Akhanda Yoga offers professional Yoga Teacher Training certification programs that meets Yoga Alliance requirements and our students must participate in all aspects of the course and complete all assignments, homework, testing and practicums.
October 29 – December 11, 2015 (Arrival in Delhi evening of Oct. 28)
November 3 – December 16, 2016 (Arrival in Delhi evening of Nov. 2)
This 300-hour certification course (which gives a graduate a total of 500-hours of training in combination with their previous YTT 200) is intended only for graduates of a Yoga Alliance recognized 200-hour teacher training program or equivalent. The course offers yoga teachers of all traditions a unique opportunity for professional development and profound personal growth in the land of yoga’s origin, and in Rishikesh, the city of yoga!
The YTT 300 group will explore the transformative power of diverse aspects of the yoga tradition both theoretically and experientially, and provide the opportunity for students to share reflections and personal experiences in a supportive community of yogis and teachers. The course offers the following elements: Techniques, Teaching Methodology, Philosophy-Lifestyle-Ethics, Anatomy (physical and subtle), and a Teaching Practicum.
Every morning trainees will practice the transformative arts of satkarma (purification), mantra and meditation, exploring various different techniques and observing their effects. Following the meditation, we will practice asana and pranayama in various class-styles in the Akhanda approach.
Techniques: Learn to work with students in advanced asana and pranayama, and to teach diverse student bodies using props and focused assists. Contact Hours: 117
Teaching Methodology: Explore the art of sequencing, language use, creating a transformational space, and design Intermediate/Advanced, Gentle/Restorative and Prenatal classes according to the Akhanda approach (Note: the course is not a complete therapeutic training in Restorative or Prenatal Yoga). Learn to teach two unique and profound class-styles designed by Yogrishi Vishvketu: Hatha-Raja and Classical Kundalini. Contact Hours: 27.5
• Hatha-Raja (a unique meditative flow practiced with the sonorous Brahmaree pranayama);
• Classical Kundalini (an uplifting sequence that integrates postures, oscillating movements, Tantric Bija mantras, pranayama and chakra meditation);
• Intermediate/Advanced Akhanda Yoga® (a flowing sequence of asanas with long holding designed to encourage working through resistance, releasing outmoded patterns, and moving towards a profound sense of balance);
• Gentle/Restorative Yoga (gentle and supported yoga practices for those suffering from deep stress or physical/emotional injury); and
• Prenatal Yoga (asana, pranayama, meditations and their modifications specifically tailored to the pregnant woman’s needs and experience).
Teaching Practicum: Each participant will co-teach three 1.5-hour classes in two or three of the above styles, and will receive feedback from the trainers and their peers. Contact Hours: 58
Anatomy: Contact Hours: 12
Subtle Anatomy: Contemplations on the five koshas and seven chakras. Discussions on the nadi system and Kundalini energy; Contact Hours: 10
Philosophy-Lifestyle-Ethics: Teachings and discussions of yoga philosophy through history with reference to the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. We will also explore the ethics of the yoga teaching profession. Contact Hours: 45
Transformational Experiences: Participate in twice weekly evening programs including kiirtan (devotional singing), mantra (Vedic and Upanishadic chanting), group sharing, full moon and healing circles, and other rituals.
The course will also include sessions on learning to facilitate Transformational Experiences and group work in the retreat and workshop setting. The business of yoga sessions will explore how to plan for and lead successful retreats, and workshops, to give experienced teachers the confidence and tools to begin offering yoga in these contexts.
Psychology of Yoga – Yoga for Mental and Emotional Well Being: Somatic Counsellor and Senior Yoga Teacher Robin Campbell (Prem Sagar) will offer classes in how to set up and facilitate healing sessions with clients and to manage this one-on-one relationship (includes one-to-one practicum sessions). Contact Hours: 20
This course enhances teachers’ skills in teaching diverse yoga practices, such as asana, pranayama, cleansing kriyas, mantra/sounding, visualization and meditation. It also explores the Ayurvedic and Yogic vision of holistic health, the healing relationship between teachers and students, and practice in working with clients one-on-one and in small groups.
Teachers: All courses are taught by Yogrishi Vishvketu, one other senior teacher and a YTT assistant.
Accommodation, transportation and meals $775 USD
Course tuition $2725 USD
Total Cost $3500 USD
Includes 300-hour certification course, manual, semi-private room at the ashram, 3 vegetarian meals per day, 2 Sunday excursions, evening music/discussion programs, and airport pick-up/transit to the ashram from Delhi. Students make their own way back to Delhi or on to further travel after the course. The ashram office can assist with transit plans and there are many travel agencies in Rishikesh.
Travel Arrangements: Please do not book your flight until your application has been approved. This should take only a few days after we receive your application. We do airport pickups on Wednesday, transit to the Ashram on Thursday morning at 6 AM and have orientation and jet lag days on the weekend. Arrival in Delhi at Indira Gandhi International Airport should be Wednesday afternoon or evening. Please note that if the flight arrives after midnight, that will be dated Thursday on the ticket. If you plan to fly from Delhi fairly shortly after the course ends, please do not book a flight leaving Delhi before Saturday evening. Most students stay until check-out, which is Saturday at noon, and hire cars to take them directly from the ashram to the airport for a Saturday late-evening departure. If you have time, it is a wonderful opportunity to integrate all of the teachings and experiences you have had during the course by staying on at or nearby the ashram for 3-4 days or more. Please only plan to stay longer at the ashram itself if you intend to continue with the Ashram classes and lifestyle. If you plan to stay Saturday night and onwards at or nearby the ashram, this can usually be arranged during the training, or in advance by contacting the ashram office at firstname.lastname@example.org. The rates are 950 rupees or about $15 USD a day for the shared room, meals and 2 yoga classes a day.
Airport Pickup and Transport: Participants wishing airport pickup will be met at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi National Airport, and will be taken to a hotel in Delhi near the airport to sleep. The next morning we will depart at 6AM by private coach bus for Rishikesh and the ashram. Friday – Sunday will be for orientation and jet lag days. The course formally begins on Monday. Students who choose to make their own way to Rishikesh for the YTT will be responsible for their additional travel costs and will not be reimbursed for the transport/ hotel stay portion of their tuition.
To apply: The pre-requisite for taking this course is a 200-hour teacher training certificate and at least 6 months to one year of yoga teaching experience. To apply, please:
• Click Here. We recommend you apply 4-6 months in advance to ensure a spot, and to allow time for readings, assignments and other preparations. Additionally please scan and email a copy of your 200-hour teacher training certificate to: email@example.com
Address inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Once your application is received, you may be contacted by phone for a short interview.
• If your application is successful, you will then need to finalize it. You will receive an online credit card payment link by email for the USD $500 deposit. Please note that the final payment is due one month prior to departure (please see our refund policy).
Before the course: Before the course, there are two assignments and reading that you will need to complete. You will receive the assignment questions and the reading list upon confirmation of your enrollment. The readings and assignments will ensure that all applicants from various 200-hour programs have the necessary background knowledge to get the most out of the 300-hour course. The deadline for submitting these assignments is one month prior to departure.
For those considering staying at the ashram or in Rishikesh after the training and interested in Reiki coruses, we highly recommend Rishikesh Reiki Master Shanti ji. She offers Reiki 1, 2 and Master’s attunements courses weekly and is a strong, steady channel for the flow of Reiki energy.
For information and dates, please contact her at email@example.com and allow for 1 week to receive a reply prior to departure.