Rishikesh in India is the avowed destination for the seekers of yoga and spirituality. It is a small town which hosts hundreds of yoga schools and ashrams with the divine intention to educate entities about the philosophy of Yoga, Vedanta and Tantra.
Many eminent yogis of contemporary period like Swami Vivekananda, Swami Shivananda, Swami Chidananda, Swami Satyananda, Swami Ram, and Swami Mahesh Yogi, etc. had chosen this land for self evolution and Sadhana.
Rishikesh, as it is also called “the global capital of yoga” attracts yoga aspirants because Teachers Training Courses offered here are very affordable, authentic and highly enlightening.
Rishikesh Yogis; one of the most authentic yoga schools in Rishikesh, is recognized by Yoga Alliance, USA. Once you finish our 200-hours yoga teacher training course, you will be an internationally recognized Yoga Teacher.
At Rishikesh Yogis; we aim to teach yoga in its purest and traditional form. Our 200 Hours TTC has in-depth concentration on the topics of Hatha, Kundalini and Classical Yoga Philospohy of Patanjali.
These three systems constitute the fundamental principles of psycho-energetic therapeutic systems of Yoga. Besides our discussions on these areas of yogic discipline, there will be sessions on practical teaching methodology in class which will help practitioners/aspirants of yoga to learn nuances of class teaching.
In Yoga TTC, ‘Teaching Methodology’ is one of the very important topics of study which unfortunately is not taught in all yoga centres in Rishikesh.
The syllabus we have crafted for 200 hours TTC is immersive and intensive for aspirants who want to delve deeper into the philosophy and practices of yoga. This course not only helps you understand the subject of yoga intellectually, but we intend to incorporate the principles of yogic philosophy in class teaching which eventually helps both teacher and students to evolve at physical, mental and spiritual levels.
There are sessions dedicated in the course to enable an aspirant to understand the nuances of class teachings based on yogic principles and discussions on philosophical topics help streamline the approach and experiences of yogic practices in the class. Based on the guidelines of Yoga Alliance, USA, our syllabus has five major areas of concentrated study.
The first and the foremost area of study are Techniques, Training and Practice of yogic discipline. This entire paper of practical teaching is further segmented into components of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation. Being an aspirant of yoga, we believe that you, as a practitioner need to delve deeper into the practical teaching of yoga.
Therefore, there are two sessions dedicated in our course for Asana (Hatha Yoga pose) and Pranayama (Breathing Technique) practices and, one session on meditation every day. In the morning session of Hatha Yoga, the focus of teaching will be on techniques of Traditional Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Mudra (Yogic psycho-physical gestures), Bandha (psycho-energetic locks) and Shatkriyas (Cleansing techniques of Hatha Yoga) whereas, evening practical sessions will comprise of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation classes.
In our yoga program, Meditation forms an integral and most important stage of yogic journey. Meditation in most of the yoga retreats or yoga classes is ignored. The main focus of teachers is to teach ‘yogasana’. But, without incorporating meditation in one’s Sadhana, the journey of yoga is incomplete.
The entire focus of classical teaching of Patanjali is to reach the state of consciousness, free from fluctuations and dissipations as it is mentioned in the second verse of Patanjali Yoga Sutra which also outlines the intended goal of yoga:
Yoga is the cessation of all fluctuations (Vritti) of consciousness.
At Rishikesh yogis, we teach a very diverse range of meditation techniques sourced from authentic systems and branches of yoga philosophy. All these techniques of meditation, such as Yoga Nidra, AntarMouna, Ajapa Japa, Hridyakasha Dharana etc., are Pratyahara and Dharana techniques; which systematically help to discipline and harmonize our mental and emotional energies. Apart from these meditations, there is equal focus on harnessing physical as well as ‘pranic’ energies through intense sessions of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga sessions. Every day, there will be three and half hours of sessions dedicated to these two streams of physical-energetic disciplines.
This 200 hour course is one of the most balanced and intensive Yoga Training Program available in Rishikesh, India which helps one not only to become a complete yoga teacher professionally, but also a refined and evolved being on personal and spiritual levels.
The second paper of syllabus is Teaching Methodology. This includes topics, such as Elements of Effective Class Presentation, Effective Class Management and Business Aspects of Teaching Yoga. We believe that after becoming a teacher, you own a lot of responsibilities, not simply as an instructor in a class but also becoming an inspiration, a role model and an accomplished technician of yogic teaching.
Learning a set of asanas and meditation sessions do not make one an effective teacher. We strive to share with our practitioners not only the nuances of class teachings, but also about the discipline and ethics of a Yoga teacher. Apart from teaching the technical aspects of class teaching, we encourage very interactive and vibrant discussions on various aspects of yogic life style and ethics of yoga teacher. In most practical sense, if we want to know ourselves we should start with our physical body. The discipline of somatic psychology says that our body is the log of our habits, traumas, complexes and psychic predispositions.
Journey of yoga is all about knowing oneself. In most practical sense if we want to know ourselves we should start with our physical body. The discipline of somatic psychology says that our body is the log of our habits, traumas, complexes and psychic predispositions.
The third aspect of syllabus entails knowledge of human body and movements in light of yogic practices. Under this topic of Anatomy and Physiology we will not only understand the structure and functions of the human systems and organs, but will also study their interactions and involvement in yogic practices.
A major part of this discussion will also incorporate the concept of Yoga Anatomy and Physiology, which will focus on the subtle concept of Nadis, Chakras and Pranic Physiology.
Under this category of our syllabus there will be in-depth discussion on the foundations of yogic philosophy which will entail the study of classical texts such as Patanjali Yoga Sutras. There are chapters dedicated on the tradition of Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga with reference to the system of Tantra Philosophy. There will be dedicated lessons on untouched but very important areas of Samkhya Philosophy which forms the metaphysical background of Patanjali Yoga sutra.
The final segment of the syllabus is ‘Practicum’, which involves process of harnessing the skills through practical sessions. These sessions will be in group settings aiming at refining the teaching skills of practitioners in real and live yoga classes. These classes will be conducted under the supervision of the lead teacher and, upon completion of each session -- feedbacks, suggestions and appropriate guidance will be provided to enhance one’s teaching quality in class.
Paper-1 (Technique, Training and Practice) lays a strong foundation of traditional Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation techniques sourced from authentic and time proven systems of Yoga traditions.
Purpose of these classes in component-1 is to equip the practitioners with understanding and knowledge of the fundamental techniques of Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha and Hatha Yoga Cleansing Techniques used in Traditional Hatha Yoga System.
Classes will incorporate practical demonstrations, understanding of correct positions, as well as practices of postures. Practices taught will focus on opening the joints and deepening the experiences of the asanas (postures) with breath consciousness and understanding of correct body-alignment. Purpose of these practical classes is to awaken natural body intuition and awareness in the practitioners.
Practical: Pranayama - In Pranayama section, objective is to introduce the concept of breath work in Hatha Yoga System, different patterns of breathing in postures to enhance and deepen the effects of the postures and awareness in the practice. Component-1 incorporates techniques of Pre-Pranayama techniques from Asana and, various Mudras to enhance the awareness, as well as proficiency of the practitioners to breathe correctly.
Through discussions and guided instruction, founding principles of meditation will be shared. In this component focus areas will be on sitting alignment, maintaining a correct meditation posture and systematic techniques of relaxation, such as Yoga Nidra and Ajapa Japa. Learning objective is to provide knowledge and understanding of appropriate tools to enhance awareness in meditation practices.
Paper-2 in component-1 introduces one to founding principles of Yoga Philosophy, its branches, various approaches and affiliated metaphysical background. There is in-depth discussion on systems of Indian Philosophical Traditions and Fundamentals of Samkhya Yoga Philosophy with reference to Classical System of Patanjali Raja Yoga.
The Neuro-Musculoskeletal System --Focus of study will be based on studying different kinds of muscles, bones, joints and nervous system and, their roles in different yogic practices, such as Asana, Pranayama, Mudra and Bandhas.
Objective here will be give fair understanding of different muscles, bones, joints, nervous system and brain organs and their location, functions and role in yogic practices. Special focus will be on how to enhance the proficiency of these organs with yogic techniques, safeguards in yogic practices to prevent any injuries to these organs and systems.
Component-2 of the course entails intermediate level of practices and understanding of the system of traditional Hatha Yoga. In this component, each paper helps to delve deeper into the knowledge and practices of Hatha Yoga.
Component-2 incorporates various ways of teaching Surya and Chandra Namaskar in the class incorporating breath and awareness of chakras. Sessions will be based on learning, as well as teaching asanas with body adjustments and knowledge of alignment. Focus of this component is to deepen the awareness of the practitioners in relation with the inner dynamics of postures, breath work and cleansing of the mind-body system.
Introducing the concept of Sadhana, Surya Namaskara: - Synchronizing breath and movement, dynamic, slow (breath in each posture), flowing continuous movement, Chandra Namaskara (focusing on the key elements of Chandra namaskar flow, rhythm etc with the breath), Vajrasana series, Standing series, Balancing series, Backward bending series, Forward Bending series, Twisting series, Inverted series, Meditation asana series.
Through practical teaching and discussions, postural mudras, pranayama and bandhas will be introduced in classes. Discussions will also entail as how to incorporate bandhas and mudras in pranayama sessions.
Techniques such as Trataka and Head Mudras will be taught to attune the awareness with Chidakasha (Head Space) for the purpose of effective Pratyahara (inner withdrawal of awareness). Other techniques of Pratyahara, such as Yoga Nidra, Ajapa Japa, Trataka and AntarMouna will be guided with substantial focus on their psychotherapeutic benefits.
In Component-3 focus of module will be to deepen the understanding of Kriya Yoga in light of Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha practices, experiencing Bandhas and Mudras with awareness of chakras, practical teaching of Maha Bandha with head and postural mudras. Knowledge of chakras and nerve plexus in light of mudras and bandhas will be shared through active discussions. Principles of Kriyas and their energetic influence on body mind system will be discussed with reference to Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha practices.
Ethics of yoga teachers, 'living the Life of a Yogi', teacher-student relationship; cautions and pitfalls, concept of Seva, Yogic life style: Concept of Sadhana for a teacher, Yoga as a life style, concept of spiritual diary etc.
Elements of an effective class presentation Purpose of this topic is to enhance the effectiveness of teacher in class environment on the levels of presentation and delivery of the session. Discussion under this topic will incorporate methodologies to run the class in effective manner in order to facilitate an effective learning environment for the participants. Various aspects of class instructions and teaching methods will be discussed with proper demonstrations and discussions.
Objective is to refine the teaching skill of the trainee as per the international standard of yoga teaching, applying the essentials of effective class presentation.
Group work: Teaching in small group, Giving and receiving feedback under the supervision of lead instructor; assessment of teaching on various parameters of class teaching
Use of aids (Visual and audio in the class) Preparing and conducting work-shops in small group on chosen topics.
Every morning before the session herbal infusions are prepared. These infusions are highly healing and rejuvenating in nature which is based on timeless wisdom of ancient Indian traditions of Ayurveda and Yoga. Purpose of taking these herbal infusions is to detoxify the body-mind complex and balance the doshas.
This session focuses on traditional Hatha Yoga practices chosen from traditional Hatha yoga scriptures such as Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gherand Samhita. Practices taught in the session will focus on opening the joints and deepening the experiences of the asanas (postures) with breath, mantra and chakra consciousness on energetic plane and understanding of correct body-alignment on physical level. Purpose of these practical classes is to awaken natural body intuition and mindfulness in the practitioners.
We provide nourishing and balanced breakfast every day. Breakfast prepared in our kitchen is nutritious, tasty, balanced and prepared from fresh nuts, vegetables, fruits and grains. During your stay with us, you would have an opportunity to taste traditional Indian breakfast, such as different kinds of porridges, Idli (savoury cake), Poha (made from beaten rice), Upma (Wheat Rava (Semolina) or coarse rice flour dish), Sprout salads and, many more. In case you are on vegan diet, we can prepare breakfast separately for you upon request.
In this Theory Workshop session, we will take you through the various aspects and dimensions of Yoga Traditions and Systems. In three components, the topics will change from basic foundation to advanced system of Samkhya Philosophy, intensive study of Patanjali Yoga Sutras, traditional Hatha Yoga Philosophy and methods and, various aspects in light of Gherand Samhita and Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
In this afternoon theory workshop session, a diverse range of topics will be discussed. This session will be dedicated to Anatomy and Physiology and, Teaching Methodology lectures and talks. This session intends to polish the teaching skills and deepen the understanding of yogic anatomy and physiology.
Food served at lunch is pure vegetarian, ‘sattvik’, vitalizing, wholesome and nutritious. The food prepared in our kitchen includes most vegetables, ghee (clarified butter), fruits, legumes, and whole grains. These are ingredients that enhance clarity and lightness, keeping the body light and nourished and, the mind clear. Time to time during the course, we change the nature of the food according to the yoga practices you perform.
In this theory and practical workshop sessions on teaching methodology prepares you for the practical class teachings. This session entails teachings and practices of practical tools and techniques of Hatha and meditation and how to teach them systematically in class. There will be intensive dedicated sessions on each various elements of class presentation, class management, aspects of correcting in class and business aspects of yoga teaching.
This class is a potent alignment-oriented class that emphasizes the forms and actions within yoga postures. Traditional postures (asanas) are held in accurate alignment. Emphasis is placed on core strength, flexibility and balance as well as concentration and breath control. This class is based on physical postures (asanas), deep breathing, mindfulness and listening to the body.
Our evening Meditation and Mantra Chanting session intends to conclude the day with techniques to assimilate and absorb the vital energies activated through various techniques and practices of Hatha and Raja yoga tools. Meditation techniques taught in our classes are sourced from most authentic traditions of Raja yoga, Upanishad Dharana, Gyana Yoga and Kundalini Yoga.
During your stay with us at our centre, we encourage you to maintain a spiritual journal/ diary. During intensive yoga study which is based on following complete yogic regimen; an inner transformation ensues. Maintaining a record of each and every change you go through, helps to make this journey more mindful, insightful and transformative.
|Course name||Date From||Date to||Place||Training Fee|
|200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification||7th January||4th February||Rishikesh||$1500(Private Room)$2800(Shared Room, only for couples or two students of same gender)|
|10 day Yoga and Meditation retreat program||7th January||16th January||Rishikesh||$1000 (Private room)$1800 (Shared Room, only for couples or two students of same gender)|
|10 day Mindfulness Retreat||4th February||14th February||Rishikesh||Email for pricing|
|200 Hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training||14th February||11th March||Rishikesh||$1500 (Private Room)$2800 (Shared Room, only for couples or two students of same gender)|
|10 day Kriya and Kundalini Yoga Retreat||14th February||23rd February||Rishikesh||$1000 (Private room)$1800 (Shared Room, only for couples or two students of same gender)|
|10 day Intensive Chakra Sadhana Retreat program||13th March||22nd March||Rishikesh||$1000 (Private room)$1800 (Shared Room, only for couples or two students of same gender)|
|7 day Yoga for Trauma and Healing retreat program||24th March||30th March||Rishikesh||$700 (Private room)$1300 (Shared Room, only for couples or two students of same gender)|
|200 hour teacher training||14th April||11th May||Rishikesh||$1500 (Private Room)$2800 (Shared Room, only for couples or two students of same gender)|
|200 Hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training||14th May||11th June||Rishikesh||$1500 (Private Room)$2800 (Shared Room, only for couples or two students of same gender)|
By Air: The nearest International Airport from Rishikesh is the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. Upon landing at the airport, you can avail a direct cab to the school. Alternatively, you can also ask the school to arrange a pick-up. The nearest Domestic Airport from Rishikesh is the Jolly Grant Airport
(approx. 20kms from the location). You can reach the ashram from Jolly Grant Airport via local taxi or, ask the school to arrange a pick up.
By Train: The nearest railway station is in Haridwar (Uttrakhand). You can book a direct train to this town. Upon reaching the station, you can either avail a cab for the ashram or, ask the ashram to arrange a pick-up.
By Bus : There are ample numbers of direct bus routes from various cities in Northern part of India to Rishikesh. Upon reaching the bus stand in Rishikesh, you can take a rickshaw to the school. Alternatively, you can ask the school to arrange a pick-up.
Beautiful souls teaching with such patience and in depth knowledge. I was fortunate enough to meet these amazing humans in India last year. Uttam helped find me a yoga school to do my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at and then I had the pleasure of learning from him, Abhi & Sushant at the 10 day Spiritual retreat in Rishikesh. I speak so highly of them all as they deserve all the recognition in the world. I had some really big break throughs and believe this was the cherry on top of an amazing trip. If you are looking for kind & caring souls to take you on a journey of growth these gentlemen are who you need to spend time with. 🙌 I will forever cherish our time together and cannot wait to come back in the near future.
My opportunity to meet Sushant, Abhi and Uttam has opened my eyes to the scope to which the term Yoga really means. These humble and gracious men taught me about the ancient philosophies, meditation techniques , pranayama, asanas, chanting and in general we're true examples of how to live a Yogic life. Beyond the organised classes I learnt many life lessons, had many many laughs and enjoyed the stories I was told. So many of the things I have learnt from these men have helped me move forward in my life and I will always be grateful. Thank you Rishikesh Yogis. See you when I return
Thank you Uttam for this beautiful experience and helping and allowing me to further my personal yoga pratice,for teaching me different breathing techniques and welcoming me so warmly into your space. I feel so happy, energized and healthy since I left India and look forward to my next visit.
I had the most wonderful opportunity recently to spend time with Yogis Uttam, Abhi and Sushant of Rishikesh Yogis during a 10 day spiritual retreat in Rishikesh in April 2017. These beautiful souls exude such in-depth knowledge, patience, understanding and a passion for sharing and imparting what they know for the benefit of others. They live and embody the essence of true yoga and it clearly radiates from their very being. I was in awe of their teachings and by simply spending time with them, and being in their presence, I felt deep inspiration within myself to continue to grow and expand on my own personal and spiritual journey keeping their words of wisdom very close to my heart.
I have met and worked with many yoga and spiritual teachers but I could not recommend these dear souls highly enough. I look forward to the day that I return to Rishikesh to reunite with my friends again. Feeling blessed. In love and light.
I had the pleasure of being taught by Uttam, Abhi and Sushant at a retreat I attended in Rishikesh. I had absolutely no experience with yoga or meditation before the retreat and these 3 amazing men managed to teach me so much in that time that my life will be changed forever. Like many westerners I was under the belief that yoga consisted of doing poses for an hour or so a day and meditation is sitting quietly trying to stop all your thoughts. I was so wrong! I was introduced to so many aspects of yoga and meditation I didn't know existed, the intriguing indepth history, how yoga and meditation blend perfectly and how to incorporate it a into every part of my life to get endless benefits and break throughs in my personal life. The retreat had all levels of experience in it, but the teaching is so well done that I never felt like I was left behind. I cannot recommend these teachers high enough as their always happy, loving personalities match their 5 star knowledge and teaching.
I was blessed with the opportunity of learning yoga and meditation with Abhi, Uttam and Sushant in Rishikesh, India in April 2017 during a 10-day spiritual retreat. These three spiritual leaders are the epitome of what a Yogi should be; they have the warmth, compassion, humbleness, generosity, patience, understanding, enlightenment, embodiment and lived experience that is truly inspirational! They live and breathe (literally) their words of yoga philosophy by incorporating it into their daily practice with such ease. Just being in their presence is a tranquil pleasure as they bring such peace and joy in every interaction. Participating in their classes is a soul enriching experience, not only by being immersed in their depth of knowledge, powerful storytelling and incredible use of metaphors; but also as a witness to see these beautiful souls live their life’s calling in such an authentic and effortless way. They truly have a magical gift that they share without hesitation to everyone they come across. I can’t wait to see Abhi, Uttam and Sushant and learn from them again!
It has taken some time to share my feelings & thoughts of what we experienced last month with these amazing teachers & healers, a connection I felt so deeply, the whole experience & how to put it in to words and express my gratitude has been a quandary.
Uttam, Abhi & Sushant, the powerful impact you had on me and everyone in our group was amazing. However, I can only speak for myself and say what an incredible experience I had, fulfilled with your teachings, knowledge, wisdom, compassion and amazing insight to the world of yoga, meditation & spirituality. Your generosity of time, patience, wisdom, experience & knowledge shared is beyond what I imagined this retreat would bring.
Adding to my years of practice, yet what you taught was unlike anything else I had experienced.
Loving India as I do, having traveled here twice a year for many years, this was my first time to Rishikesh & what an amazing, special, unique, beautiful place this is. Quite unlike anywhere I have ever experienced on my travels in the world. It truly speaks to your soul & has left a mark on me and within my thoughts & heart everyday.
I continue my yoga practice back home, but truly miss your teachings, voice, chants, music & essence of this experience you shared with us.
Also how it can transform & live within us on a daily basis when we practice these teachings & accept our growth, intuition, strengths, vulnerabilities, weaknesses, love & the power to let it be...
I speak with gratitude & love for the experience of having the daily teachings with you guys & cannot wait to return to Rishikesh...
To train yoga with Rishikesh Yogis is utterly fantastic. It's great experience I ever had. I had 10 days yoga retreat which i learnt how to be detached and be balanced. Not only the asanas practice, yoga nidra and mantra but also warm welcome from everyone at Ashram Samanraya. I'm really grateful to be there, to join yoga retreat class. Particularly, guru Uttam, thank you to conduct the best class. Namaste
My time at RYY surpassed all expectations. It's like Harvard or UCL for Yoga. The theoretical knowledge and practical learning ratio is as balanced and traditional as the teachers. With over 30 academic years of philosophical study at some of the worlds most renowned schools of yogic thought shared between the directors / teachers, you will be awakened to what the true essence of yoga really, noth theoretically and practically. You will also be equipped enough to deliver all you've learned back home with CONFIDENCE. This is the beginning of my journey with RYY, and the ancient traditions of yoga. Here's to the future.
Wow where do I begin. This was one of the most authentic and life enhancing experiences I have ever had. In a very short month I learned more than I could ever imagine, and I owe it all the the incredible teachers. They truly are the absolute best in their field. I gained so much knowledge just from being in the teachers’ presence and by observing their lifestyles it is very clear that they truly practice what they preach. They are extremely dedicated to their students and put a lot of time and consideration into each and every lesson and practice. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to study with such incredible teachers in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!
Great yoga school that will for sure leave you with a once in a lifetime experience. Uttam is a great teacher that will guide you very proffessionaly through the training. He’s also one of the kindest and warmest people I’ve ever met. It’s an intense training but it’s all worth it! Thank you for a fantastic experience!