Making of a Yogi Program
A 21-day immersion with a Yogi
Certified 200-Hour Yogic Training (Yoga Alliance), 17th September 2017
Venue:Leh-Ladakh, Date: 17th Sept 2017 - 7th Oct 2017
The goal of this program is not to fill you up with information, but to take away all unnecessary information.
You will find yoga everywhere you look – the trees are standing in tree pose, the mountains are in mountain pose, the clouds are in Simran – constant remembrance. This space is the only studio worth doing yogic practices.
More than 90,000 years ago, the Himalayan Caves were impregnated with Yoga – the wisdom of Light through the Himalayan Sages who were known as the forefathers of humanity.
There are many mountains on the planet, although not all are suitable for meditating. Only a living mountain can be used for meditation. The Himalayas are such mountains, growing an inch every year. It is said that they only attract those who are born with a destiny to be Light, to be portals of wisdom. Others cannot step into their sacred space.
The Himalayan Mountains are some of the few surviving mountains that are still living.
Every year they grow an inch.
The ancient yogic texts state that whenever the hunger for truth is sparked within an individual, they will take the path that leads to the Himalayas. There are exactly 72,000 shrines in the Himalayan Mountains, each corresponding to the 72,000 nadis (energy pathways) in the human body. These mountains are a manifestation of a mega human body to make contact with a larger cosmic body – the Universe.
The glory of the great Himalayan Mountains is sung repeatedly in the ancient texts. These mountains are the pathway into the unknown.
Every cave, every peak and every mountain of the Himalayas has a story of a yogi or a seeker who meditated there and attained the ultimate realisation: Nirvana.
Only if one has meditated in the Himalayas in any one life time, does it make one eligible for Nirvana.
Even after thousands of years, this wisdom still reverberates here, with the presence of these beings still felt. You will find yoga everywhere you look: the trees are standing in a tree pose, the mountains are in a mountain pose, the clouds are in Simran – constant remembrance.
Having trained in the Himalayan tradition, Yogi Amandeep through the guidance of Yogi Bhajan, has designed a special advanced program to bring back the authentic teachings of yoga, as taught in the lineages and oral traditions of the past.
This is not just a training, but a transmission of yogic wisdom in its pure form – beyond studio, book and mat – for all who are longing to walk the path of Dharma.
The aim of this program is not to fill you with information, but to strip all unnecessary information – to make you an empty vessel for the teachings to flow through you, so you can be ignited with the Light and become a portal. Dive into your inner cave in the mighty Himalayas where the first transmission happened, through esoteric, powerful, hidden teachings to dissolve the psychological self and to awaken the yogic space within.
Only then you can be ignited with the Light, becoming a portal.
Connect with the mountains, the peaks, the trees, and the rivers. They are the most conscious yogis on the planet. The idea in coming here for training is not to learn, but to unlearn, and to sit in the primordial womb of Yoga so that we can be impregnated with the transmission of reality as it is - Satsangat." - Yogi Amandeep
Yogi Amandeep, through the guidance of Yogi Bhajan, has devised a special advanced Yogic Training program to bring back the authentic yogic wisdom as taught in the oral traditions of the past. You will walk in the footsteps of the Sages against the backdrop of awe inspiring beauty and profound spiritual power that they experienced.
An exceptional immersion yogic training - something that doesn't exist yet. It's once in a lifetime opportunity.
Don't just came for a certification, came if you are a seeker, came for the live transmission from Himalayas - the only master yogis who have been sitting since the beginning of time.
* This is a 200-hour teacher training program under Yoga Alliance, with participants being issued with a Yoga Alliance certificate at completion of the program.
What will be taught?
The program will focus on the teachings of kundalini yoga and its mother traditions: The Udasi Tradition founded by Baba Sri Chand and the Nirmala Tradition founded by Guru Gobind Singh.
The Nirmala tradition is based on the realisation of sacred wisdom known as Vedanta and the Udasi tradition is based on deep Yogic meditations and Kriyas to experience one's reality.
Yogi Amandeep Singh is deeply connected to both of these lineages, and in bringing these teachings to the West is giving sincere seekers an opportunity to experience deep within themselves the reality as shared in these wisdom traditions.
Yogi Amandeep, with the blessings of his beloved Master Yogi Bhajan, has learned extensively from these traditions.
His mission is to share his experience with all who are sincerely seeking the deeper teachings and Yogic wisdom of Kundalini Yoga and Dharma.
Gems from the same ocean from which Yogi Bhajan used to draw upon will also be shared, along with the teachings of Sufi, Tibetan, Vedanta and Zen Traditions.
This is an unparalleled program to explore yoga as taught in the tradition and lineage which has been maintained in its authenticity and taught in the traditional system of master and teacher.
"Yoga is a great tool for Nirvana, but without a master it's just a bunch of physical exercises." - Yogi Amandeep
Note: A basic understanding of Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is desirable. Participants should have attended some regular Kundalini Yoga classes and should be aware of the basic teachings of Kundalini Yoga.
Why train in the Himalayas?
Hima meaning "high" and Laya meaning to "merge" - to merge into the higher self. It represents the highest consciousness an individual can attain while in the human body.
These mountains are the path into the unknown. This is the womb which holds the DNA of the yogic world in its purest form. Every cave, every peak and every mountain of the Himalayas contains a story of a seeker who meditated there and attained the ultimate realisation: Nirvana.
The story wants to continue, calling for true seekers.
We invite you to write a chapter in this story. This is an invitation into the first ever Yogic training in the heart of the Himalayas. It is not to be missed.
Indus Valley - Cradle of Humanity
One of the many training locations is on the banks of the world's oldest river, the Indus/Sindhu River.
The Sindhu River which flows through the Himalayas stood witness to many seekers dissolving into the ultimate freedom. It absorbs their shadows into its aura as it continues to flow. For centuries, the river has called seekers to come and be infused with this aura.
Many awakened ones stood on its banks, their feet leaving a permanent mark for other seekers to stand in their footprints. These footprints beckon to direct you to your destiny.
This river also gave birth to one of the world's oldest civilisations: the Indus civilisation - the cradle of humanity.
According to modern historians, the earliest evidence of yogic teachings was found here in the seal of Adi Nath, which depicts the majestic King of Yogis, Adi Nath, seated in Gian Mudra - the mark of wisdom.
The oldest text on earth, the Rig Veda, describes the glory of this mighty river in the following sutras:
"Sindhu its might surpasses all the streams that flow - His roar is lifted up to heaven above the earth, he puts forth endless vigour with a flash of light, even as cows with milk rush to their calves, so other rivers roar into Sindhu. As a warrior king leads other warriors, so does Sindhu lead other rivers. Rich in good steed is Sindhu, rich in gold, nobly fashioned, rich in ample wealth."
Birth of Sindhu/ Indus River From the Primordial Mind
According to the ancient yogic writings, when the first sense of "I" manifested it took the form of the primal waters, which became locked in the Himalayas. It is known as Lake Mansarovar - the lake of the primordial mind. It is believed to be the source of all intelligence and creativity in our realm and be the representative of the Yogic nectar known as Amrit Rasayan, which manifests in the Tenth Gate of a Yogi.
In this lake dwells the mystical bird Hansa, which literally means awareness. It is the messenger between the hidden and manifested universe.
Lake Mansarovar is the source of the Sindhu or Indus River, which is one of the longest rivers in the world. By its banks we shall sit and absorb the timeless teachings through awareness from the primordial mind.
The Mythological Shangri La
Leh, Ladakh has been the heart of Vajrayana/Tantrayana teachings of the Buddha's Dharma for thousands of years. Many Tibetan Yogis have implanted their teachings in the form of the Mind treasures in the Akashic space of this sacred valley.
Leh valley was once the kingdom of the Himalayan Dynasty. The town is dominated by the old Leh Palace, the former mansion of the royal family of Ladakh, built in the same style and approximately at the same time as the Potala Palace - the chief residence of the Dalai Lama.
This is the land of many natural wonders from the oldest monasteries to the stunning lakes where you will long to stay forever. It is believed that within its mysterious valleys lies the mythological Shangri La - the hidden city which is mentioned in the Buddhist texts and said to have existed since the Golden Age.
Many of the teachings will originate from some of the oldest monasteries on earth. These monasteries belong to the sages and yogis from the Tibetan tradition who did their part to keep the wheel of Dharma spinning.
Ladakh: Abode of Lama Nanak
Guru Nanak - the root guru of the Dharma - is recognised by every wisdom tradition as a sage of Oneness. The Sufis call him Wali Nanak, the Hindus, Baba Nanak, the Taoist masters call him Bhusa Nanak, the Vedic sages sang his glory as Avdoot Nanak; the Sikhs call him Guru Nanak.
Yogi Bhajan bestowed upon him another beautiful title: the Aquarian Guru.
Guru Nanak merged into the ultimate reality through Jal Samadhi: three days in a river, where he lost his individuality and became the awakened one. For 22 years he flowed like a river demolishing the walls of duality, sharing the teachings of oneness: Ik Ongkaar.
When he came to Ladakh to be with the wise men of the Tantrayana, Tibetan Buddhism, they called him Lama Nanak, as well as Badra Guru Nanak, Guru Gompka Maharaj and Rinpoche Nanak - the precious master. He was seen as an emanation of Guru Padmasambhava.
According to the story, one day as Guru Nanak sat in his meditation, a jealous being threw a large boulder on him. As the boulder entered the electromagnetic field of the heart centred Guru, it melted leaving an imprint of the Guru's body on the boulder.
For centuries, this has been a sacred site where one can be in the Buddha-field left behind by the Guru's imprint. This boulder, known as Pathar Sahib, and its Buddha-field will be an integral part of our Yogic training.