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.
Meanwhile, more than 33,000 yoga teachers worldwide have been trained in the tradition of classical yoga for mental peace and radiant health. 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 programme is to train inspiring and qualified yoga teachers who are able to draw on theirown practice and self-discipline in imparting the yoga experience to others.
The direct contact with experienced teachers becomes a part of the daily life of the student during the course.
The yoga teachers’ training course is taught by Yoga Acharyas, who were trained personally by Swami Vishnudevananda. Each year over 1,000 graduates are trained worldwide.
After successful completion of the training course, the participants receive the internationally recognised certificate of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.
To continue your training, we recommend the Advanced Yoga Teachers' Training Course (ATTC) and the Hatha Yoga intensive course (Sadhana
Intensive), as well as various further training programmes for yoga teachers at the Retreat House.
Fees include examination fee, TTC manual, two yoga pants, two t-shirts.
All rates include VAT.
All rates are subject to a 1.10 € visitor's tax per person per night.
Tuition fee valid until 31.8.2014.
The course in May is in German.
All other courses are in English. Some lectures may be taught in German.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
- 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).
• Ethical and moral principles.
• Learning control of body, prana (life energy) and mind.
• Asthanga - the 8
steps of Yoga.
• Antahkarana - functions of the mind.
• Concentration and meditation.
• The Absolute and how it manifests itself in nature.
• Macrocosmos & microcosmos.
• The 7 Chakras.
• The awakening of cosmic energy.
• Kirtan: chanting of classical Sanskrit
• Indian Gods and their cosmic meaning.
• Arati and Pujas (traditional Indian rituals).
• The law of cause and effect.
• Samsara - the wheel of birth and death.
• Karma Yoga - selfless service: 1 hour daily in the retreat community.
• Basic concepts of Vedanta
• The 7 Bhoomikas or levels of consciousness.
• Space, time, causality.
• The 3 bodies.
• The 3 levels of the mind.
• Conquest of death.
• Study and explanation of this classical yoga scripture.
|6:00am||Meditation, mantra chanting, lecture|
|8:00am||Asanas and Pranayama|
|Noon||Bhagavad Gita or Kirtan class|
|2:00pm||Main philosophy lecture|
|4:00pm||Asanas and Pranayama|
|7.30pm||Meditation, mantra chanting, lecture or silent nature walk|
(Schedule subject to change.)
Day off: One day per week there are no classes from 10am until 7.30pm. On these days only morning and evening meditation take place (attendance mandatory), the asana classes at 8am and 4pm are voluntary.
Yoga Teachers' Training Course (TTC) 401 TUs
Advanced Yoga Teachers' Training Course (ATTC) 437 TUs
Further Training for Yoga Teachers weekends 26 - 52 TUs
In cooperation with the Open International University: With the Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Courses you can earn credits towards Bachelor, Master and PhD programmes in philosophy (spiritual counselling) and interfaith studies.
For details, visit www.iiihs.com
Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga, by Swami Vishnudevananda
Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion, by the Sivananda Yoga Centre, Dorling Kindersley
Bhagavad Gita with commentary by Swami Sivananda
These are available at our centres, in our Online-Shop or in our Yoga-Boutique in the Retreat house when you arrive.
To ensure a successful training, attendance at all spiritual activities, meditation, lectures and asana is mandatory.
It is not possible to arrive later, leave earlier, or to miss a training day.
In order to maintain the proper atmosphere, no meat, fish, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, black tea, eggs, drugs and revealing clothing are allowed. Their use may lead to dismissal from the course. During the course we cannot cater to personal dietary preferences except the yogic-vegetarian meals.
Downpayment: 300 €.
The balance is due four weeks prior to the start of the course.
1) International Money Order
2) Bank transfer
Volksbank Scheffau, Austria
Acct nr. 700 30 749, bank code 43 770
IBAN: AT04 4377 0000 7003 3749
(+2% charges). Please let us know your credit card information by phone:
+43(0) 5356/67 404.
1. Cancellation before the start of the course: A credit note for the full amount of the course will be issued, minus a 50 Euro administration fee.
2. Leaving the course: A credit note for the full amount of the course – minus the days present in the course – will be issued minus a 50 Euro administration fee.
3. In case of early departure: the course manual must be returned before leaving the teaching location for the credit note to be authorized.
4. The credit note will only be issued two to four weeks after the course completion date and will not be issued at the course location.
5. 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 in Europe except for Italy. Please note: Credit notes cannot be applied to boutique purchases. In Reith (Austria), the credit note cannot be applied to room and board fees.
The yoga-credit note is not transferable, valid for 2 years and can be used in all Sivananda Yoga Centres or Ashrams. It cannot be used for boutique items. Certain restrictions may apply.
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