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26 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in India

  • Upaya Yoga Center, Arambol Beach, Goa


Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, India

The Upaya Yoga teacher training program is an all-inclusive, Yoga Alliance approved, 200hr course. The program is especially sketched out by our team of gurus at Upaya to introduce students to their journey of evolving into expert yogis and able teachers. The course paves a path for its students to transform into becoming a yoga teaching expert and the program includes skilled teachers to provide students a strong foundation in Hatha and Ashthanga yoga. We have designed the program to be an enjoyable, unperturbed and enlightening experience.


  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily pranayama sessions
  • Philosophy and anatomy classes
  • 26 days accommodation
  • Mantra chanting classes
  • Yogic body cleansing

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 25 days with instruction
  • English
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Upaya Yoga Center offers several choices of accommodation including Luxury A/C Apartments, A/C Rooms, and Large Eco Huts. Enjoy stunning sea views, views of the river and surrounding hills or the gardens.

The path to transforming into a yoga guru is a lifetime process of learning and India, being the capital of yogic philosophy and spirituality, is the optimum location to develop a strong foundation of internal discipline. The Teachers Training Course (TTC) is a rigorous and transformative experience and at Upaya Yoga we ensure that the curriculum is fully comprehensive with assured personal attention to each student. Upaya Yoga teachings are different from many other yoga schools as the focus on the full spectrum of the yogic path and ashram life, not only asanas (postures). The course also covers alignment, adjustment, anatomy and teaching practice. Students will get to experience meditation, breathing (pranayama), cleansing, chanting, mauna (silence), pooja (worship), kirtan (sacred singing), and other important aspects of the yogic path. Upaya Yoga Teacher Trainings offers the perfect balance of comfort and tranquility in a natural setting for your yoga practice.

What you will learn

  • How to give a solid and clear demonstration
  • How to give clear instruction (working with Voice)
  • Proper alignment of postures
  • Yoga anatomy
  • Hands on adjustment minimum 48 postures
  • How to avoid common injury during practice
  • How to jump backward and forward (Vinyasa flow)
  • How to use props for better postures (B.S.K Iyengar)
  • Mantra chanting
  • 7 yogic breathing (pranayama) and their benefits
  • Yogic body cleansing (Kriya yoga)
  • Mudras, Bandas and their benefits
  • Yoga philosophy (Patanjali yoga sutra)
  • How to lead 30-minute Sava Asana (Psychic sleep for deep relaxation)
  • Ayurveda and yoga principle
  • Assisting yoga class with other teacher
  • Observation
  • How to teach 45 - 90 minutes long class
  • How to teach one to one class
  • How to teach more than 10 people in a class
  • Yoga career and business

Daily schedule

  • 06:30 Chanting, pranayama and meditation everyday
  • 07:30 Monday, Wednesday and Fridays - Hatha yoga. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - Ashtanga Vinyasa
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Alignment, adjustment, techniques, practicum, methodology, teaching practice
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Philosophy and anatomy
  • 16:00 Tea break
  • 16:15 Asana practice
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Sharing and question and answer, live music, watching your teaching practice on screen
  • Sunday holiday


Krishnaji’s sheer determination and love for yoga has formulated in the shape of Upaya yoga centre. He founded this yoga after delivering more than 3500 hours of yoga and benefiting people from many countries like USA, Japan, China, European countries like Norway, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, where he has personally traveled and delivered yoga training and caused a positive impact on thousands of lives. Krishnaji’s vision is to impart teacher training to It’s fullest depth and dimension so that his students become self independent financially and also cause enormous good to the world in a wholesome way. His life stands as an invitation for all the seekers of yoga to come and explore his teachings at one of the most finest locations in Goa that gives holistic blend and great enrichment.

Dr. Rao

Dr. Rao has conducted more than 13500 sessions of Yoga till date, covering both the theory and practice of all aspects of Yoga catering towards health and healing.

As a perennial knowledge seeker, he holds a Masters in Commerce (M. Com.) with Advance Accounting and Costing, D.M.S. (Diploma in Management Studies). Masters in Arts (Philosophy) (Rank Holder) Ph. D. (Doctorate in Philosophy), D. N. (Diploma in Naturopathy), D. Y. Ed (Diploma in Yoga Education); Specialist Instructor in First Aid and Home Nursing. His expertise and endeavors are geared towards enabling the adherent to transcend the physical, mental, psychological and intellectual aspects while aiming for the ultimate purpose for which Yoga authentically stands. In this process, physical health, mental harmony, psychological serenity and intellectual clarity arise as by-products.

Ann Kristin Holten

Ann Kristin has a background from contemporary dance and improvisation, choreography, sports, massage therapy, contact improvisation and yoga. All circling around the body as an entrance to discovery and expression. She has solid knowledge about the body structures and their functions. The heart of her teaching is curiosity and exploration, it is what drives her in life both inside and outside the yoga shala. Ann Kristin is teaching Hatha Yoga and Yoga Nidra. She has been a part of the Upaya Yoga Team since October 2015, when she completed the 200hrs YTTC with Upaya Yoga.

Yogini Aradhana

Aradhana was born in Gujrat in west India to a family from a spiritual caste. She has a life-long calling to the practice of yoga in all of its forms. She has studied yoga at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Neyyar Dam, completing a Yoga Siromani (advanced practitioner status). She went on to complete a Master of yoga at the same institute in Madurai. She is an advanced practitioner of Hatha yoga and she has been teaching asana, meditation and pranayama for the last five years. Aradhana is a calm and good-humoured yogini who has a talent for listening and understanding her students. She is a dedicated and proficient teacher of all levels of Hatha. She also has experience teaching yin yoga and power yoga. She is a gifted linguist who is able to incorporate this talent into her teaching, verbalizing postures, alignment, and technique to her students to guide them deep into asanas. She is a proficient speaker of Japanese, Hindi, Gujrati, and English.


Praba is born in Tamilnadu, South India. He was born into a family of yogis who practice in the Ashtanga style that characterizes the South Indian yoga tradition. At age 17 he began serious study with his uncle, Vijay, who is widely recognized as one of best Ashtanga teachers in India. He has been teaching for over six years. He has lived and taught in Russia and Krzykstan as well as Goa and Dharamshala in North India, and he has trained teachers-to-be for 200 hrs and 300 hrs Yoga Teacher Training. Praba is a talented teacher and teacher trainer. He has a dynamic and energetic style characterized by high expectations and tough love. 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. Praba is an expert in alignment and adjustment and he emphasizes active learning methods. He works with each student to ensure that they use proper placement and strength to help push his students to their full potential.

One dreams of the perfect location when it comes to learning yoga that speaks of tranquility and peace. Goa is a perfect and idyllic infusion of such an environment, the breathtakingly beautiful azure beach and salty air will envelope you into a certain calmness of the soul. You are in for a world of experience in Goa. The blissful environment will encourage your skills to develop and is thus, by far, one of the most popular yoga retreat destinations in the world. There is a beauty in connecting with the self in such a pure and unadulterated setting when the only sound is the sea. The natives of Goa are heart-warming people and speak English among other prevalent languages. Goa exuberates love which makes is one of the most favored destinations for yoga trainings. Upaya Yoga Center is located at Arambol Beach, nestled in the shade of palm trees and tropical fauna just a one minute walk to the sea. Upaya offers the perfect balance of comfort and tranquility in a natural setting for your yoga practice.

  • Swimming
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi
  • Yoga shala
  • Rooms serviced daily
  • Laundry service available

There is a dining room where are provided three pure vegetarian meals in accordance with the yoga lifestyle - except Sunday.

Breakfast: Porridge, muesli, brown bread, fruit salad, sprouts, nuts, salads, coconut water, herbal tea, coffee and milk. It may also be served a Traditional Indian Breakfast.

Lunch: Traditional Ayurvedic Indian Thali, including rice, chapati (Indian bread), vegetables, salad, sprouts, beans, yogurt and lentils.

Dinner: Combination of healthy Ayurvedic Indian food, cooked vegetables, raw salad, lentils and herbal tea. Other items may be ordered separately from our menu.

All the food served is strictly vegetarian with no exceptions. It is not offered any non vegetarian food including eggs. All the food is well balanced and and protein rich.

  • Package includes accommodation for the entire duration of the course including the night prior to the course start date and the night of the last day of the course
  • Package includes free unlimited filtered water
  • Tuition fee
  • Teacher training manual
  • Upaya yoga bag
  • Upaya yoga t-shirt
  • Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation and food
  • WiFi
  • Free pick up from Goa airport and Madgoan train station
  • Room cleaning
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels

Complimentary pick up from Goa Dabolim Airport or Madgaon Train Station is provided for your comfort and ease to reach Upaya Yoga Center.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Upaya Yoga Teacher Training an inquiry.
  • Review by Ann Kristin from Norway

    "Thank you Upaya Yoga! Here I finally found a place to deepen my experience of yoga, beyond the physical Asanas. I arrived in Goa with a book full of questions, now I can actually say they are all answered – and many new ones are added. I feel so able and inspired to keep practicing and experience yoga on my own, thanks to the amazing and diverse team of teachers who is Upaya Yoga. All together leaving me with a greater understanding of the systems in the physical body, mental body and energy body, how they all work together, affecting each other. Upaya Yoga gave me space for experiencing this, at the same time giving the why´s and the how´s, bringing yoga and spirituality down to earth and into the small big things in everyday life, where it belongs. Thank you for giving me the gift of yoga!"

    June 2016, website, edited

  • Review by Charlotte from London, UK

    "The training at Upaya Yoga was a great experience. The teachers were great, involved, professional. The whole program is well shape, the content is really interesting. It could be improved with a little bit more structure."


    "I like the fact that we were a small group of international people as we can know each other better."


    "The location was great, very close to the ocean, the beach was very clean and very few people, it was very peaceful."


    "In another hand, the food at the hotel could be improved as it is quite the same every day and very basic. It should be yogi-oriented more than tourist oriented."


    "Also, sometimes the hotel is organizing party events which is a different atmosphere than a yoga student is expecting. Especially on Sunday evening when student have to wake up early the next day." website, edited

  • Review by Petra from Sweden

    "I had few classes with the amazing yoga teacher Krishna during my stay in Arambol beach in Goa. These few classes were unforgettable and Krishnas presence and teachings skills are the best. Krishna is very precise and he is not farad to tell you when you are doing something wrong, and thereafter help you to do it right. He is a pusher and will push you to do more that you believed you can which was an amazing feeling. I was so happy with Krishnas classes and I would recommend everyone to do yoga with him. He really is the best teacher I have had and I feel blessed having had the chance to learn from him."

    November 2015. Upaya Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Christine Holtan from Norway

    "It did not matter that I was in bad shape and had some pain when I started. Krishna is good to incorporate and adapt so that it is possible to take it at your own pace. He put much emphasis on preventing injury and overloading, especially in the beginning, and now the body is virtually painless! . There was great energy in the studio and in class, and I felt welcome right away. We learn a lot while were at it, and there are still lots of laughter and good mood, while we push ourselves as far as we are getting into. Every time I stuff something new and get some more, and it is inspiring to see that the other master more and more. Soon I stand on your head Thank you for challenging, great hours and good teaching, Krishna!"

    November 2015. Upaya Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Saskia Heringa Tnne from Norway

    "This TTC gave me a good basic to start my work as a yoga teacher. It showed the many different sides of yoga. The diversity of yoga teachers was good, and there was a lot of knowledge to absorb. The body felt great after doing so much yoga in one month. It is nice that this TTC is for everybody, and everybody will get benefits of it, no matter if you are a starter or advanced. It was good to have this TTC as a basic, and be able to build further from her."

    November 2015. Upaya Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Hui Hui Yung from China

    "I decided to join the one month yoga teacher training course not only for the certificate, but more importantly I wanted to find out my real feelings about yoga. The whole month, we did a lot of practice every day. It was tough and sometimes I was really exhausted but I was very happy. I have to say it cannot be a more right decision to go there. I have made new friends and learned a lot, not only yoga asanas but also new attitudes towards life. It seems that yoga opens a new window in front of me. I love yoga and I would like to share it with everyone."

    November 2015. Upaya Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Kalle Eilertsen from Norway

    "I have had yoga classes with Krishna. Softens a rigid body. Top strength and balance well. Recommended :)"

    November 2015. Upaya Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Marte Taylor from Norway

    "I recommend everyone to try yoga with Krishna! Excellent and varied trainings :)"

    November 2015. Upaya Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Kari Elisabeth Nordgrd from Norway

    "The atmosphere is one to fall in love with. Both students and teachers are there with a smile and kind words. As a student I feel cared for and seen, and the teachers are both professional and down to earth. A perfect place for real yoga."

    November 2015. Upaya Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Merete Mork from Norway

    "Very good yoga classes! Absolutely incredible that we have been lucky enough to get a professional Indian yoga teacher to Steinkjer."

    November 2015. Upaya Yoga website, edited

Goa, India

Upaya Yoga Teacher Training is a traditional yoga centre, where you are sure to experience a powerful combination of yoga and meditation.

from US$1,500

26 days / 25 nights

Special offer:300 USD discount on all bookings made by 31 October 2016 for the YTT in November.


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