Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course (TTC)

  • First yoga teachers' training course in the West – since 1969
  • Four-week intensive training
  • 401 training units of 45 minutes each
  • All aspects of yoga in theory and practice
  • Internationally recognised certificate of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres
  • Annually over 1,000 graduates
  • Certified by the worldwide Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours standard for Registered Yoga Schools (RYS)
  • Prep weekends offered on a regular basis


Course location: Reith, Tyrol, Austria

  • The course in May is in German. All other courses are in English and German
  • REDUCED COURSE FEE for May and September – Save up to 515 €

aktuelle Termine / Upcoming dates

12.12.201510.01.2016, English, German, in Reith, Tyrol, Austriainfo · register
30.04.201629.05.2016, German, in Reith, Tyrol, Austriainfo · register
30.07.201628.08.2016, English, German, in Reith, Tyrol, Austriainfo · register
03.09.201602.10.2016, English, German, in Reith, Tyrol, Austriainfo · register
17.12.201615.01.2017, English, German, in Reith, Tyrol, Austriainfo · register

Course location: Mittersill, Hohe Tauern, Austria

  • The course is in English and German

aktuelle Termine / Upcoming dates

04.06.201602.07.2016, English, German, in Mittersill, Hohe Tauern, Austriainfo · register

Course location: Rudraprayag, Himalayas, North India

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

aktuelle Termine / Upcoming dates

20.02.201620.03.2016, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portugueseinfo · register
22.10.201620.11.2016, English, German, French, Spanish, Italianinfo · register

For further locations and dates, visit

Training costs


In Reith, Tyrol, Austria

Including room & board. Prices valid until 30.06.2016.

December 2015

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 €


May and September 2016

REDUCED COURSE FEE for May and September – Save up to 515 €

Dormitory: 2,745 €
Shared room: 3,075 €
Double room: 3,790 €
Single room: 4,105 €

Special rates for students and the unemployed
Please bring your student ID or unemployment card for verfication.
Dormitory: 2,090 €


August and December 2016

Dormitory: 3,195 €
Shared room: 3,305 €
Double room: 3,790 €
Single room: 4,105 €

Special rates for students and the unemployed
Please bring your student ID or unemployment card for verfication.
Dormitory: 2,595 €



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 Mittersill, Hohe Tauern, Austria

Prices valid until 30.06.2016.

Yoga: €2,200

Fees include examination fee, TTC manual, two yoga pants, two t-shirts.
Registration and payment at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House

Accommodation & meals:

Shared room (3-6 beds): €1,260
Double room: €1,680
Single room: €1,960

Apartment, studio or suite on request
Prices include VAT and visitor’s tax
Registration and payment directly at Hotel Sonnberghof
Tel.: +43 65 62 83 11, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


In Rudraprayag, Himalayas, India

Including room & board. Prices valid until 31.12.2016.

Triple room: 2,530 €*
Double room: 3,090 €
Single room: 3,910 €


*€2,300 – reduced triple room price for the February/March 2016 teacher training course, applicable to nationals of the following countries who are residing in their home country: Eastern Europe, Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, South and Central America.


Swami Vishnudevananda was the first yoga master in the West to develop a training programme for yoga teachers. In 1969, he taught the first Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course (TTC) in Canada, continuing the training programmes offered by the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy of the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh, India. Since then, over 35,000 certified yoga teachers have completed the Teachers’ Training Course, with another 1,000 graduates each year.

The Yoga Teachers' Training Course is part of his vision of universal peace: The more people experience peace within, the more this peace will manifest in outward action. In this way, a glow of peace envelops the world: Living and learning together through yoga.

The goal of this training programme is to produce qualified and inspiring yoga teachers who are able to draw on their own practice and personal discipline in imparting the yoga experience to others.


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.


Upon successful completion of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course, the yoga teacher receives a yoga certificate confirming that they have sufficient knowledge and practical experience to teach Hatha Yoga (asanas, pranayama and relaxation) to beginners and intermediate yoga students.


After successful completion of the training course, the participants receive the internationally recognised certificate of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.


Certified by the worldwide Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours standard for Registered Yoga Schools (RYS).


Asanas (yoga postures)

The daily practice with individual correction comprises:

  • Sun salutation
  • The 12 basic yoga postures
  • 100 asana variations, from intermediate to advanced
  • Postural alignment
  • Deep relaxation with autosuggestion
  • Release of blocked energy
  • Exercises for all age groups


How asanas affect the body

  • Control of emotions
  • Enhance power of concentration
  • Rid the body of excess fat
  • Improve physical fitness
  • Relieve chronic ailments such as constipation, rheumatism and stomach complaints
  • Stimulate circulation
  • Stabilise thyroid functions
  • Keep muscles youthful and supple into old age



  • Expands capacity of the lungs
  • Relaxes the nervous system
  • Balances the two sides of the brain
  • Purifies the Nadis (subtle energy channels)
  • Awakens the inner spiritual energy
  • Kapalabhati (lung cleansing exercise)
  • Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing)
  • Samanu (mental cleansing of the Nadis)
  • 8 main pranayamas: Ujjayi, Surya Bheda, Bhastrika, Plavini, Moorcha, Sitali, Sitkari, Bhramari



  • Tratak, Neti, Kapalabhati, Dhauti, Nauli and Basti: 6 classical purification exercises for the eyes, nose, airpassages, oesophagus and stomach, abdominal organs and large intestine
  • Explanation and demonstration of the exercises and their effects
  • Individual instruction


Yoga anatomy and physiology

  • Introduction to the major body systems
  • The effects of asanas and pranayama on: the cardiovascular system, respiration, digestion, skeletal and muscular systems and the endocrine system


Teaching practice

  • How to teach the 12 basic postures and breathing exercises to beginners and intermediate students
  • Detailed adjustment workshops
  • In the second half of the training course, participants will learn to teach in small groups under the guidance of an experienced instructor.


Yogic nutrition

  • Vegetarianism – ethical, spiritual and health reasons
  • Influence of food on the mind
  • Proper balance of the main nutrients
  • Ayurvedic principles of nutrition
  • Healing effects of fasting



  • Physical and mental meditation
  • 12-step daily practice
  • Meditation effects and experiences
  • Mantras – spiritual energy in sound
  • Mantra initiation (if desired)


Hatha Yoga

  • Ethical and moral principles
  • Body – prana (life energy) – mind
  • From control over the body to control over the mind and meditation


Raja Yoga

  • Ashtanga – the 8 steps of yoga
  • Antahkarana – functions of the mind
  • Concentration and meditation


Kundalini Yoga

  • The Absolute and how it manifests itself in nature
  • Macrocosmos & microcosmos
  • The 7 Chakras
  • The awakening of cosmic energy


Bhakti Yoga

  • Kirtan: chanting of classical Sanskrit mantras
  • Indian gods and their cosmic meaning
  • Arati and Pujas (traditional Indian rituals)


Karma Yoga

  • The law of cause and effect
  • Samsara – the wheel of birth and death
  • Karma Yoga – selfless service: one hour daily in the ashram community


Jnana Yoga

  • Basic concepts of Vedanta philosophy
  • The 7 Bhoomikas or planes of consciousness
  • Space, time, causation
  • The 3 bodies
  • The 3 levels of the mind
  • Conquest of death


Bhagavad Gita

  • Study of both the text and the commentary of this classical yoga scripture

Daily schedule

5:30 am



6:00 am

Meditation, mantra chanting, lecture or silent walk


8:00 am

Asanas and pranayama – systematic deepening of one's own yoga practice


10:00 am

Yogic-vegetarian brunch


11:00 am

Karma Yoga (helping out with chores)


12 noon

Study of the Bhagavad Gita with commentary, or explanation of the Mantras and Kirtans


2:00 pm

Main lecture on yoga philosophy or anatomy in relation to the yoga practice


4:00 pm

Asanas and Pranayama – dynamic workshops on teaching yoga classes and courses


6:00 pm

Yogic-vegetarian dinner


7:30 pm

Meditation, Mantra chanting, lecture or guest speaker programme


10:00 pm

Lights out


(The schedule is subject to change.)


Day off: There is one lecture-free day per week

On these days only morning and evening meditation take place (attendance mandatory), the asana classes at 8 am and 4 pm are optional.

After the course

In addition to the four-week basic training course, Swami Vishnudevananda developed the Advanced Teachers’ Training Course (also 4 weeks) and an advanced practice course, Sadhana Intensive (2 weeks). Further training programmes for yoga teachers are also available.

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


The practice and especially the teaching of yoga demand a high degree of self-discipline and purity. You do not have to provide proof of courses which have been taken before.

It is nevertheless recommended that students take yoga classes and group meditation in a Sivananda Yoga Centre.

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.