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23 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in India

  • Swami Samarpan Ashram, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Overview

India Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh

Join this yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. If you like to have a real ashram experience, Swami Samarpan Ashram is the perfect partner to have it. Surrounded by forests and streams, it is truly a quiet and peaceful haven, outside the busy and noisy streets of India. The training program aims to produce qualified and inspiring yoga teachers and practitioners who will be able to draw their own practice and personal discipline in imparting the yoga experience to others.

Highlights

  • 2 daily lectures
  • Half an hour satsang course
  • 2 daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • The five points of yoga based curriculum
  • One hour of service to the ashram community
  • 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification
  • 22 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 21 days with instruction
  • English
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If you would like to have a real ashram experience, this is definitely the place to be. The Swami Samarpan Ashram has eight rooms that can accommodate up to 16 persons. Basically, it includes shared rooms with two people per lodging.

The ashram is growing its own garden with bananas, mangoes, lemons, rudraksha trees, and other vegetables. It is gifted with nature, making your sessions one with the universe and making you forget about your problems in the world.

Moreover, ashram is more of a home that embodies a simple living where one can develop a positive attitude and an understanding of selfless service. It is a place of inspiration because it does not teach or preach; it exhibits, and you imbibe what is applicable to you.

Ashram life does not require renunciation or rejection of the world. Rather, its goal is to change one’s perspective on everyday life. It is recommended that you stay in the Swami Samarpan Ashram for at least 20 days in a year to relax, unwind, and reestablish a more wholesome and balanced perspective in life.

Having a 200-hour training would be a long ride. There are a lot of courses prepared for you as you enter this magical yoga program. A high degree of self-motivation is necessary for all aspects of the course. A basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is helpful but not really essential. The sincere desire to learn and openness to the teachings of yoga are more important.

The yoga teacher training will be based on the five points of yoga, which can be understood as the practical application of the traditional four paths of yoga. There will be an intensive daily schedule that includes two meditation sessions, two yoga classes, two lectures, and one hour of service to the ashram community every day.

The practice, and most especially, the teaching of yoga, demands an utmost degree of self-discipline and purity. To ensure the success of the program, participants are required to attend all spiritual activities, meditation sessions, lectures, and asana classes.

Asana (yoga postures)

Asana will be a daily teaching practice class devoted to educate on how to divulge asana or yoga posture and pranayama or control of breath. Practicing asana every day can give you the opportunity to practice the perfect posture and thus will help you build a good habit.

The daily in-depth practice with individual corrections covers sun salutation, 12 basic yoga postures, 100 Asana variations (from intermediate level to advanced), postural alignment, deep relaxation with autosuggestion, a release of blocked energy, and training sessions for all age groups.

Benefits of asana

  • Controls emotions
  • Improves concentration powers
  • Rids excess body fats
  • Enhances physical fitness
  • Relieves chronic ailments such as constipation, rheumatism, and stomach complaints
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Stabilizes thyroid functions
  • Keeps muscles youthful and supple into old age

Bhakti yoga

  • Kirtan: chanting of classical Sanskrit mantras
  • Indian gods and their cosmic meaning
  • Arati and Pujas (traditional Indian rituals)
  • Chanting that opens the heart and purifies the mind.

Because with daily chanting, you develop a strong feeling of devotion and a very pure vibration. In devotional chanting, correct pronunciation, devotional attitude, and awareness of meaning are all equally important.

Hatha yoga

Hatha yoga involves a control-over-the-body-to-control-over-the-mind kind of meditation.

Jnana yoga

Topics like these will be imparted:

  • Basic concepts of Vedanta philosophy
  • The seven Bhumikas or planes of consciousness
  • Space, time, causation
  • The three bodies
  • The three levels of the mind
  • Conquest of death

Kriyas

Topics like tratak, neti, kapalabhati, dhauti, nauli, and basti are the six classical purification exercises for the eyes, nose, air passages, esophagus, stomach, abdominal organs, and large intestines.

  • The absolute and how it manifests itself in nature
  • Macrocosmos and microcosmos
  • The seven chakras
  • The awakening of cosmic energy

Karma and reincarnation

The law of action and reaction, law of compensation, law of retribution, and destiny and self-effort will be tackled in this topic.

Karma yoga

Karma yoga is the practice of selfless service. It helps reduce selfishness and egoism. Moreover, it keeps you fit and healthy that truly gives immeasurable joy. Here, you will be asked to do various tasks within the Ashram setting, including gardening, cooking, cleaning, office works, and any other work that is necessary for the smooth running of the community.

  • The law of cause and effect
  • Samsara - the wheel of birth and death
  • Karma yoga - selfless service; one hour daily in the ashram community

Meditation

There will be a guide to meditation in which these will be tackled:

  • What is meditation
  • Why meditate
  • Physical and mental meditation
  • 12-step daily practice
  • Effects of and experiences in meditation
  • Mantras - spiritual energy in sound
  • Mantra initiation (if desired)

Pranayama

  • Awakens the inner spiritual energy
  • Relaxes the nervous system
  • Balances the two hemispheres of the brain
  • Purifies the nadis or subtle energy channels
  • Expands lungs capacity
  • Kapalabhati or lung cleansing exercise
  • Anuloma Viloma or alternate nostril breathing
  • Ujjayi, Surya Bheda, Bhastrika, Sitali, Sitkari, Bhramari
  • Samanu or mental cleansing of the nadis
  • The three bandhas: Jalandhara, Moola, Uddiyana

Raja yoga

This includes three:

  • Ashtanga: with the eight steps of yoga
  • Antahkarana: the functions of the mind
  • Concentration and meditation

Satsang

Satsang means being in companionship with the truth and with the wise. This course consists of half an hour silent meditation, half an hour chanting, and a talk or reading on the aspects of yoga philosophy that will help you develop a strong and steady meditation practice and show you the way to peace and happiness.

Teaching practice

  • How to teach the 12 basic postures and breathing exercises to beginners and intermediate students
  • Setting up of a proper environment for class
  • General pointers on teaching a class
  • Basic Sivananda class
  • Beginners’ course
  • Advanced postures
  • Yoga for children
  • Yoga for older citizens
  • Yoga for pregnancy
  • Relaxation
  • Detailed correction workshops
  • In the second half of the training course, participants will teach each other under the guidance of an experienced instructor.

Yoga anatomy and physiology

There will also be discussions on the introduction of the major body systems, the eight systems of the body, yoga and physical culture, as well as diet and nutrition.

Yoga nutrition

For yoga nutrition, vegetarianism (its ethical, spiritual, and health reasons) and how diet affects the mind will be taught. Other topics include the proper balance of the main nutrients, Ayurvedic principles of nutrition, and healing effects of fasting.

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 Wake up time
  • 06:45 Meditation
  • 07:30 Asana, pranayama, Mudra, Bandhas, and Kriyas
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Karma yoga
  • 12:00 Main lecture in philosophy and psychology of yoga
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Tea
  • 16:00 Adjustments, sightseeings, meetings with the living gurus of ashrams
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 Satsang (meditation, chanting, lectures)
  • 20:15 Rest
  • Swami Samarpanananda Saraswati

    Himalayan Master Swami Samarpanananda Saraswati is a direct disciple of Paramahamsa Niranjanananda of Bihar School of Yoga, Munger in the lineage of Swami Satyananda Saraswati, and disciple of Swami Shivananda Saraswati of the Divine Life Society, in the order of Advait by Vedanta Adi Guru Sankaracharya in 788 AD. The International Samarpan Yoga Awareness Foundation (ISYAF) was founded under his direction in 2001 and he is now the president of ISYAF. Presently, he is engaged in deep metaphysical study and guides national and international yoga,Vedanta, Tantra, and Kriya yoga programs.

This retreat will take place in the veiled paradise of Swami Samarpan Ashram in India, where you can definitely focus on the yoga and meditation training. Swami Samarpan Ashram is located in Lakshman Jhula, Tapovan, Rishikesh. It is just a 30-minute uphill walk from the center of the town, but only 15 minutes when going down.

Activities
  • Massage
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa
General
  • Garden
  • Lake nearby
  • Meditation garden
  • River nearby
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Local market

All your meals are included in the training price. The meals served in the training will all be vegetarian. This is to nourish not just your mind and soul but also your body. Being healthy is something that should be taken care of.

Meat, fish, eggs, black tea, coffee, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs are prohibited during the course as they are counterproductive to the yoga practice. Participants who do not comply with the ashram rules may be dismissed from the sequence. Unfortunately, it is not possible to cater personal dietary preferences beyond the yogic vegetarian meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

During your free time, you can enjoy Ayurvedic treatments available at the ashram. Samarpan School of Ayurveda & Treatments (SSAT) was established by Swami Samarpanananda in Tapovan, Rishikesh, as a wing of The International Samarpan Yoga Awareness Foundation (ISYAF). The aim of the School is to provide and teach holistic health with spirit, through the ancient Thai herbal medicines and Ayurveda of the Himalayas.

  • 2 daily lectures
  • 2 daily meditation sessions
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 meals a day
  • 22 nights accommodation
  • 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification
  • Examination
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra meals

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Rishikesh, India

Swami Samarpan Ashram provides training for serious students of any nationality and of all ages in yogic, Vedic, and Tantric sciences and offers the possibility to receive sannyasin training.

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