This 44 Days, 300 hours Yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh, an intensive course is recognized by Yoga Alliance (USA). It is designed to upgrade the current skills for existing Yoga practitioners to take their practice on to the next level. The teachings are directly based upon the traditional principles of Hatha and Raj yoga. All the students who have completed their 200-hour certification for any RYS 200 yoga school, are eligible to enroll for this 300-hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh. This course will prove to be an opportunity to develop yourself individually and grow more while realizing various aspects of your life and evolve further in your awareness. On completion of the course, you will be eligible to register on a 500-hour level and if you complete your additional hours of teaching after the course, you can register as RYT 500. This will enable you to teach yoga anywhere in the world as you will have both the credentials as well as the necessary skills to teach.
Students can implement the knowledge of yoga which they acquire at our yoga teacher training program, towards benefiting themselves and others. After the course, the participants receive their certificates of completion of 300-hour yoga teacher training. It enables them to enroll themselves as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, and conduct yoga classes at a place of their choice anywhere in the world.
The course is not just about training into some physical exercises, rather enriching the lives of all with this science of life called Yoga.
Our mornings start with traditional Hatha yoga Asanas. The morning session is usually held at our Ashram, but if the weather is pleasant and the students up for an outdoor session, we do venture out to practice Asanas at Ganga River beach, or in the forest. Cool air blowing from the river gives us the right start for the intensive day.
After the morning Asanas session, it’s time to practice pranayama or meditation for deep relaxation and improved focus. Shatkarma or Cleansing class is also conducted alternatively. The students practice the Cleansing session outside the Yoga Hall, at our garden.
After a long morning of practice, it’s time to stock up on healthy nutrients. Our breakfast is sattvic and consists of fresh fruits, legumes, vegetables, sprouts, and traditional Indian cuisines. Vegan option is available to those who require it. For those who have allergies to certain foods, we make sure that the food is served as per their specifications.
After breakfast, students relax for a while in the garden or their rooms. At 10:30 Yoga philosophy classes are held in which Yogacharya Vinay explores the true nature of Yoga and how it can benefit people. The classes are theoretical in nature, and all the class material is provided to the students. Traditional, Vedic form of yoga is discussed in the class and students are encouraged to ask about any doubts they have about yoga, meditation or philosophy.
Now comes the time to rectify any postural errors students might have while performing Asanas. Prateek is one of our highly “loved” instructors as we often get personal handwritten note of appreciation for him from the students. Prateek helps the students get into the right form while performing Asana. Since our class is small, we are able to give individual attention to each student, which is absolutely necessary to work on adjustment and alignment.
We serve traditional Indian food for lunch. Chapati, Dal, Vegetables, Salad, Rice, Yogurt (for non-vegans), Papad, etc. Our food is prepared with care and only a small quantity of spices are used. If the students have any particular preference, they usually let us know in advance. We happily accommodate the dietary preference of the students.
After Lunch, students rest for a while. In the winters students soak up the sun sitting at the Veranda. In the rains, students group in the dining hall. In the summers students spend alone time in their rooms. After an hour of rest, they all regroup for the Yoga anatomy session with Praful. Praful helps them understand the impact of yoga asanas on their body and how to focus on the right part of the body while performing a specific Asana.
After Anatomy, students once again start their Hatha yoga Asana practice, applying all that they have learned. Practicing Asanas is one of the key focus of the program, and over one-third of the course is composed of practical Asana sessions.
Yoga Nidra sessions take place in the evening before dinner. In the class, students learn about yogic sleep for complete relaxation. The students also get the chance to listen to traditional Satsang (sermons), and Keertan, (devotional music). Mantra chanting sessions are also conducted during this hour.
After the intensive and exhausting day, students gather around the dining table to share their experience with fellow students. Dinner is served at 7:15 PM and students, enjoy their meal after the demanding schedule of the day.
A well-rested body is absolutely necessary to make the most of the program, therefore the lights of the Ashram are switched off at 10:30 PM, giving full 8 hours to the students to rejuvenate themselves and prepare for the next day.