28 Days 250hr Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in India

  • IndeaYoga Dhaama, 144E, 7th Main Road, Gokulam 3rd Stage, Mysore 570002, Karnataka, India

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Yoga Teacher Training India

  • 24 days with instruction
  • If you want to become an Ashtanga yoga teacher, this course is perfect for you! During this teacher training, you will prepare to work with the dynamic form of yoga, also known as Vinyasa flow, and you will enjoy its mental and physical health benefits. Upon completion of this intensive course, you will receive 250 hours worth of training and a Registered Yoga Teacher certificate for 200 hours. Dare to discover the teacher within you!


    • Daily asana practice
    • Practice teaching yoga techniques
    • Learn about yoga philosophy and anatomy
    • 200-hour certificate of teacher training from Yoga Alliance
    • Learn about pranayamas, prayers, and chanting
    • Daily Sattvic, vegetarian meals included
    • 27 days accommodation

    Skill level

    • Intermediate

    • Advanced

    Group sizes

    The maximum participants in the group is 24.


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    The IndeaYoga Dhaama is located in the vicinity of the beautiful Mysore University campus, surrounded by fresh and lush green vegetation. Luckily, it is located near Kukkarahalli Lake, which is about one kilometer from the dhaama and where the yogis can go for walks over the weekend. They get a beautiful view of the Chamundi Hills, along with the sunrise and sunset from the lake.

    All rooms are well lit with single and twin-sharing model, attached bedrooms, beds, a wardrobe with keys, a study space, Wi-Fi, and a library, where you can spend time reading about Indian culture. The dhaama has hot water, doctor on call, laundry service, housekeeping, intercom, and options for air conditioning.

    The more than 250 hours of Ashtanga yoga teacher training in this course will prepare you to work with Vinyasa flow yoga or the dynamic form of yoga that promises immense physical and mental health benefits. The course focuses on shaping teachers who are capable of instilling strength, balance, and a sense of rhythm in the body of their students.

    Yogacharya Bharath Shetty, who possesses almost 60,000 hours of teaching experience, of which 33,000 hours are recognized by Yoga Alliance, has exclusively designed the teaching methodologies imparted.

    Ashtanga yoga teacher training course encompasses beginner and intermediate yoga poses in IndeaYoga style, meditation, pranayama, anatomy lessons, and Patanjali Yoga Sutras. After the intensive training period, you will receive IndeaYoga training for 250 hours and Registered Yoga Teacher for 200 hours certificates approved by Yoga Alliance. You will also discover the teacher residing inside you, completely ready and confident to teach other people what you know.

    It is required that the students applying for this course have at least six months of Ashtanga yoga practice. You may as well practice under IndeaYoga certified teachers available close to your location. If this is not the case, you may enroll yourself for the Ashtanga yoga Mysore style classes before you start the course in teacher training. Priority will be given to past students and IndeaYoga practitioners.


    Anatomy lessons include the study of physical human body anatomy, the skeleton, organs, muscles, cardiovascular system, and nutrition.

    Asana practice and technique

    You will attend two strong asana practices per day. Morning asanas cover Ashtanga Vinyasa primary or intermediate series, while afternoon practices will primarily incorporate Indea innovation series, such as back bending, hip opening, and balancing asanas, including Adhomukha Vrikshasana and Pincha Mayurasana.

    Teachers are also engaged in understanding the key points in teaching certain asanas to students. Teaching of all three series is thoroughly imparted in the following structure by Bharath Shetty and students are expected to know this detail for each asana by the end of the course and for the exam.

    • Sanskrit name and English translation
    • Silent demonstration
    • Limitations
    • Benefits
    • Detailed technique
    • Common mistakes
    • Variations
    • Class practice and instruction

    Philosophy and ethics

    This part includes the basics from the study of yoga scriptures, ethics for yoga teachers, and life of a yogi, as well as:

    • Meaning of the word yoga
    • Raja yoga of Patanjali
    • Panchakoshas
    • Overview of chakras
    • Overview of Patanjali yoga sutras and Ashtanga, or eight-fold, yoga with a more detailed Satsang on selected sutras from chapters one, SamadhiPada, and two, Sadhana Pada, of the sutras


    A selection of pranayama techniques will be taught and practiced during the course.

    Prayers or shlokas and chanting or kirtan

    You are expected to learn the prescribed opening and closing prayers, their meanings, and also familiarize yourself with chanting a few other mantras and kirtans.


    Self-study, study of recommended books, participating in discussion, and practice of all the above-mentioned topics is also expected from you during the four weeks.

    Teaching practice

    Applying the above eight-step teaching methodology, you will teach several sessions to fellow students in a classroom setting. You will also be required to sit-in and observe Bharath and other IndeaYoga teachers who present the Mysore style classes. The aim is for you to gain knowledge of the methodology of teaching, including the principles of demonstration, instructions, and observation.

    Preparatory reading

    Before coming to the retreat, you can refer to the following books:

    • Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
    • Four Chapters on Freedom by Bihar Yoga
    • Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Muktibodhananda, Bihar Yoga
    • Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
    • Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda
    • The Forceful Yoga by G.P. Bhatt
    • Yoga: Asanas, Pranayama, Mudras, Kriyas by Vivekananda Kendra Prakashan

    Sample schedule

    • 05:30 Wake-up alarm
    • 06:00 Chanting and Kriyas
    • 06:30 Asana practice
    • 08:00 Pranayama
    • 08:30 Breakfast break
    • 09:15 Karma yoga
    • 10:00 Philosophy
    • 11:00 Teaching class
    • 12:00 Techniques class
    • 13:30 Lunch break
    • 14:30 Study break or surprise activity
    • 16:00 Anatomy class
    • 17:00 Asana practice
    • 18:30 Chanting and meditation
    • 19:00 Dinner break
    • 20:00 Happy hour
    • 21:30 Good night
    • Bharath Shetty

      Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)

      Yogacharya Bharath Shetty is the first yoga teacher in India to be certified as a yoga registered teacher with 500 hours of training. In more than two decades of yoga teaching experience, he has trained more than 600 teachers from over 60 countries. He is a student of the legendary Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar and has received training at Vivekananda Kendra, Bangalore and International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Kerala as well.

    • Nikhil Uthappa

      Nikhil, an ardent practitioner of yoga for the last couple of years with Bharath Shetty, graduated from the level one teacher training course in 2015. Since then, he has been assisting Bharath. He fits into the IndeaYoga team almost to perfection, knowing his qualities of maintaining discipline to the classes and punctuality, just like his master. Nikhil chose this yoga path after working in a research firm for over three years.

    • Archana Shetty

      Archana Shetty is a serious and passionate advanced yoga practitioner and has dedicated her spare time to learning and spreading awareness about yoga. Archana is married to Bharath Shetty and one of his students. She is experienced in teaching beginners, as well as advanced practitioners, and focuses more on back bending and hip opening asanas. Archana often assists Bharath in Mysore style classes at the shala and teaches yoga regularly to pregnant women.

    • Nagaraja Rao

      Professor Nagaraja Rao is a visiting faculty member who teaches philosophy at IndeaYoga. He is a gifted and very natural teacher. Nagaraja is an expert in the field of Sanskrit, where his primary specialty is Panini’s grammar. He was a chief researcher at the Oriental Institute in Mysore and visiting professor at Chicago University and Jerusalem University, Israel. In addition to teaching at IndeaYoga, he has visited and lectured at yoga courses in Thailand several times.

    • Raghavendra Mallikarjuna

      IndeaYoga (Yoga)

      Raghavendra is an IndeaYoga level one certified teacher. Having graduated in 2016, he has been practicing with Bharath Sir for some time now. He is also one of the main teachers at Yoga Bharata, a unit of IndeaYoga. Though teaching yoga to students happened by chance, it was the joy of imparting knowledge which got him hooked onto yoga. He currently assists Bharath Sir during the teacher training course at IndeaYoga and is an integral part of the IndeaYoga team.

    • Sunaina Ravindra

      Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga)

      Sunaina has a master’s in business administration from Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara Center for Management Studies, Mysore and a degree in environmental engineering from Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore. She also has varied experience in advertising, marketing, and branding. Sunaina has been actively learning and practicing yoga for over five years. She trained under Yogacharya Bharath Shetty and is a registered Hatha yoga teacher with a 500-hour certification.

    This yoga teacher training course will take place in Mysore, India.

    • Air-conditioned rooms
    • Dining area
    • Kitchen
    • Lake nearby
    • Yoga shala
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Laundry
    • Library
    • Medical assistance
    • Room cleaning

    The food provided during the training is Sattvic and only vegetarian. The food menu is standardized and you will be provided with three meals every day. The food served is mainly organic and nutritional, keeping in mind the requirements of the students' practice. All meals will be served in the dining hall only, it is not allowed to eat in the rooms. Fruits and other snacks can be bought in the premises. Coffee and tea will also be available throughout the day.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Drinks

    The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Vegetarian
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

    The institute organizes an optional trip to Belur-Halebidu-ShravanaBelagola, in the Golden Triangle, where you can get a glimpse of India’s ancient architecture and cultural heritage.

    • 2 daily asana practices
    • 3 daily Sattvic, vegetarian meals
    • 27 nights accommodation
    • Anatomy classes
    • Daily chanting and meditation sessions
    • Karma yoga class
    • Philosophy classes
    • Pranayama practice
    • Teaching classes
    • Teaching techniques classes
    • Airfare
    • Airport transfers
    • Personal expenses
    • Snacks
    • Trip to the Golden Triangle

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Kempegowda International Airport (BLR). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request at an extra cost.

    Arrival by bus

    You can take the Fly Bus from Kempegowda International Airport (BLR).

    Arrival by taxi

    You can hire a taxi from Kempegowda International Airport (BLR).


    • Review by Sarah Lwk from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      "I have learned more than I thought I would, about yoga and about myself. You should definitely come here if you are looking for a place; Mysore is an amazing place to spend your time, too!"

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    • Review by Daniele Boccalon from Venice, Italy

      "It took me some time to settle all the emotion after the teacher training course with Yogacharia Bharath Shetty. It has been an amazing journey and an incredibly deep experience that will accompany me during my entire life journey."

      "A sincere thank you to all the people that made this possible!"

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    • Review by Monique Tejasri Pelletier

      "If you are looking for a real, solid yoga teacher training program full of knowledge, support, and the essence of what yoga truly is, this is the shala! The space is beautiful, the people are friendly, and I felt very comfortable. It was life-altering awesomeness!"

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    • Review by Tzvia Ben Rahamim

      "My guru, my teacher, and my friend. The best decision I have made was to be a student of Bharath Shetty. I will be forever grateful and always will want to go back and enjoy the best practice and teachings. Thank you!"

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    • Review by Preeti Kalia

      "I did my teacher training course in Vinyasa from IndeaYoga and I also attended a few sessions of Hatha yoga, both are amazingly taught here. Yogacharya Bharath Shetty sir is a perfectionist and takes utmost care of his students, which keeps them away from injuries. Discipline is highly maintained in this institution."

      "The whole teacher training course team is very supportive. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a teacher training course in Hatha, Vinyasa, or Mysore style to do it from IndeaYoga."

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    • Review by Elizabeth Anderson

      "I planned and taught my first lesson of yoga today, as a paid teacher, in Cambodia. I have been working hard since I left IndeaYoga at the end of February in 2012 (teachers class number 29), studying and practicing most days, and now I am starting see the investment that I have put into yoga teaching and myself. An example of this is when I taught the class today it was FUN! I could hardly believe it. I am so grateful that I came to your school and spent the intensive month with you. You gave me a great foundation to start my own journey and I can`t wait to come back for the advanced course sometime in 2013 or 2014."

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    • Review by Claire Butters

      "The yoga teacher training course gave me everything I had hoped for and so much more! Not only am I more strong and flexible than ever before but I have received the knowledge to continue pushing myself and progressing in every direction."

      "The whole experience was a pleasure; working so intensively with a group gives a shared energy that is not possible to get with a course where people are constantly changing. The support of everyone was great, a real help while trying to do something that is far from easy."

      "I feel privileged to have received all that I have from this course and I really look forward to being able to share it with others in the future."

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    • Review by Ian Revins

      "My experience at IndeaYoga was sensational. I knew from the moment I stepped in the shala that I had made the right decision. I feel my skill, knowledge, and confidence have grown tremendously under the guidance of Bharath and all the staff at IndeaYoga. My passion for yoga has been pushed to new heights and I am already looking forward to returning to complete the next level in the not too distant future. Namaste."

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    • Review by Sylvana Gelinas

      "I came to Mysore and to IndiaYoga not knowing what to expect. I had some knowledge on yoga and I practiced it for a little while, but my journey here opened my mind and my heart, and made my body do asanas that I could do! I learned from the most amazing teacher, who only had our best interest at heart."

      "My time there was only the beginning of what I hope will be a long and beautiful journey, thanks to Bharat Shetty and all his support team."

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    • Review by Pasree Lee

      "Certainly more than what I had expected. It was great learning experience. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this program. It has made my yoga journey more enlightening and meaningful. Namaste!"

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    • Review by Duncan Rice

      "IndeaYoga is a fantastic mix of ancient yoga put into the context of our modern lives. I heard that this shala had a fantastic reputation, it was rated as one of the top yoga institutions in India, and was focused on developing high caliber of teachers; that is why I chose to go there. My experience at this school was beyond my wildest expectations. Bharath Shetty and his team are passionate about sending well-equipped teachers out into the world because they believe in high standards. The course is so well structured that by the end of it, you have amongst many aspects a thorough knowledge of philosophy, asana, physiology, meditation, and pranayama. Your days are filled with yoga teaching and you climb into bed after the evening mantras and meditation satisfied that not an hour was wasted in Mysore. IndeaYoga's aim is to develop teachers of exceptional quality and I do believe that this institution is quickly becoming one of the leaders of yoga development in this era."

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