What a fantastic experience in India! Not a country that was on my original bucket list but definitely the place to be for traditional yoga teacher training .
In March this year, I came across Oceanic Yoga after reading someone’s blog post on which they posted their first yoga retreat advert with a short bio on where and how they became certified. I was intrigued and right at that moment decided that this would be my next personal challenge! After researching and reading review after review, it was evident that Oceanic Yoga is one of the best yoga schools out there.
I arrived in Goa at the Riva Beach Resort on 9th October, ready for the next 25 days of intense yoga training. It really was an intensive programme; each day starting from 06:30 and finishing around 18:00 for 6 days per week. But the pace of the days and classes were well balanced so you could really enjoy all of them while reaping all the benefits and building your yoga knowledge bank.
There were six of us in training. We were provided with a tasty buffet-styled spread of vegetarian dishes for breakfast lunch and dinner. Still missing the fresh papaya at breakfast and the daily side of dhal. The single-room accommodation (a.k.a ‘my hut’) was basic but cozy. The ocean was just 200 meters from the resort, where the water is warm and the sunsets are breath taking. It took me a while to get used to hearing the noisy critters at night, sleeping under a net and trying to outsmart the mosquitoes. But it was all worth it in the end, even hand washing our clothes.
The Yoga teachers from Oceanic Yoga live and follow the yogic path themselves and this creates a very positive and generative energy in their course. Overall, I’m pleased to say my instincts were right about this course as it turned out to be an incredible experience which called on every cell in my being to be awake and aware. Not forgetting the amazing friends I met along the way.
I left Goa having gained new friends, new yoga tools and a new yearning to teach yoga. I’m now confident to teach it and hold a solid intention to continue doing and promoting yoga.
I strongly recommend Oceanic Yoga School to support you in your yoga journey.