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Yoga Teacher Training in India

Padmakarma, Kovalam Kerala, India is an ideal place to learn or practice yoga in the land of its origin, with an authentic, experienced, Indian female teacher who is renowned for her yoga and massage worldwide. Padmakarma is a Registered Yoga School registered with Yoga Alliance USA (School no.148516) and Yoga Alliance UK. Their teacher training program strictly follows the standards outlined by the Yoga Alliance. Their courses are of the highest standards and the graduates may use the title Registered Yoga Teacher RYT as a sign of quality training.


  • Learn various styles of yoga
  • Anatomy and physiology sessions
  • Learn yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics
  • Yoga kriya kit and yoga manual
  • Learn yogic diet and cooking
  • Trivandrum airport pick up
  • 26 nights accommodation
  • Vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


27 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Trivandrum International Airport
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  • Yoga shala

The accommodation is simple, clean, and comfortable. Single occupancy is in a double room, safe, and secure especially for single female travelers. It will be either at Padmakarma Yogashala (according to availability) or within minutes’ walk from the Yogashala. The accommodation is intended for those who have a genuine interest in yoga. If you have any preference, Padmakarma can arrange your stay accordingly as per your needs or budget.



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


This 200-hour (27 days) comprehensive course qualifies you to teach yoga worldwide as a profession, deepening your personal practice and self-discipline, and to be a part of the global community which is growing each and every day. This intense life transformative course focuses on the practical application of the main paths of yoga - Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga, Jnana yoga, and Raja yoga (Hatha yoga, Kundalini yoga, Tantra yoga).

The Curriculum:

Yoga asanas (practice and teaching), kriyas, bandhas, and mudras; pranayama, mantras, meditation, chanting Sanskrit mantras, Vedanta (yoga philosophy), anatomy and physiology and its relation/application in yoga asanas; introduction to Ayurveda, yogic diet and cooking.

In accordance with the standards outlined by Yoga Alliance, this courses cover:

Techniques training/practice

It includes yoga asanas (practice and teaching), kriyas, bandhas, mudras, pranayama, meditation, and other traditional yogic techniques.

Teaching methodology

It comprises the principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the student’s process of learning and business aspects of teaching yoga.

Anatomy and physiology

It is both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, and etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). It includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc).

Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers

This is an in-depth study of yoga philosophies, yoga lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers, and business aspects of yoga.


Each student must be actively engaged in the process of teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching and hearing, and giving feedback. It also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching.

Yoga asana

There are over 100 asanas to practice; the Sanskrit names of the asanas; teaching methodology; the art of hands-on adjustment, postural alignment, common mistakes, and how to correct them with proper alignment; benefits and contraindications of asanas, Therapeutic yoga, kids/elderly/pregnancy yoga.

Teaching methodology and yoga ethics

This in-depth yoga study gives you a firm foundation and confidence to teach and propagate yoga from beginner to intermediate level: to all age groups with utmost confidence, courage and the ability to observe, assist, correct, instruct, demonstrate, motivate, and make a correction. It helps you to develop your own style, business aspects of teaching yoga, how to set up and start and run your own yoga studio/classes.

What you learn:

  • In-depth study, understanding, practice, and method of teaching Hatha yoga
  • Basic and advanced pranayama, yogic cleansing - shad kriyas, bandhas, and mudras
  • Different types of sun salutation - surya namaskara
  • Sanskrit names of the asana and its explanation
  • Learning over 100 poses spread over the following category - standing, inversions, sitting, twists, backbends, balancing
  • Learning to teach yoga from basic to advance level to all age group
  • Special requirement yoga for pregnancy/children/elderly/yoga for back pain/and lots more
  • Introduction to Ayurveda and cooking
  • Introduction yogic diet
  • Chanting and philosophy of Yoga Sutras/Hatha Yoga Pradeepika/Bhagavad Gita
  • Ashtanga yoga and its 8 fold path

The practice and teaching of yoga demand a high degree of self-discipline, purity, and clarity. The only requirement for this course is a high degree of self-motivation and openness to receive! Some knowledge of yoga philosophy and anatomy is helpful but not necessary. To ensure the individual benefit, you are requested to be strict vegetarian during the course. Meat, fish, eggs, black tea, coffee, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs are prohibited during the course as they are counterproductive to the yoga practice.

Yoga schedule and program

Sunday - Friday

  • 05:45 Wake up
  • 06:00 Kriyas and bandhas/pranayama/meditation/silent walk/puja and yoga asana practice
  • 08:15 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Vedantha - yoga philosophy/Bhagavad Gita/yoga sutra/anatomy and physiology, yoga ethics
  • 12:15 Lunch
  • 14:00 Teaching methodology/asana adjustment/practicum
  • 15:45 Yoga asana clinic/asana alignment/biomechanics/practice
  • 17:30 Dinner
  • 18:45 Satsang - chanting mantras/kirtans/bhajans and meditation
  • 19:30 Study time/assignment

You are expected to arrive one day prior to the course. The course starts on the first at 6:15 a.m. and finishes with a written and practical exam. The graduation is on the 27th at 2:30 p.m.

Reference books

  • Kundalini Yoga by Swami Sivananda
  • Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
  • Meditation and Mantras by Swami Vishnudevananda
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali



Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served from Sunday to Friday. Please note that although meals are included during class hours, Padmakarma is unable to cater to any dietary restrictions. If you foresee this being a problem for you please discuss it with them before arriving.

They will try their best to set you up with an accommodation that has a kitchen if you would like to do your own cooking, however, an added fee will apply to cover the increased accommodation price.

Meat, fish, eggs, black tea, coffee, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs are prohibited during the course as they are counterproductive to the yoga practice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

On your day off, you are free to dine outside. There are nice places to visit like Elephants Rehabilitation Centre in Kottoor, KanyaKumari (Cape Comerin), the southern tip - local pilgrimage place and tourist destination where the three oceans meet, The Backwater trip, temple, Trivandrum city, and etc. or you simply relax!

What's included

  • Yoga kriya kit
  • Yoga manual
  • Trivandrum airport pick up
  • 26 nights single en-suite accommodation
  • Vegetarian satvik food (Keralan local food - breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Sunday to Friday)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). This airport is also known as Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, which is 20 kilometers away from Padmakarma. It takes 30 minutes to reach Padmakarma from the airport.

For pick up, please send Padmakarma your flight details such as airline name, flight number, terminal number, and date and time of your arrival. The driver will be outside the arrival gate with your name or Padmakarma board.

Airport: Trivandrum International Airport Airport transfer included: Trivandrum International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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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