Learn Authentic Yoga from an Indian Yoga Master at its source in the Himalayas

Yoga Master Sharat Arora spent 7 years studying with and assisting his Guruji BKS Iyengar. In the 160Hr Intensive Yoga Course students have the opportunity to learn from him. His unique evolution of Iyengar Yoga is a practice based on 42 years experience & heals the whole body through finding freedom of breath and balance of bio-energy through aligned Yoga Asanas, fully aware practice of pranayana as well as Meditation.

These Ashram Intensive Yoga retreats are held in silence and in the seclusion of nature with over 160 hours of classes and self-practice time. The 3 weeks are designed for serious practitioners to use Yoga as a tool self-transformation in a most conducive atmosphere away from the distractions of modernity and everyday life.

Students will benefit from an intense, intensive and rigorous program of daily Hatha Iyengar Yoga practice and personalised correction as well as receive tips on how to modify the postures and props to be able to continue a self-practice at home.

About the Intensive Course

On the 160Hr Intensive Courses we use the Yoga Asanas at their subtlest level, understanding and feeling the body’s alignment in the practice of both yoga asanas and pranayama. We learn to remove blockages and so how to allow the free flow of energy for maximum healing of the body and mind.

These 3-week long Intensive Yoga Workshops should be considered as a Himalayan Yoga retreat during which you dedicate your entire energy to go inwards and to undergo a deep spiritual self-study & evolution.

We run only a few 160Hr Yoga Intensive Courses per year with specific themes related to physical, mental & spiritual health. Each course is unique according to Master Teacher’s inspiration. The Intensive Yoga classes, Meditation and lectures will follow a similar program on each course although the teaching approach and focus will differ, building up an experiential understanding of the course subject.

160Hr Intensive Yoga Course Themes

“Pranic Healing Intensive Course: the art of healing oneself with the breath”

In this course we use the breath to focus our attention on the subtlest aspects of Yoga Asana, Pranayama and Meditation. Firstly we build up the Iyengar Yoga Practice to understand body alignment experientially, feeling it in both Yoga Asanas as well as Pranayama.

Having explored and experienced the right movements and adjustments in all the core postures, we learn how to reach all the areas of the body with specific groups of Yoga Asanas and to benefit them with Pranayama technique. We then learn how to remove any blockages by directing the breath to those areas thereby gaining a sense of well-being and freedom.

By practising aware breathing in the Pranayama sessions we experience energetic empowerment and altered states of mind.

The Pranayama Intensive is an Yoga Course that requires a great subtlety of consciousness and is recommended for those who want to dive deeply inwards.

“Chakras & Evolution of Consciousness”

Hatha Yoga is the study of the energy within us which rises upwards from the bottom of the spine to the top of the head, moving through important vortexes of the body called Chakras. This energy is also called ‘Kundalini’ and these Chakras represent our crucial energy centres and different physical, mental & spiritual functions of the human body system.

Through Iyengar Yoga Practice we can release blockages in any of these Chakras. This allows our energies to express themselves fully so that we can live more happy & fulfilling lives.
160Hr Intensive Courses, Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre, Dharamshala

In this Intensive Yoga Course we learn which yoga postures operate on which Chakras and how to balance – stimulate or pacify – them. Thus we understand how our Yoga Practice effects a subtle but definite evolution in our consciousness bringing it to a purer state.

Benefits of the Intensive Yoga Courses

  • Study with Indian Yoga Master Teacher Sharat Arora who has 42 years of yoga healing and teaching experience and was an assistant teacher of his Guruji BKS Iyengar for 7 years.
  • Trained Assistant Teacher(s) who will give personalised corrections to ensure alignment and comfort in the Yoga Asanas.
  • Structured Self-Practice to rejuvenate and prepare you for the day before the Yoga Asana Classes begin.
  • Early morning Pranayama sessions with Yoga Master Sharat Arora.
  • Morning Yoga Asana class with the Master Teacher in which he will guide you to a fundamental understanding of the right movements and adjustments in the Asanas.
  • Iyengar Yoga Intensive Course, India Himalaya Shanti Ashram
    Iyengar Yoga Intensive Course, India Himalaya Shanti Ashram
  • Afternoon Yoga Relaxation sessions conducted by the assistant teachers.
    Daily meditation sessions.
  • Karma Yoga for each participant.
    Twice weekly sessions of lecture, Q&A or videos with Yoga Master Sharat Arora.
  • Drop-in times with the assistant teacher.
  • Best natural Himalayan location with snow peak mountain views and a glacial spring river for swimming.
  • Healthy vegetarian food with salad and vegetables freshly picked from our Organic Permaculture Farm.

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – all students will be asked to read this text which can be considered our “Yoga Bible”. During the course Master Sharat will refer to the Sutras, both in the evening Yoga Philosophy lecture sessions as well as practically in the Intensive Yoga Asana Classes. Students will thus become familiar with both the concepts and the applications of this core text of Yoga Philosophy.

About the Pranayama – The Intensive Yoga Course is also an Intensive Pranayama Course during which we lay the foundations for Pranayama practice in a safe and comfortable manner. Yoga Master Sharat Arora will teach students the technique he learned from his Guruji BKS Iyengar, building it up over the course of the three weeks so that the student can continue to develop in their practice after they leave the Ashram.

Silent Ashram Intensive Yoga Retreat:

The Intensive Yoga Course will be held in silence. We will be storing your phones, tablets, laptops, iPods and any other digital devices, as well as books, for the duration of the course

You may not interact with the other students, including talking, physical or eye contact

Students may be asked to leave the course without a refund if they repeatedly break the silence and disturb fellow students

Intensive Yoga Course Daily Schedule

Days 1 to 6:
05:00 – 07:00 Energising Inversions Self-Practice
07:00 – 08:00 Pranayama with Master Teacher Sharat Arora
08:00 – 12:00 Yoga Asana Class with Yoga Master Sharat Arora*
12:00 – 01:00 Lunch
01:00 – 04:00 Rest
04:00 – 04:30 Meditation
04:30 – 06:30 Yoga Relaxation Class with the Assistant Teacher
06:30 – Dinner

Day 7:
The day will be free. It is compulsory for all participants to collectively practise the Pranayama without a teacher. Participants may not leave the Ashram or attempt to contact the outside world in any way.

*Please note: Yoga and Pranayama classes, as well as talks and Q&A sessions conducted by Yoga Master Sharat Arora may be recorded by audio, video and photography for the purpose of archiving the teachings.


The course takes place at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram. Our beautiful and isolated location in the Himalayas facilitates the journey inwards which enhances a deeper and more focused spiritual practice. 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 three weeks of the 160Hr Intensive Course form the first half of the 320Hr Yoga Teachers Training Course with Yoga Master Sharat Arora. Upon completing the Intensive Course students qualify for the Yoga TTC immediately after OR another Yoga Teacher Training within 1 year.

YTT Course Booking & Deposit

Himalaya Shanti Ashram & Dharamkot Yoga Centre, Dharamshala

Fee for Indian Students: ₹101,500/-
Fee for Foreign Students: ₹154,500/-
Note: Fee includes food. Accommodation is NOT INCLUDED

To view accommodation options please click here

Yoga TTC booking deposit is 10%, rest will be paid in the office before start the course.

To ensure a place in the YTT Course, you should book in advance. For booking and deposit please click here and fill up the booking form and make the online payment using Debit card / Credit card / Internet banking. You may Contact us to check availibility for your dates.

Please read Yoga Teacher Training Course Requirements for Participation, Code of Conduct, Terms and Conditions of Payment.


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Based on 85 reviews
Ramon Castillo
Ramon Castillo
When I came to HIYC for the first time I suffered from severe backpain, due to a minor birth defect in my lumbar and the hard mattrasses one encounters in most of the Indian guest houses. So I got myself a nice piece of foam to find rest in my sleep and started the training in HIYC. Things got better day by day and I was pretty happy. Back home, I continued to practice the Yoga method I was taught. Around a year later I decided to go back to India on a long term basis. I planned to buy a mattrass, beeing aware of the anomaly in my spine. But as I arrived in Dharamkot a little late in the evening, there was no point to go to a mattrass shop. I thought, 'fine, no problem for one night'. But it turned out that there was never a need for an expensive, orthopaedic thing! I've now stayed in India for about 9 months, and the mattrasses in India are still quite often hard as hell. But I am fine, got no backpain at all. Sharat Arora is a real expert in how to build up alignment in any posture, no matter what one's preconditions are.
jack mahones
jack mahones
I did a five day introductory course. It was an excellent investment of time. Our young ( well young to me anyways) I’m 66. Vishna was wise beyond his years. He was patient, attentive and knowledgeable. I learned a great deal and will return in January trainings. I strongly recommend this training to anyone seriously interested in competent instruction
Anna Polak
Anna Polak
The best teacher, the best yoga centre, the best place on the earth❤️
Sourav Jena
Sourav Jena
A stream full of priceless wisdom was shared in this Intensive Teachers Training course which I attended for 6 weeks under the guidance of Sharat Ji, Maria and all the assistant teachers. As a pre requisite to the TTC you have to do a 9 day intensive, to get a familiarity with the style of yoga we would be practicing. It is followed by a 3-week Intensive "Pranic Healing" course which is also a Silent course where you commit to yourself to be with silence (except for asking any questions to the teachers and ofcourse anything important). The silent course is held in the 'Himalaya Shanti Ashram' which is located at the foothill of a pristine mountain range in Dharamshala without any distractions. It is sort of a paradise if you love being in the wild and nature. You will learn all the amazing poses with the tiniest of details involved, which is what makes this course so unique. As Sharat, with all his passion and commitment toward yoga will guide you into discovering your body. The silent course is followed by a 3 week Teachers Training at the center in Dharamkot which is again at an amazing location where you are taught on how to impart this knowledge to other people. Having practiced yoga before, I found Sharat's approach very scientific, where you learn as you practice. There is immense focus on awareness, which is a learning for life as the true essence of yoga is to live in a state which is in sync with our true innate nature. I highly recommend this for anyone who is committed in self-development and finding balance in their lives overall. I have so much I can write but i'll perhaps leave it for a blog as this has become too long for a Google review already.
Marcus Streichert
Marcus Streichert
I’ve done a teacher training at the HIYC. This TTC ist not the typical teacher training, it’s much more: It consists of a 9 day immersion course to learn Sharat’s yoga method (which is an evolvement of classic Iyengar yoga), a three weeks intensive course at a mountain ashram and a three weeks teacher training at the centre in Dharamkot. This Yoga Course might be a game changer for your life and your health. Sharat’s yoga is a quite profound approach to yoga, everything is about the correct alignment of the body. If you are already a yoga teacher and want to deepen your knowledge about correct asanas, alignment and prana flowing, this course is for you. If you want to help your yoga students that have problems with their health or have body issues, this course is for you (the course is titled „pranic healing“). If you feel your own body getting older and want to know how to keep it young and healthy, this course is for you. If you want to get motivation to implement a daily yoga routine into your life, this course is for you. To sum it up: I had a profound experience at the HIYC and I soon will be back. (Marcus, Munich)
Amer G
Amer G
Sharat, Maria, and all the other assistants/teachers have a strong passion for doing the asana's correctly. I can only recommend this (alternative) Yoga method which is the best to go internal (mentally) and re-align your body as well. I hope to be back soon.
נבו פרץ
נבו פרץ
I studied last month with a different kind of teacher, different from anything I knew. For more than 5 years I have been studying movement and therapy, qi gong, shiatsu, yoga... and in the last few months here I have been on a long course with him and went through processes of understanding that could have taken years. למדתי בחודש שעבר אצל מורה מסוג אחר, שונה מכל מה שהכרתי. למעלה מ-5 שנים אני לומד תנועה וטיפול, צ'י גונג, שיאצו, יוגה... ובחודשים האחרונים כאן אני בקורס ארוך איתו ועברתי תהליכי הבנה שיכולים היו לקחת שנים.
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