200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (Mumbai, India)
Govardhan Ecovillage invites you to begin your yoga journey with our month-long Yoga Teacher Training Course in Mumbai, India. This 28-day residential program enables you to not only learn and teach yoga, but also to learn healthy eating, taking care of your body, meditation practices from the bhakti tradition and generally making yoga part of your lifestyle. Our yoga teachers are highly experienced and qualified professionals with specialization in traditional hatha and astanga-yoga. At the end of this course you will obtain sufficient knowledge, confidence and self-discipline in yoga lifestyle and practices to teach yoga.
Upcoming Yoga Teachers Training for 2016
|13th March – 10th April 2017||200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training||Apply Now|
|29th June – 26th July 2017||200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training||Apply Now|
|2nd August – 29th August 2017||200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training||Apply Now|
|3rd September – 2nd October 2017||200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training||Apply Now|
Interested students with a humble heart and self-motivation to learn are encouraged to apply. You don’t need to be a yoga teacher or an have any prior experience to attend. Practitioners of any age over 18 may apply. As the training is rigorous, attendees over 60 years of age or those in poor health are required to bring a fitness certificate from their doctor in order to be accepted.
We welcome students who are:
- Enthusiastic to learn traditional yoga combined with yoga philosophy and meditation practices.
- Want to apply yoga to their lifestyle and learn more about themselves.
- Have a reasonable understanding of English, as all classes are in English.
Our schedule is designed according to Ayurvedic principles or ‘Dinacharya’ to integrate one’s daily routines as an important step in cultivating discipline. To make the most out of the program, we ask that participants attend all asana and pranayama classes, lectures, spiritual activities and meditation sessions.
|6:00||Mantra Meditation & Daily Prayers|
|7:00||Drink (e.g. Herbal Tea)|
|07:30||Asana & Pranayama Class|
|10.15||Daily Service (Seva)|
|11:30||Yoga Philosophy/Anatomy Class|
|12.30||Relaxation Therapy (Yoga Nidra) – (Optional But highly recommended or self study time)|
|13:30||Drink (e.g. Herbal Tea)|
|14:00||Bhagavad Gita Class|
|15:30||Asana & Pranayama Class|
|18:15||Yamuna Aarti / Meditation Walk at Vrindavan Forest|
|19:30||Kirtan & Evening Satsang|
|21:30||Rest / Lights Out|
Yoga Teaching Methodology: Classes include various techniques for improving your skills as a yoga teacher, including
- Practical workshops where you will practice teaching
- Lessons on yoga sequence creation
- Techniques to properly teach the principles of yoga
- Skills for assisting, encouraging, caring and guiding the progress of students
- Methods for managing your yoga class
- Guidelines for being an ethical yoga teacher
Technique Training: You’ll practice asanas, pranayama, bandhas, kriyas and cleansing routines. During your practice you’ll learn about proper form, alignment and the reasons why all of these aspects of yoga are so important. You’ll learn about multiple forms of yoga, including Hatha and Ashtanga.
Lectures on Yoga Philosophy: Lessons on yoga philosophy will include information on the 8 limbs of yoga, Yoga Sutras by Patanjali, chakras, nadis and pancha-koshas. Don’t worry if all of these terms are new to you, that’s why you’re attending this program!
Anatomy and Physiology: During these lessons you’ll gain a basic knowledge of various body systems. We’ll learn about the functions of various organs, the endocrine glands and other systems which are affected by your yoga practice. You’ll also learn about the health benefits of a yoga practice, as well as precautions that are important to take to avoid contraindications and injuries.
Service (Seva): Students will assist to serve meals and perform group cleaning activities. They may also participate in community work during their yoga teacher training course.
Basic Sanskrit: Our Sanskrit lessons will give you a basic introduction to the language of Sanskrit, the Sanskrit words most commonly used in yoga, the sutras and mantra recitation.
Basic Teachings of the Bhagavad-gita: Learn about the history of Bhagavad Gita, begin your journey of self discovery, learn how to apply Gita in your modern life and chant verses of the Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit
Introduction to Ayurveda: These lessons will introduce you to Ayurveda, coming from the Sanskrit words ayuh and veda meaning life-knowledge. During these lessons you’ll get an introduction to Ayurveda, a traditional Indian science which uses herbs, medicines and foods to create a healthy lifestyle. You’ll also participate in a self-examination where you can discover your dosha and prakriti.
Applications of Yoga or Living the Yoga Lifestyle
Various topics including sessions on kirtan, mantra, meditation, vedic ecology, vegetarianism and compassionate communication with an emphasis on simple living and high thinking will be explored.
During the final week of your course, we will conduct assessments and evaluate what you’ve learned. For successful completion of our course, each participant must attend all classes, submit a summary of what he learned, show an understanding of skills needed to teach yoga and make a presentation on a yoga topic of her own choosing. The final examination is conducted by external examiners from the Yoga Vidya Gurukul to ensure the highest standards of certification are maintained.
Your successful completion of our course and final examination are required for you to gain your yoga teacher certification. These are the criteria we will grade upon:
- Regular attendance of all classes (including satsanga and seva).
- Enthusiasm and positive attitude during practical asana, pranayama and kriya classes.
- Yoga teaching skills.
- Passing score on written examination on the theories of yoga.
- Completion of weekly assignments.
- Giving a final presentation.
Aarti’s first acquaintance with Yoga came at quite a young age with Yoga Vidya Gurukul,Nashik where she enrolled for Pranayama course.After few years of studies in Arts & work experience in Service industry ,She had a longing to deepen her knowledge especially in ancient, scriptural & traditional practices of Yoga.So further, she took up the basic course in the same mentioned school (YVG,Nashik) & finished all the levels upto Yoga Pandit (where she studied philosophy, yoga therapy, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, a yoga instructor course, and a special classes for Senior citizen,pre/post natal yoga & children’s yoga).Now with more than 6 years of wide variety of teaching experience ,conducting seminars & workshops for all age groups, she went on to complete a Teachers Training Course & Advanced Course at the most traditional settings of Sivananda Ashram in Kerela
Back at Govardhan Eco Village, She continues her Yoga Teachings, practices, personal Sadhana & Study of Bhagavad Gita in the Vaishnava Tradition.
Surabhi developed an interest in yoga through the Iyengar School of Yoga. She went on to do her yoga teacher’s training course from Yoga Vidya Gurukul. To further deepen her practice she did an intensive 300 hour international teacher training course with the Jivamukti School of Yoga.
Currently she assists the YTTC’s and other workshops at the Govardhan School of Yoga. She is also pursuing her Master’s in Yoga. She has completed her Master’s in English Literature.
Manisha was very much inspired right from childhood towards the path and practice of yoga. She went on to do her yoga teacher’s training course from Yoga Vidya Gurukul.
Currently she assists the YTTC’s, Joy of meditation and other workshops at the Govardhan School of Yoga.She Graduated as Bachelor In Zoology from Govt University.
Anmol is exposed to fitness & sports since childhood.He took up various courses & also Teachers Training at Yoga Vidya Gurukul especially to explore the importance of Yogic practice in different sports.He has a unique dynamic way of teaching yogic practices with a Big smile & Positive attitude.It is more to be experienced than explained !Students stay inspired even during intensive training due to his joyful nature & sense of humour.To further deepen his knowledge,Anmol also took up Teachers Training Course & Advanced Course at the most traditional settings of Sivananda Ashram in Kerela.
At Govardhan Eco Village,Anmol conducts Hatha Yoga classes & continues his spiritual practices with Vaishnava Tradition.
Ananta Raghav Das
Anant Raghav Das is a resident monk in the Govardhan Ecovillage since 2011. He has done his post graduation in commerce & economics from Mumbai University & has also worked with corporates like Aptech computers,Reliance energy etc before being a full time member with ISKCON.Currently he takes care of guest hospitality in the eco village & apart from this He gives wisdom talk on the basis of Bhagavad Gita & Bhagavatam & also sings kirtans & bhajans.
Nimai Lila Das
Having joined the order of monk-hood in the year 2009, Nimai Lila Das is one of the main trainers at Govardhan Ecovillage. Also a faculty in the Vedic college at GEV, his areas of expertise includes Bhagavad Gita, Mantra Meditation and Vedic Sustainability. He organizes various tours and workshops at GEV for academicians and industry delegates highlighting the importance of Simple Living & High Thinking. He is a regular speaker at various national and international conferences. He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from IISc Bangalore.
You will receive a Diploma in Yoga Education certified by the The Yoga Vidya Gurukul, a government-recognized Yoga University based in Nashik. Once certified, you are able to teach beginner courses in yoga in any part of the world. Many insurance companies provide liability & professional indemnity insurance to the students with our certification.
Airport Transfers to and from the ecovillage can be arranged upon request. A trusted private taxi will cost you around $50 one-way. If you have arranged your own transport, and are looking for directions to the ecovillage, we recommend using Google Maps to help direct you. You may also see our directions page.