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Pratham Yoga India offers traditional 200 & 300 hours Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher training courses with integrated Ayurveda in Rishikesh, India (registered with Yoga Alliance USA). Learn about the art of sequencing, deepen your understanding of body awareness and move closer to the realization of your true self. Our approach focuses on Yoga in smaller groups for maximum benefits of students and teachers as well as a fusion of both tradition and modern sequences paired with influence of Mantra chanting and the use of props to protect your body. Ayurveda lessons and Yogic nutrition of sattvic food throughout the course supports your system to be gently cleansed and energized throughout the course. Pratham Yoga educates professional and spiritual teachers with full of love and dedication to create a safe and inspiring space for your transformation. A team of devoted professional teachers is awaiting you.
Pratham Yoga Center students will stay in building directly next to the Yoga Hall on the ground of Pyramid, in the outskirts of Laxmanjuhla area. The accommodation at Pratham Yoga is meant to give you a comfortable stay but still have a great yogic experience. Most students stay in shared bedrooms which simply provide you with all necessities. All rooms have a nice view, some have a balcony or terrace. All rooms include a private bathroom with hot water shower in an attached bathroom.
All rooms include a king size double bed or two single beds. Pratham Yoga Center supplies fresh bed sheets and covers according to the seasons. The center is located directly next to the forest, surrounded by beautiful green nature. Therefore all rooms are very quiet and free from any traffic noise. We offer Free Wi-Fi is in the complete area. Laundry service is available close by.
PRATHAM is another name for Lord Ganesha, who is a very well known representation of God in India. The power and energy of Lord Ganesha are one of the new beginnings and a remover of obstacles on our path of life materially, mentally and spiritually. The divine energy of Lord Ganesha is the one which empowers you to get rid of whatever is holding you back on your path and reach your highest purpose of your being to live your full potential.
Pratham Yoga India is not only guiding you towards the perfect way of practising Asana, Pranayama and meditation, it also puts high importance on a strong philosophical approach with Swami Ekin Ji, which will help you to understand and integrate whatever you learn into your daily life in a modern society. The Anatomy teacher Christine Bhist is a trained and certified Physiotherapist from Austria, which gives a great medical and scientific addition to our genuine traditional teachings.
Learn the art of sequencing with Yogi Vijay Ji, who is a dedicated and high experienced, enthusiastic master of Asana, Pranayama and Kriya. Through his guidance, you may deepen your understanding of body and breath awareness which is essential on the path of yoga and realization of your true self. Yogi Vijay Ji will teach you a series of safe variations for all levels of practitioners from beginner to advanced in his daily unique alignment and adjustment classes. He will also share his vast knowledge of the proper use of Yoga belt, pillow, blocks, and blankets.
Ayurveda lessons with the Ayurveda Doctor and free consultation will help to make your stay at Pratham YOGA Center a holistic and memorable transformation. The yogic diet of sattvic food throughout the course supports your system to be gently cleansed and energized throughout the course. Every single meal leaves you energized and amazed by its delicious taste with simple, local and seasonal ingredients.
Pratham Yoga India's approach focuses on YTTC in smaller groups for maximum benefits of students and teachers of maximum 10 people which makes it possible to make all participants as a family member. Pratham Yoga educates professional and spiritual teachers with full of love and dedication to create a safe and inspiring space for your transformation. A team of devoted professional teachers is awaiting you.
At Pratham Yoga, they are providing our students 4 weeks of life-changing experience with highly experienced teachers in all the subjects, located in a beautiful and laid back surrounding. In theur asana practise, students will learn the traditional approach of Hatha Yoga combined with flowing Vinyasas, the art of harmonious sequencing and save adjustments for different levels.
Pratham Yoga is all about awakening a deeper understanding of yoga, so the students are not only diving into a strong Asana practice, but also they will study philosophy to understand the true meaning of yoga, Kriya (yogic cleansing), Dhyan (meditation), pranayama (Yogic breathing technique), anatomy, Ayurveda & yogic nutrition, yoga Nidra and Mantra Chanting on a daily basis.
The course is an intense programme, designed to prepare the students for teaching yoga with confidence in their own way; but also for those who want to join Pratham Yoga for self-experience, this is a wonderful opportunity to step out of your common life`s routine and open the door for a full self-transformation
Pratham Yoga is based in the heart of Rishikesh, Laxmanjhula not far from the holy river mother Ganga. A lovely center surrounded by greenery is awaiting you. This location is what makes Pratham Yoga special - it is in the center but away, so that you can be sure of a relaxed atmosphere while your journey of daily practice.
The students will learn different types of classical Kriyas both for beginners and advanced. Practise will be in the morning directly after wake up. After receiving instructions practice has to be done by oneself.
Guru Ji Dhyan Ankur and Guru Hari Krishna Ji are both highly experienced meditation teachers and teach various methods at Pratham Yoga. The students will go step by step from concentration practices to deeper methods of meditation.
Daily morning practice of asanas to strengthen the body, tone muscles and improve flexibility with step by step guide to a save practice. Learn how to sequence your class harmoniously including many variations, so that the students will be able to teach beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners. Daily afternoon practice of alignment introduces various adjustment techniques of all the asanas practised in the morning classes. The students will learn how to adjust beginners, intermediates and advanced practitioners safely and learn how to protect the body with asana practice. *What is Hatha?
This 2 Sets of Asana are taught, all together 46+36 = 82 Asana
Following topics will be introduced to the students to deepen and awaken the students understanding of yoga.
Following Mantras will be taught and practised with the students on a regular basis. The recitation of those sacred Sanskrit syllables creates a certain vibration within your subtle energy system that connects you with divine consciousness.
These 3 classes will be taught alternately throughout the course.
The students will be chanting various Vedic Mantras in the evenings. Alternatively, there will be a few movie screens related to yoga.
There will be a philosophy exam, anatomy/Ayurveda exam and one practical exam at the end of the course. All exams must be passed in order to receive the certificate of 200 hours RYT Yoga Alliance.
Through Pratham Yoga, the aim is to share and spread Yoga understanding with best of intention in order to connect people on a heart level, improve self-love and stepping closer towards knowing who you truly are. Through yoga, all beings may develop compassion and finally realise oneness and union within everything. Further, the health benefits of Yoga are inevitable and will little by little change one´s life into a more fulfilling, meaningful and grateful experience.
In the matter of asanas, the aim is to guide you through a stable health conscious practise which protects your body, yet helps you to build strength, stability, flexibility, concentration, awareness. Through the training one should develop a sense of harmonious sequencing, confidence, and discipline in order to build a profound base to grow as a yoga teacher.
On Sundays, Pratham yoga offers a variety of memorable trips in and around the Holy City Rishikesh. All trips are included in the package so you won't need any extra expenses. The excursions will be led by one or more of the Holy team and they will also do their best to provide you with interesting facts and stories about the places you will get to see. A few examples of the destinations are Mooni Baba Cave, Vashisht Gufa Cave, Bhoothnath Temple, Parmath Niketan Ashram, Kunjapuri Temple, Ganga Arti (sacred Ganga ritual), waterfalls, white river rafting, trekking, and unforgettable Ganga beach yoga classes.
GURU GYAN EKIN JI Dhyan Ankur has been on a spiritual path since 1992, his search has led him to experience various paths like Yoga, Zen, Sankhya and so on. He lived in and around Osho International Commune, Pune for 14 years and experienced both practising and facilitating various Meditation Workshops. Currently he teaches Yoga Philosophy, Bhagwat Geeta , Vedanta and various Meditation Techniques.
Hari Krishan (Alakh) is an experienced and authentic mediation teacher. He is guiding his students with full awareness through the process of learning Dharana (concentration) and Dhyan (meditation). Further Hari Ji is teaching Emotional Blockage Treatment and Sufi Meditation.
He is the founder and main teacher of PRATHAM YOGA, Master of Yogic science. Yogi Vijay Ji grew up in a Brahmin Family as a son of a very spiritual mother who is a Bhakti Yog practitioner. He was training many ongoing teachers in well-known big Yoga schools of Rishikesh, Thailand and France for years. He is very well grounded in his self-practice and well known for his great knowledge of unique sequences, variations and adjustments. He is teaching various Yoga Styles such as Ashtanga Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Pranayama, Alignment, Mantra chanting and Yogic Kriya (cleansing).
She discovered yoga as her healing path more than 10 years ago and has been practising ever since. She is not only a great Asana teacher (Prenatal Pregnancy Yoga & Postnatal, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga) but also an artist which made her combine Yoga and art in her meditative painting workshops. She was studying Psychology before she decided to start her journey on the alternative healing path. She has developed a vast knowledge about yogic nutrition over the years. Carolin teaches Yogic Nutrition, Prenatal Yoga, Bhajan (Mantra) and healing art's classes at Pratham Yoga India.
Christine Bisht was born and raised in Austria, Europe where she studied physiotherapy and worked in hospitals and therapy centers before she left everything behind and started traveling. She completed a 500 hours yoga teacher training with yoga alliance and has been teaching and joining her knowledge of yoga and anatomy in different countries. Besides physiotherapy and yoga she is also certified in triggerpoint therapy and cranio-sacral therapy. She teaches with integrity and her students benefit from her rich background in yoga, therapy and healing.
Pratham YOGA is located about 7 - 10 kilometres away from the heart of Rishikesh. It is a laid back village area, with traditional family homes and also a tribal art village made of natural clay. There are various temples around the center and one of the world's well known Ayurveda Doctors is also located here.
The water of sacred Ganga is not only a magnet for all Hindu pilgrims, but also it is home to a big variety of animals. Every winter thousands of migrating birds from Siberia come to the outskirts of Rishikesh to find their destination to escape the freezing climate of the North of Asia. Their sound is like a background symphony embedded in the peaceful sound of the river Ganga. The birds can be observed very well from the beach in front of our Yoga Center.
Located at the outskirts of Rishikesh, one of the world’s Yoga capitals. The new building is located literally in front of the sacred Ganga river. It is away from all which brings unnecessary distraction while your YTTC or Retreat in a very calm and quiet area. Like before, Pratham yoga value a setting close to nature and green environment, which is also a great source of Prana (life force energy) to support you along your journey of yoga training and retreats.
Our Yoga courses take place in the first floor of the building, where a very spacey Yoga hall is located, as well as an amazing outdoor platform for classes to take place.
The platform has a stunning garden and Ganga view which makes it a truly special place among all schools in Rishikesh! Morning sunrise and evening sunset classes will take place on this platform, depending on the season. In the daytime, it offers a great shadow spot for your self-study and relaxes time.
Many people who come to Rishikesh for a yoga teacher training have already heard about this place and chose it with full intention to be the place to be trained as an ongoing yoga teacher. Indeed Rishikesh became a very well-known metropolis of Yoga and especially teacher training over the last decades, but the reason for it goes back to ancient times.
Rishikesh, also known as the world's Yoga capital was ever known to be a holy place and it is considered one of the 7 holy cities in India. Ever since sages and Yogis came to Rishikesh to meditate since it is said that meditation in Rishikesh leads one to Moksha (enlightenment). Rishikesh is among the most ancient pilgrimage centers of India and often referred to as the ‘Abode of Gods’. The name of the town itself is after one of the names of Hindu God, Lord Vishnu (preserver of the universe). Rishikesh history is filled with numerous legends and mythical stories.
According to legends, the great Hindu saint Raibhya Rishi performed prolonged penance on the banks of Holy River Ganges at this place. As a reward to saint’s strong penance, Lord Vishnu appeared to him in his incarnation of Lord Hrishikesh. Thus the place got its name. During the initial medieval period in India, the place started to gain more popularity. During the 8th century Adi Shankaracharya, one of the most renowned and revered sages from India, built several temples and ashrams in the region. Unfortunately, most of the temples and ashrams were destroyed because of several earthquakes and floods that have affected the region over the centuries; however, some temples still stand tall and are reminiscent of the rich cultural heritage of the place.
Yogic values (ahimsa - nonviolence) are embedded into daily lives culture by the banks of Ganga Maa (the holy river the Ganges). Therefore Rishikesh area is kept fully vegetarian and anti-alcoholic by law. By the Banks of Ganga Maa - Gangotri the source of the holy river Ganga is not far from Rishikesh, therefore Mother Ganga is showing herself very pure and clean in Rishikesh. Don`t leave the holy city without taking a bath (only on spots for bathing). %Besides Rishikesh´s religious importance for Hindu pilgrims, it also became world famous through the visit of the well-known band The Beatles in 1968. The band stayed for several weeks at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram, in order to seek life´s deeper meaning. On their path, they learnt transcendental meditation to understand the deeper meaning behind human existence. Finally most songs of their most famous album, The White Album, where written in Rishikesh. Since their visit, millions of people from across the globe have thronged the place, either to seek answers to their own questions or to witness the remains of that historic event.
Pratham Yoga does their very best to serve only fresh, clean, organic (according to availability), seasonal, sattvic food at their teacher training course. But further, than that what is most important, they do best to serve the food to the students which are prepared with full of love and for the best benefit of your support during this intense practice. The food they serve is very light and will help to uplift your energy and balance your body, mind, and spirit.
The yogic diet of sattvic food throughout the course supports your system to be gently cleansed and energized throughout the course. Every single meal leaves you energized and amazed by its delicious taste with simple, local and seasonal ingredients. All the food is served freshly within a short time after preparing so that you can receive the highest amount of vital energy/life force energy (Prana) from it. Sustainability is a very important aspect of Pratham Yoga, so they do their best to stay away from wasting any food and put importance on cooking the right amount at any time.
Also, there is a big emphasis on avoiding plastic waste for food packing is a point they support. The food is prepared by a dedicated chef who is cooking for years for Yoga students in Rishikesh. He strongly believes in the importance of energizing the food with positive vibration for the best benefit of body, mind, and spirit. While the training you will also get the chance to learn how to prepare Indian sattvic meals at Pratham Yoga Center's kitchen which is a great additional activity they offer to their students.
Rishikesh offers a broad variety of things to do. Once a week trip to a spiritual destination such as meditation caves, temples or nature sights, trekking, visiting Parmath Niketan Ashram and famous Ganga Aarti, local tour through Rishikesh market, weekly yoga classes at the beach of holy river Ganga, breathtaking sunrise trip to a mountain temple, and much more depends on season.
Jolly Grant Airport
Best, fastest and most comfortable option to reach Rishikesh. Planes are going frequently from New Delhi Domestic Airport to DED (Dehradun). You can book your ticket online to DED (Dehradun). From there Pratham Yoga can organized taxi to pick you up and drop you directly at the Yoga Shala.
Pratham Yoga has their own drivers to pick you up safely in DEL, so please inform us if you need a taxi booking. The driver will bring you plus your luggage directly to the school. This option is taking longer and is quite a ride!
This option is only for those who are interested in a bit of a travel experience and those who really have enough time to reach (you have to book the ticket a day before (!) departure.
Book a train in advance via online service either go to the “Tourist Quota” in Delhi railway station to get your ticket. You can choose between 1st, 2nd, 3rd AC or sleeper class (non AC). Get down in Rishikesh station and take a private Rikshaw to Rishikesh Ramjula, from there we can pick you up if you inform us before your arrival. Busses can be booked online or on spot and are also very affordable.
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