Frequently Asked Questions
I- General Questions:
In Rishikesh there is nothing like a dress code you have to follow. So just bring comfortable clothes for the yoga practice. In the school we have yoga mats and other equipment so you don´t have to worry. Be aware that for visiting some temples you will need clothes that cover your shoulders and long pants.
We accept 15 to 20 students in each course of YTT
Most of the general items you will need during your stay in India (or their equivalent) can be easily found in the nearby shops around the corner from our yoga school. What we suggest you remember to bring is any specialty item that you can't live without, like a specific personal care item or favorite snack from your country.
II- Weather In Rishikesh
There are three different seasons in Rishikesh:
I- Summer Season (March-June) : These months constitute the summer season in Rishikesh where June is the hottest month with temperatures rising up to 35 °C. Expect a sunny weather with temperatures around 20 °C to 35 °C. Bring fresh clothes =).
II- Winter Season (October-February) : These months constitute the winter season in Rishikesh and see an average temperature of 8°C to 24°C. January is the coldest month in Rishikesh and it is advisable to carry warm clothes.
III- Monsoon Season (July-September) : These months constitute the winter season in Rishikesh and see an average temperature of 16°C to 26°C. Rainfall is normal at this time. Humidity is quite high and the temperature at the place gets down from the summer peaks.
III- Travel & Transportation
Yes, it is safe to travel alone to Rishikesh, many tourists do it. It might be a bit challenging to travel by local buses or trains sometimes if you are never been to India before, as its very different from other parts of the world.
Arrival by airplane:
The nearest international airport is New-Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. For those who choose to continue their way by air, there are currently domestic flights to nearby Dehradun, operated by Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher. From there it is less than an hour drive by taxi to Rishikesh.
Arrival by bus: Buses to Rishikesh leave New-Delhi from the Kashmiri Gate National Bus Stand approximately every hour. The bus ride takes about 7-8 hours and costs around IRs.450 for A/C buses & IRs.250 for Non-A/C.
Arrival by taxi: Taxis are always available anywhere in India. The drive from Delhi to Rishikesh will take around 5 to 6 hours, depending on traffic conditions.
Arrival by train: The best option is to reach Haridwar Train Station, about 45 minutes away from Rishikesh by road on a driven taxi or the so called tuktuks. From Delhi, the train ride takes mostly between 5 to 8 hours, depending on the train. Haridwar is serviced by many trains from/to Delhi, Varanasi, Rajasthan, Amritsar, etc.
Yes, with advanced notice we will arrange transportation for you to Rishikesh directly from the airport, bus or train station. Upon arriving in Rishikesh we will help you with directions for walking a short distance to our school
In order to attend the orientation program, one should arrive at least a day before starting of the course. On the first day at 10:30 am the Course will start with yoga ritual. On last day of the course, graduation ceremony takes place and it finishes by 11:30 am, therefore, departure should be planned one day after completion of the course.
Yoga Vidya Mandiram Yoga School offers you different payments options; pay with PayPal, quick Bank Transfer and Debit Credit Card. However we kindly make a suggestion of paying the remaining balance by cash, or through online banking as it is the most convenient way for both of us.
As transactions made upon arrival at the school by credit or debit card has extra charges of 4% of the course fee as the conditions and policies of Reserve Bank of India.
To pay the deposit fee by PayPal is appropriate, but Yoga Vidya Mandiram Yoga School doesn’t accept full payments by PayPal as it is 5% extra charges for us accordingly to India PayPal fees and policies.
Yes, if there is any personal issues, so in case we are able delay the dates of your course. The advance of the course fees are non-refundable, only in the case of emergency students can join us on other schedules
We are accepting credit card payments for booking amounts. Remaining fees can be paid either in cash or by TCs. If you opt for paying your remaining fees by credit card then additional 1.75% will be charged as transaction fee. You can also use your ATM debit cards (Master/Visa/Electron) to withdraw cash in Rishikesh.
You don't need to pay extra money as our course fees includes food and accommodation. You'll be provided a shared room with all the basic amenities like attached bathroom, 24 hours water supply, hot water heater, bathing shower, Wardrobe and so on.
Students should apply for tourist visa as it is easy and granted from indian embassy shortly, purpose of visit in india should be yoga retreat or ayurveda retreats. Students may give our school address as well as contact number as an indian reference. Contact details of Indian embassy in your country can be found. In general, visa expiry date is counted from the day visa is issued. Please verify it with the concerned embassy. Try to apply for your visa at least 2 or 3 weeks before your travel date.
V- School & Certification
To become a certified yoga teacher, you must successfully complete a yoga teacher training course and show competence in your ability to teach a yoga class. Find out what the suggested minimum requirements for yoga teachers are at: www.yogaalliance.org.The yoga alliance page also lists training programs and yoga schools that meet their minimum standards
In case of emergency yes, but you'll have to inform the teacher from the class about it.
Yes, Yoga Vidya Mandiram Yoga School (RYS 200, 300, 500) is a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliance, USA for providing internationally recognized yoga teacher training certifications in India. All our yoga teacher training graduates can register online at Yoga Alliance® website.
Yes, you'll have to pass a written and a verbal test. The decision will be based by your performance, attendance and behavior.
Yes, our courses are qualified by Yoga Alliance. After registration on the website you'll be able to teach in any part of the world.
Our 200 hour is multi-style yoga teacher training course that follows yoga alliance USA standards and graduates from Yoga Vidya Mandiram yoga school will be enable to teach classical hatha yoga, ashtanga and vinyasa yoga, yoga philosophy, meditation, pranayama, yoga therapy & anatony as a certified yoga teacher.
Yes, it is possible to attend the TTC with your partner.
The YTTC are suitable for everyone as we committed to teach you from the very root of yoga thru all aspects, so experience are not necessary.
No, all students are coming from different parts of the world, so English are most likely second language of them. The courses are easily understandable and teachers will help you in anything.
VI- Food & Accommodation
Food provided at our center is 100% vegetarian, not vegan. You will need to inform us in advance so our chef can prepare food for you especially.
Yes, India hospitals has the same facilities as Western countries, might be not the same brand, but you'll be able to get it here as well.
If you are sick, injured or in need of medical assistance, we will provide you with medical care or take you to a western-style hospital (whichever option is needed). And in this case we will find alternatives for you in order to be able to finish the course.
We have taken extra precautions by hiring a dedicated staff to prepare each and every meal at the school from fresh ingredients. Eating outside of school is pretty safe in the restaurants at Rishikesh. If your stomach is sensitive, you should beware of eating street foods.