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60 Days 500-Hour Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh, India

Hotel Laxmi Palace, Badrinath Road, opposite Balaknath Temple, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Dehradun District, Uttarakhand, India

Yoga Teacher Training India

Rishikesh Yogkulam is offering this 500-hour yoga teacher training course to provide a traditional style of yoga, comprehensive and genuine knowledge of philosophy, yogic life, asana-pranayama, anatomy, meditation-breathing techniques, mantra chanting, spiritual life, and much more. You will learn from enthusiastic yoga teachers who have studied yoga, meditation, and spiritual techniques from yoga universities since their childhood.

Meet the instructors

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Yogacharya Dhirendra, Amit, Anant, & 1 More…
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Highlights

  • 52 days of practice
  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • Daily guided meditation session
  • Pranayama and mantra chanting lessons
  • Yoga philosophy, anatomy, and physiology practice
  • Daily healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 59 nights accommodation
  • Tranquil surroundings

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


52 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi, Italian, Swedish
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport
Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$55 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

During the course, you will be staying at Rishikesh Yogkulam in Tapovan Hotel Laxmi Palace. There are two yoga studios, a dining area, and a lift facility. Rishikesh Yogkulam offers single and double rooms based on the student’s requirements. Every room has an attached bathroom with western toilet and hot shower and a balcony with a mountain view. The rooms for the yogis are well maintained and clean. They offer bed sheets, pillows, bath towels, toilet paper, a blanket, and welcome amenities upon arrival. Good Wi-Fi is included on every floor. Water and laundry service are also available.

Program

Certifications

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

Rishikesh Yogkulam’s main focus is to have a small and intimate class setting for individualized and personalized attention from teachers, as well as creating an open atmosphere and special bond between the students, teachers, and Rishikesh Yogkulam’s team. The course is for all yogis and yoginis who aspire to take their yoga practice to the next level. It is a two-months-long foundational program wherein we teach the students about the multiple aspects of yoga.

The training comprises of practical and theoretical classes for yoga poses, breath control, and meditation. This 500-hour yoga teacher training is not just another yoga course but a spiritual journey to explore your own strengths. During this journey, your proficient yoga teachers will guide you to discover your mental and physical capabilities as a yogi.

1. Recitation of sacred sound (mantra chanting)

The purpose of mantra chanting in yoga is to generate vibrations and connect with the universe. Each mantra is special and rich with spiritual energy.

1. Om Asato Maa Sadgamaya (Mantra from Upanishad)

2. Tvameva mata ca pita Tvameva (Sloka on gods)

3. Om Tryambakam Yajamahe (Mantra on lord shiva)

4. Om Sahana vavatu (Mantra from Upanishad)

5. Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Gurudevo Maheshwari (Guru stotram)

6. Yogena Cittasya (Sloka on sage Patanjali)

7. Hare Rama, Hare Krishna (Maha mantra)

8. Vakratunda Mahakaya mantra

9. Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha (Gayatri mantra)

2. Yoga postures (asana)

Students will gain extensive knowledge of yoga postures and will increase their strength, flexibility, and discipline.

Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga course syllabus

1. Sun salutation A

2. Sun salutation B

  • I Padangusthasana - big teo posture
  • II Padahastasana - hand under foot posture
  • III Utthita trikonasana - triangle pose
  • IV Parivrtta Trikonasana - revolving triangle
  • V Utthita parvakonasana - extended side angle pose
  • VI Parivritta Parsvakonasana - revolving side angle pose
  • VII Prasarita padottanasana A to D - intense wide leg stretch
  • VIII Parsvottanasana - intense side stretch posture
  • IX Utthita hasta padangusthasana - hand to big toe posture
  • X Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana - half bound lotus forward bend
  • XI Utkatasana - fierce pose
  • XII Virabhadrasana A-B warrior

Sitting postures

  • XIII Dandasana - staff pose
  • XIV Paschimottanasana A to C intense west - stretch or sitting forward bend
  • The Vinyasa (Vinyasa to jump back)
  • XV Purvottanasana - intense east stretch
  • XVI Ardha baddha Padma paschimottanasana - half bound lotus forward bend
  • XVII Tiriang mukhaipada paschimottanasana - reverse the leg direction of one leg intense east stretch
  • XVIII Janu sirsasana A to C head to knee pose
  • XIX Marichyasana A - D
  • XX Navasana - boat posture
  • XXI Bhujapidasana - shoulder pressure posture
  • XXII Kurmasana - tortoise posture
  • XXIII Supta kurmasana - sleeping tortoise
  • XXIV Garbha pindasana - embryo posture
  • XXV Kukkutasana - rooster posture
  • XXVI Baddha konasana A to B - bound angle posture
  • XXVII Upavista konasana A to B - seated angle posture
  • XXVIII Supta konasana A to B - lying down angle posture
  • XXIX Supta padangustasana - reclining big toe posture
  • XXX Ubhaya padangusthasana - both big toes postures
  • XXXI Urdhva mukha paschimottasana - upward facing full forward bend
  • XXXII Setu bandhasana - bridge
  • XXXIII Urdhva dhanurasana - upward bow posture
  • XXXIV Paschimottanasana - full forward bend
  • XXXV Salamba sarvangasana - shoulder-stand
  • XXXVI Halasana - plow
  • XXXVII Karnapidasana - ear pressure posture
  • XXXVIII Urdhva padmasana - upward lotus
  • XXXIX Pindasana - embryo posture
  • XL Matsyasana - fish posture
  • XLI Uttana Padasana - extended leg posture
  • XLII Sirsasana - headstand
  • XLIII Yoga mudra - sealed yoga posture
  • XLIV Padmasana - lotus
  • XLV Uttpluthi - uprooting
  • XLVI Savasana - corpse posture

Hatha yoga course syllabus

  • Alignment, assist, and adjustment
  • Surya namaskar (sun salutation)
  • Chandra namaskar (moon salutation)

1. Bharadvajasana

2. Lolasana - swinging pose

3. Kukkutasana - rooster pose

4. Sarpasana - snake pose

5. Shalabhasana - locust pose

6. Dhanurasana - bow pose

7. Paschimottanasana - seated forward bend

8. Janu sirshasana - head to knee pose

9. Parivirta janu sirshasana - revolving head to knee pose

10. Sarvangasana - shoulder stand

11. Padam sarvangasana - shoulder stand lotus pose

12. Sirshasana - headstand

13. Natarajasana - lord shiva’s pose

14. Utthita hasta padangusthasana

15. Naukasana - boat pose

16. Vatayanasana - horse face pose

17. Mayurasana - peacock pose

18. Koormasana - tortoise pose

19. Chakrasana - wheel pose

20. Hanumanasana - monkey pose

21. Agnistambhasana - fire log pose

22. Brahmacharyasana - celibate’s pose

23. Astavakrasana - eight-twists pose

24. Ek pada sirasana - one foot to head pose

25. Chaturanga Dandasana

26.Pincha Mayurasana - feathered peacock pose

27. Eka Pada Koundinyasana - sage koundinyasana

28. Handstand - Adho Mukha Vrksasana

29. Ardha Pincha Mayurasana - dolphin pose

30. Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana - dolphin plank pose

31.Bakasana - crow pose

32. Ek pada bakasana - one leg crow

33. Utthan Pristhasana - lizard pose

34. Pashasana - noose pose

35. Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana - sundial or compass pose

36. Titibasana - fire fly pose

37. Parshva bakasana - side crow

3. Pranayama (breathing practices)

1. Introduction of pranayama

2. The pranic body

a. Annamaya kosha

b. Manomaya kosha

c. Pranamaya kosha

d. Vijnanamaya kosha

e. Anandamaya kosha

3. Natural breathing

4. Abdominal breathing

5. Thoracic breathing

6. Clavicular breathing

7. Yogic breathing

8. Nadi shodhana pranayama and its techniques

9. Sheetali pranayama and its techniques

10. Sheetkari pranayama

11. Bhramari pranayama

12. Ujjayi pranayama

13. Bhastika pranayama

14. Kapalbhati pranayama

15. Moorchha pranayama

16. Surya Bheda pranayama

17. Chandra bhedana pranayama

18. Swana pranayama

4. Mudra (yoga gestures)

The practice of Mudra hand gestures is an ancient facet of yoga. Performing gestures effects the energy flow of the body and can change a person's spiritual and mental characteristics.

1. Introduction of mudras

2. Jnana and chin mudra

3. Yoni mudra

4. Bhairava mudra

5. Hridaya mudra

6. Khechari mudra

7. Nasikagra mudra

8. Shambhavi mudra

5. Bandhas (energy lock)

The practice of Bandhas expands the lung capacity and breathing capabilities during yoga. It also strengthens the entire body from the inside out.

1. Introduction to bandha

2. Jalandhara bandha

3. Moola bandha

4. Uddiyana bandha

5. Maha bandha

6. Meditation (Dhyana)

Meditation is a systematic practice that promotes physical, mental, and emotional tranquility with the purpose of reaching Samadhi (self-realization).

  • Introduction to meditation.
  • Meditation, why?
  • Meditation and brain waves
  • Meditation and its effect on stress management obstacles in meditation
  • Role of concentration in meditation and tips for developing concentration
  • Meditation on body and breath
  • Om or mantra meditation
  • Antat and Bahir Trataka
  • Dynamic meditation tips for the silence meditation practice
  • Japa meditation
  • Ajapa japa
  • Antar mouna
  • Nada meditation

7. Yoga Nidra (psychic sleep)

When a yoga practitioner moves through the various internal states of Yoga Nidra, a profound experience of relaxation occurs. This is called 'Turiya', a sensation of pure bliss.

  • Basic relaxation
  • Tension relaxation
  • Full body relaxation

8. Yoga cleansing (Shatkarma)

Yogic cleansing exercises are important to learn how to incorporate your breath and meditate properly during physical aspects of yoga. It also removes the blockages in the energy channels.

  • Jalaneti Satkarma (Nasal cleansing with salty water)
  • Rubber neti (Nasal cleansing with a rubber string)
  • Agnisar Kriya Nauli Kriya Kapalbhati cleansing

9. Anatomy and physiology (Sharir Vijnan)

Proper understanding of the physical body will help to prevent injury before, during, and after practice. There are two kinds of yoga anatomy: physical and spiritual. Understanding both types is needed.

  • Digestive system
  • Respiratory system
  • Circulatory system
  • Nervous system
  • Endocrine system
  • Organs bodily systems

Detailed study

  • Effects of pranayama in the respiratory system
  • Effects of yoga practice and Nauli in the digestive system
  • Muscular and skeletal system with advanced postures
  • Anatomy of Pelvic griddle and spine
  • Nadis - the energy channel
  • Prana and nervous system
  • Kundalini
  • Shakti
  • Chakra
  • Panchakosha
  • Therapeutic applications of yoga postures and how to avoid injury in asana class

10. Yoga philosophy (Yoga Darshana)

Yoga philosophy is the foundation of your yoga practice and is the key to earn yogic strength. Through the path of Vedanta Philosophy, you will establish a solid, well-rounded yoga practice.

Patanjali yoga sutras

1. Chapter one - Samadhi pada

2. Chapter two - Sadhana pada

11. Yoga therapy

Incorporating therapeutic yoga practices helps to address various physical, mental, and emotional disorders. Students will learn techniques for combatting these issues through yoga.

  • Shathkarma
  • Therapeutical effects of Shathkarma
  • Kati Vasti
  • Tridosha (explanation of Tridosha)
  • Food habits as per Tridosha
  • Nadi Parikshan
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Respiratory diseases - diseases related to respiration
  • Yog Nidra
  • Pranayam and its effects
  • Eyes diseases
  • Heart diseases
  • Heart opening session
  • Video session on awakening of Kundalini

12. Teaching practice (Adhyapanam)

Students will take turns practicing their teaching skills by performing in front of their peers and teachers.

  • Demonstration
  • Alignment
  • Instructions

13. Teaching methodology

A yoga teacher should efficiently perform the practical applications of class planning and preparation. At Rishikesh Yogkulam School, their students will learn how to create a positive and peaceful class environment for an enjoyable and transformative experience.

1. Positive and conscious communication

2. Friendship and trust

3. Time management

4. Qualities of a teacher

5. Principles of demonstrating, observation, assisting, correcting

6. Use of voice in class

7. Mental and emotional preparation for teaching

8. Class preparation

9. Step by step class structure planning

Sample of daily schedule

  • 05:30 Morning bell
  • 05:30 - 06:00 Cleansing or chanting
  • 06:00 - 07:30 Hatha yoga
  • 07:45 - 08:45 Pranayama
  • 08:45 - 09:45 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Yoga philosophy
  • 11:15 - 12:15 Alignment and adjustment
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Yoga teaching methodology
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:30 Self-study or rest
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Yoga anatomy and physiology
  • 16:45 - 18:15 Ashtanga Vinyasa
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Meditation
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Dinner
  • 21:00 Lights off

Please note that there is a one-week break between the 200-hour and 300-hour portion of the program. During this time, seven nights accommodation is included but no food is provided.

Included excursions

During this course, you will be enjoying a different trip or extra-curricular activity, on each day, as below:

  • Famous Parthmarth Niketan Aarti
  • White river rafting
  • Himalayan tour
  • Local market tour in Rishikesh
  • Waterfall trekking
  • Sightseeing of the famous ghats (river sides)

Instructors

Yogacharya Dhirendra Bisht

Amit Payal

Anant Jethuri

Yogacharya Mandeep Ji

Location

The school is situated in the heart of Rishikesh, next to the famous hanging bridge and the holy Ganga (the holy river). The school is peaceful and surrounded by beautiful green mountains. Everything is close to the school such as shops, cafes, restaurants, ATMs, healthcare, and organic stores.

Food

Daily freshly made vegetarian meals are included in the price. The food is fully prepared hygienically, and the vegetables are organic. Rishikesh Yogkulam food is well known all around the world for its taste and verities. When diet is wrong medicine is of no use. When diet is correct medicine is of no need - Ayurvedic proverb. Many people wonder if it is enough just to practice yoga. In itself, practicing yoga is not just a healthy life but at Rishikesh Yogkulam, they believe that it is also a way of living. But when complemented with healthy food habits, it can really create wonders.

In fact, eating the right food is an essential part of living a yogic life. What you eat not only influences your physical well being but also your emotions and thoughts. Yoga does not dissect food into proteins, carbohydrates or fats, instead, it classifies them according to the effect they have on the body and mind, into three types - Satva, Rajas, and Tamas. Tamasic food is the kind of food that makes you lethargic or sluggish, while Rajasic food is that which brings about activity or restlessness. Whereas, Sattvic food is the kind that makes you feel light, energetic, and enthusiastic.

Sattvic foods are those which purify the body and calm the mind. They stimulate the body and mind into action. Cooked food that is consumed within three to four hours can be considered Sattvic. Menus at the center are created by their master chef Sandeep Semwal who had worked with some of the best five-star hotels around the world and carries great knowledge about the Sattvic diet. Along with this, he focuses on hygiene practices at the institution to ensure the food is safe and carries great nutritional values which is much needed for a healthy life.

Not just the right kind of food is important, it is vital to eat the proper quantity of food at the right time. Overindulging leads to lethargy while under eating will not provide enough nourishment. Most of the time you know that your stomach is full but tempted by the taste buds, you tend to indulge. The right amount of food cannot be quantified into cups or grams. When you listen to your body attentively, you will know when exactly to stop. You might eat the right kind of food in the right quantity but if you are irregular with your timings, then the whole system goes for a toss and the natural rhythm of the body is hampered.

Therefore, it is of prime importance to eat food at the same time every day and eat it at regular intervals. It is said that the state of the mind of the person cooking or eating also affects the food. The energy in the food cooked by someone while he or she was angry will definitely be lower than that of someone who cooked it with a feeling of love, contentment, and gratitude. Listening to some soothing music or chanting while cooking and eating can help retain the prana (life force energy) in the food. It is definitely worthwhile to pay some attention to the food that you eat as the ancient Indian texts say that you are what you eat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Fruitarian
  • Lactose Free
  • Yogic
  • Ayurvedic
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)

Below are some of the amazing things to do in Rishikesh. These activities are not included in the package but Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center can arrange upon request.

  • Ayurvedic massage and therapies
  • Bungee jumping
  • Camping and bonfire
  • Cliff jumping
  • Flying fox
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Parasailing and paragliding
  • Rappelling and rock climbing

What's included

  • All activities as per schedule
  • Outdoor excursions that include some of the caves, temples, waterfalls, or local mountain villages
  • 59 nights accommodation
  • 3 organic delicious meals per day, plus morning herbal tea
  • Use of campus facilities such as free Wi-Fi
  • Course materials

What's not included

  • Private accommodation (500 USD supplement)
  • Air-conditioning (150 USD supplement)
  • Food in the free week between the end of the 200 hours and the beginning of the 300 hours, from the 23rd to the end of the month (no teachings will be there during the free week)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) where you can take a domestic flight to Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Upon your arrival, there is a complimentary taxi waiting for you, which will bring you from the airport to the yoga school at Laxman Jhula.

Arrival by bus

From Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), you can get a taxi to bring you to Delhi ISBT bus station. From there, you can find many governments and private means of transportation to bring you to Rishikesh. Once you arrive at Rishikesh bus station, your complimentary pick up will be waiting for you to bring you to the yoga school at Laxman Jhula.

Arrival by train

The nearest railway station is the Haridwar train station. From there, you will find many buses, taxis, and other transportation services that will bring you to Rishikesh. If you want Rishikesh Yogkulam to help you arrange transportation from Haridwar, kindly let them know.

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$55 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% 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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