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Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga Teacher Training In Rishikesh India

200, 300 & 500 Hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Courses In Rishikesh – Haridwar, India

Ashtanga Yoga introduced by great sage, Patanjali. The word Ashtanga comes from two Sanskrit words, Ashta, meaning eight, and Anga, meaning limbs. 

“yogangaanusthanat asuddhiksyae jnana dptih avivekkhyateh” (Patanjali Yog Sutra 2.28)

The great sage, Patanjali wrote Ashtanga Yoga in Patanjali Yog Darshan that consist of total 196 verses, which is classified in 4 sections: Samadhi Padh(51 verses), Sadhana Padh(55 verses), Vibhuti Padh(56 verses), Kaivalya Padh(34 verses). In Ashtanga Yoga, all eight branches are important because one must be successful at the current level to move on to the next.
The stages upto Pratyahara gradually removes external distractions, whilst the practice from dharana onwards eradicate the disturbing thoughts and psychic manifestation so that mind ceases to function.

Benefits of Ashtanga Yoga :
The benefits may be grouped into four categories: physical, emotional, mental and intellectual benefits. 

  • The physical benefits consist of making the body free of disease, making it light and strong so that it can be a suitable vehicle on the path to freedom. Through yoga the body is made to absorb and retain prana, which extends the life span.
  • The emotional benefits consist briefly in being able to not be a slave to one's emotions but to remain the witness.
  • The process of yoga is the pursuit of knowledge and its aim is the attainment thereof. Firstly, we gain knowledge of external objects and our own body, mind, egoity and intellect and only once that is faultless, do we progress to knowledge of the self.
  • Breathing exercises are given importance in yoga is because it is thought that the pulsating or oscillating of prana happens simultaneously with the movements of the mind (chitta vrtti). Thereby, helps in controlling the activities of mind.
  • Meditation practice leads to experience the stillness of mind.

200, 300 & 500 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Courses In Rishikesh – Haridwar, India

“sri Adinathaya namo’stu tasmai yenopadista hathayogavidya |
Vibhrajte pronntarajayogamrodhumicchoradhirohini va || ”(Hatha Yog Pradipika)


Hatha Yoga is supposed to have been taught by Lord Shiva who is called Adinatha here. It was later  introduced by Yogi Swatmarama, a sage of 15th century India, and compiler of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Swatmarama introduces Hatha Yoga as 'a stairway to the heights of Raja Yoga', The word Hatha is a compound of the words Ha and Tha meaning sun and moon referring to Prana and Apana. The world "hatha" means forceful. It is a strong practice done for purification. Therefore, Hatha Yoga is the branch of yoga that concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. It starts from the third limb of Patanjali's yoga. It is integral to the Shiva and Shakti tantra traditions, and part of modern ayurvedic treatment.

Benefits of Hatha Yoga:
 Hatha means two opposite energies – the positive and the negative. Through regular Hatha practice a balance between these two can be learned. The balancing is achieved by practicing asanas, performing breathing techniques and purification practices to cleanse entire systems of the physical body. All the practices of Hatha Yoga focus on activating the Kundalini, life force energy. In other words, Hatha Yoga helps in awakening each and every chakras.
Hatha yoga and Kundalini yoga are closely related in the manner that Kundalini yoga is about awakening the chakras and use of pranayama and Hatha is also about using these processes to create a connection between the body, mind, life, nadis and prana.

Learn Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga at Om Yoga International In Rishikesh – Haridwar, India

Following the ancient Indian yogic tradition, Om Yoga International has proved to be a centre of excellence in India for the promotion of Yogic philosophy . All the activites carried at our ashram are purely sattvic that gives an atmosphere to the students to gain the essence of spirituality. Thereby, maintaining a stress free environment for our students that helps them to gain best results in a minimal time.  

We have well specialised experts for both Ashtanga Yoga and Hatha Yoga who ensure proper guidance to all our students in a well systematical manner. In our advanced courses, we teach entire yogic philosophy of Ashtanga Yoga, total 196 sutras with its chanting everyday and explanation of each and every sutra. And in Hatha Yoga, our two most ancient texts of Hatha Yoga, Hatha Yog Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita are explained along with proper chanting of its mantras. All our theoretical concepts are supported with practical.

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