10 - 29 March 2019 at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram – our Eco Retreat for Yoga, Meditation and Healing
The ‘Pranic Healing’ 160H Immersion Course in the Sharat Arora Yoga Method focuses on the art of healing oneself with the breath. In this course we come upon the art of using the Asanas at their subtlest level. In the first 2 weeks we focus on understanding the body alignment and actually feel it – both – in practicing Asanas as well as in Pranayama. Once the fundamental understanding of right movements and adjustments in all the basic postures have been explored in the personal practice in great detail, we start learning how to reach all the areas of the body with specific groups of Yoga Asanas and benefit them with Pranayama technique. This usually begins in the 3rd week of the course. We learn how to remove any blockages by directing the breath to those areas, thus gaining a sense of well-being and freedom. By breathing with awareness in our Pranayama practice we experience energetic empowerment and altered state of mind. Pranic Healing is an Immersion Course that requires a great subtlety of consciousness and is recommended for those who are ready to dive inwards.
Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre 160H Immersion Courses with Master Yoga Teacher Sharat Arora – three weeks long, six days a week – are designed for students who have taken a strong interest in furthering their Yoga practice and who wish to undertake an extensive exploration of the Sharat Arora Yoga Method. The daily programme includes four hours of Asanas, two-and-a-half hours of Meditation and Relaxation, one hour of Pranayama, two hours of early morning Self-Practice as well as thirty minutes of Karma Yoga. In addition to the Yoga practice, the Course also features 2 lectures or Q&A sessions with Sharat Arora per week.
The Immersion Course takes place at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram, our special place for Yoga, Meditation and Healing, to enhance a deeper and more focused practice, and should be considered a retreat, where a student can devote oneself entirely to self-exploration, change and transformation. The Immersion Courses are rigorous and the daily programme is very thorough - beginning in the early morning and continuing until sunset - leaving very little or no time for other activities. We therefore, advise participants to come prepared with all their personal needs prior to the commencement of the Course. All aspects of Yoga are learned on an experiential level, and the students often feel dramatic changes.
The Yoga Immersion Courses are held in silence and to facilitate this we will be storing your phones, tablets, iPods and any other personal devices, as well as books, for the duration of the course. You may keep notepad and pens to make any notes. Read more...
A meeting takes place during the evening before the Immersion Course starts and is compulsory for all participants. The programme and exact schedule will be introduced, karma yoga will be distributed and all questions will be clarified.
Please note: The necessary prerequisite for participation is to complete 3 Five-Day Yoga Courses at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre BEFORE the Immersion Course starts. However, for those who are new to the practice and who do not have time for the three weeks beforehand we offer a special 9-Day Course after which you will be fully prepared for the Immersion Course. Anyone who is coming back to us after a break from regular practice, i.e. if your 5-Day Courses were more than 3 months prior to the course start, or if they were within 3 months and you have NOT sustained a regular self-practice, then you must attend the final two days of the 9-Day Course as a Refresher Course or a regular 5-day course in Dharamkot or Goa immediately preceding the Immersion Course.
160H Immersion Course Duration: 21 days/ 6 days per week
The Course starts with a Pooja
Days 1 to 6:
5:00 – 7:00 Energising Inversions Self Practice
7:00 – 8:00 Pranayama
8:00 – 12:00 Asana Class with Master Yoga Teacher Sharat Arora
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 Rest
4:00 – 4:30 Meditation
4:30 – 6:30 Relaxation Class with the Assistant Teacher
6:30 – Dinner
This day shall be free for everybody. However it is compulsory for all participants to collectively practice the Pranayama (the time can be decided the day before) without the teacher. You may not leave the Ashram on the days off.
Please note: Participants are requested to remain in the Ashram for the whole 3 weeks duration of the Immersion Course, which also means not go out in the afternoons or on the free days. It is strongly recommended to spend that time in nature in silence with oneself to keep the mind as quiet as possible.
Two healthy vegetarian meals, along with morning and afternoon tea, are provided daily to all the participants. Students can buy the fruit in the Ashram shop. Our Organic Farm will provide much of your daily food to nourish you in the best way possible. We can easily cater for dairy free/ gluten free diets but any further dietary requirements will be charged at 150 INR per day.
Overview: In order to maintain a high standard of learning and participation, the Immersion Courses have specific Prerequisites for Participation and Code of Conduct.
Please note : Participants who have special diet requirement will be charged additional 150 INR per day.
Please click here to read: Requirements for Participation, Code of Conduct, Terms and Conditions of Payment.
For details, please see our list of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Please note and understand that we reserve the right to :
Undertake short-term changes in the program & structure of the Course
Make exceptions to the above procedure in individual cases
Change the price of the Courses according to circumstances that are beyond our control
Exclude people from the Course who do not adhere to the above conditions, and who would therefore be a disturbance
The participants are not allowed to talk with each other verbally nor maintain any other communication like trying to catch someone else's eye sight or touch each other.
It has been observing over the years that the student benefit much more from the Intensive Courses when they remain quiet. The mental and energetic level imbalances can be noticed and corrected only when the students remain fully concentrated. And this process is greatly helped when the students do not disperse their energy outward by talking and making friends with other participants, but rather focus and go within. Communication with the outer world is taking the students' energy outward. To grow the Awareness of Oneself - the students must pull their energies within.
The Yoga Master Teacher and the Assistant Teachers will be giving the instructions during classes. The Students are allowed to ask the questions to the Teacher during classes regarding the practice.
If participants have any emergencies the Ashram manager can be talked to quietly in the Ashram office.
Discount for Indian and SAARC Citizens: The Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre is happy to offer a special discount on all our course fees for Indian citizens as well as citizens of other SAARC countries (Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Afghanistan). We aim to make our courses as accessible as possible and encourage citizens of the South Asia region to study with us. The details are as follows:
- Students from Himachal Pradesh (born and brought up in HP) receive a 50% discount on all course fees.
- Students from all other states in India and from other SAARC countries receive a 20% discount on all course fees.
We are currently updating our payment options on our website so that Indian citizens and citizens of other SAARC countries can book and pay for courses at the discounted price online. If you book online and are directed to pay the full price, we will refund you the difference when you arrive at the centre.
Please note that this discount is not applicable to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs).