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26 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh

  • Him River Resort, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249302, India

Overview

Yoga Teacher Training India

The Upaya yoga teacher training program is an all-inclusive, Yoga Alliance approved, 200-hour course. The program is specially designed by the team of gurus at Upaya to introduce students to their journey of evolving into expert yogis and able teachers, providing students with a strong foundation in Hatha and Ashtanga yoga. Upaya Yoga Teacher Training has designed the program to be an enjoyable, unperturbed, and enlightening experience.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga lessons
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Pranayama and mantra chanting classes
  • Philosophy and anatomy classes
  • Transport from the airport
  • 25 days accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 20.

  • 25 days with instruction
  • English
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Upaya Yoga Rishikesh is situated at Him River Resort. It provides an ashram lifestyle away from the crowds to make sure that students can focus on yoga and meditation study. The center lies at the scenic confluence of the Ganga and Him rivers in the Himalayan foothills above Rishikesh. Located along an ancient pilgrimage route into the headwaters of the Ganga just six kilometers from Luxman near golf course Rapid in the vicinity of Phool Chatti ashram.

Surrounded by mountains from all four sides, Him River Resort Rishikesh has unique clay cottages with A/C that are decorated in a simple but comfortable manner with 24-hour electricity attached bath with hot and cold shower and running tap water. The cottages are designed to ensure that each one enjoys every moment of their stay. The resort has an open-air yoga shala in their gardens and an A/C yoga shala by the river for the hot season. They also offer the room cleaning, toilet paper, and towels.

The path to transforming into a yoga guru is a lifetime process of learning and India, being the capital of yogic philosophy and spirituality, is the optimum location to develop a strong foundation of internal discipline. The teacher training course is a transformative experience and Upaya Yoga Teacher Training ensures that the curriculum is fully comprehensive with assured personal attention to each student.

Upaya Yoga teachings are different from many other yoga schools as the focus is on the full spectrum of the yogic path and ashram life, not only asanas (postures). The course also covers alignment, adjustment, anatomy and teaching practice. Students will get to experience meditation, breathing (pranayama), cleansing, chanting, mauna (silence), pooja (worship), kirtan (sacred singing), and other important aspects of the yogic path. Upaya Yoga Teacher Training offers the perfect balance of comfort and tranquility in a natural setting for your yoga practice.

What you will learn

  • Assisting yoga class with other teachers
  • Ayurveda and yoga principle
  • Hands-on adjustment minimum 48 postures
  • How to avoid common injury during practice
  • How to give a solid and clear demonstration
  • How to give clear instruction by working with voice
  • How to jump backward and forward with Vinyasa flow
  • How to lead 30-minute Sava Asana which is psychic sleep for deep relaxation
  • How to teach 45 to 90-minute long class
  • How to teach more than 10 people in a class
  • How to teach one to one class
  • How to use props for better postures with B.S.K Iyengar
  • Mantra chanting seven yogic breathing, pranayama, and their benefits
  • Observation
  • Proper alignment of postures yoga anatomy
  • Yoga career and business
  • Yogic body cleansing, Kriya yoga, Mudras, Bandhas, and their benefits
  • Yoga philosophy about Patanjali yoga sutra

Daily schedule

  • 06:30 Daily chanting, pranayama, and meditation
  • 07:30 Hatha yoga on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and Ashtanga Vinyasa on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Alignment, adjustment, techniques, practicum, methodology, and teaching practice
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Philosophy and anatomy
  • 16:00 Tea break
  • 16:15 Asana practice
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Sharing, question and answer, live music, and watching your teaching practice on screen on Sunday holiday
  • Krishna Krishnaji

    Upaya Yoga was founded by Krishna, who has a vast experience in imparting lessons in yoga under its different forms and styles. He is a certified yoga teacher from Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance International India. His yogic art forms come out as a combination of Ashtanga, Shivananda, and Hatha yoga. Krishna's attraction towards the traditional meditation became strong when he started to attend the Osho international meditation resort in Pune.

  • Dr. Rao

    As a perennial knowledge seeker, Dr. Rao holds a masters in commerce with advance accounting and costing, diploma in management studies, masters in Arts, Ph.D. in Philosophy, diploma in naturopathy, diploma in yoga education, specialist instructor in first aid, and home nursing. His expertise and endeavors are geared towards enabling the adherent to transcend the physical, mental, psychological, and intellectual aspects while aiming for the ultimate purpose for which yoga authentically stands.

  • Ann Kristin Holten

    Ann Kristin, 200-hour yoga teacher training, has a background from contemporary dance and improvisation, choreography, sports, massage therapy, contact improvisation, and yoga. She has solid knowledge about the body structures and their functions. The heart of her teaching is curiosity and exploration, it is what drives her in life both inside and outside the yoga shala. Ann Kristin is teaching Hatha yoga and yoga Nidra. She has been a part of the Upaya yoga team since October 2015.

  • Aradhana Yogini

    Aradhana has studied yoga at the Sivananda yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Neyyar Dam, completing a yoga Siromani. She went on to complete a master of yoga at the same institute in Madurai. She is an advanced practitioner of Hatha yoga and she has been teaching asana, meditation, and pranayama for the last five years. She also has experience teaching Yin yoga and Power yoga. She is a proficient speaker of Japanese, Hindi, Gujarati, and English.

  • Praba

    Praba was born into a family of yogis who practice in the Ashtanga style that characterizes the south Indian yoga tradition. He is a talented teacher and teacher trainer and has been teaching for over six years. Through expert adjustments and a deep understanding of asana, his students’ abilities, and injuries, he is able to push his trainees to the next level in their personal practice as well as their own teaching.

Rishikesh is a city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges river. The river is considered holy and the city is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation. Temples and ashrams, centers for spiritual studies, line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram, a traffic-free, alcohol-free, and vegetarian enclave upstream from Rishikesh town.

Rishikesh has spectacular views of jungle-clad hills and is also the confluence of river Ganges and Chandrabhaga. The glorious attraction of Rishikesh is none other than the great river Ganges herself, running rapidly throughout the city. In ancient times and still today, many yogis, rishis, sages, and sannyasis are attracted to Rishikesh to practice yoga in this peaceful location. Since then, Rishikesh has been known as the “Place of Sages”.

Rishikesh is a holy town with many ashrams and is now world famous as the yoga capital of the world and every year during the month of March hosts the one-week long International yoga festival. Rishikesh is considered to be sacred as it is believed that meditation at this place leads to an attainment of salvation. There are many temples, some ancient and some new along the river Ganges.

The riverside is dotted by the ashrams of Sadhus and sages. Rishikesh represents the site where Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu. Apart from spirituality, Rishikesh is also a hub for adventure activities such as rafting, camping, trekking, and bungee jumping.

In the evening, the beautiful Ganges ceremony, Ganga Aarti, is organized at Parmarth Niketan and Triveni Ghat. The Brahmin Pundits, priests, performs Ganges Puja, a ritual worship, with Vedic hymns, accompanied by the sounds of hands clapping and drums. Hundreds of people come to witness this Pooja and offer leaf bowls filled with flowers and small oil lamps to the goddess.

The small sparkling lights of floating lamps and the auspicious atmosphere of the river Ganges creates a magnificent view and feeling that attracts many to join the prayer, even the visitors from outside India who cannot understand the Vedic songs. Rishikesh is a vegetarian city by law, as well as an alcohol-free city, and has also banned the use of plastics bags by shopkeepers and vendors.

The town of Rishikesh lies in the foothills of the Himalayas of the Garhwal region. It is the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath, and an ideal destination not only for pilgrims but also for the people who are interested in adventure, meditation, yoga, and other aspects of Hinduism. Rishikesh is also a gateway to the World Heritage Site Valley of Flowers National Park, the eighth Wonder of the World and Char Dham Yatra.

Rishikesh has a very beautiful atmosphere which attracts many spiritual people as well as people who are looking for peace. Legend says that Raibhya Rishi who made intense Tapasya, austerity, here to please Lord Vishnu. Later, he stayed here and practiced yoga. After Raibhya Rishi, many sages, monks, and famous spiritual personalities came for yoga and meditation. The Beatles came to Rishikesh in the 1960s to learn and practice yoga. Their visit promoted Rishikesh on the world map as the ultimate destination for yoga and it attracts thousands of tourists every year to learn yoga.

Rishikesh has many ashrams for yoga. Yoga classes are provided daily or on pre-decided schedules. Some ashrams provide classes only to the people who stay in their ashram. Ashrams are the best option if you want to stay for an extended time for yoga more than one week. Parmarth Niketan, Sivananda Ashram, Yoga Niketan, Aurovally Ashram, Phool Chatti Ashram, Anand Prakash Ashram, Omkarananda Ashram, and Swami Ram Sadhak Gram Ashram are some of the leading ashrams in Rishikesh for yoga and meditation.

Nearby places

  • Dehradun, 50 kilometers
  • Haridwar, 30 kilometers
  • Haridwar railway station, 35 kilometers
  • Jolly Grant Airport (DED), 25 kilometers
  • New Delhi, 245 kilometers
General
  • Garden
  • River nearby
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • Room cleaning
  • Free toiletries

Upaya Yoga Teacher Training provides three pure vegetarian meals in accordance with the yoga lifestyle. You will enjoy your breakfasts with porridge, muesli, brown bread, fruit salad, herbal tea, coffee, and milk. It may also be served a traditional Indian breakfast. For lunches, traditional Ayurvedic Indian Thali will be served including rice, chapati, vegetables, salad, beans, yogurt, and lentils. Dinners are the combination of healthy Ayurvedic Indian food, cooked vegetables, raw salad, lentils, and herbal tea.

Other items may be ordered separately from the menu. All the food served is strictly vegetarian with no exceptions. It is not offered any non-vegetarian food including eggs. All the food is well balanced and protein rich.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

During your free time, you can experience rafting, camping, trekking, and bungee jumping.

  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • 25 days accommodation
  • Daily yoga lessons
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Free unlimited filter water
  • International yoga federation recognized certificate
  • Pranayama and mantra chanting classes
  • Philosophy and anatomy classes
  • Transport from Jolly Grant Airport (DED), Haridwar bus, or train station
  • Tuition fee
  • Teacher training manual
  • Upaya yoga bag and t-shirt
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Yoga Alliance certification
  • Flight to Jolly Grant Airport (DED)
  • Transport to Jolly Grant Airport (DED)
  • Insurance and travel expenditure

Driving directions from Delhi

It takes approximately 250 to 260 kilometers from Delhi via Meerut bypass, Muzaffar Nagar bypass, Roorkee, and Haridwar to Rishikesh.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Transfer from the airport is included. Upaya Yoga Teacher Training will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by bus

Rishikesh is well connected by road to other Indian cities and you can take a government bus from New Delhi, Haridwar, and Dehradun. Rishikesh is 245 kilometers from New Delhi and the bus journey normally takes seven to eight hours. Haridwar to Rishikesh is a distance of just 30 kilometers and the bus journey is around 45 minutes. Dehradun is 50 kilometers with a bus journey of around 90 minutes.

Arrival by train

Rishikesh has railway connectivity with limited trains. Haridwar Railway station is very close, 35 kilometers away, so it is the best option to reach Rishikesh by train. Train number 12017 of Shatabdi Express, train number 12205 of A/C Special, and train number 14041 of Mussoorie Express are one of the best options to reach Haridwar from New Delhi. From Haridwar to Rishikesh, you can hire taxi or auto rickshaw.

  • Review by Ann Kristin from Norway
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you Upaya Yoga! Here I finally found a place to deepen my experience of yoga, beyond the physical Asanas. I arrived in Goa with a book full of questions, now I can actually say they are all answered – and many new ones are added. I feel so able and inspired to keep practicing and experience yoga on my own, thanks to the amazing and diverse team of teachers who is Upaya Yoga. All together leaving me with a greater understanding of the systems in the physical body, mental body and energy body, how they all work together, affecting each other. Upaya Yoga gave me space for experiencing this, at the same time giving the why´s and the how´s, bringing yoga and spirituality down to earth and into the small big things in everyday life, where it belongs. Thank you for giving me the gift of yoga!"

    June 2016, Bookyogaretreats.com website, edited

  • Review by Charlotte from London, UK
    7 out of 10

    "The training at Upaya Yoga was a great experience. The teachers were great, involved, professional. The whole program is well shape, the content is really interesting. It could be improved with a little bit more structure."

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    "I like the fact that we were a small group of international people as we can know each other better."

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    "The location was great, very close to the ocean, the beach was very clean and very few people, it was very peaceful."

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    "In another hand, the food at the hotel could be improved as it is quite the same every day and very basic. It should be yogi-oriented more than tourist oriented."

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    "Also, sometimes the hotel is organizing party events which is a different atmosphere than a yoga student is expecting. Especially on Sunday evening when student have to wake up early the next day."

    BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

  • Review by Petra from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "I had few classes with the amazing yoga teacher Krishna during my stay in Arambol beach in Goa. These few classes were unforgettable and Krishnas presence and teachings skills are the best. Krishna is very precise and he is not farad to tell you when you are doing something wrong, and thereafter help you to do it right. He is a pusher and will push you to do more that you believed you can which was an amazing feeling. I was so happy with Krishnas classes and I would recommend everyone to do yoga with him. He really is the best teacher I have had and I feel blessed having had the chance to learn from him."

    November 2015. Upaya Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Christine Holtan from Norway
    10 out of 10

    "It did not matter that I was in bad shape and had some pain when I started. Krishna is good to incorporate and adapt so that it is possible to take it at your own pace. He put much emphasis on preventing injury and overloading, especially in the beginning, and now the body is virtually painless! . There was great energy in the studio and in class, and I felt welcome right away. We learn a lot while were at it, and there are still lots of laughter and good mood, while we push ourselves as far as we are getting into. Every time I stuff something new and get some more, and it is inspiring to see that the other master more and more. Soon I stand on your head Thank you for challenging, great hours and good teaching, Krishna!"

    November 2015. Upaya Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Saskia Heringa Tnne from Norway
    10 out of 10

    "This TTC gave me a good basic to start my work as a yoga teacher. It showed the many different sides of yoga. The diversity of yoga teachers was good, and there was a lot of knowledge to absorb. The body felt great after doing so much yoga in one month. It is nice that this TTC is for everybody, and everybody will get benefits of it, no matter if you are a starter or advanced. It was good to have this TTC as a basic, and be able to build further from her."

    November 2015. Upaya Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Hui Hui Yung from China
    10 out of 10

    "I decided to join the one month yoga teacher training course not only for the certificate, but more importantly I wanted to find out my real feelings about yoga. The whole month, we did a lot of practice every day. It was tough and sometimes I was really exhausted but I was very happy. I have to say it cannot be a more right decision to go there. I have made new friends and learned a lot, not only yoga asanas but also new attitudes towards life. It seems that yoga opens a new window in front of me. I love yoga and I would like to share it with everyone."

    November 2015. Upaya Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Kalle Eilertsen from Norway
    10 out of 10

    "I have had yoga classes with Krishna. Softens a rigid body. Top strength and balance well. Recommended :)"

    November 2015. Upaya Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Marte Taylor from Norway
    10 out of 10

    "I recommend everyone to try yoga with Krishna! Excellent and varied trainings :)"

    November 2015. Upaya Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Kari Elisabeth Nordgrd from Norway
    10 out of 10

    "The atmosphere is one to fall in love with. Both students and teachers are there with a smile and kind words. As a student I feel cared for and seen, and the teachers are both professional and down to earth. A perfect place for real yoga."

    November 2015. Upaya Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Merete Mork from Norway
    10 out of 10

    "Very good yoga classes! Absolutely incredible that we have been lucky enough to get a professional Indian yoga teacher to Steinkjer."

    November 2015. Upaya Yoga website, edited

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Upaya Yoga Teacher Training is a traditional yoga centre, where you are sure to experience a powerful combination of yoga and meditation.

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