Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Online (TTC)

A Life Transforming Experience


Due to Covid we have transferred our Yoga Teacher Training online!
Founded in 1969 and launched here in Upstate New York in 1974, our Yoga Teachers Training Course is the oldest yoga teacher training in the West, educating over 40k teachers around the world to date.
Join us online for a unique and profoundly transforming month-long  teachers training course!

How it works

  • All classes are taught LIVE through Zoom.
  • You will learn how to transform your living place into a mini center of spiritual power, which will inspire you to maintain a systematic pratice at home after the course.
  • The online training, just like the in person training, is a one month immersion. It is 6 days a week. There is one day a week free of classes, used for study and/or errands.
  • Each day, you will have a one-on-one meeting with an experienced Sivananda teacher who will mentor and guide you throughout the course.
  • Once the course is completed you will earn an internationally recognized certification which is accepted by the worldwide Yoga Alliance as the standard 200 hours required by Registered Yoga Schools (RYS)
  • Dates in 2021
    January 9 – February, 2021 (for USA time-zones)
    March 1 – March 29, 2021 (for USA time zones)

    Tuition: $1500

sivananda yoga teacher training online

All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Meeting with Mentor
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Brunch
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Bhagavad Gita, mantra chanting, meditation techniques, karma philosophy (cause and effect), nutrition & lifestyle at home
12:45 PM – 2:30 PM: How to teach asanas and pranayama
2:45 PM – 4:15 PM: Main Lecture- Philosophy and Anatomy
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Asana and Pranayama class, simple Kriyas
6:00 PM – 7:45 PM: Dinner
7:45 PM – 9:00 PM: Meditation, Mantra chanting, Spiritual lecture

  • Plus one hour of individual coaching every day with a personal mentor: Questions and individual optimization of your personal practice of asana, pranayama, meditation and mantra.
    Question and answer on the teaching contents.
  • One day a week is lecture-free. The optional participation in an online yoga class and the evening meditation is recommended.

Authentic yogic teachings at home in real time.
Daily personal coaching with your mentor.

The Online Experience

sivananda yoga teacher training online

This training is a great way to use our time at home in a meaningful way: This is the time to intensify our practice, learn new aspects of yoga and implement a healthy and positive lifestyle.
The pandemic restrictions give us a chance to reflect on ourselves: our habits, our mental tendencies, our perspective on life. The TTC online will support this process of deep inquiry and will enable you to gain insight into your inner world. The training includes practical cooking instructions. During the four weeks you will learn to prepare healthy and tasty vegetarian meals.
Throughout the course, speakers and artists will share their knowledge in the fields of Ayurveda, mantra chanting and Indian arts. Individual coaching every day with a personal mentor enables individual optimization of your personal practice of asana, pranayama, meditation and mantra. Question and answer on the teaching contents. Since there are no costs for room and board, people with a tighter budget can also participate.

Course Curriculum

Becoming a Yoga Teacher

Swami Vishnudevananda and the Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course

“My goal in creating the Teacher Training Course was to allow people to develop their latent power and build a better world.” – Swami Vishnudevananda

Yoga Alliance Certified

Through learning and guidance, deepen your practice and gain the skills needed to teach yoga. Our graduates receive an internationally recognized certification through the worldwide Yoga Alliance confirming they have the practical knowledge and experience to teach Hatha Yoga (asanas, pranayama and relaxation). The Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course includes the following:

The curriculum is based on the five points of yoga which can be understood as the practical application of the four traditional yoga paths:

  • Proper exercise (Asanas)
  • Proper breathing (Pranayama)
  • Proper relaxation (Savasana)
  • Proper diet (vegetarian)
  • Positive thinking and meditation (Vedanta and Dhyana)
  • Daily: one meditation session, one yoga class, a workshop on online teaching techniques, two lectures. One day a week is lecture-free.

    Course books

    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)

    They can be purchased online during the registration process.

    Teaching Language

    The course will be taught in English. ​


    Even though anybody can register, it is preferable that the applicants live in the time-zones of Eastern Standard Time-Zone, Mountain Time-Zone, Central USA, & Pacific West Coast USA in order to take advantage of the proper timing of activities which follow the rhythms of nature.

    Additional Immersion Retreat

    Once we are able to open again, we will schedule a 9-day immersion retreat for all the online TTC graduates to come to the ashram and learn in-person with the teachers. This will include some advanced practices, such as learning the headstand, advanced kriyas, advanaced pranayama, and mantra initiation.

    Course Topics and Details

    Each day you will both study and engage in practical hands-on learning as the senior teachers guide you as to how to teach asanas and pranayama. The daily in-depth practice with individual corrections includes:

    • Sun salutation

    • 12 basic Yoga postures

    • 100 Asana variations, from intermediate level to advanced

    • Postural alignment

    • Deep relaxation with autosuggestion

    • Release of blocked energy

    Pranayama, the science of breath control, consists of a series of exercises especially intended to keep the body and mind in vibrant health. In this study you will learn in detail about proper technique, its many benefits, and advanced variations:

    • 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)

    • Introduction to advanced pranaymas

    Responsible for building our physical body, the foods we eat also profoundly affect our mind, senses, and environment. Course topics and details include:

    • 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

    Meditation and Mantra

    Meditation is both the main tool and the ultimate destination of Yoga. This course focuses on japa meditation, or mantra repetition, as well as the power of positive thinking.

    Yogic cleansing exercises, known as “kriyās” assist nature in removing waste products from our bodies. This cleansing is important as the Yogi regards their bodies as a vehicle in which to evolve toward higher consciousness. Learn and practice, with guidance, yoga kriyā exercises.
    Anatomy and Physiology
    Yoga being mostly a system of self-experience, the purpose of this study is to improve the physical understanding of your own yoga practice, and to apply it in your teaching practice as well.

    • Introduction to the major body systems

    • The effects of asanas and pranayama on: the cardiovascular, respiration, digestion, skeletal muscular and endocrine systems

    • Yoga and physical culture

    Yogic Philosophy
    In this section you will be exploring the philosophy and aim of yoga. Look into the deeper dimensions of the mind, body, and spirit through the study of yogic philosophy and classical yoga text.

    Kirtan is singing of God’s name, or the Mantra, with devotion, love and faith. Learn how it helps to calm the mind, purify the heart, and turn inward towards divine consciousness.


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    Swami Sitaramananda, RYS 500

    Swami Sitaramananda is a 39 years experienced yogini and yoga and meditation teacher. She has been director of the Sivananda Ashram Vedanta Yoga Farm for 25 years and now is also director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga resort in Vietnam. She is the main teacher in the 800-hour Yoga health Educator Training and has taught for many years in India, China, Japan, and Taiwan. Swamiji is a senior disciple of swami Vishnudevananda and is a talented spiritual teacher with a clear and humoristic explanation of difficult philosophical topics.

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    Srinivasan, RYS 500

    Director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch and Acharya (senior teacher) in the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers organization, Srinivasan has dedicated his life to the propagation of the classical teachings of Yoga. An internationally recognized teacher of Raja Yoga and Hatha Yoga, Srinivasan served and studied with his guru and Yoga master, Swami Vishnudevananda, and now teaches around the world, continuing to carry the teachings as a direct disciple. As acharya, Srinivasan leads our team of teachers, conducts morning satsangs at the ashram, and leads workshops on various aspects of yoga philosophy and practice. He also leads the ashram’s move toward Earth Care and sustainability, finding an effortless union between Permaculture and Yoga. He is a knowledgable and compassionate teacher whose life mission is empowering all with the peace and wisdom of Yoga.

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    Swami Jnaneswariananda, RYS 500

    Swami Jnaneswariananda has been director of centers and ashrams in Canada and Italy, and has taught many TTC worldwide, including India. She is currently a senior teacher at the Yoga Farm in Grass Valley. She teaches with great enthusiasm and humor. Swami Jnaneswariananda has a Phd in Biomedical Engineering and is a member of the faculty of Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training program. She is an excellent teacher of anatomy and physiology and yoga philosophy.

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    Swami Dharmananda, RYS 500

    Swami Dharmananda is assistant director of the ashram and is the main teacher of Yoga Philosophy and Meditation at the Ashram for more than 10 years. He is a member of the faculty of Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training program. He is keenly interested in yoga psychology and philosophy, presenting the classical teaching in a practical and accessible way to people of all faiths and backgrounds.

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    Swami Vashistananda

    Swami Vashistananda comes from the Namboodri lineage in Southern India, Kerala and was the personal priest of Swami Vishnudevananda. Swamiji has been a long-time teacher of bhakti and vedanta in the Sivananda organization ever since. He has been at the Yoga farm since October 2014 and does ceremonies at all the ashram temples and shrines. Swamiji teaches and does story-telling with much inspiration and humor.

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    Swami Sivasankariananda, RYS 500

    Swami Sivasankariananda had 23 years experience of teaching both in San Francisco Sivananda Yoga center and Los Angeles Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center where she is serving as director. She is a member of the faculty of Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training program. She is a compassionate teacher and is able to convey devotion and enthusiasm through kirtan and Bhakti Yoga teachings.

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    Swami Adiparashaktiananda, RYS 500

    Swami Adi Parashaktiananda is a Hatha Yoga teacher for more than 10 years. He has taught the Hatha yoga section in many International Sivananda Teachers Training Courses in many countries Vietnam, China, USA and has taught many Hatha Yoga intensive courses. He is a dedicated sadhak and pranayama practitioner.