There is undeniably something mystical about the mountain regions of the world, and Dharamsala is no exception. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, this area of India is the place where the Dalai Lama chose to live in exile, along with many other Tibetans. This gem is also home to many Indians from many areas of the Himachal Pradesh State, as well as to many Nepalese. Wandering down the streets of the various “suburbs” of Dharamsala, including McLeod Ganj, Bhagsu and Dharamkot, you are sure to be greeted with “Namaste” and bowed to with hands in Anjali mudra all times of the day. Smiles are abundant and so is the invitation to have a chai with the locals. Although still India, there is a different energy here than several other parts of this Motherland. Instead of constantly having to fend off beggars, impoverished panhandling children (who may or may not be being used solely for the benefit of some evil adults), and overly aggressive rickshaw drivers, shop owners and restauranteurs, you can leisurely meander this way and that, connecting to the culture and the people, rather than trying to avoid them. There is an ease in the way things are done up here, in these foothills, and with it, a spiritual glow that imbues compassion, devotion and grace.
This is also the place where Shree Hari Yoga School is hosting another 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher training (YTT) for the month of April. The School recently hosted a YTT on Gokarna beach, but seasons change, so it is now time to again move back to the mountains where spring and summer are upon us.
I am extremely excited to be here in Dharamsala during these training courses, helping with the school and expanding my proficiency and practice. The team here at Shree Hari Yoga School is led by Hari Ji, of course, and is composed of a group of hand-picked, highly knowledgeable and dedicated teachers, practitioners, experts, cooks, and lovers of yoga. Each person brings with them a wealth of experience and expertise in various facets of yoga including ayurveda, meditation, the art of teaching, yoga therapy, kirtan and mantra, philosophy and anatomy. Being surrounded by these people everyday is truly a gift in and of itself, and what’s more is that for the students, this is a special and comprehensive experience that is sure to help guide them in their yoga journey.
They say it takes a minimum of 21 days to make or break a habit. 21 days. This is not a long time in the grand scheme of life. Ask yourself today if you are in a place in your life in which you want to gather more knowledge about the India yogic tradition or want to develop yourself more deeply as a person. Ask yourself if you really want to finally dive in to your yoga practice so you can possibly one day share it with others. Ask yourself if you want to get on an airplane and travel to the Himalayan foothills of Dharamsala or the beach of Gokarna and see what will happen. If you feel any desire to do something healing and invigorating for yourself and experience something new, listen to your heart and look no further than Shree Hari Yoga School. It is undoubtedly an adventure to be embraced and an experience that will leave grand memories in your heart for all your days to come. Please come join our team! We will be honored to serve you.
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