Do you want to become a yoga teacher? Or are you interested in learning yoga for yourself?

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The yoga teacher training course is a life changing experience. If you are sure you want to take a yoga teacher training course, the best place to start is with the Basic 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course. This is an intensive course that requires your physical and emotional efforts. But be careful, as such a course can transform you and your lifestyle.

Choosing the perfect yoga teacher training course for you can be tiresome and confusing. So, we are here to help you decide you will never regret.

When choosing a yoga teacher training program, consider the following points:

  1. Be clear about your yoga goal

Clarity is essential in life. When it comes to achieving your goals, be sure to define your intentions before moving on.

If you are interested in teaching yoga, then look for schools that follow teaching methodology. If you are not interested in teaching yoga, look for schools that specialize in topics that interest you. It is important to set the right goal, and then work towards its achievement.

 

  1. What will you do with the acquired knowledge after finishing the yoga instructor course?

It is important to clarify how you will use yoga knowledge in the future, and then look for a suitable yoga teacher training school.

 

If you want to teach in a yoga studio, look for yoga teacher training courses that offer a Yoga Alliance certification upon graduation. And if you want to change your lifestyle, for example, want to include pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy in your life, then choose yoga teacher training accordingly.

 

  1. Determine the type of yoga

Different yoga schools offer different courses for different styles of yoga. If you want to practice a particular type of yoga, look for yoga schools that offer the same approach.

 

Some yoga training centers offer unique programs for different types of yoga. Hatha Yoga is the most popular and foundational yoga style included in the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. All other styles are born from hatha yoga. Explore the various styles in detail to see which one is perfect for you.

 

  1. Choose the right learning style

Everyone has their own unique learning style; choose what suits you BETTER!

 

Here you have two options. First, you can go through intensive immersion programs during which you disconnect from the rest of the world and immerse yourself in a deeper understanding of yoga. And the second option is to choose yoga training without leaving home, that is, online yoga teacher training. It’s up to you what you prefer.

  1. The perfect place to learn yoga

Choose India for the best yoga training experience, an experience you will never forget.

There are many reasons why India is the best place to study yoga.

 

  • The birthplace of yoga
  • Authentic yoga training
  • Experienced teachers and yoga gurus
  • Affordable prices
  • Yogic food

Since it will take a month to learn yoga, choose a place where you feel comfortable and where you would like to start your yoga journey. Look at the various yoga schools in India that offer courses that interest you.

 

 

  1. Think about the cost

 

Cost is an important factor, but not overly important. If you choose India for yoga teacher training, yoga training will be fun yet affordable.

  1. Listen to the experiences of others

By listening and learning from others, you will easily plan!

 

After hearing the opinions of people in the same profession, you will be able to decide about Yoga TTC. If you admire any yoga teacher, just ask him where he/she was trained and how was his/her whole experience of study yoga.

 

In the end, the decision should be yours, because everyone is unique and there is no universal course that would suit everyone.

  1. Choose a place that resonates with you

 

Yoga training can be physically and mentally challenging. So, choose a place where you feel at home. And then check off your favorite yoga teacher training schools, visit them, attend a few classes, and then decide.

 

Training is a significant investment for a yoga teacher, so it must be productive. Make sure you like your teacher trainers and the way they teach.

 

We hope these points will help you choose the perfect yoga teacher training course. A good course can affect your entire life. So be wise in your decisions as some decisions cannot be undone.

 

If you choose India for yoga teacher training, choose Akshi Yogashala yoga school in Rishikesh. We offer 100, 200, 300 and 500 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh. This is an opportunity to learn yoga in the bosom of nature and on the Ganges. The vibrations of this place are fantastic and embrace you with positive energy.

Happy yoga journey with Akshi Yogashala !

8 Yoga poses to strengthen lower back

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8 Yoga poses to strengthen lower back

In our daily life, we accumulate certain tensions during the day. It happens due to routine postures that we conscientiously or unconsciously repeat. And lead us to accumulate energy in some areas in our body and make us eventually feel discomfort or even pain. Lower back pain is very frequent because is the base that gives support to the rest of the torso. So some yoga poses can help us to strengthen lower back and be free from pain.

Most of the jobs in current society, either in the city or in the countryside demand activities where we repeat the same postures with our bodies many times. These are the cases of being sitting for several hours onto a chair front of a desk, holding big amounts of weight every day, being in a standing position the whole day, bending forward continuously, etc. 

On the other hand, every person was born with a different physical constitution and also structural malfunctions as well as acquiring bad postural habits that within the time become degenerative.

Herein relies on the importance of being alert about us and find out through certain activities such as Yoga Asana to become aware of the real condition of our physical body as well as the possible adjustments that might help our body to stay healthy and free of tensions.

Manifestation in our emotions in daily life

According to ancient knowledge from Yogic tradition, vital energy in our body is originated in the tail bone or coccyx. The second energetic center in our body is located in the hip and lumbar area and is the responsibility for our emotional life, creativity, and vital force. This energetic center is related also to sexuality, social life, jealousy, relationships, openness to change and movements in life.

Indeed, it is important to get to know ourselves in order to pay more attention to this area. Since physical pain is only the result of the unbalance on the emotional body. 

And some of the emotional symptoms that manifest within us as a disharmony in this energetic center are hypersensitivity, fear, low self- esteem, low livid, shame, anxiety, depression, difficulty to express our feelings.

Read More: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh

Some ways to enlighten this second chakra 

To heal this energetic area in our body, we must first, be the witness of the self. To bring to the conscious level what is going on with our physical body to be able to identify certain unbalance within our emotional and physical sides.

In addition, yoga gives us the option of certain asanas or poses to help to free tensions in the area of the hips and lower back:

Baddha Konasana (Butterfly pose)

Paschimotanasana (seated forward bend pose)

Ananda Balasana (Happy baby pose)

Uttanansana (standing forward bend pose)

Halasana (plough pose)

Upavistakonasana (seated angle pose) 

suptagarbhāsana (embryo pose)

pavanamuktāsana (wind releasing pose)

And all these yoga poses can help to strengthen lower back.

Benefits

  • Free tensions in the lower back
  • Flex and strengthen hip zone and growing muscles.
  •  Stimulates pelvic area and abdomen 
  • Improves blood circulation  
  • Calms down the mind 
  • Decreases anxiety and depression 

Indeed a balanced physical body from feet to head is the result of rejoicing of a happier and conscious life. 

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Things to do in Rishikesh for Cool Getaway Fun, Adventure and Thrill

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Where heavenly abodes spray the rays of love, and nature spreads its mystical tentacles through the Himalayas. It is Rishikesh, in India. Situated towards the North of India, in Uttarakhand, it is a land of God. And for adventure seekers for its religiosity fervor, thrilling activities and beauty making it a most preferred choice for the million tourists and pilgrims.

In Rishikesh the glistening river Ganga flings an exciting charm, the chants from the temples touch the soul, the scenic backdrop refreshes the senses and adventure raise the nerves. There is everything for everybody.

Let us here make you know about few marvels that make Rishikesh so lucrative.

River Rafting

Rafting in the river Ganga is both thrilling and fun. Except for the months between October to June, and monsoon. All other months are best to challenge your spirit over the river. However, it is better to do the rafting in weekdays. As the crowd is less and you will get more attention. River rafting has 13 rapids and stretches to choose. The stretches are ranked on the scale of 1 to 5 depending on the movement of water over the underlying rocks, river volume, and rock size. And with the interesting names of rapids like 3 Blind Mice, Sweet Sixteen, Black Money, Roller Coaster, Back to sender and Cross Fire makes the experience of river rafting even more exciting.

Night Camping

The effect of Rishikesh gets more intoxicating with the pleasure of night camping amidst the natural divine lands when the moonlit rays spread across the green terrains. You can enjoy the camping with family, friends, and colleagues bringing the memories alive. Besides spending night under the stars, camping has for you river rafting, body surfing, cliff jumping, bonfire including options to play games besides meals and snacks. A best get away far from the maddening crowd, isn’t it!

Yoga

Rishikesh is a yoga capital of the world, making it a most preferred choice for the yoga lovers. There are many yoga Schools, institutes, and ashrams especially for teaching yoga and generating awareness about health through yoga in Rishikesh. Just imagine learning yoga amidst the Himalayan ranges or sounds of chants and the rhythmic Ganga river. Thousands of yoga aspirants from across the globe come to Rishikesh only to learn yoga. International yoga festival which is held annually is an added attraction. It is a weeklong festival wherein yoga lovers’ gets a chance to grab the ample benefits of yoga under the guidance of highly learned yoga teachers.

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

It is an ancient and a sacred temple situated around 20 km from Rishikesh. It is located on a hill at the height of 1330 mt. above the Swargashram and near the Nar Narayan mountain ranges. Temple is enveloped between the valleys of Manikoot, Brahmakoot, Vishnukoot, and in the place where the rivers, Pankaja and Madhumati confluences. Besides that the complex is surrounded by dense forests making it a best scenic treat. And, the 12 km stretch between the Swarg Ashram and Neelkanth makes a wonderful trek.

The temple is beautifully constructed adorned with ancient architectural designs and beautiful surroundings. It also has a natural spring where devotees take holy bath before entering the temple. The sanctum santorum houses a Shiva Lingam, the idol of the presiding deity. Devotees offer coconut, flowers, milk, honey, fruits and water at the shrine. And then they receives ‘Parshad’, the holy gift from God, in form of ‘vibhuti’ (ashes), ‘chandan’ (sandalwood) and other holy things.

The Beatles Ashram (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

If you are interested to see the place where Beatles, a famous band group of the 1960s had learned transcendental meditation, then come to Swargashram where the Maharishi Mahesh Additionally yogi ashram now known as the Beatles Ashram is located. It is best to take a road that starts from Ram Jhula. You will find the iron gate of the ashram at the end of this very road.  Ashram’s old buildings is narrating the story of Beatles journey of transformation and learning experience. Recently you can enter the complex by buying ticket. Beatles was the most popular band of 1960’s who had come to the Maharishi Mahesh yogi’s ashram to learn the transcendental meditation. Their visit brought Rishikesh into limelight and made it a world famous tourist and yoga destination.

Shivananda Ashram

Shivananda Ashram was started by Swami Shivananda in early 1930’s and since then had been providing intense knowledge of yoga to the people through its organization, Divine Life Society. The Society was formed on the principles of purity, nobility, integrity and magnanimity in the year 1936. Moreover ashram has different batches for men and women, morning for men and evening for women.

The Divine Life Society spreads the knowledge of yoga and spirituality through the regular publication of pamphlets, books, and magazine. Which give the knowledge of the different aspects of Yoga and Vedanta, universal religion and philosophy. Also Swami Sivananda promoted the idea that to become a member of the ashram, an aspirant yogi has to join the first three principles of the Yamas (moral principles as mentioned in Yoga Sutras of Sage Patanjali). The ashram is located near Ram Jhula.

Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Niketan

As the sun sets thousands of people throng at Parmarth Niketan Ashram near river Ganga to witness the famous Ganga Aarti. It is a divine fire ceremony which is accompanied by the chanting of mantras, songs, prayer and rituals. Moreover in this ceremony people offer oil lamps to mother Ganga. Witness Ganga Aarti is a very soothing and heartwarming. And it is a time when we break ourselves from the stresses and attain divine light in our life.

Pujya Swami Shukdevanandji Maharaj (1901–1965) formed Parmarth Niketan Ashram  in 1942. Now the ashram has more than 1000 rooms in a clean, pure and sacred environment including beautiful gardens. In the ashram, people do yoga, preferably Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha yoga and yoga Nidra, universal prayers and meditation and listen to the Satsang and lecture programs. Besides natural cure and Ayurvedic treatment is also provided. Ashram also has 14 feet Shiva statue. Also Vijaypal Baghel of Himalaya Vahini planted the divine tree of heaven Kalpavriksha.

Vashisht Cave

It is an ancient cave located towards the middle of a grove of Gular (Ficus) trees and slopes towards sacred river Ganga. Sage Vashishta who was one among the seven great sages of India (Saptrishis) and a teacher of Lord Rama is said to have meditated here for many years, making it one of the holiest places among Hindus. Also in 1930 Sri Swami Purushottamananda Ji is said to have visited the cave and established the ashram near it, and now the cave is being managed by the trust of Sri Swami Purushottamanandaj ji ashram. Moreover the cave is 60 feet deep and is naturally formed having Shiva Lingam inclined vertically towards its opening. To reach the cave, climb 200 steps, which becomes quite tiresome but at the same time mysterious and adventurous.

Ram Jhula

It is an iron suspension bridge over the river Ganga. Was build with a span of 750 feet (230 m) connecting Sivananda ashram with Swargashram. It is bigger than Lakshman Jhula. Only a pedestrian bridge, it also provides panoramic view of river Ganga and Rishikesh city which throngs with temples. The bridge is located 3km towards the North East of Rishikesh. Built in the year 1986 it became one of the most iconic landmarks of Rishikesh.

Lakshman Jhula

It is an iron suspension bridge over the river Ganga and is located 5 km from the town of Rishikesh. U.P.P.W.D. built the bridge during 1927–1929 in place of the old bridge of 284 feet span. Floods washed old one away in 1924. The bridge was opened to traffic on April 11, 1930.The bridge connects the two villages; Tapovan in Tehri Garhwal district to Jonk in Pauri Garhwal district. Also it was believed that Lakshmana, brother of Lord Rama had crossed the river on jute ropes in the very place where this bridge is located now. The bridge spans 450 feet. No toll or tax is ever realized for crossing it.

Patna Waterfall

Patna Waterfall is 7 km from Lakshman Jhula on the Neelkanth Temple road. It is accessible only with a 1.5 km tough trek. Though h water is less but the beauty of the place is enough to attract the tourists towards it. And to add to it there are some limestone caves near the falls, and the drops falling from the stones is a wonderful treat to the eyes.

These are few but amazing things to do in Rishikesh. And it can make your vacations worthy, and believe you won’t get back without getting intoxicated by the religiosity and beauty of this place.

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