essential information


Everyone visiting India requires a visa to enter the country. We recommend you to

get a simple tourist visa, not a student visa as the latter needs special requirements.

If you didn’t apply yet, please do read up on the process and organize it timely.

Sometimes visas are issued within a week, sometimes it takes up to 2 to 3 weeks.

Please remember that your Indian visa will be valid from the date of issue, not the

date of arrival, so plan your trip accordingly! Each country has different visa rules

and regulations – normally the visa is given for 90-180 days. Please find more details

here and inquire for the process, rules and

regulations from your country. Be extra aware if you are applying for a visa if you are

not in your country of origin as there may be special rules and regulations in that


For applying for your visa you will need following information:

Address of your stay:

Parimukti Yoga & Meditation Center at Kanira Homes

End of Magic Park Road

Girkarwaddo, Arambol, Pernem

403524, Goa, India

Contact Person:


Mr. Avdhoot Limaye

Phone No. +91-9637521278,

Accommodation & meals

  • Accommodation

Your accommodation will be at Kanira Homes – which is originally a family

run guesthouse. On the rooftop is the shala where we run our 300 hours TTC.

Kanira Homes is located in a quiet corner of Arambol village and one minute walking distance from the beach. We offer the following accommodation options:

  1. Shared accommodation in a room with two or three people with a fan, an

attached bathroom with western toilet, and hot running water. This

accommodation is included in the regular course fee

  1. Private accommodation in a room with a fan, an attached bathroom with

western toilet, and hot running water. Available for an additional fee of 200


In case the group gets larger and cannot be accommodated in this guest house we will move to  a nearby resort in arambol, which we will notify you a month before the course. This happens sometimes because a large group cannot be accommodated in this space and we prefer all students staying and eating together rather than splitting them into separate  accommodations.

Please inform us by email which accommodation option has your

preference! We cannot guarantee your preference, and will get back to you

if your option is still available. If you have made a early booking most likely your booking and accomodation will be confirmed together.

If you are booking later and all rooms are occupied in Kanira Homes Guesthouse (this might happen if

we have many students that opt for private accommodation, we will offer

accommodation in guesthouses nearby. We will inform you if this would be

the case.

  • Meals

Three meals during training days are included in your fee. Saturday dinner

and all meals on Sundays are excluded. This way you can explore all the nice

restaurants in the area. Our meals are vegetarian, but we do serve eggs and

dairy, no meat and no fish. Meals are a combination of Indian home cooked

and occasionally a more Western style. Please feel free to buy your own

snacks and food to add on to our meals. We provide student fridges to store

your stuff. We provide the three meals and nothing in between, you can get

some bananas or small snacks in case you get hungry in between. Water has

to be bought in the shops – drinking from the tap is not recommended!!

Example of breakfast:

Western style: fruits with muesli and curd/ porridge with fruits / pancakes

with fruits

Indian style: vegetable pooha, paratha with curd

Example of lunch & dinner

Usually Indian ‘thali’ style: vegetable curry, dahl, rice

About the program

Our program is based upon the Yoga Alliance standards, and consists of the following


  • Techniques, Training & Practice

Asana, pranayama, kriya, chanting, meditation and other traditional yoga


  • Teaching Methodology

Includes principles of instruction, demonstration, observation, adjusting,

teaching styles, and qualities of a teacher, the student’s process of learning,

and business aspects of teaching Yoga

  • Anatomy & Physiology

Includes both human physical anatomy and physiology and energy anatomy

(chakras, nadis, etc.). It also includes both the study of the subject and the

application of its principles to Yoga practices (benefits, contraindications,

healthy movement patterns, etc.)

  • Philosophy

Includes the study of yoga philosophy, yoga lifestyle, and ethics for yoga


  • Practicum

Includes teaching practices, receiving feedback, observing other’s teachings

and giving feedback

Daily Schedule (changes may be introduced on short notice)

Monday – Saturday

  • 07.00 – 09.00 Asana & Pranayama
  • 09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast
  • 10.00 – 11.00 Anatomy
  • 11.15 – 12.30 Alignment
  • 12.30 – 15.00 Lunch
  • 15.00 – 16.15 Philosophy
  • 16.30 – 18.00 Asana or Teaching Methodology (alternating days)
  • 18.00 – 19.00 Restorative Yoga or Meditation (alternating days)

Saturday – Saturday afternoons are off

Sunday – Full day off

The schedule can be modified according to the needs and the characteristic of the

place, time of the year, available teachers, and the group.

How to get to us

There a few options to come to Goa, the best one is a flight to Dabolim Airport which

is near the capital of Goa, Panjim/Panaji: There are also buses and trains

from Mumbai or other cities in India. Please check details on


Pick up from the airport is included in the course fee, please inform us timely on

your arrival date and time!

Please inform us of any delay by email or sending a Whatsapp message. In case

anything goes wrong you can book a taxi from the airport and use the address and

directions as given above. A taxi should cost around 1500 INR. Most taxi drivers talk

English and are used to work with tourist so you can feel comfortable taking a taxi

from the prepaid taxi stand. We will provide a refund for the taxi costs once you

have arrived.

We do not facilitate pick-ups from anywhere else than the airport, so if you are

travelling from within India please arrange your own transport to the center. Please

remember if you take a taxi in India it is better to use an agency or pre-paid stands.

All taxi drivers should have mobiles, so in case of emergency ask them to call us from

their phone. They are very helpful and all speak English.

Accommodation check-in and check-out.

  • Your room is booked from the date of the Welcome Meeting at the official first

day of the course, you can check in from 11.00am – 12.00 noon, we meet at 12.00

noon that day

  • The official checkout time is one day after the official last day of the course

before 10:00 am in the morning

We cannot host you before or after the course. If you like to arrive before the start

of the course – which we recommend highly, in order to adjust to the climate and

recover from the trip you can book a place in advance through the internet. You can

stay either in Arambol or Mandrem (which is the closest village to Arambol). Or

maybe you would like to explore other beaches in Goa.

Welcome Meeting and When to Arrive

There is a welcome meeting in our hall at 12.00 noon on the official first day of the

course to give you general information and instruction about the course, completing

the balance course fee and finalize some other administrative formalities. We would

also like to take this opportunity to introduce each other.

This meeting will take about an hour. After that we have lunch together and our first

classes in the afternoon (philosophy, asana and a meditation class).

Please try to get to this welcome meeting. We advice to plan your arrival before

midday so that you have time to settle yourself and take a shower. However we

understand that traveling depends on many things (connections, ticket prices, etc.),

so don’t feel stressed up if you are delayed. We will give you all necessary

information and guidance when you arrive.

Local services

Our center is a located in Arambol, which is a vibrant little village visited by many

travelers. The local people of this town are nicely aware of the needs of their guests.

Hence, it is very easy to find laundry services, nice restaurants, cafes, internet shops,

mini shops, and ATMs. There are fresh fruit and vegetable stalls as well.

Restaurants offer vegetarian food and there is even a number of restaurants

specializing in vegan, raw and gluten free foods. Good restaurant that we

recommend you to eat at are: Double Dutch, Twice in Nature, Magic Park, Organic vibes, Maya  and Love Temple.

Most of the restaurants nowadays provide Wi-Fi services and so we advise you to

bring your laptop, smart phone, or iPad, as they come in handy for study purposes

and to stay in touch with your relatives back home.

Useful Things to Carry

  • A paper notebook and pen – to take notes at any time during any class
  • Laptop, tablet or a USB Stick – to collect video or audio files related to yoga and


  • Passport size pictures and a copy of your passport and visa – we need 1 passport

size picture and 1 copy of your passport and visa for our administration. Generally it

is handy to carry a couple of pictures and copies for other purposes (e.g. to obtain a

local sim card, which we recommend)

  • At least one warm sweater, a pair pants, and socks – while the days are warm the

evening and nights can sometimes get chilly (especially in January, and February) so

be sure to carry at least a warm sweater and long pants, and maybe more depending

on which month you come. If you don’t carry don’t worry: Arambol has many clothes

shops where you can buy blankets and hoodies for a fair price

  • One set of white clothes – for the Welcome Meeting and the Certification


  • Towel – two towels. We don’t provide towels. There are enough laundry services

around though so one could be enough if you like to travel light.

  • Toiletries – we don’t provide toilet paper, soap, shampoo, etc. Please bring your

own or buy them in Arambol.

  • Flashlight – in India always useful
  • Ear plugs – this too is in India always useful, especially in this area with travelers

there will be some music in the evenings

  • Mosquito repellent – as we are in a tropical atmosphere there are a lot of

mosquitoes. Use repellent so you won’t be disturbed during classes and evenings.

There is no need to take malaria pills.

  • Bathing suit – The accommodation is located just 4 min walk from Arambol beach.
  • Yoga mat – it is compulsory to bring your own yoga mat, for hygienic reasons. It is

good to practice on the same mat every time and especially since you will be

practicing and sweating it is good to have your own. A yoga mat can be bought from

the local market here between INR 350 – 500. It’s a normal synthetic one, nothing

special. If you know you can get quite slippery hands and feet you might want to buy

a special yoga mat at home.



A deposit of €300 (please include transaction costs) has to be paid as soon as

possible after booking and latest one month before start of the training. Only once

we received the deposit your spot will be reserved. The deposit is non-refundable.

The deposit has to be paid via the link on the website or directly into our European

bank account.

Remaining course fee

The remaining course fee is better paid in cash if you are booking or paying a few months before the course to avoid banking charges and huge transfer charges.

If you are making an early bird bokking you have the option to pay all the money through bank transfer, or to an european account in some cases.

  • You may choose to pay in USD, EUR, or INR
  • In case you want to pay in INR please be aware that ATMs have a withdrawal

limit of 20,00INR per day (that’s equal to about 230 EUR)


There are ATMs available in Arambol and Mandrem to withdraw cash money

Cancellation Policy

  • We provide no cancellation or refund during the course
  • In case of any serious medical reasons the student is allowed to cancel his/her

current training and can join in our next training. In that case we will only charge you

for food and accommodation that were used up to the day of dropping out.

  • By joining into Parimukti Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training Course you agree to

all the points mentioned

how to prepare for the course

Each of the students has a different Yoga experience (which is the great value of the

course!) and there is no ‘special preparation’ needed, however we recommend to

get used to a morning asana practice routine and to keep your body fit. If you do not

have time for a full practice we recommend to do a couple of Sun Salutations or

some gentle stretches. Take it easy and just let your body get used to this routine.

The most important is to prepare mentally that this course will be something new

and inspiring – new experience, new challenge, new phase, new knowledge, new

people, new possibilities…. and to keep your mind open and ready for it:-)

Some other things to be aware of…

  1. a) We start the classes punctual. If you are late, you will simply miss out, we don’t

wait for everyone to arrive

  1. b) 100% attendance is compulsory for certification. You may be absent only if it’s

necessary due to medical condition. Please inform the teacher if you cant attend

via whatsapp (teachers phone numbers will be shared during the Welcome


  1. c) Attending 100% of the classes does not guarantee certification. The students will

be continuously assessed and evaluated throughout the course

  1. d) At the end of the training you will be asked to lead a meditation and an asana &

pranayama class. You will be evaluated and will be given feedback. We may ask

you to do it again if we feel you can do better

  1. e) It is good to know and remember the Sanskrit names of Pranayama techniques

and asana etc., but please remember that this is not the criteria for becoming a

yoga teacher

  1. f) There may be written assignments given as homework. You have time to do these

during the breaks and in the evenings.

  1. g) In case of any injury, sickness or disease, please use your own intuition and

sense of discrimination. Do not simply take the medical advice from a fellow

student or teacher. Visit a doctor if you feel it is necessary.

  1. h) Pictures/ photos can be taken sometimes during the classes. However,

sometimes a teacher may ask you not to do so for a good reason

  1. i) Cell phone use is not allowed during class
  2. j) Put all mats and props away after the classes so the hall can be cleaned
  3. k) Remove the shoes before entering the hall
  4. l) Do not bring glass cups or mugs up to the hall, this attracts ants!
  5. m) Do not leave any rubbish on the floor of the hall, again for the ants
  6. n) We allow drop-ins during the asana and meditation classes (if there is enough

space for them), especially if you have any visiting friends you can invite them for

the asana classes

  1. o) We take pictures for marketing purposes during the classes and ceremonies, you are welcome to take pictures share on social media etc.

The entire team is waiting to be with you!

Warm Greetings,

Parimukti Yoga & Meditation Team

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