AyurYoga Eco-Ashram is the permanent campus of Yoga Vidya Spiritual Retreats, which is a group of young spiritual teachers with a traditional ashram/monastic backgrounds and deeply passionate about spiritual and cultural exchange of East and West.
All our teachers are either monks or scholars or spiritual seekers who are enriched with years of experience in teaching the students from different countries around the world.
We offer a wide range of body-mind-spiritual retreats, trainings, courses that includes Asanas, breathing (pranayamas), Chakra balancing practices, meditation, ayurveda, detox kriyas, Sanskrit Language and a practical philosophy to live a dynamic life with a peaceful heart.
The uniqueness of our courses is that we don't impose any fixed manuals, guidelines, books, traditions, rules etc... We evaluate each students individually and respect their choices and requirements throughout the programs.
We don't promise Nirvana (enlightenment ) or deep spiritual experiences, nor do we bang you with some abstract spiritual philosophies. What we teach is simple yoga and meditation practices that can be of practical use in your daily life and harmonize all areas of life, including diet, sleep, sex, relationships and work attitudes.See more events in this venue
One month yoga teacher training program to experience the intensive and spiritual teachings and practices of traditional Hatha yoga - with more emphasis on breathing, awareness, meditation and practical philosophy to live an enlightened life in society.
Also, you will be presented with a professional yoga teacher certification diploma, recognized by Yoga Alliance, with which you can start teaching yoga professionally around the world. This 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training covers all the basic techniques and skills to get started on the noble path of sharing your practical knowledge of yoga - both practical & intellectual - in a professional way.
Even if you are not interested in teaching yoga, the practices and philosophy classes have detoxifying effect that will enrich your body, mind and intellect and helps you to understand the purpose of life and know-how to live a sane and peaceful life.
Hath Yoga Teacher Training Course Outline
Techniques Training/Practice — 117 Hours Includes asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques.
- Analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques
- Guided practice of the techniques.
Teaching Methodology — 26 Hours Includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting /correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the student’s process of learning, and business aspects of teaching yoga.
Yoga Anatomy & Ayurveda — 26 Hours Includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and anatomy of Pranic body: chakras, nadis, etc. Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc).
Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics — 26 Hours Includes the study of yoga sutras, Essence of Bhagavad Gita, Historical evolution of yoga, the yoga lifestyle in a materialistic society, and ethics for yoga teachers. If time permits, basic Sanskrit and translation classes.
Practicum — 20 Hours Includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching and hearing/giving feedback. Also includes assisting teachers in daily practice class.
- Practices: Asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, mudras, bandhas, meditation, and chanting.
- Learn: Classification and sequencing of all yoga asanas (poses) and adjustments techniques to correct your students or yourself.
- Healing: Therapeutic benefits of yoga and precautions and contraindication.
- Theory: Introduction to yogic lifestyle, Historical evolution of Yoga, Types of Yogas, Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Yoga Anatomy & Physiology, Translation of important mantras.
- Teaching Practice: Testing and sharing your Teaching skills with your co-teachers.
- Career: Business/Career of a yoga teacher, communication skills and safety norms
During this Yoga Teacher Training the students are continuously assessed throughout the course at all levels. There will be a practical test and two written exams to evaluate the understanding and skills of the students and then a certificate will be given. We are recognized by Yoga Alliance in USA & Canada as RYS 200 (Registered Yoga School) under the name of "Yoga Vidya Retreats" and our main teacher Krishna Chaitanya is an E-RYT 500 (Expert Registered Yoga Teacher) too. This allows you to use our yoga teacher training certificate for insurance and taxation purpose. And with our yoga teacher training certificate you can also register as RYT 200 online for your career and job opportunities.
- Food for 30 nights
- All Classes
- Text books and manuals
- New Yoga Mat
- Kriya accessories (Jala Neti, Sutra neti, etc.) that we will give you after arriving here
- Also includes private coaching and spiritual consultations
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- Flights, changes, and airport transfers (could be arranged by AyurYoga but with extra fees)
We serve vegetarian sattvic Indian foods & drinks, free from meat, fish and eggs, which are considered stimulating/lethargic for yogic practices and recommended to avoid, even temporarily during the course. We use mild spices, which are considered healthy and avoid or minimize the stimulating spices to suit the western tummies not used to Indian food.
Vegans and Gluten-free diets can comfortably manage here as we give more than a half dozen varieties in each of two big meals/day that consists of two boiled /curried vegetables, Salad, Lentils, Rice, Chapati (Indian bread). We mark the foods with Dairy and Wheat, if there are students who need to know.
We are not judgmental against meat-eating and don’t mind if you have been or will be eating meat products after the retreats. We design the menu to to calm down the body-mind, while you are going through detoxification through intensive practice/course that generates a lot more heat in the body and mind and beneficial to the practice of yoga and ayurveda.
All foods are served in Buffet and you can take as much as you can. We try to accommodate the special requirements, if any.
- 06.30 AM: Hot Lemon Ginger / Herbal Drinks
- 09.15 AM: Salad, 2 vegetable dishes, Lentils, Rice Variety, Indian Bread and Chai
- 02.00 PM: Fruits / Herbal Drink. Occasional Snacks.
- 07.30 PM: Tasty Indian Foods like Dosa, Idly, Upma, Parothas with Curry, Lentils along with Salads and Herbal Drink. Soups and Desserts twice a week.
We have only fruit Lunch in the afternoon as the morning Brunch is heavy that needs time to digest. Also you need lighter tummy for evening Yoga class. And you can better appreciate the tasty dinners, with burning hot appetite! We don’t expect you to starve or feel lack of energy/nutrition with our diet/timings. If anybody feels that way, we will be happy to provide you extra food in the afternoons. Otherwise, you can also buy fresh fruit juices, dry fruits, healthy snacks in the Health Bar that we are planning to open soon.
We understand that Indian food is new to your stomachs and ensure that you are getting the right food. If anything doesn’t suite your tummy, we will provide porridge, corn-flakes or any other food that suits you well.
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring water bottles to fill with filtered drinking water that we provide at all times. Students with low-blood pressure are suggested to bring extra iron/mineral supplements.
HOW TO GET THERE
We organize safe Airport Transfers with our personal drivers and staff to pick up /drop back the students to/from Airports at anytime of the day or night. As most of students would be arriving one/two days before the course start date, we will co-ordinate to accommodate two/three students in a comfortable cars – to reduce the taxi charges and for a company on a long drive. In case if you arrive/depart at odd time and alone, we can also arrange a hotel room closer to Airport, to enable you to share a taxi with other students.
This part of India is perfectly safe for women travelers and we take the safety of our students seriously. Our designated Driver/staff will be standing at airport with a placard showing your name and our ashram name. Also we will email you at least three emergency phone numbers to reach us, in case of any problem in finding our person at airport.
There is one Airport for namesake but flights are a few and seasonal. At the moment there is only one small flight coming from Chennai to Mysore on Mon, Wed and Fridays.
Bangalore Airport (BLR), Karnataka:
Nearest International Airport at about 200 Kms. from ashram and well connected with all places in the world.
Most of our students comes/departs from here – so you can share the taxi ride with them.
Calicut Airport (CCJ), Kerala: (Calicut is also known as Kozhikode)
Located on the coast of Kerala, one can driver through scenic hills and forests to reach our ashram. Pick the flights arriving in the early morning to enjoy the best of scenery on the way. It is at same distance/time/costs like Bangalore Airport.
Please note AyurYoga Eco-Ashram doesn't own or operate taxis. We are only helping the students, as they can't communicate in local language with local taxi driver. The costs of taxis keeps changing every months, with regular changes of fuel prices on monthly basis. The prices below are only estimated prices and the ashram can't decide how much a taxi driver will charge you at the end of trip, which depends on number of hours waiting and how many people etc. All taxi costs needs to be paid in Indian Rupees.
For estimated cost of airport transfers, please visit our website.
Cheaper Bus option by Buses (for day-time arrivals)
If you are a seasoned traveller arriving during the day time, you can easily take buses easily and costs less than $20 to reach our place.
Bangalore Airport - Mysore: There are two direct buses from Bangalore airport to Mysore leaving at 4 am and again at 4 pm - reaching in Mysore at 10 am and again at 11 pm. It is very comfortable and safe bus for foreign tourists. Costs less than $15. Other than these direct buses from airport, there is one bus every 20 minutes to Mysore from Bangalore Central bus station, which is connected with regular Airport buses.
When you reach Mysore, you just have to call us/our driver waiting there to drive you down to our ashram in one hour, which costs extra of about Rs. 1200 ($20).
Trains from other parts of India
Mysore is the nearest train station well-connected with trains from Bangalore, Chennai and Mangalore. There are also long journey trains from/to New Delhi, Mumbai and all other Indian Cities, but not advisable for travellers new to India. If you can write us from which part of India you want to come we can tell you what is the easiest way.
THE SURROUNDING AREA
Blessed with a diverse makeup conforming to all the romance of quintessential India, Karnataka delivers with its winning blend of palaces, tiger reserves, megacities, ancient ruins, beaches and legendary hang-outs.
At its nerve centre is the silicon-capital Bengaluru (Bangalore), overfed with the good life. Scattered around the epicurean city are rolling hills dotted with spice and coffee plantations, the regal splendour of Mysore, and jungles teeming with monkeys, tigers and Asia’s biggest population of elephants.
If that all sounds too mainstream, head to the counter-cultural enclave of tranquil Hampi with hammocks, psychedelic sunsets and boulder-strewn ruins. Or the blissful beaches of Gokarna, a beach haven minus the doof doof. Otherwise leave the tourist trail behind entirely, and take a journey to stunning Islamic ruins of northern Karnataka.
Ashram is a place where people can recharge their spiritual batteries, away from all the distractions of the busy and materialistic lifestyle in the society. From the Yogic understanding humans are brainwashed continuously in society and compelled to lead an automated robotic lifestyle which is shallow and meaningless sometimes.
A secluded space and energy of like minded people in an ashram helps us to take a time off from these compulsive behaviours, attitudes, habits, schedules, obligations of the society and challenge our own beliefs and values that guide our lifestyle. Here, we dare to ask: What am i doing with my life? Why? What do i want? What is the purpose of Life? And each one have to find the answers from within.
At the moment we have 27 rooms, with attached bathrooms inside and a balcony facing the river. Ten of them are wooden cottages and while other rooms are made of hollow mud bricks which maintains insulation naturally. All are same in sizes, facilities and facing the river and valley on the other side.
Eventually we would like to build more guest rooms to be able to provide a private room to all students. Until then, some rooms are shared by two students and certain rooms are only for single occupancy.
All rooms are spread as per Permaculture principles and gives enough privacy and beautiful views all around. Interiors are simple and spacious 12 x 14 feet bedrooms, well-lit and air flow from two windows.
- All beds have spring mattress, pillows, quilts, blankets etc
- Clean bed-sheets and towels are changed regularly
- Reading table and chair, wardrobe with safe keeping lockers
- Wastebin, Brooms/brushes/cleaning supplies for self-cleaning
- Balcony facing river, with easy chairs and coffee tables
- Mosquito nets for all three windows – no need of a separate net
- Bathrooms with western toilets, showers, sinks, mirrors etc.
- Solar Hot water to keep you warm
- A small pantry area with a sink and counter
- Toilet paper is sold at nominal cost
- 24/7 power supply with voltage control and back up generator
- Universal plug points in rooms – suitable for charging any gadget
- Wi-Fi access with a nominal charge
- Laundry in modern washing machine with a nominal charge
We have 6 to 12 hour power cuts every day. However, we have UPS Battery backup for all rooms and teaching halls, besides the silent Diesel Generator for emergencies. We request our guests not to waste power, especially when we are on batteries during the day time.
AyurYoga Eco-Ashram is equipped with two high-speed Fiber-Optic internet lines, but with a certain limitations on bandwidth/speed which is highly expensive in India. So, we provide Internet to our guests with nominal charges. We request all our guests to limit internet usage to emails/basic net browsing or whatever necessary and to avoid any upload/downloads, video, to conserve the limited bandwidth available to us per a month.Two computers in the office can be used by students with nominal costs of 2 rupees/per minute – less than 2 dollars/hour.
We expect the students to connect with their inner worlds and appreciate the peace of Mother Nature, instead of being distracted with outside world. And we consider all mobile phones/computer/smart devices are not healthy for body, breath, mind, and environment – so they are not allowed in our class rooms and minimized throughout the campus.
International Mobile phone may or may not work – depends on your network and roaming activation. As per the laws of Indian Government, it is not possible to buy/activate SIM cards for foreigners without a permanent address in India. Nevertheless, there are a few exclusive cell phone counters for foreign tourists at International Airports.
AyurYoga Eco-Ashram is equipped with both land-line and mobile phones in the office which can be used by guests for calling/receiving phone calls with nominal costs. Though we do not encourage the people to use mobile phones in our campus, Ashram office would be able to help you with renting out a temporary phone/SIM card, if it is really an unavoidable necessity for you.
It is possible to get your clothes washed and ironed with one of our staff taking care of Laundry. A nominal charge per a piece is charged – about $5 per wash, includes drying and ironing. You can also get washing powder and wash on your own, preferably at the laundry stones at the River steps.
We request our guest to minimize the use of chemical soaps, washing powders, shampoos in the bathrooms, as we are trying to keep our land free from all chemical for Organic Farming of Herbal/Ayurvedic medicinal plants, Vegetable, fruits for own consumption.
Other Existing Buildings
Chakra Yoga Hall on the Riverside, measuring about 3000 square feet (sq.ft.), and can accommodate up to 30 people spaciously.
Surya Hal l, measuring 1250 sq.ft., is currently used for Dining and also for morning Gentle Yoga Class and evening Video Shows etc.
Chandra Hall, measuring 2000 sq.ft of area in L shape is above the Dining Hall, with great panoramic views of the place.
Annapurna is our spacious modern kitchen and dining hall, along with plenty of storage rooms and laundry/washing areas. The open hall above this building, with spectacular views is also used for yoga classes occasionally.
Heritage Building at the entrance to house our teachers and also works as our temporary office, until the Reception/Office building will be ready in the future.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
A non-refundable deposit of US$300 is required to finalize a booking in any one of our yoga teacher training retreats. You can pay this with your Credit Card online through Paypal.
If you can't make it to the course for any reasons, you can transfer the deposit to any of our future yoga teacher training within one year from the course starting date -- provided you inform us at least six weeks before the course starting date so that we can find a replacement for your spot. If you cancel the course at the last moment and if we can't find a replacement you will loose the deposit.
The balance payments can be paid after arrival in cash, in any major currency. You can also pay with your American Express Travellers Checks. We also accept Credit/Debit cards, Bank Transfers, TransferWise, Paypal, with certain extra commission of 4% to 10% extra, to cover the transaction costs/deductions/commissions/taxes as per Indian laws.
One month yoga teacher training in a riverside organic farm, with traditional teachers in Hatha, Pranayamas, Philosophy, Meditation & great food!
: Krish Varma