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Our four-week residential teacher training course is offered at Sivananda ashrams worldwide throughout the year. Please see our international website for locations and dates. Details for our New York location are given below.




Yoga Teacher Training
Catskills, New York

September 8 - October 6, 2013

Since 1968, when Swami Vishnudevananda created the first Yoga Teachers' Training Course ever taught in the West, more than 13,000 Yoga Teachers have been certified by the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. Swamiji designed the Teachers' Training Course to closely approach the ancient Gurukhula System, in which the student's daily life was itself an intensive Yoga training.

Swami Vishnudevananda developed a curriculum based on an integration of all aspects of Yoga and Vedanta from knowledge handed down by his guru, the great master Swami Sivananda. Vedanta teaches the essential unity of all beings, while Yoga offers practical methods for attaining consciousness of that unity.

The course covers Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation, Mantra Chanting, Vedanta & Yoga Theory, Bhagavad Gita, Mantra Meditation, Kriyas (cleansing exercises), Yoga Diet, Anatomy & Physiology, and more. By the end of the course, the beginner and advanced student alike will possess a solid foundation for teaching Hatha Yoga, will have developed a personal Yoga practice, and will have increased self-discipline and harmony of body, mind and spirit.

The course is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level.


Teacher Training Course Daily Schedule

  • 5:30 am Wake-up
  • 6:00 am Satsang (meditation, chanting and talk)
  • 8:00 am Yoga asana and pranayama class (practice class)
  • 10:00 am Brunch
  • 11:00 am Karma Yoga
  • 12:00 pm Bhagavad Gita or Chanting class
  • 2:00 pm Main Yoga Philosophy lecture
  • 4:00 pm Yoga asana and pranayama class (teaching class)
  • 6:00 pm Dinner
  • 8:00 pm Satsang
  • 10:30 pm Lights out


$2300 tent $2860 dorm, $3025 double, $3575 single

Download a TTC application form
International schedule of Teacher Training Courses