The features of 200 hours yoga teacher training experience in Rishikesh are many but some surely deserve more attention than others. That’s why Ekattva Yogshala decided to share the major highlights of 200 hours yoga teacher training courses in its yoga school! Reading this quick blog will give you a glimpse of what a Yoga Teacher Training student experiences during YTT in Rishikesh and help prepare you better for your yoga journey!
The first major highlight of the 200 hours YTT of course is the beginning of the course which is an elaborate ceremony in accordance with vedic practices.
In the Vedic tradition, every event begins and concludes with the divine blessings. yoga teacher training at Ekattva Yogshala in Rishikesh is not different. Aspiring yoga teachers begin their journey with us in harmony with the centuries old, rich vedic culture.
Lighting of the oil lamps and offering garlands to Vedic God Ganesha and Supreme Lord Shiva (in Nataraja form) sets the tone for a positive environment and intent for the month-long 200 hours yoga teacher training.
Conducted by qualified priests of the Parmatha Gurukul, the Vedic Hawan Ceremony is an elaborate ritual and major YTT highlight at Ekattva that incorporates lighting of the holy fire, offering of organic substances, chanting of mantras, and setting of intent. This is a purification ceremony which creates energized environment for the yogic practice.
An important yoga teacher training highlight from the very first day of YTT certification, hawan ceremony also includes mantra chanting in Rishikesh, India.
Daily morning sessions on Hatha Yoga asanas sets the right tone for the day and a strong foundation for a lifetime of yogic practice. Our students learn various asanas (postures), correct practice methods, asana corrections, alignments, adjustments, and teaching methods here.
The major highlight of these daily yoga sessions is personal attention to each student. Small batches of 6 to 10 students help Ekattva in bringing out the best in each YTT student.
The asana sessions are reviewed very positively by our students who share that it is unlike and much immersive than they had ever experienced elsewhere before.
Most days unfold with sessions on Yogic philosophy, anatomy, Pranayama & meditation, and Ashtanga Vinyasa flow. Learning in small groups during the 4 weeks ensure that individual needs of each student are addressed. The yoga journey at Ekattva also includes methodologies like:
Immersive learning is one of the major highlights of yoga teacher training at Ekattva, Rishikesh.
During their yoga journey at Ekattva, 200 hours YTT students become acquainted with the principles behind the yogic practice. The indoor sessions include performing yoga asanas and pranayama supported by prayers, hawans, spiritual enchanting and philosophical lessons.
Outdoor practice sessions equally play an important role in building a strong foundation for our yoga teacher aspirants. Natural surroundings not just help in connecting with the elements of nature but also enhance focus amidst ambient distractions. A major YTT highlight in Rishikesh!
The presence of holy river Ganges is the biggest blessing which keeps the flow of positivity and energy continuously circulating in every person who is lucky enough to witness its divinity. Days end in the lap of mother Ganga where her soothing flow feels like a lullaby!
A dip in the morning, afternoon or evening is all it takes to replenish the body and soul. In addition to the Ganges, the presence of temples, ashrams, and scenic views make Risihkesh a divine destination to learn the ancient art of yoga.
Meditation sessions and relaxation exercises in the evening is also a major highlight of 200 hours YTT program at Ekattva. No one can probably sum up the beauty of meditation in Rishikesh better than Swami Vivekananda, one of the most revered spiritual leaders of the 19th century.
“See here, how fresh is the air, there is the Ganga, and Sadhus (holy men) are practising meditation, and holding lofty talks! While the moment you will go to Calcutta, you will be thinking of nasty stuff.”
If India were to be summed up in 3 words, there can be no better description than Unity in Diversity! Here, you will find people of all creeds, religions, ethnicity and above all belief. And therefore, we want to make this experience a memorable part of your yoga journey.
During the YTT program, two of the Sundays are spent in guided explorations to nearby destinations where our international yoga students get a chance to meet the locals. A YTT highlight that promises lifelong memories!
Food is a big part of any society, we are no different from the rest of the world! At Ekattva, we take pride in our vegetarian way and Ayurvedic cooking. Ayurvedic healing cuisine is a philosophy based upon Ayurveda, the system of medicine native to India.
It’s an elemental system, where the qualities of the elements and tastes, combined into three doshas (vatta, pitta and kapha), or constitutions, inform how we view food, medicine, our bodies, the natural world and our place within it.
Keeping up with that, we serve vegetarian meals prepared from local ingredients and with love by our resident chef who is also a native of this place.
Yoga teacher Training is is not just about learning yoga and completing a certification. It is about immersing yourself in the way of life being practiced from thousands of years in Rishikesh and nurtured along the banks of mother Ganga.
Remember, 200 hours YTTC is only the beginning of this journey and many more profound experiences will unfold during this spiritual, yogic encounter.
“Everyday yoga practice demands, and what it demands is rigorous yoga sessions, dedicated pranayama sittings and deeper meditation ability.”
In the beginning, what YTT demands is very hard to cope with, but when you raise your bar in yoga practice and understanding the philosophy behind it, you get used to it as your YTT journey commences forward. The collective energy of the other participants in your group, the place, and the teacher, the caretaking staff helps in coping up with the physical and mental demandingness of the training.
As we said before, training is not the end, the real yoga journey begins once you complete the YTT. A whole new world awaits to be explored and bestowed with the gift of yoga. Become a yoga teacher who is admired and is the role model of your students.
Are you ready to take a step forward and continue your yoga journey as a teacher? Get in touch with Ekattva at firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll in our upcoming 200 Hours YTTC batches. Seats are limited, so reserve yours as early as possible to avail limited time special discount!
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