26-Day Yoga Teacher Training Retreat in Kathmandu, Nepal

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Suitable for intermediate and beginner practitioners
Expertise yoga teacher training
Some therapies included as a complement
Hiking in the Himalayan Forest
Complimentary therapy and course
A suitable location around monasteries
Amazing vegetarian meals daily
Himalayan Yoga Academy offers a 200-hour first-level yoga teacher training program with fundamental principles of yoga sciences, philosophical aspects, training skills, workshops, teaching methodology, practicum, all following a very original foundation. After this 200 hours course, you may join the 300-hour advanced training, as well.

Accommodation

Caters for organic, vegetarian, and vegan diets
Spa
Garden
Yoga studio
Wireless internet
Dining area
Kitchen
Library
The holiday will take place at Himalayan Yoga Academy in Kathmandu, Nepal. Kathmandu is the capital and largest municipality of Nepal and is the country's gateway to tourism. It is portrayed as a beautiful valley with historical landmarks, old monasteries, arts, and cultural heritage, and as a city of temples.

The venue
You will be accommodated at Himalayan Yoga Academy. The Himalayan Yoga Academy has twelve rooms with attached bathrooms, hot and cold showers, a yoga hall, a comfortable and hygienic kitchen, herbal tea, organic food, spa chambers, tiny beautiful gardens, meditation zones, library, music instruments, yoga mats, and Wi-Fi.

Facilities
  • Aarogya-griha: Healing chamber which is for deep relaxation healing, therapy, and spa treatments in order to get healthy
  • Anna-griha: House of food where the food is prepared and you will eat. The dining facility serves 25 people.
  • Chaitanya-griha: House of supreme consciousness which is for prathana (prayer), yogasana (postures), pranayama (breath control), and dhyana (meditation)
  • First aid box with normal dressing and medications
  • Shuddi-griha: House of six cleansing acts (shatakarma) which is for cleansing the different gates of the body
  • Svadhyaya-griha: Self-study room with yoga and different yoga-related books
  • Swagat-griha: Reception hall which is for welcoming guests where you will be greeted with a warm and friendly welcome
  • Wi-Fi Internet and print on request

Food
During your stay, you will be provided with vegetarian or vegan dinner on the first day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on days two and three, and breakfast and lunch on day four, as well as herbal tea and water. During festivals and rituals, you will be offered cultural food.ย 

Himalayan Yoga Academy strives to provide organic and vegetarian/vegan meals, but if you have special dietary needs please notify them in advance. They will try to accommodate your needs as best they can.

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

Course syllabus

Techniques, training, and practice: Total of 100 hours
  • Minimum contact hours: 75 hours
  • Minimum contact hours with a lead trainer(s): 50 hours
  • Prayer: Om chant, mantra prayer, and chanting
  • Jogging; Subtle exercise, dynamic (warm-up) exercise, spinal exercise, and Suryanamaskar (both traditional and integrated forms)
  • Satkarma: Dhauti, Basti, Neti, Nauli, Tratak, and Kapalbhati
  • Asana (postures): Meditative postures, relaxing postures, balancing postures, fitness maintaining postures, inverted postures
  • Body alignment in yoga
  • Yoga safety guidelines
  • Mudra, Bandha, and pranayama (breathing ethics)
  • Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) and dhyana (meditation)
  • Guided teaching practice

Teaching methodology: Total 25 hours
  • Minimum contact hours: 15 hours
  • Minimum contact hours with a lead trainer(s): 10 hours
  • Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries
  • How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations to the degree possible in a group setting
  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting
  • Teaching styles and qualities of a teacher
  • The student's learning process
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal)

Anatomy and physiology: Total of 20 hours
  • Minimum contact hours: 10 hours
  • Constituents of the human body: cells, tissues, organs, terminologies
  • System of protection and movement of bones, joints, muscles, flexibility, efficiency, body alignment
  • System of intake of raw materials and the elimination (digestive, respiratory, excretory)
  • Communication and immune system - cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic
  • Spiritual anatomy and physiology: Pancha kosa, chakras, physical and spiritual Nadis, Kundalini power, etc.

Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers: Total of 30 hours
  • Minimum contact hours: 20 hours
  • The brief study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts: meaning, definition, and history of yoga, biography of some yogic rishis such as Lord Shiva, Patanjali
  • Brief introduction of the yoga sutras, Hatha Pradipika, and Gherand Samhita
  • Forms of yoga: Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Gyana yoga, Dhyana yoga, Mantra yoga, Hatha yoga, Kundalini yoga, Ashtanga yoga
  • Yogic lifestyle: day regimen, night regimen, and seasonal regimen, Aahara - Vihaara - Vichaara - Vishraama
  • Ethics: Yama (social ethics): Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truthfulness), Asteya (non-stealing), Aparigraha (non-possessiveness), Bhrahmacharya (true nature); Niyama (individual ethics): Shouch (purification), Santosha (contentment), Tapa (tenacity), Swadhyaya (self study), Ishwor pranidhan (self surrender to God)
  • Concepts of Dharma and Karma, Bondage and Moksha
  • Yogic Aahara / Sattvic food, rules of healthy food habits
  • Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher-student relationships and community
  • Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others (seva)

Practicum: Total 10 hours
  • Minimum contact hours: 5 hoursย 
  • Minimum contact hours with a lead trainer(s): 5 hours
  • Practice teaching as the lead instructor
  • Receiving and giving feedback
  • Observing others teaching
  • Assisting students while someone else is teaching

Remaining contact hours and elective hours
  • The remaining contact hours (55 hours) and elective hours (15 hours, either contact or non-contact) are to be distributed among the five educational categories, but the hours may be allocated at the discretion of each RYS based on their programโ€™s focus.

Day schedules
  • 06:00 Wake up and ushapan (early drinking water)
  • 06:30 - 07:00 Jala Neti (nasal cleansing) and herbal tea
  • 07:00 - 08:45 Bhakti yoga (prayer/chants), warm-up exercise, Suryanamaskar, yoga asana, Bandha, pranayama, Shanty Path (peace mantra)
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast and herbal tea
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Theoretical and practical yoga class (six days a week)
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Vegetarian lunch and herbal tea
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Library / self-study
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Yoga practical class (six days a week)
  • 17:00 - 17:15 Herbal tea
  • 17:15 - 18:45 Bhakti yoga (prayer / chants), spinal asana / Suryanamaskar; yoga Nidra, Mudra, Dhyana yoga (meditation)
  • 19:00 - 19:30 Dinner and herbal tea
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Bhakti yoga (prayer / chants), Trataka (concentrated gaze), and discussion
  • 20:30 - 21:45 Evening walk, Vajrasana, self-study, and practice
  • 22:00 Bedtime (lights out)
Note: Sunday will be a weekend day. A one day World Heritage yoga tour is planned for the second week and a one-day hiking yoga activity is planned for the third week.

Optional activities
Ayurvedic therapy or panchakarma treatments
  • Abhyanga
  • Body scrub massage
  • Enema
  • Footbath
  • Herbalism
  • Nasya
  • Reflexology
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Shirodhara
  • Svedana
  • Traditional Ayurveda massage
  • Traditional Thai massage

Beauty therapies
  • Facials - herbal, vitamin E, boutique, or Ayurveda
  • Nail care - manicure, pedicure, or polish
  • Threading - eyebrows, face, or chin
  • Waxing - full leg, half leg, or underarm

Cycling
Explore the countryside on a bike.

Explore the area
Explore the surrounding area and take a hike through the countryside, visit temples, monasteries, and local villages and farmlands.

Hiking to local villages
Hike into a local village and experience Nepali culture first-hand; stay a few nights with a Nepali family.

Jungle hikes
Explore the local jungle with its many hiking trails; meditate there to get real inner peace.

Monkey Temple hike
Take a 30-minute walk to discover world heritage sites.

Morning and evening walks
Enjoy the quietude of early morning or late evening while on a walk through the countryside.

Natural spring taps
Walk down to the nearby springs and see the running taps and villagers bathing and washing there.

Naturopathy treatment
  • Hip bath (hot or cold)
  • Mud bath
  • Shankhaprakshalan Kriya
  • Steam bath
  • Surya chikitsa (thermolume)
  • Upavasa and maunavrta
  • Vamana

Sightseeing
Explore Kathmandu Valley with a professional tour guide.

Spiritual walks
Go on a spiritual walk into the jungle with your yoga guru and take a rest for a while listening to the wisdom of the teacher.

Temples and monasteries
Around the centres, there are Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries. You can go there for spiritual activities in the morning, afternoon, or evening (puja, chanting, and kirtan).

Volunteer
Give back to Nepal for your great experience thereby travelling to local villages, temples, and health centres; spend time lending a hand on various projects.

Instructors

Dr. Subodh Simkhada
Dr.
Dr. Subodh is the resident expert. He is a certified yoga teacher and a bona fide naturopathic physician. His other notable accomplishments include advanced training on different types of massage like Ayurvedic, Shiatsu, Thai traditional, and foot reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, and Ayurvedic panchakarma training in Kerala, India. He also holds a Reiki master degree in Nepal.
Rajkumar Karki
Rajkumar
Rajkumar got his Master's in human consciousness and yogic science from Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India. He participated in a national workshop on yoga and alternative therapies in 2014 and 2015. He also participated in a national workshop on neuropathy in Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

No refund if you cancel in advance.

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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