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22 Day 200-Hour Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Kahandamodara, Southern Province

Back of Beyond Wellness Retreat, Monaretenna, Warnakulasuriya Mawatha, Kahandamodara, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Yoga Teacher Training

A yoga TTC is not just to become a teacher, but to become a good student. This TTC gives you the necessary tools to sequence a class, but it's your true inner self that will guide people to help them see their true potential. This TTC helps you to recognize and bring out that inner self. We are more possibilities than we think, we are the infinite and we can manifest our new life by gifting ourselves a new possibility. Taught and guided by experienced teachers in the tropical island of Sri Lanka, among nature and wildlife, these days are your inner transformation period. It's not the run of the mill yoga course, you will learn about awareness through body, Kalaripayatu, various styles of yoga, Ayurveda, etc.

Meet the instructors

Balaganesh, Purnima, & Rebecca
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  • Hatha and Vinyasa yoga classes
  • The art and science of sequencing
  • Pranayama, meditation, and chanting
  • Anatomy and physiology, teaching methodology
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


19 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, Spanish, Tamil
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$90 per person)
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  • Gym
  • Health Club
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

The bungalow, villas, cottages, and cabanas are designed to offer you the ultimate retreat into nature, allowing you to immerse yourself in the tranquil natural environment while maintaining individual privacy. The ‘outdoors meets indoors’ layout of living spaces and bathrooms are especially popular with guests, as it amplifies one’s enjoyment of the natural surrounds. All bedrooms have attached bathrooms with hot water showers, and are mosquito-proofed. Rooms have outdoor shower, comfortable, and clean toilets and a lot of sitting area.

Types of accommodations are available as per your budget, privacy, and comfort:

Siyambala Bungalow

  • Room 1 (one king size bed) - Single occupancy (4,700 EUR) or double occupancy (4,800 EUR)
  • Room 2 (three single beds) - Triple sharing (2,200 EUR per person)
  • Room 3 (upstairs - three single beds) - Triple sharing (2,200 EUR per person)
  • Room 4 (side wing - king size bed) - Single occupancy (4,700 EUR) or double occupancy (4,800 EUR)

Kohomba Cottage

  • 1 king size bed on platform with room for an extra single mattress to share - Single occupancy (4,700 EUR) or double occupancy (4,800 EUR) or triple occupancy (6,600 EUR)

Bulu Villa

  • Room 1 (one king size bed) - Single occupancy (4,700 EUR) or double occupancy (4,800 EUR)
  • Room 2 (three single beds) - Triple sharing (2,200 EUR per person)

Debara Villa (A/C)

  • Room 1 (king size bed + loft bed) - Single occupancy (4,700 EUR) or double occupancy (4,800 EUR)
  • Room 2 (king size + one single) - Single occupancy (4,700 EUR) or double occupancy (4,800 EUR)


  • Room 1 (twin share) - Double sharing (2,400 EUR per person)
  • Room 2 (twin share) - Double sharing (2,400 EUR per person)



Students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

Highlights of training with Bala Yoga School

  • Small class sizes (maximum of 20 students) - this allows for optimal one-on-one training, attention, and personalized care
  • Over 150 contact hours with lead trainers
  • Primarily experiential and practical learning techniques in a wide spectrum of topics covered
  • Thoroughly trained lead teacher with a broad yoga education and teaching background in many TTC and classes in many parts of the world. They have refined their syllabus, content, and teaching styles to ensure they bring you the very best of what they know, going above and beyond the minimum criteria set for such programs
  • The study of both Hatha and Vinyasa styles of yoga, along with introductions many other styles, enhancing and challenging your own personal practice

Overall learning objective of 200-hour YTTC

  • Hatha and Vinyasa - learning the differences and benefits of each style, and how they are meant to work together
  • Learn in-depth, over 80 poses and their benefits, modifications, etc.
  • Learn the basics of pranayama, the yogic art of breathing
  • Build and develop your own yoga practice
  • Learn to teach others with clarity, precisions, and confidence
  • Learn the importance and use of props
  • Study ancient and modern-day yogic philosophy and study of texts (the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita, and more)
  • Subtle ethics of yoga and how to integrate this lifestyle into the modern world of yoga
  • Understand different types of students, bodies, needs, climates, and build smart, innovative, and safe sequences for all

Yoga philosophy

  • Understand the origins of yoga, as well as its evolution through time and across the world
  • Understand the eight limbs of yoga
  • Read, interpret, and share knowledge of ancient yogic texts like Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Bhagavad Gita, etc.
  • Understand the greater goal of yoga
  • Different Margas / paths and schools of yoga


Learn different forms of Surya Namaskar with proper form and alignment, all the while understanding its purpose and benefits. Learn about the different categories of asanas / poses - their benefits, modifications, progressions, regressions, etc., and their collective benefits within a practice. Understand the art of using props (belts, blocks, bolsters). Go beyond your present level in your asana practice. Build up the skill of self-discovery, and learning through one’s own practice to help others. Learn to teach your classmates.

The art and science of sequencing

Understand the differences and similarities of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, and when to use and practice each. Understand how to observe, and enhance intuition. Design a class so that the practitioner gains maximum benefit from the practice. Sequence a complete class that is accessible to all. Be able to demonstrate, instruct, correct, and lead all level classes and practitioners. Sequencing principles, sequencing for special needs and different bodies.

Pranayama, meditation, and chanting

Understand the respiratory system and how it correlates with the body and yoga. Understand various pranayama techniques, learn their benefits and best times of practice of pranayama. Different prerequisites and techniques of meditation and chanting. Understand the need and challenges of meditation. The importance of sound vibrations and their impact on the body and mind. Enhanced ability to chant important mantras for physical wellbeing, lightness of the heart, clarity in mind, and other benefits.

Anatomy and physiology

Understand and know the bones, muscles, ligaments, tissues, tendons, fascia, and joints of the body. Know the planes of the body and how the body moves through them, and properly align the body in each asana as you learn them. Know what to look for in various body types, and the best way to guide each safely through a practice. Understand and explain the subtle bodies (nadis, koshas, chakras, dosha, gunas, and prana), and how to ensure their balance. Understand the psychological issues of depression, trauma, emotional imbalance, and more.

Teaching methodology

Learn to communicate effectively with others using yoga language and terminology. Gain practical experience using compassionate communication and improve communication skills. Be able to explore teaching styles and do the work to identify with your own unique style of teaching. Roles, responsibilities, ethics, and qualities for yoga teachers. Business of yoga - build a strong and relevant yoga resume highlighting your strengths, skills, and experience. Understand how to connect with other yoga schools and build relations in your community. Apply for yoga teaching jobs and how to follow up. Understanding liability issues and obtaining all permits, licenses, taxes, and more.

Daily schedule

  • 06:30- 07:30 Morning mantras / pranayama / meditation / chanting
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Asana practice - Hatha / Vinyasa styles
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:15 Philosophy and yoga theory
  • 11:15 - 12:00 Teaching methodology of yoga
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Asana analysis
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Anatomy, subtle anatomy, etc.
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Asana practice: Ashtanga, Yin, Acro, Restorative, Kalari, etc.
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Self-study / satsang / coaching / extracurricular activities
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 22:00 Lights out

Please note that the daily schedule is subject to change and varies for each week. A detailed program will be given every Sunday. Every Sunday is a day off.


Balaganesh Sivaprakasam

Purnima Malakar

Rebecca L.


Back of Beyond Wellness Retreat in Kahandamodara is a haven for nature lovers looking to embark on a restorative journey into wellness. Located in a quiet village off the southern coast of Sri Lanka, the 14-acre property consists of unique accommodation options including villas, bungalows, and cabanas; a yoga shala, Ayurveda center, pool, and restaurant, all designed to blend seamlessly with the beautiful gardens and surrounding natural landscape. Bordering a gentle river on one side and a peaceful lagoon on another, the area abounds with local wildlife. The beach is a short walk away, and the sound of the waves crashing can be heard mingling with the bird calls while you spend your day relaxing in this paradise.

  • Breathe in the clean ocean air gently blowing over the rolling glades
  • Sleep soundly listening to the sounds of nature
  • Nourish your body with delicious traditional local Sri Lankan cuisine
  • Spend time with locals and immerse yourself in exploring local cultures, archeological sites, wildlife parks, and nature reserves



  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Gym
  • Health Club
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala


  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry


Three vegetarian meals per day included in the price. Vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian options possible. You will enjoy tasty Sri Lankan as well as international cuisines. There's also water, coffee, tea, and juices.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary
  • Uda Walawe National Park
  • Mulkirigala Cave Temple
  • Ussangoda Natural Reserve
  • Rekawa turtle conservation project
  • Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Sri Lankan cooking class

Spa treatments

The Ayurveda center is complete with massage rooms, steam baths, herbal baths, etc., as well as a consultation room to enhance your journey into wellness. To ensure the guests receive a truly personalized experience, there are consultants onsite - Ayurveda consultant, Ayurveda doctor, as well as therapists who will offer you a thorough consultation to understand your needs better, in order to improve your physical, mental, and emotional health. Treatments are not included in the price.

What's included

  • Yoga teacher training manuals and course materials
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Opening fire and purification ceremony
  • 1 sound healing session with a specialist
  • Marma yoga massage classes
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • Free in-room Wi-Fi
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals, water, coffee, tea, juices
  • Laundry (as per guesthouse rules)

What's not included

  • Taxi from and to the airport
  • Non-vegetarian food
  • Any other items explicitly not mentioned

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from this airport is available for 80 EUR.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Airport (US$90 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday September 6, 2020
Departure: Sunday September 27, 2020

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