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The Yoga Cave Initiative has designed this absolutely amazing and transforming yoga teacher training course in Goa, India. Join them for an unforgettable yoga journey into India, the home of yogis and sages.
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 of 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 mins drive from the airport. Expect to be on a journey of joy, bliss, and transformation.
Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
This 200-hour yoga teacher training course is a pure Ashtanga Vinyasa course. Designed for the western yogi/yogini, this Ashtanga Vinyasa course will be your opportunity to learn primary series as taught by Pattabhi Jois (Mysore style).
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 insight 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.
The course curriculum is designed to recognize the 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 is an internationally recognized qualification and will help you get insurance to teach anywhere in the world.
This 200-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 the yoga teachers 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 to the world and share with others.
The art of sequencing and movement
Yoga is dance " T. Krishnamacharya"
In the west people usually, look at yoga 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 an 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 Shala (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, you will be encouraged to live a holistic lifestyle that will assist you in experiencing abhyasa vairagyam. You will be taught 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.
As an Ashtanga course, you will have a strong daily regime of asana practice. In the morning you will attend the Ashtanga class. In the evening there will be a master class. Each Asana has fundamental integrity, with the proper breath, Drishti and movement, they will teach you the fundamentals of all major yoga posture. There will be a dedicated daily class for adjustment techniques, sequence formulation, and teaching methods. Following are some examples of postures you will learn and possibly master a few over the course period.
Apart from asana (postures of the physical practice of yoga) you will also learn the history and philosophy of yoga including but not restricted to:
Through storytelling and critical analysis, you will explore this ancient text. Every class will be interactive and full of factual information. Patanjali yoga sutra is one of the most prescribed texts to understand yoga. Yoga is Chitta Vrithi Nirodha. You will explore the concepts of Purusha and Prakriti, the seer, the Sakshi, Advaita, and the programming of the mind and how to connect to our ancient self. You will also do a brief comparative study of western ideology and culture compared to Vedic philosophy and contemporary Indian culture.
They are Yama, Niyama, pranayama, asana, prathyahara, dhyana, Dharana, samadhi. With the interactive discussion, you will explore "Ashtanga" and how it is different from your 90 min primary series they are teaching down the gym!
A factual history of what the term Hinduism actually means and what constitutes the Hindu philosophy. Through interactive discussions, visual graphics and group sessions we will explore the following concepts of Vedas and Tantra:
Yoga psychology enhances the students' learning at various levels; mentally and emotionally by which they learn to adopt the yogic disciplines in daily life. As per the criteria and requirement set for the 200-hour yoga teacher training course, this is an intensive course. Your day will start early and you will be on six days a week practice. In spite of such an intensive schedule, you could find this training an enlightening and interesting process of transformation.
This course is designed to inspire and transform you, giving you time out from the hustle-bustle of daily city life. If you ever wanted to learn yoga in India then the team resonates with you. All the management and administrative staff who are the building blocks of our school came to India in search of yoga. They travelled all over India and settled here at the Agonda Om Yoga Shala. They have travelled all over India to find these amazing yoga teachers who work with them, they have empowered them to pass this knowledge on to you in a way you can relate to.
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 from here went to the west and took with them the message of yoga to the world. But in today's New 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 chosen Yoga with schools of choice to partner and design this amazing teacher training course. If you are looking for a yoga course that is, unrestricted and taught by some very enthusiastic and energetic Indian yoga teachers then this is the course for you. The venue for this course is away from the mad crowd of Goa, you will experience true Indian hospitality in the land where yoga originated.
All the teachers are authentic yoga masters or students of yoga masters, they are all a group of eclectic yogis who met through karmic reunion. They all bring their own flavor and style of yoga, yet they are most committed to the teaching of Ashtanga and Vinyasa. Currently, they are working on their own style called Rudra Hatha Vinyasa and a TTC on this specialism will be launched in the future. The styles of yoga you will learn in this course are inspired by:
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 there comes the morning session for the traditional yoga postures (Hatha yoga) before breakfast.
Then there will be two main sessions; one philosophy and the other yoga anatomy followed by lunch at noon. Then 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 a 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 encourages the students to go to sleep early about 10 p.m. as that is conducive to the yoga training.
Note: daily schedule is subject to change.
Sumit is a Yoga Alliance qualified teacher in Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa. He is also the founder of 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.
We have two locations in South Goa, the location ten minutes away from the beach is for budget students. and those who can afford a bit of luxury can live by the beach at our resort.
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. 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.
Every day you will be served 3 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.
In Agonda you will find all types of spa treatments to suit all budgets.
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 mins from the airport. Agonda beach is world-famous and you should have no problem finding them.
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