Yoga is like a religion for Indians. Its origin in India dates back to thousands of years. In the ancient time it was popular as a vedic yoga that was all about to unite the soul with supreme power. Various great sages kept this practice alive and passed on to their dedicated disciples who also did the same thing. During this process the yoga went through various changes or modifications that resulted into various forms or styles of yoga such as Bikram Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga.
All styles of yoga have their own significance and unique specific benefits for the betterment of mankind. But if we talk about today scenario the Ashtanga style of yoga is growing in popularity day by day. This style involves breath synchronized progressive series of poses or asansa. The intense moves and alignments stretch almost every muscle of your body and usually cause excessive sweating. So it helps in detoxification; expels body waste through sweat and also burns the extra fat stored under the tissues. It also provides mental benefits the synchronized breath movements calm the mind and improve the blood circulation to brain and other organs of the body.
Initially ashtanga yoga is recorded by a great sage Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta, (an ancient manuscript). This ancient manuscript further imparted to Shri T. Krishnamacharya by his guru (master) Rama Brahmachri and then passed down to Pattabhi Jois; disciple of Krishnamacharya. Later Pattabhi jois outlined the Ashtanga Yoga; also known as eight limbed or eight fold yoga.
According to sage Patanjali the eight paths or spiritual practices help internal purification and make it easy to realize the universal self or connection to the supreme power or god. The eight steps that constitute the path to self realization are Yama (moral code), Niyama (self-purification), Asana (pose), Pranayama (controlled breathing), Pratyahara (sense control), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (merging with universe).
The background and the holistic benefits of ashtanga yoga made it popular accordingly most of the teacher training programs in yoga are based on ashtanga style of yoga.
If we talk about Ashtanga Teacher Training in India, you will find a number of yoga schools, institutes, ashrams and academies that are completely devoted to teaching yoga. They all are recognized by yoga alliance and their teacher training program follow the guidelines set by the yoga alliance. After completing training from a certified school or academy the students becomes certified yoga instructors or teacher; RYTs.
You can find various yoga academies almost in every city of India. The cities are also famous tourist destinations such as Rishikesh, kerala and Goa, etc. Rishikesh is considered pioneer in the establishment of yoga schools so usually is the highly visited city by yoga tourists. It has various renowned yoga schools or academies. Apar Yoga Academy in Rishikesh is one such yoga alliance registered yoga academy that is performing beyond expectations in providing certified teacher training program in yoga.