Online Yoga Teachers’ Training Course by Sivananda Yoga India

Dates & Pricing

August 9 to September 5, 2020*
30, 000 INR with no refunds possible

*Registration Closes July 27, 2020
(At this time, the course is open to Indian nationals, living in India ONLY)

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Overview & Pre-requisites

The August 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.


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.


One bursary is available for a student of Indian origin, living in India who would not otherwise be able to afford the course fees, to allow the student to take the Online Teachers’ Training Course.

The bursary has been generously provided by an anonymous practitioner of yoga, an English woman from the UK. Our donor wishes to express gratitude for her own studies in Hinduism and yoga philosophies which have transformed her life and would like to give back and to support an Indian student at this difficult time to gain opportunities to teach yoga online.

To apply for this bursary please complete and return the following application form by July 25 at the latest to [email protected]
Download application here


  • 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.
  • Students are required to attend the final week of an ongoing TTC course at one of the ashrams in India at a future date for an additional one week of course participation.
  • In-person Week: Students are required to notify the ashram where they wish to join two months in advance and will pay Yoga Vacation rates for the week’s stay.
  • During the final week of the ongoing in-person TTC course that you join students will participate in the full TTC schedule including karma yoga and will be evaluated on teaching one Open Class, and write the final exam with the rest of the course.
  • Students are advised to review the TTC manual in its entirety to prepare for this exam. After successfully completing this week at the ashram students will receive our regular world-renowned TTC certificate enabling them to teach classes in person anywhere around the world.
  • Once the in-person week at the ashram is completed, successful students will be certified by the Indian Yoga Association (IYA) only, not the Yoga Alliance. At this time, the course is open to Indian nationals, living in India ONLY.
  • Students must complete the additional week in-person at the ashram in order to qualify to take the Advanced Teachers’ Training Course (ATTC) or Sadhana Intensive Course (SI).

Student Guidelines

  • Phone/Media: Phone use or calls during class hours are not permitted. Try to limit the time you spend online, apart from your classes, only that which is necessary.Try to avoid television, movies as much as possible during the course days.
  • Meals:Try to keep a sattvic vegetarian diet during the course, including the days off. You will notice a positive effect on your practice.
  • Sleep:Try to keep an early bedtime so that you don’t feel tired during the day.
  • Karma Yoga:We know that students are busy with household chores during this time, so no additional karma yoga is required, however, during the additional in-person week at the ashram, karma yoga will be a required part of the programme.
  • 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:Uniforms will be sent to the students. Students are recommended to dress modestly during all sessions and to wear a yellow t-shirt if available to the lectures and satsangs.
  • Mentor/Counselling:Each student will be assigned a mentor during the course who is available by appointment during the free times in the day. You can speak to the mentor about any concerns or issues that you may have during the course.
  • Kriyas:Kriyas will be practiced and demonstrated during the second week of the course. A list of supplies to be purchased will be sent to the students upon registration. Supplies can be obtained at a pharmacy or ordered online from Amazon.