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USA Yoga Teacher Training

Join Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center for a month of inner transformation and deep immersion in a peaceful yogic lifestyle, all with the guidance and support of seasoned practitioners. Enliven and deepen your yoga practice, ground yourself in a classical yoga tradition, learn to teach yoga to others with confidence and grace. Immerse yourself in a well-rounded yogic lifestyle, participate in daily asanas (yoga poses), pranayama (breathing exercises), Karma yoga (selfless service), vegetarian diet, meditation, and chanting.

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Swami, Swami, & Swami
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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Meditation and mantra
  • Pranayama, kriyas, kirtan
  • Afternoon practice teaching class
  • Yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology
  • Nutrition and proper diet lesson
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • 2 daily vegetarian meals

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28 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
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A modern and ancient tradition

This month-long residential training follows the ancient Gurukula system, where students live, study, practice, and serve alongside their teachers and fellow aspirants. Students will practice the classical yoga curriculum, which opens opportunities for deep personal transformation.

The spiritual essence of yoga will be learned through in-depth lessons shared from heart to heart by senior disciples and experienced teachers. This will help awaken self-awareness, leadership, and guide the student to cultivate health and vitality. In addition, the course will prepare students to transmit the knowledge of yoga to others.

Benefits of Sivananda yoga teacher training

  • Deepen your practice: improve your health and regain vitality and clarity
  • Explore classical tradition: connect to a tradition and be supported in your own practice and teaching
  • Develop confidence: develop the intuition, knowledge, and confidence to teach others
  • Imbibe yoga lifestyle: experience a yogic lifestyle (applying the five points of yoga) and be able to teach it to others

The four paths of yoga

An important component of the yoga teacher training is that for one month, you will study the lessons of the four paths of yoga. By learning with the Gurukula system, you will transform detailed theory into practical understanding.

Karma yoga

The practice of selfless service helps to reduce selfishness and egoism and keeps you fit, healthy, and joyful. You will learn how to transform karma into dharma.

Bhakti yoga

Bhakti yoga is the yoga of devotion and teaches us how to open the heart and sublimate the emotions. You will enjoy the practice of kirtan (chanting of classical Sanskrit mantras), learn about Indian mythology, and other traditional Indian rituals.

Raja yoga

Raja yoga is a system of eight limbs of yoga (also known as Ashtanga yoga), starting with guidelines in ethical behavior and ending with meditation. Students will understand the interconnectedness of the different aspects of yoga techniques, all leading to better control of the body and understanding of the mind. In fact, yoga is meditation and meditation is yoga. Additionally, you will learn yoga psychology, positive thinking, and concentration theory and practice.

Jnana yoga

Jnana yoga or yoga of knowledge is the study and practice of Vedanta philosophy. Practically, it is the practice of self-inquiry and the understanding of the three bodies, five layers, and karma. Also, one would learn to detach from the illusory understanding of self and others and realize oneness.

Course curriculum


Each day, you will study and practice yoga poses as the senior teachers guide you on how to teach asanas and pranayama. The daily practice with individual corrections includes:

  • Sun salutation
  • 12 basic yoga postures
  • 125 asana variations, from intermediate level to advanced
  • Postural alignment
  • Concentration techniques
  • Deep relaxation with auto suggestion
  • Facilitate energy flow and remove blocked energy


Pranayama, the science of prana control, consists of breathing exercises to enhance the health of the body and mind. You will learn Kapalabhati and Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing) daily. Also, you will be introduced to advanced pranayama. In summary, pranayama will give you the following benefits:

  • Expands capacity of the lungs
  • Increases oxygen intake for the cells
  • Removes carbon dioxide and toxins
  • Recharges 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

Meditation and mantra

Meditation is an integral part of the practice of yoga. During this course, you will learn the practical steps of meditation, what meditation is, and what meditation is not. In addition, you will learn that meditation is a spiritual journey to the realization of oneness.

During the course, there will be a focus on japa meditation, or mantra repetition. You will learn how a Sanskrit mantra is a mystical energy encased in a sound structure. Furthermore, through repetition, you will create a positive thought pattern.


Yogic cleansing exercises, known as 'kriyas' assist nature in removing waste products from our bodies. Practicing cleansing is important as the yogi regards their bodies as a vehicle in which to evolve toward higher consciousness. Therefore, you will learn and practice, with guidance, yoga kriya exercises.

Anatomy and physiology

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

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 Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center's own yoga masters will also take place to enrich you.


Kirtan is singing the divine name, or the mantra, with devotion, love, and faith. Through this practice, you will learn how kirtan helps to purify the heart and calm the mind.


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

Daily schedule

  • 05:30 Wake up
  • 06:00 Meditation, kirtan chanting, lecture (satsang)
  • 08:00 Asanas and pranayama
  • 10:00 Brunch
  • 11:00 Karma yoga
  • 12:00 Bhagavad Gita or chanting class
  • 14:00 Main lecture
  • 16:00 Asanas and pranayama
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Meditation, kirtan chanting, and lecture (satsang)
  • 22:30 Lights out

Practical information

Students will enjoy special cultural programs, ceremonies, concerts, and lectures offered by special guest teachers in allied Vedic sciences, such as Ayurveda and Jyotish.

There is one weekly day off. During the day off, students are only required to attend morning and evening satsangs and to perform their Karma yoga. Attendance at all activities is mandatory and there will be a final exam at the end.

Course preparation

The yoga teacher training course requires a high degree of discipline and commitment, however, prior mastery of yoga practices is not necessary. Instead, yoga is about inner growth. Of course, the prior practice of asanas and meditation is preferable. In order to best prepare for the intensive yoga teacher training schedule, you are recommended to take a course at the ashram prior to the training.

Here is some recommended reading for at-home study:

  • Sivananda Beginner’s Guide to Yoga by Sivananda Yoga Centre, Gaia Books
  • Yoga Mind & Body by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Dorling Kindersley
  • Meditation and Mantras by Swami Vishnudevananda, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy compiled by Swami Sitaramananda

Included excursions

We may visit the nearby Peace Awareness Labyrinth.


Swami Sivasankariananda

Swami Dharmananda

Swami Adiparashaktiananda

Retreat location

Established by Swami Vishnudevananda in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills in 1971, 450 miles from Los Angeles, the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm is a peaceful oasis where people from all over the world come together to practice yoga, meditation and rediscover their true selves.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Throughout your training, you will be served with vegetarian meals, twice a day.

Meat, fish, eggs, black tea, coffee, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs are all prohibited during the course, and at the center.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to cater to all personal dietary preferences. Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center offers a lacto-vegetarian and almost fully organic menu, and also dairy-free and wheat-free dishes. With this, most people are happy, healthy, and feel well-fed. Side dishes, desserts, and snacks may contain gluten and dairy.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

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

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

Things to do (optional)

You are also invited to:

Read from the extensive collection of yoga books in the library.

Visit Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center boutique which sells yoga books, CDs, snacks, yoga clothing, and yoga accessories.

Book a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage.

Spa treatments

The following Ayurvedic offerings are available by appointment at the Center for an additional fee:

  • Abhyanga - relaxing and luxurious full-body warm herbal oil massage (60 minutes).
  • Shirodhara - In this very popular and profoundly relaxing treatment, warm herbalized oil is poured in a gentle stream over the forehead (60 minutes).
  • Lifestyle/Diet Consultation - Learn how this ancient health science can help you have better sleep, digestion and elimination, as well how it can help you address lingering health concerns.

What's included

  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Comprehensive TTC manual
  • 2 sets of uniforms
  • Daily morning and afternoon yoga classes (afternoon is generally a practice teaching class)
  • 2 daily vegetarian meals
  • Tea throughout the day
  • Linens
  • Counseling

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Ayurvedic consultations
  • Ayurvedic treatments / massage
  • Snacks
  • Transportation from airport
  • Textbooks
  • Laundry service
  • Parking

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Arrival by taxi

Take Uber or Lyft from the airport.

Please note that month-long parking is not available onsite. Contact them for help arranging parking.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% 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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Arrival: Sunday October 17, 2021
Departure: Sunday November 14, 2021

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