Dr Venky yoga teacher training course
Dr Venky teaching at the course in 2018.

How to choose a Yoga Teacher Training Course for you?

As a Yoga teacher, I get asked all the time how to choose the right yoga teacher training course (YTTC)?

To find the right training course there are several factors that can influence you. I think the first question you should ask yourself is WHY

Why do I want to do a yoga teacher training course? Is it to deepen your own practice and knowledge, develop your understanding of asana, anatomy and philosophy? Or do you want to do a YTTC to surround yourself with like-minded people in a beautiful retreat or ashram? Do you want to teach yoga? Are you already a teacher and want to develop your skills or refresh your knowledge?

These are a few of the questions you should ask yourself before deciding on the type of YTTC you want to attend.

Who is your teacher during the Yoga teacher training Course?

Once you know why you want to do a YTTC I think then it’s important to know who is teaching the YTTC. What is their background, lineage and which style do they teach?  Is there more focus on anatomy/physiology or in the spiritual aspect?

YTTC´s take around 200 hours, which is often taught between 2 and 4 weeks. It is an intense time of waking up early and having long days of practice and theory. For many people doing a YTTC can be a life-changing experience and you might also go through some major emotional processes.

It is important to know that the teacher is able to make you feel comfortable and can give you personal attention when needed.  See if you can get in touch with the teacher directly either by having a phone call or Skype meeting.  Also, you may be able to speak with students who they have taught before.

It is good to know if there is support after the course since often many questions arise after completion during your practice or training. In my case, I still have questions and doubts arising that I share straight away with one of my teachers and it is great to see how they always reply in 24hrs. It also is great for my students to know I have that contact. I like my students to know that at any time when a question arises, they can ask me and if I don´t know, I can ask one of my teachers in order for them to get the answer they need!

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Class at Prana Casa.

Where would you like to do the Training Course?

Another important factor is the location. There are YTTC´s all over the world and you will find many in India, the home of Yoga. I did my first YTTC in India, but even being an experienced traveller (as well as a blond single traveller) I found travelling in India came with its own set of unique difficulties. I actually have (like many others) a love-hate relationship with India.

But, to find a good YTTC you don´t have to travel to India, there are many courses all over the world. If you plan to travel afterwards then it could make sense to travel farther away for your course, otherwise, I think it doesn´t really matter since you will probably only have just one a day or so free to enjoy the local area.

I did my first YTTC in an ashram in the North West of India. I chose to go to an ashram, where you shared rooms (without wifi), shared the same meals, practised karma yoga and where you were living in the same accommodation with the same people and not allowed to leave the except on your day off.

This took me out of my comfort zone, which, of course, was challenging at times.

Looking back, I am happy I did it that way because I think there is a part of being a yoga teacher that is about being able to live a sober lifestyle where you are content, with no attachments and without any judgments.

What yoga style do you like?

My first preference was ashtanga, because it fits my body, although I soon realized that if I wanted to earn my living from teaching yoga there were more students interested in hatha yoga. That is why I looked for a traditional Indian Hatha Yoga Course, but, I was lucky and they also taught us how to develop a vinyasa class and other aspects in yoga, for example, Yoga Nidra, mantra chanting and meditation.

To be able to become a teacher you need to have done a minimum of 200 hours, even then you can only learn a certain amount in this time. So, you will need to decide on which style you like and look at how much time they spend on certain aspects.

Yoga Retreats
A class having fun with yoga on the beach.

Price

The price of the YTTC is, of course, an important factor, but keep in mind the potential extra costs. Besides the YTTC cost, you will also have travel costs and the more free time you have, the more you will have extra costs to entertain yourself. There are many YTTC´s with an early bird discount, keep an eye out for that!

Prana Casa’s Yoga Teacher Training Course

Here at Prana Casa, we have offered for the last 5 years a YTTC with an Indian Yoga master Dr Venky Reddy and once again this year in March 2020 we are offering another chance to study with Dr Venky.

In 24 days, he will guide and develop you in order for you to become a confident and well-educated yoga teacher. The price is 2950€, but there is also an early bird discount of 10% until November 2019.  All food is included, except for dinners, to give the students the freedom to at least chose once a day what they want to eat 😉 although we do promote simple and light food in the evenings.

I hope you find this information of use to you when you decide which YTTC is good for you.

However, above anything else remember this one thing, it will be a transformative experience, and that can only be good!

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Anja Teschner
Anja Teschner
2019-10-06T09:45:50+0000
Many thanks to Eveline for this great time! It was really fantastic and did a great job. I can highly recommend prana casa ... the yoga classes (suitable for every level of yoga experience), the food (thanks to olivia for the super tasty dinners), the house, the nature with great scenery and beaches in the immediate vicinity ( If you want to see more of it, think about a rental car that you can share with other participants. we were glad to have this to explore everything) and not to forget the great people, which I got to know there, made these 6 days unforgettable. Thank you for this great time😍!read more
Vanessa Ewor
Vanessa Ewor
2019-10-05T17:09:13+0000
I did a 6 days retreat and had a wonderful time! The people I met were great, the yoga was great, the other activities (surf, walk, sound healing,etc) were great and the food was great! You have plenty of time to do what you want during the day, for that reason it could be useful to share a car with someone else that is doing the retreat. I felt replenished when I got back home. Thank you Eve! 🙏🏼💕🧘🏼‍♀️read more
Lea Wolf
Lea Wolf
2019-10-04T05:44:38+0000
I did a one week yoga retreat two years ago and felt like I had to come back this year together with my mum. Both visits were amazing. Yoga classes for every level and in different styles, delicious food and a calming atmosphere made the time at Prana Casa truly wonderful. Great recommandation!read more
Irene Mouchart
Irene Mouchart
2019-03-21T15:46:37+0000
Didn't do yoga before but needed a break,.. I found it at prana casa after one week of positive energie and daily yoga classes and delicious food. It made me feel if everything was oke. Everything improved, my balance, my strength, my mental power. Prana casa felt after 1 day as my home. hope I will come back soon.read more
Peeky Pineapple
Peeky Pineapple
2019-01-08T09:02:05+0000
Great place! Very nice house, beautiful garden, amazing vibe!! 👍🏼
Laurie Gomez
Laurie Gomez
2018-12-03T17:28:29+0000
Great expérience !!! Wonderful place,yoga session,people and amazing food !!!!
Mellisa Rizos
Mellisa Rizos
2018-09-22T17:03:57+0000
I really enjoyed my stay at Prana Casa. You feel comfortable and home right away. The yoga classes are great and Eveline teaches a couple of different styles (yin yoga, yoga nidra, acro yoga at the beach). She also gives you lots of extra information so you’ll also increase your knowledge of yoga. The food was great too and the cat, Misty, is extremely cute 😉read more
Juanita Sesentaisiete
Juanita Sesentaisiete
2018-08-04T08:25:34+0000
Perfect holidays!
Dani Ann-Marie
Dani Ann-Marie
2018-04-28T08:40:50+0000
I didn't know what to expect when I arrived ,but I experienced a very warm welcome to a beautiful retreat that ended up feeling like home. Comforting healthy food in beautiful surroundings, energizing yoga each morning with relaxing Yin at night for a deep sleep 😊 Just a short walk from the ocean this retreat is a complete reset for mind body and soul, I will definitely be back 😊read more
Eefje Van de Ven
Eefje Van de Ven
2018-04-17T07:59:22+0000
Colette Conefrey-Jones
Colette Conefrey-Jones
2018-04-16T16:11:47+0000
I travelled to Prana Casa to experience a simple yoga retreat...yoga, meditation, healthy food with the added bonus of the beach etc but what I actually found was so much more than that! I found Friendship, a sense of belonging, a stillness of mind, a courage to explore myself, inner peace, and a strength I never knew I had...and I don’t just mean physically. The house is homely and Evelyn goes out of her way to make you feel comfortable. The food is prepared with much thought, love and passion, so dining becomes an all-encompassing activity in itself...learning to love what goes inside the body was definitely something I didn’t expect and you most certainly don’t go hungry! Throughout the week, the various Yoga classes, the mediation, the yoga nidra and the mindful walk were all delivered with such passion and knowledge, it left you wanting more...my body craved it when I returned! My favourite activity was our yoga session on the beach...awesome experience! We travelled with no car but it didn’t stop us from exploring during our free time – the local cafes, bar, the rugged coastline, the beaches, the dog shelter, the woodland etc and as our flight home was a late one, we took advantage of the various modes of public transport and stopped off en route in Lagos...a must see town with its cobbled, narrow streets, boats in the harbour and the quaint shops. I will definitely be revisiting...especially as Evelyn has just completed a renovation! I can’t wait to see it!read more
Ivana Jurcikova
Ivana Jurcikova
2018-03-26T08:04:23+0000
Beautiful place, teacher and atmosphere ♡
Claudia Mey
Claudia Mey
2018-03-11T19:29:21+0000
Sharron Ward
Sharron Ward
2017-06-11T19:07:52+0000
I really enjoyed my time with Eve at Prana Casa. I visited in January and it was the perfect kick start to the New Year, a time for nurturing your soul, practising yoga and going on interesting walks around the coast line. A real bonus was the incredibly yummy and healthy food - I can still remember the amazing porridge served up for breakfast. I got the recipe from Eva and have tried it at home - delicious! thanks again Eve and hope to visit again one day. 🙂read more
Cornelia Froidevaux-Wettstein
Cornelia Froidevaux-Wettstein
2017-03-02T23:34:21+0000
Lia Lotta
Lia Lotta
2017-03-01T14:38:01+0000
I joined the YTTC at Prana Casa in October and loved every single day of it. Venky is an exceptionally gifted teacher. Not only he has a great knowledge about the science of Yoga, he is also able to impart this knowledge in a plausible and comprehensible way. Eveline shared her beautiful accomondation and positive vibes with us. We had a great time together at Prana Casa with lots of laughter, yoga and great food! All the loveread more
Andy Soewandi
Andy Soewandi
2017-02-26T14:41:06+0000
Voor lichaam en geest de mooiste plek op aarde
Miranda Prins
Miranda Prins
2017-02-26T14:35:42+0000
Kayla McCormack
Kayla McCormack
2016-11-25T16:34:12+0000
I had an amazing time. Eveline is a great teacher and cook! I went on the retreat that didn't include Surfing lessons but ended up paying for my own with another girl on the retreat. It was a lot of fun and I felt like I had loads of free time to read and enjoy the surroundings. Eveline was always trying to help us understand our own bodies and grow. I highly recommend renting a car or being sure to buddy up with someone else who is. Overall an amazing retreat that I will definitely do again soon!read more
Donna Louise Blake
Donna Louise Blake
2016-11-08T21:24:39+0000
Lizette van Overdijk
Lizette van Overdijk
2016-11-08T11:56:06+0000
Ik heb hier een van de meest fantastische dagen van mijn leven gevierd. Heel speciaal! Ga ik vast en zeker nog eens doen. Een echte aanrader voor mensen die op zoek zijn naar rust en aandacht.read more
Eve VanKampen
Eve VanKampen
2016-11-08T09:56:42+0000
Taya Skorokhodova
Taya Skorokhodova
2016-09-06T17:22:06+0000
Super séjour Yoga-Surf dans la Prana Casa. L'endroit est magnifique et apaisant. Merci beaucoup!
Mia Lagaisse
Mia Lagaisse
2016-08-30T10:02:42+0000
I had a wonderful retreat in Prana Casa. We had a group of 9 fantastic ladies - who were all open to each other. We could completely be ourselves. And we were spoiled with great veggie and organic food and also with very good yoga sessions! So thank you Jenni and Maggie for that as well 🙂 After my return I got the compliment that I had a very shining aura - so it must have been very good 🙂read more
Pauline Vionnet
Pauline Vionnet
2016-07-31T17:49:26+0000
Thank you so much Evelyn, Louise and Magi!! I had an amazing time at Prana Casa last month and highly recommend anyone to stay with you! The yoga was really good, the food so delicious and you are great people to be around, inspiring and fun 🙂 A big thank you, keep going and see you soon ...read more
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