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Put your busy life on hold for a month and realign with your heart in mystical South India. Surrounded by tropical gardens, birdsong and the spirit of ancient India, with temples of incredible beauty and history, our yoga villa near Auroville and Pondicherry offers the ideal space to breathe in life and happiness.
Join us for a life-affirming, love-brimming, heart-opening experience that builds your depth as a yoga teacher and practitioner as you traverse the journey of the 300-hour training course with the Himalayan Yoga Institute.
Escape the winter back home and experience South India at its best, when temperatures are extremely pleasant and the weather mild and soothing. It’s the perfect time to relax into your heart and find profound healing and integration of your whole being.
Our signature 300-hour training course approaches advanced yoga from a therapeutic and spiritual perspective, delving deep into the energetic, hormonal, emotional and spiritual benefits of the asanas.
The daily practice of asanas, pranayama, chanting, kirtan dance, and mantra meditation allow for deep, yet gentle healing at the subtle energetic and psychic level, allowing for your true self to emerge and shine. Just one week into the programme your face will have a beautiful glow and your whole being will manifest radiance and vibrancy.
Our signature chakra classes will unlock long-forgotten joy, enthusiasm and the aspiration for an inspired and meaningful life. Relish the slow pace and full immersion into the powerful practice of therapeutic and chakra cleansing practice, while receiving cutting-edge insight into discoveries of neuroscience, biology, breathing, and breath retention as they relate to ancient, traditional and authentic yoga techniques.
This course brings to life the age-old wisdom and authentic science of the yoga of India – in the very place where yoga was born and where the subtle vibrations of the mystical and deeply spiritual reverberations of this sacred land and nature are still alive and palpable.
A unique feature of our training is our approach to asana practice: The asanas are practiced and taught in the Rajadhiraja tradition of Tantra yoga, offering ancient knowledge on the deeply transformational effect of asanas with regards to our hormonal and chakra system - rarely taught in other yoga schools.
You will learn and practice 108 of the most important asanas as they relate to healing, chakra balancing, body/mind integration, and heart opening. As you will sharpen your teaching skills through in-depth alignment and adjustment workshops, you will develop a new perspective of yoga and life itself.
You will also be encouraged to develop your creative skills in yoga teaching and sequencing for theme-based classes. Furthermore, we will explore a variety of yoga styles such as Yin, Anusara, Iyengar, Power yoga, Hot yoga, Sivananda and Vinyasa so as to compare the sequencing effects of each style.
Another unique feature is lifelong personalized mentoring offered by Ganga Devi, the principal teacher on this course, to those who wish to receive guidance after the completion of their training. Ganga has taught and practiced yoga and meditation for more than thirty years.
She has also trained and performed as a professional dancer of Bharatanatyam – the classical dance of India. She passionately uses her special gift of bringing people together in ceremony to connect, sing, dance, heal and release.
With her intricate knowledge about the use of breath she skilfully uses a unique system of breathing and breath retention when adapting yoga as a therapy for the body, mind and soul. Ganga is also a talented musician and nada yogini (the sound healer), sharing bhajans, kirtan, and Indian raga music to complement the deeply transformational work she undertakes on each of the 300-hour programmes.
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.
Students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
A reading list will be sent to you upon registration.
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.
We maintain small class sizes for maximum personalized attention.
Learn from a master teacher with 30+ years of experience in yoga, tantra, kirtan, pranayama, chakra healing & awakening.
Cleanse body, inspire mind and uplift spirit with traditional South Indian meals based on Ayurvedic principles, and optional supported fasting.
Stay in one of the large rooms of our stunning Kerala style villa, with an open yard and fish pond in the central part of the house, and enjoy the warm and welcoming service of our daily attendants.
Eat delicious vegetarian or vegan meals and organic fresh teas prepared by local chefs.
Practice, play and dine in beautiful open-air shala spaces, surrounded by palm trees and green views of exotic leafy and flowering trees.
Connect with your Inner Self while spending time in the lush tropical garden filled with birdsong, resting in the hammock close to the creek and outdoor pond.
Practice yoga in beautiful natural indoor and outdoor spaces. Our indoor space receives light and fresh air from the central opening in the roof.
Shop for authentic Indian clothing and textiles, beautiful handmade handicrafts and herbal products produced by the local craftsmen/women of Auroville.
Receive personalized instruction in meditation and receive a daily routine of asana prescription individually tailored just for you, that will allow you to advance your practice.
Learn the secrets of Tantric Rajadhiraja yoga, a long forgotten, yet highly powerful approach to yoga, which will completely rewire your body, clear your mind and awaken your soul.
Receive our unique 7 Signature Chakra Healing Class Templates sequenced specifically for deep transformation and cleansing of the chakras.
Learn rare practices such as mudras for each chakra, chakra visualization and meditation techniques that can be incorporated into yoga classes.
Our yoga instructor certification courses are of outstanding quality, marked by excellence and attention to detail. They are the most thorough and comprehensive ones you will find.
The training is not only suitable for aspiring yoga teachers but also for those who simply want to learn more about yoga and develop a stronger self-practice.
You will have a chance to see Mamallapuram (or Mahabalipuram) on the way from Chennai to our venue. Mamallapuram is a UNESCO protected heritage site, displaying gorgeous stone carvings and temple structures of great beauty. Mahabalipuram is an ancient historic town and was a bustling seaport during the time of Periplus (1st century CE) and Ptolemy (140 CE). Ancient Indian traders who went to countries of South East Asia sailed from the seaport of Mahabalipuram.
By the 7th century, it was a port city of the South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas. It has a group of sanctuaries, which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries: Rathas (temples in the form of chariots), Mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air reliefs such as the famous 'Descent of the Ganges', and the Shore temple, with thousands of sculptures dedicated to Shiva.
While traveling to our venue on the arrival day, the minibus that picks up students at the airport and from Chennai will stop in Mahabalipuram for about two hours for sightseeing, exploration, and lunch.
We will visit Auroville (City of Dawn) is an experimental township in Villupuram district mostly in the state of Tamil Nadu, India with some parts in the Union Territory of Pondicherry (Puducherry) in South India. The city is dedicated to the vision of Sri Aurobindo. It was founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa (known as "the Mother") and designed by architect Roger Anger. As stated in Alfassa's first public message in 1965
Pondicherry will be another destination. Pondicherry, called Puducherry in the local language, is a unique town, which used to be a French colony, hence it combines French and Indian architecture. It is a unique city like no other in India, where India meets France with all the uniqueness of each style in architecture and culture.
Many streets retain French names, and French-style villas are a common sight. In the French Quarter, the buildings are typically colonial style with long compounds and stately walls. The Indian quarter consists of houses lined with verandas and with large doors and grilles. These French and Indian style houses are preserved as they are considered heritage buildings. The French language can still be heard in Puducherry. We will visit temples, the promenade and the Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry.
The second excursion will be to the small town of Tiruvannamalai, which has a longstanding spiritual history and inhabits the famous Arunachala hill, considered to be the heart center of the Earth. Here the legendary sage Sri Ramana lived and guided many spiritual seekers. One of the largest temples dedicated to Shiva has been built here.
Shiva is worshiped as Annamalaiyar or Arunachaleswarar, and is represented by the lingam, with his idol referred to as Agni lingam. His consort Parvati is depicted as Unnamulai Amman. The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the nayanars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.
The 9th century Saiva saint poet Manikkavasagar composed the Tiruvempaavai here. The temple complex covers 10 hectares and is one of the largest in India. It houses four gateway towers known as gopurams. The tallest is the eastern tower, with 11 stories and a height of 66 meters (217 ft), making it one of the tallest temple towers in India.
The temple has numerous shrines, with those of Annamalaiyar and Unnamulai Amman being the most prominent. The temple complex houses many halls; the most notable is the thousand-pillared hall built during the Vijayanagar period.
This ashram is dedicated to the contemporary sage Sri Ramana. As a boy of sixteen in 1896, he challenged death by a penetrating inquiry into the source of his being. Later hailed as Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi he revealed the direct path of practice of Self-enquiry and awakened mankind to the immense spiritual power of the holy Arunachala Hill, the spiritual heart of the world.
An ashram did not spring up immediately. At first there was only a shed with bamboo poles and a roof of palm leaves. Through the ensuing years, the numbers grew, donations came in and regular ashram premises were built – the hall where Ramana sat, the office, the bookstore, the dispensary, the guest room for male visitors and a couple of small bungalows for guests who made a longer stay.
A group of sadhus made a colony at Palakottu in a grove to the west of the ashram. Over the years the ashram has seen a growing number of visitors. A special highlight is a room where Sri Ramana used to spend most of the time – today it is open for those who want to meditate or simply sit there in silence.
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.
Our delicious meals with locally-grown foods are lovingly prepared by South Indian chefs and served on the terrace with a garden view. It’s a perfect place to reconnect with nature and its incredible beauty.
“Kalari”, the ancient style of martial arts is still taught to this day in a school in the neighborhood of our yoga villa. Our venue is located in the vibrant green belt of Auroville, studded with traditional local Tamil villages. The Auroville beach is a 5 min drive away.
During your free time, you can arrange excursions to the interesting places nearby the yoga villa:
Chennai International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$18 per person
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. If you would like to be part of the pick up organized by the Himalayan Yoga Institute, the airport transfer fee will be no more than 15 GBP.
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