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
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
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
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
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
Pranic Healing Intensive Yoga Training with Yoga Master Sharat Arora

Day 7:
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.

Location

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

To ensure a place in the Intensive Yoga Course, you should book in advance. For booking and deposit please fill up the Enrolment form to check availability and make the online payment using Debit card / Credit card / Internet banking.

Please read Intensive Yoga Course Requirements for Participation, Code of Conduct, Terms and Conditions of Payment.

Discounts

Wellness Discount:

We are reducing all course prices by 10% as a 'Wellness Discount' until the end of October 2021.

This includes all regular weekly yoga classes as well as all the special courses like Yoga Intensives, Teachers Training and Yoga Therapy. The 'Wellness Discount' is an additional discount on top of all other discounts as listed below.

Early-bird Discount:

Students from abroad can avail 10% early-bird discount on bookings made at least 3 months prior to the course start date.

Students from India as well as other SAARC countries can avail a 20% early-bird discount on bookings made at least 3 months before the course starts & 10% on later bookings.

Please note that India & SAARC Countries Discount is not applicable to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs).

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Student Testimonials of Intensive Yoga TTC

My knowledge after the intensive course became more holistic and complete, I learnt how to work with my body, started notice more suttle things. I found classes very interesting. Scanning/walking and things focusing on our own practice and self-knowledge was wonderful.
Aleksandra Galecka, Poland
320Hr Yoga Teacher Training Course - Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre
Excellent place where to grow and learn Iyengar Yoga. The Yoga Teacher Training Course in the Himalaya Shanti Ashram besides being a great yoga course it was a very deep experience inside my self which I find difficult to explain or compare with other experience or courses.
Climber
320Hr Yoga Teacher Training Course - Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre
The way inward. Without all distractions normally available, I stayed with myself and face all the things, that I was suppressing. Thanks to the practice, beautiful surroundings and support of the teachers, was this process much easier. Sharat sees beyond physical symptoms. During the course he gave us individual advices to deal with our problems. He seems strict sometimes, but always with intention to help! Practice is very addictive! Once you start and feel its benefits, you can't stop! It is the way to peace..
Veronika Slapakova 25Y, Czech Republic
160Hr Intensive Course | 2019 - Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre
For someone like me, overweight, with a myriad of health issues and limited physical ability I found the course intense and debilitating at times. However, by trusting the process and teachers, it gave me the opportunity to work through old traumas and feel much better as a result. Sharat is an incredible human being. Genius! He has incredible knowledge and understanding of the human mind and body and the unique way of passing it on to his students. Big thank you! Assistants were Wonderful, supportive, intuitive and caring.
Claudin Oprea, UK
160Hr Intensive Course - Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre
This is my third course and each time I am able to go within and understand myself more. Silence is the way to go within and learn to observe interactions of mind and body. Sharat is knowledgeable, patient, understanding and compassionate towards his students. This is his passion and it is a blessing to be in the presence of one living out their true calling. The method is healing tool.
Megan Lang, USA
160Hr Intensive Course - Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre
This course motivated me to go deeper into practice and considering coming for another intensive for more healing. Assistans were very helpful and approachable. Everybody is friendly and warm. Sharat is master healer and a compassionate humanbeing. For me this is the best Iyengar Yoga Centre in India.
Latha Sagi, India
160Hr Intensive Course - Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre
I felt valued and listened by Sharat. Teachings, especially discussions about attitude & outlook as a teacher - touching. I love that classes were spontaneous and that Sharat is completely honest. I enjoyed the most when theory was mixed with practice as in body scanning and corrections.
Nicholas Waters
320Hr Yoga Teacher Training Course - Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre
It is wonderful to get a glimpse of Sharat's huge knowledge and experience. Sharat is very powerful and charismatic, so he keeps you going, even when it gets tough! I can't imagine to do any other yoga anymore.. Thank you!!
Silca Werbunat, Germany
160Hr Intensive Course - Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre
Ready to truly meet yourself? "If I had to pick one person, besides my parents, to whom I am truly grateful, then I must definitely give that honor to my teacher Sharat Arora. I believe it is very rare and I have not yet come across anyone else, who so rigorously lives by his own vision, no matter what others think of him. Sharat is a perfectly clear mirror and that can be upsetting, even frustrating, but to me it is the greatest gift I could wish for in a teacher. You can and should not try to put him in a box, that's why every review, every experience is so different. You really get what you give and you will not find many people who are brave enough to step so uncompromisingly into your life, and who will not dilute or soften the message even if you doubt at times. But I guarantee, that if you stick along with an open heart to learn and to willingly leave parts of you behind, you will get the biggest reward, which is transformation, refinement, selfknowledge.TTC - I can wholeheartedly recommend the training at HIYC. Sharat generously shares his knowledge. He is truly an expert in asanas and has an amazing intuition on how to transmit this knowledge. Not one class is the same, at times he seems obsessed with details, other times he is suddenly so free and draws a much bigger picture."
Katrin G
320Hr Yoga Teacher Training Course - Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre
The Teachings are life-changing and wholesome. There is a philosophy, understanding and wisdom accompanied with a technique that helps You to embody the understanding and to grow awareness. I really admire and appreciate Sharat’s presence in classes everyday. His wealth of knowledge and wisdom truly shines through. Most importantly his passion in what he teaches is wholesome and genuine and so through him the teachings truly come alive. It is also clear to me that his heart is in the right place. I am deeply grateful to be taught by Sharat :)
Karuna Vedanayakam Jenkins
320Hr Yoga Teacher Training Course - Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre

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