Advanced Teachers' Training Course (ATTC)

The Advanced Teachers’ Training Course is an opportunity for graduates of the Sivananda Teachers’ Training Course to deepen their spiritual knowledge over four weeks of intensive yoga practice and the study of Vedanta philosophy.

Individual guidance and yogic self-discipline are important aspects of the course. Upon successfully passing the exam, participants receive a certificate of completion from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.

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

Course location: Reith, Tyrol, Austria

  • In the Tyrolean Alps, amidst beautiful natural scenery

Next dates: May/June 2017 (more details shortly)


Course location: Rudraprayag, Himalayas, North India

Rudraprayag is an ancient pilgrimage town (20,000 inhabitants) at the point of confluence of the Alaknanda and Mandakini, which are both tributaries to the River Ganges. Altitude of 890 m, 370 km away from Delhi. The area carries the spiritual thought currents of generations of spiritual seekers and pilgrims who walked and prayed in these pristine natural surroundings.

  • Languages: English, German, French, Spanish and Italian. (For Russian translation, please enquire for details.)

aktuelle Termine / Upcoming dates

20.02.201620.03.2016, English, German, French, Spanish, Italianinfo · register
25.02.201726.03.2017, English, German, French, Spanish, Italianinfo · register

Training costs

Including room & board. Prices valid until 31.12.2015.


In Reith, Tyrol, Austria

Dormitory: 3,165 €
Shared room: 3,285 €
Double room: 3,730 €
Single room: 4,045 €

Special rates for students and the unemployed
Please bring your student ID or unemployment card for verfication.
Dormitory: 2,565 €



Early Bird:

-150 € (payment due in full 3 months in advance)

Partner Special: -75 € (Valid for 2 or more persons. Enrol and pay at the same time for the same dates.)

These discounts do not apply to the special rates for students and the unemployed.


In Rudraprayag, Himalayas, India

Triple room: 2,390 €
Double room: 2,940 €
Single room: 3,690 €



Swami Vishnudevananda retained India’s traditional Gurukula teaching system in which students and teachers live together in an ashram (centre for yoga and meditation).

The yoga teachers’ training course is directed by Yoga Acharyas, who were trained personally by Swami Vishnudevananda.

Through the direct contact with experienced teachers, the student’s day-to-day life during the course is transformed into a learning experience. Students advance both physically and mentally and enjoy a comprehensive yoga experience, which they can later transmit to their own students. In efforts to create the most favourable conditions possible, this training is offered as an intensive course in an ashram.


The internationally recognised certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organisation (ISYVC) is awarded on successful completion of the course. The diploma is entitled 'Yoga Acharya'.


The Yoga Alliance recognises the TTC plus ATTC for the 500 hours Registered Yoga School Standards.



  • Deepening the practice of the twelve basic asanas
  • Training in classical advanced variations
  • Detailed corrections
  • Deepening your understanding of Hatha Yoga



  • Extended practice of Anuloma Viloma
  • Practice of advanced Pranayama
  • How to use the Bandhas



  • The philosophical schools of India
  • Analogies of the Supreme Reality
  • Study of Vedantic meditation techniques
  • Explanation of Vedantic Mantras


Raja Yoga

  • Detailed study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • The mind - its mysteries and control
  • In depth study of the 8 steps of Raja Yoga


Bhakti Yoga

  • The nine modes of Bhakti
  • The five devotional attitudes



  • Learn the Sanskrit alphabet
  • Pronunciation and writing of mantras and hymns


Anatomy and Physiology

  • Study of the cells, nervous system and the endocrine glands and it’s relation to the practice of Asanas, pranayama and meditation


Kirtan (chanting)

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



  • Subtle aspects of a vegetarian diet
  • Proper diet according to the 3 doshas in Ayurveda

Daily schedule

The day begins at 5 am with an hour of pranayama practice guided by an instructor. The gradual introduction to advanced pranayamas enables a unique experience of prana.


At 6 am is the morning Satsang with meditation, Kirtan chanting and a short lecture.


The morning Sadhana is completed with a condensed asana class from 8 to 9 am.


At 9 am is the first lesson of the day: anatomy and physiology. By studying cell structures, the nervous system and the brain, you will gain a better understanding of the synthesis between physical and subtle aspects of yoga.


Brunch is at 10 am, followed by time for Karma Yoga. At noon is a one-hour class on the Raja Yoga Sutras by Patanjali. This is the second most important yoga scripture after the Bhagavad Gita. For one week you will have a crash course in Sanskrit at this hour. This challenging yet inspiring week of study will give you a first taste of the deep logic and beauty of Sanskrit, the language of the mantras and yoga scriptures.


At 2 pm begins the main lecture on Vedanta philosophy – listening to and reflecting on the Vedantic teaching of oneness leads to a deeper understanding of reality.


The second asana class of the day starts at 4 pm. This is a 90-minute session of intensive practice and individual correction, where you will systematically try all the advanced variations from the Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda.


Dinner follows at 6 pm and the evening Satsang starts at 7:30 pm. Several special programmes are planned during the course that will take place during the evening Satsang.

Training units

1 training unit (TU) is equal to 45 minutes


Teachers' Training Course (TTC): 401 TU

Advanced Teachers' Training Course (ATTC):

437 TU

Further training for yoga teachers:
The Art of Correcting Asanas: 26 TU
Yoga over 50: 26 TU
Yoga and Anatomy: 52 TU
Yoga during Pregnancy: 26 TU
Yoga Body-Work: 36 TU
Precision in the Asanas: 49 TU
Yoga for Children: 26 TU


Cooperation with the Open International University

Graduates of the Sivananda Yoga teachers’ training courses can earn credits towards Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy (spiritual counselling) and interfaith dialogue. For more information, visit

Rules during your stay

To ensure a successful training, attendance at all spiritual activities, meditation sessions, lectures and asana classes is mandatory.

It is not permitted to arrive later or depart earlier from the teacher training course, nor is it allowed to miss a day during the course.

Meat, fish, eggs, black tea, coffee, alcohol, nicotine, drugs and nudity are strictly forbidden during the teacher training course, as they are not conducive to the practice of yoga. Non-compliance with these rules can lead to exclusion from the course.


We regret it is not possible to cater to special dietary requests besides the yogic-vegetarian meals during the course.