Teacher Training & Traveling Details
Exact dates announced soon!
Arriving at this page assumes you have already seen
Once you decide the Vishwa Yoga Journey / Training is right for you
the next step you will need to quickly take is:
and email them both to:
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
July 1st ~ Sept 30th, 2023
(Save $1000 USD by paying before Oct 1st, 2023
instead of waiting until Sept 30th, 2024)
Oct 1st ~ Dec 31st, 2023
Jan 1st ~ March 31st, 2024
April 1st ~ June 30th, 2024
July 1st ~ Oct 31st, 2024
Add $500** if you will be traveling on*** to Bali for
Thai Yoga Massage Practitioners Training****
or Bali Yoga & Spa Retreat****
**These 2 programs are over $1000 for those who are not taking the Vishwa Yoga Journey.
***You will have to book the flight from Chennai to Bali on your own. Expect to pay between $180 and $250 for the flight
****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.
You can continue on to the 300Hr Vishwa Ayurveda Training in Bali and, for having taken the Vishwa Yoga Journey, you will receive $1000 off the cost of this additional 300hr training & receive the TYM training for Free!
“Because in the end,
you won't remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn.
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)
Single Occupancy Lodging
Investment Does Not Cover:
(But you can expect to eat quite well for less than $5 per meal)
Single Occupancy Lodging
*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.
Deposit and Refund Policy
Deposit is non-refundable, but can be used toward a future CYS Yoga Teacher Training, Thai Yoga Massage training or Yoga Retreat if you are unable to come to the initial training intended. Also, any amounts already paid towards the tuition of the training are (technically) non-refundable if the request for the refund is made within 60 days of the training commencement. However, if this were to happen, the amount can still be used towards future trainings or retreats; and one can still request a refund after the 60 day deadline and we will do our best to grant it, or some portion of it. However, we will be under no obligation to do so; and, if we choose to do so, it could take up to 9 months for the full dispersal of the refund and it may come in incremental installments. This is not because of a lack of sympathy for anyone who requests a refund, but as a necessity to protect the funds of the operation until it has been completed.
Arrive Goa, India / Depart Chennai, India
Goa International Airport:
Airport Code: GOI
Chennai International Airport:
Airport Code: MAA
Lock In The Current Price
By Completing the Application and submitting a $500
Balance must be paid in full at least one month before training commences.
Passport & Visa Information
You need a passport to go to any country. So if you do not have one do not delay in getting started on the process. It usually takes about 2 to 3 weeks, but you wouldn't want to run into any problem that would have you restart the process that soon before your trip.
As for a Visa, it is required to have one to enter India but India has a Visa On Arrival program that most people are eligible for. However, the process begins online and well in advance of your actual physical arrival.
Currently there are no vaccinations required to enter India. However, this could change. So 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!
If you are coming from the USA then you will probably need to pick your day of departure to be 2 days prior to the program start date. However, this is not because it takes 2 days to get to India, but because you are flying into the future, so to speak, as India is 10.5 hours ahead of the US in time (EST)..
For your return flight, just know that your lodging will need to be vacated by noon on the day after the training ends; unless you make arrangements on your own to stay longer.
If flying back to the US, it is likely you will arrive home in the evening of the same day that you depart India; 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,
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 usually 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, however, you can just call us at Bhakti Kutir and we will arrange the next available taxi. The good news is, that if such a thing were to happen, Goa is probably the quietest, friendliest, calmest airport in all of India. ~Neverthless, always take a pic of the drivers license plate, and the driver as well, before getting in. This is good protocol 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.)