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.


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.

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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.

Ganesh (Guy Tardif)

Guy’s journey in Yoga began in 1999 watching VHS format Yoga videos in an attempt to rehabilitate himself from a motor vehicle accident. Fascinated by how breath and postures helped to heal his body, he wanted to see how Yoga could improve other areas of his life. That curiosity led him to explore many styles of Yoga.

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.
Virtual Preparatory Classes before the in person intensive
January 22-23 & 29-30, 2022


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At Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram, Rishikesh India
February 12 - March 6, 2022


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“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.


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

Early Bird Discount: Available for the first 15 registrants. Use code EARLYBIRD. $2,300 USD

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

Ashram stay/food is separate and paid at time of arrival, approximately $22 USD per day.

We have a 6 month payment plan option to support those that would like to pay in installments.

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


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.

"We believe wellness is your birthright!" Yogrishi Vishvketu

What are the people saying?

 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

 I am so happy for having done my 200 hr YTT with Vishva Ji at Akhanda Yoga. My experience was very authentic, spiritual, and our group bonded very well because of the teachers’ ability to help us feel connected. I had talked with other people in Rishikesh doing YTT’s at different ashrams and felt reassured that I had chosen Akhanda because the program really goes into depth not only about asana, but the yogic philosophy, mantra, pranayama, and meditation. The field trips to Ganga Ma and the jungle ashram were amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. And the sattvic meals at the ashram are really amazing.

Amanda Granberg

I’ve been wanting to participate in Akhanda Yoga’s 200 YTT for years but was never able to take a whole month off of work to travel to India. One of the biggest upsides of 2020 is that so many training moved online and, needless to say, the Akhanda Yoga team managed the transition to the online setting incredibly well. All of the weekend hours of the program are live, virtual contact hours. I was thrilled to be a part of the first virtual 200 YTT. Vishva-Ji is giving great, individual advice on how to adapt postures and I was very surprised by how well that worked virtually. I fell in love with our group on day one and would have never thought to be able to connect with so many beautiful souls without ever having met them in person. Thus, I am eternally grateful for this transformational experience and this certainly wasn’t the last Akhanda Yoga training I participated in!

Daniela Schmitt

Akhanda Yoga is truly exactly what it states – complete and whole! The learning experience with Akhanda Yoga was incredible as they strive for classical authenticity in teaching the origins of yoga. If one wants a beautiful journey into learning about yoga supplemented with unsurpassed wisdom and knowledge of this classical practice – Akhanda Yoga is the training program for you! My program was completed online – I can only imagine how experiential this program is in person!

Dr. Rashi Mehta

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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. 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.

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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.

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