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Yoga Retreat in the Yoga Capital of the World

Yoga Retreat Teacher Training Rishikesh India

Teacher Trainees Doing Shoulder Stand on the Beach

Many yogis dream of taking a pilgrimage to Rishikesh—the unofficial yoga capital of the world that catapulted to western fame when the Beatles arrived in the 1960s to study meditation. This cow-dung-ridden and hippie-haven town is considered the start of many sacred journeys in India where the holy Ganges River flows down from the Himalayan foothills.

Nowadays, medical there you can find just about as many ashrams, discount look gurus, souvenir shops, and wandering sadhus (‘holy men’ dressed in orange who renounce worldly possessions to follow a spiritual life) in Rishikesh as you would find Starbucks stores in New York.

Yoga is not only a spiritual offering here, but also a business, and those in the tourism industry are capitalizing on the city’s reputation. Whether you want to stay in an ashram, do a teacher training, or find a guru, Rishikesh has it all.


Finding “The Right” Yoga Retreat or Teacher Training


I came to Rishikesh because I wanted to experience yoga in “the yoga capital of the world.”

Finding “the right” ashram or yoga center was a difficult task when searching from afar—many places don’t have websites and it’s hard to know what you’re signing up for.

Krishna Cottage Rishikesh Yog Peeth

View From Our Room at Yog Peeth in Krishna Cottage

My search led me to Rishikesh Yog Peeth—a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training and retreat center located in the heart of Rishikesh.

The owners aren’t what I expected. I envisioned our leaders to be bearded old men floating above their meditation cushions; instead, I found jeans-wearing young men who don’t claim to be enlightened or to have the answers to life’s most difficult questions—they simply love yoga.

In fact, when speaking with the founder, Yogyacharya Roshan Ji, about his desire to open a yoga center he openly admitted that initially he did it was for financial profit. But once he started teaching the path of yoga and practicing what he taught, he got much more than money in return.

I experienced Roshan Ji’s passion during our lessons on yogic philosophy, and I felt honored to have the opportunity to be a part of his classes.


An Intense Yoga Experience


Rishikesh Yoga Peeth

View from the Yoga Room

Our retreat schedule went according to a 14-hour daily program:

  • 6:00 am: Wake up with Herbal Tea
  • 6:15 to 7:00 am: Neti Pot Cleansing and Pranayama (breathing exercises)
  • 7:00 to 8:30 am: Mantra Chanting & Asana Practice
  • 9:00 am: Breakfast
  • 10:00 to 11:00 am: Lecture on Yoga Philosophy
  • 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 3:30 to 4:30 pm: Yoga Discussion & Correction Class
  • 5:00 to 6:30 pm: Asana Practice
  • 6:45 to 7:30 pm: Pranayama and Meditation
  • 8:00 pm: Dinner

This was a lot of yoga, even for me. Jim was such a trooper—he’s newer to yoga and it was nice to see his genuine interest in learning more about this ancient system.

Never before have we cleaned out our nostrils together at sunrise, and I definitely think the experience made us closer.

Rishikesh Ganges Meditation

Meditation on the Holy Ganga

One of my favorite parts of the retreat was Roshan Ji and Sanjay’s yoga philosophy class. Our group discussed concepts of consciousness, awareness, the yogic philosophy of living, and union.

The asana classes were different from what I’m used to in the U.S.—the pace was slower and gradual (we practiced only 10 to 12 postures in a 1.5 hour class) with a focus on proper alignment and form.

Yog Peeth also offers Panchakarma (detoxification) and Ayurveda treatments by therapists trained in Kerala—the Ayurveda center of India—and the massages were the best I had in India!


Building A New Ashram in Rishikesh


Although currently located in Krishna Cottage, a rented guesthouse just up the hill from the main town, Yog Peeth is currently building a new ashram, which should be complete within the next two years.

Rishikesh Himalayas

View from Construction Site

I had the opportunity to visit the construction site—a location surrounded by the Himalayas next to a waterfall. The ashram will be a perfect getaway for those seeking serenity and a quiet place to mediate near the Ganga or to practice yoga.

Roshan Ji envisions a self-sustained community for the ashram that uses wind power for electricity and fresh food from an organic garden and local hill villages.

“For me,” said Roshan Ji, “it’s about spreading the message of health so one day the whole [Universal] body will be healthy.”

I look forward to my next visit to Yog Peeth, particularly to see the completed ashram.


For more information on yoga retreats and training in India, visit:

Yoga Teacher Training In Rishikesh

Yoga Teacher Training In India

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13 Responses to Yoga Retreat in the Yoga Capital of the World

  1. Mark Boyd August 15, 2012 at 4:47 am #

    Hi there,

    I enjoyed your write up on YogPeeth. We too are headed to India in a few weeks and intend to partake in a teacher training course. Was this the course you took?
    If so how did you feel at the end of it? Did you feel adept enough in your yogic skills to teach others? We look forward to hearing from you.

    Many thanks.

    Mark & Amanda.

  2. featheredpipe February 6, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

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  3. Kylie April 9, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    Hey there,

    I found your blog today and I am absolutely in love with it. Whereas I actually should have been studying today, I spent my day reading your stories and adventures.. Thank you for sharing you inspiring travels, I hope to do something similar one day. Yet, currently I am looking for a yoga teacher training abroad.. So I am very interested in this particular blog and I am wondring whether it may be possible to ask you a few questions about this retreat in India via email for example? It would be worth so much to me to be able to hear about your personal experience. It is quite scary to book something from The Netherlands in such a different country and culture..

    I look so much forward to your response.

    Thank you in advance.

    With love and light,


    • Rachel April 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

      Hi Kylie! Thank you for your very kind comments. Yes, I will email you from my personal email so we can chat more :) So excited for you!

    • Dina November 8, 2014 at 1:15 am #

      Hi Kylie,

      I am currently looking for a yoga teachers training course abroad too, and would love to hear your experience. I take it you did go. Perhaps an email where you can share your personal experiences. I agree with you it is totally scary not knowing what you signing up for. Really would appreciate your feedback.

      Sharing yoga and health…

  4. Aella May 27, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    Thanks for your post which is truly informative for us and we will surely keep visiting this website. We are also in same field and welcome you to visit our website.

  5. himalayanyoga June 23, 2014 at 11:16 pm #

    Amazing blog post!i love to read your blog.Yoga is fantastic, it has definately helped me to maintain good health and have plenty of energy.

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  6. Yolanda July 2, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    So nice to see people writing about Rishikesh Yog Peeth. Although I have not had the pleasure as yet to spend some time with them in their school, we have worked supporting them since the beginning of our site. I love what they do and how they do it. There should be more schools like theirs. Hope to spend some time there soon and enjoy their yoga in the beautiful surrounds. Joy to You Always.

  7. David July 8, 2014 at 2:56 am #


    Nice blog post i really impressed, I think yoga can helps to lead a successful and healthy life. Yoga teaches us to grow as individuals where through our search for ourselves discover something that is unique to us. Keep posting…..

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  8. Beatriz October 9, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    Hi! I’m going to rishikesh and wanted to ask you some questions… May I talk to you by mail? Thanks!!

  9. Ellie November 12, 2014 at 8:07 pm #

    Found you site on my search for a yoga certification program in India and just had to leave a comment to say hi! I am also passionate about travel and yoga and am looking forward to following your adventures! I have been living abroad for 4 years and am so excited to finally be heading to India! Thanks for the great read :)

    Be well,


    • Rachel April 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

      Namaste, Ellie. Safe and blessed travels to you!


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