Teacher Training Course

Yoga Teacher Training
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Catskills, New York

Since 1968, when Swami Vishnudevananda created the first Yoga Teachers' Training Course ever taught in the West, more than 13,000 Yoga Teachers have been certified by the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. Swamiji designed the Teachers' Training Course to closely approach the ancient Gurukhula System, in which the student's daily life was itself an intensive Yoga training.

Swami Vishnudevananda developed a curriculum based on an integration of all aspects of Yoga and Vedanta from knowledge handed down by his guru, the great master Swami Sivananda. Vedanta teaches the essential unity of all beings, while Yoga offers practical methods for attaining consciousness of that unity.

The course covers Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation, Mantra Chanting, Vedanta & Yoga Theory, Bhagavad Gita, Mantra Meditation, Kriyas (cleansing exercises), Yoga Diet, Anatomy & Physiology, and more. By the end of the course, the beginner and advanced student alike will possess a solid foundation for teaching Hatha Yoga, will have developed a personal Yoga practice, and will have increased self-discipline and harmony of body, mind and spirit.

The course is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level.

Teacher Training Course Daily Schedule

  •     5:30 am Wake-up

  •     6:00 am Satsang (meditation, chanting and talk)

  •     8:00 am Yoga asana and pranayama class (practice class)

  •     10:00 am Brunch

  •     11:00 am Karma Yoga

  •     12:00 pm Bhagavad Gita or Chanting class

  •     2:00 pm Main Yoga Philosophy lecture

  •     4:00 pm Yoga asana and pranayama class (teaching class)

  •     6:00 pm Dinner

  •     8:00 pm Satsang

  •     10:30 pm Lights out

For a schedule of dates and rates at the Sivananda Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, please click here.