2020 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.

Beginner Intensive Yoga

Instructions in English

Winter 2020: Sunday January 26th – Saturday February 1st, 2020
Spring 2020: Sunday March 22nd – Saturday March 28th, 2020
Autumn 2020: Sunday October 4th – Saturday October 10th, 2020
Autumn 2020: Sunday November 8th – Saturday November 14th, 2020

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.

Creating Balance in Daily Life

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

Instructions in English

Spring 2020: Sunday February 23rd – February 26th, 2020

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™ & Mudras

with tara, Certified Chakradance Facilitator & Spiritual Life Coach, Canada

Instructions in English

Spring 2020: Sunday April 12th – Friday April 17th, 2020

We know everything we need for a life filled with ecstasy, vibrancy, radiance, joy, love and freedom already exists within us.  Sometimes we just need a map or a practice to guide us back to the truth of who we are – our truth. The Chakra System of the body is the map! Chakradance™ , a ‘sister to yoga’,  is the practice.

A playful, spirited, free flowing dance form, Chakradance™  helps us to balance our chakras for greater well being, happiness, freedom, peace and joy. A  moving therapeutic holistic practice which guides us back to the fullness of who we truly are, Chakradance™  helps us to reconnect with the wisdom of our bodies and deep inner instincts.

This program includes chakra meditation, chakradance, yoga asana, mandala art, mudras and satsang.  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 are.

Each day concludes with Ganga Havan and Aarti at sunset; followed by Satsang with Pujya Sadhviji when she 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 meditation.

Dress Code:  Please bring clothes or jewelry with colours of the chakras – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and purple or white and gold to enhance your inner healing and connections with the body, mind and spirit

Embrace Your Spirit:  Draft Schedule

  • 6:30am  – 7:30 am      Yoga asana
  • 8:30 am – 9 am            Breakfast in silence
  • 9:30 am – 10:15 am    Satsang
  • 10:15 am – 11 am         Chakra Meditation
  • 11:15 am – 12:45pm    Chakradance class
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm     Lunch in silence
  • 3:00 – 4:30 pm            Chakradance class
  • 5:30 pm                         Ganga Aarti followed by Satsang with Pujya Sadhviji
  • 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm      Dinner

For some participants comments please go to: https://www.facebook.com/notes/divine-shakti-foundation/embrace-your-spirit-the-chakra-dance-workshop-offered-by-parmarth-niketan/925735967605275/

Foundation Yoga

Instructions in English

Winter 2020: Sunday January 5th – Friday January 17th, 2020
Spring 2020: Sunday April 26th – Friday May 8th, 2020
Summer 2020: Sunday June 28th – Friday July 10th, 2020
Summer 2020: Sunday August 16th – Friday August 28th, 2020
Winter 2020: Sunday December 13th – December 25th, 2020

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.

Intensive Yoga

Instructions in English

Summer 2020: Sunday June 7th – Friday June 19th, 2020
Summer 2020: Sunday July 26th – Friday August 7th, 2020

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 Celebration

Instructions in English

Summer 2020: Saturday June 20th – Sunday June 21st, 2020

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.

Kriya Yoga & Meditation

Instructions in English

Spring 2020: Sunday April 5th – Friday April 17th, 2020
Autumn 2020:  Sunday November 22nd – Friday December 4th, 2020

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.

Click here to read testimonials from previous Kriya Yoga courses!

Kundalini Yoga for Mental Wellness

with Nour Kawa, USA

Instructions in English

Spring 2020: Monday March 9th – Thursday March 12th, 2020

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.

Naada Yoga with Vedic Chanting I

Instructions in English

Autumn 2020: Sunday October 25th – Friday November 13th, 2020

“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.

Naada Yoga with Vedic Chanting II

Instructions in English

Spring 2020: Sunday March 15th – Friday April 3rd, 2020

“Yujyate anena iti yogah”  – that which helps our union with the Divine is Yoga. Naada 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 Naada Yoga.

In this Naada Yoga with Vedic Chanting Course II 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, Shivopasana mantra, Rudram, Ganapai Atharva shirsha, Mantrapushpam, Saraswati mantra and much more.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 Naada Yoga with Vedic Chanting II 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 Silent Retreat

Spring 2020: Saturday March 28th – Thursday April 2nd, 2020

In the Silence, Awaken the Divine Energy Within Yourself!  Come celebrate Navratri (sacred nine nights of the Goddess) and Ram Navmi [the birth of Lord Raam] the holiday that reminds us that we have both the divine and demonic qualities within.   Be in the presence of the Spiritual Masters as you observe silence to awaken the divinity within.  Bathe in the holy waters of Mother Ganga in the lap of the majestic and sacred Himalayas as you cleanse, and release hurts, pains, beliefs which are preventing you from discovering the joy that you are.  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.   In the silence, discover your inner wisdom and allow the divine to take birth and shine forth! This 5-day Special Navratri Silent Retreat you may choose to observe silence throughout the 5 days except when asking questions during satsang or for a few hours each day.  There will be opportunities for  pranayama, basic yoga asanas including surya namaskar, satsang [spiritual question & answer sessions], meditation, self-reflection, sacred fire ceremonies, special ceremonies dedicated to the Mother Goddess, karma yoga, Himalayan walks with the masters 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 with Ram Navmi as we celebrate the birth of Lord Raam and allow the divine to emerge within us..

Please bring pen and journal or ipad for reflections and insights of this Special NavRatri Silent Retreat.

Special Navratri Spiritual Retreat

Instructions in English

Autumn 2020: Tuesday October 20th – Sunday October 25th, 2020

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

2021 New Year Spiritual Retreat: Tuesday December 29th, 2020 – Friday January 1st, 2021

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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Spiritual Yoga Retreat

Instructions in English

Summer 2020: Sunday July 12th – Friday July 17th, 2020
Autumn 2020: Sunday September 6th – Friday September 11th, 2020

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.

Yoga Teacher Training Course

Instructions in English

Autumn 2020: Sunday September 20th – Friday October 16th, 2020

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)

Nour Kawa

Valentina Ojeda (Uruguay)