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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.
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.
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.
Before classes begin, enjoy a warm cup of tea and a fruit snack.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After replenishing your body with food, take some time to relax by yourself or to explore Rishikesh with your classmates.
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.
After a full day, enjoy a cup of homemade Chai tea with your classmates before heading into the intensive evening classes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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).
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.
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.
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