300h Advanced Yoga Teacher Training South India
During this advanced teacher training course, you will build upon the foundational 200-hour standard course to allow you to hone your skills as a yoga practitioner and teacher. The advanced course consists of 300-hour complementing the 200-hour done on the standard course. This course along with the initial 200h provides a 500h designation.
Type of Event
- Teacher Training
Dates: 16 Jan- 14 Feb 2017 Cost: £2,200 - £2600per person, shared, triple and double accommodation, all meals, all classes & teacher's manual
Curriculum - topics covered on the course
Asanas (yoga postures)
The science of sun salutation - an in-depth analysis of this important sequence, including the history, breakdown, benefits, and symbolism of the same
Asanas - the practice of 108 asanas
Transitioning out of asanas
The constituent elements of asanas
Yoga Nidra - visualizations for yoga Nidra and how to conduct a yoga Nidra class
Asanas for each chakra and gland
Ayurvedic life regimes for each humor (dosha)
How does disease happen?
The six tastes and the digestive process
The methods of reintegration (reduction therapy, detoxification therapy, and tonification)
Kirtan: devotional chanting of Sanskrit mantras
Understanding chanting and its benefits on the emotions
Creativity and artistic expression for spiritual development and upliftment
Mandala Art, Bhajans (devotional songs), Prabhat Samgiita (devotional music for mental expansion), and Indian classical dance
Various types of Bhakti and Kevala Bhakti
Business skills and self-development
How to speak about what you are doing
How to remove obstacles to a successful career
Anatomy of a successful workshop
Find your dharma and contribute to the world
Beyond business into living your yoga and changing the world
Diet and nutrition
You will look at the yogic and Ayurvedic principles of eating while also integrating the Western scientific approach to nutrition
Personalizing your dietary regime
The use of herbs
Introduction to yoga therapy
How to prescribe asanas for 20 most common conditions in the light of bio-psychology
You will look at some major conditions and the therapies prescribed for these conditions based on yogic science
You will not only determine the morning and evening asana practice for each condition but also the necessary lifestyle changes such as sleep, work, relationships, exercise, diet and other yogic techniques - fasting, kriyas, mudras, bandhas, meditation - and how they should be adapted to various conditions.
Kriyas, bandhas, mudras, and other practice
The power of mudras - whole body and healing hand mudras
Lymphatic self-massage in asana classes
The aura (Ojas) and how to develop it
How to determine your unique psycho-spiritual nature
Tantric practice of Rasa Sadhana to master your emotions
Neti, Nauli, Kapalabhati, and tongue cleaning - classical yogic purification techniques for the nose, lungs, abdomen, and tongue
Bandhas: Jalandhara, Uddayana, and MulaBandha
Bandhatraya yoga: Mahamudra, Mahabandha, and Mahavedha
Deeper understanding Kundalini and Nada yoga
Deeper understanding of the chakras
How to integrate a variety of simple meditation techniques into your class
Guided meditation and personal meditation techniques
Mantra initiation (if desired)
Pranayama and breathing exercises
Advanced understanding of the process of breathing
Expanding the repertoire of breathing exercises
Advanced pranayama techniques: Ujjayi, Surya Bheda, Sitali, Sitkari, Bhramari Anuloma and Viloma will be practiced daily
The ten Vayus (Pranas) and pranayama
The four stages of Sadhana
The three stages of psychic evolution
The seven secrets of success as given by Shiva (and how to apply them in daily life)
The symbolism of Shiva Vidya and Avidya Maya - from ignorance to knowledge
The four states of consciousness
Creation of the universe and the Tantric theory of creation
Hearing, reflecting, and contemplating the teachings
How to incorporate philosophy in a class setting
Tantra Shastra and Tantra Sadhana
The seven stages of Samadhi Women and spirituality (woman's body, the yoga body, menstrual cycle, menarche, menopause, growing into womanhood, primal energy, marriage, and other options, the Goddess within)
Raja Dhiraja yoga
Ashtanga - the eight limbs of yoga as taught by Patanjali
Ethics and moral principles - workshop and discussion
Koshas - the five layers of the mind - deeper understanding
Kaoshikii and Tandava: dynamic yogic dances for women and men
16 points of yogic life - understanding the discipline of yoga
Correct pronunciation of mantras
Special needs training
How to approach the practice with clients who have certain conditions (how to maintain healthy joints and joint mobility, yoga for headaches, backache, diabetes, depression etc.)
Teaching practice and personal development
Developing your voice and communication
Traditional approaches to asana sequencing
The five principles of asana sequencing
Creating theme-based classes
Setting an intention
Sequencing classes for each chakra
Sequencing restorative classes
Develop your observation skills
Detailed alignment workshop
Detailed adjustment and correction workshop
The history of yoga
The six schools of Indian philosophy
Hatha yoga in the light of Tantra
Rasayana and the ancient alchemists
Kashmiri Shaivism and Shaiva Siddhanta
The influence of Shiva on Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism
The influence of Krsna
Shrii Shrii Anandamurti and contemporary yoga
The interplay of the Vedas and Tantra
Tantra and the Indo-Aryan civilization
Yoga anatomy, physiology, and bio-psychology
Exploration of the major body systems in relationship to asana practice, in particular, the nervous system, the lymphatic system, and the endocrine system. The effect of endocrine glands on your psyche
The nervous system (with emphasis on understanding the autonomous nervous system - consisting of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system). You will look at the interrelatedness of the spine with the inner organs via the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve fibers and how asanas improve the functioning of the inner organs directly and indirectly (via the spine)
The lymphatic system and lymphatic drainage techniques
Applied anatomy related to the physical aspects of yoga (muscles and how they are used in 24 selected asanas)
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.
Chakra balancing workshops (using asana in chakra work) - you will look at each chakra and their related propensities and explore techniques to regain physical and emotional or mental balance
Daily class schedule
05:30 Pranayama, bandhas, mudras, and kriyas
06:00 Bhajans, chanting, and meditation
09:30 Workshop, lecture, anatomy, and physiology
10:30 Karma yoga
11:00 Lecture or workshop
12.45 Main lecture (philosophy, theory, or history)
14:15 Snack and leisure or self-study
16:15 Asanas and asana techniques
18:30 Satsang (meditation, kirtan, and chanting)
20:00 Sanskrit or workshop
22:00 Lights out
Upon completion of the course, you will receive an internationally recognized diploma from the Himalayan Yoga Institute. The title you receive upon completion of the standard course is ‘Yoga Sikshaka’ (yoga teacher), whereas upon completion of the advanced course you receive the title of 'Yoga Vaidya' (expert of yoga).
A reading list will be sent to you upon registration.
A high degree of self-motivation is required for all aspects of the course. Completion of the standard 200-hour course is necessary before applying for the 300-hour advanced course. 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.
This yoga teacher training is held in a beautiful villa near the model community Auroville in South India. A long private driveway leads you to the villa set in grounds of 1.5 acres.
Auroville Beach, 3.22 kilometers
Mamallapuram (Unesco world heritage), 90 kilometers
The villa is built in the traditional Kerala style using rammed earth. This eco-friendly method of construction results in a structure that is naturally cool throughout the year. The large central courtyard acts as a focal point of the villa allowing for natural light and ventilation. The villa is simply decorated yet has all the comforts of home. The house is sufficiently away from the main road to keep out the noise and ensure almost total silence.
Shared accommodation (up to five people of the same gender sharing a room)
Triple accommodation (three people sharing one room)
Double accommodation (Two people sharing one room)
Know before you go
South India operates on 220 volts, the same two prong plugs as Europe, which are different from the UK ones, so you may want to bring an electrical converter plug.
Please be sensitive to the local culture and dress modestly. Always cover your legs (long trousers, no skirts), your belly and wear short- or long-sleeved upper body clothing. You may want to pick up some of the beautiful Indian clothing called Salwar Kamiz, consisting of pants and a dress in the local shops.
What to bring
Yoga mat, alarm clock, meditation cushion, flip flops (one pair for indoors and another one for outdoors), trainers, writing pad, towel, sleeping bag, private toiletry items, soap, sunscreen, clothesline, detergent, money belt. Torch or flashlight as power outages are frequent in India and part of the charm, and earplugs if you are a sensitive sleeper.
You would want to arrive on the first day of the course by 12 noon at Chennai Airport, and depart on the last date in the evening. When you arrive, you will have a chance to relax, unwind, and recuperate from your travel. In the evening, you’ll get to meet others on the training over dinner and your yoga training program will start the following morning.
In case you are arriving a day prior to the arrival day, you can stay one night in Chennai and Himalayan Yoga Institute will recommend a guest house where you can spend the night.
Passport / visa
You will need a valid tourist visa to enter obtain this, you will need to contact your local Indian High Commission, fill in the application form, which is usually available to download online, and take it to them or send it in along with the required fee. This can take up to ten business days and your visa is activated from the day you get it rather than upon entry into the country. When stating your purpose on your visa form it is best to say tourism.
Your passport has to be valid for at least another six months.
Local expenses / money information
You would want to have some funds on your arrival, which you can purchase at your airport of departure, however, rupees are not to be taken out of India on your return.
A copy of your visa, passport, and plane ticket should be kept separately from your luggage.
For more information, ask your questions directly to Himalayan Yoga Institute, who will be happy to assist you.
"What I liked most about this training? Ganga, the principal teacher! I could not have had a better experience. Ganga was the light in all our hearts, a true yogini and a very skilled and experienced teacher. Ganga, you make all of the teachings deeply fascinating and you kept us in the moment every time you taught.
I feel that I have made immense progress and that my future practice will be way more stable and interesting. I will keep riding the wave and yoga will be the center of my life.
The accommodation and facilities were perfect! Very subtle and sentient setting. The food was brilliant and I always felt that my environment contributed to my practice and a very supportive and tranquilizing way.
Ganga's philosophy classes were the highlight of the training and my favourite part of the course. Ganga has such deep passion and understanding. All the subjects were conveyed in a pure and loving way. I simply could not get more excited. I felt like time had stopped. It was a big experience for me. So deeply inspiring. Thank you!
I loved every moment of the practical classes and workshops and to have a yogini like Ganga to help your practical experience is a big opportunity.
So many years of experience come to expression in Ganga's asana classes. She knows all the postures in profound detail. She is a loving example of what a regular asana practice can do to your being. My own practice and understanding has improved by light years.
I am so happy that Nishtha was my first Sanskrit teacher. I think it is rarely found that someone has such love for his subject. Nishtha went above and transcended theory by introducing us to the spiritual importance of Sanskrit. He inspired me to continue studying Sanskrit in the future.
I am deeply satisfied with this training. It was very informative, inspiring, challenging, loving and enlightening. It feels like everything was meant to be. This course provides true and traditional yoga for the true spiritual seeker. It was beyond all my expectations and I will never forget such a life-changing experience. I am so deeply moved and grateful for having been part of this training. I will keep developing my practice and teaching and I deeply hope to be able to contribute and participate in your future ashram and projects."
Sofus Leo Juncker-Jensen, Hellerup, Denmark (Advanced YTT, South India, March 2016)
"I always wished to get the best available training and this was the case with the Himalayan Yoga Institute’s advanced course in India. I came to the school with four years of continuous and successful teaching experience behind me, as well as with a big need to be then led further; to be helped in taking a quantum leap to a new level both in my profession, as well as in my personal growth. The intense focus of the program; the uplifting, motivating and devoted teachers; the daily all-round yoga practice including pranayama, meditation, kiirtan, and the many hours of asanas practice etc., while at the same time being fed on some excellent sattvic food, and having a pleasing accommodation surrounded by lush tropical gardens in the beautiful South Indian countryside, was remarkable in itself. On top of it all I noticed an enormous transformational and beneficial effect, especially on my pranic body, cakras, mind - and beyond it – my soul. At the end, I felt deeply grateful to have been given the opportunity to attend this course. The theory lectures taught by Ganga, the primary teacher, offered a wonderful variety of topics and were delivered with so much respect, empathy and intention so as to provide for our best understanding. Special focus was given to the cakras and how asanas and other practices can be used to balance them and increase our sense of well-being. We were given great insight into the make-up of the cakras and then practically experienced working on our cakras through specifically designed cakra classes. It’s wonderful that I will be able to share these classes with my students in the future. The school gave special care to such essential topics like Sanskrit and Ayurveda in a way they could really serve us in practice, and in the long run, depending on our own degrees of interest. In a series of lessons on Ayurveda, a specialist and teacher from Kerala – the mother country of Ayurveda - opened my mind on how complex this science was in spite of being “simply” based on the observations of life and nature. Here again, and on more than one occasion, we were being educated on the principles of a multi-layered science, and in which workable ways it could best serve us. Ganga too added much to the understanding of Ayurveda with her clear exposition of some of the major tenets. Thanks to artfully led deep yoga immersion provided by her, I could taste myself what we were being taught in theory: the change of play of the three nature forces, or gunas and their influence on our constituent natures or doshas, so crucial to be grasped by advanced yogis. Indeed, on this course nothing from the timeless yogic tradition was left out. I would only add that the Himalayan Yoga Institute was never offering a peripheral approach to yoga, but always presented us with a possibility for the complete study and a meaningful experience. I would highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in a holistic and comprehensive understanding of the more advanced yogic sciences."
Tanja Nikolic, Pula, Croatia (Advanced YTT India, March 2016)
"The environment was fantastic for this particular training and the teaching was of a very high standard. I find myself with a far superior knowledge of yoga now than I ever possibly would have gained from anywhere else. I enjoyed the focused time to dedicate to my practice and the depth of the training - the knowledge, the trainers, the asanas, the themed practical. The accommodation and facilities were very good. Ganga is a very good teacher with extensive knowledge and with incredible practical experience as well as being well-read on all topics covered. I feel honoured to be taught by her. I enjoyed the practical classes and workshops very much. Ganga's asana classes were excellent. The anatomy teacher had an excellent manner and was easy going. He conveyed the information in a very informative, easy to understand way - he was feel very privileged to have shared this experience with such amazing, like-minded people."
Geetanjli Wouhra, Birmingham, UK (Advanced YTT India, March 2016)
"I loved that this was immersive and intensive so we were completely focused on our spiritual path with no distractions for a month. I especially enjoyed learning Indian history, Tantra, anatomy and the satsang.
The location is beautiful with all the amenities including hot showers, comfy beds and great roommates! The garden was lovely and the staff were brilliant.
Ganga, you have a wonderful organised way of teaching that conveys a lot of information in an efficient and timely way. I found it illuminating and deeply interesting.
I like how thorough you are with the key, most popular asanas.
The anatomy classes were amazing. I absolutely loved these classes. There was a lot of information and terminology but I felt I grasped all the concepts and could apply it to my spiritual path and understanding of teaching.
A wonderful month spent with beautiful souls that will stay in my heart always. I feel so blessed to have had this experience and will carry this joy, passion and love for yoga with me spreading and sharing it with all who are interested. Thank you for your love, passion and warmth."
Jodie Hall, London, UK (Advanced YTT, South India, March 2016)
"The location of the ashram was secluded in the beautiful countryside with Zen-like gardens.
I loved the accommodation and my roommates too! The entire cast was a fantastic group. Loved the home:)
Ganga's philosophy and theory classes were extremely thorough and gave a bundle of useful information. I am going away with so much information to continue study and read and spread my knowledge.
Ganga's asana classes helped me to feel strong leaving the month-long course. I feel like I gained strength in certain areas physically and also in my practice. I am forever grateful to have had this experience with you, Ganga. You have changed me in my way of thinking and my practice forever with my spirituality. I am excited to continue learning and deepening my practice because of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this experience. I cannot wait to come back and see you again someday!"
Jodi Screpnek, Los Angeles,USA (Advanced YTT, South India, March 2016)
"What I like most about this training was simply being with and learning from Ganga. The philosophy classes provided excellent content. I loved the asana classes and the way Ganga teaches them. The anatomy classes were excellent, the teacher has great teaching skills, comprehends the subject and made the classes fun. The accommodation and facilities were outstanding.
Thank you so much for everything. I truly enjoyed spending this past moth with you, Ganga, and fellow students in lovely India. I would like to return when your ashram is completed. Much love!"
Brooks Wilson, Costa Rica, (Advanced YTT, South India, March 2016)
"I loved the balance of practice and theory, the depth, the intensity, generosity of the teachers and their spirituality, the theme-based classes and the participation in the cultural festival on Tantra.
Ganga is competent, passionate, inspiring and loving - in one word: an excellent teacher!
I loved the training and hope to have the honour to receive more training and mentoring from Ganga, to spend more time with her and have her support in my spiritual development. Not just a training but to embark on a spiritual journey."
Rosaia Ruberto, Rome, Italy (Advanced YTT, South India, March 2016)
"I loved the intensity of the training, the focus and immersive nature. The accommodation and facilities were fantastic. Ganga's philosophy classes had fascinating depth and had a nice balance of storytelling and personal anecdotes - very inspiring. Her workshops and practical classes were always clear and informative and her asana classes were just great.
The anatomy classes provided fantastic detail and knowledge. The teacher was playful and gave helpful analogies when teaching complex topics. When is the next training retreat:)?"
Rachel Middleton, London, UK (Advanced YTT, South India, March 2016)