Yoga with Ravi

OM’s ‘Man on the Mat’ Ravi Dixit opens his new yoga school and retreat centre in Goa later this year…so we asked him all about it

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Tell us about your new place?

Namaste. I am so excited about this! We will be opening our new retreat centre Ravi Yoga Goa in November, where we’ll be hosting yoga retreats and teacher training. The location is on a beautiful spot, one of the last quiet beaches in Goa, a place where you can really relax and unwind.

What kind of teacher training will you be offering?

We’ll be starting with a 200-hour training in April 2025, which is now open for registration, followed by 300-hours later in the year. Our courses are all based on traditional Indian yoga such as Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa.

What was your own training like?

I started yoga at the age of nine when my grandfather taught me how to chant mantras. In my early 20s, I moved into the ashrams in Rishikesh where I lived and studied yoga with several masters for a number of years. It was a true immersion into yoga on a daily basis and where my yogic life really started. I want to pass on that experience of learning yoga in an authentic environment taught by those who really understand it on a deep level, as a way of life.

What can students expect from the 200-hour course?

The training will be based on traditional Hatha and Ashtanga. You’ll learn the foundations of asanas, Vinyasa flows, there will be classes in anatomy and alignment. Yoga philosophy and Pranayama will be an important part of the course and we offer Shat Kriya practices for those who are interested to learn. Although the roots of the training are grounded in traditional yoga, it will be focused on integrating it into modern life with functional topics such as sequencing classes and how to find your voice as a new teacher.

You also offer non-traditional classes as part of the course, such as marketing, why did you choose to do this?

Once you finish your training and are ready to go into the world as a new teacher, it can feel overwhelming. We want to help new teachers feel prepared, offer practical tools, such as guidance on how to get started with yoga classes, find your unique offering, market and promote.

Can I join your course if I don’t want to become a yoga teacher?

Absolutely! Many people join a teacher training with the purpose of deepening their understanding and own practice of yoga. The training will give you a Yoga Alliance Certificate, but this doesn’t mean you have to become a yoga teacher. Anyone is welcome to join.

What do you think makes your training special?

We offer authentic yoga, led by myself and other teachers who have lived yoga, with the knowledge and experience of what yoga really is. An exclusive location on a quiet paradise beach, where you can really focus on your training without distractions. Lovely accommodation, healthy food, good company and we want to make it fun with bonfire nights, boat trips and more.

Does this mean you will be leaving London?

London will still be my home base when I’m not in India. We will be open in Goa from November to April, so I will still be in London a lot, teaching workshops and I’m looking forward to being back at the OM Yoga Show this October!

Can I stay at your resort if I don’t need teacher training?

Yes absolutely! We run retreats throughout the season and the resort is also available for hire to yoga teachers and schools wanting to run their own retreats. I would love to welcome you in our little slice of paradise.

Find out more: ravi.yoga and raviyogagoa.com

Yoga with Ravi

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