23-Day Ayurveda and Yoga Teacher Training Retreat in Rishikesh, India
They say the panacea for life doesn’t exist, but those who have attended an Ayurveda retreat would argue otherwise. On this 23-day teacher training retreat in Rishikesh, wellness seekers can explore one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems in the heart of India. Absorb knowledge from renowned gurus and study Ayurveda, asanas, Hatha yoga, pranayama and more in detail. A great retreat for aspiring teachers, you’ll also learn how to create a positive and peaceful class environment.
Daily yoga practices
Free astrology (Vedic Birth chart calculation) session
Daily theoretical and practical Ayurveda classes
Certification upon completion
Classes led by certified yoga instructors
Daily mantra chanting, meditation, anatomy, asana lab
3 fresh organic vegetarian meals
200 Hour Ayurveda and Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh, India is for seekers who wish to learn about Ayurveda, the historic system of medicine and explore yoga in its most authentic and purest form. The 200-Hour Ayurveda and Yoga course is a unique, month-long, complete immersion course ideal for individuals aspiring to establish themselves as holistic yoga teachers with a refined knowledge of Ayurveda. It enhances your knowledge and skill of yoga, teaches you about Ayurveda and elucidates the age-old connection between the two! The course also simultaneously helps you slow down, live in the present moment, and connect to your true self, inspiring self-discovery on a physical and spiritual level.
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The school is situated in the heart of Rishikesh, next to the famous hanging bridge and the holy Ganga (the holy river). The school is peaceful and surrounded by beautiful green mountains. Everything is close to the school, such as shops, cafes, restaurants, ATMs, healthcare, and organic stores.
During the course, you will be staying at Rishikesh Yogkulam. The school is situated in the heart of Rishikesh, next to the famous hanging bridge and the holy Ganga River. The school is peaceful and surrounded by beautiful green mountains.
Rishikesh Yogkulam offers private and shared rooms based on the student’s requirements. Every room has an attached bathroom with a western toilet and hot shower, and a balcony with a mountain view. The rooms for the yogis are well maintained and clean. They offer bed sheets, pillows, bath towels, toilet paper, a blanket, and welcome amenities upon arrival. Good Wi-Fi is included on every floor. Water and laundry service is also available.
Daily freshly made vegetarian meals are included in the price. The food is fully prepared hygienically and the vegetables are organic. Rishikesh Yogkulam food is well known all around the world for its taste and verities. When diet is wrong medicine is of no use. When diet is correct medicine is of no need - Ayurvedic proverb.
Many people wonder if it is enough just to practice yoga. In itself, practising yoga is not just a healthy life but at Rishikesh Yogkulam, they believe that it is also a way of living. But when complemented with healthy food habits, it can really create wonders. In fact, eating the right food is an essential part of living a yogic life.
What you eat not only influences your physical well being but also your emotions and thoughts. Yoga does not dissect food into proteins, carbohydrates or fats, instead, it classifies them according to the effect they have on the body and mind, into three types - Satva, Rajas, and Tamas.
Tamasic food is the kind of food that makes you lethargic or sluggish, while Rajasic food is that which brings about activity or restlessness. Whereas, Sattvic food is the kind that makes you feel light, energetic, and enthusiastic.
Sattvic foods are those which purify the body and calm the mind. They stimulate the body and mind into action. Cooked food that is consumed within 3 - 4 hours can be considered Sattvic. Menus at the centre are created by their master chef Sandeep Semwal who had worked with some of the best five-star hotels around the world and carries great knowledge about the Sattvic diet.
Along with this, he focuses on hygiene practices at the institution to ensure the food is safe and carries great nutritional values which is much needed for a healthy life. Not just the right kind of food is important, it is vital to eat the proper quantity of food at the right time.
Overindulging leads to lethargy while undereating will not provide enough nourishment. Most of the time you know that your stomach is full but tempted by the taste buds, and you tend to indulge. The right amount of food cannot be quantified into cups or grams. When you listen to your body attentively, you will know when exactly to stop!
You might eat the right kind of food in the right quantity but if you are irregular with your timings, then the whole system goes for a toss and the natural rhythm of the body is hampered. Therefore, it is of prime importance to eat food at the same time every day and eat it at regular intervals.
It is said that the state of the mind of the person cooking/eating also affects the food. The energy in the food cooked by someone while he/she was angry will definitely be lower than that of someone who cooked it with a feeling of love, contentment, and gratitude.
Listening to some soothing music or chanting while cooking and eating can help retain the prana (life force energy) in the food. It is definitely worthwhile to pay some attention to the food that you eat as the ancient Indian texts say that you are what you eat!
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation
Students who complete their training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®)
Amenities upon arrival
- Water bottle
- Welcome drink
- Refreshing towel
200-hour yoga teacher training
This 200-hour yoga teacher training course includes meditation, mantra chanting, shatkriya, Hatha yoga, anatomy, yoga philosophy, Ayurveda theory and practice, group discussion classes together with the practice of various different levels of asanas with their benefits.
During your stay with Rishikesh Yogkulam, you will experience a life-changing opportunity that will give you one of the most memorable moments in your life and this holy journey will lead your path towards enlightenment and becoming a great teacher.
During the opening (welcoming) ceremony, you will be provided with a complete yoga kit which includes a yoga mat, books for study, notebook, water bottle, neti-pot, rubber neti, school t-shirt, and rudraksha mala.
Rishikesh Yogkulam has made their 200-hour yoga teacher training course in such a unique way so it's suitable for all the different levels of students as it includes yoga for beginners, primary series, intermediate series, and advanced level.
Every single student in the class will get personal attention from the individual teachers as all the yoga gurus are highly qualified, experienced holders, and well-known names in India. This 200 hours yoga teacher training course is for those who would like to deepen their practice, for new learners, and for beginners.
This program is registered with Yoga Alliance. It is for those who would like to deepen their knowledge and practice in different aspects of yoga, anatomy, Ayurvedic therapies, and yogic life. During the course, you will assimilate not only the main subject of yoga and Ayurveda but also learn the principles of yogic philosophy which will put you on the right path.
You will expand in the world of yoga, develop spiritually and physically, and improve your knowledge, professional skills, and the ability to teach yoga in your specific way. You will have special classes to understand the nuances of class teachings based on yogic principles and discussions on philosophical topics that will help streamline the approach and experiences of yogic practices in the class.
Apart from teaching the technical aspects of class teaching, very interactive and vibrant discussions on various aspects of yogic lifestyle and ethics of yoga teachers will be encouraged. There will be sessions of talk and interactive discussions on different aspects of class teaching and presentation.
The staff is highly cooperative and ensures to make your stay as convenient as possible.
- Introduction to Ayurveda
- Definition of Ayurveda and its unique features
- Concept of health according to Ayurveda
- Aim of Ayurveda
- History of Ayurveda
- Pancha Mahabhuta Concept(5 body element)
- Tridosha Concept
- Concept of Body, Mind & soul
- Concept of Sapta Dhatu (7 body tissue)
- Concept of Mala (Waste products)
- Concept of Agni (Digestive Fire)
- Concept of Prakriti (Body Constitution)
- Panchakarma Therapy (Detoxification)
- Marma(Vital Energy Points)
- Ayurvedic Diet Concepts
- Ayurvedic Home Remedies
Recitation of Sacred Sound (Mantra Chanting)
The purpose of mantra chanting in yoga is to generate vibrations and connect with the universe. Each mantra is special and rich with spiritual energy.
- Om Asato Maa Sadgamaya (Mantra from Upanishad)
- Tvameva mata ca pita Tvameva (Sloka on gods)
- Om Tryambakam Yajamahe ( Mantra on lord shiva)
- Om sahana vavatu ( Mantra from Upanishad)
- Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Gurudevo maheshwara ( Guru stotram)
- Yogena Cittasya ( Sloka on sage Patanjali)
- Hare rama, Hare Krishna ( Maha mantra)
Yoga Postures (Asana)
Students will gain extensive knowledge of yoga postures and will increase their strength, flexibility, and discipline.
- Pawanmuktasana series 1
- Pawanmuktasana serie 2
- Pawanmuktasana series 3
- Surya Namaskar ( sun salutation)
- Chandra Namaskar (Moon salutation)
- Tadasana (palm tree pose)
- Triyak tadasana (swaying palm tree pose)
- Trikonasana (triangle pose)
- Parivirtatrikon asana - revolving triangle pose
- Uttkatasana - chair pose
- Virbhdrasana 1 - warrior 1
- Virbhdrasana 2 - warrior 2
- Virbhdrasana 3 - warrior 3
- Ardha Chandrasana- Half moon pose
- Vriksasana - tree pose
- Parvatasana - mountain pose
- Adho mukha svanasana - downward facing dog
- Kati chakrasana - waist rotating pose
- Malasana - squatted yoga pose
- Garudasana - eagle pose
- Baddha Konasana - bound angle pose
- Rajkapoot asana - pegion pose
- Bhujanghasana - cobra pose
- Urdhva mukha svanasana - upward facing dog
- Setu Bhandasana
- Supta Virasana - reclining hero pose
- Virasana - hero pose
- Vajrasana - thunderbolt
- Ardha Matsyendrasana
Pranayama (breathing practices)
Pranayama is an ancient yogic breathing technique that is used as preparation for meditation and is a vital aspect of practicing yoga. It improves the respiratory system and purifies the body and mind.
- Introduction of Pranayama, benefits of pranayama, general guidelines
- Clavicular, thoracic, and diaphragmatic breathing (yogic breathing)
- Nadi - Sodhana
- Surya - Bhedi and Chandra - Bhedi
- Sheetali and Sheetkari
Sitting postures for pranayama sadhana:
- Easy pose
- Siddha yoni asana
Mudras (yoga gestures)
The practice of Mudra hand gestures is an ancient facet of yoga. Performing gestures affects the energy flow of the body and can change a person's spiritual and mental characteristics.
- Jnana mudra
- Chin mudra
- Yoni mudra
- Bhairava mudra Shambhavi mudra
Yoga Bandhas (energy lock)
The practise of Bandhas expands the lung capacity and breathing capabilities during yoga. It also strengthens the entire body from the inside out.
- Uddiyana Jalandhar
- Mula and Maha Bandha Teaching
Meditation is a systematic practice that promotes physical, mental, and emotional tranquillity with the purpose of reaching Samadhi (self-realization).
- Introduction to meditation
- Breathing awareness
- Meditation Om / mantra
- Meditation Trataka Dynamic
- Meditation tips for developing concertation
- Silence practice
- Ajapa japa
- Antar mouna
Yoga Nidra (psychic sleep)
When a yoga practitioner moves through the various internal states of Yoga Nidra, a profound experience of relaxation occurs. This is called "Turiya", a sensation of pure bliss.
- Basic relaxation
- Tension relaxation
- Full-body relaxation
Yoga cleansing (Shatkarma)
Yogic cleansing exercises are important to learn. Like how to incorporate your breath and meditate properly during physical aspects of yoga. It also removes the blockages in the energy channels.
- Kapalbhati- cleansing the lungs
Anatomy and physiology (Sharir Vijnan)
The proper understanding of the physical body will help to prevent injury before, during, and after practice. There are two kinds of yoga anatomy: physical and spiritual. Understanding both types is needed.
- Digestive system
- Respiratory system
- Circulatory system
- Nervous system
- Endocrine system
- Bodily systems
- Guidelines in studying asana anatomy
- Muscular system
- Skeletal system
- Muscle functions according to joint movements
- Anatomy of breathing
- Anatomy of inversions
- Anatomy of Savasana
Yoga philosophy (Yoga Darshana)
Yoga Philosophy is the foundation of yoga practice and is the key to earn yogic strength. Through the path of Vedanta Philosophy, you will establish a solid, well-rounded yoga practice.
- Introduction to the Himalayan tradition of yoga
- Introduction to the different Indian Philosophy
- History of yoga
- Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
- Types of yoga
- Eight limbs of yoga
- Yamas and Niyamas(Ethics of yoga)
- Philosophy of Asana
- Concentration and its power
- 4 aspects of mind
- How to control the mind
- Samadhi and the goal of yoga
- Introduction to Bhagawat Geeta
- Science of Karma
- Indian culture and spirituality
Teaching practice (Adhyapanam)
Students will take turns practising their teaching skills by performing in front of their peers and teachers.
A yoga teacher should efficiently perform the practical applications of class planning and preparation. At Rishikesh Yogkulam School, the students will learn how to create a positive and peaceful class environment for an enjoyable and transformative experience.
- Positive and conscious communication
- Friendship and trust
- Time management
- Qualities of a teacher
- Principles of demonstrating, observation, assisting, correcting
- Use of voice in class
- Mental and emotional preparation for teaching
- Class preparation
- Step by step class structure planning
- Discipline is an integral part of the training program and so the course routine must be strictly observed.
- All classes are mandatory. Only in case of an emergency or illness can one take leave with the respected teacher’s permission. Uninformed leaves won’t be accepted and will be considered a gross breach of discipline and will affect the student’s monthly performance.
- Ensure you are on time for class since you will not be permitted to enter any class once it has commenced.
- Disobeying the rules and regulations could result in termination of studentship with no refund of fees.
- A student must give advance notice if they intend to skip a meal so that there is no waste of food.
- Rishikesh Yogkulam does not make arrangements for guests of students. Any activity that is not related to the course is not permitted.
- Smoking and alcohol are not permitted during the training.
Evaluation and Certification
- Assessments will be based on written as well as practical evaluations.
- A student’s conduct will be a part of the assessment criteria.
- Evaluation will be carried out only for those students who have a minimum of 90% attendance.
- 05:30 Morning bell
- 06:00 - 07:30 Hatha yoga
- 07:45 - 08:45 Pranayama
- 08:45 - 09:45 Breakfast
- 10:00 - 11:00 Yoga philosophy
- 11:15 - 12:15 Alignment and adjustment
- 12:30 - 13:30 Yoga anatomy and physiology
- 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
- 14:30 - 16:00 Rest
- 16:00 - 17:00 Ayurveda Theory
- 17:00 - 18:00 Ayurveda Practice
- 18:15 - 19:15 Meditation
- 19:30 - 20:30 Dinner
- 21:00 Lights off
During this course, you will be enjoying a different trip or extra-curricular activity on the weekend as below:
- Famous Parthmarth Niketan Aarti
- White river rafting
- Himalayan tour
- Local market tour in Rishikesh
- Waterfall trekking
- Sightseeing of the famous ghats (riversides)
- Cave visit
- Himalayan sunrise
Below are some of the amazing things to do in Rishikesh. These activities are not included in the package but Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center can arrange upon request.
- Bungee jumping
- Camping and bonfire
- Mountain biking
- Flying fox
- Cliff jumping
- Rappelling and rock climbing
- Ayurvedic massage and therapies
- Parasailing and paragliding
- Attend Ganga Arti
- Experience the traditional Indian culture
Yogacharya Dhirendra Bisht is one of the co-founders of Rishikesh Yogkulam and is a master of teaching yoga teacher courses, retreats, and allied techniques. Dhirendra was born in the lap of Mother Ganga and grown up in the shadows of Bhoothnath Shiva Temple amidst the forests of Himalayas. Dhirendra has spent many years in the field of yoga. He has been teaching a large group of students from around the globe, helping them on their journey to become learned and compassionate humans through the holistic study of yoga science.
Born and brought up in Rishikesh, popularly known as the world capital of yoga. Amit is a young yoga practitioner and a learned yoga guru. His first formal training was at Jay Ram Ashram, Rishikesh, where he did an in-depth study on subjects like Hatha yoga, yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology, yoga therapy, shathkarma, yogic diet, and nutrition, along with other aspects of art. Since then, Amit has dedicated himself to the path of yoga to gain proficiency in his work.
Anant Jethuri is a young and dynamic teacher who is always curious about all these spiritual aspects of yoga and their connection with human anatomy. He always wants to help people to be healthy and always motivate them for healthy, wealthy lifestyle by the knowledge which he got on the university about health, anatomy, and physiology. He has done masters in biology and taught it for different schools in Rishikesh.
Mandeep Ji is one of the popular yogis in Rishikesh. With his 10 years of yoga practice and teaching mantra chanting, yoga philosophy, and meditation, he has become an expert trainer of yoga. He has also worked as an astrologer for nine years. Mandeep Ji’s heart and soul lies in music and he says that music is life for him. He has practiced yoga and spirituality in Rishikesh for 18 years. Mandeep Ji is a yoga guru who has given a valuable part of his life to yoga and the preaching of meditation, sound healing, and the practice of yoga philosophy.
Yogi Sonu Ji is a traditional yoga teacher. He started doing yoga at the age of 10 years. He offers his students a clear vision about yoga and it's practiced. He helps his students to understand the basic principles of yoga so they can prepare the base to understand or begin their journey which leads them towards becoming aware of the real self.
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