5 Best Places for Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India: The Yoga Capital of the World!
Yoga originated from India and Rishikesh, situated on the holy Ganges river at the foothills of the magical Himalayan mountains, is one of the most serene and spiritual towns in India. Ever since The Beatles visited the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram here in the late 1960s Rishikesh has been famous for being the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ so it’s not surprising that there are many amazing ashrams, yoga retreats and places to do yoga teacher training in Rishikesh.
Rishikesh has a very special energy, soul stirring scenery and so many temples, ashrams, workshops and healing therapies here which make it a magnet for yogis and spiritual seekers so it’s easy to meet like minded people. There’s an eclectic mix of Indian and Western culture, with delicious local restaurants next to healthy Western restaurants serving nourishing vegan and vegetarian food, many with fabulous views over the river and mountains. As it’s a holy place no meat, eggs or alcohol are served in the restaurants here.
There’s also no shortage of places to shop in Rishikesh either, with affordable spiritual books, trinkets, jewelry, handbags, and hand-sewn dresses and skirts to choose from. You can also go white water rafting down the Ganges, visit the abandoned Beatles ashram and take part in the nightly Ganga Aarti along the River Ganga in Ram Jhula. Check out my Rishikesh travel guide for more.
It’s no doubt that Rishikesh is probably the best place in the world to practice yoga and learn to be a yoga teacher. YTTC’s here are among the cheapest in the world (you can find yoga teacher training courses with accommodation and meals included for under £1000/ $1200) plus you can also immerse yourself in the culture, heritage and spirituality of India. There really couldn’t be a better place, but with so many options for yoga teacher training in Rishikesh it can be confusing and difficult to pick the right YTTC for you.
There are many places that offer yoga teacher training in Rishikesh and it’s become big business nowadays. No two courses are the same and not all ashrams are equal. Just because a school is number 1 on Google it doesn’t necessarily mean they offer the best training – they are just good at SEO or pay for advertising…
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Whether you just want to further your practice or if you want to change your career and follow a yogic life as a yoga teacher, yoga teacher training is a challenging and life changing experience. It’s also a big investment and time commitment so make sure you do your research and choose a YTTC that is right for you and the style of yoga that you wish to teach. See here for more things to look out for when choosing your YTT and always make sure your YTT is Yoga Alliance approved. A great site I use for finding yoga teacher training courses across the world and checking out real reviews is www.bookyogateachertraining.com
Accommodation can be basic in India so its a good idea to check out where you’ll be staying first. It’s also a good idea to think about the climate when you come to Rishikesh – it can be quite chilly here in the winter between Dec and Feb and most budget accommodations generally don’t have heating. In Summer it can be boiling hot so you’ll need air conditioning and monsoon season runs from July – September. The best time to come is in October/ November or March/ April. Don’t forget that you’ll need an Indian visa too.
I’ve put together my list of the 5 best places for yoga teacher training in Rishikesh after checking out places myself and from recommendations from friends and other travelers who have trained here. Hopefully it will make it easier for you to choose.
Best Places for Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh
One of the best places to receive your teacher training in Rishikesh is at the Himalayan Yoga Association. This multi-style yoga teacher training school in Rishikesh offers a 200 hour multi style YTTC in 28 days. They focus on vinyasa, ashtanga, and hatha yoga, studying movements and key systems of the body, and really get into depth with correct postures and alignment. You’ll be under the guidance of teachers like Yogi Rajesh, Yogi Yogesh Ji, and Moksha Ji who will help you to become an accomplished yogi and yoga teacher through ancient teachings and techniques.
This is where you come to master the asanas, learn yogic philosophy, and embark in mantra chanting and meditation classes. The courses includes detailed teaching on asanas (postures), meditation, pranayama, yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy and physiology, alignment-adjustment, teaching methodology as well as fundamentals of Ayurveda and its importance.
It’s also one of the best value for money yoga teacher training in Rishikesh. 3 vegetarian meals a day, accommodation and some activities and excursions are also included. You’ll stay in new accommodation near Laxman Jhula that offers incredible views of the mountains. It’s in an amazing location, in proximity to gorgeous waterfalls and lush jungle. There are also weekend excursions included like waterfall trekking, visiting the mountains and a local orphanage and kirtan evenings on Saturdays. This is a wonderful yoga school that offers yoga teacher training in Rishikesh that is suitable for people from all walks of life and all levels whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced yogi. See more details, dates, prices, reviews, and book here!
World Peace Yoga School offers a 200-hour Hatha and Ashtanga YTTCs, which takes place over the course of 28 days in a beautiful setting at Tapovan resort in Rishikesh. They focus on the art of traditional hatha yoga, ashtanga, yoga philosophy, anatomy, and Ayurveda. This is where you come to transform your body, mind and soul with in-depth training and practices in meditation, pranayama and yoga asanas in a welcoming and loving environment with world class teachers.
Accommodation is clean, bright and colourful with a garden, library, cafe and three yoga shalas nestled next to the River Ganga and surrounded by serene mountains and lush landscapes and views. It’s located in one of the best areas of Rishikesh, in Laxman Jhula, where you’ll find shops, restaurants, cafes, and bike rentals within easy reach. 3 vegetarian meals a day are also included.
This life changing program begins with a beautiful and magical fire ceremony for initiation and blessings. They also do yoga on the beach, have a Satsang twice a month and show movies in the cafe most evenings. Plus, every Sunday, you’re able to explore Rishikesh and the tourist destinations within the area. No wonder it’s one of the most popular yoga teacher trainings in Rishikesh. See more details, dates, prices, reviews, and book here!
Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center offer an inclusive 200 hour fusion YTTC in 29 days at a really affordable price focusing on hatha, ashtanga, vinyasa and power yoga as well as Ayurveda. The course has been specially designed so that it’s suitable for all levels – from beginner to advanced yogis. One of the best things about this center are the teachers and staff – there’s a real family vibe here as they make you feel so welcome, loved and at home.
The teachers at the Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center are enthusiastic and well trained in teaching the spiritual techniques about yogic life, asana-pranayama, anatomy, mediation, and mantra-chanting. Their main focus is their small and intimate classes, so you really get to know your teacher and your fellow classmates during this program. They also try to individualize and personalize everything for you, so its suitable for all levels and you’re receiving the exact sort of help you need in order to expand on your knowledge of yogic practice.
The school is situated at Tapovan Nishant Garden Resort in the heart of the Rishikesh in Laxman Jhula, next to the famous hanging bridge and holy Ganga river and within easy reach of all Rishikesh has to offer. Accommodation is included in single or double rooms with private bathrooms and balconies with nice views. There are 2 yoga studios, roof top, a dining area and garden. Some excursions and activities like cooking classes, Aryuvedic massage, reflexology session, white water rafting, trekking and sight seeing tours are also included making this one of the most fun, sociable and best value for money places to do yoga teacher training in Rishikesh. See more details, dates, prices, reviews, and book here!
The Alakh Yog School offers a 200-hour YTT over the course of 29 days in the mountains of Rishikesh. The two main styles of yoga practiced here are Hatha and Ashtanga and they welcome everyone from complete beginners to experienced practitioners. As well as all the usual topics studied to meet the yoga alliance curriculum like yoga asanas, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, anatomy and teaching techniques, Alakh also teach traditional ancient hatha yoga practices, yoga nidra, detoxification and naturopathy techniques, self healing through five elements and aims to clear emotional blockages to restore optimum energy flow of your body, mind and spirit.
The lovely team at Alakh focus on giving you confidence and inspiration during your practice, so you are continuously learning and growing and most importantly finding joy in your practice. Their community is based on love and enthusiasm and sharing knowledge so you’ll find a really supportive, friendly and homely environment here.
You’ll be accommodated at Madhav Residency which is situated in a quiet residential area of Rishikesh, about 10 minutes away from the main touristy parts of the town. It’s a bright new building with power back up, AC and wifi so you don’t need to worry about the regular Indian power cuts. There is a range of rooms to choose from depending on your budget, 2 yoga shalas, a dinning room and rooftop. 3 vegetarian sattvic meals are served here daily and the food here is a cut above the rest compared to other yoga schools. One yoga shala has big floor to ceiling windows giving you a nice view of the nature outside while you practice. There is also a spa with relaxing massages available to help soothe any aching muscles after yoga class. See more details, dates, prices, reviews, and book here!
Yoga Vidya Mandiram is one of the most popular centers for yoga retreats in Rishikesh as well as yoga teacher training. They offer a 200 hour Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa YTT which takes 25 days and is most suitable for beginners/ intermediate yogis with basic knowledge of yoga. The course focuses on the eight elements of yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga styles, as well as traditional Hatha yoga and Patanjali’s philosophy.
This comprehneisve course includes asana practice, pranayama, meditation, history and philosophy of yoga, yogic anatomy and physiology of human body, mantra recitation, daily joints and glands practices, six cleansing exercises (shat karma) yoga energy locks (bandha), yoga gestures (Mudra), yogic sleep (yoga Nidra), basic principles of Ayurveda, asana alignment practicum classes, yoga teaching practice, and teaching methodology.
The staff here are experienced and amazing and do everything they can to make you feel comfortable and at home, whatever time of the day or night! The training also includes 3 vegetarian meals a day and accommodation. The food here is a highlight – really tasty, nourishing, healthy and lots of it! They also cater for vegan diets. The air conditioned Accommodation is clean, comfortable and well maintained. It’s located in a quieter area, close to the banks of the Ganges but still just a short walk into town. There’s also a nice garden where yoga practice is sometimes held. See more details, dates, prices, reviews, and book here!
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