Teachers Training Course

Not all Yoga Teachers Training Courses are created alike. We offer unique and inspiring classical yoga training in several places around the world, based on India’s traditional Gurukula system that helps not only to deepen your practice but also preparing you to confidently teach others about the power of yoga, meditation and healthy living. For four powerful weeks, students live and learn together along with their teachers, creating an atmosphere of pure learning and joyful serving. Each day consists of not only the study of yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation but also getting a clear look at yogic discipline, Karma yoga and learning to be in peaceful community with others. The Yoga Teachers Training Courses are much more than just learning to teach yoga, they are about life and the world around us.

Graduates of the course receive internationally recognized certification. Certified by the worldwide Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours standard for Registered Yoga Schools (RYS).

Date for 2014

November 16th-December 14th

Date for 2015

June 28th-July 25th

Curriculum of the Teachers Training Course (TTC)

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 which can be understood as the practical application of the traditional four paths of yoga.

The intensive daily schedule includes two meditation sessions, two yoga classes, two lectures, one hour of service to the ashram community. One day a week is lecture-free.

ASANAS (YOGA POSTURES)

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:

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

BENEFITS OF ASANAS:

  • Control emotions
  • Improve power of concentration
  • Rid the body of excess fat
  • Enhance physical fitness
  • Relieve chronic ailments such as constipation, rheumatism, stomach complaints
  • Stimulate circulation
  • Stabilise thyroid functions
  • Keep muscles youthful and supple into old age

PRANAYAMA

  • 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)
  • Ujjayi, Surya Bheda, Bhastrika, Sitali, Sitkari, Bhramari
  • Samanu (mental cleansing of the nadis)
  • The three bandhas: Jalandhara, Moola, Uddiyana

KRIYAS

  • 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

YOGA ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

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

KARMA AND REINCARNATION

  • The law of action and reaction
  • The law of compensation
  • The law of retribution
  • Destiny and self-effort

TEACHING PRACTICE

  • How to teach the 12 basic postures and breathing exercises to beginners and intermediate students
  • Setting up of a proper environment for class
  • General pointers on teaching a class
  • The Basic Sivananda class
  • Beginners’ Course
  • Advanced Postures
  • Yoga for Children
  • Yoga for Older Citizens
  • Yoga for Pregnancy
  • Relaxation
  • 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

MEDITATION

  • Guide to meditation
  • What is meditation
  • Why meditate
  • 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 & 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)
  • Chanting opens the heart and purifies the mind. With daily chanting, you develop a strong feeling of devotion and a very pure vibration. In devotional chanting correct pronunciation, devotional attitude and awareness of meaning are all-important.

KARMA YOGA

  • Karma yoga is the practice of selfless service and helps to reduce selfishness and egoism and keeps you fit and healthy and gives immeasurable joy
  • You will be asked to do various tasks within the Ashram setting including gardening, cooking, cleaning, office work and any other work necessary for the smooth running of the community
  • 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

  • Considered one of the greatest spiritual texts of the world, the Bhagavad Gita contains subtle and profound teachings and has a universality which embraces every aspect of human actions. It symbolises the solution of the eternal struggle between the spiritual and the material in every human being
  • Study of both the text and Swami Sivananda’s commentary

DAILY SCHEDULE AND COURSE RULES

  • 5:30 am: Wake up
  • 6:00 am: Satsang (Meditation, chanting, lecture)
  • 8:00 am: Asanas and pranayama / How to teach
  • 10:00 am: Brunch
  • 11:00 am: Karma Yoga
  • 12:00 pm: Bhagavad Gita or Kirtan lecture
  • 2:00 pm: Main lecture on philosophy or anatomy
  • 4:00 pm: Asanas and pranayama practice class
  • 6:00 pm: Dinner
  • 8:00 pm: Satsang (Meditation, chanting, lecture)
  • 10:00 pm: Lights out

SATSANG

Satsang means being in companionship with the truth and with the wise. The course satsang consists of half an hour silent meditation, half an hour chanting and a talk or reading on aspects of yoga philosophy. It will help you to develop a strong and steady meditation practice and show you the way to peace and happiness.

PREREQUISITES

A high degree of self-motivation is required for all aspects of the course. A basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is helpful but not essential. A sincere desire to learn and openness to the teachings of yoga is required.

The practice and especially the teaching of yoga demand a high degree of self-discipline and purity. To ensure the success of the programme, participants are required to attend all spiritual activities, meditation sessions, lectures and asana classes.

Meat, fish, eggs, black tea, coffee, alcohol, tobacco, drugs and nudity are prohibited during the course as they are counterproductive to the yoga practice. Participants who do not comply with the ashram rules may be dismissed from the course. Unfortunately, it is not possible to cater to personal dietary preferences beyond the yogic-vegetarian meals.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

MATERIALS INCLUDED IN COURSE FEE

  • 2 yoga pants, 2 t-shirts
  • TTC manual

MATERIALS NOT COVERED BY COURSE FEE

  • 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, cushion, blanket, Kriya set

FURTHER RECOMMENDED READING FOR AT-HOME STUDY

  • Yoga – Your Home Practice Companion by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Dorling Kindersley
  • 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

These can be purchased at any of our Centres or Ashrams.

Also bring:

  • Comfortable as well as warm clothing
  • Notebook, torch (flashlight)
  • Sandals or slippers for indoors, walking shoes
  • Towel, toiletries, Neti pot

Getting to the Yoga Camp

Students are responsible for making their own way to the Course. Details of how to get there will be sent to you upon registration. Please arrive on the day before the course is scheduled to commence. Departure will be the day after the course finishes. Please do not arrive late or plan to leave early. You may wish to arrive a few days earlier to acclimatise to the new environment or stay longer after the Course has finished.

Course fees 2013:

November 17th- December 15th (reduced fees)

  • Single room CDN $3375
  • Dormitory CDN $2660

Course Fees 2014:

June 29th-July 27th

  • Tent: CDN $2400
  • Dormitory: CDN $2960
  • Single Room: CDN $3675

November 16th- December 14th (reduced fees)

  • Single room CDN $3375
  • Dormitory CDN $2660

How to apply

All registrations for the TTC are done online. Students are requested to fill in the online registration form and make their payment at the same time. The Yoga Camp will then write to you with more information about logistics.

Registration form TTC

More information

Please contact: yogacampregistrations@sivananda.org