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India Yoga Teacher Training

Learn Ashtanga, Hatha Flow, Iyengar, traditional Hatha practices, and advanced practices all in one course to teach others in a systematic way. Learn all the major asanas with their adjustments and alignments.

Meet the instructors

Anoop
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Highlights

  • 27 days of practice
  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • Meditation and pranayama lessons
  • Adjustment, alignment, satsang, and chanting mantra
  • Philosophy, physiology, and anatomy sessions
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


27 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin), German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer included: Trivandrum International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
11:30
Check-out Time:
11:30

Facilities

  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala
  • ATM / banking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Currency exchange
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laptop rental
  • Medical assistance
  • Newspapers

You will stay in a private room or share a room with your friend or another participant. Each room is spacious, fresh and comes with all essential amenities at your disposal. Mathatitu Yoga Ashram has lounges and sit-out areas where you can share some quality time and chat with your fellow participants of the program.

They take well care of the environment and premises so much that they keep them clean and bright. All the places like your yoga studios, dining area, and your rooms will be close to each other and right in front of or near the accommodation. You have the majestic beaches across India and Nepal, basking in the sun, in all its glory.

Shared accommodation

It includes facilities for two persons. They provide two single beds, shower service, European toilets, reading lights, wardrobes, window curtains, clean and fresh bed sheets, pillow covers, two pillows, and clean blankets. You will have access to free Wi-Fi and an intercom.

Private accommodation

It includes facilities for a single person. You can choose between a usual yet spacious private room accommodation or a sea-view accommodation that offers a picturesque view of the Varkala Beach while sitting on the balcony. They provide a single bed, shower service, European toilet, reading lights, wardrobe, window curtains, clean and fresh bedsheets, pillow cover, one pillow, and a clean blanket. You will have access to free Wi-Fi and an intercom. Please note that the tariff would change for a sea-view accommodation.

Program

If you are experienced or already a teacher, you can learn from the teachers professionally. But the course is designed in such a way that from beginners to the advanced students will get benefit by this course 100 percent. This 28-day 300-hour yoga teacher training course is a specially tailored program, designed to provide you with fundamental skills and confidence to teach yoga based on Hatha yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa lineages in your way to become a certified yoga instructor.

The training will prepare students to learn and teach yoga asanas (postures) and meditation, using a step-by-step method underpinned by yoga philosophies and other related subjects. The focus is not just to provide certification but to create a teacher who has a deep practical understanding of the yoga they wish to teach. Throughout the course, they will endeavor to develop the student’s understanding of the need for self-practice.

By the end of the course, the student will have the ability and confidence to teach at both beginner and advanced levels. The curriculum covers the most essential topics from basic asana practices to Hatha yoga lessons in detail to philosophical sessions thus enabling students to learn and understand yoga thoroughly to be the best version of the yoga teacher they can become. You would get the golden opportunity to teach your fellow trainees under the supervision of a senior teacher.

You are expected to have minimum daily practice: 30 minutes of asana, 10 minutes of pranayama, and 20 minutes of meditation is compulsory. Your day starts at 6:00 a.m. in the morning and finishes by 7:00 p.m. with dinner and self-study and assignments up to 9:00 p.m.

Syllabus

1. Yoga and yogic practices

  • Etymology of yoga
  • Brief introduction about the origin and development of yoga
  • Yoga - Aims and objectives
  • General introduction to Darshanas with special reference to Sankhya and yoga
  • General introduction to four paths of yoga
  • Principles of yoga and yogic practices
  • Guiding principles for yogic practices

2. Introduction to Hatha yoga

  • Introduction to Hatha yoga
  • Introduction to important Hatha yoga texts with special reference to Hatha Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita
  • Causes of success (Sadhaka Tattwa) and causes of failure (Badhaka Tattwa) in Hatha yoga Sadhana
  • Concept of Ghata and Ghata Shudhhi in Hatha yoga
  • Purpose and utility of Shat kriyas in Hatha yoga
  • Purpose and utility of asanas in Hatha yoga
  • Purpose and importance of pranayama in Hatha yoga

3. Introduction to Patanjali yoga

  • Definition, nature, and aim of yoga according to Patanjali
  • Concept of Chitta and Chitta Bhumis; Chitta Vrittis and Chitta Vrittinirodhopaya (Abhyasa and Vairagya)
  • Concept of Ishwara and Ishwara Pranidhana
  • Chitta Vikshepas (Antarayas) and their associates (Sahabhuvas)
  • Concept of Chitta Prasadana and their relevance in mental wellbeing
  • Kleshas and their significance in yoga
  • Ashtanga yoga of Patanjali: its purpose, effects, and significance

4. Introduction to human systems, yoga, and health

  • The nine systems of the human body
  • Functions of the different systems of the human body
  • Introduction to sensory organs
  • Neuro-muscular coordination of sensory organs
  • Basic understanding of exercise physiology
  • Homeostasis
  • The benefits of various asanas on different parts of the human body
  • Limitations and contra-indications of specific yoga practices

5. Yoga for wellness

  • Health: meaning and definitions
  • Concept of Pancha Koshas
  • Yogic conceptions of health and diseases
  • Interdependency of physical (Prakriti) and psychological (Triguna) components according to Ayurveda
  • Concept of Panchamahabhutas
  • Yogic principles of healthy living
  • Introduction to yogic diet and nutrition

6. Yoga and stress management

  • Human psyche: yogic and modern concepts, behavior, and consciousness
  • Frustration, conflicts, and psychosomatic disorders
  • Relationship between mind and body
  • Mental hygiene and role of yoga in mental hygiene
  • Mental health: a yogic perspective
  • Prayer and meditation for mental health
  • Psychosocial environment and its importance for mental health (Yama and Niyama)
  • Concept of stress according to modern science and yoga
  • Role of yoga - stress and lifestyle management

7. Familiarity with body joints and Vyayama

  • Movement of key joints
  • Sukshma Vyayama
  • Shat Kriyas

8. Suryanamaskar and asanas

  • Introduction to Suryanamaskar (sun salutation)
  • Technique of Suryanamaskar practice
  • Asanas
  • Five spinal movements in yoga

9. Pranayama and meditation

  • Introduction to pranayama
  • Meditation - the concept
  • Practical techniques of meditation

10.Teaching practice

  • Teaching yoga
  • Principles and skills for educating aspirants
  • Teaching yoga in a group setting

11. Detailed study of Ayurveda and massage techniques

12. Iyengar asana practice with adjustment and alignment

  • Chair yoga
  • Hatha flow sequencing
  • Detailed study of Iyengar asanas with adjustment and alignment
  • Therapeutical benefits of yoga as taught in yoga therapy

13. Mudra yoga

14. Introduction to yoga therapy

  • Advanced meditation and pranayama practice and techniques

Daily schedule

  • 05:45 - 06:00 Wake up
  • 06:00 - 07:45 Morning tea
  • 07:45 - 09:00 Classical Hatha yoga
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 07:45 - 09:00 Pranayama
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Yoga anatomy
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Rest
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Yoga philosophy
  • 16:15 - 17:45 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Meditation
  • 19:30 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 22:00 Lights off

Instructors

Anoop L G

Retreat location

The course will take place in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. Mathatitu Yoga Ashram is located at Hill Top Beach Resort, neighboring Mathatitu Vegetarian Restaurant, Tibetan Kitchen Restaurant (nonveg), and of course right in front of the beach.

Unique features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Reiki

General

  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Currency exchange
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laptop rental
  • Medical assistance
  • Newspapers
  • Parking lot

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

You will be served three vegetarian Kerala and Indian-style meals and energy drinks per day included in the price. A balanced and nutritious diet forms the basis for the nourishment of the mind and body. Carefully cooked foods with traditional ingredients offering amazing healing properties are provided to you in the correct proportion. They hire specially trained chefs for yoga students and trainers.

Breakfast includes light and protein-rich foods such as porridge, bread-toast, salads, sprouts, nuts along with tea, coffee, and fresh fruit juices. The lunch features a traditional Indian Ayurvedic Thali with rice, chapati, lentils, vegetables, salads, and yogurt. The dinner is a combination of Ayurvedic food and cooked vegetables, raw salad, fruits, and herbal tea. Gluten-free and vegan options and clean filtered water are available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) 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

Things to do (optional)

  • Ayurveda treatments
  • Cookery class
  • Reiki

What's included

  • Yoga classes
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • Airport pick up from Trivandrum International Airport (TRV)
  • Course materials including books and yoga mats

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Excursions

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Trivandrum International Airport Airport transfer included: Trivandrum International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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