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If you think about yoga, the first thing that comes to your mind will be India, because Yoga originated in India. India is a diverse country full of culture and different language and yoga play an important role to learn and understand the spirituality of India. Its origin in India is considered to be as old as human civilization, although there is no evidence behind it.
Yoga is associated with its culture and heritage and its religious idea of India. It is taken from the Sanskrit words which means “to unite”, a way to live a peaceful and healthy life. If you ever visit India, you will experience a different culture and also face a lot of problems because of this. So there are certain things to keep in mind before going to India for yoga teacher training.
Know which place you will want to study
There are many great places in India where you can do your yoga teacher training. There is Rishikesh, where you can find an excellent yoga teacher. They hold Masters and PhD in yoga science and can enlighten you about what to do and how to live a genuine lifestyle. It is a place with beautiful landscape between the Himalayas and the Holy Ganges. Living expenses like food, rent and the cost of the school is pretty reasonable. Although it will be hard if you are party lover and consequent visitors of KFC, cause the place is alcohol and meat-free city.
If Rishikesh is too much of a peaceful place for you, you can also opt for Goa. Goa is a tourist destination because of its beautiful beaches, although you would want to avoid it during peak season because everything is expensive during this period. Because of its heavy rainfall and scorching sun, the class starts from October to April. The price of the training program in Goa is 25% to 50% more expensive than some other places.
How long the certificate will take
In India, most yoga school offers a 200-hours yoga teacher training course that has the entire essentials element needed in yoga training. However, there are some schools that provide 300-hours yoga teacher training courses too. And the extended courses offer more insight and some specific areas needed in yoga with comparison to the shorter course. So a lot of yoga training programmer will depend on the duration you choose to take, so before you make any assumption, make sure to be clear of this.
The daily schedule of yoga training
Before you choose any yoga training programmed, make sure it matches your daily schedule. Although many yoga training differs from school to school, yoga training is an intense programmed where students need to commit 10-12 hours a day to their training. This will goes on to six days a week and only one day to take a rest. The students will need to wake up at 5 am or 6 am which is followed by performing medication, practice chanting and cleansing.
Following is an example of a 200-hour teacher training program:
7am-9am: Kryias, Pranayama, Asana practice.
10:10- 11:10 Anatomy and physiology study
11:15- 1 pm Alignment/ the art of teaching methodology
1pm- 2pm Lunch
2:15 -3:15 Yoga Philosophies
3:15 – 3:45 Karma Yoga
3:45-5:15 Asana Practice
5:15- 5:30 Tea Breaks
5:45- 6:30 Meditations
8pm-9pm Satsang/ Kirtan/ Music
The yoga diet
Things are so much different in India regarding what they consume, so if you ever went you India for yoga training, prepare yourself to change your diet. It usually consists of simple dishes such as rice, bean, chapatti or Indian flatbread, veggies or soup. It contains very little spice, sugar and fats in them. But this also depends on the school you attend, sometimes sweet and coffee is also allowed. You are going to experience something totally different from what you expect so prepare yourself for the meal.
Prepare for the torture
Practicing yoga will tire your body out and you will be pushed to limits of your body. Even if you are tired and your muscle feels like it’s going to break you will need to force yourself to perfect your moves and pushing yourself beyond the limit of your flexibility.
Safety precautions in India
If you are a foreigner planning to take this course in India, be sure to know about the cultures and the norms in India. India is not a safe place especially for solo travelers, so beware of frauds and other mischievous activity, choose a safe place to rent and make sure to dress properly as India is still sensitive regarding what you wear.
Learn to adapt fast
If you attend any yoga training in India, you might be surprised by the way yoga is perceived. The perception here is very different from a westerner, so you will be taught that perception in India. It is a form of religious practice in India so beware of any errors regarding the subject.
Beware of fake school
Yoga is a growing business in the world, so there are many fake school and fake teacher, so before you came to India for yoga training, make sure the school you are studying is genuine and free from fraudulent acts. Many foreigners are the victims of this as they are not familiar with the act, the fake yoga training school tend to charge more than necessary and it is a great risk for your safety too.