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For those who would like to deepen their insights into the science of yoga and Ayurveda, as well as pursue teaching certification, this is an ideal opportunity. Imagine delving into intensive 4-week training at a traditional ashram in Rishikesh, a holy Ganges-side town in the foothills of the Himalayas. Living in the ashram environment is the best way to truly integrate the yogic teachings into your life and to be able to focus exclusively on yoga and teaching for one month. Teacher trainees will study 5.5 days a week and on two weekends will go on excursions, such as attend Aarati (a sunset ceremony by the Ganges), go hiking, and visit the waterfall. Students will also have time to explore the local cultural and spiritual sites.
Anand Prakash has 18 rooms for yoga practitioners to stay onsite. There are 3 single rooms, 11 double rooms, and 4 triple rooms. All of the rooms have single beds with bedding appropriate to each season, and an adjoining bathroom with a western toilet.
The ashram has two practice halls, the Patanjali Sadhana Hall on the lower level and the Nataraj Yoga Hall on the third floor with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The Nataraj Yoga Hall has a wood laminate floor and a vaulted bamboo ceiling creating a clean, authentic, and natural space for yoga practice. Each hall has pillows, bolsters, and yoga mats available.
The ashram also has a library and a sitting room for you to enjoy during your stay. There is a budding selection of English, Japanese, and Hindi books on yoga and spiritual fiction which you may borrow from the library to read in the sitting room or in your own room. The library is open for one hour most days after lunch and most evenings after dinner.
Form, method of teaching, benefits and cautions of principal Asanas (postures), Pranayamas (breathing techniques), and 2 Kriyas (cleansing techniques).
Learning to create various class-styles: beginner, intermediate, and an introduction to prenatal yoga. Each class having either a very mindful, flowing sequence or a more dynamic feel, depending on your nature as a yoga teacher and the students present in any given class.
Teaching methodology, including modifications for age and common injuries/conditions, how to create a grounded and inspired space for teaching/learning, the use of voice, prenatal modifications, etc.
Anatomy and the physical/mental benefits of yoga
Subtle yogic anatomy and the chakras
Introduction to Ayurveda, nutrition, and the yogic diet
Ashtanga philosophy (the eight-fold path)
Study and discussion of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, aphorisms giving insight into profound yogic practices and contemplations, as well as their life-transforming benefits
Teaching practicum and feedback from the trainers and your peers
Students make their own way back to Delhi or on to further travel after the course.
On the Friday after arrival in the ashram, we will go on a brief tour of north Rishikesh (Laxman Jhoola) to orient you to the area.
On the first Saturday after arrival (during the jet lag days), we will hike to a local waterfall.
On the first Sunday we will walk through the artisans markets and attend the musical sunset ceremony, Aarati, on the banks of the Ganges River.
On the second Sunday of your stay, the group will hike up the Ganga to a remote beach area for a picnic.
On your free Saturday afternoons and Sundays, enjoy living in Rishikesh and exploring this yogic town with the sandy shores of the Ganges River, and intimate local markets with a wealth of yogic books, healing gemstones, and other wares.
The ashram, Anand Prakash, is located in the dynamic international village of spiritual seekers in an area of Rishikesh called Tapovan, about 250 km north of Delhi. The Ganges river valley here is surrounded by mountains on three sides and it is considered the gateway to the Himalayas. Tapovan is an ideal location for yoga sadhana; it is named for its heritage as a site for spiritual disciplines. Tap, represents tapas, the practice of spiritual disciplines. Van means forest. So, Tapovan is the forest of the yogis. Anand Prakash is on a headland above the banks of the Ganges, one of the first open spaces down river from the source of the Ganges. The wind and all the prana carried from the Himalayas whistle down the river valley and blow out over this headland invigorating the ashram area.
Three meals a day are provided in the dining hall overlooking the mountains to the north of the ashram. The ashram gets about 75% of its food (depending on the season) directly from the organic farm next door to the Helping Hands for India school project, including wheat, rice, carrots, turnip etc. Food is fresh cooked Sattvic vegetarian including a varied day to day menu.
Rice and/or chapatti
Vegetables (pumpkin, carrot, cauliflower, peas and spinach)
We strive to provide you with nourishing, clean, and tasty yogic food and to offer options such as sugar free and milk free porridge and tea. We offer both rice and chapatti at lunch and dinner. Often people will choose one or the other at a meal for easier digestion. These are the main grains available locally.
Fly into Delhi or just 30 minutes away at Dehradun. From there, you can take either a train, bus, or hire a car.
There are buses from many locations in India to Rishikesh bus terminal.
Once you are in Rishikesh: Take a taxi or auto-rickshaw (also called 3-wheeler or tuktuk) to Laxman Jhoola stop on Badrinath Road (the high road). Tuktuks can be hired to take you alone for 75 rupees, or will stop to pick up others like a mini-bus and each passenger pays 10 rupees. From the tuktuk stop, continue walking along Badrinath Road about 1 kilometer. You will see Kaintura Plaza on the right hand side followed shortly afterwards by a small lane going downhill. Turn down here and the first left you will see Ayurpak Restaurant and next door, Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram. The ashram building is yellow with red trim. There are many ashram signs with directions.
There is a train from New Delhi called the Shatabdhi Express that leaves at 6:55 a.m. daily and takes 4.5 hours to Haridwar. From Haridwar, you can take a bus to Rishikesh and a 3-wheeler to the ashram, or a taxi directly to the ashram. The taxi can be arranged for you by the ashram. Please write to the ashram to arrange a taxi from most locations to avoid paying highly inflated prices from less honest strangers. Three days advance notice or more is helpful to ensure a car is available.
"Thanks so much for everything: your kindness, your care, the great organization, and above all, the immense love I was able to experience during the India trip. I hadnt laughed so much in ages."
"I have found so much peace at this training, and as your message for me said, I am going to expand that in all directions to everyone around me. I have felt so much love and kindness from you this month, which helped my journey immensely."
"I loved the course being held in Rishikesh. It gave me so much insight into yoga life and philosophy. My yoga practice is blossoming; I feel as if I have finally found what I had been looking for for so long. I have peace and joy in my heart."
" These four weeks in India have been the most nourishing and inspiring four weeks I have ever experienced. Your spiritual and technical teachings will be with me always, encouraging me to share my yoga with others, in depth and from the heart."
" This course has taught me how to see and how to feel. It has opened my mind and opened my heart. It has made me a better person and a better teacher. This course has changed my life. Thank you for being inspirational messengers of peace and harmony. I will always treasure this experience. "
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" The journey to India from chaos to calm, from worries to carefree breathing is soothing, timeless, and nurturing. Immersion in the yogic way creates the opportunity to resurrect our inner serenity. "
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" Your teacher training course is a real privilege to be a part of. Your love, care and wisdom shine through your work. "
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