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Sivananda Yoga

Teacher Training Course

August 17 – September 14, 2024

at Vaidyagrama Ayurvedic Healing Village

in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training

A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE

We are excited to offer for the first time, in a renown Ayurvedic healing village of Coimbatore South India, our classical Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course (TTC) by the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers (ISYVC).  We are teaching classical yoga and vedanta philosophy alongside with classical Ayurvedic lifestyle in a classical healing village with deep traditions of South India.

The Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC)  is the largest and longest-running Yoga Teacher Training in the West, with over 52k graduates worldwide since 1969. Join us for a month of  inner transformation and deep immersion in a peaceful yogic lifestyle, all with the guidance and support of seasoned practitioners.

  • Enliven and deepen your yoga practice
  • Ground yourself in a classical yoga tradition
  • Learn to teach yoga to others with confidence and grace
  • Immerse yourself in a well-rounded Yogic lifestyle; participate in daily Asanas (yoga poses), Pranayama (breathing exercises), Karma Yoga (selfless service), vegetarian diet, meditation,  and chanting.
  • Earn an internationally recognized certification which is accepted by the Yoga Alliance as the standard 200 hours required by Registered Yoga Schools (RYS)

Course Location

The course will be held at Vaidyagrama, which is placed in the outskirts of Coimbatore, and is protected by mountains around, and adorned by Nature’s own forest and living beings, let to be naturally.  Its aesthetically designed in Kerala Nalukettu style architecture gives adequate space for all to be.

Vaidyagrama was born in 2008, an apt era when the world was moving towards Nature, towards ancient wisdom, towards better faith in Ayurveda & Indian Knowledge Systems. Its Temple of Healing; its spaces made of mud blocks; its classical care with authentic Ayurveda; its naturally grown flora and fauna; it’s being away from chemicals, plastics and pollution; its following Ayurveda way of life without any compromise on the time-tested values.

Vaidygrama

Hatha Yoga & Classrooms

Pujas, Homas, Cultural Programs

Ayurveda Massage & Treatments

Gardens and Grounds

Swamis and Staff

Accommodations

Comfortable rooms (1–3 beds), private Western-style bathroom, water kettle, white linen bed sheets, quilt with quilt cover or two blankets, one pillow, bed cover. Daily room cleaning service.

Drinking water and teas

Teas will be available on a self-service basis after morning meditation and at midday. Mineral water is available at extra cost.

Meals and snacks

Daily two lightly spiced Indian-style yogic vegetarian meals and one snack will be served buffet-style; fresh chapatis from the tandoori oven.

Teaching location

Meditations, lectures and asana classes will be held in a new recently built Yoga Hall.

Telephone and mobile phone

There is a mobile phone contact for the hotel, which should only be used in case of emergency: +91 422 2364200

Mobile phone coverage for Airtel, Idea and Vodafone. Sim cards available at International Airport, requires copy of passport/visa and 1 photo.

Most foreign SIM cards do allow Internet roaming access.

Map location of Vaidygram

Laundry service

Vaidyagram offers laundry service at extra charge; collection and return of laundry every evening.

Check in/Check out

Check in at 2:00 PM

Check out at 10:00 AM

Visit: www.vaidyagrama.com

Boutique

Yoga accessories: yoga mats, meditation pillows, asana outfits, shawls for meditation, yoga books, mantra CDs, translation headphones and more.

Course Curriculum

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THE SIVANANDA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

ASANA
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

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

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.  During the course we will take healing foods following Ayurvedic principles cooked in the Vaidyagram kitchen.

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
• Detoxification
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.

AYURVEDA, HEALTH, & HEALING

Take advantage to learn the principles of healthy lifestyle of ayurveda, proper diet and nutrition, how to leave in harmony with the elements and mother nature, how to regain balance when out of balance , principles of detoxification and herbal remedies. Taught by expert ayurvedic doctors.

KRIYAS
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.
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:

• Introduction to the major body systems
• The effects of asanas and pranayama on: the cardiovascular, respiration, digestion, skeletal muscular and endocrine systems
• Yoga and physical culture
YOGA PHILOSOPHY

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.

YOGA PSYCHOLOGY

Learn about the mind and techniques how to calm the mind to bring about peace of mind. What is stress? What is love? What is yoga of relationship?

KIRTAN

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.

CLASSIC VEDIC RITUALS

You will be exposed to traditional Vedic rituals, and Vedic chanting, pujas, and homas, and the unique cow puja. Visit the Siva Temple in the Vaidyagram Ayurveda Village as well as organized temple visits on the day off.

A Modern and Ancient Tradition

FOUR WEEKS IMMERSION IN YOGA LIFE

This month-long residential training follows the ancient Gurukula system, where students live, study, practice and serve alongside their teachers and fellow aspirants.  Students will practice the classical yoga curriculum which opens opportunities for deep personal transformation.  The spiritual essence of yoga will be learned through in-depth lessons shared from heart to heart by senior disciples and experienced teachers.  This will help awaken self-awareness, leadership, and guide the student to cultivate health and vitality. In addition the course will prepare students to transmit the knowledge of yoga to others.

The Daily Schedule

05:30am    Wake Up
06:00am    Meditation, Kirtan chanting, Lecture, or Silent Walk (Satsang)
08:00am   Asanas and Pranayama
10:00am    Brunch
11:00am     Karma Yoga
12:00pm    Bhagavad Gita or Chanting Class
02:00pm   Main Lecture
04:00pm   Asanas and Pranayama
06:00pm    Dinner
08:00pm   Meditation, kirtan chanting and lecture (Satsang)
10:30pm    Lights Out

Practical Information

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.

Registration Information

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.   More importantly, students are encouraged 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, there are community guidelines which all students are expected to follow.

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

Yoga mat, meditation pillow and shawl, sandals, writing pad, torch, alarm clock, private toiletry items, soap, money belt, water bottle.

It is advisable to keep a copy of your visa, passport and plane ticket separately in your luggage.

Clothing
Comfortable clothing adapted to the traditional lifestyle of India is required: No figure-hugging clothes, no halter tops, shorts or short skirts.  Please pack sunscreen and sun hat.

Pharmaceuticals
Please ask your pharmacy for a small kit of medicines appropriate for India. Please consult with your physician or tropical medical service about vaccinations.

COURSE PREPARATION

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.

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
COURSE MATERIALS

During the yoga teacher training course the following course materials and items will be needed:

The required materials included in course fee and provided at course inauguration are:
  • 2 yoga pants, 2 t-shirts
  • TTC Manual

Other required materials not included are:

  • The “Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda, Three Rivers Press
  • 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)
COURSE TUITION

For the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training the base rate is $2800 for tenting accommodations.  From there the rate goes up as you choose different accommodations options as follows:

Triple Room                         $2800

Double Room                         $3500

Single Room                             $4500

 

HEALTH SERVICES

Besides being exposed to basic knowledge of ayurveda alongside with yoga and vedanta training, optional Ayurvedic consultations and Ayurvedic treatments and herbs are available at extra costs.

CERTIFICATION

The Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course is certified by the Yoga Alliance for the 200-hour standard for Registered Yoga Schools (RYS).

Upon successful completion, the student receives a certificate confirming they have sufficient knowledge and experience to teach Hatha Yoga (asanas, pranayama and relaxation). In acknowledgment, participants receive the title “Yoga Siromani” from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers.

VISA INFORMATION

Tourist e-Visas are available for 30 days, 1 year or 5 years. For TTC and ATTC: Please apply for the 1-year or 5-year visa.

Please apply only on this website:

https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

Other websites are fraudulent scams that take the payment but do not provide a visa.

Sivananda yoga teacher training is certified with yoga alliance

Yoga Alliance Certified

After completion our graduates will receive a 200-hour, internationally recognized certification confirming they have the knowledge and experience to teach Hatha Yoga. Graduates will be eligible to register with worldwide Yoga Alliance as RYT 200. Graduates who also take our Advanced Yoga Teacher Training become eligible as a RYT 500.

Sivananda yoga teacher training is certified with yoga alliance

Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize”

– Swami Sivananda

Special Programs

A Healthy Diet according to Ayurveda

This guest speaker programme presents the opportunity to improve your lifestyle according to the dietary and hygienic rules of Ayurveda. An Indian Ayurveda Vaidya (therapist) will explain the basic principles of Ayurveda in PowerPoint shows. A personal health consultation (at extra cost) is possible.

 

Ayurveda massages

Classical Ayurveda oil massages deepen the effects of the yoga practice. Ladies have the option of individual treatment by a female Ayurveda therapist. An Ayurveda therapist for men is available on certain days of the week. You can book and pay for your treatment at the hotel reception desk.

This service will be confirmed approximately 10 days before the beginning of the course.

Course Teachers

Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda

Yoga Acharya

Swami Sitaramananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and acharya of the US West Coast centers and Ashram.  Swamiji is also the acharya of the Sivananda mission in Asia, especially in Vietnam, where she hails from.

Swami Narayanananda

Swami Narayanananda

Senior Teacher

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.

Vaidya Dr. Ramkumar

Vaidya Dr. Ramkumar

Ayurveda Doctor

Dr. Ramkumar is a lifelong student of Ayurveda and other traditional Indian knowledge systems. Over the last 2 decades, he has given talks and conducted workshops in the Americas, Africa, Europe, Australia and many parts of Asia, promoting health, happiness and contentment.

Vaidya DR. Ramdas

Vaidya DR. Ramdas

Ayurveda Doctor

Dr. Ramadas is offering his services to Ayurveda care and Ayurveda teaching as Medical Director of Vaidyagrama Ayurveda in Coimbatore.  He heads the first cluster of this eco-friendly Ayurveda hospital, where he has been engaged in Ayurveda services from 2008. He inherits a strong family tradition of a long line of Ayurveda practitioners.

Swami Adi Parashaktiananda

Swami Adi Parashaktiananda

Hatha Yoga Teacher

Swami Adi is a dedicated Sadhak and Hatha Yoga practitioner and teacher, graduated from Sivananda Teachers Training Course in 2009 at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA. He took the monastic vow from Sivananda lineage in 2017 and has been traveling yearly to teach in Asia.

Excursion Outings

Palani Murugan Temple

Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple[1][2] is third of the Six Abodes of Murugan (Aarupadai veedugal). It is located in the city of Palani earlier it was known as Thiruaavinankudi(as mentioned in the old Sangam literature Thirumurugatrupadai), Dindigul district, 100 kilometres (62 mi) southeast of Coimbatore and northwest of Madurai in the foothills of the Palani Hills, Tamil Nadu, India. Palani temple is considered synonymous with Panchamritam, a sweet mixture made of five ingredients.

As per Hindu legendary beliefs, Sage Narada visited the celestial court of Shiva at Mount Kailash to present to him a fruit, the gnana-palam (literally, the fruit of knowledge). He decided to award it to whichever of his two sons who first encircle the world thrice. Accepting the challenge, Murugan started his journey around the globe on his mount peacock. However, Ganesha, who surmised that the world was no more than his parents Shiva and Shakti combined, circumambulated them and won the fruit. Murugan was furious and felt the need to get matured from boyhood and hence chose to remain as a hermit in Palani. The idol of the Muruga in Palani was created and consecrated by sage Bogar, one of Hinduism’s eighteen great Siddhars, out of an amalgam of nine poisonous herbs or Navapashanam.

Other than the steps and sliding elephant way, there is a winch and rope car service used for transportation of devotees uphill. Six poojas are performed from 6.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m and special poojas on festival days in the temple, when it is open from 4.30 a.m.

As of 2016, the temple was the richest among temples in the Tamil Nadu state with a collection of 33 crore during the period of July 2015 to June 2016.[citation needed] The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu.[3]

Travel Information

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.   More importantly, students are encouraged 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, there are community guidelines which all students are expected to follow.

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.