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If you do not possess any qualification or experience in yoga, but are strongly motivated to become a yoga teacher and to be able to inspire others with yoga, this course is the perfect one for you. The intensive knowledge and techniques you gain from the course will facilitate you to become a globally recognized yoga instructor. This is also a valuable chance to discover Dharamsala, a wonderful location with an abundance of natural beauty and spiritual diversity.
During the training course, you will stay at Oasis Guesthouse in Upper Bhagsu, about two and a half kilometers away from McLeod Ganj town. Its geographical location makes it comfortably away from main markets and distractions, which results in a calm, quiet, and contemplative environment for yoga and meditation practices. As the area around the center cannot be reached by motor vehicles, one can enjoy a true serenity and the peaceful atmosphere of the Himalayas.
While the geographical location of this yoga center provides a calm and quiet atmosphere, the topography of the area naturally brings a meditative disposition, creating an experience of peacefully merging with nature. One can feel that he or she is relaxing in the lap of nature. Located on a flank full of green palm trees and boasting a vibe of a beautiful valley and chirps and tweets of birds, the center truly provides a conducive and spiritual environment for yoga and meditation practices.
The Oasis Guesthouse has 12 nice luxurious rooms for yoga students only. Each room has a western-style toilet with 24-hour hot shower, a safe locker, a wooden wardrobe, a big double bed, blanket, a mosquito net, a table, two chairs, and free Wi-Fi. These rooms have enough space for two people.
This 200-hour teacher training course is a basic training program for those who are aspired to become a yoga teacher and are looking for their first level certification, or have done other certifications and looking to build upon their existing foundations, or just looking to deepen their knowledge and practice. You are invited to join this extensive, intensive, and nourishing teacher training course. In this course, you will learn the history of yoga and its philosophy, human physiology, anatomy, teaching methodology, adjustments, and others nuances of teaching yoga. You will earn a certification upon completion of the course, with which you can register with Yoga Alliance as a registered yoga teacher at the RYT- 200 level.
The following are the standards and framework of the course, as designed by Yoga Alliance under five educational categories:
This 200-hour yoga teacher training course comprehensively meets the standards defined by the Yoga Alliance, and exceeds in all respects, as Sarvaguna Yoga has enhanced the program with other activities, like workshops on therapeutic and healing techniques of yoga, Ayurveda, Sanskrit learning, spiritual therapy, the Kundalini system, and chakra balancing techniques. There are workshops on Mantra yoga - the science of sound vibrations and its role in spiritual practices, Buddhi yoga - yogic cognitive therapy, yogic personality theory - the comparative study of yogic and modern psychology, and so on.
A day trek to Triund, a popular hill dubbed the jewel crown of Dharamsala, is included in the package.
This course will be held in Dharamsala, close to the Himalayas. The Himalayas, meaning the abode of snow in Sanskrit, are a range of mountains with mighty snow peaks, forming the northern border of the Indian subcontinent. Himalayas have been a great inspiration for spiritual practitioners, yogis, saints, as well as healers. Experienced by many practitioners and yogis as a very powerful energy center on the Earth, these sacred mountains have been inspiring many people.
Dharmashala is located in the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled below the mighty snow clad peaks of the beautiful Himalayan Dhauladhar mountain range, it is a wonderful location with an abundance of natural beauty and spiritual diversity.
Dharmashala is the spiritual headquarters of Buddhists all over the world. It is the home of Dalai Lama and the center of theTibetan exile. Dalai Lama has been living here along with his followers since 1959. His presence and the Tibetan population has made Dharamshala a popular destination for Indian and foreign tourists, including students studying the Tibetan culture.
Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj are twin towns located by the Himalayan mountain range. Dharamsala is mainly populated by locals. McLeod Ganj is the abode of Dalai Lama. Many Tibetans have found their permanent settlements in this town and are leading a peaceful life.
Bhagsunag and Dharmakot are twin beautiful hamlets located two kilometers away from McLeod Ganj. These two villages are relatively calm and quiet and give a conducive atmosphere for yoga and meditation practices. Hence, many yoga and meditation learners chose to come here for their training.
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Breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be served throughout the course with vegetarian, vegan, and organic food, except on Sundays. During the course, the Oasis Guesthouse runs its own restaurant exclusively for yoga students. All Indian cuisines, especially Indian yogic meals are prepared here. One may also ask for additional western or international cuisine. The restaurant also caters for special dietary requirements.
Alternatively, as you walk down from the center, you will find a number of local restaurants offering Indian, international, and Tibetan cuisine at very reasonable prices.
Please book your flight to arrive at Gaggal Airport (DHM). Sarvaguna Yoga will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price. The best way for travelers to reach Dharamsala by air is to travel from New Delhi Airport. New Delhi Airport is connected to all most all major destinations and all major cities in India. Daily flights are operated from New Delhi to Gaggal Airport, which is about 25 kilometers away from the yoga center. Alternatively, you can take a flight to Chandigarh (250 kilometers from the yoga center) or Amritsar (200 kilometers away from the center), and then take a pre-paid taxi to McLeod Ganj. It takes four to five hours to reach there. A taxi ride will cost about 4000 INR. If you choose to arrive at Amritsar International Airport, you can reach Dharamsala by taxi, which is a better option.
There are daily bus services from Delhi to Dharamsala every evening. It is a 10 to 12-hour journey with a fare of 300 to 1300 INR depending upon the type of bus you choose to travel. Public buses are available from New Delhi and from other major cities. This option is the most economical. Bus services are also available from Manali and Shimla. Sarvaguna Yoga can provide you more information on how to travel to Dharamsala if you need.
There are no direct train to reach Dharamsala. Pathankot is the nearest railway station to a reach Dharamsala. Pathankot Railway Station is well connected by rail with all other major cities in India. The distance from Pathankot to the center is about 100 kilometers and it costs around 1500 INR to reach the center by taxi.