28 Days Himalayan 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Bhaktapur, Nepal

  • Nepal Yoga Retreat, GPO Box 5801, Panchamahalaxmi Temple, Chhaling, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Nepal Yoga Teacher Training

Are you looking for yoga teachers training course in Nepal where legends hold the truth and heaven meets the earth? Dr. Chintamani Gautam and his team offer yoga teacher training and many other yoga related courses. In a Himalayan setting, with an emphasis on Sanatan traditional yoga as the basis for learning how to teach many different types of yoga, Dr. Chintamani offers some of the most knowledgeable and experienced teaching in the world today.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily asana and meditation practices
  • Daily mantra chanting and pranayama sessions
  • 1 Ayurvedic massage and Satkarma kit
  • 3 vegetarian or vegan meals a day
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Yoga Alliance certificate
  • 24 days with instruction
  • English
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Nepal Yoga Retreat is a is a sanctuary tucked in the hills of the Kathmandu valley, surrounded by temples. A center where you will find simple and wholesome organic food, Sanatam yoga, mantra singing, yoga philosophy explained, and guided meditation. It is a place that welcomes anyone seeking peace, quiet, solitude, healthy food, yoga training and instruction, piece of mind, and inward perspective. It is not a social vacation hot spot or an entertainment center; rather a place to calm the senses and to find ones own center.

The spacious deluxe twin bamboo cottages are available for guests. Rooms include two large single beds, fully equipped western style bathrooms including shower and toilet, warm bedding, fresh bed-sheets, wash towel, hand towel, toilet paper, hot water, shelving units, and power outlet. All cottages have a beautiful view overlooking the Sanku valley.

The 200-hour teacher training course delivers a intimate comprehensive, theoretical, and practical hands-on training program. Trainees emerge from the teacher training course as confident teachers with a strong and solid teaching skill set ready to begin their career. Alongside developing and perfecting the art of teaching, trainees also gain understanding of the practice of yoga asanas, philosophy, physiology, adjusting, mantra chanting, chakras, anatomy, ayurveda, mudras, pranayama and meditation, and other traditional and contemporary yoga techniques.

The curriculum takes you through the essential elements required to deepen and enrich your own yoga practice and to teach students with confidence. Nepal Yoga Academy's expert team of teachers will guide you from the fundamental stages to teaching with ease.

Topics covered

Practice

  • Prayer and mantra singing
  • Satkarma (cleansing techniques)
  • Asana (postures)
  • Body alignment and its importance in yoga
  • Yoga safety guidelines
  • Mudra and bandha
  • Pranayama (breathing)
  • Dhyan (meditation)
  • Guided teaching practice

Teaching methodology

  • Principles of demonstration
  • Instruction-cueing
  • Teaching styles
  • The student’s process of learning
  • Business skills
  • Setting up classes
  • Communication skills
  • Observation, assisting, and correcting

Anatomy and physiology

  • Physical anatomy and physiology
  • Spiritual anatomy and physiology

Yoga philosophy

  • Studying of yoga philosophies and traditional texts
  • Yogic diet, lifestyle, and ethics

Assessment

The trainee will be assessed on class participation, lesson planning, practicum, chanting, leading a workshop, will have to teach a philosophy lesson and on-going observations during classes by the teacher. Trainees will receive valuable feedback on their teaching practicums from both the teacher and students, and will be required to meet certain teaching standards regarding knowledge of anatomy, asana alignment, adjustments, and communication.

Course requirements

Requirements to apply for the 200-hour teacher training course are an existing yoga practice, an open mind, commitment to learning, and motivation to become a worthy yoga teacher. Applicants with a beginner practice are welcome to apply for the training provided as they can display a high level of self-discipline during the course as it is physically, mentally, and spiritually demanding and also highly rewarding.

Course curriculum

  • Practice: 100 hours
  • Teaching methodology: 25 hours
  • Anatomy and physiology: 25 hours
  • Yoga philosophy: 25 hours
  • Yogic diet, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers: 15 hours
  • Practicum: 10 hours
  • Total: 200 hours

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 06:30 Wake up / freshen up
  • 06:30 - 07:00 Herbal tea
  • 07:00 - 08:00 Morning prey (mantra chant), dynamic exercise, surya namaskar, pranayama, asana, and meditation
  • 08:00 - 08:15 Refreshing break
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Asana Sadhana
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 13:00 Lecture (yoga principles / philosophy / yoga sutra / Sanskrit / mantras)
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Lunch / rest time
  • 15:00 - 16:45 Lecture (human biology and applications / Ayurveda / traditional yoga texts) / Karma yoga
  • 16:45 - 17:00 Refreshing time
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Yoga asana practice including teaching practicum
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Rest time / free time
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 22:00 Self-study
  • 22:00 Lights off

Pre-course knowledge

  • Light on Yoga, by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Postural Practice, by Mark Singleton
  • Yogini, by Janice Gates
  • Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, by Stephen Cope
  • Awakening Shakti, by Sally Kempton
  • The Guru Papers, by Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad
  • Original Yoga, by Richard Rosen
  • Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual, by David Swenson
  • Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness, by Erich Schiffmann
  • Yoga Anatomy, by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews
  • The Yoga Stura of Patanjali: A Biography, by David Gordon White
  • Dr. Chintamani Gautam

    Dr. Chintamani, has been involved with yoga and it’s teachings for over 18 years in Nepal and India. With this wealth of knowledge and experience, Dr. Chintamni wants to extend yoga from the long Himalaya range (the origin of yoga) worldwide, teaching yoga in its proper form. His yoga classes are full of uplifting energy, fusing yogic, and modern science knowledge with his genuine loving nature and sense of humor. His excellent communication skills and enthusiasm will connect you to the spirit of classical yoga in the Himalayas.

  • Krishna Dakal

    Krishna is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher and is dedicated on sharing his insight into the authentic practice of yoga and empowering the students along the way. He has been teaching at the retreat for one year and takes great care in making the guests feel at home.

  • Dr. Subodh

    Dr subodh is a dynamic individual with over 18 years of experience in teaching nature cure, yoga, and other spiritual healing with different techniques. He will be teaching the anatomy of yoga and elements of the yoga philosophy during the course.

This teacher training is happening in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Situated within the extensive grounds of Panchamahalaxmi Dham temple at Sankhu valley, just below Nagarkot, you will find spiritual influence that will lead you towards self-realization.

Nearby places

  • Telkot - 2 kilometer
  • Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), 15 kilometers - 30 minutes
  • UNESCO World Heritage site temple of Changu Narayan - 45 minutes' walk

The meals are vegetarian and a variety of grains and vegetables here. You can even get organic products from the village and farm. Breakfasts may include fruit, bread, porridge, vegetables, and other seasonal foods. For lunch and dinner, you will have a choice of Nepali, Indian, or Chinese cuisine. Nepal Yoga Academy has a team of chefs who will make organic vegetarian meals according to your specifications that are included in the cost of the course. They can make vegan, high raw, gluten free, salt free, and many other meal combinations to suit you.

Nepal Yoga Retreat has a restaurant named Annapurna Restaurant. Named after the Goddess of abundant Grain, the dining facility serves 50 people with a la carte and buffet options based on Nepali and Asian cuisine. It follows organic, vegetarian, vegan, and raw food diets as much as possible using locally grown fresh produce.

  • Cycling
  • Enjoy deep relaxation, therapy, and treatment at Nepal Yoga Retreat's spa and Ayurveda cottage
  • Nepal home stay
  • Organic farm house stay and visit
  • Sunrise trip
  • 1 day sightseeing of UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 1 yoga book and notebook
  • 2 Ayurvedic massages
  • 3 vegetarian or vegan meals a day
  • 27 days accommodation
  • Satkarma kit (cleansing techniques)
  • Unlimited herbal teas
  • Yoga Alliance certificate upon completion
  • Airport transfer
  • International airfare, any other local travel or sightseeing
  • Extra meals (available for extra charge)
  • Laundry (available for extra charge)
  • Other items of personal interest

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).

For information about the booking conditions, please send Nepal Yoga Academy & Retreat an inquiry.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Reina Hoctin Boes from Melbourne
    9 out of 10

    "The yoga teacher training with Guru Jee at the Nepal Yoga Acadamy & Retreat has left me with a special memory. One of the girls as part of her graduation had to lead a guided meditation. She made us walk the paths we walked daily, enjoy the views, we admired daily, reflect upon our state of awareness we found ourselves in and she asked us, finishing her guided meditation: dear yogi's and yogini's, please guide yourself through this meditation when back at home, when you feel the need. The Nepal Yoga Academy & Retreat managed to make me think back at the experience and re-connect."

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  • Review by Foti Vazanellis from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Our retreat was an absolute mind blowing success. DR Chintamani is an expert in his field and we were welcomed, cared for and have come away with a wealth of knowledge that I was searching for but did not believe was possible!"

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  • Review by Randi Johnbeck from Perth, Australia
    8 out of 10

    "I was very happy with my stay at Nepal Yoga Academy. Very good teachers, good food and good vibes. The yoga training was very thorough but sometimes it felt a bit uncoordinated. Overall, I would definitely recommend people to go there for YTT. "

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  • Review by Francesca Belmonte
    10 out of 10

    "Set high up the mountain side with sun kissed views of the velvet green /golden valley in front, backed by the lush protective jungle you will find the Nepal Yoga Academy. I just finished my 200hrs teacher training with Dr Chintamani and Dr Soobot and I am so happy I chose Nepal. The staff are friendly polite beautiful people, the spirit of the place is rich with the authenticity and truth you would hope to find on a yoga course in the country it was founded. I can't recommend this place enough. It was challenging, rewarding and life changing. Dr Chintamani always has time for you and goes well out of his way to ensure your personal needs are met - just ask and you'll see. Go to Nepal they need you! Go to the Nepal Yoga Academy it'll feed you! Body mind and spirit! (Oh and the food is great as well! Did you know that pancakes without eggs made with special flour are yogic?!) "

    January 2016, BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

  • Review by Traeci Devereaux
    10 out of 10

    "I was very, very pleased with my entire experience at the Nepal Yoga Academy! Dr. Chintamani is an excellent guru, and very patient and adaptive to each of us. I and another student were the first clients post earthquake. The view from the facility is outstanding! The accommodations comfortable. For a non-vegetarian such as myself, I was fearful of the vegetarian menu, but found myself enjoying the meals very much, and I was NEVER hungry, though I did bring along a jar of peanut butter that I finished during the month I was there.The support staff are very accommodating and well trained. If youre wondering if its suitable to go to Nepal now, do not hesitate! You will be greeted warmly and sincerely welcomed, and every effort will be exhausted to make your visit fulfilling. Even though Nepal is still recovering from a devastating earthquake that has ravaged the nearby villages of Sankhu, Nagacort, and Bhoktapour, the people throughout the areas of Nepal that I was fortunate enough to visit were amazingly happy, pleasant, delighted to meet me and ask where I was from; many of them while they were working on digging through their cracked houses to recover any of their remaining possessions and remove the accumulated debris.Comparing the Nepalis to western people is nearly impossible. I observed countless people who had lost everything with little to no hope of ever rebuilding who greeted me with kindness, warmth, and true welcoming. In the USA, post disaster, my experience is that the victims become self absorbed with their losses, whereas we have individual and government insurance and recovery assistance.In Nepal, where they may never financially recover, the Nepalis are anxious to welcome you into their tent or tin house to have a cup of tea or dinner. I was greeted on the street during an afternoon walk by a family who invited me into their living area just outside their decimated house, adjacent to their tin house, where I was given their only plastic chair and invited to have tea. The children showed me their homework, and practiced their English. Grandma invited me to spend the night in their modest accommodations. Another family had me to dinner twice, and shared their best foods during the rice planting festival, and on my second visit remembered each thing I had enjoyed before and made certain to double my portion. I am so awestruck and inspired by the resilience and caring of this nation of people, I cannot stress enough that when choosing what country to take your YTT training from, Nepal should be at the top of the list for beauty, overall experience, and welcoming and sincere appreciation of the people.I feel blessed that God led me to this place, at this specific time, and pray that Nepal recovers sooner rather than later. Namaste"

    July 2015. BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

Testimonials

  • Review by Warren Anywhere Buttery from Kathmandu, Nepal
    10 out of 10

    "Unique experience in a beautiful location, which has deepened my practice and given me the skills and confidence to teach. Our gurus are very experienced, highly motivated & nurturing in their support for our transformation."

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  • Review by Kristen Keilty from Providence, Rhode Island
    10 out of 10

    "Such an incredible experience! The retreat is in a beautiful and peaceful location, allowing you to focus on your practice and on what's important. The teachers are nice, knowledgeable and great to be around! This entire experience has been way more than anything I could have dreamed of and I would recommend Nepal Yoga Retreat to anyone!"

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  • Review by Fabienne Brigger from Zurich, Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "Dr. Chintamani is a compassionate teacher whose knowledge, sensitivity, and energetic teaching style got me a powerful glimpse into the vast field of yoga science. My deep passion for my yoga practice and my karma yoga teaching got inflamed by Dr.Chintamani. I hope to be able to return to his classes soon! "

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  • Review by Rachel from Dubai, UAE
    10 out of 10

    "I have arrived to amazing retreat feeling burned out, tired and stressed. After one week of yoga, detox, organic tasty food, hiking, and meditation, I feel refreshed and new. The accommodation is clean and comfortable and all the staff takes very good care of you. Dr. Chintamani looks after each person individually, pushes you to your limits and teaches you to reach your full potential and how to achieve perfect asanas. The guided meditation daily lets you completely disconnect from the world. If you are looking for complete relaxation and tranquility with beautiful surroundings I will highly recommend it."

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Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal Yoga Academy & Retreat is a superb, purpose built academy and yoga retreat founded by Dr. Chintamani PhD, focusing on teaching the classical Sanatan yoga.

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Friday August 11, 2017
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