This Teacher’s Training Course provides you with sufficient knowledge and experience to become a successful yoga teacher and you can also opt to do advanced courses in the future to master yoga further. We do not follow a specific ‘type’ of yoga but instead, we practice ‘sankhya-yoga’, which aims to integrate yogic theory and physical practice (asana) to the maximum extent. Maharishi Patanjali, the founder of yoga, prescribed certain rules for humans to follow to be productive members of society, and he prescribed a code of conduct that we try to inculcate among students through a systematic understanding of the same.
This course will take place in Vrindavan (160 km from Delhi), a small town located on the banks of the sacred river Yamuna. Vrindavan is one of the seven most sacred towns in India, due to its association with Lord Shri Krishna and where some of the greatest yogis and devotees have spent a part of their lives to attain knowledge and enlightenment. Vrindavan is a global village, where Krishna devotees from almost every corner of the world live and enjoy its devotional charm. The course venue is pleasant and offers hassle-free accommodations, along with convenient access to main attractions and local markets.
The yoga course is taught by highly qualified teachers under the guidance of respected Babaji, who is an authority on the Sankhya-yoga philosophical system.
The teachers for this course are from very diverse fields of knowledge. Most of them have lived in Vrindavan for a long time and are familiar with traditional Indian cultural values, Vedic scriptures; such as the Bhagavad Gita, and the essence of various aspects of yoga. In addition to this course, our teachers will be available for exploring the surroundings of Vrindavan.
Born in India in 1954, Satyanarayana Dasa was drawn to the spiritual traditions of his native country from a young age. After receiving a postgraduate degree in 1978 from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and working in the United States for four years, he returned to India,
Aami (Krishna Dasa) taught traditional Hatha yoga at the Patanjali Yoga Foundation. He has been practicing and teaching yoga and wellness for over ten years. He is an Ayurvedic nutritional consultant, specializing in dosha balance, Theta Healing technique, and Bio re-programming seed. He is also a Vedic astrologer from the royal lineage of Jagannath Puri.
He has gained experience in the field of sustainable development by working with indigenous communities in South America, which has taught him different self-healing techniques and introspection. He founded the World Conscious Pact, the University of Ancestral Wisdom, the United Nations of the Spirit, the Global Eco-Villages Network, and the Council of Sustainable Settlements of the Americas. He has a long practical experience in teaching ancient yogic postures, their correct positions and their importance in yoga sadhana.
He now resides in Vrindavan, where he is currently studying the Vedic scriptures under the guidance of his Guru, Satyanarayana Dasa Babaji.
Ekaterina (Kanta Dasi) is a Hatha yoga and meditation instructor. Her mother was a yoga teacher, and Ekaterina has been practicing since 2006. She is a graduate of the School of Patanjali in Rishikesh and has studied with well-known Russian yoga masters, such as Dmitry Demin, Gleb Mazaev, and Maxim Tsuguy. She has been a yoga and fitness teacher in leading fitness centers in Belarus since 2016, and she has been conducting online yoga courses in European countries. Since 2020 Ekaterina has been teaching yoga and spinal therapy in Belarus, Israel, Russia, and Ukraine.
Jaya Devi is the co-coordinator of the Jiva Institute’s yoga course and has been living in India for the past 20 years. She serves as a friendly mentor for all the foreign students who study in Vrindavan. She also coordinates the extracurricular activities in and around Vrindavan. She has a good knowledge of Indian spiritual heritage and a PhD in Sanskrit. She is the author of From Taj to Vraj, a book on feminine spirituality.
Stay and surroundings
The Ashram is located in a clean, pollution-free, hygienic atmosphere, and the course venue is managed by an efficient hospitality staff to look after accommodations, food, and travel arrangements. Surroundings offer ample opportunities to visit important temples and ashrams throughout Vrindavan. The institute is well-furnished and clean with the following facilities.
Our yoga teachers training (YTT) program is a residential course. The fee of USD 1650 per person includes accommodations (private room with private bathroom) and all vegetarian meals at the institute. The registration fee is USD 200 (nonrefundable advance) to be submitted along with the application. The remaining fee can be paid upon arrival. In case of emergency and other unavoidable circumstances, we may permit students to opt for the same course within the period of two years.
Calendar (Course Dates)
Daily Schedule – (200-Hours Yoga Teacher Training)
Our YTT program follows a well-planned schedule and about 6 to 7 training hours daily are assigned to learning different aspects of yoga. Our daily schedule begins as early as 5:30 a.m. with a short meditation followed by yogic postures and classes in philosophy, anatomy, and physiology. Students can also enjoy excursions to nearby places in their free time. During the course, vegetarian meals suitable for a Yogic lifestyle will be served along with seasonal fruits and herbal tea. Home assignments are also given to students during the course to enable them to cultivate insight into the subject.
|05:30 am||Wakeup call and warm up||05:45 am||Morning Tea|
|06:15 am||Short Prayer||06:30 am||Practice of Yoga Asanas|
|07:30 am||Pranayama and Mantra Chanting||09:00 am||Breakfast|
|10:30 am||Meditation (Dhyan) techniques||11:30 am||Discourse on ‘Sankhya –Yoga’ Philosophy|
|12:30 pm||Lunch||03:00 pm||Anatomy/Physiology related to Yoga practice|
|03:30 pm||Tea break||04:00 pm||Mantra Chanting, Discourse on ‘Sankhya-yoga ’ in the context of meditation / Teaching Methodology in Yoga practice|
|04:30 pm||Yoga Nidra / Meditation||05:00 pm||Hatha/Ashtanga Yoga Asanas|
|06:30 pm||End of the daily schedule||07:15 Pm||Dinner and rest|
Syllabus of Yoga teachers Training Course
(Internal body Cleansing activities)
|These ancient yogic cleansing techniques are practiced for the purification of the body. There are six Shatkarmas in the Hatha tradition. They are used to help clear the body of excess mucus, fat, and bile, and should only be practiced under the guidance of a competent teacher. During the course on special days these Shatkarmas will be demonstrated and taught to participants as after practicing Shatkarma,one need to have especially very light food and rest for a while.|
|Asanas (Physical Postures)||There are 84 asanas in the Hatha tradition. These poses are used to steady the body and mind, making the practitioner more energetic, free from disease, and ready for the practice of meditation. These are often the most familiar part of yoga tradition in the modern world.|
|These practices utilize breathing to control and influence the flow of vital life force (prana) in the body. Pranayamas are practiced after asana practice. They should be practiced under the guidance of a competent teacher, as the effects of these techniques on the body can be quite powerful.|
|Dhyana, or meditation, is the practice of calming the mind and body through controlling the thoughts, calming the senses, and deep concentration. There are many ancient yogic meditation practices, designed to bring the practitioner closer to spiritual awareness and understanding. After knowing different meditation techniques, you can find the most suitable one for yourself to practice regularly.|
|Mudras are advanced yogic postures/techniques that alter mood, attitude, and perception, thereby deepening awareness and concentration. They have a subtle but powerful effect on energy flow in the body and thus are a good preparation for deeper spiritual practices.|
|Bandhas are bodily locks that help to redirect the flow of energy in the body. They involve locking the chin, abdomen, and perennial region. As they are an advanced practice, they are best practiced individually under able instruction before being incorporated into other yogic practices.|
|Sankhya-Yoga Philosophy||A successful yoga practice absolutely depends on the proper understanding of the ancient yoga philosophies as described in the two schools of Indian yoga philosophy below. Sankhya explains the eternal principles and yoga teaches the way to achieve the goals prescribed in Sankhya philosophy.|
|Yoga System (of Patanjali)||Yoga – An Introduction to yoga and its basic elements
Different types of yoga – Karma, Jñāna and Bhakti
Concept of Atma , Consciousness and awareness Yama, Niyama (Principles of hygienic, regulated and socially acceptable lifestyle including Shatkarma)
Pranayama (healthy breathing )
Pratyahara (Self control )
Dharna (contemplation ), Dhyana (meditation), Samadhi (transcognitive state)
|Sankhya (Wisdom) System of Kapila||Evolution of world due to interaction between Purusha (Self) and Prakarti (Nature). The inevitability of understanding the distinction between body, mind, Consciousness, Chitta, Ego and Self for progress in spiritual life.|
|Anatomy& Physiology related to Yoga||It’s important for yoga teachers to understand the movements and composition of the human body, as well as working of the digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and nervous systems. This knowledge will help teachers to address the safety concerns of students and give proper adjustments while helping students understand the full benefits and limitations of their practice.|
|Theory of Panch Kosha(Five layers believed to be covering the Atma)||
1. Aannamaya kosha, “foodstuff” sheath (Anna)
2. Pranamaya kosha, “energy” sheath (Prana/apana)
3. Manomaya kosha “mind-stuff” sheath (Manas)
4. Vijnanamaya kosha, “wisdom” sheath (Vijnana)
5. Anandamaya kosha, “bliss” sheath (Ananda)
(Classic Indian System of well-being)
Ayurveda, literally meaning ‘the science of life,’ is an ancient tradition of healing the body through awareness of the functions of the three Gunas (mental dispositions: Sattva, Raja and Tamas)– both the internal and external functions. It encompasses nutrition and massage therapy that is practiced to improve the overall well-being of the body and mind.
|Teaching methodology for Yoga||Guidance for becoming a successful Yoga teacher: The art of speaking and performing asanas in a classroom setting.|
Shri Bhagavad Gita
|This ancient text is one of the most important books for understanding yoga, as it outlines the origins of yoga philosophy as passed down through the centuries. A solid understanding of this scripture is necessary for anyone interested in the yoga traditions. Explanation of Sankhya-yoga Philosophy as described by lord Krishna in Shrimad Bhagavad Gita|
Detailed syllabus and description
|1||Spine upper 7||Ha-tha+Meru+Surya Namaskar|
|Spine middle 12|
|Spine Under 6|
|2||Feet to Hips (Bones-Musles)||Muladhara/Swadishtana|
|Feet to Hips (Bones-Musles)||Muladhara/Swadishtana|
|4||Upper part to neck (Bones-Musles)||Vishuddha/Ajna|
|5||Respiratory System||Sahasrara/Patanjali yoga sutras 1|
|6||Circulatory System||Patanjali yoga sutras 2/History of Yoga|
Every Day Practice
|Day||Bhagavad Gita||Pranayamas and Sat Kriyas||Meditations|
|1||Cap 1 (1-13)||Yogic Breathing, Kapalabhati, Bhastrika,Mula Bandha, Uddiyana Bandha.||Om Meditation|
|2||Cap 1 (14-27)||Yogic Breathing, Anuloma-Viloma, Nadisodhana, Jalandhar Bandha, Mahabandha.||Tratak Meditation|
|3||Cap 1 (27-40)||Yogic Breathing, Shitkari, Shitali, Agnisar Dhauti, Nauli||Silence Meditation|
Cap 1 (40-47)
Cap 2 (1-6)
|Yogic Breathing, Neti, Ujjay, Bhramari.||Sound Meditation|
|5||Cap 2 (7-20)||Yogic Breathing, Kapalabhati, Bhastrika,Mula Bandha, Uddiyana Bandha.||Kirtan Meditation|
|6||Cap 2 (21-34)||Yogic Breathing, Anuloma-Viloma, Nadisodhana, Jalandhar Bandha, Mahabandha.||Walking meditation|
|7||Cap 2 (35-48)||Yogic Breathing, Shitkari, Shitali, Agnisar Dhauti, Nauli||Om Meditation|
|8||Cap 2 (49-61)||Yogic Breathing, Neti, Ujjay, Bhramari.||Tratak Meditation|
Cap 2 (62-72)
Cap 3 (1-3)
|Yogic Breathing, Kapalabhati, Bhastrika,Mula Bandha, Uddiyana Bandha.||Silence Meditation|
|10||Cap 3 (4-17)||Yogic Breathing, Anuloma-Viloma, Nadisodhana, Jalandhar Bandha, Mahabandha.||Sound Meditation|
|11||Cap 3 (18-31)||Yogic Breathing, Shitkari, Shitali, Agnisar Dhauti, Nauli||Kirtan Meditation|
Cap 3 (32-43)
Cap 4 (1-2)
|Yogic Breathing, Neti, Ujjay, Bhramari.||Walking meditation|
|13||Cap 4 (3-16)||Yogic Breathing, Kapalabhati, Bhastrika,Mula Bandha, Uddiyana Bandha.||Om Meditation|
|14||Cap 4 (17-30)||Yogic Breathing, Anuloma-Viloma, Nadisodhana, Jalandhar Bandha, Mahabandha.||Tratak Meditation|
Cap 4 (31-42)
Cap 5 (1-2)
|Yogic Breathing, Shitkari, Shitali, Agnisar Dhauti, Nauli||Silence Meditation|
|16||Cap 5 (3-16)||Yogic Breathing, Neti, Ujjay, Bhramari.||Sound Meditation|
Cap 5 (17-29)
Cap 6 (1)
|Yogic Breathing, Kapalabhati, Bhastrika,Mula Bandha, Uddiyana Bandha.||Kirtan Meditation|
|18||Cap 6 (2-15)||Yogic Breathing, Anuloma-Viloma, Nadisodhana, Jalandhar Bandha, Mahabandha.||Walking meditation|
|19||Cap 6 (16-29)||Yogic Breathing, Shitkari, Shitali, Agnisar Dhauti, Nauli||Om Meditation|
|20||Cap 6 (30- 43)||Yogic Breathing, Neti, Ujjay, Bhramari.||Tratak Meditation|
Cap 6 (44-47)
Cap 7 (1-10)
|Yogic Breathing, Kapalabhati, Bhastrika,Mula Bandha, Uddiyana Bandha.||Silence Meditation|
|22||Cap 7 (11-24)||Yogic Breathing, Anuloma-Viloma, Nadisodhana, Jalandhar Bandha, Mahabandha.||Sound Meditation|
Cap 7 (25-30)
Cap 8 (1-8)
|Yogic Breathing, Shitkari, Shitali, Agnisar Dhauti, Nauli||Kirtan Meditation|
|24||Cap 8 (9- 22)||Yogic Breathing, Neti, Ujjay, Bhramari.||Walking meditation|
|25||Cap 8 (23-28)||Yogic Breathing, Kapalabhati, Bhastrika,Maha Bandha, Bhramari.||Tratak Meditation|
|26||Exam about Gita||Yogic Breathing, Anuloma-Viloma, Nadisodhana, Maha Bandha, Ujjay||Kirtan Meditation|