Centered in the magical Himalayan Valley of Rishikesh, India. The school offers a variety of yoga courses including Yoga Alliance USA registered 200-hour, 300-hour and 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training Courses. This 500 Hour Yoga teacher training consists of the 200-hour & 300-hour yoga trainings side by side. It is a residential traditional Hatha & Vinyasa focused course and is registered with Yoga Alliance USA. This training is intended for beginners and intermediate students who wish to go through long term advanced yogic training. After the successful completion of this training you will receive a 500hr RYT Certification and can register with Yoga Alliance as RYT 500.

The training will be scheduled 6 days for the intensive study and practices and on the 7th day there will be a day off with Himalayan sightseeing, Holy Shrine & Temples Visits and exploration time. In spite of such an intensive schedule, you can find this training an enlightening and interesting process of transformation. During your training you will have an opportunity to live with nature. The Yoga Training schedule begins at 6:15 am with a short morning prayer followed by a pranayama session. Then there comes the morning session for the traditional Yoga Postures before breakfast. Then you have two main sessions; one philosophy and the other yoga anatomy followed by lunch at noon. Then there will be some self-study and self-practice time after before you begin the afternoon and evening sessions of Vinyasa-Yoga Asanas followed by Relaxation & Meditation. There will be some inspirational cultural activities, such as satsang (devotional songs), lectures on yoga related subjects, audios and video lectures. The weekly assignments will be a part of the training as that is conducive to gain in-depth knowledge of the subjects and experience through your yoga practices.

This training course aims to provide a solid foundation in different aspects of yogic disciplines that prepare them to adopt yoga as their life profession. In addition, this 500-hour yoga training course includes: Mantra recitation, daily joints and glands practices, yoga postures, meditative steps of doing asanas, six cleansing exercises, science of breath, yoga energy locks and yoga gestures, meditation, yogic sleep, history and philosophy of yoga, yogic anatomy and physiology of human body, basic principles of Ayurveda, asana alignment practicum classes, yoga teaching practice, and teaching methodology.

The training includes 49 nights' accommodation, all yoga classes, yoga practicum and practice teaching, healthy nutritious vegetarian three time meals along with tea; breakfast, lunch & dinner, filtered water, herbal tea and snacks, free use of yoga tools during the course, local sightseeing exploration and your 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course certification from Yoga Alliance.

What is included

  • Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • Course Material
  • Equipment
  • Excursion
  • Meditation
  • Vegetarian
  • Yoga
  • Yoga Props
  • Mats
  • WiFi Internet




Hatha yoga technique including centering, entering, refining, holding, coming out, and reflection, Ashtanga-Vinyasa-Yoga flow – series 1, Surya-Namaskara – dynamic surya namaskara, surya namaskara with breathe awareness, surya namaskara with mantra chanting. Types of Yoga posture- standing poses, sitting poses, backward bending poses, forward bending poses, spinal twisting poses, fire series, inversion poses, shavasana. Postural alignment and art of adjustment. Counter poses and contraindications. Injury prevention and benefits of each pose.

Science of breath, sitting postures for pranayama practice, how to establish diaphragmatic breathing, types of pranayama – nadi shodhana pranayama, ujjayee, kapalabhati, bhastrika, shitali, shitkari, brahmari, and anuloma viloma. Benefits of Pranyama and guidelines for practicing and teaching pranayama.

Relaxation in daily life, Systematic relaxation, 31 points relaxation, 61 points relaxation exercises, preparation for yoga Nidra. Philosophy of yoga-nidra and sequences for the advanced relaxation practices.

Meditation in action, advanced yoga asanas for meditation, reviewing the steps into basic meditation, OM Kriya, Spinal breath, Sushumna breath through chakras, Kundalini practices 1 & 2.

A deeper understanding of human personality which contains physical and subtler bodies, such as 10 active and cognitive senses, mind, intellect, and ego, therapy principles for stress disorders, an introduction to stress, Humoral theory, the Brain and its sub cortical centers, stress and Neuro-endocrinal changes, stress management through yoga, advanced learning about pancha kosha, deeper effects of yoga asana on the muscles and body systems.

General introduction to six schools of Indian philosophy, elementary intro to Samkhya and Yoga philosophies, the Yoga-sutras of Patanjali, history of Yogic science, Ashtanga-yoga: yama, niyam, asana, pranayam, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi, introduction to Vedanta, the yoga of the Bhagavad-gita, the tantric yoga, yoga ethics: yamas, niyamas, four brahma-viharas and more on the ethics of a teacher and daily life style of a sadhaka.

Yogic and Ayurveda on the concept of life, philosophy of Ayurveda: body and mind, the concept of tri-dosha: vata, pitta, and kapha, the concept of tri-gunas: sattva, rajas and tamas, Ayurveda and the balanced and healthy nutrients diet, balance of the mind and body through proper diet as in Ayurveda.

Mudras and their importance in yoga practices, mudra and its psychology,
Jnana-mudra, Dhyan-mudra, Vishnu-mudra, Hridaya-mudra,. Understanding of the following mantras: aum, gayatri, trayambakam, guru, shanti etc, understanding of morning, evening and meal prayers,  Surya-namaskara 12 mantras along with bija mantras and their understanding, pronouncing the names of the advance asanas, selected yoga-sutras recitation with their understanding.

Learning to instruct & guide, timing a class, greeting/centering, sequence in teaching, theming a specific posture, demonstration, health concerns, modification in posture, the role of a teacher and the practice and service of teaching yoga.


On completion of the course you will be awarded with a 500 hour yoga teacher certification approved by Yoga Alliance. This is one of the highest certifications from Yoga Alliance and enables you to teach globally.


6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
Cleansing Exercises & Pranayama
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Yoga Asanas- Hatha Class
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Yoga Philosophy, Life-style & Yoga Ethics
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Yoga Anatomy & Physiology Workshops
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Self-Study & Self Practice Time
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Tea Time
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Yoga Asanas- Ashtanga Vinyasa Class
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Relaxation & Meditation
9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Lights off
TIME OFF You will have 6 days a week of course work and then one day off a week where you will enjoy excursions and sight seeing around beautiful Rishikesh.
Venue   Yoga Vidya Mandiram School

All Yoga Teacher Training Courses and other Yoga Courses and Retreats are organized at the Yoga School Yoga Vidya Mandiram in Rishikesh, India.  Dehradun’s Joly Grant Airport (DED)  is approximately a 15km away from the center. The school is situated in the magical city of Himalayan Mountain Valley. During your yoga training you will be accommodated in a peaceful environment which is perfectly suitable for the Yoga Teacher Training Courses, Yoga Retreats and other Yoga courses.

The venue is located in Swiss Cottage in the Tapovan region. It is like a tiny village in a valley surrounded by mountains and elevated and hidden from the chaotic and noisy streets of Tapovan, Laxman Jhula.  It is much more peaceful and quiet here, but still only 5-10 minutes walk from the main street. 

The school is close to the Holy Ganga and surrounded by the Himalayan mountains. The accommodation is equipped with balconies from where you can have a stunning and breath-taking view of the sacred Himalayan Mountains. There is a beautiful garden inside the campus where classes are often held for the students. As far as your day to day needs are concerned the shops, restaurants, ATM, health-care, and other daily needs all within walking distance.



Three delicious vegetarian meals are served each day during your training. Snacks and filtered water and tea are also provided. Meals will be wholesome and inline with a yogic diet. Rishikesh is a vegetarian city and there is a great focus on hearty vegetable dishes, dahl, lentils, rice and homemade breads and condiments. Flavours and diverse and both delicious as they are healing. 




Gain your 500 hour certification all in one training with the dedicated and supportive team at Yoga Vidya Mandiram. This training will provide you with everything you need to become a passionate, knowledgable, safe, inspiring and authentic yoga teacher in your own right. Learn from yoga masters in the heart of Rishikesh- the Yoga Capital of the world. Dive deeply into a yoga immersion and live a yogic lifestyle as you study, practice and teach. This all inclusive training also offers healthy meals and comfortable accommodations to ensure you are well looked after in very way during your time with Yoga Vidya Mandiram.

Kelly F

Yovada Guru

  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.

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