Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course (TTC)
A life-transforming 4-week intensive course
- Over 48,000 graduates worldwide
- Oldest yoga teacher training course in the West, since 1969
- Recognised by the Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours standard
|VENUE:||Sivananda Yoga Retreat House|
|LOCATION:||Reith near Kitzbühel, Tyrol, Austria|
|DATES:||19 Dec. 2020 – 17 Jan. 2021*|
23 Jan – 21 Feb 2021 (German)
8 May – 6 June 2021 (German)
2 July – 30 July 2021
|LANGUAGE:||English and German|
|COURSE FEES:||From €2,051.|
*You are welcome to enrol in the December 2020 TTC but please do not book flights or make other travel arrangements until the final confirmation of the course depending on the government policies for the coronavirus.
From graduates of the TTC
“Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for such an amazing life changing experience, I am so grateful. I will for sure return.”
“It was a wonderful, unforgettable and transformative time with you, and I hope to see you all again soon!”
“Thanks to you all Sivananda Staff, from Swamis to Karma Yogis. It was a great experience, which I will never forget. New life style, wonderful landscape and very friendly & nice people.”
Questions about the teachers' training course
2020 course fees
|Double room (for couples):||€3,648|
|Single room (special fee August, September 2020):||€3,909|
*Reduced price for students and the unemployed:
Dormitory (for ladies) €2,051
Shared room (for men) € 2.151
Student ID or unemployment card is required for verification. Limited number of spaces.
Including room and board, examination fee, TTC manual, two yoga pants, two t-shirts. All rates include VAT. All rates are subject to a €1.80 visitor’s tax per person per night.
Prices valid until 31 December 2020.
- Proper exercise (Asanas)
- Proper breathing (Pranayama)
- Proper relaxation (Savasana)
- Proper diet (vegetarian)
- Positive thinking and meditation (Vedanta and Dhyana)
Daily: two meditation sessions, two yoga classes, two lectures, one hour of service to the ashram community. One day a week is lecture-free.
Asanas (yoga postures)
The daily in-depth practice with individual corrections comprises:
- Sun salutation
- 12 basic yoga postures
- 100 asana variations, from intermediate level to advanced
- Postural alignment
- Deep relaxation with autosuggestion
- Release of blocked energy
- Training sessions for all age groups
Benefits of asanas:
- Control emotions
- Improve power of concentration
- Rid the body of excess fat
- Enhance physical fitness
- Relieve chronic ailments such as constipation, rheumatism, 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 hemispheres 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)
- The 8 main pranayamas: Ujjayi, Surya Bheda, Bhastrika, Plavini, Moorcha, Sitali, Sitkari, Bhramari
- Tratak, Neti, Kapalabhati, Dhauti, Nauli and Basti: six classical purification exercises for the eyes, nose, air passages, 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, endocrine system
- How to teach the 12 basic postures and breathing exercises to beginners and intermediate students
- Detailed correction workshops
- In the second half of the training course, participants will teach each other under the guidance of an experienced instructor
- Vegetarianism – for ethical, spiritual and health reasons
- How diet affects the mind
- Proper balance of the main nutrients
- Ayurvedic principles of nutrition
- Healing effects of fasting
- Physical and mental meditation
- 12-step daily practice
- Effects of and experiences in meditation
- Mantras – spiritual energy in sound
- Mantra initiation (if desired)
- Ethical and moral principles
- Body – prana (life energy) – mind
- From control over the body to control over the mind and meditation
- Ashtanga – 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 mantras
- 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: one hour daily in the ashram community
- 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
- Study of both the text and the commentary of this classical yoga scripture
Daily schedule for the TTC
|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.
One day a week is lecture-free.
- The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda, Three Rivers Press
- Bhagavad Gita with a commentary by Swami Sivananda, the Divine Life Trust Society
- Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion by the Sivananda Yoga Centres (Dorling Kindersley)
Please note: These books are not included in the course fee. They can be purchased at the Sivananda Yoga Centres, via the online shop, or in our boutique in the Retreat House when you arrive.
Further recommended reading for at-home study
- Sivananda Beginner’s Guide to Yoga by Sivananda Yoga Centre, Gaia Books
- Meditation and Mantras by Swami Vishnudevananda, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
Also available at the Sivananda Yoga Centres, via the online shop, or or in our boutique in the Retreat House when you arrive.
The courses in January and May are in German. English-speaking guest speakers will be translated simultaneously into German using a wireless translation system and headphones.
All other courses are international and taught in English. Some lectures may be taught in German. Any lectures in German or German-speaking guest speakers will be translated simultaneously into English using a wireless translation system and headphones.
The rental fee for the radio receiver is €30. You can bring your own headset with normal disc man jack or borrow one from the Yoga Retreat House.
A certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organisation (ISYVC) is awarded on successful completion of the course. It is recognised by the Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours Registered Yoga School Standards.
A sincere desire to learn and openness to yogic techniques is required – a basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is preferred, but not essential. Students will develop the skills to teach yoga asanas and improve their own personal practice.
You will be staying in the eco-hotel Pointner, which serves vegetarian whole-food and natural cuisine. The hotel is smoke-free.
For many years the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House has worked closely with Alexandra and Florian Pointner, the proprietors of the hotel across from the Retreat House. The vegetarian menu plans of the Sivananda Yoga Centres offer a wholesome and balanced nutrition.
Two wholefood, vegetarian meals are served daily according to yogic principles. The ingredients are sourced from organic farms (as certified by the Austria Bio Garantie, Austria’s leading inspection body for organic businesses).
The hotel has received the following quality seals:
- Austrian eco-label
- European eco-label
- Austria’s gastronomic accolade ‘Grüne Haube’ for wholefood and natural cuisine
The hotel accommodates vegan and gluten-free diets by offering appropriate alternatives. However, gluten-free bread is not provided.
The hotel is unable to accommodate individual dietary preferences.
The Pointners have been running their farm according to organic and ecological guidelines since 1995. Various fruits, vegetables and herbs are freshly prepared in the hotel’s kitchen.
The hotel uses green electricity, pellet heating and a solar-powered hot water system.
The rooms are equipped with hardwood furniture, health mattresses, wooden floors, shower, toilet, hair dryer, telephone and radio. Most rooms have a balcony.
A Finnish and a low-temperature sauna are available in Hotel Pointner.
The hotel offers free parking.
Hotel Pointner offers free Wi-Fi from 1 pm to 4 pm in the hotel dining room. Enquire at the reception desk for Internet access in single and double rooms (own laptop required).
The Sivananda Yoga Retreat House offers free Wi-Fi access in its reception area (from 10 am to 4 pm, and 6 pm to 7 pm).
Accommodation in guest houses
Should the hotel be booked, accommodation in House Ganga is possible. In this case meals will be taken in Hotel Pointner.
House Ganga is a former guesthouse built in the 1970s. It is located in the immediate vicinity of the Retreat House overlooking the village of Reith and with views of the surrounding mountains. It has several apartments, dormitories, a dining room and a lounge. The garden invites you for quiet moments and relaxation.
Check in/Check out
Check in: 3 to 6 pm (after 6 pm: only if agreed by telephone beforehand)
Check out: 11 am
Once a week is a lecture-free day. (However, attendance at morning and evening meditations is mandatory on this day.) Here are some possible destinations:
Kitzbühel, just 5 km away from Reith, has a picturesque pedestrian quarter, indoor swimming pool with mud-wrap and massage facilities as well as boutiques of international reputation.
The beautiful Kitzbühel Schwarzsee lake (about 3 km away) is a protected landmark and popular destination for swimmers: The idyllic lake (16 hectars large and 7 metres deep) is one of the Austrian Alps warmest and most beautiful lakes. Rich in moorland vegetation, the water is said to have strong healing powers.
Kitzbühel Horn mountain
Kitzbühel’s local mountain is called the Kitzbühel Horn. You can take the cable railway to the 2000 m summit. On the way up, stop off at the Flower Garden of the Alps. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about the native mountain flora. At the summit, enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the Kitzbühel Alps and other mountain ranges.
Once a year, its magnificent slopes become the venue of the famous Hahnenkamm ski race. The summit can be reached with the Hahnenkamm cable railway, which was built in 1929 and modernised in 1996. Non-skiers can enjoy the gorgeous views walking along the winter hiking trail to the Hochbrunn guest house.
Cross-country and downhill skiing in Kitzbühel
The Kitzbühel ski region, with its 170 km of slopes and 33 km of ski trails, is undoubtedly one of the most popular ski resorts in the world.
The beginners ski lift in Reith and all cross-country ski trails in Kitzbühel are free of charge.
The Grossglocker High Alpine Road (about 70 km away) has drawn 50 million visitors to its incomparable vistas since 1935. This most famous alpine road ends at the jewel of the Hohe Tauern National Park – Austria’s highest mountain and largest glacier: the Grossglockner (3,798 m) and the Pasterze.
The highest waterfalls in Europe. The 4 km trail to the waterfalls has many scenic overlooks to view the falls close up. The uppermost waterfall (Achenfall) can be reached in an hour’s hike. Open from mid-April until the end of October.
- warm and comfortable clothing
- notebook, torch (flashlight)
- slippers and comfortable shoes for hiking
- toiletries, towels, neti pot
- writing pad, writing utensils and a loose leaf binder
- hard case for eyeglasses
For classes you will need
Yoga mat, meditation pillow, blanket and the three following books:
- Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda
- Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion, Sivananda Yoga Centres, Dorling Kindersley
- Bhagavad Gita with commentary by Swami Sivananda
These are available at our centres, in our online shop or in our boutique in the Retreat House when you arrive.