Teacher Training Courses
Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training
A LIFE TRANSFORMING EXPERIENCE
The Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course was created by Swami Vishnudevananda in 1969. In 1957, Swami Sivananda sent Swami Vishnudevananda to America long before anybody had even heard the word yoga. Swami Vishnu was the first yoga master to train people in the West into yoga teacher training courses. He designed the course to give students a complete knowledge of the practice and philosophy of Yoga.
- Uniquely, this course is meant for world peace as each person would know how to get back to peace and will radiate peace all around.
- The course is now taught by his senior disciples throughout the world to more than 1,200 students each year.
- Now with over 45,000 graduates, the Sivananda yoga teacher training is the largest classical yoga training in the world.
Benefits of TTC
EXPERIENCE INNER PEACE AND SHARE IT WITH OTHERS
Deepen your practice
Improve your health and regain vitality and clarity
Connect to a tradition and be supported in your own practice and teaching
Develop the intuition, knowledge and confidence to teach others
Experience a Yogic lifestyle (applying the 5 points of yoga) and be able to teach it to others
Yoga Alliance Certified
In the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training you will deepen your practice and gain the skills needed to teach yoga. After completion our graduates will receive an internationally recognized certification through the worldwide Yoga Alliance confirming they have the knowledge and experience to teach Hatha Yoga.
“My mission in life was to reduce the negative influences by positive suggestions and a positive way of life”
– Swami Vishnudevananda
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THE SIVANANDA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
Asanas – Yoga Postures
Each day you will study and practice yoga poses as the senior teachers guide you how to teach asanas and pranayama. The daily practice with individual corrections includes:
• Sun salutation
• 12 basic Yoga postures
• 125 Asana variations, from intermediate level to advanced
• Postural alignment
• Concentration techniques
• Deep relaxation with autosuggestion
• Facilitate energy flow and remove blocked energy
Pranayama – Yogic Breathing
Pranayama, the science of prana control, consists of breathing exercises to enhance the health of body and mind. You will learn Kapalabhati and Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing) daily. Also, you will be introduced to advanced pranayama. In summary pranayama will give you the following benefits:
• Expands capacity of the lungs
• Increase oxygen intake for the cells
• Remove carbon dioxide and toxins
• Recharge your energy battery
• Relaxes the nervous system
• Balances the two hemispheres of the brain
• Purifies the nadis (subtle energy channels)
• Awakens the inner spiritual energy
Nutrition – Yogic Diet
Food is responsible for building our physical body. The foods we eat and the manner we eat, also affect our mind, senses, energy, capacity of thinking, intellect, and environment.
Course topics include:
• Proper Diet
• Vegetarianism for ethical, spiritual, and health reasons
• How diet affects the mind
• Proper balance of the main nutrients
• Ayurvedic principles of nutrition
• Healing effects of fasting
Meditation and Mantra
Meditation is an integral part for the practice of Yoga. During this course you will learn the practical steps of meditation, what meditation is, and what meditation is not. In addition, you will learn that meditation is a spiritual journey to the realization of oneness.
During the course there will be a focus on japa meditation, or mantra repetition. We will learn how a sanskrit mantra is a mystical energy encased in a sound structure. Furthermore through repetition we will create a positive thought pattern.
Anatomy and Physiology
This study helps you to improve the understanding of your body during your own yoga practice, and to apply it in your teaching practice. You will learn:
Yoga philosophy will give you insights into our mistaken beliefs of who we are and what reality really is. A deeper understanding of yourself will help you to detach and release stress which will bring your mind and body in harmony with your life purpose. You will learn about karma and will understand the causes of your obstacles and challenges.
The philosophy classes are considered the main teaching and will benefit you for a long time as the seeds of knowledge are being transmitted. The study of classical yoga texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and the writings of our own yoga masters will also take place to enrich you.
Kirtan and Chanting
Kirtan is singing the Divine name, or the mantra, with devotion, love and faith. Through this practice you will learn how kirtan helps to purify the heart and calm the mind.
Yogic cleansing exercises, known as “kriyas” assist nature in removing waste products from our bodies. Practicing cleansing is important as the Yogi regards their bodies as a vehicle in which to evolve toward higher consciousness. Therefore you will learn and practice, with guidance, yoga kriya exercises.
TTC Students in Action
A Modern and Ancient Tradition
FOUR WEEKS IMMERSION IN YOGA LIFE
The Daily Schedule
05:30am Wake Up
06:00am Meditation, Kirtan chanting, Lecture, or Silent Walk (Satsang)
08:00am Asanas and Pranayama
11:00am Karma Yoga
12:00pm Bhagavad Gita or Chanting Class
02:00pm Main Lecture
04:00pm Asanas and Pranayama
08:00pm Meditation, kirtan chanting and lecture (Satsang)
10:30pm Lights Out
Students will enjoy special cultural programs, ceremonies, concerts and lectures offered by special guests teachers in allied vedic sciences such as ayurveda and jyotish.
There is one weekly day off. *During the day off students are only required to attend morning and evening satsangs and to perform their Karma Yoga. *Attendance at all activities is mandatory and there will be a final exam at the end.
The Four Paths of Yoga
An important component of the yoga teacher training is that for one month you will study the lessons of the Four Paths of Yoga. By learning with the Gurukula system, you will transform detailed theory into practical understanding.
The practice of selfless service helps to reduce selfishness and egoism and keeps you fit, healthy, and joyful. You will learn how to transform karma into dharma.
Bhakti Yoga is the Yoga of Devotion and teaches us how to open the heart and sublimate the emotions. You will enjoy the practice of Kirtan (chanting of classical Sanskrit mantras), learn about Indian mythology, and other traditional Indian rituals.
Raja Yoga is a system of 8 limbs yoga (also known as ashtanga yoga) starting with guidelines in ethical behavior and ending with meditation. Students will understand the interconnectedness of the different aspects of yoga techniques, all leading to better control of body and understanding of the mind. In fact yoga is meditation and meditation is yoga. Additionally, you will learn yoga psychology, positive thinking, and concentration theory and practice.
“I am Peace”
– Swami Vishnudevananda
SIGNING UP FOR THE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
The practice and teaching of yoga demands a high degree of self-discipline and moral virtue. In order to ensure the success of the program, participants are required to attend all activities, sessions, lectures, and yoga classes.
Please note that a basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is helpful but not essential. But more important is to come with an open mind and a willingness to learn new ideas.
In order to maintain a pure environment and elevating vibration necessary for the practice of yoga and meditation certain items are restricted. These include: meat, fish, eggs, black tea, coffee, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and also nudity are all prohibited during the course (and in the ashram). Furthermore if there are any participants who do not comply with the ashram rules they may be dismissed from the course.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to cater to all personal dietary preferences. We will offer a lacto-vegetarian (and almost fully organic) menu and also dairy-free and wheat-free dishes. With this most people are happy, healthy and feel well fed. Side dishes, desserts and snacks may contain gluten and dairy.
WHAT TO BRING (COURSE MATERIALS)
SIGNING UP FOR THE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
You can find out all about what to expect at the ashram in our guest information page. During the yoga teacher training course the following course materials and items should be brought or purchased on location in our boutique which will be open daily.
- 2 yoga pants, 2 t-shirts, TTC Manual
- Other required materials not included but available in our boutique for purchase are:
- The “Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga“ by Swami Vishnudevananda, Three Rivers Press
- “Yoga – Your Home Practice Companion” by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Dorling Kindersley
- “Bhagavad Gita“ with a commentary by Swami Sivananda, the Divine Life Trust Society
- Yoga mat
- Notebook and pen
- Kriya set (including Neti Pot)
- Meditation cushion, meditation shawl (recommended)
- Comfortable as well as warm clothing (covering shoulders and knees)
- Sandals or slippers for indoors
- Walking shoes
- Water Bottle and Travel mug or tumbler (for hot tea)
- Rain gear
- For tent space only: bring your own tent and sleeping bag
The yoga teacher training course requires a high degree of discipline and commitment however prior mastery of Yoga practices is not necessary. Instead yoga is about inner growth. Of course prior practice of asanas and meditation is preferable. In order to best prepare for the intensive yoga teacher training schedule we recommend you to take a course at the yoga resort prior to the training. You may check our calendar for upcoming courses.
Here is some recommended reading for at-home study:
- “Sivananda Beginner’s Guide to Yoga” by Sivananda Yoga Centre, Gaia Books
- “Yoga Mind & Body” by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Dorling Kindersley
- “Meditation and Mantras” by Swami Vishnudevananda, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
- “Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy” compiled by Swami Sitaramananda
There’re a number of reasons lead me come to Sivananda Training Center in Da Lat at the beginning of 2018 and then decide to come back here to take TTC just one month later 4 weeks intensive training course here did. I can learn & receive knowledge that I thinh it has to take me a whole year to study on my own.
Thank you Swamiji to be very patient and always encouraging and inspiring us. Thank all volunteers and staff to be very suppostive and caring. Thank to all students – coming from diffirent countries, cities, may be relegions, – to be commited, hard-working and share with each other the same languages. OM!
Nguyễn Susan (Sundari)
Hà Nội, Việt Nam – TTC Feb 2018
Human Resources Manager
I want to say special thanks to all Swamis teachers and staffs staying here was really precious experience to me. I was very lucky to come here. After 1 month, I became stronger than before both in my mind & body. At first, I had little regret about coming here because the schedule is taugh and I had a lot of posing I can’t. however I used to the life and all activitives and people purify my mind. I want to share whati learned here to my important people. And I want to come back here for ATTC.
Thank you very much.
Ayumi Terasawa (Chandora)
TTC Feb 2018
1 month in TTC course is the most wonderful time I ever have in my life. I learned a lot of leassons in practical ways. Helping me open my mind and my heart. TTC is a big chance for me to continue the journey to answer the question “Who am I”. This question was always a part in my head for a long time ago. Now I still can not know but at least I have a clue and more motivation to continue that journey. Because I know I am not alone, I have Guru, Swami, Staff nad classmate, and a lot of people keep supporting and going with me. Thank you Sivananda Yoga, Guru, all Swami, Staff, Karma Staff for giving me and other people flames in our heart. I will continue to practice Yoga till the rest of my life.
Đậu Thu Hà ( Jayadevi)
Lâm Đồng, Việt Nam
TTC Feb 2018
A wonderful enriching experience. The views were stunning, the atmosphere peace and calm. People absolutely amazing, students, staffs, Swamijis. OM 😊
Bhupesh Bhika –
Sivarai, South Africa
Amazing Experience. What a great month, with a beautiful environment surrounded by positive vibes from everyon. Great Food too. I have learnt so much from the Swamiji and staffs even while doing karma yoga. Met so many people from different parts of the world but similar frequency. Leant so much from listening to their perspectives too. Truly a blessing to be here.
Aj Mougli Ram
TTC July 2017
This course has tought me the true meaning at yoga and has given me guidance & invaluable teachings. I am deffinitely a few steps closer on my path to peace.
TTC Feb 2017
CONTINUE YOUR YOGA LEARNING
Deepen the spiritual knowledge obtained during Sivananda Teacher Training with another month of intense yoga practice and study of Vedanta philosophy. Created by Swami Vishnudevanada for Sivananda Teachers looking to advance their teaching and practice.
Prerequisites: Sivananda TTC
Designed by Swami Vishnudevananda, this two-week course is centered around advanced Pranayama and is based on the Hatha Yoga practice which he himself followed during a six month period of intense Sadhana in the Himalayas.
Prerequisites: Sivananda TTC
The TTC Reunion is meant to tune the teachers, graduates, and serious students of Sivananda Yoga to the spiritual path as laid out by the Gurus, for their own growth and the upliftment of their students. All with the view to get more inspiration and insights from each other and from the more experienced teachers. Step on the path and surrender to it!
Prerequisites: Sivananda TTC
We are now offering an IAYT accredited 2-year 800-hour Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training (SYHET) program which trains students in the therapeutic application of the 5 Points and 4 Paths.
200-hour YTT graduate
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GET INSPIRED BY THE LINEAGE
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.
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 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.
Ganga Chaitanya graduated from International Sivananda Yoga teacher training course in 2009 and Advanced yoga teacher training course 2010 at the Yoga Farm in Grass Valley USA. She is also a graduate of the “Yoga as Medicine”, “Yoga Psychology”, and “Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness” course. She has been the director of the very dynamic Sivananda Yoga Centre in Ho chi minh City since 2011 and took her brahmacharya vows in 2017.
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 was staff at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta center in Ho Chi Minh from 2010 – 2013. In 2014 she assumed the responsibility of directing the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Dalat City and in 2017 she is assistant director of the new Sivananda Ashram in Dalat. She enjoys teaching beginner courses, yoga for kids along with ayurveda and healing.