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28 Days 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Varkala, Kerala

Kerala Yoga Teacher Training India

This 200-hour yoga teacher training course works on all levels of the mind, body, and spirit. You will not only improve your strength and flexibility but your whole being will be rejuvenated. Great knowledge, ancient wisdom, and compassion will form the rock solid foundation from which your inner teacher shall blossom. Whether you plan to teach yoga professionally or simply further deepen your own personal practice, Suddha Anand Yogshala's teacher training program will give you the solid foundation from which your skills can develop. Traditional Hatha, Vinyasa, and the Ashtanga Vinyasa primary series will be studied throughout the course. Students will also have daily meditation, pranayama, and mantra classes. Students who complete their yoga teacher training program in Varkala will have gained tremendous insight into the ancient yogic lifestyle.

Retreat highlights

  • Asana classes twice daily
  • Daily meditation and pranayama
  • Yogic texts, manuals, and supplies included
  • The course is registered with Yoga Alliance
  • 3 fresh vegetarian meals per day
  • 27 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

27 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer available

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Sleeping soundly and eating properly are key requirements to ensuring you have the required energy and peace of mind to absorb all the knowledge, wisdom, and beautiful experiences of yoga teacher training. The school's location in Varkala offers extremely peaceful and quiet surroundings which are ideal for the spiritual aspirant. All of the rooms have lots of light, a ceiling fan, table, private bathroom, wifi, and double beds.

Suddha Anand Yogshala India Yoga Teacher Training Program

The major asana focus will be on Hatha yoga and the Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series. Students will also have daily meditation, pranayama, and mantra classes. Those who complete their yoga teacher training program in Varkala will feel confident in their ability to teach students safely and effectively, and will have gained tremendous insight into the ancient yogic lifestyle.

Suddha Anand Yogshala maintains a small class size and limits the number of students to 15. They do this to ensure that everyone receives the highest standards of quality instruction and the one on one attention they rightfully deserve. A nurturing and holistic environment will be created where students can come to practice, to learn, to teach, and to heal themselves. Hatha classes will be slower paced with emphasis on alignment principles, hands on adjustments, and teaching proper verbal cueing. The Ashtanga Vinyasa classes will be taught in the traditional method as taught by Pattabhi Jois. Students will be introduced to one posture at a time and will slowly progress through the series over the course of the month. Student will master each individual posture, thus, allowing a proper opening of the body and the required mental and physical preparation for the subsequent postures. This makes the practice available to everyone, meditative in nature, and also ensures students will not injure themselves. injure themselves.

Suddha Anand Yogshala is pleased to have partnered with Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Mathews, authors of the book "Yoga Anatomy", in order to provide their students the privilege of watching a series of taped lectures by these two internationally recognized teachers. Students will explore anatomy and physiology in great detail as they work through the videos. They will study the effects of asana on the different bodily systems and will also study anatomy as it relates to asana, pranayama and bandhas. Exploration begins with the bones, joints, ligaments, connective tissue, and muscles. The lectures will then move into the study of strength and flexibility, the lower limbs, ad finish with the upper limbs. This is an excellent "foundational" anatomy series.


  • 06:00 - 07:00 Detoxification and pranayama
  • 07:00 - 07:30 Tea break
  • 07:30 - 09:30 Traditional Hatha or Flow
  • 09:30 - 10:15 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Lecture or anatomy class
  • 12:15 - 13:30 Lunch break
  • 13:30 - 15:30 Self-study, free time, or rest
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Lecture or practical labs
  • 16:20 - 18:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Meditation and mantra
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Self-study and questions and answers

Please note there are no classes on Sundays so students have their own personal time to enjoy or relax.

Teaching asana

  • Study of all Hatha yoga postures with modifications for various levels
  • Appropriate use of props
  • Correct physical alignment
  • Physical and subtle energetic benefits of postures
  • Hands on adjustments
  • Learn the principles and art of sequencing and how to create a theme for your class
  • Learn to give clear instructions and verbal cues
  • Learn how to demonstrate asanas
  • Teaching to beginners
  • Teaching to special groups such as seniors, children, prenatal yoga
  • Guidelines behind the student teacher relationship
  • Ethics of a yoga teacher

Students will have many opportunities to practice yoga teaching so they feel completely at ease and confident in front of a class.


  • Students will learn to guide others through a variety of meditation techniques
  • Meditation teaches the mind to stop identifying with the external world, the body, the mind, and ceaseless thoughts. When this quieting of the mind occurs, only then have you embarked on the path of yoga, which is identification with the true authentic self which leads to Samadhi (pure bliss)


Prana is the life force or vital energy, and pranayama is a way of building and directing this vital energy.

  • Learn to teach powerful breath (pranayama) techniques such as ujjayi, kapalabhati, bhastrika, nadi sodhana, kumbhaka, sheetali, sheetkari, and bhramari.
  • Learn how to apply bandhas and understand the effect bandhas have in directing prana (vital life force)


Anatomy and physiology will be studied in great detail. Students will study the nervous system, circulatory system, respiratory system, lymphatic system, endocrine system, digestive system, musculoskeletal system, immune system, the genitourinary system, and the spine.

  • Truly learn and understand the physical effects yoga has on the body
  • Learn how to avoid injury in more prone areas and how to work with common injuries

Yogic anatomy

  • Learn the subtle energetic effects of yoga on the body
  • What is prana and what techniques can be used to direct prana throughout the body
  • Kundalini energy
  • The chakra system
  • The vayus
  • Nadis

Yogic History and Philosophy

  • Key influential texts will be studied and students will learn how to apply this ancient wisdom for the betterment of their daily lives. Some of the texts that will be explored include The Vedas, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and The Upanishads.
  • Yoga’s journey to the Western world and the most influential yogis

Yogic diet and lifestyle (Ayurveda)

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of natural medicine and healing that enhances the well-being of the body, mind, and spirit.

Retreat location

The ashram is located in a very peaceful residential neighborhood in Varkala. The land bears many fruit trees including coconut palms, jackfruit, papaya, banana, guava, and cashew trees. The property is located less than a 5 minute walk to the beach, yet far enough to remain peaceful and quiet away from the tourist zone.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Participants who are staying at the ashram will enjoy three freshly prepared sattvic vegetarian meals per day. Please note no meals are served on Sundays, as many students venture out on their day off and prefer to eat outside.

Things to do (optional)

Since Sunday is your day off, you may choose to engage in some extra activities. Varkala offers so many wonderful things to do on your day off, at an extra cost. You can choose from any of the following:

  • Deep sea fishing
  • Dolphin watching
  • Enjoy a backwater tour
  • Houseboat for the day
  • Ocean kayak
  • Parasail
  • Swim in the Arabian sea
  • Temple tour

What's included

  • 3 freshly prepared meals per day (except Sundays)
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • 200 hour yoga teacher training course tuition
  • All books, materials, supplies, certification

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers (available for an additional cost)
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Lunches and dinners (depending on where you're staying)
  • Extracurricular activities on Sundays

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport to Varkala is Trivandrum International Airport (TRV).

Arrival by train

You can choose to book a train ride from Trivandrum to Varkala, followed by a quick tuk tuk ride to the ashram. The journey should take around one hour.

Arrival by taxi

A car is a good option for hassle free traveling from Trivandrum to Varkala, especially for foreign tourists that are traveling to India for the first time.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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