Schedule: a day in the life of an Ashtanga at Tattvaa
Days start bright and early at Tattvaa Yogashala, with classes beginning at 6:30am, and end quietly around 9:00pm following meditation. Schedules vary according to the course, so please check material covered in each course for more detailed information. Asana practice and Pranayama class are held during the morning, followed by brunch. Afternoon classes consist of philosophy lecture, yoga nidra practice, and adjustment workshop. Dinner is served in the evening followed by meditation class. Days are busy and exciting, so silence is typically held from meditation until morning.
Once a week and on moon days, students get to enjoy their well deserved day off. Whether you are looking for outdoor adventures, cultural sightseeing, relaxing spa treatments, a shopping excursion, or just to relax and take in the vibes, Rishikesh has it all! Surprise adventures and activities are also occasionally planned for off days, making your experience at Tattvaa Yogashala more exciting and diverse.
Example of Daily Schedule:
• 06:30 - 08:00 -- Pranayama/ Meditation / Mantra Chanting
• 08:30 - 10:15 -- Asana Practice Ashtanga Vinyasa Mysore Style / Hatha Yoga
• 10:30 - 12:00 -- Breakfast / Brunch / Free Time / Study Time
• 12:00 - 13:30 -- Yoga Principles / Philosophy / Yoga Sutra Lectures
• 14:00 - 15:00 -- Yoga Nidra meditation/ Rest Time / Free time/ Refreshing time
• 15:00 - 16:00 -- Workshop/Study Time/Guest Lecturers
• 16:00 - 18:00 -- Asana practice / Art of Adjustment / Body Alignmen
• 18:30 - 19:30 -- Dinner Time
• 19:30 - 20:30 -- Rest Time/Free Time/Study Time
• 20:30 - 21:30 -- Silence Meditation
• 21:30 - 06:00 -- Mauna / Silence
This schedule is an example only. Schedules may change depending on the season, course, and any improvements that may have been implemented.
What subjects are being covered during a TTC?
All of our training courses cover the following subjects at varying levels of depth according to the length of the course. Practical and theoretical study of asana Practical and theoretical study of pranayama Practical and theoretical study of meditation Yoga philosophy Anatomy and physiology Alignment and the art of adjustment Safety and modification For a more detailed description of our course material please refer to our course information page. We understand that people have different expectations for the course. Take everything as an experience! Also always feel free to talk to your teachers and the staff so you can get the most out of your personal yoga journey.
How experienced in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga should I be?
The practice of yoga is a lifelong journey and there is no such a thing as a competition of the self. You are unique and so is your personal practice and experience.
We do not expect our students to be on the same level. Everyone’s practice is an individual journey. However for your benefit we suggest that you have a foundational knowledge of the Primary Series as well as an established practice for at least 90 minutes per day over a period of three months prior to arrival for your course. This will ensure you get the best from your experience with us.
Can I do work trade for TTC course?
We do not offer a work trade option for our teacher training courses. As the courses are highly demanding, you will have little time to do any kind of work. We recommend coming and participating as a student. After your training we will determine if you qualify to continue on as an assistant, which is the work for trade program we offer.
What do we expect from you?
Aside from your openness and eagerness to learn, we expect a few things from you when you come to join the teacher training course. The applicant should understand basic English language as the yoga teacher training course is conducted in English. Prior experience or knowledge of yoga is important for 100 hour and 200 hour training courses, and is necessary for 300 hour and 500 hour courses. The applicant should be in a good physical condition. Please come healthy and in relatively good shape! The course is a demanding program with at least 6 to 8 hours a day. Therefore, we advise students establish an Ashtanga Vinyasa practice prior to arriving for the course. 100% attendance at all classes is mandatory. Students must follow the schedule and attend all classes and activities to get the full benefit of the course. And please do talk to us anytime if you feel something is amiss - we’re good, but we can’t read your mind!
I do not know which program would be best for me. What do you suggest?
We recommend to read through the various program details and get a sense for what attracts you most. Feel free to contact us any time. Our 200hr courses are beneficial for all level of practitioner. Those wishing to take our more advanced courses should be sure they have a firmly established practice in the Ashtanga Primary Series so they can get the most out of the experience.
Do I need to prepare myself before taking the course?
We recommend doing some preparatory reading and practice before your arrival in Rishikesh for the course. Try to get your body ready for the training by maintaining a 90 minutes daily practice of Primary series for the three months before the course begins. Make a daily practice your ritual and physically prepare for our course to get the very best out of your personal journey. Practice practice all is coming! To give your mind some exercise, here is some recommending reading to get you prepped and inspired.
• The Yoga Mala - Sri K. Pattahbi Jois
• Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha (APMB)
• Yoga Darshan - Swami Niranjanananda Ji
• The Heart of Yoga, T.K.V. Desikachar
• Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Swami Venkatesananda, Motilal publications
• Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita
• The Science of Breath- Dr. M.L. Ghorole
Can I take the teacher training course if I am pregnant?
As Ashtanga yoga is a rigorous practice and our training courses are very intense, we strongly recommend that pregnant women consider taking our courses at a different time instead. Ashtanga yoga is not a suitable Prenatal yoga practice unless you are already a well established practitioner. This is to ensure you get the most out of your course. Please note traditionally in Ashtanga yoga women are not meant to practice for the first three months of pregnancy or the first three months after giving birth. If you already have a well established daily Ashtanga yoga practice of over a year, you can come take the course and modify accordingly. If you come and find you're pregnant, that’s fine too, we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
What exams do I need to pass in order to graduate?
The classical combination: a practical and written examination are required to graduate. Examination generally includes teaching your fellow students in a yoga class. Also, shine some light on yoga philosophy in your written exam to demonstrate your understanding of what yoga means.
What options do I have to pay for the course?
Information and Instructions for payment procedure will be sent to you with your letter of acceptance. We ask that you please submit a Deposit payment prior to arrival to secure your placement in the course through Transferwise (you may link your credit card or bank account to Transferwise. For more information about the Transferwise service, please click here
The balance of the payment may be made on Orientation Day upon arrival in Rishikesh. The Payment methods we accept are cash in Indian Rupees or US Dollars.
If you wish to avoid ATM withdrawal fees, we recommend you arrange to bring cash with you.
Do I need a Visa for India?
Yes, please apply for tourist visa only.
When should I apply for my Indian visa?
At least one month beffore your arrival.
Which airport should I fly to?
We recommend to students to fly from New Delhi to Dehradun airport, which is less than an hour taxi ride (USD 18) from Rishikesh.
How is Rishikesh weather like and what clothes should I pack?
January is definitely the coldest. When it comes to clothing, think layers, socks and sweaters! The sky is partially clouded and mornings can be very foggy.
It gets pleasant in February and a lot of blue skies dominate, but days can be still a bit chilly. Especially sightseeing and adventure activities like trekking can be enjoyed during this month. Long sleeves, trousers, and warmer clothes for nighttime.
Moderately hot during day and night with a slightly cool breeze. March in Rishikesh is the best time for enjoying rafting and other adventure sports. Especially a good month for yogis as the international yoga festival takes place during March. Lighter clothing items.
It’s getting hotter in April outdoor activities can be still enjoyed as the heat is still within most tourists comfort zone. Shorts sleeves and skirts, but please remember to keep your shoulders and knees covered. Take a dip in the Ganga: The clear skies and plenty of sunshine make it ideal conditions!
It gets a bit hot in May and is often considered to be the hottest month of the year. May be not the best time, but we think that Rishikesh is always worth a visit throughout the year.
Hot weather during June in Rishikesh. Ice begins to melt in the northern region, feeding the streams of Rishikesh and raising the water levels.
Monsoon season starts in July. Some coolness is given to the atmosphere. Cloudy skies most days and increasing humidity, but still manageable. Perfect month for nature enthusiasts, but do not forget to bring your rain gear.
The wettest month, August especially good for people enjoying loads of rain. Stunning shades of green for our rain lovers during monsoon. The days are warm and the evenings are pleasant. Bring your rain gear!
September is moderate month. The month is ideal for outdoor travels. Enjoyed by most tourists because of clear skies and plenty of sunshine. Days can be hot, so light clothing items.
Humid and cool, October is one of the best months to visit Rishikesh. You will love doing yoga during this time. Warm during the day and evenings begin to get cooler.
Pleasant feelings during, but it starts to get cozy by the end of this month.
November is perfect for enjoying indoor and outdoor activities. Winters starts at the end of the month but plenty of sunshine. Plan to layer yourself, especially in the mornings and evenings.
Nights are getting cool in December and winter is coming to town. But still, days are pretty comfortable. Again, think layers and keep yourself warm. Mornings and evenings get cold!
Do I get a private room and shower?
The course fee includes a single room accommodation, with attached bathroom.
Can I share a room with a friend or significant other?
Please request in advance if you would like to share a room with a friend or significant other and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Can I choose my own room?
Rooms are typically assigned based on availability. If you would like to choose your own room please request in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Can I change rooms?
You can request to change your room if you are not pleased with your accommodation and we will do our best to find a better room for you. Changes are allowed based on reason for change and availability of other rooms.
Can I stay if I arrive a few nights early?
If you wish to arrive a few nights early, please let us know in advance so we can check the availability of rooms according to your intended arrival. Otherwise we can provide recommended guesthouse options if needed. Accommodation with us is free of charge one day prior to your teacher training course start date as well as an additional night at the end of the course.
If I extend my visit, will I be able to stay in the same room or will I be asked to change rooms?
This will depend on room availability and how much advance notice you give of your wish to extend.
What to bring?
Is there any cultural dress code for foreigners?
Please respect public decency and try to adhere to India’s modest dress code. Shoulders and knees should be covered.
How much money should I bring?
Daily expenses amount to around roughly 5 USD, based on buying water, snacks and toilet paper if needed. There are plenty of corner shops and restaurants less than 5 minutes away.
What should I pack?
Get an idea of what might be essential when packing your bag…
o Comfortable clothes to practice yoga in (please note we provide you with a Tattvaa shirt upon arrival)
o Underwear and swimming gear for Ganga dipping. Women please don’t plan to wear a bathing suit but instead bring some clothes you don’t mind to get wet.
o Sweaters, jacket, and warm clothes if you’re here in November - February. Rain gear if you’re here in June - August.
o Your yoga mat. Otherwise we have many for you to borrow.
o Toiletries, personal care and hygiene items. Most are available here as well.
o Electronics, laptop, tablets and chargers
o Universal power converter
o Deposit/Fee transfer receipt
o ATM card and some cash (Dollars/Euro)
o 2 Passport size photographs
o Copy of 200-Hour Certificate (for students registered for 300-hour TTC)
o Torch or headlamp can be very useful due to power cuts
o Shoes: flip flops and closed toed shoes for outings.
o First aid kit and prescription medicine
o Mosquito repellant (March - May)
o Medicine/ first-aid kit
o English translation dictionaries, if needed
o Sleeping bag (optional)
o Water purification system: iodine tablets, UV light, other (optional)
The most important thing to arrive with is an open mind! Remember you don’t need to bring too much! The following are readily available in Rishikesh:
Soaps, shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, etc.
Books from the suggested reading li st
Notebooks, pens, pencils, etc.
Foreign currency exchange shops
Yoga mats, straps, bags, bolsters, etc.
Please bring your deposit receipt with you and be prepared to pay remaining amount for your course upon arrival.
You can withdraw money from ATM machines in Rishikesh. ATMs charge a standard fee. Money can be withdrawn a maximum of 4 times per day. Each transaction is limited to 10,000 rupees. ATM’s are freely available no more than 5-10 minutes’ walk from our school. Nonetheless, it is always advisable to bring some cash, just in case and exchange it. Exchange is also available at reception and many other places just around the corner.
The exchange rates are better in Rishikesh than in Delhi. So do not exchange lot of money in Delhi airport. If you need a little money you can ask your driver to take you to an Exchange bureau. You may also exchange money at the Tattvaa Yogashala reception desk.
A cup of chai comes between 20 - 40 rupees. Meals in restaurants vary but start around 100 rupees. Fresh juices are on average 60 rupees. Books can be bought for anywhere between 100 - 600 rupees. Yoga mat cost about 200 - 300 rupees. Yoga bags will be anywhere from 100 - 500 rupees. Clothing varies from 100 - 800 rupees.
Do I need to bring a yoga mat?
Home is where the mat is! You are welcome to bring your own mat and towels for a personal touch and cleanliness.
We do provide yoga mats and towels. There are also plenty of shops in Rishikesh where you can buy a mat once you arrive. These mats are a great reasonably priced option. However the quality might not be up to the standard that you prefer.