Online Yoga Teachers’ Training Course by Sivananda Yoga India

Dates & Pricing

September 13 to October 10, 2020*
Course fee: Rs. 30,000

(This course is open to Indian nationals, living in India ONLY)

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* Queries may be addressed to [email protected]


Overview & Pre-requisites

The September 2020 Online Teachers’ Training Course is based on the ancient gurukula system and it follows the same schedule and discipline as our onsite course. 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 at 6.00 am and ends at 9:30 pm IST for four weeks, with one day off per week and several breaks during the day to rest, do homework, and to spend time with the family. 100% participation in the classes is required to receive certification.  The course is conducted in english.


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 OR Optional meeting with Mentor/Counsellor
14:00 – 15:30 Main lecture
16:00 -18:00 How to teach class
18:00 – 20:00 Free time
20:00 – 21:30 Satsang

Attendance of the entire TTC daily schedule is mandatory.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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. Please note that students must arrange for a household member to be available on the day of the demonstration for the student to show the corrections with.
  • Homework will be assigned daily and must be submitted on time for the 2 pm lecture.
  • As part of the in-person week 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.


  • At the end of the four-week period online successful students will receive a certificate enabling them to teach online ONLY.  This certificate is recognized by the Indian Yoga Association (IYA).
  • To be eligible for our regular world-wide TTC certificate, the online students are required to attend the final week of an onsite TTC course at one of the ashrams in South India within two years of this online TTC.
  • For the onsite week, students are required to register with the ashram two months in advance and will pay Yoga Vacation rates for the week’s stay.
  • During the final week of the onsite TTC course, the students will participate in the full 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 the additional week at the ashram to be eligible to attend the Advanced Teachers’ Training Course (ATTC) or Sadhana Intensive Course (SI).


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 has support at home with preparation of meals and household responsibilities.
  • Ideally no family, social or work commitments which can not be managed in the free time. All classes are mandatory.
  • 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.

*Upon registration students will be required to meet privately online with one or two of the teachers and a technical team member,  to discuss the requirements of the course and the students ability to meet these.

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.
  • Sleep: Keep an early bedtime so that you don’t feel tired during the day.
  • Karma Yoga:  This will be required during the in-person week at the ashram.
  • Homework: Daily homework will be assigned and must be completed on time for the 2 pm lecture.
  • Course Manual: Manuals will be posted or couriered to students before the start of the course.
  • 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 if available for the lectures and satsangs.   The SYVC uniform will be provided on arrival for the onsite week.
  • Counselling: The teachers will provide counselling as requested by appointment during the free times in the day.
  • Kriyas: Kriyas will be practiced and demonstrated during the second week of the course. A list of materials to be arranged (from a pharmacy or through Amazon) will be sent to the students upon registration.

Queries may be addressed to [email protected]