28-days Advanced-Intermediate Yoga Intensive for all levels in April 2017

Class # 28-i28
$927 …  $1280
April 3, 2017 - April 30, 2017 (4 weeks)
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Suitable for yoga practitioners whose experience ranges from "beginner-intermediate" to " intermediate" to so called "advanced" level. In other words, this program could accommodate beginning yogis as well as those thinking they're a smidge away from perfection and enlightenment. In this journey newbies will grow high above their amateur level and all-knowing yoga wizards will understand that there's nothing to shout about anymore. You'll find everything you wanted to master: various prototypical systems of asana practice taught by three or four different expert asana teachers, theoretical biomechanics and kinesiology behind asana practice, applied anatomy that includes traditional and modern theories which explain mystical effects of ancient and modern tantric yoga practices, fundamentals of pranayama – the heart of yogic science – with lots of practice under a real "guru" of pranayama, philosophical discourses that touch your mind and heart and invoke true explorer in you, and a wealth of higher yoga practices that unleash the essence of your existence and, potentially, the very meaning of life, the Universe and everything. Let the yoga magic change you for good. (Yes, this is a highly ambitious claim; Yes, we mean it.)
Event program

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This is the most suitable program for students if you are looking:

  • To attain the knowledge and skills in Yoga to develop your own practice,
  • To be thoroughly acquainted with Yoga under the guidance of Indian well-known Yoga instructors,
  • To fill the gaps in understanding of Yoga as a holistic system

This 4-week course is the most comprehensive program of Yoga studies in India for those who want to explore the depths of Yoga, to lay a solid foundation for personal practice, and to achieve a full understanding of the yoga system and its integrity, as well as to understand in detail the technical aspects of yogic practice.

The course covers all the basic subjects of Yoga along with additional more advanced practices including: Shatkarma, philosophy, Asana, Pranayama, along with techniques of concentration and meditation (Raja Yoga). The course will also include techniques of breathing and voice, anatomy and physiology, biomechanics and kinesiology, fundamentals of Ayurveda, restorative yoga techniques, subtle energies in Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Yin Yoga, Acro Yoga, Yoga Nidra, structural setting, and manual techniques in Yoga and Yoga history.

You will not find a more qualified teaching faculty. Our teaching staff consists of 12 Indian and international instructors, most of whom have an academic degree in the field of Yoga, long experience working with international students and many years of experience teaching Yoga in India and abroad.

This course is in the core program of our teacher training course. To obtain a first qualifying degree after completion of this course, one must demonstrate an adequate level of understanding in their practice and teaching methods to pass the teaching practicum and certification, after which, entry-level Yoga can be taught. Qualifying students of the intensive course considerably exceeds the basic requirements for an ordinary practitioner.

Above all the advantages of this program is that our students will have an absolute, integral and indivisible vision of Yoga as a system of techniques and knowledge, consistent with personal goals and circumstances of the practitioner. At the end of this program, the student, through their own experience will be able to explain the essence of Yoga and to formulate a methodology of personal Yoga practice to achieve personal goals.

This course can be taken repeatedly. Rest assured you will be discovering something new each time. Our 28-day yoga intensive course is a sort of “jump start” in the specialized professional and semi-professional courses in Yoga, as well as a training program for entry-level yoga teachers, for the development of personal practice and creating one’s own vision of yoga.

The structure of the yoga intensive course and subjects

  • Asana (setting, alignment, sequence, structural therapy, intensive practice in the flow)
  • Pranayama (classical technique and little-known Himalayan practice)
  • Shatkarma (classical practice of cleansing the body and mind)
  • Concentration techniques and meditation (Raja Yoga)
  • 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)
  • Biomechanics and kinesiology of yoga
  • Injury prevention (principles of injury, trauma, and the most popular methods of prevention, the principles of correct operation of the body)
  • Techniques of developing breathing and voice
  • Restorative yoga techniques
  • Subtle energy in yoga (five energy bodies, chakras, nadi, Kundalini, tantric cosmogony)
  • Basics of Ayurveda (doshas, gunas, race, Prakriti, vikriti, ayurvedic constitution, Ayurvedic lifestyle, Ayurvedic diet, treatment of physical and mental disorders)
  • The structural setting of yoga asanas
  • History of yoga

Separate modules are available covering brand new styles of Yoga including: Iyengar Yoga, Acro Yoga, as well as a series of classes on Yoga Nidra—probably the most popular to date the technique of psycho-physical balance. [By the way,] Our Yoga Nidra classes at the Academy are taught by a direct student of Swami Satyananda Saraswati, the author of Yoga Nidra.

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 be 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
  • Concerts of Indian classical music
  • 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 28 days total. From Monday to Saturday classes according to the schedule below. On Sunday there is a special program.

Extracurricular activities

White-water rafting on Ganga
Trekking around Rishikesh
Satsangs
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 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. In each room there's a curtain that separates spaces. This might sound ridiculous, yet that's a bit of luxury you won't find anywhere else!

Food & Catering

Catering Options: 
Three meals a day

Cost

Regular cost: 
$ 1280
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

As part of my long way home from Korea to Wisconsin, I decided I’d like to make a stop in India. I wasn’t sure for what exactly—maybe stay at an ashram where I could find a guru and learn about the meaning of life or learn how to meditate for hours on end and eventually get in touch with my own inner guru. I began looking up possible ashrams when an exciting though occurred to me—why not take a yoga instructor course? It had been something I’d thought about for years, but it was always financially out of reach. Not so in India… since I planned to be there anyway, the airfare was already covered. Furthermore, the cost of a 4 or 5-week yoga teacher program is a fraction of the price compared to what I'd find in the U.S. What's more, unlike the programs in the U.S., yoga teacher training programs in India include room and board! Ultimately, taking a yoga teacher training course seemed like the best option to not only fill my time in India, but also delve deeper into my spiritual side and deepen my yoga practice. Alas, my online search for an ashram shifted to a search for the perfect yoga school.

Immediately I knew the location of this yoga academy had to be Rishikesh. This city was thought to be the birthplace of yoga and currently considered the yoga capital of the world. Rishikesh is situated along the sacred Ganga River and at the foothills of the Himalayan mountains. It is a place brimming with forehead-painted swamis dressed in orange and a myriad of ashrams for yoga and meditation.

The next criteria on my list were A) a small class size and B) a school that offered only a few classes per year. I hoped to get to know all the individuals in my program. For this reason, I sought a class size of 25 people or less. Also, I didn’t want a yoga teacher training (YTT) program that spewed out yoga teachers like some kind of factory production. There are plenty of these types in Rishikesh—they offer a new YTT course beginning every month. I felt that the drawback of this model is twofold: (1) teachers become tired and lose steam from the repetition (trust me, as a teacher myself, I know this to be all too true) and (2) the factory model is great for making money, but when that’s your goal, how much are you willing to invest in your students?

Since I knew what I was looking for, my search was easily narrowed down to one YTT in particular: Himalayan Yoga Academy (HYA). This program is 5 weeks, unlike the more common 4-week model (in my opinion, 4 weeks seemed like a very crammed schedule). Additionally, at the time, the YTT program was offered only 1-2 times per year. The course had breadth which appealed to me—an introductory, broad scope would allow me to delve deeper into anything of particular interest following the course. Lastly, unlike other YTTs with a “guru system” where one guru, or teacher, teaches all classes in the program, HYA used the academy model—like an academy, the school provides a teacher who specializes in what he or she is teaching for each class. Basically, I was sold.

Upon my arrival, I was amazed to find the website may have in fact undersold the YTT program! I was in awe of my surroundings—the turquoise Ganga, the soft, fine, white, sparkling sand of the beach in front of my home, the pure, fresh air from the mountains, the footpath along the river connecting me to a nearby area filled with vegetarian restaurants, shopping, and live music. I was taken aback by the incredible individuals from all over the world in the yoga program, by the teachers who were so genuine, kind, and open, and by the staff—cooking for us, preparing our halls, putting on concerts of traditional Indian instruments and kirtan (devotional chanting)… it all seemed too good to be true. I had been traveling for 3 months prior to settling into Rishikesh, so it was wonderful to finally have a place to call home, roommates to befriend, and 3 wholesome meals to eat each day.

We quickly fell into the HYA routine—waking up before the sun to rinse our nostrils and sinuses with the neti pot, learning the breathing practices of pranayama, purifying our body through shatkarma techniques, and hitting the mat for an asana class—all before our first chapatti of the day! Following breakfast, the rest of the day was filled with any combination of yoga philosophy, methodology of teaching yoga, teaching yoga practice, anatomy, meditation, ayuerveda, zen classes, and more asana classes—occasionally mixing it up with kundalini, acro, and yin yoga. On Sundays we had the day off--either a day of rest or a day of adventure with HYA (white water rafting on the Ganga, hiking a waterfall, exploring spiritual caves, teambuilding activities at Mystic Beach, etc.) There were other highlights during the 5 weeks—like the neem-green mud bath, prakshalana cleanse (look it up, haha), watching the sunrise over Rishikesh, and movie nights.

Over the five weeks, my classmates and I formed astoundingly strong bonds and we began to feel like a large, multicultural family. Because the course was demanding physically, mentally, and even emotionally, it was crucial to have the support from classmates. That familial atmosphere kept everyone afloat through the end of the course—you could count on others to offer you help or encouragement when in need. It was an incredible feeling to be a part of this family and to all learn so much during such a brief timespan.

As an individual who practiced westernized yoga for many years, I was amazed to realize how very little I knew about yoga! The seven limbs aside, asana (what westerners think of as yoga) was reintroduced to us in a way we all learned a great deal. Thanks to our structural yoga instructor, Ashish, my classmates and I were tested daily on our preconceived notions of poses and postures, which were fortunately replaced by proper technique. Ashish’s class had me wondering what I’d been doing all these previous years in yoga classes... clearly not proper asana!

On the teaching side of things, HYA offered us a methodology of teaching class and also teaching yoga practice. In the methodology of teaching class, we learned about elements to be aware of when sequencing a class and which factors to consider when creating an asana class. The class had beneficial aspects to it, though much of the time it was difficult to follow or too much information given too fast to process. Our instructor was certainly knowledgeable but sometimes the information wasn’t conveyed in the clearest fashion. Fortunately, we were able to hone our individual teaching methods over a series of practice classes where we taught asana classes to our fellow classmates. These practices were always followed up by feedback from our instructors and classmates. This practice was incredibly useful and helped prepare us for our final exam where we taught our classmates a 10-minute segment of an individually-made, full class plan.

Although five weeks of structural alignment, other asana classes, and teaching practice were certainly beneficial to me, they in no way situated me to be an amazing yoga instructor. Yes, I passed the exam and now hold a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certificate (woohoo!), but to be the best teacher I can be, I realize I must further my self-practice. I view HYA as the gateway to a long yoga journey. I've only just passed through the threshold and taken my first glimpse at the true essence of yoga. Now I will take it upon myself to continue my practice and strive to be the best yoga practitioner and teacher I can possibly be.

Our last few days at HYA consisted of passing our final exams, breathing a collective sigh of relief, and celebrating with our yoga family. Saying “until next time”—never goodbye—some of us parted ways after the five weeks and a few of us traveled together to see the Taj Mahal, visit Varanasi, and chill beachside in Goa. It was an incredible adventure—one I’m so glad I embarked on. We’re already planning our return to India for the 300-hour course so we can become Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 500 Yoga Alliance certified! :)

So, until next time,

Namaste.

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