India is one of the most popular countries in the world among travelers looking to learn about yoga. In fact, no other place on earth compares to India when it comes to studying yoga, doing yoga retreats, or taking a yoga teacher training course.
While you can learn about yoga anywhere in the country, the city of Goa is considered one of the best places to do it, with plenty of courses and training options to choose from.
I made a shortlist of yoga teacher training programs for you not to waste time. There are many more options but some of them are not up to the mark.
First, I will explain why Goa is a Fantastic place, for sure one of the best in the world, to go deep into yoga, and then I will suggest which centers to choose so that you can have the experience of your life.
Why Yoga in Goa
Goa is amongst the top destinations in India to pursue a yoga teacher training program. There, one can find the best courses conducted by top yoga masters.
If you’re planning to go far in yoga, coming here to learn is the right move. But when you search for a school, you’ll find a lot of information and it can become quite overwhelming to try and choose. This post highlights the best yoga ashrams in Goa that offer yoga teacher training courses.
Yoga teacher trainings in Goa always stand out from the rest. Delicious meals, charming people, coconut groves, and quaint villas, the natural conditions of the Goan region guarantee the perfect atmosphere for the practice of yoga and teaching.
In comparison to programs in places like Bali, U.S or Europe, Goa offers yoga training courses at a lower price along with top-notch accommodation and food options. Above all, you have authentic yoga teachers that really know the deep meaning of yoga and for them, yoga is their way of life.
Apart from that, the people in Goa are very hospitable to foreigners. They radiate positive vibes that help create a peaceful and harmonious environment. Different communities and religions live together in peace and harmony.
If you’re good at yoga and thinking about becoming a part or full-time teacher, then consider a program in India; it could probably change your life.
Many people who are yoga teachers have got certified here in India, and they have such interesting lives!!. They have the opportunity to travel around the world doing what they love the most.
Which Yoga Teacher Training Course in Goa is best for you?
The following are the best-ranked courses in Goa. I asked my readers and friends in Goa what their favorite YTT courses were and got great feedback and I have summed it up in this post.
1. Ashiyana Yoga Teacher Training
The setup is absolutely amazing and rooms and food can be easily rated as 5 stars. The entire place is very green with lots of palm trees and 2 minutes from the beach. Perfect architectural integration with nature.
It is not a yoga center itself. It is more of a hotel that organizes yoga programs and other activities related to well-being.
Their vision is “To enable you to take yoga off the mat and into all aspects of your life, as a process of self-healing whilst you learn to be responsible for your own equanimity and joy”.
You have also the option to just attend courses and stay somewhere else, but we highly recommend you to stay on-site as you can fully immerse yourself within your training avoiding unnecessary exterior distractions.
- Cost: €2.900
- Training, accommodation, vegetarian meals.
- Duration: 4 weeks.
- Next courses: October 2020 – February 2021.
- Language: English.
2. Kavaalya International Yoga Training Center
This center is known to be very proud of their teaching staff. Experienced native teachers are the only means to convey the profundity and authenticity of the Indian yoga tradition. If I were going to learn to teach yoga, THIS is where I’d do it.
Located in a magical part of Goa, the center is just in front of the beach between coconut trees with a quiet atmosphere apt for yoga.
It is truly a magical experience to practice yoga in the sea-facing shalas while the sun rises above the horizon.
The ashram is 100% focused on yoga. They do not have any other purpose but to deliver high-quality training. They take care of all students’ needs so that they don’t feel distracted.
The course is very intense and pays a lot of attention to train students in teaching methodologies, so they leave prepared to transmit what they have learned.
- Cost: €1.200 – €1.700
- Training, accommodation, fresh vegetarian Sattvic meals.
- Duration: 3 weeks.
- Next courses: September/October/December 2020 – January/February 2021.
- Language: English and Spanish.
3. Purple Valley Yoga Teacher Training
Located in the middle of the jungle, in the peaceful valley of Assagao, North Goa and a 10-minute drive from the beach, this beautiful Goan ashram is suitable for students and teachers who already have an established, regular ashtanga practice.
Accommodation is very well arranged, with three houses to choose from: Ganesh is the main house, five cottages within the beautiful tropical gardens, and Savasana with a slightly higher standard and modern accommodation.
Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is a system of flowing postures, linked by breath. The instructor is Joey Milles, who has an extensive amount of expertise in ashtanga yoga.
- Cost: from €2.500
- Includes: Training, accommodation, vegetarian meals.
- Duration: 4 weeks.
- Next courses: Contact organization.
- Language: English.
My primary intention in writing this article is to save you time and disappointments. The truth is, in many cases, what you see on the internet has nothing to do with the reality.
The three options introduced here are outstanding and will fulfill all your requirements in terms of yoga teaching, location and comfort.
To come to Goa to undergo a teacher training in yoga is one of those decisions that change the course of a life.
I understand that coming to India to do a yoga teacher course requires resources and time, but my experience tells me that it is more difficult to break through mental barriers than physical ones.
If you think that this is for you and you desire it, don’t stop before the obstacles, overcome them, this is what life is about!!