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If you want to become a yoga teacher and spread yoga in your own unique way, to improve your personal practice at your own speed, and to gain invaluable Indian yoga knowledge and adapt its teachings to your own life, join this rewarding 300-hour yoga teacher training in Mysore, India. If you have completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance teachers training course and have a determination to take your practice to the next level, join one of the most popular and reputed trainings that offers multiple valuable yoga subjects and unique styles, along with a Yoga Alliance-based curriculum.
Yogadarshanam does not have on-site accommodation. Yogadarshanam works together with Mr. Ravi Kiran, who will arrange a room for you in a nearby guesthouse. The guesthouses offer single and double room accommodations. Included in the package prices is an estimation of the cost for the room, the exact price will be determined when you reserve the room. Each room offers the following:
24-hour hot water and power supply
Premium-priced accommodations are bigger in size, comes with internet and are located closer to the school.
This teacher training course will be held in Mysore, India. Mysore is the third largest city in Karnataka, South India. It is located at 770 meters above sea level and is 140 kilometers from Bangalore, the state capital. Mysore city is also known as the City of Palaces and the Ivory City. Legend has it that Mysore was ruled by the demon-king Mahishasura. He was a buffalo-headed monster. From here came the name of this place: Mahishuru, the city of the demon Mahisha. The demon was killed by the goddess Chamundeshwari, whose temple is situated atop the Chamundi Hills. Mahishuru later became Mahisuru and finally came to be called Maisuru, its present name in the Kannada language. The anglicized form of the name is Mysore.
These sessions help you go deeper into asana with alignment, ujjayi breath, dristi, anatomy. You will be able to cover many advance asanas using a specialized flow or sequence, with some of the foundation sessions asanas as well, as it helps to be firm and stable in your regular asana practice.
Different advance yoga postures can be achieved through this session. You will also gain a complete idea on how to conduct partner yoga classes after learning different partner yoga formations. It is quite challenging and entertaining to enjoy yoga asana with the assistance of a partner.
This class helps teachers understand teaching skills, correction techniques, sequence formation, lecturing and demonstration concepts. It also helps improve confidence, body language, communication skills, interactions by the way of live classes so that they can teach confidently.
This session will give you a complete set of ideas in order for you to take yoga classes for different ailments, as well as to understand the body very deeply. *Practical study of yoga therapy includes a special, experienced and researched schedule from different Indian scholars with teaching about Kriya, asana, pranayama, special exercise, relaxation, meditation, mudra, diet, lifestyle.
These exercises train the right hemisphere (emotional brain), working on the nervous system with soothing effects and correcting the flow of prana (nerve current) to purify emotions by replacing violent emotions with soft ones. It helps you lengthen your breath (exhalation).
Daily chanting of shivananda ashrama
Important manthras and slokas
You will be flying into Bangalore / Bengaluru International Airport (BLR). You can take a 3 to 4-hour bus / car drive to Gokulam. The most hassle-free and safe experience is booking an airport pickup from Gokulam, like most yoga students do. The cost ranges from 2300 to 20600 INR per car and this can be paid once you reach the destination.
You can take a shuttle bus from the airport at Bangalore bus stand to arrive at Mysore bus stand. From there, you can take an auto rickshaw to Gokulam.
Saturday afternoons and Sundays are free time.
Transfer from and to Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) on request.
This 300-hour teacher training is for those who have completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training course from any other school or from Yogadarshanam Mysore. This course is for those who have a very good practice and a good foundation of yoga, who wish to teach advanced yoga techniques and want to complete the RYS 300-hour in order to become RYT 500 or E-RYT 500.
Regularity and punctuality is strictly maintained to enhance deep learning; 2 or more days absence in a month without any genuine reasons or illness will result in takin the missed classes on penalty for certification courses.
There is a 2-week optional internship to assist you in learning subtle teachings.
The weather in Mysore is lovely almost throughout the year and surrounded by greenery.
A moderate dress code is recommended. If you are a foreigner you will get more attention no matter what you wear, but it still is a good idea to cover your knees and shoulders. You may wear your choice of active wear in the classroom, but outside the classroom wear a pashmina or shawl to cover up.
Medication (both prescription or over the counter) are readily available at the pharmacy and no prescription is necessary. It is handy to have some kind of medication for diarrhea handy. Also as a precaution, a must-buy is Electral sachets, an electrolyte solution to treat and prevent dehydration due to diarrhea and travellers gastroenteritis in adults and children.
For more information, ask your questions directly to Yogadarshanam, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.
Santhosh Kumar was born on April 8, 1983 as the first son of the couple Sri Bhaskar and Bhavaniyamma in the small village of Koluru, Kundapur Talluk, near the coastal area of the Udupi district. He was at first an artist and classical and folk. Most of his childhood was spent in nature, practicing yoga with Sri Kumar (a good Yakshagana artist and yoga guru) and yoga guru Dr. R. Pai from Shanthivana Trust Yoga and Naturopathy Center, Dharmasthala (an international holy place). Later, he was trained by B. K. S. Iyengar (yoga legend and the worlds most renowned yoga master) and his son Prashanth and daughter Geethaji, Pune. He has gained knowledge from the art of living system as well as enough experience from Baba Ramdev Gurujis system. Today, he is a graduated teacher in education from KSEEB, Government of Karnataka. He completed his degree in nutrition and health education from University of Mysore and completed his advanced yoga teacher training from Shivananda Vedantha Center, Kerala, and Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu with excellent grades and an honorary degree for his study and achievement from Swamy Sudhir Aananda, Rishikesh, Uttarkhanda.
He has suffered from knee pain, sinusitis, and tonsillitis in his childhood. He surpassed all of these problems with yoga treatment and developed a genuine interest in the yoga field along with his education. Later, his experience and tremendous qualifications motivated him to teach yoga in his own style, founding his own studio known as Yogadarshanam, where he has trained several students from various field like schools, colleges, hospitals and IT / BT companies (WIPRO, INFOSYS, L & T).
Today, with an ample qualification and experience in the yoga field, he has trained more than 700 certified yoga teachers from more than 65 countries under the brand of Ayush Yoga Darshanam in Gokulam, Mysore. He trains and educates both Indians and Westerns, as well as conducts yoga workshops, yoga retreats, teachers trainings in different countries through his overseas journeys.
Recently, he has received the Rashtra Vibhushan Award for outstanding individual achievements and distinguished services to the nation during the National Seminar on outstanding contribution for national economic and social development in April 2015 from a NGO, the Foundation for Accelerated Community Empowerment in New Delhi.
Presently, Santhosh Kumar is preparing for future research work in the field of yoga on the subject of yoga and illness.
After the old palace was partially destroyed by fire in 1897, the new Mysore Palace was built of granite on the old foundation. The palace has a gilded dome tower and is surrounded by a large courtyard. The architecture inside the palace is amazing. Stained glass, intricately decorated domes, murals, beautiful doors, carved figures and friezes are only of few of the captivating details. One of the most prized possessions of the palace is the royal throne made of fig wood, ivory, gold and silver that is only displayed during the Dasara celebration.
Every Sunday night between 7 to 8 p.m. and during the 10-day Dussera festival in October, Mysore Palace is lit up with thousands of white lights. Dussera festival also has a procession of elephants and a few cultural programs in the evenings.
The entry fee is different for foreigners and Indians, no shoes or cameras are allowed inside.
The hill takes its name from the Goddess Chamundeshwari. It was the family deity of the royal family. This temple was renovated and the beautiful tall tower was built during the time of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in 1827.
Chamundis main hill features a long stone stairway leading to the top of the hill. There are 1008 steps in all, with the first 600 steps being steeper than those higher up. En route to the top, the steps pass the large statue of Nandi, the bull. The statue is about 16 feet high and 25 feet in length. Nandi is the vehicle of Lord Shiva.
You can take a bus from the coconut stand to the city bus stand then transfer to another bus that takes you to the top of Chamundi Hill. Be sure to walk down the steps until the Nandi catching scenic glimpses on the way down. You can take another bus from the Nandi to the city bus stand.
Alternatively, you could hire a rickshaw all the way to the top and back. Take the steps to reach Nandi and ask the driver to pick you up from there. Dont miss the steps and boulders. Come to an agreement over the fare beforehand. It is approximately 200 INR one way.
Kere or lake is located in Mysore University campus and about 6 to7 kilometers away from Gokulam. This lake is home to more than 180 species of birds, some of them aquatic. During the migratory season the lake plays host to a variety of winged visitors, some from as far as Siberia. This lake is frequented by local fitness enthusiasts. The lake is open for visitors at 06.00 to 09:00 and 16:00 - 19:00.
Karanji Lake is a picturesque lake located at the footsteps of Chamundi Hills and behind Mysore Zoo. Karanji means fountain in Kannada. Spread over an area of 90 acres, it is regarded as one of the biggest lakes in Karnataka. Karanji Lake is home to more than 90 species of resident and migratory birds. It also supports several species of butterflies, small mammals and is a good example of wetland ecosystem. The lake attracts painted storks, pelicans and darters and a host of other winged beauties.
The most special reason to go and visit this place is to spend time in their walk through aviary. They have a large amount of peacocks and partridges, also the rarest white peacock. There is no pressure of limited timings, hence one can just sit and observe and if you are lucky you might just see the breathtakingly beautiful dance of the peacock.
Karanji also has boating facilities for 25 INR per person and a butterfly park. If you are afraid of monkeys avoid the butterfly park. Another must-see is the observation tower. You can get a panoramic view of the entire lake with its rich topography. If you own binoculars, this will take your experience to a whole new level. Except on Tuesday, the lake is open everyday for visitors at 08:30 - 17.30.
The massage center is located on the shala road. The massages are excellent. The best treatment is Abhyanga / synchronised massages, among others. Be prepared to be slathered in copious amounts of oil for 1 hour and 30 minutes with 4 strong hands massaging you, followed by a brief sit in a steam box. You need to take an appointment ahead of time as it fills up fast. The opening hour is 06:30 to 19:30 (on Tuesday its 06:30 to 12:00).
There are several cooking classes that you can enroll in. There is Anus Bamboo Hut in Gokulam who serves delicious home-cooked meals. Anu also teaches cooking classes in her home and provides students with printed recipes.
Besides Anu, there is also Shailas cooking classes which is located at Doctors corner. You have to book your spot before you join. Shaila has a spacious room to rent on the 2nd floor of her house with a terrace. She also prepares lunch for students.
"I would really recommend it, however when I was looking for it I wanted something specific in Ashtanga yoga, but is not very clear that this is only offered in the 300 hrs course, and it is very important to be clear on this information. Also the payment steps weren't that clear neither. The course is really good, very complete and with an amazing master Master Santosh Kumar."
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"I emphatically recommend Yogadarshanam to anyone who is interested in doing a course for either yoga therapy or to gain a deeper and broader understanding of yoga in general. The sheer knowledge, professionalism and expertise of Santhosh Kumar and his wife Sujatha always made me feel like I was in good hands. After talking to other yoga practitioners around Mysore, hearing their negative experiences, I knew by comparison that I had found the right place, something I naturally had apprehensions about before arriving. The program is well organized and I formed close friendships with everybody in my group. The compassion and special guidance that I was able to receive from the teacher has been invaluable in helping me to appreciate the deeper aspects of yoga and to understand it within the context of Indian culture. I don’t think this would be possible at any other school in Mysore. It is this personal interaction with the teacher, who truly does lead by example, that has helped me to understand what it means to live a yogic lifestyle. I would count the trip to Santhosh and Sujatha’s hometown as the highlight of my experience here in India. There I was able to experience village life from the perspective of a local and relax in a beautiful, natural environment with kind, smiling people over delicious home-cooked food, the whole time finding myself experiencing and doing things which I never could have imagined doing back home in Japan. Don’t miss this chance! In terms of asana practice, Santhosh is nothing short of a wizard at getting both beginners and advanced students safely and comfortably into positions which they might otherwise think impossible. In the short month I was here, I had several breakthroughs and made progress on every front with my practice of yoga. I now feel confident that I can go further on my own am looking forward to reaching more advanced stages using the knowledge that I have learned here at Yogadarshanam. Even if you are a beginner, it is good to join and practice in the advanced class up to your ability. Everybody is challenging themselves and working on something. We had an acrobat and a couple of dancers in our group who could perform incredibly advanced asanas, but also a couple of beginners who could do things that even the advanced students were unable to do. The supportive group energy in that lesson is tangible and exciting. You will be surprised at what you can do after properly warming your body up through the correct sequence of preparatory asanas, a specialty of Santhosh’s which I plan to replicate in my own classes. Santhosh was often quick to remind us however that yoga asana and yoga are not the same, and that all eight limbs of yoga are to be practiced with equal attention. It was this wisdom put into practice which made his personality so refreshing to find in a field that is all too often strained by unnecessary dogmatism and competition. His pragmatic and kind nature, perpetual smile and sense of humor made me feel like I was with a peer who was openly sharing (rather than dictating) the deeper aspects of yoga with me. Thank you Santhosh for everything! I will definitely be back to learn more from you in the future."
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"Yogadarshanam is a great school, if you are looking into increase your knowledge regarding yoga and its inumerous paths. With this course, I was able to increase yoga subjects that I wasn't even aware, plus challenge myself on my day to day practice. I'm very happy with the results."
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"I had a memorable experience of Yoga teacher training with Yogadarshnam and it is going to be lifetime with me. Master Santhosh is a life changing teacher in every sense, he has imparted an ocean of Yoga life in merely 20 days time.This YTTC has encouraged me to make Yoga my way of life and I will be soon heading to India following Master for next level of advanced TTC soon."
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"Ive been asked to provide feedback of the TTC program and my comment overall is that my knowledge has improved as a result of the program and I feel more well rounded. What I enjoyed about the program is the focus on teaching as this is a critical skill to have that many TTCs do not offer. I enjoyed learning pranayama, meditation, and chanting as this to me is also incredibly important as to just focusing on asanas. Also, the classes are small maximum five students so there is individual attention given. Things that I would like the program to offer is a few classes dedicated to learning vinyasa flow as this program focuses on classical ashtanga and classical and does not include vinyasa flow. I also would like to see some classes given in the village as future plans. What I would tell future students is that it is a very intensive program so come in with an open mind and be prepared too work. I really enjoyed going to Santhoshs village and was the highlight of my trip to Mysore. I think it is very important to connect with nature and offers a glimpse into a different life. To combine yoga with nature is very soothing and calming to the soul,"
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"I did the TTC in December 2011 with Yoga Darshanam. The month was very challenging physically and emotionally with foundation and advanced asana practice, yoga therapy classes, chanting, meditation, yoga philosophy and much more from dawn till dusk! An intense syllabus of over 200 hours was covered in only 30 days. However, Santosh Kumar's unending energy and patience kept me motivated and challenged and in the end when I could do so many more asanas that I could initially do and had learnt so many new things, I knew it was all worth it. During the TTC, Santosh Kumar also organised a visit to a village which was an amazing experience, we saw the beauty of nature, met lots of hospitable kind villagers and also did pranayama in a lush forest. I enjoyed the course immensely and have benefited greatly from it. I am looking forward to returning to do the advanced training after I have deepened my practice. I would highly recommend the TTC with Yoga Darshanam. Many thanks teacher for the great experience and for sharing your extensive knowledge,"
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"Although it was a bit of a gamble to come to Yogadarshanam with absolutely no references. It has proven to be a full month of positive experiences, lot of knowledge and hard work. Thank you Santhosh for your patience, for nurturing, for passing to us your skills and your wisdom and for always being positive and smiling. I wish everybody to become good, knowledgeable Yoga teacher here!"
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"I did the TTC in December 2011 with Yoga Darshanam. The month was very challenging physically and emotionally with foundation and advanced asana practice, yoga therapy classes, chanting, meditation, yoga philosophy and much more from dawn till dusk! An intense syllabus of over 200 hours was covered in only 30 days.However, Santosh Kumar's unending energy and patience kept me motivated and challenged and in the end when I could do so many more asanas that I could initially do and had learnt so many new things, I knew it was all worth it. During the TTC, Santosh Kumar also organized a visit to a village, which was an amazing experience; we saw the beauty of nature, met lots of hospitable kind villagers and also did pranayama in a lush forest.I have enjoyed the course immensely and greatly benefited from it. I am looking forward to returning to do the advanced training after I have deepened my practice. I would highly recommend the TTC with Yoga Darshanam. Thanks teacher for the great experience and for sharing your extensive knowledge. "
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"Namaskara Sir,I studied at Yoga Darshanam in September 2011 and can honestly say it was an experience that changed my life. Dedicating a whole month to yoga and practicing with intensity every day, no matter where you study, is an extremely positive experience both emotionally and physically. Learning at Yogadarshanam required starting early in the morning and studying throughout the day until the evening. It was challenging on the body at first, but Santhosh always made students feel that it was within their capabilities to keep up. He managed to accommodate students who arrived with varying degrees of experience and fitness. (Having said that, he cannot perform miracles so a reasonable level of fitness is required!!)His approach to teaching was not intimidating or unpleasantly demanding, yet he encouraged us to achieve our best and make the most of the course. He had a healthy balance of perspectives when explaining and did not overbear students with his personal beliefs or opinions. He provided lots of information from his very broad knowledge and allowed us space to build our knowledge on our own. He does not spoon feed students and if you want to make the most of the course, you need to be prepared to put in plenty of your own effort. You need to bring positively, a willingness to learn and an open mind in order to get maximum rewards from the course.A lot of material is covered, including yoga therapy, yoga for pregnancy, partner yoga, pranayama, kriya, mudra etc. He gives a complete explanation of all poses with methodology, benefits and limitations. Even though the days are long, and the teaching is kept to a tight schedule, by the end of the course you realize you probably need a year to cover the material properly! Nevertheless, it is an excellent introduction to all the foundations of yoga and Santhosh teaches an interesting mix of styles whilst remaining loyal to classical principles of yoga.If you are the sort of person, who is independent, patient, open and genuinely interested to learn then Yogadarshanarm is an excellent choice for you. Everyone is unique and has different needs and expectations, for me Yogadarshanam was just right and provided me with everything I needed. Thank you very much Santhosh! Hope everything else is fine .I am happy, I have started teaching and have already 6 students! Mostly beginners and we are doing nice slow classes with lots of breathing exercises. I am enjoying it a lot. All the best "
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