Intensive Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Certificate Course (Intermediate to Advanced Level)
Frequently Asked Questions about our Yoga Courses
Q: There are many yoga schools and yoga ashrams in India. Why should I enrol in Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre? What sets your school apart?
A: Please read our Heritage in our home page link.
Q: I have been practicing yoga for only three months. Am I eligible to enroll in your teacher training courses?
A: Yes you may, with the exception of our Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course, where we require students to have had at least 6 months of regular yoga practice. Otherwise, the rest of our teacher training courses are open to students of all levels. These courses offer great foundational knowledge on yoga, particularly yoga philosophy, theories, and basic practices.
Q: How intense is the course?
Although the course is titled Intermediate to Advanced, we will still explore basic and intermediate levels of poses. The title refers particularly to the way the course is designed; it is for people who are interested in learning the modifications and variations of a pose. Also, because it is full – time, participants may practice the poses during their own free time, and follow up on any questions and doubts that they may have in the following class.
Q: What can one expect to learn in this course?
The course covers Andiappan Yoga’s basic to intermediate poses and their advanced variations. Every posture also has its warm-up techniques, modifications for purposes of recovery, counter postures, as well as cool down techniques. All this is vital information for the advanced Hatha yoga practitioner, especially in preventing injuries, as they develop a better understanding of a postures anatomy and how it affects the body. Such knowledge is significant regardless of the style of yoga one practices, as it gives the practitioner an informed view of every asana (posture).
Q: Is there a fee I need to pay to confirm my enrollment?
A: Yes, you need to pay a 50% non-refundable deposit to confirm your enrollment. The rest of your tuition fee may be paid upon arrival at the training venue.
Q: What does my course fee include?
A: Your course fee includes below
2) Registration Fee
3) Tuition Fee
4) Course Manuals & Notes
5) Yoga outfit
6) Yoga Mat & Yoga Kriya Kit
8) Transportation arrangement to one local shopping district within Chennai city with all the YTT group students in your batch.
For the Residential Students, the breakfast will be provided at the hotel where the lunch and dinner will be served at the school. We only serve home cooked vegetarian meal and students can pay Rs. 500 per day for lunch and dinner.
Q: How long does it take between the time I apply for a course and the time I can confirm my enrollment?
A: Admissions to our courses begin three months prior to their start dates. Because we admit only 15 students per course, slots are filled up quickly. We recommend that you fill up your application online as soon as we have available courses, and make your deposit as soon as we have confirmed your admission, usually within three-five days of your application.
Q: What if I decide to change my course date; are there any charges?
A: Changing your course schedule at least one month prior to the start date incurs no charges. Otherwise, we charge an admin fee of US$ 50 to reschedule your training. Please be advised that your new schedule—start date and time period—should fall within three months of your original schedule.
Q: What do I need to bring with me for the training?
A: We provide everything you will need in yoga training, from towels, yoga mats, and yoga wear. All we recommend you to bring are personal casual wear; particularly loose, comfortable clothing to go with India’s warm climate, and whatever else you would normally pack for a holiday.
Q: How does one prepare for your teacher training courses?
A: You need to confirm your registration at least one month before the course’s start date by paying a 30% non-refundable deposit in order to secure your slot.
We also recommend that you get a head start on our required readings by purchasing the materials through our online store and reading them before you embark on the training. This isn’t a requirement, but doing so will give you an idea of what to expect, preparing you better mentally and physically as you anticipate full immersion in the training.
Q: Where is Chennai, and what is it like?
A: Chennai is one of India’s tourist-friendliest places; a well-developed cosmopolitan city similar to Hong Kong, and home to various multinational companies such as PayPal, Nokia, Samsung, Hyundai, and Ford, as well as a string of 5-Star hotels. It is absolutely safe to travel to Chennai; in fact, it is among the top travel destinations for students across the world who wants to learn yoga.
The Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre is located in the prominent locality of Anna Nagar, where many of the country’s state ministers and high-profile government officials reside. Surrounding the campus are banks, shopping malls, and tourist attractions, as well as a bus terminal and train station within walking distance.
The campus is attended by security guards on 24-hour duty, backed up by an electrical generator, and supplies clean water all day round. Internet, as well as telephone connections, are available. Other amenities such as the organic juice bar and Natural Diet Restaurant can be found within the campus, presided by the college’s friendly staff. An ideal residential training centre and the best in all of India, it is home to its founder, Dr. Asana Andiappan, as well as its faculty yoga masters.
Q: What is a typical training schedule like?
A: You can expect more or less the following class sequence in our training programs:
|6:00 am – 6:30 am||Yogic Kriyas (Weekly Once)|
|7:00 am – 9:00 am||Andiappan Yoga Practical Session|
|10.00 am – 11.30 am||Yoga Theory Class|
|11.45 am – 1.00 pm||Yogic Anatomy / Naturopathy|
|4:00 pm – 6:00 pm||Yoga Practicals and Teaching Methodology|
|6:30 – 7.30 pm||Assignment / Self Study / Group Discussion|
We modify our class structures depending on the type and duration of the course, and schedule our faculty members according to their availability.
Q: Can you issue me a visa letter so I could apply for r visa to travel to India?
A: Once you have confirmed your admission, send us your Passport Name, Passport Number and the City, Country you are planning to apply the visa we can issue you a visa letter addressing the Indian Consular General in your country. That said, you should be able to acquire the visa given you have provided other supporting documents, such as admission confirmation, flight confirmation, ticket, proof of finance etc.
Students from most countries are eligible to apply for an e-tourist visa where there is an option to mention you are here to attend a short-term yoga course at our school. You can mention our College address and phone number for the place of stay and communication. We recommend you apply for the online visa through a government-provided website.
Q: Can airport pickup and drop-off be arranged?
A: Yes, in fact, airport pickup and drop-off are included in your course fee for residential students. Just send us your itinerary and we shall arrange for pickups and drop-offs accordingly. Even if your flight arrives in mid night our centre will arrange the airport pick-up.
Q: Am I allowed to travel out of the campus between training sessions?
A: Yes, you are. We offer tour vans for rent, and members of our friendly staff are more than willing to drive you to town and show you around, whether you would like to visit a local tourist spot or do some shopping. Exceptions are made for travel to farther destinations, though, such as Pondicherry and other outlying cities, until the end of the training program.
However, we strongly advise our students to stay focused through the duration of the training period and dedicate down time between sessions to reading and self-practice, in order to make the most of the opportunity. Normally, we offer planning assistance to students who would like to make trips after the end of the training.
Q: Can I extend my stay in the campus after the course? If so, how much are your extension fees?
A: Yes, As you are staying at a hotel which is very close to the school, You can extend your stay as you wish and pay to the hotel directly. The food charge of Rs. 500 per day will remain the same for your extended stay if you wish you avail the food from the school.
Q: Is your school accredited by Yoga Alliance USA? Can I apply for a Yoga Alliance Registration upon completion of my course?
A: All our teacher training programs are registered with Yoga Alliance USA, and yes, students may apply for registration upon completion of the course. However, successful course completion requires submitting an assignment, which is scheduled at the end of every training period. Students who qualify are then granted a Course Graduation Certificate, which is registered with Yoga Alliance USA (RYS 200,300 & 500 and ERYT 500), as well as Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre and the International Yoga Academy. Only then, upon receipt of the Certificate, can students register with Yoga Alliance through our assistance.
Q: Am I still eligible to take your training courses although I’m suffering from an injury?
A: Yes, you are. When you fill up our online application form, there is a field where you are asked to mention your injuries and health conditions. Please be accurate and as detailed as possible, so that our faculty may know how to address your injury and teach you the right postural modifications, as well as some yoga therapy techniques.
Q: Whom shall I contact for more information?
A: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Course Co-ordinator, at +91 44 4551 3701. You may also fill up our online enquiry form.
Q: What type of vaccinations I need to take before my trip to India. Do you have mosquito nets in your place?
A: We provide mosquito nets in our place and we keep our place and surroundings very clean to maintain high standards. For vaccinations, we advise you to consult your healthcare provider to get more details.
Q: What’s the accommodation like?
A: The residential accommodation will be arranged by the school which is within 5 – 10 mins walkable distance from the new location of the school.
Q; How to arrange for food?
A: For the Residential Students, the breakfast will be provided at the hotel where the lunch and dinner will be served at the school. We only serve home cooked vegetarian meal and students can pay Rs. 500 per day for lunch and dinner.
Q: What if I can’t make it to the course on the last minute? What is your refund policy?
A: The 50% deposit made in confirmation of the student’s enrollment is strictly non-refundable. Students can opt to change their course schedule to a later date, or transfer their slot to a friend. Otherwise, 50% of the course fee can be refunded via bank transfer or PayPal given that the student has already paid for the course in full, and made their cancellation before the course has begun. All bank charges incurred in the process will be shouldered by the student.
Cancellation within 30 days of the course’s start day will incur a cancellation fee equivalent to 50% of the total course fee. No refund will be made once the course has begun.
Q: I am prepared to come to India for the course. How is the airport pickup arranged?
A: Send us your flight itinerary. We will have an officer/driver waiting at the airport holding a sign with the college logo and your name. You’ll find the officer at the arrival hall after you get your luggage and receive clearance at the customs.
Before your flight, please make sure that you have applied for an Indian Visa. All passports need a visa to enter India.
Q: What to expect from this teacher training?
A: Prepare for a residential intensive yoga training under the tutelage of one of the most respected yoga Guru Dr. Asana Andiappan and his senior Yoga Masters in India. Keep an open mind and no matter which school of yoga you may have practiced prior, this will be a life-changing experience, one of which you will always treasure.
We will try our best to make your stay as comfortable as possible and enable you to experience an authentic yogic lifestyle in India. Hence, do not expect luxurious surroundings as you may find in five-star resorts in Goa, Thailand with a butler on standby and food served to your room. We assure you the best yoga experience in India.
Q: Can I first join 100hrs and then decide if I want to extend my training to 200hrs before the completion of the course? I can pay the difference of the fee. for the additional hours.
A: Firstly the course hours you applied is confirmed based on the course dates, hours and course. You will not be able to extend or change the course hours during the study. however, after the completion of the first course, you can choose to continue the study as the next course by paying the full fee for that course. Certificates can be issued separately or together if you don’t have any breaks between the courses and if you have joined the same course.
Q: Could you please provide links that prove that you are a recognized yoga school?
A: Please refer to the links below that shows we are a recognized school of yoga in India.