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Yogakutir invites you to an inspiring 200-hour yoga teacher training, exploring the full spectrum of yoga, including health, nutrition, personal development and creative expression. The program is also suitable for practitioners who may not be interested in teaching yoga but would like to take their own practice and knowledge to a deeper level. If you already teach, you may simply want to use this course to enhance your skills and provide an opportunity to immerse yourself once again in practice and study.
Satsanga Retreat features 15 warmly furnished guest rooms; all offer private bathrooms with solar hot water, mosquito nets and ceiling fans.
Satsanga Retreat provides a relaxed, intimate community setting. The center features two beautiful yoga shalas with wood flooring, swimming pool, tropical gardens for gathering as a group or relaxing solo.
The Yogakutir teacher training is considered an inspirational and comprehensive yoga training course which provides the first stepping stone in your teaching journey and qualifies you to begin teaching yoga professionally. It offers a deep and often life changing experience.
The Yogakutir Yoga Teacher Training school has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance UK, demonstrating that their courses are of the highest standard and that the graduates may use the title 'Registered Yoga Teacher' as a sign of quality training. The course training hours far exceed the minimum requirement of 200 hours from Yoga Alliance.
You will be taught traditional Hatha yoga, giving you a solid foundation from which you will develop your own teaching skills and methods. You will explore through study and practice, an inspirational integral system of yoga including all paths of yoga; Raja, Bhakti, Karma and Jnana.
Alongside this are workshops to help you find your confidence as a teacher and your own unique teaching style. The trainers will provide a strong emphasis on health, which will come not only through teachings but also through experiencing a healthy diet whilst together for your residential part of the trainings.
Daily meditation and chanting will form an integral part of the course alongside the practice and study of yoga asanas, yoga philosophy and the principles of a yogic lifestyle. Each student is encouraged to find their own voice and develop their creativity in developing their teaching skills.
A daily yoga class
Daily meditation practice and instruction on how to teach meditation to others
Exploration and study of major yogic texts, including the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita and the Hatha yoga Pradipika
Exploring the relevance of yoga philosophy in today's society and yoga ethics, how to live a more effective, positive and harmonious life
In-depth sessions focused on sequencing alignment and adjustments including vinyasa sequences of standing poses, forward bends, twists, back bends, inversions and balances etc.
Lessons in basic Sanskrit and pronouncing the asana names and mantras
Practices for creative self-expression to develop confidence and authentic teaching
Practicing purifying and detoxifying hatha yoga kriyas
Study of the physical and energetic anatomy of the human body
Traditional Hatha yoga practices - includes the progressive practice of traditional yoga techniques with emphasis on asana, pranayama, kriya, bandha, meditation and chanting Sanskrit mantras. During your personal practice classes, you will receive adjustments and corrections to help you improve and advance.
Teaching methodology - includes qualities of a yoga teacher, ethics, how to observe, demonstrate, motivate, assist / correct, instruct, understand different teaching styles, how to set up and start your own yoga classes.
Teaching experience - includes teaching practice in a class environment, observing, assisting, giving / receiving feedback in relation to teaching.
Anatomy and physiology - study of the various major body systems and how they are affected by Hatha yoga, including the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, skeletal and muscular systems and endocrine system. We will also be looking at the energetic anatomy of the human system including chakras and tattwas and how an understanding of these deepen and broaden our practice and effectiveness of teaching methodology.
Yoga philosophy and history - origins of yoga, the evolution of yoga, yogic lifestyle, making the ancient practices relevant today. The four paths of yoga including - Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Raja yoga and Jnana yoga.
Nutrition and health - what constitutes a yogic diet and the benefits, the three gunas, and exploring why positive nutrition is not just about food.
Keeping a spiritual diary - throughout the course you will be given guidance of keeping a record of your practice and how this can help you progress along the path.
Assessment and certification - you are assessed throughout the course and will be required to submit various summaries of work, in both written, oral and creative forms of presentation.
There will be a final assessment including practical teaching sessions and a written assessment at the end of the course. Graduates will receive a Yoga Alliance 200 hour teaching certificate.
Teaching yoga is a lifelong and beautiful journey. It is a commitment to continued personal practice and self-development. To remain always a student is paramount on a path of continuous learning, growing and evolving. The commitment to this path is full of countless benefits and joy. May your endeavors be fruitful and joyous and may you spread that joy through your example and teaching.
An excellent yoga teacher shares from direct experience and a proper understanding of the spiritual teachings and discipline of yoga. As a yoga teacher, we need to develop ourselves and our own practice to a deeper level and only then can we truly share with others.
Satsanga Retreat is family-run retreat center and guest house, with a friendly staff of 25, mostly employed from the local village. They are situated in the village of Verla Canca, located between Anjuna Beach and Mapusa in Goa, India. Satsanga Retreat offers an array of yoga retreats, workshops, yoga teacher trainings and yoga holidays with renowned teachers from around the World.
Full board food is included in the cost.
Satsanga Retreat serves vegetarian meals made with the freshest ingredients purchased at the local markets daily. Locally grown and organic foods are used whenever possible.
For breakfast, youll enjoy a buffet breakfast with tropical fruits, muesli, yogurt, oatmeal and freshly baked bread with butter and jams. Afternoon and evening meals vary daily and include beautifully prepared traditional Indian and Ayurvedic dishes.
There is so much to do and see in Goa. During your free time, you can go to one of the many eclectic and beautiful beaches, colorful markets, tour the spice plantation, take an excursion to Old Goa to see the Portuguese Cathedrals and Hindu Temples, and have a consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor or a session with a renowned Vedic Astrologer.
Anjuna Beach - A fun place to go, with many handy-craft shacks and coconut stands. Its not a beach to spend the whole day at, but has a fun hippy vibe. The Shore Bar offers the perfect view of the magical Goan Sunset, and has an excellent menu, just 10 minutes by scooter or taxi.
Ashwem Beach - A beautiful, pristine, and fairly tranquil beach, 25 minutes away by scooter or taxi. Ashwem features the upscale beach shack restaurant called La Plag, which is known for its exquisite menu and view.
Arambol Beach - A magical place with a beautiful beach, great shacks and shops, and a nice hiking trail through the jungle lies behind the beach. Arambol is the perfect place to spend the whole day and is 30 minutes away by taxi.
Calangute Beach - Busy and colorful, with many beach shacks, sunbeds and umbrellas. The favorite shack is Dominos, which has a friendly staff and high standards in the kitchen, 15 minutes away by scooter or taxi.
Dr. Laxmi - An excellent Ayurvedic doctor in the nearby village of Assago. Dr. Laxmi provides consultation to determine your Ayurvedic constitution or if you would like to learn about an Ayurvedic approach to different health issues. She also offers various Ayurvedic treatments in her small clinic.
Anjuna Flea Market - Held every Wednesday from 09:00 until sunset, this market began in the 1960s when Anjuna Beach was inhabited mostly by hippies. The flea market was born when tourists, who had a great desire to stay in Anjuna, but who were short on cash, started selling their belongings second-hand to other travelers. Although you can still find some used items at the market, today vendors from all over India, as well as many foreigners, have stalls at the massive open-air market and sell clothing, jewelry, handy-crafts, etc. Anjuna Market is 15 minutes away by taxi.
Artjuna - An Artist Colony boutique with arts, crafts, clothing and jewelry made by artists throughout the world. Artjuna has a lovely cafe where you can enjoy a nice coffee or tea and homemade cake. Artjuna is 12 minutes away by taxi in Anjuna.
Buddha Arts - the place in Goa to buy statues of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, Buddhas, tingsha bells, singing bowls, art and antiques. Buddha Arts is 15 minutes away by taxi in Baga.
Fab India - a store that offers a range of textiles, jewelry, crafts, teas, items for the home, and gifts. Fab India makes shopping easy because they have buyers purchasing high-quality goods from throughout India. Not only is the quality excellent, but the prices are fair and fixed (as opposed to most shops where you must bargain). Fab India has two locations, Candolim and Mapusa, 15 and 5 minutes away from Satsanga, respectively.
Mapusa Market - Mapusa Market is open daily, and this is where the locals shop for everything from spices, to fruits and vegetables, to saris. Here you will find rows of tailors, cobblers, and vendors selling every ware imaginable. Fridays are special because sellers from throughout Goa arrive to set-up sidewalk stalls. Although open every day, Sundays are more quiet in Mapusa Market, with only 30% of the shops open for business. Mapusa Market is 5 minutes away by taxi.
Saturday Night Market - You can spend the evening listening to an eclectic mix of live music, sampling food from the many restaurants around Goa that have stalls, and shopping under the stars in the warm night air. The Saturday Night Market has both Indian and foreign vendors selling textiles, jewelry and handy-crafts from all over the world. Its great to go early (to avoid traffic) and spend the whole evening. The Saturday Night Market is 12 minutes away by taxi in the village of Arpora.
Villa Blanche Bistro & Boutique - A lovely, intimate garden cafe offering beautiful salads and other healthy fare, as well as the best homemade breads, cakes and ice cream in all of Goa. Villa Blanches boutique is very special, offering a small collection of clothing, art and handicrafts from local artists and designers. Villa Blanche is located 5 minutes away by taxi in the village of Assago.
Dudhasagar Waterfall - Is about a 2-hour drive southeast and lies at the border of Karnataka and Goa. It is among the worlds 100 highest waterfalls, cascading 2,000 feet down into the wooded mountains of the Western Ghats. The falls are located in an idyllic tropical forest with abundant wildlife, rivers, and a swimming lagoon. The falls are most stunning to visit in the months immediately following the monsoon, October, November and December.
Old Goa - Goa has gorgeous Portuguese architecture, and its worth hiring a taxi for the day to tour around Old Goa where youll see homes and cathedrals built between 1600 and 1900.
Spice plantation - Located in the village of Ponda, about 40 minutes away by taxi, the spice plantation offers a tour where you can see herbs and spice plants growing in their natural environment. The tour is informative, but also a bit touristic. Your guide will share with you the many ways the different plants can be used medicinally. The tour ends with a professional coconut-tree climber making his way up a 15-meter tree, cutting a coconut, and making his way back down in a matter of 30 seconds! The price of the tour also includes a lunch buffet. They have a small shop where you can buy products from the plantation, including spices, essential oils, and herbal remedies.
Traveling tailor - Bhupat provides tailoring services at Satsanga Retreat. You can have any article of clothing copied or design something new to wear. Bhupat brings fabric samples and takes measurements and within a few days returns with your tailor-made clothing.
Vedic Astrologer - Masterji, as he is known in Goa, is a renowned Vedic astrologer. He is consulted by Indians on the most important issues, including whether a young man and woman should marry, as well as the most auspicious day for their ceremony. Masterji is a mainstay at the Fort Aguada Beach Resort, a 5-star hotel about 20-minutes away.
Village loop walk - If walking complements your yoga practice at home, theres a great 4.5 kilometers walk around the village of Verla Canca. Theres so much to see, and the villagers are very friendly. Its the perfect walk for early to mid-morning or early evening, when its cooler and shady.
Pedicures, manicures, facials and waxing are available at an extra cost. Also, an array of rejuvenation therapies like Swedish massage, Fusion massage, Sports massage, Abghyanga and Shirudhara.
The nearest airport is Dabolim Airport (GOI). A taxi transfer can be arranged at an extra cost of approximately 15 GBP. Please contact Yogakutir to arrange for the same.
You can also organize a taxi upon arrival at the airport, but Satsanga Retreat is very difficult to find, and if you are not familiar with the area, it is advisable that a taxi from the village is sent to meet you.
The nearest train station is Tivim, which is 12 kilometers from Satsanga Retreat. If youre taking the train from a major city such as Mumbai, youll first arrive in Margao at the Madgaon Railway Station to take a connecting train to Tivim Station.