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Advanced 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in India

Grasp the opportunity to deepen your self-practice, developing a profound understanding in yoga postures, pranayama, meditation and yoga philosophy and becoming an inspiring yoga teacher with this teacher training course. Having attained more body awareness and a clear image of yoga lifestyle during the 300-hour yoga teacher training, you will now truly experience the essence and benefits of yoga and will be able to adapt the traditions of yoga into the contemporary world, promoting yoga as an art of living. Become an authentic yoga teacher that teaches quality yoga classes from the heart to motivate and inspire students from all over the world. Students will be trained by the school’s Indian team of highly professional teachers, having each their own teaching expertise. The focus of the course will be on yoga postures and alignments, meditation and pranayama, yoga philosophy and so on, aiming to make this course unique and comprehensive.

Meet the instructors

Yogi Vishnu
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga practices
  • Yoga therapy and healing practice
  • Pranayama and meditation classes
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Course materials and teaching practices
  • Sunday tours and excursions
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Daily healthy meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


28 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport
Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$75 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
06:00
Check-out Time:
23:59

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Vinyasa Yoga Academy is extremely grateful to be located so close to the Ganga River with its serene and magical energy wafting onto the property. The yoga halls are bright, colorful, and modern with a gorgeous Ganga view and a literary library available for students. Nirvana Cafe inside the school also has nightly movie showings of both Hollywood and Bollywood movies for students to watch.

People all around the world come to Rishikesh to search for knowledge and peace, and they are proud to be in the calm foothills of the Himalayas helping soul searchers seek knowledge. They understand the needs of students and try to provide them with everything to make their stay happy and meaningful. Shared and private rooms are available according to interest. The rooms are clean, airy, spacious, ventilated, and well maintained. There are laundry services, hot water, and Wi-Fi facilities also available.

Program

Rishikesh, also referred to as ''the Yoga capital of the world'' is a unique place to study yoga. Surrounded by the holy waters of the Ganges, set onto the hills of the beautiful, green Himalayan Mountains you'll experience an instant and natural feeling of true happiness and gratitude. Enjoy the nightly Ganga Aarti (fire offering) on the Ganges in the evenings. All and all granted for a truly spiritual journey into India, completing your yoga course with an uplifted spirit and feeling compassion for everything surrounding you.

Next to this, Vinyasa Yoga Academy is proud to introduce you to the beloved family consisting of the highly qualified Indian team of teachers and staff members. All teachers have a unique approach with a personal touch of love, paying attention to the group process but also meeting the student's personal needs. The humble staff members will do everything in their power to make your stay as convenient as possible, making it feel as if you were at home.

Course syllabus

Alignment

  • Meaning and sense of alignment
  • Role of alignment in daily practice
  • Prana and chakras - how to balance them
  • 5 koshas and alignment
  • Importance of alignment
  • Aspect of alignment
  • Avoid the injuries through alignment
  • Enhancing the movement of joints
  • Alignment based on body regions
  • Upper limb alignment
  • Lower limb alignment
  • Torso – thorax – abdomen – pelvis alignment
  • Head and neck - alignment
  • Spinal alignment
  • Basic alignment postures
  • How to bring the body in comfortable
  • How to find balance between body and mind

Adjustment

  • What is the sense of yoga adjustment
  • What is the level of yoga adjustment
  • Why adjustment is needed in yoga asana
  • Role of adjustments in yoga asana class
  • Right technique of perfect adjustment
  • How to apply a bandha and when
  • Exploring the dynamics of each asana
  • How to adjust self adjust in a posture
  • How to adjust others during the class
  • Pre required methods of adjustment
  • Uses of different tools and props to achieve a peak of the posture
  • Body weight management during a posture
  • Safety rules and preparations

Ayurveda

Ayurveda talks about a proper health management that all yoga teachers need to know to help people. Vinyasa Yoga Academy provides one Ayurveda workshop from their doctor. Here is what you will learn in the Ayurveda class:

Basic principles and introduction of Ayurveda

  • Fundamentals of Ayurveda
  • Tridosha concept (vata, pitta. Kapha)
  • Kapha (the theme of structure and lubrication)
  • Vata (the energy of movements)
  • Pitta (the energy of bio-transformation and heat generation)
  • Prakriti - know your constitution
  • Pancha mahabhuta concept
  • Prakruti (body constitution)
  • Vikurti
  • Sapta dhatu (body elements)
  • Mala (waste products)
  • Srotas (body channels)
  • Agni (digestive fire)
  • Koshta (alimentary tract)
  • Ama (metabolic toxins)

Bandha (energy lock)

There are 3 bandhas and they will be taught dependent on the level of the student. In 200 hours, you have learnt the basics and here in 300-hour in Rishikesh you will learn how to develop the practice to awake your hidden energy.

What you will learn

  • Energy lock and kundalini awakening
  • How the bandha help to stop drain your prana shakti
  • Unblocking your system and free flow of energy through bandha
  • Unlocking 3 knots brahma, vishnu, and shiva
  • Outcome of the practice
  • Precautions
  • Health and spiritual benefit

Practices (beginners and intermediate level)

  • Advance level agnisar kriya
  • Advancing the power of internal retention
  • Advancing the power of external retention
  • Ashwini mudra to prepare mulabandha
  • Vajroli mudra to practice mulabandha
  • Mulabandha – anal lock
  • Uddiyana bandha – abdominal lock
  • Jalandhara bandha – throat lock
  • Maha bandha – great lock

Classical dance

Vinyasa Yoga Academy introduces classical dance to our students because it is a complete yogic practice done with:

  • Concentration
  • Mudra
  • Conscious movement
  • Awareness of emotions
  • Eye movements
  • Mantra
  • Music

Here you learn the ganesha vandana classical dance. Here it is a bhangi means you dance in such a way that you represent ganesha in each of your gestures. You will feel yourself and one’s mood change completely by watching you. For the first time here Vinyasa Yoga Academy has included dance in the yoga curriculum.

Evaluation and certification

Master Guru Vishnu says the real test is when the teacher is tested not the student. Concentration and interest of the students matters but if you learn from the right teacher he/she help you to motivate, and generate interest.

Vinyasa Yoga Academy evaluate the teachers through the performance of the students which means that you will have a great experience with great teachers. Yoga is not an academic education but it is a life education. Each and every step you have to meet challenges.

You will be evaluated in the following way:

  • Performance
  • Attendance
  • Demonstration
  • Practical test
  • Written test
  • Behaviour

Ganga Beach yoga sadhana

Many students lose themselves in the energy of Rishikesh and the base of her beauty is mother Ganga and surrounding Himalayan foothills.

So that you can experience the energy and the beauty Vinyasa Yoga Academy organizes yoga sadhana on the banks of Ganga. Every Thursday morning students will practice yoga sadhana in the bank of Ganga.

What classes will be taught:

  • Asana
  • Pranayama
  • Meditation
  • Ganga puja

Hatha yoga

The 300-hour Intermediate and advance level traditional Hatha yoga practices are very special. In the beginning, they will teach the basics so that your body will be ready for upper level. And once you continue to hold the posture longer time and once you move with a rhythm you find almost a dance. Many of the classical postures are same in the name but there are different levels of practice in each asana. The teachers help you to perform with accurate alignment.

Here is the list of asana series that will be practiced:

  • Joints and glands exercises foundation practices
  • Joints and glands exercises advance practices
  • Centering postures series
  • Sun salutation – with holding, mantra, chakra awareness and flow
  • Moon salutation – with holding, mantra, chakra awareness and flow
  • Standing intermediate and advance postures series
  • Kneeling postures series
  • Sitting postures series
  • Forward bending postures series
  • Backward bending postures series
  • Supine postures series
  • Prone postures series
  • Fire series inversions series
  • Twisting postures series
  • Balancing postures series
  • Relaxing posture series
  • Meditative asana series

Philosophy of Hatha yoga really can change your concept of yoga. It is much more than the movement:

  • Philosophy of sun salutation
  • Philosophy behind each yoga asana
  • Hatha yoga and kundalini awakening
  • Asana and yoga sadhana
  • Benefit of asana practices
  • Rules and regulation
  • Advancing your yoga pose

Kundalini yoga

Vinyasa Yoga Academy offers one Kundalini yoga lesson to the students so that they are able to understand what it is and how it works.

Kundalini yoga has been very popular and beneficial for your health and harmony. It helps to balance your chakras and awaken the Kundalini Shakti. It removes the veil of ignorance and clean the karmic sanskaras.

In this lesson they teach:

  • Kundalini asana
  • Kundalini pranayama
  • Kundalini kriya
  • Kundalini meditation

There is a lot of confusion on the different styles of Kundalini yoga. Vinyasa Yoga Academy will be teaching Himalayan Traditional Kundalini yoga practices.

Mantra Diksha

Mantra

Sanskrit syllable

  • 58 syllable and its power of vibration

How mantra vibrates in chakras

  • Each chakras has it own vibration
  • Sound of Muladhara
  • Sound of Swadhistana
  • Sound of Manipura
  • Sound of Anahata
  • Sound of Visuddhi
  • Sound of ajna
  • Sound of sahasrara

Healing mantras

  • Mantras for physical healing
  • Mantras for mental healing
  • Mantras for emotional healing
  • Mantras for spiritual healing

Mantras for planetary disorders

  • Mantra for sun
  • Mantra for moon
  • Mantra for saturn
  • Mantra for vrihaspti/guru
  • Mantra for mangala

How Mantra can heal different diseases

  • Mantra for cancer
  • Mantra for HBP
  • Mantra for heart problem
  • Mantra in pregnancy
  • Mantra for stress relief
  • Mantra for concentration

Bija Mantra for the chakras

  • Mantra Sound for Muladhar - Lam
  • Mantra Sound for Swadhisthana - Vam
  • Mantra Sound for Manipura - Ram
  • Mantra Sound for Anahata - Yam
  • Mantra Sound for Visuddhi - Ham
  • Mantra Sound for Ajna - Om
  • Mantra sound for Sahasrara - Silence

Syllable sound for each chakras

  • Mantra Sound for Muladhar - four petals - व श स ष
  • Mantra Sound for Swadhisthana - six petals - ब भ म य र ल
  • Mantra Sound for Manipura - ten petals - ड ढ ण त थ द ध न प फ
  • Mantra Sound for Anahata - twelve petals - क ख ग घ ङ च छ ज झ ञ ट ठ
  • Mantra Sound for Visuddhi - sixteen petals - अ आ इ ई उ ऊ ऋ ॠ ऌ ॡ ए ऐ ओ औ अं अः
  • Mnatra Sound for Ajna - two petals - ह क्ष
  • Mantra sound for Sahasrara - two petals- अ - क्ष

Mantra Healing for all planets

  • Sun -“Om Hring Hraung Suryay Namah
  • Chandra (moon)- “Om Aing Kling Somay Namah”
  • Mangala mantra - “Om Hung Shring Bhaumay Namah”
  • Budha mantra - “Om Aing Shring Shring Budhay Namah”

Brihaspati Guru Mantra - “Om Hring Cling hung Brihsptye Namah”

  • Shukra Mantra“Om Hring Shring Shukray Namah”
  • Shani Mantra“Om Aing Hring Shring Shanaishchray Namah”
  • Rahu Mantra “Om Aing Hring Rahave Namah”
  • Ketu mantra“Om Hring Aing Ketave Namah”

Meditation (dhyana)

In 300 YTTC, your journey will be deeper in meditation. It is not only to watch the mind, but experience the nature and role of mind to finally be able to control it.

  • Week 1:Strengthening Foundation of meditation
  • Week 2: Intensifying the focus and mindfulness
  • Week 3: Advancing Meditation Techniques
  • Week 4: Awareness and Kundalini Meditation

What you will be learn:

  • What is mind and its role in meditation?
  • Nature of mind and why it is restless?
  • Meditation is pratiprasava - reverse journey
  • Brain waves in meditation
  • Importance of music in meditation
  • Emotional purification meditation
  • Meditation and past life healing
  • How to get samadhi in meditation

Styles of meditation practices

Himalayan Meditation Practices

  • Advancing your foundation in meditation
  • Awareness and mindfullness
  • Anapana
  • Jyoti Tratak meditation

Nada Meditation Practices

  • Music meditation
  • Pranava meditation
  • Advance mantra meditation

Active meditation practices

  • Dynamic meditation
  • Contemplative walking
  • Meditation in daily life

Tantra and Kundalini meditation practices

  • Meditation for muladhara chakra
  • Meditation for swadhisthana chakra
  • Meditation for manipura chakra
  • Meditation for anahata chakra
  • Meditation for visuddhi chakra
  • Meditation for ajna chakra
  • Meditation for sahasrara chakra
  • Guru chakra meditation
  • Kundalini meditation

Vipasana and Passive meditation practices

  • Breath awareness
  • Mindfulness and sensation
  • Total awareness practice
  • Kirtan Dhyan
  • Mantra Japa
  • Silence practice

Mudra

Mudras are very important to uplift your energy with ease. Here in 300 hours YTTC you will be taught some traditional mudras for energy awakening.

Hast Mudra

  • Yoni mudra
  • Linga mudra
  • Bhairava mudra
  • Bhairavi mudra

Energy mudra

  • Viparita Karnai mudra
  • Mahabandha mudra
  • Mahabheda mudra

Kundalini mudra

  • Ashwini mudra
  • Vajroli mudra
  • Sahajoli mudra
  • Shambhavi mudra

Pranayama (breathing practices)

Pranayama is taught in a more sensitive way and at an advanced level so that you are able to experience the depth of your prana. You will have enough confidence, skill, and experience to guide your own students. Every week will lead to a different state of experience:

  • Week 1: moving towards advancement of your pranayama practices
  • Week 2: variations and experiment
  • Week 3: breathing for awakening nadis and chakras
  • Week 4: teaching practices and mastery on breathing

Here are the topics you will be learning for study of pranayama:

  • Pranayama - link of happiness
  • Physiology of prana
  • Elements in nature of prana
  • Prana body types
  • Astrology of breathing science
  • Prana and it routes
  • How prana flows in the body
  • Relationship prana and consciousness
  • How many breaths we take
  • Research on prana - to get favourable outcome
  • Health parameter with breath length

Sample daily schedule

  • 05:30 - 06:15 Silence meditation
  • 06:15 - 07:15 Pranayama and shatkarma
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Hatha yoga
  • 09:00 - 09:45 Breakfast
  • 10:45 - 11:45 Yoga anatomy
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Yoga alignment and adjustment / teaching methodology
  • 13:15 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:30 Self study
  • 15:45 - 16:45 Yoga philosophy
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Ashtanga yoga
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Meditation
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Dinner

All classes are mandatory; only in case of an emergency or illness, one can take leave with respected teacher permission. Uninformed leaves won’t be accepted and this will effect on student monthly performance.

Pre-requisites

  • Be self-motivated and self-disciplined to fully enjoy the course
  • Before you join, prepare your body and mind for this big journey
  • It is mandatory to attend all of the classes and activities
  • Do not harass or harm any other students
  • Misconduct and misbehavior will not be allowed or tolerated

Principles and guidelines

  • Vinyasa Yoga Academy is a traditional and authentic Vinyasa yoga school in Rishikesh.
  • Class starts in the early morning and goes until evening. There will be a short break during and after each meal.
  • Respect everyone inside and outside the campus.
  • There is no refund of the course after you join. Advance deposit is also non refundable but it can be used during another month if you need to change the time of your course.
  • If you skip any meal please inform the reception at least 3 hours before.
  • Non vegetarian food, smoking, and drinking alcohol are not allowed on the vinyasa yoga academy premises.

General rules

  • Modest dressing is mandatory on the premises.
  • Silence should be maintained after 8 pm.
  • Regular homework should be completed.
  • All classes are mandatory to attend.
  • Bring one pair of white clothes for the welcome ceremony.
  • As a part of the evaluation procedure, there will be a final exam, both theoretical and practical.
  • Vinyasa Yoga Academy reserves the right to disqualify any students at any time during the ttc for misconduct or breaking the rules.
  • Pets are not allowed to be kept in rooms.

Included excursions

Every Sunday, you will enjoy excursions to many tourist destinations in and around Rishikesh. The activities include local sight seeing, Ganga arati, exploring the natural treasures of the area (like caves, river beaches, and waterfalls), and meditating at Kunjapuri Temple during sunrise.

Instructors

Yogi Vishnu Panigrahi

Retreat location

Vinyasa Yoga teacher training course will be held nearTapovan, Laxman Jhula in Rishikesh, India.

Rishikesh is known as the birthplace of yoga and for thousands of years, seekers have flocked here to learn the ancient ways of yoga and meditation. The Vinyasa Yoga Academy is one of the most reputable training centers in India today. Combining age-old techniques with our naturally evolving world, their school is a perfect modern-day facility where guests gain quality education and experiences from our expert instructors that prove to be life-changing.

The VYA home is open to you and their family awaits. They welcome you into their lives as they share in this unique opportunity where you will gain skills that will help to create a peaceful world we all seek to live in. It is their hope that you leave with a full mystical comprehension of your practical experience.

If you are a first time visitor to India, you may experience culture shock from just how different India is from other parts of the world. Be aware that it may be very emotionally overwhelming upon arriving in India, especially if you are beginning your journey in a big city like Delhi. Just know that Rishikesh is a very peaceful and relaxed place in India compared to larger cities.

Distances

  • Delhi, 242 kilometers - 6 hours

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During the Vinyasa Yoga training course, you will be served three meals per day. The food served is hygienically prepared, nutritious, and healthy. Vinyasa Yoga Academy puts special emphasis over yogi food for all students.

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
  • Vegan
  • Yogic
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)

Ayurvedic massage

Ayurvedic massage therapy for healing and detoxifying the body, mind, and spirit helps stress reduction and is implemented therapy with herbal oils. It incorporates an aromatic combination of oils prepared with herbs warmed and blended to your Dosha type. It is a very dynamic and unique experience. Students in the teacher training program can book Ayurvedic massages with a 10% discount.

Concerts

Music is a powerful instrument. It connects you deeply with yourself and with others in the most extraordinary and liberating ways. Vinyasa Yoga Academy hosts a jam session and you can participate.

Healing therapies

If you are seeking alternative therapies to heal, increase relaxation, or learn more about yourself, Vinyasa Yoga Academy has a variety of spiritual treatments available at an additional cost.

Movie nights

When you’re in the mood to watch a Bollywood or Hollywood film, stop by Nirvana Cafe inside the school facilities. Complimentary popcorn will be provided.

Peace projects

Vinyasa Yoga Academy is a school with a mission. They spread their message of love and peace wherever and whenever they can through peace projects where the team and the training students regularly perform trash clean-ups around Rishikesh.

Satsang

Recharge your spiritual batteries with a refreshing and peaceful experience at the satsang, a lecture led by Yogi Vishnu that is dedicated to spiritually transforming discussions.

Shopping

A really fun part about Laxman Jhula is all the shops, stalls, and stores. If you have time during your busy training schedule, go wander around for a bit and see what you can find. There are lots of fun clothing to buy like pants, shirts, shawls, and scarves. Some other items that are available in the nearby markets include candles, yoga gear, natural or Ayurvedic beauty and personal care products, religious items, healthy food, snacks, and much more.

Spa treatments

Included in the price is a complimentary Ayurvedic massage. The treatment is for healing and detoxifying the body, mind, and spirit and it helps stress reduction and is implemented therapy with herbal oils. It incorporates an aromatic combination of oils prepared with herbs warmed and blended to your Dosha type. It is a very dynamic and unique experience.

What's included

  • 28 nights accommodation
  • All classes and workshops
  • Books and study materials
  • Daily vegetarian meals and tea
  • Free pick up from Dehradun Airport
  • Weekend excursions, study tour, and local ashram visit
  • Kirtan night and satsang
  • Ayurveda and Indian classical dance
  • Washing machine usages

What's not included

  • Medical insurance and medical treatment
  • Visa / travel expenses
  • Private room (299 USD extra)
  • Air-conditioner or heater (99 USD extra)
  • Private room with AC / heater - 399 USD extra
  • Delhi airport taxi - 80 USD
  • Taxi from Haridwar train station - 1200 INR (18 USD)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), where you can take a domestic flight into Jolly Grant Airport (DED). The price of the ticket ranges depending on when you book it, but it’s usually around 80 USD. Upon arrival, you can use a taxi ride that takes you from the airport to Laxman Jhula. It will cost you 18 USD.

Alternatively, you can also hire a private car to take you from Delhi to Rishikesh. The cost is 75 USD. You have the opportunity to meet up with other students in your yoga teacher training group to arrange a private car in order to keep the cost down. The distance from Delhi to Rishikesh by car is generally six hours but traffic, time of day, and holidays and festivals can make the journey longer.

Arrival by bus

Depending on the time your plane arrives in Delhi, taking a bus can be a tricky option. The Volvo buses from Delhi to Rishikesh stop running around 21:00. If your plane arrives in Delhi in the evening, you will have to get a hotel for the night and then make your way to Delhi ISBT (inter-state bus terminus) in the morning.

From the airport, get a prepaid taxi to take you to Delhi ISBT. You are strongly advised to only go to the government-approved taxi stand located right outside the airport exit. The price from the Delhi airport to Delhi ISBT will be 500 INR.

Once you arrive at Delhi ISBT, navigate your way to the bus station’s ticket stands on the second level (go up the escalator). Go to the Uttarakhand State booth and ask when the next Volvo bus will be leaving for Rishikesh. The bus ticket approximately costs between 300 to 400 INR.

Make sure to ask the bus driver or the bus director where they drop off at Rishikesh. You should get off the bus at Rishikesh bus station, which is usually their last stop if their destination is Rishikesh.

Once you arrive at Rishikesh bus station, find an auto rickshaw (tuk tuk) to take you to Laxman Jhula Bridge. An auto rickshaw will cost around 300 INR from the bus station to Laxman Jhula Bridge. They will drop you near or around a path that has a sign leading you to Laxman Jhula. Once you get to Laxman Jhula Bridge, cross it and make a right at Mango Tree Guesthouse. You’ll pass many shops, cafes, and stores on your way to the school. Follow the path all the way down for about one kilometer until you see the path curve left up a slight hill. Continue up that curve and Vinyasa Yoga Academy will be on your left-hand side.

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer available: Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$75 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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