Rishikesh Yogis offers Yoga Alliance Accredited 200 Hour Yoga Training Certification with the aim to provide high quality Yoga training in Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga teacher training courses in Rishikesh, India. Our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training entails a balanced blend of authentic practical teachings on Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Kundalini and Kriya Yoga and traditional meditation techniques sourced from very authentic Yoga ashrams in India such as Bihar School of Yoga.
At Rishikesh Yogis; we aim to teach yoga in its purest and traditional form. Our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training course has been taught by highly acclaimed and experienced team of Yoga Masters who have experiences of teaching and practicing Hatha Yoga, Kundalini and Classical Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali for more than 20 years.
Our entire 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training course module is crafted to give a balanced exposure into the fields of experiencing and teaching practical Hatha Yoga, traditional Meditations from Bihar School of Yoga, mantra chanting, Shat kriyas (Cleansing methods in Hatha Yoga), Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha. In our 200 hour yoga teacher training we encourage not just on learning the techniques but living an authentic yogic life in an ashram environment to imbibe the essence of yoga.
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200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Components
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.
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.
Nadishodhanapranayama with Kumbhaka, Kapalbhati and, Pre and Complete Bhastrika
Category of Postural Mudras
Laghoo Shankhaprakshalana (complete yogic intestinal wash), Kunjal and Neti
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.
A typical day in our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course comprises of various elements - practical sessions and theory workshops every day. Every day, you will get opportunity to immerse yourself in three practice sessions and three theory workshops. Each of these sessions will equip you with the knowledge and understanding of various facets of yogic wisdom.
Activity at Rishikesh Yogis Yogshala Starts with 15 minutes of silent sitting. This precious moment of silence helps practitioners to contemplate and find the right orientation and resolve for the day.
Alignment and Adjustment Class
Alignment and Adjustment class focuses on deepening the understanding and insights into the nuances of practicing Hatha poses with accuracy and awareness. During the session practitioners are trained to learn the correct and precise position of different parts of the body and process of breathing. This session not only helps to understand the correct way of doing the poses but also helps to enhance the awareness of each pose with an insights as how to prevent injuries in the class.
Pranayama and Mantra Session
This session consist of Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha and Mantra chanting session. These techniques are the most important and primary techniques of traditional Hatha Yoga. Session focuses on learning and experiencing proper way of practicing Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha and Chanting.
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.
Theory Workshops on Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers
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.
Practical Meditation Session
This session incorporates traditional meditation techniques chosen from authentic yoga traditions in India. This practical meditation session teaches how to conduct the meditation properly by providing ample opportunity to the practitioners to experience the techniques to enrich their own experience and expedite self growth.
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.
Karma Yoga or Self Study
As part of traditional ashram yogic life style; Karma Yoga forms a major activity for one's spiritual development. Karma Yoga session provides an opportunity to students to engage in selfless action and at the same time being mindful of one's action. This is very liberating experience for those who wants to open their hearts and seek spiritual development. Karma Yoga is organised every alternate day for the willing participants.
Theory and Practical Workshops- Teaching Methodology
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 Yoga and Meditation and, how to teach them systematically in class. There will be intensive dedicated sessions on each various elements of effective class presentation, class management, aspects of correcting in class and effective presentation of yoga session to the practitioners.
Traditional Hatha-Vinyasa Session
The Hatha flow sessions are designed for laying a strong foundation of what is traditional Hatha Yoga and how the practices can support in the deepening of awareness and expansion of consciousness. Through the practices, the students will be able to experience the physical, mental and psychic dimensions of Hatha Yoga, and be able to arrange different asanas in a sequence to create a flow class. From slow to going dynamic to therapy and relaxation, different sequences will be explored to cater to different needs of your future students and for you to experience as a practitioner.
During your stay with us at our Ashram, 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.
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what people say
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 breakthroughs 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. Namaste
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!
Well… 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. 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.
My 10 day retreat was a last minute decision to join my best friend Oil. It was the best decision I made as it was THE most beautiful, humbling experience I’ve ever had.Guru Uttam was so helpful from the very beginning, helping with visas, transportation, accommodation and excursions.From the moment I landed I had this overwhelming feeling of pure joy combined with excitement.
Our days consisted of intense yoga (I say intense as I don’t practice very often), yoga Nidra, meditating, chanting, pranayama, reflection & silence, sunrise on a mountain and a walk to a beautiful waterfalls.
Our hosts at the Ashram were so welcoming and friendly and made our stay so enjoyable. Being a catholic myself (who hasn’t been to church in a very long time-don’t tell my mum) it was heart warming to sit in the chapel every evening for either mass, prayers or chanting with these wonderful souls.The food was definitely a highlight during the stay. Home cooked vegetarian meals straight from the garden; it can’t get better than that.Our sweet host Guru Uttam is one of the most happy, positive people I’ve ever met. Never without a smile on his face, being in his presence was so calming for me. He was very informative and helpful and caring. A wonderful soul.I am forever grateful for this most wonderful experience and I will absolutely be returning for part 2. Namaste
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!
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!!