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Skill-Enhancing Nepal Yoga Teacher Training

Himalayan Yoga Academy offer a 200-hour first level yoga teacher training program with fundamental principles of yoga sciences, philosophical aspects, training skills, workshops, teaching methodology, practicum, all following a very original foundation. After this 200 hours course, you may join the 300-hour advanced training, as well.

Meet the instructors

Dr. Subodh & Rajkumar
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  • Expertise teacher training
  • Hiking in Himalayan Forest
  • Suitable location around monasteries
  • Some therapies included as a complement
  • Amazing vegetarian meals daily
  • Swimming pool with a garden
  • 25 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

26 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio
  • Library
  • Wireless internet

You will be accommodated at Himalayan Yoga Academy. At Himalayan Yoga Academy they have twelve rooms with attached bathrooms, hot and cold shower, yoga hall, comfortable and hygienic kitchen, herbal tea, organic food, spa chambers, sauna - steam bath, swimming pool, sunbath beds, tiny beautiful gardens, meditation zones, library, music instruments, yoga mats, and Wi-Fi.


  • Aarogya-griha: Healing chamber which is for deep relaxation healing, therapy, and spa treatments in order to get healthy
  • Anna-griha: House of food where the food is prepared and you will eat. The dining facility serves 25 people.
  • Chaitanya-griha: House of supreme consciousness which is for prathana (prayer), yogasana (postures), pranayama (breath control), and dhyana (meditation)
  • First aid box with normal dressing and medications
  • Shuddi-griha: House of six cleansing acts (shatakarma) which is for cleansing the different gates of the body
  • Svadhyaya-griha: Self study room with yoga and different related books
  • Swagat-griha: Reception hall which is for welcoming guests where you will be greeted with a warm and friendly welcome
  • Wi-Fi internet and print on request


Course syllabus

Techniques, training, and practice: Total 100 hours

  • Minimum contact hours: 75 hours
  • Minimum contact hours with lead trainer(s): 50 hours
  • Prayer: Om chant, mantra prayer, and chanting
  • Jogging; Subtle exercise, dynamic (warm-up) exercise, spinal exercise, and Suryanamaskar (both traditional and integrated forms)
  • Satkarma: Dhauti, Basti, Neti, Nauli, Tratak, and Kapalbhati
  • Asana (postures): Meditative postures, relaxing postures, balancing postures, fitness maintaining postures, inverted postures
  • Body alignment in yoga
  • Yoga safety guidelines
  • Mudra, Bandha, and pranayama (breathing ethics)
  • Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) and dhyana (meditation)
  • Guided teaching practice

Teaching methodology: Total 25 hours

  • Minimum contact hours: 15 hours
  • Minimum contact hours with lead trainer(s): 10 hours
  • Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries
  • How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations to the degree possible in a group setting
  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting, and correcting
  • Teaching styles and qualities of a teacher
  • The student's learning process
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal)

Anatomy and physiology: Total 20 hours

  • Minimum contact hours: 10 hours
  • Constituents of the human body: cells, tissues, organs, terminologies
  • System of protection and movement of bones, joints, muscles, flexibility, efficiency, body alignment
  • System of intake of raw materials and the elimination (digestive, respiratory, excretory)
  • Communication and immune system - cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic
  • Spiritual anatomy and physiology: Pancha kosa, chakras, physical and spiritual Nadis, Kundalini power, etc.

Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers: Total 30 hours

  • Minimum contact hours: 20 hours
  • The brief study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts: meaning, definition, and history of yoga, biography of some yogic rishis such as Lord Shiva, Patanjali
  • Brief introduction of the yoga sutras, Hatha Pradipika, and Gherand Samhita
  • Forms of yoga: Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Gyana yoga, Dhyana yoga, Mantra yoga, Hatha yoga, Kundalini yoga, Ashtanga yoga
  • Yogic lifestyle: day regimen, night regimen, and seasonal regimen, Aahara - Vihaara - Vichaara - Vishraama
  • Ethics: Yama (social ethics): Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truthfulness), Asteya (non-stealing), Aparigraha (non-possessiveness), Bhrahmacharya (true nature); Niyama (individual ethics): Shouch (purification), Santosha (contentment), Tapa (tenacity), Swadhyaya (self study), Ishwor pranidhan (self surrender to God)
  • Concepts of Dharma and Karma, Bondage and Moksha
  • Yogic Aahara / Sattvic food, rules of healthy food habits
  • Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher - student relationships and community
  • Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others (seva)

Practicum: Total 10 hours

  • Minimum contact hours: 5 hours
  • Minimum contact hours with lead trainer(s): 5 hours
  • Practice teaching as the lead instructor
  • Receiving and giving feedback
  • Observing others teaching
  • Assisting students while someone else is teaching

Remaining contact hours and elective hours

  • The remaining contact hours (55 hours) and elective hours (15 hours, either contact or non-contact) are to be distributed among the five educational categories, but the hours may be allocated at the discretion of each RYS based on their program’s focus.

Day schedules

  • 06:00 Wake up and ushapan (early drinking water)
  • 06:30 - 07:00 Jala Neti (nasal cleansing) and herbal tea
  • 07:00 - 08:45 Bhakti yoga (prayer / chants), warm-up exercise, Suryanamaskar, yogasana, Bandha, pranayama, Shanty Path (peace mantra)
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast and herbal tea
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Theoretical and practical yoga class (six days a week)
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Vegetarian lunch and herbal tea
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Library / self-study
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Yoga practical class (six days a week)
  • 17:00 - 17:15 Herbal tea
  • 17:15 - 18:45 Bhakti yoga (prayer / chants), spinal asana / Suryanamaskar; yoga Nidra, Mudra, Dhyana yoga (meditation)
  • 19:00 - 19:30 Dinner and herbal tea
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Bhakti yoga (prayer / chants), Trataka (concentrated gaze), and discussion
  • 20:30 - 21:45 Evening walk, Vajrasana, self-study, and practice
  • 22:00 Bed time (lights out)

Note: Sunday will be a weekend day. A one day World Heritage yoga tour is planned for the second week and a one day hiking yoga activity is planned for the third week.


Dr. Subodh Simkhada

Rajkumar Karki

Retreat location

The teaching training program will take place at Himalayan Yoga Academy in Kathmandu, Nepal. Kathmandu is the capital and largest municipality of Nepal and is the gateway to tourism in Nepal. It is portrayed as a beautiful valley with historical landmarks, old monasteries, arts, cultural heritage, and as the city of temples.


  • Armed Police headquarters, 1 kilometer
  • Swayambhu, 2 kilometers
  • Monkey Temple, 2.5 kilometers
  • Balaju, 3 kilometers
  • Thamel, 4.5 kilometers
  • Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), 12 kilometers

Unique features


  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio


  • Library
  • Wireless internet


During your stay, you will be provided with three daily vegetarian or vegan meals, as well as herbal tea and water. During festivals and rituals, you will be offered cultural food. Himalayan Yoga Academy strive to provide organic and vegetarian / vegan meals, but if you have special dietary needs please notify them in advance. They will try to accommodate your needs as best they can.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Ayurvedic therapy or panchakarma treatments

  • Abhyanga
  • Body scrub massage
  • Enema
  • Foot bath
  • Herbalism
  • Nasya
  • Reflexology
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Shirodhara
  • Svedana
  • Traditional Ayurveda massage
  • Traditional Thai massage

Beauty therapies

  • Facials - herbal, vitamin E, boutique, or Ayurveda
  • Nail care - manicure, pedicure, or polish
  • Threading - eyebrows, face, or chin
  • Waxing - full leg, half leg, or underarm


Explore the countryside on a bike.

Explore the area

Explore the surrounding area and take a hike through the countryside, visit temples, monasteries, and local villages and farmlands.

Hiking to local villages

Hike into a local village and experience Nepali culture first hand; stay a few nights with a Nepali family.

Jungle hikes

Explore the local jungle with its many hiking trails; meditate there to get real inner peace.

Monkey Temple hike

Take a 30-minute walk to discover world heritage sites.

Morning and evening walks

Enjoy the quietude of early morning or late evening while on a walk through the countryside.

Natural spring taps

Walk down to the nearby springs and see the running taps and villagers bathing and washing there.

Naturopathy treatment

  • Hip bath (hot or cold)
  • Mud bath
  • Shankhaprakshalan Kriya
  • Steam bath
  • Surya chikitsa (thermolume)
  • Upavasa and maunavrta
  • Vamana


Explore Kathmandu Valley with a professional tour guide.

Spiritual walks

Go on a spiritual walk into the jungle with your yoga guru and take a rest for a while listening to the wisdom of the teacher.

Temples and monasteries

Around the centers there are Hindus temples and Buddhist monasteries. You can go there for spiritual activities in the morning, afternoon, or evening (puja, chanting, and kirtan).


Give back to Nepal for your great experience there by traveling to local villages, temples, and health centers; spend time lending a hand on various projects.

What's included

  • 25 nights accommodation; attached bathroom with hot and cold shower
  • Sauna and steam; swimming pool (summer only)
  • Towel and slippers
  • 3 vegetarian or vegan meals daily (cultural food on festivals and rituals)
  • Daily herbal tea as mentioned above, drinking water
  • Training fees
  • Library of yoga literature
  • Yoga book-1, notebook-1, pen-1, Jalaneti pot-1, lady dress for female and yoga dress for gents
  • One day hiking yoga; one day World Heritage yoga tours
  • Some therapies as complement like massage -1, steam bath, sauna, swimming
  • Volunteer teaching a few hours a week in school as your interest
  • Pick up and drop off

What's not included

  • Any other extra tours and hikes
  • Extra medical therapies

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfers from and to this airport are included. Himalayan Yoga Academy will pick you up from the airport. Night transfers are available for the price of 27 USD, while from Thamel the transfers cost 6 USD.

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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