This teacher training course at Shree Hari Yoga School is a comprehensive 200-hour program approved by Yoga Alliance. The course is designed to initiate and accompany students on their path of yoga and prepare them to teach others. It is a rewarding way to develop a traditional Hatha yoga, Ashtanga yoga, and Vinyasa Flow practice, awaken your inner teacher, and gain an internationally recognized teaching certification.
You can choose to stay either in a shared or private room.
The course is a stepping stone to become a yoga teaching professional and the training itself gives all participants a solid foundation in traditional Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa flow yoga. Shree Hari Yoga offers a program that is presented in a fun, relaxed, modern, and progressive environment.
Students should be prepared to be mentally and physically challenged as classes vary from physically vigorous to softer and more restorative sessions. You will be encouraged to follow and satvic diet to improve your overall sense of well-being.
The program offers a strong foundation in traditional Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa flow yoga, concentrating on the correct alignments of the postures. In the class, you will practice traditional Hatha yoga in the morning time and take part at Ashtanga led classes in the afternoon.
Your teacher will guide you through the full primary series with modifications. In the practice, your teacher will constantly check your alignments, help you to deepen the postures and, if appropriate, adjust you in the postures.
From your first day, you will be encouraged to bring awareness to your breath. In traditional Hatha yoga and the other yoga styles, you will study the breath that initiates the movement from posture to posture. It is impossible to progress through the Ashtanga primary series without familiarity of the rhythm of your own breath, improving your focus. You will learn 7 pranayama techniques that will help you to lengthen your breath, increase your lung capacity and strengthen the nervous system.
This is an important aspect of yoga that is often overlooked as physical practice (asanas) takes precedence. Pranayama is a great way to alleviate stress and tension, something that is often endured in modern society. Pranayama practice will allow you to build mental and emotional strength to help you maintain a healthy sense of well-being, not just during the teacher training course, but in your everyday daily life. Tutorials will explain the theory accompanying these breathing techniques enabling you to practice effectively during guided classes.
Cleansing will clear the system and allow the breath to flow freely. You will learn 6 cleansing techniques on your course. Mudras will allow you to seal energy within the body. Again, tutorials will support the practice of both of these.
These classes will allow you to gain a deeper insight into the different yoga postures by looking in detail at the body mechanics of each and every posture. A clear understanding of the skeletal and muscular systems in a posture, in terms of its anatomical focus, is vital for teaching and practicing postures. The aim is that you build on prior knowledge of anatomy whatever level that may be and leave with a greater awareness of your own body and those of your future students.
During these classes, you will also focus on how to modify the different postures depending on the practice of your students. In addition, this class provides the opportunity for the instructors to really assist you with your individual practice on a personal level.
You will start to teach your peers during the third week of your training. You will instruct each other on a one-to-one basis and progress to devising and delivering your own lesson plan. Each week, the organizer will provide tools for you to develop your teaching skills, facilitating you to build your own yoga class that you will teach during the final week. Teaching methodology sessions include:
The former students always find this a particularly memorable experience as the majority will teach for the first time. Participating in each other’s classes and providing constructive feedback for your peers is a great way to learn and supports our ethos that learning is sharing.
Most forms of yoga in the west can be classified as Hatha yoga. Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures, meaning your Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Power yoga classes are all Hatha yoga. The word “hatha” can be translated two ways: as “willful” or “forceful,” or the yoga of activity, and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for meditation.
Classical yoga philosophy is interwoven throughout the program and you will be introduced to Patanjali’s yoga sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, and Hathapradipika. This class allows you to make your own comparisons of classical and contemporary yoga and pose the question, ‘what is yoga?’ These sessions are a great time for philosophical debate and indeed provided a welcome insight into the views of your fellow students.
Each yoga class will have an intention with a spiritual message that will allow you to understand how we can incorporate philosophy into practice. Hari will deliver a talk on yoga in Bhagavad Gita, a beloved Indian text from which many lessons can be learned.
Note: the schedule above is applied for 6 days a week. The evening activities include meditation, Japa meditation, spiritual documentaries, kirtans, and satsangs.
Dharamshala is located in Himachal Pradesh, Northern India and is surrounded by dense coniferous forest consisting mainly of Deodar cedar trees. The suburbs include McLeodGanj, Bhagsunath, Dharamkot and Naddi. The beautiful hills surrounding this area are covered by pine, Himalayan oak and rhododendron flowers.Dharamshala is the centre of the Tibetan exile world in India. Following the 1959 Tibetan uprising there was an influx of Tibetan refugees who followed the 14th Dalai Lama. His presence and the Tibetan population has made Dharamshala a popular destination for Indian and foreign tourists, including students studying Tibet.
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You will be served three daily vegetarian meals and drinks.
One of the main attractions of Dharamshala is Triund hill. Being considered the jewel of Dharamshala, Triund is a one-day trek at the upper reaches of McLeodGanj, about 9 kilomreters from McLeodGanj.
Please book your flight to arrive at Dharamshala Gaggal Airport (DHM), which is about 12 kilometers south from Dharamshala and about 10 kilometers north of Kangra, Himachal Pradesh town.
To reach Dharamshala by train, one has to reach Kangra, Himachal Pradesh town by Kangra Valley Railway line from Pathankot, which is 94 kilometers away and then take a bus or a taxi. Pathankot is a broad gauge railway head. There is another railway line from Pathankot to Jogindernagar, a part of the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, which is a narrow-gauge line. The nearest station to Dharamshala on this line is Chamunda Marg, half an hour away, where a Shaktipitha is; the town is well connected by road to other parts of the country.
Buses of all classes (deluxe, air-conditioned, and regular) ply daily between Dharamshala and major cities such as Chandigarh, Delhi, and Shimla. Several buses each night connect McLeodGanj with Majnu Ka Tila, the Tibetan settlement in Delhi.