Rishikesh is undoubtedly the yoga capital of the world and the most popular region to embark on yoga teacher training in India and Asia, if not the best destination for yoga teacher training abroad altogether. The city and its surroundings are full of intense spiritual energy due to its location on the banks of the holy Ganga River.
As a result, Rishikesh is full of ashrams where passionate yogis flock to deepen their practice and train to teach others. However, with so many yoga schools in the area, knowing where to learn yoga in Rishikesh can be a little overwhelming. So, we’ve rounded up the best options to help you choose the best YTTC for you.
Top Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh
All of these yoga courses in Rishikesh are located outside of the city centre in peaceful, natural surroundings.
25 Day 200-Hour Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Ayurveda Session in Rishikesh
One of the most affordable yoga teacher training I’ve seen around the globe, and with rave reviews, this is one training you don’t want to pass up on checking out. Quality is not sacrificed here as top teachers guide students through the fundamentals of yoga on and off the mat. A variety of yoga styles are taught, including Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Iyengar so that you can choose a teaching style that is best suited for you.
This course is Yoga Alliance certified and you will leave with in-depth knowledge of all aspects of yoga, from asana to meditation, pranayama, and philosophy. Extra topics such as Reiki and sound healing are also explored, a yoga Nidra session and complimentary full body ayurvedic massage are perks too, plus all meals are included throughout your 25-night stay in Rishikesh.
24 Day Hatha, Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Ayurveda
Imagine you’re a student in a small group of like-minded individuals, practicing in a comfortable yoga studio that looks out to the mountains. How transformative of an experience it would be to work closely with an intimate group of other passionate yoga practitioners and teachers with master’s degrees in yoga, training in yoga therapy, and holistic healing?
This is possible for you at Jiva Yoga Academy, a yoga school that understands the importance of small groups, varying teachers, and what it means to pass on the authentic knowledge of yoga to curious individuals.
Both Hatha and Ashtanga principles will be passed on to you, with everything from yoga anatomy to pranayama, yoga cleansing to mediation, and even holistic healing are covered. Not to mention that you will get a very in-depth (for a YTT) education in Ayurveda with not 1 but 4 lessons from an Ayurvedic doctor.
Walk confidently away from this training to be able to teach students safely physically, with more depth to your own practice, and the fundamentals of yoga philosophy which will continue to fuel your personal growth (and your students) for life.
28 Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training: Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha in Rishikesh
Starting from: $675
This holistic 200-hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh takes place at Pyramid Yogshala on the outskirts of the holy city. The teacher training course consists of comprehensive, authentic teachings of all aspects of yoga for a highly affordable price. The training covers both Ashtanga Vinyasa and Hatha yoga, and you’ll also learn various pranayamas and meditation techniques, including yoga Nidra.
Throughout the 28 days, you’ll wake up early at 6am and study until 7pm. The mornings feature Hatha yoga, pranayama, and lectures on mantra, anatomy, teaching methodology, or adjustment. After lunch, you’ll study philosophy before your Ashtanga vinyasa practice and meditation class. However, you’ll also have time for adventure with excursions such as visiting the famous Parmarth Niketan Aarti or touring the Muni Baba cave.
Shared and private accommodation options are available at the Pyramid Yogshala Guesthouse, which sits atop a mountain (sound heavenly, no?). Here, the atmosphere is exceptionally tranquil and beautiful green gardens surround the guest house and yoga shalas. Vegetarian Ayurvedic meals are included as well as teas and detox juices.
26 Day 200-Hour Multistyle Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh
This 26-day Yoga teacher training course at Rishikesh Nath Yogshala is one of BookYogaTeacherTraining’s most popular yoga teacher training in India. The highly-rated course will teach you multiple yoga styles, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar, and Hatha. You’ll also learn Ayurvedic massage and philosophy as well as kriya cleansing techniques.
The weeks are split into themes; in week one, you’ll focus on alignment, anatomy, and physiology; in week two, you’ll learn how to sequence Vinyasa classes; then, in week three, you’ll dive into adjustment techniques. Finally, over the last five days, you’ll put everything into practice with written and practical exams. You can choose a shared or private room at the school, equipped with Wi-Fi and air-con. Three nutritious vegetarian meals a day are also included.
29 Day 300 Hours Traditional Style Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh
Starting from: $1,399
This empowering 300-hour yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh is ideal for those looking to specialize in Kundalini yoga. Over 29 days, you’ll learn how to activate the feminine goddess energy within you and how to facilitate awakenings in others. This course is best suited for those with a regular kundalini practice as it goes in-depth into this style of yoga. You’ll study ancient scriptures and texts about Kundalini Tantra and general yoga philosophy, asanas, pranayama, and meditation.
Days start early with mantra chanting, holistic asana practice, then yoga therapy and philosophy lectures. Afternoons are just as jam-packed, with yoga Nidra, anatomy, alignment, and adjustment teachings followed by evening asana flow and meditation. Accommodation at the ashram is simple, but you can choose between a shared or private room. In addition, all your food is included as well as airport pick up.
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27 Day 200hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Body and Emotional Detoxification in Rishikesh
Starting from: $1,334
This 200-hour Hatha yoga teacher course in Rishikesh focuses on emotional detoxification and healing through the yogic practices of kriyas, breathing techniques, asana, and meditation. You’ll study predominantly Hatha yoga with additional Vinyasa and Nidra teachings, too. The course is run by TrigunaYoga School at Dhyan Mandir Ashram, situated close to the holy Ganga River.
This unique training includes the school’s iconic emotional detoxification program to release toxins and negative emotions, bringing you into optional wellbeing to share the practice with others. Part of this includes learning how to use the five elements to detoxify your body and mind. Moreover, you’ll dive into teaching methodology, so you confidently know how to structure classes and hold space for students.
The course begins with a welcome ceremony and ends with a closing ritual to celebrate your journey. During the program, you’ll sleep in a shared or private room, all of which have Western toilets, hot showers, Wi-Fi, and a filtered drinking water system.
28 Day 200 Hours Vinyasa / Hatha / Ashtanga based Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh
This multi-style TTC by the Himalayan Yoga Association teaches Vinyasa, Hatha, and Ashtanga asana styles along with ancient scriptures and cleansing techniques. You’ll also study anatomy, physiology, Ayurveda, and multiple meditation practices. However, this course has plenty of fun elements to it, with excursions every weekend and movie and kirtan nights.
It’s also one of the cheapest yoga courses in Rishikesh, regardless of whether you stay in a dorm or your own room. Plus, the rooms at the ashram are newly built, with hot showers and filtered water. What’s more, the ashram is in a blissful spot where you will see a stunning backdrop of temples, mountains, and the river. Also included in the price are three hearty Indian-style vegetarian meals a day.
25 Day 200-Hour Ashtanga and Vinyasa Fusion Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh
Starting from: $1,100
For yoga practitioners who enjoy the dynamic and challenging Ashtanga and Vinyasa practices, you’ll love this fusion TTC in Rishikesh, blending both energizing styles together. The 25-day course is run by Mantra Yoga & Meditation and takes place at Village Ghugtayni Malli, far from the hustle and bustle of the city center.
The 12-hour days start with Shatkarma and pranayama techniques, followed by a heat-building Vinyasa practice. After breakfast, you’ll study anatomy and philosophy before an extended lunch break. Afternoons consist of alignment class, Ashtanga practice and meditation, and mantra chanting. Sundays are your days off where you can join the arranged excursion to visit nearby temples, waterfalls, and caves.
21 Day 200 Hours Tantra Yoga Nidra Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh
This Nidra yoga training in Rishikesh will be right up your alley if you prefer meditation over asana. It takes place at the Swami Samarpan Ashram in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains, surrounded by lush forests and peaceful streams. The location is perfect for slowing the fluctuations of your mind and going within.
Over the 21 days, you’ll study the practice and psychology of Yoga Nidra and Kundalini Tantra Chakra Yoga, as well as asanas, pranayama, and philosophy. The daily schedule starts at 7am and finishes at 7pm but includes plenty of rest time and some karma yoga each day, too. All meals are included in the price, as is a shared room at the ashram.
22 Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh (Styles: Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa & Aerial)
Starting from: $1000
If you want to try your hand at a range of yoga styles, you’ll love this 22-day YTT at Aadi Yoga School. It’s the perfect foundational course for any aspiring yoga teacher as it will deepen your understanding of all aspects of yoga and prepare you to confidently share your passion with others.
You’ll practice Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Hatha, and basic Aerial yoga. Aside from asana, you’ll develop a daily practice of pranayama, kriyas, mudras, and meditation. Additionally, you will learn how to structure a class, study anatomy, and dive into the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. You’ll also take your yoga practice outside into nature sometimes and have the opportunity to unwind and explore the beautiful surroundings with weekend excursions.
22 Day 200-Hour Ancient Style Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh
The renowned Patanjali International Yoga Ashram offers the most traditional Hatha yoga TTC in Rishikesh. It focuses on the ancient Patanjali style but includes some Vinyasa and Ashtanga practices, too. The course is suitable for yoga practitioners with a minimum of two years of established yoga practice as the program is highly intensive.
The mornings are dedicated to practice, where you’ll do yoga asana, mantra chanting, Kriya cleansing techniques, pranayama, and meditation. The afternoons are for self-study and theory, with philosophy, anatomy, and art of teaching classes, followed by evening yoga practice. However, despite the full-on days, you’ll get a few days off where you can enjoy excursions and sightseeing tours.
26 Day 200-Hour Growth and Transformational Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Starting from: $1,199
This 200-hour TTC by Hatha Yoga World will teach you how to lead yoga classes for others and how to evolve as an individual yourself to be of the best service. As a result, the course has a good balance between spiritual development and teaching methodology.
You’ll study Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin styles, along with daily meditation, pranayama, and Kriya cleansing techniques. Every morning you’ll also have anatomy and philosophy lectures, then in the afternoon, you’ll have alignment and adjustment workshops so you can learn practically.
Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Centre is a few kilometres from the city center but seems a world away from the busy city. Here, you can listen to the sounds of nature, breathe in the fresh air, and wake up to incredible mountain views. For food, you’ll enjoy a western-style breakfast full of fresh fruit, porridge, toast, and juices. Then for lunch, you’ll eat nutritious dahl with rice, veggies, and chapati. Dinners are an Indian-style seasonal vegetarian dish, delicious!