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This training has been inspired by, and is dedicated to, a spiritual master called Satyananda. It has been created in response to the very particular time in which we live. On the one hand mankind is, in the main, not flowing harmoniously with nature, we are impacting quite dreadfully on our earthly biosphere, and most people clearly lack a sense of wellbeing and inner peace. Yet on the other hand, all is somehow just as it is meant to be, since life has no one and nothing to answer to - it just is.
Anyone who has an earnest desire for self-knowledge and for whom the words on this page resonate. You may be a yoga practitioner, a teacher who is lacking direction and clarity, or you may be new to yoga, whatever the case may be it is not important since ideas of beginner and advanced are just that - ideas. It is not necessary that you go on to teach yoga after the course, since our intention is to inspire you to be more of yourself - authentic, confident, loving, clear, and flowing with life. In this way you will discover ever more about your divine purpose here on earth.
We visualize a yoga teacher, and indeed all humans, as having the possibility to experience their inner peace of being and thence invite others towards the same. Our course is far more about you within, than it is about you the body. For if you know yourself more fully, and then you grow to love yourself, and hence flow with life rather than against her. As this realization expands then if you choose to teach, you are increasingly able to teach from your 'center' and therefore 'becomes the teaching', rather than simply teach a class.
All ages are welcome as participants.
Shared in Palm Grove, or single in beach huts, food, all of the facilities at Ashiyana, and a comprehensive course manual.
Much of Ashiyana's accommodation is in a beautiful palm grove fronting the Mandrem River and facing towards the sea, which can be viewed from some of the upper-floor balconies. The accommodation is in the form of luxury eco-lodges, tree-houses, and stone-built houses set amidst lush tropical gardens, statues, and water features. The lodges and tree-houses are built of local wood giving an "Indonesian" feel, though most finishing touches are borrowed from classical Indian design, with plenty of natural fabrics and antique furniture.
All the rooms are spacious and comfortable with large windows and wonderful views. As far as possible the en-suite bathrooms have been built to allow a little of the outside in, with large open window spaces and blinds. Each room has ample cupboard space and its own balcony with "day-bed".
The Ashiyana location offers a balance between the serenity of a coconut palm grove, bordered by the enchanting Mandrem River, and a beautiful quiet beach with the invigorating sound of the waves breaking against the shore just beyond the dunes.
Mandrem, a remote and sleepy fishing village in the north of Goa, has a number of restaurants, an internet cafe, a travel agent, a small organic shop, general grocery store, and places to rent motorbikes or hire taxis. Thirty minutes away by road is the large market town of Mapusa, which has good coach connections to other Indian towns and cities.
A pleasant 40-minute stroll (10 minutes by taxi) north along the beach is the lively and colorful village of Arambol. One of the main attractions to this distinctly 'hippy' hangout is the fresh-water lake separated from the sea by broad golden sands and it also has a post office, a small market, restaurants and beach-front bars, some featuring live music. A southward stroll takes you along a quiet stretch of beach dotted with beach shacks and restaurants.
The course will be framed around the four main paths of Yoga – Jnana, Karma, Bhakti and Hatha (Raja). There will be a thorough examination of the traditional and most common interpretation of yoga according to Patanjali’s eight limbs of Raja Yoga. However, this will be set against a varied backdrop of alternate perspectives of yoga and life, so that you may realise your own vision of what yoga means for you in today’s world. We intend to challenge, inspire and empower you.
The course will be presented by a group of teachers who come from different backgrounds and sets of conditioning, yet share a similar vision that yoga offers a path to liberation, not in some theoretical future possibility, but in the realization of our own inner peace of being here and now.
Acknowledge the existence of suffering
Look beyond the body and sense the essence of your being
We are all one - nature, humans, animals and all of life
Be well and vibrate this message
Develop the divine qualities which evoke surrender
We are here on earth to learn to love and be loved in return
Awaken to your inner Guru
Flow with life
There will be a variety of ways in which we will encourage and support you to learn and share. However, there will also be significant periods of alone time, aside from studying, where you are encouraged to practice silence, solitude, and meditation. This is supported by daily times of silence. There will be ongoing homework and assessment – including written, verbal and practical. Typically the main exams are in Anatomy (end of week 2), Philosophy (week 3), asana test and 1 hour taught class (week 4).
After the training, you will receive either a teaching or an attendance certificate, depending on your overall performance throughout the 4-weeks training. Your experience before the training and your intention after you have completed the training influences the result at the end. We are always interested in our students staying connected with us, and in deed perhaps coming back to teach or work as a therapist in the future at one of our center, once they have adequate experience.
Tranquil, yet not altogether remote, Ashiyana is a 90 minute taxi journey from Goa airport.
International charter flights and national flights arrive at Dabolim airport in Goa.
The closest large town to Mandrem is Mapusa which has coach/bus connections to Mumbai, Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Pune and other tourist destinations. %Mapusa is 25 minutes by taxi from Ashiyana.
Goa has two main railway stations Margao and Vasco da Gama. There are major connections to Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Rajkot, Thiruvananthapuram, and other nationwide destinations. The closest stations to Ashiyana are Pernem, Thivim and Margao
Cigarettes, alcohol & drug are not available at Ashiyana and we request that you respect not using them within the center. We do have luxury accommodation at Ashiyana, if this is of interest for your stay during the training please let us know.
Please bring 4 passport size photographs for the hotel registration upon your arrival as it is a legal requirement for every guest to be registered in this way. Bring an open heart and your bathing suit.
All foreign nationals visiting India require a visa to enter India.
If you are concerned about vaccinations we recommend that you consult your doctor or health advisor. Your embassy will also give specific information on these matters.
For more information ask your questions directly to Ashiyana who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.
He is the founder of Ashiyana, and his greatest passion is to create beautiful islands of tranquility where guests, and students can relax deeply, and journey inwards. The teacher training is at the heart of the Ashiyana seasonal program since it offers the possibility to be immersed deeply in a modern, yogic way of life, whilst receiving a broad range of yoga teachings from our gifted teachers.
Chriss role in the training is to offer a few sessions of philosophy on what he calls 'sublime living'. This is an expression of how we can be healthy and happy in today's world, with its pantheon of choice, and opportunity, and yet also equal measure of suffering. He also talks about the role of teachers, and the ways in which they can better equip themselves for the demands of urban living today. What gives him the greatest pleasure is to see his students blossoming throughout the one month course, and then many of them returning to Ashiyana to become teachers, or retreat organizers with their own groups.
Khilesh Brahmchari was born and raised in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh in northern India. From childhood, he was fascinated by the mysteries of creation, life, death, and human suffering. This fascination led to an intense urge to help the poor and get involved in his community. Akhilesh studied and lived with Swami Chinmayananda for two years, but still his urge to find practical solutions for the suffering, stress, and tensions of todays society stayed with him. He began a search that sent him all over India, as he traveled the entire length and breadth of the country meeting different teachers, and imbibing the best in them.
At a critical point in his search, he approached the authority on the Upanishad and Vedanta, Swami Dayananda. During his time with Swami Dayananda, Akhilesh was able to study and eventually grasp the essence of all of the major Upanishads which are more than 10,000 years old. With this knowledge, Akhilesh developed a comprehensive method of yoga that blends Hatha yoga based on the teachings of Iyengar, Raja yoga, & Laya yoga. Since developing this method, he has given workshops and led teacher trainings around the world in countries such as Switzerland, France, Spain, Russia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. His teaching combines his wide experience with his light and humorous way and his loving approach to the students.
Akhilesh is the primary asana teacher and leads the philosophy section of the Ashiyana teacher training.
Since a child she has studied yoga, dance & healing arts, as she was brought up by a beautiful mother who taught yoga at home. When Yamuna was 21, she travelled to India to discover her Indian roots as her father in Indian and continue her spiritual journey.
She discovered Ashiyana yoga centre in 2008 and have been part of the family ever since. During the teacher training, she will offer the Bhakti part of the course and this will include the classical sanskrit mantras, an insight into the Hindu Gods & Goddesses and guided sessions inviting heart- opening. She also offers Acroyoga & Thai massage sessions during the teacher training courses.
Her Bhakti sessions draw upon all her life experiences and I feel I have an enthusiastic, friendly, earthly, spiritual, and strongly compassionate approach. Over the years, she has experienced and trained in various techniques gathered from across the world and during the teacher training courses she draw upon all my wisdom to share with her students all she has learnt & discovered along the way. With deep love, devotion & surrender.
Tobie came to yoga in London around a decade ago. A keen rugby player and athlete, he also ran a construction firm for many years, which led him to yoga looking for relief from the strains of a demanding physical and mental routine. He undertook his first training in London (with the AOCY) and completed further training in India, where he has spent most of his time over the last 4 years.
Whilst he sees asana as a powerful mental and physical therapeutic tool, he believes strongly in the energetic balancing that can be obtained through a well-rounded yoga practice. By following the example of the ancients and trusting our own intuition, rather than any pre-determined doctrine, equanimity can be brought to all aspects of life. There is no substitute for experience.
Tobie is also a keen student and practitioner of many types of bodywork and pain relief techniques which have led him all over the world. He is heavily influenced by dynamic and osteo-Thai massage (Davide Lutt / Takis / Pichet), Chi Nei Tsang (Leigh Blyth) and facial release (Robert Schleip / Jo Avison).
Tobie enjoys deconstructing the biomechanical nature of our beings, allowing us to follow certain structural and physiological principles. More strongly, though, he believes in an undeniable mind-body synergy, and that we can access and affect one via the other to help expand, heal and enjoy.
During your stay, we hope to satisfy your food requirements with our delicious menu at the Ashiyana restaurant. Here we are able to use produce that is from the local markets or grown near our land... fresh, healthy and delicious! Wherever possible we buy organic.
Our beautiful spa and treatment center consists of a natural swimming pool (naturally self-cleaning), a beautiful gazebo, designated treatment rooms for Ayurveda, massage treatments, and yoga therapy, as well as a hammam (steam room).
We are happy to arrange the following trips:
River and sea kayak trips
Day and night markets (one of the Goas main attractions)
Dudhsagar waterfall (second largest in India)
Old Portuguese towns around Goa
"This is a very nice place for a yoga holiday. It is not an ashram, so people seeking a more "authentic spiritual Indian" atmosphere might be better off somewhere else. The decoration is beautiful. The garden is rich and nicely maintained. It is a wonderful experience to practice yoga outside, surrounded by palm trees, with the sound of tropical birds in the background. We stayed in one of the beach huts near the river: simple, but you've got all you need. The mosquito nets are helpful against being bitten. The huts are close to the restaurant and the yoga shala and yet still very quiet except the dogs barking during the night. There were some problems with the pool so unfortunately we couldnt use the pool, but maybe they have found a solution by now? Brunch was always very nice, delicious food (freshly bakes bread, fruits, yoghurt and homemade granola), dinner was at 7.30 and also simple and delicious dal dish and vegetable dish, salad and a cake.I highly recommend the place to everybody who likes to be in the middle of nature in a stunning little world with simple but delicious food and very friendly staff. "
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"Wow. I've never been somewhere so stunning. The huts were beautifully designed and full of amazing furniture. The premises and yoga shambalas were fantastic. The yoga courses were all different and all good. The food was healthy and delicious (though the chai was boring).Only problem was that the resident yoga trainee teachers were a bit weird. They seemed to float around kissing each other like pristine angels with 'bodies of a temple'. We met some teacher trainers from the other yoga centre down the road and they were normal people. "
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"This is the second time I have stayed for a yoga holiday here, from the moment you walk in you seem to just become quieter and calmer, all the staff are fantastic as was our room and of course the food. I stayed in a raj double this time which was amazing. It was a lot busier than the last time I stayed, as a yoga retreat season arrived but it didn't take anything away from my stay. There are something for everyone be it detox, teacher training, retreat or drop in yoga classes which cater for every level. The teacher training program must be really good as they produce amazing teachers. I also love all the people that I meet here from all over the world, I can't wait to go back! "
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"Yoga Teacher Training in Ashiyana is the best treat you can offer to yourself, teachers, atmosphere, spirit, location and Food OMG!!! I hope you to know and enjoy this place as much as I did, sure going back asap :) "
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"I've now been on several of Melanie's retreats at Ashiyana in Goa. With her excellent astanga yoga teaching, as well as her focus on breath through pranayama, relaxation and improvements in your practice happens almost without you noticing! As for the wonderful setting, healthy food prepared by the Nepalese chefs and cooling plunge pool, well, what can I say...? Come and enjoy the fun and healthy regime....! "
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"I've just come back from Ashiyana and it's a stunning place, fell in love with it. Does what is says on the tin - helps you relax, totally! Beautiful lush greenery, peaceful and quiet, on a beautiful and non-crowded beach. Two yoga classes a day, and different worskhops on top; you can hide in the corner or you can mix up with the other guests - up to you. Great veggie food. I felt completely relaxed."
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"To Chris and his lovely team Thank you for a wonderful week of heavenly yoga, lush food and peaceful surroundings. I have walked away with a sense of calm and ease in which I hope to bring into my every day life now. You will be pleased to know that I have continued with an hour of yoga daily and am even practising with my 9 yr daughter :) Thanks and maybe see you again one day, hopefully in Brazil. Best wishes."
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