• Sivananda Yoga Academy

Yoga Sivananda Academy

extension of the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy

Swami Sivananda | Ashram de Yoga Sivananda | Yoga | France

The European Sivananda Yoga Centres wish to continue the vision of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda through a new structure, the Sivananda Yoga Academy, as an extension of the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy.

It offers a one-year teaching programme (from September to June) to deepen the knowledge of one of the paths of Yoga.

Testimonials from the year 2021 — 2022

Practical information

Objectives  In-depth, practical teaching, combining lectures and interactive online sessions, residential retreats and personal guidance to deepen the path of Bhakti Yoga. 400-hour certification.
Duration  400 hours, nine months (September to June).
Prerequisite  Graduation from the Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course.
Potential interview with one of the Academy’s directors after examination of the application.

Registration deadline  One month before the start of the course.
Technical resources  Training course partly online and partly residential.
Four practice rooms, one study room, one library, one dining hall, two outdoor platforms.
Equipment available for the theory classes: flipchart, video projector, individual mats for sitting on the floor in a cross-legged position, individual folding low tables adapted to taking notes while sitting on the floor, chairs, translation material.
Access to a webplatform to review lectures.

Accessibility  For any accommodation needs related to a disability, we invite you to contact us directly in order to study together the possibilities of following the training.
Evaluation  Final exam in the form of a four-page written essay (choice from questions on a variety of themes). The month of May will be dedicated to the writing of the essay.
Tarifs  Including meals and accommodation during the residential retreats.
No price reduction will be made if the lessons given during the residential retreats are taken online.
Shared room: € 3400
Double room: € 4088
Single room: € 4256
Single room with bathroom: € 4400

Contact  Swami Bhagavatananda ou Sharada Devi: academy@sivananda.net
Online Registration : sivanandaorleans.org

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Yoga Sivananda Academy

A practical approach to in-depth studies

Swami Sivananda

In 1948, Swami Sivananda founded the « Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy » with the aim of spreading knowledge of yoga in society.


He shared his vision in his autobiography

• To impart the knowledge of Yoga
• To teach the Yoga of Synthesis
• To awaken faith and devotion in everyone
• To work for the spiritual awakening of humanity
• To bring peace and happiness to every home
• I created the Divine Life Mission
• And founded the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy

Swami Vishnudevananda

Swami Vishnudevananda carried the work of the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy beyond India and made plans to establish a Yoga University in the West. The diploma of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course (established in 1969) with about 1000 graduates per year is issued in the name of the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy.

The Sivananda Yoga Academy offers a one-year teaching programme (September to June) to deepen your knowledge of one of the yoga paths:

  • Vedanta (Jnana Yoga)
  • Raja Yoga
  • Bhakti Yoga

The lectures will be given online, except for the three residential courses, which will take place at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Loiret, France.

The Teachers

Yoga Sivananda Academy

The teachings will be given by the European Acharyas and Swamis.

Senior Swamis and experienced teachers from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres will teach at the face-to-face retreats and accompany you in personal mentoring.

Yoga-Acharyas of Sivananda Europe

Yoga Acharyas of Sivananda Europe | Ashram de Yoga Sivananda | Yoga | France

Why join the Academy

Are you a graduate of teacher training, or even advanced teacher training, and would like to take these teachings further in your life?

The main reasons for enrolling in the academy’s courses are :

  • To study classical texts and practice tools of Bhakti Yoga, guided by the European Acharyas and Swamis
  • To give a new impetus to your sadhana by committing to a long training
  • To combine that training with your professional activities or other responsibilities
  • To recharge in the spiritual atmosphere of the Ashram during 3 residential stays
  • To connect with other students on the training course through regular online discussions
  • To bring a new depth to your practice and your Yoga teaching
  • To have a personal mentor who will guide you in your studies and practice
  • To challenge yourself and give a new direction to your life
  • To actively take part in the advent of a more harmonious and peaceful world
  • "“If the mind is controlled, it is then capable of great service. If it is not subdued, it creates endless pain and suffering.”

    - Swami Sivananda

The Course


The training will combine the study of scriptures with the pursuit of a yogic lifestyle through the practice of asana, pranayama, meditation and mantra chanting.

Weekly online conferences

These sessions will be given by the European Acharyas. Recordings of these lectures will be available to all participants

Interactive sessions of 60 minutes every three weeks

These sessions will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions to teachers and to exchange with other students

Personal mentor

Bi-monthly meetings of 45 minutes with a personal mentor to answer questions regarding your yoga practice

Unlimited online asana and satsang classes

Unlimited access to all asana classes in English and French, as well as to all online Satsangs for the duration of the programme

Three residential stays at the ashram

Three residential retreats at the Ashram de Yoga Sivananda, Loire Valley, France (accommodation in shared rooms is already included in the tuition fee)

Last updated : 23 January 2023

First teaching session

Practical Bhakti Yoga training

16 September 2022 – 13 June 2023