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17 Days 100-Hour Yoga and Meditation Foundation Course in Kerala

Yoga Teacher Training in India

Hinterland Village and Bodhi Yoga’s 100-hour yoga teachers training course is a foundation course for aspiring yoga teachers or yoga practitioners. This course is designed to deepen your understanding and practice in Hatha and Raja yoga. If you are not yet ready to commit to a full teacher-training course or just want to deepen your knowledge about Yogic philosophy, practice and lifestyle, this course is for you.

Retreat highlights

  • Learn the aim and philosophies of yoga
  • Learn the basic aspects of Vedanta Philosophy, anatomy and physiology
  • Deepen your understanding in 4 paths of Yoga - Karma, Bhakti, Raja, Jnana yoga
  • Enjoy Ayurveda massages
  • 16 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

13 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Hinterland Village offers comfortable, spacious and clean rooms nestled in the heart of Kerala's tropical greenery. Experience the warmth and intimacy of a home-stay with the added modest luxuries of a resort. Each of the eleven available rooms are different and offer a unique blend of antique charm and modern comfort. There are a number of options of shared, double or single rooms. All rooms are air-conditioned and offer stunning views of the surrounding greenery.

Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat Kerala Yoga and Meditation Foundation Course

The aim of this course is to lay the basic foundation in various Raja Yoga philosophies and practice, including Hatha Yoga (Asana practice) in preparation for future teacher training programs or for your own deeper yoga practice. This 100-hour course provides you with an enlightening and genuine understanding of the basic tenets of Raja Yoga that will enable you to teach Hatha Yoga for beginners as a profession. This will also give you an opportunity to experience the yogic way of living for two weeks in a modestly luxurious eco-resort in the heart of Kerala. This course is for all levels of Yoga practitioners who intend to deepen their understanding of this ancient science, which not only improves your mental and physical health but also connects you deeply with the rhythms of our universe.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 08:30 Pranayama or asanas
  • 08:30 - 10:00 Breakfast and free time
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Theory, Yoga Philosophy and Ayurvedic treatments
  • 13:00 - 15:30 Lunch and Free time
  • 15:30 - 17:30 Asanas (yoga posture corrections) and Pranayama
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Meditation, Deep relaxation techniques, Classes and practices
  • 19:45 - Dinner

Daily practice for 6 days and day 7 is free day.

Training and practice- 60 hours

Intense asana practice, pranayama, Kriyas, meditation, mantra chanting and advanced asana techniques.

Teaching methodology – 10 hours

Principles of demonstration, correction, qualities of a teacher, instructions, observations, Yoga in the modern world as a profession.

Anatomy and physiology – 8 hours

Theoretical knowledge of body systems and their practical application with yoga.

Philosophy - 15 hours

The study of yoga philosophies and lifestyle. The student will gain a basic knowledge about Yogic philosophy through daily afternoon lectures.

Some of the content is as follows:

  • The aim of yoga
  • The Eight Limbs of Raja yoga
  • The mind of the aspirant
  • The self as existence, knowledge and bliss

Conquest of death Karma yoga – 3 hours

Karma Yoga is selfless service. Students will get an opportunity to work with and in the natural surroundings as an act of selfless service.

Practicum – 4 hours

Students will gain opportunity to teach beginners class, receive feedback and assist other student classes.

Evaluation and certification

Evaluation is based on general attitude and behavior of the student, attendance and daily summary of the lectures.

Each student will enjoy 3 complimentary Ayurveda massages throughout the duration of the course. With groups of maximum 10 students, participants will have an intimate and hands-on experience, building rapport with instructors and staff.

Included excursions

On day 7, transportation to nearby places in Kochi are organized, if there are a minimum number of participants.


Jayesh holds a master's degree in yoga and is a qualified instructor of both Hatha and Ashtanga traditions. For the past five years, he has traveled to various parts of the world to share his passion for teaching yoga and spirituality to a vast number of people from different walks of life. Jayesh works at various yoga centers around India where he teaches Hatha yoga, asanas, pranayama, Nidra yoga, kriyas, meditation, and different stress management and relaxation techniques. He also specializes in diabetic therapy and professional yoga.
Saji Ramaswami
Saji Ramaswami is a professional yoga trainer and a spiritual teacher with special experience in the classic style of yoga, meditation, and philosophy of yoga-vedanta. He has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years in various ashrams and yoga schools in India. He is working as a yoga master with Hinterland since 2015 leading their yoga retreats and teacher training workshops. His special techniques combined with his gentle, peace, and kind manners, helps beginners as well as skilled yoga practitioners. Many yoga and spiritual aspirants have benefited from his inspiring talks and teachings.

Retreat location

The retreat takes place at Kerala, India. Hinterland Village is seven acres of lush greenery - a haven of rich native biodiversity and an oasis of peace on the outskirts of the city of Kochi. Hinterland Village boasts more than 180 native species of flora that grow abundantly and naturally throughout the year. The Bodhi center at Hinterland Village was an initiative undertaken by its founder, Unni, to promote yoga and Ayurveda. Unni’s desire was to create a space where guests and visitors could immerse themselves in spiritual practices in a peaceful and natural environment. The Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga Center at Hinterland Village is a spiritual paradise set amidst jungle giants overlooking a paddy field. The space around the Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga Center is a paradise for bird watching and nature walks. The resort also has a swimming pool set amongst the greens so guests can cool off from the South Indian heat.

Nearby places

  • Cherai beach, 50 kilometers - 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Fort Kochi, 27.7 kilometers - 1 hour
  • Kochi City, 21 kilometers - 45 minutes



  • Cycling
  • Massage
  • Swimming pool
  • Table tennis


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala


  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance


You will enjoy a healthy selection of sattvic (lacto-vegetarian) food prepared by the resort's excellent chef. Brunch and dinner will be served during the day with a tea-break accompanied by a light snack in between.

Spa treatments

A consultation with an on-site Ayurvedic doctor and treatments according to your body constitution are available. Massages and steam baths can be scheduled during your stay on top of the complimentary treatments offered. Each student will enjoy 3 complimentary Ayurveda massages throughout the duration of the course.

What's included

  • 2 Bodhi Yoga outfits
  • 3 Ayurvedic massages (depending on accommodation package)
  • 14 days intense training course
  • 16 nights accommodation Airport pick-up
  • All sattvic meals (lacto-vegetarian)
  • Netti pot
  • Personalized Ayurvedic consultations
  • Training manual and reference books

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Day tour expenses
  • Other transports
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

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

Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Arrival by train

You can arrive by train at Ernakulam Junction or Ernakulam Town.

Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 5 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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