Yogi-nomad

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Yogi-nomad is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding consciousness through Yoga worldwide. Yogi-nomad holds Yoga teacher training Courses (TTC) and Self-devlopment retreats in Kathmandu, Nepal. We combine the practice of Yoga and Ayurveda with other enlightening practices like Nutrition and Thai massage.Yogi-nomad, “A world of difference” Our Vision is to build an International Yogic community to support personal and spiritual growth to make a difference on the planet and to promote the principles of happiness and sustainability. Our Mission is to teach and develop the practice of awareness through yogic techniques and self development applied in everyday life.
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Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu 44600 Nepal
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Ni Hsieh
London, UK4 contributions
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Yogi-Nomad was instrumental in aiding and abetting a huge life change. It is difficult to articulate such a momentous transformative experience. If you are looking for not solely a yoga teacher training but something to deepen your practice so as to go beyond your boundaries, and unlearn the knowledge that you think you know, then look no further. Yogi-Nomad is the place and space for one to confront one's limits and transcend them. The training brings you back to the basics, recalibrating the habits we've acquired, humbling our attitude towards the practice and making room for new questions, new challenges for greater understanding, whether it's learning about the history of yoga, the gross + subtle anatomy, its methodology, and even Thai Massage, every nugget is rooted in a deep spiritual realization that the knowledge derived is not merely about yoga or our selves. Rather, it is the understanding of our self as part of the entire fabric of life. Most importantly, Yogi-Nomad is a place where you learn to impart what yoga is within its best of intentions, deviating away from the superficial and sometimes stale notion that it has become in its growing commercialisation. I was lucky to have amazingly talented teachers who would exceed their professional and expert capacity to be wonderful friends and mentors to provide ample support and encouragement.
Written August 21, 2013
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Dear Ni, the student will soon surpass the teachers, and we will rejoice in our feeling of humbleness watching you grow and unfold and the magic of Yoga operating. With Love, Gaby
Written September 10, 2013
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Camiiille2014
Hong Kong, China1 contribution
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I had the privilege to be the first student to benefit from the new 'Gurukulam' programme offered by Yogi-Nomad in Nepal. Practising yoga for several years, I enrolled in this programme looking for its genuine spirit and thus means to go beyond my physical asana practice, aspirations my yoga studio in Hong Kong was unable to fully fulfil. But what I found in Kathmandu is much more than a regular yoga teacher training.
As a dedicated yoga practitioner, Gaby is an avid learner, constantly looking for new teachings, workshops and long-term trainings to improve his own understanding of yoga and get closer to its goals. This makes a huge difference, as yoga teachers too often tend to abandon their student spirit. As a passionate teacher, he shared his invaluable knowledge without restrictions, combining a variety of influences (martial arts, Vedic studies, Buddhism, psychology, physical and subtle anatomy, traditional Hatha yoga practices, Ayurveda, Tantra and more) into a unique curriculum that fitted my personal interests, needs and limitations, while allowing unsuspected personal experiences at the physical, energetic, emotional and mental levels. I was exposed to a large array of practices and lesser-known disciplines, which would have taken me years - if at all - to discover by myself! The 1-on-1 formula was another unique advantage of this course, as it provided regular teaching hours, flexible time for self-practice, as well as long and inspirational informal discussions. Gaby is a genuine yoga messenger, for he gave me the tools, showed me the path, but let me figure out what to do next on my own. So, I left this 5 weeks intensive programme understanding (quite excitedly!) that it is only the beginning of my true yoga journey...
Two days before leaving, Gaby discreetly (yet deliberately) wrote the following quote on the white board: 'Not hammer strokes, but dance of the water, sings the pebbles into perfection' (Rabindranath Tagore). I am deeply indebted to him, for I know his teachings will act upon me as the river on the pebbles.
Written July 6, 2014
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LoloPlou
San Francisco, California1 contribution
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A great way to learn about the whole yoga philosophy, in one of the most inspiring place on Earth, Nepal. Be warned, these 6 weeks will not leave you unchanged!
Written August 27, 2013
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Listenintuition
Vancouver, Canada30 contributions
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I left early because a very odd intervention of my 'teachers' based on what they thought was a lack of commitment and presence in meditation and a few mistakes in my Sanskrit spelling, and one mistaken posture in my teaching syllabus. I took it very personally but realized it was more to do about them then it had to do with me. I will admit I am not some rock star, super flexible yogi. I do the best I can with what I have and take in as much as I can. If I have to move or make modifications or ask for help, I will do such a thing but from what they told me this was not acceptable to them.

The teachers said I was not present enough. To judge someones presence is a incredibly hard thing to do. I have sat two Vipassana meditations before and am not sure how they measured this, and who or what they were comparing me to. What I love about yoga is that we are not judged when we come to practice, yoga is just a practice and about connecting breath to movement, but somewhere in all this it got lost. Val (owner of yogi nomad) mentioned being treated worse than this on her own personal training sessions. It made me think that they got taught that being mean or harsh as a technique, and they thought would be effective with me. It most definitely was not effective, and quite the opposite.

Lots of hypocritical statements and actions were placed on the entire group I was a part of that made little or no logical sense. We were even told we couldn't go the bathroom at one point (we are in Nepal, some of us had to go!)
The logic on who they would give a certificate and who couldn't became an ego game, and it was something very ugly to witness. Injuries started piling up during the training sessions of very Ashtanga focused repetitive stress, and not giving modifications. All the instructors also were what I witnessed to be very rude to some students, and others were ignored and treated poorly. It was a very odd situation that actually turned me off of yoga for quite some time. I realized that anyone could really teach and run a yoga teacher training and there is no accountability or foundation when it comes to who can run one of these trainings or nothing you can do if something like this happens on your course. All I can say after 15 years of practicing yoga is that I will never ever do any training with teachers I do not know well again. I will only train and practice and learn from those I do trust and I would recommend the same to you.

I really did enjoy the Thai massage training. This was taught very well, but because they are a part of this package it really didn't help the situation.

I did receive an apology from the teacher who taught the physically yoga classes named Neera but I already decided to leave.
Written January 22, 2014
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Dear Veggy 8008 / Vanessa, Thanks for sharing your point of view. Of course it is disappointing to see that despite the time you have not been able to see beyond your original vision. I can only hope that with time you will get a chance to see the other side and in the process be less bitter about what happened to you in Nepal in 2011. One of the main lesson of Yoga is to be able to take feed back not from the Ego point of view but as a opportunity to move forward, to grow and evolve. We do not pretend to be perfect but leaving because of a feed back tells more about you than about us. It would have been honest to mention in your feed back that you received a 100% scholarship for your training based on your words that you would commit fully and thrive to excellence. As far as yogi-nomad is concerned, I would worry if all review where like yours, but fortunately for us it is an exception. With Love&Light, Gaby Yogi Nomad E.RYT 500 / Yogi Nomad Program Director
Written March 18, 2014
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Shu T
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
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Simply put, I had such an amazing time.

To try and leave for review for something that was so spiritually moving and in many ways, life changing, seems unfair as the experience itself was practically indescribable.

The whole process never felt like I was in a school or consciously learning at any point. It felt really organic and very much more like I was hanging out with friends and people that I looked up to. Of course, chemistry is really important, so it helps to get along with your teacher and other students. Go with an open mind and prepare to be blown away.

I definitely felt like I learnt a lot, but not in rote or repetitive way. It was through intelligent discourse and active listening, along with lots of meditation and yoga (which is a given, since you're doing a yoga teacher training course). I overcame a lot of personal hurdles, and absorbed a lot of things more so than if I had to memorise them or take test. The best way to describe it is to say that I didn't just complete a course, I experienced it and I felt it deep to my bones.

I experienced what it's like to live with strangers for 4 weeks, and become friends at the end of it. I experienced pure companionship and love without bounds in just one month. I felt myself breaking out of the boxes that I had put myself in before. I experienced what it was like to live without all the trappings and accoutrements of modern life and feel just pure joy, plain and simple. I felt alive, like I've never felt before. A deep connection to Mother Earth, and an awakening spiritual awareness. It's been hard to try and keep that connection now that I'm back in Shanghai, but I'll always think back to the moment of standing before a majestic waterfall and just feeling that the whole world was alive.

I would encourage anyone with an open mind to do this course.

I think it's important to note that we are all on our own journeys, and no one is perfect, but we can each help each other along the way. If you're willing to look beyond yourself, you'll find the entire universe is out there waiting.

-shu
Written February 9, 2015
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Hira D
Kathmandu, Nepal19 contributions
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Had a wonderful moment with Gaby ji to know what is yoga ? How important it is for body and soul.I truly believe that Gaby ji introducing yoga to world in most relevant and efficient way in the lap of Himalaya connecting all the power points here. I would attend again soon to enrich myself.
Written October 24, 2013
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Brian V
Berkeley, CA9 contributions
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I can say I did not leave this training the same person. What attracted me to it was the understanding that there is so much more to Yoga than just the physical practice, and we dove into all the aspects of Yoga. I left this training feeling like family and knowing that my own personal understanding and practice of Yoga has been deeply rooted into my daily life. Thank you thank you thank you.
Written September 5, 2013
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Dear Brian, thank you, your words are sweet and you definitely belong to the family now. Hope to see you again soon. Gaby
Written September 10, 2013
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Ana Paula M
Mexico City, Mexico1 contribution
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The yoga teacher training with Yogi Nomad has been to me the kind of experience that stays in your heart forever. It is a very deep and true approach to yoga in all of its forms, very complete, and nicely interlaced with thai massage. Today, I teach yoga almost everyday in Mexico, and there is not one single class in which my Yogi Nomad teachers are not present! My life is marked, in the best way possible, since Yogi Nomad TT and beautiful Nepal.
Written September 3, 2013
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Ana Paula, your words are sweet and it is comforting to know that you are bringing the Himalayan light to Mexico. Lucky the days our path crossed, let;s hope the forces which run our universe will allow our path to cross again so we can bring together the remote members of the Yogi-nomad family together. Love from the Himalayas. G
Written October 23, 2013
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YOGINES
Vienna, Austria1 contribution
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...it was 2 years ago when i attended the yoga teacher training with yogi nomad...since then i developed my path being kind of full-time-yoga teacher by now and i did lot of further workshops, classes, exchange and so on..BUT YOGI NOMADs training is the most important yoga experience i had so far, i still have everything to nourish my own yoga practice and my classes from this journey to nepal in 2011.... it was profound, enriching and influenced my whole lifestyle in a beautiful way! Thank You!
Written August 29, 2013
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Dear Ines, the apple never fall far from the tree, the light you found with us you brought with you! We just created the space so you have the time and the company to realise it. We loved to have you among us and always hope you'll come back some days to teach all that you have learned. With Love, Gaby
Written October 25, 2013
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Ken S
Drogheda, Ireland1 contribution
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To be welcomed into a family feel envoronment is always nice when away from home and that is what you get from Yogi-Nomad. Not only this but also indept knowlegde of the subject matter that is yoga in its true form, and by this I mean that you learn more than just the physical asana of yoga which is the way it should be. Yoga is all, everything, the absolute and every aspect is covered by knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers. Along side yoga there is also Thai-massage to be discovered and teacher Val is such an inspiration for the world of massage, not to be missed! There are excursions into the real side and spiritual side of Kathmandu which deepens the experience even more. To develop as a person and experience Kathmandu I would highly recommend Yogi-Nomad to anyone. Sarva Mangalam Gaby, Val and all students who make it possible.
Written August 23, 2013
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Ken, there are two words sweet to our ears: inspiring and family and you have used them both in your feed back. It is hard to express the gratitude of a teacher towards students for the opportunity given to do what we love most. I know our path will cross again soon. Love&Light, G
Written September 11, 2013
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