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31 Days 300-Hour Multi-Style Yoga Teacher Training Course in Dharamsala, India

Aranya Yoga Ashram, Bhagsu Nag, below taxi stand, next to jewish house, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Gentle Yoga Teacher Training India

The 300-hour yoga teacher training program is an advanced certification program incorporating elements of traditional Hatha and Ashtanga yoga in a multi-style yoga teacher training course. The course is for yoga practitioners who have completed their 200-hour yoga teacher training course from a recognized school as well as for practitioners who have studied yoga for an extended period of time and are ready to dive deeper into the science of yoga.

Meet the instructors

Krishna, Varun, & Khushboo
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Highlights

  • 27 days of practice
  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • Peaceful natural surroundings
  • Daily meditation and yoga theory sessions
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 30 nights accommodation
  • Airport pickup

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


27 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Hindi, Italian
The maximum participants in the group is 15
Airport transfer included: Gaggal Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
11:30

Facilities

  • Shopping
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • ATM / banking
  • Beauty salon
  • Currency exchange
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

The accommodation is in private double rooms with large size comfortable beds, regular fresh bedsheet service and warm soft blankets for the night, modern tiled bathroom with good shower head, western toilet, and 24-hour hot water service. With free Wi-Fi, laundry service, several rooms have private balconies while others share decks with little kitchenette corners. All rooms have been recently modernized and have a very clean and pleasing ambiance. There are lots of pretty views from all of the rooms. It is quiet and peaceful. The accommodation is one minute walking distance from the school.

Program

The yoga teacher training course in Dharmasala is designed to deepen your yogic practices and brings you to the level of teaching in a confident and reliable way. It offers you to learn while being in a beautiful tranquil setting supported by a team of dedicated yogis. This program is for men and women of all age groups. It is unique because of its location in pristine nature conducive to the practices of yoga and meditation.

The 300-hour yoga teacher training course is a multi-style yoga course program that encompasses a comprehensive study of the Ashtanga primary series and Hatha yoga. You will learn postures, mantras, mudras, meditation techniques, yoga kriyas, yoga methodology, anatomy, and yoga history and philosophy. The course is designed to lay a strong foundation for integrating these yogic spiritual practices into this modern life.

The course is laid out for any level of yoga from beginners to intermediate level, also the advanced practitioner will be welcomed to upgrade and complete their practice. You will garner ancient wisdom and integrate this knowledge into contemporary ways of living. This course suits the person seeking a new professional path or the person looking to deepen their own practice and avail of tools for maintaining their own health. The art and science of yoga are dedicated to creating a union between body, mind, and spirit.

Its objective is to assist you in using the breath and body in a way to foster an awareness of themselves as individualized beings intimately connected to the unified whole of creation. It is about creating balance and equanimity to live in peace, good health, and harmony with the greater whole. This art of living was perfected and practiced in India thousands of years ago and the foundations of yoga philosophy were written down in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

The course comprises and reading list

The training comprises

  • 300 hours of teaching instructions
  • A teacher manual for future reference
  • A practical
  • A written and oral test
  • In-depth study of the yogic body
  • Introduction to higher meditation (Sri chakra)
  • Sections of yoga therapy

The reading list for the course

  • Asana pranayama mudra bandha
  • Yoga mind and body
  • Hatha yoga, Nada yoga, and Kriya yoga
  • Mudras
  • Hatha yoga Pradipika
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Sure ways to self-realization

Why 300-hour yoga teacher training course?

It needs to be understood that sometimes the 300-hour yoga teacher training course is referred to as an RYT 500 level. The criteria to enroll as an RYT 500 is 200+300=500. Before applying for your Yoga Alliance RYT 500, you must complete 200 and 300-hour courses by a yoga school accredited with Yoga Alliance like Aranya Yoga.

You are also required to complete 100 hours of teaching practice. This can be achieved by staying on at Aranya yoga upon completion of the course and teaching at our yoga shala. Upon completion of this 300-hour yoga teacher training course, you are empowered as a yoga teacher and will have the confidence to stand in front of a class and teach internationally.

Wednesday is free time for you. No yoga classes. No meals. They do encourage you to use this day to revise and deepen your studies.

Daily schedule

  • 08:00 - 09:30 Ashtanga primary series
  • 09:30 - 10:00 Break
  • 10:00 - 10:15 Breakfast
  • 10:15 - 11:30 Yoga theory
  • 11:30 - 11:45 Tea break
  • 11:45 - 13:00 Yoga theory
  • 13:00 - 13:30 Lunch break
  • 13:30 - 16:00 Break and self-study
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Hatha yoga
  • 17:30 - 17:45 Tea break
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Meditation
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Break
  • 19:00 - 19:30 Dinner

Included excursions

During this course, you will take part in practical excursions.

Instructors

Krishna Das Baba

Varun

Khushboo

Location

Dharamsala, a pleasant hill station, is one of the most conducive places in India to immerse oneself in the practices of yogic studies and meditation. Set in the Himalayas, one can connect to the spirits of myriads of yogis and practitioners that have practiced yoga and meditation in these mountains since time immemorial.

The place offers a wide range of outdoor activities such as hiking in the dense pine forest, going for a paraglide in India's best site near Dharamsala, visiting several waterfalls on foot, rivers with huge boulders, and sightseeing viewpoints with lots of magic feeling around these ancient sacred mountains, easy trails, and medium intensity treks all around up to reaching the snowline.

The location is culturally interesting due to several ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples, the Dalai Lamas Buddhist monastery in walking distance. All these are within walking distance from the yoga school, and this is a really unique feature. They immerse themselves in an enchanting atmosphere of sacred practices and peaceful spirit.

Amenities like ATMs, money exchanges, internet cafes, grocery stores, fruit and fruit juice stalls, shops, laundry, taxies are within two minutes' walking distance from the school and accommodation. The neighborhood is very tranquil with the beautiful local people being out and about with the cows and goats or farming little vegetable fields. The ancient Shiva temple with its adjacent freshwater spring and several pools are also in two minutes walking distance from the yoga shala.

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Mountain walking
  • Reiki

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Yoga shala

Food

The food is daily fresh prepared by Aranya Yoga's in-house kitchen team consisting of a cook and local Indian ladies and volunteers. They lovingly provide three delicious, healthy, and holistic vegetarian meals per day. They have a lot of experience and are very open and equipped to understand different dietary needs of people, so you are welcome to inform them beforehand or on arrival about certain ways you like to eat and they are happy to cater to it for you.

They understand that all people are different and in order to feel happy might need to eat what is best for them, they are very supportive of these kinds of requests. The vegetables are fresh, locally sourced, and partially organic with the cuisine incorporating elements of Ayurveda and yogic cooking. The breakfast is usually tasty and nutritious and something to look forward to after the initial set of morning classes. Complemented by seasonal herbal teas and water are available.

The lunch is a nutritional sattvic based meal mainly consisting of local rice, chapati (Indian flatbread), pulses, dals, chickpeas curry, curries, and fresh coconut chutney. The dinner is the daily highlight for gathering after the full day of yoga immersion. Enjoy soups, Indian dishes, and international cuisine on rotation throughout the course. Once a week on Tuesday evening and Wednesday, the kitchen remains closed and they will direct you the best eat out places of Dharamsala. Breakfast is approximately at 9:00 a.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m., and dinner at 6:45 p.m.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Raw food
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Reiki and sound healing courses or the delicious cooking classes

Places to visit in your free time

  • The temple of the 14th Dalai Lama in McLeod Ganj, the Tsug la Khang temple complex housing the Namgyal monastery, and the Tibet history museum

Around the temple hill, there is the Lingkor, a 45-minute walking meditation trail lined with Buddhist shrines, stupas, and a massive Chorten (Buddhist prayer wheel) and trees covered with thousands of prayer flags placed by devotees.

  • Tushita meditation center

This is a Vipassana (silent retreat) meditation center set deep in the pine forest woods of Dharamkot. It holds daily guided meditation classes and hosts a library.

  • Norbulingka

Visit the institute for Tibetan arts and crafts with adherence to traditional methods. You will also find a Japanese-style zen garden with a café and a huge Buddha statue in a separate temple complex. The institute is open to visitors. It is located in Siddhpur, 20 kilometers from Dharamsala.

  • Men Tse Khang

This is a Tibetan medical, astrological, and astronomical science institute founded by the 13th Dalai Lama in 1916. The principle objective is to preserve and encourage the practice of Sowa Rigpa, an ancient Tibetan healing system. It also aims to assist Tibetan refugees in areas relating to health care and sanitation. Volunteering opportunities are provided in areas such as research, teaching English, and project work. The institute has an outpatient department. It is located in between Mcleod Ganj and Dharamsala.

  • Triund

This is a five-hour, easy, and very beautiful trek from Bhagsu Nag to a grassy meadow on a ridge with marvelous views overlooking Bhagsu Nag, Dharamkot, Mcleodganj, and Dharamsala. Spellbinding views up to Pong Dam, a large water reservoir at 100 kilometers distance.

  • Waterfalls

One waterfall is located within 15 minutes' walking distance from the village of Bhagsu Nag and the other one a two-hour easy and very scenic hike from Dharamkot.

  • Saint Johns in the wilderness

Set amidst beautiful dense forest lies Saint Johns Church, a Gothic stone Anglican church dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. The Neo-Gothic church is one of the oldest structures in Dharamsala dating back to 1852. This religious edifice holds historical significance as the final resting place of Lord Ergin, a governor during the British Raj.

  • Naddi

A farmer’s village is three kilometers from Mcleodganj presenting you with stunning views of the Dhauladhar glacier viewpoint. There is an international Sahaja meditation center there.

Cafes and restaurants

The café and restaurant scene is vibrant with live music and delicious vegetarian and vegan food served until late. The cafes have a laid back ambiance with travelers and ex-pats exchanging travel stories and offering advice on the new best spiritual courses in town. Within 70 kilometers radius from Dharamsala are several Hindu temples, tea plantations, old Kangra fort, and hot springs.

Spa treatments

Treatments available at extra cost are

  • Ayurvedic massage
  • Ayurvedic pulse consultation
  • Sauna
  • Thai yoga massage
  • Tibetan massage
  • Traumatic release massage

What's included

  • Course
  • Practical excursions
  • 30 nights accommodation
  • Gaggal Airport (DHM) pickup
  • 3 meals every day

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Visa

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) or Gaggal Airport (DHM). Transfer from Gaggal Airport (DHM) is included. Aranya Yoga Teacher Training in India will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by bus

You can take an overnight bus from New Delhi to Dharamsala. It is a 10-hour drive. Usually, the buses leave New Delhi at around 8:00 p.m. and reach Dharamsala in the early morning. After arriving at the Dharamsala bus stand, you can proceed by another public bus, shared jeep, or taxi to Mcleodganj and then onwards to the village of Bhagsu Nag. The taxi is 400 INR.

Arrival by train

You can take an overnight train from New Delhi to the city of Pathankot in the state of Punjab. From Pathankot, take the public bus to Dharamsala and then a taxi to Bhagsu Nag or take directly a taxi to Bhagsu Nag. The bus journey from Pathankot to Dharamsala is 90 kilometers or 55 miles and takes approximately three hours. There is a prepaid taxi stand outside of the Pathankot railway station.

Arrival by taxi

Gaggal Airport (DHM) is a modern and small airport at the foothills of the Himalayas. Just outside of the exit gate to your left is a union taxi office where you can prepay your taxi to come to Aranya Yoga Teacher Training in India. This is a very reliable service at fixed rates. The distance to the school is about 25 kilometers or 16 miles. The rate to Bhagsu Nag's main taxi stand is 1000 INR.

Airport: Gaggal Airport Airport transfer included: Gaggal Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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