200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
The 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program is hosted at Yoga Niketan Ashram in India. The comprehensive yoga curriculum takes place over four weeks immersing you in a yogic lifestyle allowing you to focus 100% on your yoga education. This program will be suitable for you whether you are considering teaching yoga or if you are seeking to improve your practice for personal growth.
Our goal is to create a yogic environment that is fun and interactive because we believe that if yoga students enjoy their classes, they are more motivated to progress in yoga spiritual exploration. A variety of classes will provide a well-rounded and deep understanding of theoretical and practical knowledge with a Registered Yoga School and adequately prepares students to be inspiring yoga teachers. The library at Yoga Niketan Ashram has a vast collection of books based on yoga and meditation in many different languages
We offer hands-on training which includes all the essential elements of yoga including:
- Yoga Sutras
- Teaching Methodology
- Human Anatomy
- Adjustment and Alignment
- and much more!
Interactive Techniques, Training, and Practice:
During the Yoga Alliance Teacher Training, you will practice and become skilled at teaching asana, pranayama, kriyas, meditation, mantra chanting, and other traditional yoga practices.
Innovative Teaching Methodology:
Our specially designed course curriculum covers crucial skills that will help you to develop your current knowledge of teaching yoga. This program incorporates broad teaching styles and covers topics such as: communication skills, the student learning process, modifications, and the business aspects of yoga.
Proper Class Sequencing:
Structuring a cohesive class and a proper asana sequence requires a lot of work. Appropriate class sequencing is vital because it promotes deeper flexibility and helps to avoid injury. Our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh educates you on how to successfully and confidently achieve this as it teachers the fundamentals of yoga mind-body connection on active, passive, and dynamic poses while keeping in mind heating and cooling of the body and major muscle groups.
Anatomy and Physiology:
We incorporate classes to develop your knowledge of human anatomy for the purpose of teaching yoga. You will learn how the muscles work together during different asana, as well as how the practice of yoga benefits the physical body. The course content will cover lessons on energy anatomy, including chakras and nadis as well.
Interactive classes will broaden your perspective and give a deeper insight into the study of ancient yogic philosophy. These classes are designed to build a solid foundation of knowledge based on yogic philosophy including: in-depth study of the yoga sutras and hatha yoga pradipika, and explores the concepts of karma, dharma, rebirth, prana, koshas, and much more.
Yoga Lifestyle and Ethics:
We believe that learning how to conduct yourself as a yogi is just as important as learning how to teach yoga. Our program delivers high-quality yoga education with information about how to conduct yourself according to traditional yoga principals, discussions about ethical dilemmas, and the learners-educators relationship. This will assist you throughout your teacher training and on your yogic journey.
Yoga and Health:
Living a healthy lifestyle is key to becoming an effective yoga teacher. In our yoga and health classes, you will get quality higher exploration about common diseases that affect millions of people worldwide, and how to treat these conditions with yoga and Ayurveda.
As a student, you will be required to complete practice teaching exercises, lead your own classes, participate and observe fellow students’ classes, and give and receive feedback.
Asanas for 200 Hour Course
Our yoga course offers a personalized learning experience that caters to each student’s individual growth. To ensure your understanding and insight into asanas (yoga poses) which are imperative to the YTTC, our program provides with you with an engaging textbook that describes traditional Hatha yoga postures and how to perform them using proper breathing, focus, and holding time. In addition to the textbook, your course manual covers Ashtanga asanas and provides information about correct alignment of the postures.
Here is a list of some of the asanas we will cover in class:
1. Padmasana (Lotus Pose), 2. Sukhasana (Easy Pose), 3.Siddhasana (Accomplished Pose), 4. Svastikasana (Auspicious Pose), 5. Baddha Konasana (Butterfly), 6. Dandasana (Staff), 7. Upavistha Konasana, 8. Hanumansana (Splits), 9. Raja Kapotasana (Royal Pidgeon), 10. Gowmukhasa (Cow Face),
11. Navkasana (Boat Pose), 12. Vajrasana (Thunderbolt), 13. Marjari-Asana (Cat/Cow), 14. Shava Udarakarshanasana (Universal Spinal Twist ), 15. Supta Hasta Pada Angushthasana, 16. Supta BaddhaKonasana (Reclined Butterfly), 17. Balasana/ Shashakasana (Child’s Pose), 18. Makarasana (Crocodile Pose), 19. Viparita Karani (Legs up the Wall Pose), 20. Savasana (Savasana), 21. Tadasana (Mountain Pose), 22. Utkatasana (Chair pose), 23. Virabhadrasana I (Warrior 1), 24. Virabhadrasana II (Warrior 2), 25. Virabhadrasana III (Warrior 3), 26. Utthita Trikonasana (Triangle), 27. Utthita Parsvottanasana (Extended side angle pose), 28. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Down Dog), 29. Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian Pose), 30. Vrksasana (Tree Pose), 31. Garudasana (Eagle Pose), 32. Uttanasana (Forward Fold), 33. Prasarita Padottanasana (Standing Wide-Legged Forward Bend), 34. Janu Sirsasana (Head to knee pose), 35. Paschimottanasana, 36. Parsvottanasana, 37. Bujangasana (Cobra), 38. Salabhasana (Locust), 39. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose), 40. Ustrasana (Camel Pose), 41. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose), 42. Matsyasana (Fish Pose), 43. Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel Pose), 44. Vasisthasana (Side Plank), 45. Ashtanga Namaskar (Eight Point Salute), 46. Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle), 47. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Seated Spinal Twist Pose), 48. Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand), 49. Halasana (Plow Pose), 50. Karna Pidasana (Deaf man pose), 51. Sirsasana (Head Stand)
A mudra is a symbolic gesture that works in conjunction with pranayama (controlled breathing technique) conveying an attitude, belief or thought. Most commonly, mudras are performed with the hands while seated in Padmasana, Sukhasana or Vajrasana. During the yoga course, you will also learn about additional mudras performed with the face and whole body. Mudras can be similar to some asanas, though they are practiced with a particular intention, usually focusing on the dynamic flow or a chakra.
A sample of a few Mudras that we learn during the course:
- Jnana Mudra
- Chin Mudra
- Yoni Mudra
- Bhairava Mudra
- Vayu Mudra
- Prana Mudra
- Shambhavi Mudra
- Khechari Mudra
- Pashinee Mudra
- Maha Mudra
- Ashwini Mudra
- And much more
The practice of pranayama is crucial to the yogic lifestyle. The best part of our morning meditation is a profound focus on the practice of a variety of pranayamas each day. Learning to regulate and control the breath via the “prana” is our vital life force, and this is an equally essential source to control our thoughts, minds, body systems functioning, and reaction to life situations. We can, in fact, extend, enhance and improve the quality of our lives through the yogic skills of retaining and elongating the breath
Some Pranayamas which you will learn and practice during the course are:
- Anulom / Vilom
- Chandra Bhedi
- Surya Bhedi
- and more
The practices of Shatkarma (six actions for cleansing) invigorate, purify and cleanse the body, creating a sacred space for your soul to reside. During our well-rounded course design, you will learn about all of the kriya practices, but we will focus only practicing a few that involve cleansing the nasal passages, throat, and stomach. Towards the end of the course module we will facilitate the two-day cleanse of Shankhaprakshalana, a full digestive system cleanse.
We encourage all the students to participate and feel the benefits, though we do not force any students to perform a kriya that is uncomfortable for them.
Our specific philosophy yoga module is based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The combined Yoga Sutras is divided into four main sections, each related to a whole different topic. The first chapter, Samadhi Pada, Patanjali attempts to answer and explore giving a wider insight into the question “What is Yoga.”
Here he also discusses the different types of concentration focusing and clearing the mind. While the second chapter deals with the Yoga Sutras, Sadhana Pada, Patanjali speaks of Karma, Samskaras, and Avidya (ignorance). He addresses those who are seeking to attain self-realization and recommend Ashtanga or Raja Yoga as the systematic path.
The third chapter of the Yoga Sutra revolves around Vibhuti Pada which is all about the further progressing limbs of Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi. In addition, this chapter also discusses siddhis or supernatural powers.
The fourth chapter is very advanced philosophy namely, Kaivalya Pada and delves deeper into the concept of enlightenment. The understanding and comprehension of this chapter is for very advanced yogis and spiritual practitioners and is typically hard for the average person to grasp. During our entire course, we will cover a basic overview of Patanjali’s yoga sutras, in conjunction with some other topics of Yoga Philosophy from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Bhagavad Gita.
Our courses are registered with Yoga Alliance USA. This means that at the end of the course, you will be certified as a yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance. Our program is well-rounded and designed to meet a high standard, so whether you plan to teach yoga or are only looking for a way to deepen your personal practice, having a certification from a Yoga Alliance certified school will benefit you.
When you leave Chandra Yoga…
The bonds created during the teaching program at Chandra leave many students with a feeling of togetherness as they say that the hardest part about leaving is leaving the friends that have become more like a family. Indeed, this is an unexpected benefit alongside learning yoga because you come to attain a teaching certificate, but you walk away with so much MORE. The friendships developed during the four weeks are intense, and it does not take much for students to feel quite at home away from home and comfortable with each other. When the environment is fun and you get together for deeper spiritual exploration through comprehensive yoga classes and when 12 hours of your day are in the company of like-minded yoga enthusiasts, walls come down, people open up, and beautiful, lasting and genuine friendships are formed out of vulnerability and honesty. Though the students come from entirely different parts of the world, they quickly realize that they have many things in common. Besides learning the ancient art of yoga, the journey through an immersive yoga teacher training course is such a transforming process, it facilitates you on how to share your joy with others and make authentic connections.