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24 Days 200-Hour Blissful Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course in Goa, India

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

Unforgettable Yoga Teacher Training India

The Yoga Cave Initiative presents this absolutely transforming yoga teacher training course in Goa, India. Join Yoga Cave Initiative for an unforgettable yoga journey into India, the home of yogis and sages. This 200-hour yoga teachers training course is a pure Hatha yoga course.

Meet the instructors

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S., Pallavi, KG, & 2 More…
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Highlights

  • Meditation practices
  • Intensive and rigorous practice
  • Pure Hatha yoga training course
  • Learn pranayama and meditation techniques
  • Well balanced course designed for the western mindset
  • Learn from authentic Indian teachers
  • Daily delicious healthy meals
  • 23 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


25 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer available:
Goa International Airport (US$100 per person)
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Accommodation

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

The venue will be at Agonda Om Yoga Kutir. The yoga school is located on a small hill, overlooking lush green farmlands. The hillock on which the school is built has 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 their gardens to show how ancient and rural this land is.

Program

Designed for the western yogi/yogin, this Hatha yoga course is designed to give you the fundamental knowledge of over 100 yoga postures, sequence formulation, accent adjustment techniques, teaching methods, Hatha Flow, Yin yoga postures, Iyenger, Sivananda, and Kundalini yoga postures. You will also have plenty of opportunities to take trial teaching classes and apply your knowledge and methods on other 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.

Course highlights

  • A pure Hatha yoga teacher training course
  • An intensive course hosted by an international team of yogis and yoga masters
  • Amazing Location only 15 minutes walk to the beach - quiet serene and blissfull 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 balance course designed for the western mindset
  • Intensive and rigorous practice that will get you ready to start teaching in just 26 days and that is when the teacher’s journey begins
  • Multi style option also available
  • 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

Who should be attending this course

This 200 hours Hatha Yoga 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 your yoga teachers will help you deepen your practice and give you the right techniques and methods to grow.

The Yoga Cave initiative teachers will always be committed to your personal and spiritual development or you could be a new yogi/yogin all full of energy and hope to enter the world of learning yoga, then The Yoga Cave initiative 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. The Yoga Cave initiative will give you practical tools to take in the world, share it with others.

During your course, you will learn

The Art of Sequencing and Movement Yoga is Dance by T. Krishnamacharya. The west usually look at yoga as a flow or movement-based "thing". However, in India for 1000’s 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, they aspire to give you the most authentic and blissful experience of classical yoga.

During your course you will have the opportunity to learn some of the most fundamental yoga postures practiced by yogis of timeless traditions. As this is a Hatha yoga course, less emphasis is given on flow of movement, but in this style of yoga, you will learn the art of holding and mastering various postures.

Further to that, The Yoga Cave initiative will teach how to align your posture according to prescribed texts and scriptures. If you are looking for a deeper connection to your postures, if you have reached a stage in your practice where you are looking for a more spiritual experience during your postures then this course is the one for you.

They say that Hatha yoga is the first step towards Ashtanga yoga, so if you are looking to start yoga for the first time then this course is a gentler introduction to yoga. Each Asana has fundamental integrity, with proper breath, drishti and movement The Yoga Cave initiative will teach you the fundamental 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
  • Yogamudra
  • Padmasana
  • Savasana

Abhyasya Vairagyam

Vairagyam often 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, The Yoga Cave initiative will encourage you to live a wholistic lifestyle that will assist you in experiencing Abhyasa Vairagyam. The Yoga Cave initiative will teach you how to align and connect, breath (Ujjai), 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. You will explore all common as well as not so common pranayamas and meditation techniques like Kapalabhati, Ujjai Breath, and Nadi Shodhana. You will often chant Sanskrit mantra and Om chanting in the morning.

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 text 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 your ancient self. You will also do a brief comparative study of western ideology and culture compared vedic philosophy and contemporary Indian culture.

Eight Limbs of Ashtanga; yama, niyama, pranayama, asana, prathyahara, dhyana, dharana, and samadhi: with interactive discussion, you will explore "Ashtanga" and how it is different from your 90 minutes primary series they are teaching down the gym! You will also learn the 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 you 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, and 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 to enhance the students' learning at various levels; mentally and emotionally by which they learn to adopt the yogic disciplines in daily life

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 choose 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 our team resonate’ s with you. The Yoga Cave initiative management and administrative staff who are the building blocks of the school came to India in search of yoga.

The Yoga Cave initiative has traveled all over India and settled here at the Agonda Om Yoga Kutir. The Yoga Cave initiative has traveled 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, swamies, 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, the message of yoga to the world.

But in today 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 Srinatha as yoga school of choice to partner and design this amazing teachers 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 teachers are authentic yoga masters or students of yoga masters, they are all a group of eclectic yogis met through the karmic reunion. Although they all bring their own flavor and style of yoga, yet they are mostly committed to the teaching of Vinyasa and Hatha.

Currently, they are working on their own style called Rudra Hatha Vinyasa and a teacher training course on this specialism will be launched in the coming 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 the breakfast. Then you will have 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 after before we 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.

Sample 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!

Kindly note that the daily schedule is subject to change. The Yoga Cave initiative encourage the students to go sleep early about 10 p.m. so you will be conducive during yoga training.

Instructors

S. Balasundara

Pallavi Krishna murthy

KG Ananda

Alok Ji

Shanker

Location

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. They are only a 90 minutes drive from the airport. Expect to be on a journey of joy, bliss, and transformation.

Food

You will be served delicious vegetarian food three times a day. The Yoga Cave initiative follow a yogic diet and also cater to vegans.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 minutes walk
  • Ayurveda and massage

What's included

  • Course fees and course materials
  • Food
  • 23 nights accommodation

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

Most major cities from Europe and the UK run direct flight to Goa. The venue is about 90 minutes drive from the Goa International Airport (GOI). Airport transfer is available at an additional cost of 100 USD.

Airport: Goa International Airport Airport transfer available: Goa International Airport (US$100 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% 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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