What our students say
"I wanted to find back to my old balance, getting my inner and outer strength back, getting even stronger... And now, one month after finishing the TTC I have to say - thanks to Pratham Yoga - I achieved my goals and I am still high on life and so happy and thankful for this wonderful life experience. Within this month, I deepened my Yoga practice and knowledge more than I ever expected. One big point to emphasize at the beginning is the size of the group. We were just 8 persons, what allows the teachers to respond to each student in a very individual way. We were a wonderful group - a family, like Vijay and Carolin pointed out at the beginning of the TTC. Each of us was so special and everyone made their own experience and developement within this time - and each of this unique path had place to grow and was accepted and appreciated. We built very strong and deep connections with each other, supporting and helping to grow. The Yogashala where we spent this whole month together is situated in the quiet outskirts of Rishikesh, next to the Ganga. It was amazing, to see and feel the Ganga at the morning walk, when the sun raises and the spirits awakens. This place felt like home from the first moment when I arrived. Vijay and his amazing family make this place to a wonderful, magic spot full of love, life and positive energy. The Yoga classes with Vijay Ji and the other teachers were structured in a very good way to deepen the practice of Asanas, Pranayama and Mantra Chanting within this four weeks step by step. Also the adjustment classes were really helpful and explained in a clear and logical way. Vijay is a very authentic teacher, you can feel his enthusiasm and passion regarding Yoga and he loves to share his awesome knowledge, you could listen for hours to his stories... The Philosophy class with Ekin Ji was very unique, amazing to get to know the Yogasutras and dive into the Yoga Philosophy. He is very open minded, also for other philosophy issues and he really enjoyed to spend time with our group, so he also joined us for the Holi festival, what we really appreciated. Also all other classes - Anatomy, Ayurveda, Nutrition, Pregnancy Yoga, etc. helped me to get the holistic meaning of Yoga and were very interesting and full of knowledge. The Meditations with the different instructors were very powerful - intense and deep, always a totally unique experience for each of us. The trips we made on the weekends were always special experiences. We saw the sunrise on the mountains of Rishikesh, took a bath at the waterfalls, visited the city, temples, fire ceremonies and so much more. They were always fun, full of life and gave me a lot of energy. Last but not least I want to mention the delicious sattvic food we got every day. You can feel how your body and mind changes with tasty, healthy food, full of Prana (=life force energy)."
Thank you so much for everything. Namaste!
Sabine , Austria 2019
I was lucky enough to be one of the first students of the Pratham Yoga 200hrs TTC. And 5 stars are not enough to express the way I feel about this training!
Master Vijay Ji is not only an amazing yoga asana teacher, he is also the passionate and carring founder of the school.
Why you'll love it at Pratham yoga:
° small groups of 8-10 students, which means a lot of personal attention,
° Adjustment, alignment and even teaching yourself from the start (in other trainings this often starts only in week 4)
° Skillfull, knowledgeable and authentic teachers,
°Extra workshops (eg. ayruveda, student/teacher relationships, dynamic meditation -->I assume this can change from course to course) to let you explore more than what is in general included in a standard TTC,
° At the time I did my training accommodation and meals where provided by Pyramid café. And the food was great! They cared so much about making sure we had all the fuel to get us through our intens days,
° Nice outings with the group on the days off (sunrise kunjapuri temple visit, meditation cave, rafting, ...)
I had the best time at Pratham Yoga and feel prepared starting to teach yoga myself now. In time I hope to also do a 300hrs TTC and gt to study with Master Vijay Ji again.
=> Read Lara's review in her blog.
Lara, Belgium, February 2018
After finishing my YTT200 with Pratham Yoga, I wanted to expand my knowledge and continue my yoga journey with their Prenatal Yoga course. It was an amazing decision! I learned so much about the capabilities and amazing power of women’s bodies during and after pregnancy, beyond the simple anatomy of it all. Carolin has a beautiful way of teaching, drawing from her own knowledge and experiences, and takes us gently through the three trimesters not only from a biological point of view but from an Ayurvedic perspective as well. I truly appreciated learning about the holistic and Ayurvedic aspect of pregnancy which is rarely discussed in the western world.
I thoroughly enjoyed learning from Carolin about the incredible pregnancy journey with all of its joys and challenges. I also learned how to modify my yoga classes for pregnant students, which has now opened doors for me to start teaching Prenatal classes. The course was thorough, comprehensive, and packed with tips and advice starting from even before conception (how to prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy) through to the three trimesters and labor/delivery.
I would highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to learn about Prenatal yoga or is simply passionate about the topic of pregnancy and birth!
"I can absolutely recommend Pratham Yoga's Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. Carolin Dutt, the lead trainer and organizer, is a compassionate and inspiring guide with lots of experience in her field. During the entire course she created an atmosphere in which we all felt super safe and comfortable. I really enjoyed the course due to it's large amount of practical classes which I could learn a lot from. The Yoga center itself is located in a quiet area right at Ganga river, which gives opportunity for relaxing walks during lunch break. The Yogi food was great and nourishing, always freshly prepared, and a real treat for body, mind and soul. I'm deeply grateful for all I've learned and the beautiful moments shared together with our group!"
I was fortunate enough to complete my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training through Pratham Yoga in Rishikesh March of 2018. An experience I will never forget! At the time of our training, a smaller sized group, we were situated in Laxman Jhula area of Rishikesh but located back above the hustle and bustle of the main streets, a place called Pyramid Cafe. Everything we needed was situated in one very convenient location surrounded by trees, monkeys, dogs, and some of the most genuine people I have ever met in my entire life. Our daily schedule began, for me at least promptly at 5:15AM Monday through Saturday and consisted of Mantra Chanting, Pranayama, Asana [Morning & Evening], Yoga Philosophy, Anatomy, and Meditation. Fortunately for myself and my group we were small which meant more one on one time with all our experienced teachers. More time to bounce theories off of one another, and dive deep into Patanjali's Yoga Sutras with our wonderfully enthusiastic philosophy teacher. More time to throw ourselves into letting go, through many different types of dynamic meditations, with multiple instructors throughout the course. More time for understanding proper adjustments and alignments through our asana practice, Vijay made sure to allot specific time and energy to thoroughly exhibit and explain every pose we asked of him. On our weekly holidays [Sundays] we spent time as a group exploring different areas of the city through walking, rafting, and meandering Mother Ganga and the beautiful mountains surrounding Rishikesh. We gained knowledge, insight and understandings of the traditions of yoga and were able to incorporate these practices into our own teaching experience towards the end of the course.
I would absolutely recommend Pratham Yoga for anyone looking to take their personal practice to the next level. You will be engulfed by nothing but love! Namaste!
Casey, USA | March 2018
I don’t have enough words to explain or I don’t even know if I am able to explain in words what was like to be at Pratham yoga.
You will feel part of a family and they will always make sure you are feeling comfortable and at home. Everything is planned with so much care and mainly love that it is impossible not to enjoy it.
All staff are great, philosophy classes are awesome and so inspiring. Ayurveda classes were also super interesting and every teacher do their job with so much love.
Vijay has such an amazing energy and brings so much passion to his asana and mantra classes.
Koldeep will challenge your body with vinyasa classes and always maintain the discipline and support you in every step.
Carol is so nice and kind and always has a smile in her face, making every ayurveda class more and more interesting. She also gave as some moon cycle classes and basic knowledge in pre natal yoga.
Anatomy classes were really interesting and teacher shared some of her experiences in yoga and life in general as well.
To add more: food was amazing always.
Everything is great. You will fall in love with Pratham yoga the same as I did. It is impossible not to.
My heart is full of love and full of energy to step to another part of my life after this experience. I’ll take with me so much of what I’ve learnt here.
Pratham yoga you will always be in my heart. Thank you
Pratham Yoga is a great place to study yoga. All the teachers are very educated and experienced. The structure of every day was planned really well. The teaching style of both Asana teachers was great and different from each other, which was very beneficial. Meditation classes were surprisingly powerful. I have to admit I didn’t expect that. The accommodation was also amazing. I enjoyed having a little room and bathroom for myself. Food was excellent, and all the staff was very kind and helpful. I definitely felt like a part of a big family. That feeling was very strong mainly when I got sick. Vijay and his family took amazing care of me. I’m very thankful for that. The whole month went too fast. I gained a lot of knowledge and experience. I think I’m ready to start teaching yoga. I also learned a lot about myself, which is very helpful for future life. I was very happy to study in Pratham Yoga, and I’m already planning to come back for 300Hr YTTC next year. Thank you so much everybody! Namaste.
Martina, CZECH Republic | February 2018
Time flied so fast for 4 weeks at Pratham Yoga; however, I have learn far more than I had expected. I love the self-paced practice, judgment free zone and lessons from master Vijay ji who might be the best asana teacher I’ve ever had with his own experience from self-practicing, advices, examples as well as proper alignment classes which were my most favorite ^^
From my point of view, the bright positive energy, environment and well-disciplined teaching method assisted me best in not only learning yoga but also moving more harmoniously with nature, slowing down, being calm as well as gaining the awareness. The course was very clear, well organized and informative with all the necessary information and knowledge I need for building a steadily foundation of a career path.
Once again, thank you Pratham Yoga team and hope to see you in one day.
I completed my 200 hrs Teacher's Training under the wonderful guidance of Vijay ji, in Rishikesh. His passion and devotion for the practice deeply inspired so many of us.
I am truly blessed to have trained with him and have learned a great wealth of knowledge from him!
His wholesome approach and spirited vibe has definitely moulded me into a confident teacher here in Singapore.
I hope to continue to strive to become a better practitioner and pass on his teachings 🙂
Thank you Vijay Ji!
Harsheeni Hanna Rajoo
Such great experience it was to learn from Vijay Ji during my Yoga Teacher Training in South France. Definitely would love to go and pursue my practice with him in Rishikesh and recommend to anyone.
Vijay Ji is truly passionate about what he is conveying, Yoga as a whole way of life. His charisma, attention and pedagogy really help you to deepen and thrive in your practice. Always happy and good, learning with him is for all those who want to improve in a safe and wholesome way their yoga practice and life.
Feeling blessed our paths crossed, and till i can come to Rishikesh, Congratulations Ji and all the best.
Mathilde Péric, France
More than 1,5 years ago I completed my 300 hours with Vijay in all my asana classes. Since I was already teaching, it was good to meet a person who had so much more knowledge and wanted to share. As a teacher you can always learn more 🙂
He is such a great teacher, has an immense knowledge of not only asana, but also energy work, chakras pranayma. He has a deep understanding of life. The things I've learned from him is still clear in my mind. So long after.
It's amazing when a teacher can make such powerful impact as he did.
Later we also became friends. I am lucky to have met him and his wife and know them.
Masum Dideriksen, DENMARK
Vijay Apart from being a great teacher is a great human being, with him I did my 300 HRS YTT training in Rishikesh,his classes were intense and full of energy, I learned so much during that month, both asanas and yoga philosophy and also helped me a lot to have confidence and to be able to guide a yoga class and to trust in me in daily life, I am very grateful to have taught me so much.
Congratulations for your school, I hope someday I'll have the opportunity to take classes with you again
God bless you
Jennifer Loera Corella, MEXICO
Vijay is an incredibly knowledgeable teacher, with a wealth of experience and a vast amounts of creativity within his yoga practice, I learned so much from him in rishikesh during my 200 hrs teacher training course I did in October/November of 2016. It was a pleasure to get to know him, he is a very light hearted and fun personality to be around. Made us smile and enjoy the yoga as well as maintaining the disciplines of yoga. Kept us well entertained throughout our 6 week course, a well balanced teacher.
Bhavesh Ramji, INDIA
Vijay Ji was my ashtanga yoga teacher in rishikesh during one whole month. What I can say is that his love to the practice, the way he teaches, and everything is five stars.
I finished my YTT with him in 2014. Since then I haven't stop practicing, learning, improving and still studying and teaching ashtanga, triying to keep the essence that he trespassed me!
Amazing energy and great potential teacher! Vijay Ji teaches classical yoga traditions in his own creative way. Very harismatic person showed me the way how can i improve my practice and make it interesting for my students, how to make people new in yoga fallen love with yoga!!!! I was blessed to meet him in my yoga journey 🙏 So if you want to know more just go and try 😉
Violetta MaMuang, RUSSIA
I just finished my 200 hours YTTC and the experience was amazing. The teachers shared their great knowledge with us in a very understandable way. The course went so much deeper than I expected and I learned a lot about myself. Great teachers, delicious food and the most beautiful peaceful location. A school with a big heart. Thank you and Namaste!
Camilla, Norway | February 2019
Vijay is one of the best Ashtanga teachers I am so blessed to have learned from. Congratulations on the opening of Pratham Yoga! Sending my best wishes & good luck to you my dear teacher. May you continue to inspire others through your teaching! May God bless you more each & every day on your path.
After my 200h Yoga-Teacher-Training with Pratham Yoga, I additionally decided to do the prenatal Yoga Course and I could not have done better. It was such a nice experience. In a small group we learned the most important things about prenatal yoga and what to focus on when giving classes. The approach was very well prepared. For each trimester, Carolin explained the anatomical and mental changes that women go through during pregnancy. Having these things in mind, we discussed and practiced the different postures, breathing and relaxing techniques. Learning about the 3rd trimester was especially funny and helpful. Here we imitated the difficulties a pregnant woman might experience while practicing Yoga by putting a false (pillow) belly under our shirts.
On top of that, we spoke about a balanced diet for the future mother and possible problems like baby breech. Carolin answered all our questions based on her vast knowledge and own experience which made the course very intimate and special! Even though I thought I knew a lot about pregnancy already, I learned many interesting things which will be useful either as a future Yoga teacher or as a woman with the wish to have children. Thank you so much for this beautiful experience!