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Yoga Teacher Training India

Raja Yoga classically termed also as “Astanga Yoga” is inclusive of all yogas, and its philosophy goes beyond the frontiers of general human perception which reveals experienced facts in succession of the journey towards liberation. This is a fully residential course, systematic designed which contains theory as well as practical classes. At the successful completion of the course, an aspirant will be conferred upon a certificate indicating that the aspirant is qualified to impart the techniques in which he or she has been trained.

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Satyanarayan, Rohit, & Niveda
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  • Daily yoga practices
  • Personal cleaning and Karma yoga
  • Practical session, meditation, needed theory
  • Kirtan, chanting, video shows, and personal time
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Theory as well as practical training sessions
  • Daily vegetarian brunch and dinner
  • 28 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Yoga styles

28 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 51 participants
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Hotel Sushila Residency (Tapovan), Gayatri Resort (Tapovan), and Laxman Jhula Residency (11.11) are some of the best choices to stay in the Yoga Capital of India, Rishikesh. The prime location, nice surroundings,s and natural view with easy access to the nearest local market and other daily facilities make them worth staying. Decent rooms, hot running water, needful air condition, and other modern amenities are also available on request. Yoga and Spiritual Practitioners are also frequently joining and enjoying our venue to attend regular and drop-in classes.



Students who complete their subsequent training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

At the successful completion, of course, an aspirant will be conferred upon a certificate indicating that aspirant is qualified to impart the techniques in which he or she has been trained.

Yoga teacher training and assessment: the entire yoga teacher training is the assessment of the students at all levels. However, there will be one practical and written test. Successful students in these tests will be conferred upon the teacher training certificate.

About Raja yoga

Raja yoga, classically termed also as “Ashtanga yoga”, is inclusive of all yogas, and its philosophy goes beyond the frontiers of general human perception. The Sanskrit word “Raj” means secret, hence Raja yoga imbibes the “secret of yoga”. It reveals experienced facts in succession of the journey towards liberation. This branch of yoga has been discussed in various yoga texts such as Hath Yoga Pradipika (4.3 – 4.7) but traditionally the most detailed text on this is Yoga Sutra by Patanjali.

Course eligibility

The course is open only to those who have ample perfection in Hatha yoga practices. To clarify this more, the participant needs to estimate these followings:

  • Complete medical fitness; physical as well as mental.
  • To be able to hold a posture of meditation for at least 20 minutes without any discomfort.
  • To have the capacity to hold the breath for 5 to 10 seconds in the continuity of any practice without even slight difficulty.
  • To be able to maintain disciplines of yoga for the duration of the training.
  • To have inner motivation towards the subtle practices of yoga which require patience.
  • To have study and practice as the main focus during the course with strong commitment.

More importantly, this program is for long-time practitioners who want experiences of the causal level to be a guide to themselves and others in this path. Some of us gifted with special talents who do not require much preparation. They are always welcome as they are naturally eligible for the training. However, this is an exceptional situation.

Course objective:

  • Providing of the requisite completing training to the participants already completed the Level 1, in their endeavor to blossom into integrated personalities with a balance of head, heart, and hand
  • Fetch the attention of people to other unnoticed aspects of yoga which are needed for further evolution
  • More importantly, attracting the teachers of yoga in the world who are stuck into the jugglery of physical exercises so that they may see things beyond and help themselves and others in the path of transformation
  • To offer to the world at large well trained Raja yoga teachers

Course standards and curriculum

  • Techniques
  • Training and practice
  • Teaching methodology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Yoga philosophy
  • Lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers
  • Practicum
  • etc.

Karma yoga

During the course, individuals undergo experiences that require those to be assimilated within for which Karma yoga is the best means. Depending upon the requirements Sanatana may involve you into this.

Relevant yoga books:

  • Raja Yoga: Swami Vivekananda
  • Raja Yoga: Swami Sivananda
  • Kundalini Yoga: Swami Sivananda Saraswati
  • Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha: Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  • Prana and Pranayama: Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
  • The Science of Pranayama: Swami Sivananda Saraswati
  • Anatomy and Physiology: not specified

The daily schedule

The daily schedule starts at 5 a.m. All students have to wake up at this time except in some contingencies. The daily schedule is tentative and subject to change according to need. All classes are held for 5 days in a week.

  • 05:30 - 07:00 Personal practices (recommended ones)
  • 07:00 - 07:15 Herbal tea/drink
  • 07:30 - 09:30 Deeper Hatha yoga training
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Mealtime
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Rest
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Lecture
  • 13:00 - 13:30 Fruit/fruit juice
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Meditation, lecture, and other practice and vice-versa
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Personal cleaning and Karma yoga
  • 16:30 - 18:30 Theory as well as practical training
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Kirtan, chanting, video shows, personal time, etc (this is an optional session but participation of everyone brings a distinct harmony between everyone)
  • 21:00 Bedtime


Satyanarayan Jha

Rohit Kumar

Niveda Arora

Retreat location

This training will take place at Tapovan in Rishikesh, it is a very ancient city in Uttarakhand province of India.

There are nearby places such as Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Ganga Beaches, Sivananda Ashram, Parmarth Niketan for Ganga Aarti. Students can go and visit many shops, bookstalls, astrologers, priests, etc. Between Laxman and Ram Jhula.

Unique features


  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Yoga shala


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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You will be served Sattvik (suitable for yoga) vegetarian North Indian food. Alcohol, drugs, or any kind of intoxicant is strictly forbidden. Non-vegetarian food is also not recommended during the course.

Drinking water

Sanatana Yoga Sandesh provides filtered water for drinking purposes. Bring a water bottle with you. The weather in Rishikesh in summer is normally hot so you need to drink plenty of water. On average, you need to consume 3 to 4 liters of water every day. In the class also, you need to bring your filled water bottle.

General food info and food timings

  • 07:00 - 07:15 Herbal tea or lemon, healthy drink, honey mixed with plain water before the class starts
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Mealtime. This food is your main meal so feel free to eat as much as you can easily digest. At this time, you will be served rice varieties, chapatti (Indian bread), lentils (daal/sambar), salad, vegetable curries, and a dessert on certain occasions
  • 13:00 - 13:30 Fruit / fruit juice (fruit bowl with juice / herbal drink / tea)
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner. The meal includes rice varieties, chapatti (Indian bread), dosa, lentils, vegetable dish, salad, herbal hot drinks, and occasional deserts

These food timings and food are a general idea and are tentative. There can be substantial changes according to the need. Sanatana Yoga Sandesh provides food/kinds of food and arranges the timings of the food from the yoga course point of view.

According to the yogic principle, there must be at least six to eight hours gap between two meals. On average heavy food like grains etc. take three hours to digest and fruit takes 30 to 40 minutes to digest. Stomach-full food at brunch is sufficient for sustaining the body for long hours.

At the same time a light stomach is also required for the afternoon classes. If you need to have something in between you can keep something healthy with you always. Rishikesh has many shops where you can buy many healthy foodstuffs. But make sure that your stomach is empty before you are doing asana and pranayama classes.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Meditation, pranayama, and lectures
  • Certificate of completion
  • Textbooks
  • A notebook, a pen, a new yoga mat, and Jalaneti pot
  • Education
  • Private consultation
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Vegetarian meals

What's not included

  • Flight tickets
  • Airport pickups and dropbacks
  • Day tours
  • Tours after and before course
  • Any other transport costs
  • Students’ personal expense in miscellaneous ways

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

To come to Rishikesh you need to land at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Or you can also fly from your place to Jolly Grant Airport (DED) via Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) or other international airports in India.

According to Google, the distance from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to Rishikesh is around 245 kilometers which are around 6 hours car-drive and the distance from Jolly Grant Airport (DED) to Rishikesh is around 25 kilometers which are 45 minutes car drive.

There are available car services at the airport that you can avail of. If needed, Sanatana Yog Sandesh can organize safe airport pick up or drop back to and from airports. In that case, if students would be arriving one or two days before the course starts, Sanatana Yog Sandesh can coordinate to accommodate two or three students in one car comfortably to reduce the car fare and for a company on a long drive.

You will need to send Sanatana Yog Sandesh your confirmed e-ticket to let them know the flight number, airlines, airport, and arrival or departure timings, etc. Sanatana Yog Sandesh will confirm you the booking of the car or taxi by email. Their designated driver or staff will be standing at the airport with a placard showing your name and Sanatana Yog Sandesh (Yoga School name). There will be phone numbers to reach Sanatana Yog Sandesh in case of any difficulty in locating their person.

Arrival by taxi

At the airport, there are also government or professional car and taxi drivers to take passengers to different routes. It is recommended to avail of these facilities when you arrive at the airport to come to Rishikesh. You can also bargain with the car or taxi drivers to give a cheaper fair.

Estimated taxi charges for airport pick up and drop off from Delhi to Rishikesh and the other way around is 4500 to 6000 INR (around 58 to 77 EUR). For airport pick up and drop off from Dehradun to Rishikesh and the other way around is 1200 to 1400 INR (around 16 to 18 EUR).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
29 days / 28 nights
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This program is available from January to December 2020, with arrival on the first day of the month.

Monday November 29, 2021
(29 days / 28 nights)

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