Vinyasa & Ashtanga Yoga teacher training in Nepal, with Doron Hanoch
200 hour residential yoga TTC in a stunning Tibetan Buddhist Monastery
Taught by: Doron Hanoch (course director), Dr. Andrew McGonigle (anatomy), and team of guest teachers
Location: Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Pharping, Nepal
In summer 2017, study in Nepal with Doron Hanoch and train to become a teacher who can truly teach.
This teacher-training program is a life-changing and transformational opportunity. By taking a journey to grow as an individual, learn about yourself, deepen your practice, and to learn with excellence the skills of teaching, you begin to develop into a teacher who can inspire others.
The training will give you a practical teaching toolbox. You will learn how to develop safe and creative sequences, and how to use those sequences as a gateway to the internal and spiritual benefits of yoga. You will learn how to employ the appropriate method for different situations and students, and how to tailor your classes for all levels so that no student is left out. We will share and discuss Yogic and Buddhist wisdom based on ancient insights in a practical and non-dogmatic way, so that you can share these concepts with modern practitioners looking for guidance on their own path.
The training is a personal journey for anyone engaging on a process of personal-enquiry – a time for increasing self awareness and deepening your relationship with your practice whether or not you wish to go on to teach. For those who do wish to teach, the approach recognises that being able to inspire others with the practice comes from the passion you truly hold for it, the depth of your understanding of it, and your ability to communicate it to your students. This course cultivates these skills to help prepare you to contribute to the yoga community through your teaching and practice.
The curriculum is based on the practice of vinyasa flow, drawing much from the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition, along with elements from Zen Buddhism, Ayurveda and modern-day mind and body practices. Under Doron’s empowering, creative, warm-hearted and authentically-lived teaching, develop yourself into the teacher you want to be, and take a journey of personal growth to understand and shape your place in the world.
We are proud of the people we attract to these trainings: you will find yourself part of a community of warm, intelligent, kind, supportive, diverse, inclusive and inspiring practitioners from around the world.
This very special course is uniquely hosted in a beautiful and welcoming Tibetan Buddhist Monastery so you can truly immerse in a personal and spiritual journey. The details of the syllabus are summarised below, and you can gain a sense of the course from our short video:
- The Wisdom of yoga: History and philosophy of yoga; ancient wisdom made practical for today.
- Tristana: The 3 pillars of yoga
- Applied anatomy: understand the mechanics of your posture; learn how to find an intelligent foundation for all your poses; health benefits and risks.
- Understanding and teaching poses: standing, hips, twists, forward folds; opening shoulders, heart and back; core work, arm balances and inversions; alignment, modifications and variations.
- Teaching Tools: Voice, language, instructing, holding space, presence, mentoring, assisting, modifying and demonstrating; the art of giving options; teaching efficient and safe classes for all levels; verbal cues and compassion to your students and to yourself.
- Training the mind through meditation. Zen, visualizations, Tibetan Buddhism and Osho.
- Philosophy made practical: Paths to bliss; Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras; Bhagavad Gita.
- Ashtanga Vinyasa primary series: Sanskrit counting and asana names.
- The Art of Sequencing: From your personal practice to teaching a group
- Giving helpful hands-on adjustments. Observation, assistance, voice and touch
- Practical teaching practice: you’ll be teaching peers and receiving feedback from the end of week one.
- Shakti Power, the Anatomy of energy; Pranayama, Chakras, Nadis, Koshas and Gunas; Activation, opening, removing blocks and improving the flow of prana within your body.
- Pranayama: in depth breath work designed to increase body energy.
- Ayurveda: body and food; understanding Ayurveda from perspectives of “east meets west”; ancient wisdom meets current health food trends.
- Yoga as a Profession, tips to making a living from yoga; the business of yoga; yoga ethics.
- Adding texture to your teaching: Why travel to Nepal? Because it is one of the last remaining homes of authentic Tantric yoga traditions, the birthplace of the Buddha, home of the energetically incomparable Himalayas, the birthplace of Matsyendranath (founder of Hatha yoga), playground of the deities after whom some of the poses are named. Partway through the training, we’ll visit the ancient city for guest teachings that give depth to your practice and uniqueness to your teaching.
After completing the training you will be eligible for the Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher credential at the 200-hour level (RYT-200).
Doron is a Certified 500 hour Yoga Teacher (ERYT) as well as the director of the Doron Yoga School (RYS 200 and 500). He was introduced to Yoga and Meditation in 1992 while traveling and studying in the Far East for 2 years. During that time, Doron has studied at the Osho Ashram, with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, in Thailand doing Vipassana retreats, and in Japan living and working with a Buddhist priest.
Doron’s teachings are based on the foundation of tradition with a practical and non-dogmatic way. His asana teaching is strong, but at a pace that allows lots of awareness and focus. He teaches with extreme detail, shares a lot of informative tips both for body and mind, and his teaching brings a fun energy infused with humor.
Doron is the also author of the 2016 bestseller The Yoga Lifestyle – a guide to ease stress, find balance and create a healthy life.
For Tibetan Buddhists, the hills of Pharping where we immerse for our training is considered as sacred as Bodhgaya in India, as it is where is where the second buddha Guru Padmasambhava (“Guru Rinpoche”) attained the state of enlightenment, before going on to establish Buddhism in Tibet.
The monastery which is our home during the retreat makes important contributions to the preservation and sharing of the Buddhist teachings, and our stay there helps to fund education for the many young monks from remote areas of Nepal. You are welcome to join their early morning chants any day you like.
The lovely guesthouse in the monastery grounds has spacious and modern twin-share rooms, comfortable beds for deep and refreshing sleeps, all with contemporary attached bathrooms and hot showers. Most rooms have balconies, looking out to the temple. Your delicious vegetarian meals are carefully prepared to nourish your practice, while the pure air and natural surroundings nourish your soul. The yoga space overlooks the rice paddies of the Kathmandu valley, and – when the weather is clear – gives us stunning views of the sunrise over the Himalayas.
It is the perfect place to go within and study.
Who should do this TTC?
If you can relate to the concepts below, then the Doron Yoga TTC may be the right match for you:
- I would love to understand the greater meaning of yoga and how I can use it practically in my life.
- I am looking for a spiritual practice that still has strong in-depth asana work.
- I would like to bring some change into my life.
- I am seeking ways to make my life more holistic and sustainable.
- I would like to deepen my asana practice.
- I want a spiritual and practical teacher training.
- I would love to learn more breathing techniques and see how they can increase my energy.
- I would like to learn about my body type, and have tools to bring it to balance.
- I would love to know more about food and a healthy delicious diet that will work for me.
- I would love to know more about chakras and energy work.
- I want to take some time to develop transformation within me and be more aware of who I really am.
The fee is all-inclusive from the time we meet you at our meeting point in Kathmandu, to when we return you to the city on the final day. It includes twin-share accommodation in the lovely guesthouse, your delicious vegetarian meals throughout the course (prepared by the fabulous Kunsang whose extensive and hugely-popular recipes can cater to most dietary requirements – just let us know), world-class teaching from Doron plus special guests to draw on the incredible depth of spiritual knowledge and practice in the Kathmandu valley, domestic travel relating to the course from pick-up to drop-off, course management and administration, manual, and use of yoga props.
Payment details will be sent on the offer of a place.
Book early to be sure of a place: Doron’s yoga teacher training in Nepal in 2016 sold out.
The training includes some pre-course reading and assignments, which we recommend you begin early to help prepare yourself. The reading list will be shared on confirmation of your place.
For any further questions, feel welcome to get in touch with us.