Current course programs

This is the list of currently active training programs in Himalayan Yoga Academy. We create new programs and update existing ones permanently, so come back later for even greater programs!

This is a 5-week knowledge-rich and experience-intensive training program for those who breathe yoga, who live yoga, who are committed to greatly deepen their knowledge and improve their skills, to realize the unity and integrity of yoga practice, and are eager to pass their own experience (received directly from the Himalayan masters at a genuine Himalayan ashram) further in the most professional and competent way.

If you are ready to become a fantastic highly-qualified hooray-for-messiah yoga teacher*, read further.

* — This transformation will not, of course, happen automatically, yet we created a fine environment for the biggest transformation in your life. Read on.

Have you been interested in trying yoga for some time but not really sure where to even begin? You have heard all over the internet and TV about this strange word “Yoga,” but not sure what to make of all these hyper-enthusiastic people. You see the sparks in your friend’s eyes from their experience in Yoga, but your cat and dog bend better than you do. You’ve heard so much these days about yoga from your friends and acquaintances [all buzzing in your ear] about the incredible results and effects it has had in their physical body and spiritual growth.

Are you troubled by tensions in your body and mind that you can live with, but know you would be happier without? Do you sometimes feel as if you have lost control of what is going on around you and even losing yourself inside of your own thoughts? Are you sometimes even unable to sleep and start to lose your ability to logically reason and rationalize? Do health and lightness of being inevitably escape from your life? Then it is probably not by chance that you ended up on this page by accident…

All this talk about Yoga and its effects on body and mind have planted a seed in your head to try, but there are time discrepancies, or who is the right yoga teacher, or maybe courses you have seen are unreasonably expensive. And then there all these foreign phrases like “Chakras,” “Asana,” and “Pranayama” that seem so mystical and out of reach.

This course is designed for those who intend to get acquainted with yoga in her homeland. You will be able to have your first experiences in Yoga in India, right in the world capital of yoga, with the support of leading instructors who are internationally known in all major styles and subjects. All accommodations and food are included in the price along with Sunday excursions.

You have been waiting for your first experience in Yoga and this course has been made for specifically for you, hosting some of the Top Yogis in Rishikesh. We guarantee you will not regret this yoga immersion program.

Our 2 week introductory course is an intensive yoga program including an in depth study of the theory and practice of Yoga. Specially designed for beginners in Yoga along with experienced practitioners who feel they lack knowledge in some areas of the great science of Yoga.
The course is divided into two components:

  • Intensive training program with extensive physical practice
  • Intensive theoretical program including lectures and workshops on Yoga philosophy, anatomy and biomechanics of Yoga, traditional practices of Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga and Ayurveda.
The program provides a comprehensive overview of the theoretical and practical parts of Yoga
You will be taught by 7 teachers from the Himalayas
You will have a lot of time to consume and explore this knowledge along with adequate free time for yourself to enjoy Rishikesh
It is possible to take additional courses in massage, Panchakarma, cooking, and different types of Yoga. There is also the opportunity to get personal advice from experts in several different fields with a significant discount
You will receive a certificate of completion of 90 hours of an international standard certificate
You will also meet a large amount of new like-minded friends in your Himalayan experience

This is the most suitable program for students if you are looking:

  • To attain the knowledge and skills in Yoga to develop your own practice,
  • To be thoroughly acquainted with Yoga under the guidance of Indian well-known Yoga instructors,
  • To fill the gaps in understanding of Yoga as a holistic system

This 4-week course is the most comprehensive program of Yoga studies in India for those who want to explore the depths of Yoga, to lay a solid foundation for personal practice, and to achieve a full understanding of the yoga system and its integrity, as well as to understand in detail the technical aspects of yogic practice.

The course covers all the basic subjects of Yoga along with additional more advanced practices including: Shatkarma, philosophy, Asana, Pranayama, along with techniques of concentration and meditation (Raja Yoga). The course will also include techniques of breathing and voice, anatomy and physiology, biomechanics and kinesiology, fundamentals of Ayurveda, restorative yoga techniques, subtle energies in Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Yin Yoga, Acro Yoga, Yoga Nidra, structural setting, and manual techniques in Yoga and Yoga history.

You will not find a more qualified teaching faculty. Our teaching staff consists of 12 Indian and international instructors, most of whom have an academic degree in the field of Yoga, long experience working with international students and many years of experience teaching Yoga in India and abroad.

This course is in the core program of our teacher training course. To obtain a first qualifying degree after completion of this course, one must demonstrate an adequate level of understanding in their practice and teaching methods to pass the teaching practicum and certification, after which, entry-level Yoga can be taught. Qualifying students of the intensive course considerably exceeds the basic requirements for an ordinary practitioner.

Above all the advantages of this program is that our students will have an absolute, integral and indivisible vision of Yoga as a system of techniques and knowledge, consistent with personal goals and circumstances of the practitioner. At the end of this program, the student, through their own experience will be able to explain the essence of Yoga and to formulate a methodology of personal Yoga practice to achieve personal goals.

This course can be taken repeatedly. Rest assured you will be discovering something new each time. Our 28-day yoga intensive course is a sort of “jump start” in the specialized professional and semi-professional courses in Yoga, as well as a training program for entry-level yoga teachers, for the development of personal practice and creating one’s own vision of yoga.

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Reviews by graduates

As part of my long way home from Korea to Wisconsin, I decided I’d like to make a stop in India. I wasn’t sure for what exactly—maybe stay at an ashram where I could find a guru and learn about the meaning of life or learn how to meditate for hours on end and eventually get in touch with my own inner guru. I began looking up possible ashrams when an exciting though occurred to me—why not take a yoga instructor course? It had been something I’d thought about for years, but it was always financially out of reach. Not so in India… since I planned to be there anyway, the airfare was already covered. Furthermore, the cost of a 4 or 5-week yoga teacher program is a fraction of the price compared to what I'd find in the U.S. What's more, unlike the programs in the U.S., yoga teacher training programs in India include room and board! Ultimately, taking a yoga teacher training course seemed like the best option to not only fill my time in India, but also delve deeper into my spiritual side and deepen my yoga practice. Alas, my online search for an ashram shifted to a search for the perfect yoga school.

Immediately I knew the location of this yoga academy had to be Rishikesh. This city was thought to be the birthplace of yoga and currently considered the yoga capital of the world. Rishikesh is situated along the sacred Ganga River and at the foothills of the Himalayan mountains. It is a place brimming with forehead-painted swamis dressed in orange and a myriad of ashrams for yoga and meditation.

The next criteria on my list were A) a small class size and B) a school that offered only a few classes per year. I hoped to get to know all the individuals in my program. For this reason, I sought a class size of 25 people or less. Also, I didn’t want a yoga teacher training (YTT) program that spewed out yoga teachers like some kind of factory production. There are plenty of these types in Rishikesh—they offer a new YTT course beginning every month. I felt that the drawback of this model is twofold: (1) teachers become tired and lose steam from the repetition (trust me, as a teacher myself, I know this to be all too true) and (2) the factory model is great for making money, but when that’s your goal, how much are you willing to invest in your students?

Since I knew what I was looking for, my search was easily narrowed down to one YTT in particular: Himalayan Yoga Academy (HYA). This program is 5 weeks, unlike the more common 4-week model (in my opinion, 4 weeks seemed like a very crammed schedule). Additionally, at the time, the YTT program was offered only 1-2 times per year. The course had breadth which appealed to me—an introductory, broad scope would allow me to delve deeper into anything of particular interest following the course. Lastly, unlike other YTTs with a “guru system” where one guru, or teacher, teaches all classes in the program, HYA used the academy model—like an academy, the school provides a teacher who specializes in what he or she is teaching for each class. Basically, I was sold.

Upon my arrival, I was amazed to find the website may have in fact undersold the YTT program! I was in awe of my surroundings—the turquoise Ganga, the soft, fine, white, sparkling sand of the beach in front of my home, the pure, fresh air from the mountains, the footpath along the river connecting me to a nearby area filled with vegetarian restaurants, shopping, and live music. I was taken aback by the incredible individuals from all over the world in the yoga program, by the teachers who were so genuine, kind, and open, and by the staff—cooking for us, preparing our halls, putting on concerts of traditional Indian instruments and kirtan (devotional chanting)… it all seemed too good to be true. I had been traveling for 3 months prior to settling into Rishikesh, so it was wonderful to finally have a place to call home, roommates to befriend, and 3 wholesome meals to eat each day.

We quickly fell into the HYA routine—waking up before the sun to rinse our nostrils and sinuses with the neti pot, learning the breathing practices of pranayama, purifying our body through shatkarma techniques, and hitting the mat for an asana class—all before our first chapatti of the day! Following breakfast, the rest of the day was filled with any combination of yoga philosophy, methodology of teaching yoga, teaching yoga practice, anatomy, meditation, ayuerveda, zen classes, and more asana classes—occasionally mixing it up with kundalini, acro, and yin yoga. On Sundays we had the day off--either a day of rest or a day of adventure with HYA (white water rafting on the Ganga, hiking a waterfall, exploring spiritual caves, teambuilding activities at Mystic Beach, etc.) There were other highlights during the 5 weeks—like the neem-green mud bath, prakshalana cleanse (look it up, haha), watching the sunrise over Rishikesh, and movie nights.

Over the five weeks, my classmates and I formed astoundingly strong bonds and we began to feel like a large, multicultural family. Because the course was demanding physically, mentally, and even emotionally, it was crucial to have the support from classmates. That familial atmosphere kept everyone afloat through the end of the course—you could count on others to offer you help or encouragement when in need. It was an incredible feeling to be a part of this family and to all learn so much during such a brief timespan.

As an individual who practiced westernized yoga for many years, I was amazed to realize how very little I knew about yoga! The seven limbs aside, asana (what westerners think of as yoga) was reintroduced to us in a way we all learned a great deal. Thanks to our structural yoga instructor, Ashish, my classmates and I were tested daily on our preconceived notions of poses and postures, which were fortunately replaced by proper technique. Ashish’s class had me wondering what I’d been doing all these previous years in yoga classes... clearly not proper asana!

On the teaching side of things, HYA offered us a methodology of teaching class and also teaching yoga practice. In the methodology of teaching class, we learned about elements to be aware of when sequencing a class and which factors to consider when creating an asana class. The class had beneficial aspects to it, though much of the time it was difficult to follow or too much information given too fast to process. Our instructor was certainly knowledgeable but sometimes the information wasn’t conveyed in the clearest fashion. Fortunately, we were able to hone our individual teaching methods over a series of practice classes where we taught asana classes to our fellow classmates. These practices were always followed up by feedback from our instructors and classmates. This practice was incredibly useful and helped prepare us for our final exam where we taught our classmates a 10-minute segment of an individually-made, full class plan.

Although five weeks of structural alignment, other asana classes, and teaching practice were certainly beneficial to me, they in no way situated me to be an amazing yoga instructor. Yes, I passed the exam and now hold a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certificate (woohoo!), but to be the best teacher I can be, I realize I must further my self-practice. I view HYA as the gateway to a long yoga journey. I've only just passed through the threshold and taken my first glimpse at the true essence of yoga. Now I will take it upon myself to continue my practice and strive to be the best yoga practitioner and teacher I can possibly be.

Our last few days at HYA consisted of passing our final exams, breathing a collective sigh of relief, and celebrating with our yoga family. Saying “until next time”—never goodbye—some of us parted ways after the five weeks and a few of us traveled together to see the Taj Mahal, visit Varanasi, and chill beachside in Goa. It was an incredible adventure—one I’m so glad I embarked on. We’re already planning our return to India for the 300-hour course so we can become Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 500 Yoga Alliance certified! :)

So, until next time,

Namaste.

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