Course & Certification
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
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 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 – our hotel has a security camera system and a front desk, so your items are safe. 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.
9) Feminine hygiene products, if necessary.
Travel,Food & Accommodation
Cheap hotels can also be found in Delhi (Main Bazar, Paharganj area) for USD 10~20. From Delhi airport to Paharganj can be reached by airport metro express in less than 20 minutes and it costs less than US$ 2
December-January-February are the coldest month, the temperature gets down to 15-26 C, and we do not provide room heaters, so if you are doing the course during December-early March we recommend you to bring warm clothes.
April to August - hot & rainy weather - light cotton clothes are recommended, as the temperature can get even to 40 degrees. September is the ending of the rainy season. Still if you coming during these month umbrella/raincoats are recommended.
October to March - weather in Rishikesh varies from pleasant to cold and woolen clothes, jackets etc. are recommended. The temperature is averagely around 32-33 C.