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This yoga teacher training is one of the most comprehensive and personalized courses in India with one of the most respected yoga masters of the modern time. There will only be six students in a batch that guarantees individual attention and grooming. It is an intense three-week residential course, helping you become a competent and confident yoga teacher and a better person with greater compassion, tolerance, concentration, and happiness.
Pushkar Meditation Temple has an ashram-like accommodation known as Yoga Home. It is situated in the quieter part of the city, a place especially energized with veda mantras and rituals. The Yoga Home has an amazing view of the sacred mountains that surrounds Pushkar from three sides. It is a three-storey independent house with five en suite bedrooms, two living spaces, two kitchens, a balcony, terrace, and lawn. You will share the roof with the master and your other batch mates in the yoga home. The rooms are allotted on twin sharing basis. Toilets are outside and shared.
Pushkar Meditation Temple is a Yoga Alliance Registered School. Trainees who successfully complete the course are accorded a certificate jointly by Pushkar Mediation Temple and Yoga Alliance. The yoga teacher training program is aimed at development of a confident and competent yoga teacher with comprehensive knowledge of the subject with command over theory and practice.
To that end, Pushkar Meditation Temple imparts comprehensive knowledge and training including theory, technique, and practice; and in turn, adequately prepares students with the ability to teach all aspects of yoga as prescribed by sage Patanjali based on ancient Indian Sankhya philosophy that not only meets but exceeds the standards and requirements set by Yoga Alliance for a Registered Yoga School (RYS).
Pushkar Meditation Temple is the only Yoga Alliance registered school in Pushkar. It is a unique wellness institution where yoga and meditation are practiced, taught, and researched as complimentary disciplines and spiritual sciences. The practice and teaching is based on the ancient Raja yoga and Ashtanga yoga system of sage Patanjali, the source of all kinds of yoga that are practiced today under different names and garbs.
Pushkar Meditation Temple offers the most comprehensive and practical yoga teaching course in India with equal emphasis on bahir (outer) and antar (inner) yoga or meditation. As the students in each batch are very few, it is like private teaching with everyone getting individual attention and space for an immersion course. No wonder, the course is getting raving reviews and is being rated and touted as the best in India.
The carefully crafted course and syllabus go way beyond the syllabus prescribed by Yoga Alliance. There is equal emphasis on learning and teaching. What differentiates a teacher trained at Pushkar Meditation Temple is her or his confidence and competence. Most of them start teaching and training immediately on completion of the course.
Swamiji has thousands of hours of yoga teaching experience spanning over four decades that has nurtured Pushkar Meditation Temple into a yoga teacher training institution in holy Pushkar. The philosophy that Swamiji advocates is that yoga is not about knowing or just doing but it is about feeling! This is what is often repeated during the session where the trainee is asked to feel the after effect of each asana or pranayama; and also in his manual of yoga that defines all the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga in a totally new light, backed by modern science and used as the basic document of training at the temple.
The course is broadly divided into five sections:
The minimum contact hours is 75 hours with 50 hours minimum contact with lead trainer(s). The topics in this category include yama, naiyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, samadhi, mudra, bandha, kriya, shatkarma, mantra, meditation, and other traditional and modern yoga techniques.
These hours are divided between guided practice of the techniques themselves and analytical training in how to teach the practice with correct techniques. Both areas receive equal emphasis.
The minimum contact hours is 15 hours with 10 hours minimum contact with lead trainer(s). The topics in this category include communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries; how to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting; principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting; teaching styles; qualities of a teacher; the student learning process; and business aspects of teaching yoga including marketing and legal.
The minimum contact hours is 10 hours with 0 hours minimum contact with lead trainer(s). The topics in this category could include the psychic physiology of yoga with three bodies and five sheaths; five kinds of breath and five kinds of breathing; gunas such as sat, raj, and tam, and vikaras such as kapha, pitta, and vata; kundalini, chakras, sushumna, ida, and pingala; difference between human physical anatomy and physiology such as bodily systems, organs, and others as well as energy anatomy and psychic physiology including kundalini, chakras, nadis, and more; pranic or psychic healing techniques.
The minimum contact hours is 20 hours. The topics in this category include the study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bhagavad Gita, Yogopanishada, and other scriptures, yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence or ahimsa, and the concepts of dharma and karma; ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher-student relationships and community; understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others or seva; and a minimum of two hours would be spent on ethics for yoga teachers.
The minimum contact hours is five hours with five hours minimum contact with lead trainer(s). The topics in this category include a minimum of five hours of actual practice teaching as the lead instructor but this does not include assisting, observing, or giving feedback; receiving and giving feedback; observing others teaching; and assisting students while someone else is teaching.
The total hours for the yoga teacher training is 208 hours. The total minimum contact hours is 180 hours and the total minimum contact hours with lead trainer(s) is 65 hours.
The places of spiritual or yogic importance are within 14 kilometers radius of Pushkar, sapt-koshi parikrama. The caves where meditation will be practices were inhabited by renowned sages in ancient times, which are still in existence.
Jagdish "Swamiji" Chandra
Swamiji is in his 70s, regarded as a mystic, a yogi, and an initiated Sadhu. He taught yoga in the US and South Korea, traveling overseas almost yearly. His mission is to help people discover the real yoga. He lives as prescribed in the scriptural direction of adhering to the four stages (ashrams). He is in the third stage of Vanaprastha or repaying the debt of society; and preparing for the fourth and final stage of sanyas or renunciation.
Yogini Kirtika is a certified yoga teacher for 700 hours. She is also a registered yoga teacher for 200 hours at Pushkar Meditation Temple in 2015. In the last two years, she regularly practiced yoga. She has the ability to communicate in different languages including Portuguese, English, and Spanish. She takes care of the day to day operations at Pushkar Meditation Temple.
This yoga training will take place in Pushkar, India. Situated at the edge of desert, Pushkar is a popular tourist destination. Many Hindus believe it to be the oldest and one of the most important pilgrimage centers with the only temple of Lord Brahma, the creator of earth. The manifestation of Lord is a beautiful natural lake called sarovar snan (a dip) in the sacred sarovar; and parikrama (walking around the lake) is the main ritual.
Pushkar has nearly 500 temples. It is visited by nearly four million Indian pilgrims and nearly 100,000 foreign tourists and pilgrims every year. Dotted with hundreds of guesthouses, hotels, and bed and breakfast accommodations, Pushkar has many restaurants serving food of different countries and cultures.
You will be served with satvik yogic food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals are eaten collectively after having been offered to God with the chanting of mantras from Vedas.
Please book your flight to arrive at Jaipur International Airport (JAI). Continue your journey by taxi or bus.
Please book your train to arrive at Ajmer Junction. The station is 14 kilometers away from the venue. You can continue the journey by taxi or bus. Please note that when traveling from Delhi to Ajmer, there are many trains and it will take about six hours and 30 minutes up to eight hours and 30 minutes.