Why Choose an Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training

Himalayan Yoga Master

The teaching of Yogrishi Vishvketu (Vishva), co-founder of Akhanda Yoga, is holistic, inspiring and playful. Vishva has been practicing yoga since the age of six and has an MA and PhD in Yoga Philosophy. He has an accessible and grounded approach to yogic spiritual life and has taught thousands of teachers around the world. Fun-loving and spirited, Vishva, who is sometimes known as the laughing yogi, inspires students to become their true selves: fearless and blissful.

Yogrishi Vishvketu in Rishikesh, India
Yogrishi Vishvketu in Chakrasana
I feel like I am a gardener. I plant the seeds in my students and I love to watch them grow. ~ Yogrishi Vishvketu
Your stories make me smile! Your light inspires me; your wisdom makes my brain happy, and your love overflows and fills me with happiness and joy. ~ Lisa
Thank you for helping me see the best in myself and for reminding me to always have fun. You are peace, you are love, you are pure joy! ~ Cheryl
Thank you for showing me your inner light so that I could find mine. I will be seeing you again. Thank you for your stillness and peace. I am taking it with me as I embark on a new life. ~ Dorinda

Birthplace of Yoga

Study in Rishikesh, India, the birthplace of yoga, on the beautiful banks of the river Ganges in the foothills of the Himalayas. The ashram is located in Tapovan, a dynamic international village of spiritual seekers in Rishikesh, about 250 km north of Delhi.

Holistic

Learn all of the foundational aspects of this ancient practice including asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, cleansing kriyas, yogic philosophy, anatomy, lifestyle, ethics, and Ayurveda. Participants also explore the Akhanda approach to a variety of yoga styles including: Hatha Raja, Classical Kundalini, Pre-Natal and Restorative Yoga.

Thanks so much for everything: your kindness, your care, the great organization, and above all, the immense love I was able to experience during the India trip. I hadn’t laughed so much in ages. ~ Micha
I loved the course being held in Rishikesh. It gave me so much insight into yoga life and philosophy. My yoga practice is blossoming; I feel as if I have finally found what I had been looking for for so long. I have peace and joy in my heart. ~ Lena
I have found so much peace at this training, and as your message for me said, I am going to expand that in all directions to everyone around me. I have felt so much love and kindness from you this month, which helped my journey immensely. ~ Christina
These four weeks in India have been the most nourishing and inspiring four weeks I have ever experienced. Your spiritual and technical teachings will be with me always, encouraging me to share my yoga with others, in depth and from the heart. ~ Renate
This course has opened my mind and my heart. It has made me a better person and a better teacher. ~ Anne
This experience has truly been significant in my personal journey to spiritual growth. ~ France

Transformational

The teaching encourages students to stretch themselves in every way to create a truly transformational experience. Build self-confidence, develop trust, cultivate acceptance and connect with your true nature in a supportive community. Weekly transformational evenings facilitate deep personal development.

Yogrishi Vishvketu with Eesha Etsuko Ito

Professionally written and designed manuals

Our manuals are updated regularly and contain detailed information on all aspects of holistic yoga including asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, cleansing kriyas, yogic philosophy, chakras, yogic lifestyle, diet, Ayurveda and more. In addition to detailed instructions and professional photos of each asana, manuals include the benefits and precautions of each pose as well as information about the associated chakra. Students additionally receive an Akhanda Yoga Anatomy Manual.

Akhanda YTT Manual

World-class Teaching

Our teachers are highly experienced facilitators who are able to get the group bonded and working together creatively from the first day. They are highly knowledgeable about Indian widsom traditions and are able to communicate their passion for yoga with the group. We use group work and pair work so that students are able to discuss, absorb and apply yoga philosophy to their own lives. In techniques class, we use demonstration and pairwork to help students absorb information about asana and pranayama and get students practice teaching to a partner in each class.

My experience in this teacher training surpassed all expectations. Your teachings and insights on yoga and spiritual philosophy have significantly enriched my spirit, my mind and my heart. ~ Shira
My deep gratitude for sharing the staggering breadth and depth of your knowledge. We were abundantly fortunate to be able to learn from such dedicated and well-versed yogis. ~ Kelley

Registered Yoga Alliance School

Akhanda Yoga is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School RYS 200, RYS 300, adhering to the strict guidelines of the Yoga Alliance. Training includes assessment through three practicums with feedback, one on one practice teaching, an essay, presentation and test. We also offer Continuing Educational Units through our annual 100-hour Yoga Teacher Training modules.

RYS 200 and RYS 300 logos

Small Classes

Intimate classes allow our dedicated team of teachers to provide personal attention, expert guidance and personal feedback throughout the course.

Ashram Environment

Immerse yourself in the yogic lifestyle at an authentic ashram in India. Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram offers a unique environment with simple but comfortable accommodation. Healthy, delicious, vegetarian food is served with love from our local organic farm. Living and training together under one roof allows our students to fully immerse themselves in and enjoy our special community.


I cannot express properly how much the course has meant to me. After every class I left feeling peaceful, joyful and empowered. ~ Jennifer
We were so well taken care of, the food was wonderful, the programs were so well arranged. I am especially thankful for the trips. ~ Eva


Professional

Akhanda Yoga YTT courses provide practical advice about the business of yoga. Students gain knowledge about teaching opportunities and venues and how to present and promote themselves in a professional capacity. They will work on a bio and class description, learn about the finances of yoga teaching and graduate with an understanding of how to set up their own practice. Whether students decide to teach yoga or not, the skills and knowledge acquired during our training are highly transferable to other professional environments and to daily life.

Community

As soon as participants enroll in this course, they become a part of Akhanda Yoga’s global family. Students make friends and connections around the world that last a lifetime. Vishva and the teachers take participants on weekly outings so that they can experience the rich culture and tradition of Rishikesh, with visits to the beach, local temples and hikes to the waterfall.

Ashram Community at Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram

Ethical

Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram is a charitable trust created for the practice and study of yoga. The ashram supports and promotes the production of local organic food through its associated farm. Its charitable initiatives provide education at a free school for over 250 local children in need. This is made possible by fundraising initiatives managed by Helping Hands for India, a not-for-profit organization founded by Yogrishi Vishvketu and several of his dedicated students.

Your teacher training course is a real privilege to be a part of. Your love, care and wisdom shine through your work. ~ Jan
Your idea of World Yoga Family is so beautiful and I am thrilled to now be a part of it. ~ Christina
Vishva ji! What a beautiful family tree you are growing. Yoga is our root, you are the trunk and we are the branches. Thank you for being such a loving, blissful extension of my family. I am grateful, my teacher! ~ Olivia
You have inspired me to want to be stronger, wiser, a better family member, a better friend, more patient, and more attentive to my and other people’s emotions.~ Carolyn