• Study wisdom

  • Intense asana training

  • Practise pranayama for enhanced physical and mental energy

  • Eat wholesome, vegetarian food

  • Contribute to world peace by teaching yoga to others

  • Experience joy

  • Over 46,000 graduates

International Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course (TTC)

The first yoga teacher training in the West


  • Four-week intensive course
  • Diploma from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres
  • 401 training units (45 minutes per unit)
  • 200 hours standard (Yoga Alliance, USA)

In 1969 Swami Vishnudevananda was the first Indian yogi to develop a yoga teacher training course in the West. It is part of a universal vision of 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.Today the yoga teachers’ training courses are under the supervision of senior instructors who were personally trained by Swami Vishnudevananda. The goal of this training programme is to produce qualifed and inspiring yoga teachers who are able to draw on their own practice and personal discipline in imparting the yoga experience to others.

Locations & dates

In Europe and North India

Reith, Tyrol, Austria

Reith, Tyrol, Austria

16 May – 14 June 2020
26 June – 24 July 2020
26 July – 23 August 2020
29 August – 27 Sept. 2020
19 Dec. 2020 – 17 Jan. 2021
Languages: English & German (July, August, September, December), German (January & May) from €2,979 | €2,051 (special discount, limited availability)

Rudraprayag, Himalayas, India

Rudraprayag, Himalayas, India

22 February – 22 March 2020
21 October – 19 Nov. 2020
Languages: English, French, Spanish, German
from €2,560

Orleans, Loire Valley, France

Orleans, Loire Valley, France

4 April – 3 May 2020
10 May – 8 June 2020
27 June – 26 July 2020
28 July – 26 August 2020
Languages: English & French (July), French (all other dates)
from €2,500


Topics of the teacher training course

Asanas and Pranayama: Intensive practice and instruction of teaching methods

Kriyas: Organ cleansing exercises

Anatomy & Physiology: Health benefts of the yoga exercises

Diet: Vegetarianism and a yogic diet

Meditation: Guided group practice

Bhagavad Gita: Classical yoga scripture with commentary

Bhakti Yoga: Chanting of Sanskrit mantras, Indian temple rituals

Karma Yoga: Selflessness in action

Raja Yoga: The eight steps of classical yoga

Kundalini Yoga: The cosmic energy in the human being

Jnana Yoga: Basic philosophical concepts

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Introduction to the Yoga Teachers’ Training Course

At the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House


Information on all aspects of the yoga teacher training course.