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WHY DO THIS YOGA TEACHER TRAINING?

Our Yoga Teacher Training programs are designed to take you to
the spiritual heart of the practice

Integrated approach

Learn how to teach both Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, and integrate BKS Iyengar alignment principles into a mindful Vinyasa Flow

Develop a Spiritual Practice

Learn basic yogic techniques to stabilise the mind, cultivate devotion, and integrate compassion into your life

Personal attention

We teach in small groups to give you the personal attention you deserve for maximum learning

Heather Elton & Mahalaya Yoga present

Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Nepal

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This is a DOGMA FREE training with interesting, innovative teachers, all of whom are serious yoga practitioners with global reputations:

  • Heather Elton
  • Andrew McGonigle
  • Daniela Hartman
  • Plus teachings with Rinpoches and Nath yogis

For more information about our teachers, visit our Yoga Teacher Training Faculty page.

The training is truly transformative – you’ll experience an authentic process that encourages you look at your own reality, takes you deeper in your own practice, and gives you the skills to teach yoga.

Space is limited to 16 students. We encourage you to apply early to ensure a place on the program. The course is accredited by Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance Professionals UK (200+ hours).

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

The practice

  • Practice Hatha and Vinyasa yoga in a safe and supportive way, and watch your body and mind transform.
  • Develop a skilful and varied asana practice, which is the starting place for an authentic yogic inquiry – a practice that moves beyond a mere physical experience to make it relevant to real life.
  • Deepen your own practice and have an experience that will provide you lifelong inspiration and context to teach yoga.
  • Learn the principles of breath/bandhas/dristi, that tie poses together into a seamless ‘moving meditation’.
  • Learn how to breathe and feel your body and mind transform.
  • Study BKS Iyengar alignment principles and develop precise technique to avoid injury.
  • Explore the ‘inner/outer’ techniques of yoga, to reveal the spiritual path underlying the practice.
  • Learn how to teach restorative yoga to nourish the body and reduce anxiety.
  • Practise basic pranayama and meditation.
  • Learn to take the practice off the mat, integrate the knowledge into your life and share it with others.
  • Be able to make an informed decision about what aspects of yoga you like, what you want to practise and teach.

Yoga philosophy

  • What other Yoga Teacher Training offers an authentic tour of the cremation grounds at Pashupati with an Aghori yogi?
  • What really sets this TTC apart from others is the Yoga Philosophy on the Road module where you will study yoga philosophy ‘in situ;’ on location in Nepal.
  • You will feel supported in your practice by monks, priests, sadhus, and have a chance to visit sacred sites where ancient yogic traditions are still alive.
  • Our training is designed to take you to the spiritual heart of the practice.
  • Hindu, Buddhist and contemporary yogic philosophy are taught in a way that lifts it ‘off the page’ and ‘off the mat’.
  • Integrate ancient wisdom traditions with contemporary psychology into a mindful practice.
  • Understand how yoga philosophy is not just an academic lesson, but a yogic inquiry relevant to real life.
  • We aim to reveal the spiritual path underlying the practice so you can glimpse your true nature – Purusha (pure consciousness).
  • Integrate basic yoga philosophy into your practice and life.
  • Begin a genuine spiritual practice.

Yoga anatomy

  • Learn yoga anatomy and techniques to break down ‘peak poses’ so you can teach ‘workshop style’.
  • Learn how to teach yoga safely and for all levels of practitioners and different body types. 
  • Understand basic anatomy and safe alignment so you can prevent injuries in your students and yourself.

Adjustment clinic

  • Get hands-on experience with adjustments and props, to prepare you for working with all body types.
  • Learn how to use props and modifications to make yoga accessible to everyone.
  • Learn basic teaching points essential to each asana.
  • Know what to say and how to refine your verbal cues so that you can communicate effectively.
  • Learn to guide the student’s physical body and breath to provide stability and equanimity in the pose.
  • Study the Vinyasa of Touch, and the power of intention, to release patterns of emotional holding in the body.

How to teach

  • We want you to learn how to teach yoga, so we’ve built extra hours into our Practicum module.
  • Watch and give demonstrations of asanas, adjustments and Vinyasa Flow sequences.
  • Learn how to make your demonstrations seen and understood by students.
  • Learn how to demonstrate in a way that won’t harm your body.
  • Watch videos of your performance and get valuable feedback from teachers and colleagues.
  • Learn how to make yoga your business in our unique business module. 

Creating a yoga class

  • Study safe alignment and actions in the poses, so you understand how to sequence Vinyasa Flow in a coherent and logical way
  • Build movement vocabularies and learn to sequence Vinyasa Flow as a seamless ‘moving meditation’.
  • Rather than memorise someone else’s Vinyasa sequence, we want you have the knowledge and confidence to make up your own.
  • Work in groups and individually to create Vinyasa Flow sequences.
  • Learn how to structure and teach your own yoga class.
  • Learn how to design a class that is accessible, sustainable and transformational.
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WHAT WE BELIEVE
  • Yoga is an ancient science that uses the body and breath to penetrate the mind and liberate us from suffering. Yoga is the path to enlightenment – Moksha.
  • While there are many different authentic paths of Hatha yoga, we believe that they merge into ONE essential teaching that uses the body and the breath to liberate ourselves from suffering.
  • Asana gives you freedom physically from illness and disease.
  • Pranayama frees you from your regular breath and makes the pranic body vibrant and subtle.
  • Meditation prepares an unstable and distracted mind for the inner limbs of yoga.
  • We aim to give you the highest skills possible to teach and reveal the spiritual path underlying the practice so you can glimpse your true nature – Purusha (pure consciousness.)
  • We want you to live the yogic reality – and to take the practice off the mat, integrate the knowledge into your life and share it with others.
  • Deciding to teach yoga should not be a career move. It should be a sincere calling deep within your heart. Yoga Teacher Training is an investment in the future. Being an inspired and excellent teacher involves much more than getting a certificate. It requires dedication, discipline and years of continuous practice. You must also have a true desire to serve others in order to communicate to your students the true essence of yoga. Establishing yourself as a teacher is a journey of many steps: start your journey here and become the teacher or practitioner you aspire to be.
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THE VENUE

Stay in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Pharping, one of the most sacred pilgrimage valleys in Nepal. Gorakshanath and Padmasambhava attained enlightenment here. The monastery is perfectly situated in a peaceful valley where we can visit sacred temples and caves, as well as experience rural Nepali life. Wake up each day from a dream and slip on to your mediation mat, while the sun rises over the mountains and monks chant puja. Learn how to use a mala, chant mantras, spin prayer wheels, walk the kora and have puja. This is the perfect place to practice yoga. Nepal is an ancient land of living tantra. We’ll spend four days on the road to visit sacred sites of Boudhanath, Pashupati and Patan.

An immersion style teacher training course allows you to study away from the distractions and responsibilities of regular life, so you can dedicate yourself full time to the yoga practice. The monastery is exquisitely designed in traditional style and is surrounded by old forests and rice paddies. The hotel where we stay is part of the monastery and helps to finance the monks education. The guest rooms are comfortable with ensuite bathrooms and solar hot water. The staff are friendly and the food is excellent. It’s the ideal environment where all your needs are taken care of, so you can focus on your inner journey, really live the practice, and feel what it’s like to be a real yogi.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"The course content was deep and complete"

“I learned so much during this TTC! The course design was extremely clever and logical. The content was deep and complete. I’m so happy to know how to teach asana to almost everybody, thanks to asana variations, props and restorative. The real contact with deities and local devotion gave extra flavour and depth to the philosophy teaching. I couldn’t have dreamt for a more appropriate venue, which was comfortable and part of the monastery, which reminded us every second that yoga is spiritual. The way this TTC is promoted on the website is a perfect mirror of reality. The expectations of the teachers were high and their dedication to make us reach this level was incredible. As a result, I feel now super confident and ready to teach. I will definitely recommend this TTC to all those who want to be quality teachers able to share a deep and authentic yoga.” – Veronique Hanoteau

"Heather was always present, encouraging and dedicated"

“It was amazing how skilfully Elton was able to tailor the course responding to the individual needs of the students. Heather was always present, encouraging and dedicated to imparting not only asana techniques but, more importantly, the philosophy of yoga and how to bring yoga off the mat. Her team (Emil and Andrew) were both great and displayed a deep insight of philosophy and anatomy. I could have not asked for anything better! I would also like to mention that the course location in a beautiful Tibetan monastery was an important plus. Highly recommend this school.” – Raffaella Resta Diana

"The most serene, peaceful and supportive venue"

“The Nepal TTC deepened my knowledge of my body, the yoga asana practice, introduced an in-depth history of yoga allowing me to connect with traditional practices, on and off the mat. The Buddhist monastery is the most serene, peaceful and supportive venue. Thank you Heather for inspiring me to see a world beyond my limitations. You provided an experience that I will never forget. I’m truly grateful that I can walk away with more knowledge, understanding and growth than I could have imagined from a yoga TTC. I recommend the TTC to people who are ready to embark on a new path, personal and professional, with deep spiritual growth and the willingness to let go of old habits.” – Brittany Kimmet

"I can’t recommend a Yoga TT of this caliber enough!"

“This Yoga Teacher Training went above and beyond my expectations. Every morning I found myself completely undone by the experiences; sharing meditative space with monks, journeying to sacred sites, conversing with Rinpoches, communing with Nath & Aghori yogis, and being on the pulse of true tantra in Nepal. By the end, I was in awe of how much information I had absorbed and felt wholly ready to share the precious gift of yoga with others. I can’t recommend a Yoga Teacher Training of this caliber enough!” – Kat Owens

"Truly unique and deeply impactful"

“The Nepal TTC is unique in that it integrates yoga philosophy with the physical practice. The Buddhist monastery invited a space for spiritual growth. Gifting us with the opportunity to meet Nath Yogis, and have an introduction into Yoga Philosophy on a ‘hands-on’ level, was truly unique and deeply impactful. The high quality of teachers encouraged us students to raise our bar and challenged us to meet the standards that we were taught in. I would recommend this TTC to people who are open and ready to embark on a journey of self-exploration and who define their yoga path beyond the realms of the physical practice of asanas. Pre-course reading materials are exceptionally well organised and informative. The TTC Manual is outstanding. I will keep it for life. Highlights: The experiences on the road; Living in a monastery; Meditating with monks; The precision of the asana teacher training (in particular alignment, sequencing, and adjustments); The opportunity to have a glimpse into different types of yoga classes (restorative, pregnancy yoga, having a class at pranayama studio); The food.” – Sarah Subaey

"Bringing us deep; You held a space for all of us"

“Main strong point (besides the wealth of knowledge!): Bringing us deep. Not afraid of whatever emotion might come up. Thank you very much for that. I cannot imagine many teachers who I would have dared to go in the trauma of my lower back by exploring backbends. You held a space for all of us.  This created a group where we all could be and with no “black sheep.”  Knowing a lot about group dynamics I see that this was mainly your doing; it’s the teacher who creates the group. I recommend this TTC if: You’re looking for a journey inwards and confrontation with self; Love precise alignment and eager to learn about props; Love for finding your own yoga voice; Curiosity to explore spiritual richness of Nepal.” – Houkje Berger

"Very interesting, fun, hard, new and amazing experience"

“The TTC has been a very interesting, fun, hard, new and amazing experience for me. I have learned so much about yoga, philosophy but also about myself. I feel that this experience has opened me up to new ideas and beliefs. I realise that there is so much more to learn, and that this is just the beginning of my journey. I really enjoyed the asana training and the sequences were great. The instruction was clear and very helpful. I learned a great deal about alignment and a safe practice of yoga. All the information about alignment and anatomy was practical and I’ll be able to apply it in future classes.” – Marian van Sprakelaar

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YOUR INVESTMENT

Prerequisites

To be accepted on the training, you need to have a regular yoga practice of 5 times a week for a minimum of two years to ensure that you have the necessary physical stamina and mental discipline, but also to be embodied in asana practice.

Immersion-style training in Nepal can easily take you out of your comfort zone. You will live in an intimate setting with total strangers. You’ll share a room. You’ll be totally immersed in yoga practice (pranayama/meditation/asana, philosophy, anatomy & physiology, as well as the business of yoga and practical teaching) for 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, for close to a month. It can be intense on a physical and emotional level. There will be good days and vulnerable days and we will help you find equanimity in the process.

You will emerge having a taste of what it means to be a yogi.

Dates

The dates for the next Yoga Teacher Training in Nepal are:

March 17 – April 14, 2018

Price

$3,475 USD

Includes yoga tuition + 2 vegetarian meals a day + twin share accommodation. Single supplement is $504 USD.

(Payment plans are possible on request.)

Sample daily timetable

  • 6:00 – 7:15 – Pranayama and meditation
  • 7:30 – 10.00 – Asana technique
  • 10:00 – 12:00 – Brunch
  • 12:00 – 14:00 – Philosophy
  • 14:00 – 15:00 – Break
  • 15:00 – 18:00 – Yoga clinic
  • 18:00 – 19:30 – Dinner
  • 19:30 – 21:00 – Evening program (Films, Satsang, Readings or Yoga Nidra)

Note: This is a sample schedule and may change slightly due to festival holidays and the interests of the course. Sundays are free time.

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A P P L Y  N O W 

Step 1: Fill in the application form below. Please read the instructions carefully.

 

Step 2: Each application will be read in detail, with applicants assessed individually. Successful applicants will receive confirmation of acceptance.

 

Step 3: Pay the non-refundable deposit of $500 USD to secure your place.

 

Step 4: The balance of the course fee is due by 15 December 2017.

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About your yoga practise

What does yoga mean to you? When did you start studying yoga? How often do you practice? What styles of yoga have you practiced? How has your practice changed over time? How does yoga affect your life and relationships?
(Discuss your expectations with training, goals, etc.)

Medical History & Injuries

Do you have any history with mental illness? If so, please describe. Are you currently taking any medication? (Information on mental illness is essential to ensure safe practice. We have a non-discrimination policy.) Yoga Teacher Training is intense and can bring up strong emotions. It's essential that you have the skills to work through any trauma that might arise. While we try to support you in this process, we are not psychotherapists.

References

(strengths and challenges), your dedication and commitment to yoga, and an assessment about whether they feel you are ready to do the Yoga Teacher Training program. If you’ve been transient the past few years and can’t do this, no problem, please let us know.
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Yogas citta vrtti nirodha

Yoga is the cessation of thought in consciousness.  

– Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, 1.2 

 
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