Online Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course


February 24 – March 23, 2021

In February 2021 Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat is offering the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC) online to share our traditional, lineage-based yogic teachings with people around the world who wish to experience the life transforming experience of taking an immersion into the yogic lifestyle and becoming a yoga teacher.

During the online TTC you will live a yogic lifestyle at home, attend live classes on Zoom, and receive daily personal coaching from your mentor.

Graduates of the yoga teacher training course will receive internationally recognized certification to teach yoga online. The Online TTC is certified by the worldwide Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours standard for Registered Yoga Schools (RYS).

Online TTC graduates are highly encouraged to continue their yoga studies in a 9-day yogic immersion at the Ashram once we reopen to receive the full Yoga teacher certification that includes in-person instruction. 

There are no pre-requisites for this training; yoga is for everyone.

Apply today!

Course Tuition: $1500

Yoga Alliance Certified 200-hour Training

Learn More About TTC in this 3-min video

The Online Experience

Taking the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC) online will be different than the experience of living at the ashram for the course. Throughout the last year we have discovered that there is real power and authenticity in online teaching and the benefits and beauty can be maintained. 

Benefits of Taking TTC Online:

Daily Schedule

This is the schedule (all times are in Eastern time-zone, please see schedules in other time zones below)

6:00 – 7:30am: Morning Satsang (silent meditation, chanting, and a short teaching)

7:30 – 8:30am: Meal break

8:30 – 9:30am: Class on Bhagavad Gita, Meditation Techniques, Mantra Chanting, or Nutrition and Lifestyle at Home

9:45am – 11:30am: How to Teach Asana and Pranayama Class

11:30 – 12:15pm: Meal break

12:15 – 1:45pm: Main Lecture (Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology)

2:00 – 3:30pm: Asana and Pranayama Practice Class

8:00 – 9:30pm: Evening Satsang (silent meditation, chanting, and a short teaching)

*only one satsang per day is required

In addition you will receive one hour of individual coaching every day with a personal mentor so you can:

  • Ask questions and receive individual optimization of your personal practice of asana, pranayama, meditation and mantra
  • Ask questions about the course material

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

5:30 – 6:30am: Class on Bhagavad Gita, Meditation Techniques, Mantra Chanting, or Nutrition and Lifestyle at Home

6:45 – 8:30am: How to Teach Asana and Pranayama Class

8:30 – 9:15am: Meal break

9:15 – 10:45am: Main Lecture (Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology)

11:00am – 12:30pm: Asana and Pranayama Practice Class

5:00 – 6:30pm: Satsang (silent meditation, chanting, and a short teaching)

11:00am – 12:30pm: Satsang (silent meditation, chanting, and a short teaching)

12:30 – 1:30pm: Meal break

1:30 – 2:30pm: Class on Bhagavad Gita, Meditation Techniques, Mantra Chanting, or Nutrition and Lifestyle at Home

2:45 – 4:30pm: How to Teach Asana and Pranayama Class

4:30 – 5:15pm: Meal break

5:15 – 6:45pm: Main Lecture (Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology)

7:00 – 8:30pm: Asana and Pranayama Practice Class

12:00 – 1:30pm: Satsang (silent meditation, chanting, and a short teaching)

1:30 – 2:30pm: Meal break

2:30 – 3:30pm: Class on Bhagavad Gita, Meditation Techniques, Mantra Chanting, or Nutrition and Lifestyle at Home

3:45 – 5:30pm: How to Teach Asana and Pranayama Class

5:30 – 6:15pm: Meal break

6:15 – 7:45pm: Main Lecture (Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology)

8:00 – 9:30pm: Asana and Pranayama Practice Class

1:00 – 2:30pm: Satsang (silent meditation, chanting, and a short teaching)

2:30 – 3:30pm: Meal break

3:30 – 4:30pm: Class on Bhagavad Gita, Meditation Techniques, Mantra Chanting, or Nutrition and Lifestyle at Home

4:45 – 6:30pm: How to Teach Asana and Pranayama Class

6:30 – 7:15pm: Meal break

7:15 – 8:45pm: Main Lecture (Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology)

9:00 – 10:30pm: Asana and Pranayama Practice Class

What Our Students Have to Say

"I found the Essentials of Positive Thinking course to be informative, inspiring and especially relevant in the current environment. And the technology supported a feeling of Sangha among us."
Mark Aaron
"Thank you so much for providing online courses! It was such a blessing to take a meditation class during this difficult time."
Leslie Zolman
"This class could not have come at a better time. Our state is under a shutdown and I have not been able to teach my yoga classes. The course certainly helped me look at the situation from a positive point of view as well as giving me the tools to turn any negative situation into a positive."
Lori Windsor
"Pranava Chaitanya is a gifted teacher who leads with kindness, generosity and good humour. The online courses are a much needed support during this period of physical distancing and isolation. I hope the ashram continues to offer webinars even after the pandemic is resolved. It's a blessing to hear the higher teachings, whether in person or virtually."
Laura J.

Course Description

  • 4-week theoretical and practical training in all aspects of Yoga, consisting of 267 teaching units of 45 minutes each
  • Internationally recognized certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers (ISYVC) upon successful completion of the course. The title of the diploma is ‘Online Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course’.  The course is recognized 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 developed a yoga teachers‘ training as the first Indian Yogi 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 program is to produce qualified and inspired yoga teachers who are able to draw on their own practice and personal discipline in imparting the yoga experience to others.
  • ​Method of online conferencing chosen: We have chosen zoom teleconferencing software that is easy to manage with the possibility of chat and group work. We can help you to get access. We have been working with this software satisfactorily for the past 6 months for all our satsangs online and online courses. There is also a feature for simultaneous translation. 

Course Curriculum

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 session, one yoga class, a workshop on online teaching techniques, two lectures. One day a week is lecture-free.

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
Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion by the Sivananda Yoga Centres (Dorling Kindersley)

They can be purchased [link to store]

Teaching Language

The course will be taught in English.


Even though anybody can register, it is preferable that the applicants live in USA time-zones in order to take advantage of the proper timing of activities which follow the rhythms of nature.

Registration Deadline

All applications must be in at least 1 week before the course is set to begin in order to have time to do an interview with teachers and for us to send you the manual, uniform, and books for the course.

Optional Onsite Immersion Module

When the ashram reopens we will offer an optional 9-day TTC module onsite to complement the online TTC. During this immersion you will learn hands-on asana corrections, the headstand, and advanced pranayama. After completing this module you will receive the complete Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course Certificate with 401 teaching units.

The additional module is not part of the Online course and can be booked separately at a later date.

The daily in-depth practice with individual corrections comprises:

  • Sun salutation
  • 12 basic yoga postures
  • 100 asana variations, from intermediate level to advanced
  • Postural alignment
  • Deep relaxation with autosuggestion
  • Release of blocked energy

Benefits of asanas on the body:

  • Control 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

Pranayama, the science of prana control, consists of breathing exercises to enhance the health of body and mind.  In summary pranayama will give you the following benefits:

• Expands capacity of the lungs
• Increase oxygen intake for the cells
• Remove carbon dioxide and toxins
• Recharge your energy battery
• Relaxes the nervous system
• Balances the two hemispheres of the brain
• Purifies the nadis (subtle energy channels)
• Awakens the inner spiritual energy

Food is responsible for building our physical body.  The foods we eat and the manner we eat, also affect our mind, senses, energy, capacity of thinking, intellect, and environment.

Course topics include:

• Proper Diet

• 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

Meditation is an integral part for the practice of Yoga.  During this course you will learn:

  • the practical steps of meditation,
  • what meditation is
  • what meditation is not. 
  • techniques of concentration and positive thinking
  • In addition, you will learn techniques of Self-Inquiry for Self-Knowledge. Meditation is a spiritual journey to the realisation of oneness

During the course there will be a focus on:

  • japa meditation, or mantra repetition.
  • We will learn how a sanskrit mantra is a mystical energy encased in a sound structure
  • Furthermore through repetition we will create a positive thought pattern
  • 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

This study helps you to improve the understanding of your body during your own yoga practice, and to apply it in your teaching practice.  You will learn:

• Introduction to the major body systems
• The effects of asanas and pranayama on: the cardiovascular, respiration, digestion, skeletal muscular and endocrine systems
• Yoga and physical culture
  • Yoga philosophy will give you insights into our mistaken beliefs of who we are and what reality really is. 
  • A deeper understanding of yourself will help you to detach and release stress which will bring your mind and body in harmony with your life purpose. 
  • You will learn about karma and will understand the causes of your obstacles and challenges.
  • The philosophy classes are considered the main teaching and will benefit you for a long time as the seeds of knowledge are being transmitted. 
  • The study of classical yoga texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and the writings of our own yoga masters will also take place to enrich you.

Kirtan is singing of the Sanskrit sacred mantras which are considered pure vibrations of the divine names. Kirtan helps with development of devotion, love and faith.


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