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30 Days 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in India

  • Inner Fire, Gokarna, India


India Yoga Teacher Training for Imperfect Yogis

Why teacher training for 'imperfect yogis?' Because people are human and a yoga teacher does not automatically become a ‘perfect yogi’. Everyone is on a unique journey with life and yoga and people do not expect themselves, or you to reach a ‘final destination’ or suddenly change a lifetime of detrimental habits and addictions. Instead, you will slowly work to move towards a healthier attitude to yourself and in so doing you can have constructive and fulfilling interactions with others so that they learn from you.


  • Course materials
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Teaching and facilitation
  • Certificate upon completion
  • 29 nights accommodation
  • 2 daily meals
  • 25 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodation will be in ensuite beach huts. These are clean with basic ammenites, double bed and Western style toilet. We will eat in the resort restaurant and teach mainly in the open air.

The course location is at Gokarna, a temple town on the beautiful coast line of Karnataka in Southern India, where cows still wander the street and golden sand meets ocean waves.

You will have your own ensuite hut adjacent to the beach plus enjoy locally sourced Sattvic food. There are local shops nearby.

  • 2 meals vegetarian sattvic meals per day
  • 29 nights accommodation
  • All teaching and facilitation
  • Certificate upon completion
  • Course materials
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Yoga mat and carry bag

Yoga is learning about your individual consciousness from the inside out; glimpsing the possibility of surrender to a universal consciousness of which you are all inescapably part; committing to working with this for the rest of your life; only then you are ready to teach others what you know and have experienced.

With this in mind, Inner Fire is delighted to offer its very first teacher training course which is accredited by the International Yoga Alliance (200 hours). There is still no single Yoga Alliance: this alliance adheres closely to Yoga ethics; is internationally recognized; emanates from India, the birthplace of Yoga and encourages the global study of authentic Yoga practices through the World Yoga Federation. This will give you a globally usable qualification but more than that is a chance for you to:

  • Explore your own relationship with your mind, body and spirit
  • Feel into your personal yoga practice
  • Play with different yoga styles and ways of working so you can consider where your own ‘niche’ may lie
  • Open to physical, mental, emotional and energetic challenges
  • Be aware of light and dark; opening and closing; yin and yang; masculine and feminine
  • Find your own ‘inner fire’ (passion, life path, and direction)
  • Undertake a local karma yoga project.

Yoga experience

You will need to have some experience of yoga as Inner Fire does not believe you can be a newcomer to yoga and become a teacher in the space of one month. Inner Fire recommends a minimum of six months and preferably one year practice, but Inner Fire will consider people who have done other disciplines of mind and body.

Journey to self discovery

Expect the unexpected on this course and please come with an open mind and heart. It will not be a course ‘delivered’ for you to ‘learn’ in a dry, academic sense; there is no three-hour theory exam on the last day that you can cram for and ‘pass’. Instead, you will be continuously assessed each day in a supportive way and Inner Fire will guide you in how to move forward personally and professionally over the duration of the month.

You will learn by doing and discovering; by thinking and inquiry into your own and each other’s beings; by building an individual and instructive yoga practice through which you become strong enough to become a teacher.

Aspects of yoga included

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Philosophy: Patanjali’s Sutras, Chakras, Koshas; Gunas; Bhagavad Gita and other texts
  • Asana (postures)
  • Pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • Meditation
  • Mantra and mudra (chanting and affirmations)
  • Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
  • Four paths of yoga: Karma, Jnana, Raja, and Bhakti

The training will be in an eclectic mix of Hatha yoga including a strong Sivananda sequence (although you always work as you need to for your body); balancing flows and sequences; therapeutic Bihar Yoga; holding and releasing into postures with a look at props used in Iyengar yoga.

There will be a maximum of five students per instructor ratio between instructors and students so you are guaranteed personal attention and guidance. As trainee teachers, Inner Fire hopes to offer you the chance to work with ‘real’ students and also undertake a local karma (selfless service) yoga project so that you interact in the community near to where you are staying.

Inner Fire will be weaving anatomy and physiology plus yoga philosophy into your days within your work with postures, breathing, meditation, and relaxation. You will learn through feeling into your own mind and body so that you know from the inside out about your unique relationship with all aspects of yoga rather than being told.

Assessments will be through multi-choice tests, evening quizzes, feedback sessions, ongoing dialogue between the teacher and each other plus random activities throughout the month.

Daily schedule

  • 06:30 - Personal yoga practice and development; asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), pratyhara (concentration), and meditation
  • 09:30 - Indian Breakfast
  • 10:30 - Active and alive yoga philosophy including Mantra and Mudra and how ancient wisdom is still relevant to our practice and lives today.
  • 13:00 - Chai and snacks
  • 13:30 - Karma yoga project hopefully within the local community
  • 15:30 - Teaching yoga, all aspects including anatomy and physiology
  • 18:00 - Sunset meditation most nights
  • 18:30 - Dinner
  • 19:30 - Quiz, discussion, and other daft activities to aid learning
  • 20:30 - Study time, spiritual diary, questions, and concerns

Inner Fire will work for five or six days per week with one day off. The course runs from November 1, 2016, to November 28, 2016. You will need to arrive on October 31, 2016, and leave on November 29, 2016, to attend all of the course. The daily schedule is subject to change and flexibility.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI) or Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM).

From Goa International Airport you will need to take a taxi to Gokarna (3 hours, 35 GBP) or take a train to Gokarna Road, Ankola or Karwar and then local bus or taxi. Inner Fire can help arrange all this for you.

If you fly into Mumbai - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM), you can travel easily down the coast by train to Karwar, Ankola or Gokarna Road.

Seasonal information

November is generally warm and sunny but with the occasional downpour so do bring waterproofs.

Mobile / communication information

There is no Wifi on the site but this is available locally and we will have emergency access to the internet if required.


Immunizations are not included in the price of the retreat. Mosquitoes are non-malarial but annoying, although the local herbal repellent is effective. Hepatitis jabs are recommended and make your own decisions according to travel advice from your local general practitioner or travel nurse.

  • Deyna Hirst

    Deyna, also known as Uma, has teaching qualifications in Hatha yoga, Dru yoga, and yoga therapy. She has experience in Sivananda, Iyengar, and Bihar yoga. Deyna has been teaching and training for 15 years in the United Kingdom and India, has written two books, and is also a qualified social worker registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

  • Flights
  • Immunizations
  • Purchase of additional suggested reading
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa

Two daily meals are included in the price of the retreat. The food will be vegetarian and cooked on site, and Sattvic diet to support your yoga learning. Most Keralan cooking is naturally wheat and dairy free but please ask if you have additional dietary needs.

Ayurvedic massages are available in the town if you wish to take advantage of this on your day off.

You will be engrossed with studying of course but there will be alos time to visit the shops and cafes; swim or laze; walk on the beach, between coves and in the forest; have an Ayurvedic massage; visit temples, natural wonders and a nearby ashram; take a boat to dolphin watch. Surfing, kayaking, parasailing and banana boats are also possible at a nearby beach. Some nights we will have music and fires on the beach, or go out into the town for festival night

  • Massage nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shopping
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Beach nearby
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Yoga shala
For information about the booking conditions, please send Inner Fire an inquiry.

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Arrival: Monday October 31, 2016
Departure: Tuesday November 29, 2016

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