200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

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Welcome to our 200 hour yoga teacher training! Join us for an unforgettable Yoga programme where you will learn life – and after which you will feel deeply rejuvenated.

Our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Class creates a solid foundation to your own Yoga practice and gives you permission to teach the gift of Yoga worldwide. So whether you intend to teach in the future or whether you want to deepen your own practice, our course will give you the skills and the knowledge of the ancient practice of Yoga. 

All our courses are designed to give you wholistic perspectives such as development of body and mind along with spiritual development, oneness of self and universe. Our approach of teaching contains ancient and modern science of Yoga.

In our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training course, we will focus on the Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series together with the study and practice of pranayama, meditation, action and alignment as well as adjustment workshop. Our training approach is to not only make you understand and practice Yoga but also to be a competent instructor to teach others.

For the courses in October, November and December in Rishikesh, we offer a special VIP brunch and dinner with juice, tea and fruits available throughout the day. The diet will be deeply therapeutical. The Yoga hall is one of the most beautiful spots in Rishikesh with a wonderful view towards river Ganga.

We’re happy to see you joining our course!

course syllabus

Hatha Yoga
  • the meaning of Hatha Yoga
  • Surya Namaskar with mantra awareness
  • Sukshma Vyama (joints and glands exercise)
  • standing series of asana
  • kneeling series of asana
  • sitting series of asana
  • lying on stomach series of asana
  • supine series of asana
  • pavan mukta asana series
  • inversion series of asana
  • asana benefits and its contra-indications
  • offering safe adjustments and assists
  • benefits, risks, and modifications for all practices
  • learning to structure and teach classes and journeys in different ways
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Primary Series
  • asanas of the primary series
  • the meaning of vinyasa
  • drishti in Ashtanga series
  • importance of ujjai and bandha in series
  • practice teaching to individuals and small groups
  • observing, giving and receiving feedback
  • teaching a full class
  • learn the art of mirroring in class
  • proper ways of voice projection in class
  • hands on adjustment
  • astanga vinyasa karma
Yoga Philosophy

This class will focus on introducing you to the basic philosophy, concepts and history of Yoga. It will cover the various traditional philosophies and viewpoints, insights from modern research and ways in which the essence of this holistic approach can be integrated into a modern lifestyle.

  • What is Darshanam
  • What is Yoga
  • Study Art of Yoga Sutras
  • The five kosha (bodies)
  • What is self-realization & liberation
  • What is consciousness
  • The four faculties of mind
  • Five stages of mind
  • The four foundational pillars of life
  • Eight limbs of Yoga of Patanjali
  • What is waking state in Yogic science
  • What is dreaming state in Yogic science
  • What is deep sleep state in Yogic science
  • What is the subtle bodies Introduction to Indian philosophy
  • Concept of panch vritti & panch klesha
  • Concept of Yoga according to Patanjali
  • Kriya Yoga – A way to overcome inborn afflictions
  • Concept of God in Yoga philosophy
  • Ashtanga Yoga – a methodology to overcome suffering
  • Yamas & Niyamas: foundation of Yogic practices
  • Introduction to Samkya philosophy
  • Kriya Yoga a methodology to overcome panch-klesha (5 causes of pain and miseries)
  • Raj Yoga and Hatha Yoga

Traditional yogic breathing techniques which will benefit your yoga practice as you learn how to lengthen your breath.

Pranayama and its effects
  • the meaning of prana and pranayama
  • different types of pranayama practices
  • the meaning of nadi
  • the meaning of ida and pingala
  • seven main practices of pranayama
  • pranayama – more than just a breathing exercise
  • how to incorporate breathing into postures and into your classes
  • how breath work assists the body
Anatomy & Physiology

Skeletal system, icl.:

  • major bones
  • types of joints
  • major muscles involved in asana
  • types of muscle contraction

Nervous system, incl. ‚fight, flights, freeze‘ stress response, vagal theory, overall mind-body connection

Cardiovascular / circulatory, endocrine, digestive systems as they relate to yoga practice

Respiratory system, incl. muscles that affect breathing, involuntary vs. voluntary breath, how air enters and leaves the body

Types of joint movements

Joint stabilisation

Safe movement as it pertains to balancing, stretching, awareness, and physical limitations

Contraindications, misalignments, adaptions

  • Introduction to Ayurveda
  • The concept of Tri-Dosha
  • Prakriti (Ayurveda Genomics)
  • Ayurvedic concept of Swastha (health)

Meditation techniques help build concentration and focus in your daily practice.

  • the meaning of meditation
  • the difference between dharna and dhyana
  • different types of meditation
  • breath awareness meditation
  • contemplative walking meditation
  • mantra awareness meditation
  • candle and inner light meditation
  • full moon meditation
Yoga Nidra
  • the meaning of sleep
  • three states of consciousness
  • benefits of deep sleep
  • the meaning of Yoga Nidra
  • Yoga Nidra practices from Satyananda tradition
  • Yoga Nidra practices from Bihar School of Yoga and Himalayan Tradition
Teaching Methodology and Practice
Class Observation
  • observe a class given by one of our experienced yoga teachers as inspiration for the class that you will then prepare
  • learn how to observe and see bodies, energy and states of consciousness in students
Teaching Methodology
  • necessary building blocks to create your own yoga class
  • developing your presence and authentic teaching style
  • developing your voice and the use of vocabulary
  • how to motivate your students by teaching inclusively to the range of abilities of your students
  • the art and science of connecting with and uplifting your students
Peer Teaching
  • practice your teaching skills
  • get constructive feedback from both your senior teachers and your peers
  • help your students get deeper into a posture through adjustment
  • offering safe adjustments and assists
Teaching Ethics
  • studying the yoga lifestyle, ethics, attitude and presence of a yoga teacher
  • set up a sacred teaching space
  • study ethical guidelines for a student teacher relationship
Create a class & sequencing
  • classroom organization and set up
  • making your seat as a teacher
  • art of creating an optimal atmosphere for transformation
  • creating of a class plan
  • teaching progressively focusing on alignment principles
  • the basic principles of sequencing
  • the art and science of using music in classes
Yoga Teaching Practicum
  • practice teaching to individuals and with small group
  • teaching with RYT/ERYT
  • Karma yoga
  • receiving / giving feedback
  • group teaching during class hours
  • structuring different classes for different levels of students
  • teaching to self
Shat Kriya - Level 1

Yogic cleansing practices will be integrated into your daily morning routine and will work in conjunction with the asana practices. These will purify the nervous system, remove toxins from your body and allow your breath to flow freely throughout the body.

  • Introduction of Shat Kriyas according to classical Hatha Yoga
  • Practice of Jal Neti and Sutra Neti
  • Practice of Kunjal
Adjustment & Alignment Class - Level 1
  • six steps of doing asana correctly
  • foundational workshop on lateral, forward, backward and twisting asanas
  • making the mind flexible by making the body flexible
  • the use of props for protection
  • alternative style of asana for various benefits
  • various limitations and contra-indications of specific yoga practices
  • introduction to Mantra yoga
  • find your inner harmony
  • importance of OM – AUM
  • mantra for meal purification
  • mantra for obstacles
  • mantra for universal masters to bless
  • mantra for realization
  • mantra for well being

Mudras stimulate different parts of the body by sealing in the energy. Mudras are usually used in pranayama and affect the flow of prana.

  • importance of Mudra according to Hatha Yoga
  • different types of Mudra
  • practice of Gyana & Chin Mudra
  • practice of Ashwini Mudra
  • physical, mental and spiritual benefits of Mudra

Bandhas (Energy Locks) regulate the flow of energy and assist the practitioner in asana

Yogic Diet

During the course, you will practice and learn deep therapeutic diet.


Our 200 hour yoga teacher training is suitable both for beginners who want to learn about Yoga and for practicioners who aspire to become a Yoga teacher. There are no restrictions based on age, education, religion, gender, country or previous experiences. You don’t need to be especially strong or flexible, this will come with practice.

On top of the 200 hours yoga teacher training course, you will get: accomodation, food, tea, cleansing process materials, coursebooks, one day sightseeing activity, a yoga t-shirt, a rudraksha mala and a Yoga Alliance International Registered certificate by the end of the course.

We have Yoga mats available in our schools, however we always recommend bringing your own Yoga mat for hygienic reasons. Please also consider checking the weather reports for the season and location you intend to book and bring suitable clothing. We also recommend bringing a notebook and pens for classes as well as a refillable water bottle.

Our courses will be held in english, however one doesn’t need to be an advanced english speaker. Yoga connects through spirit and emotions and all exercises will be shown in a practical way.

Sundays will be without classes and you will have some hours of free time during the day. However, we recommend to use your free time during the course for self-study and rest. If you’re interested in activities in the area, we recommend to do these before or after the Yoga Teacher Training course.

At Maharishi Yoga Peeth, we want to ensure best quality teaching for you. Therefore our classes are not bigger than 15 students for 200 hour yoga course, 10 student for 300 hour yoga course and 5 students for 500 hour course.

Usually, international travel regulations ask for a visa to travel to India, meanwhile regulations in Bali are slightly more relaxed. Please check your own authorities to make sure you get up to date information. Make sure your visa ensures enough time to complete the course.

The completion of the course will be rewarded with an internationally accepted certificate which means you can work as a Yoga teacher worldwide. Whether you directly want to start teaching or work on your own self-practice first is your own decision.

course dates

Date Location Shared room Single room
4 - 30 Jan 2021 Rishikesh not available 1.400$
2 - 28 Feb 2021 Rishikesh not available 1.400$
3 - 28 March 2021 Rishikesh not available 1.400$
2 - 28 April 2021 Rishikesh not available 1.400$
3 - 29 May 2021 Rishikesh not available 1.400$
3 - 29 June 2021 Rishikesh not available 1.400$
5 - 31 July 2021 Rishikesh 1.100$ 1.400$
2 - 28 Aug 2021 Rishikesh 1.100$ 1.400$
6 Sept - 2 Oct 2021 Rishikesh 1.100$ 1.400$
7 Oct - 3 Nov 2021 Rishikesh 1.100$ 1.400$
8 Nov - 4 Dec 2021 Rishikesh 1.100$ 1.400$
10 Dec - 6 Jan 2022 Rishikesh 1.100$ 1.400$
10 Jan - 5 Feb 2022 Rishikesh 1.100$ 1.400$
10 Feb - 8 March 2022 Rishikesh 1.100$ 1.400$
11 March - 7 April 2022 Rishikesh 1.100$ 1.400$
11 April - 7 May 2022 Rishikesh 1.100$ 1.400$

In the process of booking, we will charge you a confirmation fee of 210$. The remaining amount of your course fee (890$ for shared, 1.190$ for private accomodation) can be paid upon arrival with credit card or paypal

Due to the global pandemic, our face-to-face courses at Goa, Bali and Kerala are currently closed. Please check again once the travel restrictions are lifted or subscribe to our newsletter to get a notification. 

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