14-days Basic-Intermediate Yoga Intensive in April 2017

Class # 29-i14
$509 …  $685
April 3, 2017 - April 16, 2017 (14 days)
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This course is a complete solution for yoga practitioners of all levels, e.g. from absolute beginners to long-practicing all-knowing yoga ninjas. This program offers intensive fundamental practicums in Asana, basic Pranayama, Concentration as well as Applied Anatomy & Physiology, core Biomechanics & Kinesiology, Voice & Breath Development, Applied Philosophy, Awareness & Self-exploration (a sort of mystical exploration of yogic psychology) and even more disciplines that make a marvellous yogi. Taught by 8 renown yoga teachers (and some more occasional guest teachers), this course creates systemic vision and understanding of the vast and multi-faceted science of Yoga. In short, you acquire heaps of structured knowledge and plenty of professional (read thoroughly-practiced and well-understood) skills, you stay with a bunch of like-minded people at a genuine ashram in the foothills of the Himalaya in a town of Rishikesh, which mass media call the world's capital of yoga. Along with all that, you get clear understanding of Yoga as a system (or, at least, start seeing your own blank spots in understanding the yogic system)! This intensive program WILL change your life (we use this extremely ambitious claim because it's what roughly 90% of our students say about this program.) Read full program description to see why we even dare to use such claims. And, if you’re looking for even more, check out our Intermediate-Advanced intensive program that has even more of yoga magic.
Event program

Event program

Our 2 week introductory course is an intensive yoga program including an in depth study of the theory and practice of Yoga. Specially designed for beginners in Yoga along with experienced practitioners who feel they lack knowledge in some areas of the great science of Yoga.
The course is divided into two components:

  • Intensive training program with extensive physical practice
  • Intensive theoretical program including lectures and workshops on Yoga philosophy, anatomy and biomechanics of Yoga, traditional practices of Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga and Ayurveda.

Goals

Depending on preferences and experience of each participant, you can outline the goals of the Intensive course:

  1. In a short period of time students will receive a variety of yogic practices from primary sources to modern techniques.
  2. Students will be comprehensively acquainted with the basic concepts of yoga and provide a clear understanding of yoga practice and its purposes, as well as to form a clear view of the physical and mental effects of the practices (recommended for beginners).

The first goal of the course is to have experienced practitioners eager to try new practices and obtain a deep insight into the Yoga system with a like-minded team.
The second goal will be extremely useful for inexperienced students seeking to know the of the art and science of Yoga.

The structure of the Yoga intensive course and subjects

There will be an in depth intense practical portion, accompanied by a detailed theoretical part.
The practical module consists of two Asana classes daily.
The practical module will be cover:

  • Asana (setting, alignment, sequence, structural therapy, intensive practice in the flow)
  • Pranayama
  • Shatkarma (classical practice of cleansing the body and mind)
  • Concentration techniques and meditation (Raja Yoga)

The theoretical portion consists of daily lectures by four teachers in the following subjects:

  • Yoga Philosophy (Samkhya cosmogony, singularity and duality in yoga, analysis of the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali, and the theory of samskaras)
  • Anatomy and biomechanics of Yoga (the musculoskeletal system of Yoga, structural analysis, structural therapy)
  • Subtle energy in Yoga (five energy bodies, chakras, nadis, Kundalini, tantric cosmogony)
  • Basics of Ayurveda (doshas, ​​gunas, race, Prakriti, vikriti, ayurvedic constitution, Ayurvedic lifestyle, Ayurvedic diet, treatment of physical and mental disorders)

It is necessary to specify that the volume of the material and class topics will be at the judgment of the instructor according to the general level of understanding of the group. Of course, the priority of the Academy is to provide the maximum amount of material possible, however, the acquisition of knowledge and quality of teaching are more important than amount of topics covered. Therefore, it is likely that not all of the stated topics will be covered as some portion may take longer durations of time for students to completely understand.
To learn the course as efficiently as possible, the Academy administrators will monitor the effectiveness of exploration program and assign additional hours for consultation if necessary.

Certification

All participants of this intensive yoga course will receive an international certificate of participation.

Textbooks, teaching materials, books for participants

All study materials will be given free of charge for all participating students.
Among them:

  • Original textbook "Asana biomechanics," a detailed description of all key asanas. In the description of asanas contains instructions for performing the proper alignment, the asana focus-points, involved muscles, possible contraindications, and therapeutic effect.

After-school programs, activities

Besides studying we will have extra activities. The course program includes:

  • 16 km river rafting trip on the rapids of the Ganges
  • Trips to the sacred and beautiful places around Rishikesh (among them: the mountain temple Nilkant on the spot where, according to tradition, Shiva drank poison for the sins of mankind. We will also visit the cave of the sage Vashisht, the founder of Kriya Yoga
  • Fire ceremony on the banks of the Ganges
  • Meetings, discussions, workshops with very interesting people

…And much more! Let some things remain a surprise!

Entertaining activities will be carried out three times a week, that is, almost every second day!

Code of yoga

Students must have adequate physical and mental health in order to successfully complete this Yoga-intensive. If you have any health problems or illnesses, let us know in advance and we can design an individual program if necessary.

Participation in the course signifies your agreement to follow the basic rules of ethical behavior. By subscribing to our course, you agree not to take any toxic substances including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. In this course, you agree to abide by the principles of honesty, non-violence, awareness, introspection and compassion for all living beings, the pursuit of knowledge and dedication to our studies. You also need to attend all classes and follow a daily routine, including the morning wake up time and evening lights out bed time.

Duration of yoga intensive course

The intensive course lasts two weeks or 14 days total. From Monday to Saturday classes according to the schedule below. On Sunday there is a special program.

Schedule

  • Morning practical module (asana Shatkarma, p ranayama) - 2 hours
  • Breakfast *
  • Lunch *
  • Theoretical module - 1-2 hour
  • Evening practical module (asana) - 2 hours
  • Dinner*

* If you do not plan to eat at the Academy, please plan your meals according to the schedule.

Extracurricular activities

White-water rafting on Ganga
Trekking around Rishikesh
Volunteer work
Visits to temples and shrines of the Garhwal Himalayas
Visits to the greatest ashrams of Rishikesh
Indian Classical Music nights
Pooja ceremonies
Event teachers

Teachers

Yogacharya Sanjeev Pandey Ji

Yogacharya Sanjeev Pandey Ji is the most popular Pranayama teacher in Rishikesh, India. His inspirational classes won't leave anyone indifferent to the art of pranayama. Pandey Ji is artistical, yet able to talk in simple language about intricate matters. As all–without exception– students witness, Pandey Ji's knowledge of pranayama is comprehensive and exhaustive. Yogacharya Pandey is able to rediscover familiar techniques in a new light and in the exact sequence and method that increase efficiency of your practice to the absolute.

Sanjeev Pandey has been into pranayama for the last 20 years. Once a successful businessman he gave up everything to go into the depth of yogic lifestyle. He is a well-known pranayama teacher in Rishikesh. His unique teaching style does not leave anyone cold. Students say that within a few classes he manages to give them a very clear idea about such a complicated science as pranayama and its purposes and techniques as a part of the eight-limbed yogic path.

Pandey Ji is a devotee of traditional methods on modern yoga. His views and teachings are based on classical works on yoga such as Hathayogapradipika, Bhagavad Gita, a numbe of the Upanishads and Gheranda Samhita.

Yogacharya Ashish Kumar Sharma

Ashish Sharma is young and yet very experienced teacher of hatha yoga. He was born, grew up and received his training in Rishikesh located in the foothills of the eternal Himalayas. Ashish’s insatiable longing for a deeper understanding of the practice of hatha yoga has led him to absorb the very essence of the classical hatha yoga. Ashish is a super-talented teacher and a gifted mentor. Practicing under his guidance gives you better control of your body and makes you stronger and more flexible. Your practice, however, only begins there. The power and pliancy of the mind work to develop a stronger will and enhance your intellectual facility, you begin to see the things earlier unseen.

Ashish Sharma has been practicing hatha yoga since 14 years under the guidance of numerous yoga teachers, yet he admits that his first and foremost teacher is his brother Pankaj Sharma, an internationally renowned yoga master. Ashish has been giving classes from 2007, and he has many students coming to Rishikesh every year to learn yoga exclusively from him. Ashish is, probably, one of the best yoga teachers in Rishikesh.

Ashish is teaching hatha yoga with special attention on body alignment and asana geometry. Having deep understanding of biomechanics of the body, he is excellent teacher to give basic comprehension of how body should work in each pose. Ashish pays special attention to people with spine and joint problems, he has very vast background in yoga therapy. Classes of Ashish have been proved essential in building overall understanding of body work for future yoga teachers. In every class, he gives true revelations on healthy engagements of muscles to avoid injuries and what you can do to optimize the effect. His classes are the best to go deeper into the body and gain control of the most subtlest and deepest muscles. That creates a state of very subtle concentration, without excessive effort, effects of which students feel long after the class has finished. Ashish possesses the blend of professional strictness with compassionate softness and good sense of humor, which makes his classes highly effective and energetically balanced.

Ashish Sharma is one of the few teachers of hatha yoga in Rishikesh who teaches the mastery of asana without much physical contact with the student. Ashish, like no other yoga master from the world’s yoga capital, understands what it takes to master asana. Ashish has practiced yoga since his early childhood and began teaching it in 2000.

Humble, modest and very competent in yoga asana, Ashish possesses all the qualities of a true teacher of yoga. Along with Sri Surinder Singh, Ashish is always named among the most popular teachers at the Himalayan Yoga Academy and Rishikesh, the world’s yoga capital.

Stevie Ray

Stevie Ray is a 500 RYT/200 E-RYT Yoga instructor trained in Rishikesh India. With a strong dedication to the art and development of Asana, his classes emphasize first and foremost the connection of the breath and the body, along with the proper alignment to bring the rehabilitation of the physical to access the spiritual.

Stevie Ray has been a Yoga instructor and lecturer at several 200 hour teacher training courses in India, along with running teacher trainings programs and workshops in the States, Europe, and Central America. His classes range from Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Style Yoga workshops, and Yin Yoga. With his experience in teaching in Studios across the globe, he attempts to equip his teacher training students with practical sequencing knowledge and teaching methods to feel confident in crossing the bridge from student to instructor. “Yoga is an ancient Art of Self-healing that must be discovered by experience. We attempt to explore the body to bring awareness to dormant portions of our physical being while bringing light into the dark corner of consciousness.”

Dr. Usha Vaishnava

Usha Vaishnava has been working in ayurvedic environment since she was 12 years old. After long years of assisting a doctor Usha enters the Ayurvedic University with 150 year old history, well-known in whole India.

At present doctor Usha holds Master’s degree in Ayurveda and Bachelor’s degree in Medical Sciences. Usha Vaishnava is an accomplished doctor of Ayurveda with nearly 20 years of experience. Her specialization is panchkarma.

Since 2003 Dr. Usha has been teaching at the Himalayan Yoga Academy enjoying her huge popularity among students.

Yogacharya Kamal Bhatt

Yogacharya Kamal was born in family with deep knowledge of Sanscrit and ancient texts, so study of Vedic and other ancient text was part of his yogic education since childhood. Kamal is absolutely the best shatkarma yoga teacher in Rishikesh, India.

In 2006, he attained 1 year training course in naturopathy at National Institute of Naturopathy (Department of Ayush Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India).

In 2007, Kamal attained bachelor degree in Physical education from Barkatullash university, Bhopal.

In 2010, he attained Master of Science in Yoga from Uttarakhand Sanskrit University in Haridwar.

In 2002, Kamal participated in all-India Inter-university Yogasana Championship held at North Gujarat University, Patan.

In 2008, he co-founded International Free Yoga and Music Festival that lasted till 2014.

Kamal is master of hatha yoga techniques, and particularly shatkarma section. He is one of the best teachers in Rishikesh to teach cleansing techniques as he is well proficient with the most complicated shatkarmas. He teaches yoga from traditional perspective and combines approaches of naturopathy and natural living.

In the world's capital of yoga, Kamal Ji is perhaps the real-est yogi of all. His humbleness and kindness, immense compassion towards all living beings and non-fading cheerfullness combined with routine yoga practice make him one of a kind, true living yogi.

Accommodation

Venue

Kriya Yoga Ashram

Badrinath Road, Tapovan
Rishikesh, Uttaranchal, India
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You'll be sharing a standard double or triple room at Kriya Yog Ashram with a roommate. The rooms are very large and clean. Each room has a private bathroom. Hot water is available 24/7. Indians call this type of accommodation "Luxury suites". You as a westerner may not feel same at the beginning, but – believe us! – you'll start appreciating your space after a week in India. Yeah…

Food & Catering

Catering Options: 
Three meals a day

Cost

Regular cost: 
$ 685
Comment on cost: 
The minimum course fee does not include accomodation and food. This option is pretty time-consuming (since you reside outside the ashram) and we do not recommend it because the course schedule is really busy. Moreover we offer delicious and varied vegetarian meals to cater everyone's taste, a truly rare combination for an Indian province.
Paid extras: 
Taxi service
Free extras: 
Free textbooks
Free T-shirt
Free neti pot

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Reviews by graduates

I attended Himilayan Yoga Academy from October to December in 2014. I chose this institution due to positive reviews that I found on the internet and because of its location in the infamous destination of Rishikesh, India. I can give nothing but further positive review for this wonderful group of professionals who have put together a program that so far exceeded my expectations, I can easily say that it reoriented the foundation of how I live.

The teachers and organizers of the program are trained, educated, spiritually in-tune people. They are full of life and give all of their efforts to following the tenants of yoga and living with awareness to the inter workings of the mind and the society around them. I met and came to respect numerous people as figures who could teach me many things I had never discovered about myself. Himalayan Yoga Academy is a place of humor and calm, study and meditation, relaxed and focused conversation. In my opinion, they have developed a perfect atmosphere for learning yoga.

The program itself is diverse in subject matter and well-organized. It is a complete foundation for teaching yoga.

The 200-hour certification I went through was actually 240 grueling (difficult yet rewarding) hours of classes, with primary focus on Hatha Yoga. Structural alignment is one of the most important classes in the program, teaching the ins and outs of how to align the muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons in order to perfect each posture. Immensely helpful. Asana (asana practice with less focus on theory of alignment) classes with Yogacharya Ashish are also integral to the program, and they are also demanding in nature, with verbal and physical adjustments given throughout each session. Meditation is another key course and becomes part of day to day life. We were encouraged to meditate before meals, before sleep, as much as we could. And of course we were given an assortment of meditative techniques during meditation instruction, along with many lengthy stints of group meditation.

Two other primary subjects are Pranayama (science of breathing) with Pandeyji and Shatkarma (health practices of yogic lifestyle) with Kamal. Both of these subjects are wonderful and taught with expertise. We also had courses in teaching theory, philosophy, and anatomy.

The program also offered many elective courses such as Kundalini, Zazen meditation, Zen massage, and Acro Yoga. We had the chance to receive instruction from many masters. For instance, meditation class went through four well-known and respected masters.

Excursions on Sundays are delightful and the destinations are breathtaking. It is incredible to spend a full week studying diligently and then reach Sunday and know that the experience is going to be one of a kind. Cannot express how awesome Sundays are. Waterfalls, rafting, sacred caves, time with friends.

I can go on and on about Himalayan Yoga Academy. I still haven't mentioned how good the food is, the many concerts to attend for free, or the unique setting that is Swarg Ashram. You can research the city itself to find out why it has become the Yoga capital of India.

I'll end with saying that going to Himalayan Yoga Academy brought me into the most positive, inspiring friendships of my life. People from all different nations coming together to be dedicated to studying the eight limbs of Yoga. Every other student attending was kind, open, modest, and ready to learn. Journey of a lifetime...

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