25-Day 200-Hour Multi-Style Yoga Teacher Training Retreat in Dharamshala

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Suitable for intermediate, beginner, and advanced practitioners
Daily yoga practices
Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa yoga practices
6 kriya and mudra techniques lessons
Daily meals, snacks and drinks
Asana and pranayama practices
Yoga philosophy, anatomy, and methodology classes
Evening meditation and arati session
Instruction in English
Max. 20 participants
Organiser also speaks German and Hindi
This teacher training course at Shree Hari Yoga School is a comprehensive 200-hour program. The course is designed to initiate and accompany students on their path of yoga and prepare them to teach others. It is a rewarding way to develop traditional Hatha yoga, Ashtanga yoga, and Vinyasa Flow practice, awaken your inner teacher, and gain an internationally recognized teaching certification.
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Program

Overview
The course is a stepping stone to becoming a yoga teaching professional and the training itself gives all participants a solid foundation in traditional Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa flow yoga. Shree Hari Yoga offers a program that is presented in a fun, relaxed, modern, and progressive environment.

Students should be prepared to be mentally and physically challenged as classes vary from physically vigorous to softer and more restorative sessions. You will be encouraged to follow and satvic diet to improve your overall sense of well-being.

Course objectives
  • Know about the skeletal and muscular systems
  • Teach a Hatha based flow lesson to your peers
  • Learn and practice meditation, mantras, bandhas, pranayamas, mudras, and kriyas
  • Study Patanjali’s yoga sutras and know how to incorporate the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga into your daily practice
  • Study Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the Hathapradipika

Criteria
  • You’ve done quite a bit of yoga and have a basic understanding of what traditional Hatha yoga is
  • You want to share your knowledge about yoga and become a yoga teacher
  • You want to train in a traditional Indian yoga school with experienced teachers either in the Himalayan Mountains or at the beaches of South Indian, Gokarna

Assessments
  • Teach a traditional Hatha yoga based flow to your peers
  • Pass a written test in yoga philosophy, anatomy, and alignment
  • Present the correct alignment of several asanas

Syllabus

Personal asana practice
The program offers a strong foundation in traditional Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa flow yoga, concentrating on the correct alignments of the postures. In the class, you will practice traditional Hatha yoga in the morning time and take part at Ashtanga-led classes in the afternoon. 

Your teacher will guide you through the full primary series with modifications. In the practice, your teacher will constantly check your alignments, help you to deepen the postures and, if appropriate, adjust you in the postures.

Pranayama (breathing techniques)
From your first day, you will be encouraged to bring awareness to your breath. In traditional Hatha yoga and the other yoga styles, you will study the breath that initiates the movement from posture to posture. It is impossible to progress through the Ashtanga primary series without the familiarity with the rhythm of your own breath, improving your focus. You will learn 7 pranayama techniques that will help you to lengthen your breath, increase your lung capacity, and strengthen the nervous system. 

This is an important aspect of yoga that is often overlooked as physical practice (asanas) takes precedence. Pranayama is a great way to alleviate stress and tension, something that is often endured in modern society. Pranayama practice will allow you to build mental and emotional strength to help you maintain a healthy sense of well-being, not just during the teacher training course, but in your everyday daily life. Tutorials will explain the theory accompanying these breathing techniques enabling you to practice effectively during guided classes. 

Kriyas (cleansing) and mudras (energy seals)
Cleansing will clear the system and allow the breath to flow freely. You will learn 6 cleansing techniques in your course. Mudras will allow you to seal energy within the body. Again, tutorials will support the practice of both of these.

Anatomy of alignment classes
These classes will allow you to gain a deeper insight into the different yoga postures by looking in detail at the body mechanics of each and every posture. A clear understanding of the skeletal and muscular systems in a posture, in terms of its anatomical focus, is vital for teaching and practicing postures. The aim is that you build on prior knowledge of anatomy whatever level that may be and leave with a greater awareness of your own body and those of your future students. 

During these classes, you will also focus on how to modify the different postures depending on the practice of your students. In addition, this class provides the opportunity for the instructors to really assist you with your individual practice on a personal level. 

Teaching methodology
You will start to teach your peers during the third week of your training. You will instruct each other on a one-to-one basis and progress to devising and delivering your own lesson plan. Each week, the organizer will provide tools for you to develop your teaching skills, facilitating you to build your own yoga class that you will teach during the final week. Teaching methodology sessions include:

  • Opening a class
  • Sequencing
  • Instructions
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Corrections and adjustments
  • Modifications
The former students always find this a particularly memorable experience as the majority will teach for the first time. Participating in each other’s classes and providing constructive feedback for your peers is a great way to learn and supports our ethos that learning is sharing.

Hatha yoga
Most forms of yoga in the west can be classified as Hatha yoga. Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures, meaning your Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Power yoga classes are all Hatha yoga. The word “Hatha” can be translated two ways: as “willful” or “forceful,” or the yoga of activity, and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for meditation.

Yoga philosophy
Classical yoga philosophy is interwoven throughout the program and you will be introduced to Patanjali’s yoga sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, and Hathapradipika. This class allows you to make your own comparisons of classical and contemporary yoga and pose the question, ‘what is yoga?’ These sessions are a great time for philosophical debate and indeed provide a welcome insight into the views of your fellow students. 

Each yoga class will have an intention with a spiritual message that will allow you to understand how we can incorporate philosophy into practice. Hari will deliver a talk on yoga in Bhagavad Gita, a beloved Indian text from which many lessons can be learned.

Typical daily schedule
  • 07:00-10:00 Traditional Hatha yoga classes including kriya, pranayama, and asana practices
  • 09:00-10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00-11:15 Yoga philosophy
  • 11:30-12:30 Anatomy
  • 12:30-14:45 Lunch hours
  • 14:45-15:45 The art of teaching methodology
  • 16:00-17:30 Afternoon asana, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa therapeutical yoga practices
  • 17:30-18:30 Evening activities and arati
Note: the schedule above is applied for 6 days a week. The evening activities include meditation, Japa meditation, spiritual documentaries, kirtans, and satsangs.

Optional activities
One of the main attractions of Dharamshala is Triund hill. Being considered the jewel of Dharamshala, Triund is a one-day trek at the upper reaches of McLeodGanj, about 9 kilomreters from McLeodGanj.

Accommodation

Caters for vegetarian diets
Café
Kitchen
Smoke-free property
Currency exchange
Bar
Convenience / grocery store
Garden
Restaurant
Yoga shala
Free Wi-Fi
Terrace
Tour assistance
The accommodation offered is simple but comfortable and clean, and close to the school. The accommodation offers double and single rooms with attached bathrooms including the Indian or Western-style toilet, as well as a hot water shower. Some of the accommodations provided at the school are going to have shared bathrooms, but most of the accommodations provided have private bathrooms. There is also Wi-Fi access available.

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Double Room
Shared room | Shared bathroom | $1,615
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Private Room
Private room | Shared bathroom | $1,885
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Food

Shree Hari Yoga provides three healthy, energy-boosting meals per day, from Monday to Saturday. Sunday is a holiday for staff and students and they encourage you to try some of the delicious food on offer in the surrounding area. The kitchen staff pride themselves on their local, fresh, seasonally-appropriate ingredients. They aim to give you all the energy you need for this intensive time. Let them nourish your soul and fill your body with prana-supporting meals!

If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 

What's included?

  • 3 daily vegetarian meals and healthy snacks and drinks
  • 24 nights' accommodation
  • Course and certification fees
  • Official t-shirts, bags, notepads, pens
  • Teaching material
  • Wireless internet connection

What's not included?

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Personal expenses

Location

Dharamshala, nestled in the tranquillity of the Himalayan mountains, is the home of the world-famous spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. In the lush green mountains surrounding the school, you will find Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas. A short walk up the mountain will take you to secluded meditation spots with breathtaking views of the valley.

Nearby Towns

Dharmsala
4 km
Pathankot
64 km
Kulu
Kulu
79 km

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dharamshala Gaggal Airport (DHM), which is about 12 kilometers south of Dharamshala and about 10 kilometers north of Kangra, Himachal Pradesh town.

Arrival by train

To reach Dharamshala by train, one has to reach Kangra, Himachal Pradesh town by Kangra Valley Railway line from Pathankot, which is 94 kilometers away, and then take a bus or a taxi. Pathankot is a broad gauge railway head. There is another railway line from Pathankot to Jogindernagar, a part of the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, which is a narrow-gauge line. The nearest station to Dharamshala on this line is Chamunda Marg, half an hour away, where a Shaktipitha is; the town is well connected by road to other parts of the country.

Arrival by bus

Buses of all classes (deluxe, air-conditioned, and regular) ply daily between Dharamshala and major cities such as Chandigarh, Delhi, and Shimla. Several buses each night connect McLeodGanj with Majnu Ka Tila, the Tibetan settlement in Delhi.

Nearest airports
DHM Gaggal Airport
Transfer not provided
8 km
Nearest train stations
Nagrota
16km
Kangra Mandir
17km
Samloti
17km

Instructor

Shree Hari Singh Pawali (Shree Hari)
Shree
Guru Hari was raised by a Nepalese father and Indian mother in a cross-cultural context near Rishikesh. From an early age, Hari rejoiced in and sung mantra. Presently, Guru Hari teaches a traditional Hatha yoga combined with classical knowledge, experiential understanding, and wisdom, as well as a modern outlook. This style of yoga teaching by Guru Hari is essentially a Nath lineage tradition. Guru Hari is also a chef of Ayurvedic food which is known in yogi terminology as sattvic food.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a 73% refund

Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

No refund if you test positive for Covid
Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
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