Frequently Asked Questions

The Course

We believe this is going to be a life changing experience for you. In order for us to remain true to our mission of spreading healing across the world. Its important that our courses remain intimate.
Therefore, each course is limited to 12 students.
The tuition starts from €1150 covers the following: over the span of 36 days, our students participate in intense and immersive days of classes starting at 6:30AM and ending at 8:00PM, familiarising themselves with the fundamental aspects of yoga. Every student gets a private room and bath, and 3 vegetarian meals per day for the duration of the course.
To give you a brief overview of the core subject areas we cover in our classes:

1) Mantras – We learn the significance of several important mantras, how to recite them, and how to employ them in our classes and daily practice.

2) Hatha Yoga – We practice and understand the major Hatha asana sequences.

3) Pranayama – We learn various breathing techniques and how they affect our ‘prana’, or vital energy.

4) Philosophy – We study the underlying theory of yoga, and we analyze two of yoga’s foundational texts: Bhagavad Geeta and Yog Sutras.

5) Anatomy + Physiology – We study 5 of the major physiological systems and their relationship to yoga

6) Yoga Therapy – We learn how to use pranayama, asanas, shatkarmas, and meditation to treat a wide array of psychosomatic problems. We also touch on some aspects of Ayurvedic medicine, although it isn’t a major focus of our course.

7) Vinyasa Yoga – We practice and understand the major Vinyasa asanas and series.

8) Meditation – We practice various meditation techniques and how to properly guide and practice meditating

9) Shatkarmas – We learn and practice various introductory cleansing techniques

The only prerequisite for our students is that they have an open mind and an appetite for learning and growth. Our teachers are wonderful at balancing varying skill levels – we have had students with no experience taking the course alongside students with more than a decade of experience.
In general, it isn’t absolutely required to prepare and study beforehand. However, if you’d like to learn more prior to our course, you can read up on these books:

Bhagavad Geeta
Yog Sutra
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha

We will study the most important sections of the Bhagavad Geeta and Yog Sutra, and the Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha book is a well-known overview of proper yoga practice and anatomy/alignment.

In order to pass you will need to teach your own Vinyasa and Hatha class. In addition each subject will have either a written or oral examination.

The Certification

We are a certified Yoga School (RYS200) by Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance is internationally recognized as a certifying organization for both schools and teachers, so your teacher training certificate will also be recognized internationally.
Yes! The Yoga Alliance USA is recognized all over the world. Note however that registering as a member with Yoga Alliance USA does not register you as a member of Yoga Alliance UK/AU.
For the Yoga Alliance accreditation, you can go here and follow their instructions:

Tuition & Payment

We ask all prospective students to fill out a personal application form, so we can understand their background in yoga, motivation to learn, and to see if they are fit to study. To fully secure your space we require a non-refundable deposit that is used to reserve your spot in our course, and is also applied towards your full course tuition.
The full payment is due at your course orientation.
You can pay in cash, and we ask for cash payments in our own currency, INR or USD.
You can pay via PayPal online. PayPal charges approx 5% commission which will be borne by the student.

What to Bring

In general, you can buy most things that you might need here for cheaper than in western countries. But to start you off with a list:

1) Enough clothes for a week (or two). Check the weather to determine what type of climate to prepare clothing for.

2) Any regular pair of shoes for walking around, shoes/sandals if you want to do any sort of water-related activities on our Sunday outings with the rest of the school and staff.

3) Standard toiletries, shower sandals, a towel

4) Electronics (laptop, tablets, cameras) are fine. Unless you want to unplug from electronics, we have free WiFi as well so you can stay up to date on social media and keep in touch with loved ones back home via Skype.

5) A backpack (meant for backpacking and hiking). While it’s not absolutely necessary if you want to save money, the ground in India isn’t always paved, so it’s not as friendly to luggage bags with wheels.

6) Sunscreen, bug repellent

7) A headlamp or flashlight

8) Any necessary medicine. Many people bring basic first-aid (bandaids, antibacterial cream, etc). We also recommend bringing diarrhea medicine in case you eat food in restaurants or accidentally drink unfiltered/tap water. All of our food and vegetables are washed and cooked with purified water, so you won’t have to worry about getting sick during your daily meals.

In India, the general dress code is that men and women wear clothing that covers their knees and shoulders. We don’t really enforce any specific dress code outside of the cultural standard, as long as you can perform all the asanas in unrestrictive clothing.
We would actually recommend obtaining an ATM card that doesn’t charge / reimburses international fees. This is very convenient for travelers, and often the transaction limits for ATM machines are about $100-150 USD, so if they need to pull out money across multiple transactions, they are charged with a fee every single time.

That being said, you should probably bring about $200-400 in USD or your own local currency just in case.

Every time you practice your asanas you generate energy that goes into the mat, for this reason we recommend that you bring your own mat.

If space is an issue, there are plenty of shops in Rishikesh where you can buy a mat once you arrive. These mats are a great, reasonably priced option, however the quality might not be to the standard that you prefer.

If for whatever reason you choose not to bring your own, we have plenty of mats for you to borrow.

Accommodation & Food

We offer private rooms with attached toilet, hot shower. Also, we have great Wi-Fi
Definitely! Unfortunately, we can’t afford to cover the cost of accommodation for students outside of our actual course dates, so our nightly rate is about US$15. As long as we have the space (with housing our other guests and students from other courses), we can provide a room for you before you begin your course. If we don’t have space, we can help you find another room as well.
We serve 3 vegetarian meals per day (and a cup of chai during our tea breaks) for the duration of the course.

Our meals are unlimited. Generally, you’ll get a plate of food with all of the various vegetarian Indian dishes appropriate for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (according to a yogic diet.) We always make a surplus of food for our students, which is usually placed on the dinner tables for our students to grab from if they want more of a particular dish. You can also always feel free to talk to our kitchen staff if you’d like your meals prepared a certain way or if you’d like extra food.

Pretty Fast! Our internet speeds are usually about 2mb/s, which is great bandwidth for video streaming and calls back home.
If it is absolutely critical to have a constant connection, you might consider purchasing a data plan when in India (and tethering with your phone) or purchasing an international 4G data plan.
Yes, you can! Some yoga schools and ashrams require that men and women use separate quarters, but we are fine with you sharing a room.
We don’t have any laundry facilities in the center, but there are inexpensive laundry services close to our school that you can use. Many of our students also wash their clothing by hand as well.