Location & Transportation

The closest and most convenient airport for you is to fly to New-Delhi. If you are visiting India for the first time then it is better for you to take a flight to Dehradun (city nearby), and from Dehradun there is a 30 min drive, which we can arrange for you for additional cost.

Delhi airport to Rishikesh by car is a 6 hours journey. We have a transportation package for US$ 150 which will cover your airport pick-ups, transfer from Delhi to Rishikesh (by car) and after completion of the course transfer back from Rishikesh to Delhi. One way transportation i.e. Delhi airport to Rishikesh can also be availed for US$ 75. In case of the late arrival of your flight at night and you want to stay overnight in Delhi, airport pick-up cost will be US$ 25 at reasonably good accommodation at the hotel in Delhi for US$ 40 or 50. Our travel arrangements works under the supervision of professionals and we are always ready with a back-up plan, in case of emergencies. Another fair option is to travel by train (airport to New Delhi train station by car, then by train to Haridwar and from Haridwar to Rishikesh by car). Travel through the bus is quite cheap but a bit inconvenient for first-time visitors. Less costly hotels can also be found in Delhi (Main Bazar, Paharganj area) for USD 10~20. You can reach Paharganj from Delhi airport by airport metro express in less than 20 minutes and it will costs you less than US$ 2

Yes, it is very much safe to travel alone to Rishikesh, many tourists do it. It might be a difficult task to travel by local buses or trains sometimes if you have never been to India before, as it’s very different from other parts of the world, but its safe.

Yes, with advanced notice we will arrange transportation for you to Rishikesh directly from the airport, bus or train station. Upon arriving in Rishikesh we will help you with directions for walking a short distance to our school.

Weather

  1. December-January-February are the coldest month, the temperature gets down to 15-26 C, we do provide room heaters for an additional cost, so if you are doing the course during December-early March we recommend you to bring warm clothes.
  2. April to August – hot & rainy weather – light cotton clothes are recommended, as the temperature can rise up to 40 degrees.
  3. September is the ending of the rainy season. Still, if you have a plan to come during these month umbrella/raincoats are recommended.
  4. October to March – weather in Rishikesh varies from pleasant to cold and woolen clothes, jackets etc. are recommended. The temperature is averagely around 20-30 C.

Food & Accommodation

Food served at our academy is 100% vegetarian, not vegan. You will need to inform us prior to your arrival so our chef can prepare special food for you.

There is pure filtered water facility available for students 24/7, free of charge.

Not during the classes. But yes, when you are not at your classes you are free to use cellphone or laptop.

Health & Security

Yes, Indian hospitals have the same facilities as Western countries, might be not the same brand, but you’ll be able to get it here as well.

If you are sick, injured or in need of medical assistance, we will provide you with medical care or take you to a western-style hospital (whichever option is needed). And in the case of urgency, we will find alternatives for you in order to make you able to finish the course.

Any particular vaccination is not required. Bringing mosquito repellents, lotions etc. are recommended.

In Rishikesh, there is a very low risk of one’s having malaria. So you shouldn’t worry about taking any vaccination, as it’s pretty rare in this area.

We have taken extra precautions by hiring a dedicated staff to prepare each and every meal at the school from fresh ingredients. Eating outside of school is pretty safe in the restaurants at Rishikesh. If your stomach is sensitive, you should beware of eating street foods.

Course

Do you love yoga and want to share it with others, but don’t know how to start? We have a good news for you: you can begin teaching yoga in no time! Sounds impossible? Not at all! You are in good hands – we know how to prepare you for creating safe and beneficial yoga classes. We’ve been training teachers from all over the world for the last 13 years, and we brought together the best team of teachers and experts from different corners of the globe to help you to start your teaching adventure. We built an effective program which will prepare you for teaching yoga within minimum 4 weeks! Our course will give you a 200-hours Yoga TTC certification that is the foundation to start teaching yoga all over the world.

Yes, Rishi Vedic Academy (RYS 200, 300, 500) is a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliance (USA) for providing internationally recognized yoga teacher training certifications in India. All our yoga teacher training graduates can register themselves online at Yoga Alliance® website.

There is no good answer to this question. Some people practice yoga for years before they feel the call to join a Yoga TTC, and some people very soon after discovering yoga take a professional course to study in depth from the very beginning. Also, not everybody who comes to a Yoga teacher training wants to become a teacher. All depends on your needs.

Training people for the past 13 years we noticed that your intention is the most important. If you feel that NOW is the time – go for it! Of course, we do recommend having some solid and regular yoga practice before coming to us, however your curiosity and your will to learn is the most important. Yoga Alliance USA recommends having 2 years of yoga experience before taking your first Yoga TTC.

300-hrs Yoga TTC is a second-level teacher training course by Yoga Alliance USA, that allows you to upgrade your professional career, and become a senior ‘Registered Yoga Teacher 500’. Before taking your 300-hrs Yoga TTC you should graduate from 200 YTTC, and have at least 100 hours of teaching experience, but if you don’t – don’t worry – we will help you to get some with our Internship Program.

Yes, most of our students are ready to start teaching right after Yoga TTC. Of course, just like with any other skill or profession – you will need some time to get a bit more experience and confidence, but at the end of the course you already will have all that you need to start teaching yoga. The experienced team of our teachers will make sure you feel prepared and know answers to all your questions and doubts. It is a bit like with a driving license – you get it to start a new adventure, and a lot to learn ahead, but you know how to drive!

We start each day early morning. It is believed that the hours before the sunset are the most auspicious and pure (‘sattvic’). The classes start at 6 am, but the yoga shala is open even before that – students can enter it at any time to meditate, listen to the nature, their own music or to follow their personal routine. At 6 am we start with pranayama, meditation and chanting. RIght after that there is an asana practice (usually 1,5-2 hours). At 9 am we have a breakfast and one hour break. At 10 am we start with lectures – usually anatomy and philosophy. Between the classes you will have 10-15 minutes break for your coffee or smoothie.

At 1 pm we have another long break, this time for lunch. After that, at 2 pm we start the afternoon block of classes, and usually it is time for the art of teaching. At 3.30 pm we have a practical workshop of alignment & adjustment techniques, during which we deconstruct main asanas for you, and let you practice and teaching one another. Every day finishes at 7 pm with a beautiful evening asana practice together. Sometimes we also watch some documentary together or have a music event.

On Saturdays you will have a half day off, and Sunday is totally free – so that you can rest, study, or visit local beaches or other attractions.

200-hrs Yoga Teacher Training gives you a Yoga Alliance approved certification that allows you to start teaching yoga all over the world. If you want to deepen your yoga practice and knowledge, but you don’t want to teach yoga professionally – you can take one of the shorter courses –  50-hour or 100-hour Yoga TTC will give you some tools and techniques (according to the chosen module), but without a teaching certification.

We organize our courses with limited seats as its best for students, that the teacher can pay proper attention to all the students. We take no more than 14 Students in single group.

White color clothes are recommended. Try to avoid black color clothes. Modest dressing is highly recommended.

No. But you may choose to, however you will receive a Yoga Mat alongside your study kit on the first day of the course.

In case of emergency yes, but you’ll have to inform the teacher from the class about it.

Yes, it is possible to attend the TTC with your partner.

In order to attend the orientation program, one should arrive at least a day before starting of the course. On the first day at 10:30 am the Course will start with yoga ritual. On the very last day of the course, graduation ceremony takes place and it finishes by 11:30 am, therefore, departure should be planned one day after the completion of the course. You may however choose to opt for complementary stay of 2 days prior to the course and/or 2 days after the course, as we offer these 4 days free for you to first get freshen-up before the course and later for sightseeing or exploring the town on your visit to India.

Yes, you’ll have to pass a written and a verbal test. The decision will be based by your performance, attendance and behavior.

Yes, our courses are qualified by Yoga Alliance. After registration on the website you’ll be able to teach in any part of the world.

Payments

In case of any personal issues, we are able to delay the dates of your course. The advance of the course fees are non-refundable, only in the case of emergency students can join us on other schedules.

We accept credit card payments for booking amounts. The remaining fees can be paid either in cash or by TCs. If you opt for paying your remaining fees by credit card then an additional 1.75% will be charged as a transaction fee. You can also use your ATM debit cards (Master/Visa/Electron) to withdraw cash in Rishikesh.

You don’t need to pay extra money as our course fees include food and accommodation. You’ll be provided with a shared room or private room based on your chosen package, with all the basic amenities like attached bathroom, 24 hours water supply, hot water heater, bathing shower, Wardrobe and so on.