What is Ashtanga Yoga?

Ashtanga is derived from the two Sanskrit words ‘Ashta’ meaning eight and ‘Anga’ means limbs. Therefore the word Ashtanga means eight limbs or eight limbs path to attain spiritual growth. Ashtanga is based on the philosophy of the father of Yoga-Patanjali. All the asana, Dharana, or pranayam are taken from the Yoga sutra of Patanjali.

As described in the Vedic Philosophy and Tantras, Yoga originated about 5000 years BC. The book Patanjali yoga sutra written by the great sage Patanjali reflects this path into a philosophy. Patanjali described yoga as eight limbs or an eightfold path


  1. Principles or moral codes(Yama), it is subdivided into five parts-
    • The principle of nonviolence – Ahimsa
    • The principle of Celibacy/ Continence – Brahmacharya
    • The principle of truthfulness – Satya
    • The principle of non-stealing – Asteya
    • The principle of non-possessiveness – Aparigah
  2. The personal discipline ( Niyama), It is subdivided into five parts a well-
    • Purity – Shoucha
    • Contentment  Santosh
    • Endurance- Tapa
    • Self-study -Swadhyaya
    • Dedication -Eshwar Pradhan
  3. Dharana (Concentration on Object)

Dharana is the first stage of Meditation in which we concentrate on an object and try to prevent our mind from getting distracted

4. Asana (Yoga Positions or Yogic Postures)

A stable and comfortable posture which helps attain mental equilibrium.

Asana is different positions and posture that is the practical tool for attaining a balanced mental state.

5. Pranayama (Yogic Breathing)

It is the practice of controlling breathing in specific ways for specific results.

6. Pratyahara (Withdrawal of Senses)

It is the practice that targets the enhancement of the power of the mind.

7. Dhyan (Meditation)

Dhyan is the second stage of meditation, it is the state where your mind concentrates fully on the object and becomes free of all distractions.

8. Samadhi (Salvation)

Samadhi is the last and final state of the Meditation after Dharana and dhyan. It is the state in which the object and the practitioner becomes one. It is the state free of karma and the consciousness transforms into universal consciousness. This is the state of realization of the ultimate purpose of life.

Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Course

The Ashtanga Yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh is a certification program for all level practitioners. The course is designed to impart the right knowledge and right practice of Ashtanga Yoga in the students and also develop in them the art of teaching. We recommend that the students who are planning to take up the Ashtanga yoga teacher training course practice basic asana of Ashtanga yoga at home at least a month before starting the course to become familiar with the program. The Ashtanga Yoga teacher training course is one of the most challenging courses but the rewards are equally promising. So if you are looking to challenge yourself physically in order to achieve the state of universal consciousness.

Ashtanga yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh is a course that covers practice and study of the primary series of Ashtanga Vinyasa, kriyas, meditation, and pranayama. It also has an adjustment and alignment workshop. All the crucial tools and knowledge that is required for an individual to become a yoga teacher. The course teaches the students not just the art of teaching but also the art of living a yogic life. The students are taught all the methods to practice different yogic position that is physically challenging. Apart from the physical postures, the philosophy, anatomy & physiology are also covered in the course.

Why Rishikesh?

Considering the challenging nature of Ashtanga yoga it is vital to take the course from the right place because misguidance can be dangerous. This is why Rishikesh is the best place for taking up the Ashtanga yoga teacher training course. Not only is it packed with beautiful views and spiritual culture but also it is a small town, so you don’t waste much time arranging amenities, you can easily focus on the Yoga course. Rishikesh is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in India and along with its historical significance, it becomes the best place on earth to take up yoga teacher training courses. To establish peace inside it is vital to have peace outside and Rishikesh provides you the perfect environment. Being the place where the art of Yoga originated, Rishikesh offers you the right motivation, as many and many before you have come here and successfully transformed their lives and become true yogis.

Rishikesh Yoga Studio

At Rishikesh Yoga studio, The Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training course has been carefully created by masters of Ashtanga yoga, Yogis who have been practicing this art for years. The Yoga course targets yoga practitioners of all levels. Rishikesh Yoga studio is blessed to have experienced and wise teachers who are well versed in their job and make the students learn the right practice in the most efficient way. The teachers strongly recommend that the students do gentle yoga before joining the Yoga course to take a head start.

Feel safe in the hands of our trainer, who are experienced and possess the knowledge of Ashtanga yoga in the original form. Yogis who have been practicing the art of Yoga for years have joined us in our mission to create more and more Yoga teachers. We offer the yoga teacher training course as we believe no one should be untouched by the beauty of this art, at least not due to lack of time. So waste no time and join the Rishikesh yoga studio and start transforming your life.

The yoga teacher training program at Rishikesh yoga studio offers different choices according to the needs of the aspiring Yogis.  You can choose a 100 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Classes, a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Class in Rishikesh, or a 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Class. Each class is created to deliver its purpose and has its own uniqueness. These courses are just different paths to one destination.

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