Are you ready for a life-changing experience?

WHY DO THIS YOGA TEACHER TRAINING?

Our Yoga Teacher Training programs are designed to take you to
the spiritual heart of the practice

Integrated approach

Learn how to teach both Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, and integrate BKS Iyengar alignment principles into a mindful Vinyasa Flow

Find your own voice

You can only teach what you know, so we give you the skills to teach from your own experience and practical knowledge

Personal attention

We teach in small groups to give you the personal attention you deserve for maximum learning

Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Goa

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This is a DOGMA FREE training with interesting, innovative teachers, all of whom are serious yoga practitioners with global reputations:

  • Heather Elton
  • Emil Wendel
  • Stuart Girling
  • Shirin Metha
  • Plus guest teachers

For more information about our teachers, visit our Yoga Teacher Training Faculty page.

The training is truly transformative – you’ll experience an authentic process that encourages you look at your own reality, takes you deeper in your own practice, and gives you the skills to teach yoga.

Space is limited to 12 students. We encourage you to apply early to ensure a place on the program. The course is accredited by Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance Professionals UK (200+ hours).

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

The practice

  • Practice Hatha and Vinyasa yoga in a safe and supportive way, and watch your body and mind transform.
  • Develop a skilful and varied asana practice, which is the starting place for an authentic yogic inquiry – a practice that moves beyond a mere physical experience to make it relevant to real life.
  • Deepen your own practice and have an experience that will provide you lifelong inspiration and context to teach yoga.
  • Learn the principles of breath/bandhas/dristi, that tie poses together into a seamless ‘moving meditation’.
  • Learn how to breathe and feel your body and mind transform.
  • Study BKS Iyengar alignment principles and develop precise technique to avoid injury.
  • Explore the ‘inner/outer’ techniques of yoga, to reveal the spiritual path underlying the practice.
  • Learn how to teach restorative yoga to nourish the body and reduce anxiety.
  • Practise basic pranayama and meditation.
  • Learn to take the practice off the mat, integrate the knowledge into your life and share it with others.
  • Be able to make an informed decision about what aspects of yoga you like, what you want to practise and teach.

Creating a yoga class

  • Study safe alignment and actions in the poses, so you understand how to sequence Vinyasa Flow in a coherent and logical way
  • Build movement vocabularies and learn to sequence Vinyasa Flow as a seamless ‘moving meditation’.
  • Rather than memorise someone else’s Vinyasa sequence, we want you have the knowledge and confidence to make up your own.
  • Work in groups and individually to create Vinyasa Flow sequences.
  • Learn how to structure and teach your own yoga class.
  • Learn how to design a class that is accessible, sustainable and transformational.

Yoga anatomy

  • Learn yoga anatomy and techniques to break down ‘peak poses’ so you can teach ‘workshop style’.
  • Learn how to teach yoga safely and for all levels of practitioners and different body types. 
  • Understand basic anatomy and safe alignment so you can prevent injuries in your students and yourself.

Adjustment clinic

  • Get hands-on experience with adjustments and props, to prepare you for working with all body types.
  • Learn how to use props and modifications to make yoga accessible to everyone.
  • Learn basic teaching points essential to each asana.
  • Know what to say and how to refine your verbal cues so that you can communicate effectively.
  • Learn to guide the student’s physical body and breath to provide stability and equanimity in the pose.
  • Study the Vinyasa of Touch, and the power of intention, to release patterns of emotional holding in the body.

Yoga philosophy

  • Hindu, Buddhist and contemporary yogic philosophy are taught in a way that lifts it ‘off the page’ and ‘off the mat’.
  • Integrate ancient wisdom traditions with contemporary psychology into a mindful practice.
  • Understand how yoga philosophy is not just an academic lesson, but a yogic inquiry relevant to real life.
  • We aim to reveal the spiritual path underlying the practice so you can glimpse your true nature – Purusha (pure consciousness).
  • Understand basic yoga philosophy in a way that you can integrate it into your teachings and personal practice.
  • Begin a genuine spiritual practice. 

How to teach

  • We want you to learn how to teach yoga, so we’ve built extra hours into our Practicum module.
  • Watch and give demonstrations of asanas, adjustments and Vinyasa Flow sequences.
  • Learn how to make your demonstrations seen and understood by students.
  • Learn how to demonstrate in a way that won’t harm your body.
  • Watch videos of your performance and get valuable feedback from teachers and colleagues.
  • Learn how to make yoga your business in our unique business module. 
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WHAT WE BELIEVE
  • Yoga is an ancient science that uses the body and breath to penetrate the mind and liberate us from suffering. Yoga is the path to enlightenment – Moksha.
  • While there are many different authentic paths of Hatha yoga, we believe that they merge into ONE essential teaching that uses the body and the breath to liberate ourselves from suffering.
  • Asana gives you freedom physically from illness and disease.
  • Pranayama frees you from your regular breath and makes the pranic body vibrant and subtle.
  • Meditation prepares an unstable and distracted mind for the inner limbs of yoga.
  • We aim to give you the highest skills possible to teach and reveal the spiritual path underlying the practice so you can glimpse your true nature – Purusha (pure consciousness.)
  • We want you to live the yogic reality – and to take the practice off the mat, integrate the knowledge into your life and share it with others.
  • Deciding to teach yoga should not be a career move. It should be a sincere calling deep within your heart. Yoga Teacher Training is an investment in the future. Being an inspired and excellent teacher involves much more than getting a certificate. It requires dedication, discipline and years of continuous practice. You must also have a true desire to serve others in order to communicate to your students the true essence of yoga. Establishing yourself as a teacher is a journey of many steps: start your journey here and become the teacher or practitioner you aspire to be.
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THE VENUE

There’s no better place than India – with its 5,000-year-old tradition of spiritual practice – to do your Yoga Teacher Training. India breathes this knowledge and supports your spiritual practice.

An immersion style teacher training course allows you to study away from the distractions and responsibilities of regular life, so you can dedicate yourself full time to the yoga practice.

Satsanga is an internationally-acclaimed venue, purpose-built for yoga, with two beautiful wooden floored yoga shalas.

It is a peaceful venue with quiet tropical gardens, an ozone swimming pool, plenty of chill-out spaces, and comfortable guest rooms with ensuite bathrooms and solar hot water. The staff are very friendly and take meticulous care of the place. Indian cuisine is made from fresh organic local produce. Various healing therapies and spa treatments are available. Satsanga is built on pure love and provides the ideal environment where all your needs are taken care of, so you can focus on your inner journey, really live the practice, and feel what it’s like to be a real yogi.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"Deeply impressed by the care and attention"

“I am deeply impressed by the care and attention that Heather has put into this TTC. She goes out of her way to ensure that the students benefit from as many experiences as are available in Goa to help round us as teachers and yoga practitioners, inviting in guest speakers who are passing through the area, arranging trips to chanting and ceremonies, or bringing in people with different body types to morning practice to help us learn to adjust them.
I’d not really considered the importance of doing a YTT that is ‘non-dogmatic’ before I applied, but having completed this training I see that having the opportunity to absorb history and information about the many paths of yoga without the inference that there is a wrong or right one to choose, or that one is ‘better’ than the other, is fundamental to the process of self-exploration that true yoga offers.
The setting is beautiful. The teachers are deeply knowledgable and so wonderfully willing to share their passion for the subject and their decades of experience.
My own practice transformed as a result of the experience, as a hard-core Ashtangi, who often pushed my body beyond its limits, I am now softer and more compassionate towards myself and as a result towards others. Some of the other students who came with soft gentle practices have discovered strength and endurance they didn’t know was inside them. I have emerged from this experience with a deeper understanding of yoga, myself, others, and some friends I will treasure for many years to come.” – Jennifer Crowther

"More than I could have imagined"

“Thank you for an unbelievable Yoga Teacher Training experience! Before I selected your TTC in Goa, I did extensive research as I had many items that were important to me. I wanted to have excellent meals; the food was plentiful and better than I could imagine. I wanted the atmosphere to be comfortable; Satsanga was safe, comfortable, peaceful and very beautiful.
But more importantly, I wanted to immerse myself in all aspects of yoga and saturate myself with the practice of yoga, the philosophy, anatomy and different yoga practices. It was more than I could have imagined…The class was the right size to get quality one-on-one and yet have interactions with fellow students from all over the world. The fellow yoginis were warm, kind, funny, supportive and very loving. I highly recommend Heather Elton’s Yoga Teaching Training. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the training.” – Kristine Headrick

"A beautiful and well-structured program"

“The TTC with Heather Elton and Emil Wendel surpassed my expectations. And I expect a lot. The quality of all the classes and teachers was of a very high standard and I just kept learning during each and every class for four weeks day in and day out. Heather has created a beautiful and well-structured program for a full yoga experience and I feel well equipped for the job of being a teacher now. It was an amazing journey. The meditation, pranayama and philosophy in the mornings with Emil Wendel were beautiful. I can still hear his words. The asana practice in the mornings was filled with joy and strength. And then we still had the anatomy classes, adjustments, Satsang with John Weddepohl, Kirtan with Rachel and John. The experiences never ended and it was wonderful to share it in the group that we were in. Thank you Heather for creating this platform and bringing all these wonderful teachers and yogis together.” – Josta Van der Kolk

"Strengthened my commitment to yoga as a way of life"

“The Goa TTC was very well structured and provided me with a deeper and more holistic insight into the yogic path, which strengthened my commitment to yoga as a way of life. Heather’s love for yoga shone through her teachings and practices, and the genuine approach made her truly inspiring to follow. Through her strength, fairness, honesty, and nurture, Heather enabled me to open my eyes to see the power within myself, and use this power to share what I have learnt with others. For this, I am truly grateful.” – Laura Cubie

"Inspirational and very rounded"

“I found the training with Heather inspirational and very rounded, I left with a solid grounding in the principles of asana, in-depth knowledge of anatomy, a wonderful appreciation of yoga philosophy and an excellent understanding of the body and adjustments for all major asanas. Learning the practical aspects of vinyasa flow and exploring creative sequencing were fun and challenging in equal measure.” – Amie Wallace

"So many inspiring and knowledgeable teachers"

“Thank you for organizing this training and bringing together so many inspiring and knowledgeable teachers. Your openness and honesty really contributed to inspire such qualities in all of us in the group and to bring us together. I’m usually a very reserved and shy person and I’ve never felt as open to a group as in this training. Your emphasis on integrating the philosophy into the teaching, even into an asana class has changed my way of teaching and I try to integrate something from ‘beyond the asana’ into each class… and I often get questions about it! Satsanga is a beautiful and restful place, ideal to concentrate on studying and practicing while staying rested.” – Sophie Fabre

"A very complete dogma free TTC"

“Heather Elton Yoga’s TTC in Goa prepared me to begin teaching the principles and techniques of yoga safely and competently. Heather Elton’s yoga is a very complete dogma free TTC. I have learned a lot. I have integrated the yoga on and off the mat into my daily life thanks to Heather and her great team!” – Elske Klassen

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YOUR INVESTMENT

Prerequisites

To be accepted on the training, you need to have a regular yoga practice of 5 times a week for a minimum of two years to ensure that you have the necessary physical stamina and mental discipline, but also to be embodied in asana practice.

Immersion-style training in Goa can easily take you out of your comfort zone. You will live in an intimate setting with total strangers. You’ll share a room. You’ll be totally immersed in yoga practice (pranayama/meditation/asana, philosophy, anatomy & physiology, as well as the business of yoga and practical teaching) for 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, for close to a month. It can be intense on a physical and emotional level. There will be good days and vulnerable days and we will help you find equanimity in the process.

You will emerge having a taste of what it means to be a yogi.

Dates

The dates for the next Yoga Teacher Training in Goa are:

February 10 – March 8, 2018

Price

$3,450 USD

Includes yoga tuition + 3 vegetarian meals a day + twin share accommodation.

(Payment plans are possible on request.)

Sample daily timetable

 

6:00 – 7:15: Pranayama | Meditation

7:15 – 7:45: Tea break

7:45 – 9:45: Hatha Vinyasa yoga

10:00 – 11:00: Breakfast

11:00 – 13:00: Yoga Philosophy | Business of Yoga

13:00 – 15:00: Lunch break

15:00 – 18:00: Yoga clinic – Anatomy & Biomechanics of Movement | Adjustment Clinic | Asana Workshop | Sequencing Vinyasa Flow | Practicum (How to teach)

19:00 – 20:00: Dinner

20:00 – 21:30: Yoga film | Kirtan | Satsang | Yoga nidra | Reading | Saturday Nite Market | Free time

Note: This is a sample schedule and may change slightly due to festival holidays and the interests of the course. Sundays are free time.

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A P P L Y  N O W 

Step 1: Fill in the application form below. Please read the instructions carefully.

 

Step 2: Each application will be read in detail, with applicants assessed individually. Successful applicants will receive confirmation of acceptance.

 

Step 3: Pay the non-refundable deposit of £500 GBP to secure your place.

 

Step 4: The balance of the course fee is due by 15 December 2017.

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About your yoga practise

What does yoga mean to you? How long have you studied yoga? How often do you practice? What styles of yoga have you practiced? How has your practice changed over time? How does yoga affect your life and relationships?
(Discuss your expectations with training, goals, etc.)

Medical History & Injuries

Do you have any history with mental illness? If so, please describe. Are you currently taking any medication? (Information on mental illness is essential to ensure safe practice. We have a non-discrimination policy.) Yoga Teacher Training is intense and can bring up strong emotions. It's essential that you have the skills to work through any trauma that might arise. While we try to support you in this process, we are not psychotherapists. (To be kept confidential)

References

(strengths and challenges), your dedication and commitment to yoga, and an assessment about whether they feel you are ready to do the Yoga Teacher Training program. If you’ve been transient the past few years and can’t do this, no problem, please let us know.
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Yogas citta vrtti nirodha

Yoga is the cessation of thought in consciousness.  

– Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, 1.2 

 
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