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Yoga is a science and art of living blissfully, a tradition which has its roots in ancient India and now spreading throughout the world. Yoga Essence Rishikesh provides a firm ground for the practical experience of various steps of yoga. The training covers all aspects of human existence: body, breath, mind, heart, and soul, which is imparted through various intense asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, yoga Nidra, yogic purification processes, self-development techniques, and audio-video aid in a truly yogic environment by highly trained teachers. You will have a unique opportunity to experience and bring with you the holistic approach towards health, happiness, and harmony within.
Yoga Essence's venue has a garden and is surrounded by many huge lush green trees with beautiful Himalayan mountain view. Each room features an en-suite bathroom with western toilet, shower with hot / cold water, and AC (at an extra price in loco).
Yoga Essence Rishikesh is an affiliated school of Yoga Alliance (RYS) and they are also Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). At the end of the training, you will get completion certificate of 100 Hours Yoga Teacher Training. Yoga Essence Rishikesh follow the basic principles and ethics of teaching standard of Yoga Alliance to make the courses more professional and experiential.
The training covers all aspects of human existence, including body, breath, mind, heart, and soul, which is imparted through various intense asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, yoga Nidra, yogic purification processes, self-development techniques, and audio-video aid in a truly yogic environment by highly trained teachers.
In the human history, rarely any spiritual tradition has looked so deeply into human existence and found tools and techniques to transform the human life into divine one. Yoga starts from the very base of your existence (the body) and paves its path through breath (mind) and ultimately reaches to the soul which is your real nature.
Mystic Patanjali elucidates eight limbs of yoga namely yama (social ethics), niyama (personal ethics), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing practices and directing the life force within), pratyahara (turning the senses inwards), dharana (one pointed attention or focus), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (absorption or transcendental consciousness).
Somehow in the today's age, yoga has become associated only with physical postures, whereas the central teaching of yoga is to maintain the equanimous state of mind through the sword of discriminating awareness or attention to your all activities. This yoga teacher training course at Yoga Essence, Rishikesh provides a unique opportunity to evolve and deepen your yoga practices.
The participant will explore various limbs of yoga with scientific step-by-step approaches and methods. Your teacher training courses adopt traditional Hatha yoga as described in the ancient yogic texts, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and Patanjali Yoga Sutra along with a modern form of yoga like Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa.
Yoga Essence combines both classical and modern form of yoga to create a good foundation for the students to be equipped for exploring further. They like to think they are a bit special as they do believe in the traditional core principles of yoga but they approach the classes and courses with a fresh and contemporary playful attitude, thanks to new ways of looking given by modern yogis.
The process of learning will be supported by light and joyful environment and at the end of the course, the students will bring with them not only a new deep knowledge of yoga but also a profound transformational experience.
In the middle of the course, you will undergo into a three-days of silence to deepen the experiential and transformational aspect of the practice where you will not communicate with the outside world including phone call or text, social media, emails, and so on. The silence itself is for personal growth and inner journey hence Yoga Essence Rishikesh requires sincerity on it.
Yoga Essence acknowledges the sensitive nature of the student-teacher relationship and recognize that ethical behavior is the foundation of all good yoga practice and yoga teacher training. They believe that it is the responsibility of the yoga teacher to ensure a safe and protected environment in which a student can grow physically, mentally and spiritually.
As teachers of the yoga teacher training program at Yoga Essence, Rishikesh, they agree to uphold the highest professional standards as set forth in the following code of ethics:
Yoga Philosophy lays the basic foundation of all yoga practices. It is one of the important subjects and contains the core principles of various practices of yoga teacher training course at Yoga Essence, Rishikesh. It helps the students to understand the true essence of yoga and provides a guide map in their journey into the field of yoga.
A yoga teacher will really excel as a teacher when he understands the yogic principles, methodology, and logic behind various yoga practices. Many classical Hatha yogic texts’ Sutras outline various lifestyles that should be followed when one can carry out yoga practices. Hence, those who are aspiring to become a yoga teacher must understand the roots of yoga practices first that lies in yoga philosophy. It includes:
Contemporary knowledge and understanding of human organism along with the ancient yogic wisdom help greatly for the students to do the yoga practices on a scientific basis and as per yogic principles. Anatomy classes allow the students to gain a basic knowledge about the human body, its most important systems and their role in yoga. It includes the following topics:
Yoga is the science of union of body, mind, and spirit. Meditative awareness or meditation is considered to be the most supreme phenomenon as far as the union with reality is concerned. This meditative awareness, attention or observation becomes the central thread or core practice of all eight limbs of yoga. This is the practice involving control of the mental functions which start from the initial withdrawal of the senses from external objects to the complete oblivion of the external environment.
There are innumerable techniques of meditation. It is a process of absorption in which the individual tries to turn his attention to dwell upon a single object, sound, concept or experience. Meditation sessions at Yoga Essence will provide an extensive range of practices and techniques to understand the process and its application, so ultimately participants can experience the process on their own and share the same to their students. Meditation is a great tranquilizer. Practices will include:
Asanas are special patterns of postures that stabilize the mind and the body through static and dynamic stretchings. Asana sessions are the combination of both Hatha and Ashtanga yoga. The culture of asanas is from Hatha yoga tradition, modern versions of B. K. S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois' styles of yoga.
Among these two modern form of yoga, one talks about the precise alignment and the other one talks about the flow. Yoga Essence combines both Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga under the light of traditional Hatha yoga, which prepares the participants for the higher practices of yoga. It includes the following topic:
Breathing is the first and last act of life. It is so simple and so obvious that you often take it for granted, ignoring the power that it affects body, mind, and spirit. It is the primary source of prana (vital life force). It is the very basis of health and well-being of body-mind-heart. Breathing is the bridge between body, mind, and spirit.
Pranayama - breath regulation practices have got a very prominent place in Hatha yoga. These practices bring control over the respiratory impulses which form one of the channels of the flow of autonomic nerve impulses. Pranayama sessions at Yoga Essence are conducted very systematically and scientifically to develop a holistic and comprehensive awakening to this potential form of consciousness and upward movement of energy.
The students will learn the teaching of pranayama with the classical approach, where the scientific outlook unites with traditional wisdom. It includes the study and experience of various breathing exercises and pranayama practices and also learning the skill of how to guide the students.
Yoga says the first manifestation of unmanifest existence, often referred to as space or silence, is Sound. It is said that sound is the very heartbeat of the universe. Hence it is very easy to experience the silence and space through mantras. Mantra is a Sanskrit term for a sound, syllable, word or group of words which is capable of transformation and experience of a higher state of consciousness.
Its use and type vary according to the school and philosophy associated with. Mantra Japa is a special science of sound. Mantra activates many dormant energy centers in your body and brain so that the energy can be used to move into higher yogic practices. Mantras have been revealed in the state of highest consciousness of the rishis. Through special mantra classes at Yoga Essence, the participants will learn how to develop the inner space and silence for a meditational journey.
Certain skill and good teaching methodology can change the whole teaching in a classroom situation. Teaching methodology for yoga practices is an important subject of yoga teacher training program. Students should have a firm grasp of the principles, practices, and procedures involved in teaching classes. Upon successful graduation, students will learn the necessary procedures and techniques involved in teaching a class. There is a stepping stone process for learning how to teach. It includes:
Note: the above daily course schedule may change as per need.
Rishikesh is an entry to Deep Himalayas and a gateway to those seeking to go deep into their inner journey. It is known as “Tapo-Bhumi” meaning the practicing land of yoga and meditation of Sages and Saints since ancient times. Thousands of sages and saints have visited Rishikesh to meditate in search of higher knowledge and Self-realization. The yogic energy fields and its vibration, the spiritual power of Rishikesh makes our inner journey easier and faster like going with the flow of a river, not against it. It can be felt easily by every seeker on the path.
During the course, the participants will get the opportunity to visit and meditate in nearby sacred places, on the bank of river Ganga, cave, mountain, and nature to experience the true yogic energy field and vibration of Rishikesh under the instructions and guidance of the teacher.
Yoga Essence is in a quiet, clean, and safe resort, located ten minutes' walking to the main touristic area of Rishikesh but is still served from local shops, cafes, and organic stores. Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, is a popular place to come and meditate, do yoga, and learn about other aspects of rich yogic culture. It’s situated on the banks of the Ganges River, surrounded by hills on three sides.
Rishikesh lures those seeking knowledge and peace with its numerous ashrams, yoga institutes, ancient and new temples, meditation caves, and samadhi places of yogis (temples of a final resting place of yogis after death). It's particularly popular with spiritual seeking foreigners. The evening Ganga Aarti holds a special appeal.
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There will be three yogic vegetarian meals for the entire stay during the course. Breakfast (salty and sweet) will consist of porridge, toast, one Indian breakfast item, fruits, and tea. Lunch / dinner includes rice, chapatti (Indian bread), lentil and pulse dishes (dal), curry, salad, and side dishes. You will also be served afternoon chai tea. Filtered drinking water is available the whole day.
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Indira Gandhi International Airport
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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.
Alternatively, upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) or Dehradun Airport (DED), you can hire a taxi. Rishikesh is a six-hour drive away from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Known taxi is available on request.
You can also opt for Volvo service from Delhi. However, traveling by bus could cause inconvenience for the first time travelers.
You can take a train to Haridwar from New Delhi Railway Station. From Haridwar, there are many transport facilities available to reach Rishikesh. Transfer from and to this train station is available upon request.