About our Yoga Teacher Training Course
For a lot of people, yoga has slowly become a significant part of their lifestyle. This strong practice is one of the best alternatives to gain more flexibility and perhaps you have found a yoga “workout” at the gym and tried a yoga class to lose weight. For others, a yoga practice may have been adopted from a desire to calm the mind and gain a better understanding of the physical body. Whatever the reason may be behind opting for a yoga course in Rishikesh India, you must have felt something deeper and different about this practice.
Most of the yoga enthusiasts joining a Yoga Teacher Training course crave to understand yoga on a deeper level than they are able to achieve in a 60-minute scheduled yoga class at their local yoga studio. We invite you to join us for a yoga TTC regardless if your plan is to become a yoga teacher or to simply deepen your personal practice.
Multi-style Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh expands the amazing opportunity to meet and converse with more like-minded people from across the globe and the experience has served our graduates well. There is no better alternative than completing Yoga TTC in India as compared to other parts of the world and the Yoga Teaching Training Course enables you to focus 100% on your yoga study with no distractions or stress from your everyday life.
Aside from learning the art of teaching yoga asana, as a student at Chandra Yoga International, you will explore a comprehensive understanding of the philosophy, yoga lifestyle, meditation, pranayama, anatomy and other techniques of yoga. You can gain the credentials necessary to teach and utilize them in your home country and all over the world due to our internationally accredited Yoga Alliance certified yoga courses. Our high-quality yoga program is a great choice for everyone whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned practitioner interested in studying yoga.
Students providing each other with “feedback” after individual teaching practicums. Each student is provided with the time to share what they enjoyed about the other students teaching and also offer feedback as to how the student-teacher could improve their teaching.
You will graduate from the course with many new skills, such as:
- Techniques for modifying postures for individuals who may be unable to participate in “traditional” therapeutic yoga asana practice.
- Improved verbal communication skills for teaching yoga.
- The ability to “read” students bodies in asana class, giving you the confidence that you need to correctly adjust and align their bodies.
- A deep understanding of ancient yoga philosophy as rooted in Vedic scriptures.
- Knowledge of how to live the yogic lifestyle, including ayurvedic food concepts, cleansing practices, and tips for daily spiritual practice.
- The confidence to design and teach your own yoga classes.
Here, you will get the perfect opportunity to connect and interact with other like-minded yoga practitioners from all over the world as you make new friends with the common desire to gain a deeper knowledge of yoga. Studying Yoga-Meditation in Rishikesh India on your yoga journey enables you to become a part of the global yoga community through interaction on a large scale with the teachers and fellow students. In addition to learning the broad concepts of how to teach yoga, this TTC program will help you to explore the deepest part of yourself in a safe supportive and encouraging environment. Through a comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training course, you will gain the ability to maintain internal peace and eternal joy regardless of the external circumstances. Deepen your self-knowledge, elevate and expand your horizons of self-awareness and experience through a true yogic lifestyle with this exceptional course curriculum. Our Teacher Training Course exceeds the expectations of everyone from being a yoga practitioner, a teacher hoping to learn more, or anyone just beginning their yoga journey.
Our yoga courses in Rishikesh have much in store for you as you learn more than just asana and the small bit of pranayama which is the norm in western yoga classes. Our yoga schools stand apart in offering ideal yoga sessions to understand yoga more deeply in our classes, and apart from the physical aspect, you will learn how to properly breathe in your asana practice for yourself as well as your future students. You will master the skills of the contra-indications of the poses and proper alignment so that you can safely instruct and guide others in and out of poses. You will explore a spiritual and mental level of yoga as you learn in-depth health perspectives of yoga offering the best alternatives to deepen meditation and how to calm the mind using yoga asana. Our courses also focus on the chakras and how they are activated using yoga asana and meditation practice. With the best combination of educational lecture and experiential classes you will gain more insight into yoga as your days will be jam packed with classes in philosophy, ancient yoga history, anatomy, and the yoga lifestyle along while building a comprehensive knowledge based on pranayama, meditation, mantra chanting and asana.
Why choose an intensive YTTC?
Yoga training in Rishikesh focuses on two different primary approaches: “intensive” style and “module” style. While intensive yoga is more immersed into deepening yogic lifestyle studying yoga 5-6 days per week, for 7-12 hours per day, “module” style is completed over a period of 1 or 2 years, with programs on the weekends, and possibly one weeknight. In addition, Intensive style YTTCs usually come with accommodation, food, classes, and sometimes local tours or sightseeing. “Module” style is suitable for people who are already working a full-time job and/or have a family and cannot afford the time to go away from their home to an intensive program. The intensive program is most suitable in case you have the time and ability to immerse into yoga.
In other words, intensive program is designed to feel the true effects of the yogic lifestyle on your body and mind and learn yoga in a home away from home. An intensive YTTC at Yoga Niketan Yoga Ashram offers delightful and magical experience as you start your day with a healthy regimen of daily meditation, pranayama, and asana practice, with the supply of pure vegetarian Sattvic and Yogic food prepared in a hygienic community kitchen. You will develop friendships and have interactions with fellow yoga practitioners for the duration of the course that will leave you glowing with the bliss and love of yoga long after your stay. Additionally, the yoga journey is made more entertaining with access to a well-stocked, comprehensive library with books authored by many spirituals gurus.
Daily Schedule: TTC Program 8 – 9 hours a day
(daily schedule is subject to change but the program offers one and a half free days per week)
06:15 to 07:45 – Morning Meditation, Mantras & Pranayama
Our first class of the day begins as day breaks in India. The town is still quiet and sun is rising as you walk to class with the sound of the birds chirping. Enter into our bright new yoga hall with panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains at sunrise. Make yourself comfortable in “sukhasana” or “easy pose,” as we will be sitting here for some time learning Sanskrit mantras and breath control techniques. The morning meditation class sets the tone for a bright and balanced day.
07:45 to 08:00- Tea Break
The yoga course curriculum is accentuated with the timely tea break made lively with the share of natural, caffeine free Ayurvedic Yogi Tea amongst fellow students and teachers. The warmth of this tea is perfect to enhance your digestion level system which is great to start in the morning and provides optimum time to chit-chat with other students.
08:00 to 10:00- Yoga Asana Practice
Time to get moving! Often depending on the nice weather we may walk down to the banks of the Ganges and practice yoga sessions outside. We begin the morning classes with nice movements and stretching in the form of asana flow to get the blood and oxygen circulating through your body with the after effect of removal of any toxins or stiffness that may have built up during your sleep. In the yoga session phase expanding from an hour and a half practice, we move on to discuss some lecture points related to the class and yoga postures which we have performed. The expansion of the knowledgebase in yoga is made interesting with the questionnaire round where we encourage you to explore your own bodies and share as you learn.
10:00 to 11:00- Breakfast
Going on with the famous saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I definitely have a hearty breakfast before I do anything”. ~ By Mayer Hawthorne
Our yoga course works exactly in sequence to this and once we have worked our bodies through the morning asana we balance the yoga practice and replenish and nourish our bodies with a wholesome and delicious breakfast. The meal may include traditional Indian breakfast food, a wholesome intake of warm oats with brown sugar, and/or a variety of seasonal fruits such as: papaya, apples, mango, grapes, watermelon, oranges, and/or bananas.
11:00 to 13:00- Lecture (Yoga Principles / Philosophy / Yoga Sutra)
Yoga lectureThe yoga asana practice is made more informative with theory. During this time you will explore and learn about a variety of topics related to philosophy, ancient Sanskrit yogic texts, and the yoga lifestyle. You may follow along with your reference course handbook during the lecture session, and you are always welcome to ask questions. We encourage and motivate students to share their current knowledge related to the topics amongst fellow learners as we use this time to learn and grow together.
13:00 to 14:00- Lunch / Rest time
Yoga Niketan Ashram provides traditional Sattvik food for lunch such as dal, curry, rice, chapati, and fresh vegetables prepared by on-site ashram chef staff to aid in your body’s detox during your month-long yoga journey. Because it is a traditional Indian ashram, students, staff, and ashram guests are expected to wash their own dishes after every meal.
14:00 to 16:00- Anatomy (weeks 1 and 2), Self-study time (weeks 3-4)
Yoga Anatomy ClassDuring the first two weeks of the course curriculum, you will spend time learning about the human body and its correlation to yoga’s healing effect. In this class, you will gain insight into the knowledge of the muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons involved in many of the commonly practiced asanas, as well as the vital role of the spine in both asana and pranayama (breathing practice). The lectures will include information on the bodily functions and physiological workings with more focus on the circulatory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, and respiratory systems. During weeks 3 and 4, this time will be used to focus on svadhyaya or “self-study” allowing you the quality time to go on with the textbooks, homework, and prepare for your future teaching practicum classes. This is also the best time to finish all the personal errands such as running to the store, doing laundry, or making phone calls.
16:00 to 16:30- Tea Break
As we move on with the final class of the day we take a short break to revitalize with a warm cup of Yogi tea.
16:30 to 18:15- Yoga Asana Practice and Theory
Yoga ClassThe afternoon yoga asana class is especially devoted to prepare you to teach yoga with a comprehensive drill down on the various concepts of different classifications of postures and discuss their proper alignment, benefits, entering and exiting the poses, contra-indications, and tips for teaching these postures to your future students. Among the many topics we cover, we will also discuss the broader aspects of the use of props, adjustments, making modifications, and sequence of a proper class.
18:30 to 19:30- Dinner time
“I generally unwind by having dinner with close friends.” ~ Nelson DeMille
This quote directly influences the dinner time that is made more delicious by relaxing and unwinding during the last meal of the day as Chandra Yoga Teacher Training School provides students with a perfect pure vegetarian sattvic and yogic meal surrounded by friends. The dinner menu is a bit similar compared to the lunch but with hearty vegetables, warm dal, rice, chapattis, and a salad of raw cucumbers, beets, and carrots. Take some time to reflect on the day and your experience as you chat and share stories with friends.
20:00 to 21:30- Self Study
Self StudyThe source of core learning and a conceptual foundation comes through a dedicated self-study, so we ask our students to take some time to review notes from class, work on yoga assignment, or journal about their experiences from the day. We believe that the foundation of svadhyaya in the form of “study of the self” is equally significant to studying educational material. It is our hope that during the Teacher Training Program you not only learn how to teach yoga but that you also gain greater insight into how to become more in touch with your intuitive self through quiet times of reflection and meditation.
21:30- Lights off
After a healthy day of balanced physical and mental effort, you will be ready to turn down the sheets for some much-needed rest. It all starts again tomorrow at 06:15 am, so sleep well!
Yoga Teacher Training: Eligibility
Anyone interested in learning ancient traditional yoga and its applied science with the ability to follow the instructions and lectures in English (or in the language for which a translator is specifically offered for certain courses) is welcome to join our YTTC.
The applicant’s age should be between 18 to 60 years age at the time of admission.
The applicant should be in a good physical condition to accommodate our busy schedule of at least 6 to 9 hours of class daily. 3-4 hours of class per day is dedicated to the physical (asana) practice of yoga, however we do not spend this entire time doing the physical practice ourselves. We also break down the postures to study them individually as you practice. Therefore, it is not required of you to be in “perfect” physical condition to take our TTC. We believe that yoga should be accessible to all people, regardless of their experience level or physical abiltiy. Our only requirement is that you bring an open heart and mind.