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500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh India

The RYD 500 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh India is specially designed for teachers looking for a higher standard of learning and brings the deeper set of skills into their practice and teaching. Going easy on lectures and deeper, further nuanced understanding of advanced exercises and personal development, students will know what it is like to practice, teach and live yoga. This program is well suited for students wanting further challenge rather than the conventional 28-day timeline, as offered by RYS 200.

Our courses focus on detailed study, adjustments and alignments of Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing practices), Shatkarma (cleansing techniques), Dhyan (meditation), Philosophy and Yoga Anatomy. Students will emerge with deep knowledge rooted in their system about their approach to topics covered, and develop classes for private or large number sessions keeping in line with traditional Hatha Yoga practice. Our school aims for students personal transformation and growth which will leave them refreshed, increasing their awareness, wisdom, and confidence to pre-existing lifestyle.

Yoga Course Overview

Our 500 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh India is based on both the traditional Ashtanga Primary Series and the creative Vinyasa Flow. We start training programs with the primary chain for establishing proper alignment and breathing within each posture, creating a strong foundation.

With a strong technical foundation, you will then experiment with Vinyasa Yoga, adopting your internal flow and creativity. To balance the masculine energy of Yang's practices, we will also dive into the meditation practice of Yin Yoga.

The daily lecture will include topics such as functional anatomy, yoga philosophy, subtle energy, chakras, meditation, pranayama, mantras and more.

By the end of the yoga course, you will be able to teach the appropriately modified Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Class for all levels and offer modifications to students with injuries or physical limitations.

Course Objectives

Our goals are to:

  • Provide inspirational, educational, and authentic yoga education, no matter what your level of practice is at.
  • Encourage you to deepen your love for yoga, and provide you the skills to get confident at teaching yoga safely with your own students.
  • Build a positive learning environment in which you and all like-minded yogis thrive, and build long-lasting friendships.
  • Welcome to our international tribe where you and your fellow graduates will continue to grow and inspire each other for years to come.
  • We hope to be an integral part of your yoga journey.

What You’ll Leave With

  • An expansive view of life with positivity and light.
  • Authentic yoga knowledge in a yoga posture, alignment, history, and anatomy.
  • An established internal teaching voice that shares your knowledge with many others.
  • Practice mindfulness to adopt the present moment.
  • A confident voice to lead and inspire others to lead more spiritual ways of living life.
  • Friendship with like-minded souls from all over the world.
  • Experience living in nature in beautiful Rishikesh.
  • A career that you love and teach globally.


Our 500 yoga course fees start from 3099 USD with food and accommodation.

See details of the current special offer and availability in our upcoming events page here.

Course Outline

Your normal training day starts with morning yoga and meditation exercises. In the afternoon there are lectures, afternoon exercises, and group teaching. Your classroom lecture will change week-by-week with various topics including functional anatomy, yoga philosophy, history of yoga and Hinduism and class sequencing.

You will also learn practical hands-on assist, key postural alignment, the use of yoga props, and an ethical approach to the business of yoga. We will explore ethical topics of teaching yoga, practical business marketing skills, pricing, and how to build your online presence.

The important component of the course lies in practicing different styles of yoga. From the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa primary series to Vinyasa, Yin, and Rocket Yoga you will receive an appreciation for many different forms of yoga in the modern world, discovering their uniqueness and objectives.

Upon graduation, you will be able to teach yoga to your future students with your own experience and knowledge.

Daily Schedule

Time Activity
5:45 am Wake Up
6:15 am – 6:30 am Shatkarma – purification and cleansing techniques
6:30 am – 7:00 am Pranayama – Breathing exercises
9:00 am Breakfast
9:30 am – 10:30 am Yoga Anatomy and Physiology
10:45 am – 12:00 noon Meditation and Mantra Chanting
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Self-Study
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Yoga Philosophy
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Yoga Asana teaching Methodology, Alignment and Correction Class
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner
8:00 pm onwards Free time
10:00 pm Lights off

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Before signing up for our 500 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh India we recommend that you have practiced the Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga regularly or any other yoga style regularly for at least four to six months, or have sports/fitness training at a medium to high intensity.

More importantly, we ask you to come with an open mind and be receptive to learning new knowledge, be supportive to yourself and others.

We welcome all dedicated yoga students ready to change and develop their yoga practice on the mat while adopting a yoga lifestyle.

500 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh India - Curriculum

During the 500 hour yoga teacher training, you will get the learning and practice of Ashtanga and advanced studies of Hatha Yoga postures, Meditation, Pranayama, Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Anatomy, Adjustment & Alignment, Yoga Lifestyle, Teaching Methodology, and many more. Additionally, you will become an inspiring yoga teacher equipped with the right tools to gain confidence in teaching advanced yoga classes, including improving physically, mentally and spiritually.

The curriculum is set in line with Certified Yoga Courses registered with Yoga Alliance. This means that you will be an internationally recognized yoga teacher with the most advanced qualifications recognized by the Yoga Alliance. But even if you are not to certify the course, the 500-hour yoga teacher training course will deepen your personal practice and provide a wonderful environment for personal development!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga was originated from the lineage of Sri.T. Krishnamacharya. From the University of Calcutta, Krishnamacharya found and recompiled the damaged ancient text-the Yoga Kurunta. It was believed that this text included groupings of the exact asanas of the 6 series and everything from drishti (gaze), bandhas (locks) to vinyasa. Thus the Kurunta formed the basis of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga System. When Krishnamachary left Mysore, India, he passed the tradition of spreading yoga to his oldest student-Pattabhi Jois. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga focuses on three particular aspects known as Tristhana: posture (asana), breath and drishti (gaze). Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic and therapeutic yoga series that calms the mind and heals the body from any ailment. Vinyasa means breath and movement synchronization. By linking breath to movement, the Ashtanga series strengthens the respiratory system, energizing blood circulation and induces toxins elimination. As sense withdrawal occurs with eye focus and rhythmic breath cycles, it eventually becomes a moving meditation. When Pattahbi Jois brought Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga to the West in the 70’s, he helped to resolve some of the common ‘western bodies’ ailments such as tight hips, hamstrings and restless minds. Pattahbi Jois had passed away since 2009. His legend continues with this grandson Sharath Jois whom now is operating the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.

Developed by Larry Schultz, The “Rocket” is a modification of the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa sequences allowing the practitioner to explore advanced postures in a playful manner. Divided into 3 progressive sequences, Rocket yoga combines pose from the first, second and advanced series with a faster tempo allowing the practitioners to explore new dimensions internally and externally. Rocket 1 focuses on forwarding bends. Similar to the Full Primary series, the logic is to create length in the hamstrings and lower spine. This helps correct postural imbalances due to daily lifestyle such as prolonged sitting at a desk in the office. Drawing on the wisdom from the second series in Ashtanga, Rocket 2 introduces backbends in a way that is progressive and accessible to all levels of practitioners. Finally, Rocket 3 is a test of the stamina. It is a combination of Rocket 1 and 2 with playful transitions and inversions. Rocket 3 albeit challenging is still accessible to all levels. Modifications are available for beginners and variations are encouraged for intermediate/advanced practitioners. Full of arms balances, core exercises, and challenging transition, the Rocket will “take you there faster!”

The word “vinyasa” can be translated as “to place in order.” Like placing yoga postures in an order that will open the body up intelligently. In Vinyasa yoga classes, students coordinate action with breath from one pose to another. The order specially designed by the teacher often challenges you to create strength, flexibility and balance. Vinaysa flow yoga is a form of classical hatha yoga. It creates internal heat, creates lethargy in the body. It can be vigorous or noticeable, usually paced faster than other persistence based classes. The Viencia Flow from the Ashtanga Yoga Set Sequence provides a different perspective on other postures and their implications on the body and mind. Also, this is a good way to add variety to your daily practice.

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