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India, 200-Hour Certification

Experience this epic 14-day Yoga Teacher Training in India. This 200-hour YTT intensive will be one of the most empowering experiences of your life. Join this journey with us as we explore yoga and what it means to be truly alive with each other.
Go to the beginning —
–The beginning of Yoga.

Join Yogi Aaron on this epic journey to India. Study in the place where it all started – Rishikesh.

In The 14-Day Yoga Teacher Immersion, You Will:

  • You have been dreaming of doing yoga in India.
  • Become a yoga teacher and have certification to teach anywhere in the world.
  • Have an empowering yoga immersive experience.
  • Be connected by a community of people who are invested in you and your well being.
  • Expand your yoga knowledge and steep in an authentic Himalayan Yoga Tradition.
  • Develop an ardent foundational practice in yoga and daily meditation.
  • Develop clarity of your life purpose and take steps to manifest it.
  • Learn how to safely teach multilevel classes.
  • Be ready to teach on day one!

Blue Osa has created one of the most transformative life-changing yoga teacher training experience for you to experience in Rishikesh, India.

Because of the daily routine of meditation and yoga, you will leave this two-week immersion full of energy and a sense of renewed vision for your life.

India 14-Day Reading List:

Your Curriculum

What's Included

Accommodations & Travel

roundtrip flights from Delhi to Rishikesh


airport shuttle service

all applicable taxes


delicious vegetarian meals prepared for you each day

drinking water

free WiFi


Foundational morning asana and mediation practice

Purification Rituals

Experienced yoga teachers from around the world

Included in your Costa Rica yoga teacher training at Blue Osa


Yoga Alliance Certification

Yoga Teacher Training Manual

Hands-on teaching experience

Your Teacher(s)

Aaron, Founder

Yoga teacher and author of Autobiography Of A Naked Yogi, Aaron leads the Yoga Teacher Training programs at Blue Osa. Aaron has been teaching yoga and leading yoga retreats for close to 30 years. Inspired by his own practice, he guides students to secret and far-flung locales, empowers them to realize their own limitless potential, and makes yoga relevant and accessible for the modern world.... more

blue osa yoga teacher John Thurman

John Thurman, Yoga Trainer

John Thurman, is a Washington, DC based yoga instructor who teaches vinyasa flow power yoga classes. He teaches in a style that focuses on providing a challenging and fun environment for all levels of students to learn and practice their yoga asana. John believes in encouraging students to find their boundaries and mindfully push their limits. ... more

Brittany, Yoga Trainer

Brittany Smith is a Texas girl, based out of Boulder, Colorado. She is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500), and holds several supplementary yoga certificates including yoga therapy, yoga for Veterans, yoga for PTSD, and yoga for eating disorders. Brittany is also a certified Personal trainer, and Reiki practitioner. She has studied under many world renowned teacher's in the industry including Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rae, and Yogi Aaron.... more

“I attended YTT for my 200 hour certification from Yogi Aaron and was blown away. The attention to detail not just in the service but in the quality of the training far exceeded my expectations. The curriculum reflects a well thought out and comprehensive approach, not to mention the passion that Yogi Aaron has for yoga. I look forward to furthering my education and bringing my team in the future!”
— Karla, Atlanta

Want to Know More?

What style(s) of yoga will we be covering?

Yogi Aaron teaches a style of yoga that is authentic and passed down through the Himalayan lineage and tradition.

As Yogi Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in India, he has been taught directly from the Himalayan Tradition. Aaron also has a strong background in yoga therapy and brings in therapeutic elements when appropriate. He is the creator of Applied Yoga Anatomy.

While hatha yoga is at the core of what we do, we differentiate ourselves by offering a holistic approach to yoga that emphasizes function over form. Yoga should be tailored to the individual, and that a good yoga teacher knows how to create unique practices that meet unique needs.

The Blue Osa YTT methodology has been influenced by multiple traditions, including Vinyasa, Iyengar and Anusara yoga.

Yogi Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in India and has been taught directly from the Himalayan Tradition. Aaron also has a strong background in yoga therapy and brings in therapeutic elements when appropriate.

Most importantly, Yogi Aaron teaches Applied Yoga Anatomy, a blend of muscle activation techniques and yoga therapy as taught in in the vinyasa yoga tradition. You will not find this training anywhere else and is only available through the Blue Osa Yoga Teacher Trainings.

Does this program meet Yoga Alliance's international certification standards?

You will have met the qualifications for becoming a 200-hr RYT and 300-hr RYT respectively upon program completion of Blue Osa’s One-Month Immersion Yoga Teacher Training or 14-day Yoga Teacher Training programs. You may choose to submit yourself for recognition if you wish.

As a national credentialing organization for the yoga community, Yoga Alliance® provides a set of educational Standards for yoga schools that specify hours or study in certain educational categories.

Yoga Alliance® is recognized around the world as the authority in setting these yoga standards and your certificate will enable you to be able to teach anywhere it is required.

Yoga Alliance certification

What is the difference between the 200, 300 and 500 hour programs?

Blue Osa is a recognized yoga school by Yoga Alliance.

The 200-hour yoga teacher training by Blue Osa is a foundational training that is recognized baby Yoga Alliance. Once you have completed your 200-hour yoga teacher training, you will be a certified yoga teacher and can teach anywhere in the world. The goal of the 200-hour yoga teacher training is to give essentially give you the skills and knowledge to teach a yoga class safely.

Yoga Alliance certification

The 300-hour yoga teacher training by Blue Osa is an advanced yoga teacher training for those who have previously completed a 200-hour certification with Blue Osa or another school. The 300-hour gives you the opportunity to dive deeper into yoga, giving you knowledge of the more sublime practice of yoga, and the skills to develop you as a leader.

Any yoga instructor who wants to become a yoga trainer to new yoga teachers must have completed the 300-hour, and thereby be certified as a 500-RYT.

The 500-hour yoga teacher training means that you have completed your 200-hour + 300-Hour certification course, OR have completed a 500-hour certification course. Because very few yoga schools offer a straight-up 500-hour program and people don’t have the time to do both back to back, most people do the 200-hour and then 300-hour at separate times.

For more information on the differences, please read this article.


I have already taken the Blue Osa Teacher Training. Should I / Can I take it again?

Absolutely! If you feel called to do this immersion again, do come back. You will be thrilled with how much more you are able to learn and receive when you return to audit an immersion. Even better: we offer a discount to those who wish to repeat a program. Please contact Aaron for more information.

When are the book reports and assignments due?

To award you the Yoga Teacher Certification, you must complete the book reports.

The book reports are due 3 months after the end of the Yoga Teacher Training Immersion. For example, if the completion of the Immersion is November 16, then the book reports will be due the following February 16.

Besides the 3 months following the yoga teacher training, we give you plenty of time during the immersion.

You may also complete the book reports before the beginning of the Immersion.

Once registered, you may begin working on your assignments. We give you instructions for the book reports ONCE you have registered.

When do we begin and end in India?

When will we begin?

These Yoga Teacher Training Immersions officially begin the first day, September 2, at 3:00 PM. You will need to make sure you are at the Great Ganga Hotel by then.

We strongly encourage you to take part in the pre0-trip with us, so that you meet the group and teachers in Delhi prior to the training.

Arrive to the training on time. Anytime missed will require you to make up hours if you require certification.

When will we end?

These immersions will officially end on the final evening, September 15.

This will allow you to leave at anytime you need to on September 16.

We do encourage you to join us on our journey to Kedarnath, as it will be a perfect end to this incredible journey you have embarked upon. The journey will end in New Delhi on September 21, allowing you to leave for home at anytime during the day.

I need help booking my flights to India

There are many ways to book flights, but we strongly suggest you to use Cheri, Blue Osa’s international travel agent. She is not only the best, but will help you find the best possible rates and route. Save your valuable time and use Cheri. 

Are the meals in the YTT in Rishikesh going to be vegetarian?

Blue Osa will be hosting this teacher training in Rishikesh. Rishikesh does not allow for alcohol or meat. There will be an option to have eggs.

You will absolutely love the cuisine served at the Great Ganga!

How often is this teacher training to India offered?

This Yoga Teacher Training to India will only be offered one time, September 2 – 16, 2021. We are expecting 20 people to take part in this teacher training.

Is alcohol served in India?

Alcohol is strictly forbidden in Rishikesh. It will not be available.

I am not sure which training is right for me. What should I do?

You’d love to join an immersion at Blue Osa, but not sure which one is right for you? Please email us right away and let us know:

  1. What about our immersion got your attention?
  2. What do you hope to receive from this immersive experience?
  3. What are your goals once you leave the immersion?

Once we understand a little more about you, Yogi Aaron can help guide you into the perfect training for you.

Will this program cover the "business" aspects of becoming a yoga teacher?

Yes, we will spend some time discussing the logistics of developing your own business as a yoga teacher.

Subjects to be discussed include how to find your first customers, how much to charge, where to teach, and best practices for growing your business.

As a former NYC yoga studio owner and as current co-owner of Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa, Aaron has a wealth of knowledge available in this area, and will kindly field questions.

I have an injury and/or need to adjust my practice. Will I hold the class back?

NO, you will NOT hold the class back. We will ALWAYS encourage you to only do what you are comfortable doing and to practice within the limitations of your own body.

Yoga is a personal practice. The first “value” we practice in yoga is non-harming.

Yogi Aaron’s background is in yoga therapy and the creator of Applied Anatomy. Therefore he teaches all of his classes to be therapeutic and healing. He is also very skillful at helping those with less mobile bodies to adjust their practice.

I don't have a strong yoga practice. Can I still participate in this program?

Absolutely! Even if you are relatively new to yoga, our yoga teacher training immersions are an excellent way to learn the art of yoga and cultivate a strong foundation for your life-long practice.

One of the strengths of our approach to yoga is how adaptable it is to the student. No matter where you are, there is a practice for you.

And frankly, some of the best teachers are the ones who can’t contort their bodies into pretzel shapes. Their limitations end up being an asset to their students.

I don't want to teach yoga. Why should I consider this Yoga Teacher Training Immersion?

Each of our yoga students each come with unique goals. Some want to get their yoga certificate to teach yoga. Others want to answer deep and meaningful questions about their life. And still, others want to live a more meaningful life through yoga.

Yoga teachers acquire real knowledge through direct experience. For this reason, this YTT will take you on the path of acquiring direct experience.

An Immersion allows you the time to steep into a yoga practice. You will receive answers to profound life questions and discover what yoga can mean in your life.

We welcome students of any and all backgrounds of race, orientation, spiritual tradition, or practice. Yoga welcomes all people. The ONLY commitment required is that you are willing to show up and fully participate.

Are scholarships and work exchanges offered in this immersion?

Blue Osa is committed to creating access to underserved populations.

People within these populations need to have skilled helpers and healers representing, and actively serving these groups.

  • • Equity Scholarships are awarded to:
  • • People of Color (any identity or ethnicity)
  • • People who identify as LGBTQAI+
  • • People with Disabilities

Each Blue Osa Online Yoga Teacher Training Program includes two 50% Equity Scholarships.

These are available for applicants who belong to one of the groups above.

You might be wondering why two scholarships at 50%? Why not one full-ride scholarship instead?

Research shows that humans value what we invest something monetary into. We show up to get our money’s worth. This investment of attention yields the best results –and we want you to succeed! Karina is also committed to leading by example. By charging something for her time and energy, she teaches us to value our own, and know it’s okay to be paid for our investments and labor. Most people don’t want a hand out anyway. They genuinely want to contribute something in exchange. So we think 50% give and 50% receive makes it an equitable partnership.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete this form at least ten days before the start of any program.

Blue Osa statement on discrimination, sexual harrassment, and abuse.

Blue Osa is committed to providing a safe environment for all its employees, yoga teachers and yoga students, free from discrimination on any ground and free from harassment, sexual misconduct, and abuse. Blue Osa will operate a zero-tolerance policy for any form of sexual harassment. We treat all incidents seriously and promptly.

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