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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
5 days will be spent on the road, visiting sacred sites in Nepal, like Boudhanath, Pashupati and Patan.
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.
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.
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2 vegetarian meals a day are included, which are cooked by a professional chef, using fresh ingredients of the season.
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.
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.
Book your tickets to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
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.