Yogi Prashant is certified in yoga study from the highly valued Bihar School of Yoga for mastering the cardinal virtues of discipline, self-sustenance and compassion. He has never stopped being a learner ever since. He is still pursuing advance studies in yoga discipline and gained good experience in sharing the wisdom. Thoroughly trained in asana and related forms in both Hatha and Ashtanga tradition of yoga, master Prashant is a yogi of many skills.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Ashtanga Yoga, Hatha Yoga)
An RYT 200 certified practitioner teaching for more than four years, this young master has been raised in a spiritual family and has received training under traditional yogis since an early age. Both Hatha and Ashtanga yoga are within his area of expertise which also includes integrative meditation, yoga breath, philosophy, and mantra. Yogi Pankaj is popular among the students for his keen attention in posture adjustment and alignment of individual students while keeping in mind their limitations.
Master of Ashtanga, Hatha, and Vinyasa yoga, Yogi Bipin Baloni has been on the road to self-discovery as a yogi since the tender age of 17. He has dedicated his life to the yoga capital, Rishikesh, and is now dwelling in the spiritual town as a revered yoga teacher.
Born in the lap of Kerala, Swami Atmaji has devoted his life to yoga and spirituality since childhood. A compassionate soul by nature, he studied Homeopathy in Kerala and also practiced Naturopathy with the purpose to help people become healthier. As a religious follower of Vedas and Upanishads, Swamiji followed his passion for unearthing the essence of spirituality with various meditation practices as a vagrant ascetic for over four years. He completed his education from Shivananda Ashram under the supreme guidance of his guru Swami Adyatamanandaji.
A former Naga Guru, Gangesha Chaitanya holds knowledge and wisdom of the unparalleled yogic mystics that very rare yogis can attain. An E-RYT certified yoga teacher, he received a major part of his spiritual education from the great Saint Swami Rama. He is a master of Meditation, Kundalini Yoga and Pranayama. (Core Subjects: Meditation, Inspirational and Spiritual Guide)
Manoranjan ji has been practicing Ayurveda since 2007 and Hatha yoga since 2009. He specializes in Panchkarma Therapy, Mudras, yoga Nidra, Shat Kryias (both practical and theoretical), and yogic cooking. Born and brought up in Mahakaleshwar in Karnataka, he has been dedicated to yoga since his childhood.
Pankaj ji holds RYT 200 certification from Yoga Alliance and specializes in teaching Hatha and Ashtanga yoga. Additionally, he has also completed Masters in Yoga where he deeply studied all the elements of yogic science. As a well-grained yoga teacher, he holds an in-depth understanding of teaching asana classes with mindful integration of meditation, breathing techniques, yoga philosophy (yogic lifestyle) and mantra meditation. (Core Subjects: Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha Yoga & Adjustment Alignment)
Born and brought up in a spiritual environment of a well-respected family in Karnataka, Kavithaji was raised under the values and teachings of Basavanna (one of the greatest saints in 12th-century and a highly-distinguished Hindu philosopher, statesman, Kannada poet). She has studied and practiced Pranayama under the mentorship of Sri Ganeshwer Avadhut in Srisailam forest before following the footsteps of the great yoga and spiritual guru Swami Veda Bharthi, a disciple of Swami Rama where she studied the art of meditation and yogic philosophy. (Core Subjects: HathaYoga, Pranayama)
The most eminent yoga guru in Rishikesh, Annamalai Pranaji specializes in subjects like Pranayama and Yoga Philosophy. He fulfilled his apprenticeship in the principles of Swami Sivananda – Swami Vignananda tradition of Tamil Nadu. He blends his teachings with traditional authenticity and modern perspective. Meditation, Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda are some of the other subjects he has keen knowledge of. (Core Subjects: Pranayama, Yoga Philosophy, Meditation, Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda)
As a disciple of Lord Krishna who is also her spiritual guide, Deepa ji is an avid follower of yoga and the spiritual message of love it carries within. Rebelling against the usual norms of a chauvinist society, Deepa Ji is a subtle feminist and one of the very few women who have made a mark for themselves in the field of yoga. In her spare time, she loves to travel and indulge in quiet photography.
Born and nurtured in the spiritual town of Rishikesh, Gurmeet ji is an expert with subjects like Hatha yoga, yoga anatomy, and physiology. A Yoga Alliance certified RYT 500 yoga teacher, Gurmeet ji also holds a post graduate degree in yoga from Uttarakhand Sanskrit University. Gurmeet Ji trained under the supreme guidance and blessings of Swami Dharma Nanda at the Ved Niketan ashram. As a yoga professional, he refined his skills further by working with renowned physiotherapists in Germany before coming back to India for preaching the science of yoga to fellow citizens.
Vimalji holds various degrees including Bachelor’s degree in Sanskrit, a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and a Post Graduate Diploma in Yogic Science. Born into a conventional Indian family, Vimalji has indulged himself in profound yogic practices since he was 11 years old. He further studied under Mahamandaleshwar Sri Swami Veda Bharati- a disciple of Swami Rama and has devoted his life to teachings and practice of yogic science ever since. With his education and experience in various mystics of yoga including mantra chanting, he attained the status of Acharya Vimal.
A strong believer in the fact that yoga and science are intensely linked with each other, Kushal ji has devoted his life in exploring the complicated aspects of yoga through scientific point of view. Kushal ji holds a Master’s degree in Yogic Science and a strong experience of working with the Indian army as a yoga trainer. In addition with being a dedicated yoga teacher, he is also a passionate karma yogi who often indulges in volunteer work at several yoga camps.
Suraj Ji is a Yoga Alliance certified RYT 500 teacher and, also holds a Master’s degree in Yoga Science. Born and brought up in the yoga capital, Rishikesh, Suraj ji has been practicing yoga since his childhood. He also studied under the profound mentorship of Guru Narendra Gussain, a much acclaimed yoga teacher of traditional and contemporary style of yoga. One of the most exclusive elements about Suraj ji’s classes is that he blends in traditional yoga with contemporary styles.
Born and brought up in the sacred pilgrim site of Gangotri, Benkat ji has been practicing yoga and meditation since the tender age of 10. He holds Post Graduate Diploma in Yogic Science from Pt. L.M.S. Govt P.G. College Rishikesh and Masters Degree in Human consciousness & Yogic Science from Gurukul Kangri University, Uttarakhand. After gaining years of experience in specific subjects of yogic teachings, he continues to be the ace master of Shatkarmas, Asana, Mudra & Bandha, Pranayama, Meditation, and Mindfulness-walking.
Natasha was born and raised in small-town Canada. She has spent the past three years traveling the world; exploring, learning, and connecting with others through the practice of yoga, meditation, and pranayama. She has received over 500 hours of teacher training under Rishikul Yogshala in both Nepal and India and has completed internship placements at world-renowned yoga and meditation centers throughout the globe. Currently, Natasha resides in Southeast Asia where she divides her time between developing and hosting mindfulness retreats and completing further training under her beloved gurus.
Ratheesh Kochukattil (Shiva) is an experienced Yoga teacher and spiritual motivator. who was trained under the guidance of His holiness Swami Veda Bharathi of Himalayan tradition. It was in Rishikesh when he met his master, Swami Veda Bharati, his search for the master ended and real spiritual journey started. He was initiated into strict spiritual vows for five years and was following disciplined life studying yoga, mediation, and philosophy. At the age of 29, master asked him to enter into the household life and share the wisdom of eternal yoga to all true seekers.
Valeriy Yartsev Kazakhstan
January 2018, BookYogaRetreats
I liked asana classes, it was perfect. Food was good. Location in varkala - beatiful place, clean and cozy rooms. Teachers were great. I recommend this school.
Yoga hall has to be cleaned, it's hard to practise on dirty floor. I would like to have more pranayama and meditation practise. Tea breaks were often without any tea , and the tea was just hot water with the smell of ginger.
Monica Hendrikse Netherlands
January 2018, BookYogaRetreats
she was very good educated and a nice person
Charlotte Von Bülow Denmark
January 2018, BookYogaRetreats
I certainly didn’t like the accomodation which was very un-clean - I was prepared that it would be modest but not dirty and with what I suspect was bed bugs! Furthermore I got sick from the “filteret” water - even though I mostly bought my own bottle water. I saw a doctor when I got home and had to take cure for parasits from the water!
As when it comes to the school I think they should at least inform the students about how cold it gets there I’m December - changed my original plans so I came in December. After a week I decided to leave.
December 2017, BookYogaRetreats
most of the teachers were excellent, knowledgeable and inspiring. the philosophy and history of yoga is the focus of this particular course and was very informative and interesting. yoga asana classes were very intense (not really beginner level) but enjoyable. our fellow students in the course were truly wonderful i made some lifelong friends. the location is great (though often noisy- take earplugs) near the ganges river in the bustling and welcoming town of rishikesh.
the rooms were dirty on arrival and never cleaned during the stay. the mattress, blankets and pillows were moldy. no sheets were provided (they said they would be, so we didnt bring our own) and when we asked for a sheet they said 'tomorrow' (this is what they said everyday) so slept on the bare mattress. regular issues with electricity and hot water. some people had food allergies and this seemed to be a problem they had to always ask for appropriate food. the girl with nut allergies had to administer her epipen for anaphylaxis far too many times- the food/kitchen staff just could not understand that she had a severe nut allergy and kept putting nuts in the food (she couldnt see them as they were hidden) and no one would let her know or provide something else for her, hence repeated anaphylaxis episodes. there were over 60 people all up in the school doing the 200hr and 300hr courses, plus week long retreats being run and drop in classes- the school staff really seemed to struggle to suitably care for this number of people- many people got sick or injured during the stay- injuries often caused by demanding yoga practices with not a good teacher to student ratio so adjustments were not possible- many people were just ignored especially those struggling. would have liked more classes on lesson planning, modifications and also some classes on sequencing asana for lessons- there were no classes at all on sequencing or putting together a yoga asana class.
December 2017, BookYogaRetreats
I really liked the course, I learned alot about myself and it was so fun to meet so many people from all around the World. I liked that we were Close to the city, it was easy to go and have a coffee break when you felt you needed, but I Think the course would have been much better close to nature. I Think the philosopfy classes was the best, but the other ones was also very intresting. I would recommend this course for beginners and also people that been doing yoga for a while and want to learn more about what yoga really is. We did not do any Writing test in the end of the course but every one had to hold 1 hour own class for the others, it was very fun and you learned alot from it!
The location was not the best, it was in the middle of pokhara and we were unlucky to have construction going on during the whole day in the buildings around our hotel. But the owner told us that this course was the last one to be in this hotel, that they will move the course a bit away from the city, closer to nature, which I think is a really good idea! Sometimes you got a bit tired of the food because its not western food which most of us are used with. Its yogi food, but I felt it was healthy and makes your body good, so I cant really complain.
It was writen that we would have yogic cooking but never happend, and we did not have yoga with kids as I also read Before booking the course, but we talked with the owner about it so probably they will pay attention to this to next time.
November 2017, BookYogaRetreats
I liked how much information was provided for each subject. Your brain will feel overloaded but once you have had time to digest the information you will feel amazing because of all of the information you have absorbed.
The location is great. The little village has some lovely shops and cafes and the locals are very friendly. I highly recommend the french bakery if you want to study somewhere different.
The food in the school was very good. I personally struggled at times but they are catering for over 50 people so they did an amazing job of making sure everyone had something to eat.
All the teachers are good but a special mention to my Ashtanga and Alignment teacher - Sachin. He is very knowledgeable and inspirational... He always made me push harder in the class and go away and research more. Without question I learnt the most from him during my time at the school.
The class sizes were too big. Our course had over 50 people which were subsequently split into two groups. Ours had 27 people and it felt too big. We didnt always have the opportunity to ask questions and it is sometimes difficult for the teacher to control a large group that all want to ask questions.
Sometimes the overall organisation of events or classes were a little bit muddled or last minute. We had to ask on a few occasions to find out was happening.
It was also a little disappointing how the exams were organised. It would have been nice for everyone to be sat together and clearly told what is expected and where/when we should be somewhere. I am someone that stresses about things like that and it would have helped settle my nerves a little.
November 2017, BookYogaRetreats
Yoga schedule and very personal attention given to us
The accommodation was sub-standard and we didn't feel like coming back to the room unless we had to sleep at night which was also not the most comfortable experience
Joaquin Gómez Picca Spanish State
November 2017, BookYogaRetreats
I came to this course with no expectations, not knowing what was this all about. Once I arrived, I founded great experienced teachers (and wonderful humans), magestic place (I would recommend every yogi to go to Nepal and experience Pokhara), and incredible people (we became a big family not only with the other students but also with the teachers).
The course is quite intense and it challenges you in a physical, mental and spiritual level, but what you learn from it, is totally worth it.
The hotel is beautiful and the rooms are abobe the Asian quality standards (I found). The food is very good and healthy, sometimes a bit repetitive, but understandable variable as it’s all Ayurvedic food with the intention of creating a regular healthy process on your digestive system, providing you the needed vitamins for such an intense course.
Overall, I’m extremely happy with the experience and already planning to follow my path in the yogic lifestyle.
As it is a very busy time in Nepal, they had to change my room once in the hotel during the whole stay after coming back from one of the beautiful excursions to the mountains (Sarangkot). It was not a big deal, but I find nice to stick with one room the whole month
Caroline Ferrari Great Britain
October 2017, BookYogaRetreats
200hr Teacher training experience
It's pretty hard to put into words my month at Rishikul Yogshala but I'll give it a go. People told me before I went it would be a life changing experience and they weren't wrong.
It was an intense month mentally and physically but such a rewarding experience. With about 40 students our group was split into 2. With people from all over the world and different personalities/ stories to tell I found it fascinating to meet such beautiful souls.
Let me start with the food. ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. Honestly credit to the cooks because every meal was lovely. Sure towards the end of 4 weeks it gets a tiny bit repetitive but there are many places outside of the school to mix it up a little on days off (you get wed and sun off). if you eat meat expect to maybe find the experience a little different/ harder,
The teachers make the yogshala what it is. You can really see their passion and enthusiasm to keep the real tradition of Yoga alive.
The rooms are pretty basic so please just keep your expectations low. Please apply this attitude to many aspects during your time there if you go. Nothing gets done in a hurry. It's India. You have to ask for things a few times.
There are two exams- one 45 minute taught class that you have to give to your class in which you get feedback on at the end. One written exam of 25 questions that have 4-5 on each of the subject areas in which you are taught.
You will meet some incredible people. You will love the food. You will discover that this course is basically an introduction to what Yoga truly is and it will set you on the beginning of your yoga journey.
If you are a beginner I wouldn't worry or be put off doing this course. There were all levels of experience. The majority of our group did not have any intention of teaching after the course and just wanted to further deepen their practice.
This is a wonderful school with wonderful passionate teachers. They care. Sure there may be fancier schools to choose from to do your training in Rishikesh (there are LOADS!) but I don't regret my decision to choose this school for one second.
Just book it. Invest in yourself.
Thankyou Rishikul Yogshala for a time I will never forget.
Vanessa Schuld Germany
October 2017, BookYogaRetreats
My primary purpose to travel to Nepal and participate on the 200 hrs yoga teacher training at Rishikul Yogshala was to improve my overall health as I have back problems since young age. However, this course was so inspiring and I learnt so much that I received a different impression of what yoga actually is. I loved all the classes and the teachers have such a great knowledge! I met people from all over the world and I got inspired so much. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to make a change, to live a better life, to become more happy and balanced and just everyone who loves yoga.
This course really exceeded my expectations and I found myself as more than just a yoga practitioner. I am a student, at the same time I became a teacher and I am ready to share my knowledge with the world to make it a better place.
I thank the universe for an experience that I won´t ever forget. Before, I was lost, but I learnt about who I am and where I want to go. Where the focus goes, energy flows. So mind you focus!
There is nothing I did not like. Maybe the food could have been richer in variety, the hotel staff was always very friendly and they also prepare you different food in case you have any food allergy. I also loved the nights they prepared us ginger/ lemon/ honey tees.
I loved that we have just been 10 people in this course. The teachers really took time for each of us. There is really no reason to complain!
Claire Beath Democratic Cambodia
September 2017, BookYogaRetreats
Where do I begin! I've just completed the 200hr TTC course and it totally exceeded my expectations. The quality and knowledge of the teachers is priceless. You really get to learn all about Yoga- not just the physical aspects of it. You're fully immersed in the culture too with activities on the days off. The school itself is in a beautiful area surrounded by nature and also close to shops and cafes when you need a break or a coffee to go with your study. The food is amazing and has real selection- you'll never go hungry thats for sure!
The communal equipment such as bolsters, mats and straps could be kept in cleaner conditions. The bolsters were often damp and the mats smell as they're not cleaned. It wouldn't be a bad idea to have an all natural cleaning spray station and encourage the students to clean the mat after they use it to keep a clean, pure environment which is part of yogi practice anyway.
Toilet paper should be complimentary, we pay to stay at the school and I don't think we really should have to pay for toilet paper on top of that. I think teachers also need to be a little more strict on monitoring attendance as there were some students who obtained a 200hr certificate who certainly didn't attend 200hrs of class.
Ieva Bukelskyte United States
July 2017, BookYogaRetreats
There were so many things that I liked.... So, lets start with the food. (I felt on a culinary journey there as well!) Breakfast, lunch and dinner takes place in a cosy garden (its the best to eat in an open space!) Its a buffet style dining and even though I am vegan, always had plenty of different dishes to choose from. Different stews with lentils, chickpeas, beans, vegetables.... Sometimes pasta or sandwiches, or amazing desserts too.. Food full of flavor, spices and so delicious! For breakfast I loved papaya and porridge! BIG thanks to the chefs, kitchen staff and everyone else involved in food preparation.
Secondly, teachers were absolutely amazing. I felt as if I am attending some magical school like Hogwarts, as we had nine different teachers that had so much knowledge in their field. I learnt a lot during that month and in particular really deepened my understanding about yoga philosophy and alignment.
My favorite classes were with Yoga teacher Manoj. I feel its very important for everyone to understand how important is a proper technique and body alignment while doing yoga poses in order to prevent injuries and Manoj explained that perfectly.
The school is located a little bit further from Laxman Jhula vibrancy and noise. It is tucked in a little alley, in a quiet neighborhood where you will always encounter cows wandering around.
Every room has a balcony. I had a beautiful view to the little mountains. There is even hot water in the room! GREAT!
I really enjoyed Anatomy classes as well as modification&alignment and wish that we had more of them. But thats why 300 hour YTT is waiting for me!
Thank you everyone so much, Deepa, teachers, reception, kitchen staff! Thank you Nitin for bringing me to the hospital when I needed. Amazing! Thank you Everyone! you are beautiful people, putting your heart and good energy. Thank you for sharing! Thank you for spreading beautiful vibes!
July 2017, BookYogaRetreats
Food, hatha classes, yoga philosophy, clean accommodation, massage, yoga nidra
No towel, toilet paper, topsheet provided, ashtanga class could add modifications and support
Saida Gazieva Uzbekistan
July 2017, BookYogaRetreats
System of training
Daniel O'keeffe Thailand
June 2017, BookYogaRetreats
Loved meeting so many interesting people from around the world, pure food, excellent training and awesome teachers.
Was in a different building from the one I was supposed to be in, despite being one of the first to arrive. But a minor flaw in an otherwise excellent program.
Daniel O'keeffe Ireland
June 2017, BookYogaRetreats
Liked everything, food was great, people and co yogis were awesome. I liked the quality of the teachers the most, and have noticed massive internal changes after my TTC.
Got moved to a top floor room in a different location even though I was one of the first there.
Eszter Balogh Hungary
May 2017, BookYogaRetreats
I loved the enthusiasm of the teachers, the activities, food, curriculum, so basically everything.
Line Bering Denmark
April 2017, BookYogaRetreats
Such a great school with amazing teachers. I'll recommend doing this to anyone no matter their experience with yoga. This experience has definetly changed my body and mind to the better!
You get a bet bored of the food. The first week it's great but after that it's just too much of the same. More variety would be great. Luckily there's loads of restaurants around pokhara so it wasn't really a problem :)
Sakina Williams United States
April 2017, BookYogaRetreats
The teachers were amazing!!
The hotel facilities.
Julie Quinn United States
April 2017, BookYogaRetreats
the staff was very accommodating and available 24/7.
the food was ok, but became monotonous.
Raffaella Resta Jordan
April 2017, BookYogaRetreats
I have been really taken by the combination of Hatha practice in the early morning and Ashtanga in the afternoon. It was the perfect insight to allow u to decide wich style u want to deepen. Pranayama and philosophy lessons have been so interesting and well explained. Anatomy was a deep discovery about how our body works.
Unfortunately the food after 2 weeks did not change in variety and sometimes it was too spicy.
Daniel Maciejewski Netherlands
April 2017, BookYogaRetreats
World class teachers and a detailed but yet smartly compressed curriculum. This professionalism was beyond my expectations and beyond anything i have experienced in my 3 years of intense yoga practice. Chapeau!
The location was a bit loud, construction of other hotels during day- abd music and nightlife during evenings have to be taken into account when coming to beautiful lake side. I guess thats the price you pay for having literally everything a westener can dream of in walking distance....so its a tradeoff but one that you should be aware of.
November 2017, BookYogaRetreats
Pokhara is a lovely place to stay. The yoga lessons were very good and the food was delicious. Everyone was super friendly and helpful.
Massages and day trips were included as well.
i stayed at a hotel so it was mixed and changing guest. I was the only one joining the retreat all others joined a teacher training
It was a bit chaotic and sometimes a bit unorganised.
Tiffany Flor USA
My experience with Rishikul Yogshala in Nepal for my 200 hr YTT was everything I was looking for and more. I came into this course with a desire to acquire tools/training experience for applying out in the working world of yoga. And here I am coming out of it gaining a family, deeper insight into myself and therefore others, teaching tools and techniques, shanti (peace), and a whole new perspective on yoga and what it truly is.
The teachers and coordinator are incredible people with so much love, humor, wisdom, and knowledge to share - whether in the yoga hall or out, you can't help but feel their passion and knowledge trying to seep into you. The location is wonderful - surrounded by mountains, across the street from Fewa Lake, and in a quaint hotel with a lovely staff and owner.
I am incredibly thankful for the past month I've spent here. It has truly been a life changing experience that I will forever carry with me and continue. I look forward to the 300 hour course in India!
a life changing experience
This 1 month training program has been just incredible!! Everyone was amazing! Truly! The teachers, the staff, the cooks, the teaching is just another level! I can only highly recommend this school for their professional knowledge and their kindness! Do not hesitate too long!! Register now! You will definitely love this experience too!
A few days ago I completed a 200 hour TTC at Rishikul Yogshala in Kerala. Although I learned a ton, improved many aspects of my yoga practice and feel inspired to go home and share, I can’t shake the feeling of frustration. To give you some context, I’m a 30 year old male from Europe, who values science, reason, logic, evidence, conversation and asking questions. I’ve been studying yoga and meditation for years and enjoy using these wisdoms to explore who and what I am. Among other things, I also despise dogmatism and faith based religion. What bothered me was that teachings of the esoteric and mystical metaphysics of yoga, for example chakran, nadis and panic energy, were taught like if it was scientifically and undoubtedly true. There were no or very little room for discussions and many of the groups questions were left unanswered. Some teachers, rather than earning respect, demanded it, and time after time had a very derogatory tone towards us students. Basically we were asked to leave all of our critical thinking out the door and radically lower our standards for evidence and truth. Some of these classes felt more like an attempt to indoctrinate or brainwash.
With that said, there were also many great thing about the course. Most teachers were very knowledgeable and inspiring. The group of 17 students felt very warm and close after just a few days, and I really felt comfortable with everyone during the course. All the meals were surprisingly good and diverse, though it got a bit repetitive during the last week. Despite the things I struggled with I leave the course feeling happy and inspired, and feel grateful for the effort all the teachers and the staff put in to make this a great and knowledgeable experience for all the students. Thank you!
If you are like me, don’t go to this school. If you don’t mind being told what to think and believe about reality, maybe you would enjoy this course. Many of my peer students did.
Either way, remember to be doubtful, ask questions and think for yourself.
Management Response from Rishikul Yogshala:
Hope you are doing well.
First of all, we would like to thank you for taking time out and provide us with your valuable feedback. Every feedback and suggestion is important to us as they help us improve our courses and services. We appreciate and respect your thoughts and viewpoints.
As you know, our TTC program is limited to a month’s time and our primary focus is teaching the aspects of yoga that has been followed and observed since the beginning of yoga. We agree a lot of these teachings and logics may not apply to every aspect of the modern day world and there are indefinite possibilities of science not agreeing with the facts stated in the study of yoga philosophy. After all, philosophy has seldom walked hand in hand with the factuality of science. We are certain that over time with more development in the two fields, there will be a common ground where one agrees with the other in most if not all aspects.
We really apologize for the way you felt about our teachers and discussions. Please believe us when we say that all these suggestions and feedback have been discussed with the teachers who taught your program. Our teachers have been practicing and training these subjects for as long as we know and we say it on behalf of all of them that nobody’s intention was to defy anybody’s values or principles in any way. At the same time, we also have to understand that you and we are from different schools of religion and culture and it is only fair that we give each other that benefit of doubt and a fair chance.
You would agree when we say that the origins of yogic science is deep rooted in our culture since its birth here and we try and do our best to ensure that the knowledge and wisdom is shared equally amongst students who put their trust in us enough to come train with us. There are a lot of such matters that yoga is still trying to explore and likewise, there are many theories that science is still trying to prove.
In no way any of us intended to brainwash or manipulate any student to forget or disrespect their own beliefs to value ours but at the very beginning of the training, we mentioned that there will be differences – culturally and otherwise that all of you would feel and see from time to time. Also, nobody can ever truly define reality, can we? But, what we can do is accept that there will be differences everywhere we go and that it is entirely on us to take what we like and leave what we don’t with from a place we visit or people we meet. In no way, any of it can be forced on one another or else the whole process of learning through exploring different cultures will be defeated.
We have been training students for many years and when we say this we say it with utmost honesty that we have never been told that any of our students felt their knowledge or viewpoints were disrespected. Also, we understand that with so many students and so little time, it may have been difficult for the teachers to answer all questions at all times but if in any way you felt that it was done deliberately, we sincerely apologize for the same.
Last but not least, we really appreciate all the kind words you shared with us about our teachers and arrangements and they only inspire us to keep improving and do better.
Once again, we thank you from the deepest corner of our heart and wish you all the best for the journey that lay ahead of you and we hope you will stay in touch.
Best wishes, Team Rishikul Yogshala
Sydney D. USA
I had a wonderful experience there. It was honestly everything I could have hoped for in a 300 hour YTT and more. The teachers and the staff in general were AWESOME- so knowledgeable, so kind and caring, so informative and helpful. All around amazing people that I hope to meet again one day. The class size was perfect- 10 students is a great size. Many more than that would be too much, as I know was the consensus for the 200 hour students with 40+ in their class! Also, I'm really happy we got manuals for our training, but we had to continually ask to have them printed in order to receive them. That should not happen. A manual for a 200 or 300 hour course should be handed to us on the day of our orientation before the program begins. They are easy and cheap to print in India and it is a staple for a course to have a manual, no questions. We had amazing classes, especially our Hatha and Ashtanga classes! I loved our mudra and mantra classes, yoga nidra, philosophy, and anatomy! Honestly I loved them all - each teacher was unique and had his or her own style. I would have liked to have some yoga therapy incorporated in the course, as we were told that we would study that and I was really looking forward to it. But even though we were told it would be, for whatever reason it was not part of our program. I think it's important to keep us a bit more up to date on what is included in each course specifically since the trainings are all a bit different each month and it seems like what is listed as being included on the website is more of a general listing and not so specific to the month. The excursions and field trips were wonderful. Super fun and worthwhile. I loved the white water rafting and the yoga at sunrise on the top of the mountain! Absolutely beautiful. The food was at Rishikul was incredible. So sattvic and healthy and nourishing. I loved that it was vegan; it was my favorite style of food and if I could continue to eat in this way throughout my life, I would. I have never felt so healthy and happy as I did when I was at Rishikul- now the key is to bring this feeling to the world outside rishikesh! The studio we practiced in at the top of our hotel was gorgeous- new and had great 360 degree views of the city and mountains. The apartments in my building (I can't remember the name of the building but it was the one where the 300 hour students stayed) were a nice size and I loved the balconies and mattress was fantastic!! But they really have to get new sheets and WASH the bedding!! The bedding needs to be washed in between each guest, especially if they are not going to make the bed with a top sheet. The comforter had dirt and hair on it which was quite appalling. And the laundry prices in that building need to be posted as well OR they should be the same as in the main building where reception is. Lastly, I love the idea of silence during meals. I love eating in silence But the technique needs to be a bit different for it actually to work for the students. I think the students need to be told right in the beginning that meals are silent, what the reason is for meals to be silent, and that this practice will be enforced. And maybe there is one or two tables or some inside seating where meals are not silent if people really need to talk. But the passive aggressive way in which it was enforced did not seem to work so well. Again, I love and appreciate the concept, I just think it needs to be discussed with the students ( and it was not for the 300 hour students) for it to work and be appreciated. I am very happy with the overall experience at Rishikul and would go back and study or work there in a heartbeat. I would give them a 9.3. Thank you thank thank you for such an amazing and fulfilling experience.
Ee Crovetto Thailand
My 200 hrs YTT experience has been awesome and transformative, spiritually enriching, just like it has been for all my fellow students, one by one for different reasons. All 42 of us, yes it was a big group, felt filled up with gratitude and joy at the end of this intense month. But having said this, I want to say something different as well: I feel grown in my knowledge and confident to go out there and teach others safely and comprehensively now. I was already a teacher (not in yoga), but I got given the tools, the deeper knowledge behind it all. And that it worth a lot. The "technical/practical" knowledge from anatomy, alignment & adjustment, pranayama, the root principles of the "how & why" as well as the philosophical, meditative and spiritual aspects of yoga as a way of life, have been explained to us with a patience and thoroughness than can only come from passion. The focus on safety and the immense background yoga stems from, could only be taught so intrinsically in Rishikesh, where it all originated. Rishikesh is a magical place, worth visiting regardless and we took a few trips to nature and temples that were in one word breath taking, by the way. Like I mentioned before our group was big, but the school split the group in two for the practical sessions, so we could still get the needed attention. And I am glad the group was so big, because I met 42 seriously amazing people, and the input and questions everyone brings into the group are only enriching. Never was there any animosity, or clickiness, the atmosphere was always great, everyone was helpful and fun, ohhh we laughed so much as well! Thank you teachers, no actually gurus, for being there for us, with all of your heart, with a true love for yoga - and I am sure I speak for at least a few of us when I say we will try and come back to Yogshala for more.
This program changed my life. Hands down the best experience I have ever had. Everything was amazing and humbling and perfect. I would highly recommend it to anybody thinking about improving the quality of their life!
Casey Ohio USA
Overall, I found the Rishikul Yogshala in Rishikesh to be a great experience. The staff was incredibly kind. Deepa goes out of her way to make you feel at home. The staff is very kind and helpful as well. For example, I saw a spinal specialist during my stay due to back issues that at the time. A member of staff, Nitin drove me to see the specialist every three days and never once asked for reimbursement of petrol. Additionally, he was very kind and waited patiently for my appointment to end. That kind of hospitality truly makes Rishikul Yogshala feel like a home and not just a yoga school. Additionally, it speaks volumes on the character of the staff.
All the teachers are very knowledgeable and are open to answering questions. They really do want to make sure that the students understand the material. The ashtanga teacher Prashantj was excellent and was very accommodating to helping me find ways to work around my back. Additionally, it is clear that Deepa loves the work she does and is extremely knowledgeable on pranayama, meditation and mantra. Her classes always brightened my day. She was truly an inspiration and I have been practicing what she taught in class since!
I only have a couple critiques overall. Firstly, the cleanliness of my room and bathroom when I arrived was slightly lacking. It looked as though only a minor sweeping had been done vs. a dusting and wipe down before my arrival. That being said, cleaning standards of Westerners vs. what you can expect in India are very different (this is not a bad thing! Just simply a cultural difference). Secondly, most non-asana classes will not provide physical handouts. You will be listening and taking notes. As someone with a auditory processing disorder, I found this at times a little hard to keep up with. Additionally, some non-native English speaker classmates at times struggled as well. That being said, the teachers would slow down and repeat information as necessary. Perhaps just a syllabus of what to expect in each class could help with before class studying to help keep students who struggle a bit on track. However, these critiques are incredibly minor in the grand scheme of my experience!
Simply, I enjoyed my stay immensely. It was a life changing experience and I am so grateful for Rishikul Yogshala. I would highly recommend the course to others and cannot speak highly enough of the staff and teachers. I already look forward to returning even if only for a week long yoga retreat. If you are looking to deepen your practice and have a life changing experience, Rishikul Yogshala is the place for you!
Thank you for such an amazing feedback and thank you for investing your valuable time detailing significant points where we need to act upon. We are extremely alarmed by your statement regarding cleanliness issue and will definitely make sure that such things should not happen in future. Thank you for your advice for the handouts, already we are working on making our own book but to ensure we give the best to our students, we are working on minute details like correction of language and pictures of our teachers. Hope soon we will achieve this and start giving best manuals. We are glad to know your wonderful experience with us and hope to see again in our advanced training.
Hayley Statter UK
June 2016. BookYogaRetreats website
My experience of my teacher training 200hr course at Rishikul Yogshala was incredible. From the moment you entered the school, the staff and teachers were friendly and kind, and the atmosphere was completely welcoming and relaxing. I immediately felt at home and by the end of the month I felt like part of a huge family. Nothing is too much trouble, everyone forms close bonds and everywhere is clean and homely. The food is amazing and the staff take care of everything, so you can focus on your classes. All of the teachers are so knowledgeable and I learnt so much from them - I just wish I could have absorbed even more. The classes were all valuable in their own way and really well balanced between them all. The practical asana classes were tough, so be prepared to work hard, but you soon get into a routine and crave the daily exercise. I was physically and mentally challenged, but in such a good way. I left having learnt so much and feeling totally prepared to teach and continue my yoga journey - and I also left with a huge group of new friends/family, an extended yoga community to talk to and excited to come back at some point for my 300hr course!
Julie A Egypt
My trip to Rishikul Yogshala was amazing, and seriously life changing! I booked it last minute and so glad it all came through! Everyone there was friendly and helpful. Inevitably you will get sick from the food at least once unless you've been to India before. So it was really great that Susheel knocked on my door to ask about me and see how I was doing. He gave me great meds and I was back to normal the next day! I also asked the kitchen to make plain boiled potatoes for me and they did. For cooking class, I asked to learn what I really wanted to and they did also :) Just speak your mind because they listen and accommodate! Love them for that!! The place itself is very quaint and not without flaws but the staff, the location and the yoga training more than make up for any flaws. I learned to live in peace with a wasps nest in my room. Although if I asked they would've sprayed it but I didn't want that. The monkeys are so entertaining and funny! You have to be careful because they bite, so be nice and they will be nice back. They steal though! So hide your bananas and mangos ..hahaha. The food is great, but again, ask for what you need because sometimes they are not aware. I needed more protein from beans. It took a couple days to get the word back to the chef but when it did, he made same amazingly tasty bean dishes for us. The side trips were awesome on our days off and I fully enjoyed every single trip!! For the first time in my life I can say that I had a proper Hatha Yoga instructor who made me love it! Thanks Manoj Ji for doing a great job! I admire you, and honored to say I'm your student! Deepa Ji is the best meditation teacher ever and I miss her already! And Prashant is an Ashtanga instructor that blows my mind by the things he can do. I wish to be like him one day :) I pushed myself as much as they did and maybe a bit more. I surprised myself by what I accomplished by the 3rd and 4th weeks, and I've very proud. Overall I'm super happy with the 200-hour teacher training and couldn't have asked for more.
I would highly recommend the Yoga Retreat at Rishikul Yogshala. All of the trainers and staff are incredibly helpful and kind. The schedule is full enough to keep you busy but there is a good amount of rest time in between to recharge and enjoy the surrounding area. The food provided by the Pyramid cafe is delicious, fresh and plentiful- you will not go hungry!! Nothing is too much trouble for this excellent team and they are happy to help arrange any extra activities if you find the time.
The teacher training programm was really fantastic. All of the teachers are friendly and patient. The sequence of the daily program was good. At the last week we had the opportunity to teach other and could improve our self, very helpful for the future. The only thing is: to wake up 5 am in the morning is really hard...6 would be better ;-) I will come back for the 300 hour course in some month. Thank you all! :-)
Doing my teacher training with Rishikul was the most amazing experience. I have grown and learnt so much in just one month. What really makes the course special is the teachers- they are known as the best yoga teachers in Rishikesh for a reason. They all brought so much experience, dedication and passion to their teachings, and were always open to helping us with any difficulties. It is also good that the classes are so small. In our batch there were only twelve people. This meant that we got lots of individual help, and also that we became a really close family on our yoga journey. The food and rooms are good, and the staff are so ready to help with any special requests. I would definitely recommend the school to anyone who wants to train as a teacher, or just to really deepen their practice. Hari Om!
It has been an amazing experience coming to India and the All Yoga Teacher Training has been a big step. I enjoyed the whole journey from the start to the end despite of many training hours.
The teachers were great. I have learned so much in a short time. The location in Varkala has been fantastic, nice beaches...... and We had the possibility to do yoga on a beach.
The experience was very rewarding. We were a group of students from different countries, different cultures mixing with teachers from India.
Sinead United Kingdom
Inspired to share knowledge with love”
I completed the 200 hour course a week ago and I enjoyed every moment of it. Not only was I challenged physically, topics within pranayama and philosophy forced me to look inside at my own perspectives of the world and of myself. I particularly enjoyed having a broad range of teachers from all walks of life, varying in age and reasons for wanting to share yoga. While sometimes topics discussed can be hard to follow, I feel confident that I can now form my own viewpoint on the yogic way of life, drawing on each of the teachers' perspectives. The biggest thing needed for this kind of study is an open mind and all expectations left at home! I have already recommended the course to fellow travellers. I have also been keeping up the good habits of 5:30am practice, finding somewhere to roll out my mat wherever I am (while this has only been a week, this is a big achievement for me given I usually only wake much later!). It's also been lovely to have a few people at hostels already trusting me to guide them through practice. Completing this course feels like the start of a great journey and I can't wait to return to the Rishikul family in the future to continue my yoga study!
“Great people, Great training, Great experience”
Namaste, Me and my wife just finished the 200ttc at Rishikul Yogshala in Rishikesh, and we couldn't be more grateful and happy we decided to end there after researching all the options. All the reviews about it are true. It definitely exceeded our expectations. Great teachers, very good Ayurvedic food to keep up with the intensity of the practice, very nice people who made us feel at home from day 1. I’m missing it already after a few days, considering coming back for the 300h :) Great set up as well, very quiet, amazing jungle views, apart from the hectic Laksmanjula. Very very complete! Hari Om!
“Yoga teacher training!!”
Just completed 200 hr yttc with rishikul. I am really glad i chose this school, not just they hv amazingly knowledgeable faculty but equally great support staff. Very warm, very welcoming and people actually go out of their way to help you out and to comfort you :) Special mention to Deepa ma'am, what an amazing person she is :)
And my sincere thanks to Prashant sir for all his insightful sessions. I am definitely coming back for 300hr :) Highly recommend this school to all the yogis out there :)
And yes!! they serve delicious food
“Incredible yoga course”
I just finish 200 YTT and I can say it was the best thing I could ever do in my life. Learning about yoga, and doing yoga at the sunrise and at the sunset with the view of Himalaias mountains in the window already worth all the money, but the teachers and the staff make what is already incredible, to become extraordinary. From the accommodation and food, to philosophy class to meditation, all very well organised. They make you feel like part of a big family. Thank you very much :)
200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training - Recommended a million times over!”
It's been exactly two months since I completed my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Rishikul Yogshala. Though I've not until now had a chance to to leave a review, there's not a day gone by since leaving that my mind hasn't wandered back to Rishikesh and I can still feel the positive physical and spiritual effects that were imprinted upon me.
I've worked in the fitness and nutrition industry for a million years but my intention behind my return to Rishikul (after joining a retreat with the school last April) was very much a one of personal development and healing - and I received everything I could have hoped for and more!
The teachers and staff warmed my heart everyday, the Ayurvedic food made every cell in my body happy and healthy, I found friends -for -life and most importantly the Teacher Training itself opened my mind and body up to a world of knowledge I could never have imagined.
We learned core philosophies, physical practices, theories and all the basics you would naturally expect from a top quality Yoga school but what I appreciated most from my experience at Rishikul was the genuine efforts from everyone who went the extra mile at all times and exceeded expectations (which you soon learn to drop anyway as a Yogi in training ).
This evidentially came about from the passion and love the school has for sharing, inspiring and guiding students in everything Yoga.
If you're thinking about doing a YTT course you're most likely asking questions about accommodation, food, curriculum and assessments - or at least these were the things I was concerned about when seeking out a course.
Accommodation and food I can tell you hands down you will be hard pressed to find better, the course curriculum extended beyond the basics with additional electives such as laughing yoga, dance yoga and even a traditional cooking class. We were given a unique opportunity to raft down Mother Ganga which was such an awesome experience.
The schedule keeps you busy but is realistic in terms of timings and you're having so much fun, you hardly notice the early mornings!!! But granted there are some days you are even more grateful for the evening meditation and Yoga Nidra sessions and you had plenty warning and time to prepare for assessments and teachers were always willing to help you out if you felt you needed extra tuition.
Practicality wise, the school is in a great location with a safe and simple walk to the river, and bridges to cross to the other side as well as close proximity to some gorgeous cafes to go and have chai or a smoothie and just chillax between classes.
If you have ever been to Rishikesh before you'll understand how I became completely enchanted by the place and the people; and if you're new to India or Rishikesh, you'll soon know this to be true. There's no better place to learn and practice Yoga - The energy that buzzes around you is relaxing yet totally energising all at the same time and the sunsets are to die for!
Needless to say, I'm heading back - 300hours is on the cards and I have a whole lot more exploring to do.
Upon reflection, the most precious Yogic knowledge I gained whilst on both my Retreat and 200hour YTT at Rishikul Yogshala was what I learned about myself - 'Know Thyself' - 'swaim ko jano' - is my mantra now. Know who you are, what you are and how to love and be loved.
Whether you've lost your way in life, or simply want to expand your physical practice and teach your knowledge to others, Rishikul is the place for you. You will fall in love with it - I certainly did in more ways than one.
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