Nada and Mantra Yoga Training in Rishikesh

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15 days 80 hours of certified yoga teacher training

“Nada” is Sanskrit and means sound. According to the yoga philosophy, the creation of the universe began with the sound of the “Om”.

The sound in yoga is sacred, and for thousands of years the Rishis (holy men) have been singing Sanskrit verses called mantras. These mantras are highly energetically charged and have mental and physical healing powers through their specific vibrations.

Sounds, mantras and kirtans (devotional melodies) are an integrated and important part of yoga and yoga-related rituals.

By repeating mantra, one can not only enter deep meditation, but also heal oneself and others.

The entire branch of Bhakti Yoga – The Yoga of Devotion – is deeply connected to mantra chanting and Kirtan singing.

Nada Yoga opens your body, soothes your mind and opens your heart.

Overview of the course

This course will be full of sounds and melodies. As this course takes place in an ashram in the holy city of Rishikesh, we will participate in the program of the ashram with meditation, yoga lessons, fire ceremony, meals and evening programs.

You will find that sound is a big part of traditional Indian yoga and that it will accompany us through the structured days: during meditation, we will recite a mantra in silence, in the yoga class a mantra will be the theme of the class, during the Fire Puja we will sing a complete set of ancient Vedic mantras and prayers.

Before meals, we will honor the meal with the Bhojan mantra, and the evening program usually consists of an energitic Kirtan circle.

But during the course, you will not only participate in the activities but also learn the theory behind the Sanskrit sounds. We will teach you mantra and Kirtans and their meaning. Practice with you how to sing them and tell you when to use them.

This all will happen in form of classes as well as excursions: we will attend famous ceremonies on the river Ganga, meet real Indian yogis who introduce us to the mystery of Nada Yoga, knowledgeable musicians will explain Indian instruments to us, we will have harmonium classes and finally lead the evening Kirtan ourselves.

The last two days we will take you on a trip to the holy city of Varanasi.

This course is for:

  • Yoga teachers who want to incorporate the science and beauty of the mantra into their classes
  • all who want to lead Kirtan
  • everyone who loves sound and feels a special connection to the vibrations of Vedic mantras and prayers.
  • all who want to experience Mantra and Kirtan in the spiritual atmosphere of an Indian ashram
  • For registered Yoga Teachers of the Yoga Alliance who want to receive certified training hours

Course Content:

  • Theory and Science of Sound
  • Om The Universal Sound
  • Saguna and Nirguna mantras
  • Vedic and Tantric mantras
  • Mantra singing
  • Techniques of Mantra Meditation
  • Mantra as part of your yoga class
  • Structure of Mantra Yoga classes
  • many mantras and kirtans with chords
  • Mantra and Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Kundalini Yoga
  • Mantra and rituals
  • Kirtan Singing
  • How to Lead a Kirtan
  • Introduction to Indian Instruments
  • Harmonium classes

About Rishikesh

The spiritual place Rishikesh is located at the holy Ganges at the foot of the Himalayas. Surrounded by forest and mountains, the city consists of a colourful collection of temples, ashrams and yoga schools. Every day, pilgrims from all over India come to take a holy bath in the Ganges and take part in the ceremonial ceremonies. Baba ji’s (holy men) sit in deep meditation on small rocks on the banks of the aisle, shining candles float on the river every evening for the fire ceremony, and Hindu prayers and mantras ring everywhere.

The lived spirituality is contagious and very quickly you become a part of it and develop an intensive yoga practice in a structured everyday life.

In this wonderful place is the equally beautiful little Anand Prakash Ashram.

Here all aspects of yoga are brought together into one unit and the yoga classes are a wonderful combination of asanas, pranayama and meditation, in which the focus is directed inward and often magical moments arise.

The ashram provides a good setting for a healthy yogic lifestyle with a regular daily routine, delicious and vegetarian food, yoga classes and ashram events, such as the morning fire puja (prayer) and Kirtan chants.


Day 1 Independent arrival to Delhi, transfer to hotel

You will be welcomed by us at the airport and taken to the hotel.

Day 2 Onward journey to Rishikesh and arrival Ashram

After some peace and relaxation, our trip to Rishikesh continues by private minibus (6 hours). In the evening we arrive for dinner at the Ashram.

Day 3 to 13 Nada Yoga Course at Ashram

We enjoy the next 11 days at the Ashram with daily morning meditation, a yoga class, fire ceremony, lectures, workshops, three healthy yogic meals, excursions and an evening ashram program. (Kirtan, Satsang, Sound Meditation, Singing Bowl Concerto)

Daily program:

5:20-5:50 am Guided Meditation

6:00-7:45 am Yoga class: Asana, Pranayama, Mantra and Meditation

8:00 am Fire Ceremony

8:30-9:00 am Breakfast

9:30 am-12:00 pm Nada Yoga Theory class (15-minute break)

12:30 pm Lunch

1-2:00 pm self-study, rest

2:00-3:30 pm Nada Yoga class (Theory or Practice)

3:30-4:00 pm Tea break

4:00- 6:00 pm Nada Yoga Class (sometimes we will combine the two afternoon hours)

6:00 pm Dinner

7:00-8:00 pm Kirtan / Satsang/ Singing Bowls Concert, Meditation

Sunday is free and we invite you to some fun activities and sightseeing in Rishikesh.

Day 14 Flight to Varanasi

In the morning we take the flight via Delhi to Varanasi, the most sacred city in India for Hindus. Here we take a guided walk to the bathing and burning Gaths on the Ganges with a guide and watch the fire ceremony from the boat in the evening. Today will be your closing ceremony.

Day 15 Varanasi and flight to Delhi/ Return flight home

Early in the morning we get back on the boat. This time it is a little further upstream to observe another fire ceremony.

Afterwards we can take part in a public yoga class.

Until the evening, the day remains free for further visits and purchases. In the evening the flight goes to Delhi. Independent departure home.

The journey begins and ends in Delhi at the international airport.


  • (early arrival or late departure) 1 x hotel room with breakfast in Delhi (double room)
  • 1 night in Varanasi with city tour without meals
  • Total transport with 2 domestic flights
  • Ashram in Rishikesh:
  • 12 x overnight stay in a double or three-man room with attached bathroom
  • 3 x daily healthy, vegetarian meals
  • 1 x daily yoga class
  • Participation in ashram activities (Kirtan, singing, fire ceremony, meditation)
  • filtered water
  • Wireless
  • 14 nights in a double room with attached bathroom
  • 2 weeks 80-hour yoga teacher training certified with Yoga Alliance with teaching material
  • Certificate (training hours with the Yoga Alliance)
  • Visa
  • International flight
  • unmentioned meals


Prices and Dates

Fixed date:


1550 € per person in a double room (4-16 participants) There are few single rooms available at extra cost, please make a request.

Tour Info


This intensive yoga training requires a lot of discipline and commitment. In order to obtain the certificate, no hours of absence may be recorded and the theoretical and practical examination must be passed.

Further Information

YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider), instructor and yoga teacher

Sarah will coordinate all your classes, the theoretical and the practical lessons. Since she is a passionate Bhakti Yogi and Kirtan singer, she loves Nada Yoga and has completed several trainings throughout India.

She will teach many of the sessions with her co-teachers and guest teachers.

The Ashram

The ashram was founded in 2007 by Yogirishi Vishvketu and offers a protected space for an intense spiritual yoga practice. It is located in Rishikesh, within walking distance of the sacred Ganges River.

In total there are 21 simple rooms with attached bathroom and balcony, on request also air-conditioned. The large, light-flooded yoga hall, clad in wood and bamboo, offers a very bright and clean, sheltered space for practice. There is also another yoga hall and a rooftop terrace for workshops and meditation.

The ashram has a prayer area where the sacred fire ritual takes place every morning. There is also a library, a reception and a dining room.

Wi-Fi and filtered water are available.

Please note the dress code: knee and shoulder-covered clothing is required, preferably in white.

From 9 pm until after breakfast, the period of silence must be observed.

What to bring

  • Loose and light clothing (knee and shoulder covered, preferably white or bright colours)
  • a scarf
  • thick socks
  • Sweater
  • Flipflops
  • Towels
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (sunscreen) and small medical equipment (in Rishikesh you can get everything)
  • Passport (copy), credit or debit card, some cash in your currency (approx. € 50-100),
  • Mobile phone, camera, charger (no adapter), maybe laptop
  • notebook, writing material
  • a lot of curiosity and excitement

Nada and Mantra Yoga Training in Rishikesh

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