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Himalayan Art of Mindfulness

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course

The Himalayan Art Of Mindfulness & Meditation

The Himalayan Art of Mindfulness & Meditation Course is a 2-week residential program at the Vedic Yoga Centre, Rishikesh, India.  It is an applied course designed for your healing and happiness using traditional techniques adapted for modern times.  It is based on ancient yogic psychology and philosophy, which has been tested throughout the ages.  

This course introduces a range of ancient teachings from the Himalayan tradition, which can be applied to modern times so that you can find your deeper experiences with life.  It also explains the different layers of your existence and how to integrate them so that they spontaneously lead you to act mindfully.

Mindfulness is the state of being present in each moment – without judgement.  It makes you more aware and attentive throughout the day, and helps you live consciously.  Mindfulness is increasingly accepted by the scientific community as a means of developing holistic healing, well-being and happiness.

Mindfulness is a simple process which helps you adopt a more balanced and harmonious lifestyle – it can be practiced by people of all ages.  Our Himalayan Art of Mindfulness course offers a pathway for you to live with more freedom by learning to connect to the Source of your life through understanding yourself and your connection with nature.  It starts with acknowledging NOW – from moment to moment – so that you can live your life consciously.

Mindfulness is not an intellectual concept – it is an applied method of awareness which modifies your thinking patterns and subsequent actions.  We offer different techniques which help you move towards mindfulness, but they will only be helpful to you if you apply them.  

The Himalayan Art of Mindfulness & Meditation Course will help you move from simply practicing mindfulness to being effortlessly mindful.

A theoretical understanding of:
• How to develop the different layers of yourself
• Astral anatomy and physiology and how it leads to the experience of equanimity in life
• Why we need mindfulness, and how it can transform both you and those around you
• The five elements of nature, their respective energies, and how they influence your capacity for mindfulness
• The healing power of spending time in nature
• Awareness – focus and concentration – and how to strengthen it
• How slowing the mind from its endless chatter and adopting new thought patterns leads to inner peace
• Why you should create a daily rhythm of mindfulness from morning to evening
• How to develop trust in the development of your own mindfulness, and how to guide others
• Integrating yoga philosophy into daily life through selected gems from relevant scriptures
• The benefits of hatha yoga when approached consciously, and how it uses the body to bring your awareness into the present
• The physical, mental and emotional benefits of the specific yoga sequences, and the value of sharing this with others
• How to use the breath, relaxation and meditation to calm yourself during times of anger, stress or anxiety, and how this improves your sleep
• Understanding how and why the brain works as it does
• The neuroscience of mindfulness
• How to align your emotions with your mind
• How mindfulness enables your natural creativity to flourish

Adopting practices of mindfulness through:
• Conscious walks – connecting with nature and experiencing its healing power, e.g. in the forest, sitting beside the holy river Ganga
• Practices that teach you how to breathe; where your breath should come from; and how your breath indicates your state of mind
• Specific asana sequences – specifically, the Sequence of 7 Best Asanas, and encouraging mindfulness through appropriate use of props
• Samyak kriya practices – for inner awareness
• Meditation mindfulness – trataka (using a candle or yantra as a focus)
• The practice of havan – using an age-old fire technique to attain a state of mindfulness
• Using different methods of sound to become mindful – mantra, japa, instrumental sound, gongs and singing bowls
• Different relaxation methods – these help to bring tuning within
• The art of sharing and praying – for their healing effects
• Personal reflection – journaling your current thinking patterns to identify what is holding you back from becoming mindful

The Himalayan Art of Mindfulness is designed for anyone seeking something deeper in their life, and is appropriate for all ages – for those seeking self-development and self-transformation, and for those who wish to share their own genuine experiences with others. 

It is also a part of our continuing education for yoga teachers. 

One of the many benefits of this course is our location, situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, surrounded by nature and positioned right beside the holy river Ganga.  There are many sacred sites close by where the wisdom of yogic knowledge was handed down to sages over generations.  The Vedic Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat Centre offers the possibility of a living atmosphere for your self-transformation.  It is a family-run ashram-style retreat centre in a quiet location, and most of the work is carried out by family members who themselves live a yogic lifestyle.  We offer a combination of yoga programs and ayurvedic treatments to help you heal and relax, together with healthy and balanced home-cooked vegetarian meals inspired by the science of ayurveda for your holistic health and well-being. 

Right from your first steps into our retreat centre, you will feel a profound sense of positive energy, a place where you can rest and heal, and learn to live mindfully.

All participants of the Himalayan Art of Mindfulness program will be awarded certification from the Vedic Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat Centre at successful completion of the course.

This schedule is a sample only and is subject to modifications according to circumstances and the understanding of the students.

6:30 am - 7:30 am
 Mantra chanting and meditation
7:30 am - 9:30 am
 Hatha yoga – asana, pranayama, samyak kriya, yoga nidra, meditation
9:30 am - 10:00 am
 Breakfast in silence
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
 Lecture/discussion 1 (sometimes held in nature)
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
 Lunch in silence
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
 Free time – study time
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
 Lecture/discussion 2 anatomy and physiology – scientific and astral, practicum
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
 Practice of hatha yoga and samyak kriya
6:45 pm - 7:30 pm
 Dinner in silence
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
 Kirtan/satsang/silent meditation
9:30 pm

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• Accommodation in modern rooms at Vedic Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat Centre, each with an attached bathroom. The room can be either separate or shared, standard or deluxe, according to your personal request and room availability. 

• Three ayurvedic vegetarian meals per day.

• Use of the centre’s wi-fi.

• The opportunity to transform your life and become a part of a vedic yoga community comprised of students from around the world.

• Individual guidance from teachers to help you customise your practice, find inspiration, and make lifestyle choices that heal and empower you.

• The experience of one free session of ayurveda therapy

• One free ayurvedic cooking class (Sunday)


06/03/2024 – 19/03/2024

08/12/2024 – 21/12/2024


A non-refundable deposit of US$ 300 is required to book your spot.

Standard Room:     Single occupancy – US$1,500     Double occupancy – $US2,700

Deluxe Room:          Single occupancy – US$1,800      Double occupancy – US$3,400

All deposits are non-refundable but can be used at a later date or for another program.  For more information about refunds and cancellation, please follow this link:


Arrival for the Course

It is helpful to arrive at least one day before the Course starts to ensure that you have overcome any jetlag from your flight, and you are refreshed for your program. 


Email a copy of your flight details, passport and visa to: and complete the Application Form by following the Apply Now link, which includes payment of your deposit.

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