Frequently Asked Questions

Question about Yoga School in Rishikesh

About the Course

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

We accept 20 to 25 students in each course of YTT.

What is dress code for the yoga class?

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

Do I need to bring my own yoga mat?

No, yoga mat is provided to all students with course material.

I'm pregnant can I attend to the course?

No, the course is too intense for pregnant women to complete.

When do we have free time?

You’ll have some breaks during your daily schedule. Sundays are free days as there is no classes, so you’ll have time to discover.

If want to skip class am I able to do that?

In case of emergency yes, but you’ll have to inform the teacher from the class about it.

Can I attend to the same course with my partner?

Yes, it is possible to attend the TTC with your partner.

I tried yoga just few times. Will it be too advanced for me to attend the TTC?

The YTTC are suitable for everyone as we committed to teach you from the very root of yoga through all aspects, so experience are not necessary.

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.

Do I have to read any books?

There is few book that you’ll have to read during your course. Is your choice to start before your arrival or once you are at the school.

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 11:00 am the Course will start with yoga ritual. On last day of the course, graduation ceremony takes place and it finishes by 8:00 pm, therefore, departure should be planned one day after completion of the course.

Certification

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.

Is your school registered with Yoga Alliance? Is your yoga teacher training certificate valid internationally?

Yes, Himalayan Yoga Ashram (RYS 200, 300, 500) 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.

Do I need to pass any exams in order to complete the course?

Yes, you’ll have to pass a written and a verbal test. The decision will be based by your performance, attendance and behaviour.

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.

Will I be able to teach with this certificate in other parts of the world?

Yes, our courses are qualified by Yoga Alliance After registration on the website you’ll be able to teach in any part of the world.

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 11:00 am the Course will start with yoga ritual. On last day of the course, graduation ceremony takes place and it finishes by 8:00 pm, therefore, departure should be planned one day after completion of the course.

General question

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.

What should I bring with myself?

Most of the general items you will need during your stay in India (or their equivalent) can be easily found in the nearby shops around the corner from our yoga school. What we suggest you remember to bring is any specialty item that you can’t live without, like a specific personal care item or favorite snack from your country.

Is there any post nearby?

Post is just right next to our school 5 mins walk. Police station next us as well. So the area is well secured, we have 24/7 security with CCTV cameras.

Location & Transportation

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.

How can I reach Rishikesh from Delhi and how much does it cost?

Delhi airport to Rishikesh by car is a 6 hours journey. We have a transportation package for US$ 150 which will cover your airport pick-up, transfer from Delhi to Rishikesh (by car) and after completion of the course tra nsfer back from Rishikesh to Delhi. One way transportation i.e.

Delhi airport to Rishikesh can also be availed for US$ 75. In case, your flight arrives late night and you want to stay overnight in Delhi, airport pick-up cost will be US$ 25 and a reasonably good accommodation at a hotel in Delhi can be arranged for US$ 40 or 50. Our travel arrangements are executed under the supervision of professionals and we are always ready with a back-up plan, in case of emergencies. Another good option is to travel by train (airport to New Delhi train station by car, then by train to Haridwar and from Haridwar to Rishikesh by car). Travel by bus is quite cheap but a bit inconvenient for first time visitors.

Cheap hotels can also be found in Delhi (Main Bazar, Paharganj area) for USD 10~20. From Delhi airport to Paharganj can be reached by airport metro express in less than 20 minutes and it costs less than US$ 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.

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.

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.

Food & Accommodation

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.

Is there clean drinking water at the school?

There is pure filtered water available for students 24/7, free of charge.

Can we use phones at the school?

Yes, when you are not at your classes you are free to use cell-phone.

Health & Security

I'm taking medications. I'll be able to get it in India?

Yes, India hospitals has the same facilities as Western countries, might be not the same brand, but you’ll be able to get it here as well.

What if I get sick during my course?

If you are sick, injured or in need of medical assistance, we will provide you with medical care or take you to a western-style hospital (whichever option is needed). And in this case we will find alternatives for you in order to be able to finish the course.

Vaccinations?

Any particular vaccination is not required. Bringing mosquito repellants, lotions etc are recommended.

Do I have to be careful about eating food in India?

We have taken extra precautions by hiring a dedicated staff to prepare each and every meal at the school from fresh ingredients. Eating outside of school is pretty safe in the restaurants at Rishikesh. If your stomach is sensitive, you should beware of eating street foods.

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