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200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

April 1 – April 29, 2017 : $1600!  $1400 – Enroll Now!

May 6 – June 4, 2017 : $1600!  $1400 – Enroll Now!

Swargashram, Rishikesh, India

This 200-hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India at Nada Yoga School will be conducted by the team of accomplished teachers, including a reputed Ayurvedic doctor and a Nada yogi, who feel privileged to share their knowledge and practice of ancient traditions, while incorporating elements of medical sciences (Yoga Anatomy and Physiology).

The program is suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners and includes such topics as Vedic Chanting, Kirtan, Music Lessons, Yoga Philosophy, Shatkarma, Asanas, Pranayama, Mudra Bandha, Meditation, Anatomy, Ayurveda, Asana Alignment Corrections, nada yoga classes, etc.

Students receive a solid foundation in all aspects of yogic disciplines that prepares them to embark on a career as yoga teachers, upon successful completion of the various objectives.


What you will learn?

History and Philosophy of Hatha Yoga 

This theoretical session will cover history and philosophy of yoga and development of yoga from ancient times with analysis of most important books on yoga, until the present days. Such perspective will offer students understanding of main goals of yoga and how variety of practices that sprung from original discipline aim to fulfil those goals. This will give students understanding of purpose of every yoga practice, so that they could apply this understanding in their own personal practice and class. Connecting one’s yoga practice to roots makes it more meaningful and gives us better instruments to evaluate progress.

The classes will include lectures on –

  1. Vedic Philosophy – Four great statements, four stages of life and their relation, importance of relation between student and teacher, practical way of understanding of vedic wisdom, etc.
  2. Upanisadas – Four steps of meditation, four bodies and their four states, Brahman and maya, etc.
  3. Sath Darshanas (Six Indian Philosophical Schools) –
    (i) Shankhya – purusa and prakrati (supreme consciousness and matter) and their manifestations
    (ii) Patanjali Yoga Darshan – yoga sutras and eight limbs
    (iii) Nyaya – knowledge through logic and regioning
    (iv) Vaiseshik – Vishesha and Avishesha (form and formless)
    (v) Karmamimansa – knowledge of karma theory (action and reaction)
    (vi) Vedanta – Cause and reality of universe, etc.
  4. Bhagwatgita – karma yoga, bhakti yoga, gyan yoga, etc.
  5. Philosophy of Hatha Yoga and its practical aspects –
  6. Tantra Philosophy – Elemental principle, prana principle, kundalini principle, Chakra principle, lotus principle and other symbols of tantra.


Yogic Anatomy and Physiology of human body

While gaining understanding of goals and philosophy of yoga and having overviewed the practices that ancient yogic used to meet these goals, we will look at the same practices from the perspective of modern science. We will see how effectiveness of yogic practices is explained in traditional, anatomical and physiological terms. This topic will also give us understanding of safety during practice. Being aware of how body works, what are the most vulnerable points, how deceases originate and how they affect systems of body, we will learn how to build the practice safely for all students and adapt it for specific needs.

The lectures on Yogic Anatomy and Physiology will include lectures on –

  1. Skeletal system – Bones and joints. Types of joints, their range of movement and application of this understanding to safe yoga practice. Spine: anatomy, safety. Keeping the spine healthy with yoga.
  2. Muscular system – Anatomy of muscles and tendons. Principle of work of agonist and antagonist muscles and its application in yoga. Avoiding and dealing with common problems of muscles and tendons in yoga (muscle strains, tears, ruptured tendons, carpal tunnel syndrome).
  3. Cardiovascular system – High and low blood pressure. Practice that keeps the heart healthy. Practice with heart disorders and hypertonia/ hypotonia.
  4. Nervous system – Somatic and autonomic nervous system. Sympathetic and parasympathetic autonomous nervous systems. How yoga affects nervous system. Special yoga practices for diseases of nervous system. Dealing with stress.
  5. Respiratory system – Design of the respiratory system, muscles of respiration. Neuromuscular regulation or breathing and impact of breathing on nervous system. Physiology of respiration. Hypoventilation and hyperventilation. Analysis of types of breathing: thoracic (constricted and empowered), paradoxical, abdominal breathing, diaphragmatic, full yogic breath. Analysis of different yogic breathing exercises (kapalabhati, bhastrika, ujayyi), with their impact on cellular gas exchange and nervous system.
  6. Digestive system – Yogic practices that keep digestive system healthy. Contraindication to practices for certain disorders of digestive system.
  7. Endocrine system – Contraindications and special yoga practices in cases of hormonal imbalance and endocrine diseases.


Ayurveda is an ancient vedic science that is closely related to practice of yoga. Understanding of Ayurvedic concepts will help us deepen the practice of yoga and compose diet and lifestyle that will suit our individual requirements.

The lectures of Ayurveda will include study of –

  1. Basics of Ayurveda (elements, dhatus, doshas and tastes)
  2. Kapha, Vatta and Pitta. Knowing your body type.
  3. Daily routine, seasonal routine, diet regime, and much more.

Shatkarma (detoxification) Classes

45 to 60 minutes daily. The classes of shatkarma will include lessons of practices like jala neti, sutra neti, dhauti, trataka, kapalbhati, nauli, etc. There will also be 2 hours specially dedicated to a full body cleansing practice – shankprakshalana during the course.


45 minutes daily is devoted exclusively to meditation practices. You will learn the following meditation techniques during the course – yoga nidra, vipasana meditation, nad brahma meditation, kundalini meditation, tratak (light) meditation, sakshi dhyan, so-ham mantra meditation, chakra breath meditation, nada yoga meditation, mantra meditation, sufi meditation, etc.


Though we will have pranayama practices on each daily practice classes, we will specially have some classes dedicated to pranayama in which you will learn the following breathing techniques –  anulome-vilome pranayama, nadi sodhan pranayama, sitkari, ujjayi, kapalbhati, etc. We will also have lectures on philosophy of pranayama, philosophy of panch prana, etc.

Daily Yoga Asana Practice

We will have 3 to 4 hours of daily yoga practice. 1.5 hour in the morning and 1.5 hour in the evening.  In this section, we will cover all poses and will practice both static and dynamic regimes, will learn vinyasas and basic warm-up and joint loosening/strengthening sequences such as pavana muktasana, surya namaskar, chandra namaskar, etc.

Alignment Classes

On alignment classes, we will learn asanas in every detail. First the instructor demonstrates the asana and explains its geometry and alignment principles.

We will learn purpose of the asana, indication and contraindications, main muscular engagement, area of release, points of stability and grounding, effect on spine, joints and internal organs. Then we will look at the modifications and tiny changes of alignment and will learn how these changes affect overall effect of asana and especially effect on spine and joints.

In this way we will create understanding of asana geometry rather than learn “how it should be” and teach the only possible way without discrimination. Then we will analyze the alignment of asana in environment of “asana laboratory” where one student performs the pose and other students analyze it according to the information they learned.

After analysis of all the points and offering their cues and adjustments, all students try to perform the asana with understanding of its geometry, weight distribution and internal muscles work.

Vocal/Music/Nada Yoga Classes

Along with all the yoga practices, you will also get the opportunity to learn vocal (bhajan, kirtans, mantra chanting), nada yoga and Indian music lessons from the top musicians and nada yoga masters of Rishikesh, India.


I had the most wonderful experience of my life and one of the best things I have ever done. I came out of my comfort zone and was pushed not only physically but mentally too. Not only is Rishikesh beautiful but it is the yoga place to be for training. I learned so much through the Himalayan Yoga Academy which will stay with me forever. Having a variety of teachers and learning so much through their experience and knowledge of yoga gave me the best insight of what true yoga is really about 😉 I would hugely recommend Himalayan Yoga Academy to anyone who wants to experience what yoga is all about and finding out who you are. My group was amazing on the course and meeting them was one the best things about this course too. This place is full of love and the teachers are all passionate about what they do. If you are looking for the best yoga school in Rishikesh, you have found it.

~ Raman Devi, USA – 5/5


After the completion of the course, you will be provided with a yoga alliance certificate of 200-hours, which will grant you the right to teach yoga Internationally.


Overview – 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in India

  1. In this Yoga TTC, you will be immersed in the deep knowledge of Yoga, its path (branches) and its philosophy.
  2. The Course will be taught by talented and notable yogis and remarkable Yoga masters who have abundant experience in Yoga and its many branches.
  3. The course fee is all-inclusive.
  4. 3 to 4 hours of asana practice.
  5. You will be given daily homework assignments.
  6. A final written exam is taken at the end of the course.
  7. After the completion of the yoga course you will be certified with internationally recognized Yoga Alliance Certificate.
  8. Indian Classical Music Concert, kirtans and bhajans every week.
  9. You will be taken for local sightseeing on Sundays.
  10. Our School is situated in Rishikesh (also known as the world capital of Yoga), next to the Ganges river.

Yoga Teachers

  1. Yogacharya Bhuwan Chandra (Nada Yoga & Indian Classical Music)
  2. Yogacharya Mohan Panwar (Yoga Asana, Alignment and Shatkarma)
  3. Yogi Buddhi Prakash (Yoga Philosophy)
  4. Yogi Tara Ji (Shivananda and Hatha Yoga)
  5. Yogacharya Vivek Arya (Yoga Anatomy and Physiology)
  6. Dr. Usha Vaishnava (Ayurveda)
  7. Swami Atma Jnanananda (Meditation)

Yoga TTC Typical Daily Schedule

  1. 06:00 am – 07:00 am : Pranayama/Shatkarma
  2. 07:00 am – 08:30 am : Warm-up exercises/Asanas
  3. 08:30 am – 09:30 am : Breakfast
  4. 10:00 am – 11:30 am : Anatomy & Physiology
  5. 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm : Lunch
  6. 01:00 pm – 02:00 pm : Art of teaching (workshop)
  7. 02:00 pm – 03:00 pm : Yoga Philosophy
  8. 04:00 pm – 05:30 pm : Yoga Asanas
  9. 06:00 pm – 07:00 pm : Dinner
  10. 07:00 pm – 08:00 pm : Meditation

Note: The schedule is subject to change.

Yoga Course Fee

The Fee for the course is $1,600 $1400 (USD). An advance payment of $200 is to be paid upon registration to reserve your seat for the course (non-refundable). Just few spots left. Register before the seats get full.

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Fee Includes

  1. Textbooks and printed course materials
  2. An Organic Bag
  3. A t-shirt
  4. Neti Pot
  5. Sutra Neti
  6. Lessons from 8 professional yoga teachers and guest lecturers
  7. Indian Classical Music lessons (sitar, tabla, vocal, harmonium, etc.)
  8. Music Concerts and Kirtans
  9. Use of yoga props during the course
  10. Vegetarian meals (3 times a day)
  11. Comfortable accommodation in the first established ashram in Rishikesh – Swargashram
  12. Local sightseeing
  13. Ganges river rafting
  14. Sunday movie night
  15. Wireless Internet Connectivity

Yoga Course Certification (Yoga Alliance RYT 200)

After the completion of the course and passing all assignments, you will be awarded Internationally recognized yoga certificate from yoga alliance, USA which will grant you the right to teach yoga internationally.

Food and Accommodation

  1. In our attempt to promote a yogic lifestyle, vegetarian meals, and herbal teas will be served to you 3 times daily (breakfast/lunch/dinner) which is prepared in our own equipped Kitchen, using filtered water. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions you may have in the application form. Filtered water is available at all times during your stay at Nada Yoga School.
  2. Two students are accommodated in a shared, furnished double room with attached bath (cold/hot water) and ceiling fans. Bed linen, a towel, and a door lock are provided, however, you are responsible for those items as well as laundering your sheets and cleaning your room. Single occupancy arrangements may be made prior to arrival, conditional to room availability, and may be subject to extra charges.
  3. Students are requested to arrive at the Nada Yoga School on the day prior to the commencement of the training, at which time they will be assigned to their rooms, and will be requested to finalize their course fee payments. Check-out is scheduled on the morning following completion of the program. We request that all borrowed items be returned at this time.

Note: To create a positive atmosphere conducive to learning and continued personal development, drugs, alcohol and all other intoxicating substances are strictly prohibited for the entire duration of the course.


Mornings begin with Shatkarma on the side stoop of the yoga hall during which cows saunter by, butterflies flit in tall grasses, monks playing flute music can be heard. These visual and aural perceptions are subdued reminders of what students learn at Nada Yoga School, namely to move more harmoniously with nature, to slow down and move with one’s inhale and exhale. Through the school’s well-designed course, a student is exposed to thought-provoking teachings from instructors with wide-ranging backgrounds. These teaching touch on many topics; however, a student never feels lost or overwhelmed by all of the new knowledge they are gaining. This is due to the fact that the instructors are always willing to spend time helping a student understand a new or difficult concept, no matter how long it takes. It is difficult for me to sum up everything that I learned from my course. In part, this is because what I learned can’t be summarized in language; it was transmuted through my body and into vital energy.

~ Mary Marburg, USA – 5/5

I attended Himalayan Yoga Academy from October to December in 2014. I chose this institution due to positive reviews that I found on the internet and because of its location in the infamous destination of Swarg Ashram in Rishikesh, India. I can give nothing but further positive review for this wonderful group of professionals who have put together a program that so far exceeded my expectations, I can easily say that it reoriented the foundation of how I live.

The teachers and organizers of the program are trained, educated, spiritually in-tune people. They are full of life and give all of their efforts to following the tenants of yoga and living with awareness to the inner workings of the mind and the society around them. I met and came to respect numerous people as figures who could teach me many things I had never discovered about myself. Himalayan Yoga Academy is a place of humor and calm, study and meditation, relaxed and focused conversation. In my opinion, they have developed a perfect atmosphere for learning yoga.

The program itself is diverse in subject matter and well-organized. It is a complete foundation for teaching yoga. The 200-hour certification I went through was actually 240 grueling (difficult yet rewarding) hours of classes, with primary focus on Hatha Yoga. Structural alignment is one of the most important classes in the program, teaching the ins and outs of how to align the muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons in order to perfect each posture. Immensely helpful. Asana (asana practice with less focus on theory of alignment) classes are also integral to the program, and they are also demanding in nature, with verbal and physical adjustments given throughout each session. Meditation is another key course and becomes part of day-to-day life. We were encouraged to meditate before meals, before sleep, as much as we could. And of course, we were given an assortment of meditative techniques during meditation instruction, along with many lengthy stints of group meditation.
Two other primary subjects are Pranayama (science of breathing) and Shatkarma (health practices of yogic lifestyle). Both of these subjects are wonderful and taught with expertise. We also had courses in teaching theory, philosophy, and anatomy.

The program also offered many elective courses such as Kundalini, Zazen meditation, Zen massage, and Acro Yoga. We had the chance to receive instruction from many masters. For instance, meditation class went through four well-known and respected masters.

Excursions on Sundays are delightful and the destinations are breathtaking. It is incredible to spend a full week studying diligently and then reach Sunday and know that the experience is going to be one of a kind. Cannot express how awesome Sundays are. Waterfalls, rafting, sacred caves, time with friends.

I can go on and on about Himalayan Yoga Academy. I still haven’t mentioned how good the food is, the many concerts to attend for free, or the unique setting that is Swarg Ashram. You can research the city itself to find out why it has become the Yoga capital of India.

I’ll end with saying that going to Himalayan Yoga Academy brought me into the most positive, inspiring friendships of my life. People from all different nations coming together to be dedicated to studying the eight limbs of Yoga. Every other student attending was kind, open, modest, and ready to learn. Journey of a lifetime… Thanks!

~ Steven Smallwood – 5/5

Travel Services 

  1. Pre-arranged taxi pick-up from Delhi Airport to Nada Yoga School – US $70
  2. Pre-arranged taxi pick-up from Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun to Nada Yoga School – US $15

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