Join Yogrishi Vishvketu and the Akhanda Teaching Team to expand and deepen your practice and teaching offerings, all at the east-meets-west Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram. Register now and start your pre-course today!
Our 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India gives graduates a total of 500-hours of training on top of a 200-hour YTT. The course offers teachers a unique opportunity to engage more deeply with the yogic wisdom of the Koshas, Chakras, Pranas and Ayurveda as well as the Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita.
Expand your practice and teaching offerings – learn to teach artful intermediate sequences, meditative Hatha-Raja and balancing Five Koshas classes including an array of techniques woven together with themes from yogic texts. And, develop skills as a workshop presenter.
First trip to India? Join us by the Ganges in a vibrant international community of yoga enthusiasts. You’ll be taken care of from the moment you arrive with convenient airport pickup in Dehradun, transit to Rishikesh, orientation to the town and three vegetarian meals throughout with Gluten Free and Vegan options.
Your spiritual and technical teachings will be with me always, encouraging me to teach with depth and from the heart. ~Renate
We regularly film the morning yoga classes so that they can be practiced again by students on our online platform. Students are welcome to find a spot that is not within the camera view. We also may photograph ceremonies or events. Please let facilitators know if you do not want to be filmed or photographed.
The Akhanda Team shared a staggering breadth and depth of knowledge. We were abundantly fortunate to learn from such dedicated and well-versed yogis. ~ Kelley
I cannot express how much this course has meant to me. After every class I felt peaceful, joyful and empowered! ~ Jennifer
Akhanda means whole and indivisible. Akhanda Yoga, designed by Himalayan Master Yogrishi Vishvketu (PhD) offers a holistic toolkit to bring forward ancient wisdom for a modern age. In Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training you will learn to teach artful, balanced sequences including a full repertoire of yoga techniques linked to yogic wisdom. Our YTTs are renown for our interactive philosophy, Ayurveda, detailed techniques and engaged anatomy segments. Read more about Akhanda Yoga
All Akhanda YTTs in Rishikesh are fully residential at the spacious and uplifting Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram. The Ashram offers the comforts of home with two sofa sitting rooms and Western bathrooms alongside the traditional rituals of a yogic day including morning lemon water, daily fire puja and Ayurvedic vegetarian meals. The vaulted bamboo yoga hall is equipped with bolsters, back jacks, cushions and blocks. Read more
Our 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India is led by Himalayan Master Yogrishi Vishvketu and senior Akhanda trainers who are passionate about what they do. With expertise in facilitation, they get groups bonded and working together from the first day. Akhanda trainers share their knowledge of Indian wisdom traditions through inspired talks and interactive activities to help you apply yogic teachings to your own life. In techniques class, demonstration and pairwork give you real-time practice teaching and assisting advanced and restorative asana. Meet our teaching team.
Students commend us on our Akhanda YTT manual – an incredible resource on all aspects of holistic yoga. In addition to detailed guidelines and professional photos of each asana, our manual includes the benefits and precautions of each pose and indications on the associated chakra. The philosophy section has reflection questions helping you bring ancient wisdom to modern life.
As part of your course, enjoy:
We’ll take care of you from the moment you arrive with convenient airport pickup at Dehradun Airport and transit to the Ashram. You’ll arrive at the Ashram in time for a relaxing yoga class and nourishing dinner followed by several rest days with orientation and a few nature and cultural excursions.
The Ashram provides three freshly cooked vegetarian meals a day with Gluten Free and Vegan options. The menu varies daily and includes organic foods sourced from the Ashram farm. Breakfast includes Ayurvedic herbal tea, homemade muesli, porridge, parantha or samosas, and fruits. Lunch and Dinner often consist of Dal (beans), vegetables (pumpkin, carrot, cauliflower, peas, spinach etc.), rice and chapatti. Read More
The Ashram offers food, medicine and scholarships for those in need. We also founded a free rural school for more than 250 under-served children. The school promotes the education of girls and is supported by a Canadian charitable organization, Helping Hands for India. A percentage of your tuition goes towards supporting the school. Yoga gives us so much – why not give back! Donate Here.
In techniques classes, you will workshop a variety of intermediate asana and pranayama techniques to complement those taught during YTT 200. You will gain greater skill in working with diverse student bodies using props and focused assists, including restorative postures and techniques adapted for the stages of pregnancy. You will also get to explore further use of the bandhas for breath retention and a variety of cleansing kriyas, such as Jal Kapalabhati and Sutra Neti (optional). Mantra and meditation techniques are also developed so that you can incorporate mantra, sounding and various meditation techniques into your classes. Contact Hours: 168
We will explore the art of sequencing, language use, creating a transformational space, and design Intermediate / Advanced, Gentle / Restorative and Prenatal classes according to the Akhanda approach (Note: the course is not a complete therapeutic training in Restorative or Prenatal Yoga). You will learn how to assist and adjust students in more complex or restorative postures. And in addition to Akhanda 2/3, you will learn to sequence and teach two unique and profound class-styles designed by Yogrishi Vishvketu: Hatha-Raja and Five Koshas classes. The Business of Yoga sessions will explore how to plan for and lead successful retreats, and workshops. The facilitation workshops will give experienced teachers the confidence and tools to begin offering more talk yoga and workshop session in these contexts. Contact Hours: 23
Vishva-ji developed this class style in 2002 to promote meditate flow, great for the evenings. In this practice, you will perform the sonorous Brahmaree pranayama (bumble bee breath) during each posture.
Gentle and supported yoga practices for stress release, nurturance and general wellbeing. These classes are rejuvenating for anyone who wants to reconnect with themselves during busy times or who deep rest for the body and mind.
In this unique class style, you will lean to design holistic sequences for a variety of levels that take students on a journey through the five layers of being: physical, energetic, mental/emotional, intuitive and bliss. A short series of pranayama and as asana techniques is repeated three times with a focus on each of the first three layers in progression. The final savasana and meditation lead students through the intuitive and spontaneous joy or bliss layer.
Akhanda Prenatal Yoga classes offer a balanced, holistic sequence of asana, pranayama, mantra, relaxation and meditation tailored to the stages of pregnancy. We will explore postures that are most beneficial for the various trimesters and modifications that can be made by pregnant yoginis in a regular yoga class. These classes may also include tips for the weeks leading up to birthing and sounding and breathing techniques that may be used during birthing.
A flowing sequence of asanas with long holding designed to encourage working through resistance, releasing outmoded patterns, and moving towards a profound sense of balance. Classes are interwoven with pranayama, mantra and kernels of wisdom from the yogic teachings and close with relaxation and meditation.
Each participant will co-teach three 1.5-hour classes in two or three of the styles listed, and will receive feedback from the trainers and their peers.
Contact Hours: 30
Explore all aspects of physical anatomy and how they relate to yoga postures, breathing techniques and cleansing: structural system, respiratory system, nervous system, digestive system and circulatory system. Learn more about fascia and connective tissue as they relate to yoga and stretching. Connect information about the nervous system to the yogic view of anatomy, kundalini and the nadis. How does this information influence how we understand breath work and meditation. Anatomy hours include subtle anatomy and the yogic vision of the energetic and subtle systems. Contact Hours: 17
Yogic anatomy is the view of the whole body according to Upanishadic and Tantric texts. We will explore the theory of the five koshas or layers of the body and how this applies to holistic, balanced living. We will also learn about and contemplate the seven chakras and their mantras and mantras and how they are used in mediation and in posture practice. We will also learn about the five pranas, the nadi system and Kundalini energy.
Through our interactive philosophy sessions, you will learn about the history of yoga and the various cosmologies of the broader yoga tradition, such as Veda and Samkhya. You will understand the periods of yogic history and their predominant practices and how they are relevant to our modern yoga experience. Delve into the poetic wisdom of the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and review aspects of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. We will also explore Ayurveda and go deeper into how to balance the Constitutional types through the whole repertoire of yoga techniques, diet, lifestyle choices and how this relates to the 24 tattvas of Samkhya tradition. We will also explore the ethics of the yoga teaching profession.
Contact Hours: 40
We recommend that you apply several months in advance in order to ensure a spot in the 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India, and to have adequate time to prepare for travel, for required readings, completing the assignment and other preparations.
Completion of a Yoga Alliance Registered YTT 200, or equivalent, and
one year of teaching yoga asana, pranayama, philosophy and/or meditation (even if it is just teaching one class a week).
That said, we may admit a limited number of Akhanda Yoga graduates who have decided not to teach, but wish to embark on the program for advanced study with us.
Please fill out our online registration form for the 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India. You will be prompted at the bottom of the form to enter your credit card information to secure your spot in the course by paying the $500 USD deposit. You will receive an email notification of your registration and payment including a link to our Yoga Teacher Training Reading List, 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training Assignment and Preparation Documents.
Please note that the final payment is due one month prior to departure (please read our refund policy).
Before the course
There are two written assignments to complete and several books to read before the training. Please be sure to follow the link to the Preparations Documents for the 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India, in your confirmation of enrollment email.
The readings and assignments will ensure that all applicants from various 200-hour programs have the necessary background knowledge to get the most out of the 300-hour course. The deadline for submitting these assignments is one month prior to the program start date.