Learn how to teach both Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, and integrate BKS Iyengar alignment principles into a mindful Vinyasa Flow
You can only teach what you know, so we give you the skills to teach from your own experience and practical knowledge
We teach in small groups to give you the personal attention you deserve for maximum learning
This is a DOGMA FREE training with interesting, innovative teachers, all of whom are serious yoga practitioners with global reputations:
For more information about our teachers, visit our Yoga Teacher Training Faculty page.
Space is limited to 16 students.
We encourage you to apply early to ensure a place on the program.
The course is accredited by Yoga Alliance USA (200+ hours).
This 200-hour Teacher Training will provide you with a solid foundation for your yoga practice. It involves intense study of asana technique, yoga adjustments, assists & prop use, applied anatomy, sequencing asanas, yoga philosophy and practicum to practice teaching yoga, including creating a class.
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.
Devaraya Wellness is an internationally-acclaimed venue, purpose-built for yoga, situated on Mandrem Beach in North Goa. It is a peaceful venue with comfortable guest rooms and ensuite bathrooms. Indian cuisine is made from fresh organic local produce. Devaraya 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.
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
To be accepted on the training, you need to have a regular yoga practice of 3 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.
Includes yoga tuition + 2 vegetarian meals a day + twin share accommodation.
(Payment plans are possible on request.)
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.
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 $850 USD to secure your place.
Step 4: The balance of the course fee is due by January 15, 2020.