Yes, I’m interested in the
28-day Residential Program

I authorise a representative from the Govardhan School of Yoga to call me for the 200 hours Yoga Program

Yes, I’m interested in the
28-day Residential Program

I authorise a representative from the Govardhan School of Yoga to call me for the 200 hours Yoga Program

About Govardhan Eco Village


Course Eligibility

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:

Daily Schedule

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.

5:15 Wake up
6:00 Mantra Meditation & Daily Prayers
7:00 Drink (e.g. Herbal Tea)
07:30 Asana & Pranayama Class
09:30 Brunch
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
17:30 Dinner
18:15 Yamuna Aarti / Meditation Walk at Vrindavan Forest
19:30 Kirtan & Evening Satsang
21:30 Rest / Lights Out

Govardhan Ecovillage invites you to our month-long Yoga Teacher-Training Course in Mumbai, India. This 28-day residential programme will not only enable you to learn and teach yoga, but also practice healthy eating, self-care through holistic-living, and meditation techniques from the bhakti tradition. Our yoga teachers are qualified and highly experienced professionals, with specialisations in traditional Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga. At the end of this course, you will have the knowledge in yoga philosophies and techniques to teach others, thereby enabling ever-expanding ripples of well-being.


  • A short but educative, heart warming, mind expanding, soul-electrifying, body relaxing stay. The thought for food and food for thought were supreme. Every activity in the ecovillage extended success and serenity. In a increasing material world this is an oasis of right action through right direction. The future of India, World and humanity rests on the shoulders of such a place.

    Dr. Manu Kothari, World renowned doctor and author of anatomy

  • From the moment I entered the grounds I was embraced by a sense of peace and welcome. A scientist at heart I was engaged by the recycling and the manner in which the cows and community work together. A sacred place. Thank you for the blessing.

    Jewelnel Davis, University Chaplain & Director of the Earl Hall Center at Columbia University

  • An outstanding example of dedicated effort at using natures forces to enable man to live in harmony with her landscape. Mud stabilised blocks are energy efficient. SBT is low energy sewage treatment. All examples to be scaled up to enable India’s progress to be environmentally sustainable. Request to team with Forest Departtment to adopt Galtare/Nane villages to promote regeneration of forest and sustainable forest. I feel privileged.

    Praveen Pardeshi, Principal secretary Forest

  • Amazing experience visiting here. Its a beautiful place built with a vision. I am sure in near future it is going to be a major landmark of our country.

    Shyam Pathak, Famous TV & Theater Personality

  • Our team from Bajaj Electricals visited GEV with the intent to contribute by planting trees and we returned with the gifts of learning how to remain humble, provide selfless service, contribute back to the environment. This interdependence needs to be cherished and celebrated. May we continue to partner with GEV for creating an enriching and sustainable society.

    Mr. Atul Sharma (Executive President & Head - Human Resources)

  • This is really heaven on earth. Such dedication to convert vision into reality is rarely seen. No doubt this will be a beacon of spiritual life for all of us. May the Lord continue to inspire you to evolve this place into a magical ‘Light House’.

    Vivek Vig, Former CEO Citibank

Upcoming Teacher’s Training CALENDAR FOR 2017 (200 HOURS)

Motivated students over the age of 18, with a thirst to learn yoga techniques and philosophies, acquire/hone meditation skills, and engage with a healthy and simple lifestyle are encouraged to apply. You don’t need to be a yoga teacher or have any prior experience. 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. As classes are held in English, a reasonable understanding of spoken English will be required.


Yoga Teaching Methodology:

Classes include various techniques for improving your skills as a yoga teacher, including

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.

Final Assessment

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:


Classes include various techniques for improving your skills as a yoga teacher, including:

  • Lessons on yoga sequence creation
  • Teacher-training in the principles and philosophies of multiple forms of yoga, including Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga
  • The techniques of asanas, pranayama, bandhas, kriyas, cleansing routines and their physiological impact on our anatomies
  • Skills for assisting, encouraging, caring and guiding the progress of students
  • Methods for managing your yoga class
  • Guidelines for being an ethical yoga teacher
  • Practical workshops where you will practice teaching, perform Seva (service), learn basic Sanskrit and Ayurveda
  • Final Assessments, conducted by external examiners from the Yoga Vidya Gurukul to ensure that the highest standards of certification are maintained

Know More


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.


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.

Anant 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.

By Road - From Mumbai

Govardhan Ecovillage is well connected by road from Mumbai, India’s financial capital. We are about 108 km from down-town Mumbai. And takes between 1.5 - 2.5 hours to reach us (depending on traffic conditions.)

Follow these instructions to reach Govardhan Ecovillage.

(1) Head North on the Western Expressway.

Travel north along the western express highway for most of the way. Coming from Mumbai, you will need to pass two toll gates, one at Mira Road and another at Virar. After traveling a further 28 km north take a right turn at “Ten Naka” (Manor off-ramp). You will see some land marks like Hotel Decent and Hotel Vegas just before reaching the Ten Naka turn-off.

Please note, we are NOT located in WADA but in Galtare which is nearest Manor/Ten districts.

(2) Take the Manor/Ten Naka off-ramp

Just after you take the off-ramp, you will pass the Hotel Taj Inn, you will need to take a right turn under the bridge into Ten Naka. Then travel another 3 km on this WADA/Manor road and look out for a narrow turn right at “Hamrapur Phata”. There is metal arch at the entrance of this road. There is also a Govardhan Ecovillage signboard at the entrance of this road.

(3) Turn right into Hamrapur Phata / Galtare.

After taking this right turn travel along this narrow, long winding road for 7km to reach “Galtare” where Govardhan Ecovillage is located. The property is on the left of the road and you will see the signboard and bricked wall entrance gates. There is ample car parking inside the property.

By Road - From Palghar

Govardhan Ecovillage can also be reached from Palghar which is 36 km from Govardhan Ecovillage. From the Palghar, take the Manor highway and travel along the ghat road to reach Manor. Continue further along the same direction for 3 km to join the Mumbai-Surat national highway (NH8) at “Mastan Naka”. Take a right turn at Mastan Naka and head south 1 km to reach “Ten Naka”. Take a left turn and follow the route described above.

There is a state run public transport bus at 7:30 AM from Palghar station, that drops you directly to Govardhan Ecovillage. The destination bus stop is called “Galtare.”

By Train

The nearest railway station is Palghar Railway station which is 36 km from Govardhan Ecovillage. Palghar is well connected by train from Mumbai and Gujarat. From there travel by road by bus or taxi as described above.

By Air

The nearest airport is Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport which 90 km from Govardhan Ecovillage. While Visitors can hire a pre-paid taxi from the Airport directly to Govardhan Ecovillage and travel along the route described above, we recommend arranging a taxi with one of our preferred taxi drivers as they are trusted and aware of the route and will not get you lost, as our location is outside Mumbai city.

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Govardhan Ecovillage Galtare, Hamrapur (P.O), Wada (Taluka), Palghar (District) – 421303, Maharashtra, India.

Office Timings: 9AM to 6PM




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