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A Love Affair with Yoga in Rishikesh

Firmly rooted in tradition, Yoga Adi School strives to spread the ancient sacred science of Asana, breathwork, meditations and yogic detoxification techniques within this 200-Hours Yoga Teacher Training Program. Yoga Adi is committed to promote and awaken the spiritual intent of oneself through an all-inclusive and advanced yoga teacher training. With our experienced group of teachers, we have structured a program that is intellectual and simple to implement for students through their own level of understanding.

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  • Ecstatic meditation and breathing sessions
  • Inclusive emotional release body-work sessions
  • Daily Hatha and Ashtanga yoga with posture alignment
  • Traditional yogic Kriyas and naturopathy for body cleansing
  • Free taxi-pickup from Dehradun Airport (DED)
  • 3 daily nutritious and delicious yogic meals
  • 23 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

21 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport
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  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

'Madhav Residency' will be your home during the 25 nights of intended stay for the yoga teacher training course. Madhav Residency is a well-designed construction equipped with over 40 rooms backed up with power generator and Wi-Fi Internet. Each room has a private balcony with refreshing views. The rooms have a wide range from private with attached bathroom, private with non-attached bathroom, double sharing, twin sharing, private room for a couple with a double bed and attached/non-attached bathroom.

Madhav Residency is a two floored, well-ventilated building with two different rooftops and a basement. There is an in-built spa establishment where you can pamper yourself with relaxing and healing massages during the intense yoga practice. The spa offers a wide range of massages, Ayurvedic treatments, Panchakarma therapies, and Reiki sessions.

There are two yoga studios within the residency that can accommodate a group of 25 practitioners easily. The kitchen lies on the ground floor adjoined with a capacious dining hall where everyone gets together for the feasts. The dining hall has a water purifier which dispenses cold/hot/normal water.

The rooftops are the most exquisite in the early mornings to do the cleansing practices while watching the sunrise. There is also a dedicated area for laundry on the rooftop where two washing machines are placed to be used anytime you like during your stay. Yoga Adi supplies bed sheets, pillows, toilet paper, and blankets but does not provide towels nor toiletries.

Ashrams usually represent a return to a simpler way of living, which is very different to a hotel. Generally there is a more communal atmosphere and often an expectation that guests will pitch in with whatever needs doing. The ashram is also a reflection of independency, which is why no room cleaning is provided. Please take note you are expected to clean your room, do your laundry, and wash your dishes.


The program is perfect for aspiring yoga teachers as well as full-time practitioners who want to expand their yoga knowledge. This course covers Hatha and Ashtanga yoga, pranayama, yoga philosophy and anatomy, posture alignment and teaching methodology, mantra chanting, ancient styles of meditations, and yogic kriyas, as well as Ayurveda and basic Panchakarma training sessions.

Yoga Adi has more than a decade of experience in teaching and healing. They offer the finest yoga teacher training with an international curriculum of 200-hours yoga teacher training.

The Ashram is the ideal destination to start your professional yoga journey and walk on your path of self-liberation. Yoga Adi's faculty presents you with the finest Yoga Gurus, Ayurvedic Doctors, and healers who are very passionate not only to teach the curriculum of the course but also the traditional approach of Yogic Science.


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

Course Curriculum:

Yoga Philosophy

Yogic Philosophy is a vast subject that deepens more and more as the Yoga Sutras decodes the set-mind patterns and renews our understanding according to the Yogic lifestyle. As we dive deeper into the philosophy, Yogi Chandarkant Ji takes the privilege to elaborate ancient scripts, decrypting the Sanskrit dialectical tales which are preserved poetically without any logical distortions. Patanjali’s very first Sutra, ‘Yoga Chitti Vritti Nirodha’, intensifies with each module of this course challenging the pet habits of our mind, bringing a deep sense of self-realization.

Yoga asana

Asana means the seat in which the witnessing consciousness observes sensation. As insight arises and ignorance passes, the state of tension is seen clearly, an obsolete cellular memory and habitual muscular holding patterns are released. Asana practice not only brings flexibility to the body, but also to the cognition of the mind.

Yoga Adi enhances more on the esoteric relation to the Asana practice, in which our students are taught the science behind each Asana and how the practice of the posture reflects in one’s lifestyle.

Pranayama (Breathing Exercises)

Pranayama is the science of breathing that regulates the bio-plasmic physiology of the body and state of mind. The deeper and more aware the breathing is, the stronger the life presence becomes. Practicing and learning the breath modulation exercises unlocks advanced levels of Yogic exercises such as asana and meditation.


Meditation is a simple art of observation. The practice of meditation brings us closer to the nature of our reality and culminates all the unnecessary ideas formed in the darkness of unconsciousness. In 200-Hours YTTC, Yoga Nidra, Sufi Meditations, Vipassna, Dynamic meditations are taught and practiced daily, along with many more styles, to bring the conscious mind in communication with the deepest aspects of your yoga practice.

Shatkarma (Body Purification)

Shatkarma means the 6 cleansing practices performed to detoxify the vital channels of the body. The science of Shatkarma works on the overall health of the body which involves intestinal purification, large intestine flush (enema), nasal and food pipe cleaning, and eyes cleansing (Trataka).

Yoga Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomical understanding of the body is an important skill in the career of a Yoga Teacher to prevent injury, before during, and after the practice. The expert Physiologist teaches the most creative therapeutic application of postures and working with injuries and ailments.

Teaching Methodology

In Sanskrit, the literal translation to the teacher is a Guru, who guides the aspirants on the path of learning. Yoga Adi’s faculty is blessed to have traditional Gurus who educate our students to always be humble yet phenomenal in the teaching practice. Under the guidance of the respective faculty, students deliver their Yoga Asana sessions and get appropriate feedback to practice their skills in a safe environment.


The mudra is a spiritual mark or gesture that activates certain channels of energy throughout the subtle and physical body. The majority of mudras are performed together with Pranayama & Meditation that works as an energy catalyst. This 200-Hour YTTC curriculum offers a detailed explanation and steady practice on Mudras.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is psychic sleep, a guided meditation where the participants lay in Shavasana while the anchor takes them through layers of the cognitive state of mind and slowly drifting them into the deep euphoria.

Mantra chanting (recitation of sacred sounds)

Mantras are the Sanskrit poetry very carefully designed by the ancient seers believed to be recited in a particular manner. These mantras when recited correctly retune the breath pattern and flow of the Prana (vital energy) as per the motivation of the verse.

Top Highlights of this Course

  • Ayurveda and Panchakarma Sessions
  • Shatkarma and its six Purification techniques (Kriyas)
  • Seven Chakras and energy healing sessions (Meditations)
  • Serving with devotion, surrender, dedication, love, and commitment (Karma Yoga)
  • Satsang (a sacred gathering) as a meditation group to upgrade your spiritual side and explore even more of your inner-self (Bhakti Yoga and Mantra Chantings)

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 06:30 Wake up and herbal tea
  • 06:30 - 07:30 Pranayama, Mantra Chanting, Meditation, and Shatkarma (Purification)
  • 07:30 - 08:30 Hatha yoga class
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Karma yoga/ Ayurveda and Panchakarma Theory
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Rest and self-study
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Afternoon tea + Snacks
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Yoga Philosophy / Anatomy class
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Posture Alignment and Teaching Methodology
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Ashtanga yoga class
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Guided meditations, Yoga Nidra, Sufi meditations, Tratak, and Dynamic meditations
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Dinner


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Retreat location

Yoga Adi School of Yoga is based in the land of the spiritual seekers 'Rishikesh'. It is located at the foothills of Himalayas, Rishikesh has been a pilgrimage for monks and devotees from hundreds of years. Thousands of people visit Rishikesh to make offerings to the sacred river the 'Ganges' and receive healings from it. Ganges and Himalayas set Rishikesh's aura for yoga and meditation. There are many of the historical temples and traditional ashrams in the area to visit and experience the old rooted ways into spirituality.

Yoga Adi School of Yoga is built in an outer suburb of Rishikesh at eight kilometers away from the town center. A short distance from town allows our students to be away from the hustle-bustle of the pilgrims' traffic which normally gets very hectic. The residency is well placed in a small community with refreshing views of the mountains, the farms and flowing canal right at the doorsteps of the residency. It is very well accessible to go to the town on the weekly days off on a Tuk-Tuk or a cab which are easily available in the area.

By foot, there are various nearby attractions which are in the radius of 10-minute walk from the residency. There is a very nice eatery called Book & Brew Cafe that is just 5-minutes of walk away, they have nice coffee and pasta. The grocery shops are only around the corner of the block. The breathtaking Ganges is only 20-minutes by walk. There are many other shops, restaurants and ATM's available in the area if you want to avoid the busy town.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Yoga Adi School of Yoga places emphasis on providing a Satvik diet for their students, that nourishes their vital energy. A Satvik diet enhances our energy to be pure, positive, clean, conscious, strong, true, honest, and wise. The diet regimen comprises fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. This regimen empowers virtues such as Ahimsa (non-violence). It includes vegetarian proteins that are most suited to the daily practice and learning of Hatha yoga, breathing techniques, and meditation techniques.

In case, you are vegan or lactose intolerant or you have any other dietary requirements, YogaAdi School can easily make necessary arrangements for you.

During your stay at Yoga Adi, you will be served three daily vegetarian Satvik meals. The meals will also be provided without any additional charges on your days off during the course, although YogaAdi School encourages guests to keep them updated if they eat out, in order to avoid any wastage of food at the kitchen.

Type of Cuisine at Yoga Adi

  • International
  • Indian


  • Wake-up drinks: Herbal tea, warm water with lemon and honey
  • Breakfast, International cuisine includes: Cinnamon banana porridge or oats or freshly prepared home-made peanut butter/ fruit jam with toast or sprouts all served with fresh fruits and herbal tea
  • Indian cuisine includes: Poha or Vegetable Upma or Paranthas with home-made yogurt and pickles also accompanied with fresh fruits and herbal tea
  • Lunch, International cuisine includes: Pasta or Falafel, Hummus, French Fries, Chapati (flatbread) and Tomato Chilli Sauce served with fresh salad
  • Indian cuisine includes: A Sabzi and a dal (a variety of vegetables, beans, lentils, and cottage cheese or tofu cooked in a delicious Indian flavored way) served with rice, chapati, fresh salads, and chutney
  • Snacks - Herbal tea or Black tea served with popcorns or makhanas (fox nuts)
  • Dinner - A sabzi and soup served with chapati or Khichdi and soup served with ghee and Papads
  • Occasional Surprise desserts: Rice puddings or Indian sweets or cakes

Each meal is prepared and served with so much love and care to support your yogic journey.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

Things to do at an additional cost:

Spa and treatments

There is an in-built spa feature in the school from where facility purchases can be made such as treatments, herbal products, cold-pressed oils, and Reiki sessions.

Yoga Adi's exceptionally devoted service extends within their in-built establishment called 'Ayur The Vedic Spa'. The spa delivers a wide range of traditional Ayurvedic therapies, as well as modern health care treatment like sauna baths.

The spa specializes to have all the products being obtained naturally and fresh. All the ingredients used in the therapies or treatments are sourced from the traditional producers of the Herbal products. The revitalizing and therapeutic treatments offered are customized to your particular needs. All therapies are natural, gentle, and delightfully pleasing. The spa also offers Panchkarma therapies on appointment.

Extra-curricular activities

Rishikesh is surrounded by phenomenal attractions and adventurous recreational activities. At your own expense, Yoga Adi can help you organize your trips to create these memorable experiences for you:

  • Day trips to visit temples, ashrams, waterfalls, nearby caves, and other attractions
  • Rafting
  • Trekking
  • Camping and bonfire
  • Mountain biking
  • Bungee jumping
  • Flying fox
  • Cliff jumping
  • Rappelling and rock climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing and paragliding

Spa treatments

All spa treatments are available at an additional cost, they are not a part of the YTTC price.

Massage Therapies

The massage therapies are performed by highly sensitive and experienced Ayurvedic massage therapists to provide you with deep healing and relaxation. Massage oils are specifically chosen according to the therapy and the individual Ayurvedic body types.

You can choose from:

  • Foot massage
  • Head and shoulder
  • Full body
  • Or any area that you'd like special care for


The sauna treatments enhance both lifestyle and wellness while the specific health benefits will vary depending on the individual and how the sauna is used.

You can choose from:

  • Sauna after a massage
  • Improving blood circulation
  • Removal of toxins and impurities


Shirodhara is a forehead massage wherein a constant stream (dhara) of herbal or medicated oil is poured on the scalp in order to stimulate the nerves in the head. Works to achieve balance and symmetry in the body and mind relieve headaches enhances clarity and focus and dismisses mental fatigue.

You can select from:

  • Body constitution consultation
  • Warm sesame oil
  • Buttermilk

Reiki Healing Therapy

Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free-flowing.

When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.

A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. A session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for one’s personal wellness. The Master level will be performed by Yogi Chandrakant Ji.

What's included

  • 23 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily nutritious and delicious yogic meals
  • Purified-filtered water: Hot and cold
  • Daily Hatha and Ashtanga yoga classes
  • Daily guided meditation
  • Pranayama classes
  • 200-Hour certificate of completion
  • Yoga philosophy and anatomy classes
  • Alignment and teaching methodology classes
  • Ayurveda and Panchakarma
  • Mantra Chanting
  • An Indian traditional cooking class
  • A walk to Ganga River (on walking distance)
  • A Course curriculum Manual
  • Kriya equipment: Jal Neti pot and Enema Pot
  • Celebrations (Festivals or any reason to celebrate)
  • Free pick-up from Dehradun Airport
  • Free unlimited Wi-Fi
  • Free laundry facility

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Excursions
  • Spa treatments
  • Medical expenses
  • Personal expenses
  • Extra days of accommodation
  • Extra 5% charge for the payment made using a credit card
  • Towels and toiletries
  • Room cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Dish washing

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by Airplane

There are three flights available daily from Delhi to Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun (DED) in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Once you have booked a flight, it is easy to get to the Domestic Airport from International Airport in a shuttle bus. Yoga Adi offers a free cab service upon your arrival at the Dehradun Airport.

Note: A ride in a taxi direct from Delhi Airport to Rishikesh takes up to 8-hours. Yoga Adi can assist you in arranging the taxi. The fare is around 4000 INR.

Arrival by bus

Rishikesh has a good channel of buses joining it with main cities such as New Delhi, Jaipur, Agara and Haridwar. The buses depart in the morning and late evening from Delhi's Inter State Bus Terminal for Rishikesh every day. There is a wide range to choose from a regular, deluxe, or luxurious coach service. Upon arriving at Rishikesh bus stand, it is very easy to avail a Tuk-Tuk or a local Cab to the residency.

Arrival by train

Traveling in a train to Rishikesh only gets you as far as Haridwar which is 25 kilometers away from the residency. Although, it is very easy to catch a bus or a direct cab from Haridwar Railway Station to Rishikesh. There is a wide range of trains you could book from all over India to Haridwar as it is a popular point of interest.

Note: A cab ride from Jolly Grant Airport to Rishikesh is included. No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 21% 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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