“Yoga is for internal cleansing, not external exercising. Yoga means true self-knowledge.”  Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

©2019 by Vicky Tomsky. 

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RYS200 Teacher Training
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga 
Goa, India


Fundamentals of Yoga Practice and Teaching
Goa, India
April 11-May 9, 2020

*Certification authorized by the Canadian Yoga Alliance

For more information & registration please contact Vicky at: vicktomsky@gmail.com


Join Victoria and Simone for an immersive yoga experience in Goa, India's coastal paradise. You will deepen your practice with like-minded yogis for during this one month yoga teacher training course. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of India while living in a laid back, tropical paradise. Time slows down here and gives you the space to explore what you love, the yoga practice. The culture, warm climate, expansive beaches, and healthy cuisine make Goa a perfect destination for yogis. Victoria and Simone currently lead worldwide retreats and teacher training courses are excited to offer their 200-hour teacher training in Goa during April 2020!

The training will include the following topics: 

●        Yoga practice methodology

●        Anatomy and physiology 

●        Philosophy, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita

●        History of Yoga and the different paths of yoga practice

●        Basic principles of Ayurveda and Pranayama

●        The subtle body, Chakras and Nadis

●        Self Practice 

●        Yogic living and lifestyle

●        Meditation   

●        Kriyas

●        Workshops breaking down how to practice and teach the various asanas 

●        Practice teaching 

●        Teaching skills

●        Sanskrit chanting 

●        Prenatal Yoga 

●        Yoga nidra

●        Restorative Yoga

●        Introduction to basic adjustments

●        Structuring and sequencing Yoga classes

●        Establishing yourself as a yoga teacher 

●        Business & Ethics in the Yoga world today


This program is designed for you to develop a deeper understanding of yourself and your connection to the Universe through ancient yogic wisdom. Participating in a teacher training course is not easy; it requires commitment, presence and dedication to the Yoga practice and living with integrity. When we drop into this work the rewards are endless! In this course you will practice asanas, kriyas, pranayamas and meditation. You will deepen your understanding of these techniques, how you can practice them for yourself and teach them to your students. You will study physical and subtle anatomy, as well as physiology and yoga philosophy. Your commitment to insight, research and self-investigation are essential for your Yoga practice to grow and evolve over time. This experience is open to anybody looking to deepen their practice and explore Mother India, the birthplace of yoga. If you have the desire to teach yoga or simply just deepen your practice, this adventure is for you!


·  200 Hour Teacher Training, Yoga Alliance Certified 

·  Option to participate in either Teacher Training OR 2 weeks Retreat

·  In-depth study with Vicky and Simone in the birthplace of yoga

·  Quaint accommodations on coast of Goa

·  Two nourishing meals a day

·  Gorgeous pool and steps from the beach


·  28 nights accommodation

·  Breakfast and dinner 

·  Yoga mats, blocks, straps at blankets

·  All pre-trip planning and assistance 

·  bed linen, bath towels, hand soap & housekeeping services

·  Filtered drinking water & hot drinks including lemon ginger and chai (full day)

·  A variety of evening activities including Indian Kirtan, OSHO meditations, Indian music, movie nights, chanting and meditation

·  Full use of resort amenities including two swimming pools, relaxation areas, gardens and private beach access with sun loungers

·  Welcome drink and introduction talk with Founders

·  Wifi in public areas

·  Pool towels - beach towels not included 

·  planning and assistance  

·  Yoga practice t-shirts


Not Included

·  International airfare

·  Airport transfers

·  Travel Insurance

·  Gratuities


What airport do I fly into?

You will book your international ticket into and out of Goa International Airport (airport code: GOI). If you wish to arrive a day early to settle in and get acclimated, we can request additional nights at the center or hotel nearby. Please contact us directly for more information.

Are meals included?

2 delicious vegetarian meals are included daily. The retreat center offers tasty, healthy vegetarian food, all with vegan options. 

How many people are expected on this retreat?

Attendance varies from trip to trip, but 15-20 attendees is a general average. 

Do I need a Visa to visit India?

Yes! The India visa process can often be a confusing and lengthy process, which is why we strongly suggest using a visa-processing service such as Travel Visa Pro, which can assist you in getting your visa in a fraction of the time for a nominal fee. If you prefer to do it on your own, you have a few options, listed in the travel planner which we will provide you when you register. 

What if I am traveling alone?

We always get people who are travelling on their own to our retreats and trainings. If you are traveling without a friend or partner, but prefer to share a room, we will do our best to match you with another traveler of the same gender. If for some reason, we are not able to match you with a roommate, a single supplement will apply.


About Devarya Wellness Centre:
Located in the heart of a serene seaside town in Goa is Devarya Wellness, where you can breathe, experience and live the yoga life. Spanning 7,000 square metres, this green retreat overlooking the Morjim Beach is a peaceful sanctuary for those seeking an  escape from the monotony of a busy, urban life. At Devarya, which translates into Divine Belief in Sanskrit, all are welcome and can experience the goodness and mindfulness of a holistic Yogic lifestyle. This retreat space was specially designed to celebrate the colourful and mystical spirit of India. The  rooms will speak to your senses, letting you tune into a slower more relaxed frequency of life.  The in-house beachfront restaurant The Chia Lounge serves tasty & healthy organic meals complete with superfood fueling ingredients to help you detox your system. From enjoying the large swimming pools, sunbathing on the sandy Morjim beach or watching the sun set into the Arabian sea, you can experience it all at Devarya Wellness. This is the perfect environment to stimulate your mind, energise your body and speak to your soul. https://www.devaryawellness.com/. 



A non-refundable deposit of 500Euros is required to hold your space. 
Final Balance: Final payment must be received by December 1, 2019.
Payment Plans are available if you need, please enquire.

Cancellation Policy: In the event of cancellation your entire payment will be refunded less the $500 deposit if the cancellation is made before December 1, 2019. Payments are non-refundable after this date. 
Travel Insurance: You must purchase travel insurance for your trip.

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Rona Ilan, TTC 2018

Joining the TTC with Vicky was in no way planned. It has been a while I was on a quest for meaning in my daily life, also looking to deepen my yoga practice and insights. One night I woke up at around 4am and couldn't go back to sleep. FB was there, letting my know about this Ashtanga TTC I knew nothing about. I left my info in the contact page and went back to sleep. No doubt, this was a life changer. 

Practicing Mysore style every day, readjusting my body, mind and soul, learning philosophy and having Vicky there, supporting, challenging and walking this journey with me side by side was, and still is, an amazing process which affects who and how I am for the better, each day. 

Travelling with the course and Vicky to Mysore, India, after a couple of months was like going outside of myself just to walk back in through another door. I don't think I could've experience such personal development without this trip. I believe it was the opening act for major life changes that followed, and I came as prepared as I could, with Vicky there every step of the way. 

Thank you so much Vicky for being with me on this journey as my teacher! I'm looking forward to see how it will all continue to unfold. 

Ariela Dray, TTC 2016

 I have fallen in love with yoga quite a while ago and it was only a matter of time until I would take it to the next level and want to spread the love by becoming a teacher. 

I am so grateful to have taken that step with Vicky being the main teacher in the 500HR TTC. The TTC and specifically the trip to India, is one of the most life changing experiences I have ever had. 

Practicing at sunrise in the shala, philosophy and meditation sessions in the afternoon and maybe just something in the air, all together, allow you to shut the chaos down and really deepen your practice- on and off the mat. 

Vicky has years of experience and knowledge but those are only part of what makes her the great teacher that she is. 

She is dedicated to her (many) students and has a way of seeing every single one individually, accepts you for you, on a daily basis pushes your limits where exactly needed and makes you show up, not for her, 

but for yourself. 

Thank you!

Daniel Wolfsdorf, TTC 2017

The TTC with Vicky came into the right moment of my life. I had just returned from my first trip to Mysore, India. Back then, I was motivated and keen to become a serious practitioner, and for that reasons I looked after a TTC which could provide me the meanings I was looking for.

The TTC  kept pulling me to continuously study the many different fields and knowledge of Yoga while allowing me to experience the practical side of it. Every morning I was practicing Mysore style and every Friday I was reviewing important concepts behind the practice among other subjects such as anatomy, philosophy and Ayurveda.

The course gave me knowledge, experience, but above all, it gave me friends and the space I needed to find my own truth about Yoga. Ad I thanks Vicky and Lotus for creating this space for the transformation to happen.

I can’t forget to mention the weight that my trip to India had in my decision to walk my Yoga path and to become a Yoga teacher. I believe that anyone which is serious about Yoga should travel to India and explore Yoga in the roots of the land where it was born.


We invite you to take your yoga practice to the next level as you begin your journey towards become a certified yoga teacher with International Senior Teachers from around the Globe.  Next year it will be my 6th year leading this unique Teacher Training program and having the pleasure and big honor to share my experience in life through yoga. Each year when I meet new students and I go with them through this process while seeing them transform, it reminds me why I chose to teach and practice yoga.


We offer a Teacher Training Course based on RYS500 hours of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga certified by Yoga Alliance Professionals. 


The course includes studies in both ISRAEL and INDIA and will cover the following aspects 
of yoga practice:


Yoga Philosophy / Lifestyle / Ethics 
Asana Practice
Anatomy / Physiology 
Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga 
Yoga Nidra 

Business of yoga

Begin the adventure of a lifetime when you immerse yourself in the practice, study and teachings of yoga with our teacher training program. You will have the opportunity to become absorbed in a perfect environment of community, study, sanctuary and practice. The TTC program includes weekly Friday sessions, unlimited Mysore practice during the course and 100HR of 2 weeks studies in India.

Yoga Philosophy / Lifestyle / Ethics 
You will have the opportunity to understand the ancient texts, the original teachers, yogic lifestyle choices, and ethical choices and appropriate conduct for yoga teachers.


Asana Practice :  First Practice then Teach

The initial step towards teaching is first to be a student; always be a student first. Your practice should always come first, don’t let your practice slide so that you can teach more! The complete spectrum of asanas will be explored in depth, including pose adaptations and the use of props. Both the classically, "held" positions associated with Iyengar yoga will be taught as well as Vinyasa Flow (breath synchronized movement) often associated with Ashtanga yoga. 


“Practice is not feeding old habits but rather opposing greed, hatred and delusion… Where friction and difficulty arise, that’s a place to work.” – Ajahn Chah



You will learn the science of breathing: changing the rhythm of the breath, inhalation, retention, and exhalation. Ironically, pranayama is not a breathing exercise, but an exercise of awareness.

“Lack of awareness can be only removed by practice, not by study. Study will remove a lack of knowledge but this is not the experience. Our understanding must change with the help of the practices.”

– O.P. Tiwari

Anatomy / Physiology 
You will learn a functional understanding of the key anatomic structures as they relate to Hatha yoga. Knowledge of these structures can be used immediately to optimize practice, overcome blockages, avoid injuries and of course, communicate with your future students. In physiology we will be focusing on the autonomic nervous system its structure and function. The chronic imbalance of this nervous system is either directly or indirectly responsible for the many stress related diseases burdening us today. Understanding the connection between stress and our nervous system allows us to explore various yoga and related techniques which can be used to restore proper functioning of the mind and body.

These cleansing exercises remove toxins from the body. There are six kriyas: Neti (nasal cleansing), Nauli (abdominal churning), Dhauti (upper digestive tract cleansing), Basti (colon cleansing), Kapalabhati (lung and bronchial tube cleansing) and Tratak (steady gazing). From these six kriyas we will only practice Nauli, Kapalabhati, and Tratak.


Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga 
"Restorative yoga" is defined as the opportunity to restore and rejuvenate the innate muscular and energetic capacity of the body prior to the practice of asana in order to optimize the practice of yoga.


Personal Teaching Experience 
Acquiring Teaching Experience You will learn how to teach by teaching classes and observing your fellow teachers as they teach. Each student will teach classes (traditional Hatha and therapeutic yoga) under the guidance of Brigitte. You will work in small groups, prepare classes together, exchange ideas and learn how to teach and assist others as they teach.


Guided meditation and its principles will be taught in India.


Yoga Nidra
We will study the essence and the background of yoga Nidra, its purpose and its benefits. During Yoga Nidra you are awake, you pass through a hypnotic state when we do sense withdrawal but because we maintain awareness we do not become hypnotized. In hypnosis the brain is cut off from all sensory channels, in Yoga Nidra the brain is getting information from Ida, Pingala and Sushumna Nadi.


The emphasis throughout the training is on hands-on experience and constructive feedback that prepares you to teach with confidence and clarity.


Business of yoga
You will be given practical tools and learn how to become a yoga teacher and make money. How to open and run an yoga studio, how to be a successful yoga teacher and not to be broke.


Prenatal Yoga

You will learn how safely guide their pregnant students through all three trimesters of a healthy and active prenatal yoga class, as well as address the needs of the postnatal student. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the unique needs of their pregnant and postnatal yoga practitioners.



For more information or to register, please fill out the contact form below or email vicktomsky@gmail.com and we will contact you soon.

Show up. Take risks. Practice only for the sake of practice itself and not any other reason and then let it all happen.