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21 Day 200 Hour Vedic Science and Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh

Rishikesh School of Yoga, Yoga St, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249192, India

Unique Yoga Teacher Training India

This 200-hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh is for those who want to gain deeper insights into the world of yoga and teaching yoga. Yoga isn’t about touching your toes; it is what you learn on the way down. You will learn the fundamentals of asanas (postures), Pranayama (breath techniques), Bandhas (locks), Kriyas (cleansing actions), alignment, basic anatomy, and foundational knowledge of the yogic texts. But it is more than just exercise.

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Swami Umesh, Yogini Anisha, Ryan, & 1 More…
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Local sightseeing exploration
  • Free use of yoga tools during the course
  • Discover Satsanga, Mantra chanting, and Puja
  • Learn meditation, yogic breathing (Pranayama), and asanas
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 20 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


21 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 30 participants
Airport transfer available:
Jolly Grant Airport (US$30 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
06:00
Check-out Time:
13:00

Facilities

  • Hot spring
  • Shopping
  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • ATM / banking
  • Beauty salon
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Hair salon
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Newspapers
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Rishikesh School of Yoga (RSY) is a registered Traditional Yoga and Tantra Sadhana School centered in the magical Himalayan valley of Rishikesh, India. The school aims to bring forth and maintain the yogic values to their ancient and traditional purity as taught by the yogis of the Himalayan masters. Thus, this school stands a bridge between pure and traditional form and the contemporary format of yoga, Tantra, healing, and Ayurvedic learning.

You are booked for a private room, however, the floor you are on has a shared kitchen. There are three floors for hosting yoga students and retreats. Each floor has a kitchen, two bedrooms, and one or two bathrooms. The fourth floor includes our yoga hall and the fifth floor is the stunning view of the Himalayan mountains and the holy river Ganges.

Accommodation highlights:

  • Clean fresh rooms with modern facilities
  • Bathrooms and showers
  • Views of the Himalayan Mountains and Ganges River
  • Walking distance to Ganges River
  • Pure filtered water

Program

One of the most valuable aspects of this 200-hour yoga teacher training is that you will get to experience 3 weeks (21 days) away from distractions to dive deeply within yourself under the watchful guidance of experienced teachers. And you get help off the mat too.

This course also covers the business side of yoga such as marketing, use of social media, different types of business models, and career opportunities. From the experienced, dedicated teachers who are true to the lifestyle, to the strength of the relationships between students, to the food, and accommodations offered.

Rishikesh School of Yoga, Rishikesh values sincerity, hard work, and compassion and their goal is that students leave with a greater understanding of yoga and what it takes to be a proficient yoga teacher.

Certifications

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

What you will discover in the 200-hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh

Rishikesh School of Yoga, Rishikesh has many different teachers and their students come from all over the world. For this reason, they have a course curriculum below that is made to fit the needs of the students. Some students need more asanas, some need more meditation, or philosophy. Below is a list of techniques that we cover but we customize the teaching based on your needs.

They may or may not teach all of these techniques based on what best suits your needs. The United Nations invited Rishikesh School of Yoga’s yoga teacher to talk to about yoga on International Yoga Day. At Rishikesh School of Yoga, they provide students with traditional, comprehensive teachings on all aspects of yoga: Hatha yoga, Ashtanga-Vinyasa, Raja yoga, pranayama, meditation, philosophy Bhakti, Mantras, and Vedic science.

Bandhas

Bandhas, their functions, significance, and how to properly perform them. A major part of Hatha yoga is the Bandhas. In this course, students will go over all three bandhas, their functions, significance, and how to properly perform them in conjunction with asana practice or by themselves. Students will also be instructed on how to teach each of the bandhas.

  • Learn all about bandhas
  • Perform all the bandhas correctly
  • Learn how to teach them safely

Dristi

Dristi or gaze is what keeps the mind focused and centered during Hatha yoga. In this course, students will be instructed in the importance of each dristi, when they can be used, how to perform them properly and how to teach them.

  • Learn the different types of dristis
  • How to perform them effectively
  • How to teach them

Ujyaya

How to properly perform Ujaya breathing. The breath is the life force of the physiology. Ujaya breathing, when combined with Hatha yoga, energizes the practice. In this course, students will be instructed on how to properly perform Ujaya breathing during asana practice and independently as a standalone practice.

  • Learn how to properly perform and teach Ujaya breathing

Pranayamas

Students will learn basic pranayamas, how to use their breath, and when pranayamas can and cannot be practiced.

  • Learn basic pranayamas and proper technique
  • Learn how and why pranayamas work

Intermediate pranayamas

Initially, students will continue their study of the basic pranayamas. After gaining experience, students will be instructed in intermediate pranayamas to further their understanding and development.

  • Learn Intermediate pranayamas
  • Practice Intermediate pranayamas

Meditation

Students will spend time going over preparatory material in order to learn meditation and what conditions need to be set up in order to facilitate the process.

  • Prepare for the instruction of meditation
  • Learn to meditate

Meditation practice

After the students have learned to meditate, they will meditate for 10 to 20 minutes twice a day to further develop their practice, consciousness, and understanding.

  • Develop their meditation practice
  • Develop their consciousness

Shat Karmas

Yoga cleansing techniques. After learning about Kriyas, students will learn basic cleansing techniques they can do on a daily basis.

  • Learn Kriya techniques

Chanting and mantras

Chants and mantras hold intelligence that enlivens different parts of one’s consciousness. In this course, students will learn simple mantras and chanting through handouts, demonstrations, and repetition. You will also go over pronunciation and how to read and pronounce Sanskrit written in English.

  • Learn about chanting mantras
  • Learn simple chants and mantras

Anatomy and physiology

Nadis: Anatomical approach to nadis

This course takes an anatomical approach to nadis (channels). Through lecture and illustrations, students will come to understand the different types of nadis and their roles. As well as how different practices have an effect on the nadis.

  • Gain an anatomical understanding of nadis
  • Learn what practices have effects on the nadis

Koshas

Koshas are the sheaths that the entirety of the physiology is made up of. From the most gross, the physical body, to the most subtle, the bliss body. Students will learn the different Koshas that make up one’s being.

  • Learn about the different levels of one’s being

Chakras

Chakras have major roles in our lives, more than most people realize. This course, through handouts, lecture and discussion will provide a way to give clear, simple understanding to chakras, how they function and how to keep them in a relative state of balance.

  • Learn about the chakras
  • Learn how they function
  • Learn how to keep them in balance

Anatomy of asanas

Using demonstrations and illustrations student will learn how the major groups of asanas (forward bends, backbends, twists, standing, and inversions) affects each of the muscular, skeletal, and organ systems. Students will also gain a deeper understanding of why modifications and precautions are necessary for different situations.

  • Learn about the relationship between asanas and anatomy
  • Understand why and when to advise precautions and modifications

Asanas use

Different asanas and asana groups will have specific effects on the physiology. Through lectures and some demonstrations, students will deepen their understanding of the correlation between asanas and their physical response. This understanding is the key to developing sequences that help students manage specific aspects of their physiologists be it physical, mental, or emotional. With the knowledge of the power of yoga, Rishikesh School of Yoga, Rishikesh always emphasizes the importance of following the recommendations of each student's primary or special care specialist and stress that it is important to not claim to be able to eliminate physical, mental, or emotional conditions with yoga.

  • Learn what asanas and asana groups may have beneficial effects on the physiology
  • Design a regimen to achieve health in general areas
  • Don’t claim to be able to eliminate any condition. Respect the recommendations of other professionals who are trained in their field

Pranic science

Through reading the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and lectures, students will gain preparatory knowledge of pranayamas and learn how pranayamas effect the physiology.

  • Gain understanding in the field of pranayamas
  • Learn definitions, prerequisites, and proper approach to pranayama

Anatomy of pranayamas

Learn how each pranayama has a specific effect on the physiology. Students will gain some understanding of why some individuals may experience difficulty performing some pranayamas.

  • Learn the physiological effect of each pranayama
  • Gain insight as to why a student might have difficulty during some pranayamas

Teaching methodology

Teaching asanas

People coming into the practice of yoga will be at different places physically, mentally, and emotionally. Through demonstrations, lecture, and discussion, students will learn how to be most effective as a teacher. This means having the ability to accurately assess each student and give them a task that is challenging enough to inspire growth in their asana practice while not overexerting them to the extent that they become injured or discouraged. The highest priority in this course is to instruct students in how to teach asanas so that they are safe, comfortable, and effective for everyone in the class.

  • Be able to visually discern where a student may struggle and succeed
  • Learn to give proper feedback so that their students can develop their asana practice in a safe and effective manner

How to teach pranayamas

Teaching something as abstract as pranayamas can prove to be more intricate than one might expect. Students will learn how to give proper instruction for each pranayama. They will also learn to observe cues their student may display to signify success or difficulty performing different pranayamas and learn the cause behind each cue and possible ways to help.

  • Learn how to teach pranayamas
  • Learn to observe physical cues

Voice and language

How you communicate in a class can be the difference between a great class and a bad experience, a great lesson or a dull, dry lecture. Students will learn the differences in voice and language that can make all the difference and how to use their voice and language effectively.

  • Learn how to use voice and language to communicate with clarity and compassion

Recognizing challenges

It is important to be able to identify the correct approach for each student by reading the various cues that they display. Through demonstrations and discussions, this course will cover common physical or emotional signals or cues students display indicating that they might be having trouble in a certain area. Examples of these cues include the way they walk, talk, hold their energy, and how their alignment looks in certain postures.

  • Pick up on cues and signals that students give to be a more effective teacher

Marketing and social media

One of the most important things you can do for your business is to expand your reach through marketing. Through lectures and handouts, this course will give students an understanding of how media and social media can be utilized to market and grow your business.

  • Learn how to gain more exposure in the market
  • Learn ways to use social media as an effective promotional tool

Yoga philosophy/lifestyle ethics

Ethics and responsibility

A large part of being a teacher is leading by example. Through lecture, demonstration and discussion, this course goes over what is involved in being a good example for students. Topics such as things a teacher can do to keep their personal issues out of the classroom, how to show students respect, what are appropriate adjustments and what isn't, ways to dress while teaching class, dealing with confidential information, and overall professionalism.

  • Learn about the behaviors, practices, and conduct that will lead to a long and prosperous career as a yoga teacher
  • Avoid behaviors that might lead to lawsuits, slander, or an abrupt end to your yoga teaching career

Science of meditation

Through lectures and illustrations, students will learn the science and mechanics of meditation.

  • Learn about the mechanics of meditation and human consciousness.

Science of creative intelligence

Through lectures and illustrations, students will learn about the intelligence underlying all aspects of the universe and how through meditation, each individual can directly access it.

  • Learn about SCI
  • How to access SCI

Understanding the Kriyas

Kriyas are actions or duties a yogi takes in order to cleanse the internal system of impurities. Using the material in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, students will learn what Kriyas are and how they work to keep their system in top condition.

Yoga sutras

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are a collection of sutras or passages that impart wisdom and knowledge about the path of yoga. Students will go over the most important sutras through lectures and discussions in order to gain an understanding of the yogic path and how one’s consciousness can develop most effectively and efficiently. Topics covered will include the chitta (consciousness), vrittis (intelligence), samskaras (patterns), yamas and Niyamas (conduct), Patanjali's Philosophy on Ashtanga yoga, abyasa and viragya (continuous practice and detachment), and more. This knowledge will aid students in their own path as well as becoming an effective teacher and role model in your community.

  • Learn the fundamentals of the Yoga Sutras
  • Learn how to be a role model in one’s community

Hatha Yoga Pradipika

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is a yogi’s handbook. It imparts the knowledge of Hatha yoga and Raja yoga. Students will go over the material through lectures and discussions on subjects such as what principals to follow to gain success in yoga, yamas and niyamas, things that affect the path of yoga, how and when to practice Hatha yoga, and dietary guidelines.

  • Learn about how to live the life of a yogi
  • Learn the different principals and foundations of the spiritual path

Practicum

The practicum provides students with the opportunity to experience what it is like to actually teach a class. A teaching schedule will be created so that each student will be able to meet the practicum requirement of teaching class on their own (with the presence of the instructor if the need arises).

  • Gain semi-real-world experience by teaching the other 30 attendees

More about the program

I) Practice, techniques, and training - 125 hours

This module will go over and give students a broad understanding of the physical aspects of Hatha yoga. Such as asanas, pranayamas (breathing techniques), Kriyas (detoxing/cleansing techniques), mudras (symbolic gestures), bandhas (energy locks), meditation, chanting mantras, and basic Sanskrit.

II) Yoga philosophy and Vedic science - 30 hours

The course will cover foundational knowledge and skills from each of the major written texts on yoga; Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Bhagavad Gita. The principals of Science of Creative Intelligence and Vedic Science will also be covered. This knowledge is important because it informs the practitioner on how one can live in a way most conducive towards evolution.

III) Yoga anatomy and Ayurveda - 20 hours

The yoga anatomy modules include both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, and more) and anatomy of the pranic body: koshas, chakras, nadis, and more. They will also cover basic Ayurvedic principals to promote health and balance in yourself as well as your students. This module includes the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, and healthy movement patterns).

IV) Teaching methodology - 25 hours

Includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting/correcting, instruction, teaching styles, help with setting up your own yoga classes and even social media, marketing, and business need-to-know.

V) Practicum - 10 hours

Students will log at least ten hours of solo teaching in front of a group, assisting, demonstrating, and so on. This is done to transition the student towards becoming a teacher in a controlled and safe environment under the watchful eye of a highly trained instructor.

What you will get from Rishikesh School of Yoga, Rishikesh?

  • Learn meditation, yogic breathing (Pranayama), and asanas
  • Yoga on the River Ganges Beach. Foothills of Himalayas
  • Discover Satsanga, Mantra chanting, and Puja
  • All food, lodging, and classes included
  • Healthy, vegetarian Ayurvedic food
  • Course duration of 21 days
  • Become a professional yoga teacher
  • Explore Indian rich culture on Saturday and Sunday
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion

200-hour yoga teacher training daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 06:30 Wake up/Morning tea
  • 06:30 - 07:10 Abyangha/Shat Karmas
  • 07:10 - 08:20 Hatha yoga
  • 08:20 - 09:00 Pranayama and meditation
  • 09:15 - 09:45 Ayurvedic breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Vedanta study
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Meditation
  • 12:10 - 13:00 Ayurvedic lunch
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Free time/Self-study
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Yoga clinic/Anatomy
  • 16:00 -18:00 Evening asana practice
  • 18:30 - 19:30 (Optional) Bhakti Satsanga
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Ayurvedic dinner
  • 21:30 Lights off

Saturday schedule

  • 06:00 - 06:30 Wake up/Morning tea
  • 06:30 - 07:10 Abyangha/Shat Karmas
  • 07:10 - 08:20 Hatha yoga
  • 08:20 - 09:00 Pranayama and meditation
  • 09:15 - 09:45 Ayurvedic breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Vedanta study
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Meditation
  • 19:30 - 20:30 (Optional) Bhakti Satsanga

Included excursions

What excursions included in this teacher training course

You will have the opportunity to explore the surroundings and visit the nearby holy shrines.

Group events on Sunday

On Sunday, you will have fun, explore India, and enjoy group or individual recreation

Group events on Sunday include:

  • Rafting and trekking to local temples
  • Ram Jula, Parmath Ganga Arti
  • Kunjapuri Sunrise Temple Darshan
  • Rishikesh tour - Beatles ashram, Trivani Ghat Ganga Arti
  • Vashistha’s cave (Gufa)

Instructors

Swami Umesh Yogi

Yogini Anisha

Ryan Parenti

Eric Ferreres

Location

This yoga teacher training program takes place in Tapovan, Rishikesh, India. The yoga school is located in the heart of the sacred township of Rishikesh, on the bank of the holy river Ganges and at the foothills of the Himalayas, the abode of yogis. The school is in a wonderful magical place, only a short walk from the main town and the bank of the river, and it is the perfect location for your activities.

Features

Activities

  • Shopping

General

  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Beauty salon
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Hair salon
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Newspapers
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

During this yoga training, you will be served three daily delicious and healthy vegetarian meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinners. Filtered water, herbal tea, and snacks are also available. The menu is creative and balanced with proteins so you feel full and satisfied. If you are planning to have fast in any day, please inform Rishikesh School of Yoga for avoiding food waste.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • 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 - The thrill you always wanted to experience
  • Bungee jumping - Experience the free-fall
  • Mountain biking - Rush through the Himalayas
  • Flying fox - Full of excitement and adventure
  • Yoga and meditation - Many yoga schools and teachers
  • Camping and bonfire - A peaceful night at the riverside of the Ganges
  • Visit the Beatles ashram - Know the legacy of Rishikesh
  • Visit Lakshman Jhula - Hanging bridge of the haven
  • Kayaking - Explore the Holy Ganges
  • Osho Ganga Dham Ashram
  • Visit Neelkanth Mahadev Temple - Story of the savage world
  • Beach volleyball - Play from the heart
  • Paragliding in Rishikesh
  • Neelkanth Mahadev Temple - An undisputed faith
  • Ganga Arti - A lifetime spiritual experience
  • Enjoying food

Spa treatments

Rishikesh School of Yoga In-House "Ayur-The Vedic Spa" offers a diverse range of Indian and international treatments to rejuvenate your body and soul. Managed by the "Ayur" Team, the spa has a qualified team of guest therapists who have expertise in traditional and international spa regimes. The Ayurvedic spa treatments are based upon centuries-old Ayurvedic therapies that support balance and bliss in your life. The revitalizing and therapeutic treatments offered are customized to your particular needs. All therapies are natural, gentle, and delightfully pleasing. The spa also has a sauna room and Shirodhara Table.

What's included

  • 21 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Filtered water, herbal tea, and snacks
  • Free Wi-Fi connection
  • Free use of yoga tools during the course
  • Local sightseeing exploration
  • Neti pot and sutra neti
  • Quality 200-hours teacher training course that follows the standards of Yoga Alliance, and the corresponding certificate upon completion
  • Textbooks, printed study handouts, and 200-hours yoga teacher training manual

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional meals and activities
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), from where you can take a domestic flight to Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun (DED). Another option is to book your flight directly to arrive at Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Transfer from this airport is available for an additional cost of 30 USD.

Arrival by bus

Buses to Rishikesh leave New Delhi from the Kashmiri Gate national bus stand approximately every hour. The bus ride takes about eight hours and costs around 450 INR for air-conditioned buses and 250 INR for buses without air conditioning.

Arrival by train

The best option is to reach Haridwar train station, about 45 minutes away from Rishikesh, by road on a driven taxi or the so-called tuk-tuks. From Delhi, the train ride takes approximately eight hours, depending on the train. Haridwar is serviced by many trains from and to Delhi, Varanasi, Rajasthan, Amritsar, and many others.

Arrival by taxi

Taxis are always available anywhere in India. The drive from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to Rishikesh will take around six hours depending on traffic conditions.

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer available: Jolly Grant Airport (US$30 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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