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Yoga Teacher Training in Dharamsala

Dharamsala is the best place for yoga teacher training and nature lovers. There will be an exclusive 500-hour yoga teacher training here in Dharamsala to properly train the skill of yoga to those who has a life calling in yoga.

Retreat highlights

  • Mantra chanting
  • Sanskrit training
  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Lectures and courses on yoga
  • 55 nights of accommodation
  • Daily yoga practices
  • All daily meals

Yoga styles

56 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Shiva Yoga Valley 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Dharamsala, India Program

There are two sets of expectations for a 500-hour yoga teacher certification course. There are the expectations of the academics that are guiding interns enrolled within the course. There is also a set of expectations on the part of the student, who is selecting a specific 500-hour yoga teacher training course. Of course, a scholar should choose a training program properly and make sure the curriculum and objectives of the yoga teacher training course matches his or her skilled and private aspirations.

Improve qualities of character and commitment

A yoga student who enrolls in knowledgeable degree, a 500-hour yoga certification course will receive a deep abiding degree of dedication. This dedication to the inside and outer transformation is as a result of cleansing results of yoga. A scholar who enrolls in knowledgeable yoga instructor coaching course will study via private expertise of the profound affect inside an everyday and sustained observe of yogic techniques and disciplines. The student should also apply him or herself to the thorough examine or anatomy, physiology, the subtleties of asana sequencing, Yoga as therapy, the facility of mudras, bandhas, chakras, mantras, superior meditation, and pranayama techniques.

Via sustained follow and focus, the potential yoga instructor will develop into more conscious of his or her strengths and weaknesses as a yoga trainer trainee. This profound yogic experience may be humbling and on the same time it's a methodology for reaching states of clarity. A yoga instructor trainee should persist with this course of whereas learning the right way to develop and strengthen areas of weaknesses. Interns discover ways to stability energy and weakness as a potential yoga teacher.

Living yoga in the world

A student who enrolls in a 500-hour yoga instructor certification course will in the end discover ways to integrate the experience of yoga, both on and off the mat. Knowledgeable level yoga teacher training program will carry a pupil's personal life into alignment with the essential yogic tenets taught by Pantanjali. These are the tenets one learns inside the yoga sutras, equivalent to: self-inquiry, not stealing and truthfulness. If a potential yoga trainer does not combine his or her yogic experiences, knowledge and pointers into his or her home life, the rasa or bliss of yoga will slip through the teacher trainee's palms and can reduce his or her means to uplift and impact future yoga college students in a positive way.

Main focus

Hatha yoga

Ashtanga Vinyasa

Kundalini yoga




Yoga therapy

Massage therapy

Marm therapy

Yoga sutra

Teaching methodology

Diet and prana

Focus on spirituality with spiritual masters

Syllabus of study

  • Asana practice and asana philosophy
  • Pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • Mudra and Bandha (yogic locked)
  • Meditation
  • Cleansing process (Kriya)
  • Teaching practice
  • Basic Ayurveda, nutrition and the yogic diet.
  • Anatomy (physical, mental and spiritual benefits of yoga)
  • Physiology of yogic practice
  • Teaching Methodology of different styles of yoga - Patanjali, Ashtanga, traditional & classical Hatha, Vinyasa, Shivananda, power yoga etc.
  • Hatha yoga pradipica
  • Mantra recitation
  • Introduction of seven chakras and five elements
  • Yoga life style
  • Teaching practicum
  • Ethics for yoga teachers

Daily schedule

  • TTC program is 7 - 8 hours a day. (6 days per week)
  • 05:00 - Wake up time
  • 05:45 - 06:00 - Mantra chanting
  • 06:00 - 08:00 - Yoga practice (asana and pranayama)
  • 08:00 - 09:00 - Karma yoga (selfless service)
  • 09:00 - 09:30 - Breakfast / snacks
  • 10:00 - 10:45 - Yoga Nidra / theory lecture I
  • 11:15 - 12:00 - Theory lecture II
  • 12:15 - 13:00 - Lunch
  • 13:00 - 15:00 - Resting time (self-study)
  • 15:00 - 15:15 - Herbal drink
  • 15:15 - 16:00 - Theory lecture III
  • 16:15 - 18:00 - Yoga practice (asana and pranayama)
  • 18:45 - 19:15 - Mantra chanting / meditation
  • 19:30 - 20:00 - Dinner
  • 20:15 - 21:00 - Sanskrit training / meditation / yoga songs (bhajans) / group discussions
  • 22:00 - Bed time

Retreat location

Dharamsala is a very beautiful place for meditation and yoga. Shiva Yoga Valley offers the courses at Mcleodganj Dharamsala and is running in a beautiful location at Mcleodganj (upper Dharamsala). The place of yoga is peaceful and away from the traffic sounds. McLeod Ganj or Upper Dharamsala at nearly 1,800 meters is nestled in the foothills of the Dhauladhars, which rise to 4546 mts. A hill station from the days of the British Raj, it is now often referred to as "The Little Lhasa" and offers travelers a unique opportunity to experience a vibrant Tibetan culture. McLeod Ganj is nine kilometers by bus and four kilometers by taxi route up the hill from lower Dharamsala or Kotwali Bazar, as it is known. At a much lower altitude of 1250 metres, nearly all the inhabitants of Lower Dharamsala are Indians. Being the headquarters of Kangra district all the local Indian government offices are located there too.

The residence of His Holiness Dalai Lama is opposite the Tsuklakhang. McLeod Ganj is largely populated by Tibetans and it is surrounded by pine, Himalayan oak, rhododendron and deodar forests with a magnificent view of the Kangra Valley. Today, streams of Tibetan refugees from Tibet and other parts of the world converge at McLeod Ganj to receive blessings and teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Western and Indian tourists, academics as well as spiritual seekers come here in large numbers to see the rebirth of an ancient and profound civilization. The high altitude and cool weather contribute physically to this recreation of the original Tibetan environment.

Things to do (optional)


Dharamshala is a paradise for mountaineers. From simple to really difficult treks, the mountains surrounding Dharamshala offer something to all adventure seekers. Many non-trekkers tread on the simpler treks to enjoy the natural beauty of streams, waterfalls and wildlife.

Yoga & spiritual escapes

From sitting in the calm of Buddhist monasteries to delving the mind into rejuvenating yoga, there is a lot a spirituality that Dharamshala offers. There are plenty of yoga retreats in the area, which offer diverse yoga styles and provide residential teacher training. Given the perfect atmosphere for learning and spirituality, Dharamshala is extremely popular with yoga and wellness enthusiasts.

Norbulingka Tibetan Institute

Situated about 20 kilometers from Mcleodganj, this is an abode for preserving Tibetan culture. With colorful and ornate interiors, it is reminiscent of Tibet in every way. Within the complex beautiful gardens, ponds, and architecture will mesmerize you. One wing of the complex has artisans working on Tibetan arts and crafts. There is also a souvenir shop. so you can take home a piece of this rich culture.

Kangra fort

A historical monument by all means, this fort has been referenced by Alexander the Great in his writings and has been witness to plunges from the likes of Muhammad of Ghaznavi and Muhammad Bin Tughlak. It is one of the oldest forts in India.

Museum of Kangra Art

  • This museum showcases beautiful miniature paintings from the Kangra school, along with craftwork such as fabrics and embroidery, and artillery of the region.

Church of St. John

Church of St. John in the wilderness - is called so because it actually is in the backwoods. With graves of many erstwhile British Generals and the Viceroy Lord Elgin, this gothic style church attracts visitors who want to enjoy some peace, nature and history.

Kareri lake

Kareri lake is a natural freshwater lake formed by melting glaciers of the Himalayas. It is at a height of 1,983 meters above sea level. It has become a favorite tourist spot for many nature lovers.

Dal lake

Popular for its scenic view, this lake is much smaller than the original Dal lake of Kashmir. Surrounded by deodar trees, the lake is a popular sunset observation point for tourists. A festival is celebrated here in honor of Lord Shiva every year.

Bhagsunag Falls

  • Bhagsu Falls is one of the most popular tourist spots of McLeod Ganj. Apart from enjoying the beautiful waterfall, there are a number of treks for Triund from here.


  • Hot water springs, at Tatwani attract a lot of tourists. Tatwani is about an hours drive from Dharamshala.


  • Macchrail boasts of waterfalls twice as big as the Bhagsu falls.


Tsuglagkhang complex is the residence of the Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama. Thousands of pilgrims and tourists come here to seek blessings of his Highness, the Dalai Lama. The well-known Namgyal Monastery is also within this complex.

Jwalamukhi temple

Jwalamukhi temple is a place greatly revered by Hindu deities, as it is believed that a blue flame constantly burns from the rocks of the temple. Many tourists from other religious backgrounds also come to partake in this legend.

Gyuto monastery

A large monastery on the outskirts of Dharamshala, Gyuto Monastery boasts of magnificent Tibetian architecture and dcor. It has lot of spiritual significance too as it is the abode of the 17th Karmapa, who is the head of one of the main schools of Tibetan Buddhism.


Triund is one of the most popular treks in the region. A 9 kilometers trek from Mcleodganj - it offers breathtaking view of the Himalayas. Summer months - April to June, and the autumn and early winter months of September to November, are best times of the year to go on this trek.

Toral pass

  • This trek starts from a place called Tang Narwana - about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, and goes to the Toral pass.

What's included

  • Full tuition
  • 3 vegetarian meals in a day
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary tea
  • Room accommodation with air-conditioner
  • Yoga course material
  • Shatkama kit (cleansing techniques)
  • Free Ayurvedic massage class.
  • Yoga course material
  • 1 day out tour
  • Practical and theoretical exams and international yoga teacher/yoga master diploma.

What's not included

  • Books and notebooks
  • Any other local travel or sightseeing
  • Other items of personal nature

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

From New Delhi Airport to Dharamsala Airport (Gagal Airport) - approximately two hours.

Arrival by taxi

  • From New Delhi Airport to Dharamsala (Mcleodganj) ashram for an approximately cost of 250 USD.
  • From New Delhi Airport to Dharamsala & Dharamsala to New Delhi Airport for an approximately cost of 380 USD.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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