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Take your own practice to the next level by using yoga as a way of life, instead of just practice. Tantra is the natural evolution of yoga. It is an integrated system that consists of five yogas, as originally taught by Lord Shiva, the original Guru of Yoga. “Tan” means expansion, “tra” means freedom. Tantra is the art to be free from all physical, mental, and spiritual bondage through the expansion of energy.
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 private spaces. The bathroom (with western style toilets and shower) is shared with two other guests.
One will be provided with space for storage and a locker to keep his stuff. 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 powdered, 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.
This teacher training is designed to take you deeply into the essence of yoga while providing the space for personal growth in a supportive loving atmosphere. Shanti Yoga Ashram will provide you with all the tools to fully embody yoga and its sacred principles, so that teaching becomes a natural evolution. The course is an immersion in yoga lifestyle and community that will strengthen you in ways that you never knew possible. The spiritual depth of this course is naturally conducive to self-empowerment and inner transformation. Every student is respected on his/her personal path and encouraged to cultivate their own unique expression.
Unlike many other systems of yoga, Tantra takes a liberal approach, embracing life in all its facets and using life as your ultimate teacher. Through acceptance of all that is, you will find yourselves gradually liberated from limitations and conditioning, which allows you to step fully into your personal power and the joy of being fully alive. Tantra yoga emphasizes the development of power latent in the chakras in a systematic manner to heal and balance all aspects of the self - including the physical, emotional, vital, mental, and spiritual bodies. This eventually leads to supreme consciousness, the ultimate aim of human life.
Tantra itself is special, however misunderstood, it is an ancient system of activating the dormant potential inside each and every one of you. This training is not just a yoga teacher training but a life training to give you what you require to blossom fully into who you are meant to become in this lifetime. Actually, what makes this training special is you, each of you is unique and when you come together for this higher purpose positive energy is created that will shape your course in its own beautiful expression.
Sheltered in the ashram in the rolling hills of Nepal, you will find yourself in an expansive environment that encourages you to find your own inner yogi or yogini. Moving beyond the physical aspect of yoga, however important, you will place the utmost importance on transmitting authentic yoga in all its fullness and glory, so that you may develop your own inner capacity of truly living in yoga. It is upon this foundation of spiritual strength and wisdom that a genuine yoga teacher may emerge. Shanti Yoga Ashram aims to provide you with the foundational building blocks needed to teach with confidence and ease as soon as you graduate.
The school of Tantra yoga comes is the combination of Tantra yoga as taught by Swami Nirajananda, the successor of Swami Satyananda of Bihar School of Yoga and Swami Shivalingam of Nepal, also a student of Swami Satyananda, who taught the ancient hidden secrets of Nepalese Tantra to his disciple Yogi Prakash, or Guruji, as he is known, founder of Shanti Yoga Ashram.
Nepal is the land of Tantra, where Shiva himself taught this science to his other half, Parvati. It has been preserved in its pure form from Guru to disciple ever since. It is Shanti Yoga Ashram’s intention to transmit this wealth of knowledge, through adapted practices, and providing a good structural means for conducive learning and integration.
At the ashram, Shanti Yoga Ashram will teach to promote experiential learning, and while you will receive comprehensive teaching in the theoretical and philosophical aspects of yoga, you will feel that it is imperative for you to experience yoga in order to teach and take your own practice to the next level. Yoga is much more than Asana - it is a lifestyle, and at Shanti Yoga Ashram, they want to prepare students who can live yoga, not just do yoga.
The daily activities provide a balanced mix of all the aspects a great yogi embodies: disciplined daily practice, knowledge, devotion, action or work, healthy food, rest, nature, service, and community. As you fully immerse yourself, you will find an openness to the process of deep learning and self-evolution. They are confident that the experience will not only prepare you to teach yoga but give you all the tools you need to maintain a harmonious balance in your daily life.
Tantra yoga starts with the gross level, the body, and gradually transitions to the subtle level, consciousness. This teaching system offers the evolutionary process from Hatha yoga, meditation through the body, to Astanga yoga, meditation through the mind, to Mantra yoga, meditation through sound, to Kundalini yoga, meditation through the chakras, and ultimately to Shiva-Shakti yoga, meditation through the internal masculine and feminine energies.
The foundation of Tantra. Classical Hatha yoga to balance your solar and lunar energies, when the body is balanced in this way the energy can flow properly which is the basis of good health.
Shat Karma - 1st step in Hatha yoga, internal yogic cleansing to prepare your bodies and minds for the yoga practice to follow, so that when prana does start to flow it will be moving through clear open channels.
There are practices in each of these limbs that help one evolve to the next.
Development of personal character by imbibing certain lifestyle regulations for upliftment.
Yoga Nidra and other techniques will be practiced regularly
The yoga of awakening the sleeping potential of the human being through bringing awareness into each chakra, energy center using a variety of Tantra yoga methods. This is an integral practice that will evolve throughout the course. You will also spend time to understand and work with each chakra individually
Requiring the use of all the yoga systems learned previously; it is our goal to make you a master of your own body, mind and energy systems. You will learn how to become an embodiment of divinity and to balance your own internal masculine and feminine energies.
Teaching hours are Monday to Saturday, 6:30 a.m. Days start with Tantra Yoga Sadhana, with asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation, followed by breakfast and the morning theory block. The lunch breaks allow for rest and study. The afternoon sessions contain a short workshop followed by a practice session where you get the chance to practice teaching with a partner or in small groups. Your teachers will be available for questions and corrections. The first half of the training builds up a solid foundation of theory and practice, and the second half focuses on the development of teaching skills as well as deepening your spiritual practices.
During the course, you will make an excursion to the Pashupathinath Temple.
Prakash is the founder of Shanti Yoga Ashram, has been dedicated to yoga since childhood. He studied at the Bihar School of Yoga where he received initiation from Swami Niranjanananda. For the past 10 years, he has continued to deepen his knowledge in Nepal with Swami Shivalingam, Tantra Yoga Master. For the past 18 years, he has been fully immersed in teaching yoga both at home and abroad. He has circled the globe introducing the deeper aspect of yoga practice.
The ashram is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, surrounded by nature and hills. Shops are located nearby with a supermarket, pharmacy, barber, clothing and laundry. It takes five minutes of walking to the nearest big bus station, where one can find the bus to Thamel, Kathmandu.
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During this training, you will be served daily home-cooked organic meals. 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 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 kitchen is a cozy, family-sized room with a welcoming atmosphere reflective of the generosity of the family who runs the ashram. The diet is strictly vegetarian.
Tribhuvan International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfer from and to the airport is not provided.
You can take a taxi from the city, Shanti Yoga Ashram is only 15 minutes away from Thamel and the price is 350 NPR.
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