Coming to India for a Yoga course

For many of us, our calling for yoga instructor training course takes us to India. But with multitude of options in terms of location, types of yoga and the kind of retreats how do you select the best choice for you? You can check with your local yoga school if they can recommend anyone or talk to friends who have taken the course in India.

If you don’t have access to either, then here are some helpful tips:

1.    Have a clear purpose

Your decision to come to India should be based on a good reason. If you are looking for a holiday packaged as a yoga course then you may be disappointed. Have valid yoga reasons for coming to India as the trip will be need significant time and money investment.

2.    Choose your style of yoga

Before coming for yoga teacher training to India, it is worthwhile to pick your yoga style. This will help you with your search for the right school too. Students who want to pursue vinyasa yoga need to only find schools offering this style of yoga. To go ahead with a clear decision on yoga style helps you to enjoy your learning experience as well.

3.    Choose where in India do you want to go

India is a big country and you can pick up a location based on your preference. Yoga retreats in Goa are popular for offering yoga courses on the beaches with pristine beauty. The place has tropical climate which is another point of attraction for tourists. If you prefer the mountains then Dharamshala in the Himalayan region is another great option for learning yoga.

4.    Go online and do some search

Today, many yoga institutes have websites online. With the knowledge of your preferred location and type of course, searching for yoga retreat becomes much easier. You should also find out if they accept foreign students and disseminate the course in English – which in most cases is the possibility.

5.    Environment for foreigners

Numerous yoga retreats and schools abide by yogic principles and as such have their own rules and regulations. Make sure that you understand clearly what the rules are and their implication on you. For example, many yoga schools don’t allow their students to wear short clothes and fashionable accessories. And almost all retreats demand that strictly vegetarian diet be followed on the premises. Many foreign students prefer to take up a yoga class in Goa first as they come visiting the place to enjoy the beautiful weather, sun kissed beaches and adventure sports.

6.    Speak to previous students

Many yoga retreats allow students to come and live with them for a day to experience the retreat’s style and ethos but for students living in foreign countries, this is not an option. You should find other ways to get relevant information. Go online and see their videos – you will get a closer look of their teaching style. You can also connect with some of the previous students of that institute and get authentic feedback.

Doing some self-analysis and basic research online will help you identify the best suited yoga retreat, even while sitting thousands of kilometres away from India.

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