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28 Days 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Nepal

  • Rishikul Yogshala, Hotel Tulshi, Barahi Tole, Lake Side, Pokhara, Nepal

Overview

Discover Nepal Yoga Teacher Training

Rishikul Yogshala blends the traditional value of ancient yoga with contemporary patterns in an easy going way. The teachings are more scientific initially, but later evolve to a spiritual method allowing for a holistic and well-rounded approach to yoga. Our YTT program allows the mind to regain peace and the body to recover its beauty and vital stamina.

200hr YTT

This is the foundation course for learning various disciplines and guidelines of yoga. You will be taught about the skills to make your life streamlined. Its not only about physical fitness, but also mental stability and peace. It is a detailed course suitably certified by Yoga Alliance, USA. It is a basic course that makes your concepts right about yoga. It will make you feel confident about yoga and on its completion; you can also get registered as an RYT200 yoga teacher.

Rishikul Yogshala

The 200-hour Yoga teacher training course at Rishikul Yogshala, Pokhara, is the basic course that transforms your rest of the life. You get a complete theoretical and practical know-how about yoga. So that you are not just able to practice, but also train and guide others by becoming their teachers for the yoga science. On completion of this course, you get an opportunity to be a RYT200, i.e. Registered Yoga teacher 200. Even a beginner or a new entrant into the field of yoga can become a master of yoga through our specialised 200 hour course of teacher training. The inspiration and confidence level increases after completion of this course.

Highlights

  • Daily sadhana practices
  • Daily meditation and pranayamas
  • Daily Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga practice
  • Covering Hatha, Ashtanga and yoga philosophy
  • Daily asanas, mudras, and mantras
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • 27 days with instruction
  • English
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The rooms are airconditioned and all modern amenities are available, yet ashram like space is provided. You can complete your course staying out of campus as well. We offer you with twofold contribution accommodation, and on order it can be altered to single room as well. However, single space is limited. We encourage timely possession of the accommodation, with well-timed vacancy after achievement of the course.

The program is designed as per the Yoga Alliance standards and has a strong foundation of teaching all elements of yoga that will make every learner a master. The yoga instructor certification course is designed for those who desire self-knowledge and complete understanding of the yoga sutras to become a successful yoga teacher.

Ashtanga yoga

In the 200-hour yoga teacher training course, we cover thorough study of primary series of the Ashtanga yoga and some parts of second series, that is nadi shodhana. The classes are taught in accordance with the tradition developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. The postures involved in Ashtanga utilizes Ujjai Breath and Bandhas (Energy Locks). These asanas help in the enhancement of concentration, flexibility and the muscular strength. Our teachers make the student learn the postures perfectly using the series of backbends, forward folding poses and inversions.

Hatha yoga

In our 200-hr yoga teacher training, we teach all the asanas involved in Hatha yoga, from simple to advance. Our Hatha classes will allow you to gently loose the stiff joints and sooth the aching muscles while calming the mind. Proper breathing and peace of mind, students can gain a lot from Hatha yoga postures that we teach during the 200-hour yoga teacher training in Nepal.

Yoga philosophy

We also teach the philosophy of yoga in full depth in our 200-hour yoga teacher training. We step deeper into the flow of yoga through the yoga philosophy and increase the spiritual energy in our students through awakening of the spiritual knowledge and connection with the divine consciousness. Anchor yourself in the sacred core of the life through the philosophy of yoga and vedas and serve the creative flow of life with love and purity.

Curriculum

  • 10 major vital energies and vital points of human beings
  • 14 major nadis and importance of sushumna and chitra nadi
  • Anatomy and psychological study of inhalation and exhalation
  • Anatomy of the nerve and respiratory systems
  • Anatomy of the spinal cord and digestive systems
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
  • Bandhas - locks
  • External pranayama series up to 2 variations
  • Humor therapy
  • Inner pranayama series up to 3 levels
  • Introduction to Ayurveda, naturopathy, and the importance of diet and deep sleep
  • Introduction to yoga sutras, Shiva sutras, kama sutras, and bhakti sutras
  • Kumbhaka (retention) and pause less or continuous breathings
  • Levels of concentrations and its refinements
  • Mantra yoga and its vibrations
  • Meditations and its practices
  • Mudras - gestures
  • Primary stage Kundalini yoga and its preparations
  • Shat-kriyas (cleansing) and other related therapies
  • Sun salutations with 12 surya mantras and there benefits
  • Therapeutic yoga for back problems, obesity, diabetic problems, high and low blood pressure, etc.
  • Traditional and classical Hatha yoga
  • Transformational yoga and its practices
  • Various paths of yoga and its practices
  • Yoga Nidra basic series up to 4 levels

Sample schedule

  • 06:00
  • 06:45
  • 08:30
  • 09:00
  • 11:00
  • 13:30
  • 14:30
  • 15:30
  • 17:00
  • 19:00
  • 20:00
  • Morning prayer
  • Classical hatha yoga
  • Pranayamas -Breathing practices
  • Breakfast
  • Yoga practicum and philosophy
  • Lunch
  • Rest or Self-study
  • Yoga practicum
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
  • Meditation and its practices
  • Supper
  • Swami Atmanananda Giri

    Swami Atmananada Giri is a devotee of Guru Nutya Chaitanya Yati and has dedicated his life to the teaching of yoga and its facets. Swamiji met Guru Nitya in 1992 and his disciple, Sudhi Chaitanya in 1998 only to transgress above the everyday working of human life. Born in Kerala, he was unaware of his spiritual capabilities but was humanitarian by nature, he wanted to help people and took up homeopathy at Kerala and practiced naturopathy for three years. Later on, he started in yogic practice in the year 2006 and since then there is no turning back for him.

  • Gangesha Chaitanya

    An expert in the yoga philosophy, Gangesha was introduced to the field of spirituality at a young age. Receiving his teachings from the great saint Swami Rama, this yoga guru dedicated his life to uplift humanity. A certified E-RYT and gaining an extensive experience in the field of yoga, he is successfully taking classes at various schools of Rishikul Yogshala. Bringing forth newness and variety to his classes, he is a master of meditation, Kundalini yoga, and pranayama. A Naga guru once, he has been in a pursuit to unlock the gateways of mystical realm only accessible by the adepts.

  • Bipin Baloni

    A dedicated soul, Bipin, who was born in Brahmin family, loved the yoga as his own since his childhood. A E-RYT, he acquired his education in yoga through accomplished seers and sages in India. A master of Hatha yoga and a devotee of Ashtanga Vinayasa, he started his teaching practice some years back. Receiving heightened appreciation for his work, he decided to deepen his own practice to offer more to his students. With a firm believe that yoga is a science and exceeds just body practices, he could understand the mystical and spiritual aspect attached to it.

  • Yogi Prashant

    A reverent yogi, he is a spiritual guide and a healer for many of his students. Studied from Bihar school of yoga, he stayed there for six months to gain the exposure he was seeking. Learning the various facets of yoga, for him the word yoga is equivalent to discipline, devotion and self restraint. He already has an experience of teaching yoga to many for last two years and is further dedicated to help each student achieve the spiritual union. Gaining knowledge and following the footsteps of Yogis in Rishikesh, he is lived a lifestyle followed by saints and seers.

  • Vivek Arya

    Yogi Viviek is considered to be the best teacher of Hatha, Raja yoga, Swara yoga, and human anatomy. Seeking knowledge under the guidance of renowned yogis and acharyas, he has done his masters in yoga and psychology and currently pursuing Ph D in yoga itself. Naturopathy, Pranic healing methods, and acupressure are some of the other methods he has received his education in. His thirst of wisdom has made him quite knowledgeable in philosophies of many religions and believes in religions like Buddhism, Jainism, and Sufism.

Pokhara is one of the most amazing spots in Nepal, surrounded by the Himalayas snow peaks, lush green valleys, lakes, and the Seti river flowing smoothly throughout the city. Here the natural beauty combined with Hindu and Tibetan tradition makes this place the ideal environment for a yoga training and retreat. The city also offers a huge variety of activities, such as trekking, jungle safari, rafting, as well as the opportunity to visit the many ancient temples and have a taste of Nepals cultural heritage.

Distances

  • Pokhara Airport, 5 minutes
General
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room
Services
  • Free! Parking
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless Internet

The food is 100% vegetarian, following the balance of body and mind. The time for food is fixed as per timetable thus promoting control among students. The meals are hygienic and delicious.

River rafting

Trekking

Visit ancient Himalayan temples

  • 1 t-shirt for yoga class
  • 2 yoga books for self-study
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • 200hr YTT certificate
  • Comprehensive and detailed curriculum
  • Detailed teaching on communication skills for teaching
  • Detailed teaching on meditation, pranayama, asanas, mudras, sadhana, and mantras
  • Exams on theory and praxis of yoga
  • Nasal wash pot
  • Vegetarian food served for the duration of the program
  • Outdoor yoga practice and meditation
  • Weekend social, cultural, and recreational activities
  • Weekly group discussion aimed to develop your critical skills
  • Yoga YTT manuals and materials
For information about the booking conditions, please send Rishikul Yogshala an inquiry.
  • Review by Kelsey from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I completed my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Rishikesh location in August 2016. Unlike most people, my goal of Yoga Teacher Training was to learn more about myself rather than to become a yoga teacher. Rishikul Yogshala was a great support system and helped me learn so much about myself, and they taught me how to maintain a more positive, happy lifestyle--exactly as I had hoped. To my surprise, I even have plans to become a yoga teacher now! The program was really wonderful, and I feel ready to share my yoga knowledge with the world. "

    "Below are some logistical things you may find helpful."

    "Classes/Teachers: "

    "We had a full schedule and covered a variety of topics. We practiced hatha, ashtanga, mantra, yoga nidra, philosophy, pranayama, and many more. Classes began at 6:00 and ended at 19:00 (Wednesdays and Sundays were self-study days). The days were full, but there was a nice amount of time allotted for breakfast and lunch, so it wasn’t exhausting by any means. The schedule also changed throughout the month (new classes would replace some other classes), which was a nice change of pace. I was also introduced to topics I knew nothing about. I felt that the time spent in each class was well-managed and worthwhile; I think they provided a sufficient amount of time on each topic. "

    "The teachers were very knowledgeable and approachable. I always felt comfortable asking them questions and I was confident that they knew the answers. They did a nice job of teaching a the basic knowledge and building up from that base by incorporating more in depth concepts--this made things much easier to understand. They covered a breadth of topics without brushing over information too quickly. This was really important for me as I was introduced to a lot of concepts I had never seen before. "

    "Students:"

    "There were 34 students in my class. This was a rather large group for the school. They accepted 6 students at the last minute because they had accommodation/facility issues at a different school they signed up with, so I thought it was very kind of Rishikul to accommodate 6 unexpected students. To make up for the large class, they split us into two groups for the Ashtanga and Hatha classes. I really appreciated that they managed to coordinate this, that way all of us were able to get enough of attention from the asana teachers."

    "I made great friends in this program, and I will definitely stay in touch with a lot of the people I met. It was amazing to see people connected by one common interest (yoga) develop relationships that transformed into deep connections. Rishikul helped with this a lot. The atmosphere was really welcoming and made everyone comfortable with each other. It made us all feel like we were at home."

    "Food:"

    "Breakfast, lunch and dinner were provided every day (even on days off). Everything was vegetarian and there were plenty of options. The food was delicious. I had been traveling in India for 4 months prior to my course, and I was really impressed with the food. The meals were always different Indian dishes, and they lowered the spice level to accommodate to our Western stomachs. This was a huge relief since my stomach had grown rather sensitive to spice. Aside from sensitivity to spice, I don’t have any dietary requirements. However, there were a couple of people in my group who were vegan, lactose intolerant, and/or gluten free. All of their needs were satisfied, and everyone was able to eat. Yahoo!"

    "Accommodation:"

    "The accommodation was fairly standard. I opted for a private room, but you can share a room at a lower rate. I was provided bed sheets and pillowcases. Each room had a private bathroom with hot water, Western style toilets and shower heads--huge bonuses since many hotels have Indian style toilets and showers and do not have hot water. I also had a balcony with a BEAUTIFUL view of the mountains that made waking up early a piece of cake."

    "I definitely recommend the program for those of you who are in search of a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. I’ve even decided to stay at the school for another month so I can deepen my practice with Rishikul Yogshala. It’s been a great experience for me so far!"

    "Visited August 2016"

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  • Review by Tiffany Flor from Florida, USA
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Jess from Nepal
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Casey from Cleaveland, Ohio USA
    10 out of 10

    "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! "

    "Organizer Response:"

    "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."

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  • Review by Nouran from Philistine
    10 out of 10

    "The training course mentioned as an intensive and it is really so. Be ready for running between classes, and for less sleeping hours. saying this, I also say that you will be between lovely, understandable family members from Rishikul Yogshala. The staff there is so helpful and ready to absorb your confusion and worries specially when coming towards the end of the one month training; when you are really exhausted and worried about the exam. also you should know that the school organizing good additional activities at the off days. At Rishikul yogshala, you are not only meeting other participants at the same course but also meeting with interesting people who are coming for yoga retreats and other activities at the school or at the Ayurveda clinic at the same building. At Rishikul Yogshala, three full meals with different Indian tastes served every day. Food there is really yummy. I should also tell you that the school has very good location. You can find most of what you need for every day use so don't carry the daily use pieces. At the end I can say that being at the Rishikul Yogashala will be such an experience in your life so don't miss it."

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  • Review by Ivana from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "I was been there for a retreat, from 8th until 15th of September. Atmosphere was so charming and comfortable, the food is superb (Thank you, RinKo), and yoga and meditation lessons so amazing for me even 'cause I'm through a difficult period of my life. It regerenerated me. Anyway, if you want to have a REAL break from you finding yourself again, and to live in the real nature, it's the right place. I just suggest more cleaning rooms, even if I didn't have any "special" guests ;) "

    "Thank you to all for your grace, for your kindness, your patience, your warm friendship. Surely I'll come back again."

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  • Review by Fatima from Thailand
    10 out of 10

    "This school is highly recommended. Teachers are knowledgeable and create great environment for growth. I will be back for more training! Thank you."

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  • Review by Maroni from Brazil
    10 out of 10

    "It was such an amazing experience especially because of the incredible teachers and staff. Fantastic people with so much to give with passion and respect. I would go back as soon as possible there. It is a life change experience. Thank you all for everything. Hari om."

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  • Review by Charlene from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "We started with a yoga retreat during 3 days, then we joined the 200-hour yoga training during 5 days in order to be more challenged and thanks to Deepa. The team and the teacher have been available, kind and really professional. It was not our initial plan to attend the yoga training but, as we enjoyed most of the classes, we definitely want to come back for the complete yoga training. "

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  • Review by Ginger from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Rishikul Yogshala offered me the best experience ever. I did not know what to expect before I came, but I can assure you that I received far more than that. I am still overwhelmed by the knowledge, the time, and the love I received. Everything was amazing. The dedication of everyone was amazing. The food was amazing. The nature surrounding us was (and still is) amazing. The content of the course was amazing. Every aspect of my training has been kind of magical and I'll be eternally grateful for this experience."

    "If you're looking for a challenging, educational, eye-opening experience, Rishikul Yogshala is going to provide you everything you need (and even more)."

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  • Review by Babs from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "After practicing Yoga on and off for 2 years in Amsterdam I had the desire for a deeper understanding of yoga. And a deeper understanding is what I got. The holistic program from Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, Philosophy, anatomy and Astanga learned me a lot about body, mind and spirit. Sometimes it was hard work but at the same time it was really powerful to me. "

    "The lessons were all well structured and the teachers each having their own style. All very good at reading the energy levels of the class and tailoring the curriculum to suit our needs and levels. My yoga practice has improved greatly and I can feel the changes in my body and mind.Besides I deeply my yoga practice I met amazing people from all over the world, learn a lot about myself and life. In one week I return to Rishikul Yogshala for another YTT in Rishikesh, India. Jeeaaah! I’m really looking forwards to see the kind, knowledgeable and helpful teacher again, meet amazing people and have another life enhancing experience"

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  • Review by Joni from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I completed my 200 hour training in May this year, and it was without a doubt the most rewarding experience of my life. The days were long and hard, but packed with so much - there is no way you'll leave Rishikul without feeling lighter and happier. I remember how difficult it was to choose a YTT program in Rishikesh - there's just SO many options and searching online back home is insanely overwhelming. After speaking with a friend of a friend, I decided to go with Rishikul and I am SO grateful that I did. It is one of the older (and more reputable) ashrams in the area - every time we went into town shop owners would ask where we were studying, and they would offer nods of approval when we told them."

    "The teachers were INCREDIBLE. I honestly can't give them enough praise - all were so knowledgable, patient and kind. They were clearly so devoted and passionate about their respective crafts, and it was all the more inspiring to learn from and practice with such intelligent and lovely people. They were traditional yet approachable - simultaneously strict and warm, calm and challenging. I can gush for hours about how much I respect each one of them, but I'm sure you get the picture from the other reviews! Just trust that you'll be in very good hands."

    "Our group quickly became a little family. I met the most amazing people from all corners of the world, some of which I know will become lifelong friends. The ashram feels like home from day one - it's super comfortable and accommodating. If you need anything, just ask! The food was also great!The days are long, and the work is mentally and physically hard, but if you push through your comfort zones you'll be rewarded with immense clarity and a bunch of new friends. Do it!"

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  • Review by Luisa from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I did my 200hrs YTT in May this year and till now I haven't stopped talking about the experience; it has marked my life significantly. Even though I arrived a few days before the course started all the staff at the school in Rishikesh was ready and willing to help. They even offered to send a driver to pick me up at the airport; and already my adventure started. He was so nice and talkative during the way from Delhi to Rishikesh. We even offered to make some stops for dinner and chai tea, which he paid for me since I hadn't exchange my money at that point."

    "Once the course started I found myself with a group of strangers that in a very short time became like my family. The level of connection between students and with the teachers is amazing, and I dare to say that is only because of the passion we always share: Yoga.It was relieving to find out that the rest all the students also shared the same fears and concerns as me, and it was also interesting and funny to hear the stories and the reasons that had lead us to the YTT in Rishikul."

    "The teachers were super smart, capable and professional. I also liked the fact that they were very approachable; always willing to help regardless if it was lunch time, dinner time, relax time. They were also very attentive to us students and our health. For example, I remember once I went to reception to ask for tiger balm for my knee. Manoj, one of the teachers was close and as soon as he heard me we came to ask what was wrong and gave me some advice on how to treat my sore knee and which asanas to take a break from."

    "I really felt at home at the school. Deepa, another teacher, was like mother for me (and I am sure other students felt the same). She was always there to discuss anything, even if it was a personal problem you were struggling with; she offered us that human warmth that we unconsciously seek when we are away from home. Nitin, a guy that was doing Karma yoga at the school, become like a brother for us. Very helpful and playful and a great student! "

    "I don't think a simple review could do justice to the quality of the teachers we had at the school. I could write lines and lines about each of the teachers. Bipin that helped me with the preparation of my final class. Prashant that took the time to explain to us each of the asanas in the Ashtanga 1st series, Pranaji who transmits so much peace during his Pranajama lessons, the mantra teacher with who me and a group of friends had an amazing talk during relax time in front of the Ganga river, the anatomy and philosophy teachers who gave us such good insight in their subjects."

    "The location of the school and the room were great and very comfortable, food was amazing and I can't wait to have another taste of it when I go back for me 300-hour yoga teacher trianing, the activities on the free days were fun and in accordance with the purpose of the course lots of nature, culture, spirituality..."

    "Signing up for my YTT with Rishikul Yogshala was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life and I am happy that till now I still keep in touch with students and teachers, with who we've formed a beautiful community were we can share questions, ideas and findings about yoga. I feel I improved not only in my asanas but also in other areas of Yoga, and most importantly the course made me a better person. I feel very comfortable and confident teaching thanks to the knowledge and experience gained at the school. I made up my mind from the very first week of the course, that when the time to do my 300hrs comes I will definitely go back to Rishikul. "

    "Thank you Rishikul Yogshala family for a life changing experience, you will always be in my heart!"

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  • Review by Amy from China
    10 out of 10

    "The experience at Rishikul is very great. I came to Rishikul's campus in Rishikesh for a 300 hour training after doing a 200 hour in Bali with a different school. I came in June when the weather was very hot. The Pranayama classes at Rishikul were exceptionally amazing. I very much appreciated the class structure for its inclusion of explanation, discussion (both interactive and philosophical), and practice into the same lesson. Such a structure made the material very approachable therefore allowing us to develop greater abilities and a deeper understanding than it seems would be possible in the month. Because the pranayama teacher is extraordinarily knowledgeable about the practice and because he cares deeply for both his students and the study of pranayama the classes were enthralling and supportive. "

    "I also very much enjoyed our yoga philosophy classes. We had two different philosophy teachers who taught from different angles which created a nice balance in our overall gains. One of the teachers taught about yoga philosophy and its history in specifics that usually related to day-to-day practical yogic perceptions and habits. Consequently I feel more prepared not only to keep the growth I have made at Rishikul in my life now that I am back home but also to continue growing into a more compassionate and capable human being by more often making decisions that resonate with my deeper self and more mindfully accepting only habits that reflect my own values rather than just societal conditioning. He also gave space for our questions and comments which led to some nice discussions and allowed our student group to connect. The other philosophy teacher taught the Bhagavad Gita which is a very meaningful text to me that I very much love to learn especially from someone who understands and lives it in every moment. To my understanding the text will ultimately try to point out some "universal truth" or "single truth" that can only be realized within one's own experience of existence. In other words, the content is designed to bring an understanding of something that is divine and pure so therefore cannot be truly/completely translated into any human-designed system including the system of language. However, there are some traditional methods proven most fruitful in teaching the text that I feel incredibly blessed to have been able to listen to during my time at Rishikul. "

    "Another highlight of the experience was the time spent with the retreat staff, especially Sushil and Nitin. Getting sick is a common experience for foreigners in India and many in my student group, including myself, became very ill during some or throughout all of our time in India. For me I really don't like when people try to save face (put aggressive focus on the reputation of a community or group they belong to) with more importance than they try to be compassionate or supportive in times when foreigners have basic needs in regards to adapting to new/different environments (I have noticed this reaction to foreigners a lot since moving to Hong Kong and saw it sometimes in India too). I very much appreciated that the staff at Rishikul will be first and foremost compassionate, caring, and so beyond helpful in our times of need. They are very special people who seem to feel incredibly natural and fulfilled in the role of caring for others. I not only appreciated such treatment in my times of need but also learned a lot as a person from this example and grew warmer as a person from this experience. We all joked that Sushil must be in multiple places at the same time due to the large amount of personal and timely help we all received when so many of us were simultaneously ill haha :p Also, Sushil taught a yoga dance class that was beautiful and awesome. If there ever were to be a yoga dance teacher training led by Sushil I would be so enthusiastic to join it."

    "The yoga anatomy teacher was extremely knowledgeable and very patient with us during our lessons. Her demeanor as a teacher has a very special balance of graciousness and seriousness that worked very well with the course material and in the yoga teacher training context. I quite admire her teaching style. We had a lot of fun together and managed to learn a high volume of specific, detailed scientific content in a way that seemed relaxed. She also dressed like a princess and looked so beautiful every day. "

    "Overall it was my experience that everyone working at Rishikul has a compassionate spirit and believes in what they are doing. I miss my time there very much and would love to go back if and when it is possible."

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  • Review by Rebeca from Brazil
    10 out of 10

    "I had the most incredible time during my 300YTTC at Rishikul Yogshala in June,2016. The teachers are all amazing and the staff took such good care of us. I will definetely go back there someday soon and would recommend the school to everyone looking for consistent knowledge about yoga."

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  • Review by Veronica from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I had the best experience in Rishikul Yogshala where I did my 200-hours teacher training course. The teachers were enormously inspiring. I have learned a lot both spiritually and practically. They supported a really nice team spirit. I felt like my questions were answered and when I needed help, for example with medical issues, they always helped me and did that with smile :) There were lots of opportunities for fun outside course though for me the regular classes were most fun. Pranayama ashtanga, hatha, anatomy, philosophy, mantra singing -- all that was just great! I am allergic to gluten so food was a bit of a challenge for me but there were ways to go round that after all much recommended!"

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  • Review by Rini from Thailand
    10 out of 10

    "It was one of the best decision in my life - personally and professionally - I have learned yoga from the best people in the best place from the best source. In Rishikesh, I see how yoga is being practiced in daily life, and you get to know where and who is best to learn what you really want -- whether hatha yoga, meditation, pranayama, asthanga--it does reflect as Yoga Capital of the world :)"

    "In Rishikul Yogshala, I see even deeper how each teacher and staff radiate beautiful energy and practice living the yoga principal and values in their daily acts. I learn about disciplines and kindness in each day. Everyone in Rishikul Yogshala makes me feel like a home and a bootcamp for your body, mind, and also spiritual. I learned best that everything is possible, as I have injured my arms and knees, and this course has giving my confidence and strength back to myself and to serve people as teacher. "

    "I completed my course for RYT200H in June 2016, and though I never intended to be a yoga teacher as I do this solely to my curiosity doing yoga for the past few years and my recent professional role as Life Coach. Surprisingly, there are a lot from what I learn is very useful not only for myself but also my clients. And even now I also teach Yoga Nidra for startups and kids."

    "I gained a lot in Rishikul Yogshala that when I left I felt like there are still 99% of the things I was supposed to learn. It opens my horizons. So I am looking to go back there next year for another 300-hours or something else -- we'll see! I am happily to recommend my friends and clients to experience such great journey - from the right place and the right person. "

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  • Review by Patrycja from Russia
    10 out of 10

    "Great school with strong and authentic traditions. Inspirational and professional teachers. I highly recommend this school."

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  • Review by Maria from Spain
    10 out of 10

    "My training at Rishikul was outstanding. The teachers are down to earth, passionate and knowledgeable; all staff friendly and respectful; accommodation and food were excellent; local trips were offered for a full immersion into Indian culture. The course was intensive and well structured, providing a wealth of knowledge way beyond my expectations. I would definitely recommend this course to those looking for a good foundation in yoga."

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  • Review by Hayley Statter from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Julie A from Cairo, Egypt
    9 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Hasan from Saudi Arab
    10 out of 10

    "When my aunt assigned me the responsibility of organizing a yoga retreat for 28 women I knew I needed to get lucky - having to choose the right one from tens of yoga centers across India. One of the first programs to get in touch with me was Rishikul Yogshala. From the very first email I thought to myself: 'this is too good to be true'. Manmohan was the person who organized the program, his patience, professionalism and humbleness came across in every email or call. The trip was amazing. Beyond expectations. Every member of the staff at Rishikul constantly made sure all 28 women were safe, happy and had whatever they required. Food was fantastic and the group absolutely fell in love with the teachers. Now I am doing my 200 hour yoga teacher training course with Rishikul and it feels like I was destined to find this wonderful place."

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  • Review by Joke Yuka from Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "Choosing for Rishikul Yogshala was indeed the best choice ever! Two weeks after finishing the 200TTC I'm still surfing on the wonderful yoga vibes! From the moment you arrive they make you feel at home, everything is so well organized. Days are filled with intense yoga practice, insightful lectures and self discovery within your own practice and others. If you're seeking deep yogic knowledge or you just want to deepen your own practice, this school is in any case te best choice you can make! Amazing teachers, delicious food, nice accommodation, lovely staff, peaceful environment, fun outdoor activities. Everything you need for having a life changing experience. It really brings out the best in you because they offer you the best of everything! Thank you so much Rishikul Yogshala for making this journey possible, it made me only more hungry for knowledge, so yes! I'll be back!"

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  • Review by Astrid from Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "I hesitated a lot before going to a well-known school in Rishikesh, fearing to be trapped in a yoga industry for superficial westerners. Reality was different. I was amazed by the profoundness of the teachings, by the ever-lasting enthusiasm of the teachers and by their deep personal experience in ashrams. At several occasions, I asked for their opinion about spiritual issues, and they provided wise answers to meditate. I sometimes struggle on my spiritual path, but I have to admit that some teachers put a new light on it. Thank you."

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  • Review by Fatimah A from Saudi Arab
    10 out of 10

    "It was the best yoga experience I've ever had in my life!! everything was perfect, I learnt a lot and had a lot of fun. Thank you all for being the most amazing people and teachers ever two days without you and I miss you already."

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  • Review by Aligonda from Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "I hesitated a lot before going to a well-known school in Rishikesh, fearing to be trapped in a yoga industry for superficial Westerners. Reality was different. I was amazed by the profoundness of the teachings, by the ever-lasting enthusiasm of the teachers and by their deep personal experience in ashrams. At several occasions, I asked for their opinion about spiritual issues, and they provided wise answers to meditate. I sometimes struggle on my spiritual path, but I have to admit that some teachers put a new light on it. Thank you."

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  • Review by Erin
    10 out of 10

    "I attended 200 hour yoga teacher training in March and highly recommend this place for taking up the course in Rishikesh. The teachers, the place, the atmosphere, everything is in perfect sync with the whole feel required to practice yoga and meditate. All the teachers have solid experience of teaching and are welcoming. They all are masters in their subjects. Gangesh is amazing in Philosophy and Pranyama whereas I learnt the deep level of Ashtanga and Hatha under Bipin. The classes take place in the airy yoga hall and on pleasant days, they also shift on the terrace. The experience of practicing yoga in the delightful and bountiful nature is what i love about the whole experience. In addition to teaching, in Rishikul Yogshala, you will get delicious and nutritious food along with the helpful staff. Thank You Rishikul!"

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  • Review by Courtney
    10 out of 10

    "I completed my 300 hours at Rishikul Yogshala. Situated away from the noise of the main street, the centre is aptly located in the interior of the town. The location is neat and clean with its own small garden and a nice mountain view from the balcony. From the beginning, the fire ceremony, the lunch and the introduction, everything was well organized and touched my heart. I felt all my group members were friendly and i enjoyed my stay with them. The hatha yoga class in the morning followed by Pranayama class was my favorite part of learning. Prashant is an excellent teacher and a trainer. He knows, when to be a friend and when to be a teacher. I also liked the classes and Vipin, Gangesha and Swami Atam. They have lot to share and to teach others about yoga and life."

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  • Review by Amanda
    10 out of 10

    "Rishikul Yogshala is a fantastic school! The teachers are all incredibly knowledgable and have so much to share. It is a pretty intense 30 days but absolutely worth it. This course really opened up my eyes to Yoga and the depth it can go. Learning about philosophy to anatomy to the different methods of meditation has enabled me to embrace the spiritual side and not just focus on the asana. However that being said learning the primary series has changed my life and finally given me the ability to practice on my own. I got exactly what I wanted from this course. The only downfalls were the temporary facilities in Nepal were not ideal and the class size was larger than expected. However we all expressed our concerns and they have taken it on board and looking to make changes for the next session. I believe if you want the true full experience better to go to Rishikesh and take the course there."

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  • Review by Sonali
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed at the Yogshala for almost a month and loved the experience to the core.Each and every aspect of the training turned out to be fruitful for me. The teachers, Yogi Bipin, Yogi Prashant, Swami Gangesha, Yogi Vivek, they all excel in their fields and have the required knowledge to successfully conduct the course. The staff was courteous and listened to all our feedback and made changes that were best for our group. The days were hectic and demanded full dedication whereas the two offs in the week were welcomed, as we would get enough time for our personal work. Food was great, being an Indian i have no complaints. Rishikesh in itself is a beauty and mesmerizes the viewer. Simple yet extraordinary, the fun lies in its contradictions. I obvious choice for my 500 hour yttc too, rishikul yogshala rocks."

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  • Review by Fabi
    10 out of 10

    "It was for sure an incredible journey to have had the course with Rishikul Yogshala, I've learnt for life! I'm confident to say it as I've been practicing at home ever since I concluded the course and honestly I've never felt so natural and inspired during my own practice.!! I can easily incorporate the teaching guidance, the flow, the pace, the minor details on explaining the asanas, the relaxation and even pranayama. I was amazed to feel so comfortable in teaching myself and others after such a quick course but for sure a strong, traditional, grounded, reliable and unforgiven training. I could only classify it as 'WONDERFUL' ..!!Specially being in Pohkara, Nepal - a magical destination! Thank you very much Swami Atma, Vipin Baloni, Prashant and all the wonderful teachers for lighting my spark to be an amazing , connected , grounded and inspiring teacher. For sure I'll keep my first gurus in my best memories!"

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  • Review by Widawida
    10 out of 10

    "It was certainly a very memorable teacher training. I was happy because we had only 13 students, which made us closer to each other. Also it was a good number, not too crowded when you practice. The area in Varkala Beach was very nice! We had yoga practice everyday in the open area. Where you can feel the breeze and hear the ocean waves! I admired the teachers' dedication to teach yoga. I can feel that they genuinely love yoga. Their teachers are their best assets. We had some problems during the TTC, but they always addressed the issues and tried hard to fix the problems. Of course it also depends on you, you gotta have the willingness to do self practice and self studying. I would say, if they can dedicate one person only to do administration and communication with students, it would be better (like replying to emails, provide us with receipt, etc). Bottom line... This YTT experience change my view of yoga. It has changed me to be a better person. It gives me strong foundation to go deeper with yoga."

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  • Review by Dipika
    10 out of 10

    "It was an amazing life time experience to join the course with Rishikul Yogshala, and as it is said that, it is only natural that ever more bliss should be experienced while practicing yoga that's how the school and teachers are here for to help and to deepen your yoga practice and many other fields related to yogic life and to find your own ease-ness towards your self practice and many other aspects of Life. Teachers of Rishikul, they are very knowledgeable,loving and caring. Food and accommodations are very comfortable according to the Yogic life. Rishikul Yogshala is not just a school of Yoga but for me it has been a way to share the love and unity not just for myself but also towards other being. Namaste!"

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  • Review by Sarita
    10 out of 10

    "I've done my 200YTT in Rishikul and it was a amazing experience. In despite of being a "young" they are very competent and professional. Teachers and workers are so lovely, kindly and helpful. I've done with a small team of students what was a great thing because we had full of attention from the teachers. They also are very opened to improve themselves, receive feed back and adapt the course. They bring also new courses that are not in the reschedule of the main curse and this could worth even more the course (they brought a invited teacher to give us a emotional anatomy course). I'm really happy to have done this course with them and with no doubt I can recommend this place for everyone. Accommodation and food was amazing...I really enjoyed all!"

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  • Review by Ma Shakti Devi
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga Teacher Training at Rishikul Yogshala is a life changing experience. The head swamis are the most loving and authentic yogis I have met during my 8 years on the yogic path. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, a real family-like environment. All teachers are very knowledgeable, humble and approachable, ready to help and guide in your spiritual practice. The staff is always ready to help and ensure you feel at home. Accommodation is spot on! Nestled in a quiet area, away form the tourist crowds and surrounded by the majestic Himalayas... comfortable, large, clean, with ensuite bathroom and 24 hrs hot water. Food is very healthy and absolutely delicious! What else to say? I was one of the Rishikul's first students.. and from the very early days, each visit gives me joy and purpose. Be ready for deep and genuine self inquiry. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by Ashley
    10 out of 10

    "This spring I completed my 200 TTC at Rishikul Yogshala and I couldn't speak more highly of my experience. The city of Rishikesh is historically 'the place' to learn the true and undiluted form of yoga and geographically more beautiful than you can imagine. It's historical roots in yoga and continued traditions today offers you an atmosphere and experience unmatched to anywhere in the world. This community of yogis is partly attributed to the number of yoga schools in the area which makes it difficult in choosing a program that maintains an authentic curriculum and secures the best teachers. I can tell you I did a lot of research before choosing this school and talked to a lot of other students while studying in the area and this is one of the best schools in Rishikesh! I was a beginner to yoga but this did not matter at my school. I was blessed with a small class size of 5 students, which allowed plenty of one-on-one attention and our group to form an intimate family-like connection. We also formed a very tight connection with our teachers. My teachers were incredible people, some of the most compassionate, professional and knowledgable teachers in yoga. Good teachers are really the pillar to a great experience. I am still in touch with them today via the internet and will no doubt choose them when I return to complete my 300 hours because of their knowledge and our relationship. However, this connection was not uncommon, all my peers developed similar and lasting personal relationships with our teachers. Finally, the food was both nutritious and delicious, exceeding my expectations and the included day trips were awesome. If you are thinking of starting or continuing your journey in yoga you have stumbled upon . Take my advise your search is over, make the choice to have a life changing experience and enrol with Rishikul Yogshala today!"

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  • Review by Greenlife
    10 out of 10

    "This spring I completed my 200 TTC at Rishikul Yogshala and I couldn't speak more highly of my experience. The city of Rishikesh is historically 'the place' to learn the true and undiluted form of yoga and geographically more beautiful than you can imagine. It's historical roots in yoga and continued traditions today offers you an atmosphere and experience unmatched to anywhere in the world. This community of yogis is partly attributed to the number of yoga schools in the area which makes it difficult in choosing a program that maintains an authentic curriculum and secures the best teachers. I can tell you I did A LOT of research before choosing this school and talked to a lot of other students while studying in the area and this is one of the best schools in Rishikesh! I was a beginner to yoga but this did not matter at my school. I was blessed with a small class size of 5 students, which allowed plenty of one-on-one attention and our group to form an intimate family-like connection. We also formed a very tight connection with our teachers. My teachers were incredible people, some of the most compassionate, professional and knowledgable teachers in yoga. Good teachers are really the pillar to a great experience. I am still in touch with them today via the internet and will no doubt choose them when I return to complete my 300 hours because of their knowledge and our relationship. However, this connection was not uncommon, all my peers developed similar and lasting personal relationships with our teachers. Finally, the food was both nutritious and delicious, exceeding my expectations and the included day trips were awesome. If you are thinking of starting or continuing your journey in yoga you have stumbled upon . Take my advise your search is over, make the choice to have a life changing experience and enrol with Rishikul Yogshala today!"

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  • Review by Kaila
    10 out of 10

    "The Yogashala is an excellent program the Gurus and staff are amazing. I signed on for the 200 course and it was a great experience to learn and grow in Yoga. The people are the heart of India and I could imagine being anywhere else Rishikul and this program has changed my life and open my eyes to the life of a true Yogi."

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  • Review by Meditativemaria
    10 out of 10

    "I was blown away by the quality of the teaching at Rishikul Yogshala, each teacher gave so much every single day, and the depth of knowledge from philosophy to anatomy, as well as adjustment and asana was amazing! I have spoken to others who had completed their 200 hour in the same town of Rishikesh, and found that their schools did not cover the subjects in the same detail, pranayama being a stand out class and the dedication of the teachers at Rishikul second to none. I recommend this school on a regular basis whenever anyone tells me they want to do a teacher training in India. Good luck! Namaste!"

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  • Review by Yana
    10 out of 10

    "Be happy, be easy, be romantic. Life is wonderful. These are the few of many lessons that I have learned in my training through Rishikul Yogshala. My month is Pokhara, Nepal is one that I will cherish forever. No words can truly describe the experience. I only recommend for others to come and taste the richness of this program."

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  • Review by Josefin from Tulum, Mexico
    10 out of 10

    "I recently did the 200h TTC at this amazing school and I could not be happier with the experience! The teachers and staff are all great and work their hardest to give you the best possible stay. The teachers are experienced and really live the way they teach, which makes it so much more authentic. Sometimes Rishikesh can feel like a yoga factory, but these guys really made me feel that they were more concerned about my learning than the money I payed. They focus on the true core of yoga as a spiritual practice, rather than just the physical aspect of it, and try their best to give you the whole picture in just a short month (prepare yourself for some intense days!). I felt that the curriculum was well-planned and I learned so much in this short time. Probably the most well spent money in my life! The stay is great in the beautiful ashram Ved Niketan, with simple nice rooms and great yogic food served thrice daily. The energy is so calm and peaceful which really helps to deepen the whole experience. I hope to be able to return one day and keep learning from all of you amazing people who helped me set off on this new journey of mine. Thank you and see you soon!"

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  • Review by Nila
    10 out of 10

    "I just completed 200 hours TTC @Rishikul Yogshala in Rishikesh. This course was an outstanding experience and it exceeded all of my expectations. Rishikul Yogshala is located in Ved Niketan Ashram, which is one of the oldest Ashrams in Rishikesh, besides the Ganga river. It is beautiful, with big green outdoor environment and a lot of flowers. A very peaceful place with a strong energy. I do not have enough words to explain how grateful i am to have joined Rishikul for the TTC. The curriculum was so well designed, the teachers are so professional, dedicated and full of passion, BEAUTIFUL MINDS. I would have never imagined myself waking up at 5 am and being so enthusiastic to go to class, but it was a pure pleasure listening to each of them. They are the example of what they teach and i didn't learn only from all the wisdom shared, but also from the way they stand or sit , the way they talk, the way they listen and observe everything. They are just excellent. In Rishikul Yogshala, Yoga is not taught only as a physical exercise, but as that which takes you to a higher perception of life. The knowledge i gained in just 28 days it changed my views in different things. It was the beginning of a beautiful journey... The accommodation was really good, the food so yummy, everybody so nice, so helpful, willing to do everything to fulfil any requirement we had. Highly recommended. Thank you for guiding me into this beautiful lifestyle, Rishikul Yogshala! Namaste!"

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  • Review by Kamingkho from Netherland
    10 out of 10

    "Inspiring, life-changing and unforgettable! Rishikul has filled 4 weeks with something to suit every type of yogi: physically intensive, deeply spiritual or curiously theoretical. They have have gone above and beyond to ensure this course is well worth your while: food to cater to very specific diets (varied and very delicious!), mini field trips that were the highlight of the course and always making sure to be available to you. My training was in Lakeside Pokhara, Nepal. It's setup in a hotel and it worked surprisingly well: central location, great facilities and amazing staff. Be prepared for long days but, if you keep an open mind, Rishikul's YTT is bound to change you."

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  • Review by Joanna
    10 out of 10

    "Pokhara is stunning and it's situated right in the heart of Nepal, surrounded by Himalayas. Tulsi Hotel is great, very central and all staff is friendly and super accommodating. The course itself is one of the beast treats I could ever given to myself, for sure. Vast variety of subjects from Hatha and Ashtanga through all sorts of pranayamas, krijas, alignment, therapy, anatomy, mantra classes ending every school day on a wonderful meditation. I've learned heaps from the best teachers on earth. They are all very different but all equally inspiring. I can definitely recommend it to everyone, no matter what path of their life they're on. Thank you Rishikul!"

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  • Review by Stine
    10 out of 10

    "Sign up and be enriched with a full package of yogatools and be inspired by compassionated yoga teachers. I joined in Pokhara, Nepal - The country is safe and the Nepalis have hearts of love and joy and will do anything to make you smile and feel good. As everything else - make up you mind about expectations before signing up. Joining a YTTC in Pokhara, Nepal, is an experience including noises from the city of Pokhara + the beautiful view of the Lake and the magnificent Himalaya Mountains. The hotel is not an ashram neither a 5 star western hotel - but rooms are more than fine, food is more than good and staff the most helpful people ever. If you can live with that and want to learn yoga from great yoga teachers - don't hesitate to sign up and let a new part of your yoga journey begin."

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  • Review by Mallory
    10 out of 10

    "The teachers are incredible and share their wisdom generously and with compassion. The venue (Nepal Sept 2015) is comfortable enough and staffed by warm, welcoming people who will do anything within their power to make you feel at home (like, literally tore down a wall for me -- long story, but seriously--untold hospitality). If you are looking for a Western YTT experience, you may want to stay in the West. Yes--the cushions are old and lumpy, the wifi is spotty, you may be awoken by the sounds of construction (i.e. "development") on your rare day off, grow tired of the rotating menu, or find yourself frustrated with ways of being or perceiving that seem unfamiliar...but aren't you here for the yoga? If you embrace the quirks and surprises of international travel, the challenges that come with intercultural exchange, and the growing pains of an expanding comfort zone, the rewards will not disappoint. If yoga is expansion, the last month has been a magnificent explosion. I am eternally grateful to all of the amazing people who helped shape my journey. Nepal is safe and breathtaking in form and spirit. Pokhara was not affected by the earthquake, and things seemed to be returning to normal in Kathmandu. The economy, and thus the recovery, depends heavily on tourism--come support this beautiful place and its beautiful people!"

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  • Review by Gurutze
    10 out of 10

    "I highly recommend Rishikul Yogshala to everyone practicing all levels of yoga. I attended the 200 hour TTC July 2015 and I still glow every time I think about my experience. The curriculum is just amazing and well designed. The course is very intense and it covers deeply lots of subject. The day starts at 5.30 in the morning with Hatha classes, followed by pranayama and mantra or yoga nidra. After breakfast, there are yoga philosophy classes followed by anatomy classes. After lunch, adjustment and alignment classes are really interesting and important (to be able to know how to correct your own asanas and your future students' too). I was also able to deepen my practice in ashtanga day by day as each posture is taught one by one. And after ashtanga the day finishes with meditation at 18:00. So a very intense day covering all kind of yoga aspects to give you a better understanding of yoga. Teachers are outstanding, extremely professional and enthusiastic, you can't get enough of their wisdom. I learned important lessons about yoga and the yogic life and the course gave me a solid foundation to continue exploring and expanding my knowledge in yoga. I had a wonderful experience at Rishikul yogshala. The school met all my expectations and in some cases were exceeded. And the food is delicious organic vegetarian food from the Himalayas. Don't miss this amazing experience!"

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  • Review by Elsa
    10 out of 10

    "My journey at Rishikul Yogshala was wonderful. The group of instructors is amazing and under their guidance, I got a complete knowledge of yoga, philosophy, meditation and teaching skills. They pay attention to each student and are always ready to answer all your question, even to your personal problems. The place with mountains looks awesome. The accommodation and food was good and the entire staff was very helpful."

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  • Review by Lucinia
    10 out of 10

    "Arriving a week later than the course, i was worried to miss out on a lot of information and teachings. But all my worries flew away as all the teachers were so helpful that they helped me to cope with the missed out information. Furthermore, the group of students were very welcoming and entertaining at the same time. The view from my private room and the food prepared by the chefs was mouth-watering. Not spicy at all. We were brought to many small trips around the city with a guide. The classes flow into each other without any difficulty and everything has been paced out after close consideration. I am really lucky to be a part of this amazing course."

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  • Review by Tessa
    10 out of 10

    "I was a beginner in Yoga and was looking for a program that can enhance my personal yoga skills. I appreciate the Rishikul Teachers for enlightening me with the exceptional knowledge of ashtanga yoga, hatha yoga, yoga philosophy, pranayama, anatomy and mantras. The course schedule was well planned. The accommodations facilities and food was very nice. The management and the kitchen staff were so helpful and sweet. If you are looking for real studies of yoga and a wonderful Indian hospitality, go for Rishikul Yogshala."

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  • Review by Luis
    10 out of 10

    "Has been a great experience, I special like the balance in the professors of the school. The curriculum is well planned. I like the yoga asana and alignment classes. I enjoyed hatha and vinyasa class and also feeling happy to learn well related to anatomy and philosophy, culture of yoga in India. Besides great experience with the teachers and classes, the staff was helpful. Due to small group, I get good time to ask personal questions. The accommodation is nice with privacy. The food is delicious. Thank you so much, everyone."

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  • Review by Gwynneth
    10 out of 10

    " A fantastic course with wonderful teachers and a mix of students from all over the globe (in the 200hr YTT course I did). In this course you receive teachings in many areas of Yoga - Asanas, Pranayama, Philosophy, Meditation, adjustment and alignment of postures, teacher methodology, Mudras, a little Mantra and even chair Yoga! (for people less mobile). I loved everything about this course and I am still feeling the ripple effect of the philosophical teachings in my life. I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn Yoga teaching in India. India is the birth place of Yoga and the teachers at this school are world class. This school is managing to bridge the gap between the traditional Yogic mind and manner and the Western world, in a way which honours tradition, gives deep insight and amazing practical teachings whilst maintaining the wonderful Indian charm, but also allows a western student to go home with all the tools as a teacher for a western market and much much more! I could not have asked for a better Yoga teacher course as this nurtures and inspires body, mind and soul. One day I hope to return to do their 300 YTT smile emoticon. Thank you to a wonderful team and students, who are now part of my Yogic family."

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  • Review by Daria
    10 out of 10

    "I have just completed the 200hours yoga teacher training with these guys and absolutely loved every minute of it. The course was thought by people who were not only excellent teachers but also amazing human beings who share they knowledge and space with joy. The atmosphere created during these experience allows you to learn without feeling under pressure. There is an abounded amount off information given, so keep your eyes and ears opened smile emoticon. I highly recommend this school, I loved it."

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  • Review by Anna
    10 out of 10

    "Choosing a yoga school in Rishikesh is a difficult task as there is an incredible offer. Rishikul Yogshala was recommended to me by a yoga teacher with whom I was going to drop in classes in Rishikesh and it was a great recommendation! Their curriculum is well developed, I loved all subjects, the place is quiet, clean and cozy, the food is delicious… But I especially liked Rishikul Yogshala because of their teachers. All of them were very knowledgeable and dedicated to their job and shared and transmitted to the students their love and passion for yoga. I can’t wait to get back and do the 300h TTC with them!"

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  • Review by Federico M from Spain
    10 out of 10

    "Finding a reliable yoga school is not an easy job, especially in Rishikesh where many schools improvise courses. In Rishikul Yogshala I've found good teachers and great opportunity to learn and go deep in yoga practice, I highly recommend this school, which is also located in an historical yoga ashram on the Ganga riverside, in Ramjulla, Rishikesh. You will find good people at the school, reliable and prepared teachers."

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  • Review by Emma from London
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Mignon Stephen
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for an amazing and life changing experience. The teachers were amazing and very knowledgeable. I would recommend Rishikul Yogshala to anyone that wants to get yoga training. I loved and I miss everything about it. My heart has been touched Namaste"

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  • Review by Julieb Bie from France
    10 out of 10

    "Amazing changing life experience!"

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    "If I had to describe my 200hr YOGA TTC with Rishikul Yogshala school in Rishikesh it would be definitely...AMAZING! Amazing skilled teachers, amazing open-minded students, amazing nice staff, amazing organic indian food, amazing beautiful surroundings, amazing Rishikesh!"

    "As a guy with a few basic knowledge about Yoga, it was a defintely challenging experience for me but, at the end, we all managed to achieve the course with motivation. The spectrum of the program is wide so you will not learn only about physical yoga (asanas) but meditation, philosophy, anatomy, mantra chanting, breathing control (pranayama) and even more as well. "

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    "The schedule is well tailored to cover various subjects keeping you free time to enjoy and discover the beauty and secrets of Rishikesh. "

    "You will not learn only about becoming a yoga teacher but you will also learn a lot about yourself, about life...and this is priceless! Strongly recommend it."

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  • Review by Carolileon from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "Excellent 200 hour yoga teacher training in Nepal with Rishikul Yogshala!"

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    "Rishikul Yogshala is a great school of Yoga! If you want to understand what Yoga and yogic science really are will you be very happy. 200 hour are a good starting point, 300 hours will give you more time to deepen the subjects. Students will understand the differences between Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga and train both traditions with highly professional teachers. In anatomy classes and teaching methodology you will learn the importance of body knowledge in your future asana classes and how to build teaching sequences in a healthy and secure way for your students. Pranayama and meditation classes will give you personal insights about your self, body and mind and show you how to integrate it into future yoga classes. You learn useful mudras and the significance of chanting mantras. Philosophy classes will frame all aspects you learn into the big picture of yogic science. Food and housing in Pokhara/ Nepal are very nice. The part of town, called Lakeside, is surrounded by Phewa lake and the beautiful annapurna mountain range. "

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    "The teachers of Rishikul Yogshala are wandering wisdom and fully dedicated.They will guide you through your process of learning and take care of each single student. They know the beauty of being happy and laughing. Aware of cultural diversities the teachers build a bridge between western and Indian teaching habits and are able to make especially western students realize the Indian and original understanding of the precious heritage of yogic science. You will have a very precious and unique time as student at Rishikul Yogshala. Looking forward to visit them in Rishikesh! Hari Om."

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  • Review by Emma Whitnall from London
    10 out of 10

    "Changed my life!"

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    "Ahhh, where to start.... After some crazy/ tough life upheavals last year, I finally decided to follow a long time dream of visiting India and attending a yoga retreat. Naturally I inquired with many in the planning phase of my trip, but no company came back to me as promptly and with as much helpful information as Rishikul Yogshala. I was in contact with Manmohan from the start via email and he was just as lovely in person when myself and 2 friends eventually got to the retreat. From the moment we arrived at the Pyramid Cafe and guest house, I knew this was going to me an amazing experience and I was not wrong. The friendly, high energy, but low stress vibe of Rishikesh itself and everyone at the retreat venue carried through the entire 7 days. For me the retreat was very much a personal journey, I wanted to really ingrain myself in the eastern practices and learn as much as I could and the retreat offered this level and depth of experience, but equally, for those on the retreat who wanted a more casual approach to yoga and meditation, they were able to have their needs met also. Everyone took what they needed from the week, and there was no pressure to be or do anything you didn't want to, but the opportunities were there for you to delve deeper into the amazing world of Yoga and all it entails. I leart a lot simply chatting to the teachers (who were all amazing) and picking their brains as they also sat casually with us at the very relaxing, very delicious Pyramid Cafe."

    "The accommodation clean, warm (ovbs) with fans and your own wet room including shower, basin and proper flushing toilet - I took a mosquito net (but didn't really need it if I/m honest). "

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    "As well as opportunities to practice yoga on the beach, up in the Himalayas and in cave of one of the famous Yogis in the area, the Rishikul Yogshala Retreat included at least 2 yoga classes per day and we were taught meditation, yoga philosophy and Ayurveda principles... enough to ignite the spark I was already carrying for my own Teacher Training and I definitely intend to come back to the School run by Rishikul in November to complete this qualification. At the end of the retreat, I really didn't want to leave! I felt I had found my spiritual home. The people, the place and of course the Practice itself were all amazing and I can't recommend these guys highly enough. Whatever you choose to do with Rishikul Yogshala you will not be disappointed..."

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    "The retreat certainly inspired me to book for the teacher training that the school runs. I will be doing this later in the year and wouldn't consider attending any other school other then Rishikul."

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  • Review by Kate Dixon from Virginia
    10 out of 10

    "I very much enjoyed my one week yoga retreat with Rishikul Yogashala. Our two main yoga teachers were very knowledgeable and I learned a lot from both of them. I enjoyed the additional activities such as the trip to the cave, yoga by the edge of the Ganges River and the early morning trip up into the mountains to watch the sun rise over the Himalayas. We stayed at the lovely Pyramid Guesthouse which is very quiet and peaceful as it is located a bit up a hill side away from the frenetic and loud main road. The food was great! The various people involved with Rishikul Yogashala took very good care of me. I highly recommend Rishikul Yogashala for anyone who wants an enjoyable week of yoga, good food, and a relaxing yet busy week in Rishikesh."

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  • Review by Albina from Moscow
    10 out of 10

    "“Amazing Yoga Teacher Training Experience!!”"

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    "I have just finished my yoga teacher training at Rishikul Yogshala, and am very happy and contented with my experience. I would highly recommend this yoga school to anyone who wants quality education of yoga! Every aspect, from the teachers, other staff members to the accommodation and food, was perfect. I feel the course is suitable for everyone who wants to delve deeper into yoga asanas, yoga philosophy and yoga teaching. The journey was peaceful, inspirational, and calming. After finishing the course here, you will feel more balanced and stronger in your yoga practice. All the teachers Yogi Bipin, Yogi Prashant, Gangesha, Deepa Ji, Swami Atma Ji are highly experienced in their field and they teach with perfection. In addition to classes, I enjoyed free Indian cooking classes, beach yoga, Himalayan trip and Ganga Aarti. For any yogi who would like a life changing yogic experience, this is the best place.""

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  • Review by Louise from Greece
    10 out of 10

    "“An Incredible 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Course”"

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    "I attended the April 2016 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Course at Rishikul Yogshala in Rishikesh and the experience was amazing. Choosing Rishikesh, India the yoga capital of the world was by far the best decision I have made in terms of my yogic path. The school has wonderful teachers in all areas including Ashtanga, Hatha, Meditation and Pranayama. They want to teach and they love to share but they also are great listeners. During my stay I was lucky enough to have a great group of peers from all over the world. The environment at Rishkul is great and their is a lot to do when you aren't practicing yoga, like chilling near the Ganga, going to see the Neer waterfalls or even having some ice lemon tea at one of the many cafes in Laxmhan Jhula. Rishikul yogshala provides a great atmosphere, a demanding and challenging course and with an open mind you can learn and discover many things about yourself during your time here."

    "I can't recommend this teacher training course more! Thank you Rishikul Yogshala for providing an amazing opportunity!"

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  • Review by SkyeMartin from Lancaster, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I completed my yoga teacher training in Rishikesh in February 2016. What an incredible experience! All of the teachers at the school are amazing- they constantly inspired us with their passion and dedication, and they worked together as a team so well. They are also definitely some of the most respected yoga teachers in Rishikesh. The course was well laid out, with a lot of asana practice (both ashtanga and hatha), but also many pranayama, mantra, meditation and philosophy classes. The food was delicious, and the accommodation was great. Also, we only had 12 people in our class, so we got a lot of assistance from the teachers. If you would like to train as a teacher, or just deepen your own practice, then I would definitely recommend doing it through Rishikul. It has changed not only my practice, but my whole world view. Can't wait to keep learning and growing!"

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  • Review by Monika030 from Warsaw, Poland
    10 out of 10

    "“Great Yogi - teachers, full of passion and wisdom!”"

    "I strongly reccommend Rishikul Yogshala to everyone who want to seriously practice yoga and who want to share his practice with others! I just finished 200YTT in Rishikesh with Rishikul Yogshala. It was great!"

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    "Rishikul is one of the main cities in India for learning yoga. Because of hundreds of different school you can find there it seams not very easy to choose a good school. Rishikul Yogshala is can reccomend with all my heart!"

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    "I appreciated the effortless effort :) of all the teachers to make us understand each subject of yogic science: asanas, pranayama, philosophy, anatomy, meditation, yoga nidra, cleansing practices."

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    "After one month with them you will realize how little you know about yoga and they will really inspire you to deeper your practice and knowlegde."

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    "It is also a great adventure to meet people from all over the planet and to experience together what yoga really is. Thank you Vipin Baloni and Prashantj - the best Hatha Yoga and Astanga Yoga teachers! I will come back for sure."

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    "Detailed review I will write on our travel blog (right now I am enjoing travelling in Asia with my beloved working by computer and sharing experience whereever I am) garlicpapaya.com. Even if it is in Polish, you can easily translate in google translator:)"

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    "Hari Om!"

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  • Review by Kelly McMane from Lancaster, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "“Feeling Grateful”"

    "I'm really happy with my decision to go to Rishikul in Rishikesh. I've only been gone a few days and I miss it so much. What I learned here I will have with me for lifetimes to come. Yoga is an ancient practice and coming as somebody with a background in yoga and teaching yoga I can honestly say I learned so much! I deepened my personal practice, my knowledge and understanding of what yoga is and learned how to practice with devotion and integrity. The teachers are amazing people to learn from and form relationships with. You get a chance to be part of an international community, meeting people from all over the world. Rishikesh is also just an awesome place across the board! Just remember, it's India! You will be surprised in every way! I hope you Love it as much as I do!!"

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  • Review by Doreen from Frankfurt
    10 out of 10

    "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! :-)"

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  • Review by Tal Livny from Israel
    10 out of 10

    "For years I was dreaming of coming to India. As I introduced Yoga into my life, I had this urge for deep understanding of what is the ideas behind the many yoga classes i took, and yoga itself. As i heard of Rishikul Yogshala from one of my teachers, i knew at once that i found the opportunity to make both of my dreams come true. And you know what? I was more than I ever dreamed of. I got to be at a great place, with great teachers, and great people to be around. I still remember that time with great nostalgia. But what's best and shows for the true quality of the place? My yoga technique has become rooted in me. I promise for those who are due to come and experience of a lifetime, and the best place in the area."

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  • Review by Lore Dejonckheere from Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "what shall I say? still digestion after a month in Rishikesh. A real trip! A combination of great teachers, an amazing gentle crew AND a wonderful group of people together! It was a busy schedule and it was quite heavy but the knowledge i'm going home with is amazing. The accommodation is still in construction but that's no reason to stay away from that amazing place! Wanna go back for my 300 hours to be honest!"

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  • Review by Nurcan from London
    10 out of 10

    "“Unforgettable experience”"

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    "I had my yoga teacher training in kerala. I love everything about rishikul yoga and kerala. Teachers are very kind and friendly, they are very passionate about teaching. Food was very delicious and healthy. I feel like i am home, i already miss india, i will definetly go again for level 2 yoga."

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    "You never regret this experience. Just do it...."

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  • Review by Justine from UK
    10 out of 10

    "“Best Yoga Experience: A must for any budding yogi !!!”"

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    "A life changing experience "

    "After much searching online for the best yoga teacher training course I came across Rishikul Yogshala and booked a place in the far off land of Rishikesh, India- 'the birthplace of yoga'. It was a daunting thought arriving in India, such a seemingly foreign land. The school arranged a taxi pick up for me and another joining the course for the 5 hour journey from Delhi to Rishikesh, the perfect introduction to the crazy Indian roads and my travel companion is still a firm friend and support."

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    "The course was hard work and taught me discipline that I had never imagined. Having only experienced yoga in the West, the Eastern style was a humbling and truly spiritual experience, this exceeded my expectations. The lessons were all well structured and the teachers each having their own style and varying the teaching methods and techniques. All very good at reading the energy levels of the class and tailoring the curriculum to suit our needs and levels. My yoga practice has improved greatly and I can feel the changes in my body and have even taught some classes of my own whilst on my travels."

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    "It was great to be able to have my own room to retire to after a long day with our own bathroom and the food for breakfast lunch and dinner kept us well fed and enjoying delicious North Indian dishes."

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    "Rishikesh is a great place to spend time off. I particularly enjoyed the trips to local cafes which had a great vibe to meet other yogis. The school also organised trips to local places of interest which was great fun with fellow classmates. "

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    "I would not hesitate to recommend the school and classes to others (in fact I have) and I am very proud to have met so many wonderful people and had such a great experience."

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  • Review by Soraya Ismaili from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "Has been such an amazing experience and this is not due only because of the amazing place India and Rishikesh, or the Holy Ganga or the amazing atmosphere, but especially because of the incredible teachers, amazing team with so much to give, with passion and professionality. All the lesson where so well plan and structure. It is a Life change experience, I thank you all for ever! "

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  • Review by Ruy E Camilla Ficks from Shanghai
    10 out of 10

    "We just finished our 200 hours yoga teacher training with Rishikul in Rishikesh. It was amazing! The city is wonderful and very safe, the teachers are so good, they have so much knowledge and we learned so much, and everyday day it got more and more interesting. The food in the school was delicious, and they often brought us to visit some places around rishikesh, which was super fun, and any problem we had they were always ready to help us, they are all very kind. My husband and I went together, at first he was just thinking to go and stay there with me, but then he decided to do the training too, and we are so glad that he did it, because it was a wonderful experience to do it together as a couple. We will be back someday for sure, we already miss everyone from the school and our lovely group! Namaste"

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  • Review by Skye
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Karine from Baie Mahault, Guadeloupe
    8 out of 10

    "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. "

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  • Review by Mariana G from Cancun, Mexico
    10 out of 10

    "“Great experience!!!”"

    "I had my 200 YTTC last march at Rishikul Yogshala and it was amazing...all the teachers are awesome, they have a lot of experience and passion for yoga and they always shared their knowledge so we can improve our skills, also nice people works there, they help you in everything you need, the classes are so well organized, you can learn hatha yoga, ashtanga, pranayama, meditation, mantras etc."

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    "Also the food is great, its healthy and tasty...so my experience at Rishikul was amazing, I learnt a lot, and I am so grateful because it was my dream to learn the real yoga in India...so happy!!"

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  • Review by Collin M from Brooklyn, New York
    10 out of 10

    "The experience at Rishikul is one that I certainly wouldn't change, but not because it was seamless and easy. The course itself is broken into multiple classes: morning hatha, pranayama, yoga anatomy, yoga philosophy, ashtanga, and meditation. This holistic approach to teaching yoga is what drew me to taking a certification in India in the first place, and the teachers are definitely up for the challenge of cramming SO much information into a 28 day course. You will learn a lot."

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    "You will deepen your practice if you put in the effort; you will definitely get out what you put in. The environment was a little difficult to learn in. I was there in March and the weather was just started to really heat up and the class was in a tent (something happened with the other facility and I think we were moved here sort of at the last minute). In the afternoon it was a bit of a sauna. The teachers, however, are all very excellent and know their stuff. Go to learn, and embrace the discomfort."

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  • Review by La Bea from France
    10 out of 10

    "Life changing experience with amazing teachers and great people! Will come back!!"

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  • Review by Maithe VL from Amsterdem
    10 out of 10

    "I have visited Rishikul Yogshala for the second time this February, the first was in July 2013. That visit changed my life so completely and in such a fulfilling way - I just felt drawn back to this school and their teachers. I am so happy I did return. Being around such inspiring, energetic and wise people, I feel truly blessed and moreover, I feel like it's more than I deserve. They are so full of life lessons I wouldn't have learnt at home, they inspire me to be a better person. Their warmth, energy and inspiration was like a recharge for me in such a way that upon returning, everyone told me I am glowing. I feel humble and grateful for this experience and I hope I will be able to give forth what they've given me, even if it's only a fraction; thank you for this amazing experience. I will be back!"

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  • Review by Rebecca Woods from UK
    10 out of 10

    "“Yogamazing !”"

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    "My experience at Rishikul Yogshala was more than amazing that I ever could have imagined from a yoga class. The knowledge, experience and love I experienced were so fabulous! In the 200 hour yoga teacher training, the combination of yoga asanas, philosophy, anatomy, meditation, and mantras allowed me to look deep inside my inner being, forgetting the fake world. All the teachers are amazing, they embrace every student with open arms and pour all their knowledge with passion. . I have such an admiration for these people, the teachers and the management staff. I feel more healthy and more strong in these 4 weeks. What I got in the end – the knowledge, the confidence and the tools are priceless."

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  • Review by Ali Fuller from Toronto, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "“Great Experience”"

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    "I took my 200 hour yoga teacher training in February 2016 with Rishikul Yogshala in Rishikesh. I booked this course fairly last minute, and didn't really have any expectations going in to it. I had been wanting to do my teacher training for quite a while, and kept looking in to different schools until one night I just needed to do something for myself and ended up booking the course with Rishikul Yogshala. I am very happy with my decision, as I had a wonderful month and learned more than I could have imagined. My family was a bit apprehensive about me travelling to India alone, but I can honestly say I didn't feel nervous or unsafe once throughout my trip."

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    "The teachers we had were amazing, and the group of people I was surrounded by couldn't have been better, we truly are like a little family now. The course can be physically and emotionally demanding at times, but the teachers and other students were always there when anyone needed even the slightest support."

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    "I came back to Canada with not only a deeper knowledge of Yoga (not just asanas!!) but truly a new perspective on how to look at things. I am a much happier person since completing my course at the beginning of March, and I can't thank Rishikul Yogshala enough :)"

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  • Review by Emma from UK
    10 out of 10

    "“Incredible Yoga Teacher Training!”"

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    "The month spent completing my 200 hour yoga teacher training with Rishikul Yogshala in Rishikesh was a life changing experience for me."

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    "The course, teachers, place and people were all that I could have asked for. My yoga practice has greatly improved for both myself and in teaching others. Learning the full ashtanga series with master Bipin is a life experience that I will forever draw upon. The calming voice of meditation teacher Deepa, guiding us through yoga nidra and the pranayama teachings have made my life a lot more peaceful and calm."

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    "I loved being in rishikesh, going on trips organised by Rishikul to local areas with fellow classmates. We had Indian cooking classes which were a real eye opener and which I will be trying out on friends and family!"

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    "I cannot heap enough praise on the school for making this such an immense experience. Overall a very positive experience that for anyone looking to push their yoga and life experiences further.... I would highly recommend!"

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  • Review by Prashant Savanur from India
    10 out of 10

    "“A union of knowledge and the experience.”"

    "If you are planning to become a YOGA teacher, I feel this is the place where you have to be, I completed the teachers training program and I feel this is the place where you can get the real knowledge and experience yoga from the best teachers of Rishikesh."

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  • Review by Tanya from London
    10 out of 10

    "I am taking some classes with the Rishikul Yogshala in Kerala at the moment. Their program extends beyond Rishikesh. I find them super friendly, approachable and welcoming. Their team is quite extensive hence every student is well looked after and attended too, I understand that in Rishikesh the teacher team is even bigger. As I am already doing a 2 year TTC with KYM in Chennai till 2017 I am focused on doing pranayama here in Varkala with Rishikul's pranayama master. The school is conducting a yoga and ayurveda TTC (one of the few schools to offer such a training) and I became a part of the extended student group in a very kind and openhearted way, such is the practice and culture of this school. I feel very loved and grateful, such is my experience with Rishikul Yogshala and I highly recommend them."

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  • Review by Lynne from Cheshire, England
    10 out of 10

    "10 out of 10I attended the Rishikul Yogshala in Kerala, December 2015, for the 200 hour TTC course, which finished in January 2016. I have waited a couple of weeks before submitting my feedback, only to ensure that it is a truly grounded review. These opinions are my own personal thoughts, based upon my visit.Travelling alone, many hours in the sky, going to a country where I have never been before. Spending a whole month (which happened to be over Christmas and New Year), just doing Yoga, with complete strangers. sounds crazy right? Youd be wrong.From leaving Manchester airport on a dull, damp December morning to arriving back to an equally dull and damp January morning - the whole journey and experience was truly life enhancing.I have been a Yogi for 5 years prior, so I guess I knew how to twist, bend, hold, breathe, etc. But, the course teaches so much more. So very much more.If you are considering this course, you are guaranteed an experience. Its no picnic. its intense. Its hard. Hard for the body, mind, emotions. But the benefits are worth every moment spent there.Youll wake before the birds. Youll be tired. Youll ache. But, you will learn so much. You will eat exceptional food. Youll have lessons and conversations that will open your mind. Youll experience a different life, a different culture. Youll learn from the best teachers.Accommodation was basic and, in honesty, it did raise a few initial comments. But, be assured, any issues or problems you have will be promptly dealt with by the RY team. In reality, you shouldnt need anything other than a clean room, a bed, a bathroom, somewhere to hang your clothes and a ceiling fan. Internet access was good. It occasionally went off - but overall there were no issues. Electricity went off sometimes too. But, it really wasnt a big issue. At our Graduation the lack of electricity in the building only enhanced the ceremony. Truly wonderful.The Yoga was excellent. The words come to the top of your mat, feet together. begin the journey through to Savasana. Amazing. Youll begin class with Om, Shanti and perhaps a mantra. Youll end the class with Om, Shanti, Namaste. The divine in me honours the divine in you. From master to students, truly respectful.Yoga Philosopy a journey into a time once known by everyone, but forgotten. This journey helps us remember what I is all about. Fascinating.Pranayama was enlightening. Nidra and Meditation - beautiful. The Ayurveda was excellent. Ayurvedic philosophy was very in-depth. Again, honestly, perhaps a little too in-depth for the level we were at, but most certainly interesting and beneficial. Teacher training was invaluable.The teachers are extremely knowledgeable and experienced and I consider that I have been taught by the best. A huge thank you to all the team. Master Bipin Baloni, Manouj, Deepa, Kaczenja, Pranajee, Gangesh, Dr Santosh (Patanjali Clinic), therapists from Namaste. The staff and volunteers at the TTC, Gerutze, Olivia, Justine, Tania, Manmohan, and everyone else who made this experience My fellow students, Geanina, Daria (& Matthew), Emmely, Karen, Ashley, Holly, Javenca, Tamzin, Brielle, Ben, Gwyneth, Ryhs and the lovely Papaya Girls. Renata, Andrea, Mira. Thank you all for being there too. Amazing spirits.I will return.Leave your ego behind. "

    "Open your mind. Open your heart. Smile to yourself."

    "Most importantly, thank yourself for having the courage to pursue this experience. "

    "Thank yourself for stepping onto your Yoga mat. "

    "It will be life enhancing."

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  • Review by Anna from UK
    10 out of 10

    "10 out of 10Choosing a yoga school in Rishikesh is a difficult task as there is an incredible offer. Rishikul Yogshala was recommended to me by a yoga teacher with whom I was going to drop in classes in Rishikesh and it was a great recommendation!"

    "Their curriculum is well developed, I loved all subjects, the place is quiet, clean and cosy, the food is delicious But I especially liked Rishikul Yogshala because of their teachers. All of them were very knowledgeable and dedicated to their job and shared and transmitted to the students their love and passion for yoga.I cant wait to get back and do the 300h TTC with them!"

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  • Review by Smiti T from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I was part of the 200-hour teacher training program in Varkala, Kerala in January and I couldn't be more pleased with the experience! I would definitely recommend Rishikul Yogshala to anyone interested in developing their Ashtanga Yoga practice."

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    "Accommodation - I did my course in Kerala, though the main ashram is in Rishikesh. The place in Kerala was basic but comfortable. We were less than a 5 minute walk away from Varkala cliff, which overlooks a beautiful sandy beach. The staff where we stayed were very helpful and kind and tried their best to ensure all of our needs were met."

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    "Food - absolutely delicious, healthy Ayurvedic meals 3x per day. They did their best to accommodate food sensitivities and allergies. We even had a few cooking classes so we could take the recipes back home with us. "

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    "Class Size - we were 19 people in my class, all from completely different walks of life! We got along extremely well and the people really helped make the experience that much more special. In my personal opinion, I think the classes could be a little bit smaller to allow more personal attention to each individual during the physical yoga practice, but that being said I still learned a tremendous amount."

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    "Teachers - were all experts in their respective fields, they were really passionate about teaching us and ensuring that we had a well-rounded understanding of traditional yoga"

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    "Overall, the experience was physically and mentally exhausting, but if you're up for the challenge it is definitely worth it."

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    "Some things to keep in mind:"

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    "- This is by no means a luxury yoga retreat, it's intensive yoga teacher training, it's comfortable but if you join hoping for 5-star resort and spending most of your days lounging on a beach, this won't be the right program for you"

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    "- you really have to be prepared to accept a "this is India" (#TII) mentality, not only during the program but while in India in general. You'll have to get used to insects and lizards, "Indian standard time" - get used to things being delayed, etc."

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  • Review by Daria from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "I have just completed the 200 hours yoga teacher training with these guys and absolutely loved every minute of it. The course was taught by people who were not only excellent teachers but also amazing human beings who share they knowledge and space with joy. The atmosphere created during these experience allows you to learn without feeling under pressure. There is an abounded amount off information given, so keep your eyes and ears opened smile emoticon. I highly recommend this school, I loved it."

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  • Review by Gwynneth from Melbourne, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "A fantastic course with wonderful teachers and a mix of students from all over the globe (in the 200hr YTT course I did)."

    "In this course you receive teachings in many areas of Yoga - Asanas, Pranayama, Philosophy, Meditation, adjustment and alignment of postures, teacher methodology, Mudras, a little Mantra and even chair Yoga! (for people less mobile). I loved everything about this course and I am still feeling the ripple effect of the philosophical teachings in my life.Thank you to a wonderful team and students, who are now part of my Yogic family."

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  • Review by Deepak Sharma from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "10 out of 10I attended 200 hour yoga teacher training in December at Rishikul Yogshala and I strongly recommend this program. I learned so much and it was wonderful to spend a month immersed in the science and philosophy of yoga with one of the best teachers of India. Bipin, Gangesha, Deepa, Prana Ji all the teachers are highly knowledgeable and good at conveying their knowledge. The classes were very well structured, covering hatha yoga, ashtanga yoga, meditation, pranayama, ayurveda, yoga philosophy, anatomy, etc. I highly recommend that you visit Rishikul Yogshala for a life changing and fulfilling yoga and healing experience. Thank you everyone. Namaste"

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  • Review by Jovanka from Johannesburg, South Africa
    10 out of 10

    "8 out of 10It was amazing! Life changing, days are intense so prepare yourself it's by no means a vacation if you want to get the full benefit of attending all classes. Teachers are great! Food is delicious. Varkala is beautiful! Beaches are lovely to use on your days off. A Couple of problems on site with accomodation details as we were told we were staying in fortinghill sea resort but that was false advertising on their part they have now rectified that and have since changed that. If people have problems with accommodation I recommend getting to the course a couple of days earlier and checking out the location as there is beautiful quieter places nearby. I can def recommend it from a learning perspective, and to go there with an open mind and no western expectations."

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  • Review by Marta from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "A wonderful immersion into the yogi lifestyleI attended the 200hours Yoga Teacher Training Course at Rishikul Yogshala in Rishikesh in December 2015 as I wanted to deepen and widen my knowledge into the yoga philosophy, lifestyle and principles and acquire the necessary basic training to be able to start teaching yoga. As I expected it turned out to be a beautiful and inspiring life experience."

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  • Review by Daria from Poland
    10 out of 10

    "I have completed 200 hours yoga teacher training with Rishicul yogshala December 2015 in beautiful Varkala, Kerala. I must say it was an amazing time and a fantastic experience. Off course you are coming to India so certain things are much different then what you know but after a while you will actually appreciate it for its unique ways, so chill out and enjoy. I recommend having no preconceptions and just going with it. You might learn something new about yourself, you never know. The course itself is well put together. Teachers are excellent and opened to share all they know about the subject and always responding, if there is a need of improvement. It is a great introduction to yoga but also for already practising a nice push to deepen ones practise. Ayurveda is an added bonus and complements the yogic lifestyle very well. You can learn many things that will enhance your health and make you more Intune with yourself. The atmosphere of the course has a lot to do with people that come together and I have been really lucky. We had a ball. I will always remember them- because they are never off the Face book :)"

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  • Review by Josephin Thilander from Mexico
    10 out of 10

    "I recently did the 200h TTC at this amazing school and I could not be happier with the experience! The teachers and staff are all great and work their hardest to give you the best possible stay. The teachers are experienced and really live the way they teach, which makes it so much more authentic. Sometimes Rishikesh can feel like a yoga factory, but these guys really made me feel that they were more concerned about my learning than the money I paid. They focus on the true core of yoga as a spiritual practice, rather than just the physical aspect of it, and try their best to give you the whole picture in just a short month (prepare yourself for some intense days!). I felt that the curriculum was well-planned and I learned so much in this short time. Probably the most well spent money in my life!The stay is great in the beautiful ashram Ved Niketan, with simple nice rooms and great yogic food served thrice daily. The energy is so calm and peaceful which really helps to deepen the whole experience. I hope to be able to return one day and keep learning from all of you amazing people who helped me set off on this new journey of mine. Thank you and see you soon!"

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  • Review by Anila Lleshaj from Shanghai, China
    10 out of 10

    "I just completed 200 hours TTC @Rishikul Yogshala in Rishikesh. This course was an outstanding experience and it exceeded all of my expectations.Rishikul Yogshala is located in Ved Niketan Ashram, which is one of the oldest Ashrams in Rishikesh, besides the Ganga River. It is beautiful, with big green outdoor environment and a lot of flowers. A very peaceful place with a strong energy.I do not have enough words to explain how grateful i am to have joined Rishikul for the TTC. The curriculum was so well designed, the teachers are so professional, dedicated and full of passion, BEAUTIFUL MINDS. I would have never imagined myself waking up at 5 am and being so enthusiastic to go to class, but it was a pure pleasure listening to each of them. They are the example of what they teach and i didn't learn only from all the wisdom shared, but also from the way they stand or sit, the way they talk, the way they listen and observe everything. They are just excellent.In Rishikul Yogshala, yoga is not taught only as a physical exercise, but as that which takes you to a higher perception of life. The knowledge i gained in just 28 days it changed my views in different things. It was the beginning of a beautiful journey...The accommodation was really good, the food so yummy, everybody so nice, so helpful, willing to do everything to fulfil any requirement we had.Highly recommended. Thank you for guiding me into this beautiful lifestyle, Rishikul Yogshala! Namaste!!"

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  • Review by Tina from Kailua, Hawaii
    10 out of 10

    "We had a wonderful yoga retreat at Rishikul yogshala. I was not sure how it would work with our various skill levels, hence the reason we chose this particular retreat was the fact that they offered may excursions and it was well worth it. The accommodations were good, food was good but the timing of the meals served were a bit late for our personal schedules.Classes were very informative and valuable. One gets so much attention on a retreat, you really need to be prepared to tell them exactly what you want to learn and gain from the experience. I feel they listened very well to what I wanted to take from this experience,I could have asked for more and it would have been met.There was a bit of a disconnect between the Bookyogaretreats and the ashram itself which created some temporary anxiety, but I would do it again as the responsiveness of Bookyogaretreats and the ashram was very good while I was making plans. I learned while traveling in India (for the first time). Internet connections are spotty and telephones become difficult to use. Learn how to make a phone call in that country before leaving and get the sim card you need with plenty of time.Thanks for the great time. I cannot wait to book another retreat!"

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  • Review by Sarah Schu from North Carolina
    10 out of 10

    "I would describe the Rishikul 200hr program in Nepal as challenging, life changing, and inspiring.The days were really long, but packed with so much new information that I was never bored. I really connected with each of the six instructors and cannot thank them enough for the impact they had and will continue to have in my life. If you're looking for a truly eastern yoga experience, Rishikul is the school for you. I went into this program with no expectations and graduated a truly satisfied student.Besides the wonderful instruction, I met sixteen amazing people with whom I shared many hard yet happy times with. I love my yoga family and I have a feeling we'll see each other quite often over the years."

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  • Review by Natasha Thompson from Kelowna BC Canada
    10 out of 10

    "There's one thing for certain, I'm not the same person I was 28 days ago before starting this yoga teacher training program. My life has been changed in the most beautiful and positive sense of the word. There really are not enough thank you's in the world to fully express the extreme gratitude I feel towards Rishikul Yogashala and its teachers for providing me with this opportunity. I am going to cherish this experience and my new yoga family for years to come."

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  • Review by Kaming from The Hague, Netherland
    10 out of 10

    "Inspiring, life-changing and unforgettable! Rishikul has filled 4 weeks with something to suit every type of yogi: physically intensive, deeply spiritual or curiously theoretical. The teachers go above and beyond to ensure this course is well worth your while: food to cater to very specific diets (varied and very delicious!), mini field trips that were the highlight of the course and always making sure to be available to you.My training was in Lakeside Pokhara, Nepal. It's setup in a hotel and it worked surprisingly well: central location, great facilities and amazing staff.Be prepared for long days but, if you keep an open mind, Rishikul's YTT is bound to change you."

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  • Review by Stephanie from Jena, German
    10 out of 10

    "I can fully recommend the yoga teacher training. I did my training in September 2015 in Pokhara, Nepal, which is a beautiful spot for this course. The Tulsi hotel was fantastic, the staff was great, the food superb and the rooms clean and very nice. It is located very close to the lake, but at the same time central."

    "The teachers did a fantastic job- All of them are very unique, energetic, motivating and very professional. The schedule was well thought through, the variety of topics are amazing and made the whole day seem very short and entertaining.I have learnt so many things about yoga, myself & my body, about my life. I am more than thankful for all my experiences. Thank you so much!! "

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  • Review by Cassie, Brisbane
    10 out of 10

    "The 200hr YTT with Rishikul was amazing. I learnt so much more than I expected, with an incredible breadth and depth of information provided throughout the month. The accommodation and food provided was of an extremely high standard given the price. I would highly recommend Rishikul"

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  • Review by Margriet, Amsterdam
    10 out of 10

    "I give Rishikul Yogashala a 10, because they exceeded all my expectations! I came to learn more about yoga and what I received in return was a deeper asana practice where I was able to physically do poses I never dreamed possible, more insight and eye-openers in the body-mind connection, classes from a variety of wonderful and wise teachers, experience beautiful Nepali culture, great food (thank you Tulsi kitchen staff!) and new friendships. Learning more about yoga truly became a month of learning more about life and myself. Give yourself a gift and take the 200 YTT program (or other program offered)! Thank you Rishikul Yogshala for this truly amazing experience."

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  • Review by Anita Grace from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I did my yoga teacher training with Rishikul Yogshala in September 2013, when the course was being offered in Pokhara, Nepal. Right from the beginning of the course, from the very first day, it was obvious that the structure of the course and the instructors were first rate. Really first rate, and I can say that because that is how it felt. The asana teacher, Vipin, was inspirational, and his instruction was given with care and warmth, and humour and seemed to know how to challenge the body without being injured. Even now, 2years after completing this course, I still hear Vipin correcting my postures. The theory and pranayama teacher, Gangesha, was enthusiastic and funny and made the yoga theory interesting and encouraging to practice, which I continue to do on a regular basis.2 years after completing the course. Yoga teacher training from Rishikul Yogshala is an excellent school to get the foundational instruction to begin a healthy balance practice of yoga for the rest of your life."

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  • Review by Joanna Dabkowska from Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "Pokhara is stunning and it's situated right in the heart of Nepal, surrounded by Himalayas. Tulsi Hotel is great, very central and all staff is friendly and super accommodating. The course itself is one of the beast treats I could ever given to myself, for sure. Vast variety of subjects from Hatha and Ashtanga through all sorts of pranayamas, kriyas, alignment, therapy, anatomy, mantra classes ending every school day on a wonderful meditation. I've learned heaps from the best teachers on earth. They are all very different but all equally inspiring. I can definitely recommend it to everyone, no matter what path of their life they're on. Thank you Rishikul!!!!"

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  • Review by James
    10 out of 10

    "I am making a complaint about Rishikul Yoga Shala, and whether they should be endorsed by your establishment as I feel I have been cheated and not got a yoga teacher training from them. This has to be the worst YTTC course on offer I have come across and I have looked at 5 different courses and quit one because it wasnt good enough. But it was far better than this.Point 1. Course notes non-existent until I demanded them. Not printed and not given to us. Just a computer file of which English was terrible and parts that were in good English were blatantly copied from the Internet. Often just chunks of material not even connected to yoga in anatomy. Appeared they hadnt been given to us because the school had been accused of plagiarism. I tried to help them by amending their course notes and connecting them more to the yoga and lectures they gave, I did this for them for free and there was little thanks for this, in fact I was insulted for questioning some blatant errors in the notes.Point 2. Course notes should give summary of each class and have questions and reading material before class. There was nothing.Point 3. There should be simple weekly tests and or assignments marked by the teacher for each class subject. There was nothing.Point 4. 70% of the teaching should be on us being shown how to teach and then us demonstrating this to each other in groups and to the class. So far almost 0% on this bar one feeble effort one day by one teacher after I complained about it. Basically the yoga classes we have are exactly that, just yoga classes with no teaching to teach them.Point 5. There should be a one hour class given by us which we did but got no training for how to do it and a one hour exam to test our knowledge. The latter is missing. The above points are standard with all YTTC's I previously looked into.Point 6. Adjustments did correct mistakes I had been making for a long time and Prashan is very precise here, however I have been subjected to extreme adjustments by this teacher in particular that have caused temporary injury to me and the most dangerous I have experienced in 20 years of yoga. Far too extreme. The other students and school may not think they are dangerous because many of the students dont know yoga and their bodies may be young and flexible and can be pushed that hard, but they may also have been injured without realising it.Point 7. Many classes have been the same repetitive stuff over and over again. I refer to mantra, pranayama, meditation, and the sitting breath Hatha yoga class at 12 each day which was dumped on us after Vipin left and ended our adjustment classes for no apparent reason than him teaching in Vietnam for two weeks. We are not being taught how to teach, nor being asked to teach these methods (bar 2 people briefly). But nothing in pranayama or mantra. And really nothing in the Ashtanga and Hatha classes. The yoga philosophy classes are a jumbled hotch potch of information with no clear purpose ending up with an old guru being brought in waffling on about contemplating ones navel not related to the syllabus.Point 8. It is just far too much to cover learning Ashtanga and Hatha yoga postures in a month. They should choose one or the other to teach. Consequently we have barely learnt the routine, without having learnt how to teach. We lost our one decent teacher Vipin who is very good at the postures but cannot teach students to teach each other. He left after a week who was replaced by an amateur. Teaching of handstand was terrible to beginners. If I saw one of you in a class show five different postures in a row then expect your students to follow this then I would fail you, but this is how they teach here. This school is a disaster. How we are expected to teach a one hour class is beyond me. Our times set aside to learn how to teach on the days off had no one there to guide us. We were meant to do it ourselves. Unbelievable!Point 9. It is misleading to call this YTTC, should be called Yoga Introduction Studies. If so I wouldnt have taken the course. No one will be qualified to teach from this. But we would have if you had taken aproper YTTC. Students have given this school a good rating thinking this is good because they dont know any yoga schools, have virtually no experience of real yoga and dont know what a proper YTTC is and have been sucked in by slick young Indian male yoga teachers who flirt with the almost all female students most of whom are young and gullible and are enjoying a taste of exotic India and its spirituality. If they did know about yoga they would be agreeing with me that this is terrible. I have done 20 years of yoga.Point 10. One yoga teacher in adjustment class after I complained about his adjustments, went out of his way to humiliate me in front of the class when I laughed. He discriminated against my age at 51. When I explained my laughing was harmless and nothing to do with him, he wouldnt accept this and kept on attacking me in the class saying I was trying to make a fool of him.Point 11. I spoke for several hours to the school and students about this. I was assured by a representative called Maran that he would take my complaint seriously and make changes to the school. He even offered to let me do yoga classes in the next course for free, however when I contacted him by email to find out what they were doing he simply ignored many emails. And never replied.Point 12. One student left the course after a week called Satra due to the yoga philosophy teacher losing control of his class. Satra was asking intelligent questions but then was viciously attacked by several students who didnt like her and didnt want her to speak. One of these students yelled abuse at her for 15 minutes while the teacher did nothing. She left the course. Was not given her money back bar 15%. I got a promise from the head of the school, Vipin to let her complete the course in the next one. When she had purchased her airfare to come back and do this course the school changed her mind and wouldnt let her back saying they were booked out. She lost an airfare from Europe due to this lying to me by Vipin. It is just an example of disorganisation, lack of preparation in the classes where a teacher would come in and ask the students what he had been teaching last class because they couldnt remember this happened often with many of the teachers who would often arrive late so class time was lost, rudeness to students, lack of knowledge how to teach and general incompetence and arrogance in the school.Point 13: the yoga philosophy teacher would spend an entire class on one point giving a kind of poor English lesson with clown impersonations miming and flirting to the young women get his point across to students who couldnt speak English so much material was missed. He also would insult western lifestyle and western people in general in his classes arrogantly stating yoga was the answer to this. He taught the yoga vedas as if they were literal truth, in other words the yugahs as 10,000 years ago in Satya period people existed only in subtle body and all continents joined together. Etc. When I questioned this I was attacked and insulted for being ignorant and barbaric and stupid. Consequently the other students blamed me for criticising the school. And the school told me that I was disrespectful to Indian ways and that the way they taught was their tradition. However, this is not true, Indian yoga schools such as Bihar and Sivananda, teach the yoga as I have outlined in the above points. It is just incompetence by this school.Point 14. Yoga Alliance should investigate this school by visiting it and asking for their course material, and remove their license from this school. It is not a YTTC.I am sorry if this disappoints people but it is just the facts and I am pretty angry about it. Borderline want my money back."

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  • Review by Annajean Smith from Montana, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Attending Rishikul Yogshala was one of the most enriching experiences I have ever had. I would highly recommend this program for anyone seeking personal growth and a strong foundation of knowledge in all branches of yoga. I cannot say enough great things about the teachers at Rishikul. They will teach you much more than the physical aspect of yoga. I attended the September 2015 program in Nepal and loved it. I felt very safe in the town of lakeside and Hotel Tulsi staff were stellar.Please understand the implications of traveling to a non-westernized country. The food, culture, surroundings, and beliefs are different. Don't join the program expecting a western experience, you will not get that, which is the beauty of it all.Attending Rishikul was one of the best decisions I have ever made."

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  • Review by Gurutze from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I highly recommend Rishikul Yogshala to everyone practicing all levels of yoga. I attended the 200 hour TTC July 2015 and I still glow every time I think about my experience.The curriculum is just amazing and well designed. The course is very intense and it covers deeply lots of subject. The day starts at 5.30 in the morning with Hatha classes, followed by pranayama and mantra or yoga nidra. After breakfast, there are yoga philosophy classes followed by anatomy classes. After lunch, adjustment and alignment classes are really interesting and important (to be able to know how to correct your own asanas and your future students' too). I was also able to deepen my practice in ashtanga day by day as each posture is taught one by one. And after ashtanga the day finishes with meditation at18:00. So a very intense day covering all kind of yoga aspects to give you a better understanding of yoga.Teachers are outstanding, extremely professional and enthusiastic, you can't get enough of their wisdom. I learned important lessons about yoga and the yogic life and the course gave me a solid foundation to continue exploring and expanding my knowledge in yoga. I had a wonderful experience at Rishikul yogshala. The school met all my expectations and in some cases were exceeded.And the food is delicious organic vegetarian food from the Himalayas. Don't miss this amazing experience!"

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  • Review by Ruiz from San Sebastian, Spain
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks to my sister who did the full course in July in Rishikesh, Ive had the priviledge of attending for 2 weeks the 200 hrs classes taught by Rishikul Yogshala in Pokhara, Nepal and it really is a shame that I couldn't stay for 2 more weeks to complete the whole course. I didn't expect at all to soak so much both the lifestyle and philosophy of yoga even when my sister had warned me that the course was really intense.Everything the teachers transmit around the world of yoga is incredible: they are like open books accessible at all times; even after their classes, they are always there to help you with any questions you might have . From hatha and ashtanga yoga classes with Vipin to Pranayama and meditation classes with Tyagaraj as well as philosophy and anatomy classes with Gangesh and mantra and yoga Nidra classes with Deepa and Kavita they are all worthwhile.Whether you are a beginner or a regular yoga practitioner, wanting to train as a yoga teacher or just fancying a dip in the world of yoga, do not hesitate to sign for any of the courses by Rishikul Yogshala, whether it is in Pokhara or any of their other places in India."

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  • Review by Stine Porsbjerg from Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "I joined in Pokhara, Nepal - The country is safe and the Nepal is have hearts of love and joy and will do anything to make you smile and feel good.As everything else - make up your mind about expectations before signing up. Joining a YTTC in Pokhara, Nepal, is an experience including noises from the city of Pokhara + the beautiful view of the Lake and the magnificent Himalaya Mountains. The hotel is not an ashram neither a 5 star western hotel - but rooms are more than fine, food is more than good and staff the most helpful people ever. If you can live with that and want to learn yoga from great yoga teachers - don't hesitate to sign up and let a new part of your yoga journey begin!"

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  • Review by Mallory F
    10 out of 10

    "The teachers are incredible and share their wisdom generously and with compassion. The venue (Nepal Sept 2015) is comfortable enough and staffed by warm, welcoming people who will do anything within their power to make you feel at home (like, literally tore down a wall for me -- long story, but seriously--untold hospitality).If you embrace the quirks and surprises of international travel, the challenges that come with intercultural exchange, and the growing pains of an expanding comfort zone, the rewards will not disappoint.If yoga is expansion, the last month has been a magnificent explosion. I am eternally grateful to all of the amazing people who helped shape my journey.Nepal is safe and breathtaking in form and spirit. Pokhara was not affected by the earthquake, and things seemed to be returning to normal in Kathmandu. The economy, and thus the recovery, depends heavily on tourism--come support this beautiful place and its beautiful people!"

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  • Review by Patricia Atkinson from Cumbria, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I found the teachers to be very supportive and I learned a great deal about varying aspects of yoga and alignment correction. I also learned about meditation and self cleansing as well as developing on a personal level.The teachers share their knowledge with the students in a way which can be understood by all, they are open to questions and challenges without prejudice."

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  • Review by Maria Vincent from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I thoroughly enjoyed the training, and felt that the teachers imparted so much knowledge, at times it was honestly mind blowing. Their expertise in all areas from Parnayama to Philosophy was truly inspiring and I am booked to go back and do my 300hrs next year with the very same teachers!"

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  • Review by Kaila Thornton from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I took both the 200 and 300 YTTC at Rishikul Yogshala and the sister yoga school, Akshi Yogshala. My journey with the excellent teachers, and staff was quite an experience that changed my life forever. Many programs can offer someone the culture of India being based out of India, but what this amazing group of people gave to not only I but also many others the soul better yet the prana that is yoga.Accommodations are more than just comfortable, every need was met and every question answered, and each lesson more valuable than the next. Rishikul Yogshala operates like a family unit, which I believe makes the difference between a good and great organization. The experience of the course is set by your own capabilities, which each Master personally seeks to expound upon making you greater than you ever could hope to be. The program offers an array of benefits that replenish the heart, body, mind, and spirit with courses, which consisted of Shat Kriya, Philosophy, Anatomy, Mantra, Alignment, Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, along with the classical wellknown aspects of yoga, which are Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa.The yogshalas are both located in Ram Jhula a small village in Rishekish city, which is a jewel of India and the Yoga Capital of the world. A Holy city which will capture the attention of even the most skeptical individual and give them a sense of Spiritual awakening to new cultures and a new way of living. Rishikesh is home to the most welcoming and open people sure to bring a smile to ones face and warmth to the heart. The Ganga River a powerful connection to the Hindu faith and imminent source of life runs through the town revitalizing everything and everyone who are fortunate enough to see and experience the mystical source which is mother Ganga. The traditional Festivals of the town brought many near and far to the city such as the month of Shiva, Guru Day, Onam festival, Independence Day, festival of brother and sister, and shortly approaching the celebration of Lord Krishna. The locals welcome the increase activity to the city and accommodate the trekkers into their business for food and other refreshments to ensure a safe and comfortable journey to the mountains.The city of Rishikesh offers a splendor of scenic views such as the Beatles ashram, Himalayas, iconic temples, nature trails and majestic water falls. A place filled with holy monks better known as Swamis, yoga masters, and citizens all field with the essence that makes Indias beauty deeper and more prevalent to those from other nations and walks of life. A place where every form of life is cherished and treated with the upmost respect can only be found in a place that sees God in everything and everyone. There is a great lesson to be learned from every aspect that creates the environment that is known as Rishikesh city. One that I am happy to observe and learn as I continue to explore Life, truth, and beauty, which lies in this town and its people."

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  • Review by Maria
    10 out of 10

    "I was blown away by the quality of the teaching at Rishikul Yogshala, each teacher gave so much every single day, and the depth of knowledge from philosophy to anatomy, as well as adjustment and asana was amazing! I have spoken to others who had completed their 200 hour in the same town of Rishikesh, and found that their schools did not cover the subjects in the same detail, pranayama being a stand out class and the dedication of the teachers at Rishikul second to none. I recommend this school on a regular basis whenever anyone tells me they want to do a teacher training in India. Good luck! Namaste!"

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  • Review by Chiu-ing Kuo from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "I had a wonderfull experience in Rishikul Yogashala. I've learned a lot from the teachers and they were all very helpful.. Thank you all so much."

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  • Review by Vilayphone Vannatham from France
    10 out of 10

    "I would just like to say thank you for the wonderful yoga experience I had with Rishikul Yogshala School The course was intensive in a really good way, the training was a mind and heart opening experience. I also really felt there was time and space to listen and to be attentive to the physical and spiritual changes that were happening, which was wonderful. I will continue to grow from it and use the tools given to me to better my practice. Thank you so much for your full of energy and passion."

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  • Review by Courtney M Watson from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I completed my 300 hours at Rishikul Yogshala. Situated away from the noise of the main street, the centre is aptly located in the interior of the town. The location is neat and clean with its own small garden and a nice mountain view from the balcony. From the beginning, the fire ceremony, the lunch and the introduction, everything was well organized and touched my heart. I felt all my group members were friendly and i enjoyed my stay with them. The hatha yoga class in the morning followed by Pranayama class was my favorite part of learning. Prashant is an excellent teacher and a trainer. He knows, when to be a friend and when to be a teacher. I also liked the classes and Vipin, Gangesha and Swami Atam. They have lot to share and to teach others about yoga and life."

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  • Review by Erin Gray from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I attended 200 hour yoga teacher training in March and highly recommend this place for taking up the course in Rishikesh. The teachers, the place, the atmosphere, everything is in perfect sync with the whole feel required to practice yoga and meditate. All the teachers have solid experience of teaching and are welcoming. They all are masters in their subjects. Gangesh is amazing in Philosophy and Pranyama whereas I learnt the deep level of Ashtanga and Hatha under Bipin.The classes take place in the airy yoga hall and on pleasant days, they also shift on the terrace. The experience of practicing yoga in the delightful and bountiful nature is what i love about the whole experience. In addition to teaching, in Rishikul Yogshala, you will get delicious and nutritious food along with the helpful staff.Thank You Rishikul!"

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  • Review by Elsa Demers from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "My journey at Rishikul Yogshala was wonderful. The group of instructors is amazing and under their guidance, I got a complete knowledge of yoga, philosophy, meditation and teaching skills. They pay attention to each student and are always ready to answer all your question, even to your personal problems. The place with mountains looks awesome. The accommodation and food was good and the entire staff was very helpful."

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  • Review by Lucnia Oliveira from Portugal
    10 out of 10

    "Arriving a week later than the course, i was worried to miss out on a lot of information and teachings. But all my worries flew away as all the teachers were so helpful that they helped me to cope with the missed out information. Furthermore, the group of students were very welcoming and entertaining at the same time. The view from my private room and the food prepared by the chefs was mouth-watering. Not spicy at all. We were brought to many small trips around the city with a guide. The classes flow into each other without any difficulty and everything has been paced out after close consideration. I am really lucky to be a part of this amazing course."

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  • Review by Krista from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I signed up for the yoga teacher training in Nepal, which turned out to be disastrously unorganized, and so I left. I left after 1 day and they still managed to take 30% of my money.They advertised it would be no more than 15 people, it was in fact 40. When we arrived, there was no room to practice yoga in, so we did outside on an old carpet. It was terribly noisy, and the teachers seemed unqualified to manage such a large group of girls. That evening, they came into my room around 10 and told me to pick up my stuff and move downstairs, they had messed up the living situations.I asked to leave the following morning, and the owner, Maron, was completely not understanding, and in fact rude. It was unclear whether I would get any money back, until I talked to one of the American teachers, who seemed to help wrangle some of my money. Needless to say, it was stressful, unorganized and a nightmare. I talked to several girls who went on to complete the course, who told me it did not improve, and only got worse by time."

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  • Review by Tessa Carole from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I was a beginner in Yoga and was looking for a program that can enhance my personal yoga skills. I appreciate the Rishikul Teachers for enlightening me with the exceptional knowledge of ashtanga yoga, hatha yoga, yoga philosophy, pranayama, anatomy and mantras. The course schedule was well planned. The accommodations facilities and food was very nice. The management and the kitchen staff were so helpful and sweet. If you are looking for real studies of yoga and a wonderful Indian hospitality, go for Rishikul Yogshala."

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  • Review by Luis Aguilar from Mexico
    10 out of 10

    "Has been a great experience, I special like the balance in the professors of the school. The curriculum is well planned. I like the yoga asana and alignment classes. I enjoyed hatha and vinyasa class and also feeling happy to learn well related to anatomy and philosophy, culture of yoga in India. Besides great experience with the teachers and classes, the staff was helpful.Due to small group, I get good time to ask personal questions. The accommodation is nice with privacy. The food is delicious. Thank you so much, everyone."

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  • Review by Harubi Tanabe from Japan
    10 out of 10

    "I can rate the experience as a 10, because to me nothing seems to be out of place.The 4 weeks and a few more days will a memory for a lifetime. I would say this is the time i would never forget. Thank you Rishikul Yogshala for making my journey of becoming a certified teacher so entertaining, insightful and knowledgeable. From Day 1 to Day 28, I had no complaints and mind you it is not easy to please me. I feel the expectations were very low initially but as I stepped in I received more than I can ever imagine."

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  • Review by Julia Jackson from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed at Rishikul Yogashala for just one week (not long enough!!!) this was to polish up my teaching having been trained in the UK one year ago. I am so glad I did as the skills of all the teachers here are amazing.The quality of teaching asanas, adjustments, anatomy, philosophy, pranayama and mantra is exceptional. I have some serious gaps in my learning and Rishikul on one level blew these open but on another provided an opportunity to plug some of these areas and expand my practice and my teaching skills.All the staff were exceptionally friendly and go out of their way to help you with anything and everything; I cannot rate them highly enough.Also the beautiful Swami visits for meditation is delightful.The food is delicious - thank you Krishna :-)All in all you cannot fail to be deliriously happy you chose to stay with Rishikul Yogashala."

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  • Review by Adriane Belrose from France
    10 out of 10

    "A great school to opt for, I came back here after my second experience with the school as last year I had visited the school for a retreat. The fine service and the perfectly disciplined staff is the reason for the glitch free show we get. I am in love with the entire setup and the way things work here. Starting early in the morning, the hatha yoga then moving to pranayama and breakfast and finally moving further to breakfast then by theory classes. The whole schedule has been created by keeping in mind the food intervals, the resting part and working. The light morning practice with prashant, the heavy intensive Ashtanga classes with Bipin and the theory classes with Gangesha and Vivek, if I have to compare, I swear I would be confused. All the teachers and even the staff Manmohan and others are equally good and flawless with their job. For my 500 hour YTTC I would be delighted to visit the place again."

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  • Review by Khristine Wallace from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Had the most amazing experience learning at Rishikul Yogshala! After a week of being home and also my first week of teaching, I'm so thankful and amazed at some of the information that's coming out of my mouth. I feel like my time spent during the RYT training was one in a million and the teachers and program they have established there is the best option for anyone interested in learning the depths of yoga for the teaching aspect or for their own self-study. Highly recommended!! Can't wait to return!"

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  • Review by Tineke Wellens from Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "The night of the closing ceremony in Varkala I couldn't find the words to describe how I experienced the month of teacher training. I needed some time to process, in fact every day I'm still doing so. The TTC was for me the start of a different way of life, a new consciousness, continuing on a path of change I started a couple of years ago and now can follow with more faith, courage, inspiration and dedication. It is extremely hard to teach a group of foreigners from different backgrounds and with different levels of experience about the true meaning of yoga in only one month. In the West yoga is considered as a mainly physical exercise but I didn't count myself among the people who do it only for this purpose. However, during the training and the weeks after, I realized my focus had been too much on the asanas and needed to shift to the other branches of yoga also. The first day I said yoga for me personally is also about UNLEARNING. Unlearning to be competitive, to compare, to want to be the best, to always aim for more, better and faster. During the training I was definitely confronted with this side of myself and consciously tried to let it go.I think the curriculum created a good balance between the physical and mental practices. The asana classes were superb, with two teachers very different and unique, both transmitting their message in their own personal way. Both Vipin and Prashant were such an inspiration and taught us so much more than only asanas. I still hear their voices giving me guidance and encouragement whenever I am practicing. We were very lucky to have so many great teachers for such a small group. Everybody was always available for questions, doubts, an interesting talk or even just a fun afternoon amongst friends. Kerala is beautiful and it was the right place to combine the yoga with ayurveda classes. No need to say Dr Saneesh did a wonderful job. It would have been nice to get some more practical knowledge on basic ayurvedic diagnose and treatment. How to tell someone's constitution, simple herbal remedies, oil preparations or other ways to cure the most common diseases. The massage workshops and the cooking class were great.For me personally Varkala Beach and the Dreams hotel weren't exactly what I imagined for a TTC. After all you're not there for a holiday, you're there to learn, right? Of course this is only my opinion, I would prefer a place that allows more focus, maybe Rishikesh would be better for me.I would have liked to have more mantra classes, from day one. Now even at the end many students didn't know the mantras while this is an important part of yoga and something you wouldn't easily start practicing on your own. I absolutely loved Gangesh' philosophy classes, I was sad to not have had more time with him. We were blessed to have Swami there with us, his presence, his classes, his stories, his energy, his smile, his kindness, ... Amazing. The anatomy classes were very interesting. Vivek has a very particular way of teaching which I adored. It would be nice to receive the powerpoint presentations he used - I asked for them but maybe he forgot - and also the powerpoint presentations for the other classes.The food was delicious, I didn't realize until later how very lucky we were to receive such good meals with such variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.For me, one month was way to short! It took me quite a while to get over many personal blockages and by the time I felt I was really making process the end was almost near... So I left dreaming of doing the next course and continue learning. I traveled in Kerala for five days but was missing the yogi life too much, after having learned so much in one month I felt like just backpacking was so pointless! So I spent my last three weeks in India in an ashram, continuing the path that Rishikul had started guiding me on. It was an amazing experience. There was a lot of chanting, a lot of meditation, selfless service, compulsory classes. It made me realize our TTC was very 'free'. People were often missing in classes, there were not many rules nor homework or a kind of final exam. Of course you can't expect students to follow all too much restrictions during a TTC outside an ashram. But it made me think maybe we were too spoiled!The last day of the TTC we were asking Vipin and Prashant for personal feedback, but apparently it's not the custom to give each student individual feedback after the training. I still think that would have been very helpful. In the end Vipin did tell me we lacked devotion but I didn't understand what he meant until I spent some time in the ashram... I needed these extra weeks to understand that it's not just about the asanas... It made me realize I was trying too hard to get into the final position, forgetting about other more important things.In the end the most important thing I have to say is thank you. A genuine thank you from the bottom of my heart. The TTC was only the start, this one month the beginning of a more conscious, more balanced, happier and healthier way of living, through yoga. I truly hope to continue learning, to continue growing in my practice and to be able to transmit and share this all with others. I often felt so small and humble, and that the only thing I know is that I know nothing... There is still so much to learn and I know you all have still so much to teach, so I also hope this one month will not be the end of my journey with Rishikul."

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  • Review by Adrienne Gasior
    10 out of 10

    "Fantastic mix of curriculum: philosophy, physiology, pranayama, Yoga Nidra, Ashtanga, Hathayoga. Wonderful mix of teachers, skills, teaching styles and personality. Friendly staff, greatlocation, quite next to the forest. I feel I have a good base of many facets of Yoga. My practice and knowledge has developed a lot."

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  • Review by Leena Shah
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for an absolutely fabulous Yoga Retreat! Before joining the retreat program, I could not have imagined that it could imbibe so many things- Yoga, Meditation Ayurveda,detoxification- all in one! You guys worked really well to put this all together for us and it was really evident in all the details. I had a remarkable time with all of your wonderful sessions. I met a lot of motivating fun people as well - what a plus. I look forward to the next session with much keenness. Thanks again for deepening my understanding on Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Laughter yoga accompanied with a lot of extra fun activities- it was such a pleasure!"

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  • Review by Merry Cabezes from Spain
    10 out of 10

    "I was so thrilled to attend 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Rishikul Yogshala. Perfect location, awesome schedule, delicious nutritional cuisines, comfortable facilities and above all the group of highly experienced teachers; i enjoyed every part of my stay. I also loved the yoga, meditation, walks, mantra chanting, religious sightseeing, fire ceremonies. Incredible experience from beginning to end can't wait for the next one. Thank Rishikul Yogshala!"

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  • Review by Maayan Robinowitz
    10 out of 10

    "Beautiful people, place, stories, food, rooms. The love you get! It's just bliss!!!"

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  • Review by Kristina Hadzhiea
    10 out of 10

    "It was a beautiful experience that helped me go deeper into the endless ocean of yoga. I feel improvement in my personal practice and I am very grateful to the teachers for sharing their experience and knowledge with us. I recommend Rishikul Yogshala to others because of the experienced teachers."

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  • Review by S.Z. Khan from Karachi, Pakistan
    10 out of 10

    "I was fortunate enough to attend the Rishikul Yogshala 200 hour TTC in Pokhara Nepal in April 2014, which I found on BookYogaRetreats.com. This course seemed perfect for me when I was searching on BookYogaRetreats - it was almost as if it found me rather than the other way round.It was indeed an experience of a life time, which changed the way I perceived yoga, myself, and others around me. The best thing about the whole experience was the great wisdom, knowledge and skills of the teachers from Rishikesh, the yoga capital of the world. Whether it was the Hatha and Ashtanga classes, Pranayama, Philosophy, Yoga Nidra, or Meditation the young but well trained teachers were experts in imparting knowledge and techniques, guiding the students, providing inspiration and always keeping them engaged.The course was taught in the traditional yogic way, but with a modern and dynamic outlook well suited to a varied group of international students. The sheer volume of information and practicals kept the days packed and busy. The living environment was simple and clean, and the food was vegetarian and suited to yogic values. I came back with a new outlook on life, equipped with good tools to better my yoga practice, yet knowing that I still had lots more to learn.BookYogaRetreats helped me through the registration and payment process, keeping an eye on things and following through even after I was at the course. This is a great service, and I am really glad I went through this website. Truly impressed. I went to this yoga retreat in April-May 2014."

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  • Review by Suzzanne from France
    10 out of 10

    "After one month of teacher training on the Rishikul Yogshala, I can really recommend it! Superb energy between all the teachers, in each specialty, for a complete and intense learning. Staff is friendly and attentioned, and the location is useful, just between Ramjhula and Laxman Jhula, easy to make all the deplacements by foot! One thing is sure, I will come back again! Peacefully and romantically!"

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  • Review by Amanda from Calgary, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Rishikul Yogshala is a fantastic school! The teachers are all incredibly knowledgable and have so much to share. It is a pretty intense 30 days but absolutely worth it. This course really opened up my eyes to Yoga and the depth it can go. Learning about philosophy to anatomy to the different methods of meditation has enabled me to embrace the spiritual side and not just focus on the asana. However that being said learning the primary series has changed my life and finally given me the ability to practice on my own. I got exactly what I wanted from this course. The only downfalls were the temporary facilities in Nepal were not ideal and the class size was larger than expected. However we all expressed our concerns and they have taken it on board and looking to make changes for the next session. I believe if you want the true full experience better to go to Rishikesh and take the course there."

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  • Review by Misa Mladenovic from Serbia
    10 out of 10

    "I choose Rishikul Yogshala purely by intuition, using Google, without any previous knowledge about the school. I never regretted that decision. The course was really great; the teachers have amazing in-depth knowledge of yoga from their own personal experiences. The amount of knowledge we received in a short amount of time is amazing. The teachers are also very friendly and familiar with western culture. They're really professional during the classes but true friends afterwards. I recommend this experience to everyone; you are going to learn a lot about yourself and the world around you with the guidance from these kind people."

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  • Review by Amelia Bagnoli from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I chose Rishikul Yogshala on a pure whim simply because it is in Rishikesh, the town of rishis and yoga tradition. I whole-heartedly recommend this program because the teachers are young, passionate and energetic yet steeped in yoga philosophy and practice so that they appear much wiser than their years. You will be immersed in hatha and ashtanga vinyasa, a yoga diet, philosophy, and yoga traditions. It was a treat to participate in this program because I was given such good experience and I feel like I was let in on secrets of the trade. You will love this school."

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  • Review by Patrycja Klak
    10 out of 10

    "I came to study Yoga with a little experience especially when it came to spiritual aspect. The course has completely changed my life forever. I have grown and developed physically, mentally and spiritually. The training I received was intense but very rewarding. I learnt a lot in one month. I'm now confident and ready to teach. Actually recently I did a class for 4 very advanced yoga teachers and they loved it and I received my first "yoga money". You both have an amazing knowledge and passion for teaching. I thank you both for what has been one of the best months in my life."

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  • Review by Yuka Mossdrop
    10 out of 10

    "Namaste, I completed my 200hour Yoga Teacher Training in beautiful Pokhara, Nepal. I looked through numerous websites online, but when I found Rishikul Yogshala I felt positive vibrations. Trusting my instincts and training with Baba Gangesh and VipinJi was one of the best decisions Ive made in my life so far. We were extremely blessed to be able to learn traditional methods of external and internal meditation, kundalini, yoga nidra, shat kriyas, asanas and traditional yogic philosophy. We not only practiced yoga, we lived yoga and experienced the authentic yogic lifestyle. Blessed to have connected and resonated with such beautiful souls on this trip and I was also able to connect and look within myself. It was an extremely humbling and rewarding experience. Although I received my 200hour certification, this is only the beginning of my journey. Thank you for the blissful times."

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  • Review by Marlee Jackson
    10 out of 10

    "Participating in the 200-hour teacher training course was a truly great experience. The teachers offer a well rounded training program in which they emphasize that yoga is more than just exercise. We were exposed to many aspects of the yogic lifestyle including the food, breathing techniques, concentration exercises, philosophy, asana practices and many others. The Pyramid Cafe is a beautiful and welcoming place to stay. It is surrounded by nature and offers a peaceful environment and great view of the Ganges and Rishikesh. I would love to come back for the 300-hour course."

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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. The school offers 200, 300, and 500-hour YTTC.

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