> 5-day Yoga Courses for Beginners:
These 5-day courses are designed to introduce the Iyengar method of Yoga to the beginner student and to provide a working knowledge of how to continue one's daily practice after the course is completed. Corrective, rejuvenating/energizing and relaxing/meditative postures are the focus.
> 5-day Yoga Courses for Continuing Students:
After successfully completing the 5-day Yoga Course for Beginners, students who want to continue start class early in the morning and are instructed by Sharat. These students are taught additional postures and guided, according to the pace at which they develop.
Both Five-day Courses take 2.5 to 3.5 hours daily and cost 2500 INR. In order to support long-term study at our Centre, the weekly fee decreases after the second week and continues to decrease with each following week, until it reaches 2000 INR.
> Chakras and the Evolution of conciousness, Nov. 19th to Dec. 1st 2010
> Teacher Training Course (TTC), Feb. 18th to March 31st 2011:
The Teacher's Training Course offered at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre is a five-week long, rigorous course (including three weeks of the Intensive Course, focusing on a specific theme). It is designed for motivated practitioners who wish to make the spiritual path of Yoga a way of life and who eventually want to teach others how to walk the same path.
Students participating in the Teachers Training Course will be provided with two healthy vegetarian meals, along with afternoon tea on a daily basis. The daily schedule, course structure and retreat atmosphere follows the same structure as the Intensive Courses. It is expected that self practice is completed each day, before the morning class begins.
The first three weeks consists of a regular Intensive Course (Theme: Yoga & Ayurveda), which is a prerequisite to the Teachers Training Course. The Intensive Course informs our own practice, whereas the following two weeks focus on the pedagogical aspects of Yoga, including: teaching/instruction, motivating, correcting, as well as diagnosing and treating ailments ("Yoga therapy").
During this time, we work with a group of Beginner Students to demonstrate and practice how to make corrections. Trainees learn how to assess the students' individual needs in order to provide them with a helpful practice. The details of each pose are thoroughly explored, making them work for each of our students. Every Trainee has the chance to teach the positions and gain confidence in their instruction and understanding.
> Yoga and Ayurveda, 18th February - 9th March 2011:
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 to develop a practice that brings a more profound harmony within.
During the Course, an Ayurvedic practitioner will provide us with the necessary knowledge to establish our body-mind constitution and diagnose problem, 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, Sharat will help us understand the influences that the Yogic postures have on the various constitutions and types, thus evolving a way of Yoga practice to establish and maintain balance. Above all, this course will increase our awareness of ourselves in relation to the outer world.
The specific 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 Â· Determination of body constitution
In order to participate in an Intensive Course, students must have completed a minimum of 3 rounds of the 5-day Course with Sharat, prior to the beginning of the Course. Daily practice of Sharat's style of Hatha Yoga is an absolutely indispensable pre-requisite. Prior booking is essential, as the number of participants is limited.
> Special Courses:
Our Special Courses usually last 10 days and focus on a specific topic within Yoga practice:
- Yoga for Vipassana Meditators
- Therapy Courses
- Yoga for Children
NB: In summer (April to October), the center moves to Dharamsala.