29 Day 200 Hour Holistic Yoga Teacher Training

Train in the foothills of the Himalayas, the birthplace of Yoga. Join Yogrishi Vishvketu, on one of the most renowned Yoga Alliance registered 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training courses in Rishikesh, India. The fully residential programs are held at the uplifting East-meets-West Yoga Ashram. The training program has been honed since 2004 to give you the very best in interactive philosophy, detailed techniques and engaging anatomy sessions. Let masters guide you to become a radiant and inspired holistic yoga teacher.

This training offers an experiential journey of personal and professional development. For yoga practitioners who would like to deepen their insights into the science of Yoga and Ayurveda, as well as become confident holistic yoga teachers, this is an ideal opportunity. You will return home with the skills and confidence to teach artful sequences that include asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation linked to yogic wisdom through themes. You will also learn to lead foundational postures and breath workshops.

You’ll be taken care of from the moment you arrive with convenient airport pickup and transport to Rishikesh. You’ll also enjoy three tasty vegetarian meals a day with Gluten Free and Vegan options.

This retreat includes your 200-hour certification course, pre- and post-course online support, professional Akhanda YTT manuals (including anatomy manual), a shared room for two at the Ashram, all of your organic vegetarian meals, purified water, cultural and nature excursions, evening music programs, airport pick-up and transport, one night hotel stay in Delhi, Akhanda yoga t-shirt, Jal neti pot, access to ashram library, WiFi access, two-month free subscription to hundreds of classes at Akhanda Yoga Online.

Food

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

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Location

Rishikesh, India

Tapovan area is full of meadows, streams and flowering plants and the meadows are considered as one of the best high altitude meadows in India. The exquisite setting on the fast-flowing Ganges, surrounded by forested hills, is conducive for meditation and mind expansion. In the evening, an almost supernatural breeze blows down the valley, setting temple bells ringing as sadhus, pilgrims and tourists prepare for the nightly ganga aarti - a fire offering or ritual performed on the Ganges.


Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi (DEL) is the international airport that is closest to the schools in Rishikesh and Dharamsala. From there, you have several options to get to Rishikesh. It is recommend to either take an additional flight from New Delhi to Dehra Dun (DED) or arrange for a taxi or bus for the final part of your journey.

Food

You will enjoy three meals a day of freshly cooked Sattvic vegetarian food in the dining hall that is overlooking the mountains to the north of the ashram.
The ashram strives to provide nourishing, clean and tasty yogic food and to offer options such as sugar-free and milk free porridge and tea. They get about 75% of its food (depending on the season) directly from the organic farm next door to the Helping Hands for India school project, including wheat, rice, carrots, and turnips.

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Train in the foothills of the Himalayas, the birthplace of Yoga. Join Yogrishi Vishvketu, on one of the most renowned Yoga Alliance registered 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training courses in Rishikesh, India. The fully residential programs are held at the uplifting East-meets-West Yoga Ashram. The training program has been honed since 2004 to give you the very best in interactive philosophy, detailed techniques and engaging anatomy sessions. Let masters guide you to become a radiant and inspired holistic yoga teacher.

This training offers an experiential journey of personal and professional development. For yoga practitioners who would like to deepen their insights into the science of Yoga and Ayurveda, as well as become confident holistic yoga teachers, this is an ideal opportunity. You will return home with the skills and confidence to teach artful sequences that include asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation linked to yogic wisdom through themes. You will also learn to lead foundational postures and breath workshops.

You’ll be taken care of from the moment you arrive with convenient airport pickup and transport to Rishikesh. You’ll also enjoy three tasty vegetarian meals a day with Gluten Free and Vegan options.

This retreat includes your 200-hour certification course, pre- and post-course online support, professional Akhanda YTT manuals (including anatomy manual), a shared room for two at the Ashram, all of your organic vegetarian meals, purified water, cultural and nature excursions, evening music programs, airport pick-up and transport, one night hotel stay in Delhi, Akhanda yoga t-shirt, Jal neti pot, access to ashram library, WiFi access, two-month free subscription to hundreds of classes at Akhanda Yoga Online.

What is included

  • Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • Course Material
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi Internet
  • Facilities Access
  • Vegan
  • Airport Transfer
  • Excursion
  • Free Gift
  • All Inclusive
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Yoga Props
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Accommodations

Shared Room at Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram

Shared Room

There are 14 double rooms and 7 triple rooms. All of the rooms have single beds with bedding appropriate to each season, and an adjoining bathroom with hot water and a Western toilet.

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Syllabus

HOURS + TOPICS

In the first half of the program, trainees will be gradually introduced to teaching by teaching a peer one pose in the Techniques class. This will progress towards teaching one pose to the whole group ‘Group Teaching’. In second half of the course, the trainees will each teach three classes with a peer. Each will teach 40 minutes for a whole 1 hour and 20 minute class. They will then get 20 minutes of feedback from their peers and from the trainer. The first round will be a beginner’s class; the second round will be an intermediate class; and for the third round, teams can choose to teach either a gentle, prenatal, dynamic, beginner, all levels or intermediate class. The practicum is the main factor in graduation from the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India.

Subtle anatomy is the yogic teaching regarding the three bodies, the physical body, the astral body and the causal body, as well as the five corresponding sheaths, and the yogic techniques that purify each sheath. Further, the concept of nadis, and chakras will be explored. The shape, location, associated glands, and characteristics of each chakra will be explored. This subject will be complemented by the practical meditation sessions and chanting sessions which will explore meditating and chanting to purify the chakras. It will also complement the discussion of the ida, pingala and shushumna nadis that is intrinsic to any discussion of pranayama and the bandhas.

This class aims to teach trainees about anatomy and how it relates to yoga. Teachers and students will be guided by resources such as Anatomy and Asana, and The Anatomy of Movement. Subjects will include the study of the skeleton, muscles and joints, the cardio-vascular system, the respiratory system and the endocrine system and how they are benefited by yoga.

Practical teaching methodology includes how to demonstrate, observe, cue and assist students. This will be integrated with the Techniques class. Theoretical discussions of methodology (pedagogy) aim to explore how to become a transformational facilitator, or teacher rather than just an instructor. This includes such topics as: the art of sequencing, creating a safe space, establishing a student-centered class, managing group dynamics, language and cuing, the ethics of assisting, and creating a yogic environment for learning, (including the dress of the teacher, yogic colours, the direction of the class etc). Trainees will also discuss qualities that will be instrumental to them as teachers.

In the 21 hours of anatomy and physiology class, students will be learning both about the physical system and the subtle body.

As a natural extension to the ten principles (Yamas and Niyamas), as well as the discussions on Teaching Methodology, professionalism and ethics in the teaching profession in general and the yoga profession in particular will be discussed.

The program attributes quite a bit of emphasis to this section. This section will introduce yoga psychology and philosophy through discussions on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Chapters One and Two. Trainers will present sutras, and also use pairwork and group work discussions to give trainees the opportunity to explore how these sutras relate to their practice, and how they live their lives.

Discussions and comparisons on Yogic and Ayurvedic concepts of nutrition, as well as those of daily cleansing rituals, self massage, and other practices.

During the transformational experiences evening program, students will delve into the practice of both nama and abstract kiirtan, as well as Vedic mantras such as: the Gayatri mantra, the Mahamrityunjaya (healing) mantra, the Shanti mantra, the Loving-kindness mantra, and the Akhanda mantra. Transformational experiences will also include some rituals, sharing, healing circles and creative movement.

You will explore the idea of mantra as a mystical energy encased in a sound structure in relation to both saguna (nama) mantras and nirguna mantras such as Om. Trainees will learn to chant and present yogic mantras for the beginning and/or ending of yoga classes (such as the Shanti mantra or the Jyothi mantra). Bija mantras for purifying the chakras will also be explored including the timing and procedure for using these mantras in meditation.

In the theory section, the goal and paths of yoga will be discussed, thereby leading to the concept and techniques of meditation. Guided meditation will be explored, including creative visualization, meditation using yantra, mantra, ideation, ishta chakra and the withdrawl of the senses from external objects. Students will be guided in choosing a mantra for meditation, as well as an ishta chakra.

Trainees will learn the following kriyas, their benefits, primarily for their own practice, and later how to introduce the kriya to a class: jal neti, jal kapalabhati, agni sara, and tratak.

In order to perform the retention in the above breathing techniques, it is necessary to teach and learn Mula bandha, Jalandara bandha and Uddiyana bandha, the latter also being instrumental to kriyas such as nauli. The purpose of the bandhas will be discussed in its relation to the uniting of prana and apana to channel them into the shushumna nadi.

Teacher trainees will learn the form, benefits and contraindications of the following pranayama techniques, as well as when to incorporate them into the class and how to introduce pranayama techniques: abdominal breathing, the three-part breath, ujjai pranayama, bhramaree pranayama, anuloma viloma, and kapalabhati pranayama. Trainees will learn how to perform these pranayamas with the bandhas and with relatively short breath retention (Kumbhaka) when appropriate.

A variety of asanas from the following groups of asanas will be covered including gentle beginner and intermediate variations. Trainees will learn how to enter and exit a pose, how to use the breath in the asana, checkpoints for alignment, benefits and contraindications for the asana, and how to assist students in the pose.

Certification

At the end of the training you will receive a 200hr Yoga Alliance certification that allows you to teach yoga globally.

Schedule

TIME
ACTIVITY
5:30 AM - 6:00 AM
Meditation
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Yoga Class
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Fire Puja
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Breakfast
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Program Session
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Methodology, Anatomy and Ethics
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Dinner
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Techniques and Practicums
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Kirtan and Transformational Experiences
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Personal, studying or journaling time

Reviews

Rishikesh, India

Tapovan area is full of meadows, streams and flowering plants and the meadows are considered as one of the best high altitude meadows in India. The exquisite setting on the fast-flowing Ganges, surrounded by forested hills, is conducive for meditation and mind expansion. In the evening, an almost supernatural breeze blows down the valley, setting temple bells ringing as sadhus, pilgrims and tourists prepare for the nightly ganga aarti - a fire offering or ritual performed on the Ganges.


Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi (DEL) is the international airport that is closest to the schools in Rishikesh and Dharamsala. From there, you have several options to get to Rishikesh. It is recommend to either take an additional flight from New Delhi to Dehra Dun (DED) or arrange for a taxi or bus for the final part of your journey.

Venue   Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram
Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram, Venue for 29 Day 200 Hour Holistic Yoga Teacher Training

Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram offers a unique environment with simple and comfortable accommodation. Healthy, delicious, vegetarian food is served with love from the local organic farm. Living and training together under one roof allows students to fully immerse themselves in and enjoy the special community. The ashram is about 1km north of Lakshman Jhula in the beautiful and holy city of Rishikesh, India.

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