Online European Yoga Teachers’ Training Course by Sivananda Yoga India

Dates & Pricing

9 January – 5 February 2022* 
Course fee: USD 1500

*(This course is open to students living in Europe or close by queries may be addressed to [email protected])

Download Application

Closing date: 1 January 2022

Registration Process

  • Send the completed application to [email protected] with ID proof & photo.
  • You will be contacted for Online meeting(s) with one or two of the teachers and a technical team member, to discuss the course requirements and applicant’s ability to meet these.
  • Payment method will be provided.

Overview & Pre-requisites

From the land where Yoga originated, we bring you our January 2022 Online Teachers’ Training Course with suitable timings for residents of Europe to have the Indian ashram experience from the comfort of their own home.

The Online Teachers’ Training Course is based on the ancient gurukula system and it follows the same schedule and discipline as our onsite courses here in India. Discipline is an important part of the course and students are guided to maintain discipline and a proper diet while attending from home.

The daily schedule begins early morning and ends late evening for four weeks, with one day off per week and several breaks during the day to rest, do homework and other duties. 100% participation in the classes is required to receive certification. The course is conducted in English live from India.

Schedule

CET Activities
05.30 Wake up
06:00 – 07.30 Satsang
08:00 – 10:00 Yoga practice class
10:00 – 12:00 Free Time
12:00 – 13:00 Bhagavad Gita OR Chanting Class
13:00 – 14:00 Free Time
14:00 – 15:30 Main lecture
16:00 -18:00 How to Teach Class
18:00 – 19:30 Free time
19:30 – 21:00 Satsang

Attendance of the entire TTC daily schedule is mandatory.

Curriculum

  • The goal of the programme is to produce qualified and inspiring yoga teachers who are able to draw on their own practice and personal discipline in imparting the yoga experience to others. The curriculum is based on the five points of yoga as taught by Swami Vishnudevananda, which can be understood as the practical application of the traditional four paths of yoga. The intensive daily schedule includes:

    • two satsangs • two asana classes • t​wo​ lectures

    One day a week is lecture-free.

Asanas

  • 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

Pranayama

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

Meditation

  • Guide to meditation
  • What is meditation?
  • Why meditate?
  • Concentration and thought power
  • 12-step daily practice
  • Effects of and experiences in meditation
  • Mantras
  • Mantra initiation (optional)

Yoga Anatomy and Physiology

  • Introduction to the eight major body systems
  • The effects of asanas and pranayama on the: cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and skeletal and muscular systems
  • Yoga and physical culture

Yoga Nutrition

  • Vegetarianism for physical, mental and spiritual health
  • How diet affects the mind
  • Principles of nutrition
  • Healing effects of fasting

Kriyas

The six classical purification exercises for the eyes, nose, air passages, oesophagus and stomach, abdominal organs and large intestine. Explanation and demonstration of the exercises and their effects. Individual instruction.
• tratak • neti • Kapalabhati • dhauti
• nauli • basti

Teaching Practice

  • How to teach the 12 basic postures and breathing exercises to beginners and intermediate students
  • Setting up of a proper environment for class
  • General pointers on teaching a class
  • The Basic Sivananda class
  • Beginners’ course
  • Advanced postures
  • Yoga for children
  • Yoga for older citizens
  • Yoga for pregnancy
  • Relaxation
  • Detailed correction workshops

In the second half of the training course, participants will teach each other under the guidance of an experienced instructor.

Bhagavad Gita

  • Study of both the text and Swami Sivananda’s commentary.

Karma and Reincarnation

  • The law of cause and effect
  • The law of action and reaction
  • The law of compensation
  • The law of retribution
  • Destiny and self-effort
  • Samsara, the wheel of birth and death

Hatha Yoga

  • Ethical and moral principles
  • Body, prana and mind
  • From control over the body to control over the mind and meditation

Raja Yoga

  • Ashtanga: the eight limbs of yoga
  • Antahkarana: functions of the mind
  • Concentration and meditation

Kundalini Yoga

  • The Absolute and its manifestation in nature
  • Macrocosm and microcosm
  • The seven chakras
  • The awakening of cosmic energy

Bhakti Yoga

  • Kirtan: chanting of devotional songs. Chanting opens the heart and purifies the mind. In devotional chanting correct pronunciation, devotional attitude and awareness of meaning are all-important.
  • Sanskrit mantras, Indian deities and their cosmic meaning
  • Arati and pujas (traditional Indian devotional rituals)

Karma Yoga

  • Karma Yoga – selfless service, within your home or community.
  • The practice helps to reduce egoism, essential for spiritual progress.

Jnana Yoga

  • Basic concepts of Vedanta philosophy
  • The seven bhoomikas or planes of consciousness
  • Space, time, causation
  • The three bodies
  • The three levels of the mind
  • Conquest of death

Evaluation

  • Students will be evaluated on their participation in the programme and attitude towards the various aspects of the course. In addition, students will be evaluated on:
    • 2 hatha yoga classes taught online during the course
    • An open book final exam conducted online on the last day
  • A demonstration of hands-on yoga asana corrections performed online. For this assessment students will need to arrange for someone on whom to demonstrate the corrections
  • Homework will be assigned daily and must be submitted on time for the 2 pm lecture.
  • As part of the in-person participation at the ashram during a future TTC, students will be required to teach one evaluated Open Class and write the final exam with the TTC students.

Certification

  • At the end of the four-week period online successful students are certificated for online teaching.
  • To be eligible for our regular world-wide TTC certificate, the online students are required to attend at least the final week of an onsite TTC course at one of the ashrams in South India within two years of this online TTC. Attendance of two weeks is preferable and will give more opportunity to the trainee to improve teaching skills.
  • For the onsite attendance, students are required to register with the ashram a month in advance and will pay Yoga Vacation rates for their stay.
  • During the onsite attendance of TTC course, the students will participate fully in the ongoing TTC schedule including karma yoga, evaluation for teaching one Open Class, and writing of the final exam (based on the same manual as for the online TTC).  Successful completion will result in presentation of the 200 hours TTC Diploma recognised by Yoga Alliance (YA).
  • Students must complete at least one week at the ashram as above to be eligible to attend the Advanced Teachers’ Training Course (ATTC) or Sadhana Intensive Course (SI).

Requirements

Course requirements and prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18 years
  • Some previous experience with yoga
  • Ideally the student is already able to come into the headstand without assistance.
  • Ideally the student can arrange efficient preparation of meals and execution of household responsibilities or can get help with these.
  • All classes are mandatory, so family, social and any work commitments should be managed in the free time available.
  • A quiet private space, clean and tidy, for practice and lectures, separate from other household activities. An altar of uplifting photos or murtis is recommended as a focal point for meditation within the room.

Technology Requirements for Students:

  • Strong internet connection preferably broad band, clear camera and microphone.
  • At least 5-6 GB of data per day or 250 GB of data throughout the course at a minimum. (Check plans of different data providers).
  • A laptop rather than a mobile is essential for the hatha yoga classes. Home work can be through email but the exam will be in MSWord.
  • A phone can be kept for connectivity back up but students can only sign-in to class with one device.
  • Classes will be conducted on Zoom app. Please download latest version to your device and create a Zoom account.
  • Classes will not be recorded and the student will be required to attend every class in order to pass the course.

Student Guidelines

  • Phone/Media: Phone use or calls during class hours are not permitted.  Apart from your classes, limit the time you spend online to only that which is necessary.  Avoid television & movies as much as possible during the course days.
  • Meals:  Keep a sattvic vegetarian diet during the course, including the days off. You will notice a positive effect on your practice.
  • Karma Yoga:  This will be required during the on-site attendance at the ashram.
  • Homework: Daily homework will be assigned and must be completed on time for the 2 pm lecture.
  • Course Manual: Will be speed posted students.
  • Uniforms: Students are required to wear comfortable, loose fitting, non-revealing clothing during all sessions and to wear a yellow t-shirt or kurta or shirt for the lectures and satsangs.   The SYVC uniform will be provided on arrival for the ashram onsite attendance.
  • Counselling: The teachers will provide counselling as requested by appointment during the free times in the day.
  • Kriyas will be practiced and demonstrated during the second week of the course. The materials required will be informed and can be acquired from a pharmacy or online.

Queries may be addressed to [email protected]