In an ashram like ambiance Pushkar Mediation Temple, a Yoga Alliance (USA) registered school in holy Pushkar offers RYT200 Course and One Week Immersion!
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A living master of Raja Yoga Swamiji is in his mid-70s. He is a mystic, yogi, and an initiated monk with an impressive yoga lineage of Rev Swami Sivananda and Swami Satyanada. Swamiji is a passionate and compulsive teacher. He has long experience of teaching yoga in India and abroad. Swamiji's mission is to help people discover their true self through yoga. He lives by scriptures "It is more difficult to build enough affordable hospitals to take care of all the sick in the world than to help them remain healthy through regular practice of yoga.", believes Swamiji.
from Australia, March 2020
Pushkar is one of the holiest towns in India, it has an incredible energy. Swamiji is very advanced in his yoga skills and knowledge and his Aura is warm and caring. For this reason, I found participating in the RYT200 hrs Teacher training in Pushkar with Swamiji just the perfect combination!
The course is strongly grounded in yoga being a spiritual discipline and follows the sage Patanjali 8 limbs of Yoga (Ashtanga). It is a transformational course; you will not leave the same as you arrived. I experienced this in myself, and I saw the change in the others who attended – all for the better. We were lighter, brighter, more confident, more relaxed and ready for the next step in our Yogic teacher/sharing journey.
The way to transformation was through application, participation, sharing, chanting, mudras, asanas, meditation, walking, silence, learning, discovering, health assessment, a personal 'road map' and just simply being still. It was those still moments that revealed to me how truly cared for we were by Swamiji. He had a special way to ensure our wings were dusted so that we could fly free.
Thank you very much Swamiji.
from Australia, February 2020
"Spiritually and traditional oriented Raja YTT"
Pushkar Meditation Temple is a great place in Pushkar for yoga and meditation. I did a Yoga Teaching Training 200hrs and recommend it not only for those who really want to go deep into the real (Raja) yoga and do the same training, but also for those who have shorter time in Pushkar and can come for a Raja Yoga class in the mornings where Swamiji shares his wisdom, experience and good vibes.
Regarding the YTT200 course, I totally recommend it even for those who are highly experienced in yoga, as you can go deep in the original yoga by Patanjali and it can be quite revealing and life changing. Definitely breaks the common paradigms of yoga. Focused much more in the spiritual legacy of yoga, and comprising also of Kundalini, Japa, Hatha, Meditation walks, Mudras and Mantras, this course opened my mind and heart to something much deeper and valuable than just asanas, pranayamas and/or physical wellness. The schedule is well prepared and balanced to experience the 8 aspects of Raja/Ashtanga Yoga, and Swamiji helped me with his experience and vision.
from New Zealand, January 2020
As Swamiji says: “Walk in as a body, go out as a soul!” Yoga is for everyone, especially for those who ask themselves who they are and what is their purpose in this life. When I came here from Estonia, I was already on a spiritual path and I knew that I was finally on the right path, but still some old patterns were coming up and I started asking myself questions about certain topics and here I was assured that I was on the right track. Everything happens for a reason!
The Western world has given many people a false or misleading understanding of yoga. Raja Yoga also known as Ashtanga yoga, teaches us that yoga is a spiritual journey that accompanies you daily. Swamiji’s theory lessons and philosophy are very enlightening. For years, I have known that when I go to study yoga in depth, I want to choose a teacher who talks about where yoga started - its basics and purpose.
Yoga temple is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city and the food was wonderful, I will definitely miss these flavours. And during the winter at Pushkar I recommend that you pack warm clothes as it can get very cold here. And on wedding season it gets really noisy there so be ready to concentrate even more.
Finally, if you want to change your lifestyle a little and grow as a soul, come to the Swamiji. I am very grateful and I am certainly more courageous and I believe in myself more than before, everything is possible!
Thank you Swamiji for enlightening the path!
from Spain, November 2019
"Soul uplifting experience! Just go for it!"
‘So why this course?’ you are wondering while reading the reviews.
What makes this course so special is it’s authenticity that you can hardly find anywhere else. Nowadays you can learn yoga anywhere in the world, even the tiniest town would have at least a yoga studio. But are they really authentic? Yoga has become a fad which is great but unfortunately it is looked at mainly as a form of exercise. Real yoga is an inner journey, a lifestyle, where the postures are just a part of it! Here you learn the origins of yoga as per ancient scriptures, how it has been done for centuries and how it still has a place in today's society and why it’s even more important to do yoga now than ever before.
There is also the element of ‘how and why’ we are doing it, which I personally loved. Whether that was with the asanas (learning how to do them properly, the benefits of each and the awareness), mantras, namaste position etc. Such simple things that we incorporated in the Western World but don’t really know why we are doing it. In here you are encouraged to question everything and feel it for yourself rather than follow it blindly.
The care and attention that you get from Swamiji is invaluable. He always makes sure that everyone is comfortable and you get what you need. This is also possible because of the small bach number which gives you the opportunity for that ‘personal touch’. You get to ask unlimited questions and clear all your doubts.
from Netherlands, May 2019
"A wonderful spiritual training in the Himalayas!"
I loved the overall experience for the training that took place in the beautiful village of Srirar in the Himalayas. I came to learn about yoga in general and find my true purpose in life and definitely accomplished those goals.
The circumstances are very basic, but that made it refreshing and made me appreciate the things we take for granted in the Western world, like a washing machine, even more. The family we stayed with (the rooms are under their house on the ground floor, here we also had a simple bathroom with warm water and Indian toilet next to the rooms) were so nice which added to the already great experience! I loved to learn about all of the steps of the yoga path. Learned so much, not only about yoga, but also about life! Thank you Swamiji and also Santu and Vicky who made and served wonderful vegetarian Satvic food for us.
from Denmark, May 2019
I did the course in Himalayas, April 2019. It was a good experience and I did learn a lot of things that will be useful not only for the part I practice yoga but everyday. Thank you for that!
from New Zealand, January 2019
Holistic approach to yoga philosophy and Swamiji’s personal attitude, knowledge and experience makes the YTT course unique!
Morning meditation walk around the lake, integrated sessions, theory, evening mantra chanting and sharing are all put together in right ratio to help to find your true nature. Walk in as a body, leave as a Soul.
Ashram is very nice and clean, food is amazing. All in beautiful Pushkar...I had to stay one more month 🙏
from United States, October 2018
"My Experience at Pushkar Meditation Temple"
I cannot begin to express the warmth and gratitude that I feel for Swamiji and his teachings. Unknown to me, I arrived at Pushkar Meditation Temple a broken person and every sense of the word, and walked away a soul! I am now an amazingly transformed person with strength and confidence in myself.
First off, Swamiji is amazingly well versed in every aspect of Yogic lifestyle and spirituality that brings you above and beyond anything you could imagine in just 3 short weeks. The coursework is challenging, both theoretically and physically. I found myself struggling at times with the physical aspects, as I was not in the best physical shape when I arrived. I cannot say the same for the day that I left however. Thanks to Swamiji's patience and kindness, coupled with his extremely keen ability to read each individual, I walked out of there a changed person, mentally, physically, emotionally and intellectually.
Swamiji is warm and loving, but strict and particular. He has his beliefs and values that are well engrained in the Yogic lifestyle, and he does expect that his students respect these values, which adds to the overall takeaway from the course. I was so grateful with his structured teachings, as it strengthened my knowledge base and allowed me to come away with such a well rounded understanding of Yogic principles and applications.
I am so grateful that I found Swamiji here on this venue, and I hope that the future brings me to his teachings again someday. Namaste!
from Czechia, September 2018
The whole three week course was very well organised. Morning meditation walk around the lake was magical. Chanting in the evening became nice end of the day. In between theory and practice of Raja yoga. Swamiji is awesome teacher. He is patient and he put lot of effort to give as much knowledge as possible. The Indian food was delitious. Rooms were clean. Staff who helped around the house was very nice.
Now the most important. This course is not just for future teachers but for anyone who has similar questions as who I am, what do I want in my life, what is the purpose I am here. You will find here lot of answers on your questions and inner peace.
from Jamaica, May 2018
Through Swamiji's YTT 200 course I discovered everything I have been seeking my whole life. This course is not just about becoming a Yoga teacher. It is about finding the answers to every question you have ever asked yourself, connecting with your soul, realizing your True Self, where you come from, and how to stay on your own spiritual path and continue to grow for the rest of your life. From this growth comes the confidence and the knowledge to share Yoga in whatever way is best for you.
Before this course, I was so nervous to teach or share yoga, but now I feel authentic, sharing from my soul and not just memorizing poses and dialogue. This course is for anyone who is serious about Yoga and ready to change their lives for the better.
Swamiji is the real deal, and anyone who is able to spend time with him, whether as a student of YTT or in one of his classes/workshops, is so lucky that the universe brought them together for that experience. He has an insight into each person, as well as life in general, that can only come from someone who is truly enlightened/connected to source. Tara, Swamiji's assistant during our course in the Himalayas, was also incredible, embodying a true yogi and demonstrating grace and skill as a teacher that I can only hope to achieve in my own practice.
Initially I thought this would be my only trip to India, but after such a life-altering experience, I hope to return to India soon and visit Swamiji at Pushkar Meditation Temple.
from South Africa, May 2018
"Amazing experience with wonderful people"
The whole experience was amazing from start to finish. Doing Raja/Ashtanga yoga was an incredible and I am so glad that I got to learn it through Swamiji.
from Russia, April 2018
"Experience of your own soul. "
If you want deep and serious study Yoga as a spiritual discipline, then this place is definitely for you! Any practice must be built on a strong foundation and Pushkar Meditation Temple is a perfect place to get this spiritual foundation. Here you will learn discipline, you will learn self-control,you will learn Asana, Pranayamas, Meditation, Mantras, Patanjali, Vedanta and many many other things. All of these will help you to build inner dialogue with your own soul. The main advantages of this course that you won't find anywhere else is the daily morning walk meditation (Japa yoga) and every evening SatSang. Also Pushkar Meditation Temple provides final practice as a teacher in the local school! An amazing and transforming experience .
I am very happy and grateful that I was fortunate to take a course in the Himalayas with Swamiji. I definitely recommend this to all those for whom yoga is not just physical exercise.
from United Kingdom, January 2018
"December '17 Teacher Training"
The depth of knowledge that Swamiji has fills you with confidence that you are getting a thorough education in yoga. The open approach to learning allows time to reflect and ask questions to clarify anything.
The morning meditation walk is a great way to start the day, it helps to clear the mind and sets you up for the day. The yoga is very different from anything I have done previously and opened my eyes to what real yoga is all about. I was aware it was a spiritual practice but didn't fully grasp all the clear stages on the pathway. Being armed with the road map if you like, it is clear what needs to be done and that then comes down to your commitment to your own personal goals.
I would recommend the course to those who are serious about teaching, go with an open mind and do some research on Raja Yoga first so you know what to expect.
from Slovenia, November 2017
"And my soul is happy🙏🏻"
I liked and enjoyed every minute there. It gave me the knowledge that I will appreciate all my life. Most importantly I've learned who am I. Also I've got so much deeper view at Yoga as a spiritual discipline. I truly can say I walked out of there as a soul - as a happy soul!
from United States, December 2018
For me personally the style of Yoga, Raja Yoga, was the right choice. Yoga is a spiritual discipline and in our western world we soemtimes forget about that. For me, Swamiji is a good teacher who teaches yoga in a spiritual way, without loosing the connection to our 'real world', in other words, spirituality with both feet on the ground. This spirituality was nutrition for my soul. I could'nt indentify with everything (cultural differences), but still I had a very instructive and valuable time at the meditation temple. Greetings to Pushkar! :-)