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10 Days Meditation and Yoga Beginner Course in Dharamsala, India

Beginner Yoga Course in Dharamsala

A yoga course for beginners is offered and opened for those who are interested in learning and understanding to establish a strong foundation of yoga practices and to get in-depth practice and experience with yoga for the first time.


  • Mantras chanting
  • Purification & pranayama
  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Daily beginner yoga practices
  • Correcting of body alignment
  • 9 nights of accommodation
  • All daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner


10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Its a perfect opportunity to establish a strong foundation, deepen your practice, or experience yoga for the first time, with a group of like-minded people. Shiva Yoga Valley invites you to explore your inner potential by practicing yoga in a disciplined manner under the guidance of yogis in an environment which will develop a sense of your own space and help lead you to the essence of your soul. This yoga beginners course is designed for those who have already been practicing yoga, as well as, for those who just started or who would like to start, and who are perhaps missing the feeling of spiritual growth or feeling centered within the self.

Aim for this course

The aim of this course is to give an authentic understanding of yoga so the student can build a strong foundation for him/herself by understanding the main aspects of yoga teaching, how to use different tools of yoga principles properly to gain maximum benefits and enhance the yogic journey in life.

Some of the classes of the beginners course are held in conjunction with our yoga teacher training and graduate program. This course provides a perfect opportunity to expand your yoga practice in a relaxed and tranquil environment. If a beginners course student would like to take his practice forward, and go deeper to get more experience, he could join the yoga teacher training course (200, 300 or 500 hours).

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 - Wake-up
  • 07:00 - Purification/pranayama or satsang (group discussion/meditation/mantras chanting) or morning Maun
  • 08:00 - Milk/juice
  • 09:00 - Beginners asana class
  • 12:00 - Lunch
  • 14:00 - Karma yoga
  • 15:30 - Juice/milk
  • 17:00 - Beginners asana practice
  • 19:00 - Guided meditation
  • 20:00 - Dinner
  • 21:00 - Self-study/discussion


Dharamsala is a very beautiful place for meditation and yoga. Shiva Yoga Valley offers the courses at Mcleodganj Dharamsala and is running in a beautiful location at Mcleodganj (upper Dharamsala). The place of yoga is peaceful and away from the traffic sounds. McLeod Ganj or Upper Dharamsala at nearly 1,800 meters is nestled in the foothills of the Dhauladhars, which rise to 4546 mts. A hill station from the days of the British Raj, it is now often referred to as "The Little Lhasa" and offers travelers a unique opportunity to experience a vibrant Tibetan culture. McLeod Ganj is nine kilometers by bus and four kilometers by taxi route up the hill from lower Dharamsala or Kotwali Bazar, as it is known. At a much lower altitude of 1250 metres, nearly all the inhabitants of Lower Dharamsala are Indians. Being the headquarters of Kangra district all the local Indian government offices are located there too.

The residence of His Holiness Dalai Lama is opposite the Tsuklakhang. McLeod Ganj is largely populated by Tibetans and it is surrounded by pine, Himalayan oak, rhododendron and deodar forests with a magnificent view of the Kangra Valley. Today, streams of Tibetan refugees from Tibet and other parts of the world converge at McLeod Ganj to receive blessings and teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Western and Indian tourists, academics as well as spiritual seekers come here in large numbers to see the rebirth of an ancient and profound civilization. The high altitude and cool weather contribute physically to this recreation of the original Tibetan environment.


Delicious, vegetarian, sattvic meals made with natural foods (local fresh vegetables, pulses, salads, fruits, fresh buffalo milk, herbal teas etc.) will be served for daily breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Things to do (optional)


Dharamshala is a paradise for mountaineers. From simple to really difficult treks, the mountains surrounding Dharamshala offer something to all adventure seekers. Many non-trekkers tread on the simpler treks to enjoy the natural beauty of streams, waterfalls and wildlife.

Yoga & spiritual escapes

From sitting in the calm of Buddhist monasteries to delving the mind into rejuvenating yoga, there is a lot a spirituality that Dharamshala offers. There are plenty of yoga retreats in the area, which offer diverse yoga styles and provide residential teacher training. Given the perfect atmosphere for learning and spirituality, Dharamshala is extremely popular with yoga and wellness enthusiasts.

Norbulingka Tibetan Institute

Situated about 20 kilometers from Mcleodganj, this is an abode for preserving Tibetan culture. With colorful and ornate interiors, it is reminiscent of Tibet in every way. Within the complex beautiful gardens, ponds, and architecture will mesmerize you. One wing of the complex has artisans working on Tibetan arts and crafts. There is also a souvenir shop. so you can take home a piece of this rich culture.

Kangra fort

A historical monument by all means, this fort has been referenced by Alexander the Great in his writings and has been witness to plunges from the likes of Muhammad of Ghaznavi and Muhammad Bin Tughlak. It is one of the oldest forts in India.

Museum of Kangra Art

  • This museum showcases beautiful miniature paintings from the Kangra school, along with craftwork such as fabrics and embroidery, and artillery of the region.

Church of St. John

Church of St. John in the wilderness - is called so because it actually is in the backwoods. With graves of many erstwhile British Generals and the Viceroy Lord Elgin, this gothic style church attracts visitors who want to enjoy some peace, nature and history.

Kareri lake

Kareri lake is a natural freshwater lake formed by melting glaciers of the Himalayas. It is at a height of 1,983 meters above sea level. It has become a favorite tourist spot for many nature lovers.

Dal lake

Popular for its scenic view, this lake is much smaller than the original Dal lake of Kashmir. Surrounded by deodar trees, the lake is a popular sunset observation point for tourists. A festival is celebrated here in honor of Lord Shiva every year.

Bhagsunag Falls

  • Bhagsu Falls is one of the most popular tourist spots of McLeod Ganj. Apart from enjoying the beautiful waterfall, there are a number of treks for Triund from here.


  • Hot water springs, at Tatwani attract a lot of tourists. Tatwani is about an hours drive from Dharamshala.


  • Macchrail boasts of waterfalls twice as big as the Bhagsu falls.


Tsuglagkhang complex is the residence of the Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama. Thousands of pilgrims and tourists come here to seek blessings of his Highness, the Dalai Lama. The well-known Namgyal Monastery is also within this complex.

Jwalamukhi temple

Jwalamukhi temple is a place greatly revered by Hindu deities, as it is believed that a blue flame constantly burns from the rocks of the temple. Many tourists from other religious backgrounds also come to partake in this legend.

Gyuto monastery

A large monastery on the outskirts of Dharamshala, Gyuto Monastery boasts of magnificent Tibetian architecture and dcor. It has lot of spiritual significance too as it is the abode of the 17th Karmapa, who is the head of one of the main schools of Tibetan Buddhism.


Triund is one of the most popular treks in the region. A 9 kilometers trek from Mcleodganj - it offers breathtaking view of the Himalayas. Summer months - April to June, and the autumn and early winter months of September to November, are best times of the year to go on this trek.

Toral pass

  • This trek starts from a place called Tang Narwana - about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, and goes to the Toral pass.

What's included

  • 2 practical yoga classes daily including correct body alignment
  • 1 meditation class daily
  • 1 philosophy lecture
  • Group discussion twice a week.
  • Internal cleansing practices (Shat Kriyas) twice a week
  • Pranayama
  • Course text books
  • Japa mala
  • Yogic clothing
  • Delicious, vegetarian, sattvic meals made with natural foods - breakfast, lunch, dinner every day. (Local fresh vegetables, pulses, salads, fruits, fresh buffalo milk, herbal teas etc.)
  • 1 free day for excursion to nearby spiritual places accompanied by ashram staff

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

From New Delhi Airport to Dharamsala Airport (Gagal Airport) - approximately two hours.

Arrival by taxi

  • From New Delhi Airport to Dharamsala (Mcleodganj) ashram for an approximately cost of 250 USD.
  • From New Delhi Airport to Dharamsala & Dharamsala to New Delhi Airport for an approximately cost of 380 USD.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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