200 Hours Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training India

Overview of Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Course

Rishikesh Nath Yogshala offers 200 hours Ashtanga Yoga Teacher’s Training course for the advanced practitioners who want to challenge or change themselves, evolve the practice of learning, advancing their knowledge of Yoga and immerse deeper into the study of ancient Science of Ashtanga Yoga. Our rigorous program includes the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary and Intermediate series, Pranayam, Meditation, Kriyas, Alignment and Adjustment workshop. These practices will enliven your body, mind, and spirit with the experience of Yoga.

Ashtanga comes from the combination of two Sanskrit words: Ashta meaning Eight and Anga which means limbs. It has been developed as one of the Yogic Philosophies by the Yoga Gurus. The eight branches start with the observation of basic lifestyles, principles, and ethics that are called as Niyamas or Yamas. These are then followed by the Asanas, Poses and Body posture to make your body flexible and also prepare for the next level. After that, the Pranayama breathing techniques are learned to control the mind and body. Later on, Prathayahanra, the practice of withdrawing the senses to study the inner world and their link to the external world are practiced. The next to this is Dharana meaning concentration to settle the mind for meditation and then preparing the final stage, the Samadhi as the bliss.

The process

Through the first two steps, the mental strength is enhanced by interpreting the qualities of one’s own mind and its limitations. Restlessness ceases to exist at this stage and all the limitations and imperfections of the mind are left behind. Analytical observation and intellectual energy tend to grow and you will start to enjoy internal bliss.

About the Training

This is a complete Ashtanga Yoga instructor training in Ashtanga Primary series. This has been designed in accordance with the 200-hour requirements for the registration with the Yoga Alliance. Once you have completed the course, you will become a certified Ashtanga Ashtanga Yoga Instructor and eligible to register with Yoga Alliance yourself. You will be a tutor and guru in yourself. The Yoga Teacher’s training program offered by Rishikesh Nath Yogshala will teach you to work intelligently with the new students who wish to learn the Primary series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

Benefits of Ashtanga Yoga:

  • Increase inner confidence
  • Asana practice makes the body flexible and physically fit
  • Open the full potential of the body and mind
  • Improve mental awareness essential for facing all situations of life
  • Pratyahara brings control of the mind
  • Pranayama brings the control of the breath and peace of mind
  • Experience the calmness of the mind through Samadhi – the last stage in this yoga
  • Meditation practice leads to experience the stillness of mind

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Our Curriculum

The Ashtanga Yoga Teacher training is offered by a team of eminent and experienced teachers and the comprehensive training program is designed as per the 200-hour requirements as mentioned by the Yoga Alliance. One the course is completed successfully, you will become a certified Yoga instructor who is eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance and is qualified enough to teach and practice Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga worldwide. All the modules are taught in details so as to exceed the requirements of Yoga Alliance. Our comprehensive course schedule includes the Asanas, Asana Methodology, Meditation and Pranayama, Anatomy, Yoga Philosophy, Ayurveda and more! The Pranayama classes will cover various techniques like Kapalbhati, Bhastrika, Shithali, Shithkari and Bhramari etc. The teachers provide assistance during the session to make changes in poses or postures if necessary.

The Ashtanga Yoga Teacher training is an intense experience that helps you to develop a firm foundation of the inner discipline.

Classroom Management

Our Ashtanga Yoga Teacher training is based on studying the theoretical, spiritual and physical components of Ashtanga Yoga study. The course is determined to suit all levels of practitioners and whether you wish to teach Yoga or not, this course helps to rekindle the passion of learner towards Yoga and at the same time, gives you a deeper understanding of the basic principles of Ashtanga.

The learner needs to attain perfection of the body along with perfection in mind in order to gain mental efficiency. Abhyasa is the keynote of this Yogic philosophy.

Practical Exposure

As a team, we will aspire and support the trainees to attain holistic approach during the training sessions. We aim for the trainees to witness and experience the value of subtle practices like meditation and pranayama as well as Asana practices.

  • • Yoga philosophy, history of yoga, introduction to Sanskrit
  • • Knowledge of tradition and relevant sources, especially the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • • Meditation, mantras, pranayama
  • • Principle of Alignment and Adjustment
  • • Energy concepts: Bandha, Kundalini, Nadis, Chakras, Granthis
  • • Learn the first series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and its special features (Vinyasa Count, Dṛṣṭis, Bandhas, Ujjayī)
  • • Teaching techniques, didactics, and methodology
  • • Vocational-oriented qualifications / Business aspects
  • • Accompany your personal growth within the training
  • • Knowledge and experience of functional anatomy and physiology to adapt yoga to the individual needs of participants

Trainee Assessment

The trainee needs to be competent for graduating as a Yoga teacher as per their class based participation and ongoing observations during classes. Trainees also receive valuable feedback on the practical sessions from assistant teachers and senior teachers. They need to meet the certain teaching standards regarding their anatomy, adjustments, asana alignment, and communication. As a trainee, you will be required to work in groups and others on teaching practicums. Applicants must be prepared to undergo constructive training on regular basis. You will be provided with proper study material as well as guidance throughout the assessment phase.

Course Pre-requisites

  • • The eligibility for this Ashtanga Yoga Teacher training is a sincere desire to learn and discipline to attend all the classes. 6 months of recent yoga practice in ashtanga or hatha is a must.
  • • Clarity about your own motivation at the course and the associated expectations – we want to have two years to let yoga work, learn together and grow
  • • Longer yoga experience and regular practice. We aim at your individual goal. In the course, it is also possible to cultivate a traditional (6-day week) Ashtanga Yoga practice or to develop your own individual practice.
  • • A personal interview with the trainer. We want to grow together with you and immerse deeply in yoga. We also want to have a good conversation with you, so that we can discuss all your questions before the start of the training and decide whether to spend the two years together together
  • • Willingness to practice regularly during the several month’s preparation phases as well as during the duration of the training, to read technical literature, to write homework, etc.
  • • We have at least 80% attendance during the intensive weeks and weekends. Absences can also be made up after consultation.

Daily Schedule

Monday to Friday:

  • 05:00 am – Wake Up
  • 05:45 am – Herbal Tea
  • 06:00 am – Shatkarma/ Kriyas (Yogic cleansing)
  • 07:00 am – Yoga asana (Postures)
  • 08:30 am – Mantra chanting (Sacred sounds)
  • 09:15 am – Pranayama (Breathing exercises)
  • 10:15 am – Breakfast (Fresh seasonal juice)
  • 10:30 am – Yoga philosophy/ Ayurveda
  • 11:30 am – Lunch
  • 03:30 pm – Anatomy/ Physiology
  • 04:30 pm – Yoga asana
  • 06:00 pm – Meditation
  • 07:00 pm – Dinner
  • 10:30 pm – Lights Out


  • 05.00 am – Wake up
  • 05.45 am – Herbal Tea
  • 06.00 am – Mantra Yoga
  • 07.30 am – meditation
  • 08.00 am – Yoga asana
  • 09.30 am – Pranayama
  • 10.30 am – Breakfast
  • 11.30 am – Any questions?
  • 12.00 pm – Free – Enjoy your Weekend

What we expect from you

  • • Normal physical and psychological resilience
  • • Harmonious and balanced cooperation in the training group
  • • Relaxed after the training weekend
  • • Election of a further participant as a training and training partner for deepening the content of the training
  • • Take-over of small activities to the common good of the group in the course of the training (Karmayoga): (eg preparation of tea and meals, assistance in the yoga room)
  • • Openness and commitment: The training is aimed at everyone who wants to deepen their practice and share with others. A certain vinyasa yoga experience is desirable, however, passion, dedication, and openness with which you want to devote yourself to education are far more important. We expect you to integrate yoga into your everyday life during your training.
  • • Discipline: Prerequisite for obtaining the certificate is the 100% presence during the entire training and the internship, the submission of all homework and book reports, as well as the existence of the theoretical and practical examinations.

Course Coverage

  • • Yama – Ethical Discipline
  • • Niyama – self-observation
  • • Asana attitude
  • • Pranayama – breath control
  • • Pratyahara – withdrawing the senses
  • • Dharana – concentration
  • • Dhyana – meditation
  • • Samadhi – state of joy and peace
  • • Body Alignment Techniques
  • • How to teach individual and group sessions
  • • Business ethics of Yoga and setting up a Yoga School
  • • Holistic approach to learning of Therapeutic Yoga Teaching

Course Eligibility and Requirements

  • Any adult (Male or Female) can enroll for this course
  • The individual should not be physically challenged or suffering from medical ailments or chronic disorders
  • Every participant has to adhere to the minimum attendance* criteria for classes
  • Successful completion of homework, quizzes, in-class and take home projects/exams
  • Participation in a final in-class practice teaching workshop
  • Fulfilment of Class Completion Requirement (Varies per training, Specifics noted on your training schedule)
  • No of Maximum Seats : Only 15 students per batch
  • • Ujjayi- Special attention is given to the control of the breath in Ashtanga Yoga. In Ashtanga Yoga, the so-called Ujjayi breathing is used. You can apply this in the complete Asanapraxis, which gives you more energy and better breathability. Through the Ujjayi breathing, you create a noise through the targeted narrowing of the vocal spines during inhalation and exhalation. Through this constriction, you create a resistor that produces the typical Ujjayi noise. Breathing thus serves as an orientation point in practice.
  • • Vinyasa- Vinyasa describes the synchronization of movement (asana) and breath. Ashtanga Yoga is a Vinyasa system, where you can exercise every movement in the respiratory rhythm. So do not make any movement that you can not connect with the breath.
  • • Bandha- Bandha describes subtle muscle contractions in certain areas of the body during yoga praxis. One differentiates Uddiyana, Mula, and Jalandara Bandha. Bandha can be translated with tape. This band passes through the body. By specifically activating the muscles involved, you will focus your body on and off, stabilize and protect your body, generate warmth and focus your mind.
  • • Drishti- Drishti means a point of view. In Ashtanga Yoga, you can perform any movement with a fixed viewpoint. This focus will help you focus attention from the outside in, thus restoring your mind.

Course Fee and Available Dates

3rd of Every Month 30th of Every Month 999 USD 1199 USD

Booking amount due with the application is USD 200 (non-refundable advance towards the course fee) and remaining fee needs to be paid on arrival.

Course Fee Includes

  • 1. Textbooks, Manual, and other printed course materials
  • 2. Lessons from 8 professional yoga and meditation teachers and guest lecturers
  • 3. Use of yoga props during the course
  • 4. Vegetarian meals (3 times a day), 2 time tea
  • 5. Comfortable accommodation in the first established ashram in Rishikesh
  • 6. Local sightseeing four outdoor tour on weekend
  • 7. 2 Ayurvedic massage, Shatkarma Kit (Cleansing techniques)

Excluding– Any other local travel or sightseeing, other items of personal nature.