Course Outline

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.

Certificate

An internationally recognized certificate from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (SYVC) 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
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Daily Schedule

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 program.

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).
  • Program 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.

Course Dates and Donations

For a list of upcoming course dates and donations click here.

Translation

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.


Accommodation

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. 

A small number of shared twin rooms with common bathrooms and with private bathrooms are available at Neyyar Dam and Uttarkashi ashrams.  We cannot guarantee twin room bookings.  Those requiring twin rooms should book early. 

Couples are not allowed to share rooms during the course.

Separate dormitory space for men and ladies.

Tent space is available at the Neyyar Dam ashram. Please bring your own tent. Bathroom facilities are with cold water only.

Single accommodation is not available at any of the ashrams.

Two sheets, a pillow, pillowcases, and mosquito net are provided.

Registration

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 programs, 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 and 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.

Refund Policy

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.

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.

Passport/Visa

Foreign Nationals are required to bring their original passport with a valid visa for India and the full duration of the course. 

Further Sivananda Courses

TTC graduates may be interested in the Advanced Teachers Training Course and Sadhana Intensive that are open only to TTC graduates.

Complaints & Appeals

You can send complaints by email to guestindia@sivananda.org or in writing to​;​

The ​D​irector
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram
PO Neyyar Dam
Trivandrum Dt.
695 572
Kerala

In case you are not satisfied with the school’s decision, you may lodge an appeal to the Acharya (CEO) by email to EBM@sivananda.org or in writing to​;​

The Acharya ​
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram
P.O. Neyyar Dam
Trivandrum
Dt. 695572
Kerala
India