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27 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training and Ayurvedic Massage in Rishikesh, India

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

Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training

During this training, you will study asanas according to Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar style, pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy, ayurvedic massage, mantras, anatomy, yogic nutrition, teaching methodology, and get information about your aura problems. Join your hosts in India and become a yoga teacher. Save money and apply for the scholarship programs!

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Highlights

  • Mantra and meditation
  • Yoga philosophy & Ayurveda in daily life
  • A deep study of breathing techniques & anatomy
  • Asana Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga classes
  • Asana Alignment & teaching your own class
  • Excursions & Ayurvedic massage
  • 26 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


26 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Hindi, Russian, Sanskrit
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
01:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • 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.

Program

Certificate

Students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

The institute

The Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine was founded by Yogachariya 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 in order to feel harmony and happiness.

The institute is accredited by International yoga alliance USA and followed it's 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% satisfied.

Curriculum

Yoga Philosophical Aspects:

  • Human life: meaning and aim of life
  • Yoga - introduction / it‘s origin & development
  • Introduction of Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutras
  • Limbs of Ashtanga yoga; Yama, Niyama (social and personal rules and regulations) asana (physical posture), pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • Concept of three bodies and it’s role in yoga practice
  • Introduction in Karma and Raja yoga: meaning, types, role in yoga
  • Kosha and it’s role in meditation and pranayama
  • Earth element affirmation in sutras

Yoga-Practical Aspects:

Asana:

  • Natural relaxation asana
  • Natural standing asana with external rotations
  • Forward bending asana
  • Backward extensions
  • Spinal twisting asana
  • Inverted asana
  • Balancing asana
  • Surya-Namaskara
  • Meditation asana
  • Thunder-Bolt (vajrasana) group asana
  • Lotus (Padmasana) group asana
  • Asana concept and master sequence

Asana in Ashtanga practice:

  • Surya Namaskara Part A and B
  • Uttkatanasana
  • Padanghustasana.
  • Padahastasana
  • Utitha Trikonasana
  • Parivrita Trikonasana
  • Trikonasana Variation 1, 2
  • Parivritta parshvakonasana
  • Uthitha parshvakonasana
  • Parasarita padouttanasana A,B,C,D
  • Parvottanasana
  • Utitha hasta padangustasana A,B,C,D
  • Ardha baddha padmotanasana
  • Samastithi
  • Urdhva namaskar asana
  • Uttanasana A,B
  • chaturanga dandasana
  • Urdhva mukha svanasana
  • Andho Mukha svanasana
  • Veerbhadra asana I, II
  • Paschimottasana A, B,C,D
  • Purvottanasana
  • Ardha baddha padma paschimottasana
  • Triag mukhaiada paschimottasana
  • Janusirsasana A,B,C,D
  • Marichyasana A,B,C,D
  • Navasana
  • Bhuja pidanasana
  • Bhuja pidanasana
  • Kurmasana
  • Supta Kurmasana
  • Garbha pindasana
  • Kukkutasana
  • Badha konasana A,B,C
  • Upavistha konasana A,B
  • Suptakonasana
  • Suptapadangustasana A,B,C
  • Savasana
  • Hatha Yoga postures

Surya namaskara

  • Backward bending postures
  • Bhujangasana
  • Ustrasana
  • Chakrasana
  • Dhanurasana

Spinal Twisting Pose:

  • Meru Vakrasana
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana
  • Parivrita Janusirsasana

Inversion Postures:

  • Sarvangasana
  • Sirsasana

Standing balancing pose:

  • Tadasana
  • Vrikshasana
  • Garurasana
  • Trikonasana
  • Utkatasana
  • Utitha hast pada angusthasana
  • Padangusthasana
  • Vakasana
  • Padmavaksana

Forward bending postures:

  • Dandasana
  • Sukhasana
  • Padmasana
  • Paschimottanasana
  • Purvottanasana
  • Janushirsasana

Pranayama & Mudras:

  • Introduction to Pranayama
  • Basic pranayama techniques & benefits (abdominal breathing, preparational breathing, Kapalabhati, Nadi Shodana with/without retention, Ujjayi breathing, Bramari, Bhastrika, Shitali, Shitkari, Surya Bheda & Chandra Bheda, Ujja).
  • The pranic body
  • Parana and lifestyle
  • Breathe, health and pranayama
  • Breathing and life span
  • Sitting positions for pranayama
  • Kriyas (body cleansing methods): (Neti, Kapalabhati, Trataka, Shanka Prakshalana)
  • What is mudra and bandha
  • What is Ashwini Mudra, its role in 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
  • Moola, Uddyana Bandha, Jalandra
  • Shatkarma (concept, aim, safety, performance)
  • Obstacles in pranayama practice

Meditation Standard meditation practice (Om Meditation, Trataka, Yoga Nidra, Sound meditation, Mantra meditation, Nadis Meditation, 5 elements meditation, breath meditation, Hamso 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
  • How to integrate meditation in yoga class?
  • How to choose an object for meditation?

Mantra

  • Standard mantras (Guru, Ganesh Mantra, Shakti Mantra, Gayatri Mantra, Shanti Mantra, Shiva Mantra, 5 elements mantra, So Ham, AUM, Lakshmi Mantra, Vishnu Mantra, Mantra for health, business, children)

Anatomy and physiology

  • Detailed explanation of muscular, skeletal system, nervous, gastrointestinal, respiratory system & their function
  • Biomechanics of Asana
  • Joints and range of motions
  • Theory of gravity and muscles function
  • Connection of movement & breath
  • Body axis & movement
  • How to maximize the movement
  • Injuries in Yoga class Assessment of mobility

Yoga therapy/Ayurveda

  • Using of number of yogic/ayurvedic methods in supporting and treatment of some diseases
  • What is Ayurveda
  • Concept of 3 Dosha
  • How to identify the dosha
  • 6 tastes and their function for the balance of body and mind

Ayurveda practical skills:

  • Oil massage (Abhyanga)
  • Face Massage (Mukabhyanga)
  • Head Massage (Shiroabhyanga)
  • Udwarthanam (Powder massage)
  • Garshana (Ayurvedic lymph massage)
  • Pizhichil (Lukewarm oil application)
  • Sirodhara (Oil application on the head)
  • Ksheeradhara (Milk Treatment)
  • Nasya and Akshitarpana (eyes and nose oil treatment)
  • Kateevasthi (local oil treatment)
  • Choornapindaswedam (herbal powder bolus fomentation)
  • Anatomy of Massage and Hands Alignment
  • Introduction to muscular and skeletal system and their function
  • Biomechanical theory massage
  • The maximal range of movements
  • Safety technique in massage
  • Common mistakes in massage performance
  • Correct performance of massage techniques & adjustment
  • -Teaching Methodology
  • Concept of teaching methodology & how to create your own yoga class, how to reach others, obstacles in teaching *How to observe & assess others
  • How to create the asana sequence
  • Obstacles in teaching

Asana Alignment & Adjustment

  • Correct performance of asana, assistance & adjustment
  • Structural Alignment of forward bending, back bending, twists, inventions, meditative asanas
  • How to align posture according to mobility of the client
  • How to use props, strips, blankets in adjustment
  • How to teach clients with physical limitations
  • Depends on week schedule

Pre-requisites

  • You have to have interest to learn Vedic science, personal work on body and mind and not only to spend vacation as on all inclusive resort. Vedansha are spiritual Ashram and do not allow following activity: eating non-vegetarian meal, smoking, drinking alcohol, abuse their staff, show any type of sexual misconduct, manipulating, annoying other clients, damage the vedansha property, study material, interrupt teaching process.
  • Individuals with disabilities or ailments, people who have any disease or unfit before the course are advised to refrain from applying. If you join course, and feel worse after this, Vedansha will help you to arrange all required medical help, but they will not allow you to continue the course and your payment will be not refunded.
  • Minimum age at the time of admission is 18 years. Applicants aged over 60 years could apply after consultation with Vedansha via email.
  • Pregnant women need a medical authorization permitting them to practice yoga from their own country with translation in English
  • Any candidate found unfit after the commencement of the course will not be permitted to continue the training and a refund of fees and other charges will not be admissible
  • This teacher training course requires educational abilities and the desire to study the program according to the standards of Yoga Alliance USA. Students are reminded to remain aware and respectful of cultural differences among the participants and teachers. Any disruptions to the teaching process or behavior deemed harmful to other students, teachers, or the institute's property is in violation of the rules and policies of Vedansha Institute. Violation of the school's policies may result in dismissal from the program without any refund of the course fees.
  • The teachers are not fitness instructors, most of them are spiritual yoga masters who have a completely different way of life and devotion to their practice. Some of them are monks, pandits in temples or swamis. They request you to please be polite and respect their work. If you find something that not suitable for you or for your faith or mentality, please do not put the blame on them. Let them know at the front desk, online or just discuss with Founder Dr Pandey Ji directly if you want any changes and what you find not suitable for you. In 99% misunderstanding will be solved in a good way.
  • The course language is English. Any other mentioned language is used for online communication and in some cases can be used in communication during the course on the place. If you wish to get a translator for any other language kindly request to ask about availability before booking. If a booking is done without the request of translation Vedansha have right to cancel the booking and refund the deposit. If translation will be requested on place Vedansha has right to dismiss the client from the course and do not refund the deposit. If a client request to arrange another school with appropriate language ability it can be done upon request if the school with this language is available in Rishikesh for extra costs.
  • The booking should be performed by the person who is going to participate in the course. If a booking is done by the third person (relatives, friends, parents etc) the direct participant should send Vedansha an email or scanned copy of confirmation that he/she acknowledge the program, rules and regulations of the organizer.
  • Any candidate who decided to change the program after arriving have to apply for it in written form. If you decide to cancel the course after arriving, Vedansha will have to charge amount that covered our costs of 30% of the course days as Vedansha reserve teacher, accommodation, meal prior to your arriving.

Assessments

  • A written test in yoga philosophy, anatomy, therapy, Ayurveda, teaching methodology, pranayama, and meditation
  • A correct alignment of some asanas, pranayama, meditation. Possible injuries and how to handle it in yoga class

Sample 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 & fire ceremony purification)
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Asanas practical class Hatha/Ashtanga style (depending on the week schedule): learning the asana postures under the guiding of an experienced yoga teacher
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Pranayama: breathing exercises
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast: special yogic menu
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Yoga philosophy/Ayurveda/teaching methology
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Mantra chanting (2 weeks)/Asana practicum & methodology
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Free time
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Yoga anatomy 2 weeks/asana alignment 2 weeks
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Ashtanga Vinyasa/Hatha Yoga (theory & practice): number of physical postures according to study program
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Yoga Nidra/ guided meditation: guided relaxation practice, meditation and concentration
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 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. Please note that excursion is offered and planned by the Institute, not by the student.

Instructors

Sanjeev Pandey

Ashish Rawat

Awdhesh Semwal

Usha Vaishnava

Jyotish Acharya

Sandeep Semwal

Hemlata Bahuguna

Sonu Badoni

Lakhiram

Deepak Aggrawal

Vedansh Pandey

Jyoti Sharma

Dr Dipak Saklani

Retreat location

This training will take place at the Moksha Ashram, Vedansha Retreat Center and the Kriya Ashram in Rishikesh, India.

Nearby places

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

Unique features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Massage

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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 advice of a naturopathic specialist. You can receive an individual plan of asana postures, pranayama, herbs, and meditative practice. Additionally, you can receive a detailed horoscope assessment with methods of correction according to Vedic medical astrology.

The following are not included in the price, but are available for a moderate cost:

  • Aiport pick up and drop off
  • Additional ayurvedic procedures
  • Ayurvedic doctor consultation
  • Detailed aura check-up with written report about Aura statement, disturbances in aura, if they are present, supporting methods and treatment pieces of advice of naturopathic specialist (individual plan of asana postures, pranayama, herbs, meditative practice)
  • Extra excursions, apart from the ones mentioned above
  • Full astrological consultation with detailed explanation of planet position, disturbances, methods of correction, suggestions in career, family life, marriage, prevention of diseases

Spa treatments

During this training, 2 ayurvedic massages 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
  • Theoretical and practical skills
  • Mala (string of beads) energised by our Guru Ji Yogachariya Dr. S.K.Pandey, PhD (Yoga & Naturopathy)
  • 26 nights accommodation
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3 times of yogic nutrition, beverages
  • Yogic cleansing session
  • Study materials
  • Cleansing Kit
  • 1 t-shirt with symbolic of the school
  • 2 excursions in Himalaya
  • 1 short aura check up
  • 2 ayurvedic massages
  • Accompanying and supporting
  • 24 hours assistance while you are joining this course

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Detailed aura check-up
  • Detailed horoscope assessment
  • Naturopathic consultation
  • Other Ayurvedic procedures and 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 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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