Holy Rishikesh. Spiritual home of yoga. Staying here is an enthralling and immersive experience.
Rishikesh has been a place of pilgrimage, spiritual seeking and development since ancient times, now called ‘yoga’.
With the holy Mother Ganga running through the foothills in the Himalaya this an inspiring location.
If it is yoga teacher training in an ashram or workshops in meditation, yoga nidra or any other spiritual practice then it is here you will surely find it.
With so much variation and types of activities, practice, teaching and skills, there is everything that the spiritual seeker searches for in this mecca for yoga teaching, learning and training. And Rishikesh flows like the Ganges with so much wisdom in the history and experience of the gurus and practitioners who will support you in your journey.
To make your task of choosing a yoga teacher training in Rishikesh easier we have created a list of the best yoga courses run by authentic schools with history and roots immersed in this wondrous place.
1. Yoga Vidya Mandiram
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The Yoga Vidya Mandiram school offers short courses and extended yoga teacher trainings for students to immerse in a learning and development experience. All courses are registered certification programs with Yoga Alliance (USA). They offer 50-hour,100-hour,200-hour,300-hour and 500-hour trainings in Rishikesh all year round, every month of the year.
The core elements of yoga are studied, consisting of pranayama, shat kriya, asana practices, yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, relaxation (Yoga Nidra), and meditation. For asana, the focus is on Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga styles of asana. Students train for 6 days and then have 1 day off each week.
Yoga Education is based on four aspects – Bhavas or attitudes: Dharma (Duty and Discipline), Jnana (Knowledge), Vairagya (Detachment) and Aishvarya (Self-realization). These are covered by Astanga Yoga, The Classical Yoga – taught as Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayam, Pratyahar, Dharna, Dhyan and Samadhi.
Schools in Rishikesh observe the important Vedic tradition of disciplic succession known as parampara, where the lineage of teacher and teachings are passed down through the teaching and learning. Initiation of a student (diksha) into the teacher’s lineage occurs through ceremony. This means an unbroken lineage of a school’s teaching to its original source, which makes certifying in Rishikesh a unique experience where this practice is strongly observed.
Yoga vidya Mandiram was founded by Acharya Chandramani to impart yogic knowledge and wisdom of the Himalayan masters.
Reviews by Course Graduates>>Yoga Vidya Mandiram
2. Himalayan Yoga Association, Rishikesh
This renowned Rishikesh yoga school provides yoga teacher training courses across the globe and provides a trusted and very well established program and teaching environment along with experienced yoga teachers.
They offer the full range of hour-based certifications. The school provides a pious environment, supporting you in your physical and mental awareness of a yogic lifestyle. The aim is an authentic multi-style yoga education.
The program schedule will include Indian Classical Music, kirtan nights and mantra chanting. Meditation and yoga philosophy will play a big part. Yoga and the course content will be taught in an interesting and practical approach making it possible for graduates to implement the skills and methodology into their lives.
Yogi Himanshu is the founder of the Himalayan Yoga Association, he is in the process of building a Meditation Centre in Rishikesh. Yogi Himanshu is a simple man, an observer of the inner voice, led by philosophy “Live your dreams because life is short but remember that life is not perfect but by accepting it as it is, you make your living perfect. Yoga helps to put things in perspective and makes you choose joy over worldly things that are making you miserable. It makes you understand your power, strengths and capabilities as it brings you closer to yourself.”
Reviews by Course Graduates>>Himalayan Yoga Association
3. Rishikesh Yog Peeth
This is a very popular and authentic yoga school, offering a residential ashram spiritual environment at the Abhayaranya yoga ashram. For beginners and advanced yoga practitioners, with international yoga certification through Yoga Alliance, and very good value, making it affordable and an opportunity for all to support equity in yoga.
Everything is authentic and traditional Hatha yoga is the foundation of all the courses offered by Rishikesh Yog Peeth.
The vision of the school is stated –
Reviews by Course Graduates>>Rishikesh Yog Peeth
4.Vinyasa Yoga Shala
Yoga is the evolution of the mind and practice of Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Mantra, Meditation, and Mudras, this school supports you in the attainment of a blissful state by self-practice and self-awareness of body-mind.
The courses at Vinyasa Yoga Shala blend the traditional forms of yoga with the modern , focusing on Hatha and Vinyasa yoga.
Founder Yogi Vikas is responsible for the teaching of Vinyasa Flow and Adjustment & Alignment. He was awarded for his excellence at the World Yoga Asana Championships. Founder Yogi Ashish attracts students with a dynamic teaching style in Hatha yoga. Their experience is imparted to participants in vibrant and enthralling programs.
Reviews by Course Graduates>>Vinyasa Yoga Shala
5. Rishikesh YTTC
At Rishikesh YTTC every month of the year there are intermediate and advanced level courses, with a focus on authentic and traditional yoga.
The aim of the yoga school is to spread the traditional teachings of Yoga to support you in what you are searching for, through Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Shat Kriya, meditation, Yoga philosophy, Adjustment, Alignment, Pranayama, etc.
The Training Center is run by a team of international experienced yoga teachers who practice, teach and share their knowledge of yoga & Ayurveda.
6. Rishikesh Vinyasa Yoga School
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