Yoga Teacher Training Goa 2017

NEW TTC India Jan 13th-Feb 7th 2018! See website for details

After 3 years teaching training in Goa on Patnem beach, we have decided to move the TTC to Varkala in Kerala. This is because even though Patnem is known as one of the more quieter beaches, it was becoming increasingly nosier each year. It was difficult for students to really immerse themselves in the TTC when they could not sleep at night and had to get up for 7 a.m. practice.

It was a hard decision to make as we will kiss the Arabic sea goodbye and say thank you to the staff at Bamboo, who were always amazing !

We have found another venue with an indoor yoga room (away from dogs, crows, insects, mossies and noise pollution) and a quiet outdoor space on a jetty overlooking a large beautiful lake. This venue is cheaper and has concrete rooms with aircon. Its also INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL!  We hope to you will join us there.

See full details on our website under Trainings Varkala 2018.


Jan 7th – Feb 1st

This TTC takes places over 26 days. There is 3 Saturdays off at the end of each week.



Training will start at 3pm on 7th January 

From the 8th January the daily schedule is a follows. 

7.00-9.30 a.m.        Meditation, breathwork and asana

9.30-10.30 a.m.      Juice/ fruit Salad/ teas

10.30-12.00 p.m.    Theory class (anatomy, philosophy etc.) or

                                 a meditation, breath work, myo-fascia release work.

12.00 – 2.00 p.m.    Brunch

2.00 – 3.30 p.m.      Theory class (anatomy, philosophy etc)

3.30- 4.00 p.m.       Break- tea, fruit/ cookies

4.00 – 5.30 p.m.      Asana class or Teaching Methodology class.

5.30-7.00 p.m.        Rest, jump in the sea etc.

7.00                         Dinner





This Training will be taught by Carol Murphy, Noah McKenna and assistants

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Hello! My name is Carol Murphy. I love exploring yoga asana, anatomy, Ayurveda and everything to do with philosophy; I also love (raw/) vegan cooking and meditation! I started Green Lotus Yoga teacher training school in 2007. Since then I have graduated over 200 teachers from my training throughout Ireland and abroad. Most of my work is in Ireland but I have also taught yoga in London, California, India, South Africa, Morocco and Spain. I like to teach Vinyasa style yoga as mindful, strengthening, slow, deep, breath-centered movement, creating various forms and threads to keep things alive. I am practising yoga 27 years and teaching 20. My background is in Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vinyasa,.  I am currently finishing up studies in Neuro-muscular therapy, which is a form of physical therapy that works with kinetic chains and acknowledges the interconnected nature of the body, just like yoga does… In addition to the above, I have 2 degrees in philosophy <3. I have studied Ayurveda and yoga therapy in India. I am a raw vegan educator (although not 100% vegan or raw), a qualified sports massage therapist, a trained Art of Being Tantra instructor, a qualified Trance Dance teacher and I practice and study the Reiki Tummo Method, which combines open heart meditations with reiki and kundalini healing work. These gifts created solidity and ground from which I can rise and fly, roots and wings, creating safety, balance, expansion and joy in my life and for this I am grateful.


Noah McKenna

Noah completed a bachelor of science majoring in anatomy and neurology and a masters degree in Chiropractic at Macquarie University Sydney Australia. He is a qualified acupuncturist graduating from Nanjing University of TCM, China.

In 2003 he completed the 6 month Yoga therapy program at VYASA Uninversity Bangelore, India. He has spent 3 years in Mysore, India over 8 vists since 1995 and practiced intensively with Indian masters B.N.S Iyengar and V. Venkatesha.

Since 2003 Noah has been travelling and teaching workshops in Asia, Australia and Europe. He is a certified Teacher Trainer at the E-RYT 500 level with Yoga Alliance.

Noah has worked in private practice as a chiropractor and therapist for 7 years specialising in yoga related injuries and rehabilitation. He runs teacher training and professional development programs for yoga teachers and appears as a guest teacher TTC courses.

His greatest achievement is in assisting yogisthe healing potential of asana.


Noah has been practicing Yoga from the age of eighteen. He has worked as a Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer internationally in Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, China, Indonesia, Austria, England and Sweden.

Noah teaches his own interpretation of Hatha Yoga which he calls Sukhashanti Style. This is a comfortable and easy approach that emphasizes core strengthening and avoids compression.

He has trained many students from all over the world in workshops and individually. Also he specialises as a therapist for consultation on yoga injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Noah spends half his time in Mysore India where he has treated many beginners and also some elite practitioners with both acute and chronic ailments. A specialty is mapping the body to explain the individuals needs and prescribe asana for realignment



The asana taught on this Teacher Training course is physically challenging, creative, alignment-orientated and fun!. In the classroom, Carol likes to play with a series of vinyasa threads (sequences of postures, link with the breath) that she has developed over the years and adapt them to the needs of her group to help move students deeper into practice, safely and with awareness. Carol also teaches technique classes where poses are broken down bio-mechanically and brings the yoga anatomy off the page. She always allows for mixed level in her group by offering various expressions of the poses and encouraging students to work to their own level. The initial focus is creating a solid foundation for practice and deeper awareness of the body anatomy and alignment. When the group clicks with the foundation, the practice will take off into more advanced work and students will be encouraged to work to their own ability.


This training places a lot of emphasis on preparing new teachers to teach Level 1 and 2 classes. After asana, teaching skills is the second most important subject. Teachers will learn a foundation series and then adapt it playfully, within specific guidelines, as an expression of their unique voice. Teachers will prepare a class, including breathwork, asana, music play list if used, and shavasana and teach it to the group as a teaching exercise. These focus of these classes is decided by the trainee; teachers may teach a relaxing beginners class or an upbeat level 2 core class. Teachers will also learn about the common issues that arise in the classroom and how to address them, whether they be physical ailments like slipped disc or high blood pressure, or boundary issues like people arriving late, not paying etc. Teachers are also shown how to dip their teaching into level 3 poses and after graduation teachers have the freedom to teach to the level they can practice comfortably.


The yoga anatomy taught on the 200 hr trainings primarily uses biomechanics as a foundation for practice. Biomechanics informs us exactly which muscles are contracted and released in different asanas, which muscles are the agonists (the primary movers), the antagonists (the muscles released) and the synergists (the assisting muscles of the primary mover). This can really offer yoga students a lot of insight as to how their body works in relation to asana and allows for safety, ease and intelligence in practice. Myo-fascial anatomy trains outline the muscle chains in the body and explains how they are connected in relation to movement. They teach us of how the body moves from an interconnected perspective and assist greatly in students developing their practice. The Trains are addressed in more detail on the 300 hr, but a foundation for them is given on the 200 hr. The anatomy allows students to dive into a deeper relationship with their bodies on and off the mat. Students find when they know exactly which muscles to strengthen and release on the mat and why, they find more confidence to diver deeper into the practice. These classes will also equip you to understand what is happening in other people’s bodies, not just your own.


This training gives the basics of Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga, that is concerned with health and well-being. You will learn your dosha (constitution) and your guna (the energetic frame that you embody most) and how they relate to each other. You will also learn how to balance your dossiers and gunas through practices and apply the fundamentals of Ayurveda to your teaching.


* The 5 sheaths meditation * The 5 sheaths and healing trauma * Kundalini meditations * Witness based meditations * Heart based meditations * A collection of traditional pranayamas to cleanse the pranic body The following practices may be used- depending on the needs of the group and time. Dynamic meditations Kundalini Trance Dance The 5 sheaths meditation The 5 sheaths and healing trauma Cellular DNA Healing meditation Open Heart and Sufi heart meditations


Fascia is the tissue in the body that wraps around our organs, muscles and bones connecting them into one whole, that we call the body. Myo-fascial release work releases “adhesions” in the fascia. Adhesions are when two or more muscles group together and think they are one muscle. There should be space in between the muscles so that they can glide over each other. When this does not happen, they get stuck, reduce mobility, prevent movement and sometimes create pain and weakness. Another reason why myofascial work is so important is that it hydrates the fascia. No matter how much water you drink, if your fascia is not receiving a blood supply, it will dehydrate creating stiffness. Modern anatomy is also starting to acknowledge the connection between fascia and emotional memory; believing that fascia holds our tension patterns, trauma and emotions; literally “our issues are in our tissues”. During fascia release work, many students report of emotional openings and release. This helps students move beyond the blocks toward inner peace and well-being.


The philosophy integrates elements from the spiritual systems Vedanta, Advaita Vedanta, Samkhya and Tantra to overcome the battle of the mind-body, create resources for people on their life path, create deeper substance in our relationships, journey deeper into life’s mysteries and help unlock the flow of kundalini (divine evolutionary energy) to connect people with their power, freedom and true nature.


Goa TTC Reading List Required books

1) Yoga and Ayurveda, David Frawley

2) Anatomy and Asana, Susi Hately Aldous

3) The secret Power of Yoga, Nischala Joy Devi (a book on the Yoga Sutras)

4) The Art of Teacher Training Manual – will be supplied to you and is included in your course fees.


5) Teaching Yoga, Donna Fahri – this is optional. We discuss issues in it in the classroom and its a great book to have for new teachers starting out, but as you are travelling, it is not necessary to take it with you.

Course handouts will be given in addition free of charge. 

Recommended books

We don’t use these books in class but they make great home reading. Not necessary to bring to Goa with you if you buy them, as you won’t have time to read them there.


The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga, Ray Long MD FRCSC

The Key Poses of Hatha Yoga, Ray Long MD FRCSC 


Yoga- The Path to Holistic Health B.K.S Iyengar
 The Psoas Book, Liz Koch

The Knees – Susi Hately Aldous

The Shoulder Girdle – Susi Hately Aldous

The Sacro Iliac Joints – Suis Hately Aldous


Astanga Yoga As It Is – Mathew Sweeney

Ashtanga Yoga, The Practice Manual – David Swenson


Yoga The Iyengar Way


A Path with A Heart, Jack Kornfield

Practical Yoga Psychology, Dr Rishi Vivekananda


It is best to buy the books as soon as possible to start your reading before the TTC begins. It is not a pre-requisite to pre-read books before the TTC, but during the TTC, you will be learning a lot of new vocabulary, whether it is anatomy, alignment, sanskrit etc. so the sooner you get started the better. Our advice is to start with The “Art of Teaching Yoga” Manual and the Anatomy Book  ” Anatomy of Asana”. If you wish to read the manual in advance of the training, you have the option of emailing us for a PDF copy instead of receiving one out there. We recommend that you then print it out yourself in A4, double sided, black and white, spiral bound with plastic cover.

Please note : You do need to bring the required books with you and they should be in English.

This 200 hour yoga teacher training retreat will take place at the beautiful, beachfront, eco-friendly Bamboo Yoga Retreat on Patnem beach, Goa. Bamboo has 5 yoga platforms, three of which has stunning views overlooking the Arabian Sea and the other 2 with a quieter temple energy looking out on to open green tropic.  

This training is a perfect opportunity to learn how to teach yoga in a nurturing, healthy, supportive environment, where you can really unwind deeply as you move deeper into your practice. One of the advantages of training on an intensive retreat as opposed to the longer trainings, is that you can totally immerse yourself in the work involved, with the support of a group, with no interruptions from usual responsibilities;

Bamboo retreat can offer you the chance offers you an environment supports healing and rejuvenation. The waves of the ocean will lull you into a peaceful sleep after an active day of Yoga. Each en-suite beach hut at Bamboo Yoga Retreat either has a view of the ocean or is set in their garden. Huts are en-suite with western style toilets and showers.

Bamboo Yoga Retreat is situated just a stone’s throw away from the Arabian shore line at the end of Patnem beach, so you can expect to jump into the sea many times during your day if yoga desire. Patnem is quieter than the beaches up north and yet there are many interesting restaurants, performance evenings and things to do in the area.

On your days off you can take advantage of Ayurvedic Treatments and Massages offerings in the Patnem/Palolem beach area, explore the surrounding beach towns and temples, shop for Indian spices and crafts at the world renowned Anjuna Market, go dolphin watching or just simply lounge on the beach.

Fees for this 26 night training and accommodation in a twin bungalow is 2,900 euro per person.  

Included are your training fees, shared accommodation in a twin bungalow, all meals the ‘Art of Training Manual’ and all course notes.  If you wish to up-grade to single accommodation the price would be 3,500 euro. 

If you would like to stay extra nights before or after the training it can be arranged directly with the centre.  The price is 83 euro per day in shared accommodation and includes two sessions of Yoga, juices and food. If you wish to book extra nights, they need to be booked at Bamboo directly:

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On this retreat single or share  bungalows are offered . The bungalows are designed to blend beautifully with the breathtaking natural surroundings, using local organic materials, the bungalow style beach huts are simply stylish, comfortable, private and eco-friendly.

Each bungalow beach hut at Bamboo Yoga Retreat Goa has one double or two single beds with comfortable European style mattresses, good linens and mosquito netting, set in a spacious airy room with plenty of room to hang your clothes and store your belongings.

Constructed to make use of the natural ventilation from the cooling sea breeze, they also have ceiling fans for more tropical times of year.  Attached bathrooms with western style toilets are open to the sky for the magical experience of showering under the stars.  Ensuite beach hut at Bamboo Yoga Retreat either has a view of the ocean or is set in their garden.  Regular housekeeping is available, with fresh linens on request, although we ask guests to bring their own towels for the beach.  The bungalows can be locked when you go out, and free wifi is available in the lounge area.

The price includes: 

  • Teacher Training manual
  • All notes and handouts
  • Early morning fruit and tea, vegatarian brunch and dinner
  • Unlimited water

Additional costs

Vegan food supplement: 

If you follow a vegan, gluten free or dairy free diet or have any special diet requirement then there will be an extra charge of €5 per day. The reason for this charge is that they use a lot of paneer, some milk and cheese in the vegetarian diet that is not suitable for vegans. Vegans need more protein, nuts, seeds, tofu, chai. This means that the chef has to cook special food for vegan guest which takes more time and is more expensive.

We also suggest that if you are Vegan you bring protein powder to help whilst training.

Flights and transfers are not included 

By Plane 

The closest airport is Goa’s Dabolim airport, where both international charter and domestic flights operate.  Panem beach is around an hour and a half’s drive from the airport.

Taxi Transfers

We can organise single or shared transfers by car to and from the airport.  Return transfers around 60 euros for a normal size car, the cost can be shared if you are arriving at the airport around the same time.

By Train

Canacona has a train station just 10 minutes away from Patnem by rickshaw, although many faster trains only call at Margao (Madgaon) station, an hour’s drive away. India’s trains are an economical and exciting way of covering longer distances.

By Bus

Buses navigate India’s rather bumpy roads to Goa from all the major cities, such as Mumbai /Bombay and Bangalore,  Chaudi has a bus station, although you may need to get a local bus here from Margao. Make sure you get a sleeper bus for overnight journeys!

Goa TTC testimonial 2016

When considering doing a teacher training, its a good idea to hear what other people have to say about it. Here are some testimonials  from former students.


“Carol’s years of dedication to yoga have provided an extraordinary depth of knowledge and experience of all its aspects. She combines a refreshing strictness and rigour in her methodology and teaching practise with a sensitivity to spirit that provides an intellectually, physically and emotionally challenging and life enriching experience. I thoroughly recommend her and the training course she has created.”

Johnny Paterson – London


“I honestly don’t think I could have chosen a better teacher training. Carol’s depth of experience and knowledge across Iyengar, Ashtanga, anatomy and philosophy allows her to give her trainees the strongest of foundations from which to both practice and teach yoga. Her love, passion and respect for the teachings infused every class, and the course content consistently spoke to the heart of the yoga journey and all it can offer. As a result the training transformed my personal practice and I would recommend it to anyone with a thirst to learn more about yoga, to deepen their practice and to work hard! You’ll leave completely inspired and hungry for more.”                                                                                                                                             

Robyn Cherwell, London


“It was an amazing experience! I was looking for a yoga training which covers in-depth knowledge about the movement of the yoga postures. I’m glad I found the right one! I loved the yoga anatomy of this program. It was like an eye opener! Now I realise how I was practising so many yoga poses in a wrong way and that is why there was so much pain. No one ever told me about it in the yoga studios I have been going to back home in Delhli. The course content is super from all aspects. The Ayurveda and Philosophy sessions were meaningful and beautiful! It all comes from Carol’s life experience and study from so many years. She is a great teacher with great knowledge! I sincerely thanks Carol for putting this all together in this training. Now I have much more knowledge about the yoga postures and can teach safely. I highly recommend this TTC for not only learning how to teach but also for enhancing one’s self-practice and awareness about life in general. Will definitely do the 300 hr TTC after two years !! “
                                                                                                                                               Monika Bansal -Delhi


 “Carol delivered everything promised of her 200 hour Vinyasa training, and more! She was supportive, encouraging, kind, intelligent and talented in her work as a teacher — I didn’t have the strongest asana practice when I arrived but the right motivational words from Carol saw me through to the end and I am now a qualified teacher! :-) Carol’s intelligence and sensitivity towards the individual needs of her students is, I believe, what makes her so special. She is highly educated, knowledgeable, and genuinely passionate about what she does. I learned so much in one month and really feel as though the positive lifestyle changes I made over in India will stay with me now that I’m back in the UK — she has inspired me! Cannot recommend the course enough.”

Jessica Des Landes, London


The YTT was an experience I will never forget. The course content was very diverse and well balanced. Alignment is key in Carols work, and I am grateful to have built a solid foundation for my teaching journey ahead. Carol is an extremely knowledgable and inspiring teacher and I really enjoyed studying yoga anatomy, philosophy, Ayurveda and all the other subjects with her. I feel the course has given me a good understanding of teaching yoga, as well as the practical skills and confidence needed to teach a class. Thanks again for the wonderful experience                                                                                                             

 Lianne Bloemen, London


“Carol’s yoga teacher training intensive is just that; intensive. It is also a life changing. Carol has a wealth of knowledge and a deep love for the many and varied facets of yoga. Having spent years obtaining this knowledge, it is clear she has a desire to share it. This makes for fascinating insights into the world of yoga both on a practical level -with detailed anatomy lectures and on a spiritual/emotional level. 

She offers support but more importantly gives her students the tools to manage for themselves. Her training offers a safe exploration into the world of meditation and spirituality, where people are held and supported appropriately.

Carol’s morning classes were dynamic, fun and at times challenging. The flow from movement to movement powered by the breath makes for a beautiful practice. The technical classes were also excellent with clear breakdown of asanas and good instruction, including some helpful tips to master that new pose.

I have come away feeling confident in my ability to teach. Feeling rich with the knowledge I have been given and having made some special bonds. My own practice has improved and I have a clear understanding of the areas I need to work on and how and why. Thank you….. “

Jo Stephans, London


“It has been a privilege to train with a teacher of Carol’s caliber. Her dedication, passion and knowledge is incredible. Her ability to ‘get’ where each of her students are in their bodies and how and when they are ready to be pushed to the next stage, to open or strengthen the body more and develop towards the next expression of the pose is more than reassuring, it is impressive. Her creative ability to spontaneously ‘workshop’ a pose that she ferls the class is having difficulty with is inspirational and effective. In her led practice you may suddenly find yourself in a pose that only moments before was unavailable to you! Her ability to relate modern anatomy to the poses really helps students to deepen the expression of a pose safely and effectively both in their own practice and also provides them with the relevant points, via her training manual, to pass on to their own students. Her training aims to equip students with more than just the basics. She passes on her knowledge of the energetics involved in each asana in order that student teachers can then emulate her teaching style, by using the framework she provides, to co-create balanced classes with their own students. Of course, this is equally helpful in developing one’s own home practice. Carol introduces other aspects of yoga and spirituality too – many an interesting and eye -opening discussion has been had in class! I would highly recommend training with Carol, especially if you like training hard! “

Cariosa Cullen- Ireland


 “Be prepared for a life changing experience. My training was a very personal journey which has given me the tools to deal with anything life throws at me and the ability to move chaos into order. It has thought me to observe rather than react in my Asana practice, and to be patient with my body. This course has been a journey of self reflection and discipline where I learned to tackle the body and mind bringing me to a place of stillness. The training had well thought out techniques and alignment principles which has me very confident that I could teach yoga safely. The course is very well structured. The early week intensive training in Spain built immense trust and fantastic relationships within our group which continued and grew throughout the 9 months on our weekend trainings. There was never a sense of competition and the only ego to deal with was your own.Carol is an amazing and well experienced teacher. Her passion, her knowledge, her belief and love for all aspects of yoga is inspiring! She always radiates positive energy, yet is assertive when she needs to be. I appreciate the pressure that was put on me to learn alignment principles in order to modify some of my previous ways of practising to bring me to a safer more aware practice.

The 10 day detox was great – it thought me about foods/superfoods which were essential in keeping my dosha in balance thereby grounding and calming me from the inside out. My diet is a lot healthier and more interesting as a result of this course and the nutribullet is now one of my favourite companions.

Finally this course is hard work and a big commitment but so enjoyable & interesting with such rewarding returns. Carol is talented, intelligent, grounded, humble and has great wisdom & experiences which she generously imparts. Thank you for sharing some of your expertise with me. Namaste ;)

Kerry O’ Connor – Ireland


 “The thought struck me today to get in touch- just really to express in words a little gratitude (which I do in my mind and sharing with people but thought maybe never directly to you since the course days!) .. Gratitude for the training and the yoga years in Devon Lodge. I feel I may have underestimated what I believe the true value of your work and what I learned from it was to go back to the core principles and teachings. And during the course, from a physio point of view too, I always really loved, trusted and respected the work and way you brought and presented the teachings.”

Grainne Flannery, Physiotherapist – Ireland


“Thanks again for a wonderful month of growth, inspiration and transformation, and all the love and energy that you give to your teaching!”

Fiona Ashley, Ireland


 “I’ve been thinking to write you an email for ages. Mostly just to tell you how grateful I am that I took your teacher training 2 years ago in Spain. I’ve been teaching ever since.This year I spent almost 2 months in Rishikesh, India where I took my 300hr training. There I realized how strong yoga foundation you have given me comparing to other students. I must say I loved my time spent in India, I learned a lot about myself as a person and I definitely grew as a person but yoga wise – I don’t think I learned as much as I did from your 200hr training. Maybe those were cultural differences and perception of yoga in general. I don’t want to compare anything really, because all knowledge is good but when I’m teaching my classes – I still come back to your teachings :) Thank you!”

Maija Meijere, Latvia





What will the weather be like?

During January the average temperature decreases slightly to around 25°C during the day and drops at night to 20°C


There are direct flights from most major international airports into Goa.

Are my flights included in the price?

No flights or transfers are included in the price

What books do I need to read before the training?

You will see a list of required books under ‘Reading List’.  It is best to buy the books as soon as possible to start your reading before the TTC begins. It is not a pre-requisite to pre-read books before the TTC, but during the TTC, you will be learning a lot of new vocabulary, whether it is anatomy, alignment, sanskrit etc. so the sooner you get started the better. Our advice is to start with The Art of Teaching Yoga manual and the anatomy books.

Is there Air Conditioning?

There is no air-conditioning but you are very near the beach so there is a lovely breeze

When can we arrive and leave the centre?

You can arrive on the first day of training in time for the opening introduction of the course and leave after practice and breakfast on the last day.

Can we add extra nights to our stay before or after the training course?

If you wish to add extra days to your stay then this is normally possible at an extra room charge depending on availability.  This has to be booked with Bamboo directly and is normally 83 euro per person sharing, which includes 2 yoga lessons, juices and brunch. 

What is the start time and end time of the training?

The training will start around 3-4pm and finish around 10am.

Do we need a visa?

Yes normally visa’s are required check with your travel agent or with the passport office

Do I need vaccinations or Malaria pills?

Some vaccinations maybe required, take advise from your health care provider

 Will I need to bring mosquito netting?

No these are supplied around the centre and in the bedrooms

What other amenities are available on site?

There is a lovely spa that offers a range of massages and treatments

Is there Internet?

Yes there is internet throughout Bamboo. However please note that in India it is ‘in and out” a little more than in the west. If its out, there is also the option to go to local internet cafes where it is sometimes stronger.

How many students are in the group?

Numbers are capped to 25 students. If we take over 15, there will be a second teacher assisting to give students additional support where needed. 

Is this training course registered or is this course qualified me to be a teacher?

This training is registered with Yoga Professionals (aka Yoga Alliance UK) and Yoga Alliance USA – graduates of this program can therefore register with either body at a 200 hrs level. If at some point you wanted to continue your studies, you will be able to do it with an American or European training school. Yoga Alliance U.S and U.K are the most recognised Yoga registration body world wide. This certification will qualify you to teach Yoga anywhere in the world.

 What style of yoga will I be trained to teach?

On this training we put a lot of focus on preparing trainees for the classroom. The style of yoga trainees are trained to teach a Vinyasa. This means ‘breath synchronised movement’. There is also a strong anatomical and alignment focus to the work, so students can also adapt their teachers to teach alignment based hatha yoga. Some students like to change the name to Flow yoga or power yoga etc. These are also forms of Vinyasa.

Can I teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga after this training?

There is an Ashtanga influence on our trainings, but this is not an Ashtanga Vinyasa training and even though many of your students are also Ashtanga practitioners and go on to teach Ashtanga yoga, the certificate you receive upon graduation does not qualify you to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa. Many people confuse Vinyasa with Ashtanga Vinyasa. Ashtanga Vinyasa is a style of yoga that is a part of the Krishna Macharya lineage which originated in Mysore, India. Vinyasa is a more general term meaning “breath synchronised movement”. The style of asana on our trainings works with some Ashtanga poses and principles like Bandha, Ujjaji breath and creating internal heart to detox and open the body;  student’s also study the original Ashtanga Yoga using Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, but the asana on these trainings does not limit itself to Ashtanga sequences and even though we salute Patanjali’s sutras and the spiritual aspects of Eastern thought, our Vinyasa style is more western in approach and teachers are encouraged to work intuitively and creatively when sequences their classes.

Will I have the opportunity to teach on the training course?

Yes you will. There are daily Teaching Methodology classes. You will start teaching one person one pose. Then graduate to teaching small groups of 3. Then finally you will teach the whole class. You will also have a teaching assessment before the end of the training, where you have to sequence your own 90 minute class. You will choose the tone of the class, whether you want it to be upbeat and strengthening, or mellow and relaxing. You can add music, poetry quotes etc; the main thing is to make it your own as much as possible around the specific guidelines you will be given. You will teach half the class on the day of your assessment to the group, but you won’t know which part of the class you will be teaching until just before you teach, so you have to prepare to teach the whole class. We do this to give the trainee the experience of creating, sequencing, pacing, instructing, adjusting and refining a class before they leave the course. In addition we will invite some of the locals to your teaching classes to give you the experience of teaching the public.

Is it ok to do teacher training just for self-development and to deepen my practice?

Yes it is. Lots of people have done this training as self development. Some have also started it for themselves and ended up teaching… However, even if you do not intend teaching, you will have to partake in the teaching exercizes. Even if you don’t teach yoga, these exercises will teach you so much; they force you to really know your stuff, to study that bit deeper and to learn how to project your voice in front of a group. One student, who was also lecturer in University, told us that the TTC helped her teaching in her college…

How is the course assessed?

  • There is 4 open book assessments for the Anatomy. We also do circles where we ask questions randomly about alignment, to make sure everyone completely understands these principles. Only one person out of over 250 has failed the course because they could not complete this section. It is not a very difficult section but it is a very important section and Green Lotus Yoga believes that even though Yoga is ultimately a spiritual practice, that teachers have to know the anatomy and alignment basics, so as not to hurt their students and to be able to guide them forward safely. 
  • There is home tasks on Ayurveda and subtle anatomy.
  • Philosophy is not assessed, but there may be exercises for off time study.
  • You will also be assessed on teaching a class. So far everyone has passed this section. 
  • The asana is assessed continually. There is a level of graduation that students work towards. If a student cannot attain the level of graduation and we have seen them work hard during the training and progress to the best of their ability, the student can still pass this section, if they understand exactly why they can’t do the pose and tell their trainer their practice plan in working to this pose. The trainer will also help them with this and explain to them which body parts they need to strengthen and release over a longer time period. The student much show that they understand this information and demonstrate that they are working in the correct direction. The graduation level you want to achieve is : * A good standing practice* – Capacity to do a 2 hour practice* Ardha Padmasana – Half lotus forward bend* Navasana – Boat pose * Urdhva Dhanurasana – wheel* Sirsasana – Headstand with no wallPlease the morning asana classes also incorporate asanas that are more advanced than the graduation level. These asanas are taught is stages and students work to their own level.

Will I have study time on the TTC?

Yes you will. You will have time to study in the evenings and on your days off. Students often like to group study to make it more interesting and fun and have the support of your group. You will also be give “non-contact hours” to practice adjustments etc.

Will I have free time?

Yes, on an intensive there is 3 Saturdays off to rest and avail of local activities.

What type of students attend this training?

People who want to deepen and develop their practice and learn how to teach. On the international intensives the age group seems to be a little lower than on the longer Irish trainings- the average age is about 30. We get people form U.S, U.K and other European countries. We get a lot of students in their late twenties who seem to be very confident, adventurous, into travel, healthy living, vegan and vegetarian food and generally pretty cool However this is not the only “type”. Some are less outgoing and/or are undergoing a deeper healing process. We also welcome older people; this can help ground the group and we welcome the maturity to keep the balance.

Do I need to bring my own yoga mat?

A lot of students like to bring their own, but there are mats supplied.  You can buy them very cheaply near to the retreat

Do I need medical and travel insurance?

We advise travel and medical insurance.

Is there an ATM at the airport for me to change money?

Yes there are ATM’s at the airport

Are there local ATMS?

There is a local Money Exchange that you will be able to get cash at using your Credit & Debit cards.  Passports are also required for this service.

What should I bring with me?

Here are some suggestions and information that might be of help

  • yoga clothing
  • sunglasses 
  • bikini or bathing wear
  • sarong for the beach
  • beach towel
  • sun screen
  • notepad and pens
  • the books on your reading list
  • torch for walks along the beach
  • electrical adaptors -The voltage in India is 230 – 240 V. European two prong plugs work fine but you will need a conversion plug if coming from the UK or US. Don’t get alarmed if the lights suddenly go out. Power cuts are very typical in India. However they don’t usually last a long time.
  • ear plugs if you are in shared accommodation
  • comfy footwear including flip flops or sandals for the beach
  • Driving licence – if you want to hire a scooter, motor bike  or car 
  • Mosquito repellent or citronella – There are generally not that many mosquitoes on the beach but if you are particularly sensitive to bites bring along repellent and light, long sleeved clothes for the evening. You can also buy local repellent which seems to work. 
  • A jumper for the evenings and night cloths as it can feel more chilly once the sun goes down

    Goa is a liberal state and the locals are used to western tourists so clothes like shorts, vest tops and short skirts are completely acceptable, unless in towns. (topless sunbathing is not acceptable☺)

    Leave some space in your bag for anything you might buy here. India has a wide array of cheap clothes, scarves, jewellery and blankets.

    There are plenty of local laundry services, including one at the Bamboo Yoga Retreat. In reality you need very little clothing and Bamboo.  It is a 5 minute walk from the main street everything including all toiletries can be brought there.




































































When you have read over all of the details of the training, FAQs etc. and if you have the pre-requistive experience, the next step is to fill out the application form, supplied in the next section. If there are any other questions that are not addressed in the FAQ section, or if you are unsure about your level and wish to speak to administration or one of the trainers, please email us directly at

When your application is processed and you are accepted onto the training, we will email you a registration form with details of how to transfer your deposit.

When your deposit comes through, we will email you again to confirm receipt.

At any time after this point, after your flights are booked, you can fill out the online Student Application form. We recommend that you book your flights and fill out your form as soon as possible, so we can arrange group transfers for you.

We will also notify you 10 days before the date specified on your registration form to pay the remainder of fees. When we receive your fees, we will email you confirmation.

Shortly before the retreat, we will email you to give you final details about pick up information.

We advise 2 years practice before embarking on a Yoga TTC. This is enough time to give students a firm foundation for the work involved on a TTC and also gives people a base to reach the level expected for graduation. Sometimes people achieve this foundation after a year or so of practice; there are always exceptions, but as a general, we recommend 2 years. If you are unsure if you have enough experience, please contact us at

Please click on this link to go to directly to the Online application form


Please clink on the link to fill in the  Student information form