Teacher Training Course
Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training
A LIFE TRANSFORMING EXPERIENCE
The Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course was created by Swami Vishnudevananda in 1969. Swami Vishnudevananda 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 mean for world peace as each person would know how to get back to peace and will radiate peace all around course is now taught by his senior teachers 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.
Some of the benefits include:
- Deepen and strengthen your yoga practice
- Improve your health and regain vitality and clarity
- Develop the intuition, knowledge and confidence to teach others
- Experience a Yogic lifestyle (applying the 5 points of yoga) Be able to teach it to others
- Connect to a tradition and be supported in your own practice and teaching
- Become an internationally recognized 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified Yoga Instructor
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.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THE SIVANANDA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
Each day you will study and practice yoga as the senior teachers guide you how to teach asanas and pranayama. The daily practice with individual corrections includes:
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:
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:
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.
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 mind. In fact yoga is meditation and meditation is yoga. Additionally, you will learn yoga psychology, positive thinking, and concentration theory and practice.
Jnana yoga or yoga of knowledge is the study and practice of vedanta philosophy. Practically it is the practice of self-inquiry and the understanding of the 3 bodies, 5 layers, and karma. Also one would learn to detach from illusory understanding of self and other and realize oneness.
The body is the moving temple of God. It is the sacred shrine for the Supreme Soul. It should ever be kept clean, healthy, and strong”
– Swami Sivananda
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 spiritual activities, meditation 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.
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|October 13 - November 10, 2018||Yoga Teachers Training Course||Grass Valley, CA, USA||$2,400.00||View Details||Register|
|October 27 - November 24, 2018||Yoga Teacher Training Course||Dalat, Vietnam||$2,400.00||View Details||Register|
|November 11 - 25, 2018||Sadhana Intensive||Grass Valley, CA||$1,100.00||View Details||Register|
|February 16 - March 16, 2019||Yoga Teacher Training Course||Dalat, Vietnam||$2,400.00||View Details||Register|
|March 17 - 31, 2019||Sadhana Intensive||Dalat, Vietnam||$1,100.00||View Details||Register|
|May 4 - June 1, 2019||Yoga Teachers Training Course||Grass Valley, CA, USA||$2,400.00||View Details||Register|
|June 3 - July 1, 2019||Advanced Teachers Training Course||Grass Valley, CA||$2,400.00||View Details||Register|
|July 13 - August 10, 2019||Yoga Teachers Training in Dalat, Vietnam||Dalat, Vietnam||$2,400.00||View Details||Register|
|September 7 - October 5, 2019||Yoga Teacher Training Course in China||Chengdu, China||$2,650.00||View Details||Register|
|October 12 - November 9, 2019||Yoga Teachers Training Course||Grass Valley, CA, USA||$2,400.00||View Details||Register|
|February 1 - 29, 2020||Yoga Teacher Training Course||Dalat, Vietnam||$2,400.00||View Details||Register|
|March 1 - 29, 2020||Advanced Teachers Training Course in Vietnam||Dalat, Vietnam||$2,400.00||View Details||Register|
|March 15 - 29, 2020||Sadhana Intensive||Dalat, Vietnam||$1,100.00||View Details||Register|
|April 25 - May 23, 2020||Yoga Teachers Training Course||Grass Valley, CA, USA||$2,400.00||View Details||Register|
|May 25 - June 23, 2020||Yoga Teachers Training Course in Japan||near Mt. Fuji||View Details||Register|
|September 5 - October 3, 2020||Yoga Teacher Training Course in China||Chengdu, China||$2,650.00||View Details||Register|
|October 10 - November 7, 2020||Yoga Teachers Training Course||Grass Valley, CA, USA||$2,400.00||View Details||Register|
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Swami Vashistananda comes from the Namboodri lineage in Southern India, Kerala and was the personal priest of Swami Vishnudevananda. Swamiji has been a long-time teacher of bhakti and vedanta in the Sivananda organization ever since. He has been at the Yoga farm since October 2014 and does ceremonies at all the ashram temples and shrines. Swamiji teaches with much inspiration and humor.
Swami Dharmananda is assistant director of the Yoga Farm for many years and is in charge of the karma yoga program. He is a faculty of the Sivananda Institute of Health (SIHY) and is one of the main teachers of Yoga Philosophy and Meditation at the Ashram. He took sannyas vows in 2013 and is keenly interested in yoga psychology and philosophy, presenting the classical teaching in a practical and accessible way to people of all faiths and backgrounds.
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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.