Hari Om and welcome to Yoga Vidya Gurukul ashram in Trimbak, India.
Aerial view of the Pantanjali Hall and part of the women's sleeping quarters.
Aerial view of the men's sleeping quarters.
Asana class and teacher instruction.
In each asana class, teachers in training practice what they've learned twice each day, once in the morning and once in the late afternoon.
Some classes or lectures take place outdoors.
Todays lesson is on cleansing techniques, where the teachers will demonstrate the various types of cleansing techniques.
Some teachers exhibit their creative ways of cleansing.
Everyday, Karma yoga is practiced where everyone works collaboratively and wholeheartedly.
Sara is cleaning up the common area of the office and the library.
Jeanett is having fun cleaning the common washrooms.
Laura and Helena help out in the kitchen preparing breakfast.
Yin Yin and Louise doing some gardening.
Celina watering the campus plants.
A group of teachers in training cleaning the Pantanjali Hall which is where the lectures take place as well as the asana classes.
The dining hall, where we all eat in silence and have the option to sit at tables or on the floor (Indian style).
The loving staff who prepares the delicious meals everyday.
Everyday you can get a peek at how Indian cooking is done.
A typical lunch with buttermilk (good for digestion), Chapati, rice and daal.
Everyone is required to wash their own eating utensils and plates and here is where you do so.
Practicing what we just learned today.
Chatting on the hill top while the sunsets.
A stroll in the neighborhood during free time.
Some choose to use the time to work on their yoga practice.
As the course progresses, you will have a chance to practice teaching yoga in small groups.
There are many asanas and some of the more difficult ones are not taught at the TTC course. So we have one session, where everyone (teachers and students) gets to demonstrates different asanas.
We all know how to have a little fun and humor.
Every Saturday night, we gather to chant the Mahamrityunjaya mantra to increase self healing of the Body and Mind and protect from negativities of death and pain. The chanting helps not only those chanting but all beings.
Together with the local community we chant together.
After the chanting and dinner, we have have sing bhajans (yoga songs).
And with singing, we also dance.
once a week, the teachers in training have one free day. Most take trips into the town of Nasik, where you can shop, do internet, and etc. Look at those eager faces.
The views on the way to town never gets old.
Nearby vineyards and farms.
The town of Nasik.
And back to the Ashram...
For those who don't go to Nasik, you can get up early to hike the neighboring hills...
Or catch the sunrise...
Or get observe the life around the ashram...
Or head to the town of Trimbak and admire the architecture on the way.
The daily life in Trimbak.
The center of town near the temple in Trimbak.
And in the last week, the soon to be teachers get together to cook a feast together...
And feast they do...
And after all that feasting, we have a talent show sharing a little more about ourselves...
And our creative ways...
After 28 days, bonds are developed.
Here we have Batch 45.
The TTC not only prepares you to be an excellent yoga teacher but it also leaves a lasting and memorable experience.