29 Days 200-Hours Yoga Teachers Training Course in Chengdu, China

  • Puzhao Temple Reception Station, Dujiangyan, Chengdu, Sichuan, China


Hatha Yoga Teacher Training China

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm welcomes you to participate in their Hatha yoga teacher training in Chengdu, China. Grasp the spiritual essence of yoga through a combination of repeated practice and inspirational lesson. You will gain greater spiritual awareness,a sense of connection with the divine, a new-found sense of self-discipline, enhanced self-esteem, improved the power of concentration and increased strength and flexibility. Come as discipline and return as a guru!


  • Daily karma yoga
  • Daily yoga asana and pranayama class
  • Twice daily meditation, chanting and lecture class
  • ISYVC certification upon successful completion of the course
  • Daily Bhagavad Gita class and yoga philosphy lecture
  • Daily lessons on how to teach yoga
  • 28 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 28 days with instruction
  • Chinese (mandarin), English
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You will be staying at Puzhao Temple. Puzhao Temple is nestled among the beautiful trees and streams of the serene Qingcheng Mountain, a world heritage site. This ancient temple is a famous retreat destination. The dining and residential halls were reconstructed about six years ago with modern features for an international clientele. The yoga training will be held in the quiet, newly-constructed meditation hall.

This 4-week course, which offers a profound personal experience, will allow you to transmit the knowledge of yoga to others. A teaching certificate from the ISYVC will be awarded upon successful completion of this immersion course. The ISYVC has trained over 35,000 yoga teachers to date since 1969. The curriculum includes asanas, pranayama, meditation, Vedanta philosophy, anatomy/physiology, Bhagavad Gita, mantra, and kriyas.

Daily schedule

  • 05:30 - Wake Up
  • 06:00 - 07:30 Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture
  • 08:00 - 10:00 Yoga asana and pranayama class
  • 10:00 - 10:45 Vegetarian brunch
  • 10:45 - 11:45 Karma yoga (selfless service)
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Kirtan or Bhagavad Gita class
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Main philosophy lecture
  • 16:00 - 18:00 How to teach yoga class
  • 18:00 - 18:45 Vegetarian dinner
  • 18:45 - 19:45 Free time for homework completion
  • 20:00 - 21:45 Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture

1 day a week will be free, but satsang must still be attended.

Curriculum breakdown:

Hatha yoga

  • Hatha yoga theory, the astral body
  • The nadis (energy channels) and chakras (energy centers)
  • Yoga asanas, the sun salutation and the 12 basic yoga postures.
  • Advanced variations
  • Effects of asanas on the physical and astral body
  • Proper posture alignment
  • Deep relaxation, release of blocked energy
  • Pranayama kapalabhati, anuloma viloma (alternate nostril breath)
  • Advanced pranayama exercises, kriyas


  • Meditation, 12 guidelines for meditation
  • Benefits of meditation
  • Mantras and mantra initiation (if requested)
  • Yoga philosophy and psychology
  • Techniques of meditation
  • Mechanics of the mind
  • Positive thinking techniques
  • Obstacles to meditation.
  • The Five Points of Yoga according to Swami Vishnu-devananda

Yoga philosophy

  • Psychology of the spiritual aspirant
  • Law of karma, Vedanta philosophy
  • 4 classical yoga paths: Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Raja yoga
  • 8 limbs of yoga and Jnana yoga (Vedanta philosophy and techniques of self-enquiry).
  • Teaching the sun salutation and the 12 basic postures
  • The basic class
  • Teaching beginners and intermediate students
  • Adapt teaching to special groups

Anatomy and physiology

  • The effects of Hatha yoga on major body systems
  • Yogic diet and nutrition
  • Ethical, health and spiritual reasons for vegetarianism

Bhagavad Gita Study

  • Commentary of the Bhagavad Gita, which is the most read classical scripture. It gives universal teachings on how to do your duty and conduct yourself in the battlefield of life.


  • Positive emotional effects of chanting
  • Correct pronunciation and mental attitude
  • Mantra and sound healing
  • Practice of opening of the heart to the divine

This retreat will take place in Chengdu, China.

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Internet access
  • Toiletries
  • Vegetarian meals will be served during the retreat. The meals are not included in the price.
  • To preserve the spiritual atmosphere of the ashram, no meat, fish, eggs, alcohol, tobacco or narcotics are not allowed.

On your free time, you can relax at the ashram and explore the local surroundings of Chengdu's.

  • 2 sets of uniform
  • 200-hour ISYVC yoga teacher training certification
  • 29 days and 28 nights' accommodation
  • Bhagavad Gita class and yoga philosphy lecture
  • Daily meditation, chanting and lecture class
  • Hatha yoga theory lectures
  • Karma Yoga
  • Lessons included in the curriculum
  • Teachings about yogic diets and nutrition
  • Airfare and travel expenses
  • Meals
  • Textbooks

Arrival by airplane at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU)

Arrive at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU). Airport pick-up is not included in the price.It is easiest to take a taxi from airport to get to the temple. For more information on airport transfer, please send Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm an inquiry.

Arrival by bus/train

You can take a fast/normal train from the Chengdu Raiway Station to Qingchengshan Station. From there, you can take a taxi or take Bus line 102 to get to temple. The nearest coarch bus station is the Dujiangyan Bus Sation, where you can also take Bus line 102.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm an inquiry.

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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm is a non-profit organization serving the spiritual community by teaching yoga, meditation, vedanta, and yoga philosophy.

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29 days / 28 nights


Arrival: Saturday September 9, 2017
Departure: Saturday October 7, 2017

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