• Swami Vishnudevananda's

    Teachers Training Course

Teachers Training Course

A Life Transforming Experience

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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 for a unique and profoundly transforming month-long  teachers training course.

  • Awaken and strengthen your yoga practice
  • Build a firm foundation in classical yoga from which to teach others instinctively and confidently
  • Model a peaceful Yogic lifestyle, including participation in Karma Yoga (selfless service), vegetarian diet and daily spiritual practice
  • Connect to a tradition and lineage passed down by masters
  • Earn an internationally recognized certification which is accepted by the worldwide Yoga Alliance as the standard 200 hours required by Registered Yoga Schools (RYS)

Upcoming Dates

The Sivananda Yoga Ranch


The Gurukula System

This 4-week course is styled after the ancient Gurukula system. For one month you will have the opportunity to live, study, and work with your teachers and fellow students in an ashram environment.

The intensive daily schedule includes two meditation sessions, two yoga classes, two lectures, and one hour of service within the ashram community. One day a week is lecture-free. The curriculum includes the following:

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

• Training sessions for all age groups

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)

• Ujjayi, Surya Bheda, Bhastrika, Sitali, Sitkari, Bhramari

• Samanu (mental cleansing of the nadis)

• The three bandhas: Jalandhara, Moola, Uddiyana

Besides being responsible for building our physical body, the foods we eat profoundly affect our mind, our senses, as well as our 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

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 system, respiration, digestion, skeletal and muscular systems, endocrine system

• The eight systems of the body

• Yoga and physical culture

Yogic Philosophy
In this section you will be exploring the philosophy and aim of yoga. Through the study of Yogic philosophy, look into the deeper dimensions of the mind, body, and spirit.

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.

The Daily Program

5:30am    Wake Up Bell

6:00am    Satsang* or Silent Walk

8:00am  Hatha Yoga and Pranayama Class

10:00am    Organic, Vegetarian Brunch

11:00am     Karma Yoga (Selfless Service)

12:00pm    Bhagavad Gita or Kirtan

2:00pm   Main Lecture on Philosophy or Anatomy

4:00pm    Advanced Asana and Pranayama Class

6:00pm    Organic, Vegetarian Dinner

8:00pm  Satsang*

10:30pm    Lights Out

Students enjoy special programs, festivals, concerts and symposiums that are offered during evening satsangs. There is one weekly day off. During the day off students are only required to attend morning and evening satsangs and to perform their Karma Yoga.

During free time, students are welcome to enjoy the services of the Wellness Center or the daily workshops offered at the ashram; students can also explore the ashram’s vicinity or take the time to rest in the garden.

* Attendance at all activities is mandatory. Changes in the program may occur from time to time.

  • “To transform the world, you must transform yourself first.”

    – Swami Sivananda

Diving Deeper

Studying the 4 Paths of Yoga

As every science has its own method of investigation, so also the science of Yoga has its own method. For every idea the student understands, there will be a hundred that come into the conscious mind only when the time is ready. The goal of the teachers training program is to produce qualified and inspiring yoga teachers who are able to draw on their own practice and personal discipline while imparting the yoga experience to others.

Additional Course Topics

Karma Yoga
The practice of selfless service helps to reduce selfishness and egoism and keeps you fit, healthy, and joyful. Learn the Karmic principles behind the Law of Action and Reaction and the wheel of birth and death.

Bhakti Yoga

Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of Devotion, teaches how to open the heart and purify the mind. Discover Kirtan (chanting of classical Sanskrit mantras), Indian gods/goddesses and their energetic meaning, and other traditional Indian rituals.

Raja Yoga

Also known as Ashtanga Yoga, this is the science of mental and physical control where meditation is the chief practice. Discover the effects and experiences of meditation, how to meditate, the use of mantras, and how to cultivate concentration

Jnana Yoga

Explore the Yoga of Knowledge and the concepts of Vedanta philosophy such as space, time, and causation, the difference between the physical and energetic bodies, and also the subconscious, conscious, and superconscious mind.

Bhagavad Gita
Considered one of the greatest spiritual texts of the world, in this course students study its subtle and profound yet universal teachings that embrace every aspect of human actions.

Registration Information

Signing Up for the TTC

The practice, and especially the teaching of yoga, demand a high degree of self-discipline and virtue. To ensure the success of the program, participants are required to attend all spiritual activities, meditation sessions, lectures, and asana classes.

A basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is helpful but not essential. A sincere desire to learn and openness to the teachings of Yoga is all that is required. Meat, fish, eggs, black tea, coffee, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and nudity are prohibited during the course (and in the ashram) as they are counterproductive to yoga practice. Participants who do not comply with the ashram rules may be dismissed from the course.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to cater to personal dietary preferences beyond the yogic-vegetarian meals.

Registration Details

Course Tuition

$2,310 – Tent Space  

   $2,960 – Shared Room

   $3,220 – Double Room

$3,740 – Single Room

Sign up for the TTC and ATTC at the same time and save $450 on ATTC tuition. If you have additional questions or would like more information, please call us at:   845-436-6492

What the Tuition Includes

The course cost includes all your meals, classes, accommodations, training manual, and use of the ashram grounds.

It does not include your training course textbooks (required materials which are available at our boutique) or any of our Wellness Center services.

Required Materials *Not* Included

• 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 mat, cushion, blanket, Kriya set

Recommend Reading For Home Study

• Yoga – Your Home Practice Companion by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Dorling Kindersley

• Sivananda Beginner’s Guide to Yoga by Sivananda Yoga Centre, Gaia Books

• Yoga Mind & Body by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Dorling Kindersley

• Meditation and Mantras by Swami Vishnudevananda, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers

What to Bring

• Comfortable as well as warm and waterproof clothing

• Notebook and torch or flashlight

• Towel, toiletries, Neti pot

• Water bottle

• Swimsuit for our wood-burning sauna


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