Ana Pau Espagne
I would really recommend it, however when I was looking for it I wanted something specific in Ashtanga yoga, but is not very clear that this is only offered in the 300 hrs course, and it is very important to be clear on this information. Also the payment steps weren't that clear neither. The course is really good, very complete and with an amazing master Master Santosh Kumar.
I emphatically recommend Yogadarshanam to anyone who is interested in doing a course for either yoga therapy or to gain a deeper and broader understanding of yoga in general. The sheer knowledge, professionalism and expertise of Santhosh Kumar and his wife Sujatha always made me feel like I was in good hands. After talking to other yoga practitioners around Mysore, hearing their negative experiences, I knew by comparison that I had found the right place, something I naturally had apprehensions about before arriving. The program is well organized and I formed close friendships with everybody in my group. The compassion and special guidance that I was able to receive from the teacher has been invaluable in helping me to appreciate the deeper aspects of yoga and to understand it within the context of Indian culture. I don’t think this would be possible at any other school in Mysore. It is this personal interaction with the teacher, who truly does lead by example, that has helped me to understand what it means to live a yogic lifestyle. I would count the trip to Santhosh and Sujatha’s hometown as the highlight of my experience here in India. There I was able to experience village life from the perspective of a local and relax in a beautiful, natural environment with kind, smiling people over delicious home-cooked food, the whole time finding myself experiencing and doing things which I never could have imagined doing back home in Japan. Don’t miss this chance! In terms of asana practice, Santhosh is nothing short of a wizard at getting both beginners and advanced students safely and comfortably into positions which they might otherwise think impossible. In the short month I was here, I had several breakthroughs and made progress on every front with my practice of yoga. I now feel confident that I can go further on my own am looking forward to reaching more advanced stages using the knowledge that I have learned here at Yogadarshanam. Even if you are a beginner, it is good to join and practice in the advanced class up to your ability. Everybody is challenging themselves and working on something. We had an acrobat and a couple of dancers in our group who could perform incredibly advanced asanas, but also a couple of beginners who could do things that even the advanced students were unable to do. The supportive group energy in that lesson is tangible and exciting. You will be surprised at what you can do after properly warming your body up through the correct sequence of preparatory asanas, a specialty of Santhosh’s which I plan to replicate in my own classes. Santhosh was often quick to remind us however that yoga asana and yoga are not the same, and that all eight limbs of yoga are to be practiced with equal attention. It was this wisdom put into practice which made his personality so refreshing to find in a field that is all too often strained by unnecessary dogmatism and competition. His pragmatic and kind nature, perpetual smile and sense of humor made me feel like I was with a peer who was openly sharing (rather than dictating) the deeper aspects of yoga with me. Thank you Santhosh for everything! I will definitely be back to learn more from you in the future.
Yogadarshanam is a great school, if you are looking into increase your knowledge regarding yoga and its inumerous paths. With this course, I was able to increase yoga subjects that I wasn't even aware, plus challenge myself on my day to day practice. I'm very happy with the results.
Preeti Sharms Émirats Arabes Unis
I had a memorable experience of Yoga teacher training with Yogadarshnam and it is going to be lifetime with me. Master Santhosh is a life changing teacher in every sense, he has imparted an ocean of Yoga life in merely 20 days time.This YTTC has encouraged me to make Yoga my way of life and I will be soon heading to India following Master for next level of advanced TTC soon.
Renata Reinartz Canada
Ive been asked to provide feedback of the TTC program and my comment overall is that my knowledge has improved as a result of the program and I feel more well rounded. What I enjoyed about the program is the focus on teaching as this is a critical skill to have that many TTCs do not offer. I enjoyed learning pranayama, meditation, and chanting as this to me is also incredibly important as to just focusing on asanas. Also, the classes are small maximum five students so there is individual attention given. Things that I would like the program to offer is a few classes dedicated to learning vinyasa flow as this program focuses on classical ashtanga and classical and does not include vinyasa flow. I also would like to see some classes given in the village as future plans. What I would tell future students is that it is a very intensive program so come in with an open mind and be prepared too work. I really enjoyed going to Santhoshs village and was the highlight of my trip to Mysore. I think it is very important to connect with nature and offers a glimpse into a different life. To combine yoga with nature is very soothing and calming to the soul,
I did the TTC in December 2011 with Yoga Darshanam. The month was very challenging physically and emotionally with foundation and advanced asana practice, yoga therapy classes, chanting, meditation, yoga philosophy and much more from dawn till dusk! An intense syllabus of over 200 hours was covered in only 30 days. However, Santosh Kumar's unending energy and patience kept me motivated and challenged and in the end when I could do so many more asanas that I could initially do and had learnt so many new things, I knew it was all worth it. During the TTC, Santosh Kumar also organised a visit to a village which was an amazing experience, we saw the beauty of nature, met lots of hospitable kind villagers and also did pranayama in a lush forest. I enjoyed the course immensely and have benefited greatly from it. I am looking forward to returning to do the advanced training after I have deepened my practice. I would highly recommend the TTC with Yoga Darshanam. Many thanks teacher for the great experience and for sharing your extensive knowledge,
Although it was a bit of a gamble to come to Yogadarshanam with absolutely no references. It has proven to be a full month of positive experiences, lot of knowledge and hard work. Thank you Santhosh for your patience, for nurturing, for passing to us your skills and your wisdom and for always being positive and smiling. I wish everybody to become good, knowledgeable Yoga teacher here!
Penelope New Delhi
I did the TTC in December 2011 with Yoga Darshanam. The month was very challenging physically and emotionally with foundation and advanced asana practice, yoga therapy classes, chanting, meditation, yoga philosophy and much more from dawn till dusk! An intense syllabus of over 200 hours was covered in only 30 days.However, Santosh Kumar's unending energy and patience kept me motivated and challenged and in the end when I could do so many more asanas that I could initially do and had learnt so many new things, I knew it was all worth it. During the TTC, Santosh Kumar also organized a visit to a village, which was an amazing experience; we saw the beauty of nature, met lots of hospitable kind villagers and also did pranayama in a lush forest.I have enjoyed the course immensely and greatly benefited from it. I am looking forward to returning to do the advanced training after I have deepened my practice. I would highly recommend the TTC with Yoga Darshanam. Thanks teacher for the great experience and for sharing your extensive knowledge.
Lena Liampei London
Namaskara Sir,I studied at Yoga Darshanam in September 2011 and can honestly say it was an experience that changed my life. Dedicating a whole month to yoga and practicing with intensity every day, no matter where you study, is an extremely positive experience both emotionally and physically. Learning at Yogadarshanam required starting early in the morning and studying throughout the day until the evening. It was challenging on the body at first, but Santhosh always made students feel that it was within their capabilities to keep up. He managed to accommodate students who arrived with varying degrees of experience and fitness. (Having said that, he cannot perform miracles so a reasonable level of fitness is required!!)His approach to teaching was not intimidating or unpleasantly demanding, yet he encouraged us to achieve our best and make the most of the course. He had a healthy balance of perspectives when explaining and did not overbear students with his personal beliefs or opinions. He provided lots of information from his very broad knowledge and allowed us space to build our knowledge on our own. He does not spoon feed students and if you want to make the most of the course, you need to be prepared to put in plenty of your own effort. You need to bring positively, a willingness to learn and an open mind in order to get maximum rewards from the course.A lot of material is covered, including yoga therapy, yoga for pregnancy, partner yoga, pranayama, kriya, mudra etc. He gives a complete explanation of all poses with methodology, benefits and limitations. Even though the days are long, and the teaching is kept to a tight schedule, by the end of the course you realize you probably need a year to cover the material properly! Nevertheless, it is an excellent introduction to all the foundations of yoga and Santhosh teaches an interesting mix of styles whilst remaining loyal to classical principles of yoga.If you are the sort of person, who is independent, patient, open and genuinely interested to learn then Yogadarshanarm is an excellent choice for you. Everyone is unique and has different needs and expectations, for me Yogadarshanam was just right and provided me with everything I needed. Thank you very much Santhosh! Hope everything else is fine .I am happy, I have started teaching and have already 6 students! Mostly beginners and we are doing nice slow classes with lots of breathing exercises. I am enjoying it a lot. All the best
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