200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh, India
April 1 – April 29, 2018 :
$1600 $1500! – Enroll Now!
Swargashram, Rishikesh, India
This 200-hour yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh, India at Nada Yoga School will be conducted by our team of accomplished teachers, including a reputed Ayurvedic doctor and a Nada yogi, who feel privileged to share their knowledge and practice of ancient traditions, while incorporating elements of medical sciences (Yoga Anatomy and Physiology).
This program is suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners and includes such topics as Vedic Chanting, Kirtan, Music Lessons, Yoga Philosophy, Shatkarma, Asanas, Pranayama, Mudra Bandha, Meditation, Anatomy, Ayurveda, Asana Alignment Corrections, nada yoga classes, etc.
You will receive a solid foundation in all aspects of yogic disciplines that will prepare you to embark on a career as yoga teachers, upon successful completion of the various objectives.
What will you learn?
History and Philosophy of Hatha Yoga
This theoretical session will cover the history and philosophy of yoga and development of yoga from ancient times with analysis of most important books on yoga, until the present days. Such perspective will offer you the understanding of main goals of yoga and how the variety of practices that sprung from original discipline aims to fulfill those goals. This will give you the understanding of the purpose of every yoga practice so that you could apply this understanding in your own personal practice and class. Connecting one’s yoga practice to roots makes it more meaningful and gives us better instruments to evaluate progress.
The classes will include lectures on –
- Vedic Philosophy – Four great statements, four stages of life and their relation, the importance of the relation between student and teacher, practical way of understanding of vedic wisdom, etc.
- Upanisadas – Four steps of meditation, four bodies and their four states, Brahman and maya, etc.
- Sath Darshanas (Six Indian Philosophical Schools) –
(i) Shankhya – purusa and prakrati (supreme consciousness and matter) and their manifestations
(ii) Patanjali Yoga Darshan – yoga sutras and eight limbs
(iii) Nyaya – knowledge through logic and regioning
(iv) Vaiseshik – Vishesha and Avishesha (form and formless)
(v) Karmamimansa – knowledge of karma theory (action and reaction)
(vi) Vedanta – Cause and reality of the universe, etc.
- Bhagwatgita – karma yoga, bhakti yoga, gyan yoga, etc.
- Philosophy of Hatha Yoga and its practical aspects –
- Tantra Philosophy – Elemental principle, prana principle, kundalini principle, Chakra principle, lotus principle and other symbols of tantra.
Yogic Anatomy and Physiology of human body
While gaining understanding of goals and philosophy of yoga and having overviewed the practices that ancient yogic used to meet these goals, we will look at the same practices from the perspective of modern science. We will see how the effectiveness of yogic practices is explained in traditional, anatomical and physiological terms. This topic will also give you understanding of safety during practice. Being aware of how body works, what are the most vulnerable points, how diseases originate and how they affect systems of body, you will learn how to build the practice safely for all students and adapt it for specific needs.
The lectures on Yogic Anatomy and Physiology will include lectures on –
- Skeletal system – Bones and joints. Types of joints, their range of movement and application of this understanding to safe yoga practice. Spine: anatomy, safety. Keeping the spine healthy with yoga.
- Muscular system – Anatomy of muscles and tendons. The principle of work of agonist and antagonist muscles and its application in yoga. Avoiding and dealing with common problems of muscles and tendons in yoga (muscle strains, tears, ruptured tendons, carpal tunnel syndrome).
- Cardiovascular system – High and low blood pressure. Practice that keeps the heart healthy. Practice with heart disorders and hypertonia/ hypotonia.
- Nervous system – Somatic and autonomic nervous system. Sympathetic and parasympathetic autonomous nervous systems. How yoga affects the nervous system. Special yoga practices for diseases of nervous system. Dealing with stress.
- Respiratory system – Design of the respiratory system, muscles of respiration. Neuromuscular regulation or breathing and impact of breathing on nervous system. Physiology of respiration. Hypoventilation and hyperventilation. Analysis of types of breathing: thoracic (constricted and empowered), paradoxical, abdominal breathing, diaphragmatic, full yogic breath. Analysis of different yogic breathing exercises (kapalabhati, bhastrika, ujayyi), with their impact on cellular gas exchange and nervous system.
- Digestive system – Yogic practices that keep the digestive system healthy. Contraindication to practices for certain disorders of the digestive system.
- Endocrine system – Contraindications and special yoga practices in cases of hormonal imbalance and endocrine diseases.
Ayurveda is an ancient vedic science that is closely related to the practice of yoga. Understanding of ayurvedic concepts will help you deepen the practice of yoga and compose diet and lifestyle that will suit our individual requirements.
The lectures of Ayurveda will include study of –
- Basics of Ayurveda (elements, dhatus, doshas, and tastes)
- Kapha, Vatta, and Pitta. Knowing your body type.
- Daily routine, seasonal routine, diet regime, and much more.
Shatkarma (detoxification) Classes
45 to 60 minutes daily. The classes of shatkarma will include lessons of practices like jala neti, sutra neti, dhauti, trataka, kapalbhati, nauli, etc. There will also be 2 hours specially dedicated to a full body cleansing practice – shankprakshalana during the course.
45 minutes daily is devoted exclusively to meditation practices. You will learn the following meditation techniques during the course – yoga nidra, vipasana meditation, nad brahma meditation, kundalini meditation, tratak (light) meditation, sakshi dhyan, so-ham mantra meditation, chakra breath meditation, nada yoga meditation, mantra meditation, sufi meditation, etc.
Though you will have pranayama practices on each daily practice classes, you will specially have some classes dedicated to pranayama in which you will learn the following breathing techniques – anulome-vilome pranayama, nadi sodhan pranayama, sitkari, ujjayi, kapalbhati, etc. We will also have lectures on philosophy of pranayama, philosophy of panch prana, etc.
Daily Yoga Asana Practice
You will have 3 to 4 hours of daily yoga practice. 1.5 hour in the morning and 1.5 hour in the evening. In this section, we will cover all poses and will practice both static and dynamic regimes, will learn vinyasas and basic warm-up and joint loosening/strengthening sequences such as pavana muktasana, surya namaskar, chandra namaskar, etc.
On alignment classes, you will learn asanas in every detail. First the instructor demonstrates the asana and explains its geometry and alignment principles.
You will learn purpose of the asana, indication, and contraindications, main muscular engagement, area of release, points of stability and grounding, effect on spine, joints and internal organs. Then you will look at the modifications and tiny changes of alignment and will learn how these changes affect overall effect of asana and especially effect on spine and joints.
In this way, you will create understanding of asana geometry rather than learn “how it should be” and teach the only possible way without discrimination. Then we will analyze the alignment of asana in environment of “asana laboratory” where one student performs the pose and other students analyze it according to the information they learned.
After analysis of all the points and offering their cues and adjustments, all students try to perform the asana with understanding of its geometry, weight distribution, and internal muscles work.
Vocal/Music/Nada Yoga Classes
Along with all the yoga practices, you will also get the opportunity to learn vocal (bhajan, kirtans, mantra chanting), nada yoga and Indian music lessons from the top musicians and nada yoga masters of Rishikesh, India.
After the completion of the course, you will be provided with a yoga alliance certificate of 200-hours, which will grant you the right to teach yoga Internationally.
Overview – Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh
- In this Yoga TTC, you will be immersed in the deep knowledge of Yoga, its path (branches) and its philosophy.
- The Course will be taught by talented and notable yogis and remarkable Yoga masters who have abundant experience in Yoga and its many branches.
- The course fee is all-inclusive.
- 3 to 5 hours of asana practice.
- You will be given daily homework assignments.
- A final written exam is taken at the end of the course.
- After the completion of the yoga course, you will be certified with internationally recognized Yoga Alliance Certificate.
- Indian Classical Music Concert, kirtans, and bhajans every week.
- You will be taken for local sightseeing on Sundays.
- Our School is situated in Rishikesh (also known as the world capital of Yoga), next to the Ganges river.
Yoga TTC Typical Daily Schedule
- 06:00 am – 07:00 am: Pranayama or Shatkarma
- 07:00 am – 08:30 am: Warm-up exercises/Asanas
- 08:30 am – 09:30 am: Breakfast
- 10:00 am – 11:30 am: Anatomy & Physiology
- 12:00 noon – 01:00 pm: Lunch
- 01:00 pm – 02:00 pm: Art of teaching (workshop)
- 02:00 pm – 03:00 pm: Yoga Philosophy
- 04:00 pm – 05:30 pm: Yoga Asanas
- 06:00 pm – 07:30 pm: Dinner
- 07:45 pm – 08:30 pm : Meditation
Note: The schedule is subject to change.
- Textbooks and printed course materials
- An Organic Bag
- A t-shirt
- Neti Pot
- Sutra Neti
- Lessons from 8 professional yoga teachers and guest lecturers
- Indian Classical Music lessons (sitar, tabla, vocal, harmonium, etc.)
- Music Concerts and Kirtans
- Use of yoga props during the course
- Vegetarian meals (3 times a day)
- Comfortable accommodation in the first established ashram in Rishikesh – Swargashram
- Local sightseeing
- Ganges river rafting
- Sunday movie night
- Wireless Internet Connectivity
Food and Accommodation
- In our attempt to promote a yogic lifestyle, vegetarian meals, and herbal teas are served 3 times daily (breakfast/lunch/dinner) and prepared in our own equipped Kitchen, using filtered water. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions. Filtered water is available at all times during your stay at Nada Yoga School.
- Two students are accommodated in a shared, furnished double room with attached bath (cold/hot water) and ceiling fans. Bed linen, a towel, and a door lock are provided, however, residents are responsible for those items as well as laundering their sheets and cleaning their room. Single occupancy arrangements may be made prior to arrival, conditional to room availability, and may be subject to extra charges.
- Students are requested to arrive at the Nada Yoga School on the day prior to commencement of the training, at which time they will be assigned to their rooms, and will be requested to finalize their course fee payments. Check-out is scheduled on the morning following completion of the program. We request that all borrowed items be returned at this time.
Note: To create a positive atmosphere conducive to learning and continued personal development, drugs, alcohol and all other intoxicating substances are strictly prohibited for the entire duration of the course.
Extra Charges (travel services)
- Pre-arranged taxi pick-up from Delhi Airport to Nada Yoga School – US $70
- Pre-arranged taxi pick-up from Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun to Nada Yoga School – US $15
What Our Students Say
The amount of knowledge that I have obtained at Nada Yoga School is life-changing. Thank you so much. I really appreciate the depth of knowledge and experience of all teachers. So I grew an enormous amount intellectually, spiritually and emotionally over the four weeks. I appreciate its clarity, commitment and broad knowledge and experience. Once again, it is more than just an education, it was a life affirming experience. I highly recommend Nada Yoga School to anyone looking to receive 200-hours certification!
An amazingly comprehensive and complete course! under the highly accomplished Yogacharyas: Kamalji and Mohanji's guidance, the progression of yoga skills appear smooth and natural over time. Daily Pranayama and Shatkarma are energizing. Lessons in Physiology of Yoga made us aware of correct muscle and bone involvement in various asanas. This awareness is necessary for anyone practicing yoga. Ayurveda philosophy of knowing one's dosha helped me in getting to know my body. The lectures by Dr. Jivasu on Yoga philosophy and meditation were mesmerizing! I highly recommend this course if one is serious about learning Yoga and Meditation.
The yoga teacher training course at Nada Yoga School was a wonderful way for me to explore and experience yoga, meditation, mantra and music. All the teachers were masters in their art and provided a great stage for the group to growing and of course, laugh! Beautifully nested in the himalayan foothills, this is an amazing place to practice yoga and meditation.
I really enjoyed this course. I not only learned proper alignment for my asana practice, different styles of meditation practices but I learned how to dissolve my past histories and emerge in this present moment fully activated and at peace within my body and mind. Along this path of inner transformation at which I am still on, I found myself joined and emmersed within a greater community, a precious family.
Diane Ruth Martin
The 200 hour course at Nada Yoga School is very intense at times but definately essential for those wishing to become teachers. The course gives a good background knowledge of theory, as well as practice. The teacher are very professional and supportive to students. I have enjoyed the course very much and made many friends.
Ever since I started my physical practice of yoga, I also became fascinated with bakhti music (devotional music). After which I decided to find a school that could teach me both. And, Nada Yoga school was the right choice. I believed music can be practiced as yoga, and this yoga course really deepened my knowledge in this science. But most of all, I was blessed to meet dedicated teachers like Bhuwan Chandra (school’s director and Nad Yoga Master) and the team of Great Yoga Teachers who made me feel at home during the course and made the experience a memorable one, that one can never forget.
Mornings begin with Shatkarma on the side stoop of the yoga hall during which cows saunter by, butterflies flit in tall grasses, monks playing flute music can be heard. These visual and aural perceptions are subdued reminders of what students learn at Nada Yoga School, namely to move more harmoniously with nature, to slow down and move with one's inhale and exhale. Through the school's well-designed course, a student is exposed to thought-provoking teachings from instructors with wide-ranging backgrounds. These teaching touch on many topics; however, a student never feels lost or overwhelmed by all of the new knowledge they are gaining. This is due to the fact that the instructors are always willing to spend time helping a student understand a new or difficult concept, no matter how long it takes. It is difficult for me to sum up everything that I learned from my course. In part, this is because what I learned can't be summarized in language; it was transmuted through my body and into vital energy.
Nada Yoga School, Near Police Check Post, Ram Jhula Bridge, Swargashram 249304, Rishikesh, India
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