikesh YTTC is close to the nature, which make it really special because when you need to attend classes all day long you really appreciate a calm environment, they also have a little garden to make Acro Yoga. The lesson where really good, I learned a lot and I really appreciate all the knowledge that I got. Furthermore, the whole Team is a bliss, it's just so enjoyable to be around them, they always have time for your concerns, if you are sick or just need some help they help you out and they SPREAD A LOT OF LOVE ! Mostly, I enjoyed our indian dance partys in the dining hall, by now I know more dance moves and I'm ready to attend the next indian wedding ! If you have the possibility take the time and do your teacher training in this ashram it was a awesome and unique time.

Kayla Friedrichsen

from United States, March 2018

"We love Rishikesh (YTTC)!"

My stay at Rishikesh YTTC was amazing. Sanjeev, Julia, Gopal, Ankit, and all of our teachers were incredibly knowledgeable, fun to be around and learn from, and extraordinarily helpful during every part of the last month’s journey. Whether it was asana, meditation, pranayama or your personal life, the crew at RYTTC was there with an answer, or at least a new perspective.

The rooms are basic but very comfortable, and the food is similar- basic, but delicious. The location of the school could not be better- you’re about a 5-10 minute walk to town, but when you’re at the Ashram you can’t hear the bustle at all. It’s very peaceful.

The instruction was very good- I feel like I’ve learned so much in my time there. Ask lots of questions if you have specific things you’d like to know! The yogis all know their stuff so well.

I feel like this stay was the best thing in the world I could have done for myself, and I hope anyone reading this decides to give that gift to themselves.


Keith Stapleton

from Ireland, March 2018

"Experience of a lifetime"

The people I've been surrounded with

Diana Degtyareva

from United States, March 2018

"200 hours yoga teacher training couse"

Food: Always well prepared -fresh, according to yogic diet.

Teacher: Great team of knowledgeable Teachers there to provide you with program according Yoga Alliance standards.

Accommodation : Accommodation is clean and confortable, secure , convenient location.

Staff: Very helpful and responsive to student needs ,quick to react

Over all: I had a great experience with Rishikesh YTTC program. Very satisfied with course itself, intensively of program, teachers. Rishikesh Teacher training program brought a lot of great people from different countries together to gain knowledge and to share their life experiences .

Yasmin Galal

from Egypt, March 2018

"One of the best"

Food: I had the most delicious and light food ever.

Teacher: They were so friendly and always sharing lots and lots of information and never get bored form answering our questions and sharing their knowledge.

Accommodation :I had the best comfortable accommodation ever a 3 minutes walking distance from the market and ATM at the same time it’s about a 7 minutes walking distance from the hanging bridge.

Staff: They were very helpful and cooperative all the time they were dealing with us as a family.

Over all: every single moment in that course is so precious and valuable cause you keep learning and discovering lots and lots about your inner self. It’s not only a teacher training yoga course; it’s a life changing experience and a beginning for a new journey. I feel like I’m blessed for being in that place it’s amazing how just one month can make huge change in ones thoughts and perspectives about life.

Emilia Zinko

from United States, March 2018

"50 points"

Meeting different people, having regular interactions with them. The food was excellent and workers at the kitchen were just great. Very modest and kind people.

Keity Suzana Garcia

from New Zealand, March 2018

All of RYYTC's teams are extremely helpful and they try their best to make your time in Rishikesh be the best as possible (sometimes even been too much). The school location is very good, quiet and peaceful at the same time near to the main street and shops. The food is good but without variety.

Daniela Vecchione

from Great Britain, March 2018

"Great experience "

Good place to stay for TTC. Great food. Great people. Great accommodation. Happy to have met this family along the way. Thank you very much to all of you.

Mikala Tozer

from Australia, March 2018

"Life changing experience where I could learn and grow."

Food was good, location is perfect and the teachers are special. From day one everything felt right, I knew I chosen the right school. The environment was the perfect place to grow and deepen your knowledge of yoga. The history of yoga and not the western yoga. The philosophy teacher was sooooo passionate. It was an amazing class. Hatha was good, more of a physical class where you can observe as a student, ashtanga was a constant stream of knowledge. Learned so much. Overall it was the most incredible and life changing months I won't ever forget.


from France, March 2018



from United States, March 2018

I enjoyed the opportunity this school presents to study yoga, for that I am grateful. The location is superb, away from the hustle and bustle of Rishikesh. There are mumberous organic stores close by in which have everything you could imagine for your needs. The head yogi was very willing to accommodate any issues we had, or at least acknowledge them.

Lauren Ford

from Philippines, March 2018

"Beyond what I could have hoped for. "

The location is perfect. A short walk away from the city, so it is nice & quiet. The food is amazing & they always serve many options. The teachers are genuinely the most knowledgeable & friendly people to learn from. This course has undoubtedly changed my life in a wonderful way. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back!

Ashley Wray

from Australia, February 2018


Overall the experience was such an amazing one. There were a lot of hardships. Its not an easy journey. It was very cold but that made you thankful for the sunshine at midday. It was physically demanding but it helped you get mentally and physcially stronger. India is such a unique place and culture. It's not a teacher training in your home country. It's not super structured or luxurious. But the teachers are amazing.

We were so lucky to have had our Swami,Tilak. His knowledge and passion for pranayama and the yogis way of life was inspiring. Our wonderful anatomy teacher Dr Sumit was a real physiotherapist, and Rohjit our Ashtanga master was fun and seriously knowledgeable.

The friends I made and our adventures in Rishikesh is something I'll always feel grateful for. I was lucky to have such a mix of like minded and beautiful souls to take this journey with.

The school is set a short walk from town where there are the most amazing organic stores and cafes, filled with every foodstuff you could think of.

I developed and learned more about my own practice rather than teaching during this month long training, but it was a great learning experience.

Aura Vîrtosu

from Kuwait, February 2018

Same like when you are born in a certain place, or in a certain family, the universe has it’s own way of letting you and the odds to choose your path. Being part of Rishikesh YTTC was an experience that will help shape my knowledge and future, was a step forward that I am grateful for.

I am thankful for the people I met, for the teachers kind enough to share a part of their experiences and knowledges, for the cold air of the Himalaya on the early morning classes, for the intense practice, for the tasty food, for the fact that living through this experience I can call myself a yoga teacher and that my journey has begun.

Thank you & best of luck

Marta Abril

from Spanish State, February 2018

"Family yoga "

The experience was super good. I learn a lot. And all beautiful souls

Monal Amin

from United States, January 2018

"Soul Journey in the Himalayas"

From the day I got to the retreat, to the day I left, one thing was very true, it always felt like home. The Yoga Family journey in itself is indescribable, but being in a beautiful setting at Nishant Garden, with amazing teachers, family like staff and all the activities included, is something everyone deserves to experience. The facilities are Nishant Garden were very clean and well maintained, along with amazing views of the sunrises and sunsets amidst the mountains.

Sanjeev and his family are very good at taking personal care of each of the students needs and the fresh food and meals prepared everyday leave you feeling satisfied.

The yoga classes and teachers are amazing designed for all age groups and fitness levels. Learning the yogi way through the blend of not just the asana practice, but regular pranayama, yoga philosophy, and understanding anatomy and postures better, helps you become a well rounded teacher through this course learning many styles, while forming your own.

I would highly recommend this retreat for anyone looking for a truly soul enriching experience.

Irina Lange

from Singapore, November 2017

"Awesome yoga school that beat all my expecations! ?"

I arrived 3 days into the course & was worried about what to expect. I was without internet the days leading up to the course & wasn't sure whether there would be anyone to pick me up. Big was my surprise when I walked out of the airport immediately into Julia’s embrace. She greeted me with flowers & big smile. It was the first of the many little things that everyone was so mindful of doing for us to truly make us feel welcome & well taken care off. There was lots of laughter & dancing but also all of us were motivated to work hard. The school is in a nice setting, away from the main road, but still super close to the centre. You learn to appreciate it when you start your day with meditation, Hatha Yoga & friendly monkeys that drop by. Sanjeev is a great yoga teacher. He is very detailed & keen to ensure that we all understand the postures & their benefits. In Ashtanga class, we had lots of opportunities to learn postures but also do lots of fun things, such acro yoga. I very much enjoyed the anatomy class, where we not only learnt about the body but also ways to make yoga practice more safe. Weekends were full of adventure - Sunset yoga on a mountain, rafting on the Ganges and waterfall. This is truly a place to reconnect with you inner self and feel at home away from home. It was an unforgettable experience, not only because of how much more confident about my yoga practice I have become, but most of all because of Sanjeev and his team of great souls. Highly recommend!

Rebecca Gorst

from Australia, October 2017

"Incredibly happy yoga baby"

The experience I’ve had over the past month has been life-changing. Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Centre has felt like home and I feel so blessed to have been part of this. The people are incredible, making my stay very memorable. This place has become an important part of my life I will always hold close to my heart. The course was challenging and I learnt so much in such a short amount of time. Everything is better than I could have imagined, including the teachers, the location and food. Yoga baby Rebecca

Raul Purge

from Australia, October 2017

I didn't have any big expectation about this school but once i got there i felt like i belong there. I met so many beutiful souls there and yoga united us perfectly. It can be quite intense sometimes, so little practice before coming to this school will be very helpful.

Alena Horackova

from Czechia, October 2017

"Authentic experience & professional attitude"

RYTT provides with a comprehensive care: before, during and also after the course. Sanjeev does his job with passion, preciseness and smile on his face. Priceless familiar atmosphere guarantees the best conditions for your (self)development. The food was just amazing.. I was hoping to loose some weight but no chance :)

Salma Sultan

from Egypt, September 2017

I liked the view from my room, the staff , the food and the overall environment

Wrien Judge

from United States, September 2017

"More than I ever expected! "

I like the amazing class structure and gow they made us learn what we needed without pressure they were very reassuring and motivated us to keep going hard!


from Vietnam, September 2017

"A great choice for the 200 hours"

There were a variety of classes; mediation and pranayama, ashtanga, yoga philosophy, teaching methodology, hatha, and anatomy. They were all very informative, the location was quiet and very nice, the food healthy and delicious. The staff was also great.

Stefanie Grace Falkner

from Austria, March 2018

I was really happy with the school and would totally recommend them.

Everyone is so helpful and nice and they let you feel very welcome. My single room was really comfy and had everything I need. The food is also very nice (a lot of vegetables and fruits, rice and lentils). The course itself has a big program, which is normal when you choose a 200h course in 4 weeks ;)

All the teachers are very competent and I definitely learned a lot - for my practice and for my life. Unfortunately we didn’t had a lot anatomy (there you have to do a lot of selfstudy).

The location of the school is very good! It’s walking distance to the main road but on the hill, so it’s not so crowded and loud like in the center!

I had a unforgettable time there and definitely will come back one day.

Thanks a lot for everything!

Nina Zauchner

from Austria, January 2018

Food location: I think the food is nice and healthy and I am gonna miss this food in all my life. I came 1st time in India and when I landed first time in India I was so scared but as soon as I arrived in RishikeshYTTC school, I could feel the location and the energy around. I am up seat of living this place because this has become my 2nd home in India. Every day the food was so amazing and pure healthy food. Best school in Rishikesh. Love you all.

About teachers: All the teachers are so amazing and I learned so much, each day was so challenging with Rohit and Sanjeev Ji, They cover so many things in this 1 month. I can’t expect more than this. Teachers in this school are so friendly and professional and strict when needed. In the end I will only say that this people who work in this school, they are always here for you.

Yogi Sanjeev: Can’t explain in few words that how much Sanjeev Ji love his job and look after each and every single person in school. He is a great teacher & C.E.O of the RishikeshYTTC. We learned a lot from Sanjeev Ji regarding asanas, teaching methodology, adjustment, personal development and he always give good advice. Even Sanjeev Ji Father is playing a biggest role in this school. Gopal, Sachin,

I was anxious about going to India, coz I had never been there and didn’t know what to expect. My wish was to be able to teach yoga safely and with confidence. For the whole period I was surrounded by people with positive energy and knowledge. Another benef

Lisa Pascal

from India, March 2018

"More than just yoga training "

I’m grateful I had the opportunity to spend time at the RYTTC. It’s been an experience of self-discovery and spirituality, of physical challenge and friendship, of laughs and learnings. I met amazing teachers and friends, and it has brought me so much more than I could have expected, in yoga and in life.

The RYTTC family (managers, teachers, kitchen staff, everyone) surrounds you and welcomes you with love and positivity from day one, and the vibe is the one of a summer camp, bonding with the other students. At the same time the days are super structured, focused and varied - from daily meditation and pranayama to Hatha and Ashtanga yoga practices, mantra chanting, anatomy and philosophy. The teachers are incredible, their knowledge and wisdom is refreshing, inspiring and together they have impacted my practice and transformed my approach to yoga. Thank you ❤️

I very much recommend RYTTC to everyone with an open heart and mind, it had been a while since I had felt so inspired and felt so good in my body and mind. Enjoy!

Testimonials 5

Jimena Mexico

Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center's written paper

Being in Rishikesh for a whole month doing yoga was the most rewarding time of my life. Not only did I improve my asana practice, but found the path I want to be in, which is one of inner peace, love and happiness. I learned that doing yoga is so much more than just doing beautiful poses, it’s a lifestyle of balance, of enjoying the present moment and of being content with who you are, as well as always sharing positive energy and being good to others. Anyhow, making all those beautiful poses with complete awareness and breath control is something that I also learned in the Teacher Training, improving significantly my technique and alignment. I achieved all these thanks to my wonderful teacher Sanjeev, who always pushed us forward and motivated us to get better in our practice and break the boundaries of fear and restrain in our bodies and minds, making us believe that we can do anything we set out minds to and with practice, practice, practice anything is possible. He gave us a lot of valuable information that we can share back home and got us to learn all benefits and contraindications of each posture, so we can practice and teach correctly, all the classes were such a fun environment of learning while having fun doing what we love most. By the way, you don´t have to be super advanced in your practice to take the Teacher Training, it´s amazing how much you can learn and improve in just one month and it is all possible with teachers like Sanjeev who lead you calmly and with patience in every step of the way and who also is the one of the kindest and most caring human beings you´ll ever meet. Finally one of the best things you gain is a new yoga family, your own community of like-minded people who at the same time are all very different form each other since everyone comes from different countries, languages, ages, backgrounds, but went there in search of something and found it together, so after all that was shared during that time, you get a family that is all over the world and is always going to be there to give you their love and support. I can’t wait to go back to this magical town, a holy place full of wonderful people, delicious food, stunning nature, where you can forget your worries, troubles, stress, anger and find your way back to tranquillity, peace and spirituality. The most important part is to get all that you learned and achieved internally and apply it back home, keeping Rishikesh and all the people always in your heart.

So, thank you Sanjeev and everyone who made this experience so incredible and special.


Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center's written paper

First of all, I would like to thank you for teaching my 200ytt. I never practiced yoga before and I feel like I improved so much thanks to you. And it’s not only that: after your teachings, yoga really became a part of me and now I know that i don't want to live my life without it.

This is the concrete proof of your capability as a teacher: you are truly able to inspire your students. Also,

I have to say that every time I was trying a new or a difficult posture I felt safe because I knew you would be there to help and support me. Finally, the classes were well structured. I only wish (but I guess it doesn't depend on you) that we were less students, to have more time and the possibility to go deeper in the positions.

It was an honor to be your student and I hope we'll meet again soon.

Hari OM!

Leena Saudi Arabia

Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center's written paper

Dear Sanjeev,

It was great meeting you in a wonderful magical place like Rishikesh.

I would like to express my feelings and thoughts about my journey in Rishikesh and with you specifically. From day one on the opening ceremony I was sitting in front mesmerized by the whole ceremony and the beautiful mantras. I was wondering who are the people sitting around the fire, something pulled me towards you, your energy grabbed my attention and I hoped you are one of my teachers, I knew I'll learn a lot from you. You were so passionate about your practice, passionate about yoga and its lifestyle. You are serious when its need to be, you are very committed to ur students, and very motivational. You pushed me hard but enough to my limits and that is a great skill to have. You shared your personal experiences for us to learn from, you were not only focusing on the practice of ashtanga but more than that. I will not forget the lesson you gave us about rudraksha. I learned how to have a better alignment, how to be a serious but sometimes funny teacher, I learned how to be humble, I learned how to adjust students in a gentle but at the same time a bit rough to their limits for their own good. You are an inspiring, strong, white hearted teacher. You changed a lot in me and Ill be forever grateful.

I'm practicing daily and will start teaching at my sister in law studio next week. I would love if you can consider me as a teacher at your school one day. Please keep me in mind :).

Love and peace,


Vera England

Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center's written paper

Dear Yogi Sanjeev,

Thank you for your fantastic yoga training, varied and stimulative!

Day after day I felt my body stronger and more flexible and said goodbye to a lower-back pain which i was telling for months!

To meet you at Desroches Island was a beautiful surprise and also a gift of the destiny. You inspired me to pursue yoga training (even missing yours!!) and to take care of my body.

Wishing you the best in your work and life, you are doing such a great work to helping others people. I will always remember you with gratitude.

I knew that this was the yoga teacher training for me as soon as I got a reply after my inquiry. All I had to do was to make a decision about investing my money and travelling to very different land. I made the decision and the course began. I felt like I was home. The team was wonderful, very helpful. They really do care....

Yogi Sanjeev is an inspiring and genuine teacher. He doesn't pretend to be more than he is and what he is more than enough. His classes will make you laugh or cry and challenge you in a way that makes you feel that you'll be just fine in the end. Yogi Sanjeev has a very joyful and professional team. I ensure you that not only will you come away with a glorious yoga teacher training qualification but also an absolutely high experience.

A traveler France

Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center's written paper

Dear Sanjeev, your kind and charismatic lessons gave me a very particular fragrance in my life at Desroches Island, Seychelles. My deepest thanks and heartfelt wishes for you! My experience with Yogi Sanjeev has basically changed my life. The team support and love is beautiful and so genuine. The course allowed me to be confident and express my feelings freely through yoga, meditation, and journaling. I have grown, changed & discovered so much from within. I will never forget Yogi Sanjeev and his team for the love they have shown, their power and inspirational stories, their continuous support and friendship.

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