Upaya Yoga Teacher Training is a traditional center delivering a deep yoga and meditation approach and a strong practice through all courses and yoga retreats.
Yoga Retreats (11)
Praba was born into a family of yogis who practice in the Ashtanga style that characterizes the south Indian yoga tradition. He is a talented teacher and teacher trainer and has been teaching for over six years. Through expert adjustments and a deep understanding of asana, his students’ abilities, and injuries, he is able to push his trainees to the next level in their personal practice as well as their own teaching.
Alida is Italian originally from Catania. Her journey into yoga started four years ago in London to eventually bring her to India in the search for a superior meaning beyond this now worldwide acclaimed word yoga. She now firmly believes that yoga is a secure way for self-discovery, personal growth, and positive changing. Alida’s class aim to guide the practitioners closer to the self by moving into a flow where breath and asana can harmoniously merge together.
VANESSA FABBRILEI is a certiﬁed yoga teacher, recognized at both national and international level. She is ofﬁcially registered with CONI (the ofﬁcial Italian National Olympic Committee). She encountered Yoga many years ago and she immediately embraced its philosophy for the love of it. She has been practicing, learning and teaching Yoga ever since 2007. She runs her own Yoga Association in Florence where she holds several classes every day.
Dr. Anita Rawandale
Dr. Anita Rawandale (Urja) is a graduate in the ancient medical science of India that is Ayurveda. She completed her B.A.M.S. degree from University of Pune, in 1995. She has been working for many years at Osho Commune International Department of Health and Healing. She has developed the passion for teaching the healing body arts and yoga therapies. She has been working with many private organization and Institutes including Shaki Ayurveda Latvia, Suryamarga Yoga (Italy), Osho Kivani (Italy). She has trained students under her personal attention in Korea, Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain.
Prem Bahadur Shah
Prem was born in Lumbini in west Nepal. Before moving to India three years ago, he completed his studies in Art but he still enjoys painting, playing guitar and flute in his free time. Prem joined Upaya Yoga more than a year ago and since then he has been a precious addition to our team. His creativity and caring personality manifest every single day when is preparing pure and delicious yogic food for our students. He never stops smiling to anyone who crosses his way. However cooking is not the only passion that Prem is sharing with us and our guests.
Prachi was born in the northern part of India, Rajasthan. In her home state, she completed a master’s degree in sociology because she was intrigued by the different parts of human lives and how it affects social interaction. After this, she was still hungry for knowledge and finished a bachelor’s degree in education which gave her the opportunity to teach in secondary school, where she taught Hindi classes. She started her spiritual journey when she moved to Pune, where she lived near to the Ashram of Osho. She actively followed and practised Osho’s teachings daily for two years.
Dr Nitin Patil
Dr Nitin Patil born in Kolhapur, interested in Ayurvedic herbal medicines since childhood is what brought him to study deeper in the philosophy of Ayurveda. He runs his Ayurvedic hospital in Kolhapur with specialized Keralian detox healing procedures. His interest in the anatomy of the human body got him interested to teach yoga students a deep understanding about yoga postures, alignments, deeper understanding about. His deep understanding knowledge and experience in Ayurveda make him the perfect member of the Upaya Team.
Prashant Pandey is a yoga teacher, therapist, astrologer, and acupressurist by profession with experience of 23 years in the field of yoga teaching. He belongs to Bihar School of Yoga and Bihar Yoga Bharati, Munger, Bihar. He was introduced to practice yoga in 1991, at the young age of 20 through a Health Management Course conducted by Bihar School of Yoga. At the age of 25, he was given the first opportunity to serve, as a part of the team, for Jail-Yoga-Program (Prison yoga program) in various central prisons in Bihar state to teach yoga to prisoners serving life imprisonment.
Ayush discovered yoga in his childhood when he started to perform asanas as if it was a new game. Very soon this game transformed into an inexhaustible challenge and a spontaneous drive to learn more. Hence, despite the young age, he decided to move from his hometown near Delhi to Upaya in Rishikesh. As he was under the guidance of his father, Prem Krishna Ananda, and he was surrounded by like-minded people, the center proved to be the ideal environment for his yogic learning and personal growth.
Ruchira Pandey is a Yoga Teacher & Therapist by profession with experience of 23 years in the field of yoga teaching. She belongs to Bihar School of Yoga and Bihar Yoga Bharati, Munger, Bihar, India. She was introduced to practical Yoga in 1983, at the young age of 12 through first children course conducted by Bihar School of Yoga. She has led Ashram Lifestyle for 10 years (1995 – 2005) under the surveillance vision of her Guru (Spiritual Master) Swami Nirananjananda Saraswati, the Chief Patron of Bihar School of Yoga and Chancellor to Bihar Yoga Bharati, Munger, Bihar, India.
Christine has studied yoga since 1998 and has been teaching ever since then. Completing her Masters and Diploma in Naturopathy and Yogic Science. Attending to regular therapeutic and medical clients brought in a lot of quality hands-on experience of the application of Yoga and how it works at an individual level. Before being a Yoga Enthusiast, she has been a Soccer Player for her country and a Futsal Coach for the Indian Team at the International level.
from Hungary, March 2019
"Upaya yoga retreat yttc200"
Namaste my friends!
I really liked the whole experience, the energy and positivity that the teachers give to us. They were kind and caring and professional, balanced people.
Also the food was really good! Perfect for me! The crew who did the cooking, and cleaning were so nice.
I learned here a lot, not only from the teachers but from myself too. It was a very useful and enlightening time! My soul needed this retreat. I appreciate every moment of it.
Also I fell in love with the beach in Goa, the sunsets are beautiful...
from United States, March 2019
"Heaven Yoga center"
Everyone was like real family. And food was great. And location was perfect especially I loved the upstairs ashram.
from Poland, February 2019
"Relief for the soul"
Arambol has a great vibe. I love the location that is between town so it is more quiet on the beach. I loved the sea, the trees, the beach, the smiles, chill out and hard work. I discovered the version of me I really liked and I liked how I released the stress and tension. So maybe I'm not here to write the food was perfect or really bad. I didn't care about it. People and everything around made a perfect retreat for mind & body. The best intense holidays ever!
from United States, February 2019
"Life changing experience!"
I was challenged at Upaya Yoga; mentally, physically, and emotionally. I am so happy that my journey has brought me to this yoga school and I will forever remember it as a place of growth. I met so many amazing people here from all over the world and I feel ready to be a yoga teacher.
from Australia, January 2019
I'd like to thank to Upaya yoga team to provide a life changing experience! The food, the accomodation, the teachers, the teaching style, the curriculum was great! I came with a very scientific mindset and obviously many other student had a different world view but the teachers have designed and teached the classes in a way that everyone benefited from it. Come with an open mind, don't expect anything and for sure it will be a life changing exeprience!
from Great Britain, November 2018
I really enjoyed my training. My group and teachers were very good, I liked my Eco Hat a lot and also the food was good. Amazing location was just a cherry on the cake.
from Australia, November 2018
"Upaya yoga Goa "
The location of the training centre is good, set just back from the beach with beautiful ocean views from the yoga shala but noisy at night time with the music from the clubs and restaurants along the beach blaring until midnight. It’s a 40 minute walk along the beach to the town of Arambol which has a small market to buy souvenirs and groceries. There was no pharmacy or medical clinic near by.
from Great Britain, September 2018
"200 h YTT "
Amaaazing teachers! And amaaazing food.
Hector Laiglesia Lorda
from Japan, June 2018
"Great experience fantastic people but so many noises (const)"
Yoga teachers were awesome, great knowledge about Yoga very very helpful.Rohil you’re a legend my friend. Quiet place if you decide to go out of peak season.
from United States, May 2018
"YTT in paradise"
Everything was great throughout my YTT training. The location is amazing, the yoga shala overlooking the ocean, greeted by sunrise and ending a day with gorgeous sunset every day. They maintain the facilities and accommodations clean all the time. Beautiful and mindful setup and you'll be happy just to be there.
The course and instructors are all great! We had two unique and awesome instructors leading us through our YTT200 course. Both are very experienced, dedicated and knowledgeable, couldn't have been any better than Rohil and Anil.
Stuff is also great. Prachi is a wonderful manager. She's friendly, approachable and she made sure our stay was comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Food is healthy and wholesome. Lots of fruits in the morning and vegetarian meals. This is India so curry is a must. But the chef sometimes surprised us with non-Indian dinner and ou-la-la pancake breakfast!
Overall, it was a wholesome, beautiful experience, and 3.5 weeks went so fast. The course is intense, but it all worth it. I met inspiring people from all over the world and you can only meet them here. I'm grateful for this opportunity and the certificate is the icing on the cake! Thanks, Upaya Yoga!
from Sweden, April 2017
I liked the environment with the ocean and the surroundings of beutiful nature. I liked the food and I like the mental climate at the school.
from Australia, April 2019
I loved the teachers, the good vibes among all the people. I have learned so much about yoga and could deepen my interest in it
from Netherlands, April 2019
"Upaya is als een familie"
Ik heb afgelopen maand ontzettend veel geleerd. Het positieve aan de yoga teacher training van Upaya vond ik dat er aandacht was voor alle aspecten om je klaar te stomen als yoga docent. De cursus zit goed in elkaar. Er is veel aandacht voor anatomie, adjustments, lesgeven, filosofie en zelfs yoga business komt aan bod! Sterk aan de school vond ik de hele atmosfeer die er hangt. Al het personeel is super vriendelijk. Het voelt al een grote familie aan waar je in wordt opgenomen. Ik had van te voren weinig verwachtingen en persoonlijk vond ik het eten erg lekker. De locatie wordt goed schoon gehouden en de bovenste yoga shala heeft een prachtig uitzicht!
Michèle Van Rompaey
from Belgium, October 2018
"An amazing journey to become a teacher"
The enthousiasme that all the teachers had, day in and out during this 200hrs course. The always found a way to motivate us to go a little further, deeper into the postures. Prachi is an amazing women with a hart of gold☺️ You can go from the shala into the ocean after practice
from Germany, October 2018
The food was really amazing. Loved the variety of different dishes and the quality of it. Just yuuummy! The teachers (Rohil and Nutan) were great as well! Both took the time for our questions and problems during the class. Prachi made us all feel at home and always wanted to please anyone. Overall I had a good experience and met many nice people during this journey.
from Austria, June 2018
"200 Hrs YTT"
The welcoming of everyone at Upaya- we were like a small familiy!
from Italy, March 2018
Wonderful experience, all was as expected.
Great Food, kind and wonderful manager Prachi, Teachers Rohil and Anil and Jennifer were awesome!!
Unfortunate loud at night due to party beach nearby, bring good earplugs.
from United States, September 2019
"Excellent week "
Everything: staff, instructors, location, facility, food, atmosphere and yoga practice!
from Spain, November 2018
" Be prepared for transformation"
This is a powerful program not just about learning to teach yoga but an all encompassing approach to the physical, emotional and spiritual, designed to make you reach inside, reflect and reset. Highly recommended!
from United States, February 2018
I liked the location, the food, the staff
from Australia, February 2018
"Upaya's Mountain Paradise"
The location, staff, student to teacher ratio, level of service provided and intangibles were absolutely amazing
from United States, December 2017
"Absolutely Amazing Experience"
The location and environment were great. Secluded, within nature. This is the place to go if you want to deeper your practice and go within.
The food was always amazing and the accommodation was great. Anything you need is taken care of!
The staff were great and really made me feel like family when I was staying there.
The teachers were extremely knowledgeable and the schedule allowed for a lot of material to be covered. They are very genuine and really want you to learn as much as possible and understand the material.
from United States, June 2017
"peaceful yoga training "
the location was perfect. away from the noise and chaos of town. able to focus all your energy to the yoga course. the course content was good. a lot of focus on alignment and classical style
from India, May 2017
"Fantastic yoga teacher training"
The location is beautiful, in the middle of nature, very calm. I liked my private hut with little terrace. The teachers were friendly, knowledgeable, patient and very inspiring. I enjoyed the pranayama and asana classes very much. It was great that we got a lot of teaching practice. The food was healthy and tasty.
from Germany, March 2019
from Luxembourg, April 2018
"Excellent Yoga-Teacher training"
Hospitality, quality of food and quality of yoga classes
It was an awesome time at Upaya Yoga and can't not even describe how life-changing and amazing my time was. I learned so much from Asanas, Philosophy to Anatomy and much more. Everybody is so kind and treats you like you belong to their family. The staff is always there for you when you need help and the food is just amazing! It's so delicious, healthy and always varying. Besides that you sleep directly next to the beach, so you can here the waves and during the day you can spend your breaks at the beach. I am thankful for everything I learned and everyone I got to know there and can just recommend everybody to go there :)