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28 Days 200-Hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

  • location Himalayan Holistic Yoga School, Badrinath Road, Upper Tapovan (near waterfall), Rishikesh 249201, India

Yoga Teacher Training in India

This Kundalini yoga teacher training at Himalayan Holistic Yoga (HHY) emphasizes on the science of consciousness, the awakening and raising of Kundalini energy through chakra of the body (body wheel). This course in HHY is considered one of the most comprehensive of yoga traditions, combining meditation, the chanting of mantras, movement, and dynamic breathing techniques; it encompasses the eight limbs of yoga into a singular practice. The goal is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness. Using sound, breath, and posture, Kundalini aims to develop spiritual awareness by freeing the serpent power (Kundalini) that is coiled in the base of the spine and drawing it upward.

28 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English; Hindi;
The maximum participants in the group is 20

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Meditation and pranayama practices
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance
  • Weekly excursions and outdoor activities
  • Teaching kit and course-based books
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Daily healthy sattvic meals

Skill level

  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Retreat Style

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Ashtanga Yoga
  • Nidra Yoga
  • Kundalini Yoga
  • Tantra Yoga
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Program

Certifications

Students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

To get your 200-hour Kundalini yoga teacher training certificate, you must attend the four-week course that has six modules in it. In case you have done any of the six modules, theory and practical test will be conducted and your behavior during your stay at the school will be observed. Assignments and submission on time by you will also be recorded. Accordingly, you will be marked and a fee waiver will be given to you on this basis.

HHY School Rishikesh is registered with Yoga Alliance USA. 200-hour yoga teacher training Rishikesh offered by HHY School Rishikesh is unique with its global recognition, experienced teachers, asana alignment, the art of hand on adjustment, the science of sequencing, use of props, art of modifying the posture, and confidence development through teaching practice.

200-hour Kundalini yoga teacher training

Kundalini yoga focuses on increasing the awareness of the self so that one can achieve their maximum potential. Awakening the highest consciousness of the human being, this style aims at unifying the universal consciousness to the individual consciousness as seamlessly as possible. A part of the teacher training course, Kundalini yoga has been preached by experts for many years. Helping certified yoga teachers and practitioners to attain their true potential, Kundalini yoga encompasses Ashtanga yoga into a more precise and refined manner. Mantra chanting forms an integral part along with regulating the flow of breath and meditation techniques.

At Himalayan Holistic Yoga (HHY), a unique set of certified teachers have been specially allotted for the performance of this particular art form. These teachers have attained the professed benefits of Kundalini yoga and preach the same on an individual level to every student in a group. This secret form of yoga, which was earlier verbally passed on as a legacy from master to student or father to son, is now becoming a widely accepted form.

The course syllabus will include the regular yoga teacher training along with practice and introduction to understanding Kundalini, chakra, a various layer of pranayama and meditation along with the practice of various mudra and bandha. Along with these topics, this 200-hour teacher training program includes traditional Hatha yoga, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa style asana, teaching methodology, philosophy, medieval teachings, mantra chanting, anatomy, and kriyas.

Kundalini yoga asana

  • Ardha Shirshasana (half headstand - rejuvenate the brain cells)
  • Shashankasana (the hare pose - remove stress, arrogance, selfishness, and anger)
  • Pavanamuktasana (massages the internal organ and decongests the liver and sexual organs)
  • Tadasana (the tree pose - for nourishing our spiritual aspiration)
  • Trikonasana (the triangle pose)
  • Sahaja Agnisar Dhauti (awakening inner fire - in Manipura chakra)
  • Vajrasana (thunderbolt pose - to cleanse Vajra Nadi to promote ascendance of the sexual energy towards upper chakras)
  • Shalabhasana (the locust pose - increases the blood supply to the sacrum and lower back)
  • Bhujangasana (cobra pose - to the awake heart chakra)
  • Prarthanasana (the prayer pose - to have reverence)
  • Padahastasana (the standing forward bend - to awake Muladhara chakra)
  • Ushtrasana (the camel pose - arousing Manipura chakra)
  • Naukasana (the boat pose - alleviates anxiety and nervousness)
  • Supta Vajrasana (the reclining thunderbolt pose - guides the sexual energy through Vajra Nadi towards the brain)
  • Dhanurasana (the bow pose - remove constipation and improve digestion)
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana (the lord of the fishes pose)
  • Uddiyana Bandha (upward flying lock)
  • Paschimottanasana (the back-stretching pose)
  • Janushirshasana (the head to knee pose - eliminate laziness and weakness)
  • Garudasana (the eagle pose - improve balance and coordination)
  • Nauli Kriya (the navel cleansing - balance the three humors of the body Kapha-Vata-pitta)

Surya Namaskar (Sun salutation)

Kundalini rituals

  • Daily mantra chanting
  • Mantra chanting for Kundalini awakening
  • 1008 offerings to shiva and Shakti

Meditation

  • Chakra breathing meditation
  • Balance sitting posture
  • Correct breathing
  • Mantra meditation

Tantra Prana Kriya (Tantric breathing practices)

  • Bhramari - transforming brain waves and cleansing Ajna and Sahasrar chakra
  • Nadi-shodhanam - for balancing both hemispheres and activate Sushumna
  • Kapal Bhati - for awakening third eye and emotional cleansing
  • Bhastrika - for awakening fire center and emotional stability

Kundalini Asthi Granthi Kriya (joints movements)

  • Side benign
  • Arms movement
  • Wrist and hand movement
  • Neck exercises
  • Chin, jaw, mouth, tongue, eye, and head exercises
  • Warm-up exercises
  • Arm swing
  • Knee movement
  • Hip movement and rotation
  • Leg cradle
  • Feet and ankle exercises
  • Elbow movement

Kriya yoga practices for Kundalini awakening

  • Chakra sadhana
  • Practices to awaken Manipura chakra
  • Practices to awaken Anahata chakra
  • Practices to awaken Vishuddhi chakra
  • Practices to awaken Ajna chakra
  • Practices to awaken Mooladhar chakra
  • Practices to awaken Swadhisthan chakra
  • Practices to awaken Bindu
  • Practices for chakra awareness
  • Rules and preparation
  • Jalandhar Shakti Bandha (throat energy lock)
  • Moola Shakti Bandha (root energy lock)
  • Uddiyana Shakti Bandha (abdomen energy lock)
  • Maha Shakti Bandha (great energy lock)

Kundalini anatomy

  • Respiratory system
  • Nervous system
  • Dhatus
  • Vayu
  • Nadis / energy channel
  • Chakras
  • Panchakosha (5 sheaths)
  • Tridosha

Cleansing exercises

  • Kapalbhati
  • Tratak
  • Jala neti
  • Kunjal Kriya
  • Daily detox

Yoga Nidra

  • Subtle body awakening yoga Nidra
  • 31 points blue star yoga Nidra

Kundalini Tantra philosophy

  • Introduction to Kundalini yoga
  • Definition of the chakra
  • Understanding the chakra
  • Anahata chakra
  • Mooladhara chakra
  • Vishudhhi chakra
  • Aagya chakra
  • Sahasrar chakra
  • Swadhisthan chakra
  • Manipura chakra
  • Kundalini awakening process
  • Mantra-Shaktipata

Kundalini Tantra mudra

  • Kaya mudra
  • Adhara mudra
  • Hast mudra
  • Mana mudra
  • Bandha mudra

Yoga cleansing (Shatkarma)

Yoga has very practical purification practices that aim at the detoxification of the body and mind. These detoxification techniques are a sort of cleansing that helps the body rid itself of toxins. These detoxification techniques, called Shatkarmas or Shatkriyas are extremely powerful in that detoxification work on specific areas of the body that have the maximum impact upon your health.

  • Kapalbhati - cleansing the lungs
  • Rubber neti
  • Jalaneti
  • Sutra neti
  • Tratak

Anatomy and physiology

Anatomy is the study of the structure and relationship between body parts. Physiology is the study of the function of body parts and the body as a whole. It is a proper understanding of the physical body will help to prevent injury before, during, and after practice. There are two kinds of yoga anatomy: physical and spiritual. Understanding both types are needed.

Brief overview

  • Digestive system
  • Respiratory system
  • Circulatory system
  • Nervous system
  • Endocrine system
  • Organs
  • Bodily systems
  • Nadis
  • Chakras

Guidelines in studying asana anatomy

  • Muscular system
  • Skeletal system
  • Muscle functions according to joint movements anatomy of:

-breathing

-inversions

-savasana

Yoga philosophy (Yoga Darshana)

The main philosophy of yoga is simple: mind, body, and spirit are all one and cannot be clearly separated. Yet there is a multitude of philosophical ideas developed by looking into the deeper dimensions of the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga philosophy is the foundation of our yoga practice and is the key to earn yogic strength.

Week 1

  • Introduction to yoga, its philosophy, and evolution
  • Introduction to yoga sutras of Patanjali
  • Definition of yoga
  • Four aspects of mind and its functions
  • Daily schedule of a yoga student
  • Principles of five basic elements and 10 senses

Week 2

  • Yama, Niyama (4 days)
  • Asana, pranayama and pratyahara, dharana, dhyan, samadhi

Week 3

  • Pancha - Vayus
  • Panchakoshas
  • Sattva, Rajas and Tamas (Triguna)
  • Introduction to chakras and its functions
  • Three Doshas

Week 4

  • Four padas of yoga sutras
  • Lives of yogis (Inspiring stories)
  • Diet and nutrition for a yogi
  • Questions and answers

Teaching practice (Adhyapanam)

Students will take turns into practicing their teaching skills by performing in front of their peers and teachers. The more they teach, the more they gain to become a yoga teacher.

  • Demonstration
  • Alignment
  • Instructions

Teaching methodology

  • How to structure a yoga asana class?
  • How to teach?
  • Teaching yoga asana compared to physical exercises
  • Functional modifications and safety guidelines for each asana (as per manual)
  • Assisting inversions

Assessments are based on

  • Written test
  • Attendance
  • Performance
  • Behavior

Daily schedule

  • 05:30 - 06:00 Morning bell
  • 06:00 - 07:00 Kundalini yoga, Kundalini pranayama, and chakra based meditation practice
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Yoga asana practice
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Mantra class
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Kundalini theory and sadhana
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Anatomy class
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Self study
  • 16:10 - 17:00 Philosophy
  • 17:15 - 18:15 Kundalini meditation
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Dinner
  • 22:00 Lights off

All classes are mandatory; only in case of an emergency or illness one can take leave. Uninformed leaves won’t be accepted and this will affect the student's monthly performance.

Note: Daily schedule can be changed according to the weather and situation.

Important information

Rules and regulations of the Himalayan Holistic Yoga School

  • All students should fulfill the registration formality and submit required information and yoga course fee before they start yoga course.
  • All students are able to pay yoga course fee in Indian rupees, dollars, pounds, or Euro, either by Paypal or bank transfer.
  • Once a student starts the course after the ceremony, no fee is refundable if the student changes their mind after.
  • All students should follow all rules strictly as instructed.
  • Any questions related to the yoga course can be asked in the class.
  • All students should come to class at least five minutes before class schedule.
  • For yoga teacher training, the students are requested not to join other educational programs during the yoga course.
  • All students should follow all disciplines of Himalayan Holistic Yoga (HHY). For any misbehavior with another teacher or student will be assumed as breaking the law of institution.
  • The effectiveness of yoga course program is based on physical and intellectual capability of every individual.
  • There is no extra activity allowed in the yoga class. All personal discussions and gossip can be taken in the spare time.
  • At yoga teacher trainings in India, the religious discussion is a comparative way that is not allowed in the yoga institute.
  • If anyone is going outside for any part or other things, they should inform to the school management and should be back by 10:00 p.m. (deadline). Once the door is closed, you will not be allowed to enter the school.
  • It is highly restricted to smoke / drink alcohol in the yoga school or even in the rooms.
  • Before departure, the students must pay all dues and return all library books.

It is essential that students of YTTC at Himalayan Holistic Yoga (HHY) in Rishikesh adhere to the terms and conditions during their training at the premise and after classes.

Rishikesh is holy town in the heart of India, and HHY expects the traditional Indian values of their culture are respected, and students are requested to give reverence to their culture and refrain from hurting the sentiments of the local and their cultural values.

What is included

  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Yoga course materials
  • 3 vegetarian meals a day and tea twice a day
  • 2 Ayurvedic massages and Shatkarma kit (cleansing techniques)
  • 2 weekend excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi facility

What is not included

  • Airfare and traveling
  • Any other local travel or sightseeing, other items of personal expense

Additional Details

Accommodation

  • Check-in Time:10:00
  • Check-out Time:12:00

Stay at Himalayan Holistic Yoga School (HHYS) and experience India in a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere with other spiritually like-minded individuals. The school is perfectly situated near the magical waters of the Ganges River and the Green Mountains, all the popular shops, markets, and cafes are just around the corner.

Witness glorious pastel-colored sunsets at the end of each day on their terrace / balcony where you are free to do meditation and yoga. Sleep soundly in a quiet, serene atmosphere without disruption. Absorb the beautiful and breathtaking sights of the Green Mountains visible from yoga halls, bedrooms, and balconies.

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi access
  • Hot water running 24 hours a day
  • Clean, hygienic, and western-style rooms with attached bathrooms
  • Filtered water system available for students 24/7
  • Bedsheets, blankets, pillows, and towels are provided

Facilities

  •  Shopping
  •  Spa
  •  Café
  •  Concierge desk
  •  Dining area
  •  Environmentally friendly
  •  Garden

 Retreat location

Rishikesh is a city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. The river is considered holy, and the city is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation. Temples and ashrams (centers for spiritual studies) line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram, a traffic-free, alcohol-free, and vegetarian enclave upstream from Rishikesh town.

Rishikesh is a very safe place for tourists and locals alike. Locals are used to foreigners and things, such as communication, are a lot easier here than other parts of India. Just practice your usual safety precautions and always keep track of your belongings.

Himalayan Holistic Yoga School is located at Badrinath Road, Upper Tapovan (near the waterfall), Rishikesh, which is the best place to learn yoga and doing yoga practices in-between nature which is surrounded by highly dense green mountains.

The Ganga River is two kilometers far away from the school. In front of HHYS is one beautiful waterfall and it makes a beautiful sound. The cool breeze that flows all around in the early morning and in the evening makes life at the ashram so soothing and comfortable.

Food

During this teacher training program, yogic diet meals will be provided for you by Himalayan Holistic Yoga School Rishikesh. Ayurvedic food is served, completely vegetarian Indian food and full of healing properties. The food is easy to digest and helps in maintaining good health while providing complete nutrition and improving stamina and immunity.

An Ayurvedic diet is an eating plan that provides guidelines for when you eat, what you eat, and how you eat to boost your health, prevent or manage the disease, and maintain wellness. If you follow an Ayurvedic diet, you'll eat primarily whole or minimally processed foods and practice mindful eating rituals.

The diet is based on Indian Ayurvedic wellness systems that date back thousands of years. Some studies have shown that Ayurvedic lifestyle practices - including the diet - can help improve your health. But following an Ayurvedic diet for weight loss isn't necessarily a proven method to lose weight.

The word 'Ayurveda' is a combination of two Sanskrit words that mean life (Ayur) and science (Veda), so the literal translation of Ayurveda is 'the science of life'. Ayurvedic medicine seeks to create a healthy strong body through a series of diet, exercise, and lifestyle practices, including sleep and mindful living.

Two-time masala tea will be served one in the morning and another in the evening time. They give proper attention to yogic diet food it's prepared hygienically and with organic properties.

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The following meals are included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:
  • Ayurvedic
  • Vegetarian
  • Yogic
The following drinks are included:
  • Tea
  • Water

Spa Treatment

Two Ayurvedic massages and Shatkarma kit (cleansing techniques) are included.

Meet The Instructors

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Yogi, Yogi Mahesh, & Yogi Sachin

Yogi Devendra

Devendra’s unique teaching style is both focused and intense but lightened with compassion, humor, and creativity. Devendra is a multi-style and Kriya yoga trainer who has a great approach towards his teachings. He has a strong base in Hatha Yoga as he is a trained Hatha Yoga teacher. He is also a teacher of Ashtanga-Vinyasa flow. His multi-style teaching technique makes him unique. He is focused, dynamic personality and a very cool behavior towards his work. He has a long-term experience of training people and giving them the exact foundation in their practices.

Yogi Mahesh Bhatt

Mahesh was born and brought up in a very spiritual family. He graduated from Garhwal University with a science background. Yogi Mahesh has done P.G. Diploma and Master in Yogic Sciences, and due to his excellent academic performance, he was awarded a gold medal. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Yogic Science and teaching yoga therapy along with Ayurveda and philosophy. He is very well experienced teacher. Apart from that, Mahesh has also helped people to restore health through acupressure and Marma therapy.

Yogi Sachin Om

Born in Rishikesh, Yogi Sachin Om is the founder of Himalayan Holistic Yoga (HHY). He has completed the RYT 200 and RYT 500 programs certified by the International Yoga Alliance. Masters Degree in Human Consciousness and Yogic Science from Gurukul Kangri University (Haridwar, India) in 2006 (Gurukul is a traditional ancient Indian academy, where he studied traditional scriptures such as Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagvat Geeta, Yoga Sutra, and Hatha Yoga scriptures, as well as Sanskrit language and many other subjects.) Graduation from – D.A.V. (PG) College, Dehradun (India).

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Location Himalayan Holistic Yoga School, Badrinath Road, Upper Tapovan (near waterfall), Rishikesh 249201, India

Arrival by airplane

You can also book a plane ticket from Delhi Airport to Dehradun airport (Jolly Grant). The price of that ticket ranges depending on when you book it, but it’s usually around 40 to 60 USD. The taxi from the airport to Laxman Jhula is around 15 USD.

The distance from Delhi to Rishikesh is generally 6 hours but traffic, time of day, and holidays / festivals can make the journey longer. The three major methods of transportation to get from Delhi to Rishikesh are a private car, bus or plane. Hiring a private car to take you from Delhi to Rishikesh is the easiest option for first-time travelers to India with bus and train being more complicated.

A private car will cost around 70 USD from Delhi to Rishikesh. You have the opportunity to meet up with other students in your yoga teacher training group to arrange to share a private car in order to keep the cost down.

Arrival by bus

Depending on the time your plane arrives in Delhi, this can be a tricky option. Volvo buses (best condition) from Delhi to Rishikesh stop running around 9 p.m. at night. If your plane arrives in Delhi around evening time, you will have to get a hotel for the night and then make your way to Delhi ISBT (Interstate Bus Terminus) in the morning.

From the airport, get a prepaid taxi to take you to Delhi ISBT. Only go to the government-approved taxi stand located right outside the airport exit. The price from the Delhi airport to Delhi ISBT will be 700 INR.

Once you arrive at Delhi ISBT, navigate your way to the bus station’s ticket stands on the second level (go up the escalator). Go to the Uttarakhand State booth and ask when the next Volvo bus (best quality) will be leaving for Rishikesh. That bus ticket should cost between 500 INR - 700 INR.

Make sure to ask the bus driver/bus director where they drop off at Rishikesh. You should depart from the bus at Rishikesh Bus Station (there’s only one) which is usually their last stop if their destination is Rishikesh. Once you arrive at Rishikesh Bus Station, find an auto-rickshaw (tuk-tuk) to take you to Tapovan at Himalayan Holistic Yoga School.

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