Daily Schedule during a typical Yoga Teacher Training Course
Our daily schedule, 6 days per week (subject to change)
06:15 to 07:45 – Morning Meditation, Mantras & Pranayama
Our first class of the day begins as day breaks in India. The town is still quiet and sun is rising as you walk to class with the sound of the birds chirping. Enter into our bright new yoga hall with panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains at sunrise. Make yourself comfortable in “sukhasana” or “easy pose”, as we will be sitting here for some time learning Sanskrit mantras and breath control techniques. The morning meditation class sets the tone for a bright and balanced day.
07:45 to 08:00- Tea Break
Share some all natural, caffeine free Ayurvedic Yogi Tea with fellow students and teachers. The soothing warmth of this tea is great to get your digestion system started in the morning, and provides a few minutes for you to chat and get to know other students.
08:00 to 10:00- Yoga Asana Practice
Time to get moving! We open the morning classes with a nice asana flow to get the blood and oxygen circulating through your body and remove any toxins or stiffness that may have built up during your sleep. This class is focused on allowing you to establish a daily asana practice in the mornings, something that we hope you continue upon completion of our program. As always, questions are welcome after class, as we encourage you to explore your own bodies and share as you learn.
10:00 to 11:00- Breakfast
Once we have worked up an appetite from morning asana, it is time to nourish our bodies with a wholesome and delicious breakfast. Warm oats with brown sugar and a variety of seasonal fruits are offered, which may include papaya, mango, grapes, watermelon, oranges, and/or bananas.
11:00 to 13:00- Lecture (Yoga Philosophy)
It’s time to learn about the theory behind our yoga asana practice. During this time you will learn about a variety of topics related to philosophy, ancient Sanskrit yogic texts, and the yoga lifestyle. You may follow along with your course handbook during the lecture, and you are always welcome to ask questions. We encourage students to share their current knowledge related to the topic, as we use this time to learn and grow together.
11:00 to 13:00- Lunch
Lunch is served! A healthy, balanced meal of traditional Indian fare. The sweet aromas of curry and turmeric fill the air as you enter our new dining hall. Grab a tray as we serve up some locally sourced, steamed vegetables, rice, dal (lentil soup), and chapatti (Indian bread). The vegetables we choose depend on what is fresh and in season, so this may be carrots, cabbage, potatoes, peas, zucchini and/or okra, among many others. Relax and enjoy your satisfying lunch, chatting with fellow students after the meal as you enjoy another warm cup of yogi tea to aid in digestion.
14:00 to 16:00- Anatomy (weeks 1 and 2), Self-study time (weeks 3-4)
During the first two weeks, you will spend this time learning about the human body as it relates to yoga. This includes knowledge of the muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons involved in many of the commonly practiced asanas, as well as the vital role of the spine in both asana and pranayama (breathing practice). The bodily systems and physiological workings will also be discussed in lectures regarding the circulatory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, and respiratory systems. We will also briefly discuss how the chakras are connected with our human anatomy. During weeks 3 and 4, this time will be used for svadhyaya or “self-study” allowing you to time to read the textbooks, complete homework, and prepare for your future teaching practicum classes.
16:00 to 16:30 – Tea Break
16:30 to 18:15- Yoga Asana Practice and Theory
The afternoon yoga asana class in structured in a way that prepares you to teach yoga. We will take this time to break down different postures and discuss their proper alignment, benefits, entering and exiting the poses, contraindications, and tips for teaching these postures to your future students. We will also discuss adjustments, making modifications, the use of props, sequencing, and cuing among other topics.
18:30 to 19:30 – Dinner time
Relax and unwind with the last meal of the day. Dinner menu items are similar to those of lunch: hearty vegetables, warm dal, rice, chapattis, and a salad of raw cucumbers, beets, and carrots. Take some time to reflect on the day and your experience as you chat over another cup of yogi tea with friends.
During this time we ask that students take some time to review notes from class, work on homework, or journal their experiences from the day. We believe that svadhyaya in the form of “study of the self” is equally important to studying educational material. It is our hope that during the teacher training you not only learn how to teach yoga, but also how to become more in touch with your intuitive self through quiet times of reflection and meditation.
21:30- Lights off
After a healthy day of physical and mental effort, you will be ready to turn down the sheets for some much needed rest. It all starts again tomorrow at 6:15 am, so sleep well!
This schedule is observed 6 days per week. During the 28 day, 200 Hour TTC, there are 4 “off days” on the 7th day of the week. Two out of the four off days, we will offer you the opportunity for sight seeing and local activities. In Rishikesh, some options for the out tour day are: hiking to Neergarh waterfall, visiting a remote Indian farming village, visiting Hindu and Sikh temples or ashrams, and/or rafting on the Ganges River. In Dharamsala, we hike to Triund mountain, which offers amazing views of the lush Kangra valley.