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At The Himalayan Yoga Institute, we pride ourselves on helping people to improve their lives and find their passion and life purpose. Our highly knowledgeable practitioners draw on more than two decades of experience with yoga practice. We work across a range of styles and disciplines and offer a whole host of experiences for our students in the form of specialist yoga teacher training courses as well as yoga retreats mastering the 7 powers of personal transformation. We maintain small class sizes to make sure that all of our students, whatever they are learning, get plenty of personal attention. The principle form of yoga taught by the Himalayan Institute is the Ashtanga Yoga version of Raja Dhiraja, which is a highly comprehensive form of yoga, the most complete system of self-development known today.
Our yoga ashram in Kullu Valley is a beautiful villa in the idyllic village Ropa, where the villagers, the animals and indigenous plants live together peacefully and harmoniously. We offer shared and double accommodation.
The village is situated in a lovely self-contained valley away from the hustle and bustle of the city, surrounded by pine-studded mountains offering views of enchanting sunrises. Countless creeks and waterfalls are meandering through the village and it is a special delight to drink the refreshingly pure water from the mountain spring.
The villagers mostly live in traditional Himalayan cottages along with their cows and other domestic animals. They are warm-hearted and welcoming hosts helping out with some of our ashram chores.
Guest rooms are spacious with large windows offering plenty of light and fresh air. Asana classes will be taught on the roof terrace with a view of the surrounding Himalayan peaks or indoors in one of the two yoga and meditation halls. The ashram kitchen provides carefully prepared lacto-vegetarian meals twice daily, which are moderately spiced, prepared by the local chef and his crew.
In addition to classes and yoga holidays we provide highly comprehensive yoga teacher training courses. At the moment, we offer yoga training courses in the Indian Himalayas and on a lovely island in Croatia. A yoga training certification will be granted upon completion of the selected yoga teacher training course. Master teachers of high repute and vast practical, theoretical and intuitional knowledge of yoga, meditation, philosophy, mysticism and anatomy will be teaching on our yoga teacher training intensive. The yoga training certification programs are accredited by Yoga Alliance.
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:
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, e.g. 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:
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.
We will visit the ancient seat of the kings of Kullu at Naggar Castle, about 12 km north of the present town, which was thought to have been built in the early 17th century by Raja Sidh Sing. Raja Jagat Singh (1637-72) moved the capital in the middle of the 17th century to its present position, and called it Sultanpur. The Royal compound consists of the Rupi Palace, several temples, and a long narrow bazaar descending the hill.
Manali and the Kullu Valley have become important destinations for tourists escaping the summer heat of India. The Hadimba Devi Temple can be seen in Manali.
Monasteries: Manali is known for its shiny gompas or Buddhist monasteries. It is maintained by donations from the local community and by sale of hand-woven carpets in the temple workshop.
Old Manali: At a distance of 3 km northwest of Manali is Old Manali, famous for its orchards and old guesthouses. There is ruined fort here by the name of Manaligarh. There is also the Manu Maharishi Temple, dedicated to sage Manu.
Gauri Shankar Temple at DASHAL village(700 mtrs. from Sarsai ) on the main left bank Kullu Manali Highway. This is a 12th century protected monument.
Kullu is a district situated in the northern Indian state Himachal Pradesh. The largest valley in the district is the Kullu Valley, which is also known as the Valley of the Gods. The town Kullu sits on the banks of the Beas River in the central part of the valley. Farther north lies the famous town of Manali, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Kullu is a broad open valley formed by the Beas river between Manali and Largi. This valley is famous for the beauty and its majestic hills covered with Pine and Deodar Forest and sprawling Apple Orchards. Kullu valley is sandwiched between the Pir Panjal, Lower Himalayan and Great Himalayan range. Kullu has an average elevation of 1,362 metres (4,469 feet).
Kullu was once known as Kulanthpitha, which means the end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalayas, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled 'Silver Valley'.
Here is the core of an intricate web of numerous valleys - each of which is a visual delight and seems more beautiful than the other. The mountain scapes remain spectacular whether in brilliant sunshine or in the haze of the mist.
The town of Kullu has long been a centre of devotion and faith. In the 17th century, Raja Jagat Singh installed here an idol of Lord Raghunathji, which he brought from Ayodhya. As a mark of his penance, he placed the idol on his throne and it became the presiding deity of the valley
The ancient seat of the kings of Kullu was at Naggar Castle, about 12 km north of the present town, and thought to have been built in the early 17th century by Raja Sidh Sing. Raja Jagat Singh (1637-72) moved the capital in the middle of the 17th century to its present position, and called it Sultanpur. The Royal compound consists of the Rupi Palace, several temples, and a long narrow bazaar descending the hill.
Manali and the Kullu Valley have become important destinations for tourists escaping the summer heat of India. Sikh and Hindu temples and popular hot springs can be found in the eastern part of the district, the village of Manikaran. The Hadimba Devi Temple can be seen in Manali.
One day per week is lecture-free to enjoy some leisure time and excursions specific to the area.
Optional activities include (depending on the location):
If you are travelling from London we suggest that you buy your ticket via the Ebookers and Kingfisher Airlines websites.
You can buy a ticket from London to Delhi or to 'Kulu' (if you are using Kingfisher Airlines all the way from London to Kulu), which will include one transfer in Delhi, so you will have to get to the domestic airport from the international Indira Gandhi Airport, which should be easy as both airports are next to each other.
All Kingfisher flights to Kullu are on hold at the moment. Hence we recommend to travel by bus. During certain times of the year you will be able to take a domestic return flight from Delhi to Kullu by Air India.
Kullu is about 500 km away from Delhi, the capital of India, and there are buses connecting the town with Delhi, Shimla, Dharamsala and Leh. For service from Delhi to Kullu, tickets and reservations can be made at the Inter State Bus Terminus as well as at the Himachal Tourism office, in Chanderlok building on Janpath Road near Mandi House in New Delhi.
We strongly recommend travelling by bus booked via the Himachal Tourism office. The approximate travel time from Delhi to Kullu is 12 hours. Volvo buseswhich depart at around 6PM and reach at 7-8 AM next dayare available from Delhi and this is the best option in terms of comfort and value for money to reach Kullu but you need to book these in advance. The destination to be booked is Manali, which is 2 hours further down the road. However by request you will be dropped in Kullu (Bhuntar airport, as the meeting place, from where we will organize a pick up).
If you are already in the Kullu Valley and making your own way here by taxi, you will need to tell the driver that we are in Ropa Village, near Bajaura (pronounced Bajora). If that is the case, again please let us know well in advance.