29 Days 200-Hour Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

  • Shakti Yoga Peeth, Swarg Ashram, Ram Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201, India

29 Days 200-Hour Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

  • Shakti Yoga Peeth, Swarg Ashram, Ram Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201, India

India Yoga Teacher Training

Join the family of Shakti Yoga Peeth in a 200-hour yoga teacher training program in Rishikesh, India. This program, under the aegis of Akshi Foundation, will take you to a most succinct life-changing journey. You will experience sublime moments; understanding and performing different forms of Ashtanga and Hatha yoga, including performing meditation, pranayama, mudras, and learning yoga philosophy and human anatomy.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Basics of yoga therapy and chanting powerful mantras
  • Comprehensive teaching of Hatha yoga, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa series
  • Meditation as per the classical text Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
  • Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • 3 daily healthy nutritious meals
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • 29 days with instruction
  • English
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Shakti Yoga Peeth has rooms available to accommodate students who are coming from all over the world. Staying here means you will be getting an ashram-like environment, but a home away from home. You can either stay on the shared or single rooms, with each room having all the modern facilities. All the rooms are very beautiful, airy, and neat with windows that open to the wonderful surroundings.

In the morning, you will wake up to the chirping of the birds and sun rays that throw the mystical spell over the mountain peaks. Each room is attached to a bathroom, where there is a facility of hot and cold water.


Ashtanga yoga

  • Ashtanga Vinyasa series 1
  • Sun salutation

Adjustment and alignment workshop

  • Hip opening workshop
  • Forward bending workshop
  • Back bending workshop
  • Twisting postures workshop
  • The use of props
  • Verbal and hands-on adjustment


  • Ayurvedic food and nutritions
  • Difference between yoga and Ayurveda
  • History and introduction of Ayurveda
  • Seven bodily tissues
  • The three doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha

Bandhas or Pranic locks

  • Mula bandha
  • Uddiyana Bandha
  • Jalandhara bandha

Hatha yoga

  • Asanas flows
  • Introduction to 80 various asanas in a systematic manner with description
  • Primary Hatha asanas (postures)
  • Sun salutation
  • The art of alignment and adjustment

Mantras chanting

  • Gayatri mantra
  • Poison mantra
  • Pranava japa
  • Svasti mantra
  • Shanti mantra


  • Chakra meditation
  • Concentration techniques for quieting the mind
  • Connection between meditation and energy
  • Health benefits of meditation
  • Heart cave meditation
  • Mantra meditation
  • Meditation techniques
  • Mindfulness of breathing
  • Proper meditation postures
  • Sushumna meditation
  • Third eyes meditation
  • What is meditation?

Psychic mudra

  • Ama
  • Ekadsh drishti
  • Nasika agrh drishti
  • Punam
  • Shambhavi mudra
  • Shan mudra

Pranayama (breathing techniques)

  • Introduction to pranayama
  • Anuloma Viloma, Nadi Shodhan
  • Bhramari
  • Bhastrika
  • Sitkari
  • Sitali
  • Suryabhedena
  • Ujjayi


  • 61 point relaxation technique
  • Muscle relaxation practice
  • Primary and intermediate level of yoga Nidra
  • Tension relaxation


  • Mahapurushavidya
  • Om stavana
  • Pranava japa
  • Rudropasana
  • Savitru upasana
  • Svasti mantra

Shatkriyas (cleansing techniques)

  • Aganisara
  • Dhauti (vamana)
  • Jala neti
  • Kapalabhati
  • Sutra neti
  • Trataka

Teaching methodology and lesson planning

  • Class planning and preparation
  • Modification of class according to age, gender, and physical problems
  • Posture analysis
  • Qualities of a good teacher
  • Setting up a proper environment for class
  • The art of teaching yoga

Teaching practice

  • Introduction
  • Class management and lesson planning
  • Demonstration and clear instructions
  • Proper alignment and adjustment
  • Sources of teaching methods
  • Yoga and yogic practices

Whole body mudra

  • Maha Mudra
  • Yoga Mudras
  • Mahavedha Mudra

Yoga anatomy

  • Anatomy and Physiology introduction
  • Flow of Prana
  • The Seven Chakras
  • Introduction on human anatomy
  • Practicum on application of anatomy to yoga asana
  • Bio-mechanics of major joints
  • Applying basic anatomy to yoga practice and teaching
  • Flexion versus extension
  • Structure and function of the Spine
  • Respiratory System
  • Effect of Pranayama on respiratory system
  • Causes and management of common spinal problems

Yoga philosophy

  • Ashtanga yoga of Patanjali
  • Causes of suffering and how to get over of those and how to remove those causes
  • Introduction to yoga
  • Is sleep a state of the mind?
  • Meaning and definition of yoga
  • Six main Eastern philosophy
  • Sutra of yoga philosophy
  • The three gunas of nature
  • The role of God in yoga
  • Three faces of time, feeling of change, and change of feelings
  • The Vedas and Bhagavad Gita
  • What is moksha and maya?
  • What are the emotions?
  • What is a mind?
  • What is the correlation between bodily postures, breathing, and mental states?
  • What is Hatha yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Raja yoga, Kundalini yoga, chakras, and nadi?
  • Yoga as the basis of culture and humanitarianism.

Yogic mudra

  • Akash mudra
  • Apaan mudra
  • Hast mudra
  • Hridaya mudra
  • Gyan mudra
  • Ling mudra
  • Prana mudra
  • Prithvi mudra
  • Sampuran mudra
  • Shankh mudra
  • Shoonya mudra
  • Surya mudra
  • Varun mudra
  • Vayu mudra
  • Yoni mudra

Recommended books

  • Light Of Yoga: The Classic Guide to Yoga by BKS Iyengar
  • Yoga Mala by K. Pattabhi Jois
  • Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha

Sample daily schedule

  • 05:30 Wake up
  • 05:45 Herbal tea
  • 06:00 Morning prayer
  • 06:10 Ashtanga yoga class
  • 08:00 Pranayama
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Mantra chanting
  • 11:45 Yoga philosophy
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Self Study and rest
  • 15:00 Yoga anatomy
  • 16:15 Tea break
  • 16:30 Hatha yoga class
  • 18:00 Meditation and yoga Nidra
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 22:00 Lights off

Sample Sunday schedule

  • 06:00 Asana class
  • 07:45 Shat Kriya (Cleansing)
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Self-practice or teaching practice
  • 13:00 Lunch, rest, or self-study
  • 19:30 Dinner

After the hectic week, Wednesday is a day for excursion which is full fun, enjoyment, and adventure. You will be taken for trekking, river rafting, and site seeing on the lush green Himalayas. You will be acquainted with the culture of India and get an insight into the Himalayan temples and yogi caves. Wednesday will become a most memorable moment of your life, the life you might not have experienced before. You will have an opportunity to try excursions such as:

  • River rafting or Himalayan sightseeing trip
  • Visit to ashrams
  • Visit to caves
  • Visit to waterfall
  • Visit to world famous Ganga Aarti
  • Arya Vivek

    Arya's acquaintance with yoga happened at a very young age because of his father Sri Vivek’s influence and motivation. For 15 years, he has lived and followed the ashram life, but his hunger to learn yoga and philosophy took him to the Himalayas. The sages noticed his passion and zeal in him and taught him secret mysteries, which are still unknown to the people. He also gained knowledge in naturopathy, acupressure, pranic healing, and learned the philosophies of Buddhism, Jainism, Sufism, body anatomy, and physiology. He is currently doing Ph.D in yoga.

  • Yogi Ashish

    Ashish is a charming and dynamic yogi who teaches yoga with equal love and flavor as he himself does yoga. With an experience of six years, he demonstrates different aspects of classical asanas with great precision. He is based in Rishikesh, but often visits other parts of the country too to teach yoga to the enthusiasts. He is trained from international school of yoga Ved Niketan Dham in Rishikesh and got the master's degree in yogic sciences from Sanskrit University, Uttarakhand. He also enthusiastically takes part in many workshops and seminars not only in yoga, but also physical education.

  • Yogi Pankaj

    Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)

    Yogi Pankaj teaches Hatha and Ashtanga yoga with great precision and as per his each student’s body composition. The way he incorporates the yoga philosophy lessons, breathing techniques, and meditation in his session is highly commendable. His background is religious and so spirituality is in his blood since his childhood. He has attained master's degree in yoga and had also undergone training under traditional yogis. He had also completed his 200-hour teacher training certification program. As a great inspirer and motivator, he is a perfect teacher with whom people would love to get trained.

  • Tanushree Rawat

    Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul (Yoga)

    Tanushree is a yogini with immense knowledge and appetite for yoga. With seven years of experience in yoga, she can give students what all that is required to be a good yoga master and above all, a good yogi. She trains students in different forms of asanas, pranayama, meditation, and other yoga forms. She has a post-graduate degree in yoga from Sanskrit University Haridwar and master in yogic science. She has done a six-month certificated course from Ved Niketan Ashram and 200-hour teacher training course from Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul. Her teaching career started from ashrams in Rishikesh.

The school is located in Rishikesh, known as the yoga capital of the world, which nestled on the banks of the river Ganga. As soon you land up in Rishikesh, you will be enchanted by its beauty, sacredness, and sanctity. Rishikesh is well connected with the roadways, railways, and airways.

During this course, meals will be served three times a day. It will be the typical Indian healthy meals, prepared with the help of Indian spices. The meals are highly nutritious and sumptuous. An Ayurvedic chef will prepare the meals in accordance to the yogic diet.

  • 1 Bag
  • 1 T-shirt for yoga class
  • 1 notebook and Pen
  • 1 Indian cooking class
  • 2 yoga books for self-study
  • 3 daily pure vegetarian meals
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Himalaya sight-seeing tour
  • Shatkriyas (cleansing)
  • Visit to aarti
  • Yoga Alliance Certification
  • Yoga mat for practice
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), where you can take a domestic flight into Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Shakti Yoga Peeth will arrange taxi pick up from the airport to the school, upon request. The cost from Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to the school is 80 USD and the cost from Jolly Grant Airport (DED) is 20 USD.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Aida Merabet from Algeria

    Life changing experience

    PROS Pros: It was uplifting experience the program is well design for a self discovery journey as well as takeaway the yoga , Ayurveda life style spirit in proper way

    2017-Sep-13 16:27:28

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    Review by Taylor Tavormina from Madagascar

    2017-Sep-05 04:29:23

  • E
    Review by Ellen Chamberlin from New Zealand

    Unforgettable and life changing experience

    CONS Cons: The schedule was changed many times and became a bit of a distraction and inconvenience.

    PROS Pros: The groups were small and got very close! Teachers were talented and devoted to yoga.

    2017-Aug-04 07:39:26

  • M
    Review by Anonymous

    CONS Cons: food

    PROS Pros: teachers

    2017-Jun-16 11:26:05

  • L
    Review by Lauren Soucey from Thailand


    CONS Cons: Food, sometimes no water, but hey it's India

    PROS Pros: Most authentic experience I could have ever asked for. Teachers were amazing, inspiring and knowledgable.

    2017-Jun-15 00:09:14

  • N
    Review by Nada Khayal from Egypt

    2017-Jun-03 08:00:28

  • E
    Review by Elie Der Torossian from Lebanon

    CONS Cons: Nothing soecific... but because of different countries and different way of living it may take a little time to adapt.

    PROS Pros: The exoerience overall was a pleasent and mindfull.

    2017-Jun-01 08:21:23

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    Review by Anonymous

    A Yogik Trip

    CONS Cons: -

    PROS Pros: Especially the philosophy and ashtanga classes. The amount of information and physical activities. The teachers are all lovely people.

    2017-Jun-01 01:21:41


  • Review by Tana Reidy from United States
    10 out of 10

    "I just completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher program at Shakti Yoga Peeth and believe me my life has changed - my personality, my outlook towards life and my soul, heart and mind. And not only me, but all my batch mates who have passed through narrate the same, such is the magic created by the teachers and the staff of the School. The best part was teachers would go the extra mile to solve our problems and make classes highly interesting through their teaching styles. They made us understand that teaching and learning yoga, both, is a gift of god and it is our privilege that we got it and now it is our duty to spread this knowledge to the world. "

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  • Review by Nova from United States
    10 out of 10

    "Before, I was feeling the yoga classes would be very tiring and exhaustive, yet sometimes rigorous yoga schedule would make us tired, with cramps on the thighs and pains on legs. But everything went very well, as when we would follow the planned curriculum, we would feel flowing like a river in different poses. Moreover, we learned philosophies, history of yoga, human anatomy and all basics from highly experienced yoga teachers, who would go out of the way to make us understand and feel yoga. Overall these teaching made us wear the robe of a yogi with conviction and full confidence. "

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  • Review by Carolina from Brazil
    10 out of 10

    "It is a general perception that yoga classes would be boring, but when I joined Shakti Yoga Peeth, my whole perception about yoga was changed. I felt yoga to be highly interesting and invigorating, and this was due to our teachers. Whether it was the philosophical class or theoretical, each class was made interesting by adding anecdotes and humor in it. This would make all of us enjoy theories. What I liked the most in the class was the genuine efforts of the teachers who would go the extra mile to help us. Without a doubt, my experience with the school was great, as there was training, relaxing and fun. I made many friends and learned a lot from the School."

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  • Review by Paola from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "During the course, we learned many different types of yoga asanas, philosophy, and the science behind it all, but more than this, we understood our inner self, and learned to appreciate it, and it is not a one or two days occupation, but a life long journey and a way of living. Besides, the whole curriculum was structured in the way that we get time to go beyond the schedule classes to understand our own inhibitions and overcome the same with honesty and pride. I humbly would like to thank all my teachers for showing me the path of true knowledge of yoga, and enlighten me to move on it."

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  • Review by Carole from France
    10 out of 10

    "All the days of my stay in the Shakti Yoga Peeth had been days full of excitement, fun, entertainment and emotion. All the teachers, students and crew-members stayed like a family, helping and making each other comfortable. The level of education that I got is giving me a good head start as a yoga teacher. Now I am myself teaching yoga in my city among many family and friends and comprehending myself as the best yoga teacher. Thanks to Shakti Yoga Peeth."

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  • Review by Connie from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "When I decided to learn yoga, I was completely confused at the number of options available for me in India. But after a thorough search and with the suggestion of one of my friends, I opted for Shakti Yoga Peeth, and that decision was right. I loved the school and the way it would teach asanas. I found everything beautiful and great about the School. I got very beautiful room with amazing view outside. I loved the taste of different Indian meals that was served to us. Each minute we spent in Rishikesh, there was something new for us to learn."

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  • Review by Alanna Wood

    "Shakti Yoga Peeth is a combination of teaching, adventure, and fun and I loved it. After a hectic week, Sunday is kept for excursions and enjoyment. I am not very fond of traveling but when all students would go; I would also go with them. We were taken for excursions on the Himalayan ranges and Himalayan temples. Besides camping and retreat programs are organized. It had been a great and adventurous experience for me."

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  • Review by Melanie Kaiser

    "In Shakti Yoga Peeth I got everything that I needed to become a great yogi. With rigorous training, I got spiritually elevated and increase mental awareness. I learned to love and care and to be humble, truthful and pure, which is an essence of yoga. Best of all within a short period of time I made many friends. It was really a great and enjoyable experience for me."

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  • Review by Karuna Besselink

    "With very little knowledge of yoga, each asana was very challenging for me and I would get tired very soon. In the initial years, I was also not keeping my balance and postures right, but teachers kept patience with me. Slowly with their help, I could now grasp each asana perfectly well and everyone was surprised the way I started doing each asana. Besides, I learned a lot about myself and about real life which we should all live. The whole 200 hours YTT program had been a great experience for me."

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  • Review by Fenyves Linka

    "Shakti Yogashala makes the students stay wonderful. All the students and teachers became my friends and they all care for each other especially teachers and the staff. It became for me a home away from home. Rooms were very neat and beautiful and food delicious. Every day we got to eat the different type of food. I could never have imagined I would love yoga very much and this happened when I joined yoga school."

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  • Review by Julian Alves Cardoso

    "Teachers at Shakti Yoga Peeth get students deeper into each form of yoga, which I liked it very much. I found each session interesting and challenging. In all the sessions, teachers helped me to get deeply engrossed in each and every aspect of yoga asana. It had been a great experience for me"

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  • Review by Anke Kuester

    "If I really have to describe my 200 hours YTT experience in Shakti Yoga Peeth. I would say, yes, it has been an amazing experience. It is a great holistic program that made me feel spiritually elevated. In each session, I have been learning something new. Whenever I was not able to do any asana, my teacher would correct me and see I am doing right. Teachers are really very polite, humble and caring."

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  • Review by Essi Hakala

    "I really felt connected with its surroundings of Shakti Yoga Peeth as soon I entered it. I really had great time learning from experienced teachers. They have been so good that they try their level best to make us feel comfortable and at my best. Each student is provided personal attention so that they do the asanas perfectly well. Besides, the best thing I like about the School is its splendid location which adds flair to the existing surrounding and helps us in getting spiritually and emotionally elevated."

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  • Review by Margaret Fokina

    "After the study of many different schools, I found Shakti Yoga Peeth as a place where my heart said, “Yes, this is it!” And, I was right. I really found the school what I was expecting, the best. Its teachers are highly learned who take great pains to take care of the students needs and give them individual attention. I really had a pleasant experience learning and staying in the ashram."

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Rishikesh, India

Shakti Yoga Peeth is Yoga Alliance-certified yoga school, offering 200-hour yoga teacher training course in India along with yoga retreats.

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