200 hour Teacher Training

200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh

Akhanda Yoga Institute’s 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India, is a life-changing opportunity as well as a professional qualification. Study in the birthplace of Yoga and advance both your practise and teaching skills.

See below for schedule details, cost, early bird discount, payment plans, and more!

Accreditation

Yoga teachers will get a certificate to register as a 200 hour Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. You will come away with the confidence to bring these advanced Yogic concepts and practices to your students.

Expert teachers

Join Himalayan Master Yogrishi Vishvketu (Vishva-ji) and our exceptional teaching team on a transformational journey and step with confidence into teaching and the rest of your life.

Join the Akhanda Yoga family! Vishva-Ji has trained more than 4,500 Yoga teachers worldwide.

Click the arrow to navigate

Train with expert teachers

Yogrishi Vishvketu

Yogrishi Vishvketu (Vishva-ji) is known for his infectious laughter and stories. His holistic approach brings forward ancient wisdom for a modern age incorporating asana, pranayama, mantra, meditation and yogic wisdom in every class. His deepest aim is to inspire people to connect to their true nature, which is fearless, expansive, joyful and playful.

Varsha Panwar

Varsha has been practicing yoga since childhood in Rishikesh, India. To attain a deeper and better understanding of Yoga and its philosophy, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Yogic Science & Psychology and a Master degree in Yogic Science (2013-2018).

Krishnaa Mukti

Krishnaa Mukti met Yogrishi Vishvketu in 2007 when she was staying at Yoga Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh with a group of students she had brought to India. She attended one of Vishva-ji’s classes in Laksman Jhula and his style of teaching resonated on a deep level.

Akhanda means whole and indivisible, In line with the original teachings of Yoga. Akhanda Yoga Institute, founded by Himalayan Master Yogrishi Vishvketu (PhD), offers a holistic toolkit to bring forward ancient wisdom and techniques for a modern age.
In Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training you will learn to teach advanced, artful, balanced sequences including a full repertoire of Yoga techniques: asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation linked with themes to Yogic wisdom.
All Akhanda Yoga Institute onsite teacher training programs are held at the spacious and uplifting Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram in Tapovan, Rishikesh. The training is fully residential and includes three tasty vegetarian meals a day with vegan and gluten-free options.
Akhanda Yoga YTTs are world-renowned for our interactive philosophy, Ayurveda content, detailed techniques, and engaged anatomy segments. You will learn to lead posture and breath workshops and much more.
Akhanda Yoga 200 hour YTT covers all of the teaching areas set by the Yoga Alliance. These include a minimum of 180 contact hours across 5 areas of teaching: techniques, philosophy / lifestyle / ethics, teaching methodology, anatomy and physiology, and a teaching practicum.

Train in the foothills of the Himalaya, the birthplace of Yoga!

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Outline

Akhanda Yoga covers all of the teaching areas set by the Yoga Alliance in our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. Asana, pranayama, and kriya techniques will be taught and practiced, and trainees will practice teaching them to their peers.
A variety of asanas will be covered including beginner and intermediate variations. Trainees will learn how to enter and exit a pose, checkpoints for alignment, benefits and contraindications for the asana, and how to assist students in the pose.
Teacher trainees will learn the form, benefits, and contraindications of many pranayama techniques including abdominal breathing, the three-part breath, ujjai pranayama, bhramaree pranayama, anuloma viloma, and kapalabhati pranayama.
In the anatomy and physiology classes, students will learn about both the physical system, how anatomy relates to yoga and the subtle body. Subtle anatomy is the Yogic teaching regarding the three bodies and five corresponding sheaths.
We will explore the idea of mantra as a mystical energy encased in a sound structure in relation to both saguna (nama) mantras and nirguna mantras such as Om. Trainees will learn to chant and present Yogic mantras.
The concept and techniques of meditation will be explored including guided meditation, creative visualization, meditation using yantra, mantra, ideation, ishta chakra and the withdrawal of the senses from external objects.
Transformational experiences will include rituals, healing circles and creative movement. Students will delve into the practice of both nama and abstract kirtan, as well as Vedic mantras.
The Philosophy, Lifestyle, and Ethics section is the foundation of Yoga and an important aspect of the Akhanda YTTs. Students will be introduced to Yoga psychology and philosophy, Patanjali’s sutras, the Yamas and Niyamas, and the paths of Yoga.
Teaching Methodology and professionalism and ethics in Yoga teaching will be amply covered. We will present our Statement of Professional Standards, and explore how to become a transformational facilitator, or teacher rather than just an instructor.
ASHRAM IN PERSON
In person Ashram residential program
February 5th - 28th

TIMEZONE

Vancouver

New York

London

Rome

New Delhi

Sydney

“When you experience bliss, you experience wholeness and completeness, and that’s called – Akhanda.” -Yogrishi Vishvketu

YTT 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program

Akhanda Yoga Institute is a world-renowned registered school for 200 hour YTT training. We offer a variety of 100 hour YTT programs that can be combined to create your own custom specialisation for RYT300, RYT500, or RYT1000 hour designations.

All Akhanda Yoga Institute onsite teacher training program are held at the spacious and uplifting Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram in Tapovan, Rishikesh. The Ashram offers all the comforts of home such as western bathrooms, common areas, a library, a garden, and services such as WiFi and laundry. The vaulted bamboo Yoga hall is equipped with a full array of bolsters, back jacks, cushions and blocks. And every day follows a Yogic routine that includes morning lemon water, a daily fire puja, and three tasty vegetarian Ayurvedic meals a day with vegan and gluten-free options.

Join us to partake in an in-depth exploration of carefully preserved wisdom from the Vedic tradition and the Adi Nath Shiva lineage, wisely blended with over 40 years of practical experience with a Master Teacher Trainer.

Course Schedule Changes and Cancellations:
Whilst it is not typically the case, from time to time there may be circumstances that prevent a course from running at its scheduled time, including but not limited to government restrictions, global or local regulatory changes including those associated with the pandemic, extreme weather events, individual circumstances, insufficient numbers and/or severe disruption to power supply or technology platforms.
Please note the following options for course participants where any of these circumstances occurs:
a) Cancellation requests made by a course participant due to their own individual, extenuating and/or unavoidable circumstances are eligible for a refund less administration fee up to 20 days prior to course commencement.  In the 20 days leading up to the course and/or after course commencement, course participants are able to allocate unused funds towards other eligible Institute offerings.
b) Cancellations required to be made due to other extenuating circumstances such as those relating to government regulatory changes, extreme weather events and so forth which are not driven by the Institute or the individual, are eligible for a refund less admin fee and/or allocation of unused funds towards other eligible Institute offerings.
c) Cancellations made by the Institute due to insufficient numbers and/or other Institute specific circumstances are eligible for a refund and/or allocation of unused funds towards other eligible Institute offerings.

Tuition

YTT 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program $2,500 USD

Early Bird Discount: Available for the first 15 registrants. Use code EBD200YTTFeb2023 for $200 off! USD

Ashram stay/food is separate and paid at time of arrival, approximately $22 USD per day (dependent upon shared/private room & current exchange rates).

We have a 6 month payment plan option to support those that would like to pay in installments (5% fee included)

Course Requirement

Akhanda Yoga Institute takes COVID-19 precautions very seriously. We follow all Indian government guidelines and protocols.

You will be required to produce a negative RT-PCR test within 48 hours of arriving at Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, India. Also, in an effort to create a safe and comfortable environment for everyone (students, teachers, and Ashram staff), we request that all participants be very mindful of their activities in the two weeks prior to the training, as well as while they are travelling to the Ashram.

We encourage you NOT to travel around India before the training and we ask that you follow all the guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing community@akhandayoga.com

Support

We are committed to making Yoga more accessible to people of all social, racial and cultural identities, financial means, levels of fitness, ages, body types and religions. Our Scholarships are one way we endeavour to have students envision themselves within our Yoga Family, as they gain further access to teachings that are everyone’s birthright.

Please reach out to community@akhandayoga.com for details. Partial scholarships will be awarded once minimum registration numbers have been met.

For students who have completed a 200 hour YTT & are seeking to refresh their knowledge & reconnect to community we offer this program for $1,600 USD (email community@akhandayoga.com for details)

"We believe wellness is your birthright!" Yogrishi Vishvketu

What are the people saying?

Almost exactly a year ago, I came across the Ashram and signed up for the 200 YTT program in February 2020. Although at the beginning it was a bit unusual for me to have to share the room with a stranger (I could have taken a single room too), to eat on the ground (vegetarian food) and to wake up every day (also on weekends) at 04:45 (partly at very low temperatures, in the dark) in the morning, it was the best thing that could happen to me. The stranger is now a lovely friend and has a fixed place in my heart and I have become part of a wonderful family – the Akhanda family. The Ashram is very well maintained, the staff is very busy and friendly, and without their efforts and kindness, the stay would not have been so nice at it was. Our teachers were unique. Apart from the fact that you could remember the material very easily, because they taught it very well (and it was a lot of learning material), they were very nice and loving. They were there for us students outside of class and always had a smile on their lips. Special thanks to Vishva-Ji (our guru) who has the ability to convey traditional yoga in a modern and vivid way. He has also succeeded in unifying both worlds – the “Indian” and the “Western” worlds. He is one of the wisest and most interesting people I have met on my path so far. And of course he is really funny! I am very grateful to be a part of this great family/community and can only recommend the Ashram to anyone who wants to break out of their comfort zone. You just need a little courage and you need to listen to your heart, then you find the way to the Ashram and to yourself.

Christine H; 200 hour YTT

This extensive, intensive and holistic training set me on a positive lifelong course of internal understanding 🙂 I felt deeply connected from the moment I set foot in the ashram, and have gained a spiritual family that continues to lend their support even though I’m now back in my home community. I couldn’t recommend this course more – an incredible experience that has enhanced my approach to life!

Fran Lloyd, UK; 200 hour YTT Student

 Akhanda Yoga teacher training at the Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh was comprehensive, authentic and inspiring! I feel so lucky that I learnt from a Himalayan Master, Yogrishi Vishvketu. The whole teaching team, Ashram living and practicums not only prepared us to teach yoga but also to become better yogis ourselves.

Zelo Soyalp, Canada; 200 hour YTT Student

What a life-transforming experience! The holistic side of Akhanda Yoga has really spoken to me and I am now a confident, enthusiastic Yoga teacher who is proud to carry its wisdom to the world! I really appreciate this learning from all of the wonderful and knowledgeable teachers/yogis. The program was planned at the perfect pace and if there is any difficulty, teachers and supporters were there to fully assist us with kindness and open heart.

Thank you, Akhanda Yoga.

Aiko Harada, Canada; Virtual 200 hour YTT Student

Other courses you might wish to explore

No offerings found.

July 22

ONLINE & IN PERSON

Join Yogrishi Vishvketu for our latest offering, Classical Kundalini Chakra Series! In this three part series you’ll dive deeply into each of the 7 major chakras alongside the support of the global Akhanda Yoga Institute Community.

July 23

ONLINE 100 HR YTT:
50 + 50 HR MODULES

Join Akhanda Yoga Institute for this two part 100 hour program exploring the powerful practices of Yoga Nidra & Meditation. Divided into two 50 hour module with a flexible 1 weekend a month schedule & once per week practice sessions to support your ongoing learning.

July 29

IN PERSON RETREAT

Vishva-ji is thrilled for the opportunity to be back at Sanctum, in Alberta Canada, after more than 2 years, to gather in physical presence with our community for the annual Akhanda Yoga Retreat! During this 3 day, 2 night all inclusive retreat, you will explore techniques to rebuild your relationship with yourself, your family, and your community.

September 17

200 hour training

Akhanda Yoga Institute’s 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India, is a life-changing opportunity as well as a professional qualification. Study in the birthplace of Yoga and advance both your practise and teaching skills.

October 23

100 hour IN PERSON or VIRTUAL TRAINING

Akhanda Yoga Institute is excited to offer this foundational 100 hour YTT for teachers who would like to extend the wonderful practice of yoga to the more mature person in a way that is enjoyable, encouraging and transforming. You will come away with the understanding and tools to teach this large section of the population in a safe and competent way.

Dates to Come

IN PERSON RETREAT

Retreat for a nourishing 9 days to a grounding, healing and soul rejuvenating environment where you will receive tools to declutter your mind and energy, shift anxiety and completely reset your nervous system.

Affordable Retreat - Yoga Retreat in the Foothills of the Himalayas including accommodation, meals, workshops, and group day trips.

Dates to Come

Online 200 hour YTT

The Akhanda Yoga 200 Hour Virtual Teacher Training with focus on Pranayama is a unique program, the only one of its kind. Conveniently paced over 6 months during monthly weekend sessions, it gives you an extraordinary opportunity to do a Yoga Alliance approved YTT online and become a breathwork facilitator -- with a work-friendly weekend course schedule, too.

Dates to Come

100 hour YTT

With this unique 100 hour YTT module, you will add this inclusive Yoga style to your teaching services, and learn to tailor Raj Yoga for those who need a very moderate flow, to practice in a chair or even to practice in bed.

Click the arrow to navigate