I graduated from AYM in Rishikesh, Laxman Jhulla, about a month ago and I just had to respond to some of those nasty comments below.
You can check my IP address, if you're that kind of a geek, but I can assure you I am typing from a completely different place, as I'm back home now and starting teaching Yoga myself...and successfully so far!
I have an idea who the person slagging off the school may be, since they must have been my fellow student...who obviously went there for all the wrong reasons...and failed to graduate or even stick around to the end - looser!
I enjoyed every minute of the Course, Rosalyn. Even though at the beginning it was so hard I thought I'd quit. I'm so proud and happy I didn't - I am a Yoga teacher now!
It's a hard month and you don't get much time for yourself, so if you just wanna hang around the cafes, meet other world travellers or smoke some cheap Indian dope, then just forget about it now. Think twice about your purpose, what are you going to Rishikesh for? If you want to party, then go to Goa. If you want to learn Yoga and find your spiritual self - then Rishikesh is the place for you.
As for the School (AYM), it is most probably the best one there. And i'm not saying that because it was where I learnt Yoga, but because of the sheer number of people coming there from other schools wanting to move there, because those other courses were so rubbish.
Also, when I booked my course I chose one of the cheapest ones around (I'm tight like that!), so I'm not sure what that person meant by the School being all about the money?!?!?! It's an utter nonsense.
Plus, if you cannot decided prior to your arrival, why don't you go a few days earlier and just walk around and physically visit these schools and see for yourself - I bet you a million you will choose AYM anyway
The Yoga Hall is lovely and spacious, with huge windows overlooking the Ganga river. The accommodation is probably the best and cleanest in town, as far as I've seen. But you don';t have to stay there, it's your choice where you're sleeping. You can find cheaper places and more expensive ones, but the standard everywhere is and Indian one...so to speak
As for the staff being overworked by Yogi Mahesh....what a load of b*llocks! The only person really working hard there is the Chef Raj, who cooks lovely and healthy food, which I wish I had more chance to learn how to make.
Some of the rest, in my opinion, suffer from a chronic laziness and try their very best...to do the very least.
Unfortunately it may be due to this level of "standard" there, why Yogi cannot find good reliable staff to run the School. But he's doing the best he can and somehow every month a bunch of very happy teachers leave the School to go and spread the knowledge of Yoga around the world...
As for the Yogi himself, he's an amazing teacher and always had time for me whenever I had doubts or questions. He explains everything in a way that the Westeners can understand, but not too bluntly to undermine the philosophy.
He may not look like some kind of a weird Guru figure, that some may be looking for - i.e. an old, skinny granddad in an orange loin cloth, with a long beard and smothered in ash...if you're looking for such a Guru then either join a monastery or find any of the bogus Babas in the street begging for money and claiming having reached the enlightment....make sure you have some dope to share with them though...
Mahesh Ji is a no-bullshit Yoga expert, decent and caring guy, who spent his whole life studying Yoga and now wants to pass this knowledge further.
So again, Rosalyn - think about what our purpose is. Do you want to become a teacher of Yoga? Are you prepared to work hard to achieve it? Are you looking for some abra-kadabra hocus-pocus guru who will "read your mind" or tell you the future from your toe nail clippings? Or are you looking for a genuine teacher (who happens to be a multiple National Yoga Champion), who has taught in many countries and made hundreds of teachers...and will be able to teach you how to teach Yoga?
As for me - I will be returning to Rishikesh to do my second level (500hrs) TTC in August 2012 with the Association for Yoga and Meditation - maybe that's a genuine enough recommendation for you
All the best in your decision making and your TTC, Rosalyn. And please don't listen to nasty badwishers...they have obviously learnt bugger all during their stay in India...
Any help on this would be much much appreciated, as I seem to be getting a little bogged down by the millions of TTC's that are around
I have managed to narrow things down to these courses below, they both seem to be accredited by the Yoga Alliance, but I was wondering if anyone had actually gone there, and what their impressions of the teaching and most importantly, the teachers were? You can use the below to make .com links if you so wish!
Thanks so much in advance to anyone who can shed any light!