This course will be held in Dharamsala, close to the Himalayas. The Himalayas, meaning the abode of snow in Sanskrit, are a range of mountains with mighty snow peaks, forming the northern border of the Indian subcontinent. Himalayas have been a great inspiration for spiritual practitioners, yogis, saints, as well as healers. Experienced by many practitioners and yogis as a very powerful energy center on the Earth, these sacred mountains have been inspiring many people.
Dharmashala is located in the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled below the mighty snow clad peaks of the beautiful Himalayan Dhauladhar mountain range, it is a wonderful location with an abundance of natural beauty and spiritual diversity.
Dharmashala is the spiritual headquarters of Buddhists all over the world. It is the home of Dalai Lama and the center of theTibetan exile. Dalai Lama has been living here along with his followers since 1959. His presence and the Tibetan population has made Dharamshala a popular destination for Indian and foreign tourists, including students studying the Tibetan culture.
Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj are twin towns located by the Himalayan mountain range. Dharamsala is mainly populated by locals. McLeod Ganj is the abode of Dalai Lama. Many Tibetans have found their permanent settlements in this town and are leading a peaceful life.
Bhagsunag and Dharmakot are twin beautiful hamlets located two kilometers away from McLeod Ganj. These two villages are relatively calm and quiet and give a conducive atmosphere for yoga and meditation practices. Hence, many yoga and meditation learners chose to come here for their training.
How to get there
Arrival by plane
The recommended airport is Goa International Airport (GOI). Transfer to the retreat is included.
Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). Sarvaguna Yoga will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price. The airport is around 70 kilometres to Agonda Beach. As Goa is an internationally well-known tourist place, most international airlines operate flights to Goa from all major cities in the world. Direct charter flights are operated regularly to Goa International Airport, also known as the Dambolim Airport, from all over the world, between October to April every year. Goa is also well connected by air with major Indian cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkatta, Bangalore, Chennai, Kocchi, Trivendram, and so on. Domestic airlines operate regular flights to Goa from the above cities.
Arrival by train
Please arrive at Madgaon Railway Station, which is 40 kilometres away from Agonda Beach, or Canacona Railway Station, which is seven kilometres away from Agonda Beach. The trains offer services that range from luxurious to budget, catering to all the needs of any traveller.
Arrival by taxi
You can take a pre-paid taxi to reach Agonda Beach from Goa International Airport. It costs around 25 EUR. Alternatively, a dedicated and trusted taxi driver from Sarvaguna Yoga will wait for you with your nameplate and bring you straight to the place where your accommodation had been arranged. Agonda Beach is around 70 kilometres from the airport and takes about 90 minutes to reach.
Single private deluxe room accommodation with attached hot shower, wifi and wardrobe.
The 100-hour meditation teacher training program provides the training, support, and supervision to individuals wishing to deepen their practice, teach friends and family members, incorporate meditation training into their existing professions, or develop a private meditation teaching practice. This program includes yogic, non-religious, and scientific meditation practices. Many topics focus on the effects of acute and chronic stress on the body and mind.
Classes involve Restorative yoga and pranayama practice, facilitated discussions, exercises, and deep connection with your peers. The course requires no experience, and all body types are welcome.
In this course, you will be immersed in meditation practices, supported by gentle yoga and pranayama. You will learn a foolproof way to teach anyone how to meditate, and practice teaching what you have learned in this course as well as your personal experience accumulated during the sessions. You will be thoroughly coached by dedicated teachers to enhance your presentation and teaching skills and practice how to share what you have learned with a variety of audiences.
This program meets the criteria and curriculum of Yoga Alliance as a continuing education program for yoga teachers.
As preparation for meditation, gentle Restorative yoga will be taught twice a day. This helps to improve muscular relaxation.
Pranayama is breathing techniques. Pranayama has two aspects: breath regulation and breath observation. Pranayama is an essential aspect of meditation practice. Pranayama purifies the mind and prepares the mind for meditation. It facilitates oneself to concentrate while meditating intensely. It detoxes the mind and the body, as well as helping you to reach the inner realm of awareness.
Mudras are the flow of energy in the body. The position of the hands while practising a meditation technique is critical. Mudras are a combination of subtle physical movements which alter the mood, attitude, and perception and which deepens awareness and concentration. Mudras enable the meditation practitioner to develop a knowledge of the flow of prana, the vital energy in the body. Ultimately, they establish pranic balance within the organisation and redirect the subtle energy to the upper chakras, inducing higher states of consciousness.
This is the daily practice of therapeutic yoga which includes neti - yogic nostril cleansing, trataka - gazing at the flame to improve concentration, and shambhavi mudra - preparatory practice for Third Eye meditation.
Meditation friendly diet
The diet plays an essential role in meditation practice. As the well-known proverb goes “the man is what he eats” - the food we consume influences our mind and body. This course focuses on yogic or sattvic diet, which makes meditation more effective.
Energy anatomy involves the theoretical framework of the energy body (pranic body), nadis (energy channels), chakras (energy centres) and the application of its principles in meditation practice, benefits of opening the nadis and chakras through meditation. The movement of healthy energies within the body, characteristics of a person whose chakras are opened, the kundalini system and kundalini awakening meditation techniques.
Discussed theories of meditation
Different types of meditation
After completing the course successfully, you will be certified to teach meditation. You will be able to design your own meditation training program to suit the people you come across. It can be any of the techniques you have learned or a mixture of different meditation techniques. You do not have to have any particular method. Every method, if practised diligently, will give results.
You will be able to offer and share with your students a comprehensive meditation method that can propel their spiritual practice or help to discover inner peace, harmony within oneself and in relationships, inspiration, creativity, wellbeing and a sense of fulfilment, better physical and psychological health, and self-awareness.
As a certified meditation teacher, you will likely be asked to present meditation classes and lead programs in a variety of settings. On this course, you will learn how to do that, whether you are invited to present at a lunch-and-learn at a corporate headquarter, or to a classroom full of kids who want an experience of mindfulness. You will have everything you need to do it!
All meals are included:
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be served throughout the retreat with vegetarian, vegan, and organic food, except on Sundays.
The following meals are included:
The following drinks are included:
The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:
Dr Keshava, PhD. M.Sc(Yoga), E-RYT-500+
M.Sc., M.Phil., PhD(Psy), M.Sc.(Yoga& Natural Healing), M.A (Sanskrit), M.A (Advaita Philosophy), P.G.dip. in Guidance and Counselling. Reiki Master Teacher & Healer.
Keshava, born and raised in a south Indian spiritual family, where he had a strong foundation of Spirituality and Yoga, at an early age. Propelled by this early spiritual foundation and highly inspired by the teachings of enlightened masters, he started to pursue the study of Sanskrit, yoga and philosophy. Later he found his Spiritual Master, a distinguished teacher of Vedanta, H.H.Swamy Dayanandaji of Himalayas and underwent a systematic and consisting training in his Rishikesh monastery for 5 years. He studied Sanskrit, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita- the Original source book of yoga and philosophy, under the guidance of swami Dayanandaji and his senior disciples.
He also had an opportunity to study the Yogic mysticism under the tutelage of Himalayan spiritual Master Swami. VedaBharati at Rishikesh and got initiated into Meditation and Mystic tradition. Keshava, later continued his academic pursuit and earned his M.Sc. and PhD in Modern psychology. He presented his Doctoral thesis on Emotional Intelligence, Spiritual Intelligence and their interactive effect. He continued his Sanskrit study further and earned his M.A in Sanskrit and also got an M.A Degree in Advaita Vedanta philosophy. He also obtained his M.Sc. Degree in Yoga and natural healing.
Keshava has been teaching Yoga philosophy, Meditation and Pranayama, therapeutic yoga, Principle teachings of original Tantra, Sanskrit language and poetry, and Vedic Mantra Chanting in various academic settings and yoga teacher training centres. He taught more than 100 Yoga Teacher Training and Meditation Teacher Training courses for the seekers across the globe and acquired over 3000 Hours of teaching experience.
He is committed to bringing a perfect blend of Ancient yogic spiritual wisdom, Advaita Vedanta and Modern scientific principles of Psychology and Quantum physics in his teachings, in order to bring peace and harmony in the modern society.
Yogi Chetan Kumar, E-RYT-200, E-RYT-500+, M.A (Yoga & Ayurveda)
Yogi CHETAN KUMAR: M.A (Yoga & Ayurveda), E-RYT-200 +, E- RYT-500+
Yogi Chetan hails from Rishikesh, North India and started pursuing yoga from School days and has completed his Master Degree, MA in Yogic Science and Ayurveda from Himalaya Ayurveda Medical College & Hospital, Dehradun, India.
He also completed 200 hr Yoga TTC and 300 hr Advanced Yoga TTC from Registered Yoga Schools (RYS) in Rishikesh and Dharamsala and acquired E-RYT- 500 Designation from Yoga Alliance, U.S.A
Yogi Chetan has been teaching Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa yoga and Ashtanga Yoga for last 6 years in different Yoga studios and Yoga Teacher training School in Yoga TTC programs
His teachings are very well received and appreciated by the Yoga aspirants across the Globe. He is committed to share this enlightening Yogic wisdom to the seekers.
Kimber Wigley, E-RYT-200, RYT 500
For over 15 years, Kimber has been interested in the connection between movement of the physical body and the changing states of mind.
She was introduced to yoga through the physical practice of asana, and soon realised the profound effects the movement had on her mind and ability to find internal comfort in externally uncomfortable situations. With peaked interest, she transitioned to living in Asia and pursued Eastern philosophies and practices.
As her practice transformed, more interest into why certain postures over others were available to her body led her to study functional anatomy and physiology with top teachers around the globe. This foundation propelled her in guiding others in asana classes with a focus in safety and accessibility dependant on the unique body limitations.
Since 2014, Kimber has been sharing her knowledge and experience of yoga asana and anatomy in studios and teacher trainings worldwide in simple, fun and accessible ways. In her practice, she holds the intention to bring herself into alignment with our shared true nature, pure joy.
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