Intensive 10-days Yoga Immersion for Complete Beginners in February 2017

Class # 28- i10
$270 …  $410
February 13, 2017 - February 22, 2017 (10 days)
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Effective for absolute beginners and those with little experience in yoga, this intensive program contains all a beginner in yoga needs: thorough, visual lectures on fundamental yogic disciplines that build one's understanding from the ground up, intense practical workshops and clinics in Asana, Pranayama, Concentration, Relaxation and Restoration with a whole team of teachers, unlimited group and private consultations with teachers, and lots of fun during extracurricular time. For those who only start their yoga journey this is a perfect solution and a great start.
Event program

Event program

Have you been interested in trying yoga for some time but not really sure where to even begin? You have heard all over the internet and TV about this strange word “Yoga,” but not sure what to make of all these hyper-enthusiastic people. You see the sparks in your friend’s eyes from their experience in Yoga, but your cat and dog bend better than you do. You’ve heard so much these days about yoga from your friends and acquaintances [all buzzing in your ear] about the incredible results and effects it has had in their physical body and spiritual growth.

Are you troubled by tensions in your body and mind that you can live with, but know you would be happier without? Do you sometimes feel as if you have lost control of what is going on around you and even losing yourself inside of your own thoughts? Are you sometimes even unable to sleep and start to lose your ability to logically reason and rationalize? Do health and lightness of being inevitably escape from your life? Then it is probably not by chance that you ended up on this page by accident…

All this talk about Yoga and its effects on body and mind have planted a seed in your head to try, but there are time discrepancies, or who is the right yoga teacher, or maybe courses you have seen are unreasonably expensive. And then there all these foreign phrases like “Chakras,” “Asana,” and “Pranayama” that seem so mystical and out of reach.

This course is designed for those who intend to get acquainted with yoga in her homeland. You will be able to have your first experiences in Yoga in India, right in the world capital of yoga, with the support of leading instructors who are internationally known in all major styles and subjects. All accommodations and food are included in the price along with Sunday excursions.

You have been waiting for your first experience in Yoga and this course has been made for specifically for you, hosting some of the Top Yogis in Rishikesh. We guarantee you will not regret this yoga immersion program.

Goals

Our goals of this introductory yoga intensive are to get our students well-acquainted with all the basic principles, concepts, and practices of yoga, creating for you a complete picture of how yoga works and how you can work with yoga.

Yoga contains an immense system of knowledge and practices, gathered together for the solution of many problems we meet in life. With the correct approach, Yoga will help to solve many global problems such as excess weight, lack of sleep, stress at work, by brining clarity to one’s perceptions and goals in life.

Come to Rishikesh, India and expand your horizons with an introduction to the ancient art of healing known as Yoga. We at Himalayan Yoga Academy have created a compact and insightful short immersion program so that you too can understand this irresistibly-enthusiastic view your Yoga friends have all been showing you.

For whom is this course?

This course is designed for all levels ranging from those experiencing Yoga for the very first time, to Yoga practitioners who are looking for a deep introduction to the complete system of Yoga. The course is designed to fill the gaps in your understanding of the Yoga system.

If you are in search of advanced practices, additional items and in-depth lectures please check out our 28 day immersion and Yoga Teacher Training course.

Program of immersion into Yoga

This program is filled with practical examination of the Yoga system, including detailed master classes, with insightful lectures broken down into comprehensible language for all levels.

From the first days we will be fully immersed in our Yogic Studies. The course will begin with introductory lectures focusing on the essence of yoga, its objectives, structure, logic, principles, and its history and development. The course will allow us to see how universal yoga techniques can be used to aid your own personal needs.

The beginning of our Intensive course will immediately start with yoga detoxification process known as Shatkarma.

It is necessary to cleanse the body of toxins and contaminants at different levels before fully immersed in the Yoga practice. The Detox methods are known to be beneficial for our Yoga practice but are not mandatory especially with those suffering from pre-existing medical issues. But these methods are well advised by most Yoga practitioners as the preparatory step to the successful and fruitful Yoga practice. Our school can consult an Ayurvedic specialist and undergo private therapy sessions if requested.

When we begin to understand what Yoga really is and how it works, we will begin to have a foundation in modern Yoga inside the realms of philosophy and physiology.

Our Yogic philosophy will be taught in the traditional fashion as interpreted in India, with reflections from modern perspectives. As a modern man begins to understand these ancient philosophical ideas we can apply their teachings and insights to our daily routine. You will begin to look at familiar things from an unusual angle changing your perception of the world around you. Here we will begin to unfold the curtains of the mystic of yoga!

Physiology and anatomy classes will cover mainly the musculoskeletal system of man, as well as the physiology of the respiratory, circulatory, nervous and endocrine systems of the body. Physiology and anatomy classes will be completely applied to the yoga practice, that is, instead of wasting time on complicated terms and definitions, we will discuss how it is arranged and functions in the body and in relation yoga. Our applied anatomy course will show how to control physiological and mechanical processes in the body, teaching the body how to function correctly and in harmony with its true nature.

At the same time relying upon yogic ideology and understanding of your own body, we will proceed to the study of proper yoga techniques. There are yoga postures "asanas," breathing exercises "pranayama", as well as techniques of mental concentration and harmonization, referred to as "meditation." Each subject is lead by international yoga instructors coming from different perspectives and insights in order to allow your development and lens of Yoga to reach its full potential.

Many techniques will be cross referenced from different angles in order to give a comprehensive explanation of how one is connected with the others, and what goals are pursued. Teachers will give individual recommendation to each student personally about what is most suitable for them and what they may need to avoid in their Yoga practice.

The correct approach to the practice of yoga requires a good understanding of the principles of injury prevention. We will study the principles of correct postures with the body that will protect you from injury and give the correct understanding of aligning the body in the yoga posses. [It may even open your eyes to the causes of long-standing pain or weakness!]

In this introductory course you will have in depth workshops in applied biomechanics, where you be shown the proper alignment of the core yoga poses for achieving the maximum effect. You will notice exactly how the body “becomes alive" and glowing with vibrations, filled with "energy" as a result of correct biomechanical alignment!

This separate work shop will cover the variations of physcial exercises and breathing techniques. You will learn the possible variations of most popular techniques and learn how to choose the most effective and safest variations to enhance the effects of your practice.

In the end, one of our leading instructors in physiology of yoga will give a workshop on working with the breath and voice. Classes will focus on the adjustment of breathing, deepening the autonomous concentration on the breath, muscles development, participating in breathing, primarily including the diaphragm. Also, the aim of the classes is the development of voice, which promotes the so-called "inner core," self-confidence, authority and credibility.

Course Overview

In this introductory 10-day yoga intensive course for beginners we offer training in the following areas:

  • Yoga Philosophy (4 classes)
  • Physiology and Anatomy of Yoga (2 classes)
  • Shatkarma (cleansing practices, optional; 3 classes)
  • Asana (yoga exercises; 9 classes)
  • Sukshma Vyayama and Pavana-Muktasana (warm-up yoga complexes; 6 classes)
  • Pranayama (breathing, concentration exercises, 4 classes)
  • Biomechanics of Yoga (1class)
  • Injury-Prevention in Yoga (1 class)
  • The Logic of Varying Practices (1 class)
  • Breath and Voice Work (2 classes)
  • Meditation (art of concentration and contemplation; 4 classes)

On an average, there will be 3-4 classes per day with an average duration of one and a half hours.

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.

Along with new knowledge and skills the course includes two meals per day and entertainment activities - your days will be filled with new knowledge, skills, experiences and delicious healthy food!

Extracurricular activities

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 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.

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.

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.”

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.

Food & Catering

Catering Options: 
Two meals a day

Cost

Regular cost: 
$ 410
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

The program was very detailed and well planned/organized. There was a strong emphasis on safety for students as well as teachers. Creativity and finding your own teaching style was also welcomed and encouraged. The variety of classes kept things exciting as well as helping to foster a diverse learning program. The staff was WONDERFUL and truly contributed to my great experience!

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