My Experience of Yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India
Namaste, my name is Yulia Mishina, I took a 200-hour YTT course at Chandra Yoga & Meditation Ashram. I am sharing my Experience of Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh India with all of you.
Many people aspire to be a yoga teacher, some for passion and some to make their career. I was one of those people who wanted to be trained as a yoga teacher. Therefore I thought about enrolling myself in a Yoga Teacher Training Program. So how did it go, and what was my experience there… Today I am going to share everything in detail.
Before the Journey Starts
After doing a lot of research online, I chose 200 Hour YTTC for the duration of 28 days in Rishikesh, India. The primary reason was that Rishikesh is the birthplace of yoga and the main reason was YTT Programs are much cheaper here than any other place in the world. Yeah..!!! I was on a budget trail.
The Journey Starts
The yoga ashram where I enrolled was really far from the main city. It used to take almost 45 minutes to reach a local market by a vehicle. The place was located quite remotely but it was beautiful. I could sense the fresh and pure air entering my lungs. I could see the holy river, Ganga. Monkeys were absolutely common in Rishikesh.
I had heard that yoga ashrams in India provide very basic amenities or sometimes below average facilities, so honestly, I was not expecting much with my package. But when they showed me my room, I was pretty impressed. It was a well-ventilated room that had a bed with an almirah and an attached bathroom. So don’t always believe in flying rumors guys.
Let me tell you one thing, I am a big time foodie so I don’t compromise with the quality of my food. However, when you are residing in a yoga ashram, you do not eat whatever you feel like. You have to follow a discipline here. For example, we used to have vegetarian meals three times a day and no non-vegetarian meal was cooked like ever. Also, no one was allowed to bring a nonvegetarian meal or alcohol in the ashram. It was like being on a diet for those 28 days but it was worth it. I would not say that I didn’t miss my regular food but I liked the food there. Now when I think about it, I believe it might be a way to test our patience which is one of the important factors in yoga. Well, …it is just a thought.
Classes and Our Day Schedule
Although I love nothing more than my sleep, I used to wake up at 5:30 in the morning…because I had to, owing to the schedule given to us. So this was my whole day in the yoga ashram during my YTT Program in Rishikesh, India-
- At 6 a.m. everyone had tea and then for two hours we attended our classes
- After that, we did our breakfast and then again two hours classes
- After half an hour rest, we used to have our lunch
- One hour later, we give another class and then tea and snacks time
- Again, one more class then little self-study and practice
- Later, the dinner and off to the room
It must be appearing extremely hectic but believe me it was hectic!!! The very first day I had a thought that after dinner at 7 p.m., I will watch some series or movies on Netflix. However, I fell asleep as soon as I hit the bed. This was my schedule for the next 28 days.
Lessons I Learnt
The day I enrolled myself in Yoga Teacher Training Program, it was just as a curious student who wanted to learn and explore more. I could have never predicted how this experience would impact my whole life. I won’t lie that I wasn’t annoyed for the first few days in the program but it changed gradually.
Before the program, I was not a lazy person but I wasn’t a disciplined person either. Other than providing the best classes, it taught me the worth and significance of discipline. Instead of having a hectic schedule on a daily basis, I always woke up as rejuvenated and revitalized. In addition, my patience level has increased considerably.
This training program taught me how I can utilize the same number of hours to do something more productive than wasting it on unimportant things.