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Vishwa Ayurveda
Teacher Training & Traveling Details

Dec 11 ~ Jan 11
2022 ~ 2023

Arriving at this page assumes you have already seen

The Main Page

Once you decide the Vishwa Yoga Journey / Training is right for you

the next step you will need to quickly take is:

Complete The Application

and

Sign The Agreement

and email them both to:

VishwaYoga@gmail.cOm

But before then you will probably want to become clear about the total cost...

 

Early Bird Specials

Depend Upon How Early You Join

Prices below do not cover flight to India; but do cover transportation within India and to Bali! 

If paid anytime between

April 1st ~ June 30th, 2022

$3250 

July 1st ~ Sept 30th, 2022 

$3500

Oct 1st ~ Nov 15th, 2022

(Deadline Nov 15th)

$3625

Add $500** if you will be staying for

Thai Yoga Massage Practitioners Training

or Bali Yoga & Spa Retreat

(These 2 programs are over $1000 for those who are not taking the the Vishwa Yoga Journey)

**You will also need additional time in lodging, but this can be as low as $60 if you opt for the nearby Hostel or just $250 if you opt to stay in the lodging we have already arranged for the last leg of your Vishwa Yoga Journey. However, this is not per night, this is for the entire 12 to 14 days!  Furthermore, you could split the $250 cost with a roommate. 

"20 Years from now, you will be more disappointed

by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines.

Sail away from the safe harbor.

Explore. Dream. Discover!...

Investment Covers:

The Cost of Training & E-copy of Training Manual

Transportation within India and from India to Bali.

(Excludes International Flight To India and From Bali)

Double Occupancy Lodging

Investment Does Not Cover:

Meals 

(But you can expect to eat quite well for less than $5 per meal)

Single Occupancy Lodging

But it is an option. Just Add $650 to the base price (Limited Availability)

Please Note: Even if you opt for single occupancy, there may be an instance where you are asked to share a room for a day or maybe even a segment of the journey. And though this is mostly unlikely, you must be willing to surrender to how unpredictable Inda can be. Thus, if you are feeling reluctance to this idea already, it is already a good indicator that this is probably not the trip for you. Nevertheless, it's perfectly natural to opt for a single room and about half of our participants usually do. 

*Refunds are understood to be totally at our discretion

This is because funds are often quickly invested into reservations and other administrative work.

Check, Cash or Venmo Preferred / $50 Additional Charge if paying by Credit Card

Checks are made out to Cincinnati Yoga School.

Refund Policy:  *Though it is stated that there is a "non-refundable" deposit of $500, one can still request a refund of this amount and we will do our best to grant it -provided that the request is made before the end of October 2022. This is because as the date of the event draws closer it becomes more difficult to grant any refund as the fund will have already begun to be allocated towards operating costs. Nevertheless, with the exception of the $500 deposit, any other amount that has been paid towards the total cost of the event is at our discretion to award. Therefore, one should be very clear before signing on to this training / journey that No Refund should be expected! Nevertheless, one can still make the request. However, if granted, it could take up to 6 months for the full dispersal of a refund. This is not because of a lack of empathy for anyone who requests a refund, but as a necessity to protect the funds of the operation until it has been completed.

 

Covid 19 Update: Of course, if the training is cancelled or postponed due to issues such as Covid19 causing the government of India or Bali to re-institute quarantines; or if ones home country does not allow travel due to the same, then full-refunds can be availed; so long as the related circumstances are out of the control of the participant. Nevertheless, the full dispersal of a refund, as stated above, could still take up to 6 months and paid incrementally. 

Flight

Arrive Goa, India  / Depart Bali, Indonesia

 

Goa International Airport Name:

Dabolim

Airport Code: GOI

Bali International Airport Name: 

Ngurah Rai

Airport Code: DPS

As of April 2021 (U.S.) Multi-City Economy Flight Cost from Ohio, USA Averaged Between $1050 - $1350 

(This search was on CheapOair.com from Cincinnati, USA. If you fly from Chicago or many other major US cities expect to pay around $300 less!)

Lock In The Current Price

By Completing the Application and submitting a $500

  Non-refundable Deposit*  

Balance must be paid in full by Nov 15th.

Passport and Visa Information

American citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Indonesia if staying for tourism for 30 days or less.

To travel to India you will need a Visa;

and to get a visa you need to have a Passport.

These can take 4 to 6 weeks for U.S Citizens, and sometimes much longer for people coming from other countries.

So if you don't have a passport you will want to get to work on that ASAP.

Update: 2020

India once had something called "Visa on Arrival", but it should now be referred to as "Online Visa" and it is the type of Visa most everyone avails; unless they will be staying longer than 30 days in India or intend to come back to India often.

Update: 2022

The prior update may have changed due to Covid-19. Therefore, we ask that you please look into this yourself now and then, as things clearly change often these days. Also, there is stil a good chance that you will need full C-19 vaccination before being granted an entry Visa in India and/or Bali. This is not currently the case as of this writing but you still should check often. 

Here is a good link to do just that.

Vaccinations

Other than the Covid 19 Vaccination, currently there are no other vaccinations required to enter India. However if you would like to research more about health recommendations for travelers simply search "passport health services."

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q) What do you recommend we pack for the trip and how much?

A) If you are particular about your bug spray, then bring it. Also sunblock might save your life. Both can be found in India, but because only foreigners use them it is one of the few things that can actually cost more in India. Clothing should be light and dry easily, but perhaps one light  jacket for some occasional cool evenings. I like those headlamp flashlight thingies, but you can probably manage Ok without a flashlight.   Charcoal tablets are good for the 45% chance that you will get diarhea.  The chances are 35% if you start taking a probiotic like Culturrelle (generic is ok too) or a similar good gut flora supplement about a week before traveling and continue to take it daily throughout the trip. Also, during the trip always eat the curd (yogurt) as an extra precaution. If you are a staunch vegan, but might be willing to have dairy just this one time; let this be that time. However, If you are not willing, you will still be ok; but just raise your percentage points for getting diarhea up to 51%. 

Try to get everything into one backpack.

Most anything you need can be bought very cheap (with exception to some of the things mentioned above). I even bought an awesome backpack in India for about $15 (It would've probably cost around $100 in the States). You can even get a decent sandal for less than $3.  ~I may add more to this list later. 

Q) What type of power outlets are in India; and should i take a battery power pack?

A) As for power/plug adapters, we usually make a run into a nearby town in Goa on the first or second day to buy plug adapters; which are like $2. so you might want to wait til then because they cost a lot more in the States or other countries. But of course, if you already have one then bring it; but Just make sure it works with Indian outlets. Usually the countries that an adapter works with is listed on the packaging; you can also google it.

As for battery chargers (aka  "power packs"), some airlines do not allow them if they are big; like 100 watts or more; which is pretty big, so i doubt anyone will have to worry about that. However, it did happen once where one of our guest brought this ratehr large power pack, about the size of a tablet, but in the end they let him through with it. 

At this link:   http://blog.ravpower.com/2017/04/flying-planes-power-banks/    ...you can get way too much information about power bank rules on airplanes. However, i have already extracted the 2 key rules from that article here: 

"First, power banks, which use lithium-ion batteries, need to be stored in carry-on baggage only. Second, power banks over a certain size cannot be brought onto flights at all.   " (100+ watts)

Q) Should i take malaria pills?

A) I cannot answer that for you, but services such as Passport Health  do  recommend malaria pills for India. On the other hand, everyone i have known (including myself) that has gotten the pills has stopped taking them after about the 3rd or 4th day. The queezy feeling the pills give just isn't worth it to most people.  Nevertheless, if you do opt to not take them you should keep a good mosquito repellent around; esp for the early  morning and  evenings. -You're going to want to do this anyway!

Flight Information

If you are coming from the USA then you will probably need to pick your day of departure as Dec 09 in order to arrive on our training start date of Dec 11. (It is not that it takes two days to get there, but you are flying into the future, so to speak, as India is 10.5 hours ahead in time.

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For your return flight you can choose the Jan 12th (or the evening of Jan 11th) as your day of departure; and (if coming back to the US) it is likely you will arrive home in the evening on Jan  12th as well; as you will be flying back in time, so to speak.

Upon Arrival In Goa

Once you arrive in Goa you will need to take a taxi from the airport to our resort,

"Bhakti Kutir", which is at Palolem Beach.

Address: 296, Colomb Palolem, Canacona, Goa 403702, 

Phone+91 832 264 3469

The driver will know where Palolem is and might also know exactly where Bhakti Kutir is. The cost will be about the equivalent of $20 US / Around 1280 INR (Indian Rupees)

 

If you let us know your arrival day and time we can often have a driver waiting for you and you might even be able to share the ride/fare with someone else coming to our journey. In fact, this is usually the case, but we cannot guarantee it because there are so many factors  that can totally skew the most ideal situation (after all, this is India). For example, flights could arrive very late, even several hours late, and so the driver we have waiting for you might decide to go eat, or even go home if he lives nearby, etc.  If such a thing were to happen you can just call us at the resort and we will arrange the next available taxi; or wait for the original driver to finish his meal or whatever; which might be better when you bear in mind that many flights to Goa arrive around 3:00am and so it could take us a while to find and send another of our specified drivers. It's also a 2 hour drive to the resort. The good news is, that if such a thing were to happen, Goa is probably the quietest, friendliest, calmest airport in all of India (knock on wood) and i can't remember any of the drivers i have ever had charging me an unfair price, nor pushing me for a tip. ~Neverthless, always take a pic of the drivers license plate and  the driver as well before getting in. This is good protocal these days everywhere., so they wont mind; and if they do, just look for another driver. 

Q) Do we need to be prepared to do laundry in a sink or wash bag? 

A) This is needed now and then. I usually just wash in the sink of wherever we happen to be staying; but now and then i will also pay someone (usually about 20 rupees / .35 cents per item.)  

Usually at the end of the trip i am giving away some of the clothes i brought from the US while taking home some cool new Indian threads; that probably only cost me about $2 to $5.

Q) Do we need to get currency before leaving the US? If so, how much should we plan on bringing?

It's not required to get some dollars exchanged before you leave the US.  You could do this at pretty much any airport here or there and most places in-between. However, I often wonder if i have been given a fair deal when i have it done at an Indian airport, even though they give me a receipt with a breakdown of the exchange. Nevertheless, i usually get about $75 to $100 changed at whatever airport i happen to have a lengthier layover in on the way to India, or within India.

Don't exchange all of the money you are projecting to spend all at one place. Again, i suggest just $75 to $100 to start. Usually we are able to find a place in Goa that gives a far better exchange rate than any of the airports anywhere. But even then, it would be better to wait till half the trip is over before exchanging more. By then you will have a better idea of how much you would like to have on hand to finish the trip. 

Also, you will probably want to buy some keepsakes, such as Shiva nic-nacs, clothing, statues, etc., at some point. But let that major shopping point be at the end of the trip. Until then, buy only what you need. You wont want to be hauling any unnecessaries all over India; no matter how great the deal seems to be on that big plastic music playing Ganesh doll you found. Also, by the end of the trip you will have a better idea about the true cost of said plastic Ganesh treasure.

Q) What have you used in the past to communicate with people in the US? It looks like through Verizon it will be a few hundred dollars. Some people mention using local SIM cards online but I don’t want to over complicate the process when I get there. Thoughts? 

A) I usually just find an internet connection and go through Whatsapp or Google Hangouts or Skype (face time); but you can make regular calls that are free thru an internet connection as well; and we will have internet connection on a daily basis and at all hotels. Mostly i just text whoever i need thru whatsapp, but i don't have children or anyone wanting to hear my voice back home.

Q)  I wanted to confirm that bringing a suitcase is not recommended and it is, in fact, just a backpack that we should bring to fill with the items we need?

A) A backpack is the most recommended piece of luggage to bring, as we often will have to go from taxi to train to tuk-tuk to the lodge and then do all that in reverse when we leave for the next place. With a suitcase this can get heavy on your arm, and then your other arm...  Also there are not many smoothly paved surfaces in India, and so, unless you have some big wagon-type wheels on your suitcase, there will often be times when you cannot roll it without it tipping over. But another small bag is fine too. Fanny packs are not completely out of style among travelers in India either.  

Q)  If it is just a backpack, do you mean a regular backpack (like a school bag) or a larger hiking/camping backpack?

A) A school backpack will probably be too small, but if you can get it all in there then that would be just awesome! But you probably won't, but then again a big camping style backpack is probably too big as you won't need any room for camping gear. The bag will mainly just hold your clothes, water bottle, snacks, maybe a laptop; and souvenirs. (FYI camera drones ar enot permitted in India). Popular souvenirs are little Shiva or Ganesh statues and "Tapestries" (technically it's just a very pretty bed sheet) of which I have attached pics. Also attached is the 50 liter back pack i use; but the main thing i want you to notice about the backpack are its hip straps. These are important as they put the weight of the bag on your hips instead of your shoulders. Usually there aren't any hip straps on small school type backpacks or the straps are just nylon with no padding; so be sure to get straps for both shoulders and hips that have some padding.   

Q) I don't need much but thinking of clothing for a month of yoga, sleeping and getting around in general, I'm trying to figure out how you all normally make that work. Lol. It could be as simple as only packing 2-3 outfits and wearing them over and over(?)

A) For 4 weeks. I'd say 8 tops and bottoms, and lots of underwear (LOL), funny but true!  I usually alternate between the same 2 pair of shorts throughout a week, but i usually go thru 2 to 3 T-shirts in a single day, so i bring like a dozen of those, as well.  Bottom line (pun fully intended) you don't want sweaty clothes to stay on your skin too long or you run the risk of a rash. (But if you do get one, there is an ointment for that that you can buy there for about $1 and it clears it right up). Most of the places we go have two options: 1) wash your clothes in your bathroom or (2) pay to have someone wash them. This is usually about 20 rupees (.28 cents) per item. (Don't want to give them your underwear? That's fine, coz they usually don't want it either, and may tell you to keep it.) 

Q) Second, temperature/type of clothing. How is the temperature in India/Bali when we will be there and what do students normally wear? Are long pants/long sleeved tops recommended for every day? Anything in particular that we should bring for yoga practice? Would you consider long clothing to be too hot or is a good idea in general with mosquitos/bugs/whatever around? Any particular type of clothing to avoid (anything that might offend the culture)?

A) India should be dry the whole time, but when we get to Bali the rainy season will have just ended and so it  may be like Ohio in April; meaning that scattered showers could be a common thing, but this also keeps the temperature in Bali at that time of year at a very pleasant average of 79 degrees. If you burn easy wear very light long sleeves, but usually US clothing isn't light enough. So you might not bother to pack long sleeve shirts and just buy some super light materials in India.  As for me, i am continually in a t-shirt and shorts, with a little sunscreen on the back of my neck and shoulders and forehead.  FYI: Both Sunscreen and Mosquito repellent are cost about the same, or maybe even higher, in India than in the States.  So this is something you might want to bring from home.  If you can find a sunscreen that also doubles as a mosquito repellent please buy me some as well.

 

Buy a shawl once you get there. Yes you can bring one from home as well, but buying there makes for a good practical souvenir and also helps the local markets. A woman showing a little cleavage in the west means little, but for some Indian men this can give them the impression that western women don't mind their advances. But besides the shawl, wear modest clothing in general. You will find that many other westerners that cross our paths do not do this, but just because they do not respect the modest culture we do not need to join them and thus re-enforce those stereotypes.

 

For yoga classes our space will be private, so you can probably wear whatever you would wear to most any yoga class. However, skin has an interesting frequency. A lot of it can change the vibe of a class. So i ask that no more skin is showing than necessary for a comfy practice. (This means you too, guys. In other words, keep your shirts on.)