Advanced Teachers' Training Course

Take your practice to the next level in the land where yoga was born

Experience the joy of advanced yoga in the tropical splendour of south India. Designed for certified Sivananda yoga teachers this powerful and transformative four-week course takes you to a more profound level of spiritual knowledge. It provides an ideal training for expanding and deepening your own spiritual practice and advancing on the spiritual path. If you are an active teacher, it is a natural step to take to broaden your teaching practice. Through intensive yoga practice and the study of raja yoga and vedanta you experience a heightened sense of well-being and confidence. Individual guidance and yogic self-discipline are important aspects of the Course.


The immersion in sadhana and yogic studies with others of like-mind removes doubts and inspiration is strengthened, personal practice is established on a firmer and broader base and teaching skills improve. The Course is one of the most comprehensive, complete and authentic Yoga Teacher Training programmes available today. The discipline helps reset daily habits that do not serve the yogic lifestyle and reconnecting to the pure lineage of our Gurus fills you with renewed inspiration. The Ashrams, set in the splendour of the natural beauty of India,are a place of love where you feel safe to challenge yourself and explore your limits with the support of knowledgeable teachers and staff. On graduation you will receive Yoga Acharya, or Master of Yoga, certification. The Course meets the requirements for the Yoga Alliance RYT-500 certification.

The Advanced Teachers’ Training Course is open only to successful graduates of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course. A high degree of self-motivation is required for all aspects of the course. To ensure the success of the programme, participants are required to attend all spiritual activities, satsangs, lectures and asana classes.
Meat, fish, eggs, black tea, coffee, alcohol, tobacco drugs and nudity are prohibited during the course as they are counterproductive to the yoga practice. A dress-code is required to be followed. It is not possible to cater to personal dietary preferences beyond the yogic-vegetarian meals. Participants who do not comply with the Ashram rules and guidelines may be dismissed from the course.

The intensive daily schedule includes:

• one pranayama class • two satsangs • two asana classes • three lectures • one hour of karma yoga

One day a week is lecture-free.



  • The twelve basic postures in depth
  • Practice of classical advanced variations
  • Precise and detailed corrections
  • Prolonged holding of the asanas
  • Deeper understanding of hatha yoga



  • Practice of kapalabhati
  • Daily practice of anuloma viloma
  • Advanced pranayamas
  • Use of bandhas



  • The Six Philosophical Schools of India
  • Analogies of the Supreme Reality
  • Study of vedantic meditation techniques
  • Explanation of vedantic mantras


Raja Yoga

  • In-depth study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • The mechanics and control of the mind
  • Detailed study of the eight limbs of raja yoga

Bhakti Yoga

  • The nine types of bhakti
  • The five attitudes of devotion



  • The Sanskrit alphabet
  • Correct pronunciation and spelling of the mantras and hymns

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Study of the nervous and endocrine systems and their relation to the practice of asanas, pranayama and meditation


Kirtan (Mantra Chanting)

  • Positive effects on the emotions
  • Correct pronunciation and mental attitude
  • Learning of classical Sanskrit chants

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams in Neyyar Dam, Madurai and Uttarakashi are now Certified Yoga Schools under the Scheme of Voluntary Certification of Yoga School Supported by Ministry of AYUSH, Government of INDIA and managed by Quality Council of India. We are conducting the training programmes of Level-1 Yoga Instructor and Level-2 Yoga Teacher as per QCI Competence Standard.

Please download the QCI document for detailed information here.


4.30am Wake up
4.45am Kriyas
5am Advanced pranayama class
6am Satsang
7.30am Tea
8am Anatomy and physiology class
9am Asana class
10am Brunch
11am Karma Yoga
12pm Sanskrit class/Raja yoga sutras
1.30pm Tea
2pm Main Lecture
4pm Advanced asana class
6pm Dinner
8pm Satsang
10.30pm Lights out

Participation in the entire daily schedule is mandatory.

  • ATTC manual is provided as a part of the course material and is included in the course fee. Students are required to bring their TTC uniform to be used during the course.
  • The course is taught in English.
  • Simple Indian vegetarian meals are provided at 10am and 6pm.
  • Refund policy:
    • For cancelling the registration before the start of the course, the original payment less an administration fee of US $ 150 will be refunded.
    • Once the course starts, if the student decides to leave within five days, the original payment less an administration fee of US $ 450 will be refunded. After five days, no refund will be issued.
    • Students leaving the course before completion are required to return all teaching materials.
    • students are evaluated on attendance, performance and theory during the course (50%) as well as a final written exam (50%). Minimum combined score of 50% is required to pass. Unsuccessful students will have to repeat the entire course with cost to qualify for the certificate.
  • Things to bring – comfortable clothes, sandals, toiletries, personal items, water bottle, meditation shawl for cool evenings, yoga asana mat, meditation cushion, notebooks, pens, towels, water bottle and torch. You can also purchase these items at the ashram boutique.
  • Apart from the ATTC manual, there are some recommended texts for the course. These are not included in the course fee and can be bought from the boutique:
    • Sivananda Training Manual
    • The Completed Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda
    • Meditation & Mantras by Swami Vishnudevananda
    • Sivananda Chant Book by ISYVC

Price includes course, bed and board

Location Date Prices Book Now
Neyyar Dam 11 Feb – 10 Mar 2018 US$ 2410 Tent
US$ 2700 Dorm
US$ 2980 Twin Share Common bath
US$ 3110 Twin Share
US$ 3800 AC Twin Share

RESIDENT INDIAN NATIONALS please enquire with regarding course donations and registration.

The Ashram offers five simple and functional types of accommodation. There are no single rooms.

  • Vaikuntam Rooms: Shared AC twin rooms with private bathroom (hot water), kettle and fridge
  • Kailash Rooms: Shared non-AC twin rooms with private bathroom (hot water)
  • Vishnu Rooms: Shared non-AC twin rooms with common bathrooms (cold water only)
  • Dormitory: separate for men and women. Dormitories contain up to 32 beds with two-bedded cubicles. Limited solar heated water is available.
  • Tent space: you are required to bring your own tent and mattress. Shared tent area bathrooms are with cold water only.

Please note: Couples are not permitted to share twin rooms during Teachers’ Training Courses, Advanced Teachers’ Training Course, and the Sadhana Intensive Course.

For all accommodation two bed sheets, pillow, pillow case, and mosquito net are provided.

Vaikuntham Room

Kailash Room


Vishnu Room