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Before heading to India, people often asked me whether I had practiced yoga before taking the 200 Hour Ashtanga Vinyasa and Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training Course at Rishikesh Vinyasa Yoga School. The answer is yes, and I definitely would not recommend taking the course without prior knowledge of yoga. The course is intense physically, mentally, and spiritually.
At this point in my life, it is exactly what I needed: simultaneously for personal development and for the credibility and knowledge of how to teach yoga. It is a skills I can take wherever I go and can use on a daily basis as it encompasses all aspects of life and not just physical asanas or poses. Below is a rough outline of how a typical day is structured. Generally, Sundays are off and on Saturdays we have group outings.
|6:00 AM||Wake up||Get ready and join the class for a cup of tea in the kitchen.|
|6:30 AM||Shatkarma (cleansing) & Pranayama (breathing)||This involves using a neti pot to clean your nostrils daily. There are several other Shatkarmas that we performed as well. This is followed by a type of pranayama.|
|7:00 AM – 8:30 AM||Vinyasa Flow Yoga||This is type of yoga focuses on the connection and flow of poses or asanas.|
|8:30 AM – 9:30 AM||Breakfast
|A traditional and vegetarian Indian breakfast is served along with chai tea. Our chef was amazing and was always cooking something fresh and delicious.|
|9:30 AM – 10:30 AM||Anatomy
|Learning anatomical terminology, connective tissue, joints, bones, muscles, nervous systems, and therapeutic concepts.|
|10:45 AM – 11:45 AM||Philosophy
|The study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts, yoga lifestyle, ethics, and understanding the value of teaching yoga.|
|12:00 PM – 1:00 PM||Lunch||A traditional and vegetarian Indian lunch is served along with chai tea.|
|1:00 PM – 3:30 PM||Break||Free time to explore, shop, relax, or study.|
|3:30 PM – 4:30 PM||Body Alignment||Learning the correct positioning of postures or asanas.|
|4:30 PM – 6:00 PM||Astanga Vinyasa Yoga||Learning and practicing Sun Salutation A, Sun Salutation B, the Primary Series, and Finishing Series.|
|6:15 PM – 7:15 PM||Meditation and Mantra Chanting||Learning various meditation techniques and mantras.|
|7:30 PM – 8:30 PM||Dinner||A traditional and vegetarian Indian meal is served along with chai tea.|
Overall, my experience so far has been life-changing. Many of my physical and mental boundaries have been shattered. I never thought I would be able to do a backbend and touch my foot to my ponytail or twist my body into such complex positions. I also never though eating vegetarian food could be so delicious and filling. The chef at RVYS is outstanding. Moreover, all the staff are dedicated, fun, and professional. I could not have asked for more. Being at RVYS is life being a part of a family.