30 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

  • Vinyasa Yoga School, Laxman Jhula, Near Sant Sewa Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249302, India

Intensive Yoga Teacher Teacher Training India

Experience a life-changing, spiritual, and intimate yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India, the world capital of yoga. Unlike other courses, Vinyasa Yoga School split the classes into groups of 15 people and cap the courses at 45 students. You’ll have more opportunities for feedback, questions, and most importantly time to practice teaching. With is world-class faculty and experienced teachers, there is no better choice for you to enhance your knowledge in yoga.

Highlights

  • Course materials and books
  • Free admission to weekend activities
  • Hatha, Pranayama, and Vinyasa yoga classes
  • Eligibility for Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • Mantra chanting and meditation session
  • 3 yogic homemade meals per day
  • 29 nights accommodation
  • Yoga therapy classes
  • 30 days with instruction
  • English
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You will have the choice of living in one of the three accommodations provided which are Hotel Saraswati, Hotel Ganga View, or Hotel Madhusudan. All participants will have their own private rooms as Vinyasa Yoga School believes it’s important for each student to have their own private sanctuary in order to retreat inwards, reflect, and recharge after an intense day of class.

Each room is furnished with a wardrobe, table and chairs, and a private bathroom. All accommodation also hve front desk receptions and 24/7 security monitoring system to allow you peace of mind during your stay in India. On top of that, the accommodations also have a year-round solar-powered water heating system for a soothing warm shower after a full day of practice.

Certifications

Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive certificate affiliated with Yoga Alliance. Registration with Yoga Alliance provides a globally recognized credential.

Get the chance to have a thorough and detailed yoga classes with yoga masters with Vinyasa Yoga School program. An intimate, spiritual, and holistic program, this school bears a detailed curriculum that will enrich your personal lives. Please note that class times and order may vary based on the different seasons in Rishikesh as well as based on alumni feedback.

Vinyasa Yoga School’s aim is to give you a holistic understanding of yoga, beyond just the physical aspects. With the help of this training program, you will practice and teach asanas, Sanskrit mantras, pranayama, meditation techniques, physiology, therapy, and shatkarmas.

Some of the reasons why you will love Vinyasa Yoga School and how they are different from the rest are due to the fact that first, they teach a holistic focus on all aspects of yoga and not just the physical. Second, the classes split into groups of 10-15 students for a more intimate and hands-on experience.

Third, Vinyasa Yoga School has an incredible faculty of award-winning teachers and Masters and PhD's in yoga. Fourth, they are located in the heart of Rishikesh, India, the world's capital of yoga and last but not least, your tuition will help fund volunteer projects in the community.

Monday to Saturday

06:00 Morning snack

Before classes begin, enjoy a warm cup of tea and a fruit snack.

06:30 Mantra chanting and meditation

Start each morning with mantra class where you will learn to chant 10 of yoga’s most important mantras, their literal translations and spiritual significance and how to use them in your daily life and yoga practice. The word “mantra” can be understood by examining the Sanskrit roots “MAN” = mind, and “TRA” = liberation. Mantras are powerful sounds and words that are chanted repeatedly to awaken powerful energies within and progress into a state of meditation.

07:15 Shatkarma

Throughout the week, you will also have an introduction to Shatkarmas and their underlying theory. Shatkarma (“SHAT” = six, “KARMA” = action) is an ancient purification of the body yogic practices. There are six types of Shatkarmas each which balance our masculine (ida) and feminine (pingla) energies and rid our body of stagnant waste accumulated over decades of unhealthy living. In our yoga teacher training, you will get an introduction to three of these ancient practices.

08:00 Hatha yoga

With your body cleansed and alive, continue your morning with Hatha yoga class. “Hatha” is a combination of “HA” (our right side, associated with aggressiveness, action, the sun) and “THA” (our left side, associated with stillness, peace, the moon). Thus, Hatha yoga practice is the unification of our right and left. At Vinyasa Yoga School, you will learn the primary Hatha asanas (postures), the art of alignment, how to construct a class, as well as have several opportunities to teach. This is an important class because Hatha yoga is the foundation of all modern forms of yoga. Mastery of teaching Hatha will give you solid base to teach yoga to yogis of all backgrounds.

09:00 Pranayama

Next, continue your morning with pranayama class. Pranayama is commonly referred to as breath control (as “PRANA” means breath or vital energy, and “YAMA” means control). In another light, it also refers to the expansion of our vital energy (“PRANA + “AYAMA”, where “AYAMA” means expansion). In this class, you will learn various breathing techniques to influence the flow of Prana throughout the body’s energy channels. You will also learn how to apply pranayama techniques that produce heat (such as Surya Bhedi) and cold (such as Sheetkari) as therapy for various psychosomatic ailments.

09:30 Meditation

Conclude your morning activities with your morning meditation class. A common misconception of yoga is that it mainly consists of physically holding and transitioning through asanas. Although practicing asanas have a myriad of proven physical and mental benefits, mastering asanas is an early prerequisite to the ultimate aim of yoga. It is to reach a meditative state of non-dualistic consciousness. You will experience and learn various guided relaxations, yoga Nidra, and other meditation techniques. You will also have several opportunities to lead your own meditations.

11:30 Philosophy

After breakfast, explore the origins of yoga by studying the core philosophy and scriptures that have persisted through thousands of years of practice. You will learn about the Bhagavad Geeta and the lessons of Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Gyana yoga. You will learn about the Yoga Sutra and how to overcome the various types of thought through the eight limbs of yoga. You will learn about the physical, astral, and causal bodies.

12:30 Yoga therapy

Alternative medicine is quickly gaining recognition by western science as a viable way to treat health problems. In this class, you will learn how to apply Yogic therapy, Marma therapy, and acupressure to various psychosomatic issues. Ask our resident therapist about how to treat common ailments of your loved ones.

13:00 Lunch and break

After replenishing your body with food, take some time to relax by yourself or to explore Rishikesh with your classmates.

15:00 Anatomy

After lunch, take a deep dive into our anatomy and physiology to truly understand how yoga affects our body. You will study five of the main physiological systems in the human body: respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, muscular, and skeletal. You will also learn how to use yoga asanas, pranayama, Shat Karmas, and meditation to treat problems that arise within each particular physiological system.

16:00 Tea break

After a full day, enjoy a cup of homemade Chai tea with your classmates before heading into the intensive evening classes.

17:00 Vinyasa yoga

After your break, head back to the yoga hall or your Vinyasa class. “VINYASA” can be understood by breaking down its roots: “VIN”, to flow, and “YASA”, in a good path. In this light, proper Vinyasa yoga practice requires a “connected breath”. The four elements of mental and visual focus (Dristi), energy locks (Bandha), Ujjai Pranayama, and asanas must be connected in flow in order for your practice to transcend beyond a typical workout. You will practice various Vinyasa flows, as well as learn the underlying theory behind the practice, the art of alignment, and how to construct a class. You will also have several opportunities to teach entire Vinyasa classes, along with constructive feedback from your teacher and classmates.

19:00 Evening meditation

Wrap up your day by relaxing and withdrawing into your consciousness. You will learn more meditation techniques and their underlying theory. You will get an introduction to Chakra meditations, Prana meditations, creative meditations, and other techniques used in practice for thousands of years. You will also have the opportunity to guide several meditations of your own.

20:00 Dinner

Treat your body to a nourishing meal with your classmates after an intensive day of yoga courses. Eat to your heart’s content of homemade chapati and an assortment of traditional Indian dishes. With no enforced lights-out time, feel free to explore, use our free Wi-Fi to call your loved ones, or rest before another insightful day of yoga classes.

Sunday

All day: Restore and explore

The school believes that experiencing a culture apart from your own is just as transformative as learning yoga. Every Sunday, you will have the opportunity to experience Rishikesh and Indian culture with your classmates and teachers. Whether it be rafting on the Ganga River, or an insider’s look into Himalayan temples and local ashrams, we take care of the cost of all activities so you can focus on having an unforgettable time!

In order to pass, you will need to teach your own Vinyasa and Hatha class. In addition each subject will have either a written or oral examination.

Some fun activities in the sun to explore local culture and outdoor adventures are included in the price

Vinyasa Yoga School is situated in the heart of Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, cradled between the vast Himalayan mountain range and the magnificent Ganga River. It is a town filled with beautiful souls and sights.

During the duration of the course, three three yogic, vegetarian, home-cooked meals will be served for you daily along with a cup of Chai during tea breaks. Every meal is made with love, prepared from fresh, local ingredients, including vegetables from the garden. Dairy products are common in the culture of India’s food, so while the meals are vegetarian, the use of dairy would disqualify them from being strictly vegan.

If the students have special requests or allergies, meals that are specifically for a vegan diet can be prepared while also excluding side dishes that contain dairy. It is also almost impossible to find meat and alcohol in Rishikesh. Rishikesh is a holy city, and that aspect definitely manifests itself into the diet here.

  • 3 yogic homemade meals per day
  • 4 weeks intensive yoga courses
  • 29 nights accommodation
  • Access to steam room
  • Eligibility for Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • Free admission to weekend activities
  • Learning materials
  • Sunday excursion trips
  • Vinyasa Yoga School t-shirt
  • Wi-Fi
  • Yoga practice in main hall
  • Additional activities, services, or excursions
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). You can also book your flight to arrive at Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun (DED).

Arrival by taxi

Vinyasa Yoga School has arranged many of the students to be picked up directly from the airport and driven straight to their comfy room at Vinyasa Yoga School. The drive is about six to eight hours depending on traffic, and it’s about 4500 Rupees or roughly 70 USD. A lot of the students also choose to split the cost of their ride with another student and bond before the course starts as well.

Arrival by train

Trains are a great way to meet locals and strike up great conversations. There is a public train system that runs between Delhi and Haridwar, a neighboring city of Rishikesh. After Haridwar, you can take a bus or taxi into Rishikesh.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Danielle Grondin from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Studying the ancient art of yoga at Vinyassa Yoga School has forever changed my life. The teachers and owners are truly centered in serving. They care about the total experience of the students and work diligently to provide accommodations that will exceed your expectations. Also, through their teachings, they work hard to ensure the true essence of yoga is maintained and lives on in each new yoga teacher they introduce to the world. Moreover, of all the places in India to deepen your practice, there is a scared energy in Rishikesh. Walking the same paths enlightened sages stroll, gazing out over the Holy Ganga, and meditating in caves will infuse serious practitioners with a sense of Surrender to the Supreme (Īśvara-Praṇidhāna – ईश्वर-प्रणिधान). If you are called to share yoga with the world, I highly recommend starting your life long journey with the wonderful souls of Vinyassa Yoga School."

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  • Review by Allie Bright from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Oh goodness, I don’t even know where to start. Having the opportunity to study yoga in Rishikesh was a treat all in its own, but being able to learn from these incredible teachers… I am unable to express my gratitude. I learned more in the month I was in Rishikesh at Vinyasa Yoga School than I have in my entire life. From Shatkarma to Hatha and Vinyasa to philosophy and anatomy to meditation, I was filled with this enormous quantity of information in such a short time. At first I was fearful I would forget all the wonderful lessons but because the teachers were so engaging and the classes were so intimate I have retained all that knowledge and continue to use it in my daily life. There is not a single complaint I could possibly come up with, everyone from the teachers, my peers (now my family), and the locals were beautiful and inspiring. Easily the greatest trip of my life."

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  • Review by Bank Light from Thailand
    10 out of 10

    "Surrounded by the positive vibes from my teachers, staff, fellow students, local people, all creation, the misty mountains and the Ganges River, I’d been blown away by a sense of joy and unfathomable fulfillment from the school and its location. I’m sure I will keep sharing what I’d been taught and pay it forward to the fullest. Thank you so much for having me."

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  • Review by Hanna Leask from Scotland
    10 out of 10

    "As hoped, the Vinyasa Yoga School prepared me to lead students of all levels, with the knowledge that is necessary to teach with confidence. The small class size allowed lots of opportunities to practice teaching during the month as well as one-to-one time with the teacher. A welcome surprise was the fantastic view of the Ganges from sunrise through to sunset, be it in the classroom, yoga studio or on the roof, always a beautiful view. The Yoga Alliance course content covers lots that I had never considered before; mantra, philosophy, therapy, etc. These ended up being some of my favourite teachings though. I also didn’t expect to learn so much about myself during the course, mind, body and spirit. I think this was just the start of a continuous journey of the self. Thank you to everyone at the Vinyasa Yoga School."

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  • Review by Grace Young from Great Britain
    10 out of 10

    "Practicing yoga each day alongside a panoramic view of the Ganges and the Himalayas inspired and motivated us; taking mantra classes and learning the traditions of yoga and meditation gave us a unique insight into this culture; and being in the classroom with the most diverse and incredible people (let’s face it, yogis are pretty great) made for the most memorable experiences, the heartiest of laughs and friendships that I would deem unbreakable. There were challenges that we faced on our journey to becoming yoga teachers, after all it’s an intensive training course, not a yoga retreat. However, supporting one another and overcoming these challenges together was so rewarding. Each person got something different from their experience at Vinyasa Yoga School, a great introduction to begin teaching yoga back home, a deeper personal practice, an insight into a fascinating culture, new friends that spanned the globe. Perhaps the greatest thing I learned was that yoga is not just something we perform on our mat each day, it is the way we choose to conduct our lives. We’re all teachers now, but we’ll never stop learning."

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Rishikesh, India

Vinyasa Yoga School offers unique yoga teacher training and distinctive experiences.

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