500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training In Kerala, India

  • Travel to the god’s own country this winter and accomplish your journey to the self in the healing ambiance of Kerala. With Rishikul Yogshala’s 500 Hour Yoga TTC in Varkala, immerse in the priceless opportunity to emerge as a complete yoga teacher and practitioner. Take your yoga practice to advanced level and fulfill the much-awaited dream of undergoing the complete yogic transformation of the mind, body, and spirit on the Vedic land of Kerala.

500 HOUR YOGA TTC IN VARKALA, INDIA

Revere the golden opportunity to dwell in nature’s paradise while immersing in advanced yogic practices and its discipline with our 500 Hour Yoga program in Kerala. Travel through various stages of the science while also exploring the healing treasures of Ayurveda, straight from its origin.

If you aspire to fulfill the journey of yoga in a land that is renowned as the seventh heaven, a region blessed with an abundance of nature’s reserves, ancient Vedic treasures, breathtaking scenery and soulful ambiance, then the land of Kerala awaits you to come and acquire the pinnacle of yogic teachings in its divine embrace. Attain yogic wisdom under the shadow of highly respected yoga teachers of Rishikul Yogshala in the pristine region of Varkala, the chosen location of our school in Kerala.

500 HOUR YOGA CERTIFICATION IN KERALA WITH AYURVEDA

Take the ideal leap towards the discovery of the self. Emerge through various stages of the majestic science of yoga in the healing land of Ayurveda. Journey towards a complete transformation of the mind, body, and spirit and evolve into a complete yoga teacher and an advanced level of yoga practitioner with our 500 Hour Yoga and Ayurveda TTC in Varkala. The 500 Hour Yoga and Ayurveda program at Rishikul Yogshala is the perfect amalgamation of 200 Hour and 300 Hour Yoga Program, fused with the traditional teachings of the Ayurveda. The program validates you as a full-fledged yoga teacher and practitioner upon successful graduation. The entire program spans over a period of two months, wherein during the first half, our teachers shall take you through the standardized teachings and practices for carving a strong niche on which you shall advance as a yogi, exhibiting the finest status and knowledge of the science. The second half concentrates on sharpening and further enhancing the knowledge and expertise of the yogic science on an advanced level. The entire curriculum of our 500 Hour Yoga program in Kerala has been developed by our highly experienced and meticulous yoga teachers in accordance with the qualifying standards set by the prestigious Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance International. The program is conducted under the strict vigilance and guidance of the acclaimed teachers of Rishikul Yogshala. We believe in preserving the traditional wisdom of the science from its origin. With this intent, each and every aspect of the course is imparted with traditional authenticity and realism.

Attain holistic knowledge and skills from foundation level to advanced level of the most crucial subjects of the science that are the essence and the soul of traditional yoga. The subjects shall range from Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga Philosophy, Pranayama, Yoga Anatomy, Adjustment and Alignment, Shatkriyas, and many more. The teachings are imparted through different mediums, guided sessions of theory and practice, workshops, practicum, soulful interactions, and lectures. Amidst the rigorous and truly reformative yoga teachings and practices, we also plan guided excursions for our students to spend some leisure time in exploring the pristine beauty of Kerala for fun and rejuvenation purposes.

By the conclusion of the program, you shall be able to scientifically modify the asana practices for obtaining a range of benefits for yourself and your students. In addition to gaining mastery on various branches of yoga, you shall also gain the ability to heal and restore while adapting to the yogic lifestyle, its principles, and its system. The element of advanced teaching methodology classes helps you evolve into a great yoga teacher of the most resplendent skills, expertise, confidence, and knowledge.

Subjects Undertaken

Hatha Yoga (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Hatha Yoga (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Part-I

  • What is Hatha yoga?
  • Surya Namaskar with mantra awareness
  • Sukshma Vyama ( joints and glands exercise)
  • Standing series of asana
  • Kneeling series of asana
  • Sitting series of asana Lying on stomach series of Asana
  • Supine series of asana
  • Inversion series of asana
  • Importance of sequence of asana
  • Asana benefits and its contra-indications

Part-II

  • Hatha Yoga – Advance Classical And Traditional Style
  • Chandra Namaskar With Chakra Awareness
  • Primary + Advance Series Of Joints And Glands Exercise
  • Balancing Series Of Asana
  • Core Practices Of Asana
  • Difference B/W Hatha And Ashtanga Yoga
  • Twisting Series Of Asana
  • 4 Important Meditative Postures
  • Study of Asana as more than a Physical Exercise
  • Shankprashalana Asana Series For Cleaning Abdomen
  • Asana according to Patanjali

Ashtanga Yoga (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Ashtanga Yoga (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Part-I

  • Primary Series
  • What is Vinyasa?
  • 9 Drishti in Ashtanga series
  • Importance of Ujjai and Bandha in series

Part-II

  • Primary and Intermediate Series
  • Flexibility And Strength For Series
  • Importance To Have Much Water In Body To Do Series
  • Importance Of Sequence And Systematic Flow

Yoga Philosophy/ Yoga Lifestyle (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Yoga Philosophy/ Yoga Lifestyle (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Part-I

  • What is Darshanam?
  • What is Yoga? ?
  • History of Yoga?
  • The four Yuga in Yogic Tradition?
  • The five Kosha (bodies) ?
  • What is Self-Realization & Liberation? Why? ?
  • What is consciousness? ?
  • The four faculties of mind –field?
  • Five Stages of Mind -Field?
  • The four foundational Pillars of life?
  • Intro to Ayurvedic life style?
  • Intro to Yogic sleeping life style?
  • Intro to Kama Sutra?
  • Eight limbs of Yoga of Patanjali?
  • What is waking state in Yogic Science? ?
  • What is dreaming state in Yogic Science? ?
  • What is Deep sleep state in Yogic Science? ?
  • What is Meditation and Yoga Nidra? ?

Part-II

  • Study of Kundalini and Chakra
  • Study of Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, Swara Yoga and Tantra Yoga
  • Study of Yoga in connection with Gita
  • Health Maintenance and Benefits of Yoga
  • Study of Nourishing the Body
  • Karma And Non-Attachment In Yogic Dimensions
  • Four Level Of Consciousness
  • Kundalini Awakening
  • Keys to Successful Living In Yogic Science
  • Meditation And The Spiritual Heart
  • Intuitive Dream and Lucid Dream
  • Meaning of Birth And Death In Yogic Science
  • Reincarnation In Spiritual Science
  • 6 Main Obstacles In The Path Of Yoga
  • Samadhi and Its Study

Levels of Concentration and Meditation (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Levels of Concentration and Meditation

Part-I

  • What is Meditation?
  • What is the difference between Dharna and Dhyana?
  • What are types of Meditation?
  • Breath Awareness Meditation
  • Contemplative Walking Meditation
  • Mantra Awareness Meditation
  • Inner Light Meditation
  • Full Moon Meditation

Part-II

  • Obstacles to Meditation
  • Witnessing Meditation
  • Chakra Awareness Meditation
  • Yantra Awareness Meditation
  • Root Mantra Awareness Meditation
  • Non-Duality Awareness Meditation
  • Open Eye Meditation
  • Third Eye Meditation

Pranayama – Swara Yoga (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Pranayama – Swara Yoga (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Part-I

  • Chest breathing v/s Diaphragmatic breathing
  • What do Prana and Pranayama mean?
  • Types of Pranayama practices
  • What is Nadi?
  • What are Ida and Pingala?
  • Seven main practices of Pranayama

Part-II

  • Pancha Prana( The Five Vital Force)
  • Kumbhaka (Retention )
  • Importance Of Sushumna
  • Nature And Activities Of Ida, Pingala & Sushumna
  • Awakening Of Sushumna Energy
  • Tuning Of Nadi By Nadi Shodhanam

Yoga Anatomy and Physiology (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Yoga Anatomy and Physiology (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Part-I

  • What is Yogic Anatomy and Physiology?
  • Introduction of respiratory system and yogic breathing
  • How Shat kriya practices benefit the body?
  • How Pranayama practices are connected to the digestive and immune system?
  • How asana practices give various effects on joints, spine and muscular system?
  • The structure of spine and its movement in Yoga
  • Types of contraction in muscular system
  • Know the basic studies and types of joints to avoid injury during asana classes
  • Studies and discussion about spine according to yogic point of view

Part-II

  • Familiarity With Major Systems In The Body
  • Review Of Yogic Digestive System And Respiratory System
  • Shankprashalana Effective Practice In Upper And Lower Abdomen
  • Effects Of Pranayama On Cardio-Vascular System
  • Benefits Of Asana On Muscular System
  • Anatomy Of Glands And Its Connections To Chakras
  • Importance Of Master Gland To Know The Value Of Third Eye In Yoga
  • Anatomy Of Nervous System With Understanding Nadi And Pranic Currents
  • Chakra Meditation for the Glands

Adjustment and Alignment (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Adjustment and Alignment (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Part-I

  • Six steps of doing Asana correctly
  • Workshop on side bending and front & back bending
  • How to make mind flexible by making body flexible?
  • How to use props for protection?
  • Alternative style of Asana for various benefits
  • Various limitations and contra-indications of specific yoga practices

Part-II

  • Art Of Adjustment Yoga For Daily Life
  • Workshop On Twisting Postures
  • Understanding each and every detail of the whole Body, its Emotions, and Vibrations while doing Asana
  • Balancing the Body Weight to Feel the Infinity Within
  • Modifying the Asana practice according to individual’s Limitations

Mantra (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Mantra (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Part-I

  • Introduction to Mantra yoga
  • Importance of (OM)-AUM
  • Mantra for Meal Purification
  • Mantra for Obstacles
  • Mantra for Universal Masters to Bless
  • Mantra for Realization
  • Mantra for Well being

Part-II

  • Introduction Of Ajapa Japa
  • Importance Of So-HUM
  • Invocation Mantra For Patanjali
  • Mantra For Completeness
  • Mantra For Awakening Wisdom
  • Mantra For Fearlessness Life
  • Mantra For Divine Love Between Teacher & Student

Teaching Methodology (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Teaching Methodology (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Part-I

  • Disciplines of yoga teachers and students
  • The scope of listening, presence, directive and non-directive dialogue
  • How important is a demonstration?
  • What are the preparations for a class room?
  • How to describe the practice, techniques, and delivery in teaching a class?
  • What are the seven steps to becoming a great Yoga teacher?

Part-II

  • Building A Social Relationship Between Teachers And Students
  • Inspiring And Motivating In Difficult Situation
  • Developing confidence while Teaching and sharing the Yogic Practices
  • Inculpating a Multi Style Lesson Plan And Instructing Skills
  • Benefits And Limitations
  • Delivering an Effective Feedback to Aspirants
  • Workshop On Inversion Postures

Mudra (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Mudra (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Part-I

  • Importance of Mudra according to Hatha Yoga
  • Types of Mudra
  • Practicum of Gyana & Chin Mudra
  • Practicum of Ashwini Mudra
  • Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Benefits of Mudra

Part-II

  • Practicum of Asana Mudra
  • Practicum of Prana Mudra
  • Practicum of Psychic Mudra
  • Preparation of Mudra for Bandha
  • Meaning of Yoga Mudra

Yoga Nidra (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Yoga Nidra (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Part-I

  • What is sleep?
  • Three states of consciousness?
  • Benefits of deep sleep?
  • What is Yoga Nidra? ?
  • Yoga Nidra practices from Satyananda tradition?
  • How Yoga Nidra practices cure insomnia problem? ?

Part-II

  • Study of Lucid Dreams
  • Study of Intuitive Dreams
  • Role of Yoga Nidra in Developing Intuition
  • Yoga Nidra Practices From Himalayan Tradition
  • Implications of Resting The Mind in Heart Center
  • Yoga Nidra and Its Common Assumptions

Shatkriya (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Shatkriya (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Part-I

  • Introduction to Shat Kriyas according to classical Hatha Yoga
  • Practicum of Jal Neti and Sutra Neti (Cleansing Mucus or blockages from nasal passages and sinus)
  • Practicum of Kunjal (Cleansing the excessive mucus from the digestive tract

Part-II

  • Practicum Of Trataka (Cleansing And Preparation For Concentration And Improves Eye Sight Through Candle Light)
  • Practicum Of Shankaprashalana For Cleaning Of Lower Abdomen
  • Practicum Of Herbal Steam Inhalation For Sinus And Migraine Issues

Bandhas (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Bandhas (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Part-I

  • Nine Main Doors in Human Body
  • Why and what are Yogic locks?
  • What are the preparation & its benefits?
  • Three Main Bandha
  • Moola Bandha-Root Lock

Part-II

  • Uddyana Bandha
  • Jalandhar Bandha
  • Maha Bandha
  • Importance of Maha Bandha
  • Benefits and contra-indications

Workshops

Workshops

  • Workshop
  • Sushumna Application

Yogic Cooking

Yogic Cooking

  • Yogic healthy Kichadi
  • Yogic herbal Tea
  • Group Discussion

Practicum (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Practicum (Beginner Level – Advanced Level)

Part-I

  • How to sit for Meditation?
  • How to breathe for Yogic practices?
  • How to do digestive breathing?

Part-II

  • Adjusting in Shavasana
  • Study of Yantra, Mantra And Tantra
  • 1:4 breathing for emotion purification

Group Discussion

Group Discussion

  • The Root cause of all pain and suffering is ignorance, how?

Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga

Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga

Yoga Dance

Yoga Dance

Ayurveda Facility in Kerala

Led by a team of qualified doctors and therapists specializing in the magnificent science of Ayurveda, our Ayurveda facility is more than well-equipped to cater to the requirement of the students undergoing the yoga program at Rishikul Yogshala. Following are some of the highlights of our Ayurveda program in Kerala.

  • History and Basic Principles of Ayurveda
  • Three types of body constitution and their diagnosis
  • Classification of Yogic practices according to body constitutions.
  • SaptaDhatu (7 body tissues) and how to nurture them by herbs and yoga practices.
  • Basic concept of Panchakarma and Massage therapy.
  • 6 types of tastes and their relation to body constitutions.
  • Preparing Ayurvedic food according to body constitutions.
  • Uses of general herbs and remedies.

DAILY SCHEDULE KERALA

sample daily Schedule
  • 05.00 AM - 05:30 AM
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  • Morning Tea
  • 05:30 AM - 07:00 AM
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  • Hatha Yoga
  • 07.00 AM - 07:30 AM
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  • Tea Break
  • 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
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  • Pranayama
  • 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
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  • Break fast
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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  • Yoga Philosophy
  • 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
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  • Tea Break
  • 11.15 AM - 12.15 PM
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  • Mantra Yoga/ Ayurveda Practicum / Chair Yoga
  • 12.15 PM - 13.30 PM
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  • Rest / Beach
  • 13:30 PM - 14:15 PM
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  • Lunch
  • 15.30 PM - 16.30 PM
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  • safety, Injuries, Anatomy, Alignment/Ayurveda Logical Theory
  • 16:30 PM - 16:45 PM
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  • Tea Break
  • 16:45 PM - 18.15 PM
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  • Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
  • 18:30 PM - 19:15 PM
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  • Meditation/ Yoga Nidra
  • 19.30 PM - 20.00 PM
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  • Dinner
  • 20.00 PM - 22.00 PM
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  • Self Journaling
  • 22.00 PM
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  • light off and sleep
Schedule on wednesday
  • 6:00 AM
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  • Shat kriya – Cleansing practice
  • 7:30 AM
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  • Self practice
  • 8:30 AM
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  • Breakfast
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
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  • Ayurveda Practicum
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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  • Ayurveda Practicum
  • 1:30 PM
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  • lunch
  • 2:00 PM
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  • Free/ Rest/ Beach/ Self Study
Schedule on sunday

Whole day is Rest/Holiday/Field Visits

Includes Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner in Campus

Our teachers

In addition, we also have a team of Assistant Yoga Teachers assigned during the course of the yoga program who aid through a safe and enlightening journey of yoga and spirituality.

RECOGNIZED CERTIFICATION IN 500 HOUR Yoga Program In India

 

Once you successfully fulfill the requirements of our 500 Hour Yoga Training program, you are rewarded with the liberty and the privilege to spread the wisdom of yoga across the globe. Owing to our prestigious accreditation from Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance International, this program rewards you the recognized eligibility for acquiring the status of 500 RYT (registered yoga teacher), also the highest level of certification awarded by the honored Yoga Alliance .

Accommodation

Building A: Varkala Beach Resort

Live an elegant glimpse of the yogic lifestyle at the Varkala Beach Resort. Reside in beautifully constructed bamboo huts amidst lush green garden spaces, decked pavements leading to the entrance of each dwelling. Only a few miles from the breathtaking Varkala Beach, enliven true yogic moments of leisure and self-reflection in the private seating area, overlooking the wonderful landscape of the garden and the sea conflated into the highly meditative scenery.

We take special care when it comes of the safety and comfort of our students. And so, for our modern yogis, we have facilitated each hut with all the basic amenities such as comfortable twin beds, lights, fan, TV, mosquito net, private washroom, etc. Spend your leisure hours from the training while rejuvenating on the hammocks in the garden. We offer accommodation on both sharing and private basis. Air- conditioned rooms can also be availed. Extra charges applicable to the same.

Building B: Prasanthi Cliff Beach Resort

If you are fonder of dwelling at the beach then our second location, only a few steps away from the Varkala Beach Resort, is going to fill you up with awe and inspiration. The Prasanthi Cliff Beach Resort is a humble abode of yogic experiences for the curious ones. The students are facilitated in neat and hygienic rooms decked in wood for an earthen appeal. Live the pragmatic way of life in a comfortable style here. Attached with a private balcony with the breathtaking sea in the backdrop, the place stirs the yogi and the spiritualist in you. The lustrous garden area decked with hammocks for your comfort allows ample opportunity to rejuvenate during breaks. Each room is well-furnished with twin beds, lights, fan, TV, mosquito nets, private washrooms for your comfort. The aim is to ensure that all our students, the yogis of tomorrow have a momentous learning experience with us. The rooms are available on both sharing and private basis. You can also avail air-conditioned rooms at additional costs.

FOOD

The town of Kerala is not just eminent for its beauty, but is also acknowledged for its highly delectable cuisine. Prepared from the healing ingredients of Ayurveda, freshly sourced from the organic farmlands that are spread all across the country in abundance, we serve highly nutritious yogic food to all our students. The food is prepared to perfection by the professional chefs, specializing in Ayurvedic cooking. Along with healthy yogic food that is served three times a day at our facility, we also serve herbal drinks for revitalization. Through a well-balanced diet and nourishing food choices, we ensure that each of our students is well fed to the contentment of their body and soul. We serve 100% vegetarian food. However, we also prepare vegan meal choices for the lactose-intolerant ones upon prior notification.

FACILITIES AT THE CENTER

HOW TO REACH US IN VARKALA, KERALA

By Airway : The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport, which is at a distance of 50 kms from Varkala. A student can get down at the airport and take a cab to the location of the school or ask school to arrange for a pickup while booking the course.

By Bus : Varkala is well connected by national state highways from major cities and many governments as well as private buses that run to and fro from the city.

By Railway : Varkala is connected by train through many cities and town or one can take a train to Trivandrum (the capital city of Kerala) and take another train to Varkala, from where the resort can be reached on a rickshaw starting from the station.

Taxi Pick Up : School provides taxi pick up at extra cost.

COURSE FEE INCLUSIONS

  • 90-Day Accommodation
  • 1 T-shirt for yoga class
  • 2 yoga books for self-study
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • 3 teas per day
  • 500hr YTT certificate
  • Comprehensive and detailed curriculum
  • Detailed teaching on communication skills for teaching
  • Detailed teaching on meditation, pranayama, asanas, mudras, sadhana, and mantras
  • Nasal wash pot
  • Outdoor yoga practice and meditation
  • Weekend social, cultural, and recreational activities
  • Weekly group discussion aimed to develop your critical skills
  • Yoga YTT manuals and materials

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OUTCOMES OF THE 500 HOUR YOGA PROGRAM IN VARKALA, KERALA

  • Get the opportunity to create enlightening yogic memories while dwelling in one of the top ten breathtaking destinations on the globe.
  • Upon successful completion of the course, get bestowed upon with the status of 500 RYT, the highest level of excellence endowed by the prestigious body of Yoga Alliance.
  • Gain the freedom to teach advanced yoga classes across the globe
  • Emerge through various stages of most revered forms of yoga under the shadow of highly respected yoga teachers
  • Acquire the finest and the most authentic wisdom of yoga in the healing land of Kerala.
  • By the conclusion of the program, you shall evolve into a complete yoga teacher with advanced skills, wisdom, and practice to teach yoga classes at various levels.
  • Accomplish bonds for life as you undergo the program with fellow yogis and people from across the globe.
  • Adapt your body and mind to perform complex asanas with endurance and safety
  • Acquire the skills to mold and modify the yoga practices and asanas according to the body’s limitations and for fulfilling specific requirements.
  • Discover the depth of your spirit, mind, and body towards complete enlightenment.
  • Last and not the least, become an eternal member of the Rishikul Yogshala family and an integral part of yoga for life.

student testimonial

Gwynneth Oceana Dreaming

A fantastic course with wonderful teachers and a mix of students from all over the globe (in the 200hr YTT course I did). In this course you receive teachings in many areas of Yoga - Asanas, Pranayama, Philosophy, Meditation, adjustment and alignment of postures, teacher methodology, Mudras, a little Mantra and even chair Yoga! (for people less mobile).

Daria Shiels

I have just completed the 200hours yoga teacher training with these guys and absolutely loved every minute of it. The course was thought by people who were not only excellent teachers but also amazing human beings who share they knowledge and space with joy.

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