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28 Days 200-Hour Hatha and Astanga Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

Providing a holistic program to relax and rejuvenate thoroughly, Akshi Yogashala is a heavenly abode for the yoga lovers and enthusiasts. Living up to its name, where Akshi means existence, the school enables the students to enrich their existence with the profoundness of yoga. Mingling the study of yoga with the richness of Indian philosophy, history of yoga and traditional Hatha yoga, the school is offering a yoga teacher training program at its center in Rishikesh.


  • A detailed theoretical focus on yoga philosophy
  • Mantra chanting classes and their meanings explained
  • Daily Ashtanga Vinyasa and Hatha yoga practices and guided meditation
  • Deep understanding of human anatomy and the effects of asanas on the body
  • Deep breathing practices and pranayama for relaxation and focus
  • Ayurvedic cleansing practices for complete detoxification
  • 27 nights of accommodation
  • Pure vegetarian meals


28 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 20

Airport transfer available:
Dehradun Airport (US$20 per person)

Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$80 per person)

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All the rooms are airy and allow proper space for free movement. The beautiful and breathtaking view of the mountains from the rooms makes it for a great living experience. All rooms are available on sharing or individual basis. The rooms have attached bathrooms with Western commodes and both hot and cold water runs 24/7. The whole institute is equipped with Wi-Fi and, open gardens to sit and unwind away from the hustle bustle of city life.

Akshi Yogashala 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in India Curriculum


  • Ashatanga Vinyasa series 1
  • Core principles of Hatha yoga practice
  • Meditative pose
  • Structuring and sequencing the postures
  • Forward bending pose
  • Full health assessment on asana
  • Backward Bending pose
  • Traditional sun salutation series
  • Twisting pose
  • Sun salutation with root mantra series
  • Relaxation pose
  • Sequences / steps of doing asana confidently
  • Inverted pose
  • Moon salutation series
  • Kneeling pose
  • Joints and glands exercise
  • Standing pose
  • Balancing pose

Relaxation techniques

  • Point to point full body relaxation technique
  • Yoga Nidra for insomnia
  • Emotional body relaxation
  • Minor and major chakra relaxation
  • Deep causal body relaxation

Science of breath (pranayama)

  • Four qualities of yogic breathing
  • What is pranic healing?
  • Importance of diaphragmatic breathing
  • Kapalbati
  • Stress and stress less related breathing techniques
  • Bhastrika
  • Psychological effect of yogic breathing
  • Brahmari
  • What is pranayama?
  • Ujjai
  • What are the five sub prana in yogic science?
  • Shetali and shetkari
  • What is ida, pingala and sushumna?
  • Nadi shodhanam
  • What is nadi?
  • 1:1, 1:2 and 1:4 breathing for emotional purification

Mudras and bandhas

  • Yogic gesture for stress related problems
  • Internal mudra
  • Healing gestures for physical blockages
  • Bandha for energy leakage
  • Pranic gestures for awakening energy
  • Importance of root lock
  • Eye mudra
  • Types of locks in yogic science
  • Finger mudra

Yoga philosophy

  • History and origin of yoga
  • Why we have disturbed mind, distracted mind, and stupefied mind in yogic science?
  • What is yoga?
  • What is celibacy and sex in yogic science?
  • What is Hatha yoga?
  • Why we suffer?
  • What is Ashtanga yoga?( eight limbs of yoga)
  • Why do people get diseases according to yogic science?
  • What is Raja yoga?
  • How to bend body to bend mind?
  • What is ignorance?
  • Three states of consciousness in yogic science
  • What is mind?
  • Four foundational pillars of life
  • Four faculties of mind field in yogic science
  • What is practice in yogic science?
  • Five layers of body in yogic science
  • What is Ekagrah?
  • What is knowledge and wisdom in yoga?
  • What is Kundalini?
  • What is Karma?
  • What is chakra?
  • What is sleep in yoga?
  • What is nadi?
  • Introduction to Ayurvedic science
  • What is Nirodhah in yoga?
  • What is "Fear" and "Love" in yogic science?
  • What is enlightenment and liberation in yoga?

Meditation and concentration

  • Breath awareness meditation
  • Inner light meditation
  • Chakra awareness meditation
  • Body less meditation
  • Mantra awareness meditation
  • Walking meditation
  • Full moon meditation
  • Third eye meditation

Art of alignment and adjustment workshops

  • Workshop on hip opening
  • Workshop on back bending
  • Workshop on forward bending
  • Workshop in twisting postures

Mantra yoga and its importance

  • What is Om?
  • Mantra for fearless living
  • What is mantra?
  • Mantra for wisdom
  • What is tantra?
  • Mantra for universal master
  • How to create positive vibration or energy with mantra yoga?

Yoga anatomy

  • Yogic skeletal and joints system
  • Yogic physiology
  • Yogic respiratory system
  • Yoga safety while doing asana and pranyama practices
  • Muscular system and usage of some important muscles in yogic exercise
  • Nature of lunar energy, solar energy and neutral flow energy
  • Yogic anatomy of spinal cord and its importance
  • Yogic counseling for therapy
  • Yogic therapy like back problems, slip disk problems, and diabetes
  • Usage of yogic techniques as therapy
  • Spinal deformation, thyroid and obesity
  • Yoga therapies on common disease like - head ache, cold, sinus, migraine

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 Hatha yoga
  • 07:45 Pranayama - breathing practices
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Yoga anatomy
  • 12:00 Yoga practicum / mantra chanting
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Yoga philosophy / Ayurveda
  • 16:15 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
  • 18:00 Meditation and relaxation
  • 19:30 Dinner

Please note that mantra chanting is for the first week. Yoga practicum includes alignment and adjustments, and teaching mythology.


Vivek Arya
Vivek Ji is known for providing reflective thoughts on each lesson to its students. He is a very knowledgeable yogi whose passion for yoga started at a young age. His father recognized his interest for yoga and motivated him into the life of a yogi. Vivek Ji had spent fifteen years learning yoga in an ashram, but his keenness to learn more made him venture into the Himalayas where he took mystic lessons from the sages. He also learned Naturopathy, Pranic healing, Acupressure, philosophy of Buddhism, Jainism and Sufism, Anatomy, and Physiology. He is now pursuing Ph.D.
Sanjeev Pandey Ji
Yogacharya Sanjeev Pandey Ji is a very popular Pranayama teacher in Rishikesh whose teaching style is enough to attract people to learn pranayama. The techniques he uses to teach pranayama are so impactful that no student is left without becoming a perfect master of this breathing form. His love for yoga was so intense that he even left his running business and started a life of a true yogi. He adopts the basic tenets of Hathayogapradipika, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Gheranda Samhita in his teaching methodologies which make them so unique and interesting.
Sandeep Pandey Ji
Yogacharya Sandeep Pandey Ji is a master of meditation and pranayama. He had learned meditation and relaxation techniques from the different ashrams of Rishikesh which made him have a deeper insight into the many aspects of this art. He started his yogic journey as a disciple of Guru Swami Veda Bharti Ji in the Rama Sadhaka Ashram when he was only 11 years old. He is now pursuing Ph.D. in Yoga and is also now teaching the meditation and pranayama to the aspiring yogis.
Yogi Ashish
Yogi Ashish’s charm lies in his dynamic teaching style and attractive personality. He is teaching yoga since last six years and within just a short period of time has shown exceptional mastery of teaching. He learned yoga from the International School of Yoga, Ved Niketan Dham in Rishikesh and also got the master degree in yogic science from the Sanskrit University in Uttarakhand. He is an avid traveler and love exploring new things. He had also attended many seminars and workshops on sports, physical education, and yoga.
Yogi Vikas
Yogi Vikas is a famous yoga teacher for his exceptional style of teaching. He was also awarded for his excellence in World Yogasan Championship. He learned yoga from the famous Vishwaguru School of Yoga “Ved Niketan Dham” in Rishikesh. His four years of teaching experience has given him enough skills to comprehend his student's needs and teach them with precision and the keen eye on details on each aspect of yoga.
Tanushree Rawat
Tanushree teaches asanas, pranayama, meditation and other yoga forms to the people with great precision and dedication. She has seven years of yogic journey to her credit, which allows her to add newness and authenticity to the yoga. She did her post graduation in yoga from Sanskrit University in Haridwar. She also did six-month training from Ved Niketan Ashram and 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training from Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul. She had also been part of many internationally run seminars and had been invited the speaker in Californication beauty and spa in Kazakhstan.


The ashram of Akshi Yogashala is a perfect blend of ashram style living but with all the modern day facilities. Situated in the lap of Himalayas, the splendid location of Rishikesh is synonymous to purity, belief, spirituality and traditional Indian living. Breathing of yoga, the place stands as an inspiration for all the students arriving and practicing yoga teacher training in Rishikesh. River Ganges, exotic mountainous locations, waterfalls, and rich Indian heritage temples, it is a blessing to choose Rishikesh as the place for the yoga teacher training course.

Rishikesh does not only hold significance for Indians but for the Westerns too. It is the town, where the Beatles set foot and created music by writing around 50 songs. This de-stressing program is used to by many to unwind and give the city blues a miss.


The school offers pure vegetarian meals. Spilling the richness of nutrients and vitamins, each and every meal is nourishing and refines the entire being. It also offers the required strength for performing various forms of yoga during the stay.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Raw food
  • Fruitarian
  • Yogic
  • Ayurvedic
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)

Attend the famous Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Niketan Ashram

Camp at the River Ganges for a night or more

Get rejuvenated at the local spas

Go for excursions at the nearby sites

Go for river rafting at the Ganges

Go mountain biking

Learn to cook Indian delicacies

Meet and make new friends from around the world

Take a dip in the Holy Ganges

Visit Indian temples and observe the Indian prayers

Witness the Indian heritage closely

What's included

  • 28 days of accommodation
  • 1 book by Swami Satyananda Saraswati (“Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha”)
  • 1 book by k. Pattabhi Jois ("Yoga Mala")
  • 1 notebook and Pen
  • All yoga topics mention under program
  • Full study material
  • Himalayas sightseeing trip
  • Pure vegetarian meals
  • Satkarma cleansing items (neti pot and tongue cleaner)
  • Visit to aarti
  • Yoga Alliance Certification
  • Yoga bag
  • Yoga mat for pratice
  • Yoga t-shirt

How to get there

Arrival by Airplane

To reach Rishikesh, book your flight for Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. If you have availed for the transport facilities, a taxi will arrive at the Delhi airport to receive you. The taxi fee will be 80 USD.

You can also take a domestic flight from Delhi to Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is around 15 km from Rishikesh. From Dehradun you can avail of a pick up service by the taxi that would cost 20 USD.

Arrival by Bus

Opting a bus from Delhi could be tricky and hectic, but if you want to opt for the bus it is best to take Volvo buses. Move to Delhi Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) for Volvo bus in a prepaid taxi. It is always preferred to hire a taxi from government approved taxi stand. The rate of which is 800 INR. However, there is no Volvo after 9 p.m. If your flight reaches Delhi in the evening, you have to spend a night in a hotel and start your journey for Rishikesh in the morning.

Once you have reached Delhi ISBT, move to the ticket stand which is situated on the second level. Move towards Uttarakhand State Booth and ask for the Volvo bus. They will guide you the timing and issue you the ticket. The cost of the ticket is between 300 to 400 INR.

It is best to ask the bus director or a driver where the bus stops at Rishikesh. It is best to get off at the bus station, which is the last stop. From the bus station, hire an auto rickshaw (Tuk Tuk) for Ram Jhula Bridge. An auto rickshaw will charge you 100 Rs. You will have to get down near Ram Jhula from where you will have to walk few miles. Cross Ram Jhula, turn right towards Chotiwala Restaurant and pass through few shops, cafes, and stores, continue through the curve and find Akshi Yogashala School (at the left side).

Airport: Dehradun Airport Airport transfer available: Dehradun Airport (US$20 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer available: Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$80 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 23% 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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Early bird discount

The first 5 students to book are eligible for an early bird discount of 100 USD per person.

Special discount

There is a special discount of 150 USD per person for bookings made before the International Yoga Day on June 21, 2018.

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