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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Kerala

  • 28 days with instruction
  • Rishikul Yogshala’s 200-hour yoga teacher training in Kerala will be life transforming! Collectively with extensive Yoga, Ayurveda, Meditation and fresh vegetarian ultra-healthy (and equally delectable) diet; you'll not only transform into a certified yoga teacher, but you'll be in the best mental and physical shape of yourself. Additionally, you'll grasp in the sanctity of the most stunning place on earth, breathtaking Kerala. Imagine yourself in the mesmerizing whether, living in one of a kind bamboo huts, strolling upon stunning beaches with turquoise water that is crystal clear, getting high on yoga, enjoying ayurvedic therapies and delicious healthy food!


    • Comprehensive study of traditional yoga asanas
    • Art of adjustment & alignment while avoiding any injury
    • Study of human anatomy and its application in yogic science
    • Study of Yogic literature and theory related to the science of yoga in Yogic philosophy
    • Yogic Cooking classes and wholesome yogic meals
    • Principles of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic diet
    • 27 nights accommodation


    • Instruction language: English
    • Spoken languages: English
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    Bamboo huts situated amidst lush green natural surrounds offer a soul-reviving stay at the resort. Each hut has a private wash room and balcony lined with furniture made of wood. Enjoy the moonlight symphony with a rejuvenating escape in lap of nature. All rooms are facilitated with twin beds along with mosquito nets, fans, lights, etc. to ensure a cozy stay. The rooms are allotted on both single and sharing basis.

    Rishikul Yogshala is Yoga Alliance Certified School nested in the motherland of yoga and propagating the Vedic Knowledge since past few years and, truly one of a kind in Kerala to offer intensive 200 Hour Yoga TTC along with the study of Ayurveda. The highly experienced RYT Certified teachers are well-versed on the Vedic subjects like Yoga, Ayurveda, Meditation and Restorative Therapies. Ranging from Sunrise yoga, Ayurvedic therapies, distinct meditation practices, to getting nearer to nature through an eco-forest stroll, all designed to relieve and relax your stress. Rishikul Yogshala’s primary purpose to conduct yoga teacher training in Kerala is to welcome the students to a place where they can enjoy, rejuvenate and self-discover during their stay. In your Ayurvedic and Yogic journey, you will be treated with utmost attention and care.

    With the divine intent of spiritual reconciliation and physical rejuvenation, Rishikul Yogshala offers their 200 Hour Yoga TTC in the scenic lap of Kerala. The course is designed for all those who wish to attain a deeper understanding and practice of the yogic science in combination with the study of the miraculous benefits and implications of the healing science of Ayurveda. The program can be taken up by anyone from a beginner’s level yogi to a practicing yogi who wishes to enhance their yogic skills and knowledge on a deeper level. The course holds Yoga Alliance recognition and shall put you on the pedestal of becoming a sincere yoga practitioner and teacher. Those looking to become a yoga instructor with international acclaim can commence their journey with this Yoga and Ayurveda program.

    Hatha Yoga

    • Sun salutation with 12 Surya mantras and its benefits
    • Traditional and classical Hatha yoga
    • Correct alignment and adjustments
    • The benefits of each asana
    • Terminologies and Sanskrit names and the meaning of asana
    • Modification of asana for various ability levels
    • How to use props correctly
    • Breath based training
    • Mudras or gestures

    Ashtanga Yoga

    • Study of eight limbs of Yoga
    • In-depth study of Ashtanga Vinyasa
    • Primary series and secondary series
    • Details of all the involved asanas
    • Learn to concentrate on energy locks (bandhas)
    • Yama (Principles or moral code)
    • Niyama(Personal Disciplines)
    • Asana (Yoga Positions or Yogic Postures)
    • Pranayama (Yogic Breathing)
    • Patyaharaa (Withdrawal of Senses)
    • Dharana (Concentration on Object)
    • Dhyan (Meditation)
    • Samadhi (Salvation)
    • State of Super bliss, joy and merging individual consciousness in to universal consciousness. Union between Jivatman and Paramatman. Realizing the Brahman (pure consciousness) or Realization of universe is the ultimate achievement of Human Birth

    Yoga Philosophy/ Yoga Lifestyle

    • The base of the philosophy and history of yoga
    • An introduction to Sanskrit
    • Detailed study of the five yamas and niyamas that form the core of Yogic Lifestyle
    • Introduction to yoga sutras, Shiva sutras, kama sutras, and bhakti sutra
    • Study of all yoga hypothesis on the basis of ancient scriptures


    • Guided and self-meditation
    • Learn how to guide others in meditation
    • The science of meditation and proper breathing
    • Yoga Nidra basic series up to four levels
    • Meditations and its practices


    • Knowledge of the breathing techniques beneficial to both the body and mind
    • Nadi Shodhanam, Bhastrika, Ujjai, Shetali and Shetkari, Nadi and Kapalbhati
    • The importance of diaphragmatic breathing
    • Stress and anxiety related breathing techniques
    • External Pranayama series up to two variations
    • Kumbhaka (retention) and pause less or continuous breathings
    • Levels of concentrations and its refinements

    Yoga Anatomy

    • Theoretical knowledge necessary for teaching in the future
    • Ability to apply appropriate practices to improve and maintain health
    • Knowledge of the benefits and side effects of particular yoga practices
    • Techniques of observations and correcting the bodily systems and organs
    • Energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, and others)
    • Anatomy and psychological study of inhalation and exhalation
    • Anatomy of nerves system and respiratory systems
    • Anatomy of spinal cord and digestive systems

    Adjustment and Alignment

    • Learn the art of perfecting the pose and avoiding injuries with correct alignment techniques
    • Self-understanding
    • Preparatory practice
    • Modification of asanas according to body types
    • Use of props such as yoga blocks, straps, yoga wheel, yoga wedge, and sand bag
    • Timing and duration of each asanas as per body limitations and types
    • Therapeutic benefits
    • Basic asanas foundation
    • Self-awareness
    • Breathing techniques

    Teaching Methodology

    • Principles of observation
    • Demonstrations
    • Assisting and correcting other entity’s body
    • Proper alignment, benefits, and potential risks of various yoga postures and kriyas
    • Study of the different principles apply to different asanas
    • Lifestyle and ethics of a yoga teacher


    • Importance of Mudras
    • Various techniques in Mudras
    • Study of the fifteen types of Yoga Mudras, namely Hasta Mudra, Jnana Mudra, Akash Mudra, Varuna Mudra, Prithvi Mudra, Vyana Mudra, Apana Mudra, Prana Mudra, Yoni Mudra, Vayu Mudra, Sunya Mudra, Linga Mudra, Shanka Mudra, Surabhi or Kaamdhenu Mudra and Hridaya Mudra.

    Yoga Nidra

    A unique meditation technique which involves traveling through various stages while gradually falling into a rejuvenating and magically peaceful slumber while being awake in the moment. Also known as the yogic sleep, this is a highly essential spiritual awakening technique practiced to explore internal layers of a human soul while achieving intense relaxation and inner calm. During Yoga Nidra sessions, you shall explore and stroll through the various stages for deep rejuvenation of the mind, body and soul.


    Study the science of body preparation through yogic cleansing methods before commencing a yoga and meditation practice. An essential part of early morning tradition, the Shatkriyas or the Shatkarmas play a dominant role in mental, physical and spiritual purification and, in balancing the doshas. You shall undergo study of the following six yogic works:

    • Kapalabhati (Stimulating the brain cells)
    • Trataka (Eye Exercises)
    • Neti (Upper Nasal Track)
    • Dhouti (Cleansing the intestine)
    • Nauli (Abdominal muscle and Viscera)
    • Vasti (Cleaning of the Rectum)

    Study of Ayurveda Science

    Explore the ancient art of healing that utilizes natural herbs, oils, milk and various organic therapies in treating several ailments. Learn the Vedic art of healing and managing different types of skin related diseases, hormonal disorders and many more, under the expert guidance and mentorship of Ayurveda doctors.

    • History and principles of Ayurveda.
    • Study of relation between Yoga and Ayurveda
    • Three types of body constitution and their diagnosis
    • Classification of Yogic practices according to body constitutions.
    • SaptaDhatu (7 body tissues) and how to nurture them by herbs and yoga practices.
    • Basic concept of Panchakarma and massage therapy.
    • 6 types of tastes and their relation to body constitutions.
    • Preparing Ayurvedic food according to body constitutions.


    Sample Daily Schedule

    • 05.00 -5:30 – Morning Tea
    • 05:30- 07:00 – Hatha Yoga
    • 07.00 – 7:30 – Tea Break
    • 07:30-08:30 - Pranayama
    • 08:30-09:30 – Break fast
    • 10:00-11:00 – Yoga Philosophy
    • 11:00-11:15 – Tea Break
    • 11.15 -12.15 – Mantra Yoga/ Ayurveda Practicum / Chair Yoga
    • 12.15 -13.30 – Rest / Beach
    • 13:30-14:15 – Lunch
    • 15.30 -16.30 – Safety, Injuries, Anatomy, Alignment/Ayurveda Logical Theory
    • 16:30-16:45 – Tea Break
    • 16:45 -18.15 – Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
    • 18:30-19:15 – Meditation/ Yoga Nidra
    • 19.30-20.00 - Dinner
    • 20.00-22.00 – Self Journaling
    • 22.00 – light off and sleep

    Schedule on Wednesday

    • 6:00 - Shat kriya – Cleansing practice
    • 7:30 - Self practice
    • 8:30 - Breakfast
    • 10:30 – 11:30 – Ayurveda Practicum
    • 12:00 - 1:00 - Ayurveda Practicum
    • 1:30 - Lunch
    • 2:00 – Free/ Rest/ Beach/ Self Study

    Schedule on Sunday

    • Whole day is Rest/Holiday/Field Visits
    • Includes Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner in Campus

    Please also note a doctor is available for free consultations but medicine will cost extra.

    • Yogi Prashant

      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.

    • Bipin Baloni

      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.

    • Swami Atmanananda Giri

      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.

    • Gangesha Chaitanya

      Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)

      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 Chand

      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

      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)

    • Kavitha Hangargi

      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)

    • Annnamalai Prana Ji (Swami Thiyagaranjan)

      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)

    • Deepa Ji

      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.

    • Gurmeet Singh

      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.

    • Vimal Sharma

      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.

    • Kushal

      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 Choudhary

      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.

    • Benkat Raman

      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.

    The program is conducted in the Varkala location of Kerala. Popular for its beaches, silvery sands and placid lagoons, Varkala is also notable for its rich religious and cultural heredity. Sivagiri Mutt and Janardhana temple are some of the religious attractions of Varkala whilst also famous for its geological monument called The Varkala Formation". Cliffs are also abundant in Varkala, only 3 kms away from the resort, our venue for the YTTC program.

    A veritable paradise for the yogis, the resort offers peace and silence for personal practice and inner work. The colossal setting invites people looking for a respite from the city life, which works just well for the yoga teacher training program in Kerala. With bamboo trees, palm trees and hammocks hanging in the garden area, brick pathways that lead to the entrance of each hut render the appeal of walking upon a heavenly aisle. The resort offers almost all amenities demanded by the modern yogi and, is also strategically located to visit the sightseeing locations by foot or public transport.

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    Indian chefs who have mastered the art of cooking with herbs, Indian spices and ingredients are tasked with the food preparation. Kerala is eminent for being the land of herbs and spices all over the globe. The traditional cuisine of the place is both healthy and appetizing. In the intensive program of 200 hour yoga teacher training, it is required to have a fit body with a balanced mind, much of which is achieved with a healthy diet. The aim is to offer food that would satiate both the hunger pangs and the nutrient requirements.

    While in Kerala, you may participate in various well-being activities including:

    • Ayurvedic consultation
    • Breath-based movement exercises
    • Posture clinic
    • Stretches and sun salutation
    • Sunbath on the beach / swimming / surfing
    • Trip to fishing harbors
    • Trip to Meditation Rock
    • Voyage through various lakes

    Being in Kerala, the land of Ayurveda, there is a huge range of different Ayurvedic massage therapies, osteopathy, acupuncture, hot oil treatments etc. with the best professionals for you to choose and experience.

    • 27 Nights accommodation
    • Ayurvedic therapies like Shirodhara, Panchakarma, Rejuvenation and Spa Therapies
    • Comfortable accommodation
    • Detailed study and practice of yoga curriculum
    • Detailed teaching on Ayurveda, Pranayama, Meditation, Asanas, Sadhana, Mudras, and Mantras
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Group discussions intended to build up your essential skills
    • Nasal wash pot for Ayurvedic therapies
    • Outdoor Ayurveda therapies, dhyana and meditation
    • Weekend cultural, social, and recreational activities
    • Yogic food provided for the duration of the program three times a day
    • Additional Activities
    • Airport Transfer
    • Personal Expenses
    • Spa Treatment
    • Travel Fare

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book a flight to Trivandrum International Airport (located 50 kms from Varkala). Upon arrival at the airport, you can take a direct taxi to the venue. Alternately, you may also ask the school for a pick up.

    Arrival by bus

    You can book a direct bus (both government and private) to Varkala from a number of major locations.

    Arrival by train

    You can avail the option of booking a direct train for Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala. From here, you can take another train to Varkala. You could book a direct train to Varkala as well. But the frequency of direct trains is not high. Upon arriving at the station, you can reach the venue via local rickshaw. You can also ask for the school to arrange for a taxi pick up.

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
    • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

    Rishikesh, India

    Rishikul Yogshala is a Yoga Alliance approved yoga school located at Rishikesh with centers in other parts of India, as well as one at Pokhara, Nepal.

    Speaks English

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    Arrival: Wednesday February 7, 2018
    Departure: Tuesday March 6, 2018

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