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300 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India, City of Yoga

Join Yogrishi Vishvketu and the Akhanda Teaching Team to expand and deepen your practice and teaching offerings while connecting with a community of passionate yoga teachers, all at the east-meets-west Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram.

Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training at Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram

Upcoming 300 hour YTT Programs

Nov.8 – Dec.14, 2018

(Arrival in Delhi evening of Nov. 7)

Early Bird Special till July 9!

Nov.7 – Dec.13, 2019

(Arrival in Delhi Nov. 6)

Early Bird Special till July 9, 2019!

Upcoming 100 hour YTT Programs

YTT 300 can be taken in three 100-hour modules.

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

This 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India gives graduates a total of 500-hours of training in combination with a Yoga Alliance registered 200-hour teacher training program, or equivalent. The course offers yoga teachers of all traditions a unique opportunity for professional development and profound personal growth. During Akhanda YTT 300, you will connect more deeply with the yogic wisdom of the Koshas, Chakras, Pranas and Ayurveda as well as the Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita.

Expand and deepen your practice and teaching offerings – learn how to teach artful intermediate sequences, meditative Hatha-Raja and balancing Five Koshas classes including asana, pranayama, mantra and mediation and woven together with themes from yogic texts. Developing skills as a workshop presenter to take students deeper in all areas of yoga practice and philosophy, and prepare to deliver our holistic Foundational and Upliftment courses.

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 and transport to Rishikesh, orientation to the town and cultural and nature excursions. Our program is hosted at the spacious, uplifting Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram where you’ll enjoy three tasty vegetarian meals a day with Gluten Free and Vegan options.

Fees

$2900 USD – Tuition

~$700 USD – Ashram Stay and Food

 

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Travel arrangements

Airport pick up in Delhi is provided on the date specified for your YTT between 10 AM and up until midnight. Departure from the ashram is Saturday morning following a Graduation Ceremony on Friday evening.

Learn more about travel arrangements to and from the Ashram.

Includes

  • 300-hour certification course
  • Professionally laid-out manual
  • shared double room at the ashram (hot water/Western toilet/sheets/pillow/blankets)
  • 3 healthy and delicious vegetarian meals per day (Vegan and Gluten-free options available)
  • unlimited purified water
  • 2 Sunday excursions
  • evening music programs
  • airport pick-up/transportation to the ashram
  • one night hotel stay in Delhi with group
  • Akhanda Yoga t-shirt
  • Jal neti pot
  • access to ashram library
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • 2 month free subscription to Akhanda Yoga Online

Daily schedule

  • 5:00 – Wake-up call
  • 5:20-5:50 – Meditation
  • 6:00-7:30 –  Akhanda yoga class with Vishva-ji
  • 8:00-8:30 – Fire puja
  • 8:30-9:00 – Breakfast
  • 9:10-10:30 – Philosophy discussion
  • 10:45-12:15 – Techniques class
  • 12:30-1:00 – Lunch
  • 1:00-2:30 – Personal and study time
  • 2:30-4:00 – Methodology, Anatomy and Ethics
  • 4:15-6:00 – Techniques and Practicums
  • 6:00-6:45 – Dinner
  • 7:00-8:00 – Kirtan and Transformational Experiences (3 nights a week)
  • 8:00-9:30 – Personal, studying or journaling time
  • 9:00 –  Silence begins and held until end of breakfast next morning
  • 9:30 – Lights out

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Holistic Approach

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: asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation linked with themes to yogic wisdom. Our YTTs are renown for our interactive philosophy, Ayurveda, detailed techniques and engaged anatomy segments. Read more about Akhanda Yoga

Ashram Setting

All Akhanda YTTs in Rishikesh are fully residential and hosted at the spacious and uplifting Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram. The Ashram setting offers the comforts of home with two sofa sitting rooms and Western bathrooms alongside the traditional structure and rituals of a yogic day including warm lemon water in the early morning, daily fire puja and sattvic vegetarian meals prepared according to Ayurvedic principles. The vaulted bamboo yoga hall is equipped with a full array of props: bolsters, back jacks, cushions and blocks. Read more

Expert Facilitators

Our 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India is led by Himalayan Master Yogrishi Vishvketu and senior Akhanda trainers who are experienced, knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. With expertise in facilitation, they get groups bonded and working together creatively 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 or learning to sequence our unique class styles. Meet our teaching team.

Professionally Written and Designed Manuals

Students commend our Akhanda YTT manual and Anatomy manual as incredible resources on all aspects of holistic yoga including asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, cleansing kriyas, yogic philosophy, chakras, yogic lifestyle, Ayurveda and more. 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.

Culture and Nature Excursions

As part of your course, enjoy:

  • An orientation to the village of Laxman Jhoola and its intimate chai stalls and markets for book, healing gemstones, singing bowls and malas
  • A mountain hike to a local waterfall
  • Walk the Sadhus’ Trail to Aarati, the sunset ceremony
  • Beach yoga afternoons on the white sand by the Ganges
  • Music concerts, visits with guest yogis and other spontaneous events
  • A colourful naming ceremony and graduation ritual

Airport Pickup and Transit

Convenient pickup from Delhi airport and transit to the Ashram are included in your 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India with Akhanda Yoga. We’ll take care of you from the moment you arrive! After pickup, you’ll spend the night with the group at a hotel in Delhi and we’ll travel all together by bus to the Ashram in time for a relaxing post-travel yoga class and nourishing dinner followed by several jet lag days for rest, orientation and a few nature and cultural excursions.

Tasty Vegetarian Meals

The Ashram provides three freshly cooked Sattvic vegetarian meals a day complete with Gluten Free and Vegan options. The menu varies daily and includes organic foods sourced from the Ashram farm prepared according to Ayurvedic principles. Breakfast includes Ayurvedic herbal tea, fresh milk, soy milk, homemade muesli, porridge or samosas, parantha or uppama and fruits such as bananas and papaya. Lunch and Dinner often consist of Dal (pulses), vegetables (pumpkin, carrot, cauliflower, peas, spinach etc.), rice and chapatti. Read More

Charitable Initiatives

The Ashram runs a school in rural Uttar Pradesh called Sansar Gyaan Pathshala that offers free education to more than 250 under-served children. The school takes steps to ensure a balanced ratio of girls to boys and to promote the education of girls. A Canadian charitable organization, Helping Hands for India, run by a team of Akhanda Yoga volunteers raises funds to support the school. Yoga gives us so much – why not give back! Donate Here.

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Yogrishi Vishvketu has trained over 2700 Yoga Teachers around the globe.

The Curriculum

Techniques

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

Yoga Assists in Akhanda YTT 300

Teaching Methodology

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

Hatha-Raja Yoga

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 / Restorative Yoga

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.

Five Koshas

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.

Prenatal Yoga

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.

Intermediate / Advanced Akhanda Yoga®

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.


Teaching Practicum

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

Chakra Work in Akhanda YTT 300

Anatomy

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

Subtle Anatomy

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.

Philosophy – Lifestyle – Ethics

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

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YTT Application Process


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.

 

Additionally, please scan and email a copy of your 200-hour teacher training certificate to: info@akhandayoga.com. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us.

Pre-Requisites

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.