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Join Kranti Yoga for 55 glorious days overlooking the absolutely magnificent Patnem Beach for the 500-hour advanced yoga teacher training. With the beautiful ocean breeze, the magical sunsets, outdoor shalas and the magical Arabian Sea only steps from the back gate, this beach side beauty is the perfect place for you to immerse and grow yourself further on your yoga journey.
During this teacher training course, you will be staying at Krantis own Yoga Village Beach Resort. The resort is situated right on Patnem Beach, meters away from the sea. Kranti is the only yoga teacher training school to have such a location. This means that you can benefit from the amazing views during your practice whether at sunrise or sunset. There are frequent meditation walks on the beach and full moon meditations at the seas edge. Every day, you are encouraged to appreciate some quiet beach time after an intense morning practice. And, it is never too far to go for a lunchtime beach nap or a dip in the sea between classes for a much needed cooling down.
The Kranti Yoga School Village is a 5000-square-meter area, having access to both the beach and the roadside. The village is comprised of 2 campuses: Moksha, meaning liberation or release, is the ocean view campus. Sattva, meaning purity or reality, is the garden side campus. These are located next to each other, with Moksha situated right on the beach and Sattva directly behind it.
As part of the yoga teacher training courses, Kranti Yoga offers residential packages so that you can make the most of your time during the course. The spacious deluxe cottages are available exclusively for you. There are several options to suit your requirements, as it is important to ensure that you are comfortable so that you can relax and focus on your learning and development. Choose from either of resorts, either ocean view or garden side, and decide on shared, single or double occupancy. You can even opt to upgrade to a beach front cottage.
Moksha houses 19 deluxe cottages, 2 of which are beach front and prime location for the area. All these cottages have stunning views of Patnem Beach and are right next to the Arabian Sea in the shade of luscious palm trees. Another 13 cottages are located in Sattva. These are amongst the coconut, cashew and surround the original shala, the hub of The Yoga Village.
All of the cottages are fully equipped with everything you will need to make yourself feel at home. Each cottage is 28 - 30 square meters and has its own porch, hammock and swinging chair. Here you can sit, relax and enjoy a drink or snack from the on-site Indian kitchen whether you are overlooking the ocean or within the garden.
The Yoga Village is decorated with twinkling lights and colorful muslin. Swinging beds and a chill-out zone await your enjoyment, along with many other cozy places to take chai, study, chat, sunbathe and enjoy your time here. Many of these places are fitted with fans to keep you cool during the mid-day heat.
The village has an eco-friendly solar power supply, providing hot water and electricity throughout the day. Facilities also include Wi-Fi, washing machines, beach towels, book swap, cleaning and housekeeping services.
Beach front cottage
There are 2 cottages on the beachfront overlooking Patnem Beach with views of the Arabian Ocean. The cottage is 30 square meters with 1 double bed (mattress size 60 inches x 78 inches) and your own private bathroom. These cottages are suitable for double or single occupancy.
Ocean view cottage
There are 10 cottages in the Moksha campus. Each cottage is 27 square meters with a double bed (mattress size 60 inches x 78 inches) and your own bathroom. These cottages are suitable for double or single occupancy.
Ocean view shared cottage
There are 6 cottages that allow students to share accommodation. Each cottage is 27 square meters with twin beds (mattress size 48 inches x 78 inches) and a bathroom.
There are 4 cottages in the Sattva campus, the garden side of the shala. Each cottage is 28 square meters with 1 double bed (mattress size 60 inches x 78 inches) and your own bathroom. These cottages are suitable for double or single occupancy.
Garden shared cottage
There are 9 cottages within the Sattva school, the garden side of the shala for students to share accommodation. Each cottage is 28 square meters with twin beds (mattress size 48 inches x 78 inches) and a bathroom.
Kranti Yogas teacher training course is a comprehensive Yoga Alliance approved 500-hour (200-hour plus 300-hour) program that runs over 8 weeks. The program is an intensive course that is presented with a progressive approach to yoga.
You should be prepared to be mentally and physically challenged. You will be encouraged and invited to explore your own needs as individuals. The course is designed for you to develop as an Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga teacher whilst further developing your own practice. It is an intensive and rigorous course that will deepen your understanding of Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga and related philosophies.
In order to participate in this course, you must have already completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training course either at Kranti Yoga or another Yoga Alliance-recognized school. If your 200-hour certification is not Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow, it is advisable that you have an awareness of the primary series and have some insight into this branch of yoga.
These classes will allow you to gain a deeper insight into the primary series by looking in detail at the body mechanics throughout. A revision of the skeletal and muscular system will allow you to become mindful of what is happening in the body during your practice. A familiarity with active release is an important part of being an effective Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga teacher. This can only be achieved with a sound understanding of what happens in each and every posture anatomically. During these classes, you will also focus on how to modify the practice for your students who have weak areas, whether due to a lack of strength or flexibility. By looking at different body shapes, sizes and abilities, you will learn how to identify such weaknesses and be able to give preparation techniques to promote improvements.
The teaching methodology program will guide you towards teaching the primary series in terms of how to give clear instructions and reminders along with how to keep the necessary pace of Ashtanga yoga. This part of the program runs closely with anatomy of alignment classes as you will be encouraged to provide technical anatomical information to your students. The correct alignment of the postures will naturally be incorporated into your teaching. Each week, you will teach a section of the primary series, teaching a little more each week. Firstly, you will teach your peers and then progress to teach your own class to Krantis drop-in students whose abilities are varied.
There are three teaching spaces (shalas) within The Yoga Village and the facilities will allow you to develop as a teacher. Drop-in classes are solely to allow the teachers to gain the valuable experience of dealing with the wide range of yoga students that you can be faced with. Learning to instruct, demonstrate, motivate, be inclusive and adapt to individual needs of your students is an integral part of the course. This can only be developed by delivering your own classes and getting constructive feedback. This part of the course can be particularly rewarding to you in terms of raising your profile as a yoga teacher, internationally.
Adjustments are a key feature of Ashtanga yoga as they allow you to gain further insight into the postures through application of gentle pressure to deepen the stretch. Adjustments can only be learnt through practice. You will be offered a hands-on approach that starts with practicing on your peers, moving onto assisting Krantis main teachers on the 200-Hour yoga teacher training course. The practice takes place each morning. There are many opportunities for you to maximize your potential in this area. This part of the course is unique in terms of the volume of students Kranti has for you to exploit. Each week you will be given specific adjustments to work on and these will be carried out under the close supervision of your teacher. In order for you to assist / adjust in these classes, you must first demonstrate that you can adjust confidently by means of a small assessment. This will be completed in the third week of your training.
Depending on your familiarity of Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga, a personal plan will be devised to further your practice. If you are new to Ashtanga, this will be supported through extra classes if necessary. Otherwise, you will continue to practice primary series and will have both led Ashtanga yoga classes along with self-practice classes. If appropriate, you will also be introduced to some asanas of the second series. Each week, your teacher will give you a focus to work towards in order to advance your practice. Technical workshops in the afternoons will continue to develop your techniques in hip opening, jump back, transitions, back-bending and arm balancing. These workshops are particularly rewarding in terms of measuring the visible progress that you have made. Not only will you develop your own practice in all of these sessions, you will without doubt pick up helpful ideas to take with you to develop your own students in these areas.
In Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga, the breath initiates the movement from posture to posture. It is impossible to progress through the series without being familiar with the rhythm of your own breath as your focus is dependent on it to achieve sense withdrawal. You will review the 4 pranayama techniques covered in the 200-hour yoga teacher training course along with several more that will help you to lengthen your breath, increase your lung capacity and strengthen the nervous system. This is an important aspect of yoga that is often overlooked as asana practice takes precedence. Pranayama is a great way to alleviate stress and tension, something that is often endured in modern society. Pranayama practice will allow you to build mental and emotional strength to help you maintain a healthy sense of wellbeing, not just on the training course but in your everyday daily life.
Tutorials will explain the theory accompanying these breathing techniques, enabling you to further develop your own personal practice. You will also include pranayama when teaching.
Cleansing will clear the system and allow the breath to flow freely. You will learn and practice all 6 cleansing techniques (shatkarma) on your course. Mudras will allow you to seal energy within the body. Again, tutorials will support the practice of all of these.
Classical yoga philosophy is interwoven throughout the program, drawing on Vedic and Tantric beliefs. You will study influential texts including the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjalis yoga sutras with tutorials designed to promote discussion and debate around these philosophies. You will be encouraged to incorporate key messages from these texts into your daily practice so that your practice is supported spiritually. Your spiritual development is just as important as your physical development. This, along with yogic lifestyle studies, encourages you to question and challenge your own lifestyle choices in order to improve your overall sense of well-being.
A unique feature of this course is that you will act as a teaching assistant. As previously mentioned, you will support morning practice in order to align and adjust students and so it is important that you develop a rapport with them. Students will be allocated for you to mentor on a one-to-one basis. You will be expected to devise personal plans for them with preparation advice for problem postures due to a lack of flexibility or strength. This is an ideal opportunity for you to demonstrate the correct alignment that you will have learned. All this is closely supervised by your lead teacher. The program is always warmly received by both parties in terms of advancing the practice of the mentee and developing the teaching / communication skills of the mentor.
Moonlight / candlelight / Om meditation
Beyond the course, often there are opportunities for graduates to offer support in the shala, should you want to lengthen your stay in Patnem. Subject to availability, you can develop and support the senior teachers on the YTTCs. This can be discussed after the successful completion of your course.
Kranti (Tarun) Agrawal
Tarun started asana classes with Swami Vidhyanand Saraswati at Sivananda Kutir Yoga Ashram and was trained there in several different styles of yoga: Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Sivananda, Kundalini, and Raja. During this period, he was also taught Ayurveda by Dr. Manoj Sharma. He started teaching yoga at the age of 14. In 2001, having stayed in several different ashrams, he taught Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga at OSHO International Ashram, Pune. At the same time, he furthered his training at Jagan Mohan Palace in Mysore over the course of three years.
Dhira Krishna Rupa Das is currently serving as a preacher and counselor in Goa. He conducts regular courses of Bhagavat Gita and Srimad Bhagwatam in English and Hindi in different parts of Goa. He has acquired Bhaktishastri, a certified course based on the teachings of Bhagavat Gita. He joined ISKCON (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness) full time in 2007 in Goa and has been initiated by H. H. Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Dhira joins The Kranti Yoga Team to teach philosophy, in particular to teach yoga In Gita.
Julia had been practicing a variety of different styles of yoga for over ten years but she has developed, with Kranti, as a yoga teacher of Vinyasa flow, having developed the fundamentals through Ashtanga yoga. She particularly enjoys the pace and the focus of Ashtanga yoga but loves the creativity and dynamism of Vinyasa flow. For Julia, yoga is a very physical activity that promotes a positive sense of well-being in everyday life. As a teacher, Julia believes strongly in lifelong learning and that we should always try to broaden our mind by trying something different as often as possible.
Morwenna discovered Ashtanga yoga whilst training as a dancer in London and it soon became part of her life, developing alongside her career as a dance teacher, eventually overtaking it all together. Drawing from her dance background and yoga experience, Morwenna teaches flowing Vinyasa flow classes with creative transitions and dynamic sequencing. Imaginative cuing allows her students to gain greater insight into their individual body alignments and develop a deeper awareness of their own physicality. She is also a firm believer in the benefits of the traditional practice of Ashtanga yoga.
Amelia Valls Ferrando
Amelia, from Catalonia, Spain, completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training with Kranti Yoga in October 2014. Despite coming from 10 years of fitness background, she was new to yoga. However, she came with a passion to help people develop a healthy lifestyle through yoga. With a degree in sports and physical exercise sciences, she was able to quickly apply her anatomical knowledge to the Ashtanga yoga practice and now specializes in this area, helping students on a daily basis overcome the range of obstacles that they may face.
This teacher training course will be held in Patnem Beach, Goa, India. An appealing choice in South Goa, Patnem Beach has retained its peacefulness and natural charm despite growing numbers of tourists to the area. The beach itself is lined with bars, restaurants and beach hut accommodations. Sun loungers are in abundance. The hospitality of the Patnem locals awaits you.
Choose from the many dining options that offer international cuisine from all corners of the globe, as well as traditional Goan Curries and seafood specialties. It is ideal for those who don't want action-packed nights out, opting for civilized dinners on the beach and maybe a cocktail or two while enjoying a sunset. It is a great place for you to avoid distractions and be truly yogic if that is what you are looking for. Often, a soda on the beach is enough to unwind after a full day of activities during your yoga teacher training.
If you are looking for some evening entertainment, you are not far away from the bright lights of Palolem. Here you will find more night-time activities, sometimes a welcome alternative to the quietness and early nights of Patnem. Palolem is only 5 minutes away from the shala and can be reached by rickshaw.
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During this teacher training course, you will be served all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There are also refreshments throughout the day, including snacks, fruits, fresh juices, coconuts, Ayurvedic teas, purified and bottled water.
All meals are buffet-style, with many options for you to choose from. The dining area is in Sattva, the hub of the village. Enjoy mealtimes here with your peers or maybe dine on your terrace should you want a little quiet time.
Kranti Yoga promotes a healthy diet and the foods served are freshly prepared for you daily. Kranti considers proper nutrition to be a very important part of your time during the teacher training. They want to ensure that you are giving your body what it needs to support your daily yoga practice, health and wellbeing. There is an on-site organic Indian kitchen with wonderful cooks, who will delight you with their specialties.
The kitchen is at your service and ready to accommodate all your dietary requirements, whatever they may be. The meals are strictly vegetarian and the kitchen is more than willing to cater for vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten free and other diets. If there is something you need or crave, they will always try to help. If you miss a meal, the cooks will always rustle something up for you. There is never a need to be hungry.
All food is sourced locally and the menu will consist of seasonal fruit and vegetables. Local produce is organically grown and bought on a daily basis. The groceries are bought from nearby stores in order to support the local economy.
The food is prepared with ghee, as it is believed to keep the body well-maintained. Ghee not only helps digestion, it also burns off some of the less desirable bodily fat. However, some may prefer a lighter alternative. There will be salads and lighter food. Sometimes there is also pasta with tomato sauce as it provides a welcomed alternative to traditional Indian food. Ultimately, you are always encouraged to eat healthily.
Curd and honey
Carrot and coriander soup
Beansprout salad with toasted paneer
Dhal (lentil curry)
Fresh fruit as dessert
Pea and mushroom masala
Goan vegetable curry
Pasta with tomato and basil sauce
Date and chocolate cake as dessert
Snack time (between lunch and dinner)
During weekends, you will have time to try the local cuisine. There is a prime location on Patnem Beach where you will find a range of restaurants serving a host of tasty and healthy choices. You can choose from traditional Indian dishes or pick from a rich international menu that is widely available in most restaurants. The food in Patnem and neighboring Palolem is some of the finest cuisine on offer in Goa. Patnem is renowned for a high standard of hygiene. You are also welcome to stay within The Yoga Village and meals will be prepared for you on request.
Beach bonfire celebration
Dinner in the local restaurants
Dolphin trip to Butterfly Island
Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI), also known as Dabolim International Airport. You can fly directly from Europe, UK and USA with Qatar Airways. Within India, you can also fly from Mumbai / Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM), Banglore / Bengaluru International Airport (BLR), Chennai International Airport (MAA), Kolkata / Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU) and Cochin International Airport (COK).
In case you want to save money or want to experience local Goan transport, you can catch a bus from KTC bus station in Margao directly to Patnem Beach. Its also possible to reach Goa by Volvo / deluxe / semi-deluxe buses from Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore.
Goa airport and train stations have pre-paid taxi counters. Once you have reached the airport or the railway station, you can take a taxi directly to Patnem Beach. The prices of these taxis are set and so you wont need to bargain.