2019 Parmarth Yoga Courses

Please Note – For the Courses Listed Below: The first date listed is the orientation meeting, which is held in the evening either before or after dinner. Students should try to be at the Ashram by 1 pm. Please check at the Reception Office for the exact timing of the orientation.

Be the Peace in the Chaos

with tara, Spiritual Life Coach, Speaker and Workshop Facilitator, Canada

Instructions in English

Spring 2019: Sunday April 21st – Friday April 26th, 2019

“Peace is determined, not by external events, but by our internal attitude. The violence we see in the world is a reflection of the confusion and turmoil inside each one of us.  When we are at Peace within; we can create peace in our piece of the world.” – H H Param Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj

With so much violence in the world, achieving peace can seem impossible. Each of us has the choice to live in peace or in pieces. When we understand that peace is determined by our internal attitude, we can co-create peace in our little piece of the world with the choices we make in each moment. This 5 day program Be the Peace in the Chaos provides you with simple techniques to journey from fear, anger, anxiety, stress, etc. to discover the essence of who you are to live with joy, bliss, peace and harmony in each moment. Each of us has a role to play for peace and harmony in our world. If you want to co-create peace and harmony in all your relationships with self and others at home, work and leisure, then this 5 day program Be the Peace in the Chaos is for you. You will have opportunities to develop a plan of action to implement concepts learnt that fits into your life, discuss any challenges and determine solutions that are best for you. Some of the topics we will discuss are:

  1. tara’s signature system: Connection to Transformation inspired by Pujya Swami Chidanandji Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh
  2. Thoughts to Destiny – based on teachings of Swami Sivananda of Divine Life Society
  3. 5 S’s to discover your Swadharma / own purpose – as revealed to tara
  4. Moral & Ethical codes of conduct – the yamas and niyamas of yoga
  5. Ahimsa in Action – live the essence of loving kindness for self, others, Mother Earth and Her inhabitants

Beginner Intensive Yoga

Instructions in English

Winter 2019: Sunday January 27th – Saturday February 2nd, 2019
Summer 2019: 
Sunday August 25th – Saturday August 31st, 2019

This 1-week Beginner Intensive Yoga program for individuals with some yoga experience, includes prayers, pranayama, Surya Namaskar, traditional hatha yoga basic asana, question /  answer session, Yoga Philosophy, Vedic Chanting, Meditation, Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga.  Each day concludes with Ganga Havan & Aarti at sunset; followed by Satsang when Pujya Sadhviji is in the Ashram.

Bhakti Yoga

With Visiting instructor Anandra George, internationally respected Sanskrit mantra teacher and musician

Instructions in English

Spring 2019: Saturday March 9th – Monday March 11th, 2019

“Revelation follows ecstasy; all knowledge that a book can never contain and that a language can never express, nor a teacher teach, comes to him of itself [through music].” – Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufi Musician

Join us for a transformative 2 days immersed in the yoga of love! The eternal thread that binds bhakta (lover) with Bhagavan (Beloved) is sacred sound. All mystic traditions concur, and the direct, tangible, blissful path of pure vibration is accessible to all! No dogma, just an invitation into the timeless practices of mantra and music.

Find your heart’s voice and sing! Awaken your Sanskrit chanting! Explore the tones of Indian music (Sa, Re, Ga, etc.)! Imbue your life with the magical power of mantric consciousness! Transform your daily life into overflowing joy!

Creating Balance in Daily Life through Yoga

With Visiting instructor Sue Melbourne, RYT500, Owner of Onda Yoga™, USA

Instructions in English

Winter 2019: Saturday February 23rd – Tuesday February 26th, 2019

Not able to move to a meditation cave in the Himalayas to find peace? No problem! Learn to integrate yoga in the midst of everyday life. Through the ancient science of yoga, we will explore tools to balance your passions with work, family and other responsibilities. Included is instruction on moving your body with good alignment through traditional hatha yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy and question & answer sessions to ensure integration and relevance of the teachings. At the end of the program you will have an individualized written action plan to help live more fully, with greater ease and harmony with self and others.

Each day concludes with Ganga Havan & Aarti at sunset; followed by Satsang when Pujya Sadhviji is in the Ashram.

This course is for those new to yoga but all levels of practitioners are welcome.

Embrace Your Spirit with Chakradance™, Sound Healing & Yoga

with tara, Certified Chakradance Facilitator & Spiritual Life Coach, Canada; and Yogi Sanjay Hallon, The Eternal Sound and College of Holistic Resonance, Delhi

Instructions in English

Spring 2019: Sunday March 24th – Thursday April 4th, 2019

Want to dance your transformational journey to Embrace Your Spirit? Want to journey from fear, anger, dis-ease and loss of identity to faith, bliss, joy, peace and ease as you discover the true essence of who you are? If you want to be your best self in all your relationships at home, work and leisure, Embrace Your Spirit is for you. This 2 week program provides you with simple techniques to journey from intention to transformation. We will dance with our eyes closed or blind folded to specific music that resonates with our chakra / energy centers to unblock and balance our energies as we discover and embrace our true self. Your dance can be playful, spirited, free flowing and healing with your unique and expressive movements. Meditation, mandala art, chakra specific yogasana, journaling and eternal healing sound with gongs  will activate your inner healing, access your inner glow and radiance; and, increase your awareness of the connections between your mind, body, soul and the Universal Soul.

By the end of the program you will have a plan of action for your continued transformational journey to discovering and embracing the essence of who you.

Each day concludes with Ganga Havan & Aarti at sunset; followed by Satsang when Pujya Sadhviji is in the Ashram.

Please have a pen and journal or ipad for reflections, coloured pencils or crayons for mandala art creations, and, blindfold for the dance. Participants will have access to private coaching sessions with tara and Sanjay [by appointment] on Saturday & Sunday.

Dress code: Please wear colours of the chakras – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and purple to enhance your inner healing and connections with the body, mind and spirit.

Instructions in English

Winter 2019: Sunday January 6th – Friday January 18th, 2019
Summer 2019: Sunday June 30th – Friday July 12th, 2019

This 10 day / 2 week Foundation Yoga program for individuals with no yoga experience includes prayers, pranayama, Surya Namaskar, traditional hatha yoga basic asana, Vedic Chanting, Karma Yoga and question / answer session.  Each day concludes with Ganga Havan & Aarti at sunset; followed by Satsang when Pujya Sadhviji is in the Ashram.

Optional classes available in this program:

  • 1 additional chanting class per day
  • Conversational Hindi 1 class per day

Intensive Yoga

Instructions in English

Spring 2019: Sunday April 28th – Friday May 10th, 2019
Autumn 2019:  Sunday September 8th – Friday September 20th, 2019

This 11-day/2-week Intensive Yoga program includes prayers, pranayama, Surya / Chandra Namaskar, traditional hatha yoga basic asana, in-depth practice of yoga asana, Yoga in the Bhagvad Gita and Paatanjali Yoga Sutras, Vedic Chanting, question / answer session, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Havan [Sacred Fire ceremony] and cultural aspects of Indian Festivals [whichever occurs during the course].   Each day concludes with Ganga Havan & Aarti at sunset; followed by Satsang when Pujya Sadhviji is in the Ashram.

Optional classes available in this program:

  • 1 additional chanting class per day

Pre-requisite:  1 year of regular yoga practice; and, a desire to live the principles of yoga.

Certificate of Attendance: Commitment to the practice, punctuality and attendance; and, honouring the yogic principles must be demonstrated to qualify for the certificate.

International Yoga Day

Summer 2019: Wednesday June 20th, 2019 – Thursday June 21st, 2019

This International Yoga Day June 21st begins with Universal prayers/Vedic Chanting at 5 am in the Satsang Hall followed by pranayama, surya namaskar and meditation in the yoga hall. After breakfast [food for the body] discover yoga as a life style beyond the mat [food for the mind]. In the afternoon, cool down with a Ganga Snaan / dip to mantra chanting from our Rishikumars of the Parmarth Gurukul. Take time to reflect before participating in a special Ganga puja, Shiva pooja, Yagna and the world famous Ganga Aarti [food for the soul] at sunset on the holy banks of Ma Ganga. After dinner take time to reflect on the day as you move one step closer in yoga for that mind, body and soul connection.

Kundalini Yoga Intensive Workshop for Mental Wellness

with Nour Kawa, USA

Instructions in English

Spring 2019: Saturday March 9th – Tuesday March 12th, 2019

In this 3 day workshop we will move, breathe and dive deep into the teachings of Kundalini Yoga at taught by Yoga Bhajan.

Modern lifestyles can be prone to added stress to the body, mind and total being. In this 3 Day Kundalini Intensive Workshop, we will explore moments of movement, rest and contemplation to uncover powerful mental health techniques to Release, Restore and Revitalize for a calmer, peaceful and exuberant life. We will dive deep into the negative, positive and neutral minds.

If your body and mind are chaotic even when you are unwinding, come join us. If you want to learn techniques to help your system flourish this immersion is for you!

We will use the breath as a means to explore the body, mind and soul; and Kundalini yoga to access bliss and explore tension with techniques to master the mind.

When habits and beliefs are looked at from another perspective, the journey of Self-discovery starts. You will see how likely it is that you initiate unnoticed patterns, thoughts, physical sensations and feelings that are no longer fruitful in the present moment. Habits that are based on old beliefs and experiences have served you in the past and are ready to be release as your restore and revitalize for a peaceful and exuberant life.

Each day concludes with the world famous Ganga Havan and Aarti followed by satsang with Pujya Sadhviji.

Kriya Yoga & Meditation

Instructions in English

Summer 2019: Sunday June 16th – Friday June 28th, 2019
Summer 2019: Sunday August 4th – Friday August 16th, 2019

Kriya Yoga is a great way to deepen your practice and gain a better understanding of the subtleties of yoga while focusing on the main chakras of the body.  Each day of this 11 day Kriya Yoga program begins with the 20 main Kriya Yoga practices for pratyahara, dharana, dhyana [control of the senses, concentration and meditation]; and, includes prayers, pranayama, traditional hatha yoga asana, question / answer satsang, Vedic Chanting.   As we explore the chakras, we are able to unblock and balance our inner energies for greater well being and mind-body-spirit connection.

A basic understanding of the chakras / energy centers with their Sanskrit names and associated colour and element will be helpful in this Kriya Yoga and Meditation program.

Each day concludes with Ganga Havan & Aarti at sunset; followed by kirtan with the Rishikumars of Parmarth Gurukul and satsang when Pujya Sadhviji is in the Ashram.

Kriya Yoga 2.0

Pre-Requisite: Must complete Kriya Yoga & Meditation at Parmarth to take this course.

Instructions in English

Spring 2019: Sunday April 14th – Saturday April 20th, 2019

Designed for those who have already participated in Parmarth’s Kriya Yoga & Meditation Course, this 6 day Kriya Yoga 2.0 is a great way to deepen your practice to experience and awaken the subtle energies within the body.  Each day of this advanced 6 day Kriya Yoga 2.0 program begins with the 20 main Kriya Yoga practices for pratyahara, dharana, dhyana [control of the senses, concentration and meditation]; and, includes prayers, pranayama, traditional hatha yoga asana, question / answer satsang, Vedic Chanting.   As we explore the chakras, we are able to unblock and balance our inner energies for greater well being and mind-body-spirit connection.

Each day concludes with Ganga Havan & Aarti at sunset; followed by kirtan with the Rishikumars of Parmarth Gurukul and satsang when Pujya Sadhviji is in the Ashram.

Pre-requisite:  Parmarth’s Kriya Yoga & Meditation Course

Naada Yoga with Vedic Chanting

Instructions in English

Spring 2019: Monday March 18th – Saturday April 6th, 2019
Winter 2019: Sunday December 1st – Saturday December 21st, 2019

“Yujyate anena iti yogah”  – that which helps our union with the Divine is Yoga. Nada Yoga means Yoga of Sacred Sound. Mantras, Vedic Chants, Kirtan/Bhajan, Suktas, shlokas, stotras and singing the glory of the Divine in any form ultimately take us to this divine union, called Nada Yoga.

In this Nada Yoga with Vedic Chanting Course you will have the opportunity to learn the Vedic chants for the morning universal prayers; and, the Hanuman Chalisa, Shiva Mahimna Stotra, mantras and bhajans / kirtan for the enchanting experience of the Divine Ganga Aarti on the holy banks of Ma Ganga at sunset. Additionally you will learn the Durga Sukta in worship of the Divine Mother and the Sarva Devta Gayatri to honour all the manifestations of the Divine Creator.

This 3 week program will also include hatha yoga, meditation, mantra yoga, bhakti yoga, karma yoga; and, daily bhajan/satsang after dinner as a wonderful way to end the day.

If you want to connect with the Divine through sound, then this Nada Yoga with Vedic Chanting Course is for you.

Certificate: Commitment to the practice, punctuality and attendance, and honouring the yogic principles must be demonstrated to qualify for the certificate.

Special Navratri Spiritual Retreat

Instructions in English

2019 Navratri Spiritual Retreat: Sunday October 2nd – Monday October 7th, 2019

Awaken the Divine Energy Within Yourself!  Come celebrate Navratri (sacred nine nights of the Goddess) and Dusshera, the holiday dedicated to the vanquishing of darkness by light; of vanquishing ignorance with wisdom, on the holy banks of Mother Ganga in the lap of the majestic and sacred Himalayas.  Navratri is the sacred time in which the power of the Divine Mother Goddess — as Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati — is celebrated.  Come, receive the blessings of the Mother Goddess, rejuvenate and re-energize yourself, and let your own inner Light emerge as you discover your inner wisdom! This 5-day Special  Navratri Spiritual Retreat includes pranayama, basic yoga asanas including surya namaskar, eternal sound healing with gongs, spiritual question & answer sessions, meditation, observing of silence, self-reflection, mantra chanting, sacred fire ceremonies, special ceremonies dedicated to the Mother Goddess, karma yoga, Himalayan walks and much more. Each day concludes with Ganga havan and aarti at sunset followed by satsang {spiritual question & answer session]. Experience a transformative retreat, concluding on Dusshera with a special yagna/havan ceremony to transform and / or release all that is false and no longer serves you. 

Come, be in the presence of the living spiritual master and continue your spiritual journey with full awareness of your divine energy within!

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Special New Year Spiritual Retreat

Instructions in English

2020 New Year Spiritual Retreat: Sunday December 29th, 2019 – Wednesday January 1st, 2020

A New Year, a New You!  Come celebrate New Year’s on the holy banks of Ma Ganga in the lap of the majestic and sacred Himalayas. Rejuvenate and re-energize yourself to live the New Year truly as the best YOU possible! This 3-day Special New Year’s Spiritual Retreat with our resident yogacharyas, Sadhvi Abhaji [Mataji] and Induji Sharma, includes pranayama, yogasanas including surya namaskar and basic stretching yoga asana, spiritual question & answer sessions, silent and guided meditations, silence, self-reflection, mantra chanting, karma yoga, Himalayan walks and much more. Many sessions will be led by Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji. Each day concludes with Ganga havan and aarti at sunset followed by darshan/satsang with Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagwatiji. Experience a transformative special New Year’s yagna/havan ceremony on the morning of January 1st, to transform and / or release all that no longer serves you. 

Come, be in the presence of the living spiritual master and begin the New Year as a New You!

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Yoga Nidra & Meditation

Instructions in English

Autumn 2019: Sunday September 22nd – Friday September 27th, 2019
Winter 2019: Sunday November 17th – Friday November 22nd, 2019

As life gets more stressful, complicated, insecure and disconnected, most of us are seeking a system for restfulness, clarity, connection and peace.  Yoga Nidra is one of the most ancient meditative practices in the holistic systems we can use to attain this clarity and oneness with self and the Divine.  ‘Nidra’ means sleep. Yoga Nidra is sleep with a difference which allows the mind to be alert for clarity as the body rests in shavasana.  From the Tantric tradition, this Yoga Nidra program includes prayers, asana, pranayama and meditation to access the goddess of Nidra within for rejuvenation, clarity, intuition. Yoga Nidra gives you an opportunity for intense awareness and creativity to travel the spiritual path while being fully present in the daily life at home, work and play.

Each day concludes with Ganga Havan & Aarti at sunset on the holy banks of Ma Ganga followed by  satsang and darshan  with Pujya Swamiji and Pujya Sadhviji when they are in the Ashram.

Yoga Nidra is available to individuals with no yoga or meditation experience; and, will take meditators even deeper into their meditative experience.

Yoga Retreat Week

Instructions in English

Summer 2019: Sunday July 21st – Friday July 26th, 2019

This 5-day Spiritual Retreat includes prayers, pranayama, Mauna Dhyana Sadhana, Surya Namaskar and basic stretching yoga asana, question / answer session, Mantra Chanting,  silent & guided Meditations, Gita recitation,  Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga.   Each day concludes with Ganga Havan & Aarti at sunset; followed by Satsang when Pujya Sadhviji is in the Ashram; and kirtan at 8:30pm with the Rishikumars of the Parmarth Gurukul.

Optional classes available in this program:

  • 1 additional chanting class per day
  • Conversational Hindi 1 class per day

Yoga Teacher Training Course

Instructions in English

Autumn 2019: Sunday October 13th – Friday November 8th, 2019

Becoming a yoga teacher takes commitment, dedication and willingness to live the yogic principles. The yoga teacher is the disciple as well as the example.

This 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course is eligible to register with Yoga Alliance USA and includes prayers, pranayama, Surya / Chandra Namaskar, traditional hatha yoga basic asana, in-depth practice of yoga asana, Yoga in the Bhagvad Gita and Paatanjali Yoga Sutras, Teaching Methodology / Teaching Practice and opportunities for self practice to deepen your understanding, discipline and teaching abilities, Vedic Chanting, question / answer sessions, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Havan [Sacred Fire ceremony] and cultural aspects of Indian Festivals [whichever occurs during the course]. Each day concludes with Ganga Havan & Aarti at sunset; followed by Satsang when Pujya Sadhviji is in the Ashram.

Pre-requisite:  Currently a yoga teacher; or, completion of Intensive Yoga; or, 2 years of regular yoga asana practice; and, a desire to live the principles of yoga.

Certificate of Attendance: Commitment to the practice, punctuality and attendance, and honouring the yogic principles must be demonstrated to qualify for the certificate. With successful completion of this program you can teach yoga with Yoga Alliance USA credentials.

Important Course Information

  • It is necessary to understand, read and write English to be able to participate in the yoga courses which are offered in English.
  • Certificates for Intensive and YTTC will be issued only on completion of the entire course.
  • Attendance and punctuality are important factors for self discipline and to receive the certificate for certificate courses.
  • Dress code to be maintained (white comfortable outfit covering full body: no cut sleeves and skimpy dresses, please.) during yoga classes, at meal times, in the Ashram grounds, and at Parmarth ghat.
  • Make sure to bring your receipt of full payments to the first class that begins early in the morning.
  • No classes on Sundays and major Indian/Hindu Holidays.
  • The first day is for check in and orientation. Please arrive at the Ashram by 4:00 pm and check with the reception desk for the location and time of the orientation.
  • Yoga students are welcome to stay additional days to integrate and deepen their discipline and practice. This is only possible when rooms are available.

Our Yoga Team

mataji

Sadhvi Abha Saraswatiji

Bhagawatiji

 Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji

Resident Yoga Teachers

induyoga

Indu Sharma

nandini

Nandini Tripathi

preeti

Preeti Pandher

Visiting Teachers

Tara Maniar (Canada)

sueyoga

Sue Melbourne (USA)

sanjay-hall

Sanjay Hall

Anandra George

Nour Kawa