Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center

Rishikesh, India

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

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Instruction language: English

from US$1,150

Great 9/10

Based on 13 reviews
from US$1,150
Price for:

29 days / 28 nights

Great 9/10

Based on 13 reviews


Based on 13 reviews

Instruction language: English

from US$400

Great 9/10

Based on 13 reviews
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8 days / 7 nights

Great 9/10

Based on 13 reviews

Instruction language: English

from US$800

Great 9/10

Based on 13 reviews
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15 days / 14 nights

Great 9/10

Based on 13 reviews

Instructors 7

Sanjeev Semwal

Yoga Alliance USA (Ashtanga Yoga)

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.

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 13

  • Monal Amin United States

    January 2018, BookYogaRetreats

    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 Singapore

    November 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    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!

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  • Rebecca Gorst Australia

    October 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    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 Australia

    October 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    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.

    Rishikesh can be very crouded sometimes and traffic and noise, smell and rubbish dont give you that good vibe. But the scool is located away from this madness, so you dont have to worrie about that too much :)

  • Alena Horackova Czechia

    October 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    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 Egypt

    September 2017, BookYogaRetreats

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

    I didnt like the bathroom's lack of heater in my room

  • Wrien Judge United States

    September 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    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!

    I had to get used to the wild life... and the insects but after a while I got used to it all

  • Anonymous

    September 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    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.

    Occasionally it was difficult to find motivation in some of the teachers as well as the other students. For me as well, I feel I could have been pushed more to learn and practice, but I know it's hard to know everyone's limit. Overall it was a great experience I will never forget.

    Testimonials 15

    • 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.

    • Constanza

      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.

    • Shon Bon Israel

      Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center's written paper

      I was anxious about going to India, because 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 benefit was that there was always someone on hand to show you an adjustment or answer any questions or doubts. Whether you've been practicing for years or just starting out you will learn so many ways from these wonderful teachers and change a lot of things about your life, the way you think, dream. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants to teach yoga. Thank you for a wonderful and incredible experience!

    • Caroline Paris

      Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center's website

      The first time I visited Rishikesh in 2010. I came here for teacher training course. It was exactly what I was looking for. No excuses, just yoga and the lovely atmosphere. I met so many people from around the world who were on the same path as me. But what was the most important; I met Yogi Sanjeev Semwal, who had a huge role in my life. I am grateful to him for everything I have in my life now. Thanks to him, I grew and still continue growing as a yoga teacher, who has regular Yoga classes now. During my course in India I learnt to be confident, harmonized, take from life only the positive. I highly recommend everyone to visit India and have the teacher training with Yogi Sanjeev. Feeling very fortunate that I have met such a person. Namaste!

    • Sandra Germany

      Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center's website

      To the world’s best yoga teacher:

      Please let me know when you open up your own yoga studio again. I will come, bring others along and will be your student.

      Thank you, Yogi Sanjeev, for being so special

      …He teaches to live simple, but feel special…

    • Angela South Africa

      Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center's written paper

      Dear Sanjeev, thank you so much for the time you have spent teaching me in Desroches Island, Seychelles, just Want to say is u did it. I have really learnt a lot about yoga, spinal anatomy, vital points, 7 chakras, Shiva bhakti and about Shiva sutra and getting more out of myself & will really improve my flexibility. Within 1 month I learned a lot which I never imagine in my life.

      Highly recommend yogi Sanjeev and his great team.

      Once again thanks to Yogi Sanjeev and his team who has done everything for me with in 1 month, and help me to find inner peace in me. For sure I will visit you, Let me know when you will open your own yoga school in India.

      Wishing you all the best in your feature, I am sure I will see somewhere around the world.

      Until then, love + light.

      HARI OM.....

    • Vanessa Gritching

      Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center's written paper

      During my YTT Sanjeeve helped me to stay focused .I remember once after class,we had a chat and he gave me my self confidence back that i needed so much in this moment..

      As somebody who never did sports like i was before coming to Rishikesh, Sanjeev changed my whole perspective about self-care.

      He showed me that Yoga is not just Postures but a way to live my life with another consciousness than i had before. To love myself even if i can't do chaturangas:-)

      Thank u!

    • Naomi Hope United Kingdom

      Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center's written paper

      Yogi Sanjeev Ji was my Hatha yoga teacher for the 100 Hours Teacher training course In Rishikesh, India. April 2017.

      His professionalism and dedication led me deep into the beautiful yoga world.

      I not only learned practical skills but also how to look after my diet and mental health. I thoroughly enjoyed his classes and would highly recommend Sanjeev Ji to anyone.

      Looking forward to meeting you Soon.

      Regards (HARI OM TATSAT)


    • Deborah France

      Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center's written paper

      Hi yogis and yoginis,

      My name is Deborah, I'm french and live in Canada where I discovered Yoga for the first time. I have practiced Bikram yoga (Hot yoga), Ashtanga and Hatha yoga. When I left Canada to go back home in France I decided to continue my yoga classes but I didn't find a good school so I decided to pass my 200 hours Yoga teaching training in India where I met Yogi Sanjeev in Rishikesh... I would like personally to thank him for his amazing teaching, his great skills and his clever mind.

      His abilities to make me a new yogini with more knowledge and wisdom, Hope to come across for his teaching again. Now I am doing my practice ( Ashtanga and Hatha yoga everyday) and teaching my family and friends this amazing practice.

      Namaste (Love & Lights)


    • Rachelle The Philippines

      Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center website

      All I have to share are the biggest compliments and warmest words when it comes to Yogi Sanjeev and all his team in Sofitel the palm Jumeirah Dubai UAE. Yogi Sanjeev, the supremely talented person, with huge knowledge, which includes not only yoga but all in SPA industry, Ayurveda, and anatomy. He is humble and heartfelt, making everyone feel truly special. The rest of the team in Soffit members is just like a big family, which creates one of the best learning environments. Their love, care, and professionalism set them apart from other training programs, and that makes the people feel more comfortable and confident when they make the first step in the world of yoga. My time and continued friendship with Yogi Sanjeev is my most treasured. Nothing but love and respect.

    • Vincent France

      Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center website

      I feel incredibly lucky to have completed my 200 hours yoga teacher training at Desroches Island Seychelles. The training has given me a great experience. I am now confidently teaching both private and studio classes. The course provides an excellent base to start as a teacher, the trainers are incredibly professional and they also demonstrate a nice mix of teaching styles. After only one month of training, I was surprised at how much I had managed to take on board and my training continues to support and inform my teaching. Thank you!

    • Elizabeth France

      Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center website

      Yogi Sanjeev just wanted to say a word, Hari om. You did it! Thank you for your generosity to share with us your time and knowledge. I loved the experience and hope. You gave me everything I needed to become a teacher. The best way to make the jump after teacher training - put your feet on the edge and do it. Yes, its nerve racking when your first students actually show up to take a class that you have to lead. But you can do it. Leaving Seychelles I was equipped with every single tool needed to lead an informed competent class. The last tool I needed to work on is a belief in myself. Once you take that leap of faith it all falls into place. Once again thanks to Sanjeev and his team for letting me in and helping me find my teaching voice.

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