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28 Days 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Dharamsala

  • Oasis House, Upper Bhagsu, Dharamshala, India

Overview

Yoga Teacher Training India

This 300-hour yoga teacher training is an advanced course for those who want to incorporate detailed and subtle yogic techniques and enhance the depth of yoga practice. This intensive course helps you to deepen your existing knowledge in the subject that includes technical training and advanced asana practice. A great deal of attention will be given to technical aspects, sequencing, and structural components for a Vinyasa flow class to enhance your teaching skills and adjustment techniques.

Highlights

  • Day trek to Triund
  • 270 contact hours with material provided
  • 300-hour yoga certification upon completion
  • 2 herbal teas and unlimited filtered drinking water
  • Transfer from and to Gaggal Airport (DHM)
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Advanced

  • 24 days with instruction
  • English
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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. You can choose to stay in a single room or a shared twin room. 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.

The course will focus more on Sanskrit and asana vocabulary and in-depth discussions on philosophy. The students will gain in-depth knowledge of advanced pranayama techniques, meditation practices, structural anatomy, and have an opportunity to teach and assist with verbal and physical adjustments during the asana classes. In summary, this training is not just about receiving more information but also about experiencing through practice.

The standards and course framework set by Yoga Alliance under five educational categories

  • 20 hours of teaching methodology
  • 25 hours of anatomy and physiology - including both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems and organs), energy anatomy, and physiology (chakras, nadis, and more). It also includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, and more).
  • 30 non-contact hours
  • 60 hours of practicum
  • 75 hours of yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers
  • 90 hours of training techniques and practice

Overview of the structure and operational details

This 300-hour yoga teacher training course comprehensively meets the standards defined by the Yoga Alliance and exceeds in all respects as they enhance the program with other activities like workshops on therapeutic and healing techniques of yoga, Ayurveda, Sanskrit learning, spiritual therapy, Kundalini system, and chakra balancing techniques.

There are also workshops on Mantra yoga, the science of sound vibrations and its role in spiritual practices, Buddhi yoga, yogic cognitive therapy, yogic personality theory, Panchakosha model, a comparative study of yogic psychology and modern psychology, and others.

This is an advanced training course, technically, second level of training for the professional yoga teachers. 200-hour certification from any school with any style is a prerequisite qualification to enroll in this course. 300-hour yoga certification will be awarded upon the successful completion of the course. Become an RYT-300 by registering with Yoga Alliance.

Techniques training and practice

Asana practice and traditional Hatha yoga

The core style of asana taught in the course is traditional Hatha yoga. Traditional Hatha yoga is a principle style of yoga practices and is the origin of all other yoga practiced today. The word Hatha is a combination of two words "Ha" meaning sun energy and "Tha" meaning moon energy representing two principle energies flowing within your body. When these two aspects of one’s self are integrated, a fullness of the whole personality is experienced.

Hatha yoga influences your two sides of the brain and brings balance between these two energies within all of you to merge from the opposite to the harmony of oneness.

Hatha yoga is a powerful tool of transformation and the practitioner develops a balance of strength and flexibility. The salient feature of Hatha yoga is the focus on the asanas and breath control while holding the postures for a longer duration.

Hatha yoga classes incorporate the mind, body, and spirit through various practices like asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), and kriyas (internal cleansing). It is not fast flowing and is highly suitable for beginners as well as advanced practitioners, as it is much gentler than Ashtanga yoga.

The course also introduces other styles of asana practice including Vinyasa flow, Yin, and smooth Restorative yoga in order to experience the other yoga styles.

Functional details of the course

The asana practices include:

  • Adjustments and corrections: Modes of adjustments and effective adjustment techniques are given by expert teachers to reap the full benefits of the practice
  • Feedbacks: Regular feedbacks are given by the teachers and fellow students about your teaching in order to facilitate you to improve and find your unique voice and style as a teacher.
  • Pavana muktasana series to loosen and strengthen major joints, to develop core energy, and to bring flexibility in the body
  • Standing asanas to develop neuromuscular coordination
  • Twenty five asanas from the foundations of standing, sitting, prone and supine; covering forward bends, back bends, spine twists, hip openers and stretches, arm balances and inversions; with the details of breathing patterns while doing and holding an asana, contraindications, and benefits
  • Variations of the above mentioned in full details
  • Warm up exercises and sun salutations with mantras
  • Workshops: Special workshops are conducted on variations and modifications of advanced postures, modifications for beginners and students with injuries (multi-level modifications) arm balances, twists, inversions, hip openings, headstands, back bendings, personal corrections, personal guidance, safety measurements, and others individual tips if required
  • Other components related: How to use props including blocks, bolsters, straps, blankets, walls in your yoga practice, rope headstand, and more

Teaching methodology: techniques and demonstrations

  • Principles of demonstration: The art of teaching, leading a class, voice modulation, and effective communication with great clarity
  • Observing, assisting, and correcting: Mindful adjustments, correcting and adjusting through physical and verbal instructions
  • Instructions, teaching styles: Designing and planning a class suitable to different needs. Learning Sanskrit names and other symbolism related to asanas, structuring and sequencing an asana class, and exploring various methodologies
  • Qualities of a teacher: voice, presence, dealing with injuries, and explaining about safety precautions
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga: Educating about business ethics and values, setting up yoga business and community responsibilities, marketing, and advertising

Pranayama (yogic breathing)

  • Pranamaya kosha - pranic body, its nature, and characteristics
  • Introduction
  • Different aspects and different types of prana
  • Breathing basics
  • Anatomy of breathing
  • Yogic breathing
  • Kapalbhati (frontal brain cleansing breath)
  • Bhastrika (bellows breath)
  • Suryabheda (vitality stimulating breath)
  • Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing)
  • Ujjayi (the psychic or victorious breath)
  • Sheetali (cooling breath)
  • Shitkari (hissing breath)
  • Bhramari (humming bee breath)

Mudra (attitude of energy flow and psychic gesture): Sacred gestures and hand positions for energy flow

  • The meaning of Mudra
  • Different types of mudras observed during yoga practice
  • Chin mudra (psychic gesture of consciousness)
  • Jnana mudra (psychic gesture of knowledge)
  • Nasikagra mudra (nose tip gazing mudra)
  • Shanmukhi mudra (closing the seven gates)
  • Khechari mudra (tongue lock)
  • Vipareet karani (inverted psychic attitude)
  • Maha mudra (great psychic attitude)
  • Shambhavi mudra (eyebrow center of gazing)
  • Theoretical explorations, symbolism, practice, and benefits of mudras and their effect on the pranic body

Badhas (energy locks)

  • Definition and types
  • Maha mudra
  • Abdominal Mudra
  • Throat Mudra
  • Perineum contraction Mudra
  • Theoretical explanation
  • Practical demonstrations, benefits, and contraindications

Kriya (yogic cleansing techniques)

  • Nasal cleansing - Jala neti
  • Kapala dauti and Trataka - flame gazing

Dhyaana yoga

Meditation practices

  • Introduction, definitions, types of meditations, preparatory practices, and obstacles during meditation
  • Methods to overcome them and its benefits
  • Scientific evidence of the benefits of meditation on the physical, pranic, and emotional personalities

Guided meditation

  • Relaxation meditation
  • Visualization meditation
  • Pranic awareness meditations
  • Chakra meditation
  • Silent meditations
  • Mantra meditation
  • Concentration meditation
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Transcendental meditation
  • Loving kindness meditation
  • Gratitude meditations

Mantra yoga (mantra chanting)

  • Definition of mantra
  • Its significance
  • Its calming and healing effect on the psyche
  • The role of sound in spiritual practices

Anatomy and physiology (comprising physical anatomy, physiology, and energy anatomy)

Physical anatomy and physiology - insight into relevant anatomical systems in your body and their connection with asana practice. The course focuses on the following topics:

  • Insight into different body systems and their function and the terminology of human anatomy
  • Skeletal system, muscular system, connective tissue, nervous system, and major joints of the body
  • Understanding the anatomical and skeletal differences like compression, tension, and proportion and orientation theory
  • The foot, knee, pelvic floor, hips, spine, and shoulder
  • Breathing and respiratory system

Energy anatomy

  • Energy body (pranic body)
  • Nadis (energy channels)
  • Chakras (energy centers)
  • Theoretical framework and application of its principles in yoga practices
  • Benefits of opening the nadis and chakras
  • Healthy energy movement within the body and more

Philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics

Philosophy content (Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)

  • Functional definition, meaning, concepts, historical, and cultural background of yoga, its essence, and goals
  • Four paths of yoga ( Jnana, Raja, Bhakti, and Karma yoga)
  • Three-gunas and their effects on the mind
  • Five-Kleshas or afflictions and their binding effect
  • Hatha yoga, nadis (energy channels), chakras, and kundalini system
  • Vedas and six systems of Indian philosophy and the theory of karma in relation to self-realization

Ashtanga yoga (Raja yoga)

  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Aim of yoga according to sutras
  • Modification of mind and mental disposition
  • Different levels of preparation
  • The role of ego in self-realization and understanding consciousness

OM

  • Meaning, symbolism, and significance of OM
  • Eight limbs of yoga
  • Kriya yoga
  • Samyama yoga
  • Types of Samadhi
  • Nirbija and Sabija Samadhi
  • Superconscious state of self-realization

Obstacles on the path of yoga

  • Physical and mental disturbances caused by an unconcentrated mind
  • Means to overcome obstacles
  • Methods to control the modifications of the mind

Lifestyle and ethics for yoga practitioners and teachers (value-based lifestyle - yamas and niyamas)

  • Yogic value system in an ancient period and in a contemporary period
  • Non-judgmental disposition of a yogi
  • The exemplary role of a yogi in the contemporary society
  • Lifestyle of a yogi - yogic diet
  • The spirit of the yogic practices
  • Roles and responsibilities of yoga teachers
  • Written assignment on selected philosophical topics and finishing test

The practicum

  • Practice of teaching under the guidance of a teacher
  • One to one teaching, teaching in small groups, and in big groups
  • Receiving and giving feedback
  • Observing others teaching
  • Practical exam of teaching
  • Assisting the main teacher

Itinerary

  • 06:15 - 07:45 Mantra chanting, pranayama, and guided meditations
  • 08:30 - 10:00 Asana practice
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Philosophy or anatomy class
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Lunch break
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Alignment, teaching methodology, or adjustments training
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Asana practice
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Workshops on different topics (three days in a week)
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Sat-Sangams - question and answer session on philosophy, spirituality, and meditation related topics (two days in a week)

A day trek to Triund, a popular hill dubbed the jewel crown of Dharamsala, is included in the retreat.

  • Dr.Keshava Murthy Chintalapati

    Keshava has been teaching yoga philosophy, meditation and pranayama, therapeutic yoga, principle teachings of original tantra, Sanskrit language and poetry, and Vedic mantra chanting in various academic settings and yoga teacher training centers. He taught more than 25 yoga teacher training courses. Keshava lives a monastic life practicing and teaching yoga, meditation, and spirituality. He is committed to bring a deep change in the personality of a seeker in order to have a meaningful and blissful life with peace, harmony and universal awareness

  • Joanna Sanchez

    Joanna Sanchez from Yogita Yoga School is an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher. She grew up in Ohio, USA, but has traveled and lived all over the world, including Alaska, India, Europe, and China. Wherever she goes, yoga is a faithful companion. She started teaching in Alaska ten years ago under the guidance of amazing mentors that instilled in her a heartfelt practice free from competition and judgement.

  • Sunita Singh

    Sunita Singh learned yoga in 1991 at Vishwayatan Yoga Ashram in Delhi, under the teachings of Swami Dhirendra Brahmachaari, who was also the personal teacher of Indira Gandhi, the only woman prime minister of India. The yoga was known as Suksham yoga or yoga of the subtle body. It is Hatha yoga based with emphasis on kriyas and strong breathing techniques and was considered a very tantric style.

  • Laverne Sharifield

    With a motto of ‘seeing the beauty in all things’, Laverne’s philosophy and practice are one of awareness, acceptance, and appreciation. Following a number of life-changing events, Laverne felt as though she was led to yoga, almost gifted with it though a love of Indian philosophy and literature, metaphysics, and her own desire to feel at one with life and remain balanced no matter what the circumstance.

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. The 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.

Dharamshala 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 the Tibetan 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.

Dharamshala and McLeod Ganj are twin towns located by the Himalayan mountain range. Dharamshala 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.

Nearby places

  • Amritsar, 200 kilometers
  • Chandigarh, 250 kilometers
  • Gaggal Airport, 25 kilometers
  • Pathankot train station, 100 kilometers
Activities
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Reiki
  • Shopping nearby
  • Swimming
General
  • Beach
  • Café nearby
  • Mosquito net
  • Nightclub nearby
  • Restaurant
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Bicycle rental nearby
  • Currency exchange nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Scooter / motorcycle rental nearby
  • Tour assistance

Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will be served throughout the course with vegetarian, vegan, and organic food, except on Saturday nights and 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.

  • Meditate on the mountains
  • Take day trips in the area
  • Visit Dalailama temple and Tibetan settlements
  • 2 herbal teas and unlimited filtered drinking water
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals except on Saturday nights and Sundays
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • 300-hour yoga certification upon completion
  • A day trek to Triund
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot shower
  • Registration fee
  • Sarvaguna Yoga kit containing two T-shirts and one yoga bag
  • Transfer from and to Gaggal Airport (DHM)
  • Teacher training course study material
  • Tuition fee
  • Meals on Saturday nights and Sundays
  • Optional activities
  • Transportation
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Gaggal Airport (DHM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Sarvaguna Yoga will pick you up from the airport. The best way for travelers to reach Dharamsala by air is to travel from New Delhi Airport (DEL). 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 4,000 INR. If you choose to arrive at Amritsar International Airport, you can reach Dharamsala by taxi, which is a better option.

Arrival by bus

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 1,300 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.

Arrival by train

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 1,500 INR to reach the center by taxi.

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28 days / 27 nights

Early bird discount

Bookings made one month prior to retreat start dates are eligible for an early bird discount of 100 EUR per person.

Departure:
Sunday July 9, 2017
(28 days / 27 nights)

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