150-Hour Hatha Yoga Training in Goa, India
For dedicated students, teachers and those seeking a deep immersive experience, this training offers a chance to explore, study and practice the major limbs of the Yoga tradition. The practice will be taught within the background and framework of both the classical Tradition, the Hatha Yoga practices and the Mahayana Buddhist tradition through the lens of the various texts and modern writings/commentaries.
At the same time, we will have a chance to explore in smaller ways how Yoga is being used today - as a therapeutic tool and how it has cross fertilized with Chinese Medicine, Restorative Applications, Sound work and the tradition of Laya Yoga including Yoga Nidra.
The backbone of the program are the long morning practices which give students intensive sessions of led Asana, Pranayama, Meditation/Contemplation, Mudra and Mantra. All classes will be taught in English.
The course covers about 150 hours. It is divided into four modules with extra days dedicated to opening and closing ceremonies. One 5-day module within the course will be dedicated to Mauna (observation of silence).
This Hatha Yoga Training will be offered from Saturday, November 11, 2017 through Friday, December 1, 2017 at Samata Holistic Retreat Center in North Goa, India, under the guidance of Stephen Thomas.
Stephen Thomas is an experienced Yoga teacher and practitioner. He leads Teacher Trainings, Workshops and Immersions across Asia and Europe. His teaching is deeply rooted in the traditional Yoga practices of Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. His philosophical background is influenced by studies in the Classical systems of Yoga Philosophy as well as Tibetan Buddhism and Tantra.
Stephen studies directly with O.P. Tiwari of Kaivalyadham, India - a living master in the science of Pranayama. He blends this with his ongoing studies in Asana, Nutrition, Ayurveda, Philosophy and the varied modern evolutions of Yoga.
Location & Accommodation
The training will take place at Samata Holistic Retreat Center, located in the peaceful village setting behind Arambol Beach in North Goa.
Accommodation and meals will be provided directly from Samata Goa. A variety of accommodation are available. The prices range from min. 76 USD per person/night upwards.
Accommodation/Food packages for 20 nights (November 11, to 30, 2017):
Simple Single Room - smaller room with 1 single bed: 2'080.- USD
King Deluxe Room - bigger room with 1 King bed: single occupancy 2’400.- USD per person / double occupancy 3’520.- USD per couple
Twin Deluxe Room - the same size as King Deluxe with 2 single beds (double occupancy): 1’760.- USD per person
Triple Room - bigger room with 3 single beds (triple occupancy): 1'520.- USD per person
Master Suite - spacious room with huge balcony, private kitchen, 1 King bed or 2 Twin beds: single occupancy 4’000.- USD per person / double occupancy 5’600.- USD (two people)
To see pictures of the rooms please visit www.samatagoa.com
For all questions regarding accommodation and food please email Olga Novikova: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please book your room/food package directly with Olga once your participation has been confirmed by AIRYOGA.
Arrival / Departure
Please arrive at Samata on Saturday, November 11, 2017 during the day. Find out how to get there here: http://www.samatagoa.com/getting-there-and-away/
Departure is on Friday, December 1, 2017 at noon.
Practice days are from November 12, to 30, 2017 (including 3 rest days).
A Typical Day
6:30 to 7:15am Sunrise Contemplation/Meditation, Ceremony.
Music (traditional and contemporary)
7:15 to 7:45am Tea. Mauna
7:45 to 9:00am approx. Pranayama or Asana
9:00 to 11:00am approx. Asana or Pranayama
11:00am approx. Brunch and Mid day Break
4:00 to 6:00pm approx. Afternoon Asana, Workshops/Readings/
6:00 to 7:00pm Evening Pranayama, Meditation/Contemplation
Sunset Practices, Music
A Note on the Rhythm of the Training
• A full rest day after each 4 or 5-day module is offered
• Somedays the schedule will change slightly to accommodate variances needed to include more length, intensity or a longer rest/restorative/savasana phases.
• There will be some group and partner work throughout the course.
• Additional practices will be offered in accordance with Moon phases, special events etc. Few evenings will feature ceremony, late night meditation, trataka, or other pre-sleep practices.
Students should have a regular practice for some years. The practices are adjusted to suit the level of the student and ensure an intelligent safe space for growth and transformation. Modifications, working with challenges, and healing is a central theme in this work. However, the training is intensive and long. Students should expect a challenge and come prepared to work hard and support each other.
Price per person
CHF 2’590.- for the full yoga program (approx. 150 hours), including manual (sent to the students via pdf in October 2017), and pre-course work starting mid September 2017.
Not included in the price
• Trip to/from Goa
• All transfers
• Tourist visa (apply for your e-visa online via https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/info1.jsp)
• Massages, treatments etc.
• Accommodation and meals (to be booked directly with Samata)
To apply, please write a short summary of your practice/study history (include your current teachers, courses or trainings you have already taken). If you have already studied on a course longer than 3 days with Stephen Thomas, please indicate when and where.
Email your application to Stephen Thomas: email@example.com
A non-refundable deposit of CHF 500.- is required once your participation has been confirmed by AIRYOGA.
The remainder is due on September 1, 2017. Cancellations after that date will not be refunded.
The participants will be responsible for booking their accommodation with Samata once they are accepted into the course.
Insurance is your own responsibility. We strongly recommend a travel insurance.
The company/the teacher shall not be held liable for any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to persons. The participant waives any claim against the company/the teacher for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.