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Namah Shivaya invites you to the majestic Himalayas on an inner journey of self-transformation and providing the skills to become a successful yoga teaching professional. The school has its foundation in classical Hatha yoga practices. You will gain a deep understanding of how to teach an asana, pranayama, and meditation class to all levels of students. This teacher training explores the connection between asana practice and the subtle energies of the body and the healing practices of opening and balancing the chakras, Ayurveda, yoga therapy, mantra, and purification practices.
Your accommodation is well-ventilated and very spacious with a gorgeous view of the Himalayas to integrate the union of body, mind, and soul. The environment is kept sattvic for the practitioner to advance further in their respective sadhana. Adherence to cleanliness and discipline is most important in the place of spiritual practice.
You can choose which room you will stay in. There are 2 furnished dormitory style rooms suitable for 4 students with private bathrooms. There are also 2 double rooms suitable for 2 students. Each room has a private bathroom. Solar water heater provides hot water throughout the day.
The 230-hour program trains the student in the essence of classical Hatha yoga practices: sun salutations, asana, pranayama, meditation, and yoga philosophy. The program is structured in accordance to Yoga Alliance standards of training.
On this teacher training course, you will practice techniques training which includes asana, pranayama, kriya, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques. The training also includes analytical training in the techniques and guided practice of the techniques themselves. You will also learn the teaching methodology of yoga which includes sequencing a class, developing a teaching voice, analytical training in teaching techniques, guided practice of the techniques, principles of demonstration, observation, assisting, and correcting a student.
Anatomy and physiology training includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.).
The training also includes both of the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc).
You will get the chance to learn yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teacher.
Practicum will be, as well, a part of this yoga teacher training course. The practicum includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, as well as observing and giving feedback.
Note: Daily schedule is applicable Monday through Friday. On Saturdays, there will be classes till lunch time and afternoon will be free for self-study. Sundays will be free for self-study and excursions are optional.
Acharya Tej has compiled the authentic teachings of yoga as practiced in India. Acharya Tej has been studying and practicing yoga for more than 25 years and received his training with the Sivananda yoga tradition in Rishikesh and Uttarkashi, India. He has served on the Yoga Alliance Advisory Committee for Best Practices of Yoga Schools. Acharya Tej formed the Namah Shivaya yoga teacher training in 2008, combining the authentic practices of Hatha yoga and the school has graduated more than 700 students in the US, India, and Mexico.
Acharya Aya Manabe
Acharya Aya Manabe is the lead trainer and director of Namah Shivaya teacher training in India and Japan. She was initiated to yogic path through Sivananda yoga tradition in California and completed her 200 and 500-hour teacher training certification in 2012. She is a Yoga Alliance registered teacher (E-RYT 200 and RYT 500) and also certified Prenatal yoga teacher. Aya has a lot of international teaching experience in different countries including US, Vietnam, India, and Japan.
Melissa Satya Saraswati
Melissa is the lead trainer for the Namah Shivaya's 200-hour yoga teacher training. Melissa has been a long-time student of master Ashtanga instructor, Andrew Eppler. Melissa balances her practice between the disciplined tradition of Sri K. Pattabi Jois and mindful ahimsa. After graduating from high school at the American School of Paris, she attended University of North Texas and got her bachelor degree in French, minoring in English. In addition to yoga, she is drawn to other natural healing techniques, gardening, and playing the flute.
Uttarkashi is a sacred town in the state of Uttarakhand in the Himalayas in India, 110 miles (179 kilometers) north of the city of Rishikesh. Himachal Pradesh is located on the north and it is the district of Chamoli along with the territory of Tibet lied to the east of Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi district offers a Himalayan panorama of natural delights, perhaps unmatched elsewhere.
Uttarkashi is a treasure trove of lush valleys, soaring peaks, crashing waterfalls, hot water springs, and other bounties of Mother Nature. Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of river Ganga (Bhagirathi) at an altitude of 1158 meters above sea level. The beauty and tranquility of the Himalayas makes Uttarkashi a very sacred and popular destination for the yoga practitioner.
In Uttarkashi, you can feel the fresh mountain air, majestic, and scenic landscape. The confluence of rivers makes a practice of yoga joyful and memorable. It is a blessing to be able to practice yoga in Himalayas, where the ancient sages and yogis have been practicing for centuries.
Uttarkashi has about 32 temples which attract a large number of devotees every year. It is also home to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering founded in 1965. It is located at a spur at Ladari overlooking the entire valley. The institute imparts mountaineering training to inculcate the spirit of mountaineering.
There are some popular treks which are Nachiketa Tal, Dodi Tal, Sat Tal, Gangotri-Gaumukh which is the source of the river Ganges, and Yumonotri which is the source of the river Yamuna. The Gangotri shrine is a featured destination for trekkers from all over the world and a trek to Gaumukh offers panoramic views of Mount Shivling peak and Kedardome peak.
You will be offered three meals a day in accordance with the vegetarian yogic diet. Based on the ancient science of Ayurveda and yogic culture, this diet is inclusive of fresh fruits, vegetables, milk products, whole grains, legumes with nuts, and seeds in raw and cooked form.
The yogic diet is non spicy consisting of fresh, wholesome, and nourishing diet prepared by yoga shala cooks with spices and herbs for enhancing the health of the students. Each dish is prepared with an intention to support the high demands of the extensive program.
Indian spices also play an important role in the preparation of your food as their use are both medicinal and for taste purpose. Used in the form of seasoning, the spices add flavor to the cooked food and they are healthy.
Such a diet is wholly conducive to the practice of yoga, spiritual progress, and psychic advancement. At the shala, the staffs also grow few basic spices according to the climate, seasonal vegetables and green leafs to incorporate an organic and healthy lifestyle.
The holy Ganges River begins its journey from its source in Gomukh - Gangotri and flows through the city of Uttarkashi. Namah Shivaya organizes an excursion to the river where students can sit and meditate along the banks or just enjoy the pure gushing waters and the fresh mountain air.
Namah Shivaya has some excursions planned to the sacred temples in Uttarkashi where visitors are greeted by the ringing of bells and chanting of the prayers inside the temples set amidst the tranquil backdrop of the Himalayas.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the oldest and most sacred temples in Uttarkashi. The temple offers a spectacular view of the Bhagirathi River and the surrounding mountains. A legend says that Lord Shiva protected Sage Markandeya when Yama came to take him at the time of death. The temple was erected by Sage Parshuram at the spot where the incident took place in ancient times.
Lord Shiva is manifest inside the temple, immersed in deep meditation showering his blessings to all devotees. Inside the sanctum sanctorum, Parvati and Lord Ganesha are also present. The image of Sakshi Gopal and Markandeya are shown in a state of meditation and Nandi is present in the outer chamber of the temple.
Shakti Temple is located just opposite of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Mother Shakti is represented by a giant Trident or Trishul which is estimated to be over 1500 years old and she is one of the oldest relics in the state of Uttarakhand. The details of the Naga dynasty are found inscribed on the trident, which is over 26-feet high.
Please book your flight and arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi on April 29, 2017. Namah Shivaya can arrange for accommodation for overnight stay in New Delhi based on individual requirements. In the following day, you will depart to Dehradun by train and to Uttarkashi by shared taxi. Cost of train tickets and shared taxi will be a total of 70 USD.