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Himalaya

Yoga Teacher Training in Ashtanga Vinyasa flow
(200 hr Yoga Alliance)
Dharamsala at the foothills of Himalaya, North India

2015 Summer Dates for 200 hr TTCs : To be announced…

Sampoorna Yoga conducts its 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training courses at a beautiful family run guest house in ‘Bhagsu’ village in upper Dharamsala at the foothills of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh,North India, during summer months.

Dharamsala is a beautiful town in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh settled against the backdrop of the Himalayan mountain range with snow laden peaks. Dharamsala town is divided into two parts–upper and lower. Lower Dharamasala is mainly populated by Indians. Upper Dharamsala is a cluster of three small villages and towns called Mcleodganj, Bhagsunag and Dharamkot. Mcleodganj is the abode of the Honorable Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in exile. Several thousand Tibetan exiles have now settled in this area where they have built monasteries, temples and schools etc. Bhagsu village is a small quiet village located 2 KMs up from Mcleodganj.

The area is a unique blend of Tibetan culture thriving alongside traditional Indian culture with noticeable influence from the former British colonial lifestyle, making it a popular destination for both Indian and foreign tourists. The name Dharamsala itself gives an indication of the warmth and hospitality of locals and the reception that travelers will receive in the area. In common Hindi usage, the word Dharamsala refers to a shelter or rest house run on donation basis for spiritual pilgrims.One will find an abundance of guest houses in the area, as spiritual seekers, trekkers, pilgrims, and students alike flock to this area for study, solitude, and self-discovery.

Our yoga school is located in Upper Bhagsu, 2 kms from McLeodganj in upper Dharamsala. It is close enough to the markets, eateries, and bustles of Mcleodganj, but is far enough to offer students respite and a focused learning environment close to nature and away from the distractions of the city. Most of the area is inaccessible to vehicles and everything is connected by forest trails and steep, stone pathways leading up the hillside, making it a peaceful place. Bhagsu is a place of learning and exploration, with a multitude of courses in various fields of alternative medicines, self-development and healing. Close by in the village Dharamkot there is also an international Vipassana Meditation Center as well as the Tushita Meditation Center which is a center for the study and practice of Buddhism.

The quiet and unique location of our yoga school makes it a place of solitude and sanctity amidst natural surroundings–a place of community and comfort for those residing and practicing yoga here. The guest house is situated on the mountainside with a view of the majestic Himalayan mountains behind and a panorama of the beautiful valley below. There are no disturbances or distractions here, as the closest surrounding guest houses are almost 50-100mtrs away. Because of its unique location away from any city noises, traffic, markets, and vendors, it is always very quiet and peaceful—the only sounds are those of mountain streams, wind passing through pine trees, those performing early morning rituals and devotions, and chirping birds. It is a true sanctuary perfect for the study and practice of yoga. For those desiring more activity and stimulation, you can reach the main market area and the hang out places in Bhagsu in just ten minutes walk downhill.

On-site Accommodation at Sampoorna’s Location (best rooms in the area with hot shower and WiFi internet available 24 hrs)

Sampoorna Yoga is located at Oasis Guest House in Upper Bhagsu, which is 2 km from Mcleodganj. It has 12 nice luxurious rooms for yoga students only. Each room has western style shower with 24 hour hot shower, free WiFi, a wooden wardrobe and shelf with lock and key, a big double bed (which can easily accommodate two people), blanket, mosquito net, study table, two chairs etc.

Off-site Accommodation, next door to Sampoorna’s Location

These rooms are just next door to the yoga school and double bed, hot shower and western toilets.

Food at Sampoorna

Oasis guesthouse has its own restaurant for our yoga students. All meals are included in the course fee and specially Indian Yogic meals are prepared here for yoga students. One may also ask for other western or international cuisine or special diet here.

Food and other Amenities around

Restaurants – There are a multitude of local restaurants all within 10 mins walking distance offering Indian, Tibetan and international cuisine at very reasonable prices.

Shops, internet cafes, travel agents and money exchange –  There are many local shops around where students can purchase snacks, fruits, vegetables, natural foods, Ayurveda herbs etc and other all necessary items like toiletries etc. There are many a number of internet places and travel agents who also exchange foreign money or give cash on swiping your credit card or against traveler’s checks.

ATM – There are a few ATMs around in Mcleodganj, 2KMs from the center where you can use any international debit or credit card.

Bikes, Auto Rickshaws & Taxis – There are plenty of scooters, motor bikes, rickshaws and taxis available for hire. Students can easily walk to Mcleodganj, but may prefer to go by rickshaw or taxi as it is faster and convenient.

How to get there?

Travel

Airport – The nearest Airport is Gaggal airport (also known as Dharamsala airport) at 23 KMs from our center. This airport is connected by domestic flights from Delhi which is the nearest international airport (about 520 km to Dharamsala). International travelers have to connect through Delhi Airport to reach Dharamsala. Delhi Airport is connected to all major cities in India and abroad. You can check the following websites for air tickets- www.cleartrip.com, www.makemytrip.com, www.yatra.com etc. Currently there are only 2 airlines which are working between Delhi and Dharamsala, SpiceJet and AirIndia.

Rail – The nearest railway station to Dharamsala is called Chakki Bank (also known as Pathankot ) which is about 85 kms away from Dharamsala. Pathankot is well connected by trains to all major cities in India. In Pathankot, there is a bus depot from where you can take a bus to reach Dharamsala. You can also take local government buses for INR 100 which takes approximately three hours to reach Dharamsala or by a taxi for INR 1800 approximately. You can check the above mentioned websites to book your rail tickets also. However, Indian govt rail website is www.irctc.co.in and is best way to book your train tickets. You would require your identity proof while booking train tickets.

Bus – You can also reach Dharamsala by all kinds of buses from New Delhi in 10-12 hours for a fare of INR 300-1200 depending upon the type of bus. You can find local government or private AC or Non AC chair or sleeper buses. We will provide you more detailed information about travel to Dharamsala once you have booked the course with us. You can book your bus online at www.redbus.in orhttp://www.hptdc.nic.in/bus.htm. While booking your bus or taxi your final destination should be Mcleodganj or Dharamsala.

Bikes, Auto Rickshaws & Taxis – There are plenty of scooters, motor bikes, rickshaws and taxis available for hire. Students can easily walk to Mcleodganj, but may prefer to go by rickshaw or taxi as it is faster and convenient.

What to Bring

Students should bring a warm sweater (for morning meditation), a rain coat, a flashlight, and a yoga mat. All these things are also available locally at very reasonable prices.

Our address in Dharamsala

Oasis guesthouse,
Upper Bhagsu,Dharamsala,
Himachal Pradesh- 176215
India


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Sampoorna Yoga's 200/300/500 hour Yoga Teacher Training Courses (TTC) are registered with Yoga Alliance USA/Canada and Yoga Alliance UK. Students who will be certified from our school will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as RYT 200/500 (Registered Yoga Teacher).