Teachers Training Course
Teachers Training Course
A Life Transforming Experience
- 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)
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.