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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Goa

  • Satsanga Retreat, Anjuna, Goa, India


India Yoga Teacher Training

Heather Elton Yogas 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 ourselves from suffering. Asana gives you freedom 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.

YTT in Goa - Heather Elton Yogas aim

While they aim to give you the highest skills possible to teach, they 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.


  • Daily Hatha and Vinyasa yoga
  • Daily pranayama and meditation
  • 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 2 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 Wifi. 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?

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 it's purpose, yoga is not merely gymnastics. Yoga is an ancient Indian science that uses the body and breath to penetrate the mind and liberate us 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 we 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.


To be accepted on the training, you need to have a regular yoga practice of 5 times a week for at least two years, to ensure that you have the necessary physical stamina and mental discipline.

Sample daily timetable

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

06.00 - 07.30: Pranayama and meditation

07.30 - 08.00: Tea break

08.00 - 10.15: Hatha and Vinyasa yoga

10.30 - 11.00: Breakfast

11.00 - 13.30: Yoga philosophy, business of yoga

13.30 - 15.00: Lunch break

15.00 - 18.00: Yoga clinic (anatomy and biomechanics of movement, adjustment clinic, asana workshop, sequencing Vinyasa flow, practicum)

19.00: Dinner

20.00 - 21.30: Yoga film, kirtan, satsang, yoga Nidra, reading, Saturday night market, or free

Heather Elton

Heather is the founder and director of Elton Yoga and the Course Coordinator. She teaches Asana, Vinyasa, Astanga, Meditation, self inquiry, techniques, and teaching methodology. Astanga is taught in the Mysore tradition of Sri K Patabbhi Jois, and Vinyasa Krama (or Hatha flow), is an intelligent linking of poses - with breath and dristi - rooted in classical yogic traditions that explores the physical, mental and subtle aspects of the practice.

Yoga philosophy is integrated into the practice to reveal the spiritual path underlying yoga, and the technology to stabilize the mind and realize our true nature. It works on a deep physical and psychological level. She is a believer in the ancient yogic path to self-realization. She has practiced yoga since 1986 and teaches in London and on international workshops / retreats and yoga teacher trainings.

Heather has studied many different lineages of Hatha yoga, including BKS Iyengar technique with Alaric Newcombe, Glenn Ceresoli, and Dona Holleman. She has studied Astanga with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath in Mysore, and many of their senior students.

She learned the Primary and Intermediate Series adjustments from Nancy Gilgoff, completed a Teacher Training certification with Richard Freeman, and more recently studied the traditional Krishnamacharya method of asana, pranayama, and Kundalini metaphysics with BNS Iyengar at the Patanajala Yoga Shala in Mysore. On the Vinyasa flow side of yoga, she completed the Tripsichore Yoga Theatre Teacher Training with Edward Clark and considers David Life and Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti Yoga to be truly inspirational people and teachers. She is currently researching Tibetan Yantra Yoga.

Emil Wendel

Emil has lived in Asia since the mid-seventies, studying Indian thought and Chinese classical philosophy. His study of Âshram traditions, and treasured time with Sadhus and living Buddhist masters, have brought a strong appreciation of the subjects of Mantras and Mudrâs, as well as other methods of Pratyâhâra (sense-withdrawal) and Dhâranâ (concentration), the ancient yogic tools which may, over time, bring about that delightful state of true meditation (Dhyâna).

Emil is deeply passionate about yoga, in particular, the aspects of breath and meditation in both the Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Emil has been instructing teacher training courses for yoga in Japan, Bali, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, India and the Mid-East, besides several countries in Europe. In this course, his teachings of Pranayama follow the tradition and methodology of the Bihar School of Yoga, distilled through years of self-practice and experimentation.

His many years of residency in Nepal and India have brought about exceptional insight into the depth of Indian civilization and its underlying currents. His philosophy course offers a glimpse into the treasures of ancient texts and their application in daily life as yoga practice and ritual. Basic meditation instruction includes discussions on liberating knowledge, to deepen the yoga practice beyond the mere physical experience.

Stuart Girling

Stuart teaches anatomy and sports injury on the training. He is an Ashtanga teacher and bodyworker specializing in yoga related injuries and tension patterns. His interest in anatomy started when he was working as a personal trainer while studying for a BSc in Health Studies. When he began yoga 12 years ago he found himself using his anatomy knowledge to better understand his own body as it struggled with the physical aspects of the practice. What started as two individual interests merged into a passion for yoga anatomy.

Stuart brings this passion to the classroom and approaches the subject from the point of view that knowledge on it's own is of little use unless you also understand how to apply it. Realizing that many people struggle with yoga anatomy and physiology, he focuses on making the learning experience fun, relevant and, above all, useful. He believes that similar to using a knowledge of different pranayama techniques to choose the right one to help balance a students doshas, so too can a good understanding of yoga related anatomy and physiology be a tool in a teachers toolbox to help balance and progress a student’s practice.

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'.

  • *Massage
  • *Spa
  • *Swimming pool
  • *Environmentally friendly
  • *Garden
  • *Restaurant
  • *Free Wi-Fi

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

  • Yoga tuition
  • 3 Ayurvedic vegetarian meals a day
  • 24 nights twin share accommodation
For information about the booking conditions, please send Heather Elton Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Kristine
    10 out of 10

    "I want to thank you for an unbelievable Yoga Teacher Training experience. Before I selected your Teacher Training at Satsanga, Goa India, I did extensive research and spent time researching as I had many items that were important to me. I wanted to have excellent meals, three times a day, as I knew I would need the nourishment to keep up with the physical portion of the training. And the food was plentiful and better than I could imagine.I wanted the atmosphere to be comfortable so I again could be at my optimum and get every minute out of the training. The facility was safe, comfortable, peaceful and very beautiful. But more importantly, I wanted to immerse myself in all aspects of yoga and saturate myself with the practice of yoga, the philosophy, anatomy and different yoga practices. It was more than I could have imagined. The practice was primarily Ashtanga with introductions to other yoga forms. The yoga practice was thorough, informative, and extensive. The vinyasa flows were very creative.I was introduced and participated in Restorative and Iyengar Yoga. I learned Yoga philosophy from a scholar who lived in Nepal and studied with the masters. We had many guest teachers that were the best of the best, including our anatomy teacher and our Ayurvedic teacher. Early dawn pranayama and meditation with an orchestra of birds as a background was memorable and uplifting. The class was the right size to get quality one-on-one and yet have interactions with fellow students from all over the world.The fellow yoginis were warm, kind, funny, supportive and very loving. They all had so much to offer as they were from all over the world with differing talents and experiences. I highly recommend Heather Eltons Yoga Teaching Training. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the training"

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  • Review by Josta
    10 out of 10

    "The teacher training with Heather Elton and Emil Wendell surpassed my expectations. And I tend to expect a lot. The quality of all the classes and teachers was of a very high standard and I just kept learning during each and every class for four weeks day in and day out. Heather has created a beautiful and well-structured program for a full yoga experience and I feel well equipped for the job of being a teacher now. For me personally it was an amazing journey.The meditation, pranayama and philosophy in the mornings with Emil were beautiful and I can still hear his words. The asana practice in the mornings was filled with joy and strength. And then we still had the anatomy classes with Chris Kummer, the adjustments, satsang with John Weddepohl, kirtan with Rachel and John. The experiences never ended and it was wonderful to share it in the group that we were in.Thank you Heather for creating this platform and bringing all these wonderful teachers and yogis together."

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  • Review by Laura
    10 out of 10

    "I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to take my Ashtanga Level 1 teacher training with Heather. The course itself was very well structured, providing me with a deeper and more holistic insight into the yogic path, which strengthened my commitment to yoga as a way of life. Heathers love for yoga shone through her teachings and practices, and the genuine approach made her truly inspiring to follow. Through her strength, fairness, honesty, and nurture, Heather enabled me to open my eyes to see the power within myself, and use this power to share what I have learnt with others. For this, I am truly grateful, and I hope very much that my yogic path crosses with Heather again"

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  • Review by Sophie
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for organizing this training and bringing together so many inspiring and knowledgable teachers. Your openness and honesty really contributed to inspire such qualities in all of us in the group and to bring us together. Im usually a very reserved and shy person and Ive never felt as open to a group as in this training. Your emphasis on integrating the philosophy into the teaching, even into an asana class has changed my way of teaching and I try to integrate something from beyond the asana into each class... and I often get questions about it! Emil's philosophy classes gave me a better insight into what hatha yoga is and why pranayama is so important. Chris Kummer's anatomy classes were brilliant and fascinating. Satsanga is a beautiful and restful place, ideal to concentrate on studying and practicing while staying rested."

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  • Review by Jennifer
    10 out of 10

    "I am deeply impressed by the care and attention that Heather has put into this YTT. She goes out of her way to ensure that the students benefit from as many experiences as are available in Goa to help round us as teachers and yoga practitioners, inviting in guest speakers who are passing through the area, arranging trips to chanting and ceremonies, or bringing in people with different body types to morning practice to help us learn to adjust them.I'd not really considered the importance of doing a YTT that is 'non-dogmatic' before I applied, but having completed this training I see that having the opportunity to absorb history and information about the many paths of yoga without the inference that there is a wrong or right one to choose, or that one is 'better' than the other, is fundamental to the process of self-exploration that true yoga offers. The setting is beautiful. The teachers are deeply knowledgable and so wonderfully willing to share their passion for the subject and their decades of experience.My own practice transformed as a result of the experience, as a hard-core ashtangi who often pushed my body beyond its limits, I am now softer and more compassionate towards myself and as a result towards others. Some of the other students who came with soft gentle practices have discovered strength and endurance they didn't know was inside them. I have emerged from this experience with a deeper understanding of yoga, myself, others, and some friends I will treasure for many years to come."

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  • Review by Ana Mackay from Osteopath, London
    10 out of 10

    "It was a bleak winter day in London when I spied Heather's retreat to India in her newsletter. Immediately inspired, I persuaded my non-yoga partner that this was a good way to spend our winter holiday together. Any preliminary concerns about the difference in yoga experience and what to expect were dissipated in the first class. Heather single handedly lead the group of 20 - 60 year olds, from first day beginners to qualified yoga teachers, into a varied and dynamic journey. We all gained insight from her yoga philosophy, calmed ourselves through her guided pranayama and I had some of the best yoga sessions of my life. I wasn't bored for a moment. No matter age, ability or experience Heather will guide you to peace on her yoga retreats."

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  • Review by Jonathan Ekstrom from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "Heather is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced teacher and she guided the mixed ability group through their own experience of being challenged by yoga and the growth in awareness that accompanies the journey. Heather provided a safe and nurturing environment, which facilitated the group dynamics as well as the individuals pace of learning and development. It was a profound experience and left me feeling more confident in my yoga practice and deeply contented."

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  • Review by Ana Mackay from Osteopath, London
    9 out of 10

    "A spiritual polymath, Heather is able to draw on an enormous range of secular and spiritual sources to demonstrate the union of wisdom teachings, from Gandhi to Tagore, from Nagarjuna to something she read in the paper last week."

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  • Review by Connie Muradyan from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "Heather is an outstanding yoga teacher. She is authentic with a strong approach and style of teaching. Our group was a mixed level group and Heather did an outstanding job teaching to all levels. I am a yoga instructor and I am very impressed with how Heather handled the group. By the end of the week, everyone's practice had evolved and deepened. She is open and friendly. Heather provided the perfect balance of asana and philosophy. Every thing she taught was relevant and interesting. Heather is an excellent instructor and she very quickly became familiar with each of us, our abilities, limitations and levels of expertise. She understands alignment principles and her adjustments were spot on. I really enjoyed the way she conducted each class and I particularly enjoyed the sequencing. She is concise, competent, and supportive yet firm. She created an atmosphere of trust and we all bonded as a group from the first day. It was truly a memorable week."

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London, United Kingdom

Heather Elton teaches on international yoga retreats and Yoga Teacher Trainings in London, Goa, and Nepal.

from US$3,528

26 days / 25 nights


Arrival: Wednesday February 8, 2017
Departure: Sunday March 5, 2017

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