What to expect on a yoga teacher training course

roosters ubud

Your yoga teacher training course

The sun is about to rise over the countryside in Bali.You’re in Ubud, and the town’s local roosters are crowing to let you know that it’s time to start your day.

Chances are you’re staying in a home stay close to the heart of town, so you don your yoga gear and take the short walk to Tasku Spa. As you’ve committed to noble silence for the duration of the course, you spend the morning (until breakfast) in this practice of silence – no social media, no phones, internet or conversation until after the first morning class. You might find this challenging initially, however, you’ll likely find the practice helps you navigate morning meditation with greater ease as there’s less white noise to clutter your mind when you sit.tasku yoga

Taksu Spa

When you arrive at Taksu, you make your way to the yoga shala. It’s a beautiful space with wooden floors and a thatched roof of sorts that brings the outdoors indoors – no walls means the jungle is never far away – birds chirping, monkeys and squirrels rustling around and the breeze keeping you cool on warm days. Morning session includes meditation, pranayama and asana, following which you will pile outside into the garden restaurant for breakfast.

Breakfast is a veritable feast of tropical fruits, delicious mueslis, salads, toasts (gluten free available), roasted vegetables, tofu scrambles, banana pancakes, vegetarian burritos, black rice pudding, fresh juices, tea and coffee and whatever else the kitchen dreams up on the day.

ubud marketWith full bellies, you make your way into the newly transformed yoga shala, which is now decked out with chairs and tables for the morning lecture. During this session and the session directly after lunch you’ll learn about anatomy (including energy anatomy), philosophy, Ayurveda, prenatal yoga, yoga for seniors, sequencing and a host of other topics.

At lunch time you’ll have two free hours to explore Ubud, nap, eat, study and relax before your afternoon session, including an afternoon asana class before home time.

ubud nightlifeAfter hours

There are a thousand and one things you can do to take care of your weary body in the evening – massage, reiki, reflexology, chakra healings, astrology readings, go to the movies, wander around the bustling town, eat beautiful world class and importantly, healthy food in one of the hundreds of restaurants around town. Then you head back to your home stay to spend some time you your homework assignments and curl up into bed to rest up before tomorrow!

Click here for a list of 2016 training dates!

 

Shades of Yoga is a yoga teacher training company running year-round yoga teacher training courses in Bali and Costa Rica.