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Yoga Level 1

19 August – 9 September 2018
Rishikesh, India
(residential and all-inclusive)

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Become a spiritual warrior and discover a unique path into a mystical world in our 3-week residential Tantra Yoga Level 1 retreat, hosted amidst the sacred Himalayan Mountains.

Abundant with powerful Tantra Yoga teachings, you can expect to make a real shift in your consciousness in this retreat experience, maturing into a true spiritual aspirant with unwavering motivation and inspiration to realise your true Self.

The course combines the practical and theoretical teachings of authentic Hatha Yoga – an energy-based, tantric form of Yoga – focusing on strengthening the mind. Key teachings include purification techniques from Kriya Yoga, Laya Yoga initiations, the principles of yama and niyama, an introduction to Karma and Nidra Yoga, exploration of chakra science, practice of meditation techniques stemming from the ancient yogic tradition and examination of the various stages and branches of the Yoga system.  

As a student you will develop a thorough understanding of yogic philosophy and spirituality.

Tantra Yoga is an essential component in the curriculum of the Tantric Yogi Path, which Somananda Tantra School offers. This Level 1 course constitutes the first steps in this highly spiritual Yoga program and is the cornerstone of our 260-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course.

What you will gain:

  • Deeper understanding into your true nature
  • Boost in your energy and vitality
  • Build your character and become a powerful being
  • Rejuvenation and strengthening of your physical body
  • Discover emotional balance and inner harmony
  • Improve self-confidence and willpower
  • Awareness of your behavioral patterns
  • Create healthy and beneficial new habits
  • Enhance mental clarity and focus
  • Receive inspiration and proven methods to reach life goals
  • Spiritual insight and motivation


  • Transformational understanding of yogic science and philosophy
  • Instruction in 20 Hatha Yoga asanas, including physical performance and energetic and healing effects
  • Introduction to various branches of Yoga, such as  Kriya, Laya, Karma and Nidra
  • In-depth knowledge of the complete chakra system and its relationship to your personal practice and daily life
  • An overview of yogic diets, including Ayurveda and macrobiotics
  • Powerful yogic techniques for purifying and cleansing the body
  • Enhanced power of the mind through concentration and visualization techniques
  • Initiation by an advanced teacher to unlock the power of the bija mantra of Laya Yoga
  • Instruction and practice in lucid dreaming

Who is this course for?

This is a spiritual retreat to discover answers and the happiness that lies within, all in a supportive group setting of like-minded people.

Our Tantra Yoga Level 1 course is open to anyone, regardless of previous experience, age or physical fitness. Those new to Yoga will be able to follow the teachings with ease and excitement, while more experienced students will benefit from abundant opportunities to deepen their knowledge and personal practice.

Yoga is often purely associated with physical and gymnastic-types of practices. However, in this course you will discover this ancient practice transcends this superficiality and instead dives deeply into the infinite world of spiritual evolution.

Teachers of this retreat

This Tantra Yoga Level 1 retreat is led by head teachers SomanandaLiisa Maimon, Dharmananda and is supported by other team members.

Immerse yourself in a deep retreat experience while gaining unprecedented knowledge into a vast spiritual dimension available to you.

Course Schedule

Day 1 (19 August 2018): Arrival and welcome in Rishikesh Valley

We eagerly await your arrival to the beautiful venue in Rishikesh. Our welcome dinner begins at 19:00, but you may choose to arrive anytime from 14:00 onwards. Instructions on how to make your way from Delhi to Rishikesh and how to reach the retreat venue once in Rishikesh will be sent via email prior to your arrival.

Days 2-21 (20 August – 8 September 2018): Teachings and practice

On the 2nd day the teachings commence. You will be studying and practicing Yoga for approximately seven hours daily. Our teaching day starts at 7:30 and runs until 20:30, with several breaks organized throughout the day.

This Yoga retreat includes two Yoga sessions each day, 6 days per week, as well as meditation practices, lectures and other teachings. Sundays are allocated for rest and rejuvenation and are free days.

Example of daily schedule (if changes occur they will be announced during the course):

07:30 Session I: Morning practice
09:00 Breakfast
10:00 Session II: Teaching and practice
14:00 Lunch and break
16:30 Session III: Teaching and practice
19:00 Occasional satsang or a spiritual movie
20:30 Dinner
22:00 Lights out!

Day 22 (9 September 2018): Final ceremony and conclusion

On the final day, we begin with breakfast at 9:00. The Final Ceremony and closing words will commence at 10:00. Your last day with us will finish with lunch at 14:00 and latest departure will be at 15:00.

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This course is conducted in English. To gain the most from your experience, before applying please ensure that your language proficiency is adequate enough to follow lectures and that you are more or less fluent in English.

Upgrade to our 260-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course

Receive two additional weeks of teaching instruction while earning a Yoga teaching certificate by extending your stay and joining our Yoga Teacher Training Course 2018, 19 August – 23 September, offered at the same location. This program is endorsed and certified by Yoga Alliance, an internationally recognized association and certifying body representing the Yoga community.


This is my first course with you school. Can I join this course regardless?

Of course! Our Tantra Yoga program is an essential component of the Tantric Yogi Path, which Somananda Tantra School offers. Tantra Yoga Level 1 is the first element in this highly spiritual Yoga program and is a prerequisite for joining subsequent and higher Yoga levels within our curriculum. For full clarity on the necessary stages and steps of the Tantric Yogi Path please see the outline of our curriculum.

The course is designed for everyone regardless of age, physical ability, or previous experience with Yoga.

What types of Yoga will I be studying and practicing?

Our Tantra Yoga modules include teachings from various tantric branches of Yoga such as Hatha, Laya, Kundalini and others. Additionally, teachings from other Yoga branches are also included such as Kriya, Nidra and Karma.

We are offering a comprehensive, energy-based program which includes strengthening mental concentration and spiritual initiation.

How many hours of Yoga and meditation will be practiced daily?

This can vary. Generally, each day consists of 3-4 hours of asana or Yoga practice, 1-2 hours of meditation and 1-3 hours of theoretical teachings. Occasional supplemental satsangs, or spiritual discourse/lectures, will be offered in the evenings.

On average, a full day will be between 7-8 hours of teaching and practice, with many breaks organized throughout the day for rest and revitalization.

Do I need to bring my own Yoga mat?

Yes your own Yoga mat is always required. All retreat participants will receive an email detailing the guidelines on how to prepare and what to bring with them to the course.

Retreat Guidelines

  • Have an open mind to spiritual teachings and a willingness to learn and explore authentic knowledge
  • Arrive on time to each class and teaching
  • No smoking, alcohol or recreational drugs during the retreat
  • We recommend avoiding phone and internet usage completely during the retreat. However, the maximum usage time is restricted to 1 hour per day during the lunch break.


This course includes intense study and practice of the yogic teachings. Please realistically evaluate yourself before applying. By submitting an application you are indicating that you are ready to meet the demands of the course in terms of your time and energy.

Course Fee

Early-early bird fee: €1,780, available if full payment is completed by 10 June 2018
Early bird fee: €1,980, available if full payment is completed by 31 July 2018
Regular fee: €2,180, in effect beginning 1 August 2018

The course fee includes: All course teachings and various supplies, course materials, accommodation on a shared occupancy basis (two or three people per room), rejuvenating vegetarian meals three times a day, unlimited filtered drinking water and tea.

The course fee does not include: Flights and other transportation to India and to the course venue in Rishikesh, the cost of personal supplies for each participant (e.g. Yoga mat, Yoga clothes, and other items – a list will be sent prior to the course start date).

To apply for this retreat a deposit of minimum €650 (Payment 1) is required in order for your application to be reviewed. This amount is included in the prices listed under Course Fees. After you receive confirmation of your acceptance to the course, you may make the remaining tuition payment (Payment 2).

All payments must be made with a debit or credit card below. If you choose to cancel your participation after applying, the deposit payment is non-refundable. Canceled deposits may not be used as payment toward any other Somananda Tantra School courses nor may they be used on behalf of another participant applying for the same course.

Please read and affirm that you fully understand our Terms of Service and Liability Waiver and Course Participation Agreement before making your payments as other payment and cancellation policies also apply.

Course Venue

Rishikesh Valley is a beautiful and serene family-owned retreat center in the mountains 3km from Rishikesh’s Tapovan area, surrounded by centuries-old Himalayan forests and absolute peacefulness and quietude. You will breathe clean mountain air and take dips in a refreshing natural mountain stream.

Accommodation is in simple yet cozy wooden cabins, with 2-4 people per cabin. Hot showers and simple bathrooms are available. We do need to stress that this is India and the location is remote, so hot water and electricity outages are normal. Please be understanding and prepared for these possible inconveniences.

Our course sessions are conducted outdoors under a roofed practice area. You will be surrounded by breathtaking views of the lush Himalayan mountains and rainforest. Due to the remote location of this tranquil retreat you will be exposed to the elements, including small regional animals, insects and spiders. Please also be prepared for this.

It is important to note the venue has zero to very limited internet and cell phone coverage, guaranteeing your full attention to internal spiritual quests.


Rishikesh Valley
Laxman Jhula, Tapovan
Rishikesh, Uttrakhand 249192 India
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