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Level 1 & 2 RYT-500 Yoga Teacher Training

Santosha’s Combined Level 1 & 2, 500-hour yoga teacher training certification course is a unique opportunity to complete both of our comprehensive yoga teacher trainings at once.

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Training Overview

Santosha’s Combined Level 1 & 2, 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification course is a unique opportunity to complete both of our comprehensive yoga teacher trainings at once, in two back-to-back courses.

Our Level 1 course is designed to provide a solid foundation for teaching yoga skillfully with compassion and awareness.

The Level 2 training then allows you to take your foundational knowledge to the next level, to help you achieve praadhiita (‘advanced in studies’). This course is a wonderful opportunity to develop not only as a yoga teacher, but also as a human being embodying yogic principles in your everyday life.

Our in-depth training experience guides students to become ethical teachers, embracing life with awareness and acceptance of oneself, and recognising oneness with and reverence for the earth. Combining the wisdom of traditional yoga with contemporary understandings of the body, emotions and spirituality serves as a platform for self-inquiry to ignite a process of genuine transformation.

Is this the course for me?

The Level 1 & 2 Combined YTT 500-hour course is open to students of all yoga levels with the maturity and commitment to embark on a personal journey of self-discovery, including:

  • Students with the desire to become yoga teachers and complete the Yoga Teacher Training requirements to do so, and
  • Those who do not wish to be yoga teachers but have a sincere interest in the subject matter and want to deepen their own knowledge and understanding of Yoga and Self

This course is a fulfilling and life-changing journey both for those who wish to teach yoga as a career and those who are ready to embark on a personal journey of self-enquiry.

For those who wish to teach, the yoga training will provide the student with the confidence needed to teach yoga skillfully, with compassion, awareness and knowledge. For all students, this training provides an incredible opportunity to be with to connect to your true nature and to acquire new skills that will allow you to move through life with ease.

Training Overview

Santosha’s Combined Level 1 & 2, 500-hour yoga teacher training certification course is a unique opportunity to complete both of our comprehensive yoga teacher trainings at once, in two back-to-back courses.

Our Level 1 course is designed to provide a comprehensive foundation for teaching yoga skillfully with compassion and awareness. The Level 2 training then allows you to take your foundational knowledge to the next level, designed to help you achieve praadhiita (‘advanced in studies’). This course is a wonderful opportunity to develop not only as a yoga teacher, but also as a human being embodying yogic principles in your everyday life.

Our teacher training method concentrates on a creative fusion of Classical, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Krama, and Iyengar yoga poses, woven together by a unique blend of vinyasa flows that are accessible to all levels and abilities. The yoga taught is not another ‘style’ of Yoga but an authentic, integrated presentation of the whole spectrum of the ancient yoga teachings, drawing from the Sri T Krishnamacharya lineage.

Our in-depth training experience guides students to become ethical teachers, embracing life with awareness and acceptance of oneself, and recognising oneness with and reverence for the earth.

Our yoga teacher training embraces a holistic approach to the path of yoga. Combining the wisdom of traditional yoga with contemporary understandings of the body, emotions and spirituality serves as a platform for self-inquiry to ignite a process of genuine transformation.

Is this the course for me?

The Level 1 & 2 Combined YTT 500-hour course is open to students of all yoga levels with the maturity and commitment to embark on a personal journey of self-discovery, including:

  • Students with the desire to become yoga teachers and complete the Yoga Teacher Training requirements to do so, and
  • Those who do not wish to be yoga teachers but have a sincere interest in the subject matter and want to deepen their own knowledge and understanding of Yoga and Self

This course is a fulfilling and life-changing journey both for those who wish to teach yoga as a career and those who are ready to embark on a personal journey of self-enquiry.

For those who wish to teach, the yoga training will provide the student with the confidence needed to teach yoga skillfully, with compassion, awareness and knowledge. For all students, this training provides an incredible opportunity to be with like-minded people, to come to know yourself like never before, to connect to your true nature, to embrace new relationships, joys, and ideas and to acquire new tools and skills that will allow you to move through life with ease.

The Level 1 & 2 Combined YTT 500 is especially convenient for those students who are able to travel to Bali for two consecutive 25 day trainings, allowing them to achieve their Yoga Alliance certified 500-hour teaching certificate in one trip.

What You Will Personally Get From The Training

Level 1 RYT-200 Hours

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The Santosha RYT-200-hour Yoga Teacher Training allows each individual to experience the true essence of yoga through unique wisdom from the ancient scriptures and philosophy, applied in a contemporary context. We foster a learning environment in which students can fully grasp the full eight limbs of yoga and begin to put yoga into practice in their daily lives.

The Art of Sequencing – How to sequence safely and effectively, to progress asanas and breath intelligently and appropriately.

The Art of Safe Teaching – How to teach postures and practices safely and effectively.

The Foundations of Teaching – Anatomy specific guidelines which form a solid basis for knowledgeable and informed teaching.

The Full Eight Limbs of Yoga – this course goes beyond the physical (Asana) practices, allowing for a deeper experience of the healing spiritual benefits of Yoga and the Eight Limbs.

Intelligent Sequencing and Design – We design and structure our teaching methodically – enabling our graduates to teach confidentially from a solid foundation.

Santosha’s teachers possess deep knowledge and understanding, and their compassion and love for teaching means that they truly teach from their hearts.

Together students and teachers create a sacred environment for learning and transformation: a community of like-minded individuals from around the world that support one another in living our true potential! Santosha Yoga Teacher Trainings are truly unique, and all students will feel supported, loved and accepted from the moment they begin their new journey.

This course provides a well-rounded understanding of all aspects of yoga, including:

  • Asana knowledge and practice
  • Pranayama (breathing)
  • Extensive anatomy and physiology
  • Class Sequencing
  • Yoga philosophy
  • Meditation techniques and practices
  • Ayurveda – ancient tools for health and wellbeing
  • Breath Development – how to teach and progress effectively
  • Teaching cues
  • Therapeutic application of Yoga
  • Adjustments and observation
  • Flowing vinyasa sequences and classes
  • Ethics for yoga teachers
  • Yoga business
  • Teaching methodology and practice
  • Kirtan, bhujan and chanting
  • The language of Yoga Teaching
  • Practice teaching and partner work
  • Course sequencing and structure
  • Kriyas
  • Yogic lifestyle
  • Sustainable living
  • The Five Element Form
  • Self awareness/ mindfulness in daily life

Level 2 RYT-300 Hours

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The Santosha YTT 300 hour training has practical value, including the ability to register as a Yoga Alliance RYT500 teacher, but the real purpose is to bring students deeper in their understanding of yoga (and therefore their own lives), through direct personal experience and practical knowledge.

The Level 2 YTT 300 allows each individual to experience the true essence of Yoga through a unique and holistic synthesis of ageless wisdom of ancient scriptures and philosophy, applied in a contemporary context.

We foster a learning environment in which students can fully grasp yoga within its historical context and begin to put yoga into practice in their daily lives. All Santosha instructors possess vast knowledge and understanding and teach from their hearts. All graduating students will:

  • Have fulfilled all requirements to register as a Yoga Alliance RYT-500 instructor
  • Deepen their knowledge and experience to enable their teachings to be intelligent, thus able to cater to group classes, workshops or private sessions in a range of settings
  • Be qualified to teach yoga at the YTT 300 level, and upon completion receive diploma evidencing that training
  • Develop a deeper awareness of their practice
  • Gain in-depth understanding of the postures from a more informed position and understand how to modify and adjust accordingly
  • Receive individual attention
  • Learn how to structure and create cohesive, well-rounded classes to suit individuals and adjust accordingly for injuries, illnesses and pre-exisitng, medical conditions
  • Delve deeper into the “Self”
  • Look at Biomechancs Anatomy and Yoga Therapy in a broader context
  • Build relationships with world-class yoga teachers
  • Have the confidence and tools to begin teaching yoga and or reconnect to deepen your knowledge to teach to a wider part of the community
  • Develop and Practice Mediation daily to allow stillness to overflow into daily life


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Teaching and Certification

Upon completing this course, you will be equipped to practice safely and teach others in a range of diverse settings. This course will qualify you to become registered as a RYT-500 with the Yoga Alliance, and all Santosha graduates are offered support on their teaching journey.

We guarantee you will leave us with a wealth of knowledge, a smile on your face and a warm, open heart!

Santosha Yoga alliance registered school RYS 200 RYS 500

Your Training Investment

A combined saving of AUD $1,000 than if you booked a Santosha Level 1 and Level 2 course separately!

Early Bird – only AUD $5,180 (includes GST and deposit) when you book and pay for your training course two months in advance

Regular – AUD $5,380 (includes GST and deposit)

Includes a Santosha Welcome Pack with singlet and Mala Beads.

Please note – Prices include a $530 AUD non-refundable deposit to secure your place. Prices do not include flights, meals or accommodation.

Teaching and Certification

Upon completing this course, you will be equipped to practice safely and teach others in a range of diverse settings. This course will qualify you to become registered as a RYT-500 with the Yoga Alliance, and all Santosha graduates are offered support on their teaching journey.

We guarantee you will leave us with a wealth of knowledge, a smile on your face and a warm, open heart!

Santosha Yoga alliance registered school RYS 200 RYS 500

Your Training Investment

A combined saving of AUD $1,000 than if you booked a Santosha Level 1 and Level 2 course separately!

Early Bird – only AUD $5,180 (includes GST and deposit) when you book and pay for your training course two months in advance

Regular – AUD $5,380 (includes GST and deposit)

Includes a Santosha Welcome Pack with singlet and Mala Beads.

Please note – Prices include a $530 AUD non-refundable deposit to secure your place. Prices do not include flights, meals or accommodation.


Stunning Bali Location…

Nusa Lembongan – Bali

Many Santosha students (and teachers!) have visited this island and fallen in love with its relaxed pace, stunning beaches and breathtaking sunset views. It is the perfect place to relax and revitalise surrounded by sparkling seas, friendly faces and happy island vibes.

Diving, surfing and island living

Surfers, snorkellers, divers and beach-lovers will love our Bali Island home! Nusa Lembongan is home to some world-class waves and has surf-able waves all year round. The island has three main breaks that can be enjoyed by the beginner to the more experienced surfer.

For those that prefer the view of the ocean from the shore, there is still much to offer for you as well. Hire a bicycle and explore the jungle and beaches of Nusa Lembongan and neighbouring Nusa Penida, explore Balinese temples or simply find a café and soak up the beauty of this peaceful island.

Internet

Wi-Fi is available on-site for free and at most restaurants making it easy to stay in touch with family, friends or work.

Restaurants

We are incredibly lucky to boast an on-site cafe – Ginger & Jamu. Run by chef (and Santosha graduate) Jamie Chick, the café serves a selection of healthy, hearty meals, all created with the most important of ingredients – love! We might be biased, but we think it serves the tastiest food on the island.

At Ginger & Jamu, great care goes into creating the most most-watering meals possible using the freshest ingredients available. Our chef is a yogi and expert in nutrition – he knows exactly what our busy students need to keep them healthy, happy and radiant during their time on the course. Many have begged for recipes – be nice and he might just share a few with you.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free students will love the care and attention lavished on creating meals to suit all dietary needs. There are also many local restaurants suited to all budgets and tastes located within a 5 minute walk.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Level 1 FAQs

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 most of our 2020 courses on the chilled out island of Nusa Lembongan, Bali, with special trainings in Sri Lanka, Morocco and Costa Rica. 

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 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 three 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 24 days, including 3 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 – Yoga Studies*
11:30- 1:45 pm – Yoga Studies*
1:45 – 3:00 pm – Lunch
3:00 – 4:00 pm – Yoga Studies*
4:00 - 5:00 pm -  Asana + Meditation
5:00  - 5:30 pm  - Mindfullness / Meditation/ Yoga Nidra

*  Lectures/ workshops - eg. Anatomy, Postures, Philosophy, Meditation, Yoga Therapy, Kirtan, Practice Teaching

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 24 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.

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.

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.

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 - including our Course 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 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 a printer in Bali for $50 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.

What are the Mandatory Items to bring to the training?
- Yoga Mat - there will be some available for purchase if you do not have one
- Mala Beads (108) - there will be some available for purchase if you do not have any
- Highlighters/Note Books etc – you will take a lot of notes
- Santosha Student Agreement - printed and signed
- Course Manuals - downloaded or printed
- Book/ Kindle version:
- The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle (needed to complete your first assignment)
 - Yoga for Wellness - Gary Kraftsow

Will I have life-long access to the course resources?
Yes! Once you are a Santosha student you will have life-long access to our Resource Centre and Manuals - plus links to our video resources. You will also be invited to join the Worldwide facebook group, which has links to jobs, teaching tips, discussion and more. And we are always just an email away for help and questions - you will always be a part of the Santosha family and we will support you at every stage of your yoga journey.

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 [email protected] 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.

What time does the course start on Day One?
Our Level 1 RYT-200 Trainings start at 11:00am on Day One

 

Bali / Nusa Lembongan

Where are your Bali trainings held?
All our Bali courses are held on the chilled out island of Nusa Lembongan, Bali. Check our Upcoming Dates Page to see course coming up here.

Where is the training location?
Our trainings are held at Santosha Yoga Village - our shala in Nusa Lembongan - located on the beachfront.

Where is Santosha Yoga Village?

Santosha 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

What airport should I fly into for the course?
You will fly into Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport. Your boat company can organise airport pick-up as part of your boat package.

How do I get to Santosha Yoga Village on Nusa Lembongan?

Getting to the island is easy and simple:

1. Fly into Bali - Denpasar (Ngurah Rai) International Airport, Bali, Indonesia
We recommend travelling to Bali and arriving on the island one day before your course begins, as you will start day one at 11am. Something to keep in mind when planning your travel is the last boat across to Nusa Lembongan each day leaves Sanur at 5pm.

2. Book Return Boat and Airport pick-up/ drop off
With one easy step you can book your boat travel. Travel with D'Camel includes:
- pick up from airport in Denpasar to harbour in Sanur
- boat trip from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan
- drop off to your hotel in Nusa Lembongan
- return journey

Best of all this costs less that $40 AUD/ $35 USD - with our Santosha discount for the whole trip there and back!

You can easily book via the D'Camel website from anywhere in the world.
See more here: http://dcamelfastferry.com/
- Discount code: Santoshayoga

Do you have a driver who can assist with airport pick up / drop off and tours etc?
Yes, we happily recommend our awesome driver 'Yogi Bear'
Name : I Putu Yoga Wirawan (Yogi Bear with no hair)
Email : [email protected]
Phone/WhatsApp : +62 853-3735-1888
Facebook/Instagram : @yogibearwithnohair

If ordering a driver remember to supply them with:
-  flight date, name and time
-  your full name for the driver to hold up on a sign
-  name, address and phone number of destination
-  your Whats App number/ contact mobile number in Bali if you have one

What time should I get to the island and when does the course start on Day One?

- Our Level 1 RYT-200 Trainings start at 11:00am on Day One

You will need to organise your travel so you will be in the island and ready to begin your studies at 11am on the first day of your training.  Most students arrive the day before so they have time to settle into their accommodation and find their bearings etc. Something to keep in mind when planning your travel is the last boat across to Nusa Lembongan each day leaves Sanur at 5pm.

Is there any chance to go on any travel excursions in between my training period?
Yes, there are three days off which you can use to surf, dive, snorkel, relax, island hop and explore the neighbouring islands via boat.

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 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 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. Visit: https://vaccinehub.com.au/travel/indonesia

Do I need Malaria tablets in Bali?
Bali is free from malaria. 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.

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. You can find out more about the average temperature/ humidity/ rainfall each month here: https://www.bali.com/news_weather.html

Is there a Doctor/ Hospital on the island ?
Yes, there is a Western style Hospital on Nusa Lembongan:

Home


Jalan Mushroom Beach, Jungutbatu, Nusapenida, Klungkung Regency, Bali 80771 https://goo.gl/maps/afhq1rBkfXE2
Open 24 hours +62-813-3955-5515

Doctor - Dr. Triana
- Can be contacted via Whatsapp +62 815-9226-414
He works at the hospital but takes private appointments after 3pm - charges less

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/

I get in late to Bali. What if I need to stay a night in Sanur?
Our Accommodation Guide has a recommended hotel in Sanur, very close to the boat harbour.

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.

You can find out more about the average temperature/ humidity/ rainfall each month here: https://www.bali.com/news_weather.html

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

Money + ATMS
We highly recommend bringing money to change into IDR when in Bali. This is because:
a. ATMs fees are exorbitant here.
b. Scammers frequently run card-skimming operations from ATMS
c. The ATM on island is a fair distance from the shala (ask staff for directions)

There are money changers on the main road in Nusa Lembongan, or change in Bali/ Sanur for a slightly better rate. We can point you in the direction of money changers in Nusa Lembongan if you need help. Just ask at the Welcome Circle.

If you do need to use an ATM find an air-conditioned one attached to a bank, preferably with a security guard. Stand alone ATMs are NOT advised.

Is the tap water safe for drinking?

No, please bring your own refillable water bottle for drinking and brushing teeth. There is filtered water available for a small cost from cafes including Ginger and Jamu - if you bring a refillable water bottle this can be filled everyday and avoid the use of plastic single use water bottles.

What Plug Will I need?
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 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

How do I do laundry on the island?
Your guesthouse will likely offer a laundry pick-up and drop-off if you ask. Otherwise it is very cheap to get your clothes washed and dried at one of the small local laundries close to our shala. Ask our team if you cannot find one and they will point you in the right direction. Thrifty students may like to buy washing powder at the shops and hand-wash their laundry in the bathroom sink. The heat in Bali means clothes will be quick to dry 🙂

Are there supermarkets on the island?
There are small supermarkets on the main street Jungutbatu. If you cannot find one to suit your needs, ask our team if you cannot find one and they will point you in the right direction.

Where can I buy fresh fruit and snacks?
There are many small shops along the main street with snacks - both healthy and not so healthy. Some also sell fresh fruit and coconuts. There is also a daily morning market (6am - 9am) by the field opposite Green Garden Warung.

Are there Mosquitoes in Bali?
Yes, like most tropical countries Bali does have mosquitoes! The most effective mosquito repellents contain DEET. Repel Tropical Strength repellents contain 30-40% DEET which is considered optimum for adults. There is a local product - Sofitel - which is as effective insect repellent, otherwise bring your own. 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
- 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?
With getting sick, it can happen but most likely won't if you follow some simple guidelines. The most common illness is "Travel 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, Travel 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
- Coconut water and 'Pocari Sweat' also contain electrlytes, so are a good local alternate
- 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

Travel Tips - Indonesia
This site has some great ones, worth a read for all students travelling to Bali:
http://www.aiav.org.au/travel-tips

Showing Respect to Local Culture
Bali is multi-religious and consists of Christian, Muslim and Buddhist minorities, however, the predominant religion in Bali is Hinduism, making up approximately 90% of the population. One of our favourite things about Bali is the rich spiritual life that permeates the island. To respect local culture we advise following these tips:

  • In Bali; it is said that the soul resides in the person’s head, so don’t touch a person or a child’s head because it is considered sacred.
  • You have to wear a sarong and a sash when entering any Hindu temple, you can get one at the entrance
  • Give a donation to the temple
  • Don’t enter a temple wearing shoes and always cover up your shoulders.
  • Don’t take off your t-shirt or hang out in your swimming outfit when walking the streets even if it is too hot. The majority of Bali follows Hindu traditions, so make sure to stay conservative and limit swimsuits to the beach only.
  • Avoid pointing with your finger against the Balinese. They take it as a disrespectful manner.
  • As a mark of respect; avoid walking on the ceremonial offerings in the street. They are extremely sacred and deserve respect.
  • One way to enjoy Bali is to watch the religious ceremonies all around the island.
  • To be more sociable try to learn some basic Balinese phrases.
  • Don’t point at or touch someone with your feet, Balinese considers it very offensive.
  • Don’t smoke in public areas. It is prohibited in restaurants, hotels, temples and tourist attractions since 2011 when the “smoke-free” by-law went into effect.

Temples
Dress modestly before entering a temple in Bali. Temple guests are expected to wear shirts that cover shoulders and part of the upper arms. The waist and legs should be covered by a temple scarf (known as a selendang) and a sarong (known locally as kain kamben) respectively.

Is the tap water safe for drinking?
No, please bring your own refillable water bottle for drinking and brushing teeth. There is filtered water available for a small cost from cafes including Ginger and Jamu - if you bring a refillable water bottle this can be filled everyday and avoid the use of plastic single use water bottles.

What Visa is required to enter Bali?
The Visa required for the training is the 30 day tourist visa  - most 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.

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.

Bali - Accommodation and Meals

How do I choose my Accommodation?
We have a whole book of fantastic places we recommend close to the shala, so you can choose the one that best suits you! See our Nusa Lembongan Accommodation Guide.

You can access the Guide here:
https://santoshayogainstitute.edu.au/yoga-teacher-training/level-1-ytt-200hr/practical-information/

We also have a dedicated on-island support person to help you choose the best accommodation for your budget and needs. Simply select "Accommodation Assistance" when booking your course and she will be in touch to help you select and book your room! 

Can I stay onsite at the training venue?
Yes, we have an onsite option. See our Accommodation Guide for more details including costs. Email Jo to book - [email protected]

Can I stay offsite to the training venue?
Of course! We provide recommended guesthouses nearby our training venue in our Accommodation Guide - we offer suggestions to suit all budgets and needs.

Our accommodation assistant will book your choice of option for you - or if you need extra assistance they can advise on the option that is best for your budget and requirements. 

You can also make your own plans using sites such as airbnb or booking.com .

How close should I stay 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.

Can I pay my room booking 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 double check.

How much is accommodation for 25 nights?
This depends on the choice of accommodation. Approx costs:

- Basic off-site options – from $25 AU per night - approx $625 AUD for 25 nights.
- Nice mid-range off-site - $30 - $40 AU per night - approx $750 - $1,000 AUD for 25 nights.
- More luxurious off-site – from $50 AU per night - approx $1,250 AUD for 25 nights.

Approximate accommodation costs – USD

Basic budget off-site options: From $20 US per night - approx $500 USD 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

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

Please note the above are approximate estimates only. See our handy Accommodation Guide for a full list of options plus prices and booking details.

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: https://www.gingerandjamu.com/

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 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 around $2 - $3 AUD.

How much is food on the island - USD?
Local “warungs” can cost between 70c - $2 USD a meal; western style will be around approx. $3.50 - $7 USD for a meal, not including drinks. Fresh juices are 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 AUD ($7 USD) a day on meals, which over 25 days would be $250 AUD ($180 USD). 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.

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. Some local dishes are also naturally GF, though watch for sneaky ingredients like soy sauce.

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.

 

Sri Lanka / Hiriketiya

Where are your Sri Lanka trainings held?
All our Sri Lanka courses are held in the chilled surf-hotel Dots Bay House in Hiriketiya, Sri Lanka.

Where is Dot's Bay House?

Do's Bay House Nusa Lembongan is located on the beach in Hiriketiya, Sri Lanka. Best to check a map link and have downloaded to your phone ready to go before you arrive:
https://g.page/dots-bay-house?share

What airport should I fly into for the course?
Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka

How do I get to the location for the Sri Lanka training?
- Fly into Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka
- Dots Bay House can assist in arranging an airport pick-up for you at a reasonable  cost

What are the Accommodation Options for your Sri Lanka Training?
There are a choice of rooms onsite - please see our Sri Lanka Accommodation Guide for more details and costs. It can be downloaded here: https://santoshayogainstitute.edu.au/yoga-teacher-training/level-1-ytt-200hr/practical-information/

How do I book my room at Dots from the options available?
Booking accommodation for your Sri Lanka training could not be easier:

  • Choose Your Room
  • Email Dots
  • See you in Sri Lanka!

Options include stylish bungalows, single/ double rooms and spacious and clean dormitory style rooms at different price points so everyone can afford to join us.

Please email Dot's directly with your room choice and exacts dates (you may want to arrive early or stay longer to soak up even more sun and surf). They will reply to confirm your place 🙂

Booking email: [email protected]

Dot's will also arrange transfers from the airport! Email them your flight details - arrival date and time/ flight number - and they will do the rest.

Do you have a driver who can assist with airport pick up / drop off and tours etc?
Yes, Dots will be able to happily assist with this.

If ordering a driver remember to supply them with:
-  flight date, name and time
-  your full name for the driver to hold up on a sign
-  name, address and phone number of destination
-  your Whats App number/ contact mobile number in Bali if you have one

What time should I get to Sri Lanka and when does the course start on Day One?

- Our Level 1 RYT-200 Trainings start at 11:00am on Day One

You will need to organise your travel so you will be ready to begin your studies at 11am on the first day of your training.  Most students arrive the day before so they have time to settle into their accommodation and find their bearings etc.  

Is there any chance to go on any travel excursions in between my training period?
Yes, there are 4 days off which you can use to surf, explore, snorkel, relax, temple hop and explore this fascinating and beautiful country. Dot's can also arrange for you:

- Sri Lankan Cooking class
- Udalawalawe or Yala Safari -see  elephants, leopards, crocodiles and more in the wild
- Surf Lesson
- Bakery 101
- Whale watching
- Mulkirigata Temple

What is the currency for Sri Lanka?
The currency for Sri Lanka is Sri Lanka Rupee. You can check the exchange rate to your local currency here: https://www.xe.com/currency/lkr-sri-lankan-rupee

There are many ATMS and Banks to change money in Dikwella (10 mins by tuk-tuk)

Carry some change on you at all times. Although you can pay with credit card in hotels, restaurants, and supermarkets nowadays, there are still many shops in where only cash is accepted. Same goes for tuk tuks.

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 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. Visit: https://www.tmb.ie/destinations/vaccinations-for-sri-lanka

Do I need Malaria tablets in Sri Lanka?
There is a low risk of Malaria in the area north of Vavuniya (very far from our training site) and a very low risk in the rest of Sri Lanka. Antimalarials are not recommended but awareness of the risk and bite avoidance is advised.

What is the weather like in Hiriketiya, Sri Lanka in May/ June?
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 90.6°F (32.6°C) and 88.4°F (31.3°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 3 to 6 days of significant precipitation per month (so pack a raincoat - rain usually falls in short intesne bursts so there will still be plenty of sun!) More info here:
https://championtraveler.com/dates/best-time-to-visit-dickwella-lk/

Is there a Doctor/ Hospital nearby ?
Yes, there is a Western style Hospital in Matara. Dot's can assist with local doctor needs also.

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/

Is the tap water safe for drinking?

No, please bring your own refillable water bottle for drinking and brushing teeth. There is filtered water available for a small cost from cafes - if you bring a refillable water bottle this can be filled everyday and avoid the use of plastic single use water bottles.

What Plug Will I need?
For Sri Lanka there are two associated plug types, types D and G. Plug type D is the plug which has three round pins in a triangular pattern and plug type G is the plug which has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Sri Lanka operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

How do I do laundry?
Dots offer a laundry pick-up and drop-off if you ask. Otherwise it is very cheap to get your clothes washed and dried at one of the small local laundries in Dikwella (ten mins tuk tuk). Ask our team if you cannot find one and they will point you in the right direction. Thrifty students may like to buy washing powder at the shops and hand-wash their laundry in the bathroom sink. The heat in Sri Lanka means clothes will be quick to dry 🙂

Are there supermarkets?
Yes, there is supermarkets and local market on the main street in nearby Dikwella (ten mins tuk tuk) If you cannot find it,  ask our team and they will point you in the right direction.

Where can I buy fresh fruit and snacks?
There are many small cafes on the beach with snacks - both healthy and not so healthy. There is a local market with fresh fruit on the main street in nearby Dikwella (ten mins tuk tuk) If you cannot find it, ask our team and they will point you in the right direction.

Are there Mosquitoes in Sri Lanka?
Yes, like most tropical countries Sri Lanka does have mosquitoes! 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
- 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?
With getting sick, it can happen but most likely won't if you follow some simple guidelines. The most common illness is "Travel Belly" - basically upset stomach or travellers' diarrhoea.

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
- Coconut water and 'Pocari Sweat' also contain electrlytes, so are a good local alternate
- 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

Travel Tips - Sri Lanka
This site has some great ones, worth a read for all students travelling to Sri Lanka:
https://thatswhatshehad.com/sri-lanka-travel-tips/

How do I get around?
1. Buses and trains are incredibly cheap - and a fun way to experience local life
2. Tuk- tuks (small 3 seater motorized rickshaws) are plentiful - have change to pay
3. Drivers can be arranged easily by Dot's - car or vans for larger group excursions
4. Uber is widely available in Sri Lanka
5. Hire a bicycle for local jaunts
6. We do not recommend driving in Sri Lanka, but if you do hire a scooter make sure you are covered by insurance and ALWAYS wear a helmet.

What Visa is required to enter Sri Lanka?
You can obtain a  30 day tourist visa here:
https://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/visainfo/center.jsp?locale=en_US

Please be careful when applying for a Visa, as scam sites do exist. Make sure you use the offical link!

Visas can be extended once in Sri Lanka. Ask our team on Day One.

Some handy info on extending your Visa here:
https://www.ceylonrusticguide.com/rustic-guide-to-extend-visa-in-sri-lanka/

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

How do I get a SIM card?
You can buy a SIM as soon as you step off the plane at Bandaranaike airport but they offer the “tourist” packages. If you can wait go to any shop in Dikwella or along the way with. 'Dialog' sign you can buy one at a cheaper rate.

You will need to show your passport, and specify that you want data only (unless you do want credit). They will assist you easily.

Where else should I travel in Sri Lanka?
Broke Backpacker has some great itineraries and ideas here:
https://www.thebrokebackpacker.com/backpacking-sri-lanka-travel-guide/

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.

Sri Lanka - Accommodation and Meals

Where are your Sri Lanka trainings held?
All our Sri Lanka courses are held in the chilled surf-hotel Dots Bay House in Hiriketiya, Sri Lanka.

Where is Dot's Bay House?

Do's Bay House Nusa Lembongan is located on the beach in Hiriketiya, Sri Lanka. Best to check a map link and have downloaded to your phone ready to go before you arrive:
https://g.page/dots-bay-house?share

How do I choose my Accommodation?
Dots have created a range of options for our Santosha students to choose from. See our Sri Lanka Accommodation Guide here:
https://santoshayogainstitute.edu.au/yoga-teacher-training/level-1-ytt-200hr/practical-information/

How do I book my room at Dots from the options available?
Booking accommodation for your Sri Lanka training could not be easier:

  • Choose Your Room
  • Email Dots
  • See you in Sri Lanka!

Options include stylish bungalows, single/ double rooms and spacious and clean dormitory style rooms at different price points so everyone can afford to join us.

Please email Dot's directly with your room choice and exacts dates (you may want to arrive early or stay longer to soak up even more sun and surf). They will reply to confirm your place 🙂

Booking email: [email protected]

Dot's will also arrange transfers from the airport! Email them your flight details - arrival date and time/ flight number - and they will do the rest.

How do I pay for my room booking?
Once you have confirmed with Dot's they will send you a link to pay them directly. 

Will my room have wifi?
Yes

How much is accommodation for 26 nights?
This depends on your the choice of room. Options start from:

Room only x 26 nights - $520 USD
Room & Breakfast x 26 nights - $650 USD
Full Board x 26 nights - $950 USD

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

See our handy Accommodation Guide for a full list of options plus prices and booking details.

Where can I eat on the island?
Dot's have an awesome onsite cafe - see more here: https://www.dotsbayhouse.com/facilities/

You can choose full or half board with your accommodation package - or just book your room and eat wherever you like. Of course if you prefer to eat offsite there are many local cafes within a few minutes walk!

I am a Vegan - can I eat in Hiriketiya?
Yes, very much so! Dot's onsite cafe  has  tasty Vegan options. If you prefer to eat offsite there are many local cafes with vegan options within a few minutes walk!

I am Gluten Free - can I eat in Hiriketiya?
Yes, very much so! Dot's onsite cafe has Gluten Free options. If you prefer to eat offsite there are many local cafes with GF options within a few minutes walk.

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

Morocco/ Tagahzout

Where are your Morocco trainings held?
Our Morocco course is held in Morocco's most-loved surf accommodation Surf Maroc in Tagahzout Morocco.

Where is Surf Maroc?

Surf Maroc is located in Morocco's #1 surf spot - Tagahzout. Best to check a map link and have downloaded to your phone ready to go before you arrive:
https://goo.gl/maps/cXz8jZYMVKowMPwRA

What airport should I fly into for the course?
Morocco is served by direct flights from the UK and other major European airports, with flight times to Agadir between 2-4 hours. Guests travelling from the US can connect either in Casablanca or at a European airport as there are no direct flights to Agadir.

From Agadir airport, it’s a 45-minute drive south-east along the coast road. Transfers from Agadir are included in your accommodation and meals package - no extra costs incurred.

Road transfers from Marrakech airport can be easily arranged and the new motorway has dramatically cut the journey times down to 2 -3 hours and cost approx £80 for 4 people. Surf Maroc can book one for you. Payments for the transfer are made directly to your driver.

How do I get to the location for the Morocco training?
- Fly into Agadir airport
- Surf Maroc can assist in arranging an airport pick-up for you (included in your accommodation package)
- Road transfers from Marrakech airport can also be easily arranged at a reasonable cost

What are the Accommodation Options for your Morocco Training?
There are a choice of gorgeous rooms available in our stunning villa at Surf Maroc  - please see our Morocco Accommodation Guide for more details and costs. It can be downloaded here: https://santoshayogainstitute.edu.au/yoga-teacher-training/level-1-ytt-200hr/practical-information/

How do I book my room at Surf Maroc from the options available?
Booking accommodation for your Morocco training could not be easier:

  • Choose Your Room from the Guide
  • Email Surf Maroc
  • See you in Morocco!

Options include shared stylish rooms at a variety of price points, and include all meal and Agadir airport transfer.

Please email Surf Maroc directly with your room choice and exacts dates (you may want to arrive early or stay longer to soak up even more sun and surf). They will reply to confirm your place 🙂

Booking email: [email protected]

Surf Maroc will also arrange transfers from the Agadir airport! Email them your flight details - arrival date and time/ flight number - and they will do the rest.

What are the costs of the rooms in Surf Maros stunning Villa?

All room costs include breakfast, lunch and dinner and inclusions (see previous page)

Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training: 22 August - 14 Sept, 2020
Bougainvillea, Indian: Double non sea-view shared bathroom (with 1 other room) @ £1,357 pp
Butterfly, Turtle: Non sea view en suite @ £1,495 pp
Emerald, Scarlet, Light: Double Sea view en suite @ £1,610 pp
Red: Quadruple Sea view en suite @ £1,610 pp Garden: Triple en suite @ £1,610 pp

These prices are based on sharing the room with:

1 (All rooms except Garden/ Red) 2 (Garden) or 3 (Red) other guests (same gender) and we work on a first come first served basis.

If you prefer sole occupancy there is a £26 per night single room supplement charge - for the duration of the Level 1 course this would add an extra £598 to the room total.

Yin Yoga Course: 14 - 19 September, 2020

Bougainvillea, Indian: Double non sea-view shared bathroom (sharing with 1 other room) @ £303 pp
Butterfly, Turtle: Double Non sea view en suite @ £333 pp
Emerald, Scarlet, Light: Double Sea view en suite @ £358 pp
Red: Quadruple Sea view en suite @ £358 pp
Garden: Triple en suite @ £358 pp

These prices are based on sharing the room with 1 (All rooms except Garden/ Red), 2 (Garden) or 3 (Red) other guests (same gender) and we work on a first come first served basis.

If you prefer sole occupancy there is a £26 per night single room supplement charge - for the Yin course it would be an extra £115.

To see up-to-date conversion of costs to your currency visit: https://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

What is included in the room costs?

All room costs include breakfast, lunch and dinner and the following inclusions:

  • Return Agadir airport transfers Transfers from Marrakech can also be arranged - ˙they incur a cost Check-in at Villa Mandala on arrival Saturday is from 16:30 onwards.
  • If you arrive with an earlier flight we can take you to our cafe Mouja or L'Auberge restaurant in Taghazout. Here you can relax on the surrounding beach or have some lunch and will be taken to Villa Mandala for 16:30.
  • Check-out from the rooms at Villa Mandala on departure is at 10:00 after breakfast.
  • Beautiful beachfront accommodation at Villa Mandala Exquisite vegetarian food: wholesome breakfast, nutritious lunch & a gourmet dinner NOTE: Thursday is our chefs night off - dining out options are available to you upon enquiry
  • Unlimited fruit, tea and coffee Exclusive and unlimited use of all facilities: ocean front swimming pool, yoga shala and props: yoga mats, bricks, straps, bolsters, lavender eye bags, sand bags & blankets.
  • Room amenities: bath and beach towels, shampoo and soaps, hairdryers, security safe, laundry baskets, fans, heaters & hot water bottles
  • Daily cleaner service Our fantastic caring team providing host service throughout the week.

Do you have a driver who can assist with airport pick up / drop off and tours etc?
Yes, Surf Maroc will be able to happily assist with this.

If ordering a driver remember to supply them with:
-  flight date, name and time
-  your full name for the driver to hold up on a sign
-  name, address and phone number of destination
-  your Whats App number/ contact mobile number in Bali if you have one

What time should I get to Surf Maroc and when does the course start on Day One?

- Our Level 1 RYT-200 Trainings start at 11:00am on Day One

You will need to organise your travel so you will be ready to begin your studies at 11am on the first day of your training.  Most students arrive the day before so they have time to settle into their accommodation and find their bearings etc.  

Is there any chance to go on any travel excursions in between my training period?
Yes, there are 3 days off which you can use to surf, explore, relax, visit desert and bazaars, and explore this fascinating and beautiful country. Surf Maroc can organise optional extra activities such as surfing, visits to the hammam & massage, local markets, Essaouira, horse riding, camel riding, quad biking are easily arranged upon request on days off

What is the currency for Morocco? 
The Moroccan Dirham is the currency of Morocco. You can check the exchange rate to your local currency here: https://www.xe.com/currency/mad-moroccan-dirham

More established shops will take credit card, but most smaller markets, street vendors, and cabs will not. Be ready with local currency. Moroccan cab drivers rarely “have change” when you need it. To avoid overpaying, keep coins on you when travelling.

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 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. Visit: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/morocco

What is the weather like in Tagahzout?
In Taghazout, the summers are short, warm, muggy, arid, and clear and the winters are short, cool, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 48°F to 78°F and is rarely below 42°F or above 86°F. Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Taghazout for hot-weather activities is from early July to early September. More info here:
https://weatherspark.com/y/31973/Average-Weather-in-Taghazout-Morocco-Year-Round

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/

Is the tap water safe for drinking?

Although officially safe, it is still best to drink filtered water.  Please bring your own refillable water bottle for drinking and brushing teeth. There is filtered water available for a small cost from cafes - if you bring a refillable water bottle this can be filled everyday and avoid the use of plastic single use water bottles.

What Plug Will I need?
For Morocco there are two associated plug types, types C and E. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type E is the plug which has two round pins and a hole for the socket’s male earthing pin. Morocco operates on a 220V supply voltage and 50Hz. More info here: https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guidance/advice-for-you/when-travelling/travel-adaptor-for-morocco/

How do I do laundry?
Surf Maroc offer a laundry pick-up and drop-off if you ask. Thrifty students may like to buy washing powder at the shops and hand-wash their laundry in the bathroom sink. The heat in Morocco means clothes will be quick to dry 🙂

How should I dress?
Overall, guys can dress however they like, but women need to dress more conservatively. Although you see many tourists wearing whatever they want, we chose to cover up as much as possible to avoid unwanted attention. Keep a scarf/ shawl handy. When visiting mosques, you need to cover down to your wrists and ankles.

What is the best way to avoid illness?
With getting sick, it can happen but most likely won't if you follow some simple guidelines. The most common illness is "Travel Belly" - basically upset stomach or travellers' diarrhoea.

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
- Coconut water and 'Pocari Sweat' also contain electrlytes, so are a good local alternate
- 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

Travel Tips - Morocco
This site has some great ones, worth a read for all students travelling to Morocco:
https://localadventurer.com/visiting-morocco-travel-tips/

What language is spoken in Morocco?
Moroccans speak a mixture of Arabic, Berber, English, and French. You’ll be fine with English in most of the larger cities, but you’ll probably need a translator in the rural parts of the country.

What Visa is required to enter Sri Lanka?
UK, EU, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and USA nationals do not require a visa for stays in Morocco of up to 90 days. More info here: https://www.onthegotours.com/au/Morocco/Visas

How do I get a SIM card?
Airport or Tobacco kiosks are the best places to buy a SIM card. Important infothe SIM card vendor must take a picture of your passport, it's normal nothing to be alarmed about. More info here:
https://www.thetravelbrief.com/briefs/morocco-a-guide-to-finding-the-best-prepaid-sim-card-in-morocco

Where else should I travel in Morocco?
Broke Backpacker has some great itineraries and ideas here:
https://www.thebrokebackpacker.com/backpacking-morocco-travel-guide/#visit

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.

Surf Maroc will prearrange an 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.

Morocco - Accommodation and Meals

Where are your Morocco trainings held?
Our Morocco course is held in Morocco's most-loved surf accommodation Surf Maroc in Tagahzout Morocco.

Where is Surf Maroc?

Surf Maroc is located in Morocco's #1 surf spot - Tagahzout. Best to check a map link and have downloaded to your phone ready to go before you arrive:
https://goo.gl/maps/cXz8jZYMVKowMPwRA

What are the Accommodation Options for your Morocco Training?
There are a choice of gorgeous rooms available in our stunning villa at Surf Maroc  - please see our Morocco Accommodation Guide for more details and costs. It can be downloaded here: https://santoshayogainstitute.edu.au/yoga-teacher-training/level-1-ytt-200hr/practical-information/

How do I book my room at Surf Maroc from the options available?
Booking accommodation for your Morocco training could not be easier:

  • Choose Your Room from the Guide
  • Email Surf Maroc
  • See you in Morocco!

Options include shared stylish rooms at a variety of price points, and include all meal and Agadir airport transfer.

Please email Surf Maroc directly with your room choice and exacts dates (you may want to arrive early or stay longer to soak up even more sun and surf). They will reply to confirm your place 🙂

Booking email: [email protected]

Surf Maroc will also arrange transfers from the Agadir airport! Email them your flight details - arrival date and time/ flight number - and they will do the rest.

What are the costs of the rooms in Surf Maros stunning Villa?

All room costs include breakfast, lunch and dinner and inclusions (see previous page)

Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training: 22 August - 14 Sept, 2020
Bougainvillea, Indian: Double non sea-view shared bathroom (with 1 other room) @ £1,357 pp
Butterfly, Turtle: Non sea view en suite @ £1,495 pp
Emerald, Scarlet, Light: Double Sea view en suite @ £1,610 pp
Red: Quadruple Sea view en suite @ £1,610 pp Garden: Triple en suite @ £1,610 pp

These prices are based on sharing the room with:

1 (All rooms except Garden/ Red) 2 (Garden) or 3 (Red) other guests (same gender) and we work on a first come first served basis.

If you prefer sole occupancy there is a £26 per night single room supplement charge - for the duration of the Level 1 course this would add an extra £598 to the room total.

Yin Yoga Course: 14 - 19 September, 2020

Bougainvillea, Indian: Double non sea-view shared bathroom (sharing with 1 other room) @ £303 pp
Butterfly, Turtle: Double Non sea view en suite @ £333 pp
Emerald, Scarlet, Light: Double Sea view en suite @ £358 pp
Red: Quadruple Sea view en suite @ £358 pp
Garden: Triple en suite @ £358 pp

These prices are based on sharing the room with 1 (All rooms except Garden/ Red), 2 (Garden) or 3 (Red) other guests (same gender) and we work on a first come first served basis.

If you prefer sole occupancy there is a £26 per night single room supplement charge - for the Yin course it would be an extra £115.

To see up-to-date conversion of costs to your currency visit: https://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

What is included in the room costs?

All room costs include breakfast, lunch and dinner and the following inclusions:

  • Return Agadir airport transfers Transfers from Marrakech can also be arranged - ˙they incur a cost Check-in at Villa Mandala on arrival Saturday is from 16:30 onwards.
  • If you arrive with an earlier flight we can take you to our cafe Mouja or L'Auberge restaurant in Taghazout. Here you can relax on the surrounding beach or have some lunch and will be taken to Villa Mandala for 16:30.
  • Check-out from the rooms at Villa Mandala on departure is at 10:00 after breakfast.
  • Beautiful beachfront accommodation at Villa Mandala Exquisite vegetarian food: wholesome breakfast, nutritious lunch & a gourmet dinner NOTE: Thursday is our chefs night off - dining out options are available to you upon enquiry
  • Unlimited fruit, tea and coffee Exclusive and unlimited use of all facilities: ocean front swimming pool, yoga shala and props: yoga mats, bricks, straps, bolsters, lavender eye bags, sand bags & blankets.
  • Room amenities: bath and beach towels, shampoo and soaps, hairdryers, security safe, laundry baskets, fans, heaters & hot water bottles
  • Daily cleaner service Our fantastic caring team providing host service throughout the week.

Is food included in my accommodation package?

Yes, all meals are included! Morocco is renowned for its cuisine, and you’ll experience the best of it with your all inclusive accommodation package. Your chef will cook you three delicious meals every day and snacks and drinks are included.

Will my room have wifi?
Yes

Costa Rica / Santa Teresa

Where are your Costa Rica trainings held?
Our Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training will be held at 'Atrapasueños – Dreamcatcher Hotel', an eco-friendly boutique hotel.

Where is Atrapasueños – Dreamcatcher Hotel?

Atrapasueños – Dreamcatcher Hotel is located located in Santa Teresa beach in the southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, ideally situated a few meters from one of the best beaches in the country. Best to check a map link and have downloaded to your phone ready to go before you arrive:
https://g.page/ATRAPASUENOSCR?share

How do I get to Atrapasueños – Dreamcatcher Hotel?
By land: It is an hour drive from San Jose Airport to Puntarenas where you should take the Ferry to Paquera, the ride through the Nicoya Gulf takes 1 hour and fifteen minutes.  From Paquera you continue driving through Tambor, Cobano and then Malpais-Santa Teresa; at the crossroads you turn right and one kilometre further you will find Atrapasuenos – Dreamcatcher.
By air: Malpais- Santa Teresa is 40 minutes away from the domestic airport of Tambor. There are daily flights from San Jose to/from Tambor. The flight is about 25 minutes. Fly directly from San Jose to Tambor, than take a taxi to Mal Pais – Santa Teresa.
By bus: There is a direct bus from San Jose, with several departure options.
By shuttle: We are happy to arrange a shuttle from the San Jose Airport.

What are the Accommodation Options for your Costa RicaTraining?
There are a choice of rooms onsite - please see our Costa Rica Accommodation Guide for more details and costs. It can be downloaded here: https://santoshayogainstitute.edu.au/yoga-teacher-training/level-1-ytt-200hr/practical-information/

How do I book my room at Dreamcatchers from the options available?
Booking accommodation for your Costa Rica training could not be easier:

  • Choose Your Room
  • Email Dreamcatcher
  • See you in Costa Rica!

Dreamcatcher offer different price points so everyone can afford to join us.

Please email Dreamcatcher directly with your room choice and exacts dates (you may want to arrive early or stay longer to soak up even more sun and surf). They will reply to confirm your place 🙂

Booking email: [email protected]

Dreamcatcher will also arrange transfers from the airport! Email them your flight details - arrival date and time/ flight number - and they will do the rest.

Do you have a driver who can assist with airport pick up / drop off and tours etc?
Yes, Dreamcatcher will be able to happily assist with this.

If ordering a driver remember to supply them with:
-  flight date, name and time
-  your full name for the driver to hold up on a sign
-  name, address and phone number of destination
-  your Whats App number/ contact mobile number in Bali if you have one

What time should I get to Costa Rica and when does the course start on Day One?

- Our Level 1 RYT-200 Trainings start at 11:00am on Day One

You will need to organise your travel so you will be ready to begin your studies at 11am on the first day of your training.  Most students arrive the day before so they have time to settle into their accommodation and find their bearings etc.  

Is there any chance to go on any travel excursions in between my training period?
Yes, there are 3 days off which you can use to surf, explore, relax, jungle walk and explore this beautiful country.

What is the currency for Costa Rica?
The Costa Rican Colon is the currency of Costa Rica. You can check the exchange rate to your local currency here: https://www.xe.com/currency/crc-costa-rican-colon

Carry some change on you at all times. Although you can pay with credit card in hotels, restaurants, and supermarkets nowadays, there are still many shops in where only cash is accepted.

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 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. Visit: https://www.travelvax.com.au/holiday-traveller/vaccination-requirements/costa-rica

Do I need Malaria tablets in Costa Rica?
No risk to travellers.

What is the weather like in Costa Rica?

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/

Is the tap water safe for drinking?

It's generally safe to drink tap water in Costa Rica, except in the most rural and undeveloped parts of the country.

What Plug Will I need?

Image result for plug costa rica

​Costa Rica uses 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity, same as the US. Plugs are typically the 2-pronged flat type, so US travelers will not typically need a converter or adapter. More info here: https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/costa-rica/

How do I do laundry?
Dreamcatcher offer a laundry pick-up and drop-off if you ask. Thrifty students may like to buy washing powder at the shops and hand-wash their laundry in the bathroom sink. The heat in Costa Rica means clothes will be quick to dry 🙂

Are there supermarkets?
Yes, you can easily pick up fresh, local ingredients at the organic market or local supermarket so you can access healthy and nutritious ingredients easily. There are three kitchens available for our students use - with fridge, oven, stovetop, blender, toaster and microwaves - a great option for the budget-minded.

Where can I buy fresh fruit and snacks?
You can easily pick up fresh, local ingredients at the nearby organic market.

Are there Mosquitoes in Costa Rica?
Yes, like most tropical countries Costa Rica does have mosquitoes! 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
- 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?
With getting sick, it can happen but most likely won't if you follow some simple guidelines. The most common illness is "Travel Belly" - basically upset stomach or travellers' diarrhoea.

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
- Coconut water and 'Pocari Sweat' also contain electrlytes, so are a good local alternate
- 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

Travel Tips - Costa Rica
This site has some great ones, worth a read for all students travelling to Sri Lanka:
https://www.entercostarica.com/travel-guide/travel-tips

What Visa is required to enter Costa Rica?
According to the immigration department of Costa Rica, there are 4 different groups of international countries that have four different visa requirements for their citizens to enter, visit and stay in Costa Rica. Citizens of the first and second group of countries - including USA, Australia, NZ and Canada - do not require a Costa Rica visa. They will receive a visa on arrival and obtain an entry stamp in their passport. After receiving the entry visa, make sure to always double check the entry and exit stamps! Sometimes the authorities can make a mistake which can cause you some problems later on.

Citizens of the third and fourth groups of countries will be required to register for a restricted Costa Rica Visa which must be applied at least 90 days before expected travel.

Check your requirements here:  https://www.costarica.org/travel/visas/

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

Where else should I travel in Costa Rica?
Broke Backpacker has some great itineraries and ideas here:
https://www.thebrokebackpacker.com/backpacking-costa-rica-travel-guide/#visit

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.

Dreamcatchers will prearrange an 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.

Costa Rica Accommodation

Where are your Costa Rica trainings held?
Our Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training will be held at 'Atrapasueños – Dreamcatcher Hotel', an eco-friendly boutique hotel.

Where is Atrapasueños – Dreamcatcher Hotel?

Atrapasueños – Dreamcatcher Hotel is located located in Santa Teresa beach in the southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, ideally situated a few meters from one of the best beaches in the country. Best to check a map link and have downloaded to your phone ready to go before you arrive:
https://g.page/ATRAPASUENOSCR?share

How do I choose my Accommodation?
Dots have created a range of options for our Santosha students to choose from. See our Sri Lanka Accommodation Guide here:
https://santoshayogainstitute.edu.au/yoga-teacher-training/level-1-ytt-200hr/practical-information/

What are the Accommodation Options for your Costa RicaTraining?
There are a choice of rooms onsite - please see our Costa Rica Accommodation Guide for more details and costs. It can be downloaded here: https://santoshayogainstitute.edu.au/yoga-teacher-training/level-1-ytt-200hr/practical-information/

How do I book my room at Dreamcatchers from the options available?
Booking accommodation for your Costa Rica training could not be easier:

  • Choose Your Room
  • Email Dreamcatcher
  • See you in Costa Rica!

Dreamcatcher offer different price points so everyone can afford to join us.

Please email Dreamcatcher directly with your room choice and exacts dates (you may want to arrive early or stay longer to soak up even more sun and surf). They will reply to confirm your place 🙂

Booking email: [email protected]

Dreamcatcher will also arrange transfers from the airport! Email them your flight details - arrival date and time/ flight number - and they will do the rest.

How do I pay for my room booking?
Once you have confirmed with Dreamcatchers they will send you a link to pay them directly. 

Will my room have wifi?
Yes

How much is accommodation for 26 nights?
This depends on your the choice of bed:

Single Bed: 25 Nights - $850 USD p/p ($34 USD per night)
Double Bed: 25 Nights - $925 USD p/p ($37 USD per night)
King Bed: 25 Nights - $1,000 USD p/p ($40 USD per night)
Sofa Bed (1): 25 Nights - $700 USD p/p ($28 USD per night)

Approx $AUD

Single Bed: 25 Nights - $1,238 AUD p/p ($50 AUD per night)
Double Bed: 25 Nights - $1,350 AUD p/p ($54 AUD per night)
King Bed: 25 Nights - $1,455 AUD p/p ($58 AUD per night)
Sofa Bed (1): 25 Nights - $1,020 AUD p/p ($41 AUD per night)

NOTE: Book early as beds will book on a first come, first served basis!

All students will be sharing a room up to 3 other participants of the same gender.

This is great way to experience communal yoga living and really get to know your fellow yogis during your time together! Introverts, do not be concerned. There are plenty of quiet and secluded places in the spacious buildings and gardens to find yourself some 'me' time 🙂

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

See our handy Accommodation Guide for a full list of options plus prices and booking details.

Where can I eat?
Your options for eating are plentiful!

Eating out - Thanks to the diverse community of Santa Teresa, eating out is cheap, easy and varied. You can choose between 90 different restaurants - from Argentinean Grill, to wood burning brick oven Italian pizza, amazing sushi, raw food options or authentic Costa Rican sodas - all easily accessible within a few minutes walk from our training site and with options to suit all budgets.

Cook your own - There are three kitchens available for our students use - with fridge, oven, stovetop, blender, toaster and microwaves - a great option for the budget-minded. Even better, you can easily pick up fresh, local ingredients at the organic market or local supermarket so you can access healthy and nutritious ingredients easily.

Meal packages - For those who prefer the ease of meal packages Dreamcatcher can arrange this for you with a local food vendor. Prices for this can be confirmed with Dreamcatcher closer to the time. Please register your interest with them when booking if you would like this service.

I am a Vegan - can I eat in Santa Theresa?
Yes, very much so! There are many cafe within a ten minute walk with vegan options. Here are some options: https://www.happycow.net/north_america/costa_rica/santa_teresa/

I am Gluten Free - can I eat in Santa Theresa?
Yes, there are so many cafes you will be easily able to find gluten free delights. Try one of these:
https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurants-g635538-zfz10992-Santa_Teresa_Province_of_Puntarenas.html

 

Level 2 FAQs

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 2020 Level 2 500 hour training at our yoga community on the tropical island Nusa Lembongan, Bali.

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 2020 Level 2 Training held?
We are so excited to be running our 2020 Level 2 500 hour training at our yoga community on the tropical island Nusa Lembongan, Bali.

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: [email protected] - or call Maya at +62 812 39346464

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 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 $25 AU per night
- Nice mid-range off-site options can be found for around $30 - $40 AU p/n 
- More luxurious off-site options can be found from $50 AU p/n

Approximate off-site Accommodation costs – USD

Budget off-site options: From $18 US per night -
Mid-range off-site options: $20 to $28 US per night
Luxury off-site options: From $45 US per night

* 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).

* 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.

Is the tap water safe for drinking?
No, please bring your own refillable water bottle for drinking and brushing teeth. There is filtered water available for a small cost from cafes including Ginger and Jamu - if you bring a refillable water bottle this can be filled everyday and avoid the use of plastic single use water bottles.

Location - Nusa Lembongan

Where is your 2020 Level 2 Training held?
We are so excited to be running our 2020 Level 2 500 hour training at our yoga community on the tropical island Nusa Lembongan, 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%.

Is the tap water safe for drinking?
No, please bring your own refillable water bottle for drinking and brushing teeth. There is filtered water available for a small cost from cafes including Ginger and Jamu - if you bring a refillable water bottle this can be filled everyday and avoid the use of plastic single use water bottles.

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.

Travelling to India

What is the currency for India?
The currency for India is India Rupee. You can check the exchange rate to your local currency here: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

What is the weather like in GEV?
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 India?
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 India?
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 India?
It is best to visit your doctor to discuss any current vaccination updates for India. Below is some reputable information about India 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.


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