Need To Know

This is a summary of all the NEED TO KNOW items for every Yoga Teacher Training course we offer. Please take some time to review the details.

Yoga Alliance Accreditation

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Yoga Alliance Accreditation is not only important to us as a school, but to the graduates of our programs. Yoga Alliance registry marks are globally recognized symbols of standards-based knowledge in the field of teaching yoga.

We recommend all graduates register with Yoga Alliance, a voluntary body which promotes standards for training and practice, allowing you to increase your credibility as a Teacher. By maintaining your Yoga Alliance Accreditation and registration on an annual basis, you may use the RYT or RYS designation following your name and on your marketing materials and website.

We are a registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance and are listed on their online directory. Registration acknowledges that our programming meets standards for curriculum, and that training is conducted by experienced Teachers.

All graduates of an RYS are eligible to register and hold Yoga Alliance Accreditation as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT). Yoga Alliance reserves the right to suspend or revoke an RYS registration based on evidence that the school no longer meets RYS standards.


Like all Registered Yoga Schools, our Yoga Teacher Training program is required to offer a curriculum based on the guidelines issued by Yoga Alliance. Within these programs is where prospective students will find the differences in how the curriculum is delivered.
Our curriculum has an intense focus in Technique Training, which is essential for new teachers. However, our program also offers variety in many areas to ensure authentic yoga programming (not what is trendy).

  • Teaching Methodology, Sequencing & Training
  • Asana (The Postures)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (In relation to Yoga Asana)
  • Meditation
  • Pranayama (Breath Techniques)
  • Ayurveda
  • Introductory Workshops to: Yin Yoga & Restorative Yoga
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Bhaghavad Gita ~ Chapters 1 & 2
  • Lifestyle & Ethics of Yoga Teachers
  • Pre-Natal Adjustments
  • Kirtan
  • Mandalas
  • Chakras
  • Kriyas
  • Bandhas
  • Drishti
  • Assisting & Adjusting
  • Mudras
  • Styles of Yoga
  • History of Yoga
  • Practicum Teaching
  • Discusion Sessions
  • Practicum Evaluation Exam, Final Written Examination
  • Business of Yoga Workshop
  • Pre-Program Reading, Video Viewing & Attending 4 Public Classes (the classes may be online if you live in a remote area)

Admission Policy

To be considered for our Yoga Teacher Training program, you must comply with the following Admission Requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older (we Welcome students of ALL ages)
  • have reviewed program details throughly
  • have completed the on-line, admission, application
  • have an English level that allows for reading, writing & speaking to a level of full comprehension
  • must not have a severe medical condition that will preclude a student from participating (persons who have a medical condition that does not interfere with their safety and their participation will always be considered for trainings)
  • have some basic, prior experience with Yoga (attending classes etc.)
  • be able to refrain from drug & alcohol use during the program


The Gurukul Shala is set in ‘God’s own country’ kerala . The transit time from the TRV International Airport/TRV Railway station to the Gurukul is about an one hour. We are nestled in between coconut and banana plantations . The Shala is also easily accessible to many multi speciality Hospitals, Bank service, fruits/ vegetables stores and supermarkets. Our Accommodation is at a walkable distance from Papanasam beach (remover of sins). Varkala is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. Varkala is also famous for the 2,000-year-old Janardana Swami Temple which is an important Vaishnavaite shrine in India and is often referred to as Dakshin Kashi (Benares of the South). Varkala Beach or Papanasam beach is a haven for sun-bathing and swimming.

Things to do and things to see in Kerala.

Unique Benefits

Your Gurukul Yoga Teacher Training is more than simply “learning to teach yoga.” The program is designed to show our COMMITMENT to you as you entrust us with your journey.

Gurukul , located in God’s own country is an invitation to destress, enjoy peace and happiness in every breath, along with the certification, you will be refined with an opportunity for spiritual, physical and mental growth.

Alongside developing the art of teaching, trainees also gain a comprehensive understanding of the practice and purpose of each yoga asanas and hands on adjustments, philosophy, anatomy, physiology, teaching methodology, mantra chanting, chakras, nadis, ayurveda, marmas, pranayama, mudras, bandhas, yoga nidra, meditation and other traditional and contemporary Yoga practices and techniques.

Common Questions

Review the most Common Questions we receive about our Yoga Teacher Training. They will likely answer many questions you may have:

Yes, We do. You may contact the course coordinator for more details.
Please contact Us.


Contact details of the Indian Embassy in your country can be found here:

Tuition fee, study material, accommodation.
YES | All students will complete 1 Practicum – Every student is evaluated in a complete Practicum Class ~ teaching a full class to their peer group, teachers and others we may invite when space allows. Students also take part in a Written Evaluation ~ it is important for both you and us to know that the curriculum has been learnt.
We want to ensure that students are prepared for the intensity of the program. It is hard work, hard play, but most importantly, it is a life changing experience.

Although we are practicing and learning in a beautiful place you can have bit relaxed state of mind in between. Your training days are devoted to helping you become the very best yoga teacher you can be.

No, you don’t need to master all the asanas, not for coming to course or getting your certification.

If a student is unable to do a certain pose then we are here to assist them, to learn that asana with the help of props or teach them a variation of the pose which they can do easily and it will help them develop the asana easily.

Keep yourself stress and worry free, as we will be there to guide you at every turn. Approach the practice freely and lightly, starting with remembering the name of the asanas, which will be given to you with the welcome kit.

Yes, on your off days you can go sightseeing in and around Varkala. Though the price is not included in your fees but we can assist and guide you in your travel bookings, transport etc for your sightseeing.
Don’t worry, Varkala is very safe town and we will take special care of your safety while handling your transit arrangements.
Yes, with advance notice at the time of registration, we will try to arrange to have appropriate meals prepared for you.

When applying, please provide detailed information about your specific dietary needs (vegan, gluten free) when registering. Dietary requests around medical issues are always priority.

Once you’ve met the attendance and disciplinary requirements of the YTTC, as well as passed your written and teaching evaluation exams , you will receive the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification with the title of Yoga Siromani(the Teacher of Yoga). This certificate enables you to register with yoga alliances as a RYT 200 HRS. Gurukul will provide you with an additional certificate mentioning your areas of specification.
Vaccinations are not mandatory and we cannot give advice regarding them, as it is a matter of personal choice. Although, mosquitos are a big issue in most parts of India, Malaria is not predominant in Varkala. Also, repellants are always available. But, if you do decide to get the vaccinations, please get them well before your trip so there is a gap between the nausea and sickness that often accompanies such medication
We provide a fully automatic washing machine at Shala.
Wi-Fi access is available & complimentary, but limited to certain areas and the connection tends to be slow – any connection that is utilized is meant solely for quick email checks, and not live streaming or downloads.
Our shalas provide pure water from natural underground source.
Everyone is new to Yoga each and everyday. There is no perfection in Yoga, so everyone is welcome at the level they are at. In the program, we all start from the beginning, together!
Absolutely! Rest-assured that our program is not just a cookie-cutter program designed to get students in & out the door as quickly as we can. Our focus is you, the student, and the student becoming the teacher. Your teaching will be a direct reflection of our program and our intention is based on providing you with all the tools you need to succeed.
We welcome students from all backgrounds and ethnicities. Due to the intensity of the program, we require all students be fluent in the English language (reading, writing & speaking).

For the Ayurveda Program Participants

The Gurukul requests that you remain on the premises during the course of treatment and take proper rest. Afternoon naps, unwanted conversations over phones, stress and exposure to the sun are strongly discouraged as they have unfavorable effects on the results of the training. The consumption of alcohol, drugs (includes prescription) and cigarettes is strictly prohibited at the Shala.

If any student is found to be consuming any of the mentioned substances during the course, treatment will be stopped immediately, and the student will be asked to check out of the premises after settling dues. Student should note that the consumption of alcohol, drugs and cigarettes adversely affects the results of the Ayurvedic medicine and yoga practice along with pranayama.

Wholesome, and balanced breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided and every effort will be made to make the students time here comfortable. (Please keep in mind that many dishes involve the use of rice, pulses and coconut.). In case you are participating in a medical programme, please bring all medical reports with you.

Packing List

  • yoga mat
  • bug spray | after-bite solution
  • good walking shoes | sandals
  • beach towel
  • small, thin blanket or shawl for meditation
  • travel adapter
  • swimsuit
  • sleeping eye patch
  • earplugs (we cannot cure a snoring room-mate)
  • umbrella/ rain poncho
  • sunscreen
  • camera
  • copy of travel insurance (optional ~ if you choose to purchase insurance)
  • passport & visa (if required based on your citizenship)
  • flash lights (mandatory – you will need this for evening walks )
  • travel first aid kit
  • sweatshirt or light jacket for colder evenings
  • writing instruments & notepad
  • hand towel for your yoga mat (optional, but suggested, especially in warmer climates)
  • Almost all your daily needs will be met as things are easily available at stores in Varkala, including toiletries, near our Shala.
  • Last but not the least, don’t forget to bring your brightest smile and a positive attitude, it helps a lot with your healing process.

Deposit : Upon acceptance into the program (via email confirmation), students are required to submit a non-refundable deposit in full within 3 days of the date the letter is issued. This deposit is applied to your total fees. The deposit is non-refundable.

Payment Forms : Once we receive your application, then we’ll send you either bank details for money transfer or PayPal invoice for payment of non-refundable booking fee of 300 EUR or $350. Transfer charges will be borne by the student.

Full Refunds of fees will be issued if Gurukul yoga Teacher Training cannot move ahead for any reason that is of no fault or not related to the students applying.

Graduation Certificates will be issued when all payments have been received.

Gurukul Yoga commits to use the personal information attained on our website or any other source will not be disclosed. This document is applicable solely to Gurukul Yoga and the information will not used to against any individual.


The privacy policy states that personal information obtained from the client, transfer or disclosure of the information to any third-party, if at all required client/visitor is granted to edit the information acquired on the site after their consent.

GURUKUL YOGA is a social website and might be linked to other websites. However, we have no authority to control the functioning of these third-party websites.

This privacy policy declaration is only applicable to GURUKUL YOGA and not to the other third parties connected to us. The information in the third-party websites is their sole responsibility and Gurukul Yoga is not responsible for act conducted by them.

The visitors on our website will never be asked to reveal personal information that is not relevant to the working of the website or personal communication with the site. No personal information is acquired unknowingly. The clients would be asked for their name and email address to conduct primary communication and in case of bookings, information like their preferred dates, course opted for and type of accommodation would be collected.

We might exchange basic information with the third-party for the services they are rendering to Gurukul Yoga. Also, such basic information will be handled by our management to contact our clients in future for marketing and feedback purposes. The client is free to opt from all such future communications, feedback enquiries and promotional approaches. They can send a mail at and willingly stop certain forms of future communication with the site.

We do track the time of login, date, browser type, language and IP address. All this information is acquired to solve the issues related to database and is in no way used to track personal information about the clients. The information recorded is conducted through:

  • IP address
  • Browser software
  • Operating system

The information acquired by these ways are to upgrade the browser speed, solve IT issues and for database management. Further, it may be used to make reports for managing the traffic on the website and track the growth of the site.

All information collected by the site will be accessible to its clients, for changing or correcting the information received by them. Visitors who have their information listed with us can contact us on for any correction, addition or deletion they wish to make in the information provided by them to us.


In case of bookings clients are asked to fill a detailed application form for acquiring other information relevant to the course and stay accessible to the management staff of Gurukul Yoga including staff & service providers.

The information acquired by online application form will not be disclosed to any third-party user without our client’s consent and knowledge. Although in case of requirement by law under some act like search warrant or other legal process or safety of Gurukul Yoga, our staff, our clients, or others we shall do the needful.

Client’s information so acquired will be used for future communication, marketing purposes and also for promotional reasons.

The right to be contacted is personal decision of the client.

Client’s personal identification information is left to their discretion. If in case, they want to correct, edit or add any information provided by them in the past, can be done by contacting the support staff of Gurukul Yoga.


We shall not be responsible for any faults conducted by our client in safeguarding their information (like leaving the browser window open after use, when using a computer in public place, etc.).

We would request our clients to be patient in the same regard in case of any queries or problems. Our staff is rigorously working on solving and answering our client’s queries.

With internet being exposed to multiple risks and damages like virus attacks, hacking events or other means of unauthorized access, its stability cannot be guaranteed. In such cases, Gurukul Yoga will not be held responsible for any loss, misuse or theft of personal information of the clients.

While we could be contacted via email, telephone services are more preferred and safe to avoid any under observation of authority of hacker or a third-party invader. In such cases as well, Gurukul Yoga won’t be responsible for it.

In case of any merger, acquisition, consolidation, sale or dissolution of personal assets of Gurukul Yoga, the client’s information, which is an asset to the company, will be shared, transferred or given away. With taking services from Gurukul Yoga we assume your consent in the same.

The privacy policy laid down by Gurukul Yoga is a property of the company. They can amend, delete or add any rule to its policy. The clients are expected to be updated with the privacy policy. In case of any change, the company would undertake steps to inform all the clients about the same.

What if I have more questions about the Yoga Teacher Training?

It is, of course, normal for students to have questions and we encourage you to contact us via mail or phone and get all your answers so you can have a better understanding of the course. We are available 7 days a week, so please connect.

We want to ensure that the Gurukul Yoga Teacher Training program is truly the program that reflects what you are seeking.