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We invite you to embark on a transformative journey. This experience will deepen your own personal yogic practice and provide you tools to share your passion with others. This teacher training will not only provide quality education but an opportunity to live in a sustainable eco-system. Living in close communion with nature fine tunes our bio-rhythms and draws balance and clarity in our lives. In an ideal location such as this, the understanding seeps in smoothly and meditation flows spontaneously. The pure air, freshly cooked organic and vegan vegetarian meals, spring water pool and plenty of secluded places for self-reflection makes the experience wholesome.
The accommodation is provided in an ecological rest house with pristine silence. Eco villas are constructed with mud providing insulation keeping them cool in summer and warm in winters and the mud floor acts as a shock absorber or like cushion for human body. Villas offer beautiful view of plantations with chairs and mud sofas in the balcony. The dining area serving gourmet vegetarian meals are made up of bamboo and coconut leaves to maintain ecological and organic feel. The food is freshly cooked with organic spices grown in our farm. One can also enjoy pure raw cacao shakes and smoothies.
07:00 - 08:30 Asana practice
08:45 - 09:45 Chanting, pranayama and meditation
10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast
11:00 - 13:00 Alignment/teaching methodology/adjustments
13:00 - 15:30 Lunch break
15:30 - 17:00 Anatomy/philosophy
17:00 - 18:00 Asana practice
18:00 - 19:00 DVD/yoga nidra/satsang
Techniques, training and practice make the bulk of the training as 100 hours is set to that. Methodology takes up 25 hours while 20 hours go to learning anatomy and physiology. You need to devote 30 hours to philosophy/lifestyle and ethical conduct. For electives, there are 15 hours and 10 hours is provided for practicum.
Techniques, training and practice - 100 hours
Meditation - guided meditation, breath meditation, silent meditation, active meditation and sound meditation
Kriyas - understanding the Shatkarmas, internal cleansing, daily practice of Neti, Kapalbhati, and Agnisara
Asanas - daily practice of one or combined ashtanga, vinyasa flow, yin and alignment
Bandhas - embodying the knowledge and practice of Moola-Bandha, Udiyana-Bandha, Jalandhara-Bandha and Maha-Bandha
Mudras - learning the channeling of energy using various psychic gestures to empower your postures
Chanting - chanting mantras every morning and at the start and conclusion of daily classes
Teaching methodology - 25 hours
Teaching and demonstration
Adjustment and correction
Observation and assistance
Anatomy and physiology - 20 hours
Yoga philosophy/lifestyle and ethics - 30 hours
Lifestyle and ethics
Practicum - 10 hours
This is a one to one teaching, group teaching, assisting other teachers, giving adjustment and also weekly feedback sessions.
Electives - 15 hours
Apart from covering standard yoga alliance curriculum, our experienced and passionate teachers share with their wealth of knowledge through integrating various workshops and sessions from their individual expertise which includes Ayurveda, thai yoga massage and acro yoga workshops, together with sacred ceremonies.
In order to rejuvenate after intensive weekly practice, there are activities on the weekend to relax and experience the local beauty and culture. Our unique location offers the ability to view some natural landscapes nearby includings:
Boat ride (dolphin sighting if lucky)
Mystical bubble lake
Spice farm tour
Siddhartha has been influenced by the Vedic philosophy while growing up through his grandfather who was general secretary of the world spiritual council of India and an orator of the ancient wisdom of Vedas and Upanishads. He continued his passion through personal studies and is an internationally certified teacher. He has been studying and teaching the yoga philosophy for many years, and continues to learn and deepen his knowledge of the ancient wisdom combined with modern science.
In his workshop based on samkhya yoga and unified field theory, he proposes principle of opposition which is inherent in nature and when applied in yoga practice, it offers optimal alignment and balance to not only your postures but overall life too. With this integral approach you can easily learn how to impart philosophy into action and add grace to your yoga practice. He is fully aware that everyone is on their own unique journey of spiritual growth and always inspires people to find their own answers.
Claire grew up in the suburbs of New York City as a competitive gymnast and dancer. Dedicating long hours of training under intense structure and discipline, she became a successful performer and team leader, always coming home with metals and celebratory smiles. She learned to express herself through the boundaries of her body and also found the importance of a strong mind-body-spirit connection.
Claire was born with a natural taste for touch, currently healing with massage and reiki. Yoga and healing have become her life and they extend in many directions. She offers private sessions, classes, workshops, and teacher training courses to all ages between the U.S., India, and Thailand. Her meditation practice helped to advance her practice and to incorporate the truth and wisdom of yoga into her daily life. Her passion for traveling around the world also aided her journey inwards. It now feels to her as though her entire life has become one big meditation, bringing in awareness and appreciations for each breathe.
Three years ago he decided to pursue his dream of traveling around the world, replacing his business suit with a backpack. The first step of his journey was training to become a yoga teacher in India. His experience was so enriching that he returned to complete his 500hr training a year later and assist in the training of new teachers. Chris travels have led him to teach in India, Nepal, Thailand, Colombia, and his native United States.
His love of exploring and fascination with nature often leads me on long treks to the peaks of mountains and to the ocean depths in his work as a scuba dive-master. As a drummer since he was 10 years old, there is always the possibility of spontaneous dancing in one of his classes or on the streets. One of the best lessons he have learned is to be in sync with the drums of your heart. To be able to do something that resonates deep within him, sharing his yoga with others, is truly a blessing.
The retreat center will be your home amongst nature during yoga teacher training in Goa. This mindfully-chosen venue is home to a working organic spice farm, passed down from generation to generation, filled with natural energy. This difference is experienced both in the sound therapy of the forest and the freshness of the vegetarian and vegan meals prepared each day. Wake up each morning to views of lush forest during daily asana practice and glimpse the stars from underneath giant palm leaves. We aim to provide the optimal environment to reconnect with your inner self: after all Smriti means remembrance. The plantations are totally organic. Students can learn organic multi-cropping system and see how natural organic farming is maintained. For example to protect vanilla crop from bacteria we depend on a particular species of ants which eat the bacteria. There is perfect balance in nature; all we need is to harness it. There is natural honey produced in the farm and one can learn how to use these organic spices in cooking or for medicinal use.
"Smriti Yoga was and will always be the place of transformation for me. I was traveling through India and Sri Lanka when I decided that I wanted to do a yoga teacher training. I searched online for different schools around in India and came across Smriti Yoga. I didnt know much about the school than what was written on their web page. But my gut feeling told me that this was the place, so I applied. About a month later I was in this huge organic farm in Goa surrounded by nature, beautiful experienced teachers and students. I started a journey that came to be one of the most amazing experiences ever. I would really recommend Smriti Yoga for its space, food and great vibes to really transform and grow with the help of three beautiful teachers and also the hospitality from the family at Transhikar spice farm."
January 19, edited
"Smriti Yoga has an unbeatable location that provides an ideal environment for self-reflection and study. The individualized teaching and low student-teacher ratio ensure maximum preparation to pursue yoga teaching after the course."
January 5, edited
"Smriti Yogas 200-hour teacher training prepares its trainees to begin teaching the principles and techniques of yoga safely and competently."
January 5, edited