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Rishikul Yogshala believes that yoga should be available for all regardless of wealth and background, the cost of training should not be a barrier to eager students fulfilling their desire to become teachers. Join this life-changing training through an immersion into the ancient art of yoga for better health and wellbeing, improving your strength, flexibility, and mind in the environment that encourages compassion to blossom from within.
Snuggled in the lap of Himalayas, amidst the beautiful, cosy surroundings streamlined by rustling trees and fresh air, the Yogshala provides a marvelous on-site accommodation in Rishikesh, to all its students. The rooms are spacious well-equipped with modern amenities, private marble-floored bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. All rooms are furnished with fans. Air-conditioned rooms are also available on request.
Accommodation will be shared with one other person (of the same gender). The yoga halls are further beautified by breath taking view of the scenery of Himalayas. And the lush green garden in the school provides ample space and a holistic environment for social meetings and interaction.
Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive certificate affiliated with Yoga Alliance. Students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
The science of love, compassion, kindness and unity, yoga stems from one of the most devout backgrounds presented to mankind. The real lesson of yoga is to aim for universal consciousness and help others to prosper and fulfill their life’s purpose. Rishikul Yogshala resonates with this philosophy and believe in helping fellow yogis to become enlightened by this holy science of health and wellness.
Their Karma yoga endeavors have brought greatness to the lives that they have touched and Rishikul Yogshala is honored to offer a scholarship program of yoga teacher training, to enrich the yoga community, and make yoga accessible to all. Rishikul Yogshala has designed a scholarship program inspired by all those wishing to make yoga a career and spread the art form by becoming teachers.
Participants will be tasked with Karma yoga duties during their stay (helping with the upkeep of the school and local community projects). Accepted applicants will learn Ashtanga yoga, Hatha yoga, meditation techniques, transforming breath work, and theoretical knowledge related to yoga. Please note, the curriculum of this scholarship as well as regular students remain the same and there is no differentiation made between the two.
Rishikul Yogshala’s scholarships are here to be inclusive to all, regardless of background, occupation or yoga experience. The only prerequisite that they have is a devotion and unconditional love for the reformative art form and the desire to share this with others. Additionally, they prefer applicants who:
They request you to understand that this is a partial scholarship program and that you should be able to contribute to cover your food and accommodation costs along with your travel arrangement, while they take care of your course fee. All applications will be thoroughly reviewed by the panel of their highly revered yoga gurus and decision will be communicated within one week from the date of application.
Rishikul Yogshala is registered with Yoga Alliance, USA, and the course is based on a combination of the traditional form of Hatha and Ashtanga yoga. The aim is to provide a strong foundational knowledge of yoga along with the correct postures, meditation process, breathing techniques, and philosophy, giving participants a strong foundation to go on to teach confidently with skill or to deepen their own self practice.
Reading the reviews by former students of Rishikul Yogshala it is clear to see the love that students who have completed the course feel for the teachers and course content.
Rishikul Yogshala has many years of experience in putting together a teacher training program structured to make students physically as well as mentally strong, as well as spiritually content. After the successful completion of this course, students can learn the techniques of yoga to such an extent that they can easily teach the basics of yoga, the primary series of Ashtanga and Hatha yoga.
The tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois - the founder of Ashtanga yoga, forms the base of this intensive class with the use of theoretical knowledge in practice.
With numerous health benefits, Hatha classes will teach students to observe the body and take a conscious approach to its limitations. The focus of the class is not related to the dynamic way of performing asanas, but to work on correct alignment in every posture.
The philosophy classes will help the students achieve their inner and spiritual growth, offering answers to many question related to yoga and life. While teaching yoga philosophy, the students are assisted to live an enlightened life in society. The key points include:
Mantra is a group of Sanskrit words that are rhythms and create sound vibrations that touch every cell in the body, the depth of the soul. In mantra classes, students will learn to come together to create an inner awareness as the teacher guides you through each mantra and its meaning.
You will learn a wide range of meditation exercises and strategies for relaxation and to clear the mind.
Prana is life force or breath. The classes awaken students’ realization of the importance of the breath both in the practice of yoga and in everyday life. When you manage to purify your bodies and minds, pranayama becomes a real pleasure and reveals the way to the spiritualistic experiences.
Anatomy classes allow the students to gain a basic knowledge about the human body and its most important systems.
It is strongly believed that the teacher training program is incomplete without proper classes of teaching methodology and techniques. In the last week of this course, you will be given the opportunity to teach others under the guidance of the teachers.
Please also note a doctor is available for free consultations but medicine will cost extra.
During the program, you will enjoy a Himalaya sight-seeing trip and a visit to aarti.
Master of Ashtanga, Hatha, and Vinyasa yoga, Yogi Bipin Baloni has been on the road to self-discovery as a yogi since the tender age of 17. He has dedicated his life to the yoga capital, Rishikesh, and is now dwelling in the spiritual town as a revered yoga teacher.
Born in the lap of Kerala, Swami Atmaji has devoted his life to yoga and spirituality since childhood. A compassionate soul by nature, he studied Homeopathy in Kerala and also practiced Naturopathy with the purpose to help people become healthier. As a religious follower of Vedas and Upanishads, Swamiji followed his passion for unearthing the essence of spirituality with various meditation practices as a vagrant ascetic for over four years. He completed his education from Shivananda Ashram under the supreme guidance of his guru Swami Adyatamanandaji.
A former Naga Guru, Gangesha Chaitanya holds knowledge and wisdom of the unparalleled yogic mystics that very rare yogis can attain. An E-RYT certified yoga teacher, he received a major part of his spiritual education from the great Saint Swami Rama. He is a master of Meditation, Kundalini Yoga and Pranayama. (Core Subjects: Meditation, Inspirational and Spiritual Guide)
Born and brought up in a spiritual environment of a well-respected family in Karnataka, Kavithaji was raised under the values and teachings of Basavanna (one of the greatest saints in 12th-century and a highly-distinguished Hindu philosopher, statesman, Kannada poet). She has studied and practiced Pranayama under the mentorship of Sri Ganeshwer Avadhut in Srisailam forest before following the footsteps of the great yoga and spiritual guru Swami Veda Bharthi, a disciple of Swami Rama where she studied the art of meditation and yogic philosophy. (Core Subjects: HathaYoga, Pranayama)
The most eminent yoga guru in Rishikesh, Annamalai Pranaji specializes in subjects like Pranayama and Yoga Philosophy. He fulfilled his apprenticeship in the principles of Swami Sivananda – Swami Vignananda tradition of Tamil Nadu. He blends his teachings with traditional authenticity and modern perspective. Meditation, Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda are some of the other subjects he has keen knowledge of. (Core Subjects: Pranayama, Yoga Philosophy, Meditation, Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda)
As a disciple of Lord Krishna who is also her spiritual guide, Deepa ji is an avid follower of yoga and the spiritual message of love it carries within. Rebelling against the usual norms of a chauvinist society, Deepa Ji is a subtle feminist and one of the very few women who have made a mark for themselves in the field of yoga. In her spare time, she loves to travel and indulge in quiet photography.
Born and nurtured in the spiritual town of Rishikesh, Gurmeet ji is an expert with subjects like Hatha yoga, yoga anatomy, and physiology. A Yoga Alliance certified RYT 500 yoga teacher, Gurmeet ji also holds a post graduate degree in yoga from Uttarakhand Sanskrit University. Gurmeet Ji trained under the supreme guidance and blessings of Swami Dharma Nanda at the Ved Niketan ashram. As a yoga professional, he refined his skills further by working with renowned physiotherapists in Germany before coming back to India for preaching the science of yoga to fellow citizens.
Vimalji holds various degrees including Bachelor’s degree in Sanskrit, a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and a Post Graduate Diploma in Yogic Science. Born into a conventional Indian family, Vimalji has indulged himself in profound yogic practices since he was 11 years old. He further studied under Mahamandaleshwar Sri Swami Veda Bharati- a disciple of Swami Rama and has devoted his life to teachings and practice of yogic science ever since. With his education and experience in various mystics of yoga including mantra chanting, he attained the status of Acharya Vimal.
A strong believer in the fact that yoga and science are intensely linked with each other, Kushal ji has devoted his life in exploring the complicated aspects of yoga through scientific point of view. Kushal ji holds a Master’s degree in Yogic Science and a strong experience of working with the Indian army as a yoga trainer. In addition with being a dedicated yoga teacher, he is also a passionate karma yogi who often indulges in volunteer work at several yoga camps.
Suraj Ji is a Yoga Alliance certified RYT 500 teacher and, also holds a Master’s degree in Yoga Science. Born and brought up in the yoga capital, Rishikesh, Suraj ji has been practicing yoga since his childhood. He also studied under the profound mentorship of Guru Narendra Gussain, a much acclaimed yoga teacher of traditional and contemporary style of yoga. One of the most exclusive elements about Suraj ji’s classes is that he blends in traditional yoga with contemporary styles.
The program shall be conducted in the holistic town of Rishikesh. Set on the banks of holy river Ganges, surrounded by the panorama of lush green Himalayas, this program shall provide you with a dream-like experience.
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Keeping the well-being of students in mind, Rishikul Yogshala’s Ayurvedic chefs prepare nutritious vedic meals for all the students. Each dish prepared caters to the high demands of the program. You will also be offered three teas and refreshments per day.
During your free time, you may take a stroll to the banks of River Ganges, explore the spiritual city Rishikesh, join the counseling sessions, or take a peaceful nap. Rishikul Yogshala offers rejuvenating Ayurveda massages and treatments to the participating yogis at an additional cost. The in-house students at Rishikul Yogshala can avail these services on discounts.
Jolly Grant Airport
Transfer available for additional US$40 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request with an extra cost of 20 USD (one-way). Transfer to and from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) is also available with an extra cost of 80 USD (one-way).
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