Yoga Teacher Training Goa 2018

On this training you can expect to move deeper into relationship with your authentic self and learn how to spread the teachings of yoga from that place. You will be challenged to move beyond any self-limiting beliefs that hold you back from moving forward with your intentions and dreams. This is a physically, mentally and spiritually demanding experience. It is both intense and wonderfully rewarding. Many have told us it has been “life-changing’. 

  • Develop your asana practice and your understanding of your body through anatomy and alignment studies.
  • Learn how to teach Vinyasa style Yoga and creatively weave together vinyasa threads for all levels.
  • Develop your individual teaching voice, as an expression of your true self and learn how to teach yoga and share the gifts it has to offer safely and confidently.
  • Delve into the depths of subtle anatomy and energetics.
  • Learn the gift of meditation.
  • Create deeper spiritual understanding in a life-connecting, non-dogmatic way.
  • Learn the basics of Ayurveda and the holistic aspects of the practice.
  • Learn the business side of yoga and how to operate as a teacher ethically and effectively.
  • Free membership for our Teachers Mentorship Programme. 
  • Free invitation for all graduates to any 200 hr trainings in any venue, to refresh your knowledge and join us for practice.

Taught by Carol Murphy, owner and primary trainer with Green Lotus Yoga. Carol has been teaching yoga for 22 years and training teachers for 11 years..
This will be our 4th year training in the beautiful Bamboo Yoga Retreat. It is nestled into the end of Patnem beach in south Goa looking over the Arabian ocean. We go back every year, because we love and trust the staff, the beach is divine and the food is to die for !
Over 26 days you will deepen your practice, learn how to teach, relax and enjoy 3 days free time to chill out and integrate the teachings.

“It takes courage to endure the sharp pains of self discovery, rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.” – Marianne Williamson.

 

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Hello! My name is Carol Murphy. I started Green Lotus Yoga teacher Yoga Teacher Training Ireland
training school in 2007. Since then I have graduated over 300 teachers from my training throughout Ireland and abroad. Most of my work is in Ireland, Spain and India but I have also taught yoga in London, California, South Africa and Morocco.

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 also a qualified Neuro-muscular therapist, which is a form of physical therapy that works with fascial meridians  and acknowledges the interconnected nature of the body, just like yoga does…

In addition to the above, I have an Arts degree and a masters in Philosophy and Theatre. I have also 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.

Prices are for 25 nights and include tuition fees, accommodation and meals.  Flights and transfers are not included.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15th 2018

Sharing: €2,300 including tuition fees plus shared bungalow accommodation 

Single: €2,800 including tuition fees plus shared bungalow accommodation

Fees should be paid in full by September 15th or if you prefer you can pay a 600 euros deposit in advance to secure your place and the remaining fees before September 15th. 

REGULAR PRICE AFTER SEPTEMBER 15th 2018

Sharing : €2,425 including tuition fees plus shared bungalow accommodation

Regular price : €2,975 including tuition fees plus shared bungalow accommodation

A deposit of 600 euros is required to secure your place. The remaining fees should be paid by October 15th.

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The Bamboo beach bungalows on Patnem beach are designed to blend beautifully with the breathtaking natural surroundings.  Built on fine white sand using local organic materials the bungalows beach huts are simply stylish, comfortable, private and eco-friendly.  Each bungalow has a choice of twin or one double bed with comfortable European style mattresses, good linen and mosquito netting.  The rooms are spacious and airy with room to hang your clothes and store your belongings.

Located directly behind the Ocean Shala and beachfront lounge, and just steps from Patnem beach, the boutique bungalows are designed to help you reconnect with nature. Whether watching the eagles soar overhead from the hammock on your balcony, or falling asleep to the sound of the waves, the normal stresses of life melt away and you will feel open to a more profound yoga practice.

The huts are 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 fittings they are open to the sky for a magical experience of showering under the stars.  Regular housekeeping is available, with fresh lines on request.  The bungalows can be locked when you go out.

Extra nights 

You may wish to add an extra night onto your stay.  Either before or after the training.  The cost of an extra night is  97 euros per night for you own bungalow and 76 euros per night shared.   This rate includes two Yoga sessions per day and brunch, early am juice etc.  If you choose not to do the classes then a 20% discount is applied.  Brunch would still be included.  Extra nights are subject to availability and should be booked as soon as possible. 

Included in the price of your accommodation is 3 wonderful vegetarian meals per day.

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At Bamboo the restaurant provides healthy locally sourced food, organic wherever possible and prepared by a team of highly trained passionate chefs.  

Starting the day with freshly squeezed juice, followed by a big fresh tropical fruit salad.  A big brunch is served after the morning yoga session.  Homemade yoghurt, local Goa breads, eggs and muesli together with Indian inspired vegetable dishes and salads.  Herbal tea and Indian chai.  There is a selection of snacks, salads, super juices and smoothies available all day.  In the evening the dinner menu changes daily and will include delicious Indian and Asian vegetarian dishes.  Fish is also possible to order.

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

DAILY SCHEDULE

Training will start at 3pm on November 24th. From November 25th, the daily schedule is a follows : 

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

9.30-10.30 a.m.      Breakfast

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

12.00 – 1.00 p.m.    Meditation, Yin, Pranayama or theory continued form previous class.

1.00 – 2.30 p.m.      Lunch

2.30 – 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.      Teaching Methodology class.

7.00                         Dinner

CURRICUUM

VINYASA

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. Carol also teaches technique classes where poses are broken down bio-mechanically and synergistically to bring 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.  Myofascial release workshops will also be taught to hydrate and release adhesions in this tensional connective tissue network. This work is also taught to release deep held tension in the body and can also  improve mobility

TEACHING SKILL

There are daily Teaching Methodology classes, so that you will feel prepared for the classroom and feel fully equipped to deliver the work after you graduate. You will be taught a specific methodology with sequencing options and alignment principles that create structures to intelligently inform your classes, which also allow enough flexibility for you to develop your own individual teaching voice as an expression of your authentic self and your relationship with the practice.

ANATOMY

The yoga anatomy taught on the 200 hr trainings is cutting edge. It incorporates principle of biomechanics, synergy and myofascial meridians. These classes allows you to dive into a deeper relationship with your body on and off the mat. They also equip you to understanding other people’s bodies in relation to postural holdings and common troubleshooting areas in relation to asana. 

PRANIC HEALING ENERGY WORK AND MEDITATIONS

  • The 5 sheaths meditation. 
  • Witness based meditations
  • Kundalini chakra meditations
  • Heart based meditations
  • Kundalini Trance Dance
  • A collection of traditional pranayamas to cleanse the panic body.

PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy on our trainings is delivered in a non-dogmatic way and invites group discussion where all beliefs and opinions are respected. We use class discussions, circles, artwork, chanting, empathetic listening and meditation processes to explore the spiritual systems of Patanjali’s sutras, Vedanta, Advaita Vedanta, Samkhya and Tantra. We believe that these spiritual systems all offer a different perspective of the same truth and we hope that in our explorations, students can find in these belief systems, tools to strengthen the mind, emotions and spirit, a spiritual rock to lean on in times of need, deeper insight to our true nature and a deeper sense of worth that lies inherent in our being. It is a true blessing to be able to explore this work within a group and many students have told us that that this part of the training has been life changing for them.

REQUIRED BOOKS

  • “The Art of Teaching “Training Manual PDF  (see below)  – will be supplied  free of charge, with your course handouts.

  • “Synergy- integrative yoga anatomy for teachers and therapists ” PDF –  will be supplied free of charge, with your course handouts.

  • The secret Power of Yoga, by Nischala Joy Devi (a book on the Yoga Sutras)
  • Prana, Pranayama, Prana Vidya, by Swami Niranianananda Saraswaati

OTHER RECOMMENDED READING

We also recommend the following anatomy books, which are great visual references, but are not on the ‘essential’ reading list, so we will not be using them directly in the classroom.

  • The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga, Ray Long MD FRCSC
  • The Key Poses of Hatha Yoga, Ray Long MD FRCSC 

  • Any other Ray long books

Please Note

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

VENUE 
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.

FLIGHTS AND TRANSFERS
Flights and transfer costs are not included in your fees.  We try to group together as many students as possible to share taxi’s to Bamboo.

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!

After you have booked you flights. please fill out the  Travel information form so we can arrange transfers for you.

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.

Eleanor shares her experience of becoming a Yoga teacher in her recent Blog the training took place in Spain 2107.

Eleanor Coales (Green + Aquamarine)  – Ireland

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For a video testimonial, please click on this link – VIDEO TESTIMONIAL

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“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

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“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

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“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 !! “
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 “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

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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

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“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

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“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

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 “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

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 “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

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“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

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 “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

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REFUND POLICY

Deposit Refund:

  • Deposits are non-refundable.
  • If a student changes their mind about doing the TTC after deposit has been paid for any reason, their deposit minus possible deductions* can be transferred to another training course within the next 3 years.
  • Costs will be deducted from the deposit for administration and retreat centre fees. Retreat centre fees may not be refunded. It is the legal right of retreat centres to retain deposits after they have been paid. We do ask them for refund on your behalf and sometimes they bend the rules depending on the reason and also to honour continued good will with Green Lotus Yoga, but this is not always guaranteed and should not be expected.

TTC Full Fees Refund :

  • If a student has to pull out of the course for any reason and their full course fees are paid, tuition fees can be transferred to another course at any time within the next 3 years.
  • If there are any prices changes in this time for either the venue or Green Lotus tuition fees, then prices may slightly change to adapt to new fees.
  • Retreat centre fees may not be refunded. As above, the retreat centre does not legally have to refund any fees that are paid and the decision will be made to their discretion. 
  • In the case of deferring a TTC to another course within 3 years, a Green Lotus deferral fee of 200 euros may also be charged.
  • If a student decides to leave the TTC, has paid full fees and does not want to defer, Green Lotus Yoga will consider, but not guarantee refunding fees for hours not taken. If Green Lotus Yoga does decide to reimburse the student for hours not taken, the 800 euros deposit will be retained by Green Lotus Yoga, plus any additional fees that are non-refundable for the retreat centre (retreat fees may change with different courses).

GREEN LOTUS YOGA CODE OF CONDUCT

We ask students to refrain from the following actions on your trainings :

  • No drugs or alcohol are allowed on our trainings, other than the last evening farewell party, where wine is provided or the the evening before your days off where you are welcome to have some wine with dinner if desired. 
  • Students should act courteously towards each other, to all teachers and to the members of the staff. Antisocial behaviour or communication may result in us having to ask you to leave the training without compensation or refund. We are more than happy to listen to any possible grievances if they are communicated consciously and peacefully.
  • Green Lotus Yoga sometimes takes pictures/videos in the classroom and reserve the right to share these on social media platforms if desired. 
  • Green Lotus Yoga reserves the right to pass on student contact details to Yoga Alliance Professionals so that they can invite you to register with them as Trainees and Teachers. 

TTC GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

We would like our students to know that if a student has a complaint on the TTC, we want to hear about it. ! We grow from feedback and we wish to support you, your journey and your training is any way we can. We believe that the guidelines for making complaints are outlined below will create a sense of safety in the group for both teachers and students, and help you complete the TTC successfully. 

How to make a complaint

1) Speak to Carol Murphy or other trainer if appropriate and try to resolve the complaint informally on the day. Your trainer will then suggest that you either discuss the complaint at the nearest break, after class or possibly call a group circle about it if s/he thinks that this complaint effects the group and if you are also willing to discuss it with the class. We anticipate that any conflict should be able to be resolved at this stage; however in the unlikely event that it is not, we will arrange another discussion with you or you can try to resolve the issue by following stage two. 

2)  Outline the details of your complaint by email and send it carol@greenlotusyoga.com who will investigate the complaint. The complaint will be reviewed and Green Lotus Yoga.. You will receive an email which will outline the main elements of your complaint and may ask you to address some issues in more detail. The details of the complaint may have to be teased out over more than one email. During this time, Green Lotus Yoga may suggest a phone call to speed matters up. The final response from Green Lotus will include the following information: 

  • A decision about how the complaint will be addressed. 
  • The reason for the decision 
  • Any other action that may be taken in light of the complaint. 
  • If it is not possible to provide a full answer to your complaint within 30 working days, the letter will outline reasons why and give a date by which a full answer is expected. 

3) If you are not satisfied with the final response to your complaint then outline the reasons for your dissatisfaction by letter. Email this to Yoga Alliance UK (if the teachers are Yoga Alliance UK accredited).

YOGA ALLIANCE PROFESSIONALS CODE OF CONDUCT

This Code of Conduct is a summation and declaration of acceptable, ethical, and professional behavior by which all Yoga Alliance Professionals (aka yoga Alliance UK)  registered yoga teachers agree to conduct the teaching and business of Yoga. As a registrant of the Green Lotus Yoga Teacher Training, trainees should agree to uphold the ethical goals set forth in the following Code of Conduct, as outlined by Yoga Alliance Professionals: 

  • To provide the public with safe and effective yoga classes.
  • To maintain and uphold the traditions of Hatha Yoga.  
  • To conduct myself in a professional and conscientious manner. 
  • To acknowledge the limitations of my skills and scope of practice and where appropriate refer students to seek alternative instruction, advice, treatment, or direction.
  • Create and maintain a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for the practice of yoga.
  • Encourage diversity actively by respecting all students regardless of age, physical limitations, race, creed, gender, ethnicity, religion affiliation, or sexual orientation.
  • Respect the rights, dignity, and privacy of all students. 
  • Avoid words and actions that constitute sexual harassment. 
  • Follow all local government laws that pertain to my yoga teaching and business. 

Students should agree to comply with the conditions and requirements as set out in the course curriculum, and accept that failure to do so will disqualify them from any accreditation. Furthermore they should vow to uphold the standards of the teachings they have been given, and to maintain and promote the good name of yoga at all times. They must accept that failure to do so may lead to the annulment of any accreditation obtained from the Green Lotus Yoga Teacher Training.

Is there any pre-requisites to entering this training ? 

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 carol@greenlotusyoga.com

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

Flight

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?

You may wish to add an extra night onto your stay.  Either before or after the training.  The cost of an extra night is  97 euros per night for you own bungalow and 76 euros per night shared.   This rate includes two Yoga sessions per day and brunch, early am juice etc.  If you choose not to do the classes then a 20% discount is applied.  Brunch would still be included.  Extra nights are subject to availability and should be booked as soon as possible. 

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 are Anatomy “homesheets’ that you will fill in in your free time after we have reviewed the chapters. We also do circles where we ask questions randomly about alignment, to make sure everyone completely understands these principles.
  • 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 minimum level of graduation outlined below)  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, they will still graduate the training if they show that they understand their limitations and demonstrate that they are working in the correct direction.Minimum Graduation Level : we will practice beyond the level of these poses, with inversions, deeper backbends and hip openers etc. and students will be encouraged to work to their level and modify when necessary.
  • Capacity to do a 2 hour practice
  • A good standing practice
  • Ardha Padmasana – Half lotus forward bend
  • Navasana – Boat pose
  • Urdhva Dhanurasana -wheel
  • Sirsasana – Headstand with no wall

Will I have study time on the TTC?

Yes you will. You will have time to review your anatomy and any other work we cover 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/or  learn how to teach. We get a lot of students who seem to be very confident, adventurous, into travel, healthy living, vegan and vegetarian eaters (although meat eaters also welcome ! )  and generally pretty cool, if we don’t say so ourselves :-). Many are also undergoing a deep healing process and want to move beyond self limiting beliefs and feel safer, clearer, more confident and happier on the inside. One thing we all have in common; we all love our yoga ! 

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.

     

     

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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