Monday, 4 November 2013

Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Ghat -Weekend local Sight Seeing !

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Eastern Concepts for Western Thinkers about Yoga Learning & Teaching

                Yoga Teacher Training in India – Rishikesh

200-hour yoga teacher training in India registered with Yoga Alliance, USA at yoga school Rishikesh Yog Dham – RYS 200. It’s a residential hatha yoga course ideal for beginners and intermediate level yoga students.

                    Eastern Concepts for Western Thinkers  about Yoga Learning & Teaching

I read below article and was trying to find out how powerful concept it is ! Read it carefully - 
Newcomers to the yoga world often find themselves faced with terms and ideas they've heard about, but perhaps don't really understand. For example, everyone's heard of karma, but what is it, really? What about nirvana, reincarnation, or enlightenment?
Surfing the Himalayas by ......... is an entertaining and enlightening introduction to eastern philosophy presented in a manner that makes it easy for westerners to understand.
Here's how it works: A young American travels to Nepal for a snowboarding vacation in the Himalayas. On his first day out, our hero plows over a Buddhist monk who appears from out of nowhere on a snowy slope. In the days that follow this tumultuous introduction, the snowboarder and the monk — Master VVVVV — engage in a series of conversations about the nature of yoga, meditation, karma, and enlightenment.
The beauty of this story is that it entertains as it introduces difficult concepts. By couching complex concepts in snowboarding terms, Master VVVV keeps his new pupil, and the reader, interested and amused. Concepts are stated and restated, giving the slow learners among us a chance to see the light from various angles.
Author.... story is certainly not the last word on eastern philosophy, but it most definitely is an easy-to-swallow introduction.

My answer - It is really worth - Why people visit himalayas ? Why Rishikesh or Dharmashala known as world famous yoga learning cities ? Answers of above question with highlighted names is itself example with the student data visit cities for Yoga Teacher Training - 200 ,300 or 500 Hours....More than ; 5000 Students visiting these city with the dream of becoming a successful yoga instructor ! 
Now let me share you something which might interest you to know that,

                                        Yoga Path -  a commitment to change 

This sentiment of choosing a path, of taking action, and forever changing your life is what yoga is all about. Yoga is not something that is done to you; it's something you do. It's a commitment to change and responsibility. And it isn't easy. Dating back more than 5,000 years, yoga is one of the oldest exercise systems — and one of the most complex.
However, the beauty of yoga is that you can dip as far as you like into the pond and still receive some benefits. The deeper you go, the more profound the changes.

Like in hindu epics - it is mentioned that - four main function of human life course - 

* Karma
* Gyan
* Dharma
* Moksha
To the beginning of yoga student, it can all be quite confusing as we hear or read about yoga "paths," "branches," "styles," "traditions," and "schools." Look at it this way: yoga paths are the main roads of yoga and all the other terms simply mean side roads that branch off from the main road but still help you reach your destination.
There are four paths of yoga:
  • Raja — the path of physical and mental control
  • Karma — the path of action
  • Bhakti — the path of devotion
  • Jnana — the path of knowledge or wisdom

raja yoga (self-control) - 2nd limb - Hatha Yoga( Physical control alignment).

Often called the "royal road," raja is considered the complete yoga because it focuses on controlling both the mind and body in order to attain enlightenment. 
On the mental side: The central teaching of raja is meditation. Absolute mental control as taught in Patanjali's Eight Limbs is the goal and is achieved through meditation, concentration, and breathing.  When the mind is not restless, you are closer to self-awareness.
On the physical side: Hatha yoga is the physical branch of the meditative science of raja yoga. While meditation teaches control of the mind, hatha teaches control of the body. Hatha uses asanas (postures), pranayama (control of breath), and relaxation to control the physical body and the subtle life force called prana. Within hatha yoga, there are many styles or types of physical yoga, such as ananda, ashtanga, bikram, integral, iyengar, kripalu, kundalini, sivananda, and viniyoga, to name a few. 
Many Westerners who come to yoga for simply exercise are perfectly happy to just do some form of hatha yoga. They will realize the benefits of a toned and supple body and are satisfied with that. But to truly follow the path of raja, you must take a comprehensive approach — using the physical yoga practice to strengthen the body in order to sit in meditation where the true union of body, mind, and spirit occurs. 

karma yoga (action)

Karma yoga focuses on the causes and effects of an individual's actions. It teaches how to live a life of spiritual action and selfless service. Have you ever seen someone flip a coin in a beggar's cup and say with a sheepish smile, "I can use all the karma I can get"? The true follower of the karma path acts without thought of gain or reward. Karma achieves union with God through right action and selfless service. Karma yoga is a yoga you take inside of you and make a way of life.

bhakti yoga (devotion)

Opening the heart to the Divine is the focus of bhakti, a mystical path of personal devotion. It is the path most followed in India, and it involves surrendering oneself to the Divine through prayer, worship, and ritual. Bhakti means" to serve the Divine." Chanting or singing the praises of whatever divine presence is meaningful to you form a substantial part of bhakti yoga.

jnana yoga (knowledge)

Jnana (sometimes written gyana) is considered the most difficult path, because it requires a radical shift in perception. The goal is to seek the knowledge hidden in all of us through questioning, meditation, and contemplation. Before practicing jnana yoga, the student needs to have integrated the lessons of the other yogic paths — for without selflessness, love of God, and the strength of body and mind, the search for self-realization is nothing more than an exercise in philosophy. The jnana student uses the mind to explore his or her own nature and to find knowledge through God. 
All of these paths may not be for you. You will have to choose which path or paths may help you develop or progress along your inner journey. Do you simply want to increase your flexibility? Do you want to become a more giving person? Do you seek union with the Divine? Do you search for knowledge and wisdom? You choose the road. It will make all the difference.
Sarvottam Kumar
Rishikesh Yog Dham
Mount View Cottage, Badrinath Road, Tapovan, Laxman Jhula
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, 249192

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Hatha yoga teacher training - Rishikesh Yog Dham: Why to do Yoga Teacher Training in India ??

Hatha yoga teacher training - Rishikesh Yog Dham: Why to do Yoga Teacher Training in India ??: Yoga Teacher Training in India - How to choose the best center for your 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs ? Question -  So, you are...

Why to do Yoga Teacher Training in India ??

Yoga Teacher Training in India - How to choose the best center for your 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs ?

Question - So, you are thinking of doing a 200 hour yoga teacher training? Oh A Yogi ?

Alright, alright! This commitment has the potential to change your life. Yoga teacher training is a gift any person should bestow upon themselves. It gives you the time and space to look inward, remove perception of who and what you think you are and keeps you digging deeper to find truth, beauty and knowledge.

In today’s world, there are a plethora of yoga teacher trainings to choose from. It can become easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of programs out there. So, what is a little yogi or yogini to do?

Here are a few guidelines to help you choose the right 200 hour yoga teacher training program:

1. Weekend Program or Month Long Intensive.

There are various scheduling options for your teacher training. If you would like to work around your life and work schedule, a weekend program is ideal. This allows you to not uproot your life for 30 days straight and has the added benefit of moving slowly through your journey into yoga asana.

If a month long intensive is more your style, this is a great choice too. The benefits of an intensive are that you will be living, eating and breathing yoga asana and philosophy daily. You will become deeply connected to your fellow trainees in the program as well.

I personally did a month long intensive. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Yet, there were some days that I just wanted a break from yoga because I felt like I was losing myself. However, I learned that that sense of self I was holding onto did and does not define who I am. That was one of the greatest lessons I learned in those 30 days.

2. Location, Location, Location.????

It is important to identify where you would like to experience your yoga teacher training. Perhaps a tropical destination in Costa Rica or Hawaii, maybe a deeply spiritual journey in India, possibly a cityscape like San Francisco attracts you or maybe you would like to stay in your neck of the woods and train in your town or city.

Some things to consider as you pinpoint your location are cost and practicality. Certain options may not be accessible to you. For example, the extra cost of traveling to far-away lands might not be realistic. I know this was an issue for me. However, need not fear. One does not need to travel to the Himalayas to receive the gifts of yoga.

If you dream of one day practicing yoga asana on the banks of the Ganges know that that moment will manifest. Plus, just think how sweet that moment will be and how grateful and full your heart will feel when that day finally comes.

The yoga training I attended took place in San Francisco in a beige room, no d├ęcor on the walls and no windows. There were moments I would think to myself, I wish I was outside practicing or learning about the Yoga Sutras; however, the divine knew that those four beige walls was exactly what I needed. It was a sobering reality to realize this is it, yoga is yoga, be it here in this beige plain room or out against a scenic back drop. Like life, your yoga practice and your teacher training is what you make it.

3. Finding Your Style. ( Hatha )

If one does not have a working knowledge of different schools of yoga, all of this: Sivananda, Ananda, Ananda Marga, Kripalu, Kundalini, Ashtanga, Yin, Vinyasa, Hatha, Bikram, Forrest, Restorative, Power, Anusura, Bhakti…can get downright confusing.

My advice is to do your research and discover what style of yoga asana speaks to you. If you are interested in learning about a variety of styles, find a yoga teacher training that offers this. For example, finding a program that has various teachers with various styles could be ideal. That way you will be exposed to the variety found within yoga asana. Who knows, maybe you will discover a new style that speaks to you.

This was my experience. I came to my teacher training wanting to learn more about Vinyasa Yoga. Yet, after days of focusing on yoga from 9-5 and pushing my body and mind, all I wanted was to be nurtured. This is when I surrendered to taking my first Restorative and Yin Yoga classes. In the past I always wanted to physically push myself in yoga class; however, I began listening to my body’s wisdom. My body and mind was telling me they yearned for a dose of relaxation and renewal. Who was I to put up a fight?

4. To Fly Solo or Not. ?

To experience your yoga training with a friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife could be a positively powerful and bonding journey. On the other hand, your training could be your own personal time you have etched out for yourself. Really think hard if you would like to experience your training with a loved one or if it is best to go it solo.

I attended my 200 hour training with a dear close friend, Alac. It was magical discovering new places in Rishikesh Yog Dham - Rishikesh and, of course, within ourselves. We motivated one another to go further and find that edge on the yoga mat. We were there for each other to talk to and confide in as well.

It was so special sharing this experience together and made our bond even stronger. We spent every waking hour together within those 30 days. So, naturally, there were times we did not see eye to eye with little things and had to learn how to deal with one another’s idiosyncrasies. It helped me understand that compromise and communication is essential within each and every relationship. Sometimes I am too nice and do not want to speak my mind; however, this experience helped me gain my voice and speak up for myself.

A powerful experience also awaits you if you decide to fly solo. This experience is something I look forward to in the future. If you are a mom, dad, or any other extremely busy self-less person, attending the training alone could be incredibly therapeutic. You do deserve this sacred time. Yoga teacher training will give you a healthy dose of self-love and you will leave your training ready to give and receive even more love than before.

Meditate before you think to go for & choose your best learning school - 

There are many things to consider as you choose your yoga teacher training. I hope these general guidelines assist you on your journey. Remember everything will and is unfolding as it should. I wish you a beautiful yoga teacher training. Om shanti!

BY Sarvottam Kumar
RYS 200 - Yoga Alliance
Hatha Yoga Teacher Training School
Yoga for Beginners Course.
Yoga & Live with yoga...!!

Monday, 8 July 2013

Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training School


  200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in India – Rishikesh Yog Dham

200 hours yoga teacher training in India offered by yoga school Rishikesh Yog Dham is of international standard and in compliance with the standards set by Yoga Alliance– USA.  If you wish to develop an authentic voice as an accomplished yoga teacher then it is necessary for you to take up recognized courses. These yoga courses will give you the authority to conduct your own yoga classes in a way that will help you gain respect as a true yoga teacher as you would have learnt yoga in the country of its origin.
Rishikesh Yog Dham in Rishikesh, India is one such school that has been registered with Yoga Alliance, USA as a yoga school which offers genuine 200-hour yoga teachers training in traditional style of hatha yoga. On successful completion of your 200-hour yoga teacher training course you will be given a certificate of completion by Rishikesh Yog Dham. Armed with that certificate you can register with Yoga Alliance – USA as a certified yoga teacher for 200 hours (RYT 200).
As a yoga teacher trainee at Rishikesh Yog Dham you will undergo yoga practices that ancient yogis undertook on their path to self discovery and which are mentioned in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Unless you undergo the traditional yoga practice that is offered by a yoga school like Rishikesh Yog Dham, your understanding of yoga will remain limited to just knowledge of asanas.
At Rishikesh Yog Dham (RYS 200 – Yoga Alliance) you will find all you need to learn for a 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate course that incorporates ethical principles, meditation, chanting, cleansing practices, anatomy classes, pranayama besides asanas. You will also be trained on student teacher relationship and how to impart instructions in yoga practices in a way that is safe and fulfilling for your own students.

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in India – Rishikesh Yog Dham

YTT Course Commencing Dates :
200 hour yoga teacher training in India based on traditional hatha yoga at yoga school Rishikesh Yog Dham registered with Yoga Alliance, USA as RYS 200. It’s a residential hatha yoga course ideal for beginners and intermediate level yoga students. Course fee including food & accommodation is USD 1200.

Course Commencing Dates : Yoga Instructor Training 200 Hour at Rishikesh Yog Dham,India

Hatha Yoga School in india - Dates of Yoga Teacher Training Course for Year -2014-2015 !!

*8th September  to    5th October-2014 :US$ 1200

*13th October       to    9th November-2014 :US$ 1200

*13th November   to   10th December-2014 : US$ 1200

*15th December  to  28th January -2015 :: US$ 1500 for 300 hour T.T.C
Yoga TTC ,200 Hour -2015 -2016 , Yoga School in india - Rishikesh

*15th December  to  28th January -2015 :: US$ 1500 for 300 hour T.T.C

* 02nd February  to   01st March-2015 :US$ 1300

* 09th  March     to    05th April- 2015 :US$  1300

* 13th  April       to    10th May- 2015 :US$   1300

* 18th May        to     14th June-2015 :US$   1300

* 22nd June      to      19th July- 2015 :US$   1300

* 27th July        to      23rd Aug -2015 : US$ 1300 

* 31st August    to      27th Sep -2015 : US$ 1300

* 1st October    to      28th October-2015:US$ 1300

*2nd November to      29th November-2015:US$ 1300

*1st December to      28th December-2015: US$1300

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in India – Schedule 2016-2017
» 4th January to 31st January 2016: US$ 1450
» 8th February to 6th March 2016: US$ 1450
» 14th March to 10th April 2016: US$ 1450
» 18th April to 15th May 2016: US$ 1450
» 23rd May to 19th June 2016: US$ 1450
» 27th June to 24th July 2016: US$ 1450
» 1st August to 28th August 2016: US$ 1450
» 5th September to 2nd October 2016: US$ 1450
» 10th October to 6th November 2016: US$ 1450
» 14th November to 11th December 2016: US$ 1450
» 2nd January to 29th January 2017: US$ 1450


200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training India: Overview

·         Internationally certified yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India.
·         200-hour residential hatha yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh India.
·         Yoga Alliance certification in India – RYT 200.
·         Traditional style of training under the guidance of experienced yoga instructors.
·         Inexpensive yoga teacher training in India – USD 1200 including food and accommodation*.
·         Opportunity to experience Indian culture and traditions.
* All students are provided a separate standard double room with attached bath. Neat and clean accommodation is provided in a budget hotel with 24-hour hot and cold water supply in the Laxman Jhula area of Rishikesh.

Write us to get more details or query at

Written by - Sarvottam Kumar
Rishikesh Yog Dham - RYS 200
Mount View Cottage