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15 Days Ayurveda Consultant & Yoga Retreat Course in Rishikesh, India

Vedansha Retreat Hotel, Govermental College Road, Behind Kriya Ashram, Tapovan, Rishikesh, India

Yoga & Ayurveda Teacher Training Rishikesh

Get this opportunity to learn deeper Ayurveda science. This certified course will put your career on a higher level of personal and professional development. Learn from the origin. Yoga Alliance certificate available.

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Sanjeev, Ashish, Awdhesh, & 8 More…
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  • Yoga classes
  • Certified course
  • Daily guided Ayurveda classes
  • Can be considered as YACEP course
  • Pranayama, philosophy, and teaching methodology
  • Himalaya excursion and ayurvedic massage sessions
  • Daly breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 14 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

14 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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  • Health Club
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Baby sitting
  • Beauty salon
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Child care
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical assistance
  • Wireless internet

We offer our guests 2 options of accommodation. One is retreat center , one is retreat hotel


The institute

The Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine was founded by Yogacharya Dr. Sanjeev Pandey Ji. It was established to provide education in Vedic science, holistic treatment, and support programs with yogic and Ayurvedic methods in common and non-curative diseases and help humans control emotions, remove fears, improve their lives, find themselves in a society of modern technology, and open their power to feel harmony and happiness.

The institute is accredited by International Yoga Alliance USA and followed its policy on sexual misconduct towards the client that makes all their programs safe and secure for female students. The institute keeps the ancient yogic tradition of Himalayan masters adapted to contemporary service requirements according to international standards of yoga education. Its teachers were born in yogic families and have scientific degrees in yoga, astrology, and Ayurveda.

Its yoga masters have spent more than 90,000 hours on improving their practice of yoga postures and meditation. Its founder, Dr. Sanjeev Pandey, has spent more than 20,000 hours in deep meditation in the Himalayan mountains. Vedansha collaborates with medical doctors and performs research in yoga and cancer in Germany. It also performs special healing programs for people with different diseases to support their health. Its programs are based on centuries-old traditions and adapted to contemporary conditions that make its clients 99 percent satisfied.

Ayurveda theory

  • Human and health - Ayurvedic and allopathic approaches
  • History and development of Ayurveda
  • Introduction of yoga - Sutra related to Ayurveda
  • Tri-dosha concept (Vata, Pitta, Kapha)
  • Explanation of Pancha Mahabhuta
  • Explanation of Sapta Dhatu - five body elements
  • Explanation of Srotas - body channels
  • Explanation of Ama - toxins
  • Explanation of Prakriti - body constitution
  • Explanation of Mala - waste products
  • Explanation of Agni - digestive fire
  • Explanation of Koshta - nature of digestive tract
  • Explanation of Marma - vital points, their role in Ayurveda
  • Using of Ayurvedic principles in daily life
  • Different types of massage, indications, and benefits (Abhyanga - oil massage, Kizhi - bolus massage, Udvartana - powder massage, and Kerala massage)

Introduction to Panchakarma

  • Explanation of Purva karma: Snehana and Swedana
  • Explanation of pradhan karma: detailed explanation of vamana (emesis therapy)
  • Explanation of pradhan karma: detailed explanation of virachana (purgation therapy)
  • Explanation of pradhan karma: detailed explanation of vasti (enema therapy)
  • Explanation of pradhan karma: detailed explanation of nasya (nasal cleansing)
  • Explanation of pradhan karma: detailed explanation of rakta moksha (blood-letting therapy)

Concept of Ayurvedic nutrition

  • Six tastes Rasa, vīrya (potency), and vipāka (post-digestive effect)
  • Effects taste on doṣas, dhātus, and malas
  • Tastes that are nourishing (bṛṁhaṇa) and those that are purifying (laṅghana)
  • Effect of the tastes and foods on agni and āma
  • Foods in each major category (Grains, meats, dairy, vegetable, fruits, spices) and their effect on three doṣhas
  • Spices and their effect on the doṣhas
  • Fasting and doshas
  • Liquid, juice, fruits, and other diets
  • Dinacharya - daily regimen
  • Rituacharya - seasonal regimen
  • Roganutpadaniyam - prevention of diseases
  • Dravadravyavignaniyam - knowledge of liquids
  • The actions of herbs (karma)
  • The counselor is informed of the major actions of an herb
  • The effect an herb has on the agni (digestive fire), āma (undigested material), doṣas, and malas (waste)
  • How to prepare powdered mixtures, oil, paste
  • Knowledge of various preparations of herbs and how they are made including: infusions, decoctions (kaṣāya), fresh juice (svarasa), jam (avalehya or lehyam), medicated ghee (ghṛta), powders (cūrṇa), medicated oils (taila), pills (vaṭi), moist bolus (kalka), and fermented preparations (āsava/ariṣṭa)

Ayurveda practical aspects

  • Preparation and using of main herbs, oils, spices in daily life
  • Identifying of basic herbs and their healing qualities
  • How to choose and make correct nourishment plan for the client
  • Ayurveda lifestyle counseling
  • Pulse examination
  • Ayurvedic cooking

Yoga practical aspects


  • Ashtanga style intermediate and advanced sequence (depends on students ability)
  • Surya Namaskara part A and B
  • Uttkatanasana
  • Padanghustasana
  • Padahastasana
  • Utitha Trikonasana
  • Parivrita Trikonasana
  • Trikonasana variation one and two
  • Parivritta parshvakonasana
  • Uthitha parshvakonasana
  • Parasarita padouttanasana A, B, C, and D
  • Parvottanasana
  • Utitha hasta padangustasana A, B, C, and D
  • Ardha baddha padmotanasana
  • Samastithi
  • Urdhva namaskar asana
  • Uttanasana A and B
  • Chaturanga dandasana
  • Urdhva mukha svanasana
  • Andho Mukha svanasana
  • Veerbhadra asana I and II
  • Paschimottasana A, B, C, and D
  • Purvottanasana
  • Ardha baddha padma paschimottasana
  • Triag mukhaiada paschimottasana
  • Janusirsasana A, B, C, and D
  • Marichyasana A, B, C, and D
  • Navasana
  • Bhuja pidanasana
  • Paryangasana A and B
  • Parivrittanasana A and B
  • Yoni Dandasana A and B
  • Yoga Dandasana
  • Bhuja Dandasana
  • Parsva Dandasana
  • Adho Dandasana
  • Urdhva Dandasana
  • Sama Konasana
  • Omkarasana
  • Moola Bandaasana
  • Nahusasasana A, B, and C
  • Vrikschikasana
  • Buhhhasana
  • Kapilasana
  • Sayanasana
  • Akharna Danurasana
  • Padanghusta Dhanurasana A and B
  • Marichsyasana E, F, G, and H
  • Tadasana
  • Samanasana
  • Parsva Bakasana
  • Eka Pada Kapotasana A and B
  • Hatha yoga asana
  • Surya namaskara
  • Asana of 200 hours (if someone still does not master that level)
  • Shalambha sirsasana
  • Shalambha sirasana
  • Kakasana
  • Tittibhasana
  • Kukkutasana
  • Veera bhadrasana three
  • Uttana koormasana
  • Yoga nidrasana
  • Mayurasana
  • Hanumasana
  • Paryankasana
  • Paryankasana
  • Eka pada rajakapothasana
  • Pashasana
  • Kraunchasana
  • Poorna naukasana
  • Vasistasana
  • Eka pada shirsasana
  • Natarajasana
  • Suptha trivikramasana
  • Ubhaya padangustasana

Pranayama and mudras

  • Advanced pranayama techniques and benefits (abdominal breathing, preparational breathing, Kapalabhati, Nadi Shodana with or without retention, Ujjayi breathing, Bhramari, Bhastrika, Shitali, Shitkari, Surya Bheda and Chandra Bheda, Viloma pranayama)
  • Puraka and Rechaka
  • Grades of Sadhakas
  • The pranic body
  • Parana and lifestyle
  • Breath, health, and pranayama
  • Breathing and life span
  • Sitting positions for pranayama
  • Kriyas (body cleansing methods): Neti, Kapalabhati, Trataka
  • Advanced mudra and bandha
  • Ashwini Mudra, its role in the energy body (Dyana, Ajali, Prithvi, Varuna, Shakti, Gyana, Chin, Shambhavi, Khechari Mudra, Hansi mudra, Vayu mudra, akash Mudra, Shunya Mudra, Surya mudra, Jalodarnashak mudra, Apan mudra, Pran Mudra, shankh mudra, Apan Vayu Mudra, Ling Mudra, Dhyan Mudra, Lotus Mudra, Musal Mudra, Kunt Mudra, Mrugi Mudra, Anushan Mudra, Meru Danda Mudra, Chinmay Mudra, Mushti Mudra, Matsya Mudra)
  • Moola, Uddyana Bandha, Jalandra Bandha
  • Shatkarma (Dauti, Kunjal, Basti, Neti, Sutra neti)
  • Obstacles in pranayama practice
  • Mediation aspects in pranayama
  • Mantra and pranayama

Yoga-philosophical aspects

  • Human life: meaning and aim of life
  • Yoga - introduction or it is origin and development
  • Introduction of Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutras
  • Meaning of yoga according different philosophical paths Vedansha, Pataljali, Bhagavad Geeta
  • Yoga philosophy of east and west

Four paths of yoga

  • Karma yoga - origin, aim, performance, effect
  • Concept of Karm, Akarm, and Vikram
  • Arjuna questions about Karma yoga
  • Disapproval of the effect of the action
  • What is action in inaction, inaction in action
  • Samatvam or equanimity in yoga
  • Jnana yoga
  • Shravan, Manan, Niddhidhyasana (hearing, reflecting, and deep realization)
  • Theory of self-realization (Bhgvadgita 2. 20 to 24)
  • Whi is Jnani (Sthitprajna BG-2. 55-57)
  • Tool for growth (BG-2.62-63)
  • Bhakti yoga
  • Bhakti yoga concept developed by Narada Maharishi Parashar
  • Peacefulness, self-control, austerity, purity, tolerance, honesty, knowledge, wisdom, and religiousness
  • The nine forms of Bhakti (Navavidhā Bhakti Mārgas): Shravan, kirtan, smaran, Padsevnam, Archnam, Vandanam, Dasyam, Sakhyam, atmnivdnam
  • Para and Apara Bhakti: rituals and objects of yoga
  • Raja yoga

What is Ashtanga yoga

  • Eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga - Yama, Niyama, asana, pranayama, Pratyahara, Dhyana, Dharana, Samadhi
  • Yamas (Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya, Aparigraha)
  • Niyamas (Sauca, Santosa, Tapas, Svadhyaya, Isvarapranidhana)
  • Asana - history, origin, how to master in different yoga styles (Hatha, Ashtanga, Yin, Bikram, prenatal, kinds, Anusara, Iyengar yoga)
  • Pranayama - main effect, practice
  • Pratyahara - general meaning, effect, practical aspects
  • Dharana - general meaning, effect, practical aspects
  • Hidden power of Dharana
  • Dhyana - general meaning, effect, practical aspects
  • Dhyana and its influence on life
  • Samadhi - general meaning, effect, practical aspects
  • History of Samadhi - who already reached Samadhi
  • Possibility to reach Samadhi in this life and precautions
  • Vinyasa yoga - asana, breath, and movement
  • Role of Kundalini yoga in the soliritual path
  • Three bodies and their role in spiritual yoga practice
  • What is kosha and its role in successful practice
  • Three main Nadis (Ida, Pingala, Sushumna)
  • Panch-Klesha (five causes of pain and miseries) or causes of success and failure in yoga
  • Five elements - water, fire, air, space, earth - and how to adjust the elements to yoga practice
  • Hatha yoga philosophy
  • Concept of three bodies and its role in yoga practice
  • Gross body, energy body, subtle body
  • 7 Dhatu

1. Rasa - plasma

2. Rakta - blood tissue

3. Mamsa - muscle tissue

4. Meida - adipose tissue, fat

5. Asthi - bone tissue

6. Majja - bone marrow, nerve tissue

7. Shukra - semen, reproductive tissue

  • Subtle body (three Nadis, five Pranas, sĩ Chakras, Kundalini)

Chakras - general concept and role in daily life

  • Mooladhara chakra (root chakra)
  • Swadhistana chakra (sacral chakra)
  • Manipura chakra (navel chakra)
  • Anahata chakra (heart chakra)
  • Vishiddhi chakra (throat chakra)
  • Ajna chakra (third eye chakra)
  • Sahasrara chakra (crown chakra)
  • Annamaya kosha, 'food' sheath (Anna)
  • Pranamaya kosha, 'energy' sheath (Prana)
  • Manomaya kosha, 'mind' sheath (Manas)
  • Vijñānmāyā kosha, 'discernment' sheath (Vijnana)
  • Anandamaya kosha, 'bliss' sheath (Ananda)

Five states of mind

  • Mudda mind
  • Kshiptha mind
  • Vikshipta mind
  • Ekagra mind
  • Niruddha

Five modifications of mind

  • Pramana
  • Viparyaya
  • Vikalpa
  • Nidra
  • Smritaya

Concept of Gunas

  • Prakriti and Purusha
  • Discipline of yoga student
  • Obstacles in the path of yoga

Indian philosophies

  • Darshan philosophy
  • Jain, Buddist, Caraka popular heterodox school
  • Orthodox Indian philosophy - Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Samkhya, Yoga, Mimamsa, Vedanta
  • Heterodox School (Nastika Darshan)
  • Charvaka or Lokayata - philosophy of materialism and skepticism
  • No life after death or not? Death is the end of all. What Vedic astrology says

Samkya yoga philosophy

  • Pratyakṣa (perception), anumāṇa (inference), and śabda (āptavacana)
  • Shastra and Kalipa
  • Purusa - pure consciousness, infinite, actionless, inert
  • Praghana and Jada
  • Sattva - fineness, lightness, joy
  • Rajas - dynamism, activity
  • Tamas - inertia, heaviness
  • Satkaryavada - prexistend effect
  • Buddha Darshan
  • Dukkha, Samudaya, Nirodha, Magga
  • Right understanding (Samma ditthi)
  • Right speech (Samma Vacca)
  • Right action (Samma kammanta)
  • Right livelihood (Samma ajiva)
  • Right effort (Samma vayama)
  • Right mindfulness (Samma sati)
  • Right concentration (Samma samadhi)
  • Karma, rebirth, law of nature

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 06:30 Wake up and cleansing
  • 06:30 - 07:00 Shatkriya and herbal tea (yogic cleansing with Jala neti - special techniques of nose cleansing, pooja - mantra recitation and fire ceremony purification)
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Ayurveda theory class
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Pranayama (breathing exercises)
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast - special yogic menu
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, or teaching methology
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Ayurveda practical class
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Free time
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa or Hatha yoga (theory and practice)
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Ayurveda cooking
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Ayurveda cooking
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 - 22:00 Free time
  • 22:00 - 06:00 Sleep

Included excursions

One excursion in Himalaya is included in program.


Sanjeev Pandey

Ashish Rawat

Awdhesh Semwal

Usha Vaishnava

Sandeep Semwal

Hemlata Bahuguna

Sonu Badoni


Deepak Aggrawal

Dr. Dipak Saklani

Bipin Bartwal

Retreat location


We offer our clients only vegan and vegetarian meal.

Breakfast Menu:

Different sauces are used for preparation

Oatmeal porridge





Paratha (plain, stuffed with cheese, potatoes, green spices)

Puri with peas souse

Bread Pakora


Different fruits


Plus different types of healthy super food.

Mung Bean Pancakes


Lunch or Dinner Menu:

Boiled Mixed Vegetables


Sabzi (Spinach, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Gourd)

Sabzi (Cauliflower, Pumpkin, Broccoli)

Sabzi (Potatoes, Tomatoes)

Moon Dal

Arhar Dal

Masoor Dal

Chana Dal


Dal Makhnee




Shahi paneer


Matar Paneer

Khadai Paneer

Different dishes with Tofu

Ridge Gourd

Veg. Pasta

Kad ginger


Soups (mushrooms, gourd, tomato, onion, vegetable)


Pumkin Halwa


Suzi Halwa

We can also provide Gluten free meal plan

White Yogurt




Brown Rice


Peanut Butter

Some fruits

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Naturopathic
  • Lactose Free
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you may go to the venue's library and relax reading a book or visit the spa center for a treatment. You may also book a private consultation for Ayurvedic or Naturopathic treatment.

Spa treatments

During this training, 1 Ayurvedic massage is included in the price package. Other spa treatments are available, on request, for an additional cost.

What's included

  • Certificate. In case if you are registered teacher of Yoga Alliance, you will receive YACEP certificate
  • 1 t-shirt with the school's symbol
  • 1 excursion in Himalaya
  • 2 Ayurvedic massage
  • 3 times of yogic nutrition per day, detox beverages, and herbal tea
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Cleansing kit
  • Mala (string of beads) energized by Guru Ji Yogacharya Dr. S.K.Pandey, Ph.D. (yoga and naturopathy)
  • Some herbs suggestions for well-being
  • Support during the time of staying in the institute, help provided 24 hours
  • Study materials
  • Theoretical and practical skills
  • Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional ayurvedic procedures and spa treatments
  • Detailed aura check-up
  • Personal expenses
  • Private consultations

How to get there


30.1285910000, 78.3208460000.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 5 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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