from United States, June 2017
"I wanted to become a yoga teacher..."
I wanted to become a yoga teacher, and I could not have imagined a more meaningful and comprehensive training program. I learned a very broad array of yogic principles and practices and had opportunities to deepen my understanding of things I'd been exposed to prior. I've been practicing yoga for approx 10 years, and think I probably got as much or more out of my 200-hr training as those who were somewhat new to yoga. The way the information was organized gave a very broad and well-thought-out program for newer practitioners while also giving those more experienced increased depth.
I came into the program with a lot of questions around why teachers commonly do particular things in yoga classes - saying sanskrit terms (which I thought was useless), chanting and "Om"ing, etc. I came away with answers to all of these and am excited to share with students the significance of these practices, rather than having people go through the motions.
The studio was amazing. It is near the top of a Himalayan foothill with 180 degress of glass facing out into a large Darjeeling valley and overlooking the world's third tallest mountain.
This program was perfect for me - I came to India to learn as much as possible during my month here, and Himalayan Yoga Bliss, Sonam and Mahadeva were awesome and incredibly knowledgeable. I can't imagine having done it somewhere else. I should mention that I don't think this is a training program for those interested in drinking/going out. We had a lot of opportunities to go out to dinner and explore (I even ate enough momos to rank fifteen of Darjeeling's momo restaurants - yeah, I'm a dork), but it seemed everyone there came to learn and practice yoga. We had plenty of time to socialize and get close to each other, and the group really helped each other along to maximize our experiences.
I thought I was more-or-less checking a box to get my certification and didn't expect to be personally challenged in so many positive ways. I left the program completely ready to teach. I'm grateful for the experience.
Sil Dindar Turkey
I enjoyed a lot my 200 hours teacher training at Himalayan Yoga Bliss. From the first second of searching for a yoga teacher course in India and getting my first reply to my questions until finishing the course, I only had positive experiences. They have a wonderful team of teachers showing different aspects of yoga. My personal thoughts about yoga deepened more having been taught by our teachers and seeing different approaches there. Everybody working in the Yoga Bliss was very caring and helpful. I can only recommend this wonderful center.
David Newman United States
I just returned home from a 300-hour Teacher Training and had an excellent overall experience. The studio and surrounding area have a beautiful view of the Himalayan Mountains. Darjeeling maintains a small town feel despite is significant growth over the recent years. I found the staff and teachers to be very kind, knowledgeable and accommodating. Part of the yoga practice includes basic living standards, so as long as one comes to simple expectations and an open mind I can't imagine that it would not be a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in self-growth and looking for a deeper understanding of what yoga is all about.
Umi A. Japan
My time with the amazing people at Himalayan Yoga Bliss was something that I will never forget, from the early morning meditations to the challenging yet rewarding course structure. My scope of understanding of the immense benefits of yoga through the experience I had there is something I would recommend to anyone! Felt completely renewed and awakened after just a month there.
Allison Heffern Canada
The days spent at Himalayan Yoga Bliss will forever be some of my most cherished. Attending school each day was like stepping into a sacred journey filled with ancient knowledge and profound wisdom bestowed upon us throughout each morning Samsung, asana practice, and philosophy class. I feel as though Sonam and the teachers are passing along the highest and most genuine messages of yoga that can be found today. The school provides you with all you possibly need to feel the "om" at the home, as you'll leave feeling nourished, cared for and rejuvenated with relationships and lessons that you'll keep with you forever. I have endless gratitude for being led to Darjeeling to complete my training.
Danny Jones Colorado
I attended a 200 YTT program at Himalayan Yoga Bliss this last summer. Sonam runs an incredible program that is well balanced and all around beautiful. We all walked away with a new perspective on life that surpassed my expectations in addition to being well prepared to teach yoga. I highly recommend this program. I am very greatful. Namaste!