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India Yoga Teacher Training

Become one of the many students who have involved themselves deeply in the spiritual iteaching and practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa. During this retreat, you will learn the proper adjustment for each posture and how to practice and teach Ashtanga yoga, both for beginner and advanced levels. Discover a life-changing experience that will transform how you live yoga!

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Pranayama, satsang class, and mantra chanting
  • Receive a certificate by the Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Learn about teaching methodology, anatomy, therapy, and more
  • Learn Ayurveda notions and enjoy an Ayurvedic massage
  • Experience a unique pooja ceremony
  • Delicious daily vegetarian meals
  • 26 nights accommodation

Yoga styles

24 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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During this teacher training, the accommodation options are on private and double room basis. The rooms are ashram based with a comfortable bed, study table, bathroom with hot water, views close to nature, and within a walking distance from any shopping center, grocery store, or restaurant. The ashram is kept in a silent place close to nature, full greens, and plenty of coconut trees. The Varkala Beach is also close by. All rooms are fully ventilated to the open air and atmosphere.

Om Shanti Om Yoga School Kerala Yoga Teacher Training

The course includes relevant subjects to the yogic path of life, such as yoga philosophy, yoga therapy, teaching methodology, Ayurveda with nutrition and yogic diet classes, meditation, pranayama, satsang classes, and mantra chanting.

The classes will start at every morning at 06:00 and finish at 18:00. There will be three breaks for food, refreshment, and self-study. Each day, you will attend all six classes, which comprise eight hours per day without fail. Attendance is taken seriously in this course. Classes will be from Monday to Saturday, while Sunday is the day when you can rest; you will also have a retreat on Sundays on your own.

You will be given an assignment test, a theory test, and, finally, a practical test, in order to prepare you to be qualified as a yoga teacher in all areas. At the end of the course, you will be awarded with a 200-hour Yoga Alliance USA certificate.



Asanas are yoga postures and physical movements of yoga practice, which, in combination with pranayama or breathing techniques, constitute the style of yoga referred to as Ashtanga yoga. The teaching of Ashtanga yoga will follow the series from beginner to advanced level.

Traditionally, asanas are positions, which make you fit and healthy in all ways. In the yoga sutra, Patanjali describes asana as a firm, comfortable posture, referring specifically to the seated posture, the most basic of all the asanas. Normally, asanas will be held for an average of two or three minutes. Besides being held steadily, they should also be held comfortably; no pain should be experienced while holding the posture or in the hours and days that follow.

Hindu shastras tell of 84 lakhs asanas. A lakh equals 100,000, which brings the number of yoga postures to 8,400,000. There are three types of asanas: meditative, relaxing, and cultural posture.


Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional Hindu medicines, native to the Indian subcontinent. Contemporary practices derived from Ayurvedic traditions are a type of alternative medicine. It is a discipline of the upaveda, or auxiliary knowledge in Vedic tradition.

The origins of Ayurveda are also found in the Atharvaveda, which contains 114 hymns and incantations described as magical cures for diseases. Since then, Ayurveda has stood for the wholesome physical, mental, and spiritual growth of humanity around the world.

Today, it is a unique, indispensable branch of medicine, a complete naturalistic system that depends on the diagnosis of your body's humors, vata, pitta, and kapha, to achieve the right balance. The program includes:

  • Basics of Ayurveda and the definition of health
  • The three doshas and prikriti in two parts
  • The prikriti analysis
  • The daily routine and seasonal routine in Ayurveda


Kriya most commonly refers to a completed action technique or practice within a yoga discipline, which is meant to achieve a specific result. Another meaning of kriya is an outward physical manifestation of awakened Kundalini, such as a spontaneous body movement related to Kundalini energy flow. Kriya shakti is a power of thought said to be greatly studied by yogis.

Purity of the body encourages purity of the mind. Yoga has developed six cleansing techniques, or shat kriyas, for purification of the physical body. Through these simple exercises, nature is assisted in the elimination of waste products and mucus. Many mental and physical ailments may be alleviated through the practice of kriyas. Regarding this topic, you will learn about:

  • Agnisara
  • Bahya kumbha
  • Jala neti
  • Sutra neti

Mantra chanting

The word mantra has two parts. Man, which is the root of the Sanskrit word for mind, and tra, which is the root of the word instrument. A mantra is, therefore, an instrument of the mind, a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation. A combination of certain codified sounds is a mantra.

The correct chanting of mantras under the guidance of the siddha or guru brings about the manifestation of thoughts and desires, and even of devs and devis. It originated from Ved, which was written by Lord Brahma. The teachings of the Vedas consist of various mantric chants or hymns recognized by different seers or rishis from the cosmic mind.

The body gets effects from mantra chanting in a good way. It removes all the diseases from your body and keeps negative energy away. There are many types of mantras:

  • Ganesha mantra is for prosperity of your home
  • Gayatri mantra improves immunity and improves your learning and concentration skill
  • Guru mantra can enhance your knowledge
  • Mritunjaya mantra will keep you fit and healthy
  • Santhi mantra keeps your mind cool and tension free
  • Santhosham santhi mantra keeps your mind calm and helps you grow up
  • Surya mantra removes carbon dioxide from the lungs and replaces it with fresh oxygen
  • Surya namaskarar stimulates and balances all the systems of the body, including the endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems
  • Vedika santi mantra is related to the welfare of humanity and helps in spreading peace all over the world
  • Yoga mantra helps to reduce anxiety and depression and releases neurosis


Despite its popularity, very few people truly know what meditation is. Some regard meditation as the mental concentration on something, others consider that people meditate when they imagine something that gives them peace or satisfaction. All these methods have one goal: to slow down and, eventually, completely stop the incessant activity of minds.

These exercises are not really meditation, they are substitutes for meditation, because it is normally very difficult to stop your mind altogether. In reality, meditation is a state of thoughtless awareness. The real meaning of meditation is transforming your mind.

By engaging with a particular meditation practice, you learn the patterns and habits of your mind. The practice offers a means to cultivate new and more positive ways of being. With regular work and patience, these nourishing, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energized states of mind. You will learn about different types of meditation:

  • Chakra meditation
  • Mantra chanting meditation
  • Om meditation
  • Shiva meditation
  • Soham meditation
  • Tratak or candle meditation
  • Yoga Nidra meditation

Mudra bandha

Bandha is a term for the body locks in Hatha yoga, treated under the heading of mudra. Specific bandhas are mula bandha, contraction of the perineum; uddiyana bandha, contraction of the abdomen into the rib cage; jalandhara bandha, tucking the chin close to the chest; and maha bandha, combining all three of the above bandhas.

Among these, there will be a short description of the few important ones. You can select which one suits you well and practice it regularly. Cough, asthma, enlargement of the spleen and liver, sex-sublimation, venereal diseases, consumption, chronic constipation, leprosy, and all sorts of incurable diseases can also be cured. During this course, you will learn about:

  • Gyana mudhra
  • Hridaya mudhra
  • Jalandhar bandha
  • Maha bandha
  • Moola bandha
  • Nasagra mudhra
  • Uddiyana bandha


Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning the extension of the praṇa or breath or extension of the life force. It is composed of two Sanskrit words: prana, life force or breath, and ayāma, to extend or draw out, not restrain or control, as is often translated from yam instead of ayama.

It is a yogic discipline with origins in ancient India. Pranayama is traditionally viewed as a practice involving a lot more than just breathing for relaxation. It is a term having a broad range of meanings and connotations. Pranayama is the foundation for your body because it refreshes your breathing system and makes your respiratory system fit.

The term has a broad range of meanings and connotations. The sage Patanjali, in yoga sutras, defines pranayama as a regulation of incoming and outgoing breath coupled with retention. In this module, you will cover:

  • Chandra bedhi
  • Bhastrika
  • Brahmmari
  • Kapalbhati
  • Nadi shodhana
  • Shitali
  • Shitkari
  • Surya bedhi

Yoga philosophy

The main philosophy of yoga is simple: mind, body, and spirit are all one and cannot be clearly separated. Yet, there is a multitude of philosophical ideas developed by looking into the deeper dimensions of the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is a set of spiritual practices but, in itself, is not an institutionalized religion.

Hinduism is related to yoga through a common recognition of the Vedas as an authoritative source, and both Buddhism and Jainism share many of the core values of the yoga tradition, but classical yoga is best understood as a system of spiritual practice rather than a particular religion. In this module, you will cover the following topics:

  • What is Yoga?
  • Introduction to yoga
  • The school of yoga: Hatha yoga, Raja yoga, Jnana yoga, Karma yoga, and mantra
  • The five elements and the body
  • Description of nadis and chakras
  • Mudras and bandhas
  • Chitta vrittis, the effect of mind and how to control it
  • The five koshas, the five layers of the body to find real happiness
  • The five kleshas. the causes of suffering in life
  • The practice of Ashtanga yoga and the eight limbs for enlightenment and self-realization
  • How to find real happiness and inner happiness
  • How to discover yourselves
  • The pancha pranas, the five breathes in body

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 Wake-up and light tea
  • 07:00 Pranayama theory and practice
  • 08:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Theory class or lecture: satsang, mantra chanting, and teaching methodology
  • 12:00 Lunch and rest
  • 13:00 Theory class: yoga philosophy, yoga therapy, yoga anatomy, and Ayurveda
  • 15:00 Students’ practicum or self-practice
  • 16:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
  • 17:30 Tea break
  • 18:00 Meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner and rest
  • 21:00 Self-study and homework
  • 22:00 Lights are turned off


Dinesh Chandra Shastri
Dinesh began yoga at a very young age and has 15 years of learning and teaching yoga experience in India and other countries. He has studied all yoga practices, mantras, Vedas, Sanskrit, Bhagavath Gita in deep Hindu tradition, yogi life, and culture. He has a bachelor's degree in Sanskrit and obtained the title of Sashtri and a master's degree and successfully obtained the title of Ashariya. Dinesh is well versed in Hatha yoga, Astanga yoga, Sivananda yoga, Sukshambyayam yoga, and Laughter yoga.
Vivek Arya
Having spent his life in the field of yoga, Yogi Vivek is considered the best teacher of Hatha yoga, Raja yoga, Swara yoga, and human anatomy. He has done his masters in yoga and psychology and is currently pursuing a doctorate in yoga itself. Naturopathy, pranic healing methods, and acupressure are some of the other methods on which he has received his education. His thirst for wisdom has made him quite knowledgeable in the philosophies of many religions and beliefs. In 2002, he went to the Himalayas to find meaning in his practice.
Prakash Ji
Prakash is a master's degree holder in Hindi literature and yoga philosophy. He got the first experience of Samadhi at the age of seven, when he had a clear vision of his past life in the Himalayas. He completed his higher education in Agra and Haridwar Universities. He was initiated in Shansaracharya tradition through his master, Maharishi Mahesh, and spent many years with his guru, with whom he practiced the transcendental meditation. Yogi Budhi Prakash has 40 years of teaching experience of yoga all over the world and an extensive knowledge of Indian philosophy.
Mishra Ji
Mishra holds a master's degree in philosophy from Agra University, a diploma in yoga education, and a bachelor's degree in physical education from Amaravathi University. He is a yogi with more than 25 years of experience in yoga and meditation. He has taught yoga in many countries around the world and founded the International Yoga and Meditation Academy. He also acts as an adviser for many institutions around the world.
Usha Vaishnava
Dr. Usha Vaishnava, a guest Ayurveda doctor, has studied disciplines in Ayurveda and herbal medicine. She completed her five years and six months bachelor's degree in Ayurveda, medicine, and surgery, an internationally recognized degree in Ayurveda, from the famed 150-year old Ayurveda University in India. She then specialized in Panchakarma therapy at the world recognized Arya Vaidhya Sala, Kottakkal. For the last 14 years, she has been engaged in Ayurveda treatment, teaching, and training.
Amarna Anand
Amarna, a guest meditation teacher, has done Osho meditation training courses in Osho International Meditation Resort in Pune, Maharashtra, India. He has well versed experiences in different levels of Osho meditation and has been teaching for many years all over India. Amarna goes on facilitating and sharing Osho meditations and visions. Currently, he is residing in Rishikesh and continues serving and sharing his knowledge from his Guruji Osho or Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh to students from all over the world. Students really enjoy his class and his dynamic way of teaching and performing.

Retreat location

This yoga teacher training will take place in Kerala, India. The school is near the Papanasam Beach or Varkala Beach. Varkala is a well-known city of yoga and Ayurveda in the state of Kerala.

This place is the best choice for the sun lovers, as it offers fresh air and a tranquilizing atmosphere. In Varkala and the areas around the school, there are varieties of grocery stores, shops selling daily needs, stores with imported foods, clothing shops, and all kinds of delicacies from the nearby restaurants. As for the spirituality of Kerala, there are still some historical and spiritual places remaining.

Nearby places

  • Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 35 kilometers - 60 minutes



  • Massage
  • Shopping nearby


  • Beach nearby
  • Café nearby
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby


  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Wireless internet

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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During this teacher training, three vegetarian meals will be served daily. All the food is cooked and served in a Satvic way, as food is essential for the body and mind, for the practice of yoga, and to achieve a healthy lifestyle. There is always variety on the menu, so you will not have any problem with food.

Aside from the three meals provided each day, there will be two tea breaks. If you are allergic to a specific kind of food, you may let Om Shanti Om Yoga School know upon registration so that they can assist your diet accordingly.

You will find all kinds of delicacies from the nearby restaurants, which offer Western, European, Russian, Israeli, Chinese, Mexican, and pure Indian food, as well as most popular seafoods. If you are a food lover, this place will feel like paradise to you.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

Spa treatments

One Ayurvedic massage is included during this yoga teacher training.

What's included

  • 1 Ayurvedic massage
  • 1 music concert
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals, except on Sundays
  • 26 nights accommodation
  • 200-hour certificate from Yoga Alliance USA
  • Airport transfer from Trivandrum International Airport (TRV)
  • All classes and workshops
  • All teaching materials and modules
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa primary to LED series
  • Yoga training course fee

What's not included

  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fee

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Om Shanti Om Yoga School will pick you up from the airport.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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