Our 200 hour Hatha Yoga teacher training in India is a professional course to become a certified Yoga teacher. This course is ideal for you if you want to start teaching yoga or if you want to reach new level in your yoga journey. The course is taught by expert and experienced teachers at our Yoga Ashram in India. Since 2009, more than 4000 yoga teachers have been certified at our ashrams.
Our Yoga teacher training in India is accredited by
If any of the situations resonate with you, our course is right for you.
Ram Jain (ERYT 500, 40,000 hours teaching experience) is the director of Arhanta Yoga Ashram in India and Netherlands. In the last 19 years he has taught and mentored more than 4000 yoga teachers from all over the world. Ram was born and raised in India. He started his education in Yoga and Vedic philosophy at the age of 8 years. He has a profound knowledge of many ancient scriptures such as the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika. He also has in-depth knowledge of yoga anatomy and physiology. He has trained and practiced under several famous teachers such as Guru Ramananda (from the Swami Sivananda lineage), Swami Premananda, Shri Shamboo, and more. He has been teaching worldwide since 1998 and is loved among his students for his unique capacity of bringing the best out of his students and for his captivating philosophical stories.
Ram Jain is the author of the acclaimed book Hatha Yoga for Teachers & Practitioners: A Comprehensive Guide to Holistic Sequencing.
Our teacher training is an intensive 26-day residential course with a very detailed curriculum. The course curriculum has been refined since 2009. Some of the highlights are:
To see the complete and detailed course curriculum, please see: Curriculum
|06:00 am||Pranayama & Meditation|
|08:15 am||How to Teach (Teaching practice in groups)|
|12:00 pm||Karma Yoga|
|01:00 pm||Philosophy / Anatomy / Physiology|
|03:15 pm||Yoga Asana|
|07:00 pm||Evening Program|
|08:00 pm||Herbal Tea|
|09:30 pm||Lights out|
Our yoga teacher training courses takes place at the Arhanta Yoga Ashram in India. The ashram is spread over 17 acres of green land and located in a peaceful environment near the ancient city of Khajuraho in Central India. The yoga ashram is easily reachable by direct flight or direct train from Delhi, Varanasi and Agra. The Khajuraho airport is situated at 14 km distance from the ashram and the train station at 12 km.
Please note that complementary pickup from and drop off at the Khajuraho airport and train station is only available on the first and the last day of the course. Private transportation can also be arranged on request.
Our Hatha yoga teacher training courses in India take place from October to March every year. This period is ideal for intensive training as the weather is mild and suitable.
|28 Oct - 22 Nov||Available||IND|
|27 Nov - 22 Dec||Available||IND|
|6 Jan - 31 Jan||Available||IND|
|5 Feb - 2 Mar||Available||IND|
|28 Oct - 22 Nov||Available||IND|
|27 Nov - 22 Dec||Available||IND|
For more scheduled course dates please visit All Scheduled Dates
The course fees include all tuition, accommodation, 3 vegetarian meals per day, 2 pairs of uniforms, a yoga teacher course manual, pick up and drop off at the Khajuraho airport or train station on the first and the last day of the course and a lifetime membership to AYA Teachers Registry for continual guidance and mentoring .
|Double shared room||€ 1750|
|Single room||€ 1950|
Please note that our yoga courses fill up well in advance, please apply in time to secure your seat.
To register please download, fill out and send the application form (Download here: PDF ) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you are accepted you will need to pay a deposit of Euros 100 to confirm your reservation.
We welcome students from all age, background and beliefs. The most important factors you should consider before applying for our yoga teacher certification course are:
We guarantee the course will give you correct and sufficient knowledge of yoga, yogic philosophy, proper teaching skills and enough practical training to teach others with ease and confidence.
We understand the importance of post course support, therefore we offer it to all of our students. Our teachers can be contacted directly via Skype, phone, email and instant messaging about any queries and questions.
As an Arhanta Yoga graduate you will get complementary lifetime membership as RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) with International Yoga Association. You can also register with Yoga Alliance as RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hour level).
If you are not an Indian national, you may need to have a valid visa before traveling to India. Applicants of the eligible countries/territories may apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 120 days. For example : If you are applying on 1st of September then you can select an arrival date ranging from 5th September to 2nd January.
E-Tourist Visa Facility is available for nationals of following countries/territories:
Albania, Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Island, Chile, China, China- SAR Hongkong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d'lvoire, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Island, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
For more information about planning a trip to India, please visit our Travel tips Yoga Ashram India page.
“I came here to Arhanta Yoga ashram with an open mind and no idea what will come. It was four weeks full of intensive, hard, emotional, great, strengthening and fantastic work with the group, with the teachers and with myself. I have no regrets and I am still thankful and happy that I was allowed to learn from such good teachers in this wonderful area. Now I am looking forward to teach my yoga class. Thank you very much to the entire Arhanta team, I wish you all the best.” Barbara, Austria
“I really liked this yoga teacher training and especially the teachers, they are extremely talented. The ashram has a really nice location in a remote area apart from the chaos of the city which makes this ashram a quiet, calm and positive place to live in. The food in the ashram is really healthy and clean. I would recommend anyone who is serious in learning yoga and wants to lead his or her life in a positive way to come here and experience it. Thank you so much Arhanta for such an amazing time. I will be here again in my near future.” Irfan, India
“The four weeks in the yoga ashram have been a real life journey to me. Besides the great Hatha yoga asana classes, the serene meditation sessions and positive morning chanting, it gave me something more: the realization of missing a vision of life. By sharing their own stories, teaching me the philosophy of yoga and their personal advise Ram and his team not only helped me realize my personal goal of becoming a yoga teacher. They also challenged me to take a look inside, discover “Who am I”. And that journey has just started. Thank you all!” Nina, The Netherlands
“This training in India has taught me a lot about yoga and how to teach yoga. The program is full but gives the right amount of information you need to become a teacher. I developed a lot of qualities during my stay. I’m very grateful for that. Although it is hard, it is worth it!” Michiel, The Netherlands
Often people ask why they should do their yoga teacher certification in India when there are so many courses available in their own country. As you may know, India is the birth place of yoga. Yoga only spread to west in mid 19th century. Authentic yoga somehow lost its authenticity in the transition. During this transition many myths and incorrect beliefs have formed about the practice of yoga. The practice of yoga has gone from holistic to physical. If you want to take yoga seriously and make yoga your lifelong career, you need to understand the roots and the original practice of yoga. That is why so many yoga practitioners visit India year after year to get the taste of authentic yoga.
When you will study yoga in India you will learn the philosophy, background and the whole lifestyle that is necessary for a holistic yoga practice and teaching. You will be immersed in the yogic lifestyle for a period of four weeks. You will live in a secluded yoga ashram where you will be free from distractions of daily life and modern technology. You will learn from Indian teachers who have grown up with the yogic lifestyle running through the family for generations. You will practice yoga asana, meditation and pranayama as it was practiced 200 years ago in traditional Indian yoga ashrams.
A yoga teacher training can be a life changing experience. For some it is a turning point in the life. During the course you will transform from a yoga practitioner to a skilled yoga teacher. You will need to go through a process of learning and embodying the techniques. You will learn and unlearn many patterns and beliefs. With our years of teaching experience we have seen that the four week period is a good amount of time to go through that process. It is not too long and it is not too short.
Becoming a yoga teacher in India is a once in a lifetime experience. During this four weeks of yoga teacher training you will go through different phases in each week. For example in the first week you may feel a bit tired because you might not be used to studying 8 - 10 hours a day. You will also start your teaching practice from day two onward. If you have never taught before you may be surprised how much you enjoy teaching. You will get authentic, yet approachable, yoga philosophy classes and feel inspired by the philosophical stories of Ram Jain.
In the second week you will have settled in and grown used to the rhythm of the ashram life. You will see progress in your meditation and asana practice, while you might be struggling with the new challenges during the how to teach class. As you share this experience with other like-minded and dedicated people, in week 2 you will start to develop friendships with fellow students. You will be used to the long day schedule and you will be excited by the all the new information you are absorbing. You will have a variety of special classes such as pregnancy yoga, kids yoga, gentle yoga, chair yoga etc. You will learn asana correction and modification techniques and start teaching in group of three people. You will find yourselves humming the chants and mantras we practice in the chanting sessions. Concepts from yoga philosophy will begin to sit in the mind and you will began to see your life in a different perspective.
Week 3 is often the most emotional week, where you start to miss home a little. At the same time it is the week where you will make the biggest leaps of physical and mental growth and where the efforts of the past weeks start to show. You will see that you are now slowly becoming skilled and confident while teaching and that you have grown immensely in your understanding of yoga postures and yoga anatomy. You will be fully immersed in the classes. You may get very close to certain friends and sometime get emotional. You might get sometimes overwhelmed with all the experience. For some of you living in such a warm and friendly community, without worrying about making food, doing dishes etc. will be very healing and calming. It is also possible that you will miss your loved ones and look forward to meet them again.
In the fourth week you will be busy with the final preparations for the end exams. You may have mixed feelings about soon finishing the course, as you will join your loved ones but also go back to your 'normal' life & take leave from your new yoga family. You will find yourself comforting others or getting comforted by others. You may start to feel a bit tired from all the hard work of the last weeks. In the last days you will experience joy and emotions beyond the words. The sense of accomplishment, newly developed confidence in yourself will fill you with great joy and happiness.
Yoga Alliance 200 hour is a common international standard for a professional yoga instructor certification course. This standard ensures that the course covers sufficient training to become a yoga teacher. To register a course should meet Yoga Alliance course guidelines.
Please keep in mind that getting a Yoga Alliance registration is not that difficult and totally online. So it does not guarantee high quality of the course just ensures some sort of structure of the teacher training course.
Our 200 hour training in India exceeds the standards of Yoga Alliance, International Yoga Federation, International Yoga Association as well as CRKBO (Netherlands).
Do I have to be very experienced in yoga to do this course?
Our 200 hour yoga certification course is perfectly suitable for beginners as well as more experienced practitioners. In this course you will learn all the aspects of Hatha Yoga from scratch so previous experience is helpful but not essential. Read: How much experience is required to become a yoga teacher?
I am not very flexible, is that a problem?
No one can do all the postures, everyone has their own limitations. So it not a problem if you are not flexible in body but it is important that you are willing to learn and develop.
I don't have very good English, can I follow the course?
As the students are from all over the world this teacher training course is taught in basic English language. If you can read and understand an English newspaper then you have enough level of English. Read: Following a yoga teacher training when English isn't your first language
Is your course in India different than your course in Netherlands?
Our yoga courses in India and Netherlands are exactly same courses and taught by same teachers, just the locations are different.
Can I bring my family along with me on this course?
Sometimes it is possible to bring along someone as a guest, please write us to check the availability.
Can I teach after just 200 hours of training?
Yes, even the course is just four weeks / one month, our students agree they learn more than what they could learn in 2 years back home. This is because during the whole month of teacher training you will be focused only on yoga. Read: 4 reasons why it is possible to become a yoga teacher in 200 hours / 4 weeks
If you have any questions regarding our training in India, please contact us.