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31 Day 300-Hour Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy Teacher Training in Varkala Beach, Kerala

Vedansha Retreat Hotel, North Cliff, Tibetan Market, Near Helipad, Varkala Kerala 695141, India

Kerala, India Yoga Therapy Teacher Training

This course gives you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in the therapeutic aspect of yoga. During this course, you will improve your knowledge and master the techniques of yoga therapy and know how to apply asana, pranayamas, meditation, mantras, yoga anatomy, yogic nutrition, postural correction, and Ayurveda in the supplemental treatment of common diseases. You will learn case histories and understand how to implement yoga therapy in your class. The Institute's yoga teachers and therapists are professionals, with 5 to 30 years of experience.

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Sanjeev, Sandeep, Deepak, & 2 More…
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  • Therapeutic meditation and pranayama
  • Learn deeper anatomy and applied asana
  • Case histories analysis and physiology of common diseases
  • Certificate of attendance upon completion of the course
  • Excursions and Ayurvedic massages
  • Yogic cleansing kit and Mala
  • 30 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


30 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer available:
Cochin International Airport (US$70 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Trivandrum International Airport (US$25 per person)
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  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot

Starting from January October 2019, Vedansha Institute Kerala is happy to offer absolutely great accommodation at a reasonable price. Located in Varakal Cliff only 70 meters from the beach, far from noisy streets, and crowd in a newly built building, they offer single, shared twin, shared double, family suite and comfortable dormitory rooms.

The accommodation will help you to relax and concentrate on your priorities for the retreat. There are a total of 10 air-conditioned fresh renovated rooms. Most of the rooms have a wonderful view of the beach area or forest. Each room has a big private bathroom and equipped with the following facilities:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot water
  • Air conditioned
  • TV
  • Security
  • Clean towels, bed sheets, pillow and bed covers, and blankets
  • Toilet paper
  • Free filtered water
  • Inverter and generator in case of light off

Vedansha also provide car parking and restaurant area. Please note that sometimes the power goes off in the whole city area. During these moments, you will have light, air condition, Wi-Fi in your rooms because of the special electricity generator.


The institute

The Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine was founded by Yogachariya Dr. Sanjeev Pandey Ji. It was established to provide education in Vedic science, holistic treatment and support programs with yogic and Ayurvedic methods in common and non-curative diseases, and help humans control emotions, remove fears, improve their lives, find themselves in a society of modern technology, and open their power in order to feel harmony and happiness.

The institute is accredited by the international Yoga Alliance USA and followed it's policy on Sexual Misconduct towards the client, that makes all their programs safe and secure for female students.

The institute keeps the ancient yogic tradition of Himalayan masters adapted to contemporary service requirements according to international standards of yoga education. Its teachers were born in yogic families and have scientific degrees in yoga, astrology, and Ayurveda. Its yoga masters have spent more than 90,000 hours on improving their practice of yoga postures and meditation.

Its founder, Dr. Sanjeev Pandey, has spent more than 20,000 hours in deep meditation in the Himalayan mountains. Vedansha collaborates with medical doctors and performs research in yoga and cancer in Germany. It also performs special healing programs for people with different diseases to support their health.

Its programs are based on centuries-old traditions and adapted to contemporary conditions that make its clients 99% satisfied.

Curriculum: Yoga sutras

Panch-Klesha (Five Causes of Pain & Miseries)

  • Yama, niyama (social and personal rules and regulations), asana (physical posture), pranayama (breathing techniques), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the mind from the senses), Dharna (concentration), Dhayan (meditation), Samadhi (self-realization) - intermediate level
  • 9 disturbances of mind, possibilities of control, Kriya yoga
  • Functional model of 7 chakras from a philosophical point of view
  • Stages in the yogic experiences and its achievements by birth or through training
  • Philosophical aspects of Bhagavat Geeta
  • Philosophical aspects of the different form of Samadhi


  • Yoga asana
  • Bio-mechanics of asana
  • Kinesiology of asana
  • Observation and assessment
  • How to create the asana sequence
  • Back strength sequence
  • Abdominal muscles strength sequence
  • Stretching hamstring and back
  • Asana sequence for preparation to pranayama
  • Common postural misalignment
  • Surya and Chandra namaskara and their effect on the practice
  • Body reading report
  • Joint freedom
  • Creation of movement
  • Assessment of joint mobility
  • Ayurvedic cycles within a yoga pose
  • Principle of Vinyasa
  • Vinyasa and dosha
  • Vinyasa and breath
  • Vinyasa for vata, pitta, and kapha

Pranayama and Mudras

  • Anatomy of natural respiration
  • Types of breath
  • Healing aspects of pranayama
  • Retention and its therapeutic effect
  • Improvement of pranayama techniques (Neti, Kapalabhati, Nadi Shodana, Surya Bheda, Bastrika, Sheetali, Shetkari, Bramari, plavini, Chandra bheda, Murcha, Pratiloma Ujjayi intermediate and advanced level)
  • Intermediate mudras and badas
  • Parana and lifestyle
  • Mediation aspects of pranayama

Mantra and pranayama

  • Kriyas (body cleansing methods) intermediate level
  • The concept of breath and movement
  • Achieving of mental steadiness
  • Postures for pranayama
  • The breathing cycle
  • Pranayama and therapy aspect


  • Standard meditation practice (AUM meditation, Trataka, yoga Nidra, sound, Mantra, morning meditation, Nadi meditation, 5 elements meditation, Kundalini meditation)

Meditation postures

  • Meditation in brain anatomy and physiology
  • Meditation in breathing anatomy and physiology


  • Intermediate Mantras, Hindu Gods, and mantras related with them

Anatomy and physiology comparing allopathic and yogic system

  • Skeletal (spine, hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, arms, joints, upper/low back, pelvis, ligaments), muscular (muscles of low, up extremities, chest, back, neck), and nervous system (central and peripheral parts)
  • Yogic purification (shatkarma)


  • The concept of tridsosha, ama, Ayurvedic nutrition, day regimes, Ayurvedic physiology
  • Concept of Agni
  • The role of taste
  • Food as a medicine
  • The connection of asana, pranayama, and diet
  • Acupressure in Ayurveda
  • Marma therapy

Special healing methods

  • Elements of craniosacral therapy
  • Cranial mobility and flexibility
  • Treatment of lumbosacral joint
  • Treatment of cranium-cervical joint
  • Treatment of intracranial dura
  • Treatment of transverse diaphragm
  • Neuroanatomy

Teaching methodology

  • Teaching the standard concept of preparation of your own class with attention to the psychology of the clients in yoga class
  • Ethic of yoga therapist
  • Designing your personal program
  • Overcoming obstacles to healing

Clinical assessment of the patient

  • Interview, history of the disease, family history, and habits
  • Body-mind connection
  • Cases of common disease and their yogic treatment

Introduction of the pathology of common diseases and syndromes with the case study

  • Anxiety, burn-out syndrome, depression, back pain syndrome, Insomnia, migraine, brain injuries, insults/infarcts, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease
  • Scoliosis, props, hernias, arthritis, statement after fractures, luxations, operations on muscle-skeletal apparat
  • Body lean forward, body leans backward, titled head, high shoulder, round shoulders, arm turned out / in, arm out from hip, winging scapula, flat back, high hip, hip twisted, hyper-extended knee, knock knees, bowed legs, leg outward / inward, flat foot

Clinical assessment of the patient

  • Objective assessment / connection with the medical practitioner if there is a need for some examinations and diagnosis
  • How to make a therapy plan
  • Introduction of the pathology of common diseases and syndromes with a case study
  • Arterial hypertony, low arterial pressure, heart failure, thyroid gland disorders
  • Cancer of different organ systems
  • Urine tract disorders, infertility, menopause, menstrual cycle disorders, chronic pelvic pain
  • Gastritis, colitis, some forms of hepatitis, cholecystitis, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome
  • Diabetes, rheumatism, obesity, anorexia
  • Alcohol, drug, play addictions
  • Allergy
  • Common child diseases
  • Professional diseases of sportsman, dancers, drivers, etc.

Management of yogic of common diseases with a case study

  • Musculoskeletal system disorders, yogic methods
  • Respiratory system disorders, yogic methods
  • Cardio-vascular system disorders, yogic methods
  • Gastrointestinal system disorders, yogic methods
  • Nervous system disorders, yogic methods
  • Uro-genital system disorders, yogic methods
  • Professional diseases disorders yogic methods
  • Pre / post surgery concept from Vedic view
  • Chemotherapy / cancer treatment associated supportive methods


  • Interest to learn Vedic science
  • Successful pre-payment
  • Individuals with disabilities or ailments are advised to refrain from applying
  • Minimum age at the time of admission is 18 years. Applicants aged over 60 years could apply after consultation
  • Pregnant women need a medical authorization permitting them to practice yoga from their own country with translation in English
  • Any candidate found unfit after the commencement of the course will not be permitted to continue the training and a refund of fees and other charges will not be admissible.
  • This teacher training course requires educational abilities and the desire to study the program according to the standards of Yoga Alliance USA. Students are reminded to remain aware and respectful of cultural differences among the participants and teachers. Any disruptions to the teaching process or behavior deemed harmful to other students, teachers, or the institute's property is in violation of the rules and policies of Vedansha Institute. Violation of the school's policies may result in dismissal from the program without any refund of the course fees.
  • The course will be conducted in English. Any other mentioned language is used for online communication and in some cases can be used in communication during the course on the place. If you wish to get a translator for any other language kindly request to ask about availability before booking. If a booking is done without the request of translation Vedansha have right to cancel the booking and refund the deposit. If translation will be requested on place Vedansha has right to dismiss the client from the course and do not refund the deposit. If a client request to arrange another school with appropriate language ability it can be done upon request if the school with this language is available in Rishikesh for extra costs.
  • The booking should be performed by the person who is going to participate in the course. If a booking is done by the third person (relatives, friends, parents etc) the direct participant should send Vedansha an email or scanned copy of confirmation that he/she acknowledge the program, rules and regulations of the organizer.

Example of daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 06:30 Wake up and cleansing
  • 06:30 - 07:00 Shatkriya and herbal tea - yogic cleansing with Jala neti (special techniques of nose cleansing), pooja (mantra recitation and fire ceremony purification)
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Yoga therapy practice
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Pranayama: breathing exercises with Mudra, Bandha, and retention
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast: special yogic menu
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Vedic philosophy / teaching methology
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Yoga therapy theory class
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Free time
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Yoga anatomy 2 weeks / asana alignment 2 weeks
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Yin yoga / Tibetan yoga / Ayurveda
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Yoga Nidra/ guided meditation: guided relaxation practice, meditation, and concentration
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Special event
  • 20:00 - 22:00 Free time
  • 22:00 - 06:00 Sleep

Included excursions

During the course, according to weather, road conditions, and amount of students, Vedansha will offer different types of excursions in Kerala and near Varkala including visit a spiritual temple in Himalaya, meditation in a cave under the guidance of an experienced teacher, visit Ganga Aarti, waterfalls, and Beatles Ashram. Sometimes, the excursion can be changed or replaced with an equal offer if the conditions of weather or any other issue took place.


Sanjeev Pandey

Sandeep Semwal

Deepak Aggrawal

Dr. Dipak Saklani

Bipin Bartwal


This yoga teacher training will take place in Varkala Beach, in the state of Kerala, India.

Nearby places

  • Varkala beach, 70 meters
  • Thiruvananthapuram (or Trivandrum) International Airport - 1 hour 40 minutes, 36 kilometers
  • Varkala Lake, 2 kilometers
  • 2000 yrs old Janardhana swami temple, 4 kilometers
  • Anjengo Fort, 10 kilometers


All food that you get during the course is freshly cooked. Vedansha Institute takes care of the food quality. If you eat outside sometimes, you can have problems with your stomach. Remember that it's better to ask for fewer amounts of spices for your meal preparation in the restaurants if you have a sensitive stomach or any stomach problems.

Vedansha Institute provides pure drink filtered water. They only cater vegetarian and vegan meal. Like in Rishikesh, non-vegetarian meal is not provided. They can fulfill all dietary requirements from gluten-free meal to special menu for diabetes, obesity, kidney failure, cancer, etc.

Here, you can find standard dishes that they offer during the week. Each meal time includes 3-5 different dishes.

Breakfast menu

  • Different sauces are used for the preparation
  • Oatmeal porridge
  • Cereals
  • Poha
  • Sevai
  • Paratha (plain, stuffed with cheese, potatoes, and green spices)
  • Puri with peas sauce
  • Bread
  • Pakora
  • 14 sandwich
  • Different fruits
  • Sprouts
  • Plus different types of healthy superfood
  • Mung bean pancakes
  • Dalia

Lunch or dinner menu

  • Boiled mixed vegetable sabzi (spinach, mushrooms, potatoes, and gourd)
  • 15 sabzi (cauliflower, pumpkin, and broccoli)
  • Sabzi (potatoes and tomatoes)
  • Moon dal, arhar dal, masoor dal, chana dal, and rajma dal
  • Makhnee Kari
  • Rice Chapatti
  • Shahi paneer
  • Matar paneer
  • 16 khadaip paneer
  • Different dishes with tofu
  • Ridge gourd
  • Vegetarian pasta
  • Kad ginger
  • Khitchari soups (mushrooms, gourd, tomato, onion, and vegetable)


  • Pumpkin halwa
  • Kheersuzi halwa

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Naturopathic
  • Fruitarian
  • Yogic
  • 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)

During your free time, you can book a detailed aura check-up with a written report about the aura statement, disturbances in aura if they are present, supporting methods, and treatment advices of a naturopathic specialist. You can receive an individual plan of asana postures, pranayama, herbs, and meditative practice.

Spa treatments

You will be able to enjoy three Ayurvedic procedures, which are included in the price package. Additional spa treatments will be available on request, for an additional cost.

What's included

  • 1 short aura check up
  • 1 t-shirt with the school symbol
  • 3 excursions in Himalaya
  • 3 daily yogic nutrition and beverages
  • 3 Ayurvedic massages
  • 30 nights accommodation
  • Accompanying and supporting during time of staying in the Institute (help provided 24 hours)
  • Cleansing kit
  • Mala (stringof beads) energised by Guru Ji Yogachariya Dr. S.K.Pandey, PhD (Yoga and Naturopathy)
  • Study materials
  • Theoretical and practical skills in yogic treatment of common diseases
  • Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Additional ayurvedic procedures and consultations
  • Detailed aura check-up
  • Naturopathic consultation

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Trivandrum International Airport (TRV) or Cochin International Airport (COK).

Airport: Cochin International Airport Airport transfer available: Cochin International Airport (US$70 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Trivandrum International Airport Airport transfer available: Trivandrum 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 14% 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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