Student Testimonials

Anna PB


Choosing a yoga school in Rishikesh is a difficult task as there is an incredible offer. Rishikul Yogshala was recommended to me by a yoga teacher with whom I was going to drop in classes in Rishikesh and it was a great recommendation! Their curriculum is well developed, I loved all subjects, the place is quiet, clean and cosy, the food is delicious… But I especially liked Rishikul Yogshala because of their teachers. All of them were very knowledgeable and dedicated to their job and shared and transmitted to the students their love and passion for yoga. I can’t wait to get back and do the 300h TTC with them!

Daria Shiels


star I have just completed the 200hours yoga teacher training with these guys and absolutely loved every minute of it. The course was thought by people who were not only excellent teachers but also amazing human beings who share they knowledge and space with joy. The atmosphere created during these experience allows you to learn without feeling under pressure. There is an abounded amount off information given, so keep your eyes and ears opened smile emoticon. I highly recommend this school, I loved it

Gwynneth Oceana Dreaming


star A fantastic course with wonderful teachers and a mix of students from all over the globe (in the 200hr YTT course I did). In this course you receive teachings in many areas of Yoga - Asanas, Pranayama, Philosophy, Meditation, adjustment and alignment of postures, teacher methodology, Mudras, a little Mantra and even chair Yoga! (for people less mobile). I loved everything about this course and I am still feeling the ripple effect of the philosophical teachings in my life. I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn Yoga teaching in India. India is the birth place of Yoga and the teachers at this school are world class. This school is managing to bridge the gap between the traditional Yogic mind and manner and the Western world, in a way which honours tradition, gives deep insight and amazing practical teachings whislt maintaining the wonderful Indian charm, but also allows a western student to go home with all the tools as a teacher for a western market and much much more! I could not have asked for a better Yoga teacher course as this nurtures and inspires body, mind and soul. One day I hope to return to do their 300YTT smile emoticon. Thank you to a wonderful team and students, who are now part of my Yogic family.

Luis Aguilar


star Has been a great experience, I special like the balance in the professors of the school. The curriculum is well planned. I like the yoga asana and alignment classes. I enjoyed hatha and vinyasa class and also feeling happy to learn well related to anatomy and philosophy, culture of yoga in India. Besides great experience with the teachers and classes, the staff was helpful. Due to small group, I get good time to ask personal questions. The accommodation is nice with privacy. The food is delicious. Thank you so much, everyone.

Tessa Carole


star I was a beginner in Yoga and was looking for a program that can enhance my personal yoga skills. I appreciate the Rishikul Teachers for enlightening me with the exceptional knowledge of ashtanga yoga, hatha yoga, yoga philosophy, pranayama, anatomy and mantras. The course schedule was well planned. The accommodations facilities and food was very nice. The management and the kitchen staff were so helpful and sweet. If you are looking for real studies of yoga and a wonderful Indian hospitality, go for Rishikul Yogshala.

Lucínia Oliveira


star Arriving a week later than the course, i was worried to miss out on a lot of information and teachings. But all my worries flew away as all the teachers were so helpful that they helped me to cope with the missed out information. Furthermore, the group of students were very welcoming and entertaining at the same time. The view from my private room and the food prepared by the chefs was mouth-watering. Not spicy at all. We were brought to many small trips around the city with a guide. The classes flow into each other without any difficulty and everything has been paced out after close consideration. I am really lucky to be a part of this amazing course.

Elsa Demers


star My journey at Rishikul Yogshala was wonderful. The group of instructors is amazing and under their guidance, I got a complete knowledge of yoga, philosophy, meditation and teaching skills. They pay attention to each student and are always ready to answer all your question, even to your personal problems. The place with mountains looks awesome. The accommodation and food was good and the entire staff was very helpful.

Gurutze


star I highly recommend Rishikul Yogshala to everyone practicing all levels of yoga. I attended the 200 hour TTC July 2015 and I still glow every time I think about my experience. The curriculum is just amazing and well designed. The course is very intense and it covers deeply lots of subject. The day starts at 5.30 in the morning with Hatha classes, followed by pranayama and mantra or yoga nidra. After breakfast, there are yoga philosophy classes followed by anatomy classes. After lunch, adjustment and alignment classes are really interesting and important (to be able to know how to correct your own asanas and your future students' too). I was also able to deepen my practice in ashtanga day by day as each posture is taught one by one. And after ashtanga the day finishes with meditation at 18:00. So a very intense day covering all kind of yoga aspects to give you a better understanding of yoga. Teachers are outstanding, extremely professional and enthusiastic, you can't get enough of their wisdom. I learned important lessons about yoga and the yogic life and the course gave me a solid foundation to continue exploring and expanding my knowledge in yoga. I had a wonderful experience at Rishikul yogshala. The school met all my expectations and in some cases were exceeded. And the food is delicious organic vegetarian food from the Himalayas. Don't miss this amazing experience!!

Mallory


star The teachers are incredible and share their wisdom generously and with compassion. The venue (Nepal Sept 2015) is comfortable enough and staffed by warm, welcoming people who will do anything within their power to make you feel at home (like, literally tore down a wall for me -- long story, but seriously--untold hospitality). If you are looking for a Western YTT experience, you may want to stay in the West. Yes--the cushions are old and lumpy, the wifi is spotty, you may be awoken by the sounds of construction (i.e. "development") on your rare day off, grow tired of the rotating menu, or find yourself frustrated with ways of being or perceiving that seem unfamiliar...but aren't you here for the yoga? If you embrace the quirks and surprises of international travel, the challenges that come with intercultural exchange, and the growing pains of an expanding comfort zone, the rewards will not disappoint. If yoga is expansion, the last month has been a magnificent explosion. I am eternally grateful to all of the amazing people who helped shape my journey. Nepal is safe and breathtaking in form and spirit. Pokhara was not affected by the earthquake, and things seemed to be returning to normal in Kathmandu. The economy, and thus the recovery, depends heavily on tourism--come support this beautiful place and its beautiful people!

Stine


starSign up and be enriched with a full package of yogatools and be inspired by compassionated yoga teachers. I joined in Pokhara, Nepal - The country is safe and the Nepalis have hearts of love and joy and will do anything to make you smile and feel good. As everything else - make up you mind about expectations before signing up. Joining a YTTC in Pokhara, Nepal, is an experience including noises from the city of Pokhara + the beautiful view of the Lake and the magnificent Himalaya Mountains. The hotel is not an ashram neither a 5 star western hotel - but rooms are more than fine, food is more than good and staff the most helpful people ever. If you can live with that and want to learn yoga from great yoga teachers - don't hesitate to sign up and let a new part of your yoga journey begin.

Joanna


star Pokhara is stunning and it's situated right in the heart of Nepal, surrounded by Himalayas. Tulsi Hotel is great, very central and all staff is friendly and super accommodating. The course itself is one of the beast treats I could ever given to myself, for sure. Vast variety of subjects from Hatha and Ashtanga through all sorts of pranayamas, krijas, alignment, therapy, anatomy, mantra classes ending every school day on a wonderful meditation. I've learned heaps from the best teachers on earth. They are all very different but all equally inspiring. I can definitely recommend it to everyone, no matter what path of their life they're on. Thank you Rishikul!!!!

kamingkho Netherlands


star Inspiring, life-changing and unforgettable! Rishikul has filled 4 weeks with something to suit every type of yogi: physically intensive, deeply spiritual or curiously theoretical. They have have gone above and beyond to ensure this course is well worth your while: food to cater to very specific diets (varied and very delicious!), mini field trips that were the highlight of the course and always making sure to be available to you. My training was in Lakeside Pokhara, Nepal. It's setup in a hotel and it worked surprisingly well: central location, great facilities and amazing staff. Be prepared for long days but, if you keep an open mind, Rishikul's YTT is bound to change you.

Nila


star I just completed 200 hours TTC @Rishikul Yogshala in Rishikesh. This course was an outstanding experience and it exceeded all of my expectations. Rishikul Yogshala is located in Ved Niketan Ashram, which is one of the oldest Ashrams in Rishikesh, besides the Ganga river. It is beautiful, with big green outdoor environment and a lot of flowers. A very peaceful place with a strong energy. I do not have enough words to explain how grateful i am to have joined Rishikul for the TTC. The curriculum was so well designed, the teachers are so professional, dedicated and full of passion, BEAUTIFUL MINDS. I would have never imagined myself waking up at 5 am and being so enthusiastic to go to class, but it was a pure pleasure listening to each of them. They are the example of what they teach and i didn't learn only from all the wisdom shared, but also from the way they stand or sit , the way they talk, the way they listen and observe everything. They are just excellent. In Rishikul Yogshala, Yoga is not taught only as a physical exercise, but as that which takes you to a higher perception of life. The knowledge i gained in just 28 days it changed my views in different things. It was the beginning of a beautiful journey... The accommodation was really good, the food so yummy, everybody so nice, so helpful, willing to do everything to fulfil any requirement we had. Highly recommended. Thank you for guiding me into this beautiful lifestyle, Rishikul Yogshala! Namaste!!!

Josefin T Tulum, Mexico


starI recently did the 200h TTC at this amazing school and I could not be happier with the experience! The teachers and staff are all great and work their hardest to give you the best possible stay. The teachers are experienced and really live the way they teach, which makes it so much more authentic. Sometimes Rishikesh can feel like a yoga factory, but these guys really made me feel that they were more concerned about my learning than the money I payed. They focus on the true core of yoga as a spiritual practice, rather than just the physical aspect of it, and try their best to give you the whole picture in just a short month (prepare yourself for some intense days!). I felt that the curriculum was well-planned and I learned so much in this short time. Probably the most well spent money in my life! The stay is great in the beautiful ashram Ved Niketan, with simple nice rooms and great yogic food served thrice daily. The energy is so calm and peaceful which really helps to deepen the whole experience. I hope to be able to return one day and keep learning from all of you amazing people who helped me set off on this new journey of mine. Thank you and see you soon!

Yana Chikiris


starBe happy, be easy, be romantic. Life is wonderful. These are the few of many lessons that I have learned in my training through Rishikul Yogshala. My month is Pokhara, Nepal is one that I will cherish forever. No words can truly describe the experience. I only recommend for others to come and taste the richness of this program.

Meditativemaria


star I was blown away by the quality of the teaching at Rishikul Yogshala, each teacher gave so much every single day, and the depth of knowledge from philosophy to anatomy, as well as adjustment and asana was amazing! I have spoken to others who had completed their 200 hour in the same town of Rishikesh, and found that their schools did not cover the subjects in the same detail, pranayama being a stand out class and the dedication of the teachers at Rishikul second to none. I recommend this school on a regular basis whenever anyone tells me they want to do a teacher training in India. Good luck! Namaste!

Kaila


star The Yogashala is an excellent program the Gurus and staff are amazing. I signed on for the 200 course and it was a great experience to learn and grow in Yoga. The people are the heart of India and I could imagine being anywhere else Rishikul and this program has changed my life and open my eyes to the life of a true Yogi.

Greenlife


starMy name is Sri Sri Krishna Dass Junna Akada. I practice a simple humble path of praise and love for the divine. I am humbled in the presence of Vipin. He is such a positive vibrant source of love and life. His yoga is astonishing, his discipline unwavering. He is one of the most educated people in his society and truly some of the great wealth of India. He is constantly focused on his study's in schools and is operating at least third level of training in yoga vinyasa. He's the small little smiling guy, you would t guess he has crazy strength and suddenly incredible quantities of kundalini energy flow through him. I don't know if Vipin has achieved Samadhi but definitely full kundalini awakening. He's very young. But I am very astonished at who he is and what he as accomplished at his age. Actually yoga Asana's are a lesser aspect of yoga, really it's more of an internal practice of meditation and purification of body mind and soul. Gangesh is an amazing student. He speaks excellent English and has studied all of the fundamental Upanishads, the Sanskrit scrolls on tantra and Vedanta. To be able to access this kind of knowledge is priceless. If you are really serious about yoga and want to learn from the best go to rishikesh and go to Rishikul yoga academy

Robin Stremlow

Midland, Michigan


star A year after my 200YTT with Rishikul Yogshala in Rishikesh and I'm still glowing and inspired to practice and TEACH the yogic traditions in an authentic, spiritually holistic, and safety-oriented way. The Ashtanga and Hatha practices and instruction with Master Vipin Ji taught me more about asana than I'd ever learned in 6 years of practice in the US and Central America. The philosophy and Kundalini and Nidra with Gangesh Ji was so enlightening and powerful, and I'm a much better being because of it. And the anatomy from Vivek was SO thorough -- wow. And the cleansing ways from Tuna?! Ommmmm yes! ;) The food, lodging, location (soooo close to Ma Ganga), and fellow yoga teachers in training made the experience more than I ever could have dreamed. Thank you thank you thank you to Rishikul for this beautiful training. I pay respect to you in each of the many classes I teach in the US each week, and I'm even preparing for workshops and retreats abroad later this year. Thank you again, so much.

Ashley


star This spring I completed my 200 TTC at Rishikul Yogshala and I couldn't speak more highly of my experience. The city of Rishikesh is historically 'the place' to learn the true and undiluted form of yoga and geographically more beautiful than you can imagine. It's historical roots in yoga and continued traditions today offers you an atmosphere and experience unmatched to anywhere in the world. This community of yogis is partly attributed to the number of yoga schools in the area which makes it difficult in choosing a program that maintains an authentic curriculum and secures the best teachers. I can tell you I did A LOT of research before choosing this school and talked to a lot of other students while studying in the area and this is one of the best schools in Rishikesh! I was a beginner to yoga but this did not matter at my school. I was blessed with a small class size of 5 students, which allowed plenty of one-on-one attention and our group to form an intimate family-like connection. We also formed a very tight connection with our teachers. My teachers were incredible people, some of the most compassionate, professional and knowledgable teachers in yoga. Good teachers are really the pillar to a great experience. I am still in touch with them today via the internet and will no doubt choose them when I return to complete my 300 hours because of their knowledge and our relationship. However, this connection was not uncommon, all my peers developed similar and lasting personal relationships with our teachers. Finally, the food was both nutritious and delicious, exceeding my expectations and the included day trips were awesome. If you are thinking of starting or continuing your journey in yoga you have stumbled upon . Take my advise your search is over, make the choice to have a life changing experience and enrol with Rishikul Yogshala today!

Ma Shakti Devi

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star Yoga Teacher Training at Rishikul Yogshala is a life changing experience. The head swamis are the most loving and authentic yogis I have met during my 8 years on the yogic path. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, a real family-like environment. All teachers are very knowledgeable, humble and approachable, ready to help and guide in your spiritual practice. The staff is always ready to help and ensure you feel at home. Accommodation is spot on! Nestled in a quiet area, away form the tourist crowds and surrounded by the majestic Himalayas... comfortable, large, clean, with ensuite bathroom and 24 hrs hot water. Food is very healthy and absolutely delicious! What else to say? I was one of the Rishikul's first students.. and from the very early days, each visit gives me joy and purpose. Be ready for deep and genuine self inquiry. Highly recommended.

Sarita


star I've done my 200YTT in Rishikul and it was a amazing experience. In despite of being a "young" they are very competent and professional. Teachers and workers are so lovely, kindly and helpful. I've done with a small team of students what was a great thing because we had full of attention from the teachers. They also are very opened to improve themselves, receive feed back and adapt the course. They bring also new courses that are not in the reschedule of the main curse and this could worth even more the course (they brought a invited teacher to give us a emotional anatomy course). I'm really happy to have done this course with them and with no doubt I can recommend this place for everyone. Accommodation and food was amazing...I really enjoyed all!!!

dipika


star It was an amazing life time experience to join the course with Rishikul Yogshala, and as it is said that, it is only natural that ever more bliss should be experienced while practicing yoga that's how the school and teachers are here for to help and to deepen your yoga practice and many other fields related to yogic life and to find your own ease-ness towards your self practice and many other aspects of Life. Teachers of rishikul, they are very knowledgeable,loving and caring. Food and accomodations are very comfortable according to the Yogic life. Rishikul Yogshala is not just a school of Yoga but for me it has been a way to share the love and unity not just for myself but also towards other being. Namaste !

Widawida


star It was certainly a very memorable teacher training. I was happy because we had only 13 students, which made us closer to each other. Also it was a good number, not too crowded when you practice. The area in Varkala Beach was very nice! We had yoga practice everyday in the open area. Where you can feel the breeze and hear the ocean waves! I admired the teachers' dedication to teach yoga. I can feel that they genuinely love yoga. Their teachers are their best assets. We had some problems during the TTC, but they always addressed the issues and tried hard to fix the problems. Of course it also depends on you, you gotta have the willingness to do self practice and self studying. I would say, if they can dedicate one person only to do administration and communication with students, it would be better (like replying to emails, provide us with receipt, etc). Bottom line... This YTT experience change my view of yoga. It has changed me to be a better person. It gives me strong foundation to go deeper with yoga.

Fabi P


starIt was for sure an incredible journey to have had the course with Rishikul Yogshala, I've learnt for life! I'm confident to say it as I've been practicing at home ever since I concluded the course and honestly I've never felt so natural and inspired during my own practice.!! I can easily incorporate the teaching guidance, the flow, the pace, the minor details on explaining the asanas, the relaxation and even pranayama. I was amazed to feel so comfortable in teaching myself and others after such a quick course but for sure a strong, traditional, grounded, reliable and unforgiven training. I could only classify it as 'WONDERFUL' ..!!Specially being in Pohkara, Nepal - a magical destination! Thank you very much Swami Atma, Vipin Baloni, Prashant and all the wonderful teachers for lighting my spark to be an amazing , connected , grounded and inspiring teacher. For sure I'll keep my first gurus in my best memories!

Sonali bansal


starI stayed at the Yogshala for almost a month and loved the experience to the core.Each and every aspect of the training turned out to be fruitful for me. The teachers, Yogi Bipin, Yogi Prashant, Swami Gangesha, Yogi Vivek, they all excel in their fields and have the required knowledge to successfully conduct the course. The staff was courteous and listened to all our feedback and made changes that were best for our group. The days were hectic and demanded full dedication whereas the two offs in the week were welcomed, as we would get enough time for our personal work. Food was great, being an Indian i have no complaints. Rishikesh in itself is a beauty and mesmerizes the viewer. Simple yet extraordinary, the fun lies in its contradictions. I obvious choice for my 500 hour yttc too, rishikul yogshala rocks.

Amanda Rae Steigerwalt


star Rishikul Yogshala is a fantastic school! The teachers are all incredibly knowledgable and have so much to share. It is a pretty intense 30 days but absolutely worth it. This course really opened up my eyes to Yoga and the depth it can go. Learning about philosophy to anatomy to the different methods of meditation has enabled me to embrace the spiritual side and not just focus on the asana. However that being said learning the primary series has changed my life and finally given me the ability to practice on my own. I got exactly what I wanted from this course. The only downfalls were the temporary facilities in Nepal were not ideal and the class size was larger than expected. However we all expressed our concerns and they have taken it on board and looking to make changes for the next session. I believe if you want the true full experience better to go to Rishikesh and take the course there.

Courtney M Watson


starI completed my 300 hours at Rishikul Yogshala. Situated away from the noise of the main street, the centre is aptly located in the interior of the town. The location is neat and clean with its own small garden and a nice mountain view from the balcony. From the beginning, the fire ceremony, the lunch and the introduction, everything was well organized and touched my heart. I felt all my group members were friendly and i enjoyed my stay with them. The hatha yoga class in the morning followed by Pranayama class was my favorite part of learning. Prashant is an excellent teacher and a trainer. He knows, when to be a friend and when to be a teacher. I also liked the classes and Vipin, Gangesha and Swami Atam. They have lot to share and to teach others about yoga and life.

Erin Gray


star I attended 200 hour yoga teacher training in March and highly recommend this place for taking up the course in Rishikesh. The teachers, the place, the atmosphere, everything is in perfect sync with the whole feel required to practice yoga and meditate. All the teachers have solid experience of teaching and are welcoming. They all are masters in their subjects. Gangesh is amazing in Philosophy and Pranyama whereas I learnt the deep level of Ashtanga and Hatha under Bipin. The classes take place in the airy yoga hall and on pleasant days, they also shift on the terrace. The experience of practicing yoga in the delightful and bountiful nature is what i love about the whole experience. In addition to teaching, in Rishikul Yogshala, you will get delicious and nutritious food along with the helpful staff. Thank You Rishikul!
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