EVERYTHING about a YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSE in India (2019)

EVERYTHING about a YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSE in India (2019)


if you’re thinking about doing a yoga
teachers training course in India if you’re wondering what it might look like
and if it’s a good fit for you if you’re looking for recommendations or if you’re
just curious what my yoga teacher training course looked like, my two yoga
teacher training courses actually, then you are in the right place. the video
that I’m going to share with you today was filmed during the yoga teacher
training that I did in February 2019 in Varkala in India. I might jump in here
and there and add whatever I forgot to mention at the time of filming in this
video. Note that it’s been five months already since I came back to Poland from
India and today I am speaking from the point of view of a full-time yoga
teacher. yes, you heard me right, I can proudly say that I work and support
myself as a yoga teacher here in Poland and I owe it all to my yoga teachers trainings
that I’m going to talk about right now Namaste everyone, this is Justyna,
welcome back to my channel and if you’re new here consider subscribing
today I’ll be talking about my yoga teacher trainings as I’ve been
frequently asked about it. I did my first yoga teacher training in Varkala in India
two years ago and I put a couple of videos from it on YouTube before. right
now I’m doing my second ago teacher training in just the same place in Varkala
in India at the same yoga school Mathatitu Yoga Ashram and you already asked me
some questions about it on Instagram that’s why I decided to break it down
for you and make a video about it so when I first did my Yoga Teacher Training
two years ago I did it completely by chance I just arrived in Varkala, I was supposed
to spend here just a couple of days somehow I decided to take this course
and it happened to be the most important the most transformative experience of
my 9-month journey in India it was worth the money, the time, the effort
it was just… oh it was just a peaceful time I mean it was intensive, it was hard work, it was new
information, new experience but it just paid off As I am currently here and the course
comes to an end we finish in two days in literally two days, the whole month
has already passed, I want to share about this experience, maybe I will make
some comparison what has changed but basically I will be talking about
the current experience so first of all the Mathatitu Yoga Ashram
is located on the cliff in Varkala which is a very popular touristy beach destination
in India and you can take it as an advantage or a disadvantage – I call it advantage,
but what I mean is that the schedule of the program is very intensive, we hardly get
any time to enjoy the beach, but it is possible it’s possible to come to the beach every day
at least for half an hour if you really want to especially that our place is just at the cliff
with the sea view and it takes one minute to come down to the beach
and the location is just beautiful amazing, you can enjoy the weather, the view
the sea, we do yoga in the class with a sea view some people actually manage to go to the beach every
day, we have like an hourish after the breakfast an hour after the lunch, before dinner there’s
also some time to enjoy the sunset we are accommodated in the Hilltop View Hotel
where all the class and lectures take place and where we have our meals and where most of the people are staying so it’s very very very convenient so on the top of the building there are
three “yoga shalas” – yoga rooms the biggest one is this one over here, as you
can see the biggest one is with the sea view there’s one over here and this is where we have our ashtanga class and we are at the upper floor of the Hilltop Hotel
where there are rooms where people stay on the ground floor we have our meals
so basically everything is in one place just one minute from the beach, we can just
eat our food and go straight down the cliff to the beach to the sea or just first go to
the beach and then come back for lunch “Let me out!” hahahaha How is your room?
Great, it’s bit messy, but… it’s good Yeah? and it’s quite spacious I guess right?
Mhm, got a nice tapestry on the wall here Mathatitu opens a new yoga teacher trainings
every single month on the first day of the month and this month’s batch is actually the biggest
in the history, there are like 30 of us this month and it’s quite a big group, so not everybody
fits in the hotel, some people are staying on the back of the hotel, but it’s also nice
it’s like 1-2 minutes walking and I’m saying there, I’m not complaining
it’s really nice, it’s more peaceful actually but we are divided into two groups at least
for the asana practice class as again for the first time in the history of the school
they opened an ashtanga certification course this month, usually there is only hatha yoga
certification, but this month they opened ashtanga which I’m doing, which I’m very happy about,
because I did my hatha certification two years ago and today I’m doing my ashtanga yoga certification,
so I’m extremely happy about it so it means that we are divided into two groups,
most of the things we are doing together but asana practice, for the asana
classes we are divided into two groups so where I’m actually staying, the building
where I’m staying in the back of the Hilltop it’s actually the same building which was like a
main headquarters of this ashram two years ago so I’m familiar with the place and I feel like home,
that’s where we used to have our meals two years ago but since then the school grew and expanded
and they move everything into this hotel which like I said makes it very,
very convenient Two years ago the food was so amazing , we loved
it so much, it was home-made, it was fresh, healthy I expected the same this year and luckily I’m
not disappointed and the food is so good I think it’s better than two years ago, everyone
loves the food, we love the food here “The food is amazing, super tasty!” The diet is obviously vegetarian, yogic diet
I would call it also Indian, it’s an Indian yogic food, but not spicy, plain meals
and very delicious, we just love it So the schedule of the Yoga Teacher’s Training is more
or less the same as any other yoga teacher training we wake up at 5:30 and the first class starts at 6 a.m.
it’s a meditation and pranayama one hour class after the first morning class at 6 a.m. we have
a tea break at 7 and usually people come here to watch the beach and the sunrise
from the top of the cliff there is not much walking because
we are staying over there this is the place where we are having all the
class, all the meals, people staying here and this is where we come to enjoy our tea and at 7:30 we start our asana practice
and kind of like teaching practice which we do in a divided groups:
hatha yoga and ashtanga yoga people for me it’s ashtanga class, because I’m
doing an ashtanga teacher training but there’s another group simultaneously
doing hatha yoga class at 10:00 we are breakfast and 11:00 we start lectures
the class may change the week to week basically at 11:00 we have a philosophy class
or Ayurveda class – philosophy lectures, Ayurveda lectures and concepts of yoga, scriptures,
Yoga Sutras things like this, like theory at 1:00 p.m. we are having our lunch, so then
you can squeeze some beach time after lunch and at 2:30 we start our anatomy and alignment
class followed by asana practice at 5 p.m. by 6:30 we should be done and at
7:00pm we are having our dinner there is satsang which is kind of a gathering
to chant and discuss what we’ve learned with our teacher, which happens three times
a week usually before or after dinner and on Sundays you can do whatever you want and you can spend the whole day on the beach as as our day off During this training we had a chance to learn
some basic knowledge about Ayurveda which is considered to be the sister of yoga and every yoga teacher should at least have a basic idea about it it I actually don’t think that our Veda is normally
included in a regular 200-hour teacher trainings and it wasn’t when I was doing mine for the first time
those classes shed some light on some of the concepts of yoga which might be more
difficult to understand by a Western student by Western yoga adepts and so I considered it
to be extremely beneficial that we had those classes apart from Ayurveda we were also introduced to the science of mudras, the hand and body gestures in yoga which are related to the energy flow in the body
I guess it is also not very common to incorporate this knowledge in most of the yoga
trainings, we didn’t really learn mudras two years ago so there was a lot of new knowledge and new information from me this time, I’m really happy about it there is something that I really appreciate
which didn’t happen two years ago yogic cleansing activity called JALA NETI we cleanse… clean, we purify our
nostrils with warm salted water we put water in one nostril and it goes out with
another nostrils and we do it on the other side two years ago they introduced it to us at the end of the course so we only learned about it and tried it once as Yoga is all about experience and not theory,
I find it brilliant that this time they introduced this to us at the very beginning of the
course, literally on the second day so we could practice it daily, we could see
how it works, we could experience the benefits and we could develop a habit of
doing it regularly and many of us did I myself practice jala neti till this day and I do it
at home, not every day, but I do it regularly The program is very intensive I would advise to be focused only on that,
don’t come here with other responsibilities and things that you should be doing
or be thinking about or be focused on just put all your energy and focus into this
course if you are considering to come this is just like a, just a “pro tip”
that’s what I would suggest the more you give from yourself to this
experience, the more dedicated you are the more it will transform you, the
deeper the experience will be, trust me and the is not about physical yoga practice,
it’s mostly about spiritual experiences about going inwards, about understanding yourself
and we learn about yoga, what it really is what it really means, where it came from,
what’s the background, what’s the philosophy what is the deep sense of
all of these practices and I personally couldn’t be happier to experience
this twice! I really, I don’t have words the teachers are amazing, I think there is not
a single teacher that I wouldn’t like or respect they’re experienced, they’re passionate and
they live the truths that they’re sharing Yoga is a lifestyle and they are living
the lifestyle we can tell that and we can tell that they’re passionate
about sharing the knowledge and last but not least, the people!
the people that I met here, the people that gathered here together, I feel like… on the very
first day I just looked around and I felt… which is weird I just felt that all of them are so beautiful
and I just knew it was gonna be a really good positive experience sharing it with
these people and that’s what it is this place attracts like-minded people
interested in yoga, but what is yoga? people who want to know more, people who acknowledge the existence of the higher things of the Highest, people who we want to explore themselves and this is something that is very close to my heart
and my interest in this life there was a lot of us this time, this month
doing this course, but it’s good because that means that we met
more beautiful souls here even though we hardly get any free time
we managed to do some fun together one day we organized a talent show
just for ourselves, just for fun the other day teachers took us
to a temple festival nearby and if I had to mention any like lower points, disadvantages, I would have to really push myself to do it, but I don’t know… some people
would rather the group be smaller than 30 people for example, some people get
bored of the food, because it’s quite similar they still like it but they need some change,
nuances, not really the weakest points so this is new, there’s going to be an opening ceremony,
opening puja, there are som preparations going on the course started with an opening ceremony
when we were formally initiated as yoga students we are invoking the Supreme Energy of Guru
we are all coming to the path of the Knowledge the Divine Knowledge,
it’s a process of initiation it was very like powerful, the energy
was very powerful, spiritual event there was a lot of chanting during the
ceremony and most of us felt hesitant to sing along, we didn’t know the lyrics of
those chantings and we… it just felt strange “chant together continuously”
[Om namo naraya naya] by the time of the end of the course, of our
closing ceremony we were different people [Chanting “Maha deva shambho”] everybody was chanting
and it felt so natural to us it’s hard to explain, it difficult to explain,
we were different people by the end singing during the closing ceremony were created
such an unbelievable and special energy we were transformed literally overall as you can tell I loved everything here!
I loved the class, I loved the teachers, I loved the program, I loved the venue,
I love the location, Varkala! omg do you have any idea how much time
I already spent in Varkala all together by now? it’s been three and a half months this time
and I spent here five weeks two years ago so it’s been like 5 months!
oh my god, Varkala is incredible I just love the experience and now at the end of it
we are having our exam in two days that’s what I wanted to share especially
that I’m being asked about this course and especially that I’m so happy to be doing
it and I’m doing it for the second time when I did it for the first time I recommended
to people and I always used to say that I would do it again, but I never see it coming,
I never thought I would do it, literally do it again in the same place and I just did and I’m even happier then two years ago, I didn’t think it was possible that’s what I’m saying actually, that’s what I mean,
that’s what I wanted to say what I wanted to share thank you so much for your attention,
thank you so much for watching I hope it helped if you’re looking for
a yoga teacher’s training in India if you’ve never done it before, if you already
found Mathatitu Yoga Ashram website and you’re just looking for some validation
then here it is straight from my heart people are coming for the class,
so I’ll be finishing thank you so much for watching,
I hope it…like I said I hope it helped I can highly recommend Mathatitu Yoga Ashram,
if you’re looking for a great value yoga teacher training in India. If you have any questions that
I didn’t answer by now, if you have any doubts, feel free to ask me in the comments or
message me on Instagram, I would love to help Also check out my other videos from my yoga
teachers trainings, both the one I did two years ago and the one I did this year, I made a couple of videos
I put them in the playlist and I will link it down below you should definitely check it out, if you want to
have a better idea of what the course look like and that’s it, thank you so much for watching,
hit the like button and subscribe if you haven’t already and
I will see you next time, bye! Going to my next class, it’s anatomy class
with Rich Logan who’s a great teacher and it will be followed with asana
class with him as well I attended that class yesterday
for the first time and it was so tough simple exercises, but done in a way
that it was really, really challenging