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10 Days 100-Hour Austere Tantra Yoga Teacher Training in India

Connect to Mother Earth Navaratri Yoga Teacher Training India

Join Sri Joydip in this 100-hour yoga teacher training course, where you will go deeper into the understanding of yoga of divine mother through silence. Through this teacher training course, you will also take part in the Navaratri festival and Shakti or Matri Tirtha pilgrimage. Upon completing this course, you will become an expert in yoga.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Complete course curriculum and pedagogy
  • Free eBook and one-on-one personal mentoring session
  • Learn yoga teaching guidelines
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily sattvic meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Hindi, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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The accommodation will be on the first come, first serve basis in Ashram campus, Ashram guesthouses and nearby hotels and lodges within 3-kilometer distance.

Traditional Tantra Yoga in Navaratri

Yoga on Navaratri is a Traditional Tantra yoga process of cleaning the whole being. This cleaning happens when one practices many forms of austerities like fasting (10 days fasting or moderate eating for cleaning the body), keeping silence (10 days silence for cleaning the vital layer of personality), having a controlled diet, and remaining in a modest and austere environment yet celebrating the presence of the Divine Mother.

The Shakti Sadhana, which is a part of Traditional Tantric Yoga Sadhana, has its own challenges and it completely depends on the participant on how he or she would absorb it, because here, the changing of personality, healing and getting released from negative tendencies happen by intervention of Shakti.

The Culture of Bengal is also the culture of Shakti and there are many things which give very high spiritual experience even though they appear like cultural and religious activities. That's why it may look little unfamiliar and difficult for a person who is not coming from this culture. This is the reason why the team is asked to go through an preparatory program so they could understand the fundamentals of traditional tantra yoga.

Traditional Tantra Yoga Features

1. Dissolving mental and physical barrier through Navaratri Rituals

Tantric yoga is about quieting the mental chatter to allow students to flow from the Tamas state of mind, which creates pain and lethargy, to the Sattwic state of mind, which creates wisdom and power through challenging rituals ( chanting Devi Mahatmaya), tantric yoga and tantric philosophy of Devi. There will be lots of space given to the student, so that he can empower himself from inside.

2. Becoming comfortable in Silence

Traditional Tantra Yoga teaches students to be comfortable in silence by practicing austerities of silence.

3. Being flixibleand physically fit are not the end goals

These things will be the natural results of becoming intimately aware of and connected to our minds and bodies. Being continuously bothered by our bodies forces us to keep running until our bodies start to use up our reserves and later on makes us tense, stiff, depressed, and anxious. Traditional tantra yoga classes are designed to facilitate total relaxation. Once we find a way to release the tension in our bodies and minds, we will reach new heights and depths in our practice and in our lives.

4. Creating your own reality and experience of pleasure

Pleasure is often associated with sex, because pleasure is a feeling of enjoyable sensation in the body and mind. But Tantric principles state that all things in life should give you pleasure. Everything you do can give you pleasure if you have the complete understanding of Tantric philosophy. You are then asked to observe the feeling of pleasure and pain, and how you can disassociate from it and experience your own kind of pleasure.

Experience visualization

This is the most economic program of Sri Joydip Ashram's entire set of retreats; it is low budget and in a very austere, non-luxury setting. Here people would experience the traditional Tantra yoga without the luxury facilities. This is purely for the people who have lower budgets and who would like to do a program where the comfort level is low, and also in an austere ashram environment.

Sri Joydip's devotion for yoga

  • 2003 - 2009 as a Part-time Yoga Teacher and Yoga Student in Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advance Research

Sri Joydip has been teaching yoga for the last 14 years and been practicing Yoga for the last 30 years. Sri Joydip started teaching Yoga in 2003, as a part- time teacher, sharing his own practices to a group of people. In 2007, he did a professional course in ‘Psycology of Yoga’, from Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advance Research, Pondicherry, in Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga, based on ‘Synthesis of Yoga’. The course emphasized on the psychological aspect of Yoga. Earlier, he also did a training on Reiki first and second degrees, from Reiki Kendra, where he learned about the subtle aspects of healing and therapy. In 2009, he had a deep spiritual experience in Sri Aurobindo Ashram, followed by meeting his Guru Arunachala Shiva/ Guru Dakshinamurty in Tiruvannamalai.

  • 2010 - 2016 as a Yoga Teacher, Writer and Filmmaker on subjects related to Yoga, in Sri Joydip Ashram

In 2010, he restarted teaching yoga, more regularly on banner of Sri Joydip Ashram, mostly taking reference of Bhagvad Gita’s yoga and its application in Management and Maharishi Patanjali’s Yoga sutras. He wrote three books on it, and visited across India, giving lectures until 2011.

In 2012, he went into a deeper search and sadhana on Yoga, for one year. That year, in the meditation with Sri Dakshinamurty (who is known as Adi yogi – the first yogi), in a temple in Tiruvannmalai, a system of Yoga is revealed to him, respectively how one is able to connect with the energy of ‘inner sun’, via a group of mantras, pranayamas, Surya Kriya and Asanas. Surya yoga, along with Surya Kriya and Surya Dhyana, formed a part of a system of Yoga, which is referred to as “Wellness Yoga” and which helps on mindfulness and building awareness that could heal disease, create a sense of wellbeing and make people happy.

He started teaching Surya Yoga from 2012 onwards, and he initiated many students across the world, on this system of yoga, both online and offline.

From 2013 onwards, he started regularly publishing articles on Yoga, in Speaking Tree, and many other Yoga journals, across the world, which includes The Complete Herbal Guide Magazine, Cure Joy, Zenward and BookYogaRetreats blogs.

In 2013, he also joined the ‘Yoga Teachers Training Workshop’ with Ramkrishna Mission Vivekandanda University, as a Yoga Filmmaker, in Assam and created two films - ‘Yoga as Medicine’ and ‘Yoga as Human Wellness’ - on the application of Yoga on Medicine and on Human Wellness. ‘Yoga as Medicine’ was highly praised and selected for screening in Kolkata International Film Festival 2013.

In 2014 and 2015, he was the secretary of the Organising Committee of World Yoga Festival 2014 in Burdwan, and World Yoga Festival 2015 in Tiruvannmalai, which is jointly organised by Sri Joydip Ashram and Eastern India Yoga and Spiritual Organisation Association, where many different yoga schools participated and exchanged their thoughts and views on Yoga.

In 2015, he did two online courses for two International Universities, in Australia (Monash University) and Russia (University of Aberdeen) on Mindfulness, Peak Performance, Food and Nutrition, as well as on Wellbeing. These courses allowed him to connect his knowledge on Yoga with mindfulness, Nutrition, Food habits and create programs like Wellness Program, Workplace Wellness Program, which currently help many students live well, become happy and have a general sense of wellbeing.

For the last 14 years, he has been teaching yoga, with the aim of sharing some of the divine gifts he has received, for using Yoga for health and wellbeing, and transforming human beings into Divine Beings.

He loves writing about Yoga and he has almost 6 Paperback/E-books on Yoga, numerous articles on blogs and also many videos, revealing different aspects of Yoga.

Yoga and Spirituality Related Books

  • Wisdom Stimulus – Application of Bhagvad Gita in Management [2011], Lulu Publishers
  • Living the Truth [2013], Lulu Publishers
  • Beyond Religion [2013], Lulu Publishers
  • Arunchala Shiva – The Ultimate Sadhana [2014], Lulu Publishers
  • Living Well [2016], Lulu Publishers

Yoga and Spirituality Articles Publication

  • 1. The Great Synthesis- A Journey from Ancient to Modern Education , Philosophies, Teaching style and practice [2010] - Management Teachers Consortium Journal.
  • 2. Understanding Sri Aurobindo’s Psycology of Yoga in light of Mandukya Upanishad (2008) - Submitted as a research paper in Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advance Research.
  • 3. Medieval and Early Modern Puranic and Religious biographies of Tiruvannamalai - based on the Puranic Text of Arunachala Mahatmaya a important portion of Skanda Purana.
  • 4. Yoga Sutras for Yoga Lifestyle [2014] Unpublished.
  • 5. Yoga for Conflict Resolution - Zen Ward Magazine [2015]
  • 6. Essence of Yoga - Speaking Tree Blog [2015]
  • 7. Living Well - Speaking Tree Blog [2015]
  • 8. How to naturally lose Weight – Speaking Tree Blog [2015]
  • 9. Living in the moment – Workplace Wellness - Speaking Tree Blog [2016]
  • 10. Top 10 reasons for learning Surya Yoga - The Complete Herebal Guide Magazine [ 2017]
  • 10.Gyana Yoga: The Secret to Health, Wellness & Happiness - BYR Blog [2017]

Yoga Films

  • Yoga as Medicine – 2013 – Sri Joydip Ashram, in collaboration with Swami Vivekandananda Value Education forum, supported by Ramkrishna Misison Vivekananda University.
  • Yoga for Wellness – 2013 – Unreleased.
  • Essence of Yoga – 2015
  • Yoga and Mindfulness a series based on Patanjali Yoga Sutras - [2017]

Spiritual and other Education Related Degrees

  • Online Course on Mindfullness and Peak Performance - Monash University [2015]
  • Online Course on Food and Nutrition - University of Aberdeen [2015]
  • Creative Writing, British Council [2015]
  • Psycology of Yoga, Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advance Research [2007-2008]
  • Reiki I and II, Reiki Centre Kolkata [2003]
  • Young Professional Program, Indian Institute of Management [2003]
  • Professional Network Computing, National Institute of Information Technology [1998]


Sri Joydip
Sri Joydip is an international yoga teacher who taught yoga in international bodies like US Consulate, Indian Council of Cultural Relations, and corporate bodies like Birla and Eta Maelco. He gains his education in yoga and psychology from Sri Aurobindo Centre for advanced research, creative writing from British Council, management from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata and Reiki healing from Reiki Kendra, Mindfulness, and peak performance from Monash University. He has 30 years experience of yoga practice and 14 years experience of yoga teaching.

Retreat location

The yoga teacher training program will take place in Sri Joydip Ashram, Burdwan, India.


You have included in the price three daily sattvic meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

During your stay in India, you will have plenty of time to explore the area where you are staying, browse local shops, or try traditional dishes.

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Opportunity to take part in the Navaratri festival of fasting, austerity, and silence
  • Rituals of worshiping divine mother
  • Tution fee for the 100-hour program, including yogic process, meditation, and practice of silence

What's not included

  • Additional activities and services
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Pick up and drop off service
  • Travel cost to the venue
  • Travel to Pandel for watching Durga Puja and Navaratri

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kolkata's Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 60% 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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