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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.
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.
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.
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.
The asana practices include:
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:
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 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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.