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Om Shanti Om has designed this course to involve students deeply in the spiritual teaching and practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa. This course will get a yoga teacher's qualification by Yoga Alliance USA-RYS 200. You will learn proper adjustment of each posture and how to practice and teach Ashtanga yoga for beginner levels to advance levels.
The accommodation options are on private and double room basis. The rooms are ashram based with a comfortable bed, study table, hot water bathroom, views close to nature, and just a walking distance away to any shopping center, grocery, or restaurants. The ashram is kept in a silent place close to nature at the foot of the hills. All rooms are fully ventilated to the open air and atmosphere.
The course is inclusive of relevant subjects to the yogic path of life such as yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, yoga therapy, teaching methodology, Ayurveda with nutrition and yogic diet classes, meditation, pranayama, satsang class, and mantra chanting. Classes start at 06:00 and finish at 18:00. There will be three breaks for food, refreshment, and self-study.
Each day you should attend all six classes, which comprises of eight hours per day without fail. Attendance is taken seriously in this course. Classes will be from Monday to Saturday and Sunday is the rest day. You will have a retreat on Sundays on your own. You will be given one assignment test, one theory test, and finally one practical test in order to prepare you to be qualified as a yoga teacher in all areas. At the end of the course, you will be awarded with a 200-hour Yoga Alliance US certificate.
Asanas are yoga postures and physical movements of yoga practice, which, in combination with pranayama or breathing techniques, constitute the style of yoga referred to as Ashtanga yoga. The teaching of Ashtanga yoga will follow the series from beginner to advance level.
Traditionally asanas are positions, which make you fit and healthy in all ways. In the yoga sutra, Patanjali describes asana as a firm, comfortable posture, referring specifically to the seated posture, most basic of all the asanas. Normally, asanas will be held for an average of two or three minutes. Besides being held steadily, they should also be held comfortably.
No pain should be experienced while holding the posture or in the hours or days that follow. Hindu shastras tell of 84 lakhs asanas. A lakh being equal to 100,000, brings the number of yoga postures to 8,400,000. There are three types of asanas, namely meditative, relaxing, and cultural posture.
Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional Hindu medicines native to the Indian subcontinent. Contemporary practices derived from Ayurvedic traditions are a type of alternative medicine. Ayurveda is a discipline of the upaveda or auxiliary knowledge in Vedic tradition.
The origins of Ayurveda are also found in the Atharvaveda, which contains 114 hymns and incantations described as magical cures for diseases. Since then, Ayurveda has stood for the wholesome physical, mental, and spiritual growth of humanity around the world.
Today, it is a unique, indispensable branch of medicine, a complete naturalistic system that depends on the diagnosis of your body's humors: vata, pitta, and kapha, to achieve the right balance.
Kriya most commonly refers to a completed action technique or practice within a yoga discipline, meant to achieve a specific result. Another meaning of kriya is an outward physical manifestation of awakened Kundalini such as a spontaneous body movement related to Kundalini energy flow. Kriya shakti is a power of thought said to be greatly studied by yogis.
Purity of the body encourages purity of the mind. Yoga has developed six cleansing techniques or shat kriyas for purification of the physical body. Through these simple exercises, nature is assisted in the elimination of waste products and mucus. Many mental and physical ailments may be alleviated through the practice of kriyas.
The word mantra has two parts, man, which is the root of the Sanskrit word for mind and tra, which is the root of the word instrument. A mantra is therefore an instrument of the mind, a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation. A combination of certain codified sounds is a mantra.
The correct chanting of mantras under the guidance of the siddha or guru brings about manifestation of thoughts and desires, and even of devs and devis. It originated from Ved, which was written by Lord Brahma. The teachings of the Vedas consist of various mantric chants or hymns recognized by different seers or rishis from the cosmic mind.
The body gets effects from mantra chanting in a good way. It removes all the diseases from your body and keeps away your body from other negative energy.
Despite of its popularity, very few people truly know what meditation is. Some regard meditation as the mental concentration on something, others consider that people meditate when they imagine something that gives them peace or satisfaction. All these methods are being with one goal, to slow down and eventually, completely stop the incessant activity of minds.
These exercises are not really meditation, they are substitutes for meditation, because it is normally very difficult to stop your mind all together. In reality, meditation is a state of thoughtless awareness. The real meaning of meditation is transforming your mind.
By engaging with a particular meditation practice, you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new and more positive ways of being. With regular work and patience, these nourishing, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energized states of mind.
Bandha is a term for the body locks in Hatha yoga, treated under the heading of mudra. Specific bandhas are mula bandha, contraction of the perineum, uddiyana bandha, contraction of the abdomen into the rib cage, jalandhara bandha, tucking the chin close to the chest, maha bandha, and combining all three of the above bandhas.
Among these, there will be a short description of the few important ones. You can select which one suits you well and practice regularly. Cough, asthma, enlargement of the spleen and liver, sex-sublimation, venereal diseases, consumption, chronic constipation, leprosy, and all sorts of incurable diseases are also cured.
Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning extension of the praṇa or breath or extension of the life force. The word is composed of two Sanskrit words: prana, life force, or oted particularly as the breath, and ayāma, to extend or draw out, not restrain or control, as is often translated from yam instead of ayama.
It is a yogic discipline with origins in ancient India. Pranayama is traditionally viewed as a practice involving a lot more than just breathing for relaxation. It is a term having a broad range of meanings and connotations. Pranayama is the foundation for your body because it refreshes your breathing system and makes your respiratory system fit.
It is a term having a broad range of meanings and connotations. The sage Patanjali, in yoga sutras, defines pranayama as a regulation of incoming and outgoing breath coupled with retention.
The main philosophy of yoga is simple: mind, body, and spirit are all one and cannot be clearly separated. Yet there is a multitude of philosophical ideas developed by looking into the deeper dimensions of the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is a set of spiritual practices but in itself is not an institutionalized religion, per se.
Hinduism is related to yoga through a common recognition of the Vedas as an authoritative source and both Buddhism and Jainism share many of the core values of the yoga tradition, but classical yoga is best understood as a system of spiritual practice rather than a particular religion.
During two different Sundays, students will be taken to trips to specific places in Rishikesh and to historical, spiritual, and knowledgeable locations.
Dinesh Chandra Shastri
Dinesh began yoga at a very young age and has 15 years of learning and teaching yoga experience in India and other countries. He has studied all yoga practices, mantras, Vedas, Sanskrit, Bhagavath Gita in deep Hindu tradition, yogi life, and culture. He has a bachelor's degree in Sanskrit and obtained the title of Sashtri and a master's degree and successfully obtained the title of Ashariya. Dinesh is well versed in Hatha yoga, Astanga yoga, Sivananda yoga, Sukshambyayam yoga, and Laughter yoga.
Having spent his life in the field of yoga, Yogi Vivek is considered the best teacher of Hatha yoga, Raja yoga, Swara yoga, and human anatomy. He has done his masters in yoga and psychology and is currently pursuing a doctorate in yoga itself. Naturopathy, pranic healing methods, and acupressure are some of the other methods on which he has received his education. His thirst for wisdom has made him quite knowledgeable in the philosophies of many religions and beliefs. In 2002, he went to the Himalayas to find meaning in his practice.
Prakash is a master's degree holder in Hindi literature and yoga philosophy. He got the first experience of Samadhi at the age of seven, when he had a clear vision of his past life in the Himalayas. He completed his higher education in Agra and Haridwar Universities. He was initiated in Shansaracharya tradition through his master, Maharishi Mahesh, and spent many years with his guru, with whom he practiced the transcendental meditation. Yogi Budhi Prakash has 40 years of teaching experience of yoga all over the world and an extensive knowledge of Indian philosophy.
Mishra holds a master's degree in philosophy from Agra University, a diploma in yoga education, and a bachelor's degree in physical education from Amaravathi University. He is a yogi with more than 25 years of experience in yoga and meditation. He has taught yoga in many countries around the world and founded the International Yoga and Meditation Academy. He also acts as an adviser for many institutions around the world.
Dr. Usha Vaishnava, a guest Ayurveda doctor, has studied disciplines in Ayurveda and herbal medicine. She completed her five years and six months bachelor's degree in Ayurveda, medicine, and surgery, an internationally recognized degree in Ayurveda, from the famed 150-year old Ayurveda University in India. She then specialized in Panchakarma therapy at the world recognized Arya Vaidhya Sala, Kottakkal. For the last 14 years, she has been engaged in Ayurveda treatment, teaching, and training.
Amarna, a guest meditation teacher, has done Osho meditation training courses in Osho International Meditation Resort in Pune, Maharashtra, India. He has well versed experiences in different levels of Osho meditation and has been teaching for many years all over India. Amarna goes on facilitating and sharing Osho meditations and visions. Currently, he is residing in Rishikesh and continues serving and sharing his knowledge from his Guruji Osho or Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh to students from all over the world. Students really enjoy his class and his dynamic way of teaching and performing.
This yoga teacher training will take place in Om Shanti Om Yoga School in Rishikesh, India. The school is near the Holy Ganga River. Rishikesh is a well known city of yoga in the state of Uttrakhand.
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Three vegetarian meals daily will be served for every student. All the food is cooked and served in a Satvic way, as food is very essential for the body and mind for the practice of yoga and healthy way of life. The menu is always in variety so you will not have any problem with food. Aside from the three meals provided each day, there will be two tea breaks.
If students have any allergies for a specific kind of food, you may let the school know upon registration so that they can assist your diet accordingly.
In Rishikesh and the areas around the school, there are varieties of groceries, shops selling daily needs, imported foods, clothing shops, all kinds of delicacies from the nearby restaurants providing Western food, European food, Russian food, Israeli food, Chinese food, Mexican food, and pure Indian food.
If you are a food lover, this place is a food paradise. Apart from that, for the spirituality of the holy city of Rishikesh, it is the center of many temples, ashrams, religious schools and some welfare trusts. It was the city where former saints, sages, and yogis lived during the past and ancient time. There are still some historical and spiritual places remaining.
One of the ashrams is the Beatle Ashram which is more than 100 years old, it still remains attractive to tourists, and is overlapped by bushes and forest trees. There are more uncountable miracle places in Rishikesh, all where the great yogis in the past centuries have remained.
One Ayurvedic massage is included in the package.
Please arrange your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The price would approximately range from 3000 INR to 3500 INR for one way. The nearest domestic airport to the venue is Jolly Grant Airport (DED).
From Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), you can take a bus from the Kashmiri Gate bus station.
The railway station is a direct service from Delhi to the Rishikesh Railway Station.
From Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), you may take a taxi directly from the airport which is faster and safer.