Find Out The Answers To The Frequently Asked Questions About Punyah Yoga
Is punyah yoga an ashram?
Punyah Yoga is a registered yoga school from the Yoga Alliance to help students deepen their knowledge of yoga practice and learn how to teach the art. Thus, we offer an experience that can be likened to a yoga ashram.
How long in advance should I apply for a teacher training course?
We conduct teachers training courses every month throughout the year. However, we highly recommend that you apply for a course 2 months in advance.
Can I extend my stay?
If you want to stay longer and continue to practice, you must stay for at least a whole calendar month. Please inform us immediately if you'd like to do so the day you finish your course.
What if I need to switch my course dates?
Once you have started teacher training with us, it will not possible to switch dates or defer it. However, you may be allowed to transfer from one course to another depending on the space and availability for that particular month.
Can I join the program for a few days?
We would like you to join our course for a minimum of one week to get the full experience and understanding of yoga.
What does the tuition fee include?
Your fee includes: a single room/twin sharing accommodation, two meals per day, one snack per day with chai, coconuts and few excursions. There is no food provided on rest days. Your tuition fee does not include other expenses such as eating out, transportation, or any other miscellaneous outgoings.
What if I am vegan, lactose-intolerant, or have allergies?
If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know in advance, and we will be happy to arrange suitable options for you.
When are internet and wi-fi available during the course?
We have internet available in our complex. As you will be taking classes most of the time at the school, internet will be limited to morning and evening meal times.
What is your refund policy?
Please note that we do not give refunds. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully insured against any unforeseen circumstances that may prevent you from attending the course.
Can I take the teacher training course if I am pregnant?
We strongly recommend that pregnant women consider taking our courses at a different time instead. Ashtanga yoga is not a suitable prenatal yoga practice unless you are a very experienced and seasoned practitioner. Please note: traditionally in Ashtanga yoga, women are not meant to practice during pregnancy and the first three months after giving birth. If you already have a well-established daily Ashtanga yoga practice, you can come take the course and modify accordingly.
Do I need a visa for India?
Yes, a tourist visa is all you need.
Which airport should I fly to?
We advise students to fly from New Delhi (DEL) to Dehradun (DED) airport.
Rishikesh is just 20 kilometers away from Dehradun airport, which takes about 45 minutes and costs Rs 900 approximately by taxi.
What is Rishikesh weather like? What do I need to bring along?
January is definitely the coldest. When it comes to clothing, think layers, socks and sweaters! The sky is partially cloudy and mornings can be very foggy.
It gets pleasant in February and a lot of blue skies dominate, but days can still be a bit chilly. Sightseeing and adventurous activities like trekking can be enjoyed during this month. Long sleeves, trousers, and warmer clothes for nighttimes are highly recommended.
Moderately hot during day and nights with a slightly cool breeze, March in Rishikesh is the best time to enjoy rafting and other outdoor adventure pursuits. This is especially a good month for yogis as the international yoga festival takes place at this time. One can pack lighter clothing items during this time.
It’s getting hotter in April. Outdoor activities can be still enjoyed as the heat is still within most people’s comfort zone. Short sleeves and skirts can be used, but please remember to keep your shoulders and knees covered. Take a dip in the Ganga: the clear skies and plenty of sunshine make it ideal!
It gets a bit hot in May and is often considered to be the hottest month of the year. Maybe not the best time to visit, but we think that Rishikesh is always worth a visit throughout the year.
The hot weather during June in Rishikesh melts the ice in the northern region, feeding the streams of Rishikesh and raising the water levels.
Monsoon season starts in July where it gets cooler. There will be cloudy skies most days and increasing humidity, but still manageable. It’s the perfect month for nature enthusiasts, but do not forget to bring your rain gear.
The wettest month, August is fantastic for people who like rain. Stunning shades of green for our rain lovers during this season. The days are warm and the evenings are pleasant. Bring your rain gear!
September is a moderate month. The month is ideal for outdoor travels and enjoyed by most tourists because of clear skies and plenty of sunshine. Days can be hot, so bring your light clothing items.
Humid and cool, October is one of the best months to visit Rishikesh. You will love doing yoga during this time. Warm during the day and evenings begin to get cooler.
November is perfect for enjoying indoor and outdoor activities. Winter starts at the end of the month but there will still be plenty of sunshine. Plan to layer up clothing, especially in the mornings and evenings.
Nights are getting cool in December and winter is coming to town. But still, days are pretty comfortable. Again, think layers and keep yourself warm. Mornings and evenings can get cold!
Can I share a room with a friend or significant other?
If you are taking a course along with your partner or friend and wish to stay together, please let us know in advance. We will do our best to accommodate you.
Can I stay if I arrive a few nights early?
If you wish to arrive a few nights early, you must let us know about your arrival in advance. You will be charged on a per day basis ranging from R500 to R800 a night and will not be included in the Training Course fee.
Do I need to bring a yoga mat?
We advise that you bring your own mat and towels for personal hygiene and cleanliness. We have a yoga boutique which sells yoga accessories on the premises too.