200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, India

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, India

  • Satsanga Retreat, Naika Vado, Verla Canca, Parra, Goa 403510, India

India Yoga Teacher Training

Heather Elton Yoga's training is designed to take you to the spiritual heart of the practice. Yoga is the path to enlightenment. While there are many different authentic paths of Hatha yoga, they believe that they all distill down to one essential teaching that uses the body and the breath to liberate themselves from suffering. Asana frees you physically from illness and disease. Pranayama frees you from your regular breath and makes the pranic body vibrant and subtle. Meditation takes you deeper to understand how the mind works and seeks to liberate you from an unstable and unproductive mind. This is where real liberation from suffering begins.

Highlights

  • Daily Hatha and Vinyasa yoga
  • Daily pranayama and meditation
  • Yoga anatomy, poses actions, safe adjustments
  • Yoga clinic, philosophy, and business of yoga
  • Yoga film, kirtan, satsang, and yoga Nidra
  • 3 Ayurvedic vegetarian meals daily
  • 24 nights accommodation
  • 24 days with instruction
  • English
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Satsanga is an internationally-acclaimed venue and really is the best yoga centre in Goa. The Swiss design is purpose-built for yoga and has two beautiful yoga shalas with wooden floors. Satsanga is peaceful with quiet tropical gardens, a clean swimming pool, lots of chill out space, and all modern amenities, including Wi-Fi.

The comfortable guest rooms all have ensuite bathrooms with solar hot water. Satsanga has a friendly staff of 18 who take meticulous care of the place. Various healing therapies and spa treatments are available. Satsanga is built on pure love and provides the perfect environment where all your needs are taken care of so you can focus on your inner journey, really live the practice, and feel what it's like to be a real yogi.

Deciding to teach yoga should not be a career move. It should be a sincere calling deep within your heart. Yoga Teacher Training is an investment in the future. Being an inspired and excellent teacher involves much more than getting a certificate. It requires dedication, discipline and years of continuous practice. You must also have a true desire to serve others in order to communicate to your students the true essence of yoga. That said, everyone has to begin somewhere on the path. Why not start here?

Heather Elton Yoga aims to give you the highest possible skills to teach, but also want to reveal the spiritual path underlying the practice, the technologies to stabilize the mind, so you can glimpse your true nature - Purusha (pure consciousness). They want you to actually live the yogic reality - and to be able to take the practice off the mat and integrate the knowledge into your life and share it with others.

The objectives

This level 1 training (200 RYS Yoga Alliance Accreditation) provides an overview of different aspects of yoga. It’s designed to give you a taste of what it means to be a yogi. By the end of the training, you will:

  • Have developed a skillful and varied asana practice
  • Understand basic yoga philosophy in a way you can integrate it into your teachings
  • Understand basic anatomy and alignment so you can prevent injuries in your students and yourself
  • Have begun a genuine spiritual practice
  • Have had an experience that will provide you lifelong inspiration and context to teach yoga
  • Be able to make an informed decision about what aspects of yoga you like, what you want to practice and teach

Why you should do this Yoga Teacher Training

  • It’s a dogma free training with interesting, innovative teachers, all of whom are serious yoga practitioners with global reputations.
  • The course is for a small and select group of students. Students are given personal attention that is sensitive to their needs and ongoing development.
  • This is a transformative training where you’ll experience an authentic process that makes you look at your own reality, takes you deeper in your own practice, and gives you the skills to teach yoga. It will give you the capability to teach from your own experience and practical know how that are the stamp of an interesting teacher - someone with something to say about yoga practice because you have lived it. You can only teach what you know.
  • Hindhu, Buddhist and contemporary yogic philosophy are taught in a way that lifts it ‘off the page’ and ‘off the mat,’ so you can integrate philosophy into your teaching and personal practice. The philosophy is relevant to both the physical experience and the spiritual practice. It is not an academic lesson, but a yogic inquiry relevant to real life.
  • Integrate ancient wisdom traditions with contemporary psychology into a mindful practice.
  • Practice Hatha and Vinyasa yoga and watch your body / mind transform.
  • Get hands-on experience with adjustments (so you are prepared to work alongside someone in the real world).
  • Study BKS Iyengar alignment principles; learn techniques to breakdown difficult asanas (inversions, arm balances, backbends, etc) to teach ‘workshop style’.
  • Build movement vocabularies and learn to sequence Vinyasa flow as a seamless ‘moving meditation’.
  • Practical teaching: learn to demonstrate and adjust asanas; work in groups and individually to create a Vinyasa flow sequences; structure and teach a yoga class; watch videos of your performace and get feedback from teachers and colleagues.
  • Learn how to teach basic pranayama and mediation; Restorative yoga, Yin yoga and yoga Nidra.
  • Make yoga your business.

What Heather Elton Yoga believes

Even though advanced asana can be exhilarating and has its purpose, yoga is not merely gymnastics. Yoga is an ancient Indian science that uses the body and breath to penetrate the mind and liberate you from suffering. While traditional Hatha yoga and Vinyasa Krama in the Krishnamacharya lineage is the main form of practice, this training offers a comparative study of contemporary Hatha yoga styles. During the training you will experience different kinds of Vinyasa flow styles, as well as BKS Iyengar methodology.

Whether you practice Vinyasa or Hatha, it's necessary to explore the 'inner / outer' techniques of Vinyasa, to reveal the spiritual path underlying the practice; learn the principles of subtle alignment, breath / bandhas / dristi, and the methodology that ties poses together into a seamless ‘moving meditation’. From this perspective, asana is the starting place for a genuine yogic inquiry - a practice that moves beyond a mere physical experience and makes its relevant to real life. They believe that the Guru lies within and will do everything in their power to guide you on this transformative journey.

Pre-requisites

To be accepted on the training, you need to have a regular yoga practice of five times a week for at least two years, to ensure that you have the necessary physical stamina and mental discipline.

Daily schedule

This is a sample schedule and may change slightly due to festival holidays and the interests of the course. Sundays are free.

  • 06:00 Pranayama and meditation
  • 07:30 Tea break
  • 08:00 Hatha and Vinyasa yoga
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Yoga philosophy, business of yoga
  • 13:30 Lunch break
  • 15:00 Yoga clinic (anatomy and biomechanics of movement, adjustment clinic, asana workshop, sequencing Vinyasa flow, practicum)
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Yoga film, kirtan, satsang, yoga Nidra, reading, Saturday night market, or free

There is no better place than India, with its 4,000 year-tradition of spiritual practice, to do your yoga teacher training. India breathes this knowledge and supports your spiritual practice. Whenever possible, it's a good idea to study away from the distractions of home, somewhere that you can dedicate yourself full time to the yoga practice, and have the distance to gain a different perspective and ease of 'letting go'.

Mani, the Keralan chef prepares exquisite Indian and Ayurvedic dishes made from fresh organic local produce.

  • 3 Ayurvedic vegetarian meals a day
  • 24 nights twin share accommodation
  • Yoga tuition

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI).

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

London, United Kingdom

Heather Elton teaches in international yoga retreats and yoga teacher training in London, Goa, and Nepal.

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26 days / 25 nights

Availability

Arrival: Monday February 12, 2018
Departure: Friday March 9, 2018

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