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Skill-improving Yoga Teacher Training in India

For the first time in Rishikesh, India, a unique Nada yoga teacher training course is organized by the team of professional yoga teachers, Nada yogis, Ayurveda doctors, and Indian musicians. This course is suitable for the yoga teachers, students, and music lovers who want to connect or integrate the enlightening power of sacred sound (Nada yoga) with their daily practice of yoga. Join this amazing yoga teacher training and you'll be inspired.

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Dr. Jivasu, Dr. Usha, Yogacharya Mohan, & 6 More…
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  • 200-hour yoga teacher training
  • Daily yoga practices and lessons
  • Daily night live music meditations & mantra chanting
  • Vedic Philosophy, Upanisadas & Sath Darshanas lectures
  • Bhagwatgita, Philosophy of Hatha yoga & Tantra Philosophy lectures
  • Local sightseeing and rafting on Ganges River
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 28 nights' accommodation


28 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 25
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During this training, two students are accommodated in a shared, furnished double room with attached bath (cold / hot water) and ceiling fans. Bed linen, a towel, and a door lock are provided. However, residents are responsible for those items as well as laundering their sheets and cleaning their room. Single occupancy arrangements may be made prior to arrival, conditional to room availability, and may be subject to extra charges.

Please note that you are requested to arrive at the Nada Yoga School on the day prior to the commencement of the training, at which time you will be assigned to your rooms, and will be requested to finalize your course fee payments. Check-out is scheduled on the morning following completion of the program. Nada Yoga School requests that all borrowed items be returned at this time.


History and philosophy of Hatha yoga

This theoretical session will cover the history and philosophy of yoga and development of yoga from ancient times with analysis of most important books on yoga, until the present days. Such perspective will offer you the understanding of main goals of yoga and how the variety of practices that sprung from original discipline aims to fulfill those goals.

This will give you the understanding of the purpose of every yoga practice so that you could apply this understanding in your own personal practice and class. Connecting one’s yoga practice to roots makes it more meaningful and gives us better instruments to evaluate progress. The classes will include lectures on:

Vedic philosophy

The session will cover four great statements, four stages of life and their relation, the importance of the relation between student and teacher, practical way of understanding of Vedic wisdom, etc.


This session will cover four steps of meditation, four bodies, and their four states, Brahman and Maya, etc.

Sath Darshanas (Six Indian Philosophical Schools), covering:

  • Sankhya: purusa and prakrati (supreme consciousness and matter) and their manifestations
  • Patanjali Yoga Darshan: yoga sutras and eight limbs
  • Nyaya: knowledge through logic and regioning
  • Vaiseshik: Vishesha and Avishesha (form and formless)
  • Karmamimansa: knowledge of karma theory (action and reaction)
  • Vedanta: Cause and reality of the universe, etc.


  • This session covers Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Gyan yoga, etc.

Philosophy of Hatha yoga

  • This session covers the philosophy of Hatha yoga and its practical aspects.

Tantra philosophy

  • This session will cover elemental principle, prana principle, kundalini principle, Chakra principle, lotus principle and other symbols of tantra.

Yogic anatomy and physiology of human body

While gaining an understanding of goals and philosophy of yoga and having overviewed the practices that ancient yogic used to meet these goals, we will look at the same practices from the perspective of modern science. You will see how the effectiveness of yogic practices is explained in traditional, anatomical and physiological terms.

This topic will also give you an understanding of safety during practice. Being aware of how the body works, what are the most vulnerable points, how diseases originate and how they affect systems of the body, you will learn how to build the practice safely for all students and adapt it for specific needs. The lectures on yogic anatomy and physiology will include lectures on:

  • Skeletal system: Bones and joints. Types of joints, their range of movement and application of this understanding to safe yoga practice. Spine: anatomy, safety. Keeping the spine healthy with yoga.
  • Muscular system: Anatomy of muscles and tendons. The principle of work of agonist and antagonist muscles and its application in yoga. Avoiding and dealing with common problems of muscles and tendons in yoga (muscle strains, tears, ruptured tendons, carpal tunnel syndrome).
  • Cardiovascular system: High and low blood pressure. Practice that keeps the heart healthy. Practice with heart disorders and hypertonia / hypotonia.
  • Nervous system: Somatic and autonomic nervous system. Sympathetic and parasympathetic autonomous nervous systems. How yoga affects the nervous system. *Special yoga practices for diseases of nervous system. Dealing with stress.
  • Respiratory system: Design of the respiratory system, muscles of respiration. Neuromuscular regulation or breathing and impact of breathing on the nervous system. *Physiology of respiration. Hypoventilation and hyperventilation. Analysis of types of breathing: thoracic (constructed and empowered), paradoxical, abdominal breathing, diaphragmatic, full yogic breath. Analysis of different yogic breathing exercises (kapala Bhatti, bhastrika, ujayyi), with their impact on cellular gas exchange and nervous system.
  • Digestive system: Yogic practices that keep the digestive system healthy. Contraindication to practices for certain disorders of the digestive system.
  • Endocrine system: Contraindications and special yoga practices in cases of hormonal imbalance and endocrine diseases.


Ayurveda is an ancient Vedic science that is closely related to the practice of yoga. Understanding of ayurvedic concepts will help you deepen the practice of yoga and compose diet and lifestyle that will suit our individual requirements. The lectures of Ayurveda will include study of:

  • Basics of Ayurveda (elements, dhatus, doshas, and tastes)
  • Kapha, Vatta, and Pitta. Knowing your body type
  • Daily routine, seasonal routine, diet regime, and much more

Shatkarma (detoxification) classes

You will have the sessions for 45 to 60 minutes daily. The classes of shatkarma will include lessons of practices like jala neti, sutra neti, dhauti, trataka, kapalbhati, nauli, etc. There will also be 2 hours specially dedicated to a full body cleansing practice, shankprakshalana during the course.


During this training, you will have the sessions for 45 minutes daily which is devoted exclusively to meditation practices. You will learn the following meditation techniques during the course: yoga Nidra, Vipasana meditation, Nad Brahma meditation, Kundalini meditation, Tratak (light) meditation, Sakshi Dhyan, So-ham Mantra meditation, Chakra Breath meditation, Nada yoga meditation, Mantra meditation, Sufi meditation, etc.


Though you will have pranayama practices on each daily practice classes, you will specially have some classes dedicated to pranayama in which you will learn the following breathing techniques: anulome-vilome pranayama, nadi sodhan pranayama, sitkari, ujjayi, kapalbhati, etc. You will also have lectures on philosophy of pranayama, philosophy of panch prana, etc.

Daily yoga asana practice

You will have 3 to 4 hours of daily yoga practice. 1.5 hour in the morning and 1.5 hour in the evening. In this section, you will cover all poses and will practice both static and dynamic regimes, will learn vinyasas and basic warm-up and joint loosening / strengthening sequences such as pavana muktasana, surya namaskar, chandra namaskar, etc.

Alignment classes

On alignment classes, you will learn asanas in every detail. First, the instructor demonstrates the asana and explains its geometry and alignment principles. You will learn the purpose of the asana, indication, and contraindications, main muscular engagement, area of release, points of stability and grounding, effect on spine, joints and internal organs.

Then, you will look at the modifications and tiny changes of alignment and will learn how these changes affect overall effect of asana and especially effect on spine and joints. In this way, you will create the understanding of asana geometry rather than learn “how it should be” and teach the only possible way without discrimination.

Next, you will analyze the alignment of asana in the environment of “asana laboratory” where one student performs the pose and other students analyze it according to the information they learned. After analysis of all the points and offering their cues and adjustments, all students try to perform the asana with an understanding of its geometry, weight distribution, and internal muscles work.

Vocal / music / nada yoga classes

Along with all the yoga practices, you will also get the opportunity to learn vocal (bhajan, kirtans, mantra chanting), nada yoga and Indian music lessons from the top musicians and nada yoga masters of Rishikesh, India.

The program overview

In this yoga teacher training, you will be immersed in the deep knowledge of yoga, its path (branches), and its philosophy. The course will be taught by talented and notable yogis and remarkable yoga masters who have abundant experience in yoga and its many branches. You will have 3 to 5 hours of asana practice. Then, you will be given daily homework assignments and a final written exam is taken at the end of the course. After the completion of the yoga course, you will be certified with internationally recognized Yoga Alliance certificate. You will have Indian classical music concert, kirtans, and bhajans every week. You will be taken for local sightseeing on Sundays since the school is situated in Rishikesh (also known as the world capital of yoga), next to the Ganges river.

Typical daily schedule

  • 06:00-07:00 Pranayama or Shatkarma
  • 07:00-08:30 Warm-up exercises / asanas
  • 08:30-09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00-11:30 Anatomy and physiology
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00-14:00 Art of teaching (workshop)
  • 14:00-15:00 Yoga philosophy
  • 16:00-17:30 Yoga asanas
  • 18:00-19:30 Dinner
  • 19:45-20:30 Meditation

Please note that to create a positive atmosphere conducive to learning and continued personal development, drugs, alcohol and all other intoxicating substances are strictly prohibited for the entire duration of the course.

Included excursions

During this retreat, you will enjoy a local sightseeing and Ganges river rafting.


Dr. Jivasu
Jivasu’s (Pradeep Kumar) teachings are called as Naturality or Sahajta. He experienced his first awakening during his stay in Sivananda ashram, Rishikesh, which culminated in the realization that death is not the end of life. Born in 1956, he was trained as a pediatrician in India. With his wife, Karen, he served as voluntary medical doctors in the remote villages of Uttarakhand Himalayas. Currently, he is teaching naturality programs in Canada, India, and other countries.
Dr. Usha Vaishnava
Having studied Ayurveda and herbal medicine at the famous 150-year-old, Gurukul Kangri, in Kanpur (renamed Kanpur University in 1966), Dr. Usha completed her internationally recognized bachelor of Ayurvedic medicine and surgery in 1997. She is currently chief consultant and manager of the Ayurveda Nirvana clinic in Rishikesh, providing such services as detailed consultations, prakriti analysis, basic to advanced level Ayurveda courses, panchkarma treatments, and is a respected instructor of Ayurveda in this yoga teacher training programs.
Yogacharya Mohan Panwar
Born in a Vedic family, Yogacharya Mohan Panwar began the path of yoga at the age of 15. He completed his P.G.D.Y from H.N B. Garhwal University and MSc in yoga from Uttrakhand Open University. He is the master of Hatha yoga with seven years of teaching experience all over India. His deep understanding on body alignment and asana makes him an excellent teacher to give basic comprehension over human bodies. He is a motivating master, professional teacher, an incredibly awesome person by heart.
Yogacharya Vivek Arya
Vivek learned naturopathy, pranic healing, acupressure, anatomy and physiology, philosophies of Buddhism, Jainism, and Sufism. His goal is to keep the learning curve upward facing. The selfless lifestyle and desire to dedicate himself to humanity makes him one of the best teachers in Rishikesh. He has been a regular teacher of yoga anatomy and physiology at Nada Yoga School.
Yogacharya Bhuwan Chandra
As native of the greater Himalayas with a master degree in yoga from the Uttaranchal Sanskrit University, Bhuwan Chandra is a recognized professional Indian classical musician and Nada yogi. He has participated actively participated in yoga festivals, seminars, and music concerts all over India and abroad. Enriched by with this experience and having understood the intricate connection of between music and the body Chakra mechanism, he has created a holistic approach to yoga through the science of music (Nada), thus bringing a fresh approach to the yoga sequences.
Yogi Buddhi Prakash
Yogi Buddhi Prakash got his first experience of Samadhi at the age of 7. He had clear visions of a past life in the Himalayas. He completed his higher education from Agra University, obtaining a master’s degree in Philosophy in 1977 as well as a master’s degree in yoga from Gurukul Kangri University in Haridwar in 1994. He currently teaches meditation and Indian philosophy in India and abroad. He also received initiation in Shankaracharya tradition through his master, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Yogi Tara Ji
Yogi Tara Ji was born in Kumaun Himalaya. He has studied and practiced Raja, Hatha, Sivananda yoga and Vedic Sanskrit. He has a Master’s Degree in Specialization in Yogic Science and Vedic Philosophy at Sanskrit University, Haridwar. He has been teaching at Nada Yoga School since the start of the first teacher training at Nada Yoga School, specializing in the field of yoga asana and Sanskrit mantra chantings. He is imparting his knowledge to the students of Nada Yoga School which aim to develop the human mind, better lifestyle and spread love, peace, happiness everywhere.
Swami Atma Jnanananda Giri
Atma Jnanananda Giri is a Homeopathic doctor from Kerala, residing in Rishikesh since 11 years ago. He learned yoga meditation from Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama ashram, Vedanta (knowledge of Indian Philosophy) from Dayananda ashram, and is currently leading students on the path of yoga and meditation. He offers insightful lectures on these topics as well as philosophy and draws his inspiration of enlightenment practices from the Mandukya Upanishad.
Yogiji Yogendra Mishra
Yogendra Mishra (commonly known as “Yogiji”) is a senior yogi and meditation master. He also holds a masters degree from Agra University in philosophy, as well as a physical education science degree from Amravati University. You will find him at Nada Yoga School (which is his second home), when he is not teaching in Russia, Germany, Japan, Canada or the US. Yogiji has been a yoga teacher for 30 years. He has also taken part in several yoga research projects determining the association of yoga and well-being.


This yoga teacher training will take place in Rishikesh, the world capital of yoga in India.


During this training, to promote a yogic lifestyle, vegetarian meals, and herbal teas are served 3 times daily. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared in Nada Yoga School's own equipped kitchen, using filtered water. Please inform Nada Yoga School for any dietary restrictions. Filtered water is available at all times during your stay at Nada Yoga School.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

What's included

  • 28-night accommodation in the first established ashram in Rishikesh, Swargashram
  • 200-hour yoga teacher training program
  • A T-shirt
  • An organic bag
  • Bhagwatgita, Philosophy of Hatha yoga & Tantra Philosophy lectures
  • Daily evening music lesson & Sunday movie nights
  • Daily herbal tea (3 times a day)
  • Daily night live music meditations & mantra chanting
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Daily yoga practices and classes (Ayurveda and asana)
  • Indian classical music lessons (sitar, tabla, vocal, harmonium, etc.)
  • Lessons from 8 professional yoga teachers and guest lecturers
  • Local sightseeing
  • Local sightseeing and rafting on Ganges River
  • Music concerts and kirtans
  • Neti pot
  • Sunday movie night
  • Sutra neti
  • Textbooks and printed course materials
  • Use of yoga props during the course
  • Vedic Philosophy, Upanisadas & Sath Darshanas lectures
  • Wireless internet connectivity

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airports are Delhi Airport (DEL) and Jolly Grant Airport (DED), Dehradun. Nada Yoga School can arrange a taxi pick-up at an additional cost. For more information, please send Nada Yoga School an inquiry.

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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