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Holistic Yoga Teacher Training India

Yoga Essence Rishikesh welcomes you to a certified 200-hour holistic yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh, India, at the foothills of the Himalayas. This training course is an opportunity to transform your body-breath-mind-emotion and your life, take your yoga practice and teaching skills to the next level, experience the true essence of yoga and meaning in life, experience the yogic energy field of Rishikesh, and become an accredited yoga teacher.

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Swami & Amritesh
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  • Multi-style yoga teachings
  • 200-hour yoga teacher training
  • Asana and pranayama practices
  • Practice a variety of meditation styles
  • Course manual, books, and other study materials
  • 3 daily yogic and Sattvic meals and tea
  • 23 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

23 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer available:
Jolly Grant Airport (US$18 per person)
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Accommodation is offered in double sharing rooms with air-conditioning.



Yoga is the science of union of body, mind, and spirit. Yoga Essence Rishikesh welcomes all the aspiring yoga teachers, practitioners, and seekers for 200-hour holistic yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh, India.

This 200-hour holistic yoga teacher training certification at Yoga Essence Rishikesh is one of the most comprehensive, experiential, and transformational yoga teacher training courses in the world. Through this practical curriculum and scientific teaching, they create a solid foundation for teaching yoga skillfully and effectively. Their teachings deeply embrace the holistic approach to the path of yoga by combining the ancient wisdom of traditional yoga with contemporary understandings and modern lifestyle.

This 200-hour holistic yoga teacher training course has been developed and designed in such a way that it cares the complete growth and transformation of participants and lay down foundation stone in their journey to advance in yoga practice and teaching to its next level.

The holistic yoga teacher training covers all aspects of human existence, i.e. body-breath-mind-heart-soul. It is imparted through numerous yogic practices like asana, pranayama, traditional and contemporary meditation practices, yoga Nidra, applied yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, yoga therapy, mantra chanting, yogic cleansing processes (Shatkarma), self-development techniques, etc., in a truly yogic environment by highly trained faculties.

The holistic yoga teacher training course is a unique opportunity to experience and getting equipped to share the holistic approach to life in respect to health, happiness, harmony, peace, etc. This teacher training course also helps to become a holistic life coach in a true sense. Upon graduation, this yoga teacher training qualifies you to teach all over the world.

Yoga teachers of Yoga Essence Rishikesh possess deep experience, knowledge, and understanding, and their passion for teaching yoga means that they truly teach from their hearts. Together students and teachers create a sacred environment for learning and transformation. It creates a community atmosphere of like-minded individuals from around the world that support each another in living and experiencing holistic life and materializing their potential to the fullest.


  • An intensive and life-changing yoga teacher training course completely focused on a holistic and transformational aspect of life.
  • 15 hours yoga Nidra sessions to deepen healing, relaxation, rejuvenation, and meditation.
  • Special classes on yoga therapy and stress management.
  • Many traditional and contemporary meditation practices to balance body mind heart and to experience meditation deeply.
  • Special active and passive meditation practices on chakras, Kundalini to awaken experience and expand energy body.
  • Silence days during the course to intensify transformation and experience of higher yogic practices.
  • Meditative excursions and meditation on mountain, nature, sacred places under the instruction and guidance of the teacher.
  • Audiovisual presentation of deeper insights on complex life issues by modern yogis to bring more clarity in the modern lifestyle.
  • Additional 50 hours Yoga Nidra and certification 200-hour yoga teacher training course.

Double certifications - 250 hours

200 hours yoga teacher training certification plus 50 hours yoga nidra teacher training certification. As the 200-hour holistic yoga teacher training course is both Hatha yoga and meditation focused, hence the students will receive special training on many meditation practices. After completion of the course, you will receive two certifications. One certification is for 200 hours yoga teacher training and another certification is for 50 hours yoga nidra teacher training and 20 hours meditation teacher training so that you can able to teach yoga, meditation and yoga nidra all over the world.


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

Yoga Essence Rishikesh is an affiliated school of Yoga Alliance, USA and also Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). At the end of the training, you will get completion certificate of 200 hours yoga teacher training. This course will impart the experience and understanding of different yoga practices to such an extent that you will able to teach confidently and professionally. This course allows you to become registered with Yoga Alliance, the world’s most renowned yoga certifying authority with RYT-200 level.

Yoga Essence Rishikesh supports its graduate students on their teaching journey. They assure you that you will leave them with deeper joy, peace, understanding, and inner richness of life.

Evaluation and certification

  • Assessments for certification will be based on practical, written, and oral evaluation.
  • Student’s behavior and conducts will be a part of the certification assessment.
  • Written exam and evaluation will be carried out only for those students who have a minimum of 90% attendance.

Practice styles

  • Hatha yoga
  • Nada yoga
  • Mantra yoga
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Chakra meditation
  • Kundalini meditation
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Osho active meditation

Who can join this holistic yoga training course?

This yoga training course is open to students of all yoga levels with the commitment towards personal inner journey and self-discovery. Hence, students with the desire to become yoga teachers and who wish to get an internationally recognized qualification can join. Students who do not wish to become yoga teachers but have a sincere longing to experience, transform, and deepen their understanding of life and yoga are also welcome.

Meditation practices on chakras and Kundalini

Kundalini, chakras, and nadis are the prime and most essential components of the energy body (pranamaya Kosha). For higher yogic practices, the study of energy anatomy and their effect on physical, mental, and spiritual levels are needed to understand and experience the chakra system, Kundalini, and Nadis. This holistic yoga teacher training course includes many meditation practices on chakra and Kundalini to balance, unblock, re-align, and activate them. These meditation techniques based on sound, breathing, guided instructions, visualization, and mantras that intensify the awareness and awakening of the different chakras and Kundalini.

Silent days

In the middle of the yoga teacher training course, the students will undergo into three days of silence to intensify the experiential and transformational aspect of the higher yoga. The silent days are for personal growth and self-transformation but they are not mandatory.


Yoga philosophy

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 holistic 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. 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:

  • Introduction, concept, meaning, and definition of yoga
  • The history and origin of yoga
  • Shad-Darshan, six-philosophies of India, Sankhya, and yoga philosophy
  • Panchkosha and Purusharthas
  • Conceptual understanding of Patanjali Yoga Sutras
  • Concept and practice of eight-fold path
  • Important Hatha yoga texts and their Salient features
  • Pre-requisites of yoga Sadhaka
  • Ethical guidelines of a yoga teacher

Asana: yoga postures with alignment and adjustment

Asanas are special patterns of postures that stabilize the mind and the body which prepare the participants for the higher practices of yoga. Students will gain extensive experience and knowledge of asana and will increase their strength, flexibility, stability, and discipline. It includes:

  • Suksma Vyayam - warm up and joint rotation
  • Pavanmuktasana series 1
  • Pavanmuktasana series 2
  • Pavanmuktasana series 3
  • Surya Namaskar
  • Shavasana
  • Makarasana - crocodile variations
  • Bhujangasana - cobra pose with variations
  • Shalabhasana
  • Setubandhasana - bridge pose
  • Ardha Halasana - half-plough pose
  • Saral Matsyasana - simple fish pose
  • Ardha Chandrasana - half moon pose
  • Marjarasana - cat pose
  • Vajrasana - thunderbolt
  • Balasana - child pose
  • Shashankasana
  • Tadasana - palm tree pose
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana
  • Uttkatasana - chair pose
  • Triyak Tadasana - swaying palm tree pose
  • Trikonasana - triangle pose
  • Janushirsasana - seated head to knee
  • Vakrasana - spinal twist pose
  • Padahastasana - hand to feet pose
  • Ushtrasana - camel pose
  • Yoga mudra
  • Simhasana - lion pose
  • Chandra Namaskar
  • Naukasana - boat pose
  • Chakrasana - wheel pose
  • Paschimottanasana
  • Purvottanasana
  • Halasana -p lough pose
  • Karnapidasana
  • Matsyasana - fish pose (in lotus pose)
  • Dhanurasana
  • Kati Chakrasana - waist rotating pose
  • Sarvangasana
  • Viparita Karni
  • Virbhadrasana - warrior pose - 1,2,3
  • Vriksasana - tree pose
  • Parvatasana - mountain pose
  • Adhomukha Svanasana - downward facing dog
  • Urdhvamukha Svanasana - upward facing dog
  • Gomukhasana
  • Garudasana - eagle pose
  • Baddha Konasana - bound angle pose
  • Rajkapoot asana - pigeon pose
  • Supta Virasana - reclining hero pose
  • Virasana - hero pose
  • Shirsasana - headstand pose

Pranayama, mudras, and bandhas

Pranayama, or yogic breath regulation practices, have got a very prominent place in Hatha yoga. It purifies the body-mind and prepares a solid foundation for higher yoga practices like Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyan, and Samadhi. These practices bring control over the respiratory impulses which form one of the channels of the flow of autonomic nerve impulses.

Pranayama sessions are conducted very systematically and scientifically to develop a holistic and comprehensive awakening to this potential form of consciousness and upward movement of energy.

Week 1

  • Introduction of pranayama, benefits of pranayama, general guidelines
  • Fundamental yogic breathing practices
  • Abdominal breathing
  • Thoracic breathing
  • Clavicular breathing
  • Kapalbhati pranayama
  • Nadi Shodhana - alternative nostril breathing
  • Ujjayi pranayama
  • Bhastrika pranayama
  • Bhramari pranayama
  • Surya Bhedana pranayama
  • Chandra Bhedana pranayama
  • Sheetali and Sheetkari pranayama

Mudras - yogic gestures

The practice of mudra gestures is an ancient facet of yoga. Performing gestures affects the energy flow of the body and channelize that energy for higher consciousness.

  • Jnana mudra
  • Chin mudra
  • Yoni mudra
  • Bhairava mudra
  • Shambhavi mudra
  • Khechari mudra

Bandhas - energy lock

Bandhas are specially used in pranayama and advanced asana practices to activate Kundalini, chakras, and to give upward direction to the energy through major nadis, the energy channels.

  • Uddiyana bandha
  • Jalandhar bandha
  • Moola bandha
  • Maha bandha

Mantra chanting - intonation of sacred sound

Yoga says the first manifestation of unmanifest existence is sound, often referred to as space or silence. 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. Mantras activate many dormant energy centers in the body and brain so that the energy can be used to move into higher yogic practices. Each mantra is special and rich with spiritual energy.

  • Universal prayer mantra
  • Class beginning prayer mantra
  • Om Jap - Om recitation
  • Gayatri mantra
  • Trayambakam or Maha Mrityunjaya mantra
  • Om Mani Padme Hum
  • Maha mantra

Dharana and Dhyan - concentration and meditation

Yoga is the science of union of body, mind, and spirit. 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 and internalize the awareness to the subtle realm of existence. Meditation is one of key practices and specialization of Yoga Essence Rishikesh.

Yoga Essence Rishikesh teaches numerous meditation and mindfulness practices from different traditions, paths, and schools during holistic yoga teacher training course. The major styles are the following:

  • Hatha yoga
  • Nada yoga
  • Mantra yoga
  • Nidra yoga
  • Mindfulness
  • Osho meditation
  • Self-inquiry
  • Chakra and Kundalini meditations

Yoga Nidra

The whole science of yoga has been developed to transform the unconscious pattern of life into a conscious pattern and get rid of conditioning and traumas that make life miserable. Yoga Nidra is one of the higher yogic practices that starts with relaxation to release deep-rooted stress, strains of body-mind, brings out a deep sense of rejuvenation, induces healing at physical, mental, and emotional level.

It is a guided meditation practice that allows experiencing meditation and state of expanding consciousness. Yoga Nidra is also one of the specialized practices of Yoga Essence Rishikesh. In this holistic yoga teacher training course, you will experience around 15 hours of yoga Nidra.

Yoga anatomy and yoga therapy

Contemporary knowledge and understanding of human organism along with the ancient yogic wisdom help greatly to the students to do the yoga practices on a scientific basis and as per yogic principles. Yoga anatomy classes allow students to gain a basic knowledge about the human body, its most important systems, and their role in yoga. It includes:

  • Introduction to anatomy and physiology
  • Yoga in view of anatomy and physiology
  • Major systems of human body and their role in yoga
  • Applied yoga anatomy
  • Yoga injuries: injuries due to faulty yogic practices
  • Yoga as a therapy
  • Yoga and stress management

Teaching methodology and teaching practicum - learning the art of teaching

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:

  • Principles and procedures of teaching in the classroom
  • Art of demonstrations, assistance, and correction
  • Creative sequential of yoga practices
  • Incorporating yoga philosophy into a physical flow
  • Structuring the classes uniquely and lesson plan

Daily schedule

  • 05:30 Wake up
  • 06:15 Shatkarma (yogic cleansing)
  • 06:45 Hatha yoga and pranayama
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Meditation practice (Patanjali / Buddha / Osho)
  • 11:45 Yoga Nidra session / active meditation
  • 13:15 Lunch
  • 15:00 Yoga anatomy and yoga therapy
  • 16:00 Karma yoga
  • 16:15 Meditation practice (Osho / Shiva)
  • 17:40 Tea break
  • 18:00 Applied yoga philosophy / yogic lifestyle / ethics
  • 20:00 Group mantra chanting / meditation / kirtan
  • 20:15 Dinner
  • 22:00 Lights Off
  • Please note: the daily schedule is subject to change.

Code of conducts

To build a true foundation of yoga and to get the maximum result from various yoga practices, Yama (the social code of conducts), Niyama (personal code of conducts) are integral parts of learning. They expect the following code of conducts to be maintained by the students during holistic yoga teacher training course at Yoga Essence Rishikesh:

  • Discipline is an integral part of the holistic yoga teacher training course and so the course routine must be observed by the students throughout the day.
  • Disrespect to rules and regulations could result in termination of studentship with no refund of the course fee.
  • Absenting yourself from the scheduled program without prior permission of the teacher or manager concerned would be construed as a gross breach of discipline.
  • Ensure you are on time for class or you will not be permitted to enter any class once it has commenced.
  • The Yoga Essence Rishikesh does not make arrangements for guests of students. No friends or relatives are allowed to stay with yoga students without prior permission from the management.
  • Positive, team-oriented, optimistic attitude is a requirement for all students. Disruptive, rude, or negative behavior will not be tolerated and may result in removal from the course.
  • A student must intimate in advance if they intend to forgo a meal so that there is no wastage of food.
  • Before departure from Yoga Essence Rishikesh, students must clear all dues and return all library books, if taken.
  • Smoking, alcohol, and illegal drugs are not permitted during the training. Students who cannot comply with this rule will be asked to leave with no refund of the course fee.

Code of ethics

Yoga Essence Rishikesh acknowledge 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 teachers to ensure a safe and protected environment in which a student can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

As teachers of the yoga teacher training programs at Yoga Essence Rishikesh, teachers agree to uphold the highest professional standards as set forth in the following code of ethics.

  • They welcome all students with respect and friendliness and do not discriminate against or refuse professional help to anyone on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin.
  • They make only realistic statements regarding the benefits of yoga, make responsible decisions to determine if and when they can assist a student, and use their yogic knowledge and skills only for their benefit.
  • They establish and maintain professional relationship boundaries at all times.
  • They understand that all forms of sexual behavior or harassment with students is unethical, and use only appropriate methods of touch when assisting students.
  • They conduct their public and private affairs with honesty in all financial, material, emotional, and spiritual interactions.
  • They respect the rights, dignity, and privacy of all students, and treat all communications from students with professional confidence.

Included excursions

Meditative excursion, meditation in sacred place

During the holistic yoga teacher training course, the participants will get the opportunity to visit and meditate nearby a sacred place, 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.


Swami Dhyan Samarth

Amritesh Prasad

Retreat location

Yoga Essence is in a quiet, clean and safe resort, located 10 minutes walking to the main touristic area of Rishikesh but still served from local shops, cafés, 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.


The course includes three yogic and Sattvic meals and tea.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

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

  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 200-hour yoga teacher training course
  • 200 hours yoga teacher training certification
  • 50 hours meditation teacher training certification
  • 23 nights accommodation
  • 3 yogic and Sattvic meals and tea
  • Tuition fee for the course
  • Course manual, books, and other study materials

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by bus

You can also opt for Volvo service from Delhi, however, traveling by bus could cause inconvenience for the first-time travelers.

Arrival by taxi

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.

Arrival by train

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.

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer available: Jolly Grant Airport (US$18 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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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