You are required to attend 90% of the scheduled classes. If you shall be unable to attend a certain session, kindly inform your teacher in advance and request for a make-up session. When days are difficult and motivation is hard to come by, remember why you choose to be here.
Reading & Writing Assignments
Reading and researching topics prior to class discussion facilitates a productive learning process. You will be given reading assignments prior to each session. Feel free to do your own research when you come across any confusion. Kindly be diligent with your reading assignments to ensure a flowing exchange of information and opinion during discussion.
You will be required to keep a journal for the duration of the training. What you put in that journal will be solely for your private consumption. This journal is meant to help you process the information that is being passed down to you. You can write your initial questions and doubts in your journal. If your reading and own research are not enough to answer them, feel free to share your questions with your peers and teacher. Keep a section of your journal for yogic wisdom you would want to impart to your students someday. It may be an asana that helped get you through a tough time, or a breathing technique, or a philosophy that you live by.
- Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens
- Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
- Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
- Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (any edition)
- Bhagavad Gita (any edition)
Your training will culminate with a community-based project or event which you will design with the group. Your project must showcase how the benefits of yoga can help an individual or a community.
Travel and Visa Information
Kindly check with your local Philippine mission regarding tourism requirements. Most passports can enter the Philippines visa-free for 30 days. If you require visa extension, this service is available in the Bureau of Immigration – General Santos City Office.
General Santos City has a domestic airport. One-way airport transfer from the airport will be provided for you by Bodhi Yoga Center. Please send us a copy of your confirmed itinerary ahead of time so we can make the necessary arrangements.
Depending on the package you selected, your course fee may include a shared or private accommodation with an attached bathroom. Housekeeping service is available upon request.
Meals may be arranged by Bodhi, depending on your package. For those whose meals are not included in the course fee, there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance from the center. You may eat in one of the nearby restaurants or use the kitchen to prepare your own meals. Do remember to inform restaurant staff of your dietary preferences prior to ordering.
Transportation in and around General Santos
The main public transportation in General Santos City is the “tricycle”. It is a single motorcycle with an attached side-car. The minimum fare is Php 8.00 for the first 3 kilometers. The driver may ask for more depending on how far the destination is. Be careful in dealing with tricycle drivers as some of them tend to extort locals and tourists.
All Yoga Teacher Training students shall receive a kit containing the following items: a hard copy of Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens, notebook, pen, white shirt, flash drive with supplemental readings, neti pot, and a canvass tote bag.
Security and Safety
General Santos City is generally safe and you may roam the city during your free time. However, as with any other city in the world, please exercise caution when exploring the city. Avoid isolated areas especially after dark. In the interest of safety and security, please consult with us first if you wish to visit a particular location.
Most hygiene items and everyday medications can be purchased in General Santos. Yoga mats and towels can be purchased locally as well. Please pack the following items for your convenience:
- Light and comfortable clothes suitable for yoga and for tropical weather
- Outdoor shoes for excursions and flip-flops for indoors
- Preferred hygiene items and toiletries, mosquito repellant, sunscreen
- Personal medications
- Mobile phone, tablet or laptop to access e-books
- Charger and international adaptor
- Yoga mat and towel
Student Services & Contact Information
For other inquiries and special requests for your stay with Bodhi Yoga center, kindly contact: email@example.com.