200 HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING IN DHARAMSHALA, INDIA

22 Days | Beginner – Intermediate

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Nestled in the mystic tall pines forest with its picturesque natural beauty and unique mix of Indian and Tibetan cultures, Dhramashala is a conducive place for yoga and meditation. The name Dharmashala derives from Sanskrit language which means “City of Dharma (virtues)” and so is true to its name. This picturesque destination is not only popular among tourists, but among spiritual seekers and religious travellers.

The 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Vidya Mandiran in Dharamshala, India centre is held over a period of 22 days and 21 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 Dharamshala.

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

Course Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Language of Instruction:

  • English

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

  • Are interested in understanding and studying yoga in a holistic approach from a solid foundation. It does not matter if you feel inexperienced in yoga.  You are welcome.
  • 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 criteria 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- RYS200

The 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training (TTC) completed from an RYS200 (Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance approved 200 Hours TTC curriculum) is the minimum training hours required by Yoga Alliance for a person to register as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). Once you completed your 200 Hours of training, you would be eligible to register as RYT200 under Yoga Alliance USA and be internationally recognized as a yoga teacher.

For yoga teachers who have registered as RYT200, your next step would be to go through a 300 Hours Yoga TTC. After the completion of both 200 hours and 300 hours training, you will have a total training hours of 500 hours in preparation for the registration of RYT500. You may choose to obtain the 500 Hours training by taking the 500 Hours Yoga TTC in one complete training as well, instead of two separate trainings. Read more…

200 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
    • Surya namaskar (sun salutations) – dynamic surya namaskar, surya namaskar with breathe awareness, surya namaskar with mantra chanting
    • Types of hatha posture – standing poses, sitting poses, backward bending poses, forward bending poses, spinal twisting poses, fire series, inversion poses, shavasana
    • Postural alignment and art of adjustment
    • Counter pose
    • Contraindications

      • Science of breath
      • Sitting postures for pranayama practice
      • How to establish diaphragmatic breathing before pranayama practice
      • 1:1, 1:2 and 1:4 breathing practices
      • Types of pranayama – nadi shodhana pranayama, ujjayee, kapalabhati, bhastrika, shitali, shitkari, brahmari, and anuloma viloma

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

      • Relaxation in daily life
      • Tension and relaxation
      • Systematic relaxation
      • 31 relaxation

      •  What is meditation & what is not?
      •  Meditation in daily life
      •  Yoga asanas for meditation
      •  2-5 minutes meditations
      •  So-ham mediation

      • Introduction about anatomy and physiology
      • Systems: Digestive system, Respiratory system
      • Effect of yoga posture on muscles and systems

      • General introduction: six school of Indian philosophy
      • Samkhya and yoga
      • Highlight of ashtanga yoga: yama, niyam, asana, pranayam, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi
      • Life style and yoga ethics

      • Jnana-mudra
      • Dhyan-mudra
      • Vishnu-mudra
      • Hridaya-mudra

      • Om mantra
      • Morning mantra
      • Guru mantra
      • Meal mantra
      • Gayatri mantra and more
      • Suryanamaskar mantras – 12 names of sun

      • Jala-neti
      • Sutra-neti

      • Lesson plan
      • Assignments
      • Practice teaching
      • Feedback
      • Group discussion
      • Question and answer
      • Homework

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in Dharamshala, India: Daily Schedule

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This 200 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.  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 afternoon masala tea.

We encourage students to go sleep early around 9pm or before 10pm as that is conducive to the yoga training.  Here it is the typical daily schedule for 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Dharamshala, India:

Typical Daily Schedule

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Time Activity
05:00 – 06:00 : Wake Up!
06:15 – 06:30 : Mantra Chanting
06:30 – 07:30 : Shat-kriyas & Pranayama Practices
07:30 – 09:00 : 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 / Extra Alignment Session (2x per week)
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.

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in Dharamshala, India: Course Dates

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Here are few upcoming course dates for our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training:

Course Date Course Name Book Now
2nd – 23rd June, 2020 200 Hour YTTC in Dharamshala, India
2nd – 23rd July, 2020 200 Hour YTTC in Dharamshala, India
2nd – 23rd June, 2021 200 Hour YTTC in Dharamshala, India
2nd – 23rd July, 2021 200 Hour YTTC in Dharamshala, India
2nd – 23rd June, 2022 200 Hour YTTC in Dharamshala, India
2nd – 23rd July, 2022 200 Hour YTTC in Dharamshala, India
2nd – 23rd June, 2023 200 Hour YTTC in Dharamshala, India
2nd – 23rd July, 2023 200 Hour YTTC in Dharamshala, India

200 hour Yoga TTC in Dharamshala, India: Course Fee

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Accommodation Type Price Per Person
Shared Twin Room US$ 1599
Private Room US$ 1900

Book Your Seat: A minimum of US$ 200 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:
  • 21 nights non-AC Accommodation (AC available at additional cost)
  • Three vegetarian meals per day
  • Afternoon Tea (Masala Chai)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Yoga materials during class (i.e. yoga mat, block, belt, etc.)
  • Sightseeing near city on rest day (half-day trip)
  • Textbooks, printed study handouts and study manual
  • 200 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.

Enya Powell Taylor / November 2019200 Hour Yoga TTC in Chiang Mai, Thailand
“TRULY FORTUNATE TO HAVE CHOSEN THIS SCHOOL”. This school went above and beyond any expectations I held. I come from Scotland (currently living in Vietnam) and found that it was of the same standard as back home. The training itself took me on a journey of knowledge and understanding about yoga and how it relates to me and my current situation. I learned so much in all of the topics that I never expected to learn. The teachers are all really inspiring and genuinely lovely people and I really couldn’t have asked for better teachers. The accommodation is very quaint and lovely, its clean, comfortable and just what you need. It’s in the most beautiful location, outside Chiangmai in the rolling hills among the rice paddies. So beware of a friendly spider (or gecko) or 2 🙂 The food is amazing!!! Its vegetarian and you have a buffet style dinner every night and the most amazing waffles in the morning! Peebee and her team looked after everyone’s various dietary equirements without a hesitation. I’m not a vegetarian but it was definitely my kind of food. Some people struggled (energy wise) without eating meat so I’d suggest to others who feel this may be problem to them, just bring some protein powder or tinned tuna or something. Hope was amazing from the moment I booked until the moment I left. She is so organised and professional but everyone felt as though she valued us and she had a great relationship with everyone. Highly highly reccomend this training!  Wish I had longer to stay with you!