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4 Weeks 200-hour Ashiyana YTT in Mandrem Beach, Goa

Ashiyana Yoga Centre, Junas Waddo, Mandrem Beach, Pernem, Goa 403527, India

Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, India

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, 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.

Meet the instructors

Tobie & Yamuna
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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Certificate of completion to register with Yoga Alliance UK
  • Yoga material, mats and props, and training manual
  • Local fresh, delicious meals (3 per day)
  • Drinking water and other hot drinks
  • 2 minutes walk to the beach
  • 28 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

27 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 24 participants
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  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Shared in Palm Grove, or single in beach huts, food, all of the facilities at Ashiyana, and a comprehensive course manual.

Palm Grove

Much of Ashiyana's accommodation is in a beautiful palm grove fronting the Mandrem River and facing towards the sea. The accommodation is in the form of stone-built houses set amidst lush tropical gardens, statues, and water features. The shared accommodation is a two-storey stone "Lake House" with rooms comprising of three double beds on each of the two floors. These two rooms are very spacious, with en-suite bathrooms at the rear of each floor, an additional WC, fans and mosquito nets. They overlook a lovely garden area and palm grove. Both of these rooms are very comfortable for three sharing, or luxurious for two! The Lake House is joined to the Well Tree-House at the upper level by way of a wooden walk-way which offers a galleried view of the rear of Ashiyana.

Beach Hut

Most of our huts are located on or behind the dune which separates Mandrem river from the Arabian Sea. Some huts are sheltered behind the banks of the dune and others on the top of the dune facing the sea. The other huts are located on the mainland facing the river. They all come with an en-suite bathroom, double bed (with possibility of twin beds), balcony area, fan and mosquito net. Whilst being the economy section of our accommodation they have simple yet chic interior-designed finishes.


Who is this training for?

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.

The vision

Ashiyana visualizes 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. The course is far more about you within, than it is about you the body. For if you know yourself more fully, then you grow to love yourself, and hence flow with life rather than against her. As this realization expands, if you choose to teach, you are increasingly able to teach from your 'center' and therefore 'become the teaching', rather than simply teach a class.

The course

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. Ashiyana intends 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.

The course is based on eight realizations:

  • 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

Ashiyana places great emphasis on the ability to create a loving, nurturing and safe class, with due consideration for breath awareness and techniques (pranayama), warming up the body (pavanmuktasana), appropriate sequencing of postures, and then relaxation (savasana).

You will be empowered to teach and during the course you will focus on specific classical Hatha yoga postures, seed sun salutations, and meditation. With this understanding, you are encouraged to be creative and explore “your” way of teaching.

The idea of the asana part of the course is that you learn the postures safely and correctly and then develop your own self-practice, which will inform your way of teaching.

There will be a variety of ways in which Ashiyana 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 one 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 four-week training. Your experience before the training and your intention after you have completed it influences the result at the end. Ashiyana is always interested in its students staying connected with the school, and indeed perhaps coming back to teach or work as a therapist in the future at one of its centers, once they have adequate experience.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:30 - 09:30 Meditation and asana class
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 13:30 Asana lab, philosophy, anatomy etc
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Reflections and meditation
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Relaxation and private study time
  • 16:30 - 18:30 Teaching to teach, anatomy, other lectures
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Chanting, movie, music, sharing, etc
  • 21:00 Silence, until 10:30 the next morning

Sunday is a day off until dinner, and Wednesday is a half-day off.


Tobie Tomkinson

Yamuna Devi

Retreat location

The Ashiyana Goa 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.


During your stay, your food requirements will surely be satisfied with the delicious menu at the Ashiyana restaurant. The produce used here is from the local markets or grown near Ashiyana's land - fresh, healthy, and delicious! Wherever possible, the food is organic.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

Ashiyana is happy to arrange the following trips for an additional fee:

  • Day and night markets (one of Goa's main attractions)
  • Dolphin trips
  • Dudhsagar waterfall (second largest in India)
  • Famous restaurants
  • Old Portuguese towns around Goa
  • River and sea kayak trips
  • Spice farm
  • Temples

Spa treatments

The 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).

What's included

  • Accommodation
  • Food (3 meals a day)
  • Tuition fees
  • Yoga props and materials
  • Use of the facilities at Ashiyana

What's not included

  • Cost of airport transfer
  • Flight costs
  • Spa treatment costs (discount given)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by bus

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.

Arrival by train

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

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 1 days before arrival.

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29 days / 28 nights
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Arrival: Saturday October 9, 2021
Departure: Saturday November 6, 2021

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