Understand Authentic India: A Surprising Approach to 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

Welcome to the most authentic yoga experience a yoga school can offer.

Traditionally yoga has been taught in a personal environment where you receive in-depth training directly with a guru, saint, or qualified teacher.

But here is what changed:

The yoga alliance started certifying for yoga teaching.

In the last few years, an entity called the yoga alliance has started offering yoga certificates and it has been widely adopted as the standard for yoga teaching certification.

But it created a problem:

The standard for learning yoga has now been reduced to a 200 or 300-hour month-long experience. The result is that many students leave without the full understanding they would receive in a traditional yogic teaching dynamic.

Instead of spending time to practice and learn all the techniques, yoga schools are expected to condense vast fields of knowledge into 200 or 300 hour Yoga TTC.

Now yoga schools offer shorter training that is focused mostly on the physical practice and geared towards people who want to teach "drop-in" yoga asana classes.

The original intention of yoga is to give you a full and comprehensive system for self-liberation.

Here is how it works:

When you come for an extended stay we lay the foundation that you would receive from a month-long intensive course.

But, when you come for the true experience you are able to spend time living the yogic lifestyle with other yogis. To become established in the self. It doesn't happen overnight but it does happen.

In this course you will gain answers to important questions like:
What is Self-realization through Yoga?
How does a Yogi overcome death, at least internally?
What is the secret of life?
What actions lead to suffering and what actions lead to liberation (Samadhi, Jivamukti Moksha)?
How to live more fully and joyfully in the moment

"Imagine freedom and happiness - not as a utopia but living beyond the influence of the flawed, contradicted world full of people obsessed with technology... what would you find underneath all that noise?"

-Swami Umesh Yogi

500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course Inclusive

A Unique Approach For Hatha Yoga, Astanga Vinyasa Yoga at an Original Indian Yoga Alliance Center


The main objective of our courses is for total development of consciousness and improvement of self practice both spiritually and physically. The modules are categorized into 5 areas: Practice, Anatomy, Yoga Philosophy, Yogic Lifestyle and Teaching Methodology.

As you develop your spiritual and physical practice, Teaching Methodology then assists you teach what you yourself are practising. We firmly believe that being a strong practitioner in each of this area will give you the grounding and foundation to become a successful and confident yogi/yoga teacher.

Our 500 hour YTTC cover each of these at a level that is appropriate to the ability of your cohort, both individually and as a group.

I- Techniques, Training and Practice (TTP) - 70 Hours

Students will learn how to enrich their yoga practice and teaching. Students will be taught the advanced practices of yoga. Instruction methods will include lectures, guided group practice, workshops and group discussions. Below are the techniques that will be covered:

Trunk-Bending Posture:
Cobra Posture
Cuckoo Posture
Snake Posture
Locust Posture
Back-Raise Posture with Hands Clasped behind Head
Bow Posture
Boat Posture
Swing Posture
Raised Bow Posture
Moon Posture

Trunk-Twisting Postures:
Twist Posture
Modified Spinal-Twist Posture
Ankle-Hold Modified Spinal-Twist Posture
Spinal-Twist Posture
Sideward Head-Bend Posture

Trunk bending and leg raises:
Anterior Trunk-Bend Posture Exercises
Later al Trunk-Bend Posture Exercises

Pelvis-Raising Postures:
Plow Posture
Ear-Pressing Posture
Plow Posture with Forearms Locked behind Head
Risen Back Posture
Lotus-Plow Posture

Pelvic Postures:
Pelvis-Raise Posture
Arm-Head Posture
Single Foot-Head Posture
Single Foot-Head Head-Knee Posture
One-Leg Pillar Posture
Pillar Posture
Double Foot-Head Posture
Noose Posture
Happy Posture

Static Balance Postures:
Eagle Posture
Standing Head-Knee Posture
Wing Posture
Bent-Head Wing Posture
Knee-Heel Posture
Standing Single Foot-Head Posture
Standing Leg-Stretch Posture
Mountain Posture
Peacock Posture
Crab Posture
Rolling Posture
Arm-Stand Posture
Modified Scorpion Posture
Scorpion Posture
Inverse Body Posture
Inversion Posture
Shoulder-Stand Posture
Head - stand Posture
Inverse Lotus Posture

Secret traditional methods of awakening

Pranayama :
Advance Prana Sadhana

Inner Wisdom
Inner Silence and Ecstasy
Transcendental meditation
Yoga based mindfulness

Advanced Mudras:
Sri Vidya
Advanced Siddhi-asana
Vajroli Mudra
Sambhavi Mudra
Kechari and the “Secret Spot”.

Description of non contact hours for this part of the training: Non contact hours must be spent on required listening, audio lectures or studying suggested texts. This helps integrate the knowledge and experiences you acquire.

II- Teaching Methodology (TM) — 30 Hours

You will focus on refining your teaching skills through learning how to communicate clearly with students via strong cues and thoughtful messaging. You'll also discover how to vary these clearly and we'll review fundamentals of creating a theme in your students' physical practice.

A comprehensive exploration of the principles of assisting your students: physical, verbal, demonstrating, props and directional

A rooted deep dive into the fundamentals of Assisting: intention, connection, honoring limitations and confidence

This module has an emphasis on practice in action with the objective of building confidence as we practice: Discover how to look at families of poses to make decisions about movements to prepare and to counter
How to access tools of mirroring and demoing, speech volume and tone, teacher’s location in the room, and the use of lighting and music to impact students for the better and how to adapt familiar sequences to new poses and themes.

Students will learn how to individualize their classes for meaningful experiences. This is designed to create progressive movements to prepare the body for the physical work of yoga and how to honor individual taste and style to meet the needs of specific groups of students and formats of class.

Below is the description of the non contact hours for this part: Non contact hours must be spent on studying the recommended texts on teaching methods and exploring the visual media resources provided by Rishikesh school of yoga.

III- Anatomy & Physiology (AP) — 20 Hours

The focus of this module will be on the structures and movements of the spine.We also focus on the muscles of breath and the anatomy and physiology of inhalation and exhalation. You will gain a deeper understanding of the five directions of movement of the spine and the roles of breath, muscles, structure and functional mechanics within each.

Below is the description of non contact hours for this part: Non contact hours must be spent on reading the recommended texts.

IV- Yoga Philosophy/LifeStyle Ethics (YPLE) — 100 Hours

Yoga Philosophy/Life Style Ethics (YPLE) This part will focus on fundamentals of yoga philosophy and ethics. Our expert teachers will take trainees on a transformational journey by expounding on ancient yogic texts. The history of yoga and will help you come up with your own clear vision and mission to apply this ancient knowledge to help your community and the world. Below are few of the learning objectives covered in this part of the training.


Understand the complex layerings of yogic history.

Differentiate between and apply various ideas of yogic philosophy to yogic practice on and off of the mat.

Explore some of the lesser known, but equally important, sacred texts of hatha yoga.

What is yoga?

What does the practice mean to you?

Dive deeply into the work of ego and the self that you embody.

Create a vision of what you will contribute to yourself, your community and the world through your journey in yoga teacher training.

Through a comprehensive overview of the Yamas and Niyama will dig deeply into who you are being on your path as a yogi and teacher.

Yogic ethics(15)

The Qualities of the Spiritual Teacher and Student.

The Vows of Personal Liberation.

The Commitments of Awakening Mind.

The Vows and Pledges of Sacred Mantra.

Below is the description of non contact hours for this part: Non contact hours must be spent on studying the recommended texts and audio visual media resources. And participating in private community forum discussions.

V- Teaching Practice — 90 Hours

Each student will be teaching at least two to four classes to the group of other students: Intermediate and advanced. These classes will be monitored by our expert teachers who help with corrections and suggestions. All classes will be run in traditional ashram style.

We place great emphasis on helping our students developing a deep relationship and understanding of the art of teaching. In order to complete our training program we require our student to spend contact hours teaching as a lead instructor.

Non contact hours must be spent on practicing and teaching the knowledge obtained during the training.


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VI- Practice, Techniques & Training -125 Hours

This module will go over and give students a broad understanding of the physical aspects of Hatha yoga. Such as asanas, pranayamas (breathing techniques), kriyas (detoxing/cleansing techniques), mudras (symbolic gestures), bandhas (energy locks), meditation, chanting mantras and basic Sanskrit.

VII- Yoga Philosophy & Vedic Science — 30 Hours

The course will cover foundational knowledge and skills from each of the major written texts on Yoga; Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Hatha Yoga Pradipika & Bhagavad Gita. The principals of Science of Creative Intelligence and Vedic Science will also be covered. This knowledge is important because it informs the practitioner on how one can live in a way most conducive towards evolution.

VIII- Yoga Anatomy & Ayurveda — 20 Hours

The Yoga anatomy modules include both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc) and anatomy of the pranic body: koshas, chakras, nadis and more. They will also cover basic Ayurvedic principals to promote health & balance in yourself as well as your students. This module includes the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications and healthy movement patterns).

IX- Teaching Methodology — 25 Hours

Includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting / correcting, instruction, teaching styles, help with setting up your own yoga classes and even social media, marketing and business need-to-know.

X- Practicum — 10 Hours

Students will log at least ten hours of solo teaching in front of a group, assisting, demonstrating and so on. This is done to transition the student towards becoming a teacher in a controlled and safe environment under the watchful eye of a highly trained instructor.

XI- Yoga Philosophy & Vedic Science — 30 Hours

The course will cover foundational knowledge and skills from each of the major written texts on Yoga; Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Hatha Yoga Pradipika & Bhagavad Gita. The principals of Science of Creative Intelligence and Vedic Science will also be covered. This knowledge is important because it informs the practitioner on how one can live in a way most conducive towards evolution.

Bandhas, their functions, significance and how to properly perform them. A major part of Hatha Yoga is the Bandhas. In this course, students will go over all three bandhas, their functions, significance and how to properly perform them in conjunction with asana practice or by themselves. Students will also be instructed in how to teach each of the Bandhas.
• Learn all about bandhas
• Perform all the Bandhas correctly
• Learn how to teach them safely

Dristi or gaze is what keeps the mind focused and centered during Hatha Yoga. In this course, students will be instructed in the importance of each dristi, when they can be used, how to perform them properly and how to teach them.
• Learn the different types of dristis
• How to perform them effectively
• How to teach them

How to properly perform Ujaya breathing. The Breath is the life force of the physiology. Ujaya Breathing when combined with Hatha Yoga energizes the practice. In this course, students will be instructed in how to properly perform Ujaya breathing during asana practice and independently as a stand alone practice.
• Learn how to properly perform & teach Ujaya breathing

Students will learn basic pranayamas, how to use their breath and when pranayamas can and cannot be practised.
• Learn basic pranayamas and proper technique
• Learn how and why pranayamas work

Initially, students will continue their study of the basic pranayamas. After gaining experience, students will be instructed in intermediate pranayamas to further their understanding and development.
• Learn Intermediate pranayamas
• Practice Intermediate pranayamas

Students will spend time going over preparatory material in order to learn meditation and what conditions need to be set up in order to facilitate the process.
• Prepare for instruction of meditation
• Learn to meditate

After the students have learned to meditate, they will meditate for 10 to 20 minutes twice a day to further develop their practice, consciousness and understanding.
• Develop their meditation practice
• Develop their consciousness

Yoga cleansing techniques. After learning about Kriyas, students will learn basic cleansing techniques they can do on a daily basis.
• Learn kriya techniques

Chants and Mantras hold intelligence that enlivens different parts of one's consciousness. In this course, students will learn simple mantras and chanting through handouts, demonstrations and repetition. We will also go over pronunciation and how to read and pronounce sankrit written in English.
• Learn about chanting mantras
• Learn simple chants & mantras


NADIS: Anatomical approach to nadis.
This course takes an anatomical approach to nadis (channels). Through lecture and illustrations, students will come to understand the different types of nadis and their roles. As well as how different practices have an effect on the nadis.
• Gain anatomical understanding of Nadis
• Learn what practices have effects on the nadis

Koshas are the sheaths that the entirety of the physiology is made up of. From the most gross, the physical body, to the most subtle, the bliss body. Students will learn the different Koshas that make up one's being.
• Learn about the different levels of one's Being

Chakras have major roles in our lives, more than most people realize. This course, through handouts, lecture and discussion will provide a way to give clear, simple understanding to chakras, how they function and how to keep them in a relative state of balance.
• Learn about the chakras
• Learn how they function
• Learn how to keep them in balance

Using demonstrations & illustrations student will learn how the major groups of asanas (Forward Bends, Backbends, Twists, Standing & Inversions) affects each of the muscular, skeletal and organ systems. Students will also gain a deeper understanding of why modifications and precautions are necessary for different situations.
• Learn about the relationship between Asanas and Anatomy
• Understand why and when to advise precautions and modifications

Different asanas and asana groups will have specific effects on the physiology. Through lectures and some demonstrations, students will deepen their understanding of the correlation between asanas and their physical response.
This understanding is the key to developing sequences that help students manage specific aspects of their physiologists be it physical, mental or emotional. With the knowledge of the power of yoga, we always emphasize the importance of following the recommendations of each student's primary or special care specialist and stress that it is important to not claim to be able to eliminate physical, mental or emotional conditions with yoga.
• Learn what asanas and asana groups may have beneficial effects on the physiology
• Design a regimen to achieve health in general areas
• Don't claim to be able to eliminate any condition. Respect the recommendations of other professionals who are trained in their field.

Through reading the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and lectures, students will gain preparatory knowledge of pranayamas and learn how pranayamas effect the physiology.
• Gain understanding in the field of pranayamas
• Learn definitions, prerequisites & proper approach to pranayama

Learn how each pranayama has a specific effect on the physiology. Students will gain some understanding of why some individuals may experience difficulty performing some pranayamas.
• Learn the physiological effect of each pranayama
• Gain insight as to why a student might have difficulty during some pranayamas


People coming into the practice of yoga will be at different places physically, mentally, & emotionally. Through demonstrations, lecture, and discussion, students will learn how to be most effective as a teacher. This means having the ability to accurately assess each student and give them a task that is challenging enough to inspire growth in their asana practice while not overexerting them to the extent that they become injured or discouraged. The highest priority in this course is to instruct students in how to teach Asanas so that they are safe, comfortable and effective for everyone in the class.
• Be able to visually discern where a student may struggle and succeed
• Learn to give proper feedback so that their students can develop their asana practice in a safe and effective manner

Teaching something as abstract as pranayamas can prove to be more intricate than one might expect. Students will learn how to give proper instruction for each pranayama. They will also learn to observe cues their student may display to signify success or difficulty performing different pranayamas and learn the cause behind each cue and possible ways to help.
• Learn how to teach pranayamas
• Learn to observe physical cues

How we communicate in a class can be the difference between a great class and a bad experience, a great lesson or a dull, dry lecture. Students will learn the differences in voice and language that can make all the difference and how to use their voice and language effectively.
• Learn how to use voice and language to communicate with clarity and compassion.

It is important to be able to identify the correct approach for each student by reading the various cues that they display. Through demonstrations and discussions, this course will cover common physical or emotional signals or cues students display indicating that they might be having trouble in a certain area. Examples of these cues include the way they walk, talk, hold their energy and how their alignment looks in certain postures.
• Pick up on cues and signals that students give to be a more effective teacher

One of the most important things you can do for your business is to expand your reach through marketing. Through lectures and handouts, this course will give students an understanding of how media and social media can be utilized to market and grow your business.
• Learn how to gain more exposure in the market
• Learn ways to use social media as an effective promotional tool


A large part of being a teacher is leading by example. Through lecture, demonstration and discussion, this course goes over what is involved in being a good example for students. Topics such as things a teacher can do to keep their personal issues out of the classroom, how to show students respect, what are appropriate adjustments and what isn't, ways to dress while teaching class, dealing with confidential information & overall professionalism.
• Learn about the behaviours, practices and conduct that will lead to a long and prosperous career as a yoga teacher
• Avoid behaviours that might lead to lawsuits, slander or an abrupt end to your Yoga Teaching career

Through lectures and illustrations, students will learn the science and mechanics of meditation.
• Learn about the mechanics of meditation and human consciousness.

Through lectures and illustrations, students will learn about the intelligence underlying all aspects of the universe and how through meditation, each individual can directly access it.
• Learn about SCI
• How to access SCI

Kriyas are actions or duties a yogi takes in order to cleanse the internal system of impurities. Using the material in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, students will learn what kriyas are and how they work to keep their system in top condition.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are a collection of sutras or passages that impart wisdom and knowledge about the path of Yoga. Students will go over the most important sutras through lecture and discussion in order to gain understanding on the yogic path and how one's consciousness can develop most effectively and efficiently. Topics covered will include the chitta (consciousness), vrittis (intelligence), samskaras(patterns), yamas & Niyamas (conduct), Patanjali's Philosophy on Ashtanga Yoga, abyasa & viragya (continuous practice & detachment) and more. This knowledge will aid students in their own path as well as becoming an effective teacher and role model in your community. • Learn the fundamentals of the Yoga Sutras
• Learn how to be a role model in one's community

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is a Yogi's Handbook. It imparts the knowledge of Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga. Students will go over the material through lectures and discussions on subjects such as what principals to follow to gain success in yoga, yamas&niyamas, things that affect the path of yoga, how and when to practice Hatha Yoga, and dietary guidelines.
• Learn about how to live the life of a Yogi
• Learn the different principals and foundations of the spiritual path

The practicum provides students with the opportunity to experience what it is like to actually teach a class. A teaching schedule will be created so that each student will be able to meet the practicum requirement of teaching class on their own (with the presence of the instructor if the need arises).
• Gain semi-real world experience by teaching the other 30 attendees

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