71 Days 500 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh, India

Comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training

During this basiс, intermediate and advanced training, you will study asanas, pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy, mantras, anatomy, yoga therapy, and nutrition in yoga, as well as naturopathy, ayurveda, astrology teaching methodology, and get important information about your aura problems. Improve your yoga teaching, in the truest sense, by joining this authentic training in the Himalayas, which is part of a basic educational level of yoga designed for those who want to learn standard techniques and be able to teach them.

Retreat highlights

  • Concentration and meditation
  • Yoga philosophy & Ayurveda in daily life
  • Deep study of breathing & mantra techniques
  • Asana Hatha and Ashtanga vinyasa yoga classes
  • Workshops & on-line after course webinars
  • Excursions & Ayurvedic massages
  • 70 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


70 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Health Club
  • Spa
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Car rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

During this training, you will stay in a shared, private or double room at the Kriya Ashram or at the Vedansha Retreat Center. The rooms offer hot water, a clean toilet, warm conditions during cold seasons, and security in the area. Rooms have a fan and good ventilated. For the summer season, you may opt for an air-conditioned room, offered upon availability, at an additional charge of 8 USD per night.

If you would like to stay in a single or double hotel room, Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine offers you a private accommodation, with air-conditioning, either in a deluxe room or an apartment, for an additional cost. Please send an inquiry and the institute will be pleased to offer you a quotation, for the hotel accommodation option.

Please note that sometimes the power goes off in the whole Rishikesh. During these moments, you will have light in your rooms, but the Internet may stop working for a while. In such cases, you should not worry, as it usually comes back in a few minutes. Otherwise, please ask Vedansha Institute's manager to assist you and provide the internet stick.

Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine India Yoga Teacher Training Program

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, provide 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 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. The institute has trained more than 10,000 yoga teachers from USA, Canada, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Australia, Mexico, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Portugal, Greece, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, and Peru.

It also guides its clients after courses are completed by giving regular workshops and online webinars for a beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels in yoga, Vedic astrology, meditation, and Ayurveda. Because of this, clients keep on returning to the institute and its partners. 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.

Programs

There are no unsolved problems for the institute, only new questions to be answered. Vedansha aims to develop an authentic Himalayan yoga tradition worldwide. The quality of its yoga programs is guaranteed. These programs are proven safe by European medical doctors, and can be easily performed by clients with varying levels of physical ability.

Each program was made by Dr. Sanjeev who is a seventh generation hereditary yogi, and is oriented on beginner, intermediate, and advanced yogic levels. Vedansha has certified, healthy yoga products, and is considered as one of the best in Himalaya as proven by its certification from the International Yoga Alliance (USA) and Alternative Medical Council Calcutta (India).

Its programs are based on centuries-old traditions and adapted to contemporary conditions that make its clients 99% satisfied. You will get a full-service package with meetings, accommodation, three daily vegetarian meals and beverages, check-up of body problems, individual, naturopathic consultation, classes, special events, workshops, Ayurveda procedures, and excursions.

Vedansha starts to work with its clients even before their visit by providing a short check-up of their natal map and recognizing concerns. A program is then created for clients according to the information they provide regarding goals and opportunities for corrections during the visit. By using methods of yoga, Ayurveda, and Vedic astrology, the center creates special yoga classes with healthy nourishment, herbs, and spices, reaching purification and balance of the body and soul.

Responsibility

The institute takes responsibility for its students and patients. If you come as a student to get knowledge, Vedansha will not only propose to you the exact number of hours and classes, but also consider your understanding of the difficulties in Vedic material and obstacles in your own practice. The center is sure that there are no untalented students.

Because of special, organized programs with attention to practical exercises, Vedansha's students are confident, able to teach without fear, and can represent Vedic science in their countries. The institute will support you in your teaching career, and will always be glad to help you with advice or sharing of professional skills.

If you decided to get supportive treatment, Vedansha will do its best to provide you with high-quality procedures in diagnostic therapy in India. And because of its international connections, the institute will try to help with organizing any succeeding treatment in your country.

The aim of this meditation practice is to encourage a deep state of concentration, that can be reached by everyone at a different pace, from 7 days even up to several years. It depends on the student's possibility of concentration, brain activity, the dominance of nervous system, desire to reach the goal and fear of obstacles. If you have any troubles related to the things mentioned, please let Vedansha know and they will help you go forward and overcome the troubles. Every student is different and sometimes it requires more time and effort, they are ready to offer our help anytime.

Curriculum

Anatomy and physiology

  • Introduction to the muscular and skeletal system and their function during physical exercises

Yoga philosophical aspects

1. Human Life: Meaning & Aim of Life.

2. Yoga - Introduction / its origin & development.

3. Introduction of Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutra.

4. Panch-Klesha (Five Causes Of Pain & Miseries) / causes of success and failure in Yoga

5. Yama, Niyama (social and personal rules and regulations) Asana (physical posture), Pranayama (breathing techniques), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the mind from the senses), Dharna (concentration), Dhayan (meditation), Samadhi (self-realization)

6. 9 Disturbances of Mind, possibilities of control, Kriya Yoga

7. A functional model of 7 chakras from the philosophical point of view

8. Elements of swara yoga

9. charka system and their connection with the physical body

10. Theory of Nadi

11. Chakra and Kundalini energy

12. Charka disturbances

13. Theory of golden ration in yoga

14. A detailed explanation of charka system from yogic, ayurvedic point of view (Mooladhara, Swadhisthana, Manipura, Anahatha, Vishuddhi, Ajna, Sahasrara)

Yoga Practical Aspects

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
  • kurmasana
  • Supta Kurmasana
  • garbha pindasana
  • kukkutasana
  • badha konasana A,B,C
  • upavistha konasana A,B
  • suptakonasana
  • suptapadangustasana A,B,C
  • savasana
  • paryangasana A, B
  • Parivrittanasana A, B
  • Yoni Dandasana A, B
  • Yoga Dandasana
  • Bhuja Dandasana
  • Parsva Dandasana
  • Adho Dandasana
  • Urdhva Dandasana
  • Sama Konasana
  • Omkarasana
  • Moola Bandaasana
  • Nahusasasana A, B, C
  • Vrikschikasana
  • Buhhhasana
  • Kapilasana
  • Sayanasana
  • Akharna Danurasana
  • Padanghusta Dhanurasana A, B
  • Marichsyasana E, F, G, H
  • Tadasana
  • Samanasana
  • Parsva Bakasana
  • Eka Pada Kapotasana A, B

Hatha Yoga postures

  • Surya namaskara
  • Pranamasana
  • Hasta Utthanasana
  • Padahastasana
  • Hasta Sanchalsana
  • Parvatasana
  • Ashtanga Namaskara
  • Bhujangasana
  • Tadasana
  • Tiryaka Tadasana
  • Trikonasana
  • Parsva Uttanasana
  • Sirha Angusta Yogasana
  • Hasta Utthansana A,B
  • Parivritta Trikonasana
  • Ekapada Pranamasana
  • Druta Utkatasana
  • Simha Garjan Asana
  • Veerasana
  • Parighasana
  • Marjariasana A,B
  • Ustrasana
  • Balasana
  • Tiryaka Marjariasana A,B,C
  • Dandasana
  • Gomukhasana
  • Matsyasana
  • bhu namanasana
  • Merudandasana
  • Makarasana
  • shshankasana
  • Ardha shalabhasana
  • Poornashalabhasana
  • Santulanasana
  • chaturangadandasana
  • padontthanasana
  • supta pawanmuktasana
  • kandhasanana
  • supta vajrasana
  • udarakarasana
  • veeparitakarnasana
  • Halasana
  • Chakrasana
  • Balasana
  • Surya namaskaka
  • Asana of 200 Hrs if someone still not masters that level
  • Shalambha sirsasana
  • Shalambha sirasana
  • KAKASANA
  • TITTIBHASANA
  • KUKKUTASANA
  • VEERA BHADRASANA-3
  • 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 & Mudras

  • Introduction to Pranayama
  • Basic Pranayama Techniques & Benefits (Neti, Kapalabhati, Nadi Shodana primary plus basic level, Surya Bheda, Bastrika, Sheetali, Shetkari, Bhramari)
  • The pranic body
  • Parana and lifestyle
  • Breathe, health and pranayama
  • Breathing and life span
  • Kriyas (Body Cleansing Methods): (Neti, Kapalabhati, kunjala, nauli, trataka, shankaprashalana)

Meditation

  • Standart Meditation Practice (Om Meditation, Trataka, Yoga Nidra, Sound meditation, Mantra meditation)
  • Mantra
  • Standart Mantras

Anatomy and physiology

  • Detailed explanation of muscular, skeletal system and breathing system their function during physical excersises of intermediate level
  • Yoga therapy/Ayurveda
  • Using of number of yogic/ayurvedic methods in supporting and treatment of some diseases

Teaching Methodology

  • The concept of teaching methodology & how to create your own yoga class, how to reach others, obstacles in teaching

Asana Alignment

  • Correct performance of asana, assistance & adjustment
  • depends on week schedule

Ayurveda

  • Ayurveda in daily life, concept of vata, pitta, kapha, test for yoga dosha type, how to cure & support body according to dosha concept, main herbs for treating some common diseases

Pre-requisites

  • Interest to learn Vedic science
  • Individuals with disabilities or ailments are advised to refrain from applying
  • Minimum age at the time of admission is 18 years. Applicants aged over 60 years could apply after consultation
  • Pregnant women need a medical authorization permitting them to practice yoga from their own country with translation in English
  • 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.
  • Please note that the yoga atmosphere and classes can be different from that what you learned or saw in your home country. Vedansha Institute teaches not only asana, they also give knowledge of yoga as a Vedic science (pranayama, meditation, mantra, Ayurveda, astrology, sadhana, yajna, yoga philosophy, yoga therapy).
  • 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, on-line 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.
  • If you are participating in scholarship program please note that karma yoga is also included in it. It means that 1 hour per week you will have to perform service free of charge such as cleaning of kitchen, garden, room, or helping in organization work.

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 guidance 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 methodology
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Mantra chanting/yoga therapy
  • 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 - 18:15 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.

Instructors

Sanjeev Pandey
Yogachariya Dr. Sanjeev Pandey Ji is the founder of the Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine. He has a PhD in Yogatherapy and Naturopathy, and he is a Himalayan yogi from the seventh generation. He has kept the family and university tradition of yoga during his teaching and personal practice. Since January 2017, he provides education and supplementary treatment according to the high level of ancient and modern standard of Vedic science at his own Institute to share yoga knowledge.
Ashish Rawat
(Ashtanga Yoga, Hatha Yoga)
Ashish is a yoga master with a uniqueness that attracts the learners with his dynamic teaching style. He was born in Vedic family and is a certified yoga teacher that has been teaching during six years. In this period of time, he had shown exceptional qualities of a yoga teacher in Hatha and Ashtanga style. He undertook the yogic training from the international school of yoga, Ved Niketan Dham in Rishikesh and gained the master degree in yogic sciences from the Sanskrit University in Uttarakhand.
Awdhesh Semwal
Awdhesh is an asana teacher for Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. He was born in Rishikesh, the capital of yoga. His yogic practice started from 2011 after he met various yoga masters who inspired him and encouraged him to come to yoga path. He began to study in Uttarakhand Sanskrit University yoga philosophy and started his own practice as well. He obtained positiveness, peace in mind, and physical heath. Awdesh Semwal completed his diploma in yoga and other degrees in 2014.
Usha Vaishnava
Having studied Ayurveda and herbal medicine at Kanpur in the Kanpur University in 1966, Dr. Usha completed her internationally recognized bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery in 1997. Her competence is evident in her extensive and varied experience during the past 20 years, having shared her expertise as a lecturer of Kaya Chikitsa at Himalaya Ayurvedic College (Bareilly, U.P.), as a trainee physician in Arya Vaidya Sala (Kottakkal, Kerala), and Panchkarma specialist.
Jyotish Acharya
Pandit Shiva Ji or Jyotish Acharya is a famous traditional Vedic astrologer in Rishikesh. He is well qualified in astrology and Vedic science, he completed his Jyotish Acharya (master degree in astrological science) and Ved Acharya (master degree in Vedic science and Vastu Shastra) from Sampoorna Nanda Sanskrit University, Kashi (Varanasi), India. He worked with great Himalayan Astro Masters and he lives and teaches in Rishikesh, sharing his knowledge of Vedanta, astrology, and Vedic karma kand.
Maksim Vdovichenko
Dr. Vdovichenko was born in Kazakhstan. He graduated from the Chelyabinsk Medical Academy in Russia and began his work as a general surgeon. Then, he decided to continue his career in Germany and has worked since 2014 as a vascular surgeon in Thüringen. In order to complete his specialization in emergency medicine, he now works as an anesthesiologist. Dr. Vdovichenko is responsible for the programs that include human anatomy, physiology, and yoga therapy in the Vedansha Institute.
Sandeep Semwal
He is a master of yoga in traditional Hatha, Ashtanga, pranayama & meditation styles. He lived in different Ashrams during his childhood in north India and learned yoga from Himalayan masters. After he completes his master degree (Yogacharya) in Sanskrit University of Uttarakhand, he started to share his knowledge with his students. In free time Sandeep used to go to a spiritual place in Kedarnath and Badrinath to balance his energy and develop more in his practice. He is very polite and passionate teacher. He can teach either beginners or advanced students as well.

Retreat location

This training will take place at the Moksha Ashram 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
  • Spa

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance

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
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Naturopathic
  • Fruitarian
  • 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. Additionally, you can receive a detailed horoscope assessment with methods of correction according to Vedic medical astrology.

Spa treatments

During this training, 6 ayurvedic massages are included in the price package. Other spa treatments are available, on request, for an additional cost.

What's included

  • 1 t-shirt with the school symbol
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals plus herbal teas
  • 5 excursions in Himalaya
  • 6 ayurvedic massages
  • 70 nights accommodation
  • Cleansing kit and a daily detox tea
  • Full support during your stay at the institute and help provided 24 hours
  • Herbs suggestions for well-being Mala string of beads energized by Ji Yogachariya and Dr. S.K.Pandey
  • Theoretical and practical skills
  • Yoga Alliance certificate upon completion
  • Wi-fi

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

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).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16% 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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