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.

with guest instructor Elise Hockley, UK

Instructions in English

Winter 2019: Sunday December 15th – Friday December 27th, 2019

This 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 satsang [question / answer session].  Each day concludes with Ganga Havan & Aarti at sunset; followed by Satsang when Pujya Sadhviji is in the Ashram.

Intensive Yoga

Instructions in English

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.

Naada Yoga with Vedic Chanting I

Instructions in English

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: Wednesday 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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Yin Yoga 101

with visiting instructor Octavia Nasr, USA

Instructions in English

Autumn 2019: Tuesday October 8th – Sunday October 13th, 2019

Yin Yoga allows for asana to be held for a length of time creating, with each breath, a unique relaxing effect on the physical, energetic and subtle layers of the body. In Yin, we consciously apply gentle but consistent tension on the body’s energetic channels known as Meridians in Chinese Medicine inducing a fresh flow of blood into the connective tissues. The release can be felt in the fascia, muscles, glands, nervous system and the entire body and mind. Yin practice is a natural prelude and preparation for any form of meditation.

In this Yin Yoga 101, we will introduce yoga philosophy with the yoga sutras of Sage Patanjali; discuss the 8 limbs of Yoga and a general overview of the principles of Yin Yoga, experience yin yogasana and yoga nidra.  Each day concludes with Ganga Havan and Aarti; and darshan and satsang with Pujya Swamiji and Pujya Sadhviji when they are at the Ashram.

Participants are encouraged to reflect on the day each evening with journaling, meditation, art, etc.

Students will receive a certificate of completion. Yoga Alliance teachers will receive 40 credit hours of Continued Education.

Yoga Nidra & Meditation

Instructions in English

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

Winter 2019: Sunday November 17th – Friday November 22nd, 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.
  • Men and women should wear clothing that covers shoulders (no sleeveless shirts), midriff, and calves (no capris, shorts, or short dresses). Ladies should be careful to cover their cleavage. Yoga Students are expected to wear white, a balance of the seven colors and the color of purity. Please avoid wearing tight clothing both for your own comfort and as a sign of respect for the local culture. Additionally, it is customary to remove your shoes before entering buildings or sacred places. If you are not dressed appropriately you may not be allowed to participate in yoga classes or other Ashram activities.  Dress code to be maintained 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

Sadhvi Abha Saraswatiji

Bhagawatiji

 Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji

Resident Yoga Teachers

induyoga

Indu Sharma

nandini

Nandini Tripathi

preeti

Preeti Pandher

Visiting Teachers

Tara Maniar (Canada)

Sue Melbourne (USA)

Anandra George (USA)

Elise Hockley (UK)


 

Nour Kawa (USA)

Mukti Devi (USA)

Dr. Mandar Akkalkotkar,
Ayurvedacharya (Pune, India)

Octavia Nasr, USA