Spiritual Wellness and Yoga Teacher Training India

This 500-hour yoga teacher training will take you to the deeper essence of Gyana yoga. You will be guided to explore the spiritual side of Surya yoga, which not only heals the body from diseases but also helps you receive wellness, happiness, and well-being. This is your chance to practice complete liberation from the bad tendencies of the mind. If you are a yoga enthusiast who wants to focus on the ultimate experience of liberation through Surya yoga, this experience is for you!


  • Daily Nidra yoga session
  • Surya yoga practice every day
  • Yogic relaxation and meditation every day
  • Sacred walks to Arunachala and pilgrimages to holy sites
  • Discussions on Yoga Sutras, yoga therapy, and philosophy
  • Special Dakshinamurthy Temple session
  • Daily meals and herbal tea
  • 47 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


48 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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During the course, you will be accommodated in a single room.

Sri Joydip Ashram Yoga Teacher Training in India Schedule


Upon completion, students will be able to receive a certificate issued by Sri Joydip Ashram.

This training welcomes people of all ages as participants. It will include daily Surya yoga sessions, pilgrimages to the holy sites of Tiruvannamalai, along with sacred walks around the sacred Arunachala Hill to explain the deeper significance of the temples and how architecture helps people to gain higher yogic and spiritual experience.

The training will also include sessions on yoga philosophy and discussions on kaivalya pada of the Yoga Sutras. A special session will be conducted at Dakshinamurthy Temple, where the science of Surya yoga was revealed to Sri Joydip in Tiruvannamalai. This is an advanced course that will really sharpen your mind for a more detailed knowledge of yoga.

Daily schedule

  • 05:00 Daily Surya yoga
  • 06:00 The root of "I" - Advaita satsang
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Session on yoga therapy
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Nidra yoga sessions and yogic relaxation
  • 15:00 Herbal tea
  • 15:30 Sacred walks around Arunachala with evening satsang
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Rest time


Please note that the schedule above is subject to change.

Sacred Walks of Arunachala

The Sacred Walk of Arunachala, a 14-kilometer walk, has multiple benefits, both spiritually and materially, and is popular, across the world, as one most sacred forms of Yoga, known as Girivalam Yoga and comes under Gyan Yoga Tradition of India. You will stop and rest multiple times and take adequate rest and food, and also do Gyan Satsang.

Gyan Yoga TTC uses authentic and traditional yoga process which is based on GYT (Gyan Yoga Tradition of Arunachala) and whose textual reference and citation can be found on the Wikipedia entry of Arunachala including Girivalam yoga.

The Gyan Yoga training course is based on tradition of Gyan Yoga which leads one to self inquiry, and which further leads one to liberation, from bad tendencies of mind. In order to take a ride to the highest strung of the yoga, which is Gyan Yoga, which is one of the most scared traditions of Yoga, a fit body is required and thus, during the mornings, you will be practicing asanas, in Surya Yoga, which will help you feel fit and prepared for this course.

The asana practices and yoga therapy, within the schedule, should not be conceived as the kind of asana and therapy practices you are used to finding in an modern hatha yoga course. The practices are specific to a traditional Gyan Yoga course, where asana and therapy are meant to keep a fit body, and not completely devoted to asana and therapy. Once your teachers will find that your body is fit enough and that it can move into the higher levels of Arunachala Gyan Yoga lineage, and energy of that level can be transmitted, they will shift the sessions towards Gyan Yoga discourses on major vedantic and yoga text, such as Yoga Sutras, Yoga Vasistha, Yoga of Bhagvad Gita, which will take your development from the physical level to the psychological level and open you towards something higher.

Preparatory programs

Jnana (wisdom or knowledge) yoga requires great strength of will and intellect, and thus it is considered the most difficult of the four main paths of Yoga, which are hatha, karma, bhakti and Jyana.

In view of the above, once you book the course with Sri Joydip Ashram, the team offers you a preparatory program, with the aim of making the whole process less difficult and more enjoyable for you. However, you should be aware that the effects of the Jnana yoga, where the mind is used to inquire into its own nature and to transcend the mind's identification with its thoughts and ego, are quite phenomenal and permanent, as it transforms the life and liberates one from bad tendencies of life.

Experience visualization

Sri Joydip visualizes to give an experience of Traditional Gyan yoga which is a traditional form existing in India inbetween a festival which adores and praises all gurus across the world and which is known as Guru Poornima Festival. This is niether a leisure nor a luxury retreat, and here people will do intense Gyan yoga and Girivalam yoga practice, and also work hard and do tapas (intense sadhana) but will get immense spiritual and material benefits and also enhance their yoga career.

Sri Joydip's devotion for yoga

  • 2003 - 2009 as a Part-time Yoga Teacher and Yoga Student in Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advance Research

Sri Joydip has been teaching yoga for the last 14 years and been practicing Yoga for the last 30 years. Sri Joydip started teaching yoga in 2003, as a part- time teacher, sharing his own practices to a group of people. In 2007, he did a professional course in ‘Psycology of Yoga’, from Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advance Research, Pondicherry, in Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga, based on ‘Synthesis of Yoga’.

The course emphasized on the psychological aspect of Yoga. Earlier, he also did a training on Reiki first and second degrees, from Reiki Kendra, where he learned about the subtle aspects of healing and therapy. In 2009, he had a deep spiritual experience in Sri Aurobindo Ashram, followed by meeting his Guru Arunachala Shiva/ Guru Dakshinamurty in Tiruvannamalai.

  • 2010 - 2016 as a Yoga Teacher, Writer and Filmmaker on subjects related to Yoga, in Sri Joydip Ashram

In 2010, he restarted teaching yoga, more regularly on banner of Sri Joydip Ashram, mostly taking reference of Bhagvad Gita’s yoga and its application in Management and Maharishi Patanjali’s Yoga sutras. He wrote three books on it, and visited across India, giving lectures until 2011.

In 2012, he went into a deeper search and sadhana on Yoga, for one year. That year, in the meditation with Sri Dakshinamurty (who is known as Adi yogi – the first yogi), in a temple in Tiruvannmalai, a system of Yoga is revealed to him, respectively how one is able to connect with the energy of ‘inner sun’, via a group of mantras, pranayamas, Surya Kriya and Asanas. Surya yoga, along with Surya Kriya and Surya Dhyana, formed a part of a system of Yoga, which is referred to as “Wellness Yoga” and which helps on mindfulness and building awareness that could heal disease, create a sense of wellbeing and make people happy.

He started teaching Surya Yoga from 2012 onwards, and he initiated many students across the world, on this system of yoga, both online and offline.

From 2013 onwards, he started regularly publishing articles on Yoga, in Speaking Tree, and many other Yoga journals, across the world, which includes The Complete Herbal Guide Magazine, Cure Joy, Zenward and BookYogaRetreats blogs.

In 2013, he also joined the ‘Yoga Teachers Training Workshop’ with Ramkrishna Mission Vivekandanda University, as a Yoga Filmmaker, in Assam and created two films - ‘Yoga as Medicine’ and ‘Yoga as Human Wellness’ - on the application of Yoga on Medicine and on Human Wellness. ‘Yoga as Medicine’ was highly praised and selected for screening in Kolkata International Film Festival 2013.

In 2014 and 2015, he was the secretary of the Organising Committee of World Yoga Festival 2014 in Burdwan, and World Yoga Festival 2015 in Tiruvannmalai, which is jointly organised by Sri Joydip Ashram and Eastern India Yoga and Spiritual Organisation Association, where many different yoga schools participated and exchanged their thoughts and views on Yoga.

In 2015, he did two online courses for two International Universities, in Australia (Monash University) and Russia (University of Aberdeen) on Mindfulness, Peak Performance, Food and Nutrition, as well as on Wellbeing. These courses allowed him to connect his knowledge on Yoga with mindfulness, Nutrition, Food habits and create programs like Wellness Program, Workplace Wellness Program, which currently help many students live well, become happy and have a general sense of wellbeing.

For the last 14 years, he has been teaching yoga, with the aim of sharing some of the divine gifts he has received, for using Yoga for health and wellbeing, and transforming human beings into Divine Beings.

He loves writing about Yoga and he has almost 6 Paperback/E-books on Yoga, numerous articles on blogs and also many videos, revealing different aspects of yoga.

Yoga and Spirituality Related Books

  • Wisdom Stimulus – Application of Bhagvad Gita in Management [2011], Lulu Publishers
  • Living the Truth [2013], Lulu Publishers
  • Beyond Religion [2013], Lulu Publishers
  • Arunchala Shiva – The Ultimate Sadhana [2014], Lulu Publishers
  • Living Well [2016], Lulu Publishers

Yoga and Spirituality Articles Publication

  • 1. The Great Synthesis- A Journey from Ancient to Modern Education , Philosophies, Teaching style and practice [2010] - Management Teachers Consortium Journal.
  • 2. Understanding Sri Aurobindo’s Psycology of Yoga in light of Mandukya Upanishad (2008) - Submitted as a research paper in Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advance Research.
  • 3. Medieval and Early Modern Puranic and Religious biographies of Tiruvannamalai - based on the Puranic Text of Arunachala Mahatmaya a important portion of Skanda Purana.
  • 4. Yoga Sutras for Yoga Lifestyle [2014] Unpublished.
  • 5. Yoga for Conflict Resolution - Zen Ward Magazine [2015]
  • 6. Essence of Yoga - Speaking Tree Blog [2015]
  • 7. Living Well - Speaking Tree Blog [2015]
  • 8. How to naturally lose Weight – Speaking Tree Blog [2015]
  • 9. Living in the moment – Workplace Wellness - Speaking Tree Blog [2016]
  • 10. Top 10 reasons for learning Surya Yoga - The Complete Herebal Guide Magazine [ 2017]
  • 10.Gyana Yoga: The Secret to Health, Wellness & Happiness - BYR Blog [2017]

Yoga films

  • Yoga as Medicine – 2013 – Sri Joydip Ashram, in collaboration with Swami Vivekandananda Value Education forum, supported by Ramkrishna Misison Vivekananda University.
  • Yoga for Wellness – 2013 – Unreleased.
  • Essence of Yoga – 2015
  • Yoga and Mindfulness a series based on Patanjali Yoga Sutras - [2017]

Spiritual and other Education Related Degrees

  • Online Course on Mindfullness and Peak Performance - Monash University [2015]
  • Online Course on Food and Nutrition - University of Aberdeen [2015]
  • Creative Writing, British Council [2015]
  • Psycology of Yoga, Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advance Research [2007-2008]
  • Reiki I and II, Reiki Centre Kolkata [2003]
  • Young Professional Program, Indian Institute of Management [2003]
  • Professional Network Computing, National Institute of Information Technology [1998]

Included excursions

  • Pilgrimages to holy sites
  • Sacred walks around Arunachala
  • Visit to the Dakshinamurthy Temple


Sri Joydip
Sri Joydip is an international yoga teacher who taught yoga in international bodies like US Consulate, Indian Council of Cultural Relations, and corporate bodies like Birla and Eta Maelco. He gains his education in yoga and psychology from Sri Aurobindo Centre for advanced research, creative writing from British Council, management from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata and Reiki healing from Reiki Kendra, Mindfulness, and peak performance from Monash University. He has 30 years experience of yoga practice and 14 years experience of yoga teaching.


This yoga teacher training will be held in the Indian town of Tiruvannamalai, a place which is considered as one of the greatest pilgrimage sites for receiving the ancient knowledge of Advaita Gyana.


During this retreat, you will be provided with three meals per day and herbal tea.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3 daily meals
  • 47 nights accommodation
  • Course tuition
  • Daily herbal tea
  • Daily Nidra yoga session
  • Daily sacred walks to Arunachala
  • Daily Surya yoga practice
  • Daily yogic relaxation and meditation
  • Kaivalya pada discussion of the Yoga Sutras
  • Pilgrimages to local holy sites
  • Special Dakshinamurthy Temple session
  • Yoga therapy and philosophy discussions

What's not included

  • Additional activities or excursions
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Special tours

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chennai International Airport (MAA).

Arrival by bus

You can take a bus from Chennai International Airport (MAA) or from Chennai rail station.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 60% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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