This 100 hours of yoga teacher training is certified by Yoga Alliance U.S. Due to the personalized nature of the course, we have capped the maximum number of students in the program at 12. A small number of students helps us provide focus on the personal development of the students. As a philosophy of the school, we aim to take care of our students by providing personal attention to each student. Our teacher-student ratio in 100 hours yoga teacher training program is 1:2, helping us create a great learning environment.
1 Day Before the Course Starts
The group is usually a diverse mix of students with different level of experience. Since it is an intensive course, students are requested to come forth with any individual practice or curriculum related issues they might have. All of Jeevmoksha’s instructors aim to make sure that each student achieves her individual learning objective. You will share the yoga hall with 10 to 12 different students. A majority of the class is composed of female students.
We have different in house instructors for different subjects. Except for Yogacharya Vinay, no other teacher teaches two different subjects. Our teachers are also in-house, meaning they do not teach in other schools. All the instructors are well qualified and have over 5 to 10 years of teaching in their respective fields. Our instructors are very friendly and approachable, so please do not hesitate in contacting them for any issues you might have. They will be extremely happy to guide you.
Our 100 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Jeevmoksha Ashram is located away from the noisy Tapovan area. Please note that 200 hours and 300 hours courses are conducted in different Ashram buildings i.e. Ganesha Ashram (For 100 and 200 hours), and Rama Ashram (For 300 Hours) respectively. However, the two ashrams are very close to each other. The town is located 10 minutes walking distance from the Rama Ashram. Laxman Jhula is approximately 15 minutes. From Laxman Jhula, you can take a tour around Ram Jhula and Swargashram. The river Ganges and all the restaurants and souvenir shops in the Tapovan area are located very close to the Ashram.
The Rama Ashram has 8 rooms in two floors. All the rooms have private bathrooms. The rooms don’t have A.C. but fans, which serve well during summer time. The yoga shala is located on the topmost floor and is well ventilated. The yoga shala has enough space for 12 students to practice comfortably, without encroaching in each other’s personal space. The dining hall is on the ground floor and students meet at the dining hall during their meal time to share each other’s experience.
Only pure vegetarian food is served in the Ashram. Food is simple vegetarian. Local and seasonal ingredients are served light cooked. Vegetables, fruits, lentils, beans, daal, rice, chapati, salads, and chutneys. Juices and smoothies. Sprouts, porridges. We serve Vegan, fruitarian and other diets based on a student’s preference. If you have a special diet preference, please let us know prior to your arrival so that we can make the necessary arrangements. Smoking and drinking is strictly prohibited in the Ashram.
The students who complete their 100 hours YTT will get a provisional certificate from Jeevmoksha. The students can come again at a time of their preference to do another 100 hours Yoga teacher training and then they will receive 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training certificate. There is no time limit to complete the training.
Once you complete the course, you will be a lifelong member of the Jeevmoksha community. If you need any help regarding your yoga practice, you can simply drop us a mail, and we will try our best to guide you through. You are also most welcome to come to our Ashram, next time you decide to visit India. You will always be in our hearts.
Our Ashram is located in Tapovan, Rishikesh. The nearest airport is Dehradun, which is 25 KM from the Ashram. Delhi airport is 250 KM from the ashram. You can also reach us by taking a train from New Delhi to Haridwar and further a Taxi from Haridwar. Haridwar is 28 KM from the Ashram. We can arrange a taxi from both Dehradun Airport and New Delhi Airport or Hardware Railway station. The charges for taxi are to be paid separately and are not included in the price. You can choose the option to book a taxi during checkout or by sending us a mail after you have confirmed your reservation.
In the morning, after breakfast, we will attend a havan (हवन) ceremony. The auspicious Havan ceremony, in Hindu Traditions, is conducted to mark the beginning of a journey by purification. It is also considered a way to pray for the success of the students, by chanting madras and ritual burning of offerings. After the ceremony, students get a chance to become familiar with the Ashram environment, teachers, fellow students and rest of the Jeevmoksha Family. After lunch, the students begin their first class of the teacher training program.
Please note that this ceremony will be held only during the first phase of the 100 hours YTT and not in the second phase.
The intensive classes will continue for 42 days. The classes run from Mondays to Saturdays. There are no classes on Sundays. The classes will cover topics on 1. Hatha Yoga 2. Yoga Philosophy 3. Yoga Anatomy 4. Meditation 5. Mantra Chanting 6. Shatkriyas 7. Teaching Methodology. Please see below the detailed everyday schedule.
|07:00 AM||Yoga Asanas with Sandeep|
|08:45 AM||Shatkarmas /Pranayama and Kriyas|
|09:15 AM||Yoga Philosophy with Yogacharya Vinay|
|12:00 PM||Adjustment and Alignment with Prateek|
|04:00 PM||Yoga Anatomy with Praful|
|05:00 PM||Yoga Asanas with Sandeep|
|06:30 PM||Yoga Nidra/ Meditation/Satsang with Yogacharya Vinay|
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.
Acharya Vinay was born into a Brahmin family where yoga was a household virtue and his grandfather passed his legacy to his father in form of traditional values of yoga, astrology and dharma. He started studying the scriptures on Veda, Upanishads and Yoga under his father at the early age of 12. It is still a tradition in India, that such disciplines are passed on from generation to generation. The seeds were sown very early, but as like every seed, it took time to ripe out. It got ripe with the initiation by his Guru Yogi Rudranath of Himalayas and acharya was inclined towards a spiritual outlook of life.
While being a child, he was blessed with the opportunity of being in the satsang of several saints and spiritual teachers from different walks of life. Among those were karma yogis and swamis who provided a healthy fertilizer for the seed which was sown earlier. He was driven onto this sacred path of acquiring the yogic knowledge under his father whom he considers to be his first guru who gave all the foundational values. And later he was initiated by Guru Rudranath of nath tradition consolidating the resolve and providing him further guidance. Acharya ascribes Jeevmoksha as a vision transferred from Rudranth ji for promoting yoga and allied systems all over.
By family lines acharya is also a disciple of the ancient Sri Vidya tradition of Tantra. It’s the oldest followed sect in India which is established on the principles of Shakti and her attributes. Adi Shakti is the name for goddess and she is considered to be the divine mother from which this whole existence emerges. Shakti is worshipped in her nine forms each being responsible for one aspect of the universe.
Divya is a post graduate of Yogic Sciences from Sanskrit University of Uttarakhand. She focus on women’s health by incorporating the techniques of asanas, pranayama, mantras and light meditations. She conducts yoga classes for prenatal and postnatal conditions for women with a very gentle and simple approach and most of her lessons are a direct outcome of her own personal experience of the stages of pregnancy and the later recovery periods. She also conducts live cooking classes and demos on yogic cuisine.
April 28th 2018, “Prateek, you are the hardest person to say goodbye to. It has been such an amazing month mainly due to your efforts, time and dedication. You are so much more than a teacher of Asana, everything that made this experience extra special you helped to make happen. You have such a fun and playful energy I admire so much. You truly helped me shed a few layers, loosen up (physically and emotionally), which allowed me to see myself more clearly. You opened up a part of me that had been hiding for some time now. Thank you for being you, I will miss you deeply. – With love, Jennifer *banana*
Praful is an extremely hard-working individual who is prepared to do everything necessary to help the students understand Yoga in scientific manner. He can share and link the mystic importance of Yoga very much with its scientific application that teaches in Yoga, to help students understand the depth of the discipline.
His experience and reviews can be read here: yogicananatomywithpraful
Sandeep is a devoted yogi practicing under the guidance of Acharya Vinay for last seven years. He conducts the Hatha yoga practice sessions at Gurukul. He has shared his teachings at various international platforms and has a good experience in handling classical Hatha yoga asana. He is a simple person who loves to share his knowledge and experience with everyone.
Spiritual development sessions are usually a part of the yogic philosophy, in which, in addition to the course lectures, we also touch upon the spiritual aspect of yoga. The sessions may include Satsang/Keertan sessions etc. The classes are conducted by Acharya Vinay.
Jeevmoksha is a family environment. Most of the students in our batch are females who travel alone from far flung places. The Ashram is a family environment and completely safe.
The core teachings in Jeevmoksha is based on traditional knowledge of Yoga. However, the school has to adhere to somewhat modified curriculum due to the nature of the students and the fact that the course is certified by the alliance and the school has to stick with the curriculum.
Having said that, the knowledge we impart here is based on traditional methods of yoga as mentioned in old texts. Our philosophy is to stick to our traditions and therefore we do not teach any present day modifications of yoga. However, the duration of the program is limited, which restricts us to go extremely deep in any particular subject in the course. We, however, try to make sure the students achieve their learning objective in the course.