We all know that a Yoga Alliance USA-certified yoga center is the first requirement and that is something that almost every yoga teacher training school in Rishikesh can provide as all of them are usually Registered Yoga Schools. Yoga teacher certification in India is spread out in different parts of the country, but it is predominantly existing in Rishikesh, India due to its spiritual importance.
If you haven’t been to Rishikesh, then let us help you paint an honest picture in your mind. The city is known as the capital of yoga and you are about to find out why? Every next street you walk into hosts a minimum of four to five yoga schools and each holding a certification from Yoga Alliance USA.
It’s no wonder yoga students or yoga teacher aspirants find it hard to find the best yoga school in Rishikesh. Choosing out of thousands of schools in a small city like Rishikesh is a task. However, do not worry, based on our yoga students’ queries, we will help you set some clear parameters to judge the credibility of a good yoga centre in Rishikesh.
Here is a checklist of 5 parameters every yoga teacher aspirant should see!
How to choose a good yoga school in Rishikesh?
Verify the Yoga alliance status of the school
All schools might claim to be Registered Yoga Schools with Yoga Alliance, USA. However, as an aspiring student, it is important that you verify the school status on the yoga alliance website. Go to https://www.yogaalliance.org/ , on the top, there is an option to search, click on that search for the school of your choice and see their status. Only if you are getting certified by a Registered Yoga School, you will be able to register yourself as a Registered Yoga Teacher on Yoga Alliance Website, so your profile is then globally visible to everyone. This is a great addition to your Yoga Profile, so it’s better that you get this verification done before you choose your school.
Google Review of Yoga Schools in Rishikesh
Honestly, vinyasa yoga ashram is a yoga teacher training center and we know more than anyone else what a review really means to anyone who is serving people. Positive testimony about being the best is what every yoga school in Rishikesh seeks out. However, this can lead many schools to temper or fabricate reviews that are quite obvious on google and other websites, and Vinyasa yoga ashram being one of the leading schools in Rishikesh, has seen the pre-review online review era of yoga teacher training. Hence we truly worked on getting the basic right to get the word of mouth from our students. Moreover, 90% of our students still come from word of mouth, which justifies the experience itself but this isn’t about good we are, it’s about how you can verify those reviews or get real feedback about a yoga school in Rishikesh.
Here it is, stock the students, every month a batch clears their training and they post everything on Instagram these days, search for the student’s tag on the yoga school’s Instagram and talk to students directly, they will tell you the real experience and if they faced a problem they will genuinely tell you whether or not to choose this school. We at Vinyasa Yoga Ashram can suggest this openly because of our confidence in our teachers and staff as they make sure the learning experience of every yoga teacher aspirant is on point. This also leads us to our next point in the checklist on the search to find the best school in Rishikesh.
Best Yoga Teachers in Rishikesh
Once you have verified the school’s credibility from previous students and established a certain level of trust, it’s time to strengthen that psychological bond by knowing more about their teaching staff.
Here are the ways by which you can verify the credibility of yoga teachers at the school. Find out from their Instagram or ask the schools to connect you with teachers, so you can see what they are like, what topics they share, what lifestyle they follow, and what their students are commenting on their posts.
We at Vinyasa Yoga Ashram ensure our yoga teachers stay connected with student post-yoga teacher training course completion as well. We also host regular Instagram live on hot topics of yoga to solve the burning questions of our yoga community.
What does this say about a school?- It shows that the yoga teachers of schools like Vinyasa Yoga Ashram are completely involved in the process of making better yoga teachers and not just doing a job that needs to be done. This can be only done by a yoga school when they have a good reputation with yoga teachers, especially in a city like Rishikesh, and building a reputation takes a lot of time, time is another parameter on our list which signifies a good yoga school in Rishikesh.
How old is the Yoga School in Rishikesh?
A lot of yoga schools write their foundation date on websites to earn the credibility of time. Which can be an important factor of trust. However, this can fool you as well, it doesn’t matter when the school was founded or how old it is because old doesn’t mean traditional and authentic.
In Rishikesh, there are many schools that are fairly new, and many schools which are here since the beginning, both of them cannot be trusted on providing the best yoga learning experience.
Then how to decide on the basis of time, five to ten years is good enough time to understand how to teach a yoga student according to Yoga Alliance USA. However, the quality of education depends only on the teachers and how well their students are doing after completing the course. So don’t be fooled by someone who claims to be the oldest. For example, Vinyasa Yoga Ashram was started in 2015, which is about 7 years ago but the teachers who teach are regular practitioners of yoga and young enough to understand how the students will apply the yogic practices in today’s life which makes a huge difference in their experience of becoming a teacher.
What is the location of the Yoga School in Rishikesh?
Rishikesh is full of yoga schools with scenic beauty, some next to rivers, which are some secluded in mountains. Does location really makes a difference, well it may have a little bit of an impact on your meditation and philosophy class. You do not want to look for a school that is too close to the Holy Ganga River or around main tourist spots because if it’s too close to the river the sound of the river may be meditative, and it will surely hamper your listening part when yoga teacher impart their knowledge. For the same reason, you don’t want it too close to the tourist spots due to huge footfall on weekends, it can cause a lot of distractions and impede your yoga experience.
That is why Upper Tapovan in Rishikesh has become the best location for a yoga school as it is a small mountain valley on which you find everything starting from scenic mountain views, small waterfalls, cute cafes to a secret location without any noise pollution or huge crowds of people walking all over the place. Vinyasa Yoga Ashram is right in the middle of Upper Tapovan mountain because it is also tiresome to hike all the way up to the mountain and not be able to come down if you need anything urgent. Once, you are satisfied with the reviews, teachers, and school’s credibility, you should keep the location in mind for the reasons explained above because a lot of schools will try to lure you in through certain factors which matter the least in your learning experience, which also brings us to the last point in ending your search for the best school in Rishikesh.
DON’T FALL FOR ALL OF THIS!
Every yoga school in Rishikesh offers beach yoga, outings and excursions, sattvic wholesome meals, and many other add-ons. While this does take one’s experience of India to whole another level. It cannot be the main factor in choosing the yoga teacher training school in Rishikesh.
Instead, try to do this, look for testimonials about the experience people have while doing these activities, did they really feel connected to the school and Indian community of yoga or they just did it post some pictures because many schools in Rishikesh just do the photo shoot of these places but doesn’t try to make that experience memorable. Which takes you back to the first point, ask the previous student about all the things a school is offering and how they manage in delivering all the promises.
Your search for a good yoga school in Rishikesh ends with considering all the above points and then deciding what means more to you, it all comes down to what is your purpose of coming to Rishikesh, if it is only certification, you could have done it from anywhere. So, ask yourself what is it that I want in your experience and create a priority list, and according to compare the yoga schools in Rishikesh.
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