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24 Days 200-Hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Blissful Goa, India

Agonda Om Yoga Kutir, 449 Agonda, Canacona, South Goa, India

Yoga Teacher Training in Goa

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.

Meet the instructors

Shanker, Sanjeev, & Yogi
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Highlights

  • Learn primary series
  • Lovely daily yoga practices
  • Interactive discussions on several topics
  • Learn yoga in the land of its origin from authentic yoga teachers
  • 200-hour training based on Yoga Alliance USA curriculum
  • Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and yoga ethics
  • Yoga anatomy and physiology workshop
  • Pranayama and meditation sessions
  • 23 nights accommodation
  • Vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


23 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer available:
Goa International Airport (US$25 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:00
Check-out Time:
13:00

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.

Program

Certifications

Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

Course highlights

  • A pure Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
  • An intensive course hosted by an international team of yogis and yoga masters
  • Amazing location with two locations in Agonda. One is only 15 mins walk to the beach catering to the budget traveler. Another Location is by the beach with AC rooms. Quiet serene and blissful Ashram like venue.
  • An opportunity to learn yoga but also here you will experience true Goan hospitality
  • Practice yoga in the land of its origin and experience true Vedic Culture
  • Learn full primary series
  • Learn traditional pranayama and meditation techniques
  • Learn from authentic Indian teachers
  • A well-balanced course designed for the western mindset
  • Intensive and rigorous practice that will get you ready to start teaching in just 24 days and that is when the teacher’s journey begins
  • Multi-style option also available if you are interested in learning more than just Ashtanga primary series
  • Shat-kriya and pranayama practices
  • Mantra recitation guided and Karma yoga
  • Relaxation and meditation practices
  • Yoga anatomy and physiology workshop
  • Yoga practicum/practice teaching
  • Healthy nutritious vegetarian three-time meals along with teas; breakfast, lunch, and dinner

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.

Who should be attending this course

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.

During your course, you will learn

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.

Abhyasya Vairagyam

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.

Pranayama and meditation

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.

Daily asana practice

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.

  • Tadasana
  • Vrksasana
  • Utthita trikonasana
  • Utthita parsavkonasana
  • Virabhadrasana, warrior 1
  • Virabhadrasana warrior 2
  • Virabhadrasana warrior 3
  • Parsvottanasana
  • Salamba sarvangasana
  • Parivritta trikonasana
  • Prasarita padottanasana 1
  • Urdhva prasarita padasana
  • Ardha chandrasana
  • Halasana
  • Parighasan
  • Shavasana
  • Sun salutations A
  • Sun salutations B
  • Padangushtasana
  • Padahastasana
  • Utthita trikonasana
  • Parivrta trikonasana
  • Utthita parsvakonasana
  • Parivrta parsvakonasana
  • Parsarita padottanaasana
  • Parsvottanasana
  • Utthita hastapadanugustahasana
  • Ardhabaddhapadottan asana
  • Utkata asana
  • Virabhadra asana (A, B)
  • Dand asana
  • Paschimottan asana
  • Purvottan asana
  • Half bound padottan asana
  • Tiriangmukhaipada paschimottanasana
  • Janusirsasana (A - C)
  • Marichyasasana (A - D)
  • Bhujpindasana
  • Kurmasana
  • Supta kurmasana
  • Garbha pindasana
  • Kukkutasana
  • Baddhakonasana
  • Upavista konasana
  • Supta konasana
  • Supta padangusthasana
  • Chakrasana
  • Ubhaya padagustasana
  • Urdhva mukha paschimottanasana
  • Sethubandhasana
  • Urdhva dhanur asana
  • Salamba sarvangasana
  • Halasana
  • Karnapinda asana
  • Urdhva padmasana
  • Pindasana
  • Matsyasana
  • Uttana padaasana
  • Sirsasana
  • Yoga mudra
  • Padmasana
  • Savasana

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:

Patanjali yoga sutra - Samadhi and Sadhan pada

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.

8 limbs of Ashtanga

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!

History of Hindusim/India

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:

  • The chakra and Nadi system
  • Kundalini energy
  • The panch kosha
  • Mudras
  • Shlokas
  • Chanting
  • Yoga anatomy and Ayurveda
  • Mantra recitation (mantra - Japa)
  • Daily joints and glands practices (Granthi - Vimochana - Kriya)
  • Yoga postures (yoga asanas)
  • Meditative steps of doing asanas
  • Six cleansing exercises (shat karma)
  • Science of breath (pranayama)
  • Yoga energy locks (Bandha) and yoga gestures (Mudra)
  • Meditation (Dhyana)
  • Yogic sleep (yoga Nidra)
  • History and philosophy of yoga (yoga Darshana)
  • Yogic anatomy and physiology of the human body
  • Basic principles of Ayurveda
  • Asana alignment practicum classes
  • Yoga teaching practice, and teaching methodology

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.

Why chose this course

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.

The teachers and styles of yoga practiced

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:

  • Ashtanga yoga primary and secondary series
  • Mysore style
  • Power yoga
  • Vinyasa
  • Hatha yoga
  • Kundalini yoga
  • Sivananda yoga
  • Gorakhnath yoga Akhada
  • Iyengar yoga

A typical day during your course

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.

Sample daily schedule

  • 05:00 Wake up
  • 06:15 Morning prayer
  • 06:30 Shat-kriya (six cleansing exercises) and pranayama practices
  • 07:30 Yoga asanas (session I)
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and yoga ethics
  • 11:00 Yoga anatomy and physiology workshops
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Self study and self practice time
  • 15:30 Karma yoga
  • 16:00 Tea time
  • 16:30 Ashtanga Vinyasa asanas (session II)
  • 18:00 Relaxation and meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Self study
  • 21:00 Go to sleep

Note: daily schedule is subject to change.

Instructors

Shanker

Sanjeev Dutta

Yogi Sumit

Location

Agonda Om Yoga Kutir

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.

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Ayurvedic
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)

  • Hiking
  • Jungle safari
  • Beach is only 15 mins walk
  • Ayurveda and massage

In Agonda you will find all types of spa treatments to suit all budgets.

What's included

  • Course fees and course materials
  • 3 vegetarian meals with tea
  • 23 nights accommodation
  • Certificate upon completion

What's not included

  • Any special activities like day trips
  • Flight tickets
  • Airport pickups

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

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.

Airport: Goa International Airport Airport transfer available: Goa International Airport (US$25 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 36.3% 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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