Learn Authentic Yoga from an Indian Yoga Master at its source in the Himalayas
Yoga Master Sharat Arora spent 7 years studying with and assisting his Guruji BKS Iyengar. In the 160Hr Intensive Yoga Course students have the opportunity to learn from him. His unique evolution of Iyengar Yoga is a practice based on 42 years experience & heals the whole body through finding freedom of breath and balance of bio-energy through aligned Yoga Asanas, fully aware practice of pranayana as well as Meditation.
These Ashram Intensive Yoga retreats are held in silence and in the seclusion of nature with over 160 hours of classes and self-practice time. The 3 weeks are designed for serious practitioners to use Yoga as a tool self-transformation in a most conducive atmosphere away from the distractions of modernity and everyday life.
Students will benefit from an intense, intensive and rigorous program of daily Hatha Iyengar Yoga practice and personalised correction as well as receive tips on how to modify the postures and props to be able to continue a self-practice at home.
About the Intensive Course
On the 160Hr Intensive Courses we use the Yoga Asanas at their subtlest level, understanding and feeling the body’s alignment in the practice of both yoga asanas and pranayama. We learn to remove blockages and so how to allow the free flow of energy for maximum healing of the body and mind.
These 3-week long Intensive Yoga Workshops should be considered as a Himalayan Yoga retreat during which you dedicate your entire energy to go inwards and to undergo a deep spiritual self-study & evolution.
Intensive Course, Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre, Dharamshala
We run only a few 160Hr Yoga Intensive Courses per year with specific themes related to physical, mental & spiritual health. Each course is unique according to Master Teacher’s inspiration. The Intensive Yoga classes, Meditation and lectures will follow a similar program on each course although the teaching approach and focus will differ, building up an experiential understanding of the course subject.
160Hr Intensive Yoga Course Themes
“Pranic Healing Intensive Course: the art of healing oneself with the breath”
In this course we use the breath to focus our attention on the subtlest aspects of Yoga Asana, Pranayama and Meditation. Firstly we build up the Iyengar Yoga Practice to understand body alignment experientially, feeling it in both Yoga Asanas as well as Pranayama.
Having explored and experienced the right movements and adjustments in all the core postures, we learn how to reach all the areas of the body with specific groups of Yoga Asanas and to benefit them with Pranayama technique. We then learn how to remove any blockages by directing the breath to those areas thereby gaining a sense of well-being and freedom.
By practising aware breathing in the Pranayama sessions we experience energetic empowerment and altered states of mind.
The Pranayama Intensive is an Yoga Course that requires a great subtlety of consciousness and is recommended for those who want to dive deeply inwards.
Pranayama Intensive Course, Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre, Dharamshala
“Chakras & Evolution of Consciousness”
Hatha Yoga is the study of the energy within us which rises upwards from the bottom of the spine to the top of the head, moving through important vortexes of the body called Chakras. This energy is also called ‘Kundalini’ and these Chakras represent our crucial energy centres and different physical, mental & spiritual functions of the human body system.
Through Iyengar Yoga Practice we can release blockages in any of these Chakras. This allows our energies to express themselves fully so that we can live more happy & fulfilling lives.
160Hr Intensive Courses, Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre, Dharamshala
In this Intensive Yoga Course we learn which yoga postures operate on which Chakras and how to balance - stimulate or pacify - them. Thus we understand how our Yoga Practice effects a subtle but definite evolution in our consciousness bringing it to a purer state.
Benefits of the Intensive Yoga Courses
- Study with Indian Yoga Master Teacher Sharat Arora who has 42 years of yoga healing and teaching experience and was an assistant teacher of his Guruji BKS Iyengar for 7 years.
- Trained Assistant Teacher(s) who will give personalised corrections to ensure alignment and comfort in the Yoga Asanas.
- Structured Self-Practice to rejuvenate and prepare you for the day before the Yoga Asana Classes begin.
- Early morning Pranayama sessions with Yoga Master Sharat Arora.
- Morning Yoga Asana class with the Master Teacher in which he will guide you to a fundamental understanding of the right movements and adjustments in the Asanas.
Iyengar Yoga Intensive Course, India Himalaya Shanti Ashram
- Afternoon Yoga Relaxation sessions conducted by the assistant teachers.
- Daily meditation sessions.
- Karma Yoga for each participant.
- Twice weekly sessions of lecture, Q&A or videos with Yoga Master Sharat Arora.
- Drop-in times with the assistant teacher.
- Best natural Himalayan location with snow peak mountain views and a glacial spring river for swimming.
- Healthy vegetarian food with salad and vegetables freshly picked from our Organic Permaculture Farm.
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - all students will be asked to read this text which can be considered our “Yoga Bible”. During the course Master Sharat will refer to the Sutras, both in the evening Yoga Philosophy lecture sessions as well as practically in the Intensive Yoga Asana Classes. Students will thus become familiar with both the concepts and the applications of this core text of Yoga Philosophy.
About the Pranayama - The Intensive Yoga Course is also an Intensive Pranayama Course during which we lay the foundations for Pranayama practice in a safe and comfortable manner. Yoga Master Sharat Arora will teach students the technique he learned from his Guruji BKS Iyengar, building it up over the course of the three weeks so that the student can continue to develop in their practice after they leave the Ashram.
Intensive Yoga Retreats in Himachal, India
Silent Ashram Intensive Yoga Retreat:
The Intensive Yoga Course will be held in silence. We will be storing your phones, tablets, laptops, iPods and any other digital devices, as well as books, for the duration of the course
You may not interact with the other students, including talking, physical or eye contact
Students may be asked to leave the course without a refund if they repeatedly break the silence and disturb fellow students
Intensive Yoga Course Daily Schedule
Days 1 to 6:
05:00 - 07:00 Energising Inversions Self-Practice
07:00 - 08:00 Pranayama with Master Teacher Sharat Arora
08:00 - 12:00 Yoga Asana Class with Yoga Master Sharat Arora*
12:00 - 01:00 Lunch
01:00 - 04:00 Rest
04:00 - 04:30 Meditation
04:30 - 06:30 Yoga Relaxation Class with the Assistant Teacher
06:30 - Dinner
Pranic Healing Intensive Yoga Training with Yoga Master Sharat Arora
The day will be free. It is compulsory for all participants to collectively practise the Pranayama without a teacher. Participants may not leave the Ashram or attempt to contact the outside world in any way.
*Please note: Yoga and Pranayama classes, as well as talks and Q&A sessions conducted by Yoga Master Sharat Arora may be recorded by audio, video and photography for the purpose of archiving the teachings.
The course takes place at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram. Our beautiful and isolated location in the Himalayas facilitates the journey inwards which enhances a deeper and more focused spiritual practice. Days off can be spent in contemplation of nature and swimming in the river. Our Organic Permaculture farm will provide much of your daily food to nourish you in the best way possible.
The three weeks of the 160Hr Intensive Course form the first half of the 320Hr Yoga Teachers Training Course with Yoga Master Sharat Arora. Upon completing the Intensive Course students qualify for the Yoga TTC immediately after OR another Yoga Teacher Training within 1 year.
Intensive Yoga Course Booking & Deposit
160 Hour Intensive Yoga Course Fee: ₹50,000/- ₹76,110/-
Intensive Yoga Course booking deposit is 10%, rest will be paid in the office before start the course.
To ensure a place in the Intensive Yoga Course, you should book in advance. For booking and deposit please click here and fill up the booking form and make the online payment using Debit card / Credit card / Internet banking. You may Contact us to check availibility for your dates.
Please read Intensive Yoga Course Requirements for Participation, Code of Conduct, Terms and Conditions of Payment.