Graduates of the yoga teacher training course receive internationally recognized certification. The TTC is certified by the worldwide Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours standard for Registered Yoga Schools (RYS).
Graduates are highly encouraged to continue their yoga studies in the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course. Those taking the TTC in December or March can take the two trainings back-to-back, receiving a 10% discount on the total tuition for both and qualifying for 500-hour registration with Yoga Alliance.
There are no pre-requisites for this training; yoga is for everyone. Apply today!
Live and study in a traditional yoga ashram for a month —
Experience the healing powers and beauty of the ocean —
Be part of a vibrant international yoga community —
Participate in a rich tapestry of morning and evening satsang programs —
You can receive your TTC manual in one of dozens of languages, even when the course is taught in English
Please contact our TTC Advisor for translation requests or questions: [email protected].
The cost of the TTC is based on your housing choice:
Tent Space = $2,400 (available November – May)
Dormitory = $3,255
Tent Hut = $3,490 (available November – June)
Garden Room Single = $5,275 (July); $5,677 (November-June)
Garden Room Doubles are sometimes available; please contact [email protected] for more information.
NEW! Early-bird savings — We offer discounts for booking in advance.
Prices include tuition, accommodation, two daily meals, two pairs of yoga pants and two T-shirts, the course manual, and all classes. Rates are in US dollars. A Bahamian VAT tax of 7.5% is NOT included and will be added.
A $300 deposit is required when you register in order to guarantee your place. The balance is due upon arrival.
For other housing options (at standard rates) and for any other questions, please call the TTC advisor: US and Canada: 1-866-559-5167; all countries: 1-416-479-0199. Choose ext. 129.
Recognized worldwide as a leading yoga training, the TTC began over 40 years ago and has graduated more than 35,000 people around the world. Swami Vishnudevananda was the first yogi from India to develop this kind of training program in the West, with the vision to not only develop successful yoga professionals but to also spread peace in the world through them. The TTC is a unique, profoundly transformative, and rewarding experience that is based on the ancient gurukula teaching system, which integrates the student’s daily life into the yoga training. For four intense weeks of ashram living, students strengthen their own yoga practice through self-discipline and awareness of the nature of mind, body and spirit. They also build a firm foundation from which to teach others naturally and with confidence.
The TTC provides a fantastic opportunity to awaken or deepen your yoga practice, meet new and interesting people, and be a part of the global yoga community that is growing each day. The best part of all is learning that everything we need is already within us and how the practices can lead us into accessing our gifts and beauty from the inside out. The experience provides a great way to find long lasting happiness, peace, and the ability to share the yogic lifestyle with others.
Please plan to arrive at least the day before the TTC start day and depart the day after the TTC end date.. The cost for the TTC includes these two nights. Please see the Getting Here for detailed information on traveling to the Yoga Retreat.
When possible, it is recommended that you spend a few days in the Yoga Vacation Program before the start of the TTC and/or when you graduate, to assimilate what you’ve learned. Many graduates stay on for a month or more in the Karma Yoga Residential Study Program, which is highly recommended as a way to fully immerse in ashram life and practice teaching yoga to others.
Certain physical conditions might limit your ability or prevent you from taking the Yoga Teacher Training Course. Please contact us prior to registering if you are pregnant, suffering from recent head, neck, or back injury, are taking medication prescribed by a psychiatrist, or have any other condition that might limit your ability to practice yoga postures or otherwise participate in an intensive training.
Since it’s inception under Swami Vishudevananda, participants in the TTC wear white pants and a yellow top. This uniform not only creates a unity among all the trainees and ease (not having to decide what to wear), it holds meaning: the yellow represents the seeking of true knowledge and the white represents purification of the self.
We are proud of our TTC trainees and your presence at the ashram makes a visual statement to all guests about your commitment to yoga and yoga studies.
Upon arrival, you will receive two pairs of white yoga pants and two yellow t-shirts to wear throughout the training. You are expected to wear the TTC uniform at all times (including at satsangs), with the following exceptions:
Required and recommended books for your course are available for purchase on-site at our boutique and at the Sivananda centers worldwide. Please budget about $65. The required books are:
Your arrival pack will include a list of optional recommended books; these will be available on-site at the boutique.
Kriya Kit During one of the sessions toward the end of the training, we will cover Hatha Yoga cleansing protocols. A kit is available for purchase at the Boutique for around $13, or you are welcome to bring these items with you: a neti pot, a sutra neti (catheter), and a tongue scraper.
Notebook and pens
Wrist-watch with second hand (for teaching); not a smart phone
Meditation cushion (optional)
Meditation shawl (for satsangs)
Toiletries, including soap
Travel mug or tumbler
Dry snack foods (nuts, energy bars)
Snorkeling equipment (optional)
For tent space only: bring your own tent, bedding, and towels.
Please note that there are laundry facilities onsite. Tokens for the washer and dryer, as well as laundry soap, are available for purchase at the Boutique (Reception during the summer).
Through the monthlong Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course, you will:
The goal of this training program is to produce qualified and inspiring yoga teachers who are able to draw on their own practice and personal discipline in imparting the yoga experience to others. The curriculum is based on the five points of yoga as taught by Swami Vishnudevananda, which can be understood as the practical application of the traditional four paths of yoga (Karma, Bhakti, Raja, and Jnana).
The intensive daily schedule includes:
One day a week is lecture-free.
A daily teaching practice class is devoted to teaching you how to teach asanas and pranayama. A
daily asana practice class gives you the opportunity to practice your own asanas and will help to
build the good habit of practice.
The daily in-depth practice with individual corrections comprises:
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 exercisesand their effects. Individual instruction.
In the second half of the training course, participants will teach each other under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
At the end of each TTC, students take an exam. Upon successful completion of the course students receive the Certificate of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, entitled Yoga Siromani (Teacher of Yoga).
This training is registered by and fulfills the requirements for the Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification, for which graduates of the program are invited to register.
Course graduates can earn university credits toward graduate degrees from The Open International University.
Continuing education credit is provided by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES).
CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB approval period: October 6, 2012-October 5, 2015. Social Workers should contact their regularity board to determine course approval.
Social Workers participating in this course will receive 68 clinical continuing education clock hours.
As an American Psychological Association (APA) approved provider CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Nurses completing this program receive 68 CE hours of credit. Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa.
CES is approved by the Association For Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) Approved Education Provider Program #174. 68 contact hours of continuing education credit is granted for this program.
|6:00 – 7:45 am||Morning Satsang (meditation, chanting, and lecture; or silent walk)|
|8:00 – 10:00 am||Asana and Pranayama Class|
|10:45 – 11:45 am||Karma Yoga (serving the ashram)|
|12:00 – 1:00 pm||Bhagavad Gita/Chanting Class|
|1:00 – 2:00 pm||Break (or Karma Yoga)|
|2:00 – 4:00 pm||Main Lecture (yoga philosophy and psychology or anatomy and physiology)|
|4:00 – 6:00 pm||Asana and Pranayama (teaching methods)|
|7:00 – 8:00 pm||Free Time (or Karma Yoga)|
|8:00 – 10:00 pm||Evening Satsang (meditation, chanting, and lecture, concert, or special event)|
Note: Attendance at all activities is mandatory. Changes in the program may occur from time to time.
During satsang, we come together as a community for meditation, chanting, daily prayers, and spiritual learning. At the Yoga Retreat, morning satsangs feature senior ashram staff and spiritual leaders as well as visiting teachers and guides from Sivananda ashrams and centers worldwide. In the evening, students enjoy a diversity of special programs, festivals, concerts, and symposia with distinguished guest presenters offered each night. Find out what’s happening when you plan to take the TTC: Program Calendar.
Students have one day off a week. During the day off, students are still required to attend morning and evening satsangs and to perform their Karma Yoga. The rest of the day, they have time for study and are welcome to enjoy the services of the Well Being Center or the daily Yoga Vacation workshops offered at the ashram; students can also explore the area around the asharm, take the time to rest on the beach or in the gardens.
The TTC was intentionally designed with a rigorous schedule in order to transform students into authentic yogis, knowledgable teachers, and leaders for peace in the world.
Swami Brahmananda is Manager of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and senior staff of the Sivananda organization. A long-time practitioner of yoga, he regularly teaches yoga philosophy and meditation for the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses as well as meditation immersion courses. He is a much-loved, inspiring, and knowledgeable teacher.
Swami Hridyananda, a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, is senior staff of the Yoga Retreat and has spent over 30 years teaching yoga and Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses, and supporting individuals on this transformative journey.
Rukmini Chaitanya is a senior staff member of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and personal assistant to Swami Swaroopananda, the Ashram Director. A knowledgeable and experienced teacher and yoga practitioner, she has been teaching yoga classes and offering lectures on yoga philosophy for many years.
Surya (Isabel Baudouin Serrano), a 2003 graduate of the Sivananda Advanced Yoga Teacher Training (ATTC), is cofounder and director of the affiliated Sivananda Yoga Center of Lisbon in Portugal. A yoga practitioner since she was 19-years-old, Surya has been teaching in or translating for two or three Sivananda Teacher Training Courses a year since 2003 and has studied in, taught in, or translated for many ATTCs.
Krishna Chaitanya, RYT-500, physical therapist, Sivananda Yoga teacher, senior staff of the Yoga Retreat, and instructor of the Teacher Training Course, has taught for more than 20 years, including gentle yoga to seniors.