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30 Days 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training in India

  • Auroville, Pondicherry, South India

Overview

India Yoga Teacher Training

During this advanced teacher training course, you will build upon the foundational 200-hour standard course to allow you to hone your skills as a yoga practitioner and teacher. The advanced course consists of 300-hour complementing the 200-hour done on the standard course. The 200-hour standard course plus this 300-hour advanced course equals to 500 hours.

Highlights

  • A teacher's manual
  • All classes and training
  • 'Yoga Vaidya' (expert of yoga) title upon completion
  • Internationally recognized certificate accredited by Yoga Alliance
  • 29 nights accommodation
  • Tea, snacks, and water
  • 3 daily meals

Skill level

  • Advanced

  • 28 days with instruction
  • English
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The villa is built in the traditional Kerala style using rammed earth. This eco-friendly method of construction results in a structure that is naturally cool throughout the year. The large central courtyard acts as a focal point of the villa allowing for natural light and ventilation. The villa is simply decorated yet has all the comforts of home. The house is sufficiently away from the main road to keep out the noise and ensure almost total silence.

Accommodation options

  • Shared accommodation (up to five people of the same gender sharing a room)
  • Triple accommodation (three people sharing one room)
  • Double accommodation (Two people sharing one room)

Curriculum - topics covered on the course

Asanas (yoga postures)

  • The science of sun salutation - an in-depth analysis of this important sequence, including the history, breakdown, benefits, and symbolism of the same
  • Asanas - the practice of 108 asanas
  • Asana families
  • Refining asanas
  • Transitioning out of asanas
  • The constituent elements of asanas
  • Yoga Nidra - visualizations for yoga Nidra and how to conduct a yoga Nidra class
  • Asanas for each chakra and gland

Ayurveda

  • Ayurvedic life regimes for each humor (dosha)
  • How does disease happen?
  • The six tastes and the digestive process
  • The methods of reintegration (reduction therapy, detoxification therapy, and tonification)

Bhakti yoga

  • Kirtan: devotional chanting of Sanskrit mantras
  • Understanding chanting and its benefits on the emotions
  • Creativity and artistic expression for spiritual development and upliftment
  • Mandala Art, Bhajans (devotional songs), Prabhat Samgiita (devotional music for mental expansion), and Indian classical dance
  • Various types of Bhakti and Kevala Bhakti

Business skills and self-development

  • How to speak about what you are doing
  • Presentation skills
  • How to remove obstacles to a successful career
  • Anatomy of a successful workshop
  • Find your dharma and contribute to the world
  • Beyond business into living your yoga and changing the world

Diet and nutrition

  • You will look at the yogic and Ayurvedic principles of eating while also integrating the Western scientific approach to nutrition
  • Personalizing your dietary regime
  • The use of herbs

Introduction to yoga therapy

  • How to prescribe asanas for 20 most common conditions in the light of bio-psychology
  • You will look at some major conditions and the therapies prescribed for these conditions based on yogic science
  • You will not only determine the morning and evening asana practice for each condition but also the necessary lifestyle changes such as sleep, work, relationships, exercise, diet and other yogic techniques - fasting, kriyas, mudras, bandhas, meditation - and how they should be adapted to various conditions.

Kriyas, bandhas, mudras, and other practice

  • The power of mudras - whole body and healing hand mudras
  • Lymphatic self-massage in asana classes
  • The aura (Ojas) and how to develop it
  • Balancing energy
  • Chakra healing
  • How to determine your unique psycho-spiritual nature
  • Tantric practice of Rasa Sadhana to master your emotions
  • Neti, Nauli, Kapalabhati, and tongue cleaning - classical yogic purification techniques for the nose, lungs, abdomen, and tongue
  • Bandhas: Jalandhara, Uddayana, and MulaBandha
  • Bandhatraya yoga: Mahamudra, Mahabandha, and Mahavedha

Kundalini yoga

  • Deeper understanding Kundalini and Nada yoga
  • Deeper understanding of the chakras

Meditation

  • How to integrate a variety of simple meditation techniques into your class
  • Guided meditation and personal meditation techniques
  • Mantra initiation (if desired)

Pranayama and breathing exercises

  • Advanced understanding of the process of breathing
  • Expanding the repertoire of breathing exercises
  • Advanced pranayama techniques: Ujjayi, Surya Bheda, Sitali, Sitkari, Bhramari Anuloma and Viloma will be practiced daily
  • The ten Vayus (Pranas) and pranayama

Philosophy

  • The four stages of Sadhana
  • The three stages of psychic evolution
  • The seven secrets of success as given by Shiva (and how to apply them in daily life)
  • The symbolism of Shiva Vidya and Avidya Maya - from ignorance to knowledge
  • The four states of consciousness
  • Creation of the universe and the Tantric theory of creation
  • Hearing, reflecting, and contemplating the teachings
  • How to incorporate philosophy in a class setting
  • Tantra Shastra and Tantra Sadhana
  • The seven stages of Samadhi Women and spirituality (woman's body, the yoga body, menstrual cycle, menarche, menopause, growing into womanhood, primal energy, marriage, and other options, the Goddess within)

Raja Dhiraja yoga

  • Ashtanga - the eight limbs of yoga as taught by Patanjali
  • Ethics and moral principles - workshop and discussion
  • Koshas - the five layers of the mind - deeper understanding
  • Kaoshikii and Tandava: dynamic yogic dances for women and men
  • 16 points of yogic life - understanding the discipline of yoga

Sanskrit

  • Correct pronunciation of mantras
  • Sanskrit alphabet

Special needs training

  • How to approach the practice with clients who have certain conditions (how to maintain healthy joints and joint mobility, yoga for headaches, backache, diabetes, depression etc.)

Teaching practice and personal development

  • Public speaking
  • Developing your voice and communication
  • Traditional approaches to asana sequencing
  • The five principles of asana sequencing
  • Creating theme-based classes
  • Setting an intention
  • Sequencing classes for each chakra
  • Sequencing restorative classes
  • Develop your observation skills
  • Detailed alignment workshop
  • Detailed adjustment and correction workshop

The history of yoga

  • The six schools of Indian philosophy
  • Hatha yoga in the light of Tantra
  • Rasayana and the ancient alchemists
  • Kashmiri Shaivism and Shaiva Siddhanta
  • The influence of Shiva on Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism
  • The influence of Krsna
  • Shrii Shrii Anandamurti and contemporary yoga
  • The interplay of the Vedas and Tantra
  • Tantra and the Indo-Aryan civilization

Yoga anatomy, physiology, and bio-psychology

  • Exploration of the major body systems in relationship to asana practice, in particular, the nervous system, the lymphatic system, and the endocrine system. The effect of endocrine glands on your psyche
  • The nervous system (with emphasis on understanding the autonomous nervous system - consisting of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system). You will look at the interrelatedness of the spine with the inner organs via the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve fibers and how asanas improve the functioning of the inner organs directly and indirectly (via the spine)
  • The lymphatic system and lymphatic drainage techniques
  • Applied anatomy related to the physical aspects of yoga (muscles and how they are used in 24 selected asanas)
  • Human anatomy and yoga physiology are important aspects of yoga study, but another relatively unexplored aspect of yoga is bio-psychology. Bio-psychology is the study of glands and hormones and their profound effects on all physical and mental (psychic) functions like growth, digestion, energy levels, emotions, etc.
  • Chakra balancing workshops (using asana in chakra work) - you will look at each chakra and their related propensities and explore techniques to regain physical and emotional or mental balance

Daily class schedule

  • 05:30 Pranayama, bandhas, mudras, and kriyas
  • 06:00 Bhajans, chanting, and meditation
  • 07:00 Asanas
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Workshop, lecture, anatomy, and physiology
  • 10:30 Karma yoga
  • 11:00 Lecture or workshop
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12.45 Main lecture (philosophy, theory, or history)
  • 14:15 Snack and leisure or self-study
  • 16:15 Asanas and asana techniques
  • 18:30 Satsang (meditation, kirtan, and chanting)
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Sanskrit or workshop
  • 22:00 Lights out

Certification

Upon completion of the course, you will receive an internationally recognized diploma from the Himalayan Yoga Institute. The title you receive upon completion of the standard course is ‘Yoga Sikshaka’ (yoga teacher), whereas upon completion of the advanced course you receive the title of 'Yoga Vaidya' (expert of yoga).

Books

A reading list will be sent to you upon registration.

Prerequisites

A high degree of self-motivation is required for all aspects of the course. Completion of the standard 200-hour course is necessary before applying for the 300-hour advanced course. A sincere desire to learn and openness to the teachings of yoga is required. Training to be a yoga teacher requires dedication and faith in the process of yoga.

The practice and especially the teaching of yoga demand a high degree of self-discipline and purity. To ensure the success of the program, participants are required to attend all spiritual activities, meditation sessions, lectures, and asana classes.

This yoga teacher training is held in a beautiful villa near the model community Auroville in South India. A long private driveway leads you to the villa set in grounds of 1.5 acres.

Nearby places

  • Auroville Beach, 3.22 kilometers
  • Mamallapuram (Unesco world heritage), 90 kilometers
Activities
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking / trekking nearby
  • Sauna
  • Shopping nearby
General
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • River nearby
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Currency exchange nearby

During the training, you will be served three meals daily. The meals are included in the price.

During your free time, you can arrange excursions to the interesting places nearby the yoga villa:

  • Auroville beach
  • Elephant procession
  • Fisherman boat
  • Mahabalipuram sculptures
  • Pondicherry French quarters
  • Pondicherry promenade
  • Shore temple Mahabalipuram
  • South Indian dance performance
  • Sunset at beach
  • Tamil Nadu beaches
  • Villianur temple Pondicherry
  • 3 daily meals
  • 29 nights accommodation
  • 300-hour full yoga teacher training program
  • Snacks, tea, and water
  • Teacher's manual
  • Yoga Alliance certification
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Excursions

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chennai International Airport (MAA). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. If you arrive by 12:00, you can be part of Himalayan Yoga Institute's pick up, which they will organize from Chennai to Pondicherry. In case you are arriving later on that day, you would have to make your way to the yoga house on your own, however, Himalayan Yoga Institute can help with contact details of a taxi company they use.

You can also fly to Delhi - Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and then take a domestic flight from Delhi to Chennai International Airport (MAA). You will have to get to the domestic airport from the international airport, which is easy as both airports are next to each other.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Himalayan Yoga Institute an inquiry.
  • Review by Sofus Leo Juncker-Jensen from Hellerup, Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "What I liked most about this training? Ganga, the principal teacher! I could not have had a better experience. Ganga was the light in all our hearts, a true yogi and a very skilled and experienced teacher. Ganga, you make all of the teachings deeply fascinating and you kept us in the moment every time you taught. I feel that I have made immense progress and that my future practice will be way more stable and interesting. I will keep riding the wave and yoga will be the center of my life. The accommodation and facilities were perfect! Very subtle and sentient setting. The food was brilliant and I always felt that my environment contributed to my practice and a very supportive and tranquilizing way."

    "Ganga's philosophy classes were the highlight of the training and my favourite part of the course. Ganga has such deep passion and understanding. All the subjects were conveyed in a pure and loving way. I simply could not get more excited. I felt like time had stopped. It was a big experience for me. So deeply inspiring. Thank you! I loved every moment of the practical classes and workshops and to have a yogini like Ganga to help your practical experience is a big opportunity. So many years of experience come to expression in Ganga's asana classes. She knows all the postures in profound detail. She is a loving example of what a regular asana practice can do to your being. My own practice and understanding has improved by light years. I am so happy that Nishtha was my first Sanskrit teacher. I think it is rarely found that someone has such love for his subject. Nishtha went above and transcended theory by introducing us to the spiritual importance of Sanskrit. He inspired me to continue studying Sanskrit in the future."

    "I am deeply satisfied with this training. It was very informative, inspiring, challenging, loving and enlightening. It feels like everything was meant to be. This course provides true and traditional yoga for the true spiritual seeker. It was beyond all my expectations and I will never forget such a life-changing experience. I am so deeply moved and grateful for having been part of this training. I will keep developing my practice and teaching and I deeply hope to be able to contribute and participate in your future ashram and projects."

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  • Review by Jodie Hall from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I loved that this was immersive and intensive so we were completely focused on our spiritual path with no distractions for a month. I especially enjoyed learning Indian history, Tantra, anatomy and the sat sang. The location is beautiful with all the amenities including hot showers, comfy beds and great roommates! The garden was lovely and the staff were brilliant. Ganga, you have a wonderful organized way of teaching that conveys a lot of information in an efficient and timely way. I found it illuminating and deeply interesting."

    "I like how thorough you are with the key, most popular asanas. The anatomy classes were amazing. I absolutely loved these classes. There was a lot of information and terminology but I felt I grasped all the concepts and could apply it to my spiritual path and understanding of teaching. A wonderful month spent with beautiful souls that will stay in my heart always. I feel so blessed to have had this experience and will carry this joy, passion and love for yoga with me spreading and sharing it with all who are interested. Thank you for your love, passion and warmth."

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  • Review by Geetanjli Wouhra from Birmingham, UK
    10 out of 10

    "The environment was fantastic for this particular training and the teaching was of a very high standard. I find myself with a far superior knowledge of yoga now than I ever possibly would have gained from anywhere else. I enjoyed the focused time to dedicate to my practice and the depth of the training - the knowledge, the trainers, the asanas, the themed practical. The accommodation and facilities were very good. Ganga is a very good teacher with extensive knowledge and with incredible practical experience as well as being well-read on all topics covered. I feel honored to be taught by her. I enjoyed the practical classes and workshops very much. Ganga's asana classes were excellent. The anatomy teacher had an excellent manner and was easy going. He conveyed the information in a very informative, easy to understand way - he was great. I feel very privileged to have shared this experience with such amazing, like-minded people."

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  • Review by Jodi Screpnek from Los Angeles, USA
    10 out of 10

    "The location of the ashram was secluded in the beautiful countryside with Zen-like gardens. I loved the accommodation and my roommates too! The entire cast was a fantastic group. Loved the home! Ganga's philosophy and theory classes were extremely thorough and gave a bundle of useful information. I am going away with so much information to continue study and read and spread my knowledge. Ganga's asana classes helped me to feel strong leaving the month-long course. I feel like I gained strength in certain areas physically and also in my practice. I am forever grateful to have had this experience with you, Ganga. You have changed me in my way of thinking and my practice forever with my spirituality. I am excited to continue learning and deepening my practice because of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this experience. I cannot wait to come back and see you again someday!"

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  • Review by Brooks Wilson from San Jose,Costa Rica
    10 out of 10

    "What I like most about this training was simply being with and learning from Ganga. The philosophy classes provided excellent content. I loved the asana classes and the way Ganga teaches them. The anatomy classes were excellent, the teacher has great teaching skills, comprehends the subject and made the classes fun. The accommodation and facilities were outstanding. Thank you so much for everything. I truly enjoyed spending this past moth with you, Ganga, and fellow students in lovely India. I would like to return when your ashram is completed. Much love!"

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  • Review by Rosaia Ruberto from Nairobi, Kenya
    10 out of 10

    "I loved the balance of practice and theory, the depth, the intensity, generosity of the teachers and their spirituality, the theme-based classes and the participation in the cultural festival on Tantra. Ganga is competent, passionate, inspiring and loving - in one word: an excellent teacher! I loved the training and hope to have the honor to receive more training and mentoring from Ganga, to spend more time with her and have her support in my spiritual development. Not just a training but to embark on a spiritual journey."

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  • Review by Shona Garner from Doncaster, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I liked the variety of topics we covered, which made this training really interesting, but I particularly enjoyed the practical topics such as yoga therapy. I loved the venue - it was very peaceful and tranquil with wonderful staff. Ganga makes the philosophy classes very interesting and her enthusiasm is infectious. As a highly pragmatic individual, I found her practical classes and workshops extremely interesting and very detailed. Her asana classes were rigorous, challenging and she is a very knowledgeable teacher. The anatomy teacher was wonderful. His classes were thoughtfully structured. He brilliantly used metaphor to help us understand sometimes complex topics. He was abundantly patient and clearly passionate about his subject. This training was quite an experience! It has provoked thought and added breadth to my understanding of yoga. I suspect this reflection, questioning, research and application will continue for some months upon my return home."

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  • Review by Rachel Middleton from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I loved the intensity of the training, the focus and immersive nature. The accommodation and facilities were fantastic. Ganga's philosophy classes had fascinating depth and had a nice balance of storytelling and personal anecdotes - very inspiring. Her workshops and practical classes were always clear and informative and her asana classes were just great. The anatomy classes provided fantastic detail and knowledge. The teacher was playful and gave helpful analogies when teaching complex topics. When is the next training retreat?"

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  • Review by Tanja Nikolic from Pula, Croatia
    10 out of 10

    "I always wished to get the best available training and this was the case with the Himalayan Yoga Institute’s advanced course in India. I came to the school with four years of continuous and successful teaching experience behind me, as well as with a big need to be then led further; to be helped in taking a quantum leap to a new level both in my profession, as well as in my personal growth. The intense focus of the program; the uplifting, motivating and devoted teachers; the daily all-round yoga practice including pranayama, meditation, kiirtan, and the many hours of asanas practice etc., while at the same time being fed on some excellent sattvic food, and having a pleasing accommodation surrounded by lush tropical gardens in the beautiful South Indian countryside, was remarkable in itself. On top of it all I noticed an enormous transformational and beneficial effect, especially on my pranic body, cakras, mind - and beyond it – my soul. At the end, I felt deeply grateful to have been given the opportunity to attend this course. The theory lectures taught by Ganga, the primary teacher, offered a wonderful variety of topics and were delivered with so much respect, empathy and intention so as to provide for our best understanding. Special focus was given to the cakras and how asanas and other practices can be used to balance them and increase our sense of well-being. We were given great insight into the make-up of the cakras and then practically experienced working on our cakras through specifically designed cakra classes. It’s wonderful that I will be able to share these classes with my students in the future. The school gave special care to such essential topics like Sanskrit and Ayurveda in a way they could really serve us in practice, and in the long run, depending on our own degrees of interest. In a series of lessons on Ayurveda, a specialist and teacher from Kerala – the mother country of Ayurveda - opened my mind on how complex this science was in spite of being “simply” based on the observations of life and nature. Here again, and on more than one occasion, we were being educated on the principles of a multi-layered science, and in which workable ways it could best serve us. Ganga too added much to the understanding of Ayurveda with her clear exposition of some of the major tenets. Thanks to artfully led deep yoga immersion provided by her, I could taste myself what we were being taught in theory: the change of play of the three nature forces, or gunas and their influence on our constituent natures or doshas, so crucial to be grasped by advanced yogis. Indeed, on this course nothing from the timeless yogic tradition was left out. I would only add that the Himalayan Yoga Institute was never offering a peripheral approach to yoga, but always presented us with a possibility for the complete study and a meaningful experience. I would highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in a holistic and comprehensive understanding of the more advanced yogic sciences."

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  • Review by Sarah Orme from Glastonbury, UK
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat in India was a deeply intense experience for me. It propelled me into a deeper relationship with my yoga practice. I went to find inspiration and clarity, both of which I found. I came back with a clearer mind and with a stronger body. The venue was unique and allowed us all to immerse ourselves in the retreat. It was a privilege to stay in such a calm and pure place, the village, with the Himalayas in the distance was one of the most beautiful and inspiring places I have ever visited. I have looked for many years for a teacher to inspire me and this I found in Ganga. She is a truly enlightened teacher. I look forward to the next retreat!"

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  • Review by Cymbeline Kellett from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "The most authentic, inspiring yoga retreat I could have hoped for. An absolute honor to be taught by Ganga and to learn and practice yoga in such an honest and compassionate way. Waking up each morning and watching the sun rise over the mountains would have been pleasure enough but the three hours of yoga that commenced made each day very special. As a beginner I was worried that I would find it hard work to practice so intensively but Ganga's classes are beautifully paced so you get to push yourself without feeling (too) uncomfortable. The lectures put everything we were doing into context and gave everyone a much deeper understanding of the reasons we were doing yoga in the first place. I would say everyone would benefit from doing a retreat like this, even if it's just to give you a fresh perspective on your existing life back at home. If you want something that will cleanse, re-energies and re-invigorate your body and mind then this is the perfect retreat. I left feeling like I had experienced something very special."

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  • Review by Alex Thomas from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat in Ropa exceeded all my expectations. I was not at all prepared for what was in store - the depth of study, the very personal guidance we each received, the wonderful people and beautiful, enchanting surroundings, and most importantly the inspiring belief of Ganga Devi that was the driving force of it all. In one word, unforgettable."

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  • Review by Mona Chawla from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Ganga delivers a beautifully crafted yoga and wellness program in the most stunning surroundings nestled within the Adriatic coast of Croatia. She teaches yoga with complete devotion and discipline. She also leads her students on contemplative walks and discussions on the beautiful beaches and around the spectacular villa accommodations of Mali Losinj. A truly rejuvenating holiday."

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  • Review by Ute Bernhardt from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat is a peaceful place in the middle of a beautiful, small village. The landscape and people around are just lovely and the view on the Himalayas is spectacular. Our group was spoiled by two nice chefs who prepared delicious food for us every day. The yoga classes were challenging and really helped me improve my flexibility. Ganga shared her wisdom and deep knowledge about yoga with us and I learned more in these 2 weeks then I did in the past 3 years I practiced yoga. The atmosphere in the retreat was open, friendly and very cheerful and I felt sad when I had to go back home."

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  • Review by Beth Bridges from Sydney, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga teacher training in the village ashram was a unique experience which I feel could not be gained from a typical training elsewhere. Being truly immersed in the yogic lifestyle, and living on premises with the teacher, is a must for the true yogic experience. As soon as you leave the training you will realise just how much of a truly amazing impact asanas, meditation, and pranayama have on every level of your being, and you'll be so inspired to carry on with these and share them with others. This 3 weeks was like nothing I've ever experienced before and I feel very blessed to have been guided onto this path."

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  • Review by Karina Hulsey from Pompano Beach, Florida, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Today is my last day in India. It was a life changing experience, heart and mind opening! I feel sad that it's over, but at the same time excited to get back home and share everything I have learned from you, Ganga. It was much more than I expected, it's not just a yoga school, it is a school of life. I feel blessed that I got to do it. Gurukula is definitely the best way to learn. Because you can see how to incorporate yoga into your daily life. And how wonderful it feels! Although the whole routine was tough and strict, there is a good reason behind it: to develop self-discipline, for the purpose of a deep and long journey within. And I hope I can carry this knowledge throughout my life sharing it with others, making people happy. Thank you again for the amazing time!"

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  • Review by Sophie Ghazai from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I participated in the teachers training Mali Losinj 2012. I not only came away with the ability and qualification to teach yoga, I also learnt an all-round spiritual practice. I came away with the feeling that my body, mind and soul had been lifted. Seeing the world through the eyes of a yogi/ni it's a much more beautiful place. Many thanks, Ganga."

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  • Review by Melanie Vander Valk from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "The Himalayan Yoga Institute was an excellent program that provided a solid foundation for understanding and practicing yoga. After a great deal of research I chose this school for its traditional guru-style approach. Many western schools only teach asana's and I wanted to understand the meaning behind the practice, its origin, and I got to do all of that by learning from a real guru with over 30 years of experience in India while staying in an Ashram in the Himalaya's. If you are serious about learning what yoga is all about, why yoga is not just about asana's, and where it all came from, then this is the school I'd recommend! Lastly, the material taught by Ganga Devi continues to work its magic and blossom like a lotus flower even after you've left the Ashram. I am forever changed and eternally grateful for having this opportunity to learn from a true yoga master - Ganga Devi. Namaskar"

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  • Review by Wendy Bird from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I am privileged to have been taught by Ganga Devi who is a totally dedicated and highly knowledgeable Yoga Acharya. This is a very special program which has a lasting effect on all who attend and is a most excellent preparation for teaching. I would not hesitate to recommend this school to anyone looking for an authentic, rewarding yoga teacher training course, in both locations: Croatia and the Himalayas. Ganga's teaching is sincere, focused, disciplined and precise. She gives a great deal of individual attention to every student. This course is for people who are looking for an in-depth understanding of the yogic philosophy and lifestyle and an empowering preparation for teaching the asanas with confidence."

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  • Review by Markus Rosbach from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
    10 out of 10

    "Linking the ancient heritage of yoga starting from Shiva and Bhagavad Giita to 20th century masters and discoveries in modern psychology was a new approach in this course."

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  • Review by Shelley Chi Vah Lam from Bordeaux, France
    10 out of 10

    "I am happy to have chosen this course as this is exactly what I needed at the time. This yoga teacher training does not only focus on the asana- the posture, but also its origin and how yoga nowadays is closely linked with the ancient yoga practice. The content of this course broadened my understanding of yoga, and how to incorporate yoga practice into real life."

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  • Review by Heather Trautman from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Living in an ashram for a month, fully devoted to yogic lifestyle/philosophy was an experience of a lifetime. One that not only had a profound impact on me while I was training there, but continues after my return to the US and I'm sure will continue for the remainder of my life. I am very happy with the education/instruction I received and the time each of us had with Ganga (main instructor). The discussions we had in some of our lecture classes were fascinating. The education is thorough and the number of asana's learned was above many of the other courses I was looking at."

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  • Review by Jany E. Thomas from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful teacher and beautiful location, highly recommend it for a personal transformation."

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  • Review by Cara Stampfle from Boulder, Colorado, USA
    10 out of 10

    "The Himalayan Yoga Institute teaching training was truly life changing and exactly what I was looking for in a teacher training program. The curriculum was very well thought out and I learned so much. Ganga is a very talented and passionate teacher. Paula, the assistant instructor, is so helpful and teaches the most beautiful classes. Both Ganga and Paula are such inspiring people to be around and learn from."

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  • Review by Sebastian Diez from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "This training is set up in a beautiful valley in Himachal Pradesh, the classes are very inspiring and nurturing. By the end of the course you come out with an understanding about Yoga that goes beyond the yoga mat practice, including philosophy and other practices like kriyas and how these can be incorporated in the modern life style. I highly recommend it."

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  • Review by Allyson Johnstone from Melbourne Australia
    10 out of 10

    "This course was more than I ever imagined. The level of detail in the theory and asana training and practice was fantastic. I have walked away more enlightened that I could have hoped. Every aspect was wonderful."

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  • Review by Michael Manville from Victoria, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I had an amazing experience with Ganga in Croatia. She is an outstanding teacher, very knowledgeable and inspiring. The food was excellent and the surrounding environment very beautiful. Thank you so much for a life-changing experience. I am excited to see how my well-being improves as I continue my practice!"

    May 2016. BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

  • Review by Liz Varley from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I arrived at the retreat very stressed from a busy life in London. I left feeling like a new woman, completely relaxed at the end. The yoga and meditation was fantastic and I have learnt a great deal, which I hope to continue at home. Thank you, Ganga Devi!"

    May 2016. BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

  • Review by Sabrina Kadiric from Zurich, Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "My yoga week in Mali Losinj was an adventure. I arrived without really understanding what yoga is. Now, seven days later, I have turned into the biggest yoga fan. I enjoyed every single class and felt increasingly better with every passing day. Ganga Devi was a great teacher and I have learnt so much! Thank you. The lectures about yogic diet and pranayama were excellent. I am taking so many new things back home with me. The food served during the retreat was very delicious. I loved the fruit and tea in the morning - great for waking up in the morning and having a wonderful start of the day. I really liked every meal. I never expected to benefit in so many ways in just seven days. I feel very happy. Thank you!"

    May 2016. BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

  • Review by Anne Aparna McNaughton from Sheffield, Scotland
    10 out of 10

    "Wow, what a course. I have never learned so much in so short a time and what I have learned has changed my life. I expected to be pushed physically and I was and I loved every moment of it. I didn't expect to love the study at all, but I loved every moment of this too, I was fascinated, challenged and inspired every day. Thank you Ganga for all the dedication, enthusiasm and care you put into the course, you are amazing. My mind has been expanded, my body tuned and my soul uplifted. Can't wait to do the advanced course."

    April 2016, Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Shelley Noble from Sunderland, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I don't really know where to start and if I can put into words how I feel. You have single-handedly changed my life. I have had the most challenging yet amazing experience. Was so sad to leave you, but so happy to start the next chapter in my life! I am going to do the best I can. On the bus home I handed in my notice for all my high intensity classes and emailed various companies and places to offer my service as a yoga instructor. Within one day I have 4 meetings set up with people really interested. I feel like I am walking on a cloud! I taught my first class last night - it was amazing. I have just been offered a position as holistic director for a small company. It works with over 50's with various health conditions. I just can't believe how well everything is turning out. Thank you. You are a very special person, Ganga, and am honoured to have spent time with you. I am eternally grateful to you."

    April 2016, Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Alexa Massingham from Hongkong
    10 out of 10

    "The YTT course with Himalayan Yoga Institute in Croatia was one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of my life. It has transformed how I look at life and live my life, and I feel inspired to inspire others with the many life changing aspects of yogic philosophy and practice. Ganga offers a lot more than just a yoga teaching training course, and I feel very blessed to have had this experience in such a special place with very special people"

    April 2016, Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by William Webber from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "This was one of my most amazing experiences; situated on the beautiful, peaceful island of Losinj and overlooking the sea, where the air is fresh and the energy just felt right.The other attendees without exception were incredibly lovely and kind. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to spend time with them.Ganga is an incredibly well read, gifted and a skillful teacher with a calm and kind communication style. Whilst I was already familiar with the asana practice where Ganga maintains high standards and making regular adjustments to ensure the poses are fundamentally correct, I was newly introduced to the philosophy aspects with a series of captivating lectures, breathing classes, chanting in Sanskrit, the vegetarian diet and not least the classical Indian dancing.Throughout the week I felt highly energized and inspired in contrast to a normal week. As a result of this wonderful experience, Im maintaining the vegetarian diet, seeking to understand the philosophy, spiritual aspects to a deeper level and working out how to integrate asana and meditation into my daily life.I cannot thank Ganga enough for the selfless hard work and dedication she put into the running of the retreat and teaching me an alternative path. "

    July 2015. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Sue Kinnear from Stoke-On-Trent, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Ganga is an incredible woman and a true inspiration. She is not only extremely knowledgeable in a wide range of subjects but is an amazing teacher, paying attention and taking care of all those on the course.The retreat has a very good balance of asana practice and yoga theory. There was the right level of information given for individuals to have a basic understanding and also to fire their interest and thirst for more.Sufficient time was given to non-yoga activities and the two trips out as a group were perfect.The course for me was a real experience and I have felt that my asanas have really improved over the week and I want to understand more about what yoga really is to be able to answer the question Who am I?Thank you Ganga with all my heart. "

    July 2015. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Carolina Lindholm from Stockholm, Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "I am leaving this retreat as a happier, more energized person; confident that I have received a number of valuable tools to further my development. I have benefited greatly physically from the practice, as well as mentally and spiritually from the satsang, lectures, and discussions with other group members. I have thus found this retreat to be deeply meaningful and that it served as a catalyst for progress in my life.The retreat has also been thoroughly enjoyable: the beautiful setting, the wonderful air and water, practicing under the blue skies and sharing the lovely meals on the terrace. The singing was fantastic!You have clearly put a great deal of effort and care into designing the programme, into the teaching and looking after us. The programme was very balanced and it offered an opportunity to both experience and learn about yoga as well as having time off on the beach.All in all, this week has been a wonderful experience for which I am very thankful. It feels like the start of a new and exciting chapter in my life. "

    July 2015. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Veronique Hanin from Antwerpen, Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you very much for the retreat.It was a wonderfully peaceful week for me being within such gorgeous nature, relaxing my body and mind while getting away from the daily grind.The yoga classes were wonderful, very gentle yet very strong at the same time. It helped me to develop the confidence that I could become a good yogini, thank you for that. The retreat certainly helped me to get a new perspective on life. "

    July 2015. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Jane Everett from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Ganga, thank you so much for a profound and beautiful retreat. It has been such a pleasure and a privilege to spend time with and learn from such an inspiring and dedicated teacher.I loved how much content there was throughout the retreat for me, the inclusion of yoga philosophy was a huge benefit and the satsang created such a wonderful spirit among the group and a fantastic energy, which set this retreat apart from others I have been on.On a personal level it has been wonderful to share personal challenges and receive such reassuring and patient advice. I feel that this retreat has had such a deep impact on my approach to practice, to myself and my ideas for the future and what it may hold.The excursion on the boat as well as the visits to the local beaches, the best ice cream parlour, all added to the retreat wonderfully.I cant say enough good things. I arrived at the retreat struggling with a hectic and out of balance lifestyle, with recent tough times and I am leaving feeling like I am walking on air, have never been more positive about my future and excited by what life holds. If that isnt a fantastic return on investment I dont know what is.Thank you for all your guidance and I look forward to meeting you again soon. "

    July 2015. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Paula Andreewitch from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "My sincere thanks go out to Ganga Devi of the Himalayan Yoga Institute for providing a very complete teacher training programme that took me on a beautiful journey of self -discovery and growth that has enabled me to teach confidently from experience. The focus on the benefits of the poses not only on the physical body but on the subtle body and the endocrine system has been hugely beneficial. I feel I have a solid, authentic base from which I still have space to be creative and develop my own teaching. With deepest gratitude, thank you. "

    June 2015. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Thomas Hallam from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Truly excellent. The ashram experience was one that I will hold onto in my memories for ever. Waking in the morning to the sight of snow-capped mountains in the distance and beautiful sunrises allowed perfect time for reflection.The teachings were broad and they were delivered incredibly well. I feel that I have gained so much, not only in my understanding of yoga, but also in the development of myself spiritually and physically. "

    June 2015. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Francisca Anselmi from Uruguay
    10 out of 10

    " Kullu Valley Ashram a magical place and space, which opens your eyes & heart!!! Surrounded by nature; mountains, birds and the lovely local people ... the sweetest part of India I have been till now. The devotion of Ganga for her work and path makes this training totally unique, after these 3 weeks I experienced a deep transformation and connection with my Self!!! Once she took us walking through the small villages nearby to a temple with a tree next to it, I just experienced magic in that holy place! You have to experience it by yourself to live and feel the beauty I try to describe and the charismatic and devotional teacher Ganga is! .... Looking so much forward to knowing the new Ashram in the South :), much love ... Namaste!!!! "

    June 2015. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Elissa Chrisson from Sydney, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Doing my yoga teacher training with Ganga Devi was one of the most unique and uplifting experiences of my life. I felt myself become more present in the happenings of life in the ashram. Daily asana practice & meditation allowed me to focus my mind on the information Ganga would share with us through her beautifully presented lectures. Information that made perfect senses and helped me to overcome many issues in my own life. The experience of being at the Ashram was one filled with love and togetherness. The knowledge I came away with, not only allowed me to teach yoga, but also to make better life choices and see the bigger picture outside of my own little world.. Ganga is a beautiful soul, rich with knowledge. She taught me so much and for this I am so grateful. "

    June 2015. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Beverly Drakes from Barbados
    10 out of 10

    "Kullu Valley, Himalayas 2014. Thank you Ganga for sharing your knowledge and your tremendous warmth. The experience in India has had a tremendous positive and lasting impact on me and provided me with a memory that I will always treasure. "

    June 2015. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Lada Teleki from Novi Sad, Serbia
    10 out of 10

    " Everything about this course, from start to finish was wonderful: the cute room, the wonderful roommate. I felt at home. The food was fresh, tasty and very appetizing. The location was a joy, clean air and a beautiful sea view, so green. It really calmed my mind. The philosophy classes taught by Ganga were incredibly interesting and wonderfully inspiring. The asana teaching classes gave me confidence and self-esteem and I enjoyed every minute of it. The workshops were a great opportunity to be playful and to laugh with Ganga so much fun.I loved every minute of the course and I really do feel that we are now family. I am overjoyed that I decided to do this course. Its the best, most wonderful decision I have taken in my life. Ganga, I am so glad Ive met you. You are fair, caring, giving and wonderful in every way.Your teaching style is calm, patient, interesting, invested and enthusiastic. I enjoyed every minute of every lecture we went through. The philosophy of yoga is the philosophy I was looking for when I was depressed and lost in a fog.I feel I have a good base to stand on and strong roots now. You've given me confidence and security to be myself and to be a teacher.I am incredibly thankful for meeting you and I feel immensely blessed that I was able to spend a month with you, taking in your teachings. "

    June 2015. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Skyrah Palli from Richmond, UK
    10 out of 10

    " The course was very inspiring and uplifting. I learned so much in such a short span of time. And discovered many things about myself in the process. I loved the detailed asana classes and the asana teaching classes they were extremely helpful and provided so much insight into hands-on adjustments. The dance workshop was a highlight for me - so much fun.Thank you for such a great experience! "

    June 2015. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Mechelle Sanders from Arkansol, USA
    10 out of 10

    " Gangas classes were excellent and her personalized feedback was very useful so that I know how to improve my teaching. The schedule was good for resetting my internal clock to a more conducive one.Thank you so much for all of your kindness, love, energy, and wisdom that you imparted this month. It was an amazing experience with many positive physical and spiritual rewards! I know that there are many more to come as well.I am excited to return home to be able to continue practicing, learning, and planning classes. Several of my friends and family are ready for the physical and emotional healing that yoga brings.Thank you Ganga for a lovely month. You were a pleasure. "

    June 2015. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Yasmina Cherquaoui from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    " Gangas philosophy classes were excellent such a knowledgeable and passionate teacher. The asana teaching classes were great Gangas patience and her detailed explanations were much appreciated. The feedback was always constructive and given with a proper explanation, which helped us to improve our teaching practice. The anatomy classes were engaging and the peer to peer discussions during class helped it all to sink in. The self-development workshop was a highlight for me delivered by such a great teacher, very motivating, useful and humorous.I would describe the YTT course in the following words: Exciting, fun, disciplined, interesting, structured, comprehensive, motivating and so useful. I could go onThank you for the gift of yoga, Ganga. I will be eternally grateful. "

    June 2015. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Rosaia Ruberto from Rome, Italy
    10 out of 10

    " I loved the nada yoga, mandala and dance workshops. The feedback on our teaching was very useful, detailed and clear to inform improvement. The self-development workshop was excellent and I am looking forward to have more of this in the future.It was a comprehensive, inspiring, very practical and useful course. I feel I was provided with valuable skills and knowledge. I loved the personalized sessions and the experience of ashram life. Ganga was a great model and guide. I simply loved the course and I am looking forward to attend the advanced 300 hr course. "

    June 2015. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Helen O'Shea from Milton Keynes UK
    10 out of 10

    " I was thoroughly challenged by the course and enthralled with all the information I received. I learnt about teaching asana which was my initial goal but I got so much knowledge of yogic philosophy, diet, health, tips to being a successful yoga instructor and information on anatomy also. I left the course feeling like I could now be a yoga teacher and taught my first class the next day in a hostel. It was a wonderful life changing experience and having it with only 8 people makes it intimate and thorough. Ganga is undeniably so very knowledgeable and passionate about all the elements of yoga. She inspired me to do so much more with yoga in the form of meditation and taught me a style of yoga which benefited my soul, mind and body. Having spoken to other people who took other intensive courses, I believe this one to be a cut above the rest, I would strongly recommend it to those who are looking for more than just asana teaching. "

    June 2014. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Gabriele Hohenfels from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Ganga has the rare ability to help people grow and transcend their limiting beliefs, always offering the right amount of challenge at every step. The training course was an incredible and deeply transforming experience for me. To be taught by Ganga was an absolute honour. I have never met anyone else with so much passion, wisdom, experience and knowledge all combined in one person. I look forward to a lifetime of mentoring and guidance from Ganga."

    December 2012. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Renata Prezzi from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "I keep thanking the heavens for sending Ganga my way, whose mentoring and care is ongoing and truly inspirational. She is profound, well-rounded, compassionate and constantly showering her love and wisdom in innumerable ways. A truly remarkable human being and teacher."

    December 2012. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

  • Review by Deborah Leonetti from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "I thank our teacher Ganga with all my heart for sharing this path of awakening with us, in her uniquely personal approach: disciplined, all-embracing and loving. How exciting to practise yoga in these wonderful surroundings, in this well preserved nature! We had the perfect way to submerge ourselves in the spiritual work. Colours of the sea you hardly get to see anywhere else. Pure water, pure air and the colours of all the beautiful flowers and trees around us. It suffused me with joy and peace. I especially loved the morning practice on the terrace of our house. But also the evening practice, the theory classes, the chanting and kirtan. And even our conversations about things and life, swimming in this beautiful sea and the nice tasty food... I came back as a more loving person. With more love for life and all its aspects. I'm in peace."

    December 2012. Himalayan Yoga Institute website, edited

Kullu Valley, India

Himalayan Yoga Institute aims to awaken and deepen the interest of yoga and meditation. They offer yoga teacher trainings and yoga holidays.

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