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Residential Yoga Teacher Training India

This yoga teacher training brings traditional Indian yoga training to Rishikesh. Within 4 weeks, you can learn yoga from scratch or deepen your existing practice. You can ask questions anytime and will be corrected on alignment to ensure safety. The training emphasizes the spiritual side of yoga and aims for a holistic experience for developing body and mind. The curriculum includes Hatha and Ashtanga asana practice, meditation, Ayurveda, philosophy, anatomy, pranayama, mantras, and cleansing processes. The certificate by the end of the course gives you permission to teach yoga worldwide and to register for Yoga Alliance certification. Maharishi Yoga Peeth is happy to see you joining its yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh.

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  • Asana, pranayama, meditation, and shatkarma practice
  • Learn yogic philosophy, anatomy, teaching methodology, and more
  • Teaching practice
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Plant-based sattvic food

Skill level

  • Beginner


27 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport
Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$80 per person)
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  • Free Wi-Fi

The school provides the perfect environment to gain knowledge of yoga and spirituality.

  • Attached bathrooms
  • Clean bed sheets, pillows, and blankets
  • Hot and cold water available for shower
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Essential toiletries
  • Personal wardrobe for safe-keeping


Welcome to Maharishi Yoga Peeth's 200-hour yoga teacher training! Join this training for an unforgettable yoga program where you will learn life – and after which you will feel deeply rejuvenated.

This training creates a solid foundation for your own yoga practice and gives you permission to teach the gift of yoga worldwide. So whether you intend to teach in the future or whether you want to deepen your own practice, this course will give you the skills and the knowledge of the ancient practice of yoga.

All courses are designed to give you holistic perspectives such as the development of body and mind along with spiritual development, the oneness of self, and the universe. The approach of teaching contains ancient and modern science of yoga.

This course will focus on the Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series together with the study and practice of pranayama, meditation, action, and alignment as well as an adjustment workshop. The training approach is to not only make you understand and practice yoga but also to be a competent instructor to teach others.

The diet will be deeply therapeutical. The yoga hall is one of the most beautiful spots in Rishikesh with a wonderful view towards the river Ganga.

Maharishi Yoga Peeth is happy to see you joining its course!

The objective of 200-hour yoga teacher training:

  • You will be able to develop your unique personality through the daily practice of yoga in Rishikesh
  • You will get to know about the yoga Sutras and techniques to easily incorporate those Sutras into your daily life
  • You will develop and practice dhyana, pranayama, mudras, and kriyas regularly
  • Learn how to teach yoga to others in a small group setting
  • You will learn how to properly structure a yoga class and incorporate all the necessary components
  • You will learn about muscular as well as skeletal systems and understand how they can influence your teaching and practice


Yogic Kriya

Introduction to shatkarma:

  • Jala Neti
  • Sutra Neti
  • Dhauti (vamana)
  • Nauli
  • Kapalabhati
  • Aganisara
  • Trataka


  • Pranava Japa
  • Svasti Mantra


  • Introduction to pranayama
  • Breath awareness
  • Breath correction
  • Breathing practices
  • Three phases of breathing
  • Purak kumbhak and Rechaka
  • Styles of pranayama
  • Practices of 6 traditional Hatha kumbhakas
  • Surya bhedana, ujjayi, shitkari, sitali, bhastrika bhramari, plavini murcha
  • Rules to be observed for pranayama sadhana


  • Preparation to meditation
  • Meditative posture
  • Breath and body awareness
  • Cyclic meditation
  • Mind sound resonance technique
  • Nadanusandhan
  • Tattva sadhana
  • Chakra cleansing
  • Chakra meditation
  • Purification of Nadis
  • Naad meditation

Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga

  • Introduction to Ashtanga
  • Preparation to the Ashtanga
  • Sun Salutation A
  • Sun Salutation B
  • Standing sequence
  • Sitting sequence
  • Finishing sequence

Yogic philosophy

  • Introduction to Indian Philosophy
  • Origin of yoga, the meaning of yoga, history of yoga
  • Schools of yoga
  • Different yoga styles
  • Introduction to Yoga Darshan
  • Concept of yoga according to Patanjali
  • Concept of God in yoga philosophy
  • Definitions of yoga according to ancient yogic text
  • Selected verses and explanations from different yogic texts
  • Divisions of yoga
  • Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali
  • Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi
  • Hatha yoga limbs, asana, pranayama, bandha, mudra
  • Kundalini Yoga(chakras, nadis)
  • Kriya yoga (a way to overcome inborn afflictions)
  • Prana, panch prana, nadis


  • Introduction of Anatomy
  • Introduction to structural anatomy
  • System of the human body and yogic effects
  • Skeletal system
  • Muscular system
  • Digestive system
  • Respiratory system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Nervous system
  • Common ailments related to a different system and their yogic management
  • Integrated approach to yoga therapy
  • Yoga for healthy living

Teaching methodology and practice

Class observation: You will observe a class given by one of the experienced yoga teachers as an inspiration for the class that you will then prepare.

Teaching methodology: This class will give you the necessary building blocks to devise your own yoga class. Learn how to motivate your students by teaching inclusively to the range of abilities that you may be faced with.

Peer teaching: These sessions allow you to practice your teaching skills and get constructive feedback from both your Senior Teachers and your peers on your progress.

Adjustment: Learn how to help your students get deeper into a posture through adjustment.

  • Studying the yoga lifestyle and the ethics of a yoga teacher
  • Studying the attitude and presence of the teacher
  • The seat of yoga teacher/teaching as service/why you teach/creating a sacred space
  • Ethical guidelines for the student-teacher relationship

Creating a class / sequencing / general teaching points:

  • Elements of great teaching
  • Classroom organization and set up
  • Creating a class plan
  • Teaching progressively focusing on alignment principles
  • The basic principles of sequencing

Hatha yoga asana

  • Parshvava Chakrasana – Sidebending Pose
  • Tadasan A & B – Palm Tree Pose A & B
  • Vrikshasan – Tree Pose
  • Utkatasan – Chair Pose
  • Trikonasan – Triangle Pose
  • Padahastasan – Hands to Feet Pose
  • Garudhasan – Eagle Pose
  • Natarajasan – Shiva Dancing Pose
  • Shirsha Padangushthasan – Head to Big Toe Pose
  • Parivatrita Trikonasan – Reverse Triangle Pose
  • Uttanpadasan – Raising Feet Pose
  • Ardha Pavanmuktasan – Half Gas Release Pose
  • Pavanmuktasan – Gas Release Pose
  • Viprit Karani
  • Kandhrasan – Shoulder Pose
  • Setubandhasan – Bridge Pose
  • Matsyasan A – Fish Pose A
  • Naukasan – Boat Pose
  • Sarvangasan – Shoulder Stand
  • Matsyasan B – Fish Pose B
  • Salabhasan – Locust Pose
  • Viprit Naukasan – Inverted Boat Pose
  • Bhujangasan – Cobra Pose
  • Dhanurasan – Bow Pose
  • Vakrasan – Twisting Pose
  • Janushirasan – Nose to Knee Pose
  • Vajrasan – Strong/Thunderbolt Pose
  • Mandukasan – Frog Pose
  • Uttan Mandukasan – Raising Frog Pose
  • Supta Mandukasan – Sleeping Frog Pose
  • Ushtrasan – Camel Pose
  • Yoga Mudra A
  • Vadha Gomukhasan – Bound Cow Face Pose
  • Supta Vajrasan – Sleeping Thunderbolt Pose
  • Paschimottasan – Seated Forward Bend
  • Simhasan – Lion Pose
  • Ardhmatsyendrasan – Half Fish Lord Pose
  • Shirshasan – Head Stand Pose
  • Ardha Chandrasan – Half Moon Pose
  • Majariasana – Cat and Cow Pose
  • Uthitha Parsvakonasan – Extended Side Angle
  • Parshvaottanasana – Intense Side Stretch
  • Halasana – Plow Pose
  • Chakrasana – Wheel Pose
  • Karnpidhasan – Knee to Ear

Asana poses with detailed alignment

  • Standing poses
  • Standing twisting poses
  • Seated poses
  • Seated forward bend poses
  • Seated twisting poses
  • Backbend poses
  • Inversion poses
  • Supine poses
  • Arm balance poses
  • Restorative poses

Teaching practice

  • Signs of a good teacher
  • Demonstration
  • Proper alignment
  • Clear instruction
  • Individual care of each student


Each student’s social behavior is of great importance. Students will be assessed on their behavior and these behavioral observations will be considered in their yoga teacher training certificate. Prayer has its own significance and it is desirable that students take part in it with full appreciation.

Sample schedule

  • 05:00 Morning bell
  • 05:30 - 06:00 Morning tea
  • 06:00 - 06:30 Pranayama and shatkarma
  • 06:30 - 08:30 Vinyasa flow yoga
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Anatomy and physiology
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Yoga philosophy
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:15 - 14:45 Rest / self-study
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Postures alignment
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Ashtanga yoga asana
  • 19:15 - 20:15 Dinner time
  • 20:15 - 21:45 Self-study, rest time
  • 22:00 Lights off

Included excursions

Exploring the beauty of Rishikesh along with this course makes learning more fun. On Sundays, Maharishi Yoga Peeth arranges excursion tours to places such as:

  • Mysterious Mouni Baba Cave
  • A Holy Kunjapuri Temple
  • Ganga Arti in Parmarth Niketan
  • Vashishta Cave
  • Ganga Snan (Bath in River)
  • Ganga Beach Meditation


Sidhartha Arukha

Dav Jones

Jagjeet Singh

Prabha Bhandari


This teacher training course will be held near Laxman Jhula in Rishikesh, northern India. Situated near the main city of Rishikesh, the venue is surrounded by forested mountains. Guests will not only get a feel of fresh air to breathe in but will also get an opportunity to explore the sacredness of the land.

The divine vibrations coming from the surroundings are enhanced by the Ganges River, which enriches the entire experience. You can take a dip in this holy river and experience the divinity. Meditating here will bring you closer to the attainment of Moksha. The blissful moments are sanctified in the evening when priests conduct the famous Ganga Aarti and offer their prayers to the deity.


  • Shopping streets - With 100 meters
  • Cafes & Restaurants - Available Nearby
  • Ganga River - 100 meter


A true yoga practice involves serving plant-based sattvic food properly and cleanly. Food at the Maharishi Yoga Peeth:

  • Tamasic diet: Uncooked, juiceless, rancid, stale, and rotten foods under the Tamasic diet category.
  • Rajasic diet: Bitter, sour, salty, very hot, and spicy foods fall under the Rajasic diet
  • Sattvic diet: Juicy, smooth, stable diet falls into the Sattvic diet

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Yogic
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)

  • River rafting
  • Traveling around the Himalayas
  • Trekking
  • Visiting famous temples
  • Visit the ancient caves

What's included

  • Coursebooks will be provided to you before the start of the course (Hatha Yoga Pradipika I Swatmarama, Lights on the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali I B.K.S. Iyengar, Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha I Swami Satyananda Saraswati)
  • Notebooks and pens
  • Cleansing kits and Japa Mala
  • Evaluation or assessment diary
  • 27 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Women herbal beauty, share wearing, and many more with the help of local ladies
  • Ayurvedic Panchakarma and treatment and healing sessions
  • A variety of massages with a discounted price for the students
  • Visa fee
  • Airfare
  • Taxi pick-up from Delhi, Haridwar

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

If your flight arrives at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), transfer from and to this airport is available upon request for 80 USD/one way. Please let Maharishi Yoga Peeth know if you would like to take this option. If your flight arrives at Jolly Grant Airport (DED), free pickup will be arranged upon informing the Maharishi Yoga Peeth in advance about your arrival.

Arrival by train

From Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), another good option is to travel by train. You can reach the train station by car. Then, you can take the train to Rishikesh. From Rishikesh, you will reach school by taxi.

Arrival by bus

From Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), another convenient option is to take a bus, preferably an overnight bus to Rishikesh from Delhi. From Rishikesh bus station Maharishi Yoga Peeth provide free pickup.

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport No additional charges. 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 30% 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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