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22 Days 200-Hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, India

The Yoga Village Beach Resort, Patnem Beach, Palolem, Canacona, South Goa District, Goa, India

Skill-Enhancing Yoga Teacher Training India

Kranti Yoga is delighted to celebrate 10 years of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Leave all of your doubts and enhance your skill in the magnificent Patnem Beach for the 200-hour yoga teacher training. This course is designed to initiate you onto the path of yoga and prepare you to teach others. It is a rewarding way to develop an Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow yoga practice, awaken your inner teacher, and gain an internationally recognized teaching certification. This training is also supported by a lot of certified and experienced instructors to transfer the knowledge that they have to you. Furthermore, the beachside beauty of Patnem is the perfect place for you to immerse and grow further in your yoga journey.

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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation and pranayama classes
  • Tuition and course materials with certification to register with Yoga Alliance
  • Teaching methodology, yoga philosophy, and theory classes
  • Alignments and technical workshops
  • 21 nights' accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


20 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 30
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
11:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

The Kranti Yoga School Village is located in the heart of Patnem, Goa. It covers a 5,000 square meters area, having access to both the beach and the roadside. The village comprises of two campuses; Moksha, meaning liberation or release, is the ocean view campus. Sattva, meaning purity or reality, is the garden side campus. These are located next to each other with Moksha situated right on the beach and Sattva directly behind it.

At Kranti Yoga School, they also have four yoga shalas, for you to practice yoga, share, experience, and grow as a yoga student. A mantra is a sacred verse that is of spiritual value through repetition. Mantra Shala is Kranti Yoga's flagship shala as it boasts magnificent views of Patnem Beach. Morning practice takes place here as you overlook the tranquil sea, shaded from the rising sun as the day is about to commence.

You may even be lucky enough to see dolphins as gaze over your fingertips in Virabhadrasana. Evening restorative sessions take place here as the sun sets over the Arabian Sea, picture postcard every day. The Ocean View Shala, sitting alongside Patnem Beach, is the smallest of the four shalas and is a great place for practice by yourself with amazing views of the Arabian Sea.

Tantra means technique. Tantra Shala is located in Sattva, the garden campus. You will shade from the midday heat as this is the only shala with a roof. All your workshops will take place here. It is also, where you will learn about the techniques used in Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga.

All lectures are conducted here as the shala provides a classroom environment that is very much conducive to learning. The fans provide a breeze throughout the day, pillows and bolsters will keep you comfortable enough to listen intently to your teacher. The shala has a wall on one side which provides support for inversions and a whole host of back bending preparations.

Yantra is anything that has structure and organization. Yantra Shala is Kranti Yoga's secret shala hidden away amongst the mangrove trees. You will need this space as you develop the structure of your own class to eventually teach as part of the YTTC. The space is small and intimate, ideal for first-time teachers who may be feeling a little nervous. The shala has fans to keep you cool during your practice and is fully equipped with everything you may need.

Program

Certifications

Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT®). Registration with Yoga Alliance provides a globally recognized credential.

Overview

The Kranti Yoga teacher training course is a comprehensive 200-hour program that follows Yoga Alliance standards and runs over three and a half weeks in the beautiful Patnem Beach, South Goa. Although intensive, the course is presented with a progressive approach to yoga. The course is a stepping stone to becoming a yoga teaching professional and the training itself will give you a solid foundation in Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow yoga.

The program is delivered in a modern, fun, relaxed environment where you will be encouraged, supported, and guided to achieve the most out of the course. You should be prepared to be mentally and physically challenged because classes vary from physically vigorous, restorative, and also thought inducing.

Course objectives

  • Develop your own personal daily practice (Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow).
  • Develop and practice a daily pranayama, kriyas, mudras, and meditation practice.
  • Learn about the skeletal and muscular systems and how this affects your practice and your teaching.
  • Study the Patanjali Yoga Sutras and learn how to incorporate them into your daily practice and life.
  • Learn how to structure a class and then incorporate all these components into designing your own class.
  • Learn to teach this class to your peers in a small group environment and then you will teach this class to your peers as your assessment.

Asanas and anatomy or alignment

The program offers a strong foundation in Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow, concentrating on the correct alignment of the postures. This make up the primary series with a focus on offering modifications to suit practitioners of all levels and abilities.

The course begins with a senior teacher guiding you through the full primary series, with modifications while assistant teachers will support you ensuring correct alignment of each asana. These classes will be followed by two hours of anatomy and alignment classes where you will break down the primary series posture by posture allowing you to gain a deeper insight into how the body mechanics affect your practice.

You will have the opportunity to take notes, practice one to one with your peers with the support of your teachers. The aim is that you build on prior knowledge of anatomy whatever level that may be and leave with a greater awareness of your own body. During these classes, you will also focus on how to modify your own practice, identifying your weaknesses. The teachers will help you identify such areas and give you preparation techniques.

During week two, you will be ready to begin practicing by yourself; Mysore-style classes. The teacher will no longer lead the class, you will complete the series, together with your peers, with your own breath count and in your own time. You will be supported by your senior teacher and assistant teachers who will check alignment, help you deepen the posture, and adjust you if available. Self-practice is a great way for your teachers to help you personalize your development.

Pranayama (breathing techniques)

From the first moment you step onto your mat, you will be encouraged to bring awareness to your breath. In Ashtanga, the ujjayi breath initiates the movement from one posture to the next. You will learn to use the rhythm of this breath to progress through your practice. In addition, you will also learn four further pranayama techniques that will help you clear your mind, improve your lung capacity, plus a range of other mental and physical benefits.

This is an important aspect of yoga that is often overlooked but should always follow a physical practice. Tutorials will explain the theory accompanying these breathing techniques, enabling you to practice effectively during guided classes. During these classes, you will also cover kriyas (cleansing) and mudras (energy seals).

Teaching methodology

You will start to teach your peers during the first week of your training. You will instruct each other on a one-on-one basis by breaking down the fundamentals of a yoga class and then from here you will progress to writing and delivering your own class. In each session, there will be tools provided for you to develop your teaching skills, facilitating you to build your own yoga class that you will deliver during the final week.

The teaching methodology sessions include opening a class, sequencing, instructions, relaxation techniques, corrections and adjustments, and modifications. Students always find this a particularly memorable experience as the majority of them will teach for the first time. Participating in each other’s classes and providing constructive feedback for your peers is a great way to learn and this supports the ethos that learning is sharing.

Yoga philosophy

Classical yoga philosophy is interwoven throughout the program and you will be introduced to Patanjalis yoga sutras, allowing you to make your own comparisons of classical and contemporary yoga, posing the question: what is yoga? These sessions are a great time for philosophical debates and indeed provide a welcome insight into the views of your fellow students.

Each yoga class will have a spiritual message that will allow you to understand how you can incorporate philosophy into practice. Hari Krishna will deliver a talk on yoga in Gita, a beloved Indian text from which many lessons can be learned.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:00-09:00 Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga: primary series (self-practice and led class)
  • 09:00-10:00 Pranayama followed by meditation and kriyas
  • 10:00-11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00-13:00 Anatomy and alignment class
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-14:45 Self-study
  • 14:45-16:15 Teaching methodology and yoga philosophy
  • 16:15-16:30 Afternoon snacks and fruit
  • 16:30-18:15 Hip opening, back-bending, and transitional workshop
  • 18:15-18:45 Sunset meditation, chanting circle, and quiet time
  • 19:00-20:00 Dinner

Instructors

Kranti (Tarun) Agrawal

Dhira Krishna

Steph Henshaw

Francesca Crescenzi

Enzo Montano

Vicki Reynolds

Didier Meynders

Alex Bowley

Retreat location

This teacher training program will take place in the magical Patnem Beach, South Goa. Unlike other parts of Goa, Patnem Beach has retained its peacefulness and natural charm despite growing numbers of tourists to the area.

The closest airport is Dabolim Airport (GOI) and the journey to the airport is just over an hour. Patnem beach itself is lined with bars, restaurants, and beach hut accommodations. The hospitality of the Patnem locals awaits you. Choose from the many dining options that offer international cuisine from all corners of the globe, as well as traditional Goan curries, seafood specialties, and the popular vegan delights.

It is ideal for those who enjoy harmony between beach life, yoga, and relaxed dinners with friends. It is definitely a tradition to watch the phenomenal sunsets on the beach during your yoga teacher training, yogis regularly walk and run this beach and participate in light-hearted acro-yoga during the downing of the sun.

If you are looking for some evening entertainment, you are not far away from the tourist hub of Palolem. Here you will find more night-time activities, sometimes a welcome alternative to the quietness and early nights of Patnem.

Palolem is only five minutes away from the shala and can be reached by rickshaw. Alternatively, five minutes in the other direction, you will find the fabulous local location of Chaudi. Here you will find a more traditional Indian experience with local fresh food and seafood markets, chai stands, supermarket, pharmacy, and such.

Nearby places

  • Chaudi, 3 kilometers - 5 minutes
  • Margao, 45 kilometers - 40 minutes
  • Palolem - 5 minutes

Unique features

General

  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Currency exchange
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Medical assistance

Food

Daily meals with snacks, fruits, and drinks are included in the price. In the shala, you will be served all meals throughout the day (breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner) seven days a week. Students often choose to eat out on Sunday as a treat for their day off. There are also snacks, fruits, fresh juices, coconuts, and Ayurvedic teas, herbal, chai teas, and purified water available.

All meals are served buffet-style in their outdoor dining hall giving you a range of options for you to choose from. Kranti Yoga promotes a healthy diet and the foods served are freshly prepared for you daily. They have a kitchen on site with wonderful cooks, who will delight you a large array of traditional Indian specialties combined with a blend of western favorites.

The kitchen is at your service and ready to accommodate all your dietary requirements, whatever they may be. The meals are strictly vegetarian and the kitchen is easily able to cater for vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten free, and other diets. If there is something you need or crave, they will always try to help.

If you miss a meal, the cooks will always rustle something up for you. There is never a need to be hungry. All food is sourced locally and the menu will consist of seasonal fruit and vegetables. The groceries are bought from nearby markets and stores in order to support the local community.

Outside of the shala, you will find a range of restaurants and cafes serving a host of tasty and healthy choices. You can choose from traditional Indian dishes or pick from a rich international menu that is widely available in most restaurants. The food in Patnem and neighboring Palolem is some of the finest cuisine on offer in Goa. Patnem is renowned for a high standard of hygiene.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

On Saturday evening and Sundays, students often choose to go exploring to make the most of their time off classes. There are also optional local excursions available at your own costs. The excursions are:

  • Agonda night market
  • Anjuna night market (North Goa November to March)
  • Ayurvedic treatments and massage
  • Beach walks
  • Butterfly island
  • Drum circle (Thursdays outside Nada Brahma)
  • Galgibag (Turtle Beach)
  • Leopard Valley night market (November to February)
  • Local Hindu temples
  • Old Goa
  • Relax in hammocks, swinging beds, sun lounges
  • Silent disco (Saturdays)
  • Spice farms
  • Stand up paddle boarding (SUP)
  • Swimming
  • Traditional Indian cooking classes
  • Waterfalls

What's included

  • 6 days a week yoga and meditation classes
  • Anatomy, alignment, technical flow, and technical workshops
  • Certificate to register with Yoga Alliance
  • Course manual, reference material, yoga mat, and tuition
  • Teaching methodology, philosophy, Ayurveda, and pranayama theory classes
  • Use of all shala facilities including Wi-Fi, self-service laundry, swinging beds, sun lounges, chill out zone, and phone for local calls
  • 21 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals, snacks, fruit, fresh juices, tea, filtered water

What's not included

  • Airfare

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). Transfers from and to the airport can be arranged upon request to Kranti Yoga. They use experienced local drivers for all of their pickups, they are patient in case of delays and know exactly where to drop you off (particularly helpful for overnight arrivals). Alternatively, there are set price taxis available at the counter on arrival in Goa Airport (GOI).

Arrival by bus

There are plenty of options for arrival by bus in case you want to save money or want to experience local Goan transport. You can catch a bus from KTC bus station in Margao directly to Patnem Beach. It is also possible to reach Goa by Volvo, deluxe or semi-deluxe buses from Mumbai, Pune, and Bangalore.

Arrival by train

If you would like to arrive by train you can reach Goa by train from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochin, Mysore, and Pune. The closest stop is Canacona which is located in Chaudi.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Early bird discount

Get an early bird discount of 20% for booking or reservation made more than 90 days before the arrival date. If you book more than 60 days before the arrival date, the discount will only be 10%. Please send an inquiry to Kranti Yoga for more info regarding this offer. 

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