Ethan Byers about Extended Level I Yoga Teacher Training Course with Certification (240 hours) in February and March 2016 (2016-08-05 23:12)

It has been a long five week course from 06:00-19:00 mon-sat, day in and day out with not much sleep in between. We all came here thinking we had an idea of what yoga was and quickly discovered we literally knew nothing. But that seed of nothing has now become an internal blossom slowly working its way to the surface- preparing its beauty for the world outside.

The growth and transformation that has occurred here will continue to shape our lives from this day on. The awareness that has been cultivated inside will continue to shine light on the darkest times and keep afloat the pursuit of happiness.

To the friends I made here, may you all go out into the world with new flames inside, sharing the wealth of knowledge we took from HYA.

A big shout out to Saul my Roomie- for putting up with my idiosyncrasies, for sharing the struggles and stresses of YogaTeacherTraining, for being a brother from another mother It would not have been the same without you brother!

Congratulations to all completing the course!!

We can now return to the lives we left and bring new joy to the people who we share this time with.

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My experience with Himalayan Yoga Academy definitely changed me.

The 12 teachers from different nationalities, ages and backgrounds, following different Yoga perspectives helped me to open my horizon and change my own interpretation of Yoga.

All the classes were interesting and covered a lot of subjects, focused in giving you the basic tools to start teaching yoga. You learn about asana alignment, body anatomy, philosophy, pranayama, teaching methodology, meditation, yoganidra, shatkarmas, etc.

Classes are intense, start at 6AM and finish at 6/7PM with breaks for meals. You'll probably sweat and feel pain in muscles you didn’t knew you had, gaining strength through the course, flexibility and a better understanding of your body mechanics. You can still manage to get to know the mystical Rishikesh, her temples and shrines, food and clothing tents, see the sunset in a beautiful Ganges beach, drink some awesome fruit juices, meet interesting people from all over the world and get back to the ashram before the gate close at 10PM.

Teaching classes to your colleagues is part of the program and was my biggest challenge. Got my tongue-tied a lot of times, mixed words, but after 5 weeks I realize a big evolution and understood better that teaching Yoga is a never-stop-learning life. Made some good friends that I’m sure they will be forever.

The Ashram is a typical Indian building with a big dome and an awesome view over Tapovan. The shared rooms had bathroom and having a toilet was a good surprise. The food was good and from different countries, the staff very friendly but sometimes I ate out of the Ashram to eat some eggs, cheese and try different local things.

I feel very grateful for having the opportunity to learn in the holy city of Rishikesh bathed by the Ganges in a traditional Yoga Ashram. The HYA teachers, my colleagues and the rest of the crew made the difference.

I recommend it to any friend or anyone who is already a practitioner, wants to deepen his knowledge and gain teaching skills.

Hari OM

I completed my 240 Hour Teacher Training Course at the Himalayan Yoga Academy in March 2015.

It was one of the most enriching and life changing experiences I have undergone. The overall course allowed me to face and overcome some of my greatest fears. The teachers were all wonderful as they each provided a different yet inspiring and authentic approach to the practice of yoga. I made so many amazing friends that I still keep in touch with and learnt so much more about myself during the 6 week course.

I left India with a new zest to want to learn everything I could about Yoga and am so grateful for the time I had there.

Of all the yoga teacher training courses that I attended in my entire life, this one at the Himalaya Yoga Academy is the most impressive. Not only I left the course with a massive amount of new and useful knowledge, but having spent 5 weeks in a healthy supportive environment realized myself as a professional yoga instructor. Our teachers wholeheartedly taught us all that they knew and experienced. Although we rarely used a chair in a class, we felt this academic atmosphere all over. A true academy it was! My rating is 12 out of 10. Sign up now and think no more about any other yoga training program!

I had a wonderful experience in my 240-hr Yoga Teacher Training at HYA. I knew I wanted to study in India, and this program was recommended to me by my teacher in California and is known for being one of the most organized and holistic training programs in Rishikesh. The teaching staff is extremely qualified, including some of the top teachers in Rishikesh, and diverse, with some Russian, Western, and Indian instructors, which is definitely a benefit to a YTT. There is a strong focus is on structural alignment of the asanas and teaching practice, which was exactly what I was looking for, but also classes on pranayam, mindfulness, and meditation. Overall, my experience in this teacher training brought me closer to my true self, and HYA still holds a dear place in my heart.

I was here in March 2016 and I'm so happy about my choice.

I was actually at another school before I met Stevie from Himalayan YA. He took time to answer all my questions and explained to me in depth about what HYA had to offer. I was looking for traditional yoga with Western teachings. Himalayan gave me just that, the best of both worlds which was really important to me as I was returning to the West to teach.

I had enjoyed yoga for many years but I had the knowledge lacking from my practice. I now can say that my eyes are more open to yoga than I ever imagined plus there are many bonuses to this course.

Many courses don't give much teaching time but HYA gives an extra 40 hours to concentrate on just that. Classes such as vocal training to lean how to fill the room with a calm but assertive voice which is forgotten about on other courses. I felt confident to lead a class because of this practice. I have met many other students who had completed their YTT who didn't have the confidence to teach months after graduating. I am truly grateful for this. Be warned this course is intensive but you have a good support system around you plus fun trips to help you relax and enjoy it for what it is :)

Loved the team and grateful for all that I have taken away with me :)

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