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Yoga Teachers’ Training Course - TTC
"Yoga is a system of integral education, education not only of the body and the mind or the intellect, but also of the inner spirit”

-Swami Sivananda
October 9th – November 6th, 2016

  • Four-week theoretical and practical training in all aspects of yoga

  • Internationally recognised certificate from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres

  • Oldest yoga teachers’ training course in the West (since 1969), with over 1,000 graduates per year

TTC Thailand brochure (PDF) >>


buttonThe 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).

button Why immersion course for 4 weeks?
Hatha The benefits of yoga are fully experienced through immersion in the yogic lifestyle and a combination of repeated, guided group practice and inspirational theoretical lessons, offered in a positive, uplifting environment. Among the many benefits that students report are greater self-awareness, a sense of connection, a newfound sense of self–discipline, enhanced self–esteem, improved power of concentration and increased strength and flexibility.
button Teaching Certificate Upon successful completion
Students receive a certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center and are entitled ‘Yoga Shiromani’ (Teacher of Yoga). This training is registered by and fulfills the requirements of the Yoga Alliance 200 hours certification. Hatha
button Title of Yoga Teacher
Hatha The title given is of 'Yoga Siromani' or 'Yoga Acharya'. 'Yoga Siromani' means or signifies jewel of the crown of Yoga. This is the title of the diploma for the first level of teacher's training in Yoga.Yoga Acharya' means master of Yoga. It is the title of the diploma for the Advanced Teacher's Training. 
button Instructors
The TTC instructors are senior disciples and students of Swami Vishnudevananda. Each of them has had many years of personal experience in teaching all aspects of yoga. They are renowned for their devotion to Swami Vishnudevananda and Swami Sivananda and for their profound knowledge and inspirational teaching, guidance and wisdom imparted to many thousands of students throughout the world. Hatha
button Course languages
Hatha The course will be taught in English with simultaneous translation into Chinese, Japanese and Thai languages using a modern wireless translation system and headphones.

(Extra batteries have to be purchased or brought with own cost).
  Curriculum & Daily Schedule
button  Curriculum

Topics below will be taught and practiced throughout the course.
  Hatha Yoga Theory
  • The Astral Body

  • The nadis (energy channels) and chakras (energy centers)

  • Yoga Asanas

  • The Sun Salutation and the 12 basic yoga postures

  • Advanced Asanas Variations

  • Effects of asanas on the physical and astral body

  • Proper posture alignment

  • Deep relaxation

  • Release of blocked energy

  • How to teach

  • Teaching the sun salutation and the 12 basic postures

  • The Basic Class

  • Teaching beginners and intermediate students

  • Adapt teaching to special groups
Hatha yoga  
Hatha yoga
  • Kapalabhati, Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing)

  • Advanced pranayama exercises
  • Twelve Guidelines for Meditation

  • Benefits of Meditation

  • Mantras and mantra initiation (if requested)
  Yoga Philosophy and Psychology

  • The Four Paths of Yoga

  • The Five Points of Yoga according to Swami Vishnudevananda

  • Psychology of the Spiritual Aspirant

  • Law of karma

  • Vedanta philosophy
Yoga philosopy
  Anatomy and Physiology
  • The effects of hatha yoga on major body systems
  Yogic Diet and Nutrition
  • Ethical, health and spiritual reasons for vegetarianism
Bhagavad Gita
  • Study and commentary of the Bhagavad Gita, the most read classical scripture. 

  • It gives universal teachings on how to do your duty and conduct yourself in the battlefield of life
  • Positive emotional effects of chanting

  • Correct pronunciation and mental attitude

  • Practice of opening the heart to the Divine

  • The six classical Yogic exercises for purifying and detoxifying the internal and external body
button  Daily Schedule
5:30 a.m. Wake-up Bell
6:00 a.m. Satsang (meditation, devotional chanting, lecture)
8:00 a.m. Asana & Pranayama Class
10:00 a.m. Vegetarian Brunch
11:00 a.m. Karma Yoga (helping in the ashram)
12:00 p.m. Chanting or Bhagavad Gita Class
2:00 p.m. Main Lecture
4:00 p.m. Asana & Pranayama (teaching techniques)
6:00 p.m. Vegetarian Dinner
8:00 p.m. Satsang (meditation, devotional chanting, lecture)
Wake up bell
button  Guidelines

Participation in all classes and punctuality are mandatory. Wearing of uniforms is expected for all satsangs and lectures. The basic guidelines are: Meat, fish, eggs, black tea, coffee, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, weapons, loud music, backbiting, profanity. 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. 
button  Location  
button Venue  
Hatha Chiang Rai, Thailand
Chiang Rai is located 785 km away from Bangkok. It is the northernmost province of Thailand and a home to breathtaking mountains, waterfalls, hot springs, river valleys, caves and many more. It is also a settlement of some hill tribes such as Karen, Akha, Lisu, Meo and Muser. Once, the province was made famous by Golden Triangle where 3 countries; Myanmar, Laos and Thailand converge at the banks of Mekong River. Not only the richness of the nature it is blessed with, but it also has a wealth of cultural and historical treasures to be explored. A number of picturesque attractions such as Golden Traingle, hilltribe villages, the White Temple, museums, Rai Mae Fah Luang which is a cultural centre and centre of Lanna studies.
  The Mountain Resort  
The course will be conducted in Phu Chaisai Mountain Resort & Spa, one of the first boutique hotels in the North of Thailand. The award-winning resort is set in on a gradually sloping hill surrounded by Chiang Rai’s untouched vegetation and  has emerged as a leading eco-friendly accommodation, offering guests, a much-needed break from the confines of city life. The resort aims to be an environmentally-friendly and self-sufficient  and has gone beyond the green concept starting from design, construction, and interior décor to even having a green lifestyle of cultivating a tea plantation, gardening, herbs and fruit farm for our own cuisine selection. The drinking water undergoes a Reverse Osmosis (RO) process – a highly recognized water purification system, guaranteeing safe consumption. The cottages are built completely from bamboo, terracotta clay, and thatched roof, all locally acquired. The resort also supports the local community by employing local villagers and hill tribes. By training the local staff with hospitality, culinary, and service skills; Phu Chaisai not only gives back to the surrounding community but guests can expect to receive a warm welcome and pleasant stay with a touch of Thailand’s northern tradition. The resort kitchen provides carefully prepared Thai lacto-vegetarian meals twice daily, which are moderately spiced.

The resort is located 45 minutes from the airport and the city of Chiang Rai.

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Phu Chaisai Mountain Resort & Spa
388 Moo 4, Ban Mae Salong Nai, Mae Chan,
Chiang Rai 57110, Thailand.
+66 (0) 53-910-500 
+66 (0) 53-910-529
button  To reach Chiang Rai:  
By plane Chiang Rai International Airport (CEI) is located on Phaholyotin Road 8 kilometers from downtown Chiang Rai. Car rental is available on arrival. The airport is served by AirAsia and Thai Airways from Bangkok (flight time is about 1 hour and 30 minutes) and SGA Airlines from Chiang Mai
By bus 
There are two bus stations in Chiang Rai. The old bus station and new bus station - A minibus service runs between the two. It costs 10 baht and takes 15 minutes.

Old Bus Station is located in the centre of town. Buses coming from Chiang Rai province stop here.
Chiang Khong, on the Laos border. Buses leave every hour or so and have the destination clearly marked. The journey takes two and a half hours and costs 70 baht on local bus.

New Bus Station, (7km south of the city, opposite Big C and just off the super highway). Buses from elsewhere in Thailand stop here. 
Chiang Mai - There are three types of bus: First Class A/C, Second Class A/C and VIP. A/C (First and Second) - stops one time for 15 Minutes. Takes about 4 hours. Costs 169 baht. VIP - takes 3 hours, operated by Greenbus depart Chiang Mai's on a regular basis. 

By train  The nearest train station is at Chiang Mai.
By car Chiang Rai is about 820km north of Bangkok and is easily accessible from Bangkok via highways # 1 / # 32 and from Chiang Mai on highway # 118.
By boat There is scheduled boat service between Chiang Rai and Thaton in Chiang Mai province daily.
  Carpool and Vanpool  
On arrival day a chartered bus will bring the TTC participants from the airport to the resort. 

Meeting place: Chiang rai International Airport.

More details when you register.

Mail to : thailand@sivananda.org
button  How to get to the resort:  
For driving direction to the resort, see below:
45 minutes drive from Chiang Rai City airport 

  • Head east on Prachaasanti Rd towards Sanambin Rd 0.4 km

  • Turn left at Phaholyothin Rd 0.2 km.

  • Take the 1st right on to 18 Mithuna Rd 39 m

  • Take the 1st right to stay on 18 Mithuna Rd 0.2 km

  • Turn left to stay on 18 Mithuna Rd 81 m

  • Turn right to stay on 18 Mithuna Rd 0.2 km

  • Turn left at Phahon Yothin 0.2 km

  • Turn right at Route 1/Phahon Yothin 12 m

  • Turn left to stay on Route 1/Phahon Yothin 32.4 km

  • Turn left at Route 1130 7.3 km. Turn right 1.2 km

  • Take the 1st left 56 m

  • Phu Chaisai Mountain Resort & Spa will be on the left
Click here for chaingrai map   http://chiangrai.sawadee.com/chiangraimap.htm
button  How to register
button  Conditions of participation
How to register

The Teachers' Training Course is a challenging four-week experience, demanding discipline and perseverance. Only successful candidate of the Teachers’ Training Course can apply for this course. You must be sincere in your desire to learn and openness to follow the Yogic guidelines. Please note that in keeping with the ancient Yoga tradition, practices such as meditation, mantra chanting, ceremonies honoring sages, saints and the founders of the lineage, selfless service and study of philosophy are a part of this program.

This program is non-sectarian, non-political and non-denominational, and is based on the intention to uplift, heal, and bring harmony, health and peace to all. The course is not only about the yoga postures, but also about a philosophy and lifestyle.
Note: Personal Electronic Devices in the Classroom will not be allowed

button  Course languages
  • The course will be taught in English with simultaneous translation into Chinese, Japanese and Thai languages using a modern wireless translation system and headphones.

  • (Extra batteries have to be purchased or brought with own cost).
button  Tuition fee
Shared Hut $ 2,600

The course fee includes the examination fee, administrative costs, teaching, accommodation, two sets of yoga clothing and a manual. They do NOT include transport to and from the ashram, Yoga mat, cushion, blanket and the Kriya kit.
  • Course prices are calculated on the basis of the current rate of the US dollar. Prices are subject to change without notice.  

  • All fees are non-refundable. A student can transfer from one course before the start of that course, to attend another, once only. After this time fees are forfeited. If you are asked to leave the retreat due to disrespectful or disruptive behavior no refund will be given, regardless of time spent at the ashram. No rebate is given for the meals you elect not to eat.
Tution fee
  Cancellation terms
  • Cancellation before the start of the course: A credit note for the full amount of the course will be issued, minus a 100 US dollars administration fee.

  • Credit notes are non-transferable and can only be used by the individual whose name appears on the credit note. Credit notes are valid for one year and can be used in any Sivananda Yoga Center or Ashram. Please note: Credit notes cannot be applied to boutique purchases.
To apply please follow the link:
To apply please follow the link :

Full payment is required upon submission of the application. After completing the application form, you will be directed to a secure online payment site, where credit card information needs to be filled out. Only Visa and Mastercard are accepted. In case of any problem you can contact the Ashram by phone, or registrations@sivananda.org

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp
Address 673 8th Avenue,Val Morin,
Quebec,Canada J0T 2R0.
Tel 819 322 3226
Fax 819 322 5876
1 800 263 9642 (in Canada)
Email registration@sivananda.org
Website www.sivananda.org/camp
button  Accommodation
  Tuition Fee
Shared Hut
$ 2,600
  Booking Methods:
All Huts will be filled with ' first come- first served' basis .

The fees include all tuition, accommodation, uniform (two pairs of trousers and two t-shirts), manual and meals.
They do not include transport to and from the ashram, Yoga mat, cushion and blanket.
  Ashram Rules and Guidelines
To maintain the spiritual atmosphere we ask all students s to comply with the ashram rules. The ashram reserves the right of admission and students may be asked to leave if their behaviour goes against the ashrams rules and teachings. The daily scheduled times and activities may vary according to need.
button  Practical Information
button  Address of the Resort location in Thailand
Phu Chaisai Mountain Resort & Spa

388 Moo 4, Ban Mae Salong Nai,
Mae Chan, Chiang Rai 57110,

Telephone: +66 (0) 53-910-500
Website: http://www.phu-chaisai.com
button  Passport and Visa requirements
  • Foreign Nationals are required to have an original current passport and a valid visa for their stay in Thailand. 

  • You are advised to apply for an ordinary tourist visa stating the purpose of your visit as vacation.

  • The visa application form can be downloaded from your local Thai embassy’s website.

  • Your passport has to be valid for at least another six months.

  • It is recommended to purchase a travel health insurance policy through your travel agency.

  • A copy of your visa, passport and plane ticket should be kept separately from your luggage.
button  Vaccinations & Pharmaceuticals
Check with your local health authority for advice regarding vaccinations for visiting Thailand.

Please ask your pharmacy for a small kit of medicines appropriate for Thailand.
button  Translation
Hatha Kindly note, the spoken and teaching language of the course is English and there will be simultaneous interpretation in Chinese, Japanese and Thai.
button  Arrival
On Sunday October 9 th, 2016
The course Initiation starts at 7.30 pm.
You are expected to arrive earlier in the day to have time to register, check into your accommodation and to settle down.
Early arrivals:

Students arriving earlier than the 9th of October 2016 can stay in the Resort at your own expenses. Booking for extra room nights should be made in advance to trpti@sivananda.org

Phu Chaisai Mountain Resort & Spa
E-mail: contact@phu-chaisai.com
Website: http://www.phu-chaisai.com/activities.html
button  Departure
Sunday, November 6th, 2016
Students can stay till Sunday 6th November 2016 night free of cost
 If you wish to stay on Sunday onwards further,
can stay in the Resort at your own expenses. Booking for extra room nights should be made in advance to trpti@sivananda.org
button  Car Pooling / Pick up / Local Transport
The resort can organise local transport for your pick up.
Please send an email to contact@phu-chaisai.com in advance.
button  Day Off
Fridays are the weekly day off except in the last week of the course when it will be Thursday
button  General information
button  Meals
Hatha Simple, nutritious and tasty vegetarian food is served twice a day. Snacks, salads, fruit juices and fruit salads are available from the resort restaurant during your free time. Students are expected to maintain a vegetarian diet throughout the course in order to have the maximum benefits of the Yogic experience.
button  Food Allergies: 
For your safety and protection, if you have a serious food allergy, please inform to our staff on your arrival day. Some of the curries here may be prepared with nuts, including coconuts. Hatha
button  Drinking Water
Hatha Filtered mountain stream water is freely available. Bottled mineral water can also be purchased from the health hut.
button  Clothing
Depending on the season, it may get quite warm during the day but cold at night. You might need to pack a scarf, cap, warm socks and sweaters.
button  What to Bring
Comfortable clothes, sandals, toiletries, mosquito repellent, personal items, meditation shawl for cool evenings, yoga asana mat or pad, meditation cushion, notebooks, pens, towels and a torch. Bring comfortable, casual clothes in general and for the yoga classes. Be prepared for hot weather and possibly rain.

In October: Mosquito repellent suitable for tropical regions and long-sleeved clothing for the cool evenings.

These items can also be purchased in the TTC Boutique subject to availability.
button  Boutique*
The Boutique will sells some essential items such as books, yoga mats, stationery, toilet paper, batteries, cosmetics like shampoo, toothpaste, soap, laundry detergent, clothing, postcards, CDs,  and snacks.

* Subject to availability.
button  Recommended Texts
  • Sivananda Training Manual by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre

  • The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda

  • The Bhagavad Gita with commentary by Swami Sivananda

  • Sivananda Companion to Yoga by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre

  • Meditation and Mantras by Swami Vishnudevananda
These texts are not included in the course donation and can be purchased in the TTC Boutique subject to availability. To reserve any of these books in advance, please send an email to thailand@sivananda.org, we’ll have them ready for you and you can buy them when you arrive.

These books can also be purchased from any of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres (ISYVC) or from the catalogue of the London Centre at www.sivananda.org/london

You will receive two uniforms and your Teachers Training Course Manual, which are included in the course donation.
button  Course facilities
button  Laundry Service
Hatha An independent and affordable laundry service is available between 10.30 - 11.30 and 18.30 - 19.30 from the resort.

The Charges is Thai Baht 30/piece (Wash & Dry) .
button  Safe Keeping
Valuables may be stored in the Reception safe. Valuables are stored at your own risk. Do not leave valuables in the dormitories and huts.
button  Internet and Email*

An Internet facility is available through Wi-Fi and can be used only during the free times as fixed by the management.

*subject to availability and changes of timings.

button  Post
Incoming and outgoing mail is available at the location. Hatha
button  Travel Agent
The resort cannot change foreign currency, cash or travellers’ cheques. For travel assistance and currency exchange, you may travel to the local town on the day off.
button  Day Trips and other activities
The resort offers a variety of different tours and activities and these facilities can be used during the weekly day off. The course administration does not accept any responsibility for this service. Please check this link for further information:

button  Karma Yoga
The ashram is a charitable, non-profit making organization supported by dedicated volunteer staff. Karma Yoga, a service done without selfish expectations, is an essential part of Yoga practice. Students are expected to participate in the daily karma yoga tasks.
button  Ashram Rules and Guidelines
Hatha To maintain the spiritual atmosphere we ask all students s to comply with the ashram rules. The ashram reserves the right of admission and students may be asked to leave if their behaviour goes against the ashrams rules and teachings. The daily scheduled times and activities may vary according to need.
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