In this four-week intensive residential course, youll get theoretical and practical training in all aspects of yoga composed of 401 training units of 45 minutes' duration. This course was established in 1969 by Swami Vishnudevananda as the first yoga teachers' training course taught to Western students and now has over 32,000 graduates. A sincere desire to learn and openness to yogic techniques is required to attend this course. A basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is preferred, but not essential.
Students will develop the skills to teach yoga asanas and improve their own personal practice. International certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organization (ISYVC) is awarded on successful completion of the course. The diploma is entitled "Yoga Siromani" and recognized by Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours Registered Yoga School Standards.
Course accommodation takes place in private homes of TTC graduates in the vicinity of the center.
The course is based on Indias traditional Gurukula teaching system, where by direct contact with the teachers, the students day-to-day life during the course is transformed into an integrated learning experience.
Yoga teachers are not just trained in the asanas. While asanas are an integral part of classical Hatha Yoga, it is the combination of the asanas with ethical values, pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation that enables a comprehensive experience of Hatha Yoga.
The Sivananda approach to training yoga teachers believes that students should understand and experience the four main systems of yoga: Besides the focus on Hatha Yoga, the Sivananda yoga teacher training program introduces students to the theory and practice of Raja Yoga (control over the mind), Karma Yoga (selfless activity), Jnana Yoga (yoga philosophy) and Bhakti Yoga (transformation of emotions into devotion).
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Upon successful completion of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course, the yoga teacher receives a yoga certificate confirming that they have sufficient knowledge and practical experience to teach Hatha Yoga (asanas, pranayama and relaxation) to beginners and intermediate yoga students.
In addition to the four-week basic training course, Swami Vishnudevananda developed the Advanced Teachers' Training Course (also 4 weeks) and an advanced practice course (Sadhana Intensive, 2 weeks). Weekend and week-long further training program for yoga teachers are also available. The further training program and the Advanced Teachers' Training Course are useful for acquiring further yoga teacher certification.
Attendance at all activities is mandatory. Changes in the program may occur from time to time. One day a week is given for personal activities and study. On this day students are required to attend morning and evening satsangs as well as to complete their Karma Yoga.
Situated in a quiet residential area in Putney in South West London, the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre provides an ideal setting for the teachers’ training course, with its spacious, luminous halls and beautiful peace garden. Groups are kept small and the main emphasis is on individual guidance and detailed instructions.
There are green, open riverside spaces within a short walk from the center. The gardens of Bishop’s Park and the riverside trails along the Thames offer a variety of scenic nature walks. Central London with all its famous sights is within 30 minutes by Tube.
Nutritious and delicious vegetarian food will be served twice daily. Please note that the meals offered are lacto-vegetarian. Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre London cannot cater to special dietetic needs during the course.
From the Lower Richmond Road turn left into Bemish Road then turn left into Felsham Road.
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