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28 Days 200-Hour Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

India Yoga Teacher Training

Join the family of Shakti Yoga Peeth in a 200-hour yoga teacher training program in Rishikesh, India. This program, under the aegis of Akshi Foundation, will take you to a most succinct life-changing journey. You will experience sublime moments; understanding and performing different forms of Ashtanga and Hatha yoga, including performing meditation, pranayama, mudras, and learning yoga philosophy and human anatomy.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Basics of yoga therapy and chanting powerful mantras
  • Comprehensive teaching of Hatha yoga, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa series
  • Meditation as per the classical text Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
  • Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • 3 daily healthy nutritious meals
  • 28 days accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


28 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 22

Airport transfer available:
Dehradun Airport (US$20 per person)

Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$80 per person)

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Shakti Yoga Peeth has rooms available to accommodate students who are coming from all over the world. Staying here means you will be getting an ashram-like environment, but a home away from home. You can either stay on the shared or single rooms, with each room having all the modern facilities. All the rooms are very beautiful, airy, and neat with windows that open to the wonderful surroundings.

In the morning, you will wake up to the chirping of the birds and sun rays that throw the mystical spell over the mountain peaks. Each room is attached to a bathroom, where there is a facility of hot and cold water.

Shakti Yoga Peeth Yoga Teacher Training India Program


Ashtanga yoga

  • Ashtanga Vinyasa series 1
  • Sun salutation

Adjustment and alignment workshop

  • Hip opening workshop
  • Forward bending workshop
  • Back bending workshop
  • Twisting postures workshop
  • The use of props
  • Verbal and hands-on adjustment


  • Ayurvedic food and nutritions
  • Difference between yoga and Ayurveda
  • History and introduction of Ayurveda
  • Seven bodily tissues
  • The three doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha

Bandhas or Pranic locks

  • Mula bandha
  • Uddiyana Bandha
  • Jalandhara bandha

Hatha yoga

  • Asanas flows
  • Introduction to 80 various asanas in a systematic manner with description
  • Primary Hatha asanas (postures)
  • Sun salutation
  • The art of alignment and adjustment

Mantras chanting

  • Gayatri mantra
  • Poison mantra
  • Pranava japa
  • Svasti mantra
  • Shanti mantra


  • Chakra meditation
  • Concentration techniques for quieting the mind
  • Connection between meditation and energy
  • Health benefits of meditation
  • Heart cave meditation
  • Mantra meditation
  • Meditation techniques
  • Mindfulness of breathing
  • Proper meditation postures
  • Sushumna meditation
  • Third eyes meditation
  • What is meditation?

Psychic mudra

  • Ama
  • Ekadsh drishti
  • Nasika agrh drishti
  • Punam
  • Shambhavi mudra
  • Shan mudra

Pranayama (breathing techniques)

  • Introduction to pranayama
  • Anuloma Viloma, Nadi Shodhan
  • Bhramari
  • Bhastrika
  • Sitkari
  • Sitali
  • Suryabhedena
  • Ujjayi


  • 61 point relaxation technique
  • Muscle relaxation practice
  • Primary and intermediate level of yoga Nidra
  • Tension relaxation


  • Mahapurushavidya
  • Om stavana
  • Pranava japa
  • Rudropasana
  • Savitru upasana
  • Svasti mantra

Shatkriyas (cleansing techniques)

  • Aganisara
  • Dhauti (vamana)
  • Jala neti
  • Kapalabhati
  • Sutra neti
  • Trataka

Teaching methodology and lesson planning

  • Class planning and preparation
  • Modification of class according to age, gender, and physical problems
  • Posture analysis
  • Qualities of a good teacher
  • Setting up a proper environment for class
  • The art of teaching yoga

Teaching practice

  • Introduction
  • Class management and lesson planning
  • Demonstration and clear instructions
  • Proper alignment and adjustment
  • Sources of teaching methods
  • Yoga and yogic practices

Whole body mudra

  • Maha Mudra
  • Yoga Mudras
  • Mahavedha Mudra

Yoga anatomy

  • Anatomy and Physiology introduction
  • Flow of Prana
  • The Seven Chakras
  • Introduction on human anatomy
  • Practicum on application of anatomy to yoga asana
  • Bio-mechanics of major joints
  • Applying basic anatomy to yoga practice and teaching
  • Flexion versus extension
  • Structure and function of the Spine
  • Respiratory System
  • Effect of Pranayama on respiratory system
  • Causes and management of common spinal problems

Yoga philosophy

  • Ashtanga yoga of Patanjali
  • Causes of suffering and how to get over of those and how to remove those causes
  • Introduction to yoga
  • Is sleep a state of the mind?
  • Meaning and definition of yoga
  • Six main Eastern philosophy
  • Sutra of yoga philosophy
  • The three gunas of nature
  • The role of God in yoga
  • Three faces of time, feeling of change, and change of feelings
  • The Vedas and Bhagavad Gita
  • What is moksha and maya?
  • What are the emotions?
  • What is a mind?
  • What is the correlation between bodily postures, breathing, and mental states?
  • What is Hatha yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Raja yoga, Kundalini yoga, chakras, and nadi?
  • Yoga as the basis of culture and humanitarianism.

Yogic mudra

  • Akash mudra
  • Apaan mudra
  • Hast mudra
  • Hridaya mudra
  • Gyan mudra
  • Ling mudra
  • Prana mudra
  • Prithvi mudra
  • Sampuran mudra
  • Shankh mudra
  • Shoonya mudra
  • Surya mudra
  • Varun mudra
  • Vayu mudra
  • Yoni mudra

Recommended books

  • Light Of Yoga: The Classic Guide to Yoga by BKS Iyengar
  • Yoga Mala by K. Pattabhi Jois
  • Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha

Sample daily schedule

  • 05:30 Wake up
  • 05:45 Herbal tea
  • 06:00 Morning prayer
  • 06:10 Ashtanga yoga class
  • 08:00 Pranayama
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Mantra chanting
  • 11:45 Yoga philosophy
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Self Study and rest
  • 15:00 Yoga anatomy
  • 16:15 Tea break
  • 16:30 Hatha yoga class
  • 18:00 Meditation and yoga Nidra
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 22:00 Lights off

Sample Sunday schedule

  • 06:00 Asana class
  • 07:45 Shat Kriya (Cleansing)
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Self-practice or teaching practice
  • 13:00 Lunch, rest, or self-study
  • 19:30 Dinner

Included excursions

After the hectic week, Wednesday is a day for excursion which is full fun, enjoyment, and adventure. You will be taken for trekking, river rafting, and site seeing on the lush green Himalayas. You will be acquainted with the culture of India and get an insight into the Himalayan temples and yogi caves. Wednesday will become a most memorable moment of your life, the life you might not have experienced before. You will have an opportunity to try excursions such as:

  • River rafting or Himalayan sightseeing trip
  • Visit to ashrams
  • Visit to caves
  • Visit to waterfall
  • Visit to world famous Ganga Aarti


Arya Vivek
Arya's acquaintance with yoga happened at a very young age because of his father Sri Vivek’s influence and motivation. For 15 years, he has lived and followed the ashram life, but his hunger to learn yoga and philosophy took him to the Himalayas. The sages noticed his passion and zeal in him and taught him secret mysteries, which are still unknown to the people. He also gained knowledge in naturopathy, acupressure, pranic healing, and learned the philosophies of Buddhism, Jainism, Sufism, body anatomy, and physiology. He is currently doing Ph.D in yoga.
Yogi Ashish
Ashish is a charming and dynamic yogi who teaches yoga with equal love and flavor as he himself does yoga. With an experience of six years, he demonstrates different aspects of classical asanas with great precision. He is based in Rishikesh, but often visits other parts of the country too to teach yoga to the enthusiasts. He is trained from international school of yoga Ved Niketan Dham in Rishikesh and got the master's degree in yogic sciences from Sanskrit University, Uttarakhand. He also enthusiastically takes part in many workshops and seminars not only in yoga, but also physical education.
Yogi Pankaj
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
Yogi Pankaj teaches Hatha and Ashtanga yoga with great precision and as per his each student’s body composition. The way he incorporates the yoga philosophy lessons, breathing techniques, and meditation in his session is highly commendable. His background is religious and so spirituality is in his blood since his childhood. He has attained master's degree in yoga and had also undergone training under traditional yogis. He had also completed his 200-hour teacher training certification program. As a great inspirer and motivator, he is a perfect teacher with whom people would love to get trained.
Tanushree Rawat
Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul (Yoga)
Tanushree is a yogini with immense knowledge and appetite for yoga. With seven years of experience in yoga, she can give students what all that is required to be a good yoga master and above all, a good yogi. She trains students in different forms of asanas, pranayama, meditation, and other yoga forms. She has a post-graduate degree in yoga from Sanskrit University Haridwar and master in yogic science. She has done a six-month certificated course from Ved Niketan Ashram and 200-hour teacher training course from Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul. Her teaching career started from ashrams in Rishikesh.


The school is located in Rishikesh, known as the yoga capital of the world, which nestled on the banks of the river Ganga. As soon you land up in Rishikesh, you will be enchanted by its beauty, sacredness, and sanctity. Rishikesh is well connected with the roadways, railways, and airways.


During this course, meals will be served three times a day. It will be the typical Indian healthy meals, prepared with the help of Indian spices. The meals are highly nutritious and sumptuous. An Ayurvedic chef will prepare the meals in accordance to the yogic diet.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 1 Bag
  • 1 T-shirt for yoga class
  • 1 notebook and Pen
  • 1 Indian cooking class
  • 2 yoga books for self-study
  • 3 daily pure vegetarian meals
  • 28 days accommodation
  • Himalaya sight-seeing tour
  • Shatkriyas (cleansing)
  • Visit to aarti
  • Yoga Alliance Certification
  • Yoga mat for practice

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), where you can take a domestic flight into Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Shakti Yoga Peeth will arrange taxi pick up from the airport to the school, upon request. The cost from Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to the school is 80 USD and the cost from Jolly Grant Airport (DED) is 20 USD.

Airport: Dehradun Airport Airport transfer available: Dehradun Airport (US$20 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer available: Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$80 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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