Yoga Teacher Training Course in India
I'm not very fit, flexible and/or strong. Is it still ok to take the course?+
It does not matter at all. Yoga is a practice that organically brings health and wellness, so if you are not fit right now that is actually a great reason to begin or deepen your practice. All that is required from you is to allow yourself to get fully immersed in this in-depth yoga course for almost a month, and that you commit to the program wholeheartedly.
How long should I have practiced Yoga to apply for the course?+It is recommended that students have a basic knowledge about yoga already. The course will without doubt deepen your existing practice. We suggest attending local yoga classes where you live for two or three months prior to the course start, to get yourself warmed up for your intensive time here. Just write to us if you have any doubts about "being prepared".
I don't want to teach, but I do want to be part of the course. Is it ok?+
It’s great! So many people do exactly that and it is really an amazing way to deepen your practice and your self-knowledge.
Which style of yoga will I learn? Which style will I be able to teach after the course?+
You will be introduced to the major yoga traditions. However, you'll experience in depth Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga ( Primary Series) and on completion of the course, you will be able to teach Hatha Yoga (beginners and intermediate levels) and Ashtanga Yoga ( Primary Series). We hold special Hatha classes with a wide variety of props for going deeper into the different categories of asana and alignments. We also offer a taste of other styles such as Vinyasa Flow and/or Restorative Yoga in our programs depending on the profile of our groups.
When I'm finished, will I be qualified to teach yoga anywhere in the world with a RYT200?+
The certification from Yoga Alliance is respected throughout the World and is, nowadays, a usual requirement for anyone to teach Yoga internationally. Students that attend all classes, finish their coursework and pass the written and practical exams will receive the Yoga Alliance RYT200 international certificate and will be able to teach Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (Primary Series) to beginners and intermediate level students worldwide right after the course. ( NB: In honesty, at Turiya Yoga we do not like this terminology since "advanced" in yoga is a misused concept, but we need to apply it here in terms of asana and the difficulty of the physical postures.)
How many students are there in the course?+
We have maximum 25 students in our courses so they can learn properly and receive full attention.
Is Turiya Yoga's RYT course more physical or more spiritual?+
Yoga presents to us a set of techniques which bring physical fitness and health while also allowing silence and peace to blossom inside of us. Through silence we can get to know our true selves. It is actually quite impossible to separate bodily experiences and mental knowledge (physical vs. spiritual) when studying yoga in-depth. Spiritual as an adjective carries a lot of interpretations on its own. In any case, we will provide to you a clear window into yoga, looking from all perspectives - East & West and how they interact, being faithful to what yoga is and, of course, yoga’s philosophy backgrounds. How the students will experience yoga themselves really depends on how he/she allows himself/herself to develop during the course as well as on their own personal goals.
What is the content of Yoga Teacher Training Course?+
Check out our program here.
What is included in the course fee?+
The course fee includes: the complete Yoga Teacher Training Course; a four-week stay in our accommodation (single or shared, both with attached toilet and hot shower); three vegetarian yogic meals a day from Monday to Friday; breakfast on Saturdays; the course manual; housekeeping three times a week; wi-fi access; security 24-hours. It is important to remember that though the place provides towels, it doesn’t provide toiletries like soap, shampoo or toilet paper etc to the students. You can bring these with you or buy them in the local market nearby.
What happens if I miss a class?+
Students need to have 100% attendance to receive the certification. If serious illness happens you must immediately notify the teachers and the centre. There is the possibility of spending more time with the teachers to still be able to graduate.
Will I have free time? Are weekends off?+
Yes. Check out how it works and our schedule. You will have Sundays off and Saturdays too (after breakfast). We do advise you to enjoy your time off but also to take proper rest since it is very necessary.
How much time will I spend on assignments?+
It depends, however we usually suggest students to simply go through their notes on what they learned that day for 30 minutes every day to consolidate their new knowledge. We suggest focusing on the assignments on Saturdays only when needed. We do not believe in overwork – especially only intellectual work. You are attending the course to experience what yoga truly is and learning by physical and spiritual practice hand-in-hand with the philosophy, not just intellectualising concepts here and there. Assignments are set based on what we truly think the students should reflect upon and experience at that moment. Usually we do not ask for more than 2 or 3 assignments which will be easy enough to complete if you are practicing, paying attention to the classes and honestly reflecting on your own experience.
What if I have complaints, doubts or suggestions during the course?+
If you have any doubts, suggestions or complaints during the course we would really love you to just come and talk with us openly, so that we can surely do our best to improve or solve the issue. When our courses finish we also ask for written feedback from everyone. If your course has finished and you feel like sharing something with us which you didn’t mention before, then please send us an email to email@example.com. Your opinion is very important for us and this is how we keep improving.
I run a blog and would like to write about my training with Turiya Yoga. Can I write about the course? Can I take pictures and make videos?+
That is a wonderful suggestion and we are so happy when people write about their experiences with us! You are welcome to use our pictures from the website or Facebook and also to write whatever you want about your time here. We do need to remind you however that we do not allow video or audio recording of the classes. This is because our classes follow a program and a methodology, and we do not want them to be taken out of context. You are welcome to take pictures whenever the class is not about you practicing yoga (because that requires you to keep your focus inwards!). You will have plenty of opportunities to take pictures during the training.
What is Yoga Alliance?+
Yoga Alliance® is the largest non-profit association representing the yoga community. In order for any school to award a Yoga Alliance certificate (RYT – Registered Yoga Teacher), the school must follow a basic set of standards on qualification, syllabus/curriculum, teachers, training and so on. The certification from Yoga Alliance is respected throughout the world and these days is a normal requirement for anyone to teach yoga internationally. Turiya Yoga offers this 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate from Yoga Alliance.
Where will the certificate issued by Turiya Yoga be valid?+
Our certificate is certified by Yoga Alliance® and this organisation offers the most known international standard for teachers to teach internationally throughout the world.
Will I need to apply for Yoga Alliance International membership separately?+
Yes. With the certification you receive you can then apply for Yoga Alliance membership – it is a very easy process and most helpful for securing yoga jobs.
Travel & India
Do I need VISA for India?+
Yes, you do (a tourist one!). Check here for more details about travelling to India.We will certainly help you, don’t worry about your arrival.
It's my first time in India, will the school assist me? Can you please arrange an airport pick up for me?+
We will certainly help you, don’t worry about your arrival. We will schedule an airport pickup (Goa Dabolim) or train pick-up (Cancona train station) for you and we will be available on the phone as well in case you have any doubts or concerns. Check out more tips about travelling in India here.
What do I bring with me?+
- - 2 sets of passport and visa photocopies
- - 3 passport size photographs
- - Any special medications/treatments you may need for the duration of the course
- - Toiletries (such as soap, shampoo, towel etc)
- - Natural mosquito repellent (like citronella or similar)
- – An alarm clock
- – Reusable water bottle
- - Yoga mat
- - Notebook and pens
- - A couple of footwear options (flip-flops but also a pair of trainers)
- - Eye mask for sleeping (as there is no guarantee that the shades/curtains in the rooms will be able to block out all the light)
- - Comfortable clothing for yoga practice and white clothing for ceremonies
What vaccines do I need?+
Vaccines are not specifically needed for travelling in India, but depending where you are arriving from, you may be required to have a Yellow Fever Vaccination. Check out more details about travelling to India here.
I want to get a local SIM card in India, how long will it take and what documents are required?+
This is a good idea if you are travelling after the course through India, but it does take some time for the SIM to become active. According to the SIM suppliers, it can get activated in 24 hours but often even 5 days can go by until all is working properly. The procedure requires a copy of your passport and one passport size photo. Don't worry, we will help you out with this once you arrive
Place & Meals
Do you have WiFi internet connection?+
Yes, we do. The constant use of the internet, however, is not recommended during the course and we do ask you not to be online or with your phone during classes for obvious reasons. The internet signal in India is not completely reliable but our team really cares about it and also needs it. We always continue to do our best to deliver the best to our students but sometimes the situation is just out of our hands.
Can I check-in earlier and/or stay longer than 4-weeks?+
It depends! Send us an e-mail and tell us what you desire, we will do our best to fulfil your requests. If it is not possible, we will certainly help you out by finding you a place nearby. It is very important that you tell us this in advance, as soon as you make your booking with us.
Can my friend/relative join me even if she/he is not applying for the course?+
Yes, there is plenty of accommodation around. If you want to share your room in Turiya Yoga’s centre with him/her, it does depend on which accommodation you are choosing (if you are already sharing a room for example then usually it will not be possible). There are also some extra charges. Just write us an email about your situation and we will get back to you with all the details and possibilities.
I have food allergies; are you able to take care of that?+
Yes, of course! You do have to inform us when you apply though so we can make provisions for you. Our team themselves also have some allergies – such as gluten – so we are quite used to it.
Is there a refrigerator in the room? Will I have access to a kitchen?+
We do offer a fridge that all students are allowed to use but we’re afraid access to a kitchen is not possible. In any case, you won’t have much time for cooking and your meals are provided for on most of the days. On the days we don’t cater for you, the resort’s restaurant is still open though. You can also explore the nearby restaurants and take the opportunity to get to know a little more of what culinary delights Goa offers as well.
Can I get refund for the meals included in the fee if I am not there for some reason?+
Unfortunately, these meals are not refundable simply because in the majority of cases the investment is already made before for logistical reasons.
I want to eat out on Weekends. Are there restaurants around? How much would it be?+
There are a lot of options nearby within a 5 minutes walk.The prices vary, but you can have a good meal for 06 to 10 USD.
How do I apply for the course?+
Just fill out the application form and you’ll receive our e-mail with full details on securing your place through payment of your booking deposit of 400 euros.
If I applied online does that mean my place on the course is secured?+
Filling the application form online is the first step in the procedure. Once you do that Turiya Yoga will send you an e-mail with details on how to pay the booking deposit of 400 euros. That amount is part of the whole cost of the course. Your place is guaranteed the moment we receive your deposit in full.
What happens if I applied but didn't pay my booking deposit immediately?+
Your online application form is only held for 10 days after Turiya Yoga sent you the e-mail with details on how to deposit the booking fee of 400 euros. We can only welcome a certain number of students each course, and if you pay your deposit first, your place is guaranteed first - that is our simple rule.
How is the remaining balance to be paid?+
The remaining balance due is to be paid in cash on the day you check-in with us. You can pay it to us in dollars, euros or Indian rupees. We convert the amount according to the official currency exchange rate of the day.
Do you offer any scholarships?+
Not at the moment. We do, however, have an internship program for students who have already graduated with us.
If I'm unable to attend the training then will I get a refund?+
The booking fee deposit of 400 euros is non-refundable. Remember, when you book with us we are then holding a seat for you and we only welcome a certain number of people on each course. The course is held in India so people naturally organise their schedules quite early with tickets and travel arrangements. For those reasons, when you decide not to attend the course, it still does not allow another person to take your place due to time constraints. However, if you do inform us at least 2 months before the starting date of your course we will be able to welcome you on to the course next season(1 year from the date of your original course) with special discounts.
If I have to leave the course in the middle of it, will I get a refund?+
Unfortunately it is not possible, since at that time we wouldn’t be able to welcome any other student to take your place and all course arrangements and logistics would already have been taken care of.
What if Turiya Yoga postpones the course or cancels it?+
We have never yet cancelled any of our courses. If the course is cancelled or postponed for any reason beyond Turiya Yoga's control, we will give you a 100% refund of the amount you paid to us. You would also be able to attend another course with us in the future with special discounts.
Am I able to get a refund on medical grounds if I'm injured?+
We are really sorry but the deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE for the reasons already listed above.
I am pregnant and I was supposed to attend the course. Can I get a refund?+
We are happy for you and hope you can join us soon again! Unfortunately though, the deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE. In any case, please do write us an e-mail. If you are able to warn us 8 weeks in advance of your course starting date, our team will work out a special discount for you for a future course with us (including a 2 year re-booking period for you)
Are credit cards accepted in the shops and restaurants around the yoga centre?+
In general, the shops here accept cash only in Indian currency (rupees). It is possible to exchange your money for INR currency nearby. We suggest you exchange money in the airport at first, and also have a card with you to take money from the ATM whenever needed.
Are there any ATMs nearby?+
Yes, there are ATMs nearby. Sometimes though, ATMs in India just stop working for a while. We do advise you to always keep some money in cash (Indian currency) available to you so that you don’t completely run out of cash before you can withdraw more from a local ATM.