5 Reasons to Choose Sri Lanka for Your Yoga Teacher Training
What makes Sri Lanka such a perfect destination for your Yoga Teacher Training Journey? Is it the pristine beaches, luxurious resort living, opportunities for surf and sun, amazing nature and rich culture which combine to create a perfect destination for yogis and travellers alike? We think it’s ALL of the above! Here are five reasons why Sri Lanka might be the best choice for your training location…
1. You Want to Discover Lonely Planet’s Top Country for 2019.. Before Everyone Else Does!
With its untouched golden beaches, atmospheric train rides through tea-carpeted hills and ancient temples to admire, it’s no wonder Sri Lanka is Lonely Planet’s top Travel Country for 2019.
Experiences wildlife, such as the 300-strong elephant gathering at Minneriya national park, thousand-year old Buddhist monuments, and hiking and train travel through the Hill Country’s tea plantations, with sweeping views of lush green hills as far as the eye can see.
And of course we couldn’t overlook the pristine coastline, with its coconut palm fringed beaches and soft golden sand. To make the most of this jewel in Sri Lanka’s crown, we have secured a perfect spot for our training – Tallala Retreat Centre. With prime surf spots and location right on the beachfront, taking your training at Talalla means you will get to experience the beauty of Sri Lanka’s breathtaking ocean… every single day.
We know visiting a new place can be a little daunting on your own – which is why we have teamed up with Talalla Retreat Centre. In one step they will not only book your room in their gorgeous beachside retreat centre – but also arrange return pick up and drop off to the airport, meaning your travel to the training will be effortless and stress-free.
For those who wish make the most of this opportunity to immerse yourself in the outstanding natural beauty of this stunning island and explore further, Talalla can assist you with onward travel arrangements – either solo or with your new yoga friends.
2. You Want a Safe and Easy Destination for Solo Adventurers
Sri Lanka’s friendly and helpful locals make this a dream destination for solo travellers. Sri Lanka was even recently voted Top Global Safety Destination For Women Travelers by The People’s Daily newspaper of China.
“Ambassador for Sri Lanka Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku, thanked the People’s Daily for recognizing Sri Lanka’s commitment to the safety of tourists visiting the country, particularly women travelers who are rapidly becoming a strong demographic in the tourism sector.
Stressing on the importance of safety as a deciding factor in selecting a travel destination, Dr. Kodituwakku said that Sri Lankan people are hospitable, friendly and ever ready to provide a helping hand to travelers who need assistance. He also noted that tourist places are well organized, with dedicated staff to guide and help tourists enjoy their visits.
Ambassador Kodituwakku highlighted the many experiences available for tourists visiting Sri Lanka, including the beautiful beaches for both relaxation and adventure, and natural attractions including diversity of scenery within a few hours drive of each other, wildlife parks and reserves, and biodiversity hotspots. He also highlighted that Sri Lanka is also rich in heritage, with many places rich in ancient history and culture for those interested in exploring the country’s past and festive pageantry. Dr. Kodituwakku noted that all these experiences are easily accessible through safe and convenient public transport, either railways or highways or domestic flights, all of which provide quick and safe means of travel for all visitors.”
Having visited Sri Lanka as a solo female traveler and meeting many kind and helpful people wherever I went, I could not agree more! As the region is still growing, you will find you make friends and receive personalized service way beyond what you may be used to in longer established travel destinations. The smiles, stories and memories you make with the genuine and generous people of this lovely place will likely end up being your favorite souvenir of your time here!
3. You LOVE Surf, Sand, Sea and Sun
If you love beaches and surfing then we guarantee Sri Lanka will Blow. Your. Mind. The stunning beaches are pristine, with soft sand and coconut palms lining the shore. Paddling in the warm waves while watching the sun set setting over the Indian ocean as the scent of jasmine fills the air is a heavenly experience worthy of any beach-lovers bucket list.
For surf fans, Talalla Beach (the location for our Sri Lanka Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training) in the south of Sri Lanka one of the many stunning beaches which make up Sri Lanka’s seemingly never-ending coastline. Talalla run one of the top camps in the world, with top class instructors whose passion is sharing their skills on one of Sri Lanka’s best (and least crowded) surf spots.
For those curious about the best time of year for surf at Tallala, Alexa at Still Stoked blog shares her experience of the surf here: “I asked Tim when he would recommend going to Talalla surf camp, he said they have consistent waves all year round but the main difference is that the so-called ‘off-season‘ (May-Oct) sees a mix of swells, that can be bigger and rawer, plus no crowds.
In the on-season (Nov – Apr), the waves are cleaner but can be too small. There is better wind (direction) but it is also more expensive and the waves are crowded. By crowded he said maybe another 5 or so people in the water as there are more camps in the area. Tim has never called a surf lesson off in 4 years! My take is, what you may sacrifice in wave quality going in the off season (the mix of swells can give the wave a bump surface), you gain in wave count.
It is interesting looking back to last week at the Talalla Surf Camp. By the time I had arrived at Talalla, I was a little jaded by my surfing experience in Sri Lanka. My time at the Talalla Surf Camp and the south coast, totally changed my mind. Surfing waves all to ourselves, surrounded by lush palms and in the great company of the girls, our yoga teacher Marley and the surf instructors and coaches. It was just perfect. I was incredibly sad to leave.”
This video will give you a taste of the waves at Talalla… and make you want to jump on the first plane heading Sri Lanka’s way!
4. You Want to Experience Luxury Resort Living – at Hostel Prices
We know that a Yoga Teacher Training is a once-in-a-lifetime experience… so we want you to experience a once-in-a-lifetime backdrop for your studies! Which is one of the many reasons why we are so happy to have found Tallala Retreat to hold our first Sri Lanka training.
Talalla Retreat is a beach-front resort on a gorgeous white sandy beach with calm turquoise water; a true retreat from your everyday life into a beach and paradise escape. The resort sits on a pristine beach still hidden from tourists and travelers and perfect for swimmers and surfers alike. With a stunning 20m freshwater lap pool, three custom built yoga pavilions, an Ayurvedic spa, lush jungle garden surrounding and a gourmet open-air restaurant, the experience of staying here is one you will never forget.
Experience the once-in-a-lifetime bliss of living in this stunning resort centre – at incredible an incredibly low cost offer designed for our Santosha students. Enjoy the pristine beach-front access, luxury surrounds, lush jungle gardens and pool – the perfect backdrop for the teacher training journey. You’ll be the envy of all your friends living in this tropical paradise!
During your spare time make the most of Talalla’s Retreat Spa facilities – indulge your body and enliven your senses with deep tissue, reflexology or aromatherapy massage at the ultimate Sri Lanka Spa Experience. Pamper hands, feet or face with local preparations made of papaya, honey, coffee, milk and sandalwood.
Enjoy an Ayurvedic Massage, where a relaxing full body massage combines with warm ayurvedic herbal oil to cleanse and balance the internal systems and energy center of the body.
Nourish your body at Talalla’s signature restaurant, where only the finest local and seasonal produce is selected to foster the best in wellbeing. Locally sourced, seasonal produce. Gentle to the body, gentle to the environment.
Sip on a king coconut and enjoy the gentle sea breeze as you savour gourmet Talalla flavours in our stunning open-air restaurant pavilion. Vibrant tropical fruit, crisp seasonal fresh vegetables and fresh local seafood feature prominently in our traditional Sri Lankan delicacies and international favourites.
This is an incredible opportunity to experience the bliss of retreat living, right on the pristine shores of Sri Lanka’s stunning coastline without breaking the bank. Talalla have created discounted room and board options especially for Santosha – to give everyone the opportunity to experience resort living… at hostel prices.
5. You Love the Location… and also want a Quality Yoga Teacher Training
Santosha has been running Yoga Teacher Trainings since 2008 – meaning we can celebrate TEN amazing years of helping our students transform their lives and step into their strength as teachers. You know that by signing up with Santosha you are guaranteed an established and professional training, with years of experience, and hundreds of satisfied graduates successfully teaching and sharing Yoga with the World.
Curious about where our training might take you? From the ski fields of France to the sun-kissed shores of Tahiti – you can read about all our amazing Graduates and their experiences here.
Santosha’s Level 1 RYT-200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training certification is one of the most comprehensive yoga teacher trainings in the world. Through our practical curriculum, we create a foundation for teaching yoga skillfully and effectively.
Our Yoga Alliance Certified RYT-200 Hour training qualifies you to teach in both Australia and all over the world.
We embrace a holistic approach to the path of yoga, combining the wisdom of traditional yoga with contemporary understandings of the body. The yoga taught is not another ‘style’ of Yoga but draws from the healing traditions of the Sri T Krishnamacharya lineage.
We are happy when our students and graduates are happy – leading joyful and fulfilled lives, sharing their passion and living in integrity and peace. Our greatest pride is being part of the journey, walking alongside our our students to follow their true path and embrace the happiness and beauty inside them.
Santosha has gathered an incredible team of teachers and support staff, who are all guided by a passion for sharing the benefits of yoga and sincere desire to help others live their best, most fulfilled and openhearted life. They can’t wait to meet you and get started with you on this journey.
From our training with hundreds of happy graduates we know once you begin… you never know where this Santosha journey will take you! So come with an open heart and mind and let the journey do the rest. We will be here to support you every step of the way.
If you feel the calling to begin your yoga teaching training journey with Santosha in Sri Lanka visit our Level 1 RYT-200 Yoga Teacher training page and start the first step on your new path today.
We can’t wait to share this incredible journey in paradise with you!