Kullu Valley AshramOur yoga ashram in Kullu Valley is a beautiful villa in the idyllic village Ropa, where the villagers, the animals and indigenous plants live together peacefully and harmoniously. We offer shared and double accommodation. The village is situated in a lovely self-contained valley away from the hustle and bustle of the city, surrounded by pine-studded mountains offering views of enchanting sunrises. Countless creeks and waterfalls are meandering through the village and it is a special delight to drink the refreshingly pure water from the mountain spring.
The villagers mostly live in traditional Himalayan cottages along with their cows and other domestic animals. They are warm-hearted and welcoming hosts helping out with some of our ashram chores.
Guest rooms are spacious with large windows offering plenty of light and fresh air. Asana classes will be taught on the roof terrace with a view of the surrounding Himalayan peaks or indoors in one of the two yoga and meditation halls.
The ashram kitchen provides carefully prepared lacto-vegetarian meals twice daily, which are moderately spiced, prepared by the local chef and his crew.
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At The Himalayan Yoga Institute, we pride ourselves on helping people to improve their lives and find their passion and life purpose. Our highly knowledgeable practitioners draw on more than two decades of experience with yoga practice. We work across a range of styles and disciplines and offer a whole host of experiences for our students in the form of specialist yoga teacher training courses as well as yoga retreats mastering the 7 powers of personal transformation. We maintain small class sizes to make sure that all of our students, whatever they are learning, get plenty of personal attention. The principle form of yoga taught by the Himalayan Institute is the Ashtanga Yoga version of Raja Dhiraja, which is a highly comprehensive form of yoga, the most complete system of self-development known today.
Becoming a yoga instructor
In addition to classes and yoga holidays we provide highly comprehensive yoga teacher training courses. At the moment, we offer yoga training courses in the Indian Himalayas and on a lovely island in Croatia. A yoga training certification will be granted upon completion of the selected yoga teacher training course. Master teachers of high repute and vast practical, theoretical and intuitional knowledge of yoga, meditation, philosophy, mysticism and anatomy will be teaching on our yoga teacher training intensive. The yoga training certification programs are accredited by Yoga Alliance.
- A teacher’s manual
- All classes and trainings
- 3 and ahalf weeks of theoretical and practical training in all aspects of yoga
- Internationally recognised certificate accredited by Yoga Alliance International
- Meals, tea, snacks, and water
- 24 nights accommodation
- 22 day(s) with instructions
Stressed out trying to find the perfect yoga teacher training course for yourself?
There are so many courses out there and it's hard to discern which one will provide you with immediate hands-on tools and an amazing, well-rounded training. We offer a superb course, providing you with powerfully sequenced, pre-designed class templates, ready for you to use as soon as you begin your teaching career - so you can start teaching straight away, tips on public speaking and how to use your voice, practical advice on how to use modifications and prevent injuries. You will get introduced to teaching methodology and actually practice teaching while on the course - with detailed feedback so you can fine-tune your teaching skills before having to face the 'real world' - and lots more.
- Perhaps you are looking to find a course which will provide you with the necessary tools to:
- Establish a powerful personal routine - which will provide a firm base and authenticity to your teaching
- Find your voice as a yoga teacher
- Learn how to sequence a great class which will put a big smile on your students' faces
- Have your students rave about your classes
- Establish instant rapport with your students
- Enjoy teaching your classes and watch how your students blossom and shine
- Build rewarding relationships and become an influencer in your community
- Change people's lives for the better and help them recover their health and emotional well-being
We are committed to help you achieve all of that.
What qualities should a yoga teacher have? This module will focus on the qualities of a good yoga teacher with an emphasis on teaching methodology, e.g. how to communicate with students, how to demonstrate, observe the student in the class to avoid injury during practice of asana. We will also discuss the personal and professional ethics of a yoga teacher.
How to teach the basic postures, breathing exercises and elementary meditation to beginners and intermediate students:
- Setting up of a proper environment for class
- General pointers on teaching a class
- The Basic Raja Dhiraja class
- Beginners' Course
- Advanced Postures
- Yoga for Children
- Yoga for Older Citizens
- Yoga for Pregnancy
- Detailed correction workshops
- In the second half of the training course, participants will teach each other under the guidance of an experienced instructor
- Vegetarianism for ethical, spiritual and health reasons
- How diet affects the mind
- Proper balance of the main nutrients
- Ayurvedic principles of nutrition
- Healing effects of fasting
- Guide to meditation
- What is meditation
- Why meditate
- 12-step daily practice
- Experiences in meditation
- Mantras as spiritual energy encapsulated in sound
- The science of mantra
- Mantra initiation (if desired)
Raja Dhiraja Yoga
- Ashtanga - the 8 limbs of yoga
- Ethics and moral principles
- Hatha Yoga
- Koshas – the five layers of the mind
- Kaoshikii and Tandava: dynamic yogic dances for women and men
- Concentration and meditation
- The six lessons of Sahaja Yoga
- 16 points of yogic life
- Macrocosm and Microcosm
- The Absolute and how it manifests itself in Nature
- The 7 Chakras
- The awakening of cosmic energy and Kundalini Shakti
- Kirtan: devotional chanting of Sanskrit mantras
- Chanting opens the heart and purifies the mind. With daily chanting, you develop a strong feeling of devotion and a very pure inner vibration. In devotional chanting correct pronunciation, devotional attitude and awareness of meaning (ideation) are all-important.
- Creativity and artistic expression for spiritual development and upliftment
- Mandala Art, Bhajans (devotional songs), Prabhat Samgiita (devotional music for mental expansion), Indian Classical Dance.
- Karma Yoga in the Bhagavad Giita: relinquishing the attachment to the fruits of our actions
- Karma yoga is also the practice of selfless service. It keeps you fit and healthy, counteracts depression and gives immeasurable joy.
- Service to society
- The law of cause and effect
- Samsara, the wheel of birth and death
- Yoga philosophy
- The History, Science and Philosophy of Tantra
- The Intuitional Science of the Vedas
- Contemporary Yoga philosophy: Brahmacakra
- Conquest of death and immortality
- Krsna and the Bhagavad Giita
- Bhagavad Dharma
- Considered one of the greatest spiritual texts of the world, the Bhagavad Gita contains subtle and profound teachings and has a universality which embraces every aspect of human activity. It symbolises the solution to the eternal struggle between the spiritual and the material in every human being
- Study of the text and commentaries
Benefits of asanas
- Achieving emotional balance by regulating the glandular system
- Balanced mind
- Improved power of concentration
- Ridding the body of excess fat
- Enhanced physical fitness
- Relief of chronic ailments such as constipation, rheumatism, stomach complaints
- Improved circulation
- Stabilised thyroid functions
- Muscles and joints remain youthful and supple into old age
Pranayama and breathing exercises
- Expands breathing capacity
- Relaxes the nervous system
- Balances the two hemispheres of the brain
- Purifies the nadis (subtle energy channels)
- Calms the mind
- Ujjayi, Surya Bheda, Sitali, Sitkari, Bhramari
- The 10 Vayus (Pranas) and pranayama
Kriyas, bandhas, and mudras
- Neti, Nauli, Kapalabhati and tongue cleaning : classical yogic purification techniques for the nose, lungs, abdomen, and tongue which will be demonstrated and practiced
- Bandhas: Jalandhara and Uddayana
- Bandhatraya yoga: Mahamudra, Mahabandha, and Mahavedha
- General health rules
- Yogic secrets for a long life
- Lymphatic drainage massage
Yoga anatomy, physiology and bio-psychology
- Introduction to the major body systems
- The effects of yoga on: the cardiovascular system, respiration, digestion, skeletal and muscular systems, endocrine system
- The science of asanas: their physical and mental benefits
- Yoga and physical culture
- Yogic diet, nutrition and the principles of Ayurveda
- Human anatomy and yoga physiology are important aspects of yoga study, but another relatively unexplored aspect of yoga is bio-psychology. Bio-psychology is the study of glands and hormones and their profound effects on all physical and mental (psychic) functions like growth, digestion, energy levels, emotions, etc.
The history of yoga
- Various definitions of yoga
- A brief history of Tantra
- From Shiva to Krsna
- The Nath lineage
- Astavkra Muni
- The Kriya yoga lineage (Lahiri Mahasaya, Paramahansa Yogananda, etc.)
- Ramakrsna and Vivekananda
- Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and his students
- Pattabhi Jois
- T.K.V. Desikachar
- Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Karma and reincarnation
- The law of action and reaction
- Karma and Samskara
- Life, death, rebirth, and liberation
- Destiny, Prapatti Vada, and self-effort
Daily class schedule:
06:00: Satsang (meditation, chanting, inspirational talk)
08:00: Pranayama and asanas
09:45: Fruit and tea
10:15: Anatomy and physiology/workshop/lecture
11:15: Karma Yoga
12:45: Main lecture (philosophy/theory/history)
14:00: Snack and leisure time/self-study
16:00: Asanas and pranayama
18:30: Satsang (meditation, kirtan, chanting)
20:00: Free time and study
22:00: Lights out
Satsang literally means “good company”, it means being in companionship with the truth and with the wise. The course satsang consists of half an hour silent meditation, half an hour chanting and a talk or reading on aspects of yoga philosophy. It will help you to develop a strong and steady meditation practice and show you the way to peace and happiness.
A high degree of self-motivation is required for all aspects of the course. A basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is helpful but not essential. A sincere desire to learn and openness to the teachings of yoga is required. Training to be a yoga teacher requires dedication and faith in the process of yoga.
The practice and especially the teaching of yoga demand a high degree of self-discipline and purity. To ensure the success of the program, participants are required to attend all spiritual activities, meditation sessions, lectures and asana classes.Location
Kullu is a district situated in the northern Indian state Himachal Pradesh. The largest valley in the district is the Kullu Valley, which is also known as the Valley of the Gods. The town Kullu sits on the banks of the Beas River in the central part of the valley. Farther north lies the famous town of Manali, attracting visitors from all over the world. Kullu is a broad open valley formed by the Beas river between Manali and Largi. This valley is famous for the beauty and its majestic hills covered with Pine and Deodar Forest and sprawling Apple Orchards. Kullu valley is sandwiched between the Pir Panjal, Lower Himalayan and Great Himalayan range. Kullu has an average elevation of 1,362 metres (4,469 feet).
Kullu was once known as ‘Kulanthpitha’, which means “the end of the habitable world”. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalayas, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled 'Silver Valley'.
Here is the core of an intricate web of numerous valleys - each of which is a visual delight and seems more beautiful than the other. The mountain scapes remain spectacular whether in brilliant sunshine or in the haze of the mist.
The town of Kullu has long been a centre of devotion and faith. In the 17th century, Raja Jagat Singh installed here an idol of Lord Raghunathji, which he brought from Ayodhya. As a mark of his penance, he placed the idol on his throne and it became the presiding deity of the valley
The ancient seat of the kings of Kullu was at Naggar Castle, about 12 km north of the present town, and thought to have been built in the early 17th century by Raja Sidh Sing. Raja Jagat Singh (1637-72) moved the capital in the middle of the 17th century to its present position, and called it Sultanpur. The Royal compound consists of the Rupi Palace, several temples, and a long narrow bazaar descending the hill.
Manali and the Kullu Valley have become important destinations for tourists escaping the summer heat of India. Sikh and Hindu temples and popular hot springs can be found in the eastern part of the district, the village of Manikaran. The Hadimba Devi Temple can be seen in Manali.
Excursion to Naggar and Manali
We will visit the ancient seat of the kings of Kullu at Naggar Castle, about 12 km north of the present town, which was thought to have been built in the early 17th century by Raja Sidh Sing. Raja Jagat Singh (1637-72) moved the capital in the middle of the 17th century to its present position, and called it Sultanpur. The Royal compound consists of the Rupi Palace, several temples, and a long narrow bazaar descending the hill.
Manali and the Kullu Valley have become important destinations for tourists escaping the summer heat of India. The Hadimba Devi Temple can be seen in Manali.
- Monasteries: Manali is known for its shiny gompas or Buddhist monasteries. It is maintained by donations from the local community and by sale of hand-woven carpets in the temple workshop.
- Old Manali: At a distance of 3 km northwest of Manali is Old Manali, famous for its orchards and old guesthouses. There is ruined fort here by the name of Manaligarh. There is also the Manu Maharishi Temple, dedicated to sage Manu.
- Gauri Shankar Temple at DASHAL village(700 mtrs. from Sarsai ) on the main left bank Kullu Manali Highway. This is a 12th century protected monument.
Our yoga ashram in Kullu Valley is a beautiful villa in the idyllic village Ropa, where the villagers, the animals and indigenous plants live together peacefully and harmoniously. We offer shared and double accommodation. The village is situated in a lovely self-contained valley away from the hustle and bustle of the city, surrounded by pine-studded mountains offering views of enchanting sunrises. Countless creeks and waterfalls are meandering through the village and it is a special delight to drink the refreshingly pure water from the mountain spring.
The villagers mostly live in traditional Himalayan cottages along with their cows and other domestic animals. They are warm-hearted and welcoming hosts helping out with some of our ashram chores.
Guest rooms are spacious with large windows offering plenty of light and fresh air. Asana classes will be taught on the roof terrace with a view of the surrounding Himalayan peaks or indoors in one of the two yoga and meditation halls. The ashram kitchen provides carefully prepared lacto-vegetarian meals twice daily, which are moderately spiced, prepared by the local chef and his crew.
- All classes and training
- A teacher's manual
- meals, tea, snacks, water
What's not included
- Airport transfers
Know before you go
Transfer from and to airport on request.
Airport pickup: 800 Rupees / 12* GBP/ 10 EUR (* Prices are approximate)
What to bring
Most of these items can be purchased locally in Kullu and for cheaper than in the West, but you may want to have them with you if you don't want to spend your first couple of days shopping:
Yoga mat - please, bring your own mat
Warm yoga clothes: In October it is hot once the sun comes up and you can spend all day outdoors in short sleeves, but the mornings can be chilly during practice so its best to have something warm
Money: It is best to exchange cash to rupees, the Indian currency, at the airport, and there are also some ATMs within a 15 minute taxi ride from Ropa. You would want to have some funds on your arrival, which you can purchase at your airport of departure, however rupees are not to be taken out of India on your return. For the up to date exchange rate see www.xe.com
Electrical adaptors: Kullu operates on 220V, the same 2 prong plugs as Europe, which are different from the UK ones, so you may want to bring an electrical converter plug.
Torch / flashlight: Power outages are frequent in India and part of the charm but you might want some help seeing in the dark.
Earplugs: If you are a sensitive sleeper, you may want to bring them along, even if it is just the snoring of your room mate, that may make its way to your ears.
Sunscreen: You will need to take care against the strong sun, especially when arriving from winter.
Clothing: please be sensitive to the local culture and dress modestly. Always cover your legs (long trousers, no skirts), your belly and wear short- or long-sleeved upper body clothing. You may want to pick up some of the beautiful Indian clothing called Salwar Kamiz, consisting of pants and a dress in the local shops or bring them with you from London (they can be bought in Indian stores across the city).
Meditation cushion, flip flops, trainers, writing pad, alarm clock, towel, sleeping bag, private toiletry items, soap, clothesline, detergent, money belt.
A copy of your visa, passport and plane ticket should be kept separately from your luggage.
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Acharya Ganga Devi
In all gentleness I am a spiritual warrior and I believe in following my heart and intuition. I respect tradition, but I am vigilant to skirt dogma and allow the spirit to blaze its own trail. The Divine must be found in one’s heart and for this to happen the mind and body have to open and become laboratories of enlightenment. I believe in accelerating our own evolution and I believe in the practices which can help us achieve that. When we truly commit to accelerate our own evolution the whole universe conspires to make it happen. I am here to serve the spirit and those who want to dedicate themselves to the awakening of their spirituality. I take yoga practice one step further and approach it in the way it was originally intended – to open our minds and hearts to great joy and bliss, our essential nature. And to this end I am ready to tread paths which may be unorthodox, but revealing consciousness in an ever expanding motion. I am true to myself and my teachers, I am true to my path and spirituality. The endeavour to realize who I am is the focal point of my life. I am here to realize God and help others realize and to this end I use the practices which have been passed on to me by my teachers whom I deeply love and revere.
About Ganga Devi:
Ganga Devi is a spiritual teacher and also the founder/director of the Himalayan Yoga Institute. She has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for over two and a half decades. She discovered the practices while writing her final thesis at university and preparing for a career as an interpreter and a high school professor of German language and literature. Her life was to take a different direction after she came in touch with the ancient yogic science.
After receiving initiation into the spiritual path of yogic meditation, she decided to spend time in India and deepen her practice. There she discovered that Indian Classical Dance and Music is a complementary pursuit and actually a yoga in itself. Her background in various other styles of dance, ballet and contemporary styles, have provided a vast background and strong basis to embark on the path of two parallel careers: that of a yoga and meditation instructor as well as a performing dance artist. While in India she devoted herself to the in depth study of a variety of subjects, including Eastern metaphysics, philosophy, Sanskrit, several living Indian languages, vocal music, percussion, the art of abhinaya (mimic or expressive dance), Indian classical dance and yoga.
Today she devotes her time to serious seekers and also teaches yoga for beginners, to people who want to learn more about the time-tested practice of yoga. She has worked as the director of a yoga centre in Northern California, USA, for five years and has taught yoga to youth, adults and children and has engaged in community service as well, teaching yoga to inmates, university students and at various health and women's centres. For 7 years she led the life of formal renunciation or sannyas, as a yogic nun. She has furthermore taught classes, workshops and seminars on yoga, diet and lifestyle in India, Germany, Croatia and the UK. She is a senior yoga instructor of the highest level
She adapts the style of yoga (Hatha, Dynamic Vinyasa, Restorative, Sivananda, Tantra Yoga) to individual needs and offers services as a life coach as well, offering life and spiritual coaching sessions.
Ganga Devi has been sharing her wealth of knowledge on teacher training courses for many years, guiding yoga students who desire to take the next step and assisiting them in becoming well-rounded, competent, knowledgable, intuitive and confident yoga teachers themselves. She also organises yoga retreat vacations, in beautiful, natural settings, in India, Croatia, France and the UK providing opportunities to regenerate and immerse oneself in the life-transforming practices of yoga and meditation. At present she lives in London, where she teaches Yoga, Meditation and Indian Classical Dance.
She is very well respected and sought after as a teacher and and has developed a unique style of teaching which is a result of a wealth of knowledge and experience gained throughout many years of practice and teaching yoga to a variety of people with different needs and levels of ability.See more photos and other events by this presenter