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How To Find A Yoga Course In India - by Grace Mullany

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Now you've got your head around the fact you're going to the most vibrant place on the planet, you now have the decision of where to do your training - which is an incredibly personal thing. Do you go to the birth place of yoga - Rishikesh, or do you want to watch the sun setting over the ocean in Goa? The decision my fellow yogis is yours, but how to decide such an important decision?
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Firstly you need to figure out what kind of atmosphere you'd like, do you want meditating alone next to mother Ganga? Or to spend evenings on the beach chatting with your fellow yogis. Take the time to read over different areas that are on offer to you, the Internet is a clear winner but don't forget good old books like "Lonely Planet". You need to have some knowledge and understanding into the history of the country you're travelling to, as well as getting clued up on the cultural differences you're going to experience, doing all of this shows you have respect for the people and their way of life. 
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Next step is picking your yoga school! First things first what style of yoga do you want your qualification in? Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar?  There are many to choose from so picking a specific style that you may end up teaching in the future is an important first step, before you book anything; make a change to your usual yoga class - instead of your hour long Iyengar class try an hour and a half of Vinyasa or Ashatanga, get a taste of what's out there. In the future the opportunity to achieve more training in different styles is of course available, but whichever you choose to qualify in first will be your foundations and probably something that you will always refer back to. 
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You have now chosen your destination, your style of yoga and you have your eye on a school - more than likely from the internet - you're nearly there. Next you should make sure this school has an official website and contact details that work, email them expressing your interest in studying with them and ask them as many questions as you'd like. Once/If you get a reply there's a few things to look out for; you want the person whom you are connecting with to have good English - there has to be a clear understanding of each other and what is expected, they should have the ability to reassure you and make you feel comfortable, all of these things could become stressful and confusing if there is a language barrier.
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Not only should you be quizzing them but they should be showing an interest in you; expect to be asked questions about your practice, health and lifestyle. 
Next I would ask the school to put you in touch with other students that will be attending at the same time, they usually add their students to "meet up" groups or something similar, this is a great way to get in touch with other people and express any worries you may have, you'll usually find out you're all thinking similar things. You may also discover another yogi travelling from a similar area, this could cut down your cost in travel by sharing taxis once in India or take some anxiety away if you're a nervous solo traveller. Finally, parting with your hard earned cash - PAYPAL, and if you don't have it get someone who does to do it for you! 
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Then comes the most difficult part - clicking that "confirm" button. I remember sitting for hours with a bottle of red wine hovering my finger over the button thinking do I don't I? It will get to the point when you need to have a word with yourself - you've done everything you can to make sure this place is legit and right for you, you've been dreaming of furthering your practice or changing your career entirely to teach yoga, the idea of being able to do that in India fills you with excitement, and finally if someone told you you couldn't go for whatever reason you'd be devastated - that's it, that's all you need to know - now it's up to you to take a deep breath, have a gulp of wine and confirm the fact you're going to have a life changing experience, meet life long friends and stretch your mind (and body)! 
From all of us at mymantraactive we wish you luck on what will be a most amazing experience. 
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