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 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 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.

When does the earlybird discount expire?
For any course the earlybird discount expires two months before the course start date - so it depends on which course you wish to join.  The earlybird applies to the full payment only not the deposit. You must pay in full two months before your course begins to receive the savings.

Where is the training held?
We will be holding our 2018 courses on the chilled out island of Nusa Lembongan, Bali.

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

Will I be accepted into the Santosha Level 1 RYT-200 Yoga Teacher Training?

Yes, we believe that all people are deserving of changing their lives. Subsequently, the only prerequisite is a sincere desire in your heart to change not only your life, but the lives of others and to fully dedicate yourself during the full 25 days of the training.

How proficient at yoga do you have to be to join the Santosha Level 1 RYT-200 Yoga Teacher Training?
During the Level 1 RYT-200 Yoga Teacher Training program you will have asana practice every morning, and again in the afternoon. We  recommend that students have some form of an asana practice and are relatively comfortable practicing daily. If you have just taken up yoga you may need to give yourself a few months practice in order to benefit from the training. That said, if you have a regular yoga practice you may be more ready than you think.

An advanced practitioner is not necessarily a person who can move deeply into advanced postures; an advanced practitioner is someone who comes to the mat with a level of maturity, a willingness to learn and an understanding of the limits of their own body. Keep in mind that this program is not only for aspiring teachers but for people who want to deepen their practice. For those who are looking to teach we do suggest some form of regular practice and asana knowledge, so you may be able to get more from the training. However, for both students wishing to seek a deeper understanding and take their practice to a more advanced level or for those who wish to teach, there are no pre-requisites for this course.

 I have been practicing yoga for a long time, will this course be suitable for me?
A long time practice is a  wonderful aspect that will serve you well during the Yoga Teacher Training but it doesn't mean that you have to be an experienced Yogi to do a YTT -  or that as an experienced Yogi, you will not learn anything new!  You will be taught how to teach Yoga authentically as it was supposed to be taught,  taught how to modify and adapt poses to suit your  students individual  needs, how to use the breath appropriately and much more. Your own practice will expand in a beautiful way!

Once I have completed my Level One 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

If you wish to register with an alternative Yoga organisation after graduation, please check with this body prior to signing up for the course that our RYT-200 course will be eligible for registration with them.

Do we get any time off during the training?
We include four full days off during our Level 1 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 four 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 - Pranayama - Meditation
8:00 – 9:15 am – Breakfast
9:15 – 11:30 am – Lectures / Workshops -Anatomy, Postures, Philosophy, Meditation, Yoga Therapy, Kirtan, Practice Teaching
11:30- 1:45 pm – Lectures/ workshops - eg. Anatomy, Postures, Philosophy, Meditation, Yoga Therapy, Kirtan, Practice Teaching
1:45 – 3:00 pm – Lunch
3:00 – 4:00 pm – Lectures/ workshops/ Enquiry
4:00 - 5:00 pm - Developing Self Practice - Asana + Meditation
5:00  - 5:30 pm  - Meditation/ Yoga Nidra

This is a guide only – training times can change to meet the needs of that month. The days are long - as we need to fit the required hours for a Yoga Alliance RTY-200 into 25 days.

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 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 course 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 24 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.

Who are the Teachers on a Santosha Yoga Training?
You can meet our experienced team of authentic, passionate teachers here.

How do I know who is teaching on the course I choose ?
If you are wanting to train with a specific teacher please email to attain the teachers for the training you wish to attend.

What books do I need to buy for the training?
Eckhart Tolle - The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
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 several 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 santoshayogayttoffice@gmail.com 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 would like to hear what past students thought of the course, is that possible?
Yes, you can visit our What Others Say page to see what other Santosha Graduates experienced on our course!

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?
In 2018 we are holding our courses on the chilled out island of Nusa Lembongan, Bali.

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. 'Enquire Now' and we will send you our Accommodation Guide, with recommended options to suit all budgets.

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.

Can I email Santosha to arrange accommodation?
Please email directly to the accommodation of your choice to see about available rooms as they will have the most up-to-date information - this avoids any confusion and ensures your booking is handled correctly. All contact details are in the Accommodation Guide, or for on-site bookings please email: gungmas55@gmail.com - or call Maya at +62 812 39346464

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, our onsite cafe Ginger + Jamu has amazing coffees to suit even the fussiest of caffeine fiends. In Bali, 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?
In 2018 we are holding our courses on the chilled out island of 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 and Canggu 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?

We are so excited to be running our special 2019 Back to the Source India Level 2 Teacher Training in conjunction with authentic Ayurvedic centre – Govardhan Ecovillage.

Cloaked with blue mists and nestled at the foothills of the Sahyadris, just 3 hours drive from Mumbai, lies this gorgeous Yoga and Ayurveda retreat, promising tranquillity and change of pace from the hurried life of the city.

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 2 300 hour training?
The course runs over 28 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 – 7 pm - Dinner
7 – 8:30 pm - Lectures, finishing with 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?
We are so excited to be running our special 2019 Back to the Source India Level 2 Teacher Training in conjunction with authentic Ayurvedic centre – Govardhan Ecovillage.

Where can I stay during my time?
There are several options to suit all budgets onsite at the Ecovillage.

Is the hotel stay included in the total price?
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 room. Please see the Accommodation Guide for full details and costs.

How much is food during the training?
Full board including three incredible Ayurvedic Vegetarian meals a day will be included in your room price.

Location - India

What airport do I fly into for my training?
The closest airport for our India training is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, India

How do I get to Nusa Lembongan from Bali?
- Fly into Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, India
- Arrange Pick-up with GEV (Please see the Accommodation Guide for full details)

 

Level 1 – Student FAQS

Location and Travel - Nusa Lembongan, Bali

Where is the training held?
Our Nusa Lembongan trainings are held at Yoga Village Nusa Lembongan - our shala on the beach.

Where is Yoga Village Nusa Lembongan?
Yoga Village Nusa Lembongan is located on the beach above Ginger + Jamu cafe.
Best to check a map link and have downloaded to your phone ready to go before you arrive: https://goo.gl/maps/KcBVjBGbHBA2

How do I get to Yoga Village Nusa Lembongan?
1. Fly into Bali - arrive at Denpasar (Ngurah Rai) International Airport, Bali, Indonesia

2. Travel to Sanur - Boat Harbour - approx 40 minutes. You can either:
a. Arrange with your Boat Company for a pick-up at the airport (included in boat cost)
b. Catch a Taxi from the taxi stand (approx cost - 250.000 IDR/ $25 AUD)
c. Pre-organise a pick-up from one of the drivers we recommend:
Moglie - https://www.facebook.com/moglienotugly?fref=ts
Wayan - https://www.facebook.com/wayan.sudarma.35728?fref=ts

Note for late arrivals: If you arrive in Bali in the evening, you will need to stay overnight in Sanur as boats do not leave at night. There are many cheap hotels, starting from approx 250.000 IDR/ $25 AUD
We recommend booking.com for ease of booking your overnight stay if necessary.

3. Catch boat from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan (approx 20 minutes)

We recommend you catch a Fast Boat as it takes only  20 – 30 mins and all Fast Boats include drop-off at your hotel on Nusa Lembongan.
Our recommended Boat Company is D’Camel -  they offer a $20 AUD Santosha discount! 
Packages include pick-up from south Bali (Kuta etc) or Airport and transfer to your hotel in Nusa Lembongan.
See more here: http://dcamelfastferry.com/
Please use this code at checkout for $20 AUD off: Santoshayoga

Any additional  D’Camel queries please email:
reservation@dcamelfastferry.com , info@dcamelfastferry.com , sales@dcamelfastferry.com
Enny, Sales Manager: +628113886969 / P : 0361-449 – 0502 / M: +6281-339-515-837

If you do not want to use the Santosha discount, there are other boat companies including Scoot and Rocky. A quick google should find them for you.

4. Free transfer from the Harbour to your Hotel (5 - 10 mins)
All Fast Boats include a free drop-off at your hotel on Nusa Lembongan via mini-van.


So to summarize:
1. Fly into Denpasar (Ngurah Rai) Airport, Bali
2. Travel via Taxi or free transfer to Sanur (40 mins approx)
3. Travel by Boat to Nusa Lembongan (20 mins approx)
4. Free drop-off to your hotel in Nusa Lembongan (5 - 10 mins approx)

 

 

 

 

What if I arrive late into Bali and cannot catch a boat until the next morning?
We recommend booking a hotel in Sanur, so you can be close to the harbour ready to catch the boat in the morning - there are plenty of options for all budget and needs. This map show the hotels close to the D'Camel office: https://goo.gl/maps/M3mRjthaB6n

What time should I get to the island and when does the course start on Day 1?
- Our 2018 Level 1 RYT-200 Trainings start at 12:00pm on Day One
- Our 2019 Level 1 RYT-200 Trainings start at 11:00am on Day One

Most students arrive the day before so they have time to settle into their accommodation and find their bearings etc. If you catch the morning boat across from Sanur (first DCamel Boat leaves at 9:30 and arrives Lembongan at 10am) you may need to head directly to the Welcome Circle with your bags and then settle in your room later on! But you will still have plenty of time to make it across and in the first meeting at 11am 🙂

What time should I leave the island and when does the course finish on Day 25?
The Level 1 RYT-200 course ends at 5:30pm on Day 25 - and most students get together somewhere special afterwards for a celebratory meal and goodbye. As boats do not leave in the evening, you will want to plan to leave the island the morning after the last day - or you may choose to stay a few extra days and attend our extra PPNCT or SUP training... or just relax! Whatever your choice, make sure if you plan to stay longer than 3o days you have an extended Visa (see Visa and Passports FAQ for more on this)

How do I book flights?
Flyus.com is a good site to look for flight deals. We recommend looking for deals here and then booking them directly on the airline's website (to avoid Flyus fees) If you do not feel confident booking flights yourself, then contact your local Travel Agency such as Flight Centre.

How do I book Travel Insurance?
All Santosha student must have travel insurance. You can organise this through either:
- Your existing insurance company (if you have one)
- Your Bank
- Your Airline
- Your Travel Agent
- Online at a company such as World Nomads: https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance/

What Plug will I need for Bali?

In Bali and Indonesia you can expect the 2 pin socket and plug as used in larger parts of Europe. The pins are round, not flat or rectangular. If you come from Australia, Japan, USA, Malaysia, UK, Canada, Singapore, and some countries in Africa you will most likely simply need a plug adapter otherwise the plugs for your electrical appliances will not fit into the "Bali Socket", although the voltage should be o.k.

You can get those at all international airports and once you are in Bali, they can be found in the many small shops in Nusa Lembongan for a few dollars. More info here: https://www.bali.com/sockets-plugs-electricity-voltage.html

Visa and Passports - Bali

What do I need for travel to Bali?
- Valid Passport with at least 6 months before expiry
- Visa (can be obtained on arrival)

How do I get the Visa I need?
This information will depend on whether you wish to stay less than 30 days or more than 30 days.

Less than 30 days:
Most visitors to Bali staying less than 30 Days can get a Free Visa Waiver (exemption) on arrival - meaning they pay $0 and do not have to pre-arrange anything.
Please check the link below if your country is listed under the 140 countries that have this visa exemption. If so, then you only need to worry about your length of stay. Below 30 days is no problem. If your country is not listed then you need to apply for a Visa with an Indonesian Embassy or consulate abroad (outside of Indonesia).
https://www.bali.com/visa-indonesia-entry-requirements-bali.html

Make sure to pay closer attention to the date of your stay and ensure it is 30 days or less. Currently the overstay fee is 300,000 IDR (approx $30 AUD) per day - will soon increase to 1.000.000 IDR per day (approx $100 AUD).

More than 30 days:

If you plan to stay more than 30 days, then you have 2 options:
1. Apply for a 60 Day Visa before leaving for Bali
2. Purchase a paid 30 Day Visa  (not free Visa Waiver) on Arrival when you arrive in Bali, and then extend it a further 30 days once there.

1. Applying for a 60 Day Visa before leaving for Bali
If you want to stay longer than one month we strongly recommend you pre-arrange a 60 Day Visa before leaving for Bail through a Travel Agent or Agent in Bali such as:
http://visaforbali.com/service/social-visa-b-211-extension
https://www.facebook.com/Visaandtouristinformation/

Google: ’60 Day Visa Indonesia + [your country] to obtain the specific details of obtaining this Visa. Many students have found that their Travel Agent (eg. Flight Centre) was able to assist with the process, making it much easier and stress free. We advise doing this.

Here some info on the process from a British perspective (requirements applicable to all countries):
http://www.neverendingvoyage.com/60-day-indonesia-tourist-visa-london-embassy/

Here is an Australian site with some further info:
http://www.aiav.org.au/travel-tips

Being an Australian company, Santosha cannot provide sponsorship for this - but this Bali company can help you with sponsorship for Visas: http://baliviza.com/sponsorship-letter

2. Extending a Paid 30 Day Visa 
Please note: if you wish to extend your visa you must get a paid $35 USD Visa on arrival. Do not accept the free visa as it is not available for extension. Once you have purchased your 30 Day Visa (not the free Visa) upon arrival for $35 USD then you go to class one immigration (near airport) to apply and extend for the remaining 30 days.

Zando Consulant can assist with Visa Extension:
https://www.facebook.com/Zando-Consultants-293495140755831/

Or do it yourself:
https://www.vilondo.com/bali-travel-guide/how-to-extend-your-30-day-visa-in-bali/

To extend your visa on arrival you will need:
- a copy of your passport
- your flight details
- Visa upon arrival - paid
- departure card

For the immigration department when you apply. You may need to spend some time visiting the Visa office on your day off – be prepared for travel to Denpasar. Bali and long waiting time if you chose to extend. It will take at least one day of your time in Bali to visit the office.

Most students who wish to extend their Visa do this in a group once on the island
This is how the process goes:
The current fee for extension is 750,000 IDR and you will get a 1-month extension. Express option -1,350,000 IDR  (note: this may change - this is beyond our control)
You will get it done in two weeks - does not include Saturday and Sunday. It might be ready before your visa expires, depending on the time you give the passport.

How to do it:
1. Put your passport and payment inside the closed envelope (Welcome Circle) and write your name, email and phone number (for Whatsapp if it's available)
2
. Call the agent:
 Putu +62 812-4639-9639 (Whatsapp) 
E-mail: aniskadewi@gmail.com
3. After you have decided when and where to meet up, she will pick up the passport(s) and let you know in 4-5 workdays when you need to come to the Immigration Office for the photo and fingerprints.
4. Make sure you arrange the trip nicely. Book your ferry ticket and book the driver to take you there and back.
 You can call this good man to drive you: Fauzi +62 817-9719-543 (he is also on Whatsapp)
It is safe to keep the passports with the agent. Either way, you can set up the best way how to pick up the passport when you are on the mainland again.

Sample of Paid Visa on Arrival:

The red circle is the sticker you will get when you buy VOA (USD 35) at the check-in. That green stamp is MANDATORY TO HAVE. Valid for 30 days.

The green circle is the extended visa (one time only), with the Extension Stamp, which makes it valid for another 30 days.

Please make cop(ies) of your passport just in case you will need it.

 

Accommodation - Nusa Lembongan

Can I stay onsite at the training venue?
Yes, we have an onsite option at Agungs Bungalows. You will need to email the booking manager Maya directly to make any room enquiries or to book a room. Please do not email Santosha as we do not have the most up-to-date information in the way that Maya does. All enquiries are to be made to: gungmas55@gmail.com - or call Maya at +62 812 39346464

What is the cost of staying onsite?
- Shared Backpacker Room - 1 month = Rp.3.750.000 (approx $375 AUD month)

- Budget (twin or double) 
If you wish to share room, please let Maya know and she will arrange twin share
Budget (double) - Rp.5.750.000
Budget Sharing - Rp.6.000.000 (divided between two)

- Bungalow (twin or double)
If you wish to share room, please let Maya know and she will arrange twin share 
Bungalow (double) - Rp.8.250.000
Bungalow Sharing  - Rp.8.500.000 (divided between two)

Rates above are quotes only based on our recent conversation with the venue. They may change, so please confirm when booking.

What are the onsite rooms like?
You can view the rooms here - however please do not book via this site - book directly with Maya for the Santosha room rate.
To make a room booking with the Santosha discount please contact Maya directly at: gungmas55@gmail.com - or call Maya at +62 812 39346464

Can I stay offsite to the training venue?
Of course! We provide recommended guesthouses nearby our training venues in our Accommodation Guide - or you can make your own plans using sites such as airbnb or booking.com.

Handy tip - Use this link to find places close to our venue:
https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotel_Review-g1137831-d943470-Reviews-Mainski_Lembongan_Resort-Nusa_Lembongan_Bali.html#MAPVIEW
Or search using google maps to find the distance to our shala: https://goo.gl/maps/KcBVjBGbHBA2

Can I email Santosha to book my accommodation?
Please email directly to the accommodation of your choice to see about available rooms as they will have the most up-to-date information - this avoids any confusion and ensures your booking is handled correctly. All contact details are in the Accommodation Guide, or for on-site bookings please email: gungmas55@gmail.com - or call Maya at +62 812 39346464

How much is accommodation for the 25 days?
This depends on the choice of accommodation. Approx costs:
- Shared Backpacker Room onsite - 1 month - approx $375 AUD
- Simple room - approx $20 AUD per night - 25 nights approx $500 AUD
- Nice mid-range - approx $30 - $40 AUD per night - approx $750 - $1,000 AUD for 25 nights
- More luxurious off-site options can be found from $50 AUD per night - approx $1,250 AUD for 25 nights

How close should I be to the shala?
We recommend being within 5 - 1o minutes walk of Yoga Village Nusa Lembongan. All our recommended options in the Accommodation Guides are within 3 - 10 minutes. If you make your own choice you can use this map link to check your distance from the shala: https://goo.gl/maps/KcBVjBGbHBA2

Can I pay with Credit Card?
We recommend checking with your hotel beforehand if you can use a credit card to pay, as most places in Bali are cash only. In this case, make sure you have enough cash handy to settle your bill at the end of your stay.

Will my room have wifi?
Most guesthouses do have wifi - but if this is important to you it pays to check if you are not sure 🙂

Meals and Eating - Nusa Lembongan

Where can I eat on the island?
There are many great options - to suit all budgets - within walking distance of our shala. And we are also blessed with an onsite cafe Ginger + Jamu (facebook page here)

How much is food on the island?
How much you spend will depend where you choose to eat. Local “warungs” can cost between 10,000 - 20,0000 IDR a meal; western style establishments will be around approx. 50.000 - 100.000 IDR for a meal, not including drinks. Fresh juices are readily available at around 20.000 - 30.000 IDR.

How much is food on the island - AUD?
Local “warungs” can cost between $1 - $3 AUD a meal; western style establishments will be around approx. $5 - $10 AUD for a meal, not including drinks. Fresh juices are readily available at around $2 - $3 AUD.

How much is food on the island - USD?
Local “warungs” can cost between 70c - $2 USD a meal; western style establishments will be around approx. $3.50 - $7 USD for a meal, not including drinks. Fresh juices are readily available at around $1.50- $2 USD approx.

I am on a tight budget, what is the lowest I can spend?
If you budget well and eat local, you can spend as little as $10 AU ($7 US) a day on meals, which over 25 days would be $250 AU ($180 US). Note this would be simple local food and not include alcoholic beverages, lattes or fancy meals out!

I am  a Vegan - can I eat on the island?
Yes, very much so! Our onsite cafe Ginger + Jamu has many tasty Vegan options.

There are some good vegan spots on the island and nearby our shala:
http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/vegan-finds-on-nusa-penida-and-lembongan/
https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurants-g1137831-zfz10697-Nusa_Lembongan_Bali.html

Bali Eco Deli and Rama Garden nearby also have vegan options. If you still find it a struggle with those options, please let out cafe manager and chef Jamie know and he can add some extra vegan options for you.

I am  Gluten Free - can I eat on the island?
Yes, very much so! Our onsite cafe Ginger + Jamu has many tasty GF options. Bali Eco Deli and Rama Garden nearby also have GF options. If you still find it a struggle with those options, please let out cafe manager and chef Jamie know and he can add some extra GF options for you. Some local dishes are also naturally GF, though watch for sneaky ingredients like soy sauce.

Can I still get my daily caffeine fix?
Yes, Bali has great cafes with amazing coffee to suit even the fussiest of caffeine fiends. A western style latte costs around 300.000 IDR ($3 AUD) – a local “bali coffee” can be as a little as 10.000 IDR ($1 AU)

I would rather make my own dining decisions, can I have eat off-site?
Of course! We would love to see you in the cafe, but you are welcome to make your own decisions about where you eat .

Where can I buy fresh fruit and snacks?
There are many small local shops along the main street with snacks - both healthy and not so healthy. Some also sell fresh fruit and coconuts. For bliss balls fans, Ginger + Jamu also has these and other tasty treats available all day. There is also a daily morning market (6 - 9am) by the field opposite Green Garden Warung. Please ask staff on the island for directions, or follow this handy map 🙂

 

 

Health and Saftety - Bali

What Vaccines do I need for the trip?
As we are not doctors, we prefer to refer to those who are for this question - the below link advice from Travel Doctor is a good place to start. If you find you still have any concerns, please chat to your doctor or a travel doctor in your area.

https://www.traveldoctor.com.au/destinations/bali

Do I need Malaria tablets in Bali?
Like the rest of Bali  Nusa Lemongan is officially a Malaria free area. However anti malarials may be necessary if you are traveling to other parts of Indonesia, so please consult with your doctor beforehand if you plan to do this - or if you have any doubts concerning your travels.

Are there Mosquitoes in Bali?
Yes, like most tropical countries Bali does have mosquitoes! There is a local product - Sofitel - which is as effective insect repellent, otherwise bring your own. The most effective mosquito repellents contain DEET. Repel Tropical Strength repellents contain 30-40% DEET which is considered optimum for adults. More information and tips here:
https://www.traveldoctor.com.au/diseases/insect-borne-diseases

Make sure to:
- Cover arms and legs with light coloured clothing in the evening when mosquitoes are most present
- Use mosquito spray (over not under sunscreen)
- Keep doors closed in the evening or sleep under a mosquito net if available

What is the best way to avoid illness in Bali?
With getting sick, it can happen but most likely won't if you follow some simple guidelines. The most common illness is "Bali Belly" - basically upset stomach or travellers' diarrhoea. Caused by a change in diet and lifestyle, the symptoms generally include:

  • Abdominal bloating, cramps and pain
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Urgency/frequency in going to the toilet
  • Diarrhoea
  • Mild temperature
  • General malaise (weakness or discomfort)

Sometimes caused by bacteria found in local foods or drinking water but most often caused by an increase in exotic foods, too much food or an increase in alcohol intake, Bali Belly is treatable and will usually clear itself up sometimes within 24 hours, other times is may take a couple of days or even up to a week.

The best way to avoid this it is:
- Drink and brush teeth with bottled water only
- Eat mainly onsite - or at restaurants that have western hygiene standards (eg. food not sitting around in sun, etc)
- Rest on your days off and in breaks - don't push yourself too hard
- Wash hands regularly and use sanitized hand gel
- Pack anti-nausea medication (ask your doctor or chemist) or activated charcoal and take at first sign of stomach upset
- Also bring hydralyte so if you do get sick you can avoid dehydration and you will recover much faster - http://www.hydralyte.com.au/
- Coconut water and 'Pocari Sweat' also contain electrlytes, so are a good local alternate to hydralyte
- Don't stress too much, you probably will not get sick and if you do it will quickly pass - especially if you follow the above 🙂

I have an injury, will I be okay to attend?
As long as you work to your own level - resting whenever you need - and let the teachers know if any health issues arise, then you will have no trouble with the classes. We have had injured students complete the training many times. We find that these students actually do better, as they end up having a greater understanding of working within the limitations and considerations of the individual's body.

However, it is your responsibility to:
- Let all your teachers know (we give them a list of injuries but it helps to remind them)
- Follow all modifications given and speak up if pain or discomfort still persists and further assistance/ modification is needed
- Rest when needed, and take breaks during class rather than push through any pain/ discomfort
- Communicate any changes in your condition

Please inform us as soon as you can with regards to any injuries. Our teachers are trained to take injuries into account and will teach accordingly, but the more warning we have the more information we can gather to best assist you. It is also your job to speak up and let your asana (and postures) teacher informed if conditions worsen or change.

As long as you work to your own level - resting whenever you need - and let the teachers know if any health issues arise, then you will have no trouble with the classes. We have had injured and pregnant students complete the training many times. We find that injured students actually do better, as they end up having a greater understanding of working within the limitations and considerations of the individual's body.

I am pregnant, can I still attend?
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.

Level 1 RYT-200 - Course Work, Resource Centre and Assignments

What are the Mandatory Items to bring to the training?

  • Yoga Mat - there will be some available for purchase from $55 AUD if you do not have one
  • Highlighters/Note Books etc – you will take a lot of notes
  • Santosha Student Agreement - printed and signed
  • Course Manuals x 4 (see below)
  • Book/ Kindle version:
    - The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment - Eckhart Tolle (needed to complete your first assignment)
    - Yoga for Wellness - Gary Kraftsow

Note: If you complete the Power of Now before you leave, you do not need to bring this book with you.

How I do log-in to the student Resource Centre?
Log in here:
https://santoshayogainstitute.edu.au/yoga-teacher-training/level-1-ytt-200hr/student-resources/
Username and Password Info was sent out when you enrolled. Please check your emails 🙂

Please do not change the username or password 🙂

Students have a choice of:
a. downloading to an ipad/ laptop or other device or
b. printing and bringing their Manuals and Assignments

It is up to you which option you prefer. Whatever you choose please read this carefully to ensure you have downloaded or printed everything you need.

What Assignments do I complete before I come?
All assignments will be covered and done in class except three. Of these three ONLY Power of Now is mandatory. We strongly encourage you to do the Anatomy Colouring and Samkhya for you own knowledge, but we will not be marking them and they are not mandatory.

- Power of Now - Mandatory
- Anatomy Colouring - Optional
- Samkhya - Optional

These assignments can be found in the Resource Centre. The Power of Now is due day 3 of the training, thought extensions can be granted.

How do I hand my work in?
There is a folder which you can hand work into that you have completed by hand or printed, or email through to our marking email: assignments@santoshayogainstitute.edu.au

Where do I find the Course Manuals?
There are 4 manuals for the course - two in the Resource Centre and two will be emailed to you before the course begins:

  • Santosha BREATH + MOVEMENT Manual – will be emailed one week before your course begins
  • Santosha Yoga TEACHER TRAINING MANUAL Level 1 200 Manual will be emailed one week before your course begins
  • Santosha ANATOMY Manual – in Resource Centre
  • Santosha VINYASA KRAMA Manual – in Resource Centre

What else do I need to bring?
You need to print from the Resource Centere and fill out to bring with you:

  • Santosha Student Agreement

We must have your signed Student Agreement prior to starting! Please bring to Welcome Circle 🙂

I don't have access to a printer and am not bringing a device to download the manuals onto. What do I do?
We can order printed manuals for you from our printer in Bali for $60 AUD. An email will be sent out about this  with the Manuals one week before the training begins - please reply then and let us know you would like to order these and we will arrange for you.

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