About Course

This intensive 200 hours yoga teacher training results in a good foundation for a well-rounded yoga practice that will enable you to pass on the benefits of Yoga to others as a qualified yoga teacher. In this 200 hrs course, our dedicated teachers will share their expertise in various aspects of yoga like Shatkarmas, Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation (Dhyan), Mudras, Bandhas, Sankhya-Yog Philosophy, Bhagvad Gita, Anatomy & Physiology and principles of Ayurveda. We make a special effort to familiarize participants with ‘Sankhya-yog’ philosophy and teach the correct way of practicing Assanasas well as different meditation techniques, so participants can have a good understanding of theory as well as practical. The course will also familiarize you with basics of Ayurveda and participants will learn methods to calm mind and gain concentration by discovering most appropriate Meditation techniques suitable for themselves. The Duration Of the course is About Twenty five days in general,but we provide Accommodation and all facilities to students for few days more , so they can arrive one or two days before the beginning of course for free of charge and can also stay with us for sometime after completing the course to clear their doubts and do things of their choice.

Certificate and credentials:

After successful completion of course you will get a certificate from Rishikesh School of Yoga, which is a pioneer yoga school in Rishikesh (India) accredited with Yoga Alliance, USA to conduct 200, 300 and 500-hour residential hatha yoga teacher training programs. Rishikesh School of Yoga is a non-profit organization (NGO) registered under the Indian Government Societies registration Act, Act 1860. We fully comply with the standards set by Yoga Alliance and students after completing our course can register with it as ‘Registered Yoga Teacher’ (RYT 200) or RYT 500 as per their qualifications.

Course fee, Inclusions and Refund Policy

The Course fee for Yoga teacher training (YTT) including accommodation (Own room with private bathroom) and food (All Vegetarian meals/tea/coffee) at Vrindavan center is 1100 USD. The course fee without Accommodation and food is 750 USD.Registration amount to be submitted along with the application is USD 200 (non-refundable advance towards the course fee) and remaining fee can be paid on arrival. In case of emergency and other unavoidable circumstances, we may permit students to opt for same course within the period of one year.

The Course fee for Yoga teacher training (YTT) including accommodation (Own room with private bathroom) and food (All Vegetarian meals/tea/coffee) at Rishikesh center is 1550 USD. The course fee without Accommodation and food is 950 USD.Registration amount to be submitted along with the application is USD 200 (non-refundable advance towards the course fee) and remaining fee can paid on arrival. In case of emergency and other unavoidable circumstances, we may permit students to opt for same course within the period of one year.

Course Locations

We are conducting Yoga teacher training courses at Rishikesh and Vrindavan towns of India. Both these towns are very sacred and associated with Indian spiritual traditions since times immemorial. The positive energy of these two places is especially suitable for learning Yoga and spiritual growth in life. These towns are small and very convenient to go around and practically you don’t need any local transportation for daily needs. Rishikesh is located on the banks of the Ganges and Vrindavan on the banks of the Yamuna and both these rivers are most sacred rivers of India. Rishikesh and Vrindavan are within few hours drive from Delhi and are well connected from all over India. Few of the main concepts included in the course are described in the following table.

Course Contents

Shatkarmas These ancient yogic cleansing techniques are practiced for purification of the body. There are six Shatkarmas in the Hatha tradition. They are used to help clear the body of excess mucus, fat, and bile, and should only be practiced under the guidance of a competent teacher. During the course on special days these Shatkarmas will be demonstrated and taught to participants as after practicing Shatkarma ,one need to have specially very light food and rest for a while.
Asanas There are 84 asanas in the Hatha tradition. These poses are used to steady the body and mind, making the practitioner more energetic, free from disease, and ready for the practice of meditation. These are often the most familiar part of yoga tradition in the modern world.
Pranayamas These practices utilize breathing to control and influence the flow of vital life force (prana) in the body. Pranayama’s are practiced after asana practice. They should be practiced under the guidance of a competent teacher, as the effects of these techniques on the body can be quite powerful.
Meditation Dhyana, or meditation, is the practice of calming the mind and body through controlling the thoughts, calming the senses, and deep concentration. There are many ancient yogic meditation practices, designed to bring the practitioner closer to spiritual awareness and understanding. After knowing different meditation techniques , you can find the most suitable one for yourself to practice regularly.
Mudras Mudras are advanced yogic postures/techniques that alter mood, attitude, and perception, thereby deepening awareness and concentration. They have a subtle but powerful effect on energy flow in the body and thus are a good preparation for deeper spiritual practices.
Bandhas Banda’s are bodily locks that help to redirect the flow of energy in the body. They involve locking the chin, abdomen, and perennial region. As they are an advanced practice, they are best practiced individually under able instruction before being incorporated into other yogic practices.
Sankhya-Yog Philosophy A successful yoga practice highly depends on the understanding of the ancient yoga philosophies as described in these two schools of Indian philosophy. Sankhya expalins the eternal principles and yoga teaches the way to achieve the goals prescribed in Sankhya philosophy.
Yoga System (patanjali Sutra) Yoga - An Introduction to yoga and its basic elements
Different types of yoga - Karma, Bhakti and Jnana and others
Concept of Atman ,Consciousness and awareness Yama, Niyama (Principles for a hygienic, regulated and socially acceptable lifestyle and includes Shatkarma)
Pranayama (Way of healthy breathing )
Pratyahara (Self control )
Dharna (contemplation ), Dhayan (meditation), Samadhi (Enlightenment)
Sankhya (Wisdom) given by Kapila Evolution of world due to interaction between Purusha (self ) and Prakarti (Nature). inevitability of understanding distinction between body , mind , Consciousness , Chitta , Ego and Self for progress in spiritual life.
Anatomy& Physiology related to Yoga It’s important for yoga teachers to understand the movements and composition of the human body, as well as working of the digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and nervous systems. This knowledge will help teachers to address the safety concerns of students and give proper adjustments, while helping students understand the full benefits and limitations of their practice.
Theory of Panch Kosha(Five layers/sheaths believed to be covering Atman)
  1. Aannamaya kosha, "foodstuff" sheath (Anna)
  2. Pranamaya kosha, "energy" sheath (Prana/apana)
  3. Manomaya kosha "mind-stuff" sheath (Manas)
  4. Vijnanamaya kosha, "wisdom" sheath (Vijnana)
  5. Anandamaya kosha, "bliss" sheath (Ananda)
Ayurveda Ayurveda literally meaning ‘the science of life’ is an ancient tradition of healing the body through the knowledge of functions of three Gunas (Sattva , Tama and Raja ) on both the internal and external functions. It encompasses nutrition and massage therapy that is practiced to improve the overall well-being of the body and mind.
Teaching methodology Guidance for career as a Yoga teacher , Art of speaking and performing Assanas in a class room setting .
Bhagvad Gita This ancient text is one of the most important books for understanding yoga, as it outlines the origins of yoga philosophy as passed down through the centuries. A solid understanding of this scripture is necessary for anyone interested in understanding the yoga traditions.

Daily Schedule – (200-Hours Yoga Teacher Training)

According to the requirements of Yoga Alliance - USA, this 200-hour YTT program follows a well planned schedule and about 6 to 7 training hours every day are assigned to learning some aspect of yoga. In our school day begins as early as 5:30 a.m. with a short meditation followed by some yogic postures and classes in philosophy, anatomy and physiology. Students also enjoye Chanting and Kirtan in their free time. During training vegetarian food suitable for Yogic life style is served along with seasonal fruits and herbal tea. Some home assignments are also given to students during training to enable them to cultivate an insight into the subject.

05:30 am Wakeup call and warm up 05:45 am Morning Tea
06:15 am Short Prayer 06:30 am Practice of Yoga Asanas
07:30 am Pranayama and Mantra Chanting 09:00 am Breakfast
10:30 am Meditation (Dhyan) techniques 11:30 am Discourse on ‘Sankhya –Yog’ Philosophy
12:30 pm Lunch 03:00 pm Anatomy/Physiology related to Yoga practice
03:30 pm Tea break 04:00 pm Mantra Chanting , Discourse on ‘Sankhya-yog ’ in context of meditation / Teaching Methodology in Yoga practice
04:30 pm Yoga Nidra 05:00 pm Hatha/Ashtanga Yoga Asanas
06:45 pm Dhyan (Meditation) 07:15 Pm Dinner and rest

Yoga Teacher Training course - Few Guidelines

We follow a traditional approach to yoga to enlighten students with the wisdom that yoga system aims to spread in world. Teaching and learning methodology aims to cultivate a lifestyle which is in accordance with traditional Indian ethical values. One of the major objectives of this course is to imbibe a healthy daily routine among students and this is the reason for starting the prorgamme everyday in the early morning. The founder of Yoga Maharishi Patanjali prescribed certain rules for humans to follow as a productive member of society and he prescribed a code of conduct that we try to inculcate among students through a systematic understanding of the same. We expect our students to follow this code and later promote the same in society. You may find few basic differences in conception of yoga from your the previous experience in yoga schools located in different socio-economic and cultural settings, but must be willing to adopt according to ultimate goals and objectives of traditional Yoga system. We are not following any specific ‘Type’ of Yoga, which have unfortunately mushroomed all over the world. Our approach (Not the type) is ‘Sankhya-yog’, which aims to integrate theory and the practices to the maximum possible extent.