Advanced Yoga Teacher Training India

Join this 300-Hours Yoga Teacher Training in India to deepen your anatomical, physiological, and energetic knowledge and learn how to apply it in a Yin and Yang class. Advanced asanas, breath awareness, pranayamas, kriyas, mantras, and meditation will be presented, deepened, and practiced within the course too. This training will give you the insight you need to explore the endless possibilities of life and your own personal path!

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Merel, Bhavini, Manjeet, & 1 More…
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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation practice
  • Yoga Alliance certificate eligibility upon completion
  • Expanded knowledge of Yang, Yin and Restorative yoga
  • Methodology teaching practice
  • 38 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Advanced

Yoga styles

34 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 15
Airport transfer included: Dabolim Airport
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  • Yoga shala

During this training, you will stay either in a private or shared luxurious room, at the Parimukti Yoga & Meditation Center, in Arambol. The school is located at Kanira Homes, in a quiet area, just a few minutes from the beach.

All rooms have a private attached bathroom with a western style toilet, and hot running water shower. Each room is provided with a fridge, which means that you can buy your own little snacks for the breaks and evenings. Each room has a ceiling fan generating a gentle breeze.



Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive certificate affiliated with Yoga Alliance. Registration with Yoga Alliance provides a globally recognized credential.

Philosophy of Parimukti's advanced teacher training

In the advanced training, you will experience and explore the most subtle. From the physical body in asanas and body postures to the energy body, to the mind, you will continue to follow the tradition of Krishnamacharya, which is reflected in the fact that the asana practice is mostly in the Hatha yoga tradition and the principles of Yin and Yang.

If you were most comfortable teaching one style of class only, in this training you will open up the possibilities. You will deepen your anatomical, physiological, and energetic knowledge which you will learn to apply practically in a Yin and Yang class.

You will study and understand the differences of yoga with a Yang character in Hatha and Vinyasa poses and practice and yoga with a Yin character in Yin and Restorative poses and practice. Advanced asanas, breath awareness, pranayamas, kriyas or cleansing techniques, visualization, mantras, and meditation will be presented, deepened, and practiced within the course.

Besides the physical practice, you will explore the energetic, emotional, and mental aspects of a yoga practice. Therefore, you will study yoga philosophy in depth. The Patanjali Yoga Sutras, the basic principles of Taoism, Chinese medicine, and chakra theory will be explored as well.

In this training, Parimukti acknowledges the unique individuality of bodily and mental constitution. To be able to recognize and understand these subtle processes you will study Ayurveda in depth. Also, you will deepen your understanding of what meditation is, from a neuroscience approach. This knowledge will enable you to offer your future students greater support during their yoga and meditation practice.


During this six-week intensive program, you will immerse yourself fully into the process of yoga, experiencing directly what it is like to live and practice it full-time from Monday to Saturday. You will learn about the basic Daoist principles of Yin and Yang Yoga and practice and explore yoga with a Yang character and yoga with a Yin character.


Your practice is your foundation, your real teacher. In the training, you will commit to practicing daily asana, pranayama, kriya, and meditation. What you practice, you will understand. What you understand, you will be able to teach. Therefore, not all asana classes in this training will be led-classes.

Once a week you’ll be encouraged to practice a self designed sequence in the morning sessions, which will give you a deeper insight into your needs, aspirations and constitution. Experimenting and reflecting on both your personal meditation, yoga practice and teachings will be continuously encouraged.

Yang practice

In these teachings, you will deepen your knowledge of a Yang practise, which is mainly focused on flexibility of the muscles. The Yang part of the training is focused in two modules.

Module 1 - Creative and intelligent sequencing

In this module you will learn and teach sequencing templates based on the Vinyasa Krama system as taught by Sri Krishnamacharya, the father of modern Vinyasa yoga. The system of Vinyasa Krama is based on safe and intelligent sequencing within the five families of asanas.

The logic behind the Vinyasa Krama system is based on understanding the energetic lines and key actions of the yoga poses. Within each family of asanas you will map different pathways for creative sequencing as well as the options and modifications for students of different levels or abilities.

You will learn to observe and cue the key actions of asanas in their different kramas or stages so you will be able to assist and encourage your students in a safe and effective way. You will practice and gain confidence with offering effective hands-on adjustments to help your students deepen their practice and embody the fullest expression of their yoga poses.

Module 2 - The art of energetic balancing

In this module you will explore different ways of finding the center in your body through energetic awareness and alignment. From the system of yoga, the result should always be that you create length and space in the body. When you find the center in the body, your mind will follow along. To achieve this, you will use muscle energy and core stability to protect the joints.

Also, you will continue exploring the influence of the seven chakras, the five elements, the three gunas, and the five layers or koshas. Diving deeper into study and integration on this level is an opportunity for you to gain access to deeper layers of your own practice and to develop refined teaching skills. Guidelines are offered for creating deeply nourishing and invigorating Hatha and Vinyasa classes based on a specific energetic activation, chakra, or element.

Yin practice

In these teachings, you will deepen your knowledge of a Yin practice, which is mainly focused on relaxing the muscles. The Yin part of the training is divided in two modules.

Module 3 - Yin yoga

Yin yoga is a more quiet practice which taps into and fosters your more feminine or Yin energy. Thus it is a nice addition to a more dynamic yoga style of practice, which is characterised by its masculine or Yang energy. The sitting and supine Yin postures have an expansive effect and make the spine, hip joints, pelvis, and lower back more supple.

Yin practice also stimulates the vital energy or prana or chi that flows through the fascia. This nurtures, balances, and heals your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Also, a Yin practice can help you cultivate more Yin qualities in your daily life by enhancing the flow of life and becoming more skilful in the art of letting go.

In this module, you will discover what Yin yoga is and how it developed through modern and ancient wisdom. You will discuss the differences and similarities between Yin yoga and other styles of yoga practice and you will discover how you can influence mobility of the joints and tissues or Yin rather than focusing on the flexibility of the muscles or Yang around a specific area of the body.

You will explore a variety of Yin poses mainly on the floor to experience and learn their function and effect on the human systems and develop skills to teach and to modify each posture to fit and support any individual student. You will practice sequencing, learn how to use props, and how to adjust others in Yin postures.

Module 4 - Restorative yoga

Restorative yoga is becoming increasingly popular among beginner as well as advanced yoga students as a way to experience true relaxation. As stress and tension are released, healing and upliftment are promoted in body, heart, and mind.

In this module you will explore how to sequence routines and give instruction on breathing, alignment, cautions, and contraindications. You will also appreciate the importance of knowing how to assist and adjust your students both carefully and efficiently.

In Restorative yoga, a wide range of props like bolsters, pillows, blankets, chairs, straps, and blocks are used to help your students achieve perfect poses. The main purpose of props is to provide support for your body when you are stretching or relaxing. You will learn to use the right size of props for specific poses.

Parimukti will guide you so you become familiar with modifications and variations that focus on specific physical and mental tensions needed for students with special conditions. Also you will observe common complaints students experience in several restorative poses and offer students alternate ways to practice more safely and comfortably.


You will start or continue a personal practice of advanced pranayama to incorporate it into your daily practice. At the end of the program, you will have integrated these practices and so you will be able to incorporate advanced pranayama into your teaching.


Kriyas are cleansing and purification practices. You will learn a selection of advanced, powerful kriya techniques such as Uddiyana kriya, Nauli, and Agni Sara, and incorporate them into your daily practice routine.


You will continue studying different meditation techniques like Vipassana, dance meditations, dynamic meditations, Buddhist meditations, and others. You will deepen your understanding of what meditation is and understand how yoga and meditation can heal from a neuroscience perspective.

Once per week, the training will be in mouna or silence. It is a powerful tool to go beyond the surface, beyond names and forms, social, cultural or psychological boundaries. You will receive teachings and practices silently, allowing yourself to let go of critical thinking, questions and other habits of the mind.

You will observe different patterns that may arise and reach a deeper part of yourself. Your teachers will support you in a silent way and the teachings itself will empower you with strength to go deeper within the process of yoga.

Energetic anatomy

You will study the subtle energetic bodies from the Taoist and Hatha yoga view. You will learn and experience how the energy in the body works and how the energy body and mind are intimately connected. You will also study prana versus Qi and Chi, Nadis versus Meridians, Chakras versus Dantiens, Mudras, Bandhas, Vayus, and Koshas.

Physical anatomy

In this module, you will learn about the functional anatomy and physiology of the organs, muscles, the brain, spinal cord, and glands. You will gain insight in the anatomy and physiology of the human body and how skeletal variation is key to know whether a person experiences tension or compression in a yoga posture.

You will learn to effectively adjust your students on an individual level both verbally as well as hands-on. With this knowledge you will be able to create private and group classes suited to your students physical, energetic, and mental needs.

Ayurveda and nutrition

This module prepares you to integrate the wisdom of Ayurveda in your own life, in your yoga classes and to give personal advice to students. You will gain understanding of the three doshas, discover your own natural born constitution or prakriti, and your current imbalance or vikriti. Also, you will learn how to determine someone’s dosha and know the most important ways of healing any imbalance.

This module will also help you start to develop your "Ayurvedic eye" to see things from the Ayurvedic perspective. This will bring more balance in your life, in your yoga-practice, and in guiding students. Additionally, you will study how to use nutrition to adjust to your own natural born constitution.

Art of teaching and adjusting

To be able to teach creative and safe Yin and Yang yoga classes, each training block will include intensive practices involving teaching, sequencing, adjusting, and the usage of props. The progress of your practice will be supported with guidance.


This module is an interactive program. You will be challenged to find your own understanding of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras by reading different translations and interpretations. You will gain deeper insight of the text and yourself by sharing personal findings and discoveries.

You will also read the Yoga Sutras in English and Sanskrit and chant some sutras to practice your pronunciation. Beside the Sutras, the basic principles of Taoism as written in the Tao Te Ching will be explored as well.

Mantra and sound healing

In this module, you will continue practicing Bhakti yoga and learn and practice mantras. You will integrate sound and vibrations, which work on the human system. You will understand by experience how sound can positively charge oneself and the environment and how it can help to develop self-awareness, physical and emotional healing, personal growth, and strengthen relationships.

Applicant's profile

This course is designed for anyone who meets the following profile:

  • You are at the point of taking your profession to a higher level and want to explore other ways of profiling yourself as a teacher
  • You want to learn more different types of yoga practice to be able to offer specialized yoga classes
  • You want to know the ins and outs of applied anatomy for yoga teachers
  • You are looking for a six-week program that will not only change your teaching skills but you personally as well
  • You are keen to study with a team of highly qualified international teachers
  • You are looking for a school that pays a lot of attention to students individually

Admission requirements

To guarantee a suitable level of experience for all students participating in the advanced studies, Parimukti asks you to meet the following requirements before applying to this program:

  • You have successfully completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training
  • You have an established self-practice
  • You have at least one year teaching experience preferably including a group of people who normally not get the opportunity to experience any sort of yoga which is part of the Karma yoga community service project

Parimukti welcomes graduates from all Yoga Alliance registered 200-hour trainings into the advanced studies. If your previous training was not recognized by Yoga Alliance, but you meet the other requirements please do get in touch with Parimukti to discuss your situation further.

Required reading list

You will be required to read the following material so please make sure to buy them and bring them with you upon arrival.

  • Book - The complete guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark
  • Book - Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers
  • Book - Relax and Renew by Judith Hanson-Lasater
  • Book - The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga by Ray Long
  • Book - True Meditations by Adyashanti
  • DVD - Anatomy for Yoga by Paul Grilley
  • DVD - Yin Yoga by Paul Grilley


This advanced yoga teacher training will give you an increased understanding and acceptance of yourself as a teacher and the direction of your career. You will also become even more aware of your own unique presence, energy, message, and teaching style or styles. Among the main qualifications you will get after completing this program,

  • You will have an expanded knowledge of Yang, Yin, and Restorative yoga postures such as the learning and pronunciation of their Sanskrit and English names, alignment, benefits, and contraindications.
  • You will expand your instruction and adjusting tools verbally, hands-on, and using props like bolsters, cushions, blocks, and straps.
  • You will be able to identify individual needs of your students in asana, pranayama, and meditation and how to guide them for a more profound experience.
  • You will have a solid foundation in pranayama practice and be able to guide and instruct the pranayama that fits your particular group.
  • You will have a deep knowledge of breath-work and its effect on health and happiness.
  • You will have a solid understanding of the underlying philosophy and context in which Yang and Yin schools of yoga asana developed.
  • You will be able to teach and instruct various meditation techniques.
  • You will be able to determining someone’s Dosha and know the most important ways of healing any imbalance.
  • You will have gotten an understanding of different chakras and individual treatment according to each of them.

Also, this program is registered with the American Yoga Alliance and meets their standards at the 300-hour level. Upon the completion of this program together with your Basic Training certificate, you will be able to register as a Yoga Alliance 500-hour certified teacher, one of the highest and widely recognized teaching certifications in the field of yoga. For more information, please visit the Yoga Alliance website.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Pranayama, kriya, and Yang asanas
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Healthy vegetarian breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:15 Applied physical anatomy
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Alternating between art of teaching or an adjusting Yang and Yin class
  • 12:30 - 15:00 Lunch and rest
  • 15:00 - 16:15 Philosophy
  • 16.30 - 18.00 Alternating between Yin yoga, applied energetical anatomy, or Ayurveda
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Meditation
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner and rest

Included excursions

This training includes a sightseeing boat trip in Goa or an excursion to the amazingly relaxing hot spring near Dharamsala.


Merel Martens
Merel is the founder of Parimukti Yoga & Meditation Center aiming to spread the beauty and benefits of yoga with whomever is open and motivated to learn. For Merel, Yoga is awareness, both on the mat and in everyday life. Classes and teachings serve as an inspiration when stepping into daily life. Realizing that everyone starts with a different background and expectation, she combines different practices to make them accessible and beneficial to all. In the teacher training Merel will guide you in the process of finding your authentic teaching style to being able to beautifully inspire others.
Bhavini Sharma
Bhavini’s lifestyle, growing up in India, has always been sustained by asanas, pranayama and meditation. She, however, made a regular practice after an emotionally rough period few years back and since then, she has never looked back. She has learnt under various teachers across India and blends the teachings to share a session designed to suit present moment, mood and level of the practitioners. She emphasizes on alignment while teaching Hatha yoga and breath work during Vinyasa Kramas. Bhavini strives to help her students compensate what’s missing from their lives off the mat.
Manjeet Mathur
Manjeet is born and brought up in India and has been travelling since seven years through the country seeking inspiration from different teachers. He has been a professional dancer, fitness enthusiast, and intuitive since an early age. Life changed for him when he found ‘his’ teacher guiding him through heart meditations and conscious breathwork. Since then, he has been sharing a wonderful combination of Hatha yoga, heart meditations, dance therapy, and massage techniques. He believes love and compassion are the only religion and life is a celebration of one’s own authentic self.
Rory Higham
Rory has studied yoga for more than a decade having been first introduced to it through the classical vinyasa krama system of Srivatsa Ramaswami, a direct pupil of Krishnamacharya for more than 25 years. He has since gone on to explore many different styles of yoga including Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow and Dharma. Rory is consistently amazed by the power of yoga to bring about profound transformation. As a qualified five element acupuncturist, his seven year study of the Daoist nature of Classical Chinese Medicine has further informed his understanding of yoga and its benefits.

Retreat location

This teacher training will be held in Arambol in Goa, India.

Unique features


  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Café
  • Garden


  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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During this training, you will be served a daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Food is mostly organic and coming from the local garden. Specially prepared delicious vegetarian meals will be served during training days. Please inform Parimukti of any special diet needs so they can cater for you accordingly.

Dinner on Saturdays and all meals on Sundays are excluded so that you can explore the richness of Goa‘s restaurants. Students are welcome to bring and share their own meals from outside.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • 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)

During your free time, you may relax in the peaceful surroundings or move around by using the venue's scooters you may ask for to go get some groceries, explore Arambol, or go to the beach to watch the beautiful sunset. You may also indulge in an additional Swedish massage or a Chinese acupuncture treatment.

Spa treatments

This training includes a Swedish massage or a Chinese acupuncture treatment by one of Parimukti's experienced teachers.

What's included

  • 1 bag with yogic tools
  • 1 excursion in Goa
  • 1 massage or acupuncture treatment
  • 2 printed manuals
  • 3 daily meals
  • 38 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Eligibility to register for a Yoga Alliance certificate upon completion
  • Learnings on Yin and Yang yoga
  • Teaching of advanced asanas, breath awareness, pranayamas, kriyas or cleansing techniques, visualization, and mantras
  • Yoga philosophy review

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional excursions
  • Additional massages
  • Additional treatments
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at the Goa International Airport (GOI). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.
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