3 July - 12 August 2019 and 9 March - 19 April 2020 at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram – our Eco Retreat for Yoga, Meditation and Healing
If you want to be a Yoga Teacher who can teach and help anyone regardless of age, experience or physical condition then this is the Teachers Training Course for you. The Sharat Arora Yoga Method is a unique evolution of the BKS Iyengar tradition that is designed to heal the human body on every level. The course is not only about knowing all the details of the Method, but being able to convey it to others and having enough practical expertise to guide them on the physical, mental and energetic level. It is designed for motivated practitioners who wish to make the spiritual path of Yoga their way of life and would like to share it with others.
The 320H Teachers Training Course (TTC) is a six to seven week long, rigorous training. The prerequisite for attending the course is three 5-Day Courses at one of our centres in Arambol, Goa or Dharamkot. However, for those who are new to the practice and who do not have time for the three weeks beforehand we offer a special 9-Day Course after which you will be fully prepared for the Immersion and Teachers Training Courses. Anyone who is coming back to us after a break from regular practice, i.e. if your 5-Day Courses were more than 3 months prior to the course starts, or if they were within 3 months and you have NOT sustained a regular self-practice, then you must attend the final two days of the 9-Day Course as a Weekend Refresher Course or a regular 5-day course in Dharamkot or Goa.
The course takes place at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram. Our beautiful and isolated location enhances a deeper and more focused practice and facilitates the journey inwards. Days off can be spent in contemplation of nature and swimming in the river. Our Organic Permaculture farm will provide much of your daily food to nourish you in the best way possible.
The first part of the TTC is comprised of the 3 weeks of the 160H Immersion Course into the Sharat Arora Yoga Method. This is essential as a prerequisite as it forms the practicum element of the course, before the progression to the theoretical and pedagogical elements in the second three weeks. Please note that the Yoga Immersion Course will be held in silence. In the Yoga Immersion Course, you will learn the Method from the inside out, cultivating a deep self-awareness from the intensive practice of Asanas, Meditation, Pranayama and Relaxation.
During the three weeks of the TTC you will learn to teach with presence and from your own lived bodily experience. Daily early morning Self-Practice will rejuvenate and prepare you for the day ahead. The practice will be independent but daily suggestions will be offered as to the order and sequence. These will later be discussed in the afternoon session as part of your training about sequencing beyond the 5-day courses.
The morning classes with Master Yoga Teacher Sharat Arora will cover the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching, in depth instruction and discussion of the Asanas and the Method, how to conduct Body Diagnosis and later in the course there will be time for you to practise your teaching abilities through Asana demonstration. The afternoon sessions will be conducted by one of the trained teachers of the Sharat Arora Yoga Method. During the first 3 sessions you will watch days 1-3 of the introductory 5-Day Course as conducted by Sharat
Arora at the HIYC and be guided to answer questions about the evolution of the Method and poses for new students. Thereafter the sessions will involve in depth practical demonstrations about the use and function of props, guided corrections classes, applying the Body Diagnosis technique, special sessions on anatomy and physiology and more chances for you to teach Asanas under supervision of the trained teacher.
During the course you will learn:
- Sequencing of the both the HIYC 5-Day Courses and special or focused classes as you might teach away from the HIYC
- Demonstration of Asanas, including modifications for all body types, injuries, ailments etc
- The use of props and their modification and application for the individual’s needs
- Study of human Anatomy and Physiology as it applies to the Asanas and common student ailments
- How to modify the practice and structure a class according to the needs of the students of different ages, in different situations such as sports practitioners, office workers, children, pregnant women and mothers
- Body Diagnosis: how to read people on a physical, mental and energetic level from their bodies, postures and walking
- Learning and Practising Corrections of common mistakes made by practitioners
- Yoga Therapeutics and the application of the Method for different kinds of body and mind ailments and problems, and how to adjust with props
- Yoga Philosophy including the practical study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Yoga Ethics; the moral aspects and responsibilities of being a Yoga Teacher and how these are passed through the Sharat Arora Yoga Method
- How the method integrates meditation and freedom of the breath within each pose
- The structure of the Pranayama practice you learned during the Immersion Course so that you can continue a sustained Self-Practice to further your development as a teacher
You will also be invited to watch and assist Master Yoga Teacher Sharat Arora in the Yoga Therapy Courses and so develop practical skills in adjusting the poses to deal with particular misalignments, injuries and diseases, both physical and mental. Yoga Therapy is a fundamental part of our method at every level and so it is highly advisable that you attend at least one such course.
We provide you with two healthy vegetarian meals, including salad and vegetables fresh from our Organic Permaculture farm and as much local produce as possible. Fruits are available from our Ashram shop, along with any other items you may wish to order. We can easily cater for dairy free/gluten free diets but any other dietary requests will incur an extra charge.
Sample Daily Schedule:
5:00 – 7:30 Self-Practice
7:30 Tea and self-made breakfast
8:00 – 12:00 Class with Master Yoga Teacher Sharat Arora* (10 – 10.15 Tea Break) 12:00 – 12:45 Lunch break
1:00 – 3:00 Rest/ self-study
3:00 – 5:45 Teaching methodology: corrections, use and function of props, body diagnosis**
5:45 – 7:00 Relaxation and Pranayama
8:00 Rest and bed***
The course runs 6 days per week, the 7th day is a day off and you may leave the Ashram during the three weeks of TTC. You may not leave the Ashram on the days off of the 160H Immersion Course.
*The first hour of this class will comprise of applied philosophy, a look at one of the Sutras of Patanjali and how we apply these in our practice and our lives, or a topic related to yoga ethics.during the three weeks of TTC. Please note that you may NOT leave the Ashram, even on the days off, during the Immersion Course.
The second part will comprise of Asana techniques and subtleties, sequencing and student demonstration of poses.
** In addition to the anatomy covered in the Morning Class, there will be 1-2 sessions per week devoted specifically to anatomy
*** 2-3 evenings per week will be devoted to screening related videos of the teachings, philosophy or anatomy from 7.30 – 8.30.
The 3 weeks of the Yoga Immersion Course, which immediately precedes the Teachers Training Course, is a must for the participation in the TTC as it forms the practicum of the TTC. We highly recommend that you complete the full 6 weeks of the TTC course, however if you have completed a Yoga Immersion Course (previously called Yoga Intensive Course) in the past year you may make a personal application for attending the three weeks of TTC only. Applications will be decided on a personal basis by Master Yoga Teacher Sharat Arora and his team and will be based upon your description of your daily practice since your Immersion/Intensive Course and your answers to a short assessment.
If you are not signing up for the complete 7-week TTC package including the 9-day Prerequisite then you must have completed 3 or more 5-Day Courses at the HIYC before the TTC starts. If these courses were more than 3 months prior to the TTC start date, or if they were within 3 months and you have NOT sustained a regular self-practice, then you must attend the final two days of the 9-Day Course as a Weekend Refresher, or a regular 5-Day Course in Dharamkot or Goa.
Cost of 320H TTC: Consult
* Course price includes food but varies according to which type of accommodation you select
**Therefore, you have completed 3 or more 5-Day Courses within at the HIYC and have continued practice
If you have completed the 160H Immersion Course into the Sharat Arora Yoga Method (previously called Yoga Intensive Course) in the past please email the office at [email protected] for information about pricing.
To ensure your place on the TTC you need to make the booking in advance.
You may only start the course upon full payment of the course fees. It should be understood fully that money once deposited is non-refundable. The paid fee however can be transferred to any other Yoga Course at the HIYC and used within one year from the date of the starting day of the originally booked course.
In case of emergency with the medical certificate from the hospital presented, the refund will be issued after deduction of the course days participated by the student as well as the 25% of the administrative charges.
PROGRAMME AFTER TTC:
Upon completion of the TTC you will be certified as a LEVEL 1 TEACHER of the Sharat Arora Yoga Teacher Method*. At this stage we invite you to come and assist with us as an intern in our centres in Dharamkot and Goa. We highly recommend a period of a minimum of 3 months for initial assisting, during which time you will gain necessary experience in correcting and teaching of the Asanas. You will also learn more about the progression of the practice and teachings through attending, assisting in the 5-Day Courses and eventually teaching in the returning students classes.
As an intern you will be mentored and encouraged in your self-development as a teacher through regular meetings and corrections classes, during which you may be asked to demonstrate specific Asanas as well as common mistakes and how to correct them. After each month you will be assessed on your development on a practical and personal level.
After minimum of 6 months* you will be promoted as an AFFILIATED TEACHER of the Sharat Arora Yoga Method on our website to our students around the world.
At this point you are eligible to attend our Second Level Teachers Training Course (TTC2). The TTC2 is scheduled exclusively every 2-3 years or when we have enough experienced and Affiliated Teachers who are ready for this progression. Only teachers at this level may attend and afterwards will be a certified LEVEL 2 Teacher.
* Certification and affiliation remain at Sharat Arora’s discretion and length of time may vary on an individual basis and will be based on your performance in class and the monthly assessments
Second Level Teachers Training Course:
The 2nd Level Teachers Training Course goes deeper into the exploration and recognition of students’ blockages on the mental and energetic planes and learning how to help removing those blockages. It takes us further into Therapeutics of Yoga Practice. For this reason, those applying should have some knowledge and understanding of common ailments, their symptoms and cures both in allopathic and alternative therapies.
In addition to teaching and assisting, if you want to be a LEVEL 2 TEACHER of the Sharat Arora Yoga Method you must write five creative research papers on each of the following topics:
- Yoga Anatomy/Physiognomy of an Asana or Pranayama
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
- Comparison of a religion with Yoga
- Hatha Yoga Pradipika
- Ayurvedic Medicine
Each Topic should be 8-12 pages of A4 format written in Verdana Font type size 12. You may write more but it should not exceed 30 pages. The papers must be original work, based on your own research and practice. You may use quotations but they should exceed 5%, the remaining 95% should be original writing, and the source of the citation and the author should be mentioned.
Please click here to read: Requirements for Participation, Code of Conduct, Terms and Conditions of Payment.
For details, please see our list of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Please note and understand that we reserve the right to:
Undertake short-term changes in the program & structure of the Course Make exceptions to the above procedure in individual cases
Change the price of the Courses according to circumstances that are beyond our control
Exclude people from the Course who do not adhere to the above conditions, and who would therefore be a disturbance
Discount for Indian and SAARC Citizens: The Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre is happy to offer a special discount on all our course 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).