200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course
200-hour Multi-Style Yoga Teacher Training Course
At Trimurti Yoga Bali we do not believe that one size fits all.
Everybody and every body is different. That is a cliché we all know. What we also acknowledge is that you can be and feel different from year to year, from season to season, even from day to day.
As an foundational level program, we feel that in the 200-hour TTC it is necessary to offer a broad spectrum of what yoga is about. We developed a program that gives you an insight into various asana styles, different pranayama and meditation techniques, the most important yoga philosophy subjects, a basic yet thorough anatomy module and many other aspects related to yoga teaching, such as ethics, classroom management and how to deal with injuries.
We deeply respect the historic and cultural heritage of yoga; despite the fact that we are located in Bali, we aim to share with you the traditional, Indian side of yoga too.
The most important thing we teach however, is that yoga is a lifestyle that you can live according to your individual needs, aspirations and talents.
After our course, you can - and we highly recommend that you do - continue your education and perhaps even specialise in certain aspects of yoga, knowing that the foundation of your knowledge is broad and solid.
Rather than diving into the world of yoga with a pre-determined and perhaps narrow-minded vision, we encourage the fostering of a flexible and open mind. Yoga is more than 60 minutes of Vinyasa flow, it is more than meditation, it is more than being vegetarian.
It is all that and much more. It is living in harmony with yourself and the world around you. We teach you how to flow with your own nature and how to share those skills with the students you encounter after your time with us.
Since we do not work with one-size-fits-all and are not a yoga teacher factory, we want to make sure all our students get the individual attention they need. We keep our groups small and work with a maximum of 20 students.
After getting certified, you may volunteer to teach some of the daily yoga classes as Kelapa Cottage, thus getting the opportunity to directly put into practice what you have learned.
The owner and founder of Trimurti Yoga, Karo Sharma, has many gifts but we probably all agree that her most precious one is the ability to pinpoint each of her students' talents. Her way of touching exactly that part of a person and bringing it to life is probably the heart of the teachings at Trimurti.
The teachers at Trimurti Yoga Bali stay true to that philosophy. They identify your talent, help you develop it, build on it and become a teacher that is true to your personality.
Yoga is about more than just being on your mat. Knowing Sanskrit asana names and being able to stand on your head does not a good yoga teacher make. A yogic lifestyle, comprehension of philosophy and the source of yoga are indispensable in your development as a teacher.
That is why Trimurti Yoga Bali offers exactly that: the theory to back up your downdogs. Wouldn’t you love to know why all yogis are such a big fan of Matsyendrasana?
Trimurti Yoga Bali believes in preparing you for reality after the course. Teaching a class to fellow students is one thing, but having actual students to practice on while having the support from your teachers is an experience you would not want to pass up on.
As we also offer daily yoga classes outside of the TTC’s, teaching real life students at Kelapa Cottage will be part of the program.
The teachers at Trimurti know how learning happens by doing. The program is heavy on the practical side of things. Actually teaching a class is more valuable than learning sequences by heart.
Your teachers strive to have you assimilate your knowledge by applying it as much as you can during the training. This means that the anatomy classes often turn into playful exercises to help you understand the human body. During philosophy classes, your participation is encouraged in discussions about the larger questions in life.
Whether you decide to teach or not after graduating from our program, the knowledge and experience you gain during your time with us is of immeasurable value for the rest of your life.
We do not require a specific entry level for the 200-hour program. Students of all levels and backgrounds are welcome. You may even be interested in joining the course for your own development rather than for career as a yoga teacher. You may have a physical condition that limits your asana practice.
It is all irrelevant and you are welcome regardless of your years of yoga experience. We do however recommend that, once you have decided to join our program, you practice as much asana, pranayama and meditation as you can.
Your experience will be very valuable during the course, not in the least because the training will be rather physically intense. The fitter you are when you start, the easier it will be for you to adjust to a schedule from 6 am till 6 pm, including two asana practices per day. We also ask for your continued commitment during the entire course which includes a lot of teamwork and cooperation with your fellow students, whether you want to become a teacher or not.
To successfully complete the course and obtain the certificate recognised by the Yoga Alliance, we require 100% attendance. If for special reasons you cannot be present for the whole program we will offer you a certificate of participation instead.
The course content and subjects are in accordance with the Yoga Alliance standards for the 200-hour YTTC. The following topics are covered in the program:
- Asana Practice, including technique and theory: the three main asana styles we cover are Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa. We also introduce Sivananda, Yin and Restorative. Each asana practice is backed up by the history, philosophy and development of the style, the techniques, the sequencing and many other aspects you need to know as a teacher. Alignment and adjustments workshops are held on a daily basis, for the benefit of your own practice as well as your teaching skills.
- Teaching Methodology: The Art of Teaching is an important module of our program and includes topics such as “Qualities & Tasks of a Teacher”, “Sequencing”, “Alignments & Adjustments”, “Classroom Management” and “Business Aspects of Yoga”. We cultivate skills such as observation, respect for yourself and your students, confidence, communication and all the Yamas and Niyamas, which you will learn about in the Philosophy classes.
- Practicums: not only will your personal practice grow immensely from participating in our program, we also make sure you learn how to teach in each of the yoga styles presented. The aim of this multi-style teacher training is to cultivate multi-skilled yogis and yoginis. Almost every day, you get to “teach” something. First you practice in small groups and over time, we enable you to teach a whole group of students of mixed levels. We provide positive and honest feedback to help you grow as a practitioner and as a teacher.
- Yoga Anatomy & Physiology: in this Anatomy 101 module, you learn the basics about the human body, including the relevant terminology, application of this knowledge in yoga such as in alignment, injury prevention and contra-indications. We also cover topics such as fascia and anatomy trains and subjects related to yogic anatomy including the chakras, the koshas and the bandhas. Also a module on Ayurveda is part of the curriculum.
- Yoga Philosophy: from this vast topic, we cover the fundamentals giving you an insight into the history of yoga and yoga philosophy, the four paths of yoga (Karma, Jnana, Bhakti and Raja Yoga), several historic sources such as the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita, Patajanli’s Yoga Sutras and the Eight Limbs of Yoga. We delve into Samkhya philosophy and other schools that influenced yoga. We introduce you to Hindu Gods & Goddesses and their stories ensuring that you get acquainted with the Indian heritage of yoga.
- And more: last but not least, we deal with many topics that cannot be categorised so easily but are crucial to your yoga practice and teaching experience: pranayama, meditation, kriyas, mantras, karma yoga, respecting silence and yogic lifestyle just to mention a few. Please be aware that every group of trainees is different and that the team may need to adjust the program according to the skills, knowledge and physical condition of the students. There is also room for optional asana modules, such as prenatal yoga, acroyoga, body works, Sanskrit for beginners or any other special subject that teachers or even students wish to share with the group. Trimurti Yoga Bali reserves the right to modify the program where necessary.
Our program lasts 26 days and 25 nights. On day 1, we start with Introductions and practicalities.
From day 2 onwards, the program looks more or less like this:
- 6:00 to 8:00 - Asana practice, pranayama and/or meditation
- 8:00 to 9:00 - Breakfast & break
- 9:00 to 12:30 - Lectures or workshops
- 12:30 to 14:00 - Lunch, break & study time
- 14:30 to 16:00 - Lectures or workshops
- 16:15 to 18:00 - Evening asana practice or meditation
- 18:00 onwards - Dinner & study
We have one day off per week, that is three days over the course of the training.
The last three or four days of the program (depending on the size of the group) are dedicated to revisions, final teaching practicums, group presentations and exams. We end the program with a graduation ceremony on day 25 in the evening. Day 26 is check-out day.
The above schedule is indicative and can change depending on the number and the level of students and other circumstances. In all cases however, the Yoga Alliance standards are met.
Trimurti Yoga Bali offers one of the most affordable Yoga Teacher Trainings in Bali without compromising on quality and content. Our program is all-inclusive and your investment covers the following:
- three vegetarian/vegan meals a day
- unlimited drinking water
- course materials
- and a life-long digital subscription on every updated course manual that we publish.
Kelapa Cottage also offers all its guests a free trial scuba dive in the pool.
Once you have booked your training with us, all you need to take care of is your flight to Denpasar and a visa if you intend to stay in Bali longer than 30 days. Transportation to the resort can be arranged by us if you wish.
Extras payable to Kelapa Cottage upon check out are: food and drink orders from the à la carte menu (at 30% discount for our students), laundry service, scooter rent, taxis, day trips, massages & other spa treatments, scuba diving trips and courses. Gratuities to the resort staff are not included and totally optional.
Kelapa Cottage offers a luxurious (mixed) dormitory with six beds and one triple room with three beds. There is one single private room, one double/twin room and there are four cottages (twins or triples). We try to take personal preferences (such as buddies travelling together) into account but assign accommodation on a first come first serve basis. We advise you to book as soon as possible. If you are a solo traveller, we pair you up with suitable roommates.
We require a deposit payment of EUR 500 upon booking, with the balance fee due 30 days before the start of the course. Detailed payment instructions and our cancellation policy will be sent to you upon receiving your enrolment form.
Our next trainings are scheduled for:
16 December 2017 - 10 January 2018 (low season)
Triple/Dormitory: EUR 2.300
Double/Twin: EUR 2.900
Private Room: EUR 3.400
7 May – 1 June 2018
Triple/Dormitory: EUR 2.400
Double/Twin: EUR 3.000
Private Room: EUR 3.500
2 July – 27 July 2018
Triple/Dormitory: EUR 2.400
Double/Twin: EUR 3.000
Private Room: EUR 3.500
3 September – 28 September 2018
Triple/Dormitory: EUR 2.400
Double/Twin: EUR 3.000
Private Room: EUR 3.500
Enrolment form for 200-hour TTC
You most probably do not need to apply for a visa before entering the country if you stay up to a maximum of 30 days, meaning you leave on day 30 at the latest. Check this list to make sure you are eligible to enter without a visa.
If you plan to stay longer than 30 days, you have three options. You can apply for a 60-day tourist visa or a 60-day extendable social visa at the Indonesian embassy in your country of residence or origin. You should find details on how to proceed on the website of the embassy.
Your third option is a visa-on-arrival at the airport, which you get upon landing just before clearing immigration. At the airport in Denpasar, you will find a booth a little to the left before the immigration queues where you can buy your visa-on-arrival for USD 35 or the equivalent in EUR, AUD or IDR.
The visa-on-arrival is valid for 30 days and can be extended once for 30 days. For this, you need to go to an immigration office in Denpasar or, closer to Amed, in Singaraja. If you use the services of an immigration agent, it will cost you anywhere between IDR 600.000 and IDR 900.000 for the extension, but you will only need to go Immigration once to have your fingerprints and photo taken. If you do it without an agent, you will have to visit the Immigration office three times and you’ll probably pay more in taxi fees than you save on the agent. Through an agent, it takes about a week to get your passport back and you can start this process directly after your arrival. A visit to immigration from Amed takes at least half day, so plan this carefully if you organise your extension during the training.
Please be aware that you passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months at the time of entering Indonesia and that you need to present a return or onward ticket out of the country.
The currency in Indonesia is the rupiah (IDR) and the ATM’s in Amed are usually operational though make sure you ask us about which machines to avoid. If you prefer to bring cash, USD, EUR, GBP and AUD are all widely accepted at money changers. It is always worthwhile checking out various money changers on the day to make sure you get the best rate.
To settle your bill at Kelapa Cottage (for extras such as laundry, massages and taxi services), you can pay with credit card at a 1,5% surcharge. Cash is necessary in local shops and restaurants, for tipping and to settle any outstanding fees with us, although you should not have any by the time you arrive.
Yes. Yes. Yes. Unless you want to use one of our old, spare mats, left behind by guests or teachers and don’t mind rolling around in unknown people’s sweat and dirt. We only have a few and some of them are about to die, so don’t count on it. An option for travellers would be for us to buy you a cheap mat (let us know well in advance, you can refund us in cash upon arrival) that you can leave behind after the course.
We don’t know. We are talking about Mother Nature here and she is fickle. Amed is on the East side of Mount Agung, which last erupted in 1963.
During the high alert phase in September/October 2017, Amed was considered a safe zone, meaning safe from direct lava streams. Evacuation camps were set up in Amed for inhabitants fleeing the danger zones and the Indonesian Navy was patrolling the coast in case of urgent evacuations from Amed were necessary. Though we felt safe in Amed all along, nobody can predict how pyroclastic flows develop upon eruption and how the volcanic ashes will spread over the island. The consequences of any related earthquakes and tsunamis are also unpredictable.
The only thing we can say is that you should form your opinion based on reliable sources. Social media spread unnecessary panic when it comes to earthquakes, volcano eruption, plane crashes and disease epidemics and travel agencies also often base their advice on misinformation. Instead, get in touch with people on the ground (some of our teachers live in Amed, so will have the latest real updates) to confirm whether roads and businesses are open and operational. We will always actively keep our future students informed about any situation if there is anything important to be shared. Please consult official sources such as meteorological institutions for scientific reports. Two good sources in combination with Google Translate are
All the meals we serve during the course are vegetarian and can easily be made 100% plant-based, so if you are a vegan, there is no problem at all. If you have coeliac disease or are gluten-intolerant, we can cater for you as well without any issues. If are on the FODMAP diet, have IBS or very specific food allergies, let us know and we’ll see what we can do, most ingredients can be replaced or removed. Everything is possible, but we will not cater special meals for people who simply “don’t like” what’s on the menu. Our meals are carefully prepared to give you a balanced diet and let’s be honest, they are simply delicious.
Yoga TTC Related FAQs
Yes, absolutely. We have no entry level requirements, other than commitment, dedication and passion. Once you have enrolled, we do recommend you practice as much yoga as you can before coming to Bali, this includes asana and also meditation and pranayama.
As the course is physically and mentally pretty intense, the fitter you are at the start of the course, the easier it will be on you. We do not impose a minimum experience in yoga because this is a foundational course and some students choose to join us for their own development, not for the teaching certicate. We believe that if you love and have a dedicated practice yoga, you will teach once you are ready anyway, whether you hold a registered certificate and can do a handstand or not. It is the experience and not the piece of paper that makes you a teacher.
Once you graduate from our course, you will get a certificate confirming that you have completed the 200-hour multi-style yoga teacher training course with Trimurti Yoga Bali. This allows you to teach and get a professional insurance all over the world without further ado.
Our program is recognised by Yoga Alliance in the United States. You can choose whether you want to become a member of Yoga Alliance US and be listed in their registry. Some employers may require that you register with a (national) yoga association such as the Yoga Alliance, but if you are your own boss, you don’t need to. Most yoga assocations around the world will also recognise the Yoga Alliance US standards that our training is based on, so with our certificate you should be able to join most yoga associations.
Of course, if you are an Ashtangi and want to teach only Ashtanga, going to the source in Mysore and getting certified or even authorised by Sharath Jois is the ultimate achievement. And if you wish to study one particular style in depth, including its philosophy, its teaching methodolody and other aspects, teacher trainings such as Sivananda, Kundalini, Iyengar or Bikram courses should be part of your learning.
Our 200-hour yoga teacher training program however is an foundational course that is open to everybody. We believe that broadens your horizon, even if you are dedicated to a certain style. It will give you insights into traditions that you may not have considered before and we don’t restrict you in any way. On the contrary, we encourage development of your own style. We focus on general safety, alignment and teaching skills that are of use in any kind of yoga teaching. Ultimately, all yoga comes from the same source and once your know that source, you should choose your own path.
No, at Trimurti Yoga Bali we do not require any pre-course work to be done. We do however send our students a list of recommended books that you can dive into as deep as you want for your own pleasure and development and we also recommend you practice as much yoga as you can before coming to Bali, as any experience you have on the mat will be of great value to you during the course.
Yes, we require 100% attendance. In exceptional cases, you can make up for a missed class or lecture through additional homework or assignments but this is only allowed if announced in advance and with approval from the main teacher or in case of medical emergencies. Please read our Q&A about visas for more information about the logistics of applying for an extension, as this may interfere with the course program.
Maybe. If you did not have a regular yoga asana practice before you got pregnant, now may not be the best time for you to find out if you can handle four hours of physical yoga practice per day. You may want to have a look at our retreat programs instead.
If you were already practicing yoga before you got pregnant, continuing your yoga practice during our training is not a problem. Be sure you let us know you are pregnant and that your doctor has no objections either. If you feel fit enough to join an intense 12-hours a day study and practice program, we welcome you with open arms, with the understanding that we ask all our students, pregnant or not, to not exhaust themselves and respect their own body. We do however require an equal amount of dedication and commitment from all our trainees, as the entire course is also a group effort.
Yes, if you are fit enough to participate in an intensive course of 12 hours per day. We would absolutely LOVE it if you could join, assuming that you are in a condition to travel and are willing to take full responsibility of your health during the course. We have no medical care in the vicinity, so you must be able to manage your condition and medication.
We certainly do not want to pretend that our program is lighter than it is, but we do believe that this world needs more yoga teachers that intimately know their own capabilities and limitations. As yoga becomes increasingly popular, we feel that the people spreading the passion and the knowledge of yoga need to represent the population average and this includes people with conditions and disabilities. Knowing how to deal with physical challenges gives you an enormous advantage as a teacher in terms of understanding, empathy and acceptance as well as determination and discipline. Karo, the founder of Trimurti Yoga, suffers from severe Type I Diabetes since the age of 17 and it certainly hasn’t stopped her from achieving her yoga goals!