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41 Day 300-Hour Tantra Yoga Teacher Training Course in Kathmandu

Shanti Yoga Ashram, Machchhegaun, Kathmandu, Nepal

Enriching Yoga Teacher Training Nepal

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.

Meet the instructors

Yogi Prakash
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Highlights

  • Daily practicum session
  • Pranayama and meditation session
  • Daily morning and afternoon Tantra yoga sadhana
  • Teacher training materials, practicum, and lecture/satsang
  • Initiation ceremony, mala and shawl given by Guru
  • 3 organic home cooked meals daily
  • 40 nights accommodation

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35 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 25 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 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.

Program

Program

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.

Why Tantra?

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.

What makes this training special?

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 lineage

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.

Ashram benefits

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.

Course curriculum

Tantra’s five yoga system

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.

Hatha yoga

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.

Asana, pranayama, Mudra, Bhandha

  • Asana - Classic Hatha yoga asanas, sun salutations with deeper esoteric meaning while incorporating chakra awareness, how to incorporate breathe, awareness, and movement along with enjoyment.
  • Pranayama - Sensitizing, vitalizing, balancing, and tranquilizing. You will learn more than techniques but gain the ability to use your breathe to direct your own pranic flow.
  • Mudra - Create a flow of prana through different gestures, an essential element of Tantra yoga
  • Bhanda - Learn to lock and release different parts of the body to direct the energy as needed

Ashtanga yoga (Raja yoga) - 8 limbs

There are practices in each of these limbs that help one evolve to the next.

Yama and Niyama

Development of personal character by imbibing certain lifestyle regulations for upliftment.

Bhakti yoga and Karma yoga are included here

  • Bhakti yoga (Yoga of devotion) - Embodying divine qualities
  • Karma yoga (Yoga of selfless service) - Doing something good for humanity that reaches beyond your own borders
  • Asana - Become comfortable in your own skin and still so that the cosmic life-force may flow through you
  • Pranayama - Learn to expand the space between the breaths to come fully into present moment awareness, preliminary stages of meditation
  • Pratyahara - Can you fully relax and go within? Learn to withdraw your senses and find your true home, inside of you

Yoga Nidra and other techniques will be practiced regularly

  • Dharana - Concentration - Esoteric practices to create the strength and focus necessary for meditation
  • Dhyayna - Meditation will happen naturally with the preparatory practices Shanti Yoga Ashram will give you
  • Samadhi - Blissful state of enlightenment - A glimpse will be possible as the soul begins to shine out and feel real peace
  • Mantra yoga - Once the body and mind are balanced we are ready to invoke the divine energy through sound vibration, the most subtle of all manifestations
  • AUM chanting - There are many ways to chant Om to awaken different energy centers and to either elevate or ground
  • Kirtan - Singing together chants to invite Cosmic Energies
  • Mantra Initiation - You will receive a mantra to connect you with the yoga lineage to chant on your own
  • Yantra, Mantra, and Tantra - Visualization and manifestation

Kundalini yoga

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

  • Kriya yoga - Working inside of the asana to circulate prana from one chakra to the next, a process of purification

Shiva Shakti yoga

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.

  • Harmonizing sexuality with spirituality to understand sacred sex
  • Ritual and ceremony to celebrate and honor the divine feminine and noble masculine
  • Connecting the three main power centers

Ayurveda - The art of living in harmony with yourself and the natural world

  • Philosophy and practical application
  • Circadian rhythms and natural cycles
  • Self-care and daily routine
  • Ayurvedic diet and conscious eating

Jnana yoga - The yoga of knowledge and the path of self-realization

  • Integration of the philosophy of yoga into the experiential or vice versa
  • Everyday examples; negative patterns, personal tendencies, and heightening self-awareness
  • The power of the mind / directing one's perception accordingly
  • Self-inquiry, the transmission of Ramana Maharshi works on non-dualism

Energetic principles - Discovering your intrinsic connection as a microcosmos in the macro cosmos.

  • The Pancha Kosha; 5 energetic layers or sheaths that move from the outermost layer of skin to the deep spiritual core

Hatha yoga

  • Shatkarma
  • Asana
  • Pranayama
  • Mudra
  • Bhanda

Ashtanga yoga

  • Yama, Niyama
  • 8 limbs
  • Dharana
  • Meditation
  • Yoga Nidra

Mantra yoga

  • Kirtan
  • Japa
  • Basic harmonium
  • Bija mantras
  • Mantra initiation

Kundalini yoga

  • Prana
  • Nadis
  • Chakras
  • Meditation
  • Energy work

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.

Daily schedule

  • 05:30 Wake-up (Morning bell)
  • 06:30 Yoga class
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Karma yoga
  • 10:30 Lecture
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • Afternoon study time, personal time
  • 15:00 Practice teaching/harmonium
  • 17:00 Pranayama and meditation
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Kirtan (communal chanting)
  • 20:00 Retire to your room for study, the practice of Mouna (silence)

Included excursions

During the course, you will make an excursion to the Pashupathinath Temple.

Instructors

Yogi Prakash

Retreat location

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.

Unique features

General

  • Concierge desk
  • Garden
  • Kitchen

Services

  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • 40 nights accommodation in the ashram
  • 3 organic home-cooked meals daily
  • Daily morning and afternoon Tantra yoga sadhana
  • Teacher training materials, practicum, and lecture/Satsang
  • 24 hours Wi-Fi
  • The initiation ceremony, mala, and shawl given by Guru

What's not included

  • Flight ticket
  • Airport transfers
  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfer from and to the airport is not provided.

Arrival by taxi

You can take a taxi from the city, Shanti Yoga Ashram is only 15 minutes away from Thamel and the price is 350 NPR.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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Arrival: Thursday November 5, 2020
Departure: Tuesday December 15, 2020

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