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26 Days 200hr YTT Level 1 in Dharamsala

  • Dharamsala, India


Yoga Teacher Training in Dharamsala

For anyone that feels a strong pull towards sharing yoga and meditation, our Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training is the perfect stepping stone to becoming a certified yoga and meditation teacher. The training will help you strengthen your own self practice and will give you a strong foundation for deeply understanding yogic practices and yoga philosophy.


  • Philosophic and physical classes
  • In-depth study of the asanas and Ayurveda
  • Daily meditation, pranayama and asana practice
  • Delicious vegetarian breakfast on training days
  • In-depth study of the asanas and Ayurveda
  • 25 nights cozy accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 24 days with instruction
  • English
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Clean, cozy, comfortable and secure shared accommodations on a twin sharing basis. Single rooms with attached bathroom and individual showers available for an additional 100 EUR

The program starts off with a strong focus on your own practice of pranayama, meditation, asana and chanting. The physical classes are alternated with philosophical approaches that will open our understanding of the nature of our minds, and how we can make our lives more purposeful. In order to better understand the profound meaning of these practices we will also learn about the effects of silence immersion throughout the day. Only in silence can we go deep within and start to listen, and observe, our body, mind and actions. This period is devoted to purifying our physical and mental bodies.

Depth and understanding

The focus of the second half of the training consists in a deep studying and understanding of the Yoga practice which we ultimately want to share. Deep understanding and awareness both enriches your own daily practice and will create a fertile soil for your own unique teaching foundations and ensure a successful and enriching process.

Practice your way to perfection

Every morning will be dedicated to mediation, pranayama and asana. The rest of the day we will study the asanas, pranayama, meditation and chanting. We will also learn mantras from the Vedas, with a focus in their meaning, application and proper pronunciation. During this training the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali will also be introduced as one of the pillars of Hatha yoga, and we will introduce the science of Ayurveda to understand more deeply how to lead a healthy life according to ones dosha (bodily constitution)

Program highlights

With a meaningful theoretical and practical approach, the training features:

Daily practice of meditation, pranayama and asana

Study of the asanas and their musculoskeletal alignment

Verbal and hands-on adjustments and their benefits and contra-indications

Scientific background of the hands-on adjustments

Study of the Vedic and Upanishadic mantras

Chanting and meditation studies

Anatomy classes

You will study with highly qualified and experienced teachers coming from different schools and backgrounds, providing students a unique learning ground. Qualification is provided after successfully completion of a written test and one practical exam (teaching one full class). We offer a multi-style program including and you will be qualified to teach traditional Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa, and Vinyasa Flow classes.

During the training, you will be encouraged to find that style which fits with you as a person and teacher best. Your practical exam will comprise of you teaching one full class and this asana class will be in your chosen style.

Daily schedule

  • A typical training day includes:
  • 07:00- 09:00: Asana, pranayama & meditation
  • 09:00-10:00: Breakfast
  • 10:00-11:00: Philosophy
  • 11:15- 12:15: Art of teaching
  • 12:15-14:30: Lunch & rest
  • 14:45-15:45: Anatomy
  • 16:00-18:00: Asana & meditation
  • Minor changes may be introduced depending on the teachers and participants

Alisia Jagruti

Her unconditional love and connection to others is what characterizes Alisia. She was born in Russia and has been exploring awareness through movement. With a vast experience in countries such as China and Turkey, along with other places in Europe, started teaching since the age of 15. Coming across yoga and meditation she committed herself to integrating this into her life. During the training, Alisia will give every student a Thai yoga massage.

Amrit Pal Singh (Gurumukh)

Gurumukh is one of our beloved guest teachers. His personality and deep personal experience make his philosophy classes deeply inspiring and enlightening. Having spent his life studying and practicing yoga enables him to understand how to convey the vast philosophies in such way that they are helpful for any serious student. Above all he is an inspiring personality, spreading positivity with his infectious smile and laughter.

Gurumukh has been studying and practicing yoga from childhood; he stayed in a monastery for twelve years from the age of seven. He has gained profound wisdom and experience ever since, and believes he must share his knowledge with others.

Manfred Suppan (Mandi)

Manfred Suppan Mandi believes in yoga and meditation as an instrument of a healthy life-style and an art to balance the body and the mind. As one of our main teachers, during the training he teaches asana (Ashtanga Vinyasa and Hatha), meditation and alignment classes.

Born in Austria, he always had a deep interest in how to attain a very healthy lifestyle and train his body and mind in the most beneficial way. He found yoga is the best way to achieve this and now helps people applying yoga and meditation in their daily lives so that they can attain a happy and healthy lifestyle. Since his early twenties he has been travelling throughout India to study with different schools and teachers to learn and develop further.

Shekhar Raturi

Shekhar Raturi truly integrates all aspects of yoga in his life. Humbly, honestly and authentically is how he approaches the practice and study of yoga. Not rushing and pushing into any belief, asana or pranayama practice; but step by step to get a good and firm foundation so that our physical, emotional and mental bodies are properly prepared.

During the trainings Shekhar teaches kriyas, asanas and pranayama. His challenging asana classes are in the traditional Hatha yoga style and smartly sequenced to help you slowly and safely opening and strengthening your body. In this way we can practice advanced postures safely.

Shekhar has been practicing Traditional Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga since many years now, studying with several teachers and at different ashrams around India. He finds joy in travelling and sharing his knowledge and experience with honest practitioners, which has so far brought him to China, Thailand and various places in India.

Mushky Nagel

Growing up in New York, and completing her studies of Psychology in Israel, Mushky began her travels through India, where she discovered the practice of yoga. She was immediately hooked, and immersed herself in the practice and lifestyle, studying different styles of yoga under many international teachers. Mushky sees in yoga a path to an honest and meaningful way of living and is passionate about sharing this with others.

After teaching private classes in New York, Mushky now combines her love for yoga teaching with her love for travel. She is enthusiastic to join with Parimukti, where she teaches meditation, asana, and teaching methodology.

Merel Martens

Merel is the founder of Parimukti Yoga & Meditation Center aiming to spread the beauty and benefits of yoga with whomever is open and motivated to learn, and not afraid to honestly reflect at oneself. Merel believes that yoga is awareness, both on the mat and in everyday life. Classes and teachings serve as an inspiration when stepping into daily life. Merel has personally experienced that integration of different practices such as pranayama, asana, and meditation can deeply heal the physical and mental body, which will ultimately make daily life more simple and beautiful.

Merel is known for her open mind and perceptiveness to the varying needs of different students. Always being aware of where any individual student is, she adjusts the teachings smartly; turning the teaching into an art. The foundation of anything she does is trust, reliability and authenticity. Her teachings are inspired by different schools and teachers but always blend with her own authentic personality and her own experience, understanding and wisdom. According to Merel this is what makes a true teacher: authenticity. Being authentic is the key to inspire others.

In the teacher trainings Merel will guide you in the process of finding your authentic teaching style to being able to beautifully inspire others. Besides yoga, Merel also studies Buddhism and uses the teaching and practices of both philosophies throughout her own life. Merel has a degree in Medicine and International Public Health, and after an international career in the health care sector she has given herself the freedom to dedicate her life to the philosophy and practice of yoga and meditation. After some years of teaching in her hometown Amsterdam, she now resides in India.

Located in the northern Indian state of Himichal Pradesh, Dharamsala received little attention from the outside world for most of its history. Things changed when in 1959, the Dalai Lama of Tibet accepted Indian Prime Minister Nehru's offer to use this area as a base of operations for the Tibetan Government in Exile. Since that time, a steady flow of Tibetans have crossed the Himalayas and made their way here in search of freedom and being close to their much revered leader. His presence, and the appeal of Tibetans and their colorful culture have drawn tourists to this town from all over the world.

Theres something different about this community. Perhaps, it is the extent to which travelers can become part of the community. Whether it is teaching English to newly arrived monks or nuns from Tibet, studying Buddhism or yoga at one of the retreat centers, or volunteering at one of the Tibetan organizations here, there is an abundance of ways to feel connected to this place and its people.

Delicious vegetarian breakfast

Clear mineral water station

  • Specially prepared vegetarian breakfast on training days
  • A relaxing hot oil or Thai yoga massage by professional hands
  • A complete printed manual of the course with all lessons, diagrams and useful reminders
  • Airport pick-up from the airport in Dharamsala
  • Locker to keep your valuables
  • Wireless internet access
  • Airfare costs
  • Visa & travel document fees
  • Lunch / dinner. Healthy vegetarian lunch or dinner can be included for an additional 75 EUR each
For information about the booking conditions, please send Parimukti an inquiry.
  • Review by Azuka Muse
    9 out of 10

    "Professional inspiring and open heart ... Merel and her team are so dedicated authentic knowledgeable teachers guiding you on your path to grow. Namaste!"

    Parimukti website, edited