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Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training in London

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.

Certification recognized by Yoga Alliance

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.


  • Daily yoga asana practice
  • Meditation, mantra chanting, lectures
  • Curriculum based on Gurukula teaching system
  • Diploma recognized by Yoga Alliance upon successful completion
  • 28 nights accommodation at the Ashram
  • Two t-shirts and yoga pants
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 29 days with instruction
  • English
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Situated in a quiet residential area in Putney in South West London, the Sivananda Yoga Centre with its beautiful peace garden and spacious halls provides an ideal setting for relaxation and Yoga practice. Teaching groups are kept small and the main emphasis is put on individual guidance and detailed instructions. Within short walking distance the gardens of Bishops park and the riverside trails along the River Thames offer a variety of scenic nature walks while Central London with all its famous sights can be reached by tube in just 30 minutes.

Shared room / 29 nights

This room sleeps 4 8 persons. If you opt to stay in this room throughout your retreat, you will get a chance to share a room with fellow participants, get to know each other better and share knowledge as well. Beds might be bunk beds.

Double room / 29 nights

This room sleeps 2 persons. It is suitable for you who will be coming with your friend or partner. If you dont mind sharing a room with another training participant which can be a good chance to share knowledge with each other, this room is also a perfect option for you. Beds might be bunk beds.

The Gurukula system of education

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.

The Sivananda Yoga approach

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).


  • 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 (Savasan)
  • Proper diet (Vegetarian)
  • Positive thinking and deditation (Vedanta and Dhyana)
  • There will be two daily meditation sessions, two yoga classes, two lectures, one hour of service to the ashram community. One day a week is lecture-free.


  • The daily in-depth practice with individual corrections comprises:
  • Sun salutation and the 12 basic yoga postures
  • 100 asana variations, from intermediate level to advanced
  • Postural alignment
  • Deep relaxation with auto suggestion
  • Release of blocked energy
  • Training sessions for all age groups

Benefits of asanas

  • Control of emotions and improved power of concentration
  • Rid the body of excess fat and enhance physical fitness
  • Relieve chronic ailments such as constipation, rheumatism and digestive problems
  • Stimulate circulation and stabilize thyroid functions
  • Keep muscles youthful and supple into old age


  • 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)
  • Samanu (mental cleansing of the nadis)
  • The 8 main pranayamas: Ujjayi, Surya Bheda, Bhastrika, Plavini, Moorcha, Sitali, Sitkari, Bhramari


Tratak, Neti, Kapalabhati, Dhauti, Nauli and Basti: six classical purification exercises for the eyes, nose, air passages, esophagus and stomach, abdominal organs and large intestine. Explanation and demonstration of the exercises and their effects. Individual instruction

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Introduction to the major body systems. The effects of asanas and pranayama on the cardio vascular, respiratory, digestive, skeletal, muscular and endocrine systems

Teaching practice

  • How to teach the 12 basic postures and breathing exercises to beginners and intermediate students
  • Detailed correction workshops
  • In the second half of the training course, participants will teach each other under the guidance of an experienced instructor

Yoga nutrition

  • 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


  • Physical and mental meditation
  • 12-step daily practice
  • Effects of and experiences in meditation
  • Mantras spiritual energy in sound
  • Mantra initiation (if desired)

Hatha Yoga

  • Ethical and moral principles
  • Body prana (life energy) mind
  • From control over the body to control over the mind and meditation

Raja Yoga

  • Ashtanga the 8 steps of yoga
  • Antahkarana functions of the mind
  • Concentration and meditation

Kundalini Yoga

  • The Absolute and how it manifests itself in nature
  • Macrocosmos and microcosmos
  • The 7 Chakras
  • The awakening of cosmic energy

Bhakti Yoga

  • Kirtan: chanting of classical Sanskrit mantras
  • Indian gods and their cosmic meaning
  • Arati and Pujas (traditional Indian rituals)

Karma Yoga

  • The law of cause and effect
  • Samsara the wheel of birth and death
  • Karma Yoga selfless service: one hour daily in the ashram community

Jnana Yoga

  • Basic concepts of Vedanta philosophy
  • The 7 Bhoomikas or planes of consciousness
  • Space, time, causation
  • The 3 bodies
  • The 3 levels of the mind
  • Conquest of death

Bhagavad Gita

  • Study of both the text and the commentary of this classical yoga scripture

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
  • The New Book of Yoga by the Sivananda Yoga Centre (Ebury Press)
  • Please note: These books are not included in the course fee. They can be purchased at the Sivananda Yoga Centres or via the online shop.

Yoga Teacher Training graduates

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.

Daily schedule

  • 05.30 a.m.: Wake up
  • 06.00 a.m.: Meditation, mantra chanting, lecture or silent walk
  • 08.00 a.m.: Asanas and pranayama
  • 10.00 a.m.: Brunch
  • 11.00 a.m.: Karma yoga (helping out with chores)
  • 12.00 p.m.: Bhagavad Gita or chanting class
  • 02.00 p.m.: Main lecture
  • 04.00 p.m.: Asanas and pranayama
  • 06.00 p.m.: Dinner
  • 08.00 p.m.: Meditation, mantra chanting, lecture
  • 10.00 p.m.: Lights out

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.

The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre is located in southwest London, an area bordering the south bank of the River Thames. The Centre is an oasis of peace and calm. The teaching spaces are quiet with large skylights bringing in an abundance of natural light. The Sivananda Peace Garden has created a real getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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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.

  • 29 nights accommodation
  • Administrative costs
  • Course fees
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Examination fee
  • The course manual
  • Two yoga pants and two t-shirts
  • The Kriya kit
  • Airport transfers

Driving directions

From the Lower Richmond Road turn left into Bemish Road then turn left into Felsham Road.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

London, United Kingdom

The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre is an international non-profit organization founded by Swami Vishnudevananda. The London centre offers retreats, TT, courses.

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