Yoga Teachers Training Course Jul 2019

Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Pranavananda, Swami Narayanananda, Swami Adiparashaktiananda, Ganga Chaitanya, Saraswati, AmbaSaturday, July 13 – Sunday, August 11, 2019


































TTC  | Curriculum | Certification | DailySchedule | Certification | Location | Accommodations | Arrival/Departure | What to Bring | Admission | Registration | Teachers

“Vietnam is a beautiful and heartfelt country
in which to practice yoga and peace.”
—Swami Sitaramananda

About TTC

The benefits of Sivananda yoga are fully experienced through immersion in the yogic lifestyle and a combination of repeated, guided group practice and inspirational theoretical lessons. 

This is offered in a positive and uplifting environment. The many benefits that students report are greater self-awareness, a sense of connection, a newfound sense of self–discipline, enhanced self–esteem, improved power of concentration and increased strength and flexibility.

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Yoga Asanas

Effects of asanas on the physical and astral body
• Proper postural alignment and deep relaxation
• The basic practices: kapalabhati, anuloma viloma
• The six classical exercises for purifying the body

Hatha Yoga Theory

• The astral body, nadis and chakras

How to Teach

Teaching the sun salutation and the 12 basic postures
• How to teach beginners and intermediate students
• How to adapt teaching to special groups

Anatomy and Physiology

• The effects of yoga practices on major body systems

Yoga Philosophy and Psychology

• The four paths of yoga: karma, bhakti, raja and jnana
• Psychology of the spiritual aspirant
• The law of karma

Yogic Diet and Nutrition

Physical, ethical & spiritual reasons for vegetarianism
• Twelve-step guideline to meditation
• Mantras, mantra initiation (if requested)
Kirtan (chanting classical Sanskrit chants)
• Positive effects of chanting on emotions
• Correct pronunciation and mental attitude

Bhagavad Gita

• Study and commentary of the classical scripture

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Daily Schedule

5:30 a.m.     Wake-up Bell
6:00 a.m.     Satsang (meditation, chanting, lecture)
8:00 a.m.     Asana & Pranayama Class
10:00 a.m.   Vegetarian Brunch
11:00 a.m.   Karma Yoga (helping in the ashram)
12:00 p.m.   Chanting or Bhagavad Gita Class
2:00 p.m.     Main Lecture
4:00 p.m.     Asana & Pranayama (teaching techniques)
6:00 p.m.     Vegetarian Dinner
8:00 p.m.     Satsang (meditation, chanting, lecture)

This schedule is followed 6 days a week, with one day off for resting, studying, or touring the area.

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Upon successful completion, students receive a certificate of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, and are entitled Yoga Siromani(teacher of yoga). This training is registered by and fulfills the requirements of the Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification.

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The course is offered at Sivananda Yoga Resort and Training Center in the temperate climate of Da Lat.  Da Lat is a very popular destination for its cool and stable weather, which hovers between a pleasant 15°C (average daily minimum) to 24°C (average daily maximum) and attractive landscape of colonial villas, gardens, lakes and rolling hills. Located around 1,400 meters above the sea level, it is indeed an ideal place for Yoga retreat, summer escape and on-top-of-the-list rest and relaxation site in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.  Da Lat market has always been a must-see site for visitors with its locally-made specialties such as artichoke tea, candied fruits, coffee and the finest cool climate vegetables and flowers in Vietnam.

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Accommodations and Cost/Person

All rooms with bathroom.

Single                        $3852

Shared (2 people)      $3400

Shared (4 people)      $2400

To ease the registration process, students should make their payments in full 10 days before arriving at the ashram and fill out the necessary paperwork beforehand.

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Arrival and Departure

Arrival - 11am  Jul 13, 2018

Departure - 21:30pm Aug 11, 2018

The ashram is closed after 8 pm

Free of charge for the night before (Jul 13) and after (Aug 11)

By Air - If you are flying from a far away country to Vietnam, we recommend to book a flight to Dalat with Vietnam Airlines. Take any major airline to fly to Tan Son Nhat (SGN) airport located in Ho Chi Minh City.  Then take a local flight on Vietnam Airlines to Lien Khuong Airport in Da Lat.  

By Bus - If you want to travel by bus it is 8 hours to Dalat from HCM.  The address is - Thanh Buoi Bus station:  202-204 Lê Hồng Phong, District 5 , Hochiminh.  When you arrive in Dalat there is a shuttle from the bus station to Sivananda Yoga Ashram.

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What to Bring

Two sets of uniforms are provided, but you will need to bring modest, comfortable clothes for asana practice plus casual clothes.
• The weather is temperate, so bring a sweater, raincoat, and good walking shoes for hiking.
• Bring your own yoga mat, meditation cushion, meditation shawls, blankets, toiletries, books, notebooks, pens, flashlights, alarm clocks. Postage stamps will be available in the boutique.
• Banking: It is preferable that you change money at the airport and bring enough for your purchases in the boutique, transportation fees for weekend outings, field trips and extras like massage, etc.

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Admission / Guidelines

Admission - Though a basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is helpful, beginners are welcome. The course is intense and demands discipline. You must be sincere in your desire to learn and follow the rules. Please note that in keeping with the ancient Yoga tradition, spiritual practices such as meditation, mantra chanting, ceremonies, selfless service and study of philosophy constitute a large part of this program. Please do not attend this course if you just want to practice postures, breathing and relaxation. To preserve the spiritual atmosphere of the ashram, no meat, fish, eggs, alcohol, tobacco or narcotics are allowed. Participation in all classes and punctuality are mandatory.


• Participation in all classes and punctuality are mandatory.
• Wearing of uniforms is expected for all satsangs and lectures.
• The basic guidelines are: No drugs, alcohol, smoking,no coffee, non-vegetarian food items, nudity and promiscuity, weapons, loud music, backbiting and profanity.
• You need to have health insurance or sign a medical health release.

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To Register for this course click the "Register Now" Button.

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A confirmation email will be sent to you.  In case of cancellation a credit note will be issued.  Refund is only given with 48 hours notice and the deposit is non-refundable.

A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to secure your reservation. 

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Teachers and Translation

The course will be taught in English with senior Sivananda teachers with simultaneous translation into Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese.

Teachers and Translators:

Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda is an international teacher of  Yoga, Meditation, and Philosophy for more then 35 years.  She is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and is a representative of the teachings of International SYVC in Vietnam.  She is in charge of West coast USA centers and Asia centers.  She is presently the main teacher of the Yoga Teachers Training Courses offered at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA where she is serving as the director for more then 20 years.  She also teaches yearly at other Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centers in India, Bahamas, Japan, and China as well as Centers along the West Coast USA, San Francisco and Los Angeles and has taught in her birth country, Vietnam, since 2010.

Swami Pranavananda

Swami Pranavananda, hails from the USA, and has been a Yoga and Meditation teacher since 1995 in the US and abroad.  He teaches mainly the Hatha Yoga and Anatomy sections for the TTC courses.  He was the director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA for a few years.  Currently he is serving in Vietnam teaching in the Hochiminh center.  He enjoys taking classes to learn Vietnamese.

Swami Narayanananda

Swami Narayanananda, who was born in London, England, has been a teacher of Yoga and meditation in the International Sivananda Yoga vedanta Centers since 1999. He has served in the ashrams in California and New York, also as director of the centers in New York and Chicago. He is a regular teacher for our Teacher Training and Advanced Teacher training courses in the USA, India and Vietnam. Swami Narayanananda has a compassionate and accessible teaching style firmly based in his own practice and in the study of scripture.

Swami Adiparashaktiananda

Swami Adiparashaktiananda is a dedicated Sadhak and Hatha Yoga practitioner and teacher, graduated from Sivananda Teachers Training Course in 2007 at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA. He took the first monastic vow from Sivananda lineage in 2011. He has been traveling yearly to Vietnam as Swami Sitaramananda's assistant and has been teaching the Hatha Yoga classes for the Teachers Training Course. He has also been traveling to Chengdu, China to help teach the Teachers Training Course there.  He also teaches a 7-day Hatha Yoga Sadhana course and the 14-day Sivananda Sadhana Intensive course, whose emphasis is on individual practice of pranayama.  He took sannyas vows in 2017 and received the name Swami Adiparasahktiananda.

Ganga Chaitanya

Ganga Chaitanya graduated from International Sivananda Yoga teacher training course 2009 and Advanced yoga teacher training course 2010 in Yoga Farm, Grass Valley USA. She is also a graduate of the "Yoga as Medicine", "Yoga Psychology", and "Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness" course. After a few months service at the Sivananda Yoga centers in San Francisco and Grass Valley she returned to Vietnam and assumes responsibility of directing the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Ho chi minh City.


Saraswati graduated from International Sivananda Yoga teacher training course 2010 in Vietnam. She is also a graduate of the, "Yoga Psychology",  "Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness" course and "Ayuvedic massage therapist". She has been a volunteer staff at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta center in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam since 2010. After a few months service at the Sivananda Yoga centers in New Plymouth, New Zealand and Grass Valley, California she returned to Vietnam and assumes responsibility of directing the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Dalat City. She enjoys teaching beginner courses, yoga for kids along with ayurveda and healing.


Amba started to exposme Yoga from 2007 at Sivananda Yoga Farm, USA. She graduated from International Sivananda Yoga teacher training course 2010 and Advanced yoga teacher training course 2016 in Vietnam. She is also a graduate of the "Yoga Psychology" and "Ayuvedic massage therapist". She has been a volunteer staff at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta center in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and supporting for TTC in Vietnam since 2011.