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24 Days 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, India
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Anahata Retreat center, North Goa, India

200 hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Alpha Yoga School offers a unique combination of carefully designed, thoroughly prepared, well-balanced study content presented by an expert team of highly experienced teaches with years of international teaching practice. Your teacher training will not only be remembered as the time that you invested in your self-improvement but the time when you built new friendships, empowering habits, and inspiring skills. Yes, you will study hard and you will work hard but you will also expand both your knowledge and your body. At the end of it all, it will forever become the time you took for YOU, the time to remember, the time of your life.

This 200-hour Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training course is designed for all levels of yogis who want to build a correct and safe foundation and for those who wish to deepen their already existing yoga practice. No matter where you are in your practice, you will definitely improve your own practice. We will offer you the tools to understand how to create / sequence vinyasa flow classes and experience a well-rounded curriculum that will develop you into confident yoga teachers.

This course gives a strong foundation to build your self-practice. As your practice deepens, sharing your personal experience in the form of teaching naturally blossoms. Through practical application and direct experience, you will develop the skills, tools, and confidence to teach Vinyasa yoga classes. You will connect anatomy knowledge with sequencing techniques to develop safe vinyasa classes.

You will study and practice yoga poses, breathing techniques, meditation, mindfulness, intelligent sequencing, teaching skills, and hands-on adjustments. The theory will include Indian philosophy, yogic lifestyle, moral and ethical codes of yoga (yamas and niyamas), Eastern anatomy, and postures alignment.

You will teach your fellow students from week one, the first one to one, then in small groups and later to half of the group. You will give and receive constructive feedback throughout the course for your teaching. You will practice primarily Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga, and some afternoons Yin and Restorative yoga to balance the body. By the end of the course, you will be able to teach and create your own Vinyasa sequences, self-practice the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series by yourself.

Come as a practitioner, leave as a teacher.

Meet the instructors

Joanna, Martin, & Laura
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  • Daily yoga practice
  • Certification to register with Yoga Alliance
  • Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Yoga classes in the mornings
  • Teaching your fellow students and receiving feedback from them and the teachers
  • Hands-on adjustments, alignment classes, workshops, and Ayurveda
  • 23 nights accommodation in a beautiful eco-friendly retreat center
  • Delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner included
  • Yoga equipment provided

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

24 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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Anahata offers single, shared twin, and shared triple accommodation options.

  • Single: 1 double bed
  • Shared Twin: 2 single beds
  • Triple Room: 3 single beds

Anahata has reserved for our training ten rooms in total. The rooms are divided into:

  • Wooden eco-chic cottages
  • Portuguese Suites
  • Anahata Villas (suitable for triple rooms)

The entire property is beachfront and most of the rooms have fantastic sea views.

All eco-chic cottages are spacious, palm-thatched cabins built on stilts. You will enjoy the closeness of the natural elements and the stunning views of the Arabian Sea from your terrace. In every room, you will find a private bathroom with a closet and a safe deposit box.

The eco-chic cottages are divided into 3 categories: beachfront, sea view, and garden view. The sea view cottages and the beachfront cottages are air-conditioned, while the other cottages are equipped with standing fans.

The Portuguese Suites have sea view and are all air-conditioned, with a private terrace, and comfortable furniture. To guarantee a great relaxing retreat, all beds in Anahata have upscale pillow-top mattresses, luxury linen, and gorgeous silky white mosquito netting.

The Anahata villas are the largest rooms, build with mango wood flooring and are air-conditioned with en-suite bathroom. They don’t have a sea view but are facing a large garden.



You will study and practice yoga poses, breathing techniques, meditation, mindfulness, intelligent sequencing, teaching skills, and hands-on adjustments. The theory will include Indian philosophy, yogic lifestyle and ethics, anatomy, and alignment.

You will teach your fellow students, giving and receiving constructive feedback throughout the course. You will practice primarily Ashtanga and Vinyasa with exposure to Yin and Restorative yoga. By the end of the course, you will practice the Ashtanga yoga primary series by yourself, teach classes based on the primary sequence, and create your own Vinyasa sequences.

"Ashtanga" means eight limbs. These limbs are laid out by Sage Patanjali in his "Yoga Sutras" and provide systematic steps that internally and externally purify the mind and body so that one may better connect to the divinity within themselves.

Practicing Ashtanga yoga means practicing these eight limbs. Asana, or yogic posture, is the third limb and one that has become most familiar in the present age. Asana lays the foundation for the rest of the limbs to unfold and the Ashtanga Vinyasa method uses this as its starting point.

Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga prescribes a set sequence of postures linked by the breath. Through the practice of free-breathing, postures (asanas), and gazing point (dristi), one slowly gains control of the senses and mind. Over time, with repeated practice and devotion, it unfolds into a moving meditation, awakening a sense of subtle awareness.

The mind becomes calmer, and slowly, we are able to clear away the clutter that gets in the way of clarity. When this happens, the light of yoga begins to shine. This is the transformational beauty of the practice. Through this practice, no matter your starting point, results will emerge. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned practitioner looking to finally take a swing at teaching, the best place to begin is now.

Detailed course content

  • Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Primary Series asanas
  • Correct alignment for the Ashtanga primary series yoga postures
  • Modifications and variations of the most common yoga asanas
  • Hands-on-adjustments - very helpful classes which you won't find in other yoga training
  • Creating your own vinyasa flow classes and teaching them
  • How to demonstrate postures (when to demo, when not to demo)
  • Jump back and jump through
  • Yoga anatomy: basic concepts of functional anatomy applied to yoga practice
  • Common injuries during practice and how to avoid them
  • Pranayama and meditation techniques and benefits
  • Mantra learning/chanting
  • Mudras and bandhas and their benefits
  • Yoga philosophy
  • Ayurveda science
  • How to teach a 45-minute class to a 90-minute long class
  • How to give clear instructions (verbal instructions)
  • Yoga career and building your own business


Payment does not ensure certification. Students must meet all requirements successfully in order to graduate.

At the end of the training and upon successful completion of the written and practical exam, you will be qualified to teach Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga and will receive a 200-hour certification eligible to register with Yoga Alliance.

Course details

The yoga teacher training program is a practical and theoretical training course designed to help you become a confident and effective yoga teacher for all levels of students. You will have lots of opportunities to practice teaching. On day one, you will start teaching one-on-one and, as the course continues, you will progress to teaching larger groups.

By the end of the course, you will be able to teach mixed-level open yoga classes confidently. Since this is not a yoga retreat or holiday, students will be asked to actively participate, study, do their homework and prepare for the classes based on the requirements and recommendations of their teachers.

Teaching methodology

You will learn essential sequencing principles in order to create your own Vinyasa Flow classes. You will look at:

  • The difference between sequencing for more experienced students and for beginners
  • Different types of Vinyasa classes:
  • Well rounded class
  • Peak pose class
  • 1 flow one peak
  • Themed classes
  • How to demonstrate asanas including reasons to demonstrate, when, why, do's and don'ts
  • How to hold the seat of a teacher and the energy of the class
  • How to project your voice
  • How to modify asanas
  • How to work with an open level class
  • How to give verbal instructions

There will be lots of practical teaching, planning, guidance and feedback on how to improve and enhance these skills. You will observe, teach, and receive constructive feedback from your fellow students and teachers.

Morning asana classes

The asana curriculum is equally split between ashtanga and vinyasa, meaning that you will practice three Ashtanga and three Vinyasa classes per week. The Ashtanga classes will progress gradually, while the Vinyasa classes will usually include pranayama, warm-up, sun salutations and variations, basic, intermediate and advanced yoga postures, postural alignment, deep relaxation techniques, and chanting.

Alignment and hands-on adjustments

You will have regular opportunities to practice hands-on adjustments with feedback from your teachers and peers.Alpha Yoga School will examine each of the main postures of the Ashtanga yoga primary sequence in terms of:

  • Correct key alignment and aim of each pose
  • Common misalignments of yoga poses
  • Misconceptions and tendencies
  • Modifications using props
  • Advanced variations
  • Hands-on adjustments


Every two to three days, there will be workshops where you will break down complex postures like lotus, headstand, deep backbends, transitions, chaturanga dandasana, and deep inversions. Alpha Yoga School teaches baby pre-requisite steps that include preparation exercises, appropriate warm-ups, and requirements for the full posture. These classes will bring safety, awareness, and mindfulness to your practice and teaching.


In these classes, you will explore functional yoga anatomy and how to safely deepen your practice through your vehicle of exploration; the body. You will learn about the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems through a comprehensive breakdown of the various regions of the body most applicable to the practice.

Through hands-on, practical application, you will investigate the different types of connective tissues, experience the movements of the joints, and connect with your fascial body. You will leave with a more profound understanding of both your own body as well as your students.


Yoga philosophy is interwoven throughout the course. In this module, you will explore what yoga really is; its meanings, significances, and practices. You will investigate the roots of the practice; the Vedic tradition, while simultaneously embracing the beauty of the present moment.

Together, you will travel back in time to explore Vedic culture, myths, and mantras, and then continue down the evolutionary paths of both classical and modern yoga practices. You will be introduced to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the Bhagavad Gita, gaining both traditional and contemporary insight on their commentaries, while exploring the lifestyle and ethical guidelines of yoga.


Ayurveda, the Vedic science of health and longevity, is intrinsically linked to the practice of yoga. These two sister sciences developed together and are traditionally taught together. You will explore the foundations of this extraordinary holistic discipline while learning its basic principles of Self-healing that can be applied both on and off the mat.

Come as a practitioner, leave as a teacher.

Daily schedule

  • 07:00-09:00 Ashtanga/Vinyasa yoga asana class (on alternating days)
  • 09:00-10:00 Pranayama and meditation
  • 10:00-11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00-13:00 Anatomy/philosophy (on alternating days)
  • 13:00-15:00 Lunch
  • 15:00-16:45 Alignment of asanas, hands-on adjustments. Students teaching each other in small groups
  • 16:45-17:00 Break
  • 17:00-18:00 Asana class (Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative class) / Vinyasa in theory
  • 18:00-19:00 Workshops (every two days) / Teaching skills / Sequencing
  • 19:00-20:00 Dinner
  • Check-in is on March 7, 2020, after 2 p.m. Welcome meeting at 5 p.m.
  • Check-out is on March 30, 2020, at 11 a.m.

Your instructors

Joanna Vladescu

Joanna started practicing yoga in a studio in Athens in 2005. Unwilling to miss a class, she knew that she had found a beautiful practice, both physically and mentally.

Since 2009 she has completed workshops and advanced studies with first-generation teachers of Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage including Manju Jois, David Swenson, Eddie Stern, Laruga Glaser, Kristina Karitinou, Rolf Naujokat, David Garrigues.

She completed teacher training in Ashtanga Yoga and Advanced Vinyasa Yoga in Goa, India. She completed a 50-hour Teacher Tune-up course with Noah Maze.

She is dedicated to her Ashtanga practice, always looking for a teacher. When she's in India, she continues her studies with Regina Ehlers. She practices and teaches primarily Ashtanga, Vinyasa Yoga and handstands. She likes to inspire people to adopt Ashtanga as a therapeutic method of self-transformation and self-discovery.

In her class, she emphasizes the bandhas and breath, that allow us to make our practice more than just physical exercise. She gives modifications for all body types as she believes yoga is for everyone and everyone has his/her own limitations. The yoga pose is not about how it looks, but how it feels.

She is funny, caring, inspiring and gives full attention to her students. She will take your practice to the next level with precise verbal and hands-on adjustments. Joanna is a Thai Massage Therapist and has a degree in Economics.

Martin Sittek

Martin started practicing yoga regularly in 2008 once he realized that it brought peace, relaxation, and balance to his otherwise sedentary and stressful lifestyle. Starting first with traditional Hatha yoga classes, he later transitioned to more dynamic styles of Vinyasa yoga.

Inevitably, he developed a curiosity about other aspects of yoga. He quit his job and traveled to India in pursuit of an overall practice of yoga. He never looked back.

After completing 200-hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Sampoorna Yoga India, he attended 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Mahadevi Ashram in Guatemala. He learned the art of adjustment and alignment from Kamal Singh during 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Tattvaa Yoga Shala Rishikesh.

In 2018, he completed a 40-hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Course with David Swenson in Italy. David is one of only a handful of Westerners to have learned the full Ashtanga system as originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois. Martin attended workshops with David Robson at Purple Valley in Goa, India.

He continues his studies with Regina Elhers, certified by K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. Martin understands the challenges of deepening a yoga practice through years of dedicated personal experience. He uses this knowledge to help his students learn.

Martin has a great sense of humor. He facilitates, encourages and inspires his students with his devotion and knowledge. Martin has a Master's Degree in Thermal Engineering and a diploma in International Business and Management.

Laura Shanks

Originally from New York, Laura was drawn to yoga and movement at a young age. At the advice of a dance teacher, she began a regular Bikram practice at age 14 that evolved into a personal practice of her own. Over time, and through experimentation with various styles of yoga, her practice blossomed beyond the physical, becoming an all-encompassing, spiritual discipline.

A self-proclaimed “yoga nerd,” Laura’s practice includes not only Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga but expands off the mat to traditional forms of yoga including Bhakti, Nada, Kriya, Raja, Jnana, and Karma.

She completed 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Classical Hatha Yoga and Meditation at an Ashram in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, as well as 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training and 100-hour Plus Yoga Teacher Training in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at Kranti Yoga in Goa, India.

Having fallen in love with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, she went on to complete Yoga Teacher Training with Kristina Karitinou-Ireland on the Full Primary Series and has practiced with several senior Ashtanga Vinyasa teachers around the world, including, John Scott, David Williams, Radha Warrell, Pierre Seghir, Jörgen Christiansson, and Louise Ellis.

Currently residing in Mysore, India, Laura is a dedicated student of Saraswathi Jois at K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute where she continuously studies asana, chanting, philosophy, and Sanskrit. She also studies traditional Ayurveda with Dr. Ranganathan.

A journalism major in college and former fashion publicist, Laura’s inquisitive nature gave way to a strong interest in philosophy and self-inquiry which turned into a lifelong passion. She is grateful to share this passion with others teaching Yoga Philosophy, Ayurveda, Guided Meditation, Anatomy, Myofascial Release, and Yoga Asana.


Joanna Vladescu

Martin Sittek

Laura Sutton Shanks

Retreat location

Anahata Retreat is a beach resort situated in Ashwem Beach, North Goa. It provides an idyllic setting for a yoga retreat/holidays. Anahata brings together yoga facilities, beautiful eco-chic accommodations, delicious healthy food and a supportive staff to make your stay here come true, all set on a wide pristine Ashvem beach and surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty.

The meaning of “Anahata” in the Sanskrit language is “unstruck” or “unchanged”. This is the reason for our construction method to be extremely organic: minimal concrete, no land modification, very low carbon foot print. We also attempt to minimize our environmental impact. Therefore, all guest accommodations have low consumption light bulbs (LEDs) and are equipped with two outlets to charge cell phones and camera batteries.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Delicious healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 23 nights accommodation
  • Delicious healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • All yoga classes
  • Training yoga manual
  • Experienced teachers
  • Certificate to register with Yoga Alliance (upon successful completion of the practical and written exam)
  • Lots of opportunities to teach your fellow students (from week one)
  • Location right on the beach
  • Rooms with sea view/garden view, terrace
  • Local restaurants within ten minutes of walking

What's not included

  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Other activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Book your flight for Goa’s airport called Dabolim Airport. You can take a paid taxi from inside the airport or we can arrange a taxi to pick you up from the airport and bring you to the retreat center. Alpha Yoga School suggests that you arrive before 4:00 pm on March 7th.

Alpha Yoga School will create a Facebook group for students three weeks before the course starts. They suggest you join the group so that you can get to know one another and coordinate a shared taxi with your fellow students.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 19.36% 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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