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

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

  • Coral Cove Beach Resort, North Cliff, Varkala 695141, India

Kerala Yoga Teacher Training India

The theme of the teacher training is Ashtanga Vinyasa flow. The course is a fusion between the set sequence of the Ashtanga primary series as derived from the ancient text yoga Korunta and the creative flows, and sequences of ‘breath synchronized movement’ found in the Vinyasa flow style of asana practice. You will be taught the Ashtanga primary series in order to develop a solid foundation of asana and alignment practice.


  • Meditation session
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa asanas practice
  • Asanas alignment and teaching techniques
  • Pranayama, yoga philosophy, babdha, and mudras
  • Evening yoga anatomy and physiology / Ayurveda sessions
  • Yoga Alliance certification upon successful completion
  • 29 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 28 days with instruction
  • Malayalam, Tamil, English
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You will be accommodated on the basis of single and double occupancy in Coral Cove Beach Resort, which is located in Varkala, Kerala. It is 0.9 miles from Janardhanaswamy Temple. Coral Cove Beach Resort features a barbecue and spa center. The resort has a playground and views of the garden, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. TV with cable channels and free private parking are also available on site.

The syllabus

Ashtanga yoga derives from the words "ashta" meaning "eight", "anga" meaning "limb", and "yoga" meaning "union". Together, they form "the eight limbs of yoga".

The eight limbs of yoga

  • Yama - ethical disciplines
  • Niyama - self-observation
  • Asana - posture
  • Pranayama - breath control
  • Pratyahara - sense withdrawal
  • Dharana - concentration
  • Dhyana - meditation
  • Samadhi - a state of joy and peace

Ashtanga yoga

  • Introductions and history
  • The elements of Ashtanga yoga: Vinyasa (breath-synchronized motion), Ujjayi Pranayama (victorious breathing), bandhas (inner locks), dristis (gaze points)
  • Primary series: Sun salutations, standing series, seated series, finishing sequence
  • Jamb backs and jump throughs
  • Drop backs
  • Students will practice primary series every morning, three to five times in a week

Teaching methodology and the technique

  • Principles of demonstration
  • Observing, assisting, and correcting
  • Instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher
  • Voice projection, floor presence
  • The student’s process of learning
  • Planning and structuring a class
  • Alignment and hands-on adjustment
  • Dealing with injuries and safety precautions
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga.

Primary series

  • Samasthiti
  • Surya Namaskara A
  • Surya Namaskara B
  • Standing postures
  • Padangushtasana
  • Padahastasana
  • Utthita Trikonasana
  • Parivritta Trikonasana
  • Utthita Parshvakonasana
  • Parivritta Parshvakonasana
  • Prasarita Padottanasana A
  • Prasarita Padottanasana B
  • Prasarita Padottanasana C
  • Prasarita Padottanasana D
  • Parshvottanasana
  • Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana
  • Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana
  • Utkatanasana
  • Virabhadrasana A and B
  • Sitting postures
  • Dandasana
  • Paschimattanasana
  • Purvatanasana
  • Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimattanasana
  • Tiriangmukhaikapada Paschimattanasana
  • Janu Shirshasana A
  • Janu Shirshasana B
  • Janu Shirshasana C
  • Marichyasana A
  • Marichyasana B
  • Marichyasana C
  • Marichyasana D
  • Navasana
  • Bhujapidasana
  • Kurmasana
  • Supta Kurmasana
  • Garbha Pindasana
  • Kukkutasana
  • Baddha Konasana
  • Upavishta Konasana
  • Supta Konasana
  • Supta Padangushtasana
  • Ubhaya Padangushtasana
  • Urdhva Mukha Paschimattanasana
  • Setu Bandhasana
  • Finishing postures
  • Urdhva Dhanurasana
  • Paschimattanasana
  • Sarvangasana
  • Halasana
  • Karnapidasana
  • Urdhva Padmasana
  • Pindasana
  • Matsyasana
  • Uttana Padasana
  • Shirshasana
  • Baddha Padmasana
  • Padmasana
  • Uth Pluthi
  • Savasana


  • 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


  • 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

Recommended books for reading

  • Yoga Mala - Sri Pattabhi Jois
  • Light on Yoga - BKS Iyengar
  • Asana, pranayama, Mudra, Bandha - Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  • Learn more about Pranayamas, Patanjali Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, vedas, upanishads and Yoga Anatomy

Daily schedule Monday - Friday

  • 06:00 - 07:30 Ashtanga Vinyasa asanas practice (Mysore style)
  • 07:30 - 10:30 Breakfast and study break
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Asanas theory and teaching methodology
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Yoga philosophy / Hatha yoga Pradipika
  • 12:30 - 15:00 Lunch and study break
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Pranayama
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Asanas alignment and teaching techniques
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Meditation
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Yoga anatomy and physiology / Ayurveda
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Dinner
  • 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.

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

You will be served with yogic diet and vegetarian food.

  • 2 meals a day
  • 29 nights accommodation
  • All yoga teacher training sessions
  • Yoga Alliance certification upon successful completion

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.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Varkala, India

Rama School of Yoga specializes in 200-hour yoga teacher training in various styles such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Hatha yoga.

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