500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training India

300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at Govardhan Eco Village

Welcome to the MA Institute of Yoga and Wellness Advanced 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training! We are thrilled to offer this comprehensive course designed to elevate your yoga teaching skills, deepen your understanding of yoga philosophy, and expand your knowledge in advanced anatomy, sequencing, hands-on assists, and the spiritual aspects of yoga. We are proud to say this program is a Yoga Alliance Certified 300-Hour Program, which, when combined with any 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification, will grant you a 500-hour advanced yoga certification (RYT 500). Our experienced and dedicated team of instructors is here to guide you on this transformative journey, helping you become the best version of yourself both as a practitioner and a teacher.

Throughout the course, you will explore various aspects of yoga philosophy, delving into the teachings of ancient texts such as the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Upanishads. You will gain a deeper understanding of the spiritual foundations of yoga and learn how to incorporate these teachings into your daily life and practice.

Advanced anatomy and sequencing modules will provide you with a thorough understanding of the human body, its functions, and how to create safe, effective, and inspiring yoga sequences tailored to different levels and needs. You will also learn how to skillfully provide hands-on assists to your students, enhancing their practice while maintaining a safe and nurturing environment.

The spiritual aspects of yoga are an integral part of this training, as they enhance your personal growth and deepen your connection to yourself and the world around you. Through guided meditation, breathwork, and other practices, you will cultivate a more profound sense of mindfulness, self-awareness, and inner peace, which you can then share with your students.

By the end of this Advanced 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, you will possess a comprehensive understanding of yoga as a holistic practice that nourishes the mind, body, and spirit. You will have the tools, knowledge, and confidence to teach advanced asanas, design and lead safe and effective classes, and incorporate meditation, pranayama, and mantra into your teachings. We are excited to embark on this transformative journey with you and look forward to supporting you in reaching your fullest potential as a yoga teacher. Let’s begin!

Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program

Training in an ashram setting can provide a unique opportunity to deepen one’s yoga practice and personal growth journey in a transformative environment. By stepping out of one’s daily life and routines, students can create space to fully immerse themselves in their studies and gain a deeper understanding of the principles of yoga. The structured routine of an ashram, including regular meditation, yoga practice, and satsang (group discussion), can help cultivate discipline, focus, and inner peace. Additionally, the communal living arrangements and shared activities create opportunities for students to form close bonds with like-minded individuals and develop a sense of belonging to a supportive community. By embracing new spiritual routines and practices, students can gain a deeper connection to themselves and others, and bring these lessons back into their daily lives. Overall, training in an ashram setting can be a profound and life-changing experience, providing the space, structure, and community needed to deepen one’s practice, transform one’s mindset, and awaken to one’s true potential.

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Program Overview


Dates:
 February 3, 2024 – March 3, 2024
Location: Maharashtra, India
Instructors: Katyanna Ryan, Sarada Jagannath, Ram Vakkalanka, and Carley de Goede
Pricing: Single $6,215 USD, Double $4,750 USD
Includes: Includes all meals (Vegetarian), Well appointed A/C rooms, all programming, manuals, and all instruction.

This training is for those who have already completed their 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training and want to continue their journey towards mastery of the practice. Through this course, you will be empowered to refine your personal practice, develop your teaching skills, and grow as a yoga teacher in a supportive and transformative learning environment.

Over the course of thirteen modules, you will delve into the key teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, and Upanishads, explore advanced anatomy and sequencing strategies, learn how to provide safe and effective assists, and deepen your understanding of the spiritual aspects of yoga. You will also have the opportunity to refine your own asana and meditation practice, develop your teaching voice, and observe and evaluate other teachers to gain valuable feedback and insights.

By the end of this course, you will have developed a comprehensive understanding of yoga as a holistic practice that nourishes the mind, body, and spirit. You will also be equipped with the tools and knowledge to confidently teach advanced asanas, design and lead safe and effective classes, and incorporate meditation, pranayama, and mantra into your teaching.

We are excited to embark on this transformative journey with you and look forward to supporting you in reaching your fullest potential as a yoga teacher. Let’s begin!

Curriculum

Module 1: Deepening Your Own Practice

    • – Refining your own asana practice
    • – Deepening your meditation practice
    • – Exploring advanced pranayama techniques
    • – Personal practice and self-care including dinacharya and kriya practice
    • – Powerful daily vinyasa classes
    • – Daily meditation and pranayama practice

Module 2: Yoga Philosophy

  • Bhagavad Gita: key concepts and teachings
  • Yoga Sutras: advanced concepts and interpretation
  • Upanishads: understanding the core concepts

Module 3: Sequencing

  • Advanced sequencing strategies for different styles of yoga
  • Vinyasa sequencing and transitions
  • Themeing
  • Strong practices grounded in philosophical teachings
  • Movement for Health

Module 4: Anatomy and Philosophy

  • Advanced anatomy and physiology of yoga practice
  • The intersection between yoga and Ayurveda

Module 5: Assists – How to Provide Safe Touching for Powerful Teaching

  • Understanding and applying hands-on assists
  • Developing intuition and sensitivity in assisting
  • Safety considerations for hands-on assists
  • Consent Based Practices and working with varied populations

Module 6: Restorative Yoga and the 5 Elements (25 hours)

  • Understanding Restorative Yoga and its benefits
  • The connection between Restorative Yoga and the five elements
  • The art of teaching Restorative Yoga

Module 7: Mantra, Sanskrit, and Kirtan

  • Understanding the use of mantras and Sanskrit in yoga practice
  • The history and benefits of Kirtan
  • Incorporating chanting and mantra into teaching

Module 8: Practice and Observation

  • Refining personal practice
  • Observing and adjusting students
  • Teaching advanced asanas
  • Being Effective in the Classroom

Module 9: Languaging

  • Advanced communication strategies for teaching yoga
  • Finding your voice as a yoga teacher
  • The art of sequencing and cueing

Module 10: Spiritual Life (25 hours)

  • Exploring the spiritual aspects of yoga
  • Incorporating spiritual teachings into your teaching
  • Balancing spirituality and modern life

Module 11: Meditation and Pranayama Techniques

  • The science and benefits of meditation
  • Different types of meditation techniques
  • Incorporating meditation into your teaching
  • The science and benefits of pranayama
  • Different types of pranayama techniques

300 Hour Yoga Training

The world of yoga encompasses many captivating aspects, inspiring practitioners to explore creation, personal dharma (purpose), and their innate potential. The 500-hour certification program is ideal for students who already possess a 200-hour foundation and are eager to grow individually.

By completing an additional 300 hours, you can combine it with your 200-hour designation and become eligible for a 500-hour advanced certification through Yoga Alliance. In other words, 200 + 300 hours equals a 500-hour Advanced RYT (Advanced Registered Yoga Teacher) status.

This one-month intensive program has been designed to cater to each teacher’s unique interests and requirements. With a diverse curriculum, you’ll have the opportunity to dive deeper into various aspects of yoga, from philosophy and anatomy to advanced asanas and meditation techniques. This personalized approach allows you to tailor your learning experience, focusing on the areas that resonate with you most.

Nataraja, the cosmic dancer, symbolizing the spiritual depth and enlightenment achievable through our 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training.

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Embrace Serenity and Sustainability at Govardhan Eco Village During Our 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

  • Welcome to Govardhan Eco Village, the picturesque location for our 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training program. Situated in the serene Sahyadri Mountains and just 108 kilometers from the bustling city of Mumbai, India, this award-winning eco-friendly retreat offers an unparalleled environment for personal growth, transformation, and deepening your yoga practice.

Govardhan Eco Village is a unique oasis that beautifully combines ancient Vedic wisdom with modern sustainable living practices. During your stay, you’ll have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the village’s harmonious, eco-conscious lifestyle while participating in our comprehensive yoga teacher training program.

Experience the Tranquility of Govardhan Eco Village

At Govardhan Eco Village, you’ll be surrounded by nature’s beauty and an atmosphere of spiritual rejuvenation. The village offers:

  1. Comfortable, eco-friendly accommodation options designed to promote relaxation and rejuvenation
  2. Nutritious, sattvic meals prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, supporting your yoga practice and overall well-being
  3. State-of-the-art facilities, including spacious yoga halls, an Ayurveda wellness center, and a natural swimming pool
  4. Traditional Vedic rituals and ceremonies that allow you to connect with the rich spiritual heritage of India
  5. An array of sustainability initiatives, such as organic farms, a cow sanctuary, and renewable energy projects, showcasing the village’s commitment to environmental stewardship

Discover the Magic of Govardhan Eco Village During Your Yoga Teacher Training

As you participate in our 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training program, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  1. Deepen your connection with nature through quiet reflection, meditation, and mindful walks in the verdant surroundings
  2. Learn about sustainable living practices and how to incorporate them into your daily life
  3. Participate in seva (selfless service) projects, contributing to the village’s ongoing sustainability efforts and fostering a sense of community
  4. Explore the principles of Ayurveda and holistic wellness, gaining insights into how to cultivate balance and vitality on and off the mat

Embark on a Journey of Self-Discovery and Growth

Join us for an unforgettable 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Govardhan Eco Village, where you’ll not only develop your skills as a yoga teacher but also experience the power of living in harmony with nature and the timeless wisdom of Vedic culture. Take the next step in your yoga journey and apply for our upcoming program today. We look forward to welcoming you to the serene and nurturing environment of Govardhan Eco Village.



Teachers

Sarada Pranav Jagannath

Sarada Pranav Jagannath is a dedicated yoga instructor, Ayurvedic wellness practitioner, and holds a Master’s degree in counseling psychology and social work. She is currently in the process of completing her training to become an Ayurvedic doctor. Sarada was raised in the Ayurvedic tradition, and her education was strongly influenced by her grandfather, a respected Ayurvedic doctor. He imparted invaluable wisdom, philosophy, and teachings in both yoga and Ayurveda, which helped shape her life’s path.

Sarada pursued her studies at the renowned Sivananda Yoga and Vedanta Ashram in Kerala, India, and at Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in Bangalore, India. Since then, she has shared her expertise as a yoga teacher in India, the United States, and Canada. For the past eight years, she has been conducting Ayurvedic workshops in these countries, furthering her commitment to sharing her knowledge.

In addition to workshops, Sarada offers private Ayurvedic consultations and teaches Ayurvedic cooking classes and Marma Kriya. As a co-owner of MĀ Yoga and Wellness, she can be found instructing yoga classes and leading various workshops, as well as serving clients in her role as an Ayurvedic practitioner.

Katyanna Ryan

Katyanna is a highly experienced and dedicated international yoga teacher, with almost two decades of training and practice in various aspects of yoga, Ayurveda, and holistic medicine. She began her journey by apprenticing with her first teacher in 2006 and later moved to India to intensify her studies in asana, philosophy, chanting, nada yoga, and traditional Hatha with Lalit Kumar and Vinay Kumar. Her fascination with Ayurveda, wellness, and movement inspired her to lead Ayurvedic retreats in Nicaragua and become a senior yoga instructor for the Himalaya Yoga Valley Teacher Training School in Goa and Dharamsala, India.

In 2011, Katyanna returned to Victoria, BC to further her studies in Chinese Medicine and started a yoga education center in 2012. In January 2020, she opened the MA Institute of Yoga and Wellness, which has since become a hub for yoga education and holistic medicine.

Katyanna is a 500-hour ERYT with over a decade of experience training teachers. She is also a certified Jivamukti teacher, a registered acupuncturist, and holds a certification as a gong practitioner (2023) from her teacher Sheila Whitaker. Her dedication to these practices and her extensive training and certification make her a highly qualified and sought-after instructor, with a deep understanding of the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of yoga and holistic medicine.

Ram Vakkalanka

Ram Vakkalanka is an internationally recognized master of Yoga philosophy, Nada Yoga, Meditation and Sanskrit. He was born and brought up in India, in a family dedicated to Yogic style of living. He grew up studying the Sanskrit language, ancient scriptures such as Upanishads and practicing Mantra-chanting and Meditation as a lifestyle. In his teens, Ram started studying music through the Sitar, which eventually blossomed into Nada Yoga. Simultaneous to Yogic education, Ram also pursued mundane education, amassed a few qualifications in Finance and worked in the upper echelons of Management in the corporate world in Singapore, Africa, the USA, and Canada.

 

It was in Canada, Ram met his spiritual Guru and that meeting changed his life completely. In 2010, Ram quit the corporate world and dedicated his life to spreading the sublime philosophy of Veda and Vedic sciences such as Astrology and Ayurveda.

 

Ram shares his deep knowledge of the Yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, Nada Yoga as well as Vedic sciences such as Ayurveda and Astrology with a global audience through workshops, Retreats as well as one-on-one sessions. He is often described as ‘a gift to the global Yoga community’, given the breadth and depth of his wisdom as well as the authenticity, humility and passion with which he shares it. His teaching style is direct and simple but profound, filled with current examples and humor.

 

Ram’s creations so far include 22 CDs in three languages, one DVD and an online course about the origin and evolution of Yoga.

 

For more about Ram, visit www.ramvakkalanka.com, listen to his podcasts on Apple Podcasts and Spotify or connect with him on the social media. 

Carley De Goede

I found a Yoga practice during a time in my life where I felt lost. Yoga helped guide me back to myself. My yoga mat was my safe space to feel into my body and emotions in a way I couldn’t anywhere else. My practice profoundly shifted my perception of my physical body and helped guide me to my first stages of Eating Disorder recovery. This shift of perception expanded beyond the peace I made with my physical body, and into how I can now approach myself without expectation or judgement. I learned how to let myself just be. Just being, however you are, is enough.

I gained so much healing from the teachers I practiced with and doing my Teacher Training peeled back many new layers of self-acceptance, bravery and confidence that I didn’t know were there. I found my voice. Upon completion of my first YTT I knew I wanted to give back and offer the healing I had received through yoga. I consider myself a lifelong student of yoga and will forever be looking to deepen my knowledge of this beautiful tradition.
I am passionate about both Indian and Chinese philosophy and mythology/metaphysics. 

My teaching takes inspiration from all the teachers I have learned from and the lineages I have been lucky enough to study which include Ashtanga, Iyengar, Traditional Hatha, Trauma Informed, Jivamukti, Yin and Restorative yoga. 
Off the mat I am a Certified Master Chinese Medicine Face Reader, and Facial Reflexologist. I have studied the Lymphatic System and how to build Immunity through touch and movement, these things often flow into my yoga teaching.
 
I am currently studying to become a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) in the Advanced Yoga Therapy Program at the Breathing Deeply Yoga School in New York.
 
E-RYT 500 and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP)
Certified 300 Hour Jivamukti Teacher

Sarada Pranav Jagannath

Sarada Pranav Jagannath is a dedicated yoga instructor, Ayurvedic wellness practitioner, and holds a Master’s degree in counseling psychology and social work. She is currently in the process of completing her training to become an Ayurvedic doctor. Sarada was raised in the Ayurvedic tradition, and her education was strongly influenced by her grandfather, a respected Ayurvedic doctor. He imparted invaluable wisdom, philosophy, and teachings in both yoga and Ayurveda, which helped shape her life’s path.

Sarada pursued her studies at the renowned Sivananda Yoga and Vedanta Ashram in Kerala, India, and at Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in Bangalore, India. Since then, she has shared her expertise as a yoga teacher in India, the United States, and Canada. For the past eight years, she has been conducting Ayurvedic workshops in these countries, furthering her commitment to sharing her knowledge.

In addition to workshops, Sarada offers private Ayurvedic consultations and teaches Ayurvedic cooking classes and Marma Kriya. As a co-owner of MĀ Yoga and Wellness, she can be found instructing yoga classes and leading various workshops, as well as serving clients in her role as an Ayurvedic practitioner.

Katyanna Ryan

Katyanna is a highly experienced and dedicated international yoga teacher, with almost two decades of training and practice in various aspects of yoga, Ayurveda, and holistic medicine. She began her journey by apprenticing with her first teacher in 2006 and later moved to India to intensify her studies in asana, philosophy, chanting, nada yoga, and traditional Hatha with Lalit Kumar and Vinay Kumar. Her fascination with Ayurveda, wellness, and movement inspired her to lead Ayurvedic retreats in Nicaragua and become a senior yoga instructor for the Himalaya Yoga Valley Teacher Training School in Goa and Dharamsala, India.

In 2011, Katyanna returned to Victoria, BC to further her studies in Chinese Medicine and started a yoga education center in 2012. In January 2020, she opened the MA Institute of Yoga and Wellness, which has since become a hub for yoga education and holistic medicine.

Katyanna is a 500-hour ERYT with over a decade of experience training teachers. She is also a certified Jivamukti teacher, a registered acupuncturist, and holds a certification as a gong practitioner (2023) from her teacher Sheila Whitaker. Her dedication to these practices and her extensive training and certification make her a highly qualified and sought-after instructor, with a deep understanding of the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of yoga and holistic medicine.

Carley De Goede

During a challenging time in my life, I found solace in yoga, which guided me back to myself and became my safe space. This practice profoundly shifted my perception of my body and supported my eating disorder recovery. I learned to approach myself without expectations or judgments, embracing the concept of just being.

My Teacher Training uncovered layers of self-acceptance, bravery, and confidence, leading me to find my voice. As a lifelong student of yoga, I’m passionate about Indian and Chinese philosophy, mythology, and metaphysics. My teaching is inspired by various lineages, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Traditional Hatha, Trauma-Informed, Jivamukti, Yin, and Restorative yoga.

Off the mat, I’m a Master Chinese Medicine Face Reader, Facial Reflexologist, and an expert in the lymphatic system and building immunity. I’m currently studying to become a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) at Breathing Deeply Yoga School in New York.

E-RYT 500 and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) Certified 300 Hour Jivamukti Teacher

Ram Vakkalanka

Ram Vakkalanka is an internationally recognized master of Yoga philosophy, Nada Yoga, Meditation and Sanskrit. He was born and brought up in India, in a family dedicated to Yogic style of living. He grew up studying the Sanskrit language, ancient scriptures such as Upanishads and practicing Mantra-chanting and Meditation as a lifestyle. In his teens, Ram started studying music through the Sitar, which eventually blossomed into Nada Yoga. Simultaneous to Yogic education, Ram also pursued mundane education, amassed a few qualifications in Finance and worked in the upper echelons of Management in the corporate world in Singapore, Africa, the USA, and Canada.

It was in Canada, Ram met his spiritual Guru and that meeting changed his life completely. In 2010, Ram quit the corporate world and dedicated his life to spreading the sublime philosophy of Veda and Vedic sciences such as Astrology and Ayurveda.

Ram shares his deep knowledge of the Yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, Nada Yoga as well as Vedic sciences such as Ayurveda and Astrology with a global audience through workshops, Retreats as well as one-on-one sessions. He is often described as ‘a gift to the global Yoga community’, given the breadth and depth of his wisdom as well as the authenticity, humility and passion with which he shares it. His teaching style is direct and simple but profound, filled with current examples and humor.

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