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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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
During your free time, you can experience rafting, camping, trekking, and bungee jumping.
It takes approximately 250 to 260 kilometers from Delhi via Meerut bypass, Muzaffar Nagar bypass, Roorkee, and Haridwar to Rishikesh.
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.
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.
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.