2021 Parmarth Yoga Courses

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we have had to modify and change previously-scheduled yoga courses.  On this page you will find our most up-to-date course listings.

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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

Spring 2021:  Monday March 15th – Saturday March 27th, 2021
Summer 2021: Sunday July 4th – Friday July 16th, 2021
Autumn 2021: Sunday September 12th – Friday September 24th, 2021

 ‘Make Yoga the Foundation of your Life’

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.

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

Please click here to read further testimonials!

International Yoga Day Celebration

Instructions in English

Summer 2021: Sunday June 20th – Monday June 21st, 2021

‘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 2021: Sunday June 13th – Friday June 25th, 2021
Summer 2021: Sunday July 25th – Friday August 6th, 2021
Winter 2021: Sunday December 12th – Friday December 24th, 2021

‘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

Please click here to read further testimonials!

Naada Yoga with Vedic Chanting I

Summer 2021:  Sunday August 15th – Friday September 3rd, 2021

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

Please click here to read further testimonials!

Special Navratri Retreat

Spring 2021: Friday April 16th – Wednesday April 21st, 2021
Autumn 2021: Wednesday October 6th – Thursday October 14th, 2021

‘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 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.

Guidelines:

This Special Navratri Retreat is for those who are drawn to rejuvenating and re-energizing their path of Self-discovery, to awaken the divine energy within yourself and let your own inner Light emerge as you discover your inner wisdom! Each participant is required to adhere to the following guidelines which are in place to facilitate your transformation. Therefore, by attending this event you agree to:

  • While at the retreat, take the divine opportunity to go as deeply as possible. In this way, you make the most of your opportunity and also honour the retreat of other participants.
  • 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
  • All pilgrims are expected to join in the Ganga Aarti (the light ceremony with devotional songs at sunset).
  • The pilgrims staying in this ashram are required to observe and adhere to truth, non-violence, self-discipline, and polite etiquette.
  • Respect and abide by the code of the ashram for the full duration of the retreat.  To learn about all of the ashram’s guidelines, please click here.
    • All pilgrims (both men and women) are required to dress modestly and soberly, in a way that shows respect for the tradition of ashram life. We request that no shorts, sleeveless shirts, or other revealing clothing are worn.  White clothing is mandatory for yoga classes.
    • The following are strictly prohibited: smoking, drinking intoxicants, using drugs, eating egg or other non-vegetarian foods, playing cards, watching television, playing radios/cassette players loudly. We also recommend that you refrain from eating onions and garlic.
    • It is prohibited to use playing cards, radios, or TVs.
    • Please refrain from picking flowers and littering.
    • No pets are allowed.
    • No strangers or persons who are not mentioned on the admission form are allowed to be invited or entertained in the rooms.
    • It is the pilgrim’s responsibility to keep his/her room clean and tidy. Rooms should always remain in the same condition as when they were assigned.
  • Take the opportunity to ask questions to Pujya Swamiji and/or Sadhvi Bhagawatiji that will be helpful to you on your spiritual path.  There is no such thing as a “wrong” question!  If you would like to submit a question but don’t want to do it in front of others, you can write them down and give them to the sevaks at the ashram.
  • In the event that the administration asks the pilgrim to leave, the pilgrim must vacate the premises immediately.
  • Please do not oblige anyone by directly providing money, clothes or tips of any kind. This affects the discipline and management of the ashram as well as negatively influences the divine, devoted feeling amongst the individuals here. Whatever help you want to give, please donate it to the office, and it will be distributed where it is most needed.
  • Please note that spiritual retreats are not replacements for medical treatment and/or therapy.  If you have or are currently dealing with a medical problem, whether it be physical or mental, please ensure that this retreat will be a safe place for you, as well as the other participants.
  • By attending this event, you agree to have your image and possibly voice recorded, which could be shared in our publications, videos, websites, and social media.  Images of all individuals are treated with respect, and your image and/or voice will never be sold.  If you do not want to be photographed/filmed, please write to us or let us know in advance.

Special New Year Spiritual Retreat

Winter 2021: Monday December 27th, 2021 – Saturday January 1st, 2022

‘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!

Guidelines:

This New Year Retreat is for those who are drawn to rejuvenating and re-energizing their path of Self-discovery, to truly live the New Year as the best YOU possible!  Each participant is required to adhere to the following guidelines which are in place to facilitate your transformation. Therefore, by attending this event you agree to:

  • Approach the retreat with the understanding that it is not a casual event—it is for those earnestly seeking transformation and/or release of all that no longer serves you.
  • 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
  • Complete the entire retreat and to attend each and every session without exception.
  • All pilgrims are expected to join in the Ganga Aarti (the light ceremony with devotional songs at sunset).
  • The pilgrims staying in this ashram are required to observe and adhere to truth, non-violence, self-discipline, and polite etiquette.
  • Respect and abide by the code of the ashram for the full duration of the retreat.  To learn about all of the ashram’s guidelines, please click here.
    • All pilgrims (both men and women) are required to dress modestly and soberly, in a way that shows respect for the tradition of ashram life. We request that no shorts, sleeveless shirts, or other revealing clothing are worn.  White clothing is mandatory for yoga classes.
    • The following are strictly prohibited: smoking, drinking intoxicants, using drugs, eating egg or other non-vegetarian foods, playing cards, watching television, playing radios/cassette players loudly. We also recommend that you refrain from eating onions and garlic.
    • It is prohibited to use playing cards, radios, or TVs.
    • Please refrain from picking flowers and littering.
    • No pets are allowed.
    • No strangers or persons who are not mentioned on the admission form are allowed to be invited or entertained in the rooms.
    • It is the pilgrim’s responsibility to keep his/her room clean and tidy. Rooms should always remain in the same condition as when they were assigned.
  • While at the retreat, take the divine opportunity to go as deeply as possible. In this way, you make the most of your opportunity and also honour the retreat of other participants.
  • Take the opportunity to ask questions to Pujya Swamiji and/or Sadhvi Bhagawatiji that will be helpful to you on your spiritual path.  There is no such thing as a “wrong” question!  If you would like to submit a question but don’t want to do it in front of others, you can write them down and give them to the sevaks at the ashram.
  • In the event that the administration asks the pilgrim to leave, the pilgrim must vacate the premises immediately.
  • Please do not oblige anyone by directly providing money, clothes or tips of any kind. This affects the discipline and management of the ashram as well as negatively influences the divine, devoted feeling amongst the individuals here. Whatever help you want to give, please donate it to the office, and it will be distributed where it is most needed.
  • Please note that spiritual retreats are not replacements for medical treatment and/or therapy.  If you have or are currently dealing with a medical problem, whether it be physical or mental, please ensure that this retreat will be a safe place for you, as well as the other participants.
  • By attending this event, you agree to have your image and possibly voice recorded, which could be shared in our publications, videos, websites, and social media.  Images of all individuals are treated with respect, and your image and/or voice will never be sold.  If you do not want to be photographed/filmed, please write to us or let us know in advance.

Spiritual Retreat

Summer 2021: Monday June 21st – Saturday June 26th, 2021
Winter 2021: Sunday November 28th – Friday December 3rd, 2021

‘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

Yoga for Beginners [for Indian residents]

Autumn 2021: Sunday March 28th – Saturday April 3rd, 2021

Yoga for Beginners program is for individuals with no yoga experience.   This 6-day Yoga for Beginners program 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.

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

200hr Yoga Teacher Training Course

Instructions in English

Spring 2021: Sunday March 28th – Friday April 23rd, 2021 [for Indian residents only]
Autumn 2021: Sunday October 17th – Friday November 12th, 2021 [for Indian & international residents]

‘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].

The 4 week YTTC is designed for students with some yoga asana experience.

Specifications:

  • 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

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Indu Sharma

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Nandini Tripathi

Visiting Teachers

Tara Maniar (Canada)

Ann Dinan (USA)