28 Days 200-Hour Ashtanga Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Varkala, India

Kerala Yoga Teacher Training India

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Rama School of Yoga 200-hour yoga teacher training, it is certified by Yoga Alliance providing you with worldwide teaching opportunities. You will be learning traditional Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa primary series. The course will help to develop your self-practice and if you wish to go on to teach yoga. This course will guide you through the practical, philosophical, pranayama, and meditation aspects of yoga.

Retreat highlights

  • Study yoga philosophy and sutras
  • Daily asana and pranayama practice
  • 200-hour yoga teacher training certified by Yoga Alliance
  • Asana methodology and art of teaching adjustment
  • Study of yoga anatomy and physiology
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


28 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

You will be accommodated on the basis of single or double occupancy in Rama School of Yoga accommodation. It is located in Varkala, Kerala, next to the sea and beach. The beach is three minutes walk away.

Program

The syllabus

Ashtanga Vinyasa

  • Study of Primary series
  • Study of eight limbs of yoga
  • In-depth study of Ashtanga Vinyasa
  • Study of how to jump back and jump forward
  • Details of all the involved asanas
  • Learn to concentrate on energy locks (bandhas)
  • Yama (Principles or moral code)
  • Niyama(Personal Disciplines)
  • Asana (Yoga Positions or Yogic Postures)
  • Pranayama (Yogic Breathing)
  • Patyaharaa (Withdrawal of Senses)
  • Dharana (Concentration on Object)
  • Dhyan (Meditation)
  • Samadhi (Salvation)

Hatha Yoga

  • Sun salutation with 12 Surya namaskar and its benefits
  • Traditional and classical Hatha yoga
  • Correct alignment and adjustments
  • The benefits of each asana
  • Terminologies and Sanskrit names and the meaning of asana
  • Modification of asana for various ability levels
  • How to use props correctly

Adjustment and alignment

  • Learn the art of perfecting the pose and avoiding injuries with correct alignment techniques
  • Self-understanding
  • Preparatory practice
  • Modification of asanas according to body types
  • Use of props such as yoga blocks, straps, yoga wheel, yoga wedge, and sandbag
  • Timing and duration of each asanas as per body limitations and types
  • Therapeutic benefits
  • Basic asanas foundation
  • Self-awareness
  • Breathing techniques

Teaching methodology

  • Principles of observation
  • Demonstrations
  • Assisting and correcting other entity’s body
  • Proper alignment, benefits, and potential risks of various yoga postures and kriyas
  • Study of the different principles apply to different asanas
  • Lifestyle and ethics of a yoga teacher

Pranayam

  • The mechanics of breathing
  • Four aspects of pranayama
  • Introducing the practitioner to his natural breath
  • Abdominal breathing
  • Thoracic breathing
  • Clavicular breathing
  • Full yogic breath
  • Nadi shodhana
  • Bramhari
  • Bastrika
  • Kapalabhati
  • Sheetali and Sheetkari
  • Ujjayi

Babdha

  • Moola
  • Uddhyana
  • Jalandhara
  • Maha Bandha

Mudras (yoga in your hands)

  • Namaskar mudra
  • Chin mudra
  • Jnana mudra
  • Shambavi mudra
  • Nasikagra mudra
  • Bhairava mudra

Yoga Philosophy

  • Definition of yoga
  • Discipline of yoga
  • Witnessing the essence of yoga
  • Five modifications of the mind
  • Foundations of yoga
  • Practice - abhyasa
  • Non-attachment - Vairagya
  • Eight limbs of yoga

The yogic diet

  • Food
  • Relationship between food and the emotions
  • Types of diet
  • Sattvic
  • Tamasic
  • Rajasic
  • Yoga and vegetarianism
  • Yogic anatomy
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Endocrine system
  • Digestive system
  • Musculoskeletal system

Sample daily schedule (Monday to Friday)

  • 05:30 Wake up
  • 06:00 Hatha practice and Pranayama
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Karma yoga
  • 10:30 Asana methodology, Art of Teaching, and Science of adjustments
  • 12:00 Yoga Anatomy
  • 13:00 Lunchtime
  • 14:30 Philosophy class
  • 16:15 Ashtanga Vinyasa Methodology and practice
  • 19:00 Meditation
  • 20:15 Dinner
  • 22:00 Lights off

Guests can check-in a day before the course start date, it is available anytime.

Instructors

Ramarajan
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
Ramarajan is the founder of Rama School of Yoga. He teaches Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Hatha yoga. He is registered in Yoga Alliance USA E-RYT. Ramarajan is practicing yoga from childhood and he did his first teacher training in Sivananda Vedanta Ashram in Madhurai.
Suchitra Shettigar
Born and brought up in Mumbai, Suchitra is a science praduate from University of Mumbai. She learned the art of yoga at the age of 18, and got certified as a yoga instructor from internationally recognized Sivananda Yoga Center and Ambika Yoga Kutir. Initially, she started with Ambika Yoga Kutir, and eventually started providing selfless service in Art of Living organization as a yoga instructor. She strive for knowledge and hence she was associated with various gurus. She believes in spreading harmony in the community through collaborating both traditional and modern yoga techniques.
Sankar Pandiyan
Sankar is the founder of Saraswathi Yoga and Dhyan Center [SYDC] in Tirunelveli. He has been an ardent practitioner of yoga since his childhood days. Trained under his spiritual guru Nithyasivananda in the tradition of Advaita Vendanta for years, he teaches and provides guidance to spiritual aspirants and students from the source of his own inner experience. Though he considers scriptures to be exceptional tools in communicating spiritual insights, he holds that the spiritual realization experience of the teacher is the light that illuminates the knowledge-screen of the scripture.

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in Varkala, India. Varkala is a coastal town and municipality in Thiruvananthapuram District, situated in the Indian state of Kerala. It is the suburban town of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum City). It is located 50 kilometers or approximately 32 miles northwest of Thiruvananthapuram and 37 kilometers southwest of Kollam City. It is one of the most famous tourist destination of Kerala.

Varkala Beach also known as Papanasam beach is a very calm and beautiful beach with ample eateries around the beach. You need to walk a long and steep path to reach the beach. People here are generally busy sunbathing, swimming, and surfing. The view of the sunset at this beach is a must. Part of the beach is used by the Hindus to scatter the ashes of their dead relatives as it is believed that the water of the beach will purify the soul of the departed one.

Nearby places

  • Kollam City, 37 kilometers
  • Thiruvananthapuram, 50 kilometres

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

You will be served with yogic diet and vegetarian food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Yogic
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)

The following are optional activities you can enjoy during your free time.

  • Ayurveda treatments
  • Beach
  • Coastal walks
  • Swimming

What's included

  • 3 vegetarian meals a day
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • All of the yoga teacher training course
  • Studying in detail asanas, pranayama, mudras, and bandha
  • Studying the art of how to teach, adjustment, and alignment
  • Mineral water
  • Free WiFi access

What's not included

  • Airport pick up (can be arranged for additional fee)
  • Two-weekend trips (additional cost)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). It caters to over 40 international and national flights, and over a thousand passengers every day. Flights connect Thiruvananthapuram to many major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi (Cochin), Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. It is also connected by flight to several destinations in Middle East. Pre-paid taxis are available from the airport to Varkala.

Arrival by bus

The state-government run KSRTC plies buses regularly from Thiruvananthapuram. Tourists coming from Kochi can board a bus to Thiruvananthapuram and get down at Attingal to catch a connecting bus to Varkala. Buses can get crowded and the journey can get a tad tedious.

Arrival by train

Varkala lies on the rail line connecting Thiruvananthapuram to Ernakulam. However, all trains do not stop at the station. Thiruvananthapuram is the major rail head close to Varkala. Thiruvananthapuram is connected by rail to several Indian cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru. Taxis can be hired from the railway station to Varkala.

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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