Booking procedure is very simple. Get in touch with the management staff either by filling in the inquiry form, contact us form or calling/WhatsApp on +91 7829210166 to get your booking done.
Can I use my credit card to pay the remaining course fee in Varkala and Pokhara?
Yes. We are accepting credit card payments for booking amounts. You can also use your ATM debit cards (Master/Visa/Electron) to withdraw cash.
How much do I need to pay for food and accommodation?
The price mentioned is all inclusive of food, accommodation and yoga course. You do not need to pay any more for a private/shared room, water, Wi-Fi, food.
Is it possible to make any changes to the booking after I made it?
Due to security reason, we do not allow changing the name/person for whom the reservation has been done. The booking amount is non-refundable.
Can I postpone my booking?
Once you have booked a seat with a minimum token amount, you can take up the course anytime within six months from the date of booking to any other location of Yogakulam Academy as well.
Do I pay the whole amount or is instalment possible?
Ideally, we take registration amount ($210) initially to book a seat and on arrival, you need to clear the dues within 3 days. Generally, we avoid instalment options, but in some special cases, we do allow instalment options of maximum 2 instalments which need to be cleared in the first 2 weeks.
What about the Remaining Payment?
The remaining payment is due on arrival.
Cash payment is preferred, in any major international currency.
To pay by credit card or PayPal, 4% extra will be charged to cover the commission fees on international transactions.
Accommodation & Meals
I am a vegan. Does the food your serving are suitable for vegans? Any Non-Veg?
We serve only vegetarian food. We do not serve egg, meat, and fish during the course period
I have diabetes/ celiac disease/gluten intolerances/ kidney disease is it possible for me to provide a special diet at the school?
It is possible. We request you to do contact us after your booking is done for your special diet, so we can make prior arrangements and serve you better.
What kind of food is prepared in Yogakulam Academy? Is there any amount allotted?
We take special care regarding your diet throughout the day, so you can feel and stay energetic entire day of the program. The food that we provide is Ayurvedic food, it is easily digestible, does not strain your stomach and high in nutrient value.
The school will be serving you three meals a day, herbal drinks and two-time herbal tea.
Is there clean drinking water at the school?
Yes, we have a water filtration system installed in the school campus, which is maintained and cleaned or replaced regularly.
Do you have available air con/AC at the school if needed?
Yes, we do have the air-conditioned room available at an extra cost.
What are the options available for accommodation?
We provide two options for the students to choose from. You can choose between a private room or a shared room depending on your preference.
Can I stay for extra days before or after my teacher training course program?
Yes, on special request that can be arranged. Two or three days prior or after the course can be accommodated (subject to availability) on advance request if any such arrangement is required.
Can I have friends over to my room to stay with me?
Yes, you can have a friend or loved one to stay with you in your room only if its private room at an extra rate. Your guests are our guests, but we request you to ensure discipline in the campus at all times. And you will be responsible for any or all of their conduct.
What all facilities are there in the rooms?
The rooms are big, spacious with good ventilation. An attached bathroom with a cupboard and a coffee table is allotted to all the students. Please ensure that the campus property is not harmed
Some of the other facilities include:
Hot and cold running water
Weekly cleaning and bed-sheet change
Attached commodes in the bathroom
What are the school rules regarding smoking, drinking, and drugs or coming late?
Smoking, drinking, and drugs related activities are strictly banned inside the campus and may result in warning or action. Moreover, during your course, you will be going through a detoxification program, so we request you not to indulge in any of this kind of activities outside of the school premises too.
Our campus gate closes at 10 pm. If you do happen to come late, please inform the management for the same so there could be someone to open the gates for you.
Travel and Safety
Which airport should I choose to fly to?
Kathmandu International Airport will be the closest Location for Pokhara, you can also take a 30 mins flight directly from Kathmandu to Phokara and For Varkala Teacher Training course, and the nearest airport will be Thiruvananthapuram Airport.
Will you handle travel arrangements for me once I arrive in India?
No, you will have to take a bus or cab from Kathmandu airport to Pokhara and train, bus or cab from Thiruvananthapuram airport to Varkala. Only return travel arrangements will be arranged.
How can I reach Pokhara from Kathmandu?
You can also take a 30 mins flight from Kathmandu to Phokara. Train Service is not available from Kathmandu to Pokhara. So, you have to rely on a bus or cab to reach Pokhara, which is 200 km away from Kathmandu. By bus, it takes around 6 hours to reach.
How can I reach Varkala from Thiruvananthapuram and how much does it cost?
Varkala is just 45 km away from Thiruvananthapuram. You can opt for the train, which will be the cheapest option and the most comfortable one, do check the trains available for your location. From the railway station, you can hire a taxi to Varkala town. Buses are also available but, it gets crowdie and tedious. Hiring a cab from Thiruvananthapuram airport can cost you under the US $24 for one way depending on the season. Online cab booking such as Ola and uber etc. are available.
Do I need a visa to attend your courses?
Visa for India is a requirement, so please reach out to nearest Indian embassy near your location for a tourist visa and not a student’s visa while coming to India. It is only and only in Nepal that you get (tourist) Visa on Arrival.
Does the school management also offer taxi services to nearby places?
Yes, the school management can arrange taxi services to nearby places.
Can I rent a motorbike/scooter to go to nearby places?
Yes, school management does offer a scooter or bike renting facility. You can also avail two-wheeler via the online rental platform in India. We request you to inform the school management about your nearby traveling.
Should I be concerned about my safety?
Recently, some of the occurrences have put India into bad limelight by the media for the safety of women, we agree crimes do happen like any other country. But contrary to these beliefs, Varkala & Pokhara in Nepal is a safe city, with less crowd and helpful people, you will find welcoming & friendly citizens.
Varkala and Pokhara are being visited by foreign tourist all around the year, many have permanently settled in over these places, and they have been including our students has been going out exploring the city, market, place of interest by themselves. As far as women tourists are concerned, we have many women students from different countries who have been staying in our school and nearby places without fear. Crime is very rare and both foreigners and Indian people merge together to form a union and live in harmony.
Can I find good Hospital & Doctors in Varkala and in Pokhara, Nepal if needed?
Yes, both the cities have good hospitals and doctors who can be approached if needed. You can check the doctors and hospital by visiting practo for India.
Is the area susceptible to diseases?
Strictly No. The town has Proper garbage disposal and waste disposal systems and is quite efficient, ensuring that the area is free from germs and diseases. Also, sometimes as part of our Karma yoga initiatives, we conduct a thorough cleaning of the entire neighbourhood so as to keep the surrounding areas clean and hygienic.
About the Course & Certification
How many students are there in the YTT classes/courses?
Depending on the booking mainly, we do not take more than 20 and less than 10 for a single batch.
What is the dress code for the yoga class?
We recommend white colour during classes. Avoid wearing black. We request you to wear modest clothing.
Do I need to bring my own yoga mat?
We suggest you buy your own yoga mat according to your colour, thickness and brand preference.
Will language be my barrier as English is not my first language?
No, not at all. All of our students are coming from different parts of the world like Spain, France, Italy, Ukraine, Bulgaria and so on. English is the most likely second language of them. The courses are easily understandable and teachers will help you with anything. The staff is accustomed to the foreign student’s language and will help you during your entire stay.
I tried yoga just a few times. Will it be too advanced for me to attend the TTC?
Our 200-hour yoga teacher training course is the very first certification in yoga, it is for the beginners having little to no knowledge but interest and dedication is a must. Our teacher will guide you from the very basic, very root of yoga. We have been training absolute beginners in our teacher training course.
After obtaining 200-hour certification only, you can go for advanced courses like 300 hours and 500 hr YTTC
I don't want to be a teacher, can I still take the training?
Majority of student join our program just to deepen their knowledge of yoga, for perfection for inside peace and of course travel & rejuvenate.
Is training physically difficult?
Moderately. Yoga does demand little flexibility sometimes for the specific pose, asanas. However, it won’t be like pushing you to the physical limit, we make sure you accomplish every training with ease and enjoyment.
What are the pre-requisites for attending?
Passion, interest, and dedication. If you have that desire to transform your lifestyle, lead a healthy life, then you are most welcome to join our program. We will teach you effectively & efficiently throughout the training period to achieve that, and teach others also.
What will I learn in the training?
Asana – learn the safe and intelligent way to perform poses
Alignment – with modifications, variations and the proper use of props
Sequencing – how to design dynamic, effective and intelligent sequences for all levels
Working with different kinds of bodies/students
How to observe bodies in practice
Working with injuries and limitations
Pranayama – breathing techniques
The History and Philosophy of Yoga (Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)
Which yoga styles do students graduate from Yogakulam Academy?
You will be enabled to teach classical hatha yoga and kundalini yoga, yoga philosophy, meditation, pranayama, yoga therapy & anatomy as a certified yoga teacher. We distribute Yoga Alliance, USA certification which denotes that you have successfully completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training course from Yogakulam Academy.
Can I work or stay connected to the outside world during the training?
We have 24/7 Wi-Fi connectivity and also you can use your smartphone or laptop in off hours.
What is included in the tuition price?
Our training is all-inclusive and includes accommodation, food, and training. Airfare is not included. We can arrange for your nearby site visit, rental two-wheeler, etc. with extra charges
What can I do in my free time?
In your free time, you can explore the town, sightseeing or spend time with other travellers if you like. We encourage you to take guidance from the staff because they know the area well.
Are there age restrictions for the training?
We do not accept student less than the age of 16. In case, the student can be allowed under 16 years of age if they are with their parents or guardians providing the relationship proof.
There is no maximum age limitation.
Are the teachers certified and experienced?
Yogakulam Academy only employs proficient, A-level, certified teachers who have prior experience of teaching in their respective fields.