Ready to elevate your yoga practice to a whole new level?

Experience our life-changing 200 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India, the world capital of Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga School was established with the mission to pass a millennia of yogic wisdom onto you.  Our aim is for you to gain the skills and confidence to teach this knowledge to others, and deepen your own practice of yoga.

What makes Vinyasa Yoga School different?

Vinyasa Yoga School in Rishikesh, India

Vinyasa Yoga School is located in Rishikesh, a holy city nested between the sacred Ganga river and the magnificent Himalayan mountain range. It is home to some of the world’s most influential yogis, and a retreat for some of the world’s most creative souls (like the Beatles!)

Intimate Class Sizes at Vinyasa Yoga School

Your training is truly our priority. To ensure you get the most out of your training we cap our classes to 25 students so that you will have more opportunities for feedback, questions, and most importantly time to practice teaching.

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Our world-class faculty includes Gold Medalists, Masters, and Ph. D doctorates in Yoga. Our teachers have taught all across India, including training the Indian Army, and leading courses for the Indian government. Did we mention we’re also all fluent in English?

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Take refuge in one of the newest training facilities and accommodations in Rishikesh. You’ll get 3 yogic meals every day, 24/7 security, free WiFi, your own private room and bathroom with a flatscreen satellite TV, access to our school steam room, and more!

"Getting to know and learn from teachers who really live and breathe yoga has been invaluable. Hands down, it's been the healthiest month of my entire life - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually."

Randy Lau (Los Angeles, California)

"The thing I loved most about Vinyasa Yoga School was how intimate class sizes were.  Having the opportunity to practice teaching multiple times, getting feedback from the teachers and my fellow classmates was huge for me."

Kathlyn Alford (San Francisco, California)

Spend each day fully immersed in yoga

Beyond the physical aspects of yoga, at Vinyasa Yoga School you will truly learn and live the philosophy, mentality, and spirituality underlying yoga.

6:30 AM

Mantra Chanting

You start your morning off by chanting auspicious mantras. The word “mantra” can be understood by examining the Sanskrit roots “MAN” = mind, and “TRA” = liberation. Mantras are powerful sounds and words that are chanted repeatedly to awaken powerful energies within and progress into a state of meditation.

You will learn to chant 10 of yoga’s most important mantras, their literal translations and spiritual significance, and how to use them in your daily life and yoga practice. 

7:15 AM

Shatkarma

Shatkarma is divided into two words: “SHAT” – six, and “KARMA” – action. Shatkarmas are 6 types of physical purification that balance our masculine (ida) and feminine (pingla) energies, and rid our body of stagnant waste accumulated over decades of unhealthy living.

You will get an introduction to 3 types of Shatkarmas and the underlying theory. 

8:00 AM

Hatha Yoga

“Hatha” is a combination of “HA” (our right side, associated with aggressiveness, action, the sun) and “THA” (our left side, associated with stillness, peace, the moon). Thus, Hatha yoga practice is the unification of our right and left. Hatha yoga is the foundation of all modern forms of yoga, and its mastery gives you a solid base to progress in other forms of yoga.

You will learn the primary Hatha asanas (postures), the art of alignment, and how to construct a class. You will also have several opportunities to teach Hatha yoga classes.

9:00 AM

Pranayama

Pranayama is commonly referred to as breath control (as “PRANA” means breath or vital energy, and “YAMA” means control). In another light, it also refers to the expansion of our vital energy (“PRANA + “AYAMA”, where “AYAMA” means expansion.)

You will learn various breathing techniques to influence the flow of prana throughout the body’s energy channels. You will also learn how to apply pranayama techniques that produce heat (such as Surya Bhedi) and cold (such as Sheetkari) as therapy for various psychosomatic ailments. 

9:30 AM

Meditation

A common misconception of yoga is that it mainly consists of physically holding and transitioning through asanas. Although practicing asanas have a myriad of proven physical and mental benefits, mastering asanas is an early prerequisite to the ultimate aim of yoga – to reach a meditative state of non-dualistic consciousness.

You will experience and learn various guided relaxations, yoga nidra, and other meditation techniques. You will also have several opportunities to lead your own meditations.

 

10:30 AM

Breakfast

The most important meal of the day is served after a full morning of rejuvenating yoga classes. Enjoy a cup of chai tea and a deliciously nutritious meal with your classmates in Hotel Qube’s communal dining area. All of our meals are homemade and adhere to a healthy (but tasty) yogic diet. 
 

11:30 AM

Philosophy

Explore the origins of yoga by studying the core philosophy and scriptures that have persisted through thousands of years of practice. You will learn about the Bhagavad Geeta and the lessons of Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Gyana yoga. You will learn about the Yog Sutra and how to overcome the various types of thought through the 8 limbs of yoga. You will learn about the physical, astral, and causal bodies.

12:30 PM

Yoga Therapy

Alternative medicine is quickly gaining recognition by Western science as a viable way to treat health problems.  Learn how to apply Yogic Therapy, Marma Therapy, and Acupressure to various psychosomatic issues.  Ask our resident therapist about how to treat common ailments of your loved ones.

1:00 PM

Lunch + Break

After replenishing your body with food, take some time to relax by yourself or to explore Rishikesh with your classmates.

3:00 PM

Anatomy

Take a deep dive into our anatomy and physiology to truly understand how yoga affects our body.  You will study 5 of the main physiological systems in the human body: Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Muscular, Skeletal.  You will also learn how to use yoga asanas, pranayama, shat karmas, and meditation to treat problems that arise within each particular physiological system. 

4:00 PM

Tea Break

Enjoy a cup of homemade Chai tea with your classmates before the intensive evening classes.

5:00 PM

Vinyasa Yoga

“VINYASA” can be understood by breaking down its roots: “VIN”, to flow, and “YASA”, in a good path.  In this light, proper Vinyasa yoga practice requires a “connected breath”.  The four elements of mental/visual focus (Dristi), energy locks (Bandha), Ujjai pranayama, and asanas must be connected in flow in order for your practice to transcend beyond a typical workout.

You will practice various Vinyasa flows and understand the underyling theory behind the practice.  You will also have several opportunities to teach entire Vinyasa classes, along with constructive feedback from your teacher and classmates. 

7:00 PM

Evening Meditation

Wrap up the last class of the day by relaxing and withdrawing into your consciousness.  You will learn more meditation techniques and their underlying theory.  You will get an introduction to Chakra meditations, Prana meditations, creative meditations, and other techniques used in practice for thousands of years.  You will also get to guide several meditations of your own.

8:00 PM

Dinner

Treat your body to a nourishing meal with your classmates after an intensive day of yoga courses.  Eat to your heart’s content of homemade chapati and an assortment of traditional Indian dishes.  With no enforced lights-out time, feel free to explore, use our free WiFi to call your loved ones, or rest before another insightful day of yoga classes.  

Sunday

We believe that experiencing a culture apart from your own is just as transformative as learning yoga. Every Sunday, we arrange an opportunity for you to experience Rishikesh and Indian culture with your classmates and teachers. Whether it be rafting on the Ganga river, or an insider’s look into Himalayan temples and local ashrams, we take care of the cost of all activities so you can focus on having an unforgettable time!

Learn from the best

Our courses are taught by 7 award-winning teachers with collegiate degrees in yoga and decades of combined experience in their areas of expertise.

Lavina Kukreja
Lavina Kukreja
Mantra Teacher
Lavina developed a passion for song and yoga at the age of 10, and has been devoted to a regular practice of chanting mantras for over a decade. She spent her youth immersed in the stories and spiritual lessons of the Bhagavad Gita, and is committed to the Shiv Yogi lifestyle and the guidance of her Guru, Avdhoot Baba Shivananda. Apart from teaching spirituality and song in schools, she is also a certified Yoga Teacher and Reiki Grandmaster.
Laxmi Dimri
Laxmi Dimri
Hatha Yoga, Pranayama & Shatkarma Teacher
Laxmi completed her Master’s degree in Yogic Science at the top of her class and is currently pursuing a PhD program. She has been invited all across India to teach and demonstrate yoga for the Indian government and at international seminars, and is a decorated competitor in several national yoga championships. She enjoys volunteering as a yoga teacher for public schools in Rishikesh.
Kushal Bisht
Kushal Bisht
Physiology Teacher
Kushal spent a year teaching yoga to the Indian National Army, helping thousands of soldiers bolster their physical strength and alleviate the stresses of military service. He also enjoys volunteering at several yoga camps in Uttarakhand. He currently holds a Master’s degree in Yogic Science.
Mahesh Bhatt
Mahesh Bhatt
Philosophy & Yoga Therapy Teacher
Mahesh graduated at the top of his class as a Gold Medalist in both of his P.G.D and Ms.C. degrees in Yogic Science. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Yogic Science, and teaches Hatha yoga, Philosophy, Yogic Therapy, and Ayurveda at Sri Jai Ram Sanskrit Mahavidhyala College. Outside of academia, he founded Yoga Therapy Center, where he treats people through Acupressure, Marma Therapy, and Yoga Therapy.
Ashish Rawat
Ashish Rawat
Vinyasa Yoga Teacher
Ashish is an internationally award-winning Vinyasa yoga teacher. He earned a Bronze Medal in the Lakulish World Yogasan Championship, is a Gold Medalist in several statewide yoga competitions. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Yogic Science.
Yoga Guru Omo
Yoga Guru Omo
Meditation Teacher
After Omo completed his Master’s degree in Yoga and Philosophy from Allahabad University in 1990, he retreated to the Himalayas to seek the ultimate reality. Thereafter, he spent over two decades devoted to living and teaching ascetic practices. He also wrote “Yoga for Young India”, a book which documents many of his lessons, spiritual experiences, and intense glimpses of the supreme. He now enjoys teaching and helping people through the wisdom of yoga and spirituality worldwide.
Harsh Kukreja
Harsh Kukreja
Founder
Born and raised in Rishikesh, Harsh has been immersed in yoga and spirituality since childhood. After graduating with Business degree from Melbourne, Australia, he found a calling to help others through yoga. In 2009, he started Vinyasa Yoga Foundation, a nonprofit providing food and clothing to the needy. As a certified yoga teacher himself, his hope is that Vinyasa Yoga School inspires students to experience and share the positivity and purification that yoga provides.

Stay in a sanctuary

Built in 2012, Hotel Qube is situated in the heart of Laxman Jhula, overlooking the magnificent Ganga river.  The Vinyasa Yoga School is located on the top floors of Hotel Qube, so your comforting oasis is only a few steps away after an intense day of yoga practice.

 

Free WiFi

24/7 Solar Water Heating System

Satellite, Flatscreen TVs

Security Camera Monitoring System

Private Room and Bathroom

3 Homemade Yogic Meals per Day
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Are you ready to enlighten your soul?

The tuition for your 200 hour yoga teacher training course is $1500.

Class sizes are limited so you get a more intimate experience with your teachers and classmates, and more importantly, more opportunities to practice teaching yoga.


December 15th – January 15th, 2015 FULL
January 20th – February 20th, 2015
February 25th – March 25th, 2015
March 30th – April 30th, 2015
May 5th – June 5th, 2015
June 10th – July 10th, 2015
July 15th – August 15th, 2015
August 20th – September 20th, 2015
September 25th – October 25th, 2015
October 30th – November 30th, 2015
December 5th – January 5th, 2016

 

4 weeks of intensive yoga courses

Private Room and Bathroom

3 yogic homemade meals per day

Course materials and books

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Free admission to weekend activities

To fully secure your space in our course, we will need a $200 non-refundable deposit.

We have recently increased our tuition to meet the rising costs of maintaining our highest standards of a quality experience at Vinyasa Yoga School.