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Frequently Asked Questions

You should plan to arrive at least one day before the start of the course. The Orientation program and Pooja ceremony is held on the evening of the day before the course starts. This ceremony is an important part for all of us and we would not want you to miss this occasion. We offer free accommodation up to two days before the start of the TTC. This gives you an opportunity to rest and recover after your long journey. We suggest you make use of our offer and factor this in your travel plans.
Whether you arrive by air or train, you will need to drive up to Kalimpong. The drive may take 2.5 to 3 hours depending on the traffic and the weather. The drive itself is beautiful. You will enter the mountains after crossing the teak forests in the foot-hills and then drive along the river Teesta for most of the journey. Once you cross Teesta, Kalimpong is only 14 km away.

This option is certainly more expensive than taking a bus but will be more convenient and possibly the best way to get to Kalimpong. We can arrange to pick you up from the Airport or the Railway station. The cost will vary from 1500 to 3000 rupees depending on the type of vehicle. We can help to optimize the cost if we can pair you up with someone else who is arriving roughly at the same time.

In case you want to take a taxi by yourself from the railway station or the airport, head to the pre-paid taxi counters that are present at both places. Booking a taxi at these counters will ensure you pay the correct fare and not get ripped-off.

You can also reach Kalimpong by bus and this is the cheapest way to get there. This would involve some extra effort to reach the Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus located in Siliguri. If you are arriving at Bagdogra airport, you may need to take a local auto-rickshaw or a taxi to the Siliguri Bus Stand. In case you are arriving by train, take a cycle or auto rickshaw to the bust stand in Siliguri. It will cost you 70 to 100 rupees for a bus seat to Kalimpong from Siliguri.
There is one more mode of travel to Kalimpong – the shared Taxi - where you can share a taxi with many people. To take one, you will have to find your way to “Panitanki more” on Sevoke Road. A seat in such shared taxis to Kalimpong will cost 80-100 rupees.

In case you take a taxi on your own, you will have to instruct the driver to take to Holumba at “9th mile”. Tell them it is near Rockvale School and the Fire station. This should do the trick and you should not have any difficulty in reaching Holumba. Please note Holumba is situated on the main road from Siliguri to Kalimpong and it is reached before the main town area of Kalimpong.

If you are arriving by bus, it will drop you at the Motor Stand in town. You will then have to take a taxi to reach Holumba. If you wish, we can arrange to pick you up but you will have to inform us of your arrival in advance.

Kalimpong has a pleasant and bracing climate all the year round, except for the monsoon months (mid-June to mid-September). In the winters, the nights can get quite cold, with the temperature dipping down to almost zero degree Celsius. For such times, we offer hot water bottles to keep you comfortable.

Dec, Jan, Feb

Very Cold. Foggy at times. Max 20oC to Min 5oC.Being in the mountains, Kalimpong can get quite cold (by Indian standards). January is the peak winter month. Although it is cold, you do get mild sunshine during the day. At times it is foggy. But, on a clear day, you can see magnificent views of the snow ranges. Heavy woollens are recommended.

Mar, Apr

Moderately Cold turning pleasant Max 26oC to Min 12oC.Spring is on its way and the climate is beautiful. This is one of the best times in the year to visit Kalimpong. Naturally, this is the beginning of the Tourist season. Light woollens will do.

May, mid-Jun

Pleasant Max 27oC to Min 20oC.The climate is mild and pleasant. It is a good time to escape the heat of the plains. Days are comfortable and the nights can turn cool. If it rains, a light jacket should be fine.

mid-Jun, Jul, Aug

Rainy. Max 27oC to Min 19oC (851 mm to 453 mm of rain per month).Monsoon starts from mid-June and it can rain quite heavily. The rains build up to a peak in July and August. Temperatures are moderate, but at times movement could be restricted due to heavy rain which may cause landslides and block roads. In any case, the mountains never disappoint. During the rains, Kalimpong and its surroundings turn a lush green.

Sep, Oct, Nov

Pleasant. Max 26oC to Min 12oC.The rainy season ends by mid-September and the climate is very comfortable. October is mildly cold and is probably the best month to spend in Kalimpong. Light warm clothes will be sufficient. It is also a peak holiday season, bringing in the Tourists. November starts to turn cold and you need heavier woollens, but the days remain bright and sunny.
Bring along your Yoga clothes and also some practical and modest stuff to walk around town in and visit the local monasteries.
  • Winter: This requires heavy-duty woollens. We would recommend you to bring a few jumpers and a heavy jacket. The temperatures may not seem very low to some of you coming in from colder countries, but remember that we don’t have central heating. Although we can provide electric room heaters (at extra cost) and hot water bottles for your bed, but nothing beats being warmly clad. Consider getting a few pairs of yoga socks to be comfortable during your practice.
  • Spring: A hoodie, light woollens and long trousers or skirt will be enough to get you through the cooler times of spring.
  • Summer: Summer is pleasant. Light cotton clothes will be fine. Keep a light jacket handy for the occasional rainy days.
  • Monsoon: It will get wet and humid and it may take days for your clothes to dry, so pack extra clothes to take you through while your washing is drying out. We do not have dryers and all laundry uses solar power to dry out. You may want to pack a raincoat or an umbrella, or buy one locally.
  • Shoes: This is the Himalayas - it offers some great treks. You may want to get some suitable footwear if you intend to trek in the mountains before or after the course. Even if you are not planning to trek, keep in mind that we will be going out for local excursions during the TTC. So get a sturdy pair of shoes suitable for tramping about in the mountains.

Kalimpong is a small bustling town with its own character. It has seen grand times in the past and was a trading hub between India and Tibet until 1962. Tibetans traded wool and other items for consumer goods like watches and even knocked down automobiles from India. Then the Chinese annexation of Tibet and the Sino-Indian war of 1962 ended all business between Tibet and India. Before this happened, many fortunes were made here. One can still see the old buildings made by Tibetan, Marwari and even Chinese traders during the hey-days of trade.

Those old days may have gone, but the trading DNA that made Kalimpong still endures. From noodle, incense and hand-made paper factories to shops that are stacked with goods. Kalimpong is a place where one can find something totally unexpected.

Antique silver jewellery and intricate Tibetan Thankas. Stanley saws and screwdrivers being sold on the footpaths next to apples and oranges in Haat Baazar. Leather goods and bags made in small wayside shops who can even make a saddle and harness for horses which do not exist anymore. You may run into a jeweller patiently using his blowpipe to carve out his latest masterpiece. Shops stocked with all the paraphernalia that a Tibetan Monastery needs – from bolts of cloth for robes of Lamas and their disciples to Buddha statues, brass lamps and pine needle incense. All the sights and sounds that you thought only existed in Kipling stories. Yes, bit of that world still exists.

Please pay the remainder of your course fee upon arrival. We accept fees by credit card, bank transfer (contact us for details), or cash. ATMs are available in town, and one is just round the corner from Holumba.

Although we try our best to vary the menu while still maintaining a sattvic diet, sometimes you may want to sample the food on offer in town. If this is the case, please inform at the reception that you will not be eating in. Do this at least by the morning of the day you wish to eat outside. Please exercise your judgement while eating outside, or ask at Holumba for recommendation on places where you can eat.

  • Vegan Food: We respect your choice. Please let us know before you arrive for the course if you need a Vegan diet. We'll do our best within our limitations.
  • Eggs and meats are not provided.
  • Please let us know in advance in case you have any dietary restrictions.
  • Inclusions: Your room with attached bathroom, 3 meals a day, filtered water any time you need it, your course book, yoga mat, neti pot, pen and notebook.
  • Exclusions: Drinks and food outside assigned meal times. This will be billed as extras.
  • Exclusions: Laundry services are available at extra cost. Please contact the Reception for details.

We are honoured to have you with us on this path of learning and exploring a great science. To have a rewarding experience, we would like to mention a few things which would help all of us.

  • We are there to help and take care of you during your time with us. You can talk to us at any time for anything.
  • If we don’t have an answer, we will try and get one for you as soon as we can, or point you to the right person who has it.
  • We will give our 100% teaching and helping you.
  • Any feedback you give us will be taken seriously and with respect.
  • Try to give your 100% to the course. It will be as good as you want it to be.
  • Be regular and attend all classes unless you are sick.
  • Do let the teachers know if something is amiss or you are having difficulties with the course.
  • Please follow our rules and guidelines seriously. They are there for a good reason.
  • 2 Passport size photographs.
  • Credit/ATM Debit card(s)
  • Flashlight (torch).
  • Necessary medications.
  • Suitable clothes and shoes.
  • Suitable clothes for practice.
  • Power outlet convertor suitable for India. 230 volts. Plugs C & D.
  • Our course does not require you to bring a laptop or a tablet.

200 Hour TTC - Detailed Syllabus

Basic purification techniques prescribed in Hatha Yoga that are designed to make the body strong and healthy. These are considered as preparatory steps towards pranayama and meditation:

  • Tratak, Neti, Kapalabhati, Dhauti, Nauli and Basti.
  • Techniques will be explained and demonstrated.
  • We will practice Neti cleansing every morning during the entire course.

Knowledge and practice of asanas is a major part of the TTC and will be covered in two sessions every day – morning and evening. We will focus on the finer details of various categories of Asanas prescribed in Hatha Yoga.

  • Warm up and joint movements like Pavanmukta sequences.
  • Asanas of various categories like standing asanas, forward bends and hip openers, inversions, core refinement, arm balances, seated and supine twists, backbends and inversions.
  • Special emphasis on Suryanamaskara series and its variations.
  • Relaxation with shavasana and its variations like Yoga Nidra.
  • Learn the importance of alignments, connecting the theory taught in the Anatomy module with understanding of asanas being practiced.
  • Apply this knowledge to deepen asanas and learn how to avoid injuries. Learn to identify weak areas through the knowledge of anatomy and how to strengthen them.

Importance of breath and the effect of breath control on the body. Pranayama will be practiced every day. We will cover breathing techniques like:

  • Clavicular, Thoracic, Diaphragmatic, Yogic and Ujjayi Breathing.

Various types of Pranayamas like:

  • Nadi Shodhan.
  • Anulom-viloma.
  • Kapalbhati.
  • Bhastrika.
  • Bhramri.
  • Surya and Chandra-bhedi.
  • Sheetli.

Through meditation practices we will learn how to quieten our mind and explore our internal dimension:

  • Pre-meditation asanas.
  • Basics of meditation.
  • Meditation techniques:
  • Mindfulness
  • Trataka
  • Om
  • Kundalini

... And through mantras we shall experience the spiritual energy of sound.

Basic understanding of the Human Physiology and Anatomy to the extent it is necessary to connect to execution and effects of asanas. This module will be closely linked to the asana techniques.

  • Human body.
  • Respiratory system.
  • Digestive system
  • Circulatory system
  • Central and peripheral nervous systems.
  • Endocrine system.
  • Skeletal system.
  • Muscular system.

Our school lays special emphasis on the Sankhya-yoga philosophy. We will talk about:

  • History and origin of Yoga.
  • What is and what is not Yoga.
  • Different paths of Yoga (Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga)
  • Key concepts of Sankhya necessary to understand Yoga Sutras.
  • Concept of Karma and rebirth.
  • Key concepts of Yoga Sutras. Selected Yoga Sutras will be explained in detail.
  • Entire module will be interspersed with examples from the wisdom of Bhagwad Gita and other texts.
  • Concept of Pancha Kosha.
  • Shatchakra and Kundalini.
  • Consciousness and its four stages.

Discussion of ethics of Yoga based on concepts of dharma, karma, non-violence and yamas and niyamas and how these translate into the lifestyle and character of a Yoga practitioner and a Yoga teacher.

  • Assessing your students: important things that you should know about your student before you teach.
  • Learning to observe: Training yourself to see different bodies and clue into their variations and possible limitations so specific attention can be given where needed.
  • Giving verbal and manual adjustments.
  • Learning to cue and develop your own style.

You will learn how to:

  • Design asana, pranayama and meditation sequences catering to various levels, needs and abilities of a target class.
  • Pace a class by including various phases of warming up, ramp up, peaking and then winding down and relaxing.
  • Design sessions targeting staged and graded preparation of the body to move from simple to intermediate and then to advanced asanas.

This module will provide opportunity for you to practice designing and teaching a class on your own. The instructors will observe and provide feedback.

Each student will take classes as a lead instructor. They will design the complete session by themselves, putting into practice the knowledge gained during the TTC.

Our 200 hour TTC syllabus not only meets the Yoga Alliance standards, but we give you more. For example, you get an actual total of 225 hours of training. You get a rigorous coverage of asanas and pranayama. The course logically builds concepts starting from Sankhya to lay a good foundation for understanding Yoga philosophy.

Accomodation at Anandavan Yog Peeth

Rooms

All rooms have attached western style bathrooms with running hot and cold water. We don't have "standard" rooms. All rooms and cottages are different in design. Some rooms have attached living rooms, small reading room and walk-in closet.

We also have additonal rooms in an adjacent property called "Arcadia" (about a 3-minute walk). Rooms in Arcadia are of a similar standard as Holumba.

Important

We provide single-room accommodation for all our students. This is part of the overall 200-hour Yoga TTC package. In case you would like to share a room with someone, please let us know well before the course starts.

Rooms are assigned based on availability, and on a first-come basis, depending on the day you book the course. We start filling up the rooms in Holumba first, then rooms are allotted in Arcadia. All meals are taken in Holumba, irrespective of where you stay.