The Immersion – a Hatha Yoga Teacher Training (inspired by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli)

  • Venue: The Banyan Tree Eco Yoga Resort –
  • Date: 2021 Dates TBA

This unique 200hr IYN accredited teacher training will be hosted by 3 experienced Scaravelli Inspired yoga teachers, Steve Bracken, Helen Noakes and Rupert Johnson.

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Our teacher training course has met the stringent requirements set by IYN Professionals. Our graduates are trained to the highest standard and are eligible to register with IYN.


To offer a course where practitioners of yoga can deepen their practice beyond that of the drop-in class, workshop or short-term retreat and take practical steps to becoming a confident, well informed yoga teacher. With an emphasis on health and well-being through yoga, the course also includes approaches and techniques from various disciplines that enhance your understanding of movement and healing.



An in-depth exploration of yoga asana, meditation, anatomy and philosophy.
The course aims to give you the tools to share extensive knowledge with groups, be able to communicate clearly as a teacher as well as deepening your personal yoga practice.Homework will be set and you are expected to meet all the deadlines. On this unique course there will be possibilities to attend a Mayan Sweat Lodge, participate in Ecstatic Dance events, along with other interesting workshops to enhance your experience, or you can simply find solace in the plantation. We have experienced guest teachers and this year it will be Gary Carter, our teacher and our resident Vedantist Ira.



Monday to Friday will be 8 hours per day, with four Saturday morning compulsory workshops. There will be one whole weekend free  so you can explore Goa and the beautiful local beaches.


Steve is an experienced bodyworker and movement teacher (martial arts, yoga and personal training instructor) specialising in treating chronic tension, injury and pain. He has studied soft tissue manipulation with KRI Jagadish in India as well as sports therapy, structural bodywork, and energy healing. He has worked at many retreat centres around the world where he is known for his lively and spirited style.

Rupert is a yoga and qigong teacher with a passion for Toltec teachings and philosophy. He has facilitated many movement and meditation retreats and has recently co-created the Shala 142 retreat space in Goa dedicated to yoga and shamanic practice. He is also a bodyworker combining sound vibration with massage. The focus of his light-hearted cheerful approach is the release of physical and emotional tension.

Helen is a yoga teacher inspired by the teachings and students of Vanda Scaravelli with Elizabeth Pauncz as her mentor and guide. She offers trainings in Chavutti Thirumal (massage by foot pressure), which has a strong influence on her teaching style. Goa has been her second home for many years as well as enjoying teaching yoga retreats globally. She is passionate about spontaneous, intuitive movement and ecstatic dance, bringing lightness and joy to life.

We welcome anyone who has a solid yoga practice who wishes to deepen their experience in all aspects of yoga. Or perhaps you are already a teacher and would like to tune up your skills and explore this revolutionary style of teaching!

To see more clips of the Yoga Health Mandala in action, visit our YouTube Channel.

With thanks Helen, Steve and Rupert.