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This teacher training program takes you through the essential elements required to deepen and enrich your own yoga practice and to teach students with confidence. An expert team of teachers will guide you from the fundamental stages to teaching with ease. You will learn to value the emotional, spiritual, and physical investment while attending the course. If you are looking for a complete yoga immersion, then Goa is the right place to go to!
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Himalaya Yoga Valley is located in a small local community in Mandrem Beach, North Goa. Mandrem is a traditional area and locals support themselves mainly through coconut farming and fishing. At the center, they have the perfect student safety record and they maintain a 24-hour security on site. There is a guest pre-registration for anyone wishing to enter the resort who is not a staff member or student and providing safety lockers in the office for any valuables students may have.
The resort is peaceful, safe, and a pleasure to relax in. Each villa has four large bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a sprawling common-use lounge area. The villas are maintained to the highest standards, serviced daily, and are strictly non-smoking. While the area is extremely safe, the students and guests can rest knowing that the complex is gated with 24-hour security and double security staff in the evenings.
The main aim of the 200-hour yoga teacher training is to provide trainees with the foundational building blocks to teach with confidence and ease as soon as they graduate. In the past ten years of program delivery, the teachers have developed, tried, and tested method of progressive learning practicums. The training stands alone by providing students with expert lecturers and teachers assigned to each subject who are experts in their fields.
The school recognizes the value of having multiple teachers specific to each subject rather than one or two teachers covering the entire syllabus. The post-course graduate teaching rate is extremely high due to our unique outcome based, progressive learning approach. Trainees teach in a safe and supervised environment from the first week of training so as to develop full confidence during the month and to find their teaching voice early on.
Under close supervision, trainees begin to teach in pairs during their first week, move on to teaching small groups by week two, larger groups by week three, and finally the entire class by week four. Alongside theoretical immersion and abundant feedback and coaching, this method has seen trainees with varied levels of confidence blossom into confident yoga teachers.
Asana techniques including identification of common misalignments, including training and practice in bandhas, pranayama, kriyas, chanting, and meditation,
yoga philosophy of eight limbs of Ashtanga, Raja yoga, and yoga sutras. Anatomy and physiology including chakras, mudras, nadis, and health benefits of yoga.
In conjunction with taking the journey to becoming a teacher, trainees study Patanjali's eight limbs of yoga philosophy with an emphasis on how you can incorporate this into your own practice and day-to-day life. Daily chanting, meditation, and pranayama provide spiritual structure and complement the more physical practices of the curriculum.
Developing a physical practice under the guidance of Yogacharya Lalit and his team is one of the highlights of the training. Trainees will experience a blend of led Ashtanga classes with Iyengar-inspired alignment techniques and also practice Mysore style with a strong focus on fine tuning alignment and deepen their practice through adjustments from the teachers.
As a team, the teachers aspire to support trainees develop a holistic practice during their training that they can sustain when they return home. The aim for the trainees is to see the value of the more subtle practices such as pranayama and meditation as well as their physical asana practice.
School Director and senior teacher Yogacharya Lalit uses the modified Ashtanga primary series as a consistent and solid foundation from which students can develop their individual teaching style. With his background as an Iyengar student, Lalit places a strong emphasis on correcting alignment and maintaining integrity in asana as both a trainer and teacher. During the course, you will have the opportunity to apply these alignment techniques to your own practice and as a teacher.
Based on Lalits Mysore background the fundamental sequencing and mode of asana practice during the course is Ashtanga flow. Students work from a series inspired by the Ashtanga Primary Series in order to develop confidence through an in depth knowledge of a specific set of postures. Trainees use this series as a solid platform to teach from and to develop their own unique styles utilizing the various traditions and techniques taught during the training.
After being immersed in this series with Lalit, students then go on to teach from the same series graduate teachers leave with a wealth of knowledge being able to teach over 40 postures with confidence. Students also learn the ins and outs of correct alignment, adjustments, and modifications for these postures to ensure they can teach with a maximum emphasis on inclusiveness and safety.
Competency for graduation as a yoga teacher will be assessed on class participation, written assessments, and on-going observations during classes by senior teachers. Trainees will receive valuable feedback on their teaching practicums from senior teachers and assistant teachers and will be required to meet certain teaching standards regarding knowledge of anatomy, asana alignment, adjustments, and communication.
Trainees are required to work in groups and with other individuals on teaching practicums and are expected to conduct themselves with a high level of maturity and respect for peers and teachers. Applicants should be prepared to receive constructive coaching and feedback on a regular basis throughout the training.
Trainees receive a Himalaya Yoga Valley manual and various study support materials and article throughout the training to assist them with assignments, study groups, and homework. This robust manual also acts as an excellent reference for trainees in a post graduate setting.
Requirements to apply for the 200-hour teacher training course are an existing yoga practice, an open mind, commitment to learning, and motivation to become a worthy yoga teacher. Applicants with a beginner practice are welcome to apply for the training provided they can display a high level of self-discipline during the course as it is physical, mentally, and spiritually demanding and also highly rewarding.
If you are only joining the course to obtain a certificate or to interrupt the momentum of the group because you are not ready to step outside your comfort zone then they recommend further personal development before applying. For both beginner and seasoned practitioners, this course will deepen and consolidate your practice and teaching style. They encourage aspiring teachers from all backgrounds, with all levels of experience to join the course.
This fosters a dynamic environment reflective of that which will be in your future classroom setting. Trainees should have a consistent self-practice to attend this course and should also have studied with yoga teachers in a classroom setting.
Although they expect a high level of self-discipline and commitment to your physical practice before, during and after the training they do not expect trainees to be proficient in every posture of the Ashtanga primary series. Being an acrobat does not qualify you to be a yoga teacher. They believe that yoga students should work towards their best self through all aspects of their practice and this is relative to the individual not the person on the mat next to them.
Yogacharya Lalit is well known for his ability to take practitioners to the next level physically and this is something they hope you will be open to on our training. They look for progress, not perfection and they hope their graduates will pass this very important element of compassion and honoring the individual onto their own students.
They encourage students to apply for the course when they are fully ready on a holistic level and committed to meeting the challenges of the course and accepting the joys with an open heart.
These are important attributes that will add to your learning experience during the course and also to the learning experience of your fellow students.The course is taught in English and they require that you are proficient in English to attend. They have guided hundreds of students with English as a second language through their training. The team is always on hand to offer extra coaching as required.
They have a high volume of applicants and limited training spaces each season and approval for training courses is at the discretion of the school directors. They do not practice or endorse any branded styles of yoga in India. Students of these disciplines are encouraged to train in other lineages.
For those of you already teaching, about to embark on your teaching journey or for those of you who have recently discovered your enthusiasm for yoga, they welcome you to take this opportunity to experience a new depth of understanding and confidence through this authentic, traditional, and comprehensive foundation yoga teacher training course.
Lalit is the founding director of Himalaya Yoga Valley and leads all 200 and 500-hour teacher training programs at the school. He is a prominent and established yoga teacher in the global yoga community with a strong following within the yoga teaching world. Lalit teaches popular annual workshops and master classes in Switzerland, France, Germany, Denmark, The United Kingdom, Italy, and Spain. He is the secretary for International Yoga Federation for Ireland and Dharamshala. He has over 15 years experience teaching.
Goa lies on the West coast of India and its main attraction is postcard perfect white sandy beaches lined with coconut trees. Add in a mix of Portuguese colonial architecture, bustling marketplaces, spice plantations, Goan hospitality and cuisine, and you have a recipe for paradise. Goa has proven to be the perfect destination for yoga teacher trainees and yoga enthusiasts from around the globe to partake in the courses.
Despite increasing tourism, Mandrem Beach maintains its lovely charm, peace, and tranquility. Symbols of a rich history are fused with the present, creating a uniquely Goan atmosphere. Temples and churches mingled with forts and ruins of ages gone by taking you on a journey back to the Portuguese era whilst the local Indian culture ensures an authentic, unforgettable experience.
In the beachside village, you will find a variety of restaurants serving delicious and affordable Indian and international food, several internet shops, an ATM, an Ayurveda clinic, small general stores, money exchange, travel agents, and street side vendors for unique and low-cost clothing and gifts. Trainees and retreat attendees stay onsite in the Yoga villas, newly constructed spacious, secure, and comfortable two-story buildings.
The restaurant is vegetarian and uses the freshest local produce. The meals are served buffet style with plenty of variety and wonderful flavors, including both Western and Indian cuisine. The famous buffet breakfast is healthy and hearty with a great selection of local fruits, vegan Bircher muesli, eggs, local cheeses, and local bread. The lunch menu includes Indian dishes such as dal, palak paneer and rice, salads, and Western dishes.
The food is always fresh, healthy, and a big hit on Himalaya Yoga Valley's retreats and training. The kitchen is managed by head Chef Simon Sirala from Canada and his team of local chefs, who runs the kitchen to the strictest of standards. The kitchen provides breakfast and lunch with fresh juices, green smoothies, coconut water, and small snacks available between meals.
Meals are healthy and affordable ranging from 2 GBP to 5 GBP, and snacks are also available all day. There is an abundance of excellent beach shack restaurants and local restaurants and most visitors enjoy going off-site for their evening meal. Himalaya Yoga Valley encourages its guests to support the local economy but they are happy to provide three meals a day upon prior arrangement.
Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
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