Donata Leonova Sweden
A perfect place for a Yoga Teacher Training. Incredible, friendly, caring and helpful staff and highly qualified teachers from around the world - all there to make the best possible experience for you. I had an incredible time at Green Yoga, and could not be more happy that this was the place I chose for my teacher training.
Lotta Punkanen Finland
Did my TTC (200h) in December 2016 here, had a beautiful experience. I guess no matter where you'll do this kind of an intensive course, it will be challenging both physically and mentally, at the end it's up to you what kind of experience you'll live. Don't expect miracles food- and hygiene-wise. Teachers were great all in their own ways and the rest of the staff very kind and helpful, spent my funniest Christmas ever here learning some Bollywood moves. Relaxed environment and beautiful beaches nearby.
Tania Bernath United States
It was a beautiful experience attaining my yoga teacher training at Green Yoga India. I appreciated all the teachers, administrators and my fellow students. They exposed us to so many aspects of yoga that my head is bursting with the new knowledge and experiences that I have gained. All the teachers were experts and brought such a wealth of experience to each class giving us, the students, an in-depth background in different styles of yoga. I went in thinking that I only liked one style and came out with a fuller understanding and the full range of what yoga has to offer. My yoga practice has expanded as a result. Also, the administration of Green Yoga India was very accommodating. They tried to meet the needs of the students, both collectively and individually. We also all had so much fun. It is a great place to learn to become certified in teacher training whether you want to deepen your practice or to become a teacher. It is a global program that attracted people from all over the world, whom I am sincerely happy to have met. Thank you, Green Yoga India!
Currently, I am attending the 200 hours yoga teacher course in Green Yoga. Albeit I do train a lot back home, I am a yoga beginner - lacking the flexibility and the general knowledge and vocabulary. The course is structured in a thought through way. It provides a good overview of all yoga arts, history but also philosophical and physical (anatomy, digestion, etc) aspects of it. 360 degrees of yoga - this was the key to go for it. Yoga teachers: Alan, Ria, Anu, Fabian are absolutely amazing and competent. The team on the ground, in charge for the administrative and organizational (Prateek and Manish) issues are very competent, nice and friendly. They organized a pick-up service from the airport and friendly welcomed me in Goa. The food provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner) is very delicious, healthy and vegetarian and it varies every day. The location is distanced from Palolem - which is good as this helps your concentration. There are enough bikes we can use to reach the beach during our time off (10-minute ride or 20 minutes walking distance). The group of students is truly international. Within a group of 34 students, we are 21 nationalities from all over the world - very healthy, inspiring and happy.
All of the lies the staff told us would've been irrelevant if we weren't subjected to 'the speaker' a man who (genuinely couldn't make this dude up) refers to himself in the third person, claims to be of a higher state of realization, but spends his time bullying his students and talking about how great he is.
In the nightly reviews they insist we write to them on occasion people would say how upset they were by his behavior or even a criticism of how he did something. He would deal with polite criticism, in a very yogic manner, by calling them into his office and screaming at them. Literally screaming at them. He made at least five people cry and spend the rest of the training very upset during the remainder of the teacher training.
The man is literally on the verge of a mental breakdown and taking his wife with him - do not be at the receiving end. This is not a yoga experience it's a madhouse full of money-hungry egos. The amount they were charging for everything was simply obnoxious. Some of the little money tricks they pulled: €10 for the exact same mat that costs 250 rupees in town and 200 rupees per tiny wash you do yourself to cover 'maintenance costs', when once again you'd get triple the amount wash dried and folded by someone, for the same price, in Palolem. Just so many little things they wanted to overcharge for. They even had the cheek to try charging 4% on card payments but were sussed out and we demanded a refund.
I was so excited after all the fabulous reviews I'd read online, but the moment you go to Green Yoga it's clear there's been a lot of online manipulation. All the reviews are from when they had 10 people on the beach but they've since gotten obnoxious and greedy and the course is now 50 and in a horrible location. If you're wondering why there's only positive reviews.
They'll tell you it's close to the beach- it's a 40 minute walk and the bikes are broken but you can wobble down in maybe 20 minutes. Such a shame that they absolutely ruined so many people's experience by lying about this then having the audacity to imply that wanting the beach is bad and we should just want yoga.
The facilities are new, but there's no hot water (even though we paid 1500 euro) and speaker will tell you where the mop is if you request to have your room cleaned despite you having specifically paid for two room cleans a week. At least my group didn't have bedbugs like the last one though!
Of course there were positives (had some other fabulous teachers: Ria, Favian and Anu, but the staff changes all the time and I assume these amazing folks will run from the crazy), but the positives are just that of going to a yoga school. You can have any of the positives experienced in green yoga without anything negative. Other schools have the good points and not the bad. Except for the nice teachers and their classes, the whole experience was tainted with a police state air and pure disappointment all while we had to walk around the crazy and very very volatile eggshell that is speaker.
In the end, many people including myself just used all this madness as as a yoga practice, and it was a brilliant challenge, but I certainly wouldn't wish this experience on anyone else!
All I've learned from him and his wife is exactly what not to be and how important it is to give our support the right industries in yoga.
There were many positives and negatives about this course so thought I'd keep it short and sweet by using bullet points:
-The instructors! Anoo, Fabien, Ria and Veronica were always so cheerful, encouraging and inspiring with their classes and teaching - lots of fun and great quality of instruction. :)
-The other students! A mixed group of great people from all different backgrounds and lifestyles and life-goals!! 31 seemed big at times but I really enjoyed spending time with every single person :)
-The accommodation - simple, basic huts with the usual Indian issues of ants, frogs (!), mozzies, cold showers, weak fans in the afternoon heat and light blankets in the freezing nights, but I was really happy with my room and the girls I shared with. :)
-Variety of classes. I'm not much of a yogi/have little yoga experience so I liked that we got a taster of lots of different types. For the more serious instructor, they would probably prefer to focus on one discipline for the 200 hours, but I was satisfied with our course contents
-Location. I booked a course on a beach, instead I got a course 15 minutes cycle from the beach (on some pretty rickety bikes that were in short supply). I did get an email 20 days before the course started, stating I could get a refund because of change of location, which I thought was a bit of a farce as they had known all along about the venue change and it was obviously too late for me to cancel flights/holiday leave etc. I didn't let it bother me too much but it sort of left a dishonest taste about the whole business.
-Food. I initially thought it was great but that soon flicked out after the first week as I got quite sick, and the variety was poor-not as healthy as you'd expect from a yoga course. But I honestly was happy in the first week, and I was expecting it to be a LOT worse so perhaps I'm just being a bit fussy now, as I was sick, or just fed up of cornflakes for breakfast and white rice twice a day!!
-Atmosphere. What started as really great vibes around the group changed drastically in the last week and I feel a lot of it was down to the people running the course. Some open hostility to feedback, uncomfortable remarks and shouting matches with students resulted in a lot of dissatisfaction around the camp, and I felt really uncomfortable leaving on my last night as the girl in my room was sobbing at the treatment she received from the organizer. I was also told I would receive feedback on my coursework etc., via email, but unsurprisingly I have heard nothing back, and felt a little like I was just another addition to a growing bank balance, rather than a student they sincerely wanted to help grow and develop. It was also quite convenient that our "voluntary karma yoga" was actually mandatory upkeep and renovation of the property!! I quite like being outdoors and doing manual work, but wonder if there are maybe more worthwhile projects in the area like collecting rubbish/assisting with community groups/building for more needy people that we could have helped with, as we probably ended up taking away jobs that would have employed local people who are struggling with the current economic issues.
All in all, Goa is a beautiful setting to experience a yoga course and this course had a lot of good things (as outlined above) but I feel it's really a place that's in a bit of a transition and the organizers are stressed/haven't quite caught up on the large numbers of students they are hosting, and wouldn't be a course I would return to in the future.
Jenny Huinker United States
From the beginning of the application process to follow up long after the taxi takes you back to the airport, Atmarekha and Veronica and their staff are warm, welcoming, knowledgeable, helpful, and encouraging. Whether it be assistance with travel arrangements, introducing you to trustworthy locals for laundry or other services, insuring you don’t get taken advantage of in the markets, and even dealing with customs and not-always-easy government bureaucracy to pick up a package sent by your family, they go above and beyond in hospitality. The accommodations are comfortable, clean, and equipped with water and electricity. The campus is beautiful. The kitchen staff is kind, welcoming, and incredibly talented at preparing healthy and delicious meals. The instruction is clear, thorough, engaging, enlightening, and fun. The course covers a multitude of styles as well as the broad spectrum of all that is yoga. You will leave here practically equipped to lead a class with a broad foundation for helping students with diverse needs and backgrounds. One of the marks of quality instruction is that the student leaves wanting to know more. Atmarekha and Veronica and their staff have given us all the resources to take what we’ve learned here and delve deeper into further study, sustained personal practice, and a desire to do both. Their love of yoga, and more importantly, their love and concern for each and every student they come in contact with is evident. Beyond instruction and the necessary details of life, they are insightful and available to help work through any problem you may encounter – physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. Their compassion, knowledge, experience, and beyond-theiryears wisdom cannot be spoken of highly enough. If you’re looking for an amazing 200 hour teacher training course, you need look no further than Green Yoga India.
Billie Hallman United States
My experience at Green Yoga was phenomenal. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable, warm, motivating, encouraging, and compassionate. I wish they offered more teacher training courses (300 hour, prenatal, children's, or CEUs) because I'd love to go back and I know there's so much more that I could learn from them. The accommodations were comfortable and the food was amazing. I highly recommend this YTTC.
Sehr freundliche und zuvorkommende Mitarbeiter und Betreuung, sehr kompetente und gute Yogalehrer und Yogaunterricht. Sichere Unterbringung mit Securityservice. Bin sehr zufrieden gewesen.
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There's so much to say about "Green Yoga" and it's all positive. The first days it was hard for me to settle, but the staff, teachers and students were all so nice and sweet... it felt like one big family! The beaches are close, only a 10-minute ride with the bike to Palolem or Patnem. So you always have time to escape and chill out for a bit. The teachers know what they are talking about and the staff is always ready to receive questions or whatever comes to mind, and they will be more than happy to help you out. I have learned a lot about yoga and myself. I am really going to miss this place and everyone in it. Thank you guys! Namaste!
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I absolutely recommend doing a Yoga Teacher Training Course at Green Yoga India. I completed my 200 hrs in November 2015 and have enjoyed each step along the way. I completed a multi-style Yoga Teacher Training which allowed me to explore different styles like Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa and Iyengar. We worked both on the physical aspect of asanas, teaching methodology, but also the philosophy and history behind it for the different yoga styles. Next to that we had different kind of workshops like acro yoga and ayurvedic medicine. Atmarekha and Veronica are a very good team. Atmarekha has a lot of in-depth knowledge about yoga, indian tradition and culture which is fascinating to listen too and Veronica brings the western touch.
Emily United Kingdom
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I went to Green Yoga India, Goa not quite knowing what to expect. I had already completed a 200hr YTTC in the UK, so I already had a basic understanding of yoga philosophy, asanas and anatomy. My reason for doing a second YTTC in India was to deepen my knowledge on all levels, especially in the areas of pranayama, meditation and some of the spiritual aspects of yoga. Green Yoga India did not disappoint! I learnt so much during the course. Not only did my personal practice improve dramatically during the course, but my understanding of what yoga is, in all its manifestations, how it can benefit different individuals, where it came from and how it became so popular in the West. Atmarekha and Veronika are both excellent teachers who are really passionate about their subject. I left the course with a really good understanding of yoga philosophy, thanks to Atmarekha's very comprehensive way of teaching. I now feel confident to pass on my knowledge to my own students.
I absolutely recommend doing a Yoga Teacher Training Course at Green Yoga India. I completed my 200 hrs in November 2015 and have enjoyed each step along the way. I completed a multi-style Yoga Teacher Training which allowed me to explore different styles like Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa and Iyengar. We worked both on the physical aspect of asanas, teaching methodology, but also the philosophy and history behind it for the different yoga styles. Next to that we had different kind of workshops like acro yoga and ayurvedic medicine. Atmarekha and Veronica are a very good team. Atmarekha has a lot of in-depth knowledge about yoga, indian tradition and culture which is fascinating to listen too and Veronica brings the western touch. One of the things I liked specifically about this yoga school, apart from the fact that they teach multi-style, is that they tried to create an ashram like environment. Not to mention the breath-taking location, which was a little peninsula on the side of Patnem beach. After our lunch break we would go in for a swim and come back fresh to study. We saw dolphins swimming during the morning Hatha class on several occasions. I come out of this course confident to teach and richer in experience and knowledge.
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I'm very grateful that I've been in the company of Mr Atmarekha and Ms Veronica to practice yoga. Green Yoga India offers a great atmosphere to learning and developing. The benefits of yoga cannot be explain it can only be experience. Give one hour to yoga and it can give your life back smile emoticon! I highly recommend this place to everyone.
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Yoga it's ultimately about coming back to the self, and a good teacher has the ability to help students on their journey back home to themselves. Both of you did wonderful job to achieve this journey. Being a student of Green Yoga India, I had experienced transformation in my psychical and mental wellbeing. I feel so fortunate to be part of this organization and I recommend everyone to join!
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Green Yoga India is the best place I found. This place not only improved my physical health, but I also found changes emotionally and mentally. Iwould like all the people to experience this YTTC training once in their life time and am sure you will find a good change in yourself. Amazing place over the ocean with the best teachers. Highly recommended!!
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I participated in the one-month TTC program and the 200-hour YTTC course was more useful for acquiring new teacher skills and expertise. Besides the intensive practice of asanas, kriyas and pranayama, I really liked the theoretical and philosophical understanding of the ancient yoga science that the course provides. The meditation practices were also extremely helpful in expanding and raising the consciousness. Was a magnificent time with you Veronica / Atmarekha, at the course and will always remember your teachings. Thanks!
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I'm happy to have the pleasure of completing my yoga teacher certification (200 hour Yoga Alliance) with Green Yoga School. The teachers Inderajeet & Veronica are both very experienced and learned teachers with fantastic explanations about yoga techniques. Best time spend with learning and laughter! I highly recommend this talented teachers and I cant wait to join and learn with them again. Will see you soon again.. guys!
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I recently completed the 200 hour yoga teachers course with Green Yoga and the teachers are extremely qualified, having training in multiple styles of Yoga and meditation techniques. The teaching style will make anyone comfortable, in a relaxed atmosphere where questions are encouraged. I highly recommend this course and definitely hope to return to complete more levels in the future.
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