Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently  Asked Questions

If you are deciding whether this course is the right one for you, have a question about a certain aspect or want to know how to reach Rishikesh, take a look at the following FAQ’s. If you still have a query, contact us so we can put your mind at ease.



The Course

Is this the right course for me? How experienced do I need to be?

At Rishikesh Yog Dham we offer the 200 Hour TTC, the 300 Hour TTC and the 500 Hour YTTC.
If you have some yoga experience or even are new to yoga, you are able to enrol in the 200 TTC. It is suitable for both a fresher and an intermediate level as it is a foundational program. After completion you will be qualified to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT200 with a globally recognised accreditation.

The 300 Hour TTC is an advanced program, ideally for students who have already completed the 200 Hour TTC. This course is designed to deepen your understanding of yoga and take your teaching to the next level, and open greater opportunities for your own practice of yoga as a way of life.

The 500 Hour TTC is the full completion of both the 200 and 300 Hour YTTCs, so you will graduate as a highly-specialised yoga teacher uniquely qualified and equipped in yogic philosophy.

The only prerequisite for our students is that they have an open and curious mind and want to learn and to grow in their time here. Although some basic yoga knowledge is beneficial, we have found that the process of unlearning and relearning takes place for many of our students, who know the asanas but not the meanings behind them. We have students with no experience whatsoever on mats alongside students with years of experience, with our teachers incredibly skilled to balance the range of knowledge.

What is the cost of the course and what does it include?

  • 200 Hour TTC – $1450 USD for private accommodation, $1300 USD for shared accommodation
  • 300 Hour TTC – $1850 USD for private accommodation, $1700 USD for shared accommodation
  • 500 Hour TTC – $3300 USD for private accommodation, $3000 USD for shared accommodation

Each course total cost covers the tuition, accommodation with a private room and bathroom, three vegetarian meals per day and Sunday excursions.

How many students are there in a course?

To give the maximum individual attention and contact time to our students, we restrict each batch size to 12-15 students.

Is the course certified by Yoga Alliance?

Rishikesh Yog Dham is a certified Yoga School by Yoga Alliance USA, and is also certified by the Government of India. Yoga Alliance is internationally recognised as a certifying organisation for both schools and teachers, so your teacher training certificate will also be recognised internationally.

Do I need to pass an examination to graduate and be certified?

The most important factors that influence your success are attendance, attitude and completion of written assignments.
To reach certification, all students must attend 100 per cent of the classes to comply with Yoga Alliance requirements as well as complete all written assignments. At the end of the course, both in-depth written and practical examinations will be conducted, with only students who pass being awarded with the certification.

What does the curriculum cover?

The core subject areas covered in the courses are:

  1. Hatha Yoga: You will learn, practice and understand the main Hatha asanas.
  2. Philosophy: We will take you through the underlying theory of yoga and study two of yoga’s ancient and foundational texts – Bhagavad Gita and Yog Sutras.
  3. Anatomy and Physiology: You will study the human body and its makeup and its relationship to yoga.
  4. Pranayama: You will learn the breathing techniques and ways they affect our prana (vital energy).
  5. Mantras: You will several important mantras, their significance, how to recite them and how to use them in our daily practice.
  6. Meditation: You will learn and practice various meditation techniques and how to guide them for your own students.
  7. Shatkarma: You will learn and practice a number of cleansing techniques and how to use them in your daily life.

Do I need to study anything before coming for the course?

Each course total cost covers the tuition, accommodation with a private room and bathroom, three vegetarian meals per day and Sunday excursions. As the course is a Teacher Training Course; we expect students attending to have a basic knowledge of yoga. There are many books available that provide a good introduction, with some ready references at https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/yoga.
Some suggested reads are:

  • Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Bihar School of Yoga
  • Light on Yoga, B.K.S Iyengar
  • Anatomy of Hatha Yoga, Coulter, H. David
  • Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, B.K.S Iyengar

What does a typical day involve?

Classes run six days a week, with Sunday free to explore and/or self-study. A typical day at Yog Dham is as follows:

5:45 A.M                              Wake – Up

6:15 A.M – 6:30 A.M           Shatkarma

6:30 A.M – 7:00 A.M          Pranayama

7:00 A.M – 8:45 A.M          Yoga Asana Class

9:00 A.M                             Breakfast

9:30 A.M – 10:30 A.M        Yoga Anatomy & Physiology

10:45 A.M – 12:00 P.M      Meditation & Mantra Chanting

12:30 P.M – 1:00 P.M         Lunch

1:00 P.M – 3:00 P.M           Self-Study

3:00 P.M – 4:00 P.M          Yoga Philosophy

4:30 P.M – 6:30 P.M           Yoga Asana Teaching Methodology, Alignment & Correction Class

7:00 P.M – 7:30 P.M           Dinner

8:00 P.M                             Free time

10:00 P.M                           Lights-off


Will I be qualified to teach in my own country?

Yes! The Yoga Alliance USA is world recognised.

How do I book my place on the course?

You may apply online through our application form

What if I need to switch my course dates?

Once students have officially applied and been accepted, we are generally fine with them switching to another course within a 3-month period, as long as there is availability and replacement.

How do I register as a yoga teacher?

On completion of the course, you can register for Yoga Alliance accreditation by going to this link and following the instructions: https://www.yogaalliance.org/Credentialing/HowToRegister


The Place – Rishikesh

Yoga Teacher Training courses are offered in other areas such as Goa, Thailand, Bali, and even as weekend courses in my home city; why should I choose Rishikesh?

Rishikesh has been deemed the Yoga Capital of the World. At the base of the mighty Himalayas and alongside the Holy River Ganges, Rishikesh attracts the best of teachers and students alike. Yoga is embodied in the air of Rishikesh, with its peaceful and spiritual sanctity inspiring people to lead a yogic life.

How do I reach Rishikesh?

There are three ways to reach Rishikesh – by road, by train or by air.
By road there are two options: taxi, with pick up from Delhi Airport (about a six-hour journey) or by bus. However, keeping in mind the safety of our women travellers, we personally don’t recommend opting this mode of transport.
The closest train station is in Haridwar, where you can then catch a bus or a taxi to Rishikesh (half an hour by car). If travelling alone, we recommend considering the arrival times.
If opting to travel by air, you can fly to Delhi International Airport and catch a connecting flight to Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport, where you can then catch a taxi to Rishikesh We provide a taxi service around the clock and are able to organise cabs for pick-ups and drop-offs as you need.

Is Rishikesh safe?

Around the world, India can sometimes have a reputation for being unsafe for travellers. However, Rishikesh if a holy city and has the tradition, friendliness and vibrancy of Indian culture with less of the poverty, crowdedness and other factors that can sometimes overwhelm visitors. Many Western women travel alone to Rishikesh, and crime is very rare.

Will language be an issue?

The majority of people in India speak English and if you happen to be in an instance where the person you need to communicate has limited English, there will most definitely be someone able to aid in communication nearby.

Is there a dress code?

There are not strict rules as to what you can and cannot wear in Rishikesh, but short, transparent and tight clothing may attract unwanted attention from people. Indians are not very comfortable with skin show and cleavage is considered vulgar, so in light of this it is best if you wear non-transparent and loose, decently unrevealing clothing.
Yoga is very sacred in India and we prefer it is practiced with respect, rather than being a fashion statement. At Yog Dham we recommend yoga clothing that is comfortable and not above knee level or with an open back. Yoga hall is not a fashion class and neither a competition ground.
In winter and spring we recommend warmer clothing for evenings when the temperature drops, and rain jackets for the monsoon season when thunderstorms hit.
Swimming in the Holy Ganges River is an activity many travellers wish to undertake during their time in Rishikesh, but doing so in a bathing suit is a big no no; rather, appropriate attire would be a t-shirt and full length pants that are not transparent when wet.


The Logistics – Travel, Health & Safety

How many days before the course starts should I arrive?

Ideally, you should book your flights so that you arrive a day or two before the course scheduled start date. We have a short orientation session the day before the course begins, with classes starting the very first morning of the date specified for the course.
The course costs include a night either end of the specified start and finish dates, and depending on availability we can book you in for another night over side for USD $8 (which does not include meals).

What should I pack?

Comfortable clothes (as per the season), shoes and flip flops, standard toiletries, cords to power electronic devices and your own personal needs should be on your list – but everything you need can be bought in Rishikesh. We supply yoga mats, but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.

How much money should I bring with me?

We recommend you bring about USD $500 (or equivalent in your currency). While we cover your accommodation and food throughout your stay, you may want to venture to one of the surrounding villages and there are plenty of cafes, shops and activities you may want to spend it on. We advise to carry an ATM card that does not charge a hefty international transaction fee, as there are many ATM machines around the area where you can get money out.

What vaccines do I need before coming to India?

There are a number of vaccines you can opt to receive before heading to India, some more recommended than others. We suggest you talk to your doctor to find out what is best for you, and for any other specific medicines you need to have.
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/india is a great starting resource to look into it.

Is the water safe to drink?

To be on the safe side, we recommend not to drink any water that comes straight out of a tap. We provide filtered and purified water for drinking.

What is the food like?

Rishikesh is a vegetarian city by law, so all the food prepared and shared at Yog Dham is of the same. We provide you with wholesome, Satvik food for three meals a day, and can cater to specific dietary requirements that you may need.

Is there Wi-Fi available?

All the rooms are Wi-Fi enabled. We understand that you want to be connected with loved one’s back home, as well as needing to use it for study purposes. However, downloading of movies and videos and surfing YouTube for other purposes are not allowed as it can make the internet slow.

Do you have laundry facilities?

Yes, there are laundry facilities available at Yog Dham for you to wash your own clothes. You can also venture into town and get your clothes washed and dried by a local business for a fee if you so wish.