Featured Image Caption: Yoga in Dharamsala
Dharamshala is a beautiful area of India. It is home to Tibetans and the Dalai Lama, which bring a spiritual source to this area. It is also the birthplace of yoga and you can feel it here. It is an inspiring and nurturing place to visit. If you are looking to do yoga teacher training, Dharamshala is a perfect place to do it. It will make you feel pure bliss with the dramatic backdrop of the Himalaya Mountains. The sacred Ganges River flows through this area too.
The culture here exudes yoga. You will feel it everywhere. It brings you much closer to the true meaning of the practice. Here are some of the reasons you should be doing your yoga teacher training in Dharamshala.
It Looks Great on a Resume
If you’re planning to work in the yoga industry, you’ll find that people will be very aware of what kind of training you received. Dharamshala is of course well known to all those in the West that have taken up spiritual practice. If you’re going to a yoga studio, the owner will be impressed with the lengths you went to be the best teacher you can be. Devout yogis that have dedicated their life to understanding all the sacred aspects of the practice are teaching you. You’ll be recognized as a well-informed, spiritual yoga teacher. You’ll have a job in no time.
The Birthplace of Yoga
If you’re passionate about yoga, you’ll feel so much excitement to be in the birthplace of yoga. You can visit sacred areas that were prevalent in the development of this practice from thousands of years ago. You will understand the deeper meaning of yoga here. You will let all that competition go that is common in the West. You will then be able to offer that message when you become a yoga teacher.
Going to the source of where yoga began will make you see it for so much more than stretching and balancing. You’ll be given full-scale knowledge about the practice in its totality. This includes Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and essential texts. The Ayurveda diet associated with yoga along with the profound philosophy will be deeply engrained in your practice. If you’re looking for the big picture of yoga, there is no better place.
It Doesn’t Cost that Much
You might think that yoga teacher training would cost a lot in such a prominent place. While you will get accommodation included and be immersed in a full spectrum program, you won’t be paying as much as you would in other places. Even if you include the cost of getting to India, you’ll likely be paying less than most places around the world. You can have a vacation in another country rich in culture and get the best yoga teacher training available for less.
It Will Change You in Positive Ways
If you take your YTT in the West, you will be in the same culture that sees yoga as a sort of competition. It can’t be helped, it’s in our nature. This is where India is different, especially Dharamshala. The country is quite poor and you’ll experience that. What you’ll also notice is that people aren’t sad. They’re happy and grounded. This is highly inspiring and you begin to see that all you worry about back home is so unimportant.
Your life and point of view will change when you spend time here. You will begin to let go of material things and see the reality of how lucky you are. You’ll let go of whatever competitive nature you had and you will automatically begin living the life of a yogi.
The Spiritual Vibe
The vibe here is unmistakeably spiritual. Sitting by the Ganges River is peaceful and you’ll have a hard time not falling into meditation. It’s hard to say in words how you’ll feel when you’re there but let’s just say, you’ll never want to leave. There is a warmth and depth of the heart here that is seen on everyone you come across. A place of pure love. There is an aliveness here that will stay with you forever.
When you’re amongst the other people in your yoga teacher training or just in town on your own, you’ll have incredible conversations. You will experience deep connections with people that make it seem as though you’ve known them all your life. We are a product of our environment and that will be strongly felt here. You will begin to understand your life’s journey and let go of the things that don’t serve you.
Doing your yoga teacher training in Dharamshala will bring you so much value in every way. You will feel confident in your ability to teach when you’re ready. When you visit this area, you will be forever changed and highly educated in everything yoga. Not only do you get to take an amazing vacation to an exotic place, you also bring something special home with you. The ability to take what you’ve learned and pass it onto your students. You’ll meet like-minded people from all over the world and truly bond in ways you never thought possible. You will live with an open heart and know how that feels. It’s a beautiful experience worth considering.
By Meera Watts
who is a founder and owner of SiddhiYoga.com, yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in CureJoy, Elephant Journal, OMtimes FunTimesGuide and others. She is running intensive, residential trainings in India including Rishikesh & Dharamshala and Bali in Indonesia.