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Turn Your Passion For Yoga Into A Career You'll Love

while residing 25 days in mystical South India or

enchanting isles of Croatia


"This course is not just a teachers training course...
It is an inspired journey with every moment meticulously considered and planned, conducted with unwavering patience and love. Always love.
Living and learning with Ganga in a small group (as students did in the ancient Gurukula system) provided the perfect opportunity to receive personal guidance and advice with regards to asana practice, meditation and philosophy.
I leave this course not only confident to instruct an asana class, but with a firm foundation on which to grow spiritually and to share this newly acquired knowledge with all I meet."
... With so much love and utmost respect
Jean Dollery, South Africa (YTT Croatia, June 2011)
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What our students are saying:

"Ganga’s philosophy classes were excellent – such a knowledgeable and passionate teacher. The asana teaching classes were great – Ganga’s patience and her detailed explanations were much appreciated. The feedback was always constructive and given with a proper explanation, which helped us to improve our teaching practice. The anatomy classes were engaging and the peer to peer discussions during class helped it all to sink in. The self-development workshop was a highlight for me – delivered by such a great teacher, very motivating, useful and humorous.

I would describe the YTT course in the following words: Exciting, fun, disciplined, interesting, structured, comprehensive, motivating and so useful. I could go on…

Thank you for the gift of yoga, Ganga. I will be eternally grateful."

Yasmina Cherquaoui, London, UK (YTT Croatia, June 2015)

Our syllabus covers every important aspect of yoga and will equip you with an amazingly wide array of skills and knowledge which will support you in any situation whether you decide to teach yoga classes, workshops or organize yoga retreats.


 Highlights Of  Our Yoga Teacher Training Courses

Yoga Teachers Training

  • We maintain small class sizes for maximum personalized attention
  • At the end of the training you will be centred, calm, superbly inspired, beaming with joy and empowered to skilfully guide others into the sacred landscape of their bodies, minds, and hearts, and teach powerful, uplifting, and intelligent classes infused with joy.
  • Our yoga instructor certification courses are of outstanding quality, marked by excellence and attention to detail. They are the most thorough and comprehensive ones you will find, while allowing you to experiment within your own body, mind and spirit and experience the profound transformation initiated by the practices for yourself.
  • Our school is accredited by Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance registers both individual yoga teachers and yoga teacher training programmes (schools) that have complied with educational standards established by the Alliance. Yoga Alliance supports yoga teachers and the diversity and integrity of yoga. Their mission is to lead the yoga community, set standards, foster integrity, provide resources, and uphold the teachings of yoga. A Yoga Alliance Accreditation will give you worldwide recognition.
  • The intensive daily schedule includes two meditation sessions, two yoga classes, in depth study of yoga postures, two lectures and workshops. One day a week is lecture-free.
  • There is limited space on all our courses.
  • Call us on +44 (0)7969 157994
  • Email: info@himalayanyogainstitute.com


When choosing a yoga certification programme make sure that plenty of time is given to developing your teaching skills. On our yoga teacher training courses you will be provided with the opportunity to teach single asanas from day two and you will teach classes very early on into the course. You will be given insight into how to give verbal cues, how to demonstrate, observe and correct students with hands-on adjustments.



Curriculum - Topics covered on the course:



  Asanas (yoga postures)

Two types of asana classes will be conducted:

  • One daily asana practice class which will provide you with the opportunity to practice your asanas and will help you to develop a strong personal practice of asanas, and
  • One daily teaching practice class devoted to understanding how to teach the asanas - you will start learning how to teach asanas from day two. of the course. Hence you will have plenty of time to practice teaching throughout the entire course.

The daily in-depth practice with individual corrections comprises:

  • Effective warm-ups and how to incorporate them into the class -  various categories of warm-ups
  • Sun salutation and its variations
  • 66 basic yoga postures
  • 100 asana variations, from beginners level to advanced
  • Postural alignment
  • Guided deep relaxation and yoga nidra
  • Release of blocked energy and deep healing
  • How to develop flexibility and strength
  • Helpful instructions for alignment in the asanas and how to self-correct as well as adjust students

The practical training (asana practice class) allows you to learn asana (Yoga Posture) in detail. You will understand the benefits of each and every asana on the physical, mental and spiritual level, besides that, you’ll also learn which asanas to prescribe to people with various physical and mental problems. Warm-ups, self-massage, meditation and relaxation techniques are also covered.

Teaching Methodology (teaching practice class) will prepare you to conduct a yoga class in real life with confidence; you will learn how to demonstrate and describe asanas, perform adjustments and assist the students in class and also help them to avoid injury during the practice of asanas.

  Benefits of Asanas:

Benefits of AsanasAchieving emotional balance by regulating the glandular system

  • Balanced mind
  • Improved power of concentration
  • Ridding the body of excess fat
  • Enhanced physical fitness
  • Relief of chronic ailments such as constipation, rheumatism, stomach complaints
  • Massage of the inner organs
  • Improved circulation
  • Stabilised thyroid functions
  • Muscles and joints remain youthful and supple into old age
  • Expands breathing capacity
  • Relaxes the nervous system
  • Balances the two hemispheres of the brain
  • Purifies the nadis (subtle energy channels)
  • Stores energy in the chakras
  • Calms the mind
  • Ujjayi, Surya Bheda, Sitali, Sitkari, Bhramari
  • The 10 Vayus (Pranas) and Pranayama
  • Neti, Nauli, Kapalabhati and tongue cleaning : classical yogic purification techniques for the nose, lungs, abdomen and tongue which will be demonstrated and practiced
  • Bandhas: Jalandhara, Uddayana and Mula Bandha
  • Bandhatraya Yoga: Mahamudra, Mahabandha and Mahavedha
  • Mudras
  • General Health rules
  • Yogic secrets for a long life
  • Lymphatic drainage massage
  • Introduction to the major body systems
  • The effects of yoga on: the cardiovascular system, respiration, digestion, skeletal and muscular systems, endocrine system
  • The science of asanas: their physical and mental benefits
  • Yoga and physical culture
  • Yogic Diet, Nutrition and the Principles of Ayurveda
  • Human Anatomy and Yoga Physiology are important aspects of yoga study, but another relatively unexplored aspect of yoga is Bio-Psychology. Bio-Psychology is the study of glands and hormones and their profound effects on all physical and mental (psychic) functions like growth, digestion, energy levels, emotions, etc.
  • Various Definitions of Yoga
  • A brief history of Tantra
  • From Shiva to Krsna
  • Patanjali
  • The Nath lineage
  • Astavkra Muni
  • The Kriya Yoga Lineage (Lahiri Mahasaya, Paramahansa Yogananda, etc.)
  • Ramakrsna and Vivekananda
  • Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and his students

Pattabhi Jois
T.K.V. Desikachar

  • Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
  • The law of action and reaction
  • Karma and Samskara (Samskara means reactive momenta to past actions and is not to be confused with the term Samsara, which means the wheel of birth and rebirth)
  • Life, death, rebirth and liberation
  • Destiny, Prapatti Vada and self-effort



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YTT on Dolphin Isle, Croatia



  Teaching practice

Yoga Teaching PracticeWhat qualities should a yoga teacher have? This module will focus on the qualities of a good yoga teacher with an emphasis on teaching methodology, e.g. how to communicate with students, how to demonstrate, observe the student in the class to avoid injury during practice of asana. We will also discuss the personal and professional ethics of a yoga teacher.

Besides you will receive sample templates for a Hatha, a Vinyasa and a Rajadhiraja class. You will also be given a fully designed beginner's course which you can apply in real life as soon as you have completed the course.

  • How to teach the basic postures, breathing exercises and elementary meditation to beginners and intermediate students
  • Setting up of a proper environment for class
  • Mindful Sequencing 
  • Use of voice and presentation skills
  • General pointers on teaching a class
  • The Basic Rajadhiraja class
  • The Dynamic Vinyasa class
  • Beginners' Course
  • Advanced Postures
  • Yoga for Children
  • Yoga for Older Citizens
  • Yoga for Pregnancy
  • Relaxation
  • Detailed correction workshops
  • In the second half of the training course, participants will teach each other under the guidance of an experienced instructor 

Yoga nutrition

  • Vegetarianism for ethical, spiritual and health reasons
  • How diet affects the mind
  • Proper balance of the main nutrients
  • Ayurvedic principles of nutrition
  • Healing effects of fasting
  • Guide to meditation
  • What is meditation
  • Why meditate
  • Experiences in meditation
  • Mantras as powerful sound energy healing and purifying the chakras, nadis and body cells
  • The science of mantra
  • The 3 qualities a mantra must possess
  • Mantra initiation (if desired)
  • Ashtanga - the 8 limbs of yoga
  • Ethics and moral principles
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Koshas – the five layers of the mind
  • Kaoshikii and Tandava: dynamic yogic dances for women and men
  • Concentration and meditation
  • The six lessons of Sahaja Yoga
  • 16 points of yogic life
  • Understanding Kundalini Shakti
  • Macrocosm and Microcosm
  • The Tantric theory of creation
  • Nirguna and Saguna Brahma
  • Shiva and Shakti
  • The 7 Chakras
  • The awakening and raising of Kundalini Shakti
  • Kirtan: devotional chanting of Sanskrit mantras
  • Chanting opens the heart and purifies the mind. With daily chanting, you develop a strong feeling of devotion and a very pure inner vibration. In devotional chanting correct pronunciation, devotional attitude and awareness of meaning (ideation) are all-important.
  • Creativity and artistic expression for spiritual development and upliftment
  • Mandala Art workshop - you will create your own mandala in this workshop
  • Bhajans (devotional songs)
  • Prabhat Samgiita (devotional music for mental expansion)
  • Indian Classical Dance.
  • Karma Yoga in the Bhagavad Giita: relinquishing the attachment to the fruits of our actions
  • Karma yoga is also the practice of selfless service. It maintains physical and mental health, counteracts depression and refines your mind and heart.
  • The spirit of service in daily life
  • The law of cause and effect
  • Samsara, the wheel of birth and death - exploring how Karma yoga allows every person to be free here and now.
  • Yoga philosophy
  • The History, Science and Philosophy of Tantra
  • The Intuitional Science of the Vedas
  • Upanishads
  • Contemporary Yoga philosophy: Brahmachakra
  • Conquest of death and immortality
  • Krsna and the Bhagavad Giita
  • Bhagavad Dharma and the concept of dharmaas given by Shiva
  • Considered one of the greatest spiritual texts of the world, the Bhagavad Gita contains subtle and profound teachings and has a universality which embraces every aspect of human activity. It symbolises the solution to the eternal struggle between the spiritual and the material in every human being
  • Study of the text and commentaries

The Business of Teaching Yoga

  • Secrets to becoming an exceptional yoga teacher
  • Marketing yourself and your services
  • How to set up a Successful Yoga Teaching Business
  • How to Establish a Powerful Personal Practice
  • How to set up classes


  • 06:30 Pranayama, chanting, meditation
  • 07:30 Asanas
  • 09:00 Fruit and Tea
  • 09:30 Workshop/Lecture/Anatomy and Physiology
  • 10:30 Karma Yoga
  • 11:00 Lecture/Workshop
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12.45 Main lecture (philosophy/theory/history)
  • 14:15 snack and leisure/self-study
  • 16:30 Asanas, asana techniques & Teaching Methodology
  • 18:30 Satsang (meditation, kirtan, chanting)
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Free time and study
  • 22:00 Lights out



  • 06:30 Chanting, Meditation & Pranayama
  • 07:30 Asana Practice
  • 09:00 Fruit and Tea
  • 09:30 Anatomy and physiology/workshop/lecture
  • 10:30 Karma Yoga
  • 11:00 Workshop/Lecture
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:45 Main lecture (philosophy/theory/history)
  • 14:15 snack and leisure/self-study
  • 16:30 Asanas, asana techniques & Teaching Methodology
  • 18:30 Satsang (meditation, kirtan, chanting)
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Free time and study
  • 22:00 Lights out



Satsang literally means “good company”, it means being in companionship with the truth and with the wise. The course satsang consists of half an hour silent meditation, half an hour chanting and a talk or reading on aspects of yoga philosophy. It will help you to develop a strong and steady meditation practice and show you the way to peace and happiness.


A high degree of self-motivation is required for all aspects of the course. A basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is helpful but not essential. A sincere desire to learn and openness to the teachings of yoga is required. Training to be a yoga teacher requires dedication and faith in the process of yoga.
The practice and especially the teaching of yoga demand a high degree of self-discipline and purity. To ensure the success of the program, participants are required to attend all spiritual activities, meditation sessions, lectures and asana classes.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to cater to personal dietary preferences beyond the yogic-vegetarian meals.

The teacher training modules serve to educate yoga health professionals, yoga instructors, yoga students or anyone with an interest in the science of Yoga.

Our trainers are internationally recognized teachers and are highly skilled and experienced in the field of yoga education.


Activities and Excursions

One day per week is lecture-free to enjoy some leisure time and excursions specific to the area and to deepen your study..

Optional Activities Include (depending on the location): 

Hiking, biking, swimming, snorkelling, rafting, water sports and boating – rock climbing, winter sports and the hot springs. For the less active – you will also find shopping and tourist attractions.

  Getting There

Students are responsible for making their own way to the Course. Details of how to get there will be sent to you upon registration. Please arrive on the date indicated as the course start date. Departure date is the date indicated as the last date of the course. Please do not arrive late or plan to leave early.


We are now offering a yoga teacher training intensive in two locations: in South India and on the beautiful dolphin island Losinj, Croatia.

You can apply for the YTT by filling out the online application form


For more information regarding the yoga teacher’s training you may contact us:

Tel: +44 (0)7969 157994
Email: info@himalayanyogainstitute.com

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“The yoga therapy components of our training are based on our qualification with the 'Himalayan Yoga Institute of Integrated Therapies', not derived from our status as a RYS with Yoga Alliance Registry."


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YTT in Croatia


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