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Expect to discover new realms beyond your limited sense of self and find love and joy never felt before. Expect an adventurous journey into your inner being.
As summer begins and ends in this incredibly pure and uplifting atmosphere of an ancient, yet pristine island of the Adriatic Sea, it is the perfect time to find connection with your inner self, with nature and fellow yogis.
More than 300 dolphins have found their home in the sacred waters washing around the shores of this island, inviting you to discover your own depth and connect to the pure Self within. This 26-day adventure will allow you to step into a space of support and self-discovery, so you may leave empowered to express your true inner voice, so you can return home with skills and techniques that will continue to inspire and develop your body, mind, soul, and emotions. It will prepare you for a fulfilling life of passion and purpose.
A unique feature of our training is our approach to asana practice: The asanas are practiced and taught in the Rajadhiraja tradition of Tantra yoga, offering ancient knowledge on the deeply transformational effect of asanas with regards to our hormonal and chakra system – rarely taught in other yoga schools.
You will learn how you can balance your endocrine glands, your hormones, your chakras, and your emotions in order to experience a profound sense of well-being and happiness.
You will receive detailed insight into the practice of more than 60 asanas, along with an in-depth understanding of good alignment, benefits, contraindications, hands-on-adjustments, and special applications. You will also learn how to use these asanas in a variety of yoga styles, such as Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin yoga.
Another unique feature is lifelong personalized mentoring offered by Ganga Devi, the principal teacher on this course, to those who wish to receive guidance after the completion of their training.
Ganga has taught and practiced yoga and meditation for more than thirty years. She has also trained and performed as a professional dancer of Bharatanatyam – the classical dance of India. Her philosophy classes are captivating and fascinating, as she skillfully simplifies complex subjects, teaching them in a down-to-earth manner, while weaving in personal experience and storytelling.
She passionately uses her special gift of bringing people together in ceremony to connect, sing, dance, heal and release. With her intricate knowledge about the use of breath she skilfully uses a unique system of breathing and breath retention when adapting yoga as a therapy for body, mind, and soul.
Ganga is also a talented musician and nada yogini (the sound healer), sharing bhajans, kirtan, and Indian raga music to complement the deeply transformational work she undertakes on each of the 200-hour programmes.
In addition, she offers personalized instruction in meditation and an individually tailored daily yoga routine for you to take back home and continue your yoga journey with a unique set of asanas and other techniques, adapted to your specific needs.
The 200-hour training as designed by the Himalayan Yoga Institute is a residential teacher training which will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the lifestyle and practices of authentic yoga. It will allow you to find your innermost self, so you can effectively start healing from within.
It will enable you to develop your connection to your own deepest wisdom, your inner knowing, and intuition. And most importantly it will provide you with tools you can use beyond the scope of the training for self-development, spiritual self-inquiry, as well as integration of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of your being.
It will transform limiting beliefs and perceptions that may be holding you back into a joyous affirmation of life while deepening your understanding of your true life’s purpose and role in the universe. The teachings are rooted in the philosophy of Yoga and Tantra, meeting you wherever you may be in life, enabling you to unleash your greatest potential.
Yet theory and philosophy only offer a framework within which you may explore the depth of your love, joy, and longing for a meaningful life and contribution to the world.
For nearly four weeks you will be living, breathing and embracing all facets of the yogic lifestyle. You will also experience the beauty of connecting with other like-minded people and find friends for life.
The yoga teacher training on the isle of Losinj is held in a stunning villa, in a quiet residential area, minutes away from the beach. You may be lucky and spot dolphins in the bay during an early morning stroll.
The villa is situated in a pine forest offering views of the sparking blue sea. It is spacious and full of light, and the rooms are of a good size and beautifully decorated. It has all modern amenities, and is surrounded by lush, delightful gardens, in which an abundance of Mediterranean and subtropical plants and flowers are flourishing.
Yoga will be practiced outdoors, on the largest of the four terraces, whenever the weather permits, or alternatively in the space indoors. The in-depth classes and wholesome yoga practice is complemented by the incredibly peaceful and healing atmosphere of the island. People who appreciate breathtaking scenery and incredibly beautiful sunsets often return to this very special place.
Accommodation is offered in twin bed rooms with bathrooms. Every bedroom has a stunning view of the Adriatic Mediterranean or else the well kept, lush surrounding gardens.
Students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
The course will cover three weeks of theoretical and practical training in all aspects of yoga. It consists of a wide range of topics and modules, to educate yoga health professionals, yoga instructors, yoga students, or anyone with an interest in the science of yoga.
While providing a thorough practice of asana, mudra, bandha, and kriya, the training probes beyond the mere physical practice, into the realm of subtle yoga and meditation, and facilitates the awakening of the Kundalini energy within.
This course offers above and beyond the standard yoga teacher training, a profound experience of spiritual meditation practice: the use of music in yoga and spirituality, Nada yoga, as well as a basic overview of yogic and spiritual culture.
Having been awarded Registered Yoga School RYS 200 by Yoga Alliance International, for maintaining high standards, and perpetuating the ethics and the tradition of yoga worldwide, the Himalayan Yoga Institute International has designed a course most conducive to studying the vocational art of being a yoga teacher. Our trainers are internationally recognized teachers, highly skilled, and experienced in the field of yoga education.
Kirtan: devotional chanting of Sanskrit mantras
Chanting opens the heart and purifies the mind. With daily chanting, you develop a strong feeling of devotion and a very pure inner vibration. In devotional chanting correct pronunciation, devotional attitude, and awareness of meaning (ideation).
Creativity and artistic expression for spiritual development
Mandala art, bhajans (devotional songs), prabhat samgiita (devotional music for mental expansion), Indian classical dance.
Satsang literally means a good company, it means being in companionship with the truth and with the wise. The course Satsang consists of half an hour silent meditation, half an hour chanting, and a talk or reading on aspects of yoga philosophy. It will help you to develop a strong and steady meditation practice and show you the way to peace and happiness.
A high degree of self-motivation is required for all aspects of the course. Basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is helpful, but not essential. A sincere desire to learn and openness to the teachings of yoga is required. Training to be a yoga teacher requires dedication and faith in the process of yoga.
The practice and especially the teaching of yoga, demand a high degree of self-discipline and purity. To ensure the success of the program, participants are required to attend all spiritual activities, meditation sessions, lectures, and asana classes.
Apart from twice daily yoga classes, our trainees will get a chance to swim in the sparkling sea and study using one of the three terraces, while taking in the sun. Some may try out snorkeling to meet the local sea life, and we will every once in a while, at least one day a week, take an exhilarating hike on one of the many footpaths across the island, exploring local history, or strolling to the little town nearby.
We organize two excursions, the first one is to Lubenice, one among the 15 most beautiful beaches in the world and a village that dates back in history 4000 years. On this excursion we visit a distillery, producing home-made essential oils, soaps, olive oil, and purely organic cosmetics.
A highlight is a visit to the blue grotto or cave where you swim through a tunnel to get into a cathedral-like space and find yourself in bluish waters reflecting light from outside in a surreal way. On the second excursion, we spend a day visiting other islands and secluded beaches by boat as we traverse the dolphin habitat (and if lucky spot some dolphins too).
The island of Losinj is the home of playful dolphins, pine forests, promenades, a profusion of fragrances, and flavors. Its beauty will cast a spell on you whatever the season. Losinj is the habitat of a large group of bottlenose dolphins in the northern Adriatic, which is indicative of an exceptional level of purity of the sea.
A bewitching fusion of centuries-old pine forests and sea, Losinj is the ideal place for restoring the body and mind. Losinj is one of the islands in Croatia belonging to the Cres-Losinj archipelago in the Kvarner Bay and with its 36 islands, islets, and reefs; it is the largest group of islands in the Adriatic. Owing to its exceptional climatic features, already way back in 1892, it was proclaimed a health resort. A well preserved natural environment is a unique feature of the island; clean water and air, a mild climate, the diverse vegetation, and aromatic scents have a deeply beneficial effect on everyone.
We have carefully selected the isle of Losinj for our courses, as it has become a well-known climate resort worldwide, particularly famous for its asthma and allergy curing properties. An ideal place to restore perfect health, the most fundamental prerequisite for the practice of yoga.
This course brings the age-old wisdom and authentic science of yoga to an enchanting island in the Adriatic, thereby combining the intuitional science of the east, with the charm and powerful pranic energies of the Mediterranean Adria.
The vegetarian food will be nutritious as well as delicious, drawing inspiration from the Croatian coastal diet which is one of the healthiest and most delicious in the world.
Franjo Tuđman Airport
Transfer available for additional US$125 per person
We request all course participants to book their return flights to Zagreb. We will arrange an airport pick up by taxi which will cost 50 GBP one way; hence an additional 100 GBP (for the return transfer) will be added to the course fee. If you are travelling from London, you can book flights with Croatia Airlines, British Airlines, and Easy Jet.
Organized by Himalayan Yoga Institute