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 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-recognised 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 recognised by the Yoga Alliance in the USA and Canada for the 200 hours Registered Yoga School Standards.
|5:20 am||Wake Up|
|6:00 am||Satsang (Meditation, chanting, lecture)|
|8:00 am||Asanas and pranayama / How to teach|
|11:00 am||Karma Yoga|
|12:00 pm||Bhagavad Gita or Kirtan lecture|
|2:00 pm||Main lecture on philosophy or anatomy|
|4:00 pm||Asanas and pranayama practice class|
|8:00 pm||Satsang (Meditation, chanting, lecture)|
|10:00 pm||Lights out|
Attendance of the entire TTC daily schedule is mandatory.
Students are given one day free per week, usually Friday but this may change according to the course programme.
Definition of Terms
Satsang: Satsang consists of silent meditation, chanting and a talk or reading on the philosophy of yoga and Vedanta. It helps to develop a strong and steady meditation practice.
Lecture: Talks covering the Four Paths of Yoga, The Five Points of Yoga of Swami Vishnudevananda, Vedanta philosophy and other topics in yoga.
Asana Classes: Two classes daily, of which one develops 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 students to feel part of the Ashram. You are expected to do up to one hour of selfless service per day within the Ashram.
Bhagavad Gita: Study of the Bhagavad Gita, considered to be one of the greatest spiritual texts of the world.
Chanting (kirtan): Classes on chanting. Chanting is known to open the heart and purify the mind. Correct pronunciation of the Sanskrit is taught long with how to develop a devotional attitude.
Main lecture: Topics include:
- Vedanta Philosophy
- The Four Paths of Yoga: Karma Yoga (the path of selfless action), Bhakti Yoga (the path of devotion), Raja Yoga (the path of control of one's mind), and Jnana Yoga (the path of wisdom).
- 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 Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.
Course Dates and Donations
For a list of upcoming course dates and donations click here.
Please note that 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.
Accommodation is simple. Dormitory, shared twin and single rooms are available.
Couples are not allowed to share rooms during the course. Separate dormitory space for men and ladies.
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 and Cultural Information for more information. The Ashram reserves the right of admission and students may be asked to leave if their behaviour goes against the Ashram rules and teachings.
If you cancel your registration before the start 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 five days no refunds will be issued.
Students leaving the course before completion are required to return all teaching materials and uniforms.
What to Bring
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, although entry visa is also acceptable. 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.
Further Sivananda Courses
TTC graduates may be interested the Advanced Teachers Training Course and Sadhana Intensive that are open only to TTC graduates.