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Upaya Yoga is happy to offer you a 500 hours yoga teacher training course at its Goa center. Upaya is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance and has an expert team of teachers and assistants to ensure that you learn from the best. You can connect with the teachers and get a deeper understanding of your curriculum as well. The experience gives you a great way of finding eternal bliss, peace, and the gift to share the yogic lifestyle with others.
Upaya Yoga centre is located directly on Arambol beach, the most popular beach in North Goa. This is an enormous sandy beach provided of facilities where you can relax in complete freedom. Arambol and Mandrem are the closest villages and they are only 20 minutes away by walk. The Centre is nestled in between lush coconut trees and has a quiet and relaxed atmosphere.
The premises are at exclusive use of the teacher training students and retreat guests to avoid any disturbance and to preserve the beautiful energy generated during the course.
The garden, chill area and library are also at the guest’s disposal. They have a variety of rooms different in styles and budget to satisfy anybody taste and capability. All rooms are airy and bright. They are facing either the garden or the ocean.
The rooms, with no exception, are provided of ceiling fun and complete bathroom with hot water. Most of the rooms also have air conditioning and a small fridge for personal use. The rooms are provided of linen, towels, blankets, mosquito net or electrical mosquito repellent.
Free Wi-Fi is accessible in the whole property. The cleaning service takes place regularly any third day. The laundry service is provided, upon request, at an affordable extra cost. Taxis are available 24 hour.
Read below the typology of accommodation they offer and refer to the pictures in this page.
Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®). Registration with Yoga Alliance provides a globally recognized credential.
The Upaya yoga teacher training program is an all-inclusive, 500 hours course that meets the standards of Yoga Alliance. The program is especially sketched out by the team of gurus at Upaya to introduce students to their journey of evolving into expert yogis and able teachers. The course paves a path for its students to transform into becoming a yoga teaching expert and the program includes skilled teachers to provide students a strong foundation in Hatha and Ashtanga yoga.
Upaya has designed the program to be an enjoyable, unperturbed, and enlightening experience. Students need to be ready, both spiritually and physically as the classes have various rigorous sessions as well as calmer and more healing sessions. Upaya serves and recommends a saatvik (yogic) diet to expand your sense of well being.
Yoga is a science that has infinite possibilities because the more you practice, the more enlightenment you receive; and you realize that it is you who holds the key to living a fulfilled life. If you’re willing to enroll in the 500-hour yoga teacher training, it may be a given that you’ve undergone a 200-hour program.
Now, it’s time to expand your knowledge by committed training and participation in expert workshops. This course offers the opportunity to deepen your understanding of advanced asanas, advanced pranayama, and meditation. The course will provide you knowledge of advanced yoga teaching skills as well as an understanding of deeper yoga philosophy.
The 500-hour yoga teacher training is a level two advanced yoga teacher training course. This two-month-long residential course is an intensive course which takes place at Upaya's yoga ashram in Goa.
The course provides an advanced level of intensive training in multi-style yoga teaching; Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa yoga. The more difficult, yet immersive 500-hour yoga training will help you find and hone your unique teaching style and voice. Prepare for an insightful yogic journey!
After the completion of the 500-hour yoga teacher training in India, you will be able to teach yoga to beginners as well as advanced level students in your classes. You will gain more experience in yoga, so you can become a more experienced and knowledgeable yoga teacher.
You will also be able to teach yoga with more confidence. You will learn very useful and practical anatomy and physiology of asanas and you will learn how to apply this knowledge in your teaching classes.
To join the Upaya Yoga 500-hour yoga teacher training (Level 2), you must meet the following requirements:
The program at Upaya Yoga is designed and aimed at producing skilled and motivating yoga teachers that are proficient in the ancient practices of the yoga sutras and can impart this knowledge to their students. The yoga teacher training curriculum is based on the five points of this art which can be understood as the practical application of the four traditional paths of this art.
A rigorous daily session includes two meditation sessions and two yoga classes which are then followed by two lectures, concluded with one hour of service to the center. With one day a week, lecture free. This philosophy forms a part of an extensive curriculum.
The aim is to offer you a better understanding when you teach a yoga class and clarify each query or confusion that may arise during the class. There will be time for sharing after teaching practice with the group.
The Hatha yoga and Vinyasa flow sessions have an alternate day morning and evening switching schedule for a very specific reason. You will learn about them and Upaya will clarify the reasoning behind each posture on the same day. During the morning and evening classes, students will assist with the main teachers.
In the last week of training, students will have a dedicated class for one hour or a one-and-half hour with a dedicated teacher, who will be there to just watch you. If there is anything you need to work with, the teacher will guide you before your certificate.
Ashtanga in Sanskrit means eight limbs, mentioned in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. This technique of yoga contains harmonizing the breath with a succession of postures. This process produces powerful internal heat and a plentiful, cleansing sweat that purifies muscles and organs. The result is enhanced circulation, a nimble and strong body, and a composed mind.
Ashtanga yoga contains different groups of asanas and teachings on Vinyasa, drishti, bandhas, mudras, and philosophy. This is a great chance for students to practice and know their level of ability; in a supportive group environment and with the inspiration and guidance of a guru. Ashtanga can be a perfect foundation for home practitioners and also those who want to teach professionally once they know the arrangement of poses.
According to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, there are eight limbs of yoga. Out of which the only one involves postures (asana). Hatha means forceful or determined in Sanskrit. Hatha yoga includes a set of asanas (postures) that are designed to align your body. These postures are designed to line up the physical channels of the body so that energy can easily flow (especially in the spine).
The word Hatha is translated as "Ha-"; the sun, which is masculine and "Tha-" the moon, which is feminine; which in turn represents the balance in nature and also within everyone. Through Hatha yoga, you can create balance and unite opposites. Hatha teaches the balance of strength and flexibility in each pose. It has immense health benefits and is an efficient way to distress.
The teachers at Upaya believe Hatha to be a powerful tool for self-realization and transformation; teaching them various techniques to master control over the body through skillful breathing and meditation practices.
The program at Upaya is designed to offer its students a solid foundation in Ashtanga and Hatha yoga, focusing on the right alignment of the yogic postures. A daily asana practice class gives the students an opportunity to practice their own asanas and helps to build deep insight into the various forms and postures.
The daily in-depth practice with individual corrections comprises of the Surya Namaskar (sun salutation), multi-style yoga postures, 100 asanas variations (from intermediate level to advanced), posture alignment, deep relaxation, and release of blocked energy. Training sessions are suitable for all age groups.
In addition to daily asana practices, practice teaching, and posture break-down; your lessons will include the main benefits, modifications, and contraindications of each posture.
Classical yoga philosophy is intertwined all through the course and you will receive knowledge about Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, allowing you to compare classical and modern yoga; understanding the true meaning of yoga.
These sessions provide a great insight into the views of others and help reflect on your knowledge and all that you have learned. In turn, you will learn how to imbibe these ancient philosophies into your own life, and will eventually experience unison of the body, mind, and soul. You will also receive a talk on yoga from the Bhagawat Gita, a treasured Indian text considered to be an ancient guru and a life coach.
Pranayama is one of the five principles of yoga or the science of breath control. It expands lung capacity by relaxing the nervous system and balancing the two hemispheres of the brain. Pranayama is the science of breath control, it expands lung capacity by relaxing the nervous system and balancing the two hemispheres of the brain. The art of Kapalabhati (lung cleansing exercise), Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing), and Samanu (mental cleansing of the nadis) will be taught.
Focusing on the rhythm of your breathing and becoming familiar with it is the essence of pranayama. This is a vital feature of yoga and is often ignored as most give importance to just physical practice. Pranayama is an excellent way to de-stress. By practicing pranayama, you will build spiritual and emotional power to sustain a healthy life each day.
Cleansing will purify the system and allow the breath to run easily. Explanation and demonstration of Tratak, Neti, Kapalabhati, Dhauti, Nauli, and six classical purification exercises for the various parts of the body; namely the eyes, nose, air passages, esophagus and stomach, abdominal organs, and large intestine exercises and their effects will be shown. Individual instruction will be provided.
An introduction to the major body systems is given. The effects of asanas and pranayama on the cardiovascular system, muscular systems, digestion, skeletal, respiration, and endocrine system are explained in detail to the students. Diet and nutrition facts are also imparted for a better understanding of the anatomy. These classes will give you a deeper understanding by observing the mechanism of every posture.
The purpose is to give you knowledge of anatomy so that you leave with a better awareness of your own body. During the lessons, you will lay emphasis on how to adapt your practice by recognizing your weaknesses. These may be due to a lack of strength or flexibility in a particular area.
You will learn preparation techniques to make improvements in your practice. Throughout the classes, the assistant teachers provide you with complete personal attention to support you.
Begin your transformation journey through the daily exploration of yourself! This is about self-growth and includes the roots of yoga; simple and effective with coaching tools.
In these hours, you will learn and practice valuable tools and teaching methodology that will support you in becoming a powerful teacher. You will imbibe the ability to address a large group as well as learn to connect with each student in your class.
You will explore the use of your voice, language, body language, visualization, ability to connect with your students confidently through verbal cues, the use of props, effective demonstration, and acute observation with safe and effective physical adjustments.
You will study and learn to effectively nurture and preserve abundance through your yoga teaching career. The end of your training session will equip you with a complete resume to immediately begin promoting yourself as a yoga teacher.
Note: The schedule can be changed according to group and weather. Sundays will be your holidays.
Praba was born into a family of yogis who practice in the Ashtanga style that characterizes the south Indian yoga tradition. He is a talented teacher and teacher trainer and has been teaching for over six years. Through expert adjustments and a deep understanding of asana, his students’ abilities, and injuries, he is able to push his trainees to the next level in their personal practice as well as their own teaching.
Today I can say that Yoga represents for me the way back home, or rather the heart. When I go back to the heart, I am a human being more fulfilled and authentic. I completed numerous courses on yoga, meditation and self-development. I teach Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Hatha and Yin Yoga. My classes are an invitation to reconnect and rediscover one Self. Through the observation of the breath and the body we can acknowledge our own and unique energy; and to eventually free and empower our being.
Prachi was born in the northern part of India, Rajasthan. In her home state, she completed a master’s degree in sociology because she was intrigued by the different parts of human lives and how it affects social interaction. After this, she was still hungry for knowledge and finished a bachelor’s degree in education which gave her the opportunity to teach in secondary school, where she taught Hindi classes. She started her spiritual journey when she moved to Pune, where she lived near to the Ashram of Osho. She actively followed and practised Osho’s teachings daily for two years.
Dr Nitin Patil born in Kolhapur, interested in Ayurvedic herbal medicines since childhood is what brought him to study deeper in the philosophy of Ayurveda. He runs his Ayurvedic hospital in Kolhapur with specialized Keralian detox healing procedures. His interest in the anatomy of the human body got him interested to teach yoga students a deep understanding about yoga postures, alignments, deeper understanding about. His deep understanding knowledge and experience in Ayurveda make him the perfect member of the Upaya Team.
Ayush trained for several months in Mysore both in asana and pranayama refining his technique. His skills set is also enriched by a good understanding of Iyengar yoga. This brings into the class a teaching approach which promote more awareness of body and mind through the correct alignment and detailed explanations of the poses. Ayush has a contagious vitality that support the students in overcoming personal difficulties and enhance self- confidence in everybody practice.
Goa is the best location to learn and practice yoga in India. As one of the smallest and more recent State in India, Goa offers the opportunity to experience the local culture, traditions and tropical Nature in the smoothest and safest way.
The kindness and sympathy of the people make of Goa a welcoming home for all its visitors. The melting- pot of cultures enriches the spirit and the mentality of the place and explains the presence of a stable and animated community of foreigners. Especially the North- Goa, where we are based, testifies the successful encounter between East and West. Naturally, this meeting finds its best form of Goa Yoga.
To explore yoga in Goa is an experience which any yoga lover should try at least once. The energy and the spirituality of this land boost the dedication and the motivation of all yoga practitioners.
The teacher training courses are meant to reflect and amplify this alchemy. Upaya Yoga is the most well-known and established School in Goa due to the quality of its learning; the authenticity of its environment and unequaled location.
All the teacher training courses are well-rounded and balanced. They are open to beginners and advanced practitioners longing to add value and meaning to their journey.
In between the classes, some of the students are conquered by the beauty of the endless and vast sandy beach; whereas others relaxed pampered by the sounds of the tropical fauna in the lush tropical trees.
A yoga teacher training course at Upaya Yoga is a lifetime experience.
Any intense yogic practice requires a balanced and rich nutrition. It is crucial to adopt the correct diet during the teacher training course and so to nourish body and mind at the best.
They offer a healthy and delicious vegan diet. The food does not contain any meat, eggs or diary with the exception of chai (the traditional Indian milk tea) and curd in the morning. They also serve seasonal finger millet bread (ragi bread), brown rice, cereals and others aliments which are suitable for a gluten free nutrition.
All the meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are prepared daily in the school and are served as a buffet. They arrange a variegated menu to offer always a choice and optimal supply of all necessary nutrients (proteins, carbs, fibres).
They buy products available in the local market to guarantee the genuine flavour and the freshness of our ingredients. The dishes are cooked and combined together according to the Ayurveda principles.
In other words, the use of the ingredients is selected in accordance to the season and the weather condition. So, the organism can adjust easily to the new environment, the digestive system is not overloaded, the mind remains alert and the body is light. The use of the spices is drastically reduced and dosed to maintain a cool mind and not to impede meditation.
Especial care is also given to the water. The drinkable water is pure and reach in useful minerals. The guests may enjoy unlimited filtered water and so also reduce the pollution of plastic bottles in the environment.
Read below what is normally served during the meals.
A communal fridge is at disposal of the students, in the dining area, if they wish to integrate the meal with some little extra.
During your free time, you can go swimming on Arambol beach. Also, you can borrow books from the library if you would like to take them to your room so you can spend some time reading and studying.
Upaya Yoga Teacher Training offers spa treatments at an additional cost.
Goa International Airport
Connectivity is good throughout the area and fares are low. It’s also a great way to see various towns and cities. Goa’s public transport largely consists of privately operated buses linking the major towns to rural areas.
Government-run buses, maintained by the Kadamba Transport Corporation, link major routes and some remote parts of the state. However, public transport in Goa is less developed, and residents depend heavily on their own transportation, usually motorized two-wheelers, and small family cars.
If you arrive by train, there is a free pick up service provided by Upaya Yoga Center.
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