Frequently Asked Questions

Level 1 – 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Trainings

Santosha Level 1 Training

I want to be a yoga teacher - is this course for me?
Yes, this is the one for you! Our Santosha Level 1 Yoga Teacher training is fully registered with Yoga Alliance, meaning upon graduation you can immediately sign up to the most trusted and recognised Yoga Teaching organisation in the world, allowing you to teach in studios and gyms all over the globe.

I don't want to be a yoga teacher - is this course for me?
Our Santosha Level 1 Yoga Teacher training courses are more than just teacher trainings, they are a chance to transform and grow. Even if teaching is not your goal, you will dive deeper into your own practice, share a unique transformational experience and be supported by open-hearted and caring teachers and friends. So yes, if you want to transform your mind, your body and your life then this course is for you!

What is the cost of the Santosha Level 1 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training?
The cost of our training is AUD $2,990 (or AUD $2,790 early bird discount if you pay in full two months early) This includes your tuition and certificate, but does not cover flights, food and accommodation.

How much is that in US dollars/ my local currency?
If you are used to US dollars, our course investment converts to approximately $2,150 US (or $2,000 US early bird - paid in full two months early). This makes our course one the most affordable on the market - we want to spread the joy of yoga, so are committed to ensuring the cost is as low as it can be while still providing a top quality training for our students.

You can check the exchange to your local currency here: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

How much do I need to hold my place?
You can enroll with a $350 AU (approx $250 US) deposit. The remainder of the payment is due on week before your training will begin. You can also opt for a payment plan of 5 fortnightly installments.

Where is the training held?
In 2017 we are holding our courses on the chilled out island of Nusa Lembongan.

Check our Upcoming Dates Page to see which course is the right for you.

Once I have completed my Level One 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training am I eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance?
Yes, once having completed the Yoga Teacher Training certification our students are eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance. This means your certificate will be recognised the world over! We are registered with Yoga Alliance and ask that you go through this organisation to enable us speedy and simple approval of your credentials. More info on the YA registration here: http://www.yogaalliance.org/Credentialing/Credentials_for_Teachers

Do we get any time off during the training?
We include four full days off during our Santosha Level 1 Yoga Teacher training, so you have some time to relax, surf, study, get a massage or maybe take a day trip somewhere nice. During the day there is some time during breakfast and lunch to enjoy yourself (and perhaps fit in a surf!)

How long in the Level 1 200 hour training?
The course runs over 25 days, including 4 days off.

What is a typical day like?
An example of a typical day on our training would be:
6:00 – 8:00 am – Asana
8:00 – 9:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 am – Pranayama or Meditation Practice
9:30 am – 12:00 pm – Lectures/ workshops - eg. Anatomy, Postures, Philosophy, Meditation, Yoga Therapy, Kirtan, Practice Teaching
12:00 – 1:30 pm – Lunch
1:30– 4:00 pm – Lectures/ workshops
4:15 - 5:15 pm - Asana
5:15 - 6:30 - Break
6:30 – 8:00 pm
– Lectures/ workshops

What experience/qualifications do you need for the Level 1 Yoga Instructor class?
A passion for yoga and a desire to transform your life for the better is all you need to join us on our Level 1 Yoga Teacher training. Over the intensive we will teach you everything you need to safely and effectively teach yoga to others along, with tools for happier, more authentic heart-centered living.

I am fairly new to yoga. Will I be able to attend the training?
As the Level 1 Yoga Teacher training is not purely asana (physical postures) based it does not matter if you do not have an advanced practice. You will be learning much more than just the asana postures. All we ask for a Santosha student is an open mind and heart and willingness commit yourself completely to study and attend all classes throughout the 25 days of your training.

I'm not super flexible, can I still join up?
Our philosophy is that there is no "one size fits all yoga". Yoga should fit your body, not the other way around. So some people may never get into particular postures, but if they are working with attention and intention they are practicing yoga whether or not they can form every shape perfectly with their body.

I have been injured, can I even be a yoga teacher?
You do not need to have the perfect, injury free body to be a yoga teacher. If there are postures you cannot demonstrate in a class you can honestly explain to your students the reasons why and get a class member to demo the posture for you if needed, or work off verbal cues. We actually find that teachers who have had issues themselves with their bodies are far better at being aware of student's limitations and keeping them safe, as they are conscious of the care needed to look after an injury or area with limited flexibility or mobility. So instead of thinking of your injuries as a hindrance to teaching and participating in the course, realise that they can be an asset to your awareness and understanding as a teacher.

What books do I need to buy for the training?
Eckhart Tolle - Power of Now
Gary Kraftsow - Yoga For Wellness

These can be purchased as books, or electronic downloads for kindle etc. The Power of Now can also be purchased as an audiobook.

Are there course Manuals?
Yes, once you enrol in the training you will be sent access to a Resource Centre with all the course materials and Manuals you will need for the training. You have the choice of downloading or printing these items to use during the course and beyond.

I can't get the full time off work, is there any way I can still do the training?
We understand that not everyone can enjoy a 25 day break from their everyday life (though we do highly recommend it if you can!) With this in mind we have designed our Level 1 course to be able to be completed in two parts, for those that are unable to commit to the full training in one go. Generally our part-time students do half of one training, then complete their studies at a second training later in the year. Please get in touch directly with us at info@santoshayogainstitute.edu.au if you are considering this option.

I’m pregnant, can I still attend the course?
It is possible to complete the course while pregnant, but we ask that the decision is made only with the consultation and full support of your doctor. Only they can advise if this is the best course of action for you. All pregnant students must provide medical clearance via a medical certificate on the first day of the training and email Santosha upon enrollment to formulate an individual pregnancy plan to best keep you (and baby!) safe and comfortable during your time with Santosha. You must keep teachers advised of any physical ailments or issues arising from your pregnancy, so they can best assist and support you when needed.

I feel a bit nervous about doing this course. Should I still do it?
Yes! This probably means you are ready to step into something new but you just need that extra bit of courage to make the next brave step. You are welcome to write to us and let us know about this and we can happily provide extra support - both before and during your time with us on the course.

Accommodation and Meals - Bali courses

Where are your Bali trainings held?

We hold our Bali Level 1 trainings on the chilled out island of Nusa Lembongan.

Check our Upcoming Dates Page to see which course is the right for you.

Can I stay onsite at the training venue?
Yes, there is the option to stay onsite at Nusa Lembongan at Agungs Bungalows. This is a great way to be part of a genuine yoga community (and it means you can sleep in later!) Enquire Now to see our Nusa Lembongan Accommodation Guide with more details.

Can I stay offsite at the training venue?
Of course! We provide recommended guesthouses nearby our training venues, or you can make your own plans using sites such as airbnb, trip advisor or booking.com

Is the hotel stay included in the total price?
No. We keep these separate at allow our yogis to make the best accommodation choice for their budget and needs.

How much is accommodation for the 25 days?
This depends on the choice of accommodation. You can stay onsite at our training venues, or make your own accommodation plans off-site in the local village. We can recommend options for you if you do wish to stay offsite.

- For those on a budget, there are off-site options from $18 AU per night - 25 nights approx $450 AU.
- Nice mid-range off-site options can be found for around $30 - $40 AU p/n - 25 nights  approx $750 - $1,000 AU.
- More luxurious off-site options can be found from $50 AU p/n - 25 nights approx $1,250 AU.

Approximate off-site Accommodation costs – USD

Budget off-site options: From $12 US per night - approx $300 US for 25 nights
Mid-range off-site options: $20 to $28 US per night - approx $500 to $700 US for 25 nights
Luxury off-site options: From $45 US per night – from approx $1125 US for 25 nights

* Please note the above are approximate estimates only. Please contact our recommended accommodation providers for an exact quote for your stay.

How much is food during the training?
There are many great food options in the area and how much you spend will depend where you choose to eat. Local “warungs” can cost between Indonesian Rupiah 10.000 - 30.000 (approx. AUD $1 - $3) a meal; western style establishments will be around IDR 50.000 - 100.000 (approx. AUD $5 - $10).

Extreme budget eating: approx $250 AU/ $180 US for 25 days
Mid-range: approx $500 AU / $360 US for 25 days 
Fancier eating (including juices, coffees, treats etc): approx $740 AU / $550 for 25 Days

* Please note the above are approximate estimates only.

You can check the exchange of these costs to your local currency here: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

I need a daily coffee! Is that possible?
Yes, Bali has great cafes with amazing coffee  to suit even the fussiest of caffeine fiends. A western style latte costs around IDR 30.000 ($3 AU approx)– a local “bali coffee” can be as a little as IDR 10.000 ($1 AU approx)

I am vegan/ gluten intolerant/ other. Will I be okay?
Yes, at our onsite cafe Ginger+ Jamu great care is taken to cater to those with specific dietary needs. Ginger & Jamu has a wide range of raw, vegan and gluten free options.

Bali Locations - Canggu + Nusa Lembongan

Where is the training held?

Nusa Lembongan, Bali.

Check our Upcoming Dates Page to see which course is the right for you.

What airport do I fly into for my training?
The airport for Nusa Lembongan is Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar, Bali.

How do I get to the training?
For Nusa Lembongan, you can easily arrange a pick up from the airport, which will include the 30 minute fast boat across to the island. Please "Enquire Now" for the Accommodation Guide for Nusa Lembongan, which has more details.

Bali, Indonesia

What is the currency for Bali?
The currency for Bali is Indonesian Rupiah. You can check the exchange rate to your local currency here: http://www.xe.com/currency/idr-indonesian-rupiah

What is the weather like in Bali?
Bali is located very near to the equator, therefore its warm, tropical climate makes it a huge draw for tourists. Average year-round temperature stands at around 30°C with a humidity level of about 85%.

What Visa is required to enter Bali?
The Visa required for the training is the 30 day tourist visa which you can pay for upon arrival into Bali ($35 US, payable in most currencies) Some countries are eligible for a free Visa – but be aware that if you chose this option you cannot extend your time in Bali beyond 30 days without leaving Indonesia. With extending the Visa for further travel time, you can apply and pay for an extended 30 days on your tourist visa while in Bali without having to leave the country, giving you a total of 60 days. We can help put you in touch with a Visa Agent in Bali, just let us know at the start of your training if you are planning to stay longer than 30 days and we will help arrange this for you.

If you wish to extend the Visa you must not choose the free Visa Option – you must insist on paying the fee. Otherwise you will have to leave Bali to extend beyond 30 days! Always pay for the Visa if you want to extend.

Please note: Santosha cannot supply sponsorship or other documentation for any Visa applications.

Do I need malaria tablets in Bali?
Bali is free from malaria. However anti malarials may be necessary if you are travelling to other parts of Indonesia, so please consult with your doctor beforehand.

What vaccinations do I need for Bali?
It is best to visit your doctor to discuss any current vaccination updates for Bali. Below is some reputable information about Bali and vaccines - again I would speak to your doctor if you have any doubts or concerns as they are in the best position to advise you: http://www.traveldoctor.com.au/Page/Knowledge-Hub/Destination-fact-sheets/bali

I've never travelled by myself before, will I be okay on my own?
Fear and nervousness are common feelings (along with excitement!) that people experience in preparation for the training. The good news is that you are likely in the same boat as 99% of your classmates - the majority of our students are attending the course on their own. This means you'll instantly meet a great group of individuals who are just as keen to make new friends and support each other as you. Your guesthouse will be able to prearrange a airport pick-up for you, taking the stress out of arriving in a new country and finding you way to our course location. Once you are here you will be immersed in a community of caring and supportive teachers and yogis who will walk beside you at every step of the way.

Budgeting for your trip

What is the cost of the Santosha Level 1 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training?
The cost of our training is AUD $2,990 (or AUD $2,790 early bird discount if you pay in full two months early) This includes your tuition and certificate, but does not cover flights, food and accommodation.

How much is that in US dollars/ my local currency?
If you are used to US dollars, our course investment converts to approximately $2,150 US (or $2,000 US at our early bird rate - paid in full two months early). This makes our course one the most affordable on the market - we want to spread the joy of yoga, so are committed to ensuring the cost is as low as it can be while still providing a top quality training for our students.

You can check the exchange to your local currency here: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

How much do I need to hold my place?
You can enroll with a $350 AU (approx $250 US) deposit. The remainder of the payment is due on week before your training will begin. You can also opt for a payment plan of 5 fortnightly installments.

Is the hotel stay included in the total price?
No. We keep these separate at allow our yogis to make the best accommodation choice for their budget and needs.

How much is accommodation for the 25 days?
This depends on the choice of accommodation. You can stay onsite at our training venues, or make your own accommodation plans off-site in the local village. We can recommend options for you if you do wish to stay offsite.

- For those on a budget, there are off-site options for as low as $18 AU per night which means 25 nights will come to around approx $450 AU.
- Nice mid-range off-site options can be found for around $30 - $40 AU per night - approx $750 - $1,000 AU for 25 nights.
- More luxurious off-site options can be found from $50 AU per night - approx $1,250 AU for 25 nights.

Approximate off-site Accommodation costs – USD

Budget off-site options: From $12 US per night - approx $300 US for 25 nights
Mid-range off-site options: $20 to $28 US per night - approx $500 to $700 US for 25 nights
Luxury off-site options: From $45 US per night – from approx $1125 US for 25 nights

* Please note the above are approximate estimates only. Please contact our recommended accommodation providers for an exact quote for your stay.

How much is food during the training?
There are many great food options in the area and how much you spend will depend where you choose to eat. Local “warungs” can cost between Indonesian Rupiah 10.000 - 30.000 (approx. AUD $1 - $3) a meal; western style establishments will be around IDR 50.000 - 100.000 (approx. AUD $5 - $10).

Extreme budget eating: approx $250 AU/ $180 US for 25 days
Mid-range: approx $500 AU / $360 US for 25 days 
Fancier eating (including juices, coffees, treats etc): approx $740 AU / $550 for 25 Days

* Please note the above are approximate estimates only.

You can check the exchange of these costs to your local currency here: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

 

Level 2 – 300 Hours Yoga Teacher Trainings

Santosha Level 2 Training

What is the cost of the Santosha Level 2 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training?
The cost of our training is AUD $3,390(or AUD $3,190 early bird discount if you pay in full two months early) This includes your tuition and certificate, but does not cover flights, food and accommodation.

You can check the exchange to your local currency here: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

How much do I need to hold my place?
You can enroll with a $350 AU (approx $250 US) deposit. The remainder of the payment is due on week before your training will begin. You can also opt for a payment plan of 5 fortnightly installments.

Where is the training held?
Our Santosha Level 2 500 Hours training will be held in the Santosha Shala on the very special location of Nusa Lembongan.

Once I have completed my Level 2 Training am I eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance?
Yes, once having completed the Yoga Teacher Training certification our students are eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance. This means your certificate will be recognised the world over! We are registered with Yoga Alliance and ask that you go through this organisation to enable us speedy and simple approval of your credentials. More info on the YA registration here: http://www.yogaalliance.org/Credentialing/Credentials_for_Teachers

Do we get any time off during the training?
We include four full days off during our Level 2 training, so you have some time to relax, surf, study, get a massage or maybe take a day trip to one of our close-by islands. During the day there is some time during breakfast and lunch to enjoy yourself (and perhaps fit in a surf!)

How long in the Level 1 200 hour training?
The course runs over 30 days, including four days off.

What is a typical day like?
An example of a typical day on our training would be:

6 – 8:00 am – Asana + Pranayama
8 – 9 am – Breakfast
9 – 11 am - Lectures/ workshops - eg. Anatomy, Postures, Philosophy, Meditation, Yoga Therapy, Kirtan, Practice Teaching
11 am – 12:30 pm – Lunch
12:30 – 3:30 pm - Lectures/ workshops
3:30 – 4 pm – Break
4 – 6 pm – Lectures/ workshops
6 – 6:30 pm - Meditation

What experience/qualifications do you need for the Level 2 Yoga Instructor class?
Our Level 2 500 Hour training is open to:
- Graduates of Santosha’s Level One 200 hr YTT
- Graduates of other Level One 200hr YTTs

There will be bridging assignments to assist those who have completed their Level 1 200 Hours at a school other than Santosha.

 

What books do I need to buy for the training?
Ray Long - The Key Muscles of Yoga
Eckhart Tolle  - A New Earth
Gary Kraftsow - Yoga For Wellness

These can be purchased as books, or electronic downloads for kindle etc. A New Earth can also be purchased as an audiobook.

Are there course Manuals?
Yes, once you enrol in the training you will be sent access to a Resource Centre with all the course materials and Manuals you will need for the training. You have the choice of downloading or printing these items to use during the course and beyond.

I’m pregnant, can I still attend the course?
It is possible to complete the course while pregnant, but we ask that the decision is made only with the consultation and full support of your doctor. Only they can advise if this is the best course of action for you. You must keep teachers advised of any physical ailments or issues arising from your pregnancy, so they can best assist you.

What happens if you get injured or fall unwell and can't complete the training?
We try our best to ensure even those who are injured or unwell can complete their training and receive certification at the end of the 28 days. There is also the option to complete some extra work upon returning home in order to complete the course, depending on what has been missed. In the case that you cannot physically finish the course we can refund funds minus the $350 AU deposit, or you are welcome to join the next intake of this course to finish your training with us.

Are mats, blocks and straps provided?
We provide blocks and therabands for our students so no need to bring these items. Please bring your own mat.

What after training support is there?
You will be given access to our Santosha Worldwide Yoga Teacher network, to post questions, get support and view international jobs postings as well as lifelong access to our resource centres and videos. We are also always available via email or skype to answer and additional questions which arise after your time on the course. We are available to support you at every stage of your journey.

What would happen if I didn't meet the criteria to pass the final exam? How can I get certified?
We will work to you during, and if necessary after the course to ensure that you are able to complete your assessments and leave the training with a Level 2 certificate.

I feel a bit nervous about doing this course. Should I still do it?
Yes! This probably means you are ready to step into something exciting but you just need that extra bit of courage to make the next brave step. You are welcome to write to us and let us know about this and we can happily provide extra support - both before and during your time with us on the course.

Accommodation + Meals

Where is your 2017 Level 2 500 Hour training held?
Our Santosha Level 2 500 Hours training will be held in the Santosha Shala on the very special location of Nusa Lembongan.

Where can I stay during my time on Nusa Lembongan?
We provide recommended guesthouses nearby our training venues, or you can make your own plans using sites such as airbnb or booking.com

Is the hotel stay included in the total price?
No. We keep these separate at allow our yogis to make the best accommodation choice for their budget and needs.

How much is accommodation for the 28 days?
This depends on the choice of accommodation. You can stay onsite at our training venues, or make your own accommodation plans. We can recommend options for you if you do wish to stay offsite.

- For those on a budget, there are options for as low as $18 AU per night which means 28 nights will come to around approx $500 AU.
- Nice mid-range options can be found for around $30 AU per night - approx $840 AU for 28 nights.
- More luxurious options can be found from $50 AU per night - approx $1,400 AU for 28 nights.

Check out how much this will be in your currency here: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

Approximate Accommodation costs – USD

Budget: From$12 US per night - approx $336 US for 28 nights
Mid-range options: $20 to $28 US per night - approx $560 US for 28 nights
Luxury: From $45 US per night – from approx $1,260 US for 28 nights

* Please note the above are approximate estimates only. Please contact our recommended accommodation providers for an exact quote for your stay.

How much is food during the training?
There are many great food options in the area - including our amazing onsite cafe, Ginger + Jamu. Local “warungs” can cost between Indonesian Rupiah 10.000 - 30.000 (approx. AUD $1 - $3) a meal; western style establishments will be around IDR 50.000 - 100.000 (approx. AUD $5 - $10)

I need a daily coffee! Is that possible?
Yes, Bali has great cafes with amazing coffee to suit even the fussiest of caffeine fiends. A western style latte costs around IDR 30.000 ($3 AU approx)– a local “bali coffee” can be as a little as IDR 10.000 ($1 AU approx)

Is there safe drinking water available onsite?
Refills for your drink bottle are available at our cafe for a (very) small cost.

Location - Nusa Lembongan

What airport do I fly into for my training?
The closest airport for our Nusa Lembongan trainings is Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar, Bali.

How do I get to Nusa Lembongan from Bali?

All boats leave Bali from north Sanur, where the harbour is located at the end of Jalan Hang Tuah. You will find the offices for all boat companies on this street. To reach Sanur, you will fly into (Ngurah Rai) Denpasar Airport in Bali. Sanur is around 45 minutes drive from the airport. D’Camel can arrange an airport pick up for you. Request with them at time of booking.

Fast Boats – Santosha recommends!! 20 – 30 mins - approx 500.000 IDR return ($50 AU) Packages include pick-up from south Bali and transfer to your hotel in Nusa Lembongan.

D’Camel – This fast boat company offers a complete package and provides transport door to door throughout south Bali. Use the Santosha code for a full $20 off bookings. See more here: http://dcamelfastferry.com/

Please use this code at checkout: Santoshayoga

Any additional queries please email: reservation@dcamelfastferry.com, info@dcamelfastferry.com, sales@dcamelfastferry.com
 

Travelling to Bali

What is the currency for Bali?
The currency for Bali is Indonesian Rupiah. You can check the exchange rate to your local currency here: http://www.xe.com/currency/idr-indonesian-rupiah

What is the weather like in Bali?
Bali is located very near to the equator, therefore its warm, tropical climate makes it a huge draw for tourists. Average year-round temperature stands at around 30°C with a humidity level of about 85%. The dry season is March to October, November to February is wet season. Even during wet season it is still hot, and the rain generally comes in short, sharp bursts so you will still get your sunshine fix. 

What Visa is required to enter Bali?
The Visa required for the training is the 30 day tourist visa which you can pay for upon arrival into Bali ($35 US, payable in most currencies) Some countries are eligible for a free Visa – but be aware that if you chose this option you cannot extend your time in Bali beyond 30 days without leaving Indonesia.

With extending the Visa for further travel time, you can apply and pay for an extended 30 days on your tourist visa while in Bali without having to leave the country, giving you a total of 60 days. We can help put you in touch with a Visa Agent in Bali, just let us know at the start of your training if you are planning to stay longer than 30 days and we will help arrange this for you. If you wish to extend the Visa you must not choose the free Visa Option – you must insist on paying the fee. Otherwise you will have to leave Bali to extend beyond 30 days! Always pay for the Visa if you want to extend.

Please note: Santosha cannot supply sponsorship or other documentation for any Visa applications.

Do I need malaria tablets in Bali?
Bali is free from malaria. However anti malarials may be necessary if you are travelling to other parts of Indonesia, so please consult with your doctor beforehand. 

What vaccinations do I need for Bali?
It is best to visit your doctor to discuss any current vaccination updates for Bali. Below is some reputable information about Bali and vaccines - again I would speak to your doctor if you have any doubts or concerns as they are in the best position to advise you: http://www.traveldoctor.com.au/Page/Knowledge-Hub/Destination-fact-sheets/bali

Do we need to hold our own personal insurance?
Yes, we insist all our students take out full travel insurance covering illness, accidents and theft.

I've never travelled by myself before, will I be okay on my own?
Fear and nervousness are common feelings (along with excitement!) that people experience in preparation for the training. The good news is that you are likely in the same boat as 99% of your classmates - the majority of our students are attending the course on their own. This means you'll instantly meet a great group of individuals who are just as keen to make new friends and support each other as you. Your guesthouse will be able to arrange an airport pick-up for you, taking the stress out of arriving in a new country. Once you are here you will be immersed in a community of caring and supportive teachers and yogis who will walk beside you at every step of the way.

Teacher Training Options

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