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26 Days 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in India

  • Yogtemple, Siolim Vaddy, House Number 159, Siolim, Bardez, Goa 403517, India


Intensive Yoga Teacher Training India

The beautiful and peaceful ashram located in Goa, India is home to the specialized 200-hour Hatha yoga teacher training course taught under the expert care of highly qualified and experienced yoga teachers. Internationally recognized and registered with Yoga Alliance International, the course will teach you how traditional yoga can fit into your contemporary lifestyle.


  • Daily Hatha yoga classes
  • Daily guided meditation sessions
  • Asanas, pranayama, and mantra chanting practices
  • Yoga teaching methodology and body cleansing techniques
  • Business strategies for opening up your own school
  • Certificate from Yoga Alliance International
  • All necessary study materials
  • 25 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 24 days with instruction
  • English
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Since it is an ashram, YogTemple can be best described as a home away from home for students undertaking yoga teacher training in India. The ashram building is spread across two floors; the yoga classes are conducted in the garden outside or inside the ashram in a spacious hall. Fully furnished bedrooms are allotted to students, each provided with western-styled bathrooms, beds, cupboards, ceiling fans, and electricity sockets. Students are more than welcome to make use of the fully operational kitchen to prepare their own meals. Also, stay connected with the world with a provided Wi-Fi connection.

Accommodation will be provided on first come, first serve basis as per availability. Every student will get a personal room or a shared room depending on the booked package. Each room is equipped with a bed, shelves for clothes, a fan, and a small side table. No adjustments from the total course fee would be done on the basis of accommodation. In case all rooms are occupied inside the ashram, Yogtemple will provide the same accommodation in the near vicinity.

The 200-hour intensive Hatha yoga teacher training course is a mix of theory and practice sessions involving mantra chanting, asanas, anatomy and physiology, philosophy based on the eight limbs of yoga, pranayama, and meditation. Special correction and alignment sessions will also help you learn the best yogic practices.

The Intensive residential 200-hour Hatha yoga teacher training course is an in-depth study of yoga practices that will nurture and sharpen your yoga teaching techniques. Taught by an experienced and highly skilled teaching team, the certified yoga teacher training course is the perfect way to inherit the yogic wisdom of ancient yogis, adapted to meet present-day needs. The residential program allows the students to leave behind worldly distractions and experience spiritual awareness and transformation, as they get ready to play the role of teachers themselves.

You do not need to have prior experience as a yoga teacher to be part of this course - a natural interest in learning and teaching yoga is all you are required to bring to the ashram. Upon the completion of the yoga teacher training course, you will feel empowered with life changing yoga knowledge and skills that you can share with others. You will also be awarded the Yoga Alliance International yoga teacher certificate (CYT), the international recognition for certified and registered yoga teachers.

YogTemple provides all necessary study materials for the course. Students are evaluated on their understanding of the guidelines and discipline for the yogic path. Student conduct also forms part of the assessment criteria.


  • Upon completing the three-week course, you will:
  • Be acquainted with the yogic discipline
  • Be fully equipped to give Hatha yoga sessions to others
  • Understand the proper techniques for various yoga asanas and pranayamas and their impact on the human anatomy

Practice sessions

The 200-hour yoga teacher training course includes over 50 Hatha yoga postures (beginner and advanced level postures). Modifications and advanced variations of all postures are also taught. Feedback will be given daily by teachers immediately after the asana class, based on their observations. Individual corrections, modifications, and variations are suggested daily in these classes, held on alternate days in accordance with the observation and feedback made by the teachers about your practice or your own individual need. You will also attend daily workshops held on alternate days on topics like arm balances, back bending, headstand, and inversions; these workshops are aimed to help you practice safely and effectively. Lastly, the hands-on adjustments will enable you to deepen your physical practice.

Teaching practice

This practice includes exercising teaching, receiving feedback, hearing and giving feedback, and observing others’ teaching. It also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching. You begin to teach from the second week of the course. You will learn to give hands-on adjustment. You will also teach at least one full open class during the course. You will receive regular feedback by the teachers and your fellow students regarding your teaching style. This will help you improve and find your unique voice and style as a teacher.

Course theme

The course leads you through the proper techniques for various yoga postures and includes sessions on key alignments, modifications, and contraindications as well as hands-on adjustment techniques, teaching methodology, and teaching practice. You will learn about the principles of sequencing so that you can create a Hatha yoga sequence on your own, according to the need of your future. Learning the Sanskrit names for postures will be emphasized, which will not only expand your knowledge but also enhance your professionalism as a teacher.

Posture correction and alignment

The morning Aasana teacher will make observations about your personal practice and alignment during the main morning asana classes. You will be given feedback based on these observations immediately after the class so that you can correct your alignment or choose the suitable modification on variation. All necessary corrections in your practice will be suggested to you the same day or during the posture clinics.

Posture corrections and alignments are included in the course with the sole purpose of helping you practice with correct techniques and alignment from the first day itself so that you can improve and deepen your practice every time you hit the mat. It will also ensure that you advance your practice to a much higher level by the end of the course.

Pranayama (breath control)

This part of the course includes an introduction, breathing essentials, energy enhancing breaths, mechanics of breath, prana and lifestyle, yogic breathing, nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing), bhastrika (bellows breath), sheetali (cooling breath), sheetkari (hissing breath), kapalabhati (frontal brain cleansing breath), bhramari (humming bee breath), and ujjayi (psychic or victorious breath).

Bandhas (energy locks)

Introduction, types, moola bandha (root lock), uddiyana bandha (abdominal lock), jalandhara bandha (throat lock), maha bandha (great lock).

Mudras (psychic gesture)

Introduction, types, hand mudras, head mudras, postural mudras, lock mudras, perineal mudras, chin mudra (psychic gesture of consciousness), jnana mudra (psychic gesture of knowledge), bhairavi mudra (terrifying attitude), shambhavi mudra (eyebrow centre gazing), shanmukhi mudra (closing seven gates), kechari mudra (tongue lock).

Shatkarma (body cleansing)

There are seven ways of cleansing the body. During the course, two types will be tought: Jal Neti (nasal cleaning with water) and Sutra Neti (nasal cleaning with thread).

Yoga therapy

A guide to practices directed to specific areas of the body and the prevention and improvement of common diseases.

Anatomy and physiology

Principles of asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, and their effects on the body. The functions, organs, and diseases of skeletal, muscular, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, excretory, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and immune systems. Basic Ayurveda and Tridoshas.


The meaning of yoga, history of yoga, the relevance of yoga today, the eight limbs of yoga, the essence of Bhagavad Gita, talks on chakras and Kundalini (dormant energy).

Mantra chanting

Introduction and types of mantras: beeja mantras (seed mantras), nirguna mantras (mantras without form), saguna mantras, deity mantras (related to specific divinity energies).

Trataka (concentration gazing)

Trataka acts as a stepping stone between physically-oriented practices and mental practices which lead to higher states of awareness.

Dhyan (meditation)

Introduction, why do meditate, mechanics of the mind, the basics of meditation, guide to meditation, health for meditation, peaceful diet.

The business of yoga

Opening up your own school or studio, advertising and business strategies, teaching career, networking with different yoga schools, teachers, and studios.

Daily sample schedule

  • 07:00 - 08:30 Asanas
  • 08:30 - 08:45 Break
  • 08:45 - 09:15 Meditation and mantra chanting
  • 09:15 - 09:45 Breakfast
  • 09:45 - 11:00 Anatomy and Ayurveda
  • 11:00 - 11:15 Break
  • 11:15 - 12:15 Yoga philosophy and methodology
  • 12:15 - 16:30 Break
  • 16:30 - 17:45 Alignment class, pranayama, and class planification
  • 17:45 - 19:15 Self study time

No classes will be held on Sunday; it is a day during which you can rest and explore the beautiful surroundings.

Nipun Sharma

Nipun was born in an Indian Brahmin family in New Delhi and is the founder of YogTemple. Being an Indian, he practiced yoga since childhood and grew up learning yoga from highly experienced and educated Indian gurus.

He is a Yoga Alliance International RYT 500 registered yoga teacher and a Reiki practitioner. He teaches asana, breathing techniques, mantra chanting, and meditation. His experience in teaching Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa helps him provide an enriching exposure to the students. His traditional style of delivering deep yogic concepts enables him to provide holistic experience.

Anna-Lena Schabiner

The adorable Leni is a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher teaching asanas, anatomy, and physiology at YogTemple. She was born in Austria, in the middle of the Alps, where she also spent her youth. By the age of 18, Leni started to practice shamanism. Later, other healing methods like psycho-energetic kinesiology, chakra-healing, and reincarnation therapy followed.

During YogTemple’s teacher training courses, Leni takes care of almost everything inside the ashram. With her degree in Interpersonal Communication, she completes the team perfectly.

Regina Khafizova

The lovely Regina has been practicing yoga for over eight years. She was born in the beautiful city of Naftekamsk in Russia and grew up with a deep understanding of nature. She has studied yoga flow for six months at the Russian school Travel Flow. Additionally, Regina learned Kundalini and Hatha yoga. Regina a guest yoga teacher who teaches every February and March at YogTemple.

The course will take place in the beautiful neighborhood of Siolim, around the Chapora River in North Goa, India. Goa is India’s smallest state famed for its colonial Portuguese and Catholic past. Most tourists visit Goa for its endless selection of sandy beaches and coastal attractions. Standing proudly next to the Arabian Sea, Goa is a particularly compact state and often feels like a large town, being easy to travel to most locations around the state by bus, car, taxi, or auto rickshaw.

Two of the most notable locations within Goa are Panaji (the capital city) and also Vasco da Gama, Goa's biggest town. However, it is the many beach resorts of Goa that have become tourist hotspots, where bamboo beach shack accommodations can be found and water sports enjoyed. The beaches of Baga and Calangute are especially popular all through the year.

  • Reiki
  • Shopping nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • River nearby
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance

Optional daily lunches and dinners can be provided.

Sundays are free for you to rest or explore the beautiful Goan surroundings.

  • 25 nights' comfortable accommodation
  • A comprehensive and extensive teacher training curriculum
  • Airport transfers
  • Asana and pranayama practice
  • Body cleansing techniques
  • Business lessons for opening up your own school
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Hatha yoga classes twice daily
  • Mantra chanting practices
  • Study materials
  • Yoga Alliance International certificate
  • Yoga teaching methodology
  • Twice daily meals

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI), also known as Dabolim Airport. Transfer from and to the airport is included. Yogtemple will pick you up from the airport.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Yogtemple an inquiry.
  • Review by A traveler from Turkey

    "Summing up, it was a great experience at YogTemple. The training was very interesting and I learned a lot about yoga and the yogic lifestyle. The surrounding was amazing, peaceful, and quite. Nipun is a great and patient teacher. The ashram is comfortable and clean. I would recommend everyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding about yoga to come to YogTemple."

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  • Review by A traveler from Cairo, Egypt

    "Living for almost a whole month with two beautiful yoga teachers is such a great experience that may enhance your entire lifestyle! Thanks for Nipun and Veronica for being very friendly and consistently helpful during and even after their yoga Teacher training course. They make you experience the whole yogi life!"

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  • Review by A traveler from Saint Petersburg, Russia

    "Thanks, dear Veronika and Nipun! The time spent with you was invaluable and unfortunately passed quickly. Love and light!"

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  • Review by A traveler from Miami, Florida, USA

    "I chose YogTemple for my RYS 200-hour teacher Ttraining course because I wanted a unique and memorable experience and I was not disappointed! I learned and achieved far more during my training than I could ever have hoped for. The ashram, though basic, is spacious and clean, creating a very zen-like ambiance. The teachers, Nipun and Veronica, are masters of their craft and I completed my classes feeling enlightened and empowered. YogTemple is a great location for all types of yogis, from beginners to advanced. I am already planning my next visit!"

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  • Review by Andy from Bristol, UK

    "Nipun and Veronica were really helpful, with a great sense of humor. The practice is simple with concentration on the quality of the asanas. I found the guidance clear and to the point with help on how better to correct my postures. I would recommend YogTemple to anyone especially if you need improvement in correcting your asanas. You will come out of it feeling a yoga master."

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  • Review by A traveler from Kuwait city, Kuwait

    "Nipun and Veronica are two lovely souls that share a different approach to the practice, which makes it complete. One of them was more detailed about alignment and strength, while the other took you deeper into the belief of yoga. The experience was quite amazing and refreshing. Veronica and Nipun are very friendly and help ease the process of being in a strange country. Furthermore, you leave the temple feeling fulfilled and happy with yourself accomplishment. I would recommend YogTemple to anyone who is looking for more insight into yoga and specifically the strength within. Thank you Nipun and Veronica for a great experience!"

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Goa, India

Yogtemple is a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliance International. They conduct intensive residential Hatha yoga teacher trainings, as well as yoga retreats in the beautiful land of Goa.

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