28-Day Holistic Yoga Teacher Training Retreat in Rishikesh, India
Pranayama and mantra chanting
Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completing the course
Daily healthy sattvic meals
Weekly excursions and outdoor activities
Ganga Arti and Ganga Puja ceremony
Pyramid Yogshala 200-hour Holistic yoga teacher training course focuses on Traditional styles of yoga, with comprehensive and genuine teachings on yoga philosophy, yogic life, asanas, pranayama, anatomy, meditation, mantra-chanting, teaching methodology, alignment, and Ashtanga Vinyasa. Pyramid Yogashala Teachers Training courses are comprised of small groups of up to 12 people, in order to provide intimate classes where the teachers can give proper personalized attention to each student.
This retreat will take place at Pyramid Yogshala in Laxmanjhula Rishikesh, India. Rishikesh is a holy city and is known as the yoga capital of the world.
Every early March Rishikesh hosts the International Yoga Festival, organized by the world-famous Ashram Parmarth Niketan. Rishikesh is, therefore, the perfect place to learn and study yoga.
It is surrounded by beautiful green mountains, the holy and mighty Ganges, Himalayan foothills, and tranquillity, the spiritual atmosphere of this place can easily be felt. Monkeys, squirrels, dogs and cows are everyday companions in Rishikesh just as parrots, peacocks and other species of exotic birds.
The city of sages will lovingly receive you as it does for thousands of spiritual seekers, and so will the dedicated and committed staff.
During the course, you will be staying at the Pyramid Yogshala Guesthouse in Laxmanjuhla, Rishikesh, India. The school is situated in the heart of touristic Rishikesh, Next to the famous hanging bridge and holy Ganga (Holy river), yet away from all the hustle and bustle of the main street. The place is a little bit high up the mountain, peaceful and surrounded by beautiful green gardens, and forest. We also have our own “almost” private waterfall. There are 2 yoga shalas, a restaurant area with, and a beautiful green garden with a terrace. Cafés restaurants, shops, ATMs, healthcare, and organic stores. are in the neighbourhood, making Pyramid Yogshala the perfect place to host retreats and TTC courses in Rishikesh.
Pyramid Yogshala has single, double, and triple room accommodation for students and guests, all with their own private bathroom. Some of the rooms have balconies with a garden and Ganga view, where you can chill during break time. Rooms at the Pyramid are well maintained and clean. and bedsheets, pillows, bath towels, toilet paper, blanket and welcome amenities upon arrival are included. Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant area as well as free filtered water, and laundry service is provided on request.
Daily freshly made vegetarian meals are included in the package of the course. The food is fully prepared hygienically and the vegetable is organic and locally produced. The food here at the Pyramids is well known all around the world for its taste and quality.
What you eat influences your physical well-being, and also your emotions and thoughts. Yoga and Ayurveda classify food according to the effect provoked in the body and mind, and it can be of three types - Satva, Rajas and Tamas.
Tamasic food is the kind of food that makes you lethargic or sluggish. 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. All food prepared at the Pyramids is Sattvic and prepared with love and in due proportions by the master cook and assistants.
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation
Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
These 200 hours of holistic yoga teacher training course include classes on meditation, mantra chanting, shatkriya (cleansing process), Hatha yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, anatomy, yoga philosophy, and yoga teaching methodology and adjustment, and Ayurveda. During your stay, you will experience a gratifying transformational and personal growth opportunity, and share some of the most memorable moments in your life with fellow like-minded people, connected in the path of yoga, uplifting consciousness, and healing humanity.
During the opening (welcoming) ceremony you will be provided with a complete yoga kit which includes, a book for study, notebook, neti-pot, rubber net, school t-shirt, and bag. The course is structured so that all levels of yoga practitioners can learn and develop their practice and teaching abilities. On the final day of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. All yoga class material such as yoga mats bolsters bricks and belts will be provided by Pyramid Yogshala but you can bring your own personal yoga mat if you want.
What You'll Learn
This course is tailored to meet the needs of beginners and intermediate yogis who want to pass on their passion for yoga to others, or simply enhance their practice to a whole new level and deepen their knowledge on the subject. You will be immersed and living the yogic lifestyle for 28 days and experience the real Indian yogic culture firsthand. This course is also a big opportunity for personal growth for you’ll be developing self-discipline, self-control, stamina, endurance, and resilience, and learn spiritual and physical purification techniques, along with learning a new set of skills that will help you if you choose the yoga teaching profession. Big attention is given to yoga teaching techniques and principles, as well as to the correct alignment of asanas, and you’ll learn not only how to prepare and conduct a class from beginning to end, but also how to demonstrate, adjust and help your future students to reach their maximum potential and get the most benefit from the asanas performed. Your level of fitness will improve significantly, and you will feel your body and mind much more strong, more flexible, balanced, and overall well because of the intense daily practices.
Pranayama is a set of yogic techniques and practices generally defined as breath control and is on its own considered a science. Here is what you’ll learn on the subject:
- Introduction of pranayama
- Benefits of pranayama
- The Pranic body
- Prana and lifestyle
- Breath, health, and pranayama
- Pranayama and the spiritual
Bandhas (Energy Lock)
Bandhas are energy locks provoked by the contraction of certain groups of muscles and are widely used in yoga practice. Here's a glimpse of what you’ll learn on the subject
- Preparation for Bandha
- Benefits of Bandha
- Mula Bandha
- Jalandhara Bandha
- Uddiyana Bandha
Mantras play a big role in daily yogic life. Mantras are sounds and prayers that carry huge energy and vibration. You’ll be taught to sing:
- Opening mantra
- Om chanting
- Gayatri mantra
- Guru Vandana (prayer to Guru)
- Student and master mantra
- Patanjali mantra (Ashtanga mantra)
- Completeness mantra
Kriya and Shatkarma
Shatkarma is the Sanskrit term for one of the six yogic purification techniques (kriyas) as outlined in the "Hatha Yoga Pradipika." The purpose of these cleansing techniques is to keep the body strong, clean, and healthy. They remove toxins and anything blocking the flow of prana in the body.
Practising shatkarma internally purifies the body and makes pranayama and meditation practice easier by preparing the body to perform these practices without distraction, discomfort, or fatigue. This is a traditional yogic cleansing technique that is very effective and good to remove many illnesses and open the body blockages. You'll learn:
- Jal neti
- Ruber neti
- Sutra neti
- Kunjal neti
Indian traditional yoga style is called "Hatha" (“ha” means sun “Tha” means moon), unifying the sun and the moon within (Yin and Yang). It's a physical method for preparing and maintaining the body, providing stamina flexibility, balance, and strength. This is the most traditional popular and beneficial yoga style. What you’ll practice:
- Joints warm ups (Pawanmuktasana series a, b and c)
- Surya namaskara (Sun Salutation) and Chandra Namaskara (Moon Salutation)
- Yoga Mudrasana
- Gupta Padmasana
- Baddha Padmasana
Backward bending Asanas
- SaralBhujangasana (Easy cobra pose)
- Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)
- TiryakaBhujangasana (twisting cobra pose)
- Sarpasana (snake pose)
- ArdhaShalabhasana (half locust pose)
- Shalabhasana (locust pose)
- SaralDhanurasana (easy bow pose)
- Kandharasana (shoulder pose)
- Ardha Chandrasana (half moon pose)
- Setu Asana (bridge pose)
- Gomukhasana (cow’s face pose)
Forward bending Asanas
- Paschimottanasana (back stretching pose)
- GatyatmakPaschimottanasasna (dynamic back stretch pose)
- PadaPrasarPaschimottanasana (legs spread back stretch pose)
- JanuSirshasana (head to knee pose)
- Ardha Padma paschimottanasana (half lotus back stretching pose)
- Hasta PadaAngushthasana (finger to toe stretch)
- Padahastasana (hand to foot pose)
- SirshaAngusthaYogasana (head to toe pose)
- Utthitajanusirshasana (standing head between knees pose)
Spinal Twisting and Advanced Asanas
- ArdhaMatsyendrasana (half spinal twist)
- ParivrittiJanuSirsasana (spiralled head to knee pose)
- Poornabhujangasana (full cobra pose)
- Kurmasana (tortoise pose)
- Poornashalabhasana (full locust pose)
- PoornaDhanurasana (full bow pose)
- Dhanu-rakarshan-asana (archer’s posed)
- Chakrasana (wheel pose)
- Hanumanasana (leg splitting pose)
- Poornamatsyendrasana (full spinal twist pose)
- Mayurasana (peacock pose)
- Padma mayurasana (Lotus or bound peacock pose)
- Gorakshasana (Yogi Gorakhnath’s pose)
- Astavakrasana (eight-twists pose)
- Vrischikasana (scorpion pose)
- Inverted pose, balancing pose, and core pose
Teaching Methodology and Adjustment
During these classes, you will learn how a perfect posture should be. You will also learn how to connect with your future students through correct class verbal guidance and touch adjustment, recurrent yoga injuries, and how to prevent them. The teaching methodology is one the most important part of the course as students will learn the following:
- How to conduct a class
- Classroom management
- How to get in and come out from the posture
- How to assist & help while teaching the class
- What kind of words you should be used as a yoga teacher
- What makes you different from other teachers in terms of teaching.
- Which kind of asanas you should recommend with a different health issue
- How to use belts, bolster, bricks and chair during the class adjustment
The history of yoga, the sutras of Patanjali, and the importance of yoga and its origins in India, are the subjects of these classes and lectures. Questions will be addressed and you will deepen your knowledge about yoga.
Anatomy classes expose how the body, bones, inner systems, and respiration are affected by asanas and the flow of breath. Knowing the basic structure and function of the organs and systems is very important to practitioners so that their work as yoga teachers can be safe and beneficial to future students. This is what you’ll learn:
- Complete body anatomy
- Skeleton system
- Muscular system
- Circulatory system
- Nervous system
- Respiratory system
An intensive and integral part of yoga, the Ashtanga yoga style requires deep commitment and self-practice to achieve the goal. The Pyramid’s yoga instructors are experienced teachers and advanced practitioners of the Ashtanga style and will guide you safely through the hardest postures. You’ll learn the complete led primary series:
- Standing poses
- Hasta Padangusthasana & Pada Hastasana
- Utthita Tri Konasana
- Parivrtta Tri Konasana
- Utthitan Parsva Konasana
- Parivrtta Parsva Konasana
- Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C & D
- Utthita Parsvottanasana
- Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
- Utthita Parsvasahita
- Utthita Eka Padasana
- Ardhabaddha Padmottanasana
- Virabhadrasana A,B and C
- Primary Asanas
- Paschimottanasana A, B and C
- ArdhaBaddha Padma Paschimottanasana
- Tirieng Mukha Eka Pada Paschimottanasana
- JanuSirsasana A,B and C
- Marichyasana A,B and D
- BaddhaKonasana A & B
- Konasana A & B
- Salabhasana A & B
- Kapotasana A & B
- Bakasana B Jump
- Yoga Nidrasana
- Gomukhasana A & B
- Hasta Sirsasana (head stand)
Advanced A (optional)
- UrdhvaKukkatasana A
- Raja Kapotasana
- 05:30 Wake up
- 06:00-06:30 Morning tea
- 06:30-08:00 Hatha yoga class
- 08:00-09:00 Pranayama
- 09:00-10:30 Breakfast/tea
- 10:30-11:30 Mantra/Anatomy/Teaching Methodology/Adjustment
- Tea break 15 minutes
- 11:45-12:45 Teaching methodology/Anatomy
- 13:00-15:00 Lunch/rest
- 15:00-16:00 Philosophy
- Tea break 30 minutes
- 16:30-18:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa
- 18:00-19:00 Meditation/Yoga Nidra
- 19:30-21:00 Dinner
Note: This schedule can be changed and will vary from week to week. The final weekly schedule will be provided at the beginning of the course.
During the course, you will have the opportunity to experience different recreational activities to be scheduled, such as:
- Famous Parmarth Niketan Aarti
- Himalayan day tour
- Local market tour in Rishikesh
- Muni Baba cave tour
- Ayurveda Indian cooking class
There is a lot to do and see around here. these are not included in the price but Pyramid Yogshala can arrange them upon request.
- Ayurvedic massage and therapies
- Bungee jumping
- Camping and bonfire
- Cliff jumping
- Experience the Traditional Indian culture
- Flying fox
- Mountain biking
- Parasailing and paragliding
- Rappelling and rock climbing
He got his first experience of Samadhi at the age of 7. He had clear visions of a past life in the Himalayas. He completed his higher education from Agra University, obtaining a Master’s degree in Philosophy in 1977 as well as a Master’s degree in Yoga from Gurukul Kangri University in Haridwar in 1994. He currently teaches Meditation and Indian Philosophy in India and abroad. He also received initiation in Shankaracharya tradition through his master, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In 2007, he established the Prakash Yoga Seva Trust.
He is old-handed in Meditation and other spiritual practices. Since 10 years or more; he is giving relaxing and refreshing talks on about Bhagavat Gita, Yoga, Great Yogic such as Lao Tzu, Jalaluddin Rumi, Boddhidharma, Buddha, Patanjali and Sri Krishna. The gentle and inspiring talks of Swami Ji helps in understanding the true meaning of yoga and its balancing impact on multiple problems. He clearly explains the Patanjali Yoga Sutras which makes a person strong, secure and self-sufficient. Swami Ji is really a kind and compassionate person with a soft & gentle voice.
Ravi Nagar is the founder of the Pyramid Yogshala and the co-owner of the Pyramid café with his family. He has a BA in Yoga from the Haridwar University and is currently working on his Masters in Yoga. He cares deeply about offering excellent, safe and personalized yoga education to all students, which is why he created the Yogshala. Ravi is a real Yogi and not just because of his yoga practice, but because of the way he lives his life, putting his personal best in everything he does, and the graciousness he shows to the people around him.
Yoga has been Manoj’s calling since early childhood. He was introduced to yoga by his grandfather who encouraged him to follow the path of karma yoga. Later on in his life Manoj explored Bhakti and Karma in depth to take his yoga journey further. Being born in Rishikesh he has always been absorbed in spirituality and yoga, which is why chose to share his experience through teaching. Manoj developed his practice learning and living amongst communities of Swamis and Yogis. His understanding of traditional yoga grew at Swargashram, Sivananda Ashram and Jai Ram Ashram.
Omer Harsh BPT, M.SC is an osteopath, physiotherapist, and expert in yogic sciences. He has been educated in the United Kingdom, India, and Canada, and he combines the ancient science of yoga with the modern medical sciences of the west. He teaches anatomy and alignment at the Yogshala. He uses his incredible understanding of the human body to help each person practice safely and get the most out of each asana. His knowledge of the human skeleton and physiotherapy combined with his knowledge of yoga allows him to give each person the corrections they need to heal injuries and pains in their bodies.
Kushal spent a year teaching yoga to the Indian National Army, helping thousands of soldiers bolster their physical strength and alleviate the stresses of military service. He also enjoys volunteering at several yoga camps in Uttarakhand. He currently holds a Master’s degree in Yogic Science.
Swami Amarna Ji has done Osho Meditation Training Course in "OSHO INTERNATIONAL MEDITATION RESORT"in Pune, Maharashtra (India). He has well versed experienced in a different level of Osho Meditations and has been teaching many years in almost all the places all over India. Swami Amarna goes on felicitating, sharing Osho Meditation, Osho Visions too. Currently, he is residing in Rishikesh and continues serving and sharing his knowledge & experience from his Sadguru "OSHO" or Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh to devotees from all over the world. Our Students really meditate, enjoy & Celebrate his classes,
Roopam Pundir is a young and dynamic yoga teacher who specializes in pranayama. Her passion for yoga began at a young age, and she has spent many years studying under great masters learning all aspects of yoga but specifically focusing on the health and wellness benefits of pranayama and meditation. She is also currently furthering her studies by pursuing her master's degree in Yoga Science from Uttarakhand Sanskrit University in Haridwar, India. Roopam is a dedicated teacher with ample experience and is loved by all of her students. She pays particular attention to the needs of every student through
A dedicated and dynamic teacher, Dr. Nitin is a E-RYT 500 specializing in Hatha Yoga. He has been teaching for four years and practicing yoga since the last 10 years. His passion for yoga began at a young age and he has spent several years focusing on the health and wellness benefits of yoga. He pays particular attention to the needs of every student throughout each class and gives an in-depth and clear understanding of different asanas and their benefits. He leaves all his students with a new and deep knowledge and understanding of Hatha Yoga that can benefit them and others for a lifetime!
Born and raised in Delhi, Yoshita developed an interest in yoga at a very young age. Her teachers pushed her to improve her asana performance all the time. Training for more than 6 hours a day for more than 6 years now, Yoshita reveals a true mastery of advanced poses. She has studied and practised intensely Traditional Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga Mysore style both in Delhi and in Rishikesh where she frequently stays for long periods of time, learning from Local Yogis and Himalayan masters. She's a prodigy, a "rubber girl" that can bend and twist in any way possible or impossible!
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