Yoga Vana Teacher Training Course
Amboli - Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India
200 hours (4 weeks) intensive residential | Yoga Alliance certified
At Yoga Vana, we provide a warm and open learning environment for you to intensify your personal Yoga practice and to deepen your understanding of the philosophy and science of Yoga. We support you throughout the course and beyond in developing the skills and confidence to be the teacher and guide you are called to be.
Hill station ashram 110 km from Goa
Conducted at a secluded hill station ashram on the Maharashtra-Goa border, this month long Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course - just 110 km from Goa International Airport - is a unique opportunity for rejuvenation, self-empowerment and deep inquiry through yogic study and practice.
Small group size
Open to only a small group of trainees, our Teacher Training Course allows you to closely interact with the teachers' team and receive individual guidance and inspiration for your own practice and teaching capacities.
Our Yoga Vana Teacher Training Course is more than just a certification course. Four weeks of intensive study and practice of Yoga in an uplifting ashram atmosphere will fuel your personal evolution and transformation. Whether you intend to teach Yoga after the course or not, you can expect to emerge from it awakened to a new way of being in your life and in the world.
Yoga Vana Forest Academy is a Registered Yoga School (RYS 200) with Yoga Alliance, USA. The course syllabus fulfils the requirements for Yoga Alliance 200 hour Yoga Teacher certification. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are welcome to register at Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). See the full course syllabus here.
We are very honored to have Swami Chitprakashananda Saraswati as a visiting teacher for Vedanta / philosophy on this course, a direct disciple of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati.
Swamiji was born in Maharashtra and joined the Veda Sanskrit Vidyalaya in Rishikesh at a young age. After 5 years of study of Sanskrit grammar, nyāya and mīmāṃsā (Indian traditional philosophical learning) , Swamiji went to study Vedanta under Swami Paramarthanandaji in Chennai.
Presently, Swamiji is teaching Vedanta and Sanskrit to the public in Belgaum, Hubli and Pune, India. He is also involved in social work, running seven student homes under the AIM for SEVA Trust which was founded by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati to provide education for children in need.
Mani Raman is the lead teacher at Yoga Vana, and has trained thousands of international Yoga teachers over the last twenty years. You can learn more about Mani Raman on his personal website www.maniraman.org.
Faculty from all over India and other parts of the world are coming together for this course to create a balanced, wholesome learning experience for you in all aspects of the practice and lifestyle of Yoga.
Changes in the daily schedule may occur.
The course is taught in English. Our team members also speak Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Bengali, German & Spanish.
To learn more about the course syllabus and other general information on our Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Courses, please click here.
Location & Climate
The course takes place at the Holistic Centre for Yoga & Vedanta founded by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati in Amboli, a hill station in southern Maharashtra just 110 km from Goa International Airport. Perched on the hills of the Western Ghats, one of India's most diverse ecosystems, this secluded venue offers a peaceful natural environment that is very conducive for an in-depth practice of yoga and meditation.
The climate is sunny and dry with temperatures ranging from 17° to 32° C. Due to the hilly location, the mornings and evenings can be cool, with hot temperatures during the day. Please refer to our "What to bring" section below for recommendations on clothes and other items suitable for the season's climate.
Images: Robert Moses & Yoga Vana
The rooms are situated in beautiful, simple cottages from natural stone. Each room comes with attached bathroom, hot water facility and a balcony with views of the surrounding hills.
We offer dormitory, twin sharing and single room options. Some accommodation types are limited and will be allotted on a first come-first serve basis.
To secure your preferred accommodation for this course, submit your registration here.
EUR 1,795.00 (early bird rate if paid in full before 18 October, 2019)
EUR 1,995.00 (regular)
Dormitory (6 beds)
EUR 1,595.00 (early bird rate if paid in full before 18 October, 2019)
EUR 1,795.00 (regular)
EUR 2,295.00 (early bird rate if paid in full before 18 October, 2019)
EUR 2,495.00 (regular)
We offer concessional rates for resident Indian citizens. For more information, please contact us.
4 weeks of tuition
Full board with two lacto-vegetarian meals per day, snacks and tea
Accommodation (bed sheets and towels are provided and exchanged every week)
Course manual, books and notebooks
Two sets of teaching uniforms
Internationally recognised certificate from Yoga Vana Forest Academy, a Yoga Alliance registered school, upon successful completion of the course
Access to WiFi in the common area at designated times
International and local transfer to and from the ashram
Excursions on days off (optional)
Laundry service (optional)
To have all information about this course handy you can download the TTC info package below.
How to get there
The nearest airport is Goa International Airport (110 km). You can fly into Goa directly from most major cities in India.
Taxi transfers to and from the airport can be arranged on request (approx. EUR 50, rates are subject to change).
The closest railway stations are "Sawantwadi Road" (30 km from Amboli ashram), "Kudal" (50 km), "Belgaum" (70 km) and "Madgaon / Goa" (115 km).
Taxi transfers to and from the railway stations can be arranged on request.
What to bring
Flashlight • Yoga mat • Alarm clock • Water bottle • Travel mug • Pens • Toiletries • Cash (Indian rupees) for laundry service, and other needs • Closed shoes for meditation walks • Sandals • Mosquito repellant • Sunscreen • Medication, if any • Warm meditation shawl • Casual comfortable clothes for asana practice • Warm clothes for cool nights, mornings & evenings, and clothes for warm days
This Yoga Vana Teacher Training Course gives you the unique opportunity to step away from your daily life for a full month, let the dust of your busy-ness settle, and immerse yourself in new way of being. TTC is above all an experience of purification thanks to the intense practice and study of Yoga. We are committed to providing you with the most conducive setting by maintaining a high standard of teachings and by creating a supportive environment that allows you to fully focus on what you come to us for.
We have found that the below agreements allow us to maintain a high-energy space for learning and contemplation which makes it possible for participants to take away the most from the TTC experience:
Attendance of all daily activities
No consumption of non-vegetarian food (meat, fish, eggs)
No possession, distribution or consumption of drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and other intoxicants
Maintaining silence from 9.00 PM (after evening satsang) to 7.30 AM (morning asana class)
No use of mobile phones in the rooms and dining area
Care and mindfulness with the facilities provided and with the local flora and fauna
Respect and openness to learn about the local culture as it relates to dress, behaviour in public and in places of worship
Willingness to engage in open conversation, seek support and request clarification in case of any difficulty with organisers, teachers or fellow participants
Before submitting your registration, please read the agreements carefully and see if you can commit to them for the duration of the course. If you have any questions on any of the above, please contact us. You can find further details in our Terms & Conditions.
Click the button below to fill the registration form. We will get back to you within 48 hours to let you know how you can secure your place on this training.
You can also apply for a scholarship from our Yoga Vana scholarship fund. The fund is made possible by the generous donations of previous Yoga Vana students.
Our vision is for this fund to enable current and future leaders and change makers to heal themselves and to promote peace, physical and mental health, emotional resilience as well as environmental awareness in their communities by sharing the yogic tools with others.
A few limited partial scholarships are granted about 4-8 weeks before each course based on the personal situation and motivation expressed in the application.
We look forward to welcoming you at Yoga Vana soon!
I am interested in joining. What is the process?
We’ll be happy to have you! First, you can fill in the registration form. We will get back to you by email within 48 hours to confirm the availability. Then you can secure your spot by making a non-refundable deposit of EUR 300. Once we receive your deposit, your participation in the course is confirmed. We will then send you a preparation document with anything else you need to know for your travel and other arrangements.
How can I avail of the early bird rate?
You can avail of the early bird rate by making the full course payment before the date specified in the investment section above. If we do not receive your course payment before this date, the regular course fee will apply.
Are there any ATMs and convenience stores closeby?
The ashram is located in a rural area with limited access to ATMs or convenience stores. Please remember to bring anything you may need during the four weeks of training, including four weeks' supply of toiletries, medication and cash for laundry services, transfers, optional excursions on days off and other needs. There is a bank at 500 m from the ashram where credit cards can be en-cashed.
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