500 Hour Yoga TTC

500-hour residential hatha yoga teacher training programs and yoga intsructor courses in India registered with Yoga Alliance, USA

Himalayan yogshala located in the beautiful Himalayas, meets the Yoga Alliance standards as a registered yoga school in Rishikesh, India. The school can help you to effectively master your yoga learning, teaching and personal practice in order for you to grow as an inspiring yoga teacher who can be a light to students seeking spiritual enlightenment through the practice of this centuries old tradition.

500-hour yoga teacher training is structured to advance and reinforce your basic learning and practice of yoga. You will be instructed in the teaching methodology for Asana (physical postures), Pranayama (breath control) and Dhyana (meditation). Classes in these three and other fields will build on your existing skills in the various postures, Pranayama and meditation techniques which will be a step forward in you becoming a registered yoga teacher. As a yoga teacher you will need specific advanced skills and so the 500 hour YTT is designed to fulfill those needs.

» An in-depth study of Yog Sutra and Vedanta will enable you to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the philosophy and practice of yoga. You will be taught to identify body types and capacity of the individuals to adopt yogic practice.

» Human anatomy and physiology and its correlation to yogic practices, mantra chanting and principles of swara yoga are other areas where you will be able to sharpen and polish your skills as required by a teacher.

» One other important aspect that is covered in the course is the study of ethical guidelines that a yoga teacher must accomplish in order to maintain a better student-teacher relationship.


500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training India - Overview

» Yoga teacher training program specially designed for beginners, intermediate and advanced level yoga students.

» Yoga faculty consisting of well qualified and experienced yoga teachers.

» Opportunity to teach yoga to 200-hour yoga teacher training students while you learn

» Internationally recognized yoga certification in India (RYT 500 - Yoga Alliance, USA).

» Opportunity to experience Indian culture and tradition.


500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training India - Daily Schedule

In keeping with the requirements of Yoga Alliance - USA, 200-hour YTT program follows a tight schedule where almost each of the 6 to 7 training hours in the day are assigned to some aspect of yoga. You could find the training intensive but enlightening. Depending on the yoga school the mornings can begin as early as 5:30 a.m. with meditation followed by some yoga postures and maybe some classes or lectures in philosophy or anatomy. Chanting and pranayama are also part of the schedule. During training you are provided with two to three yoga meals, fruit refreshments and green tea. Daily written homework is also the norm as that is how you will gain in-depth knowledge of the subject. Sleeping early is encouraged as that is part of yogic practice.

Techniques and practice make the bulk of the training as 100 hours is allotted to that. Methodology takes up 25 hours while 20 hours go to learning anatomy and physiology. You need to devote 30 hours to philosophy and ethical conduct. For electives there are 15 hours and 10 hours for practicum.

Attendance Policy: Himalayan Yogshala takes student participation seriously. Students should plan to attend every class. If you must miss class due to illness or other considerations, please inform the instructors. If you must miss many classes, please consult the program leader about how your absence will affect your graduation.


500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Syllabus

» Learning practice and teaching methodology of Asana, Pranayama and Meditation » Study of Yog sutras and Vedanta

for a deeper understanding of yogic philosophy & practices

» Study of general human anatomy-physiology and its correlation with Yogic practices

» Ethical guideline for a Yoga Teacher to have a better Student- Teacher relationship

» Mantra chanting and principles of swara yoga.

» Yoga Therapy: Yoga asanas can help with the recovery and management of many common diseases and disorders. This class will provide students with an introduction to the anatomy and pathology of common health issues that diet, asana, and pranayama practice can ameliorate.

» Asana: Yogic postures comprise three hours of the daily schedule. Morning asana classes focus on those asanas related to yoga therapy, whereas evening asanas provide students a class model they will later teach to 200 hour TTC students. From the third week, students will begin practicing a modified Ashtanga Yoga sequence.

» Yoga Anatomy: Students will learn anatomy and physiology relevant to yoga in order to strengthen their classroom explanations, cues, and corrections of asana. • Philosophy: This class will prepare students to read and understand Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Each Friday, students will lead a discussion reflecting on the week’s readings. Before class, students should write down one question on a notecard directly related to the day’s reading and give this to the teacher at the start of class.

» Pranayama, Yogic Breathing, Yoga Nidra & Chanting: Students will learn techniques to open vital energy centers in the body with a goal of becoming proficient enough to teach these skills to their students. Practical teaching experience will begin from the second week.


Evaluation & Certification

» Assessments will be based on written as well as practical evaluation.

» Student conduct will be a part of the assessment criterion.

» Evaluation will be carried out only for those students who have a minimum of 90% attendance in all classes.


General Rules

» A uniform is mandatory during the course.

» Silence must be maintained between 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

» Home-work consisting of 4 to 5 answers needs to be submitted in writing the following day.

» Classes cannot be missed except in cases of ill health.

» An outing except on a day off is not permitted.

» A final exam is conducted as part of the evaluation procedure.

» Admission to this course is no guarantee that you will receive a certification

» In order to help in finding introversion and inner strength meals have been reduced to two per day. However herbal tea and fruit will be available.

» Rishikesh Yog Peeth reserves the right to disqualify any student at any given time during the course of training.

» The schedule is subject to change if the Course Director deems it fit to do so.


Yoga Teacher Training India - Ethical Guidelines

» Himalayan Yogshala adopts the ancient approach to yoga to inculcate in each student the wisdom that yoga manifests. Teaching and learning is therefore designed in such a way that ethical practices are ingrained automatically in the students at Yogshala

» The day begins with the daily regimen (Dincharya) and ancient code of conduct. Activities are planned according to seasonal code of conduct (Ritucharya). The concept of behavior chemistry (Achar- rasayan) is the concept that students are expected to imbibe.

» Maharishi Patanjali prescribed certain rules of how a person is expected to act in society (Yama) and how personal code and conduct (Niyama) is the expected and essential behavior for individuals to follow. We at Yogshala expect this behavior terminology to be understood and practiced sincerely and honestly by all students to the best extent possible.

» Before students register for the yoga teacher training they must be aware that this traditional teaching will differ from that of the west. There could even be a fundamental difference in the understanding of the yogic path as that which is taught in the yoga schools in the west.

» Modified exercises that go by the name of yoga are frowned upon by Rishikesh Yog Peeth and so only those students must apply for the course who are willing to commit to the strict regimen of the Peeth.


Yoga Teacher Training - Code of Conduct

» Discipline is an integral part of the training program and so the course routine must be strictly observed.

» Disrespect to rules and regulations could result in termination of studentship with no refund of fee.

» Absenting oneself from the scheduled program without prior permission of the teacher or manager concerned would be construed as a gross breach of discipline.

» A student must intimate in advance if they intend to forgo a meal so that there is no wastage of food.

» Himalayan Yogshala does not make arrangements for guests of students. Any activity that is not related to the course is not permitted.

» Ensure you are on time for class or you will not be permitted to enter any class once it has commenced.

» Before departure from Yogshala students must all dues and return all library books.

» Smoking and alcohol are not permitted during the training.


Refund Policy

All aspirants are advised to carefully consider the time and resources required for the course before forwarding the application for the teacher training course. The deposit submitted with the application is not refundable. However, in case of emergencies and other unavoidable exigencies the Yoga Peeth at its discretion permits students to go for any other scheduled course until Jan. 2017. We therefore recommend that all applicants carefully examine their upcoming obligations so that they may be able to devote their full attention to the teacher training program.