Advanced Teachers' Training Course (ATTC)
Uttarkashi, Himalayas, North India from €2,350 incl. room & board
Uttarkashi is well known for its community of sadhus and swamis who live in various Ashrams along the Ganga, about half way between Rishikesh and Gangotri, one of the four sources of the Ganga.
Swami Vishnudevananda himself completed his own intense Hatha Yoga Sadhana in this area, before being sent to the West by Swami Sivananda.
Neuville-aux-Bois, Loiret, France from €2,425 incl. room & board
This first Sivananda Ashram in Europe was founded in 2000 and is the ideal place for people who are seeking a healthy and balanced lifestyle with a positive, spiritual orientation.
The ashram features a large park with old trees and the song of many species of bird, a large outdoor asana platform and a meditation temple.
About the Sivananda Advanced Teachers' Training Course
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).
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.
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.
- 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
- Detailed study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
- The mind - its mysteries and control
- In depth study of the 8 steps of Raja 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
- 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
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.
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.