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Enliven a true yogic experience in the peaceful lap of Nepal. Join Rishikul Yogshala’s 200-hour yoga teacher training and discover inner-liberation in the heart of the Himalayas. Explore the science of yoga and spirituality while unfolding some of the natures’ most beautiful treasures.

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Highlights

  • Yogic Cooking Classes
  • Practice Hatha and Ashtanga yoga
  • Yogic lifestyle and yogic philosophy
  • Understanding the human anatomy with respect to the art of yoga
  • Yogic purification techniques, Shatkriyas
  • Healthy nutritious meals and drinks
  • Healing through laughter therapy
  • 28 nights' accommodation

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27 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala

Program

Certifications

Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

Rishikul Yogshala, a Yoga Alliance registered yoga school, has been the leader of spreading education of yoga since 2010. Rishikul Yogshala blends traditional value of ancient yoga with contemporary patterns to completely fulfill the requirements of a contemporary yogi looking to advance their life and career as skilled yoga practitioner and teacher.

Program

The teachings are more scientific initially, but later evolve to a spiritual method allowing for a holistic and well-rounded approach to yoga. This program at the Yogshala allows the mind to regain peace and the body to recover its beauty and vital stamina.

The program is designed as per the Yoga Alliance standards and has a strong foundation of teaching all elements of yoga that will make every learner a master. The yoga instructor certification course is designed for those who desire self-knowledge and complete understanding of the yoga sutras to become a successful yoga teacher and practitioner.

This is the foundation course for learning various disciplines and guidelines of yoga. It is a detailed course that suitably follows the standards of Yoga Alliance. The 200-hour yoga teacher training course at Rishikul Yogshala, Pokhara, is developed to deliver the complete theoretical and practical know-how about yoga. This course leads towards deepening of yoga practice and also imbibes skills so you can train and guide others as well-practiced yoga teachers.

Curriculum

Ashtanga yoga

The classic yoga style that helps integrate mind, body and spiritual balance is also one of the oldest and the most eminent traditional yoga styles. During the Ashtanga yoga classes, the students would learn to develop strength, stability, agility, and immense focus on a holistic level.

  • The tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois - the founder of Ashtanga yoga, forms the base of this intensive class with the use of theoretical knowledge in practice.
  • Primary series
  • Study of Vinyasa
  • 9 Drishti in Ashtanga series
  • Importance of Ujjai and Bandha in series
  • Learn to concentrate on energy locks (bandhas)

Hatha yoga

With numerous health benefits, Hatha classes will teach students to observe the body and take a conscious approach to its limitations. The focus of the class is not related to the dynamic way of performing asanas, but to work on correct alignment in every posture.

  • Sun salutation with 12 Surya Mantras and its benefits
  • Traditional and classical Hatha yoga
  • Correct alignment and adjustments
  • The benefits of each asana
  • Terminologies and Sanskrit names and the meaning of asana
  • Modification of Asana for various Ability Levels
  • How to use props correctly
  • How to use the breath
  • Mudras or gestures

Yoga philosophy and yogic lifestyle

The philosophy classes will help the students achieve their inner and spiritual growth, offering answers to many questions related to yoga and life. While teaching yoga philosophy, the students are assisted to live an enlightened life in society. The key points include:

  • The base of the philosophy and history of yoga
  • An introduction to Sanskrit
  • Introduction to yoga sutras, Shiva sutras, Kama sutras, and Bhakti sutra
  • Study of all yoga hypothesis on the basis of ancient scriptures
  • Yogic tradition
  • Self-realization and inner-liberation
  • Study of eight limbs of Patanjali
  • Five koshas (bodies)
  • Darshanam

Meditation

You will learn a wide range of meditation exercises and strategies for relaxation and to clear the mind.

  • Guided and self-meditation
  • Learn how to guide others in meditation
  • The science of meditation and proper breathing
  • Yoga Nidra basic series up to four levels
  • Meditations and its practices

Pranayama

Prana is life force or breath. The classes awaken students’ realization of the importance of the breath, both in the practice of yoga and in everyday life. When you manage to purify your bodies and minds, pranayama becomes a real pleasure and reveals the way to the spiritualistic experiences.

  • Knowledge of the breathing techniques beneficial to both the body and mind
  • Nadi Shodhanam, Bhastrika, Ujjai, Shetali and Shetkari, Nadi and Kapalbati
  • The importance of diaphragmatic breathing
  • Stress and anxiety related breathing techniques
  • External pranayama series up to two variations
  • Kumbhaka (retention) and pause less or continuous breathings
  • Levels of concentrations and its refinements

Anatomy

Anatomy classes allow the students to gain a basic knowledge about the human body and its most important systems.

  • Theoretical knowledge necessary for teaching in the future
  • Ability to apply appropriate practices to improve and maintain health
  • Knowledge of the benefits and side effects of particular yoga practices
  • Techniques of observations and correcting the bodily systems and organs
  • Energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, and others)
  • Anatomy and psychological study of inhalation and exhalation
  • Anatomy of nerves system and respiratory systems
  • Anatomy of spinal cord and digestive systems

Adjustment and Alignment

Perfection of the asanas is achieved through a rigorous application of various adjustment and alignment techniques.

  • Learn the art of perfecting the pose and avoiding injuries with correct alignment techniques
  • Self-understanding
  • Preparatory practice
  • Modification of asanas according to body types
  • Use of props such as yoga blocks, straps, yoga wheel, yoga wedge, and sand bag
  • Timing and duration of each asanas as per body limitations and types
  • Therapeutic benefits
  • Basic asanas foundation
  • Self-awareness
  • Breathing techniques

Mantra yoga

Mantra is a group of Sanskrit words that are rhythms and create sound vibrations that touch every cell in the body and the depth of the soul. In mantra classes, students will learn to come together to create an inner awareness as the teacher guides you through each mantra and its meaning.

  • Introduction of Mantra yoga
  • Importance of (OM)-AUM
  • Mantra for meal purification
  • Mantra for obstacles
  • Mantra for universal masters to bless
  • Mantra for realization
  • Mantra for well being

Mudra

Understand the presence of body’s healing points. Upon simulation, these points act as the remedy to treating various disorders and, as the ideal means to achieving maximum benefit from each asana. Mudra or gesture when combined with Pranayama therapy magically works the flow of prana and activates the entire body’s energy process.

  • Importance of Mudra according to Hatha yoga
  • Types of Mudra
  • Practicum of Gyana and Chin Mudra
  • Practicum of Ashwini Mudra
  • Physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of Mudra

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a unique meditation technique which involves traveling through various stages while gradually falling into a rejuvenating and peaceful slumber while being awake in the moment. Also known as the yogic sleep, this is a highly essential spiritual awakening technique practiced to explore internal layers of a human soul while achieving intense relaxation and inner calm. During yoga Nidra sessions, you shall explore and stroll through the various stages for deep rejuvenation of the mind, body and soul.

  • Understanding sleep and the three states of consciousness
  • Benefits of deep sleep
  • Understanding yoga Nidra
  • Yoga Nidra practices from Satyananda tradition
  • Yoga Nidra practices as a cure for insomnia and other sleep disorders

Shatkriya

Study the science of body preparation through yogic cleansing methods before commencing yoga and meditation practice. An essential part of early morning tradition, the Shatkriyas or the Shatkarmas play a dominant role in mental, physical and spiritual purification and, in balancing the doshas. You shall undergo study of the following six yogic works:

  • Introduction of Shat Kriyas according to classical Hatha yoga
  • Practicum of Jal Neti and Sutra Neti (Cleansing mucus or blockages from nasal passages and sinus)
  • Practicum of Kunjal (Cleansing the excessive mucus from the digestive track)

Teaching methodology

It is strongly believed that the teacher training program is incomplete without proper classes of teaching methodology and techniques. In the last week of this course, you will be given the opportunity to teach others under the guidance of the teachers.

  • Disciplines of yoga teachers and students
  • The scope of listening, presence, directive and non directive dialogue
  • The importance of giving demonstration
  • Preparing for the class
  • Describing the practice, techniques, and delivery in teaching a class
  • The seven sacred steps to becoming a great yoga teacher

Daily sample schedule

  • 06:00 Morning prayer
  • 06:45 Classical Hatha yoga
  • 08:30 Pranayamas, breathing practices
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Yoga practicum and philosophy
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 Rest or self-study
  • 15:30 Yoga practicum
  • 17:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
  • 19:00 Meditation and its practices
  • 20:00 Supper

Please also note a doctor is available for free consultations but medicine will cost extra.

The TTC starts on the 7th of every month and ends on 3rd of the following month. The students are allowed to do check in on 6th at any time and then they can do check out on 4th at anytime.

Included excursions

Included in this retreat is: a visit to Sarangkot for sunrise yoga, yoga in nearby mountains, boating in Pokhara Lake, visiting poor or needy kids school to have yoga with them, and Karma yoga (cleaning of Pokhara Lake).

Instructors

Bipin Baloni
Master of Ashtanga, Hatha, and Vinyasa yoga, Yogi Bipin Baloni has been on the road to self-discovery as a yogi since the tender age of 17. He has dedicated his life to the yoga capital, Rishikesh, and is now dwelling in the spiritual town as a revered yoga teacher.
Swami Atmanananda Giri
Born in the lap of Kerala, Swami Atmaji has devoted his life to yoga and spirituality since childhood. A compassionate soul by nature, he studied Homeopathy in Kerala and also practiced Naturopathy with the purpose to help people become healthier. As a religious follower of Vedas and Upanishads, Swamiji followed his passion for unearthing the essence of spirituality with various meditation practices as a vagrant ascetic for over four years. He completed his education from Shivananda Ashram under the supreme guidance of his guru Swami Adyatamanandaji.
Gangesha Chaitanya
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)
A former Naga Guru, Gangesha Chaitanya holds knowledge and wisdom of the unparalleled yogic mystics that very rare yogis can attain. An E-RYT certified yoga teacher, he received a major part of his spiritual education from the great Saint Swami Rama. He is a master of Meditation, Kundalini Yoga and Pranayama. (Core Subjects: Meditation, Inspirational and Spiritual Guide)
Kavitha Hangargi
Born and brought up in a spiritual environment of a well-respected family in Karnataka, Kavithaji was raised under the values and teachings of Basavanna (one of the greatest saints in 12th-century and a highly-distinguished Hindu philosopher, statesman, Kannada poet). She has studied and practiced Pranayama under the mentorship of Sri Ganeshwer Avadhut in Srisailam forest before following the footsteps of the great yoga and spiritual guru Swami Veda Bharthi, a disciple of Swami Rama where she studied the art of meditation and yogic philosophy. (Core Subjects: HathaYoga, Pranayama)
Annnamalai Prana Ji (Swami Thiyagaranjan)
The most eminent yoga guru in Rishikesh, Annamalai Pranaji specializes in subjects like Pranayama and Yoga Philosophy. He fulfilled his apprenticeship in the principles of Swami Sivananda – Swami Vignananda tradition of Tamil Nadu. He blends his teachings with traditional authenticity and modern perspective. Meditation, Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda are some of the other subjects he has keen knowledge of. (Core Subjects: Pranayama, Yoga Philosophy, Meditation, Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda)
Deepa Ji
As a disciple of Lord Krishna who is also her spiritual guide, Deepa ji is an avid follower of yoga and the spiritual message of love it carries within. Rebelling against the usual norms of a chauvinist society, Deepa Ji is a subtle feminist and one of the very few women who have made a mark for themselves in the field of yoga. In her spare time, she loves to travel and indulge in quiet photography.
Gurmeet Singh
Born and nurtured in the spiritual town of Rishikesh, Gurmeet ji is an expert with subjects like Hatha yoga, yoga anatomy, and physiology. A Yoga Alliance certified RYT 500 yoga teacher, Gurmeet ji also holds a post graduate degree in yoga from Uttarakhand Sanskrit University. Gurmeet Ji trained under the supreme guidance and blessings of Swami Dharma Nanda at the Ved Niketan ashram. As a yoga professional, he refined his skills further by working with renowned physiotherapists in Germany before coming back to India for preaching the science of yoga to fellow citizens.
Vimal Sharma
Vimalji holds various degrees including Bachelor’s degree in Sanskrit, a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and a Post Graduate Diploma in Yogic Science. Born into a conventional Indian family, Vimalji has indulged himself in profound yogic practices since he was 11 years old. He further studied under Mahamandaleshwar Sri Swami Veda Bharati- a disciple of Swami Rama and has devoted his life to teachings and practice of yogic science ever since. With his education and experience in various mystics of yoga including mantra chanting, he attained the status of Acharya Vimal.
Kushal
A strong believer in the fact that yoga and science are intensely linked with each other, Kushal ji has devoted his life in exploring the complicated aspects of yoga through scientific point of view. Kushal ji holds a Master’s degree in Yogic Science and a strong experience of working with the Indian army as a yoga trainer. In addition with being a dedicated yoga teacher, he is also a passionate karma yogi who often indulges in volunteer work at several yoga camps.
Suraj Choudhary
Suraj Ji is a Yoga Alliance certified RYT 500 teacher and, also holds a Master’s degree in Yoga Science. Born and brought up in the yoga capital, Rishikesh, Suraj ji has been practicing yoga since his childhood. He also studied under the profound mentorship of Guru Narendra Gussain, a much acclaimed yoga teacher of traditional and contemporary style of yoga. One of the most exclusive elements about Suraj ji’s classes is that he blends in traditional yoga with contemporary styles.

Location

Pokhara is one of the most picturesque and affluent valleys in Nepal. Surrounded by Himalayan snow peaks, lush green valleys, lakes, and the Seti River flowing smoothly throughout the town, the place becomes an epitome of natural beauty and serenity. This breath taking beauty is combined with the traditional heritage of the town that is evident in the presence of ancient Hindu Temples and Buddhist Gompas that make this place the ideal destination for a completey restorative and enlightening yoga training program. The place also offers a huge variety of excursions and activities that are globally eminent, such as trekking, jungle safari, rafting, and so much more.

Nearby places

  • Pokhara Airport, 5 minutes

Features

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage

Services

  • Free parking
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

The valley of Pokhara is abundant with plush agricultural land and, hence, delectable meals prepared from fresh produce become a signature style of cooking for the people of Nepal. Following the same style, they serve healthy vegetarian meals, equally palatable to all our participating candidates. The meals are yogic in nature and are prepared by chefs specializing in Ayurveda. The food is 100% vegetarian, following the balance of body and mind. Pure vegan diet can also be availed on request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

Things to do (optional)

  • River rafting
  • Trekking
  • Visit ancient Himalayan temples

What's included

  • 1 t-shirt for yoga class
  • 2 yoga books for self-study
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • 200-hour teaching certificate
  • Comprehensive and detailed curriculum
  • Detailed teaching on communication skills for teaching
  • Detailed teaching on meditation, pranayama, asanas, mudras, sadhana, and mantras
  • Exams on theory and praxis of yoga
  • Nasal wash pot
  • Vegetarian food served for the duration of the program
  • Outdoor yoga practice and meditation
  • Weekend social, cultural, and recreational activities
  • Weekly group discussion aimed to develop your critical skills
  • Yoga YTT manuals and materials

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu. Upon landing, bus or cab can be availed to our venue in Pokhara.

Arrival by bus

If travelling from India, you may reach any of the points of entry for Nepal namely, Kakkarbhitta (West Bengal), Biratnagar (Bihar), Birgunj (Bihar), Sunauli, Nepalgunj, Dhanagadi and Mahendranagar (all across the border from Uttar Pradesh). From there, you can take a direct bus for Pokhara.

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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