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FAQ’s

Do I need any minimum yoga experience before applying for the 200 hr YTTC?

Yes, at least 6 months of recent yoga practice in Ashtanga or Hatha is a must, or a minimum 1-2 years experience practicing yoga.

I am a beginner in yoga, but would still like to do a TTC, can I?

Some “Beginners” may have a considerable amount of yoga knowledge and follow a yogic lifestyle but may not be so advanced in the Asana practice. Other “beginners” may have great physical ability for the Asana practice but may not have an understanding or knowledge of yoga. In either case, if you show great dedication and devotion to learning yoga, the training may be suitable. Please contact us if you consider yourself a beginner to evaluate if it would be appropriate to participate in the course. It is important that you practice regularly, have good physical stamina and are physically fit.

Is there any criteria to apply for the 300 hr YTTC?

You must have successfully completed a 200 hr YTTC.

What if I haven’t done a 200 hr TTC and still want to do a 300 hr TTC?

It is required to do a 200 hr TTC first as it provides a solid foundation and the necessary preparation to be able to follow and to progress to the 300 hr level. The 300 hr level is more intense and advanced and is meant to deepen your already existing knowledge learned on the 200 hr YTTC.

Can I do the 300 hr TTC with you if I haven’t completed the 200 hr with your school?

Yes, you may complete a 200 hr teacher training anywhere else in the world.

Do I need any teaching experience to apply for the 300 hr TTC?

It is preferred to have some teaching experience since it is an advanced course and is directed towards improving your teaching skills.

What type of yoga will I learn during the TTC?

The 200 hr YTTC is ashtanga-vinyasa flow and the 300 hr YTTC is vinyasa flow.

What is the daily schedule for the course?

Please see our website for an example of the daily schedule.

I am not very flexible and cannot do many asanas, can I still join the course?

Yes, all bodies are not created equal so you are not expected to be able to do all the postures. Modifications are given/taught for all levels of asanas.

Is the course taught in English?

Yes

My English is not very good, can language be a barrier during the course?

The course is taught entirely in English so it depends on your level and confidence with the language. The teachers do take non-native speakers into consideration and adapt as much as possible to make sure that the material being taught is understood by everyone. The teachers are also readily available to assist students and provide extra help and guidance where necessary.

What is the maximum intake of students?

30/32 students

What if I miss some classes?

Unless you have a serious illness or medical emergency, you are expected not to miss any classes. If you do, you will be given make up assignments which will be determined by the teacher(s).

Do you have any exam criteria?

Full attendance and participation in all the classes.

What if I can’t pass the exam?

If you cannot pass the exam you may receive a certificate of attendance and return at a later date to complete the course.

Do I automatically get my certificate at the end of the training?

The teacher training certificates are awarded to students on the basis of their performance and attendance throughout the training, as well as completion of practical and final exam. If you do not meet these standards then you will be awarded a certificate of attendance instead of completion.

Do you provide study materials/manual?

Yes, we provide a welcome kit equipped with a manual and basic supplies needed for the course.

Will we have enough teaching opportunities?

Yes, the course is structured in such a way that there is ample time for student teaching. Students are given many opportunities to progress, develop and advance their teaching skills under the supervision of the course instructors.

How much will I practice during the course?

There will be asana classes every morning and afternoon (except Saturday afternoons and Sundays), as well as student teaching.

After completing the course, will I be an internationally recognised YT?

Yes, Sampoorna is registered with Yoga Alliance (RYS 200 and RYS 300) which is acknowledged internationally.

Is there any internship opportunity in your school for your students?

Yes, we have a karma yoga program. To be eligible you need to have successfully completed a YTTC at Sampoorna. For more information please write to info@sampoornayoga.com.

I cannot come to India because of a visa issue. Do you have any other branches outside of India?

This is in development. For further information please contact info@sampoornayoga.com.

Because of religious reasons, I cannot chant in any of the classes, what should I do then?

You can observe and meditate.

What if I have to leave the course in between for some personal reasons? Can I use my paid fee next time?

Yes, your tuition may be applied to any other future course at the school.

General Info

Are food and accommodation included in the fee?

All meals (except Sundays) are included in the course fee. Different accommodation packages are available and are considered separate from the course fee. (Please see link for package prices).

What is the best way to reach Goa?

Goa is easily accessible by plane, train and bus.

Dabolim International Airport (GOI) is the closest airport and is approximately 90 minutes away by taxi. GOI Airport is well connected by daily flights from Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Cochin and Bangalore.

You can also reach Agonda by train. The nearest station is in Canacona, although main train services stop at Margao station (approximately one hour away).

Regular buses depart from the Canacona bus station for Agonda (9km). The bus stand in Canacona is about 1km from the Canacona train station. Buses from Chaudi and Margao are also available a few times a day.

Can I book an airport pick up through you?

Yes, please send an email to info@sampoornayoga.com with your arrival date, time and flight details (departure city, airline, flight number) and we will make the necessary arrangements for you.

What about my accommodation?

Please check our website for various accommodation packages to decide what best suits your needs.

How much should I budget for this trip?

Excluding flights, insurance, course fee and accommodation, you should calculate some pocket money for eventual souvenirs, toiletries, taxis, rickshaws, eating out and other small items.

How can I apply for a visa?

You can get a tourist visa from your nearest Indian consulate or embassy. It is possible to download the application form from Internet. If the consulate issues your visa, please note that it will start from the date issued, not from the date of your travel. It is recommended that you apply in advance!

E-visas are valid for one month and are validated at the airport on the day of departure.

Do you recommend any vaccinations?

In general we do not consider vaccinations necessary. Although it is gradually being eradicated, some monkeys and dogs do still carry rabies. Consult your doctor and your country’s Government Health Regulations when you are considering travel to India for up to date recommendations on vaccinations.

Will we have any days off during the course?

For the 200 hr TTC you will have Saturday afternoons and Sundays off.

For the 300 hr TTC all Sundays are free.

Is there any dress code for the course?

For the opening and closing fire ceremonies it is recommended to wear white. For the rest of the course comfortable yoga gear is recommended.

What additional preparations should I take into account before coming?

It would be advantageous to be familiar with the ashtanga sequence, if you don’t already know it, as well as the sanskrit names of the postures before starting the TTC.

Do you provide yoga mats?

We have high-quality yoga mats available for purchase.

What should I bring for the course?

Your yoga mat, comfortable yoga clothes, swimwear, flip flops, preferred toiletries, and any medication you are taking or that you may need.

Other Suggested FAQs

Can I participate in the YTTC if I have an injury / existing health condition / am pregnant?

Please always seek advice from your general health practitioner or a specialist first, and inform the school and your teachers of any conditions that may affect your practice before starting the course.

How long does it take to get to the beach?

You can leave your room, cross the small village road, and be on the beach in just two minutes!

Do you have hot water and electricity?

Yes – each room features hot water and electricity. However, it’s important to remember that power cuts are quite common in India – so expect the occasional power-outage.

Is it safe to drink the water?

It is not recommended that you drink tap water anywhere in India. At Sampoorna we provide filtered water in the restaurant area at all times which it is pure and safe to drink but always at your own discretion.

Is the food suitable for vegetarians and vegans?

We believe plant based diets benefit the environment, the animals and also our own health so we encourage students to share this way of eating while they are staying with us. In line with the yogic principle of Ahimsa, we do not allow meat / fish / seafood to be cooked or consumed in the restaurant. Our kitchen serves exceptional vegetarian meals with some vegan friendly & gluten free options as well.

I have specific dietary requirements and/or food allergies. Will this be a problem?

Please let us know at the time of booking and/or upon arrival if you have any specific dietary requirements/allergies. We can cater for different dietary needs. As a standard, our buffet meals nearly always have dairy-free/gluten-free options available.

Is there free wifi?

Yes, please be aware though that the internet connection in Goa can be a bit slow and sometimes drops. This is a good opportunity to practice patience and acceptance! 🙂

Is it safe to leave valuables in the room?

There has never been a problem with security. All rooms are provided with closets and drawers that can be locked. Security guards are on duty 24/7 to watch over all the Sampoorna grounds. However, you are suggested to lock your cottages/rooms whenever you are out.

Do you provide a laundry service?

Sampoorna does provide a laundry service for a small fee.

Are there any shops nearby?

There are a plenty of local shops within walking distance that stock all of your practical items and toiletries, as well as shops that sell clothes, jewellery, trinkets, spices, incense and more!

Where can I withdraw and exchange money?

There are two ATM machines in Agonda, one is about a five minute walk away from the school and the other is a 15 minutes further near the post office and football field (you can take a tuk-tuk). There are also plenty of travel agents and money exchange places in Agonda, as well as in nearby Chaudi and Palolem.

What will the weather be like?

The climate in Goa from October until May is warm and dry. The daytime temperatures range from 28 to 32 degrees. Generally you will encounter blue skies every day from November to April.

If you visit in December and January, the early mornings and late evenings can be cool so bring a sweater and some warm yoga clothes for the early morning practice and the nights.

How strong is the sun?

The sun in India is quite strong, especially if you’re coming from the winter. Although you can buy sunscreen here, if you are used to a particular brand bring it along. At Sampoorna there are plenty of shady spots and all the yoga shalas are covered.


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Sampoorna Yoga's 200/300/500 hour Yoga Teacher Training Courses (TTC) are registered with Yoga Alliance USA/Canada and Yoga Alliance UK. Students who will be certified from our school will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as RYT 200/500 (Registered Yoga Teacher).