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

Class # 30-i10
$270 …  $410
September 18, 2017 - September 27, 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

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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
Pooja ceremonies
Event teachers

Teachers

Oksana Glagol

A Yoga Methodology teacher, Oksana leads Methodology and Practice of Teaching Yoga along with Level I & II Applied Yoga Anatomy at Himalayan Yoga Academy.

Her lectures on Methodology of Yoga are deeply structured and are absolutely comprehensive. In these lectures, any yoga practitioner – be it an experienced yoga professional or a raw beginner – will find all he or she needs to comprehend the art and science of Yoga at any level.

Practice of Teaching workshops carried out by Oksana are fun, exhaustive and transforming role playing games, interactive presentations and group practices integrated in a way that even the laziest student will eventually find him- or herself a professional in yoga.

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

Shree Vithal Ashram

Bypass Road
Rishikesh, , India
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Accommodation in a shared double or triple room. Private or shared toilet. Hot water 24 hours.

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 Wi-Fi
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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