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28 Days Ashtanga YTT in India

Samyak Yoga offers a comprehensive yoga classes with materials including the Philosophy of Yoga, lectures on Yoga Sutras, and Yoga Anatomy & Physiology. The first step in becoming a Yoga Teacher is to purify oneself in all angles starting from developing self-confidence to preparing our students to create and conduct a well prepared class. As you purify yourself as a yoga Teacher, your aspiration to transcend your limits by advanced practices will automatically encourage you to participate in our classes on different meditation techniques. Samyak Yogas holistic classes will help you to sublimate yourself as a true Yoga Practitioner and Teacher.

<strong>Yoga training in the paradise</strong>

Kovalam is a well-know part of South India and famous as The Paradise of South India. It was a prominent international tourist beach. Surrounded by three beaches, practicing yoga in Kovalam with beautiful beach as a background can be very relaxing and inspiring. The beauty of Kovalam surely will give a refreshing yet stimulating learning environment for yoga teacher training participants. Feel Samyak Yogas endeavor to help each other in finding our true hidden inner personalities to experience new possibilities of Harmony and Bliss. With Samyak Yoga, there is an open opportunity to reveal and experience the true essence of Yoga.


  • DVD on Art of Hands on Adjustments
  • Manuals for theoretical and Practical teachings
  • Eligibility to get registered with Yoga Alliance, USA as RYT 200 hrs
  • International Yoga Teacher Training Certification from Samyak Yoga
  • Guidelines on Class Sequencing and exploring yourself
  • 27 nights accommodation with natural view
  • Daily vegetarian meals included
  • Samyak Yoga T-shirt

Spoken languages: English
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Your course fee includes accommodation too. Your accommodation will have the following facilities:

24x7 hot water shower

Single occupancy

2-3 minutes walk from Samyak Yoga Shala

Natural external view of the Mountains on the lap of Himalayan Ranges.


Course Content

This course focuses on the practice and teaching methodology of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. The Primary Series includes over 70 asanas (postures), linked sequentially by Vinyasa (breath-initiated movements between the asanas). The course begins with detailed instruction of the Primary Series' practice and then continues with a morning Mysore style or Led Primary Series class for the remainder of the course.


To practice a particular pose into its deep, one needs to know intelligent way of using the muscles, the appropriate way of breathing, meditative state of the mind and spiritually rooted soul. Practice of postures is a moving meditation. In the session "Teaching Methodology" we try to explore the concepts on which a particular posture is developed, how it can be practiced into a deeper level, the benefits and contra indications. We also discuss the usage of props, the balance between the strength and flexibility and so on.

The Sanskrit names of the postures are explained elaborately and how to teach an Ashtanga Yoga Led class effectively is evaluated in detail. The benefits of the specific sequencing and the principles of Vinyasa (the movements between postures), Ujjayi Pranayama (the sound induced breath), Drishti (the gaze) and Bandhas (the three locks or seals) are included as essential elements of the practice and teaching of Ashtanga Yoga during the course.

Intensive Vinyasa

The evening session explores the different sets of Vinyasa flow. A variety of Vinyasa flow including standing, sitting, twisting, back-bending, hip opening and inversions will prepare the aspirants to explore their inner potentialities. These evening practices explore the theme based practices which in turn aids the participant to cater the need of his/her students back home as a teacher. The participants will also have an opportunity to practice the glimpses of the second series (Intermediate series of Ashtanga Vinyasa) in the last week.

Art of hands on Adjustments

Teaching methodology sessions will focus on alignments, art of hands on adjustments, corrections with the benefits and limitations of each pose. Art of Adjustments is one of the significant fields where in a Yoga teacher has to work constantly to grow and to keep his/her class special. Hence we try to explore it with all details.The importance of encouraging students to continue with a regular practice and preparing them for Mysore style is emphasized.

Group classes

Group class is one of the inevitable parts of the training. Starting from day 2 you will be taking a class every day based on what was already given to you by your teacher for your group which builds the confidence, tones up the teaching skills and other required criteria to be a teacher. This class will always be supervised by one of the main teachers and there will be a feedback session after every group class session to improve the quality of the participant's teaching.

Leading the whole group

After building the confidence, skills and other required criteria, you will be taking a class for the whole group in the last week. This prepares you to get ready to teach once you go back.

Class Modules

You will be asked from the second week to design a yoga class module based on what you have been practicing since a week under the guidance of a teacher. You will be preparing the class modules once in a week from week two week four. By practicing the class modules, you will be able to teach your class back home effectively with creativity catering the needs of different types of people coming to your classes.

Yoga Anatomy

We will have an introduction to Yoga anatomy, in which we will discuss the anatomical aspects of Yoga practice. It is important to know how to engage/relax the muscles, deepening the stretches yet not injuring ourselves physically and so on. It is also important to understand the structure of our respiration to improve the quality of the breathing by pranayama techniques. A whole new world of Yoga Anatomy which improves the quality of our Yoga practice will be explored during the Yoga anatomy sessions.

Theoretical sessions

Sessions on Yoga Philosophy including The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the history and fundamentals of Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition, Vedic chanting with their meaning, Hatha Yoga Pradeepika, the sourcebook of Hatha Yoga style, Chakras and their psychological influence, the philosophy behind the practice of Bandhas and Mudras etc. are discussed in detail.

A variety of meditation techniques are taught to gain control over the mental fluctuations. Maintaining a holistic lifestyle & vegetarian diet, which is conducive to yoga practice, is offered throughout the course.

This teacher training explores the depth of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice by revealing its teaching techniques.

Topics included

  • Practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series
  • The principles of Vinyasa, Bandhas, Drishti and Ujjayi Pranayama
  • Adjustments and teaching techniques
  • Assisting and supervised teaching
  • The Anatomy of the postures of the Primary Series
  • Introduction to Vinyasa Flow
  • Introduction to Mysore style practice
  • Practice of Yogic cleansing techniques
  • Introduction to Ayurveda
  • Introduction to Tantra, Pranic Energy, Chakras and Nadis
  • The Mantras and their influence on the human system
  • Different meditation techniques.
  • The Chanting and Philosophy of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras
  • Essence of Hatha Yoga Pradeepika

Daily schedule

Retreat location

Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name. The village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. It is also known as the Paradise of South India. Since 1930 Kovalam was a prominent international tourist beach. Kovalam Beach is located at a distance of six kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital of Kerala. Kovalam beach is the world famous beach of India.

Kovalam first received attention when the Regent Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore constructed her beach resort, Halcyon Castle, here towards the end of the 1920s. Thereafter the place was brought to the public eye by her nephew the Maharaja of Travancore. The European guests of the then Travancore kingdom discovered the potentiality of Kovalam beach as a tourist destination in the 1930s. However, Kovalam shot into limelight in the early seventies with arrivals of the masses of hippies on their way to Ceylon in the Hippie Trail. This exodus started the transformation of a casual fishing village of Kerala into one of the most important tourist destinations in all India.

Kovalam has three beaches separated by rocky outcroppings in its 17 km coastline; the three together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach.

Lighthouse Beach

The southernmost beach, the Lighthouse Beach is the one most frequented by tourists; Lighthouse Beach got its name due to the old Vizhinjam Lighthouse located on a rocky promontory here. Its intermittent beams at night render the beach with an unearthly charm.

Hawah Beach

Eves Beach, more commonly known as Hawa Beach, ranks second, in the early day, is a beehive of activities with fishermen setting out for sea. With a high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights.

Samyak Yoga Studio is located close to both of these beaches. You can spend your days offs (Sundays) and leisure time at these beautiful beaches.

Samudra Beach

A large promontory separates this part from the southern side. Samudra Beach doesn't have tourists thronging there or hectic business. The local fishermen ply their trade on this part.

Detour past Kovalam junction to land on Samudra Beach which is to the north of Ashoka Beach. One has the option to walk along the sea-wall too. The sight of the waves lashing on the rocks below is awesome. Shallow waters stretching for hundreds of metres are ideal for swimming. The beaches have steep palm covered headlands and are lined with shops that offer all kinds of goods and services.



  • Environmentally friendly
  • Smoke-free property


Complete vegetarian food prepared on the basis of Yogic & Ayurvedic concepts of food aids in complete detoxification of the body and mind which takes place during the yoga teacher training course. Your food will include breakfast, lunch and dinner for six days a week excluding the day offs. You can taste the variety of Indian food during the day offs.

Things to do (optional)

There are a large number of beach resorts in and around Kovalam. The sea port of Vizhinjam is about 3 km away and famous for its special varieties of fish, old Hindu temples, big churches and a mosque. The Proposed International Trans shipment Terminal at Vizhinjam is also close to Kovalam.

Kovalam offers an excellent diversity with Kovalam beach to suit all desires and occasions. Three curve shaped beaches, alienated by stony outcroppings, from the major attraction of this coastal resort.

Backed by precipitously mounting headlands and covered by fertile coconut palms, the beaches, especially the southernmost part of lighthouse beach. It is also lined with a host of shops and shacks offering all kinds of services; creating an unmistakable resort atmosphere. Curio shops, hawkers of Kashmiri and Tibetan products, moneychangers and beachwear shops, between the surplus of restaurants and hotels, do brisk business during peak tourist season.

The sea port of Vizhinjam is about 3 km away and famous for its special varieties of fish, old Hindu temples, big churches and a mosque. The Proposed International Trans shipment Terminal at Vizhinjam is also close to Kovalam.

Kovalam beach is well known not only for its beauty, but also for the entertainment programs and sports conducted on the beach. One of the popular entertainments in Kovalam Beach is to enjoy beach bonfire with your friends or relatives. The beach fire rings and bonfires are usually enjoyed and promoted by local and foreign tourists.

You can smell the woods burning and hear the shouts of joy from different parts of the Kovalam beach in the evening. All have rings offered for free use on a first come first serve basis. The camp-like tradition lives on from generation to generation in this time honored celebration that brings families, friends and business associates together in a circle, huddled around the warm glowing flames to fend off the chilled night air of the Arabian Sea. The atmosphere and temperature in Kovalam is very good with soft winds creating a chill, especially in the evenings.

A worth mentioning splendor of Kovalam beach is its beautiful sunset. Each and every day there will be something new to tell about the sunset in Kovalam due to its beauty. The variation of colors such as red, orange and yellow in the sun and sky draw new master piece art works in the sky on every new sunset. Kovalam beach with its amazing sunset beauty attracted photographers all around the world to capture the beauty of sun and sky.

By the sunset, Kovalam beach will be active with songs, dances and celebrations of different tourists. Apart from tourists, there were many local inhabitants who often visit the beach to spend their evenings with family and friends. It is also interesting to watch the fishers fishing in the sea by sunset through ancient traditional ways.

Kovalam beach is ideal for sunbathing, swimming, herbal body massages, fire rings, bonfire and cultural events. A large variety of continental seafood dishes are available on the beach side restaurants and hotels. Visiting the handicrafts, jewellery and cloth shops near the waterfront will also be a great enjoyment and you have the opportunity to buy things, if you like. There are facilities for backwater cruise to the beautiful countryside enjoying its lush greenery. The best time to visit Kovalam beach is from September to March.

What's included

  • 225+ hours teaching
  • International Yoga Teacher Training Certification from Samyak Yoga (Yoga Alliance, USA 200+hrs)
  • Eligibility to get registered with Yoga Alliance, USA as RYT 200 hrs
  • DVD (with videos and pictures) on Art of Hands on Adjustments; a necessary tool for to-be teachers
  • Two different manuals for theoretical and Practical teachings
  • Yoga Kriya materials
  • Samyak Yoga T-shirts
  • Samyak Yoga Bag
  • Guidelines on Class Sequencing and exploring yourself, the memories of a deep travel within
  • Opportunity to get affiliation of Samyak Yoga in your country (subject to Samyak Yoga's discretion)
  • A stronger personal practice and confidence to start teaching
  • An in depth understanding of a 5000 year old tradition, endless source of energy and knowledge
  • Pick up from airport to Samyak Yoga Shala, in Kerala, South India
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Accommodation

What's not included

  • Travelling to Samyak Yoga Shala located in Dharamsala, North India
  • Visa
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