500 HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING IN RISHIKESH, INDIA

50 Days | Beginner – Advance

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The 500 Hours Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Vidya Mandiran in Rishikesh, India centre is held over a period of 50 days and 49 nights. The training lays out a strong foundation for deepening the understanding and practices of yoga in a holistic approach. Yoga has become popular in this modern age for its physical practices (“asana”) and other aspect that are essential parts of yoga has been largely looked over. In our TTC, we make sure to integrate well-rounded studies of yoga and bringing spirituality into the teachings and practices to support personal and spiritual growth of our students.

The curriculum covers the fundamental elements of yoga based on essential subjects consisting of pranayama, shat kriya, asana practices, yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, relaxation (Yoga Nidra) and meditation. For asana practices, our school focus on Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga styles of asana. Students will go through 6 days of training with 1 rest day per week. On this rest day, our school organizes a half-day excursion for students that may involve visits to sacred sites, waterfall or city exploration. The rest day usually falls on a Sunday, but may be shifted to a weekday to avoid tourists and traffic during high season in Rishikesh.

Accommodations, meals and excursions during the training are inclusive in the course fee as mentioned in more detail below.

Course Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advance

Language of Instruction:

  • English

500 Hours Yoga TTC is suitable for those who...

      • Are interested in understanding and studying yoga in a holistic approach from a solid foundation
      • Are interested in a balance in lifestyle through health in both body and mind
      • Are interested in self-discovery through yoga philosophy, meditation and its practices.
      • Wants to deepen their understanding and practice in a structured course after years of casually studying and practicing yoga as a hobby.
      • Wants to build a solid foundation in yoga, not only in asana but its philosophy and other essential practices, as a based to deepen their future practices and studies of yoga.
      • Aspires to share your experience by become an internationally recognized yoga teacher.

Course Completion Requirements

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Students are required to complete and meet the following criterias during the course:

  • Weekly Assignments
  • Final Teaching Exam
  • Final Written Exam
  • Required 100% attendance
  • No violation of Code of Conduct and School Policy

Yoga Alliance Certification – RYS500

Once you completed your 500 Hours of training, plus collect teaching hours after your training required by Yoga Alliance, you would be eligible to register as RYT500 under Yoga Alliance USA and be internationally recognized as a yoga teacher. Read more..

500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training : Course Curriculum

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      • Meditative steps of performing the hatha yoga; centering, entering, refining, holding, coming out, and reflection
      • Astanga vinyasa flow – series 1 & 2
      • Surya namaskar (sun salutations I,II & III) – dynamic surya namaskar, surya namaskar with breathe awareness, surya namaskar with 12 mantras with their bija-mantra chanting and their understanding
      • Modifications of yoga asanas
      • Types of yoga asanas – standing, sitting, backward bending, forward bending, spinal twisting, fire series, inversion, shavasana etc.
      • Alignment & art of adjustment
      • Preventing common injuries
      • Counter pose
      • Contraindications
      • Yoga asanas benefits

      • Introduction to science of breath
      • Physiology of pranayama
      • Beginning and advance postures for pranayama
      • Perfect establishment of diaphragmatic breath
      • 1:1, 1:2 and 1:4 breathing practices
      • Different practices of pranayama: nadi shodhana, ujjayee, kapalabhati, bhastrika, shitali, shitkari, brahmari, and anuloma viloma, suryabhedi, and various types of kumbhaka pranayama and others
      • Breathing for the advance yoga practices, such as chakra and kundalini
      • Benefits or pranayama practices
      • Guidelines for regular pranayama

      • Jalandhara-bandha (chin lock)
      • Uddiyana-bandha (abdominal lock)
      • Moola-bandha (root lock)
      • Maha-bandha (great lock)

      • Introduction to the concept and practices of relaxation
      • Relaxation in daily life
      • Philosophy of yoga-nidra
      • Sequence of beginning and advance relaxation practices
      • Tension & relaxation exercises
      • Systematic relaxation exercises
      • 31 points relaxation exercise
      • 61 points relaxation exercise
      • Preparation for yoga-nidra
      • 61 blue star- yoga-nidra

      • What is meditation & what is not?
      • Meditation in daily life
      • Yoga asanas for meditation
      • 2-5 minutes meditations
      • Steps into basic meditation
      • So-ham mediation
      • Mantra & meditation
      • Spinal breath
      • Sushumna breath through chakras

      • Introduction about Yoga anatomy and physiology
      • Systems: Digestive system, Circulatory system, Respiratory system, Muscular system, Nervous system, Endocrine system, Skeletal system, Excretory system, Lymphatic system, Homeostasis
      • Systems within the personality: A deeper understaning of human personality which contains physical and subtler bodies, such as; 10 senses, mind, intellect, and ego.
      • Stress: Introduction
      • Humoral theory (in ancient Indian medicine, Greek medicine & modern medical science)
      • The Brain and its sub cortical centers
      • Stress and Neuro-endocrinal changes
      • Therapy principles for stress disorders
      • Stress management through yoga:
        • Asana (physical postures)
        • Pranayama (breathing practices)
        • Dhyana (meditation)
      • Effect of yoga posture on muscles and systems
      • Nadis (energy channels)
      • Chakras (energy plexus)
      • Pancha tattva (five great elements)
      • Panchakosha (five sheaths)
      • Pancha pranas (five vital energy)

      • General introduction: six schools of Indian philosophy
      • Philosophy in daily life
      • Elementary intro to Samkhya and Yoga philosophies
      • The Yoga-sutras of Patanjali
      • History of Yogic science
      • Astanga-yoga: yama, niyam, asana, pranayam, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi
      • Introduction to Vedanta (Yoga of the Upanishads)
      • The yoga of the Bhagavad-gita
      • The tantric yoga
      • Yoga Ethics
        • Yamas and Niyamas
        • More on the ethics of a teacher
      • Daily life style of a sadhaka

      • Intro to Ayurveda
      • Philosophy of Ayurveda: body and mind
      • The concept of tri-dosha: vata, pitta, and kapha
      • The concept of tri-gunas: sattva, rajas and tamas
      • Ayurveda and the balanced and healthy nutrients diet
      • Balance of the mind and body through proper diet as prescribed in Ayurveda

      • Intro to mudras and their importance in yoga practices
      • Mudra and its psychology
      • The elements residing in the fingers and five mudras: akasha-mudra, jnana-mudra, agni-mudra, varuna-mudra, and prithvi-mudra
      • Note: Other important mudras: dhyan-mudra, prana-mudra, apana-mudra, linga-mudra, shunya-mudra, vishnu-mudra, bhairava-mudra, and hridaya-mudra

      • Intro to mantra science
      • Basic mantras: aum, gayatri, trayambakam, guru, shanti etc.
      • Morning prayers & Evening prayers
      • Meal prayers
      • Study prayers
      • Health prayers
      • Surya-namaskara 12 mantras along with bija mantras & their understanding
      • 1-20 Sanskrit counting
      • Names of the beginning and advance levels of the yoga asanas
      • Selected yoga-sutras recitation

      • Jala-neti
      • Sutra-neti
      • Kunjala
      • Trataka
      • Agnisara
      • Nauli

      • Learning to instruct & guide
      • Main points: Teaching to what you observe, Timing a class, Greeting/Centering, Sequence in teaching,
      • Themeing a specific posture
      • Classroom Organization
      • Demonstration
      • Health Concerns
      • Language
      • Modification in Posture
      • The role of a teacher
      • The practice and service of teaching yoga

      • Class sequences
      • Develop intention for classes
      • Self-evaluation
      • Assignments
      • Practice teaching
      • Feed back
      • Group discussion
      • Question & answer
      • Home work

500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh, India: Daily Schedule

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This 500 Hour Yoga Training will be schedule on 6 days for the intensive study and practices and on the 7th day there will be Himalayan sightseeing, Holy Shrine & Temples Visits and Explore time as the related aspects of yoga training. In spite of such intensive schedule you could find this training an enlightening and interesting process of transformation. During your training you will have an opportunity to live with nature. The Yoga Training schedule begins at 6:15 am with a short morning prayer followed by a pranayama session. Then there comes the morning session for the traditional Yoga Postures (Hatha-Yoga) before the breakfast. Then we have two main sessions; one philosophy and the other yoga anatomy followed by lunch at noon. Then there will be some self-study and Self-practice time after before we begin the afternoon and evening sessions of Vinyasa-Yoga Asanas followed by Relaxation & Meditation. There will be some inspirational cultural activities, such as satsang (devotional songs), lectures on yoga related subjects, audios and video lectures. The weekly assignments will be a part of the training as that is conducive to gain in-depth knowledge of the subjects and experience through your yoga practices. During this yoga teacher training you will be provided with three yoga vegetarian meals including fruit refreshments and green tea.
We encourage the students to go sleep early about 10pm as that is conducive to the yoga training. Here it is the typical daily schedule for 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India at our School Yoga Vidya Mandiram:

Typical Daily Schedule

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Time Activity
05:00 : Wake Up!
06:15 – 6:30 : Mantra Chanting
06:30 – 7:30 : Shat-kriyas & Pranayama Practices
07:30 – 9:00 : Hatha Yoga (Classical)
09:00 – 10:00 : Breakfast & Free Time
10:00 – 11:00 : Yoga Philosophy
11:00 – 12:00 : Yoga Anatomy & Physiology
12:30 – 13:00 : Karma Yoga (Seva)
13:00 – 14:30 : Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 : Self-Study / Self-Practice
16:00 – 16:15 : Tea Break
16:30 -18:00 : Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
18:00 – 19:00 : Relaxation & Meditation
19:00 – 20:00 : Dinner
20:00 – 21:00 : Self-Study / Free-Time
21:00 : Go to Sleep!
* Schedule is subjected to slight changes.

Note: The first day of the course will start with an opening fire ceremony at 10.30am.

500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh, India: Course Dates

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This 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh, India is held over a duration of 50 days. The training begins on the 2nd of each month and ends on either the 20th, or the 21st of the subsequent month throughout the year. So you can apply for any month in advance. Our upcoming 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training course dates are as follows:

    Course Date Course Name Book Now
2nd January – 20th February 500 Hour YTTC in Rishikesh, India
2nd February – 23rd March 500 Hour YTTC in Rishikesh, India
2nd March – 20th April 500 Hour YTTC in Rishikesh, India
2nd April – 21st May 500 Hour YTTC in Rishikesh, India
2nd May – 20th June 500 Hour YTTC in Rishikesh, India
2nd June – 21st July 500 Hour YTTC in Rishikesh, India
2nd July – 20th August 500 Hour YTTC in Rishikesh, India
2nd August – 20th September 500 Hour YTTC in Rishikesh, India
2nd September – 21st October 500 Hour YTTC in Rishikesh, India
2nd October – 20th November 500 Hour YTTC in Rishikesh, India
2nd November – 21st December 500 Hour YTTC in Rishikesh, India
2nd December – 20th January 500 Hour YTTC in Rishikesh, India

500 hour Yoga TTC in Rishikesh: Course Fee

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Accommodation Type Price Per Person
Shared Twin Room US$ 2800 / US$ 2380
Private Single Room US$ 3400 / US$ 2890
Note: Yoga Vidya Mandiram is currently offering 15% discount for 500 Hours Yoga TTC commencing in 2020.

Book Your Seat: A minimum of US$ 400 advance deposit is required to secure your seat for the course. The remaining course fee is due on arrival at our school reception.

Course Fees INCLUDE:
  • 49 nights non-AC Accommodation (AC available at additional cost)
  • Three vegetarian meals per day
  • Afternoon Tea (Masala Chai)
  • Weekly half-day excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Yoga materials during class (i.e. yoga mat, block, belt, etc.)
  • Sightseeing near Rishikesh city on rest day (half-day trip)
  • Textbooks, printed study handouts and study manual
  • 500 Hours Course Certification from Yoga Alliance, USA
Course Fees DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • Airport Transfer (available at additional charges)
  • Travel expenses (i.e. airfare, train, bus, taxi, etc.)
  • Laundry services (available at additional charges)
  • Extra nights beyond course dates (available at additional charges)
  • Extra excursion not organized by school
  • Air Conditioning / Heater (available at additional charges)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical Expenses
  • Other Personal Expenses

Refund Policy

Advance deposit is strictly non-refundable.   However, your advance deposit amount can be retained for rescheduling, only if applicant makes a request 7 days before the program start date.  Please read details under Refund Policy.

School Policy & Code of Conduct

By signing and booking for your course at Yoga Vidya Mandiram, you are acknowledging that you have read, agree and accept our School Policy and Code of Conduct. Please go through our School Policy and Code of Conduct thoroughly.

Daniel Cirilli / August 2019500 Hour Yoga TTC in Rishikesh, India
“Amazing experience at Yoga Vidya Mandiram” Namaste everyone, my name is Daniel Cirilli from Italy, I’ve been in Yoga Vidya Mandiram since 1st of August when I’m arrived in India till 20th of September. I arrived there just thinking about my journey on 200 hours YTT but after few days I’ve decided to stay more and focus on 500 hours YTT. One of the most important experience I’ve ever had, teachers and staff are very polite and nice person. Anything you need just ask them and they will provide the best solution for your needs or anything you ask. Teachers are really prepared with so much knowledge and experience behind, are really focused on what they teach and follow what they teach. Any question or doubt they will reply and give you so much more. If you need time to talk with them, they give you time, all the time you need. Schedule of the classes prepared in a really great way, with time to study and rest between lunch and afternoon. Kitchen: food great, staff always present to help you if you need some other things. They prepare something that I don’t know if I will find somewhere else. Just in love with their way to prepare food for us and food obviously. I was using to eat a lot of meat, but after 2 months there now meat is not available again in my diet (continue vegetarian diet). I like also they organize so many trip during our journey and free time, I’ve been visiting Water fall, temples, during the 200 hours was a special time in India where every evening they were celebrating on the Ganga River so they let us see even this. The area around here is peaceful and perfect for relaxing, study, practice asanas, meditation, Pranayama and all the practice about Yoga, everything is green around in the middle of nature, in the silence of nature, here there is everything you need. In few minutes you are in the city close to Laxman Jhula bridge. Here I’ve decide to stay 300 hours more so I recommend you this school 100%!! I could write a book on my 55 days there but I can tell you the best way is to go and live the place, I could share all of my experiences but you have to try and make your own experience, then you will understand my words. Sending light and love, Daniel