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Course & Certification —

1. What subjects do you cover in your curriculum?

To give you a brief overview of the core subject areas we cover in our classes:

  •  Mantras - We learn the significance of several important mantras, how to recite them, and how to employ them in our classes and daily practice.
  •  Hatha Yoga - We practice and understand the major Hatha asana sequences.
  •  Pranayama - We learn various breathing techniques and how they affect our ‘prana’, or vital energy.
  •  Philosophy - We study the underlying theory of yoga, and we analyze two of yoga’s foundational texts: Bhagavad Geeta and Yog Sutras.
  •  Anatomy + Physiology - We study 5 of the major physiological systems and their relationship to yoga
  •  Vinyasa Yoga - We practice and understand the major Vinyasa asanas and series.
  •  Meditation - We practice various meditation techniques and how to properly guide and practice meditating
  •  Shatkarmas - We learn and practice various introductory cleansing techniques and practice meditating
2. How experienced in yoga do I need to be?

The only prerequisite for our students is that they have an open mind and an appetite for learning and growth. Our teachers are wonderful at balancing varying skill levels – we have had students with no experience taking the course alongside students with more than a decade of experience.

3. Do I need to study anything beforehand

In general, it isn’t absolutely required to prepare and study beforehand. However, if you’d like to learn more prior to our course, you can read up on these books:

  •  Kundalini Tantra
  •  Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha
  •  Yog Sutra

In general, it isn’t absolutely required to prepare and study beforehand. However, if you’d like to learn more prior to our course, you can read up on these books:

4. How many students are there in the YTT classes/courses?

We accept 15 to 20 students in each course of YTT

5. What is the dress code for the yoga class?

White color clothes are recommended. Try to avoid black color clothes. Modest dressing is highly recommended.

6. What should I pack

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:

  •  Enough clothes for a week (or two). Check the weather to determine what type of climate to prepare clothing for.
  •  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.
  •  Standard toiletries, shower sandals, a towel.
  •  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.
  •  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.
  •  Sunscreen, bug repellent
  •  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.
  •  Feminine hygiene products, if necessary.
7. Will language be my barrier as English is not my first language

No, all students are coming from different parts of the world, so English are most likely second language of them. The courses are easily understandable and teachers will help you in anything.

8. How can I become a certified yoga teacher or yoga instructor?

To become a certified yoga teacher, you must successfully complete a yoga teacher training course and show competence in your ability to teach a yoga class. Find out what the suggested minimum requirements for yoga teachers are at: www.yogaalliance.org. The yoga alliance page also lists training programs and yoga schools that meet their minimum standards

9. Is your school registered with Yoga Alliance?

Yes, Hare Rama Institute (RYS 200), is a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliance, USA for providing internationally recognized yoga teacher training certifications in India. All our yoga teacher training graduates can register online at Yoga Alliance® website.

Travel, Food & Accommodation —

1. Which airport should I choose to fly to?

The closest and most convenient airport for you is to fly to New-Delhi. If you are visiting India for the first time then it is better for you to take a flight to Dehradun (city nearby), and from Dehradun is a 30 min drive by car, so you save a hustle.

2. Is it safe to travel alone to Rishikesh?

Yes, it is safe to travel alone to Rishikesh, many tourist does it. It might be a bit challenging to travel by local buses or trains sometimes if you are never been to India before, as its very different from other parts of the world.

3. Can we use phones at the school?

Yes, when you are not at your classes you are free to use cellphone.

4. Will you handle travel arrangements for me once I arrive in India?

Yes, with advanced notice we will arrange transportation for you to Rishikesh directly from the airport, bus or train station. Upon arriving in Rishikesh we will help you with directions for walking a short distance to our school

5. I am vegan.Does the food your serving are suitable for vegans?

Food provided at our center is 100% vegetarian, not vegan. You will need to inform us in advance so our chef can prepare food for you especially

General Questions —

1. Which kind of visa do I need to apply for?

Students should apply for tourist visa as it is easy and granted from indian embassy shortly, purpose of visit in india should be yoga retreat or ayurveda retreats. Students may give our school address as well as contact number as an indian reference. Contact details of Indian embassy in your country can be found. In general, visa expiry date is counted from the day visa is issued. Please verify it with the concerned embassy. Try to apply for your visa at least 2 or 3 weeks before your travel date.

2. Is it possible to make any changes about the booking after I made it?

Yes, if there is any personal issues, so in case we are able delay the dates of your course. The advance of the course fees are non-refundable, only in the case of emergency students can join us on other schedules

3. Can I use my credit card to pay the remaining course fee in Rishikesh?

We are accepting credit card payments for booking amounts. Remaining fees can be paid either in cash or by TCs. If you opt for paying your remaining fees by credit card then additional 3% will be charged as transaction fee. You can also use your ATM debit cards (Master/Visa/Electron) to withdraw cash in Rishikesh

4. Arrival & Departure

In order to attend the orientation program, one should arrive at least a day before starting of the course. On the first day at 10:30 am the Course will start with yoga ritual. On last day of the course, graduation ceremony takes place and it finishes by 11:30 am, therefore, departure should be planned one day after completion of the course.

5. How much money should I bring?

We would actually recommend obtaining an ATM card that doesn’t charge / reimburses international fees. This is very convenient for travelers, and often the transaction limits for ATM machines are about $100-150 USD, so if they need to pull out money across multiple transactions, they are charged with a fee every single time. That being said, you should probably bring about $200-400 in USD or your own local currency just in case

6. Weather in Rishikesh & recommeded clothing

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.