Basic Intensive Yoga Training Program

Courses featuring this program

Beginner-Intermediate Yoga Intensive

September 18, 2017 - October 1, 2017

Beginner-Intermediate Yoga Intensive

November 6, 2017 - November 19, 2017

Our 2 week introductory course is an intensive yoga program including an in depth study of the theory and practice of Yoga. Specially designed for beginners in Yoga along with experienced practitioners who feel they lack knowledge in some areas of the great science of Yoga.
The course is divided into two components:

  • Intensive training program with extensive physical practice
  • Intensive theoretical program including lectures and workshops on Yoga philosophy, anatomy and biomechanics of Yoga, traditional practices of Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga and Ayurveda.
Program features: 
The program provides a comprehensive overview of the theoretical and practical parts of Yoga
You will be taught by 7 teachers from the Himalayas
You will have a lot of time to consume and explore this knowledge along with adequate free time for yourself to enjoy Rishikesh
It is possible to take additional courses in massage, Panchakarma, cooking, and different types of Yoga. There is also the opportunity to get personal advice from experts in several different fields with a significant discount
You will receive a certificate of completion of 90 hours of an international standard certificate
You will also meet a large amount of new like-minded friends in your Himalayan experience

Type

Level I Yoga Intensive
Certificate type: 
Certificate of Completion, 100 hours
Full program description: 

Goals

Depending on preferences and experience of each participant, you can outline the goals of the Intensive course:

  1. In a short period of time students will receive a variety of yogic practices from primary sources to modern techniques.
  2. Students will be comprehensively acquainted with the basic concepts of yoga and provide a clear understanding of yoga practice and its purposes, as well as to form a clear view of the physical and mental effects of the practices (recommended for beginners).

The first goal of the course is to have experienced practitioners eager to try new practices and obtain a deep insight into the Yoga system with a like-minded team.
The second goal will be extremely useful for inexperienced students seeking to know the of the art and science of Yoga.

The structure of the Yoga intensive course and subjects

There will be an in depth intense practical portion, accompanied by a detailed theoretical part.
The practical module consists of two Asana classes daily.
The practical module will be cover:

  • Asana (setting, alignment, sequence, structural therapy, intensive practice in the flow)
  • Pranayama
  • Shatkarma (classical practice of cleansing the body and mind)
  • Concentration techniques and meditation (Raja Yoga)

The theoretical portion consists of daily lectures by four teachers in the following subjects:

  • 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)
  • Subtle energy in Yoga (five energy bodies, chakras, nadis, Kundalini, tantric cosmogony)
  • Basics of Ayurveda (doshas, ​​gunas, race, Prakriti, vikriti, ayurvedic constitution, Ayurvedic lifestyle, Ayurvedic diet, treatment of physical and mental disorders)

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 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
  • 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 14 days total. From Monday to Saturday classes according to the schedule below. On Sunday there is a special program.

Schedule

  • Morning practical module (asana Shatkarma, p ranayama) - 2 hours
  • Breakfast *
  • Lunch *
  • Theoretical module - 1-2 hour
  • Evening practical module (asana) - 2 hours
  • Dinner*

* If you do not plan to eat at the Academy, please plan your meals according to the schedule.

Program duration: 
2 weeks

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Reviews by graduates

I attended Himilayan Yoga Academy from October to December in 2014. I chose this institution due to positive reviews that I found on the internet and because of its location in the infamous destination of Rishikesh, India. I can give nothing but further positive review for this wonderful group of professionals who have put together a program that so far exceeded my expectations, I can easily say that it reoriented the foundation of how I live.

The teachers and organizers of the program are trained, educated, spiritually in-tune people. They are full of life and give all of their efforts to following the tenants of yoga and living with awareness to the inter workings of the mind and the society around them. I met and came to respect numerous people as figures who could teach me many things I had never discovered about myself. Himalayan Yoga Academy is a place of humor and calm, study and meditation, relaxed and focused conversation. In my opinion, they have developed a perfect atmosphere for learning yoga.

The program itself is diverse in subject matter and well-organized. It is a complete foundation for teaching yoga.

The 200-hour certification I went through was actually 240 grueling (difficult yet rewarding) hours of classes, with primary focus on Hatha Yoga. Structural alignment is one of the most important classes in the program, teaching the ins and outs of how to align the muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons in order to perfect each posture. Immensely helpful. Asana (asana practice with less focus on theory of alignment) classes with Yogacharya Ashish are also integral to the program, and they are also demanding in nature, with verbal and physical adjustments given throughout each session. Meditation is another key course and becomes part of day to day life. We were encouraged to meditate before meals, before sleep, as much as we could. And of course we were given an assortment of meditative techniques during meditation instruction, along with many lengthy stints of group meditation.

Two other primary subjects are Pranayama (science of breathing) with Pandeyji and Shatkarma (health practices of yogic lifestyle) with Kamal. Both of these subjects are wonderful and taught with expertise. We also had courses in teaching theory, philosophy, and anatomy.

The program also offered many elective courses such as Kundalini, Zazen meditation, Zen massage, and Acro Yoga. We had the chance to receive instruction from many masters. For instance, meditation class went through four well-known and respected masters.

Excursions on Sundays are delightful and the destinations are breathtaking. It is incredible to spend a full week studying diligently and then reach Sunday and know that the experience is going to be one of a kind. Cannot express how awesome Sundays are. Waterfalls, rafting, sacred caves, time with friends.

I can go on and on about Himalayan Yoga Academy. I still haven't mentioned how good the food is, the many concerts to attend for free, or the unique setting that is Swarg Ashram. You can research the city itself to find out why it has become the Yoga capital of India.

I'll end with saying that going to Himalayan Yoga Academy brought me into the most positive, inspiring friendships of my life. People from all different nations coming together to be dedicated to studying the eight limbs of Yoga. Every other student attending was kind, open, modest, and ready to learn. Journey of a lifetime...

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