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Yoga Course Information

Why is it necessary to fill in a personal application form to register for your courses?
We require all applicants to fill out a registration form before participating in our course. This helps us to understand your motivations for studying with us, your background in yoga, and also to ensure you are in good health as our courses are physically demanding.
What criteria do you use to select from applicants?
At jivan chakra we believe that yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, background or body type. We welcome everyone to come and study with us, the most important factor we look for is openness to new experiences and a willingness to learn.
Our teacher training programs are rigorous and physically demanding so there are a few things we need to consider from applicants. Things we look at include how long you have been practicing, your level of dedication, your reasons for taking a teacher training course, and your overall state of health. In addition, courses are conducted in english so participants are required to understand basic english in order to be able to digest the material.
For our 200 and 300 hour foundation hatha yoga teacher training courses we accept all levels of students, however we strongly recommend previous experience in order for you to get the most out of the course. The teacher training courses require hard work and commitment and we ask that you come prepared for this, recommending you establish a daily practice 3 months prior to the course beginning.
For our 300 hour intermediate hatha course we require that you already have an established hatha yoga practice, and 200 hours yoga alliance recognised teacher training, either at jivan chakra foundation or another recognised school.
The more you are established in your own practice, the more you will gain from training with us - your understanding of the adjustments will be more complete, your practice will be deeper, you will enjoy pranayama and meditation more; the whole experience will be more rewarding for you.
How far in advance should I apply for a place on your teacher training courses?
We allocate places on the teacher training courses on a first come first serve basis, so we would recommend to secure your spot sooner rather than later. The availability and demand for courses change according to the season and which course you are interested in. We try to keep our intake for each course moderately sized so that each student receives the individual attention they need. We advise that you keep this in mind when planning your application.
However, if you are looking at taking a course spontaneously, we will do our best to accommodate you, so please get in touch with us!
A day in the life of a yogi at Jivan Chakra
Your days will be very full at jivan chakra, beginning bright and early at 6.30am, and ending with meditation finishing quietly at 9pm. Each course varies so your schedule will depend upon which course you are enrolled upon. Generally, asana and pranayama practice are in the morning, followed by brunch at around 10.30am. Afternoons will usually consist of adjustments, workshops or teaching practicals, followed by yoga nidra, philosophy, and more time to practice! Dinner is served in the evening followed by meditation. The days are busy and full of classes, so students tend to get an early night following the calming meditation session. Students will not be permitted to leave our residencies after 9.30pm to ensure that everyone gets a peaceful nights sleep and is bright and full of energy for practice in the morning!
Students get a well deserved day off once a week, during which they are free to explore all that rishikesh has to offer. We also sometimes plan surprise activities and excursions further off the beaten track.
Example of a typical day at Jivan Chakra:
06:30 - 08:00 -- Pranayama/ Meditation / Mantra Chanting
08:30 - 10:15 -- Hatha yoga asana practice
10:30 - 12:00 -- Breakfast / Brunch / Free Time / Study Time
12:00 - 13:30 -- Adjustments class/ Asana workshop
14:00 - 15:00 -- Yoga Nidra meditation/ Rest Time / Free time/ Refreshing time
15:00 - 16:00 -- Philosophy / Yoga Sutra Lectures
16:00 - 18:00 -- Workshop/Study Time
18:30 - 19:30 -- Dinner Time
19:30 - 20:30 -- Rest Time/Free Time/Study Time
20:30 - 21:30 -- Silence Meditation
21:30 - 06:00 -- Mauna / Silence

This is an example schedule only - schedules change depending on the season, course or any improvements we have implemented.
What subjects are covered in your TTC courses?
The following subjects are covered, with varying depths of study depending upon the course you have chosen:
Asana theory and practice
Yoga Philosophy
Pranayama theory and practice
Meditation theory and practice
Alignment, safe practice and modification
The art of adjustment
Anatomy and physiology

If you wish to see more detail about our courses please take a look through the course information pages.
Everyone has different hopes and expectations for the courses. Take the most you can from each experience, and always feel free to discuss anything you need with staff and teachers so that you may get the most out of your time here!
What level of experience should I have in Hatha Yoga?
Everyone’s yoga practice is a unique and personal journey so we do not expect that students will all be on the same level. There is no such thing as competition in yoga. However, we recommend that you have an established daily practice of 60-90 minutes a day for three months preceding the course. This will ensure you are in good shape to get the most out of your course.
Can I do a work exchange for your TTC course?
As our ttc courses are highly demanding you will not have any time to work during the course, therefore we do not offer this option. After the course we will see if you qualify to stay on as an assistant, which is the work exchange program that we currently offer.
What is expected from our students whilst they are here?
Apart from an open mind and desire to learn, there are a few more expectations we have when taking part in our teacher training course.
Applicants should have a good level of general fitness to get the most from our courses, so please come healthy and in good shape! 100% attendance to all classes during the course is mandatory, otherwise you will not gain full benefit from the course. Additionally there is a minimum contact hour requirement to qualify for your certificate under the yoga alliance guidelines.
We understand that the courses are very intense, so please communicate with us if you have any problems during your stay. We do our best to ensure your comfort but can’t read your mind if you don’t tell us there’s a problem, so please talk to us!
I am not sure which program to choose. Which one do you suggest?
Please read through the different program details on this site and see which attracts you the most! If you have any individual circumstances you think may affect your choice and you are unsure, please feel free to contact us directly.
Generally, our 200 hour courses benefit all levels of practitioners. Those who wish to take more advanced courses should be firmly established in their yoga practice to ensure they can get the most out of the opportunity.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare before the course?
We recommend that you establish a daily practice before arriving to ensure that you’re in good shape for your journey here. Try to practice for 60-90 minutes a day in the 3 months leading up to the course; it will pay dividends once you’re here.
Additionally some preparatory reading would be beneficial to give you some background knowledge and inspiration. Please see some recommended reading below:
Asana pranayama mudra bandha (apmb)
Yoga darshan - swami niranjanananda ji
The heart of yoga, t.k.v. Desikachar
Yoga sutras of patanjali - swami venkatesananda, motilal publications
Perennial psychology of the bhagavad gita
The science of breath- dr. M.l. Ghorole
If I am pregnant can I attend the teacher training course?
For all styles of yoga it is recommended not to practice during the first and final 3 months of pregnancy. Therefore if you are pregnant we strongly recommend you consider taking the ttc at a different time. If you already have an established daily practice for more than a year you may attend and modify accordingly, however you will have a different experience . If you find out you’re pregnant whilst you are here we will do our best to help you to work with a prenatal practice.
Are there any exams I need to pass in order to qualify as a yoga teacher?
There is a practical and a written examination at the end of the course. The written exam is on yoga philosophy and what you have learned through the month. The practical exam usually involves teaching an asana class to your classmates.
Is it possible to change my course dates?
We understand that unexpected things do happen, so there is an option to transfer from one course to another at least one month before the course start date. Please note that this transfer can only be made once.
Alternatively, you may send someone in your place or contact us so that we may let any wait listed individuals know. If you have paid a deposit, the new participant should reimburse you directly then transfer us the balance, and notify us with the new participant’s details.
Can I stay for longer at the end of my course?
It is possible to stay for longer by mutual agreement, depending upon availability on rooms and space on the courses. We are happy when students are inspired to increase their stay with us! Please note that extended stays are not included in the course fee.
Can I join a teacher training program for a few days?
We are happy for students to join our programs without committing to the entire course, and generally require that you join for a minimum of one week to gain the full experience of our courses.
We recommend our drop in classes for those wishing to come for just a few days.
What sort of people are there at Jivan Chakra?
People from all over the world come to study with us! One of the great parts of a teaching training course is the experience of sharing and learning alongside your classmates - the experience is a powerful journey and many people end up making connections and friendships lasting far beyond the course. People of all ages and cultures bring their own unique experience and background to their yoga practice and it’s incredible how much you can learn from your fellow practitioners!
Is Jivan Chakra foundation an ashram?
Whilst the daily routine at Jivan Chakra has some similarities to what you would experience in an ashram, it is not a place for religious retreat or instruction. Jivan Chakra is a school dedicated to the study of yoga.

Yoga Alliance Certification

Are all of the Jivan Chakra teacher training courses certified by Yoga Alliance?
Jivan Chakra foundation is a certified Yoga School (RYS200) by Yoga Alliance, and all of our teacher training courses are recognised by Yoga Alliance. Please note that though your certificate will be recognised by Yoga Alliance, you will need to register through the Yoga Alliance website separately. For more details on the process, please visit their website.
Will I be certified to teach in the UK and Australia?
Yes! Yoga Alliance USA is recognised internationally. Please note that registering with Yoga Alliance USA does not automatically make you a member of Yoga Alliance UK/AU. Please find more details on the Yoga Alliance website.
How do I register with the Yoga Alliance after I have qualified?
Please find more details on the Yoga Alliance accrediation process here:

Tuition and Payment

What is included in the tuition fee?
The tuition fee includes course fees, accommodation, two full meals and one snack with tea per day, and any excursions that take place during your stay. Please note we do not provide meals on rest days.
The fees do not include meals that you take outside during your stay, transportation etc. You are responsible for organising your transport to india and the visa required for your stay.
No part of the fees are refundable in case of non-participation.
How can I pay for the course?
Information about how you can pay for the course will be sent with your acceptance letter. We require a 25% deposit prior to the course to secure your place. The balance of the payment may be made on the day of your orientation upon arrival in rishikesh.
We recommend students use the transferwise service, but also accept bank transfers. All bank transfers must be made at least one month prior to the commencement of your course and there is a 20 euro administration fee if you pay your deposit by bank transfer. If you are paying within one month of the start of the course we do not accept bank transfers - you may pay using cash (upon arrival) or transferwise prior to arrival.
We accept payment by bank transfer or transferwise in any currencies as we will receive the payments in rupees. If you are paying by cash, we only accept us dollars, euros or indian rupees.
Do you give refunds?
Please note that we do not give refunds. Please ensure that you take out the relevant insurance to cover yourself in case of unexpected circumstances preventing you from attending.
How much is the deposit?
The deposit is 25% of the price of the course you are registered for. We require this deposit to secure your space on the course. Please bring proof of your deposit with you and be prepared to pay the outstanding amount in cash upon your arrival.

Money Related Questions

How money will I need?
It depends from person to person how much money they spend outside of class, but in general daily expenses usually come to around 5 USD for our students - this is based on buying water, snacks, toilet paper and other miscellaneous consumables. A chai costs about 20-40 rupees. Restaurant prices vary but meals are generally 100 rupees upwards, with juice available starting around 60 rupees.
Books are around 100-800 rupees, and yoga mats are around 200-300 rupees. As a rough guide, clothing is anywhere between 100-800 rupees.
If you wish to do some shopping for souveniers etc whilst you are here, that will be more expensive so please plan accordingly.
Can I withdraw money nearby?
There are ATM machines within a 5-10 minute walk from our school that you may use. ATMS generally allow you to withdraw up to 10,000 rupees per transaction, with a transaction limit of 4 times a day, and charge a standard fee. We do advise to bring some cash in case your card is not compatible with the ATMs, so that you can exchange money if you need to.
Where is the best place to exchange money?
We recommend you make your money exchange in Rishikesh rather than Delhi as the rates are better here. If you can, we recommend to exchange a small amount in Delhi to cover your costs of getting to Rishikesh and then change the rest once you arrive here. You may exchange cash in the office or in many places nearby the school.
For information on travelling to India including visa applications and getting to Rishikesh please see our Getting here page.

Health & Safety

Immunisations - do I need to get any injections before coming to India?
Most health authorities advise that you are up to date on your regular vaccinations for polio, typhoid and tetanus. Many people do not have any other injections and make sure to eat carefully during their stay. Please consult your doctor or travel nurse before travelling to India. You may need to take precautions against malaria if you are travelling to other parts of India, but most people in Rishikesh just use mosquito repellant.
Is it safe in Rishikesh?
Rishikesh is regarded as a safe city, however as always it is advisable to maintain a sensible level of precaution and awareness of your own personal safety.
Rishikesh is a holy city and the local people are very welcoming and friendly. It is also less crowded than many other cities in india, meaning that there is less poverty, crowding and other potentially overwhelming features for westerners visiting. Being a spiritual centre, you still get exposed to the local culture, friendliness and various religious festivals so it is a great place in which to transition to the indian culture.
The streets begin to empty at about 9-10pm when shops start to close, but it is still safe outside at nighttime.
It is important to be aware of the animals you will live alongside with during your stay here - cows, dogs and monkeys roam the area freely and so it is advisable to keep all fruits and edibles out of sight as the monkeys are not afraid to snatch it from you, something that can leave new arrivals feeling shocked!
Is Rishikesh safe for solo female travellers?
It is not a problem to travel to Rishikesh as a female alone - there are lots of western women doing this and enjoying the experience. Crime is very rare here, but do respect dressing according to India’s modest dress code and covering your knees and shoulders when out and about, in order to prevent attracting unwanted attention.
Is Jivan Chakra in a safe location?
Jivan Chakra is located in Ram Jhula, a safe and peaceful village area set right next to the River Ganges. Local people and fellow travellers are friendly and happy to help, and crime is very rare here. As always, please maintain a sensible level of awareness for your own safety.

Accomodation & Food

Can I have a private room and bathroom?
You may request to have a private room for an extra cost. Please note that there are a limited number of private rooms and so they are allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Other participants are allocated one room to two people, with two single beds and an ensuite bathroom. These shared rooms are included in the price of the course.
Can I choose who I share a room with, if I’m coming with a friend or partner
Please notify us in advance of your arrival and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Can I choose my room?
We assign rooms based on availability and length of stay. If you wish to change rooms upon arrival please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. We prioritise room changes based on the reasons for the request and availability of rooms.
If I arrive early, can I stay at your accommodation before the course begins?
If you wish to come early please let us know and we will do our best to secure you a room. This does however depend on demand and which courses are running at that time, so if we are unable to save you a room we can recommend nearby guesthouses to you.
We provide accommodation to our students free of charge one night before the teacher training course begins, and the night the course finishes.
If I decide to stay on for longer, can I stay in the same room?
If you decide to stay for longer please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. It depends on room availability and how much notice you give us.
Can I come and go as I like during the course?
A teacher training course is a big commitment and as such we require your dedication during your stay. Students have a busy schedule and 100% attendance is mandatory, but as long as all classes are attended you are free to come and go as you like.
Students will not be allowed to stay outside after 9.30 pm to ensure that everyone gets enough rest and other students are not disturbed.
Why do you only serve two meals per day?
During the course we provide two full vegetarian meals per day and a snack with tea during the afternoon break. There is no food provided on rest days.
In order to fully experience the yogic lifestyle it is important to remain light for practice times. The schedule is busy so there is not enough time for 3 meals in one day during the course, and your mind will be kept occupied with your classes - don’t worry, no one has ever gone hungry! You will be doing a lot of energising practices, so you will probably surprise yourself at how much you can do. At mealtimes, you may take as much food as you need and your body will quickly adjust to the new schedule. Many people find they benefit from the 2 mealtimes and the healthy nourishing food.
Sometimes students wish to eat outside every now and then. If this happens, please let our kitchen know at least one night in advance so that they can adjust the quantity of food they prepare accordingly, as traditional indian food is preparation intensive. Please be mindful that if you eat out you may be more likely to get sick.
Can I eat as much as I want at mealtimes or are they portioned?
All meals are unlimited - with so much practice you will need to keep your body well fueled, and our food is sattvic and cooked with love, designed to compliment your yoga practice.
I am vegan/gluten/lactose intolerant, or I have another food allergy.
If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance of your stay and we will be happy to ensure that you have suitable meals whilst you are here.
All of our food is vegetarian and we do not provide eggs or meat.
Please do not bring meat or alcohol with you so that you can fully experience the benefits of the yogic lifestyle.
Can I connect to Wifi?
We provide internet at your accommodation, but you will spend most of your time in classes so your time on the internet will be limited to evenings and meal times.
You can also connect to wifi in some local cafes, but please bear in mind that the internet in india is not very fast - you will be able to check emails, browse the internet, send messages and sometimes make a call home.
If it is vital that you have a good internet connection during your stay we recommend buying a sim card and data plan during your stay.
Are there facilities for laundry?
If desired, you can have your laundry prepared for an extra charge. Students typically handwash their clothing during the course.
Are accommodation and meals included in the Hatha intensive course?
Accommodation and meals are not included in the intensive courses. There are many local ashrams and guesthouses within walking distance from the school, so we recommend exploring the area once you arrive to see what suits you best.

What To Bring

Is there any cultural dress code I should be aware of?
India has a very modest dress code and as such shoulders and knees should be covered when you are out and about.
What is the weather like in Rishikesh and what sort of clothes will I need?
Whatever the month you will need a few comfortable outfits to practice yoga in. Most of our students handwash their clothes whilst they are here, but there are laundry facilities available at an extra cost should you require it.

January is definitely the coldest month here! It’s partly cloudy and sometimes foggy, and you will need warm clothing - bring lots of layers, socks and jumpers!
February has a cooler start but soon becomes pleasant and warm during the day with clear skies. Evenings and early mornings are still chilly though, so bring long sleeves, warm clothes and trousers for nighttime. Outdoor activities like trekking are perfect at this time.
March has beautiful weather - warm and sunny clear skies during the day, and by the end of the month the evenings are balmy and it’s lovely to be outside. It’s perfect for enjoying rafting and adventure sports, and is also the month of the international yoga festival so it’s a great time for yogis to visit.
April starts getting hotter so bring short sleeves and skirts - please do remember to keep your shoulders and knees covered though. The heat is still within most tourists comfort zone, and it’s an ideal time of the year to take a dip in the ganges and cool down.
May is considered to be the hottest month of the year, so it may not be the most comfortable time to visit if you are not used to hot weather. We think that rishikesh is worth a visit throughout the year however.
June sees a continuation of hot weather, and rising water levels as the ice melts in the north causing the ganga to swell.
July is the beginning of monsoon season in rishikesh, bringing some welcome coolness to the air. Most days are cloudy and the humidity increases but it is manageable. Don’t forget to bring your raincoat!
August is the wettest month of the year, so good for those wishing to experience a monsoon season. Again, remember to come prepared for the rain! Plants are beautiful and abundant in all shades of green, perfect for nature lovers. Days are warm and the evenings are pleasant.
September sees a return to clear skies and sunshine. Days can be hot so bring light clothing. September is another good month for outdoor activities.
October is one of the best months to visit rishikesh with warm sunny days and cool, comfortable evenings.
November sees warm days and cool evenings, but starts to cool down by the end of the month. Bring warmer clothes for night time and plan to layer up as it gets cozy!
December - winter is coming! Nights are now cool so make sure you keep wrapped up in the morning and evening too. Daytime is still sunny and comfortable.
What should I pack?
Here is a list to help you decide what you might need to bring:
A few comfortable outfits to practice yoga in
Clothes to go for a dip in the Ganga in. Women please bring some clothes you don’t mind getting wet as it is advisable to remain covered and respect the local dresscode, and to avoid attracting unwanted attention.
Warm clothes for November - February; Light clothes for the summer months April - June; Rain gear for monsoon season from July-August.
If you wish, you may bring your own yoga mat to practice on. Otherwise you may borrow one of ours.
Electronics: phone, laptop, adaptors, chargers
Toileteries, personal care and hygeine items. Ladies please note you may wish to bring your own supply of sanitary towels/tampons as the selection available here is not as wide as you may be used to.
Deposit transfer receipt
Some cash and a bank card that will work internationally in the ATMs
2 Passport size photos
A torch in case of powercuts
Shoes - flip flops and a pair of closed toe shoes for trips
A supply of any prescription medicine you will need for the duration of your stay
First aid kit
Mosquito repellant (if visiting from March - May)
Water purifiers (iodine tablets, UV purification system etc) optional
Sleeping bag (optional)
English dictionary for translation if needed
Most importantly, bring an open mind for the experience!

The following things are easy to buy locally so you do not need to pack them if you need to save space in your luggage:
Laundry detergent
Toiletries - soaps, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner etc
Toilet paper
Stationary - notebooks, pens etc
Bottled water
Currency exchange
Yoga mats, towels, belts, bags etc
Are there yoga mats available to use there?
Yes, we provide yoga mats and towels. There are also lots of shops nearby selling mats and other yoga props if you wish to buy your own here (however bear in mind the standard may not be what you prefer). Of course you are welcome to bring your own mat to practice on if you wish.