As I said before, my yoga practice was only based on the physical part and without following any guidelines (alone at home, inspired by great Yogis on Instagram), experimenting with my own body. But there came a point where I realized I needed to go further, I wanted to improve my technique and go deeper into spirituality, so I decided to take the intensive Yoga TTC in India; 200 hours over 24 days in Goa, India.
The choice of the center
Nowadays there are a lot of different centres offering Yoga TTC. First you should think of what do you want and what’s your situation. Where do I want to take the course? How much is my budget? How many time do I have? What type of Yoga am I interested in?
In my case I knew I wanted to take the course in India and intensively so I started looking for TTC in India. I found many different centers in India and they offer more or less a similar content, so the reviews of the students who had taken the course previously helped me a lot to make the decision. So finally, after some days I decided to join the course offered by Green Yoga India.
What does Green Yoga India offer?
One aspect that attracted me most was the location, on the beach, overlooking the sea and the yoga shala facing east, to practice yoga greeting the sunrise . Yes, I am passionate about beach and sunrises, so for me that’s a big plus! Haha
I also liked the personalized service they offer. They work with small groups (mine was 9 people) which allows great interaction between all students and an individual learning.
The contents offered are more or less the same in all centers, although each is more focused on a type of yoga. In this case the base was the practice of Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow and basic notions of Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra. I had not practiced any specific type of yoga before, so I thought it was ok what they offer.
Once in Goa what I loved most was the atmosphere that was created between all partners. The truth is that the course is very intense and having the support of your partners is very important. I’ve always thought that the same experience can be different depending on with whom you live it, so I consider myself very fortunate to have had the pleasure of sharing this experience with all of them.
I also liked that my instructor Atmareka lives yoga from within, with love and passion. He also has a lot of knowledge about the origins and philosophy of yoga and millions of stories to tell about it! It is very nice to see someone expressing his knowledge with passion.
The other two teachers, Veronica and Patricia were also a very important support. Sweethearts, teaching and taking care of us.
They offer a vegetarian diet. The Chef is very shy and super sweet and he cooks with lots of love, offering a small buffet every day. All food is delicious!
Breakfast consists of tea, fruit, yogurt, cereal and oats. At lunch they offer a salad, dhal, rice and some cooked vegetables. At dinner you can always find a soup, another salad, vegetables, dhal and rice.
The setting is very nice and safe. In front of the beach, with restaurants, bars and small shops. It’s beautiful and people are very nice. I loved it! I met some locals and all of them were wonderful with me. If I have to say something negative, in my opinion the beach is too touristic, but if you walk a little further you’ll find spots with nobody. I enjoyed practicing yoga on a deserted beach!
My recommendation for those who want to take the course in Green Yoga India is to go few days earlier or stay a few days after the course and rent a motorbike to explore the surroundings, because during the days of the course the schedule is tight, so you won’t have time to visit anything.
Personal reflexion of my TTC in India
I really enjoyed the experience, but I think that you have to be a person with an open mind. Someone who is able to adapt to different situations, someone who can accept different ways of living and someone who is ok to live without certain luxuries for certain period of time. The accommodation is basic. There are different types of rooms but you won’t find any fancy room. There is no hot water and most of the rooms are with shared bathroom.
I personally learned a lot about yoga (as you know I was going without any prior knowledge, so everything was new for me) but as always, I also learned more about myself.
I would recommend Green Yoga India to adventurous and open minded people who want to increase their knowledge about yoga, learning from its roots.
Do you want to do a TTC in India?
Love and gratitude