ATTC

Certificate of Yoga Acharya

Upon successful completion of the examination, participants receive an internationally recognized diploma from the "Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy" of Rishikesh, situated in the Himalayas, and the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams with headquarters at Val Morin, Quebec, Canada. The title Yoga Acharya means master of Yoga.

Yoga Alliance

Certified by the worldwide Yoga Alliance for the 500 hours standard for Registered Yoga Schools (RYS).

Curriculum of the Advanced Teachers' Training Course

Daily: two meditation sessions, two yoga classes, one pranayama class (breathing exercises), three lectures, one hour of service to the ashram community. One day a week is lecture-free.

Asanas

  • The twelve basic postures in depth
  • Practice of classical advanced variations
  • Precise corrections
  • Deeper understanding of Hatha Yoga 

Pranayama

  • Extended practice of Anuloma Viloma
  • Advanced pranayamas
  • Proper use of the Bandhas

Vedanta

  • The philosophical schools of India
  • Analogies of the supreme reality
  • Study of Vedantic meditation techniques
  • Explanation of Vedantic mantras 

Raja Yoga

  • In-depth study of the Yoga Sutras from Patanjali
  • The mind, its mystery and control
  • Detailed study of the eight steps of Raja Yoga

Bhakti Yoga

  • The nine types of Bhakti
  • The five attitudes of devotion

Sanskrit

  • Learning the Sanskrit alphabet
  • Correct pronunciation and spelling of the mantras and hymns

Anatomy and physiology

  • Study of the nervous system, brain, endocrine glands and how they relate to the practice of asanas, pranayama and meditation

Kirtan (mantra chanting)

  • Positive effects on the emotions
  • Correct pronunciation and mental attitude
  • Learning of classical Sanskrit songs

Diet

  • Subtle aspects of the vegetarian diet
  • Proper nutrition according to the three-Dosha theory of Ayurveda

Daily schedule and course rules

  • 4:30 am: Wake up
  • 5:00 am: Pranayama
  • 6:00 am: Satsang (Meditation, chanting, lecture)
  • 8:00 am: Asanas
  • 9:00 am: Anatomy and physiology
  • 10:00 am: Wake up
  • 11:00 am: Karma Yoga
  • 12:00 pm: Study of Raga Yoga or Sanskrit
  • 2:00 pm: Main lecture on Vedanta
  • 4:00 pm: Asanas and pranayama
  • 6:00 pm: Dinner
  • 7:30 pm: Satsang (Meditation, chanting, lecture)
  • 10:00 pm: Lights out

Schedule may change occasionally.

Practical information

Course materials

  • Meditation and Mantras, by Swami Vishnudevananda, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga, by Swami Vishnudevananda, Three Rivers Press

Also bring

  • TTC manual and teacher's uniforms
  • Yoga mat, cushion, blanket (you'll find a large selection of yoga accessories in the yoga boutique on site)
  • Comfortable as well as warm clothing
  • Notebook, torch (flashlight)
  • Sandals or slippers for indoors, walking shoes
  • Towel, toiletries, Neti pot
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