This one-month course is a profound experience that helps to establish a firm foundation of inner discipline. The course is based on the traditional gurukula system ('guru's house') in which students live and study with the teacher. The Teachers Training Course (TTC) is an intensive and transformative experience taught by disciples of Swami Vishnudevananda. The curriculum includes instruction in asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, chanting, mantras, yoga philosophy, diet, kriyas (cleansing exercises to purify the body) and study of the Bhagavad Gita.
A sincere desire to learn and openness to yogic techniques is required - a basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is preferred, but not essential.
Students will develop the skills to teach yoga asana as well as improve their own personal practice.
The course donation includes the course, accommodation, meals, uniform and manual.
An internationally recognized certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (ISYVC) organization is awarded on successful completion of the course. The diploma is entitled 'Yoga Siromani'.
The course is officially recognized by the Yoga Alliance in the USA and Canada for the 200 hours Registered Yoga School Standards
05:20 hrs Wake up
06:00 hrs Satsang
08:00 hrs Asana, pranayama class
10:00 hrs Brunch
11:00 hrs Karma yoga
12:00 hrs Bhagavad Gita lecture or chanting class
14:00 hrs Main lecture
16:00 hrs Asana, pranayama class
18:00 hrs Dinner
20:00 hrs Satsang
22:00 hrs Lights out
Attendance of the entire TTC daily schedule is mandatory.
Students are given one day off per week, usually Friday but this may change according to the course programme.
Satsang: Satsang consists of silent meditation, chanting and a talk or reading on the philosophy of yoga and Vedanta. It will help you develop a strong and steady meditation practice.
Lecture: Talks covering the 4 paths of yoga, "The 5 Points of Yoga", Vedanta philosophy and other topics in yoga.
Asana Class: Two classes, one giving you the chance to develop your own practice.
Sun salutations and the twelve basic postures will be taught along with advanced variations. The second class is devoted to 'How to Teach" incorporating:
- How to teach beginners the sun salutation and the twelve basic postures
- How to teach the basic open class
- How to teach children, the elderly and prenatal yoga
- The theory and practice of shat kriyas (the six cleansing techniques)
Pranayama: Basic practice of kapalabhati, anuloma viloma (alternate nostril breathing) with an introduction to advanced pranayama.
Karma yoga: Karma yoga is the practice of selfless service which helps guests to feel part of the ashram. You are expected to do up to one hour of selfless service per day within ashram.
Bhagavad Gita: Considered one of the greatest spiritual texts of the world and the bible of yoga.
Chanting (kirtan): Opens the heart and purifies the mind. Correct pronunciation of Sanskrit and a devotional attitude is important.
Main lecture: Topics include:
- Vedanta Philosophy
- The four paths of Yoga: Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga (the path of devotion, Raja Yoga (mind control), and Jnana Yoga (the path of wisdom and realization).
- Programme psychology of the spiritual aspirant
- Karma and reincarnation
- Kundalini yoga
- The three bodies and their functions
The main lecture requires a daily homework summary.
Anatomy and Physiology: The effects of asana on the major body systems. Yogic diet and fasting.
Meditation: Guideline to meditation. Benefits of meditation. The use of mantras and mantra initiation.
Brunch/Dinner: Simple Indian style vegetarian meals.
Sivananda Training Manual - by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre.
- The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga - by Swami Vishnudevananda
- Bhagavad Gita (with commentary by Swami Sivananda)
- Sivananda Companion to Yoga - by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre
- Meditation and Mantras - by Swami Vishnudevananda
These texts are not included in the course donation.
The texts are usually available in the ashram boutique or can be purchased from any of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres (ISYVC) or order from the catalogue of the London Centre.
For a list of upcoming course dates and donations click here.
Kindly note, the spoken and teaching language of the ashram is English. An International TTC course with translation is offered in January at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, Neyyar Dam depending on demand. Please enquire before making any travel plans if you do not have a good command of both written and spoken English.
Dormitory is the main accommodation available. It is simple and clean with shared bathrooms. Madurai ashram offers temporary dormitory and permanent dormitory space. The temporary dormitory has thatched coconut leaf walls and roofing. The permanent dormitory is a rustic red brick style, under a flat concrete roof.
Separate dormitory space for men and ladies.
Single accommodation is not available at any of the ashrams.
Two sheets, a pillow, pillowcases, and mosquito net are provided.
See How to Register for instructions on applying and paying for courses and programmes.
Dates and donations are subject to change without notice. For all programmes, guests are subject to the suggested donation in effect at the time of final payment.
To maintain the spiritual atmosphere we ask all ashram guests to comply with the ashram rules. Kindly refer to the Ashram Rules & Guidelines for more information. The ashram reserves the right of admission and students may be asked to leave if their behaviour goes against the ashrams rules and teachings.
If you cancel your registration before the stat of the course we will refund your original payment less an administration fee of US $150.
For a no show, no refund will be issued.
Once the course starts, if you decide to leave within 5 days, we will refund your original payment less an administration fee of US $450. After 5 days no refunds will be issued.
Students leaving the course before completion are required to return all teaching materials and uniforms.
Comfortable clothes, sandals, toiletries, personal items, meditation shawl for cool evenings, yoga asana mat or pad, meditation cushion, notebooks, pens, towels and a torch.
These items can usually be purchased in the ashram boutique.
Two uniforms and a TTC Manual are included in the course donation.
Foreign Nationals are required to bring their original passport with a valid visa for India. The correct visa for a yoga course is the student visa. If one plans to stay in India for several weeks or months before or after the course doing other activities, the relevant High Commission or Embassy of India should be consulted regarding the appropriate visa.
TTC graduates may be interested the Advanced Teachers Training Course and Sadhana Intensive that are open only to TTC graduates.