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himalayan yoga traditionA Breath of the Himalayan Tradition

200 & 600 Hour Teacher Training: August 2 - 16, 2008
Yoga Teacher Continuing Education: August 2-30, 2008
Spiritual Retreat: August 2-30, 2008

Rancho La Puerta.
Tecate, Mexico (one hour from San Diego)

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In August 2008, the world-renowned fitness spa and resort, Rancho La Puerta will be transformed into a Himalayan Yoga Tradition Ashram hosting Swami Veda Bharati and his highly acclaimed international faculty.

A comprehensive education in the Himalayan Yoga Tradition (HYT) will be presented to those registering as HYT guests and a subset of the program will be presented to Rancho La Puerta's Spa guhimalayan yoga traditionests.

Rancho La Puerta has offered HYT guests a very special price when registering in one of our programs: Teacher Training, Yoga Teacher Continuing Education, or Spiritual Retreat. Attend any or all weeks. The minimum stay is one week. Guests arrive on a Saturday in August and depart on either the following Saturday or on a subsequent Saturday depending on the length of the stay. Please book your reservation as early as possible as there is limited space for HYT guests. A priority will be given to those enrolled in our Teacher Training program until 5/1/2008.

During the month the program emphasis will vary as described below. For a day-by-day schedule click here.

Program Tracks
Week 1
August 2 - 9
Teacher Training Meditation Yoga Sutras  
Week 2
August 9 -16
Teacher Training Meditation Yoga Sutras  
Week 3
August 16 - 23
Silence Retreat Meditation Yoga Sutras Ayurveda
Week 4
August 23 - 30
Silence Retreat Meditation Yoga Sutras Ayurveda

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Teacher Training
August 2-16, 2008

Teacher Training is designed for new students in the Himalayan Yoga Tradition's Continuing Studies and Teacher Training Program. This 2-week ashram-style retreat will focus on the Level 1 curriculum, which is required for both our 200 and our 600 hour programs. The topics include Meditation, Raja Yoga, Yoga Sutras, Philosophy, Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Anatomy, Yoga Nidra, Psychology, Holistic Health, and Teaching Methodology (see sample schedule below). To enroll in our Teacher Training click here.

himalayan yoga traditionYoga Teacher Continuing Education
August 2-30, 2008

This program is designed for Yoga Teachers wishing to deepen their meditation practice and provides up to 30 Yoga Alliance continuing education units (CEU). You can follow one or multiple program tracks or build your own series sampling from each track.

Spiritual Retreat
August 2-30, 2008

This program is appropriate for initiates in the Himalayan Yoga Tradition and those wishing to become initiates (see restrictions below). Take advantage of the beautiful surroundings at Rancho La Puerta and the wonderful programs offered to design a schedule to enhance your personal spiritual retreat.

himalayan yoga traditionAccommodation

Rancho La Puerta lies in a valley at the foot of 3,885-feet Mount Kuchumaa. Here, the meandering Kumeyaay Creek meets the Tecate River. The 3,000-acre property offers world-class landscaped gardens, an organic farm, mountainsides and meadows for great hiking and walking experiences. An amazing array of activities, luxury spa amenities and superb spa cuisine await your discovery. For more details: www.rancholapuerta.com/

As one of HYT's Ashram guests at Rancho La Puerta, you will be sharing a comfortable and cozy room. Either in a Rancheras, roomy studio bedrooms with two double beds or a Haciendas, little houses with one bedroom each with two double beds.

In the tradition of retreat-style housing, many of the rooms do not have telephones, and none have a television. If your room has no phone, one is located nearby in a central location.

If you are arriving by car, the guest parking lot is located inside the gated entrance. Your luggage will be delivered and picked up by hand-cart. If you are arriving by plane, Rancho La Puerta provides scheduled, complimentary ground transportation for your Saturday arrival and departure to and from San Diego International Airport. For more details: www.rancholapuerta.com/your-week/airport-arrival.HTML


himalayan yoga traditionRancho La Puerta is renowned for freshly picked produce and nutritious natural foods. Over sixty years of culinary creativity, experimentation and dietary research have culminated in a superb all-natural diet. It is low in fat, sodium, and refined flour and sugar - while high in energy, fiber, and complex carbohydrates.

Following "Slow Food" precepts as much as possible and as attuned to the seasons as they can reasonably be, they procure organic fruits and vegetables from their own extensive organic farm, or from region's purveyors who practice sustainable, organic farming.

The Ranch's diet, which is lacto-ovo vegetarian, includes a seafood "catch of the day" five to six times a week for dinner, and several times for lunch. A vegetarian alternative entrée is always offered for those who don't eat fish or shellfish.

Eligibility Requirements and Fees

The following provides the specific program requirements to qualify for HYT's special rates at Rancho La Puerta Resort. For those that do not qualify, please register directly with Rancho La Puerta: http://www.rancholapuerta.com/reservations-main.html

Teacher Training program requires that you are currently enrolled and have paid your tuition for the HYT Teacher Training and Continuing Education Program. To enroll in our Teacher Training click here.

Yoga Teacher Continuing Education program requires that you are a Yoga Teacher in any tradition.

Spiritual Retreat program requires that you are an HYT Initiate, or an HYT aspirant who has attended a previous HYT event.

The fees cover your accommodations, meals, classes, guided hikes, pools, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, the use of all spa facilities (body & facial treatments extra) and regularly scheduled transportation (Saturdays only) from and to San Diego Airport.

Teacher Training:
$2200.00 - early bird specials: reserve by 5/1: $1799, by 6/1: $1899.

All others:
Per week:

$1400.00 - early bird specials: reserve by 5/1: $1199, by 6/1: $1249.

A deposit of $500.00 is required to reserve your place. You may pay by credit card through our secure services with PayPal, by check or through a bank wire transfer.




Early Bird (before 5/1/08)

Early Bird (before 6/1/08)

Spiritual Retreat - per week





Yoga Teacher CEUs - per week





Teacher Training 600-Hour Level One





Teacher Training 200-Hour





A small number of scholarships are available.

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himalayan yoga traditionCancellation Policy With notice prior to June 1, 2008 all deposit will be refunded, less a cancellation fee of $100, per week. After June 1, 2007 the cancellation fee is $250 per week.


This program will highlight an amazing array of experts in the Himalayan Tradition of Yoga.

Swami Veda Bharati Swami Ritavan Bharati Swami Atmagnanananda Giri
Pandit Vishnu Panigrahi Ragani Ashutosh Sharma
Dale Buegel, M.D. Stoma Parker,Ph.D. ERYT-500 Dr. Dinesh Sharma
Maya Balog, ERYT-500 Peter Fabian Salvatore Zambito
Jim Nelson Swami Ma Radha  

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Sample Schedule (Click here for the day-by-day schedule for each session)

6:00 - 7:00 AM Guided Meditative Hike or Integrated Practice
7:00 - 7:20 Morning Prayers and Chanting
7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 Silent Meditation
9:30 - 10:30 Yoga of Joints and Glands or Lecture
10:30 - 11:00 Contemplative Walk or Study
11:00 - 12:30 Progressive Asana HYT
12:00 - 2:00 Lunch
1:30 - 2:50 Digestive Breathing - Walk - Study - Spa Treatments
2:00 - 2:50 Afternoon Lectures - see schedule for options
3:00 - 3:50 Afternoon Lectures - see schedule for options
4:00 - 4:50 Afternoon Lectures - see schedule for options
5:00 - 5:50 Afternoon Lectures - see schedule for options
6:00 - 7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 - 8:30 Evening Lecture
8:30 - 9:20 Kirtan or continuation of Evening Lecture
9:20 - 9:30 Evening Prayers


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