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If you are looking for a comprehensive meditation training course and want to deepen your practice, or aspire to pursue the path of a professional meditation teacher, this course is for you. It is also a great opportunity for certified yoga teachers to take part in a continuing education program, particularly in the field of meditation, to expand the knowledge and bring more value to life. Join the course to be inspired, and inspire others with intensive meditation practice!
During the training course, you will stay at Oasis Guesthouse in Upper Bhagsu, about two and a half kilometers away from McLeod Ganj town. Its geographical location makes it comfortably away from main markets and distractions, which results in a calm, quiet, and contemplative environment for yoga and meditation practices. As the area around the center cannot be reached by motor vehicles, one can enjoy a true serenity and the peaceful atmosphere of the Himalayas.
While the geographical location of this yoga center provides a calm and quiet atmosphere, the topography of the area naturally brings a meditative disposition, creating an experience of peacefully merging with nature. One can feel that he or she is relaxing in the lap of nature. Located on a flank full of green palm trees and boasting a vibe of a beautiful valley and chirps and tweets of birds, the center truly provides a conducive and spiritual environment for yoga and meditation practices.
The Oasis Guesthouse has 12 nice luxurious rooms for yoga students only. Each room has a western-style toilet with 24-hour hot shower, a safe locker, a wooden wardrobe, a big double bed, blanket, a mosquito net, a table, two chairs, and free Wi-Fi. These rooms have enough space for two people.
The 100-hour meditation teacher training program provides the training, support, and supervision to individuals wishing to deepen their own personal practice, teach friends and family members, incorporate meditation training into their existing professions, or develop a private meditation teaching practice. This program incorporates yogic, non-religious, and scientific meditation practices. Many topics focus on the effects of acute and chronic stress on the body and mind.
Classes involve Restorative yoga and pranayama practice, facilitated discussions, exercises, and deep connection with your peers. The course requires no experience and all body types are welcome.
In this course, you will be immersed in meditation practices, supported by gentle yoga and pranayama. You will learn a foolproof way to teach anyone how to meditate, and practice teaching what you have learned in this course as well as your personal experience accumulated during the sessions. You will be thoroughly coached by dedicated teachers to enhance your presentation and teaching skills and practice how to share what you have learned with a variety of audiences.
This program meets the standards and curriculum of Yoga Alliance as a continuing education program for yoga teachers.
As preparation for meditation, gentle Restorative yoga will be taught twice a day. This helps to improve muscular relaxation.
Pranayama is breathing techniques. Pranayama has two aspects: breath regulation and breath observation. Pranayama is a very important aspect of meditation practice. Pranayama purifies the mind and prepares the mind for meditation. It facilitates oneself to deeply concentrate while meditating. It detoxes the mind and the body, as well as helping you to reach the inner realm of awareness.
Mudras are the flow of energy in the body. The position of the hands while practicing a meditation technique is very important. Mudras are a combination of subtle physical movements which alter the mood, attitude, and perception and which deepens awareness and concentration. Mudras enable the meditation practitioner to develop an awareness of the flow of prana, the vital energy in the body. Ultimately, they establish pranic balance within the body and redirect the subtle energy to the upper chakras, inducing higher states of consciousness.
This is the daily practice of therapeutic yoga which includes neti - yogic nostril cleansing, trataka - gazing at the flame to improve concentration, and shambhavi mudra - preparatory practice for Third Eye Meditation.
The diet plays an important role in meditation practice. As the well-known proverb goes “the man is what he eats” - the food we consume influences our mind and body. This course focuses on yogic or sattvic diet, which makes meditation more effective.
Energy anatomy involves the theoretical framework of the energy body (pranic body), nadis (energy channels), chakras (energy centers) and the application of its principles in meditation practice, benefits of opening the nadis and chakras through meditation. the movement of healthy energies within the body, characteristics of a person whose chakras are opened, the kundalini system and kundalini awakening meditation techniques.
After completing the course successfully, you will be certified to teach meditation. You will be able to design your own meditation training program to suit the people you come across. It can be any of the techniques you have learned or a mixture of different meditation techniques. You do not have to have any particular method. Every method, if practiced diligently, will give results.
You will be able to offer and share with your students a comprehensive meditation method that can propel their spiritual practice or help to discover inner peace, harmony within oneself and in relationships, inspiration, creativity, wellbeing and a sense of fulfillment, better physical and psychological health, and self-awareness.
As a certified meditation teacher, you will likely be asked to present meditation classes and lead programs in a variety of settings. On this course, you will learn how to do that, whether you are invited to present at a lunch-and-learn at a corporate headquarter, or to a classroom full of kids who want an experience of mindfulness. You will have everything you need to do it!
A day trek to Triund, a popular hill dubbed the jewel crown of Dharamsala, is included in the package.
Dr. Keshava has been teaching yoga philosophy, meditation and pranayama, therapeutic yoga, principle teachings of original tantra, Sanskrit language and poetry, and Vedic mantra chanting in various academic settings and yoga teacher training centers. He taught more than 100 yoga teacher training courses. Keshava lives a monastic life practicing and teaching yoga, meditation, and spirituality. He is committed to bringing a deep change in the personality of a seeker in order to have a meaningful and blissful life with peace, harmony and universal awareness.
Kimber Wigley, E-RYT-200, RYT 500+. For over 15 years, Kimber has been interested in the connection between the movement of the physical body and the changing states of mind. She was introduced to yoga through the physical practice of asana and soon realized the profound effects the movement had on her mind and ability to find internal comfort in externally uncomfortable situations. With peaked interest, she transitioned to living in Asia and pursued Eastern philosophies and practices.
Yogi Chetan Kumar: M.A (Yoga and Ayurveda), E-RYT-200 + E- RYT-500+. Yogi Chetan hails from Rishikesh, North India, and started pursuing yoga from School days and has completed his Master's Degree, MA in Yogic Science and Ayurveda from Himalaya Ayurveda Medical College & Hospital, Dehradun, India. He also completed 200 hr Yoga TTC and 300 hr Advanced Yoga TTC from Registered Yoga Schools (RYS) in Rishikesh and Dharamsala and acquired E-RYT- 500 Designation from Yoga Alliance, U.S.A Yogi Chetan has been teaching Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa yoga and Ashtanga Yoga for last 6 years in different YTTCs.
This course will be held in Dharamsala, close to the Himalayas. The Himalayas, meaning the abode of snow in Sanskrit, are a range of mountains with mighty snow peaks, forming the northern border of the Indian subcontinent. Himalayas have been a great inspiration for spiritual practitioners, yogis, saints, as well as healers. Experienced by many practitioners and yogis as a very powerful energy center on the Earth, these sacred mountains have been inspiring many people.
Dharmashala is located in the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled below the mighty snow clad peaks of the beautiful Himalayan Dhauladhar mountain range, it is a wonderful location with an abundance of natural beauty and spiritual diversity.
Dharmashala is the spiritual headquarters of Buddhists all over the world. It is the home of Dalai Lama and the center of theTibetan exile. Dalai Lama has been living here along with his followers since 1959. His presence and the Tibetan population has made Dharamshala a popular destination for Indian and foreign tourists, including students studying the Tibetan culture.
Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj are twin towns located by the Himalayan mountain range. Dharamsala is mainly populated by locals. McLeod Ganj is the abode of Dalai Lama. Many Tibetans have found their permanent settlements in this town and are leading a peaceful life.
Bhagsunag and Dharmakot are twin beautiful hamlets located two kilometers away from McLeod Ganj. These two villages are relatively calm and quiet and give a conducive atmosphere for yoga and meditation practices. Hence, many yoga and meditation learners chose to come here for their training.
In this training course, all three meals would be provided except for Saturday dinners and meals on Sunday. The meals would be vegetarian. (vegan and gluten-free food also served those who opt). The food during the training period is included in the total course fee.
Oasis guesthouse runs its own restaurant exclusively for the yoga students. Indian yogic meals are prepared there for the course students.
Additionally, two herbal teas will be provided daily along with unlimited filtered drinking water. For meals on Sundays, you can visit the many local restaurants that are just three minutes walk from the yoga center offering Indian, International, and Tibetan cuisine at very reasonable prices.
Please note that Ayurvedic Massage facilities are available nearby.
Please book your flight to arrive at Gaggal Airport (DHM). Sarvaguna Yoga will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price. The best way for travelers to reach Dharamsala by air is to travel from New Delhi Airport. New Delhi Airport is connected to all most all major destinations and all major cities in India. Daily flights are operated from New Delhi to Gaggal Airport, which is about 25 kilometers away from the yoga center. Alternatively, you can take a flight to Chandigarh (250 kilometers from the yoga center) or Amritsar (200 kilometers away from the center), and then take a pre-paid taxi to McLeod Ganj. It takes four to five hours to reach there. A taxi ride will cost about 4000 INR. If you choose to arrive at Amritsar International Airport, you can reach Dharamsala by taxi, which is a better option.
There are daily bus services from Delhi to Dharamsala every evening. It is a 10 to 12-hour journey with a fare of 300 to 1300 INR depending upon the type of bus you choose to travel. Public buses are available from New Delhi and from other major cities. This option is the most economical. Bus services are also available from Manali and Shimla. Sarvaguna Yoga can provide you more information on how to travel to Dharamsala if you need.
There are no direct train to reach Dharamsala. Pathankot is the nearest railway station to a reach Dharamsala. Pathankot Railway Station is well connected by rail with all other major cities in India. The distance from Pathankot to the center is about 100 kilometers and it costs around 1500 INR to reach the center by taxi.
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