A day in the life of a TTC student

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A day in the life of a TTC student

I know that many of you are tempted of the idea of doing a Yoga Teacher Training Course. I totally recommend it, whoever you are, wherever you are from, whatever age you have. Follow your heart and choose the best place for you to have this experience. I am sure that synchronicity will help you on your path. No one ever told me the technical part of this process, how intense it is, but also how important the discipline is, in order to change something deep within.

As you may know, I finished my  Yoga TTC at Sivananda Bahamas ashram two months ago. I spent one month in that amazing place and I miss a lot that lifestyle. I was feeling so blessed, it was like my soul was happy because I was living a true and pure life, a life in which I was continuously giving attention to my true self.

It was not easy, because as most of the spiritual practices, it challenges and stirs up your fears and soft spots. But it’s such a strong feeling when you overcome them.

A day in the life of a TTC is very complex and very very busy. I will describe the full program so you get a glimpse of this amazing and intense experience.

1. A TTC gets up a 5:30, as most of the people from the ashram. At 6 am everyone is attending the morning Satsang ( translation from sanskrit: meeting with the wise). During these two hours, everyone in meditating for half an hour, chanting for another half and listening to different lectures for the rest of the time. There are always interesting guests that are sharing beautiful teachings.


The Satsang, can also take place on the beach, witnessing the sunrise, but only once or twice per week.



2. From 8 am to 10 is the first yoga class, a traditional Sivananda Class, Pranayama and Asanas.



3. From 10:00 everyone from the ashram is having the first meal of the day. A much expected moment that everyone is enjoying 🙂

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4. From 11:00 to 12:00 a ttc’er either has free time or has to do Karma Yoga, which means serving the ashram. I had to wash dishes in the kitchen. I loved it:)) I know it sounds strange, but it was a relaxing activity.


4. At 12:00 the first lecture starts, about Meditation & Chanting or studying the Bhagavad Gita. IMG_5600

5. From 13:00 to 14:00 we were resting , doing homework or enjoying a short dip into the ocean:)


6. The main lecture of the day is from 14:00 to 16:00. Each day has a different and very very interesting topic. My favourite one was about overthinking, our thoughts and our mind’s nature.  The yogic point of view is so natural, The information instantly connected with something inside me, like I knew it all along.


7. The next two hours are for learning how to teach a yoga class.


8. At 6 PM, everyone is gathered for dinner, relaxing and having a laugh after a busy day.

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9. But the day is not over, from 7 to 8 pm, the rest of the karma yogis have to do their jobs. And the ones that had their jobs in the morning, they get to relax for a little bit. I was usually enjoying the sunset.

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You could also play basketball, admire the fishes in the Bay area, do some homework or practice yoga:)

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10. At 8 PM, everyone from the ashram gathers again, for the evening Satsang.


You can imagine that at 10 PM everyone is rushing to the bathroom and to their tents and dorms, to get as much sleep as they can . . I know that’s what I was doing . . .

I had a free day once a week, but I still had to attend both Satsangs and I also had to do my karma yoga.

I am sure that you can’t really understand the intensity, but it’s still important to see the activities that are leading you towards a new you, a more refined you.

So, a day in the life of a TTC is not as relaxing as you may think, but it’s totally worth it 🙂


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me




I believe in a perfect life, a magical life, searching and finding beauty and energy in everything around


  • Nicole

    I have always wanted to attend!

    What are some preparation tips i.e. asana practice, reading the BG…..?

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    October 3, 2015 at 12:47 am
    • Padmakshi

      Some preparation tips? Hmm, nothing in particular, just be opened to receive everything, bring a notebook. No need to study anything before, you will receive everything there, in a very beautiful process. Enjoy and take it one day at a time:D

      October 3, 2015 at 10:40 am
  • Mark

    Om Blessed Maria, thanks for writing this post, and for the beautiful photographs. I got to spend a week as a guest at Sivananda Bahamas just last month, and it’s great to hear your TTC story, and to see all those locations and views I love.

    October 3, 2015 at 2:47 am
    • Padmakshi

      I am so glad that my article helps you to remember a glimpse of the vibe from that beautiful place:) Om dear Mark

      October 4, 2015 at 6:23 am
  • Shanti

    Hi Maria, lovely to read your blog and see your beautiful photos which brought back many happy memories. I did TTC in 1986 followed by being staff for a year – a wonderful experience that changed my life in so many ways. Nearly 30 years later I still teach yoga and feel it has been a very powerful gift in life. Enjoy your journey on this beautiful path. Blessing and prana – Shanti

    October 30, 2015 at 8:01 pm
    • Padmakshi

      Om:) It’s the best thing I ever did so far, and I hope to go back for a longer period of time:)

      November 11, 2015 at 12:19 am
  • namy

    Hi Maria. I plan to take the same TTC ( Bahamas).
    1- What do you think about choosing between tent or dormitory as accomodation?
    2- Are all students able to start teaching at the end of the TTC?
    3- Do you have any practical tips to share according your experience there.
    Many thanks 🙂

    October 13, 2016 at 3:03 pm
    • Padmakshi

      Hi Namy:)
      1. Dormitory
      2. Of course, you just have to be a little brave and to have confidence in yourself
      3. It’s an amazing experience, take it one day at a time. It’s very intense also but you will be so proud of yourself at the end.

      Good Luck!!!

      October 24, 2016 at 11:50 am