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Establishment in the Yogic Path

This one-year program is designed to give a complete education in eastern yogic philosophies, sciences, and practices from all traditions in the field of yoga. This program is designed for people who are dedicated to walking the path of Tantra yoga. Tantra yoga embodies five different yoga systems, taught by Shiva: Hatha yoga, Astanga yoga, Mantra yoga, Laya yoga, and Shiva-Shakti yoga. Tantra yoga is a way of living, turning yoga into one’s lifestyle. It purifies all different aspects of one’s life, to eventually lead you to the ultimate goal of life; self-realization. Tantra is the art to be free from all physical, mental, and spiritual bondage through the expansion of energy.

It develops handling power to not be dependent on any external situation. In tantra, everything is sadhana. To eat is a sadhana and to not eat is a sadhana, to marry is a sadhana and to not marry is a sadhana. It does not matter what one does, all that matters is one's consciousness and awareness one has in any activity or situation. To live in the world from a liberated state of being.

During the one-year course, one will get initiated in tantra tradition by the guru. The aim is to get established in the yogic field, to continue it the rest of one's life.

Meet the instructors

Yogi Prakash
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Highlights

  • Self-study with provided yogic literature
  • Daily morning and afternoon yoga classes
  • Daily morning chanting of Sanskrit scriptures
  • Opportunity to learn Sanskrit as the foundation for mantra yoga
  • Satsang talking about different spiritual/yogic topics with the guru to deepens one theoretical understanding)
  • Karma yoga (selfless service) and kirtan and mantra ceremonies
  • 1-year accommodation in a beautiful ashram setting
  • Hot water and 24 hours Wi-Fi
  • 3 meals a day

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


365 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Concierge desk
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room

Shanti Yoga Ashram provides guests with an ashram environment in a homestay setting, surrounded by the splendor of nature. This affords a cozy environment conducive to spiritual practice where those who stay at the ashram can get a taste of authentic yogic lifestyle along with traditional Nepalese culture.

​The ashram provides a few private rooms and shared twin rooms, availability is based on current occupancy. Each room is accompanied by shared bathrooms (shower with hot water and western-style toilets). There are only two beds in each twin room to give enough space and if you come as a couple you can have the shared twin room as a private room for you.

You can stay in the guesthouse, bamboo house, or in one of the huts. Water for bathing is powered by solar. Electrical outages are part of life in Nepal, however, it is easy to adapt since there is solar energy for heating water and gas or fire for cooking. There are lights that are battery-powered, not dependent on the coming and going of electricity.

If you are coming for a specific course or retreat, you are welcome to arrive the late afternoon before the program begins so that you will be able to start the first day feeling fresh, rested, and ready to begin.

The ashram differs from retreat centers because of its simplicity and focus on the application of the yogic lifestyle as taught by the scriptures and continued from guru to disciple.

Program

Certifications

This one-year course is Shanti Yoga Ashram's own creation. It is a non-academic program with an academic approach. They are not affiliated with any university. You will receive a certificate from Shanti Yoga Ashram, which is a government-registered organization.

Syllabus

A. Theory

  • Philosophy and yogic theory: Classical yoga - 100 marks
  • Philosophy and yogic theory: Foundation on yoga - 50 marks
  • Philosophy and yogic theory: Yoga in different traditions - 50 marks
  • Essentials of Buddhism - 50 marks
  • Research methodology - 50 marks

B. Practical

  • Practical: Classical yogic practices - 100 marks
  • Practical: Yoga practice in different traditions - 100 marks

Course overview

During this one-year course, Shanti Yoga Ashram does not just develop new yoga teachers. They transform people into vehicles for higher consciousness, to do their work and spread the love, light, and wisdom of classical Tantra yoga. Therefore this course will be on an academic level.

The goal is for one to be established in the wisdom and knowledge of Tantra yoga and verify the teachings by oneself. When one has experienced his true potential and had insight into his own true inner light, this light will radiate like the sun upon the world around, releasing all people from suffering.

Through implementing all classical teachings in one’s lifestyle, Tantra yoga has the ability to bring you back to the place where you remember that the manifested and unmanifested are one. And that within these costumes, there is eternity. And when you say “I” and they say “I”, you are referring to the same one. It creates harmony between the inner and the outer world, in which you are neither too much in and neither too much out.

When one is ready, the new message will arrive. Nowadays the world is ready for this message. Shanti Yoga Ashram believes that to change the world, you should not adapt to the world and its lost way of teaching yoga. One has to be strong to share this wisdom around, in the classical way, knowing he is serving the love and light of the truth. For the one that lives in truth, higher consciousness will always be by his side.

Shanti Yoga Ashram provides a peaceful ashram setting where students can fully absorb themselves in the study of yoga while living a yogic lifestyle. Individually and collectively, they give practical tools needed to advance on the yogic path.

Rationality of the program

  • Yoga is a way to counteract the problems and stresses of modern life. It gives a chance for people to develop themselves to their highest potentials, rather than falling prey to addictions and other unhealthy vices. Overall it uplifts the entire society.
  • Shanti Yoga Ashram is confident that yoga is one of the true paths by which lasting peace, contentment, and joy can be found
  • The purity of yoga is being lost or confused. In order to have its full potency, it must be passed on in its classical form as it has been done for generations

Academic program mission

Yoga is an ancient science developed by esteemed sages and rishis for the liberation of human consciousness. Traditionally, the deeper aspects of this science have been taught only in a non-academic manner. The mission is to teach this divine science in an academic setting and in a systematic manner while upholding its highest spiritual purpose - to fully awaken human potential for the transformation of the self and the upliftment of society.

Objective

To preserve this great yogic science for future generations and to spread the light of yoga all over the world, contributing to world peace and harmony among all.

Goal

To provide the highest level of yogic education that can be applied universally to all people. Shanti Yoga Ashram intends to give yogic wisdom in its pure form with all its depth so that the students will be able to master this science and teach it to others.

Brief syllabus overview

Philosophy and yogic theory: Foundation on yoga

  • Concept and principles
  • Historical development
  • Yogic texts (Yoga Sutras, Bagavad Gita)
  • Classical Hatha yoga texts
  • Yoga and human excellence (obstacles and how to transcend)

Philosophy and yogic theory: Classical yoga

  • Hatha yoga
  • Mantra yoga
  • Laya yoga
  • Raja yoga (eight-fold path)
  • Kundalini yoga (chakra, nadi, prana)
  • Karma yoga (selfless service)
  • Bhakti yoga (devotion)
  • Jnana yoga
  • Tantra yoga
  • Yoga therapy, anatomy, and physiology

Philosophy and yogic theory: Yoga in different traditions

  • Yoga in Buddhism (philosophy and practices)
  • Yoga in Jainism
  • Yoga in Hinduism
  • Contribution of yoga masters
  • Comparative study
  • Eastern philosophy

Essentials of Buddhism

  • The Buddha
  • Dharma: Buddhist principles and teachings
  • Sangha, Buddhist society, and laity
  • Buddhist practices
  • Attitude in Buddhism
  • Literature

Research methodology

  • Sources and types of information
  • Manuscriptology and yogic science studies
  • Practical aspect of research
  • Research proposal

Practical 1: Classical yogic practices

  • Shatkarmas (Neti, Dhauti, Basti, Trataka, Kapalbhati, Nauli)
  • Asana
  • Pranayama (sensitizing, vitalizing, balancing, tranquilizing)
  • Mudra
  • Bandha
  • Pratyahara
  • Kirtan (chanting and harmonium)
  • Sanskrit (alphabet, pronunciation, slokas from yogic texts)
  • Dharana and dhyana

Practical 2: Yoga practice in different traditions

  • Buddhist yoga practices (general and specific)
  • Jain yoga practices
  • Therapeutic yoga
  • Teaching methodology (how to teach a class and how to give lectures)
  • Application of yogic concepts
  • Yoga and holistic health
  • Tantra yoga

Overview of daily schedule / calendar

  • 04:00 Morning Sadhana (3.5 hours)
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Sanskrit / mantra / study classical yogic texts
  • 14:00 Satsang
  • 18:30 Aarti
  • 19:30 Kirtan / meditation

Activities

  • Once a week, there will be a fire ceremony (Hawana)
  • In between the courses, there is space for self-study
  • In Karma yoga, one will take responsibility for different departments of the ashram: office, kitchen, school, garden, cleaning, etc.

Schedule breakdown

  • One will automatically join the planned Teacher Training Courses, first as a participant and later as a teacher to make one ready to give teacher training's himself
  • In the early morning, your own deeper Tantra Yoga Sadhana
  • Once one is ready, you will practice teaching classes for visitors to the ashram
  • Finally, one will be ready to teach the teacher training students
  • One will be able to enhance the ashram’s activities through Karma yoga (preparing food, gardening, administration, public relation, etc
  • The last two months will contain fieldwork, in which one will be organizing programs and spread the knowledge of classical yoga in another country through giving general classes, lectures, and providing teacher training courses, under the supervision of the ashram
  • Different yogic Sadhanas will be practiced throughout the year, according to the lunar calendar such as Shivaratri, Navaratri, etc

With this calendar/schedule, Shanti Yoga Ashram is confident that one can experience classical Tantra yoga in its full depth and will be fully prepared to share this light with the rest of the world. This full experience will prepare one to teach yoga in an ashram setting.

Included excursions

During the one-year course, one will automatically join the World Tantra Yoga Festival, in which you will go on an 11-day pilgrimage. Within this pilgrimage, you will discover the spiritual sites of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Gorkha, Damauli, Chitwan, and Devghat.

During the year, there are other occasions as well in which we go on an excursion to temples.

Instructors

Yogi Prakash

Retreat location

Shanti Yoga Ashram is located about one hour away from Kathmandu, overlooking the Himalayan Mountains range. Peacefully nestled away from the agitation of the city, it is a small village with a vibrant local area and many temples around and 5 minutes' walk from some shops.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Much of the produce used for meals comes from the family’s organic garden. Some items you can find in the field are cauliflower, cabbage, a variety of greens, persimmons, oranges, plums, kiwis, spices, and h cozy, family-sized room with a welcoming atmosphere reflective of the generosity of the family who runs the ashram. The diet is strictly vegetarian, herbs, chilies, radish, and much more.

Shanti Yoga Ashram provides its guests with traditional Nepalese food. This includes Nepal’s famous dal Bhat (rice and legumes), fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade yogurt, pickle dish, and traditional roti (handmade flatbread).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Daily morning and afternoon yoga classes
  • Lectures in which one dives deep into the wisdom of yoga
  • Self-study with provided yogic literature
  • Karma yoga (selfless service)
  • Kirtan and mantra ceremonies
  • 1 year accommodation
  • 3 meals a day
  • Hot water and 24 hours Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Personal expenses like toothpaste, washing powder, etc
  • Personal sight-seeing trips outside of the curriculum
  • Visa costs
  • Taxi costs

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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