Swami Vishnudevananda was the first yoga master in the West to develop a training programme for yoga teachers. In 1969, he taught the first Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course (TTC) in Canada, continuing the training programmes offered by the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy of the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh, India. Since then, over 40,000 certified yoga teachers have completed the Teachers’ Training Course, with another 1,000 graduates each year.
The Yoga Teachers' Training Course is part of his vision of universal peace: The more people experience peace within, the more this peace will manifest in outward action. In this way, a glow of peace envelops the world: Living and learning together through yoga.
The goal of this training 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.
Swami Vishnudevananda retained India’s traditional Gurukula teaching system in which students and teachers live together in an ashram (centre for yoga and meditation).
The yoga teachers’ training course is directed by Yoga Acharyas, who were trained personally by Swami Vishnudevananda.
Through the direct contact with experienced teachers, the student’s day-to-day life during the course is transformed into a learning experience. Students advance both physically and mentally and enjoy a comprehensive yoga experience, which they can later transmit to their own students. In efforts to create the most favourable conditions possible, this training is offered as an intensive course in an ashram.
Upon successful completion of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course, the yoga teacher receives a yoga certificate confirming that they have sufficient knowledge and practical experience to teach Hatha Yoga (asanas, pranayama and relaxation) to beginners and intermediate yoga students.
After successful completion of the training course, the participants receive the internationally recognised certificate of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.
Certified by the worldwide Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours standard for Registered Yoga Schools (RYS).
Fees include examination fee, TTC manual, two yoga pants, two t-shirts.
All rates include VAT.
All rates are subject to a 1.80 € visitor's tax per person per night.
Including room and board. Tuition fee valid until 31.12.2017.
|Shared room:||3,255 €|
|Double room:||4,020 €|
|Single room:||4,385 €|
Special rates for students and the unemployed
Please bring your student ID or unemployment card for verification.
How to pay
Registration is valid with a down payment of 30% of the full amount. The remaining unpaid balance is due no later than 6 weeks before the course begins.
- By bank transfer to Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Retreat House
IBAN: AT64 4239 0000 7003 3749
Bank address: Volksbank Kufstein-Kitzbühel, Unterer Stadtplatz 21, 6330 Kufstein, Austria
- Online payment: +2% administration fee
Asanas (yoga postures)
The daily practice with individual correction comprises:
- Sun salutation
- The 12 basic yoga postures
- 100 asana variations, from intermediate to advanced
- Postural alignment
- Deep relaxation with autosuggestion
- Release of blocked energy
- Exercises for all age groups
How asanas affect the body
- Control of emotions
- Enhance power of concentration
- Rid the body of excess fat
- Improve physical fitness
- Relieve chronic ailments such as constipation, rheumatism and stomach complaints
- Stimulate circulation
- Stabilise thyroid functions
- Keep muscles youthful and supple into old age
- Expands capacity of the lungs
- Relaxes the nervous system
- Balances the two sides of the brain
- Purifies the Nadis (subtle energy channels)
- Awakens the inner spiritual energy
- Kapalabhati (lung cleansing exercise)
- Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing)
- Samanu (mental cleansing of the Nadis)
- 8 main pranayamas: Ujjayi, Surya Bheda, Bhastrika, Plavini, Moorcha, Sitali, Sitkari, Bhramari
- Tratak, Neti, Kapalabhati, Dhauti, Nauli and Basti: 6 classical purification exercises for the eyes, nose, airpassages, oesophagus and stomach, abdominal organs and large intestine
- Explanation and demonstration of the exercises and their effects
- Individual instruction
Yoga anatomy and physiology
- Introduction to the major body systems
- The effects of asanas and pranayama on: the cardiovascular system, respiration, digestion, skeletal and muscular systems and the endocrine system
- How to teach the 12 basic postures and breathing exercises to beginners and intermediate students
- Detailed adjustment workshops
- In the second half of the training course, participants will learn to teach in small groups under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
- Vegetarianism – ethical, spiritual and health reasons
- Influence of food on the mind
- Proper balance of the main nutrients
- Ayurvedic principles of nutrition
- Healing effects of fasting
- Physical and mental meditation
- 12-step daily practice
- Meditation effects and experiences
- Mantras – spiritual energy in sound
- Mantra initiation (if desired)
- Ethical and moral principles
- Body – prana (life energy) – mind
- From control over the body to control over the mind and meditation
- Ashtanga – the 8 steps of yoga
- Antahkarana – functions of the mind
- Concentration and meditation
- The Absolute and how it manifests itself in nature
- Macrocosmos & microcosmos
- The 7 Chakras
- The awakening of cosmic energy
- Kirtan: chanting of classical Sanskrit mantras
- Indian gods and their cosmic meaning
- Arati and Pujas (traditional Indian rituals)
- The law of cause and effect
- Samsara – the wheel of birth and death
- Karma Yoga – selfless service: one hour daily in the ashram community
- Basic concepts of Vedanta philosophy
- The 7 Bhoomikas or planes of consciousness
- Space, time, causation
- The 3 bodies
- The 3 levels of the mind
- Conquest of death
- Study of both the text and the commentary of this classical yoga scripture
Meditation, mantra chanting, lecture or silent walk
Asanas and pranayama – systematic deepening of one's own yoga practice
Karma Yoga (helping out with chores)
Study of the Bhagavad Gita with commentary, or explanation of the Mantras and Kirtans
Main lecture on yoga philosophy or anatomy in relation to the yoga practice
Asanas and Pranayama – dynamic workshops on teaching yoga classes and courses
Meditation, Mantra chanting, lecture or guest speaker programme
(The schedule is subject to change.)
Day off: There is one lecture-free day per week
On these days only morning and evening meditation take place (attendance mandatory), the asana classes at 8 am and 4 pm are optional.
The practice and especially the teaching of yoga demand a high degree of self-discipline and purity. You do not have to provide proof of courses which have been taken before.
It is nevertheless recommended that students take yoga classes and group meditation in a Sivananda Yoga Centre.
What to bring
- warm and comfortable clothing
- notebook, torch (flashlight)
- slippers and comfortable shoes for hiking
- toiletries, towels, neti pot
- writing pad, writing utensils and a loose leaf binder
- hard case for eyeglasses
For classes you will need
Yoga mat, meditation pillow, blanket and the three following books:
- Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda
- Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion, Sivananda Yoga Centres, Dorling Kindersley
- Bhagavad Gita with commentary by Swami Sivananda
These are available at our centres, in our Online-Shop or in our boutique in the Retreat House when you arrive.
Yoga Teachers' Training Prep Courses
For those considering doing the Teachers’ Training Course, the TTC Prep course will aid you in making your decision and preparing for the course. It covers:
- An overview of the TTC subjects
- An introduction to yoga philosophy and the four traditional yoga paths
- The teachings of karma and reincarnation
- Meditation techniques, the practice of kirtan and mantra chanting
- Asana and pranayama classes with exact corrections
- Recommended reading for at-home study
- Advice: on one's yoga practice and on yoga accessories, e.g. the right cushion
- Details on the yoga teacher training venues: climate, clothing, luggage, flight, transfers, visa
TTC Prep courses and TTC Previews take place regularly at the following places:
- Sivananda Yoga Retreat House in Reith, Tyrol, Austria
- Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Orléans
- Sivananda Yoga Centre, London
- Sivananda Yoga Centre, Geneva