200hr teacher training: india intensive

This training will take place at the Govardhan Ecovillage retreat center, north of Mumbai, India, at the foothills of the Sahyadri Mountains. Take yourself out of your conditioned environment and allow yourself to be surrounded by a culture where yoga philosophy, lifestyle and practices are organically woven into people's lives. The Ecovillage is peaceful, aesthetically beautiful and calming, an ideal setting for learning and contemplation. The food cooked daily by the monks is nourishing to soul and body, as are the daily yoga, meditation and pranayama sessions.  Our 200 hour Teacher Training curriculum is a comprehensive study of yoga postures, art of sequencing, philosophy, mantra, anatomy and lifestyle. It empowers you to deepen your personal practice and heal and transform body and mind through breath and movement. This training will be taught primarily by Gopi Kinnicutt, assisted by Cynthia G. and special guest teacher Radhanath Swami


Biomechanics of forward bends, backbends, twist, hip openers, inversions and arm balances

Correct alignment, function and purpose based on each individual

Adapting postures to maximize the full potential according to an individual’s need

The power of the breath in movement

A variety of sun salutations, including flowing in a mandala (circle)

Daily yoga, mantra meditation, and pranayama (breathing exercises)

Basic rituals and puja (ceremony) to channel one's energy and deepen meditation

The power of Bandhas (energy locks) and Kriyas

Anatomy of the human body

Hands-on assisting and enhancement of each posture

The art of sequencing

Addressing the physical and emotional needs and challenges of your students

Chakra healing in yoga

Yoga philosophy: Sacred texts, Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras

Sanskrit mantra chanting

DATES: March 2nd-18th, 2018

This training will include 17 intensive days of study. Each morning begins at 6 am with yoga and meditation, followed by breakfast. Class is in session from 9:30 am-12:30 pm, followed by lunch at 1 pm. After an afternoon break to relax, digest, and reflect, class resumes at 3:30 pm, until dinner at 6:30 pm. Each evening ends with kirtan (mantra music) and discussions of sacred philosophy. 


$3200 includes the full 200 hour yoga teacher training (RYT certified), plus all meals, accommodations, manuals and classroom materials, and transfers from and to the airport in Mumbai. Arrive in Mumbai March 1st, depart evening of March 18th. Please contact Gopi with any questions, including info on suggested flights. 

Gopi Kinnicutt, lead teacher

Gopi Kinnicutt has been training teachers for over 10 years. She is a dynamic, Bhakti-infused yoga teacher who has developed her own unique teaching style. She organically creates and designs dynamic fluid yoga sequences, infused with deep spirituality. She empowers teachers in art of sequencing, combined with detailed anatomy and embodied breath work. In her classes she incorporates mantras, breath work and Kriyas to release untouched energy and Prana. She bridges the philosophy of Yoga and the authentic traditions coming from India, making them accessible to the modern 21st century Yogi. Gopi leads National and International yoga retreats. She is the owner of Bhakti Yoga DC and founder of Yoga Mandali in Saratoga Springs, New York. Gopi has trained extensively with Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest and Gary Kraftsow, and is certified and trained in trauma-sensitive yoga. Gopi also lived in a Bhakti Yoga ashram for 10 years, where she studied and taught Indian philosophy and mantra meditation. Gopi is certified in Thai Yoga Body Work and Ayurvedic Body Work, offering a vigorous herbal oil body massage (Vishesh) and a deep relaxation head treatment called Shirodhara.

Cynthia Lorena, assistant teacher

Cynthia Lorena is known for her creative and dynamic sequences, focus on alignment, her honesty, and her sense of humor. She currently lives and teaches vinyasa yoga group classes and workshops in the DC metro area and leads international retreats, as well as corporate classes and corporate retreats. She also offers private instruction, energy work (Reiki), and breath work. Her extensive clientele list ranges from teens to senior citizens with a variety of specific needs such as back injuries, cancer, depression and anxiety. Currently, Cynthia assists teacher trainings in DC. and offers mentorships for new teachers. Cynthia was born and raised in New York. During her time working in the fashion industry, she felt that something was missing. Following her intuition, she left behind her hectic NYC life and immersed herself in studying yoga in the mountains of Massachusetts to make her health, happiness, and personal growth a priority. In July 2011 she graduated from Kripalu’s School of Yoga with a 200 hour yoga teaching certificate. Cynthia completed her advanced 500 hour teacher training certification at Yogamaya in New York City. She is also a certified Level 2 Reiki (energy) healer.


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