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28 Days Ashtanga YTT in India

Join Samyak Yoga and follow the course and make each step a valuable opportunity to get yourself closer to become a good yoga teacher. The very first step in becoming a Yoga Teacher is to purify oneself in all angles starting from developing self-confidence to preparing our students to create and conduct a well prepared class. As you purify yourself as a yoga Teacher, your aspiration to transcend your limits by advanced practices will automatically encourage you to participate in our classes on different meditation techniques. Our classes on the Philosophy of Yoga, lectures on Yoga Sutras, Yoga Anatomy & Physiology and sessions on hidden secrets of Yogic Wisdom will help you to sublimate yourself as a true Yoga Practitioner and Teacher.

<strong>Training in a heavenly place</strong>

A wonderful combination of picturesque learning environment and spiritual nuance to support the training process awaits you. In Dharamshala, where the yoga teacher training will be conducted, you will have the opportunity to look deeper in your self, enhance your yoga practice, and sharpen your spiritual awareness. Located in the north part of India, Dharamshala is the residence of Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual head. It is well-known for its beautiful view. Also known as Mini Lhasa, Dharamshal has a large number of monasteries and a centre of Buddhist learning. Feel the mystical ambience and improve your yoga practice skill with Samyak Yoga.

Highlights

  • DVD on Art of Hands on Adjustments
  • Manuals for theoretical and Practical teachings
  • Eligibility to get registered with Yoga Alliance, USA as RYT 200 hrs
  • International Yoga Teacher Training Certification from Samyak Yoga
  • Guidelines on Class Sequencing and exploring yourself
  • 27 nights accommodation with natural view
  • Daily vegetarian meals included
  • Samyak Yoga T-shirt
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Your course fee includes accommodation too. Your accommodation will have the following facilities:

24x7 hot water shower

Single occupancy

2-3 minutes walk from Samyak Yoga Shala

Natural external view of the Mountains on the lap of Himalayan Ranges.

Course Content

This course focuses on the practice and teaching methodology of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. The Primary Series includes over 70 asanas (postures), linked sequentially by Vinyasa (breath-initiated movements between the asanas). The course begins with detailed instruction of the Primary Series' practice and then continues with a morning Mysore style or Led Primary Series class for the remainder of the course.

Practice

To practice a particular pose into its deep, one needs to know intelligent way of using the muscles, the appropriate way of breathing, meditative state of the mind and spiritually rooted soul. Practice of postures is a moving meditation. In the session "Teaching Methodology" we try to explore the concepts on which a particular posture is developed, how it can be practiced into a deeper level, the benefits and contra indications. We also discuss the usage of props, the balance between the strength and flexibility and so on.

The Sanskrit names of the postures are explained elaborately and how to teach an Ashtanga Yoga Led class effectively is evaluated in detail. The benefits of the specific sequencing and the principles of Vinyasa (the movements between postures), Ujjayi Pranayama (the sound induced breath), Drishti (the gaze) and Bandhas (the three locks or seals) are included as essential elements of the practice and teaching of Ashtanga Yoga during the course.

Intensive Vinyasa

The evening session explores the different sets of Vinyasa flow. A variety of Vinyasa flow including standing, sitting, twisting, back-bending, hip opening and inversions will prepare the aspirants to explore their inner potentialities. These evening practices explore the theme based practices which in turn aids the participant to cater the need of his/her students back home as a teacher. The participants will also have an opportunity to practice the glimpses of the second series (Intermediate series of Ashtanga Vinyasa) in the last week.

Art of hands on Adjustments

Teaching methodology sessions will focus on alignments, art of hands on adjustments, corrections with the benefits and limitations of each pose. Art of Adjustments is one of the significant fields where in a Yoga teacher has to work constantly to grow and to keep his/her class special. Hence we try to explore it with all details.The importance of encouraging students to continue with a regular practice and preparing them for Mysore style is emphasized.

Group classes

Group class is one of the inevitable parts of the training. Starting from day 2 you will be taking a class every day based on what was already given to you by your teacher for your group which builds the confidence, tones up the teaching skills and other required criteria to be a teacher. This class will always be supervised by one of the main teachers and there will be a feedback session after every group class session to improve the quality of the participant's teaching.

Leading the whole group

After building the confidence, skills and other required criteria, you will be taking a class for the whole group in the last week. This prepares you to get ready to teach once you go back.

Class Modules

You will be asked from the second week to design a yoga class module based on what you have been practicing since a week under the guidance of a teacher. You will be preparing the class modules once in a week from week two week four. By practicing the class modules, you will be able to teach your class back home effectively with creativity catering the needs of different types of people coming to your classes.

Yoga Anatomy

We will have an introduction to Yoga anatomy, in which we will discuss the anatomical aspects of Yoga practice. It is important to know how to engage/relax the muscles, deepening the stretches yet not injuring ourselves physically and so on. It is also important to understand the structure of our respiration to improve the quality of the breathing by pranayama techniques. A whole new world of Yoga Anatomy which improves the quality of our Yoga practice will be explored during the Yoga anatomy sessions.

Theoretical sessions

Sessions on Yoga Philosophy including The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the history and fundamentals of Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition, Vedic chanting with their meaning, Hatha Yoga Pradeepika, the sourcebook of Hatha Yoga style, Chakras and their psychological influence, the philosophy behind the practice of Bandhas and Mudras etc. are discussed in detail.

A variety of meditation techniques are taught to gain control over the mental fluctuations. Maintaining a holistic lifestyle & vegetarian diet, which is conducive to yoga practice, is offered throughout the course.

This teacher training explores the depth of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice by revealing its teaching techniques.

Topics included

  • Practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series
  • The principles of Vinyasa, Bandhas, Drishti and Ujjayi Pranayama
  • Adjustments and teaching techniques
  • Assisting and supervised teaching
  • The Anatomy of the postures of the Primary Series
  • Introduction to Vinyasa Flow
  • Introduction to Mysore style practice
  • Practice of Yogic cleansing techniques
  • Introduction to Ayurveda
  • Introduction to Tantra, Pranic Energy, Chakras and Nadis
  • The Mantras and their influence on the human system
  • Different meditation techniques.
  • The Chanting and Philosophy of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras
  • Essence of Hatha Yoga Pradeepika

Daily schedule

Located in the Dhauladhar Himalayan ranges, Dharamshala, the home of Tibetan spiritual head the Dalai Lama, is famous for its scenic beauty. Also known as Mini Lhasa, Dharamshala, with its large number of monasteries and a centre of Buddhist learning, attracts over 600,000 foreign tourists every year. Situated in Kangra district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is located at an average elevation of 1457 meters (4780 feet). The town is divided into two distinct and separate settlements. The Tibetan part of town is McLeod Ganj or Upper Dharamshala and Lower Dharamshala. Upper Dharamshala is about 9 kilometers from Lower Dharamshala.

History

Named after a British governor of the province, Sir Ian Mcleod, the hill station was founded by the British in 1855, five years after they shifted their District Civil Administration Centre here from Kangra Fort. It was one of the 80 hill stations established by the British. It attracted international attention in 1960 when His Holiness the Dalai Lama, fleeing the Chinese occupation of Tibet, made it his home and the seat of the Tibetan Government in exile. Today, Dharamshala has become the synonymous to the Tibetan government in exile. It became a Mecca for pilgrims from all over the world, both Tibetan and non-Tibetan, who come here to seek the blessings of the Dalai Lama and to study and practice Buddhist teachings. Even though, the Tibetan community dominates the town, Dharamshala retained the colonial lifestyle and British fervor.

Set against the backdrop of the dramatic Dhauladhar Mountains, Dharamshala is perched on the high slopes in the upper reaches of Kangra Valley. Superb views over the Kangra Valley and Shiwaliks, and of the great granite mountains that almost overhang the town. The colorful temples and gompas which reflect the culture of Tibet are added attractions for the tourists. Dharamshala overlooks the plains and is surrounded by dense pine trees and Deodar forests. A nearby snowline with numerous streams makes the surroundings very attractive.

Dharamshala is well suited for trekking also. Numerous ancient temples like Jwalamukhi, Brijeshwari and Chamunda also lie on the plains below Dharamshala.

Distances

  • Chandigarh, 239 km
  • Delhi, 514 km
  • Nangal, 145 km
  • Jalandhar, 166 km
  • Hoshiarpur, 128 km
  • Mandi, 147 km
  • Jwalamukhi, 55 km
  • Kullu, 214 km
  • Manali, 252 km
  • Chamba, 192 km
  • Shimla, 322 km
General
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Smoke-free property

Complete vegetarian food prepared on the basis of Yogic & Ayurvedic concepts of food aids in complete detoxification of the body and mind which takes place during the yoga teacher training course. Your food will include breakfast, lunch and dinner for six days a week excluding the day offs. You can taste the variety of Indian food during the day offs.

Bhagsunag Fall

It is located 11 km from Dharamshala town andknown for its old temple, a fresh water spring, waterfalls and slate quarries. Bhagsunag can be approached by road. The Bhagsu fall is one of the main attractions of Mcleodganj. You can take a dip in the chilly water of fall. There are some trek routes to Triund near the fall. The fall forms a small stream.

Triund

It is 6 km from Mcleodganj, at an altitude of 2,827 metres. The snowline starts just 5 km. from Triund and affords a breathtaking view of the snows above and the valley below. It is a popular picnic and trekking spot. Those who want to do a return trek in one day are advised to start early. It is the famous trek route for local people as well as for tourists.

Naddi

A high point beyond the Dal Lake, Naddi village affords a magnificent view of Dhauladhar mountain range to the north and the vast expanse of lush Kangra valley to the south. Naddi is situated far away from the hustle and bustle of the Macleodganj market and provides complete peace of mind. It is surely the best place to spend some quality time amidst the heart of Dhauladhar Mountains.

Naam Art Gallery

Naam Art Gallery in McLeodganj is famous tourists spot. This exhibition brings forth the paintings of the famous German painter Elizabeth Buschmann and English painter A.W. Hallett. Located at Sidhbari village on the Dalhousie-Chamunda road, tourists can reach there by taxi and enjoy viewing the paintings.

Besides, it is a great place to look out for some art of your private collection. The Gallery can be visited all throughout the year but August to December is the best time for visiting this region or place.

Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts

Located 1 km, equals 15 minutes walk from Mcleodganj, Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, preserves a wide number of musical, dance and theatrical traditions from Tibet. Maintaining its own workshops for making costumes, masks and musical instruments, the institute owns a modern Theater Troupe which shows contemporary plays.

The institution also organizes an annual 10-day folk opera commencing on the second Saturday of April. During this occasion, a variety of folk operas, dance performances, plays and concerts are presented. Besides, on important national holidays other performances are also given throughout the year.

The Buddha temple, located close to the institute is also a good place to visit.

St. John's Church

Popularly known as the church of St John in Wilderness, the charming church of St. John was the final resting place of Lord Elgin, a British Viceroy of India in the 19th Century. Lies amidst deodar tress, it is situated 7 km upward from Dharamshala, between Forsyth Ganj and Mcleod Ganj. It was built in 1852, but along with other buildings in the area, it was destroyed by the earthquake of 1905 and in 1929, the church was reconstructed. The Church has an attractive Belgian stained glass windows donated by Lady Elgin. The church has several memorial tablets and a well-tended old graveyard. Now the Church is a protected monument by the ASI. Visiting hours for church and cemetery: 10 am - 5 pm daily.

  • 225+ hours teaching
  • International Yoga Teacher Training Certification from Samyak Yoga (Yoga Alliance, USA 200+hrs)
  • Eligibility to get registered with Yoga Alliance, USA as RYT 200 hrs
  • DVD (with videos and pictures) on Art of Hands on Adjustments; a necessary tool for to-be teachers
  • Two different manuals for theoretical and Practical teachings
  • Yoga Kriya materials
  • Samyak Yoga T-shirts
  • Samyak Yoga Bag
  • Guidelines on Class Sequencing and exploring yourself, the memories of a deep travel within
  • Opportunity to get affiliation of Samyak Yoga in your country (subject to Samyak Yoga's discretion)
  • A stronger personal practice and confidence to start teaching
  • An in depth understanding of a 5000 year old tradition, endless source of energy and knowledge
  • Pick up from airport to Samyak Yoga Shala, in Kerala, South India
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Accommodation
  • Travelling to Samyak Yoga Shala in Dharamsala, North India
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Dharamsala, India

Samyak Yoga is a yoga school registered with Yoga Alliance USA. They organize international yoga teacher training courses in Dharamsala and Kerala.

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