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300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Goa

Join this teacher training in Vinyasa and yoga anatomy in South Goa. This course is physically demanding with acute attention to the anatomical technicalities of a Rocket yoga practice. If you are pedantic about the details, this 300-hour course for you. The course is presented in a disciplined yet fun environment.

Meet the instructors

Julia
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Highlights

  • Enjoy playful workshops
  • Study amongst the shade of the palm trees
  • Learn anatomy and physiology through practice
  • Broaden your repertoire of Vinyasa Flow sequencing and pedagogy
  • Rocket Vinyasa practice of traditional alignment and modern functional movement
  • Explore the technicalities of key postures through theory and practice
  • Daily breakfast and lunch with a celebration dinner
  • 28 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


24 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
Group size: 2-10 participants
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Garden
  • Restaurant

Palm Trees Ayurvedic Heritage offers a choice of private, double and twin cottages. Each cottage is designed to perfectly complement the natural environment in which it nestles. They are lovingly constructed from coconut wood and hand-woven coconut leaves from Kerala, the home of Ayurveda, to ensure that guests are always connected with nature during their stay. All furnishings have been locally sourced to highlight the local culture.

During your time at Palm Trees Ayurvedic Heritage, it is important that you are as comfortable as can be. Inside each cottage, you will find a high-quality king-size bed, overhead fan, and lockable storage for added security. All the accommodation includes a private bathroom with hot water, a shower, a hand basin and a modern toilet.

As their guest, you will have access to your own private outdoor area, which is the perfect place to relax after your daily yoga class and take in the tranquil views of the gardens, coconut trees, and estuary.

Program

Program

This is a four-week program. It is is an intense schedule that runs over six days with Sundays off. Students should be prepared to dedicate evenings to their studies with homework set on a daily basis.

Tea and coffee are served at 6:30 a.m. with a 2.5 hour morning practice commencing at 7:00 a.m. Breakfast and lunch are provided with time allocated to go out for dinner on Patnem Beach. There is always the option to order from the restaurant.

Yoga course details

The program offers a modern approach to teaching yoga with emphasis on developing a self-practice in Rocket Yoga and the pedagogy of teaching it. It is a version of Power yoga, a style that is particularly popular in studios today.

The course offers a comprehensive module in Yoga Anatomy and Physiology for students gain technical information of how to use the physical body effectively to develop a safe and intelligent practice.

This is an advanced yoga teacher training course in Goa and students are advised to have a minimum of two years yoga teaching experience along with a 200-hour YTTC certification. This will allow students to fully access the curriculum, building on existing teaching skills and knowledge. Students will be sent pre course studies to ensure that there is a consistency in the level of the participants.

Group sizes are small and intimate. The number of students is capped at 12 students on both courses although post COVID 19, numbers for the first half of the season 2020 and 2021 could be significantly smaller.

300-hour teacher training course objectives

  • Develop a practice of Rocket Vinyasa and understand the role of Ashtanga yoga in the practice
  • Understand the technicalities of advanced Vinyasa Flow postures and complex transitions
  • Learn advanced sequencing including pyramid, mandala and music flow
  • Learn how to adjust postures
  • Develop commentaries to give anatomical and technical instructions
  • Take a holistic approach to the anatomy of yoga through the fascial body
  • Connect with meditation and advanced breath work
  • Study from The Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita
  • Learn how to build and manage a WordPress website

Key modules

Rocket Vinyasa yoga

This the style of yoga created by Larry Schultz, student of Sri K. Patthabi Jois. Derived from the traditional Ashtanga Yoga sequences, this is a playful yet powerful style of yoga with Rocket 1 based on The Primary Series and Rocket 2 based on the Intermediate Series.

The classes are taught in a playful style with lots of time allocated to practicing transitions from one posture to the next. It is a strong practice yogi drills added throughout, an exploration of strength and flexibility.

While Rocket Yoga has it’s own set of sequences, the teacher can add or deviate as needed. Julia will teach her interpretation of Rocket Yoga along with the related pedagogy to teaching this style of yoga.

The anatomy of yoga

Students will learn about the skeletal muscular system to determine how and why the body moves through a yoga practice. The module is taught in a practical way with functionality being taught through the application to postures, looking at how you stretch versus how you strengthen.

The role of the fascial body will be referenced throughout in order to appreciate the holistic approach to bring about movement, knowing how overcome resistance in the body. This module will include the anatomy of the shoulder, hips, spine and feet alongside working with the superficial front and back lines, spiral lines, and arm lines.

The concept of biotensegrity will be explored in depth. The is focus on dispelling some of the myths surrounding the physical part of a yoga practice. This is undoubtedly a very technical module.

The theory is then integrated and referenced throughout the YTTC in order to bring a very technical and intelligent approach to your practice and teaching. Students will learn about anatomy through experimental and functional movement.

Advanced Vinyasa Flow

Morning practice will include peak posture flows. With several set sequences to learn, students will flow through dynamic sequences, reaching a final destination. Flows are technical with anatomical references given throughout, hence learning anatomy through movement, a key feature of this course.

Students will develop a self-practice of Vinyasa Flow by understanding how to prepare the body to achieve or advance postures. Peak postures will include: King Pigeon, Vasthistasana, Grasshopper, Koundinyasana 1&2. The classes will bring together the traditional alignment of Ashtanga yoga and functional movement.

Teaching methodology

Students be encouraged to build on their existing repertoire of teaching tools. In particular, this module will focus on how to develop a yoga class commentary, with technical anatomical references given in an accessible and populist way. In understanding the anatomy of the postures and what is done to achieve a particular posture, precise technical instructions can be given to encourage an intelligent practice.

Advanced teaching methods will include the music flow, mandala sequencing, peak posture pyramid and Rocket Vinyasa. This module allows students to demonstrate what they have learnt throughout the 300-hour teacher training coyrse and there is ample opportunity provided to be experimental.

Ashtanga yoga adjustments

Students will develop a hands on approach to teaching skills. An adjustment allows deeper access to postures. It is an important part of the practice of Ashtanga yoga. Adjusting in Vinyasa Flow is becoming increasingly popular.

The module will outline what you can and cannot do in a yoga class and will facilitate practicing the adjustment of key Vinyasa Flow postures.

Advanced yoga workshops

These workshops are taught in a fun and progressive environment with the aim of understanding key Vinyasa Flow and Rocket yoga postures and transitions.

Students will explore postures in terms of a combination of traditional alignment and functional movement, looking at how you move from posture to posture with the transference of weight being as important as the posture itself. This is how you develop an intelligent practice. Workshops include:

  • Shoulder stability
  • Happy hips
  • Not just another surya namaskara!
  • Ashtavakrasana and more
  • Handstand - it’s all about the journey!
  • Backbending - a transition
  • Myofascia release

Workshops will include mini flows, yogi drills and mindful stretching, partner work and exploration, cuing tips and playtime.

The business of yoga

This is a unique feature of this 300-hour yoga teacher training course. Students will learn how to build a WordPress website and know about modern search engine optimisation techniques to facilitate Google recognition and rankings.

This module places emphasis on how to market yourself in order to become a professional yoga teacher. Students will start to build own website and given guidance on how to build a yoga profile in the competitive yoga world. (There is a possible WordPress cost implication to build your own website.)

Yoga philosophy

Students will learn about the surrounding philosophies of Ashtanga yoga and the history of this practice. Teachings will come from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita.

Typical daily schedule

  • 06:00 Tea and contemplation
  • 07:00 Rocket Vinyasa or Ashtanga yoga
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Anatomy of yoga with posture analysis
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 Teaching methodology / yoga philosophy
  • 16:30 Afternoon workshop / Restorative yoga / Rocket workshops
  • 18:00 Free-time / dinner
  • 20:00 Study time
  • 22:00 Night night!

Instructors

Julia Gavin

Retreat location

Palm Trees Ayurvedic Heritage is under the palms, on the backwaters of Goa. The resort is a 10-minute walk from idyllic Patnem Beach and a short rickshaw ride from Palolem beach and nightlife.

Patnem and Palolem both offer a wide range of restaurants, offering international cuisine with top notch seafood. The beach roads are lined with shops selling everything from Indian spices, Kashmiri carpets and Goan beach wear.

Things to do in the area include trips the waterfalls, a spice farm and temples. You can also visit Agonda, Rajbhag and Turtle Beach. The location is only one and a half hour away from Goa International Airport.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

There is an onsite restaurant. A healthy vegeterian breakfast and lunch will be provided as part of the residential course. Vegan and other dietary requirements can be catered for. For dinner, students can take advantage of nearby restaurants serving local Goan cuisine on Patnem Beach. Alternatively, dinner can be ordered from the menu at the resort. The course includes a celebration dinner at the end of the course.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Ayurvedic spa treatments
  • Ayurvedic consultation with a local Ayurvedic expert
  • Dinner in the riverside restaurant

Spa treatments

The Ayurvedis Spa offers the following:

  • Ayurvedic massage
  • Shirodhara
  • Herbal body scrub
  • Head, hand, or foot massage
  • Back and neck massage

What's included

  • 28 nights accommodation at Palm Trees Ayurvedic Heritage
  • Course tuition
  • Manual and materials
  • Shala facilities
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Tea, coffee, and water throughout the day
  • Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Dinner at the resort
  • Additional nights before and after the course
  • Flights and taxi transfers
  • Visa
  • Org informed that thei # of days before the arrival date the trip is guaranteed to start is 21 days for the listing
  • Palm Trees Ayurvedic Heritage

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). The peaceful location is easy to reach by taxi, it is within 1.5 hours away from Goa airport. In addition, there is both a bus and train station in nearby Chaudi and Palm Trees Ayurvedic Heritage would be happy to help you arrange transport to/from Goa airport or Chaudi.

For your convenience, while staying with Palm Trees Ayurvedic Heritage, they have a private driver available 24 hours per day or one of their staff would be happy to arrange a taxi for you if you prefer.

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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29 days / 28 nights
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Important information

Palm Trees Ayurvedic Heritage will let you know if the trip is guaranteed to start at least 21 days before the arrival date.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Sunday December 12, 2021
(29 days / 28 nights)

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