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28 Days 200hr India Yoga Teacher Training in Dharamsala

  • Kashmir Shaivism School of Yoga, Upper Dharamkot, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh


200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in India

Kashmir Shaivism School of Yoga invites you to join in a Yoga-Alliance-registered yoga teacher training course in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India. It is a comprehensive, diverse and soulful teacher training program for aspiring teachers and serious students all around the world. Focusing on the path of love, meditation, union, devotion, and service, this in-depth yoga teacher training in Dharamshala will provide a strong foundation and techniques for the students to transform into a teacher of yoga, along with a deep understanding of the value of being a practitioner on and off the mat. For those who are currently teaching yoga, the course will improve their teaching methods to be able to teach in an integrative approach with the philosophy and techniques of Kashmir Shaivism.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Methodology teaching and practice
  • Yoga anatomy and physiology classes
  • Khasmir Shaivism and Hatha yoga philosophy classes
  • Practice: Pranayamas, asanas, japa-mantra and chantings
  • Internationally recognized certificate upon completion
  • 28 nights accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 28 days with instruction
  • English
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School Guest House has rooms with kitchen, attached toilet, and hot water shower.


Techniques and guided training and practice

Analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques

Guided practice of the techniques themselves including asanas (type, categories), preparatory postures (sukshma vyayama), suryanamaskara (variations, meaning, approach), meditative asana, use of props (chair yoga, bolsters, belts, ropes, and walls), special emphasis in therapeutic approach, pranayamas, mudras, kriyas, bandhas, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques from Kashmir Shaivism, chanting of Mantras and Sanskrit Classes. both areas have substantial emphasis.

Teaching methodology

Step by step teaching method with different teaching Styles. The 200 hours YTTC (1st level)is a multistyle training suitable for establish a clear understanding and foundation of the differences and similarities of the main styles of yogasana.

At the end of the course, you will have a clear understanding of each style and decide which to follow to continue developing sadhana ( practice) based in self awareness, experience, and capacity.

Include as well in this category: clear commandments, effect of asana practice in daily life, use of voice, detailed alignment, use of props, clear and responsible adjustments, special methodology from Kashmir Shaivism School of Yoga, therapeutic approach, Integrative yoga ( focus on alignment), Restorative yoga (moon benefits), Vinyasa flow (solar benefits).

After this approach, a basic study of Ashtanga Vinyasa 1st series for building strength and learning to float, Hatha yoga (Indian gurukula tradition), asana as meditation, bandhas and kumbhakas, shatkarmas-cleansings: jala neti, sutra neti, nauli, dhouthi, trataka, kapalabhati, and cues for advance kriyas- cleansings, colon detox, bandhas, honoring the traditions: basic use of props in Restorative yoga derived from Iyengar yoga, Satyananda yoga (yoga Nidra),the gurukula system, traditional and contemporary tendencies.

Qualities of a teacher (the KSSOY yoga teacher), different aspects of teaching yoga, 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, the student learning process, and business aspects of teaching yoga.


Practice teaching

Receiving and giving feedback

Observing others teaching

Assisting students while someone else is teaching

Anatomy and physiology

Human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily system, organs)

Energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis)

Yoga therapy (healthy movement patterns, prevent lessons, benefits, and contraindication) - pranic body, emotional body, physical body, intellectual body, self, chakras special workshop, creative development, ancient tantric traditions of the world.

Gross anatomy: applying anatomy to yoga (neuromuscular nervous system, respiratory System, skeletal system, anatomy of flexion and extension), how to engage the muscles, relations and polarities, and special study for anatomical case.

Yoga philosophy, lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers

Sanatana dharma, yoga, Raja yoga (antaranga and bahiranga methods), patanjali, Jnana yoga, Karma yoga (Bhagavad Gita), Bhakti yoga (mythologies), Hatha yoga, sages and integration of yoga into day to day life.

Anthropology of yoga, conscious living and mindfulness, stages in the path of yoga, of vedanta (patanjali yoga sutras, vrittis-kleshas, sanatana dharma, tattvas, vedanta father and tantra mother of yoga).

The study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts, such as the yoga sutras and Hatha yoga pradipika, yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma.

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).

Kashmir Shaivism

The kundalini yoga of Kashmir Shaivism

The Shaivism tradition

Meditations of Kashmir Shaivism

Vedic and Tantric traditions

Sutras of Shaivism (yogic points) sat sang

Tantra (conceptions and misconceptions)

Teachers, master, acharyas

The feminine in kashmir shaivism

Weekly programs

  • First week: Yoga, introduction to yogasanas and method
  • Definition of yoga, streams of yoga, sages
  • Teaching methodology
  • Practice: Pranayamas, asanas, japa-mantra, and chantings of KSSOY
  • Kriyas (practice since first week) jala neti, sutra neti, dhouti, trataka, nauli
  • Meditation (Intro to Kashmir Shaivism meditations)
  • Second week: History, Kashmir Shaivism, and the body
  • Sanatana dharma, yoga, patanjali
  • Kashmir Shaivism philosophy
  • Anatomy applied in yoga
  • Teaching methodology
  • Third Week: Philosophy and human energetic anatomy
  • Hatha yoga philosophy
  • Introduction to energy anatomy
  • Teaching methodology
  • Step method practice
  • Forth Week: Evaluation, presentation, feedback
  • Yoga presentation and leading class
  • Evaluation
  • Graduation ceremony

Daily Schedule

  • 06:30 - 07:30 Meditation, sukshuma, breathing exercises
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Yogasanas, pranayama and kriya practice
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Break
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Yoga philosophy
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Teaching methodology
  • 12:30 - 14:30 Lunch time
  • 14:30 - 15:15 Anatomy and physiology
  • 15:15 - 15:30 Devotional bhakti sessions
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Self-practice study of the week style, yoga lesson, and meditation kashmir shaivism

Amit Raina (Om Ji)

Om Ji was born in Srinagar, Kashmir, India in a Brahmin family. He started practicing meditation and yoga in his young age, when left the comforts of his life and traveled all over the Himalayas and stayed in various ashrams. He studied in Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, in the sacred city of Haridwar. At the faculty of oriental studies, he studied the philosophy of Hatha yoga, asana, pranayama, and satkarmas, and received the certificate in yoga.

He also went to Bihar School of Yoga in Munger and received the certificate in yogic studies, where he studied Satyananda yoga, Karma yoga, Bakthi yoga, and Jnana yoga. He studied at B.K.S Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune for more than fourteen years to study body alignment, the proper use of props, correct postures, and pranayams. He was certified by Guru Ji B.K.S Iyengar as an Iyengar yoga teacher.

He also studied tantra and various scriptures at the feet of various masters to whom he bows his head with deep respect, and practiced the meditations as prescribed by the scriptures of Agamas and Hatha yoga. He has developed new form of yoga incorporating the wisdom of agamas with the practices of yoga. At the same time, knowing the importance of his heritage, he is spreading the real meaning of tantra through his teaching yoga all throughout the world.

Lina Ma

Lina was born in Colombia, South America. She is a graduate in anthropology from the University of the Andes, Bogota and an experienced yoga teacher of Kashmir Shaivism School of Yoga. Lina is a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher by Guru Ji B.K.S Iyengar in Pune, India. Lina is also a certified yoga instructor by Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, a yoga university specializing on yoga therapy in Bangalore, India.

She has been a yoga practitioner for more than 14 years. Having a background on Integrative yoga, alignment, and therapy, she studied yoga philosophy Jnana yoga for two years. As an anthropologist,she brings yoga as a tool for social change applicable anywhere she devotes her time. She is now studying in Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune. Lina also practices Vipassana and study Vajrayan Buddhism and sufi meditations.

Krishna Challo

From Kashmiri Pandit tradition, Krishna is a Sanskrit scholar and a guest faculty of Kashmir Shaivi School of Yoga. She is a graduate in Sanskrit and has masters in Hindi and master in education from the University of Kashmir. She is the founder and program director of Kashmir Shaivi School of Yoga and has teaching experience for over 40 years in different parts of India.

Dr. Rohtas Singh

Rohtas Singh is a physician (MBBS, MD) from the Government College of medical Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana, and specializes in neurology. Dr Rothas is a guest faculty of Kashmir Shaivi School of Yoga on anatomy and physiology class. He is also a yoga practitioner and he supports Kashmir Shaivi School of Yoga in research programs.

The program is conducted in the yoga shala situated in upper Dharamkot, in a very traditional and peaceful place. Forest, mountain, and river view along the Dhauladar ranges from the Himalayas. The indigenous people of the Dharamshala area and the surrounding region are the Gaddis, a predominantly Hindu group who traditionally lived a nomadic or semi-nomadic lifestyle. Since 1959 the place has been the residence place of his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatsho. The Tibetans have built many religious, educational and cultural institutions in and around McLeodganj, for the preservation of their culture.

  • Hiking nearby
  • Mountain walking/ trekking nearby
  • Rock climbing nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Car rental nearby
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Yoga shala

Near the school you will find fruits shop, market and restaurants for all budgets. Kashmir Shaivism School of Yoga leaves you full liberty to arrange all meals according to your preferences and budget.

Enjoying some very scenic views of the forest around

Tasting various culinary choices in Dharamkot

Rock climbing over the ridges of the Dhauladhar range

Trekking across Dhauladhar into the upper Ravi valley and Chamba district. One of the main attractions of Dharamshala is Triund hill, Jewel of Dharamshala, located at a distance of about 9 kilometers from McLeodGanj. The snow line of Ilaqa Got is just a 5 kilometers walk. Toral Pass (4,575 meters) begins from Tang Narwana (1,150 meters) that is located nearly 10 kilometers from Dharamshala. Across Bhimghasutri Pass (4,580 meters) via near-vertical rocky ascents, steep cliffs and dangerous gorges. This is a highly difficult level trek and takes around six days to complete. Dharamshala - Bleni Pass (3,710 meters) - Dunali. Compared to other trekking trails, this one is much easier and takes around four or five days to complete. The trek leads you through alpine pastures, woods, and streams, before ending at Dunali, on the Chamba road.

  • All classes
  • All daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Cleansing tools (neti pot and sutra neti) for kriya practice
  • Herbal tea twice at day
  • Internationally recognized certificate
  • Manual of Kashmir Shaivism School of Yoga Teachers Training
  • Tuition fee
  • Any other personal or miscellaneous expenses
  • Food
  • Flight to India and transportation to the venue

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Gaggal (15 kilometers) away. Airlines like air India and spice jet offers daily flights from Delhi to Dharamsala arriving at Gaggal Airport, well known as Kangra Airport. From the airport you may hire a cab to get to the main town.

Arrival by bus

Dharamshala is well-connected to all the cities of New Delhi though the Inter State Bus Services. From Dharamshala and McLeodganj, there are regular bus services to Dalhousie, Chamba, Manali, Shimla, and further down to Delhi. You could drive in by rented car from any of these towns.

Arrival by train

The nearest rail station for Dharamshala is at Pathankot, 150 kilometers down in the plains. There is a narrow guage train from Pathankot to Kangra (18 kilometers). After getting off at the railway station, you can avail the bus service or hire private or shared taxis to get to Dharamshala.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Kashmir Shaivism School of Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Gunda, Austria

    " I have learned to see live from a different perspective and that is so important to have positivity for yourself and for others, I have learn a way of life , a way of leading, I learned proper alignment in the postures, I learned how to use tools in yogasanas, I learned that I'm able to sing the mantras on my own and that is very powerful , I got into philosophy and in the Sanskrit language, I like the way how you corrected our asanas, I experienced all the positive effects of pranayama; I really like that part it was very interesting.After the training I feel so aligned / straight all the time. I realized that since the last week it is possible for me to sit in cross leg position without moving over more than 30 minutes, it feels so good, I'm walking slower, a lot of emotions got released especially during meditation practice - I'm thinking much less, my mind really got calmed down by all this practice, and I feel so peaceful all the time. I never had such great feelings over a long period of time as I could experience here with you."

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  • Review by Shima, Canada

    " Thanks for everything, my self-confidence really changed. Im happy about that. I had the experience to see goodness in different people and be together in this journey. My idea about life and how I can be happier is getting clearer. "

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  • Review by Christina, USA

    " In the physical level, I feel strong, healthy, light, flexible (extremely more flexible than prior to the course). On a mental level, I feel more stillness in the mind, more easily focus, less scattered thoughts, definitely more capable of meditating from an observer perspective easily. Spiritually, I have felt the most growth in this aspec.Learning about Shaivism has enhanced my views on everything and every experience. I feel more joy, less suppression, more expression in life overall, seeing the beauty inside out. I learn so many things from this course. Being discipline, devoted to waking up early! It feels amazing to rise with the sun and start the day with the kind of positivity you have shown us.Words cannot describe the truly inspiring soulful lessons I have learned here. You have taught not only lessons on alignment and postures, but most importantly how to truly love the life we live. This is a quality that not every yoga teacher training program provides. Thank you for this Incredible experience ."

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Jammu and Kashmir, India

Kashmir Shaivism School of Yoga offers different styles of yogasana practice and organizes a variety of yoga programs.

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from US$1,500

28 days / 27 nights


Arrival: Wednesday April 5, 2017
Departure: Tuesday May 2, 2017

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The prices below include an early bird discount of 200 USD per person. To benefit, book or reserve 1 month before the course start date.

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