28-Day 300 Hours Hatha & Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

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Suitable for intermediate and advanced practitioners
Certification to register with Yoga Alliance
Advance learning of relaxation and yoga-nidra techniques
Detailed guided exercises of breathing and pranayama practices
3 daily healthy nutritious vegetarian meals
Intensive study of Sankhya and Yoga philosophies
Daily detailed yoga asanas classes beginning to advance asanas
Excursion to nearby holy temples and shrines
Give yourself the opportunities to learn and have a magical life-changing experience of yoga with this 300-hour yoga teacher training program in Rishikesh, India. This training mainly consists of the traditional Hatha yoga, Patanjali's philosophy and eight elements of yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga styles. After this, you can apply for becoming a 500-hour registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Feel the change within you and your yoga-teaching technique.

Accommodation

Caters for vegetarian and vegan diets
Smoke-free property
Free Wi-Fi
Parking
Yoga studio
Library
This yoga teacher training will be held at Yoga Vidya Mandiram Yoga School, Rishikesh, India. Nearby there is Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport (DED) which is 15 kilometres from the centre. The yoga school is located in the heart of the sacred township of Rishikesh on the bank of the holy river Ganges and at the foothills of the Himalayas, the abode of yogis. 

The school is in a wonderful magical place only a short walk from the main town and the bank of the river, it is the perfect location for your activities.

The venue
The accommodation is facilitated with a Wi-Fi connection and with air-conditioning available (on request only). However, please note that Yoga Vidya Mandiram School provides accommodation for a student who joins yoga classes. Any friends or relatives will not be included in the accommodation. 

There are two room options available for this course: a single private room and a double shared room. The rooms are equipped with double beds, air-conditioning, and a Wi-Fi connection. All rooms are shared with the same gender. Mother and daughter, wife and husband can share their rooms. The bathrooms are equipped with hot showers and towels.

Food
During this yoga training, you will be served daily three delicious and healthy vegetarian meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner. Filtered water, herbal tea, and snacks are also available. The menu is creative and balanced with proteins so you feel full and satisfied. If you are planning to have a fast on any day, please inform Yoga Vidya Mandiram for avoiding food waste.

If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 
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Program

This teacher training is a multi-style course for intermediate and advanced-level students, with more than just basic knowledge of yoga. After the completion of the course, the students will be given a certification for the 300-hour yoga training course, from Yoga Vidya Mandiram School, which will make them eligible to register with Yoga Alliance. This 300-hour yoga teacher training will be held by experienced reputed meditation guides and a team of accomplished yoga teachers.

The teachers and guides include an Ayurvedic doctor who feels privileged to share his/her knowledge and practice of ancient traditions with modern elements of medical sciences (yoga anatomy and physiology). 

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 300-hour yoga training course includes mantra recitation (mantra - Japa), daily joints and glands practices (granthi - vimochana - kriya), yoga postures (yoga asanas), meditative steps of doing asanas, six cleansing exercises (shat karma), science of breath (pranayama), yoga energy locks (Bandha) and yoga gestures (Mudra), meditation (Dhyana), yogic sleep (Yoga Nidra), history and philosophy of yoga (yoga Darshana), yogic anatomy and physiology of human body, basic principles of Ayurveda, asana alignment practicum classes, yoga teaching practice, and teaching methodology. Yoga psychology enhances the students' learning at various levels; mentally and emotionally by which they learn to adopt the yogic disciplines in daily life. This intensive course helps the students to establish a harmonious lifestyle. 

Course curriculum

Mantra chanting
  • Intro to Mantra science
  • Basic mantras: aum, gayatri, trayambakam, guru, shanti etc.
  • Morning prayers and Evening prayers
  • Meal prayers
  • Study prayers
  • Health prayers
  • Surya-namaskara 12 mantras along with bija mantras
  • 1-20 Sanskrit counting
  • Names of the asanas
  • Selected yoga-sutras recitation 

Hatha Yoga Asanas
  • Meditative steps of performing the hatha yoga; centring, entering, refining, holding, coming out, and reflection
  • Astanga vinyasa flow - series 1 & 2
  • Surya namaskar (sun salutations) - dynamic surya namaskar, surya namaskar with breath awareness, surya namaskar with bija-mantra chanting
  • Modifications of yoga asanas
  • Types of yoga asanas - standing, sitting, backward bending, forward bending, spinal twisting, fire series, inversion, shavasana etc.
  • Alignment and art of adjustment
  • Preventing common injuries 
  • Counter pose
  • Contraindications
  • Yoga asanas benefits

Pranayama (the science of breath) 
  • Introduction to the science of breath 
  • Physiology of pranayama
  • Postures for pranayama 
  • Establishment of diaphragmatic breathing 
  • 1:1, 1:2 and 1:4 breathing practices
  • Different practices of pranayama: nadi shodhana, ujjayee, kapalabhati, bhastrika, shitali, shitkari, brahmari, and anuloma viloma, suryabhedi, and various types of kumbhaka pranayama and others
  • Benefits of pranayama practices 
  • Guidelines for regular pranayama

Bandhas (lock)
  • Jalandhara-bandha (chin lock)
  • Uddiyana-bandha (abdominal lock)
  • Moola-bandha (root lock)
  • Maha-bandha (great lock)

Mudra Vijnana (Science of Graceful Gestures)
  • Intro to mudras and their importance in yoga practices
  • Mudra and its psychology 
  • The elements residing in the fingers and five mudras: akasha-mudra, jnana-mudra, agni-mudra, varuna-mudra, and prithvi-mudra
  • Other important mudras: dhyan-mudra, prana-mudra, apana-mudra, linga-mudra, shunya-mudra, vishnu-mudra, bhairava-mudra, and hridaya-mudra

Satkarma or Cleansing Exercises 
  • Jala-neti
  • Sutra-neti
  • Kunjala
  • Trataka
  • Agnisara
  • Nauli

Practice Relaxation and Yoga Nidra
  • Introduction to the concept and practices of relaxation
  • Relaxation in daily life
  • Sequence of relaxation
  • Tension and relaxation exercises
  • Systematic relaxation exercises
  • 31 points relaxation exercise
  • 61 points relaxation exercise
  • Preparation for yoga-Nidra
  • 61 blue star relaxation

Meditation
  • What is meditation and what is not?
  • Meditation in daily life
  • Yoga asanas for meditation
  • 2-5 minutes meditations
  • Steps into basic meditation
  • So-ham mediation
  • Mantra and meditation
  • Spinal breath
  • Sushumna breathe through chakras

Yoga Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Yoga anatomy and physiology
  • Systems: Digestive system, Circulatory system, Respiratory system, Muscular system, Nervous system, Endocrine system, Skeletal system, Excretory system, Lymphatic system, Homeostasis
  • Stress: Introduction
  • Humoral theory (in ancient Indian medicine, Greek medicine and modern medical science)
  • The Brain and its subcortical centres
  • Stress and Neuro-endocrinal changes
  • Therapy principles for stress disorders
  • Stress management through yoga: Asana (physical postures), Pranayama (breathing practices), Dhyan (meditation)
  • Effect of yoga posture on muscles and systems
  • Nadis (energy channels)
  • Chakras (energy plexus)
  • Pancha tattva (five great elements)
  • Panchakosha (five sheaths)
  • Pancha pranas (five vital energy)

Yoga philosophy, Lifestyle and Yoga Ethics
  • General introduction: six schools of Indian philosophy
  • Philosophy in daily life
  • Elementary intro to Samkhya and Yoga philosophies
  • The Yoga-sutras of Patanjali
  • History of Yogic science
  • Astanga-yoga: yama, niyam, asana, pranayam, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi
  • Introduction to Vedanta (Yoga of the Upanishads)
  • The yoga of the Bhagavad-gita
  • The tantric yoga
  • Yoga Ethics: Yamas and Niyamas, More on the ethics of a teacher
  • The daily lifestyle of a sadhaka

Yoga and Ayurveda (Science of Life)
  • Intro to Ayurveda
  • Philosophy of Ayurveda
  • The concept of tri-dosha
  • The concept of tri-gunas
  • Ayurveda and the balanced diet
  • Balance of the mind and body through proper diet as prescribed in Ayurveda

Teaching Methodology
  • Learning to instruct and guide
  • Main points: Teaching to what you observe, Timing a class, Greeting/Centering, Sequence in teaching 
  • Theme-ing a specific posture
  • Classroom Organization 
  • Demonstration
  • Health Concerns
  • Language
  • Modification in Posture
  • The role of a teacher
  • The practice and service of teaching yoga

Yoga Practicum
  • Class sequences
  • Develop intention for classes
  • Self-evaluation
  • Assignments
  • Practice teaching
  • Feedback
  • Group discussion
  • Questions and answers
  • Homework

Typical Daily Schedule
  • 05:00 Wake Up!
  • 06:00 - 06:30 Mantra chanting, and shat karma
  • 06:30 - 08:00 Warm-up exercises, joints and glands following hatha yoga asanas 
  • 08:00 - 08:30 Pranayama and breathing practices, mudras, bandhas, meditation
  • 08:30 - 10:00 Breakfast and free time
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Yoga Philosophy 
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Lunch and free time
  • 14:00 - 15:15 Anatomy and physiology workshop, and Ayurveda
  • 15:15 - 16:00 Tea break 
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Astanga Vinyasa and Practice teaching
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Dinner and free time
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Guest lectures, Satsanga, meditation, audio and videos, self-study, inner dialogue
  • 21:00 Go sleep!
It is advised that you arrive at the yoga school one day before the course starts.

Excursions
You will have the opportunity to explore the surroundings and visit the nearby holy shrines. 

Optional activities
  • Shopping
  • Surfing
  • Visit nearby temples and shrines

Instructors

Sandeep Pandey
Sandeep
Yogacharya Sandeep Pandey was born in a traditional Brahamna family and was sent to Gurukul at the age of 8. At the Gurukul, he studied the Yajurveda and mastered all the 16 Samskaras along with Yogasana, pranayama, and Shat Kriyas. He participated in many national-level yoga championships in India and won prizes. However, his quest for knowing the inner self through yoga lead him to Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama where under the direct guidance of H.H. Swami Veda Bharati, he studied and practiced the deeper and subtler aspect of Raja yoga.
Archarya Chandramani
Archarya
Acharya Chandramani was born in a traditional spiritual family. When he was 8 years old, he became a serious practitioner of the yogic principles of Swetambara Jaina tradition. Later, he was initiated into the Vedic Sanskrit tradition by Swami Vivekananda at the age of 10 in Prabhat Ashram, UP, India. He was fully dedicated to the teachings and daily discipline of the traditional Sanskrit gurukulam from childhood to adulthood. He has been guiding worldwide yoga students into the Vedic Sanskrit literature and its philosophy and holding yoga retreats and teacher trainings for over 25 years.
Dr. Sumit Sharma
Dr.
Dr. Sumit is an expert in the field of physical therapy and posture imbalance and sedentary life disorders. He did his Masters of Physical Therapy in Musculoskeletal Disorders in Orthopedic Branch and a diploma in Sports Medicine from West Bengal. He is also a certified Pilate trainer from the Indian Academy of Fitness Training Mangalore. His simple and contemporary style of delivering deep and practical knowledge of anatomy and physiology endears him to his students. He has taught a few hundred students from more than 35 countries and he mainly focuses on the therapeutic aspects of yoga. 
Subhash Petwal
Subhash
Subhash Petwal is an asana yoga instructor who is experienced teaching internationally and locally in the styles of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and Hatha yoga. He has undergone his training in Mysore and Kaivalyadhama Lonavala and has been undergoing continuous practices for several extended years at Kishore Yoga Kendra Bangalore. Subhash is passionate about sharing his knowledge of Hatha and Ashtanga yoga and takes great care in layout a strong foundation for his students to further their practices.

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