200h Yoga Teacher Training Himalayas, India
You will leave this teacher training course feeling exuberant, full of joy and enthusiasm and highly inspired to pass on the practices of yoga onto your own future students. At the same time you will leave with the tools to prepare and teach intelligent classes generating energy as well as relaxation, strength as well as calm.
Type of Event
- Teacher Training
Arrival on 28th of September in the morning, the first class is conducted in the afternoon. Departure on the 23rd of Oct in the evening or 24th morning.
Create A Powerful Yoga Teaching Career in 25 Days While Residing in the Magnificent Himalayas
There are so many courses out there and it's hard to discern which one will provide you with immediate hands-on tools and an amazing, well-rounded training. We offer a superb course, providing you with powerfully sequenced, pre-designed class templates, ready for you to use as soon as you begin your teaching career - so you can start teaching straight away, tips on public speaking and how to use your voice, practical advice on how to use modifications and prevent injuries. You will get introduced to teaching methodology and actually practice teaching while on the course - with detailed feedback so you can fine-tune your teaching skills before having to face the 'real world' - and lots more.
Perhaps you are looking to find a course which will provide you with the necessary tools to:
- Establish a powerful personal routine - which will provide a firm base and authenticity to your teaching
- Find your voice as a yoga teacher
- Learn how to sequence a great class which will put a big smile on your students' faces
- Have your students rave about your classes
- Establish instant rapport with your students
- Enjoy teaching your classes and watch how your students blossom and shine
- Build rewarding relationships and become an influencer in your community
- Change people's lives for the better and help them recover their health and emotional well-being
We are committed to help you achieve all of that.
Here is what our students say about the course:
Thomas Hallam, London UK:
"Truly excellent. The ashram experience was one that I will hold onto in my memories for ever. Waking in the morning to the sight of snow capped mountains in the distance and beautiful sunrises allowed perfect time for reflection.
The teachings were broad and they were delivered incredibly well. I feel that I have gained so much, not only in my understanding of yoga, but also in the development of myself spiritually and physically."
Paula Andreewitch, London UK:
"My sincere thanks go out to Ganga Devi of the Himalayan Yoga Institute for providing a very complete teacher training programme that took me on a beautiful journey of self discovery and growth that has enabled me to teach confidently from experience. The focus on the benefits of the poses not only on the physical body but on the subtle body and the endocrine system has been hugely beneficial. I feel I have a solid, authentic base from which I still have space to be creative and develop my own teaching. With deepest gratitude, thank you."
Our Course Curriculum:
What qualities should a yoga teacher have? This module will focus on the qualities of a good yoga teacher with an emphasis on teaching methodology, how to communicate with students, how to demonstrate, observe the student in the class to avoid injury during practice of asana. We will also discuss the personal and professional ethics of a yoga teacher.
How to teach the basic postures, breathing exercises and elementary meditation to beginners and intermediate students:
Setting up of a proper environment for class
General pointers on teaching a class
The Basic Raja Dhiraja class
Yoga for Children
Yoga for Older Citizens
Yoga for Pregnancy
Detailed correction workshops
In the second half of the training course, participants will teach each other under the guidance of an experienced instructor
Vegetarianism for ethical, spiritual and health reasons
How diet affects the mind
Proper balance of the main nutrients
Ayurvedic principles of nutrition
Healing effects of fasting
Guide to meditation
What is meditation
12-step daily practice
Experiences in meditation
Mantras as spiritual energy encapsulated in sound
The science of mantra
Mantra initiation (if desired)
Raja Dhiraja Yoga
Ashtanga - the 8 limbs of yoga
Ethics and moral principles
Koshas – the five layers of the mind
Kaoshikii and Tandava: dynamic yogic dances for women and men
Concentration and meditation
The six lessons of Sahaja Yoga
16 points of yogic life
Macrocosm and Microcosm
The Absolute and how it manifests itself in Nature
The 7 Chakras
The awakening of cosmic energy and Kundalini Shakti
Kirtan: devotional chanting of Sanskrit mantras
Chanting opens the heart and purifies the mind. With daily chanting, you develop a strong feeling of devotion and a very pure inner vibration. In devotional chanting correct pronunciation, devotional attitude and awareness of meaning (ideation) are all-important.
Creativity and artistic expression for spiritual development and upliftment
Mandala Art, Bhajans (devotional songs), Prabhat Samgiita (devotional music for mental expansion), Indian Classical Dance.
Karma Yoga in the Bhagavad Giita: relinquishing the attachment to the fruits of our actions
Karma yoga is also the practice of selfless service. It keeps you fit and healthy, counteracts depression and gives immeasurable joy.
Service to society
The law of cause and effect
Samsara, the wheel of birth and death
The History, Science and Philosophy of Tantra
The Intuitional Science of the Vedas
Contemporary Yoga philosophy: Brahmacakra
Conquest of death and immortality
Krsna and the Bhagavad Giita
Considered one of the greatest spiritual texts of the world, the Bhagavad Gita contains subtle and profound teachings and has a universality which embraces every aspect of human activity. It symbolises the solution to the eternal struggle between the spiritual and the material in every human being
Study of the text and commentaries
Benefits of asanas
Achieving emotional balance by regulating the glandular system
Improved power of concentration
Ridding the body of excess fat
Enhanced physical fitness
Relief of chronic ailments such as constipation, rheumatism, stomach complaints
Stabilised thyroid functions
Muscles and joints remain youthful and supple into old age
Pranayama and breathing exercises
Expands breathing capacity
Relaxes the nervous system
Balances the two hemispheres of the brain
Purifies the nadis (subtle energy channels)
Calms the mind
Ujjayi, Surya Bheda, Sitali, Sitkari, Bhramari
The 10 Vayus (Pranas) and pranayama
Kriyas, bandhas, and mudras
Neti, Nauli, Kapalabhati and tongue cleaning : classical yogic purification techniques for the nose, lungs, abdomen, and tongue which will be demonstrated and practiced
Bandhas: Jalandhara and Uddayana
Bandhatraya yoga: Mahamudra, Mahabandha, and Mahavedha
General health rules
Yogic secrets for a long life
Lymphatic drainage massage
Yoga anatomy, physiology and bio-psychology
Introduction to the major body systems
The effects of yoga on: the cardiovascular system, respiration, digestion, skeletal and muscular systems, endocrine system
The science of asanas: their physical and mental benefits
Yoga and physical culture
Yogic diet, nutrition and the principles of Ayurveda
Human anatomy and yoga physiology are important aspects of yoga study, but another relatively unexplored aspect of yoga is bio-psychology. Bio-psychology is the study of glands and hormones and their profound effects on all physical and mental (psychic) functions like growth, digestion, energy levels, emotions, etc.
The history of yoga
Various definitions of yoga
A brief history of Tantra
From Shiva to Krsna
The Nath lineage
The Kriya yoga lineage (Lahiri Mahasaya, Paramahansa Yogananda, etc.)
Ramakrsna and Vivekananda
Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and his students
Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Karma and reincarnation
The law of action and reaction
Karma and Samskara
Life, death, rebirth, and liberation
Destiny, Prapatti Vada, and self-effort
Daily class schedule:
06:30: Pranayama, chanting, meditation
09:00: Fruit and tea
09:30: Workshop/Lecture/Anatomy and physiology
10:30: Karma Yoga
12:45: Main lecture (philosophy/theory/history)
14:15: Snack and leisure time/self-study
16:30: Asanas, asana techniques & teaching methodology
18:30: Satsang (meditation, kirtan, chanting)
20:00: Free time and study
22:00: Lights out
Satsang literally means “good company”, it means being in companionship with the truth and with the wise. The course satsang consists of half an hour silent meditation, half an hour chanting and a talk or reading on aspects of yoga philosophy. It will help you to develop a strong and steady meditation practice and show you the way to peace and happiness.
A high degree of self-motivation is required for all aspects of the course. A basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is helpful but not essential. A sincere desire to learn and openness to the teachings of yoga is required. Training to be a yoga teacher requires dedication and faith in the process of yoga.
The practice and especially the teaching of yoga demand a high degree of self-discipline and purity. To ensure the success of the program, participants are required to attend all spiritual activities, meditation sessions, lectures and asana classes.
"The Himalayan Yoga Institute YTT was an excellent program that provided a solid foundation for understanding and practicing yoga. After a great deal of research I chose this school for its traditional guru-style approach. Many western schools only teach asanas and I wanted to understand the meaning behind the practice, its origin, and I got to do all of that by learning from a real guru with over 30 years of experience in India while staying in an Ashram in the Himalayas. If you are serious about learning what yoga is all about, why yoga is not just about asanas, and where it all came from, then this is the school I'd recommend! Lastly, the material taught by Ganga Devi continues to work its magic and blossoms like a lotus flower even after you've left the Ashram. I am forever changed and eternally grateful for having this opportunity to learn from a true yoga master - Ganga Devi."
Melanie Vander Valk, New York, USA, (YTT India, April 2016)
"The 200-hours YTT course goes well beyond physical Asanas with very experienced and sincere teachers providing a comprehensive lifetime experience in the majestic Himalayan mountains which have always attracted true Yogi/nis."
Dr. David Haberlah, Brisbane, Australia (YTT India, April 2011)
"I am privileged to have been taught by Ganga Devi who is a totally dedicated and highly knowledgeable Yoga Acharya. This is a very special programme which has a lasting effect on all who attend and is a most excellent preparation for teaching. I would not hesitate to recommend this school to anyone looking for an authentic, rewarding yoga teacher training course, in both locations: Croatia and the Himalayas. Ganga's teaching is sincere, focused, disciplined and precise. She gives a great deal of individual attention to every student. This course is for people who are looking for an in-depth understanding of the yogic philosophy and lifestyle and an empowering preparation for teaching the asanas with confidence."
Wendy Bird, London, UK (YTT Croatia, October 2015)
"♥ ♥ ♥ Kullu Valley Ashram a magical place and space, which opens your eyes & heart!!! Surrounded by nature; mountains, birds and the lovely local people ... the sweetest part of India I have been till now. The devotion of Ganga for her work and path makes this training totally unique, after these 3 weeks I experienced a deep transformation and connection with my Self!!! Once she took us walking through the small villages nearby to a temple with a tree next to it, I just experienced magic in that holy place! You have to experience it by your self to live and feel the beauty I try to describe and the charismatic and devotional teacher Ganga is! .... Looking so much forward to knowing the new Ashram in the South:), much love ... Namaste!!!!"
Francisca Anselmi, Uruguay (YTT India, April 2014)
"I will be forever grateful to Ganga for having shared her knowledge of the ancient wisdom of yoga with me. When I booked my training at the Himalayan Yoga Institute, it didn’t take me long to feel assured of my decision. Actually, I started looking 6 months in advance, and less than two weeks later I had already booked my place. And this was one of the best decisions I ever took in my life. The training went beyond my expectations, not only because the curriculum of the training was very complete (and went very deep on many subjects), but also because of the teacher giving the training, Ganga. Ganga belongs to a category of rare persons you will meet in your life. She is truly genuine, compassionate, she radiates with happiness and I am sure, inspires many people on her path, and I am one of them. With an arising popularity of yoga in Western countries, it is hard to find an authentic teacher, but even more so authentic trainings which do not just focus only on the physical side of yoga, the asanas. I loved to learn about the history of India, the country of origin of yoga, as well as the philosophy behind yoga practices. As a result, I feel like I can better serve my students in their growth, as yogis, but also as human beings. Without imposing any belief, this training succeeded in showing me another perspective to life. Moreover, human anatomy, as well of the human biology were well covered, and even made me want to deepen my knowledge of the human body and its functioning. Before my training I did not know much about this subject, so I was afraid that I will struggle and not be able to understand, but this was not the case at all."
Romy Leduc Schraenen, Quebec, Canada (YTT India, October 2014)
"Putting into few words the experience of the teacher training with Ganga is definitely a anyway, long story short, here it goes. Like most people looking for a YTTC, I did a lot of research. Most of what I saw, both online and in person, I didn't really like. I was just not happy with the approach of the curriculum and also with the location. I really wanted this to be a complete experience, not just a few weeks in which I was listening to different teachers who go to the place just to do their jobs. So I was sharing my quest with people that I met along the way, and someone recommended me Ganga's TTC. I checked the webpage and a few videos she has on youtube and that was it. From the beginning I could see that her approach was in line with what I was looking for and also the location was perfect. A village in the Indian Himalayas, a beautiful and secluded place where you can free yourself from all the hassle of daily life in cities and towns. So I went for it.
The experience was very intense. Ganga is not someone who is just doing her job by teaching all the philosophy, asana and meditation classes (among other things), she is really sharing with us the way she lives. She is a full time yogini who has incorporated in her life all the yogic practices that she teaches and that are so much more than only asana practice. This gave me a whole new picture of what yoga really is about and also a set of tools that I know for sure will stay with me for the rest of my life. Among them, of course, yoga teaching. I was extremely lucky and right after the end of the TTC got to work in India teaching yoga for a whole month during the continuation of my trip. I just couldn't have imagined that even in my craziest dreams! The TTC is solid and you definitely finish prepared to go out there and teach."
Claudio Perez, Santiago, Chile (YTT India, April 2016)