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Yoga Teacher Training - FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

5. What about onions, garlic and eggs?
6. Can we bring food from home?



16. Can I get hot water at the ashram?
17. We are living in the countryside, is there anything we need to know about life there?
18. Can I come with my partner?
19. When is the day off and what does it involve?
20. Are there any curfews?
21. What do the examinations involve?
22. Do we have to attend all sessions?


30. What is the power supply like?

35. Do we need to bring notebooks and stationary?
36. Do we have to bring textbooks?
37. Can we post things home from the Ashram?
38. Seva - What sort of charity work do you do and how can I help?




49. Is yoga religious? Will they try to convert me to Hinduism?
50. I'm not very flexible, will I be able to do the course?
51. Can I become a teacher in 28 days?
52. How much yoga experience is necessary for me to attend the course?





1. What do we eat in the ashram?
  At the ashram we follow a vegetarian diet as per the yogic principles. The daily diet consists of various grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. We also include milk and yogurt. The diet is highly nutritious, balanced and suitable to the environment and needs of the students. We can offer meals without milk and other products for those who do not want it.
2. Is there pure water to drink at the ashram?
  Yes we supply purified mineral water to all the students and we also wash all our fruit and vegetables in it.
3. What about if I have any allergies / gluten intolerances?
  We can prepare food suitable to your needs if you have any food intolerances or allergies, such as lactose or gluten intolerances.
4. Why can’t we drink tea and coffee?
  Coffee and tea both act as stimulants to the brain and in this environment we try to minimise the impact of anything that alters the natural mind state.
5. What about onions, garlic and eggs?
  Onions and garlic are also minor stimulants that can increase the desires and are avoided in Ashram environment however we can provide these as medication if required. Eggs are completely avoided.
6. Can we bring food from home?
  No, we do not allow outside food. We believe it is important for you to experience the beneficial effects of a pure vegetarian diet. But in special cases we may allow vegetarian food.


7. Are there any vaccinations that I should get before coming?
  There are no special vaccinations that are necessary for you to get when you come to India. However it is a personal choice and you can speak to your doctor about what is available. Also talking to Indian Embassy at the time of VISA, may help you get more information.
8. Is there Malaria and what can I do for it?
  There is no malaria in Nasik or the surrounding area. It is recommended that you speak to your doctor for advice. We recommend you bring mosquito repellent. Mosquito nets are supplied. If you contract malaria from another place in India we also have a supply of medication to treat malaria.
9. What happens if there is a medical emergency or I get sick?
  We have extensive, highly trained practitioners and facilities linked with the ashram. These include doctors, various specialists, dentists, homeopaths, ayurvedic doctors and massage therapists. We keep a large range of orthodox and natural medicine at the ashram, which is available to all the students if they fall sick.
10. I take certain medications and supplements. Will I be able to get them in India?
  It depends on what they are. It is important that you know the ingredients as you may not be able to get the same brand but generally you can find most medicine. Almost all the latest medicines are available in Nasik, if not then we can help you get it from Mumbai.


11. What are the washing facilities like?
  There are two washing machines and two dryers at the ashram, available to all at minimum costs. However it is recommended that you wash your clothes by hand as it saves on water and electricity.

Boarding and Schedule

12. What should I bring to the ashram?
1. Clothing - Loose & comfortable clothes for summer & warm for winter.
  Note - You are kindly requested to wear T-shirts / shirts (covering shoulders) and long pants(below knees).
2. Receipt of Online registration fee (If you have paid it via Internet payment gateway)
3. Photos - 4 Passport size Photos & photocopy of Passport with Indian Visa.
4. Valuables - You can bring valuables on YOUR OWN RISK, we are not responsible for any loss or damages.
5. Yoga Mats - Please bring your own mats, but if required you can get mats in the shop.
6. Miscellaneous - Your own medicines & personal toiletries.
  Note - In Nasik, almost everything is available.
13. Can you explain the sleeping arrangements?
  Four people are assigned to each hut. Each person has a bed, locker and safe, blanket, sheet, pillowcase and mosquito net. There are curtains to separate each section for privacy.
  There is one toilet and shower attached with hot water. We do not supply towels and it is your responsibility to keep your room and sheets clean. We will supply the cleaning equipment.
14. When do we have to sleep and wakeup?
  Wake up time is 5 am. The lights are turned off at 10.30pm but it is recommended that you go to sleep earlier than this or when you feel ready. Generally the evening discussions are finished between 9 and 9.30pm.
15. What are the toilets like?
  The toilets attached to the huts are Western style but there are both Indian and Western style common toilets. Refer to photos of the lodging arrangements by clicking the following URL
  Click here for more on facilities ..
16. Can I get hot water at the ashram?
  Yes, there are geysers in each hut as well as in the common showers. There is also hot water available in the kitchen for drinking.
17. We are living in the countryside, is there anything we need to know about life there?
  As the ashram is situated in a rural community we need to respect and accept the culture that surrounds us.
18. Can I come with my partner?
  Yes you can come with your partner. However there are strict guidelines on your actions and behaviour whilst staying in the ashram. You will have separate sleeping arrangements and must not enter each other rooms. Inappropriate or intimate contact is not permitted.
19. When is the day off and what does it involve?
  There is one day off per week and the day varies depending on the date you start the course. This occurs after six consecutive days of class. We arrange taxis for people into Nasik or other places. However you need to be back in the ashram by 6.30pm.
20. Are there any curfews?
  On the day off when the students are allowed to go into town you are expected to return to the ashram by 6:30pm. On normal days you must remain on the ashram premises.
21. What do the examinations involve?
  There are two practical examinations, four written assignments and a practical teaching test. We do not put so much emphasise on the examination because yoga is a personal study that we are constantly learning and developing. However we need these exams as they are a part of the requirements necessary in gaining the teaching certificate.
22. Do we have to attend all sessions?
  All lectures, asana practise and other sessions must be attended by all students.

Seva / Karma Yoga

23. What is seva yoga / Karma yoga ?
  Seva is serving others and helping others with compassion, serving not for personal gratification but to uplift others. Seva is an offering. When an action contains your best thoughts and feelings, your love and affection, sympathy and compassion, and when it uplifts others, that is seva. Seva is serving others with compassion and with the best you can give. In the course of time, seva becomes a way of life. Living for others becomes a way of life, not living for oneself.
Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
24. Do we have to do karma yoga?
  Karma Yoga is self less service, the purpose is to develop a new perspective which is helpful for self development. If some one has issues then you can discuss it with the Course Coordinator.
25. When do we have free time?
  You have free time between 8:30 and 9am, after lunch until 3:15pm, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and some more time in the evening.

Internet and Electrical

26. Are there internet facilities at the ashram?
  No, Ashram does not have internet. However you can go into Nasik on your day off where there are many fast, cheap internet cafes.
27. Are there telephone facilities at the ashram?
  Yes, we have telephone facilities available at the shop. The cost is the basic rate available at all telephone booths around India. All proceeds from the phone go towards our Seva Fund.
  more on Seva Fund..
28. What about mobiles/cell phones?
  You can buy cheap mobiles anywhere in India and very affordable SIM cards. You can also bring your own phone and get a new SIM card, provided your phone is not locked. You can also text home with Indian mobiles 1-3 rupees, depending on your country. There are many different types of phone companies that you can get SIM cards with. Such as Idea (AT & T), Hutch, Airtel and BSNL. All have good coverage at the ashram.
29. Can I get photos printed?
  In Nasik you can get photos printed for 21/2 rupees per picture. You can also get photos burnt onto CDs.
30. What is the power supply like?
  Most of the time we have power however in some circumstances there may be an electrical shortage. We have Battery backups and Generators. You can get converters and adapters in Nasik for all electrical equipment. The power supply is 230 V AC (50 Hz).


31. Do you have a shop at the ashram?
  Yes we have a shop that sells many classic yogic books, toiletries, T shirts, Mats, CDs, phone facilities, Incense sticks, camera films, AA Battery, malas, washing powder etc.
32. Do we need to bring yoga mats?
  You can bring your own mat, if not then you can purchase it in the shop.
33. What about clothes? What clothes are suitable for the ashram and India?
  Loose, comfortable clothes are the most suitable. Legs and shoulders should be covered. No tight or revealing clothing should be worn.
34. Where can I buy clothes?
  You can buy Indian or Western style clothes in Nasik. You can also buy Indian dress material and get clothes tailor made for you at a reasonable cost. The traditional Indian outfit of Saree is also available in Nasik.
35. Do we need to bring notebooks and stationary?
  No, notebooks and pens are supplied as part of the course material.
36. Do we have to bring textbooks?
  No, you are given all the compulsory textbooks and you can get the additional, recommended books from the shop at very economical costs.
37. Can we post things home from the Ashram?
  Yes. Air & Sea mail options are available, the ashram shop can help you pack and post your material as per your choice.
38. Seva – What sort of charity work do you do and how can I help?
  more on Seva Fund..


39. What is the weather like?
December - January - February - temperatures 10 to 28 degrees celcius (50 - 83 Fahrenheit)
Winter time - Warm clothes are required
March - temperatures 18 degrees to 32 degrees celcius (64 - 90 Fahrenheit) Spring
April - May - June - temperatures 24 degrees to 40 degrees celcius (75 - 104 Fahrenheit)
Summer - Warm to very hot
July- August - September - temperatures 15 degrees to 35 degrees celcius (60 - 95 Fahrenheit)
Rainy season Monsoon - Rainy clothes are required
October - November - temperatures 18 degrees to 35 degrees celcius (65 - 95 Fahrenheit)
  Warm during the day and little cold mornings/ evenings

Travel Information

40. How do I get to the ashram?
  click here for more on getting to the ashram..
  It is recommended that you arrive one day before your course starts in order to settle in.
41. What is there to do in the surrounding area?
  Refer to the URL below
  Trimbak - Abode of Lord Shiva & birth place of Lord Hanuman
42. What about Nasik, how will we know where to go?
  We will supply you with a map of Nasik before your day off for all your common needs.
43. Will you help us with further travel plans and bookings?
  Yes, we can help you with all your travel queries, book or change trains, flights, buses, taxis etc. at ashram.

Money Exchange

44. Can you exchange money in the ashram?
  We can exchange most currencies - Euros, Pounds, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and American dollars, Yen, Ringit, etc. We can also exchange travellers cheques.

Yoga Traditions and Teaching

45. How many students are in the class?
  The number of students in a class will vary – in the Teachers Training Course it is generally between 25 and 35 students. In the Advanced and Therapy Course between 10 and 15 people.
46. Can you explain the style of yoga that you teach? What tradition are you from? Do you have
  a guru?
  Tradition of our School / Guru - Our School is joined to the great tradition of Swami Satyananda Saraswati of Bihar School of Yoga.
  Paramhansa Swami Niranjananda Saraswati initiated our Guru Rishi Dharma Jyoti (Yogacharya Vishwas Mandlik) in to Rishi Sannayasa and joined Yoga Vidya Dham on 7th March 2006 to the spiritual tradition of Sage Adi Shankaracharya, Swami Sivananda and Swami Satyananda.
  (Please note that Certification and Training is given as per the syllabus designed by Yoga Vidya Gurukul, it is not a part or affiliated to Bihar Yoga / Bihar Yoga Bharati.)
47. Who teaches at the ashram?
  Our Main teacher -
Guruji - Rishi Dharmajyoti
There are many more teachers with more than 15 years of experience who will teach different classes, and conduct different lectures. There are a few Doctors who will also teach classes. Some of our teachers from out of India will also assist in teaching and will help bridge the cultural gaps.
48. Is it similar to Ashtanga Vinyasa or Iyengar or other modified styles?
  No !
  We have a different way of teaching and practicing, which is based on Patanjal Yoga Sutras (True Ashtanga Yoga tradition) and Hatha Yoga tradition. We believe in gentle, relaxing, comfortable way of practicing postures.
  This gives more benefits as mind and body work in harmony. Individuals can better understand their body, strengths, weaknesses & limitations. It allows everyone to better his / her own practice, becoming more strong and flexible. This style has resulted in making good teachers who understand their students, giving them a pleasurable experience and avoiding all possible troubles. This is the traditional way that it is practised in India for thousands of years. We do not believe in practicing Yoga in a Acrobatic way.
49. Is yoga religious? Will they try to convert me to Hinduism?
  No. Yoga is the science of personal experience. It is not a religion. It is a process of normalisation. Yoga is beyond religion, it is a precious gift to humanity. It does not talk about society but instead it talks about how one can reach the higher stages of realisation. It is true that yoga is being practiced in India for a long time. It is not a religious practice. It does not have any religious guidelines; instead the guidelines are for the individual to progress on his or her journey.
50. I'm not very flexible, will I be able to do the course?
  Yes, this course is designed for people from all backgrounds and levels of yoga. It starts with very basic movements and slowly progresses to more advanced asanas. Everyone is welcome, all ages and levels of fitness and flexibility.
  Note - Age limit is 18 years to 50 years. If people over age 50 want to apply then they should produce a Fitness certificate from the registered medical practitioner.
51. Can I become a teacher in 28 days?
  Yes, in 28 days you are fully qualified to teach. We provide all the tools, experience and the opportunity for you to be a yoga teacher. Throughout the course you will teaching micro lessons and by the end of the course you will be conducting one hour teaching sessions.
52. How much yoga experience is necessary for me to attend the course?
  You do not require any previous yoga experience prior to attending this course. The students who attend this course come from many different backgrounds, many have little to no yoga experience and some have been practising yoga for some time. Everyone is welcome.


53. Do I need to get an Indian visa?
  Most countries need to apply for an Indian visa. You can easily get a tourist visa or apply for a student visa in some countries. Contact the Indian embassy or consulate in your country for more information.
54. Will my certificate enable me to teach in my country?
This course gives you credit for 250 hours of yoga.
• The course is recognised by Director of Education, Government of Maharashtra (Under Government of India).
• Yoga Vidya Gurukul is affiliated to YCMOU (A Government Open University) to run the Diploma courses in Yoga.
• Certificate issued to the successful student entitles them to teach in any part of the world and also can be used to register with other    organizations outside India.
Is the course registered with the Indian government?
55. What paperwork do I need to bring with me?
  4 copies of your Indian visa and passport and 4 passport photos

Ayurveda Course

56. Ayurveda course? When is it? When should I book? What does it involve?
  There is a 5 day introductory course after every teacher training course. It is recommended that you attend the one directly after your course instead of the one before the course as you will learn some Ayurveda during your teacher training course. For more information go to the following.
  click here for more on Ayurveda course..

Language / Medium of Teaching

57. Will language be a problem for me as English is not my first language?
  No, people come to the ashram from all over the world, many of whom speak English as a second language. All the teachers and volunteers are there to support you if you have any difficulties.