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15 Days Intensive 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

Hotel The Great Ganga, Muni-ki-Reti, Rishikesh 249192, Uttarakhand,India

India Yoga Teacher Training

If you are looking for a short but complete 200-hour yoga teacher training immersion, you have landed in the right place. Join Yogi Aaron for an intensive yoga teacher training in the home of yoga - Rishikesh. India. The daily routine of meditation and yoga, combined with authentic daily yogic rituals and eating fresh food does wonders for the body, mind, and spirit. You will leave this immersion full of energy and a sense of renewed vision for your life.

Meet the instructors

Yogi & John
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Highlights

  • Yoga practices and satsang
  • Ceremonies and puja in Rishikesh
  • Special lectures and talks with local masters
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Supervised morning sadhana practice, including ancient purification rituals
  • Roundtrip flights from Delhi to Rishikesh and airport transfer from Rishikesh airport
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

If you are registering for the triple occupancy option, please expect to be sleeping in a king, queen, full, or twin bed.

Program

Certifications

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

This two-week yoga teacher training is for you if:

  • You are craving a deep spiritual reconnection
  • You have been dreaming of doing yoga in the place where it all started - on the banks of the Ganges
  • You do not have much time
  • You would like to have the experience of a yoga immersion
  • You want to be a yoga teacher
  • You want to fully immerse in yoga for two weeks
  • You want to live a healthy lifestyle for two weeks
  • Be surrounded by a community of people who are fully invested in you and your wellbeing

In your 200-hour yoga teacher training in India with Yogi Aaron, you will:

  • Experience authentic yogic rituals performed on the banks of the Ganges River
  • Get away from the turbulence and distractions of your daily life and give yourself the time, space, and focus to deepen your practice
  • Expand your knowledge and accelerate your learning
  • Develop a strong foundational practice in yoga
  • Have a clearer direction of your life path
  • Leave with some great sequences to teach and with which to cultivate a personal asana practice
  • Develop a daily meditation practice
  • Learn how to teach within the limitations of your students
  • Learn how to teach multilevel classes
  • Have knowledge of and know how to teach yoga safely
  • Fully immerse in an authentic Himalayan yoga tradition
  • Develop a deep appreciation of how rich this yoga tradition is
  • You’ll practice all of these skills directly in classes you lead during your training at the Blue Osa
  • Leave here taking the next step in your yogic life with greater excellence and with a clearer vision

Your curriculum

Techniques training / practice (105.5 hours)

Includes asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours are a mix between:

  • analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques
  • guided practice of the techniques themselves

Anatomy and physiology (20 hours)

Includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc).

Practicum (12.5 hours)

Includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching, and hearing / giving feedback. Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching.

Teaching methodology (26.5 hours)

Includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting / correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the student’s process of learning, and business aspects of teaching yoga.

Yoga philosophy / lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers (36 hours)

Includes the study of yoga philosophies, yoga lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers.

Total hours: 200.5

Typical day

  • 05:00 - 06:15 Morning meditation
  • 06:15 - 08:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 - 11:30 Practice
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Lunch and free time
  • 12:30 - 18:00 Training
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Training and / or rituals on the Ganges

Note: The above-mentioned schedule is an approximation and is subject to change with variances.

Reading list

  • Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow (will need to have with you during the training)
  • Four Chapters on Freedom by Swami Satyananada Saraswati (will need to have with you during the training)
  • The Royal Path by Swami Rama (may leave at home)
  • The Heart of Yoga by T. K. V. Desikacha (may leave at home)

Yoga styles

While Hatha yoga is at the core of what The Blue Osa does, they differentiate themselves by offering a holistic approach to yoga that emphasizes function over form. They believe yoga should be tailored to the individual, and that a good yoga teacher knows how to facilitate a unique practice to meet unique needs.

The Blue Osa yoga teacher training methodology has been influenced by multiple traditions, including Vinyasa, Iyengar, and Anusara yogas.

Yogi Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in India and has been taught directly from the Himalayan tradition. Aaron also has a strong background in yoga therapy and brings in therapeutic elements when appropriate.

Book reports

The book reports need to be completed in order for The Blue Osa to award you the relevant certification(s). The book reports are due three months after the end of the yoga teacher training immersion. For example, if the completion of the immersion is November 16, then the book reports will be due the following February 16.

In addition to the three months following the immersion, you are given a lot of time during the immersion to also complete your book reports. You may also complete the book reports prior to the beginning of the immersion, or anytime during the immersion. Basically, you may complete the book reports the moment you register for this immersion.

Instructions for the book reports are given once you have registered, and not before.

Who is this training for?

Each of the yoga students comes with unique goals. Some want to get their yoga certificate to teach yoga. Others want to answer deep and meaningful questions about their life. And still, others want to live a more meaningful life through yoga. Yogi Aaron’s approach to teaching yoga teachers is based on the principle that wisdom and knowledge are acquired through direct experience.

This yoga teacher training with Yogi Aaron will give you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in yoga for two weeks in Rishikesh, allowing you to use yoga to ask and answer profound questions and discover what yoga can mean in your life. The Blue Osa warmly welcomes students of any and all backgrounds of race, orientation, spiritual tradition or practice. Yoga welcomes all people. The only commitment required is that you are willing to show up and fully participate.

Even if you are relatively new to yoga, this yoga teacher training is an excellent way to learn the art of yoga and cultivate a strong foundation for your life-long practice. One of the strengths of The Blue Osa's approach to yoga is how adaptable it is to the student. No matter where you are, there is a practice for you. And frankly, some of the best teachers are the ones who can’t contort their bodies into pretzel shapes. Their limitations end up being an asset to their students.

Injuries / adjustments

If you have an injury and / or need to adjust your practice, please know that you will not hold the class back. The Blue Osa will always encourage you to do only what you are comfortable doing and to practice within the limitations of your own body. Yoga is a personal practice. The first value you practice in yoga is non-harming. Furthermore, Yogi Aaron’s background is in yoga therapy. Therefore, he teaches all of his classes to be therapeutic and healing. He is also very skillful at helping those with less mobile bodies to adjust their practice.

Business aspects of becoming a yoga teacher

You will spend time discussing the logistics of developing your own business as a yoga teacher. Subjects to be discussed include how to find your first customers, how much to charge, where to teach, and best practices for growing your business. As a former NYC yoga studio owner and as current co-owner of Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa, Aaron has a wealth of knowledge available in this area, and will kindly field questions.

Instructors

Yogi Aaron

John Thurman

Location

One of the number one places to stay is at the Great Ganga in Rishikesh. They have recently built a beautiful new panoramic yoga shala overlooking the Ganges River.

The Great Ganga is located in and around one of the oldest and prominent areas of Rishikesh, known as Muni-Ki Reti, where the holy Ganges descends from the majestic Himalayas and enters the plains of northern India.

The hotel is designed in such a manner that guests can enjoy the enchanting panoramic view of the holy Ganges, surrounded by the lush green serene hills.

It takes only five minutes of casual walk to reach the banks of the holy Ganges from the hotel.

Features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Spa

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • In-room safe
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Food

Rishikesh does not allow for alcohol or meat. There will be an option to have eggs. You will absolutely love the cuisine served at the Great Ganga!

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

  • New Delhi adventure tour (September 1 - 3, 2020)
  • Join Yogi Aaron on a journey deep into the Himalayas (September 17 - 22)

Please note that all expenses for the above journeys are not included in the price.

What's included

  • Roundtrip flights from Delhi to Rishikesh
  • 14 nights accommodation in Rishikesh
  • Shuttle service from the airport in Rishikesh to the hotel
  • All applicable taxes
  • The confidence to continue your own personal practice
  • Yoga practices and satsang led by Yogi Aaron
  • Supervised morning sadhana practice, including ancient purification rituals
  • Special lectures and talks with local masters
  • Ceremonies and puja in Rishikesh
  • A foundational personal practice in your yoga that you will leave with
  • How to build effective sequencing methods that work for building well-rounded classes
  • Opportunities to practice teaching with resort guests and community members
  • Built-in support network of like-minded individuals and fellow yoga teachers
  • Comprehensive yoga teacher training manual
  • Certificate of completion
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Delicious vegetarian meals each day

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Spa treatments
  • Laundry service
  • Cost for any missed flights or travel delays
  • Additional journeys before and / or after the training

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). From Delhi, you will take another flight to Rishikesh. Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa will pick you up from Rishikesh airport. You are strongly suggested to arrive a day or two early so that you will be on time for your flights and training.

Please note that the flights to and from Delhi are not included in the price, however, the roundtrip flights from Delhi to Rishikesh are included, as well as the shuttle service from the airport in Rishikesh to the hotel.

This yoga teacher training immersion officially begins on the first day, September 3, at 3:00 p.m. You will need to make sure you are at the Great Ganga Hotel by then.

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa strongly encourages you to take part in the pre-trip with them, so that you meet the group and teachers in Delhi prior to the training.

Arrive at the training on time. Anytime missed will require you to make up hours if you require certification.

The immersion will officially end on the final evening, September 16. This will allow you to leave at any time you need to on September 17.

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 90 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Thursday September 3, 2020
Departure: Thursday September 17, 2020

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