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Skill-Enhancing Nepal Yoga Teacher Training

The 500-hour yoga teacher training in Nepal allows you to cover the full spectrum of training in one go. This is an intensive course that will give you knowledge and understanding of asanas, teaching methodology, anatomy and physiology, the philosophy of yoga, and sufficient practice to be able to start teaching with confidence. You'll find yoga centers and yoga teacher training schools across the world but, what better than getting trained in the land of yoga. Yoga enthusiasts from across the world come to Nepal to enhance their practice of the ancient discipline of yoga. Himalayan Yoga Academy offers one of the most reputed certified 500-hour yoga teacher training in Nepal. The training aims at reaching out to yoga enthusiasts with an opportunity to improve their skills and nurture the yogi within.

Meet the instructors

Dr. Subodh & Swami
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Highlights

  • Yoga, meditation, pranayama, and chanting
  • 1 therapy in a course and 1 day hiking to nature
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Volunteer teaching few hours a week in school as your interest
  • Daily herbal tea and drinking water
  • 3 vegetarian or vegan meals daily
  • 44 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


45 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • 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.

Facilities

  • 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

Program

Certification

Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

Program

This 45 days of 500-hour yoga teacher training course which is the combination of 200-hour yoga teacher training course plus 300-hour yoga teacher training course = 500-hour master yoga teacher training course, provide advance yoga education to make them ready to come out as a accomplished teachers

After completing the whole course in Nepal, you can feel the life-changing experience that will benefit you in a quite positive way. Specially designed for yoga seekers all around the world, this course in Nepal will take you to the depth of the knowledge of yoga. Certainly, this course will strengthen your practice and learning of yoga and further builds your existing skills in the yogic field. It covers traditional Hatha yoga, Kundalini yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Dhyana yoga, and yoga philosophy.

This 500-hour yoga teacher training course is recommended for all walks of life. This is the best yoga course and completely self-transforming learning experience, even a little bit experience of yoga will definitely bring a life-changing experience so give yourself 45 days to learn how to transform millions of lives. It is the dream of millions.

  • Heighten your learning and practice of yoga practices.
  • Learn teaching methodology for asana (physical postures), pranayama (breath control), and Dhyana (meditation).
  • An in-depth study of Yoga Sutra of Patanjali and Vedanta will bring an understanding of the philosophy and practice of yoga.
  • Enhance your knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and its correlation to yogic practices.

Course syllabus

1. Techniques, training, and practice (200-hour syllabus)

  • Minimum contact hours: 75
  • Minimum contact hours with lead trainer(s): 50
  • Prayer: Om chant, Mantra prayer, and chanting
  • Jogging; subtle exercise, dynamic (warm up) exercise, spinal exercise, and suryanamaskar (traditional and integrated form both)
  • Satkarma: Dhauti, Basti, Neti, Nauli, Tratak, and Kapalbhati
  • Asana (postures): Meditative postures, relaxing postures, balancing postures, fitness maintaining postures, inverted postures
  • Additional package: Upa yoga capsule, Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series asanas.
  • Body alignment in yoga
  • Yoga safety guidelines
  • Mudra, bandha, and pranayama (breathing ethics)
  • Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) and Dhyana (meditation)
  • Guided teaching practice

2. Teaching methodology (200-hour syllabus)

  • Minimum contact hours: 15
  • Minimum contact hours with lead trainer(s): 10
  • Total: 25 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 learning process
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal)

3. Anatomy and physiology (200-hour syllabus)

  • Minimum contact hours: 10
  • Total: 20 hours
  • Constituents of 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 e.g 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.

4. Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers (200-hour syllabus)

  • Minimum contact hours: 20
  • Total: 30 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): eg. ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truthfulness); asteya (non-stealing), aparigraha (non-possessiveness), bhrahmacharya (true nature), niyama (individual ethics): eg. 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)

5. Practicum (200-hour syllabus)

  • Minimum contact hours: 5
  • Minimum contact hours with lead trainer(s): 5
  • Total: 10 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.

6. Techniques, training, and practice (300-hour syllabus)

  • Minimum contact hours: 110
  • Minimum contact hours with lead trainer(s): 75
  • Total: 140 hours
  • Prayer, subtle exercise, dynamic (warm up) exercise, suryanamaskar (traditional and integrated base), spinal exercise satkarma- shankhaprakshalana kriya, asana (postures): meditative postures, relaxing postures, balancing postures and cultural asanas; Ashtanga Vinyasa intermediate asanas; Tibetan five rites asanas and body alignment in yoga mudra and bandha; pranayama (breath ethics)
  • Advance form of yoga Nidra (psychic sleep), Mantra practice, Kundalini yoga
  • Dhyan (meditation): Process and models of meditation
  • Guided teaching practice
  • Developing practices integrating the various tools of yoga
  • Therapeutic yoga on common diseases
  • Yoga safety guidelines
  • Developing practices integrating the various tools of yoga, developing practices focusing on specific needs of an individual/group

7. Teaching methodology (300-hour syllabus)

  • Minimum contact hours: 25
  • Minimum contact hours with lead trainer(s): 15
  • Total: 35 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 setting up classes
  • Qualities of a teacher and the student's process of learning, business skills
  • The student learning process
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal)
  • Principles of demonstration and instruction-cueing,
  • Teaching styles business skills and communication skills
  • Observation, assisting, and correcting
  • Learning to observe, demonstrate, motivate, be inclusive, and adapt to individual needs (includes approaches to teaching from other styles or schools)
  • Design yoga class for special population (basic seniors, official, pregnancy, and children yoga safety)

8. Anatomy and physiology (300-hour syllabus)

  • Minimum contact hours: 25
  • Constituents of human body: cells, tissues, terminologies chemistry of human body, body environment, homeostasis, survival needs, membrane, and glands on yogic principles
  • Structure of bones, synovial joints, key muscles for asana effect, smooth muscles, flexibility, efficiency, ideal postures and alignment; movements. Mechanism of postures and yogic effects
  • Physiology of chemical digestion, position of alimentary canal, asana principles in digestive system, mechanism of respiration, air composition; vital-R.R.
  • Types of circulation of blood and physiological interrelationship of breathing and circulation; structure of blood vessels; blood composition, vital- B.P. and P.R.
  • Hypothalamus and major hormones; immune organs and their functions and yogic concern; reproduction and reproduction physiology and karma
  • Sympathetic and para-sympathetic neuro-body co-ordination and yogic concern
  • Health and illness, hygienic yogic practices, yoga educational goal
  • Yoga health benefits / contraindications must be covered in this section
  • Kinesiology of yoga asana, contraindications, movement patterns
  • Spiritual anatomy and physiology: pancha kosa, types of spiritual body chakras, physical and spiritual nadis, Kundalini power, aura, etc.

9. Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers (300-hour syllabus)

  • Minimum contact hours: 40
  • Minimum contact hours with lead trainer(s): 25
  • Total: 40 hours
  • The brief study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts: Meaning, definition and history of of yoga, biography of some yoga rishis such as Lord Shiva, Gorakhanath, Patanjali Rishi, brief study of the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavat Geeta, and Sankhya yoga
  • Types of yoga: Karma, Bhakti, Gyana, Dhyana, Hatha, Ashtanga, Mantra, Laya, Kundalini, Raja
  • Yoga lifestyle: Day regimen, night regimen, and seasonal regimen
  • Ethics for yoga teacher
  • Human ethics: yama (social ethics) eg ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truthfulness); asteya (non-stealing), aparigraha (non-possessiveness), bhrahmacharya (true nature)
  • Niyama (individual ethics) eg.Shouch (purification); santosha (contentment), tapa (tenacity), swadhyaya (self study), ishwor pranidhan (self surrender to god)
  • Jeevan vigyan: The concepts of dharma, artha, kama and moksha. Trigunas, karmaphal, yogic karma and its fruit, bondage and liberation, smriti, samskaras, vasanas
  • Yogic Aahara / Sattvic food and healthy way of eating and drinking
  • Basic concept of nature cure and Ayurveda

10. Practicum (300-hour syllabus)

  • Minimum contact hours: 30
  • Practice teaching as the lead instructor
  • Receiving and giving feedback
  • Observing others teaching
  • Assisting students while someone else is teaching

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 Wake up and Ushapan (early drinking water) - personal time
  • 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
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Yoga class theoretical and practical (6 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 (6 days a week)
  • 17:00 - 17:30 Herbal tea
  • 17:30 - 18:40 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 (guided and self-practice time)
  • 22:00 Bed time (lights out)

Included excursions

  • One day hiking to nature or World Heritage tours (entrance fees and lunch excluded)

Instructors

Dr. Subodh Simkhada

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.

Distances

  • 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

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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 strives 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

Cycling

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

Sightseeing

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).

Volunteer

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

  • 44 nights accommodation (attached bathroom with hot and cold shower)
  • Training fees
  • Certificate of completion
  • Towel and slippers
  • 3 vegetarian or vegan meals daily (cultural food on festivals and rituals)
  • Daily herbal tea as mentioned and drinking water
  • 1 therapy in a course like massage, shirodhara, or Reiki healing
  • Library of yoga literature
  • 1 yoga book, 1 notebook, 1 pen, 1 jalaneti pot, lady dress for female, and yoga dress for gents
  • One day hiking to nature or World Heritage tours (entrance fees and lunch excluded)
  • Volunteer teaching few hours a week in school as your interest
  • Airport transfer (from airport to Himalayan Yoga Academy)

What's not included

  • Airfare, any other local travel, or sightseeing
  • Personal expenditure
  • Laundry (available for extra charge)
  • Extra therapies

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfers from this airport is 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 20% 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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