FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What kind of visa will I need to attend this program? 
You need only a tourist visa to attend this program.

I am travelling first time to India, is it safe for a single woman? 
Kerala also known as God’s Own Country is perhaps one of the safest places in the world. Thousands of tourists from around the world visit here to learn yoga and feel at home. The local habitants are really friendly and go out of their way to help the tourists.

When do I need to pay the rest of the payment? 
You have to pay rest of the payment upon your arrival in navadurga school, before the start of the program.

How should I pay rest of the payment? 
We prefer to take rest of the payment in cash or you can pay via PayPal. If you want to pay by credit card, there will be additional 4% charges as per banking charges.

What kind of clothes I should bring for the training program? 
Clothes should be loose and comfortable, in which you can practice asanas and sit comfortably.

I am vegan, can vegan food be arranged? 
Yes, vegan food can be arranged for in our kitchen.

When do I get my certificate? 
The certificate will be issued at the end of the training program after overall evaluation to successful candidates. This will be purely at the discretion of the school.

What is the evaluation procedure? 
You will be evaluated for your practice, progress and overall conduct during the course, inside and outside of the classes. A practical and theory exam will be conducted at the end of the course to evaluate your understanding of the training imparted.

Will I get time to do my own things during the training program? 
Your schedule during the week has been designed to give you the best possible opportunity to grow in your yoga practice. The daily schedule is quite packed and you would like to utilize the free time between classes for rest, self-studies beech or introspection to make the best use of the opportunity

Do I need to bring my yoga mat and any study material? 
All study material related to the program we are provided.

What will be the language of communication in the program? 
All classes will be conducted in English. There are Sanskrit terms used in yogic literature which have no substitute and help in understanding the subject precisely. These will be explained to you thoroughly.

Will I be able to teach yoga in my country or anywhere in the world with your certificate? 
Yes. After the successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to teach anywhere in the world..

What should I bring for the program? 
You should bring comfortable clothing, a towel, flashlight or torch, an umbrella, a pair of comfortable shoes and other personal items.  Any other material related to daily needs is readily available in the nearby VARKLA.

Is there a local market nearby? 
Yes, there is a local market nearby where small articles of daily need are available.

How much money should I bring? 
Accommodation, food, study material etc. are all included in the course fee and VARKLA is not a very expensive place. You should probably bring 200-300 USD for your personal expenses in Varkala. For activities outside of the program, you should bring the money or ATM cards accordingly.

Do you have laundry facilities? 
You can do laundry yourself in our training venue. Laundry facilities at reasonable rates are available in the nearby market.

Should I bring any medicine? 
Some participants bring basic first aid like band aids, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory medicines with them. We recommend you to bring diarrhea medicine in case you eat outside food or accidentally drink unfiltered water. Please also bring any other medication that you might require according to your health condition.

Is drinking water safe in India? 
We provide safe, filtered and purified water for our participants. There are mineral water bottles available in the local market too (20 INR/liter).

How many students are there in one batch? 
We keep our batch size small, between 10-16 students so that individual attention can be given to every participant and to maintain the quality of our program.

Do I need prior knowledge or practice of yoga before joining this course? 
It is a teacher training program so prior experience and understanding of yoga is appreciated but not mandatory. The main prerequisite is open-mindedness and an aptitude to learn and follow this beautiful path.

What should I read to prepare myself for the program? 
You can read about the Patanjali Yoga Sutras and any commentary on Srimad Bhagwad Gita. The book Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Yoga Publications , helpful in learning correct practice of asanas, pranayamas, mudras and bandhas.