This 500-hour yoga teacher training will deepen your personal practice, teaching skills and self-confidence, while simultaneously getting you ready to start your classes or courses after your graduation from Upaya Yoga. This training will cultivate your skills and knowledge in yoga at an advanced level and develop your unique teaching styles. This course is intended to carry you further along your path as a teacher and student while preparing you for a more advanced investigation into the transformative power of yoga—in body, mind, and soul.

At Upaya Yoga, this Yoga teacher training program is specially designed for beginners, intermediate and advanced level yoga students. The 500-hour course is a perfect choice for those who want to complete beginner yoga teacher training (200hrs YTTC) and advance yoga teacher training (300hrs YTTC) in one go. The course is structured to advance and reinforce your basic learning and practice of yoga. You will be instructed in the teaching methodology for Asana (physical postures), pranayama (breath control) and dhyana (meditation).

Yoga is a science that has infinite possibilities, the more you practice the more enlightenment you receive and you realize that it is you who holds the key to living a fulfilled life. It’s time to expand your knowledge by committing to an advanced training and participation in expert workshops. This course offers the opportunity to deepen your understanding of yoga and provide you with knowledge of advanced teaching skills as well as an understanding of deeper yoga philosophy.

The course fee includes your tuition fee, an extensive teacher training manual, an Upaya Yoga bag and t-shirt, complete meals, accommodation, WiFi, locker, room cleaning and a free pick-up from Goa Airport and Madgoan train station.

Nestled amongst palm trees and tropical gardens, only a one minute walk to the sea, Upaya Yoga Center in North Goa offers a welcoming and comfortable location in natural tranquil surroundings, giving yogis the perfect balance for a spiritual retreat. Situated on Arambol Beach, the center has a perfect location for a pure and enriching yogic learning experience as well as an energizing yet relaxing spot. 

What is included

  • Accommodation
  • Air-Con Room
  • Course Material
  • All Meals
  • WiFi Internet
  • Yoga Props
  • Airport Transfer
  • Equipment
  • Facilities Access
  • Free Gift
  • Mats
  • Meditation
  • Vegetarian
  • Yoga

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Syllabus

HOURS + TOPICS

Pranayama is the science of breath control. It expands lung capacity by relaxing the nervous system and balancing the two hemispheres of the brain. The art of Kapalabhati or lung cleansing exercise, Anuloma Viloma or alternate nostril breathing and Samanu or mental cleansing of the nadis will be taught. Focusing on the rhythm of your breathing and becoming familiar with it is the essence of pranayama. This is a vital feature of yoga and is often ignored as most give importance to just physical practice. Pranayama is an excellent way to destress, as practicing it will build spiritual and emotional power to sustain a healthy life each day.

The program at Upaya is designed to offer you a solid foundation in Ashtanga Yoga, focusing on the right alignment of the yogic postures. A daily asana practice class gives you an opportunity to practice your own asanas and helps to build deep insight of the various forms and postures. The daily in-depth practice with individual corrections comprises of the Surya Namaskar, multi style yoga postures, 100 asana variations, from intermediate level to advanced, postural alignment, deep relaxation with auto suggestion and release of blocked energy. In addition to daily asana practices, practice teaching and posture break-outs, including the main benefits, modifications and contraindications of each posture.

Classical Yoga Philosophy is intertwined all throughout the course and you will receive knowledge about Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, allowing you to compare classical and modern yoga and understanding the true meaning of yoga. You will learn how to imbibe these ancient philosophies into your own lives and will eventually experience unison of the body, mind and soul. You will also receive a talk on Yoga in Gita, a treasured Indian text considered to be an ancient guru and a life coach.

Cleansing will purify the system and allow the breath to run easily. There will be a discussion, explanation and demonstration of Tratak, Neti, Kapalabhati, Dhauti, Nauli and Basti, the six classical purification exercises for the various parts of the body namely the eyes, nose, air passages, oesophagus and stomach, abdominal organs and large intestine exercises. Individual instruction will be provided.

You will learn and practice valuable tools and teaching methodology that will support you in becoming a powerful teacher. You will imbibe the ability to address a large group as well as learn to connect with each student in your class. You will explore the use of your voice, language, body language, visualization, ability to connect with students confidently through verbal cues, the use of props, effective demonstration, and acute observation with safe and effective physical adjustments.

You will study and learn to efficiently nurture and preserve abundance through your yoga teaching career. The end of the training session will equip you with a complete resume to immediately begin promoting themselves as a Yoga Teacher.

An introduction to the major body systems will be given. The effects of asanas and pranayama on the cardiovascular system, muscular systems, digestion, skeletal, respiration and endocrine system are explained in detail to the students. Diet and nutrition facts are also imparted for better understanding of the anatomy. These classes will give them a deeper understanding by observing the mechanism of every posture.

Ashtanga in Sanskrit means eight limbs, mentioned in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. This technique of yoga contains harmonizing the breath with a succession of postures. This process produces powerful internal heat and a plentiful, cleansing sweat that purifies muscles and organs. The result is enhanced circulation, a nimble and strong body, and a composed mind. Ashtanga Yoga contains different groups of asanas and teachings on vinyasa, drishti, bandhas, mudras, and philosophy.

According to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, there are eight limbs of yoga. Out of which the only one involves postures (asana). Hatha means forceful or determined in Sanskrit. Hatha yoga includes a set of asanas (postures) that are designed to align your body. These postures are designed to line up the physical channels of the body so that energy can easily flow (especially in the spine). Through Hatha Yoga, we can create balance and unite opposites. Hatha teaches us the balance of strength and flexibility in each pose.

Certification

Upon full completion of the training, you will be eligible for a 500Hr Yoga Alliance certification.

Schedule

TIME
ACTIVITY
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
Chanting, Pranayama & Meditation
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Asana Practice
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Breakfast
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Lessons
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Self Study & Care
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Karma Yoga
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Yoga Nidra
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Teaching Practice
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dinner
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Sharing & Q&A
TIME OFF During Saturdays, students are given half of the day off and a full day off on Sundays. You have many options to spend your free time, such as different activities in the town including listening to live music performances or exploring different restaurants and boutiques around the area. You can also enjoy water healing sessions in the pool and a stroll or a swim in the nearby beach.

Meet The Facilitators

 
Venue   Upaya Yoga Center

Huddled in the shade of the tropical fauna and only a minute walk to the sea, Upaya Yoga Centre is located in North Goa, the perfect and idyllic place to submerge into a yoga journey. The breathtakingly beautiful azure beach and salty air will envelope you into a certain calmness of the soul. The calm natural environment offers the perfect balance of comfort and tranquility for your yoga practice. Upaya Yoga Center has its own restaurant and a beautiful yoga shala.

The Yoga Shala at the center is located on the roof with its one side facing the sea and the other side, the river and hills. It is surrounded by coconut trees and built of natural materials. The Shala is a one-minute walk from the ocean, perfect for a a quick cool down after a yoga class to take in all that the area has to offer. The centre offers the perfect location for a pure and enriching yogic learning experience as well as an energizing yet relaxing spot. The team at Upaya Yoga has taken the utmost care in creating an environment most constructive and idyllic for yoga teacher training and workshops for its gurus and students.

The Dabolim International Airport services the Arambol Beach. The Upaya Yoga Center is less than a two-hour drive from the airport and taxis are easily available for you to hire.

Accommodations

Food

Three healthy and filling vegetarian meals will be served every day of the retreat. You will enjoy a warm porridge to wake you up in the morning along with muesli, brown bread, fruit salad, sprouts, nuts and salad. Some days, traditional Indian breakfast will be served for an authentic food experience during your stay. During the morning, beverages such as coconut water, herbal tea, coffee and milk will be available. For lunch, traditional Ayurvedic Indian Thali will be prepared which includes rice, chapati, vegetables, salad, sprouts, beans, yogurt and lentils. During dinner, a combination of healthy Ayuverdic Indian food, cooked vegetables, raw salad, fruit salad and herbal teas are served. All of the meals to be served are well-balanced and protein rich to ensure you are nourished all throughout the retreat.

Upaya Yoga is also passionate about the quality of water being provided. A special water filter at the centre provides pure and biological active water which is structured, bi-polar magnetized, alkaline, and contains added minerals and trace amounts of antioxidants. This water has detoxifying, healing and rejuvenating properties.

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WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS TRAINING

Whether you're new to yoga or an advanced practitioner, you will gain so much from this in-depth 500hr course. Enjoy learning in Goa by the ocean and connect with nature and the unique Indian culture here during your immersion. Learn from wise and authentic teachers and gain a deeper understanding of yoga in every aspect of the practice and philosophy. Live a yogic lifestyle during your stay at Upaya and come to understand yoga and yourself in much deeper and more profound ways. Find your inner guru, inner peace and develop the skills and passion you require to share yoga with the world. 

Kelly F

Yovada Yogi

  Goa, India

A traditional fisherman village, the Arambol Beach is a pristine and secluded beach in the North Goa and can be approached by a winding road through the groove of cashew trees. It is a rocky as well as sandy beach and has a fresh water lagoon which extends along the bottom of the valley into a thick jungle. The lake is fed by boiling hot springs and is lined with sulfurous mud which people love applying on their body to do wonders to their skin.

The Arambol Beach extends over 16 km and consists of two beaches, more popular is the main beach known as Harmal beach, the northern beach in Goa. The second beach lies beyond the rocky circlet and can only be reached on foot and is bordered by steep cliffs on both sides. The main beach is long stretch of curving sand and is good for swimming.

The easiest way to get to Arambol is by plane. Fly to Dabolim International Airport and from there take a taxi to Arambol, which takes approximately forty five minutes.

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