Himalaya Yoga Valley (CYA-RYS Gold Member)

  • E-mail: himalayanyogavalley@gmail.com
  • Phone: +919960657852
  • Address: Mandrem Beach, Junas Wadda
  • Location: Pernem, Goa India
  • Website: www.yogagoaindia.com
  • Service Offered: Ashtanga, Hatha & Vinyasa Flow
  • Type of Certification Granted: 100, 200, 300, 500, & varied programs
  • Years in Operation: >10
  • Date Joined: August 30, 2018

School Info

Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre  is a global leader in yoga education delivering the highest quality Teacher Training Courses, Retreats and Workshops for both beginners and seasoned practitioners at our centres in India and Ireland.

Our teacher training team, led by Yogacharya Lalit,  have been delivering our globally renowned Teacher Training programs for over a decade. Our reputation as a leading training centre is supported by the success of our trainees.  Over 1500 graduate teachers around the world carry on our traditions by delivering yoga from the source with integrity and professionalism.

We are dedicated to honouring and sharing traditional Ashtanga and Hatha practices as passed on by the great masters before us through our school’s lineage and the highest professional standards of training delivery.

Trainees emerge from our 200 Hour Teacher Training Course as confident teachers with a strong and solid teaching skill set ready to begin their career. Alongside developing the art of teaching, trainees also gain a comprehensive understanding of the practice of yoga asanas, philosophy, physiology, adjusting, mantra chanting, chakras, anatomy, ayurveda, mudras, pranayama and meditation. Our training is robust, intensive and structured towards teaching outcomes and development of personal practice. Our established method of training has been developed over the past ten years to ensure trainees graduate as well rounded, competent and professional teachers. Our trainings and teachers are recognized as leaders in the field of yoga education.

Our training school has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance Professionals, demonstrating that our courses are of the highest standard. Students that graduate with us may register with Yoga Alliance Professionals to use their relevant membership level designation, as a sign of quality training.

We have residential training programmes that are held at our Training and Retreat Centre in Goa. Our Centre is host to training groups from all over the world and we also hold popular yoga holiday retreats led by Yogacharya Lalit throughout the season.

Our Values
Improve well being, health and happiness through yoga
Respect the source of yoga and honour those before us
Cherish individuality
Love and protect the environment
Give back to India in thanks for the gift of Yoga

Our Standards
Himalaya Yoga Valley is a Registered Yoga School (RYS 200 & 500) with Yoga Alliance USA and we are also a Registered Yoga School (RYS 200 & 500) with Yoga Alliance Professionals UK. We are also RYS members of The World Yoga Council, International Yoga Federation and the Yoga Confederation of India – Asian Union of Yoga. Lalit is the International Yoga Federation Hon. Secretary for Dharamshala. The teaching at Himalaya Yoga Valley reflects the high standards of these organisations and we are honoured to carry forward the traditional yoga teachings of India. We are members of the Yoga Alliance USA Standards Committee and we constantly strive to raise the bar in the field of yoga education.

Our reputation as a leader in Yoga education has developed by consistently maintaining and exceeding these standards set out by these bodies and by our in depth evaluation procedures. We build our professional growth around our values . Our team has worked diligently over the last decade to develop our programs to the highest possible standards, and this is reflected by the international success of our graduates who represent us so well around the globe.

Himalaya Yoga Valley was one of the first training schools established in Goa to meet the needs of yoga teaching aspirants and our reputation within the yoga community is supported by our sustainable professional practices and tried and tested teaching methodology.

Our Core Value at Himalaya Yoga Valley is “Honor the Source” and it is through this value that we share our teachings and navigate our professional, personal and philosophical paths. At the heart of Yogacharya Lalit’s teachings and our school’s mission is the belief that yoga is a holistic science and discipline that should be approached through the Eight Limbs of Yoga to foster balance and increase well-being.

We believe that yoga should inspire, improve, challenge and nurture the individual to develop a healthy and well rounded spiritual and physical practice. Our philosophy and method has been embraced by students from all backgrounds aged 18-80 and it is through our respect of the individual that this is possible. We take great pride in our trainee graduates who have spread this philosophy around the world.

We believe that yoga should increase not only the wellness of the individual but also the community in which it is delivered. We have been supporters of International Animal Rescue in Goa and Cork Simon Community (Ireland) for a number of years and we are honored to be able to support these organizations through Seva and fundraising.

We aim to increase health, happiness and wellness through the practice of yoga and we thank India for the gift of yoga by honoring the source and maintaining the traditions so generously shared with us.

Course Outline

200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Outline
Contact Hours SYT = 106
Contact hours with other teachers/specialists = 99
Non Contact Hours = 30
Total Hours = 235

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1. Anatomy and Physiology

Contact Hours with SYT = 0
Contact Hours with other teachers/specialists = 14
Non Contact Hours = 4
Total Hours = 18

Summary:
Through the series of informative, interactive and engaging anatomy classes, trainees go on an anatomical journey related specifically to yoga. The lectures are aimed at making anatomy relevant to yoga teachers for application to their wide variety of student unique body types, preventing injuries, and identify various asana to improve strength and flexibility. During the lectures trainees can expect to cover a broad range of anatomical topics.

Learning Outcomes :
Understand the composition and function of the major planes , muscles, bones, ligaments and tissues relevant to yoga
Understand the importance of correct skeletal alignment and movement in the role of injury prevention
Understand the central nervous system, respiratory system, blood circulation and the endocrine and lymphatic systems in relation to yoga practices.

2. Study of Asanas

Yoga Asana Personal Practice:
Contact Hours with SYT = 40
Contact hours with other teachers/specialists = 5
Non Contact Hours = 0
Total Hours = 45

Summary:
This is the first level of a two tiered approach to the asana component of the 200 Hr. Training; whereby trainees are guided by Yogacharya Lalit in led classes derived from the Ashtanga Primary Series as per his Lineage. The classes have an emphasis on trainees’ personal progress relative to their own starting point. The asana practice will be varied and include workshops on arm balancing, backbending, hip opening, twists, inversions etc. The objective for trainees is to significantly deepen their personal practice and improve their alignment, and to apply this personal growth to their teaching practicums.

Learning Outcomes:
To improve personal asana practice through understanding of bandhas, breath, correct alignment and use of modifications and props.

Asana Alignment and Adjusting Techniques:
Contact Hours with SYT= 2
Contact Hours with other teachers/specialists = 4
Non Contact Hours = 0
Total hours = 6

Summary:
Under the expert guidance of Yogacharya Lalit Kumar trainees develop their understanding and teaching skills around common asana misalignments, correct alignment and the application of physical and verbal adjusting cues. In line with traditional yoga, trainees will learn to apply the use of modifications and props in asana classes to assist their students to access depth and correct alignment in their yoga postures.

Learning Objectives:
Understanding the Principles of Alignment and Adjusting
Ability to provide effective adjustment, modifications, props and verbal cues to help students in developing safety, benefits and access depth in their practice.

Asana Sequencing:
Contact Hours with SYT =1
Contact hours with other teachers/specialists =2
Non Contact hours = 0
Total hours =3

Summary:
This Unit concentrates on teaching trainees how to construct asana classes in a safe and meaningful manner to meet the needs of their students. By understanding why and how to sequence a class, yoga teachers can reach and retain a larger market of students. This Unit will guide trainees to be able to competently and confidently construct sequences for a myriad of classes when they are teaching in real time.

Learning Outcome;
Demonstrated understanding of the purpose and intention of sequencing
Ability to intelligently sequence classes for their students with the goal of optimising the health and wellness

Workshop Theming; Sequencing for specialised groups
Contact Hours with SYT =2
Contact hours with other teachers/specialists =4
Non contact hours = 0
Total hours = 6

Summary:
Developing appropriate class sequences for specialised groups of students is the objective of this Unit. Trainees learn the fundamental tenets of sequencing a class for a specific group /target by assessing the needs, fears, appeals of their target group . This assessment model will consider what other aspects to include in their classes such as: meditation, pranayama, chanting, music, props etc. Trainees will learn about using creative ways to develop a sequence to ensure that the class is accessible to all students.

Learning Outcomes;
To design and teach inclusive classes to specialised groups of students
Competency in utilising the sequencing assessment model to include the needs, fears, and appeals of their target group/students.

3. Study of Pranayama:
(Daily Chanting , Meditation and Pranayama (Combined ) Classes).
Contact Hours with SYT = 4
Contact hours with other teachers/specialists = 24
Non contact hours = 6
Total hours = 34

Meditation
Summary:
In Level I Teacher Training we learn the concept of the way all paths of yoga untimely lead to meditation. Trainees are taught techniques and a structure to enable them to teach simple meditation to their students, invaluable in this present day and age of workplace and daily living stress and tension.

Learning Outcomes:
Understand how the human mind goes through the stages of Concentrating, Meditating and Contemplating in pursuit of inner peace and stillness.
Learn and apply in a practicum setting a traditional meditation model
Understand correct sitting posture including variations for students with physical limitations.

Chanting
Summary:
Chanting mantras is a central aspect of traditional yoga where there is a mantra for every event of life- illness, celebration, challenges, relationships, education etc. During the training through actively chanting mantras, trainees will experience and be able to pass on to their students, the physical and physiological benefits of mantra chanting in yoga practice.

Learning Outcomes:
Understand the physical and the philological impact of chanting mantras on the subtle and gross body
Learn correct Sanskrit pronunciation and melody of group of mantras suitable for opening and closing classes
Application of mantras in a practicum setting

Pranayama
Summary:
Pranayama practice is about controlling the breath to produce physical, emotional and mental effects and benefits. A competent yoga teacher aims to teach students to incorporate a consistent pranayama practice in their daily lives for overall improved health and wellbeing. In this Unit, in theory and practical classes, trainees learn to teach pranayama techniques.

Learning Outcomes:
Achieve a level of competency to teach basic pranayama techniques to students
Understand the contraindications and health benefits of pranayama
Understand the elements of the pranic body
Practicum: With a peer trainee, deliver a 60 minute Chanting, Mediationa & Pranayma session

4 & 5. Study of Energy Systems/Study of Energy Bodies
(Chakras and the Pranic Body)

Contact Hours SYT = 2
Contact hours with other teachers/specialists = 2
Non contact hours = 0
Total hours =

Summary
This Unit is a comprehensive coverage of the physiological aspects of the gross and subtle levels of the energetic body.

Learning Outcomes;
Understand the composition and function of the Chakras as they relate to our pranic energy
Understand the components of the Pranic Body – the Pancha Koshahs, Pancha Vayus, Nadis and Chakras
Understand the interlinkedness of the Pranic Body elements with the our physical health and mental health .

6. Yoga Philosophy
Contact Hours with SYT = 1
Contact hours with other teachers/specialists = 14
Non contact hours = 2
Total hours = 17

Summary:
This interesting Unit opens with lectures on the overview of the vast landscape of Indian philosophy and the its various schools of philosophical thoughts developed over time. The Unit is aimed at understanding ourselves and our daily lives using Patangalis Yoga Sutras as the blueprint . In conjunction, trainees are introduced to Patanajai's 8 Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga and the significance of the 8 Limbs in how we perceive and react to the world around us.

Learning Outcomes;
A basic understanding of the roots of yoga philosophy
A working knowledge of the 8 Limbs of Ashtanaga Yoga
A basic understand of Pathanjli and his development Yoga Sutras

7. Teaching Methodology

Teaching Practice
Contact Hours with SYT = 50
Contact hours with other teachers/specialists = 5
Non contact hours = 10
Total hours = 65

Summary:
This is the second tier whereby trainees learn the techniques and skills to teach a series of approximately 45 asana from an ashtanga vinyasa inspired Teaching Series under the expert guidance Yogacharya Lalit. The objective is to deconstruct, analyse and understand each asana regarding alignment, bandhas, use of props, teaching cues, and adjusting techniques as the platform from which to achieve safety, competency and integrity as yoga teachers. There is a strong focus on applied learning through teaching practicums.

Learning Outcomes;
Learn to teach a series of asana safely, competently and with integrity
Understand each asana on a pranic, physical, therapeutic and psycho-emotional level with the aim of transferring this understanding to his or her students
Practicum: From the 2nd week of training, in a structured and sequential process, there are ongoing asana teaching practicums from the Teaching Series ,with evaluation and feedback from senior teachers.

Ethics
Contact Hours with SYT = 0
Contact hours with other teachers/specialists = 2
Non contact hours = 0
Total hours = 2

Summary:
This Ethics Unit is developed to raise awareness of teaching in the real world where ethical dilemma and situations can occur. By an exploration of common ethical issues that may arise for yoga teachers in and out of the classroom, trainee understand the importance of developing awareness, clarity of actions and solution-based scenarios based on the principles of yoga.

Learning Outcomes;
Recognise ethical responsibilities to maintain standards of Conduct and care in the classroom
Recognise the universal ethical standards in regard to issues of professional conduct and teaching competence
In a Forum setting, demonstate by discussions an understanding of different ethical dilemmas or scenarios that can arise for yoga teachers and how to manage them.

Classroom Management
Contact Hours with SYT = 0
Contact hours with other teachers/ specialists = 2
Non contact hours = 0
Total hours = 2

Summary:
By learning about professional and teaching Standards, trainees can demonstrate their understanding that being a competent and safe yoga teacher is more than teaching asana; it ensures that their yoga classes run smoothly by controlling internal and external factors that can be disruptive in the classroom to one or more of the student group. This Unit assists trainees how to appropriately manage given situations in relation to group, individual and personal dynamics thereby adding another element to their teaching skills.

Learning Outcomes;
Achieve a heightened awareness to the broader and often complex scope of the teaching role over and above delivering a class
Develop appropriate measures to handle various situations that can arise in most yoga classroom situations.
Understand Teacher and Learner types

8. Other

Pregnancy Yoga Workshop
Contact Hours with SYT = 0
Contact hours with other teachers/specialists = 2
Non contact hours = 0
Total hours = 2


Summary:
This class has been developed for the purpose of raising awareness of trainnees how to manage if a pregnant student unexpectedly presents in a class. It provides the trainee with the basics in respect to adapting various asana that can be contraindicated for pregnancy.

Learning outcomes;
Understanding the basic safety precautions and contraindication for managing a pregnant student in a class
An understanding of the benefits that yoga practices can provide in alleviating common symptoms experienced during pregnancy for referral to a trained and qualified pregnancy yoga teacher

Ayuverda
Contact hours with SYT = 3
Contact hours with other teachers/specialists = 16
Non contact hours = 0
Total hours = 19

Summary:
One of the most ancient medical and health systems in the world, Ayurveda has a holistic approach to individuals physical, spiritual and mental health and the entire environment that surrounds one. Trainees will learn about Ayurveda relative to age, health, lifestyle and seasonal requirement. Trainees will learn how, based on Ayurvedic dosha types, to develop a lifestyle program for vata, pitta and kapha types. Trains will learn how to carry out basic kriyas for their personal practice.

Learning Outcomes:
Introducing trainees to the science of Ayurveda, its history as a traditional medical system, its relationship yoga and the basic concepts of Ayurveda
Learn the techniques of basic kryias for personal use

Yoga Lifestyle
Contact Hours with SYT = 1
Contact hours with other teachers/specialists = 2
Non contact hours = 0
Total hours = 3

Summary:
An insightful class about preparation for post Teacher Training life. By bringing the core aspects of the training syllabus together, this Unit raises awareness about elements of a yoga that will sustain yoga teachers in maintaining their balanced spiritual, mental and physical wellbeing.

Learning Outcomes;
An awareness of the importance for maintaining a holistic personal yoga practice as a determining factor to being an effective and authentic yoga teacher

Yoga for Business
Contact hours with SYT = 0
Contact hours with others teachers/specialists = 2
Non contact hours = 0
Total hours = 2

Summary:
Learn the Principles of Business for yoga business development, business strategy, identification of target marketing, social media etc.

Learning Outcomes;
A raised awareness for trainees of basic business principles to follow if they wish to enter the yoga business market; being prepared to start their own to adapt to changing market needs and create a foundation for a successful career as yoga teachers.

Trainee Tutorials and Assignments
Contact hours with SYT = 0
Contact hours with other teachers/specialists = 0
Non contact hours = 8
Total hours = 8

Summary:
Written Philosophy Assignment; Written Knowledge Check (2); Anatomy project and class presentation.



Graduates

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