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27 Day 200-Hour Pranayama Teacher Training and Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh

Moksha Ashram, #140 Badrinath Road Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttrakhand 249192, India

Pranayama Meditation Teacher Training India

Join your hosts at India in Himalaya, awaken your heart and soul, and become a pranayama teacher or just learn for yourself. This training designed for those who want to learn deeper techniques of pranayama or have already experienced in the mastery of asanas and meditation. During this training, you will learn about ancient breathing techniques, its philosophy, the mantra concept, anatomy and therapy of pranayama practices and meditation.

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  • Asana and pranayama
  • Philosophy of pranayama
  • Practical exercises & workshops
  • Deep study of ancient breathing & mantra techniques
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals & beverages
  • Excursion & Ayurvedic massage
  • 26 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

26 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Hindi, Russian, Sanskrit
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer available:
Jolly Grant Airport (US$25 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$70 per person)
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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

Starting from January 1st, 2019, Vedansha are happy to offer absolutely great accommodation at reasonable price. Located in Tapovan, far from noisy streets and crowd in a newly built building, they offer single, shared twin, shared double, family suite and comfortable dormitory rooms. This type of accommodation will help you to relax and concentrate on your priorities of training.

There are a total of 12 air-conditioned and 4 non-air-conditioned rooms. Most of the rooms have a wonderful view on Himalayan Mountains. Each room has a big private bathroom and equipped with the following facilities:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot water
  • Heater during the cold season
  • Air conditioned
  • TV
  • Security
  • Clean towels, bed sheets, pillow & bed covers and blankets
  • Toilet paper
  • Free filtered water
  • Inverter and generator in case of light off

Vedansha also provide car parking and restaurant area.

Please note that sometimes the power goes off in the whole Rishikesh city area. During these moments, you will have light, air condition, Wi-Fi in your rooms because of the special electricity generator.

Guests will have the choice to stay at Vedansha's retreat center or the hotel. If guests book in the hotel, the classes will be held in Ashram (500 metres from Hotel). Vedansha provides free transportation till there and back. If you book a stay in retreat center, your classes will take place at the same place and Ashram nearby.


About the Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine

The institute offers high qualified certified teachers and provide authentic knowledge of yogic tradition. The institute is accredited by the Yoga Alliance and the Alternative Medical Council Colcutta and contains basic principles of ancient yogic tradition and self-experience of the teachers following international standard of Vedic science.

The study materials were created according to international study requirements in Vedic science and adapted for easy understanding for every student. The institute uses special technical, visual, written materials to make classes diverse and study process effective with desired results. The institute offers special developed yogic classes according to scientific and practical experience of the team based on purification, Ayurvedic principles of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha types of personality with their disturbances of energy body and special methods of asana, pranayama, meditation techniques that help to correct disturbances of the body and reach desired effect of yogic practice.

Pranayama Theory

Main aspects of Pranayama

Fundamental Pranayama Techniques & Benefits (Abdominal breathing, Preparational breathing, Kapalabhati, Nadi Shodana with/without retention Level I, II, Ujjayi breathing, Bramari, Bhastrika, Shitali, Shitkari, Surya Bheda & Chandra Bheda, Plavini).

Levels of pranic body.

Influence of pranayama on our lifestyle.

How to calculate correlation between life span and breath length.

Variety of Positions for Pranayama practice. Ways of correct adjustment for energy flow

Kriyas (Body Cleansing Methods): (Neti, Sutra Neti, Kapalabhati, Trataka, Shanka Prakshalana, Netra Shuddhi). Benefits, precautions. Dauti. Why not used nowadays.

Retention or Kumbhaka. Main principles. Step by step guide. Safety techniques and precautions.

Mudra and bandha that useful for Pranayama

Ashwini Mudra, its role in energy work

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,

Moola bandha, Uddyana Bandha, Jalandhara Bandha

Obstacles in Pranayama practice

Contemporary evidence of pranayama

Room for pranayama practice

Science of Prana vidya

Mapping the body

Pranayama as 4th Level of 8 Limbs of Ashtanga yoga

Origin of disease according prana and pranayama

Pranic healing

Difference between Reiki and Prana healing

Transmission of energy

Education of pranayama

Karmic laws and prana energy

Prana pratishta

Mantra and pranayama

Kirlian photography and pranic body

Nadis and chakras in pranayama practice

Important conditions of pranayama practice

Lost of personal prana & reestablishment of it the body

Role of Prana in yoga nidra

Developing of inner body awareness

Developing of outer body awareness

Awareness of panch prana

Awareness of pranayama kosha

Retention and its stages

Prana and congenital diseases

Prana and cancer

Pranayama research worldwide

Prana and breath length calculation

Prana, Lungs and Yin Channel in TCM

Balancing of Vital energy

Circulation of energy in the lung

Prana overflow and insufficiency

Main prana disorders

Pranayama sequence

Pranayama Practice

Nadi Shodhana Pranayama. Levels, retention, safety, performance, benefits

Kapalabhati. Levels, retention, safety, performance, benefits

Surya Bheda. Levels, retention, safety, performance, benefits

Chandra Bheda. Levels, retention, safety, performance, benefits. When to use.

Bramari. Levels, retention, safety, performance, benefits

Bhastrika pranayama. Levels, retention, safety, performance, benefits

Sheetali pranayama. Levels, retention, safety, performance, benefits

Shetkari Pranayama. Levels, retention, safety, performance, benefits

Ujjayi breathing. Levels, retention, safety, performance, benefits

Plavini pranayama. Levels, retention, safety, performance, benefits

Real result of pranayama practice.

Important role of Ashwani mudra

Pranayama in yoga class

What is pancha prana (Prana, Apana, Udana, Samana, Vyana)

Pancha prana in spiritual healing

How to reach Kevala Kumbhaka and what in hidden there?

Contemporary research on pranayama

Room for pranayama practice

Pranayama and aromatherapy

Inner space

Vyana, Udana, Samana, Apana, Prana Awareness

Expansion and contraction of pranic body

Rotation of consciousness

Winter and Summer pranayama

Prana and Charka

Development awareness of mooladhara chakra through pranayama

Development awareness of Swadhistana chakra through pranayama

Development awareness of Manipura chakra through pranayama

Development awareness of Anahata chakra through pranayama

Development awareness of Vishuddhi chakra through pranayama

Development awareness of Ajna chakra through pranayama

Development awareness of Sahasrara chakra through pranayama

Frontal and Spinal passage

Passage of Pancha Prana

Prana Nidra

Circulation prana in Ida and Pingala Nadi

Prana Visualisation

Rising and storing prana

Expansion and relaxation with help of Prana

Distribution of Prana

Pranayama and Mantra – hidden secrets

Prana Yoga

Prana Vidya

Special Retention development exercises

Ashtanga Yoga Asana - Practical Aspects

Asana in Ashtanga practice

Surya Namaskara Part A and B. Sun solutation

Utkatanasana chair pose

Padanghustasana Big toe pose

Padahastasana Hand to foot forward bend pose

Utthita Trikonasana extended triangle pose

Parivrtta Trikonasana revolved triangle pose

Trikonasana Variation 1, 2 Triangle pose

Parivrtta parsvakonasana revolved side angle pose

Uthitha parshvakonasana extended side angle pose

Parasarita padottanasana a b c d wide legged extended pose

Parsvottanasana intense side stretch pose

Utthita hasta padangusthasana A,B,C,D Extended hand to big toe pose

Ardha baddha padmottanasana half bound lotus pose

Samastithi simple standing pose

Uttanasana A,B standing half forward bend

Chaturanga dandasana four limbed staff pose

Urdhva mukha svanasana upward facing dog pose

Andho Mukha svanasana downward facing dog pose

Veerbhadra asana I, II, III warrior yoga pose

Paschimottansana A, B,C,D seated forward bend

Purvottanasana upward plank pose

Ardha baddha padma paschimottanasana half bound lotus intense west stretch

Triang mukhaikapada paschimottanasana three parts forward bend pose

Janusirsasana A,B,C,D head to knee pose

Marichyasana A, B, C, D Marichi's pose

Navasana boat pose

Bhuja pindasana shoulder presssing pose

Kurmasana tortoise pose

Supta Kurmasanasleeping tortoise pose

Garbha pindasana embryo pose

Kukkutasana rooster pose

Baddha konasana A,B,C Bound reclining pose

Upavistha konasana A,B wide angle forward seated pose

Suptakonasana Reclining Angle Yoga Pose Yoga

Supta Padangusthasana A,B,C Reclined Big Toe Pose

Savasana corpse pose

Hatha Yoga Asana - Practical Aspects

  • Backward bending postures
  • Bhujangasana (cobra pose)
  • Tiryaka Bhujangasana (Twisting cobra pose)
  • Bhujangasana (cobra pose)
  • Ardha Salabhasana (Half Locust pose)
  • Saral Dhanurasana (Easy bow pose)
  • Ustrasana (Camel pose)
  • Setu Asana (Bridge pose)
  • Surya namaskar (Salutation to Sun with devine Mantra)
  • Twisting Pose
  • Meru Vakrasana (Spinal twist)
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Spinal twist)
  • Bhu Namanasana (Spinal Twist Prostration pose)
  • Parivritta Janu Sirsasana (Spinal Twist Prostration pose)
  • Forward bending postures
  • Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend)
  • Pada Parasar Paschimottanasana (Legs spread back Stretch pose)
  • Janu Sirsasana (Head to knee pose)
  • Adha Padma Paschimottanasana (Half Lotus back stretching pose)
  • Padahastasana (Hand to foot pose)
  • Sirsa Angustha Yogasana (Head to Toe Pose)
  • Dandasana (Staff pose)
  • Inversion Postures
  • Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand)
  • Salambha Sirsasana (Suported headstand pose)
  • Plow pose (Halasana)
  • Viparita Karani (Legs up the wall pose)
  • Balancing Postures
  • Vrikshasana (Tree pose)
  • Garudasana (Eagle pose)
  • Pada Angustasana (Tip toe pose)
  • Baka Dhayanasana (Crow pose)
  • Padmasana (Lotus pose)
  • Vajrasana (Thunderbolt pose)
  • Majrari Asana (Cat stretch pose)
  • Vyaghrasana (Tiger pose)
  • Shashankasana (Hair pose)
  • Ardha Ushtrasana (Half Camel pose)
  • Supta Vajrasana (Sleeping Thunderbolt pose)
  • Pawanmuktasana Series
  • Anti-Rheumatic group
  • Digestive abdominal group
  • Shakti Bandha Asana

Meditation and Concentration

  • Basics of meditation and concentration
  • Difference of these two practices
  • Basic requirements for meditation
  • Types of Meditation
  • Standard Meditation Practice
  • Om Meditation
  • AUM Meditation
  • Trataka with object & candle
  • Vaju Meditation
  • Jal Meditation
  • Akasha Meditation
  • Agni Meditation
  • Prithvi Meditation
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Sound meditation
  • Mantra meditation
  • Vigyan Bhairava Breath Meditation
  • Satnam Meditation
  • OSHO Natraj Meditation
  • OSHO Kundalini Meditation
  • OSHO Nada Brahma Meditation
  • OSHO No Dimensions Meditation
  • Antar mouna meditation
  • Walking meditation
  • Ham- so, So-ham meditation
  • Ajapa/japa
  • Ida/Pingala spinal rotation
  • Hridayakasha Dharana
  • Panchaprana Dharana, Pranava Dhyana)
  • Visualisation & concentration
  • Obstacles in meditation
  • Concept of meditation Step by step
  • Postures for meditation practice
  • Mantra & Sanskrit
  • Main sanskrit characteristics
  • How to pronounce sanskrit letters correct
  • Role of Mantra in Yoga education
  • Mantra and connection with cosmic powers
  • Mantra & pray. Main features.
  • Power of original sanskrit mantra
  • Guru Mantra
  • Ganesh Mantra
  • Shakti Mantra
  • Gayatri Mantra
  • Shanti Mantra
  • Shiva Mantra
  • 5 elements mantra
  • So Ham
  • AUM & Om Mantra Lakshmi Mantra
  • Vishnu Mantra
  • Mantra for health, business, children, carrier etc
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Muscular System.
  • Function, shapes, types of contractions f thorax muscles. Stretch reflex.
  • Classification of muscles. Muscles groups of upper extremists, spine, thorax.
  • Range of movement. Body axis. Theory of gravity.
  • Abnormal Postures . Kyphosis, Lordosis, Scoliosis, Flat back, Osteoporosis, Hyper and Hypomobility and its influence on pranayama practice.
  • Use of props for postural correction in pranayama
  • Respiratory system.
  • Introduction of respiration
  • Organs of respiration. Nose, Lungs, diaphragm, abdomen. Function and structure of respiratory tract
  • Muscles of respiration and their role in breathing act
  • Types of breath. Mechanics of Yogic Breath
  • Mechanism of inhalation and exhalation
  • ”Dead space” and it’s role in pranayama practice
  • How to increase the
  • Nervous system.
  • Introduction. Types of Nervous system. Central and Peripheral Nervous System.
  • Afferent and Efferent parts
  • Function of nervous system in movement
  • Function of nervous system in breath
  • Reflex and its role in physical practice
  • Pathological conditions pranayama
  • Pathological conditions in meditation and concentration
  • Pathological conditions in Kriya

Teaching Methodology

Concept of teaching methodology in pranayama

How to teach different types of pranayama to different

How to create your own yoga class

How to teach

How to create 30, 60 min yoga class

Teaching clients with limitations

How to teach pranayama

How to teach meditation

Mantra in teaching practice

Obstacles in teaching

How to observe & Assess others

How to create the asana sequence

Assessment and observation of other

Obstacles in teaching

What to do in you have clients of different Level in one group

Continuing education in yoga

What is next after 200 Hrs yoga teacher training?

Yoga therapy as new branch of yogic science

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 & fire ceremony purification).

07:00 – 08:30 Asanas practical class for developing of stability

08:30 – 09:30 Pranayama: breathing exercises with Mudra, Bandha, Retention

09:30 – 10:30 Breakfast: special yogic menu.

10:30 – 11:30 Yoga philosophy/ayurveda/teaching methology/naturopathy

11:30 – 12:30 Pranayama theory & practice

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch.

14:00 – 15:00 Free time.

15:00 – 16:00 Special breathing techniques and energy locks

16:00 – 17:00 Breathing anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology

17:30 – 18:30 Yoga Nidra/ guided Meditation: guided relaxation practice, meditation and concentration.

18:30 – 19:30 Dinner.

19:30 – 20:30 Special event.

20:00 – 22:00 Free time.

22:00 – 06:00 Sleep.

Included excursions

During the course, according to weather, road conditions, and amount of students, Vedansha will offer different types of excursions in Himalaya & Rishikesh including visit a spiritual temple in Himalaya, meditation in a cave under the guidance of an experienced teacher, visit Ganga Aarti, waterfalls, and Bealtes Ashram. Sometimes excursion can be changed or replaced with an equal offer if the conditions of weather or any other issue took place.


Sanjeev Pandey

Ashish Rawat

Awdhesh Semwal

Usha Vaishnava

Jyotish Acharya

Sandeep Semwal

Sonu Badoni


Deepak Aggrawal

Vedansh Pandey

Jyoti Sharma

Dr. Dipak Saklani

Bipin Bartwal

Retreat location

This training will take place at the Kriya Ashram in Rishikesh, India.

Nearby places

  • Dehradun Airport (DED), 15 kilometers
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) - 6 hours

Unique features


  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Massage


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony


  • Free toiletries
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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During this training, you will enjoy a daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus drinks. Every meal will consist of a special nutritious Ayurvedic and yogic menu developed according to the season. For the morning, you will enjoy a detox hot tea with special Himalayan herbs to make you stronger and improve your digestion. Other drinks will include herbal tea, black tea, masala tea, water, milk, and juice.

Please be aware that the meal & beverages that are included during the course program and package are special yogic & ayurvedic. If you wish to try other meals from the Indian or Italian Menu in our Vedansha restaurant, extra costs will be charged.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Naturopathic
  • Yogic
  • 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 can book a detailed aura check-up with a written report about the aura statement, disturbances in aura if they are present, supporting methods, and treatment advices of a naturopathic specialist. You can receive an individual plan of asana postures, pranayama, herbs, and meditative practice.

Spa treatments

During this training, 2 ayurvedic massage sessions are included in the price package. Other spa treatments are available, on request, for an additional cost.

What's included

  • 2 acupuncture sessions
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion of this Yoga Alliance Registered School program
  • 1 brief aura check up
  • 1 t-shirt with the school symbol
  • 2 excursions in Himalaya
  • 2 ayurvedic massages
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 26 nights accommodation
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Cleansing kit
  • Daily detox beverages
  • Full support during your stay at the institute and help provided 24 hours
  • Herbs suggestions for well-being
  • Mala string of beads energized by Yogachariya and Dr. S.K.Pandey-Ji
  • Possibility to participate in on-line webinar before and after course
  • Study materials
  • Theoretical and practical methodology
  • Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Additional ayurvedic procedures and consultation
  • Detailed aura check-up
  • Naturopathic consultation

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). From there, you can book a domestic flight to arrive at Dehradun Airport (DED). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Arrival by bus

You can also opt for Volvo service from Delhi, however bus traveling could cause inconvenience for the first time travelers.

Arrival by train

Take train for Haridwar from New Delhi Railway Station and from Haridwar there are many transport facilities available to reach Rishikesh. Transfer from and to this train station is available upon request.Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine

Arrival by taxi

Upon arrival to Dehradun Airport (DED) you can hire a taxi. Alternatively, you can hire a taxi from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) or you can avail the Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine transport package which covers the cost from Delhi Airport to Rishikesh by taxi and back, after the completion of the course. Rishikesh is a six-hours drive away from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer available: Jolly Grant Airport (US$25 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer available: Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$70 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 18% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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