10 Weeks 500-Hour YTT in Dharamsala, India

  • Kailash Tribal School, Yogi Cottage, Bhagsu Road, Mcleodganj, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India

10 Weeks 500-Hour YTT in Dharamsala, India

  • Kailash Tribal School, Yogi Cottage, Bhagsu Road, Mcleodganj, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Yoga Teacher Training in Dharamsala, India

Join Kailash Tribal School in a yoga teacher training course at Mcleodganj, near Dharamsala. The town is a quiet and beautiful area offering all necessary amenities. This yoga teacher training course is a combination of Kailash Tribal Schools 200 hour and the 300 hour courses together. You will graduate from the 500 hours YTTC program as a highly specialized yoga teacher uniquely qualified to work with the students you feel drawn to serve. The course is solely led by Yogi Sivadas. The lush landscape of Mcleodganj is the perfect setting for centering your body, mind and soul.


  • Daily comprehensive lectures
  • Evening asana and Hatha yoga practice
  • Daily morning Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga classes
  • Lessons on Ayurvedic yoga therapy and meditation therapy
  • Yoga mat, yoga cover, and carry bag for study material
  • 69 nights accommodation
  • 63 days with instruction
  • English
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The school has seven bright and very clean double rooms facing the beautiful valley and mountains of the Himalayas. The rooms cost 15000 INR per month, which is included in the package price. Six of them have a private balcony and a small kitchen with propane cook top and cooking utensils. One room is without a kitchen or balcony and availability is based on early booking. Each room has a private bathroom with shower and hot water and is equipped with two sets of bed linens, a duvet and towels. The school is located 100 meters from the main square. Here, all facilities are available, next day laundry, fresh fruits and vegetables, multi-cuisine restaurants, internet, etc.

You may also arrange your own accommodation nearby and Kailash Tribal School can help you find a suitable place. There are plenty of hotels around from 500 INR a night and above. A decent accommodation may cost INR 800 a night upwards.

This 500 hour teacher training at Kailash Tribal School, is an advance training course for 10 intensive weeks. It is a combination of the 200 hour and the 300 hour courses together. You will graduate from the 500 hours AYTTC program as a highly specialized yoga teacher uniquely qualified to work with the students you feel drawn to serve. Furthermore, you will be equipped to offer Ayurvedic yoga therapy as well as meditation therapy.

This program asks for your full commitment to being on the path of the teacher, starting with deepening your personal practice and helping you to teach in an active, therapeutic way. This 500 hour course is available for any 10 week period from the 1st of July to the 14th of December each year, and it is comprised of both the 200 hour yoga teacher training and 300 hour yoga teacher training taught within a 10 week period.

Topics covered

  • Patanjali sutras
  • Chanting
  • Teaching methodology
  • Advanced detailed study of Patanjali Sutras
  • History, philosophy, ethics, and lifestyle of yoga
  • Anatomy and physiology in yoga
  • Ayurvedic yoga therapy
  • Sanskrit and chanting
  • Teaching methodology
  • Advanced asanas
  • Mudras, bandhas, and kriyas
  • Therapeutic aspects of yoga
  • Meditations

Yoga mat, yoga mat cover, carry bag for study materials like books or study manuals will be given. Two sets of uniforms and all study materials are provided. All this is included in the course fee. Books and reading material will continue to provide you with in-depth knowledge and information once you return home. Many students mail their books home - this is an affordable option to keep your luggage light.

This yoga teacher training course will have 7 contact hours per day. Tuesday is a day of rest with no contact hours, time for self-study and open book assignments. During non-contact hours, students familiarize themselves with theoretical aspects of yoga, prepare assignments or presentations, and practice independently. At the end of the course you will be a certified yoga instructor, eligible to register with Yoga Alliance.

Daily schedule

  • 07:00 Bhakti yoga
  • 08:00 Asana class
  • 14:00 Main lecture
  • 16:00 Asana class

Code of conduct

The school operates under a strict code of conduct that is based primarily on the philosophy of yoga, Ayurveda, and reiki. Respect, camaraderie, tolerance, and mutual understanding have to lie at the basis of all interactions between students and govern all interactions between students and teacher. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the code of conduct. It will enhance the benefits you gain from any of the classes or courses you take.

The teacher of Kailash School of Yoga will

  • Uphold the professional standards of his teaching profession throughout all his interactions with students by conducting himself in a professional manner.
  • Create and maintain a safe, comfortable, and clean environment conducive to the practice of yoga.
  • Respect the right to privacy and dignity of all students.
  • Be conscious and aware of his limitations as a yoga teacher according to his scope of practice. When appropriate, he will refer a student to seek alternative instructions or advice.
  • Encourage diversity and be nonjudgmental towards students regardless of their age, racial background, gender, or religious orientation.
  • Avoid words or actions that constitute any form of sexual harassment.
  • Adhere to the basic traditional principles of yoga as written in Yamas and Niyamas.
  • Follow and adhere to the national laws of India that pertain to the yoga and holistic healing school and teaching activity.

Students are expected to

  • Be punctual for all classes and arranged meetings in relation to the yoga school.
  • Students will not engage in additional classes other than those offered by the school.
  • Avoid the use of intoxicants while taking part in any of the courses.
  • Be respectful and polite toward the teacher.
  • Be respectful, polite, honest and fair in their interactions with fellow students.
  • Follow the yogic lifestyle as outlined in the Yamas and Niyamas.
  • Inform the teacher about any pre-existing or arising health conditions and issues.
  • Be focused on the course, its content, and practices.
  • Contemplate the teachings and engage in discussions with the teacher if any issues or questions arise.

Dharamsala is situated in the Northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It lies on a spur of the Dhauladhar range in the Pir Panjal region of the outer Himalayas; and commands majestic views of the mighty Dhauladhar ranges above, and the Kangra Valley below. Dhauladhar means white ridge and this breathtaking, snow-capped range rises out of the Kangra Valley to a height of 5,200 meters (17,000 feet).The Kangra Valley is a wide, fertile plain, crisscrossed by low hills.


  • Gaggal Airport Dharamshala - 31 minutes
  • New Delhi - 9 hours 17 minutes
  • Hiking nearby
  • Skiing nearby
  • Balcony
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Yoga hall
  • Internet access
  • Laundry

You are responsible for the health and well being of your body and mind. The school is located 100 meters from the main square. The town has many facilities available including: local markets with fresh fruits and vegetables, multi-cuisine restaurants, internet, etc. Plenty of restaurants are very close in town and meals can cost 50 to 300 INR.

Kailash Tribal School also offers short-term Holistic Healing courses on Reiki, Ayurveda, meditation and sound therapy:

  • All level Reiki Master course (9 to 12 classes of two hours a day) - 20000 INR
  • Ayurvedic yoga therapy (per session per person) - 2000 INR
  • Himalayan sound healing course (3 classes of two hours a day) - 5000 INR
  • Holistic meditation therapy (per session per person) - 2000 INR
  • Reiki intensive Master Teacher course (21 classes of two hours a day) - 40000 INR
  • Weekly asana classes (6 classes two hours a day) - 1800 INR
  • 69 nights accommodation
  • Daily comprehensive lectures
  • Daily morning Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga classes
  • Evening asana and Hatha yoga practice
  • Fee for the advanced teacher training course
  • Specialization in Ayurvedic yoga therapy and meditation therapy
  • Two sets of uniforms and study materials will be provided
  • Yoga mat, yoga cover, and carry bag for study material
  • Food
  • Travel expenses

By plane

A domestic flight from Delhi to Dharmsala airport (also called Gaggal, Kangra airport) will cost around INR 4000 to 9000.

By bus

An overnight bus from Delhi will cost INR 550 to 1050 to Mclodganj taking 10 to 12 hours.

By train

The nearest train station is in Pathnkot, which is a 3-hour taxi ride from the school.

By taxi

A pickup taxi directly from New Delhi airport will cost INR 8000 to 10000 it will take 10 to 12 hours.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by Noa Shihor from Israel

    "Thank you from all my heart for 2 and half months and 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training, full of learning, experiences and pleasure. It is my luck and honour that I find you as my healing yoga master. I'm exciting for continuing the learning and share this path with the world. Thank you for this gift! Waiting to meet again and to come back in the future for more learning. Namaste"

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  • Review by Gian Michael from United States

    "Yogi Sivadas is the director and Yogi (Instructor) of Kailash Yoga School. I trained with him during two seasons (Summer and Fall, 2016). I grew a lot during that time and delved deeply into conscious concepts regarding yoga philosophy and psychology (i.e., memory, Historical Foundations of Yoga {Pantanjali Sutras, Sanskrit, etc..). He delivered solid Asana classes and showed the students various variations/sequences, with alignment and individual considerations (i.e., Particular Dosha Types). I would recommend Yogi Sivadas to people.students looking to learn Yoga, and all its aspects- focusing on the holistic healing."

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  • Review by Joseph from England
    10 out of 10

    "I completed the 200 hours teacher training at the Kailash school in August 2016 and throughout I learned something new in every class. Parts of my own, and universal, psychology and physiology were also revealed that I was previously unaware of, giving me an understanding and broader perspective that can be carried throughout life. The course includes an expansive and personally adaptable approach to yoga as a concept and there is an emphasis on integrating the philosophy of yoga within the different aspects of the training.Yogi Sivadas has also been approachable, knowledgeable, dedicated and eloquent and as such I have found him a particularly inspiring teacher."

    "I consider myself as a 'beginner' coming to the course and after my experience I think it is accessible and relevant to anyone with an honest intention to learn more about yoga and further the experience of their own practice. I know I will enjoy practicing what I have learned here for years to come."

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  • Review by Dr. Gesche Heiss from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I completed a 200h Yoga Teacher Training Program at Freistilyoga Berlin in January 2016. Yogi Sivadas travels to Berlin to provide the training course. The training was of highest quality, intense, and life-changing. How much it will affect your life depends on you, and that is the beauty of it, because only you can live what Yogi Sivadas has taught. The classes were supremely well organised. Some people say 4 week training courses are too much to take in, in the short space of time. Perhaps that applies to some teachers, but not so with Yogi Sivadas. He made it very possible to learn everything easily in 4 weeks: It was how he structured the course, how he lectured, and the discussions and questions that were allowed. It also gave space to provide your own thoughts, so that the teachings were unforced. They were gentle and stark at the same time. The practical parts were extremely excellent to develop you as a teacher, providing different aspects from meditative to vigorous. The buildup of the course was remarkably professional, leading you gradually to a more advanced state, mentally, spiritually and physically. I was grateful that Yogi Sivadas also introduced his personal experiences in his teachings, because that is powerful, deep and memorable. It goes beyond saying, that Yogi Sivadas can advance the world by his teachings, his wisdom and compassion."

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  • Review by Rodrigo from Berlin
    10 out of 10

    "Yogi Sivadas is a truly amazing teacher. If you are looking for someone who is not going to force any belief system but make you think on your own, he is the right person. Some of the theme of his lectures were absolutely mind-blowing and they made me change in many ways how I see yoga and life. Sivadas also motivates and guides you through a gentle and safe Asana practice, which made me being able to train within my capacities without injuring or over training. I am looking forward to finish the second part of my training with him in a few years"

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  • Review by Karthik from India and USA
    10 out of 10

    "I recently completed my 300 hr training with Yogi Sivadas. I had a fabulous experience during this course. I have had a few years of my own yoga journey. I had this extensive quest for knowing more about this wonderful path. I had sourced all over, collect many books, studied with various schools and followed many traditions. Here with Yogi Sivadas, everything came into a better perspective. It was a power packed series of sessions for me. He encouraged me to ask questions without any hesitations. I was able to get most of the answers I was looking within a very short period. It is now time for me to get all these answers into perspective and thereby leading to further questions. I look forward to meeting him and spending time with him. He is a warehouse of abundant yogic wisdom. It is truly a blessing to have studied under him. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Ivanna from United States
    10 out of 10

    "I met Yogi Sivadas in 2013 when I took the 200hs course at his Yoga School. It was such an amazing experiences that I new I wanted to go back for more courses. That happened this year between July and August! Not only did I take the 300hours course that I've planned but also I re took Reiki and Sound Healing! Why? Simply because the learning environment that Yogi Sivadas creates is yoga for the mind! His vast knowledge and modern approach to the ancient teachings of Yoga make his lectures one of a kind. The harmony, and serenity I experienced at Kailash Tribal School is immeasurable! For any one interested in going beyond asanas and breathing techniques, Kailash School is the place. Get ready to experience a journey to the Self and a treat for the mind and soul!’"

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  • Review by Dia
    10 out of 10

    "Namaste! Congratulations on finding this gem of a yoga school and this one of a kind teacher: Yogi Sivadas is the reason to come to the Himalayas to study Yoga."

    "I consider myself extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to study for 500 hours with Yogi Sivadas at Kailash Tribal School. This school is a comfortable and compassionate oasis, and feels like home. This is a place where you should come if you want to develop your body, mind, and spirit, all with equal love and attention, without the competition or stress. When you come here, you truly get into harmony with your true nature."

    "Yogi Sivadas has the kind of innate and indigenous knowledge that is most difficult to find, and his familiarity with the western mindset makes him the perfect person to deliver the knowledge in a way that is understandable, graspable, and inspirational as he leads by his own humble and authentic example. He emphasizes tribal knowledge, as the name of the school suggests, encouraging us to remember and embrace our global tribe. Yogi has the most incredible life story that will make you realize that the world is ours, and will make you want to shine your light on as many others as possible, and dance in the beauty of this existence."

    "Kailash Tribal School is all about tailoring the yoga program to the person, and helping you discover what you need in order to make your life balanced and harmonized: in Yoga, in your diet, in your relationships with yourself and others, and branching out to every other aspect of your life. Yogi Sivadas makes sure to always remind us that practice with patience leads to perfection, and practice without patience leads to pain and problems. Join this special yoga family for a truly therapeutic journey, and step closer to discovering the highest version of yourself."

    "I loved the Yoga course so much that I decided to also take the Sound Healing and Reiki Master course that Yogi Sivadas offers, and I would highly recommend them all to anyone with interest in these subjects. I think everyone should take them, as they are like massages for the soul! I felt like my time here at Kailash Tribal School helped me to recharge my batteries and come to a much deeper sense of peace than I have experienced before, for which I will be eternally grateful!"

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  • Review by Rita Biljana
    10 out of 10

    "I have completed 200 YTT in May 2013 and 300 YTT in October 2015, coming back second time around truly felt like I was returning back home. Yogi Shivadas has dedicated his life to teaching yoga and is unselfishly sharing all he has learned through his lifetime. He will be guiding you to practice with patience, up to your own capacity, but also to employ complete focus and dedication towards your studies.Yogi Shivadas is teaching classical Hatha Yoga, incorporating all the 8 limbs of yoga with his teachings. Apart from expected asana training you will cover concepts, ideas and practices such as pranayama techniques, meditation, yoga nidra, bandhas, kriyas, nada yoga, bhakti yoga, anatomy and physiology, study of yoga Sutras, yoga philosophy, and introduction to Sanskrit, Ayurveda and much more. It is a holistic training, with therapeutic focus which takes you on a journey of self-discovery. This course thought me how to incorporate a yogic lifestyle, into my daily routine. You will learn how to better care for your physical, mental and spiritual health by understanding ayurvedic concepts on body type or constitution, eating the right diet, applying cleansing techniques, learning to listen and interpret your body responses, and finally to reach state of mindfulness and contentment. Yogi Shivadas teachings incorporate wisdom of both East and West, assisting students to evolve and gain better understanding about themselves. At times his teachings may challenge your views, ideals, preconceptions, assumptions that shaped you through years of conditioning. You will learn to view yourself as part of the infinite consciousness and not as stand alone, selfish human being. Yogi Shivadas is helping his students increase awareness and knowledge about themselves and the world around them. He would often say that he wants us to achieve independence, find our own guru inside and not to follow blindly his or anyone elses teachings.Worth mentioning is that this training is delivered in one of the most beautiful locations in the world, in the foothills of amazing Himalaya Mountains. The little village of McLeod Ganj is continually bursting with activity, colour and interesting people. It a melting pot of cultures, Indian, Tibetan and Nepalese. There are many beautiful hiking treks that you can explore in your free time. In terms of accommodation you can stay with the school or book your own accommodation in the village. If you stay with the school you will have the most beautiful view, and be able to cook your own food as most rooms have cooking facilities. Alternately there are many delicious vegetarian and vegan restaurants around.I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to meet and study with Yogi Shivadas. The quality of his teachings has prepared me well and gave me confidence to pass on my knowledge to others. "

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  • Review by Alline Dillinger
    10 out of 10

    " In March 2015 I have followed the 200h YTTC at the Kailash Tribal School to improve my yoga practice, open up some locks in my body and mind and learn more about the philosophy of yoga and its therapeutic values. But thanks to yogi Sivadas' teachings and approach the yoga teachers training goes way beyond that. His course leads everyone who takes it on a journey towards a new way of life; a life that focuses on self-respect and a healthy life-style, on respect of others, the nature and the whole universe. Yogi Sivadas is good hearted man and a talented teachers who spreads his immense knowledge with passion, intelligence and humor. On a more practical side, the school is located in a very charming little town, Mcleod Ganj and the room at Kailash Tribal School are very cosy, clean and well equipped. "

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  • Review by Jeanne Gomez-Karle from USA
    10 out of 10

    " I had a very satisfactory experience with Yogi Sivadas. He is very well knowledgeable in all the aspects of Yoga and many other things that are important for a yogic lifestyle. A nice to mention thing is the view of the Himalayan mountains from the classroom :) "

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  • Review by Driva Louise Leyonmarck from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    " I came to the Kailash school of Yoga and Holistic healing for the 200hr course and realized pretty soon that I'd made the right decision to choose this school. Yogi Sivadas is a very knowledgeable teacher, patient with a lot of humor, and with a practical and down to earth approach to yoga, and life in general, that I really resonated in me. The month spent at Yogi Cottage was a truly transformational experience and I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to embark on the journey to become a yoga teacher or just deepen their own practice."

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  • Review by Sweta Saraogi from United States
    10 out of 10

    " By far the best education of my life!!! They say when the pupil is ready, the teacher appears!!! I have finally experienced this today. Being raised as a Hindu in India and now living in USA for the past 10 years, I was a bit lost and came here thinking I will reconnect to my roots; my Indian roots (to be precise) but surprisingly found myself grounded and connected to my human roots, connected to mother earth and its splendor. This is not just a yoga program but an Art of Living program which teaches how to live for better!!! And after 10 weeks, I am better version of my own true self! My 10 weeks advanced yoga teacher training and 3 levels of Reiki course was not limited to just asanas and scriptures but included a whole spectrum on human anatomy, workings of human mind, yoga history, evolution, food, meditation, Sanskrit, yoga as therapy, chakras, pranayamas and finding your divine nature. The program design is challenging but exceptionally well planned and organized. The atmosphere in and around the studio is very calming and gives a gurukul feeling. The view from the studio and the student rooms is beyond exceptional. The peace from watching the sunrise and sunset in the Himalayas is simply divine. The educational books, music and resources provided during the course are a true treasure for life. Acharya Yogi Sivadas is a true scholar and it was my pleasure to study under his guidance. This is not the end but a beginning of my true calling my dharma!!! "

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  • Review by Rachel van Vuuren from South Africa
    10 out of 10

    " My journey to India started with great excitement and nervousness! I was worried I will not be as good as all the other fellow students because most of my yoga was at the gym and self-home practice through android apps. When I started with my first day I could not have imagined what and incredible journey I have entered myself into for the next month. I learnt yoga from the beginning and what the most important thing are guidelines to practice and teach to others. But aside from the yoga I have spiritually and mentally learned so much and grew so much in myself and found healing and answers I wasn't even looking for! I have learnt so much over the 200 hours I did and I am looking forward to return to complete another 300 hours to obtain my 500 hours as a teacher. Thank you very much Yogi Sivadas for everything you taught me. "

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  • Review by Linda Smith-Dike
    10 out of 10

    " I have been here at the Kailash Tribal School of Yoga and Holistic Healing for the 10 week program, and what an amazing experience it has been. I turned 60 years old the first day of class. I felt that this would be a great way to start the new decade, and yoga teacher training is something I have wanted to do for some time. I am a nurse practitioner in the U.S., working in family practice and psychiatry, and was particularly interested in healing with yogic and Ayurvedic techniques, as well as further developing my spirituality, meditation practices and fitness. I was worried that my body would not tolerate 4 hours of yoga classes daily, and only committed to the 200 hr. course initially for that reason, although I was actually more interested in the content of the 500 hr. course to follow. My worries were unfounded, and I benefited greatly from the physical practice, without injury. I have chronic back pain, from 38 years of various forms of nursing. This is much improved, and I lost 9 kg. while here. Yogi Sivadas always advises gentle practice, listening to one's body, and resting when needed. This approach was perfect for me, and for everyone, in my opinion. Additionally, I have been so impressed with his teaching of the vastness of yoga as a way of life that leads to individual peace, more peace in our relationships and the world around us. Yogi Sivadas is a teacher with high ethical standards, along with a strong commitment to communicating with his students individually in ways that work. He extends his assistance to everyday issues as well. International students have various issues that arise during a long-term stay. He goes above and beyond to help with these needs as well. I plan to start a small school at my home in Wellington, KY, for yogic healing, meditation and Reiki. We have a small organic farm that backs up to the Daniel Boone National Forest, which I think will be an ideal setting. I have been inspired to move forward with this plan by Yogi Sivadas, and am proud to say he has been my teacher. p.s. In the far left corner of the photo is the tip of Mount Mani Mahesh Kailash in India. "

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  • Review by Semra Kiki from Bosnia
    10 out of 10

    " Yogi Sivadas is down-to-earth, straightforward and inspiring man who shares the bunch of practical knowledge for healthy tuning our lifestyle in the course of nature. Defining spirituality as: 'individuals taking care for themselves', he does not mystify some black holes in the knowledge indeed he demystifies superstitions, inviting for self-awareness & self-responsibility as well as giving the true tools for such fine goals. Absolutely recommended! "

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  • Review by Dr. Natalie Scherz from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    " I'm a medical doctor which is a great but stressful job. For myself I wanted to learn from yoga how to help myself. At Kailash Tribal School I got a lot of knowledge to help me to find my own balance. It was the greatest gift I could get at this moment of my life. During my 200 hours course, I could ground myself again. I got interested again in the important questions of life: Who are we? Who am I? Why are you living? How the world around us? Why does it matter? What is important? Since then I try to enjoy every breath and it has gotten so much easier. During this month the ceiling above me has been removed and now I contemplate the stars. Kailash Tribal School is great, because it makes everybody grows with the help of yoga. Yogi Sivadas help us to implement this knowledge in a modern and creative way in our life. If you are lucky and can take this time for you and for your future students: do it! "

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Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India

We run certified Yoga Alliance USA accredited yoga teacher training courses 9 months of the year in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains.

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This 500 hour YTT course is available for any 10-week period from March 1 to May 28 and July 1 to December 28 each year.


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