36-Day Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Retreat in Kathmandu, Nepal

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Suitable for advanced practitioners
Yoga , Anatomy and physiology lessons
Daily yoga, meditation, pranayama, philosophy and Ayurveda classes
Outdoor trips and social/cultural activities
Ayurveda class (Mostly Theory classes)
Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers
Daily delicious and healthy meals
You should join this teacher training program if you have a keen interest to visit beautiful Nepal and gain new experiences while enjoying breathtaking sceneries, religious places, local cultures and traditions, and natural and yogic food. During this program, you will get tips for your yogic life and teaching while also improving your health, general wellbeing, and happiness under the guidance of reputed gurus and yoga scholars. This is a complete package for you, so come and join this training!

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
 The yoga teacher training includes daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and herbal teas. Organic, vegetarian, and vegan diets are followed as much as possible, using locally-grown fresh produce. Every guest will get a bottle of mineral water. Feel free to refill your bottle in the dining area. If you have special dietary needs please notify HIYA staff in advance and they will try to accommodate your needs as best as they can. 
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Program

Syllabus
1. Techniques, training, and practice: total of 140 hours
  • Minimum contact hours: 110 hours
  • Minimum contact hours with a lead trainer(s): 75 hours
  • Prayer, subtle exercise, dynamic (warm-up) exercise, suryanamaskar (traditional and integrated base), spinal exercise 
  • Satkarma - shankhaprakshalana kriya, asana (postures): meditative postures, relaxing postures, balancing postures and cultural 
  • Asanas and body alignment in yoga *Mudra and bandha; pranayama (breath ethics), 
  • Advance form of yoga Nidra (psychic sleep), mantra practice, Kundalini yoga
  • Dhyan (meditation): process and models of meditation 
  • Guided teaching practice 
  • Developing practices integrating the various tools of yoga
  • Therapeutic yoga on common diseases 
  • Yoga safety guidelines 
  • Developing practices integrating the various tools of yoga, developing practices focusing on specific needs of an individual or group.

2. Teaching methodology: a total of 35 hours
  • Minimum contact hours: 25 hours
  • Minimum contact hours with a lead trainer(s): 15 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 setting up classes
  • Qualities of a teacher and the student's process of learning, business skills
  • The student learning process 
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga including marketing and legal
  • Principles of demonstration and instruction-cueing 
  • Teaching styles business skills and communication skills 
  • Observation, assisting and correcting 
  • Learning to observe, demonstrate, motivate, be inclusive and adapt to individual needs includes approaches to teaching from other styles or schools. 
  • Design yoga class for special population (basic seniors, official, pregnancy, and children yoga safety)

3. Anatomy and physiology: a total of 25 hours
  • Minimum contact hours: 15 hours
  • Minimum contact hours with a lead trainer(s): 0 hours
  • Constituents of the human body: cells, tissues, terminologies chemistry of the human body, body environment, homeostasis, survival needs, membrane and glands on yogic principles. 
  • Structure of bones, synovial joints, key muscles for asana effect, smooth muscles, flexibility, efficiency, ideal postures, and alignment; movements. mechanism of postures and yogic effects
  • Physiology of chemical digestion, the position of the alimentary canal, asana principles in the digestive system, mechanism of respiration, air composition; vital-R.R.
  • Types of circulation of blood and physiological interrelationship of breathing and circulation; the structure of blood vessels; blood composition, vital-B.P., and P.R
  • Hypothalamus and major hormones; Immune organs and their functions and yogic concern; reproduction and reproduction physiology and karma
  • Sympathetic and para-sympathetic neuro-body co-ordination and yogic concern;
  • Health and Illness, hygienic yogic practices, yoga educational goal
  • Yoga health benefits and contraindications must be covered in this section
  • Kinesiology of yoga asana, contraindications, movement patterns 
  • Spiritual anatomy and physiology: Pancha Kosa, types of spiritual body chakras, physical and spiritual nadis, kundalini power, aura, and others

4. Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers: a total of 40 hours
  • Minimum contact hours: 25 hours
  • Minimum contact hours with the lead trainer(s): 0 hours
  • The brief study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts: meaning, definition, and history of yoga, a biography of some yoga rishis such as Lord Shiva, Gorakhanath, Patanjali Rishi, a brief study of the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavat Geeta, and Sankhya Yoga, 
  • Types of yoga: Karma, Bhakti, Gyana, Dhyana, Hatha, Ashtanga, Mantra, Laya, Kundalini, and Raja *Yoga lifestyle: day regimen, night regimen, and seasonal regimen 
  • Ethics for yoga teachers 
  • Human ethics: Yama (social ethics) eg Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truthfulness); Asteya (non-stealing), Aparigraha (non-possessiveness), Brahmacharya (true nature) 
  • Niyama (individual ethics) example, Shouch (purification); Santosha (contentment), tapa (tenacity), Swadhyaya (self-study), ishwor pranidhan (self-surrender to god), 
  • Jeevan Vigyan, the concepts of Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha. Trigunas, Karmaphal, yogic karma and its fruit, bondage, and liberation, Smriti, Samskaras, and Vasanas 
  • Yogic Aahara and Sattvic food and healthy way of eating and drinking 
  • The basic concept of nature cure and Ayurveda

5. Practicum: a total of 30 hours
  • Minimum contact hours: 25 hours 
  • Minimum contact hours with a lead trainer(s): 15 hours
  • Practice teaching as the lead instructor
  • Receiving and giving feedback
  • Observing others teaching
  • Assisting students while someone else is teaching

Note: 
Elective hours may be contact or non-contact hours distributed among the six range of subjects above according to the school’s yoga tradition and style.

Daily schedule
  • 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 and chants), warm-up exercise, suryanamaskar, yogasana, bandha, pranayama, shanty path (peace mantra)
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast and herbal tea
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Yoga class theoretical and practical six days a week
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Vegetarian lunch and herbal tea
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Library or self-study
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Yoga practical and theoretical class six days a week 
  • 17:00 - 17:15 Herbal tea 
  • 17:15 - 18:45 Bhakti yoga (prayer or chants), spinal asana and suryanamaskar; yoga Nidra, mudra, Dhyana yoga (meditation)
  • 19:00 - 19:30 Dinner and herbal tea
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Bhakti yoga (prayer or chants), trataka (concentrated gaze), and discussion
  • 20:30 - 21:45 Evening walk, Vajrayana, self-study, and practice 
  • 10:00 Bedtime (lights out)

Notes: 
  • Sunday will be a weekend day
  • One day World Heritage yoga tour on the second week
  • One day hiking yoga on the third week

Optional activities
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-minutes 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. 

Sightseeing 
Explore the 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a 75% 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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