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The Sivananda yoga teacher training courses offers a classical yoga training in a spiritiual community. The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in California has been around for more then 40 years and provides the highest quality yoga teachers training course.  The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organization has been around for more then 50 years and has trained more than 30,000 teachers around the world. The Internation Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers are the authority in yoga teaching here in the West and around the world.

Hatha Yoga

  • Hatha Yoga Theory
  • The Astral Body
  • The nadis (energy channels) and chakras (energy centers).
  • Yoga Asanas
  • The Sun Salutation and the 12 basic yoga postures.
  • Advanced Variations
  • Effects of asanas on the physical and astral body
  • Proper posture alignment
  • Deep relaxation
  • Release of blocked energy
  • Pranayama Kapalabhati, Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breath)
  • Advanced pranayama exercises


  • Meditation
  • Twelve Guidelines for Meditation
  • Benefits of Meditation
  • Mantras and mantra initiation (if requested)
  • Yoga Philosophy and Psychology
  • The Four Paths of Yoga
  • The Five Points of Yoga according to Swami Vishnu-devananda

Yoga Philosophy

  • Psychology of the Spiritual Aspirant
  • Law of karma
  • Vedanta philosophy
  • How to Teach
  • Teaching the sun salutation and the 12 basic postures
  • The Basic Class
  • Teaching beginners and intermediate students
  • Adapt teaching to special groups

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • The effects of hatha yoga on major body systems
  • Yogic Diet and Nutrition
  • Ethical, health and spiritual reasons for vegetarianism
  • Bhagavad Gita Study and commentary of the Bhagavad Gita, which is the most read classical scripture. It gives universal teachings on how to do your duty and conduct yourself in the battlefield of life.
  • Kirtan
  • Positive emotional effects of chanting
  • Correct pronunciation and mental attitude
  • Mantra and sound healing
  • Practice of opening of the heart to the divine
  • Kriyas
  • The six classical Yogic exercises for purifying and detoxifying the internal and external body.

Kirtan and Sanskrit Chanting

  • Learn the Sivananda daily chants
  • Practice the Dhyana Slokas (Gajananam)
  • Learn proper pronuncation in sanskrit
  • Learn the Hindu trinity

Bhagavad Gita

  • Study with a qualified teacher of the Bhagavad Gita
  • Study the chapters on Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Raja yoga, and jnana yoga
  • Learn about Arjuna's dialogues Krishna