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29 Days Yoga Teacher Training in Nepal

  • Neydo Tashi Choeling Monastery, Pharping, Kathmandu, Nepal


Yoga Teacher Training in Nepal

Deciding to teach yoga should be a sincere calling deep within your heart. Yoga teacher training is an investment in the future, but being an inspired and excellent teacher involves much more than getting a certificate: it requires dedication, discipline, and years of continuous practice. You must also have a true desire to serve others in order to communicate to your students the true essence of yoga. Establishing yourself as a teacher is a journey of many steps: start your journey here and become the teacher or practitioner you aspire to be.

Emerge with a taste of what it means to be a yogi

This training is intense on a physical and emotional level. There will be good days and vulnerable days. For 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, during one full month, you will be totally immersed in yoga practice, including pranayama, meditation, asana, philosophy, anatomy, and physiology, as well as the business of yoga and practical teaching.


  • Daily yoga clinic
  • Daily asana sessions
  • Pranayama and meditation
  • Short teaching & philosophy sessions
  • Visits to sacred sites in Nepal
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • 2 daily vegetarian meals

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 27 days with instruction
  • English
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Neydo Monastery Guest House is situated in one of the most intriguing places where you still can stay in the Kathmandu Valley, with peaceful natural surroundings and home to many significant religious sites of the great siddhas. Here, with 23 comfortable rooms and delicious healthy food made by an excellent chef, you are bound to leave behind all the problems at work and home.

Rooms are simple, clean and personal. Each room has a double bed or two single beds with comfortable mattresses and fresh bedsheets. Room colours are calm using earth colours with cool tiled floors. Every room has a small balcony with a screen to keep away insects from the outside. South facing rooms have a view of the monastery and north facing rooms, a view over the Hattiban forest and the eagles that circle above it, and Bhanjang village below it.

Each room also has a clean bathroom with bath and shower and a modern western-styled toilet.

Why do this yoga teacher training?

The Nepal TTC is the only one in the world situated in a Tibetan monastery. Its a high-quality training for the discerning student with excellent teachers, but what really sets it apart from others is that you will study yoga philosophy in situ, on location in Nepal, where ancient yogic traditions are still alive. You will feel supported in your practice by monks, priests, sadhus, and have a chance to visit temples and stupas and sacred sites.

This training is designed to take you to the spiritual heart of the practice. Its a dogma free training with interesting, innovative teachers, all of whom are serious yoga practitioners with global reputations. The course is for a small and select group of students, who receive personal attention that is sensitive to their needs and ongoing development.

You can only teach what you know

This is a transformative training where youll experience an authentic process that makes you look at your own reality, takes you deeper in your own practice, and gives you the skills to teach yoga. You will develop the capability to teach from your own experience and practical know-how that are the stamp of an interesting teacher - someone with something to say about yoga practice because you have lived it.

Learn and apply yogic philosophy

Hindu, Buddhist, and contemporary yogic philosophy are taught in a way that lifts it off the page, and off the mat, so you can integrate philosophy into your teaching and personal practice. The philosophy is relevant to both the physical experience and the spiritual practice. It is not an academic lesson, but a yogic inquiry relevant to real life. You will integrate ancient wisdom traditions with contemporary psychology into a mindful practice.

Hands-on experience

Practice Hatha and Vinyasa yoga and watch your body and mind transform. Get hands-on experience with adjustments so you are prepared to work alongside someone in the real world. Study BKS Iyengar alignment principles; learn techniques to breakdown difficult asanas (inversions, arm balances, backbends, etc) to teach workshop style. Build movement vocabularies and learn to sequence Vinyasa Flow as a seamless moving meditation.

Practical teaching

Learn to demonstrate and adjust asanas, work in groups and individually to create a Vinyasa Flow sequences, structure and teach a yoga class, watch videos of your performance, and get feedback from teachers and colleagues. Learn how to teach basic pranayama and mediation, Restorative yoga, Yin yoga, and yoga Nidra. Make yoga your business.

What you will learn

This level 1 training provides an overview of different aspects of yoga. Its designed to give you a taste of what it means to be a yogi. By the end of the training you will have:

Skillful and varied asana practice

Understanding on basic yoga philosophy in a way you can integrate it into your teachings

Understanding on basic anatomy and alignment so you can prevent injuries in your students and yourself

Genuine spiritual practice

Experience that will provide you lifelong inspiration and context to teach yoga

The ability to make an informed decision about what aspects of yoga you like, what you want to practice and teach

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 07:15 Pranayama and meditation
  • 07:30 - 10.00 Asana
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Brunch
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Short teaching
  • 12:30 - 14:30 Philosophy
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Break
  • 15:00 - 18:00 Yoga clinic
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 19:30 Evening program (Films, Satsang, Readings or yoga Nidra)
  • This schedule may change slightly. Sundays are free.

5 days will be spent on the road, visiting sacred sites in Nepal, like Boudhanath, Pashupati and Patan.

Heather Elton

Heather is the founder and director of Elton Yoga and the course coordinator. She teaches Asana, Vinyasa, Astanga, meditation, self-inquiry techniques, and teaching methodology. Astanga is taught in the Mysore tradition of Sri K Patabbhi Jois, and Vinyasa Krama (or Hatha flow), is an intelligent linking of poses - with breath and dristi - rooted in classical yogic traditions that explores the physical, mental and subtle aspects of the practice.

Yoga philosophy is integrated into the practice to reveal the spiritual path underlying yoga, and the technology to stabilize the mind and realize our true nature. It works on a deep physical and psychological level. She is a believer in the ancient yogic path to self-realization. She has practiced yoga since 1986 and teaches in London and on international workshops and retreats, and yoga teacher trainings.

Heather has studied many different lineages of Hatha yoga, including BKS Iyengar technique with Alaric Newcombe, Glenn Ceresoli, and Dona Holleman. She has studied Astanga with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath in Mysore, and many of their senior students.

She learned the Primary and Intermediate Series adjustments from Nancy Gilgoff, completed a teacher training certification with Richard Freeman, and more recently studied the traditional Krishnamacharya method of asana, pranayama, and Kundalini metaphysics with BNS Iyengar at the Patanajala Yoga Shala in Mysore. On the Vinyasa flow side of yoga, she completed the Tripsichore Yoga Theatre Teacher Training with Edward Clark and considers David Life and Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti Yoga to be truly inspirational people and teachers. She is currently researching Tibetan Yantra Yoga.

Emil Wendel

Emil has lived in Asia since the mid-seventies, studying Indian thought and Chinese classical philosophy. His study of shram traditions, and treasured time with Sadhus and living Buddhist masters, have brought a strong appreciation of the subjects of Mantras and Mudras, as well as other methods of Pratyahara (sense-withdrawal) and Dharana (concentration), the ancient yogic tools which may, over time, bring about that delightful state of true meditation (Dhyana).

Emil is deeply passionate about yoga, in particular the aspects of breath and meditation in both the Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Emil has been instructing teacher training courses for yoga in Japan, Bali, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, India, and the Mid-East, besides several countries in Europe. In this course, his teachings of Pranayama follow the tradition and methodology of the Bihar School of Yoga, distilled through years of self-practice and experimentation.

His many years of residency in Nepal and India have brought about exceptional insight into the depth of Indian civilization and its underlying currents. His philosophy course offers a glimpse into the treasures of ancient texts and their application in daily life as yoga practice and ritual. Basic meditation instruction includes discussions on liberating knowledge, to deepen the yoga practice beyond the mere physical experience.

This training also includes guest teachers who will cover different topics related to the course.

The monastery is located near Pharping in the Kathmandu Valley and by the foothills of the Himalaya, just a few kilometers away from the heart of Kathmandu.

  • Cycling nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
  • Snowboarding nearby
  • Stargazing
  • Balcony
  • Caf nearby
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental nearby

2 vegetarian meals a day are included, which are cooked by a professional chef, using fresh ingredients of the season.


  • Meals outside the retreat are not included in the price.

Culture and temples

Dakshinkali Temple is located about 1 kilometer outside the village of Pharping. It is one of several power places of Kathmandu Valley and one of the most important temples in Nepal dedicated to the goddess Kali. Animal sacrifices, particularly of cockerels and uncastrated male goats, are the main way that the goddess is worshipped, and this is especially seen during the Dashain festival but quite often crowds of people can be seen thronging to the site on Saturday mornings.

Walking, hiking, and cycling

There is great scope for short hikes or gentle walks around the monastery and guest house. The forest of Hattiban stretches up from the road down the Neydo Tashi Choeling Monastery Guest House and makes for pleasant walking. The Hattiban Resort is reached after about an hour hiking through the trees, and makes a good place to take a rest, have a cool drink, and enjoy the view over the city. This is corner of Kathmandu is also renowned for its mountain biking, but it also has a number of fairly level roads and jeep tracks, which are a perfect for discovering the pretty villages of rural Nepal.

  • Twin shared accommodation
  • Two vegetarian meals per day
  • Yoga tuition and studying materials
  • Airfare and transfers
  • Excursions and extra activities

Arrival by airplane

Book your tickets to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

Arrival by bus

The monastery lies just behind the village of Bhanjang, which is about 20 kilometers from Kathmandu. Its easy to take a bus from the old bus park in the center of Kathmandu, though its more difficult on Saturdays (particularly the afternoons), which is generally a rest day. Ask for the bus to Pharping or Dakshinkali. The ticket should cost less than 1 GBP.


  • Kathmandu, 20 kilometers
For information about the booking conditions, please send Heather Elton Yoga an inquiry.
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  • Review by Josta
    10 out of 10

    "The teacher training with Heather Elton and Emil Wendell surpassed my expectations. And I tend to expect a lot. The quality of all the classes and teachers was of a very high standard and I just kept learning during each and every class for four weeks day in and day out. Heather has created a beautiful and well-structured program for a full yoga experience and I feel well equipped for the job of being a teacher now. For me personally it was an amazing journey.The meditation, pranayama and philosophy in the mornings with Emil were beautiful and I can still hear his words. The asana practice in the mornings was filled with joy and strength. And then we still had the anatomy classes with Chris Kummer, the adjustments, satsang with John Weddepohl, kirtan with Rachel and John. The experiences never ended and it was wonderful to share it in the group that we were in.Thank you Heather for creating this platform and bringing all these wonderful teachers and yogis together."

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  • Review by Laura
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    "I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to take my Ashtanga Level 1 teacher training with Heather. The course itself was very well structured, providing me with a deeper and more holistic insight into the yogic path, which strengthened my commitment to yoga as a way of life. Heathers love for yoga shone through her teachings and practices, and the genuine approach made her truly inspiring to follow. Through her strength, fairness, honesty, and nurture, Heather enabled me to open my eyes to see the power within myself, and use this power to share what I have learnt with others. For this, I am truly grateful, and I hope very much that my yogic path crosses with Heather again"

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  • Review by Sophie
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for organizing this training and bringing together so many inspiring and knowledgable teachers. Your openness and honesty really contributed to inspire such qualities in all of us in the group and to bring us together. Im usually a very reserved and shy person and Ive never felt as open to a group as in this training. Your emphasis on integrating the philosophy into the teaching, even into an asana class has changed my way of teaching and I try to integrate something from beyond the asana into each class... and I often get questions about it! Emil's philosophy classes gave me a better insight into what hatha yoga is and why pranayama is so important. Chris Kummer's anatomy classes were brilliant and fascinating. Satsanga is a beautiful and restful place, ideal to concentrate on studying and practicing while staying rested."

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  • Review by Jennifer
    10 out of 10

    "I am deeply impressed by the care and attention that Heather has put into this YTT. She goes out of her way to ensure that the students benefit from as many experiences as are available in Goa to help round us as teachers and yoga practitioners, inviting in guest speakers who are passing through the area, arranging trips to chanting and ceremonies, or bringing in people with different body types to morning practice to help us learn to adjust them.I'd not really considered the importance of doing a YTT that is 'non-dogmatic' before I applied, but having completed this training I see that having the opportunity to absorb history and information about the many paths of yoga without the inference that there is a wrong or right one to choose, or that one is 'better' than the other, is fundamental to the process of self-exploration that true yoga offers. The setting is beautiful. The teachers are deeply knowledgable and so wonderfully willing to share their passion for the subject and their decades of experience.My own practice transformed as a result of the experience, as a hard-core ashtangi who often pushed my body beyond its limits, I am now softer and more compassionate towards myself and as a result towards others. Some of the other students who came with soft gentle practices have discovered strength and endurance they didn't know was inside them. I have emerged from this experience with a deeper understanding of yoga, myself, others, and some friends I will treasure for many years to come."

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  • Review by Ana Mackay from Osteopath, London
    10 out of 10

    "It was a bleak winter day in London when I spied Heather's retreat to India in her newsletter. Immediately inspired, I persuaded my non-yoga partner that this was a good way to spend our winter holiday together. Any preliminary concerns about the difference in yoga experience and what to expect were dissipated in the first class. Heather single handedly lead the group of 20 - 60 year olds, from first day beginners to qualified yoga teachers, into a varied and dynamic journey. We all gained insight from her yoga philosophy, calmed ourselves through her guided pranayama and I had some of the best yoga sessions of my life. I wasn't bored for a moment. No matter age, ability or experience Heather will guide you to peace on her yoga retreats."

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  • Review by Jonathan Ekstrom from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "Heather is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced teacher and she guided the mixed ability group through their own experience of being challenged by yoga and the growth in awareness that accompanies the journey. Heather provided a safe and nurturing environment, which facilitated the group dynamics as well as the individuals pace of learning and development. It was a profound experience and left me feeling more confident in my yoga practice and deeply contented."

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  • Review by Ana Mackay from Osteopath, London
    9 out of 10

    "A spiritual polymath, Heather is able to draw on an enormous range of secular and spiritual sources to demonstrate the union of wisdom teachings, from Gandhi to Tagore, from Nagarjuna to something she read in the paper last week."

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  • Review by Connie Muradyan from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "Heather is an outstanding yoga teacher. She is authentic with a strong approach and style of teaching. Our group was a mixed level group and Heather did an outstanding job teaching to all levels. I am a yoga instructor and I am very impressed with how Heather handled the group. By the end of the week, everyone's practice had evolved and deepened. She is open and friendly. Heather provided the perfect balance of asana and philosophy. Every thing she taught was relevant and interesting. Heather is an excellent instructor and she very quickly became familiar with each of us, our abilities, limitations and levels of expertise. She understands alignment principles and her adjustments were spot on. I really enjoyed the way she conducted each class and I particularly enjoyed the sequencing. She is concise, competent, and supportive yet firm. She created an atmosphere of trust and we all bonded as a group from the first day. It was truly a memorable week."

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Heather Elton teaches on international yoga retreats and Yoga Teacher Trainings in London, Goa, and Nepal.

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Arrival: Tuesday March 14, 2017
Departure: Tuesday April 11, 2017

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