Level I Yoga Teacher Training Course (RYT 200) in January 2014

Class # 92
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$ …  $1200
January 24, 2014 - February 21, 2014 (30 full days)
Yoga Teacher Training Course, Level I
This is a yoga teacher training program featuring extremely popular yoga teachers of Rishikesh, the world's capital of yoga. The course lasts one full month and is built upon an advanced training program that includes in-depth insight into Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga, Yoga Philosophy, and comprehensive original Theory of Teaching Yoga.
Event program

Extracurricular activities

White-water rafting on Ganga
Trekking around Rishikesh
Volunteer work
Visits to temples and shrines of the Garhwal Himalayas
Visits to the greatest ashrams of Rishikesh
Indian Classical Music nights
Fire ceremonies (Hawan)
Ganga Aarti ceremonies
Pooja ceremonies
Event teachers


Acharya Buddhi Prakash

Buddhi Prakash is an disciple of Sri Swami Maharishi Mahesh, the founder of the School of Transcendental Meditation (TM), who initiated Buddhiji in the tradition of Shankaracharya.

Buddhi Prakash first experienced samadhi at the age of 7. He had a clear vision of his past life in the Himalayas.

He received his higher education at the universities of Agra and Haridwar.

In 2007 he founded Prakash Yoga Sewa Trust. In 2013-14 Acharya Buddhi Prakash had been giving lectures on philosophy and meditation classes at the Himalayan Yoga Academy in Rishikesh.

Dr. Usha Vaishnava

Usha Vaishnava has been working in ayurvedic environment since she was 12 years old. After long years of assisting a doctor Usha enters the Ayurvedic University with 150 year old history, well-known in whole India.

At present doctor Usha holds Master’s degree in Ayurveda and Bachelor’s degree in Medical Sciences. Usha Vaishnava is an accomplished doctor of Ayurveda with nearly 20 years of experience. Her specialization is panchkarma.

Since 2003 Dr. Usha has been teaching at the Himalayan Yoga Academy enjoying her huge popularity among students.

Emily Hewitt

Emily Hewitt teaches Kundalini yoga and Yin yoga at Himalayan Yoga Academy. Emily is a long-timer in Rishikesh, one of the first expats who settled in the world's capital of yoga, for whom Rishikesh became the first home. Emily studied Kundalini yoga from her guru Gurumukh. In modern Kundalini yoga, there is probably no teacher more influential than Emily's gurus. Kundalini classes by Emily are active and full of energy. Kundalini meditations, which Emily's students adore her for, are full of love, subtle energies and feelings of oneness with all there is.

Yin yoga classes taught by Emily according to Paul Grilley (who authorized her personally to teach the system) are super-pleasant, relaxing, restorative.The method of Yin yoga is broadly based on modern miofascial theories and ancient Chinese acupuncture. Having done a Yin yoga class with Emily you'll forget about pain and tension in your body, trust us.

Apart from Kundalini and Yin yoga, Emily is a professional in Acro yoga. Acrobatic or Partner yoga is all about having fun in concentration. It's fun because postures of acro yoga, which you practice in a group, let the child within out; it's a concentration practice because acro requires solidity in both your body and mind tissues which consolidates your attention and consciousness.

Also, Emily Hewitt is good in body anatomy and its practical application in yoga and is able to provide precious advice on teaching to both novices and experienced ones.

Oksana Glagol

A Yoga Methodology teacher, Oksana leads Methodology and Practice of Teaching Yoga along with Level I & II Applied Yoga Anatomy at Himalayan Yoga Academy.

Her lectures on Methodology of Yoga are deeply structured and are absolutely comprehensive. In these lectures, any yoga practitioner – be it an experienced yoga professional or a raw beginner – will find all he or she needs to comprehend the art and science of Yoga at any level.

Practice of Teaching workshops carried out by Oksana are fun, exhaustive and transforming role playing games, interactive presentations and group practices integrated in a way that even the laziest student will eventually find him- or herself a professional in yoga.

Swami Atma Jnanananda Giri

Swami Atma Jnanananda Giri, homeopathic doctor by profession, studied meditation techniques from the great Himalayan master Swami Veda Bharati, completed the Yoga & Vedanta course from Sivananda ashram, and had opportunity to study Vedanta under the great Acharya Swami Dayananda Saraswati.

Swami Atma’s classes begin with foundation classes, where the student is taught how to sit for meditation. With a soft and gentle voice, a person could be led into deep relaxed state. There are different steps that are taught in a sequence.

Since about ten years, he is giving talks on subjects related to yoga and Bhagavat Gita. The talks are refreshing ones, which deal with the modern man’s insecurity, anxiety, competitive living management of time and job related queries.

The study go Bhagavat Gita gives an orientation about how to lead a yogic life. The study of five pillars of sadhana has helped many to balance their life. The study of Patanjali Yoga Sutra makes a person strong, secure and self sufficient.

The talks about the great yogic like Jesus Christ, Lao Tzu, Jalaluddhin Rumi, Boddhidharma, Buddha, Patanjali and Sri Krishna will give inspiration and also help you to understand that yoga is a path to face crisis and also to balance in situations of multiple problems.

Very kind and compassionate person, full of loving kindness, Swami Atma Jnanananda has touched the hearts of our students and managed to impact them in a deep way. Many our students have managed to find peace of mind and strength to deal with their problems after a series of meditation classes with Atma Ji.

Swami Yogananda Maharaj Babaji

This 105-years-old yogi is by all means the best, most honored yoga teacher in Rishikesh, India. Swamiji practices Sukshma Vyayama yoga since the last 84 years. Swamiji gives daily classes still, despite his age. Swamiji lives on raw food and some pure cow milk once in a while. Swami Yogananda has 10 children none of whom survived him.

The 105 year old yogi from the Himalayas, Yoganada Baba is perfectly healthy and gives up to four yoga classes a day. He has been practicing yoga for more than 80 years. Swami-ji believes that this system helps him lead a full life in good physical shape and sound mind. Having all his teeth in place, possessing unique memory, eyesight, ear and extraordinary flexibility, Swami Yogananda is going to live to be 150 years old. Being an unusually progressive Baba, he is currently studying English language and the basics of computer literacy. He even has his own Facebook page.
Swamiji lives in Rishikesh. However, during spring and summer seasons he is off traveling around the world, giving workshops and seminars on yoga and healthy lifestyles. In his classes you will learn Sukshma Vyayama, the Himalayan yoga system that helps developing stamina, health and longevity. You can also purchase a record with his classes given in front of thousands of people in Delhi. Swami-ji is widely respected in Rishikesh. He receives a special pension from the Indian government in recognition of his merits as a Freedom Fighter.

Cheerful as a child, very kind and funny, he will not only teach you how to be strong and healthy, but will also sprinkle you with an immense amount of positiveness and tremendous buoyancy.

Yogacharya Ashish Kumar Sharma

Ashish Sharma is young and yet very experienced teacher of hatha yoga. He was born, grew up and received his training in Rishikesh located in the foothills of the eternal Himalayas. Ashish’s insatiable longing for a deeper understanding of the practice of hatha yoga has led him to absorb the very essence of the classical hatha yoga. Ashish is a super-talented teacher and a gifted mentor. Practicing under his guidance gives you better control of your body and makes you stronger and more flexible. Your practice, however, only begins there. The power and pliancy of the mind work to develop a stronger will and enhance your intellectual facility, you begin to see the things earlier unseen.

Ashish Sharma has been practicing hatha yoga since 14 years under the guidance of numerous yoga teachers, yet he admits that his first and foremost teacher is his brother Pankaj Sharma, an internationally renowned yoga master. Ashish has been giving classes from 2007, and he has many students coming to Rishikesh every year to learn yoga exclusively from him. Ashish is, probably, one of the best yoga teachers in Rishikesh.

Ashish is teaching hatha yoga with special attention on body alignment and asana geometry. Having deep understanding of biomechanics of the body, he is excellent teacher to give basic comprehension of how body should work in each pose. Ashish pays special attention to people with spine and joint problems, he has very vast background in yoga therapy. Classes of Ashish have been proved essential in building overall understanding of body work for future yoga teachers. In every class, he gives true revelations on healthy engagements of muscles to avoid injuries and what you can do to optimize the effect. His classes are the best to go deeper into the body and gain control of the most subtlest and deepest muscles. That creates a state of very subtle concentration, without excessive effort, effects of which students feel long after the class has finished. Ashish possesses the blend of professional strictness with compassionate softness and good sense of humor, which makes his classes highly effective and energetically balanced.

Ashish Sharma is one of the few teachers of hatha yoga in Rishikesh who teaches the mastery of asana without much physical contact with the student. Ashish, like no other yoga master from the world’s yoga capital, understands what it takes to master asana. Ashish has practiced yoga since his early childhood and began teaching it in 2000.

Humble, modest and very competent in yoga asana, Ashish possesses all the qualities of a true teacher of yoga. Along with Sri Surinder Singh, Ashish is always named among the most popular teachers at the Himalayan Yoga Academy and Rishikesh, the world’s yoga capital.

Yogacharya Kamal Bhatt

Yogacharya Kamal was born in family with deep knowledge of Sanscrit and ancient texts, so study of Vedic and other ancient text was part of his yogic education since childhood. Kamal is absolutely the best shatkarma yoga teacher in Rishikesh, India.

In 2006, he attained 1 year training course in naturopathy at National Institute of Naturopathy (Department of Ayush Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India).

In 2007, Kamal attained bachelor degree in Physical education from Barkatullash university, Bhopal.

In 2010, he attained Master of Science in Yoga from Uttarakhand Sanskrit University in Haridwar.

In 2002, Kamal participated in all-India Inter-university Yogasana Championship held at North Gujarat University, Patan.

In 2008, he co-founded International Free Yoga and Music Festival that lasted till 2014.

Kamal is master of hatha yoga techniques, and particularly shatkarma section. He is one of the best teachers in Rishikesh to teach cleansing techniques as he is well proficient with the most complicated shatkarmas. He teaches yoga from traditional perspective and combines approaches of naturopathy and natural living.

In the world's capital of yoga, Kamal Ji is perhaps the real-est yogi of all. His humbleness and kindness, immense compassion towards all living beings and non-fading cheerfullness combined with routine yoga practice make him one of a kind, true living yogi.

Yogacharya Naveen Joshi

In his classes, Naveen uses a range of techniques: hatha yoga asana, traditional and modern pranayama techniques, mantra chanting, some "laughter yoga" techniques, sukshma vyayama and motivational philosophy-based class themes to keep your mind concentrated on your practice.

Naveen is former student of Yogacharya Vishvaketu Ji, a very popular yogi in Rishikesh, whose teacher, in turn, was Yogi Raj, yet another big name in Northern India.

Naveen taught inspiring asana classes at Himalayan Yoga Academy in the years of 2013-2014.

Yogacharya Sanjeev Pandey Ji

Yogacharya Sanjeev Pandey Ji is the most popular Pranayama teacher in Rishikesh, India. His inspirational classes won't leave anyone indifferent to the art of pranayama. Pandey Ji is artistical, yet able to talk in simple language about intricate matters. As all–without exception– students witness, Pandey Ji's knowledge of pranayama is comprehensive and exhaustive. Yogacharya Pandey is able to rediscover familiar techniques in a new light and in the exact sequence and method that increase efficiency of your practice to the absolute.

Sanjeev Pandey has been into pranayama for the last 20 years. Once a successful businessman he gave up everything to go into the depth of yogic lifestyle. He is a well-known pranayama teacher in Rishikesh. His unique teaching style does not leave anyone cold. Students say that within a few classes he manages to give them a very clear idea about such a complicated science as pranayama and its purposes and techniques as a part of the eight-limbed yogic path.

Pandey Ji is a devotee of traditional methods on modern yoga. His views and teachings are based on classical works on yoga such as Hathayogapradipika, Bhagavad Gita, a numbe of the Upanishads and Gheranda Samhita.


Comment on location

This yoga teacher training program will take place in the oldest ashram of Rishikesh and one of the oldest ashrams of Northern India.
You will be staying in one of the many rooms provided by Swargashram. Some of them are double rooms where you're supposed to reside with a neighbor.
Weather conditions: 

Weather in January-February 2014 is expected to be mildly fresh hanging around 18ºC in the middle of the day and getting down to 12ºC evening time. Take a light jacket, a pair of socks, sneakers, etc.

Food & Catering

Catering Options: 
Three meals a day
All food is freshly cooked in a dedicated equipped kitchen by two most prominent cooks of Rishikesh, Brajmohan Raturi ji and Raj Kumar ji. Come and check for yourself!


Regular cost: 
$ 1200
Cost includes: 
Minimum 200 hours of extraordinary classes with the best yoga teachers of Rishikesh
Semi-double room shared with a friend in a luxurious complex Akash Ganga overlooking the great Mother Ganga
Three meals per day, unlimited servings, only vegetarian food cooked with organic products
Numerous extracurricular events including but not limited to music concerts, white water rafting, trekking/hiking, acro-yoga
Books and manuals in Yogic Anatomy, Yogic Philosophy, Teaching Theory
Level I Yoga Teacher certification under the Yoga Alliance RYT 200 designation
Cost excludes: 
Flight/train/bus/taxi cost
Visa fees
Medical charges, insurance
Services not mentioned in the program description
Paid extras: 
Taxi service
Free extras: 
Ticket booking
Free Wi-Fi
Free textbooks
Free organic bag
Free T-shirt
Free neti pot
Free tongue scraper

Get 10% off if you are coming with a friend plus additional 3% off for every other friend you bring with you. Get additional 5% off if you're a repeating student.


You'll enjoy full 30 days of practicing under the most experienced yoga teachers of Rishikesh whose name makes up the reputation of the world's capital of yoga
In an absolutely academic athmosphere, you'll get deep mystical experiences of ancient yogic wisdom being guided by true Himalayan masters
You'll be staying in an ancient ashram area yet in a modern guest house with all the concveniences of contemporary world – hot shower 24/7, separate spacious bedroom, well-furnished living room, a balcony with an incredible view of Ganga, a kitchen even!
You'll be consuming only pure organic food lovingly prepared by two grand chefs who are also Brahmins and absolutely pure souls
You'll discover true Yoga in a way you never thought it is – the super-contemporary system of physical and mental training, the path of harmonizing your inner self with the outter world, the philosophy of well-being and joyfull living

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Reviews by graduates

I was here in March 2016 and I'm so happy about my choice.

I was actually at another school before I met Stevie from Himalayan YA. He took time to answer all my questions and explained to me in depth about what HYA had to offer. I was looking for traditional yoga with Western teachings. Himalayan gave me just that, the best of both worlds which was really important to me as I was returning to the West to teach.

I had enjoyed yoga for many years but I had the knowledge lacking from my practice. I now can say that my eyes are more open to yoga than I ever imagined plus there are many bonuses to this course.

Many courses don't give much teaching time but HYA gives an extra 40 hours to concentrate on just that. Classes such as vocal training to lean how to fill the room with a calm but assertive voice which is forgotten about on other courses. I felt confident to lead a class because of this practice. I have met many other students who had completed their YTT who didn't have the confidence to teach months after graduating. I am truly grateful for this. Be warned this course is intensive but you have a good support system around you plus fun trips to help you relax and enjoy it for what it is :)

Loved the team and grateful for all that I have taken away with me :)

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