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Frequently Asked Questions About Our Yoga Courses

We request you fill out a personal application before arriving so we have the chance to get to know you before you arrive. All participants must fill out a registration form to participate. We try to understand your background in yoga, the different motivations you might have to become a teacher, and to ensure you are in good health.

Yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, body, gender, and background. The essential factor in an applicant is openness and willingness to learn. At Tattvaa Yogashala, we welcome everyone to come and learn. However, our teacher training programs are rigorous, and we consider a few points when looking at our applicants to ensure you have a rewarding experience. Points we look at are:

  • How long you have been practicing
  • Your level of interest and dedication
  • Your style of practice
  • Your exposure to yoga
  • Your motivations for teaching
  • And your overall health condition

For our 200 hour and 300 hour Ashtanga Primary Series courses, we welcome all levels of students, though we strongly recommend previous experience with Ashtanga yoga. When reviewing your application, we look primarily at your level of interest and yoga background. We ask that you come prepared to get the most out of the course. Ashtanga yoga is a demanding style that requires hard work and commitment. When considering our applicants, we welcome all levels and types of yoga practitioners. However, we highly recommend that you arrive with an established practice and some knowledge of the Ashtanga yoga system to optimize your experience with us.

For our 300 hour Ashtanga Intermediate Series courses, we require that you already have an established Ashtanga Primary Series practice and at least 200 hours of previous official Primary Series training either at Tattvaa Yogashala or another Yoga Alliance-recognized school. The Ashtanga yoga Intermediate Series is a highly demanding and dynamic practice requiring high levels of endurance and determination. Therefore we ask that the applicant have a strong foundation in Primary Series and optimal health before doing Intermediate Series training to ensure that you get the most out of your training and to prevent injury or over exertion. The more established your practice is before arriving, the deeper the benefits you will reap, the more complete your understanding of adjustments will be, the more enjoyable pranayama will be, and the more rewarding your whole experience. Again, our most important criteria are your openness and dedication to learning and yoga experience!

Program extensions are possible by mutual agreement and depend on room and course availability. If you feel inspired to stay longer and practice with us, you are more than welcome to! Please remember that this is not included in the initial course fee.

Yoga teaches us to be flexible, both in body and mind! Changes are possible, but please bear the following: A student can transfer from one course to another at least one month before starting that course to attend a different course instead. We allow this transfer only once. If you cannot come, you can send someone to your place or contact us so we can let those waitlisted individuals know. If only the deposit has been paid, the new participant should pay you the deposit directly, and you both must notify us of the name change.

We are happy for you to join our program without committing to the entire training course. Typically we ask that you join for a minimum of one week to get the full benefits of the course. If you would only like to come for a few days, we recommend that you try our drop-in classes instead.

Yoga brings people together! At Tattvaa Yoga, you will meet people from all over the world coming to share and learn. There is a range of students from all backgrounds, ages, experiences, and cultures, all with their unique practice and approach to the yoga experience. They say that everyone is a guru, and at Tattvaa, you are sure to learn something from everyone you meet.

Yes, Tattvaa Yogashala is a certified Yoga School (RYS 200, RYS 300) by Yoga Alliance, USA. Your teacher training certificate will be recognized internationally. Our teachers are experienced registered yoga teachers (ERYT). For more information on Yoga Alliance designations, please check out their link here: Yoga Alliance (https://www.yogaalliance.org)

Yes! The doors of the world are open to you. The Yoga Alliance U.S.A. is recognized internationally. Please note that though Yoga Alliance recognizes your certificate, you must register with them separately once you receive it. Registering as a member with Yoga Alliance U.S.A. does not register you as a Yoga Alliance UK/AU member. For more details, please visit their website.

More on the Yoga Alliance accreditation here:https://www.yogaalliance.org/Credentialing/HowToRegister

Your tuition at Tattvaa Yoga includes:

  • The course fees.
  • Single room accommodation.
  • Two meals per day.
  • One snack per day with chai.
  • Any excursions or activities set on the itinerary.

The first meal follows the opening orientation meeting, and the final meal is breakfast on the last day of the course. There is no food provided on rest days. For more detailed information, please refer to our course description page. Your tuition fee does not include other expenses such as outside meals, transportation, or other miscellaneous expenses. No part of the package price is refundable due to non-participation.

We need your full attention as ashtanga yoga is a challenging practice that requires determination and commitment. Students will have a hectic schedule with little free time but are allowed to come and go as long as they attend all scheduled classes. Students will not be allowed to stay outside after 9 pm to ensure everyone stays safe and gets enough rest.

We serve two vegetarian meals daily, plus a snack with tea during our afternoon break. Please note that there will be no meals provided on your day off. To fully experience the benefits of yoga, we try to keep our stomachs empty for practice times. The schedule does not allow more than two meals to be served during the day. You will find that your body will quickly adjust to the two meals as you will be doing a lot of other energizing practices. No one has ever been left starving! You may like to eat outside occasionally; if so, please let our kitchen know at least one night before the meals are served, as traditional Indian food needs a lot of preparation time. Remember that eating out may increase your chances of getting sick.

All meals are freshly cooked with love and are unlimited.

If you have a special dietary requirement, please let us know in advance, and we will be happy to ensure that there is a suitable option for you. We try our best to provide a variety of food and serve mainly a sattvic diet. If you have a particular dietary need, we can exclude milk products, honey, etc. The food in Rishikesh is vegetarian but not vegan. Eggs and meat are not provided. Please do not bring meat or alcoholic beverages from outside so that you can fully experience the yogic lifestyle's beneficial effects.

Yes, we have the internet available at all of our residencies. However, you will spend most of the time at the Shala, so your internet time will be limited to evening and meal times. There are also Wifi spots at the local cafes and restaurants in Rishikesh that you can use. Do not expect anything too fast, as this is India, but you will have enough connection to download emails, browse the web, and on a good day, make calls back home. If it is critical to have Wifi, you may want to consider purchasing a data plan when in India.

Laundry facilities are not included. Students may hand wash their clothes in their rooms. We can also recommend laundry services nearby.

Most health authorities recommend that you have your regular vaccinations against polio, typhoid, and tetanus up to date. Many people do not have other inoculations and take care to eat well. You may want to consider malaria protection if you plan to travel to other parts of India, for example, but most people staying in Rishikesh simply rely on mosquito repellants.

Women traveling solo is not a problem. Many young western women are traveling alone to Rishikesh and enjoying it. Crime is infrequent in Rishikesh. As with anywhere, we recommend dressing appropriately and maintaining a discrete appearance so as not to attract unnecessary attention. Please respect public decency and adhere to India's modest dress code. Women should be sure to keep their knees and shoulders covered.

Please note that we do not give refunds. Hence, you are responsible for ensuring that you are fully insured against unforeseen circumstances that either prevent you from attending the course or require you to leave it early.

Days start bright and early at Tattvaa Yogashala, with classes beginning at 6:30 am and ending quietly around 9:00 pm following meditation. Schedules vary according to the course, so please check the 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 lectures, yoga Nidra practice, and adjustment workshops. Dinner is served in the evening, followed by a meditation class. Days are busy and exciting, so silence is typically held from meditation until morning. Once a week and on moon days, students enjoy their well-deserved day off. Whether looking for outdoor adventures, cultural sightseeing, relaxing spa treatments, a shopping excursion, or to relax and take in the vibes, Rishikesh has it all! Surprise adventures and activities are occasionally planned for off days, making your experience at Tattvaa Yogashala more exciting and diverse.

  • 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 Alignment
  • 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. Plans may change depending on the season, course, and any improvements that may have been implemented.

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 staff to get the most out of your yoga journey.

The practice of yoga is a lifelong journey, and there is no such thing as a competition of the self. You are unique, and so are your practice and experience. Everyone's practice is an individual journey. We do not expect our students to be on the same level. However, for your benefit, we suggest you have a foundational knowledge of the Primary Series and an established practice for at least 90 minutes per day over three months before your course arrives. This will ensure you get the best from your experience with us.

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 work. We recommend coming and participating as a student. After your training, we will determine if you qualify to continue as an assistant, which is the work for trade program we offer.

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 the primary English language as the yoga teacher training course is in English. Prior experience or knowledge of yoga is essential for 100 hour and 200 hour training courses and is necessary for 300 hours and 500 hour courses. The applicant should be in excellent 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 to establish an Ashtanga Vinyasa practice before 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 a miss - we are good, but we can't read your mind!

We recommend reading through the various program details and getting a sense of what attracts you most. Our 200 hour courses are beneficial for all levels of practitioner. Those wishing to take our more advanced courses should be sure they have a firmly established practice in the Ashtanga Primary Series to get the most out of the experience. Feel free to contact us any time.

We recommend doing some preparatory reading and practice before you arrive in Rishikesh for the course. Try to get your body ready for the training by maintaining a 90 minutes daily routine of the Primary series for the three months before the course begins. Make a daily practice of your ritual and physically prepare for our course to get the very best out of your journey. To give your mind some exercise, here is some recommended reading to get you prepped and inspired.

Recommended Reading

  • The Yoga Mala - Sri K. Pattabhi 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

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. 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 and yoga, and 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 to take the course and modify it accordingly. If you go and find you're pregnant, that's fine too, and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

The classic combination: a practical and written examination are required to graduate. The assessment 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.

Information and Instructions for the payment procedure will be sent to you with your acceptance letter. We ask that you please submit a Deposit payment before arrival to secure your placement in the course through Transferwise (you may link your credit card or bank account to Transferwise. 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 U.S. Dollars. If you wish to avoid A.T.M. withdrawal fees, we recommend you arrange to bring some money with you.

Yes, please apply for a tourist visa only, at least one month before your arrival.

We recommend that students fly from New Delhi to Dehradun airport, which is less than an hour taxi ride (USD 18) from Rishikesh.

January is the coldest. When it comes to clothing, think of layers, socks, and sweaters! The sky is partially clouded, and mornings can be very foggy.

It gets pleasant in February, and many blue skies dominate, but days can still be chilly. Mainly sightseeing and adventure activities like trekking can be enjoyed this month: long sleeves, trousers, and warmer clothes for nighttime.

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 in March. Moderately hot during day and night with a slightly cool breeze. Lighter clothing items.

It's getting hotter in April. Outdoor activities can still be enjoyed as the heat is still within most tourists' comfort zone. Take a dip in the Ganga: The clear skies and plenty of sunshine make it ideal conditions! Shorts sleeves and skirts, but please remember to keep your shoulders and knees covered. It gets hot in May and is often considered the hottest month of the year. Maybe 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. The monsoon season starts in July. Some coolness is given to the atmosphere. Cloudy skies most days and increasing humidity, but still manageable. The perfect month for nature enthusiasts, but do not forget to bring your rain gear.

The wettest month, August perfect 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 a moderate month. The month is ideal for outdoor travel. Enjoyed by most tourists because of its 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. Warm during the day and evenings begin to get cooler. You will love doing yoga during this time.

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 start at the end of the month, but plenty of sunshine—plan to layer yourself, especially in the mornings and evenings.

Nights are getting more relaxed in December, and winter is coming to town. But still, days are pretty comfortable. Mornings and evenings get cold! Again, thick layers and keep yourself warm.

The course fee includes single room accommodation, with an attached bathroom.

Rooms are typically assigned based on availability. If you would like to choose your room, please request in advance, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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 space for you. Changes are allowed based on the reason for the change and the availability of other rooms.

Yes, it's possible, depending on room availability. Please do contact us beforehand to get more information about availability and prices. 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.

This will depend on room availability and how much advance notice you give of your wish to extend.

Is there any cultural dress code for foreigners? Please respect public decency and adhere to India's modest dress code. Shoulders and knees should be covered.

Daily expenses amount to 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.

Please bring your deposit receipt and be prepared to pay the remaining amount for your course upon arrival. You can withdraw money from A.T.M. machines in Rishikesh. A.T.M.s charge a standard fee. Money can be drawn a maximum of 4 times per day. Each transaction is limited to 10,000 rupees. A.T.M.'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 other places just around the corner. The exchange rates are better in Rishikesh than in Delhi. So do not exchange a lot of money at 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. The yoga mat costs about 200 - 300 rupees. Yoga bags will be anywhere from 100 - 500 rupees. Clothing varies from 100 - 800 rupees.

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.

Get an early bird discount of 10% by enrolling 3 months before the course start date.

Tattvaa Yogashala is so much more than just a yoga school in Rishikesh

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At Tattvaa Yogashala, all the yoga teachers are highly experinced and extremely proficient in their field of study.

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Yogi Kamal Singh (ERYT 500)

Ashtanga Yoga Teacher

Yogi Sunil

Yogi Sunil Sharma (ERYT 500)

Pranayama & Meditation Teacher

Yogini Priya

Yogini Priya (ERYT 200)

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher

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