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Pranayama Teacher Training in Goa, India

Yoga Alliance certified courses in a Pranayama. Learn how to teach deep and beautiful classes with confidence which are fun and endlessly interesting. Breathwork has finally started to emerge into its rightful place as a core practice of Yoga. If you are already a yoga teacher this course gives a broad experience of the different types of breathing practices and weaves them together into highly effective patterns. Safe for total beginners and depth for experienced Yogis.

Theory

The breath connects to mind and body with our Autonomic Nervous System. The new science validates the ancient wisdom.

Methodology

A systematic approach to teaching Pranayama gives you a basic template to make classes and create your own.

Practical Curriculum

The foundation covers the basics of finding the natural breath, slowing the breath rate, achieving the balanced breath and lengthening the retention and much more.

About Noah

Over 20 years practice with the Pranayama and loving teaching since 2003 its a favourite subject. Noah offers a unique opportunity to go deep.

November 18 @ 6:00 am - November 29 @ 9:00 pm
AWA Lodge Huarán
December 6 @ 6:00 am - December 17 @ 9:00 pm
Nidra Wasi, Pisac
January 4, 2020 @ 6:00 am - January 15, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
Nidra Wasi, Pisac

RYT 200 Pranayama Yoga Teacher Training Course

This teacher training program is internationally accredited and recognised as valid qualification for Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Registration. Successful completion of the course requires 90% attendance, completion of all written assignments and the attempt to teach a 90 minute class.

The combination of 180 contact hours together with co-ordinated home study and practice (prerequisite reading, report, Asana and Pranayama practice) make this course exceed greatly the minimum requirements.

Completion of RYT 200 will make you eligible for Yoga RYT 500 training.

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Asana and Breathe

During this Training we will be using a complementary Asana practice to help with our ability to breathe and also to establish the positions in which breathing happens.

One of the focal points in the practice of Yoga Asana is to free up the tissues for breathing. The spine needs to accommodate and support the changes in shape of the chest and abdomen. The chest itself can be loosened up. The neck and shoulders can restrict breathing and in the ideal body even the pelvis responds to breath. Joints, fascia and muscles can mobilise to allow movement and expansion.

The muscles of respiration can be discovered with great specificity using particular asana. Once found the breath connects with voluntary muscle contraction to awaken the breathing body.

Tension from the sympathetic nervous system arises as tension in specific muscles in predictable and individually unique patterns. Learning to release these pattern goes hand in hand with using the body to relax the mind.

Diaphragmatic breathing and reverse diaphragmatic breathing create a whole new sensory experience during asana. Revealing patterns of tension and uncoordinated  movement. Re-establishing synchronicity between the respiratory and postural muscles profoundly reeducates the somatic mind.

Applying many intelligent breathing strategies during asana gives ease and comfort in the specific positions. These techniques differ depending on the type of pose, one size does not fit all.

Breathing Exercises

Preparation for the more challenging and nuanced Pranayama practice requires a skill set of exercises focussed on individual phases of breathing. These exercises improve breathing generally and have massive health benefits.

Lengthening and strengthening the muscles of inhalation and the exhalation with active exercises targets the specific breathing muscles. Using different positions to find the muscles and activate or relax them while breathing.

Discovering the rhythm of fluid motion. A common theme in respiration is the pattern used to breath. Abdominal breathing is the ideal pattern which gives the best effect on the autonomic state. Chest breathing feels natural to some but can be an imbalance when the intercostal muscles overwork causing unhealthy changes to stress levels. 

Deepening the vital capacity of the lungs is a stand alone practice which literally expand the amount of air the lungs can hold. We can stretch not just the muscles and tendons and internal fascia but also the pleura which is the membrane  surrounding the lungs with deep inhalation techniques.

Toning the chakras by using the subtle sensation of breath combined with muscle contraction. Using perception and precision to access the richly innervated regions on the nose, mouth, throat and the many diaphragms of pelvis, abdomen and chest.

Avoiding Hyperventilation is key to getting the most out of your breath expansion practice without suffering the bad effects like irritability, sourness and unstable energy levels.

Basic Pranayama

After years of teaching and experimenting its clearly noticeable that practicing breathing technique without counting gives the best results for beginners.

Intuitive breathing allows greater subtlety to sensation and adaptation to internal state. With a less controlled approach there is more connection with the emotional texture of inner state.

The natural breathe is the yogic expression of free breathing. It takes us to a grounded safe place and also shows us if resistance appears from mental, emotional or physical tension. To find the natural rhythm and depth we relax body, attention and the breath itself. As most seasoned meditators have found this occurs spontaneously on good days and not at all on challenging days. The technique uses a contrast between focused attention on a special set of exercises to give a felt sense of relaxation afterwards. Establishing the natural breath is a vital feedback to the altered breaths which follow.

Deep and long breathing stimulates us in the right kind of way if done skilfully. Here we start to use voluntary movements of the respiratory muscles to move the body. It is very important to have relaxation in all other muscles and we will use both Savasana and seated postures for these practices. Now the breath approaches a maximal filling and emptying of the lungs.

Holding the breath is what defines Pranayama in the classical sense. Done right we shift to a high parasympathetic mode of deepest physiological relaxation. Finding the perfect length and timing of cycles of breathing to enter into a relaxed practice forms the base from which to extend into challenge. 

Optimal Pranayama

This practical class is aimed at taking you to your deepest appropriate level of personal practice.  For devoted students these classes offer a lifetime of achievable goals to achieve the benefit of profound yoga.

Pranayama creates many different types of breathing practices by altering the speed, depth and timing. There are rapid breathing and slow breathing exercises. Deep or minimal breathing. Then there are long holds or mild holds.

With a coherent appreciation of the effects pranayama has on mood and energy levels and an appreciation of the basic practice its safe to approach peak performance.

Lengthening the time of a single breath cycle and lengthening the duration of the number of cycles without aggression is accomplished not with ambition so much as experiential wisdom. Because of the changes in autonomic state pranayama becomes a balancing act between progress and stability.

Using the classical measures of Sama Vritti and Vishama Vritti or equal length and differing length we can work into inhalation, exhalation and retentions individually and then in a composite way.

Having a diverse and balanced practice incorporating all three modes gives a smooth workability to finding the best results in Pranayama.

Teaching Pranayama

The core focus of this Teacher Training is how to teach pranayama to anyone. There is a big story that Pranayama requires students to have a physical and emotional stability tested by ability in asana. While I totally agree I also want to be able to share these wonderful practices with anyone and everyone who is capable of breathing. The healing potential of good breathing is so important we will find ways under, around and over this rigid idea.

The ability to create beautiful and profound  healing pranayama classes is all about putting quality over quantity. The simplicity of using easily achievable exercises nuanced with rich detail and natural logic makes it really quite easy.

Ill be sharing with you my wealth of experience as a pranayama teacher in bite sized pieces. Easily digestible and simple to reproduce. 

Teaching Methodology is a forté  of mine and the overall course design has a big focus on your development as a teacher. Each afternoon we will be practicing how to teach starting with small mini sequences.  Beginning with contact and using props to understand the needs of different individuals. Gradually weaving the different modules together into mini-classes.

Verbal skills to intone the right ambience and the dialogue of hypnotic clarity ensures students feel supported and connected. Knowing how to give a balance of open space and guided connection  plays with time to take away pressure yet avoid distraction.

Class designing like so many things in life pranayama classes have a beginning a middle and an end. Use my formulas to always achieve a balance class which warmly receives, gently stimulates and leaves one with a refreshed calm self tuned in and turned on.

Respiratory Anatomy

Aside from giving us the so important facts on how the body works in breathing these classes will expand and problem solve many aspects of how to breathe in Asana.

Breathing is greatly altered with poor posture of the spine and head and shoulders. These postural changes in turn are found in the pelvis and hips. One of the goals of Asana is to provide support for optimal breathing.

These classes will examine the skeletal structure with emphasis on the Thoracic or rib cage to appreciate global alignment.

We will cover all muscles involved in breathing and which specific parts of the chest and abdomen are involved to see clearly how asana can touch these tissues.

The innervation of the upper and lower respiratory areas gives fascinating insight into how the Vagus nerve regulates autonomic function and connects with heart rate.

Learn how the lungs really work and avoid popular misconceptions which are often used in Yoga classes.

This section gives a factual base for the experiential exercises we will use in all aspects of pranayama practice during the course. It also helps to understand individual physical differences and how practice can be modified to support growth or facilitate transformation.

Respiratory Physiology

First let me say I love teaching science especially when it validates ancient wisdom. I also love a good controversy and pointing out common misconceptions. Ive been teaching Anatomy and Kinesiology for many years and Physiology is now my favourite field. Don’t worry if you are new to all this just sit back enjoy the show everything gets applied to actual practices to integrate the knowledge.

Our most primal energetic requirement os Oxygen its our most fundamental need. We can exist without food, water or sleep for days at a time but just 6 minutes is as long as most people can last without breathing.

Breathing has such vital importance it connects multiple systems in the body from the cardiovascular to the nervous and endocrine. Altering blood gas mixtures of O2 and CO2 with breathing causes changes in mood and energy levels. The worst type of breathing hyperventilation is increasingly common and epidemic. Keeping the body in a constant state of stress with health problems in almost all systems of the body

Respiration is intimately involved in the pH balance of blood and dynamically relates to diet. The consequence of maximising oxygenation with minimal breathing is a stress free state of optimum health. To understand this we look at the Bohr and Haldane effects which explain why breathing changes with diet and exercise.

Here we look in great detail at Heart Rate Variability and the direct connection from breathe to stress management. The autonomic nervous system is key to a wholistic approach to breathwork. Encompassing Heart and mind our autonomic systems provide the essential link from breath to how our body operates.

Taking in key regions in the brain which initiate unhealthy changes to breathing we see instantaneous changes in breathing in relation to the focus and content of our mind. Mental Health discussed from the very recent discovery of the Default mode and task positive network.

Old School Pranayama

A historical view of energy in the texts of Yoga with a discussion of Chakras and Nadis and similar concepts to demystify the understanding of pranayama. The representation of states of consciousness in recent Yoga philosophy is rooted in Tantric concepts of the energy field. These ancient experiences of mind and matrix give a beautiful vista to see the flow of information that transcends individuality.

This framework takes in the concept of Kundalini energy together with the three main Nadis Sushumna, Ida and Pingala

This course would be far from complete without taking in the classic pranayama techniques like mudra, bandha, kriya and more. We will use these core practices to enhance the breathwork

Neo Pranayama

Breathing practices are found in so many different fields like religious practice, martial arts, music, psychotherapy and shamanism.

Neopranayama presents a model that contains all types of breathing. The theory and philosophy classes during this course gives us a roadmap to fully understand Pranayama.

Using all the available wisdom we find a new and endlessly creative potential to reinvent pranayama along different functional lines. For every autonomic state there is a breathe adaptation which amazingly can be inverted to modulate our emotional state and metabolism.

In a nutshell then there is balance which is the healthiest and most preferred state. It’s when we feel both calm and energised. The breath that suits this state has a resonant frequency that speaks to the hearts beating rhythm. This is the optimal breath, much slower than the average, which we would like to instil by practice and take into our regular active life.

There is excitement when energy mobilises and we feel more alive. Breathing is faster and deeper responding to sympathetic stimulation. Ideally we can embrace high energy states and quickly adapt back to balance. When our system is permanently stimulated though this is the state of chronic stress.

Then there is deepest relaxation which takes us to altered states. Moving through emotions triggered by stress and enabling the shift from the default mode of the mind to effortless spontaneous awareness. Here is where the bodies systems are reprogrammed to use minimal energy nerves of a ninja.

Neo pranayama encompassed the whole range giving resilience to stress and rapid adaptation back to homeostasis. At the other end we develop superpowers of rejuvenation, recalibration and fortification. Most of the time we experience comfort and centering the physiological ideal of efficiency and ergonomics.

Knowing the terrain we find ourselves either where we want to be or with direction and mobility to change. Pranayama works at deeper levels than intention and Neo Pranayama connects the shift into unbalanced states with a return to balance. It provides deep tolerance to stress and increases awareness of internal states.

Price Packages

We offer a range of options depending on your needs. Please choose the price package from the menu on the Application Form. A higher priority will be given to students who take packages which include Rooms. Places on this course are limited to 24 students.

  • Flat Rate

  • USD $1290

    • Course Fee only
  • Early Bird

  • USD $1550

    • Course Fee
    • Shared Room
    • All Meals
  • Standard

  • USD $1950

    • Course Fee
    • Shared Room
    • All Meals
  • Full

  • USD $2950

    • Course Fee
    • Private Room
    • All Meals
    • Airport Transfer

Noah Mckenna

Noah Mckenna yoga teacher Training India
I was born on January 04, 1972. My Birth Number is 4 and Im drawn to creating stable foundations. Im also a Capricorn and have an innate altruism sensing the needs of situations drive my choices of benevolent necessity.

In 2003 around the time of the second gulf war I decided to leave the west and find my way in Asia. Ive spent many years studying and practicing Yoga living mostly in India. Sparceness and simplicity have been longtime teachers, making my way as a Yoga Teacher and Therapist.

My two daughters have taught me the most about finding balance and keeping things real and connected. I love teaching, its been a wonderful surprise.

 

Yoga Alliance RYS 200 & 300 levels

This teacher training program is internationally accredited and recognised as valid qualification for Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Registration. Successful completion of the course requires 90% attendance, completion of all written assignments and the attempt to teach a 90 minute class.

The combination of 180 contact hours together with co-ordinated home study and practice (prerequisite reading, report, Asana and Pranayama practice) make this course exceed greatly the minimum requirements.

Completion of RYT 200 will make you eligible for our Yoga RYT 500 training.

 

E-RYT500 Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher          YA SCHOOL RYS 200          Yoga Alliance RYS 300 Logo Registered Yoga Teacher Training Provider

RYT 200 Daily Timetable

The course will run for four weeks. Full time 6 days a week with one day holiday every week. During the interval between classes there will be time for meals and homework.

06:00-6:55 Pranayama and Meditation Practice (Noah ERYT500)

7:00-8:55 Asana Practice (Noah ERYT500)

9:00 Breakfast

10:00-10:55 Yoga Anatomy (Noah ERYT500)

11:00-11:55 Guest Teachers: Vocal or Contact

12:00-12:30 Yoga Philosophy (Noah ERYT500)

12:30 Lunch

15:00-17:00 Teaching Practical (Noah ERYT500)

19:00 Dinner

Please read carefully and communicate if in doubt.

Teacher training courses are demanding dynamic events requiring a lot of sacrifice and devotion to produce an amazing experience. In turn we expect clarity and commitment from everyone.

Places on the course are limited to 24 students. When we approve your application you'll receive a USD$500 Deposit Payment Link.

Payment of Deposit will confirm your booking this is non-refundable but we will give a place on any course in future.

Please make your full payment for your chosen price package 30 days before the start date to confirm your place on RYT 200 Course.

Cancellation Policy (before 30 days from course start date): We give either 50% refund or a place on a future course (there may be extra charges).

Cancellation Policy (After 30 days from course start date): No refunds will be given, but you can attend a future course (there may be extra charges).

Certification requires attendance of 90% of contact hours and successful completion of all assignments written and practical.

Will I be able to teach yoga classes if I complete this course?

Absolutely Yes. Each day of the course includes  teaching practice.Starting on Day one the ending with everyone assigned to deliver a 90 minute class.

We believe teaching is a gift which some acquire through talent but can also be learnt. Practice of yoga alone does not give everyone the ability to communicate a yoga class. Teaching beginners level is more challenging and necessary than teaching advanced level.

A noncompetitive supportive environment is central to creating a safe place for personal development. Ive taken much satisfaction seeing students achieve the incredible. This system works.

Most Teacher Training courses Ive seen fail to bring students to a competent teaching level, thats was part of my motivation to create a  TTC.

What if I have injuries, can I attend this course?

Yes. Noah has a wealth of experience with therapy and is a qualified Chiropractor, Acupuncturist and Body worker also he holds IAYT certification as a Yoga Therapist.

We are all dealing with personal limitations and the ral experience of students helps the whole group to understand important elements required to deliver safe Yoga classes.

Your ability to complete the course will be dependant on your condition and as this training is very demanding physically its important that you describe clearly your situation in the application form.

If I am not a native English Speaker can I attend?

Yes you can. Noah has taught on 6 continents and with many students having only limited English ability. Also we have held dual language courses in Spanish. Because Noah teaches all the core subjects its like a free English lesson. Its possible to deliver your assignment class in your own language if that feels more comfortable.

How is this TTC course different from others?

The level of sophistication and communication is unparalleled by similar courses in India. The quality of the information and processes is top level.

Having an ERYT-500 level teacher deliver all core subjects ensures a high level of consistency and a multi-layered experience.

Many TTC courses employ a range of teachers who may not have any real communication with each other. So the classes do not exactly integrate with each other.

Frequently the philosophy and anatomy teachers are not yoga teachers and cannot filter their classes into valid need to know terms.

Its very common for cheap TTC courses in India to use volunteer teachers with little experience.

What kind of Visa and Travel plans should I make?

You will need a valid passport and an Indian Visa. Make sure to apply for your visa well in advance. Now it is possible for many nationals to obtain an e-Visa be careful to check your dates the e-Visa has a term of 2 months. Please come on a tourist visa (3 or 6 month) or an e-Visa and make no mention of Yoga study. This is because there exists a separate category of Yoga Visa or Study Visa for long term stay. For the purpose of a one month TTC please use only a tourist Visa! We cannot help you to get a long term Visa.

Graduates can become Assistants

The mentorship program gives graduates from the RYT 200 program the opportunity to work as assistants. Our courses are packed with more content and experience than most students could possibly integrate.

Assistants can help during regular classes with adjustments and observation, giving special attention to students where needed. They also provide a positive example for beginners during teaching methodology and could give emotional support and feedback.

There will be meetings and written assignments for personal development and the opportunity to deepen your confidence by presenting to the group.

 

The Mandala Yoga Resort: Mandrem Beach, Goa

Situated in a quiet natural reserve just 200 metres to Asvem Beach and 45 Min from Airport. The centre has Three Yoga practice places. The rooms are unique and very comfortable. There is a wonderful vegetarian restaurant and healthy delicious Juice Bar with all kinds of concoctions and smoothies. For special dietary needs please contact Mandala directly to inform and enquire. The staff are wonderful people and Mandala deserves its excellent reputation. This place has been created with a lot of love.

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Happy Graduates

I believe this teacher training can change anybody's view on Yoga and their practice. Noah has a huge knowledge of all the aspects of Yoga, and goes deep into it to make it accessible to all of his students. He is such a patient teacher with a great sense of humor as well. At the end of his course everybody is able to teach a complete class. I can warmly recommend Noahs TTC to everybody, it's the best choice you can make if you want to learn to become a Yoga teacher.

Maite Weinhold

Yoga Teacher

Incredible journey, I was lucky enough to have a friend recommend Noah to me. Thanks Elif!! Right from the start Noah's passion for yoga was contagious. I also really liked the way that he shared some of the courses resources several months in advance and also wanted an anatomy and philosophy assignment from us upon our arrival. Some of these 200 hour ttcs don't really go into the depth that Noah's course does.

Paul Kelly

Yoga Teacher

Studying with Noah was such a blessing. I highly recommend doing his teacher training or workshops. Noah has a wealth of knowledge and experience that shows. He brings balance and sincerity with his approach and can offer invaluable tools to grow with in your practice and path as a yoga instructor.

Daniel Considine

Yoga Teacher

My best yoga experience so far! Noah is an excellent teacher with deep knowledge and life wisdom. He taught me what is the process of yoga in a subtle but yet powerful way. His great sense of humour also brings a joy to yoga that sometimes is lost. Forever greatful for the experience that stays with me, thanks Noah and Namaste!

Markus Johannesson

Yoga Teacher

This is the perfect course for your first yoga teacher training or for yoga teachers that want to develop their practise, especially their understanding of anatomy. Noah is a genuine person and a real teacher. With his 20 odd years of experience and training as a chiropractor, he gifts his students with incredible anatomy classes. This is reflected in the asana practise. Noah’s foundation in anatomy will impact your personal practise to make it safe for you, but also give you a fundamental understanding of the human anatomy to make the classes you give after the course both safe and worthwhile to your future students. Noah brings breadth and depth to the course helping you to understand yoga philosophy. One of the best things about the course is the daily pranayama. Noah has a passion for pranayama which has deepened my understanding of its relevance in my practise of yoga. The course is fantastic value for money. You will practise teaching from day 1 and build confidence throughout the month, so by the end of the course the teaching side is not at all intimidating. I am SO happy I stumbled across noah’s course and would recommend it to yogi’s who want to develop their practise and even total beginners that are interested in the idea of yoga.

Naomi White

Yoga Teacher

I’m deeply grateful for Noah, for his presence and for his incredible 200h Yoga Teacher Training In Goa which left me heart-opened and helped me also to find my passion. His teaching skills and general approach to teaching, his amazing knowledge of anatomy and his deep interest in philosophy made this TTC just the best. I’ve been always afraid of public speaking and after this course I was able to teach whole 90min class without a problem and I to enjoy it! I didn’t come to a course to be a teacher but that’s what I found - my passion. I feel I have so much to give and because of that I’m deeply grateful for Noah, for everything!

Merit Hein

Yoga Teacher

If you're considering a Yoga Teacher Training - look no further. I would highly recommend anyone to take this course. Not only is Noah incredibly educated in all aspects of yoga but he has an uncanny ability to spread his knowledge as a teacher. Anatomy ties into practice, ties into philosophy... I got so much more than I was expecting and feel confident in my abilities as not only a teacher but for my personal practice as well. The location is perfect, the price is ridiculous... you'd be silly not to go! Noah - I'd love to come back!

Hailey Pobanz

Yoga Teacher

Deciding to do Noah's YTT this year has completely changed my life in the best way possible. Noah is a living encyclopedia for all things anatomy and philosophy, but most importantly he is an outstanding teacher. Noah inspires all his students to dig deeper, think bigger, feel more, and be confident in who they are. The most unique part of this YTT is that you come out of it knowing EXACTLY how to facilitate a complete yoga class! Goa was the perfect setting for this amazing course- you won't find anyone or anywhere better than here, hands down. I would rate this YTT 6 stars if I could!!!

Vidya Tasa-Chadha

Yoga Teacher

The 200 hour yoga hatha vinyasa yoga teacher training (YTT) was fantastic! Noah is a dedicated teacher, and his approach has students gaining practical teaching experience from the start of the course. His unique style to training meant I was confident in teaching a 90 minute yoga class on my own within 3 weeks! The YTT was very comprehensive and covered pranayama, meditation, anatomy, philosophy, asana, kirtan, and other styles of yoga. Noah's understanding and analysis of anatomy and philosophy makes this course incredibly valuable for students who are teaching for the first time, as well as equipping those with previous fitness/yoga experience with a deeper understanding of these two areas. The YTT was all conducted in the beautiful backdrop of Goa!

Alex Keen

Yoga Teacher

TTC with Noah is an experience not to be missed if you are in India! Entire course is designed to make students, confident yet sensitive teachers as well as allowing them to go deep into their own practice. There are daily asana practice, hour long pranayama, theory classes and evening kirtan. Noah masterfully teaches anatomy and philosophy to make it simple and interesting for every level. He effortlessly integrates the knowledge from theory classes into asana and pranayama, making it more relevant and practical. Best thing about the course is Noah's emphasis on spiritual aspect of yoga- through daily practices, he gently guides students to sitting still and be silent.It is a bonus that TTC is held in beautiful Goa!

Shilpa Shah

Yoga Teacher

There aren't enough accolades to describe the YTT 200 with Noah McKenna in Goa, India! Absolutely the best course around! It's packed with highly relevant information about asanas, pranayama, meditation, anatomy, philosophy, kirtan and more. Such focused fun with an abundance of genuine humane togetherness. And instructing each other in smaller groups really creates confidence and trust. Noah is not only an incredible source of information but also pedagogical and teaches with passion. It's contagious! I feel truly inspired and ready to teach. So if you're looking for a YTT in India, this is definitely the one!

Cecilia Anderson

Yoga Teacher

Noah’s training far exceeded any of my initial expectations and provided a space which taught me a magnitude of lessons about the practice of yoga, not just the asana component. Noah provides a very unique training for a few reasons: he actually teaches you how to teach, and you practice this everyday of the course. He personally teaches all of the classes he holds (with the exception of guest teacher classes), which I can guarantee you will be glad he does. Noah also has extensive anatomical knowledge, having an academic based background and a ton of varied experiences to go with it. He presents anatomical information in a way that is 100% digestible and engaging, giving incredible insight not only into the body of potential students but also your own anatomical structure. His philosophy classes had us all sitting around waiting for more, and the daily pranayama and meditation provided a profound personal experience. This YTT retreat is not about how you look in asana, it’s a lot deeper than that - offering a space of authenticity, honesty and growth. I couldn’t recommend a teacher training more, and will be forever grateful for having the privellage of being taught by Noah.

Tess Roberts

Yoga Teacher

had tried 3 teacher training before taking Noah's. It was absolutely the best teacher training I've ever had!!! Noah is such a knowledgeable teacher with such a great heart. I took his teacher training in Peru and then went to India to take it again. Definitely, a must do if you're into deepening your yoga practice and becoming a very solid yoga teacher. Thank you for everything Noah!

Fiorella Fuentes

Yoga Teacher

This was absolutely amazing! The 200 hour yoga hatha vinyasa yoga teacher training (YTT) was so much more than I expected! Noah is the most dedicated teacher I met, and he let students gain practical teaching experience from the start of the course and then every day. This meant that I was confident in teaching after the course and actually started doing some volunteering teaching now! It is wonderful! The YTT included anatomy, philosophy, asana, pranayama, meditation, kirtan, and other styles of yoga. For me a big learning was also to do self practice which I love now. I have my morning program (constructed from what I learned from Noah) where I am moving on to the next posture related to my breath, instead of a teacher's instructions and doing postures which is really benefiting ME. Noah has a deep understanding of anatomy and philosophy which makes the course completely valuable in all aspects! I am so thankful that I had this expiriences and I had so much to bring home to my daily life.

Mai Goth Olesen

Yoga Teacher

The best yoga teacher training I can imagine. Noah is a super skilled, highly intelligent and pragmatic teacher who perfectly combines yoga traditions with modern day sciences. During this yoga course I learned how to practice and teach a safe hatha vinyasa sequence. Noah puts a lot of effort in learning his students how yoga is more than just asanas. I learned a lot about philosophy, anatomy, asanas and pranayama and therefore gained a greater understanding about what yoga is about. At the end of the course everybody was able to teach a 90 minutes class!

Lisa Koster

Yoga Teacher

I can not imagine a better experience than the one I had at this Yoga Teacher Training with Noah in Goa. Noah is a very intelligent teacher with a lot of knowledge. His way of combining yoga philosophy, the practice of asana, yoga anatomy and teaching methodology feels very genuine and professional. I feel like I have got a holistic view of what yoga is. I'm amazed by all the things I learned about the human body and I got all tools to start to teach. The schedule had just the right balance between class and spare time and the place where its hold is just a dream. I definitely recommend it!!! 🙂

Ameli Hellner

Yoga Teacher

Noah’s Yoga Teacher Training is very real and down-to-earth. Noah shares his wide knowledge and deep wisdom and you will get the guidance to explore your inner being through asana, pranayama and meditation. You can feel it’s a lot of work behind this creation and you can see that Noah is very committed to his own practice, which makes this YTT very special. The biggest gift for me personally was the energy that was put on the teaching methodology. After a month it feels very safe to graduate and start teaching immediately with all the knowledge, wisdom, practice and support this training has giving me.

Amanda Maria Stjernstrom

Yoga Teacher

I completed my TTC with Noah and cannot recommend it enough. He is a precise, authentic and caring teacher, with an extensive knowledge of anatomy and an undogmatic approach that is firmly rooted in tradition(s) at the same time. He not only helped me to sustainably transform my own practice, but has given me the tools to grow into a responsible and well-informed teacher. The course is excellently designed so that each dimension (self-practice, philosophy, anatomy and teaching practice) builds on and enriches the other. The location is incredibly beautiful, surrounded by nature and close to the beach, clean, comfortable and has a restaurant with amazing food. I am already teaching with confidence and great enjoyment, and have received very positive feedback from my students so far. Thank you Noah!

Anna G

Yoga Teacher

Noah McKenna taught me how to teach yoga. His Sukhshanti approach to asana & pranayama allowed me to engage more significantly with both my personal practice and while teaching others.  When i reflect on what i actually teach i can honestly say that much of the content and style is from Noah's teacher training. He is a serious and dedicated practitioner who is very focused on his students and their growth as both yogis and yoga teachers. I have encountered quite a few different teachers of yoga after moving to India in 1997 and can highly recommend Noah for yoga therapy, yoga sessions and teacher training.

Jeremy Jai Oltmann

Yoga Teacher

Oh, what a wonderful thing it is to be able to talk about dear Noah and share how grateful I am for that one month experience! His TTC gave me clear picture of what it means to be REAL and FREE inside of anything that you can call yoga. Everything that I learned during the course made this journey of life calmer and more beautiful. Noah is a good friend that will see you, then let you be, and on top of that, he will show you the mastery of taking people to here and now through asanas, pranayama and meditation.

Ivana Topalovic

Yoga Teacher

Noah is a kind, patient, extremely knowledgeable yoga teacher who has obviously made it a priority to offer the best yoga information, routine, and energy he can to his students. He is a gentle person which adds to the pleasantness of having learned from him. He is sensitive to individual motivations and capacities while still setting a high standard for learning as a whole. He really cares for the individual and for the deeper reasons of inner journeys that bring us to the mat, and he offers us his tools to help ourselves and others most generously. Noah McKenna is a sweet combination of humble and confident. He knows his stuff and at the same time remains down to earth. His honesty with his students is also very helpful for self-improvement and his encouragement is priceless. He knows how to both appreciate and correct in a very positive way... I walked away with his particular asana routine engrained in my body's memory for a very, very long time to come... and have taught many eager students along the way...! Thank you for your time, energy and wonderful teachings Noah... God bless…

Seema Rahmani

Yoga Teacher