2 - 21 October 2017 at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram – our Eco Retreat for Yoga, Meditation and Healing
Yoga and Ayurveda are sciences stemming from the same philosophical background, Yoga being for the spirit and Ayurveda for the body. When working with our bodies in Hatha Yogic practice, the insight that Ayurveda provides is extremely valuable. It informs and helps us understand how the elements work, so that we are able to personalise our practice, tuning it to our specific body constitution needs for better results.
During the Yoga and Ayurveda Intensive Course, an Ayurvedic doctor will provide us with the necessary knowledge to establish our body-mind constitution and diagnose problems, as and when they appear. Pulse reading, tongue diagnosis, and other examination techniques will be taught. Once the role of the elements and their influence on us is understood, master teacher Sharat Arora will help us understand the influences that the Yogic postures have on the various body constitution types, thus evolving a way of Yoga practice to establish and maintain balance. This Intensive Course helps us to develop a yoga practice and generally a lifestyle that brings a more profound harmony within and increases the awareness of ourselves in relation to the outer world.
The specific Ayurveda themes explored in this Course are:
- What is Ayurveda? Misconceptions & basic principles;
- Panchamahabhuta and Tridosha Theory;
- Five elements of nature: Body as an epitome of nature;
- Tridosha: Properties and functions;
- Tridosha and their actions on various systems of the body;
- Diagnostic & treatment methods of Ayurveda;
- Healthy body and healthy mind;
- Daily regimen and seasonal regimen;
- Prakriti parikshan . Determination of body constitution.
Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre Intensive Yoga Courses with master teacher Sharat Arora – three weeks long, six days a week – are designed for those students who have taken a strong interest in furthering their Yoga practice and who wish to undertake an extensive exploration of this science. The daily program includes four hours of Asanas, two hours of Meditation and Relaxation, one hour of Pranayama, two hours of early morning Self-Practice as well as one hour of Karma Yoga. In addition to these Yoga practices, the Course also features 2 lectures or question & answer sessions per week conducted by master teacher Sharat Arora. In the Yoga and Ayurveda Intensive Course program additionally there are 8 sessions (16 hours) of 2 hours Ayurvedic lectures conducted by an Ayurvedic doctor.
Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre Intensive Yoga Courses with master teacher Sharat Arora - taking place at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram, our special place for Yoga, Meditation and Healing to enhance a deeper and more focused practice - should be considered a retreat, where a student can devote oneself entirely to self-exploration, change and transformation. The Intensive Courses are rigorous and the daily program very thorough - beginning in the early morning and continuing until sunset - leaving very little or no time for other activities. We, therefore, advise participants to come prepared with all their personal needs prior to the commencement of the Intensive Course. Two healthy vegetarian meals without fruit, along with afternoon tea, are provided daily to all the participants. Students can buy the fruit in the Ashram shop. All aspects of Yoga are learned on an experiential level, and dramatic changes are often felt by the students.
A meeting takes place during the evening before the Course starts and is compulsory for all participants. The program and exact schedule will be introduced, karma yoga will be distributed and all questions will be clarified.
Please note: The necessary prerequisite for participation is to complete 3 Five-Day Yoga Courses at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre BEFORE the Intensive Course starts. If the 3 (or more) Five-Day Yoga Courses were done in the past years, then at least 1 Five-Day Course has to be attended right before the Intensive. Another option is to do the 12 days Yoga and Meditation Silent Retreat at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram directly preceding the Yoga and Ayurveda Intensive Course.
Intensive Course Duration: 21 days
The Course starts with a Pooja.
Intensive Course Schedule Day 1 to 6
5:00 to 7:00 am – Energising Inversions Self Practice
7:00 to 8:00 am – Pranayama
8:00 to 12:00 pm – Asana Class
12:00 to 12:30 pm – Lunch
12:30 to 2:00 pm – Rest
2:00 to 4:00 pm – Ayurveda Lectures (8 lectures total) as well as Q&A or Lecture (2 sessions per week with Master Teacher)
4:00 to 4:30 pm – Meditation
4:30 to 6:30 pm – Relaxations
6:30 to 7:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 to 9:00 pm – Rest
9:00 pm – Sleep
Intensive Course Schedule Day 7
This day shall be free for everybody. However it is compulsory for all participants to collectively practice the Pranayama (the time can be decided the day before) without the teacher.
Please note: Participants are requested to remain in the Ashram for the whole 3 weeks duration of the Intensive Yoga Course, which also means not go out in the afternoons or on the free days. It is strongly recommended to spend that time in nature in silence with oneself to keep the mind as quiet as possible. Thus going on the internet or making phone calls is not recommended either.
Overview: In order to maintain a high standard of learning and participation, the Intensive Courses have specific Prerequisites for Participation and Code of Conduct.
The Intensive Courses at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram are SILENT. Read more...
Please note : Participants who have special diet requirement about will be charged additional 150 INR per day
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Booking and Deposit
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Discount for Indian and SAARC Citizens: The Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre is happy to offer a special discount on all our Yoga and Ayurveda Teacher Training fees for Indian citizens as well as citizens of other SAARC countries (Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Afghanistan). We aim to make our courses as accessible as possible and encourage citizens of the South Asia region to study with us. The details are as follows:
- Students from Himachal Pradesh (born and brought up in HP) receive a 50% discount on all course fees.
- Students from all other states in India and from other SAARC countries receive a 20% discount on all course fees.
We are currently updating our payment options on our website so that Indian citizens and citizens of other SAARC countries can book and pay for courses at the discounted price online. If you book online and are directed to pay the full price, we will refund you the difference when you arrive at the centre.
Please note that this discount is not applicable to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs).
The participants are not allowed to talk with each other verbally nor maintain any other communication like trying to catch someone else's eye sight or touch each other.
It has been observing over the years that the student benefit much more from the Intensive Courses when they remain quiet. The mental and energetic level imbalances can be noticed and corrected only when the students remain fully concentrated. And this process is greatly helped when the students do not disperse their energy outward by talking and making friends with other participants, but rather focus and go within. Communication with the outer world is taking the students' energy outward. To grow the Awareness of Oneself - the students must pull their energies within.
The Yoga Master Teacher and the Assistant Teachers will be giving the instructions during classes. The Students are allowed to ask the questions to the Teacher during classes regarding the practice.
If participants have any emergencies the Ashram manager can be talked to quietly in the Ashram office.