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The Yoga Cave Initiative presents this absolutely transforming Ashtanga and Hatha Teacher Yoga Training Course in India. Join our beautiful yoga school in Goa for a 100-hour of transforming yoga retreat.
The yoga school is located on a small hill, overlooking lush green farmlands. The hillock on which the school is built has an abundant plantation of coconut, cashew, jackfruit, and papaya trees. The yoga school has comfortable and newly refurbished accommodation.
They have dorm rooms, shared rooms, and private rooms that can suit all budgets. The school has a beautiful purpose-built yoga shala that can accommodate up to 20 students at a time. The shala is built at an elevated location on the hill.
The atmosphere and yogic vibes are great, away from the hustle-bustle of the beach but close enough to hear the ocean while you start your day with meditation. Apart from that, the property is often visited by the beautiful languors, eagles, kingfisher, cows, buffaloes, and peacocks. There are also termite mounds in the gardens to show how ancient and rural this land is.
Join The Yoga Cave Initiative for an unforgettable yoga journey in India, the home of yogis and sages. This 100-hour yoga teacher training course is inspired by Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. This teacher training is inspired by Hatha, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga.
This course will give you the opportunity to learn various postures and styles of yoga. The idea is to give you diversity in your practice so you can pick your specialism in future. The course curriculum is designed to recognize international requirements, The Yoga Cave Initiative aspire to give you the right tools, so you can spread the light of yoga around the world
This is a 14-day intense and transformational yoga training course; your first step towards a life long commitment to the yogic life.
If you are an existing yoga teacher and are looking to go back to basics and diversify your practice and learn the fundamental of yoga as taught by Indian yoga masters then this could be a perfect refreshers course for you.
This 100-hour course will also count towards your personal career development. The course could be perfect for someone who is a beginner to yoga, and who wants to have a more intensive introduction to yoga. You could be a holiday maker or a backpacker, looking for a yoga holiday. Then, this course will be perfect for you to spend some time in India.
Relax, practice yoga, detox and go through this amazing experience in India of spiritual vibes, peace, and happiness. You could be a dedicated yogi who is not yet ready to make a 26-day 200 hours commitment but would like to break the training in two semesters, then this course can be perfect for you.
The Yoga Cave Initiative can customize time so you can eventually be a 200-hour teacher to attain insurance and teach anywhere. The intensive course trains and guides the students to establish a harmonious lifestyle for themselves and share their experiences with others for a better life.
During your training, you will have an opportunity to live by the rhythm of nature. The yoga training schedule begins at 6.15 a.m. with a short morning prayer followed by a pranayama session.
Then comes the morning session for the traditional yoga postures (Hatha yoga) before breakfast. You have two main sessions; one philosophy and the other yoga anatomy followed by lunch at noon.
There will be some self-study and self-practice time, before you begin the afternoon and evening sessions of Vinyasa yoga asanas followed by relaxation and meditation.
There will be some inspirational cultural activities, such as satsang (devotional songs), lectures on yoga related subjects, audios, and video lectures.
The weekly assignments will be part of the training as that is conducive to gain in-depth knowledge of the subjects and experience through your yoga practices. During this yoga teacher training you will be provided with three yoga vegetarian meals including fruit refreshments and green tea.
The Yoga Cave Initiative encourage the students to go to sleep early about 10 p.m., as that is conducive to the yoga training. This is a holistic course that gives you a diverse introduction to a full yoga teacher training course.
You will be introduced to mantra chanting, cleansing techniques, breathing or pranayama techniques. Asana in different styles to give you diversity in your practice. You will learn about bandhas, mudras, and sholkas.
Yoga anatomy and philosophy. Teaching methodologies and adjustment techniques. If you are a budding/qualified yoga teacher or you could be a new yogi all full of energy and hope to enter the world of learning yoga, then your team of teachers will give you a gentle introduction to yoga and start you of on your yogic journey.
Whatever your level and goals are, your teachers are committed to your development. The Yoga Cave Initiative will give you practical tools to take to the world and share with others.
From ancient times sages, swamis, seekers, priests saints, and sadhus have been coming to India to experience the divine promise, the nectar of spirituality and a flavor of authentic yoga asana from Indian gurus.
Many went from here to the west and took the light of yoga to the world. But in today's India, how do you choose a yoga school that can live up to this divine promise? Since the time of ancient sages till now, India has transformed into a new India and so has the way yoga is taught today!
The Yoga Cave Initiative has designed this amazing teachers training course.
Given the diversity of the experience of The Yoga Cave initiative teachers, no day will be the same. The morning classes will be two hours long and usually will be sequence driven. The evening asana class and teaching methodology class will be your opportunity to go deep into every asana and learn the variations and methods to teach.
You will start your day with either mantra recitation or some form of meditation or pranayama. You will be introduced to the science of mantra chanting, The Yoga Cave Initiative will teach you basic popular mantras, morning and evening mantras, meal prayers, shlokas, bija mantras and surya namaskar mantras.
You will feel the essence of bhakti yoga in the morning with your chanting and mantra sessions.
Yoga Asana is an important part of yogic life and thus you will do a lot of asana practice during your course. You will learn:
The Yoga Cave Initiative will teach you traditional ancient adjustment techniques and sequence formation.
You will explore how sequential creative movements that interlink postures form a continuous flow; It creates a “moving meditation” that reveals all forms as being impermanent and for this reason are not held on to
You will also have the opportunity to learn some of the most traditional adjustment techniques and teaching methods related to Ashtanga Yoga. You will also have plenty of opportunities to take trial teaching classes and apply your knowledge and methods on fellow students.
The course will also equip you with the right knowledge of the yogic culture and will provide insite into basic yogic texts and philosophy. The course is designed in such a way that you will not only learn postures of yoga but also learn how to practice yoga mindfully and safely, according to international requirements, The Yoga Cave Initiative aspires to give you the right tools so you can spread the light of yoga around the world.
This 100-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa course is designed for anyone who is willing to make a commitment to their practice. If you are a budding yoga teacher or a qualified teacher with regular practice, then this yoga teachers course will help you deepen your practice and give you the right techniques and methods to grow. The teachers will always be committed to your personal and spiritual development.
Or you could be a new yogi/yogini all full of energy and hope to enter the world of learning yoga, then the team of teachers will give you a gentle introduction to yoga and start you off on your yogic journey. Whatever is your level and goals our teachers are here committed to your development. They will give you practical tools to take in the world and share with others.
In the west yoga is usually looked at as a flow or movement-based "thing". However, in India for 1000s of years, yoga has been practiced with strong static postures. Hatha yogis of timeless Natha or Naga traditions have often been known to just practice one static posture for the entire life. Prathabi Jois himself designed the primary and secondary series of sequence, which is known as "Ashtanga yoga class" in the west. At Agonda Om Yoga Kutir (the ashram in Goa), The Yoga Cave Initiative aspires to give you the most authentic and blissful experience of classical yoga.
During your course, you will explore how to thread one posture to another posture. The art of moving from one posture to another is known as "Vinyasa". They will teach you the art of Vinyasa and how to thread your postures to create sequences in a way where your practice of yoga becomes like a dance or moving meditation. This art will enable you to formulate your own sequence in a safe and systematic manner.
"Sequential creative movements that interlink postures to form a continuous flow; It creates a “movement meditation" that reveals all forms as being impermanent and for this reason are not held on to” - Gregor Maehale.
Vairagyam often is referred to as a state of renunciation or detachment that one enters when they participate in intense spiritual austerities like yoga, fasting, and ecstatic dancing. In Patanjali yoga sutra, it has been stated that the key to enter the state of Samadhi through yoga is to experience "Abhayasa Vairagyam".
This is a state of mind that a yogi can enter during the intense practice of yoga. During your course, they will encourage you to live a holistic lifestyle that will assist you in experiencing abhyasa vairagyam. They will teach you how to align and connect breath (Ujjayi), and movement to create a practice that will transform your current yoga practice to the next level.
Every morning your day will start with some form of pranayama, meditation, or Satsang. They will explore all common as well as not so common pranayamas and meditation techniques like Kapalabhati, Ujjayi breath, Nadi Shodhana. You will often chant Sanskrit mantras and om chanting in the morning.
Following is a list of asanas from a 200-hour course, you will focus on many but not all of the asanas below in this 100-hour course:
Sumit is a yoga qualified teacher in Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa. He is also the founder of the Yoga Cave Initiative, an online initiative to promote authentic and classical yoga teachers from India who have exceptional skills. Prior to his yoga career, Sumit was a recruitment consultant for the investments sector and a digital marketer for over 10 years working in the city of London and Dubai. In 2012, Sumit experienced a transformational connection to yoga, he decided to give up his job in the city and traveled all over India for 3 years learning yoga from authentic yoga teachers.
Sanjeev Dutta is one of the best yoga teachers in India. An Electronics Engineer by training and a yoga teacher by passion. His yoga journey began in earnest in 2004, Soon it became his true passion and first love. He has been a regular yoga practitioner since then, learning and practicing regularly for the last 15 years. Over the years he learned yoga from some of the best teachers in different traditions like Iyengar, Ashtanga (Mysore style), Hatha, and many more. Once one learns to learn from the internal guru, one has no need of any guru.
Goa itself has an amazing multicultural history. All nationalities live here, life here is different from the rest of India. Agonda Beach has been voted as one of the cleanest beaches in Asia. Agonda has a good balance of nightlife and yogic vibes.
Over the last few years Goa might have developed a reputation as the party capital of India, however, Goa has still many undiscovered beaches and untouched nature waiting to be discovered for yogis. It is only a 90 minutes drive from the airport. Expect to be on a journey of joy, bliss, and transformation.
Every day you will be served three vegetarian meals. The food will be simple non-spicy and will be made in the house, in the kitchen. The Yoga Cave Initiative will cater to all diet types including vegans.
Goa International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$25 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). The transfer from and to this airport is available at an additional cost.
There is a direct flight from London to Goa, otherwise, you can get a direct flight to Mumbai and Bangalore take a short-haul flight from there direct to Goa. Other major European cities often fly direct flights to Goa. The school is about 90 minutes from the airport. Agonda beach is world-famous and you should have no problem finding them.
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