The birthplace of yoga, Rishikesh is indeed the best place for yoga teacher training. A city visited by many international celebrities such as The Beatles, who learnt yoga and transcendental meditation from here, Rishikesh has several genuine yoga gurus and spiritual masters who have devoted their lives to yoga and spirituality. Meet one such renowned guru here – yogi Himanshu ji , who is the co-founder and a yoga teacher of Himalayan Yoga Association- a leading yoga school in Rishikesh . Being an accomplished yogi, he believes in the simplicity of life and aims to enlighten people on yoga philosophy and yoga sciences. At Himalayan Yoga Association, you will also find him conducting Kirtan nights – an educative session on the power of Indian classical and traditional music with spiritual songs. This unique yoga school in Rishikesh has a team of other experienced and skilled teachers like Himanshu ji who impart the traditional teachings of multistyle Ashtanga Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga . This yoga school conducts courses on 200 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh for beginners and intermediate level students , 300 hours for for intermediate and advanced level students and also an optional 500 hours which combines the former 2 course durations (200 hours +300 Hours) which are all certified by Yoga Alliance International, Yoga Alliance UK , Yoga Alliance USA and Government of India as well.
The city of Rishikesh is surrounded by hills, temples and shrines and the holy river Ganga running through the centre which creates the spiritual atmosphere attracting all yogis , gurus and spiritual seekers. A major attraction of this holy city is the “ International Yoga Festival,” which takes place every March when tourists and pilgrims flock to this area with crowded ashrams , yoga and meditation classes.
History states that Rishikesh is the gateway to 4 holy places or the 4 abodes (Chardham) – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri. As per the legend, Sage Rishi Raibhya is said to have practiced extreme and austere yoga practice on the river bank of the holy Ganga. For this ‘tapasya’ of his , Lord Vishnu rewarded him by appearing to him as “Hrishikesh”, thus giving the name “Rishikesh” to this sacred land of saints.
It is only in Rishikesh that you will find that calm, green environment which acts as a stimulant to your meditation and propels you ahead to control your mind. Spirituality is flooded in every corner of this sacred city. Thus a yoga teacher training in Rishikesh is the best decision you can make when it comes to pursuing a career in yoga as a teacher or even for a relaxing retreat maybe.
So take your mind, body and soul to the lap of the Himalayas and come to Himalayan Yoga Association to experience the most miraculous journey of your life- a journey which will give you that inner peace of mind that you are seeking , with some marvellous memories to take back home with you.