Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala

Testimony TTC - Till 2020 - Drishti Vinyasa Yoga

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This 200H of learning, teaching and togetherness... filled with so much knowledge, passion   and understanding what yoga is all about has been one of the best experiences so far, which I will never forget.   It's union, which has brought all of us together and being blessed with such an wonderful teacher like Rajeev has made it complete!   He has set the perfect foundation for us to grow as a teacher and spread and share the love of yoga with many others.   Thank you Rajeev

Julia Krachler, Germany

Jan / Feb 2020 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Artjuna, Goa, India

I met Rajeev Drishti one year ago in Goa, India, during a workshop about alignment & adjustment. Since day one I knew I wanted to receive more teaching from him. He’s faithful, true and more than 20 years experienced approach to yoga made my Teacher Training in Goa a unique and unforgettable experience. It was my third ttc actually, and I’ve learned so much more than I could possibly imagine. Authentic yoga teachings and yet very modern approach which is what I personally liked the most. His alignment & adjustment techniques are equal to none who has crossed my yoga path so far. He’s a humble, kind and talented yogi with a big knowledge to share. Anatomy section was self explanatory and personally no doctor I met so far was able to teach me this clearly. Philosophy and history of yoga are told with an objective eye without following religion, politics or any spiritual order.

Wonderful experience. You would not regret to meet him.

« What he had said to Gotama: his, the Buddha's, treasure and secret was not the teachings, but the unexpressable and not teachable, which he had experienced in the hour of his enlightenment—it was nothing but this very thing which he had now gone to experience, what he now began to experience »   - from Siddharta - Part one, Kamala

Marina Kalyani Pieri, Italy

Jan / Feb 2020 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Artjuna, Goa, India

Raj, thank you for introducing this amazing side of Yoga to me. thank you for inspiring me. Thank you for taking me to this high level of asanas, pranayama and meditation... it’s in me now. thanks to you it became part of my live. Couldn’t ask for better teacher for this teacher training. It was amazing. I’m full of appreciation and so thankful.

Meital Hen, Germany

Jan / Feb 2020 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Artjuna, Goa, India

I think it's a very nice experience and very helpful for me to prepare to start teaching. The knowledge taught during class was very systematic, practical and easy to be understood. We spent time not only in learning different postures, but also in meditation, pranayama, kriya, teaching techniques etc. It's very authentic and helpful for beginners to understand what is yoga and how to start teaching.

Teacher Raj was a highlight of the training! He was patient, detail and nice. Especially with the anatomy part which was hard to understand but rather important for a teacher to understand, teacher Raj was able to explain in a simple and easy to be understood way.

The studio was also very nice and clean too.

I’m looking forward to any future training program from Drishti Yoga Shala!

Thank you, Raj for the nice training!

Thank you again for the nice experience!

Jane Yin, China

Dec 2019 / Jan 2020 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China

Having taken a pre-teacher training course at Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala years earlier, I knew I would gain a very thorough and holistic teaching for my 200 hour yoga teacher training. There was no question that I would apply with Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala to pursue my education in yoga because I knew Rajeev would give us a very balanced program that was not too focused only in one topic. It was enlightening to begin each class with meditation and pranayama, also invigorating to develop our asanas with anatomy and physiology of our body in mind, and rewarding to understand the history, theory and philosophy of yoga. It was a challenging course, but the daily subject was always full of deep context and Rajeev kept each student thoroughly engaged and involved. The learning and growth I've gained from this experience is one I will always cherish and I will work to build on this certification, spreading goodness, strength, and knowledge throughout my life. Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala is an exceptional studio with trainings that are full of expertise, inclusivity, and positivity.

Thank you,

Annie Inyoung Kim, Korea

Dec 2019 / Jan 2020 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China

I joined this course because, after a break from practicing, I met a yoga teacher who reminded me of why I love yoga. Even though I was practicing more regularly again, I knew I needed to do something drastic to truly dedicate myself to my practice, so I started searching for TTCs. My expectations were simple, learn enough about yoga to maintain a self practice and form a deeper connection with yoga. I don’t think there are enough words in all the languages of the world to express how much I gained from this course and how grateful I am to Raj for being our guide on this journey. I’ve not only gained incredible amounts of scientific, philosophical, and practical knowledge about yoga, but I’ve also improved my practice beyond what I imagined would ever be possible, and I’m working toward a much healthier lifestyle, mentally, physically, and spiritually. To say this course changed my life may sound dramatic, but it is absolutely true! Recently, I confirmed that the yoga teacher who set me back on my yoga path is, in fact, another Drishti graduate and former student of Raj’s from several years ago! Raj, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and experience with us. Thank you for inspiring so many people in our community. Thank you for creating this incredible opportunity to meet so many wonderful people who have become like a second family to me! Thank you!!

Yolande, Canada

Mar / Jun 2019 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China

The training delivered at Drishti by Raj was enjoyable, informative, trustworthy and prepared me to embark on my career as a yoga teacher. Aside from the purely professional, personally, the training was influential in developing and improving my yoga practice, my state of mind, and my way of life. Thank you to Raj and my course mates for making this such a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this studio and this course to anyone who wants to become a teacher, or who wants to know more about yoga and develop themselves and their practice.

Hope Jootna, England

Mar / Jun 2019 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China

Completing the 200-Hour TTC at Drishti Vinyasa Shala has greatly expanded my mind about what yoga means for me. Through learning proper alignment, breathing techniques, and different methods of meditation, I’ve gotten to experience yoga in its multi-faceted and diverse forms. Rajeev, our instructor is an incredible teacher who has a wealth of   knowledge. He has provided me the foundation for me to find my own voice and my path of yoga.

From the bottom of my heart, I recommend this place to anyone who is looking to teach yoga or deepen their practice. I have learned so much more than I could have ever imagined and it has changed the way I interact with the world. I’m more humble, forgiving, and understanding because Drishti Vinyasa Shala and I am forever grateful.

Amy, USA

Apr / May 2019 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China

This training has enriched my life by bringing even more peace and serenity; it encourages me to be more mindful of my body and my mind. Raj has a very strong knowledge of the ancient wisdom of Yoga and is very passionate about it. I will definitely miss this experience as I have made new friends and learned a lot about my passion of yoga, myself and the others.

I started the program with a lot of questions and doubt about my choice but it definitely wasn’t a mistake, since then I have been practicing daily. If anyone has the chance to practice with Raj don’t miss it!

Laurence Lam, France

Mar / Jun 2019 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China

I am so happy to have chosen Drishti as my very first YTTC. I was not sure if i could make it to the end as dedicating 3.5 months to the training seemed really challenging and intense. It turned out, yes, the course was indeed challenging and intense, but what i've gained in the past months are just remarkable. It is amazing to see how much I have grown and how much i could push myself out of the comfort zone.

Thank you teacher Raj for all the guidances you have provided and shared which have laid such a solid foundation for our future yoga journey. Thank you my lovely classmates for making this training so memorable.

Beide Hu (China)

Mar/Jun 2019 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China

The yoga teacher training at Drishti is a life-changing monument for me. Here you learn yoga as yoga is: always about the eternal path towards unification or harmonization of your body, mind, and soul. Rajeev, with his knowledge, experience, and a big heart to share, guided us to this path and trained us to be resourceful for many of the others seeking for path. I am very thankful.

Penny Li, Saskatoon, Canada

Mar / Jun 2019 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China

This is Ofelia Xu. If there is one place in Shanghai where it's able to fulfill your expectation on Yoga Teacher Training Course(TTC), it's Drishti Yoga Shala. And if you've tried to find a yoga shala to practice yoga recently, you don't want to miss it.

You may ask me why?

Because I've just completed weekend TTC at Drishti this summer. I thought the course was great!It's really entertaining as well as informative.

To be honest, I came in fearing this course even though this place was some of my friends heartily recommended. However, the instructor Raj kept the class lively and was also very approachable. My fears definitely faded away within the first day.

Instructor Raj cared about every student, he presented in a practical and useful manner, described what to do and why to do. By the way, he is the best instructor in adjusting yoga postures I've ever seen. It's a great priviledge to gain such an extensive experience here. I really had so much fun during this period.

The TTC training is ending, but my yoga journey is still keep going. I look forward to practicing & applying a lot of yoga knowledge and techniques with a better understanding now more than ever.

Ofelia Xu, Shanghai, China

Mar / Jun 2019 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China

Thanks to the professionality and passion of Rajeev and all the teachers of the Shala, I've found a new meaning in my practice, more conscious, calm and respectful. I'm following the TTC and I will never stop thanking our Teacher Rajeev for all his teachings, not only under technical aspects, but also for his kind and deep words during the final relaxation or yin yoga lessons, for all his smiles, all his patience and for his energy

Daniele, Turin, Italy

Apr / May 2019 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China

I had practiced yoga in Drishti Yoga Studio for two years. At that time, I wanted to learn more about yoga, so I considered to join TTC. Because I had practiced yoga with Raj for two years, I really trust him about his knowledge and teaching. So I didn’t do much research about other studios’ TTC. The only one thing I worried about is that I could not insist on finishing the course. However, the courses are very interesting. We always had a lot of surprises about the class and homework. Even though we had to stay in studio for 12 hours, I felt time flies instead of feeling bored.

The classes were so diversified that far beyond my expectation, which included yoga history, philosophy, basic anatomy, asana alignment and adjustment, teaching skills and so on. My favorite part is asana alignment and adjustment. Raj is an expert in teaching yoga adjustment. He always instructed every asana in very detail. What’s more, every asana he would teach many different ways that we can help others to adjust and deepen the posture. Through TTC, now I practice yoga with more awareness and I can help my friends do basic adjustment when we practice yoga together.

I can say TTC is the most worth and memorable experience in my 2019.

Zhang Shen Ping, Taiwan

Mar / Jun 2019 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China

My name is Odra, I am Colombian but I have lived in different places, before coming to Shanghai I was living 6 years in Barcellna Spain.

Since a long time ago that I was looking for a school where someone could Teach me the real yoga; 7 months   months a go I   come to Shanghai and started again with my Quest, visit Schools, asking to the people, looking for......and the only one that filled my expectations was Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala with Professor Raj, I finish   the intensive TTC 200 hours, and Sincerely has fulfilled my expectations, Technical Teaching, the clearly in each Pose, Step by step, the professionalism that Raj has with each of his students and his Infinite Patience, are aspects that really have been very valuable to me, I think that has been one of My better Investments, I learn a lot from what is truly Yoga and I have much to learn from, I recommend you this 100%;   you'll be in the hands of a professional, and knows what he does, and in an international class.

I steel practicing and learning every   day that I have the opportunity to go there,   because I feel there is my second home,   my school,   my space, my time, all teachers are very professional and available to share the knowledge with as and this is the best places infoud in Shanghai,   I only have gratitude to all the teachers,   specially to my teacher Rajiv.

Odra, Columbia

Apr / May 2019 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China

I would love to say big thank you to you for the great training. There were lot of new things I’ve from your class, it’s really helpful. You make my wish come true since I can design my own practice. As my purpose of this training is to get the idea of the real yoga foundation.

For my point of view to improve your next training, you may give a quick overview of training of what trainee should know after the training. Also, give an up coming schedule for the next class so we can review cuz sometimes I felt to chapter jump to another and I cannot link it up. However, when you reviewed at the few weeks before course end, it helped.

Last but not least, I love how you gave suggestions or shared your teaching experience when I conducted teaching. Please continue it since sometimes I can not see my own mistake to improve. Thanks again for the training, you are a great teacher.

Namaste ^_^


Emmy, Thailand

Mar / Jun 2019 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China

I did 300   hours TTC last   year and wanted to go deeper in my knowledge so i decided to do 200 hours TTC at Drishti and    appreciated   a lot this training   with teacher Rajeev. I learned really a lot( Philosophy,alignment, adjustment, sequencing, understanding of ànatomy related to yoga postures) Rajeev is an excellent teacher always willing to repeat explain and teach.   He is expecting a lot and really push us in the good way... he helped us to look at our   own limits and go for it!!!   This training was really amazing i learned much more than before and im extremely grateful to have   teacher Rajeev in my yoga journey. Rajeev is sharing with love and also with expectations.... Rajeev is really an amazing teacher !   

Valerie Fallevoz (France)

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China | Aug - Nov 2018

The training is challenging but very worth joining. The program helps me to expand my yoga knowledge and is a milestone for me to continue the practice with more awareness and mindfulness.   Overall the TTC program is very impressive. Through the training I get the chance to deepen my knowledge in yoga practice from asanas to philosophy. Teacher Rajeev is very professional in teacher training and yoga class teaching, and is always willing to share what he knows about yoga and his extensive and profound teaching experience. The program covers diversified topics and everybody gets the chance to practice preparing sequence and teaching classes and gets feedback. It’s a good preparation for anyone who wants to deepen practice or who is interested to become a teacher.

Jiayun Ou (Melody), China

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China | Aug - Nov 2018

Truly a great experience.

What I gained from this TTC training is far beyond my expectation on many aspects:

First and foremost, a solid, systematic understanding of what Yoga is. Teacher Rajeev surely knows his subjects well. He has an extended, in-depth knowledge of all the aspects of yoga, and his classes are quite informative. What’s more, he is willing to share. So in his classes, we always keep our eyes open, mind sharp, and absorbing as much as we can, like a sponge. And if you want to know more, he is always there to answer your questions.

I have also gained an authentic teacher-student relationship with Rajeev and warm peer friendships with my classmates. Rajeev certainly opened the door for me and guided me to the right path. Grateful that it’s him that I met at the beginning of my yoga journey. I will continue with the journey that he shed lights on. Hope I could shed lights for other people in the future, just like teacher Rajeev said at the graduation ceremony—“Go and help people”.

I do felt some peer pressure at the beginning, but they worked absolutely positively on me. Really good to know these wonderful, outstanding girls. Similar souls meet.

I have also developed muscle strength during this training. Before, my flexibility was ok, but upper body and core strength were weak. Because of this, I suffered at the beginning of the training. Like it’s said, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Now, my flexibility is even better, and my strength caught up as well. Really appreciate Rajeev for pushing us to tap our full potential. Better body shape is a pleasant side effect. ; )

Now I can proudly say, I am a better person than I was before joining the training. Grateful, will carry on with the energy I gained here, at Drishti Vinyasa Yoga!

Christine Sun (China)

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China | Aug - Nov 2018

TTC in drishiti yoga provides me the path to   know the traditions of yoga. Amid of all sorts of variations of yoga nowadays, knowing what the base and the tradition are important as it gives you a solid foundation to build whatever you want later. And Raj is definitely a good mentor to help you know more about your body, get you the right way to further your postures and alignment. I’m proud of myself making this TTC happen.

Eva Kam (Hong Kong)

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China | Apr - May 2018

TTC has been completed for many days, now whenever I stand on the yoga mat, peace and calm fills in my mind.   

I am grateful to Teacher Rajeev for showing the beauty and essence of Yoga. I remember one morning practise when we were challenging our extreme in one asana, Rajeev said tenderly “respect your body, listen and feel what your body tells you”. This was the first time I truly aware my body and through this awareness to respect it, not just using it as a vehicle to fulfill daily tasks. It was the time I got the feeling of union of body and mind.

During 28 days, together with loving classmates we tested our physical limits in practice, deepened the understanding of asanas through alignment, adjustments and anatomy.

The alignments and adjustment were taught in every detail and with great patience and kind reminders of how to prevent injuries. High level postures were broken into steps by practising which led to the final pose. Through partnering each other to make adjustment, we learned more of our body, its difference between people and adjusting with respect and care.

Sequencing study needed a integrated knowledge of asanas and anatomy as well as a good understanding of Vinyasa. Rajeev explained the intention of sequences and combined it into morning practice, which helped us to understand.

The philosophy and Ayurveda are the highly inspiring to me. The eight limbs of Ashtanga, the three bodies, the concept of Brahman and etc. opened a new way of thinking and understanding self and its relation with others and the world.

There are also plenty enjoyment throughout the course, the amazing stories of the Indian gods, discovery our body features and personality by Tridosa, chanting mantras, even the Kriyas (cleansing technique) arousing curiosity, excitement and a bit of anxiety.

In the beginning morning practise was changeling, but gradually it became my love. Rajeev makes it like a piece of music, with rhythmic movement coinciding with every breathing, toning up the body as well as calming the mind.

I feel lucky and happy to have all my classmates. We shared the love of yoga and learned from each other a lot. Day by day, we became so warm and close, which is my precious memory.

After TTC and back hometown, my heart is enlarged to bare more in life and my mind becomes clearer and calm. This experience changed me from inside. I was lead into the door and will continue this journey.

Li Xin, Qingdao, China

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China | Apr - May 2018





     Raj老师的教学细致严谨,课堂生动有趣.当遇到学生不懂的问题时,他会反复的教,直到学生理解为止。对于不好好学习的学员,Raj 老师要求很严格,因此Raj老师教授的课程,学员都可以顺利完成课程。



Lancy (Anhui, China)

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Shanghai, China - Dec 2017 - Jan 2018

This yoga TTC 200 training with Drishti was both rewarding and far beyond my expectation.

Together with teacher/Master Raj and other peers who attended the training, I feel extreme lucky and grateful that I have challenged myself in both physical and mental levels.

I have completed the TTC 200 in 2018 winter and I know my journey towards yoga has just begun…

Having practiced yoga for 2.5 years, I decided to expand my knowledges further and chose to leave my regular office job. I wanted to find a studio to start and finish my teacher training. I asked for opinions from some of my yoga friends and did self-online research, that was when Drishti Shala in Shanghai came into my mind, based on the recommendation and reputation. It certainly paid off.

I was never an early riser, so I was doubtful about myself at beginning – whether I could follow through the schedule and the course since I have to wake up everyday early enough to attend the practice at 6:30am! It seems impossible to me! But I did. Throughout the whole course, I did it!

Raj is both a loving and strict teacher with extensive knowledge. He is also very humble, which certainly isn’t easy to find in such a “result-driven” city like Shanghai. I (we) showed our naughty side and laziness during the training (to some level), yet we respect him. He is a great person with “pure heart”. I will carry on the love he passes to me throughout the yoga practice (whether that being teaching or self-practice) and further pass it to everybody who is “walking into my life”. Those I know, those I don’t know.

To respect,

Ourselves and others.

To challenge,

Our physical and go beyond limits.

To remain,


To remember,

No matter how far we go, the essence and intention of yoga.


Yahan LI (China)

Dec/2017-Jan/2018 TTC 200 Training

Drishti Vinyasa Shanghai Shala

It's not about how deep the twist is, how long the hold on breath, how strong the body...it's how much stronger the mind becomes and how it continues to grow.

With very limited experience with yoga as a holistic practice, I attended the TTC at Drishti from last December to January. It was such an inspiring experience to do the training in an amazing group of seven, who bonded immediately and became very close by the end of the course. As we spent almost half of the day together (literally, from 6am to 6pm), we supported each other through challenging asanas, and more importantly, had many unforgettable great laughs.

Raj was incredibly knowledgable about the materials: anatomy, alignment, philosophy… Whenever we asked a follow-up question about Rama or brought up a pain in an asana, he would always have an answer. Raj also maximized our learning—he knew when to push as well as when to give us a break. The schedule might seem intimidating, and indeed it was a rigorous course, which would take a long time for the knowledge to sink in. Nevertheless, once we got immersed in different approaches to yoga (practice, pranayama, alignment, anatomy lectures, and massage sessions…) time just flew.

Walking to the studio from the metro station on brisk winter mornings, watching sunrises while doing asanas, hugging, talking and laughing on the couches, all remained in my memory and continued to make a difference in my life. The training has given me a solid foundation, not only by teaching me the correct alignment in asanas, but also through its whole experience with beautiful people. I strongly recommend the training at Drishti to anyone, who wants to deepen their understanding of yoga, meet some awesome people, and most importantly, have a good time doing what one loves.


Dec 2016/Jan 2017 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala , Shanghai

The Yoga Teacher Training with Rajeev was a wonderful experience.

The training that Rajeev gives is very complete. He teaches strong Asanas, clear Krama guidelines, well documented Anatomy, inspiring Philosophy, everyday Pranayama, hands-on Kriya techniques, playful Chanting, relaxing Meditation and partnered Massage techniques.

On the one hand Rajeev lays out clear ground rules, and he structures his course very well. He is a strict teacher, and expects his students to showcase good working rigor.   On the other hand Rajeev is super generous, open and caring. He will not refrain in sharing his knowledge with his engaged students.

This was the perfect training in a wonderful group setting on my yoga path. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey that Rajeev has taken us on. Rajeev encourages you to start teaching as of the first day. Throughout the course he gave me the tools and helped me build confidence to embrace this beautiful giving teacher role. This training has proven to be a big leap forward for me on all levels.

Ruth Creten (Belgium)

Dec 2016/Jan 2017 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala , Shanghai

What used to be my favorite sport became my passion!

Having attended the weekdays 220 hours TTC at Drishti Yoga Shala was one of the best decisions in my life! I thoroughly enjoyed the time with my teammates and of course our great teacher Rajeev! How lucky we were, being a small group of 7 students only! We bonded extremely well and became very close to one another.   We learnt so much about the most important journey in life, which is the one of the self, through the self, to the self! Thanks Rajeev for all the lovely stories of the Hindu Gods which together with the philosophy, pranayama techniques, meditations lessons and anatomy lectures formed the most complete and enriching education program I can think of.   There are so many things I learnt about myself, many of which I take into my life outside of the Yoga mat. Simple things to improve the quality of life, like eating healthier and treating your body better, listening to your body, being more mindful and aware in whatever you do.   The 5 weeks we spent together were a very tough and intense time, but we all managed to keep going and with the help of our knowledgeable teacher, we often went beyond our limits. I expected to be physically exhausted during the training, so that wasn’t the most challenging part. It was actually the load of information we took in during our TTC that sometimes was difficult to digest in such a short period of time.   Having said that, now after a couple of weeks after the training it all makes   even more sense and I love to flick through my notes and dig myself further into the vast amount of information   we received on spiritual aspects of yoga as well as anatomical topics, but also the asanas as such. We successfully completed our TTC and are now proud teachers, but the journey to share the passion for Yoga with others only just began!

Thanks Rajeev for having given me access to all aspects of Yoga and for inspiring me in so many different ways!

Silke (Germany)

Dec 2016/Jan 2017 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala , Shanghai

The Yoga Teacher Training is the second training done with Rajeev. First was Ayurvedic massage and the way he was teaching and connecting yourself with this beautiful, broad and whole knowledge that Yoga and Ayurveda are, made me want to do the TTC with him as the teacher. By doing the TTC, I wanted to learn more about the spiritual side, the ancient knowledge, principles and wisdom encompassed in Yoga, what was really behind the asanas, the energy and the connection between mind, body and soul. Rajeev is one of the teachers who makes you really understand what Yoga is in its essence, in its beauty, in its perfection, in what it brings to us: better connection to our inner/higher self. These 2 months of learning, stretching over one’s limits, physically, mentally, emotionally, were just amazing! It was so good to learn and experiment the different aspects of yoga: the postures and adjustments, their benefits on your body, the study of anatomy had a real meaning, the meditation, the mantras, the kriyas (cleansing techniques)! I could see real differences on my body over the weeks, and it indeed cures a lot of things. My body is still thankful about the training! We have been blessed not only to have a very patient and very generous teacher who shares a lot of his knowledge, but also a great group of teammates. We had so much fun, so many laughs in an atmosphere of very good discipline, with very structured asanas sequences and seriousness to adopt to be a good professional, and so much else! Anybody can do it (I had not done any yoga or any sport for 6 months before entering the TTC…), the way he is teaching brings you step by step to higher levels. For sure, it was a bit challenging sometimes, but if your heart longs to it, you can achieve anything. With Rajeev, for sure, you will be in good hands if you are not sure about being capable of doing it. My friends saw the difference in me during and after the TTC: you are grounded, you take the time, you take more care of yourself, you are aligned…

Originally, my intention was not to be a Yoga teacher after the training. It was more a part of my personal development and self-spiritual journey! But step by step, you want to share this knowledge with others as you realize that Yoga is a real gift, help you so much and can help a lot of other people.

I am sincerely very grateful for this training! Yoga is now part of my daily life, as a natural element. Thank you Rajeev for your teachings!

Namaste Teacher


Dec 2016 / Jan 2017 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala, Shanghai

Having recently completed my 200-Hour Teacher Training at Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala, I can confidently say the journey was a life changing experience, which far exceeded my expectations.

I researched many nearby schools and selected Drishti based on their reputation alone. Thankfully, this chance paid off, as I couldn’t have been happier with the level of training and skills learnt over the 3.5 months.

Raj is an excellent, kind and knowledgeable teacher with a wealth of experience. He introduced us to many aspects of yoga, physically, mentally and spiritually, which were clear to understand, and delivered in a manner only a true teacher knows how.

For anyone who is either looking to take their practice to the next level, deepen their understanding of yoga, or take the step to becoming a teacher, Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala and Raj are, for me, a wise choice you will not regret. I honestly can’t think of anything I wish was included in the course. Everything is covered, and I felt very confident in approaching my new life as a teacher.

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala provide all the foundation, knowledge and experience to become a yoga teacher. It’s on each of us who attended the course to develop on these solid foundations, and continue the journey which Raj so capably guided us on.

Thank you to Drishti, Raj, my classmates and everyone involved in creating the perfect yoga teacher training course.

Christopher Hodges

Stockport, UK

Aug / Dec 2016 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training - Shanghai, China

I have known Raj for almost three years and I although I already completed another TTC a couple of years ago, I thought I would love to do a training with him.

I knew from attending his classes and from the contents described on the website that the training would be tough.   It was. Rajeev is a very thorough, demanding and extremely dedicated teacher, with a deep and pure love for the practice.   He gives it 110 per cent and expects you to do the same.   I have seen teachers who almost seem to hold back, maybe from fear of the competition coming, or maybe from insecurity that they will have nothing else to share if they give it all in one go.   Not Rajeev.   He is extremely generous with his immense knowledge which makes you feel grateful, inspired and secure within the classroom and practice.   His passion and warm loving energy are highly contagious.   The vast array of topics covered were clear and very well structured. Apart from the physical practice (asanas, alignment, adjustments) which are probably the most widely known aspects of yoga, I enjoyed the philosophy, meditation, history, Rajeev's stories about the scriptures and Ayurveda.   The sequencing of a class was explained with great attention to detail, I loved that and found it a great addition to what I already knew.   I did things in this training I never thought I would do, like the Kriyas or cleansing techniques and also some complex asanas.   I discovered things about myself that I did not know, hidden strengths I suppose, as the weaknesses are very clear to us as humans, always quick to judge ourselves and others, but the training gives you the mindfulness to look deeper into yourself and your practice.   And last but not least I had a lot of fun, Rajeev is also skilful to always add and element of joy and play into the classes and of course when you spend three and a half months with the same group of people you form close relationships.   That was a real bonus to an already amazing opportunity.   The support I felt from the group and our teacher was amazing.   We shared laughter and tears, moments of nervousness and joy.   In the end Rajeev created the perfect atmosphere for all of us to grow steady but surely, individually and collectively.   I feel forever grateful to my fellow students and our amazing teacher.

Finding one's gift is difficult but the real challenge comes in sharing it with others, in giving it away.   Rajeev has unselfishly and openly shared his gift with us and in that process, we have become better versions of ourselves.

Carmen (Sapin)



Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala - Shanghai

I like to do yoga and want to do it every day. I might be able to become a yoga teacher!”

Honestly speaking that was a reason why I attended YTTC. Luckly found this place and our amazing teacher Rajeev!!

My Level was quite beginner, everything we learned day by day was brand new for me.

I got the Feeling, maybe it´s called “nervous” at the begining.

But Rajeev was just fair to everyone and accepted how I am.

He taught us yoga Philosophy, Histories, Anatomy, Meditation, Pranayama, Chanting, Asana adjustments, Sequences, Kriyas and so on…with a lot of deep professional Details, easy explanations, Passion , attention, his pleasure and joy.

These wonderful experiences I could share with lovely, funny and humorfull new friends!! The time we spent together, we giggled together, voice and smiles I will not forget!!

My great teacher Rajeev!!

My yoga journey has just begun and I would love to help People with the knowledge what I   learned from you. I am convinced ,this is my duty now and the best way to show you my respect and appreciation to you.

Thank you for your kindness, fully support and a lot of love

Junko Masuoka, Japan

Aug/ Nov 2015 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training , Shanghai, China

The nearly four month journey of YTTC has concluded. A period of extremely hard work, demanding the physical body to be pushed beyond limits and then even further, the mind to be still and focused, then the spirit is uplifted by finding the answer within. Rajeev taught me the true essence of quality and dedication, practicing yoga not only at the studio but also as a way of life – slow down, live in the present, and be calm. First he plants a seed of inspiration, then he will nurture and nourish along the way, providing the right amount of love and discipline for me to take my own practice to a different level, a whole new stratosphere.

The quality of YTTC at Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala is unparalleled. I learned and practiced asanas, meditation, Hatha and Vinyasa yoga sequencing and adjustments to build a solid foundation, digested yoga philosophy, history, memorized muscles, bones, the human body’s systems, and even enjoyed learning more esoteric concepts like chakras, bandhas and pranayama – Rajeev trained and provided us the skills, tools, and knowledge to someday pass on teachings. This is truly the best training one could experience – rigorous learning and practice while having fun, with a lovely group of classmates. Above all, I am a better woman than before this started.

Rajeev, I am grateful for your continued wisdom and guidance.

Ann Chiu, U.S.A

Aug/Nov 2015 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Shanghai, China

My Name is Lena. I joined the Yoga Teacher Training Course Aug 2015 - Nov 2015 at Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala in Shanghai.   

Our course included all aspects: pranayama, mantra, meditation, asanas, asana alignment, teaching skills, anatomy and philosophy lectures.   I can say that all these aspects were fulfilled completely.   Rajeev made all lectures easy for understanding.   Asanas alignment part was very interesting and we had a lots of fun during the section.   I especially liked homeworks, where we supposed to make videos with instructions, pictures and our own sequences, that helped to digest what we studied in the class.   Writing homework was also helpful to memorize one more time the theory.   I don't know which word to use to describe that gratitude to teacher Rajeev I felt inside.   Thank your for professionalism.   Thank you for knowledge.   Thank you for kind heart and love you shared with us.   And thank you for smiles.   These three months were difficult for all of us, but looking back now, I feel like it was one day, time goes very fast.   But for me that 'day"was the most pleasant, most productive and greatest in my life.   Thank you for your kindness and support not only as a teacher, but as a friend also.   

Of course, I want to say Big Thanks to all our team: Ann, Serena, Junko, Rahphael, Giobana, Mia and Luna.   We spent a good time together and shared nice moments which I will keep as a sweet memories.   Thank you all, who created that warm and friendly atmosphere.   I really enjoyed every second of time that we spent together.   

with love,

Lena (Yelena Melnikova), Russia

Aug / Nov 2015 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Shanghai, China

One month ago, I read a book about Iyengar, he believe that a good teacher is who transmit to his students all the knowledge that he has.   In that moment, I felt that Rajeev is that teacher from the book.   That feeling was correct...and a very special feeling for me, because I found the right teacher on time.   

I believe that the universe is perfect and let us meet special people in the right moment and right place.   This is my case, I meet Rajeev, here in Shanghai.   

During the yoga classes and in the YTTC was a wonderful experience.   I am fully graceful with it.

From now on is my responsibility to transmit this knowledge, this amazing experience and let people know that yoga is a real way to live healthy, happy, longevity, peaceful and..balance, to deal with daily life.   Thanks Rajeev!

Giobana, South America

Aug/Nov 2015 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Shanghai, China

When I first signed up to the training I wasn't really sure I was doing the right thing. having a small daughter, committing myself for such a long period and so many hours...what was the real reason within me pushing me to do another training? inability to be still and not be involve in something else? lack of confidence, that feeling of never being ready enough? that kind of feeling that find its own root on the fear of facing yourself maybe.

Well, whatever it was...it does not matter anymore. This training gave me a lot. More knowledge, more confidence, more trust. It was very tough I must say, almost four months of deep commitment, trying to balance family, work, practice, homework and hours of training. I felt a lot of pressure. But it was totally worth it. Rajeev is a great teacher, he has a great ability in making things simple and easy to understand. His classes are inspiring and full of energy. I also had the chance to meet and share this beautiful experience with a nice and supportive group of classmates. Each of them ready to share, to help each other. Now, just the thought of this training, the time spent with Raj and the girls, brings a sweet smile in my face and warm feeling of love into my heart.

Serena Fudio, Italy

Aug/ Nov 2015 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Shanghai, China


It was meaningful and unforgettable time for me with all together, Rajeev and yoga lovers.

At the beginning, I was so excited to learn about yoga and to be a yoga instructor in days to come. At the same time, I was also nervous since I have never learned yoga before and doubted my self to be a teacher, however, my unstable mind began to be free from positive, negative, emotional state as time goes by and I tried to be MAUNA in a silence state. During the YTTC time, I experienced how I changed.

I started yoga journey with Rajeev, in Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala.   Rajeev had always passion to give more information and to guide us to go further our self. I could feel his passion and positive energy thus I was not able to be lazy and to get enough to do yoga.

Besides, every lectures and practices that I have went trough such as Kriyas, Meditaion, Asanas, Mudra, Ayurveda, Anatomy, Philosophy and so on during the YTTC time, were so meaningful and so much fun. This time for four months made me strong mentally and physically and I got to know more about me and found my self.

My funny lovely yoga mates inspired very much and were willing to help each other.

We all tried to do best our self not to be the best, so there was no competition but diligence, kindness, and strong will.

No doubt, we all are very confident our self much more than before.

I could not forget how beautiful and meaningful moment we all made!

Raphaelle Lee, Korea

Aug/Nov 2015 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Shanghai, China

To be dwelled in YOGA

It was about 7 months ago since I started to practice yoga in Japan, it opened the small window to the world of yoga for me, I totally felt in love with yoga although I actually knew almost nothing about yoga, and I wanted to be a yoga instructor to help people.

I started to practice yoga with Rajeev right after I returned to Shanghai about half year ago. Yoga is the union of body, mind and soul, it is not only postures, but also need us the practitioners to train our mind and soul to be steady and strong. As a yoga beginner level of practitioner who has the ambitious to be a qualified yoga teacher, when I feel I am not that flexible, nor strong, nor brave, Rajeev always encourages me; he teaches all what we want to learn and answers our questions with patience. The study with Rajeev, expanded the perspective of Hatha, Vinyasa yoga, the anatomy which works in our body in the daily life and yogasana, the history of yoga, chakra system, ayurveda...

It was very happy to be the classmate of those lovely yoga lovers, we have different purpose to attend this course, but we study together, practice together, sweat together and laugh together, this experience with them with Rajeev is definitely one of my most precious ones.

No matter where I will be, no matter what kind of job I will do in the future, the only thing I know is I will be dwelling in the world of yoga.

Xinyao Song, Shanghai, China

Aug / Nov 2015 TTC

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Shanghai, China

I have been practicing yoga for a very long time and have had a number of wonderful teachers along the way.   I mainly   practiced Iyengar and Sivananda yoga and didn’t really like Vinyasa or Ashtanga so much as I felt the movements were too fast and didn’t allow   enough time to go deeper into a posture.   About 1 ½ years ago I came across Rajeev’s studio and was yet again introduced to Vinyasa yoga.   I attended his workshops on yoga anatomy, adjustment and alignment which gave me a new and much deeper understanding of how the body works in an asana.   Rajeev has a very precise and scientific mind which I like very much and knows how to build up   a sequence in a very logical and practical fashion.   He makes seemingly complicated things easy to understand, which, in my humble opinion,   is one of the most important assets for a   good teacher.   This is why I joined this year’s YTTC in India.   I learned so much , thank you Rajeev.   It was a wonderful experience to do the training in India, where we all learned so much more then just yoga.    We saw many beautiful temples and historical sites, learned a lot about Hinduism, Ayur Veda medicine and much more.   And we had a lot of fun too .


Dominique Trauttmansdorff PhD, ND ; Australia


Jan / Feb 2015 TTC India

Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Kovalam Beach, Trivandrum, India

As a student practicing yoga around 3 years before entering the YTTC, I really felt like entering that training would be a huge challenge for myself, both physically mentally, and I can say emotionaly as well, because everything inside us is connected and is just a unique soul. Life can be crazy and I’m kind of a (shy) person in life!   So I really took that path feeling like I can tell (a baby)   who has somehow to grown up in her yoga practice, and this was it for sure !!!

That path really came with huge challenges as predicted, like pushing my body to its own limits through hard work, early morning wake up calls, feeling pain sometimes and also saying to myself   (where am I going ?),   (Do I really want to be a yoga teacher ?)   and slowly everything, every answer was more clear ; beyond that I had pleasantly discovered that despite the tiredness I couldn’t resist still going, learning more and more, and I will still in the future... even when every part of my body I was having pain (not at first...lol) I knew those were messages to let me know how to practice with more awareness and enjoying every minutes of it. ... When you push yourself,   you get that amazing reward which is that amazing vibrant feeling of freedom that we all want... a moment of bliss that Yoga provides us. I ‘m now purely convinced after that YTTC, that Yoga is a true body, mind and soul (medicine) for us as human beings. I enjoyed every moment of that training, from the amount of knowledge, theory that I was learning... to creating wonderfull memories with the group I was in. I ended that YTTC with a sweet feeling of gratitude toward the person who has helped me to improve and grow in my own yoga practice, and who shared with us the true yoga philosophy. Thanks Rajeev. I have sure now more consciousness of what is Yoga, and gained so many tools to improve my own practice and to be able one day to pass on or teach to others that beautifull Art of Yoga.

Armelle, France
Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Shanghai Shala, China.   Mar - Jun 2014

"Honor your body and your practice "

After many years playing team sports and training in male dominate gyms. I was introduced to the practice of yoga. Initially my journey began as student in Hong Kong. I wasn't regular with my practice and was merely using yoga to improve my flexibility and strength.

It wasn't until I moved to California that my real discovery of yoga began. Early dawn classes led to a 200 hour Teacher Training accreditation at Yoga Kingdom Sanctuary in Pasadena. "The journey had begun".   Teaching weekly classes and discovering that yoga was the most effective way to release tension and bring balance, flexibility and strength to the body and mind was life changing.

Fast forward to Shanghai where I have just completed a 220 hour YTT Yoga Alliance Course under the direction of Rajeev at Drishti Vinyasa Yoga. The knowledge and guidance I have received from Rajeev during my recent YTT has been humbling and it was a wonderful holistic platform of discovery to enable me to take my yoga and teaching to higher levels.   Through regular practice my intention is to share the philosophy of awareness on a physical and spiritual

Paul Chandler
Director, Food & Beverage
Shanghai Disney Resort
Kerry Parkside 7th Floor
1155 Fang Dian Road, Pudong New District
Shanghai 201204 PRC.

Paul Chandler, Australia
Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Shanghai, China;   Sep - Dec 2013

My name is Yasmae Melody Turpijn and I'm from Holland. I am a pysio-therapist and I finished my RYT200 training at Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala in Shanghai.

The training was everything I hoped for.   It was inspiring and instructive.   Because of the small groups you can get all the attention you need.   Rajeev is a very experienced, smart and fun person to learn from. He guides you through the syllabus and gives you all the attention you need.   Even after contact hours he will anwser your questions.

I could recommend Drishti Vinyasa for you if you want to know the true base and essence of yoga.   If you want to learn and know how to create a balanced class and want a experienced teacher to guide you.

I now teach vinyasa yoga in Rotterdam back home. I started my own studio InnerfysiQ in the center of this beautiful city at the Coolsingel. I also teach at the 5 star Mainport hotel where I meet a lot of foreigners.

If you are anywhere around Rotterdam, you are welcome to join my classes. Check
www.innerfysiq.nl for more info.


Yasmae, Holland
Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Shanghai, China.   Sep - Dec 2013