Students who complete their subsequent training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
Course aim and objective
The objective of the training is to physically and mentally prepare aspiring yoga teachers and serious yoga practitioners to be confident in practising and teaching by themselves. All classes will be taught by Dr Jitendra Das and his assistant yoga teachers.
This yoga teacher training is an intensive journey of personal and professional self-development, therefore Patanjali International Yoga Foundation has created some prerequisites they believe will help to develop a better teaching-learning relationship and an equal group of students. They highly recommend that all applicants have at least two to three years of established yoga practice.
The Yoga Alliance USA and the Canadian Yoga Alliance Canada have set widely-accepted international standards for yoga teacher training programs which include 100, 200, and 300 hours across five areas of teaching.
Patanjali International Yoga Foundation (PIYF) Rishikesh, India explores these teaching areas in 300-hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India at the bank of the holy Ganga river in the lap of the Himalayas.
Asana, pranayama, bandha, kriya, mantra, and dhyana (meditation) techniques will be taught during the training. Also, trainees will learn about the benefits, checkpoints and contraindications, as well as how to teach, assist, adjust and correct others.
- Surya Namaskar (sun salutation): Yoga trainees will learn the 12 positions of sun salutations with points of concentration, breathing, and mantra. Also, trainees will learn Surya Namaskar with many variations of practice.
- Asanas: learn more than 40 basic asanas (postures) including their different levels and variations, from beginner to advanced level. In each asana, you will learn proper adjustments, alignments, techniques, corrections, contra-indications, physical and psychic awareness, benefits, etc.
- Bandhas: learn the practice of three bandhas - energy locks in the body - Mula bandha, Jalandhara bandha, Uddiyana bandha, and Maha bandha. The instructors place emphasis on technique, contraindications, and benefits.
- Pranayama: learn eight main types of pranayama (breathing) techniques - Anuloma-Viloma, Nadishodhana, Ujjai, Bhramari, Shitali, Sitkari, Bhastrika, and Kapalbhati. Each pranayama will be taught with an emphasis on many techniques, duration, ratio, physical and psychic awareness, contraindications and benefits.
- Kriyas: learn and practice Shatkriya (six body cleansing methods): Dhauti, Basti, Neti, Nauli, Tratak and Kapalbhati with emphasis on techniques, practice, theory, variations, awareness, contraindications, benefits, etc. The instructors will explain how to use kriya in daily life.
- Dhyana (meditation): yoga teacher training students will learn and be guided into practise of major six meditation techniques in accordance with each chakra, plus five additional practices of different meditations with emphasis on background, techniques, and benefits.
- Mantra: learn to chant and present main Vedic mantras.
2. Philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics
The instructors will explain and discuss the history and philosophy of yoga.
Yogic lifestyle: Students will learn about the yogic diet and the achievements of yoga.
Textbooks: The trainees will learn the eight original limbs: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharna, Dhyana and Samadhi from the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. As well as seven limbs of Hatha Yoga from Gherand Samhita and their use in modern lifestyle.
3. Teaching methodology
Learn how to demonstrate and adjust different asanas, observe the class and assist other students. The instructors teach the trainees lesson planning, injury prevention how to avoid injury from asana, how to use hand for yoga asana adjusting, how to do alignment principles in yoga poses, educational techniques to teach principles of yoga, practicum in teaching yoga what to talk and not to talk during yoga practice, understanding, correcting, assisting, encouraging and caring, also guiding the progress of students in yoga.
4. Anatomy and physiology
There are both physical and subtle anatomy lessons. You will get complete Information about three nadis - Ida, Pingla, and Shusmana, Kundalini, and Shat chakras (six energy channels): Muladhara, Swadhisthana, Manipur, Anahata, Vishuddhi, Ajna and Sahasrara chakra.
Learn how to teach all yoga techniques and how to manage the structure of yoga practice and lessons.
- Class structure and planning: yoga trainees will learn how to create an effective and intelligent structure and build their class during the training. By the end of the training, you would have enough structure and have the confidence to go forward on your own.
- Assisting and alignment: yoga trainees will learn how to make hands-on adjustments for every pose study and you will practice with a partner yoga student.
- The practice of teaching: yoga teacher trainees will learn to practise teaching poses one by one as they learn them. We would slowly and intelligently build up to teaching sun salutations and keep adding a little more material until you have built a full class and will feel comfortable teaching it. Throughout this process, you are given a lot of support, feedback, and encouragement, to give you the tools to become a great teacher.
Code of conduct
- Discipline is an integral part of the training and so the course routine must be strictly followed
- Disrespect of rules and regulations may result in course termination with no refund of the fee
- The restricted dress code is white yoga trousers, T-shirt, socks, jacket, jumper, and shawl
- Absenting from the scheduled program without prior permission from the teacher would be construed as a gross breach of discipline
- A student must inform the staff in advance if they intend to skip a meal so there is no waste of food
- Any activity that is not related to the course is not permitted
- Do not be late for class, the door of the yoga hall would be closed and you will no longer be allowed to enter
- Smoking and consumption of any drugs, alcohol, and meat are strictly prohibited during the training
- 06:00 Wake up and self-practice
- 07:00 - 07:45 Morning yoga practice (Mantra, Kriya, Pranayama, Relaxation)
- 08:00 - 09:45 Morning yoga practice
- 10:30 - 11:00 Lunch break (yogic meal)
- 11:00 - 13:30 Non - contact hours (self - study)
- 13:30 - 14:00 Herbal tea
- 14:30 - 16:00 Theory class (philosophy, anatomy, art of teaching)
- 17:00 - 19:00 Evening yoga practise (asana, adjustments, and Ashtanga Vinyasa)
- 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner break (yogic meal)
- 20:30 - 21:30 Meditation and kirtan
- 22:00 Lights off
This training follows a tight schedule where almost each of the seven to eight training hours in the day will be assigned to some aspect of yoga. You will find the training intensive, but enlightening. Depending on different circumstances, the mornings can begin as early as 6:00 a.m. with meditation followed by some yoga postures and maybe some classes or lectures in philosophy or anatomy.
Excursions and sightseeing tours are included in the retreat package.
- Bungee jumping
- Flying fox
- Motorcycle tours