• Sivananda Yoga

    Teachers' Training Course online

Sivananda Teachers’ Training Course online (TTCOL)

4 weeks – 6 days per week

29 September – 26 October 2021

Authentic yogic teachings at home in real time

Daily personal coaching with your mentor

Right from the beginning of the pandemic, we started offering group meditations and yoga classes online and many people ardently joined in. Students reported how they felt hope, solace and positivity by connecting to the teachings directly from their home.

Now that the Ashram is closed for some weeks, we would like to continue to share the teachings by offering a Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course Online.

You will receive a certificate that you can teach yoga online. To complete the training and be fully equipped to teach in person, you will need to attend an extra 9 day module at the ashram in 2022.

Yoga Alliance Certified 200 Hour Training

The teachings will be shared in French.

The ashram in Orleans, France will be responsible for this training session.

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Diary of our recent graduates

Online TTC experience

Camille (French with English subtitles)

Radhika (English)

Flora (French)

Elia (French)

“I have learnt so much in this online TTC, I’m so glad to have all these amazing tools for my life and my practice, I’ve really been able to observe my habits and my mental tendencies. My body feels so good after I’ve been doing asanas, pranayama relaxation, proper diet, positive thinking and meditation everyday for the last month… I have learnt so much, I have experienced so much and I feel so grateful, thank you!” Radhika

The online experience

Needless to say it is a different experience than the hitherto existing Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training. But it appears that the online-version brings a great amount of belongingness and authenticity. :

This feels like a great way to use the extra time we have in a useful way. This is the time to intensify our practice, learn new aspects of yoga and implement a healthy and positive life style.

This lockdown gives us a chance to reflect on ourselves : our habits, our mental tendencies, our perspective on life. The TTCOL will support this process of deep inquiry and will enable you to gain insight into your inner world.

It seems this lockdown will deeply impact the society and live as we know it : the TTCOL will give you tools to develop adaptability, openess of mind and creativity to reinvent your life, your relationships, your connexion to the world.

You will learn how to transform your living place into a mini center of spiritual power, which will inspire you to maintain a systematic pratice at home after the course.

The training includes practical cooking instructions. During the four weeks you will learn to prepare healthy and tasty vegetarian meals.

Guest speakers and artists will share their knowledge in the fields of ayurveda, mantra chanting and Indian arts.

One hour of individual coaching every day with a personal mentor enables individual optimization of your personal practice of asana, pranayama, meditation and mantra. Question and answer on the teaching contents.

Since there are no costs for room and board, people with a tighter budget can also participate.

Price of the teachers’ training course online: 1 500 € (approximately 1350 GBP)

Course description

4-week theoretical and practical training in all aspects of Yoga, consisting of 267 teaching units of 45 minutes each

Internationally recognised certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres (ISYVC) upon successful completion of the course. The title of the diploma is ‘Online-Yoga Siromani’. The course is recognised by the Yoga Alliance (based in the USA) for the 200-hour training standard as RYS (Registered Yoga School).

This course was founded by Swami Vishnudevananda in 1969 and is the first Yoga Teachers’ Training Course for students from the West with over 48,000 graduates since then

Prerequisite for participation is the sincere desire to learn and to open up to the techniques of yoga. It is of advantage to become acquainted with the basic exercises of yoga and the principles of yoga philosophy even before the training, but it is not absolutely necessary. In the online training you will learn to teach yoga postures, breathing exercises and relaxation practice for beginners and intermediate levels, as well as to improve your personal yoga practice.

In 1969 Swami Vishnudevananda was the first Indian yogi to develop a yoga teacher training course in the West. It is part of a universal vision of peace: The more people experience peace within, the more this peace will manifest in outward action. In this way, a glow of peace envelops the world.

Today the yoga teachers’ training courses are under the supervision of senior instructors who were personally trained by Swami Vishnudevananda.

The goal of this training programme is to produce qualifed and inspiring yoga teachers who are able to draw on their own practice and personal discipline in imparting the yoga experience to others.

Curriculum of the Yoga Teachers’ Training Course Online

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 (Savasana)
  • Proper diet (vegetarian)
  • Positive thinking and meditation (Vedanta and Dhyana)

Daily: one meditation sessions, one yoga class, a workshop on online teaching techniques, two specialised presentations. One day a week is lecture-free.

The curriculum in detail

The daily in-depth practice with individual corrections comprises:

• Sun salutation

• 12 basic Yoga postures

• Asana variations, from intermediate level to advanced

• Postural alignment

• Deep relaxation with autosuggestion

• Release of blocked energy

Benefits of asanas on the body

• Control of emotions

• Improve power of concentration

• Rid the body of excess fat

• Enhance physical fitness

• Relieve chronic ailments such as constipation, rheumatism, stomach complaints

• Stimulate circulation

• Stabilise 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)

• Other classical Pranayamas from the yoga scriptures

The 6 classical cleansing exercises for the eyes, nose, respiratory tract, esophagus and stomach, abdominal organs and large intestine: explanation of the exercises and their effects. Practice of Tratak, Neti, Kapalabhati and Nauli

Yoga anatomy and physiology

• Introduction to the major body systems

• The effects of asanas and pranayama on: the cardiovascular system, respiration, digestion, skeletal and muscular systems, endocrine system

Online teaching practice

• Verbal teaching techniques of the 12 basic postures and breathing exercises for beginners and intermediate students

• Verbal demonstration and correction of the postures during online teaching classes

• In the second half of the training the participants teach each other online under the guidance of an experienced teacher


• 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

• Application of simple recipes


• Physical and mental meditation

• 12-step daily practice

• Effects of and experiences in meditation

• Mantras – spiritual energy in sound

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 & 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

Jnana Yoga

• The three levels of the mind

• Conquest of death

• Basic concepts of Vedanta philosophy

• The 7 Bhoomikas or planes of consciousness

• Space, time, causation

• The 3 bodies of man

• The 3 levels of the mind

Bhagavad Gita
Study of both the text and the commentary of this classical yoga scripture

  • “An ounce of practice is better than tons of theory.”

    – Swami Sivananda

Daily schedule

Online Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course

The Daily Schedule (central european summer time)

12 noon – 1pm    
Bhagavad Gita, mantra chanting, meditation techniques, karma philosophy (cause and effect), nutrition & lifestyle at home

1.15pm – 2.45pm    Online teaching techniques

3pm – 4.30pm  Philosophy and anatomy

4.45pm – 6.15pm    Asana and Pranayama class, simple Kriyas

8pm – 9.30pm     Meditation, Mantra chanting, Spiritual lecture

Plus one hour of individual coaching every day with a personal mentor:

• Questions and individual optimization of your personal practice of asana, pranayama, meditation and mantra

• Question and answer on the teaching contents

One day a week is lecture-free. The optional participation in an online yoga class and the evening meditation is recommended


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