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29 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Nepal

  • HIYA, Ichangu, Kathmandu, Nepal

Overview

Nepal Yoga Teacher Training

If you have a keen interest to visit beautiful Nepal and gain new experiences while enjoying beautiful sceneries, religious places, local cultures and traditions, natural and yogic food, and getting tips for your yogic life and teaching, join this rewarding teacher training program organized by the Himalayan International Yoga Academy (HIYA). Here you will experience improved health, wellbeing, and happiness under the guidance of reputed gurus and yoga scholars, and received teaching and spiritual influences which will guide you to happiness and self-realization.

Highlights

  • Anatomy and physiology lessons
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Practical teaching exercises and workshops
  • Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers
  • Complimentary therapies and tea
  • Airport pick up and transfers
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals
  • 29 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodation will be provided at HIYA in Kathmandu, Nepal. Away from the noise and air pollution of the city, the center rests above a lush vibrant valley sounded by beautiful gardens, a local village and forest nearby. It is the perfect environment for spiritual growth.

There are three accommodation options. The eco houses, named Shiva and Buddha, facing the gardens, include attached bathrooms with hot water, outlets, and Wi-Fi. The typical Nepali-style house, named Kailash bungalow, has a private bathroom. The four safari cottage tents are: the bliss cottage tent, the harmony cottage tent, the tranquility cottage tent, and the wisdom cottage tent.

This 200-hour yoga teacher training includes 180 contact hours and 25 hours of teachings with an experienced yoga teacher.

Course syllabus

Techniques, training, and practice (100 hours)

  • Minimum contact hours: 75 hours
  • Minimum contact hours with the 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 (25 hours)

  • Minimum contact hours: 15 hours
  • Minimum contact hours with the 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 the qualities of a teacher
  • The student learning process
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal matters)

Anatomy and physiology (20 hours)

  • Minimum contact hours: 0 hours
  • Minimum contact hours with the lead trainer(s): 10 hours
  • Constituents of the human body: cells, tissues, organs, terminologies
  • The system of the protection and movement of bones, joints, muscles, flexibility, efficiency, body alignment
  • The system of the intake and elimination of raw materials (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 (30 hours)

  • Minimum contact hours: 20 hours
  • Minimum contact hours with the lead trainer(s): 0 hours
  • The brief study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts: meaning, definition and history of yoga, biographies 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, Ashtanga yoga
  • Yogic lifestyle: day regimen, night regimen, and seasonal regimen
  • Ethics: yama (social ethics), ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truthfulness); asteya (non-stealing), aparigraha (non-possessiveness), bhrahmacharya (celibacy)
  • Niyama (individual ethics), shouch (purification), santosha (contentment), tapa (tenacity), swadhyaya (self-study), ishwor pranidhan (self-surrender to God)
  • The concepts of dharma and karma 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 (10 hours)

  • Minimum contact hours: five hours
  • Minimum contact hours with the lead trainer(s): five 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
  • 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 programs focus.

Yogacharya Swami Yog Subodh

Yogacharya Swami Yog Subodh is a highly qualified and professionalized yoga guru. He has been involved with yoga and its teachings for over 19 years and has vast knowledge and experience in this field.

He is a dynamic individual in teaching natural cures, yoga, Reiki, lifestyle management, and other spiritual healing with different techniques. He received the spiritual name Swami Yog Subodh from his spiritual guru and he is a Yoga Alliance, USA registered teacher.

His professional accomplishments and memberships include: The National Skill Testing Board (NSTB) of CTEVT, subject committee (yoga) in curriculum development, and Complementary Medical Practitioner Association Nepal. He is a member of the Yoga and Nature Cure Association, Nepal, and the secretary of the Integrated Health Academy Nepal.

Chintamani Gautam

Dr. Gautam has been connected with the yoga science for fourteen years. The spent the first three years with yogis and saints in India learning yoga, its tradition and culture. Next three years were spent in the university, studying yoga academically.

For four more years, he studied and researched to earn his Ph. D. in yoga science. During his research, he conducted various yoga workshops, training camps, therapy camps, and sadhana (practice) camps in different parts of Nepal and India. He also has presented papers on yoga science in different seminars in Nepal and India.

The retreat will take place in at the Himalayan Yoga Academy in Kathmandu, Nepal, in the country side very close to the Monkey Temple and the commercial hub of Thamel.

Nearby places

  • Monkey Temple, 2.5 kilometers
Activities
  • Hiking nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking / trekking nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance

The yoga teacher training includes all daily meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and herbal teas. The dining facility serves around 20 people. Organic, vegetarian, vegan, and raw food diets are followed as much as possible, using locally-grown fresh produce.

Cycling

Explore the country side on a bike.

Explore the area

  • Explore the surrounding area and take a hike through the country side, visit temples, monasteries, and local villages and farm lands.

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-minutes 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 the springs and see the running taps and villagers bathing and washing there.

Sightseeing

  • Explore the 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.

Temple and monastery

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

Volunteer

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

The teacher training course includes a selection of complimentary therapies. The HIYA healing chamber spa is specifically designed for deep relaxation healing, therapy, and spa treatment in order for you to achieve a healthy and blissful life.

Ayurvedic therapy / Panchakarma treatments

Traditional Ayurveda massage

Shiatsu massage

Tradition Thai nassage

Reflexology

Shirodhara

Abhyanga

Svedana

Body scrub massage

Herbalism

Nasya

Naturopathy treatment

Steam bath

Hip bath (hot or cold)

Mud bath

Enema

Vamana

Foot bath

Surya Chikitsa (Thermolume)

Shankhaprakshalan kriya

Upavasa and Maunavrta

Beauty therapies

Facials - herbal / vitamin E / boutique / Ayurveda

Nail care - manicure / pedicure / polish

Threading - eyebrows / face / chin

Waxing - full leg / half leg / underarm

  • Training fees
  • Complimentary therapies
  • All daily meals and herbal teas
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • 28 nights comfortable accommodation
  • Volunteer school teaching for a few hours
  • Yoga book1, notebook, pen, and Jala Neti pot
  • A complex, 5-stage 200-hour teacher training schedule
  • Airport pick up and drop off to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)

Driving directions from Thamel

To reach HIYA from Thamel, go to Balaju Ring road till you reach Swayambhu (near three big statues)

From here, take the "U" turn to the right towards the Ichangu temple

Travel 1.8 kilometers up to the VDC (village development community) office, then take a right turn again

Arrival by airplane

  • You will be flying into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).
  • HIYA will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Distances

  • Balaju, 3 kilometers
  • Thamel, 4.5 kilometers
  • Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), 11 kilometers
  • Syambhu, 2 kilometers
For information about the booking conditions, please send HIYA an inquiry.
  • Review by Julie Bulst
    8 out of 10

    "The detox and yoga retreat has been excellent. The accommodation I upgraded for most of my stay to a bungalow room in which I have been very comfortable. Great internet access which was unexpected. I have found all the staff generous and friendly. The therapy is relaxing and varied: massages, reflexology, and steam bath. The yoga has been a wonderful balance of stretches, breathing, postures and meditation. The position slightly out of town has beautiful views particularly if you make the short climb further up the hill behind the Yoga Academy. The grounds are green and it is very easy to just relax and enjoy your visit resting in the garden."

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  • Review by Mette and Asta from Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "never before have we been so relaxed. The beautiful garden, the friendly staff, and the great food all make a perfect combination. We have really enjoyed our time here and we recommend it when get back to Denmark. We will try to keep the peace inside our bodies. Thank you very much! "

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  • Review by Rutger from Amsterdam
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for the great 12 days of fun, relaxation and yoga practice! I will never forget the progress I made here also the happy moments I had with people who made me feel especially relaxed. "

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  • Review by Traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed a HIYA for 5 days, and all of them were one of my favorites on my travels. I needed to de-stress and relax. Dr. Sobudh has unlimited knowledge and yoga and meditation classes were great, learnt so much and improved my Asanas. The food is vegetarian but very good, they will also teach you how to cook. You can go on walks in nature or visit the monkey temple. Staff will help you with just about everything, they are the loveliest. Also we had a lil celebration, we got to dress up in sarongs and experience the local celebration. Felt very special. Highly recommend this place. Enjoy!"

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  • Review by Elisangela Rita
    10 out of 10

    "Hello, My stay at HIYA was great! The place is very pleasant, has a beautiful garden and is in a very peaceful area. The Dr. gave us loads of contextual information about almost everything we did and what purpose it all serves with regards to our holistic health. It was very informative! The daily schedule did not disappoint, as the activities were counter balanced with just enough free time for self contemplation and reading or just overall relaxing and mental cleansing. Oh my word and the food?! Contributed for 50% of the pleasant stay. Hari, the cook is a real sweet heart and with a constant smile and quick joke, which made the ambiance very light and comfortable. And let us not forget that the food always tasted as good as it looked, he payed a great deal of attention to plate decoration (I scored some cooking lessons). The only down side in my view was the forever omnipresent manager. Wow, the man is like your shade. Everyone else seemed to let us be to ourselves in our free time (I guess we all wanted to be alone at that time), except for him. He was just everywhere, with his eyes planted on our every move, that was quite uncomfortable. Overall I came back with much more than I had imagined and HIYA was definitely a great choice, though I do recommend for anyone heading to a retreat of the sort to be liberated from any expectation, it just makes the experience much more exciting."

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  • Review by Nuran Acar
    10 out of 10

    "Absolutely a great break. Had a chance to do some volunteer works at B.angel secondary school to teach yoga and meditation for the kids during my stay at Himalayan yoga academy as I am a certified yoga teacher for adults and kids. HIYA Team working there were absolutely lovely. I am already missing the momos and the delicious veggy nepali food of our cook Hari. It was pleasure to meet and gather Dr sonadh and his family. Met with lovely young people whom were staying there as well. Looking forward to visit again soon this beautiful green place."

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  • Review by Erin from Oregon, USA
    10 out of 10

    "After leaving the airport and driving through Thamel I was overwhelmed & exhausted. I was welcomed with warm arms and friendly faces. I received an Ayurvedic message and was surprised by how different it was from a western message. I wasn't same afterwards but my mind and body were calm & muscles were exhausted. We did some stretching which helped me melt away later that evening. The food was fantastic! No need to worry about the water! They have their own spring and also boil and filter the water! Its ok to savor the fruits and vegetables from the garden. They also grows their own and make their own honey yum! I very much enjoyed the conversation and learning from Dr. Subodh. He is very knowledgeable and is open to answering all the questions you may have. The Syambhunath stupa is a short walk away and its enjoyable to with Nepali life. While touring the surrounding neighborhoods, he was great guide too. I very much enjoyed my stay here & would highly recommend it to other western looking to unwind and get recentered. I also highly recommend a yoga lesson! Namaste!"

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  • Review by Liz from Wisconsin, USA
    8 out of 10

    "We stayed two days and one night. I thought it was an excellent bargain, 44 USD for three meals, three yoga or meditation classes and a one hour massage. The yoga is slow and is mostly meditation. One of the classes you move more, but it focuses more on meditation and breathing than I had previously been used to. The staff was really friendly. The instructors were friendly and approachable. The massage was relaxing and excellent. They were always ready to answer questions. Food was decent. Hot showers available. The environment was relaxing. Overall, we had quite the enjoyable stay!"

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  • Review by Karen from Hongkong
    9 out of 10

    "We were apprehensive about coming here as we didn't know what to expect. When we arrived we were greeted by the manager Lala, who was the most friendly little man I have ever met. He took us on a tour of the place and arranged for lunch to be made which we had in the beautiful garden. We stayed for one night and definitely got our moneys worth, we got two yoga classes on the first day including dinner. The chef was lovely, he looked after us very well bringing us tea and water constantly. He also gave us a hot water bottle each before bed. I woke up poorly the next day with a cold and he brought me breakfast in bed and tea on three separate occasions as I was in the upstairs bungalow room. I got a massage which was one of the best massages I've ever had! We paid 40 for the whole trip and it was worth every penny! The yoga instructor gave us a poster and Lala gave us a blessing scarf before we left. They really made our stay amazing and I would definately love to go back. I don't see how anyone can give them a bad review, they are all so polite and attentive as if we were their family, I wish i could stay there all year round!"

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  • Review by Sida Chenng from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    7 out of 10

    "This is a beautiful place with garden. I like the trees and flower. It is very good to grow plant, the fruits in the garden. I enjoyed my stay here."

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  • Review by K. Ananand from New York, USA
    9 out of 10

    "After a trek around the Annapurna region and few days in heavily polluted Thamel, I was ready for a change of scenerary. I wasn't sure what to do with my last three days in Kathmandu that is when I found the HIYA brochure.Arriving at the HIYA ground was like stepping into an Oasis in the middle of desolate desert. Further the brochure was not lying when it said they treat you like GOD in field the great service is one of the unique highlights.The magnificent garden well maintained, the food is temtic and the cook extremely accommodating and friendly. The bed and bathrooms were very clean and fresh which was welcome surprise after trekking.I wish HIYA and all its partners all the best and hope more westerners discover the benefits of eastern philosophy / medicines through HIYA and Dr. Subodh."

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