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AGAMA YOGA in the HIMALAYAS

What are the 2013 course dates?

Please see our calendar section for a chronological listing and related links.

What are the days and times?
 
Each course will have slightly different hours, so please refer to the information links.

Free special events will be announced separately and include gatherings such as the anahata/heart chakra meditations, kirtan/bhajan (devotional singing) and thematic movies. Many of the spontaneous events of the school are listed on the board outside of our hall.

What are the costs?

The prices for the workshops, intensives, special events and dance classes are different.  Please inquire about the specific program you are interested in.

Where is the center?

The yoga hall is located in Bhagsu, the scenic village directly above McLeod Ganj, the residency of the Dalai Lama. (This entire area is often simply referred to as Dharamsala, although technically Dharamsala is the city below McLeod Ganj.)

How do I get there?

From Delhi:  There are two main options.

By Train: you must travel to Pathankot (12 hours, come off at the station just after Mukerian or at Chakki Bank or at Pathankot if the station is open – ask the conductor when you board). Trains must be booked in advance either on-line (www.irctc.co.in or www.cleartrip.com or through a travel agent). From the Pathankot area, you can take a taxi (approx. Rs 1,500, 2.5 hours) to the Dharamsala/McLeod Ganj/Bhagsu area or a public bus (approx. Rs 100, 5 hours).

By Bus: There is a night bus from Delhi (Rs 650 – Rs 1,200 depending on the company and if it is a Volvo bus, which is more comfortable) that will also take you as far as McLeod Ganj. The private buses generally depart from Pahar Ganj/Main Bazaar and/or the Tibetan village in New Delhi around 17:00, and arrive by approximately 8:00 to McLeod Ganj. The Volvo bus is run by the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) and departs from New Delhi-ISBT. There are now a growing number of private Volvo buses, so inquire about your options.  Buses must be pre-booked by a travel agent or directly at the HRTC office. There is also an on-line booking service for the private buses at www.makemytrip.com.

From McLeod Ganj: You can take a picturesque 2 km walk on Bhagsu Road which will lead you directly to the main Bhagsu taxi stand. Or you can enjoy a quick auto rickshaw ride which costs Rs 30/€0.44 and can be shared. Upon reaching Bhagsu, follow the directions below.

From the Bhagsu Taxi Stand:  Walk to the intersection where the road to the temple/pool meets Bhagsu-nag Road, the street that houses the major guesthouses and shops. Take Bhagsu-nag road up the big hill, passing Meghavan Hotel, Pink White Hotel, the many German bakeries, and Buddha Hall, until you come to the end at the general store/Himalayan Adventures shop on the right. From here, veer left towards Dharamkot (don’t mistake this with the road to Upper Bhagsu which is on the right side). Cross the small stream and follow the pathway past Unity Pizza and continue up the stairs until you reach Sapna Guesthouse. You will find the Agama yoga hall to the right of the guesthouse. 

Where can I stay?

There are countless comfortable and affordable guesthouses within walking distance of the yoga hall. Prices range from Rs 100 – 300 (€1.50 - €4.40), depending on the number of amenities such as private bathroom or access to a kitchen. Most guesthouses are family run and small and thus it is difficult to make advance reservations. We suggest you take a look around Bhagsu once you arrive. There is plenty to choose from.  Many people take a guesthouse for 1-2 nights as they continue to explore the area, eventually finding a place that suits them best.  Upper Bhagsu, Bhagsu and the lower Dharamkot valley are very accessible to the Agama Hall.

Some recommended places include:

Sapna Guesthouses (+91 [0] 1892221594)
Ajudhya Guesthouse (+91 [0] 9418427440)
Lotus Guesthouse (+91 [0] 9816168957)
Nine Chimes Guesthouse (+91 [0] 9736524826)
Rita Guesthouse (+91 [0] 8191044616)
Bhagsu Villa Guesthouse

For a beautiful, apartment-like setting, contact Snow Lion through e-mail (sarikalochoe@hotmail.com).  Snow Lion is a steep walk through a rock and dirt path from the Agama Yoga Hall.

Please note that Bhagsu is far more developed with many, many more housing options, restaurants, internet cafes and shops than just what is listed in the Lonely Planet.

What is the area of Bhagsu/McLeod Ganj/Dharamsala like?

This area has been blessed by the strong and omni-present spiritual practice of the Tibetan community and the subsequent seekers who have flocked here for their personal evolution. There is also a unique blend of Tibetan and Indian traditions which mirrors the spiritual foundation of the Agama Yoga school.

A quaint Himalayan village reminiscent of Nepal, Bhagsu is developed enough for the comforts of the modern back packer while having the full benefits of a natural sanctuary. At 2,000 meters in altitude, the area is home to fresh mountain air, majestic views and lots of rainbows! You can easily retreat into nature, or you can follow your desires to some of the best, affordable international food in India.

Other advantages of the area include a free library run by the Tibetans, a Goenka Vipassana center and countless courses in Buddhism, Ayurveda, dance, music and alternative healing. Also, the Dalai Lama offers free teachings throughout the year in McLeod Ganj (www.dalailama.com) and the Karmapa has weekly open audiences at a nearby monastery.

The high season is mid-March to the beginning of July when the weather is at its best. The days are sunny and pleasant while the nights are crisp. The rainy season is mid-July to the beginning of September and the winter is extremely cold and lasts from December-February. Generally, as a hill station in Himachal Pradesh, the weather is much cooler than other parts of India and warm clothes and rain gear are necessary and easily purchased locally.  Also, as it is the mountains so the weather can change suddenly and often.

There are two ATM machines in McLeod Ganj (including State Bank of India) and many more in Dharamsala and it is convenient to exchange western currency and travelers cheques. All the expected amenities including Internet, travel agencies and good medical help are available. There are even several movie houses in McLeod Ganj and now a very makeshift one in Bhagsu!  We show thematic films a few nights a week in our "Conscious Cinema Cafe" just behind the yoga hall.

Most importantly, the general consensus remains that this area is an extremely special place for spiritual transformation and it continues to inspire people to return year-after-year.

Who are the teachers?

The Dharamsala branch of Agama was founded by senior teachers Monika, from India/USA, and Manu from Belgium. In 2006, both Monika and Manu completed 42 months of study under Swami Vivekananda and currently have been teaching at the Agama headquarters in Thailand for 10 years. Manu has served as a lead facilitator of the Agama Teacher Training Course since its inception in 2005 and is also a certified Sivananda yoga teacher. Monika is an Agama Shakti group leader and has developed a unique blend of yoga and belly dance that she has taught throughout Asia, Europe and North America, including a 200-hour Mystical Dance Teacher Training Course. Both Manu and Monika teach yoga and tantra workshops around the world when they are not in India. Please click here for more details on their background.

What if I need more information?

Please refer to www.agamayoga.com or write to dharamsala@agamayoga.com for a personal response.

Hope to see you for yoga in the magical Himalayas!

 

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