Drop in Details
What is a drop in yoga class ?
The Drop in yoga classes in Rishikesh are provided by Yoga Vidya School for the whole week with different yoga practices where a student can choose the ideal practice of their choice among those: pranayama, traditional hatha yoga, ashtanga vinyasa, vinyasa flow, beginner yoga, meditation, etc.
Can I do yoga classes ?
We believe that anyone, with enough well, discipline and training could control the yoga physical and philosophical aspects. There is a wide range spectrum of drop in classes where some are for beginners and others are for advanced. Yoga drop in classes are perfect option for those seekers and practitioners who don’t have enough time to be in Rishikesh but still want to know about their body through yogic practice, and those who wants to prepare oneself for the Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course or keep in shape after the course has finished.
When can I participate ?
The drop in classes are different from the yoga retreats and the certified yoga teacher training courses since the students have no obligation to follow a strict program and they can choose when to participate and which course to choose. All they have to do is to choose a class from the our schedule and arrive on time.
Who will teach me ?
The classes are held by well experienced yoga teachers who are qualified and possess years of experience in yoga teaching and love to share their knowledge of yoga in these practice classes.
Is training as a group efficent ?
Our regular teachers Prashant ji and Ksenia ji are very well qualified and experienced to know about different body types, so they give variations and modifications with props if needed in each yoga asana according to the individual student. In this manner students feel comfortable and safe and practice becomes a journey towards knowing yourself and at the same time has a therapeutic effect. Our teachers observe each student in the class and provide the best for him or her.
Do I learn about the yoga asanas principles as well ?
In each class, Prashant ji and Ksenia ji will explain about the poses and pranayama techniques and their benefits along with contraindication so that the practitioner can know about the purpose of the particular practice, which gives more understanding and prevents practitioner from injuries. Further, we can say that each of our classes are the kind of workshops in which seekers are not only practicing, but also knowing the purpose of doing these practices.
It says, “If your breath is correct, you will not be affected by any disease”. As we know that there are many kinds of breathing practices in yoga, which some people even don’t know about. But in yoga in Rishikesh, pranayama drop-in classes, we provide the traditional pranayama practices with preparatory technique, where our teachers also help their students correct their breath so they can use their lungs in the breathing exercises which can help the student cure many diseases by breathing only in the pranayama. We also practice mudras”(gesture), Bandha(lock)
Our hatha classes in drop-in are primarily alignment classes where the students practice asana according to their body. As we know each of us has been provided with different body structure by the god, it is our responsibility to take care of it according to its requirement. Here, in our hatha classes we provide the asana according to the individual body structure so the practitioner can get the best from the asana and can understand about their body in asana.
Yoga in Rishikesh also provides yoga for beginners. A basic yoga class includes asana, pranayama, relaxation which is well designed by our experienced teachers. Those who are yoga amateurs and want to begin their yogic practice can take a few classes with us to know about your future yoga journey. In the class, yoga for beginners, our yoga masters provide the basic instructions and technique to bring beginner yogis comfort in their practice so they feel more energetic and motivated in their journey towards further yoga. Every day during the classes, yogis practice stretching asana , strengthening asana, relaxing asana which can prepare beginner yogis for further intense practices.
Vinyasa flow class is based on combination of Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga vinyasa. Many students are sometimes not interested to practice the same series in ashtanga vinyasa, but not to worry. We provide small ashtanga vinyasa version in the name of ashtanga vinyasa with many interesting sequences, which will keep you alert in the practice. Yet this practicing with flow, teacher will give sequence according to the level and need of practitioners. Sequences are prepared by our teachers and every day, our teacher provides some interesting change in the sequence which connects to needs of the practitioner and also helps grow their knowledge and their creativity by this practice.
Ashtanga vinyasa is the fixed design series by Krishnamacharya followed by K P Joise. This series is interesting and challenging to practice with may asana. But, at yoga in Rishikesh, our teachers provide this series with preparation daily. In our Ashtanga drop-in classes, we practice full primary Ashtanga series in two days depending upon the teacher’s preference. For rest of the days, we prepare for this series.
DAILY DROP IN SCHEDULE
08:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
10:30 A.M. - 12:00 A.M.
04:00 A.M. - 05:30 P.M.
05:45 A.M. - 07:15 A.M.
DROP IN FEE
The cost is 300 r.s. (about 4.5$) Per session. The payment is made after the lesson. Student who are willing to take more than one lesson should check our yoga retreat courses where they can get a discount for registering for a prepaid yoga program
“I've tried ashtanga and hatha with Prashant, and vinyasa with Ksenya. They are both absolutely superlative teachers with the ability to give fantastic alignments and adjustments, along with brilliant cues. Prashant is a great teacher for people who haven't done a lot of ashtanga before as he really cares about you being correctly aligned before moving into the fast flow. A super knowledgeable teacher with a really caring and funny demeanour. I wish I'd been able to do more of Ksenya's classes as they are by far the best vinyasa I've ever done by a long shot. Again, the focus is very much on the correct alignment, while her ability to guide and adjust makes you as a student feel very safe in her hands! They are all strong classes but you get so, so much out of them. I leave feeling so good and having learnt so much!;
“The liberty, the inside oneness and openess that I felt after Prashant's classes always fullfilled me. I could feel the energy rising as well as the expansion of my limits. It is with a deep work of precision, humor, gentleness and perseverance that he gives his class. Prashant allowed me to go deeper on my and others and open new pathways. He's on of those who inspire and stays next to you for time ahead. Thank Prashant to have align me in so many ways and brought me further on. See you soon;
“I've been doing yoga for about 7 years now and I teach ryoho yoga therapy. I was really looking for a traditional basic hatha class in rishikesh. Ksenia teaches both hatha and vinyasa flow. Both classes were excellent and I had the opportunity to do about 5 classes with her. Every class she prepared the body very well for the goal of the class ( could be shoulders, or hips or legs/knees etc). I really felt a positive change in body structure and I was able to go deeper into asanans. Ksenia gives the right cues to achieve subtle changes that are very important to enter the asanas in the right way and get the full benefit from them. And she is very encouraging and made me stay long in strong poses. I hope to return to Rishikesh and do a few more classes with her. She also recommended me a Indian physio lady who did some excellent work on my body. Thanks for the classes Ksenia, hope we meet again!”
“After spending almost 6 weeks with Prashant, I can certainly recommend his classes. His Hatha alignment classes brought a lot of light and understanding in my own practice. I also did Ashtanga with him, which was the first time I tried it. Now I love it. His way of teaching is full of passion and joy, he gives lots of explanations about the postures. He has a broad knowledge and influence of different styles, which I really enjoyed. I will definitely come back! ”
“I spent around 1 week looking for a good yoga school in Rishikesh before finding Yoga Vidhya. A friend of mine (a yoga instructor) recommended the place and after my first class with Ksenia I knew I found my class. A very professional, technical and friendly environment to practice yoga. I can genuinely recommend these guys to anyone - I loved my beginners classes, and my instructor friend seemed to love his full power ashtanga classes too. Enjoy! ”
“ I got the recommendation from a guy at the hostel.... It was the first yoga class in Laxman Jhula I attended and I ended up going only here. Prashantj is such a great teacher!!!! He focuses a lot on alignment and corrects your postures. The classes are small so he has got time to focus and help everyone. I wanna come back and to a TTC with him <3 The room is located opposite the German bakery! You'll see a big sign at the front with the yoga schedule.”
“I come to practice asanas because of my back problems: I suffer of double curve scoliosis, lordosis and kyphosis. Of course the normal practice of asanas helps to relieve the bother of this situation, but it does not solve the problem. When Prashant Guruji saw this situation he gave me right away the solution. I could not believe it! For 10 years I have been searching for a solution: I have been doing special exercises; I have been seeing special physiotherapist; special osteopaths, etc... but without any outcome. And just after 1 month of one simple exercise that Guruji gave me, I can feel the relief in my back. Not only he gave me this solution, but he also offer to check on my status through Skype or email, because the process of correct the spine is gonna take long. What can I say more than this? I am so grateful that his path cross with mine. He is a true professional and a beautiful person. I cannot thank him enough. ”