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.

Foundation Yoga Course

Instructions in English

Autumn 2020: Sunday September 6th – Friday September 18th, 2020

 ‘Make Yoga the Foundation of your Life’

With a regular yoga practice, you feel more connected with yourself and closer to your true nature, all of which helps to find balance and peace. For those with no previous experience or knowledge of yoga, we offer this Foundation Yoga Course program. Students will take a dive into traditional basic hatha asana, pranayama, Vedic chanting, karma yoga, and yoga philosophy. Each day students are invited to experience Parmarth Niketan’s Ganga Havan and Aarti ceremony held during sunset on the holy banks of Ma Ganga, followed by Kirtan and Satsang (spiritual questions/ answers) with Pujya Sadhviji; and darshan with Pujya Swamiji (when they are in the Ashram).

Specifications: 

  • This course is for students with no previous experience of yoga
  • Students should adhere to the course dress code (white clothing is mandatory, no sleeveless or crop tops, no shorts, no tight or revealing clothes)
  • Students should be punctual for each class
  • Students should adopt sincere behaviour whilst staying at the ashram
  • Students must not undergo any Ayurvedic or Panchakarma treatment during the course
  • Students must not attend any other classes during the course

“The Foundation Yoga course at Parmarth Niketan Ashram gave me a perfect mix of physical and mental calm. The teachers were the best part of the course; they taught us yoga with abundant love and passion. I will cherish the memories spent here and the great friends that I made with all other participants. Looking forward to coming back for more peace.” – Lata from Pune, India

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Intensive Yoga

Instructions in English

Summer 2020: Sunday July 19th – Friday July 31st, 2020

‘Discover yoga as a lifestyle beyond the mat’

Yoga is the union of the individual consciousness with the cosmic consciousness and is achieved with regular practice. The contained and safe nature of each class provides students the opportunity to experience the subtle yet profound affects Hatha Yoga can have on the body and mind. This Intensive Yoga course offers a full and generous serving of traditional Hatha Yoga including Asana, Pranayama, Vedic chanting, Yoga Nidra and Meditation. The course weaves disciplined practice with teachings from the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Each day concludes with Parmarth Niketan’s Ganga Havan and Aarti ceremony held during sunset on the holy banks of Ma Ganga, followed by Kirtan and Satsang (spiritual questions/ answers) with Pujya Sadhviji; and Darshan with Pujya Swamiji (when they are in the Ashram).

Specifications: 

  • Students are required to have a consistent yoga practice of at least one year to be admitted into the Intensive Yoga Course.
  • Students should adhere to the course dress code (white clothing is mandatory, no sleeveless or crop tops, no shorts, no tight or revealing clothes)
  • Students should be punctual for each class
  • Students should adopt sincere behavior whilst staying at the ashram
  • Students must not undergo any Ayurvedic or Panchakarma treatment during the course
  • Students must not attend any other classes during the course  

“I arrived in India feeling fairly fragmented due to a busy life in London and it’s high demands. The course offered a rare and unique moment to assimilate and pull together a more integrated sense of self. I felt supported and nourished throughout the course, particularly during the physical asana practice during which I was given the confidence and space to go deeper. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to explore Hatha Yoga. Life at Parmarth Niketan is even more reason to engage with this program. It’s loving vibrancy and energetic quality is infectious and hard to leave.” – Grace from UK

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International Yoga Day Celebration

Instructions in English

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

‘Yoga is not merely what you do but what you are’ Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati

Join us on International Yoga Day June 21st for a morning of Vedic chanting, pranayama, surya namaskar and Meditation. After breakfast (food for the body) we move through traditional hatha asana (food for the mind), and in the afternoon cool down with mantra chanting with our Rishikumars of 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.

Specifications: 

  • The day is open and free to all

Kriya Yoga & Meditation

Instructions in English

Summer 2020: Sunday August 2nd – Friday August 14th, 2020
Winter 2020: Sunday November 29th – Friday December 11th, 2020

‘Move one step closer to mind, body and soul connection’

Kriya Yoga deepens your practice through understanding the subtleties of the main chakras of the body.  As we explore the chakras, we work to unblock and rebalance our inner energies for greater well-being and self connection.

A basic understanding of the chakras / energy centers with their Sanskrit names, associated colour, and element will be helpful for the Kriya Yoga and Meditation program. This Kriya Yoga program begins each day with the 20 main Kriya Yoga practices for pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (Meditation), including prayer, pranayama, traditional hatha yoga asana, Vedic chanting and Satsang (spiritual question/ answer). Each day concludes with Parmarth Niketan’s Ganga Havan and Aarti ceremony held during sunset on the holy banks of Ma Ganga, followed by Kirtan and Satsang (spiritual questions/ answers) with Pujya Sadhviji; and Darshan with Pujya Swamiji (when they are in the Ashram).

Specifications: 

  • This course is for experienced yoga and meditation students
  • Students should adhere to the course dress code (white clothing is mandatory, no sleeveless or crop tops, no shorts, no tight or revealing clothes)
  • Students should be punctual for each class
  • Students must not undergo any Ayurvedic or Panchakarma treatment during the course
  • Students must not attend any other classes during the course
  • Students should adopt sincere behaviour whilst staying at the ashram

“A wonderful and unexpected journey. Kriya yoga begins with breath-work and asanas and takes you so much further. The course supported me in deepening my yoga practice with the intense study of charkras, mantras, and meditation. And the teachers at Parmarth brought an incredible amount of wisdom, patience and love to all of the students. I learned so much that I get to take with me and add to my daily practice. I highly recommend this class for all who are interested in exploring a new side of yoga.” – Rebecca from USA

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Naada Yoga with Vedic Chanting I

Instructions in English

Autumn 2020: Sunday November 1st – Saturday November 21st, 2020

Yujyate anena iti yogah’ that which helps our union with the Divine is Yoga.

If you want to connect with the Divine through sound, then this Naada Yoga with Vedic Chanting I course is for you. Naada Yoga means Yoga of Sacred Sound. Singing the glory of the Divine in any form; Mantras, Vedic Chants, Kirtan/Bhajan, Suktas, Shlokas, and Stotras ultimately takes us to this divine union. In this course you will have the opportunity to learn the Vedic chants for the morning universal prayers, 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 asana, meditation, mantra yoga, bhakti yoga, karma yoga; and, after dinner, daily bhajan/satsang as a wonderful way to end the day.

Specifications: 

  • This course is for students with some experience of yoga
  • Students should adhere to the course dress code (white clothing is mandatory, no sleeveless or crop tops, no shorts, no tight or revealing clothes)
  • Students should be punctual for each class
  • Students must not undergo any Ayurvedic or Panchakarma treatment during the course
  • Students must not attend any other classes during the course
  • Students should adopt sincere behavior whilst staying at the ashram

“Beautiful experience that has touched my soul! I take a great gift for life, I’m grateful for the opportunity to study Naada Yoga from the place of its origin. During the course I was able to see significant changes in my being, experiencing sensations, observing my body and my mind… releasing, growing, learning, connecting with deeper meditative states through these powerful and ancient Vedic mantras.” – Valentina from Uruguay

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Special Navratri Spiritual Retreat

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

‘Awaken the divine energy within yourself’

Join us on the holy banks of Mother Ganga to celebrate Navratri, the sacred nine nights of the Goddess, and Dusshera, the holiday dedicated to the vanquishing of darkness with light, and ignorance with wisdom.  Navratri is the sacred time in which the power of the Divine Mother Goddess (Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati) is celebrated. Receive the blessings of the Mother Goddess, rejuvenate, re-energize, let your inner light emerge, and discover your inner wisdom. 

This 5-day Special Navratri Spiritual Retreat includes pranayama, basic yoga asanas including surya namaskar, spiritual question & answer sessions, meditation, observing of silence, self-reflection, mantra chanting, sacred fire ceremonies, special ceremonies dedicated to the Mother Goddess, karma yoga, and Himalayan walks. Each day concludes with Ganga Havan and Aarti at sunset followed by Satsang (spiritual question & answer session) with Pujya Sadhviji; and darshan with Pujya Swamiji.  After dinner join us for kirtan and any of the special programs scheduled . The retreat concludes on Dusshera with a special yagna/havan ceremony to transform and release that which no longer serves you; and, a special meditation on the Divine Feminine.

Specifications: 

  • Students should adhere to the Ashram dress code (white clothing is mandatory for yoga classes, no sleeveless or crop tops, no shorts, no tight or revealing clothes)
  • Students should be punctual for each class
  • Students must not undergo any Ayurvedic or Panchakarma treatment during the retreat
  • Students must not attend any other classes during the retreat
  • Students should adopt sincere behaviour whilst staying at the ashram

Special New Year Spiritual Retreat

Instructions in English

2021 New Year Spiritual Retreat: Tuesday December 29th, 2020 – Sunday January 3rd, 2021

‘Start the New Year as the best version of you!’

Come and 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 to the best of YOU! This Special New Year’s Spiritual Retreat with our resident yogacharyas; Sadhvi Abhaji (Mataji) and Induji Sharma, includes pranayama, yoga asanas, spiritual question & answer sessions, silent and guided meditations, mantra chanting, karma yoga, and Himalayan walks. Many sessions will be led by Pujya Swamiji and Pujya 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 release that which no longer serves you. Come and be in the presence of the living spiritual master and begin the New Year as the new YOU!

Specifications: 

  • Students should adhere to the Ashram dress code (white clothing is mandatory, no sleeveless or crop tops, no shorts, no tight or revealing clothes)
  • Students should be punctual for each class
  • Students must not undergo any Ayurvedic or Panchakarma treatment during the retreat
  • Students must not attend any other classes during the retreat
  • Students should adopt sincere behavior whilst staying at the ashram

Spiritual Yoga Retreat

Instructions in English

Summer 2020: Sunday August 23rd – Friday August 28th, 2020

‘Transform into a wiser, healthier you’

This 5-day Spiritual Retreat includes prayers, pranayama, Mauna Dhyana Sadhana [Silent meditation practice], Surya Namaskar, basic yoga asana, question / answer session, mantra chanting, silent and guided Meditations, Gita recitation, Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga. Each day concludes with Ganga Havan and Aarti at sunset, followed by Satsang with Pujya Sadhviji and darshan with Pujya Swamiji [when they are in the Ashram]; and finally, kirtan after dinner with the Rishikumars of the Parmarth Gurukul.

Specifications:

  • Students should adhere to the Ashram dress code (white clothing is mandatory, no sleeveless or crop tops, no shorts, no tight or revealing clothes)
  • Students should be punctual for each class
  • Students must not undergo any Ayurvedic or Panchakarma treatment during the retreat
  • Students must not attend any other classes during the retreat
  • Students should adopt sincere behavior whilst staying at the ashram

“If we try to summarize this Yoga Retreat Week in Parmarth Niketan Ashram… using one word? It would be HOME-COMING. Using many words? A life-changing experience that will always remain in our hearts.  Thank you for everything we have learned, from Asanas and Pranayama to Meditations and Chanting. Thank you for the opportunity to meet friends from all around the world and especially, for the opportunity to meet ourselves. This is most definitely not a goodbye!” – Ariadna and Or from Israel

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Surya Namaskara Retreat

Instructions in English

Winter 2020: Sunday December 20th – Saturday December 26th, 2020

‘Receive the rising Sun’

This course offers a complete guide to traditional Hatha Sun Salutations. Surya Namaskara is a series of poses performed to create a flow of movement. The moving sequence is guided by the breath, and is performed to feel the healing energy of the sun. In addition, the course offers pranayama, Asana practice, Vedic chanting, karma yoga, and yoga philosophy. We invite participants to the ashram’s Aarti (fire) ceremony each evening to experience kirtan chanting, and a spiritual question/ answer session with Pujya Sadhviji.

Specifications:

  • This course is open to everyone
  • Students should adhere to the course dress code (white clothing is mandatory, no sleeveless or crop tops, no shorts, no tight or revealing clothes)
  • Students should be punctual for each class
  • Students should adopt sincere behaviour whilst staying at the ashram
  • Students must not undergo any Ayurvedic or Panchakarma treatment during the course
  • Students must not attend any other classes during the course

Yoga Teacher Training Course 200hrs

Instructions in English

Autumn 2020: Sunday September 27th – Friday October 24th, 2020

‘Discover your full power and potential’

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, certified by Yoga Alliance USA, teaches prayer, pranayama, Surya/ Chandra Namaskar, in-depth traditional hatha yoga asana, Vedic chanting, Karma Yoga, and Bhakti Yoga. Students will study the Bhagavad Gita and Paatanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and develop a teaching methodology with opportunities for self-practice to deepen understanding, discipline and teaching skills. Each day concludes with Parmarth Niketan’s Ganga Havan and Aarti ceremony held during sunset on the holy banks of Ma Ganga, followed by Kirtan and Satsang (spiritual questions/ answers) with Pujya Sadhviji; and Darshan with Pujya Swamiji [when they are in the Ashram].

Specifications:

  • Must be a yoga instructor; or, completion of Parmarth’s Intensive Yoga; or, 2 years of regular yoga asana practice; and, a desire to live the principles of yoga.
  • students should adhere to the course dress code (white clothing is mandatory, no sleeveless or crop tops, no shorts, no tight or revealing clothes)
  • Students should be punctual for each class
  • Students should adopt sincere behavior whilst staying at the ashram
  • Students must not undergo any Ayurvedic or Panchakarma treatment during the course
  • Students must not attend any other classes during the course
  • 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

Visiting Teachers

Tara Maniar (Canada)

Nour Kawa

Valentina Ojeda (Uruguay)