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If you want to become a teacher or youre looking to just deepen your practice and understanding, Anandavan Yog Peeths 200-hour teacher training course program provides a transforming experience and focus on the subtler aspects of yoga, not only covering the asanas, but going beyond to enhance your understanding of what yoga is. This teacher training program will help you discover that, at one level, yoga is a fearless expression of yourself.
The maximum participants in the group is 15.
Anyone over the age of 18 years are welcome as participants.
During the training, you will be staying in Holumba Haven. Holumba has a delightful old-world charm about it. Spread in two acres, it is set in an orchid nursery which has an amazing diversity of flora. There are six cottages that provide a total of sixteen rooms with attached toilets and running hot water. Together with a cozy dining area with a lounge and Wi-Fi, there is a small temple for meditation and a yoga hall.
The school is located in the Eastern Himalayan town of Kalimpong which is a part of Darjeeling (of the Tea fame) district in India. Famed for its orchid nurseries, schools, monasteries and moderate climate, this small hill town is scattered along a ridge saddle at an elevation of 1150 meters to 1450 meters.
Kalimpong is situated on a tri-junction of Bhutan, Sikkim and West Bengal; Two passes into Tibet, Jelep la (4702 meters) and Nathu la (4649 meters), can be seen to the north-east. Jelep la pass is only 128 kilometers from Kalimpong and by this virtue; Kalimpong was the fist trading post between Tibet and India until 1962. One can view the entire 180 panorama of the Choten Nigna range of Sikkim Himalayas with Kanchenjunga massif (8,686 meters), the third highest peak in the world. In her majesty, she floats over the clouds with other giants like Kabru (7338 meters), Pandim (6691 meters) and Siniolchu 6888 (meters).
Anandavan Yog Peeth is a yoga school that was opened up in 2015, but behind this new school, there is years of experience of practicing and teaching yoga. The school is located in the eastern Himalayas of India in the town of Kalimpong near Darjeeling. They are offering Yoga Alliance Certified 200-hour teacher training course in the Indian Himalayas.
They conduct programs in collaboration with Rishikesh Yog Peeth of Rishikesh, India. They have been conducting 200, 300 and 500-hour Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training programs for the last 10 years.
Anandavan Yog Peeth believes that yoga is a gift to entire humanity and its practice is an antidote to the stress and suffering of our lives. They want to contribute in their small way to bring the benefits of this science to many people.
They also believe that India, the birth place of yoga, has a special responsibility to continue to spread this message of yoga to the world in its original essence.
They are conscious of this responsibility. They will make sincere efforts to follow the path of yoga in its spirit, with compassion, in the right way, and with right expectations.
Where possible, they will use the insights of science to deepen their understanding of yogic practices. Otherwise they keep an open heart and mind and trust their instincts. Yoga was never meant to be followed blindly. Questioning everything is also yoga.
These purification techniques are prescribed in Hatha yoga. They are designed to make the body strong and healthy, and are considered as preparatory steps towards pranayama and meditation.
The training will take you through various asanas in a methodical manner, progressing onwards to increasingly advanced poses while laying a solid foundation as you proceed. The nuances of each asana will be explored in detail, connecting the postures with anatomy. This will give a deeper experience of the asana while understanding and exploring your body.
You will lean the science of anatomy and physiology with enough detail to be able to understand the scientific reasoning behind the cueing, corrections and alignments of the poses. This will lay the foundation to be able to teach safely and with confidence.
This part of the training will cover the basics of yoga philosophy. The aim is to enable you to explore the deeper and more subtle aspects of yoga. This understanding will provide a dimension that will enrich your overall experience. The training shall cover concepts from Patanjali's Yog Sutra, Shrimad Bhagwad Gita, Sankhya Karika and other classic texts of yoga.
Pranayam, chanting and meditation
These practices are the foundations of higher yogic planes. You will discuss why these processes are important and their benefits. You will learn the techniques to harness the energies present in your body to advance to the higher yogic levels. Enough practice will be provided so that you should be able to confidently guide your students in the future.
Teaching practice and methodology
Sufficient time and emphasis is given to the actual practice of teaching during the course. This will give you confidence in your teaching abilities. You will learn teaching methods, how to design a class and work out your own sequences.
You will get an opportunity to design and conduct your own class. This will be built up slowly as you get more comfortable with your learning and start to apply it. Regular feedback will be given so you can evolve your own, unique style of teaching.
Evaluation and feedback is an important part of this training. Our small class size allows us to deeply interact with our students and give timely and continuous feedback. You will be expected to complete assignments and take full classes on your own during the training.
Whether you arrive by air or train, you will need to drive up to Kalimpong. The drive may take 2.5 to 3 hours depending on the traffic and the weather. The drive itself is beautiful. You will enter the mountains after crossing the teak forests in the foot-hills and then drive along the river Teesta for most of the journey. Once you cross Teesta, Kalimpong is only 14 kilometers away.
For International travellers, the main points of entry are New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Bagdogra (IXB) is the closest airport to Kalimpong. A number of flights are available from many major cities of India. Kolkata is the closest metropolis. A pickup can be arranged and its cost will vary from 1500 to 3000 INR depending on the type of vehicle.
You can reach Kalimpong by bus and this is the cheapest way to get there. This would involve some extra effort to reach the Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus located in Siliguri. If you are arriving at Bagdogra airport, you may need to take a local auto-rickshaw or a taxi to the Siliguri Bus Stand. In case you are arriving by train, take a cycle or auto rickshaw to the bus stand in Siliguri. It will cost you 70 to 100 INR for a bus seat to Kalimpong from Siliguri.
The bus will drop you at the Motor Stand in town. You will then have to take a taxi to reach Holumba.
Nearest railhead is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) which is connected to all major cities of India. There are long distance Rajdhani Express Trains from New Delhi to NJP (22 hours) and multiple trains from Kolkata (overnight).
Once you reach Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri, you will travel onwards by road to reach Kalimpong. If you choose to take a taxi, head to the pre-paid taxi counters that are present at both train station and the airport. Booking a taxi at these counters will ensure you pay the correct fare and not get ripped-off.
There is also shared taxi service. To take one, you will have to find your way to Panitanki more on Sevoke Road. A seat in such shared taxis to Kalimpong will cost 80-100 INR.
After getting in a taxi, instruct the driver to take you to Holumba at 9th mile. Tell them it is near Rockvale School and the Fire station. This should do the trick and you should not have any difficulty in reaching Holumba. Please note Holumba is situated on the main road from Siliguri to Kalimpong and it is reached before the main town area of Kalimpong.
Classes run from Monday to Saturday with Sundays being off.
You should plan to arrive at least one day before the start of the course. The orientation program and Pooja ceremony is held on the evening of the day before the course starts. This ceremony is an important part and you are expected to attend this occasion.
There will be free accommodation up to two days before the start of the training. This gives you an opportunity to rest and recover after your long journey. Make use of this offer and factor this in your travel plans.
Bring along your yoga clothes and also some practical and modest stuff to walk around town in and visit the local monasteries.
This requires heavy-duty woolens. It is recommended for you to bring a few jumpers and a heavy jacket. The temperatures may not seem very low to some of you coming in from colder countries, but remember that the accommodation doesnt have central heating. Although there will be electric room heaters and hot water bottles for your bed, but nothing beats being warmly clad. Consider getting a few pairs of yoga socks to be comfortable during your practice.
A hoodie, light woolens and long trousers or skirt will be enough to get you through the cooler times of spring.
Summer is pleasant. Light cotton clothes will be fine. Keep a light jacket handy for the occasional rainy days.
It will get wet and humid and it may take days for your clothes to dry, so pack extra clothes to take you through while your washing is drying out. The accommodation does not provide dryers and all laundry uses solar power to dry out. You may want to pack a raincoat or an umbrella, or buy one locally.
This is the Himalayas - it offers some great treks. You may want to get some suitable footwear if you intend to trek in the mountains before or after the course. Even if you are not planning to trek, keep in mind that we will be going out for local excursions during the TTC. So get a sturdy pair of shoes suitable for tramping about in the mountains.
Kalimpong has a pleasant and bracing climate all the year round, except for the monsoon months (mid-June to mid-September). In the winters, the nights can get quite cold, with the temperature dipping down to almost zero degree Celsius.
December, January, February
Being in the mountains, Kalimpong can get quite cold (by Indian standards). January is the peak winter month. Although it is cold, you do get mild sunshine during the day. At times it is foggy. But, on a clear day, you can see magnificent views of the snow ranges. Heavy woollens are recommended. The temperature ranges from maximum 20 degrees Celsius to minimum 5 degrees Celsius.
Spring is on its way and the climate is beautiful. This is one of the best times in the year to visit Kalimpong. Naturally, this is the beginning of the Tourist season. Light woollens will do. The temperature ranges from maximum 26 degrees Celsius to minimum 12 degrees Celsius.
The climate is mild and pleasant. It is a good time to escape the heat of the plains. Days are comfortable and the nights can turn cool. If it rains, a light jacket should be fine. The temperature ranges from maximum 27 degrees Celsius to minimum 20 degrees Celsius.
Mid-June, July, August
Monsoon starts from mid-June and it can rain quite heavily. The rains build up to a peak in July and August. Temperatures are moderate, but at times movement could be restricted due to heavy rain which may cause landslides and block roads. In any case, the mountains never disappoint. During the rains, Kalimpong and its surroundings turn a lush green. The temperature ranges from maximum 27 degrees Celsius to minimum 19 degrees Celsius.
September, October, November
The rainy season ends by mid-September and the climate is very comfortable. October is mildly cold and is probably the best month to spend in Kalimpong. Light warm clothes will be sufficient. It is also a peak holiday season, bringing in the Tourists. November starts to turn cold and you need heavier woollens, but the days remain bright and sunny. The temperature ranges from maximum 26 degrees Celsius to minimum 12 degrees Celsius.
Anandavan Yog Peeth recommends that you bring 2 passport size photographs, fee transfer receipt, laptop or tablet, ATM debit card, flashlight, necessary medications, suitable clothes and shoes, suitable clothes for practice and power outlet convertor suitable for India which is 230 volts, plugs C and D.
Anandavan Yog Peerh have excursions planned around Kalimpong which include walks, visits to local villages, local handicraft industries, and trips to Tibetan monasteries.
Deepti is an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher and has been on her yoga journey since 12 years. She started teaching yoga in studios in New Delhi in 2008 and discovered quickly that this was her calling in life. After completing her training from Rishikesh Yog Peeth under the tutelage of her guru Roshan, she has been teaching 200 and 300-hour TTC courses in Rishikesh Yog Peeth since 2010, training more than 500 students during this period. Deepti divides her time between Kalimpong and Rishikesh, continuing as a visiting faculty and member, Board of Studies at Rishikesh Yog Peeth.
Dhirendra is a young, energetic yoga instructor specializing in Hatha and Ashtanga-Vinyasa traditions. Through yoga, he wants to inspire people to set long term health and fitness goals for themselves to improve their well-being. Dhirendra has been working with students of varying skill levels and is proficient in modifications, alignments and adjustment of asanas. He also teaches breathing techniques and conducts meditation sessions. Dhirendra holds a 200 hour certification from Rishikesh Yog Peeth, and a diploma in mechanical engineering.
After spending thirty years in the electronic industry, Nikhil decided to quit and follow his interest in yoga full time, and help his wife, Deepti, to set up her yoga school. He has been practicing yoga since the last seven years and holds a RYT 200 from Rishikesh Yog Peeth. Nikhil is interested in the philosophical aspects of yoga which he has been studying since many years. He loves to discover parallel connections between ancient teachings and what science has discovered and is trying to understand.
During the training, you will be served 3 vegetarian meals a day.
Explore Kalimpong Town
Go on a picnic
Go on a rafting adventure
Shop for religious and cultural items at the wholesale market
Trek into the Neora Valley National Park
Visit nearby Hindu temples
Visit Orchid nurseries
Visit the weekly gathering in the main market place
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"This has been one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had. We (my fellow student companions and I) were in hands of not only incredible human beings, but people that guided us in the most amazing ways. I learned so so much more than I could ever thought in the course of a month. I can say one thousand times, that this Teacher Training is so very complete and special. The fact that it is located in Kalimpong is also a great plus, since there are so many things to learn around. I also have a very special memory of Holumba Haven, our accommodation spot. It belongs to a beautiful warm family that make it all so very easy and comfortable. Cottages are beautiful, silence surrounds it, and it is full of lights and plants. Animals are all around (surprisingly super quiet), and fun top be around of. Food is nothing less than incredible. Satvic is their description and it is nothing less than that. I had the beautiful feeling when I left that my life had been guided into a beautiful routine, with beautiful food inside me and beautiful words and actions. It is all fresh, vegetarian and made with so much love from the sweet people in the kitchen. It is an incredible experience to be surrounded by such wise people. I finally put together the pieces of yoga when I learned so much about philosophy with Nikhil, which will answer any question, at any time. I also gained spiritual calm and loss of fear by being guided by Deepti, one of the wisest most beautiful human beings I have met. Dehire, our Asana teacher, is also one amazing teacher. Incredible discipline and fantastic way of explaining Asana. Thank you. Thank you to all of you. I can only say that coming to Kalimpong and being a part of a YTT not only will give you a Certification as an excellent teacher, it will also give you a spiritual family and teachings that you never thought you would hold. I recommend with all my heart."
April 2016, Google Reviews, edited
"A unique and memorable experience that incorporated the essential elements relating to the mind, body and spirit of yoga. This course does an excellent job at contextualizing the concept of Hatha Yoga and its founding philosophy, while you develop physically and technically as an instructor. It broadens your understanding of each asana and pranayama technique connecting the body, breath and mind. I am extremely glad I chose this course, as it is located in a beautiful location and instructed by well-intentioned instructors that embody the spirit of true Yoga."
April 2016, Google Reviews, edited
"I had a great time there. The teachers are very knowledgeable, the staff very friendly, the food was simple but delicious and the accommodation cozy. No complaints. Kalimpong is a unique place to stay if you want to see the culture diversity, the Tibetan monasteries and the mountains. I usde to be a Yoga beginner before the TTC but now I know why Yoga really means, it's not only about the Asanas but a life style because you understand why you are doing it. I highly recommend the school."
March 2016, Bookyogaretreats.com website, edited, edited