Bala Yoga School offers yoga retreats and training with well-traveled and passionate yoga teachers set in ideal locations.
Yoga Teacher Training (5)
Balaganesh Sivaprakasam, shortly Bala, born in a village very close to Auroville, grew up in Chennai to become an Import and Supply Chain Manager, got his first experience in yoga while he was living in Amsterdam. After his return to India and practicing with wonderful teachers in Auroville, he has decided to do 200-hr TTC in Sivananda style of Hatha yoga. He has been teaching yoga classes in Auroville since then. Besides Sivananda style, Bala has been practicing Ashtanga and Vinyasa himself for a few years. He believes the discipline of both body and mind is the only way to live a yogic life.
Hailing from Nepal, Purnima has done 200-hour Hatha yoga in Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, in 2017. Purnima started volunteering by teaching yoga for special children. From yogasanas, pranayama, dhyana, yamas, and niyamas, every aspect of yoga is life for her. She gained the opportunity to acquire yogic wisdom with authenticity straight from its origin in India. She is recognized as a great yoga instructor of ideal standards and spread the message of yoga across the globe. She practices living a life of authenticity, courage, and mindfulness. She has traveled to many countries.
Name - Sivaprakasam Chokkalingam DoB - 01/08/1949 Languages -Tamil, Sanskrit, and English 1. Able to independently conduct daily rituals and festivals in the temple and Hindu family residences. Broader understanding of traditional Hindu rituals and festivals of various regions of India. 2. Able to communicate fluently - Tamil, Malayalam, and English 3. Able to perform all the following services: Jathakarma, Namakaranam, Annaprashanam, Aksharaabhyasam, Vivaham (wedding) Seemantham, Bhoomi Poojan, Gruhapravesham, Upaakarma (Thread changing ceremony), Nishchayathartham (engagement).
Rebecca is from Spain and has traveled to the length and breadth of the world. She did a five-year course at university level to become a specialist in physiotherapy. She now lives and practices physiotherapy, and teaches yoga in Auroville, Pondicherry, India. She is a specialist in the human anatomy and the functioning of the human body. She did her 300-hour TTC in Asana Andiappan School of Yoga in Chennai, India. She is a level 2 certified Reiki healer and Vedic healer too. She is part of the sacred feminine circle and helps women to achieve balance.
Akshay started Kalaripayattu at the age of eight. He is a multi-talented artist, Ayurvedic Kalari Sikicha (therapist) masseuse. He is staying and studying Ayurveda and Kalaripayattu full time in the gurukul of his master / guru Lakshman Gurukal. He has traveled to countries like Finland, Denmark, Germany, France, and South Asia, and is a high-level practitioner who has participated in numerous presentations, demonstrations, and contests in India and abroad.
Lakshman Gurukkal is one of the few rare and revered Gurus of Kalaripayattu, Ayurveda, and Tantra. Following the tradition of family lineage, he had started learning Kalaripayattu at the tender age of five, under the tutelage of his father Guru Veerasree Sami Gurukkal. He has been awarded by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, with the title of Senior Fellowship (in Kalaripayattu and Natyashastra). He has a postgraduate degree in Advaita Vedanta. He is the director of Hindustan Kalari Sangam, the family center in Calicut, Kerala. In 2010, he founded Kalarigram in Auroville, Tamil Nadu.
from India, April 2020
"Amazing Experience with super enthusiastic teachers!"
I had an amazing experience with Bala Yoga School and Balas knowledge and passion for Yoga as well as other teachers who were part of the team. I really enjoyed getting to know various forms and styles of Yoga and deepen my interest and knowledge. Like Kriyas and detailed versions of Asanas.
Through the training I could explore my own daily practise and my growth, discover new questions and answers about myself and life and at the same time learned how to give this knowledge and practise to others.
I feel I could trust the teachers completely with their knowledge, their techniques and the teaching in general in the group and felt in good hands throughout the course. The teachers are expanding their own knowledge and practise all the time which is motivating me even more on the path of Yoga.
I feel now on my way of being a Yoga Teacher myself and bringing the beautiful wisdom of Yoga into the world wherever I am.
If you are looking for very enthusiastic and passionate teachers who really love what they do and share everything from their heart, I can really recommend this school!
I am very grateful and blessed for this amazing experience and everything I learned here!
from India, April 2020
"Not just a yoga TTC but a life changing experience"
First ,The TTC changed me as a person. The TTC happened in a time of constant changes and uncertainties of the virus . But once we were in the place every thing happened with such smooth flow . Starting from our accommodation to every meal was preplanned and executed with such ease. We were people of different background and we all felt that more such prograns shall be the norm in a TTC . Lead teacher Bala is a treasure trove of knowledge both cultural and yogic . He has in depth knowledge about the Asanas and various schools of yoga . He breaks down each asana so that you can first learn it and then taught how to teach our students . Entire concentration is on becoming a teacher with compassion .The TTC made us feel comfortable in our own self . We had many classes like Hatha , Viyasa ,Ashtanga,Yin, Kalaripayatu etc . This gave us a glimpse of various styles and we can choose where we want to concentrate . We had special classes for teaching kids ,pregnant women and senior citizens. We had our Anatony class from a physiotherapist so we had indepth knowledge how our body works . Philosophical terms were explained with lot of examples and Bala is great in it . We can see that all the faculty had travelled and lived in many parts of the world, so they can explain things from all perspective . I got friends for life and I learnt that you can change some ones life through yoga. Glad to see the passion in their teaching and I highly recommend this course