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A four week intensive residential course in all aspects of yoga

* 2 September - 30 September 2017

* 17 February - 17 March 2018

* 2 - 30 June 2018

* 1 - 29 September 2018

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The Sivananda Teachers' Training Course (TTC)

  • Four-week theoretical and practical training in all aspects of yoga composed of 401 training units of 45 minutes' duration
  • International certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organization (ISYVC) is awarded on successful completion of the course. The diploma is entitled "Yoga Siromani" and recognised by Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours Registered Yoga School Standards
  • This course was established in 1969 by Swami Vishnudevananda as the first yoga teachers' training course taught to Western students and now has over 32,000 graduates.
  • A sincere desire to learn and openness to yogic techniques is required – a basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is preferred, but not essential. Students will develop the skills to teach yoga asanas and improve their own personal practice.

The Course Instructors
The course is taught by Yoga Acharyas (spiritual teachers), personally trained by Swami Vishnudevananda, as well as other experienced Swamis and yoga teachers. They regularly participate in special further training in India to deepen their Yoga knowledge and practice.

The Gurukula System of Education
The course is based on India’s traditional Gurukula teaching system, where by direct contact with the teachers, the student’s day-to-day life during the course is transformed into an integrated learning experience.

The Sivananda Yoga Approach
Yoga teachers are not just trained in the asanas. While asanas are an integral part of classical Hatha Yoga, it is the combination of the asanas with ethical values, pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation that enables a comprehensive experience of Hatha Yoga.

The Sivananda approach to training yoga teachers believes that students should understand and experience the four main systems of yoga: Besides the focus on Hatha Yoga, the Sivananda yoga teacher training programme introduces students to the theory and practice of Raja Yoga (control over the mind), Karma Yoga (selfless activity), Jnana Yoga (yoga philosophy) and Bhakti Yoga (transformation of emotions into devotion).

Yoga Alliance Certification
Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Courses are officially certified by the worldwide Yoga Alliance in the USA for the 200 and the 500 hours standard for registered Yoga Schools (RYS).

International Guest Speakers
Guest speakers and artists from around the world enrich the Teachers’ Training Course experience. Lectures on medicine, ayurveda, diet, physics, psychology, religion, etc. reveal fascinating connections to yoga.


The curriculum is based on the five points of yoga which can be understood as the practical application of the four traditional yoga paths:

  1. Proper Exercise (Asanas)
  2. Proper Breathing (Pranayama)
  3. Proper Relaxation (Savasan)
  4. Proper Diet (Vegetarian)
  5. Positive Thinking and Meditation (Vedanta and Dhyana)

Daily: two meditation sessions, two yoga classes, two lectures, one hour of service to the ashram community. One day a week is lecture-free.

The daily in-depth practice with individual corrections comprises:

  • Sun salutation and the12 basic yoga postures
  • 100 asana variations, from intermediate level to advanced
  • Postural alignment
  • Deep relaxation with auto suggestion
  • Release of blocked energy
  • Training sessions for all age groups

Benefits of asanas:

  • Control of emotions and improved power of concentration
  • Rid the body of excess fat and enhance physical fitness
  • Relieve chronic ailments such as constipation, rheumatism and digestive problems
  • Stimulate circulation and stabilise thyroid functions
  • Keep muscles youthful and supple into old age


  • Expands capacity of the lungs
  • Relaxes the nervous system
  • Balances the two hemispheres of the brain
  • Purifies the nadis (subtle energy channels)
  • Awakens the inner spiritual energy
  • Kapalabhati (lung cleansing exercise)
  • Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing)
  • Samanu (mental cleansing of the nadis)
  • The 8 main pranayamas: Ujjayi, Surya Bheda, Bhastrika, Plavini, Moorcha, Sitali, Sitkari, Bhramari


  • Tratak, Neti, Kapalabhati, Dhauti, Nauli and Basti: six classical purification exercises for the eyes, nose, air passages, oesophagus and stomach, abdominal organs and large intestine. Explanation and demonstration of the exercises and their effects. Individual instruction

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Introduction to the major body systems. The effects of asanas and pranayama on the cardio vascular, respiratory, digestive, skeletal, muscular and endocrine systems

Teaching Practice

  • How to teach the 12 basic postures and breathing exercises to beginners and intermediate students
  • Detailed correction workshops
  • In the second half of the training course, participants will teach each other under the guidance of an experienced instructor

Yoga Nutrition

  • 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


  • Physical and mental meditation
  • 12-step daily practice
  • Effects of and experiences in meditation
  • Mantras – spiritual energy in sound
  • Mantra initiation (if desired)

Hatha Yoga

  • Ethical and moral principles
  • Body – prana (life energy) – mind
  • From control over the body to control over the mind and meditation

Raja Yoga

  • Ashtanga – the 8 steps of yoga
  • Antahkarana – functions of the mind
  • Concentration and meditation

Kundalini Yoga

  • The Absolute and how it manifests itself in nature
  • Macrocosmos and microcosmos
  • The 7 Chakras
  • The awakening of cosmic energy

Bhakti Yoga

  • Kirtan: chanting of classical Sanskrit mantras
  • Indian gods and their cosmic meaning
  • Arati and Pujas (traditional Indian rituals)

Karma Yoga

  • The law of cause and effect
  • Samsara – the wheel of birth and death
  • Karma Yoga – selfless service: one hour daily in the ashram community

Jnana Yoga

  • Basic concepts of Vedanta philosophy
  • The 7 Bhoomikas or planes of consciousness
  • Space, time, causation
  • The 3 bodies
  • The 3 levels of the mind
  • Conquest of death

Bhagavad Gita

  • Study of both the text and the commentary of this classical yoga scripture


Daily Schedule
5.30am Wake-up
Meditation, mantra chanting, lecture or silent walk
8am Asanas and pranayama
10am Brunch
11am Karma yoga (helping out with chores)
Noon Bhagavad Gita or chanting class
2pm Main lecture
4pm Asanas and pranayama
6pm Dinner
8pm Meditation, mantra chanting, lecture
10pm Lights out
Attendance at all activities is mandatory. Changes in the programme may occur from time to time. One day a week is given for personal activities and study. On this day students are required to attend morning and evening satsangs as well as to complete their Karma Yoga.


Situated in a quiet residential area in Putney in South West London, the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre provides an ideal setting for the Teachers’ Training Course, with its spacious, luminous halls and beautiful peace garden. Groups are kept small and the main emphasis is on individual guidance and detailed instructions.

There are green, open riverside spaces within a short walk from the centre. The gardens of Bishop’s Park and the riverside trails along the Thames offer a variety of scenic nature walks. Central London with all its famous sights is within 30 minutes by Tube.

Nutritious and delicious vegetarian food will be served twice daily in the annex of Saint Mary's Church just a short walk away. Please note that the meals offered are lacto-vegetarian. We cannot cater to special dietetic needs during the course.

Course Books

  • 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 - Your Home Practice Companion  by the Sivananda Yoga Centre (Dorling Kindersly)

Please note: These books are not included in the course fee. They can be purchased at the Sivananda Yoga Centres or via the online shop.

Yoga Teachers' Training Course Preparation Day

21 October from 10.15am - 7.45pm


This one-day programme is designed to give you an insight into a typical TTC day. You will participate in two asana classes, two lectures and the evening meditation, which includes traditional mantra chanting.

Presentations will cover the historical background of the Sivananda Teachers’ Training Course, the course curriculum, the different course venues and the certificate of completion. There will be time for Q&As and course teachers will also be available for individual advice and guidance.

This day provides an excellent opportunity to get to know the International Sivananda Yoga Centres as a training institute for anyone thinking about taking a Teachers’ Training Course.

Programme of the TTC preparation day:

10.30am    Yoga class
12.00pm    Lunch
1.00pm      Presentation of the TTC, the course curriculum, 
                    how to prepare oneself, how to register
2.30pm      Presentation of the course venues, including videos of various
                    courses locations
4.00pm     Yoga class
6.00pm     Meditation, chants, lecture


Yoga Teacher Training Graduates
Upon successful completion of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course, the yoga teacher receives a yoga certificate confirming that they have sufficient knowledge and practical experience to teach Hatha Yoga (asanas, pranayama and relaxation) to beginners and intermediate yoga students.

In addition to the four-week basic training course, Swami Vishnudevananda developed the Advanced Teachers' Training Course (also 4 weeks) and an advanced practice course (Sadhana Intensive, 2 weeks). Weekend and week-long further training programmes for yoga teachers are also available. The further training programmes and the Advanced Teachers' Training Course are useful for acquiring further yoga teacher certification.

Qualification for Admission
The intensity of the training programme requires a high degree of discipline and commitment but mastery of yoga practices is not necessary. Yoga is about inner growth. Prior practice of asanas and meditation is preferable.

Yoga of Synthesis
The course is based on the yoga of synthesis as taught by Swami Sivananda. This includes the practice of Hindu devotional rituals which are also part of the daily programme.

Ashram Rules
Attendance at all programmes is mandatory. In order to maintain the spiritual atmosphere, no meat, fish, eggs, coffee or black tea are allowed. No smoking, alcohol, or drugs. Their use may lead to dismissal from the course. Appropriate modest clothing is required.

Tuition Fee
£2,550  (Shared room)*

£3,500   (Single room)*


* Prices valid until 15 September 2017

Early bird dicount

10% reduction on shared room if full payment is received 3 months before the start of the course:

Before 17 November 2017 for the February 2018 course
Before 2 March 2018 for the June 2018 course
Before 1 June 2018 for the September 2018 course

Included are the examination fee, administrative costs, teaching, room and board, two sets of yoga clothing and a teacher's manual.

How to Register

Please call the Sivananda Yoga Centre (020 8780 0160) for full details
of the course and an application form, or download an application form
(pdf format).

Please note that space is limited and early booking essential.

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