Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course in November–December 2013

Class # 72
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$ …  $1560
November 25, 2013 - December 29, 2013 (35 days)
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Yoga Teacher Training Course, Level I

On this course, the theoretical part will not be purely theoretical, it will be interactive and practice based. Therefore we will call it "understanding" part. There will be three main topics we will need to understand:

1. Philosophy of yoga as it was laid down in the main sources of Classical yoga, and how it relates to today's practice in yoga studios. What we can do to make our yoga practice more of a "yoga" and less of a "workout" without dramatically diminishing the physical aspect of the practice. How aspects of attention and will relate to original goals of yoga.

2. How understanding of mechanics and anatomy of our physical body will help us to reach the goals of yoga more safely and effectively. How anatomy, physiology and biomechanics can explain work on physical, energy and mental level.

3. Teaching yoga in a meaningful way. This means in a way, adapted for specific group under specific conditions of location, time, climate, etc. This means you will not get one sequence that you will teach to everyone at all times. You will get understanding of how to build your own sequences that would be effective and meaningful both to you and to students in your class. You will learn to teach directly, trying to impart the true understanding of yoga and at the same time dancing from condition of the person in front of you.

Along with that, you will know the basics of ayurveda, yogic lifestyle, yogic/tantric understanding of prana, nadis, chakras and other yogic terminology.

The "doing part" of the course will include practice of asanas in 2 regimes: static with long holds and detailed alignment, and dynamic, in the flow, with bandhas, pranayamas (both classic and the ones you have never known about), kriyas, meditation and concentration practices. Two different teachers, each expert in his own style, will give you broad outlook at the topic of yoga practice and opportunity to figure out what elements work better and why. Along with that you will have dedicated pranayama classes, meditations, shatkarma classes and teaching practice.

Take some warm clothing like jeans and pullover, as Rishikesh might get cool at nights in November.

This yoga teacher training course will be led by our main teachers and will cover all aspects of yoga necessary to create a wholesome understanding of yoga goals and methods, and to teach science of yoga to other students.
Event program

Extracurricular activities

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

Teachers

Acharya Buddhi Prakash

Buddhi Prakash is an disciple of Sri Swami Maharishi Mahesh, the founder of the School of Transcendental Meditation (TM), who initiated Buddhiji in the tradition of Shankaracharya.

Buddhi Prakash first experienced samadhi at the age of 7. He had a clear vision of his past life in the Himalayas.

He received his higher education at the universities of Agra and Haridwar.

In 2007 he founded Prakash Yoga Sewa Trust. In 2013-14 Acharya Buddhi Prakash had been giving lectures on philosophy and meditation classes at the Himalayan Yoga Academy in Rishikesh.

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.

Emily Hewitt

Emily Hewitt teaches Kundalini yoga and Yin yoga at Himalayan Yoga Academy. Emily is a long-timer in Rishikesh, one of the first expats who settled in the world's capital of yoga, for whom Rishikesh became the first home. Emily studied Kundalini yoga from her guru Gurumukh. In modern Kundalini yoga, there is probably no teacher more influential than Emily's gurus. Kundalini classes by Emily are active and full of energy. Kundalini meditations, which Emily's students adore her for, are full of love, subtle energies and feelings of oneness with all there is.

Yin yoga classes taught by Emily according to Paul Grilley (who authorized her personally to teach the system) are super-pleasant, relaxing, restorative.The method of Yin yoga is broadly based on modern miofascial theories and ancient Chinese acupuncture. Having done a Yin yoga class with Emily you'll forget about pain and tension in your body, trust us.

Apart from Kundalini and Yin yoga, Emily is a professional in Acro yoga. Acrobatic or Partner yoga is all about having fun in concentration. It's fun because postures of acro yoga, which you practice in a group, let the child within out; it's a concentration practice because acro requires solidity in both your body and mind tissues which consolidates your attention and consciousness.

Also, Emily Hewitt is good in body anatomy and its practical application in yoga and is able to provide precious advice on teaching to both novices and experienced ones.

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.

Swami Atma Jnanananda Giri

Swami Atma Jnanananda Giri, homeopathic doctor by profession, studied meditation techniques from the great Himalayan master Swami Veda Bharati, completed the Yoga & Vedanta course from Sivananda ashram, and had opportunity to study Vedanta under the great Acharya Swami Dayananda Saraswati.

Swami Atma’s classes begin with foundation classes, where the student is taught how to sit for meditation. With a soft and gentle voice, a person could be led into deep relaxed state. There are different steps that are taught in a sequence.

Since about ten years, he is giving talks on subjects related to yoga and Bhagavat Gita. The talks are refreshing ones, which deal with the modern man’s insecurity, anxiety, competitive living management of time and job related queries.

The study go Bhagavat Gita gives an orientation about how to lead a yogic life. The study of five pillars of sadhana has helped many to balance their life. The study of Patanjali Yoga Sutra makes a person strong, secure and self sufficient.

The talks about the great yogic like Jesus Christ, Lao Tzu, Jalaluddhin Rumi, Boddhidharma, Buddha, Patanjali and Sri Krishna will give inspiration and also help you to understand that yoga is a path to face crisis and also to balance in situations of multiple problems.

Very kind and compassionate person, full of loving kindness, Swami Atma Jnanananda has touched the hearts of our students and managed to impact them in a deep way. Many our students have managed to find peace of mind and strength to deal with their problems after a series of meditation classes with Atma Ji.

Swami Yogananda Maharaj Babaji

This 105-years-old yogi is by all means the best, most honored yoga teacher in Rishikesh, India. Swamiji practices Sukshma Vyayama yoga since the last 84 years. Swamiji gives daily classes still, despite his age. Swamiji lives on raw food and some pure cow milk once in a while. Swami Yogananda has 10 children none of whom survived him.

The 105 year old yogi from the Himalayas, Yoganada Baba is perfectly healthy and gives up to four yoga classes a day. He has been practicing yoga for more than 80 years. Swami-ji believes that this system helps him lead a full life in good physical shape and sound mind. Having all his teeth in place, possessing unique memory, eyesight, ear and extraordinary flexibility, Swami Yogananda is going to live to be 150 years old. Being an unusually progressive Baba, he is currently studying English language and the basics of computer literacy. He even has his own Facebook page.
Swamiji lives in Rishikesh. However, during spring and summer seasons he is off traveling around the world, giving workshops and seminars on yoga and healthy lifestyles. In his classes you will learn Sukshma Vyayama, the Himalayan yoga system that helps developing stamina, health and longevity. You can also purchase a record with his classes given in front of thousands of people in Delhi. Swami-ji is widely respected in Rishikesh. He receives a special pension from the Indian government in recognition of his merits as a Freedom Fighter.

Cheerful as a child, very kind and funny, he will not only teach you how to be strong and healthy, but will also sprinkle you with an immense amount of positiveness and tremendous buoyancy.

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 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.

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.

Accommodation

You are provided choice of double or triple rooms at Kriya Yoga Ashram. All rooms at the ashram are neat, clean, nice-looking, well-lit and well-ventilated.

Food & Catering

Catering Options: 
Three meals a day
Event features
If you have doubts about your eligibility (experience in yoga, health issues, etc.), contact us for clarification. Please inform us of any diseases and medications that you take.

Cost

Regular cost: 
$ 1560
Cost includes: 
Accommodation in Swarg Ashram (Ram Jhula), the oldest ashram of Rishikesh, India
Full catering including three unlimited meals a day
Visits to ancient temples and ashrams in and around Rishikesh
Music concerts featuring sitar, table, pakhawaj, bansuri and other native instruments performed by the great artists of Northern India
All announced activities including but not limited to white water rafting on Ganga (if weather permits), trekking to the ancient Neelkanth Mahadev temple, a ride to the ancient Kunjapuri temple, sessions with outstanding yogis of Rishikesh, movie nights, etc.
Textbooks and access to extensive library throughout the day
Your individual yoga kit: a T-shirt, an organic bag, a neti-pot, a tongue scraper, a sutra, a notepad and a pen.
Tons of fun and heaps of experience
Cost excludes: 
Flight cost
Visa cost
Trasportation to Rishikesh (contact us for the lowest rates in entire India)
Insurance
Babysitting (contact us for a quote)
Paid extras: 
Taxi service
Babysitting
Free extras: 
Ticket booking
Free Wi-Fi
Free textbooks
Free organic bag
Free T-shirt
Free neti pot
Free tongue scraper
Discounts: 

10% off for the first referral, additional 3% off for every next referral. 3% off to attendees of any previous event by the Himalayan Yoga Academy.

Advantages

You'll be learning the holistic science of yoga from 10+ super-professional yoga teachers of the world's capital of yoga ()
You'll be staying in the oldest ashram of North India soaking the sacred spirit and the ancient wisdom of the Yogic Himalayas
We'll cater only fresh food, carefully prepared by professional cooks who are also yogis and brahmins. Our menu is the most versatile among Indian yoga schools.
You'll get your own textbooks that are rare to find and insightful
You'll cover almost every aspect of the art and science of Yoga with experienced yoga teachers each holding intiation in their own tradition
Our curriculum is astonishing, yet the 5-weeks program is effective.
For the first time in your life, you will comprehend Yoga as the most rational science, the most effective method of training the consciousness and the body, the simpliest path to harmony in life and relationships, and the most avanced explanation of how everything works – from the tiniest atoms to the Universe itself. Don't miss the chance!

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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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