At Himalayan Yogshala, we believe strongly in providing the absolute highest quality yoga teacher training program. We adhere to traditions, and our teachers are blessed with the traditional knowledge garnished over many millennia of yogic practice. This intensive fully residential 200 hour teacher training in Rishikesh sets the foundation for a well-rounded yoga practice that will bring you benefits for the rest of your life. In this two hundred hours course, our dedicated faculty will share their expertise on all aspects of yoga: Shatkarmas, Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation, Mudras, Bandhas, Yoga Philosophy, Bhagvad Gita, Anatomy & Physiology of Hatha Yoga, and Ayurveda. With this holistic approach to yoga, you’ll learn more than you ever thought possible about your own body and self practice. We’ll take you through the traditional healing methods of Ayurveda, teach you how to calm your mind and heighten concentration through the correct practices of Meditation, Pranayamas, Mudras, Bandhas, and Asanas, and equip you with a practical philosophical understanding of the origins of yoga. Our teaching faculty draws their wealth of yoga experience from various sources, including the masters and Swamis of Sivananda Ashram, Bihar School of Yoga, Ved Niketan Ashram, and Jayaram Ashram.
Many people reach a point in yoga when they start to ask themselves the question: “What’s next?” After a few years of asanas, controlled breathing, and meditation, it’s natural to wonder how you can deepen your studies. At that point, many students start to look to India to discover the origins of yoga. In our Rishikesh yoga teacher training, the most suitable students come with at least 3 prior years of yoga experience so they can be fully prepared to delve deep into the traditions.
Shatkarmas:-These ancient yogic cleansing techniques are practiced for purification of the body. There are six Shatkarmas in the Hatha tradition. They are used to help clear the body of excess mucus, fat, and bile, and should only be practiced under the guidance of a competent teacher.
Asanas:There are 84 asanas in the Hatha tradition. These poses are used to steady the body and mind, making the practitioner more energetic, free from disease, and ready for the practice of meditation. These are often the most familiar part of yoga tradition in the Western world.
Pranayamas :These practices utilize breathing to control and influence the flow of vital life force (prana) in the body. Pranayamas are practiced after asana practice. They should be practiced under the guidance of a competent teacher, as the effects of these techniques on the body can be quite powerful.
Meditation:Dhyana, or meditation, is the practice of calming the mind and body through controlling the thoughts, calming the senses, and deep concentration. There are many ancient yogic meditation practices, designed to bring the practitioner closer to spiritual awareness and understanding.
Mudras:Mudras are advanced yogic techniques that alter mood, attitude, and perception, thereby deepening awareness and concentration. They have a subtle but powerful effect on energy flow in the body and thus are a good preparation for deeper spiritual practices.
Bandhas:Bandhas are bodily locks that help to redirect the flow of energy in the body. They involve locking the chin, abdomen, and perennial region. As they are an advanced practice, they are best practiced individually under able instruction before being incorporated into other yogic practices.
Yoga Philosophy:For successful yoga practice, there must be an understanding of the ancient yoga philosophies as described in traditional texts.
Bhagvad Gita:This ancient text is one of the most important books for understanding modern yoga, as it outlines the origins of yoga philosophy as passed down through the centuries. A solid understanding of this scripture is necessary for anyone interested in the yoga traditions.
Anatomy & Physiology of Hatha Yoga:It’s important for yoga teachers to understand the movements and range of motion of the human body, as well as the inner workings of the digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and nervous systems. This knowledge will help teachers to address the safety concerns of students and give proper adjustments, while helping students understand the full benefits and limitations of their practice.
Ayurveda:Ayurveda is an ancient yoga tradition of healing the body through better knowledge of both the internal and external functions. It encompasses nutrition and massage therapy that is practiced to improve the overall well-being of the body and mind.