Yoga Teacher Training India: Where to do Yoga in 2020?

Are You Planning to do Yoga Teacher Training in India?  Not sure which location to choose?

Even though you can find such courses in western countries, many people prefer to go to India to gain their yoga teaching certificate. There are various reasons for it. Some want to learn the authentic teachings of yoga right at its birthplace, whereas others opt for it due to financial reasons. Whatever the purpose may be, thorough preparation is required before setting off on any journey.

Put simply, Dharamsala feels like a mountaintop escape with breathtaking views. Rishikesh combines meditative introspection with a thriving city center along the gorgeous Ganga River. If you typically prefer the beach over the mountains, Goa is the perfect choice for your teacher training.

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Rishikesh is known around the world as one of the holiest cities in India. The Beatles made it famous, and even today, you’ll be swept up by the meditative atmosphere the moment you arrive. “The Yoga Capital of the World” is a mecca for spiritual seekers and yoga practitioners alike.

Rishikesh sits peacefully at the foot of the Himalayas, where you can see yogis meditating along the Holy Ganga River every day. There are beautiful hikes for nature lovers, as well as a thriving downtown full of artists and musicians for a rich cultural experience.

At Siddhi Yoga Rishikesh, you’ll learn traditional yoga with detoxification techniques and anatomy. With the help of master teachers, your own practice will deepen as you prepare to teach others.

Being immersed in all aspects of yoga will calm your mind and spirit and prepare you to lead students on their own journeys. There will be an emphasis on breath-based teaching, and you can expect to leave with an understanding of meditation, pranayama, and the chakras. The course covers Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga with Emotional Rebalancing and Naturopathy techniques.

  • Price: $1080 – $1580
  • Duration: 26 nights
  • Yoga Style: Hatha, Ashtanga
  • Airport Transfer: Included
  • Instruction Language: English
  • Meals Included: Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly
  • Location: Siddhi Yoga Rishikesh, Madhav Residency, Gali No 3, Aam Bag, Near Seema Dental College, IDPL Colony, Rishikesh 249203, Uttrakhand, INDIA
  • Dates for 2020: 
    3-28 March
    3-28 April
    3-28 May
    3-28 June
    3-28 July
    3-28 August
    3-28 September
    3-28 October
    3-28 November

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The small city of Dharamsala is surrounded by the breathtaking Himalayas. It is said to vibrate with the pure spiritual energy and abundance of the Himalayas. In Dharamsala, you will be immersed in an environment that supports your yoga practice physically, energetically, and spiritually.

Dharamsala is known for being home to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, along with many Tibetans who have taken refuge in Mcleodganj, about one kilometer away. The word “Dharamsala” can be loosely translated to “spiritual dwelling place,” and amazingly, it lives up to its name.

At Siddhi Yoga Dharamsala, you’ll learn to teach yoga asana with a solid foundation in alignment and anatomy. With the help of master teachers, your own practice will deepen as you prepare to teach others.

Being immersed in all aspects of yoga will calm your mind and spirit and prepare you to lead students on their own journeys. There will be an emphasis on breath-based teaching, and you can expect to leave with an understanding of meditation, pranayama, and the chakras.

  • Price: $1180 – $1780
  • Duration: 25 nights
  • Yoga Style: Hatha, Vinyasa
  • Airport Transfer: Included
  • Instruction Language: English
  • Meals Included: Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly
  • Location: Siddhi Yoga Dharamsala, Village-Dharamkot, Post Office – Mcleodganj, Dharamshala – 176219, Himachal Pradesh, INDIA
  • Dates for 2020: 
    29 Mar-22 Apr
    31 May-24 Jun
    28 Jun-22 Jul
    26 Jul-19 Aug
    23 Aug-16 Sep
    20 Sep-14 Oct
    18 Oct-11 Nov

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If you typically prefer the beach over the mountains, Goa is the perfect choice for your teacher training. The tranquility of Goa is unparalleled. Imagine a long coastline, tropical climate, and the sound of gentle waves as the backdrop to your yoga practice. Its peaceful atmosphere and natural beauty will invite you to step away from the outside world and go within to renew your spirit.

Located in the southern part of India, Goa offers another opportunity to study in the birthplace of yoga, examining its very heart. Known as a tourist paradise, this city boasts an incredible blend of vibrant culture and a serene environment. The Goan people welcome yoga students from all over the world with warmth and acceptance, providing an ideal place to soak up sweeping natural landscapes along with India’s rich cultural heritage.

At Siddhi Yoga Goa, you’ll learn to teach yoga asana with a solid foundation in alignment and anatomy. With the help of master teachers, your own practice will deepen as you prepare to teach others.

Being immersed in all aspects of yoga will calm your mind and spirit and prepare you to lead students on their own journeys. There will be an emphasis on breath-based teaching, and you can expect to leave with an understanding of meditation, pranayama, and the chakras.

  • Price: $1080 – $1780
  • Duration: 25 nights
  • Yoga Style: Hatha, Vinyasa
  • Airport Transfer: Included
  • Instruction Language: English
  • Meals Included: Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly
  • Location: Siddhi Yoga Goa, Patnem Beach Road, Patnem, Goa – 403702, INDIA
  • Dates for 2020:
    4-28 Oct
    1-25 Nov
    29 Nov-23 Dec

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Siddhi Yoga’s 300 Hour Teacher Training in India is a rare opportunity for serious yoga teachers to deepen their knowledge in the heart of India.

Spending time in the with Indian yoga masters is an incomparable way to enhance your practice and by doing so, strengthen your ability to share yoga with others.

This advanced teacher training will take you beyond the 200 Hour level and leave you ready to teach with confidence and depth. Study advanced poses, and learn to teach the basics with greater sophistication. Each phase of asana study is informed by anatomy, alignment, and physiology, preparing you to apply that knowledge to every sequence you create.

In all asana work, you will learn how to keep students safe with modifications and explore the healing potential of yoga to address many issues like back pain, menstruation, anxiety, and high blood pressure, to name a few.

  • Price: $1680 – $1980
  • Duration: 31 nights
  • Yoga Style: Hatha, Vinyasa
  • Airport Transfer: Included
  • Instruction Language: English
  • Meals Included: Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly
  • Location: Siddhi Yoga Dharamsala, Village-Dharamkot, Post Office – Mcleodganj, Dharamshala – 176219, Himachal Pradesh, INDIA
  • Dates for 2020:
    26 Apr-27 May

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Our 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training is a rare opportunity for serious yoga practitioners to deepen their knowledge in the heart of India. Spending time with Indian yoga masters is an incomparable way to enhance your practice and prepare to share yoga with others.

This advanced yoga teacher training will take you beyond the basics and leave you ready to teach with confidence as a 500 Hour RYT. You’ll study advanced poses and learn to teach the basics with greater sophistication. Each phase of the asana study is informed by anatomy, alignment, and physiology, preparing you to apply that knowledge to every sequence you create.

In addition to an in-depth look at the physical aspects of yoga, our 500 Hour training will guide you to explore the expansiveness of mind through yoga philosophy, meditation, mudra, bandhas, kriya, and pranayama. You’ll also learn the therapeutic and psychological applications of these practices. Finally, you’ll explore the business and ethics of teaching yoga and leave fully prepared for success.

  • Price: $2060 – $3460
  • Duration: 59 nights
  • Yoga Style: Hatha, Vinyasa
  • Airport Transfer: Included
  • Instruction Language: English
  • Meals Included: Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly
  • Location: Siddhi Yoga Dharamsala, Village-Dharamkot, Post Office – Mcleodganj, Dharamshala – 176219, Himachal Pradesh, INDIA
  • Dates for 2020:
    29 Mar-27 May

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Our 100-Hour Yoga Teacher Training is a delightful option for anyone who wants to deepen their practice without committing to an entire teacher training. It is a beautiful retreat, during which you are invited to join the first half of a 200 Hour Training programs in Dharamsala.

This is an ideal way to experience yoga in its birthplace–the heart of India–with our master teachers. There’s no better escape for mind, body, and spirit.

  • Price: $800
  • Duration: 13 nights
  • Yoga Style: Hatha, Vinyasa
  • Airport Transfer: Included
  • Instruction Language: English
  • Meals Included: Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly
  • Location: Siddhi Yoga Dharamsala, Village-Dharamkot, Post Office – Mcleodganj, Dharamshala – 176219, Himachal Pradesh, INDIA
  • Dates for 2020:
    29 Mar-10 Apr
    31 May-12 Jun
    28 Jun-10 Jul
    26 Jul-7 Aug
    23 Aug-4 Sep
    20 Sep-2 Oct
    18 Oct-30 Oct

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where should I do my Yoga Teacher Training in India?

India has over 400+ Yoga Alliance registered schools in different parts of the country. While finalizing the place, keep in mind the month you are traveling and the weather during that month at the location you plan to do your training. We’ll discuss the main places where the maximum yoga schools are in India – Rishikesh, Goa, and Dharamshala.

1. Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh

Considered as the yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh has 50% of the Yoga Alliance accredited schools in India. The perfect time for visiting the city is February to April, and August–November.

If you are coming for an authentic yoga experience, then you should avoid coming in July, since the famous Kawad Yatra takes place during this time. As a result, all hotels in Rishikesh remain crowded, and most roads are blocked due to regular traffic jams. However, there are some schools on the outskirts of Rishikesh far away from crowded areas, you can attend training with them if July is the only month you can come.

Apart from July, May and June are also not recommended for those who don’t like the hot weather, with temperatures touching +45oC. But if you like winters, try visiting this holy city in December and January. The weather stays relatively cold, with maximum temperature being around 15oC and the minimum around 5oC.

Pros of doing yoga training in Rishikesh

You can find excellent yoga gurus here. They hold Masters and Ph.D. degrees in yoga science and can enlighten you about leading a genuinely yogic lifestyle.

At Rishikesh, you will be able to practice in beautiful landscapes in the lap of the Himalayas and the Holy Ganges. Also, food and accommodation are pretty cheap, which makes the cost of schools also reasonable.

There are a lot of shopping options other than adventure sports. You have a lot of places to visit during your stay.

Cons of doing yoga training in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is an alcohol–free and meat–free city, which means you won’t be able to enjoy them even after completing your yoga training. Also, there is no nightlife. If you are looking for nightlife, you may want to go to Goa.

2. Yoga Teacher Training in Goa

After Rishikesh, Goa is the second preferred yoga destination. Peak season is November to February, and everything is expensive during this period. May is scorching, and from June to September, there is heavy rainfall. Due to this, most of the schools run their programs from October to April.

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Pros of doing yoga training in Goa

The beautiful beaches and the excellent climate are a big attraction. The Goa beaches are lovely places for practitioners to relax, and take in the serene atmosphere and the luscious views.

If you wish to enjoy a yoga retreat on the beach and looking for nightlife, Goa is the place.

Cons of doing yoga training in Goa

The cost of good training programs is 25% to 50% more in comparison to Rishikesh or Dharamshala. Also, there are too many tourists, which can make it a bit awkward for solo travelers.

3. Yoga Teacher Training in Dharamsala

Dharamsala (also spelled as Dharamshala), is home to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The holy city boasts of beautiful monasteries and temples, and breathtaking views of the mountains. Dharmkot a tiny village in Mcleodganj also known as “The Yoga Village,” has a lot to offer. Not as crowded as Rishikesh, this place only has a few yoga schools to choose from. But the quality of the YTT programs is top–notch.

January and February are freezing, and during July and August, the city receives heavy rainfall. So if you want to enjoy the best yoga experience, the ideal season for visiting Dharamshala is from April to June and September to December.

Pros of doing yoga training in Dharamsala

If you are planning to undertake your TTC in the summers, then Dharamshala is the best choice because compared to the other two places, the weather here will be the most pleasant. Also, food and accommodation are available at reasonable rates. Since this place is the home of Dalai Lama, Dharamshala is perfect for those interested in Buddhist teachings.

Cons of doing yoga training in Dharamsala

Like Rishikesh, Dharamshala has no nightlife. So, if you are looking for nightlife, then you may want to go to Goa. Apart from that, this city might be a bit cold for some people as well.

Q. What to expect in a Yoga Teacher Training Program?

Taking a YTT program can be a nerve-wracking experience, but at the same time exciting. To ease your mind, we have put together a list of things you can expect during your training. Let’s take a look at them.

1. Culture Shock

India is a very hectic country with many strange customs and marvels. People who are visiting India for the first time will experience some level of culture shock. However, India and its citizens are very welcoming toward tourists. You will be able to immerse yourself in the Indian culture and the yogic lifestyle in no time.

2. Eating a Yogic Diet

Yogic diet usually consists of simple dishes such as rice, beans, lentils, chapatti or Indian flatbread, veggies, soup, etc. Typically, very little spice, sugar, and fat are added to them, since the purpose of these dishes is to let you experience pure and simple taste.

Depending on your school or ashram, the diet can vary. You might also be allowed to consume sweets, and if lucky, some coffee. And if you are visiting Rishikesh, wean your body off eggs, meat, and booze because it’s a dry and vegetarian town. Even it’s difficult to get eggs.

Strong stomach or not, prepare your gut a few weeks in advance. You are going to experience something which you may not have tried at all. If possible stay away from street food as well during your rip.

3. Meeting Other Students & Making Friends

As already mentioned, India attracts yoga lovers from all over the world. Thus, your class will consist of people from various backgrounds. It might be a little awkward at first, but eventually, you will be able to forge unbreakable bonds with these people. The memories and unique connections you make will stay with you and enrich all aspects of your personal life.

4. Yoga is Much More Than Asanas

A common misconception among people is that yoga is all about asanas. Well, it is not so. During your yoga training, you will deal with the practical, philosophical, and anatomical aspects of yoga.

Majority of your time will be spent on taking notes, creating sequences, learning therapeutic effects, and many other things. Everything thing related to yoga will be thoroughly dissected. Consequently, you will gain both physical benefits and spiritual wisdom.

5. Your Habits will Change

After the competition of your yoga training course, you will see a significant shift taking place in your life. Instead of following your usual routine of eating, drinking, shopping, or gossiping, you will focus more on your training. And all of the things you learned during your course will steadily become a part of your everyday life.

6. Your Body will be Pushed to its Limits

The physical practice of yoga will tire your body out and will enable you to go beyond your limits. Despite being tired, you will continue trying to perfect the new yoga postures and will have a great time with your new friends.

In the weeks prior to your training, you can prepare physically with the videos listed below. As always, listen to the body and work within your limits.

Yoga Warm-Ups for Beginners

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Yoga Stretches for Beginners

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7. You will Become Fearless

Yoga will take away all your fears and will transform you into a completely new person. The things you deemed impossible will now become possible, and you’ll be able to smash every wall that stands in your way.

8. Your Communication Skills will Improve

As a yoga teacher, you need to have practical communication skills. During your Yoga Teachers Training Course, you will discover your yoga voice, which will help you in guiding your future students. Along with that, your communication skills will also improve, which will be beneficial for both your private and professional lives.

9. You will Learn About Your Teaching Capabilities

Teaching requires patience, perseverance, and in-depth knowledge. This not only applies to yoga but other fields as well. You might consider yourself an expert in yoga, but after going through your TTC, you will understand whether you are ready to teach others or not.

There is no need to start teaching a large class right after graduating. You can start with your friends or family and then expand from there. If you are determined to become a yoga teacher, then participating in a mentorship or apprenticeship program can be very beneficial for your career. Along with that, practitioners can also consult their favorite yoga teachers and can observe their classes for added guidance.

Q. Are there age restrictions?

We accept students ages 16 and up.

Q. How is the Daily Schedule Like?

Although the daily schedule varies from school to school, nevertheless the Yoga Teacher Training India is an intense program where students are expected to commit 10-12 hours per day to their training. This goes on for six days per week, and students get a day off to rest.

TTC usually lasts for four weeks. The standard daily schedule requires that practitioners wake up at 5 am or 6 am, which is followed by performing meditation, chanting, or cleansing. After this, students attend a yoga class and have their breakfast.

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Following is an example of a daily schedule from our 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training India Program:

07:00 – 09:00 Kryias, Pranayama, Asana Practice

09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast

10:10 – 11:10 Anatomy & Physiology

11:15 – 13:00 Alignments/The Art of Teaching Methodology

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:15 – 15:15 Yoga Philosophy

15:15 – 15:45 Karma Yoga / Self-Study

15:45 - 17:15 Asana Practice

17:15 – 17:30 Tea Break

17:45 – 18:30 Meditation

19:00 – 20:00 Dinner

20:00 - 21:00 Satsang/Kirtan/Dance/Music - Once a Week

Q. Do I need to get a visa and how to apply?

Yes, if you plan to stay fewer than 60 days, you’ll need an e-Visa. Your passport should also be valid for six months after the date of arrival.

Applying for a Visa is a very tricky and confusing process, especially for people who are traveling for the first time. But you don’t have to worry. Here we have covered all the necessary details.

Be sure your passport is valid for six months after the time of your arrival.

To attend training, you can use a normal tourist visa. If you are staying 60 days or fewer, you can also apply for an eVisa. You can apply for an eVisa 120 days before your arrival date.

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Getting an Indian E–visa is easy and quick; however, it can also reduce your stay. The E–visa is processed within 72 hours, and you are required to apply for it at least four days before your departure. The E–visa cannot be extended, and you are only allowed to apply for it twice a year.

Except for the 17 major Indian airports, the E–visa users are not permitted to use any other arrival terminus. Your passport photos and bio must be scanned/uploaded. Once the procedure is completed, you can print out your E–visa. For application and further instructions, you can visit the following links:

Application: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in

Instructions: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

If you are planning to stay more than 60 days, or your country is not under the eVisa list, you will need to get the normal tourist visa, which should be valid for six months. Apply one month before your arrival, at the very least.

Q. What is your cancellation policy?

Depending on the training, a $300 or $600 non-refundable deposit is required to secure a spot. If for some reason you cannot attend, you can apply the deposit to any other program within a year. For the refund policy, please visit our FAQ page.

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