500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh India

At Rishikesh Ashtanga Yoga School, 500 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh India is a program designed for individuals who are serious about upskilling their knowledge in Yoga either to be a better teacher or practitioner. This is a 2 months intensive program that will help students to set the foundation in the first month in 200 hour YTTC and then build up on the same by learning the advanced practices in the second month in 300 hour YTTC. During this program, you will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the various aspects of yoga, including physical postures like Ashtanga vinyasa primary and intermediate series and Hatha Yoga through vinyasa flow, breathing techniques (pranayama along with bandhas), advanced level meditation, and detailed yogic philosophy. You will also learn how to teach yoga to others and gain practical experience by teaching yoga classes to your peers.

The program typically lasts for 57-58 days and involves a lot of hard work and dedication. You will need to be physically fit and mentally prepared to take on this challenge. This program is divided into 2 parts:

200 hour Yoga TTC which lasts for 24 days in which you will be taken through the basics of Yoga in all aspects

300 hour Yoga TTC which lasts for 28 days in which you will do the advanced practices of asanas, pranayamas, meditation and philosophy.

In addition to the above topics, you will also learn how to create lesson plans, sequence classes, and teach yoga to different populations, including beginners, advanced students, and those with injuries or health issues. You will also have the opportunity to observe and assist experienced yoga teachers and receive feedback on your teaching.

Rishikesh Ashtanga Yoga school is located in a small town called Upper Tapovan which is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas. This town is in Rishikesh city which is located on the banks of the sacred Ganges River, and is considered to be one of the holiest places in India. Rishikesh is known for its spiritual significance, yoga, meditation, and adventure sports. It is surrounded by hills on three sides and offers stunning views of the Himalayan ranges. The city has several ancient temples and ashrams where one can learn about Indian philosophy, spirituality and yoga. The Triveni Ghat is a famous spot in Rishikesh, where tourists come to take a dip in the holy Ganges River and it is only 4 km away from the Ashram. Practicing in a beautiful or natural location can provide inspiration and a sense of connection to nature that can enhance the yoga experience.

Upon completion of the program, you will have a deeper understanding of yoga and be able to teach advanced yoga classes to students of all levels. You will also be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). This will give you credibility and recognition as a qualified yoga teacher, which can help you advance your career in the yoga industry. There are no prerequisites to enroll in a 500 hour Yoga TTC program at Rishikesh Ashtanga Yoga School. However prior knowledge and practice of Yoga will be helpful to understand the basic concepts of Yoga. This program will only enhance your overall experience of Yoga. You will also need to have a strong commitment to yoga and be willing to put in the time and effort required to complete the program successfully. The 500 hour Yoga TTC program is an excellent opportunity for aspiring yoga teachers to level up their knowledge and practice of yoga. The program’s rewards are worth the intensity and hard work that you will need to invest. By the end of the program, you will have gained the skills and knowledge to teach advanced yoga classes to students of all levels and be recognized as a qualified yoga teacher.

Course Fees

US $2199 Private Room
US $1599 Shared Room

Program Details

  • Duration: 58 Days
  • Level:Beginner to Advanced
  • Certification:Yoga Alliance, USA
  • Check in: 1st of every month
  • Check out: 28th of following month
  • Style: Multi-Style

500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Daily Schedule

Time Schedule
05:00 - 06:00 AM Morning Bell
06:00 - 07:00 AM Shatkarma & Pranayama
07:00 - 08:30 AM Vinyasa Flow Yoga
08:30 - 09:15 AM Meditation
09:30 - 10:30 AM Breakfast
10:30 - 11:30 AM Yoga Anatomy
11:45 - 12:30 AM Yoga Philosophy
12:30 - 01:00 PM Lunch
04:30 - 05:30 PM Body Alingment
05:45 - 07:15 PM Ashtanga Yoga
07:15 - 08:15 PM Dinner
10:00 PM Lights Off

500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course Syllabus

Ashtanga Yoga

500 hours is a combination of 200 and 300 hours of yoga TTC, we start with the primary series in the first month and then progress our students gradually to the intermediate series of Ashtanga yoga and we systematically guide them through the complete sequence created by K. Pattabhi Jois in a traditional way which includes-

  • Month 1
    • Week 1 - Introduction to Ashtanga yoga (Primary series) followed by Sun salutations A & B.
    • Week 2 - Standing sequence postures & use of yoga props.
    • Week 3 - Seated sequence postures & Finishing sequence postures.
    • Week 4 - Mysore style & Teaching practice.
  • Month 2
    • Week 1 - Practice of Primary series guided by the instructor and Mysore style practice.
    • Week 2 - Starting with intermediate series halfway.
    • Week 3 - Full intermediate series guided by the instructor.
    • Week 4 - Mysore-style intermediate series & Teaching practice.

Vinyasa Flow

  • Introduction and benefits Vinyasa Flow
  • How to design a Vinyasa Flow sequence
  • Vinyasa flow for peak postures
  • Importance of breathing in Vinyasa flow
  • How to cue/instruct the Vinyasa flow for different levels of practitioners

In the last week of both 200 and 300-hour courses, students will be asked to prepare their own flow and guide the class.

Yoga Philosophy

  • Introduction to Yoga Philosophy (Yog Darshan) and its evolution
  • Patanjali Yoga Sutras in detail
  • Nadis (Ida, Pingala & Sushumna) in detail
  • Chakras in detail
  • Eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga
  • Pancha � Vayus, Panchakoshas
  • Life stories of yogis (Inspiring stories)

Anatomy & Physiology

  • Introduction to applied yoga anatomy
  • Anatomical explanation of Asana
  • Importance of movements
  • introduction to a skeleton system
  • Understanding joint mobility and their restrictions
  • Introduction to the muscular system
  • Muscle contractions in detail
  • Tension, tightness, strength weakness of a muscle
  • Understanding flexibility & strength in detail
  • Muscle relaxation technique
  • Co - Activation of muscles & Bandhas
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Neuromuscular system
  • Anatomical exploration of an exercise or posture
  • The yogic approach to breathing and circulation

Pranayama and Breathing exercise

  • Introduction and benefits of Pranayama
  • Introduction of meditative poses and mudras
  • Introduction of bandhas (locks) and Kumbakhas (breath retention)
  • Knowledge sharing and regular practice of below mentioned breathing exercises:
    • Clavicular, Thoracic and Diaphragmatic Breathing
    • Yogic Breathing
    • Ujjayi, Bhastrika, Kapalbhati, Surya � Bhedi
    • Nadi � Sodhana, Bhramari, Chandra � Bhedi, Sheetali, Sheetkari

Shatkarma (Yogic cleansing practices)

  • Jalaneti
  • Rubber-neti
  • Eye-cleansing
  • Kapalbhati- cleansing the lungs
  • Kunjal - stomach cleansing
  • Shankprakshalan
  • Dhauti Kriya

Teaching Methodology

  • How to sequence a class
  • How to work with breathing and posture to create an appropriate sequence
  • How to adjust
  • How to work with different level of students
  • How to cue/instruct for different level of students
  • Building Positive & conscious communication, Friendship and trust
  • Time management
  • Qualities of a teacher
  • Principles of demonstration, observation.
  • Assisting and correcting the postures
  • Use of voice in class
  • Mental & emotional preparation for teaching
  • Class preparation
  • Step by step class structure planning.

Asana Alignment and Adjustment

  • Fundamentals and need for Body alignment in Yoga Asanas
  • Alignment of different postures like standing, seated, backward extension, forward extension, twisting, inverted postures
  • Alignment explanation covers
    • How to perform the posture
    • Correct Alignment
    • Common mistakes and Precautions
    • Contraindication
    • Benefits
    • Modifications
    • Verbal adjustments
    • Hands on adjustments


  • Introduction and importance of Meditation
  • Tips to improve concentration in order to avoid distractions during Meditation.
  • Different types of meditation techniques like:
    • Om / Mantra Meditation
    • Trataka
    • Dynamic meditation
    • Silent Meditation Practice Japa Meditation
    • Ajapa japa
    • Antar mouna
    • Nada Brahma Meditation
    • Yog nidra


Students will be tested based on

  • Written Test
  • Asana Practical Test
  • Vinyasa Flow teaching to the class
  • Attendance, Performance & behaviour

Additional learnings

Students will be tested based on

  • Sound healing
  • Keertan meditation
  • Beach yoga
  • Acro yoga
  • Yin yoga
  • Partner yoga
  • Iyenger class

Note:- all these additional classes are not part of the course but are included additionally

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What does the course fees include?

  • 58 Nights of Private or Shared Accommodation
  • Free Pickup from Dehradun Airport
  • 3 Times Daily Nutritious Vegetarian Meals and Herbal Tea
  • 2 Ayurvedic Massages
  • Cleansing Kit
  • Training Manual and study material
  • 24/7 support during your stay at the Ashram
  • Theoretical and Practical Skills
  • Wifi Access
  • Weekend Excursions
  • Kirtan and Movie Night
  • 24 X 7 CCTV Surveillance

What is not included in the course fees ?

  • Air fare
  • Air-conditioner - 300 USD Extra
  • Room Heater - 300 USD Extra

Note: Limited Air-conditioned rooms available (300 USD extra) Request to be placed at the time of booking due to limited availability

Outdoor Excursions

Excursion for this Course

  • Kunjapuri Temple (Sun Salutation Trek)
  • Waterfall Trek (Neer Gaddu & Patna)
  • Vashistha Cave (Ancient Sage's Meditation Place)
  • Ganga River nearby (The Holy River Ganges)
  • Parmarth Niketan Ashram (Ganga Puja Ceremony)
  • Trayambkeshwar Temple (13th floor Temple)

Note: There will be Two Excursions in the course and we would take you any of the places mentioned above.

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Experienced Yoga Teacher

We take pride in our team of experienced yoga teachers who are dedicated to guiding you on your yoga journey. Our instructors bring a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and passion to their classes, ensuring a transformative and fulfilling experience for our students. They have dedicated years to their own practice and study, continually deepening their understanding of yoga philosophy, anatomy, and teaching methodologies. This commitment to ongoing learning allows them to stay up to date with the latest developments in the field of yoga, ensuring that they offer the highest quality instruction.

In addition to their technical expertise, our teachers embody the true essence of yoga. They approach teaching with compassion, kindness, and a genuine desire to help students grow and flourish. They create a welcoming and inclusive space where everyone feels comfortable and supported, regardless of their level of experience.

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Frequemtly Asked Questions

Is 500 hour Yoga Teacher training worth it?

500 hour Yoga TTC is a very intense course for 2 months. However, if done with full dedication one will learn a lot about the holistic Yoga practise and make it a part of their daily lifestyle.

What does RYT 500 mean in Yoga?

RYT 500 is a certification for yoga teachers indicating that they have completed 500 hours of training through a Yoga Alliance approved program. This advanced certification builds on the RYT 200 certification, requiring an additional 300 hours of training. RYT 500 teachers have a deeper understanding of yoga philosophy, anatomy, and advanced teaching techniques. They are qualified to teach more advanced yoga classes and workshops, and are considered experts in the field.

What is the difference between RYT 200 and RYT 500?

The main difference between a 200-hour and a 500-hour TTC (Teacher Training Course) in yoga is the level of training and depth of knowledge provided. A 200-hour TTC is an introductory course that covers the basics and is designed to give students a solid foundation for teaching beginner-level yoga classes. On the other hand, a 500-hour TTC is an advanced course that builds upon the knowledge gained in a 200-hour TTC. It covers more advanced topics on pranayama, meditation, sequencing, and advanced anatomy. It also provides more in-depth training on teaching techniques and methodology and requires more practice teaching hours.

Can a beginner do 500 hours of Yoga TTC?

As 200 hours is for absolute beginners, and after gaining the knowledge, practice and experience of 200 hours, one can definitely go for 300 hours in the following month which will make them 500 hour certified. It is not the level but the mindset that will help to progress throughout the course. Even at a beginner level if you are determined to embody the yoga practices, you can do this course as it is not limited to asana but other aspects of Yoga as well.

How do I know if my asanas are right?

You will have a detailed theory class on Yoga anatomy and alignment where you learn body alignment and how to use them to go safely into a posture.

Code of Conduct & Policy

Discipline Rules for Students

  • Smoking and alcohol are strictly prohibited in the school.
  • If you are on fasting or absent for meals, you have to inform kitchen manager for avoiding food wastage.
  • Always make discipline, respect teachers and follow all rules.
  • Always be in the time, you are late means will not be permitted to join class.
  • Clear your account of books before departure from Rishikesh Ashtanga Yoga School.
  • Before departure return any other assistances if taken.
  • Rishikesh Ashtanga Yoga School provides accommodation for a student who join yoga classes. So any friends or relatives will not be included in accommodation.
  • Student have to be present in all scheduled program of Rishikesh Ashtanga Yoga School

Refund Policy

  • An advance of a course fees will not be refundable, only in the case of emergency students can join us on other schedules.
  • We accept cancellation as per the student's request, but advance deposit will not be refund.
  • There is no charge of course cancellation. Student just has to inform by email.
  • Rishikesh Ashtanga Yoga School is not responsible for any mishappenings before course schedule.

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May 12, 2022

An amazing school which has some really talented teachers. I did 200Hour Yoga Teacher Training course and I was very new to this field, had no prior experience with Yoga…but they made it really easy for us to understand and was very supportive throughout. After completing the course, I see a lot of changes in me, be it physical, mental or spiritual. Ram sir is the best, his classes are very knowledgeable and fun at the same time. I really enjoyed the process and going back with a lot of knowledge and change in me. Grateful to the teachers, fellow students and the management for being so supportive

Bhummika Singh


June 05, 2021

I have done my 200Hrs RYT TTC course from Rishikesh Ashtanga yoga School from august month..and till the date my whole experience of life has been changed... This school has best teachers of each and every subject... They give you prescribed details of course and teach you in their best way... I would suggest everyone to must try... Thank you

Jagpreet Dharni


November 21, 2021

I did my 200 hrs to give pace to my yoga practice and i find it worth the value. After exploring many yoga school in rishikesh, i chose this and i appreciate and celebrate my decision. Thanks to every teacher and very staff to kitchen people. All the best for every new student.

Surbhi Verma


December 27, 2021

Best place for yoga and known fact is “Rishikesh” like wise best Teachers are from “Rishikesh Ashtanga Yoga School”, Most memorable part of my life is the learning I received during my course and my thirst of learning commenced from this place by seeing the wonderful teachers and their optimistic vibes.

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