It’s already 6 weeks ago that I finished my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Green Yoga India in Goa. The training was multi style consisting of Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin and Aerial Yoga. I can’t believe how the time flew by and I miss this place, our practice, the food and all the beautiful souls I met along the way so much. The training was super intense and challenging but at the same time we had lots of fun, learned so much about yoga, the philosophy behind it, anatomy, meditation, our bodies and how it all connects.
Our daily timetable
To give you a feeling how a normal day at green yoga looked like, I will give you a short insight into our timetable.
I woke up every morning at 6:00am and yoga self practice started at 6:30am. We incorporated cleaning techniques like Jala Neti (nasal rinsing) and warmed our bodies up for the yoga practice. At 7:00am was our first yoga class of the day in one of the 5 styles, which changed daily. For me this is the best way to start the day and I have since then integrated it into my daily routine. Even if you don’t have time for a full yoga practice in the morning (like me), just a few minutes of yoga and getting into your body will set a positive intention to your day. You release the stiffness from sleeping and by focussing on your breath you automatically tune into your body and connect.
At 8:30am we had breakfast and then half an hour of Karma Yoga. Karma means doing a selfless action without expecting anything in return. For me this was cleaning the surroundings and picking up trash. Others cleaned our yoga shala, worked in the library or had to think of an inspiring quote for the day. I really liked the intention of it.
After a short break we had our first theory class of the day. This was for example about yoga philosphy, ayurveda, the chakras or pranayama (=breathing techniques). Asana clinic was next where we got to learn the various postures in detail, including the instructions, breathing, contraindications, modifications and adjustments. Afterwards we got into pairs and teached each other the poses we had just learned. This was great to get into the mode of teaching from day one!
Lunch was at 1:30pm followed by a break of about one hour. We started again with another block of theory at 3:15pm which was mostly anatomy. The second class of yoga was at 4:30pm again in one the 5 styles. Each day ended with one hour of different kinds of meditation. This was for example yoga nidra, chakra meditation or trataka. I am meditating mostly every day since 8 years now but it was very interesting to get to know other forms of meditation.
Dinner was at 7:30pm followed by self study time that was actually needed to review everything we’ve learned throughout the day. We further had to write a daily reflection and two written homework throughout the course. So there was no time to get bored at all.
This was our daily routine from Monday to Saturday and Sundays were off.
During all this time I was so full of energy, woke up a few minutes before my alarm most days and felt well rested. Back home I wake up even later for work and mostly still feel so tired as it’s the middle of the night. This was truly surprising for me as we had so much mental and physical activity each day but I realised that this might be the perfect mix for me to feel balanced. And actually doing what I love has probably also a big impact 🙂
Activites and personal learnings
The course also included one morning of beach yoga which was so beautiful, we all would have loved to do this more often. Seeing the sun rise over the ocean and feeling the breeze and sand while doing yoga was just a magical start into the day. The acro yoga workshop was also lots of fun! It was all about trusting your partner, experimenting and playing. Other optional acitivities were a dolphin trip, a henna tattoo session, an indian cooking workshop and a sari fitting session. They really squeezed a lot into those 25 days!
The course ended with a 2-hour written exam and 1 hour of practical exam, teaching yoga in the preferred style.
Even though it was a lot to learn every day, I actually did not want this time to end. It helped me immensely in deepening my own yoga practice and it was incredible to see how much my body was capeable of. I also gained more self confidence and realised that I actually like teaching (which I was not sure about at all).
At our closing ceremony one of our teachers came up with a beautiful metaphor: “We planted a seed within you and now it is up to yourselves to grow and nourish it.” That is so true. We got a great overview of yoga, its philosophy, the different styles and so much that is related to it. Everyone of us can now decide in which field to go deeper, learn more and grow the unique “plant” within us.
Our group was a great mix of so many different cultures coming from all over the world and I made some true friendships.
Multistyle training – better than just one style?
Another great learning was that the different styles actually complement each other so well. Before I started the course I thought the multistyle training will help me identifying the one style that fits me best and that I may want to teach in the future. Going deeper I realised that each style has its very special benefits and it’s amazing to practice and/or teach more than one style.
- Aerial or flying yoga is practiced with a hammock / silk and allows you to stretch deeper, to build muscles and improve your balance. Gravitiy is used to decompress the spine and can be teached in a very therapeutic way.
- Hatha is a very grounding practice that can be practiced either very slow and calming or more challenging and flow-like.
- Yin is the perfect equivalent to an energic flowing practice. It works and lengthens the deepest part of the muscles called fascia and brings magical relaxation.
- Ashtanga has a set sequence that is physically challenging and amazing to build strength. Once you’ve learned this series of poses you can take it everywhere with you and practice without having to create a well-matched sequence.
- Vinyasa was my favourite style from the beginning and it still is. That is why I chose it for my final exam as I just love that you’re totally free in combining postures of Ashtanga or even other styles into a unique flowing sequence.
One thing you should know is that you won’t be ready to teach aerial yoga after this course. We did not learn anything about the poses, which are a lot different to “traditional” yoga and neither about sequencing. It was rather a nice trying out if you want to learn more about this style and practice it personally or not. Who wants to go deeper and actually teach it needs to do an aerial yoga teacher training. These are mostly 35 or 50 hour courses and I definitely want to do one next year.
I have started teaching friends and family soon after and will shortly look for opportunities of teaching in yoga studios. I’m so excited how my teaching and personal practice is going to develop and I realized that I want to learn even more and will for sure do another teacher training.
So if you’re considering to do a yoga teacher training and maybe are unsure if you ever want to teach, all I can tell you is: Go for it!
There is a reason for this longing of wanting to know more and I believe that this would not come up if you weren’t “ready”. Most often your heart knows way better what’s good for you than your mind which always tries to figure out the worst case scenarios and the reasons why you should not leave your comfort zone. Sometimes we just have to try something out and take the first steps to see if this is our way. Everything else will fall into place.
If there is any way I can help you with this, feel free to drop me a message.
Lots of love,