300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Kerala

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Varkala, India
So you have completed your 200 hour foundational yoga teacher training program and now the real journey and inquiry has begun; you wish to learn what lies beneath all the superficial layers and you wish to deepen your knowledge base and learn other yogic applications for health and wellness…..

Our 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program in Varkala, which is registered with Yoga Alliance and runs over a 6 week period, will work deeply on your mind, body, soul. The core focus of the program is Ayurveda; India’s very ancient, multi layered, holistic approach to maintaining optimal health and wellness at all stages in life. According to Ayurveda, majority of illness and unhappiness in life arises from energetic blockages or imbalances within our subtle body and this can lead to a reduction of vitality and impaired functioning of body, mind and spirit.

Our 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program in Varkala has been designed to systematically teach, through practical means, how ancient yogic techniques can release energetic blockages, thus improving health and wellness. Through study of pancha mahabhutas, tridosha, the nature of prakriti, practice of purification treatments, advanced practices of asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, and mantra alongside deeper studies of yogic philosophy, students will take an intimate journey into the self and will develop a much deeper understanding of ancient yogic practices.

Whether you’re an existing teacher or simply wish to deepen your practices and learn about the yoga and Ayurveda as a complete system for ultimate health and wellness, our 300 hour yoga teacher training program in Varkala is a wonderful place for you to begin your exploration. Our loving, nurturing environment and small class sizes is the perfect place to explore, to blossom, and to gain the confidence needed to become a truly well rounded, knowledgeable teacher.

300 hour yoga teacher training retreat program is an intermediate level course and requires all registrants have previously completed an internationally recognized and accredited 200 hour YTTC and have been practicing for a minimum of 3 years.
300 Hour Advanced Yoga & Ayurveda YTTC Schedule for Varkala 2018/2019
September 10th - October 21st, 2018
November 5th - December 16th, 2018
July 8th - August 18th, 2019
September 8th - October 19th, 2019
Program Highlights
  • 300 hours spread over 6 weeks.
  • Registered with Yoga Alliance USA.
  • Tuition includes accommodation, vegetarian meals, all required textbooks, 2 ayurvedic massages, 2 Shirodhara treatments, and a complete ayurvedic colonic purification treatment.
  • Study of Ayurveda and Pancha kosha theory.
  • Study of common diseases/ailments along with yogic applications to improve health and wellness.
  • Practice ayurvedic purification techniques.
  • Advanced asana, pranayama, bandha, mudra, mantra practices.
  • Comprehensive yogic philosophy.
  • Advanced yogic anatomy.
  • Advanced western anatomy.
  • In-depth alignment clinics.
  • Art of adjustments.
  • Art of sequencing.
  • Multi-style asana: pawanmuktasana, yin yoga, Hatha, Sivananda, Vinyasa flow, ashtanga vinyasa.
  • Teaching methodology: how to become an inspirational teacher.
  • Practicum: polish your teaching skills and allow your inner teacher to blossom.
Course curriculum
Ayurveda
We begin by offering students an introduction to the science of life, which is known as Ayurveda. Students will soon come to understand that Ayurveda offers two main guiding principles; the mind and the body are inextricably connected, and nothing has more power to transform the body than the mind. We will discuss the unique features, aim, concept of true health and peace of mind, history and then we will study the basic principles of Ayurveda which includes the theory of creation, and the concept of Pancha Mahabhuta, Tridosha, Concept of Body – Mind – Soul, Concept of Sapta Dhatu (Body Elements),

The concept of Mala (Waste Products), Concept of Srotas (Body Channels), Concept of Agni (Digestive Fire)
The concept of Koshta (Alimentary Tract), and Concept of Prakruti (Body Constitution).
We will then briefly introduce students to the study of Herbs and then proceed to introduce the processes of Panchkarma. We will lecture about various ayurvedic and panchkarma purification processes and marma points.

Students will also learn about abhyanga (Ayurvedic body Massage) and Shirodhara (oil treatment for head), Kadee vasti (Treatment for Low Back Pain), Greeva vasti (Treatment for Neck discomfort), Janu vasti (Treatment for Knee joint Pain), Ayurvedic Foot Massage, Shiro Abhyanga (Traditional Indian Head Massage), Ayurvedic Face Massage.

Following these, we will study concepts of the Ayurvedic diet based upon season, dosha, and common ailments. Classes will include the study of the following topics: the Ayurvedic concept of Dietetics, Assessment of constitution & importance of understanding constitution, Diet for the different constitution, Recipes for the different constitution, wholesome & unwholesome food, Contradictory food, Quality of different food substances.
Philosophy
In our 300 hour program students will have the opportunity to examine the ancient religious traditions of South Asia, namely Hinduisim, Buddhism and Jainism. What do these traditions say about the nature of the universe and human intrinsic nature? What is the relevance of these traditions to us; in life and in our practices? We will study these traditions from historical, psychological, philosophical, sociological, and contemplative perspectives. We will consider the myths, the symbolism, ritual, philosophical and theological formulations and iconography. We will then explore the discussions of what is yoga, studying some of the earliest sources of yoga, The Uppanishads, Yoga sutra of Patanjali, Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata, Ramayana, and Advaita Vedanta. We will also discuss bhakti and Tantra, then dive deeper into the subtle body discussing Kundalini and chakras. We will eventually end up discussing what we regard as modern day yoga.
Multi Style Asana Classes
Our 300-hour students will have the opportunity to study a variety of styles of asana; from ancient methods used to maintain healthy joint space and optimal flow of prana to more traditional methods, and modern day styles. Styles will include the pawanmukasana series, yin yoga, traditional Indian Hatha, Sivananda yoga, vinyasa flow and ashtanga vinyasa. Students will practice each style for a minimum of 6 classes so they can truly understand and embody the key benefits that each style offers.
Anatomy
Anatomy and physiology will be studied in great detail. Students will study the nervous system, circulatory system, respiratory system, lymphatic system, endocrine system, digestive system, musculo-skeletal system, immune system, the genito-urinary system, and the spine. Students will study the physical effects yoga has on the body, will learn how to avoid injury in more prone areas and how to work with common injuries. Our Students will not only study the various systems of the body but they will become knowledgeable in principals of anatomy as it relates to yoga asana, pranayama, and movement of vinyasa.
Alignment Classes
These classes will consist of in-depth studies of fundamental hatha yoga postures. We will analyze each posture slowly and in great detail incorporating anatomical aspects, energetic principals, and also discussing and addressing common limitations and misalignments. Great emphasis will be placed on how to create optimal alignment (for each individual body) through use of props and partnering.
Art of Adjustments
In this section students will learn about the art of performing safe and skillful adjustments with confidence, strength, and grace. Students will learn how to adjust others while honoring the Yama’s and respecting physical and emotional boundaries, limits, and capabilities of students.
Pranayama
Pranayama is the powerful tool that has been proven to balance, awaken and purify our Pranic Body. In these classes students will dive deeper into pranayama, practicing advanced practices with increased ratios, kumbaya, and bandhas. Students will learn to design sequences based on different requirements, needs, and abilities. They will begin to truly understand the relationship between prana, the nadis, the chakras, bandhas, and the power of incorporating mantra.
Yogic Anatomy
In this section we will teach the ancient yogic techniques used to free up and channelize energy which have been used to create a balanced state of mind and body. Easily stated we will study the energetic effects of yoga on the body. We will explore prana, the chakra system, the vayus, the Nadis (energy channels within the body) and bandhas (energy locks) and the relationships between emotion and blockages within the Nadis and chakras. We will explore how to use this yogic science to remove blockages thus freeing the prana so it can nourish the entire being eventually releasing Kundalini and its infinite potential.
Mantra
Students will be introduced to over 10 powerful mantras. Students will learn the mantras in Sanskrit, the relevance and meanings in English, and will practice daily. This will allow the student to experience the power of mantra, how it affects the body, mind, and spirit. Daily practice will also be used as a tool for clearing the energetic channels within the body and generating great peace and happiness within.
Kriyas
In this section students will learn about the theory, philosophy, and practice of Yogic Kriyas. They will learn about the benefits and contraindications of the various techniques. They will be introduced to the dhauti, Basti, neti, tratak, nauli, and kapalabhati techniques. Students will learn how to incorporate the various techniques into their daily lives while attending the program and will also learn how to teach the techniques to others.