27 Day 200hr Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

This superb yoga teacher training is held in a beautiful and authentic region of South India in Pondicherry. The 200 hour training provides you with powerfully sequenced, pre-designed class templates, ready for you to use as soon as you begin your teaching career. You will get introduced to teaching methodology and actually practice teaching while on the course so you can fine-tune your teaching skills before teaching the 'real world'.

Himalayan Yoga Institute have developed a training that combines the distinctive and powerful approach to Vinyasa Flow and Hatha with a curriculum grounded in self-discovery. The training delivers a high-level technical skill set and cutting edge anatomical education, but at the same time offers a profound, life-changing, and transformative experience. The course probes beyond mere physical practice into the world of spiritual yoga and meditation and works on awakening the subtle energies within ourselves.

The teacher training yoga course provides a fantastic opportunity to meet old and new friends, and to be a part of the global yoga community which is growing each day. You will finish the training ready to teach an 8 week beginners course, ready to teach a Dynamic Vinyasa class, a Raja Dhiraja Ashtanga class and a Hatha class- all with fine-tuned teaching skills with a syllabus of over 70 asanas, pranayama, kriyas & more. You will have knowledge of the history and origins of yoga, yoga philosophy and theory, and know how to align, adjust and support students and work with injuries. You will have tools for working within yourself in a spiritual process and have a deeper connection to your practice and how this informs your daily life.

This extensive and inspirational yoga education is complemented by a mentoring system to help build self-confidence and assist you in facing the challenges that we all experience in this beautiful thing called Life! Get ready for a teacher training that goes far beyond the rest with Himalayan Yoga Institute. Your course tuition includes all classes and training, a teacher's manual, meals, tea, snacks, water and accommodation.


A high degree of self-motivation is required for all aspects of the course. A basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is helpful but not essential. A sincere desire to learn and openness to the teachings of yoga is required. Training to be a yoga teacher requires dedication and faith in the process of yoga. The practice and especially the teaching of yoga demand a high degree of self-discipline and purity. To ensure the success of the program, participants are required to attend all spiritual activities, meditation sessions, lectures and asana classes.

What is included

  • Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • Course Material
  • Equipment
  • Meditation
  • Vegetarian
  • Yoga
  • Excursion



Learn subjects including A Contemporary Approach to Yoga, Dynamic Vinyasa Flow/Hatha/Ashtanga Raja Dhiraja/Restorative, and The Impact of Yoga on Modern Society.

Learn subjects including Secrets to Becoming an Exceptional Yoga Instructor, How to set up Classes, How to set up a Successful Yoga Teaching Business, and How to Establish a Powerful Personal Practice Routine.

Learn subjects including Yogic Nutrition and Principles of Ayurveda, Suggestions for a Yogic Lifestlyle, and Yogic Health Secrets.

Learn Sun Salutations (3 variations), Asanas and Basic Principles of Alignment, The Benefits and Hidden Effects of Asanas, Precautions and, Contraindications for each Asana, and Modifications of Asanas Applicable to Various Levels and Injuries.

Learn Breathing Exercises and Pranayama, Prana and the Ten Vayus, Kriyas – Yogic Cleansing and Detoxification Techniques, Bandhas & Mudras and How they Effect the Nerves & Glands, Yoga Nidra – the Art of Relaxation and Yogic Self-Massage.

Learn about the Nadis: Subtle Energy Channels, The Seven Chakras and Five Koshas, Raising the Kundalini & Kundalini Yoga, and Applied Anatomy and Physiology.

Learn the Principles of Great Sequencing, How to Prepare the Body through Warm-ups, How to Prepare Focused Classes and Lesson Plans, Principles of Demonstration, Observation, Assisting, and Class Instruction, Practice Teaching of Asanas, Meditation and Pranayama and Yoga for Seniors, Children and Pregnancy.


The Himalayan Yoga Institute is accredited by Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance registers both individual yoga teachers and yoga teacher training programmes (schools) that have complied with educational standards established by the Alliance. A Yoga Alliance Accreditation will give you worldwide recognition.


6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
Chanting, Meditation & Pranayama
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Asana Practice
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Fruit and Tea
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Anatomy and physiology/workshop/lecture
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Karma Yoga
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Main lecture (philosophy/theory/history)
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Snack and leisure/self-study
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Asana Techniques & Teaching Methodology
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Satsang (meditation, kirtan, chanting)
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Free time, self study, lights out
TIME OFF One day per week is lecture-free to enjoy some leisure time and excursions specific to the area and to deepen your study. You will have a chance to see Mamallapuram (or Mahabalipuram) on the way from Chennai to the venue. Mamallapuram is a UNESCO protected heritage site, displaying gorgeous stone carvings and temple structures of great beauty. You will visit Auroville (City of Dawn) - an experimental township in Villupuram district mostly in the state of Tamil Nadu, India with some parts in the Union Territory of Pondicherry (Puducherry) in South India. Pondicherry will be another destination. Pondicherry, called Puducherry in the local language, is a unique town, which used to be a French colony, hence it combines French and Indian architecture. Here you will visit temples, the promenade and the Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry. The second excursion will be to the little town of Tiruvannamalail, which has a longstanding spiritual history and inhabits the famous Arunachala hill, considered to be the heart centre of the Earth. Here the legendary sage Sri Ramana lived and guided many spiritual seekers. One of the largest temples dedicated to Shiva has been built here.

Meet The Facilitators

Venue   The Yoga Villa

The yoga retreat venue is a beautiful villa near the model community Auroville in South India. It is located nearly 2 miles away from the Auroville Beach. A long private driveway leads you to the 4500sq ft villa set in grounds of 1.5 acres. The villa is built in the traditional kerala style using rammed earth. This eco-friendly method of construction results in a structure that is naturally cool throughout the year.

The house has 4 bedrooms with private bathrooms, a family room, a large kitchen and utility and an open terrace. The large central courtyard acts as a focal point of the villa allowing in natural light and ventilation. The villa is simply decorated yet has all the comforts of home. The house is sufficiently away from the main road to keep out the noise and ensure almost total silence.  Enjoy some of the organically grown fruits and vegetables from the garden.



Three yogic vegetarian meals are offered daily and included in the program. Meals are nutritious, meeting the requirements of a yogic diet. Fresh fruits and tea as well as snacks are also included. India is a melting pot of flavours and cuisines and the south has a rich history of cooking and sharing traditional recipes. Expect plenty of nourishing robust food that will carry you through your four weeks intensive training.




The teacher training courses offered by the Himalayan Yoga Institute are above and beyond what any yoga student could seek in a training program. The syllabus offers in-depth training in every single aspect of yoga. Furthermore, the training invites you to journey deep within, to advance your own practice, to connect to yourself on a new level, and to open up and step into the role of a teacher with confidence and an understanding of the honour it is to share these ancient practices and teachings with the world. Immerse yourself in a yogic lifestyle in authentic India. Become part of a community. Find what it is you have been seeking. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to study with a true yoga master, Ganga Devi. The testimonials for these trainings speak volumes. Get ready to dive in and discover all that is awaiting you.

Kelly F

Yovada Yogini

  Pondicherry, India

Auroville is an experimental community in southern India. It was founded in 1968 by the spiritual leader Mirra Alfassa as a town where people from all over the world could live in harmony. Its focal point is the Matrimandir, a futuristic, spherical temple covered in gold discs. Auroville Botanical Gardens protects the region’s tropical dry evergreen forest. Auroville Beach is a long sandy stretch with gentle surf.
The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity – in diversity. Today Auroville is recognised as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment in human unity and transformation of consciousness, also concerned with - and practically researching into - sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind.

The residents of Auroville come from some 45 nations, from all age groups (from infancy to over eighty, averaging around 30), from all social classes, backgrounds and cultures, representing humanity as a whole. The population of the township is constantly growing, but currently stands at around 2,160 people, of whom approx. one-third are Indian.

At the centre of the township lies the Peace Area, comprising the Matrimandir and its gardens, the amphitheater with the Urn of Human Unity that contains the soil of 121 nations and 23 Indian states, and a lake to help create an atmosphere of calm and serenity and to serve as a groundwater recharge area.

Pondicherry (or Puducherry), a French colonial settlement in India until 1954, is now a Union Territory town bounded by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas and chic boutiques. A seaside promenade runs along the Bay of Bengal and passes several statues, including a 4m-high Gandhi Memorial.

Pondicherry is well connected to the rest of India via a large network of National Highways, a Railway Terminal and a Domestic Airport. It is also in close proximity to International airports.

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