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Empowering Yoga Teacher Training India

This yoga teacher training in Varkala, Trivandrum, Kerala with classical Hatha yoga and Vinyasa Kriya Flow yoga incorporates ancient techniques of classical Hatha yoga, combined with Vinyasa Flow in a unique and authentic way, developed over years by Shiva. Vinyasa Kriya yoga means a gentle flow of asanas, breathing (Pranayama), and traditional mantras (Bija Mantra) in combination. Vinyasa Kriya yoga balances the physical, astral, and causal body. With an education in techniques, teaching methodology, anatomy, yoga philosophy, and practical teaching experience, you will ultimately feel safe and adequately prepared to instruct a general adult population. Certified by Yoga Alliance, successful completion of this yoga teacher training qualifies you to teach yoga worldwide.

Meet the instructors

Shiva & Anish
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  • Anatomy for avoiding injury and resilient practice
  • Devotional practice through song and mantra chanting
  • Daily yoga philosophy, ancient tantric, and Vedantic knowledge
  • Pranayama, meditation (Vipassana style), and deep relaxation yoga Nidra
  • Daily Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Flow under authentic coconut rooftop yoga studio
  • Local spiritual and eco-tour in nearby villages and temple
  • Healthy, high-energy, vital vegan and vegetarian food
  • 27 night accomodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

26 days with instruction
Group size: 3-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Trivandrum International Airport
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  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi

During the yoga teacher training, you will stay in a very comfortable twin beds room, private bathroom and balcony, kitchen facility surrounded by a beautiful garden with a large terrace. Ganesha Palace Hotel, ideal location and only two minutes from the beach and Varkala cliff, restaurants, and shops. Special requests like air conditioning can be accommodated on request for a small extra charge.

Rooms are single-occupancy due to COVID precautions unless you are coming as a couple or with a friend.

Rooms are cleaned every week, and the accommodation takes extra concern of your health.



Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).


Shiva Rishi follows a system that advocates for Svadyaya (self-study) so that at the end of the training the student has Adhikara (qualification of the learning) to carry on the yoga journey as a teacher and continued self-practitioner.

Yoga is the process of self-discovery, and through this, the school encourages the students to employ the tools of the various paths of Karma, Bhakti, Jnana, and Raja yoga.

Taking roots in ancient knowledge and making a bridge to modern life, this yoga teacher training will guide you through the practical, philosophical, and mythological aspects of yoga. By practicing classical hatha yoga with devotion, you will be able to follow any style of your choice in the future and reap physical, mental, and spiritual fulfillment from this life-supporting practice.

In a serene and ambient rooftop studio surrounded by a tropical garden, you will deepen your self-practice and experience the true principles of yoga. Years of practice and experience have worked their way into the shaping of the Shiva Rishi yoga program. The school takes care in addressing your needs through a beautifully serene atmosphere for your stay as well as practice; open-hearted and knowledgeable teachers; and a thoughtful, sattvic yogi diet to ideally assist your practices.

Shiva Rishi also invites you to join spiritual trips into the gorgeous landscapes of Kerala in that they attune to nature by walks, mantras, music, and bhajan singing.

Ultimately, yoga is more than physical exercise or stress release. These benefits all come as side effects of regular practice, yet the ultimate aim of yoga is to transcend the limited and egoistic self and connect with the unlimited eternal. Beyond education, Shiva Rishi will provide a proper spiritual environment for your journey.


According to the standards set by Yoga Alliance the training divides into five blocks.

I: Techniques

Herein you will receive training in asanas, pranayama, kriyas, mantras & meditation in a practical and analytical way. Following a scientific approach, we will discuss physical and energetic health benefits. Subsequently, you will learn to recognize practice mistakes to focus on alignment. Find some syllabus examples for this block outlined in the following:

Standing asanas

Standing asanas stretch and strengthen back, shoulders, and leg muscles. This is especially important to face stiffness and back pain difficulties increasingly arising in modern times through long hours of sitting. In this section, you will learn common standing postures, how to explain their benefits, and experience their balancing effects on the root chakra. You will further discuss how to provide effective verbal cues to direct practitioners coming in and out of the poses, how to verbally adjust them and how to breathe properly.

Bending postures

Bending asanas loosen the back by separating vertebras and improve blood circulation around the spine. This brings vitalizing and overall health improving effects on all organs and the brain. You will receive analytical training through demonstration, conversation and the use of the teacher training course guidebook on how to teach, practice and adjust bending postures. The learning objects herein are to explain bending postures, their benefits, verbalize, and demonstrate alignments, beware of common misalignments and risk factors, how to direct practitioners coming in and out, how to breathe in these positions.

By following along with the instructor in this course you can expect:

  • Better range of motion
  • Strong feet/balance and grounding (in life)
  • More endurance in standing
  • Improvement in the arches
  • More agility (in both mind and body)
  • Improved sense of well being


Pranayama is considered to be the foundation of yoga. It is perhaps the most essential aspect of yoga and life. Pranayama is the best precursor for calming and centering the mind for meditation.

Pranayama regulates prana flow in the nadis of the pranamaya kosha. Through practice, observation, and discussion you will learn the most common breathing techniques, how to explain benefits, and how to direct practitioners through these exercises.

You will also practice pranayama on occasional spiritual trips and breath the fresh air in the mountains or on the rocks by the seashore. Learning objectives are to get an overview and practice experience of multiple pranayama techniques and learn to use powerful breath workout and pranayama techniques to: detoxify your body, balance hormones, boost immunity and energy, calm the mind, awaken your full potential to discover the true nature of the self, and brings you deeper into the yoga practice.

When the mind is focused on the breath, the nervous system gets calmed down, and there is less stress on the body and it experiences better digestion and elimination. Regular practice of pranayama trains the lungs and improves the capacity of the respiratory system immensely (especially important during these covid times).

These are some of the most common hand mudras in pranayama practice:

  • Nasikagra mudras (nose tip position)
  • Jnana mudra (psychic gesture of knowledge)
  • Chin mudras (psychic gesture of consciousness)
  • Chinmaya mudra (gesture of manifest consciousness)
  • Aadi mudra (primal or first attitude)

Mantra yoga sadhana

According to Samkhya, one of the schools of Hindu philosophy, the very first element that manifested itself in this plane was sound, and that the element of sound itself originated from Lord Shiva’s Drum.

Sanskrit mantras are energy-based sounds that have the power to vibrate and resonate throughout the entire body. Sound travels five times more efficiently through water than through air, and as the human body is comprised of more than 70% water, it is, therefore, an excellent conductor for both sound and vibration. The regular practice of mantras balances the agitations of manomaya kosha.

Once a week is Yajna yoga in the evening time with a puja with meditation, mantras, breathing techniques, and offerings.


  • What meditation is, and why it’s practiced
  • Variety of meditation techniques and tools
  • Quieting the mind to develop deeper levels of awareness
  • Connecting with nature and the world you live in
  • Connecting with the true Self

II: Teaching methodology:

In this section, classes will address how to use verbal and physical hands-on adjustments, how to give clear and coherent instructions, how to sequence classes, how poses interact and how to integrate breathing exercises.

The art of teaching curriculum includes:

  • Teaching clinics
  • How to address a group of students
  • How to use your own body as a teaching tool
  • How to use your voice, volume, tempo, and pacing
  • How to correct postures
  • Choosing the right words
  • Energy, passion, confidence, humor

Using your own presence and self-awareness as a transformative teaching tool

  • The business of yoga
  • Teacher guidelines & etiquette
  • Appropriate conduct inside and outside the yoga room
  • How to apply for a teaching position
  • Teacher expectations
  • Student interaction
  • Role playing
  • Feedback

III: Anatomy and physiology

Herein you will broaden your understanding of the physical anatomy of the human body and combine important aspects of postures and anatomy with contemplative and internal facets of yoga. Next, to physical anatomy, you will go deeper into the realms of energy anatomy of Chakras, Kundalini, Gunas, Tattwas, Koshas, Nadis, and Vayus.

Yoga posture and alignment:

1) How your bones determine the range of motion in all the yoga postures.

2) How and why everyone does yoga postures differently and what they can do about it.

3) How joint compression and muscle tension or resistance plays role in all the yoga asana.

4) Learn muscular and skeleton restrictions for proper alignment.

5) How to improve yoga posture for individuals

IV: Yoga philosophy, lifestyle ethics, and Ayurveda

This teacher training places an emphasis on studying the vast heritage of yoga philosophy. By introducing the Samkhya system of evolution and discussing traditional texts (such as the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali), you will explore the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga in more detail and take a glimpse beyond the first limbs towards the ultimate goal of yoga.

Next, to getting inspiration from these sacred texts, it may make you recognize how important a firm foundation in these first limbs is as a prerequisite to progress on this path of liberation and how you, as prospective yoga teachers, can assist other beings with that.

Shiva Rishi Yoga is looking forward to inspiring conversations about the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), the concepts of dharma and karma, and finally the value of teaching yoga while being of service to others (seva).


Ayurveda is the science of living. Your practice depends on you being in balance. Through an understanding of Ayurveda, you learn about your bodily constitution, and what kinds of diets and lifestyles are most suitable to one’s character.

The Ayurvedic doctor will teach you about the theoretical basics of Ayurveda, helping you to discover a diet fitting to your type of body and individual needs and intellectually understand the positive effects of the high qualitative sattvic yogi diet you are served throughout the TTC.

If you like to relax from the training, you will be delighted to find the yoga studio surrounded by several skilled ayurvedic massage salons.

V: Practicum

In this section, you will be slowly prepared to lead a yoga class yourself. In the beginning, you will start to teach sun salutation and simple sequences to each other. In the progress of your training, you will then start to observe and correct and finally practice teaching as the lead instructor or observe others teaching.

Awaken your practice to this 28-day yoga challenge that will inspire you to step on your mat every day. The benefits of practicing yoga every day can be felt almost immediately.

At the end of the month, you’ll complete the challenge feeling stronger, more connected, and more empowered in your practice. You will gain an understanding of the specific teaching skills needed to make the learning experience for your students as easy as possible.

The training also gives lots of contact with (props) to aid in the skill-based mobility (for a range of motion), and Restorative (for calm and recovery) practices. Yoga props are extremely useful in helping to create sthira (steadiness) and sukha (comfort) in your yoga practice.

By no means limited to beginners, props help to accommodate anatomical differences, tight muscles/joints, and limited ranges of motion. If you’ve ever wondered how to efficiently use props in your home or studio practice, we provide an introduction to the accouterments that could bring your asana practice, the union of body, mind, soul, and spirit.

Continuing the journey of yoga: Reflection on the process of becoming a yoga teacher

  • Reflection on the process of becoming a yoga teacher
  • Discussion on what certification provides
  • Code of ethics
  • Yoga Alliance registration
  • Group conversation about options for teaching and sharing
  • Discussion about how to maintain appropriate skill and inspiration

You graduated! What does that mean?

  • You are proficient in 200-hour level teaching skills as set forth by Yoga Alliance
  • You are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour level teacher
  • You still have MUCH to LEARN!
  • You become great teachers by teaching. So go TEACH
  • Practice greatly improves your skills
  • Integrate and share what you’ve learned in your own voice
  • Your practice is your best friend. The best teachers are the best practitioners.

Included excursions

  • Backwaters Shiva temple, boat ride, and meditation
  • Village and oceanside trip
  • Organic farm visit




Retreat location

This yoga teacher training takes place in Varkala, Kerala, India.


Varkala is 51 kilometers north of Thiruvananthapuram city in Thiruvananthapuram district and 37 kilometers South of Kollam, south Kerala. Varkala is a calm and quiet hamlet, lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. It has several places of tourist interest like a beautiful beach, a 2000-year-old Vishnu Temple, and the Ashramam - Sivagiri Mutt a little distance from the beach.

The Papanasam beach (also called Varkala beach), which is ten kilometers away from Varkala, is renowned for the natural spring. It is considered to have medicinal and curative properties. A dip in the holy waters at this beach is believed to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins; hence the name 'Papanasam beach'.

A two-thousand-year-old shrine the Janardhanaswamy Temple, a short distance away from the beach. The Sivagiri Mutt, founded by the great Hindu reformer and philosopher Sree Narayana Guru (1856 - 1928) is also close by.

The Samadhi (the final resting place) of the Guru here attracts thousands of devotees every year during the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days - 30th December to 1st January. Sree Narayana Guru propagated the ideology: "one caste, one religion, and one god", in a society torn by the taboos of the caste system.

Varkala offers excellent accommodation facilities for tourists and is fast becoming a popular health resort with many Ayurvedic massage centers.

Attractions: Beach, mineral water springs, the Sivagiri Mutt, and a 2000-year- old Vishnu Temple.

Nearby places

  • Kollam, 37 kilometers South

Unique features


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Mosquito net


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

What's included

  • 27 nights accommodation in a private twin bedroom with bathroom and balcony
  • 27 days program with 6 days of class and one free day per week
  • Full vegetarian Sattvic yogi diet (breakfast, lunch and dinner) 6 days a week
  • Daily yoga asanas and meditation practices
  • Daily teachings (yoga philosophy, anatomy classes, pranayama classes)
  • Bakti Yoga, Bhajans
  • Puja ceremonies meditation
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free airport pickup (Trivandrum Airport)
  • Few sightseeings around Varkala (i.e. boat tour and meditation on Golden Island)

What's not included

  • Airfare

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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